Obituaries

Melvin Chandler, Jr.

   Melvin Chandler, Jr., age 63, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Orlando,. Fl. The family will have a visitation at Liberty Assembly of God Church on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 starting at 11 AM in the Church Sanctuary. There will be a graveside service at 1 PM in the church cemetery. He was a member of the Hilton United Methodist Church.

   Melvin was born Dec. 23, 1951 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. to the late Melvin Chandler, Sr. and Frances Elaine Chandler. His survivors include a son; Melvin Chandler, III of Orlando, Fl.;  a daughter: Stacey Hall of Blakely, Ga.; sisters: Mary Scalf, Beverly Bonner and Alice Driggers; a brother: Dwight Chandler; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

This is a courtesy listing for DeGuspie Funeral Home of Orlando, Fl., who is in charge of arrangements.

James E. “Jimmy” Dykes

     Mr. Jimmy Dykes, 74, of Three Notch Rd., Blakely, Ga., died early Monday morning, January 26, 2015 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Al. His funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 PM EST, Jan. 29, 2015 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, Jan. 28, 2015, from 6 until 8 PM EST.

Complete obituary information will be posted sometime  on Tuesday.

Barney Joe Glass

Glass, Joe  2Barney Joe Glass, 76, a lifetime resident of Early County, passed away January 20, 2015 at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Blakely, GA with Rev. Keith Alderman and Mr. Wayne Tankersley officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery.

Mr. Glass was born in Blakely, GA, April 28, 1938 to the late Robert E. Glass and Ellene Driver Glass. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a retired co-owner of Glass Brothers Farm. He was a member of Magnolia Lodge #86, Blakely Chapter #282 Order of the Eastern Star, Hasan Temple of Albany, served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Limousin Association, member of the Georgia Cattleman’s association and served in the National Guard.

Mr. Glass is survived by his wife Ellen Brownlee Glass; a son Jody Glass and wife Dana of Blakely and a daughter Glynis Glass McIntyre and husband Todd of LaQuinta, CA; 2 sisters: Mary Anne Glass Beasley and husband Larry of Orlando, FL, and Margie Glass Hicks of Cowarts, AL; 4 brothers: Billy Glass and wife Martha Ann of Blakely, Ray Glass and wife Vivian of Thomasville, GA, Earl Glass of Darlington, SC and Eddie Glass of Headland, AL; 5 Grandchildren: Christian McIntyre and Makenna McIntyre of LaQuinta, CA, and Jay Glass, Wade Glass and Libby Glass of Blakely.

The family will receive friends at the Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home, 21802 Lucille Rd., Blakely, GA, on Thursday night from 6-8 PM, and on Friday, between 12:30-1:30 PM, in the Social Hall of First Baptist Church of Blakely.

Pallbearers are Robby Glass, Bobby Glass, Chas Bridges, Brad Waller, Ted Waller, Michael Hicks, Emory Brownlee, Jr., and Joel Glass.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bobby Youngblood, Roger Hall, Johnny Allen, Brad Tankersley, Ed Harper, Mike Whitehead, Ed Gilbert, Tom Baxley, Ken Payton, Curtis Smith, Wayne Middleton, Tim Malsburger, Effie Bowman, David Still, Cannon Moseley, Tyner Cooper, Kevin Glass, Steve Singletary, Mike Kelly and John D. Sparrow.

Flowers will be accepted but if desired, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blakely, PO Box 667, Blakely, GA 39823.

Ellene Driver Glass

Ellene Glass   Mrs. Ellene Driver Glass, 98, recently of Thomasville, Ga. and for most of her life, a Blakely resident, died at her son Ray’s home, Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015. Her funeral will be held Tuesday morning, Jan. 20, 2015 at 11 AM in the First Baptist Church of Blakely with Dr. Jackie Sammons and Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The pallbearers will be her grandsons and great grandsons. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home.

   Mrs. Glass was born Oct. 8, 1916 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Henry Clay Driver, Sr. and Elizabeth “Libby” Horn Driver. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Blakely. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Robert E. Glass, 2 brothers: Arthur Dillard “Mutt” Driver and Henry Clay “Buck” Driver, Jr.; by a sister: Inez Driver Murkerson; a son-in-law: Dennis Hicks and  a grandson: Kenneth Ray “Keith” Bostwick, Jr.

   Her survivors include 2 daughters: Mary Anne Glass Beasley and Larry of Orlando, Fl. and  Margie Glass Hicks of Cowarts, Al. There are 5 sons: Billy Glass and Martha Ann and Joe Glass and Ellen, all of Blakely, Ray Glass and Vivien of Thomasville, Ga. , Earl Glass of Darlington, SC and Eddie Glass of Headland, Al. There are also 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and numerous step-grand and great grandchildren.

Mary Jane Hutchins Timmons

Mary Jane Timmons   Mary Jane Timmons, 80, of 112 S. Woodlawn Dr., Blakely, Ga., died early Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015 at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Ga. Her funeral will be Monday, January 19, 2015, at 2 PM in the First Baptist Church of Blakely with Dr. Alex Howell and Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 PM until funeral time in the church Social Hall. Pallbearers will be Jay Bostwick, Russell McNeal, Michael McNeal, Johnny Dixon, Vic knight, Allen Pitts, Joel Williams and Billy Cannon.

Mrs. Timmons was born March 3, 1934 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Ralph Euclid Hutchins and Mary Lorraine Powell Hutchins. She attended Huntington College but graduated from the University of Georgia with her teacher’s degree. She taught school in Statesboro, Ga. for a few years and then taught for 30 years in the Early County School System. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Peter Early Chapter of the Daughters’ of the American Revolution, the Early County Retired Teachers and was a special member of a local Bridge Club. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Wooten “Tommy” Powell, Jr.

Her survivors include her daughter: Glynda P. Nix and husband Jerry of Blakely, Ga., and 2 special “Grandsons”, Brandon & Will Ellerbee of Sylvester, Ga. and  3 special friends and caregivers, Pam Temples, Carolyn Hayes and  Robin James of Blakely, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 667, Blakely, Ga. 39823

Harvey McDonald

Harvey McDonald, 85, passed away today, Jan. 14, 2015 at his residence in Blakely, Ga. His funeral will be a graveside service Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015  in the Morgan Cemetery, Morgan, Ga. at 11 AM with Rev. Jackie Williams officiating. After Rev. Williams’ message, the  U. S. Army will conduct full military rites. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua McDonald. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home in Blakely.

Mr. McDonald was born April 4, 1929 in Blakely to the late Emmett Lee McDonald and Lillian McKnight McDonald Hodges. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was retired from the U.S. Army where he served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion , V.F. W. and a Mason.

He is survived by his wife Maurene Avera McDonald of Blakely, 2 Sons; Robert Michael McDonald and wife Jane of Albany, Ga. and Richard Allen McDonald and wife Donna of Benton, La. , a brother Hollis (Mickey) McDonald and wife Janette of Blakely, GA. There are   5 Grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Daisy Jenkins English

     Daisy Jenkins English, 95, of 11740 Columbia Rd., Blakely, Ga., died early Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2015 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her funeral will be a Graveside Service at 2 PM Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 PM until 1:45 PM Tuesday.

     Daisy was born in Blakely, Georgia on April 17, 1919 to the late Samuel Arthur and Elizabeth White Jenkins. She was a retired Certified Nursing Assistant, a homemaker and a member of the Enterprise Freewill Baptist Church of Blakely, Ga. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Arthur Lee English; a granddaughter: Marla English; by two sisters: Nancy Kenney and Lucille Jenkins and by three brothers: Clark Jenkins, Dorsey Jenkins and Melvin Jenkins.

     Her survivors include a son: Raymond English and his wife Betty of Blakely, Ga., two daughters, Lynda English of Dothan, Al. and Carruth  Chadwell and her husband Norman of Blakely, Ga., a granddaughter, Marda English of Donalsonville, Ga. and several nieces and nephews.

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be sent to Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819. A special thank you to Drs. Bennett and Clifford, the Gentiva Hospice Staff, and all the employees at Early Memorial Nursing Home. 

Carolyn Hacker

   Carolyn Hacker, 73, of 39 Ft. Gaines St., Blakely, Ga., died Thursday night, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon, January 12, 2015 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Jackie Williams officiating. Burial will follow, weather permitting, in the Bluffton Cemetery. The family will start receiving friends at 2 PM until the funeral time at 3PM. Pallbearers will be Stephen Hacker, Robert E. “Bobby” Williams, Chris Williams, Matt Williams. Bill Stone and Douglas Williams.

   Carolyn was born May 27, 1941 near Bluffton, Ga. to the late Clyde Ellis Williams and Ouida Williams Williams. She graduated from the Cuthbert High School and retired as a Medical Transcriptionist.  She was a homemaker and of the Methodist Faith.

   Her survivors include her son: Stephen Hacker and his wife Traci of Bainbridge, Ga., a brother; Robert E. “Bobby” Williams and his wife Donna of Clemmons, NC and 1 grandchild, Brandon William Hacker of Bainbridge.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

Ann Edmondson McDowell

     Mrs. Ann Edmondson McDowell, 83, formerly of Damascus, Ga., passed away late Sunday night, Jan. 4, 2015, in the Bullock County Hospital in Union Springs, Al. Her funeral  will be held Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2015, in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely at 2 PM, with the family receiving friends starting a 1 PM. Shirley Davis is officiating the funeral and interment. Burial will follow in the Crossroads Cemetery in Damascus, Ga. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Edmondson, Eddie McDowell, Wendell Parker, Frank Barron, LaDon McDowell, Pat Carmichael and Eddie martin.

Mrs. McDowell was born Oct. 18, 1931 to the late Thomas Wade Edmondson and Willie Susie Calhoun Edmondson. She was a bookkeeper for McDowell Pulpwood Co. for many years and a homemaker. She was a member of White Pond Freewill Baptist Church of Damascus, Ga.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Donnell McDowell and her 2 brothers: Quentin and John Edmondson.

Her survivors includes a daughter: Tammy M. Phillips and her husband Craig of Union Springs, Al. and 2 grandsons: Mac Phillips and his wife Kristi and Kyle Phillips, all of Auburn, Al. and a great granddaughter, Reynolds Phillips also of Auburn, Al.

David Marion Fraser

     David Marion Fraser, 60, of Redwing Rd., Ashford, Al., died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at his residence. David’s wishes were to be cremated and for his ashes to be buried in the Crossroads Cemetery in Damascus, Ga. in the lot with his mother and father. That will take place at a later date.

David was born July 27, 1954 in Early County, Ga.  to the late Hugh Fraser, Sr. and Mary Elinor Whitehurst Fraser. He was disabled for many years. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Hugh Fraser. Jr.     

     His survivors include a brother, John Fraser and his wife Sandra of Camilla, Ga. and a niece, April Fraser.