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FRED JOHNS
1936 - August 21, 2014

MR. FREDDIE IRVING “FRED” JOHNS, SR., age 77, of Cadwell, GA, died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Serenity Place, Dublin, GA.

Memorial services will be held 1:00PM Saturday, August 23, at the Cadwell Community Center, with Rev. Greg Lowery officiating.

Mr. Johns was born in Tarpon Springs, FL, a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Helena Lodge, a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and a retired correctional officer for the Florida State Prison, in Starke, FL. He was son of the late Eda Milton Johns & James Perry Johns and was preceded in death by a Sister – Faye Johns.

Survivors: Wife – Jean Cherry Johns of Cadwell; 3 Daughters – Charlotte Johns of Jacksonville, FL, Robin Gayle Johns of Cadwell and Sam Johns (Shirley) of Eastman; 4 Sons – Freddie “Buddy” Johns, Jr., William “Billy” Johns both of Jacksonville, FL, Jimmy “Batman” Johns of Lawtey, FL and Robbie Johns of Perry; 1 Sister and 1 Brother; Several Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Johns residence, 1318 Iris Lowery Rd., Cadwell, GA.

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BEN McDUFFIE
1922 - August 16, 2014

MR. BEN McDUFFIE, age 92, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, August 19, at Vilula Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Brown and Dr. Donnie Sutton officiating, with interment in Vilula Church Cemetery.

Mr. McDuffie was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, the oldest member of Vilula Baptist Church, a retired commercial contractor for over 30 years and worked with the Eastman Housing Authority for over 21 years. He was a family man who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was son of the late Elizabeth McCranie McDuffie & Joseph Royal McDuffie and was preceded in death by 11 Siblings – Jewel M. Smith, Estelle Gillis, Alice Carnett, Bessie Pitts, Carrie Pitts, Betty Crooks, Eva Boyd, Julia Bowen, Alec McDuffie, Joe McDuffie and Henry McDuffie.

Survivors: Wife of 66 years – Louise Sheffield McDuffie of Eastman; Son – Bentley McDuffie (Lynn) of Eastman; Granddaughter – Marla McDuffie Craig (Adam) of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Pearl Sutton (Donnie) of Eastman; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Griff Bowen of Rhine and Bill Smith of Milan; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the McDuffie residence, 334 Lewis Harrell Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, August 18.

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ART HINSON
1948 - August 16, 2014

MR. ARTHUR LEWIS “ART” HINSON, age 65, of Rentz, GA, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at his residence.

No services are schelude at this time.

Mr. Hinson moved to Georgia from Winter Spring, FL, in 1989, was a Vietnam Veteran of the U. S. Marine Corp, a retired correctional officer for Dodge State Prison, and a longtime cabinet and furniture maker who loved woodworking. He was son of the late Esther Morris Hinson & Stewart Lewis Hinson.

Survivors: Wife – Judy Dorsey Hinson of Rentz; Daughter – Jaime Warren (Mac) of Rentz; 3 Grandchildren – Hailey Warren, Jillian Warren and Addison Warren; Mother-in-Law – Pauline Holcomb of Rentz; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Barbara Gionet of Orlando, FL and Carleen Plemmons of Casselberry, FL; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Larry Dorsey of Orlando, FL and George Dorsey (Julie) of Parrish, FL; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Hinson residence, 2259 Reedy Springs Church Rd., Rentz. The family request donations be made to Hospice of Laurens County.

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VAN LONG
1929 - August 14, 2014

MRS. LETTIE VAN TAYLOR LONG, age 84, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, August 16, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Donnie Sutton and Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Long was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a homemaker and former nurse in her husband’s practice. She was daughter of the late Oppie Lee Rogers Taylor & James Ira Taylor, widow of Harold W. Long, MD and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Sandra Cook, 2 Sisters – Ila Bea Stokes and Marlene Hochspeier Leavitt and 1 Brother – James A. Taylor.

Survivors: Son – Felton Graham, Jr. (LaVerne) of Eastman; Step-Daughter – Claryce Brophy of Eastman; Step-Son – Harold W. Long, Jr. of Florida; Son-in-Law – Wilton Cook ; 4 Sisters – Canoye Raynor, Faye Green (Bailey), Shirley Sheffield (Charles) and Dianne Roland (Dudley) all of Eastman; Brother – Jack D. Taylor (Vivian) of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Diane Taylor; 8 Grandchildren – Craig Graham (Maureen), Damien Cook (Brandy), Vance Cook (Jennifer), Dee Brophy, Jim Brophy, Allen Long, Kevin Long, and Wes Long; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Jody Cook, Ethan Cook, Emma Cook and Jakob Graham; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at Long residence, 312 Ocmulgee Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 9:30AM-11:00AM Saturday, August 16. In lieu of flowers, the family request Bible donations to Gideons International.

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VIRGINIA SPONAUGLE
1927 - August 13, 2014

MRS. VIRGINIA WESTBROOK SPONAUGLE, age 86, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Crossview Care Center, Pineview, GA.

A Memorial Visitation (Celebration of Life) will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 1pm – 3pm at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home. Interment will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Ohio.

Mrs. Sponaugle was born in Laurens County but had lived in Dodge County for many years. She was of the Baptist Faith. She was the widow of Denver Sponaugle of Lorain, Ohio. Mrs. Sponaugle was daughter of the late Nancy Evans Westbrook and Ed Westbrook. She was preceded in death by her sisters – Evelyn Barlow, Avis Harold and Annie Talbot and her brothers – Olin Westbrook, Ralph Westbrook and W. L. Westbrook.

Survivors include numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

Because of her love of children, the family request donations made to the Ronald McDonald House or St. Jude’s Research Hospital, in lieu of flowers.

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SHELLY ROZAR
1988 - August 11, 2014

SHELLY MARIE ROZAR, age 25, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, August 11, 2014, at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, August 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Brian Martin, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Shelly was born in Perry, GA, a graduate of Colquitt High School, of the Wiccan faith and a homemaker. She loved to color, the internet and was always a happy person. She was preceded in death by a Brother – Michael Rozar.

Survivors: Mother & Father – Sheila Brown Rozar and Danny Chuck Rozar both of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Sharon Gosnell (Johnny) and Tammie Jones (Jeff) both of Eastman; Brother – D. J. Rozar of Eastman; Niece – Brianna Gosnell; 3 Nephews – Michael Gosnell, Logan Gosnell and Tyler Jones; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Jessica and Clay Cavanah, 627 Coley Rogers Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 9:30AM-11:00AM, Thursday, August 14.

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REV. DAN JONES
1942 - August 2, 2014

REV. JOSEPH DANIEL “DAN” JONES, age 72, of Milan, GA, passed away, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Regency Hospital in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, August 5, in Southside Baptist Church, McRae, with Rev. Rick Brown and Rev. Benny Moore officiating, with interment in Antioch #2 Cemetery, Milan, with Rev. Jack Lee and Rev. Bill Jones officating. The body will lie in state one hour before the service in Southside Baptist Church.

Rev. Jones was a life long native of Dodge County and served as a Baptist Minister for 34 years. He was currently serving as the pastor of Southside Baptist Church in McRae and had served previously at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Greenlawn Baptist Church. He was the former Owner & Operator of Milan Auto Parts, worked with Seaboard Coastline Railroad and the Bank of Milan for 13 years. He was a former self-employed truck driver. He was the son of the late Omega Norris Jones and Guy Clinton Jones and was preceded in death by his Brother – Doyle C. Jones, Sr.

Survivors: Wife – Margie Nell Hilliard Jones of Milan; Daughter – Dana Jones of Augusta; Sister – Cynthia J. Harrison of Cumming; 3 Aunts – Rachel Robertson of Evans, Doris Jones of Milan, and Ruby Jones of Charleston, SC; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Dianne Marchant (William) and Peggy P. Jones; 2 Brothers-In-Law – David Hilliard (Kathy) and Phil Hilliard (Michelle); Several Nieces, Nephews, and Numerous Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Dana Jones, 3 Lee Street, Milan, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM, Monday August 4. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 9420 Blackshear Highway, Baxley, GA 31513.

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MRS. EMILY FLANDERS
1926 - August 1, 2014

MRS. EMILY BELLE STRICKLAND FLANDERS, age 87, of Chauncey, GA, died, Friday, August 1, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM, Sunday, August 3, in Southerland Funeral Chapel with Dr. Billy Lee officiating, with interment in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Flanders, a native of Dodge County and formerly of Macon, was the oldest member of Friendship Baptist Church and a retired employee of Southern Bell. She was a true southern belle, and hospitality was her specialty. She loved to cook and care for her family. She was daughter of the late Maggie Dye Strickland & Robert Horace “Preacher” Strickland, widow of Fred Flanders and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Donna Flanders Tomerlin, Son – Bobby Flanders, Sister – Clyde Lee Welch and Brother – Jack Strickland.

Survivors: 2 Sons – Wayne Flanders (Wanda) of Macon and Mike Flanders of Chauncey; Son-in-Law – Bill Tomerlin of Chauncey; Daugher-in-Law – Kay Flanders of Macon; 7 Grandchildren – Kelly Miller, Kacey Gresham (Matt), Gabrielle Flanders, Sara Beth Webb (Matt), Melissa Tomerlin, Tabby Tomerlin and Lori Polorski; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Joshua Miller, Jacob Miller, Parker Gresham and Alaina Gresham; Sister - Phronie Cadwell; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Flanders residence, 35 Mitchell Dye Rd., Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel one hour before the service.

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GENE HALL
1934 - July 26, 2014

MR. ROBERT EUGENE “GENE” HALL, age 79, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Serenity Place Hospice, Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, July 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Cadwell and Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Dwaine Dunn officiating.

Mr. Hall was a charter member, deacon and song leader, for over 30 years, of Greenlawn Baptist Church, a 38 year retired electronic systems analyst of Robins AFB and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and farming. He was son of the late Ruby Evelyn Bethune Hall & Robert L. “Whipple” Hall and was preceded in death by his Wife – Grace Peacock Hall.

Survivors: Wife – Freida Beasley Hall of Eastman; Daughter – Robin H. Burnham (Timmy) of Eastman; Son – Ricky Hall (Jo) of Warner Robins; 2 Step-Daughters – Jennifer B. Taylor (Wes) of Valdosta and Crystal Brank (Carter) of Athens; 2 Brothers – Morris Hall (Sylvia) of Eastman and Charles Hall (Jeanette) of Kathleen; Brother-in-Law – Freddie Dorris (Janelle) of Milan; Aunt – Montine Lowery of Cochran; 10 Grandchildren – Blake Burnham (Carrie), Cade Burnham, Tyler Purvis, Payton Purvis, Leah Taylor, Lynde Taylor, Lori Taylor, Laina Taylor, Jeff Brank and Caroline Brank; 1 Great-Granddaughter – Keslie Burnham; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Hall residence, 209 Warren Way, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Sunday, July 27.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Serenity Foundation, 510 Bellview Avenue, Dublin, GA 31021.

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ANN BROWN McCRANIE
1948 - July 25, 2014

MRS. DOLLY ANN BROWN McCRANIE, age 65, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at Eastman Healthcare and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, July 27, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Troy Dykes and Lavonda Shadix officiating, with interment in Sweet Home Cemetery, Chauncey.

Mrs. McCranie was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a devoted member of First Christian Church, a member of the Christian Women’s Foundation and a retired employee of Goody’s Inc. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, daughter of the late Lucille Giddens Brown & Henry Newt Brown and was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – Pete Brown and Gigger Brown.

Survivors: Husband – Charlie J. McCranie of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Rhonda Matos and Maranda Prahl (Dusty) both of Eastman; 3 Sons – Paul McCranie (Heather) of Eastman, James V. McCranie (Lisa) of Helena and Danny C. McCranie (Cindy) of Cochran; 2 Brothers – Bobby Gene Brown of Warner Robins and George Brown (Phyllis) of LaGrange; 11 Grandchildren – Shane Rogers (Laken), Nick Rogers, Hunter Prahl, Matt McCranie, Kaysi Boutwell (T.C.), Millie Turner (Kyle), Dusty McCranie, Hannah McCranie, Jacob McCranie, Madison McCranie and Gabe McCranie; 7 Great-Grandchildren – Tegan, Paisley, Rhett, Taylor, Layne, Remi and Jayse; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the McCranie residence, 2591 Log Cabin Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, July 26.

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SONNY FOUNTAIN
1948 - July 18, 2014

MR. JOHN CALVIN “SONNY” FOUNTAIN, JR., age 65, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Serenity Place in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, July 21 at Southerland Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gerald Conley officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Fountain was a native of Dodge County, member of Eastside Baptist Church, and a retired mechanic from Goodyear Tire Company. He was a veteran of the U S Army and served in the 35th Engineering Combat Battalion in Vietnam and in the Army National Guard. He was a CB radio enthusiast and repairman and enjoyed repairing computers. He was the son of the late Lois Sheffield Fountain and John Calvin Fountain, Sr. and was preceded in death by his Sister – Betty Jean Sheffield and 2 Brothers – Billie Joe Fountain and Dannie Fountain.

Survivors: Wife – Carol Dykes Fountain of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Tonia Swearingen (Jody) of Hawkinsville and Amanda Swearingen of Eastman; Son – Chris Fountain of Eastman; 3 Sisters – Maxine Smith of Eastman, Mary C. Jones of Eastman, and Tina Hudson (Robert) of Fayetteville; 5 Grandchildren – Jason Swearingen, Hunter Swearingen, Eric Swearingen, Jordan Fountain (Charmaine), and Katelyn Fountain; Great-Grandchild – Tristian Fountain; 6 Brothers & Sisters-In-Law – Gary Dykes, Frankie Dykes (Terry), Judy Wright, Brenda Roland, Max Dykes, and Ronald Dykes; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Fountain residence, 6085 1st Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 4:00PM-6:00PM, Sunday July 20.

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GUYNELL ETHERIDGE
1940 - July 17, 2014

MRS. GUYNELL WILLIAMS ETHERIDGE, age 73, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, July 19 at Zebulon Cemetery, with Rev. Royce McClelland officiating.

Mrs. Etheridge was a member of Plainfield Baptist Church, a retired employee for C & J Manufacturing for over 40 years and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was daughter of the late Ninnie Patisaul Williams & James Robert Williams and was preceded in death by a Son – Anthony Neal Clark, Sister – Estelle W. Dunn and 3 Brothers – Johnny Durvis Williams, Douglas Williams and Doodle Williams.

Survivors: Husband – Charles R. Etheridge of Eastman; Daughter – Debbie Brantley (Todd Singleton) of Eastman; Son – Keith Clark (Cathy) of Eastman; 4 Step-Daughters – Sheila Etheridge, Shirley Newman, Vickie Etheridge and Tonya Rawls; 3 Step-Sons – Keith Etheridge, Glen Etheridge and Sydney Etheridge; 4 Sisters-in-Law – Annie Mae Williams (Douglas), Sandra E. Ross, Linda Dale (Wayne) and Betty E. Scarborough (Donald); 7 Grandchildren – Karl Clark (Maya), Randi Spires (Kyle), Rebekah Clark, Kaleb Clark (Heather), Kevin Clark, Zach Brantley (Brittany Wild) and Chelsie Brantley (Joey O’Malley); 12 Great-Grandchildren – Logan, Cooper, Hayden, Abbi, Maddy, Bethany, Charlie, Camryn, Tristan, Bentley, Hunter, and Kamdiyen; Several Step-Grandchildren and Step Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Etheridge residence, 1571 Ben Giddens Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 9:00AM-9:45AM, Saturday July 19. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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ED SIMMONS
1926 - July 12, 2014

MR. JOHN EDWARD “ED” SIMMONS, almost 88 years old, died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, July 17 at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Graton Helms officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Born just before the Great Depression in Eastman, Georgia to Epsie and Albert Simmons, Ed Simmons turned adversity into achievement as an exemplary member of the Greatest Generation. At age 14, Ed delivered papers to the entire town of Eastman riding his bike 26 miles every morning. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served on the USS. Midway and put himself through college on the GI Bill in Accounting. Ed joined American Bankers Insurance Company excelling through initiative and as an early adopter of the latest technology. After 30 years, Ed spent the remainder of his life as a cattle and hay farmer. A conservation steward, he appreciated the quiet of the farm land he loved. Ed never missed a television football game, especially of his beloved UGA Bulldogs. Ed was known for his frugality, but strikingly generous to family, friends, and strangers. His proudest achievement was fathering his four children. He was a devoted husband to Joyce Simmons who he cherished and loved dearly. He was preceded in death by a Brother – Don Simmons.

Survivors: Wife – Joyce Simmons; 3 Daughters – Mollie S. Mayfield (Robert) of Atlanta, Melanie J. Simmons of Tallahassee, FL and Christina Simmons (Dario Llado) of Madrid, Spain; Son – Mark Edward Simmons, Sr. (Melissa) of Americus; 4 Step-Sons – Darren Bailey of Albany, Tim Bailey (Judy), Roy Bailey both of Ellaville and Allan Bailey (Jill) of Americus; Sister – Louise Simmons Allen of Tallahassee, FL; 21 Grandchildren – Alec Simmons, Mark Simmons, Jr., Moses Simmons, Mary Katherine Mayfield, Robert Mayfield, Samantha Hight, Josephine Hight, Felix Llado, Theo Llado, Robert Wright, Mary Bolton, Emily Wright, Brian Mayfield, Carrie Higdon, Patrick Mayfield, Allison Bailey, Chad Bailey, Adam Bailey, Tara Graham, Jacob Bailey and David Bailey; Niece and Nephew – Paula Allen and David Simmons.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel one hour prior to services on Thursday, July 17.

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JEFF MCCRANIE
1938 - July 12, 2014

MR. JOSEPH “JEFF” JEFFERSON MCCRANIE, age 75, of Chauncey, GA, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, July 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Roswell Chapman officiating, with interment in Zion Hope Cemetery.

Mr. McCranie was a native of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, and a self employed entrepreneur. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, enjoyed his friends, and his work. He was the son of the late Margaret Williams Sanford and Howard C. Sanford and was preceded in death by his Brother – Wayne Sanford.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Donna Bower of Oldsmar, FL, Dana Susan McCranie of Tampa, FL, and Samantha McCranie of Sevierville, TN; 2 Sons – Eddie McCranie and Tim McCranie both of Chauncey; 3 Sisters – Peggy Fitzgerald of Atlanta, Dana Gregory of Chauncey, and Donna Sorrell of Chauncey; Brother – Howard Sanford of Atlanta; 6 Grandchildren – Matthew Ferguson, Kelly Ferguson, Joshua Bower, Katelyn McCranie, Rachel Griffin, and Taylor McCranie; Sister-In-Law – Jackie Sanford of Eastman.

The family may be contacted at the McCranie residence, 3910 McRae Highway, Chauncey and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 3:00PM-5:00PM Sunday, July 13.

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RONNIE BRYANT
1957 - July 8, 2014

MR. RONNIE EARL BRYANT, age 56, of Eastman, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, July 11, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Margaret Nix officiating, with interment in Parkerson Cemetery.

Mr. Bryant was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith and retired employee of Husqvarana Inc., of McRae. He loved his family, was a hard working honest man with a great heart, a Ford Mustang enthusiast, who loved antique cars and car shows. He was son of the late Angielue Tripp Bryant & Frank Wilbur Bryant and was preceded in death by a Sister – Lois Jean Joiner and Brother – Willie “Bo Weaval” Bryant, Sr.

Survivors: Wife – Debbie Nix Bryant of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Sheena B. Rozier and Shelly B. Bryan (Chad) both of Eastman; Son – Shane Bryant (Kasey) of Eastman; Sister – Laura B. Irvin (James) of Moreland, GA; 9 Grandchildren –Zack Bryant, Kale Bryant, Taylor Johnson, Tyler Woodard, Dalton Bryan, Chase Bryan, Courtney Knight, Morgan Knight and Megan Knight; Sister-In-Law – Geraldine B. Bryant of Eastman; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Bryant residence, 2181 Cochran Highway, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, July 10.

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JOEL G. WHIGHAM
1951 - June 27, 2014

MR. JOEL GREGORY WHIGHAM, age 63, of Eastman, GA, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Lillian Carter Health & Rehab Center.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, July 6, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Lewis Harrell officiating.

Mr. Whigham was born in Tampa, FL, of the Baptist Faith, and was a retired plumber of 35 years. He was a fun-loving, witty person who enjoyed classic cars, Elvis Presley Music & Memorabilia, and enjoyed collecting antiques. He was a loving father, grandfather, and brother and enjoyed living in Eastman. He was the son of the late Welda Eugenia Davis Whigham and John Preston Whigham and was preceded in death by his Sister – Sylvia Anne Whigham.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Stephanie Bennett (Blake) and Robin Hardin (Plez) both of Americus; 2 Brothers – Stephen Whigham (Carolyn) of Eastman and Michael Whigham (Mai) of Watkinsville; 6 Grandchildren – Caroline Hardin, William Hardin, Mary Rachel Hardin, Carson Clements, Bo Hardin, and Perry Bennett; Family Friend – Frances McCranie; Niece – Samantha Whigham; 3 Nephews – Eli Mullis, John Whigham, and Zachary Whigham.

The family will receive local friends at the residence of Plez and Robin Hardin, 904 Hancock Drive, Americus, GA 31709 on Monday, June 30 from 6:00PM-8:00PM and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:30PM-3:00PM Sunday, July 6. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Lillian Carter Health & Rehab Center, 225 Hospital Road, Plains, GA 31780.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Mike Nutt, Jack Eckles, James Harper, Charles Williams, Eli Mullis, Zachary Whigham, and John Whigham.

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FAYE ATKINSON
1939 - June 26, 2014

MRS. FAYE BLAND ATKINSON, age 74, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, June 28, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Rick Mitchell officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Atkinson was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Friendship Methodist Church, a former secretary for Rayonier of Fernandina Beach, FL, a former employee of Reeves Brothers INC, and a retired civil service employee of Robins AFB. She was daughter of the late Helen Haley Bland & Virgil Bland and was preceded in death by a Sister – Dorothy Bland Howell.

Survivors: Husband of 57 years – W. F. “Cricket” Atkinson of Eastman; 2 Sons – Kevin Mark Atkinson (Cathy) and Keith Michael Atkinson (Denise) both of Eastman; Sister – Laverne Bland Evans of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Jared Atkinson, Kaleigh Shields (A. J.), and Noah Atkinson; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Landon and Austin; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Keith and Denise Atkinson, 1293 Dublin Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, June 27. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Friendship Methodist Church.

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LLOYD ROGERS
1936 - June 24, 2014

MR. LLOYD ROGERS, age 77, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, June 27, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jarrett Burch and Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Harrell-Rogers Cemetery, Eastman.

Mr. Rogers was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a Christian with Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and an avid outdoorsman, pilot and master craftsman. He was a retired Dodge County Forest Ranger, a retired Forest Manager for Coffee Farms and was son of the late Olene White Rogers & Zan Rogers.

Survivors: Wife – Sylvia Hilliard Rogers of Eastman; Son – Shane Rogers (Donna) of Eastman; Daughter – Patricia R. Underwood (Terry) of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Jessica Robinson (Brad), Bethany Underwood and Lydia Underwood; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Holli and Holden Robinson; 2 Brothers – Wayne Rogers and Jesse Rogers (Deborah) both of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Edward C. Hilliard (Wynanne) of Warner Robins; 2 Nieces – Kim Sharpe and Kelli Hilliard; 2 Nephews – Mark Rogers and Daniel Rogers; Numerous Cousins and Extended Family Members.

The family may be contacted at the Rogers residence, 3162 Friendship Church Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, June 26.

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JOSEPHINE C. NOLES
1931 - June 23, 2014

MRS. JOSEPHINE MARIE COLEMAN NOLES, age 82, of Eastman, GA, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, June 26, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Donnie Sutton and Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Taylor Cemetery.

Mrs. Noles was a lifelong native of Dodge County, a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and a former member of the Eastern Star. She was a retired secretary from Farmers Warehouse & Gin and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the daughter of the late Ether Wright Coleman and Charlie Coleman and was preceded in death by her 10 Siblings – Pearl Moore, Barbara Faulkner, Amalee Coleman, Christine Giddens, Ila Mae Bakie, Red Coleman, Hut Coleman, Curtis Coleman, Andrew Coleman, and Wright Coleman.

Survivors: Husband – Lewis Noles of Chauncey; 5 Daughters – Julia Rogers, Terry Lightbourne (Keith), Tammy Graham (Malone), Beth Mullis (Frankie), and Pam Smith (Joe) all of Eastman; 2 Sons – Billy White (Cindy) and Mike Noles (Vicki) both of Eastman; 14 Grandchildren – James, Marie, Joel, T.C., Mallory, Kasey, Ryne, Katie, Erin, Will, Sara, Derrick, Russ, and Caitlyn; 10 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Dolores N. Dennis and Eloise Noles; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Noles residence, 3880 Soperton Highway, Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM, Wednesday, June 25.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund, 1590 Airport Road, Eastman or Hospice Care Options, 715 Legion Drive, Eastman.

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MCKINLEY FAITH ADKINSON
November 13, 2012 - June 19, 2014

MCKINLEY FAITH ADKINSON, age 19 months, of Eastman, GA, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, June 23, at Lakeside Assembly of God, with Pastor Shaun Parsons officiating, with interment in Antioch #1 Baptist Church Cemetery.

McKinley was a member of Lakeside Assembly of God and loved singing and dancing. She was a beautiful angel sent from God that blessed her family and friends with her presence during her time here on earth. She was preceded in death by her Aunt – Debbie Frost Rowland; Great-Grandmother – Sarah Dick; Great-Grandfather – Don Adkinson.

Survivors: Parents – Stephen and Mandy Frost Adkinson of Eastman; Sister – Madelyn Grace Wright of Eastman; Cousin & Best Friend – Zander Giddens of Eastman; Maternal Grandparents – Nancy and Bill Frost of Eastman; Paternal Grandparents – Glenn and Alice Adkinson of Ft. Valley; Maternal Great-Grandfather – Billy Dick of Ft. Valley; Paternal Great-Grandmother – Bertha Adkinson of Ft. Valley; 2 Aunts – Susan Adkinson of Ft. Valley and Beth Frost Hinson (Tim) of Cochran; Uncle – Jeff Frost of Surfside Beach, SC; 4 Cousins – Kayci Graham, Kaytilen Rowland, Tyler Hinson, and Ansleigh Graham.

The family may be contacted at the Adkinson residence, 1692 Log Cabin Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 3:00PM-5:00PM Sunday, June 22. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Lakeside Children’s Ministry, P.O. Box 682, Eastman, GA 31023.

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BOB KIGHT
1926 - June 11, 2014

MR. ROBERT GLENN “BOB” KIGHT, SR., age 87, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, June 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jack Lee and Pastor Dahl McDermitt, Jr. officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Kight was born in Waycross, GA, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a 38 year retired civil service employee of Robins AFB and a retired City of Eastman building inspector for 26 years. He was a member of the Eugene Smith Lodge #279, a member of Al Sihah Shrine Temple, Macon, GA, where he received his 30 year certificate, and a 32nd Degree Mason, where he received his 50 year certificate. He enjoyed country music, traveling, and watching western TV shows. He was a loving husband that enjoyed 67 years of marriage with his beautiful wife Betty and was a loving father and grandfather. He was son of the late Annie Smith Kight and Allison Kight and was preceded in death by a Son – Robert Glenn Kight, Jr.; 2 Sisters – Louise Taylor and Sara Tison, and 2 Brothers – Clinton Kight and James Kight.

Survivors: Wife – Betty Graham Kight of Eastman; Daughter – Elaine K. Spires (Garry) of McRae; 2 Sisters – Lutrelle Taber of Missouri and June Mullis (J.D.) of Eastman; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Jimmy Graham (Mary) and Pete Studstill both of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Newly Ray (Kandy), Shawn Ray (Jamie), Maya Kight, and Dylan Kight; 7 Great-Grandchildren – Haley Ray, Christian Ray, Miles Kight, Jenna Thomas, Jessi Thomas, Cole Thomas (Rachel), and Jaiden Ray; Several Nieces and Nephews including a Special Nephew – Dr. James Tison.

The family may be contacted at the Kight residence, 2160 Soperton Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, June 13.

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LANDON JAMES MUNCHER
June 9, 2014

INFANT LANDON JAMES MUNCHER, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, in Fairview Park Hospital.

A private family graveside service will be held at 11:00AM, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Greenlawn Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Smith officiating.

Landon was preceded in death by his Maternal Great-Grandmother – Jean Kemp and Paternal Great-Grandfather – George Muncher, Jr.

Survivors: Mother – Anna Stewart of Eastman; Father – Davey Muncher of Eastman; Maternal Grandmother – Sharon Knowles (Jimmy) of Eastman; Maternal Grandfather – Mark Stewart of Eastman; Paternal Grandmother – Amanda Spires (Tommy) of Eastman; Paternal Grandfather – George Muncher of Eastman; 2 Aunts – Chelsea Stewart and Ashley Knowles both of Eastman; 2 Uncles – Dustin Spires (Stormy) and Derric Muncher (Erica) both of Eastman; Maternal Great-Grandfather – James Kemp (Karen) of Eastman; Maternal Great-Grandfather – Nathan Stewart of Dublin; Paternal Great-Grandmother – Margie Avila (Justo) of Eastman; Paternal Great-Grandmother – Sandra Jackson (Wayne) of Eastman; Paternal Great-Grandmother – Alice Logue (Dylan) of Milledgeville; 3 Great Uncles – Trey Lowery, Darrell Kemp (Tonya), and Billy Ray Kemp (Penny); 2 Cousins – Will and Hayden.

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MS. JUAN LYNN DRIGGERS
1940 - June 9, 2014

MS. JUAN LYNN HORNE DRIGGERS, age 74, of Cochran, GA, died Monday, June 9, 2014, at Taylor Regional Hospital.

A private family memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, June 11, at Southerland Funeral Chapel.

Ms. Driggers was a native of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, and a retired hairdresser and cosmetologist at Avis Beauty Salon, Macon, GA, for over 30 years. She was daughter of the late Hazel White Horne & Ben Ora Horne, Sr. and was preceded in death by Her Mother – Christine White Horne, 2 Brothers – Ben Ora Horne, Jr. and Herbert Christopher Horne.

Survivors: Son – John H. Driggers, Jr. of Eastman; Daughter – Joy Driggers Cooper of Macon; 5 Grandchildren – Jessica Bridges (Britt), Chris Hoffman (Chastity), Stephanie Ard (Michael), April Rene Fountain (Donald) and John Adam Driggers; 15 Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of John H. Driggers, Jr., 46 25th Avenue, Eastman. In addition to flowers, the family requests donations be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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MR. RALPH H. GIBSON, SR.
1920 - May 31, 2014

MR. RALPH HAYNES GIBSON, SR., age 93, of Eastman, GA, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at McRae Manor Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, June 4, at Bowers Cemetery, with Rev. Natalie King officiating.

Mr. Gibson was born in Bristol, VA, of the Baptist faith, and a retired automobile service manager. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army, served in WWII, and was the former owner & operator of 2 Gulf stations in Florida. He was the son of the late Addie Lee Gobble Gibson and Flavini Marion “F.M” Gibson and was preceded in death by his wife Hazel Griffin Gibson and a grandson Paul Gibson.

Survivors: Daughter – Joanne Newlan (Joe) of Eastman; 2 Sons – Ralph H. Gibson, Jr. (Phyllis) of Apollo Beach, FL and Charles M. Gibson (Debbie) of Roswell; 5 Grandchildren – Billy Cooper (Tracy), Annette Belflower (Randy), Shannon Konn (Jamie), Jonathan Gibson, and Becky Gibson Carrillo (Anthony); 7 Great-Grandchildren – Ashley, Bradley, Nikki, Trae, Justin, Kaitlyn, and Henry; 1 Great-Great-Grandchild – Kylee; Family Friend – Betty Holland of Cadwell.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Joe and Joanne Newlan, 422 Minter Drive, Eastman, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 9:30AM-10:30AM, Wednesday, June 4.

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MRS. DORIS A. DANIEL
1932 - May 31, 2014

MRS. DORIS ANNETTE ALLEN DANIEL, age 82, of Warner Robins, GA, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at her residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, June 3, at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Warner Robins with Rev. Bruce Brookshire officiating and Mr. Johnny Gibbs reflecting on family memories.

Mrs. Daniel was born in Dodge County, of the Baptist faith, and retired from WRAFB in Civil Service. She was among the first small group of women to enter into a training program previously available to only men. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, fishing, and caring for her Pomeranian companion Jake. Family was always her first priority and she enjoyed spending time with them. She was the daughter of the late Carlton & Mary Alice Allen Boutwell and Ira Horne and was preceded in death by her Husband – James Harold Daniel, Sr.

Survivors: Daughter – Bonnie Daniel of Milledgeville; Son – Jimmy Daniel, Jr. (Mary) of Kathleen; 2 Sisters – Barbara “Bobbie” Hart (Joe) and Billie Jo Shaw (Donald); Brother – Wendell Horne (Karen); Granddaughter – Jessica Pierce (Judd); 3 Great-Grandchildren – Emma Pierce, Abbey Pierce, and Carrie Jane “C.J.” Pierce; Sister-in-Law - Juanita D. Hall; Close Cousin – Jo Ann Lawson Splawn; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Daniel residence, 610 Cherokee Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31093, and will receive friends following the graveside service.

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MRS. FLARA B. WESTBROOK
1915 - May 31, 2014

MRS. FLARA JANE BARLOW WESTBROOK, age 98, of Eastman, GA, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Eastman Health Care and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, June 2, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook and Rev. Ricky Gilmore officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Westbrook was born in Laurens County, a member of Cottondale Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking, and outdoor activities. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was the daughter of the late Sara Jane Rayfield Barlow and Andrew Frank Barlow, widow of Olan C. Westbrook and was preceded in death by a Son – Phillip Charles “Phil” Westbrook and 4 Deceased Siblings – J. T. Barlow, Sr., Lucille Barlow, Mattie Williams and Bessie Allen.

Survivors: 4 Daughters – Demple W. Dunn, Kemple W. Spires (Juarl), Carolyn W. Attaway (S.J.), and Judy W. Allen (Furman) all of Eastman; Sister – Nuvel Douglas of Eastman; 14 Grandchildren – Rex Dunn, Carol Adams, Sherri Shipman, Terry Dunn, Mike Spires, Kori Peterson, Stacey Attaway, Stephanie Grenade, Sandi Foskey, Jay Attaway, Tony Allen, Colby Allen, Jeremy Allen, and Rita Widener; 41 Great-Grandchildren; Several Great-Great-Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Furman and Judy Allen, 1144 Ocmulgee Church Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 5:00PM-7:00PM, Sunday, June 1. In addition to flowers the family requests contributions be made to The Gideons International.

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RICHARD HENRY “RICK” DAILEY, SR.,
1953 - May 24, 2014

MR. RICHARD HENRY “RICK” DAILEY, SR., age 60, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, May 27, at First Baptist Church, Eastman, with Rev. Danny Horne and Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment at 3:30PM at Millen City Cemetery in Millen, GA with Rev. Arnold Rye officiating.

Mr. Dailey was born in Millen, GA, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church and a retired educator for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. He was a graduate of Valdosta State University, Brewton Parker College, and Jenkins County High School. He was an alumnus of the Brewton Parker Choir, a former song leader at numerous Baptist churches, former member of the Dublin Civitan Club and former owner & operator of E & D Auto Care, Dublin. He was son of the late Grace Joyner Dailey and Gordon Dailey Sr. and was preceded in death by 3 Siblings – Ed Lewis, Gordon Dailey, Jr. and Leah Lewis.

Survivors: Wife – Sharon Kinchen Dailey of Eastman; Daughter – Heather Dailey Dejong (Daniel) of Jackson, GA; 3 Sons – David Joseph “D. J.” Dailey of Eastman, Richard Henry “Rich” Dailey, Jr. (Stephanie) of Newport, NC and Clark Dailey (Susan) of Dublin; Brother – Ken Lewis of Atlanta; 10 Grandchildren – Vita, Hannah, Raylyn, Stephen, Andrew, Madelyn, Drake, Levi, Noah and Luke; Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law – Glenda W. Kinchen and Joe Charles Kinchen of Milan; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Julie K. Scarborough (Dean) of Milan and Becky Lewis of Gainesville, GA; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Dailey residence, 1223 7th Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM, Monday, May 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Fellowship of Christian Athletes or Eastman First Baptist Church Building Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023 and Milan Church of God, 3974 Milan Rhine Highway, Milan, GA 31060.

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HERRMAN SAUNDERS
1925 - May 22, 2014

MR. HARPER HERRMAN SAUNDERS, age 88, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, May 24, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Mike Grenade and Rev. Olin Hamlin officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Brad Dowdy officiating.

Mr. Saunders was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, member of New Union Baptist Church, a WWII veteran of the U. S. Navy, past member of the Kiwanis Club and a retired civil service employee of Robins Air Force Base. He was an avid gardener, fisherman and sports enthusiast, son of the late Romie Sanders Saunders and John Harper Saunders and was preceded in death by a Sister - Lucille Saunders.

Survivors: Wife – Vonzeil Mullis Saunders of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Shirley S. Bryant (Raymond) of Watkinsville and Dianne Law (Rudy) of Eastman; Son – Mark H. Saunders (Laurie) of Leesburg, GA; 7 Grandchildren – Alana Meeler, Christina Brownlow (Mike), Blake Bryant (Kim), Matt Law, Mindy Dean (Trey), Katie Saunders and Hannah Saunders; 13 Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great-Granddaughter; 4 Nieces and 2 Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Saunders residence, 5723 Creighton Street, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30 until service time Saturday, May 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Christian Life Center, 307 King Street, Eastman or Gideons International.

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PATSY POOLE
1938 - May 13, 2014

MRS. PATSY BROWN POOLE, age 75, of Centerville, GA, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, May 15, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dan Jones officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Cemetery, Plainfield.

Mrs. Poole was born in Banks County, GA, a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church, Hall County, GA, and a homemaker. She dedicated her life to being a great mother and wife. She was daughter of the late Lillie Mae Grier Brown & J.B. Brown and was preceded in death by a Sister – Wilma Jean Brown.

Survivors: Husband – Claude Edward Poole, Sr. of Centerville; 2 Daughters – Lana P. Graham (Michael) of Byron and Rena P. Lovell (Earl) of Blairsville; Son – Claude Edward Poole, Jr.; 4 Grandchildren – Mandy Graham Couch, Amy Poole, Alex Poole, and McCrae Lovell; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Audrey and Libby.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel one hour prior to services on Thursday, May 15.

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MRS. JAVENE W. WATKINS
1931 - May 13, 2014

MRS. JAVENE WALKER WATKINS, age 83, of Milan, GA, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Friday, May 16, at Sand Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Joey Bohannon and Mr. Gary Ryals officiating, with interment in Sand Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Watkins was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Sand Grove Baptist Church, and the Cofounder, Owner, & Operator of L.A. Watkins, Inc. She was a graduate of Middle Georgia College, former Elementary School teacher, and Christian who put others before herself. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was the daughter of the late Catherine Effie McLeod Walker and James Edwin “Eddie” Walker and was preceded in death by her Husband – Lelan A. Watkins and 10 Siblings.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Pam W. Knowles (Tony) and Deidre W. Greer (Tom) both of Milan; 3 Sons – Tim Watkins (Brenda), Mike Watkins (Elaine), and Terry Watkins (Donna) all of Milan; Brother – Thomas Walker of Milan; 12 Grandchildren – Stephanie Kirkland (Lee), Brian Watkins (Carrie), Brent Watkins (Angie), Bart Watkins (Jenna), Mikaele Atha (Rusty), Megan Thomas (Jesse), Brandon Watkins, Jay Watkins (Laura), Laken Brown (Johnny), Tiffany Knowles, Caitlin Greer, Claire Greer; 12 Great-Grandchildren; 4 Step-Great-Grandchildren; Sister-In-Law – Nora Walker of Milan; Brother-In-Law – Oscar Stuckey of Cordele; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Watkins residence, 316 Eddie Walker Road, Milan and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM, Thursday, May 15. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Sand Grove Baptist Church, 21 Watkins Lane, Milan, GA 31060.

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MRS. LAVON F. GAY
1941 - May 13, 2014

MRS. LAVON FRANCES DUNN GAY, age 72, of Cochran, GA, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Bryant Nursing Home in Cochran.

Mrs. Gay was born in Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, and a retired private sitter. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her family. She loved animals and her flowers. She was preceded in death by her 2 Brothers – Gary Dunn and Dean Dunn.

Survivors: 4 Daughters – Anita Steele-Whaley (Cathy) of Valley, AL, Brigitte Forbes (Randy) of Bonaire, Lisa Morgan (Rick) of Bonaire, and Dell Darsey (Shannon Wyatt) of Danville. 2 Brothers – J.H. Dunn of Glenwood and Barney Dunn (Mildred) of Dublin; 7 Grandchildren – Nicole, Hillary, Matthew, Travis, Hayley, Lesley, and Kasey; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Makenzee, Landon, and Jayda; Sister-In-Law – Demple Dunn of Eastman.

The family will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 6:00PM-8:00PM, Thursday, May 15. Memorial contributions may be made to Georgia Canine Rescue & Rehab, 235 Mac Thompson Road, Cochran, GA 31014.

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MR. D.W. LINDER
1932 - May 9, 2014

MR. D.W. LINDER, age 81, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, May 12, at Mt. Ararat Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Roy Woods and Rev. Terry Tribble officiating, with interment in Mt. Ararat Cemetery.

Mr. Linder was a member of Mt. Ararat Freewill Baptist Church, an ASCS Committee Member, and a former member of the Dodge County Hospital Board. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid farmer and loved farming, life, and people. He was the son of the late Genia Smith Linder and John Alfred Linder. He was preceded in death by his Sister – Ila Mae Johnson.

Survivors: Wife of 58 years – Jean Southerland Linder of Eastman; Daughter – Kathy Holt (Warren) of Eastman; 2 Grandchildren – Josh Holt and Ashton Holt both of Eastman; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Joyce S. Foster of Eastman and Carol Southerland of Dublin; 2 Nieces – Jan Johnson of Eastman and Sue Pettis (Tony) of Cochran; Nephew – Lee Johnson (Angela) of Hartwell; Several Great-Nieces and Nephews; Caregiver – Juanita Hall.

The family may be contacted at the Linder residence, 1978 Chauncey-Rhine Highway, Eastman, and will receive friends in Mt. Ararat Freewill Baptist Church one hour prior to services, Monday, May 12. In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to The Gideons International.

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MRS. OPALINE FORDHAM SIMMONS
1941 - May 8, 2014

MRS. OPALINE FORDHAM SIMMONS, age 72, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Pine Pointe Hospice, Macon.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, May 11, at Liberty Baptist Church, with Rev. Arnold Rye and Rev. Royce McClelland officiating, with interment in Bowers Cemetery, with Rev. Brian Martin officiating.

Mrs. Simmons was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Liberty Baptist Church and a retired employee of Standard Candy Company. She was daughter of the late Pauline White Fordham-Mullis & J. M. Fordham, widow of John F. “Duke” Simmons and was preceded in death by a Son – Stephen Randy Simmons and Step-Father – Wilkes Mullis.

Survivors: 2 Sons – Frank Simmons of Sandersville and Greg A. Simmons of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Peggy Harrell (C. W.) of Eastman and Jane English (Horace) of Hawkinsville; 6 Grandchildren – Rebecca West, Josh Simmons, Karla Simmons, Shelby Simmons, Cameron Bradshaw and Summer Bradshaw; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Brandon, Macaline, Natalie, Brayln and Logan; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Simmons residence, 41 Fall Drive, Eastman, and will received friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, May 10.

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ROBBIE ROOKS
1956 - May 8, 2014

MR. ROBERT EARL “ROBBIE” ROOKS, age 57, of Eastman, GA, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, May 10, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Chris Dotson and Rev Mitchell Brown officiating, with interment in Cottondale Cemetery.

Mr. Rooks was lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Grace Baptist Church, a former employee of Reeves Brothers Inc. and Blue Bird Body Company and a retired supervisor for Gilman Paper Company. He was son of the late James Robert Rooks and was preceded in death by a Sister – Pam Rooks.

Survivors: Wife – Karen Rogers Rooks of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Dana Rooks Sapp (Boomer Brown) and Jessica Rooks (Mike Jones) both of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Cam Sapp, Cade Sapp, Cayson Sapp and Layla Harrell; Mother – Voncile Phillips Rooks of Eastman; Sister – Sherry Rooks Bryant of Eastman; Brother – Mike Rooks of Eastman; Mother-in-Law – Cora Lee Rogers of Eastman; 4 Sisters-in-Law – Nancy Diers (Waylon), LeeAnne Burch, Sharon Stuckey and Stacey Mann; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Joey Rogers and Paul Rogers; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Rooks residence, 5524 Forest Avenue, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, May 9.

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PEARL WRIGHT BRANCH
1937 - May 5, 2014

MRS. ANA PEARL WRIGHT BRANCH, age 77, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, May 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Alvin Merritt officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mrs. Branch was a native of Dodge County, a member of the Chester Church of God, and a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was the daughter of the late Ina L. Taylor Wright and Milton Wright. She was preceded in death by her 3 Sons – Twin Infant Sons and Robbie Williamson; Sister – Rachel Scarborough.

Survivors: Husband – C.B. Branch, Jr. of Eastman; Daughter – Gail Burnam (Don) of Eastman; Son – Tony Pearce of Eastman; 3 Sisters – Patsy L. Brown, Peggy Miller (Harris), and Jean Thomas (Kenneth) all of Eastman; Brother – John J. Wright (Minnie) of Milan; 13 Grandchildren – Angela Williamson, Robbie Williamson, Jr., Daniel Williamson, Sonya Spires, Blake Pearce, Brandon Pearce, Don Burnam, Jr., Kristen Stewart, Tiffany Price, Adrianna Sanford, Brad Burnam, Brooke Villegas, and Denise Atkinson; 16 Great-Grandchildren; Daughter-In-Law – Resa Williamson; Sister-In-Law – Helen Dykes (Alf); 2 Brothers-In-Law – James Scarborough and George Branch (Wanda).

The family may be contacted at the Branch residence, 6075 Jim Pruett Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, May 6.

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BILLY EDENFIELD
1944 - April 28, 2014

MR. BILLY EDENFIELD, age 69, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Emory Hospital, Atlanta, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, May 1, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Dwayne Burney and Dr. Jerry Peele officiating. A private family committal service will be held at Telfair Memorial Gardens, McRae.

Mr. Edenfield was a native of Telfair County, a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, sales manager of numerous marketing and technology companies, and owner & operator of BFE Technologies, INC. He attended Georgia Tech University and the University of Georgia, was a former member of the Georgia National Guard, former radio disc jockey in Eastman, Baxley, and McRae, past president of Gainesville, Cairo, Milledgeville, Eastman, and Cordele Chambers of Commerce, and past member of Masonic Lodge, Lions Club, and Rotary Club. He was son of the late Myrtice Ashley Edenfield & Joseph Edenfield and was preceded in death by a sister – Elaine Youmans.

Survivors: Wife – Faye Thompson Edenfield of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Karen Edenfield of Tucker, Brigette H. Lee of Macon and Diana R. Hamilton of Atlanta; 3 Grandchildren – Madyson Magyar, Lauren Loudermilk and Tate Semmelink; 2 Sisters – Cathy Wilcox (Mark) of Jacksonville, GA and Ann Scott (Terry) of Gering, NE; Mother-in-Law – Elizabeth Minter of Eastman; Brother-in-Law – Jay Thompson of Eastman; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Edenfield residence, 6389 Creekside Drive, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 4:00PM-6:00PM Wednesday, April 30. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Eastman First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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ARTHUR W. HUNTONE
1946 - April 28, 2014

MR. ARTHUR W. HUNTONE, age 67, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Fairview Park Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00PM Thursday, May 1, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Matt Walker, Mr. John Piaccano and Rev. Willie Northcutt officiating.

Mr. Huntone was of the Holiness faith, a Sergeant at Dodge Correctional Institute for over 5 years, and a heating and air technician for Pruett Heating & Air. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served 2 tours in Vietnam. He was son of the late Lavenia Scarborough Huntone-Myers and William A. Huntone and was preceded in death by his Wife – Patricia Yvonne Butler Huntone.

Survivors: 3 Daughters – Cyndi Trifiletti, Amy Huntone, and Elayne Caffey all of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Chasty Christian, Leroy P. “P.J.” Christian, Jr., and Haley Grace Lane “Monkey”; 3 Great-Grandchildren – Sylir Spainhoward, Araya Spainhoward, and Alexis Christian.

The family may be contacted at the Cyndi Trifiletti residence, 446 Fountain Road, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:30PM-3:00PM Thursday, May 1. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Rett Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270-6143.

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WANDA JONES
1952 - April 26, 2014

MRS. WANDA GAIL POWELL JONES, age 61, of Milan, GA, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, April 30, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Gerald Conley officiating, with interment in Antioch #2 Baptist Church Cemetery, Milan.

Mrs. Jones was a native of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, a former employee of Hanes Manufacturing, and a CNA with Heart of Georgia Nursing Home for over 15 years. She enjoyed country life and her family and was daughter of the late Irene Flemming Powell & Mitchell Powell. She was preceded in death by a Son – Richard White and Brother – Wendell Powell.

Survivors: Husband – Danny Jones of Milan; 2 Daughters – Angela Carr Hussey (Mike) and Amy Wright White both of Eastman; Son – Gene White (Cyra) of Eastman; Stepdaughter – Meryl Snow (Robert) of Winston Salem, NC; Stepson – Chad Jones of Athens, GA; 12 Grandchildren; 2 Sisters – Sandra Bourassa (Dan) of New York and Kathy McDaniel (Johnny) of Milan; 3 Brothers – Kenny Powell of Eastman, Wayne Powell (Patsy) of Calhoun, GA and Donny Ryals (Doris) of Tampa, FL; Father-in-Law – Wilmer Curtis Jones of Milan; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Debbie Mullis (Brian) of Eastman and Elaine Bryant (Tracy) of Danville; Brother-in-Law – Curt Jones of Milan; Aunt – Mary Ann Poole of Uvalda, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Jones residence, 2213 Marion Sheffield Rd., Milan, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tuesday, April 29.

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ERNEST WRYE
1936 - April 20, 2014

MR. WILLIAM ERNEST WRYE, age 77, of Milan, GA, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Serenity Place Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, April 22, at Southerland Funeral Chapel with Rev. Tommy Land officiating, with interment in El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Wrye was born in Effingham County, a member of Freedom Baptist Church, and 37 year retired employee of WRAFB. He was the former Song Leader, Deacon, Treasurer, and Clerk at El Bethel Baptist Church. He enjoyed singing, gardening, and loved feeding his chickens and gathering eggs. He was the son of the late Bessie Bell Evans Wrye and Raymond Adrian Wrye. He was preceded in death by his Sister – Stella Mae Nolan; 2 Brothers – A.J. Wrye and Edward Wrye.

Survivors: Wife – Jane Mullis Wrye of Milan; 3 Daughters – Vicky Conner (Donald) of Vidalia, Lynn Drew (Larry) of Wrightsville, and Wanda Beagle (Darren) of Lake Worth, FL; Sister – Juanita Pruett of East Pointe, FL; Brother – Randall Wrye (Judy) of Macon; 7 Grandchildren – Sonja Hamilton (Brian), Mandy Singletary (Brad), Rev. Chad Drew (Kala), Stephanie Drew, Josh Beagle, Jeremy Beagle, and Kaitie Beagle; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Jay Hamilton, Caleb Singletary, Jake Singletary, Grace Singletary, and Will Drew; Aunt – Virginia Gibson of Griffin; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Wrye residence, 165 J.B. Riley Road, Milan and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Tuesday, April 22. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Serenity Place Hospice.

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MR. ARTHUR H. GRIMSLEY
1921 - April, 18, 2014

MR. ARTHUR HENRY GRIMSLEY, age 92, of St. Marys, GA, passed away Friday, April, 18, 2014 at Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus. He left this world peacefully as he was surrounded by loved ones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church of Eastman, with Rev. Dale Thornton officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mr. Grimsley was born and raised in Telfair County. He moved to St. Marys, GA in 1950 where he was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men. He was a leader in 4-H and Boys Scouts. He was employed by Gilman Paper Company. After his retirement in 1982, he resided in Eastman, GA where he was a member of First United Methodist Church, was an active member of the DCH65, and a Meals on Wheels volunteer. He returned to St. Marys in 2003 and maintained dual residences in both cities until his death. He was an avid fisherman, master gardener, loved to sing, and enjoyed being around people.

He was the son of the late Mamie Shaw Grimsley and Arthur T. Grimsley. He was preceded in death by his infant son and Wife – Zelma L. Woodard Grimsley; 5 Sisters – Mary Helen Strayer, Madge Huff, Laura Conyers, Maude Bowen, and Betty Jackson; 2 Brothers – James Grimsley and Henry Grimsley.

Survivors: Daughter – Gwen G. Drury (Mike) of St. Marys, GA; 2 Sons – John A. Grimsley (Daphyne) of Alexandria, VA and David H. Grimsley of St. Marys, GA; Brother – Charlie Grimsley (Nell) of Helena; 6 Grandchildren – Patrick Drury (Amanda), Matthew Drury, Genii Grimsley, Ami Arnold Chancellor-Phillips, Logan Bradford (Alec), and Matt McSwain; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Brody and Reagan Drury, Alaura and Derick Schroyer; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Grace Jean Grimsley and Berta Coursey; 3 Brothers-In-Law – Edmond Woodard (Yoshiko), James Woodard, and Johnzelle Woodard (Sheila); Numerous Nieces & Nephews.

The family will receive friends in First United Methodist Church of Eastman from 9:30AM-11:00AM Monday, April 19. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Eastman.

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LINDA ADAMS
1947 - April, 18, 2014

MRS. LINDA ANN SHEFFIELD ADAMS, age 66, of Milan, GA, died Friday, April, 18, 2014 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, April 21, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Roy Woods officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery.

Mrs. Adams was a native of Telfair County, a member of Mt. Ararat Freewill Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was daughter of the late Evelyn Sheffield Howell & James Sheffield, widow of Roston Mac “Big A” Adams and was preceded in death by a Brother – Mike Sheffield and Step-Father – Emmis Howell.

Survivors: Daughter – Rhonda Ussery (Craig) of Milan; Son – Tim Adams (Renee) of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Deanna Ussery, Allee Ussery, Makayla Adams and Ben Adams; Brother – Gary Sheffield (Connie) of Eastman; Sister – Debbie Griffin (Billy) of Eastman; Aunt – Estelle Gibson of Waycross; 2 Sisters-in-Law – Patricia “Tater” Williams (Dewey Blizzard) and Barbara Adams; 3 Brothers-in-Law – Paul Adams, James Evans and Ron Keeling; Beloved Baby – Peanut; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Adams residence, 13 Seay Street, Milan, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, April 19.

In addition to flowers, the family also request donations to Gideons International.

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MELBA RICKS
1931 - April 16, 2014

MS. MELBA LUCILLE RICKS, age 82, of Eastman, GA, formerly of Starke, FL, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, April 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ralph Smith officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ms. Ricks was a member of Eastman Bible Baptist Church, a homemaker and enjoyed her church and embroidering. She was daughter of the late Ada Carter Ricks & James David Ricks, Sr. and was preceded in death by 2 Sisters – Thelma Mae Johnson & Ruby J. Griffis and 4 Brothers – Joseph C. Ricks, James David Ricks, Jr., George W. Ricks, Sr. & Leo Allen Ricks.

Survivors: 2 Sisters – Daisy Mae Smith (Rev. Ralph) of Eastman and Dorothy D. Yasinosky (George) of California; 3 Brothers – Jesse J. Ricks (Lucille) of Starke, FL, Edward Ricks (Margie) of Chipley, FL and Bob L. Ricks (Donna) of Tavares, FL; Sister-in-Law – Ann Ricks of Green Cove Springs, FL; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Friday, April 18.

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MRS. MARTHA JONES KELLY
1921 - April 12, 2014

MRS. MARTHA MOZELLE JONES KELLY, age 92, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2014, at her home in Chauncey, Ga., surrounded by family. A native of Milan, Ga., and a lifelong resident of Dodge County, she was the first of nine children of Sarah Martha Hardy and John Robert Charlton Jones, born Nov. 8, 1921. She was predeceased by her parents and her siblings Jayne Evelyn Jones, John Robert Charlton Jones, Jr., Betty Jones Taylor, Kindell C. Jones, Windell C. Jones, and Wilburn C. Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, April 14, at Southerland Funeral Chapel with Rev. Royce Vaughn and Rev. Graton Helms officiating, with interment in Chauncey City Cemetery.

Martha graduated from Milan High School with honors at the age of 15, class of 1937. She graduated from Middle Georgia College in 1939 and from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Ga., now Georgia College and State University, in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and French, and with a minor in Library Science. Later that year, she married Ralph Stewart Kelly, Sr. on Nov. 16, 1941 in Cochran, Ga.

Martha’s energetic, productive life was one focused on her family, service to her church, and marked by a passion for education and teaching. In addition to raising her family (and tirelessly helping to raise her large, extended family), Martha was a member of Chauncey Methodist Church for 72 years, where she taught Sunday School for nearly 66 years, and previously was a member at Antioch Baptist Church in Milan.

She taught in the Dodge County School System for more than 30 years, first at Milan High School, then Eastman Elementary, and finally at Chauncey Elementary. Over her career as an educator, she taught English, French, and reading, and served as Librarian in Chauncey for many years. She was also an avid gardener, who loved to keep a beautiful yard full of flowers and green plants, a fact noticed each spring by many passing by her home on the Golden Isles Highway.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Stewart Kelly, Sr., and seven children: Saralyn Kelly Entrekin (Marshall) of Eatonton, Ga.; Ralph Stewart Kelly, Jr. (Gloria) of Dublin, Ga.; John Caswell Kelly, Sr. (Linda) of Chauncey; Brinda Kelly Stanley of Chauncey; Linda Kelly Covington (Melton) of Thomasville, Ga.; Kerry Kelly Graham (Wayne) of Chauncey; and Jan Kelly Loyd (Frankie) of Eastman, Ga. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren: Stephen L. Shepherd (Joan), Candace M. Swilley (Gary), Brian K. Shepherd, Heather J. Shepherd, Chad S. Kelly (Robin), Dane H. Kelly (Robin), Karla K. Reid (Sammy); Stephanie K. Drake (Tim), John C. Kelly, Jr. (Chrisa), Jess B. Kelly (Beth), Kim S. Peterson (Petey), Jill S. Studstill (Mark), Jodi S. Brewer (Travis), Jason E. Stanley (Lara), Shannon C. Hortman (Ken), Russ M. Covington (Christy), Shea C. McDougald (Erik), Jordan C. Taylor (Jacob), Kennon W. Graham (Brooke), Kelly G. Gray (Kirby), Jamie Loyd, Jana L. Owen (Josh), and Jenica L. Sheffield (Jamie). She is also survived by 50 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, sisters Willene Jones Swinson (Jim) of Cochran, Ga. and Jackye Jones Fuller of Marietta, Ga., brother-in-law, Robert Kelly, 7 sisters-in-law, Katurah Kelly, Louise Kelly, Mollie Sue Parkerson, Janet Wade, Joyce Bland, Lois Meadors and Elizabeth Minter, Caregiver, Lillian Stansberry and many nieces and nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Kelly residence, 2 South Railroad Ave., Chauncey, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 4:00PM-6:00PM Sunday, April 13. In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to Chauncey United Methodist Church, c/o Bob Kelly, P.O. Box 118, Chauncey, GA 31011.

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MARIAH DIX
1928 - April 2, 2014

MRS. MARIAH WILLIAMSON DIX, age 85, of Rhine, GA, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, April 4, at Hopewell Baptist Church, with Mr. Bobby Ryals, Rev. Ben Waller and Rev. Roswell Chapman officiating, with interment in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Dix was a life long resident of Dodge County, a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, where she served as an Adult Sunday School teacher for over 30 years, a graduate of Rhine High School, a homemaker and a loving wife and mother. She was daughter of the late Nita Floyd Williamson & George Ben Williamson, widow of Dan Dix and was preceded in death by a Sister – Joyce Blackmon and Brother – Horace Williamson.

Survivors: Daughter – Donna Walker (Jerrel) of Rhine; 3 Sisters – Georgia Mae Law of Rhine, Iris Morris and Kay Lowery (Gary) both of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Shirley Dix of Rhine; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Walker residence, 991 Walker Rd., Rhine, and will receive friends in Hopewell Baptist Church one hour prior to services, Friday, April 4.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Hopewell Baptist Church or Gideons International.

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L. CLAYTON PARKERSON
1920 - March 30, 2014

MR. LESLIE CLAYTON PARKERSON, age 93, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, March 31, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Pastors Ronnie & Donna Barron officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Parkerson was a native of Dodge County, member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, and member of the Baracca Sunday School Class. He was a retired U S Postal Service Rural Letter Carrier, a U S Navy WWII Veteran, and an avid fisherman. He earned a degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia and was the son of the late Jennie Keen Parkerson and Willis Parkerson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Aleen Reaves Parkerson.

Survivors: 2 Sons – Dr. James Parkerson (Cherry) and Jerry Parkerson (Janice) both of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Julie Howell (Mark), Michael Parkerson (Lauren), and Dr. Jancy Parkerson; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Timothy Parkerson, Grant Parkerson, Dylan Howell, Aaron Howell, and Delaney Howell.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Parkerson, 1605 Soperton Highway, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:00PM-2:00PM Monday, March 31.

Serving as musicians for the funeral service are Donna Barron and Charles Conner.

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DUANE M. MOTTERN
1978 - March 28, 2014

MR. DUANE MARTIN MOTTERN, age 36, of Eastman, GA, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, March 31, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Quint Bush officiating.

Mr. Mottern was born in Langley, VA and was of the Baptist Faith. He was an educator with the Dodge County Board of Education where he was the chorus director, taught audio, video, and film classes, and assisted in literary competitions. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University, his Masters degree in Educational Technology from the University of South Florida, and was pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Administrative Education from Liberty University. He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother – Virginia Orr and Paternal Grandparents – M. Clay and Glenna Mottern.

Survivors: Wife – LeeAnn Miller Mottern of Eastman; Mother – Cheryl Orr Mottern of Eastman; Father – Douglas Owen Mottern of Iowa; Maternal Grandparents – Forrest D. and Kathy Orr of Redding, CA; Sister – Rebecca M. Dennison (James) of Silverdale, WA; Father-In-Law – Burt F. Miller, Jr. of Orlando, FL; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Danielle Miller and Ashley Miller of Riverview, FL; Brother-In-Law – Ryan Miller of Orlando, FL.

The family may be contacted at the Mottern residence, 215 Laryn Lane, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 10:00AM-11:00AM Monday, March 31. In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to the Georgia Canine Rescue Rehab, 235 Mac Thompson Road, Cochran, GA 31014.

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WILLIE F. BRYANT, SR.
1948 - March 27, 2014

MR. WILLIE “BO” FRANK BRYANT, SR., age 65, of Eastman, GA, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Serenity Place in Dublin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, March 29, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Cole Morris officiating, with interment in Parkerson Cemetery.

Mr. Bryant was a native of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, and was employed by Bearden Oil Company and Shorty’s Car Wash for over 30 years. He was a Veteran of the U S Army and enjoyed attending classic car shows. He was the son of the late Angielue Tripp Bryant and Frank Wilbur Bryant. He was preceded in death by his sister Lois Jean Joiner.

Survivors: Wife – Geraldine Black Bryant of Eastman; Daughter – Robin Long (Jonathan) of Eastman; Son – Willie Bryant, Jr. (Christina) of Eastman; Sister – Laura Irvin (James) of Moreland, GA; Brother – Ronnie Bryant (Debbie) of Eastman; 6 Grandchildren – Josh Bryant, Kimberly Bryant, Cami Long, Diamond Long, Caleb Long, and Andrew Bryant; 3 Sisters-In-Law – Betty Brannan, Dorothy Sheffield (David), and Patricia Whitehead (Wayne); 2 Brothers-In-Law – James Black & Randall Black; Several Nieces, Nephews, & Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Bryant residence, 711 Jordan Brown Road, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, March 28. In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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RALEIGH C. STONECYPHER
1922 - March 26, 2014

MR. RALIEGH C. STONECYPHER, age 92, of Eastman, GA, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, March 28, at Stonecypher – Rape Cemetery, with Rev. Terron Stonecypher officiating.

Mr. Stonecypher was of the Baptist Faith, a Veteran of the US Army where he served in WWII and The Battle of Bulge, and was a retired truck driver with J & M Trucking. He was a farmer, furniture salesman, roofing supervisor, and pulpwood business Owner & Operator. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW and was the son of the late Lillie Bell Buice Stonecypher and Charles Edgar Stonecypher. He was preceded in death by 4 Sisters – Wynelle Gibbs, Karalle Walker, Mardele McWhorter, and Minnie Smith; 2 Brothers – Robert Stonecypher and Roger Stonecypher.

Survivors: Wife – Erma Rape Stonecypher of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Marsha S. Walker (Aubrey) of Columbus, Glynis S. Lane (Myron) of Eastman, and Aurelia S. Giddens (J.W.) of Eastman; 3 Sons – Fairon Stonecypher (Sherriee) of Eastman, Wyron Stonecypher of Eastman, and Terron Stonecypher (Chantell) of Pavo, GA; Sister – Mozelle Blankenship of Statesboro; 13 Grandchildren – Terry Walker, Chad Lane, Jody Lane (Melissa), Johnathan Giddens (Erica Powell), McKenzie Jackson (Scott), R.C. Stonecypher (Miranda), Katie Rowley (Bob), Tucker Stonecypher, Crystal Coleman (Kevin), Cody Stonecypher (Tawnie), Luke Stonecypher (Brittney), Seth Stonecypher, and Joel Stonecypher; 13 Great-Grandchildren – Hannah, Emma & Laura Walker, Kayla, Reed & Haley Lane, Caterina Giddens, Autumn & Kayden Rowley, Loretta Coleman, Sadii, Ainsley & Kolbie Stonecypher.

The family may be contacted at the Stonecypher residence, 791 Rocky Springs Road, Eastman and will receive friends at their residence following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made International Rett Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 706143, Cincinnati, OH 45270-6143.

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BETTY R. BOUTWELL
1937 - March 22, 2014

MRS. BETTY ROGERS BOUTWELL, age 76, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, March 23, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, with Dr. Donnie Sutton and Rev. Mike Grenade officiating, with interment in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Mrs. Boutwell was a native of Dodge County, member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, and member of the Ladies Sunday School class and W.M.U. She was a retired sales clerk of B.C. Moore’s & Son and loved cooking, sewing, and her family. She was the daughter of the late Bessie Mae Bacon Rogers and James Luther Rogers, Sr. She was preceded in death by 2 Sons – Charles David Boutwell & Bobby Ray Boutwell; Brother – James L. Rogers, Jr.; Sister – Joyce Rogers.

Survivors: Husband – Joe “Pap” Boutwell, Jr. of Eastman; Son – Earl Boutwell (Skyla) of Eastman; Brother – Wilson “Red” Rogers of Eastman; 4 Sisters-In-Law – Rita Rogers of Warner Robins, Betty Holland (Terry) of Cadwell, Mary Ann Graham (Ray) of Lizella, and Charlotte Miller (Leonard) of Eastman; 2 Brothers-In-Law – Hershel Couey (Sandra) of Wrightsville and Eddie Boutwell (Evelyn) of Cleveland, GA; 8 Grandchildren – Mallory Brook McClelland (Andy), T.C. Boutwell (Kaysi), Brandon Boutwell, Clay Boutwell, P.J. Boutwell Rankey, Anthony Manning (Leah), Evan Manning (Jera), and Jennifer Brinson (Chris); 11 Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Boutwell residence, 226 Griffin Avenue, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, March 22. In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church or The Gideons International.

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ALMA S. STAPLETON
1927 - March 18, 2014

MRS. ALMA SMITH STAPLETON, age 86, of Chester, GA, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00PM Thursday, March 20, at Pleasant Olive Cemetery, with Rev. Dahl McDermitt officiating.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith, an ordained Minister, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed listening to music and was the daughter of the late Johnnie Clyde Hall Scarboro and Fred Scarboro. She was preceded in death by her Husbands – J.B. Allen, Marvin Stapleton, & Henry Smith; Sister – Edna Holmes; Brother – Kenneth Scarboro; Grandson – Travis Allen; Son-In-Law – Paul Reising.

Survivors: 4 Daughters – Lynn Johnson (Howard Frizzelle) of Grifton, NC, Debra Allen of Chester, Darlene Hatchett of Lakeland, FL, and Laura Reising of Ayden, NC; 2 Sons – John Allen, Jr. (Brenda) of Riverton, WY and Victor Stapleton (Melanie) of Lakeland, FL; Brother – Rev. Johnny Fred Scarboro (Rose) of Chester; 11 Grandchildren – Melissa Lopergolo (Ron), Jason Johnson, Joy Allen, Stoney Allen, April Bass, Mike Hatchett, Jr., Allison Hatchett, John Tedders (Erin), James Tedders, David Reising, and Laci Stapleton; Several Great-Grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at the Smith residence, 1715 Old Bethel Road, Chester, and will receive friends in Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home from 1:00PM-2:45PM Thursday, March 20.

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LAWRENCE BUIE
1913 - March 16, 2014

MR. HENRY LAWRENCE BUIE, age 100, of Eastman, GA, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Tuesday, March 18, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Jack Lee officiating, with interment in Plainfield Cemetery with Rev. Brian Martin officiating.

Mr. Buie was the oldest member of First Baptist Church, a Veteran of the U S Army where he served in WWII, and was awarded two Purple Hearts for his service. He was the Owner & Operator of Buie Distributing and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was the son of the late Jonnie Province Buie and William C. Buie. He was preceded in death by his Sister – Thelma Roberts and 4 Brothers – Jake Buie, W.C. Buie, Jack Buie, and Robert Buie.

Survivors: Wife of 50 years – Maxine Lewis Buie of Eastman; 3 Daughters – Debbie Broyles (Clyde) of Easley, SC, Patty H. Smith (Tim) of Eastman, and Laureen Griffin (Mike) of FL; Son – Lewis Higingbotham (Ginger) of Eastman; Sister – Bessie Hoffman of Fruitland Park, FL; Brother – Hugh Buie of Lake City, FL; Sister-In-Law – Lorna Buie of Covington, LA; 7 Grandchildren – Angela Martin (Brian), Chris Groves, Jon Groves, Brandon Smith (Anna), Brett Fordham (J.J.), Stephen Griffin, and Ashley Griffin; 6 Great-Grandchildren – Isaac Martin, Ruby Belle Martin, Alex Groves, Kevin Groves, Chase Groves, Allie Groves, and Gage Fordham.

The family may be contacted at the Buie residence, 2406 Dublin Highway, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30-3:00PM Tuesday, March 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023 or an organization of the donor’s choice.

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JUNIOR DYKES
1955 - March 15, 2014

MR. EDWARD JOSEPH “JUNIOR” DYKES, JR., age 58, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00AM Monday, March 17, at Giddens-Harrell Cemetery, with Rev. Tommy Thomas officiating.

Mr. Dykes was born in Dodge County, a member of Cottondale Baptist Church, a former employee of Reaves Brothers Inc. and was son of the late Reasie Moore Dykes & Edward J. “Brother” Dykes, Sr.

Survivors: Sister – Shirley Dykes Thomas (Tommy) of Eastman; Niece – Amye Horne White of Eastman; 2 Nephews – Cahn Thomas (Penny) and Josh Thomas both of Eastman; 2 Great-Nieces – Mackenzie Thomas and Joeli White; 2 Great-Nephews – Jordan White and Seth Thomas; Several Cousins and Extended Family Members.

The family may be contacted at the Thomas residence, 911 Evergreen Circle, Eastman.

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ZACKORY SMITH-CHICK
2011 - March 14, 2014

ZACKORY DEAN SMITH-CHICK, age 3, of Eastman, GA, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Dodge County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00PM, Monday, March 17, at Bowen Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Fitzpatrick officiating.

Zackory was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and a loving, playful little boy. He was preceded in death by a Paternal Grandfather – David Dykes and Uncle – Robbie Chick.

Survivors: Mother – Brandie Nicole Chick of Eastman; Father – David Smith of Eastman; 2 Sisters – Makayla Nicole Chick of Eastman and Lydia Leanne Chick of Macon; Maternal Grandparents – Amanda Weston Chick & Robert Dean Chick of Eastman; Paternal Grandmother – Sandra Smith Dykes of Cochran; Maternal Great-Grandparents – Joseph Weston, Karen Anderson, Wanona & Robert Baughman all of Eastman and Carol Sue Hammons & Leonard Lee Hammons of Macon; Great-Great-Grandparents – Alma Walton & Kenneth Walton of Macon and Lorell Calhoun of Eastman; Aunts & Uncles – Nathan Smith (Selena), Casey Yawn (Sydney Wingo), T. J. Chick (Becca) and Aron Chick (Jessica); Great-Aunt – Missy Jones (Bud); Several Cousins and Extended Family Members.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Amanda & Robert Chick, 3114 Abbeville Hwy., Eastman.

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LIN C. PEACOCK
1947 - March 15, 2014

MR. LIN CARROL PEACOCK, age 66, of Eastman, GA, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Peacock was a native of Dodge County, of the Baptist Faith, a veteran of the U S Navy, and retired from the Coast Guard. He enjoyed swimming and crossword puzzles. He was the son of the late Lynette Hooks Peacock and Luther Shaw Peacock and was preceded in death by his brother Larry Peacock.

Survivors: Daughter – Tracy P. Young (T.J.) of St. Johns, FL; 2 Sons – Daniel Peacock (Samantha) of Orange Park, FL and Shawn L. Peacock of Jacksonville, FL; 4 Grandchildren – Aidan Peacock, Raechel Peacock, Aedam Peacock, and Tucker Young; Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

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BERTHA BASS
1924 - March 12, 2014

MRS. BERTHA MAE MARTIN BASS, age 89, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, March 15, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Alvin Lewis and Rev. Ronnie Jones officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Bass was a member of Central Baptist Church, a member of the Ladies Sunday School Class, and a 38 year retired employee of Stuckey’s, Inc. and Standard Candy Company. She was daughter of the late Odell Darsey Martin & George E. Martin, widow of Bo Bass and was preceded in death by 2 Daughters – Betty Ann Roland and Jackie Thompson, 1 Son – Tim Bass, 2 Sisters – Geraldine Davis and Idele Hemphill and 3 Brothers – George Martin, Ollie Martin and Pete Martin.

Survivors: Daughter – Linda J. Mullis (Don) of Eastman; 2 Son-in-Laws – Dudley Roland and George A. Thompson both of Eastman; Sister – Betty Jean Miley of Macon; 8 Grandchildren – Melissa Farmer (Tony), Don Mullis, Stephen Mullis, Denise Garrett (Tim), Dedrea Weeks (David), Ricky Roland, Walt Thompson and Trey Thompson (Stacy); 13 Great-Grandchildren; Several Great-Great-Grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Linda & Don Mullis, 4375 Cochran Hwy., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Friday, March 14.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Central Baptist Church or First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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MYRTIE EVANS
1921 - March 12, 2014

MRS. MYRTIE LEE REGISTER EVANS, age 92, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM, Friday, March 14, at Zebulon Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Wilbanks and Rev. Buford Tanner officiating, with interment in Zebulon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Evans was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church, a homemaker and former employee of Stuckey’s Inc. She was daughter of the late Beulah Batts Register & Sonie Register, widow of Samuel Woodrow Evans and was preceded in death by 7 Siblings.

Survivors: 4 Children – Tony Evans (Jane), Frances Ann “Tootsie” Pittman (Daniel), Dale Stokes (Donny) and David Evans (Lisa) all of Eastman; Sister – Mary “Bee” Powell of Dublin; Brother – Jim Register (Edith) of Kissimmee, FL; 9 Grandchildren – Terry Evans, Tracy Evans, Tammy Walden (Bo), Todd Ricks (Dale), Chad Stokes, Brandi Wilson (Nathaniel), Cody Evans (Brandi), Conner Evans and Craig Yearty; Several Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Tony Evans, 1104 Evergreen Circle, Eastman, and will receive friends in Zebulon Baptist Church from 1:30PM-3:00PM Friday, March 14.

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ERIC YAWN
1959 - March 8, 2014

MR. ERIC PRUETT YAWN, age 54, of Milan, GA, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Monday, March 10, at El Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. Randall Tarpley and Rev. Robert Wigley officiating, with interment in El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Milan.

Mr. Yawn was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church, a carpenter, an 18 year member of Chauncey Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and outdoorsman and a wonderful, husband, father and an awesome grandfather. He was son of the late Carolyn Pruett Yawn & Roger B. Yawn, Sr. and was preceded in death by a Daughter – Kayla Erica Yawn.

Survivors: Wife – Martha Livingston Yawn of Milan; Daughter – Karla Beard (Buddy) of Eastman; Son – Dewayne Livingston (Heather) of Milan; 2 Sisters – Gail Yawn Williams of Cochran and Rita Yawn Voll of Milan; 2 Brothers – Roger “Rocky” Yawn, Jr. of Hazlehurst and Joey Yawn of Milan; 5 Grandchildren – Harlee, Tyler, Gennie, McKenzie and Rayleigh; Sister-in-Law – Brenda Young (Wayne) of Mount Vernon; Brother-in-Law – Donnie Livingston (Joann) of Hazlehurst; 4 Aunts – Louise Kirkley-Brown, Hulda Cook, Vira Guranto and Edith Fisher; 4 Uncles – Jimmy Pruett, Sr., Roy Yawn, Henry Yawn and James Yawn; Special Family – Debbie Johnson, Donna Gay, Denise Pittman (Jack), Diane Harrell (Larry) and Deborah Garrett; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Yawn residence, 1121 El Bethel Church Rd., Milan, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 4:00PM-6:00PM Sunday, March 9.

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MAMIE NOLES
1942 - March 5, 2014

MS. MAMIE LUCILLE RAMAGE NOLES, age 71, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Warner Robins Rehab.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM Friday, March 7, at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, with Pastor Daron Gray officiating.

Ms. Noles was born in Fort Valley, GA, attended Solid Rock Church of God, a homemaker and a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. She was daughter of the late Rillers Jones Ramage & Joe Ramage and was preceded in death by a Sister – Arvilla Cobb.

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Donna Kerr (Ricky) of Warner Robins and Debbie Noles of Perry; 2 Sons – Darryl Noles (Carol) of Haynesville and Dwayne Noles of Warner Robins; 6 Grandchildren – Kacie Piper, Darryl Piper (Amanda), Andy Sanford, Barbara Layfield, Patty Gordon (Brian) and Deedra Hoeft (Nick); 11 Great-Grandchildren – Chelesa, Thomas, Eliza, Kylee, Juliana, Gabe, Alanna, Brian, Hunter, Alyssa and Jacob.

The family will receive friends at the graveside following services on Friday, March 7.

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LIZZIE MAE JONES
1934 - March 4, 2014

MRS. LIZZIE MAE GAY JONES, age 79, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Pine Pointe Hospice, Macon, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, March 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jimmy Woods and Rev. LaDon Connell officiating, with interment in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Chauncey.

Mrs. Jones was born in Milan, GA, a member of Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church and a homemaker, who enjoyed sewing and reading her bible. She was daughter of the late Lillie Viola Bohannon Gay & John Alfred Gay, widow of Leroy Jones and was preceded in death by a Sister – Christine Rogers and 3 Brothers – John Gay, Benny Gay and Alton Gay.

Survivors: Daughter – Cathy Lillis (Matthew) of Minot, ND; 3 Sons – Ray Jones (Linda) of Conyers, Robert Jones (Julie) of Byron and Don Jones (Ginger) of Eastman; Brother – Allen Gay (Judy) of Gray; 10 Grandchildren – Josh, Marty, Betsy, Carla, Melissa, Eric, Matt, Jason, Nick and Brandon; 10 Great-Grandchildren; Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the Jones residence, 98 Lennie Lane, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, March 6.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Sugar Creek Congregational Methodist Church.

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ERNESTINE BROWN
1930 - March 3, 2014

MRS. ERNESTINE HOBBS BROWN, age 83, of Rhine, GA, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, March 5, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Rev. Ricky Gilmore officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown was a lifelong resident of Dodge County, a member of Milan Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was daughter of the late Aileen Livingston Hobbs & Ernest Edwin Hobbs, widow of Cecil B. Brown and was preceded in death by Sister – Myrtle Jordan.

Survivors: Daughter – Cecelia B. Ryals (Gary) of Rhine; Sister – Lorene Bowen of Milan; Several Nieces, Nephew and Cousins including: Niece – Ann Stewart (Jake) of Alma and Nephew – Benny Bowen (Cricket) of Swainsboro.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Cecelia and Gary Ryals, 5558 Fair Haven Church Rd., Rhine, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 12:30PM-2:00PM Wednesday, March 5.

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REASIE M. DYKES
1931 - March 3, 2014

MRS. REASIE MAE MOORE DYKES, age 82, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM Tuesday, March 4, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook and Rev. Tommy Thomas officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mrs. Dykes was a native of Dodge County, member of Cottondale Baptist Church, and a retired cloth inspector from Reeves Brothers, Inc. She loved sewing, puzzle books, and her family. She was the daughter of late Ammie Foster Moore and Samuel Moore. She was preceded in death by her Husband – Edward “Brother” Dykes; Grandson – Toby Smith; 3 Sisters – Annie Pearl Crumley, Drucilla Selph, and Irene Ussery; 3 Brothers – Travis Moore, Clayton Moore, and Henry Moore.

Survivors: Daughter – Shirley Dykes Thomas (Tommy) of Eastman; Son – Edward Dykes, Jr. of Eastman; 3 Grandchildren – Cahn Thomas (Penny), Amye Horne White, Josh Thomas; 4 Great-Grandchildren – Jordan White, Joeli White, Mackenzie Thomas, and Seth Thomas.

The family may be contacted at the residence Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Thomas, 911 Evergreen Circle, Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 2:30PM-4:00PM Tuesday, March 4.

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CHARLES R. STRICKLAND, SR.
1939 - February 27, 2014

MR. CHARLES RAYFORD STRICKLAND, SR., age 74, of Chester, GA, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Saturday, March 1, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Craig Minor officiating, with interment in Orphans Cemetery.

Mr. Strickland was a native of Dodge County, member of First Baptist Church, and member of the Chapel Sunday School class. He was a 15 year retired Finance Officer for Laurens County and 25 year former Director of Auditing for Stuckey’s, Inc. His Christian services included serving as a former member of First Free Will Baptist Church as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, and Clerk of the District Association. He was an active Gideon for many years speaking at churches and distributing Bibles. He was also a volunteer of Eastman-Dodge County Council on Aging – Senior Citizens Center and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Strickland was the son of the late Eudora Huff Cummins and Gus Strickland and Valley Kate S. Holland and Walter J. Holland. He was preceded in death by his Sister – Dorothy H. Massingill; Brother – Eddie Cummins; 4 Brother-In-Laws – Jack Massingill, Buddy Cannington, Pete Davis, and Tommy Veal.

Survivors: Wife of 52 years – Jackie B. Strickland of Chester; 2 Sons – Charles R. “Chuck” Strickland, Jr. (Erica) of Cochran and Kevin R. Stickland (April) of Eastman; 4 Sisters – Jenelle H. Davis of Eastman, Fronice H. Veal of Eastman, Rosemary Wilson (Mike) of Tarversville, and Sandra S. Johnson (Jim) of Belleview, FL; Brother – Ray Strickland of Belleview, FL; Brother-In-Law – Ray E. Butler (Teresa) of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Charles Jacob Strickland, Anna Paige Strickland, Harlee Rae Strickland, and John Dylan Strickland; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Strickland residence, 2863 Plainfield Road, Chester, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 1:30PM-3:00PM Saturday, March 1.

In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023.

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WILLIAM R. “BILL” LOWERY, JR.
1943 - February 25, 2014

MR. WILLIAM RUSSELL “BILL” LOWERY, JR., age 71, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM Thursday, February 27, at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Paul Cowles officiating, with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Lowery was born on February 14, 1943 to Miriam Chambers Lowery and William Russell Lowery, Sr. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Chairman of the morning Ushers. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Dodge County High School and Middle Georgia College. He owned and operated Coleman Gifts and Framing for over 50 years. He was a member of the Dodge-Eastman Chamber of Commerce, where he served of the Board of Directors and a member of Colony Bank Board of Directors. He received a Vocational Achievement Award for his outstanding achievement in the workplace and community in 2001 and the Small Business of the Year Award in 2011. He was an avid fan of both baseball and softball where he served as a member of the Dodge County High School Baseball and Softball Boosters.

Survivors: Wife – Judy G. Lowery of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Camille L. Taylor (Wayne) and Claudia L. Graham (Bubba) both of Eastman; Sister-in-Law – Dot Baker (Billy) of Eastman; 4 Grandchildren – Clint Taylor, Jud Taylor, Margaret Simmons and Nikki Graham; Niece – Karla B. Spires (Royce); Nephew – Kirk Baker (Sylvia).

The family may be contacted at the Lowery residence, 5207 Forest Lake Rd., Eastman, and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Wednesday, February 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the Vince Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, % First Baptist Church, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Edward Smith, Wilbur Garrett, John Reddock, Gene Dennis, H. C. Buddy Ragan, Al Daniell, Wendell Graham, Billy Vaughn, Danny Pickett, Wayne Smith, Bodie Gray and members of the D. O. C. Sunday School Class. Active pallbearers are Jeffery Underwood, Terry Underwood, Dan McCranie, Russ Ragan, Herb Wood, Tom Cranford, Wes Bearden, Reed Liggin and Petey Peterson. Andrea McCranie is musician for the funeral service.

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FRANCES H. ANDREWS
1938 - February 21, 2014

MRS. FRANCES HARE ANDREWS, age 75, of Pelham, AL, formerly of Eastman, GA died Friday, February 21, 2014 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster, AL.

Memorial services will be held 3:30PM Wednesday, February 26, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, with Rev. Jack Sheffield and Rev. Mitchell Brown officiating.

Mrs. Andrews was born in Richmond, VA, a former member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, and former resident of Eastman for over 20 years. She enjoyed babysitting, fishing, and cooking. She was the daughter of the late Viola Vaughn Hare and Hobart Sheridan Hare. She was preceded in death by her Husband – Oakley “Andy” Andrews and Sister – Marjorie Lewis.

Survivors: Daughter – Diane Newcomb Thomas (Tim) of Helena, AL; Sister – Barbara Orr of Richmond, VA; 2 Brothers – Vaughan Hare (Josephine) and John Hare of both of Richmond, VA; 4 Grandchildren – Amanda Neville, Luke Rima, Danny Rima, and Tony Rima; 5 Great-Grandchildren – Abbey Neville, Emma Neville, Mason Neville, Keller Neville, and Damian Bryant.

The family requests omission of all flowers and donations be made to The Gideons International.

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

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JOHN W. “JACK” STUCKEY
1928 - February 20, 2014

MR. JOHN W. “JACK” STUCKEY, age 86, of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Mobley officiating, with interment in Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery, Dexter, GA.

He was born on January 29, 1928 in Rhine, GA to parents John and Dora Belle Hardy Stuckey. Mr. Stuckey served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army Air Corps. He had worked as a Maintenance Supervisor and had lived in the local Green Cove Springs, FL area since 1963, coming from Dublin, GA. He was a Shriner and member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Mr. Stuckey was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Hardy and Gene Stuckey and his sister, Anna Bell Stuckey Douglas.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Bonnie F. Stuckey; sons, Skeeter and Timothy Stuckey; daughters, Patricia Furstenberg (Joe) and Jackie Stuckey; brothers, Oscar Stuckey and Talmadge Stuckey (Reva); sister, Emmie Douglass (Willie); grandchildren, Spencer Furstenberg (Jennie), Sarah Furstenberg (Greg Toth) and Jennine Midkiff (Josh) and great-grandchildren, Nichole Geary, Joshua Geary, Logan Geary and Mabry Furstenberg.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 24, from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home.

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LINDA S. KNIGHT
1962 - February 18, 2014

MRS. LINDA SMITH KNIGHT, age 51, of Eastman, GA, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held 2:00PM Saturday, February 22, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele and Rev. Joe Daniel officiating, with interment in Plainfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Knight, born in Pulaski County, was a member of First Baptist Church, and an Operation Christmas Child volunteer who attended several mission trips to Russia and Africa. She was a Registered Nurse at Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville, GA and former nurse at Serenity Hospice.

Survivors: Husband – Randy Knight of Eastman; Mother – Carolyn M. Smith of Hawkinsville; Father – Fulton E. Smith (Mary) of Cochran; Daughter – Kelli Wilson (Kelly) of Abbeville; Son – Rusty Mullis (Brandy) of Cochran; Brother – Tim Smith (Kaye) of Cochran; 2 Grandchildren – Katie Curry and Luke Wilson; Brother-in-law- Ray Knight (Terry) of Yucaipa, CA; Sister-in-law- Hilda Knight of Eastman; Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews including Jennifer Sapp and Timmy Smith.

The family may be contacted at the Knight residence, 1554 Ocmulgee Church Road, Eastman and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM, February 21. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Gideons International.

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DIANNE SHEFFIELD
1952 - February 17, 2014

MS. DIANNE FOSKEY SHEFFIELD, age 61, of Eastman, GA, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Heart of Georgia Nursing Home, Eastman.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM Wednesday, February 19, at Antioch #1 Baptist Church, with Rev. Fred Parker officiating.

Ms. Sheffield was a native of Dodge County, a member of Antioch #1 Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was daughter of the late Thelma Hall Foskey & Jim Foskey and was preceded in death by a Son – Greg Patterson, 3 Siblings – Clara Simmons, Claudia Maddox and Junior Foskey.

Survivors: 3 Sisters – Jimmie Piper (Dempsey), Maudie Martin (Randy) both of Eastman and Martha Pritchett (Roy) of Cochran; 2 Brothers – Cleve Foskey of Guyton, GA and Clarence Foskey of Lakeland, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Randy & Maudie Martin, 121 Gresston Church Rd., Eastman.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Antioch #1 Baptist Church, 3233 Antioch Church Road, Eastman, GA 31023.

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KELLI ERWIN
1970 - February 12, 2014

MRS. KELLI PRUETT ERWIN, age 43, of Eastman, GA, passed away to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, February 15, at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in El Bethel Cemetery, Chauncey.

Mrs. Erwin was a member of Eastman First Baptist Church, graduate of University of Georgia College of Pharmacy with a BS. Ph. degree, and was employed by numerous pharmacies. She was passionate about her ability to help senior patients within her profession and she enjoyed reading, knitting, Christian music and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her Brother – Mickey Pruett.

Survivors: Husband – Frank Erwin of Eastman; Daughter – Kylie Erwin of Eastman; Parents – Patricia Pruett & Mike Pruett of Eastman; Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law – Clara Erwin and Frank Erwin of Shellman, GA; Aunt – Judy H. Madden of Eastman; Uncle – Charles Hemphill of Eastman; Several Cousins Including – Cindy Gunter, Stacey DeLoach, Halie Temples, Ashley Madden and Cathy Duke.

The family may be contacted at the Erwin residence, 980 Evergreen Circle, Eastman, and will receive friends in First Baptist Church from 9:30AM-11:00AM Saturday, February 15. In addition to flowers the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church Youth Ministries, 5107 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023.

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MRS. MILDRED R. CONLEY
1924 - February 11, 2014

MRS. MILDRED RYALS CONLEY, age 89, of Rhine, GA, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Sunday, February 16, at Rhine Baptist Church, with Rev. Ricky Gilmore and Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating, with interment in Bay Springs Cemetery with Rev. John Mobley and Mr. Gary Ryals officiating.

Mrs. Conley was born and raised in Rhine, GA Dodge County, oldest member of Rhine Baptist Church, and member of the Rhine Baptist Church Ladies Sunday School Class and WMU. She was the 2008 Grand Marshal of the Rhine Pondtown parade and retired seamstress and quality control coordinator for Happ Manufacturing of Macon. She was the daughter of the late Essie Ryals Boney and George L. Ryals, Sr. She was preceded in death by her Husband – John H. Conley; Brother – George L. Ryals, Jr.; Brother-In-Law – Hall W. Thompson, Sr.; Great-Granddaughter – Tiffany Reeves; Great Great-Granddaughter – Malorie Hughes.

Survivors: Daughter – Carole Conley-Redd of Rhine; Sister – Lucille Ryals Thompson of Shoal Creek, AL; 3 Grandchildren – Mony Redd (Carmen) of Lakemont, GA, Paige Redd Mincey (Keith) of Rhine, and Amanda Redd Anderson (Joe) of Grover Beach, CA; Special Granddaughter – Anita Redd; 8 Great-Grandchildren – Marlo Redd Bass (Jason), Marie Creech (Kyle), Jared Anderson, Jonathan Rose, Jeremy Ricketts, Nikki Mincey, Jessie Mincey (Kati), and Dustin Reeves; 8 Great Great-Grandchildren – Brogen Redd, Bridge Bass, Annasten Creech, Jordan Mincey, Keigan Covert, Kain Mincey, Annika Covert, and Corrine Reeves; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Carole Conley-Redd, 274 2nd Street, Rhine and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, February 15. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Rhine Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 335, Rhine, GA 31077.

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MRS. ERNESTINE T. JONES
1932 - February 9, 2014

MRS. ERNESTINE TAYLOR JONES, age 81, of Milan, GA, died Sunday, February 9, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, February 11, at Milan Baptist Church, with Rev. Aubrey Corbitt officiating, with interment in Milan City Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones was a native of Dodge County, member of Milan Baptist Church, former paraprofessional at Milan Elementary School and secretary at Telfair County Sheriff’s office. She was a homemaker who enjoyed painting, clogging, sewing, doll making, and gardening. She was a former member of the Milan Booster Club and was the daughter of the late Pearl NeSmith Taylor and Elmo Taylor. She was preceded in death by her Siblings – Lorene Taylor, Christine Taylor, Clyde Taylor, James “Bunch” Taylor, Harry Taylor, and Buddy Taylor.

Survivors: Husband – Junior “Tobe” Jones of Milan; 2 Sons – Tommy Puckett (Betty) of Rhine and Joey Jones (Cindy) of Milan; 4 Grandchildren – Joy Williams (Derek), Andy Puckett (Holly), Ashley Bland (Brett), and Kyle Jones; 2 Great-Grandchildren – Davis and Sarah Grace; Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Joey Jones, 191 Cemetery Road, Milan and will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6:00PM-8:00PM Monday, February 10. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Milan Baptist Church, P.O. Box 157, Milan, GA 31060.

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ROBERT L. EVANS
1931 - February 5, 2014

MR. ROBERT LEE EVANS, age 82, of Eastman, GA, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, February 7, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating, with interment in Giddens-Harrell Cemetery.

Mr. Evans was a native of Dodge County, a veteran of the U. S. Army, and served in the Korean War. He was a retired barber, member of Cottondale Baptist Church, son of the late Sarah Elizabeth Holland Evans and Issac Wesley Evans, and was preceded in death by several siblings.

Survivors: Wife – Linda Ann Fordham Evans of Eastman; 2 Daughters – Kenda Ann Evans of Eastman and Mary Shelia Horne of Dublin; Son – Daniel Keith Evans of Byron; 2 Grandchildren – Josh Horne and Jake Roland; 2 Sisters-In-Law – Grace Floyd and Valane Woodard; 2 Brothers-in-Law – Billy Fordham and Wendell “Lucky” Fordham; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Evans residence, 230 Log Cabin Road, Eastman.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to American Heart Association, 7272 Grenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.

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CLIFFORD DYKES
1935 - February 4, 2014

MR. CLIFFORD GARY DYKES, age 78, of Rhine, GA, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at his sister’s residence, in Rhine, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Thursday, February 6, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Rhine, with Mr. Bobby Ryals and Rev. Roy Williams officiating, with interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Dykes was a native of Dodge County and member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a retired carpenter, enjoyed hunting arrowheads and working on old cars. He was son of the late Sallie Bowen Dykes & John Royal Dykes and was preceded in death by his Siblings - Opal Statham, Mary Hilliard, Nadine Cooper, Merle Dykes, and George Dykes.

Survivors: Sister - Delma Williamson (Clark) of Rhine, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews including – Lynn Williamson (Sybil), Monette Yancey (Jerry), Diane Gream (Joe), Tom Statham (Dwana), Marinell Paxton (Dave), Sandra Gregel, Hedy English (Raymond), Phyllis Prosser (Robert), Billy Dale Horne, Rita Davis, Dykes Hilliard (Jill) and Sammy Hilliard (Michelle); Niece-in-Law – Teresa Statham; Several Great & Great-Great Nieces and Nephews.

The family may be contacted at the Williamson residence, 1433 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Rhine, and will receive friends in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church from 9:30AM-11:00AM Thursday, February 6.

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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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