ALBANY — Bernice Martin, 91, of 1904 Palmyra Rd. died Wednesday, December 28, 2005, at Palmyra Nursing Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at J.L. Litman Memorial Funeral Chapel with interment in Mt. Holder Cemetery.
J.L. Litman Memorial Funeral Service
Albany (229) 430-8800
Rose Ward Nelson
ALBANY — Rosa Ward Nelson, 76, of 219 Talafax Rd. died Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at Palmyra Medical Centers. Funeral arrangements to be announced.
Martin Luther King Funeral Directors
Damon C. Purvis
SLOCOMB, Ala. — Mr. Damon C. Purvis, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather of 511 Lawrence Street, Slocomb, AL, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, January 1, 2006, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan following an extended illness. He was 77.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 4, 2006, in Sorrells Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. The Rev. Stanley Carter and the Rev. Joe Gissendanner officiated. Burial followed in Slocomb City Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home of Slocomb directing. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to The Chimes Fund at the Slocomb First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 304, Slocomb, AL 36375.
The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Mr. Purvis was born June 5, 1928 in Geneva County, AL, to the late Columbus Delaware and Ella Jane Pelham Purvis. He was a U.S. Veteran serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1947 until 1951. He worked 28 years as an electronics technician with Civil Service at Fort Rucker, AL. He was a faithful member of the Slocomb First United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh and Charles Purvis, and a close Aunt, Jennie Pearl Helms.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Purvis of Slocomb, AL; one daughter and son-in-law: Jennifer and Lathron Spivey of Wicksburg, AL; two sons and daughters-in-law: Craig and Renee Purvis of Mobile, AL, Chris and Mavis Purvis of Abbeville, AL; grandchildren: Jeremy and Josh Purvis of Mobile, AL, Kelly and Katelyn Purvis of Abbeville, AL; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Alvah and Opal Purvis of Chicago, IL, Delmus and Letha Purvis of Albany, GA, Olan and Nell Purvis of Marietta, GA; one aunt: Blondell Garrett of Dothan, AL; close friends: the Rev. Joe and Betty Gissendanner of Slocomb, AL, Austin and Sue Newton of Slocomb, AL.
Active pallbearers will be Hugo Phillips, Jeremy Purvis, Josh Purvis, Walter Blount Jr., Doug Raley and Charles Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Newton and Charles Kelly.
Sorrells Funeral Home
Slocomb, AL 334/886-7777
Bloncile Ruis Walker
ALBANY — Bloncile Ruis Walker, formerly of Albany, died Monday, January 2, 2006, at Beverly Manor in Augusta. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors
Charlie Sam Coley
RICHLAND — Charlie Sam Coley, 72, of Portland, Maine, formerly of Lumpkin, Ga., died Thursday, December 29, 2005. Funeral arrangements to be announced.
T.V. Williams Funeral Home
Richland (229) 887-3369
Bessie Belcher Crozier
CUTHBERT — Bessie "Betty" Belcher Crozier, 91, of Ft. Gaines died January 4, 2006, at Joe-Ann Burgin Nursing Home in Cuthbert.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. Shiloh Baptist Church in Clay County with interment in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Crozier was born July 22, 1914, in Barbour County, AL, daughter of the late Joseph and Ludie Lee Belcher. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, was a seamstress and married to the late Jessie J. Crozier.
Survivors include two sons, Allen Crozier of Ft. Gaines and Jim Crozier of Peachtree City; six grandchildren, David Crozier, Melissa Crozier, Michael Crozier, LeAnn Furgason, J. Crozier and Kelly Keebler; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lunsford Funeral Home.
Lunsford Funeral Home
Cuthbert (229) 732-2148
Emmie Lee Slocumb Lash Giles
DAWSON — Emmie Lee Slocumb Lash Giles, 83, of Dawson died Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service will be held at the graveside Cedar Hill Cemetery on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating.
Mrs. Giles was a native of Webster County, born December 16, 1922, daughter of the late John Ezkiel Slocumb and Alma Lee Dismuke Slocumb. She had been a resident of Dawson and Terrell County for the past 75 years, she was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Dawson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Luther E. Lash Sr. and Paul H. Giles Sr.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Pickard and her husband, Todd of Dawson; four sons, Luther E. Lash Jr. and wife, Margaret of Valdosta, Jackie E. Lash and wife, Judy of Blakely, Sonny S. Lash and wife, Sheila of Leesburg and Paul H. Giles Jr. and wife, Marilee of Gastonia, NC; two sisters, Lois Puckett of Cuthbert and Vera Stokes of Bronwood; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Harvey Funeral Home
Dawson (229) 995-2104
Johnnie Medley Hagan
THOMASVILLE — Johnnie Medley Hagan of Thomasville died Thursday, December 29, 2005, at Archbold Memorial Hospital.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Dawson Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ramon Hernandez, the Rev. John Bagwell, the Rev. Carl Howard, the Rev. Virgil Lee and the Rev. John Rainey will all have part in the service.
Mrs. Hagan was born October 22, 1929, in Thomas County, a daughter of the late Clark M. Medley and the late Lathie Fallin Medley. She grew up in Thomas County graduating from Pavo High School in 1946, and went on to business college in Atlanta. On June 30, 1950, she was married to D.E. (Pete) Hagan of Thomasville, who survives. She was a member of Dawson Street United Methodist Church, the Joy Circle, U.M.W. and a member of the Suzannah/Wesley Seekers Sunday School Class.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by their six children, Charlotte Cochran and her husband, Jimmy of Sylvester, Gene Hagan and his wife, Jean of Thomasville, Joel Hagan of Thomasville, Gail Hagan of Atlanta, Dale Hagan and his wife, Marie of Thomasville and Lisa Hagan Bryant of Cairo; six grandchildren, Lindsay Clay, Corky Hagan, Janet Hagan, Courtney Cochran, Noah Bryant and Brooke Hagan; and one great-grandchild, Megan Clay; a brother, Elzie Medley; and four sisters, Marie Crosby, Janie Ellis, Una Lewis, and Nadine McNeil.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Clark L. Medley and James L. Medley.
The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, you may send a memorial gift in honor of her memory to: Dawson Street United Methodist Church, 1132 N. Dawson St., Thomasville, GA 31792 or Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center, 116 Mimosa Drive, Thomasville, GA 31792.
Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home
Thomasville (229) 226-5621
Annie D. Jackson
COLQUITT — Annie D. Jackson, 83, of 331 Clay Brown Rd., Colquitt, died January 3, 2006, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements to be announced.
Colquitt (229) 758-5011
Karen Estelle Wiedenmann Murray
ALBANY — Karen E. Murray, 60, of Lumpkin died Monday, January 2, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus.
Karen was born June 24, 1945, in Tulsa, OK, daughter of the late William F. Wiedenmann and Vivian F. Merwin Wiedenmann. She graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Tulsa. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years and was currently retired. She was a member of Lumpkin United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Murray was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Franklin (Jerry) Wiedenmann and a sister, Suzanne Wiedenmann Watson.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2006, at Lumpkin United Methodist Church, Lumpkin, GA, with the Rev. Jeff Brown officiating.
Anyone desiring may make donations to a charity or church of their choice.
Survivors include her husband, James A. Murray Jr. of Lumpkin; five sons, Brett D. Murray of Americus, Jacob N. Murray of Zebulon, Joseph B. Murray of LaGrange, Gabriel J. Murray of Lumpkin and Joshua F. Murray of Columbus; three brothers, Mark J. Wiedenmann of Tulsa, OK, Charles E. Wiedenmann of Twin Falls, ID, and Philip S. Wiedenmann of Disney, OK. Loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel
Americus (229) 924-9888
Barbara Jean Carnes Newberry
ARLINGTON — Barbara Jean Carnes Newberry, 82, of 18 Mayfair Ave., Arlington, died Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Arlington United Methodist Church with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Tommy Newberry and the Rev. Debbie Cone will officiate.
Active pallbearers will be Gene Melvin, Ken Craft, John Olin Newberry, Hal Newberry, Robert Newberry and James Leslie Newberry.
Born May 18, 1923, in Terrell (Caufman Co.), Texas, to J.E. and Josephine Zuspany Carnes, Mrs. Newberry had lived in Georgia for the past 62 years. She was a pharmacy clerk and a member of Arlington United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughter and husband, Jean S. Bostwick and Turner of Arlington; four sons and their wives, John O. Newberry Jr. and Ginger of Birmingham, AL, Hal Newberry and Vicki of Winter Park, CO, Robert Newberry and Cindy of Winter Park, CO, and James Leslie Newberry and Kris of Winter Park, CO;3 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Olin Newberry.
The family will receive friends at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Turner Bostwick, 151 Pioneer St., Arlington.
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home
Blakely (229) 723-3421
Louise Delois West
MOULTRIE — Louise Delois West, 54, died Friday, December 30, 2005, at 800 Apt. 4 Northside Drive. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Union Grove COGIC with interment in Bloominglight Cemetery in Pelham.
Luke Strong and Son Mortuary
Moultrie (229) 890-1717
Margie Howell Yawn
BAINBRIDGE — Margie Howell Yawn, 75, of Bainbridge died Tuesday, January 3, 2006. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Cox Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Cox Funeral Home
Bainbridge (229) 246-4411