Sarah Lou (Sadie) Bridges

Sarah Lou Bridges 2Sarah Lou (Sadie)  Bridges, 97, passed away today, April 2, 2015 at her residence in  Blakely, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Sterling Jones will be officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 1-2 Saturday. Her pallbearers will be Zack Holley, Zeke Bridges, Ashby Bridges, Holden Holley, Ryan Holley and Blake Holley.

Mrs. Sadie was born in Perry, Fl. on  August 10, 1917 to the late John Wilburn Grubbs and Vencie Vashti Hendry Grubbs. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blakely and a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class there. For 25  years she taught an  eight years old boys Sunday School Class. For many years she worked at Brew-Schneider Mfg. Co. as a seamstress and sewing inspector. She was a charter member of the Blakely Senior Center.  Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ulmer Zack (U.Z.) Bridges Sr. and by 4 brothers; Woodrow, Cleo, J.B. and Henry Grubbs.

Mrs. Sadie is survived by  3 daughters: Vashtie Hamid of Chester, S. C. , Louise Holley of Blakely, Virginia Hoyle of Eatonton, Ga.,  and son, Ulmer Zack Bridges Jr. and his wife Vicki of Hephzibah , Ga.,  9 Grandchildren and 13 Great – Grandchildren.  Also surviving are two loving caregivers Peggy Temples and Jessie Avery . Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gentiva   Hospice located at 432 E. Shotwell St. Bainbridge, Ga. 39819


Melba Strickland Bell

Melba Strickland Bell, 92, passed away today, March 31, 2015 at her residence in Bluffton, GA. Her funeral will be a graveside service held Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 11 A. M.  in the Bluffton Cemetery with Rev. Randy Spicer officiating.

Mrs. Bell was born September 2, 1922 in Clay Co. to the late Lutha Strickland  and Anna Bell Farr Strickland. She was  a homemaker and a member of the Bluffton Methodist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Byron Jackson Bell Sr.

Mrs. Bell is survived by a daughter; Brenda Brown and husband Joe of Albany, Ga. and a son; Byron Bell and wife Kay of Bluffton, Ga. Grandchildren: Jay Brown and wife Karen  of Winder, Georgia, Teresa Brown of Hobe Sound, Florida, Lynn Perkins and husband Darren of Buford, Ga., Michael Bell and wife Michelle of Blackshear, Ga.,  Great Grandchildren: Jack and Joe Brown of Winder, Ga, ; Jazmin and Alejandro Lucci Brown of Hobe Sound, Fl.; Tyler, Dalton and Abbi Perkins of Buford, Ga. and Morgan Bell of Blackshear, Ga. A brother; Aubrey Strickland and wife Glennie of Tuscaloosa , AL, ; Nephew” Jody O’Connell of Augusta, Ga; Niece: Phyllis Greene of Tuscaloosal, Al. Nephew: Richard Strickland of Tuscaloosa, Al. Special Caregivers for Mrs. Bell were Debra Burnette, Brenda Lawson and Sara Tompkins.

Ruby Griffin Davis

     Mrs. Ruby Griffin ” Soonie ” Davis, 86, of 13670 GA Hwy 45, Arlington, Ga. 39813, passed away early Thursday morning, March 26, 2015 at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely. Her funeral will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at the graveside in Oak Grove Cemetery at 2 PM. The family will receive friends at her home in the Rowena Community starting at 1 PM until about 1:45 PM. Elder Bridgeman Harris will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Trey Davis, Todd Davis, Danny Griffin, Ladon Calhoun, Mike Peavy and Darian Peavy.

Mrs. Davis was born February 7, 1929 in Miller County, Georgia to the late Vaughn Griffin and Eula Collins Griffin. She was retired as Owner/Operator of Davis Grocery Store in Rowena, was a homemaker and attended the Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Thomas Davis; her sisters: Ossie G. Tyson, Edna G. Cox and Betty Griffin and her brothers: Claude Griffin and Cliff Griffin.

Her survivors include her son, Tommy Davis and his wife Tonya, 2 grandsons: Trey  Davis and Todd Davis and a great grandson, Tom Davis, all of Arlington, Georgia. Special Caregivers: Becky Butler, April Barefield and Jan Newberry.


Rebecca Rhodes Coleman

Rebecca (Becky) Rhodes Coleman, 91, of Edison, died March 17, 2015 at Willowood Personal Care Home in Edison, Ga. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, March 20-, 2015 at 11 AM at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church with and Elder Kenneth Brantley and  Elder Ross Plowden officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be close family members. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Rebecca  was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Randolph County, Georgia to the late Marvin E. and Hortense Ingram Rhodes. She was married to Archie Coleman on Novemfber 2, 1941 and they  celebrated  42 years of a loving life together before his death in February, 1984. She was a homemaker and a member of Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Coleman Settles of Carrollton, Ga. and a brother, Aubrey Rhodes of Dawson, Ga.

She is survived by her daughters, Marie C. Ford and Ernie of Edison, Ga. and Reba C. Goodin and Wayne of Cordele, Ga. and a son-in-law, Bill Settles of Carrolton, Ga. Grandchildren; Jennifer Settles Johnson and Bob of Round Rock, TX., David Settles and Melissa of Jacksonville, Fl. ,Jake Ford and Jaclyn of Alapaha, Ga., Leigh Ford Bruner and Matt of Blakely, Ga., Kate Goodin of Phoenix , Az. and Kasey Goodin Thigpen of Jacksonville, Fl.. Great-Grandchildren; Zach and Reese Johnson , Will and Ben Settles, J. Manry and Mabry Ford, and  Cole, Taylor and Abby Bruner.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mars Hill Church Cemetery Fund, PO. Box 101, Edison, Ga. 39846. The family will be at the home place west of Edison. Located at 22379 Hwy 37 West, Edison, Ga.

Terry Dean Cox

     Terry Dean Cox, age 29, of  7947 Joe Bryan Rd.,Damascus, Ga., who died in Damascus, Tuesday evening, will have a funeral Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2  PM in the Temple Baptist Church with Jack Cowart officiating. His burial will follow in the Crossroads Cemetery. The family wil receive friends from 1 PM until funeral time. Active pallbearers will be: Anthony Cox, Eric Cox, Corey Cox, Eli Manning, Danny Davis and Dustin Knight and Honorary pallbearers will be Felisha Jones, Fred Foster, Alanna McElroy, Quanna Williams, Jeffrey Jones .    

Terry was born in Colquitt, Ga. on Feb. 21, 1986 to Horace Jackson and Tina Marie Cox, of Damascus, Ga.  He was a self employed General Contractor and was of the Baptist Faith. He has 4 Brothers: Michael R. Cox of Donalsonville, Ga., Anthony R. Cox, Eric R. Cox and Corey Adam Cox, all of Damascus, Ga. Sister: Melissa Sinquefield of Atlanta. His step-siblings are: Felica Jones of Arlington, Ga., Demetrius Pugh of Blakely, Ga., Quesha Brackins, Kindra Brackins, both of Colquitt, Ga. and Dawn Hudson of Atlanta, Ga. 3 God Mothers: Patricia Mills of Donalsonville, Ga., Denise Cox of Damascus and Gloria Sheffield  of Atlanta, Ga.  Several Aunts and Uncles and Cousins survive.

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.