Raymond Calvin Barron, 67, of Rock Hill Rd., Blakely, Ga. died  Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014, in the emergency room of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. His funeral was carried out just as Raymond had planned it several years ago. We had a private graveside Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, in the Blakely Cemetery with only immediate family members present. The service was conducted by Rev. William Smith of Colquitt, Ga., Raymond’s good friend and golfing buddy.

Raymond was born January 4, 1947 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Jim Bob Barron and Ruby Nobles Barron. He was a retired farmer and former bail bondsman. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Barron. Raymond served 6 years in the National Guard and was of the Baptist Faith. 

His survivors include his wife: Jessie Jordan Barron of Blakely; 2 sons: Raymond Praiss Barron of Atlanta, Ga. and Calvin Heath Barron and Stacy Baker of Cumming, Ga. He has a sister , Merle Barron from Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, P. O. Box 1201, Albany, Ga. 31702.


James Michael Griffin

James Michael “Mike” Griffin,  60, of Columbia, Al. formerly of Blakely, Ga.,  passed away today, July 18, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center  in Dothan, Al. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 20 at 3 PM in the Zion Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Duane Littlefield officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery.The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday between 2 and 3 PM. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Arthur Brackin, Randy Adams, Mike Thomas, Tommy Griffin, Jr. and Keith Day. Mike was born in Columbus, Ga . on March 29, 1954 to the late Perry Zell Griffin and Jewelean Hartzog Griffin. He was a member of the Zion Freewill Baptist Church. Retired truck driver for Southern Ag. . Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter; Christy Griffin Tapley. He is survived by his wife; Wanda Jean Wiley Griffin of Columbia, Al. ; 2 daughters; Jamie G. Day and husband Dustin and Stacey Griffin , both of Douglas, Ga.  ;   2 Brothers; Perry D. Griffin and wife Barbara of Donalsonville, Ga. and Tommy Griffin of Colquitt, Ga. 4 Grandchildren: Madison and Makenna Day, Rance Tapley and Nicki Griffin and by a great- grandchild; Aysa Brown.


William Guy Corley (Bill Guy), 86, of Forest Park, Georgia, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at  Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, Ga.  A graveside service was held at the Colomokee Cemetery on Wednesday, July 13, 2014 with Rev. T. J. Bennett officiating.

Mr. Corley was born in Early County, Ga. on August 15, 1927 to the late J G Corley and Carrie Corday Cummings Corley. He resided in the Colomokee community where his grandfather, Jeptha Gustaveus Corley, was the first pastor of Colomokee Baptist Church. He later moved to the Atlanta area and retired from Eastern Airlines as a Ramp Service Supervisor after 36 years of service.

He is survived by his wife,  Louise Hayes Corley of Forest Park, Ga., a son, Mr. Jeptha Davis (Dave) Corley & Gay Corley of Hampton, Ga. and a granddaughter, Cynthia Diane  Corley of Hampton, Ga.


Annie Ruth Helms Cooper

   Mrs. Ruth Helms Cooper, 81 of Blakely, Ga. died early Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be held Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Manry Jordan Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Bush Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 10 AM for about an hour before the service at 11 AM. Active Pallbearers will be Chris Banks, Matt Taylor, Jonathan Cooper, Ray Jordan, Ronnie Shivers and Phil Houston.

Mrs. Cooper was born February 14, 1933 in Houston County, Al. to the late Wiley Jack Helms and Mamie Lillian White Helms. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and retired as the Director of the Blakely Senior Citizens Center. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garland “Buddy” Cooper and by 2 brothers: Donnie Helms and Fred Helms.

Her survivors include 2 daughters: Peggy Cooper of Decatur, Ga.  and Janet C. Taylor and her husband Julian of Sharpsburg, Ga.; 2 sons: Steve Cooper and his wife Jill of Blakely, Ga. and Danny Cooper and his wife Ivelice of Arlington, Ga. There are 4 sisters: Mary H. Slappey, Wylene H. Winters & Howard and Pat H. Gunter, all of Tallahassee, Fl. and Bobbie H. Adderhold & Tom of Johns Creek, Ga.; 3 brothers: Clifford “Bunk” Helms and Hattie and Bennie Rex Helms and Joanne, all of Tallahassee, Fl. and Bill Helms & Emma of Lynn Haven, Fl.  There are also 3 grandchildren: Julie Anne Taylor Banks and Chris of Savannah, Ga., Matthew Ferrell Taylor and Rebecca of Dallas, Ga. and Jonathan Garland Cooper of Arlington, Ga., along with 3 great grandchildren: Emma Kate, Annabeth and Maggie Taylor all of Dallas, Ga.


Roy Thomas Simpson

Roy Thomas Simpson, 66, passed away Wednesday , July 9, 2014 at his residence in Moultrie, Ga. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 3 PM in the Colomokee Cemetery with Rev. Michael Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Mr. Simpson was born in Moultrie , Ga. April 23, 1948 to the late Richard Tipper Simpson and Christine Roberts Simpson. He was a member of the Bluffton Baptist Church. He retired as a self employed heating and air conditioning electrician. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 3 sons: Rusty Lamar Simpson, Craig Steven Simpson and Roy Shannon Simpson and also a brother David Simpson.

Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife; Sherry Ann Glover Simpson of Moultrie, Ga. and a brother, Kenneth Simpson of Valdosta, Ga.


Stoney Brooks Ingram, Sr., 75, of Whittier, NC passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:00 PM in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, NC with Rev. Ollie Dills officiating. Family will receive friends from 4 PM till 7 PM prior to the service.

Stoney was born June 1, 1939 to the late Bill and Hazel Lane Ingram of Arlington, GA and Baker County. He and Mr. Bill owned a welding shop in Arlington for several years before moving to Albany to continue his trade before finally settling in Whittier where he continued to work in the welding field, retiring only slightly before his death. He was a master craftsman and his welding works are being enjoyed by generations.  Other than his parents, two brothers also preceded him in death: Jack Ingram of Leary, GA and Steve Ingram of Bluffton, GA and two sisters: Betty Ingram Martin and Shirley Ingram Brooks of Camilla, GA.

His survivors include his wife of 29 years, Diane Sutton Ingram of Whittier, NC. Three daughters: Janet Ingram Thrasher and husband Rick of Ozark, AL, Jill Ingram Cooper and husband Steve of Blakely, GA and Samantha Ingram of Whittier, NC; one step-daughter: Tina Gunter of NC; one son Brooks Ingram and wife Stacey of Blakely, GA; two stepsons: Jimmy and Robbie Cabe of Sylva, NC, as well as one brother: Kent Ingram of Maryland and one sister: Starlet Ingram Cherry of Leesburg, GA. There are also 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

This was published as a courtesy for local friends and family to be informed of Mr. Ingram’s death and services.


Roger Dale Craft, 65, of 14646 River St., Blakely, Ga., died early Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. His funeral will be held Thursday morning, July 3, 2014 at 11AM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with visitation starting at 10 AM. Rev. T. J. Bennett will be officiating and burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be : John Craft, Chris Craft, Jody Michael Craft, Keith Craft, Chad McFay and Bobby Lee Craft. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Craft, Bobby Joe Craft and Frank Williams.

Roger was born March 9, 1949 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Leroy Craft and Ruth Cox Craft. He was a weaver for Amoco Fabric and Fibers in Bainbridge, Ga. for over 27 years.  He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Other than his parents, Roger was preceded in death by a brother, Edd Craft.

His survivors include his wife, Linda Floyd Craft of Blakely, Ga.; 3 sons: Alan Craft and his wife Amy of Dandridge, TN, Don Craft and his wife Lisa of Bainbridge, Ga. and Derek Craft of Blakely. He has a sister: Barbara Griffin and Wayne of Donalsonville, Ga. and 4 brothers: Jody Craft and Deedee of Arlington, Ga., Jimmy Craft of Blakely, Bobby Craft and his  Lisa of Blakely, Ga. and Steve Craft of Blakely. There are 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Grace Weaver Jones, 91, of Albany, Ga., passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 in St. Mary, Ga. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. David G. Smith and Mr. Ross Powell officiating.
Jones was born in Blakely, Ga. August 4, 1922 to the late John Council Weaver and Mary Alice Sessions Weaver. She was co-owner with her friend and business partner Frances Evans of Jones & Evans Income Tax & Bookkeeping Service. She was a member of  the Sherwood Baptist church in Albany where she was a member of the Vota Vita Sunday School Class. She was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves. 
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; William George “Billy” Jones Jr. and by  2 brothers; Alton Weaver and Douglas Weaver and by 3 sisters; Olivia Davenport, Mary Alice Autry and Doris McEachern. 

Mrs. Jones is survived by 2 daughters; Nancy Ivey and husband Glenn of St. Mary’s, Ga. and Ann Hatchell of St. Mary’s, Ga. 2 Grandchildren: Will Ivey and Lee Ivey and 2 Great-Grandchildren: Mallory Ivey and Wyatt Ivey all of St. Mary’s, Ga.  2 sisters: Marjorie Weaver Childree of Albany, Ga. and Eunice Weaver Howard of Dothan, Al. Several nieces and nephews also survive along with 2 very special caregivers: Loren Hamilton and Catrina Williams. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Golden Isles, located at 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga. 31525


Arthur Ray Moore,79, of 2756 Panhandle Road, Marianna, Fl., died early Sunday morning, June 29, 2014 at the Chipola Health and Rehab Nursing Pavilion in Marianna, Fl.  A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM in the Bush Cemetery. Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 1-2 PM.

Mr. Moore was born in Blakely, Ga. October 17, 1934 to the late George Washington Moore and Ida Belle McNair Moore. He was a retired employee for the City of Blakely. Member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Carl Moore and Lane Moore.

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife; Janice Faye Love Moore. 2 Sons; Scott Moore and Lindsey Johnston, Michael Moore. 3 Step-Daughters; Shirley Rudd, Angela Marie Owens and Brenda Gail Baker. Sister; Joyce Mr. Picarelli and husband Joseph. 6 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren.



Delores Ann McDowell

Delores Ann McDowell, 70, of Damascus, Ga., passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Flinn Gregory and Mrs. Shirley Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 2-3 PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie Martin, Eddie McDowell, Heath McDowell, Jeff Barron, Mac Barron and Travis Barron.

Ms. McDowell was born in Dothan, Al. December 9, 1943 to the late Willett Edwin McDowell and Elizabeth Pearl Willis McDowell. She was a retired elementary grade school teacher for the Early County and Baker County School System. A member of the White Pond Original Free Will Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a nephew; Lee Barron.

Ms. McDowell is survived by a sister; Regina and Frank Barron of Damascus, Ga. and a brother; LaDon and Wyline McDowell of Damascus, Ga. 4 Nephews; Eddie and Vivian McDowell, Heath and Connie McDowell, Jeff and Jessica Barron and Mac and Katherine Barron.