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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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