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

Nath Harmon McLendon, Jr.

Nath Harmon McLendon, Jr., 66, passed away today , August 30, 2014 at the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2 PM at the Edison United Methodist Church . Rev. Susan Beverly and Rev. Ed Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jim Clark, Richard Paul, Don Tompkins, Jim Chancy, Tommy Richey and Walt Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Pierce and Ricky Wilkerson.

The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday from 1 -2 PM.

Mr. McLendon was born in Edison, Ga. April 8, 1948 to the late Nath Harmon McLendon and Martha Nesbit McLendon. He was a member of the Edison United Methodist Church. He was retired from Alltell and Windstream Telephone Companies as a technician . He also served in the U.S. Army. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Malcolm McLendon.

Mr. McLendon is survived by a brother: Stevie McLendon of Edison, 2 sisters: Peggy Smith and Betty Lindsey, both of Edison. Sister-In-Law: Charlotte McLendon of Blakely and by 5 nieces and nephews: Brent Smith and wife Renee’ of Columbus, Ga., Brandy Floyd and husband Turner of Blakely, Clay McLendon and wife Jen of Japan, Christina Davis and husband Trevor of Charlotte, N.C. and Ryan Brooks of New Port Richey, Fl.  12 Great Nieces and Nephews.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery at P.O. Box 101, Edison, Ga. 39846

Homer Lester Chandler

Homer Lester Chandler, 94, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Odom officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Serving as active pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be David Wilson and Preston Holt.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 PM until funeral time.

Mr. Chandler was born in Blakely, Ga. April 15, 1920 to the late William Chandler and Gerturde Temples Chandler. He was retired from the pulpwood and logging industry. Of Baptist Faith . Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife; Mary Pace Jordan Chandler; son; Lamar Jordan and by 2 daughters; Dyanne Jordan Clinkscales, Janyce Jordan Smith.

He is survived by 2 daughters; Judy Jordan Brank  of Blakely and Delores Jordan Baber and husband Jim of Crozet, Va. and by 2 sons; LaDon Jordan of Blakely and Billy Jordan and wife Barbara of Louisville, Ga. 4 sisters; Mavis Chandler Rode of Edison, Modine Chandler Stephens, Jeffie Chandler Garrett and Juanita Chandler Parks all of Blakely. 14 Grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Freewill Baptist Church located at 160 Arnall Blvd. Blakely, Ga. 39823.


Sanford (Tamp) Ferguson, 87, died early Thursday morning, August 28, 2014 at his residence. He had resided for the past few years at 785 Benton Store Rd. Ashford, Al. 36312 and formerly,  for most of his life, had lived in Edison, Ga. His funeral and committal services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11 A. M. EDT in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Paige officiating. A private  burial will be done later at Mars Hill Cemetery near Edison, Ga. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you contribute to your favorite charity.

Tamp was born Augusst 8, 1927 in Cuthbert , Ga. to the late Francis Monroe Ferguson and Arrie Sauls Ferguson. He was the retired Owner/Operator of Ferguson Tires & Alignment, Edison, Ga. and a retired farmer.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran of WWII. He was of the Baptist faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, his son, Malone Ferguson and by all 9 of his siblings.

His survivors include his son, Hal Ferguson and his wife Leigh of Ashford, Al., his companion Lois Beckum of Ashford  and 3 grandchildren.


Warren N. Cleveland of Blakely died at his residence, Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Born September 22, 1934, he was a native of Early County and served as the ASC Director for the United States Department of Agriculture in Early County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Blakely Lions Club and a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Three Notch Electrical Membership Corporation.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; sons Craig and wife Susan of Hilton Head, SC; Eric and wife Marta of Jefferson, GA; daughter Jennifer Cleveland of Melbourne, FL; Beau Middleton and wife Suzette of Blakely, GA; LeMorris Davis and wife Janet of Blakely, GA; 13 grandchildren and one brother Jinks Cleveland of Tallahassee, FL. Brothers who preceded him in death were Ralph Cleveland and Hansford Cleveland.

The family will receive friends at the residence on Friday,  August 29, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. A private memorial will be held.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse, 5582 Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, GA  30341, or to a charity of choice.


      Thurman White, Jr, 69, of 69 Pinelane Ave., N. E., Arlington, Ga. 39813, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Aug. 23, 2014 at his residence. His funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 PM at the Arlington Baptist Church with Rev. Russ Criswell officiating. The family will receive friends in the church’s social hall from 1 pm until funeral time at 2 pm.

      Thurman was born Aug. 8, 1945 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Thurman Lee White, Sr. and his mother Ruth Bowman White of Arlington, Ga. He was a retired  Merchandiser for  the Kellogg’s Company.  He was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church.

      His survivors, other than his mother, Ruth Bowman White of Arlington, include 2 daughters: Leola White of Tifton, Ga. and Kim W. Culbreth & Gary of Albany, Ga. There are 3 sons: Thurman Lee White, III and Servanne of Wicksburg, Al., Tim White of Minnetonka, MN and Travis White of Ozark, Al. There are 2 brothers: Jimmy White and Marie of Slidell, LA and Robert White & Suzanne of Jacksonville, Fl. He has 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

      In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations go to:   The Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31404.


Large, Fred     Fred Large, 62,  owner/operator of Smitty’s Grill in Blakely was found dead at his home this morning, August 20, 2014 from natural causes. Fred’s wishes were to be cremated and his family is honoring his request. There will be a memorial service Saturday morning, Aug. 23, 2014 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Turner will be officiating.

Fred was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. on Dec. 20, 1951 to the late Clarence Large and Margaret Estelle Mercer Lane. He was Owner & Operator of Smitty’s Grill for some 23 years, after he and his wife Sheila bought the grill. Sheila died in 2008 but Fred kept the grill going and had recently enlarged the grill to accommodate more of his customers. Fred had attended First United Methodist Church in Blakely, Ga.

Fred was survived by 2 daughters: Kristina Marie Large Daubs and her husband Brian Daubs of Port St. Lucie, Fl. and Gabby Kronshage of Blakely and Valdosta. Fred has 1 grandson: Brayden Daubs Port St. Lucie, Fl. There are 2 sisters: Diane Marie Baker of Lake Worth, Fl. and Barbara Kay Baker of Ashford, Al. and there is 1 brother: Donald Large and his wife Helen of Wilmington, NC.


Mrs. Geraldine Waver Hill Roland, 91, of Colquitt, Ga., died August 12, 2014 at the Miller Nursing Home in Colquitt. A private burial was held Thursday, august 14, 2014 in the Bethel Cemetery, near Jakin, Ga.

Mrs. Roland was born on July 12, 1923 in Early County Georgia to the late Elijah Theophyllis Hill and Ila Jones Hill. She was a retired Vineyard Laborer and a member of the Springfield Baptist Church.  Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Handy Roland and a son Edward Dixon.

Her survivor include a step-daughter, Mildred Smith of Colquitt, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Thurman Wilburn (Bo Pete) Jenkins

Thurman Wilburn (Bo Pete) Jenkins, 82, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Odom officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be; Ray Jordan, Kenneth Pope, Brad Waller, Michael Jenkins, Buddy Jenkins, Willie Jenkins and Gene Middleton.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 10 AM until funeral time.

Mr. Jenkins was born in Early County, May 11, 1932 to the late Thomas Wingate Jenkins and Minnie Mae Johnson Jenkins. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and a retired Farmer. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a son; Thurman W. Jenkins (Will) Jr. and 2 brothers; Ralph Jenkins and Aubrey Jenkins.

Mr Jenkins is survived by his wife of 59 years Anne Morgan Jenkins. 2 Daughters: Emily Ann Wilbourn and husband Ritchie of Blakely and Leslie Jill Craft and husband Tim of Blakely. 4 Grandchildren: Angel Davis and Whit Wilbourn and twins Kayla and Cale Craft. 3 Great Grandchildren: John Logan Joyner Tom Davis and Bo Davis.