Rebecca Elizabeth Strickland Swords

Rebecca Elizabeth Strickland Swords, 76, passed away today, May 27, 2015 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Blakely. A Memorial Service will be held on  Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral  Home. Johnny Averitt officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation for one hour before the service, starting at 10 AM Saturday morning.

Mrs. Swords was born March 14, 1939  in Arlington , Ga. to the late George Wilkins and Millie Bowan Wilkins. She was a homemaker and a retired caregiver. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Swords and by 3 Grandchildren: Joy Smith , Melissa Swords and Shannon Swords.

Mrs. Swords is survived by a daughter Jan Harrell of Blakely; and by 2 sons: Carroll Swords and wife Janice of Ft. Gaines, Ga. and Benny Hand of Arlington. Sister; Linda Spriggs and husband James of Ft. Gaines and 2 brothers; George Wilkins Jr. and wife Lee of Jonesboro, Ga. and Edward Wilkins of Edison, Ga. 3 Grandchildren: Tony Harrell Jr., Jennifer Shellhouse and Derrick Powell all of Arlington, Ga.  8  Great–Grandchildren: Blake Shellhouse, T.J. Shellhouse, Harley Smith, Arron Smith, Savannah Smith, Alexis Harrell, Brice Harrell and Luke Harrell. and by 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren: K.K. Shellhouse and Harmony Preston.

Joe Nobles

     Mr. Joe Nobles, 82, died Monday afternoon, May 25, 2015 at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. His funeral will be a graveside service Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2 P. M. in the Enterprise Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Hwy 39 N. Blakely, Ga. 39823. Rev. Sterling Jones is officiating and Soloist,  Rev. Jerry Murkerson to sing.

     Mr. Nobles was born in Early County, Ga. on May 31, 1932 to the late Walter Franklin Nobles and Nettie White Nobles Dykes. He was a retired self-employed Tree Surgeon, formerly living in Gadsden, Al. He was of the Baptist faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son: Joe Ray Nobles; a grandson: Jason Nobles; 4 sisters: Cherry Murkerson, Ruby Barron, Ouida McGriff and Alice Driver and  3 brothers: Robert “Buck” Nobles, John Nobles and Frank Nobles.

     His survivors include a daughter: Paula Price and Billy, a son: Frankie Nobles and Brenda, all of Americus, Ga.; a daughter-in-law: Debbie Nobles of Gadsden, AL; 3 sisters: Genita Brooks of Gainesville, GA, Vaudine Smith of Blakely, GA and Emma Jean Raper of Montezuma, Ga. There are also 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jeffie Verosha Chandler Garrett

     Mrs. Jeffie C. Garrett, 82, of 11710 Hwy 370, Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at the Savannah Court Retirement Village in Camilla, Ga. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating.

     Mrs. Garret was born August 15, 1932 in Blakely, Georgia to the late William Chandler and Gertrude Temples Chandler. She was a member of the Hilton United Methodist Church, a self-employed seamstress and helped her late husband, Donald Garrett in the old Blakely Shoe Shop. Other than her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter; Donna G. Richards and a brother: Homer Lester Chandler. 

     Her survivors include a daughter: Denise G. Davis and husband Mark of Ft. Gaines, Ga., a son: Keith Garrett and wife Glenda of Apollo Beach, FL, 3 sisters: Juanita Parks and Modine Stephens of Blakely, Ga., Mavis Rode of Camilla, Ga., 2 granddaughters: Amanda Higgenbotham and Stormy Odom and 1 Great  Grandchild, Jillian Higgenbotham.

Anne Tennelle Crozier Pierce

     Anne Tennelle Crozier Pierce, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Ft. Gaines Health and Rehabilitation in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11 AM in the Ft. Gaines Presbyterian Church with Rev. Randy Stokes officiating.  Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery at 2 PM. The family will receive friends from 10 AM until funeral time at the church on Friday morning. Active pallbearers will be Walt Pierce IV, Richard Paul, Jim Clark, Jackie Duke, John West and James Worthy.

     Mrs. Pierce was born in Edison, Ga. November 30, 1923 to the late Richard Crozier and Mary McAllister Crozier. She  was a homemaker and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Ft. Gaines. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Walter Eugene Pierce Jr. a son Walter Eugene Pierce III; a grandson Chadwick Tenelle Pierce and by 2 sisters Roscelle Mills and Patricia Watkins and a brother Dick Crozier.

     Mrs.. Pierce is survived by a son Robert (Bob) Clifton Pierce of Edison, Ga. ; a grandson Walter (Walt) Pierce IV of Edison  and by 3 great-grandchildren Sealy Annelle Pierce, Seth Pierce and Austin Davis.

Maurine Lisenby Fincher

     Maurine Lisenby Fincher, 80, of 60 Pepper St., Arlington, Ga. 39813, died Saturday night, May 16, 2015 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her funeral will be a graveside service Monday morning, May 18, 2015 at 11 AM in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arlington, Ga. with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday night, May 17th at the home of Faith & Jimmy Megahee, 25137 Blakely, Rd., Arlington, Ga. from 6 until 8 PM.   

     Maurine Fincher was born January 16, 1935 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Dallas Gerald Lisenby and Evelyn Jones Lisenby. She was a retired dietician for the Calhoun Prison in Morgan and a member of the Arlington Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Roger Allen Fincher, a sister: Emma Jean Lisenby Brooks, and by all 3 brothers: Robert Lisenby, Dallas C. “Bud” Lisenby and Edd Jones Lisenby.

     Her survivors include a daughter: Faith Megahee and Jimmy of Arlington, Ga.; 3 sons: Tommy Fincher and Tami  of Arlington, Randy Fincher and Bonnie of Leary, Ga. and Joe Fincher and Cindy of Coleman, Ga.; 2 sisters-in-law: Millicent L. Carlisle of Arlington, Ga. and Rachel Lisenby of Leesburg, Ga., 7 grandchildren: Wes Fincher- Blakely, Ali F. Moseley and Cannon of Blakely, Nick Megahee & Cliff of Colquitt, Neal Megahee of Arlington, Jason Fincher of Leary, Luke Fincher of Blakely and J. D. Fincher of Coleman and there are 4 great grandchildren.

Buddy Williams


W.  C.  “Buddy”  Williams , 80, passed away today, May 7, 2015 at his residence, 305 S. Central Ave. Blakely, Ga. 39823. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11 AM at the Southside Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be his nephews: Gary Mote, Casey Kimbrell, Charles Middleton, Dennis Gilbert, Erle Williams, Ken Roberts, Alan Darley, Steve Middleton, Bob Middleton, David Williams, Jr. and Jimmy Fowler. Honorary pallbearer will  be James Lee.

Mr. Williams was born August 17, 1934 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Thomas Hull Williams and Eula Lee Jenkins Williams. He retired as an overseer (34 Years)  for Singletary Farms. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.  Other than his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters and brother-in-law: Thelma and Charles Gilbert and Mabel Williams Middleton,  a brother: David Williams and a great grandson: Rocky Stroud.

Mr. Buddy, as he was affectionately known, was a Charter Member of Southside Baptist Mission which later became Southside Baptist Church. He was ordained as a deacon on October 13, 1968. He served as a deacon for 40 + years and was chairman of the board of deacons several times throughout the years. Buddy served as Sunday School Superintendent and Training Union Director numerous times.  He also served on the Board of Trustees . He was part of the Southside Baptist Bus Ministry for several years. He was also an active Gideon.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife Meda Middleton Williams; 2 daughters Debra W. Pellicano and husband Barry  of Albany, Ga. and Lesli W. Todd and husband Michael of Albany, Ga.  A son Chris Williams and wife Kathy of Blakely, Ga. 2 sisters: Anna Mote and husband Jack of Cuthbert, Ga. and Pauline Childre of Reynolds, Ga. A brother: Tommy Williams and wife Dana of Floral City, Fl.  and by 7 Grandchildren:  Noelle Pellicano Davis and husband Marc of Powder Springs, Ga., Brooke Williams Clinkscales  of Blakely, Paige Williams McLendon  of Blakely, Natalie Williams Stroud of Blakely, Ashton Pellicano of Vinings,  Ga.,  Dalton Todd of Albany and Lara Katherine Todd of Albany and 12 Great-Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s , Georgia Chapter at 225 Second Street, East, Tifton, Georgia 31794.

Allen Earl Baker

     Allen Earl “Munchie” Baker, 52, of 9399 Spooner Quarter Rd, Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Sunday afternoon, April 26, 2015,  in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. His funeral will be a graveside service Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 2015, at 2:00 P. M. in the Cedar Springs Cemetery with Rev. Andy Glover officiating. Pallbearers will be Kevin and Frank Hall, Jesse “Snake” Wilkerson, Robert “Rob” Shoemaker, Scott Adams, Tim Evans, Shane Hill and Shawn Stringer. The family will receive friends at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 PM until about 1:15 PM. The family will be escorted to the cemetery from the funeral home.

     Munchie was born on August 13, 1962 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. to the late James Lee Baker and his mother, Neta Mae Chandler Baker of Blakely, Ga. He was a pulpwood logger for many years. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Gail McGlamory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the funeral home to help with the cost of the funeral expenses.

     Mr. Baker’s survivors, other than his mother, include 2 daughters: Shannon Harris & Tim of Atlanta, Ga. and Latosha  Baker of Atlanta; 3 sons: Shawn Stringer & Juliana of Albany, Ga., Shane Hill of Atlanta, Ga. and William “Will” Baker of Blakely, Ga.; 2 sisters: Linda Hall, Wanda Wilkerson, and a brother: James D. “Luke” Barber, all  of Blakely, Ga.; 5 grandchildren and several  nieces, nephews and cousins.

Emmett Smith

Emmett Smith     Emmett Smith, 89, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 21, 2015 at his residence after a lengthy illness. His funeral will be held Thursday morning, April 23, 2015, at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop and Mr. Cliff Starr officiating. The family will receive friends at the church starting a 10 AM in the Friendship Fellowship Hall. Pallbearers will Jeff McLain, Ray Garner, Denton Powers, Buddy Moore, Tony Fritz, Trey Smith, Donny McGowan and Tim McGowan. Honorary pallbearers will be Nephews, Great-Nephews and Cousins.

Mr. Emmett was born Dec. 27, 1925 in the Rock Hill community of Early County to the late Abdally Duncan Smith and Menla Marie Temples Smith. He was retired from Early Tractor Company , where he worked from 1953 until 1990. He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class and Men’s Choir. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: James Emmett “Jimmy” Smith; two sisters: Edith Smith Jones and Vivian Smith Moore; and by 4 brothers: A. D. Smith, Jr., Roy, Lynward and Bill Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Merlene McGowan Smith of Blakely, Ga. and a daughter, Sandra Smith Sanders and her husband, Charles of Norcross, Ga., 2 grandsons: Justin Lane and wife Marianna and William “Bo” Lane and wife Emily and by 5 great grandchildren: George Emmett Lane, Natalia Eleni Lane, Emma Catherine Lane, Annabelle Grace Lane and Myles Brunson Lane.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819 or to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.

Mary Belle Tedder Williams

Mary Belle Tedder Williams, 95, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 3 PM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Fred Odom and Mr. Ewell Jarrett officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1:30 to 2:30.

Mrs. Williams was born in Early County April 26, 1919 to the late Emmett Edgar Tedder and Belle Kegler Tedder. She was a homemaker and retired owner and operator of Mary B Grocery Store. She was a member of Colomokee Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Paul Williams. 2 sons, Rodney Williams and Tony Williams.4 brothers, Harry Tedder, Emmett Tedder, Lamar Tedder and John Tedder. and by 3 sisters; Gladys Scarborough, Inez Leavitte, and Margie Scerri.

Mrs. Williams is survived by a daughter; Anne Jenkins of Blakely and by 2 sons; Ralph J. Williams and wife  Crissy of Gainesville, Fl., Arthur Perry Williams of Blakely. Daughter-In-Law: Gloria Ann McCann Williams of Dothan. Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gentiva Hospice at 432 East Shotwell St., Bainbridge , Ga. 39819

Carole Ann Roberts Ross



Carole Ann Roberts Ross, 71, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Ga. Funeral service will be held  on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the George Cemetery. Rev. Scott Dobson and Rev. John Roberts officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be: James Bright, Bill Roberts, Dustin White, Matt Jansen, Emmett Mock and Bruce Wilson.

The family will receive friends at the at New Hope Baptist Church from 10:00 Until 11:00 Monday morning.

Mrs. Ross was born in Holyoke Massachusetts May 2, 1943 to the late Rev. Kingsley Sawyer Roberts, Sr. and Emily Antonia Bohm Roberts. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and was retired from the Collier County School System as a Bus Driver and Dispatcher. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband David Ross.

Mrs. Ross is survived by  a daughter Cheryl Ann Goddard of Alabama, a son Charles David Wilmet of Blakely and a step-daughter Lisa Barton and husband Brian of Florida. 3 Grandchildren: David Wilmet and wife Samantha, Adam Wilmet and wife Jackie and Mark Goddard and 3 great-grandchildren.  6 brothers: Dr. Joseph Roberts and wife Doralyn of Gorham, Maine, Rev. John Roberts and wife Sandra of Tryon, N.C. James Roberts and wife Dixie of Ft. Myers, Fl., Jeffery Roberts of Blakely, William Roberts and wife Dawn of Galax, VA., Kingsley Roberts, Jr. and wife Patsy of Melbourne Beach, Fl., 3 sisters: Cynthia Logan and husband Joe of Port Charlotte, Fl, Christine Molleur and husband Don of Blakely and Cheryl Harrell and husband Jerry of Blakely.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church or to he Huntington’s Disease Society at