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Mrs. Jane Ellen Bass

September 16, 2021
Jane Ellen Bass, 80, of Valdosta, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at her residence. She was born in Birmingham, Ala. on February 28, 1941, to the late Herbert Edwin Bryan and Dessie Mae Gann Bryan. Mrs. Bass was married to the love of her life, Reverend Henry Bass, for 50 years. She was a minister’s wife for 41 of those 50 years, and worked in various jobs supporting their ministry. She enjoyed reading, all things Christmas, and going to the beach. Mrs. Bass was always “piddlin” in ...

Mrs. Merrie Freeman Posey

September 16, 2021
Merrie Freeman Posey, a beloved wife of 48 years, mother of four children, and grandmother to 11 beautiful grandchildren, resident of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021, at the age of 71. Merrie is survived by her husband, Reverend J. Stephen Posey, her sons Stephen and John Posey, her daughters Rebekah LaBouff and Sarah Long, siblings Joye Hancock and Reverend George Freeman, in addition to many loving extended family members. Merrie was a thoughtful, loving...

Rev. Raymond Yody, Sr.

September 16, 2021
Ray Yody, Sr., 80, of Lake Park, died Saturday, September 4, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio on October 15, 1940, to the late Paul George Yody and Helen Schneider Yody. Mr. Yody was a retired United Methodist pastor and was a member of Lake Park United Methodist Church. He served in the United States Navy from January 22, 1959, until January 18, 1963, and the reserves until 1978. Mr. Yody enjoyed camping, traveling, model railroading and spending time with...

John “Jack” Christopher Payne

September 06, 2021
Jack Payne, 77, walked into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the morning of Thursday, September 2, 2021. He was born on December 7, 1943, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Herbert Joseph and Annie Ruth Crouch Payne. While growing up in the East Point/Atlanta area, Jack discovered a great opportunity to earn a dollar by delivering newspapers to the people of his community. He and his brother, Mike, successfully ran the paper route until his graduation from Russell High ...

Mrs. Clara Dunbar

September 02, 2021
Clara Dunbar, age 90, of 306 East Union Street, Vienna, died Sunday, August 22, 2021, at her residence. Clara was born on August 18, 1931, to the late Truman Harris and Ruby Nipper Harris. She was a homemaker and loved working in her yard. She also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. A faithful member of Vienna United Methodist Church, she was a member of the Sunshine Gang Choir, the UMW Morning Glories and played the hand bells. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Lonnie E. Dunbar, Jr. and ...

Mrs. Marty Durham

September 02, 2021
Martha “Marty” Wycliffe Hendry Durham, 82, of Statesboro, Ga., entered into rest on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Marty was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on February 14, 1939, to the late George and Katherine Hendry. She was an active member of Pitman Park United Methodist church in Statesboro. She was a retired educator who spent her working years as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Jenkins County Public School system. Marty enjoyed spending time with her husband George and was an active ...

Rev. Byron J. Scott

September 02, 2021
Byron Johnson Scott, Jr., 76, of Surrency, GA, entered his heavenly home on August 14, 2021, after a short but difficult battle with cancer. The funeral service was held Saturday, August 21 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Surrency. Rev. Ken Morgan, Byron’s son-in-law, and Rev. Dr. Paula Lewis, Byron’s District Superintendent, officiated. Byron was born in Atlanta, GA, on August 9, 1945. He graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1964 and continued on to receive a psychology degree ...

Rev. Wayne McDonald

September 02, 2021
The Rev. Wayne McDonald, age 78, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021, at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, Georgia. Services for Rev. McDonald were held at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 21, at Eastside Baptist Church in Cairo, Georgia. The Rev. Chris Allen officiated with military honors. A private burial was held in Salem Seminole Baptist Cemetery in Seminole County (Desser), Georgia. Wayne was born and reared in Seminole County, Donalsonville (Desser), Georgia. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. ...

Rev. Dr. James “Jim” T. Trice Jr.

August 01, 2021
Dr. James T. Trice, Jr. (Jim) was a son, brother, uncle, husband, dad, Pop and friend. He held other distinctions and titles, but to his family and friends he distinguished himself, most, by the way he dedicated himself to these. His mild, comforting presence, his loving compassion, his warm embrace of all walks of life and beliefs, his level head, rational thought and deep abiding faith are all marks of the human being that his God created and whom he called to serve by ministering to others. ...

Mrs. Sue Dupree

July 07, 2021
Mrs. Sue Johnson Dupree, age 85, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 8, at First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. Sue was born on May 31, 1935, in Saline County, Illinois, to the late Wood and Ruth Duckworth Johnson. She grew up in Christopher, a small town in southern Illinois near the Kentucky border. She met her husband, Rev. Bill Dupree, when he conducted a Sub-District Youth ...

Rev. Steve Peavy

July 07, 2021
Herbert Stephen Peavy, 63, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his residence. The Ocala, Fla. native was a United Methodist pastor currently serving at Bethel Brick United Methodist Church in Sylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Corene Peavy; his brother, John Peavy; and his wife, Wendy Peavy. He is survived by his children, Rennata Wilson (Jeremy), Michael Peavy (Ashlyn), Daniel Peavy (Courtney), Timothy Peavy (Danielle), and Jessica Haney (Phillip); 14 ...

Mrs. Betty Smith

July 05, 2021
Betty Claire Smith, 88, of Reynolds, Ga., went home to be with the Lord Jesus May 24, 2021, at Liberty Commons/Kempton Assisted Living in Jacksonville. She was born to Lonnie Hugh and Sally Mae Pierce September 24, 1932, in Talbotton, Ga. She was the middle child of four other siblings: Walter Hugh, Mary, Paul, and Thomas. She was predeceased by both Walter Hugh and Thomas. She grew up on a farm near Reynolds, graduating from Reynolds High School. She graduated from Business Training Institute ...

Mrs. Freiya Brown

July 05, 2021
Freiya Elizabeth Brown, 70, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Cartersville Medical Center. Freiya was the daughter of Bill and Hazel Wester and was raised in Dry Branch, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1972 and taught in Bulloch County Schools for 27 years. After her retirement, Freiya began substitute teaching at Mill Creek Elementary and formed friendships there that would be known as her teaching family. She played a huge role in the lives of many young ...

Mrs. Sandra H. Arwood

July 05, 2021
Sandra H. Arwood, 78, of Buena Vista, GA died Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Facility. A memorial service will be held 3:30 PM Thursday, July 8, 2021 at East Highland United Methodist Church1301 17th St. Columbus, GA 31901 with Rev. Mark Sasser and Rev. Joy Wilson. Mrs. Arwood was born December 6, 1942, in Opelika AL, the daughter of the late J. D. Hood and Reba Hutchinson Hood.  Sandra worked as a CNA with East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. Other than her parents, she ...

Mrs. Jackie Miller Pryor

May 31, 2021
Jackie Miller Pryor, 78, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Maple Court in Tifton, Georgia. Graveside services were held Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Pine Level Cemetery in Ben Hill County, Georgia. The Rev. B.J. Funk and Elder Edward McIntyre officiated. Mrs. Pryor was born July 23, 1942, in Irwin County, Georgia, to the late Roy and Louise Mixon Henderson. She lived in the community most of her life and was a 1960 graduate of Irwin County High School. Mrs. Pryor was a ...

Rev. Ray Lee Garren

May 17, 2021
Ray Lee Garren passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mark Goolsby officiated. Mr. Garren, the son of the late Lee Wesley Garren and Addie Mae Varner Garren, was born January 23, 1937 in Farmer, North Carolina. His son, Dale Garren, preceded him in death. Mr. Garren worked in the ministry most of his adult life, as a church pastor and managing gospel radio stations. He retired from The United ...

Mrs. Elizabeth Pratt-Hutcherson

May 11, 2021
Mrs. Elizabeth Pratt-Hutcherson, a retired school teacher and widow of two ministers, died Thursday, April 8, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. Known as “Libby” to friends and family, she was 96 years old and had recently been battling the effects of Parkinson’s disease. The former Lila Elizabeth Lee, daughter of Horace and Clara Lee, was born and spent her childhood on a farm near Newington in Screven County. A graduate of Newington High School, she attended what became Armstrong State...

Mrs. Eleanor Howard Walton

April 18, 2021
Eleanor Howard Walton, 82, passed away at Phoebe-Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia on April 13, 2021. She was born on July 30, 1938, in Albany, Georgia, to the late Elbert Kelly Howard and Mary Belcher Howard. Eleanor is preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband, Asbury Bernard Walton, a sister, Ginger Beck, and a brother-in-law, G. W. Riles. Survivors include her two daughters, Merri Lynn (Jimmy) Babb of Lumpkin, Georgia and Kelly (Steve) Horne of Gray, Georgia; five ...

Mrs. Marguerite Buchan

April 18, 2021
Marguerite Ziegler-Buchan, 71, of Brunswick, passed away at Southeast Georgia Health System on April 5, 2021. Arrangements may be made at a later date. Cremation services were provided by Golden Isles Cremation Center / Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sharon McMahen Atkinson

April 18, 2021
Sharon M. Atkinson was born September 28, 1945, in Lakeland, Fla. Later with her family they moved to Panama City, Fla. In 1954, she moved to Huntsville, Ala. where she went to 5th Ave. School and later, Huntsville High School. She was in the band and Mu Alpha Theta. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She graduated from Huntsville High in 1963. Following high school, she attended Birmingham-Southern College and was a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She graduated December 15, ...

Rev. Bob Dixon

April 18, 2021
Archie Bob Dixon passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital on April 10, 2021. He is the son of the late Bernard and Pearl Dixon. Mr. Dixon was valedictorian of his high school class of 1951. He’s studied at Emory of Oxford, Emory at Valdosta, Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta and received the Master of Christian Education degree. He served 65 years of ministry in the Methodist Church as Diaconal Minister of Christian Education, serving churches in Montgomery, Ala.; Albany, ...

Mrs. Emmie Stewart Carlton Johnson

March 15, 2021
Emmie Stewart Carlton Johnson, 91, died peacefully at home the afternoon of Monday, November 30, 2020, one block from her birthplace in Oxford, Georgia. The daughter of educators Professor W. A. ¨Squire¨ Carlton and Annie Lou Bartlett Carlton, her early life was part of the close faculty community at what is now called Oxford College of Emory University. She was the namesake of Miss Emmie Stewart, who provided room, board, and genuine inspiration for Emory students, including Emmie’s father ...

Rev. Tom Edwards, Jr.

March 15, 2021
Rev. John Thomas (Tom) Edwards, Jr., of Port Wentworth, formerly of Elberton, age 80, passed away at his home March 6, 2021, with his family at his side. He was born on August 22, 1940, son of the late Virginia C. Edwards and the late John T. Edwards, Sr. Tom was a 1958 graduate of Elberton High School and a graduate of Armstrong State University with an Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. He also graduated from the nine-year summer program of the Candler School of Theology Course of Study from ...

Rev. Pat Mahan

February 28, 2021
Rev. Carl Patrick Mahan, age 61 of Scottsboro, Alabama, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, at his home. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Randall’s Chapel United Methodist Church Worship Center, where he served as pastor for the last six years. Rev. Todd Henderson, pastor of Arab First United Methodist Church officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Randall’s Chapel United Methodist Church in his memory. Rev. Mahan is survived by ...

Rev. William Whipple

February 28, 2021
William Metts (Bill) Whipple, 89, passed away on February 10, 2021, after a Covid-19 diagnosis following a long illness. He lived his entire life in Georgia until the past year, which he and his wife Elizabeth spent in a care facility in Las Vegas, NV near one of their daughters. He was born in Atlanta, GA on March 2, 1931, to Wendell and Carolyn (Smith) Whipple, and he grew up in Perry, GA. He was an innovative thinker and a passionate advocate for making the world a better place, serving as a ...

Rev. Matthew “Matt” J. Hearn

February 15, 2021
The Reverend Matthew “Matt” Jerry Hearn, 47, of Pooler, Georgia and husband of Lori Ann Rawling Hearn, died Saturday morning, January 30, 2021, at his home with his wife of almost 23 years at his side. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, he was a son of Stephen Mark Hearn and Gail Cosby Westberg. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from Asbury University and his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He was a former Youth Director at Wauchula United Methodist...

Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson

January 31, 2021
Graveside services for Mrs. Elizabeth Bussell Thompson, 89, were held Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Washington County Memorial Gardens in Sandersville. Dr. Stan Littleton and Rev. Chad Watkins officiated. Mrs. Thompson was born on April 26, 1931. A native of Washington County, she grew up in the small community of Warthen on Bay Springs Road. Her mother passed away when she was 6 years old, and she was raised by her father and two paternal aunts, Lillie (Otis) Parker and Minnie Lee Bussell. ...

Mrs. Melba Benson Belcher

January 31, 2021
Melba Benson Belcher, age 91, died Friday, January 8, 2021, at her residence at Magnolia Manor in Macon. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 10, 2021, in the chapel of Mathis Funeral Home. Burial was in Bartow Cemetery in Bartow, Ga. Mrs. Belcher, born in Bleckley County, had lived in Cochran before moving to Macon several years ago. She was the daughter of the late John and Mable Wynne Benson and was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Zephoe Belcher, Jr. Mrs. Melba was a retired ...

Dr. C. Frank McCook

January 16, 2021
The Reverend Charles Franklin McCook, PhD., 93, passed peacefully January 1, 2021, at Wellstar West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange. Frank lived an abundant life of service – service to God, family, church, and country. He will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, philomathical theologian, caring pastor, challenging professor, passionate gardener, Army veteran, author, a man of proud Scottish decent, and devoted follower of Christ. Son of CB and Margaret (Trimble) McCook of ...

Rev. Arthur Lanier Bishop

January 16, 2021
The Rev. Arthur L. Bishop, 76, of St. Simons Island, Ga., passed away peacefully Jan. 7, 2021, at his home. The Rev. Bishop (aka Art, Dad, Pops, Lanny) was born on Jan. 23, 1944, in Birmingham, Ala. Son of the late Edwin Hines Bishop and Marjorie Lanier Bishop, he grew up in Miami, Fla., and was a 1962 graduate of Coral Gables High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida Southern University, and his Master in Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary. He ...

Rev. James Yarbrough, Jr.

January 16, 2021
James William Yarbrough, Jr, age 79, of Valdosta, Ga, passed away at South Georgia Medical Center on January 11, 2021. He was born in Valdosta, Ga. to J. W. and Erbie Yarbrough on September 6, 1941. He is survived by his four biological children: James “Jamie” Yarbrough III, Stephen (Tammy) Yarbrough, Teresa (Clyde) White, Kathy (Jerry) Lattin; 25 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; one sister Cheryl (Joe) Seigel; one brother, Olin Yarbrough; and one sister-in-law, Shalyn (Kenny) Wilson. He...

Rev. Paul Dupree

January 16, 2021
Rev. Paul Whitfield Dupree, 76, of Albany went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. The family will host a memorial service at a later date. Rev. Dupree was born June 15, 1944, in Pinehurst, Georgia to the late Jack and Pauline Dupree. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and later followed his calling into the ministry as a pastor in The United Methodist Church. In 1971, he was appointed to the South Georgia Conference and with his wife ...

Rev. Wesley Jones

January 16, 2021
Rev. Joseph Wesley Jones Jr., of Moulton, Alabama, died Sunday, Jan. 10 in Huntsville at the age of 67 following a brief illness. A retired United Methodist pastor who spent almost 30 years serving 10 churches in the South Georgia Conference, Wesley is survived by his wife, June, of 48 years. They met at Andrew College (Cuthbert, Georgia), married in 1972 and graduated together from Andrew College and LaGrange College (LaGrange, Georgia). Wesley received his Master of Divinity degree from ...

Mrs. Mae Dobbs Jones

January 03, 2021
Mrs. Mae Dobbs Jones, 93, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020. Services were held at Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Dr. Baxter Hurley and Rev. Teresa Edwards officiated. Burial was at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was born in Marietta, Georgia, the daughter of the late Sadie Ethel Mae Deal Dobbs and Thomas Watson Dobbs. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Holleman and her brother, Thomas Dobbs. Mrs. Jones retired from the Georgia Farm Bureau ...

Rev. Michael Alva McAfee

January 03, 2021
The Rev. Michael Alva McAfee passed away December 29, 2020, at Columbus Hospice. He was born April 29, 1944, in Roberta, GA to the late Henry and Ellen Bankston McAfee. He graduated from Crawford County High School, 1962; Bruton-Parker Junior College, on a baseball/basketball scholarship, 1963; LaGrange College, 1964-1966 and Emory University, Candler School of Theology with a Master of Divinity, 1966-1969. He was ordained a deacon in 1967 and a full elder in 1969. On July 2, 1967, he married ...

Rev. Sue C. DeJournett

January 03, 2021
Reverend Sue C. DeJournett, wife of Dr. Ned R. DeJournett of Macon, died December 23 in Savannah, Georgia. She had survived lung cancer for six years. Services were held at Macon Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Reverend Theresa Edwards officiated. Reverend DeJournett was born Rosalie Sue Cottrill to loving parents, Ruby and L. Beryl Cottrill, in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1937. Educated in the public schools of Huntington, West Virginia, Reverend Delournett held BA ...

Mrs. Wendy Peavy

December 14, 2020
Wendy Peavy, 59, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Hospice Savannah. She was raised in Lake City, FL, but was a longtime Georgia resident. She was a “professional” mother and grandmother, as well as cook and hostess. She worked for Oliver Kitchens and Bath. She is survived by her husband, Steve Peavy; children, Rennata Wilson (Jeremy), Michael Peavy (Ashlyn), Daniel Peavy (Courtney), Timothy Peavy (Danielle), Jessica Haney (Phillip); mother, Betty Boutwell; sisters, Kim Moore and ...

Rev. Marvin Goodman

November 24, 2020
Rev. Marvin Goodman, age 79, of Ray City, Ga., formerly of Atkinson County, passed away peacefully at his home, Thursday, November 12, 2020, following an extended illness. Born May 30, l941, in Willacoochee, Ga., Rev. Goodman was the son of Woodrow and Louise Corbitt Goodman. He retired from Albertson’s Food Stores as manager in Longwood, Fla. and then began a career in ministry. He served many churches: Cornerstone Church in Pearson, Manor Methodist, Stapleton Methodist, Blackshear Methodist, ...

Mr. Mickey Newton

November 01, 2020
Michael “Mickey” Lamont Newton 75, of Sylvania, passed Saturday morning, October 17, 2020, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility surrounded by his family. Mickey was born in Savannah to the late Vance and Pansy Hayman Newton and was reared in Rincon. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country in the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Stars, RCN Campaign Ribbon with Vice 60; ...

Rev. Tom Young

November 01, 2020
Thomas N. “Tom” Young, 67, of Lakeland, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020, in the South Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Campus. He was born on May 19, 1953, in Kokomo, Indiana to the late Lucille (Porter) and Robert Young. Tom was the pastor of Unity United Methodist Church and also served several churches in Florida, Indiana, and Illinois over the years. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid fan of his White Sox, Colts, and Pacers. He always loved preaching the gospel and ...

Miss Betty Sue Brantley

October 19, 2020
Miss Betty Sue Brantley, age 79, of Vidalia died Thursday, October 15, 2020, in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, after a brief illness. She was a native of Vidalia and a 1959 graduate of Vidalia High School. She was a graduate of Andrew College and LaGrange College, earning a degree in Christian Education. She also did additional study at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee. The additional study qualified her to be a Diaconal Minister of Program in The United Methodist Church. She ...

Mrs. Marlene N. Thornton

October 13, 2020
Marlene N. Thornton, 66, passed away on Monday, October 6, 2020. Marlene was the pianist at First United Methodist Church of Hinesville. She had a deep love for music and for animals. Along with the piano, she played the flute, melodica, violin, and a variety of percussion instruments. She was preceded in death by her parents, C. Marvin and Elizabeth M. Nettles of Ridgeland, SC; and her husband, best friend, and soulmate, Dale Thornton. She is survived by one brother, M. Eugene Nettles ...

Rev. Richard Trawick

September 21, 2020
Richard Allan Trawick, age 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge, GA. He was born November 20, 1943, in Bainbridge, GA to Brandy Gee Trawick, Sr. and Jewel Irene Goodwin Trawick. He graduated from Seminole County High School in 1961. He entered the Air Force in 1962 and served four years. He was married to Sandra Stewart Trawick for 54 years. They had three children. In 1976, he entered the ministry and served in the South Georgia ...

Rev. Randy Mosley

September 14, 2020
Rev. Randy Mosley, 65, of Sparks, Georgia, passed away September 12, 2020, at the Mayo Clinic Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born November 14, 1954, in Ware county to the late Winston Henry Mosley and Juanita Carter Mosley. Rev. Mosley was a minister for 36 years with the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and had lived in Cook County for many years. He had also served as a Chaplain with Bethany Hospice since his retirement. Rev. Mosley attended the Antioch...

Dr. Douglas T. Holden

August 31, 2020
Dr. Douglas Tripp Holden passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 22, 2020. He was born October 20, 1936, in Battle Creek, the son of Max W. and Gladys D. (Wells) Holden. Dr. Holden was a great proponent of education. He was educated at the University of Michigan where he received his B.A., then went on to study at Duke University and Southern Methodist University and received his B.D. and Graduate Studies, and finally to the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, where ...

Rev. Brooks Partain

August 31, 2020
Rev. Brooks Partain, age 91, died Friday, August 28, 2020, at Willson Hospice House in Albany. Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, at Lee Street United Methodist Church, with Dr. Dennis Stalvey and Rev. John Brodess officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday between the hours of 10-11 a.m. at Hancock Funeral Home, 427 S. Lee St. The staff of Hancock Funeral Home would like to issue a gentle reminder to all ...

Rev. James Boyd

August 31, 2020
Rev. James Ellis Boyd, age 83, died August 29, 2020, surrounded by his family at his St. Simon’s Island home after a long illness. Rev. Boyd was a retired minister, serving 19 years in the Southern Baptists Georgia church and 25 years in The United Methodist Church. He was born and raised on his family farm in Toombs County Georgia and graduated from Toombs Central High School in 1955. Rev. Boyd was a past Master of the Inman Creek Lodge #491, and member of the Quint Shrine. He was educated at ...

Rev. Marcelle G. Myers

August 31, 2020
Rev. Marcelle G. Myers, 87, of St. Marys, made his transition Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, under the watch care of Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden and Brunswick campus. He was born in St. Marys on Feb. 24, 1933, to the late Elmo Hill Myers and Muriel Williams. He is preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Joyce T. Myers, Elmo V. Myers (brother), Howard L. Myers (brother), Gwen Thomas (sister), Cathy Richardson (daughter), Jerome Myers (son) and Avis Merritt (daughter). He was a member of ...

Rev. James H. Snell, Jr.

August 02, 2020
James H. Snell, Jr., better known as Jim, died unexpectedly on the night of July 21, 2020. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joanne; one daughter, Viki Mullins (Lee); son, James H. Snell, III (Diane); son, Thomas Snell (Sheryl); one granddaughter, Kate Snell, and six grandsons, Samuel Snell (Jessica), Drew, Michael (Margaret) and Mark Mullins, Matt and Danny Snell; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother; a sister; and ...

Mrs. Joyce Myers

July 02, 2020
Joyce T. Myers, 87, of St. Marys, made her transition on Monday, June 15, 2020, under the watch care of hospice and the St. Marys Senior Care Center. In conjunction with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they visited periodically. Mrs. Joyce Myers was born in New Orleans on Dec. 8, 1932, to the late Elmo Foster and Lillian Evans. She moved to St. Marys in 1950 and lived in different states until she returned to St. Marys in 1973. She was a member of Greater Trinity ...

Rev. Irie Monroe Cyree

July 02, 2020
Reverend Irie Monroe Cyree, 95, of Phenix City, Ala., died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Columbus Hospice House. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the family will hold a memorial service at a later date. A private interment will be held at Parkhill Cemetery. Rev. Cyree was born March 4, 1925, in Columbus, Ga. to the late Isaac Wayne and Ethel Hill Cyree. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Midland Masonic Lodge #144. Rev. Cyree was the Associate Pastor at Summerville Road ...

Rev. Mark Kase

July 02, 2020
Mark Kase, a longtime resident of St. Simons Island, Georgia, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Mark was born on September 5, 1934, in Huntington, Indiana. He was the son of the late Elmer Kase and Arline Kirkendall Kase. He was also preceded in death by his three older brothers. After graduating from seminary at Duke University, Mark joined the Marine Corp and was assigned as Chaplain. He served in the Far East with the Corp for seven years. He was selected by...

Rev. Henry Kenyon Erwin

June 14, 2020
Rev. Henry Kenyon Erwin died Monday, June 8, 2020. He was born in Damascus, Ga. on May 2, 1920. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Lila Skinner Erwin, and one grandson. He is survived by five daughters, eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, Magnolia Manor, The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta, or a church missions’ program of your choice. A memorial ...

Rev. Tommy E. McCook, Jr.

June 01, 2020
Rev. Tommy E. McCook, Jr., 73, of Midway, GA passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at his residence. Graveside services for Rev. McCook were held Monday, June 1, 2020, at Ramah Cemetery. The Rev. McRae Mangum, Jr. officiated. Services were streamed the Williams Funeral Homes Facebook page. Son of the late Tommy E. McCook, Sr. and the late Dorothy Dennard McCook, he was a native of Gordon, GA. He is preceded in death by his brother, Mike McCook and his in-laws John and Dorothy Brown. Rev McCook ...

Mrs. Kathleen Crenshaw Edwards

May 17, 2020
Kathleen Crenshaw Edwards died peacefully at her home on May 1, 2020 after an extended illness. Born in Salem, Kentucky on July 12, 1927, Kathleen was the daughter of Ira Patterson Crenshaw, a Methodist minister, and Alma McFarland Crenshaw, an accomplished musician and piano teacher. She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, where she met her future husband, William Russell Edwards, Jr., of Fort Valley, Georgia. They were married on June 2, 1951. Like her mother, Kathy was an ...

Rev. Clifford Wallace

May 17, 2020
Clifford “Cliff” K. Wallace, 87, of Macon, went to be with his Jesus Saturday, May 9, 2020. A private graveside service was held Friday, May 15, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Georgia with the Reverend Jim Cowart officiating. Those wishing to honor Cliff’s memory may do so with a contribution to Harvest Church, 3322 US-41, Byron, GA 31008; Rehoboth Appalachian Ministries, 744 Lake Joy Rd, Warner Robins, GA 31088; or to your local food bank or food kitchen, such as Mulberry United ...

Rev. Gene Cariker

May 04, 2020
The Rev. Carl Eugene “Gene” Cariker Sr., 93, died April 26, 2020, at his home on St. Simons Island, Ga. He was born in Clayton, Texas, and grew up on a small farm in Gary, Texas. At age 16, he worked in the shipyard in Orange, Texas, before serving in the United States Army as a tank commander. While stationed at Fort Benning, he met Jane Wall of Columbus, Ga., at a USO dance. They were married in 1946, and had a wonderful marriage and partnership in ministry for their 60 years together. He ...

Mrs. Paige Dampier Moore

April 24, 2020
Paige was born in Adel, Georgia to Monsieur and Elma (Lindsey) Dampier. She is a 1958 graduate of Cook County High School, where she was the Salutatorian, Beta Club President, Editor of the Yearbook, and Homecoming Queen. She attended Georgia Southern University where she earned a B.S. in Home Economics Education. She received a Master of Christian Education from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in1962. She earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Georgia ...

Mrs. Juanita Wilder

April 19, 2020
In the evening of April 9, 2020, Juanita Wilder died and entered into God’s presence in the eternal place prepared for her. Her life was a living testimony of her faith in Christ. She was born on September 3, 1932, in Brantley County to Frank and Missouri Hale who along with her eight brothers and sisters have preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her first husband, Sgt. Lester Strickland, who died in a peacetime military accident involving the B-29 of which he was a flight ...

Rev. Don Warren

April 19, 2020
Lt. Colonel/Reverend Donald Charles Warren, age 87, born on Dec. 9, 1932, went to live in his Father’s house Sunday, March 22, 2020, after complications from pneumonia. Don is survived by his wife of nine years Nancy (Miller) Warren of Marietta, Ga., and Bonita Springs, Fla. He loved and cherished all of Nancy’s children and grandchildren as if they were his own. The younger grandchildren affectionately called him Papa or Papa Don. His beloved stepchildren and step-grandchildren are Kelli ...

Dr. Dwight D. Irons

April 06, 2020
Reverend Dr. Dwight David Irons, age 66, of Tennille, died on Friday, March 27, 2020, in the Washington County Regional Medical Center. A memorial service for Dr. Irons will be held at a date and time to be announced later. Dr. Irons was born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 20, 1954. He was the son of the late Edwin David Irons and the late Grace Dorothy Otton Irons. Dr. Irons was a retired Bishop of the Anglican Church of America. He was a graduate of Pawtucket Memorial Hospital School...

Rev. Ted Bass

April 06, 2020
Claude T. “Ted” Bass, 85, of Macon, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020. Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 2020, at Riverside United Methodist Church with the Reverends Dr. John Brown, Reverend Steve Keck, and Reverend Antonie Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204. Ted was born in Harlan County, Kentucky and grew up in West Point, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Art degree from ...

Rev. Dr. John Horton

March 16, 2020
The Reverend Dr. John Errell Horton, Jr., 82, former United Methodist Church pastor and beloved husband, father and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2020.  A celebration of life was held Friday, March 13, 2020, at Martha Bowman United Methodist Church with Dr. Bob Moon and Reverend Mark Magoni officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missions-Horton, South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 7227, Macon, GA 31209. A native ...

Rev. James Allen Brooks

March 16, 2020
The Reverend Mr. James Allen Brooks has received the desire of his heart, joining the Lord he loved and served as a United Methodist pastor in the South Georgia Conference for 35 years. He passed on from his home outside Nashville to his eternal home early on Saturday morning, March 7, 2020, after a brief illness, while in the care of his loving family. He was 23 days shy of his 90th birthday. He served part of his ministry as an Air Force chaplain, and retired from active ministry in 1995, when...

Rev. James D. Aycock, Jr.

March 16, 2020
The Rev. James D. Aycock, Jr., retired member of The South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at The Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon, GA. James was born in Vidalia, GA, on October 15, 1951, the second of four children born into the home of The Rev. and Mrs. J. David (Polly) Aycock, Sr., and has lived in multiple communities across South Georgia as a member of a pastor’s family. His homes have included locations in Uvalda, Sardis, ...

Rev Joe F. Stevens

March 01, 2020
Rev. Joe F. Stevens, Jr., 90, of Eastman, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at his residence in Eastman. A reception followed at Eastman First United Methodist Church. Rev. Stevens was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Newnan, Georgi, to the late Julia Stokes Stevens and Joe Frank Stevens, Sr. He was a retired Methodist minister serving churches in both north and south Georgia, most recently serving the Elko Charge; Elko UMC, Snow UMC, and ...

Mrs. Helen Rogers

February 17, 2020
Helen Claire Smith Rogers, beloved wife of Sam, passed to be with her Lord on Monday morning, February 10th, 2020. Helen was born in Douglas, Georgia on February 6th, 1937 to Frances Gertrude Wester Smith and Chester Morgan Smith, Sr. She grew up all over Georgia . . . 11 different towns, from as far north as Cartersville to down on the Florida line. . . but always vacationed and summered in the Smith home at Abbeville, Wilcox County, Georgia. Helen married Reverend Samuel Gordon Rogers, III of ...

Mrs. Belle Cochran

January 06, 2020
Belle Cochran, 97, died December 17, 2019. A native of Ashburn, Ga., she was a daughter of the late Lois Helms and Claude Lindsey Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. W. E. Cochran; daughter, Patricia C. Mount; son, Andy Cochran; son-in-law, Blake Hardigree; and four siblings. As the wife of a minister, she and Rev. Cochran served several churches in the North and South Georgia Conferences of The United Methodist Church for many years. She was currently a member of Ashford ...

Mrs. Shirley Pike (Turner) Darden

December 15, 2019
Shirley Pike (Turner) Darden died peacefully at her home on November 21, 2019, having two days earlier celebrated her 80th birthday. Shirley was born in LaGrange, Ga. to Andrew Howard and Lillie Mae Pike. She married John Kenneth Turner in 1959 and they had two children, Elizabeth Hope, Savannah, Ga.; and Jonathan Scott Turner, Savannah, Ga. She was a loving wife and mother and shared the ministry of The United Methodist Church with her former husband before his death in 1993. She was blessed ...

Mrs. Ruth Bray Brown

November 18, 2019
Mrs. Ruth Bray Brown passed away at home in Statesboro, Georgia at the age of 86, on November 7, after an extended illness. Mrs. Ruth Brown was born in Johnson County, Georgia, daughter of the late C. Ostelle Bray and the late Louise Young Bray. She attended Georgia Southern College where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Education; she taught fifth, first and kindergarten. She completed her 31-year teaching career in Long County, teaching kindergarten after serving several school ...

Rev. Ruben Vance Riggins

November 18, 2019
Reverend Ruben Vance Riggins, age 69, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Oct. 26, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. His life is celebrated by his wife, Vicky Melton Riggins, and their children, Reuben Grady Riggins (and Ashley Sears), Jonathan Ross Riggins, and Mary Hannah Riggins Samples (and Justin Samples), and grandson, Benjamin Samples. Vance was in the first graduating class of Flint River Academy in 1968. He graduated from Auburn University in 1973 with a ...

Rev. Edward Cadle

September 15, 2019
Rev. Edward Cadle, 96, passed away Sept. 12, 2019, at his residence after a long illness, joining his wife of 74 years in heaven with Jesus, which is where he longed to be. The Hepzibah, Ga. native was a member of Garden City United Methodist Church where he taught the Barrett-Cadle Sunday School Class for many years. He was a Methodist minister for 40 years before founding Mission on the Move.  He also served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Eve ...

Rev. Sanford Brown

September 15, 2019
Reverend Sanford V. Brown, Sr., of Savannah, passed away Sept. 4, 2019, in Columbus. Sanford was born October 31, 1927, in Hartwell, Ga. to William Howard Brown, Sr. and Lois Cook Brown. Number eight of 13 children, Sanford was raised on a dairy farm near Dawson, Ga. He graduated from Sasser High School. He attended Young Harris College and graduated from Georgia Teachers College (now Georgia Southern University) and Emory University Candler School of Theology. Rev. Brown served as a United ...

Rev. Joe Leatherwood

September 02, 2019
Chaplain George “Joe” Joseph Leatherwood, Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army Retired) passed away Monday, August 12, 2019, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Joe was born August 2, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio to the late George E. and Faye Jones Leatherwood. He received his Bachelor in Theology from Ohio Christian University and received his Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Joe was a retired Chaplain for the United States Army with over 22 years of ...

Mrs. Inez Cadle

August 05, 2019
Inez Cadle, 98, passed away July 31, 2019 at her residence after a long illness. The Toccoa, Ga. native was a member of Garden City United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in the ministry of her husband, Rev. Edward Cadle. She was an x-ray and lab technician during World War II. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur & Mamie Davis; sisters, Rosie (Harris) McKenzie and Ann (Jack) Irvin; brother, J.A. Davis; and grandchildren, Nicholas Cadle, Misty Bridgeforth, and Shane Cadle. ...

Mrs. Velma Foster

July 08, 2019
Velma Weismiller Foster, age 92, entered into rest Saturday June 29, 2019. A native of St. Johns, Michigan, she was born January 30, 1927, to the late Wesley Weismiller and the late Laura Nettie Sperry Weismiller. Velma graduated from Asbury College and married the late Rev. J. Ralph Foster. Together they served many churches across the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church for 45 years. After Pastor Foster’s death, “Miss Velma” moved to Cobb County where she was a member of ...

Frank LaPrade Padgett

June 09, 2019
The Rev. Dr. Frank LaPrade Padgett was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents the Rev. Dr. Robert T. Padgett and Samie Bowman Padgett. He was survived by his wife of 24 years, Allison Hancock Padgett; three children: William Robert Padgett (April), Justin Satterfield Padgett (Mairi), and Heather Barkley Padgett Futch; one stepson, Steven Gentile (Solvig); five grandchildren; and a sister, Therese Padgett. Frank was born into a loving Methodist parsonage and named for his father’s first two ...

Mrs. Tobye R. Watkins

June 09, 2019
Tobye Ruth Bindes Watkins, 68, of Savannah, Georgia and wife of the Reverend Dr. Samuel William Watkins, died Friday morning, May 31, 2019, at Hospice Savannah. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Louis Lloyd Bindes and the late Sarah Edith Rosner Bindes. Tobye was a founding member of Temple Oseh Shalom in Bluffton, South Carolina. She was a retired registered nurse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Harris Markowitz. Surviving ...

Tom Pruette

June 09, 2019
Thomas Newton Pruette, Jr., 81, of Quitman, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at South Georgia Medical Center. Graveside rites, with military honors, were held Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Westview Cemetery with the United States Honor Guard Chaplain officiating. The United States Army Honor Guard served as casketbearers. Honorary casketbearers were members of the Azalea Masonic Lodge #716 of Valdosta. Born April 14, 1937, in Valdosta, he was the son of the late Thomas Newton Pruette, Sr. and Edna ...

Mrs. Elia Dorsey

May 06, 2019
Beloved by family and friends, Elia Josephine Lilley Dorsey died peacefully, surrounded by family, on the morning of May 2, 2019, at the Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta, Georgia. She was 89. The daughter of Glenn Newman and Elma Barnes Lilley, Elia was born on November 26, 1929, in Gatesville, North Carolina. Along with her three brothers and one sister, Elia grew up working on the family farm which had been managed by her family for multiple generations. It was in the coastal region of ...

Mrs. Betty Ann Driggers

May 01, 2019
Mrs. Betty Ann Flowers Driggers, 78, of Tifton, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Services were held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in the Chapel of Albritton Funeral Directors with Brad Padgett, grandson, and the Rev. Joseph Carter officiating. Mrs. Driggers was laid to rest at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews serving as pallbearers were Matthew Driggers, Philip Hankins, Greg Williams, Clint Flowers, Doug ...

Rev. Jim McLendon

May 01, 2019
Brother Jim McLendon, age 86, of Homer, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Brother Jim was born on April 25, 1932, in Columbus, Georgia; a son of the late James Jesse and Katherine Hammond McLendon. He was also preceded in death by his son, Mike McLendon and brother, Ed Sanderlin. Brother McLendon was a member of Homer United Methodist Church. He served in the South Georgia United Methodist Conference for 40 years in the following churches: in Rebecca at Rebecca Charge UMC, ...

Thomas Daniel Sattler

April 15, 2019
Thomas “Tom” Daniel Sattler died at his home at 2:22 p.m. at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Georgia, on April 6, 2019, under the care of Hospice of Tiftarea. Thomas Daniel Sattler was born September 22, 1954, in Washington, D.C. to Frank Charles Sattler and Mary Louise Noto Sattler of Italian descent from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He grew up attending the Roman Catholic Church and Christian School at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna, Virginia. In his spare time, Tom loved playing ball on ...

Mrs. Betty Freeman

March 18, 2019
After a well fought battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, Betty Ruth Sellers Freeman, age 89, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Tennille United Methodist Church. Reverend Randall Smith and Mr. Scott Fuss officiated. Betty was the seventh of eight children born to the late Walter Simeon Sellers and the late Emma Kathleen Moore Sellers in Waycross, Georgia. On June 26, 1946, she married Ramus Guy Freeman. Betty was a ...

Mrs. Betty Swearingen Hurdle

March 04, 2019
Betty Swearingen Hurdle, 89, of Macon, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. The Reverend Matt Woodberry and the Reverend Tommy Perkins will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall. The daughter of the late Rufus Darley and Carrie L. Swearingen, Mrs. Hurdle was a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve. She was a teacher at Mount de ...

Rev. Bill Berry

February 03, 2019
Reverend William Earl “Bill” Berry, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord on January 22, 2019. He was born to the late Evelyn Sheppard and Luther Hartzel Berry. Bill grew up in Graniteville, SC and at the age of 9 came to live with his legal guardians Lucy and Reginald West. He resided in their home until he graduated from Leavelle McCampbell High School and joined the United States Navy. While on leave at the age of 23, he attended a church ...

Col. Thomas Jere “Jere” Cater

January 20, 2019
Colonel Thomas Jere “Jere” Cater, Sr., USAF (Ret.), died Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL. He was 72. Col. Cater was born in Macon, GA, the only child of Thomas Johnson Cater, Jr., and Hedvig Linnea Elisabeth Swanson Cater, both of Warner Robins. He was Salutatorian of the Class of 1964 at Warner Robins High School. While attending Georgia Institute of Technology on an Air Force scholarship, he worshiped regularly at St. Mark United Methodist Church in downtown ...

Mr. Carlton Rainge

January 20, 2019
Deacon Carlton Rainge, age 67, of Blackshear, Ga., passed away Sunday night, January 6, 2019, at the Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla., following a brief illness. His loved ones were by his bedside. He was born August 3, 1951, to the late Daniel Lee Sr. and Martha Fisher Rainge. He attended the Nahunta Elementary School System and then Center High School in Waycross before returning to Brantley County High School where he graduated in 1969. After high school, he matriculated at ...

Rev. William Edward Ratcliffe

January 20, 2019
William Edward Ratcliffe, 70, of Brunswick, departed this life Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Southeast Georgia Health Systems. Born September 22, 1948, in Brunswick, Georgia, he was a 1966 graduate of Glynn Academy and attended Brunswick Junior College, Georgia Southern, South Georgia College, The Jewelers Institute of America, and Emory Candler School of Theology Course of Study. He was a living donor recipient and was the recipient of two kidney transplants. He had a tremendous love of ...

Rev. Dr. Denton Roscoe Parker

January 07, 2019
Rev. Dr. D.R. Parker was born on June 13, 1932, and passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. Rev. Dr. Parker was a resident of Twin City, Georgia at the time of passing. He had served as pastor for the Stillmore United Methodist Church and was a United States Navy veteran. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Tomlinson Funeral Home with Dr. James M. Ford, Rev. Russ Lowe, and Rev. Ros Parker officiating. Interment followed in the Stillmore City Cemetery with military honors. ...

Mrs. Billie Joyce Cole Parrish

December 17, 2018
Billie Joyce Cole Parrish passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, November 24, 2018. She was the youngest of five sisters born to the late James Wesley Cole and late Linnie Lee Meeks Cole of Nichols, GA (Coffee County). On April 16, 1949, she married her beloved husband of 66 years, the late Reverend Walter Guy Parrish, Jr. Mrs. Parrish is survived by their two sons, James Walter Parrish, Sr. (Nancy) and William “Bill” Guy Parrish (Pam); two grandsons, James Walter Parrish, Jr., and William...

Rev. Richard G. Aultman

November 12, 2018
Rev. Richard G. Aultman, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Byron United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Carruth officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery. Born in Byron to the late Calder Gresham Aultman Sr. and Helen Gassett Aultman, Rev. Aultman served in Germany while serving in the United States Army. He became an ordained Methodist minister with the South Georgia Conference in 1967 and honored the Lord with his service for 31 years. After ...

Mrs. Ruth Holland Glisson Sheppard

November 04, 2018
Ruth Holland Glisson Sheppard, 88, entered into rest Thursday, October 18, 2018. She was born in Girard to the late Ella Mae Miller and Joseph Marvin Holland, Sr. She worked at Sardis Manufacturing Company for many years. She was a member of Paine’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Jenkins County and Bethel Brick Church. Ruth was a piano player and singer for many churches throughout the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. She also played for the Singing Saints of St. John ...

Mrs. Karen Johnson

October 01, 2018
Karen Toms Johnson, age 66, of Pine Mountain, Ga., died peacefully at home on Sept. 13, 2018, of bvFTD (Fronto-Temporal Dementia, behavioral variant). Born in Miami, Fla., Karen was the daughter of Ronald M. Toms and Verna Cogan Toms. Karen Johnson was a graduate of Tucker High School 1970, and The University of Georgia (Phi Beta Kappa) 1974, receiving a B.F.A. with a concentration in jewelry and ceramics. She later earned a M.S. in International Relations in Political Science and a Six Year ...

Rev. Lewis Wallace Strickland

October 01, 2018
Rev. Lewis Wallace Strickland, age 86, of Locust Grove, Ga., passed away September 17, 2018. Rev. Strickland was born in Taylors Creek, Ga., the son of the late Bessie Ashmore Strickland and Thaddeus Olin Strickland. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Leonora Mizelle. He served his country in the U.S. Army for two years and the Army Reserves for seven. He attended Georgia Teachers College which is now Georgia Southern College and received his teaching certificate before going on to ...

Mrs. Betty Frances Gilbert

September 17, 2018
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Betty Frances Hagan Gilbert (widow of the Rev. Emory C. Gilbert Sr.), loving wife and mother of two, passed away at the age of 89. She was born in Savannah, Georgia to Frank A. Hagan and Frances Oree Hunter Hagan on January 13, 1929. Mrs. Gilbert attended schools in Titusville, Florida and graduated high school from Savannah High in 1946. She worked for seven years at the Citizens & Southern Bank in Savannah before marrying the Rev. Emory Carter Gilbert on June 8,...

Rev. Harold Tucker

September 04, 2018
Reverend Harold Tucker, age 91, of the South Thompson Community, died Thursday, August 30, 2018, in Meadows Health and Rehabilitation in Vidalia, after an extended illness. He was born in Alapaha in Berrien County, where he grew up, and lived there until serving in the U.S. Navy. He was called to the ministry in 1951 and served numerous churches in South Georgia.  The first church he pastored was Leila-Weeks Chapel United Methodist Church in Ty Ty, several years at the First United Methodist ...

Rev. Jerry Turner Lott

August 20, 2018
Rev. Jerry Turner Lott, 74, of Candler County and husband of Shirley Collins Lott, went home to be with the Lord after spending his life loving Jesus and his family. He passed away on August 10, 2018, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Born in Metter on April 15, 1944, he was a son of Gladys Turner Lott and Johnnie James Lott. Mr. Lott was a graduate of Metter High School, class of 1962, and later graduated Magna Cum Laude...

Mrs. Myrtice P. Lancaster

August 08, 2018
Myrtice P. Lancaster, 97, of Box Springs, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at her residence. A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Joy Wilson officiating. Mrs. Lancaster was born November 17, 1920, in Abbeville, Ala., to David and Laura Gilbert Parker. She was a dedicated pastor’s wife and all of her adult life was spent serving The United Methodist Church alongside her husband, Rev. Clyde Lancaster, who...

Rev. Dale Hughes Thornton

July 09, 2018
Reverend Dale Hughes Thornton died unexpectedly at his home in Hinesville, Georgia on July 6, 2018. Dale is survived by his wife and best friend, Marlene Nettles Thornton. Reverend Thornton was born on December 25, 1954, at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. He grew up in Savannah and graduated from Armstrong State College in 1976 with a BS in Music education and a BA in Music Performance specializing in organ. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory ...

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