Obituaries

Dorothy Murkerson Hicks

     Dorothy Murkerson Hicks, 80, of 18158 Morgan Hwy., Apt., 17, Arlington, Ga. died January 1st, 2015 at her residence. Her funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home of Blakely with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. The family will receive friends at 2 PM  Monday for an hour before the funeral. Her pallbearers will be Mike, Bryan and Michael Grebel, Kyle and Cole Odom, Scott Freeman and Rickey Dooling.

Dorothy was born May 13, 1934 in Blakely, GA to the late Robert Eugene Murkerson and Inez Driver Murkerson. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church and a homemaker. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hicks and her son: Burgess Robert Williams.

Her survivors include a daughter: Brenda Ethridge of Midland City, AL, 2 sisters: Joyce Taliaferro of Arlington and Bobbie Jean Brown of Thomasville, GA, 4 Grandchildren: Ritchie and Nicolas Dooling and Brandon and Mitchell Ethridge. She also has 2 great grandchildren: Sarah & Austin Dooling.

Robert Wendell McDonald

     Robert Wendell McDonald, 69, of 52 New Hope Rd., Blakely, Ga., died early Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2014, at his residence. His funeral  will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home at 2 PM with Rev. Scott Dobson officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home. Active Pallbearers will be Kenny, Ryan and Keith Kennedy, Trip McDonald, Michael and Jack  Hromalik.

     Wendell was born Dec. 26, 1944 in Blakely, Ga. to the late John Thomas (J. T.) McDonald and Mary Lou Sheffield McDonald. He was a retired Police Officer with the old Blakely Police Department before the merger of the police and sheriff departments and he was a member at the New Hope Baptist Church. Other than his parents, Wendell was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy McDonald.

      His survivors include his wife, Jeanine Johnson McDonald of Blakely, a daughter, Wendy Hromalik of Dothan, Al. and 2 sons: Robbie McDonald and Shaye of Blakely and Jeffrey Giddens of Blakely. He also has a brother, Tony McDonald and Grace of Belton, TX and a sister, Wanda M. Houston and Hayward of Blakely. He has 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Marjorie Knight Langford

     Mrs. Marjorie Knight Langford, 87, of Florence, Al. died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 23, 2014, at the residence of one of her daughters, Merri Gamble,  on Club Drive, in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be a graveside service held Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 in the Westview Cemetery, 1680 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30310 at 3 PM.  Her son-in-law, Pastor Horst Trojahn, will be officiating the service.

Mrs. Langford was born June 4, 1927 in Atlanta, Ga. to the late William Bonner Knight and Effie Chestnut Knight. She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She was also a retired clerical worker for the U. S. Government in a branch of OSHA. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lee Doyal Langford and a son, Lee Doyal Langford, Jr.

Her survivors include 3 daughters: Joy Trojahn and Horst of Elgin, SC, Merri Gamble and Allen of Blakely, GA and  Lori Stanfield and Rodney of St. Joseph, TN. She has 1 son: Philip Langford of Florence, AL. There are also 9 grandchildren.

Hazel Jones Grier

     Hazel Jones Grier, 86, of 311 S. Pine St., Bluffton, Ga., died Sunday afternoon in the Ft. Gaines Health and Rehabilitation, Ft. Gaines, Ga. Her funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Randy Stokes officiating. Burial will follow in the Grier Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM. Pallbearers will be Joe Watford, Shane Rathel, Kenny Kirkland and sons Donny Dupree, Davey Dupree and Robert Grier, Jr.

Mrs. Grier was born Feb. 26, 1928 to the late Willie Zack Jones and Dolly McCrane Jones. All of her siblings have preceded her in death. She was a seamstress for the old Carter Textiles in Edison, Ga., was a member of the Vincent United Methodist Church and was a former President and Vice President of the United Methodist Women.

Her survivors include 4 sons: Robert F. Grier, Jr. and wife Shannon of Colquitt, Ga., Bobby Lee Dupree and wife Joyce of Ft. Gaines, Ga., Davey Dupree of Bluffton, Ga. and Donny A. Dupree of Camden, S.C. There is one daughter: Linda Kay Tyson and husband Jim of Gainesville, Ga., 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Alvin John Krack, Jr.

Alvin John Krack, Jr., 78, passed away today, December 12, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al.  A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. in the Blakely Cemetery with full military rites, with Rev. Jay Reppert and Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Active pallbearers are Larry Middleton, W. L. Chapman, Odell Enfinger, Wayne Aunspaugh, Jacob Benton, Mike Pullen, Pete Odom and Danny Chandler. Honorary pallbearers are Blake Glass, Marvin and Christene Bankston and the members of the Blakely V.F. W.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday morning from 11:00 to 11:45 AM.

Mr. Krack was born in Evansville, IN on April 4, 1936 to the late Alvin Krack, Sr. and Anne Marie Hammerstein Winstead. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church. After his retirement from the Army,  he worked at  Great Southern Paper Co. as a security guard. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Clement Krack and David Krack.

Mr. Krack is survived by his wife Phyllis Davis Krack of Blakely, GA,  a daughter: Deanna Marie Newbold of Indianapolis, IN and her daughters: Jennifer Marie Lewis (Bradley) and children Riley Anne Marie, Kristopher Ryland, Reaganne Rose Marie and Bradleigh Marie Summer and Cynthia Renae Ford (Nathan) of Indianapolis, IN and by 2 Step-Sons: Chan Benton and his son Jacob Benton and Adam Benton (Angel) and their children Luke Benton and Maggie Benton all of Blakely, GA.  He is also survived by 3 half-brothers: Vincent Krack, Norman Krack and Victor Krack.

Annie Ellene Weaver Bruner

   Mrs. Ellene Bruner, 93,  2405 Cedar Springs Rd., Blakely, Ga., died early Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 2014 in Gainesville, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at 1 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Hersey and Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Bruner , Tommy Bruner, Marcus Kennady, Ronald Bruner, Pete Odom and Jimmy Weaver.  The family will receive friends at the funeral from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening.

Mrs.. Burner was born Oct. 23, 1921 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Moses Wesley (Wes) Weaver and Ozie Bell Harrison Weaver. She was a member of the Blakely Freewill Baptist Church and was retired as a seamstress for Brue-Snyder Manf. Co. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Arver (Tennie) Bruner,  a brother Jona Bill Weaver and by 2 sisters; Lois Oneita White and Louvenia Morris.

Mrs. Burner is survived by a daughter Pauline Kennady and husband Carl of McDonough, Ga. and a son James Bruner and wife Martha (Jerry) of Sautee Nacnochee, Ga. 3 Grandchildren: Tim Bruner of Lilburn, Ga., Tommy & Jennie Bruner of Swannee, Ga. and Marcus Kennady of Locus  Grove, Ga. and by 4 Great-Grandchildren: Alex , Josh, Ashley and Caroline Bruner.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Blakely Freewill Baptist Church or to S.M.A. at Cure S.M.A.,925 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village, Il. 60007

Lilla Dale Widener

   Miss Lilla Dale Widener, 2405 N. Woodlawn Dr., Blakely, Ga., died Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 2014 at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. Her funeral will be a graveside service, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at 2 PM in the Blakely Cemetery with Judy Moore officiating. Flowers and food are to be omitted and contributions may be made to the Enterprise Freewill Baptist Church, % Judy Moore, 2232 Simmons Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823.

Miss Widener was born in Early County, Ga. May 15, 1922 to the late James Brown Widener and Zylphia Jane Waller Widener. She was a member of the Enterprise Freewill Baptist Church, Blakely and was retired as Office Manager twice; once from Felder & Sons Ford dealership and again from the Early County Board of Education. 

   Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings: a sister, Mable W. Moore, and 5 brothers: Waller Brown Widener, Harvey Newton Widener, Jesse Evans Widener, James Ray Widener and Jasper Donald Widener. Her survivors include several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Buddy Ellis.

 

Ernest Bradley Knighton

Ernest Bradley Knighton, 70, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at 2 PM EST., 1 PM CT.  in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jay Reppert and Rev. Hubert Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7-9 PM. EST. , 6-8 PM CT.

Serving as active pallbearers will be; Johnathan Vasquez, Ricky Taylor, Ronnie Taylor, Shelly Goocher, Stacey Knighton and Calvin Knighton. Honorary pallbearers will be; Ted Knighton, Joe Knighton, Brad Knighton, Terry Knighton and Bob Register.

Bradley was born May 19, 1944  in Blakely, Ga.  to the late Clarence Ernest Knighton and Raynelle Womble Knighton Lane. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and also attended Hilton United Methodist Church. He was owner and operator of Bossman Hot Sauce Co. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his step-father: Wilmer (Red) Lane.

Bradley is survived by his wife: Martha Jean Crooms Knighton; daughter: Latona Knighton Little of Blakely and a son: Waylon and Lisa Knighton of Blakely. 3 Brothers: Tony Ray Knighton of Blakely, Jasper and Jerry Knighton of Columbia, Al. and Larry Knighton of Columbia, Al. 4 Grandchildren: Kacey Kilpatrick and husband Johnathan  Vasquez and Kristen Kilpatrick both of Dothan, Al.; Jamie Jackson & husband Mark of Italy and Michael Welch of Greenwood, Fl. 8 Great-Grandchildren.

Mary Garrett Cleveland

     Mrs. Mary Garrett Cleveland, 85, 0f 2128 Tarver Drive, Blakely, Ga., died early Saturday morning, Nov. 29, 2014 in the emergency room at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early, Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2014 at 3 PM at the Westview United Methodist Church with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary starting at 2 PM Sunday up until funeral time. Burial will follow in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery.

Mrs. Cleveland was born January 17, 1929 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Fred Charles Garrett and Edna Mae Goodwin Garrett. She was a retired Kindergarten teacher for many years for the Early County Board of Education. She received her Masters degree from Troy State University, was a homemaker and a member of the Westview United Methodist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry (Shorty) Cleveland, Jr., and her sister, Frances G. Chandler.

Her survivors include 3 daughters: Kay C. Ragan and Joe of Blakely, Ga., Sue C. Carvajal and Irving of Miami, Fl. and Ann C. Kilman  and Mike of Snellville, Ga. She has 2 sons: Bill Cleveland and Pam and Fred Cleveland and Starr all of Ft. Gaines, Ga. She has 1 brother: Charles Garrett and Regina, also of Ft. Gaines, Ga. There are 13 grandchildren: Jackie Anglin of Kennesaw, Ga., Julie Cleveland of Blakely, Ga., Christie Spano & Carl of Lake Park, Ga., Melissa Ragan of Mobile, Al., Daniel Ragan of Valdosta, Ga., Jessie White of Miami, Fl., Megan Carvajal of Tallahassee, Fl., Alice Kilman of Flowery Branch, Ga., Jamie Berrong & Zac, Kelly Kilman, and Tori Kilman, all of Snellville, Ga., Garrett Cleveland and Aaron Cleveland, both of Ft. Gaines, Ga. There are also 7 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be sent to the Wetsview United Methodist Church, C/O Cliff Starr, Treasurer, 85 Willow Glen Dr., Blakely, Ga. 39823.

Robert Carr “Bob” Mueller

     Mr. Robert Carr “Bob” Mueller, 95, of 960 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, Ga., died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in the Athens Heritage Nursing Home. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 11 A.M., Nov. 24, 2014 at the graveside (weather permitting) in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. In case of rainy conditions, the funeral will be held in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home.

Mr. Mueller was born August 20, 1919 in LaGrange, Illinois to the late George Frederick Mueller and Louise Klein Mueller. He was retired as the former owner/operator of a furniture, upholstery and refinishing shop in Americus, Georgia. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Richard William “Dick” Mueller and George Mueller. His church membership was with the Maysville United Methodist Church in Maysville, Ga.

His survivors include a niece, Suzanne Redding of Thomasville, Ga and a nephew, Spencer Mueller and his wife Gail of Blakely, Ga.