Martha Vivian Clements Jenkins


Martha Vivian Clements Jenkins, 90, of Blakely, Ga., died June 23, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. Jenkins was born July 3, 1925, in Henry County, Ala., to the late Van and Avie Mae Lanton Clements. She was a Homemaker. She was a member of Enterprise Free Will Baptist Church in Blakely and Blakely Chapter #282 Order of the Eastern Star. She never met a stranger. Her home was always open. She was known for her love of family and friends and shared her wonderful cooking and friendship with everyone. She enjoyed singing with family and friends.

Mrs. Jenkins was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Jenkins; two infant daughters; four sisters, Dorothy Long, Minnie Clements, Geraldine Jenkins, and Jo Ann Hall; and two brothers, Curtis Clements and Van Clements, Jr.

Survivors include one son, Ralph James “Buddy” Jenkins of Blakely, Ga; three daughters, Judy Moore, Suzann Culpepper and husband Ronnie, and Dawn Mims all of Blakely, Ga; one brother, Jerry Clements and wife Edna of Dothan, Ala; 4 grandchildren, Joe Pate and wife Jennifer of Manchester, N.H., Terry Moore and wife Mindy of Columbus, Lauren Brookins and husband Chris of Blakely, and Mark Culpepper of Americus; 2 great-grandchildren, Alyson Tatum of Manchester, N.H. and Allie Moore of Columbus and host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. T.J. Bennett and Sterling Jones officiating. Interment followed at Enterprise Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joe Pate, Terry Moore, Mark Culpepper, Chris Brookins, Mike Givens and George Bates.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

Flowers will be accepted or donations made to Enterprise Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Judy Moore at 2232 Simmons Road, Blakely, GA 39823.

Benjamin Donald Vickers

Benjamin Donald (Don) Vickers, 84, passed away early Monday morning June, 20, 2016 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early . Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11 AM in the First United Methodist Church of Blakely. Burial will follow in the Pine Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Phillip Kirkland, Rev. Bill Hovey  and Mr Gene Vickers, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends in the social hall of the church from 10 AM until funeral time.

Active pallbearers are Phil Evans, Pat Vickers, Chris Allums, Eddie Riley, William Cleveland and Jason Long.

Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Taunton, Terry Bevis, Martin Evans, Tom Riley, Doug Morris, Gary Joiner , John Moseley and Jack Sutton.

Mr.  Vickers was born in Blackshear, Ga. September 3, 1931 to the late Aultman Vickers and Eva Minchew Vickers. He was a retired paper maker for Great Northern Paper Co. Member of Beulah Baptist Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson; Jamie Edward Vickers and a brother; Eugene Vickers.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elvyn Virginia Wilkes Vickers of Jakin, Ga.; 2 daughters: Debbie & husband Philip Evans of Blakely and Donna & husband Darius Moss of Donalsonville, Ga. 2 Sons;: Danny & wife Bridget Vickers of Eufaula, Al. and Mike and wife Candi Vickers of Blakely 11 Grandchildren: Gina (Chason) Newberry, Tiffany (Jason) Long, April (Dee) Grist, Amber (Chad) Strickland, Phil (Deana) Evans, Michelle Vickers, Pat (Cynthia) Vickers, Eve (Gerald) Smith, Jeremy (Tina) Vickers, Katie (Cody) Stevens and Jessie (Christina) Ebersole  33 Great-Grandchildren.

William Steven Hall

William Steven Hall , 61, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. James Scarborough officiating.

Steve was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Miami, Fl. to the late Theodore Frank Hall and Carol Beatrice Wade Hall. Before his illness he was employed as a logger operator for Timber Roundup Co. Teddy Hall and Tisha Murkersonall of Blakely, Ga.

He is survived by : Ex-Wife and Friend: Donna Gulliams Hall ; a daughter: Casey Hall Trahan, 2 sons: Chris Hall, Teddy Hall and Tisha Murkerson, 2 sisters: Ginger Lane and husband Gerry and Jackie Twombly both of Hartford, N.C. a brother: Frank Hall and Susan Boren of Hilton, Ga. 3 grandchildren: Harley Marie Trahan, Jada Leigh Trahan and Addrianna Nichole Trahan.  Several nieces and nephews.

Harvey Glenn Freeman

Harvey Glenn Freeman, 63, born July 2, 1952 died of pancreatic cancer on 6/15/16 at home.  He served his country for 7 years in the United States Army before becoming a stay at home Dad to his 3 adopted children, Charles, Elizabeth and Randy.  Glenn loved to fish, hunt and cook food for his family. Memorial service will be held at a local VFW in Iowa escorted by the Iowa Thunder Motorcycle Club (All Veterans). 

He is survived by his son, Charles (Susan), daughter Elizabeth, grandson Gabriel,  sisters Linda Peebles and husband John, Lynn Armstrong and husband Martin , brothers Robert (Rocky)Freeman and wife Kim,  Gordon Freeman and wife Sherrie and many cousins and friends.

He was preceeded in death by his mother, Vereene Freeman, father Robert Freeman and his son Randall Freeman.

Glenn is no longer in pain and is with his Heavenly Father whom he had a close relationship.  He will be missed by all.

Jill Newberry Askew


    Jill Newberry Askew Passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 in Panama City Beach, Florida. Jill was the daughter of Olin and Ginger Newberry of Arlington, GA.

    Jill is survived by her two sons Daroyl and Christian Askew of Fort Gaines, GA; two Sisters, Jennifer Newberry Booker of McKinney, TX, Alison Newberry Tomlinson of Greensboro, NC.

    Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at  1:30 at the Arlington Methodist Church in Arlington, GA.

Bobbie Ruth Jordan



Bobbie Ruth Jordan on Angel’s wings did depart this earth on Sunday June 12, 2016 in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She was 75 years young. Miss Jordan was born September 1, 1940 in Blakely, GA to the late Robert Lee Jordan and Ruth Jordan.  She is preceded in death by her brother Sammy Jordan and her life partner of 39 years Loren Ewing. She is survived by her sister Joann Fitzgibbons, Robert Fitzgibbons and ten nieces and nephews.


Bobbie Ruth was faith, she embraced it to survive. Born with an impaired muscle condition she struggled to participate in the daily affairs of life. What she did do was pray and dream. Her dream was to live a ‘normal’ life, be a successful contributor in the workforce and meet and marry a Hollywood actor.

Bobbie’s faith took her from Atlanta to live near her sister JoAnn in southern California. Bobbie began a successful working career at Casa Colina Rehab Center. It also happened that a Hollywood actor named Loren Ewing was rehabbing in a facility near Bobbie from an injury he incurred on a movie set. The two met along the way, developed a friendship which blossomed into a 39 year love relationship.  Bobbie’s hard work was honored with an Employee of the Year award at a formal ceremony at Casa Colina Rehab Center.  A few years later her life story was featured in a book publication.


Her faith, ushered through her earnest prayer was answered in a beautiful life. She will always be remembered in our hearts and so many others as an Angel.


A Funeral service is planned for Saturday June 18th, 2016 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral home at 11:00 am with Dr. Alex Howell officiating. A viewing and visitation is scheduled at 10:00 am. Burial will be in the Blakely Cemetery.

John Jeffery Weimer

John WeimerJohn Jeffery Weimer, 53, passed away today, June 7, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Friday , June 10, 2016 at 6 PM at the home of Misti and  Mikie Lee. Located at 1147 White Chandler Rd. Blakely, Ga. 39823

John was born January 21, 1963 in Connellsville, PA to the late Michael Francis Weimer Sr. and Hallie Virginia Leasure Weimer. He was a self employed mechanic and attended the First Church of Nazarene  in Donalsonville, Ga.

He is survived by his wife Susan Bush Weimer ; daughter Misti and Mikie Lee of Blakely and a son Jonathan Jackson of Blakely; a sister Kaye Custard of Gainsville, Fl. and a brother Michael and Penny Weimer of West Palm Beach, Fl.  also by 3 grandchildren Hunter Tyler, Hallie Richardson and Weston Lee.  Mother and Father -in-Law: Clara and Lawson (Pee Wee) Heart of Colquitt, Ga.

Mildred Cedonia Beck

Beck, Mildred.jpg 2Mildred Cedonia Beck, age 85, of Clermont, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2016. She was born on January 12, 1931 to the late William Carlton Manry and Olivia Wright Dillinger.  She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Carlota and Edwena.  Also, her husband Paul E. Beck, and son John D. Beck.  She will by truly missed by her remaining 7 children, Carlton Fountain – Willis TX, Delores Forringer – Leesburg FL, Charlotte Hooks – Pensacola FL, Sara  Smith – Pensacola FL,  Kay Gabler – Virginia Beach VA, Paul Beck – Topeka KS, and Robert Beck – San Jose CA.  She dearly loved her 36 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11 AM in  the Salem Cemetery in Edison Ga with Rev. J. C. Beck officiating.

She was raised on the “White Belt Dairy” in Hialeah, FL. She loved playing on the dairy and it was at the dairy where she developed her passion for riding horses.  She had fond memories of her horse “Montana”.  She often rode in the Miami, Orange Bowl New Year’s Eve parade.  She attended Hialeah High School.

Mildred pursued her interest in the medical field by serving as a Nurses Aid at the Army Medical Hospital in Fort Benning, GA.   Her favorite time nursing was spent working in the Neonatal Unit tending babies.  Just prior to her passing, she told us she was going to heaven to rock all the babies.

Paul and Mildred had a passion for traveling, they enjoyed their motor home, and sightseeing across the United States. Friends never knew when they were going to be pulling up in their yard. They were members of multiple camping clubs over the years and enjoyed friendships with many camping buddies.

Our mother cared deeply for everyone she knew, whether they were her family member, friend, or co-worker. She was always willing to help someone in need and had a very kind heart.  She had numerous friends and her house was often filled with liveliness and laughter.  She had countless life-long friends that she communicated with regularly.

We could not have asked for a better mother. She taught us so much about how to love and respect each other, the importance of appreciating the simple things in life, and most of all, stressed how we could become anything we chose to be.  Her love and compassion reached to so many levels and so many people.  We will all miss her dearly

Charles Joseph McCorkle

     Charles Joseph McCorkle, 74, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, AL. His family has had he body cremated and a memorial service may be held at a later date. Charles was born in Colquitt, Ga. on July 6, 1941 to the late Maurice Marvin McCorkle and Beulah Bundy McCorkle. He was a truck driver and was of the Baptist faith.

His survivors include 4 sons: Jeffery, Roy, Terry and Charles  McCorkle, Jr., all of Tennessee and a daughter Toina Matthews of Florida. He has a brother: Jimmy McCorkle of Blakely and a sister: Shirley Spence of Tallahassee, Fl.

Janice Sue Grantham Powell

     Sue Powell, 67, of 1111 Edison Hwy, Ft. Gaines, Ga. 39851, died Wednesday evening in  Flowers Hospital of Dothan, AL. Her funeral will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2 PM EDT in the Ft. Gaines, Baptist Church with Jeff Hines and Rev. Randy Stokes officiating. Burial will follow in the New Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening, May 28, 2016 at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral in Blakely from 6 until 8 PM. Active pallbearers will be Dale Brown, Steve Grantham, Greg Grantham, Earl McMullen, Jonathon Powell and Reeds Sanders, Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Powell and Riley Stockton.

Sue was born June 19, 1948 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Henry C. Grantham and Annie Louise Storey Grantham. She was a hostess at George T. Bagby State Park and a homemaker. She was a member of the Ft. Gaines Baptist church. Other than her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Towns Powell.

Her survivors include a daughter: Mary Ann Powell Stockton and Earl of Livingston, TN, 2 sons: Michael Powell & Jill of Coleman, GA and Mark Powell of Abbeville, AL. She has a brother: James Grantham of Cordele, GA and 5 grandchildren: Jonathon Powell, Eli Powell, Hannah Davis,  Reed Sanders and Riley Stockton. Sue also had a very special friend for many years in Stephen Moulton of Ft. Gaines, GA. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Ft. Gaines Baptist Church, P. O. Box 248, Ft. Gaines, Ga. 39851.