Prepare the way
FROM THE BISHOP  R. LAWSON BRYAN “Prepare the way of the Lord” is the great rallying cry of the Advent season. The prophet Isaiah gives a vivid description of that preparation: ...
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In the Heart of the Connection Rev. Dr. Matt Woodbery, Director of Connectional Ministries   “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with ...
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William Homer “Billy” McCoy

December 04, 2017
William Homer “Billy” McCoy, 75, of Moultrie, GA, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Grantham and the Rev. Robert McCoy, Jr. officiating. Born Nov. 1, 1942, in Waycross, he was the son of the late John F. McCoy, Sr. and Margaret Brasington McCoy Dethman. Mr. McCoy was a United States Army veteran and retired from Newton County as a school teacher. He was the preacher at Lenox ...

Rev. Bennie Dowdy

November 20, 2017
Funeral services for Rev. William Benjamin Dowdy of Cordele were held Friday, November 17, 2017, in the chapel of Rainey Family Funeral Services. A committal service followed in Midway Church Cemetery.  Benny, as he was affectionately known, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Cordele and was the son of the late Tarlton Dowdy and Emma Statham Dowdy. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Arlette Wheeler, and a granddaughter, Alicia Stewart. A retired ...

Mrs. Emily Parker

November 06, 2017
Emily Elizabeth Britton Parker, 92, of Macon, Georgia, went to her eternal home early Thursday morning, November 2, 2017, at McKendree Village in Hermitage, Tennessee. Emily was married to Pledger W. Parker, a retired United Methodist minister and member of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. They were married for 67 years prior to his death in 2014. Emily was born on June 21, 1925, to Charles and Eleanor Britton, Jr., in Atlanta, Georgia. She was preceded in death by ...

Mrs. Esther Boggs

November 06, 2017
Mrs. Esther Elizabeth Williams Boggs, age 73, of George Williams Road, Louisville, died Thursday morning, October 26, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services were held Monday, October 30, 2017, in the Louisville United Methodist Church with Rev. David Boggs and Rev. Peter Vermeulen officiating. Burial followed in the Burke Memorial Gardens, Waynesboro, GA. Pallbearers were Larry Rhodes, Joe Cheeks, Roger Burge, Chip Evans, Bill Hattaway and Chris Perry. Honorary pallbearers were the pastors of...

Rev. Dr. Billy Key

September 05, 2017
Rev. Dr. William R. (Billy) Key died on Aug. 27, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mildred (Sunshine) Key and their five children, Brenda Adams (Don) of Dublin, Danny Key (Kris) of Augusta, Todd Key (Janice) of Barney, Scott Key of Dublin, and Betsy Moran (Keith) of Dublin. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Billy is survived by his brother, Rev. Dr. Jack Key of Dublin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris Denton Key and Bertha Leila Key of Adrian; his ...

Rev. Helen Berenthien

September 05, 2017
Reverend Helen Berenthien, 86, of Columbus, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at her home. A memorial service was held September 2, 2017, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Beckum officiating. Rev. Berenthien was born Sept. 3, 1930, in Savannah, daughter of the late Theodor Christian Berenthien and Marian Stubbs Berenthien. She graduated from A.L. Miller High School in Macon in 1948 where she was valedictorian. Rev. Berenthien graduated from Del Mar Junior College in Corpus ...

Rev. Mike Benson

August 21, 2017
The Rev. C. Mike Benson, 62, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9, after a long battle with cancer. A native of Forsyth, Ga., and a graduate of Mercer University, Rev. Benson worked as a civil servant at Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins before entering seminary at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta. He was ordained as a deacon in The United Methodist Church in 1993, received his Master of Theology degree in 1994, and was ordained an elder in 1997. Throughout his ...

Mrs. Clarice Robertson

July 24, 2017
Emmie Clarice Atkins Robertson, 91, of St. Simons Island, Ga. and formerly of Valdosta, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Langdale Hospice House. She was born in Cuthbert, Ga. on Sept. 25, 1925, to the late Clarence and Emmie Thomas Atkins. Mrs. Robertson was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica on St. Simons Island. Clarice Robertson’s whole life was that of dedication to others. She was born into a Methodist family in Cuthbert. Educated in two Methodist colleges, Andrew...

Rev. Dr. G. Ross Freeman

July 10, 2017
The Rev. Dr. G. Ross Freeman, age 93, of Conyers, died Monday, July 3, 2017, at The Magnolias assisted living facility following an extended illness. A Service of Committal for the family was held on Friday, July 7. The Reverend Randall Smith and Pastor Stephen Posey, Jr. officiated. Pallbearers were the grandsons. A Memorial Service followed at Statesboro First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jimmy Cason officiating. Dr. Freeman was born in Stillmore to Lester and Ollie Ross Freeman....

Rev. Mabel Waye

May 15, 2017
Rev. Mabel Waye, 71, of Woodbine (Kinlaw community) passed away peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick. Rev. Waye was born May 13, 1946, to Willie and Ruthie Walthour, who both preceded her in death. She was married to Napolean Waye Sr., who also preceded her in death. Rev. Waye attended the public schools in Yulee, Fla. She served for many years at Carnegie United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and president of the choir. Later, she became ...

Mr. Joel Bennett Avera

May 01, 2017
Joel Bennett Avera, 56, entered into eternal rest, joining his heavenly father on Monday April 17, 2017. A celebration of Joel’s life was held Thursday April 20, 2017, at Corinth United Methodist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Wesley Croley, Wally Croley, Wade Croley, Ric Croley, D.J. Croley, and Jonathan Wright. Born in Atlanta, Ga., to the late Bennett and Shirley Avera of Wrens, Ga., Joel was an engineer draftsman for over 40 years. His love for the Lord ...

Mrs. Laren Gail Reincheld

May 01, 2017
Mrs. Reincheld was born on April 22, 1946, and passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Mrs Reincheld was a resident of Brunswick, Georgia at the time of passing.

Mrs. Frances Ramsey

April 03, 2017
Frances Smith Ramsey, 89, of Columbus, Georgia died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Gentiva Hospice. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 2, 2017, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Macon on Monday, April 3. Rev. Robert Beckum, Rev. Keith Goodlett, and Rev. Cindy Garrard officiated. Mrs. Ramsey was born June 16, 1927, in Macon, GA, the daughter of Charles and Walton Wigins Smith. She graduated from Miller High School in Macon and from Wesleyan College ...

Mrs. Jane Inman Shirah

April 03, 2017
Jane Inman Shirah died on March 21, 2017. She was the daughter of Benjamin Stinson Inman and Pearl McDonald Inman. Born in Thomasville, Georgia, she was educated in the Thomasville public schools. She attended the University of Georgia, Florida State University, and graduated from Valdosta State University. For 65 years she was married to Dr. A. Jason Shirah, a minister in The United Methodist Church, serving alongside him in ways that endeared her to congregations wherever they went. She was a...

Rev. Joe L. Reynolds

April 03, 2017
Reverend Joe L. Reynolds, 80, of Oakfield, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 in the chapel of Hall and Hall Funeral Home. Rev. Robin Chaplin officiated and interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery with military honors. Born May 22, 1936, Rev. Reynolds was the son of the late Joseph Stephen Reynolds and Berta Lou Evarson. He served his country in the United States Navy Seebees and retired as a police ...

Rev. Ramus Guy Freeman

April 03, 2017
Reverend Ramus Guy Freeman, age 89, of Tennille, went to his heavenly home, Sunday, March 26, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 30 at Tennille United Methodist Church with burial in Zeta Cemetery in Tennille. Reverend Dr. George Freeman and Reverend Randall Smith officiated. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Brandon Freeman, Jim Freeman, Scott Freeman, Will Freeman, Charlie Watson, and John Watson. Reverend Freeman was a native of ...

B. Morris Johnson

March 06, 2017
B. Morris Johnson, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at The Cove at Brookdale Charlotte East in Charlotte, NC after a brief illness. Mr. Johnson was a native of Waycross, GA, born on March 7, 1924, to the late W. Ellis Johnson and Fanny Lou Johnson. He retired from the Waycross Journal Herald newspaper in 1989 after over 50 years of employment broken only by his service to his county from 1942 to 1946 when he was enlisted in the Navy during WWII. He began his work at the paper in 1937 by ...

Mrs. Mary Osborn

March 06, 2017
Mary Osborn, age 74, of Broxton, GA passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at her residence following an extended illness. Mrs. Osborn was born on October 16, 1942, in Springfield, IL to the late Harold Knudson and Juanita Buckman Knudson. Survivors include: her husband, Rev. Jim Osborn of Broxton, GA; two daughters, Sarah Paulk of Douglas, GA and Tracy (Kyle) Lott of West Green, GA; five grandchildren, Alexis Lott, Harrison Lott, Walton Lott, Jadyn Guthrie, and Ella Paulk; sister, Carol Tinsley ...

Mrs. Myrna Roberts

January 23, 2017
Myrna Eidson Roberts, 80, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Myrna grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Grady High School and later from LaGrange College. Myrna met her husband, Larry B. Roberts, at LaGrange College. Larry is a retired United Methodist minister. During their ministry, they served faithfully at numerous churches across South Georgia. Myrna worked most of her life as a teacher and bookkeeper. She is survived by her husband, Larry; her three children, Denise (Mike) Wilson, ...

Mrs. Ophelia Ray

January 09, 2017
Mrs. Ray was born on May 6, 1943, and passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016. Mrs. Ray was a resident of Americus, Georgia at the time of her passing. She was married to Rodger Sr. (Rev. Randall Ray). A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Mattie Marshall Alzheimer Center c/o Magnolia Manor 2001 S. Lee St.; Americus GA 31709.

Mrs. Penny Hudson

January 09, 2017
Mrs. Penny Hudson, age 82, died Thursday morning, Jan. 5 at her residence following a short illness. She was born in Fitzgerald, Ga., and was a graduate of Fitzgerald High School and Georgia Southern College. Penny was a lifelong educator who retired after 40 years of service to the education profession. She had a true passion for helping and supporting her students. Penny was an excellent role model and made a huge impact on many children throughout her career. Penny was a dedicated member of...

Rev. Herman Allen Howell

January 09, 2017
Rev. Herman Allen Howell died Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Golden Crest Assisted Living in Stockbridge, Ga. A graveside service was held Monday, January 2 at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Randy Roberts will be officiating. Military Honors will be performed after the service. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday January 1, 2017 from 3-5PM at Kimbrell-Stern. Rev. Howell was a native of Young Harris, GA and was a United States WWII Army Veteran who served as a scout and personal...

Rev. James Randell Daniell

January 09, 2017
Rev. James Randell Daniell, 71, of Tifton, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany. Funeral services were held Monday, December 19, 2016, at Albritton Funeral Directors chapel with Rev. Joseph Carter, Rev. Ronnie Howell, Mr. Bobby Roberts and Rev. Graton Helms officiating. Interment was at Union Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Colquitt, Georgia. Rev. Daniell was born on September 12, 1945 in Colquitt to the late Murphy and Clyde Middleton Daniell. He ...

Mrs. Emma Dell Hendley Brooks

November 21, 2016
Mrs. Emma Dell Hendley Brooks, 80, of Nashville passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at home following a long illness. In accordance with Mrs. Brooks’ wishes, she will be cremated and laid to rest at a later date at Westview Cemetery in Nashville.  Born July 27, 1936, in Berrien County, Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of the late June F. Hendley and Bessie Belle Sutton Hendley. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bud Hendley. She was a school teacher by profession in the state of Georgia and...

Rev. Ronald Joseph Burbank

November 21, 2016
Rev. Ronald Joseph Burbank, 73, of Blackshear, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House. Born in Albany, NY on Nov. 30, 1942, he had lived in Waycross for several years before moving to Pierce County 16 years ago. Bro. Ronald was retired from the U.S. Army and had been a Methodist pastor for many years. Some of the area churches he had the privilege to pastor were Jamestown United Methodist Church in Jamestown, Hopewell United Methodist Church and Crosby...

Mrs. Jeanette Bittner

November 07, 2016
Mrs. Jeanette Bittner, 93, of Poulan went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 17, 2016.  The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Poulan United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Poulan Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Holt officiated.  Mrs. Bittner was born on December 31, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Adrian and Dena Snell VanderGiessen. She was a retired school teacher who loved to draw and spend time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Bittner ...

Mrs. Jessie F. Mathis

November 07, 2016
Jessie F. Mathis, age 70, of Rebecca, died at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton Thursday, October 20, 2016. She was born August 28, 1946, in West Palm Beach, FL, to the late Norman Warner Bell and Frances Jordan Bell. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed. She was a member of Desoto United Methodist Church.  A memorial service was held on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the Martha McDonald Moore Chapel at Magnolia Manor in Americus. Rev. Eddie Braswell and ...

Rev. Annie Louise Johnson

November 07, 2016
Rev. Annie Louise Johnson, 94, died September 15, 2016, at the Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mint Hill, NC after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 18, 2016, at First United Methodist Church Waycross, GA with Rev. Barry Giddens officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. Family visitation were held immediately prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers were her four grandsons and two grandson-in-laws. Rev. Johnson was a native of Sandy ...

Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Drake Aultman

October 17, 2016
Patricia “Pat” Drake Aultman passed away October 12, 2016. She is “Heaven Bound” because Jesus Christ became her Savior and Lord many years ago. Services were held on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at Byron United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Carruth officiating.  Pat was born March 24, 1931, in Atlanta to the late Arthur L. and Thelma S. Drake. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and was employed by Graybar Electric Company for 18 years, serving as teller, head bookkeeper, and assistant to ...

Rev. Dr. Max Hill

August 15, 2016
Reverend Dr. Max Hill, age 87, of Lyons, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, after an extended illness. He was a native of Albany and was a 1946 graduate of Albany High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Southern, Master’s Degree in Theology from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a PhD in Ministry and Theology from Luther Rice Seminary. He began his ministry in 1954 at Morningside Methodist Church in Albany. Later, in ...

Rev. James “Gaston” Pollock

August 15, 2016
Rev. James “Gaston” Pollock, 85, of Columbus, Ga., died Wednesday August 10, 2016, at Columbus Hospice House. Funeral services were Saturday, August 13, 2016, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Beckum officiating, assisted by Rev. Dick Reese and Rev. Charles Cox. A private burial was held at Parkhill Cemetery. A reception and family visitation were held immediately following the service at the church. Honorary pallbearers were his fellow members of the New Beginnings Sunday ...

Mrs. Carol Wood Mathis

August 01, 2016
On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Carol Wood Mathis walked into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was 80 years old. Born in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 1935, Carol was born one of seven children to the late Rev. M.J. Wood and Mary Willis McDonald Wood. In the summer of 1958, she married the true love of her life, Rev. Dr. Vance B. Mathis, and together they raised three loving daughters to know and follow Christ. Mrs. Mathis had a deep passion for teaching and ...

Mrs. Betty Oliver

July 05, 2016
Mrs. Betty Hayes Oliver, age 85, of Victory Drive, Waynesboro, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in the Burke Medical Center. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in the First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro with Rev. Sam Wilder and Craig Hutto officiating. Family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the Magnolia Cemetery, Waynesboro, GA. Pallbearers were Woody Hayes, Randy Hayes, Alan Williams, Adam Crews, Clint Davis, and Brantley ...

Rev. Bernard K. Henry, Sr.

May 23, 2016
Services for Bernard K. Henry, Sr., age 88, of Dublin, were held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Dexter United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Dublin Memorial Gardens. Rev. Danny “Sam” Collins, Dr. Joel Dent, Rev. Wes Moye, and Dr. Rick Lanford officiated. Rev. Henry died Friday, May 6, 2016. Rev. Henry began his ministry as the pastor of the Lincoln County Circuit of Methodist Churches in 1951. He served Dexter United Methodist Church from 1990 until 2015. Throughout his life, he tried every ...

Rev. Samuel Clark, Jr.

May 23, 2016
Rev. Samuel Matthias Clark, Jr., 83, of Rabun Gap, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Habersham County Medical Center. He was born in Gainesville, GA on September 28, 1932, and was the son of the late Samuel Matthias Clark, Sr. and Mildred Palmour Clark. Rev. Clark is survived by his loving wife, Betty Claire Manning Clark; one son, David Michael Clark of Portland, OR; a sister, India Clark Benton of Burlington, NC; two nieces, Allison Goss of Albuquerque, NM, and Becky Benton of ...

Rev. Edwin Bryan O’Neil

April 18, 2016
Rev. Edwin Bryan O’Neil, 84, of Quitman, passed away on April 10, 2016, at Rush Hospital.  Rev. O’Neil was a 1950 graduate of Pachuta High School. He was a graduate of Chandler Theological Seminary at Emory University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served with Honor in the Korean Conflict. He entered into The United Methodist Church ministry in 1961. Rev. O’Neil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janelle Ann O’Neil; sons, Bryan (Barbara) O’Neil and Eric (Sandra) O’Neil; ...

Rev. Donald J. Welch

February 01, 2016
Donald James Welch peacefully entered into Eternal Rest on Jan. 22, 2016, after a life well lived for over 84 years.  Born in Ashland, Kentucky on April 9, 1931, to John and Mary Welch, Don was the sixth of their eight children. He was educated in the public schools of Ashland before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University.  After returning to Kentucky in 1954, Don was ordained as a Methodist minister. He ...

Mrs. Janis Kenney

January 18, 2016
Janis Celeste Roberson Kenney, 77, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, after a lifetime of service to others in education and in ministry. She was born in Appling County, Ga., and raised in Glynn County/Brunswick, Ga. Mrs. Kenney graduated with honors from Glynn Academy High School in 1956. She earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Georgia in 1960 with a specialty in mathematics. During the summer of 1959, Mrs. Kenney took part in a missions trip to Camaguey, Cuba. ...

Mrs. Mabel Burns Harris

January 04, 2016
Mabel Velma Burns Harris, 85, died Dec. 29, 2015. A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Dr. Baxter Hurley and Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford officiated. Donations may be made to Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1217 Forest Hills Road, Macon, GA 31210 or Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210.  Mrs. Harris was born in Malvern, Ohio to the late Berlin and Mabel Velma Cunningham Burns. She was a teacher, retiring ...

Rev. Emory Carter Gilbert, Sr.

January 04, 2016
Rev. Emory Carter Gilbert, Sr., 89, of Columbus, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2016, at his residence. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Beckum, Dr. Steve Rumford, Rev. Dick Reese, Rev. Mike McAfee, and Rev. Mark Sasser officiating. A private burial will be in Parkhill Cemetery. The family will have a visitation and reception in Stockwell Hall of St. Luke United Methodist Church after the funeral service. Rev. Gilbert was born...

Rev. William E. McTier, Jr.

January 04, 2016
Rev. William E. McTier, Jr., 81, of Nashville, Ga., died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at his home after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s Disease. A native of Columbus, Ga., Rev. McTier has served in his ministry in South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. His pastorates have included a four-church circuit, Leary, and churches in Savannah, Macon and Columbus, Associate Director and the Director of the South Georgia Conference Council on Ministries and District Superintendent. He has...

Mrs. Ruth Whiting Culbreth

December 21, 2015
Funeral services for Ruth Whiting Culbreth, 84, of Cairo, were held on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at First United Methodist Church of Cairo. Rev. Whit Byram officiated. Private interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo. Mrs. Culbreth passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Mrs. Culbreth was born on June 24, 1931, in Camilla, Ga. She was one of nine children born to the late Julian Deming Whiting and Helen Kathleeen Acree Whiting. She was an honor ...

Rev. Joel Barrett, Jr.

December 21, 2015
Rev. Joel Barrett, Jr. passed away Aug. 20, 2015, in Reno, Nevada. Joel was cremated, and there will be two memorial services. The first service is on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, 305 NW Rocky Springs Church Rd., Madison FL 32340. Rev. Alan Barrett, Rev. Richard A. Petry, and Rev. Michael Halley will officiate.  The second service is on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at Sparks United Methodist Church, 205 S Goodman Street, Sparks, GA. 31647. Rev. Alan ...

Rev. Edward Cecil Felts Sr.

December 07, 2015
The Rev. Edward Cecil Felts Sr., 79, of Tifton, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at his residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 21 at Omega United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Griffin, the Rev. Walter Powell, and the Rev. Danita Poston Knowles officiating. Interment followed at Omega Cemetery. Rev. Felts was born Sept. 24, 1936, in Ellenton to the late Edward Lee and Arrie Elizabeth Powell Felts. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Sudie Spradley and Ann Rentz. He ...

Mrs. Ruthanne Shockley Key

September 08, 2015
A celebration of life memorial service for Ruthanne Shockley Key, age 89, was held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at First United Methodist Church, Dublin. Georgia. Ruthanne passed from this life on Aug. 25, 2015. Her final resting place will be at Evergreen United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Key was born on March 5, 1926 in Indiana. She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., where she met her beloved husband, Rev. Jack Key. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in December 2014. ...

Rev. Julian Lester Tucker, Sr.

August 17, 2015
Rev. Julian Lester Tucker, Sr., 83, of Jesup, Ga., passed away at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, after an extended illness. The Duval County, Fla. native had lived in the South Georgia area most of his life and was the youngest of five sons born to the late John Clifford and Beulah Smith Tucker. He was the first boy in Georgia to become the National Winner in Forestry for the 4H Club with his discovery using chemical stimulants to increase the gum yield from...

Mrs. Bobbie Brown

August 03, 2015
Bobbie Hilda Vaughan Brown, 83, of Savannah, Ga., passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Hospice Savannah with her family at her side. She was born March 27, 1932, in Mt. Vernon, Ga. and spent her childhood in Metter. She was the daughter of the late Robert Vaughan and Hilda Powell Vaughan. Bobbie earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She was an elementary school teacher for 21 years, retiring from teaching in Savannah in 1994. Bobbie was a pastor’s wife for over ...

Rev. James Hughes

July 20, 2015
James Hughes, of Dalton, GA, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015, after an extended illness. James was born in Macon, GA, to John Dee Pinson and Laura Pauline Mott Hughes. He was the youngest of eight children and the identical twin of John Dee Hughes. He is preceded in death by his parents, his six sisters and his oldest son, James Pinson Hughes, Jr. Survivors include: His devoted wife of 59 years, Jo Wright Hughes, sons and daughters-in-law, James and Anne Hughes of Cornelia, GA, Jerry and...

Rev. Judy White

July 20, 2015
The Rev. Judy White, 94, of Tifton, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, in the chapel of Albritton Funeral Directors with the Rev. V.L. Daughtery officiating and Kenneth Smith delivering the eulogy. Interment followed at Oakridge Cemetery. Men of Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Simmy McCowan, Jordan Duncan, Ronnie Duncan, James Rutherford, David Tyson and Charles Sumner, served as pallbearers. Rev. White was born April 1, ...

Dr. Charles Zimmerman

May 30, 2015
Charles Edwin “Chuck” Zimmerman, Jr., 68, Westerville, OH, died at Kobacker House on May 17, 2015. He was born on September 19, 1946 in Tifton, Georgia. Chuck graduated from Emory University in 1968, earned a M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory in 1971, and a Ph.D. from Emory in 1984. Chuck spent the last 24 years as a professor of Religion and Philosophy at Otterbein University. Doc Z loved teaching, and he had a lasting impact on many students who credit him with opening their ...

Rev. Alice Mizell Chancey

May 03, 2015
Rev. Alice Mizell Chancey, 90, of Folkston passed away April 25 at her daughter’s home in Athens following a lengthy illness. She was born in Waycross to the late James Jeffery Mizell and Laura Lillian Harris Mizell May 16, 1924. She was a homemaker, owned a dry cleaners, and was a pastor. She retired in 2000 after being the pastor of numerous Methodist Churches in the area. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Marvin J, Chancey; five sisters: Mary Aldridge, Leila ...

Rev. Leonard Wildes

May 03, 2015
The Rev. Leonard Martin Wildes (retired), 82, of Waycross, died Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015, at home following an extended illness. He was a native of Waycross and a direct descendant of John Wildes, a survivor of the Wildes Massacre of 1838. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, John Wildes and Sarah Jane Nunez Wildes, grandparents, James Leonard Wildes and Martha Malissa Dixon Wildes, step-grandmother, Maggie Tatum Wildes, Mose Barber and Amanda Jane Stanfield Barber, his ...

Rev. W. Guy Parrish, Jr.

May 03, 2015
Reverend W. Guy Parrish, Jr., 86, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015. Services were held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church. The Reverend Tim Steffen officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Methodist Children's Home. Reverend Parrish was the pastor for many congregations for The United Methodist Church in the North and South Georgia Conferences from 1946 until he retired in 1989. He obtained his Master’s degree ...

Bishop C.W. "Handy" Hancock

April 05, 2015
Bishop C. W. “Handy” Hancock, 91, of 5300 Zebulon Road, Macon, Georgia, died Friday, March 13, 2015. Services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, Macon, Georgia. The Reverend Mike McAfee, Bishop James King, the Reverend Tommy Mason, and Dr. Marcus Tripp officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204 or to Mulberry Street United ...

Rev. Bruce Russell Sack

April 05, 2015
Rev. Bruce Russell Sack, 49, of Hazlehurst, formerly of Tifton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. A memorial service will be held for Rev. Sack at 11:00 a.m., April 11, 2015, at Tifton’s First United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Minton officiating. Rev. Sack will be laid to rest at a later date. Rev. Sack was born December 3, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Doris Fauldrath Sack of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania and the late Edwin ...

Rev. Hugh Shirah

April 05, 2015
Reverend Hugh Shirah, 77, of Phenix City, Alabama died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Columbus Hospice. Funeral services were held at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Dr. Edwin “Buddy” Cooper, Reverend Randy Comer, and Reverend Mark Sasser officiated. Reverend Shirah was born March 8, 1938, in Columbus, Georgia; son of the late Homer Shirah and Helen Graham Shirah. He retired from the South Georgia United Methodist Church Conference, having served in several ...

Mrs. Margaret Coffey Langston

March 16, 2015
Margaret Coffey Langston, age 80, of Buford, Ga., passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Rev. James O. Langston, Sr.; grandson, Devin Durden; parents, Kenneth Alfred and Margaret Black Coffey; and sister, Dorothy Coffey. She is survived by her children, Jim Langston, Garner, N.C.; Trevor Sim, Garner, N.C., Ann and Johnnie Ward, Brunswick, Ga.; and Cherie and Gene Durden, Buford, Ga.; grandchildren Dorrie Wilson, Ross Ward, Whitney Owens, ...

Rev. Charles J. Harper

March 16, 2015
Mr. Charles J. Harper, 87, of Albany died Sunday March 1, 2015 at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home. Services were held Wednesday, March 4 at Hand Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Ken Myers and Rev. Cathy Green officiated. Interment followed at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery in Camilla, Ga. Born in Mobile, Ala., Mr. Harper lived in Albany since 1963, He was a graduate of Foley High School in Alabama and also graduated from Auburn University. Mr. Harper was a Purple Heart Recipient ...

Rev. Ron. Register

March 16, 2015
Reverend Hubert Ronald “Ronnie” Register, age 67, of Vidalia, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, after a sudden illness. He was a native of Toombs County, and a 1965 graduate of Vidalia High School. He attended Brewton Parker College, Georgia Southwestern College, Armstrong State College, and Valdosta State College. His Seminary work consisted of Emory, Candler School of Theology, Regular and Advanced studies completed in 1977; Vice President of Emory...

Mrs. Dottie Brinson

March 02, 2015
Dorothea Sonja Brinson died peacefully at home on Feb. 20, 2015. She was born May 29, 1930, in Boston, Massachusetts, daughter of Frank and Eva Ranstrom. As a child, she was a member of the Salvation Army Boston Citadel Church. She learned music from the Salvation Army, including the piano and trombone. She became an accomplished trombonist, and was a member of the Boston Junior Symphony. She attended “All Girls High” in Boston, and graduated in 1948 as the Valedictorian of her class. She ...

Rev. Hugh Lester Waldorf

February 16, 2015
Rev. Hugh Lester Waldorf age 76 of Forsyth passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in his home surrounded by family. A Celebration of Life was held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Forsyth United Methodist Church. Burial services were held at 3:00 p.m., at Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery, 6511 Houston Rd., Macon, GA. 31216. The family greeted friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2014, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Steve Waldorf, ...

Rev. Joseph Aaron Kelley

February 16, 2015
Joseph Aaron Kelley, 80, went home to be with Jesus on February 3, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Grace Kelley of 54 plus years; three children, Kathi Renee Walker (Scott) of Bolingbroke, Traci Dawn Gonzales (Larry) of San Antonio, and Bethani Grace Berlanga (David) of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Brian Walker, Brendan Walker (Rachel), Kyle Gonzales (Alisha), Joey Gonzales (Kisa), and Skylar Gonzales, and two great-grandchildren, Sofia Gonzales and Jase Gonzales; and several nieces...

Rev. William Lewis Oliver, Jr.

February 16, 2015
South Georgia lost a valuable citizen, father, educator, and minister on February 4, 2015, when William Lewis Oliver, Jr. (Bill) passed away. Bill was born on December 26, 1930, in Cairo, Georgia, to William Lewis and Sara Bray Oliver, both deceased. He graduated from Cairo High School in 1948, attended Emory Junior College at Valdosta, Georgia, in the fall of that year. Afterwards, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, but his education was interrupted when he saw the need to join the United...

Dr. William H. Hurdle, Sr.

February 02, 2015
Dr. William H. Hurdle, Sr., 87, of Macon, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at his residence. Memorial services were held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wesleyan Disciples Program of Wesleyan College or Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. William Hubert Hurdle was born May 24, 1927, in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia, the first child of William Henderson Hurdle and Cordelia Persall Hurdle. He was ...

The Rev. William Broughton (Billy) Howell

January 16, 2015
The Rev. William Broughton (Billy) Howell, 88, of Cartersville, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Rev. Howell was born July 28, 1926, in Piedmont, Ala., the son of the late Walter Marvin and Myrtle (Amerson) Howell. He was a member of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and attended Trinity United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna Lenora Williamson; a sister, Mary Reeves; and two brothers, Marvin Howell and James Howell. ...

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Knight

November 15, 2014
Sarah Elizabeth Knight, 89, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Memorial Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Knight was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Abbeville, Ga., the daughter of Jule Aden Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Hunter Smith. She was a pastor’s wife and dedicated homemaker. Mrs. Knight was the first licensed female pastor in the South Georgia United Methodist Church Conference. She also served as church secretary, Sunday school teacher, and a life member of WSCS (UMW). She was gifted...

Rev. John Dodson Taylor, III

November 03, 2014
Rev. John Dodson Taylor, III, age 70, of 1110 Moore Drive, Americus, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Magnolia Manor. A native of Summerville, Ga., he was born Nov. 21, 1943, the son of the late John D. Taylor, Jr. and Nell Barrett Taylor. Rev Taylor has resided in Americus for eight years since moving from Rochelle in 2006. Rev. Taylor was an Eagle Scout. He completed a course of study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and was an Elder in The United Methodist Church. He received...

Rev. Euell Thomas "Tom" Stroud

October 06, 2014
Euell Thomas “Tom” Stroud, of St. Simons Island, Ga., passed on to eternal life Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Tom was born March 31, 1931, to Mayde Heath and Euell Taylor Stroud in Douglas, Ga. After high school Tom attended and graduated from Valdosta State College and earned a Masters of Divinity degree from The Chandler School of Theology at Emory University. Tom married Betty Ann Bishop from Alma, Ga., in 1955. While serving as pastor for several churches within the United Methodist South ...

Rev. William Langdon Peed

October 06, 2014
William Langdon Peed, 96, a native of Butler, Ga., passed away Sept. 21, 2014. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 27 in Butler at Union United Methodist Church. Rev. Peed, a WWII veteran (Air Force), served as a minister of The United Methodist Church of the South Georgia Conference for 45 years. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Browning), parents Frank and Eunice (Foy) Peed, infant daughter Mary Grace Peed, son-in-law Stanley Grierson, and grandchildren John Grierson and Mark Peed....

Wynona "Noni" Carter Carlson Clements

October 06, 2014
Mrs. Wynona “Noni” Carter Carlson Clements, 79, of Alamo, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, Ga. Mrs. Clements was born June 6, 1935, to the late Howard and Florence Carter. She was an active member of the Alamo United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women's organization. Mrs. Clements was devoted to her family and a “godly woman” who opened her home to everyone. She loved to laugh, sing, and play the organ/piano. Mrs. Clements is survived ...

Mrs. Dorothy Grimes Smith

September 01, 2014
Mrs. Dorothy Grimes Smith, age 92, of Loganville, Ga., passed away on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Loganville. Rev. Ronnie Kendall and Rev. Jimmy Wilson officiated. Burial took place at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Inc. in Phenix City, Ala. Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Loganville and was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Homer Earl Grimes, in 1990, and her second ...

Rev. Dr. William B. Howell

August 17, 2014
Reverend Dr. William B. Howell, 82, of Columbus, passed Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Gentiva Hospice. Rev. Dr. Howell was born Feb. 19, 1932, in High Point, N.C., the son of William Smith and Mary Strickland Kerr. He was a 1951 graduate of William Penn High School and also graduated from Clark College, Winston-Salem State University and The Interdenominational & Gammon Theological Seminary. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Rainbow Push Coalition and was a retired minister of M.L. ...

Rev. Lamar Rabun, Sr.

August 17, 2014
Rev. Rabun was born May 7, 1925, in Louisville, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late James Robert Rabun, Sr. and Macy Lavonia Terry Rabun; his wife, Charlotte Dixon Rabun; and a brother, James Robert Rabun, Jr. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army. Before retiring, he pastored many churches with the South Georgia United Methodist Conference. He was also a member of Boiling Springs United Methodist Church. Rev. Rabun passed away ...

Mrs. Patti Treadway

August 03, 2014
Patti Treadway, age 74, of Maryville, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Maryville. She was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church, Louisville, GA. She taught Sunday school and served as church musician at several churches where she and her husband served. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph M. and Martha Runyon Patton. Survivors include her husband, Rev. Danny Treadway; sons, Michael Treadway and wife Susan of Friendsville ...

Rev. Owen Williams

August 03, 2014
Reverend Owen Williams, age 75, of Lyons, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon after a sudden illness. He was a native of Nashville and was a graduate of Berrien County High School. He attended Young Harris College and ABAC, was a graduate of Valdosta State College with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Later, he earned his Master’s in Divinity at Emory University in Atlanta. He recently received his 50-year recognition of service at the annual United Methodist...

Rev. Pledger W. Parker

July 21, 2014
Rev. Pledger W. Parker, 92, of Macon, Georgia, went to his eternal home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, after a short illness at McKendree Village in Hermitage, Tenn. Rev. Parker was a retired United Methodist minister and a member of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was born Sept. 20, 1921, to George and Eulalia Parker at Camilla, Ga. He served as a United States Marine during World War II. Upon his return to the States, he heard the call to preach and went to ...

Mrs. Ada Elizabeth Mitchell

July 18, 2014
Elizabeth “Liz” Mitchell, 77, of Colquitt, Ga., passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at her daughter's home in Springfield, Ga., after a brief, serious illness, where she was cared for by her daughter, Wendy, with assistance from Hospice of Savannah. She was Methodist by faith, serving faithfully in the Methodist Church for many years. Liz was born in Brunswick in l936 during the height of The Great Depression. Her early childhood was during World War II. Her teenage years were in the vibrant ...

Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Hilton

July 18, 2014
Ruth Elizabeth Hilton, 87, of Columbus, formerly of Pine Mountain Valley, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. Graveside services for Mrs. Hilton were held Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Hamilton Cemetery with Rev. Jim Keith, Rev. Bradley Bunn and Rev. Howard White officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Scott Stettes, Bradley Bunn, Stephen Van Camp, Hunter Paddock, Kaleb Stettes, and Sid Harden. Mrs. Hilton was born June 29, 1927, the daughter of William ...

Rev. J.D. Corbitt

July 03, 2014
The Rev. Jefferson Davis “J.D.” Corbitt, Jr., 87, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at his residence. Rev. Corbitt was a Georgia Southern graduate and avid fan. He received his B.D. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He served as a Methodist minister in the South Georgia Conference for 41 plus years. Rev. Corbitt was a World War II US Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Corbitt. Survivors include his wife, Lounell “Lucy” Brown Corbitt; two sons, Jeffery ...

Rev. Thomas J. Lewis

June 05, 2014
Thomas J. Lewis, 69, of Owensboro, Ky., passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at his home. Born October 29, 1944, in Little River Township, Horry County, S.C., he was a son of the late Henry Clifton Lewis, Sr. and Geneva Jones Lewis. A United Methodist Minister, he served as an Associate Minister of Christian Education and Programs at the Bennettsville United Methodist Church in Bennettsville, S.C. and Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon, Ga. and Christ United Methodist Church in Warner ...

Mrs. Leola Yvonne Pinder Dennis

May 18, 2014
Leola Yvonne Pinder Dennis, 102, of Fort Mill, died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at her home. Leola was born September 17, 1911, in Key West, Florida, to Preston and Catherine Pinder. Leola had 5 siblings, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.  She was married to William Edwin Dennis, Sr., for 66 years, until his death in 1994. Leola is survived by her twin sons, William Dennis, Jr., and his wife Helen, of Vero Beach, Florida; Willard Dennis and wife Patricia, of Kershaw, South Carolina; her daughter Evelyn Dennis...

Rev. Betty Walker Lanier

May 18, 2014
Rev. Betty Walker Lanier, 62, of Tifton, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Tift Regional Medical Center. Rev. Walker previously served as pastor of Herring Memorial United Methodist Church in Tifton. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17 at First United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Oakridge Cemetery with a repast held at Herring Memorial Methodist Church  

Mrs. Augusta Slappey Carruth

May 04, 2014
Augusta Slappey Carruth, age 92, died Tuesday morning, April 29, at Southeast Regional Hospital. She was born in Macon, Georgia and grew up in Bainbridge. She attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, graduating in 1942. In 1943 she married the Rev. W. Carlton Carruth, a United Methodist Minister. They had resided in the Golden Isles since 1967, with the exception of five years spent in Douglas, Georgia. Mrs. Carruth's survivors include her three children: Miriam C. and Daniel ...

Rev. Pete Barlow

April 06, 2014
Peter (Pete) Eugene Barlow, age 60, of McRae went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 30, 2014. A celebration of his life was held at on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the McRae First United Methodist Church. Dr. Wayne E. Moseley, Bishop James R. King, Jr. and Rev. Tommy Mason officiated. Pete was the son of the late Melvin Howard and Betty Jean Frandsen Barlow of Carrizo Springs, Texas. He was the pastor of the McRae First United Methodist Church and the Chaplain with the Telfair ...

Rev. Clarence Lee Bennett, Jr.

March 17, 2014
The Reverend Clarence Lee Bennett, Jr., of Jeffersonville, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 2PM, at Ingleside United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Tommy Martin officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Hart's Mortuary on Cherry Street. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Ingleside United Methodist Church or to the donor's favorite charity....

Mrs. Sue Lee

March 14, 2014
Mrs. Carol Sue Lee, 67, of Thomasville, died Monday, March 10, at her residence. Born Sept. 9, 1946 in Bainbridge, Ga., she was the daughter of John William Howell and Bertie Whiddon Howell. A homemaker, she lived in Thomasville for the past 13 years and served in many United Methodist parishes in Southwest Georgia including seven years in Americus while her husband, Rev. Virgil Lee, served as District Superintendent. She was most recently a member of Thomasville First United Methodist Church, ...

Carolyn Wynell "Nell" Aycock

January 18, 2014
Mrs. Nell Aycock, 77, of Colquitt, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus. Mrs. Aycock was a homemaker and a member of Colquitt United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Rev. James D. Aycock, Jr. of Colquitt; two sons, Tommy (Vicki) Bradford of Columbus and David (Lisa Brady) Bradford of West Palm Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Sharon B. (Brooks) Lowe of Oviedo, Fla.; four grandchildren, Brad Lowe, Rob Lowe, Krista Bradford, and Dalton Bradford; one ...

Rev. Charles "Buddy" Conway, Jr.

January 18, 2014
Rev. Charles Clifton “Buddy” Conway, Jr., 77, of Hawkinsville, entered into the presence of his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon. “Buddy” was born Dec. 19, 1936 in Savannah to the late Charles C. Sr. & Mary Earl Lee Conway. His precious granddaughter, Anna Marie Conway, 16, also predeceased him. He graduated from Savannah High School in 1954; Brewton Parker College, Mount Vernon, Ga., 1961; Mercer University, Macon, 1963; and received his Master of Divinity degree ...

Rev. Marshall Strickland

January 18, 2014
Rev. Marshall Brugler Strickland, 88, of Nahunta, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at his residence after an extended illness. Born in Nahunta, his parents were Joseph Barnwell "Barney" and Sarah Juanita Brugler Strickland. He is also preceded in death by a daughter, Edith Carole Strickland Sheffield, and two brothers, James Rogers Strickland and Joseph Lewis Strickland. Rev. Strickland married Vera Higginbotham on July 9, 1950, and received a Bachelor of Theology in 1952 at Southern Baptist ...

Rev. Harry Brazell

December 31, 2013
Rev. Harry Brazell died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. He was born March 28, 1935 at Langdale, Ala. to Lewis and Hazel Brazell. He served in the Coast Guard for four years on the Sabin Point Lighthouse in Rhode Island and aboard the Relief Light Ship out of Cape Cod. Harry received a Bachelor degree from Mercer University and a Master of Theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He served as a gospel minister for 43 years, retiring from the South Georgia ...

Rev. Reece Turrentine

December 31, 2013
Rev. Reece Turrentine passed away on Dec. 21, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eleanor “Onie” Turrentine, their children Michael Turrentine and Linda Turrentine, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Reece was an outstanding figure in every phase of his life; he touched so many with so much. Reece graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, in 1954, was ordained, and started his ministry. For 41 years, he and his family served the Methodist Church from ...

Dr. Gilbert L. Ramsey

December 10, 2013
Dr. Gilbert L. Ramsey, a long-time Methodist minister, died at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Dr. Ramsey was born on Jan. 19, 1928. His parents were the Rev. Gilbert G. Ramsey and Mamie Ramsey. He is survived by his wife, Frances; a sister, Mrs. John Thomason of Watkinsville, GA; a daughter, Mrs. Pam Hatch and her husband, Jay Hatch, of Washington, D.C.; a son, Dr. Lee Ramsey and his wife, Mary Leslie Ramsey, of Memphis, TN; and three grandchildren, Ashley Hatch, ...

Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald

December 02, 2013
Mrs. Frances Perry Fitzgerald passed away peacefully at Arbor Acres Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. She was born August 31, 1924, in Wingate, NC to Zeb and Sarah Perry. She lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her beloved Aunt Fronie Perry. Frances was a graduate of Wingate High School and attended Wingate College. At Wingate College she met the love of her life and husband of 56 years, Ernest A. Fitzgerald (former Bishop of the North and South Georgia Conferences when they were still ...

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