Eugene C. Black Sr.
ALBANY — Eugene C. Black Sr., 78, of Albany, died Friday night, January 31, 2003, at the VA Hospital in Dublin, GA. His funeral service will be Monday, 3 p.m. at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Nancy Scarbrough and the Rev. Nathan Godley will officiate.
A native of The Rock, GA, he moved to Albany in 1949 to open his law practice. He attended R.E. Lee High School in Thomaston, GA, and Gordon Military College. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the 99th. Division of the 3rd Army, his unit participating in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Black was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. He had taught Sunday School for many years at the First United Methodist Church and at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Black served as juvenile court judge for 18 years. Judge Black was a member of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club and a member of the Hasan Shrine.
A beloved husband and father, he leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Frances Loosier Black of Albany; two sons, Gene Black Jr. of Albany and Collier F. Black and his wife, Peggie of Ponte Vedra, FL; five grandchildren, Rebecca Louise Black, Paul VanDyke Black, Margaret McElroy, Charlotte Mineo, Collier P. Black; a brother-in-law, O.F. "Spec" Loosier and his wife, Elizabeth of Albany; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Call of Cayce, SC.
The family will receive friends at Kimbrell-Stern today (Sunday) from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Those desiring may send memorials to Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road, Albany, GA 31707, or to the Salvation Army, 304 W. 2nd. Ave., Albany, GA 31701.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors
ALBANY — Ruth Britten-Borders, 82, of 1907 Skylane Ave., died Saturday, February 1, 2003 at Palmyra Nursing Home. Arrangements to be announced at a later date.
Meadows Funeral Home
Jesse Ralph Brooks
SYLVESTER — Jesse Ralph Brooks, of Norman Park, died Saturday, February 1, 2003. Funeral services will be held Monday, 2 p.m. at Banks Funeral Chapel, with burial in Paulk's Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends today (Sunday) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Banks Funeral Home
Cartha Lee Jackson
ALBANY — Cartha Lee Jackson, 60, of 2011 Indica Trail, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003. Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held today (Sunday) from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Martin Luther King Funeral Directors
ALBANY — Rachel Lee, 90, of 700 W. Society Ave., died Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 1 p.m. at Greater Cutliff Grove Baptist Church, with burial in Union Memorial Historical Cemetery. The Rev. McKinley Drake officiating.
Mrs. Lee was born on December 31, 1912 in Mitchell County.
Survivors include a daughter, Willie Mae Davis; two brothers, John L. (Rosa) King Jr. and Henry (Elizabeth) King; a sister, Omelia (Benny) Jones of Camilla; 12 grandchildren, Willie James Lee, Harry (Gloria) Davis, Joseph Davis, Joyce Barnes, Brabenton, FL, Kimberly Davis, Madie Davis, Sammy Lee Davis, Janice Lewis, Alison (Peter) Fowler, Patricia Davis, Rachel Davis and Diane Davis.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today (Sunday) from the funeral home.
Austin & Taylor Mortuary
George James Whitfield
ALBANY — George James Whitfield, 38, of 1005 Mercer Ave., died Saturday, February 1, 2003 at Palmyra Medical Center. Arrangements to be announced at a later date.
Meadows Funeral Home
AMERICUS — Maebelle Fletcher of Americus, died Thursday, January 30, 2003. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Welcome Baptist Church, with burial in Mount Creek A.M.E. Church Cemetery.
Barnum Funeral Home
Nell Crapps Gwynn
FORT GAINES — Nell Crapps Gwynn, 89, of Fort Gaines, died Thursday, January 30, 2003 at the Fort Gaines Nursing Home. The graveside funeral service will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in New Park Cemetery in Fort Gaines. The Rev. Jack Taylor and Dr. Roger Brannan will officiate.
Mrs. Gwynn was born September 1, 1913 in Clay County, daughter of the late John I and Clyde Weaver Crapps. She attended GSCW, was a bookkeeper at the U.S. Naval Base at Norfolk, VA, and was a member of the Fort Gaines United Methodist Church. Mrs. Gwynn was the widow of Robert Carlton Gwynn.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews, cousins and a wide group of friends.
Lunsford Funeral Home
Percy Ladon Hornsby
DONALSONVILLE — We regret to announce the passing of Percy Ladon Hornsby, 68, of Iron City, who passed away Friday, January 31, 2003. Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church of Donalsonville. Visitation will be held today (Sunday) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Evans-Skipper Funeral Home
Gladys F. Kelley
BAINBRIDGE — Gladys F. Kelley of Greenville, SC, died Friday, January 31, 2003. Arrangements to be announced at a later date.
Cox Funeral Home
Myrtice White Swords
ARLINGTON — Myrtice White Swords, 87, of 333 Morgan Road, Apt. 16, Arlington, died Friday, January 31, 2003 at Palmyra Memorial Centers in Albany.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 2 p.m. at Vilulah Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery. The Rev. Billy Shellhouse Sr. will officiate.
Born July 20, 1915 in Early County, Mrs. Swords was the daughter of the late George Franklin White and Trudie White White. She was a homemaker and a member of Salem Baptist Church in Edison. She has lived in Arlington since 1944.
Survivors include a son, George Thomas Bowman of Albany; five daughters, Mary Shellhouse of Dothan, AL, Eugenia Woodward of Leesburg, Vaudine Nolan of Albany, Dorothy Higdon of Greenville, AL, and Patricia Palmer of Camilla; and 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today (Sunday) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home
Marjorie B. Wright
DAWSON — Marjorie B. Wright of Dawson, died at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany on Wednesday, January 29, 2003. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Harvey Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Halstead and the Rev. James B. Spencer officiated. Interment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Wright was born December 17, 1913, daughter of the late Marion Cantrell and Martha Frye Cantrell. She was a retired employee with McGregor Golf Mfg. of Albany. She had been a resident of the Pleasant Hill Community for the past 30 years, and her husband was the late James G. Wright.
Survivors include a son, James C. Dupree of Sylvester; three daughters, Doris and husband, Roland Crowder of Ellaville, Patricia and husband, Joseph Benton of Bronwood and Carole Gust Hill and husband, John, of Warner Robins; a sister, Bert Seyfried and husband, Lawson of Panama City, FL; a sister-in-law, Lillie Cantrell of Albany; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; and two pet dogs, Hershey and Buddy.
Memorials may be made to the Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702.
Harvey Funeral Home
Mellonese R. Daniel
DAWSON — Mellonese Ross Daniel, 61, of 875 Meadow Run Lane No. 59, Dawson, died Friday, January 31, 2003 at her residence.
The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in the Chapel of Albritten's Funeral Service, with the Rev. Raymond Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Sardis Cemetery in Dawson.
Mrs. Daniel attended the public schools of Terrell County, GA, graduating from George Washington Carver High School in Dawson; later she moved to Guam, Hawaii. She was a member of the Beluth Baptist Church.
She leaves to mourn and cherish her loving memory, four children, Joe Ann Daniel (Owens) and Harrison Daniel, both of Jacksonville, FL, William Daniel of Jacksonville, NC, and Kechanda D. Daniel of Dawson; sisters, Anthoinette Ross of Dawson, Brenda Beaver, Geraldine Wheller, Leory Beaver, and Nathaniel Beaver, all of Hawaii; and seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of friends.
Albritten's Funeral Service
Sarah Elizabeth Woodard Giles
FORT GAINES — Sarah Elizabeth Woodard Giles, 84, of Fort Gaines, died Saturday, February 1, 2003, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL. Arrangements to be announced at a later date.
Lunsford Funeral Home
Nell Bishop Hatcher
CAMILLA — Nell Bishop Hatcher, 81, of Baconton, died Sunday, February 2, 2003 at the Brian Center in Thomasville.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Springhill Freewill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Bruce Gordon and Ronnie Ross will officiate.
Born December 2, 1921 in Grady County, Mrs. Hatcher was a homemaker and a member of Springhill Freewill Baptist Church. She was married to the late Noah J. Hatcher and was the daughter of the late Will H. and Armelia Knight Bishop.
Survivors include two sons, W.J. "Dub" Hatcher of Baconton and Jimmy Hatcher, and wife, Vonnie of Camilla; three sisters, Frances B. Hatcher of Baconton, Inez B. Thomas of Cairo, and Sara Vonceil Palmer of Bainbridge; a brother, J.E. Bishop, and wife, Virginia, of Bainbridge; three grandchildren, Jennifer Hatcher Budden and husband, Brian, and Jeffery Hatcher, all of Westampton, NJ, and Noah Brock Hatcher and wife, Lorie, of Albany; two great-grandchildren; former daughters-in-law, June Hatcher Parker of New Jersey, and Clara Brock Hatcher of Albany; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today (Monday) at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home in Camilla.
Memorials may be made to Springhill Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o James Silvers, 659 Pinetree Lane, Albany, GA 31705.
Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home
Percy Ladon Hornsby
DONALSONVILLE — Percy Ladon Hornsby, 68, of Iron City, GA, passed away Friday, January 31, 2003, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama.
Funeral services will be held at Union Missionary Baptist in Donalsonville, GA, today (Monday) at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gans Earnest officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Hornsby had lived all of his life in Iron City, GA. He was born November 1, 1934 to the late Melvin Green and Gertrude Hodges Hornsby. He graduated from the Georgia Military Academy in Atlanta in 1953, began farming in Seminole County in 1954, and was married to the former Bobbie Bullard on July 15, 1960. He had been a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church since he was 14 years of age. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 165 of Colquitt, and had served numerous years as a director for the Seminole County Farm Bureau. He was one of the original directors of the FBS in Seminole County. He had received the American Farmer Degree from the FFA and his family was named Seminole County Farm Family of the Year in 1988. He enjoyed hunting, salt water fishing, and bill fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Bobbie Hornsby of Iron City; a stepmother, Mildred I. Trawick of Iron City; one daughter, Gay Tabb and her husband, Russ of Colquitt; two sons, Joe Hornsby of Chatsworth, and Todd Hornsby and his wife, Dena of Iron City; one stepbrother, Michael Bullock and his wife, Karen of Cuthbert; one stepsister, Gayle Morrison and her husband, Jim of Birmingham, AL; and seven grandchildren, Lance, Adam, and Taylor Tabb, all Colquitt, Luke Hornsby of Chatsworth, Blake Hicks, Brooke and Andre Hornsby, all of Iron City.
Pallbearers will be: Bill Hornsby, Vann Hornsby, Judson Hornsby, Victor Hornsby, Gene Burke, and Shawn Harris. Members of the American Legion Post No. 165 of Colquitt will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Union Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 282, Donalsonville, GA 39845.
Evans-Skipper Funeral Home
Gladys Franklin Kelley
BAINBRIDGE — Gladys Franklin Kelley, 83, of Greenville, SC, died Friday, January 31, 2003. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in West Bainbridge Cemetery, both in Bainbridge. Visitation will be held today (Monday) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cox Funeral Home
James H. Kimbrell
AMERICUS — The Reverend James H. Kimbrell, 65, of 178 Dogwood Hill, Americus, died Friday evening, January 31, 2003, at Sumter Regional Hospital.
The Rev. Kimbrell was born October 17, 1937 in Crisp County, a son of the late Alvin Littleton (Jack) Kimbrell and Della Stubbs Kimbrell. An industrial manufacturing manager, he was a member of Cheek Memorial Baptist Church, and an U.S. Army veteran (1955-76). The Rev. Kimbrell was active in the MB Council Lodge No. 13, Free and Accepted Masons of Americus, where he was Past Master of the Lodge, Past Master of the Third Masonic District, District Deputy to the Grand Master of the Third Masonic District, Royal Archmason, Shriner, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 63. Preaching was his first love. He also enjoyed camping and bowling. He was also a member of The Friendship Association.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Kimbrell of Americus; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine and Robert Taylor of Germany, and Brenda and Tom Steele of Elberton; two sisters, Myrtice Ribbon of Eastman, and Diane O'Conner of Macon; one brother, Whit Kimbrell of Cordele; five grandchildren, Sandy Taylor Nickerson, Jami Steele, Alan Steele, Daniel Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, James K. Kimbrell.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. today (Monday) from Cheek Memorial Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, where Masonic services will be conducted. The Revs. Clarence King, William Hall and Houston Berry will officiate.
Ministers of The Friendship Association are requested to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials contributions may be made to Hospice of Americus and Sumter County, P.O. Box 1434, Americus, GA 31709, or to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, 1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342, (404)256-5252.
Hancock Funeral Home
Martha C. Lunsford
CUTHBERT — Martha C. Lunsford, 89, of Cuthbert, died Saturday, February 1, 2003 at Joe-Anne Burgin Nursing Home in Cuthbert. The graveside funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at East View Cemetery. The Revs. Olin Johnson, Tom McClendon and Charles Christmas will officiate.
Mrs. Lunsford was born April 25, 1913 in Cottonwood, Alabama, daughter of the late Joseph E. Christmas and Antie M. Hughs Christmas. Mrs. Lunsford and her late husband, Oscar, owned and operated Lunsford Funeral Home in Cuthbert from 1947 until their retirement in 1966. She was a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science (Nashville), was a graduate of Moody Nursing School of Dothan, Alabama, and attended Baylor University, doing retired as a nurse for Andrew College. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cuthbert, where she was director of the Extension Department for many years and the W.M.U.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Beacham of Lawrenceville; two brothers, the Rev. Charles Christmas of Jennison, AL, and Joe Christmas of Cottonwood, AL; two sisters, Wylline Williams of Dothan, AL, and Nell Lathrop of Seville, FL; and two grandchildren, Chad Beacham of Arnoldsville and Katie Beacham of Chicago.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 71341, Albany, GA 31708 or First Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 274, Cuthbert, GA 39840.
Lunsford Funeral Home
Nellie Finch Newsom
BAINBRIDGE — Nellie Finch Newsom, 88, of Bainbridge, died Sunday, February 2, 2003. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Bainbridge Church of God, with burial in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ivey Funeral Home
Earl Mose Odom
PELHAM — The Rev. Earl Mose Odom, 66, of 353 W. Railroad St., Pelham, died Sunday, February 2, 2003 at Archbold Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Braswell Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Pinecrest Memory Gardens. The Revs. Charles Odom Jr. and Franklin Russ officiating.
Born in Seminole County, GA, on April 7, 1936, the Rev. Odom was the son of the late Bertah Lee Broxton and Charlie Odom. He was owner and operator of Pelham Transmission and a member of Christian Life Center Assembly of God Church in Moultrie. He is the widow of Mary Sowell Odom.
Survivors include a son, Tim Odom of Adel; a grandson, Brady Odom of Moultrie; stepmother, Linda Odom of Meigs; two brothers, Charles Odom Jr. of Moultrie and Steve Odom of Pelham; and five sisters, Shirley Levins of Mobile, AL, Liz Spence of Thomasville, Alice Barrett of Cairo, Bertha Odom and Wylene Montgomery, both of Meigs.
Visitation will be held today (Monday) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Braswell Funeral Home