Catherine Dews Jenkins

Catherine Dews Jenkins, 92, of Blakely, Ga., died on June 19, 2015, in the Emergency room at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga.    The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, at the Blakely First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating.  A private burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the social hall of Blakely First United Methodist Church.


Mrs. Jenkins was born in Blakely, Ga., on June 7, 1923, to the late Charles Edward Dews and Alexine Bates Dews.  She was preceded in death by Thomas Grubbs Jenkins, her husband of 55 years, in 2005 and by her five brothers:  Charles, Robert, Thomas, Kenneth, and Alton Dews.


Mrs. Jenkins moved to Albany when she was a year old and then to Edison in 1934.  She graduated from Edison High School in 1940 and attended South Georgia College.  From 1942 until 1946 she served as secretary to the surgeon at Turner Field Naval Air Station in Albany and later as secretary to Accident Analysis Division at Langley Field, Va., from 1946 to 1947.  From 1950 to 1985 she worked as a secretary for the Blakely Peanut Company.   She was a member of the Blakely United Methodist Church and DAR.


Surviving are her two sisters-in-law: Freida Dews of Conyers, Ga., Thelma Dews of Atlanta, Ga. and many nieces and nephews:  Charles Dews of Buena Vista, Ga., Gene Dews of Headland, Ala., Bobby Dews of Edison, Patricia MacLean of Trussville, Ala., Lawrence Killingsworth of Spokane, Wa., Scott Killingsworth of Atlanta, Marcia Killingsworth of Edison, Ga, Thomas Dews, Jr. of Silver Spring, Md., Jim Dews of Canton, Ga., Julie Dews of Montreat, N.C., Kenneth Dews, Jr. of  Winterville, N.C., Alexine Bryant of Greenville, N.C.,  Madge Gay Thompson of Winterville, N.C., Catherine Nelson of Winterville, N.C., Alton Dews, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va., David Dews of Atlanta, Kirk Dews of Richmond, Va., and Catherine Dorrien of Dunwoody, Ga. Additionally, she leaves behind numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.


Mrs. Jenkins was a family favorite and was affectionately known to her nieces and nephews by a variety of names, including Aunt Catherine, Kate, and Aunt Cap.  She and Thomas traveled all over the country to visit relatives, and all of her family felt very much at home in her home.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Willowood Personal Care, P.O. Box 669, Edison, Ga., 39846 or to Blakely First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.

Mickey Howard


Michael Cornell (Mickey) Howard, 68, passed away today, June 14, 2015 at the Wynfield Rehabilitation  Center in Albany, Ga.  Funeral service will be held on  Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 3 PM at Southside Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Harris, Rev. Robert Mitchell and Dr. Alex Howell officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 – 3 PM.

Serving as active pallbearers will be: Wayne Parker, Sammy Cleveland, , Clint Loftin, Jerry Hunter, Johnny McMullin , Scott Watley,  Ed Pumphrey , Joe Owens and James Alderman.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of a girls softball team called  T. Mates coached by Mickey; Romona Cobb, Linda Goodman, Kay Willis, Lisa Easom Howard, Lynn Armstrong, Nancy Mills, Sandra S. Sanders, Ann Brackin, Laura Jean Blackwell, Vickie Dixon, Jan Blackwell , Janet Howard, Sandra Gamble, Miriam Johnson, Angel E. Mathis , Barbara Hair, Debbie Collins, Melanie Brown, Charlene Ashley, Linda Moss Cannon, Sandra Starkey, Susan Manry, Tammy Wiley, Tonya Nichols, Janet LeGrone and Lynda Howard. Members of the team that are deceased are Kaye King and Cheryl Strickland. Also the class of 1965.

Mickey was born in Blakely, Ga. Feb. 18, 1947 to the late Willis Rusk Howard and Nelle Pearl Watson Howard . He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Retired from Koch Paper Co. as Operation Foreman of the Pulp Mill. A graduate of Early Co. High School in 1965.

Mickey is survived by his wife; Lynda Tedder Howard of Blakely; a daughter Necole Howard Ducati and husband Bill of Blakely and a grandson William Cole (Cole) Ducati. Mother-In-Law: Sara W. Tedder of Blakely.

Linda Cherry Padgett

Linda Cherry Padgett, 65, passed away today, June 13, 2015 at the Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Ga.  A memorial service will be announced later.

Mrs. Padgett was born in Blakely, Ga. October 15, 1949 to the late Bob Cherry and Verna Louise Sirdam Cherry  Nolan. She was a homemaker. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, R. P. Padgett, Jr. and by 2 sisters; Katie Farris and Lillian Nolan.

Mrs. Padgett is survived by 3 sons: Travis Padgett of Donalsonville, Ga; Randal Padgett and wife Margaret of Colquitt, Ga. and Jessie Padgett and wife Cathedra of Damascus, Ga. 2 sisters; Cathy Cherry of Quincy, Fl. and Dora Farris and husband Willie of Arlington, 2 brothers; Robert Cherry and wife Peggy of Blakely and Johnny Cherry and wife Annie of Blakely. 2 Grandchildren, Shantez Padgett of Damascus and Johnathan  Quinn Padgett of Pennsylvania


Mary Frances (Frannie) Brooks Manry

Mary Frances Brooks Manry, 84, known to all as Frannie, died Friday afternoon, June 12, 2015 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. Her funeral will be held Monday, June 15, 2015, at 2 P. M. in the First Baptist Church in Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Keith Alderman and Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 7 until 9 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. The pallbearers will be Bo Manry, Joe Williams, Dee Gordon, Ryan Johnson, Rodney Johnson, Tommy Manry, Scott Hester, Frank Sealy and Robin Harrison.

Frannie was born Sept. 18, 1930 in McDonough, Ga. to the late Rev. Gordon Lee Brooks and Irene Virginia Kendrick Brooks. She was a retired funeral director and a loving homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blakely, a Past Matron of the Blakely Chapter # 282 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joseph Thomas (J.T .) Manry, Jr. and her brother, Dr. Lamar J. Brooks.

Her survivors include 2 daughters: Ginnie M. Williams and husband Mike of Stevenson, AL, Susan Manry of Acworth, GA, a son: Steve Manry and his wife Lea Jean of Blakely, GA, 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Margaret Brooks of Wilmington, NC, Barbara Manry of Jarrettsville, MD and Carolyn Manry of Harlingen, TX. There are 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Blakely, P. O. Box 667, Blakely, Ga. 39823. 

Justin Houston Tapp

Justin Houston Tapp, 31, of 5036 Boxwood Court, Tallahassee, Fl. 32303, died Sunday, June 7, 2015 at his residence. His funeral will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan, Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Fred Odom and Mr. Alan Braswell officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting that you send a contribution to the First State Bank, P. O. Box 587, Blakely, Ga. 39823 for the Educational Fund that has been set up for Justin’s son, Ryder Tapp. Active pallbearers will be Jim Bob Durham, Chris Crozier, Bruce Ready, Hank Williams, David Williams, John Smith, Tony Martinez and Cory Wilson.

Justin was born July 23, 1983 in Houston, Texas to his Father, Michael Joseph Tapp of Georgetown, Ga. and his Mother, Sara Johnson Tapp Malsberger of Blakely, Ga. He was a heavy machine operator and a Master Mechanic for Triple A Parts and Performance Co. in Tallahassee, Fl. before a work related accident disabled him. He was of the Baptist Faith.

His survivors, other than his parents, include his wife, Jacqueline Joy Lanigan Tapp of Tallahassee, Fl., his son, Ryder Tapp of Tallahassee, his sister, Natalie Tapp & John Smith of Columbia, Al.,  a brother, Joey Tapp of Columbia, Al. and his step-father, Tim Malsberger of Blakely, Ga. He has 2 half /sisters: Holly Tapp of Rock Springs, Ga. and Laura Tapp of Chickamauga, Ga. and his maternal grandmother: Lillian Temples Johnson of Blakely, Ga.

Keith Gandy

Keith Gandy (62) passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015 at his residence. Funeral service will held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 2 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Milton Pate officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1-2 PM.

Serving as Active pallbearers will be Davis Powell, Johnny Jackson, Johnny Buckhaulter, Tommy Odom, Ronald Hall and Johnny Scoggins. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Bonner and John Flemming.

Mr. Gandy was born April 19,1953 in Bastrik, La. to the late Clarence Darrell Gandy and Laura Myrtle Martin Gandy. He was a heavy equipment operator for 42 years for Georgia Pacific. He was of Baptist Faith

He is survived by his wife Sue Carol Goodwin Gandy of Blakely, a daughter Natalie Wozniak and husband William of Dothan, Al, 4 sons: Randall Gandy and wife Tiffany of Ariton, Al, Daniel Gandy of Jessup, Ga., David Thompson of Blakely and Jimmy Thompson and wife Lauren of Cuthbert, Ga. 2 sisters: Genia Johnson and husband Kenneth of Blakely and LaFran Roach and Earl of Colquitt, Ga.; 3 brothers: Larry Gandy and wife Charlene of Blakely, David Gandy and wife Gail of Eufaula, Al. and Bruce Gandy of Pansey, Al. 9 grandchildren: Ragan Gandy, Rylan Wozniak, Evie Caye Wozniak , Joey Wozniak, Ali Wozniak, Chris Thompson, Jessica Thompson, Jayden Phillips, Jacey Thompson.

Wilbur Dair Hilton

Mr. Wilbur Hilton, 74, of 1324 Bay Branch Rd., Edison, Ga. 39846, died Saturday morning, June 6, 2015 at the Calhoun Nursing Home in Edison, Ga. His funeral will be a graveside service, held Tuesday morning, June 9, 2015, at 11 A. M. in the Salem Cemetery in Edison, Ga. with Rev. Frank Hughes officiating.

Mr. Hilton was born August 13, 1940 in Edison, Ga. to the late Charlie Hilton and Eunice Daniel Hilton. He retired as an Inspector for Federal-State Inspection Service, was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War and a member of Salem Baptist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Harriet Sutton and by all 3 brothers: Ralph, Harry and Robert Hilton.

His survivors include 3 sons: Dustin Hilton and Sheriff Josh Hilton and his wife Brandi, all of Edison, Ga. and Jonah Hilton of Albany, Ga.. He also is survived by 2 sisters: Louise Vann and husband Jack of Lake Butler, FL,  Betty Ivey of Dawson, Ga. and 2 grandchildren.

Kyle Anthony Ashley

Kyle Anthony Ashley, 40,  of Blakely, Ga.,passed away today, June 6, 2015 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 3 PM in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Scott Dobson officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 2:45  PM.

Kyle was born April  25, 1975 in Dothan, Al. to Patricia Eldridge Shiflett  & Ed of Adel, Ga. and Ronnie and Charlene Ashley of Blakely, Ga. He was a sales representative  for Sports South and Dixie Shooters. He graduated from high school in Louisiana and graduated from Wallace College in Dothan, Al. He attended New Hope Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father–in-law; Hamp Barfield,  by his Maternal grandparents, Norma Ruth and Coley Eldridge and by his Paternal grandparents, Christine and Lester Ashley.

Other than his parents he is survived by his wife: Melanie Barfield Ashley of Blakely, a son: Luke Ashley  of Blakely, 2 daughters: Ella Ashley and Lanie DeLoach  of Blakely. 2 brothers: Cole and wife Kim of Damascus, Ga. and Ryan Kineard and wife Kendall of Alma, Ga., a sister: Dania Spears and husband Greg of Madison, Al., his  Mother-In-Law: Charlene M.  Barfield of Blakely, his Aunt Henrinel Middleton of Blakely, his Sister-In-Law: Ginger and Greg Weathersby of Blakely and a nephew Nic Weathersby of Blakely.


W. Mark Walters, Jr.

Mark Walters Jr., 88, died Thursday morning, June 4, 2015 at his residence. His funeral service will be held Monday, June 8, 2015 at 1 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Woods officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will have a visitation at the funeral home Sunday night, June 7th, from 7 until 9 PM. The active pallbearers will be Tim Howell, Dr. Davis Kinney, Jeremy Walters, Michael Walters, Daniel Walters and Sam Hasty. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Collier and Tommy Moore.

Mr. Walters was born on May 26, 1927 in Binghamton, NY, to the late William Mark Walters, Sr. and  Russelline Eells  Walters. He was retired as a Hydro- Electric Plant Operator for the Corp of Engineers at Ft. Gaines, Ga. and was a member of the 7th Day Adventist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie May Davids Walters,by a sister, Janice Jones and by a brother, Russell Mark Walters.

His survivors include 4 sons: Arthur Walters and Linda of Leesburg, Ga. , Russell Walters of Leesburg, Harry Walters and Rhonda of Birmingham, Al. and David Walters and Ann of Blakely, Ga. There are 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

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.