McLendon, Denise   Lois Denise McLendon, 57, of 123 Earl Rogers Ave., Edison, Ga. 39846 died some time early Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at her residence. Her funeral will be held at 2 PM,  Friday afternoon, August 1, 2014, at the Arlington Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Gaines officiating. Burial will follow in the New Park Cemetery in Ft. Gaines, Ga. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home in Blakely. The family will also be in the social hall Friday after lunch to greet friends up until funeral time at 2 PM. The pallbearers will be Mike Bradshaw, Mike Newberry, Larry Worsley, David Thompson, Hank Sheppard, Dylan Sheppard, Danny Cooper, and Jonathan Cooper.

   Denise was born June 19, 1957 in Edison, Ga. to the late Lois Jean Farris McLendon and her father, H. T. “Ted” McLendon of Edison. She was a file clerk at  her father’s business, the H. T. McLendon Co. in Edison. She was a member of the Arlington Baptist Church and sang in the choir.

   She is survived by her father, Ted McLendon and step-mother, Ann Stevens McLendon; her sister, Melanie Sheppard & Hank; her brother, Glenn McLendon & Pam; and 2 step-sisters, Lynne Roney and Lisa Lewis, nieces, Christa McLendon, Katie Sheppard, Christine Milner and Jennifer Kimbrel and nephews, Michael McLendon, Dylan Sheppard and 2 great nephews and a great niece, all of whom live in Edison, Ga.





Temples, Rob ert- July 2014   Mr. Robert Temples, 78, of 119 Willow Glen Dr., Blakely, Ga., died in the Emergency Room of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely on Saturday morning, July 26, 2014. His funeral will be held Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2 PM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Smith and Rev. Ralph Estes officiating. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary from 1PM up until funeral time at 2 PM Monday. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry McLemore, Doug George, Harold Hardy, J. C. Kimbrel, George Young, Ronnie Walton, Mickey McDonald and William Weaver.

   Mr. Temples was born November 15, 1935 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Frank Temples and Verna Lou McDonald Temples. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church and was an Insurance Agent and Staff Manager for Life of Georgia for many years before finishing his insurance career with Delta Life Ins. Co.  Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Raymond Temples and Ralph Temples.

   His survivors include his wife, Billie Joy McLemore Temples of Blakely, Ga. ; 3 daughters: Pam Coates & Richard of Ft. Gaines, Ga., Angie O’Shea & Tim of Marietta, Ga. and Robin Mitchell & Jeff of Blakely. He has 1 a step-son: Bruce McConnell of West Point, Ga.  He has six sisters: Barbara Odom of Bainbridge, Ga., Vaudine Walton & Ronnie of Plains, Ga., Betty Schleis & Don of Macon, Ga., Janice Gleaton & Jimmy of Forsyth, Ga., Carolyn Bush of Albany, Ga. and Evelyn Paul & Larry of Kennesaw, Ga. Six grandchildren and  five great grandchildren also survive.





Houston, Jeannine- July 2014     Mrs. Jeannine Still Houston, 84, of 1360 Zion Rd., Blakely, Ga. passed away early Tuesday morning, July 22, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. Her funeral will be a graveside service in the Houston Cemetery Thursday morning, July 24, 2014 at 10AM. with  Rev. Duane Littlefield  conducting the service. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 PM in the social hall of Zion Freewill Baptist Church.

   Mrs. Houston was born January 30, 1930 in Early County, Ga. to the late James Clarence (Jim) Still and Clytie Irene Weaver Still. She was a retired Secretary for the President of the Lake City Community College, Lake City, Fl. for many years before moving back to Early County. She was a member of the Sowhatchee Baptist church and a homemaker. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Butler Houston and 2 brothers: Jimmy Clyde Still and John Louis Still.

   She is survived by a son, George B. (Chip) Houston and his wife Michelle of Blakely, Ga., a brother, Clarence Still of Blakely, 2 sisters, Mary Ann Cline of Albany, Ga. and Virginia Stanley of Martinez, Ga. There are 3 grandchildren: Dea Durden and Justin of Colquitt, Ga., and Stephen Houston and Ashley Houston, both of Blakely., and there are 2 great grandchildren: Creek and Truett Durden of Colquitt, Ga. Many nieces and nephews also survive.


   Raymond Calvin Barron, 67, of Rock Hill Rd., Blakely, Ga. died  Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014, in the emergency room of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. His funeral was carried out just as Raymond had planned it several years ago. We had a private graveside Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, in the Blakely Cemetery with only immediate family members present. The service was conducted by Rev. William Smith of Colquitt, Ga., Raymond’s good friend and golfing buddy.

Raymond was born January 4, 1947 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Jim Bob Barron and Ruby Nobles Barron. He was a retired farmer and former bail bondsman. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Barron. Raymond served 6 years in the National Guard and was of the Baptist Faith. 

His survivors include his wife: Jessie Jordan Barron of Blakely; 2 sons: Raymond Praiss Barron of Atlanta, Ga. and Calvin Heath Barron and Stacy Baker of Cumming, Ga. He has a sister , Merle Barron from Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, P. O. Box 1201, Albany, Ga. 31702.


James Michael Griffin

   James Michael “Mike” Griffin,  60, of Columbia, Al. formerly of Blakely, Ga.,  passed away today, July 18, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center  in Dothan, Al. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 20 at 3 PM in the Zion Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Duane Littlefield officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery.The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday between 2 and 3 PM. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Arthur Brackin, Randy Adams, Mike Thomas, Tommy Griffin, Jr. and Keith Day.

   Mike was born in Columbus, Ga . on March 29, 1954 to the late Perry Zell Griffin and Jewelean Hartzog Griffin. He was a member of the Zion Freewill Baptist Church. Retired truck driver for Southern Ag. . Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter; Christy Griffin Tapley.

   He is survived by his wife; Wanda Jean Wiley Griffin of Columbia, Al. ; 2 daughters; Jamie G. Day and husband Dustin and Stacey Griffin , both of Douglas, Ga.  ;   2 Brothers; Perry D. Griffin and wife Barbara of Donalsonville, Ga. and Tommy Griffin of Colquitt, Ga. 4 Grandchildren: Madison and Makenna Day, Rance Tapley and Nicki Griffin and by a great- grandchild; Aysa Brown.


William Guy Corley (Bill Guy), 86, of Forest Park, Georgia, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at  Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, Ga.  A graveside service was held at the Colomokee Cemetery on Wednesday, July 13, 2014 with Rev. T. J. Bennett officiating.

Mr. Corley was born in Early County, Ga. on August 15, 1927 to the late J G Corley and Carrie Corday Cummings Corley. He resided in the Colomokee community where his grandfather, Jeptha Gustaveus Corley, was the first pastor of Colomokee Baptist Church. He later moved to the Atlanta area and retired from Eastern Airlines as a Ramp Service Supervisor after 36 years of service.

He is survived by his wife,  Louise Hayes Corley of Forest Park, Ga., a son, Mr. Jeptha Davis (Dave) Corley & Gay Corley of Hampton, Ga. and a granddaughter, Cynthia Diane  Corley of Hampton, Ga.


Annie Ruth Helms Cooper

Ruth Cooper     Mrs. Ruth Helms Cooper, 81 of Blakely, Ga. died early Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be held Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014 at 11 AM 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 starting at 10 AM for about an hour before the service at 11 AM. Active Pallbearers will be Chris Banks, Matt Taylor, Jonathan Cooper, Ray Jordan, Ronnie Shivers and Phil Houston.

   Mrs. Cooper was born February 14, 1933 in Houston County, Al. to the late Wiley Jack Helms and Mamie Lillian White Helms. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and retired as the Director of the Blakely Senior Citizens Center. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garland “Buddy” Cooper and by 2 brothers: Donnie Helms and Fred Helms.

   Her survivors include 2 daughters: Peggy Cooper of Decatur, Ga.  and Janet C. Taylor and her husband Julian of Sharpsburg, Ga.; 2 sons: Steve Cooper and his wife Jill of Blakely, Ga. and Danny Cooper and his wife Ivelice of Arlington, Ga. There are 4 sisters: Mary H. Slappey, Wylene H. Winters & Howard and Pat H. Gunter, all of Tallahassee, Fl. and Bobbie H. Adderhold & Tom of Johns Creek, Ga.; 3 brothers: Clifford “Bunk” Helms and Hattie and Bennie Rex Helms and Joanne, all of Tallahassee, Fl. and Bill Helms & Emma of Lynn Haven, Fl.  There are also 3 grandchildren: Julie Anne Taylor Banks and Chris of Savannah, Ga., Matthew Ferrell Taylor and Rebecca of Dallas, Ga. and Jonathan Garland Cooper of Arlington, Ga., along with 3 great grandchildren: Emma Kate, Annabeth and Maggie Taylor all of Dallas, Ga.




Roy Thomas Simpson

Roy Thomas Simpson, 66, passed away Wednesday , July 9, 2014 at his residence in Moultrie, Ga. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 3 PM in the Colomokee Cemetery with Rev. Michael Williams officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Mr. Simpson was born in Moultrie , Ga. April 23, 1948 to the late Richard Tipper Simpson and Christine Roberts Simpson. He was a member of the Bluffton Baptist Church. He retired as a self employed heating and air conditioning electrician. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 3 sons: Rusty Lamar Simpson, Craig Steven Simpson and Roy Shannon Simpson and also a brother David Simpson.

Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife; Sherry Ann Glover Simpson of Moultrie, Ga. and a brother, Kenneth Simpson of Valdosta, Ga.


Stoney Brooks Ingram, Sr., 75, of Whittier, NC passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:00 PM in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, NC with Rev. Ollie Dills officiating. Family will receive friends from 4 PM till 7 PM prior to the service.

Stoney was born June 1, 1939 to the late Bill and Hazel Lane Ingram of Arlington, GA and Baker County. He and Mr. Bill owned a welding shop in Arlington for several years before moving to Albany to continue his trade before finally settling in Whittier where he continued to work in the welding field, retiring only slightly before his death. He was a master craftsman and his welding works are being enjoyed by generations.  Other than his parents, two brothers also preceded him in death: Jack Ingram of Leary, GA and Steve Ingram of Bluffton, GA and two sisters: Betty Ingram Martin and Shirley Ingram Brooks of Camilla, GA.

His survivors include his wife of 29 years, Diane Sutton Ingram of Whittier, NC. Three daughters: Janet Ingram Thrasher and husband Rick of Ozark, AL, Jill Ingram Cooper and husband Steve of Blakely, GA and Samantha Ingram of Whittier, NC; one step-daughter: Tina Gunter of NC; one son Brooks Ingram and wife Stacey of Blakely, GA; two stepsons: Jimmy and Robbie Cabe of Sylva, NC, as well as one brother: Kent Ingram of Maryland and one sister: Starlet Ingram Cherry of Leesburg, GA. There are also 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

This was published as a courtesy for local friends and family to be informed of Mr. Ingram’s death and services.


Roger Dale Craft, 65, of 14646 River St., Blakely, Ga., died early Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. His funeral will be held Thursday morning, July 3, 2014 at 11AM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with visitation starting at 10 AM. Rev. T. J. Bennett will be officiating and burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be : John Craft, Chris Craft, Jody Michael Craft, Keith Craft, Chad McFay and Bobby Lee Craft. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Craft, Bobby Joe Craft and Frank Williams.

Roger was born March 9, 1949 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Leroy Craft and Ruth Cox Craft. He was a weaver for Amoco Fabric and Fibers in Bainbridge, Ga. for over 27 years.  He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Other than his parents, Roger was preceded in death by a brother, Edd Craft.

His survivors include his wife, Linda Floyd Craft of Blakely, Ga.; 3 sons: Alan Craft and his wife Amy of Dandridge, TN, Don Craft and his wife Lisa of Bainbridge, Ga. and Derek Craft of Blakely. He has a sister: Barbara Griffin and Wayne of Donalsonville, Ga. and 4 brothers: Jody Craft and Deedee of Arlington, Ga., Jimmy Craft of Blakely, Bobby Craft and his  Lisa of Blakely, Ga. and Steve Craft of Blakely. There are 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.