William Davis Byrd

     William Davis Byrd, 78, of 6415 Thomas Drive, Unit # 1503, Panama City Beach, Fl. 32408, died Sunday afternoon at his residence. The funeral is going to be held, Wednesday afternoon, October 7, 2015, at 4 PM at the graveside in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arlington, Ga. with his sister, Dale B. Tyson giving the eulogy. The family will receive friends at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home  Wednesday afternoon from 1 until 3 PM.

Mr. Byrd was born in the Rowena Community of Early County, Ga. on Dec. 12, 1936 to the late Benjamin Howard Byrd and his mother, Mrs. Helen Davis Byrd of Fayetteville, Ga. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga. and received an AA degree from Gordon Military Academy in Barnesville, Ga. He was the Owner and Operator if Bill Byrd Kia in Panama City, Fl. He was a U. S. Air Force peacetime veteran serving for four years after the Korean Conflict. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by a son: Jeffrey Scott Byrd.

His survivors include his mother, Helen Annette Davis Byrd of Fayetteville, GA; his daughter, Tiffany Ann Byrd of Vancleave, MS; 2 sons: David Ashley Byrd and his wife Courtney and William D. Byrd, II and his wife Cassie, all of Mobile, AL.; a sister, Dale B. Tyson of Fayetteville and 2 grandchildren. Mr. Byrd was also survived by a true and loyal friend in Don Donohoe of Panama City Beach, FL.

Lauren Renee’ Philips

     Lauren Renee’ Phillips, 27, 1o34 Eleven Bridges Rd.,Cuthbert, Ga. 39840, died Saturday night in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at 2 PM in the First Baptist Church of Blakely with Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation, Monday evening from 6 until 8 PM, at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Kristopher Phillips, Will Wiley, Spencer Rice, Rock Holt, Sean Phillips and Ron Moreland.

Lauren was born in Martinsville, VA, June 16, 1988 to her father, Brian Keith Phillips of Pensacola, FL and her mother, Selena Renee’ Hammock Rice of Blakely, Ga. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist church of Blakely, Ga.

Her survivors include her mother, Renee’ Rice and stepfather, Keith Rice of Blakely, GA, her father, Brian Keith Phillips of Pensacola, FL; her son: Jayden Riley Phillips of Blakely, GA, 2 daughters: Mia Renee’ Sanders of Panama City, FL and Jacelyn Alease Thompson of Blakely, GA; her fiancé, Jimmy Thompson of Edison, GA. She has a brother: Kristopher James Phillips of Dothan, AL, a step-brother: Spencer Blaine Rice of Roswell, GA and a step-sister: Kelsey Jordan Rice Holt and Rock of Colquitt, GA. She also has her paternal grandmother: Mrs. Charlie Curry of Bean Station, TN and her paternal step grandparents: Larry and Adrianne Rice of Bainbridge, Ga.

Hoyt Patterson

Hoyt Patterson, 80, passed away today, September 26, 2015 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 3 PM  in the Arlington Baptist Church. Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. The family will receive friends Monday at the church from 2 PM until funeral time.

Serving as pallbearers will be Aaron, Keaton, Jonathon, James and Kyle Patterson and Mike Stuart. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of his Sunday School Class.

. Mr. Patterson was born August 12, 1935 in McCaysville, Ga. to the late Arvil Lee Patterson and Lenora Bowers Patterson. He was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church. Retired as a bookkeeper from Cindot Systems. He also served in the U.S. Army. He attended Berry college where he received his bachelors degree in Chemistry.  Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers ; Charles Patterson and Brite Patterson.

He is survived by his wife Dora P. Stuart Patterson. 2 sons: Keith Patterson and wife Babs of Calhoun, TN. and Kevin Patterson and wife Kim of Brunswick, Ga. 6 grandchildren: Aaron, Katelyn,  Keaton, Jonathan, James and Kyle Patterson. and by 2 Great-grandchildren: Alyssa and Colton Patterson and by 2 Step-Great grandchildren: Kenneth and Jeremiah Rice.

In Lieu of  flowers be sent, instead memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital located at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38125

Julia Gertrude Smith Peterson

Julia Gertrude (Gertie) Smith Peterson, 93, passed away today, September 24, 2015 at Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Keith Horn officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday morning from 9:30 until 10:45.

Mrs. Peterson was born in Homerville, Ga. May 8, 1922 to the late John Calvin Smith and Susan Emma Fulford Smith. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and retired as a sales clerk for McKemmie Brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband William Marcus Peterson and by a son William Brent Peterson.

Mrs.. Peterson is survived by 2 daughters; Judy Rector and husband Joe and Debbie Collins and husband Randall all of Panama City Beach  FL., 3 grandchildren; Travis Gregory Tatum of Birmingham, Al., Michael Shane Driver and wife Susan of Blakely and Adam Blake English of Los Angeles, Ca.  A great-grandson ; Michael Shane Driver II.A sister Ruth Lee and husband Jimmy of Bainbridge, Ga. and by 2 nieces Pam Lee and Melinda Reid.

Anita Bridges Carter

Carter 2Anita Bridges Carter, 87, of Arlington, GA died Friday evening, Sept. 11, 2015 at Willowood Assisted living Center in Edison, Ga. Graveside services will be held Monday morning, Sept. 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Arlington, GA, with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13, 2015, from 5 until 7 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely.

Born January 7, 1928 in Dawson, GA, Mrs. Carter was the daughter of the late Eli and Jessie Chambers Bridges. Mrs. Carter was an elementary school teacher for 36 years and retired from the Calhoun County School System. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church and the WMU and also taught Sunday school for 36 years, was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Julian Carter of Arlington, GA; her 2 daughters: Lynne Carter Stone of Moultrie, GA and Julie Carter Knox of Dallas, GA; and her siblings: Ruby Robinson, Lorena Lee, Charlie Bridges, Carl Bridges, Ermine Freeman and James Bridges.

Her survivors include four granddaughters: Jessica Stone Bryan and Glen, Marilee Stone Bridges and Jonathan, Anne Kathryn Stone, all of Moultrie, GA and Leah Knox of Dallas, GA; and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are son-in-law’s David Stone of Moultrie, GA and Ed Knox of Dallas, GA and her sisters: Marion Mathis of Thomaston, GA and Hazel Trombley of Dunedin, FL.

Carl Jackson Thorne

Carl Jackson Thorne, 75, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Jonathon Fuller officiating.

Mr. Thorne was born in Blakely, Ga. to the late Willie C. Thorne, Sr. and Ida Elizabeth Harbuck Thorne. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Pam Lamb and by 2 brothers Willie C. Thorne, Jr. and John Lee Thorne.

Mr. Thorne is survived by 1 brother; Billy Thorne of Dothan, Al. and by 3 sisters; Ruby Nell Johnson of Blakely, Lottie O’Bryan of Dothan, Al and Sheryl Miller of Daleville, Al.



Edward Earl (Bud) Toole, Sr.

Edward Earl (Bud) Toole, Sr,77,passed away today, September 4, 2015 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 3 PM in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery.  Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2:45 PM.

Serving as pallbearers are Sammie Joe Baker, Owen Fussell, Eddie Martin, Jeff Toole, Ashton Newberry and Hal Alston.

Bud was born in Blakely, Ga. November 4, 1937 to the late Daniel Burley (Buck) Toole and Edna Earl Lewis Toole. He was a retired Woodyard Supervisor for what was formerly called Great Southern Paper Co. Served in the Air Force and was of Baptist Faith. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Bill Toole and Arthur Toole and by 2 sisters; Thelma Cole and Frances Payne.

Bud is survived by his wife; Brenda Scarborough Toole of Blakely, 2 sons: Edward (Ed) Toole Jr. of Dothan, Al. and Kenneth (Ken) Toole and wife Kim of Valdez, N.C. and by 2 granddaughters; Amelia and Libby Toole. 2 brothers: Dan Toole and wife Barbara of Temple, Ga. and Drake Toole of Woodstock, Ga. 3 sisters: Lottie Alston  and Pat Newberry of Arlington, Ga. and Sue Barksdale and husband Bill of Marietta, Ga. Also by several nieces and nephews.

Homer Cyrus Houston, Jr.


Homer Cyrus Houston, Jr, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 3, 2015. He was born September 21, 1926, near Blakely, GA. He was the seventh child of eleven children born to Laura Mock Houston and Homer Cyrus Houston. Homer was raised on a farm outside of Blakely and graduated from Damascus High School where he was King of the Class and two time all-state basketball player. He married Samolene Cooper in 1947 and they moved to Dothan, AL, where they had one son, Cyrus Phillip Houston. Homer began work with Colonial Baking in 1947 as a route salesman and worked 42 years with them until he retired as their sales manager in 1990. Homer was always active in the Baptist church and most recently served as a deacon at Southside Baptist Church in Blakely, Ga. He was a people person and made many friends through his work, church and social activities. Known by family and friends as the ” ultimate good guy”, he was quick to help, teach or encourage others around him. Homer was preceded in death by his wife, “Sam”, after 62 years of marriage and is survived by his son, Phillip; daughter-in-law, Katherine ( Kathy) Rivers Houston; granddaughter, Jenny Oakes Sobera, husband, Paul Scott Sobera, children, Will, Carter, Lily Kate and Shaw; grandson, Philip Colton Houston, wife, Megan McCall Houston, children, Caroline ; grandson, Hunter Lee Houston. He is also survived by 2 sisters; Eugenia Redding of Ft. Valley, Ga. and Betty Strickland of Ashford, Al. and by 2 brothers; Chester an d Thelma Houston and Stanley and Linda Houston – both of Blakely. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Hilda King and by 5 brothers; Bill Houston, Charlie Houston, Bob Houston, Bruce Houston and Max Houston. Homer’s family wishes to thank relatives and friends who have supported them though this time. A special thank you to the UAB doctors, nurses and medical personnel who have attended to Homer during his time of need. They performed their work professionally, but with loving care to Homer and family. Thanks and may God bless you.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. There will also be a Celebration of Life Service held at Southside Baptist Church at 1 pm. Rev. Rick Smith officiating. After the service the family will receive friends.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the McDonald Coffee Group.

Elsie Mills Henson

Elsie Mills Henson went home to be with her Lord on August 28, 2015. She was peacefully taken to her heavenly home on Friday. Born January 13, 1928 to George Marion Mills and Martha Buena Sutton Mills in Fort Gaines, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her darling Jack on September 15, 1965. At the age of 16 she began working in the Fort Gaines Drug Company owned by her father. Following her graduation from high school, Elsie spent the summer working in Atlanta. In the fall, she attended the University of Georgia. The following December 25, 1947 she married Andrew Jackson Henson, the single love of her life. Elsie and Jack lived in the Cotton Hill community prior to returning to her ancestral home in Fort Gaines. Elsie, was a member of Fort Gaines Baptist Church, as were her mother and grandmother before her. She spent her life guiding her children to become faithful, God loving adults. Her five daughters were often seen wearing dresses designed and sewn with her loving hands. Following the death of her husband she began her working career outside the home. In 2003 she retired from over 30 years of service at the Fort Gaines Hospital and Nursing Home.

She is survived by her six children, Cheryl (Cherry) Henson Naramore, Nanette Henson Selman (Bill), Gene Jackson Henson (Joyce), Penny Henson Childers, Jennifer Henson Mason (Kenny), and Jocelyn Henson Warnock (Ric). Twelve grandchildren, Renee Miranda (Omar), Ken Altschul (Suzanne), Michael Selman (Elizabeth), Daniel Selman (LaDonna), Laurie Joseph, Drew Henson (Mickel), Jamie Henson, Todd Childers (Miranda), Ben Childers, Jack Childers, Angel Mallory (Jimmy), Dixie Mason and twenty- three great grandchildren.

This beloved wife and mother will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Pall bearers will be her much loved grandsons. Honorary pall bearers will be nephews Tommy Mills and Mike Mills, friend Willie Ed Reynolds and George Hartley.

Manry, Jordan, and Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, GA will be coordinating the arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, August 31st from 6-8 PM. The funeral will be at Fort Gaines Baptist Church, Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 AM, with the graveside services at New Park Cemetery. Revs: Mike Hartley, Randy Stokes and Jeff Hines will be officiating.

Cindy Howard Pitts

     Cindy Howard Pitts, 51, of 333 Long Branch Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Wednesday afternoon, August 26, 2015 at Flowers Hospital, Dothan, Al. Her family is honoring Cindy’s wishes to be cremated.  A Memorial Service for her will be held Friday afternoon, August 28, 2015 at 2 PM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating and Janie Thomas White giving a Eulogy. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary starting a 1 PM Friday.

     Cindy was born on Dec. 12, 1963, in Blakely, Ga., to the late Phillip Steward Howard and Mary Beth Brunson McDonald. She was a graduate of Early County High School, a member of Southside Baptist Church and was the Payroll Manager for the Blakely office of Birdsong Peanut Company.

     Her survivors include her husband, Kevin Pitts of Blakely and a daughter, Maria Marquez both of Blakely, Ga. and a son Hunter Cook and his wife Ashton of Athens, Ga. She also has a step-daughter, Brittany Hughes and her husband Dylan and a step-son, Bryce Pitts and wife Laken , all of Tallassee, Al. She has 2 brothers: Stu Howard of Tallahassee, Fl. and Swann Howard and his wife Heather of Vienna, Ga.