Angela McConnell Littlefield


Angela Lora (McConnell) Littlefield, 42, entered into the rest of her Savior on March 30, 2016. Her family will have a visitation Friday evening, April 1, 2016 at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral home from 6 until 8 PM. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning at 10 AM at the Zion Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Horne officiating. The visitation in Missouri will be Tuesday evening, April 5th, from 6 until 7 PM at the Mason-Woodard Funeral Home in Joplin, MO and the funeral will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 AT 2 pm in the Generations Freewill Baptist Church in Joplin, Mo, with burial to follow in the Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction, MO.

Her survivors include her husband, Rev. Duane Littlefield and her daughter, Julie Anne Littlefield, both of Blakely, Ga.; her parents: Edde Vernon McConnell and Susan Carol Hazlett McConnell of Carl Junction, MO; a brother: Kent McConnell  and his wife Beth of Owasso, OK. and nieces and nephews: Matthew and Eli McConnell of Owasso, OK, Ahnika Littlefield of Westminster, CO and Michael Riley of Carl Junction, MO.

Angela was an active member of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, Zion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Midway Association of Free Will Baptists Women Active for Christ. While Angela would much rather have worked quietly in the kitchen or with the children she often found herself in leadership positions due to her ability to be organized and accurate with details.  She served the cause of Christ as a Sunday school teacher, song leader, church clerk, district assistant clerk, church librarian, district auxiliary president, and many in more roles.

On December 29, 1994, Angela married her best friend Duane Littlefield. Though married for only 21 years, they were connected by an abiding friendship lasting 35 years.  They met when they were in third grade and became fast friends from that time on.

Angela’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her daughter and teaching her to know God’s love. She relished the years she spent at home with Julie Anne from the day she was born until she entered first grade.  When she did return to work, her primary concern was that her job allowed her to be home on time and available for her daughter and the church.

She loved her niece and nephews dearly. Ahnika, Matthew, Michael, and Eli meant the world to her.  Any and every opportunity to spend time with them was welcomed.  They were her little ones to love and nurture, no matter how old they have grown.

While she worked a variety of different jobs in her life, the job she most enjoyed was working as an assistant to the Carl Junction Intermediate school librarian. In this capacity she was able to teach children to use the library, read to them, and provided nurturing support that many needed desperately.  She made a tremendous impact upon the many children’s lives she touched.

Isaiah 40:8 ESV The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.  To honor Angela’s love of God and desire that children might hear the word of God, the family requests donations in her memory be made to Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Lyle Eugene Rands

     Mr. Lyle Eugene Rands,  75, of 6489 First Kolomoki Road, Blakely, Ga., died early Friday morning, Mar. 25, 2016 at his residence. His family is having his remains cremated and will hold a private service at a later date.

Mr. Rands was born in Duluth, MN on June 29, 1940 to the late Alfred Levi Rands and Jennie Lorentzson Rands. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force.

His survivors include his former wife: Marilyn McCutcheon of Blakely, GA., a daughter, Melinda J. Harris and Robert Kyle Harper of Blakely,  a son: Gregory Rands & Chandra of Sanford, Fl., 2 brothers: DeWayne Rands and Joanne and Lawrence Rands, all of Duluth, MN.  There are also 4 grandchildren: Paige Towle and Kourtney Harris , both of Blakely and Justin and Jarrett Rands of Sanford, FL.

Sallie Roberson Bagwell Chavez

     Mrs. Sallie Bagwell Chavez, 98, of Ft. Gaines, Ga., died early Thursday morning, March 24, 2016 at the Ft. Gaines Health and Rehab. Her funeral will be a graveside service Saturday morning, March 26, 2016 in the New Park Cemetery at 11 AM, with Rev. Frank Hughes officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home.

     Mrs. Chavez was born May 16, 1917 in Abbeville, AL to the late Louis Roberson and Luther Pearl Pugh Roberson. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bluffton, GA. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands: William Oscar Bagwell and Emelio J. Chavez; by two sons and by all sixteen of her siblings.

Her survivors include 3 sons: Malcom Bagwell and Barbara of Hamilton, GA, John Bagwell and Marv of Anaheim, CA and Frank Bagwell and Mary of Ft. Gaines, GA. There are also 13 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

Stephen Armand Slappy

     Stephen Armand Slappy, 74, of 139 Slappy Lane, Blakely, Ga. 39823, died at his residence, Wednesday afternoon, March 23, 2016. His death was attributed to Mesothelioma which was caused by asbestos exposure. His family is honoring his wishes to be cremated and they will have a Memorial Service Saturday afternoon at 2 PM in the First Baptist Church of Blakely. The family will receive friends in the Church Social Hall from 1 PM until the memorial at 2 PM. Rev. Keith Alderman officiating.

Mr. Slappy was born on April 25, 1941 in Sylvester, GA to the late Jackson Durell Slappy, Sr. and Vera Elizabeth Houston Slappy. He was a mechanic for many years at Georgia Pacific Paper Mill and a member of First Baptist Church of Blakely. Other than his parents his was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Slappy.

His survivors include his wife: Linda Wilkerson Slappy of Blakely, 2 daughters: Leah S. Brownlee and Mark, Lauren Slappy and Jared Lovering, all of Blakely; a son, Joel Slappy and Julie also of Blakely. He has a sister: Vivian Carney & Cecil of Sanford, FL; 4 brothers: Durell Slappy, Jr. and Betty Jean of Headland, AL, Brian Slappy and Peggy of Panama City Beach, FL, Harmon Slappy & Lynn of San Diego, CA and Harley Slappy & Adrian of Blakely. There are 3 grandchildren: Morgan and Caleb Slappy and Collin Brownlee, all of Blakely.

In lieu of flowers  contributions are requested to be sent to the Winship Cancer Institute @ Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Wanda White Tondee

     Mrs. Wanda White Tondee, 65, of 839 Voorhees Rd., E, Hamilton, GA 31811, died Monday evening, Mar. 21, 2016 in the Gentiva Hospice facility in Columbus, Ga. Her funeral will be a Graveside Service held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 2 PM in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating.

Wanda was born on Jan. 28, 1951 in Blakely, Georgia to the late Abner White and Lois Bruner White. She was a bookkeeper for Tondee Hauling Co. of Hamilton, Ga. and was of the Baptist faith. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other than her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by a niece, Jennifer White.

     Her survivors include her husband, Rick Tondee of Hamilton, Ga., a sister, Marcia W. Cress and Mike of Rolla, MO and a brother, Bobby White and Virginia of Summerfield, AL., a niece, Hollie Cress, a nephew, Michael Cress, a great niece, Lanie Soto and a great nephew, Connor White.

Brantley Daniel McCorkle

     Brantley Daniel McCorkle, 16, died Saturday, March 19, 2016 in a traffic accident on Fryer Rd., Blakely, Ga. His funeral will be a Graveside Service in the Blakely Cemetery, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 11 Am with Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. The Early County J V and Varsity Baseball teams will be honorary pallbearers along with the JROTC members. The family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home.

Brantley was born July 19, 1999 in Blakely Georgia to his mother, Racheal McDowell Taylor and his father, Jesse McCorkle. Brantley was a Junior at E. C. High, and a  First Lieutenant in the JROTC of Early County High School. He also was a player for the J V and the Varsity baseball teams for Early County High.

His survivors include his mother, Racheal McDowell Taylor and Trey and his father, Jesse McCorkle and Sharon, all of Blakely, Ga.,  a sister, Jade McCorkle and a brother, Cameron McCorkle, both of Blakely. Also surviving are his Maternal Grandparents, Ted and Brenda McDowell of Jakin, Ga. , Maternal Step- Grandparents, Ned and Wanda Taylor of Blakely and a Maternal Great Grandmother, Inez Loyed of Lakeland, FL. He also has a Paternal Grandfather, Sterling McCorkle of Blakely.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an account at First State Bank to honor the memory of Brantley. These funds collected will be presented to two of Brantley’s favorite programs: the JROTC program and the Early County High Baseball program.

Mary Lou Hester Creel

    Mrs. Mary Lou Creel, 92 of Morrow, Georgia, died Thursday evening March 17, 2016, at the Governor’s Glen Nursing Home in Forest Park, GA. Her funeral will be a graveside service held Monday morning, March 21, 2016 at 11 AM in the Bush Cemetery with Rev. Sterling Jones officiating.

Mrs. Creel was born July 2, 1923 in Blakely, Ga. to the late James Marion Hester and Mary Zemma Anderson Hester. She was retired from the Department of Transportation for the State of Georgia and was a member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William Creel.

Her survivors include her daughter, Brenda Munger of Douglasville, GA, 2 sisters: Janie  Hilton of Tampa, FL and Jimmie  Nasworthy of Rex, GA. She also has a brother, Sherman Hester of Blakely, Ga. and several nieces and nephews.

Renee’ Hogan Pullen

Renee’ Hogan Pullen, 60, passed away today, March 16, 2016 at her residence. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3 PM in the Early County High School  Auditorium  with burial to follow in the Centerville Cemetery. Rev. Doug Hall,  Rev. Robert Pullen and Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until funeral  time in the front entrance of the school auditorium .

Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce Wilson, Larry Everson, Toby Warr, Travis Price, Eugene Menette and Scot Rowland.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Early County Boys and Girls Basketball Team

Renee’ was born in Nashville, Ga. October 6, 1955 to the late Mitchell Hogan and Sara Conger Luke of Nashville, Ga. She was a Early County Elementary School Teacher and attended Centerville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband Mike Pullen of Blakely, 2 daughters: Dana P. Wyatt and Justin of Geneva, Al. Michelle P. Avera and Will of Leesburg, Ga.; 2 sons: Matthew Pullen of Stillwater, OK and Joseph Pullen of Albany, Ga. a brother Scotty Hogan and Virginia of Nashville, Ga. and by 4 Grandchildren: Hunter Wyatt, Maci Wyatt both of Geneva, Al, Liam Avera  of Leesburg, Ga. and Emma Lynn Pullen of Stillwater, OK.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the World Vision International located at P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063

JM (Marshall) Jordan, Jr.



Mr. J M (Marshall) Jordan , Jr. (91), passed away peacefully the evening of March 11, 2016 at home surrounded by family. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11 AM at the Leary United Methodist Church . Rev. Lauri Hartley and Rev.- Dr. Edwin Willis officiating. Burial will follow in the Leary Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons. The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday morning from 10 AM until funeral time.

Marshall was born July 29, 1924 to JM Jordan, Sr. and Viola Brady Jordan. He was a lifelong resident of Leary, GA. After graduating from High school in Arlington, GA he attended Georgia Military College. While there he joined the Army and was in the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, seeing combat in Italy during World War II. During his service he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement and was given a field promotion.

After the war he returned home and attended the University of Georgia where he met then married Lurene (Lu) Tate. They were married June 1, 1947. They lived in Leary where they raised their 5 children: Judith Walton (Jimmy) of Ft. Gaines, GA, Donia Harbin (Gary) of Peachtree Corners, GA, Lu Ann Willis (Edwin) of Meldrim, GA, Pamelia Mayne (Tony) of Leary, GA and Jesse Jordan III of Leary , GA. Of these children came the grandchildren: Andrea Walton (Bret Higby), Marshall Walton, Leslie Mayne (Steve Gillespie), Daniel Willis, David Willis, Brady Willis, Jesse Jordan IV and Josey Jordan, with one greatgrandchild, Cameron Walton.

Marshall was very active in the community. He was a lifelong member of the Leary United Methodist Church. Where as a child he rang the church bell and as an adult he was the treasurer for many years. He a member of the Leary Lion’s Club, the American Legion Post 30 and Rubin Jones Masonic Lodge 388. He started the Leary Volunteer Fire Department and even went to pick up their first fire truck.

He inherited a general store which sat at the heart of Leary. Also a 2500 acre farm which produced cattle, swine, and various crops. After retiring from those he worked at Gold Kist/Ivey’s for years, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Marshall delighted in long road trips and riding his bicycle. He was young at heart his whole life. He will be greatly missed by his family and those that knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leary United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 336 Leary, GA 39862

James Winston Griffin

     James Winston Griffin, 92, of Dothan, Al. and formerly of Blakely, Ga. for many years, died early Saturday morning, March 12, 2016 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. His funeral will be held Monday morning, March 14, 2016 at 11 A M EDT at the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. George Atherholt officiating and assisted by Rev. Scott Dobson.  Burial will follow at 2 PM EDT in the Ebenezer Cemetery, out from Columbia Alabama. The family will receive friends at the church Monday morning from 10Am EDT until funeral time.

Mr. Griffin was born in Columbia, Al. June 6, 1923 to the late James Walter Griffin and Sarah Elizabeth Williams Griffin. He was a retired farmer, member of the New Hope Baptist Church, a  Mason, member of the Blakely American Legion #11 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a sister; Ruth Nall and 2 brothers-in-law; Auburn Nall and Ralph Bradford.

Mr. Griffin is survived by a sister: Carolyn Bradford of Lincoln, Al. a brother; Leonard Griffin and wife Romona of Dothan, Al. Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.

Serving as active pallbearers will be: Ray Jordan, David Bradford, Jimmy Nall, Scott Griffin, Tyner Cooper and Emmett Mock. Honorary pallbearers will be Stacey Cooper, Jerome Nall and members of the Blakely American Legion Post # 11.