Mrs. Doris Dowdy, 87, of 263 Bull St., Damascus, Ga., died early Thursday morning, April 17, 2014  at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will b e held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Buren Womble officiating. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and a great grandson: Jason Tedder, Tom Howard, Gant Dowdy, Chris Dowdy, Eric Dowdy and Stephen Dozier. The family will have a visitation Friday evening  from 7 until 9 Pm at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dowdy was born September 26, 1926 in Crisp County, Georgia to the late Alvin Lorenza Dorminey and Irene Beatrice Jones Dorminey. She was a homemaker, a member of the Damascus Baptist Church, and a loving mother,  grandmother and great grandmother. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Dowdy, 2 sons, W. A. Dowdy and Rickey Dowdy and by several siblings.

Her survivors include a daughter: Rhonda D. Howard and Fred of Albany, Ga., a son: Reginal Dowdy & Linda of Cedar Bluff, Al., 2 daughter-in-laws: Diana Dowdy of Colquitt, Ga. and Patty Dowdy of Newton, Ga., a sister: Mittie Thomas of Thomaston, Ga., 2 brothers: Charles Dorminey of Dothan, Al. and Ronald Dorminey & Geraldine of Dahlonega, Ga. There are 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren also surviving.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be sent to the Damascus Baptist Church, P. O. Box 187,  Damascus, Ga. 39841


  Mr. Lloyd Pittman, 59, of 263 Eufaula Hwy., Ft. Gaines, Ga. passed away Sunday morning, April 13, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness. His funeral will be a graveside service held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1 P.M. in the New Park Cemetery, Ft. Gaines, Ga. with Rev. Jimmy Cox officiating. The family will gather in the cemetery around 12 noon and receive friends for 1 hour before the service starts.

Mr. Pittman was born in High Springs, Fl. on November 7, 1954. He was a commercial fisherman for many years in the Ft. Gaines area and was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his father, a Mr. Pittman and by his mother, Callie Douglas White and his step-father, Elmer Claude White and a brother, Roy Bass.

His survivors include his wife: Julie Ann Storey Pittman of Ft. Gaines, Ga.; a son: Lloyd Lavon Pittman of Troy, Al.; a sister: Ella Sasser & Ken of High Springs, Fl. and a brother: Kenneth White & Alicia of Ft. White, Fl. and several nieces and nephews.

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


SONY DSC   D’Arsey Stewart, Sr., 75, died Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2014,  at his residence in Quincy, Fl.  His funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014 at 3 P.M. EDT in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Fred Odom and Rev. Jimmy Love officiating. The pallbearers will be Randy Wilkerson, Tim Whiddon, Curtis Carter, Jeffery Whiddon, Stuart Scott and David Scott. Carl Williams will be an alternate pallbearer. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until funeral time at 3. Burial will follow the funeral service in the Blakely Cemetery.

D’Arsey was born June 26, 1938 in Blakely, Georgia to the late John Thomas Stewart and Annie Lois Brooks Stewart. He was retired as an Industrial Contractor and was of the Baptist Faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Elaine S. Engram, a great granddaughter, Leda Tedder, a sister, Fauvettee Lynn and a brother, Sterling Ray Stewart. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army, having  served during the Korean Conflict.

His survivors include his wife: Charlene Williford Stewart of Quincy, Fl., 2 daughters: Theresa Allison & Phillip of Cumming, Ga. and Wyndy Enfinger & Bobby Ray of Blakely. Ga., 2 sons: D’Arsey Stewart, Jr. & Nevada of Ashford, Al. and Randy Allen Stewart & Amy Bessette of Tallahassee, Fl. He also has 3 sisters: Merle Turner & Harold of Lakeland, Fl., Betty Craft of Huntsville, Al., Gwen Love & Jerry of Sasser, Ga.  and 2 brothers: Herman Stewart & Leslie of Plant City, Fl.,  David Stewart of Albany, Ga. and 11 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. 



Picture1ffff   William Franklin Arnold, Jr., 62, of 1886 S. Main St., Blakely, Ga., died Thursday afternoon at his residence following a lengthy illness. His memorial service will be held Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 at 11 A. M. in the First United Methodist Church, Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Jay Reppert and Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 10 AM until 10:45 Am, right before the memorial service.

Franklin was born June 27, 1951 in Cuthbert, Ga. to the late William Franklin Arnold, Sr. and Margaret Boyett Arnold. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely,  was a graduate of Georgia Tech,  having received  a  B. A. degree in Industrial Management and was a self-employed businessman in Land Management. He was owner/operator of Liberty Hill Plantation in Early County/Blakely, Ga. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. David Arnold.

Franklin is survived by his wife, Deborah Barnett Arnold of Blakely, his son, William Franklin Arnold, III & wife  Lindsay of Savannah, Ga., two daughters, Melinda A. Miller & husband Todd of Athens, Ga. and Elizabeth A.  Williams & husband Josh of St. Simons Island, Ga. He has a sister, Margaret A. Jackson & husband Jim of Forsyth, Ga. and 5 grandchildren: William Franklin Arnold, IV and Ashleigh Arnold, both of Savannah, Andrew and Davis Miller, both of Athens, Ga. and Elizabeth James Williams of St. Simons Island, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to either the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, Ga. 30061-6411 or the the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


  Mrs. Dorothy J. Taylor, 58, of 208 York Rd., Sylvester, Ga., passed away Saturday evening at the Willson Hospice House in Albany. Her funeral will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely with Rev. Bobby Joe Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arlington, Ga. The family will receive friends for a visitation Tuesday night from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born June 28, 1955 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Woodrow Wilson Mainor and Charlie Mae Tindol Mainor Alday. She was a bookkeeper for Albany Home Patient Care and of the Baptist Faith. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Jo Mayo.

Her survivors include her husband, Fred Lee Taylor, Sr. of Sylvester, Ga.; 3 daughters: Tracy Marshall & Shane of Albany, Ga., Marie Summerlin of  Blakely and Kay White and Billy of Blakely, Ga.; a son: Fred Lee Taylor, Jr. and fiance’ Rhonda Willis of Cairo, Ga. She has 4 sisters: Susan Hilburn & Don of Macon, Ga., Judy Dixon of Valdosta, Ga., Christine Lay & Wayne of Leesburg, Ga. and Bonnie Fincher & Randy of Leary, Ga. There are 7 grandchildren: Taylor and Clint Hyde of Albany, Ga., Hunter and Brinly Fallin of Leesburg, Ga., Chelsea White of Leesburg, Ga., Morgan and Dallas White of Blakely.

William David Chapman

William David (Buddy) Chapman, of Dothan, Al. , 81, passed away March 31, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 AM  EDT in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating. Military Rites will conclude the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday morning from 10  AM until 10:45 AM EDT.

Buddy was born Early Co., Ga. July 1, 1932 to the late Joe Chapman and Mellie Sue Gill Chapman. He was a member of Westview United Methodist Church in Blakely and was retired from Swift Textile Co. and Dothan Securities as a Security Guard.  He also served in the U.S. Army. Other than his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Ruby Lee Cox Chapman,  a brother Bobby Chapman and by 4 sisters  Helen Smith, Earlene Stagg, Sandra Lawson and Daphene Chapman.

Buddy is survived by a sister Melba (Sissy) Grimsley and husband Chuck of Headland, Al. and by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews that loved their “Uncle Buddy”. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38106


Juanita Grimsley Wilson

   Juanita Grimsley Wilson, 94, passed away peacefully March 31, 2014 at Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, Ga.

   Mrs. Wilson was born August 9, 1919, in Arlington, Ga. to the late Ione Singleton Grimsley and Benjamin Gordon Grimsley. She was a graduate of Andrew College in Cuthbert and North Georgia College in Dahlonega. Mrs. Wilson was a devoted teacher for 25 years and strived to inspire in her students a desire to do their best at whatever challenge was presented. She later worked as a librarian with the Kinchafoonee Regional                         Library System for over 15 years. After retirement, she served as a teacher and librarian at Greenfield Academy.

   She was a faithful member of Preston First United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities through the years and was a longtime member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Wilson served her community faithfully and was active in many organizations. She was a charter member of the Preston Woman’s Club, and was active in the Richland Garden Club, the Preston Red Hat Society, the Brantley Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Terrell County Retired Teacher’s Association. She served on the RESA board for Webster County and served over 40 years to expand public library service  for her community. The meeting room at Webster County Library was named in her honor in 2014.

   While a resident of Early Memorial Nursing Home, Mrs. Wilson served as president of the Resident’s Council where she was a positive advocate for programs and activities to benefit nursing home residents. She enjoyed the many activities offered to residents, especially the occasional fishing trips to a local pond.

   As all great treasures, her memory will be as powerful as her presence on those who loved her and those she loved.

   Mrs. Wilson was married to Newell Felton Wilson for almost 61 years, spending all of her married life on the family farm in Preston.

   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Newell Felton Wilson: two brothers, Gordon Grimsley and Paul Grimsley; and a sister, Marinell Grimsley Givens.

   Mrs. Wilson is survived by a daughter, Barbara Wilson Crawford and husband Donnie of Blakely; three grandchildren, Jennie Crawford Clark and husband Dowe of Elba and Blakely; Clayton Wilson Crawford and wife Whitney and James Calvin Crawford and wife Elsa, all of Blakely; and six great-grandchildren; Crawford Taft Logan, Cameron Reyse Atkinson, Abigail Rae Crawford, Felton Wilson Crawford, Collier Ann Crawford and Meredith Alida Crawford, all of Blakely.

   Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April, 2, 2014 at 11 AM at the Preston United Methodist Church . Rev. Lee Smith, Rev. Raymond Smith and Rev. Laurie Hartley  officiating. Burial will follow in the Preston Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday morning from 10 AM until 11 AM.

   Serving as active pallbearers are Tony Black, Jay Burrell, Jerry Hart, Phillip Jones, Jack Holbrook, Kelly Kinsey and Joseph Harville. Honorary pallbearers are former students of Mrs. Wilson.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Preston First United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 21, Preston, Ga. 31824

   Manry-Jordan-Hodges funeral home in charge of arrangements.




  Rodney Paul Williams, 74, of 2001 Aberdeen Rd., Dothan, Al., died Sunday night at Flowers Hospital. His funeral will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3 PM EDT, in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. Rev. Jimmy Cox and Mr. Ewell Jarrett will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery with Military Taps, Flag folding and flag presentation. Active pallbearers will be Michael McMullen, Tyler Williams, Adam White, Cayce Williams, Joshua Williams and Scott Cook. The family will receive friends for visitation Wednesday night from 7 until 9 PM
EDT at the funeral home.

  Mr. Williams was born March 6, 1940 in Early County, Ga. to the late Jesse Paul Williams and his mother, Mary Belle Tedder Williams who resides in the Early Memorial Nursing in Blakely. He was retired from Georgia Pacific Paper Mill as Wood Yard Supervisor, was of the Baptist Faith, a U. S. Army Veteran for 12 years, serving in both Korea and Vietnam, and was a member of the Dothan American Legion Post 12. He was a lifetime member of the 82nd Airborne Division. 

   Other than his mother, his survivors include his wife: Ann McCann Williams of Dothan, Al.; 3 sons: Ronnie Joe Williams of Elberton, Ga., James Edward McMullen & Marley of Blakely, Michael Paul Williams & Laurie of Dothan, Al., There are 3 daughters: Sherri Floyd of Elberton, Ga., Gayla White and Cindy Williams, both of Dothan, Al. He also has a sister, Ann Morgan Jenkins & Thurman of Blakely, Ga. and 2 brothers: Ralph J. Williams & Chris of New Berry, Fl. and Perry Williams of Blakely, Ga. There are 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Jesse William Wilkerson

Picture1222Jesse William Wilkerson, 84, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on  Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Garrett Jr. and Rev. Fred Odom  officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery in Early County.    The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 PM Sunday evening.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandson; Matt Merritt, Justin, Jordan, Adam, Josh, Jason, Kelly, and Jeremy Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilkerson was born March 17, 1930 in Elba, Al. to the late William Henry Wilkerson and Pearlie Mae Mathews Wilkerson. He was a retired farmer and truck driver. A member of the Cedar Springs Pentecostal Church. Other than his parents he was  preceded in death by his first wife; Hazel Love Wilkerson, Grandson: Timothy Wilkerson; sister Earline Cook, brother Cecil T. Wilkerson and best friend Bill McMullen.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his wife Jackie Flowers Wilkerson, 2 daughters: Marlene Barron & husband Jimmy of Barre, Vermont, Darlene Merritt & husband Alan of Blakely. 6 sons: Daniel Wilkerson, George Wilkerson, Jesse R. Wilkerson and  O’Neal Wilkerson all of Blakely. Earl Wilkerson of Jakin and Louie Wilkerson of Lake Seminole. 3 Step-sons: Matt Hill & wife Clarissa   of Jakin, Rickey Herrington of Stockbridge, Ga. and David Hill of Monroe, Ga. 2 Step-daughters: Vickie Hill of Milledgeville, Ga. and Deborah Hill of Athens, Ga.  2 sisters: Betty Jean Sasser of Clearwater, Fl. and Shirley Slappey & husband Jimmy of Lakeland, Fl.    26 Grandchildren and 22 Great Grandchildren.

Agnes Smith Hudson Branton

Agnes Smith Hudson Branton, 83, passed away today at her residence on Woodlawn Dr. in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11 AM at the Bethel Baptist Church. Dr. Michael Warren officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM. Serving as pallbearers will be; David Shivers, Joe King, Bill Cleveland, Richard Coats, Jasper Doswell and Fred Cleveland.

Mrs. Branton was born in Patmos, Ga. November 16, 1930 to the late Seymour Smith and Gertrude Parker Smith. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and was a retired accountant  and bookkeeper .Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Branton and by 3 sons; Billy, Randy and Greg Hudson.

Mrs. Branton is survived by a son Tim Hudson of Blakely  and  a daughter-in-Law: Wanda Hudson of Blakely . 2 sisters: Shirley Littleton and Bill  of Blakely and Frances Martin and Eddie of Blakely. 6 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren.