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Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home, Funeral, Cremation, Independently Owned, Eastman, Georgia
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W. M. "DUCK" HOLDER, JR.
1938 - February 18, 2019

MR. WILL MATTHEW “DUCK” HOLDER, JR., age 80, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, February 18, 2019 at Serenity Hospice in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, February 20, at Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. Daniel Cook and Mr. Douglas Holder officiating, with interment in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Duck was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Bethel Baptist Church, a graduate of Dodge County High School, a former employee of the Eastman Cotton Mill, a former machinist for Blue Bird Body Company for over 3 years, and a retired truck driver and warehouse employee of Alfred Dorman. He loving playing the piano, picking his guitar, and joking and spending time with his family and friends. He was son of the late Pearl Howell Holder and Will Matthew Holder, Sr. and was preceded in death by his former Wife, Sue Pruett Howell, 2 Children, Marlene Holder and Mitchell Holder, Sister, Lila Holder Johns and Brother, Jimmy Holder.

Survivors: 3 Sons – Douglas Holder (LaRita), Anthony Holder, and Ashley Holder (Anissa) all of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Chris Rogers (Wendy), Cierra Holder Ciucevich (Joshua), Wil Holder, Logan Holder Cason (Paul), Jordan Fountain, Anna Holder, Jake Holder, and Katelyn Fountain; 6 Great-Grandchildren – Annaleise Rogers, Tristian Fountain, Morgan Fountain, Aubrey Cason, Bjorn Cason, and Jaxon Ciucevich; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ashley and Anissa Holder, 1407 Gresston Baptist Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, February 19.

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BRENDA PARKER YAWN
1952 - February 17, 2019

MRS. BRENDA FAYE PARKER YAWN, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, February 19, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Dahl McDermitt, Jr. and Rev. Fred Parker officiating, with interment in Antioch #1 Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Greg Cook officiating.

Brenda was born in McRae, a member of Antioch #1 Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Lithonia Lighting Company for over 20 years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was an avid gardener, enjoyed the outdoors, and loved fishing, cooking, church activities, and taking care of her family. She was daughter of the late Sarah Vaughn Parker and William Albert Parker, widow of Warren Max Yawn, and was preceded in death by 6 Siblings, Dorothy P. Floyd, Peggy P. Wyatt, Annette P. White, Cecil Parker, Carl Parker, and Jerry L. Parker.

Survivors: 4 Daughters – Denise Seay (Derek) of Lizella, Sara Schmitz, Kim Floyd (Jay), and Angela Batts all of Eastman; 2 Sons – Mark Brown (Tonya) and Scott Gurien both of Eastman; 14 Grandchildren – Jacob Gurien, Nathan Gurien, Crystal Graham, Hunter Graham, Wendy Schmitz Johnson, Jennifer Schmitz, Taylor White, Ryan Clark, Chelsey Clark Ledford, Caleb Brown, Sarah Grace Brown, Katie Batts, Jackson Batts, and Mary Hess; 8 Great-Grandchildren; Brother – Phil Parker (Ilene) of Eastman; Very Special Friend – Linda Brewer of Valdosta; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at residence of Mark and Tonya Brown, 3239 Cochran Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, February 18. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Dubois Baptist Church, 697 GA Hwy. 87 South, Cochran, GA 31014.

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LINDA HENDRIX MULLIS
1950 - February 15, 2019

MRS. LINDA HENDRIX MULLIS , age 68, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, February 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tim Hicks officiating, with interment at 3:00PM in Good Hope Cemetery in Naylor, GA.

Mrs. Mullis was born in Eastman and was of Holiness faith. She was a Valdosta Times News Carrier for over 30 years and a retired textile spinner, working over 20 years for Reeves Brothers, Strickland Mills and Wilkerson Textiles. She was a dedicated wife of 53 years, a loving mother, sister and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Linda was an ordained minister who loved studying the word of Christ and also enjoyed spending time with her animals, who she affectionately called her fur babies. She was daughter of the late Catheline May Hendix and Edward Joel “Red” Hendrix and was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Russell Mullis, step-mother, Peggy Deloach Hendrix, and brother, James Edward Hendrix.

Survivors: 3 Sons – Larry Wayne Mullis of Valdosta, Michael Ray Mullis of Eastman, and James Joel Mullis (Monica) of Hahira; 4 Grandchildren – Anna Marie Lee, Christopher Wayne Mullis, Neva Diane Mullis, and Nathan Mullis; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Harley Mullis, Ryder Mullis, Logan Howell and Sawyer Luke Altobello; 3 Sisters – Jeanell English, Ramona Evans (Jack), and Mary Dean Hendrix; Brother – Clayton Hendrix; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Rhonda Hall and Susan Clark; Brother-in-Law – Rusty Mullis (Joanne); Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Jeanell English, 381 Rozar Goolsby Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Monday, February 18.

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NORMA JANE EAGERTON
1925 - February 8, 2019

MRS. NORMA JANE WALLS EAGERTON, age 93, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, February 8, 2019 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, February 12, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Eagerton was native of Montgomery, AL, a 1949 graduate of Sidney Lanier High School, a dedicated member of Eastman First Baptist Church, and a faithful church worker. She was a homemaker and a loving wife and mother, always thinking about others and was a very selfless soul. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, reading, doing crafts, and writing poetry. She was full of love and extended it to many in her lifetime. She was daughter of the late Addie Jane Spivey Walls and Charles Earle Walls, widow of Herbert B. Eagerton, Jr., and was preceded in death by her son, Sonny Eagerton.

Survivors: 1 Daughter – Careen E. Fordham (Al) of Eastman; Chosen Children – Sophary Theng Burnet (Arthur), Jon Hourk (Katrucha), and Niki Coogler Artavia (Wagner); 2 Sisters – Nancy Bertha Walls Allen of Montgomery, AL and Edna Earle Walls Eagerton of Hope Hull, AL; Sister-in-Law – Carole Eagerton of Hope Hull, AL; Brother-in-Law – Warren Ward of Montogemery AL; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Careen and Al Fordham, 1104 7th Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, February 11. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Vince Taylor Scholarship Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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BOB SOMERVILLE
1954 - February 6, 2019

MR. ROBERT LEON “BOB” SOMERVILLE, age 62, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, February 10, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Arnold Rye officiating.

Mr. Somerville was born in Munising, Michigan, a 1973 graduate of William Mather High School, and had lived in Eastman since 1995. He was a retired manager of a carpet transportation business, a former mechanic, warehouse manager, and employee of Wal-Mart in Eastman. Bob enjoyed reading and liked inventing things, the inventing process, and enjoyed spending time with his friends. He was son of the late Zola Mae Atkinson Heffner and Irving Francis Somerville, and was preceded in death by two brothers, Irving Somerville Jr. and Marvin Spivey, three infant siblings, a niece, Carolee Ann Moe, and nephew, Scott Anthony Hebert.

Survivors: Brother – Paul Markahn of Hermitage, TN; 2 Sisters – Marilyn Hebert (John) of Munising, MI and Myrtle Lynn (Charlie) of Appleton, MI; Nieces and Nephews – Jason Somerville, Diana Somerville-Early, Thomas Markahn, Jon Markahn, James Moe, Terri Moe, Jody Hebert, Irving Francis Somerville, III, Tracy Spivey and Perry Spivey; Several Great-Nieces, Great-Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-2:00PM Sunday, February 10.

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BOBBY POWELL
1947 - February 5, 2019

MR. ROBERT OWEN “BOBBY” POWELL, age 71, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Powell was born in Charleston, SC, of the Baptist faith, a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a tank operator, and was a retired construction worker. He lived in Eastman for the past 30 years, was a former employee of C & C Vinyl for over 5 years, and worked for Scott Holder for several years. He loved Georgia Bulldogs football, outdoor activities, and enjoyed spending time with his friends. Bobby was son of the late Elsie Lorraine August Powell and Owen Powell.

He is survived by his numerous friends including: Lillie Mae Coleman, Donna Coleman, Denton Coleman, and Scott Holder.

The family may be contacted at the Coleman residence, 6026 North Street, Eastman.

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BARBARA WALTERS
1952 - February 5, 2019

MRS. BARBARA ANN MYERS WALTERS, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, February 8, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating, with interment in Antioch #1 Baptist Church Cemetery.

Barbara was a native of Bleckley County, a member of Antioch #1 Baptist Church, and a 38 year retired employee of Lithonia Lighting. She was very active in church activities and the Joy Ministry group at Antioch #1 and she enjoyed spoiling her dog “Izzy”, camping with her husband and their friends, fishing, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was daughter of the late Bertie Mae Ussery Myers and S.C. Myers and was preceded in death by a Brother, Chris Myers.

Survivors: Husband of 40 years – Thomas E. “Pee Wee” Walters of Eastman; 5 Daughters – Michelle Hendrix (Terry) of Cochran, Amy Darden (Stephen), Jennye Harris both of Kathleen, Lee Dunaway (Scotty) of Hawkinsville, and Tiffany Sheffield (Cody) of Eastman; Son – Thomas Walters, Jr. of Warner Robins; 13 Grandchildren – Jacob Hendrix (Morgane), Jonathan Hendrix, Kenzie Smart (Jeremy), Logan Grier, Chase Darden, Logan Darden, Tyler Catoe, Madi Harris, Ashly Posey (Chris), Melissa Smith, Madi Dunaway, Tucker Sheffield, and Ty Sheffield; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Jax Chaltry, Kennedy Chaltry, Elijah Posey, and Brody Knight; Sister – Rebecca Sparks (Rob) of Minnesota; Brothers– Stuart Myers of Cochran; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Tiffany and Cody Sheffield, 2654 Rozar Goolsby Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Friday, February 8. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Antioch #1 Baptist Church Building Fund, 3233 Antioch Church Rd., Eastman, GA 31023.

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MRS. JOYCE P. JONES
1928 - February 4, 2019

MRS. JOYCE JACQUELENE PEACOCK JONES, age 90, of Plainfield, GA, died Monday, February 4, 2019 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, February 8, at Plainfield Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Tim Tanner officiating.

Mrs. Jones was a born in Plainfield, a member of Plainfield Baptist Church, a graduate of Chauncey High School, and a homemaker. She loved ceramics, tending her flowers, camping trips, spending time with her family, friends and church family, and was very involved with the Operation Christmas Child program. She was the daughter of the late Minnie Bland Peacock and W. Math Peacock, widow of L. Ray Jones, and was preceded in death by a Sister, Louise Peacock Walker, 2 Brothers, Rev. Carl Peacock and Hudson Peacock, and a Son-in-Law, Michael Gatlin.

Survivors: 1 Daughter – Cindy Jones Gatlin of Griffin; 2 Sons – Richard M. Jones (June) and Scotty Jones both of Eastman; 2 Grandsons – Matt Jones (Paula) of Eastman and Andy Jones (Lauren) of Flintstone, GA; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Ellie Jones, Leighton Jones, Jack Jones, and Logan Jones; Sister-in-Law – Neva Peacock of Atlanta; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Jones residence, 185 Plainfield Rd., Eastman. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Plainfield Baptist Church Operation Christmas Child program or Plainfield Baptist Church Renovation Fund.

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WILLIAM EDWARD BURCH
1970 - February 4, 2019

MR. WILLIAM EDWARD BURCH, age 49, of Dublin, GA, died Monday, February 4, 2019 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, February 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tyler Kirkley officiating.

Edward was born in Dublin, of the Christian faith, a 1988 graduate of Dodge County High School, and a truck driver for W.T. Howell & Sons. He was a truck driver for over 25 years, who enjoyed trucking and was affectionately known by his trucker handle “Casper”. He enjoyed listening to music, hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. He was a dedicated father, son, brother, and grandson. Edward was preceded in death by his Father, Cary Burch.

Survivors: Mother – Wanda Roland Allen (Donnie) of Dublin; Daughter – Melinda Burch of Eastman; Grandmother – Rosie Mae Roland; 4 Sisters – Dusty Beck (John Mullis), Melinda Roland (Andy) both of Eastman, Tina Umbao of Dublin, and Sherry Burch of Valdosta; 2 Brothers – Danny Barber (Kelly) of Athens, TN and Adam Burch of Vienna, GA; Step-Mother – Carlene Burch of Vienna; Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Wanda and Donnie Allen, 880 Rock Springs Drive, Dublin, GA. In lieu of flowers please contact Wanda Allen (478) 484-8499.

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DAVID BOYD
1944 - February 4, 2019

MR. DAVID ALEXANDER BOYD, age 74, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, February 4, 2019 at Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, February 6, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Chuck Taylor and Rev. John Mobley officiating, with interment in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Boyd was born in Macon, raised in Statham, GA, but loved and spent many years in Rhine. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, a 1963 graduate of Lanier High School, attended Middle Georgia College, a 5 year veteran of the Georgia National Guard, and was a 41 year retired electrical equipment repairman at Robins AFB. David enjoyed collecting guns, hunting, participating in outdoor activities, reading, and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and church family. He was a son of the late Ina Avern Hammond Boyd and Carl Mays Boyd and was preceded in death by a Brother, Durward Mays “Red” Boyd and Sister-in-Law, Alice Hicks Boyd.

Survivors: Beloved wife of 51 years – Linda Hilliard Boyd of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Donna Boyd Purvis (Stacey) and Angie Boyd Burch (Ed) both of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Will Purvis (Wendy), Jonathan David Sheffield, Ina Grace Purvis, and Isabelle Lee Burch; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Lindsey Keen, Mason Jones, and Raleigh Purvis; 3 Brothers-in-Law – Wayne Hilliard (Wanda) of Rhine, Stevie Hilliard (Theda) of Edgefield, SC, and Earl Hilliard (Jane) of Hawkinsville; 11 Nieces and Nephews – Ed Boyd (Georgia), Dubs Boyd (Mary Jo), Gerry Boyd Bannon, Lally Boyd Weaver (Joey), Tracy Hickman (Andy), Trina Franklin (Cal), Lacey Dellinger (Matt), Matt Hilliard, Mark Hilliard (Katrina), Mike Hilliard (Dottie), and Tim Hilliard (Pauline); Numerous Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Donna and Stacey Purvis, 926 Gum Swamp Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, February 5.

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SARAH PEZOLD
1949 - January 27, 2019

MRS. SARAH ELLEN BURCH PEZOLD, age 69, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, January 27, 2019 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, January 31, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Andy Brownley officiating, with interment in Burch Family Cemetery.

Sarah was born in Dublin, a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, a graduate of Laurens County High School, and graduated secretarial school at Middle Georgia College. She was a former bookkeeper at Graham and Barrentine CPA in Dublin, an employee of Silver Edge Manufacturing in Dublin, a former employee at DACI of Dublin, a secretary and paraprofessional for the Laurens County Board of Education, and a former bookkeeper for McDonald’s. Sarah discovered her true passion with the addition of an in home nursery built by Tom. She cared for six infants at a time up to one year of age and loved each as her own. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister who enjoyed making ceramics, cookout gatherings, traveling and being with her family, her nieces and her nephews, and was affectionately known by her family as “Aunt Tom”. She showed amazing resilience, strength, and courage and always made others laugh and smile throughout her entire life. She was preceded in death by her Father, Joseph Lewis Burch, an Infant Baby Sister, and her favorite canine companion, Dakota.

Survivors: Husband of 40 years – Tom Pezold of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Mindy Evans (Paige Pittman) of Stone Mountain and Jennifer Campbell (Robert) of Wilmington Island, GA; Mother – Ellen Walker Burch Phagan (Dewitt) of Eastman; Sister – Rebecca Moore (Ollie B.) of Cedar Grove; Brother – Joe Burch (Sandra) of Cedar Grove; Sister-in-Law – Celine Livingston; 5 Brothers-in-Law – Fred Pezold (Loretta), Bill Pezold (Sandi), Jack Pezold (JoRhee), Ralph Pezold (Nancy), and George Seibles; Numerous Nieces and Nephews including – Chad Burch, Ashley Burch, Dana Moore, Susan Moore, and Jeffrey Moore (Rachel); Numerous Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews including – C.J. Burch, Savannah Burch, Madison Moore, and Makenzie Moore; Faithful Canine Companion – Bailey.

The family may be contacted at the Pezold residence, 1352 Hawkinsville Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Thursday, January 31. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 North Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, Ronald McDonald House, 1160 Forsyth Street, Macon, GA 31201, or Cedar Grove United Methodist Church % Heather Browning, 5050 Hwy. 441 South, Dublin, GA 31021.

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MRS. JIMMIE PIPER
1946 - January 26, 2019

MRS. JIMMIE ALICE FOSKEY PIPER, age 72, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, January 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dwayne Burney and Rev. Tyler Kirkley officiating, with interment in Ocmulgee Cemetery, with Rev. Adam Martin officiating.

Mrs. Piper was born in Dublin, a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Helena, and a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend who sang weekly on a WUFF radio gospel show in the 1970s. She was daughter of the late Thelma Hall Foskey and Jim Foskey, and was preceded in death by 3 Sisters, Clara Simmons, Claudia Maddox, and Diane Sheffield, and a Brother, Junior Foskey.

Survivors: Husband of 56 years – Dempsey Piper of Eastman; Daughter – Wendy Noel (Phil) of Cadwell; 2 Sons – Jim Piper of Eastman and Tommy Piper of Pooler; 8 Grandchildren – Dusty Durden (Morgan), Ricky Don “Rick” Barnwell, Jr. (Cayla), Dylan Matthew Barnwell (Chelsea), Jay Piper (Skylar), Tiffany Lockhart (Keith Payne), Barbie Pearce (Blake), Buddy Piper (Devon), and Brooke Thomas (Dustin); 16 Great-Grandchildren – Brooklyn Lockhart, Hunter Kirkley, Tucker Howell, Harley Jack “Big Man” Jones, Char-lei Jones, Zane Piper, Piper Jones, Dezzi Thomas, Holden “Chunk” Thomas, Kaiden Thomas, Oakley Thomas, Zadie Rose Piper, Aiden Barnwell, Kalyn Barnwell, Olivia Barnwell, and Prudence Durden; 2 Sisters – Maudie Martin (Randy) of Eastman and Martha “Mot” Pritchett (Roy) of Cochran; 2 Brothers – Cleve Foskey (Joan) of Guyton and Clarence Foskey (Clint Sims) of Macon; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Piper residence, 711 Gum Swamp Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, January 28. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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CHARLES R. ETHERIDGE
1936 - January 15, 2019

MR. CHARLES RUSSELL ETHERIDGE, age 82, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Southland Healthcare and Rehab in Dublin, GA.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, January 17, at Zebulon Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Royce McClelland officiating.

Mr. Etheridge was born and lived his entire life in Dodge County. He was the son of the late Otto and Lou Etheridge of Eastman. He was of the Baptist faith. He grew up attending Zebulon Baptist Church and was a member there, and later in life he attended Ocmulgee Baptist Church and Plainfield Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He was preceded in death by his wife Guynell Williams Etheridge, sister Betty Etheridge Scarborough, and his step-son Anthony Neal Clark.

Survivors: 4 Daughters – Sheila Etheridge Bradham (J.B.) of South Carolina, Shirley Newman (Mike) of Hawkinsville, Vickie Etheridge Collins of Shelbyville, TN, and Tonya Rawls of Dublin; 3 Sons – Keith Etheridge (Chrissy Griffin) of Dexter, Glen Etheridge (Tammy) of Warner Robins, and Sidney Etheridge (Jackie) of Apalachicola, FL; Step-Daughter – Debbie Brantley (Todd Singleton) of Eastman; Step-Son – Keith Clark (Cathy) of Eastman; Sisters – Sandra Etheridge Ross and Linda Etheridge Dale (Wayne) of Bryon; Numerous Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Keith Etheridge 1087 Mark Wood Road, Dexter, GA, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00-10:45AM Thursday, January 17.

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MR. HENRY SANFORD
1952 - January 13, 2019

MR. HENRY CHARLES SANFORD , age 66, of Adrian, GA, died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Dublinair Nursing Home in Dublin.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, January 26, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Rhine with Mr. Bobby Joe Ryals officiating.

Henry was born in McRae, of the Baptist faith, was a lifelong logger, retired employee of Hercules, Inc., and a family farm manager for the last 10 years. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Henry was son of the late Ethel Bowen Sanford and Tommy Sanford, Sr. and was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Sanford, Jr.

Survivors: Daughter – Kristy Sanford Seidel (Gavin) of Jupiter, FL; 2 Sons – Henry Charles Sanford, Jr. and Walker Sanford both of Adrian; 3 Grandchildren – Asher Seidel, Paisley Strickland, and Kailee McDaniel; 5 Sisters – Annelle Spires of Eastman, Vivian Hutchinson, Rozelle Farmer both of Milledgeville, Faye Wells (Stanley) of Jacksonville, GA, and Ethelene Harrelson (Larry) of Lexington, NC; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

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MRS. PEGGY G. SPIRES
1941 - January 11, 2019

MRS. PEGGY ELIZABETH GRUBBS SPIRES, age 77, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, January 11, 2019 at Dodge County Hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, January 13, at Southerland Funeral Chapel with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Zion Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Spires was born in Eastman, a member of Grace Baptist Church, and a loving mother, grandmother, and sister who enjoyed sewing, spending time and caring for her family. She was a retired seamstress for C&J Manufacturing where she worked for over 25 years. Peggy was daughter of the late Mary Velma Pridgen Grubbs and Seaborn Joe Grubbs, and was preceded in death by a Daughter, Susan Michelle Spires, Son, Charles Eugene NeSmith, Grandson, Jeffrey “Buddy” NeSmith, Jr., and Brother, Charles Grubbs.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Donna Sue NeSmith of Cadwell and Jenny McCardle (Mark) of Springfield; Son – Jeffrey NeSmith (Donna Kay) of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Valerie Herndon (Jerry), Cindy Steinmann (Sean Courtenay), Joel NeSmith, Corrie Bearden, Lily Michelle McCardle, Sara Rose McCardle, Julie Leverette (Chris), and Josh Fowler (April); 2 Great-Grandchildren – Caleb Herndon and Isla Bearden; 5 Sisters – Patsy Peacock, Judy Boutwell (Sonny), Susan Woodard (Bill) all of Eastman, Lynn Reid of Dublin, Jackie Conley of McRae; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, January 13.

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MARTHA BURNEY
1945 - January 4, 2019

MRS. MARTHA JO TAYLOR BLAIR BURNEY, age 73, of Eastman, GA, went to be with her heavenly Father surrounded by her family on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Medical Center Navicent Health in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, January 9, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dwayne Burney, Rev. Randall Hodge, and Rev. Leonard Hodge officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Burney was born in Hawkinsville, a lifelong member, church secretary and treasurer at First Congregational Holiness Church of Hawkinsville, and a retired cosmetologist and hairdresser for over 50 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and watching Atlanta Braves baseball and the Georgia Bulldogs football. Martha was daughter of the late Lorene Taylor Smith and Joseph Henry Taylor and was preceded in death by her Husband, Roy Blair, and her Companion of 15 years, Happy Jack Gideon.

Survivors: Daughter – Deborah Burney Howell (Johnny) of Eastman; Son – Dwayne Burney (Lisa) of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Sam Burney (Jada), Jimmy Burney (Jana), Tiffany Lockhart (Keith Payne), Felicia Woods (Stetson), and Tommy Howell (Taylor Krueger); 6 Great-Grandchildren – Ez Burney, Brooklyn Lockhart, Eli Burney, Eliza Burney, Heidi Howell, and Elliana Burney; Sister – Nancy Cannon (Ronnie) of Macon; Step-Sister – Barbara Ferguson of California; 2 Step-Brothers – Jimmy Smith (Donna) of Augusta and Lewis Smith of Texas; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Burney residence, 5134 Sheldon Street, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, January 8.

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TINA ENGLISH
1970 - January 3, 2019

TINA JOYCE ENGLISH , age 48, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, January 3, 2019 as the result of an automobile accident.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, January 8, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. James Alexander officiating.

Tina was a native and lifelong resident of Hawkinsville, of the Baptist faith, and was a longtime babysitter, housekeeper, and caretaker. She enjoyed shopping and spending time outdoors and being with her family and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Father, Billy Carson English.

Survivors: Mother – Brenda Googe English of Hawkinsville; 2 Daughters – Ashley English of Eastman and Brittany McDonald (Matthew Ryan Peacock) of Oakfield, GA; 2 Sons – Brendan Hudson and Brandon Hudson both of Cochran; 10 Grandchildren – Sara Beth Norris, Haley Norris, Anthony Norris, Krista Norris, Marissa Norris, Cierra Norris, Zoey Girtman, Kinsley McDonald, Brantley Thomas, and Ryker Peacock; Step-Mother – Judy English of Rochelle; Sister – Amy English of Hawkinsville; Brother – Billy English of Hawkinsville; Several Nieces and Nephews; Canine Companion – Buster.

The family may be contacted at the English residence, 5534 Russell Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Tuesday, January 8.

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DEL HARDIN
1944 - December 31, 2018

MR. ALLEN DELMER “DEL” HARDIN, age 74, of Eastman, GA died Monday, December 31, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, January 2, at Giddens Harrell Cemetery, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating.

Mr. Hardin was born in McRae and lived in Marietta since the early 1980s before moving to Eastman in 2016. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Marietta and in recent years attended Antioch #1 Baptist in Dodge County. He was a United States Army Veteran, worked as a parts manager in the 1970s at Wilbur Holland Chevrolet in McRae before working for 25 years and retiring as a warehouse manager for Progressive Lighting in Marietta. He was preceded in death by his Wife of 26 years, Joanne Giddens Hardin, Father, Albert “Tab” Hardin, Sister, Carolyn H. “Cookie” Peede, and Brother, Walter O. “Bobo” Hardin.

Survivors: Daughter – Dana Hardin Sheffield (Davey) of Eastman; Son – Jeff Hardin; Mother – Louise Beasley Hardin of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Rebekah S. Hudson (Clay), Ben Sheffield, Brandon Howard, Corey Clark, Alana Hardin, Zachary Hardin, Tyler Hardin, and James Hardin; 2 Great-Grandsons – Flint Hudson and Braylin Howard; Sister – Linda H. Mills of Marietta; 4 Aunts – Bobbie Brown, Betty Bowen, Freida Hall, and Louise Beasley; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Dana and Davey Sheffield, 716 Antioch Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 1:00PM-1:45PM. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Antioch #1 Baptist Church Building Fund, 3233 Antioch Church Rd., Eastman, GA 31023.

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JACKSON SMITTY SMITH
1931 - December 28, 2018

JACKSON MARSHALL “SMITTY” SMITH , age 87, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, December 28, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, December 31, at Grace Baptist Church, with Rev. Lewis Miller officiating.

Smitty was born in Fitzgerald, GA and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the 141st Tank Battalion, a machinist for Stuckey’s Inc. for over 23 years, and a retired maintenance supervisor for Reynolds Metals for over 12 years. He was a retired volunteer fireman for the Eastman Fire Department, an avid sportsman and firearms enthusiast, a vintage farm equipment collector and a licensed pilot and aircraft owner. He was son of the late Alice Mae Hart Smith and Thelton Monroe Smith and widower of Zelma Knight Smith. He is preceded in death by 3 siblings, Monroe Smith, Geraldine Lyles and Billy Smith.

Survivors: Son – William M. “Billy” Smith (Jeanie) of Cordele; 2 Grandsons – Robert Marshall Smith (Brandy) and William Casey Smith (Amy) both of Cordele; 3 Great-Granddaughters – Madison Leigh Smith, Lyla Kate Smith and Paisley Kathryn Smith; 4 Sisters – Dot Hayes of Fitzgerald, Frances Bishop of Kingsland, Emily Ann Bishop (Robert) of Eatonton, and Sarah Chumbley of Blairsville; 2 Brothers – George A. Smith of Cordele and Charles L. Smith (Sarah) of LaFayette; Close family friends – Wade, Vanessa, Bruce and Taylor Hall of Eastman; Beloved Canine Companion – Tippy; Several extended family members and numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 511 Hawkinsville Hwy, Eastman, GA 31023. The family will receive friends at Grace Baptist Church from 1:30PM – 2:00PM, Monday December 31.

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JOSH HUFF
1988 - December 21, 2018

EUGENE JOSHUA “JOSH” HUFF, age 30, of Jonesboro, GA, formerly of Eastman, died Friday, December 21, 2018 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta as a result of an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, December 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Dahl McDermitt officiating, with interment in Bowers Cemetery.

Josh was born in Eastman, a member of Redeemed Biker Church in McDonough, a master carpenter, and a builder for Georgia Yard Barns in Jonesboro. He enjoyed spending time with his Wife, Cori, his Son, Braylon, and his Brothers, Jody and Justin, and Sister, Jennifer. Josh was a graduate of Dodge County High School and during his younger years he was active and excelled in sports. He loved the outdoors, bowhunting, riding motorcycles, and listening to music. He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, G.B. Huff.

Survivors: Wife – Cori Wright Huff of Jonesboro; Son – Braylon Huff of Eastman; Mother – Melanie Mullis Stapleton (Victor) of Eastman; Father – Eugene Huff of Macon; Step-Daughter – Abygail Foskey of Jonesboro; Step-Sons – Caleb Foskey and Hiram Pramuk, both of Eastman; Sister – Jennifer Huff Dancy (Brian) of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Jody Huff of Winder and Justin Huff (Brittany Trotter) of Lizella; Maternal Grandmother – Sandra Coleman Mullis of Eastman; Maternal Grandfather – Charles Turbeville of Dublin; Paternal Grandmother – Gwendolyn Swymer of Macon; Paternal Grandmother – Patsy Workman of Forsyth; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Dahl and Melissa McDermitt, 49 Paulks Place, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, December 27. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Refuge House for Ladies, 345 Pearl Bates Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023.

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MARGIE BRADY LEA
1945 - December 18, 2018

MRS. MARGIE BRADY LEA, age 73, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at her residence in Plainfield.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, December 21, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dwaine Dunn officiating, with interment in Plainfield Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Lea was born in Chester, a member of Greenlawn Baptist Church, and a retired North Dodge Elementary lunchroom employee for the Dodge County Board of Education for over 17 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, yard sales, gardening, and tending to her flowers. Margie was daughter of the late Hattie Bell Woodard Brady and John “J.B.” Brady, widow of Edward Lea, and was preceded in death by her Sister, Shirley Graham.

Survivors: Daughter – Tonya Smith of Dublin; Son – Steven Alcorn (Lisa) of Ocala, FL; 3 Grandchildren – Shala Smith-Farrow (Cody), Jordan Smith, both of Eastman, and Noah Smith of Ocala, FL; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Bryson Ace Farrow and Maggie Farrow; 3 Step-Sons – Ricky Lea, Mike Lea, both of Carrollton, and Mark Lea of Mt. Dora, FL; 2 Nieces – Jan Graham of Jonesboro and Cindy Lowry of Eastman; Nephew – Michael Graham of Byron; Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Lea residence, 19 Lea Circle, Plainfield, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, December 20.

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BOBBY B. SCHELL
1936 - December 16, 2018

Bobby B. Schell, age 82, of Eastman, Georgia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on December 16, 2018 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon, Georgia after a short illness.

Mr. Schell was born on February 23, 1936 in Rentz, Georgia.

He was a 1954 graduate of Laurens High School, a 1956 graduate of Middle Georgia College, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Georgia Southern University (formerly Georgia Teacher’s College) in 1959.

A resident of Eastman since 1963, his community knows him for his service. Among his accomplishments, he was a Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Army Reserve, former President of the Lions Club, and served the Eastman Jaycees as president, in addition to holding regional, state, and national offices in the Jaycees. He was a former Eastman City Councilman as well as a three-term member of the Dodge County Board of Education. He was the announcer for Dodge County High School football for 40 years. He was the recipient of the Community Service Award from the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, was awarded the Edgar Dunlap Award for community service, and was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce. He served as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Eastman Lions’ Club Christmas parade.

He was a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He has served in several other capacities, including Pre-School Director, Sunday School Superintendent and Youth Department Teacher.

He coached high school basketball in Laurens County as a college student, coached Little League baseball, basketball and football as a parent and was an avid golfer. Once his son began playing tennis, he rarely missed a match, always cheering on his favorite player.

A proud graduate of Georgia Southern, he was a charter member of Southern Boosters as well as a member of the 1906 and Marvin S. Pittman Societies. He was a season ticket holder for the Georgia Southern Eagles football team since the opening of Paulson Stadium in 1984. There was nothing he loved more than spending a Saturday in Statesboro having only missed two home games since the revival of the team in 1982.

Schell was a retired insurance agent, and former owner of Saunders, Stuckey and Mullis, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Alfred and Bertha (Woodard) Schell.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Keen Schell of Eastman, Georgia; one son, Ross (Rachael) Schell, of Macon, Georgia; granddaughters Holland and Harper Schell, of Macon, Georgia; brother Danny (Rita) Schell of Rentz, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 19th in the Chapel of Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home, 206 5th Ave., Eastman, Georgia with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating. Burial will follow at Dublin Memorial Gardens in Dublin, Georgia. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Tuesday, December 18th, also at Stokes-Southerland.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful care given by the nurses and doctors of the Neuro Intensive Care Unit of the Medical Center, Navicent Health and Pine Pointe Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Eastman First Baptist Church General Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, Georgia 31023; Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204; or the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 8115, Statesboro, Georgia 30460.

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ANDY CROSS
1955 - December 10, 2018

MR. ANDREW PAUL “ANDY” CROSS , age 63, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, December 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Zebulon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Andy was born in Winter Park, FL, of the Christian faith, a 1973 graduate of Dodge County High School, and a retired control inspector for Alcoa, Inc. He was a former tour bus driver in Florida and enjoyed music and playing with his band Driftwood. He was a loving son, father, brother, grandfather, and was preceded in death by his Father, John J. Cross and Brother, James Cross.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Victoria LeeAnn Cross of Wildwood, FL and Jamie Marie Cross of Leesburg, FL; 4 Grandchildren – Destinii Gayle, Elexus Gayle, Mazie Bierliar, and Lorelei Wood; Mother – Lola Mae Duke Cross Farmer of Eastman; Brother – Bruce Cross (Shirley) of Apopka, FL; Former Wife – Kathleen Close Cross of Sorrento, FL; 3 Nieces and 1 Nephew.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Lola Mae Farmer, 121 Ray Roderick Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Friday, December 14.

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CHARLENE JONES
1933 - December 8, 2018

MRS. SEABIE CHARLENE JONES, age 85, formerly of Milan, GA, died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home in Eastman.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, December 11, at Antioch #2 Baptist Church in Milan, with Rev. Jack Lee and Mr. Dana Cravey officiating, with interment in Antioch #2 Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones was born in Chauncey, a graduate of Chauncey High School, a member of Antioch #2 Baptist Church, a retired secretary for Milan Manufacturing, and a former employee at Roydon Wear and Cartwright Insurance. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed fishing, traveling, playing dominos and cards, beach trips with family and friends, and loved cooking for family gatherings. Charlene was daughter of the late Frances Burch Jones and Sylvester Guyton Jones, widow of L.C. Jones Jr., who were married for over 50 years, and was preceded in death by 3 Sisters, Frankie Smith, Adine Harper and Louise Burkett.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Barbara Cravey (Eddie) of Rhine and Fran Douglas (Dennis) of Eastman; Son – Tommy Jones (Sarah) of Milan; 7 Grandchildren – Dana Cravey (Alecia), Cory Cravey (Jody), Jennifer McDermitt (Mark), Crystal Bullock (Todd), Angie Helton (Billy), Lindy Amerson (Chris) and Michelle Davis; 11 Great-Grandchildren; 4 Great-Great-Grandchildren; 4 Sisters-in-law – Doris Fussell, Linda Vaughn, Joan Jones and Annette Wood; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at residence of Eddie and Barbara Cravey, 61 4th Street, Rhine, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, December 10. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Antioch #2 Baptist Church Building Fund, 180 Antioch South Street, Milan, GA 31060.

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JUANITA HALL
1927 - December 4, 2018

MRS. JUANITA ERMA DANIEL HALL, age 91, formerly of Byron, GA died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, December 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Brother Danny Hall and Brother Jerry King officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Hall was born in Dodge County and was a resident of Houston County before moving to Monticello for the past several years. She was a member of Cochran Field Church of God and a retired Southern GF Company telephone operator in Atlanta. Juanita was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was daughter of the late Emma Lou Scarborough Daniel and Ernest Daniel, widow of Charlie Eason Hall, and was preceded in death by three siblings, Hazel Smith, Charles Daniel and Harold Daniel, and a grandson, Daniel Hall, Jr.

Survivors: 3 Sons – Daniel “Danny” Hall, Sr. (Debbie) of Mansfield, Darrell Hall (Ann) of Burbank, CA and Dean Hall (Ginger) of Byron; Daughter – Dianne Hall of Byron; 4 Grandchildren – Jessica Burchfield (Robert), Celena Embry (Jamie), Ryan Hall, and Shane Hall; 6 Great-Grandchildren – Cory Hall, Austin Embry, Benjamin Hall, Addison Burchfield, Samantha Hall, and Brayden Hall.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Brother Danny Hall, 1290 Long Piney Road, Mansfield, GA 30055, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:00PM-2:00PM Friday, December 7.

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ARLENE GIBSON
1942 - December 2, 2018

MRS. ARLENE REYNOLDS GIBSON, age 76, of Cumming, GA, died Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Cumming, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, December 6, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dean Ropp officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Arlene was born January 17, 1942 in Dodge County to the late Mary Burnham Reynolds and Joe Brown Reynolds and was a lifelong resident of Georgia, except for 3 years in Kentucky. She was a graduate of Dodge County High School, Georgia Southwestern University, Valdosta State University, and was a member of North Lanier Baptist Church in Cumming. She was a former employee of First National Bank for 1 year, the Bank of Eastman for over 10 years, and was a retired educator for Kingsland Elementary School for over 33 years. Arlene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She had a passion for teaching, especially reading, working with toddlers in church, and faithfully studying God’s word. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren, ministering to nursing home residents, cooking, sewing, helping others, working in her yard, reading, gardening, and crossword puzzles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilton L. “Bill” Gibson.

Survivors: Son – Dr. Bradford W. Gibson and wife, Stephanie of Cumming; 2 Grandchildren – Christopher Gibson and Kennedy Gibson; 2 Sisters – Susie Harrell of Eastman and Joyce Hutchinson of Clayton; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Thursday, December 6.

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MIKE BOWEN
1956 - December 2, 2018

MR. LARRY MICHAEL “MIKE” BOWEN, age 61, of Abbeville, GA, died Sunday, December 2, 2018 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mike was born in Americus, a 1974 graduate of Sylvester High School, of the Baptist Faith, and a railroad conductor for CSX Railroad since 1978. He was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather who enjoyed fishing, playing softball and tennis, watching sports on television, and spending time with his family. He was son of the late Wylene Pearl Burnham Bowen and Laurie A. “L.A.” Bowen.

Survivors: Wife of 31 years – Cindy Fondren Bowen of Abbeville; Daughter – Hope Bowen of Marietta; Son – Brett Bowen (Maral) of Canton; Step-Daughter – Nicci Drummond of Fitzgerald; Step-Son – Jimmie Frank Drummond of Abbeville; 3 Grandchildren – Kaylee Quattlebaum, Karli Quattlebaum, and Kaigen Quattlebaum; Sister – Sharon McDonald of Albany; 3 Aunts – Linda Collins, Janette Lann both of Rhine, and Sara “Bitsy” Jones of Milan; 2 Nieces – Melissa Hillhouse (Jason) of Leesburg and Ellie McDonald of Albany; Great-Nephew – Knox Hillhouse; Great-Niece – Raegan Hillhouse; Sister-in-law – Sandy Callaway of Warner Robins; Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Bowen residence, 1044 Hwy. 129 South, Abbeville, GA 31001. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Abbeville First Baptist Church, Church Street, Abbeville, GA 31001.

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LARRY CHAPMAN
1956 - November 26, 2018

MR. LARRY JOE CHAPMAN, age 62, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, November 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Lewis Miller officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Larry was born in Macon, attended Grace Baptist Church and St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Eastman, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a long haul truck driver for over 40 years, and drove for G & M Trucking for 3 years. He loved fishing, hunting, trucking, gardening, joking around with his family and friends, and his dogs and his sweets. Larry was son of the late Betty Ann Self Thomas and Joe Allen Chapman, and was preceded in death by his Step-Mother, Wilda H. Chapman and Brother, Allen Chapman.

Survivors: Wife of 24 years – Marie Isolano Chapman of Eastman; Step-Son – Thomas Pesa of New York; 3 Sisters – Regina Girard of Cochran, Sandra May (Mark), and Brenda Rowland (Richard) both of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Roswell Chapman (Erica) of McRae and Keith Holt (Carol) of Milan; Mother-in-Law – Anne Isolano of Eastman; 2 Aunts; Numerous Nieces and Nephews; Special Family Friends – Travis and Brenda Thompson.

The family may be contacted at the Chapman residence, 795 Gresston Baptist Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, November 27.

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ROSALIE ISOLANO
1955 - November 13, 2018

ROSALIE ANNE ISOLANO, age 62, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Eastman Healthcare and Rehab.

A memorial visitation will be held at a later date.

Rosalie was born in Brooklyn, NY, of the Catholic faith, a graduate of Canarsie High School, a homemaker and caregiver, and a former crossing guard and school bus aid. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic city with her mama, watching Broadway plays, and was a member of the Rosary Society. Rosalie was preceded in death by her Father, Salvatore Isolano and a Brother, Salvatore Isolano, Jr.

Survivors: Mother – Anne Vaccarino Isolano of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Pauline Catapano (Phil) of Moorehead, NC and Marie Chapman (Larry) of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Martin Isolano (Sandy) of Starrett City, NY and Carmelo Isolano (Dora) of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Lora Isolano of New Jersey; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Marie and Larry Chapman, 795 Gresston Baptist Church Rd., Eastman. In memory of Rosalie, the family request contributions to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter.

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MRS. RUBY DENNIS
1935 - November 16, 2018

MRS. RUBY PEACOCK DENNIS, age 83, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, November 16, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, November 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Arnold Rye and Miss Kristen Hall officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Poole officiating.

Mrs. Dennis was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Ocmulgee Baptist Church, and a retired supervisor for Stuckey’s Inc. and Standard Candy Company for over 44 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who enjoyed traveling with her husband, bowling, working in her yard, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She was daughter of the late Edna Mae Gray Peacock and General Lee Peacock, widow of John William “J.W.” Dennis, and was preceded in death by a Step-Son, Larry Dennis and Grandson, Christopher “Chris” Coursey.

Survivors: Daughter – Kathy Purvis (Jeff) of Eastman; Son – David Coursey (Cathy) of Eastman; Step-Daughter – Carol Ledbetter (Donny) of Douglasville; 3 Grandchildren – Joah Purvis (Briana), Nick Ricks, and Sarah Pham (Hien); 3 Great-Grandchildren – Kaleb Collins, Jackson Pham, and Brynlee Kait Purvis; 3 Brothers – Harvard Peacock (Peggy) of Georgetown, FL, Radford Peacock of Centerville, and Caulion Peacock (Brenda) of Dublin; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Jeff and Kathy Purvis, 441 Ocmulgee Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, November 18.

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RICKY WESTON
1962 - November 13, 2018

MR. RICKY LEE WESTON, age 55, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, November 15, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Slade officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Ricky was born in McRae, GA, a 1981 graduate of Dodge County High School, where he was a member of FFA, a member of First Christian Church, and a retired farmer. He enjoyed farming, raising livestock, dancing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family, friends, and the members of the McDonald’s Coffee Crew. He was son of the late Mary Alice Newberry Weston and Steve Ross Weston and was preceded in death by a Brother, Bobby Newberry.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Cindy Weston of Eastman and Christy Weston of Cochran; 2 Grandchildren – Eithan Baggett and Amber Baggett; 3 Sisters – Linda Kennedy (Winton) of Glennville, Minnie Corbin (Lucian) of Vidalia, and Starlette Thomas (Danny) of Macon; Brother – Joseph Steve Weston of Eastman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Friends.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Thursday, November 15.

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CLAXTON MOSLEY
1950 - November 11, 2018

MR. GRADY CLAXTON MOSLEY, age 68, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, November 11, 2018 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, November 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating, with interment in Parkerson Cemetery.

Claxton was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, and a retired carpenter. He enjoyed fishing, camping, canoeing, and trips to the river. He was an avid outdoorsman, a simple man, and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Claxton was son of the late Bessie Mae Collins Sheffield and Grady Mosley, and was preceded in death by a Daughter, Amber Mosley, and Brother, Frankie Smith.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Angel Sapp (Hank), Amy Jones (Daniel), and Denna Boutwell all of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Brittney Sapp (Brian), Hannah Sapp, Madison Sapp, Aaron Braswell (Kenna), and Seth Braswell (Tiffany); Several Great-Grandchildren; 4 Sisters – Diane Haskins (James Earl Wood) of Dublin, Renee Johnson (Keith), Lori Wilcox (James), and Brenda Lane (Tim) all of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Clayton Mosley (Hilda) and Gene Sheffield (Teresa) both of Eastman; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Hank and Angel Sapp, 1953 W.P.A. Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Wednesday, November 14.

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ROSA LEE BREWER
1932 - November 8, 2018

MRS. ROSA LEE YEOMANS BREWER, age 86, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, November 10, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Mobley officiating, with interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Brewer was born in Telfair County, a member of Eastside Baptist Church, a retired beautician for over 40 years, and former owner and operator of Lee’s Country Clippers in Eastman. She used to race and show horses in Pompano, FL, and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, knitting, crafts, and participating with Operation Christmas Child, where she would make dozens of shoe boxes for kids every year. She was daughter of the late Lessie Brannan Yeomans and Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Yeomans, widow of Raleigh S. Brewer, and was preceded in death by 2 Sisters, Bertha King and Vertie Beasley.

Survivors: Daughter – Linda Cross Hartley of Eastman; Son – Otis Cross, Jr. of Eastman; 7 Grandchildren – SGM Timothy A. Hartley, Kimberly Ann Hartley, David Wayne Hartley (Kimberly), John Mathew Hartley, Amy Griffith (Mark), Jordan Lee Cross (Katie), and Kayla Nicole Cross; 11 Great-Grandchildren; 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at Brewer residence, 51 King Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, November 10.

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BESSIE DURDEN
1933 - November 5, 2018

MRS. BESSIE LOUISE COFFEE DURDEN, age 85, of Rhine, GA, died Monday, November 5, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, November 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Kim Conley officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Cemetery in Rhine.

Mrs. Durden was a member of Rhine Baptist Church, a 1949 graduate of Rhine High School, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a retired nursing home administrator for over 10 years. She was a lifelong resident of Rhine and spent the last several years at Golden Personal Care Home. She enjoyed sewing, listening to gospel music, singing in church, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Mrs. Durden was daughter of the late Margaret Reaves Coffee and Johnny Coffee, and was preceded in death by her former Husband, Clewis Durden, 3 Grandsons, Lewis Carlton Durden, John Thomas Clayton “Clay” Jones, and Thomas Denton “Tom” Durden, and a Brother, John W. “Dub” Coffee.

Survivors: Daughter – Amber Jones (Terry) of Eastman; Son – Don Durden (Marion) of Rhine; 3 Grandchildren – Annalora Jones, Morgan Durden (Dusty), and Drew Durden; 2 Great-Granddaughters – River Kate Durden and Prudence Durden; Brother – William S. “Sip” Coffee (C.A.) of Oxford, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews including a special niece – Jill Coffee of Lawrenceville.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Amber and Terry Jones, 1514 Sweet Home Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM – 2:00PM Wednesday, November 7. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

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BOBBY JOE “BEBOP” CASEY
1961 - October 30, 2018

MR. BOBBY JOE CASEY, age 56, of Milan, GA, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Casey was born in Griffin, a member of Freedom Baptist Church, and enjoyed farming, four wheeling, and the outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and he loved life and interacting with people and was affectionately known as “Bebop”. He was son of the late Alma Dunn Miller-Casey and Joe Casey and was preceded in death by numerous siblings.

Survivors: Brother – Jerry Miller of Nacogdoches, TX; Several Nieces and Nephews including - DeeDee Smith of Clayton and Bill Miller of Forsyth; Caretaker and Friend – Frank “Cracker” Smith of Milan; Family Friends – Cindy Smith, Joseph Dooley, and Roy Selph, all of Milan.

The family may be contacted at the Smith residence, 116 Mount Zion Rd., Milan. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Freedom Baptist Church, Milan, GA 31060.

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CHRISTINA PEACOCK
1977 - October 27, 2018

MRS. CHRISTINA PEACOCK, age 40, of East Dublin, GA, died Saturday, October 27, 2018 at her residence.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, October 30, at Family Worship Center in East Dublin.

Christina was born in Bainbridge, GA, a member of Family Worship Center in East Dublin, and a homemaker. She was daughter of the late Margaret Ann Tanner Peacock and Charles Everette Lamar Peacock and was preceded in death by a Son, Gustavo Sorrano and 2 Brothers, Clarence Peacock and James Peacock.

She is survived by her Husband – Pedro Jimenz Lopez of Dublin; Daughter – Hope Peacock of East Dublin; Special Friend – Travis Jennings of East Dublin; 6 Sisters – Brenda Sapp (Dennis) of Reidsville, Darlene Peacock (Felipe Rivera) of Eastman, Kathy Cruz of East Dublin, Carol Ann Peacock of Morehead, KY, Cindy Sorrano (Caso) of Lehigh Acres, FL, and Sherri Sorrano (Gustavo) of Jasper, MO; 4 Brothers – Timothy Peacock of Pitts, Carl Peacock (Liz) of Morehead, KY, Richard Peacock (Sarah) of Jasper, MO, and Eugene Peacock of Florida; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Kathy Cruz, 880 Brantley Rd. Lot 1, East Dublin, GA.

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BUBBA BASS
1941 - October 26, 2018

MR. DONNIE HUGH “BUBBA” BASS, age 77, of Ray City, GA, formerly of Eastman, GA, died Friday, October 26, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, October 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook and Mr. Darren Vaughn officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Bubba was a native of Eastman, of the Baptist Faith, and was a retired employee of Armstrong Industries for over 31 years. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman, enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em with friends, and watching Georgia Bulldogs Football. He was son of the late Stella Mullis Bass and Hugh M. Bass and was preceded in death by a Sister, Sue Harrell.

Survivors: Companion of 16 years – Janice Vaughn of Ray City, GA; Daughter – Andrea Bearden (Wes) of Eastman; Son – Chris Bass (Nancy) of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Meridith Lauren Bearden, Crosse Bearden, John Sheffield, Tristan Bass, and Archer Bass; 6 Step-Children – Donna Williams (Ralph) of Tifton, Dana Spell (Randy) of Ray City, Donald “Buddy” Vaughn (Lisa), Darren Vaughn, Derrek Vaughn all of Lakeland, GA, and Douglas Vaughn of Sparks, GA; Numerous Step-Grandchildren; Sister – Clemmie Lovvorn of McRae; Niece – Cassandra Marchant (Robbie); Nephew – Chad Lovvorn (Mallory); Baby Son - Peaknuckle.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Chris Bass, 251 River Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Monday, October 29. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter.

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LYNN OTTO SHEFFIELD
1960 - October 23, 2018

MR. LEONARD OTTO “LYNN” SHEFFIELD, age 58, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at McRae Manor Nursing Home in McRae.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Sheffield was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, and a former cook at Dairy Queen in McRae. He was a loving husband and father who enjoyed swimming, fishing, and cookouts. Lynn was son of the late Jo Williams Sheffield and Billy Sheffield and widower of Dorothy Christine Jordan Sheffield.

Survivors: Son – Andy Sheffield of Plainfield; Aunt – Sarah W. Steverson of Helena; Numerous Cousins including – Debby Allison, Dee Sharpton, Beverly Hodges, Jimmy Hodges, Melvin Durden, Greg Durden, Jerry Steverson, Edward Williams, and Wayne Williams.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Sarah Steverson, 40 Lake Street, Helena, GA 31037.

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HUDSON SMITH
1941 - October 20, 2018

MR. ERNEST HUDSON SMITH, JR., age 77, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, October 22, at Bay Springs Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Doyle Connell and Mr. Hank Sapp officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Cemetery in Plainfield.

Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of Eastman and a graduate of Dodge County High School, a member of Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a retired installer for AT&T for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time at his farm and fishing and was an avid coin collector. Hudson was son of the late Willie Bell Peacock Smith and Ernest H. Smith, Sr., and was preceded in death by 2 Sisters, Bobbie Coody and Juanita Sipes.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Wendy Pittman (Buddy), Sherry Barlow (Chris), and Lisa Williams (Royce) all of Eastman; 1 Son – Chris Smith (Cynthia) of Dexter; 6 Grandchildren – Daniel Smith, Mary Catherine Pittman, Megan Pittman, Bethany Pittman, Brittany Barlow and Taylor Barlow; 4 Great Grandchildren – Aiden, Emma, C.J., and Jackson; 1 Sister – Eleanor Jennings of Myrtle Beach, SC; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Sherry and Chris Barlow, 1839 WPA Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Bay Springs Freewill Baptist Church from 10:00AM-11:00AM Monday, October 22.

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WAYNE YAWN
1945 - October 17, 2018

MR. JIMMIE WAYNE YAWN, age 72, of Chauncey, GA, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, October 19, at Yawn-Brown Cemetery in Chauncey, with Rev. Lewis Harrell officiating.

Mr. Yawn was born in Eastman, a 1964 graduate of Dodge County High School, a member of Zion Hope Baptist Church in Chauncey, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retired machinist for Robins AFB for 31 years. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, watching Georgia Bulldogs football and NASCAR racing on television, fishing, grilling, and spending time with family. Wayne was the son of the late Marie Poole Yawn and Russell M. Yawn and was preceded in death by a Son, Jerry Snelgrove and his Father-in-Law, James Edward Carter.

Survivors: Wife of 45 years – Brenda Carter Yawn of Chauncey; Daughter – Cindy Yawn White (Billy) of Eastman; Son – Paul L. Yawn (Shanda) of Brunswick; 4 Grandchildren – Derrick Moore, Russ White, Devan Dixon, and Carter Yawn; 2 Sisters – Sue Bennett and Jan Law (Joey) both of Eastman; Mother-in-Law – Betty Jo Cone (Billy) of Soperton; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Tommy Carter (Tammy) and Randy Carter both of Soperton; Several Nieces, Nephews, Great-Nieces, and Great-Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Yawn residence, 5063 U.S. Hwy 341, Chauncey.

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MRS. JEAN HALL
1932 - October 11, 2018

MRS. SARA JEAN WOODARD HALL, age 86, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, October 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ted Goshorn, Mr. Ken Hall, Dr. Andrea Williams, and Mr. Mitch Jones officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Chuck Yzenski officiating.

Mrs. Jean was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Lovely Grove Baptist Church, a former medical records clerk for Dodge County Hospital, a former civil service employee of Robins AFB, and a retired administrative assistant for Coffee Construction Company. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, Christian Life Goodwill Center, Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, Campers on Mission, and was a former Executive Director and Board Member of Eastman-Dodge County Council on Aging. Jean was daughter of the late Mamie Lee Livingston Woodard and Robert V. Woodard, widow of James Wynton Hall, and was preceded in death by three Siblings, Penny Jones, Carson Woodard, and Bill Woodard.

Survivors: Son – Kenneth L. Hall of Eastman; Daughter-in-Law – Deborah Ross Hall of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Aubrey Sheffield (Berny) of Aiken, SC; Special Niece – Dr. Andrea Jones Williams (Andy) of Cochran; Special Nephew – Mitch Jones (Ellen) of Atlanta; Several Nieces and Nephews; Faithful Canine Companion – Tootsie.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ken and Deborah Hall, 72 Lovely Grove Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, October 14. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Eastman-Dodge County Senior Citizens Center, 5425 Oak Street Eastman, GA 31023.

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PATRICIA RAMBO
1947 - October 10, 2018

MRS. PATRICIA ANN RAMBO, age 70, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00PM Saturday, October 13, at Cottondale Baptist Church, with Rev. Chad Henley and Rev. Karen Cheek officiating.

Patricia was a native of Greenland Beach, MD, attended Cottondale Baptist Church, and a retired dispatcher for Volvo / VW in Delray Beach, FL, for over 30 years. She was a softball and baseball coach and mom and loved arts and crafts. She was a loving mother, not only to her children, but she was an amazing mother to all of her children’s friends growing up. Patricia was daughter of the late Louis Franklin Rambo, III and Emma Louise Geisselman Rambo and was preceded in death by a Sister, Florence Carmean and Great-Grandson, Kenley Greyson Rambo.

Survivors: Daughter – Kimberly White of Eastman; 3 Sons – Mark Stanley of Pasadena, Jerry Rambo (Candi) of Eastman, and Phil Rambo (Stacey) of West Palm Beach; 7 Grandchildren – Kaitlin Rambo, Savannah Rambo, Austin Rambo, Elizabeth Rambo, Christian Tyukodi, Teagan Stanley, and Meagan Rambo; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Ziya Aubree Thomas and Layton Rambo; 2 Brothers – William Rambo (Clara) of Greenland Beach and Lou Rambo of Eastman; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Great-Nieces.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Patricia Rambo, 914 Ed McCranie Circle, Eastman.

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JANET WAHL ROGERS
1961 - October 7, 2018

MRS. JANET WAHL ROGERS, , age 56, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Wednesday, October 10, at Sweet Home Baptist Church, with Dr. Al Daniell officiating, with interment in Sweet Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Rogers was born in McRae, a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church, a homemaker, and enjoyed watching daytime television. and volunteering at McRae Manor Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Sara Moore Wahl.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Kelli M. Jordan (Shane) of Elizabeth City, NC and Kristi R. Pearce (Nick) of Soperton; 4 Grandchildren – Trinity Jordan, Evan Jordan, Dawson Jordan, and Jackson Pearce; Father and Step-Mother – Henry Jack Wahl and Connie Wahl of Chauncey; Sister – Ann W. Gainus (Tommy); Brother – Brian Wahl (Marla) of Chauncey; Many Aunts and Uncles; 2 Nephews – Camden Wahl and Jeremy Williams (Sarah); Great-Niece – Cheyanne Williams.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Henry Jack Wahl, 1165 Chauncey-Rhine Hwy., Chauncey, and will receive friends in Sweet Home Baptist Church from 2:00PM-3:00PM Wednesday, October 10.

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RUSSELL “BULL” GODFREY
1961 - October 7, 2018

MR. RUSSELL L. “BULL” GODFREY, age 57, died Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM Wednesday, October 10, at Fairhaven Baptist Church, with Rev. Mark Rogers officiating, with interment in Fair Haven Baptist Church Cemetery.

Russell was born in Waycross, GA, attended Fair Haven Baptist Church, was a 1979 graduate of Dodge County High School, a Georgia Department of Corrections employee for over 27 years, and a retired maintenance engineer for Wilcox State Prison. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and enjoyed fishing, shrimping, cooking, and coaching girls softball. He was son of the late Frances Smith Dyke and Claude Godfrey.

Russell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He was always the strongest man in our eyes in which he earned the nickname “Bull”. He was loved and respected by all of his family and friends for the amazing person he was. He sacrificed so much of his time, energy, and money in the community, for the benefit of others.

Survivors: Wife of 36 years – Cerese Smith Godfrey of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Racheal “Lucy” Spires (Levi) of Rhine and Sabrina “Betsy” Covington (Kristopher) of Baxley; Son – Bryant Godfrey (Kayci) of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Riley Spires, Rhett Spires, Ansleigh Graham, and Zander Giddens; 2 Sisters – Toby Godfrey and Francis Bryant (Eric) both of Tennessee; 3 Brothers – Claude Godfrey (Angelita) of Warner Robins, Clint McCranie (Rae) of Eastman, and Marshall Dyke of Michigan; Mother-in-Law – Florence Burnam of Eastman; Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law – Ray Smith (Candi), Denise Pirkle (Benny), and April Smith; Special Aunt and Uncle – Mavis McCranie of Eastman and Wayne Cook (Sheliah); Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Godfrey residence, 1450 Jim Ross Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, October 9. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. This is a wonderful time to give back, in such a time of need...to pay it forward in honor of a man who has always been so generous and kind, who has positively influenced so many.

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MARVIN KEMP
1950 - October 6, 2018

MR. MARVIN L. KEMP, age 68, of Macon, GA, died Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Christopher Parker officiating, with interment in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Kemp was a native of Eastman, of the holiness faith, a former employee of Harrell Brothers Canning Company, and a former food service employee for Waffle House in Macon. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, trips back home to Eastman, watching Atlanta Braves baseball games, the evening news, Walker Texas Ranger, and shopping at Wal-Mart. He was son of the late Gladys Boutwell Kemp and Ira Frank Kemp and was preceded in death by 4 Sisters, Linda Jean Kemp, Dorothy Kemp Bozeman Avis Kemp Conley, and Floria Kemp Paul, and 2 Brothers, James Joseph Kemp and Claxton Kemp.

Survivors: Companion – Marie Dozier of Macon; Daughter – Sally Jo Waldon of Cleveland, TN; Son – Marvin Kemp, Jr. of Cleveland, TN; 3 Grandchildren – Jamieson Waldon, Kameilia Landry, and Chad Waldon; Sister – Eugenia Kemp Jones of Macon; 2 Brothers – Robert Kemp (Judy) of Eastman and Ray Kemp (Brenda) of Lizella; Sister-in-law – Glenda Kemp of Gresston; Brother-in-law – Eddie Lee Paul of Eastman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Robert and Judy Kemp, 127 King Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Tuesday, October 9.

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JOHN C. JOHNSON
1936 - September 29, 2018

MR. JOHN CASWELL “JOHNNY” JOHNSON, of Plainfield Community in Dodge County, died Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Dogwood Gardens in Eastman.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, October 2, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Reggie Sheffield and Rev. Tim Tanner officiating, with interment in Plainfield Baptist Church Cemetery.

Johnny was born in Newton County and was a 1954 graduate of Newton County High School. After graduation he attended the North Georgia School of Photography in Clarksville and joined the United States Air Force, graduating from the Air Force School of Photography in Denver, CO in 1956. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and a resident of Dodge County since 1957. He was a member and deacon emeritus of Plainfield Baptist Church, a retired agricultural businessman and a former co-owner and operator of Tri-County Implement Company for 11 years and Tri-County Peanut Company for 35 years. He was owner of Pineland Farms in Plainfield which was designated as a Georgia Centennial Family Farm in 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. Mr. Johnson was a former Volunteer Fireman and Fire Chief of Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department, a Certified EMT, former Assistant Coroner in Dodge County, past President and Board Member at the Dodge County Farm Bureau for 9 years, EMS Director at Dodge County Hospital for 4 years, a Red Shirt volunteer, and worked at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home for 5 years. Johnny was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was son of the late Minnie Sue Meadors Johnson and Wilbur C. Johnson and preceded in death by his Wife, Martha Jane Parkerson Johnson.

Survivors: Daughter – Lisa Johnson Glisson (David) of Statesboro; Son – Michael Caswell “Mike” Johnson, Sr. (Kathy) of Plainfield; 3 Grandchildren – Jeremy Glisson (Lindsey) of Statesboro, Michael Caswell Johnson, Jr. (Jamie) of Plainfield, and Allison Glisson Moore (Adam) of Statesboro; 6 Great-Grandchildren – Cole Glisson, Anniston Glisson, Cale Johnson, Mason Johnson, Collin Moore and Pace Moore; Sister – Clara Sue Johnson Ridling (Richard) of Covington; Several Nieces, Nephews, Great-Nieces, Great-Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Johnson residence, 166 Plainfield Road, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, October 1. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Plainfield Baptist Church Building Fund, 271 Plainfield Road, Eastman, GA 31023 or Gideons International Bibles.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the Dodge County Hospital, Dogwood Gardens Staff and residents, Hospice Care Options of Eastman, and Johnny’s Special Caregivers and Sitters.

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ROY HILLIARD
1942 - September 24, 2018

MR. ROY HILLIARD, age 76, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, September 24, 2018 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, September 26, at Stuckey Baptist Church in Glenwood, with Dr. Billy Lee officiating, with interment in Stuckey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Hilliard was a native of Rhine, of the Baptist Faith, a graduate of Dodge County High School, and attended Middle Georgia College. He was a 20 year retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, a retired aircraft mechanic for Robins AFB for over 28 years, and enjoyed woodworking, camping, the outdoors, and spending time with his family. He was son of the late Betty McDuffie Crooks and Buddy Hilliard.

Survivors: Wife of 55 years – Shirley Adams Hilliard of Eastman; Daughter – Sherry H. Adcock (Dennis) of Gallatin, TN; Son – Steven Hilliard (Lori) of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Shannon Williams (John), Sean Davis, and Dusty Thigpen; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Charlotte Hamm, Kaydence Davis, Hayden Davis, Kiley Burch, and Dawson Thigpen; Sister – Joanne Smith (Barry) of Eastman; Brother – J.C. Hilliard (Barbara) of Eastman; Sisters-in-Law and Brother-in-Law – Patsy Adams, Hazel Nelms (Charles), Geneva Graham (Gene) all of Stuckey, GA, and Jack Adams of Brunswick; Aunt – Laura Ringer of Eastman; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Hilliard residence, 6552 Fred Bohannon Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, September 25.

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SHERRY PARKERSON
1964 - September 19, 2018

MRS. SHERRY DENISE MULLIS PARKERSON, age 54, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, September 21, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with interment in Lovely Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Sherry was born in Macon, attended nursing school at Middle Georgia College and Georgia Southwestern University, and was a member of Freedom Worship Center in Eastman. She was a former employee at Lithonia Lighting for over 12 years, a former office manager for Dr. Alan McMahon for over 13 years, and a former office worker at Graphic Packaging for several years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, loved animals, and enjoyed old time crafts. Sherry was preceded in death by her Mother, Gwendolyn H. Mobley and Step-Mother, Patricia J. Mullis.

Survivors: Husband – Rev. Myron Parkerson of Eastman; 3 Sons – Matt Parkerson (Joni), Cody Parkerson (Hannah), and Ethan Parkerson all of Eastman; 2 Grandchildren – Pierce and Johnna; Father and Step-Mother – Walter and Patricia Bryant Mullis both of Eastman; Sister – Celeste Doss (Mark) of Eastman; Brother – Chad Mullis of Layton, UT; Brother-in-Law – Mike Parkerson (Jan) of Eastman; Several Aunt, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends; Favorite Canine Companion – Casper.

The family may be contacted at the Parkerson residence, 1317 Reedy Branch Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 9:30AM-11:00AM Friday, September 21.

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ANN JUMP FRANCIS
1943 - September 17, 2018

MS. ANN JUMP FRANCIS, age 75, of Eastman, GA, died on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, September 19, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Roy Williams officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ms. Francis was born in Eastman, a member of Central Baptist Church, a graduate of Dodge County High School, and a retired consumer affairs manager for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. She was a former secretary for Stuckey’s, Inc. a member of the Magnificent Seven Girls, and the Eastman Golden Girls. She enjoyed drawing, painting, and loved animals. Ann was daughter of the late, Marguerite Peacock Jump and Tom Dick Jump and was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Jump.

Survivors: Sister – Dot J. Strickland (Tom) of Eatonton; Sister-in-law – Mary Ann Jump of Eastman; 3 Nieces – Patricia Williams (Randy), Kathy Mullis (Glenn), Donna Rogers (Chris), all of Eastman; Nephew – John Strickland (Jenny) of Rutledge; Several Great-Nieces and Great-Great-Nieces and Great-Great-Nephew; Numerous Cousins and Caregiver – Misty Landin.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Randy and Patricia Williams, 403 Dublin Highway, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel 10:00AM-11:00AM Wednesday, September 19. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Hospice Care Options, 715 Legion Drive, Eastman, GA 31023.

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SALLY FRANKLIN
1938 - August 25, 2018

MRS. SALLY JO ROBERSON FRANKLIN, age 79, of Social Circle, GA, formerly of Eastman, died on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Piedmont Walton Hospital in Monroe.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, September 9, at Eastman First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ted Goshorn officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Franklin was born in Eastman, a member of the First United Methodist Church, a graduate of Eastman High School, and a retired employee of the Bank of Eastman. She was a dedicated church worker, choir member and meals on wheels volunteer. Sally was an avid cook and enjoyed hosting friends and family in her home on many occasions. She enjoyed playing tennis with her husband as well as trips to the mountains and beach. Sally was preceded in death by her Husband of 23 years, Russell Dean Franklin, Sr., Parents, W. C. Roberson and Elta Olita Beddingfield Roberson, Son, Lee Williams, Sister Elta Sue Roberson Troche and a Niece, Rhonda Sue Gatlin.

Survivors – Niece – Carol Brown (Doug) of Covington; Grand-Niece – Casey Brown of Covington; 2 Grand-Nephews – William Brown of Covington and Dallas Brown of Brakino, Africa; Brother-in-Law – Tony Troche of St. Johns, FL; Her late husband Russell’s family: Son – Russell Dean Franklin, Jr. (Lynda) of Eastman; Grandson – Russ Franklin (Amy) of Tallahassee, FL; Granddaughter – Beverly Franklin of Evergreen, CO; 7 Great-Grandchildren.

In addition to flowers, the family requests contributions to Eastman First United Methodist Church, 5324 Anson Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023.

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LARRY E. SOUTHERLAND
1946 - August 30, 2018

MR. LARRY EDWARD SOUTHERLAND, age 72, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at his residence.

A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00PM-7:30PM, Thursday, September 6, at Southerland Funeral Home.

Mr. Southerland was a native of Orlando, FL, of the Baptist faith, a retired electrician and maintenance worker for over 40 years, and was a former tool maintenance technician at Grumman Aerospace in Milledgeville for over 17 years. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, loved the lakes and the rivers, and was an avid bass tournament fisherman. Larry was preceded in death by Parents, Minnie Thelma Holly Cowan and Ed Southerland.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Dr. Sheila Southerland (David White) of Cordele and René Southerland of Chester; Son – Bryan Southerland of Chester; 4 Granddaughters – Kara White, Lizzie Southerland, Autumn Batay, and Summer Smith; Sister – Joanne Brooks of Dublin; Brother – Dale Sutherland of Milledgeville; Several Nieces and Nephews.

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HUBERT J. EVANS
1929 - August 22, 2018

MR. HUBERT JEFFERSON EVANS, age 88, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, August 25, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Keith Vaughn and Dr. Paul Evans officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Eastman.

Mr. Evans was a native of Dodge County, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, a 1947 graduate of Eastman High School and attended Middle Georgia College. He was a retired Electronic Equipment Specialist for Robins Air Force Base, working as a civil service employee for 37 years. In earlier years he worked with his father at Evans Barber Shop and later as a barber at Varsity Barber Shop in Atlanta. Mr. Evans was a former Georgia National Guardsman, a member of Wiregrass Genealogical Society, and was an avid collector of family genealogy and history for over 30 years. Hubert was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Benjamin Evans and Johnnie Blanche McCranie Evans and his brother, William Quincey Evans.

He is survived by his Wife of 64 years – Robbin Glover Evans of Eastman; Son – Dr. Paul E. Evans of Macon and his wife, Alesia Fordham Evans; 2 Grandchildren – Dustin Eric Evans (Lydia) of Eatonton and Kelley Evans Cashwell (Stuart) of Macon; 3 Great Grandchildren – Charlotte Evans, Audrey Evans and Peyton Alesia Cashwell; Brother – A. Donald Evans (Barbara) of Macon; Niece – Lynn McDuffie (Bentley); 3 Nephews – Jeff Evans, Greg Evans (Lisa) and Ed Evans (Terri).

The family may be contacted at the Evans residence, 5801 6th Avenue N.E., Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM – 11:00AM Saturday, August 25. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Eastman First Baptist Church Building Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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MAX BLANKENSHIP
1922 - August 18, 2018

MR. MAXWELL LUMAS “MAX” BLANKENSHIP, age 96, of Perry, GA, died on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Summerhill Senior Living in Perry.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, August 21, at Orphans Cemetery, with Mr. Mickey Blankenship and Mr. George West officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00AM-10:45AM Tuesday, August 21 at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home in Eastman.

Max Blankenship was born on April 7, 1922 to the late Hartley and Amanda Smith Blankenship in Dodge County. Raised during the Great Depression, he and his family moved quite frequently and endured many hardships. Max still considered his childhood as happy and carefree. As a squad leader, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII and marched across Europe during the liberation of France and Germany. In 1951 Max joined the civil service team at Robins AFB where he specialized in sheet metal repair. He retired from the base in 1986 and worked for Zantop airlines for ten more years before retiring at the age of 74. A charter member of Evergreen Baptist Church in Warner Robins, he served as a deacon for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years – Mae Powell Blankenship of Perry; 2 Sons – Mickey Blankenship (Debra) of Lizella and Mark Blankenship of Perry; Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by 4 Siblings, Jewel Jones Harrell, Preston Blankenship, Oris Blankenship, and Ralph Blankenship.

Though he never developed Alzheimer’s, Max stood by his beloved Mae and supported her during her illness. He was a marvelous caregiver. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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CARROLL FORDHAM
1953 - August 18, 2018

MR. CARROLL BURTON FORDHAM, age 64, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00PM Monday, August 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ronnie Jones officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Carroll was born in Hawkinsville, a member of Central Baptist Church, and a former orderly and respiratory therapy technician at Dodge County Hospital for over 15 years. He was an avid Braves fan, a family man, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, granddaughter, grand-niece, and grand-nephews. He was son of the late Velma Fordham and Thomas Fordham, widower of Susan Williams Fordham, and was preceded in death by 4 Siblings, Wayne Fordham, Mary Ann Fordham, Gloria Rogers, and Glinda Haire.

Survivors: 3 Sons – Tyler Fordham, Ryan Fordham both of Eastman, and Blake Fordham (Holly) of Marietta; Granddaughter – Jadea Massey of Marietta; Sister – Brenda Walton of Perry; 2 Brothers – Ricky Fordham (Beth) and David Fordham both of Eastman; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Sissy Fordham and Sherri W. Perry (Danny); 2 Brothers-in-Law – Van Williams (Holly) and Billy Ray Rogers; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Beth and Ricky Fordham, Daisy Lane, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:30PM-3:00PM Monday, August 20.

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MRS. ERNESTINE SCOTT
1931 - August 16, 2018

MRS. FANNIE ERNESTINE SHEFFIELD SCOTT, age 87, of Eastman, GA, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, August 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Gerald Conley and Rev. Shirley Thomas officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Scott was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Lakeside Assembly, a 1948 graduate of Chester High School, a retired CNA for over 26 years at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, and a former caregiver for over 50 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed caregiving, fishing, working in her yards, and trips to the beach. She was the daughter of the late Fannie Estelle Wright Sheffield and Ernest Theo Sheffield, and was preceded in death by a Son, Bobby Landmesser, Jr. and 2 Brothers, Gene Sheffield, Sr. and Elton Sheffield.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Debbie Colter (Ray) of Dublin, Peggy Dennard (Richard) of Dexter, and Teresa Sheffield (Gene) of Eastman; Son – Ernie Landmesser, Sr. of Bend, OR; 12 Grandchildren – Theo Landmesser, Bobby Lee Landmesser, Robert Landmesser (Kaylee), Teresa Ann Rewis (Chili), Sierra Danielle Park, Heather Pittman (Wynnon), Kelly Dunlap, Justin Wilcox, Rusty Dean Williams, Jeff Haak (Danielle), Mike Haak and Tim Coleman; 26 Great-Grandchildren; Brother – James Everett Sheffield (Harriet) of Centerville; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Audie Sheffield and Kema Sheffield; Several Nieces and Nephews; Best Friend Forever – Jane Blalock; Mama's Baby (Puppy) – Christmas.

The family may be contacted at the Scott residence, 11 26th Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, August 18.

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DEREK TAYLOR
1965 - August 13, 2018

MICHAEL DEREK TAYLOR, age 53, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, August 17, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Dahl McDermitt, Jr. and Rev. Robbie Jones officiating, with interment in Zebulon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Derek was a native of Dodge County, of the Christian Faith, a 1983 graduate of Dodge County High School, where he excelled in football, baseball, basketball, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier, and a former semi pro football player for the Tide Water Sharks and Macon Heat Wave. He was an avid ballplayer, card player, accomplished deer hunter, and a true friend to all. He was the founder and motivator of the Derek “Dee” Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund and was a proud parent who set his goal to keep Dee’s memory alive. Derek was preceded in death by his only Son, Michael Derek Darhayl “Dee” Taylor, Mother, Louise Fennell Taylor, Aunt, Cloe Taylor Lewis, and 2 Uncles, Jimmy Taylor and Earl Taylor.

Survivors: Father – Jack Taylor (Kass) of Eastman; Sister – Lisa Taylor Dorris Couillard (Mike) of Warner Robins; Step-Sister – Sandie Harrell Wallace of Donaldsonville; Nephew – Shaun Dykes (Michelle) of Warner Robins; Niece – Alyssa Wallace of Donaldsonville; Aunts – Joan F. Ethridge, Martha Rogers, Carolyn Taylor, Linda Taylor all of Eastman, and Margie Jones (Bobby) of Rentz; Extended Family – Whitney, Korrisa, Tavaios, Ugonna, and Rihanna; Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Jack and Kass Taylor, 669 Cochran Highway, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, August 16. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Derek “Dee” Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations should be made payable to Indian Baseball Diamond Club, 127 Jessica Lane, Eastman, GA 30123. Please put on bottom of check for Derek “Dee” Taylor Scholarship Fund.

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PEGGY COX LONG
1928 - August 12, 2018

MRS. PEGGY BROWN COX LONG, age 90, of Dublin, GA, died Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Shamrock Nursing Home in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM Thursday, August 16, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Farris Cox officiating, with interment at 3:30PM at Oak View Cemetery in Hazlehurst.

Mrs. Long was a native of Baxley, GA, a former member of World Harvest Church in Dublin and Eastman First Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She was a graduate of Rhema Bible Training College in Broken Arrow, OK, enjoyed crafting, ceramics, painting, and decorating, and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was daughter of the late Dupent Brown and Johnnie Partin Sellers and was preceded in death by her former Husbands, Wells Cox and Wydell Long, Son, Phil Prescott, and 6 Siblings.

Survivors: Son – Dr. Farris Cox (Tammy) of Destin, FL; 2 Grandsons – Austin Cox and Matthew Cox (Natalie); Sister – Jacqueline Cromartie of Albany; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:00PM-1:00PM Thursday, August 16. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to World Harvest Church, 2778 GA Hwy. 257, Dublin, GA 31021.

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WILLARD FISH
1931 - August 11, 2018

MR. WILLARD EUGENE FISH, age 86, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, August 13, at Eastman First Baptist Church, with Rev. Wayne Cobb, Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Daryl Summey officiating, with interment in Zebulon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Fish was born in Dodge County and was a dedicated member, deacon and former brotherhood director of Eastman First Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War. He was a former truck driver for Pilot Freight Carriers, a former shipping manager for Stuckey’s Candy Company and a former insurance agent for Preferred Risk Insurance. Willard was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was an avid woodworker and golfer and a former member of Dodge County Golf Club. He was the founder of the Christian Life Center and served as a county commissioner for several years. He was a VA volunteer in the Chaplain’s office and a gold and bronze medalist in the VA Wheelchair Games. He was also a volunteer in the Bill Glass Crusade for several years and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Willard was son of the late John Thomas Fish and Eudell Noles Fish and was preceded in death by a daughter, Glenda Lynn Fish and two granddaughters, Karly Shae Jackson and Mary Kate Ashley and four siblings, Lonnie Fish, Howard Fish, Carol Browning and Donna Harper.

Survivors: Wife of 66 years – Margaret Mason Fish of Eastman; 2 Daughers – Gayle Ashley (Ronald) and Jean Miller (Junior) both of Eastman; 1 Son – Carlton Fish (Millie) of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Kerri Collins (Erik), Jamie Johnson (Michael), Jennifer Miller, Josh Miller, Missy Kitchens, Robbie Kitchens, Jade Goss and Megan Ashley; 13 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Brothers – Richard Fish (Betty) of Eastman and Dennis Fish (Faye) of Cochran; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Mozelle Fish and Faye Dowdy; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Fish residence, 40 Fish Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Sunday, August 12. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Christian Life Center, 307 King Street, Eastman, GA 31023 or Eastman FBC Building Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023.

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PAT HARRELL
1945 - August 9, 2018

MRS. VELMA PATRICIA “PAT” SMITH HARRELL, age 72, of Riverdale, GA, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at her residence in Riverdale.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, August 12, at Orphans Cemetery, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating.

Mrs. Harrell was a native of Macon, of the Baptist faith, a 1965 graduate of Miller High School, and a graduate of Massey Business College. She was a retired employee of J.C. Penny for over 20 years, a former lunchroom monitor for Church Street Elementary School for over 20 years, and a dedicated wife and a loving mother. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, cooking, camping, and spending time with family and friends. Pat was daughter of the late Imogene Borum Smith and Leonard Allen Smith.

Survivors: Husband of 52 years – Kenneth Harrell of Riverdale; Daughter – Penelope Harrell of Smyrna; Son – Anthony Harrell of Temple; Brother – Danny Smith of Macon; Nephew – Nathan Smith of Macon; Niece – Natalie Thompson of Michigan.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 12:30PM-1:30PM Sunday, August 12.

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RONNIE McGLAMRY
1942 - August 8, 2018

MR. RONALD ELLIS “RONNIE” McGLAMRY, age 76, of Eastman, GA, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, August 11, at Liberty Baptist Church, with Rev. Brian Martin and Mr. Stan Rhodes officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Jack Lee officiating.

Ronnie was born on February 28, 1942 in Pineview, GA. He was the son of the late Hubert and Emmie Hunt McGlamry. He was a dedicated member of Liberty Baptist Church, a 1960 graduate of Wilcox High School, and a retired Item Manager at Robins AFB. He was a wonderful husband, daddy, and granddaddy. Ronnie had the gift of “showing-up” for his children and grandchildren. He rarely missed any event that they were involved in, especially ball games, cheerleading, and band events. He loved his Lord first of all, his wife, his children, and his five grandchildren, who were the “joy of his life”. He loved attending Dodge County Indians baseball and football games. He enjoyed watching the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, and the Atlanta Falcons on television. Ronnie played basketball in high school and he played softball until he was 70 years old. Ronnie was preceded in death his Brothers, Mike McGlamry and Neal McGlamry, and Brother-in-Law, Royce Rhodes.

Survivors: Wife of 52 years – Nell Peacock McGlamry of Eastman; Daughter – Kelli McGlamry Rice (Jonathan) of Chauncey; Son – Darrin McGlamry (Cothee) of Crawfordville, FL; 5 Grandchildren – Michael McGlamry, Kathryn McGlamry, Ethan Rice, Evan Rice, and Abigail Rice; Sister – Jamie Rhodes of Pitts; 2 Brothers – Harry McGlamry (Wendy) and David McGlamry both of Pitts; Brother-in-Law – Jerald Peacock (Robin) of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Jamie McGlamry of Abbeville; Nephews – Steve Rhodes, Stan Rhodes (Sonya), Brad McGlamry, Brian McGlamry, Kris Peacock, and Jarred Peacock (Randi); Nieces – Angie Wright (Jo Jo), Teresa “Terri” Nobles (Lewis), Hailey Davis (Chad), Christy Troup (Brian), and Sara Grace Peacock; 13 Great-Nieces and Nephews and 2 Great-Great-Niece and Nephew.

The family may be contacted at the McGlamry residence, 46 Jim Harp Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Liberty Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, August 11. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 701, Eastman, GA 31023.

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MRS. ELIZABETH MINTER
1922 - August 2, 2018

MRS. ELIZABETH KELLY MINTER, age 95, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, August 4, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Graton Helms and Mr. Ken Rogers officiating, with entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Minter was a native of Chauncey, a member of Eastman First United Methodist Church, an honor graduate and valedictorian of Chauncey High School, a graduate of Georgia State College for Women, with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Elementary Education, and a 6th grade teacher for the Dodge County School System for over 15 years. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, and crafting. Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Ola Stewart Kelly and Ralph B. Kelly, widow of Carlisle Minter, and was preceded in death by a Sister, Jane Herring and two Brothers, Robert Kelly and Alfred Kelly.

Survivors: Daughter – Faye Thompson Edenfield of Eastman; Son – Jay Thompson (Pam) of Eastman; 3 Granddaughters – Brigette H. Lee of Macon, Diana H. Wheeler (Eric) of Eastman and Christy Champion (James) of Dothan, AL; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Lauren Loudermilk, Tate Semmelink, Samantha Sellers, and Macayla Champion; 4 Sisters – Mollie Sue Parkerson of Eastman, Janet Wade of Douglas, Lois Meadows of Albuquerque, NM, and Joyce Bland of Chauncey; Brother – Stewart Kelly of Chauncey; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Katurah Kelly and Louise Kelly both of Chauncey; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, August 4. Contributions may be made to the Eastman First United Methodist Church, 5324 Anson Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023

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MRS. TRELLIE W. SHEPHERD
1920 - July 31, 2018

MRS. TRELLIE WOODARD SHEPHERD, age 97, of McDonough, GA, formerly of Chauncey, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Goldencrest Assisted Living in Stockbridge.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, August 3, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Randy Roberts and Mr. Stan Shepherd officiating, with interment in Chauncey City Cemetery.

Mrs. Shepherd was born in Chauncey and lived in Dodge County until moving to McDonough in the year 2000. She was a 1938 graduate of Chauncey High School and attended Brewton Parker College and Georgia Southern University. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church in McDonough and a former 50 year Sunday school teacher and 25 year VBS director at Chauncey Baptist Church. Mrs. Shepherd was a 41 year retired School teacher, teaching both 2nd and 4th grades in the Dodge County School System. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a dedicated family woman who enjoyed church activities, gardening and sewing. She was daughter of the late P.H. Woodard and Sally Sandiford Woodard and was preceded in death by her Husband of 58 years, J.R. Shepherd Jr. and 8 Siblings, Esther Parkerson, Ernestine Yoder, Ann Davis, Minnie Pitts, Jessie Hodges, Bill Woodard, Woodrow Woodard, Walter Woodard.

Survivors: 3 Sons – R. Woodard Shepherd (Linda) of Dacula, GA, R. Keith Shepherd (Jan) of Buckhead, GA, and J. Marc Shepherd (Rhetta) of Jonesboro, GA; Brother – J.T. Woodard, Sr. of Chauncey, GA; 6 Grandchildren – Marni Hicks (Carl), Kimberly Shepherd, Amy Shepherd, Ryan Shepherd (Jennifer), Jessica Buckholts (Justin), and John Shepherd (Jennifer); 8 Great Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM until 2:00PM Friday, August 3. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Southern Grace Hospice, 384 Racetrack Road, McDonough, GA 30252 or Goldcrest Assisted Living, 425 Country Club Drive, Stockbridge, GA 30281.

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LINN BELL
1956 - July 26, 2018

MRS. LINN ELL BELL , age 61, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, July 26, 2018 in the Dodge County Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Linn was born in Athens, GA , was of the Baptist Faith, and a graduate of Warner Robins High School. She enjoyed trips to the beach and spending time with her family. She was daughter of the late Minnie Mae Cooper Ell.

Survivors: Daughter- Jennifer Leverett (Jason Rowland) of Eastman; Father- Leslie F. Ell of Warner Robins; Sister – Kathy White (Gordon) of Buena Vista, Arizona; Brother– Roy Welch of Thomaston; 3 Grandchildren- Hope Rowland, Leana Rowland, & Briana Rowland; Companion- Rex Holt of Chauncey; Several Nieces & Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Jennifer Leverett, 969 Phillip Estes Road, Eastman.

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SUE LORD
1939 - July 19, 2018

MRS. MARGARET SUSAN “SUE” LONG LORD, age 79, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, July 19, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, July 22, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Pastor Dahl McDermitt, Jr. officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Lord was born in Savannah, GA, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and the Mildred McCranie Sunday School Class, a graduate of Plant City High School, received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University, and her master’s degree from Georgia Southwestern University. She was a retired educator for over 25 years and taught at Richmond Hill Elementary, Eastman Elementary, and South Dodge Elementary. Sue loved to travel, was an avid bridge player, a former member of the Eastman Garden Club, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was daughter of the late Mildred Louise Harvey Roberts and Tillman A. Long and was preceded in death by her Husband, Donald “Coach Don” Lord.

Survivors: Daughter – Stephanie A. Rosato of Kathleen; Son – Craig Lord of Dudley; 4 Granddaughters – Abbye Rosato, Caroline Rosato, Logan Lord, and Tiffany Holland; Great-Granddaughter – Aspen Staley; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Betty Lord Braswell and Gloria J. Lord; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Wallace E. Lord (Pat) and Gerald T. Lord; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Lord residence, 5418 Park Street, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, July 22. Serving as pallbearers are Kip Braswell, Ted Moore, Jeffrey Daniels, Robbie Massingill, David McGlothlen, David White, and Matt Rutland. In addition to flowers, the family request donations to Hospice Care Options, 715 Legion Drive, Eastman, GA 31023.

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LAWRENCE “LARRY” NOLES
1959 - July 12, 2018

MR. LAWRENCE FELTON “LARRY” NOLES, age 58, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

A memorial visitation will be held from 11:00AM-12:00PM Saturday, July 14 at Grace Baptist Church.

Larry was a lifelong resident of Eastman, a 1977 graduate of Dodge County High School, received a 2 year Vocational Degree in Electronics, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Forrestal, and was a self employed electrician. He was an avid history buff and enjoyed camping, fishing, and watching T.V. Larry was preceded in death by his Father, Johnny Lawrence “Shorty” Noles.

Survivors: Mother – Jolene Beauchamp Noles of Eastman; Sister – Linda Benton (Benny) of Eastman; Brother – Rodney Noles (Kim) of Eastman; 3 Nieces – Taylor Noles (Alex), Skyla Benton both of Eastman, and Misti Benton Patel (Biren) of Atlanta; 2 Nephews – Trey Benton (Kerri) and Brooks Bennett both of Eastman; 1 Great-Niece and 4 Great-Nephews; Numerous Aunt, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Eastman, GA.

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BOBBY RAY THOMPSON
1936 - July 9, 2018

MR. BOBBY RAY THOMPSON, age 82, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, July 9, 2018, at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, July 12, at Greenlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Dwaine Dunn and Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Thompson was born in Griffin, a member, deacon, and Men’s Sunday School class teacher of Greenlawn Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retired manager for Georgia Natural Gas Company for over 35 years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, and his church. Bobby was the son of the late Nora Hand Thompson and Jim Hite Thompson and was preceded in death by a Son, Kenny Thompson, Grandson, Christopher Thompson, and 6 Siblings, Ruby Clark, Frances Carson, Betty Manley, Lawrence Thompson, Edward Thompson, and Earl Thompson.

Survivors: Wife of 62 years – Ruth Tanksley Thompson of Eastman; Daughter – Tammy Peterson (Jerome) of Rhine; 3 Sons – Tony Thompson (Lisa) of Chauncey, Marty Thompson (Tammy Chaney), and Todd Thompson (Karen Underwood) both of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Joshua Peterson (Carle Howell), Jason Peterson, Calli Thompson, Christy Thompson, Matt Thompson, Lana Thompson Tillman (Trey), Jesilea Thompson, and Layton Thompson; 6 Great-Grandchildren – Kadin Thompson, Carson Delk, Hunter Tillman, Carter Tillman, Kinley Thompson, and Kylan Thompson; Brother – Eugene Thompson (Doris) of Brooks, GA; Several Sisters-in-Law and Brothers-in-Law; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Thompson residence, 432 New Daniels Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, July 11.

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WILLODENE COLLINS
1934 - July 8, 2018

MRS. WILLODENE SIKES COLLINS, age 83, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, July 11, at Greenlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Dwaine Dunn, Rev. Terry Ross, and Rev. Jack Lee officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Collins was born in Tatnall County, a member and dedicated church worker of Greenlawn Baptist Church, a former employee at Stuckey’s Candy Company, C & J Manufacturing, and Eastman Industries, and was a retired assembly line worker for over 15 years at Lithonia Lighting Company. She was affectionately known as Dene to her family and friends. She enjoyed reading her bible, biblical crossword puzzles, watching westerns on TV, listening to gospel music, and working in her yard. WilloDene was daughter of the late Alice Collins Sikes and George Sikes, widow of Henry Thomas Collins, and was preceded in death by 2 Daughters, LaWanda Collins and Denise Collins Westbrook, Sister, Irma Jean Collins, and 2 Brothers, Charles Sikes and Everett Sikes.

Survivors: Daughter – Robin Parkerson (Ken) of Macon; 2 Sons – Stanley Collins (Delbra) and Riska Collins (Glynda) both of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Stephanie Ramirez (Chris), Lance Yawn, Chris Parkerson, Danielle Ross (Terry), Kurt Collins (Kaye), Erik Collins (Kerri), Jason Collins (Kela), and MacKennen Collins (Jennifer); 16 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters – Brenda Beasley and Frances Beasley both of Metter; Brother – Ronnie Sikes (Martha Jane) of Metter; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Riska and Glynda Collins, 5827 Windsor Way, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, July 10. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Greenlawn Baptist Church.

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BOBBY BRYAN, SR.
1932 - July 7, 2018

MR. BOBBY LEROY BRYAN, SR., age 85, of Chester, GA, died Saturday, July 7, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, July 9, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Arnold Rye and Rev. Matthew Floyd officiating, with interment in Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Bryan was born in Laurens County, was a member of Chester Baptist Church and the Chester Lions Club, was an entrepreneur, and the owner and operator of Bobby’s Trading Post, Bobby’s Grocery and Bobby’s Enterprise, all for many years. He was also a former mayor of Chester and a longtime sponsor of Bobby’s and B & K Softball Teams. He enjoyed traveling with his softball teams, fishing with friends and enjoyed listening to music, especially the battle of the bands every year in Chester. Bobby was son of the late Ida Hatcher Bryan and David Jackson Bryan, Jr. and was preceded in death by his first Wife of 22 years, Nadene Williams Bryan, his second Wife of 34 years, Kate Tripp Bryan, Daughter, Barbara Bryan Rowland, Brother, Howard Bryan and a longtime family friend, Mary Lou Fullwood.

Survivors: Daughter – Sue Bryan Peacock (John) of Eastman; 2 Sons – Bobby “Buddy” Bryan, Jr. of Atlanta and Ronnie Bryan of Chester; Son-in-Law – Larry Rowland (Joanne) of Chester; 6 Grandchildren – Sherry Rowland Hardy, Jennifer Peacock, Lori Williams (Chuck), Regina Bryan, Rena Bryan, and Lilly Bryan; 11 Great Grandchildren – Brice Blocker, Drew Harpe, Kade Harpe, John Pate Leverett, Chelsey Williams, Logan Williams, Caylee Williams, Samantha Meeks, Shelby Meeks, Tristan Hardy and Serenity Hardy; 6 Sisters – Ethel Dykes, Doris Brown, Sheila Hall and Katrina Mathews, all of Dexter, Louise Mullis of Winter Haven, FL and Marcia Weathersbee of Chester; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Bryan residence, 6240 Chester-Eastman Hwy, Chester, GA, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Monday, July 9. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Homestead Hospice, 500 Osigian Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31088.

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TAMMIE JONES
1977 - July 5, 2018

MRS. TAMMIE ROZAR JONES, age 40, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, July 5, 2018 at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, July 8, at Liberty Baptist Church, with Rev. Brian Martin and Rev. Arnold Rye officiating.

Tammie was born in Perry, a member of Liberty Baptist Church, a former employee of Standard Candy Company, a former clerk at Shorty’s Convenience Store, and a homemaker. She was a dedicated wife, a loving mother and enjoyed browsing through social media and playing games on the computer. Tammie was preceded in death by her Mother, Sheila Brown Rozar, Sister, Shelly Marie Rozar, and Brother, Michael Rozar.

Survivors: Husband of 20 years – Jeff Jones of Eastman; Son – Tyler Jones of Eastman; Father – Danny Chuck Rozar of Eastman; Sister – Sharon Gosnell (Johnny) of Albany; Brother – D.J. Rozar of Albany; Father-in-Law – Wayne Pruett of Eastman; Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law – Mike Jones (Brenda), Ken Jones (Gail), Chris Joiner (Tina), Randy Pruett, and Michelle Bryan (Brad); Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Wayne Pruett, 1533 Chester Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends at Liberty Baptist Church from 1:30PM-2:00PM Sunday, July 8.

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STEPHEN WRIGHT
1958 - June 25, 2018

MR. RAYMOND STEPHEN WRIGHT, age 60, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, June 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Chuck Yzenski officiating, with interment in Lovely Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Stephen was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Freewill Baptist Church in Eastman, and attended Lovely Grove Baptist Church. He was a graduate of EMT and Paramedic School, was a former EMT at Dodge County Hospital for several years, and was a former employee of Chatham County Savannah Memorial, and Navicent Health as an EMT. He was a retired paramedic for over 20 years in Hinesville, GA, was a man who loved the medical profession, loved his family, children, and animals, and enjoyed music, technology and movies. Stephen was son of the late Lenora Helms Wright and Raymond Wright.

Survivors: Sister – Sylvia Fountain of Eastman; Niece – Lisa Burnham (Tommy) of Eastman; 3 Nephews – Stewart Fountain (Betty Ann), Larry Fountain (Lynette), and Michael Fountain (Diane) all of Eastman; Numerous Great-Nieces, Great-Nephews, Great-Great-Nieces and Great-Great-Nephews; Faithful Feline Companion – Tabitha.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Sylvia Fountain, 61 W.P. Lowery Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Friday, June 29.

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JUNE ESTES
1942 - June 25, 2018

Christine June Estes entered the world in Acle, England on May 22, 1942 in a bomb shelter during an air raid. This set the stage for her adventurous life. June met and then married a dashing American Airman, Jim Estes in 1968 after her son stole Jim’s heart. The couple quickly added a daughter to the family. A few years passed and June, an only child, bravely left her home country and extended family for Jim’s home of Dodge County, Georgia where she did her best to create a small English sanctuary. Over the years, she completed her family with another son and daughter.

She had a passion for helping children and began her pursuit to that end by volunteering at Chester Elementary in 1976. This culminated in a job as secretary at Chester Elementary and eventually, North Dodge Elementary where she worked until 2002. She loved her coworkers, but the school children were her heart. The school system served as a substitute for the extensive family she had left behind in England as well as an audience she was always trying to introduce to English customs.

After suffering a stroke and the loss of her husband, June created another family with the employees and residents at first, Laura’s Place and subsequently, Dogwood Gardens. She enjoyed helping the other residents whenever she could. June passed away on June 25, 2018. She is survived by four children: Christopher Estes (Diane), Sara Bryce (John), Nicholas Estes (Stephanie) and Erika Estes; six grandchildren: Lorna, Tristan, Aidan, Jillian, Peyton and Sophia and her beloved friend: Leola Moore. She will be missed.

A memorial service will be held to honor June at 1:00PM Saturday, June 30, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Reggie Sheffield officiating and Mrs. Jackie Strickland as the pianist for the service, and she will be reunited with her husband at Pleasant Olive Cemetery in Chester. A visitation will be held from 12:30PM-1:00PM in Southerland Funeral Chapel

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DELORES HARPER
1934 - June 22, 2018

MRS. DELORES COLLINS HARPER, age 84, of Macon, GA, died Friday, June 22, 2018, at Magnolia Manor Senior Living in Macon.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, June 26, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Harper was a native of Bleckley County, attended Bleckley County High School, a member of Ingleside Baptist Church, and a Wal-Mart customer service representative in Eastman for over 15 years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed playing cards with friends and enjoyed watching Braves baseball. Delores was daughter of the late Gladys Benson Collins and Alver Giles Collins and was preceded in death by her Husband, Bobby Ray Harper.

Survivors: 1 Daughter – Jan Harper Johnson (Cecil) of Eastman; 2 Sons – Jimmy Giddens (Sue) of Bloomingdale and Johnny Giddens (Phyllis) of Macon; 12 Grandchildren; Numerous Great-Grandchildren; Sister – Janice Sutton (Harold) of Macon; Brother – Roger Collins (Cheryl) of Chauncey; Brother-in-Law – Wayne Harper; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Tuesday, June 26. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Heartland Hospice, Macon, GA.

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LUETTA MAE MARTENS
1918 - June 17, 2018

MS. LUETTA MAE ALDERFER MARTENS, age 100, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, June 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ted Goshorn officiating, with interment in Gresston Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Martens was born in Fulton County, IN and has lived in Dodge County since 1983. She was a retired employee of South Bend Toy Corporation, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in South Bend, IN, a member of the Polish National Alliance of the United States of America, and a member of Eastman First United Methodist Church. She was daughter of the late Wilnettia McClure Alderfer and Clinton Alderfer and was preceded in death by her only Son, Larry E. Stiver, and 11 Siblings.

Survivors: Daughter-in-Law – Shirley A. Stiver (Fred Moore) of Cochran; Granddaughter – Stacy S. Jarrell (Eric Jarrell) of Cochran; Grandson – Garrett Stiver of Eastman; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Kristin Johnson (Taylor), Dawson Jarrell, Slade Jarrell, and Marley Jarrell all of Cochran.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Wednesday, June 20. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Magnolia Manor Nursing Center, 2001 South Lee Street, Americus, GA 31709.

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HAROLD HAYNES
1929 - June 16, 2018

MR. LUTHER HAROLD HAYNES, age 88, of Rhine, GA, died Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home in Eastman.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, June 18, at Hopewell Baptist Church, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Rev. Roswell Chapman officiating, with interment in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Haynes was born in Eastman, a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, and a retired aircraft structural repair technician for Robins AFB for over 33 years. He enjoyed his farm and the outdoors and loved fishing, gardening, and traveling. Harold was the son of the late Willie Harrell Haynes and John Haynes and was preceded in death by his Wife of 69 years, Jeynelle Dowdy Haynes, Son, Harris Haynes and 7 Siblings, Bill Haynes, James Haynes, Floyd Haynes, Sarah Owens, Pearl White, Evelyn Rogers, and Bessie Davis.

Survivors: Daughter – Betty Puckett (Tommy) of Rhine; 2 Sons – Luther Wayne Haynes (Diane) of Topton, NC and Gerald Haynes (Sherrie) of Warner Robins; 11 Grandchildren – Darin Haynes, Ginger Jones (Scott), Mathew Almand (Bridgette), Dan Almand, Lamar Wallace (Jennifer), Andy Puckett (Holly), Joy Williams (Derek), Dwayne Smith (Teresa), Lynn Moore (Drew), Rhonda Neff (Danny Eberhardt) and Ashley Greathouse (Chad); 19 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Haynes residence, 1752 Adam Springs Rd., Rhine, and will receive friends in Hopewell Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Monday, June 18.

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Winnifred Eldeen
December 19, 1918 - June 7, 2018

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

Rejoice with us as we celebrate the life of Winnie Eldeen, our beloved Mom, Grandma and friend.

She was born on December 19, 1918 in Newport, NH to Mabel and Richard Brockway. She passed peacefully into her eternal home on June 7, 2018 at Stoneridge Towne Center, in Myerstown PA. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Elmer Eldeen (2007), her son David (2001), Son Daniel (2013). Son Dwight June 11, 2018. Survived by son Lester of Tucson, AZ, 14 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.

From the age of 3 she and her older sister Geraldine, and younger brother Lester went to live with their Grammy Francis Wilson in Manchester NH. During the 7 years they lived with Grammy she taught them to love and memorize God’s Word.

When Winnie was 10 her Grammy died, and her Mom had to quit her job and take care of the three children. When her brother Lester was 12 he tragically died in a drowning accident. When she was 16 she graduated from high school and was accepted into nursing school, but her mother had a stroke and she had to take care of her for a year. She was a waitress for a few years, but after she married Elmer she didn’t work outside their home.

Winnie didn’t have any formal Bible training, but she started teaching in Sunday school at the age of 15, and taught Bible studies every place they moved: Boston and Saugus Massachusetts 1940-1951; Cincinnati and Sharonville Ohio 1951-1961; Burnt Hills, Scotia, Amsterdam NY 1961-1989; Hawkinsville GA November 1989 to April 2002; Hanover PA April 2002-April 2008; Manheim PA APRIL 2008-January 2011; Stoneridge Town Center Myerstown PA January 2011-June 7, 2018.

God’s Word was her textbook for life, and it was her greatest joy to explain clearly God’s truths. “Thus sayeth the Lord” was her premise, and many people came to know Jesus through her teaching! Her desire was to be faithful to her Lord to the end of her life, she was God’s LIGHT shining brightly! We are confident she heard the words from Jesus, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The celebration of her life will be on June 21 at 11:00am at Westview Baptist Church, Hawkinsville GA.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman assisted the family locally.

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DEAN SAPP
1955 - June 7, 2018

MR. BARNEY DEAN SAPP, age 63, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, June 7, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, June 10, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson and Rev. Royce McClelland officiating, with interment in Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Dean was a lifelong resident of Eastman, a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, and a retired forester. He worked in the wood industry for over 40 years. He pulped wood and logged for W.C. Harrell Logging for several years and cruised timber and was a field rep for Gay Wood Company for many years. He was a devoted family man, a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing softball, cooking, and family trips to Paradise Park. Dean was son of the late Ruby Joyce Parkerson and Barney Jerome Sapp, and was preceded in death by a Brother, Karon Sapp.

Survivors: Wife of 46 years – Ann Kitchens Sapp of Eastman; Daughter – Lesa Yawn (David) of Eastman; Son – Jody Sapp (Andi Fordham) of Eastman; 2 Grandchildren – Malory Yawn and Hunter Yawn; Sister – Tammy Sapp of Cape Coral FL; 2 Brothers – Hank Sapp (Angel) and Casey Sapp (Sarah) both of Eastman; Sisters-in-Law and Brothers-in-Laws – Janice Wilkerson (Chris), Lajoy Killingsworth (Bill), Dawn Marina (Robert), and Scott Gurien; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Sapp residence, 1239 WPA Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Saturday, June 9. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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DORIS KNOWLES
1934 - June 7, 2018

MRS. DORIS EVELYN JEFFRIES KNOWLES, age 84, of Milan, GA, died Thursday, June 7, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, June 9, at Siloam Baptist Church, with Rev. James Dupree and Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating, with interment in Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Knowles was a lifelong resident of Telfair County, a member of Siloam Baptist Church, a graduate of Telfair County High School, a former nurse at Telfair County Hospital, and a lifelong farmer. She enjoyed raising pigs for many years, was a Pink Lady for the Dodge County Hospital Auxiliary, a former waitress at Pa Pete’s restaurant for many years, and most of all she enjoyed raising her family and spending time with her grandchildren. Doris was daughter of the late Jessie Johnson Jeffries and Tom Daniel “Bud” Jeffries, and was preceded in death by her Husband of 37 years, Curtis Knowles, and 2 Siblings, Mary Anna Jeffries and Dr. Joe Tom Jeffries.

SSurvivors: Daughter – Glenda Day (Clinton) of Maxeys, GA; 2 Sons – Glenn Knowles and Tony Knowles (Pam) both of Milan; 5 Grandchildren – Shonda Peterman (Jay), Kyle Knowles, Tiffany K. Thomas (Josh), Kaleb Knowles, and Tyler Day (Sarah Kate); 2 Great-Grandsons – Jayden Peterman and Memphis Thomas; Sister-in-Law – Mary Sue Jeffries; Special Friend – Pauline; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Knowles residence, 546 Siloam Baptist Church Rd., Milan, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, June 8. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Siloam Baptist Church, Milan, GA.

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JOSHUA MULFORD
1990 - June 3, 2018

JOSHUA REECE MULFORD, age 28, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, June 3, 2018 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00PM Saturday, June 9, at Eastman Congregational Holiness Church.

Joshua was a native of San Diego, CA, of the Catholic Faith, and a 2008 graduate of Telfair County High School. He loved studying academics, especially history, and loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Survivors: Father and Mother – Ernest Reece Mulford and Sheila Clemons Mulford both of Eastman; Friend – Ben Pettis of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Jennifer Mulford of Eastman and Bobbie Jean Frazier of Cincinnati, OH; 2 Brothers – James Ernest Mulford (Tabitha) and Christopher Michael Mulford (Jennifer) both to Lakeland, FL; 3 Nieces and 1 Nephew; Aunt – Kim Vondrasek of Avon, IN; Several Cousins and Extended Family Members.

The family may be contacted at the Mulford residence, 5036 Rogers Street, Eastman.

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LEE MCLAUGHLIN
1970 - June 2, 2018

MR. DANNIE LEE McLAUGHLIN IV , age 47, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM Sunday June 10, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Arnold Rye officiating.

Lee was born in Vidalia, GA, a member of Faith in Action Baptist Church, and a former carpenter and construction worker. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and grilling with family and friends. Lee loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Elizabeth Gwen Grimes McLaughlin, Brother-in-law, Lawrence Moore and Nephew, Lawrence Moore, Jr.

Survivors: Father and Step-Mother – Dannie McLaughlin and Annette McLaughlin of Eastman; Companion – Tammy Hearn of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Mary Glisson (Charles) and Janet Moore both of Eastman; 3 Step-Brothers – Joel Hanson (Deana Smith) of Eastman, Kelly Hanson (LaWana) & Kent Hanson (Robin) both of New Mexico; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins; Faithful Canine Companion – Major.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Tammy Hearn, 278 Golden Road, Eastman, GA 31023.

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BERNICE MELVIN
1928 - May 29, 2018

MRS. BERNICE SMITH MELVIN, age 89, of Milan, GA, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, May 31, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Cadwell officiating, with interment in Sand Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Milan.

Mrs. Melvin was born in McRae, GA, a member of Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and a homemaker. Mrs. Bernice loved Jesus, playing piano and guitar, gospel singing and songwriting. She loved babies, kittens and angels and enjoyed cooking for her family. She was daughter of the late Bessie Cason Smith and Jessie G. Smith and preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Clarence Murray Melvin, 2 siblings, Marvin Smith and Teetle Smith and a grandson, Greg Hall.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Jeanette Hall (Charles) of Kathleen, Kathy Lewis (Randall) of Eastman and Patty Spires Gilbert (Paul Jr.) of Cochran; Son – Danny Melvin (Faye) of Milan; 9 Grandchildren – Randy Hall (Kimberly), Robbie Hall (Rhonda), Vickie Melvin, Jacob Melvin (Ronequal), Lisa Ortiz (Daniel), Marcus Lewis, Sara Kathryn Outlaw (Kyle), Kevin Spires (Joni), and Lee Spires (Angel); 17 Great-Grandchildren; 8 Great-Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters-in-law – Bessie Graham and Cordelia Smith; Brother-in-law – Guy Melvin (Estelle); Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted the residence of Kathy and Randall Lewis, 1344 Middle Ground Church Road, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, May 30.

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LAJOY WILLIS
1951 - May 28, 2018

MRS. LAJOY KAY SHEFFIELD WILLIS, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, May 28, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, May 30, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Al Daniell and Rev. Jack Lee officiating, with interment in Sweet Home Baptist Church Cemetery in Chauncey.

Mrs. Willis was born in Dodge County, a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church, a graduate of Dodge County High School and a former secretary for Dodge County High School for over 13 years. She was a former Southern Bell switchboard operator for over 6 years, enjoyed cross-stitching, studying genealogy, and was the best Nana to her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Father, Clarence Sheffield, Son, Lance Willis, and a Brother, Dewayne Sheffield.

Survivors: Husband of 40 years – Roy Willis of Eastman; Mother – Javine D. Sheffield of Eastman; Son – John Willis (Lisa) of Byron; Daughter – Katie T. Barrett (Joshua) of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Joshua Willis, Christina Mullis (Bo), Kalob Willis (Paige), C. J. Barrett, Leigha Barrett, and Harper Rae Barrett; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Kinley and Jaxson; 2 Brothers – Tommy Sheffield (Alma) of Montrose and Donald Sheffield (Jane) of Eastman; 3 Sisters-in-Law – Emma Lee Harrell, Anna Jo Dobson (Richard) and Linda M. Sheffield; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Willis residence, 2401 Orphans Cemetery Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Gideons International Bible Fund.

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FRANCES PITTMAN
1943 - May 16, 2018

MRS. FRANCES ANN “TOOTSIE” EVANS PITTMAN, age 75, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, May 19, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. James Dupree officiating, with interment in Robbins Cemetery.

Mrs. Pittman was born in Bibb County, of the Baptist faith, a graduate of Dodge County High School and a former secretary at Stuckey’s Inc. She was also formerly employed at The Times Journal Spotlight, Pet Milk and Standard Candy Company. Frances was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was daughter of the late Myrtie Lee Register Evans and Samuel Woodrow Evans and is preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny Thomas “Tommy” Ricks.

Survivors: Husband of 28 Years – William Daniel Pittman of Eastman; Daughter – Tammie Walden (Bo) of Gray; Son – Todd Ricks (Dale) of Tifton; 3 Step-Daughters – Tammy McRae (Rex), Becky Mullis (Lynn), Stacey Nobles (Robert); Sister – Dale Stokes (Donny) of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Tony Evans (Jane) and David Evans (Lisa) both of Eastman; 14 Grandchildren; 4 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters-in-law – Connie Grinstead (Billy) of Perry and Josephine Clark (Norris Owens, Jr.) of Eastman; 2 Brothers-in-law – Tim Pittman (Linda) of Eastman and Ronnie Ricks of Cochran; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Saturday, May 19.

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MELVIN GRAHAM, JR.
1957 - May 13, 2018

MR. MELVIN GRAHAM, JR., age 61, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Bleckley Memorial Hospital in Cochran.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, May 15, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook and Rev. John Mobley officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Melvin was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Parkerson Baptist Church, attended Bethel Baptist Church, and was a 1976 graduate of Dodge County High School. He was a machine mechanic for Jac Arts in Cochran for over 21 years, loved tending to his chickens, playing cards with family and friends, listening to music, and most of all playing with his grandkids, who were the light of his life.

Survivors: Wife of 31 years – Brenda Ann Graham of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Sheila Fish (Jeff), Shellie Toler (Josh) both of Eastman, and Selena Smith (Nathan) of Cochran; 2 Sons – Jason Warren (Andrea) of Chauncey and Matt Graham (Joni) of Cochran; 10 Grandchildren – Justin Fish, Luke Toler, Brenlee Smith, Rylee Smith, Nolan Smith, Lane Clements, Jasey Warren, Janna Kate Warren, Madison Graham, and Mason Graham; Mother and Father – Christine Smith Graham and Melvin A. Graham of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Milton Graham and Malone Graham (Tammy) both of Eastman; 2 Aunts – Margie S. May and Faustine S. Trawick both of Eastman; 2 Sisters-in-Law and 1 Brother-in-Law; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence, of Shellie and Josh Toler, 1741 Wilson-Woodard Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, May 14.

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CAROLYN BROWN
1947 - May 8, 2018

MRS. CAROLYN SHEPHERD BROWN, age 70, of Gresston, GA, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

A private family service will be held Thursday, May 10, at Gresston Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Dahl McDermitt, Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Carolyn was born in Fitzgerald, a 1965 graduate of Dodge County High School, a member of Gresston Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She was a former cashier at BiLo in Cochran, a former clerk at ASCS office, enjoyed raising her family, and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Carolyn was daughter of the late Maggie Smith Shepherd and Bruce Shepherd, and was preceded in death a Son, Cecil Jay Brown and Infant Brother, Charles Shepherd.

Survivors: Daughter – Tammy Brown Wiggins (Jerry White) of Eastman; Son – Todd Brown of Gresston; Daughter-in-Law – Lynn Williams Brown (Keith Beckworth) of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Zack Piccione, Malana Collins (Colby), Mackenzie Brown, Carter Brown, Christina Sanders, and Stephen McDuffie (Amy); 4 Great-Grandchildren – Luke Piccione, Demi Peacock, Ayla Peacock, and Blair Sanders; Sister – Barbara Yawn (Ralph) of Eastman; Niece and Nephews – Donna Brewer (Jeff), Tim Moore (Becky Sheffield), and Darian Yawn (Celese); Aunt – Betty Jean NeSmith of Dexter (Earl).

The family may be contacted at the Brown residence, 84 Wallace Circle, Gresston, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, May 9.

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BILLY R. GRAHAM
1940 - May 8, 2018

MR. BILLY RAY GRAHAM, age 77, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Thursday, May 10, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Graham was a native of Eastman, a 1959 graduate of Dodge County High School, a member of Greenlawn Baptist Church, and former owner and operator of Billy Graham Homes Inc. in Augusta, GA for over 25 years. He enjoyed records, football, browsing through flea markets, and spending time with his wife and family. He was son of the late Gertrude Roland Graham and Fred Graham and was preceded in death by a Son-in-Law, Carroll “Bo” Baker, and 5 Siblings, Felton Graham, Charlie “Eck” Graham, Maxine Holbert, Helen Woods, and John Algron Graham.

Survivors: Wife of 54 years – Virginia “Ginny” Evans Graham of Eastman; Daughter – Melanie Baker of Leesville, SC; 2 Sons – Greg Graham of Eastman and Kevin Graham (Denise) of Batesburg, SC; 3 Grandchildren – Ethan Graham (Payton) of Mobile, AL, Sonya Moore (Brent) of Wichita, KS, and Will Graham of Batesburg, SC; 2 Great-Granddaughters – Brynn Graham and Aimee Moore; 3 Sisters – Mary Shumate and Alice Bird both of Warner Robins, and Paula Harrell (Ralph) of Hawkinsville; 4 Brothers – Robert Graham of Augusta, Fred Graham (Delores) of Warner Robins, Bennie Graham (Diana) of Hawkinsville, and Larry Sheffield of Palmetto, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Graham residence, 49 Lennie Lane, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Thursday, May 10. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

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HELEN FRANKLIN
1918 - May 7, 2018

MRS. HELEN BRUCE BRADY FRANKLIN, age 99, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, May 7, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Camden County.

Memorial services will be held at 12:30PM May 10, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Graton Helms officiating.

Mrs. Franklin was born in Jeffersonville, GA and was a graduate of Baxley County High School. She moved to Jacksonville, FL in the late 1940’s and took residence in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville. After retiring in the 1970’s, she and her husband moved to Crystal River, FL, and then later to Eastman, GA. She enjoyed her final 4 years with her son in Woodbine, GA. She was a former secretary for Mandarin UMC, a member of Eastman UMC, and a homemaker. Helen enjoyed gardening, working in her yard, was an avid fisherwoman, a member of the Mandarin Garden Club, and was an active actor in the Mandarin Little Theater during her time in Florida. She enjoyed social life with friends in Mandarin and worked diligently as her high school reunion organizer for many years. Helen was daughter of the late pastor Lucius Brady and his wife and is the widow of Oscar Clyde Franklin. She was preceded in death by a Grandson, Jason Keiren, 1 Brother, and 4 Sisters.

Survivors: Son – Oscar Bruce Franklin (Paula) of Woodbine, GA; Step-Daughter – Mary Edith Bowden of Tallahassee, FL; Step-Son – Robert L. (Bob) Franklin of Oxford, FL; 4 Grandchildren – Chelsea Franklin, Michelle Franklin, Scott Franklin, and Vickie Keiren (Joe); Great-Granddaughter – Lesly O’Brien.

The family may be contacted at the Franklin residence, 1009 Willow Way, Eastman.

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CAROL ANN SAPP BRASWELL
1956 - May 3, 2018

MS. CAROL ANN SAPP BRASWELL, age 61, of Eastman, GA, formerly of Athens, GA, died Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Ann Sapp Braswell was a native of Baxley, GA, a 1974 graduate of Appling County Comprehensive High School, a woman of faith, and a devoted grandmother. She worked for nearly 15 years as an associate and supervisor for Goodwill of Northeast Georgia and Habitat for Humanity, and loved the fact that her work meant something for those in need. She adored her grandkids (Maddie and Evan Herrington), worshipped her cat (Peevy), and spent her free time drinking coffee, watching movies, doing crossword puzzles and talking, talking, talking. She made friends everywhere she went, from the beginning to the end. There are people all over this country who have sought out her friendship and wisdom. She was a natural comedian, a force of nature and completely unforgettable. The world is duller for her passing.

Ann was the daughter of the late Susie Reynolds Sapp and Francis Sapp, and was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Carter and two brothers, Troy Sapp and Roy Sapp. Survivors: Daughter – Melody Herrington of Jefferson; two grandchildren – Madeline Herrington and Evan Herrington both of Jefferson; two sisters – Jackie Surrency of Eastman and Carolyn Surrency of Brunswick; beloved Nieces and Nephews – Beverly Gore, Kimberly Gore, Sharon Gantt, Melissa Sikes, Lisa Thompson, George Creamer, Sandy Creamer, and Dennis Creamer; Several Great-Nieces and Great-Nephew including a special Great-Great-Niece, Kimberly "Kimmy" Gore.

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ROGER THOMPSON
1961 - May 2, 2018

MR. ROGER LEE THOMPSON, age 56, of East Dublin, GA, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA.

A memorial visitation will be held at a later date.

Mr. Thompson was of the Baptist faith, a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger and Georgia National Guardsman, and a truck driver for Taco Trucking Company in Alamo, GA. He was a member the American Legion Post #17, loved cookouts with family and friends, and was a patriotic American who enjoyed spending time with veterans at the VA. Roger was son of the late Grace Ellen Brown Thompson and Calvin Lee Thompson.

Survivors: Wife – Susan Carr Thompson of East Dublin; Son – Steven C. Thompson (Rosemary Vocatura) of Colorado Springs, CO; Step-Children – Travis Woodard (Judy) of Dudley, Courtney Hicks, and Megan Hicks both of Kite, GA; Granddaughter – Courtney Thompson of Cape Coral, FL; 2 Sisters – Zelda Lee of Eastman and Tammy Elizalde (Esteban) of Cochran; 2 Brothers – Ross Thompson of Americus and Dewey Thompson (Tricia) of East Dublin; Mother-in-law - Alice Carr of Dublin; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

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TOMMY THOMPSON
1952 - May 2, 2018

MR. WILLIAM TOMMY THOMPSON, age 66, of Plainfield, GA, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, May 4, at Plainfield Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Tanner and Rev. Matt Walker officiating, with interment in Plainfield Baptist Church Cemetery.

Tommy was born in Dodge County, a member of Plainfield Baptist Church, and a farmer for Coleman Farms for over 54 years. He enjoyed spending time with his wife Joanne, loved John Deere Tractors, Snapper Lawnmowers, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and fabricating. Tommy was son of the late Mildred Dixon Thompson and Henry Thomas Thompson.

Survivors: Wife – Joanne Joiner Thompson of Plainfield; Daughter – Louann Charlovich (Eddie) of Plainfield; 5 Grandchildren – Brandi Lee, Meredith Gregory, Justin Charlovich, John Thomas Charlovich, and Abbi Charlovich; Brother – Edward Thompson (Patricia) of Eastman; Mother-in-Law – Thelma Joiner of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Charity Joiner; Brothers-in-Law – Pete Joiner (Faye) and Danny Joiner (Renee); Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at Coleman Farms, 51 Coleman Rd., Plainfield, and will receive friends in Plainfield Baptist Church from 9:30AM-11:00AM Friday, May 4. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Plainfield Baptist Church.

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BETTY BRANNAN
1945 - April 25, 2018

MRS. BETTY JOYCE BLACK BRANNAN, age 72, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Friday, April 27, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating, with interment in Parkerson Cemetery.

Mrs. Brannan was born in Eastman, of the Baptist faith, a retired cook and a former garment factory worker. She was a cook for several years at Sugarberry’s, MC’s Restaurant, and Rolling In Dough. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved animals, and enjoyed fishing, tending her flowers, and reading the Daily Bread devotional. Betty was daughter of the late Rachel Hulett Black and Robert Black and was preceded in death by her Brother, Sammy Peacock and Sister, Patricia Whitehead.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Abbie G. Beasley (Terry) and Tracy P. Beasley (Randy) both of Tarrytown, GA; Son – Tommy Hames (Tajuana) of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Jessy Beasley, Jennifer Macon (Christopher), Jodi Beasley, Alicia Beasley, Nicole Beasley, Randy Beasley, Amanda Hames, and Bailey Hames; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Caleb Macon, Amurie Newell, Dawson Palmer, Rylan Beasley; 2 Sisters – Dorothy L. Sheffield of Nichols, GA and Geraldine Bryant of Eastman; 2 Brothers – James F. Black of Eastman and Randall Black of Hawkinsville, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews; Faithful Animal Companions – Bear Brannan and Henry Brannan.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Geraldine Bryant, 711 Jordan Brown Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-3:00PM on Friday, April 27. In addition to flowers the family request contributions to an animal rescue organization, ASPCA.org/donate.

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Annette Roberson Burnham
1944 - April 20, 2018

MRS. MARY ANNETTE ROBERSON BURNHAM , age 74, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, April 20, 2018 at Coliseum Medical Center in Macon surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held at Southerland Funeral Chapel at 2:00PM Sunday, April 22, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Mr. Gary Ryals officiating, with interment in Old Daniels Cemetery.

Mrs. Burnham was born in Rhine, GA, and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed reading, fishing, working puzzle books, cooking and taking care of her family. Annette was daughter of the late Alice Pittman Roberson and Minor Roberson and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wendell S. Burnham and her siblings, Donnie Belle Jones, W.J. Roberson and Eddie Ray Roberson.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Lori Burnham of Eastman and Jana Burnham of Chester; 1 Son – Chad Burnham (Rick Gill) of Eastman; 1 Granddaughter – Shelby Burnham of Eastman; 1 Sister – Barbara Sheffield of Fitzgerald; 2 Sisters-in-law – Linda Roberson of Rhine and Cathy Roberson of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews; Family Friend – Jay Petro of Eastman; Caregivers – Linda Roberson, Mona Jones, Angie Muncher and Ruth McClain.

The family may be contacted at the Burnham residence, 82 L.A. Peterson Road, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Saturday, April 21. In addition to flowers the family request contributions to Hospice Care Options, 718 Medical Center Drive, Eastman, GA 31023.

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Needham B. “Jack” Graham
April 18, 2018

Needham B. “Jack” Graham, age 91, of Milton, passed away on April 18, 2018 from respiratory complications.

He was a WWII Navy Veteran and retired from RCA after 30 years of service. He was a beloved husband and best friend to his wife of 47 years, Terry Lynne Graham. He also leaves behind his three children, James Dalton Graham, III, Lenore Catherine Graham and Gary Allen Graham; brother, Wendell Graham ; sister, Wilmatine McCranie both of Eastman; brother-in-law, Bruce marlin of Oregon, Illinois; nephew, Earl Graham of Braselton; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Catholic Relief Services. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:30am in the funeral home chapel. A graveside service will follow at 3:00pm at Harrell Cemetery in Eastman. The Graham family will receive friends on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Northside Chapel Funeral Directors, Roswell, 770-645-1414. www.northsidechapel.com.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman assisted the family locally.

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DANNY MULLIS, SMSGT (RET.) USAF
1952 - April 16, 2018

MR. DANNY RAY MULLIS, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at Carl Vinson VA Hospital in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM Thursday, April 19, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Chase White, Mr. John Griffin, Mr. James Hardy and Mr. Steve Hawn officiating, with interment in Fairview Cemetery in Warrenton, NC.

Mr. Mullis was born in Eastman, of the Christian faith, a 1969 graduate of Dodge County High School, a graduate of Fort Valley State University with a bachelors degree in criminology, and a graduate of the University of Maryland with a masters degree in special education. He was a retired SMSGT of the United States Air Force, a Vietnam Veteran, a former Post Commander of the American Legion Post #126 for many years, a member of numerous military based organizations, and was a special education teacher in the Dodge County School System for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, his time in the military, fishing, trips to Alaska, cruises and traveling. Danny was son of the late Bernice Scarborough Mullis and Lawton H. Mullis.

Survivors: Wife of 13 years – Angela Hardy Mullis of Eastman; 3 Sons – Dyron Mullis (Summer) of Shelby, NC, Dustin Reynolds (Heather) of Manhattan, KS, and Sean Hardy of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Cherie Kuykendall (Mark) of Gastonia, NC, Winter Hardy of Flowery Branch, and Gillian Sutton (Clay) of Eastman; 9 Grandchildren – Blaise Mullis, Charleigh Mullis, Lillian Kuykendall, Johnathon Kuykendall, Maya Reynolds, Morghan Palat, Dominic Hardy, Alexis Sutton and Barrett Sutton; Sister – Belinda Vargas (Javier) of Wrightsville; Brother – Jay Mullis (Linda) of Eastman; 2 Brothers-in-law – Clifton Wilson (Diane) of Raleigh, NC and Greg Wilson of Warrenton, NC; Several Aunts, Uncles, and Nieces.

The family may be contacted at the Mullis residence, 430 6th Avenue Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 3:00PM-4:00PM Thursday, April 19. In addition to flowers, the family requests contributions to American Legion Post #126, Eastman, GA.

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MITCH MATTAIR
1945 - April 16, 2018

MR. HENRY MITCHELL “MITCH” MATTAIR, age 73, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Wednesday 18, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Bodie Gray and Master Sgt. Johnny Blacke, officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mr. Mattair was born in Perry, FL before moving to Wilcox County in 1971. He was a retired U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, who received 2 Purple Hearts, of the Baptist Faith, a retired automotive technician for Hurt Motor Company in Cordele, GA, and a bus driver for the Dodge County School Board of Education for over 11 years. He was a member of the American Legion – Post 71 in Rochelle, GA. Mitch was son of the late Alva Carolyn McGuire Mattair and Clyde Fletcher Mattair and was preceded in death by a Wife, Mary Alice Rogers Mattair.

Survivors: Wife of 11 years – Kay Moore Mattair of Eastman; Daughter – Jennifer Gail Zimmerman of Fitzgerald; 2 Sons – Douglas Mitchell Mattair of Eastman and Robert Keith Mattair of Fitzgerald; 2 Step-Daughters – Davina Rutland of Cochran and Melanie Hughes of Eastman; 9 Grandchildren – Douglas Jacob Mattair, Timothy Zimmerman, Chasity Hope Day, Jody Iona Mattair, Melvin Mattair, Justin Mattair, Devin Rutland, Gracie Hughes, and Riley Steptoe; 2 Sisters – Mary Bailey of Arkansas City, KS and Evelyn Rowell of Alabama; Sisters-in-Laws and Brothers-in-Law – Kathryn Moore, Laney Bond (Billy), Faye Thompson, Gerald Moore, and Leola Moore; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Mattair residence, 2052 Chester Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, April 17.

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BUBBA HENDRIX
1977 - April 4, 2018

MR. JERRY LEE “BUBBA” HENDRIX, age 40, of Cochran, GA, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, April 8, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mitchell Brown officiating, and interment in Parkerson Cemetery.

Bubba was born in Jacksonville, FL, of the Christian Faith, attended Dodge County High School, was a 1995 graduate of Warner Robins High School, and was preceded in death by his parents, Cheryl Ann Herring Sires and Jerry Wayne Hendrix. During his 16 years at Robins AFB, Bubba worked his way through the ranks of avionics technician to change manager. His hobbies were Georgia Bulldogs football, hunting, and fishing. His children were his world and he took pride in being a great father to McKenna and Joshua. Bubba was an awesome uncle and the best brother to his sister, Paula. He loved life and lived it to its fullest capacity. To know him was to love him and he was always there for everyone.

Survivors: Daughter – McKenna Hendrix of Warner Robins; Son – Joshua Hendrix of Cochran; Sister – Paula Hendrix Martin (Scot) of Jacksonville, FL; 2 Nephews – Nathaniel Martin and Noah Martin both of Jacksonville, FL; Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Hendrix residence, 116 Hardwood Drive, Cochran, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, April 7. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the American Legion Post #126, P.O. Box 246, Eastman, GA 31023.

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HELEN LAW
1931 - April 2, 2018

MRS. CARRIE “HELEN” NeSMITH LAW, age 86, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, April 2, 2018 at Dublin Place Senior Living Center, in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, April 5, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Larry Wilbanks officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Law was a native of Dodge County, a member of Zebulon Baptist Church, a former supervisor at C & J Manufacturing for over 20 years, and a retired counselor at Eastman RYDC. She loved her family, enjoyed working in the yard, collecting and restoring antiques, and floral designing. She was daughter of the late Lula Fair NeSmith and James Lyn NeSmith, widow of Rudolph Law, and was preceded in death by 3 Sisters, Sybil Rogers, Mattie Ella Roland, and Dell Holt.

Survivors: 3 Sons – Rudy Law (Dianne) of Eastman, Bruce Law (Patty) of Statesboro, and Mike Law (Leigh) of Eastman; 8 Grandchildren – Matt Law (Jennifer), Mindy Dean (Trey), Griffin Law, Mason Law, Jenna Law, Graham Law all of Eastman, Jonathan Law of Statesboro, and Kyle Law of Nashville, TN; 3 Great-Granddaughters – Lillie Law, Hadley Dean, and Lauren Law all of Eastman; Sister – Shirley “Pete” Reeves of Cochran; Sister-in-Law – Eunice Law of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Virgil Holt of Cochran; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Rudy and Dianne Law, 6569 Jim Pruett Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Thursday, April 5.

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EARL DAVIS
1960 - March 30, 2018

MR. CHARLES EARL DAVIS, age 58, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, March 30, 2018 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Davis was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, attended Eastman Congregational Holiness Church, and was a self employed carpenter and handyman. He worked at the Eastman Cotton Mill for several years, and enjoyed gardening, fishing, and reading about American history. Earl was son of the late Bertie Lee Bracewell Davis and Willie “Bill” Davis and was preceded in death by a Sister, Linda Batchelor and Brother, Marvin Davis.

Survivors: Brother – Herman Davis (Ionna Thiessen) of Eastman; 2 Nieces – Brandy Brown (Larry) and Lisa Vaughn; Nephew – Tony Batchelor; Several Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Herman Davis and Ionna Thiessen, 1203 Roddy Hwy., Eastman.

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TINA BOUTWELL
1947 - March 28, 2018

MRS. BETTINA GAIL “TINA” BRANTLEY BOUTWELL, age 70, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM Friday, March 30, at Greenlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Dwaine Dunn officiating, with interment in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Boutwell was a lifelong resident of Eastman, an active member and former pianist of Greenlawn Baptist Church, a 1965 graduate of Dodge County High School, and a retired supervisor for Heart of Georgia RESA WIA youth program. She was a member of WMU, a lifetime member of Heart of Georgia Saddle Club Association, a secretary and bookkeeper for Stuckey’s Inc. for over 20 years, and was currently working as a file clerk at Hartley Tire Service. Tina was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and enjoyed doing for others and taking care of her family and friends. She was daughter of the late Mildred Harrell Brantley and Busy Brantley, and was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Tim Brantley and Shelton Brantley.

Survivors: Husband of 41 years – Bob Boutwell of Eastman; Daughter – Tammy Chaney of Jacksonville, FL; 3 Sons – Robert W. Boutwell (Christy) of Byron, Jeremy Boutwell of Canton and David Paquette (Lori) of West Monroe, LA; 3 Grandchildren – Corporal Tyler Chaney, USMC (Danielle), Ryan Chaney, and Ian Boutwell; Great-Granddaughter – Aubriella Chaney; 3 Sisters – Sandra Clough (Gilbert) of Smarr, Ann Rycroft (Larry) of Cochran, and Gwen Hartley (Billy) of Eastman; 3 Brothers – Sherm Brantley (Janice), Dana Brantley, and Sam Brantley all of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Pam Graham Brantley of Eastman; Faithful Canine Companion – Patch; Numerous Nieces and Nephews including a Special Niece – Bailey Hart.

The family may be contacted at the Boutwell residence, 797 Gum Swamp Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Greenlawn Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Friday, March 30. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Greenlawn Baptist Church, Hwy. #46, Eastman, GA 31023.

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SHELTON BRANTLEY
1955 - March 26, 2018

MR. SHELTON CLAY BRANTLEY, age 63, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, March 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Shelton was born in McRae, GA, a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, a 1974 graduate of Dodge County High School, a U.S. Army Veteran, and worked at Arconic, formerly Alcoa, for 40 years. He loved his wife and family, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his garden, and watching NASCAR. He was son of the late Mildred Harrell Brantley and Busy Brantley, and was preceded in death by a Brother, Tim Brantley, and Father-in-Law, George Lamar Graham.

Survivors: Wife of 41 years – Pam Graham Brantley of Eastman; 4 Sisters – Sandra Clough (Gilbert) of Smarr, Tina Boutwell (Bob), Gwen Hartley (Billy) both of Eastman, and Ann Rycroft (Larry) of Cochran; 3 Brothers – Sherm Brantley (Janice), Dana Brantley, and Sam Brantley all of Eastman; Aunt – Mary Frances Smith of Rockmart, GA; Mother-in-Law – Dorothy Graham of Eastman; 3 Brothers-in-Law – Ken Graham (Patty) of Goldsboro, NC, Dennis Graham, and Robert Graham (Mandi) both of Eastman; 2 Faithful Canine Companions – Rascal and Scooter; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Sherm and Janice Brantley, 498 Ag Best Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Thursday, March 29. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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MARY BEDSOLE
1928 - March 24, 2018

MRS. MARY ELIZA JONES BEDSOLE, age 89 ½, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, March 27, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Stacey Stone officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Bedsole was a native of Eastman, a member of Greenlawn Baptist Church, a former lunch room lady at Early Childhood Center in the 1980’s, and a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, painting pictures, sewing, traveling with friends, and spending time with her children and family. She was daughter of the late Fannie Livingston Jones and J.W. Jones, widow of William Oliver Bedsole, and was preceded in death by a Daughter, Joan Bedsole Hilliard, 2 Sons, Stacey Bedsole and Don Bedsole, Great-Granddaughter, Karolyne Bedsole, and 3 Siblings, Lula Pearl Williams, Alex Jones, and Daniel “Wheeler” Jones.

Survivors: 7 Grandchildren – Bonnie B. Moore (Paul), Shayne B. Godwin (Larry), Anthony Don “Tony” Bedsole, Cameron Ware Bedsole, Robbie Bedsole, Jim Rogers, and Stacey Meeler (Tom); 15 Great-Grandchildren – Blake Moore (Anna), Brooke Moore, Chloe Jones, Claire Peacock, Drew Bedsole, Gabi Bedsole, Anthony Bedsole, Jr., William “Robbie” Bedsole, Jr., Jessica Bedsole, Brandon Dykes, Vyktoria Dykes, Kaylyn Rogers, Haley Janufka, Noah Meeler, and Dustin Rozier; Great-Great-Grandson – Kaydin Rogers; Daughter-in-Law – Jerry Enone Vaughn of Eastman; Son-in-Law – Scotty Hilliard of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Bonnie and Paul Moore, 1883 Sweet Home Church Rd., Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Tuesday, March 27.

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KAREN HAVENS
1951 - March 20, 2018

MRS. KAREN ANN GONZALES HAVENS, age 66, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Eastman Healthcare and Rehab.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Havens was born in New Orleans, LA, of the Catholic faith, a high school graduate, and a graduate of Gwinett Technical College with a degree in computer repair. She was a retired waitress for over 30 years, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, enjoyed gardening and being outdoors, and was a dedicated wife and a loving mother. Karen was daughter of the late Lucille Esther Parr and Daniel Peter Gonzales and widow of Gary Lynn Havens.

Survivors: Son – Glenn E. Havens (Brittany Baker) of Lawrenceville; 6 Siblings – Dianne Nave, Donna Nowak, Phillis Gomez, Daniel Gonzales, III, Terri Ubas, and Michael Gonzales; Several Nieces and Nephews.

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PEGGY ALLEN
1949 - March 20, 2018

MS. PEGGY ANN ALLEN, age 68, of Mountain Home, AR, formerly of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, March 24, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. James Dupree officiating, with interment in Trail Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Cochran.

Ms. Allen was a native of Eastman, a faithful church member of Eastside Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She was daughter of the late Carrie Lou Evans Allen and Albert Allen, Sr., and was preceded in death by a Sister –Margaret Spires, Brother – Harry Allen, 2 Infant Siblings – Kathy Allen and Claxton Allen, and a Nephew – Jimmy Lee Allen, Jr.

Survivors: 3 Sisters – Joyce Devine (Dennis) of Florida, Frances Rogers (Cecil) of Eastman, and Linda Bracey of Mountain Home, AR; 4 Brothers – Jimmy Allen (Sandy), Jerry Allen both of Eastman, Albert Allen, Jr. (Laverne) of Chauncey, and Larry Allen of Dublin; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Frances and Cecil Rogers, 327 Powers Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, March 23.

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EVELYN BERRY
1929 - March 16, 2018

MRS. EVELYN REAVES BERRY, age 89, of Milan, GA, died Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, March 18, at Milan Baptist Church in Milan, with Rev. Aubrey Corbitt officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery.

Mrs. Berry was born in Rhine, GA and was a member of Milan Baptist Church and the Marie Conner Sunday school class. She was a graduate of Milan High School, a business school graduate, a homemaker and a former employee of Dodge County Hospital. Evelyn enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing and cooking and also visits from her family and grandchildren. She was daughter of the late Claudia Valeria Brown Reaves and Emmett Reaves and preceded in death by her husband, William Dewey Berry, Jr.

Survivors: 2 Sons – D. Glenn Berry (Rosemary) of Ellijay and Dr. Emmett Reaves “Ves” Berry (Margaret) of Macon; Sister – Greta Reaves Spires (Dalton) of Milan; 4 Grandchildren – Bryan Berry (Cathy) of Roswell, Christa Mottlau (Tom) of Sugar Hill, Emily Hutchins (Julian) of Macon, Catherine Moon (Jake) of Atlanta; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Brady Berry, Bentley Mottlau, Katelyn Mottlau, Walker Hutchins, Jay Hutchins; Nephew – Mike Spires of Milan.

The family may be contacted at the Berry residence, 100 Cook Street, Milan, and will receive friends in Milan Baptist Church from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, March 18.

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H.R. ROGERS
1939 - March 14, 2018

MR. HENRY RICHARD “H.R.” ROGERS, of Eastman, GA, formerly of Wheeler County, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Eastman Healthcare and Rehab.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Rogers was a native of Glenwood, of the Holiness faith, and a former saw mill operator for W.D. Browning Saw Mill in Glenwood. He was a woodsman, hauled and cut timber, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, and chewing tobacco. H.R. was son of the late Beatrice Horne Rogers and Willie Lee Rogers, and was preceded in death by 4 Siblings, Jimmy Rogers, Frances Faye Schell, David Rogers, and Jean Beatrice Rogers.

Survivors: Sister – Elizabeth Jones of Jacksonville, GA; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Elizabeth Jones, 143 Lawson Jones Rd., Jacksonville, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Emmanuel Apostolic Church, P.O. Box 153, Jacksonville, GA 31544.

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LOUISE GRAHAM
1939 - March 11, 2018

MRS. LOUISE BERNICE BOZEMAN GRAHAM, age 78, of Milan, GA, died Sunday, March 11, 2018 in Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, March 13, at Sweet Home Baptist Church, with Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating, with interment in Sweet Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Graham was born in Guin, AL, a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She was a devoted Christian lady, a loving mother and grandmother, and enjoyed sewing, gardening, and fishing with her husband, Newt. She was daughter of the late Martha Jane Trentham Bozeman and Jeffrey Bozeman, widow of Cleon “Newt” Graham, and was preceded in death by a Daughter-in-Law, Lisa Spires Graham, and 5 Brothers, Henry Lee Bozeman, Bill Bozeman, Thomas Bozeman, Pee Wee Bozeman, and Hill Bozeman.

Survivors: Daughter – Barbara Campbell (Brad) of Toomsboro, GA; Son – Tony C. Graham of Milan; 3 Grandchildren – Jenna G. Watkins (Bart), Matthew Graham, and Daniel Evans; 3 Great-Granddaughters – Alissa Watkins, Jada Watkins, and Lena Watkins; 2 Sisters – Maxine Posey and Annie May Toms (Dave) both of Americus; Brother – Pete Bozeman (Coot) of Americus; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, March 12.

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HARRIS FOSTER
1928 - March 9, 2018

MR. HARRIS FOSTER, age 90, of Eastman, GA, died Friday March 9, 2018 at Eastman Healthcare and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, March 12, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mr. Foster was born in Fitzgerald, GA, of the Holiness faith, a retired machinist and a family man. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and mowing his yard. Harris was son of the late Della Kemp Mullis Foster and Clarence Foster, and was preceded in death by a Son, Daryl Foster and 3 Siblings, O.J. Foster, Theo Foster, and Prentice Foster.

Survivors: Daughter – Sylvia Foster of Eastman; 2 Sons – Lyman Foster (Lyn) and Lyle Foster (Glenda), both of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Brad Hargrove, Matt Foster (Destiny), Caleb Foster and Kody Foster; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Brice Foster, London Foster, and Brantlei Foster; Former Wife – Irene Hinson Foster of Eastman; Sister – Ophelia Mullis Hinson of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Lyman and Lyn Foster, 180 Golden Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-4:00PM Sunday, March 11.

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KATHALEEN DAVIS
1933 - February 28, 2018

MRS. MARY KATHALEEN GIDDENS DAVIS, age 85, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, March 3, at Giddens-Harrell Cemetery, with Rev. Troy Dykes and Dr. Paul Cowles officiating.

Mrs. Davis was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Gresston Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She was a former employee at Stuckey’s Inc. and C & J Shirt Factory. Kathaleen was a dedicated Wife, Sister, Mother, MeMa, and especially loved her great-granddaughter Kalli, who she affectionately called “Little Girl.” She was daughter of the late Mary Pruett Giddens and William Horace Giddens, widow of Maud L. Davis, and was preceded in death by 3 Sons, Jimmy Giddens, Melvin Davis, and Marvin Davis, and 5 Siblings, James E. “Buddy” Giddens, Waldo “Candy Boy” Giddens, Ted Giddens, Russell Giddens, and Johnnie G. Glass.

Survivors: Daughter – Elaine Westbrook (Frank) of Eastman; Grandson – Kyle Davis (Krystal) of Eastman; Great-Granddaughter – Kalli Davis; Daughter-in-Law – Janean Giddens of Eastman; 3 Step-Grandchildren – Jason Platt (Heather), James Platt (Casey), and Cody Westbrook; 3 Step-Great-Grandchildren – Peyton Platt, Matthew Platt, and Kiara Platt; Sister-in-Law – Alma Jean Giddens of Gresston; Brother-in-Law – Barry Glass of Pennsylvania; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Kyle and Krystal Davis, 309 Bell Line Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 9:30AM-10:30AM Saturday, March 3.

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CATHY O. PRUETT
1952 - February 26, 2018

MRS. CATHY O’BARR PRUETT, of LaGrange, GA died Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Pruett residence in Eastman.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM Thursday, March 1, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Gary Ryals and Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating, with interment in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Eastman.

Mrs. Pruett was a born in Alamo, GA and was of the Baptist faith. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Ocmulgee EMC. Cathy enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed many beach trips to St. George Island, FL. She was daughter of the late Sadie Selph O’Barr and John T. O’Barr.

Survivors: Husband of 32 years – Randy Pruett of LaGrange; Daughter – Cassie Pruett (Eric Price) of Opelika, AL; Son – Jonesy Wiggins of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Larry O’Barr (Barbara) and Randy O’Barr (Wregelia), both of Eastman; Father-in-law – Wayne B. Pruett of Eastman; Sister-in-law – Michelle Bryan (Brad) of Eastman; Special Friends – Lisa Whittington and Carla Skipper, both of Chauncey; Several Nieces and Nephews and her beloved pet, July.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Wayne Pruett, 1517 Chester Hwy, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, February 28.

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LINDA CHEEK MULLIS
1943 - February 25, 2018

MRS. LINDA FAYE CHEEK MULLIS , age 74, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at her residence.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Thursday March 1, at Old Daniel Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating.

Mrs. Mullis was a native of Dodge County and of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who enjoyed raising and spending time with her family. She was a homemaker and a former store keeper at Inglewood Trading Post. Linda was daughter of the late Ruth Hinson Cheek and Charlie Norman Cheek, and was preceded in death by her former Husband of 26 years, Stephen Morris Mullis, Sr. and a Brother, John “Butch” Cheek.

Survivors: Daughter – Tracy Landin (Rick) of Eastman; 4 Sons – Stephen Mullis, Jr., Glenn Mullis (Kathy) both of Eastman, John Mullis and Danny Mullis, both of Newnan; 6 Grandchildren – Stephen Trey Mullis, MD (Tara), Alicia Wright (Jonathan), Dillon Spires( Hope), Callie Spires, Justin Spires and Kaitlyn Mullis; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Owen Mullis, Waik Wright and Greyson Sheffield; Sister – Constance “Cookie” Seifert of Houston, TX; Brother – Ron Cheek (Ann) of Houston, TX; Sister-in-Law – Jo Cheek of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Gerald Mullis (Maryann) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Mullis residence, 4701 Abbeville Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Old Daniel Baptist Church from 1:30PM-2:00PM Thursday, March 1.

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GWENDOLYN SHEFFIELD
1951 - February 23, 2018

MRS. GWENDOLYN JOYCE KILGORE SHEFFIELD, age 67, of Macon, GA, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00PM Wednesday, February 28, at New Elim Baptist Church, 4368 Hartley Bridge Rd., Macon, with Pastor Johnny Baggett and Pastor Monty February officiating.

Mrs. Sheffield was a native of Eastman, a 1969 graduate of Dodge County High School, a member of New Elim Baptist Church, and a former jewelry sales assistant for Walmart, Inc. in Macon for over 15 years. She was a dedicated wife, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a daughter of the late Doris Hickman Kilgore and Reginald Kilgore, and was preceded in death by 2 Siblings, Kenny Kilgore and Linda Blanton.

Survivors: Husband – Harry Truman Sheffield of Macon; 2 Daughters – Charlotte Wilson (Jerry) and Sheila Mitchell (David) both of Lizella; 8 Grandchildren – Jerry Wilson, Jr., Jeremy Wilson (Shenandoah), Charles Wilson (Tiffany), William Wilson (Lacy), Jacob Kimbrough, Jordan Kimbrough (Kimberlee), Shelly Cunningham (Colin), and Amber Hahn; 8 Great-Grandchildren – Xander, J.B., Raelynn, Waylon, Lily, Skyler, Gabe, and Keaton; 2 Sisters – Tanya Kilgore of Bonaire and Sharon Payne (Ronnie) of Centerville; Aunts and Uncles – Pat Hill, Janet Hickman, Carl Hickman (Diane), Nickey Hickman, and David Hickman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-7:00PM Tuesday, February 27. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to New Elim Baptist Church, or Vilula Baptist Church.

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REUBEN YANCEY
1936 - February 23, 2018

MR. REUBEN THOMAS YANCEY, age 81, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, February 26, in Bible Baptist Church of Eastman, with Rev. Ralph Smith, Rev. Chad Kennison and Rev. Danny Gay officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Yancey was born in Eastman and of the Baptist faith. He was a truck driver for over 50 years, moving to Jacksonville, FL for 18 years before returning to Eastman in 1973. He trucked for many companies including W.T. Howell and Sons, Turner Trucking, Lumber Transport and K-Mart. He also moved mobile homes as a self-employed driver and constructed fences for Davis Hanson for several years. He was a charter member and deacon of Bible Baptist Church of Eastman and was a dedicated Husband, Father and Grandfather. He enjoyed activities at his church and mowing the church yard. Reuben was son of the late Bertha Foster Yancey and Charlie Cleveland Yancey and was preceded in death by his Son, Reuben Thomas “Tommy” Yancey Jr., Granddaughter, Wendy Snyder, Brother, George Yancey and a Sister, Christine Bohannon.

Survivors: Wife of 62 years – Grace Register Yancey of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Jenny Wingo (Wendell) and Bertha Snyder, both of Eastman; 2 Grandchildren – Eli Wingo (Katie) and Beverly Snyder both of Eastman; 5 Great Grandchildren – Emma NeSmith, Jax Thomas Wingo, Charlie Wingo, A.J. Quinares and Andariel Andres; 4 Sisters – Aliene Warchak of Macon, Nettie Justice of Augusta, Velma Ryals (Tommy) of Eastman, and Frances Register of Davisboro; Sister-in-Law – Ida Mae Yancey of Eastman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Yancey residence, 1357 Bell Line Road, Eastman, and will receive friends from 10:00AM until 11:00AM Monday, February 26, in Bible Baptist Church, Eastman. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made to Bible Baptist Church of Eastman.

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GLANDA BRYANT VICKERY
1948 - February 22, 2018

MRS. GLANDA BRYANT VICKERY , age 69, of Macon, GA, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, February 24, at Southerland Funeral Chapel in Eastman, with Rev. Kim Conley officiating with interment in Sweet Home Baptist Church Cemetery in Chauncey.

Mrs. Vickery was a born in Baxley, GA, and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She was a retired housekeeping and activities director for Eastview Nursing Home in Macon. She was a dedicated wife and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Glanda was daughter of the late Mary Lou Lolies Ellis and Marcus Bryant and was preceded in death by 3 siblings – Gladys Taylor, Geraldine Bryant and Marvin Bryant.

Survivors: Husband of 54 years – Willis Vickery Sr. of Macon; 1 Daughter – Glenda Austin (David) of Macon; 3 Sons – Willis Vickery Jr. (Angela) of Macon, James Vickery (Ginger) of Macon and Paul Vickery (Michelle) of Monticello; 13 Grandchildren – Brandon Vickery (Patricia), Brian Hopson (Brandy), Jeremy Hopson, Branden Vickery, Isaiah Vickery, Alyssa Vickery, Devin Vickery, David Vickery, Nikki Vickery, Derek Vickery, Shaelyn Vickery, Chelsea King, Bethanee Vickery, Colby Wilmoth, and Amanda Fowler; Several Great Grandchildren; 5 Sisters – Lawanda Bryant of Macon, Marilyn Bryant of Jesup, Sybil Harris (Roger) of Jesup, Pat Bryant of Crown City, OH, and Martha Mullins of Metter; 3 Brothers – Charles Bryant (Darlene), Ricky Bryant (Pearl), and Kenny Bryant, all of Jesup; Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law, Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Vickery residence 3442 Joy Cliff Road, Macon, GA 31211, and will receive friends Saturday, February 24 from 12:30PM – 2:00PM in Southerland Funeral Chapel in Eastman.

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JACK ROGERS
1932 - February 20, 2018

MR. LOVETTE JEROME “JACK” ROGERS, age 85, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, February 23, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tim Brown and Dr. Donnie Sutton officiating, with interment in Vilula Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Grenade and Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating.

Jack was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a graduate of Dodge County High School, and a graduate of Luther Rice College and Seminary. He was a dedicated member and deacon of Vilula Baptist Church, and served his country faithfully as a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. Jack was a retired Unit Chief of Robins AFB, for over 30 years, a Dodge County Building Inspector for over 10 years, a former member of the Board of Tax Assessors, and an active member of the Eastman Senior Citizens Center. He was a faithful member of the Gideons, and enjoyed going to schools to hand out bibles to the students, and to all who knew him he was a “Jack of all trades, and a Master of all.” He enjoyed many hobbies which included woodworking, fishing with his family and friends, and flying his model airplanes for his grandchildren. Jack was a loving and devoted husband, father, granddaddy, and great-granddaddy, son of the late Mattie Lee Lowery Rogers and Lovette Rogers, and was preceded in death by a Son-in-Law, Mike Minter.

Survivors: Wife of 63 years – Carolyn Burch Rogers of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Frances R. Snyder (Don), Judy R. Barrett, and Mary R. Warren (Charles) all of Eastman; 13 Grandchildren – Michael Jones (Stephanie), Lane S. Griffin (Duston), Sloan W. Fust (Patrick), Graham Snyder (Dee), Lindsey Warren, Trent Warren, Alex S. Hobby (Luke), Jacob Barrett, Chloe S. Fretz (Adam), Taylor Barrett (Chloe), Heath Barrett, Gracie Snyder, and Erin S. Springthorpe (Josh); 12 Great-Grandchildren – Cade Jones, Jackson Jones, Brody Griffin, Katie Griffin, Claire Jones, Mackenzie Snyder, Charleigh Kate Snyder, Simon Fust, Charlotte Fust, Catherine Springthorpe, Ian Springthorpe, and Jake Stokes; Brother – Leslie Rogers of Eastman; Cousin – Wallace Rogers; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Rogers residence, 3610 Friendship Baptist Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, February 22. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Gideons International Bible Fund, Vilula Baptist Church, or the Eastman Senior Citizens Center.

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LIMUEL MELTON PURVIS
1947 - February 16, 2018

MR. LIMUEL MELTON PURVIS, age 70, of Perry, GA, died Friday, February 16, 2018 at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, February 21, at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Arnold Rye officiating.

Mr. Purvis was born in Dublin, GA, and of the Baptist Faith. He was a retired U.S. Army Veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam, and receiving a Purple Heart. He was an avid reader of science fiction, enjoyed classic sports cars, shooting pistols, fishing, activities with his family, and spending time with his bluetick hound, Nimrod. Limuel was son of the late Dicy White Purvis and John Pittman Purvis and was preceded in death by 5 Siblings, Aurthur C. Purvis, Elouise Purvis White, John Wendell Purvis, Kimpril Purvis Richardson, and Baum Purvis.

Survivors: 2 Sons – John Purvis of Poplar Bluff, MO and Aaron Purvis (Kendra) of Moreland, GA; Former Wife – Susan Gunter of Poplar Bluff, MO; Granddaughter – Anna Purvis of Moreland, GA; Sister – Daphine Vincent of Jacksonville, FL; Several Nieces and Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 11:30AM-1:00PM Wednesday, February 21.

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RANDY PITTMAN
1954 - February 14, 2018

MR. RANDY BRUCE PITTMAN, age 63, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Randy was born in Jacksonville, Florida, a former used car dealer, and co-owner and operator, along with his father, of J & J Auto Sales. Randy was a high school graduate, a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Agriculture, and worked as an agriculturist in Arabia for several years. He also enjoyed working as a department manager for Wal-Mart, as well as fishing and spending time with his wife. He was son of the late Janie Bibb Pittman and Charles “Doc” Pittman, Sr. and was preceded in death by his Wife, Sharon E. Wright Pittman.

Survivors: Daughter – Britnie Pittman of Eastman; 2 Grandchildren – Layton Davis and Haylee Davis; Sister – Carol P. Thomas (Coleman) of O’Brien, FL; Brother – Charles Pittman, Jr. (Yvonne) of Goldsboro, NC; Several Sisters-in-Law and Brothers-in-Law; Niece and Nephews – Lori Tillman of Fremont, NC, Jeff Pittman of Pikeville, NC, and Ryan Slattery, M.D. of Charlotte, NC.

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JAMES HARPER
1951 - February 10, 2018

MR. JAMES THOMAS HARPER, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Savannah.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30PM Wednesday, February 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Emory Howell and Mr. Tim Fountain, officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Harper was born in Eastman, GA, a 1969 graduate of Dodge County High School, a member of Plainfield Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a former member of the Eastman Jaycee’s, a talented carpenter and home builder, and an avid lover of muscle cars and motorcycles. James was a free spirit, a talented artist, and enjoyed drawing. He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father, Nancy Evelyn Rogers Harper and Thomas Albert Harper.

Survivors: 2 Sisters – Helen H. Fountain and Faye H. Fremont both of Plainfield; Niece and Nephews – Tammy Fremont of Eastman, T. R. Fountain, Tim Fountain (Jodi) both of Plainfield, and Jason Fremont (Heidi) of Rentz; 8 Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews – Logan Holt (Brad), Jamie Hilliard, Erik Fountain, Nancy Hilliard (Jimmy Lee), Justin Hilliard, Victoria Brisco, Cade Fountain and Emily Brisco; Several Great-Great-Nieces and Great-Great-Nephew.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Helen Fountain, 71 Coleman Cemetery Road, Plainfield, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, February 13.

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RUBY PARKERSON
1931 - February 2, 2018

MRS. RUBY JOYCE PARKERSON, age 86, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, February 2, 2018 in the Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, February 4, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, with Mr. Hank Sapp and Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Parkerson was a native of Dodge County, a dedicated member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, a former co-owner and operator of Dixie Cleaners for over 20 years, and over the years worked at Stuckey’s Inc., Rexall Drugs, Doc Mercer’s Supermarket and Carter’s Fried Chicken. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ruby was daughter of the late Missie Rogers Parkerson and Henry Melton “Toy” Parkerson and was preceded in death by her Son, Karon Sapp, Brother, H.M. Parkerson and Infant Sister, Myrtie Lee Parkerson.

Survivors: 2 Sons – Dean Sapp (Ann) and Hank Sapp (Angel), both of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Jason Sapp, Jody Sapp, Lesa Yawn (David), Brittney Sapp (William Durden), Hannah Sapp, and Madison Sapp; 8 Great Grandchildren – Cam Sapp, Cade Sapp, Cayson Sapp, Malory Yawn, Hunter Yawn, Will Westbrook, Brett Durden, and Brooklyn Durden; 2 Nephews – Myron Parkerson (Sherry) and Mike Parkerson (Jan); Several Great Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Parkerson residence, 1541 WPA Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, February 3.

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JOHN “ALAN” VAUGHN
1962 - January 30, 2018

JOHN ALAN VAUGHN, age 55, of Clinton, TN, passed away on January 30, 2018.

He was born February 21, 1962 in Macon, Georgia to parents Lofton Ferrell Vaughn and Frances Howard Vaughn.

Alan worked for Atkins Nuclear as a heavy equipment operator. He was an avid hiker, guitarist, and author. Preceding him in death were his parents, Father-in-law, Nathan Fortner and Mother-in-law, Lucille Fortner, and Grandparents, John and Neally Howard.

He is survived by: Wife, Sandra Fortner Vaughn; 2 Sons, Coty Vaughn (Morgan) and Nathan Grey Vaughn; Grandson, Isaac Vaughn; Sister, Lisa Kornegay Wilcox (Stephan); Step-Brothers, Gary Kornegay (Judy) and Terry Kornegay (Kathy); Sisters-in-Law, Debbie Wilson, Linda White (Randall), Michelle Selvey (Jeff); Brother-in-Law, Wayne Fortner; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special Family Members, Maloy Sheffield, Wayne Dennard (Jewel) and his Georgia Family.

The family will receive friends Monday, February 5, 2018 from 6 – 8 PM at Weatherford Mortuary. An online guest book may be signed at weatherfordmortuary.com.

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CAROLYN H. PEEDE
1946 - February 1, 2018

MRS. MARY CAROLYN HARDIN PEEDE, age 71, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, February 3, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Parker and Rev. Trey Benton officiating, with interment in Sand Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Milan.

Mrs. Peede was born in McRae, a member of Antioch #1 Baptist Church, a 1965 graduate of Dodge County High School and a homemaker. She was a dedicated wife, who was affectionately known as “Cookie” to her family and friends, and enjoyed spending time with her faithful canine companion, Zoye. Carolyn was the daughter of the late Albert “Tab” Hardin and was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, F. Wicker Peede and a brother, Walter O. “Bobo” Hardin.

Survivors: Her Mother – Louise Beasley Hardin of Eastman; Sister – Linda H. Mills of Marietta; Brother – Del Hardin of Eastman; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Pat Hardin of Jacksonville, FL and Marlene Peede of Dublin; 5 Aunts – Helen Ross, Bobbie Brown, Betty Bowen, Freida Hall and Louise Beasley; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Peede residence, 731 Antioch Church Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, February 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Antioch #1 Baptist Church Building Fund, 3233 Antioch Church Road, Eastman, GA 31023.

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JIMMY TAYLOR
1944 - January 29, 2018

MR. JIMMY TAYLOR, age 73, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, January 29, 2018 at Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, February 1, at Gresston Congregational Holiness Cemetery, with Rev. LaDon Connell officiating.

Mr. Taylor was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Christian Faith, attended Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church, and was a retired construction worker for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching football, cooking and riding his grandchildren on his golf cart. Jimmy was son of the late Alta Mae Wright Taylor and Terrell Taylor and was preceded in death by a Sister, Cloe Lewis and Brother, Earl Taylor.

Survivors: Wife of 43 years – Carolyn Taylor of Eastman; Children - Donna Taylor, Amy Taylor both of Eastman, Todd Taylor (Tracey) of Hawkinsville, Angie Jones of Eastman, Randy Jones (Teresa), Ricky Jones (Irene), Rodney Jones (Erica) and Rusty Jones (Alyssa) all of Milan; Grandchildren – Taylor Noles, Jade Taylor, Alyvia Taylor, Allison Taylor, Kimberly Taylor, Heather Wright (Kevin), Joy Jones, Bubba Jones (Skylar), C.J. Jones, Dustin Jones (Elizabeth), Jake Jones (Katie), Marla Wahl (Brian), Alfred Jones, Michael Stapleton, Elizabeth Jones, Halie Dean (Joseph), Jessica Williams (Bland), Amanda Fountain, Hannah Dickey (Brandon), Russ Jones, Kaytlyn Jones, Char-lei Jones, Harley Jones, Reagen Jones, Kennedy Jones, and Felicia Howell (David); Great-Grandchildren – Tinley White, J.R. Taylor, Memphis Jones, Chase Jones, Bayliar Marks, Julian Marks, Alexus Jones, Jazz Jones, J.T. Jones, Grayson Jones, Lydia Jones, Carma Jones, Camdon Wahl, Raelei Howell, Brianna Howell, Ella Jones, Addison Dean, Will Dean, Isabella Dean, Heidi Williams, Chloe Williams, Della Williams and Presley Fountain; 2 Sisters – Martha Rogers of Eastman and Margie Jones (Bobby) of Dublin; Brother – Jack Taylor (Kass) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Taylor residence, 299 Rozar-Goolsby Rd., Eastman. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church - Chauncey, GA % Bernice Harrelson, 1640 Antioch Church Rd., Eastman, GA.

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JAMES WALLACE, JR.
1927 - January 24, 2018

MR. JAMES EDWARD WALLACE, JR., age 90, of Gresston, GA, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, January 26, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Katrina Salter-Wood officiating, with interment in Dubois Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Wallace was a native of Duross Heights, DE, a member of Dubois Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he traveled the world and participated in atomic bomb testing while in the Navy. He was a retired maintenance employee for Middle Georgia College for over 20 years, where he was affectionately known as “Yank”. James enjoyed woodworking, building homes and furniture, was volunteer fireman, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and was a foster parent for many years. He was son of the late Frances Marie McQuen Wallace and James Edward Wallace, Sr., widower of Lillian Gland Wallace, and was preceded in death by a Son, Edward Wallace, Grandson, Cory Fincher, and 3 Siblings, Marie Fitzpatrick, Arthur Wallace and Bobby Wallace.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Alice Coleman and Margaret Fincher (Lynn) both of Gresston; Son – Timothy Wallace (Liz Compton) of Gresston; Daughter-in-Law – Sandra Wallace (Ricky Stapleton) of Gresston; 5 Grandchildren – April Crawford (Blake) of Kathleen, Malinda Fincher, John Kaleb Wallace, Henry Compton and Nathen Compton all of Gresston; Great-Grandson – Owen Crawford; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Wallace residence, 107 Wallace Circle, Gresston, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Friday, January 26.

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JACKSON “JACK” PITTMAN
1961 - January 20, 2018

MR. JACKSON LEE “JACK” PITTMAN, age 56, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 6:00PM – 8:00PM Thursday, January 25, in Southerland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Pittman was born in Dodge County, of the Baptist faith and a former employee of Reeves Brothers, Inc. for over 10 years and a retired mechanic for Blue Bird Company for over 31 years. He was a loving husband and father, loved hunting, fishing and animals, and enjoyed watching NASCAR and dirt track racing. He was son of the late Ruthie Mae Kitchens Pittman and Bobby Lee Pittman and was preceded in death by a Sister, Angela Pittman.

Survivors: Wife of 35 years – Denise Boutwell Pittman of Eastman; 2 Sons – Brandon Pittman (Dot) of Eastman and Jim Warren (Sierra) of Acworth, GA; Brother – Bobby Ray Pittman (Debbie) of Eastman; Father-in-Law – James L. “Sonny” Boutwell (Judy) of Eastman; Sisters-in-Law – Debbie Johnson, Donna Gay both of Eastman, Diane Harrell (Larry) of Abbeville and Martha Yawn of Chauncey; Brother-in-Law – Tony Winborn of Eastman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Pittman residence, 771 Chester Hwy, Eastman.

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BILL TOMERLIN
1948 - January 14, 2018

MR. WILLIAM CARL “BILL” TOMERLIN, age 69, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, January 17, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Billy Lee officiating.

Mr. Tomerlin was a native of Pulaski, TN, but has lived in Dodge County since 1976. He was a member and deacon of Friendship Baptist Church, a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired automobile parts manager. He was a member of the Eastman Gideons Camp, an avid woodworker, a dedicated husband and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bill was son of the late Willie Maude Colvett Tomerlin & Carl E. Tomerlin, widower of Donna Lynn Flanders Tomerlin and was preceded in death by a Sister, Jan Edwards.

Survivors: 4 Daughters – Lori Gassett (Darrell) of Gray, Tabitha Ann Tomerlin Payne of Eastman, Melissa Tomerlin of Griffin and Sara E. Tomerlin Webb (Matt) of Warner Robins; 3 Granddaughters – Rachel Carter of Warner Robins, Ivy Payne Mullis (Dustin) of Eastman and Ashley Nicole Tomerlin of Eastman; Grandson – Jimmy Mullis of Warner Robins; 4 Great-Grandchildren – William Carter, Shawn Carter both of Warner Robins, Kameron Mullis, and Paisley Mullis both of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Brenda Edwards (Dennis) and Glenda Tomerlin Biggs (Danny) both of Pulaski, TN; Brother – James D. Tomerlin (Sandy) of Hanford, CA; Brother-in-Law – Harold Edwards of Nashville, TN; Aunt and Uncle – Bonnie Colvett and Dalton Tomerlin both of Pulaski, TN; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-2:00PM Wednesday, January 17. The family has requested to omit all flowers and have donations made to The Potters House of Griffin, GA.

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MIKE S. GATLIN
February 9, 1951 - January 7, 2018

MIKE S. GATLIN, age 66, of Griffin, Georgia passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Mike was born on February 9, 1951. He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Marjorie Pulliam Gatlin; brother, Jeff Gatlin; sister, Susan Gatlin. He retired as a Captain with the Griffin Fire Department in 2006, after 33 years of service. He began his career in 1973, was promoted to Seargant in 1988, Captain in 1991. He loved to fish and was a life member of the Potato Creek Bass Masters.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cindy J. Gatlin; nephews and spouses, Stuart and Ginger Gatlin, Chris and Dawn Gatlin, Kevin and Auska Gatlin, Matt and Paula Jones, Andy and Lauren Jones; mother in law, Joyce Peacock Jones; brothers in law, Richard M. Jones, wife June, Scotty Jones; several great nieces and nephews; special friends, Terry and Debra Connally, John and Anita Mitchell.

A visitation for Mike S. Gatlin will be on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 12 pm until 1 pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a memorial service will be conducted in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, January 16, at Plainfield Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Matt Walker officiating. Keisha Walker is the musician for the service.

Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.

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EVELYN TOMBERLIN
1938 - January 10, 2018

MRS. EVELYN FAYE FLOYD TOMBERLIN, age 79, of Knoxville, TN, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Summerhill Senior Living Community in Perry, GA.

A memorial visitation will be held at 4:00PM Saturday, January 20, at the residence of Randy and April Tomberlin, 2515 Piney Grove Church Road, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Mrs. Tomberlin was a native of Knoxville, TN, a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Knoxville, a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother. She was a lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fan and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was daughter of the late Edna Kirby Floyd and Samuel Floyd, and she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Thomas Lee Tomberlin and a Brother, Jim Floyd.

Survivors: 2 Sons – Jeff Tomberlin of Perry and Randy Tomberlin (April) of Knoxville, TN; Step-Son – Roger Tomberlin (Juanita) of Maryville, TN; 3 Grandchildren – Kendall Tomberlin, Landon Tomberlin and Samuel Tomberlin; Brother – Clyde Floyd (Rosemary) of Knoxville, TN; Sister-in-Law – Barbara Floyd of Knoxville, TN; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Tomberlin residence, 2515 Piney Grove Church Road, Knoxville, TN 37921. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Summerhill Senior Living Community, 500 Stanley Street, Perry, GA 31069.

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ALICIA FORDHAM
1944 - January 7, 2018

MRS. ALICIA FAYE ALLIGOOD FORDHAM, age 73, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM Wednesday, January 10, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Joe Daniel and Rev. Maurice Alligood officiating, with interment in Cottondale Cemetery.

Mrs. Fordham was a born in McRae, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, a 1963 graduate of Dodge County High School, a parts manager for many years at Eastman Equipment Company, where she was affectionately known as Gussie. She worked at Stuckey’s Inc. for several years, as well as Johnson Tractor Company, Cochran Truck and Tractor Company, McCranie Tractor Company, and was a receptionist for several years at Dodge County Hospital. Alicia was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and along with her boys she helped raised many. She enjoyed watching westerns on TV and listening to the Gaither’s. Alicia was the daughter of the late Dolly Mae Coody Alligood and Grover H. Alligood, Sr., widow of Curtis Donnell Fordham and was preceded in death by a Brother, Butch Alligood.

Survivors: 3 Sons – Paul Fordham (Karen), Mike Fordham (Vickie) both of Eastman and Chris Fordham (Maria) of Crestview, FL; 5 Grandchildren – Sabrina Maginnis (Alex) of Coralville, IA, Portia Fordham, Justin Fordham (Jessica), Daniel Fordham all of Eastman, and Shelby Fordham of Crestview, FL; Great-Grandson – Wyatt Maginnis of Coralville, IA; Sister-in-Law – Pat Hall of Milledgeville; 2 Uncles – Rev. Maurice Alligood of Augusta and Bob Alligood (Debbie) of Rohnert Park, CA; Aunt - Geraldine Watts of Macon, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Mike and Vickie Fordham, 100 Powell Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, January 9.

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BRUCE WAYNE HICKMAN
1947 - December 30, 2017

MR. BRUCE WAYNE HICKMAN , age 70, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, January 6, at Grace Baptist Church, with Rev. Charles Killingsworth and Rev. Trey Benton officiating.

Mr. Hickman was a native of Eastman, an active member of Grace Baptist Church and a lifelong carpenter and home builder. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a master carpenter and woodworker who built many homes in the Dodge County area. He enjoyed arts and crafts and loved to go fishing with his family. Wayne was son of the late Myrtle Harrell Hickman and Cluey Hickman and was preceded in death by 6 Siblings, Doris Kilgore, Jean Allen, Travis Hickman, Harrell Hickman, Randy Hickman and Hulon Hickman.

Survivors: Wife of 47 years – Janet Brown Hickman of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Becky Howell (Leon) of Eastman and Nicole Rogers (Daron) of Eastman; 1 Son – Anthony Hickman (Andrea) of Macon, GA; 8 Grandchildren – Lexi Hickman, Kyla Howell, Drew Howell, Cameron Rogers, Nick Rogers, Marissa Rogers, Daniel Hickman and Katie Hickman; Sister – Pat Hill of Eastman; 3 Brothers – Carl Hickman (Diane), Nickey Hickman (Tracy) and David Hickman (Jennie) all of Eastman; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Leon and Becky Howell, 181 Sugar Creek Lane, Eastman, and will receive friends in Grace Baptist Church from 10:00AM-11:00AM Saturday, January 6.

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JACK HENRY BECK
1947 - December 29, 2017

MR. JACK HENRY BECK, age 70, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, December 29, 2017 in McRae Manor Nursing Home in McRae.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, January 3, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in New Union Cemetery.

Mr. Beck was born in Dodge County and was a 1965 graduate of Dodge County High School and of the Baptist faith. He was a retired fabrication installer for Blue Bird Body Company for over 25 years and a former textile worker for Reeves Brothers, Inc. for 20 years. Jack enjoyed deer hunting and touring the countryside. He was son of the late Fred Beck and Arnadell Chance Beck and is preceded in death by his sister, Julia Beck Lee and brother, Jerry Beck.

Survivors: Brother – Jeff Beck of Dunnellon, FL; Brother-in-law – Ronnie Lee of Eastman, GA; Sister-in-law – Barbara Beck of Nolanville, TX; Niece – Katie Beck of Homasassa, FL; Nephew – John Robert Lee of Eastman, GA; 3 Great Nieces – Brandi Lee, Chelsei Alexander, and Hailey Riddle; Grand Nephew – Gage Beck; Several Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ronnie Lee, 4 Lester Saunders Road, Eastman and will receive friends from 6:00PM until 8:00PM Tuesday, January 2 in Southerland Funeral Chapel.

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ANN BELL SMITH
1953 - December 25, 2017

MS. CYNTHIA ANN BELL SMITH, age 64, formerly of Eastman, GA, died Monday, December 25, 2017 at Hospice of the Upstate, The Rainey House in Anderson, SC.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 28, in Southerland Funeral Chapel with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Clay Layfield officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery in Milan, GA.

Ms. Smith was born in McRae, GA. She was a devoted follower of Christ and member of Concord Baptist Church in Anderson, SC. She was a former Sunday school teacher and member of Eastman First Baptist Church during her years in Georgia. She was a graduate of Dodge County High School and received a degree in Home Economics at Georgia Southern University and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. Ann was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She was the daughter of the late Sue Jean McCranie Bell and Donavan Baker Bell Jr. and was preceded in death by her brother, Steve Bell.

Survivors: Son – Jonathan Smith (Megan) of Madison, GA; Daughter – Jennifer Smith Wells (Chayne) of Anderson, SC; 3 Grandchildren – Ansley Wells, Chandler Wells, and Grayson Smith; Sister – Laura Bell Clements (Milton) of Douglas, GA; Several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Thursday, December 28. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eastman First Baptist Church, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023 or Hospice of the Upstate, The Rainey House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621

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KENNETH HULAND RYKARD
1937 - December 23, 2017

MR. KENNETH HULAND RYKARD, age 80, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, December 27, at Orphans Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Clay Layfield officiating.

Mr. Rykard was born in Valdosta, GA, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, where he served as a church usher, and was a member of the D.O.C Sunday School class. He was a graduate of Valdosta High School, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a retired aircraft assembler for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth, TX. He was a dedicated husband and father, an avid woodworker, HAM Radio operator, and a Meals On Wheels volunteer. Huland was the Emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) for Dodge County. He was son of the late Cecile Davis Rykard and Homer K. Rykard and was preceded in death by 2 Wives, Joyce Tuomey Rykard and Diane Bussey Rykard, Daughter, Karen A. Rykard, and 2 Brothers, Maurice Rykard and Billy Rykard.

Survivors: Son – Bryon Rykard (Janell) of Ft. Worth, TX; Grandson – Grae Horton of Fort Worth, TX; Brother – Bobby Ray Rykard (Kathy) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews; Several Sisters-in-Law and Brothers-in-Law; Special Friend – Harriet Harrell of Eastman.

The family may be contacted at the Rykard residence, 692 Lampkin Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, December 26.

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STAN DYKES
1958 - December 15, 2017

MR. STANLEY ROYCE “STAN” DYKES, age 59, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, December 15, 2017 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, December 19, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Todd Bishop and Mr. Mike Davis officiating.

Stan was of the Christian faith, a 1976 graduate of Dodge County High School, a graduate of Heart of Georgia Technical College Commercial Trucking School and attained a certification in Hazardous Materials. He was an assistant manager for Davis Propane for the past 10 years and worked in the oil and propane industry for over 30 years. He was dedicated to his work, enjoyed working outdoors, relaxing outdoors and riding his tractor. Stan was preceded in death by his Father, Royce Dykes and a Sister-in-Law, Sandra Peacock Dykes.

Survivors: Wife of 30 years – Robin Purser Dykes of Eastman; Daughter – Brittney Dykes of Eastman; Son – Brandon Dykes of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Russ Hutcheson, Haylee Dykes, Chris Fisher, Brenna Dykes and Ivy Mincey; Mother – Zelda Rogers Dykes of Eastman; Brother – Steve Dykes of Eastman; Niece – Dee Carey (Rob) of Eastman; Aunts and Uncle – Jewel Rogers of Brunswick and Howard Rogers (Pam) of Waynesville, NC; Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Dykes residence, 2775 Chester Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Tuesday, December 19. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Integrity Hospice, 612 Griffin Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023.

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MARY LOU SIMMONS
1925 - December 10, 2017

MRS. MARY LOU DYKES SIMMONS, age 92, of Eastman, GA, went to be with her Lord Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, December 13, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jack Lee officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Simmons was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Liberty Baptist Church and a lifelong bookkeeper for several businesses. She was a loving mother and grandmother, a dedicated wife and enjoyed homemaking, cooking and bookkeeping. She was daughter of the late Mary Graham Dykes and Charlie Dykes, widow of Clarence A. Simmons and was preceded in death by a Daughter, JoAnn Simmons Branch, Son-in-Law, Paul Moody and 4 Siblings, Bill Dykes, Charles Dykes, David Dykes and Dorothy Carr.

Survivors: Daughter – Hilda Moody of Miramar Beach, FL; Son-in-Law – Phillip Branch (Patti) of Eastman; 2 Grandchildren – Joni McGalliard (Phil) of Hawkinsville and Brent Branch of Warner Robins; 7 Great-Grandchildren – Rhett McGalliard (Kelly), Jordan McGalliard, Joanna McGalliard, Ella McGalliard, Chelsea Lyman (Brian), Shelby Huckeba (Dylan) and Phillip Branch; 2 Great-Great Grandchildren – Rayneigh Huckeba and Chip McGalliard; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Simmons residence, 785 Golf Course Road, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, December 12.

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RHONDA DAVIS
1969 - December 9, 2017

MRS. RHONDA CAROL DAVIS, age 48, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, December 9, 2017 at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00PM, Saturday, December 16, at the residence of Tommy Lee Ruark, 2619 WPA Rd., Eastman.

Mrs. Davis was born in Tucker, GA, of the Holliness Faith and a homemaker. She worked for several years cleaning houses, loved fishing, camping, hunting and shooting and formerly worked at Village Pizza.

Survivors: Companion of 4 years – Lance Selph of Eastman; Mother and Father – Carolyn and James Middlebrooks both of Eastman; Daughter – Carolyn Marlene Davis of McRae; Son – Tommy Lee Ruark (Krystina) of Chauncey; 4 Grandchildren – Damian Lee Ruark, Aaliyah Ruark, Hailey Hulett and Jesse McGee; Sister – Tammy Harrell (David) of Eastman; Brother – Samuel Keith Middlebrooks of Eastman; 3 Nieces and Nephews – Angel McMillian, Michael Tillery and Heather Walker; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Tommy Lee Ruark, 2619 WPA Rd., Eastman.

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WILLIAM “JIGGS” BARRETT
1944 - December 5, 2017

MR. WILLIAM EMORY “JIGGS” BARRETT, age 73, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, December 9, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. John Swinson and Mr. Keith Weinger officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Barrett was born in Adrian, GA, attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a truck driver for over 30 years. He was a diesel mechanic for the past 15 years, was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and enjoyed helping others and had a good heart. He was the most uncommon common man and kept everyone laughing right up to the very end. Jiggs was son of the late Inez Sammons Barrett and Elon Barrett and was preceded in death by 6 Siblings – Marcus “Shorty” Barrett, Grabel Barrett, June Barrett Jones, Earl “Chunky” Barrett, Joel “Runt” Barrett, and Robert Glen Barrett.

Survivors: Wife of 39 years – Judy Moore Barrett of Eastman; 4 Sons – William Barrett, Jr. of Hampton, Michael Douglas (Mandy) of Swainsboro, Shon Douglas (Cheyenne) of Beech Island, SC and Joshua Barrett (Katie) of Eastman; Sister – Ruby Cavannah of Swainsboro; 8 Grandchildren – Dylan Bailey, Elaine DeLeon, Courtney Douglas (Matt Smith), Kelsey Jewell (Brandon Kight), Nathan Jewell, Christopher Barrett, Leigha Barrett, and Harper Barrett; 1 Great-Grandson – Carter Kight; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Barrett residence, 5427 1st Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Saturday, December 9.

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DALTON ROGERS
1996 - December 1, 2017

DALTON CHANLEY ROGERS, age 21, of Rentz, GA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident in Laurens County.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, December 6, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Robbie Passmore and Rev. Harry Warren officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Eastman.

Dalton was born in Hawkinsville, of the Baptist faith and was employed by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice at the Eastman YDC as a correctional officer. He was a 2015 graduate of Dublin High School where he excelled in baseball and football. His achievements included being named the Class AA pitcher of the year as a high school senior. He enjoyed riding ATVs, spending time with family and friends and working in a career in law enforcement. He was always one that could brighten the room with his personality and enjoyed making others happy. Dalton was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandfather, John Chanley Fulghum.

Survivors: His Parents – Jami Fulghum Rogers and Dahl Rogers of Rentz; Brother – Derick Rogers (Carson) of Port Hueneme, CA; Sister – Jayden Rogers of Rentz; Maternal Grandparents – Bobbie and Steve Foskey of Douglas, GA; Paternal Grandmother – Joy Walker Rogers of Eastman; Paternal Grandfather – Thomas Rogers of Eastman; Nephew – Rylan Rogers of Port Hueneme, CA; Aunts and Uncles – Dawn Rogers Turner (Jason) of Atlanta, Breann Fulghum of Douglas, Lisa Foskey Dismuke (Scott) of Albany, and Krystal Foskey Carver (Scott) of Ocilla; Numerous Great Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Rogers residence, 1943 J.J. Club Road, Rentz, GA, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, December 5.

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PEGGY FORDHAM
1953 - December 1, 2017

MRS. PEGGY ANN BOZEMAN FORDHAM, age 64, of Brunswick, GA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Regional Hospital in Brunswick.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM Tuesday, December 5 at First Congregational Holiness Church on Liberty Street in Hawkinsville, GA.

Mrs. Fordham was a native of McRae, of the Baptist faith, and a former textile worker for Reeves Brothers, Inc. She worked for many years in the seafood industry at Smith & Sons and Poteet Seafood, both in Bruswick, and worked for several years at Speedy’s Laundry Mat. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who enjoyed fishing and being a grandmother. Peggy was daughter of the late Dorothy Kemp Bozeman an Edward H. Bozeman, widow of Horace “Shorty” Fordham and was preceded in death by a Son, Mike Irvin Fordham and Grandson, Wesley Evans.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Angela Mathis and Audrey Keach both of Brunswick; Step-Daughter – Crissy Fordham of Brunswick; 6 Grandchildren – Michael E. “Pedro” Woods (Baby), Vincent Mathis, Kyle Mathis, Christopher Spires (Iris), Cassandra Bozeman (Jason) and Michael Spires, Jr. (Shelby); 9 Great-Grandchildren – Michael Caleb “Pea” Woods, Hayden Coverdale, Jason Edward Bozeman Jr., Jacob Ray Bozeman, Amelia Louan Bozeman, Jazymnn Spires, Kevan Spires, Lilynn Spires, Michael William “Nugget” Spires, and Melody Rain Spires; 2 Sisters – Susie Reese (Michael) of Dublin and Patricia Green of Alabama; Brother – Bobby Bozeman (Cindy) of Jesup; Sisters-in-law – Janie Norsworthy of Hawkinsville and Idell Irby (Buddy) of Gray; Several Aunts and Uncles including her favorite Uncle Robert Kemp; Several Nieces and Nephews.

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LUCILLE ELLIS
1941 - November 22, 2017

MRS. LUCILLE FARMER STRICKLAND ELLIS, age 76, of Eastman, GA, entered into eternal rest, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, November 27, at New Daniels Baptist Church, with Rev. Roy Locke officiating, with interment in Bowen Cemetery.

Born in Milan, Lucille was a lifetime resident of Dodge County, living for a brief time in Germany. She was a member of New Daniels Baptist Church, a graduate of Dodge County High School, and a retired manager of Flash Foods. She was the daughter of the late Jerry B. Farmer and Lula Gibbs Farmer. She was preceded in death by her Children, Thomas Lynn Strickland and Sandra Lynn Strickland; her Sister, Doris F. Joiner; and Brother, Frank Farmer.

She is survived by her Uncle and Aunt, Harold and Domenica “Mecca” Gibbs; Two Nephews, Ken Joiner and Lynn Joiner; Niece, Gina Farmer Crockett; Numerous Cousins including, Debra Keane, Gina Maddox, and her devoted cousin Harold K. “Bud” Gibbs. Survivors also include many beloved friends, most especially Frances Rogers and Clemmie Louvron; and her faithful pet companions, Chico and Candy.

Lucille’s lifelong passion was her love of animals. Her generous heart touched the lives of so many. Her quick wit will be deeply missed.

The family will receive friends in New Daniels Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Monday, November 27. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5014, Eastman, GA 31023.

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JIM WELLS
1948 - November 20, 2017

MR. JIMMIE LEE “JIM” WELLS, age 69, of Dubois Community, GA, died Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, November 24, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating.

Mr. Wells was a native of Bartow, FL, of the Baptist Faith, a 1968 graduate of Dodge County High School, earned several degrees from Middle Georgia College, a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army and later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He was a retired civil service employee of Robins AFB for 42 years. He was a longtime disc jockey and owner and operator of Jim’s Mobile Sound. Jim was a district and local service officer in the American Legion and an active member of American Legion Post #126 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved music and motorcycles and enjoyed fishing camping and spending time with his family. He was son of the late Elinor Everett Smith and James Clarence Wells and was preceded in death by a Sister, Silvia Jean Ferguson and Brother, J.C. Wells.

Survivors: Wife of 49 years – Sandra Cobb Wells of Dubois Community; 2 Daughters – Angie Wells Carr (Stan) of Dublin and Shonda Wells Brown of Dubois Community; 5 Grandchildren – Jake Holder, Anna Holder, Eric Brown, Jonathan Wells and Cierra Wells; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Bonnie Gibson and Kathy Harrington (Mike) both of Dublin; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Pete Cobb (Wanda) of Cochran and Greg Cobb (Vickie) of Dubois Community; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Wells residence, 225 Friendship UMC Rd., Dubois Community, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, November 22. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in Jim’s memory to Antioch #1 Baptist Church Building Fund, 3233 Antioch Church Rd., Eastman, GA 31023.

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BILLY RYKARD
1949 - November 18, 2017

MR. BILLY JAY RYKARD, age 67, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, November 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Karen Cheek officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mr. Rykard was a native of Dodge County, of the Christian Faith, a 1968 graduate of Dodge County High School and a master carpenter, contractor and craftsman who was proud his life’s work and took pride in all the homes and businesses he built for his friends and family in the community. He was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, where he received Two Bronze Stars, a member of the Gum Swamp Hunting Club, and a member of the NRA. Billy loved to collect and shoot guns, classic tractors and trucks, farming and gardening, enjoyed woodworking, was an avid marksman and outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was son of the late Cecile Davis Rykard and Homer K. Rykard and was preceded in death by a Brother, Maurice Rykard.

Survivors: Dedicated Companion of Seventeen years – Elaine Moore Bailey of Dodge County; Two Daughters – Kimberly R. Noles (Rodney) of Eastman and Kristie R. Whitley (Kyle) of Pooler; Step-Children – Lea Anna Bailey of Richmond Hill and Charles A. Bailey, II (Molly) of Piedmont, AL; Three Grandchildren – Madison Mullis, Brooks Bennett and Jackson Bailey; Two Brothers – Kenneth Huland Rykard and Bobby Ray Rykard (Kathy) both of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Alice E. Rykard of Eufaula, AL; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Rykard residence, 2240 Hawkinsville Hwy, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:00PM-2:00PM Monday, November 20. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

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A.J. “TENNY” HULETT
1945 - November 11, 2017

MR. ANDREW JACKSON “TENNY” HULETT, age 72, of Rhine, GA, died Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, November 14, at Rhine Baptist Church, with Rev. Ricky Gilmore and Mr. Gary Ryals officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Cemetery in Rhine.

Mr. Hulett was born in Telfair County, a faithful follower of Christ, a dedicated member of Rhine Baptist Church, a retired foreman for All American Mobile Homes in Ashburn and owner and operator of his family business, H & F Kennel in Rhine for the past 25 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed his work and taking care of his animals. He was son of the late Irene McLeod Hulett and Hawkins Hulett and was preceded in death by his Son, Brian Keith Hulett, 3 Siblings, Oscar “Mann” Hulett, Lurene Hulett, and Thomas “Teat” Hulett and his Mother-in-law, Ruth Gillis.

Survivors: Wife of 47 years – Catherine R. Hulett of Rhine; Daughter – Stephanie H. Jones (Michael) of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Drew Stokes of Vienna, Jake Stokes, Cade Jones, Jackson Jones, and Claire Jones, all of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Lessie H. Pittman of Rhine and Ida Mae Williamson (Charles) of Jacksonville; Brother – Gerald Hulett (Shirley) of Bowling Green, KY; 2 Sisters-in-law – Betty Hulett of Rhine and Martha Sumner of Lumber City; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Hulett residence, 5757 Fair Haven Church Road, Rhine, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, November 13.

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WENDELL BURNHAM
1943 - November 9, 2017

MR. WENDELL STEWART BURNHAM, age 74, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, November 11, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Mr. Gary Ryals officiating, with interment in Old Daniels Baptist Church Cemetery.

Wendell was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, a lifelong farmer and a heavy equipment operator for the Dodge County Road Department for over 35 years. He enjoyed working with his bulldozer, woodworking and was an avid antique tractor buff. He was a family man, a dedicated husband, father and Pap. Wendell was son of the late Lelia Gertrude Burch Burnham and Billie Bry Burnham.

Survivors: Wife of 50 years – Annette Roberson Burnham of Rhine; 2 Daughters – Lori Burnham of Eastman and Jana Burnham of Chester; Son – Chad Burnham (Rick Gill) of Eastman; Granddaughter – Shelby Burnham of Eastman; Sister – Willie Burnham Brown of Eastman; 3 Sisters-in-Law – Barbara Sheffield of Fitzgerald, Linda Roberson of Rhine and Cathy Roberson of Eastman; Aunt and Uncle – Louise Evans and Clarence Burch both of Eastman; Family Friend – Jay Petro of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Burnham residence, 82 L.A. Peterson Rd., Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, November 10. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care Options Foundation, 718 Medical Center Drive, Eastman, GA 31023 or Fair Haven Baptist Church.

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JHETT HENDRIX
2003 - November 4, 2017

JHETT DAWSON HENDRIX, age 14, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 as a result of an vehicle accident.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, November 7, at Lakeside Assembly of God, with Rev. Tyler Kirkley officiating with interment in Helena City Cemetery.

Jhett was born in Dublin, attended Lakeside Assembly of God and was a student at Dodge County High School. He was a member of the JROTC and aspired to become a United States Air Force fighter pilot. Jhett enjoyed spending time outdoors, playing video games and loved southern rock music and classic cars. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his sister, Sheyanne Caldwell Peacock.

Survivors: Mother – Regina Fairbanks Winborn of Eastman; Father – Jay Dee Hendrix of Eastman; Step-Father – Tony Winborn of Eastman; 6 Siblings – Symone Caldwell, Storm Caldwell, Mary Winborn, Chuck Winborn, Saige Caldwell, and Jake Winborn, all of Eastman; Maternal Grandfather – Edison Brack of Eastman; Brother-in-law – Kyle Peacock (Sheyanne’s Husband) of Eastman; Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Regina Winborn, 1324 Locust Lane, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, November 6. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in his memory to the Dodge County High School JROTC, 350 Pearl Bates Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023.

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DANIEL FREEMAN
1938 - November 3, 2017

MR. DANIEL RAY FREEMAN, age 79, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, November 3, 2017 at Serenity Place in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Monday, November 6, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Malcolm Parker and Rev. Frankie Sorrows officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Freeman was born in Coffee County and was a member of Gresston Congregational Holiness Church. He was a 50 year retired employee of Williams Foods in Douglas and was the owner and operator of Daniel Freeman Buy and Sale for over 25 years. He was a missionary who funded several church beginnings over the years. Daniel loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, cruises and traveling and had visited the holy land. He was son of the late Rachel Chaney Freeman & Bradford Freeman and was preceded in death 5 siblings.

Survivors: Wife of 20 years – Judy Freeman of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Sandra Parker (Malcolm) of Newton, Debbie McCallum and Regina Taylor (Glenn) both of Douglas; 1 Step-Daughter – Katie Foskey of Eastman; 2 Step-Sons – Michael Foskey (Sandy) and Jim Foskey, both of Eastman; 14 Grandchildren; Several Great- Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1:30PM – 3:00PM in Southerland Funeral Chapel before services on Monday, November 6. In addition to flowers the family requests contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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JACKIE DYKES
1945 - November 3, 2017

MRS. EMMA JACQUELYN “JACKIE” DYKES, age 72, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, November 3, 2017 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00PM-7:00PM Monday, November 6, at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dykes was a native of Eastman, of the Baptist Faith and a homemaker. She was a retired textile worker, a loving mother and grandmother, who was affectionately known as “MeMe” to her grandchildren, and enjoyed watching racing, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, rocking on her porch and dippin’ snuff. Jackie was daughter of the late Marjorie Sheffield Dykes and Norman Dykes and was preceded in death by 2 Siblings, Arlene Easom and Norma Jean Simmons.

Survivors: Husband of 50 years – William R. “Bob” Dykes of Eastman; Daughter – Stephanie Dykes Langley (Lee) of Dry Branch; Son – Jason Dykes (Tamie) of Cochran; 3 Grandchildren – Whitney Dixon (Billy), Marlee Stevenson (Graham) and Wil Dykes; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Carter Dixon, Scarlett Dixon and Aubree Stevenson; Sister – Mary Ann Wetzel of Bonaire; Brother-in-Law – Earl Simmons of Eastman; Several Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Dykes residence, 471 Soperton Hwy, Eastman. In lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Mrs. Dykes’s memory to Laurens County CARES.

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MARJORIE WHITTLE
1918 - October 30, 2017

MRS. MARJORIE LOTT WHITTLE, age 98, of McDonough, GA, died Monday, October 30, 2017 at Westbury Nursing Home in McDonough, GA.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, November 2, at Eastman First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dexter.

Mrs. Whittle was born in Chester, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, a graduate of Chester High School and a homemaker. She was former owner and operator of Marjorie’s Beauty Shop in Augusta, was active in church activities, enjoyed sewing, reading and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was daughter of the late Myrtle Lister Lott and John Aubrey Lott, widow of Sidney Lanier Whittle and was preceded in death by 3 Siblings, John William Lott, Jack Lott and Paul Lott.

Survivors: Son – Ray Whittle (Joann) of McDonough; 2 Grandchildren – Brandy Brown (Jamie) of Griffin, GA and Mandy Mullis (Matt) of Oxford, GA; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Caleb Lanier Brown and Ansley Jaymes Brown both of Griffin; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Eastman First Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Thursday, November 2. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Eastman First Baptist Church Building Fund. Sophia Danforth is the musician for the funeral service. Serving as pallbearers are her Nephews, Tommy Butler, Dale Whittle, Danny Whittle, Mark Lott, Keith Lott, and Mike Lott.

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MARCIA PEACOCK MARTIN
1937 - October 27, 2017

Mrs. Marcia Peacock Martin, of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017.

She was born in Plainfield, Georgia, on July 21, 1937, to Avis Pearl Wynn and Walter Peacock. She attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Upon graduation, she embarked on a long and accomplished career culminating in her position as Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Alfa Insurance Company. She enjoyed her garden club, achieving the level of Master Gardener. She was a former board member of Hospice Montgomery, helped The Friendship Mission in various capacities, and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Above all, she was a devoted and loving wife, Mom, and Mimi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Wayne Peacock, brother Winton Peacock and his wife Mary Jo, and her husband, E. Ronald Martin.

She is survived by her children, Jenny Martin Andreades (Tommy) and E. Ronald Martin, Jr. (Michelle Nunn). She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Laura Andreades Reilly (Michael), Haley Wynn Andreades, Thomas Spencer Andreades, Vinson Nunn Martin, and Elizabeth Nunn Martin; one sister Gwen Cunningham (John); two brothers, Bobby Peacock (Joyce) and Emory Peacock (Linda); sister in laws, Judy Peacock and Jan Rockwell (John); brother in law Larry Cooper (Jane); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home on Saturday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m. with entombment to follow in Alabama Heritage Garden Mausoleum. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Respite Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 2416 W. Cloverdale Park, Montgomery, Alabama 36106 or to The Stegall Seminary Foundation, P.O. Box 241661, Montgomery, Alabama 36124.

To offer online condolences, please visit www.AlabamaHeritageFH.com

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman assisted the family locally. www.stokes-southerland.com

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DAVID WEEKS
1960 - October 29, 2017

MR. DAVID WEEKS, age 57, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, November 1, at Orphans Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mr. Weeks was born in Hawkinsville, of the Baptist Faith, a 1978 graduate of Dodge County High School and a home inspector for several years. He was a a former employee of the Middle Georgia Community Action Agency and was a man who loved life and spending time with family and friends. He was son of the late Diane Elizabeth Cook Weeks and Ralph H. Weeks.

Survivors: Wife – Dedrea Roland Weeks of Eastman; Son – Justin Weeks of Eastman; Brother – Todd Weeks (Lisa) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews including – Madison Weeks and Katelyn Weeks; Father-in-Law – Dudley Roland (Dianne) of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Denise Garrett (Tim) of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Ricky Roland (Therese) of Warner Robins; Aunt and Uncles – Delores Stock (Bob), Johnny Weeks (Joy), Charles Weeks (Jane), Robert Weeks (Carol), Lynn Weeks (Cheryl) and Jimmy Weeks (Beth); Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Dudley and Dianne Roland, 5605 Pine Drive, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Tuesday, October 31.

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JERRY GILLIS
1941 - October 30, 2017

MR. JERRY FRANKLIN GILLIS, age 76, of Snellville, GA, died Monday, October 30, 2017, at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, GA.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00PM Wednesday, November 1, at Zion Hope Baptist Church, with Dr. Scot Downing officiating, with interment in Zion Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Gillis was a native of McRae, a member of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and a retired auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense for over 35 years. He was a graduate of South Georgia College in Douglas and a graduate of Texas A & M University. He was son of the late Ruby Rogers Taylor and John Frank Gillis and was preceded in death by his Wife, Juanita Veal Gillis.

Survivors: 3 Sisters – Judy German (Wes) of Fayetteville, Joy Ricks (Larry) and Wilma Conner (Charles) both of McRae; Brother – Tim Gillis of McRae; Sister-in-Law – Diane Gillis of Hazlehurst; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Zion Hope Baptist Church from 2:30PM-3:00PM Wednesday, November 1.

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BRUCE SMITH
1983 - October 25, 2017

PAUL BRUCE SMITH, JR., age 34, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the JMS Burn Center in Augusta.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, October 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tim Lamb officiating.

Bruce was a 2001 graduate of Bleckley County High School, of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith, a truck driver for over 10 years and was currently employed with R & S Transfer, Perry, GA. He was a loving husband and father, who enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, Georgia Bulldogs football, wrestling and video games. He was preceded in death by his Father, Paul Bruce Smith, Sr.

Survivors: Wife – Amanda Sheffield Smith of Eastman; 3 Daughters – McKenzie Karst, Meredith Karst and Reagan Smith all of Eastman; Mother – Lisa King Jackson (Bill) of Ringgold, GA; Brother – Claude “Tater” Smith of Empire; Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law – Sandra and Ronnie Sheffield of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Ron Sheffield (Sabrina) of Eastman; Aunt and Uncle – Suzanne and Carlis Wynne of Empire; Maternal Grandmother – Katherine King of Empire; Paternal Grandmother – Violet Smith of Barnesville; Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ronnie and Sandra Sheffield, 98 Bud Murkerson Lane, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, October 29. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle Building C., Augusta, GA 30909.

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JOHNNY POLLARD
1962 - October 26, 2017

JOHNNY WAYNE POLLARD, age 55, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, October 26, 2017 at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, October 28, at Cottondale Cemetery, with Rev. James Dupree officiating.

Johnny was born in Helena, of the Baptist Faith, a former store clerk and was formerly employed at Wal-Mart, KFC and other stores. He enjoyed watching TV, planting flowers, his pets and arts and crafts. He was son of the late Marie Spires Pollard and Richard Pollard and was preceded in death by 2 Siblings, Ruth Goodwin and James Pollard and a Nephew, Richie Dupree.

Survivors: 5 Sisters – Carolyn Spires of Tifton, Louise Dupree (Julian) of Eastman, Linda Cummings (Phil), Barbara Joiner of Vidalia and Maxine Flemming (James) of Savannah; Brother – Ronnie Pollard of Macon; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins including – Angie Joiner and Elaine Sheffield.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Julian and Louise Dupree, 5926 Peacock Avenue, Eastman.

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ROBERT EARLEY
1930 - October 25, 2017

MR. ROBERT EUGENE EARLEY, age 87, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at his residence.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Earley was born in Wheatland, IN, of the Christian Faith and a retired Chief Master SGT for the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was son of the late Virgil Earley and Sadie Doane Earley and was preceded in death by several siblings.

Survivors: Wife of 67 years – Rita Coleen Weddle Earley of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Sandra O’Toole and Bobbie Earley both of Eastman; Son – Grant Earley of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren; 12 Great-Grandchildren; Several Siblings; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Earley residence, 256 Log Cabin Rd., Eastman.

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JAMES “PEE WEE” WILLIAMS
1965 - October 24, 2017

MR. JAMES LEO “PEE WEE” WILLIAMS, JR., age 52, of Eastman, GA died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, October 30, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. LaDon Connell officiating, with interment in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Chauncey.

Mr. Williams was born in Cadwell, of the Baptist Faith, a 1983 graduate of Dodge County High School and a former orderly at Dodge County Hospital for many years. He enjoyed gardening, his animals and spending time with his nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his Mother, Elise Hayes Upshaw and a Brother, Shannon Upshaw.

Survivors: Father – Leonard Upshaw of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Angie Muncher (George) and Tonya Martinez (Tomas) both of Eastman; Nieces and Nephew – Jena Upshaw (Laquan Hogue), Cindy Martinez and Gavin Martinez; Great-Nieces and Nephews – Jordan, Jayden, Chase and Lynnox; Aunt – Jennifer Wright of Eastman.

The family may be contacted at the Muncher residence, 472 Shady Oaks Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Monday, October 30.

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BUDDY BOHANNON
1964 - October 19, 2017

JAMES M. “BUDDY” BOHANNON, age 53, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, October 21, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Joey Bohannon and Rev. Dahl McDermitt officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Buddy was born in Telfair County, of the Baptist faith, and a former construction worker and painter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the races, being outdoors and was a talented mechanic. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Floria Gibson Bohannon and a Nephew, Chris Thompson.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Michelle Hardy (Bryan) of Eastman and Tiffany McAliley (Adam) of Chauncey; Father – Fred Bohannon (Linda) of Eastman; Sister – Jane B. Warnock (Howard) of Eastman; Brother – Robert Bohannon of Eastman; 10 Grandchildren – Shane Tripp, Taylor Tripp, Lizzy Tripp, Jordan Hardy, Braylan Hardy, Jada McKinney, Carter McKinney, Autumn Wanstreet, Skylar McAliley, and Madison McAliley; 2 Nieces – Christy Thompson and Skye Bohannon; Nephew – Coty White; Great-Nephew – Bo Hardy.

The family may be contacted at the McAliley residence, 23 Bush Avenue, Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, October 21.

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SAM COOK
1955 - October 16, 2017

MR. SAM COOK, age 62, of Dublin, GA, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at Coliseum Medical Center in Macon.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Cook was born in Eastman, was a former resident of Jacksonville, Florida and also lived in California. He was a former band roadie for over 20 years, working for many famous bands throughout the 70s and 80s. He was a pallet salesman, a former bar tender, and music store owner during his time in Branson, Missouri and enjoyed golfing and fishing. He was son of the late Eva McDuffie Boyd and Johnny Cummins.

Survivors: Son – Preston Cook of Missouri; 2 Grandchildren; Sister – Frances Purvis of Dublin; Brother – John Phillip Cummins (Linda) of Perry; Special Brother – Kelly Huff of Warner Robins; Several Nieces and Nephews including – Jamie Dokes & Jeff T. Purvis, both of Dublin; Numerous Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Frances Purvis, 936 Twin Oaks Drive, Dublin, GA 31021.

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KATHY FRIEND
1954 - October 14, 2017

Mary Katherine Friend, age 63 of Duluth, GA died October 14, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, October 19 at Newbridge Church in Lawrenceville, GA, with Rev. Jeff Lyle officiating. Graveside Services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, October 20, at Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery in Milan, GA with Rev. Tommy Land officiating.

She was born in Atlanta, GA and was a homemaker. She was a dedicated wife and a loving mother and grandmother. Kathy enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family. She was a dedicated church worker and member of Newbridge Church.

She is survived by her husband, Don Friend of Duluth; sons, Joe Friend (Brooke) of Cumming and Stephen Friend (Rebecca) of Grayson; daughter, Ashley Brassea (Aaron) of Portland, OR; seven grandchildren; brothers, David Weldon, Darrell Weldon, Danny Weldon, all of Tucker and Doug Weldon of California; mother-in-law, Jo Friend of Cadwell.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman is assisting the family locally and has charge of Graveside Services.

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JOHN SHEFFIELD
1946 - October 13, 2017

MR. JOHN ROBERT SHEFFIELD, age 71, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, October 13, 2017 at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, October 16, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Roy Locke officiating.

Mr. Sheffield was a lifelong resident of Dodge County and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Dodge County High School, a former Georgia National Guardsman and a retired kitchen supervisor for Telfair State Prison for over 21 years. He also worked at Dodge and Milan State Prisons. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and enjoyed hunting and NASCAR racing. John was son of the late Mattie Ethel Jones Sheffield and Albert Sheffield.

Survivors: Wife of 37 years – Linda Kirkis Sheffield of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Joni Floyd (Charlie) of Bonaire and Sheila Sanchez (Frank) of Eastman; Son – Wesley Durden of Callahan, FL; 5 Grandchildren – Destiny Sanchez, Megan Sanchez, Dani Floyd, Dustin Durden and Hunter Durden; 2 Brothers – Curtis Sheffield (Edith) of Eastman and Carl Sheffield (Florine) of Watkinsville; Sister-in-Law – Laura Finch of Eastman; 4 Aunts – Ruth Dennis, Rossie Giddens (Carrol Ray), Martha Rogers and Willene Cobb (Therell) all of Eastman; Uncle – Wilmer Sheffield (Regina) of Acworth, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Numerous Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Sheffield residence, 791 Soperton Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-4:00PM Sunday, October 15. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

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OLA MOYE CHANCEY
1922 - October 10, 2017

MRS. OLA MOYE BOWEN CHANCEY, age 95, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM Saturday, October 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele, with interment in Bowen Cemetery.

Mrs. Chancey was born in Rhine, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and a graduate of Rhine High School and Albany Business School. She was a homemaker and a former bookkeeper for Faatz Limbs and Brace, in Lakeland, FL, for over 20 years. Ola Moye was daughter of the late Isaac Newton Bowen and Mary Jane Harrell Bowen, widow of Thomas Kayton “T.K.” Chancey, Sr. and was preceded in death by a Son, Thomas K. Chancey, Jr. and 9 Siblings.

Survivors: Son – Byron Douglas “Doug” Chancey (Connie) of Palm Harbor, FL; 5 Grandchildren – Mike Chancey (Lori), Robert Chancey (Laura), Cheryl Chancey, Alison Johnson and Ashley Chancey; 13 Great-Grandchildren – Morgan, Jordan, Madison, Julia, Kayton, Katie, Adam, Emily, Jack, Zachary, Jacob, Ansley and Asher; 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren – Emma and Blake; Caretaker and Special Family Member – Ruth McClain of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:00PM-1:00PM Saturday, October 14.

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GEORGE P. DAVIS
1961 - October 9, 2017

MR. GEORGE PAUL DAVIS, age 56, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, October 9, 2017 in Dodge County Hospital.

Mr. Davis was born in Jacksonville, FL, of the Holiness faith, a former carpenter and millwright and was talented at many trades. George was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was son of the late Carol Ann Floyd Davis and George Paul Davis, Sr. and was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Andrew “Tony” Davis.

Survivors: Wife of 33 years – Glenda Ann Register Davis of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Leanne Weathers of Macon, Kristie Davis and Brooke Davis, both of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Xander Weathers of Macon, Madison Monk and Jessie Davis, both of Eastman.

A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00PM-7:30PM, Wednesday, October 11, in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home. The family may be contacted at the Davis residence, 40 Eastside Court Drive, Eastman.

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CHARLES HEMPHILL
1938 - October 4, 2017

MR. CHARLES HOLMAN HEMPHILL, age 78, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, October 6, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Jack Lee officiating.

Mr. Hemphill was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Zebulon Baptist Church, a graduate of University of Georgia School of Pharmacy, and a retired pharmacist at Fairview Park Hospital. He was a career pharmacist for over 40 years, former owner and operator of Eastman Drugs, a loving father and grandfather, and an avid horse enthusiast. He was son of the late Lillian McCranie Hemphill and Thomas Eugene Hemphill and was preceded in death by his Brother, Ralph E. Hemphill, a Niece, Kelli Pruett Erwin and a Nephew, Mickey Pruett.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Stacey DeLoach (Mike) of Tuscaloosa, AL and Halie Temples (Jay) of Blakely, GA; 2 Grandchildren – Anna DeLoach and Andrew DeLoach; 2 Sisters – Patricia Pruett (Mike) of Eastman and Judy H. Madden of Cashiers, NC; 3 Aunts – Pauline McCranie and Mildred M. Ragan and Margaret Hemphill; 2 Nieces – Cathy Duke (Michael) and Ashley Madden; Several Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-10:45AM Friday, October 6. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the ALS Foundation, 5881 Glenridge Drive Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30328.

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HORTENSE W. BURCH
1915 - October 2, 2017

Mildred Hortense Williams Burch, wife of the late H. F. Burch of Ashburn, Georgia died peacefully in her sleep on October 2, 2017 at Kentwood Nursing facility in Augusta , Georgia where she had resided for almost ten years.

She was born in Cordele, Georgia to the late Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Williams on September 24, 1915. She was preceded in death by her brothers Carl Felton Williams and John Short Williams both of Dooly County, Georgia.

Mrs. Burch was educated in the Crisp County school system graduating from Crisp County High School in June 1932. She then attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia where she graduated in 1936. Thereafter, she began her teaching career which covered 45 years until 1981 and included teaching elementary school students in Crisp County, Worth County and Turner County. She was recognized as a devoted educator who loved her students.

She resided in Ashburn Georgia on North Main Street for 55 years until May 2006 when she moved to Augusta, Georgia. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Ashburn and she was active in the United Methodist Women (UMW) for many years. She continued her love of teaching by devoting her time and talents in Vacation Bible School. She was well known in the Ashburn community as a devoted wife and mother who loved her family and took great pride in her children and their accomplishments. She was also known by her family as an avid Georgia football fan who followed the team each season and who later in life received birthday wishes from Georgia’s Head Football Coach.

She is survived by her daughter Mrs. Mary B. Booth of Augusta, Georgia ( Eddie ) and a son Harold F. Burch Jr. of Houston, Texas ( Jackie ). Mrs. Burch had 4 grandchildren - Edmund A. Booth III of Lexington, South Carolina (Rachel) , Katie Finley of Savannah, Georgia ( Chase ), Millie Burch and Joe Burch of Houston, Texas ( Melissa ). She had four great grandchildren-Reagan Sophia Booth and Edmund Alexander Booth IV both of Lexington, South Carolina and Ethan Davis Finley and Maggie Elise Finley both of Savannah Georgia.

A graveside service will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Eastman, Georgia at 11:00 a.m. on October 7, 2017 with the Reverend Carrie Myers officiating with Stokes and Southerland Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. If so desired, any remembrances may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Ashburn or the charity of your choice.

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DORIS KILGORE
1930 - September 27, 2017

MRS. DORIS HICKMAN KILGORE, age 87, of Byron, GA, formerly of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, October 5, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Monty February officiating.

Mrs. Kilgore was a native of Eastman, a member of Eastside Baptist Church, a seamstress for many years at C & J Manufacturing and a former cook at Shorty’s for several years. She was daughter of the late Myrtle Harrell Hickman and Cluey Hickman, widow of Reginald Kilgore and was preceded in death by 2 Children, Kenny Kilgore and Linda Blanton, 2 Great-Grandchildren, Kenneth Paul and Hunter Spires and 5 Siblings, Jean Allen, Travis Hickman, Harrell Hickman, Randy Hickman and Hulon Hickman.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Gwen Sheffield (Harry) of Macon, Sharon Payne (Ronnie) and Tanya Kilgore both of Byron; 9 Grandchildren – Charlotte Wilson (Jerry), Sheila Mitchell (David), Ron Payne, Jr. (Dana), James Payne (Whitney), Jim Spires (Amanda), Krysta Paul (Dustin), Saundra Kilgore (Michelle), David Gay and Michael Blanton; Several Great-Grandchildren; Sister – Pat Hill of Eastman; 4 Brothers – Carl Hickman (Diane), Wayne Hickman (Janet), Nickey Hickman (Tracy) and David Hickman (Jennie) all of Eastman; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:30AM-11:00AM Thursday, October 5.

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TYRUS JONES
1933 - September 23, 2017

MR. SEAB TYRUS JONES, age 84, of Milan, GA, died Saturday, September 23, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, September 26, at Antioch #2 Baptist Church in Milan, with Rev. Jack Lee, Rev. Bill Jones and Rev. Aubrey Corbitt officiating, with interment in Antioch #2 Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Jones was a lifelong native of Milan and a member of Antioch #2 Baptist Church. Tyrus was the owner and operator of Milan Food Center for over 25 years and the owner of Jones Kennels where he specialized in small breed dogs. He also enjoyed flower gardening and spent many years cultivating beautiful plants at the Jones Nursery. Mr. Jones was an avid horseman and enjoyed participating in many horseshows throughout the state. Tyrus was a family man, a loving and dedicated husband, father and Papa. He was son of the late Julia Williams Jones and Leonard C. Jones and was preceded in death by his Brothers, Bennie Jones and L.C. “Junior” Jones and his Sisters, Eugenia Crouch and Elizabeth Lancaster-Smith.

Survivors: Wife of 63 years – Joan Evans Jones of Milan; Son – Mike Jones (Dale) of Milan; 2 Granddaughters – Stephanie Jones Graham (Johnathan) of Statesboro and Jenna Jones Dean (Cory) of Dublin; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Jasper Dean, Chloe Dean, Isabella Graham, Lauren Graham, and Sydney Graham; 3 Sisters – Doris Fussell of Dublin, Annette Wood and Linda Vaughn, both of Milan; 2 Sisters-in-law – Charlene Jones of Milan and Judy McCranie (James) of Eastman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins; Caregiver – Alisa Widener.

The family may be contacted at the Jones residence, 81 4th Avenue, Milan and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, September 25. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Antioch #2 Baptist Church, Milan, GA 31060.

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MARY PEACOCK
1935 - September 20, 2017

MRS. MARY MAGDALENE BARTON PEACOCK, age 81, formerly of Cochran, GA, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, September 23, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Lewis Harrell officiating, with interment in New Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Peacock was born in Dublin and raised in Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, a homemaker and a former store clerk at 7 Day Pantry in Chauncey for many years. She was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother, who enjoyed tending to her yard and flowers. She was daughter of the late Bertha Woodard Barton and Richard Barton and was preceded in death by her Companion, Danny Veal and 3 Brothers, Herschel Barton, Don Barton and Nicky Barton.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Joann Pierce (H.L.) of Mississippi and Sandra Kelly (Robert) of Aiken, SC; 3 Sons – Danny Peacock (Elaine) of Chauncey, Gerald Peacock of Cochran and Randy Peacock of California; 15 Grandchildren – Daniel Peacock, Julian Peacock, Rachel Lincoln (Steve), Richard Erkfitz, Justin Peacock, Kale Roland (Jen), M’Lynn Grimes (Gary), Amelia Wilder (Zack), Lacie Beyer (Cody), Valentine Peacock, Ann Marie Pierce, Joseph Kelley, Sarah Kelley, Michael Kelley and Jacob Kelley; Several Great-Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Danny Peacock, 3031 Chauncey-Dublin Hwy., Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, September 22.

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ASHLEY EVANS
1982 - September 19, 2017

ASHLEY GRACE McLEOD EVANS, age 35, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in St. Augustine, FL.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, September 23, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Robbie Passmore officiating.

Ashley was born in Virginia before moving to Eastman in 1997. She was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Griffin, GA, a graduate of Dodge County High School and a retail sales associate at St. Augustine Glass Art. She was a very outgoing, soft spoken, sweet spirited person, who had a love for animals and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Ashley was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandmother, Betty Thornton and Paternal Grandparents, Jim and Ruth McLeod.

Survivors: Mother – Deborah Hambrick of Eastman; Father – Hubert McLeod of Webster, TX; 2 Brothers – Lance McLeod (Chava) of Greenwood, CA and Corey McLeod of Eastman; Maternal Grandfather – Jack Hambrick (Florence) of Macon; Aunt and Uncle – Steven Hambrick of Lakeland, FL and Jacque Bryant (Keith) of Macon; Great-Aunts and Great-Uncles – Bobbie Hightower, Lawanda Gillis (Wendell) both of Eastman and Carole Bland of Griffin; Several Cousins – Linda NeSmith Moore of Macon, Kristin Bryant of Athens, Richard Hambrick, Stevie Hambrick and Adam Hambrick both of Lakeland, FL; Lifelong Friend – Maggie Asmus.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Deborah Hambrick, 5611 Oak Street, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-2:00PM Saturday, September 23. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter.

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BRAYLEE SHEFFIELD
Aug. 5, 2017 - Sept. 16, 2017

BRAYLEE VICTORIA SUE SHEFFIELD, died on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM Wednesday, September 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tyler Kirkley officiating, with interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Braylee was born in Dublin, GA and was wonderful blessing to her parents, siblings and grandparents. She was preceded in death by an Aunt, Katelyn Warren, Paternal Great-Grandmothers, Bessie Mae Sheffield and Ernestine Scarborough, and Maternal Great-Grandfather, Jimmy Hester.

Survivors: Mother and Father – Emily Paige Harrison and Bradley “Brad” Sheffield both of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Riley Sheffield and Haley Sheffield; Maternal Grandparents – Robin Hester of Dublin and Andy Harrison of Dexter; Paternal Grandparents – Renee Johnson (Keith), Craig Scarborough and Melinda Dukes (Shannon) all of Eastman; Maternal Great-Grandparents – Alton and Linda Harrison of Dexter and Teresa Hester of East Dublin; Aunts and Uncles – Hailey Harrison, Lara Harrison, Alton Harrison, Dylan Hester, Addy Harrison, Kristen Johnson, Christopher Sheffield, Joel Johnson and Rex Howell; Numerous Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:00PM-1:00PM Wednesday, September 20.

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ROBERT JOHNSON
1948 - September 16, 2017

MR. ROBERT CHARLES JOHNSON, age 69, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, September 16, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, September 19, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Arnold Rye officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was born in Chester, attended Eastman First Christian Church and was a lifelong farmer. He was a retired farmer for Mosquito Creek Farms and Midway Farms. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed dirt track racing #48, fishing and hunting. Robert was son of the late Noella Brady Johnson and Bert J. Johnson and was preceded in death by a Grandson, Kyle West and 3 Siblings, Earl Johnson, Raymond Wade Johnson, Sr., and Betty White.

Survivors: Wife of 50 years – Linda Brown Johnson of Eastman; Daughter – Lisa Daniels of Cochran; 3 Sons – Robert Charles Johnson, Jr., Mark Johnson (Ashley), and Shawn Johnson, all of Eastman; 9 Grandchildren – Harley Johnson, Tabitha Howell (Mike), Trey Holland (Amber), Jacob Holland, R.C. Holland, Tyler Johnson, Taylor Johnson, B.J. Johnson, and Mackenzie Johnson; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Madison Holland, Jackson Holland, Ashlynn Holland, Phoebe Howell and Jesse Kyle Howell; 4 Sisters – Susie Johnson Coley (Danny), Joanne Johnson both of Chester, Joan Evans (Ray), and Imagene Evans (David) both of Rentz; 5 Brothers – Doyle Johnson (Diane), Lynn Johnson, Bobby Johnson (Betty) all of Chester, Larry Johnson (Faye) of Hawkinsville, and Ronnie Johnson (Marie) of Eastman; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Johnson residence, 1061 WPA Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, September 18.

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CLYDE BLANKENSHIP
1944 - September 14, 2017

MR. CLYDE BLANKENSHIP, age 72, of Milan, GA, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, September 16, at Freedom Baptist Church in Milan, with Rev. Tommy Land and Rev. Kenny White officiating, with interment in Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Blankenship was born in McRae, a member of Freedom Baptist Church, a retired 13 year linesman for Amercord, Inc. in Lumber City and was a former wood yard employee for Container Corporation for over 35 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed watching westerns on television. He was son of the late Edna Lou Mandy Jane Ford Blankenship and Charlie Clyde Blankenship and was preceded in death by his Brother, Charles Blankenship.

Survivors: Wife – Nellie Peacock Blankenship of Milan; 2 Daughters – Teresa Stinson (Frank) of Dublin and Shelia Anderson (Sherwin) of Chauncey; 4 Grandchildren – Michael Stinson (Sirena), Jennifer Clance, Shantele McCranie (Blake) and Herschel Anderson; 7 Great-Grandchildren – Devin Stinson, Nicholas Stinson, Lucas Stinson, Trandal Stinson, Kayle Bush, Harlie Bush, and Knox McCranie; Sister – Peggy Todd (Ronnie) of Hagan; 2 Brothers – Gene Blankenship (Lois) of McRae and Eddie Blankenship (Brenda) of Hinesville; Special Niece – Charlotte K. Hulett of Milan; Sisters-in-law – Geraldine Peacock of Chauncey, Mary Jane Purvis of Groveland, FL, Virgie Mae Stanley of Chauncey, Annie Mae Williams of Eastman, and Lillie Mae Mason of Dexter; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Blankenship residence, 2687 Chauncey-Milan Road, Milan, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, September 15. In addition to flowers contributions may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 25 Telfair County Line Rd., Milan, GA 31060.

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EVELYN HUTTO
1952 - September 13, 2017

MRS. KATHERYN EVELYN LEE HUTTO, age 65, of Chauncey, GA, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at her residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, September 15, at New Union Church Cemetery, with Rev. Stephen Upchurch officiating.

Evelyn was born in Alma, GA, of the Baptist Faith and a former nurse’s assistant at Golden’s Personal Care Home for over 20 years. She enjoyed working in her yard, tending to her flowers and was a loving wife and mother. She was daughter of the late Nola Jane Woodard Lee and Gurman Levi Lee and was preceded in death by 2 Sons, Brandon Hutto and Timothy Hutto.

Survivors: Husband of 40 years – Bobby Hutto of Chauncey; Step-Daughter – Brittany Hutto of Chauncey; Step-Son – Josh Hutto of Chauncey; 3 Sisters – Betty Ryals (Frank), Earlene Rowe (Loyd) both of Townsend, GA and Patsy Rowland (Jimmy) of Chester; 2 Brothers – Ronnie Lee of Eastman and Junior Lee (Joyce) of Chauncey; Sister-in-Law – Ruby Lee of Townsend, GA; Faithful Canine Companion – Lady Bug; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ronnie Lee, 4 Lester Saunders Rd., Chauncey, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 10:00AM-10:45AM Friday, September 15. If you would like to assist the Hutto family please contact Ronnie Lee at (478) 342-0359.

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CHARLES OXLEY
1939 - September 12, 2017

MR. CHARLES EDWARD OXLEY, age 78, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, September 14, in Southerland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Oxley was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Holiness Faith, a former textile worker for Reeves Brothers for over 8 years and a man who enjoyed helping others and being a good humanitarian. He enjoyed collecting things, fishing, coon hunting and spending time with his family. He was son of the late Freeman L. Oxley and Willie Mae Mullis Oxley and was preceded in death by 13 Siblings.

Survivors: 2 Sisters – Rose Powell of Eastman and Dorothy Farrin of Perry; Brother – Felton H. Oxley (Polly) of Gresston; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

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WYNELL WHITE
1949 - September 5, 2017

MRS. WYNELL MULLIS WHITE, age 67, of Gresston, GA, died Tuesday September 5, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, September 7, at Gresston Baptist Church, with Rev. Darrell Quinn and Rev. Clyde Evans officiating, with interment in Gresston Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. White was a native of Cochran, a member of Gresston Baptist Church and a 1967 graduate of Bleckley County High School. She was a former Registered Nurse at Dodge County Hospital for over 10 years, a former Director of Nurses at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home for over 4 years and was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who was affectionately called “Ma”. She was daughter of the late Juanita Hosford Mullis and Julian “Hank” Mullis, widow of Ted White and was preceded in death by a Brother, Julian Mullis, Jr.

Survivors: Son – Ron White (Kelly Bowen) of Gresston; Grandson – Codie White; 2 Sisters – Barbara Grimsley (Robert) of Montrose and Catherine Belflower (Terry) of Cochran; Brother – Richard Mullis (Cherry) of Danville; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the White residence, 4181 Cochran Hwy., Gresston, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, September 6.

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CHARLES A. BOWEN
1922 - September 3, 2017

MR. CHARLES ADAM BOWEN, age 94, of Milan, GA, died Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, September 6, at Milan Baptist Church, with Rev. Aubrey Corbitt and Rev. Alvin Lewis officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery.

Mr. Bowen was a native of Rhine, GA, a member of Milan Baptist Church, a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired manager and mechanic for Clarke’s Auto Parts in Helena, GA. He was a dedicated husband, a loving father and grandfather and enjoyed fishing and working on automobiles. He was son of the late Willie Mae Stuckey Bowen and John Adam Bowen, widower of Eulala Clarke Bowen and was preceded in death by a Daughter, Charlene Bowen, Son-in-Law, Sammy Williams and 15 Siblings.

Survivors: Daughter – Martha B. Williams of Milan; 2 Granddaughters – Shelley W. Steverson (Chris) and Jennifer L. Williams; Grandson – Sam Williams (Cate); 5 Great-Grandchildren – Ashlee Knowles, Kaylee Knowles, Andrew Steverson, Maggie Williams and Mary Belle Williams; 2 Sisters – Carol Taylor (Jack) of Milan and Mary Ann Doke (Guy) of Warner Robins; Brother – Wayne Bowen (Joyce) of Houma, LA; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Williams residence, 103 Marie Conner Street, Milan, and will receive friends in Milan Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Wednesday, September 6. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Milan Baptist Church.

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JACK WILLIAMS
1938 - August 26, 2017

MR. JOHN JACKSON “JACK” WILLIAMS, age 79, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Monday, August 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Williams was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Cottondale Baptist Church and a retired textile worker for Reeves Brothers, Inc. and Gillman Inc. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was son of the late Edna Belflower Williams and Horace Williams, widower of Ann Thompson Williams and was preceded in death by a Former Wife, Mattie Barlow Williams, Sisters, Lois Hodges and Jo Williams and Brothers, Charles Williams, Buddy Williams and Ricky Williams.

Survivors: Son – John Wayne Williams and Jeanine Dupree Williams of Eastman; 2 Granddaughters – Dee W. Snyder (Graham) and Kristin Williams both of Eastman; 2 Great-Granddaughters – Mackenzie Snyder and Charleigh Kate Snyder; Sister – Sara Williams Steverson of Helena; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Extended Family Members.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Wayne and Jeanine Williams, 6608 Jim Pruett Rd., Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-3:00PM Monday, August 28. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Serenity Place Hospice, 504 Parker-Dairy Rd., Dublin, GA 31021 or Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter.

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SANDRA JACKSON
1945 - August 25, 2017

MRS. SANDRA GAIL FITCHETT JACKSON, age 72, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, August 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. LaDon Connell officiating, with interment in Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church in Chauncey.

Mrs. Jackson was a native of Dodge County, a dedicated member of Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church, a graduate of Dodge County High School and a retired Nursing Assistant at Fairview Park Hospital. She enjoyed traveling and going on cruises with her husband and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Sandra was daughter of the late Nannie Mae Burch Fitchett and J.W. Fitchett and was preceded in death by her Mama – Mary Ellen Stufflebeam and a Sister, Eleanor Rozar.

Survivors: Husband of 23 years – Wayne Jackson of Eastman; Daughter – Terri Reynolds (Ricky) of Eastman; 2 Sons – George Muncher (Angie) and Tom Muncher (Kellie) both of Eastman; 2 Step-Children – Wendy Ann Hester (Kevin) of Rentz and Wayne Jackson, Jr. of Pitts; 16 Grandchildren – Joey Mullis (Renae), Jeremy Mullis, Davey Muncher, Derrick Muncher, Dustin Spires (Stormy), Jena Upshaw, Nicholas Muncher, Travis Muncher (Abbi), D.J. Jackson, Courtney Snellgrove, Chris Snellgrove (Erika), Sierra Jackson (Anthony Flowers), Miki Sumner (Allen), Erika Hester, Joshua Hester and Angel Arnette (Will); 13 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters – Geraldine Barlow and Janie Garton; 3 Brothers – Mark Fitchett, Elliott Fitchett (Julia) and Andy Fitchett; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at Jackson residence, 65 Poplar Springs Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Sunday, August 27.

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LORENE JENKINS
1930 - August 16, 2017

MRS. ESTER LORENE SMITH JENKINS, age 87, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Serenity Hospice in Dublin.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, August 19, at Chauncey City Cemetery.

Mrs. Jenkins was born in Poe, Missouri, a member of Eastman First Freewill Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed embroidery and quilting. Lorene was daughter of the late Pearl Ethel Marler Smith and William Frank Smith, widow of Lonnie Jenkins and was preceded in death by 4 Siblings, Clara Fletcher, E.J. Smith, William Smith and Harold Smith.

Survivors: Son – Ronnie Jenkins of Little Rock, AK; 3 Grandchildren; 1 Great-Granddaughter; 2 Sisters – Patsy Jean Edwards of Lawton, OK and Pearl Graham of Buford; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 12:30PM-1:30PM Saturday, August 19.

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BOB HARRELL
1951 - August 16, 2017

MR. JAMES ROBERT “BOB” HARRELL, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00PM Friday, August 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating.

Bob was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, a 1969 graduate of Dodge County High School and a graduate of Middle Georgia College. He was a retired Livestock Market News Reporter for the Department of Agriculture for over 15 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, Nascar and watching football and wrestling. Bob was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was son of the late Gertrude “Baby” Linzy Harrell and Robert M. Harrell and was preceded in death by a Brother, Marvin David Harrell.

Survivors: Wife of 36 years – Pam Gilbert Harrell of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Katie Staples (Charlie) and Kimberly Mazza (David) both of Eastman; Son – Bryant Harrell (Bree) of Hawkinsville; 3 Grandchildren – McKenna Mazza, Will Staples and Holt Mazza; Sister – Donna H. Bowen of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Joe Gilbert of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Kimberly and David Mazza, 110 Legacy Woods Drive, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 3:00PM-4:00PM Friday, August 18. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Eastman First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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BILLY RAY BROWN
1949 - August 5, 2017

MR. BILLY RAY BROWN, age 67, of Helena, GA, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Tuesday, August 8, at Zion Hope Baptist Church, with Rev. Jim Fennell and Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating, with interment in New Bethel Cemetery in Helena.

Mr. Brown was born in Empire, GA, a graduate of Dodge County High School, a member and deacon of Zion Hope Baptist Church, owner and operator of Swine and Dine in Chauncey, for over 8 years, and a retired Boilermaker Welder for Local 26 in Savannah, GA. Billy Ray enjoyed cooking, farming, fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandsons. He was son of the late Mary Hodge Brown and William L. “Doc” Brown and was preceded in death by a Son, Benjamin Brown and 2 Brothers, W.C. Brown and Wendell Brown.

Survivors: Wife of 45 years – Nancy Burch Brown of Helena; 2 Daughters – Rae Brown Brazil (Kalen) of Cochran and Julia Brown of Helena; 2 Grandsons – Bryce Brazil and Clate Brazil; Sister – Shirley Hobbs (Curtis) of Cochran; 4 Brothers – Cecil Brown, Danny Brown (Karen) both of Eastman, Donny Brown of Gresston and Richard Brown of Dubois; 3 Brothers-in-Law – Wayne Young (Brenda) of Alamo, Clark Burch (Shirley) and Johnny Burch both of Helena; Sister-in-Law – Clara Riley (Jack) of Oxford; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Brown residence, 6922 McRae Hwy., Helena, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, August 7. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Baptist Children’s Home in Baxley, GA.

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THOMAS HOLMAN HEMPHILL, JR.
1933 - August 5, 2017

MR. THOMAS HOLMAN HEMPHILL, JR., age 83, of Blue Ridge, GA, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his residence in Blue Ridge.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, August 8, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Mr. John Swinson officiating.

Mr. Hemphill was born in Dodge County and a 1950 graduate of Chauncey High School before serving as a MP in the United States Army and in Artillery during the Korean War. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a retired retail sales manager for B.C. Moore’s in Adel, GA for over 38 years before moving to Blue Ridge in 2002. He enjoyed fishing, working and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Hemphill was son of the late Cora Mahaley Holcomb Hemphill and Thomas Holman Hemphill, Sr. and was preceded in death by 9 Siblings, Eugene Hemphill, Gordon Hemphill, Logan Hemphill, Floy Hemphill, Nelly Gilbert, Ruby Connelly, Audrey Jones, Dorothy Lowery and Emily Fogarty.

Survivors: Wife of 61 years – Margaret Faulk Hemphill of Blue Ridge; Daughter – Robbin Hemphill of Blue Ridge; Son – Mitchell Hemphill of Blue Ridge; Brother-in-law – Gary Faulk (Cathy) of Eastman; 4 Sisters-in-law – Gale Allen (William) of Byron, Marie Wright, Jean Hinson (John), Fran Vaughn (Melton), all of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 10:00AM-11:00AM Tuesday, August 8. In addition to flowers contributions can be made to Pruitt Health Hospice, 6050 Appalachian Hwy, Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

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NIKKI GRAHAM
1997 - August 5, 2017

ASHLEY NICOLE “NIKKI” GRAHAM, age 20, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Dodge County.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, August 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating, with interment Antioch #1 Baptist Church Cemetery.

Nikki was a member of Antioch #1 Baptist Church, a 2015 graduate of Dodge County High School, formerly attended Georgia Southwestern State University on a softball scholarship and was currently attending Middle Georgia State University. She was a secretary at Goodman Auto Sales, LLC in Eastman, an avid softball player and was a former member of the Georgia Elite Gamers Travel Team. Nikki was preceded in death by her Grandparents, Shirley Roberts, Terry Claude Roberts, Eschol Green Graham, Jr. and William R. “Bill” Lowery, Jr.

Survivors: Father – Bubba Graham (Claudia) of Eastman; Mother – Sandra Roberts Graham of Hawkinsville; Sister – Margaret Simmons of Eastman; Brother – Brandon Russell of Hawkinsville; Grandmothers – Judy Graham of Thomaston and Judy Lowery of Eastman; Aunts and Uncles – Alex Graham (Mary) of Thomaston, Chris Graham (Crystal) of Tampa, FL, Camille Taylor (Wayne) of Eastman, Wayne Roberts of Ocala, FL, Mike McCoy of Alabama, Jodi McCoy of Albany, Christy Bowen and Debbie Hogan both of Atlanta; Great Aunts and Uncles – Lucy Rogers (Glynn) of Greensboro, GA, Jimmy Wilson (Colleen) of Eatonton, Dot Baker (Billy) of Eastman and Melissa Graham of Rhine; Several Cousins and Numerous Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Graham residence, 193 Blackberry Drive, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Sunday, August 6. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Antioch #1 Baptist Church Building Fund.

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SHEILA ROZAR
1958 - July 29, 2017

MRS. SHEILA DIANE BROWN ROZAR, age 58, of Gresston, GA, died Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Rozar was born in Perry, GA and a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, grilling, going to the beach and family activities. Sheila enjoyed playing computer games and was an overall happy person. She was daughter of the late Shirley Lucille Collier Horne and Johnny B. Brown and was preceded in death by 2 Children, Shelly Marie Rozar and Michael Rozar.

Survivors: Husband of 41 years – Danny Chuck Rozar of Gresston; 2 Daughters – Sharon Gosnell (Frank) and Tammie Jones (Jeff) both of Eastman; Son – D.J. Rozar of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Brianna Gosnell, Michael Gosnell, Logan Gosnell and Tyler Jones; Step-Father – Lewis Horne of Pinehurst; 4 Sisters – Sherry Parramore (Tony) of Warner Robins, Laura Horne of Pinehurst, Heather Brown of Florida and Laurie Brown of Michigan; Brother – Billy Horne of Vienna; Maternal Grandmother – Ruby Nelson (Melvin) of Perry; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Rozar residence, 51 Nancy Drive, Gresston, GA.

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MARTHA RODERICK
1936 - July 31, 2017

MRS. MARTHA DELANE WRIGHT RODERICK, age 81, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Roderick was a native of Jasper, AL, a graduate of Rayville High School in Rayville, LA, a member of Solid Rock Church of God and a retired director for over 30 years at the Dodge County Mental Health. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Martha was daughter of the late Lois Randolph Wright and Rev. Alonzo Wright and was preceded in death by 3 Siblings, Ozella Kyle, Miriam Ross and Rev. Jimmy Wright.

Survivors: Husband of 62 years – Ray Roderick, Sr. of Eastman; Daughter – Robin Potter (Loyd) of Eastman; 2 Sons – Ray Roderick, Jr. (Cindy) of Eastman and Lon Roderick of Cordele; 7 Grandchildren – Megan Moore (Matt), Amber Holland (Trey), Nicole Baker (Gene), Eric Roderick, Paige Mitcham (Josh) Braxton Singleton and Christopher Potter; Several Great-Grandchildren; Sister – Sandra Childers (Lonnie) of North Carolina; 2 Brothers – Rev. Jack Wright (Helene) of Eastman and Percy Wright of Michigan; Sisters-in-Law – Lois Roderick of Michigan, Donna Frazee of North Carolina and Janet Roderick of Texas; Brother-in-Law – Don Roderick of Michigan; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Roderick residence, 46 Ray Roderick Rd., Eastman.

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DEWAYNE WHITE
1964 - July 17, 2017

MR. DEWAYNE ISEM WHITE, age 53, of Rhine, GA, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, July 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Mr. Gary Ryals officiating, with interment in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. White was born in Dublin and was of Baptist faith. He was the owner and operator of J & J Trucking. Dewayne enjoyed trucking, fishing, working in his shop and spending time with family and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Father – Isem White and his Father-in-law – Teet Hulett.

Survivors: Wife of 27 years – Jennifer Hulett White of Rhine; 2 Sons – Jessie White (Michelle) of Eastman and Jed White of Rhine; Mother – Nora Lee Fordham White of Eastman; Step-Father – Robert S. White of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Jerry White and Jack White (Mandy) both of Eastman; 2 Step-Brothers – Scott White (Bonita) of Dublin and Neil White of Warner Robins; Grandchildren – Jessa Rae White and Dalton Cravey, both of Eastman; Mother-in-law – Betty Hulett of Rhine; Sister-in-law – Jill Hilliard (Dykes) of Rhine; Brothers-in-law – Lacy Hulett (Judy) and Mickey Hulett (Kristi), both of Rhine; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the White residence, 180 Hopewell Church Road, Rhine, GA and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-8:00PM Wednesday, July 19.

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GENE ROGERS
1939 - July 11, 2017

MR. EUGENE HARRY “GENE” ROGERS, JR., age 78, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Bryant Health Center in Cochran.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, July 13 in Cottondale Baptist Church, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Rogers was born in Savannah and raised in Jesup before moving to Eastman to work in radio at WUFF, for over 40 years, where he became manager and operator. He was an avid musician who enjoyed playing guitar and piano. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a dedicated member of Cottondale Baptist Church. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Veatrice Carson Rogers and Eugene Harry Rogers, Sr.

Survivors: Wife – Cherry Coleman Rogers of Eastman; Daughter – Gena Rogers Wiggins (Jay) of Macon; 2 Sons – Steve Rogers (Marlene) of Bonaire and Kerry Rogers of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Bailey Rogers, Madison Wiggins, Macy Rogers, Dane Wiggins, Cade Rogers, and Shane Rogers; Sister – Mary Ann Scarborough (Kenny); Brother-in-law – Sandy Coleman (Martha Rae); Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Rogers residence, 37 Progress Street, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, July 12.

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ROBERT PAUL KREGER
1925 - July 9, 2017

MR. ROBERT PAUL KREGER, age 91, of Chauncey, GA, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Chauncey, GA.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00PM Thursday, July 13, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Chaplain Katrina Salter-Wood officiating.

Mr. Kreger was a native of Highland Park, IL, of the Catholic faith, a 20 year retired WWII veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired service technician for Xerox for over 16 years. He enjoyed playing golf with his son-in-law, painting, working in his yard and spending time with his daughters. Mr. Kreger was son of the late Victoria Isabella Carpenter Kreger and Paul Randall Kreger, widower of Ethel Marie Weiland Kreger and was preceded in death by his brother, Don Kreger.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Cheryl Collins (Roger) of Chauncey and Kathy Kreger of Newnan; 2 Grandchildren – Kimberly Collins Stewart and Roger “Buddy” Collins, Jr. (Wendy); 4 Great-Grandchildren – Sidney, Mason, Cameron and Evyn; Niece – Donna Sroczynski; 4 Nephews – Stevan Kreger, Scott Kreger, Brian Kreger and Bill Kreger.

The family has requested to omit all flowers and would prefer donations to the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

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BRAD BOWEN
1973 - July 8, 2017

MR. BRADLEY WELMAN “BRAD” BOWEN, age 44, of Rhine, GA, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Telfair County.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, July 11, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Ryals and Rev. Scott McDuffie officiating, with interment in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Brad was born in Telfair County, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a 1991 graduate of Dodge County High School. He was a lifelong farmer and avid outdoorsman who enjoyed working, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Jackson “Jack” Bowen.

Survivors: Wife – Angelia Black Bowen of Rhine; Son – Trey Bowen (Savannah) of Rhine; Mother – Linda Walker Bowen of Rhine; Sister – Marci B. Hunter (Stuart) of Rhine; Brother – Wade Bowen (Leanne) of Rhine; Mothers-in-law and Fathers-in-law – Bryleen & Buddy Davidson of Cadwell and Bill & Gingee Black of Canton; Several Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law; 2 Nephews – Andy Clements and Cole Clements both of Rhine; 2 Nieces – Kali Clark (Kyle) of Columbus and Anna Hunter of Rhine; Several Aunts, Uncles, Great-Aunts, Great-Uncles and Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Linda Bowen, 346 Jack Bowen Road, Rhine, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, July 10.

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KIM SMITH
1960 - July 6, 2017

MRS. KIMBERLY HAMILTON SMITH, age 57, of Milan, GA, died Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Milan, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, July 9, at Milan Baptist Church, with Rev. Aubrey Corbitt officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was born in McRae, GA, a member of Milan Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a special education teacher at South Dodge Elementary for over 18 years. She was a 1978 graduate of Dodge County High School, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her Masters of Education from Southwestern College. Kim was a loving daughter and mother, who enjoyed her time at her cabin on the river, spending time with her family and friends and was an avid fisherman. She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy B. Hamilton.

Survivors: Daughter – Dr. Marli Smith Howell (Danny) of Eastman; Son – Coy Hamilton Smith of Milan; Mother – Susan Carpenter Hamilton of Milan; Brother – David Hamilton (Nicole) of Brunswick; Niece – Mattie Hamilton of Perry; Aunt – Seaby Jones of Milan; Former Husband – Jeffrey Smith of Warner Robins; Numerous Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Susan Hamilton, 96 4th Avenue, Milan, and will receive friends at Milan Baptist Church from 2:00PM-3:00PM Sunday, July 9.

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BRITTANY BROWN
1988 - June 30, 2017

MS. BRITTANY RENEA BROWN, age 28, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, July 6, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Terry Hedden officiating, with interment in Browndale Cemetery in Hawkinsville.

Ms. Brown was born in Cleveland, TN and of the Baptist faith. She was a college student who enjoyed reading, computers, and drawing and was a loving mother to her children. Brittany was preceded in death by both of her Grandfathers – Perry R. Brown, Sr. and Ralph B. Roland.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Gia Swint and Jurni Swint both of Eastman; Mother – Ramona McDaniel (Chip McCranie) of Eastman; Father – Perry “Robbie” Brown, Jr. (Suzanne McPherson) of Cleveland, TN; 3 Sisters – Ashley Plyler (Christian “P-Pie”), Kayla Brown both of Eastman and Alexa Brown of Cleveland, TN; Step Brother – Raymond McPherson of Cleveland, TN; Maternal Grandmother – Joyce Dobbs of Eastman; Paternal Grandmother – Jewel Brown of Eastman; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ramona McDaniel and Chip McCranie, 1215 Jim Ross Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel one hour before services on Thursday, July 6.

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RUTH B. HODGE
1922 - June 22, 2017

MRS. RUTH BEAUCHAMP HODGE, age 94, of Eastman, GA died Thursday, June 22, 2017 in McRae Manor Nursing Home.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday June 24, in Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating.

Mrs. Hodge was born in Dodge County, a member of Parkerson Baptist Church and a graduate of Chauncey High School. After high school she studied radio repair in technical school and worked at Robins AFB during World War II. She was a fire watchman for the Georgia Forestry Commission for several years before working as a salesperson at Walker Shoe Store. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed sewing, crocheting, handcrafting and gardening. Ruth was daughter of the late Annie Jane Moore Beauchamp & John Dewey Beauchamp. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam T. Hodge, her son, Tommy Hodge and two brothers, J.C. Beauchamp and James Beauchamp.

Survivors: Daughter – Anne H. Bowen of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Amanda H. Sheffield (Charles), Shane Bowen, Jennifer Hodge, and Jayden Bowen, all of Eastman; 6 Great-Grandchildren – Brittani Mullis, Blake Woodard, Brooke Woodard, Ashlyn Dominy, Marleigh Horton, and Mason Horton; Great-Great-Granddaughter – Cammie Wright; Niece – Martha Padgett (Gary) of Florida; 2 Nephews – John Beauchamp and Matt Beauchamp, both of Florida; Several Great Nieces & Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, June 24. In addition to flowers contributions may be made to Gideons International.

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HAZEL BARTON
1951 - June 19, 2017

MRS. HAZEL PEACOCK BARTON, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:00AM Thursday, June 22, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Sister Margaret Arthur officiating.

Mrs. Barton was born in Bleckley County, GA, of the Christian Faith, a lifelong hair stylist and a seamstress for over 40 years. She was a former employee at C & J Manufacturing, Hanes, Inc. and Emily’s Cleaners. Hazel was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed fishing and camping. She was daughter of the late Nancy Bacon Foskey & Louis A. Peacock, Sr., widow of Donald William Barton and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Brandie Barton Tomlinson, Son – Greg Barton and 3 Brothers – Carl E. Peacock, B.J. Peacock and Charles Peacock.

Survivors: Husband – Donnie Brown of Eastman; 2 Sons – Randy Barton (Julie) of Valdosta and David Barton of Douglas; 2 Step-Daughters – Jessie Coleman of Cochran and Amanda Hilliard (Jamie) of Rhine; Step-Son – Donnie “Boomer” Brown of Eastman; 9 Grandchildren – Madison Lunsford, Brandon Lunsford, Cynthia Spires (Shad), Greg W. Barton, Michael Crawford, Ava Barton, Gracie Barton, Kalie Hulongbayan and Michael Hulongbayan; Several Great-Grandchildren; 3 Sisters – Georgia Bridges (J.B.) of Dry Branch, Dianne Brown (Phil) of Eastman and Jean Darsey (Clinton) of Eatonton; 2 Brothers – Louis A. Peacock, Jr. of Macon and H. Vernon Peacock of California; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Donnie Brown, 81 Warehouse Drive, Eastman.

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MAYBELL STRICKLAND
1955 - June 3, 2017

MS. MAYBELL STRICKLAND, age 61, of Rhine, GA, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, June 24 at Rhine Baptist Church, with Rev. Ricky Gilmore and Mr. Charles Williamson officiating.

Maybell was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of First Freewill Baptist Church, a 1974 graduate of Dodge County High School and a former CNA for Heart of Georgia Nursing Home for many years. She sat with several elderly families for several years, was a very good whittler and was daughter of the late Willie Clara Williamson Strickland and William Hansel Strickland. May bell was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – Thomas Strickland and Bob Strickland and 1 Sister – Mary S. Dent.

Survivors: 2 Sisters – Verlie Peacock of Nashville, GA and Clara Sawyer of Eastman; 3 Brothers – Danny Strickland (Donna), John Strickland both of Rhine and Charlie Strickland (Ann) of Dawsonville, GA; Uncle – Charles Williams of Rhine; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Danny Strickland, 1415 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Rhine.

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KIRITBHAI “KENNY” PATEL
1957 - May 30, 2017

MR. KIRITBHAI BHAILALBHAI “KENNY” PATEL, age 60, of Rhine, GA, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, June 2, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel, in Hawkinsville, GA.

Kenny was born in Vadodara, India, a member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Perry and owner and operator of Rhine USAExpress, for over 6 years. He was a lifelong chef and restaurateur, who enjoyed cooking for his family, friends and customers. He was a dedicated husband, father and provider.

Survivors: Wife – Neelabahen K. “Nela” Patel of Rhine; Son – Jaimin “Jay” Patel of Rhine; Mother-in-Law – Pushpa Patel of Rhine; Sister – Pramila Patel of India; 3 Brothers – Kanu Patel and Ashok Patel, both of India, Vijay Patel of New Jersey; Numerous Nieces and Nephews including – Pratik Patel, Jay Patel, Puja Patel, Dhruven Patel, Hari Patel, Akshar Patel, Rushank Patel, Ankita Khilnani and Pratika Shah.

The family will receive friends in Clark Funeral Home Chapel, Hawkinsville, GA from 1:00PM-2:00PM Friday, June 2.

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ERNEST “TUMP” EVANS
1946 - May 29, 2017

MR. ERNEST ARNOLD “TUMP” EVANS, age 70, of Chauncey, GA, died Monday, May 29, 2017 at his residence.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, June 3, at Chauncey City Cemetery, with Rev. James Hammock officiating.

Mr. Evans was born in McRae, a member of Zion Hope Bapitst Church and owner and operator of Evans Construction. He was a lifelong carpenter and contractor who enjoyed fishing, Atlanta Falcons Football and Nascar Racing. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren. Tump was son of the late Maude Kirkley Evans and Arnold Evans and was preceded in death by a Son – Clayton Tump Evans, 3 Brothers – Levi Evans, Mitchell Evans and Clark “Huck” Evans, and a Sister-in-law – Jean Griffin.

Survivors: Wife – Doris Griffin Evans of Chauncey; 2 Daughters – Sheila Dix (Keith) of Eastman and Tara Sears (Chris) of Atlanta; Son – Ben Evans of Chauncey; Daughter-in-law – Karen Moore Evans of Chauncey; 6 Grandchildren – Summer Dix, Kiley Dix, Keenan Evans, Cameron Evans, Korbin Evans and Luke Sears; 1 Great-Grandson – Kaiden Evans; 2 Sisters-in-law – Brenda Smith Evans and Mary Jo Evans Phillips (Dene); 2 Brothers-in-law – Allen Griffin and Barry McKinney (Jenny); Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Evans residence, 11 Bush Avenue, Chauncey, GA 31011.

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LINDA SUE HOWELL
1951 - May 29, 2017

MRS. LINDA SUE HOBBY HOWELL, age 65, of Gresston, GA, died Monday, May 29, 2017 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, June 3 in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating.

Mrs. Howell was born in Columbia, SC, a member of Antioch #1 Baptist Church in Gresston, a former Briggs and Stratton and Southern Bell employee and was a retired maintenance supervisor for over 30 years at Graphic Packaging Inc. Linda was a wedding planner and caterer with her business Weddings by Linda. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed pageants with her granddaughters. She was daughter of the late Sarah Johnson Hobby and Joseph Hobby Sr. and was preceded in death by her adoptive parents – Edith Hobby and Roy Hobby.

Survivors: Husband of 18 years – Robert G. Howell of Gresston; Daughter – Wendy Weathersbee of Eastman; Son – Benjy Rowell (Raegan) of Treasure Island, FL; 2 Step Sons – Clay Howell and Chris Harvey (Sandy), both of Eastman; Son-in-law – Ed Weathersbee of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Breann Rowell, Chase Rowell, Noah Rowell, Roper Weathersbee, Raina Weathersbee, and Ryan Harvey; 3 Sisters – Sara Spence (Tommy) of Lexington, SC, Joyce Parker (Richard) of Greenville, SC, and Shirley Higgins (Keith) of Edisto Island, SC; 5 Brothers – Larry Hobby (Linda) of Lugoff, SC, Charles Hobby (Shirley) of Columbia, SC, Mike Huffman (Sandi) of Green Castle, IN, Robert Huffman (Trish) of North Augusta, SC, and Joe Jr. Shealy of Graniteville, SC; Several Nieces and Nephews including Christina Hamilton Lake, Amy Hamilton Stephens, and Robby Harrison.

The family may be contacted at the Howell residence, 820 Garrett-Oxley Road, Gresston, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Saturday, June 3.

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PETE DENNIS
1937 - May 27, 2017

MR. JAMES LESLEY “PETE” DENNIS, age 80, of Chauncey, GA, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Serenity Place Hospice in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, May 31 in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Ryals Cemetery.

Mr. Dennis was born in Chauncey, of the Baptist faith and a US Air Force veteran. He was a salesman for his family’s business B & N Oil Company, for over 5 years, and a former salesman for Bearden Oil Company, for over 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, playing checkers, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was son of the late Christine Beck Dennis & William Frank Dennis and was preceded in death by a Sister – Shirley Dennis Howell and 2 Brothers – Paul Dennis and Lamar “Nap” Dennis.

Survivors: His Wife of 55 years – Joann Massingill Dennis of Chauncey; 2 Daughters – Terry Lynn Clark (Mike) of Chauncey and Tina Nobles (Mike) of Eastman; Son – Randy Dennis (Tara) of Chauncey; 5 Grandchildren – April Clark Smith (Blake), Jessica Nobles, Kristen Nobles, Nathan Dennis and Brooke Dennis; 2 Great-Grandsons – Daylen Nobles and Clark Smith; Sister – Mary Jo Phillips (Dene) of Chauncey; Brother – Don Dennis (Kay) of Dublin; Brother-in-Law – Randall Massingill (Barbara) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Dennis residence, 2280 Hwy 165, Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Wednesday, May 31. In lieu of flowers, Pete requested that contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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FRANCES SANDERS
1937 - May 24, 2017

MRS. FRANCES HARRIS SANDERS, age 79, of Cochran, GA, was called home Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at her residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, May 26, at New Union Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Tim Brown officiating.

Mrs. Sanders was a graduate of Eastman High School, a member of Ocmulgee Baptist Church and a retired machine operator for the Packaging Company. She was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, working in her yard and garden and was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Frances was daughter of the late Avis Beck Harris & Toby Albert Harris, widow of Earl Franklin Sanders, Sr. and was preceded in death by a Grandson – Nico Villafane and 2 Brothers – Ira Harris and Max Harris.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Karen Logue (Billy) of Ft. Valley, Amy Sanders of Warner Robins and Becky Sanders of Cochran; Son – Frank Sanders of Cochran; 7 Grandchildren – Eric Griffin, Matt Toler, Sean Toler, Amber Wamsley, Adam Sanders, Brian Sanders and Courtney Wood; 12 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters – Hilda Knight and Pam Baldino both of Eastman; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Becky Sanders, 1060 Hudson Jones Rd., Cochran, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 9:30AM-10:30AM Friday, May 26.

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KELBY CRUMMEY
1968 - May 22, 2017

MR. DANA KELBY CRUMMEY, age 48, of Hawkinsville, GA, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, May 25, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Matt Walker and Mr. Randy Bohannon officiating, with interment in Chauncey City Cemetery.

Kelby was born in Statesboro and was a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church. He was a 1987 graduate of Dodge County High School, a graduate of Heart of Georgia Technical College and an aircraft structural supervisor for the past 9 years at Robins AFB with over 20 years total service. He was a dedicated father who enjoyed spending time with his children, watching his kid’s sports activities and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Kelby was an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan and enjoyed cooking and grilling for his family and friends. He was preceded in death by 2 infant siblings, Jan Crummey and Timothy Truett Crummey.

Survivors: Daughter – Lindsey Crummey of Chauncey; 2 Sons – Lane Crummey and Landin Crummey both of Chauncey; Mother and Father – Ann Griffin Crummey and Truett Crummey both of Cochran; Brother – Shane Crummey of Cochran; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Shala and Shannon Weston, 921 Chauncey-Dublin Hwy., Chauncey and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday, May 24. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Dodge County Baseball Diamond Club.

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JEYNELLE HAYNES
1931 - May 22, 2017

MRS. JEYNELLE DOWDY HAYNES, age 85, of Rhine, GA died Monday May 22, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, May 24, at Hopewell Baptist Church in Rhine, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Rev. Roswell Chapman officiating, with interment in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Haynes was born in Rhine and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She was a retired civil service employee at Robins Air Force Base with over 20 years of service and lived in Warner Robins for many years before moving back to Rhine in 2005. She loved her husband and her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Jeynelle was daughter of the late Daisy Reaves Dowdy & Tom Pete Dowdy and was preceded in death by a son, Harris Haynes and a brother, Welton Dowdy.

Survivors: Loving Husband of 68 years – Harold Haynes of Rhine; 1 Daughter – Betty Puckett (Tommy) of Rhine, GA; 2 Sons – Luther Wayne Haynes (Diane) of Nantahala, NC and Gerald Haynes (Sherrie) of Warner Robins; 1 Sister – Shirley Dix of Rhine; 11 Grandchildren – Darin Haynes, Ginger Jones (Scott), Mathew Almand (Bridgette), Dan Almand, Lamar Wallace (Jennifer), Andy Puckett (Holly), Joy Williams (Derek), Dwayne Smith (Teresa), Lynn Moore (Drew), Rhonda Neff (Danny Eberhardt) and Ashley Haynes (Chad Greathouse); 18 Great Grandchildren; Caretaker and Friend – Elizabeth Brown.

The family may be contacted at the Haynes Residence, 1752 Adam Springs Road, Rhine, and will receive friends in Hopewell Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Wednesday, May 24.

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MICHAEL BOONE
1998 - January 18, 2017

MICHAEL ANTHONY BOONE, age 18, of Eastman, GA, passed away on January 18, 2017.

Memorial services will be held at 7:00PM Thursday, May 25, at Lakeside Assembly, with Rev. Tyler Kirkley officiating.

Michael was born in Albuquerque, NM, a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church and a former student at Dodge County High School. He enjoyed hunting, spending time outdoors, cooking, listening to music and spending time with his girlfriend.

Survivors: Mother – Cindy Bass Boone of Eastman; Father – Mark T. Boone (Louise) of Albuquerque, NM; 4 Sisters – Mandy Lowery, Allison Boone both of Eastman, Samantha Boone and Haley Boone both of Albuquerque, NM; Brother – Tyler Boone of Eastman; Girlfriend – Harlie McCullough of Hawkinsville; 6 Nieces and Nephews – Alexa Bowen, Jonna Bowen, Bryce Bowen, Blakely Boone, Brett Bowen and K.J. Boone; Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Cindy Boone, 711 Plaza Avenue, Apt. 12, Eastman, and will receive friends in Lakeside Assembly from 6:30PM-7:00PM Thursday, May 25.

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MITCHELL CONLEY
1935 - May 20, 2017

MR. MITCHELL LAWRENCE CONLEY, age 82, of Rhine, GA, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Serenity Hospice in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, May 23, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Rev. Tim Moorhouse officiating, with interment in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Conley was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and former owner and operator of Mitchell Conley Logging, Inc. for over 53 years. He was a longtime employee of Ocmulgee Construction Company in McRae and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mitchell was son of the late Dollie Spires Conley & Arthur Lee Conley.

Survivors: Wife of 62 years – Myrtle Newman Conley of Rhine; Daughter – Ramona Conley Woodard of Rhine; Son – Dwayne Conley of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Slade Woodard, Lance Woodard (Shunna Lyons), Ramonica Oxley (Matt), Brandy Dowdy (Jake), Jennifer Conley and Derek Conley (Amitie Hussey); 6 Great-Grandchildren – Taylor Woodard, Jared Woodard, Logan Woodard, Aniston Dowdy, Jacob Dowdy and Ralie Grace Conley; Sister-in-Law – Vivian J. Hancock of Dublin; Brother-in-Law – Randall Newman (Trudy); Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Conley residence, 1288 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Rhine, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Tuesday, May 23.

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SHERRY “SHER” TOWNSEND
1963 - May 17, 2017

MRS. SHERRY VIRGINIA “SHER” WILKES TOWNSEND, age 53, of Savannah, GA, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, May 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Bowers Cemetery in Empire.

Sher was a native of Port St. Joe, FL, of the Christian Faith, a 1982 graduate of Jones County High School, a graduate of Tidewater Technical College in Virginia and was the administrator at The Place At Pooler in Pooler, GA. She was an energetic woman who loved her family, her work and her career. She enjoyed cooking for her family, trips to Tybee Beach with her family and was a huge fan of Gone with the Wind. Sher was daughter of the late Shirley Carroll Lucas & Raymond Wilkes.

Survivors: Husband – Steve Townsend of Savannah; 2 Daughters – Lori Leavell (James) of Locust Grove and Kristi Aracri (Domenic) of Macon; 4 Step-Daughters – Jamie Stieg (Joey), Tabatha Townsend, Glinda Vincent (Tim) all of Loganville and Jordan Bone (Tyler) of Cartersville; 10 Grandchildren – Charlie Leavell, Tucker Leavell, Lorelai Leavell, Domenic “Jr.” Aracri, Josie Stieg, Ally Stieg, Stella Easley, Cara Vincent, Bentley Vincent and Bryson Bone; 2 Brothers – Wally Lucas and Raymond Wilkes; Nephew – James Lucas; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Saturday, May 20. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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J.W. DENNIS
1931 - May 14, 2017

MR. JOHN WILLIAM “J.W.” DENNIS, age 85, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Wednesday, May 17, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Greg Cook and Mr. Stephen Grantham officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Dennis was born in Cochran, a dedicated member and former song leader of Ocmulgee Baptist Church, a former machine operator at Standard Candy Company for over 16 years and a retired head mechanic at Opelika Manufacturing Inc. for over 30 years. He enjoyed cutting grass, playing canasta, bowling and was an avid motorcyclist. J.W. was son of the late Essie Raffield Dennis & Charlie B. Dennis and was preceded in death by a Son – Larry Dennis, Grandson – Chris Coursey and 4 Sisters – Maude Kilcriss, Bertha Wynn, Pauline Dennis and Essie Mae Wynn.

Survivors: Wife of 35 years – Ruby Peacock Dennis of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Carol Ledbetter (Donny) of Douglasville and Kathy Purvis (Jeff) of Eastman; Son – David Coursey (Cathy) of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Joah Purvis, Nick Ricks (Brittany) and Sarah Pham (Hien); 2 Great-Grandsons – Kaleb Collins and Jackson Pham; 3 Brothers-in-Law – Harvard Peacock (Peggy) of Georgetown, FL, Radford Peacock (Sue) of Warner Robins and Caulion Peacock (Brenda) of Dublin; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Dennis residence, 405 Ocmulgee Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-3:00PM Wednesday, May 17.

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LARRY R. MULLIS
1948 - May 12, 2017

MR. LARRY RUSSELL MULLIS, age 68, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, May 16 in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating. A committal service will be held at 3:00PM in Good Hope Cemetery in Naylor, GA.

Mr. Mullis was a native of Lowndes County, of the Baptist Faith and a retired textile worker at the Eastman Cotton Mill. He was an automobile mechanic, an accomplished aircraft, automobile, and boat painter and an avid motorcyclist and fisherman. He was son of the late Mildred Moore Mullis & Russell Dewitt Mullis and was preceded in death by a Sister – Patricia Wiggins.

Survivors: Wife of 52 years – Linda Hendrix Mullis of Eastman; 3 Sons – Larry Wayne Mullis (Lara) of Valdosta, Michael Ray Mullis of Eastman and James Joel Mullis (Monica) of Hahira; 4 Grandchildren – Anna Marie Lee, Christopher Wayne Mullis, Neva Mullis and Nathan Mullis; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Harley Mullis and Ryder Mullis; 2 Sisters – Rhonda Hall of Monticello, FL and Susan Clark of Boston, GA; Brother – Rusty Mullis (Joanne) of Ray City, GA; Sisters-In-Law – Jeanell English, Ramona Evans (Jack), and Mary Dean Hendrix, all of Eastman; Brother-In-Law – Clayton Hendrix of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Tuesday, May 16. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5014, Eastman, GA 31023.

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PEARL SMITH
1933 - May 12, 2017

MRS. ESSIE PEARL WOODARD SMITH, age 84, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM Monday, May 15, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Eastman, a member of Cottondale Baptist Church and was a retired employee from Standard Candy Company. She was a longtime co manager of Sugar Creek Nursery with her husband, a textile worker for over 15 years at Eastman Cotton Mill and was a former worker at Dogwood Gardens and Goody’s Inc for several years. She enjoyed walking, tending to her flowers and spending time outdoors. Pearl was daughter of the late Essie Howell Woodard & John Olin Woodard, widow of J.B. Smith and was preceded in death by 11 Siblings – Wynelle Justice, Myranelle Fountain, Ann Sanders, Ruby Wright, Betty McCranie, Lewis Garland Woodard, Billy J. Woodard, Johnny Woodard, William Woodard, Robert Horne and Benjamin A. “Bobby” Horne.

Survivors: Sister-in-Law – Marie Wright of Eastman; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 4:00PM-6:00PM Sunday May 14.

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LOUISE SELPH
1926 - May 9, 2017

MRS. LOUISE TOMBERLIN SELPH, age 91, of Vidalia, GA formerly of Lake Sinclair, GA, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Community Hospice House in Vidalia.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Friday, May 12, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. LaDon Connell and Rev. Ronnie Moore officiating, with interment in Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Selph was born in Irwin County, a graduate and valedictorian of Mystic High School in Irwin County, a charter member of Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church and an associate member of Lakeshore Community Church at Lake Sinclair. She was former employee of Stuckey’s Inc. and a retired employee of Robins AFB. She enjoyed numerous arts & crafts, crocheting, handmade quilts and crossword puzzles. Louise was daughter of the late Effie Bell Snow Tomberlin & James Oliver Tomberlin and was preceded in death by her husband of 58 1/2 years – Grover H. Selph.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Gail Hollingsworth (Charles) of Vidalia and Grace Smith (Greg) of Warner Robins; Son – Andy “Bo” Selph of Vidalia; 8 Grandchildren – Tony Mullis (Barbie), Andrea Chase (Lans), Shirley Kilgore (Tommy), Eric Selph, Caren Gladden (Jack), Rachel Meyer, Steve Selph (Rachel) and Dustin Selph; Several Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great-Grandchild; 6 Sisters-in-Law – Nita Tomberlin of Winter Haven, FL, Monette Selph of Milan, Geraldine Selph, Dicie McLean, Jackie Spires and B.J. Selph all of McRae; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Friday, May 12. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Community Hospice House, 904 Mt. Vernon Rd. Suite 2 or P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30474.

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GENE GIDDENS
1932 - May 6, 2017

MR. EDGAR GENE GIDDENS, SR. , age 84, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday May 6, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, May 9, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Arnold Rye officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Giddens was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of the Eastman First United Methodist Church, a Korean War Veteran of the U.S. Navy and owner & operator of Dodge Pecan Company, for over 20 years. Gene was a licensed insurance agent and a former employee at Stuckey’s Signs and Plastics. He worked as a salesman at various jobs for many years. He was son of the late Evie Tripp Giddens & Felton Giddens and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Lauren G. Williams and 2 Brothers – James Giddens and Morris Giddens.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Victoria Hardeman (Jack) of Eastman, Gina Green (Frank) of Macon and Jamie Rogers (Mike) of Dexter; Son – Buddy Giddens (Robin) of Warner Robins; Son-in-Law – Steve Williams of Eastman; 11 Grandchildren – Stephen Williams, Michael McCormick, Chris McCormick (Kristen), Zack Rogers, Spencer Rogers, Brianna Rogers, Shannon Rogers, Lewis Giddens (Barbara), Austin Giddens, Brittany Giddens (Daniel) and Heather Askew (Taylor); 3 Great-Grandchildren – Jackson McCormick, Walker Rogers and Kaden Hortman; Brother – Terry Giddens (Sue) of Warner Robins; Sister-in-Law – Mary Giddens of Hawkinsville; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Giddens residence, 6535 Fir Street, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, May 8.

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RONNIE OXLEY
1957 - May 3, 2017

MR. RONNIE LEE OXLEY, age 60, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

A memorial visitation will be held at 5:00PM, Saturday May 6, at Liberty Baptist Church Social Hall, with Rev. Tony Howell officiating.

Mr. Oxley was born in Eastman, GA, of the Holiness Faith, a former carpenter and a retired painter. He enjoyed country music and fishing and was an excellent handyman. He was son of the late Betty Virginia Dunlap Oxley & Arthur Lee Oxley and was preceded in death by a Brother – Marty Oxley and a Nephew – David Floyd.

Survivors: Daughter – Stacy Oxley (Julius Hendrix, Jr.) of Eastman; Son – Matt Oxley (Monica) of Eastman; Granddaughter – Rebecca Vincent of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Karen Beasley (Alvin) and Bettie Jo Wright (Ronnie) both of Eastman; Niece – Gina Wright of Eastman; 3 Nephews – Kevin Beasley, Phillip Beasley and Gabriel Oxley all of Eastman; Several Cousins.

The family may be contact at the residence of Stacy Oxley and Julius Hendrix, Jr., 5501 7th Avenue, Eastman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5014, Eastman, GA 31023 or The Refuge House for Ladies, Pearl Bates Rd., Eastman, GA 31023.

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VONCILE ROOKS
1934 - April 27, 2017

MRS. VONCILE PHILLIPS ROOKS, age 82, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, April 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Myron Parkerson officiating, with interment in Cottondale Cemetery.

Mrs. Rooks was born in Rentz, GA, a graduate of Chester High School, a member of Pine Level Freewill Baptist Church and a former employee at C & J Manufacturing, Reeves Brother Inc. for over 15 years and Hanes Inc. for over 6 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with her family and friends. She was daughter of the late Willie Mae Darsey Phillips & Early Hobson Phillips, widow of James Robert Rooks and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Pamela Rooks and a Son – Robert Earl “Robbie” Rooks.

Survivors: Daughter – Sherry R. Bryant of Eastman; 2 Sons – William Michael “Mikey” Rooks and Sabien Anthony Rooks both of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Dana Sapp (Jason), Jessica Rooks, Nicole Payton (Brian), Joshua Bryant and Brittany Middlebrooks (Taylor); 8 Great-Grandchildren – Cam Sapp, Cade Sapp, Cason Sapp, Layla Harrell, Liam Moye, Gabe Oxley, Bella Payton and Harper M. Middlebrooks; 4 Sisters – Judy Rooks of Atlanta, Evelyn Kirkpatrick and Linda Padgett (Jimmy) both of Cochran and Shelby Ohrmundt of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Bob Phillips (Audrey) of Milledgeville and Earl “Cotton” Phillips of Plainfield; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Saturday, April 29.

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MINNIE PEARL BROWN
1920 - April 26, 2017

MRS. MINNIE PEARL OXLEY BROWN, age 96, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Friday, April 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Darrell Quinn and Dr. Donnie Sutton officiating, with interment in Bowers Cemetery in Empire.

Mrs. Brown was a native of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith and a retired seamstress for C & J Manufacturing. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed fishing, sewing, gardening, her flowers and cooking for her family. She was daughter of the late Alice Pittman Oxley & Freeman Lee Oxley, widow of Edward Brown and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Grace Ellen Thompson, Step-Mother – Willie Mae Mullis Oxley, 3 Sisters – Mollie Darsey, Lillie Mae Mullis and Ruby Lee Johnson, 2 Half-Sisters – Myrtice Thompson and Laverne Huckleberry and 7 Half-Brothers – R.C. Oxley, Rayford “Pete” Oxley, Joe “Bud” Oxley, Gerald Oxley, L.D. Oxley, James Oxley and Theo Oxley.

Survivors: 5 Sons – Jimmy Lee Brown (Ethel), John “Junior” Brown (Bertie Faye), Gene Edward Brown (Betty), Jerry F. Brown and William Derrell Brown (Sue) all of Eastman; 2 Half-Sisters – Dorothy Farren of Warner Robins and Rose Powell of Eastman; 2 Half-Brothers – Charles Oxley and Felton “Buddy” Oxley (Polly) both of Eastman; 13 Grandchildren – Jimmy Ray Brown, Richard Brown, Roger Thompson, Jeannine Hall, Jennifer Lee, Zelda Lee, Cathy Fennell, William Brown, Gail Sheffield, Ross Thompson, Eddie Thompson, David Brown and Tammy Elizarde; 16 Great-Grandchildren; 12 Great-Great-Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Junior Brown, 4511 Cochran Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, April 27.

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MS. TERESA C. LIGGIN
1949 - April 22, 2017

MS. TERESA CAROLYN LIGGIN, age 67, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at her residence.

Graveside memorial services will be held 2:00PM Tuesday, May 2, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Pastor Dahl McDermitt, Jr. and Mrs. Careen Fordham officiating.

Ms. Liggin, born in Dodge County, was a graduate of Dodge County High School and Georgia State University, where she received a degree in education. She was retired and was a former educator. Teresa enjoyed taking care of her animals and was an avid reader. She was daughter of the late Sybil Grimsley Liggin and George W. Liggin, Sr. and was preceded in death by her sister, Suzanne Liggin Carson and a niece, Cathy Carson.

Survivors: 1 brother – George W. “Bill” Liggin, Jr. (Myrtle) of Eastman; niece and nephews – Dina Hester (Morris), Reed Liggin (Becky), Joe Carson (Sue), Scott Carson, Ed Carson (Stacy); several great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter in Eastman.

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MR. MICHAEL WIGGINS
1947 - April 18, 2017

MR. MICHAEL LEROY WIGGINS , age 70, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, April 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Kim Conley and Rev. Graton Helms officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Wiggins was a lifelong resident of Dodge County and a 1965 graduate of Dodge County High School. He was a member of Chauncey Methodist Church and a retired international sales representative for Burlen Corp, for over 30 years. He was a former supervisor at C & J Manufacturing and worked in the garment industry for over 45 years. Mike was a former member of the U.S. Army Reserves and enjoyed working in his yard, golfing and spending time with his family. He was son of the late Lola Moore Wiggins & LeRoy Wiggins and was preceded in death by a Sister – Ruby Wiggins.

Survivors: Wife of 47 years – Marie Moore Wiggins of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Heather Wiggins Hendrix (Tracy) and Scarlett Wiggins (Keith Edge) both of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Grace Marie Hendrix, Jacob Hendrix and Maggie Mae Edge; Brother-in-Law – Fred Moore (Judy) of Jackson, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends one hour before services Thursday in Southerland Funeral Chapel and may be contacted at the Wiggins residence, 1616 Milan-Eastman Rd, Eastman. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter.

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MRS. BOBBYE COODY
1936 - April 16, 2017

MRS. BOBBYE FAYE SMITH COODY, age 80, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

A memorial visitation will be held from 3:00PM-4:00PM Tuesday, April 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Coody was a lifelong resident of Eastman, a member of First Freewill Baptist Church and a retired librarian for over 25 years in Eastman. She was a former owner and operator of Triangle Tile Company and enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was daughter of the late Willie Belle Peacock Smith & Ernest H. Smith, Jr. and was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years – Harlow Coody and a sister – Juanita Sipes.

Survivors: Sister – Eleanor Jennings of Eastman; Brother – Hudson Smith of Eastman; Children – Jay Cody (Donna), Roger Coody and Kris Coody (Angie); Former Daughter-in-Law – Karen Cody of Kathleen; 4 Grandchildren – Jessica Cody (Cody Jones), Cameron Cody, C-Jae Coody and Hayla Grace Coody; 2 Great-Grandchildren; 12 Nieces and Nephews.

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LARRY REICH
1929 - April 12, 2017

MR. LAWRENCE ARTHUR “LARRY” REICH, age 87, of Eastman, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, April 15, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, with Rev. Mitchell Brown officiating, with interment in Bethlehem Church Cemetery.

Mr. Reich was a native of Brooklyn, PA, a graduate of Brooklyn High School and a member and Sunday school teacher for many years at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Larry was an avid aviator, a licensed airplane pilot, a commercial pilot and was instrument rated. He was an A&P and A.I. licensed Aircraft Mechanic. He worked as a civil service employee at Robins AFB for several years before moving to Eastman to manage the Eastman-Dodge County Airport for 29 years serving as co-owner and operator of World Aircraft, Inc. He was son of the late Frances Ring Reich & Llyman Wilson Reich and was preceded in death by 4 Siblings – Esther Wall, Ruth Snyder, Bill Reich and Ed Reich.

Survivors: Wife of 50 years – Anna Mae Hill Reich of Eastman; 2 Sons – Timothy G. Reich (Fay) of Hawkinsville and Steve Reich (Darlene) of Warner Robins; 2 Daughters – Lori Spires (Michael) of Brunswick and Helen Wiggins of Macon; Granddaughter – Sabrina Mullis (Dale) of Ft. Valley; Great-Grandson – Landon Graham Mullis of Ft. Valley; Son-in-law – Tony Herndon of Ft. Valley; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Reich residence, 2445 Airport Road, Eastman, GA, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 6:00PM – 8:00PM Friday, April 14.

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MARGUERITE WILLCOX HARDEN
1918 - April 7, 2017

MRS. MARGUERITE WILLCOX HARDEN, age 99, formerly of Eastman, GA, died Friday, April 7, 2017 at Fellowship Home in Valdosta.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, April 10, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating.

Mrs. Harden was born and raised in the Midway Community of Pulaski County before moving to Eastman. She was a graduate of Eastman High School and attended Bessie Tift College. Marguerite was married to Seaborn James Harden for 63 years and was a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband’s farming operation. She was a member of the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and a lifelong member of Eastman First Baptist Church and a member of the Sallie Bacon Sunday school class. She was daughter of the late J.K. Willcox and Margaret Rebekah Coffee Willcox and was preceded in death by her husband, Seaborn James Harden, two sons, John Karl Harden and Seaborn James Harden II and her sister Ethel Williamson Sykes.

Survivors include her daughter – Margaret Harden Roberts (Steve) of Valdosta; 2 daughters-in-law – Gerry Harden of Snellville and Jo Ellen Harden of Eastman; 6 grandchildren – Bill Roberts of Chicago, IL, John Roberts (Jessica) of Macon, Mary H. Dopson (Karl) of Rhine, Ellen Harden-Ward (Bill) of Atlanta, Dr. Martha H. Wells (Dr. Kevin) of Memphis, TN, and Seaborn J. Harden, III (fiancée Cristina Hodge) of Bluffton, SC; 8 great-grandchildren – Lillie Roberts, Mary Beth Dopson, David A. Dopson, Karlton J. Dopson, Mark K. Dopson, Luke A. Wells, Sam C. Wells and Juliet R. Wells.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annie Armstrong Mission Offering at First Baptist Church in Eastman, 5017 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023.

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DARRELL SCARBOROUGH
1962 - March 31, 2017

MR. DARRELL W. SCARBOROUGH, age 54, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM Friday, April 7, at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Chapel, with Chaplain Samuel Scaggs officiating.

Mr. Scarborough was born in Palatka, FL, of the Christian Faith and an 18 year retired veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a 1980 graduate of Dodge County High School and loved riding motorcycles and working on vehicles. He was preceded in death by his Mother – Melba Law Nobles and his Step-Father – Doyle Nobles.

Survivors: Wife – Janice Oxley Scarborough of Eastman; Son – Cody Scarborough of New Jersey; Father – Olin Scarborough (Hazel) of Anderson, SC; 2 Sisters –Sherry Hulett (Randy) of Macon and Kim Wilson (Woody) of Conyers; Brother – Ricky Scarborough (Debra) of Eastman; Step-Sister – Lisa Fletcher (Jimmy) of Chester; 2 Step-Brothers – David Nobles of Conyers and Charles Nobles of Chester; 3 Brothers-in-Law – Michael Oxley, Randy Oxley and Lynn Maberry; Nieces and Nephew – Kelli Scarborough, Nicole Oxley, Cassidy Taylor and Ryan Oxley.

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MRS. GRACE JENNINGS
1919 - March 28, 2017

MRS. GRACE GATLIN JENNINGS, age 97, of Midway Community, Pulaski County, GA, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Friday, March 31, at Midway Baptist Church, with Rev. Jody Jennings and Rev. Kevin Morrison officiating, with interment in Harrell Cemetery in Pulaski County.

Mrs. Jennings was a lifelong resident of Pulaski County, the oldest member of Midway Baptist Church and a retired employee of Robins AFB. She enjoyed working in her garden and spending time with family and friends. She was daughter of the late Sadie Cobb Gatlin & Charlie Ben Gatlin, widow of Sammy Lewis Jennings and was preceded in death by a Son – Jimmy Wayne Jennings and 4 Siblings – Helen Hortman Law, Mary Peacock, Billy Gatlin and Ben Gatlin.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Carol Jennings Mullis (A.T.) of Cadwell, Karen Jennings Cody of Kathleen and Deborah Jennings Brockus (Wayne) of Eastman; 3 Sons – Johnny Lewis Jennings (LaVerne) of Midway Community, Jerry Ben Jennings (Judi) of Hawkinsville and Steve Joseph Jennings (Scottie) of Carrollton; Daughter-In-Law – Eleanor Jennings of Eastman; 18 Grandchildren – Jeff Jennings, Jill McElheney (Jeff), Jon Jennings, Jim Jennings (Erin), Mark Mullis, Dean Mullis (Anna), Shauna Roberts, Jay Jennings (Jessica), Lesley Murkerson (Jay), Justin Jennings (Miranda), Jerre` Jones (Roman), Jody Jennings (Emily), Allison Kocamis (Salih), Julie McLaughlin (Jim), Matt Jennings (Wen), Cameron Cody, Tanya Graham (Scott) and Shannon Wynne (Carrie); 34 Great-Grandchildren; 8 Great-Great-Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Jennings residence, 15 Studstill Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends from 1:00PM-3:00PM Friday, March 31 at Midway Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Midway Baptist Church, 44 Lightered Knot Rd., Eastman or Gideons International Bible Fund.

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JEYNELLE “NELL” DAVIS
March 28, 2017

MRS. JEYNELLE “NELL” HOLLAND CANNINGTON-DAVIS, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, March 31, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith and a retired employee of Citizens Bank and Trust Company for over 30 years. She was a loving mother who enjoyed her flowers, gardening and decorating her home. She was daughter of the late Kate Strickland Holland & Walter J. Holland, widow of James F. “Buddy” Cannington and F.A. “Pete” Davis and was preceded in death by her Daughter – Rhonda V. Cannington, Sister – Dot Massingill and Brother – Charles Strickland.

Survivors: Son and Daughter-in-Law – Danny and Vicki Cannington of Eastman; Sister – Fronice Veal of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Jackie Strickland of Eastman; Niece – Tonya Mitchell; 4 Nephews – Bobby Massingill, John Veal, Chuck Strickland and Kevin Strickland; Caregivers – Emily Dorris and Connie Belflower.

The family may be contacted at the Cannington residence, 1129 5th Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, March 30.

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MARGIERENE YAWN
1929 - March 22, 2017

MRS. MARGIERENE SHEFFIELD YAWN, age 87, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, March 24, at Eastman First Christian Church, with Rev. Tony Howell and Rev. Sarah McClelland-Brown officiating, with interment in Robbins Cemetery.

Mrs. Yawn was born in Chauncey, GA, a member of Eastman First Christian Church and a homemaker. She was a dedicated wife, a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed fishing, working in her yards, cooking and raising her children. She was daughter of the late Corene Bowden Sheffield & Boyd Dave Sheffield, widow of Doyle V. Yawn and was preceded in death by an Infant Son – Ralph Yawn, Daughter-in-Law – Joan Yawn, Son-in-Law – Jimmy Ray Ward, 2 Grandchildren – Warren Yawn, Jr. and Gloria Jean Yawn and 6 Siblings – Evie Yawn, Dolly Bohannon, Maggie Sheffield, Charles Sheffield, Bud Sheffield and B.D. Sheffield.

Survivors: 5 Daughters – Barbara Yawn of Rhine, Florenda Howell (Mickey), Darlene Brown (Charles), Janet Ward and Karen Yawn all of Eastman; 5 Sons – William Yawn (Ruby), Raymond Yawn, Bobby Yawn (Sara), Derrell Yawn (Sarah) and Ricky Yawn (Sheila) all of Eastman; 30 Grandchildren; Numerous Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great-Grandchildren; Brother – Samuel Sheffield (Gloria) of Eastman; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Barbara Sheffield of Eastman and Debbie Sheffield of Preston, GA; Countless Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Yawn residence, 314 Jim Harp Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, March 23. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Gideons International Bible Fund.

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OLETHIA G. BARRENTINE
1922 - March 19, 2017

MRS. OLETHIA GRAHAM BARRENTINE, age 94, of Warner Robins, GA died March 19, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, March 21, at Southerland Funeral Chapel in Eastman, with Rev. Clay Cox and Rev. Micah Carr officiating with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Barrentine was born in Dodge County and traveled with a military husband until settling in Warner Robins. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. She was a graduate of Eastman High School, received a teaching certificate from college and worked a while as an elementary school teacher. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister, who enjoyed sewing, playing gin rummy, working puzzle books and was an avid student of the Bible. Olethia was daughter of the late Van Vera Stephens Graham and J.D. “Dalt” Graham, widow of J.C. Barrentine, and was preceded in death by 4 Siblings – Angelita Selph, Emory Graham, James Graham, Jr., and Stephen Graham.

Survivors: Son – Tommy Barrentine (Donna) of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Jean Carol B. Cox and Jane B. Floyd (Buddy) both of Warner Robins; Daughter-in-law – Beverly Barrentine of Eastman; 5 Grandchildren – Steve Cox (Jenny), Rev. Clay Cox (Kim), Lisa Barrentine, Brooke Barrentine and Jeffrey Floyd (Melissa); 11 Great-Grandchildren; Sister – Wilmatine McCranie (J.C.) of Eastman; 3 Brothers – Buford Graham (Terry) of Alpharetta, Wendell Graham of Eastman and Earl H. Graham (Pat) Braselton, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Jean Carol Cox, 301 Cornell Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31093, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Tuesday, March 21. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to the Billy Graham Ministries, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201.

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MICHAEL WINDHAM
1950 - March 15, 2017

MR. MICHAEL A. WINDHAM, age 66, of Cochran, GA, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon, GA.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00PM-3:30PM Saturday, March 18, at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home.

Mr. Windham was born at Fort Benning, GA, of the Baptist faith and a retired business owner. Michael enjoyed playing cards with his many friends, golf with his step-father, and visiting family and friends all around middle Georgia. He was preceded in death by his Father – Gurvis Windham, Step-Father – Adam Greene and Sister – Ginger Windham.

Survivors: Daughter – Jamie Windham of Wilmington, NC; 2 Sons – Hoke Clarke of Atlanta and Chad Windham of Wilmington, NC; Mother – Mary Ann Windham Greene of Warner Robins; Sister – Nancy W. Gardner of Jacksonville, FL; 2 Brothers – Brian Windham of Atlanta and George Windham (Sherry) of Bonaire; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Debra Jacobs, 315 5th Avenue, Eastman Saturday, March 18 after the memorial visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter.

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MARJORIE FORDHAM
October 31, 1922 - March 12, 2017

MRS. MARJORIE SMITH FORDHAM, age 94, of Eastman, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Dogwood Gardens Assisted Living Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 14, at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Pastor and Nephew Billy Vaughn officiating.

Mrs. Fordham was born in Midway Community, GA, a devoted member of Midway Baptist Church but had attended Eastman First Baptist Church in recent years. She was a military wife, a homemaker, a devoted care provider to many sick and shut in friends and family. Mrs. Marjorie was daughter of the late Lilly Couey Smith & John Smith, widow of Morgan T. Fordham, Sr. and was preceded in death by two Sisters – Mary J. Vaughn-Pope and Carrie Lee Waters and two Brothers – Richard Smith and John James Smith.

Survivors: Daughter – Linda Fordham of Dahlonega; two Sons – Tennyson Fordham, Jr. (Lolly) of Eastman and Gary W. Fordham of Warner Robins; three Grandchildren – Kathryn Dennis (Phil), Jeffery Fordham (Melissa) and Andrew Fordham; six Great-Grandchildren – Laryn Lane, Lyndsie Lane, Margaret Fordham, Rebecca Fordham, Morgan Fordham and Kami Fordham; Including Several Nieces and Nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family request any contributions be made to Midway Baptist Church. The family would like to give a special thank you to all the ladies at Dogwood Gardens. Their love and compassion for Mrs. Marjorie meant so much to the family.

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LINDA YAWN
1948 - March 9, 2017

MRS. LINDA LENORA BECK YAWN, age 68, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, March 11, at Gresston Holiness Cemetery, with Rev. John Cadwell and Rev. Dwaine Dunn officiating.

Mrs. Yawn was born in Jacksonville, FL, a member of Greenlawn Baptist Church, a 1966 graduate of Dodge County High School and a dedicated member of the Pilot Club of Eastman. She was a certified nursing assistant for over 30 years, formerly employed at Eastman Healthcare and Rehab and Abbeville Healthcare and was a volunteer for Hospice Care Options. She was a faithful wife to her husband J.R. Yawn and was an overall happy person. Linda enjoyed reading, spending time with her canine companion “Misty” and spending time with family and friends. She was daughter of the late Eva Nell Worth Beck & Cosley David Beck and was preceded in death by her Husband of over 25 years – John Ryals “J.R.” Yawn and her siblings – Claxton Beck and Murlean Beck Johnson.

Survivors: 2 Brothers – John David Beck (Monteen) of Kissimmee, FL and James Adolph Beck (Sue) of Lakeland, FL; 2 Step-Daughters – Gwendolyn Yawn and Shawnna Trevino; 5 Grandchildren – Braylynn, Gray, Aaron, Jeremy, Alec; 1 Great-Granddaughter – Kendalyn; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Charles A. Yawn (Vicki) of Jackson, TN and Sammy J. Yawn, Jr. (Patti) of Knoxville, TN; Several Nieces and Nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care Options.

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SHARON WRIGHT PITTMAN
1958 - March 6, 2017

MRS. SHARON ELAINE WRIGHT PITTMAN, age 58, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at her residence in Dodge County.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Wednesday, March 8, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Reggie Sheffield officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Pittman was born in Dodge County, of Baptist faith and was a graduate of Dodge County High School. She was an inventory specialist at C & J Manufacturing for over 20 years. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family and pets and was a devoted caretaker for the elderly. She was daughter of the late Dorothy Smith Wright & Tommy Wright Sr. and was preceded in death by her Brother – Tommy Wright Jr. and 2 Sisters – Helen Wright Peacock and Patricia Smith Helms.

Survivors: Husband – Randy Bruce Pittman of Eastman; Daughter – Britnie Pittman of Montezuma; 2 Grandchildren – Layton Davis and Haylee Davis, both of Montezuma; 2 Sisters – Billie Benton (Jim) of Brunswick and Barbara O’Barr (Larry) of Eastman; 2 Brothers – Ronnie Wright (Betty Jo) of Eastman and Gary Wright (Dianne) of Gresston; 2 Sisters-in-law – Rudene Wright of Eastman and Carol P. Thomas (Coleman) of O’Brien, FL; 2 Brothers-in-law – Roy T. Helms of Bowdon and Charles A. Pittman Jr. (Yvonne) of Goldsboro, NC; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Pittman residence, 1854 Hawkinsville Highway, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-3:00PM Wednesday, March 8.

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RHONDA CANNINGTON
1948 - March 6, 2017

MS. RHONDA CANNINGTON, of Eastman, GA died Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, March 8 at Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Grenade officiating.

Ms. Cannington was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith and was a graduate of Dodge County High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southwestern University. She was a retired 3rd grade teacher for North Dodge Elementary School for over 35 years and had a profound love for her students and teaching. She was preceded in death by her Father – James F. Cannington and Step-Father – Pete Davis.

Survivors: Mother – Nell Holland Cannington-Davis of Eastman; Brother and Sister-in-Law – Danny and Vicki Cannington of Eastman; 2 Aunts – Fronice Veal and Jackie Strickland both of Eastman; 2 Caretakers – Emily Dorris and Connie Belflower; Several Cousins, Countless Former Students and Numerous Friends.

The family may be contacted at the Cannington residence, 223 12th Avenue, Eastman, GA.

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William L. Billy Crowe, Jr.
1958 - March 4, 2017

MR. WILLIAM LIONEL “BILLY” CROWE, JR., age 58, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, March 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Brian Martin and Rev. Peter Witkowski officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Crowe was born in Atlanta and was a resident of Athens before moving to Eastman. He attended Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens and later First Baptist Church in Eastman. He attended Clarke Central High School and was a former salesman. Billy was gifted in art and music playing both ukulele and guitar and enjoyed sports, football and baseball. He was his mother’s precious son and her heart. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents – James David Higingbotham and Belle Batts Higingbotham and his paternal grandparents – Lonnie Lionel Crowe and Frances Arnold Crowe.

Survivors: Mother – Irene Higingbotham Crowe of Eastman; Father –William L. “Bill” Crowe of Athens; Brother – James David Crowe (Gay) of Athens; 3 Nieces – Kara Crowe Woodall (Ben) of Atlanta, Ceci Crowe of Atlanta and Jamee Crowe of Athens; Several Cousins and extended family members.

The family may be contacted at the Crowe residence, 5844 Anson Avenue, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Tuesday, March 7.

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CALVIN W. YAWN
1938 - February 23, 2017

MR. CALVIN W. YAWN, age 78, of EASTMAN, GA, died Thursday, February 23, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, February 25, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Rick Mitchell and Mr. Charles Williams, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mr. Yawn, born in Dodge County, was a member of the Eastman First United Methodist Church, a 1956 graduate of Chauncey High School and a 6 year member of the Georgia National Guard. He was the owner and operator of Yawn Meats in McRae for over 30 years. Calvin was a member of the Eugene Smith Masonic Lodge #279, a longtime Rotary Club member, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Past President. He was an Eastman Housing Authority Director for 15 years and served as a board member for a combined 25 years, served on the Easter Seals Board of Directors for over 10 years, a chairman for the Dodge Community and Schools Board and a member of the Dodge County Airport Authority and Three Rivers Home Health Care Board of Directors. Calvin was son of the late Beatrice Coleman Yawn and Wilbur Yawn and was preceded in death by his wife – Joyce McCranie Yawn.

Survivors: Wife – Lillie Ann Yawn of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Lisa Kiser (Dan) of Perry, Lori Holbrook (Joel) of Milledgeville, and Lana Rogers (Will) of McRae; 3 Grandchildren – Billy Rogers, Ben Rogers and Bo Rogers; Sister – Sherry Lust (Bill) of Brunswick; Special Family – Philip Cadwell (Donna) and Colt Cadwell; Brother-in-law – J.C. McCranie (Wilmatine) of Eastman; Caretaker – Wylene Faison of McRae; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Yawn residence, 1424 Wood Valley Drive, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Friday February 24.

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BRENDA GRAHAM GIBBS
1948 - February 18, 2017

MRS. BRENDA GRAHAM GIBBS, age 68, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, February 18, 2017 at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 Sunday, February 26, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating.

Brenda was a native of Dodge County, a graduate of Dodge County High School, received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and was a retired waitress and manager for Huddle House for over 27 years. She resided in Atlanta after high school and was a former head bartender at Dale’s Food & Spirits in Atlanta before returning to Eastman in 1992. She enjoyed trips to the river and enjoyed coloring. Brenda was daughter of the late Mary Alice Howard Graham & Eschol Graham, Sr., widow of Kurt Gibbs and was preceded in death by 3 Brothers – Eschol Graham, Jr., Bob Graham and Billy “Goat” Graham.

Survivors: Daughter – LaNora Hobson Mills of Eastman; Step-Son – Nick Gibbs (Amy) of Eastman; 2 Grandsons – Kyle Mills and Jimmy Mills (Renee); 2 Great-Grandchildren – Jerica Grajales and Trey Bennett; Sister – Melissa Graham of Rhine; Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law – Mecca and Harold Gibbs of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Judy W. Graham of Thomaston; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Gibbs residence, 6028 1st Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-2:00PM Sunday, February 26.

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NOREEN MORRIS
1946 - February 17, 2017

MRS. NOREEN LANDERS MORRIS, age 70, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Ticonderoga, NY.

Mrs. Morris was a native of Ticonderoga, NY, of the Catholic Faith and attended Pine Level Freewill Baptist Church and a retired employee of Ryobi Plastics in Poinciana, FL for over 10 years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, working on crossword puzzles and was an avid angel collector. She was daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth Landers & John Landers, widow of Albert Anano, Sr. and was preceded in death by 2 Daughters – Melissa Riobe and Nora Helen Anano.

Survivors: Son – Albert Anano, Jr. (Angela) of Chester; 6 Grandchildren – Annabella Anano and Abbygail Anano both of Chester, Ashley Anano of Orlando, FL, Justyce Dakota Anano and Hunter Lane Anano both of Kissimmee, FL and Lanessa Riobe of Ocala, FL; Great-Granddaughter – Aaliyah Garcia; 9 Sisters – Janice Smith, Patricia Anauo, Catherine Anauo, Betty Messier (Charles), Andrea Landers, Susanna Feltis (Frank), Judy Howard, Carol Abraham (Robert) and Sally Senneville (Edward); 2 Brothers – David Landers (Suzanne) and Bartholomew Landers (Dawn); Sister of the Heart – Marilyn Mullis (Sammy); Special Friends – Elizabeth Floyd (Coty), Pauline Johnson (Tim) and Paul Evans; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

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GLENDA JUMP
1957 - February 16, 2017

MRS. GLENDA ANN WILLIAMS JUMP, age 59, of Cadwell, GA, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, February 20, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Rentz, with Dr. Larry Daniel, with interment in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Jump was born in Jacksonville, FL, a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Rentz and a homemaker. She was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, FL, and enjoyed sewing, quilting, working in her yards, gardening, taking care of her animals, spending time with her family, having get togethers and cooking for others. She was daughter of the late Norma Jean Riddles Williams & Hubert W. Williams and was preceded in death by a Granddaughter – Harley Stapleton.

Survivors: Husband – Danny Jump of Cadwell; 2 Daughters – Tonya Jump Stapleton (Ellie) of Adrian and Tosha Jump Lowery (Matt) of Rentz; Son – Emanuel Jump (Lisa) of Dubin; 10 Grandchildren – Joshua Jump (Tori), Jakob Jump, Danny Passmore (Tiffani), Chelsea Lowery, Schari Lowery, Kevin Allen, Kaleb Allen, Dixie Stapleton, Ocean Stapleton and Nona Stapleton; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Zoey Jump, Gage Larisey and Eli Passmore; Sister – Renee Goree of Northport, AL; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Geraldine Nichols of Dexter and Brenda Rogers (Billy Ray) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Tosha and Matt Lowery, 847 Taylor Grocery Road, Cadwell, and will receive friends in Mt. Zion Baptist Church from 12:30PM-2:00PM Monday, February 20.

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JENNY HARDIN
1941 - February 11, 2017

MRS. BERNICE VIRGINIA “JENNY” HARDIN, age 75, of Eastman, GA died February 11, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, February 15, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Hardin and Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Hardin was born in Pulaski County, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and a 47 year retired bookkeeper. She was the former owner and operator of Whigham Bookkeeping & Tax Service for many years and later the bookkeeper for Jody Rogers, CPA. Jenny was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and was an avid reader. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends including her rainbow cakes. She was daughter of the late Bernice Wooten English & Ben L. English, Sr., widow of Raymond C. “Pete” Hardin and was preceded in death by a Brother – David English and an Infant Brother; Sister-in-law – Lorene English and Brother-in-law – Gene Hardin.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Wanda H. Lynn (Randy Head) of Perry and Laura H. Crosby (Stephen) of Clarksville, TN; 1 Brother – Robert “Bobby” English of Hawkinsville; 7 Grandchildren – Heather Jones Marks, Brannon Lynn (Michelle), Megan Andrews (Wayne), Chris Holder, Dylan Yawn, Haley Yawn, and Taylor Yawn; 11 Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Dorothy H. Parkerson (Earl) of Loganville, GA and Peggy Hardin of Eastman; Several Nieces & Nephews; Her beloved canine companion – Skeeter.

The family may be contacted at the Hardin residence, 62 25th Avenue, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Wednesday, February 15. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5014, Eastman, GA 31023.

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LOUISE HORNE HARDWICK
1925 - February 5, 2017

MRS. LOUISE HORNE HARDWICK, age 91, of Plainfield Community in Dodge County, GA, died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Dodge County Hospital

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Tuesday, February 7, in Plainfield Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Tanner, Rev. Jack Lee and Rev. Robbie Passmore officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Cemetery in Plainfield.

Mrs. Hardwick, born in Dodge County, was a graduate of Eastman High School and Georgia Business College. She was the oldest member of Plainfield Baptist Church, a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class, a former Sunday School teacher and a faithful church worker. She was a homemaker and a former co-owner and operator of Horne’s Store. Louise was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and the Plainfield Community. She was a member of the Eastman Lady Shriners and served on the board of directors of the Plainfield Fire Department. She was daughter of the late Nellie Arnold Horne & Ben F. Horne, wife of Boyd E. Hardwick for 50 years and was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Ruth Williamson and Mary Sinclair.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Wanda Dawson (Bill) of St. Simons, Beth Jordan and Holly Barrs, both of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Benji Bennett of St. Simons, Carmen Cook (David) of Cumming, and Julie Roberts (Tim) of Milledgeville; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Jackson Roberts, Landon Roberts, Grayson Cook, and Emma Grace Cook; Sister – Nita Mullis of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Hardwick residence, 3663 Dublin Hwy, Plainfield, and will receive friends from 1:30PM-3:00PM in Plainfield Baptist Church before services, February 7. In addition to flowers contributions may be made to Plainfield Baptist Church or Plainfield Fire Department.

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LOUISE CREWS HOWARD
1928 - January 27, 2017

MRS. LOUISE CREWS HOWARD, age 88, of Eastman, GA, died peacefully Friday, January 27, 2017 at her residence.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, February 2, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Robin Wilson and Dr. Jerry Peele officiating.

Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by her parents Lucile Lawley Crews and Marvin Bishop Crews, her husband of 58 years, Pryor Lewis “P.L.” Howard Jr., as well as her sister, Azile Ellis and brother, William Crews. She is survived by her son, Pryor L. Howard III (Coni) of Cochran, her daughters, Luci H. Driscoll (Dale) of Winston-Salem, NC and Anita H. Keidel (Dan) of Auburn, AL. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mimi Driscoll Bennett (Spencer), Frank Driscoll, Lee Keidel, Mark Keidel, and Tim Lord (Tracy). Her sister-in-law, Rebecca Crews of Prattville, AL and several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was born in Selma, AL and was a graduate of Selma High School before attending the University of Alabama. Louise had lived in Dodge County since 1955 and was a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and the Hope Sunday School Class. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed hosting and entertaining guests and was a well known cook. She had many hobbies including playing bridge with her many friends and gardening with M.D. “Chubby” Jordan.

The family would like to thank Louise’s caretakers, Ronnie McDonald, Michelle Taylor, Rachelle Scott, and Pam McCranie, who allowed our mother to live out her life in her home with grace and dignity.

The family will receive friends at 1:30PM in Southerland Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The Bridges of Hope in Chauncey, Chester Lions Club, or a charity of your choice.

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BILL THORNTON
1932 - January 24, 2017

MR. WILLIAM H. “BILL” THORNTON, III, age 84, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Eastman Healthcare & Rehab.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Friday, January 27, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating.

Mr. Thornton was a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and the Max O’Neal school class. He was a retired educator and football coach for over 40 years in public and private schools. He was a former Headmaster at River North Academy and Tatnall Academy and an educator at Lanier High School and Dodge County High School. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family and canine companion, Nic. Bill was son of the late Willie Bullard Thornton & William H. “Mike” Thornton, Jr.

Survivors: Wife of 62 years – Maude Cobb Thornton of Eastman; 2 Sons – Mike Thornton (Tyran) of Lilburn and Randy Thornton (Corinne) of Smyrna; 3 Grandchildren – Cydney Thornton, Hunter Thornton and Matty Thornton; Sisters-in-Law – Faye Jones (Emory) and Barbara Woodard (Ronald); Brother-in-Law – Robert W. Cobb; 2 Nieces – Teresa Woodruff and Leza Witherington; Nephew – Tracy Woodard.

In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to the First Baptist Chruch Building Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023.

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M.H. WITHERINGTON
1926 - January 23, 2017

MR. MAURICE HARVELL “M.H.” WITHERINGTON, age 90, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, January 23, 2017 at Dogwood Gardens.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, January 26, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Dr. Rick Mitchell officiating, with interment in Dublin Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Witherington was a native of Chester, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, a former deacon at First Baptist Church of St. Mary’s and a retired local manager for Georgia Power Company for over 34 years. He was a graduate of Chester High School, a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed woodworking, music, gardening and fishing. Mr. Witherington was son of the late Bessie Warren Witherington & J.W. Witherington and was preceded in death by his Wife of 64 years – Annie Sue Witherington and 9 Siblings.

Survivors: Daughter – Marcia Booher (Steve) of Baxley; 2 Sons – Mike Witherington (Barbara) of Hawkinsville and Joe Witherington (Joan) of Guthrie, OK; 5 Grandchildren – Aimee Carter (Paul), Lee Witherington (Dawn), Paula Cooper (Sean), Denise Salter (David) and Dwight Witherington (Rachel); 11 Great-Grandchildren – Ashley Thompson (Leland), Nate Carter, Genna Cooper, Walker Cooper, Ashlynn Salter, Shaylah Salter, Braylon Salter, Laneah Salter, Jakeb Witherington, J.D. Witherington and Arielle Witherington; 1 Great-Great-Grandson – Jesse Thompson; 2 Sisters-in-Law; 2 Brothers-in-Law; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Thursday, January 26. In addition to flowers, the family request contributions to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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JIMMY GIDDENS
1955 - January 20, 2017

MR. JIMMY CARSON GIDDENS, age 61, of Eastman, GA died Friday, January 20, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Monday, January 23, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Troy Dykes and Rev. Mike Clements officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mr. Giddens was born in Savannah, GA, a member of Gresston Baptist Church, a 1973 graduate of Dodge County High School and a retired truck driver for over 25years. He enjoyed woodworking, NASCAR racing, attending church and spending time with his family. Jimmy was preceded in death by his Father – M.L. Davis and 2 Brothers – Marvin Davis and Melvin Davis.

Survivors: Wife of 23 years – Janean Platt Giddens of Eastman; Mother – Kathleen Davis of Eastman; 2 Sons – Jason Platt (Heather) of Leeper, PA and James Platt (Casey) of Ocala, FL; 3 Grandchildren – Peyton Platt, Matthew Platt and Kiara Platt; Sister – Elaine Westbrook (Frank) of Eastman; Nephew – Kyle Davis (Krystal) of Eastman; Faithful Canine – “Little Man”.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Kathleen Davis, 511 Morris Barlow Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:00PM-3:00PM Monday, January 23.

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ERNESTINE GIDDENS
1923 - January 20, 2017

MRS. ERNESTINE ROZAR GIDDENS, age 93, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, January 23, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Paul Cowles and Rev. Mike Clements officiating, with interment in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Giddens was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Gresston Baptist Church and a retired seamstress for C & J Manufacturing and L & M Shirt Factory. She was a graduate of Chester High School. After she married, she and her husband moved to Birmingham where she was one of the original “Rosie the Riveter” at Fort McPherson and Robins Air Force Base during WWII. She was the daughter of the late Rosa Long Rozar & Eddie Monroe Rozar. Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years - John W. Giddens - and 3 Sisters, Mae Roy Poston, Laureen Wood, and Imogene Rozar.

Survivors: 4 Children – Marsha Lynn Mullis (Neal) of Chapel Hill, NC; Connie Rabun (Russell) of Thomson, GA; Mary Beth Grenade (Cecil) of Lakeland, FL; and John Giddens (Jolene) of Danville, GA. 6 Grandchildren – Rachel Darran (Jeff); Andy Grenade (Leighanne); Jenie Christopher (Marc); Shane Rabun (Michelle); Kathy Hoover (Jason); and Trey Coody. 11 Great-Grandchildren; Brother-In-Law – Harold Giddens (Dale) of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM Sunday, January 22. In addition to flowers the family request contributions to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or Middle Ground Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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GRADY SPIRES
1939 - January 15, 2017

MR. REYMER GRADY SPIRES, age 77, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, January 21, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Len Spires officiating.

Mr. Spires was born in Statesboro, a member of Red Hill Holiness Church in Milan, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired machinist for Armstrong Industries in Macon. He was a graduate of Milan High School and a graduate of Georgia Southwestern with an auto mechanic degree. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, race cars and was a former race car driver at 441 Speedway. Grady was son of the late Bessie Christine Spires & Willie Grady Spires and was preceded in death by his Daughter – Lisa Spires Graham and 2 Brothers – Clois Spires and Lendon Spires.

Survivors: Wife of 55 years – Jeanette Wright Spires of Eastman; Son – Michael Scott Spires (Tracy) of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Jenna G. Watkins (Bart), Matthew Graham, Cameron Spires and Amber Spires; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Bella, Alissa, Jada and Leena; Son-in-Law – Tony Graham; Sister – Patricia Bowen of McRae; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Ruby Spires of Alma and Janelle Stubbs of Milan; Brother-in-Law – Wilmer Wright of Jonesboro; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Spires residence, 540 Bedsole Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Saturday, January 21.

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RED LANE
1925 - January 16, 2017

MR. OSLER EDWARD “RED” LANE, age 91, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, January 16, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, January 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. William Bagley and Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Cottondale Cemetery.

Mr. Lane was born in Laurens County, a member of Cottondale Baptist Church, but had been attending First Assembly of God in Cochran for several years. He was a retired civil service employee of Robins AFB, drove a school bus for the Dodge County School System for over 12 years and enjoyed fishing. Red was son of the late Avie Brown Lane & William Oscar Lane, widower of Nina Beasley Lane and was preceded in death by his Siblings – Olin “Bo” Lane, Joe Lane, W.D. Lane, Dot Lee, Bertha Evans, Doris Graham and Sybil Giddens.

Survivors: Brother – Myron Lane (Glynis) of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Carolyn Lane of Eastman; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of J.J. and Josephine White, 153 Wallace Circle, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Wednesday, January 18.

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JOHN LEWIS FOWLER
1926 - January 13, 2017

MR. JOHN LEWIS FOWLER, age 90, of Milan, GA, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at his residence in Dodge County.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, January 16, in Sand Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Joey Bohannon and Rev. Donald Whitman officiating, with interment in Sand Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Fowler was a born in Dodge County and was the oldest member of Sand Grove Baptist Church. He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy and a 30 year retired Civil Service Employee at Robins AFB. John Lewis enjoyed working outdoors, listening to gospel music, taking care of his cars and loved watching old western movies. He liked to keep things in order and enjoyed working in his church and spending time with his church family. He was son of the late Charlie H. Fowler and Irene Durden Fowler and was preceded in death by his Wife – Johnnie Will Walker Fowler and 2 Brothers – Chester Fowler and Toby Fowler.

Survivors: Sister – Lillian Bracewell (Fred) of Helena; Brother – Russell Fowler (Eloise) of Honolulu, HI; 4 Sisters-In-Law – Doris Woodard of McRae, Edna Fowler of McRae, Clara Fowler of Perry and Vecha Walker of Bradenton, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends; Sitter and Caretaker – Corinthians Smith.

The family may be contacted at the Fowler residence, 99 Walker Road, Milan, and will receive friends from 5:00PM until 7:00PM Sunday, January 15 in Southerland Funeral Chapel. In addition to flowers contributions may be made to Serenity Hospice, 304 1st Street, Vidalia, GA 30474 or Sand Grove Baptist Church.

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BETTY M. STUDSTILL
1935 - January 13, 2017

MRS. BETTY JOYCE MADDOX STUDSTILL, age 81, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at Shady Pines Estates in Abbeville, GA.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, January 15, at Old Daniel Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Mitchell Brown, Rev. Jack Lee and Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating.

Mrs. Studstill was born in Dodge County, attended Eastman High School and was a member of Old Daniel Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Standard Candy Company (Stuckey’s, INC). Betty loved her family and enjoyed crocheting afghans and doing for others. She enjoyed singing in Church and led the singing for many years. She was daughter of the late Belle Daniels Maddox and William Homer Maddox, widow of Walter E. “Hank” Studstill and was preceded in death by 2 Sisters – Jeanette Rogers and Luna Aiken; 3 Brothers – Ralph Maddox, Grady Maddox, and Noah Maddox; Brother-In-Law – J.E. Studstill; and a Nephew – Paul Rogers.

Survivors: Son – Gene M. Studstill (Sharon) of Cochran; Sister-In-Law – Ruth K. Studstill of Eastman; Brother-In-Law – Pete Studstill of Eastman; 3 Nieces – Lynette Jones (James), Jane Sheffield (Donald), and Wanda Smith; 6 Nephews – Charles Maddox (Marilyn), Billy Ray Rogers, Clack Aiken (Pam), Jay Studstill (Mitzi), Mark Studstill (Jill), and David Studstill (Donna Gail); Niece-In-Law – Dale Rogers; Many Great and Great-Great Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Old Daniel Baptist Church from 1:00PM-2:00PM Sunday, January 15. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Daniel Baptist Church, 1144 Old Daniel Church Road, Eastman, GA 31023.

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TIFFANY CROWE
1988 - January 3, 2017

TIFFANY DANIELLE CROWE, age 28, of Rentz, GA, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, January 8, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jason Williams officiating.

Tiffany was born in Macon, of the Baptist Faith and attended Snow Hill Baptist Church in Cadwell and was a self employed industrial cleaner. She attended West Laurens High School and received her GED from Heart of Georgia Technical College. She had an outgoing personality, enjoyed drawing, sketching and painting and loved caring for animals. Tiffany was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandparents – Williouse and Clyde Mullis, Paternal Grandmother – Josephine Day and an Aunt – Lisa Mullis.

Survivors: Parents – Pam Mullis Crowe and Johnny Crowe both of Rentz; Sister – Sharee Bradshaw (Casey) of East Dublin; Brother – Mark “Bo” Coleman (Jessica) of Rentz; 2 Aunts – Carla Russell of Eastman and Natalie “Sissy” Sieg (Doug) of Danville; 2 Uncles – Eddie Crowe (Stacey) of Baxley and Perry Stinson of Dublin; Great-Uncle – Revis Sirmans of Lumber City; Great-Aunt - Hilda Ann Waters (David); 2 Nephews – Bryar Coleman and Austin Coleman; Several First Cousins and Numerous Friends.

The family may be contacted Crowe residence, 1528 Capps Browning Rd., Rentz, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:30AM-11:00AM Saturday, January 8.

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LUCY CRAWFORD
1925 - January 3, 2017

MRS. LUCY VIRGINIA DEAL CRAWFORD, age 91, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, January 5, at Southerland Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Crawford was a native of Miami, FL, a good Christian lady and a homemaker. She worked for years at the Ben Hill Griffin Groves in Florida picking oranges and other citrus fruit and loved fishing. She was daughter of the late Luella Rumsey Deal & Charlie Patton Deal, widow of R.T. Crawford and was preceded in death by a Son – Bruce Gravley, 2 Great-Granddaughters and 8 Siblings – B.C. Deal, O.C. Deal, C.P. Deal, Melvin Deal, Marvin Deal, Hazel Bullard, Mary Lee Deal and May Taylor.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Lou Campbell of Eastman, Roxana Turner of Macon and Tina Broyles of Florida; 3 Sons – Buddy Gravley (Kathy) of Swainsboro, Gary Gravley (Sharon) and Steve Gravley (Marie) both of Macon; 11 Grandchildren; Several Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great-Grandson; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Lou Campbell, 115 Troy Rd., Eastman.

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JASON WATERS
1975 - January 1, 1975

MR. JASON ORAN WATERS age 41, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, August 27, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Waters was a native of Charleston, SC and was of Baptist faith. He was an Assistant District Attorney for the Oconee Judicial Circuit for the past 9 years and was formerly a law enforcement officer for 5 years in Charleston. He was a 1993 Graduate of Boiling Springs High School before earning a B.S. Degree in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Sports Management from the University of Georgia. Jason received his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University in 2007. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid reader, loved history and enjoyed watching Georgia Bulldog football and basketball. He is preceded in death by his daughter – Ava Elizabeth Waters.

Survivors: Wife of 16 years – Sarah Hortenstine Waters of Eastman; 2 Sons – Jacob Oran Waters and Joel Robert Waters, both of Eastman; Mother – Mary Elizabeth Waters of Glennville; Father – Jerry Waters of Claxton; Biological Mother – Sandra Barrett (Mike) of Lake Mary, FL; Biological Father – Jerry Skelton (Lynne) of Goose Creek, SC; Biological Grandfather – Bob Skelton (Betty) of Dallas, TX; 3 Brothers – Jeff Waters of Glennville, Patrick Barrett (Nicole) of Lake Mary, FL, and James Skelton (Janice) of Summerville, SC; 2 Sisters – Jennifer S. Santmyer (Robert) of Summerville, SC and Lindsey B. Green (Abraham) of Winter Springs, FL; Father & Mother-in-law – Joel & Monna Hortenstine of Peachtree Corners; Brother-in-law – Joel Andrew Hortenstine (Katy) of Auburn, AL; Numerous Aunts and Uncles; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, August 29. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org.

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Marion "Pete" Davis Silver
1939 - September 19, 2014

Mrs. Marion Davis Silver, affectionately known as "Pete", died on Friday, September 19, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family. Pete was born in RFD DeSoto on February 20, 1939. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Addison Davis, Jr. and Maidee Conley Davis Walker; and by her husband, Stanley Silver.

Pete graduated from Americus High School and Georgia Southwestern College. She was an outstanding student who loved sports and dancing. She was honored as a Superlative in her Senior class. In addition to being a cheerleader at Americus High School, Pete loved playing basketball, both in high school and college. At Georgia Southwestern, Pete was elected co-Captain of the basketball team in 1958 and 1959, and won numerous medals including, All Tournament and Sportsmanship Awards. Pete was also elected a "GSW Favorite" and Sweetheart of Kappa Sigma Phi Fraternity. In 2002, Pete was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Following college, Pete moved to Atlanta and worked as a Reservations Agent for Delta Air Lines; she later moved to New York City where she became a Supervisor in New York Reservations, acted as an Administrative Assistant for the Vice President for Delta and went on to become a Chief Supervisor. Pete traveled extensively to Europe, Asia and The Middle East.

Returning to Americus in 1990, Pete became very involved in community organizations.

She first became a GSW Foundation Board Member, served as Secretary of the GSW Foundation, Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Chairman of Compensation Committee and Sumter County Initiative Board Member. Pete was a member of Habitat for Humanity and worked along with former President, Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter building one of the first homes here in Americus. She was involved with raising funds for the Windsor Hotel, the Rylander Theater and for the construction of the new Americus Hospital following the tornado.

Pete was always very generous and passionate about her family, her friends and her precious pets.

Pete is survived by her brother Joseph Addison (Bubber) Davis, III and his wife, Wyndy of Leesburg; her sister Shirley Davis Mattingly and her husband, Don of Clearwater, FL, son Clifford Silver and daughter Denise Silver Leinhardt, (husband Julian) and children Carli and Samantha, of Boca Raton, Fla. She is survived by many loved nieces and nephews including Ann Marie Hatcher. She is survived by her long-time caregiver, Mary Louise Singleton of Americus who was very special to Pete.

A Memorial service will be held on Monday, September. 22, 2014, at Aldridge Funeral Services, 612 Rees Park, Americus, GA at 6:00pm.

In lieu to flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Phoebe Sumter Hospice P.O. Box 1434 Americus, Ga. 31709. Burial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus. The Hilliard Brothers, from Rhine, GA, are musicians for the funeral service.

Charitable donations may be made in Berta's memory to the following organization: Phoebe Sumter Hospice P.O. Box 1434 Americus, Ga. 31709 Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home assisted the family locally.

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WARREN E. SOUTHERLAND, JR.
1952 - January 10, 2012

MR. WARREN EDWARD SOUTHERLAND, JR., Age 59, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00PM Friday, January 13 from the graveside in Orphans Cemetery, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Charles Robinson officiating.

Warren was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and Owner & Operator of Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home. He was a member of the Eastman Lions Club, Georgia Funeral Directors Association and Member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank and Trust. He was preceded in death by his Father - Warren E. Southerland, Sr.

Survivors: Wife – Joy Jones Southerland; 3 Sons – Warren E. “Wes” Southerland III, Wil C. Southerland (Brandy) & Gant W. Southerland (Susan); 3 Grandchildren – Caroline Southerland, Sydney Southerland & Briana Southerland; Mother – Pearl Belflower Southerland; Sister – Ann S. Peacock (James); Mother-in-Law – Joyce B. Jones; Sister-in-Law – Rhonda Dwozan (Freddie); Aunt – Berta Mae Belflower Wright; 6 Nieces – Shelli Goodman (Tony), Abby Peacock, Tracy Harrell, Joni Coleman (Tracy), Marci McCranie (Brian), Krista Rainey (Chip) and Several Cousins.

The family requests omission of all flowers and donations be made to Faithful Hearts Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 5014, Eastman, GA, 31023, or Church of donors choice.

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