Ann C. Akin
Ann Meister Cobb Akin, 69, of Eatonton, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at her home. She was born in Fulton County on March 20, 1938 to the late Benjamin Harrison Cobb and Ann Elizabeth Meister Cobb. She graduated from Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, Ala., and attended Auburn University. She was an administrative assistant at Alabama Power Company. Survivors include her husband, Lewis Edmond Akin, of Eatonton; daughter, Kathryn Akin of Atlanta; two sons, Robert Akin and wife Melissa of Greensboro, N.C., and James Akin and wife Tracy of Noblesville, Ind.; two sisters, Betty Regan of Birmingham, Ala., and Pat Bagby of Rome; five grandchildren, Kayla Akin, Courtney Akin, Morgan Akin, Harrison Akin and Briggs Akin. McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro was in charge of arrangements.
Edmond G. Akins
Edmond Gilbert Akins (Gil), 79, of Eatonton, died Oct. 17, 2007 from colon and lung cancer. He was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 18, 1928 to the late Ulyes E. Akins and Willie Louise Akins. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean War, for which he received a Purple Heart. He was a member of Eatonton FUMC. Survivors include his son, Doug Akins, of Denton, Tex.; daughter, Donna Silva, of Eatonton; sisters, Janie Ward, of Smyrna, Ga. and Nancy Shrum, of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Emily, Samantha and T.J. Silva. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Marie Akins. A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at Eatonton FUMC great hall. Donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society or Gatewood Capital Campaign. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Buford L. Davis
Buford Lamar Davis, 79, of Harris Street in Eatonton, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. Born Feb. 9 1928, he was a native of Baldwin County and retired from the textile industry. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Allen Davis; son Joey and wife Caroline Davis; sisters, Annelle Townsend and husband Grady of Oxford, Willene Royal and husband Jack of Snellville, and Agnes Canup of Conyers; grandchildren, Joel Thomas and Spivey Davis; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service is Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. in Baldwin Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Larry Cheek officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Abbey Hospice, 215 Azalea Court, Social Circle, GA 30025. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
Frank Evans Jr.
Frank Evans Jr., 61, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 at the VA Center in Augusta. A native of Eatonton, he was born Aug. 29, 1946 to the late Frank Sr. and Jewell Evans. Reared in Eatonton by grandparents James and Georgia Lawrence, he was the eldest of three siblings and a member of St. John AME Church. After graduating from Butler-Baker High School, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War before marrying the former Annie Mae Dennis and moving to Michigan to work for the Ford Motor Company. Returning to Eatonton, he later married the former Alonzeda Lawson. Survivors include two sons, Daryon Curtis Evans of Eatonton and Jacques Reid-Gantt (Sharon) of Atlanta; one daughter, Stacey (Paul) Moreland of Covington; two brothers, Gathan Evans of Arizona and Gregory Evans of Illinois; four sisters, Georgette (Isaac) Brown of Michigan, Carlene Evens, Barbara Evans and Angelique Evans, all of Illinois; stepmother, Clairinda Evans; two grandsons, Cedric Dennis and Paul Moreland Jr.; stepgrandson, Cortez Dennis; granddaughters, Valencia Reid, Diane Reid, Sharon Reid and Nyah Dobb, all of Boston, Mass.; two great-grandchildren; uncle, James T. Lawrence of Eatonton; aunts, Corzette Ruff, Deloris Fintch and Mildred Heath; special family members, Ulysses Cooper, Maudie Evans, Jewell Thomas and Ruth Evans; friend, Nora Mathis; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service was Saturday, Oct. 27 in St. John AME Church with the Rev. Wayne Griffin officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Church Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 583 served as pallbearers, and the Butler-Baker Class of 1965 was flower bearers. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
Katherine W. Farley
Katherine West Farley, called with much affection “Mrs. Katso” or “Big Mamma” was born on April 13, 1934 in Putnam County. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Charlie Gene and Emma Jackson West. She was joined in holy matrimony to Mr. Oris Farley. To this union, eight children were born, and one child preceded her in death. She was a member of Union Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health failed. Survivors include husband, Oris Farley Sr.; seven children, Oris (Ruby) Farley Jr., of Conyers, Anthony (Dorothy) Farley Sr., Alonzo Farley, Ferdinand Farley Sr., all of Eatonton, Audie (Angela) Farley Sr., of Macon, Jennifer Farley (Jerome) Dickerson Sr., of Louisville, Ken., and Brent A. Farley Sr. of Grovetown; brothers, Harvey West, Joe Obie West and Leon West, all of Miami, Fla., Bobby (Theodore) West of Eatonton, Larry West and Norris West of Atlanta; sisters, Rosa Mae Harris of Cincinnati, Ohio, Beatrice Gause of Miami, Fla., Bonnie J. Hatcher and Geneva West of Atlanta; one brother-in-law, Ulysses (Deloris) Farley, III of Port Huenema, Cal.; one aunt-in-law, Margaret Farley Hargrove of Americus; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service was Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Union Baptist Church in Eatonton with Elder Jesse Porter officiating. Interment followed in East Eatonton Cemetery. Pallbearers and flower bearers were friends of the family. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
Jack K. Herndon
Jack Kenneth Herndon, 82, of 250 SW Shelton, Drive in Eatonton, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007 in a local hospital. Son of the late James Adolphus Herndon and the late Nancy Caldwell Herndon, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an avid fisherman and loved his dog Earnhardt. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa Kwiecien. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Herndon of Eatonton; stepchildren, Kevin Berrow and David Berrow, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Lee Merida of Newnan and Patrisa Overstreet of Surrency; stepgrandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were Saturday, Oct. 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 4406, Macon, GA 31208. Hart’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Robert M. Belk
Robert Michael Belk, 81, of Eatonton, formerly of Atlanta, died Oct. 13, 2007. Born Sept. 27, 1926 in Cairo, he spent much of his life in Sandy Spings. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1949 with a Bachelors of Administration degree and as a member of Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity and the Letterman’s club. He had a distinguished career with Trust Company of Georgia (now SunTrust Bank) as vice president and assistant secretary of the corporate trust department for 25 years. In 1967, he graduated magna cum laude from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jenelle; daughter, Jennifer Linn and son-in-law Derek Todd; son, Charles Michael; granddaughter Kimberly Linn Belk; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Memorial service was Oct. 17 at Arlington Chapel in Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Putnam General Hospital, 101 Lake Oconee Pkwy., Eatonton, GA 31024 in memory of Bob Belk or to the charity of your choice. H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel in Sandy Springs was in charge of arrangements.
Leslie Joy Brooks Osborne
Leslie Joy Brooks Osborne, 26, died Thursday Oct. 18, 2007. Born Nov. 28, 1980, she was a life long resident of Sparta and Director of Nursing at the Sparta Health Care Center. She graduated from John Hancock Academy and Georgia College & State University where she received her B.S degree in nursing. She was a member Sparta Baptist Church and taught Sunday School. She was preceded in death by her grandfather L.R. “Byrd” Brooks. Survivors include her husband Clint Osborne, her daughter Allie Joy Osborne, her parents Tommy and Wanda Brooks all of Sparta, her father and mother-in-law Randy and Lynda Thigpen of Milledgeville, her brother Richard Boyer (Jill) of Eatonton, her grandparents; John and Joy Hill of Sparta and Mary Brooks of Thomson. Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at Sparta Baptist Church with Rev. Alan McCoy and Rev. Jerry Bradley officiating. Burial followed at Sparta Cemetery. Friends who wish to make contributions may make them to Sparta Baptist Church or the Allie Osborne Educational Fund c/o United Security Bank P.O. Box 100 Sparta, GA 31087.
Edmond “Dog” Farley, 66, of Eatonton, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. A native of Putnam County, he was born Aug. 16, 1941 to the late Charlie and Annie Laura Farley of Eatonton. He was a 1961 graduate of Butler-Baker School and member of St. John AME Church. He was married to the former Annie Ruth Dennis and was an employee of Enterprise Aluminum Company. Survivors include three sons, Edmond D. (Mary) Farley of Killeen, Texas, Calvin T. (Margaret) Farley and Bryant C. Farley, both of Eatonton; two daughters, Stephanie Farley of Atlanta and Patricia A. Davis-Little of Eatonton; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Julia Maw Pharms of Atlanta, Dorothy Farley Bradley Adams of Newark, N.J., and Georgia Evans of Lithonia; three brothers, George Jordan and Willie F. (Annie) Farley, both of Eatonton, and Jimmy Farley of Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Funeral service was Thursday, Oct. 18 in St. John AME Church with the Reb. Wayne Griffin officiating. The Butler-Baker Class of 1961 served as pallbearers with Putnam Masonic Lodge No. 170 serving as honorary pallbearers. Flower bearers were high school classmates and Putnam Chapter No. 34 Order of the Eastern Star. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
Cherry L. Dennis
Cherry Lowe Dennis, 51, of Eatonton, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. A Putnam County native, she was born March 28, 1956 and was the third child of John and Adella Lowe. Educated in Putnam County Schools, she was a majorette and cheerleader and worked as a candy-striper at Putnam General Hospital. She would marry Adolphus Dennis Sr. and work at Enterprise Aluminum Company, Kaiser-Warren and Pactiv in Covington before working at Ritz-Carlton. She was preceded in death by a son, Cornelius LaTrovor Lowe. Survivors include two sons, Kelsey Lowe and Nyren Dennis; parents, John and Adella Lowe; siblings, Everett Lowe, Janice (Jerry) Owens of Chicago Heights, Ill., Aubry (Mary) Lowe, Devery (Jackie) Lowe, Marion Lowe and Rodney Lowe, all of Eatonton, Kendrick (Avary) Lowe of Jonesboro, Pricilla Reeves, Jerome Pennamon and Curtis Walton; special friend, James Nelson; special aunt, Johnnie Penn; other aunts and uncles; a loyal and devoted family, Adolphus, Mozelle, Briana and DJ Dennis; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service was Tuesday, Oct. 16 at St. John AME Church with the Rev. Wayne Griffin officiating. Interment followed in East Eatonton Cemetery. Pallbearers were friends and the Putnam County High School Class of 1974. PCHS classmates were also flower bearers. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ulycess Cooper, 70, of Eatonton, died Friday, May 2, 2008. A native of Eatonton, he was born Dec. 25, 1937 to the late Julia Mae Cooper. Affectionately known as “Red,” he joined Jefferson Baptist Church, where he was an ordained deacon. He was also a member of the Senior Choir. Survivors include wife, Julia S. Cooper; son, Duane L. Cooper; stepchildren, Gladys Cooper, James Cooper and Lucille Cooper; brothers, Frank Cooper and wife Judy, and Ramaus Cooper and wife Linda; aunt, Pearl Banks; special friends, Emory Arnold and family; extended family, Johnny Harrell and family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 7 at Jefferson Baptist Church with the Rev. W.J. Reid officiating. Interment followed at East Eatonton City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Harrell, Robert Parham Jr., Eric Simmons, Mario Simmons, Emory Arnold and Kevin Reid. Cousins and friends served as flower bearers. Bernard’s Family Funeral Care of Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
John A. Crutchfield
John A. Crutchfield, 54, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 . A native of Fort Valley, he lived in Conyers for 23 years before living the past two years on Lake Sinclair. He was a retired warehouse materials supervisor and member of Rockdale Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Hume Crutchfield of Sparta; step-daughter, Kimberly Russell of Buford; parents, Clyde Y. and Ruth Young Crutchfield of Fort Valley; and brother, Tommy Joe Crutchfield of Fort Valley. Funeral service was Monday, May 5 in Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Milledgeville. Interment will be private. Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Milledgeville was in charge of arrangements.
Albert M. Jones
Albert Malcom Jones, 80, of Milledgeville, died Friday, May 2, 2008 at Coliseum Medical Center in Macon. A native of Oglethorpe County, he was born July 2, 1927 to the late Roy B. Jones Sr. and Mazell Seymour Jones. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Welch Jones, and a sister, Doris Bruce. Survivors include his wife, Delores Kelly Jones of Milledgeville; children, Wanda Thompkins and husband Jerry of Milledgeville, Mack Jones and wife Teresa of McIntyre, Elizabeth Massey and husband Jack of Milledgeville, John Terry Jones of Milledgeville, La Donna Willis of Milledgeville, and Spencer Souders and wife Wanda of Ellabell; 16 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Larry Jones and Roy Jones Jr., both of Eatonton. Funeral service was Monday, May 5 at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton with the Rev. Scott Doster officiating. Interment followed in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were Kenny Bass, Jimmy Jones, Bryan Jones, Tommy Poore, Donald Shipp and Joey Harrison. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
James J. Page
James Jefferson Page, 59, of Eatonton, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at Athens Regional Hospital. He was preceded in death by a wife, Jayne Spell Page, and his parents, James Henry Page Jr. and Marjorie Pye Page. Survivors include wife Madeleine Page; daughter, Meredith Page Jones and husband Troy of Lawrenceville; grandson, James Neil Jones; sister, Rebecca Page Fell and husband Michael of Savannah; niece, Stacey Fell Mell and husband Jeff; nephew, Michael Fell Jr. and wife Jennifer; and great-nephews, Matthew Mell and Ryan Mell. Funeral service was Sunday, May 4 at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Eatonton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Eatonton or the charity of choice. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.
Dorcas B. Coley
Dorcas “Dottie” Bolick Coley, 65, of Hickory, N.C., died Monday, April 21, 2008 at her residence. Born Aug. 17, 1942 in Hickory, she was a daughter of the late Norman Marshall and Dorcas Lucille Gilbert Bolick. She attended Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. In 1969, Bill and Dottie Coley founded Lee Industries, where she was vice president of merchandising for over 30 years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory, avid volunteer for the Hickory Community Theater and member of the board of directors of Flynn Home. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Ginny Collett and husband John and Susanne McMillan and husband Tom, all of Charlotte; sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Coley and wife Clair of Eatonton, and Norman Coley and wife Bondi of Conover, N.C.; grandchildren, Garrison and Anna Clair Coley, Bo and Decker Coley, J.C. Coley, Addy Collett, Mary Coley, Luci and Tommy McMillan; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Marsha Russell and husband Tom of Hendersonville, N.C., and Mary Pat Yarborough and husband, Wayne of Newton, N.C. Memorial service was Friday, April 25 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, N.C. The Revs. Richard Schwandt and Paul Birner officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Safe Harbour Rescue Mission, 615 2nd Ave. SW, Hickory, NC 28602 or to Christ Lutheran Church, 324 2nd Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602. Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Conover, N.C., were in charge of arrangements.
Ernest O. Duckworth
Ernest Oliver Duckworth Sr., 85, of Holiday, Fla., died Friday, April 18, 2008, at his residence. He was born in Jasper County to the late Earl Duckworth and Lilly Mae Yancy Duckworth. He moved to Florida in 1952. He was a heavy equipment operator with the county and state road construction. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Eugene Duckworth and George Milton Duckworth. Survivors include his wife, Lilly Louise Cochran Duckworth of Holiday, Fla.; children and spouses, Ernest Jr. and JoAnn Duckworth of New Port Richey, Fla., and Frances Hash and Judy and Steve Cook, both of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Hoyt Duckworth of Macon and Grover Duckworth of Long Island, N.Y. Funeral service was Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the chapel of Jordan Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. John Brown officiating. Interment followed in Union Chapel Cemetery in Eatonton. Jordan Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements.
John P. Jones
John Paul Jones, 88, of Eatonton, died Friday, April 25, 2008 at Putnam General Hospital. Born in Putnam County on Dec. 20, 1919 and raised in the Rockville community, he was son of the late John Thomas Jones and Anna Adams Little. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a distribution manager at the aluminum plant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Ruth Wooten Jones. Survivors include daughters, Anne J. Hudson and husband Joe of Eatonton and Paula Spivy and husband of Holt of Eatonton; four grandchildren, Derek Hudson and wife Season, Dawn Knowles, Deana Griffin and husband Nathan, and Jared Spivey; two great-grandchildren, Kennedie Hudson and Maggie Elizabeth Griffin. Funeral service was Sunday, April 27 at First United Methodist Church in Eatonton with the Rev. Peggy Little officiating. Interment followed at Eatonton Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jeff Wooten, Ricky Wooten, Tony Fuller, Tim Fuller, Tod Fuller, Steve Gregory, Roy Embry and Harry Hudson. Honorary pallbearers were Robinson Dance Sunday school. The family requests memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church in Eatonton or the charity of choice. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.