Large, Fred     Fred Large, 62,  owner/operator of Smitty’s Grill in Blakely was found dead at his home this morning, August 20, 2014 from natural causes. Fred’s wishes were to be cremated and his family is honoring his request. There will be a memorial service Saturday morning, Aug. 23, 2014 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Turner will be officiating.

Fred was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. on Dec. 20, 1951 to the late Clarence Large and Margaret Estelle Mercer Lane. He was Owner & Operator of Smitty’s Grill for some 23 years, after he and his wife Sheila bought the grill. Sheila died in 2008 but Fred kept the grill going and had recently enlarged the grill to accommodate more of his customers. Fred had attended First United Methodist Church in Blakely, Ga.

Fred was survived by 2 daughters: Kristina Marie Large Daubs and her husband Brian Daubs of Port St. Lucie, Fl. and Gabby Kronshage of Blakely and Valdosta. Fred has 1 grandson: Brayden Daubs Port St. Lucie, Fl. There are 2 sisters: Diane Marie Baker of Lake Worth, Fl. and Barbara Kay Baker of Ashford, Al. and there is 1 brother: Donald Large and his wife Helen of Wilmington, NC.


Mrs. Geraldine Waver Hill Roland, 91, of Colquitt, Ga., died August 12, 2014 at the Miller Nursing Home in Colquitt. A private burial was held Thursday, august 14, 2014 in the Bethel Cemetery, near Jakin, Ga.

Mrs. Roland was born on July 12, 1923 in Early County Georgia to the late Elijah Theophyllis Hill and Ila Jones Hill. She was a retired Vineyard Laborer and a member of the Springfield Baptist Church.  Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Handy Roland and a son Edward Dixon.

Her survivor include a step-daughter, Mildred Smith of Colquitt, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Thurman Wilburn (Bo Pete) Jenkins

Thurman Wilburn (Bo Pete) Jenkins, 82, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 AM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Fred Odom officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be; Ray Jordan, Kenneth Pope, Brad Waller, Michael Jenkins, Buddy Jenkins, Willie Jenkins and Gene Middleton.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 10 AM until funeral time.

Mr. Jenkins was born in Early County, May 11, 1932 to the late Thomas Wingate Jenkins and Minnie Mae Johnson Jenkins. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and a retired Farmer. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a son; Thurman W. Jenkins (Will) Jr. and 2 brothers; Ralph Jenkins and Aubrey Jenkins.

Mr Jenkins is survived by his wife of 59 years Anne Morgan Jenkins. 2 Daughters: Emily Ann Wilbourn and husband Ritchie of Blakely and Leslie Jill Craft and husband Tim of Blakely. 4 Grandchildren: Angel Davis and Whit Wilbourn and twins Kayla and Cale Craft. 3 Great Grandchildren: John Logan Joyner Tom Davis and Bo Davis.


Deborah Lynn Tiner, 50, of 128 Trellis Way, Savannah, Ga. 31419, died late Tuesday night, August 12, 2014 at the home of her father and step-mother in Cowarts, Al. Her graveside memorial service will be held Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10 A. M. EDT in the Pine Lawn Cemetery, Blakely, Georgia with Rev. Scottie Hatcher officiating.

Deborah was born July 9, 1964 in Tampa, Florida to her father Wayne Jerome Tiner and her mother, Brenda Carole McDonald. She was a stock clerk for Wal- Mart in Pooler, Ga. She was of the Baptist Faith.

Her survivors include her father and step-mother: Wayne Jerome Tiner and Jan of Cowarts, Al.,;her mother: Brenda Roddy McDonald of Savannah, Ga.; a sister: Lisa Jackson and Carl of Cowarts, Al.; 2 step-sisters: Cheryl Parrish of Taylor, Al. and Tracy Schmidt of Dothan, Al. and a step-brother: David Rose and Gina of Marietta, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice located at 2740 Headland Ave. Suite 1, Dothan, Al. 36303 or the American Cancer Society.


    Mr. Curtis Warren Duke, 82, of 1314 Ivey’s Mill Rd., Leary, Ga. 39862, died early Tuesday morning, August 12, 2014, at his residence. His funeral will be a graveside service at Salem Cemetery, Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10 AM. Rev. Jeff Henry officiating. Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be the Calhoun County Road Dept. Employees.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 7-9 PM.

Mr. Duke was born October 12, 1931 in Edison, Ga. to the late Homer Duke and Lula Mae Geeslin Duke. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church and was retired from the Calhoun County Road Department with  over 40 years of service.  Other than his parents he was  preceded in death by a daughter; Margaret Williams and a son; Marvin “PeeWee” Croskey and a sister; Jonetta  Hewitt , a brother; Wilbur Duke; 3 Grandsons; Marvin Andy Dunn , Daniel Harrell and  Henry Wade Wigley  and 2 Great – Granddaughters; Abby and Ashlyn Dunn.

Mr. Duke is survived by his wife of 45 years ; Alma Iona Wells Duke. 4 Daughters:  Loretta Duke Dhinoy of Columbus, Ga., Marie and husband Calvin Rigsby of Panama City, Fl., Nita and husband Rick McCarty of Baker Co. and Karen Jansen of Americus, Ga. 3 Sons: Marvin Dunn of Jesup, Ga., James and his wife Darla  Dunn of Arlington, Ga. and Mike and his wife April Croskey of Perry, Ga. ; A sister Quinell Simpson of Edison, Ga. 25 Grandchildren, 28 Great-Grandchildren and 9 Great-Great-Grandchildren.




     Mr. Charles Davis, 92, of 13670 GA. Hwy 45, Arlington, Ga. 39813, died early Saturday morning, Aug. 9, 2014 in the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely, Ga. His funeral will be a graveside service held Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3 P. M. in the Oak Grove Cemetery with the Revs: Bridgeman Harris and W. H. Phillips officiating. Pallbearers will be Trey Davis, Todd Davis, Danny Griffin, Ladon Calhoun, Mike Peavy and Darian Peavy. The family will receive friends for a visitation Sunday afternoon from 4 until 6 PM at the Davis residence, 13670 Ga. Hwy 45 in the Rowena Community, between Arlington and Damascus.

   Mr. Davis was born on Nov. 8, 1921 to the late Eustus Bernard Davis and Sally Taliaferro Davis. He was a farmer most all of his life after his tour of duty for the U. S. Army during WWII. Mr. Charles was a member of the 83rd Division, 331 st Infantry, Company I. He was twice wounded during the war and thus received the Purple Heart and the Oak  Leaf  Cluster. He was also awarded the Bronze Star. He was one of the few soldiers who fought in all 5 campaigns ( Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe), These campaigns were fought in the countries of France and Germany.

   Mr. Davis’ survivors include his wife, Ruby Griffin Davis of the Rowena Community, Arlington, Ga., his only son, Tommy Davis and his wife Tonya of Arlington; 2 Grandsons, Trey and Todd Davis of Arlington and a great grandson, Tom Davis. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his sister: Bessie Davis Peavy, her husband Julian Peavy and their son, Bernard Peavy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to either the Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church, % Bill Bryan, Rt. 2, Box 150, Leary, Ga. 39862 or to Southwest Georgia Academy, 14105 Ga. Hwy 200, Damascus, Ga. 39841.



Miss Barbara Faye Jordan,66, died early Wednesday morning, August 6, 2014 in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home at 11 AM. Rev. Milton Pate and Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday morning from 10 AM until funeral time.

Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Jordan, Gabe Jordan, Mike Patterson, Mike Williams, Donnie Jordan and Jimmy Simpson.

Miss Jordan was born in Blakely, Ga. July 4, 1948 to the late Johnny William (Hoke) Jordan and Vera Williams Jordan. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a sister; Ruby Jane Jordan and a brother; Harvey Gene Jordan.

Miss  Jordan is survived by a sister; Geraldine Thrasher and husband Bob of Albany, Ga. and a brother; Ray Jordan of Blakely, Ga. and by several nieces and nephews.



Mrs. Agnes Dorothy Sheppard, 92, died late Tuesday evening, August 5, 2014,  at the Calhoun Nursing Home in Edison, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 2 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Blakely. Father John Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the New Park Cemetery in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Serving as pallbearers will be Dylan Sheppard, Mark Miller, Garett Sheppard, Neil Lowe, Frank Miller, Cole Strickland, Glenn McLendon and Lisa Sheppard. Honorary pallbearer will be Jes Sheppard.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Mrs. Sheppard was born in Waterford, N.J. April 5, 1922 to the late Harry Isadore Toussaint and Elizabeth Rapp Toussaint. She was a retired nurse and Teacher’s Aide for the Calhoun Co. School System. Member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Haddock (Bubber) Sheppard Jr..

Mrs. Sheppard is survived by 3 Sons: Jim Sheppard and wife Kay of Edison, GA; Ed Sheppard and wife Nancy of Athens, Ga.; Hank Sheppard and wife Melanie of Edison, Ga.; 5 Grandchildren: Gareth Sheppard of Johnson City, TN.; Jes Sheppard and wife Emmi of China; Lisa Christine Sheppard of Athens, Ga.; Dylan Sheppard of Edison, Ga. and Katie Sheppard of Edison, Ga.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church at 519 Arlington St., Blakely, Ga. 39823 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter at 225 Second St. East, Tifton, Ga. 31794


  Frances Keefer Laubrick, 73, of 4151 S. W. Kingfish Rd., Dunnellon, Fl. died early Sunday morning, Aug. 3, 2014 at her residence. Her funeral will be a graveside service in the Blakely Cemetery on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1 P. M.  with Rev. Jay Reppert officiating.

   Frances was born April 27, 1941 in Lincoln, Arkansas to the late Clyde Keefer and Ada Ruth Matterson Keefer. She was retired from Boeing Aircraft where she did clerical work in the Engineering Vault Print Shop. She was of the Baptist Faith .

Her survivors include 2 sons: Gordon Laubrick, II of Ocala, Fl. and Roger Goldsmith of Pennsylvania, a daughter, Tracy Goldsmith of Dunnellon, Fl. and her partner, Willie Thomas Mitchell of Dunnellon, Fl.


   Burilda Jackson Huff Myers, 93, of 11740 Columbia Rd., Blakely, Ga. died late Saturday night, Aug. 2, 2014,  in the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her wishes were to be cremated and for her family to have a private memorial for her at a later date in the Blakely Cemetery. “Miss B” was born December 9, 1920 in Atlanta, Ga. to the late Albert Sydney Jackson and Verda Moultrie Jackson.

  She lived for a long time in Blakely years ago  and after Mr. Huff passed away she later lived in Headland, Al. for a number of years. She moved back to Blakely some three years ago and moved her church membership to the First United Methodist Church of Blakely.  

  Her survivors include 3 daughters: Janet H. Thomas and Richard of Bluffton, Ga., Gail H. Swords and Herbert of Blakely and Tami H. Oates of Tallahassee, Fl. She has 2 sons: William Edward “Eddie” Huff, Jr. and Sally of Stone Mountain, Ga. and Rev. Tommy Huff and Lois of Headland, Al. There are 14 Grandchildren and 24 Great Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to either the First united Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823 or to Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819.