Douglas Frederick Mars, of 459 Pine Rd., Edison, Ga. 39846, died Friday morning, Nov. 20, 2015 at his residence. His body will be cremated and  no service will be held in Edison. Mr. Mars was born Nov. 18, 1954 in Muskegon, Michigan to the late Douglas Wiebe Mars and to Evelyn Fethke Covaleski of Rockledge, FL. He was a heavy equipment mechanic but had been disabled for the last few years.

Other than his mother, Mr. Mars is survived by his wife, Tinda Holliday Mars of Edison, Ga., 2 Sons: Raymond Mars and Kendra of Gainesville, Fl. and John Thomas of Edison, Ga.; 4 daughters: Shellie Mitchell and Terrance, Julie Thomas, Melissa Courson and Josh, all of Okeechobee, Fl. and Samantha Thomas of Edison, Ga. There are also 9 grandchildren.

Lillian Remelle Moore DeVane

Lillian Remelle Moore DeVane  of Albany, Ga. passed away Sunday , November 15, 2015 at Evergreen Assisted Living in Albany, Ga. A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 1 PM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating.

Mrs. DeVane was born in Blakely, Ga. to the late Lester Moore and Lillian Willa Durham MooreShe attended and received her B.A. degree from the University of Alabama. She retired from the State of Georgia Mental Health Department where she devoted her life in loving and giving as much help to each and everyone of her clients.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Willa Sue Clemens of Albany, Ga.  Sharon Hixon and husband Terrell of Birmingham, Al.,  and Jennifer Dawn Lawrence of Cartersville, Ga.  Also by 2 granddaughters; Lauren Hixon and Jenna Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross of Albany, Ga  located at 1515 Dawson Rd. Albany, Ga. 31707                                 Phone 229-889-9000

Patricia Ann Adams Tyson

Patricia (Patsy) Ann Adams Tyson, 73, formerly of Dallas, Ga.  passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Calhoun County Nursing Home in Edison, Ga .  Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely with the family receiving friends starting at 1 PM, for an hour before the funeral. Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery in Edison, GA. Rev. Durwood Perry will be officiating the service.

Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Jackson, Jacob Jackson, Gerald Chapman, Hollis Adams, Billy Joe Adams, Randy Bass and Johnny Isler.

Mrs. Tyson was born in Edison, Ga. November 23 , 1941 to the late Dubert Bridges Adams and Beulah Bass Adams. She was a retired legal assistant   for the law firm of Southerland, Asbill and Brenner . A member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Dallas , Ga.  She received her business education at the Patricia Stevens Business School in Atlanta, Ga.  Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Tyson.

She is survived by 2 sisters: Mary and Bobby Jackson of Leary, Ga. and Peggy and Brian Slappy of Panama City Beach, Fl. A step-daughter Donna Smith and 2 step- grand children; Stephen and Amy Smith.  A nephew, Robert A. Jackson and wife Kim of Edison, three nieces, Monika J. Beckum of Leary, Lisa S. Clark of Crestview, Fl.. and Angela S. Land of Panama City Beach, Fl. There is one great nephew, Jacob Bridges Jackson and two great nieces, Abby Grace Beckum and Marlaina  Joy Land.

John Daniel “Danny” Manry

     John Daniel “Danny” Manry, 64, of 354 Turner St., Edison, Ga. passed away Nov. 2, 2015 at his home in Edison. At the request of the deceased, a private family graveside memorial will be held at a later date.

A native of Edison, Danny was a graduate of Calhoun County High School in 1969. While in high school, he was a star baseball and basketball player. Once, in his senior year, playing Marion Co. for the region basketball championship, Danny led his team to the championship by scoring all 19 of his team’s points in the 4th quarter, including hitting 17 of 17 free throws. Danny furthered his education by graduating from Troy University in 1973 with degrees in Psychology and Business. He owned & operated 3 businesses in Cairo, GA for several years before moving back to Edison, selling cars in Albany and Edison until he retired. He loved watching the Braves and rooting for the Auburn Tigers.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents: Tommy O. Manry, Sr. and Celestia A. Manry and a nephew, Josh Manry. He is survived by his daughter, Dana Blake Manry Ward and Brooks of Vidalia, GA.; a son, Derrick Manry of Millbrook, AL, a brother, Tommy Manry, Jr. and Donna of Edison, a niece Katie Gainey and Alex of Albany and a nephew, Jacob Manry of Edison.

Danny was a member of the Edison Baptist Church. Those desiring, may make a memorial donation to their favorite charity.

Elizabeth Ann Hammack Kirkland

Elizabeth Ann Hammack Kirkland, 75, of 1775 Fains Hatchery Rd. passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 at the Southwest Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Ga. Funeral service will b e held on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at 10 AM at the Salem Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Salem Cemetery .Rev. Chuck Stapp officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Josh Hilton, Michael Sinquefield, Jack Brooks, Shawn Wethersby, Richard Worthy and Bill Stone. 

Mrs. Kirkland was born in Edison, Ga. Sept. 20, 1940 to the late. J. B. Hammack and Lillie Mae Turner Hammack . She was a member of the Edison Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress from the Editex Textile Co. in Edison.

She is survived by her husband Connie James Kirkland of Edison, a daughter  Debbie K. Kelley and husband Jamey of Colquitt, Ga. 3 brothers: Walter Hammack and wife Carolyn of Arlington, Ga., Robert Hammack and Jimmy Hammack , both of Dothan, Al. 5 Grandchildren: Kevin Lee and wife Dena of Cuthbert, GA, Jamie McLeod and Scott of Leesburg, GA, Jalin, Allison and Noah Kelley. 5 Great Grandchildren: Hannah McLeod and Nicholas McLeod, both of Leesburg, Dallas Baker of Edison, Jenny Baker of Cuthbert and Dakota Baker of Moultrie.

Cecil Love

     Cecil Love, 83, of 15051 B, River St., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died early Friday morning, Oct. 30, 2015 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home, Blakely, Ga. His funeral will be held Monday, November 2, 2015, at 2 PM at the First Assembly of God Church in Blakely, Ga. Rev. Jimmy Love and Rev. Jerry Murkerson will be officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 1 PM at First Assembly of God, 1 hour prior to the funeral service. A private, family only, burial will follow in the  White Plains Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Noah Love, Kyle Bagwell, Randy McDonald, Walter McDonald, Tracy McDonald and Brad Love. Members of the McDonald’s Coffee Club with be Honorary pallbearers.

     Cecil was born September 1, 1932 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Dennis Love, Sr. and Gertrude Anglin Love. He was a retired, self-employed Cattle Buyer and a member of the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Marie McDowell & Esther Qualls and by 2 brothers: Earnest “Bud” Love & Dennis Love, Jr.

     His survivors include 3 daughters: Debbie Bagwell & Jimmy of Blakely, Pam Holmes & Flip of Albany and Joy Ryan & David of Blakely. There are 2 sons: Bill Love & Teresa of Hiram, Ga. and Joel Love & Jennifer of Watkinsville , Ga. His grandchildren are Mindy, Hannah, Kalli, Kyle, Colt, Kati, Kirsten, Kendall , Noah, Ally and Jon David. The great grandchildren are D. J., Gabriel, Ethan, Jaxson, Larkin, Makenzy and Rylan.  He has 3 sisters: Katie McDonald, Marjorie Chambliss & Frankie, Betty McGlamory & Gene, all of Blakely, Ga. and 4 brothers: J. D. Love & Bobbie, Carl Love & Grace, all of Blakely, Jerry Love & Gwen of Sasser, Ga. and Jimmy Love & Jo Ann of Thomasville, Ga.

Margaret Avra Sanders

     Mrs. Margaret Avra Sanders, 93, of Edison, Ga., died early Monday morning, Oct. 26, 2015 at the Calhoun Nursing Home in Edison GA. Her funeral will be held Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2015, at the graveside in the Salem Cemetery, Edison, GA at 2 PM with Dr. Todd Sullens officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely.

     Mrs. Sanders was born Dec. 17, 1921 in Georgetown (Quitman County), GA, to the late Edd Avra and Marjorie Johnson Avra. She was a member of the Edison Baptist Church and a homemaker. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Lamar Sanders.

When her husband, Curtis Sanders, was away in the Navy during WWII, she was in her early twenties but she ran their 5 “Plow” mule farm, hauling all products and supplies in her pickup truck. She made enough money to buy a house in town. Later, she worked many years at the Editex Textile Plant in Edison. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many, many cats.

Her survivors include 2 sons: Lamar Sanders  and his wife Dianne of Lexington, SC and Larry Sanders of Leary, GA. She has a sister, Mary Eddie Avra Gary and husband Gordon of Morris Station, GA, 5 grandchildren: Curt Sanders & Melissa of Demorest, GA, Michelle Sanders Farris & Rick of Lexington, SC, Stephanie Sanders McCravy & Scott also of Lexington, Sandy Sanders of Leary, GA,  DeAnn Sanders Ramsey & Robert of Leesburg, GA. and 4 great grandchildren: John Ramsey, Ava Farris, Coralie Farris and Sam McCravy. Mrs. Sanders also had a very dear friend in Alleane Callaway.

The family is gathering at the home place in Edison, Ga. at 420 S. Turner St. until the visitation Wednesday evening.

Dorothy “Dot” Bethea Holman

     Dorothy “Dot” Bethea Holman, 84, of 5814 Hwy 27 S., Blakely, Ga. 39823, passed away Sunday afternoon at her residence. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2015,  at 11 AM in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop and Dr. Alex Howell officiating. The family will receive friends in the Social Hall from 10 Am until service time at 11 AM. A graveside service will be held on November 14, 2015 at 2 PM in the Tatum , S. C. city cemetery.

     Dot was born November 21, 1930 in Tatum, SC to the late George James Bethea and Blanche Adrelia Stanton Bethea. She retired as the Director of the Early-Miller Training Center after many years of service. She was a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Home Economics and she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her 3 sisters: Blanche Lanier, Carolyn Cottingham and Gene Hamer and also by a brother: George Bethea.    

Her survivors include 2 daughters: Jeanne Holman Williamson and her husband Robert, Sammie Holman Hattaway and her husband Steve, all of Blakely, and a son: Max M. Holman, Jr. and his wife Tamie of Jakin, Ga. There are also 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions se sent to Special Olympics Georgia, 4000 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Suite 400, Building 400, Atlanta, GA 30340. Check needs to be bookmarked for Calhoun, Early and Miller Counties.

Richard Bonner May 2, 1959 – October 9, 2015

     Richard Glenn Bonner was born on May 2, 1959 in Edison, Georgia, a sleepy town in the southwest part of the state. His life was defined by his humble generosity and his willing presence. During his 56 years, he touched countless lives – but refused any acknowledgement for his good works. He preferred to be the mystery envelope on the doorstep of the family that could not afford Christmas, the anonymous donation that pushed a charity past its fund-raising goal, or the funeral bill that never came for the family that lost a  child.  He was the ultimate “Yes” man:    Dad,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dad ,                              It’s 3 a.m., our dog just died and I don’t want the kids to wake up and find her, will you help me bury her  in your yard?  “Yes.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “My friend’s son is turning 16, his dad is not there to test drive the car he wants, will you drive it and make sure it’s in good shape?”             “Yes.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Can we have a Wii bowling tournament at your house for the grandkids?” “Yes” … “One of the Wii remotes just went through the TV, can we get another TV?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Yes.”

Friends and family called him by many names: Rick, Ricky, Big Rick, Coach, Dad, but by far, his favorite was “Pops.” His legacy of love and generosity lives on with his seven grandchildren: Braxton, Luke, Lilly, Reese, Mary, Ellis and Ruby. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with them or go to their games, plays, recitals or competitions. If his grandkids were there, Pops was there.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Inez Bonner and Thomas Earl Bonner, and his two brothers; Phil Bonner and  Robert Bonner. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Laura Cromer Bonner; two children, Teresa Bonner Browning (Justus) and William “Billy” Bonner (Katie); seven grandchildren; two brothers; Edgar “Bunk” Bonner (Sally) and Wayne Bonner and r=four sisters; Gail Gandy )David), Sharon Riley (Eddie), Carolyn Downing (mark) and Ramona Knighton (Charles).

A visitation was held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.  unto 3:00 p.m. in the chapel at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604. A celebration of life service was held in the chapel at 3:00 p.m., immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Al Kirkland

Alfred (Al) Kirkland, 87, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Al Kirkland, Jerry Mears, Billy Mears and Danny Mulkey.

Al was born October 6, 1928 to the late Hosea K. Kirkland and Jewell Burkett Kirkland . He attended Hilton United Methodist Church. He also served in the U.S. Army. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Annie Mae Walker and Willow Dean Mears.

Al  is survived by his wife Vera Knighton Kirkland, daughter Elaine K. Thomason and husband Rick of Santa Rosa Beach, Fl.; a sister Hilda Merle Temples of Wildwood, Fl. and a brother Doyal Kirkland and wife Kathy of Hobart, Ind. Also by 8 nephews, 3 nieces and a granddog Harley.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hilton United Methodist Church at 1751 Ga. Hwy 62 Blakely,   Ga. 39823 or to the Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1436 Albany, Ga. 31702.