Obituaries

Mary Grace Wynn Glass

Mary Grace Wynn Glass, 72, passed away today, November 10, 2014 at her residence in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Her funeral will be a graveside service Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at 2 PM in the New Park Cemetery, Ft. Gaines, Ga. with Rev. Bill Sanders officiating.

Mrs. Glass was born June 17, 1942 in Lewisburg, TN,  to the late Hubert Eugene Wynn and Clabie Stella Bledsoe Wynn.  She was a former owner and operator of Larry’s Quick Stop in Ft. Gaines and a member of the New Harvest Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a brother William (Bill) Wynn and a sister Martha Hils.

Mrs. Glass is survived by her husband Larry Mims Glass of Ft. Gaines, a daughter Leah Renee Merkison and son-in-law Paul Merkison of Ft. Gaines and a son Larry Mims (Jake) Glass Jr. of Ft. Gaines. She has 2 sisters: Susan Tabor and husband Butch of Crawfordville, FL and Gloria Brock of Bainbridge, Ga.; 4 brothers; David Wynn and wife Helen of Midway, Ga., Carroll Wynn and wife Judy of Bainbridge, Ga., Hubert E. Wynn Jr. and wife Kim of Bainbridge, Ga. and William Howard Wynn, Jr. of Bainbridge, Ga. There are 3 Grandchildren: Rachel Merkison, Mary Merkison and Paul Ashley Merkison and by 3 Great-Grandchildren; Precious Thomas, Joseph Thomas and Michael Merkison.

Mary Elizabeth Weaver Evans

   Elizabeth Evans, 92, of 129 Lacey Rd., Blakely, Ga., died Friday afternoon, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Donalsonville Hospital. Her funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2014, at 2 PM, in the Cedar Springs Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Horn and Rev. Bill Hovey officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation starting at 1 PM at the church. Burial will follow in the Cedar Springs Cemetery with Mrs. Evans’s grandson, Dr. Boyd Evans officiating the interment. Pallbearers will be Mikey Cowart, Mark Cowart, Matt Cowart, Boyd Evans, Nicholas Evans and Jeff Shields.

   Mrs. Evans was born April 6, 1922 in Bartow, Florida to the late John Roy Weaver and Mary Emma Jane Roberts Weaver Margison. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cedar Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Sam Edward (Red) Evans; her brother: Jack Weaver; and 3 sisters: Addie W. Amos, Martha Kautzman and Lorraine Lawson.

Her survivors include her daughter: Pat E. Cowart of Blakely, Ga.; 3 sons: Martin Evans and Gail of Blakely, Roy Evans and Dean of Blakely and Bill Evans of Cedar Springs, Ga. She also has 3 sisters: Ann Peeples and Cary of Tallahassee, Fl., Connie Messer of Calhoun, Ga. and Carol Grondine of Bismark, ND. There are 9 grandchildren: Tim Evans of Blakely, Rhonda Chandler & Keith of Blakely, Dr. Boyd Evans & Jenny of Windsor, CO, Amy Shields & Jeff of Sharpsburg, Ga., Missy Cowart of Blakely, Mikey Cowart & Tab of Hilton, Ga., Mark Cowart of Blakely, Matt Cowart & Lori of Ashford, Al. and Nicholas Evans & Laura of Cedar Springs, Ga. and 12 great grandchildren.

Flora Glass Evans

   Mrs. Flora Glass Evans, 84, formerly of Cedar Springs, Ga. and current resident in the Seminole Manor, Donalsonville, Ga., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at the Donalsonville Hospital. Her funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 5, 2014 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Cedar Springs Cemetery. Rev. Bill Hovey & Rev. Jerry Murkerson will be officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral Wednesday, at the funeral home (1 until 2 ). Pallbearers will be Jerry Nix, William Cleveland, William Murkerson, Eddie Riley, Joe Wilson, Phil Evans and as an alternate, Chris Warfield .

    Mrs. Evans was born October 25, 1930 in Cedar Springs, Ga. to the late Edgar Glass and Estelle Mathis Glass. She was a retired school bus driver for the Early County School System and a homemaker. She was a member of the Providence Assembly of God Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Evans, a daughter: Esther Lord, 2 brothers: James Glass and Richard Glass and by a grandson: David Moring.

Her survivors include 3 daughters: Sara Moring & James of Dothan, Al., Sue Evans  and Robin Amos & Billy, all of Cedar Springs, Ga. Her 2 sons are: William “Buddy” Evans & Ann of Jakin, Ga. and Philip Evans & Debbie of Cedar Springs, Ga. She has one sister: Kathleen Lashley of Bainbridge, Ga. and 9 grandchildren: Amanda Phillips (Shannon), Greg Moring (Lana), Dee Riley (Kris), April Grist (Dee), Amber Grimes, Phil Evans (Deana), Zachary Lord, Natalie Lord and Shyann Amos.

JoAnn Moore Williams

JoAnn Williams     JoAnn Moore Williams, 75,  passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, 2014 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Blakely. A graveside service will be held  Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Ga. with  Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating both services.  Active pallbearers will be Buddy Moore, Tony Fritz, Billy Dan Keith, Roger Markwell, David Lamb and Eric Stier. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Royce Smith, Kent Smith, Emmett Smith, Curtis Smith, Billy Glass, Clint Smith, Lewis Jones and Clarence Jones.The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM.

Mrs. Williams was born in Blakely, Ga. on November 10, 1938 to the late Julian James Moore and Mary Vivian Smith Moore. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a retired Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor for the State of Georgia. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Powell Williams Sr. and by a brother and sister-in-law: Ansley and Eileen Moore.

 Her survivors include 2 daughters: Alice W. Fritz and husband Tony of Tyrone, Ga., Lisa W. Keith and husband Billy Dan of Dacula, Ga. by a son: Powell William Jr. and wife Trisha of Adel, Ga. and 6 Grandchildren: David James Lamb, Courtney Leigh Keith, Erin Peytyn Williams, Casey Jo Keith, Bryce Randall Williams and Kendall Ann Keith.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823

Ronnie Varnum

     Ronnie Varnum, 51, of 825 Bull St., Damascus, Ga., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 11 A. M. in the Damascus Baptist Church with Rev. Buren Womble officiating.

Ronnie was born Oct. 15, 1963 in Donalsonville, Ga. to the late Clarence Varnum and Lucy Pearl Benton Varnum. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Allen and Ricky Varnum.

He is survived by his sister: Lisa V. Temples & Robin of Damascus, Ga., a sister-in-law: Clara Ann Varnum of Damascus, 2 nieces: Michelle Cooper of Damascus and Denise Starr of Donalsonville and by a nephew: Blake Temples of Damascus.

Marie Lindsey White

Marie Lindsey White, 104 years, 10 months and 4 days, passed away today October 28, 2014 at Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2 PM at the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church in Lucille with Rev. James Miller and Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the White Plains Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons: Victor White, Christopher White, Harry White, Jr. Jonathan White, Danny White, Warren White, Jr., Billy White and Jack White. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 1 to 2 PM.

Mrs. White was born December 24, 1909 in Coleman, Ga. (Randolph Co.) to the late William Henry Lindsey and Jenny Ragan Lindsey. She was a homemaker and a member of the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband: Simeon Alphonso (S.A.) White, a son: Hiram Wayne White, 2 sisters: Winifred Louise Lindsey and Dorothy Lindsey Kidd and also by a brother: Ralph Lindsey.

Mrs. White is survived by a daughter: Virginia Ann Torrance (Michael) , 3 sons: Herman Hoyle White (Myra), Harry Bryan White (Judy) and Warren Baxley White, all of Blakely and by  10 Grandchildren, 24 Great-Grandchildren and 10 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

SUSAN LEIGH ENFINGER

     Susan Leigh Enfinger, 46, of 282 S. Church St., Blakely, Ga. passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2014 at her residence. Her funeral will be held Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014, at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with Rev. Corey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Centerville Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday night from 7 until 9 P. M. Active pallbearers will be Caleb Howard, Larry Morris, Carroll Middleton, Daniel Bernard, Kevin Enfinger and Brock Middleton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ed & Natalie Norman , “Sloppy” & Heather Allred, Brian & Sherrie Cresswell, Calvin & Christi Knighton, Brad & Tera Knighton and Chris & Rachel Lamb.    

Leigh was born in Brunswick, Ga. on February 28, 1968 to the late Lemmie LaRoy Watson and Yvonne “Bonnie” Miller Watson of Lee County, Ga. She was the owner of Enfinger Title & Associates of Blakely, Ga., a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Other than her mother, her survivors include her husband Kenneth Jason Enfinger, her son, Jared Andrew Enfinger, father-in-law, Kenneth Enfinger all of Blakely, Ga., her mother-in-law, Tina Enfinger of Columbia, Al. and a brother-in-law, Kevin Joseph Enfinger and Candice of Sharpsburg, Ga. and Scott, Garlan & Miller Hodgson of Marietta, Ga.

Williams Sammons “Sammye” Bostwick

     William Sammons “Sammye”  Bostwick, 80, of 5311 Damascus-Hilton Rd., Blakely, Ga., died Friday afternoon, October 17, 2014 at his residence after a lengthy illness. His visitation and funeral will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Zion Freewill Baptist Church. The visitation will start at 10 A. M. in the church social hall and the funeral will be held at 11 A.M.  Burial will follow in the Colomokee Baptist Church Cemetery with Air Force Military Rites after the closing prayer. Rev. Duane Littlefield and Dr. Jackie Sammons will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Billy Cannon, Ray Bostwick, Paul Bostwick, Greg Bostwick, Barry Bostwick, Dale Bostwick, Lem Williams and Jeffrey Porter. Honorary pallbearers will be David Still, Buck Holley and Vincent Evans.

     Sammy was born November 23, 1933 in Blakely, Ga (Kolomoki  Community). to the late Charles Gregory Bostwick , Sr. and Maureen Sammons Bostwick. He was an Air Force Flight Engineer during the  Korean Conflict. After the war he became a school bus driver for the DeKalb County School System where he retired after 23 years of service. He was also a Umpire official for 15 years.  He was a member of the Colomokee Baptist  Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles Bostwick and Bobby Bostwick.

     His survivors include his wife of 56 years, Gloria Cannon Bostwick of Blakely, a daughter, Deanne B. Porter of Blakely; 2 sons: Craig Bostwick (Shelley) of Eatonton, Ga. and Clint Bostwick ( Michele) of Grayson, Ga. a  brother, Ray Bostwick (Connie) of Orlando, Fl. and 5 grandchildren: Brandy Wilson, Clint Bryson, Jeffrey Miles Porter, Sydney Morgan Bostwick and Kelly Paige Bostwick. He will be missed.

MARY ANNE KING DUNCAN

Mary King DuncanMary King Duncan, of Blakely, was born Mary Anne Calhoun to the late John C. Calhoun and Effie Corrine Stoudenmire in Camilla, Georgia on June 30, 1917, one of seven children; 4 girls and 3 boys. When she was 11 years old, she moved with her family to Sanford, Florida where she graduated from Seminole County High School in 1933. Mrs. Duncan lived with her parents and worked in her Uncle Charles Stoudenmire’s Seminole Produce Company, that later become Winn Dixie. She then went to Norman College in Doerun, Georgia. She graduated in 1937 and began teaching elementary school in Bridgeboro, Georgia.  

On November 14, 1941, she married Ira Guy King, of Albany and Blakely. Guy was employed with Georgia Power Company when World War II began. He joined the Navy soon after their marriage. He became an officer with the 134th Battalion of the Seabees, serving 3 years in the South Pacific Theater. During this time, Mrs. Duncan lived with her husband’s mother, Mrs. Ira Alan King. She began teaching High School , where Winston Felder was one of her first pupils. The High School had burned down and the classes were held in the Kolomki House on North Main St. just south of Thompson’s Motor Co.

Upon his return from the war, the couple lived in Albany until 1945 when they moved to Blakely. She resumed teaching High School in the newly constructed Blakely Union School building west of Blakely on State Hwy. 62. During the time from 1946 to  1950 they had 2 children, both born in Albany.

Mrs. Duncan attended Troy State Teachers College during the summers when her children were quite young. She received her bachelor’s degree in business education. She also took a correspondence course from the University of Auburn toward her Masters Degree in business education. She was the head of the business education department of Early County Hi8gh School for many years. While at Early County High she was sponsor of the annual “The Bobcat”, sponsor of Senior Tri Hi Y and sponsor of FBLA. Also for many years she was an active member and was President of the Blakely Pilot Club on numerous times.    On June 30, 1972 her husband Ira Guy King died after a lenghtly illness at the Columbus Medical C enter in Columbus, Ga. He was employed with the Corps of Engineers on the Walter F. George reservoir as a Reservoir Ranger. He was buried in the Blakely Cemetery.  

  On April 6, 1996 she became the wife of Dr. Charles Chandler Duncan, a Georgia Baptist minister from Stone Mountain and Dublin, Georgia. They had been sweethearts 60 years earlier when the two attended Norman College. They lived 5 years in Dublin and 5 years in Blakely. Dr. Duncan died at their home on River Street in Blakely May 18, 2006. He was buried in the Dublin Cemetery.  

  Mrs. Duncan retired from the Early County School system in 1981. However she continued as an active substitute teacher for an additional 10 years. She had been an educator-teacher with the State of Georgia from the 1930′s well into the 1990′s , totaling a span of 7 decades.   

Mrs. Duncan is survived by her children; James Ira “Jimmy” King of Dothan, Al. and Mary Carmen “Carmen” King Miley and husband Farnum M. Miley, Sr. of Tallahassee, Fl.; Grandchildren are Jason Ira King of Leeds, Al., Farnum M. Miley Jr. of Ailey, Ga., Dr. Lelia Maryanne Miley Lancaster of Tallahassee, Fl. and Mary Caitlin King of Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, step-grandsons James R. Sass Jr. of Dothan, Al, step-great-grandson is Zachary Ryan Sass, great granddaughters are  Carleigh Catherine Miley and Miley Rose Lancaster and sister Lily Anne Lancaster ; of Tallahassee, FL; daughter-in-law: Mary J. King of Dothan, Al; grand-son-in -law: Anthony “Tony” Jason Lancaster of Tallahassee, Fl. and  granddaughter-in-law: Carla Morgan Miley of Ailey, Georgia.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Sterling Jones and Rev. Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends the funeral home Friday from 2-3 PM at the funeral home.   Serving as pallbearers will be Farnum Miley Jr., Jason King, Anthony Lancaster, Jim Sass, Jerry George, Danny Chandler, Bobby Swann and Danny Hodges.

HAZEL ESTELLE ALLEN HERRINGTON

   Hazel Estelle Allen Herrington  passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 in Blakely, Ga. after an extended illness. She was born in Jakin, Ga. on August 29, 1921 to the late James G. Allen and Ethel Poole Allen.

Hazel is survived by daughters, Barbara H. Mitchell (James) and Judy H. Bozeman (Jim); one brother, William Springer; grandchildren Linda M. Hauenstein (Keith), Lea B. Martin (Joe), Caterina Herrington, Kathern Herrington, Jason Herrington and 5 great grandchildren. Other than her parents, she is preceded by her husband, Felix Lee Herrington; step-father, Will Springer; brother, Wallace Allen; sister, Myrtice Allen Homes,;son, Felix Oscar Herrington and a grandson, Bobby Lee Herrington.

Hazel and Felix moved to Panama City, Fl. in 1945. She was a homemaker, life member of the St. Andrews Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 223 and a member of Northside Baptist Church. She moved to Blakely in 2014.

Visitation will be at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City, Fl. on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 from 5 until 7 PM. There will be no graveside service.