Mildred Gertrude Spurlock McFay

Mrs. Mildred Gertrude Spurlock McFay, 95, died Monday night, June 1, 2015, at the home of her son, Danny McFay, in Athens, Ga. Her funeral will be held Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. Mr. David L. Cook will be officiating the service. The family will be receiving friends for a visitation Wednesday evening, June 3, 2015 from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be: Danny Blasky, Mike Chapman, Roberto Boco,

Mrs. McFay was born in Marianna, Fl. on April 7, 1920 to the late Willie Green Spurlock and Cynthia Simpson Spurlock. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church in Arlington, Ga. and a homemaker. She formally lived in Edison, Ga. but moved to Athens many years ago to live with a son. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband: Delma Harry McFay, a daughter: Susan Hewitt; 3 sisters: Nellie Loumenic, Lucille Mercer and Stella Mitchell and 6 brothers: Buford, Charlie, Fred, Chester, Damon and Raymond Spurlock. 

Her survivors include 2 sons: Wayne Richardson and wife Colleen of Blairsville, Ga. and Danny McFay of Athens, Ga., 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


Rebecca Elizabeth Strickland Swords

Rebecca Elizabeth Strickland Swords, 76, passed away today, May 27, 2015 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Blakely. A Memorial Service will be held on  Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral  Home. Johnny Averitt officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation for one hour before the service, starting at 10 AM Saturday morning.

Mrs. Swords was born March 14, 1939  in Arlington , Ga. to the late George Wilkins and Millie Bowan Wilkins. She was a homemaker and a retired caregiver. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Swords and by 3 Grandchildren: Joy Smith , Melissa Swords and Shannon Swords.

Mrs. Swords is survived by a daughter Jan Harrell of Blakely; and by 2 sons: Carroll Swords and wife Janice of Ft. Gaines, Ga. and Benny Hand of Arlington. Sister; Linda Spriggs and husband James of Ft. Gaines and 2 brothers; George Wilkins Jr. and wife Lee of Jonesboro, Ga. and Edward Wilkins of Edison, Ga. 3 Grandchildren: Tony Harrell Jr., Jennifer Shellhouse and Derrick Powell all of Arlington, Ga.  8  Great–Grandchildren: Blake Shellhouse, T.J. Shellhouse, Harley Smith, Arron Smith, Savannah Smith, Alexis Harrell, Brice Harrell and Luke Harrell. and by 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren: K.K. Shellhouse and Harmony Preston.

Joe Nobles

     Mr. Joe Nobles, 82, died Monday afternoon, May 25, 2015 at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. His funeral will be a graveside service Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2 P. M. in the Enterprise Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Hwy 39 N. Blakely, Ga. 39823. Rev. Sterling Jones is officiating and Soloist,  Rev. Jerry Murkerson to sing.

     Mr. Nobles was born in Early County, Ga. on May 31, 1932 to the late Walter Franklin Nobles and Nettie White Nobles Dykes. He was a retired self-employed Tree Surgeon, formerly living in Gadsden, Al. He was of the Baptist faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son: Joe Ray Nobles; a grandson: Jason Nobles; 4 sisters: Cherry Murkerson, Ruby Barron, Ouida McGriff and Alice Driver and  3 brothers: Robert “Buck” Nobles, John Nobles and Frank Nobles.

     His survivors include a daughter: Paula Price and Billy, a son: Frankie Nobles and Brenda, all of Americus, Ga.; a daughter-in-law: Debbie Nobles of Gadsden, AL; 3 sisters: Genita Brooks of Gainesville, GA, Vaudine Smith of Blakely, GA and Emma Jean Raper of Montezuma, Ga. There are also 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jeffie Verosha Chandler Garrett

     Mrs. Jeffie C. Garrett, 82, of 11710 Hwy 370, Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at the Savannah Court Retirement Village in Camilla, Ga. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating.

     Mrs. Garret was born August 15, 1932 in Blakely, Georgia to the late William Chandler and Gertrude Temples Chandler. She was a member of the Hilton United Methodist Church, a self-employed seamstress and helped her late husband, Donald Garrett in the old Blakely Shoe Shop. Other than her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter; Donna G. Richards and a brother: Homer Lester Chandler. 

     Her survivors include a daughter: Denise G. Davis and husband Mark of Ft. Gaines, Ga., a son: Keith Garrett and wife Glenda of Apollo Beach, FL, 3 sisters: Juanita Parks and Modine Stephens of Blakely, Ga., Mavis Rode of Camilla, Ga., 2 granddaughters: Amanda Higgenbotham and Stormy Odom and 1 Great  Grandchild, Jillian Higgenbotham.

Anne Tennelle Crozier Pierce

     Anne Tennelle Crozier Pierce, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Ft. Gaines Health and Rehabilitation in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11 AM in the Ft. Gaines Presbyterian Church with Rev. Randy Stokes officiating.  Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery at 2 PM. The family will receive friends from 10 AM until funeral time at the church on Friday morning. Active pallbearers will be Walt Pierce IV, Richard Paul, Jim Clark, Jackie Duke, John West and James Worthy.

     Mrs. Pierce was born in Edison, Ga. November 30, 1923 to the late Richard Crozier and Mary McAllister Crozier. She  was a homemaker and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Ft. Gaines. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Walter Eugene Pierce Jr. a son Walter Eugene Pierce III; a grandson Chadwick Tenelle Pierce and by 2 sisters Roscelle Mills and Patricia Watkins and a brother Dick Crozier.

     Mrs.. Pierce is survived by a son Robert (Bob) Clifton Pierce of Edison, Ga. ; a grandson Walter (Walt) Pierce IV of Edison  and by 3 great-grandchildren Sealy Annelle Pierce, Seth Pierce and Austin Davis.

Maurine Lisenby Fincher

     Maurine Lisenby Fincher, 80, of 60 Pepper St., Arlington, Ga. 39813, died Saturday night, May 16, 2015 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her funeral will be a graveside service Monday morning, May 18, 2015 at 11 AM in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arlington, Ga. with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday night, May 17th at the home of Faith & Jimmy Megahee, 25137 Blakely, Rd., Arlington, Ga. from 6 until 8 PM.   

     Maurine Fincher was born January 16, 1935 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Dallas Gerald Lisenby and Evelyn Jones Lisenby. She was a retired dietician for the Calhoun Prison in Morgan and a member of the Arlington Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a son: Roger Allen Fincher, a sister: Emma Jean Lisenby Brooks, and by all 3 brothers: Robert Lisenby, Dallas C. “Bud” Lisenby and Edd Jones Lisenby.

     Her survivors include a daughter: Faith Megahee and Jimmy of Arlington, Ga.; 3 sons: Tommy Fincher and Tami  of Arlington, Randy Fincher and Bonnie of Leary, Ga. and Joe Fincher and Cindy of Coleman, Ga.; 2 sisters-in-law: Millicent L. Carlisle of Arlington, Ga. and Rachel Lisenby of Leesburg, Ga., 7 grandchildren: Wes Fincher- Blakely, Ali F. Moseley and Cannon of Blakely, Nick Megahee & Cliff of Colquitt, Neal Megahee of Arlington, Jason Fincher of Leary, Luke Fincher of Blakely and J. D. Fincher of Coleman and there are 4 great grandchildren.

Buddy Williams


W.  C.  “Buddy”  Williams , 80, passed away today, May 7, 2015 at his residence, 305 S. Central Ave. Blakely, Ga. 39823. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11 AM at the Southside Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be his nephews: Gary Mote, Casey Kimbrell, Charles Middleton, Dennis Gilbert, Erle Williams, Ken Roberts, Alan Darley, Steve Middleton, Bob Middleton, David Williams, Jr. and Jimmy Fowler. Honorary pallbearer will  be James Lee.

Mr. Williams was born August 17, 1934 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Thomas Hull Williams and Eula Lee Jenkins Williams. He retired as an overseer (34 Years)  for Singletary Farms. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.  Other than his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters and brother-in-law: Thelma and Charles Gilbert and Mabel Williams Middleton,  a brother: David Williams and a great grandson: Rocky Stroud.

Mr. Buddy, as he was affectionately known, was a Charter Member of Southside Baptist Mission which later became Southside Baptist Church. He was ordained as a deacon on October 13, 1968. He served as a deacon for 40 + years and was chairman of the board of deacons several times throughout the years. Buddy served as Sunday School Superintendent and Training Union Director numerous times.  He also served on the Board of Trustees . He was part of the Southside Baptist Bus Ministry for several years. He was also an active Gideon.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife Meda Middleton Williams; 2 daughters Debra W. Pellicano and husband Barry  of Albany, Ga. and Lesli W. Todd and husband Michael of Albany, Ga.  A son Chris Williams and wife Kathy of Blakely, Ga. 2 sisters: Anna Mote and husband Jack of Cuthbert, Ga. and Pauline Childre of Reynolds, Ga. A brother: Tommy Williams and wife Dana of Floral City, Fl.  and by 7 Grandchildren:  Noelle Pellicano Davis and husband Marc of Powder Springs, Ga., Brooke Williams Clinkscales  of Blakely, Paige Williams McLendon  of Blakely, Natalie Williams Stroud of Blakely, Ashton Pellicano of Vinings,  Ga.,  Dalton Todd of Albany and Lara Katherine Todd of Albany and 12 Great-Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s , Georgia Chapter at 225 Second Street, East, Tifton, Georgia 31794.