Obituaries

Donald Lamar Busby

Donald Lamar (Pete) Busby, 72, passed away today, April 23, 2014 at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Friday, April, 25, 2014 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Sterling Jones and  Brian Busby officiating. Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be Sheldon Bruner, Bill Bruner, Roberta Aquirre, Lynwood Anglin, Rex Henderson and Chad Chapman.  Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron, Cole and Matthew Busby.

Mr. Busby was born in Early Co. September 18, 1941 to the late Aritas Singleton Busby and Edna Williams Busby. He retired Lone Oak Farm, Blakely Peanut Co. and Birdsong Peanut Co. He was of Baptist Faith. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by several nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Busby is survived by his wife Dorice Alday Busby of Blakely. 3 Sons: Tracy and Sandy Busby of Blakely, Gary and Kathy Busby of Blakely and Allen and Rhonda Busby of Portal, Ga. 2 Nieces: Lisa Brantley and Lois Brantley Huff. 8 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren.

ELIZABETH WYNELL (NELL) BRUNSON NIX CANNON

   Mrs. Elizabeth Wynell  ”Nell” Brunson Nix Cannon, 85, of 473 N. Main St., Blakely, Ga. died early Sunday morning, April 20, 2014 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 P. M. at Southside Baptist church with Rev. Rick Smith officiating. Pallbearers will be Andy White, Brad Waller, Stacey Cooper, Gene Mobley, Thomas Earl Davis and Ted Woodyard.  Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends starting at 1 PM until about 1:50 at Southside Baptist.

Nell was born in Blakely, Ga. on October 21, 1928 to the late Rufus Hampton Brunson and Dollie Tinsley Brunson. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Florine Brunson and Gloria Gean White. 

Her survivors include her husband: David Lindsey Cannon of Blakely, Ga., a daughter, Vivian N. Daley Wirt & husband William; a son, Howard Nix and wife Nida, all of Sacramento, CA. She has a brother-in-law, Chester White of Blakely and 2 grandchildren: Chad Nix of San Diego, CA and Lisa Nix of Panama City Beach, Fl.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your local animal shelter. 

Jack Joel Brown

Jack Joel Brown, 70, of 9816 Hwy. 200 Damascus, Ga. 39841 passed away today, April 18, 2014 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11 AM in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church in Blakely with  Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends in the social hall from 10 AM until funeral time.

Mr. Brown was born in Edison, Ga. December 20 1943 to the late Joe Brown and Stella Mae Hays Brown. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blakely, Retired  Supervisor of a Peanut Shelling Plant in Blakely and Arlington. Served in the National Guard.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife Cindy Bridges Brown of Damascus, Ga.; 2 Daughters: Beverly Kay White of Dothan, Al. and Lesley Caroline Monchaux and husband Chad of Baton Rouge, La. and by 2 sons: Daniel Joel Brown of Dothan, Al. and Joseph Augustus Brown of Anchorage, Alaska. A step-son Trey Davis and wife Angel of Arlington, Ga.  A sister Bobbie Daniels of Dawson, Ga. 10 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Hospital at P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 , Memphis, Tn. 38101-9908.

LLOYD LAVON PITTMAN

  Lloyd Lavon Pittman, 36, of Troy, Al. died suddenly Friday afternoon, April 18, 2014 in the E. R. at Troy Regional Medical Center of Troy, Al. His funeral will be a graveside service Monday, April 21, 2014 at 1 PM in the New Park Cemetery, Ft. Gaines, Georgia with Rev. Jimmy Cox officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery Monday, April 21, 2014 from 12 noon until funeral time at 1 PM.

 Lloyd Lavon Pittman was born Feb. 23, 1978,  in Marianna, Fl.,  to his recently deceased father Lloyd Pittman and to his mother Julie Ann Storey Pittman of Ft. Gaines, Ga. He was disabled since the age of 9 when he was tragically struck by lightning.

   Other than his mother, he is survived by Aunt, Uncles and Cousins. 

DORIS AUDREY DORMINEY DOWDY

  Mrs. Doris Dowdy, 87, of 263 Bull St., Damascus, Ga., died early Thursday morning, April 17, 2014  at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will b e held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Buren Womble officiating. Active pallbearers will be: Jason Tedder, Tom Howard, Gant Dowdy, Chris Dowdy, Eric Dowdy and Stephen Dozier. The family will have a visitation Friday evening  from 7 until 9 Pm at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dowdy was born September 26, 1926 in Crisp County, Georgia to the late Alvin Lorenza Dorminey and Irene Beatrice Jones Dorminey. She was a homemaker, a member of the Damascus Baptist Church, and a loving mother,  grandmother and great grandmother. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Dowdy, 2 sons, W. A. Dowdy and Rickey Dowdy, a great granddaughter, Leda Tedder and by several brothers and sisters.

Her survivors include a daughter: Rhonda D. Howard and Fred of Albany, Ga., a son: Reginal Dowdy & Linda of Cedar Bluff, Al., 2 daughter-in-laws: Diana Dowdy of Colquitt, Ga. and Patty Dowdy of Newton, Ga., a sister: Mittie Thomas of Thomaston, Ga., 2 brothers: Charles Dorminey of Dothan, Al. and Ronald Dorminey & Geraldine of Dahlonega, Ga. There are 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren also surviving.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be sent to the Damascus Baptist Church, P. O. Box 187,  Damascus, Ga. 39841

Due to inclimate weather conditions and the condition of the Old Damascus Road to Crossroads Cemetery, the committal service normally done at the graveside, will be done at the conclusion of the funeral service. The will receive friends in the outer foyer as you leave the funeral.

LLOYD PITTMAN

  Mr. Lloyd Pittman, 59, of 263 Eufaula Hwy., Ft. Gaines, Ga. passed away Sunday morning, April 13, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness. His funeral will be a graveside service held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1 P.M. in the New Park Cemetery, Ft. Gaines, Ga. with Rev. Jimmy Cox officiating. The family will gather in the cemetery around 12 noon and receive friends for 1 hour before the service starts.

Mr. Pittman was born in High Springs, Fl. on November 7, 1954. He was a commercial fisherman for many years in the Ft. Gaines area and was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his father, a Mr. Pittman and by his mother, Callie Douglas White and his step-father, Elmer Claude White and a brother, Roy Bass.

His survivors include his wife: Julie Ann Storey Pittman of Ft. Gaines, Ga.; a son: Lloyd Lavon Pittman of Troy, Al.; a sister: Ella Sasser & Ken of High Springs, Fl. and a brother: Kenneth White & Alicia of Ft. White, Fl. and several nieces and nephews.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

D’ARSEY STEWART, SR.

SONY DSC   D’Arsey Stewart, Sr., 75, died Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2014,  at his residence in Quincy, Fl.  His funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014 at 3 P.M. EDT in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Fred Odom and Rev. Jimmy Love officiating. The pallbearers will be Randy Wilkerson, Tim Whiddon, Curtis Carter, Jeffery Whiddon, Stuart Scott and David Scott. Carl Williams will be an alternate pallbearer. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until funeral time at 3. Burial will follow the funeral service in the Blakely Cemetery.

D’Arsey was born June 26, 1938 in Blakely, Georgia to the late John Thomas Stewart and Annie Lois Brooks Stewart. He was retired as an Industrial Contractor and was of the Baptist Faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Elaine S. Engram, a great granddaughter, Leda Tedder, a sister, Fauvettee Lynn and a brother, Sterling Ray Stewart. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army, having  served during the Korean Conflict.

His survivors include his wife: Charlene Williford Stewart of Quincy, Fl., 2 daughters: Theresa Allison & Phillip of Cumming, Ga. and Wyndy Enfinger & Bobby Ray of Blakely. Ga., 2 sons: D’Arsey Stewart, Jr. & Nevada of Ashford, Al. and Randy Allen Stewart & Amy Bessette of Tallahassee, Fl. He also has 3 sisters: Merle Turner & Harold of Lakeland, Fl., Betty Craft of Huntsville, Al., Gwen Love & Jerry of Sasser, Ga.  and 2 brothers: Herman Stewart & Leslie of Plant City, Fl.,  David Stewart of Albany, Ga. and 11 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. 

 

WILLIAM FRANKLIN ARNOLD, JR.

Picture1ffff   William Franklin Arnold, Jr., 62, of 1886 S. Main St., Blakely, Ga., died Thursday afternoon at his residence following a lengthy illness. His memorial service will be held Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 at 11 A. M. in the First United Methodist Church, Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Jay Reppert and Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 10 AM until 10:45 Am, right before the memorial service.

Franklin was born June 27, 1951 in Cuthbert, Ga. to the late William Franklin Arnold, Sr. and Margaret Boyett Arnold. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely,  was a graduate of Georgia Tech,  having received  a  B. A. degree in Industrial Management and was a self-employed businessman in Land Management. He was owner/operator of Liberty Hill Plantation in Early County/Blakely, Ga. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. David Arnold.

Franklin is survived by his wife, Deborah Barnett Arnold of Blakely, his son, William Franklin Arnold, III & wife  Lindsay of Savannah, Ga., two daughters, Melinda A. Miller & husband Todd of Athens, Ga. and Elizabeth A.  Williams & husband Josh of St. Simons Island, Ga. He has a sister, Margaret A. Jackson & husband Jim of Forsyth, Ga. and 5 grandchildren: William Franklin Arnold, IV and Ashleigh Arnold, both of Savannah, Andrew and Davis Miller, both of Athens, Ga. and Elizabeth James Williams of St. Simons Island, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to either the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, Ga. 30061-6411 or the the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

DOROTHY JEAN MAINOR TAYLOR

  Mrs. Dorothy J. Taylor, 58, of 208 York Rd., Sylvester, Ga., passed away Saturday evening at the Willson Hospice House in Albany. Her funeral will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely with Rev. Bobby Joe Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arlington, Ga. The family will receive friends for a visitation Tuesday night from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born June 28, 1955 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Woodrow Wilson Mainor and Charlie Mae Tindol Mainor Alday. She was a bookkeeper for Albany Home Patient Care and of the Baptist Faith. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Jo Mayo.

Her survivors include her husband, Fred Lee Taylor, Sr. of Sylvester, Ga.; 3 daughters: Tracy Marshall & Shane of Albany, Ga., Marie Summerlin of  Blakely and Kay White and Billy of Blakely, Ga.; a son: Fred Lee Taylor, Jr. and fiance’ Rhonda Willis of Cairo, Ga. She has 4 sisters: Susan Hilburn & Don of Macon, Ga., Judy Dixon of Valdosta, Ga., Christine Lay & Wayne of Leesburg, Ga. and Bonnie Fincher & Randy of Leary, Ga. There are 7 grandchildren: Taylor and Clint Hyde of Albany, Ga., Hunter and Brinly Fallin of Leesburg, Ga., Chelsea White of Leesburg, Ga., Morgan and Dallas White of Blakely.

William David Chapman

William David (Buddy) Chapman, of Dothan, Al. , 81, passed away March 31, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 AM  EDT in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating. Military Rites will conclude the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday morning from 10  AM until 10:45 AM EDT.

Buddy was born Early Co., Ga. July 1, 1932 to the late Joe Chapman and Mellie Sue Gill Chapman. He was a member of Westview United Methodist Church in Blakely and was retired from Swift Textile Co. and Dothan Securities as a Security Guard.  He also served in the U.S. Army. Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Ruby Lee Cox Chapman,  a brother Bobby Chapman and by 4 sisters  Helen Smith, Earlene Stagg, Sandra Lawson and Daphene Chapman.

Buddy is survived by a sister Melba (Sissy) Grimsley and husband Chuck of Headland, Al. and by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews that loved their “Uncle Buddy”. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38106