Obituaries

CHARLES THOMAS DAVIS

     Mr. Charles Davis, 92, of 13670 GA. Hwy 45, Arlington, Ga. 39813, died early Saturday morning, Aug. 9, 2014 in the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely, Ga. His funeral will be a graveside service held Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3 P. M. in the Oak Grove Cemetery with the Revs: Bridgeman Harris and W. H. Phillips officiating. Pallbearers will be Trey Davis, Todd Davis, Danny Griffin, Ladon Calhoun, Mike Peavy and Darian Peavy. The family will receive friends for a visitation Sunday afternoon from 4 until 6 PM at the Davis residence, 13670 Ga. Hwy 45 in the Rowena Community, between Arlington and Damascus.

   Mr. Davis was born on Nov. 8, 1921 to the late Eustus Bernard Davis and Sally Taliaferro Davis. He was a farmer most all of his life after his tour of duty for the U. S. Army during WWII. Mr. Charles was a member of the 83rd Division, 331 st Infantry, Company I. He was twice wounded during the war and thus received the Purple Heart and the Oak  Leaf  Cluster. He was also awarded the Bronze Star. He was one of the few soldiers who fought in all 5 campaigns ( Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe), These campaigns were fought in the countries of France and Germany.

   Mr. Davis’ survivors include his wife, Ruby Griffin Davis of the Rowena Community, Arlington, Ga., his only son, Tommy Davis and his wife Tonya of Arlington; 2 Grandsons, Trey and Todd Davis of Arlington and a great grandson, Tom Davis. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his sister: Bessie Davis Peavy, her husband Julian Peavy and their son, Bernard Peavy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to either the Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church, % Bill Bryan, Rt. 2, Box 150, Leary, Ga. 39862 or to Southwest Georgia Academy, 14105 Ga. Hwy 200, Damascus, Ga. 39841.

    

BARBARA FAYE JORDAN

Miss Barbara Faye Jordan,66, died early Wednesday morning, August 6, 2014 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home at 11 AM. Rev. Milton Pate and Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday morning from 10 AM until funeral time.

Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Jordan, Gabe Jordan, Mike Patterson, Mike Williams, Donnie Jordan and Jimmy Simpson.

Miss Jordan was born in Blakely, Ga. July 4, 1948 to the late Johnny William (Hoke) Jordan and Vera Williams Jordan. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a sister; Ruby Jane Jordan and a brother; Harvey Gene Jordan.

Miss  Jordan is survived by a sister; Geraldine Thrasher and husband Bob of Albany, Ga. and a brother; Ray Jordan of Blakely, Ga. and by several nieces and nephews.

AGNES DOROTHY TOUSSAINT SHEPPARD

 

Mrs. Agnes Dorothy Sheppard, 92, died late Tuesday evening, August 5, 2014,  at the Calhoun Nursing Home in Edison, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 2 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Blakely. Father John Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the New Park Cemetery in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Serving as pallbearers will be Dylan Sheppard, Mark Miller, Garett Sheppard, Neil Lowe, Frank Miller, Cole Strickland, Glenn McLendon and Lisa Sheppard. Honorary pallbearer will be Jes Sheppard.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Mrs. Sheppard was born in Waterford, N.J. April 5, 1922 to the late Harry Isadore Toussaint and Elizabeth Rapp Toussaint. She was a retired nurse and Teacher’s Aide for the Calhoun Co. School System. Member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Haddock (Bubber) Sheppard Jr..

Mrs. Sheppard is survived by 3 Sons: Jim Sheppard and wife Kay of Edison, GA; Ed Sheppard and wife Nancy of Athens, Ga.; Hank Sheppard and wife Melanie of Edison, Ga.; 5 Grandchildren: Gareth Sheppard of Johnson City, TN.; Jes Sheppard and wife Emmi of China; Lisa Christine Sheppard of Athens, Ga.; Dylan Sheppard of Edison, Ga. and Katie Sheppard of Edison, Ga.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church at 519 Arlington St., Blakely, Ga. 39823 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter at 225 Second St. East, Tifton, Ga. 31794

FRANCES RUTH KEEFER LAUBRICK

  Frances Keefer Laubrick, 73, of 4151 S. W. Kingfish Rd., Dunnellon, Fl. died early Sunday morning, Aug. 3, 2014 at her residence. Her funeral will be a graveside service in the Blakely Cemetery on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 P. M.  with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating.

   Frances was born April 27, 1941 in Lincoln, Arkansas to the late Clyde Keefer and Ada Ruth Matterson Keefer. She was retired from Boeing Aircraft where she did clerical work in the Engineering Vault Print Shop. She was of the Baptist Faith .

Her survivors include 2 sons: Gordon Laubrick, II of Ocala, Fl. and Roger Goldsmith of Pennsylvania, a daughter, Tracy Goldsmith of Dunnellon, Fl. and her partner, Willie Thomas Mitchell of Dunnellon, Fl.

BURILDA JACKSON HUFF MYERS

   Burilda Jackson Huff Myers, 93, of 11740 Columbia Rd., Blakely, Ga. died late Saturday night, Aug. 2, 2014,  in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her wishes were to be cremated and for her family to have a private memorial for her at a later date in the Blakely Cemetery. “Miss B” was born December 9, 1920 in Atlanta, Ga. to the late Albert Sydney Jackson and Verda Moultrie Jackson.

  She lived for a long time in Blakely years ago  and after Mr. Huff passed away she later lived in Headland, Al. for a number of years. She moved back to Blakely some three years ago and moved her church membership to the First United Methodist Church of Blakely.  

  Her survivors include 3 daughters: Janet H. Thomas and Richard of Bluffton, Ga., Gail H. Swords and Herbert of Blakely and Tami H. Oates of Tallahassee, Fl. She has 2 sons: William Edward “Eddie” Huff, Jr. and Sally of Stone Mountain, Ga. and Rev. Tommy Huff and Lois of Headland, Al. There are 14 Grandchildren and 24 Great Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to either the First united Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823 or to Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819.

LOIS DENISE McLENDON

McLendon, Denise   Lois Denise McLendon, 57, of 123 Earl Rogers Ave., Edison, Ga. 39846 died some time early Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at her residence. Her funeral will be held at 2 PM,  Friday afternoon, August 1, 2014, at the Arlington Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Gaines officiating. Burial will follow in the New Park Cemetery in Ft. Gaines, Ga. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home in Blakely. The family will also be in the social hall Friday after lunch to greet friends up until funeral time at 2 PM. The pallbearers will be Mike Bradshaw, Mike Newberry, Larry Worsley, David Thompson, Hank Sheppard, Dylan Sheppard, Danny Cooper, and Jonathan Cooper.

   Denise was born June 19, 1957 in Edison, Ga. to the late Lois Jean Farris McLendon and her father, H. T. “Ted” McLendon of Edison. She was a file clerk at  her father’s business, the H. T. McLendon Co. in Edison. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church and sang in the choir.

   She is survived by her father, Ted McLendon and step-mother, Ann Stevens McLendon; her sister, Melanie Sheppard & Hank; her brother, Glenn McLendon & Pam; and 2 step-sisters, Lynne Roney and Lisa Lewis, nieces, Christa McLendon, Katie Sheppard, Christine Milner and Jennifer Kimbrel and nephews, Michael McLendon, Dylan Sheppard and 2 great nephews and a great niece, all of whom live in Edison, Ga.

 

 

 

ROBERT FRANKLIN TEMPLES

Temples, Rob ert- July 2014   Mr. Robert Temples, 78, of 119 Willow Glen Dr., Blakely, Ga., died in the Emergency Room of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely on Saturday morning, July 26, 2014. His funeral will be held Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2 PM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Smith and Rev. Ralph Estes officiating. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary from 1PM up until funeral time at 2 PM Monday. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry McLemore, Doug George, Harold Hardy, J. C. Kimbrel, George Young, Ronnie Walton, Mickey McDonald and William Weaver.

   Mr. Temples was born November 15, 1935 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Frank Temples and Verna Lou McDonald Temples. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and was an Insurance Agent and Staff Manager for Life of Georgia for many years before finishing his insurance career with Delta Life Ins. Co.  Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Raymond Temples and Ralph Temples.

   His survivors include his wife, Billie Joy McLemore Temples of Blakely, Ga. ; 3 daughters: Pam Coates & Richard of Ft. Gaines, Ga., Angie O’Shea & Tim of Marietta, Ga. and Robin Mitchell & Jeff of Blakely. He has 1 a step-son: Bruce McConnell of West Point, Ga.  He has six sisters: Barbara Odom of Bainbridge, Ga., Vaudine Walton & Ronnie of Plains, Ga., Betty Schleis & Don of Macon, Ga., Janice Gleaton & Jimmy of Forsyth, Ga., Carolyn Bush of Albany, Ga. and Evelyn Paul & Larry of Kennesaw, Ga. Six grandchildren and  five great grandchildren also survive.

 

 

 

JEANNINE STILL HOUSTON

Houston, Jeannine- July 2014     Mrs. Jeannine Still Houston, 84, of 1360 Zion Rd., Blakely, Ga. passed away early Tuesday morning, July 22, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. Her funeral will be a graveside service in the Houston Cemetery Thursday morning, July 24, 2014 at 10AM. with  Rev. Duane Littlefield  conducting the service. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 PM in the social hall of Zion Freewill Baptist Church.

   Mrs. Houston was born January 30, 1930 in Early County, Ga. to the late James Clarence (Jim) Still and Clytie Irene Weaver Still. She was a retired Secretary for the President of the Lake City Community College, Lake City, Fl. for many years before moving back to Early County. She was a member of the Sowhatchee Baptist church and a homemaker. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Butler Houston and 2 brothers: Jimmy Clyde Still and John Louis Still.

   She is survived by a son, George B. (Chip) Houston and his wife Michelle of Blakely, Ga., a brother, Clarence Still of Blakely, 2 sisters, Mary Ann Cline of Albany, Ga. and Virginia Stanley of Martinez, Ga. There are 3 grandchildren: Dea Durden and Justin of Colquitt, Ga., and Stephen Houston and Ashley Houston, both of Blakely., and there are 2 great grandchildren: Creek and Truett Durden of Colquitt, Ga. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

RAYMOND CALVIN BARRON

   Raymond Calvin Barron, 67, of Rock Hill Rd., Blakely, Ga. died  Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014, in the emergency room of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. His funeral was carried out just as Raymond had planned it several years ago. We had a private graveside Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, in the Blakely Cemetery with only immediate family members present. The service was conducted by Rev. William Smith of Colquitt, Ga., Raymond’s good friend and golfing buddy.

Raymond was born January 4, 1947 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Jim Bob Barron and Ruby Nobles Barron. He was a retired farmer and former bail bondsman. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Barron. Raymond served 6 years in the National Guard and was of the Baptist Faith. 

His survivors include his wife: Jessie Jordan Barron of Blakely; 2 sons: Raymond Praiss Barron of Atlanta, Ga. and Calvin Heath Barron and Stacy Baker of Cumming, Ga. He has a sister , Merle Barron from Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, P. O. Box 1201, Albany, Ga. 31702.

 

James Michael Griffin

   James Michael “Mike” Griffin,  60, of Columbia, Al. formerly of Blakely, Ga.,  passed away today, July 18, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center  in Dothan, Al. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 20 at 3 PM in the Zion Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Duane Littlefield officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery.The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday between 2 and 3 PM. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Arthur Brackin, Randy Adams, Mike Thomas, Tommy Griffin, Jr. and Keith Day.

   Mike was born in Columbus, Ga . on March 29, 1954 to the late Perry Zell Griffin and Jewelean Hartzog Griffin. He was a member of the Zion Freewill Baptist Church. Retired truck driver for Southern Ag. . Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter; Christy Griffin Tapley.

   He is survived by his wife; Wanda Jean Wiley Griffin of Columbia, Al. ; 2 daughters; Jamie G. Day and husband Dustin and Stacey Griffin , both of Douglas, Ga.  ;   2 Brothers; Perry D. Griffin and wife Barbara of Donalsonville, Ga. and Tommy Griffin of Colquitt, Ga. 4 Grandchildren: Madison and Makenna Day, Rance Tapley and Nicki Griffin and by a great- grandchild; Aysa Brown.