Mary Ann Temples Trawick

     Mary Ann Temples Trawick, 78, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Miller County Nursing Home. Her funeral and committal service will be held Thursday, April 28m 2016 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. The family will receive friends at 1 PM up until funeral time at 2 PM.

Mary Ann was born Feb. 20, 1938 in Blakely, GA. to her late mother, Lucille Temples. She was a member of the Hilton United Methodist Church and a homemaker. Other than her mother, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Wiley (Buster) Trawick and a brother, Johnny Temples.

Her survivors include 3 sisters: Eloise Johnson and her husband Boyd of Attapulgus, GA, Louise Casey and Jackie Brannon, both of Dothan, AL and a brother: Randall McLendon  and his wife Marilyn of Cowarts, AL.

Eric Alvin Blanton

201604251005_0001    Eric Alvin Blanton, 82, of 2874 Flamingo Lane, Marianna, FL., 32446, died Saturday night, April 23, 2016 at the Malcolm Randall V. A. Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. His funeral will be a graveside service held Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Robert Mitchell will be officiating. The service will end with Military Rites as Mr. Blanton was a U. S. Marine. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 10 AM until funeral time at 11 AM.

Mr. Blanton was born on March 22, 1934 in Valdosta, Georgia to the late Holly Blanton and Adna Lucille Brandon Clark. He was a retired electrician, having worked for the Talquin Electric Company of Quincy, FL. He was of the Baptist Faith. He was also a diesel mechanic during his military stint.

His survivors include  2 sisters: Judith Blanton Pinkston of Sneads, FL,  Elizabeth LaRae Jemison & husband Steve of Chattahoochee, Fl.  and a brother: Manis Randolph Blanton of Clovis, NM. He also has 3 Nieces: Janis Johnson, Jeanie Childers & husband Cameron, all of Sneads, Fl., Angela M. Owens of Cottondale, Fl., and a nephew: Charles Jeffery Johnson of Sneads, Fl.

Teresa Danell Lane

Teresa Danell Lane, 50, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11 AM EDT in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 PM EDT in the Union United Methodist Cemetery in Georgetown, GA.  The family will receive friends from 10 AM Monday morning for an hour before the funeral at 11 AM.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Shellnut, Harley Lane, Anthony Lane, Mark Farmer, Jason cherry and Martin Weaver.

Teresa was born in Dawson, Ga. Feb. 24, 1966 to Dan Lane of Webb, Al. and the late Thelma Irene Causey Lane. She was a member of Sowhatchee Baptist Church.

Other than her father, she is survived by a sister; Cindy Hill of Dothan, Al., 2 brothers; Robert Lane and wife Sheila of Blakely, GA  and Mark Lane of Webb, AL.

James Larry Richter









James Larry “Booger” Richter, a resident of Blakely, Georgia died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his residence. He was 67.

Graveside memorial services will be at Holly Hill cemetery in Port St. Joe, Florida at a later date.

Mr. Richter was born April 20, 1948 to the late Archie McCoy and Lillie Roney Richter in Port St. Joe, Florida. He worked at Georgia Pacific as a Shipping Clerk and retired after 40 years of service.

Mr. Richter is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Gail Richter.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Barlow Richter;  son, Jason McCoy Richter; step children, April Williams and Johnny Williams; a sister: Yvonne Rogers; five grandchildren, Kayne and Krystal Carpenter, Danielle Williams, Phillip and Grace Williams and a great grandson, Blake Cook.

Barbara Ann Monfort Blake

Barbara Ann Monfort  Blake, 63, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11 AM in the Arlington Baptist Church. Dr. Gary Hadden and Rev. Ryan Mason officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Barbara was born in Arlington, Ga. October 25, 1952 to Walter Eugene (Salt) Monfort of Arlington, Ga. and the late Willie Pearl White Monfort. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church . Retired from sales and marketing for a medical supply co.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Camille Blake Kaserman  and husband Joshua of Lexington, KY ; Kathryn Blake Skidmore and husband Daniel of Baltimore, MD and a son Dillard Robert Eugene (Bob) Blake and girlfriend Julia Ann Schonberge of Aurora , CO.

Barbara was a beloved mother, active volunteer at the Arlington Baptist Church and Multiple Myeloma support group leader. She was known for her great sense of humor and ability to light up any room she walked into. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, crafting, and pestering her children about when she was going to get some grandchildren. She was also a prankster. Some of her classic antics included: super gluing a quarter to the sidewalk in front of her office door, hiding fake cockroaches in desk drawers, and hiding a remote controlled speaker that made fart noises.

She would like for everyone to wear red or bright colors to the services. She wanted a celebration of her life and not a “sad funeral.” In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made in her honor to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.



Hollis (Mickey) McDonald

Hollis (Mickey) McDonald of 13465 Magnolia St. Blakely, Ga. 39823, 79, passed away today, Tuesday, April 4, 2016 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, AL . Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4 PM at the Colomokee Baptist Church burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery with military rites. Rev. T. J. Bennett officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 3 PM until funeral time.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandson: Trey Watson, Chad Chapman, Hugh Redding, Zack Redding, Collier Watson, Joshua Watson, Ethan McDonald, Brooks Lanigan and Jeremy McDonald.

Mr. McDonald was born in Blakely, Ga. April 13, 1936 to the late Emmett Lee McDonald and Lillian McKnight McDonald Hodges. He was retired from Sun Trust Bank in Savannah, GA. Served in the U. S. Air force and a member of the Colomokee Baptist Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother; Harvey McDonald and his first wife; Peggy Cashwell McDonald.

He is survived by his wife: Janette Floyd McDonald of Blakely; a daughter Rhonda Gail Lanigan and Steve of Richmond Hill, Ga.; 2 sons Jeffery Scott McDonald of Savannah, Ga. and Hollis Chip McDonald & Elaine of Savannah, Ga. Step-daughter: Joy and Art Redding of Blakely, 2 Step-Sons: Lonnie Eugene Watson and Marianna of Jonesboro, GA. and Jack and Ginger Watson of Blakely, Ga. 13 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

Emma Catherine Vernon Phillips

Emma Catherine Vernon Phillips, of 7457 Old Lucile Rd. Blakely, Ga. 39823, 88, passed away Sunday, April, 3, 2016 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11 AM at Southside Baptist Church in Blakely. Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 10 AM until funeral time.

Mrs. Phillips was born December 26, 1927 in Bogalusa, LA. to the late James Elon Vernon and Zada Adelle Faust Vernon. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by 8 brothers and sisters: James Elon Vernon, Jr., Baby Girl, Dorothy Jewel Vernon, Elizabeth Ann Vernon, Henry Victor Vernon, Donald Eugene Vernon, Charlotte Ruth Vernon and Alden Earl Vernon.

She is survived by her devoted husband, C.D. Phillips of Blakely, Ga.; one daughter, Kathy Geller and her husband Charles of Colorado Springs, Co.; one son Dan Phillips and his wife Helen of Columbus, GA. She is also survived by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Josh Geller, his wife Patty, and son Dylan of Dallas, Tx.; Gabe Geller and his wife Liz of Houston, TX.; Laura Armour, her husband Kirk and daughters Claire and Emma of Tyrone, Ga.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Southside Baptist Church at P.O. Box 644, Blakely, Ga. 39823

Alex Kemph Gray

     Alex Kemph Gray, 25, of 1830 Bluffton Rd., Edison, Ga. 39846, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at his residence. His funeral will be a graveside service, Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2 PM in the Vincent United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. John Stephens officiating.

     Alex was a farmer, a member of the Vincent United Methodist Church and had received a AA degree in business from Bainbridge College.

His survivors include his parents: Lynn Allan Gray and Kathy Bain Kemph Gray of Bluffton, Ga., two sisters: Emily Gray Holton and Hartley of Tallahassee, FL and Erin Gray of Edison, Ga. He also has a niece, Madison Holton and a nephew, Grayson Holton, both of Tallahassee.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be sent to the Vincent United Methodist Church, 2619 W. Bluffton Rd., Bluffton, GA 39824.

Angela McConnell Littlefield


Angela Lora (McConnell) Littlefield, 42, entered into the rest of her Savior on March 30, 2016. Her family will have a visitation Friday evening, April 1, 2016 at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral home from 6 until 8 PM. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning at 10 AM at the Zion Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Horne officiating. The visitation in Missouri will be Tuesday evening, April 5th, from 6 until 7 PM at the Mason-Woodard Funeral Home in Joplin, MO and the funeral will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 AT 2 pm in the Generations Freewill Baptist Church in Joplin, Mo, with burial to follow in the Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction, MO.

Her survivors include her husband, Rev. Duane Littlefield and her daughter, Julie Anne Littlefield, both of Blakely, Ga.; her parents: Edde Vernon McConnell and Susan Carol Hazlett McConnell of Carl Junction, MO; a brother: Kent McConnell  and his wife Beth of Owasso, OK. and nieces and nephews: Matthew and Eli McConnell of Owasso, OK, Ahnika Littlefield of Westminster, CO and Michael Riley of Carl Junction, MO.

Angela was an active member of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, Zion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Midway Association of Free Will Baptists Women Active for Christ. While Angela would much rather have worked quietly in the kitchen or with the children she often found herself in leadership positions due to her ability to be organized and accurate with details.  She served the cause of Christ as a Sunday school teacher, song leader, church clerk, district assistant clerk, church librarian, district auxiliary president, and many in more roles.

On December 29, 1994, Angela married her best friend Duane Littlefield. Though married for only 21 years, they were connected by an abiding friendship lasting 35 years.  They met when they were in third grade and became fast friends from that time on.

Angela’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her daughter and teaching her to know God’s love. She relished the years she spent at home with Julie Anne from the day she was born until she entered first grade.  When she did return to work, her primary concern was that her job allowed her to be home on time and available for her daughter and the church.

She loved her niece and nephews dearly. Ahnika, Matthew, Michael, and Eli meant the world to her.  Any and every opportunity to spend time with them was welcomed.  They were her little ones to love and nurture, no matter how old they have grown.

While she worked a variety of different jobs in her life, the job she most enjoyed was working as an assistant to the Carl Junction Intermediate school librarian. In this capacity she was able to teach children to use the library, read to them, and provided nurturing support that many needed desperately.  She made a tremendous impact upon the many children’s lives she touched.

Isaiah 40:8 ESV The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.  To honor Angela’s love of God and desire that children might hear the word of God, the family requests donations in her memory be made to Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Lyle Eugene Rands

     Mr. Lyle Eugene Rands,  75, of 6489 First Kolomoki Road, Blakely, Ga., died early Friday morning, Mar. 25, 2016 at his residence. His family is having his remains cremated and will hold a private service at a later date.

Mr. Rands was born in Duluth, MN on June 29, 1940 to the late Alfred Levi Rands and Jennie Lorentzson Rands. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force.

His survivors include his former wife: Marilyn McCutcheon of Blakely, GA., a daughter, Melinda J. Harris and Robert Kyle Harper of Blakely,  a son: Gregory Rands & Chandra of Sanford, Fl., 2 brothers: DeWayne Rands and Joanne and Lawrence Rands, all of Duluth, MN.  There are also 4 grandchildren: Paige Towle and Kourtney Harris , both of Blakely and Justin and Jarrett Rands of Sanford, FL.