James Smith

James Smith, 73, of 519 Bull St. Damascus, Ga. 39841 passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at his residence. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, July26 2015 at 3 PM at the New Park Cemetery in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 12:30 until 2:30.  Serving as pallbearers will be Jason King, Anthony  Farace, Mike Tomlinson, Cody King, Caleb Hill, Carl Johnson, Lee Taylor and Robert Johnson.

Mr. Smith was born March 31, 1942 in Edison, Ga. to the late Cullan Bryant Smith and Lucile Whitehead Smith.  He was a member of White Plains Freewill Baptist Church  and a retired truck driver for Nantze Springs Water.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife Rebecca King. A daughter Debbie Hill of Hoganville, Ga. Grandson, Caleb Hill and wife Taylor and a Great Granddaughter, Rylin Grace Hill. 4 Step-Children; Amy King, Jason King, Anthony Farace and Michele Johnson and 7 step-grandchildren. Also by a brother Jimmy B. and Debbie Smith of Arlington, Ga.

Arthur Lamar Chapman

Mr. Arthur Lamar Chapman, 98, of 11740 Columbia St., Blakely, Ga., died Monday afternoon, July 13, 2015, at Early Memorial Nursing Home. His funeral will be held Friday morning, July 17, 2015 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery with Military Rites. The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 10 AM up until the funeral time of 11. Active pallbearers will be Matt Cummings, Wesley Cummings, Raymond English, Jack Barron, Ronnie Ashley and Tommy Wright, Jr.

Mr. Chapman was born on January 19, 1917 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Wyatt David Chapman, Sr., and Cora Meredith Chapman. He was a retired Rural Mail Carrier having retired from the Blakely Post Office where he worked from 1948 until 1980. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army in WWII and was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. After his tour of duty in the army from 1941 through 1945, he joined the Army Reserve and was in from 1958 until 1961. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and an active usher for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 11 in Blakely for many years and also of the Albany Post # 30  and a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Association. He was a city councilman for many years and also served on the Planning Commission.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Ann Chapman and 3 brothers: Herman, Grady and Wyatt D. Chapman, Jr. His survivors include his wife, Annette Greene Chapman of Blakely, his daughter Elizabeth Lea Chapman Taylor and Bernie of Tehachapi, CA and a son, Kent Chapman (Cindy) of Watkinsville, GA , 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Alma Elizabeth Camp

Alma Elizabeth Camp, 95, formerly of Lynn Haven, Fl. and a resident of the Early Memorial Nursing Home since June 19th, died Monday morning, July 13, 2015 at the nursing home. Her desire was to be cremated and her ashes scattered here in Early County on the farm.

Ms. Camp was born August 2, 1919 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Carl J. Camp and Gladys Alexander Camp. She was a legal secretary for many years. She is survived by several cousins as she had no children or any living siblings.

Earline Lee Vann

Earline Lee Vann, 91, of 915 Chulee Rd., Edison, Ga. 39846, died Friday afternoon in the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Ga. Her funeral will be a graveside service, Monday, July 13, 2015 at 4 PM in the Enterprise Baptist Church Cemetery, near Edison, Ga. with Rev. David Crowdis officiating. The family will receive friends in the Church’s Social Hall after the graveside service.

Mrs. Vann was born April 8, 1924 in Edison, GA to the late Rufus Earl Lee and Estelle Parker Lee. She was a retired U. S.  Post Office Clerk, having retired from the Edison Post Office and she was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Vann, a daughter, Kitty McGovern and a sister, Joan Bridges.

Her survivors include a son: Kelly Vann of Edison, Ga., 3 daughters: Kathy Camp and husband Jimmy of Falkville, AL, Kaye Thornton and husband Mike of Edison, Ga., Kim Massey of Albany, Ga., a sister: Carolyn L. Bruner of Edison, Ga., a brother, William E. Lee of Kissimmee. Fl., 3 grandchildren, a great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Geraldine Cashwell Smith

Geraldine SmithMrs. Geraldine Cashwell Smith, 89, died early Friday morning, July 10, 2015 at her residence rom a lengthy illness. Her funeral will be a graveside service Monday morning, July 13, 2015 at 11 A. M. in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Mrs. Smith was born on Nov. 30, 1925 in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. to the late Hubert C. Cashwell and Emma Mae Tyson Cashwell. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ray Daniel Smith,  a twin sister (at birth) and a brother: Hubert C. Cashwell, Jr.

Mrs. Smith was a retired Postmaster for the Cedar Springs, Georgia Post office and a member of the Beulah Baptist Church.

Her survivors include a son: Christopher Colby Cashwell (John Edward Smith) of Blakely, Ga., a brother: Milton Hugh Cashwell and his wife Sue of Americus, Ga. and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the area churchs for their prayers and support for the past 2 and 1/2 years of Geraldine’s illness.

Curtis C. Prescott, III

Curtis Chambliss Prescott, III, 71, of 2001 S. Lee St., Americus, Ga. 31723, died Thursday afternoon, July 9, 2016, at Magnolia Manor Methodist Nursing Center in Americus, Ga. Mr. Prescott was born May 17, 1944 in Laurel, Mississippi to the late Curtis C. Prescott, II and Katherine Irene May Prescott. He was a retired accountant for Lock Farm Management of Dawson, Ga. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Janice Maye and by a brother: James Webb Prescott. His remains were cremated, at his request, and his ashes will be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico.

His survivors include a brother: Richard Prescott and his wife Nita of Blakely, Ga. and some nieces and nephews.


Wessie Dell Wiley

Wessie Dell Wiley (92), affectionately  known as Pudge, formerly of Patmos, Ga.  passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, GA. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11 AM in the Crossroads Cemetery in Damascus, GA. with Dr. Joe L. Ford officiating.

Miss Wiley was born in Damascus, Ga. November 9, 1922 to the late John Wesley Wiley and Ollie Dell Lanier Wiley Jones. She was a graduate of Elmodel High School and the Martha Berry College in Rome, GA. where she received her Business Education Degree.   She was a member of Milford Baptist Church where she was active in the church choir. She was a retired business educator. She taught in Jennings and Jasper, Fla. school systems, the Doerun, GA. (Colquitt County) school system and Baker County High School in Newton, GA. She was a member of the Peter  Early  Chapter of the D. A. R. and  Chapter # 282 Order of the Eastern Star.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by 2 brothers; J.W. Wiley and James Leslie Wiley and by 2 sisters; Emma Wiley Ingram and Louise Wiley Thompson, as well as a nephew,  Stanton Cunningham.

She is survived by a sister, Lois Wiley Cunningham (98) and husband Earl, of Valdosta, GA, a brother-in-law, Robert L. Ingram of Gig Harbor, WA; 3 Nieces: Wanda Baker of Ft. Gaines, GA., Glyndell  George of Greensboro, Ga. and Charlotte Ford of Valdosta, GA.; 6 Nephews:  Wesley Wiley of Orlando, Fl., Bob Ingram of Fox Island, WA. , Lee Ingram of Annapolis, MD.,  Olin Thompson of Blakely GA., Linton Thompson of Arlington, GA. and Steve Cunningham, Valdosta, Ga. Many great nieces and nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Milford Baptist Church at 1438 Milford Church Rd. Leary, GA. 39862 or to  Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell, St., Bainbridge, GA 39819.