Ralph Douglas Ellis

Ralph Douglas Ellis, 87, passed away today, January 8, 2016 at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 3 PM at the Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Rev. William Smith   and Rev. Duane Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery. The family  received  friends Saturday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral Home.

Serving as Active pallbearers are; Arthur Brackin, J.C. Freeman, Joey Freeman, Curtis Freeman, Paul Smith, Lynwood English, Sammy Williams and James Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Milton Anderson, David Still, Terry Ferguson and William Powell.

Mr. Ellis was born April 2, 1928 in the Sowhatchee Community in Early County to the late Cleve E. Ellis and Daisy Bell Temples Ellis  He was a farmer and a member of  Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Lillian Williams, Thelma Freeman and Gracie Hadden also by 2 brothers; Charlie Ellis and Wilson Ellis.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Hazel English Ellis of Blakely. 2 sons; Mike Ellis and  Steve Ellis and his wife Starla all of Blakely, a brother, Roscell (Buddy) Ellis of Blakely and by 2 grandsons: Randall Ellis and Fiancée Bailey Barrett and Ethan Ellis of Blakely. Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends also survive.

Wendell Thurman Brooks

Brooks, W. T.

     Mr. Wendell Thurman Brooks, 78, of 31 Westview Drive, Blakely, Ga., died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 5, 2016, at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at 2 PM at Westview United Methodist  Church with Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 PM in the Sanctuary. After the closing prayer , military honors including Taps and the folding of the flag will be done and the flag will be present to Carol Brooks. Mr. Brooks was born on July 7, 1937 in Middleboro, KY to the late William Thurman Brooks and Bessie Poff Brooks. He was a heavy equipment operator for Georgia Pacific Paper Mill, a U. S. Army Sgt. serving from 1959 until 1966 and he attended Westview  United Methodist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Louise B. Cutchins and Delores B. Moore and by a brother: Jefferson Lee Brooks. His survivors include his wife, Carolyn Zuelke “Carol” Brooks of Blakely, Ga; a daughter: Brenda B. Cooley and husband Randi of Columbia, Al. and a son: Barry Brooks and his wife Tina of Blakely, Ga. There are also 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews who survive.

Gene Angus Ferrell

     Gene Angus Ferrell, 66, of 11740 Columbia Rd., Blakely, Ga., died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2016 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. His family is going to have his remains either donated for medical research studies or  cremated.

Gene was born on June 5, 1949 in Sarasota, FL to the late Jim Angus Ferrell and Celeste Minnie Myers Ferrell. He was a retired as a truck driver due a disability. He was a Coast Guard Veteran and a member of the Coast Guard Reserve.

His survivors include 3 sons: Greg Ferrell of Tallahassee, Fl., Ryan Ferrell of Clearwater, Fl. and James Ferrell of Pensacola, FL. He has a brother: Jimmy Ferrell and Fae of Cedar Springs, Ga. and a sister: Ellen Green of Seneca, Sc. There are also 5 grandchildren.


     Geoffrey Michael White, 30, of 4987 Simmons Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2015 from a tragic tractor accident at his residence. His funeral will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 2 PM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Lewis and Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 PM until funeral time in the church sanctuary. Burial will follow in the White Plains Cemetery in Lucile, Ga. Pallbearers will be Matt Lee, Chris White, Jim Carver, Blake Powell, Keith Hampton and Jimmy Gaddy.

Geoff was born on Sept. 30, 1985 in Cookeville, Tennessee. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and a heavy equipment operator for Al Conners. His survivors include his wife, Tina Lewis White of Blakely, Ga., 4 sons: Evan White, Braxton Stagg, Brody Stagg and Peyton White. His parents are Warren White, Jr. and Mylinda of Blakely; 3 sisters: Jennifer Howard and Anthony, Jodi Temples and Brandon and Jamey White, all of Blakely, and a brother: Matthew Chancey of Tallahassee, Fl. He also has a special dear friend, Pabu of Blakely, Ga. He also has a paternal grand mother, Sue White and a paternal grandfather, Warren White, both of Blakely, Ga. and a maternal grandfather, Larry Edwards of Cedar Springs, Ga., Mother-in-law: Sherry Lewis of Dothan, Al. and a Brother-in-law: Rev. Danny Lewis and Mary of St. Petersburg, FL.


   Retired Chief Master Sergeant Winburn Franklin Willis, 89, of the U. S. Air Force, died suddenly Saturday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2015, at his residence. His funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 11 A M in the Edison Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Gaines officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery with full military honors provided for by the Funeral Honors Program from Maxwell Air Force Base out of Montgomery, AL. Active pallbearers for the church service will be Frank Miller, John Henry Brown, John McGriff, Rick Gunn, David Willis, Neil Lowe, Arlen Eubanks and David Howe . Honorary pallbearers will be Aldine Owen, Barry Bell, Ted McLendon, Bobby Brooks and John Brockman.  The family will receive friends Friday evening, January 1, 2016 from 5 until 7 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home.

Mr. Willis was born April 7, 1926 in Bridgeboro, GA to the late Benjamin Franklin Willis and Ruby Bass Willis. He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the U. S. Air Force, having served during WWII under General Patton and also served in the Korean Conflict. He was a member and Deacon of the Edison Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Edison Lion’s Club and the Air Force Sergeant’s Association.

Mr. Willis is survived by his wife, Marjorie Annette Page Willis of Edison, Ga.; 2 daughters: Dianne Eubanks and her husband Jimmy of Edison, GA, Pattie Imperial and her husband Robert of Louisville, KY; 2 sons: Fred Willis and his wife Cheryl and Mike Willis and his wife Robin, all of Huntsville, AL. He has a sister: Laura Jane Gunn of Columbus, GA. and a brother: Harris Willis and his wife Emily of Poulan, Ga. There are also 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting that contributions be made to either the Edison Baptist Church, P. O. Box 296, Edison, GA  39846 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Mona Ali Yusuf

    Mrs. Mona Ali Yusuf, age 30, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, 2015 at her residence in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Her family had a burial in Chipley, FL in traditional Muslim fashion at the BCIS Cemetery on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015.

Mrs. Yusuf was born Feb. 15, 1985 in Ramallah Israel. Her husband is Kareem Mahmad Yusuf and she has two young daughters: Lena and Dana Yusuf. She also is survived by her father: Ali Hamad Hamad of Ramallah, Israel, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

Roy Durham, III ( Trey )

     Roy Durham, III, (Trey), age 28, died Monday evening in an automobile accident on Hwy 84 at the intersection with Hwy. 370. His funeral will be held Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Hubert Smith officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Blakely Cemetery.

Trey was born October 11, 1987 in Blakely Georgia to his father, Roy Durham, Jr. and his mother Barbara Diane Cook Carey. He was a member of Sowhatchee Baptist Church and was the Assistant Store Manager for the Bainbridge Wal Mart. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran, having served a tour of duty in Afghanistan and is still in the Navy Reserve.

His survivors include his wife: Jacqueline Amanda (Mandy) Durham of Blakely, his father and step-mother: Roy Durham, Jr. and Teresa of Bluffton, Ga.; his mother and step-father: Barbara Diane Cook Carey and Andrew of Springville, AL; 4 sons: Foy Jack Blankenship, Hunter Gayge Durham, Jonathan Roy Blankenship, Jeremiah Paul Love and a daughter: Jazzlyn Arabella Durham. He has a son that is yet to be born but already named Jaxon Trey Aleczander Durham. He has 3 sisters: Chelsea Durham and fiancé Jonathan Sheffield of Newton, Ga., Crystal Pruitt and Brian Braswell of Gadsden, AL, Valerie Durham of Spokane, WA. there are 2 brothers: Ross Durham & Caitlyn of Colquitt, Ga. and Paul Durham and Kirsten of Killeen, TX.

Hardy Jim King

    Hardy Jim King, 88, of 11740 Columbia St., Blakely, Ga., died Sunday morning at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. His funeral service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2105, at 2 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home, with burial to follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Keith Alderman will be officiating and Mr. King will have a Military Rites committal as he was a U. S. Army Veteran of WWII. The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home starting at 1 PM until funeral time at 2 PM. Pallbearers will be Brad Hopson, Andy King, Jeremy King, Michael Dent, Paul Warren and Chad Mock.

Mr. King was born on August 12, 1927 to the late Oswald Harris King, Sr. and Nina Brown King. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blakely and a retired farmer. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Myrene Rogers King; 2 brothers: O. H. King, Jr. and Bobby King; by 3 sisters: Odelia Bowman, La’nez Mock and Eleanor Joyce Baskin and also by a grandson, David Wick.

His survivors include a daughter: Jane K. Wick and husband Daniel of Dublin, Ga., 2 sons: Hardy Jim King, Jr. and his wife Yvonne Jaenisch of Murfreesboro, TN, Jeff King and his wife Mona of Dublin, Ga. and a sister: Betty Chandler and husband Paul of Hendersonville, NC. There are 7 grandchildren: Brad Hopson (wife Josey) of Charleston, SC, Jenny Dent (husband Michael) of Rome, GA, Christy Warren (husband Paul) of Macon, GA, Marissa King-Davis (husband Chris) of Kobe, Japan, Erica Wick of Lexington Park, MD, Andy King (wife Amber) of Macon, GA and Jeremy King of Westminster, CO.  There are also 8 great grandchildren: Jared Dent, Jackson Dent, Matthew Dent, Joshua Dent, David Dent, Olivia Warren, Noah Warren and Norah King.


   . Glenda Kaye Hanners Cooper, 54, passed away Monday, December 14, 2015 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in  Dothan, Al. Funeral service will be held at the Bethel Baptist Church  Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2 PM. with Rev. Michael Warren  officiating . Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 PM. Mrs. Cooper was born August 6, 1961 in Norcross, Ga. to the late Vernon Hanners and Betty  Biddy Hanners of Westminster, SC. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. Other than her father she was preceded in death by a brother Mickey Hanners and a sister Kathy McNulty. She is survived by her husband: Daniel Clayton (Dan) Cooper of Blakely, 2 sons: Joshua and Kara Linker of Tallahassee, Fl. and their children: Ava, Israel, Egan and Arrow Linker; David and Patricia Cooper of Springfield, TX. and their children Kelli, Jessica and Robert. daughters: Heather and Jeremy Nation of Cumming, Ga., Kristina Cooper and Fiancée Jason Robitelle of Cumming, Ga. ,and their children;  Alexander and Maverick Robitelle of ,  Dana, Stacey, Victoria (Tori) and Harlie Cooper of Blakely, Ga.;  1 brother: Buster and Linda Hanners of Lavonia, Ga. and 6 sisters: Betty Jo Hanners of Martin, Ga., Audie and Bill Dorris of Martin, Ga., Barbara and Jeremiah Martin of Dawsonville, Ga., Lucy and Chris Ayers of Hartwell, Ga. , Tina and Tommy Martin of Ball Ground, Ga. and Sandra and Donald Malbrough of Monroe, Ga.



Paula Mae Brooks Woolf, 79, passed away Monday, December 14, 2015 at her residence. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 2 PM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Keith Alderman officiating.

Mrs. Woolf was born September 6, 1936 to the late Tommy Lee Brooks and Pauline Bruner Brooks. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was retired as a bookkeeper for the Bank of Early. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; Harvey Elder Woolf , Jr.

She is survived by a son; Trey and Pam Woolf of Blakely and a granddaughter, Allissa. A sister; Shirley Brooks of Colquitt, Ga. and a brother; Jimmy and Daphene Brooks of McDonough, Ga.

The family has requested that flowers be omitted and memorials be made to the St. Jude Tribute Program at P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN. 38101-9908