Obituaries

Melvin Vernon “Buddy” Jordan

   Buddy Jordan, 87, of 153 Cannon Rd., Blakely, died early this morning, May 25, 2016 at his residence.  His funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1 PM in the New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends at New Hope on Saturday from 12 to 1.

Kathryn Rice Proulx

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Kathryn (Kathy) Rice Proulx , age 72, passed away at her home in Strafford, New Hampshire Thursday, May 5, 2016.  Kathy was born April 23,1944 in Blakely, Georgia to Jean Barton (“J.B.”) and Mary Kathryn (Patrick) Rice.  She was the youngest of three and the only girl.  Kathy attended public school in Blakely, graduated from Blakely High School in 1962 and attended University of Georgia where she majored in Home Economics and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.   Though a large part of Kathy’s heart remained in Georgia, the majority of her time on earth was lived in New Hampshire where she raised her children.  She loved living on Bow Lake and watching her children and grandchildren enjoy the many times spent there.  Her special interests and hobbies centered around raising a family.   Following the death of her first son, David (Davey) who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Kathy established a foundation called “Davey’s Dream” that was to benefit families of children with disabilities for whom finances were a burden.     Kathy’s ties to her family and friends in Georgia remained strong throughout her life.  One of her annual events for many years was a trip back to her roots in Georgia.  She was faithful in maintaining family connections there and especially those ties with her lifetime friends.  In recent years, Kathy’s declining health prevented those annual visits south, so she continued via regular phone calls.   A big part of her heart would remain in Georgia until the end.   

 

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Jean and Kathryn Rice, a brother, James (Jimmy) and a son, David (Davey).  Surviving family members include her brother, Charles (Catherine) Rice, her children, Richard (Melissa) Proulx, Jr. , Diane (Vincent) Christofora, and Donna Holland, grandchildren, Richard, William, Vincent, Anthony, and Jack.  Kathy’s surviving extended family include nephews Barton (Andrea) Rice, Eric (Nicole) Rice, Michael Rice, nieces Kimberly Kaufman, Glenda VanLandingham, Whitney Deese, and many great-nieces and nephews.

 

A celebration of Kathy’s life took place on May 12, 2016 at Brewitt Funeral Home in Exeter, NH.  Kathy will make her final trip home to Blakely, Georgia and will be laid to rest beside her mother and father.   Her Georgia family and friends will gather for a celebration of her life Saturday, June 4, 2016.  There will be a luncheon in the Community Center across from First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM followed by services at First Baptist at 12:30.   Burial will take place at 1:30 PM at Blakely Cemetery.  

Georgia funeral arrangements are being handled by Manry Jordan Hodges Funeral Home, Blakely, Georgia.

 

Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.”___Peter Ustinov

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Davey’s Dream”, the Proulx Family Foundation, which is a (a 501(c)3 charity.    

Mail donations to the following address:         

Proulx Family foundation, Inc.,  “Davey’s Dream”

205 Browns Pasture Road

Strafford, New Hampshire   03884

 

 

Donation needs to be made out to: Proulx Family Foundation, Inc.

 

Proulx Family Foundation, Inc.

“Davey’s Dream”

205 Browns Pasture Rd.

Strafford, NH. 03884

Jesse Ray Regan, Sr.

Jesse Ray Regan, Sr., 79, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Willson Hospice Home in Albany, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Scott Messer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery in Early County. Serving as pallbearers will be his 6 sons. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 1-2 PM.

Mr. Regan was born in Colquitt, Ga. October 23, 1936 to the late Charlie Crozier Regan and Lucy Morning Gibson Regan. He was retired from Fleming Foods in Geneva, Al. as a District Manager. Served in the U.S. Airforce> Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 4 brother, David E. Regan, Charles Lindy Regan, Douglas L. Regan and Wallace Regan.

Mr. Regan is survived by 6 sons: Jesse Ray (J.R.) Regan, Jr. of Atlanta; Mike and Barbara Regan of Black, Al; Gary Stewart of Leesburg, Ga; Shane and Tanya Regan of Albany, Ga; Cain and Lucietie Regan of Albany, Ga; and Brent and Terri of Utah. A sister Rebecca (Becky) and Lawson Murkerson of Blakely 1 brothers: Robert Edward and Phylis Regan of Iron City, Ga. and  Sister-In-Law, Angie Regan of Donalsonville, Ga. Half-Sister: Dorothy Phillips of Colquitt, Ga. 14 Grandchildren

Henry Wayne Bonner

Henry Wayne Bonner was born in Blakely, GA at the Baxley Clinic January 12, 1952. The third in a family of nine children, Wayne’s quiet way and generous heart made him a favorite among his family.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery with full military rites. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 PM Thursday evening. The family will be staying at the home of Carolyn and Mark Downing at 5060 Hwy. 62 Blakely, Ga. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Howard, Charity Howard, Pat McCrackin, Denis McCrackin, Nick Hromalik, Mark Hromalik and Mac McCorkle.

Wayne proudly served the United States Air Force for twenty-four years. Retiring as a Master Sergeant, he served in the Gulf War and bases throughout the United States and Korea. His service was not just a job, he was well respected among his peers and was honored with many commendations for his service.

Though Wayne never had any children of his own, he loved his nieces and nephews as if they were his own children. He showered them all with love and spoiled them in only the way an Uncle can. From the newest best stereo in the 80s, to the first gaming systems and ten speed bicycles, if it was new and out of reach for mom and dad, Uncle Wayne delivered.

Wayne was a fighter. A quiet man with a strong spirit, he fought a rare cancer that usually offers no more than six months of life for nearly four years. He did so with courage and optimism that each of us should be so blessed with in the face of such tremendous adversity.

Wayne loved and he loved big. Ask any of his friends and they will tell you that Wayne was the kind of man who would offer you the very last of what he had if you were a friend in need. He loved spending time with many of these friends shooting pool in a competitive league. Those friends were family too.

That’s just the man he was. If you were friends with Wayne, you were family.

We would be remiss if we did not say that Wayne was particular. He was particular about a lot things, but he most liked to be particular about his DVDs. With a tremendous collection of DVDs numbering in the thousands, he could tell you exactly what he did and didn’t have, but in keeping with Wayne’s love for family and friends, he never even watched many of them. They were a collection for friends and family. He enjoyed seeing happiness in others.

On May 23, 2016, Wayne Bonner left this world for His Glory. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Earl Bonner and his Mother Ruby Inez Bonner, his brothers, Phil Bonner, Robert Bonner, and Ricky Bonner. He is survived by his siblings Ed “Bunk” Bonner (Sally), Gail Gandy (David), Sharon Riley (Eddie), Carolyn Downing (Mark) and Ramona Knighton (Charles). Many nieces and nephews.

Rev. Melvin Ray Moody

     Rev. Melvin Ray Moody, 92, died Sunday evening, May 22, 2016, at his residence. His funeral will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11 AM at New Light Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Hanna officiating. Burial will follow in the New Light Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation  Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. The pallbearers will be added later. The pallbearers will be Terry Etheridge, Barry Cook, Tim Burch, Jerome Phillips, Sammy Moody and Bobby Paul.

Rev. Moody was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Morgan, Ga to the late Dall Moody and Bama Aycock Moody. He was retired from the Marine Base in Albany, Ga. with 30 years of service and also was a retired Minister, having served many churches in 50 years of service to the Lord. He was also a member of the Morgan Masonic Lodge for 50 years. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Simon Moody.

His survivors include his wife: Vaudene Williams Moody of Morgan, GA, 2 sons: Monterey R. Moody and Carole of Leesburg, GA, Steve Moody and Karen of Harker Heights, TX and a daughter: Connie S. Dixon of Leary, GA. There are also 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Aline Williams Starr

     Aline Williams Starr, 90,  passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. The family will have a visitation Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016, from 7 until 9 PM at the funeral home. A private, family only, graveside service will be held before the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at Westview United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2 PM. Rev. Adam Starr and Rev. Jonathan Fuller will be officiating. The active pallbearers will be Billy Killebrew, Jacky Bruner, Starrlyn Bruner, Curt Smith, Danny McGriff, Mark Starr, Bob Daley and Wayne Foster.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Wright, Joey Freeman, Smiley Bush, John Brown, Perry Jarrett and Gary Clinkscales.

    Mrs.  Starr was born Dec. 23, 1925 in Blakely, GA to the late James Dexter (Deck) Williams and Ruby White Williams. She and her deceased  husband, Clifford Joel Starr, Sr., were owners of the Starr Grocery Store. She was a member of the Westview United Methodist Church and a graduate of the old Blakely Union School , Class of 1942. Other than her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Josh Starr and a great granddaughter, Maddie Jones.

    Her survivors include 2 sons: Cliff Starr and his wife Angela of Blakely, GA; Scott Starr and his wife Sharon of Cairo, GA  and a daughter: Karen Everson and her husband Jimmy of Blakely, GA. There are 6 grandchildren: Mark Starr, Adam Starr, Ashley Jones, Lacey Norman, Kyle Everson and Megan Holton. There are also 13 great grandchildren. The family wants to thank a special caregiver, Margaret Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to Westview United Methodist Church, 85 Willow Glen Dr., Blakely, Ga. 39823

Donna Ashley Blalock

     Donna Ashley Blalock,  58, of 163 Fains Hatchery Rd., Edison, Ga. 39846, died early Monday morning at her Father and Mother’s residence. Her funeral will be a graveside service Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 11 AM in the Vincent United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Susan Beverley will be officiating.

Donna was born on March 18, 1957 in Winchester, VA to her parents: Roy Alton Ashley and Betty Braithwaite Ashley of Edison, GA. She was a homemaker and a member of the Vincent United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Brad and Jeff Ashley.

     Other than her parents, Donna is survived by a son: Brent Blalock and his wife Lindsay,  a grandson: Davis Blalock, all who live in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Father of Brent Blalock, Kenneth Blalock of Ft. Gaines, Ga., a sister: Martha Ashley of Albany, Ga. and a brother: Mike Ashley of Edison, Ga.

Mark Standifer Brownlee, Jr.

Mark Standifer Brownlee, Jr., 78, passed away today, May 13, 2016 at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 PM at the Westview United Methodist Church. Rev. Jackie Davis and Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Sunday from 1:30 until funeral time.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Deuce Odom, Heath Mansfield, Earl Dukes, Joel Slappy, Don Wilkerson and Ken Phillips.

Mr. Brownlee was born in Early County October 14, 1937 to the late Mark Standifer Brownlee, Sr. and Stella White Brownlee. He was a retired farmer, a member of Westview United Methodist Church and he served in the U. S.  Army.

Mr. Brownlee is survived by his wife Judy Phillips Brownlee of Blakely and 2 sons: Mark and Leah Brownlee and Richard and Blaire Brownlee, both of Blakely. A brother; Barney and Patricia Brownlee of Blakely and by 3 sisters; Annette Cato of Palmetto, FL., Frances and Charlie Harper of Warner Robins, Ga. and Mary and Ted Getten of Santa Ana, CA. ; 2 grandchildren; Collin and Aubrie Brownlee.

Jimmy Randall Cox

Jimmy Randall Cox, 77, passed away today, Friday, April 29, 2016 at his residence in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3 PM at the Ft. Gaines Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Hines officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dalton Cox, Chris Cox, Eugene Cox, Robert Cox, Shawn Cox and Allen Cox. The family will receive friends at the church from 2 PM until funeral time.

Mr. Cox was born in Early County January 21, 1939 to the late James Cyril Cox and Gussie Byrd Brookins Cox. He was serving as minister for Springvale Baptist Church and a retired truck driver for Southern Ag. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Rita Diane Davenport Cox and by a brother Larry Cox.

He is survived by a daughter; Melissa Hinchliffe and husband Mark of Camilla, Ga. and a son; Steve Cox and wife Doni of Ft. Gaines, Ga. 2 brothers; Charles Cox of Ft. Gaines, Ga. and Don Wayne and wife Margo Cox  of Putney, Ga. 4 Grandchildren; Steven Randall Cox II and wife Kristen, James Carlos Cox and wife Brooke, Jessica Diane Lisenby and husband Jon, Nicholas Cox. 8 Great-Grandchildren: Hailey Clark, Logan Cox, Madison Cox, Everett Cox, Taylor Gardner, Lane Gardner, Kayla Doughtie and Rachel Dowie.

Annette Greene Chapman

Annette Greene Chapman, 96, passed away today, Thursday, April 28, 2016  at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, Ga.  Funeral service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 AM until funeral time.

Serving as Active pallbearers will  be; Bob Collier, Stanley Houston, Alan Braswell, Kenneth Johnson, Doug Johnson and Raymond English. Honorary pallbearers will be; Johnny Dixon, Lylse McNeal, Jules Talley, Gene Mobley and Phillip Moore.

Mrs. Chapman was born in Blakely, Ga. December 11, 1919 to the late John Arch Greene, Jr. and Annie McCorkle Greene. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blakely, Retired bookkeeper for Early Co. Health Dept. for 30 years, Bluffton Garden Club, Young at Hearts, Teacher for the Dorcus Sunday School Class. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; Arthur Lamar Chapman,  a daughter Cynthia Ann Chapman and all of her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a daughter; Elizabeth Lea Taylor and husband Bernard of Tehachapi, CA ; a son Kent Chapman and wife Cindy of Watkinsville, Ga. and by 3 very special friends; Regina Barron, Lynn Werhly and Margaret Stokes. 5 Grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Step-Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blakely or to the Early County Relay of Life.