Susan Leigh Enfinger, 46, of 282 S. Church St., Blakely, Ga. passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2014 at her residence. Her funeral will be held Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014, at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Corey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Centerville Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday night from 7 until 9 P. M. Active pallbearers will be Caleb Howard, Larry Morris, Carroll Middleton, Daniel Bernard, Kevin Enfinger and Brock Middleton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ed & Natalie Norman , “Sloppy” & Heather Allred, Brian & Sherrie Cresswell, Calvin & Christi Knighton, Brad & Tera Knighton and Chris & Rachel Lamb.    

Leigh was born in Brunswick, Ga. on February 28, 1968 to the late Lemmie LaRoy Watson and Yvonne “Bonnie” Miller Watson of Lee County, Ga. She was the owner of Enfinger Title & Associates of Blakely, Ga., a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Other than her mother, her survivors include her husband Kenneth Jason Enfinger, her son, Jared Andrew Enfinger, father-in-law, Kenneth Enfinger all of Blakely, Ga., her mother-in-law, Tina Enfinger of Columbia, Al. and a brother-in-law, Kevin Joseph Enfinger and Candice of Sharpsburg, Ga. and Scott, Garlan & Miller Hodgson of Marietta, Ga.

Williams Sammons “Sammye” Bostwick

     William Sammons “Sammye”  Bostwick, 80, of 5311 Damascus-Hilton Rd., Blakely, Ga., died Friday afternoon, October 17, 2014 at his residence after a lengthy illness. His visitation and funeral will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Zion Freewill Baptist Church. The visitation will start at 10 A. M. in the church social hall and the funeral will be held at 11 A.M.  Burial will follow in the Colomokee Baptist Church Cemetery with Air Force Military Rites after the closing prayer. Rev. Duane Littlefield and Dr. Jackie Sammons will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Billy Cannon, Ray Bostwick, Paul Bostwick, Greg Bostwick, Barry Bostwick, Dale Bostwick, Lem Williams and Jeffrey Porter. Honorary pallbearers will be David Still, Buck Holley and Vincent Evans.

     Sammy was born November 23, 1933 in Blakely, Ga (Kolomoki  Community). to the late Charles Gregory Bostwick , Sr. and Maureen Sammons Bostwick. He was an Air Force Flight Engineer during the  Korean Conflict. After the war he became a school bus driver for the DeKalb County School System where he retired after 23 years of service. He was also a Umpire official for 15 years.  He was a member of the Colomokee Baptist  Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles Bostwick and Bobby Bostwick.

     His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Gloria Cannon Bostwick of Blakely, a daughter, Deanne B. Porter of Blakely; 2 sons: Craig Bostwick (Shelley) of Eatonton, Ga. and Clint Bostwick ( Michele) of Grayson, Ga. a  brother, Ray Bostwick (Connie) of Orlando, Fl. and 5 grandchildren: Brandy Wilson, Clint Bryson, Jeffrey Miles Porter, Sydney Morgan Bostwick and Kelly Paige Bostwick. He will be missed.


Mary King DuncanMary King Duncan, of Blakely, was born Mary Anne Calhoun to the late John C. Calhoun and Effie Corrine Stoudenmire in Camilla, Georgia on June 30, 1917, one of seven children; 4 girls and 3 boys. When she was 11 years old, she moved with her family to Sanford, Florida where she graduated from Seminole County High School in 1933. Mrs. Duncan lived with her parents and worked in her Uncle Charles Stoudenmire’s Seminole Produce Company, that later become Winn Dixie. She then went to Norman College in Doerun, Georgia. She graduated in 1937 and began teaching elementary school in Bridgeboro, Georgia.  

On November 14, 1941, she married Ira Guy King, of Albany and Blakely. Guy was employed with Georgia Power Company when World War II began. He joined the Navy soon after their marriage. He became an officer with the 134th Battalion of the Seabees, serving 3 years in the South Pacific Theater. During this time, Mrs. Duncan lived with her husband’s mother, Mrs. Ira Alan King. She began teaching High School , where Winston Felder was one of her first pupils. The High School had burned down and the classes were held in the Kolomki House on North Main St. just south of Thompson’s Motor Co.

Upon his return from the war, the couple lived in Albany until 1945 when they moved to Blakely. She resumed teaching High School in the newly constructed Blakely Union School building west of Blakely on State Hwy. 62. During the time from 1946 to  1950 they had 2 children, both born in Albany.

Mrs. Duncan attended Troy State Teachers College during the summers when her children were quite young. She received her bachelor’s degree in business education. She also took a correspondence course from the University of Auburn toward her Masters Degree in business education. She was the head of the business education department of Early County Hi8gh School for many years. While at Early County High she was sponsor of the annual “The Bobcat”, sponsor of Senior Tri Hi Y and sponsor of FBLA. Also for many years she was an active member and was President of the Blakely Pilot Club on numerous times.    On June 30, 1972 her husband Ira Guy King died after a lenghtly illness at the Columbus Medical C enter in Columbus, Ga. He was employed with the Corps of Engineers on the Walter F. George reservoir as a Reservoir Ranger. He was buried in the Blakely Cemetery.  

  On April 6, 1996 she became the wife of Dr. Charles Chandler Duncan, a Georgia Baptist minister from Stone Mountain and Dublin, Georgia. They had been sweethearts 60 years earlier when the two attended Norman College. They lived 5 years in Dublin and 5 years in Blakely. Dr. Duncan died at their home on River Street in Blakely May 18, 2006. He was buried in the Dublin Cemetery.  

  Mrs. Duncan retired from the Early County School system in 1981. However she continued as an active substitute teacher for an additional 10 years. She had been an educator-teacher with the State of Georgia from the 1930′s well into the 1990′s , totaling a span of 7 decades.   

Mrs. Duncan is survived by her children; James Ira “Jimmy” King of Dothan, Al. and Mary Carmen “Carmen” King Miley and husband Farnum M. Miley, Sr. of Tallahassee, Fl.; Grandchildren are Jason Ira King of Leeds, Al., Farnum M. Miley Jr. of Ailey, Ga., Dr. Lelia Maryanne Miley Lancaster of Tallahassee, Fl. and Mary Caitlin King of Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, step-grandsons James R. Sass Jr. of Dothan, Al, step-great-grandson is Zachary Ryan Sass, great granddaughters are  Carleigh Catherine Miley and Miley Rose Lancaster and sister Lily Anne Lancaster ; of Tallahassee, FL; daughter-in-law: Mary J. King of Dothan, Al; grand-son-in -law: Anthony “Tony” Jason Lancaster of Tallahassee, Fl. and  granddaughter-in-law: Carla Morgan Miley of Ailey, Georgia.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Sterling Jones and Rev. Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends the funeral home Friday from 2-3 PM at the funeral home.   Serving as pallbearers will be Farnum Miley Jr., Jason King, Anthony Lancaster, Jim Sass, Jerry George, Danny Chandler, Bobby Swann and Danny Hodges.


   Hazel Estelle Allen Herrington  passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 in Blakely, Ga. after an extended illness. She was born in Jakin, Ga. on August 29, 1921 to the late James G. Allen and Ethel Poole Allen.

Hazel is survived by daughters, Barbara H. Mitchell (James) and Judy H. Bozeman (Jim); one brother, William Springer; grandchildren Linda M. Hauenstein (Keith), Lea B. Martin (Joe), Caterina Herrington, Kathern Herrington, Jason Herrington and 5 great grandchildren. Other than her parents, she is preceded by her husband, Felix Lee Herrington; step-father, Will Springer; brother, Wallace Allen; sister, Myrtice Allen Homes,;son, Felix Oscar Herrington and a grandson, Bobby Lee Herrington.

Hazel and Felix moved to Panama City, Fl. in 1945. She was a homemaker, life member of the St. Andrews Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 223 and a member of Northside Baptist Church. She moved to Blakely in 2014.

Visitation will be at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City, Fl. on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 from 5 until 7 PM. There will be no graveside service.

Barbara Claire Vogelgesang Turner

Barbara Claire Vogelgesang Turner, 81, passed away today, September 25, 2014 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A graveside service will be held in the  Masters Family Cemetery in Ellenwood, Ga. on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3 P. M. (DeKalb Co.) with Rev. Jimmy Glaze officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside from 2 PM until the service starts at 3 PM.

Mrs. Turner was born October 25, 1932 in Atlanta, Ga.  to the late Carl Otto Vogelgesang and Eleanor Donnelly Vogelgesang. She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist church in Ellenwood, Ga. and she was a homemaker. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; John Henry Turner, a daughter; Peggy Mathis and a brother; Carl Vogel.

Mrs Turner is survived by 2 daughters; Patricia Exum and husband Don of Blakely and Stephanie Krilla and husband Brian of Jonesboro,  Ga. also by a son; Richard Turner and wife Judy of Demorest, Ga.

Kenneth Ray Bostwick, Jr.

Kenneth Ray Bostwick, Jr. 52, of Casselberry, Fl. passed away September 14, 2014 at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fl. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 2 PM in the Blakely Cemetery, Blakely, Ga. Rev. Jack Sammons officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be his cousins.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to funeral service.

Mr. Bostwick was born May 13, 1962 in Blakely, Ga.  to Kenneth Ray Bostwick ,Sr. (Connie Frank) of Orlando, Fl. and Mary Anne Glass Beasley (Larry) of Orlando, Fl. Other than his parents he is survived by a daughter: Enka Robyn Bostwick, his grandmother: Ellene Driver Glass and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Mobley Howell

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Mobley Howell died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at his residence in Thomaston, Ga. He was born August 18, 1920 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Omar Howell and Lottye Smith Howell. His funeral will be Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 in the First United Methodist Church, at 2 PM, Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Brian Davy and Dr. Alex Howell officiating. After a meal in the Social Hall the family will receive friends from 1 PM up until funeral time at 2 PM.


Sammy Jordan 3   James Samuel “Sammy” Jordan, 82, of Blakely, Georgia, passed away from this life into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Early Memorial Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Sammy was born November 30, 1931 in Colquitt, Ga. to the late Robert Lee Jordan and Ruth Glass Jordan.

After graduating from Hilton School in 1949, he attended Southern Business University in Atlanta, Ga. and joined the F. W. Woolworth Company. After serving in the U. S. Air Force, he resumed his career with Woolworth in 1955 and was promoted to Executive positions setting up Woolco Stores and running F. W. Woolworth for 34 years. After liquidation of the Company, he returned to the family farm again enjoyed success in cattle ranching and farming. His hobbies were creative story telling, history and dancing weekly with the wiregrass Dance club at the Doug Tew Community Center in Dothan, Al.

Mr. Jordan is survived by three daughters: Ola Marie Tolbert (Craig) of Duluth, Ga., Tara Lee Jordan of Cornelia, Ga. and Virginia “Ginny” Jordan of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one son: Robert Neal Jordan of Cornelia, Ga.; three grandchildren: Margo Catherine Tolbert, Jeb Cooper Tolbert and Ariel Jordan; two sisters: JoAnn Fitzgibbons (Bob) of Upland, CA and Bobbie Ruth Jordan, also of Upland, CA; nieces Kathy Fitzgibbons, Nancy Fitzgibbons and Eleanor Soltis (Chris) and a great niece, Chloe Soltis. Special friends include Mike Still, David Still, Edward  Taylor and Martha George. A very special “Thank You” from the family to the entire Lucile Community for the Love and Concern that was shown to Sammy over the past year.

Mr. Jordan was of the Baptist Faith. Funeral services are to be held in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home, Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11 A. M. EDT, with Rev. Sterling Jones and Jo Ann Fitzgibbons officiating. Interment will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Charles English, Hoyle White, Tommy Jordan, Mike Still, David Sheffield and Ric Hall. The family will receive friends for 1 hour prior to the funeral, from 10 AM until 11 AM. Flowers are welcomed or send donations to Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819.

A special thanks to many who helped care for Sammy at Pioneer Community Hospital, Early Memorial Nursing Home, Gentiva Hospice and Doctors: Clifford and Bennett.


    Mrs. Jean Carol Hobbs Tabb, 73, of 10 Reese Rd., Blakely, Ga., died early Saturday morning, Sept. 6, 2014 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Mrs. Tabb’s wishes were to be cremated and her family honored her wishes.  No services are planned.    

     Mrs. Tabb was born December 18, 1940 in Euthaville, SC to the late Warden Estel Hobbs and Maurene Arbogen Hobbs. She was a Retired Supervisor for Dana Undies of Colquitt, Ga. and a homemaker.    

     Her survivors include her husband, James Luther Tabb of Blakely, Ga., her sister, Vera Meshkatian of Blakely and a son, James L. Tabb, Jr.


Ira Lamar Billings, 98, of 12405 Ga. Hwy 200, Damascus, Ga., died early Monday evening, Sept. 1, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, Al. A memorial service will be held Thursday morning, Sept. 4, 2014 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home at 11 A.M. with the family receiving friends for visitation starting a 10 A.M., also at the funeral home. Rev. Jean Watson is officiating.

Mr. Billings was born May 23, 1916 in Damascus, Ga. to the late Hugh Turner Billings and Irene George Billings. He was a retired farmer and retired  machinist for Sunshine Metals. He was of the Methodist Faith.

His survivors include his wife of 67 years, Frances Culpepper Billings of Damascus, a daughter, Lynn Billings Robinson of Damascus, a sister, Sara Billings Allen of Coolidge, Ga. and 2 granddaughters, Paige Robinson Gilliand and Todd of Birmingham, Al. and Ivy Laura Robinson of Austin, TX.

The family has stated that flowers are to be completely omitted and no food should be taken to the home.  Contributions should be sent to the Damascus United Methodist Church, % Jacky Lambert, 8269 Old Damascus Rd., Damascus, Ga. 39841