Al Kirkland

Alfred (Al) Kirkland, 87, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Al Kirkland, Jerry Mears, Billy Mears and Danny Mulkey.

Al was born October 6, 1928 to the late Hosea K. Kirkland and Jewell Burkett Kirkland . He attended Hilton United Methodist Church. He also served in the U.S. Army. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Annie Mae Walker and Willow Dean Mears.

Al  is survived by his wife Vera Knighton Kirkland, daughter Elaine K. Thomason and husband Rick of Santa Rosa Beach, Fl.; a sister Hilda Merle Temples of Wildwood, Fl. and a brother Doyal Kirkland and wife Kathy of Hobart, Ind. Also by 8 nephews, 3 nieces and a granddog Harley.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hilton United Methodist Church at 1751 Ga. Hwy 62 Blakely,   Ga. 39823 or to the Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1436 Albany, Ga. 31702.              


     Gloria Bush, Summerford, 84, of 11740 Columbia Rd., Blakely, Ga. died early Wednesday morning, October 7, 2015 at Early memorial Nursing Home. There will be a memorial graveside service Saturday morning, Oct. 10, 2015 at 11 A.M., E. D. T., in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating.

Gloria was born December 12, 1930 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Homer Elmo Bush, Sr. and Gladys Baker Bush. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely and was a retired  Secretary and Bookkeeper for many years. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Bernard Summerford and by a nephew Tim Everson.

She is survived by 3 nieces: Rhonda Bush Freeman of Columbia, AL, Candi Everson Vickers & Mike of Blakely, GA and Robyn Bush Ezell & Mike of Webb, AL and by 2 nephews: Cliff Bush and Mary Edith and Andy Bush , all of Blakely, GA.

William Davis Byrd

     William Davis Byrd, 78, of 6415 Thomas Drive, Unit # 1503, Panama City Beach, Fl. 32408, died Sunday afternoon at his residence. The funeral is going to be held, Wednesday afternoon, October 7, 2015, at 4 PM at the graveside in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arlington, Ga. with his sister, Dale B. Tyson giving the eulogy. The family will receive friends at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home  Wednesday afternoon from 1 until 3 PM.

Mr. Byrd was born in the Rowena Community of Early County, Ga. on Dec. 12, 1936 to the late Benjamin Howard Byrd and his mother, Mrs. Helen Davis Byrd of Fayetteville, Ga. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga. and received an AA degree from Gordon Military Academy in Barnesville, Ga. He was the Owner and Operator if Bill Byrd Kia in Panama City, Fl. He was a U. S. Air Force peacetime veteran serving for four years after the Korean Conflict. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by a son: Jeffrey Scott Byrd.

His survivors include his mother, Helen Annette Davis Byrd of Fayetteville, GA; his daughter, Tiffany Ann Byrd of Vancleave, MS; 2 sons: David Ashley Byrd and his wife Courtney and William D. Byrd, II and his wife Cassie, all of Mobile, AL.; a sister, Dale B. Tyson of Fayetteville and 2 grandchildren. Mr. Byrd was also survived by a true and loyal friend in Don Donohoe of Panama City Beach, FL.