Obituaries

Leland Andrew Gleaton

    Leland Gleaton, 22, recently of Damascus, Ga., died Tuesday night , March 10, 2015 in Damascus, Ga. The family is having a visitation Saturday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. They haven’t decided about a memorial service at this time. Leland Gleaton 22 was born in Albany, Ga., April 24, 1992 to Collier Gleaton, Jr. and Lisa Williams Springer. He was working for Damascus, Peanut Company as a Bag Out Operator.  

His survivors include his wife: Megan Smith Gleaton- Blakely, Ga.; 2 daughters: Kimberly Gleaton of Arlington, Ga. and Alexandria Gleaton of Blakely, Ga., his Father and  Step-mother, Collier & Pheadra Welch Gleaton of Arlington, Ga. His Mother and Step-father Lisa Williams Springer & Brian of North Carolina. He has a sister, Danielle Williams and husband Jerric of Belmont, NC and a brother, Mathew Neal of Arlington, Ga.

Janet Elliott English

   Janet Elliott English, 100, died Wednesday night, March 11, 2015 at the residence of her daughter. Her funeral will be held Friday morning, March, 13, 2015 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Bush Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 A. M. until 11 A. M. Active Pallbearers will be Wes Chapman, Matthew Chapman, Charlie English, Henry English, Mark Kelly and Richard Peterson. Ryles Chapman is an Honorary Pallbearer.

Mrs. English was born November 4, 1914 in Miller County, Ga. to the late Joel Jere Elliott and Maggie Shaw Elliott. She graduated from Damascus High School in 1934, was a homemaker, a member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church and had lived most of her life in Early County. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Joe English; 3 sisters: Eva Belisle, Alice Johnson, Hazel Grimes and by 3 brothers: Jere Elliott, Charles Elliott and John Shaw Elliott.

Her survivors include a daughter: Janis Kelly and her husband Edd and a son: Charles English and his wife Merlene, all of Blakely, Ga., 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to be sent to Bush Cemetery Fund in care of Betty Meredith, 1596 Sandy Bottom Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823.

Mildred Eloise Reese Nix

   Mildred Reese Nix, 85, of 212 Nix Rd., Jakin, Ga. 39861, died Wednesday  evening, March 11, 2015 at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral and burial will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2 PM at the Springfield Baptist Church . Rev. Fred Odom will be officiating. Pallbearers will be William Murkerson, Anthony Burch, Clint Welch, David Welch, Kim Pyle and Brandon Ellerbee.

The family will receive friends  Saturday from 1 to 2 PM at the church.

Mrs. Nix was born July 8, 1929 in Green Cove Springs, Fl. to the late Amos Jacob Reese, Sr. and Artie Mitchell Walters Reese. She was retired as a Security Guard for both the Plywood Mill and the Paper Mill and was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edd Temetrice Nix,  a daughter, Linda Welch and a brother, Amos Jacob Reese, Jr.

Her survivors include a daughter: Diane Hix of Jakin, Ga., a son: Jerry Amos Nix and wife Glynda of Blakely, Ga., 2 sisters: Jane Pyle of Blakely and Sue Murkerson and her husband William of Jakin, Ga. She also has 7 grandchildren: David, Clint, and Tanya Welch, Anthony Burch, Pam Brackin, Jennifer Spooner and Brandon Ellerbee and 10 great grandchildren.

Tex Eugene Worsham

   Tex Eugene Worsham, 75, of 2032 Mays Mill Rd., Blakely, Ga., died early Sunday morning at the Pinewood Nursing Center in Whigham, Ga. His funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, March 10, 2015  at 4 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home, Blakely, Ga. with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Bush Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for 1 hour prior to the funeral, starting at 3 PM. Tuesday.  The pallbearers will be Johnny Allen, Franklin Swann, Patrick Andrews, William Chandler, Steven Welch and Steve Peace.

   Tex was born on December 27, 1939 in Camilla, Georgia to the late Levi Worsham and Charlie Mae Singleton Worsham. He was a retired electrician for I.B.E.W., Local # 1531 of Albany, Ga.  He was a member of the Magnolia Lodge # 86 F&AM of Blakely, Ga. and a Shriner with the Hasan Temple of Albany, Ga. He was of the Baptist Faith. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tex Worsham, Jr. and   by six of his siblings.

   His survivors include his wife, Anna Eubanks “Ann” Worsham of Blakely, Ga.; 3 daughters: Pam Fincher (Larry) of Athens, Ga., Jennifer Rietano (Ray) of Port St. Lucie, FL and Kay Sanders of Gainesville,  Georgia. He has a son: Steve Worsham (Katherine) of Athens, Ga. There are 2 step-daughters: Janet Thrasher (Rick) of Ozark, AL and Jill Cooper (Steve) of Blakely, Ga. and a step-son: Brooks Ingram (Stacy) of Blakely, Ga. and there are many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also has 3 sisters: Jeanine Farmer of Sylvester, Ga., Madge Herrington of Maryland and Betty Jean Chitwood (Wayne) of Montgomery, Al. and 2 brothers: James Worsham (Barbara) of California and Johnny Worsham of Camilla, Ga.

William Thomas “Bill” English

   William Thomas “Bill” English, 71, of 1215 Hightower Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Saturday night at his residence after a long illness. A private, family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Bill was born January 9, 1944 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Marion Tom English and Winnes Belle Hilton English. He was retired, after many years of service, from the Blakely Post Office. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, serving  during the Vietnam War from 1964- 1968. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Ada Lee Odum, Virginia Belle Cleveland and Sylvia English.

His survivors include a son: Blake English of  Culver City, California; 2 sisters: Betty Joe Green of Columbia, AL and Judy English of Blakely, GA and there are 2 brothers: Marion Eugene (Buddy) English and Ronnie English, both of Blakely, Ga.

Ruth Lee Bowman White

Ruth White

Ruth Lee Bowman White, 86, of Arlington, Ga. passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Arlington Baptist Church at 2 PM. Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday  from 6-8 PM and on Monday from 1-2 PM at the church.

Serving as active pallbearers will be; Namath White, Gabe White, Daniel Devane, Thurman White, Lane Draper, Charles Burch and Joe Sheffield. Honorary pallbearers will be Salt Monfort, John Henry White and Bill White.

Mrs. Ruth was born on February 13, 1929  in Arlington, Ga. to the late Jim L. Bowman and Annie Lee King Bowman. She lived most of her life in the Arlington area with a short stay at Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church. She was retired from the Brew-Sneider  Manufacting Co. and the Arlington Oil Mill. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman “Sang” White Sr. ,a son Thurman “Bug White Jr. and by 2 brothers, John Bowman and Floyd Bowman.

Mrs. White is survived by 2 sons: Jimmy L. White (Marie) of Slidell, LA. and Robert E. White (Suzanne) of Jacksonville, FL. one brother Bobby Bowman of Chandler, AZ. 11 grandchildren, Maria Powell, Cale White, Kaycee White, Namath White, Gabe White , Darby Devane, Thurman White III, Tim White, Travis White, Kim Culbreth and Leola White. 14 Great -Grandchildren and 10 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Children’s Home at 9420 Blackshear Hwy, Baxley, Ga. 31513

Harry Bryan White

     Mr. Harry B. White, 75, of 527 Old Lucile Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Sunday evening, Feb. 15, 2015 at his residence. His funeral will be held Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at 11 AM in the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the White Plains Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Benny Chandler, Johnny Knighton, Bobby Glover, Ricky Johnson, Jerry Tiner, Dallas Brown, Bill Evans and Jeff Herndon. The family will receive friends for visitation at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, 2015, from 6 until 8 PM.

     Harry was born July 21, 1939 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Simeon Alphonso White and Marie Lindsey White. He was a member of the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church and retired as a mechanic after 40 years of work for Georgia Pacific Paper Mill.

      His survivors include his wife: Judie Laseter White of Blakely, Ga., 3 sons: Harry B. White, Jr. and his wife Heather of Crestview, FL, Jonathan L. White and his wife Michelle and Danny W. White and his wife Dee all of Blakely, Ga. He has one sister: Virginia W. Torrance and her husband Michael and 2 brothers: Herman Hoyle White and his wife Myra, Warren White, sister-in-law, Sue White, all of Blakely, Ga. There are also 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. 

Charles Wyatt Fetner

     Mr. Charles Wyatt “C. W.” Fetner, 89, of 20342 Hwy 39 S., Blakely, Ga., died early Saturday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2015 at his residence. His funeral will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Blakely at 2 PM, Monday, Feb. 16, 2014. Burial will follow in the Centerville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Dwight Bishop will be officiating. The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 1-2 PM Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the first United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.

     Active pallbearers are: Chad Dunn, Jay Winkler, Lenn Fetner, Joseph Fetner, John Fetner, Wesley Fetner and Noah Fetner. Honorary pallbearers are the Methodist Men’s Sunday School Class and great grandsons, Will, Austin and Andrew Winkler.

     Mr. Fetner was born March 18, 1925 in Roanoke, AL to the late Joseph Bryan Fetner and Irene Heflin Fetner. He was retired as a Woodyard Foreman for Georgia Pacific Paper Mill. He was a U. S. Marine Veteran having served in WWII, a member of the First United Methodist Church and earlier in his career, he was a policeman  in Roanoke, Al. and a deputy sheriff in Warm Springs, Ga. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Ella Mae Kent and a brother Handley Fetner.

     His survivors include his wife: Lavada Bennett Fetner, a daughter, Donna F. Scarborough and husband Johnny and a son, Charles Joseph Fetner and his wife Suzanne, all of Blakely, Ga. He has 2 sisters: Martha Baba of Cleveland, AL and Rena Jo Cummings of Birmingham, AL; 2 brothers: Robert Klein Fetner and his wife Brenda of Roanoke, AL and Gwinn Stell Fetner of Plano, TX and a sister-in-law, Jimmie Fetner of Oxford, AL. There are 7 grandchildren: Lenn Fetner of Newnan, GA, Wesley Fetner and Nicole of Calhoun, GA, Joseph Fetner of Chattanooga, TN, John Fetner of Athens, GA, Noah Fetner of Blakely, GA, Margaret S. Winkler and Jay of Blakely, GA and Dana Dunn and Chad of Arlington, GA and there are 5 great grandchildren: Tori Dunn, Hadessah Fetner, Will, Austin and Andrew Winkler.

Sharon Dixon Hilton

Sharon Dixon Hilton, 67, passed away today, February 11, 2015 at her mother’s residence in Morgan, Ga. A Memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 2 PM in the Morgan Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Holdorf and Mr. Paul Wigley officiating.

Mrs. Hilton was born in Blackshear, Ga. June 13, 1947 to Mrs. Vinella Boyett Dixon of Morgan,, Ga. and the late Dewey Archie Dixon Sr. She was a member of the Morgan Baptist Church was retired from the Calhoun County Extension Service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Other than her father she was preceded in death by a brother; Dewey Dixon, Jr.

Mrs. Hilton is survived by her husband; Wilbur Hilton of Edison, Ga. 3 Sons; Dustin Hilton of Edison, Josh and Brandi Hilton of Edison and Jonah and Ashley  Hilton of Albany, Ga.,  a brother; Donnie and Kathy Dixon of Leesburg, Ga. and by 2 grandchildren; Kade Hilton and Braylin Hilton. Sharon also left behind best friends, Brenda Brown Pope and Judy Foreman and special friends, Trish Jones and Sadie Sills.

Wayne Jerome Tiner

201502111023_0001     Mr. Wayne Jerome Tiner, 73, of 319 Ruth Circle, Cowarts, Al. 36321, died early Tuesday afternoon, February 10, 2015, at his residence. The funeral will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2 PM EST in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with burial to follow in the  Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery. Rev. Scottie Hatcher will be officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening at the funeral home from 7 until 9 PM EST. Pallbearers will be Jim Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Jason Jackson, Kenneth Tiner, Jerry Tiner and Steve Tiner.

Wayne was born November 25, 1941 in Colquitt, Ga. to the late James Keaton Tiner and Mittie Johnson Tiner. He was retired from Georgia Pacific Paper Mill after many years as a Power House Operator. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War and was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Cowarts. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Lynn Tiner and a brother, James Walter Tiner, Sr.

His survivors include his wife Janice “Jan” Gruber Tiner of Cowarts, Al., a daughter, Lisa Jackson and Jim also of Cowarts; 2 step-daughters: Cheryl Parrish of Taylor, Al. and Tracy Schmidt of Dothan, Al. and a step-son: David Rose and Gina of Marietta, Ga. He has 3 brothers: Kenneth Tiner and Linda and Jerry Tiner and Sheila, all of Blakely, Ga.,  Steve Tiner and Pam of Shreveport, La. and a sister-in-law, Mary Tiner of Bossier City, La. There are also seven grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.