Miscellaneous Bibb County, Georgia Obituaries

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John Brooks
ATLANTA - Services for John Robert Brooks will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Nelson's Memorial Mortuary, Warner Robins, with burial in Mount Beulah Church Cemetery, Bonaire. Brooks died Saturday, May 26, 2001. A native of Mansfield County, he was the son of the late George Brooks and the late Lula Petty. He was educated in Atlanta public schools and was a retired employee of the city of Warner Robins.
Survivors include his wife, Eura L. Brooks of Warner Robins; daughters Dorothy Byrd of Atlanta, Patricia B. Robinson, JoAnn Brooks, Mary Love, Pearlie Perkins, Elaine Sipp and Freddie Hall, all of Warner Robins; sons Joseph Brooks of Jasper, Texas, James Brooks of Cincinnati, Nathaniel Brooks and Anderson Sipp, both of Warner Robins, and Charles Sipp of Detroit; brothers Lonnie Williams, Amos Williams and Mathes Williams, all of Atlanta; sisters Inell Adams, Lucy M. Burns, Minnie Young and Alice Young, all of Atlanta; 27 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family may be contacted at 211 Reid St., Warner Robins.

William Butler
WARNER ROBINS - Services for William Raymone Butler will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in Magnolia Park South Cemetery. Butler died Monday, May 28, 2001. A native of Ponci, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late William R. Butler Sr. and the late Ellen Karry Butler. He was retired from the Air Force. Butler was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, American Legion Post 594, Lodge No. 207, F&AM National Bowling League and was a former member of the Moonglows. He was a retired civil service employee and was employed with the city of Warner Robins.

Survivors include his companion, Gerolene Jackson of Warner Robins; children Veronica Lynch of Warner Robins, Vernon Keith Butler and Vincent Reginal Butler, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Janice Shine of Miami, Tonya Snipes and Sharon Snipes, both of Macon; stepchildren Andrea Jackson and Edward Bynum III, both of Warner Robins, and Michael Jackson of Germany; sister Jessie Wilson of Chicago; 23 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Nelson's Memorial Mortuary. The family may be contacted at Lot 66, Red Fox Run, Warner Robins.
 

Willie Curles
PELHAM - Services for Willie Earl Curles will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home, Camilla, with burial in Harmony Church Cemetery. Curles, 82, died Friday, June 1, 2001. Born in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Hill and Johnnie Jones Miller. The widow of Joel Wesley Curles, she was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters Muriel Wade and Beverly Behal, both of Cotton, and Mary Jo Shiver of Perry; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
 

Rev. Caroyl Edwards
OCILLA - Services for the Rev. Caroyl C. Edwards will be at 2 p.m. today at Paulk Funeral Home with burial in Mystic Cemetery, Mystic. Edwards, 79, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center, Dublin. The son of the late Elbert Edwards and the late Ollie Pearl Robinson Edwards, he was born in Worth County. He had lived in Ocilla for 55 years and was a former resident of the Arp community, Irwin County. Edwards was a retired Baptist minister and owner/operator of Ed's Lawn Mower Repair. He was a member of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen D. Edwards of Ocilla; sons Clinton Edwards of Ashburn and Jerry Edwards of Ocilla; daughter Melba McNatt of Ocala, Fla.; sister Avie E. Murphy of Young Harris; brothers Wendell R. "Billy" Edwards of Houston, Texas, and Carlton W. Edwards of Akin, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 

Louise Fleming
Services for Louise Lary Fleming will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Riverside Cemetery. Fleming, 88, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at a local hospital. Born in Atlanta, she was the daughter of the late Evan Howell and Ethel Marbury Forbes. The widow of Horry P. Fleming, she was retired from C&S National Bank and was a member of Vineville Presbyterian Church. Fleming was a past president of America's Secretaries Club.

Survivors include her son Howell Lary of Alpharetta; grandchildren Joe Lary of Conyers, Kyle Moody of Logansville, Ryan Moody of Alpharetta, Tami Tolson, Betsy Cape and Jimbo Lary, all of Macon; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue. The family may be contacted at the home of Betty Lary, 1220 Newberg Ave., Macon.
 

L.R. Goings
MILAN - Services for L.R. Goings will be at 2 p.m. Monday at El Bethel Baptist Church with burial in El Bethel Cemetery, Dodge County. Goings, 72, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, in Macon. A native of Colquitt County, he was the son of the late Oras Goings and the late Effie Tillman Goings. He had lived in Dodge County for the past 26 years. Goings was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church, a retired electrician with IBEW Local 1531 and a Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Pruett Goings of Milan; daughter Cindy G. Gunter of Macon; and sister Lola G. Whittemore of Warner Robins.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home, Eastman. The family may be contacted at the residence, 89 J.B. Riley Road, Milan. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services on Monday.
 

Leonard H. Graham
EASTMAN - Services for Leonard H. Graham will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hardy Funeral Home with burial in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Graham, 78, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Redmond Park Hospital, Rome. He was retired from Robins Air Force Base and a member of Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, Calhoun. Graham was also a retired minister and a retired bailiff with Dodge County courts.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Graham of Calhoun; daughters Patti Mullis of Dublin and Rachael Patterson of Dalton; brothers Johnny Graham and Donald Graham, both of Chauncey; sister Mildred Moore of Chauncey; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
 

Lillie James
Services for Lillie Mae James will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Camp Hope AME Church with burial in Middle Georgia Memory Gardens. James, 63, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at a local hospital. Born in Macon, she was the daughter of the late Roman Matthew Ware Sr. and the late Fannie Mae Solomon. She was educated in Bibb County public schools and the Lincoln School of Nursing. James was a retired production supervisor with Rock Ten Corp. and a retired private duty nurse. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church Lakeside.

Survivors include her husband, Milton James Sr. of Macon; children Lucious Huff Jr. of Orlando, Fla., Linda Holmes, Vanessa James, Jennifer Greene, Milton James Jr. and Martinya James, all of Macon; sister and brother Ida Mae Tooley of Jacksonville, Fla., and Roman Ware Jr. of Macon; nine grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at 3171 Bethune Ave. Jones Brothers Eastlawn Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.
 

Rev. I.G. Johnson
THOMASTON - Services for the Rev. Isaac Granton "I.G." Johnson will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Coggins Funeral Home with burial in Nazareth Baptist Church Cemetery, Pike County. Johnson, 97, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Riverside Nursing Care Center. Born in Upson County, he was a retired Baptist minister who served as pastor at Neal Baptist Church and Nazareth Baptist Church in Pike county for more than 12 years.

Survivors include his wife, Minnie Johnson of Thomaston; stepson Carlton Hoyle of Thomaston; stepdaughter Bonnie Cheatham of Atlanta; brother Edward McHargue of Thomaston; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nazareth Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Hwy. 16 East, Zebulon 30295.
 

Millard L. Jones
Services for Millard L. Jones will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland, Fla. Jones, 77, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Born in Lakeland, Fla., he was the son of the late Kater Thomas Jones and the late Elizabeth Prevatte Jones. He was a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, where he served as a deacon. Jones was a World War II Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theatre. He was a graduate of Florida Southern College, where he was a member of the golf team. Jones was retired from a fruit packing company, where he worked in accounting. He lived in Lakeland most of his life before moving to Macon three months ago.

Survivors include his wife, Melba B. Jones of Macon; son Kadar Jones of Macon; and brother Roscoe Jones of Lakeland, Fla. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, 7015 Rivoli Road, Macon 31210, or to First Baptist Church at the Mall Building Fund, P.O. Box 90669, Lakeland, Fla. 33804-0669. The family may be contacted at the residence, 498 Wesleyan Drive, Macon, or at 1735 Cordova Circle W., Lakeland, Fla. Bowen-NeSmith Funeral Home, Vienna, and Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland, have charge of arrangements.
 

Rufus Lancaster Sr.
HAWKINSVILLE - Services for Rufus B. Lancaster Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Pulaski-Bleckley Memorial Gardens, Bleckley County. Lancaster, 83, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at his home. A native of Pulaski County, he was a Baptist. Lancaster was an avid golfer for more than 73 years. He was a retired golf course manager with Uchee Trail Golf Course, Cochran, and the Town Creek County Club, Hawkinsville. Lancaster was a World War II Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Opal B. Lancaster of Hawkinsville; daughter Linda Lee of Pineview; sons Reggie Lancaster of Hawkinsville and Rudy Lancaster of Cordele; sisters Letisha Hall of Perry, Floretta Baylin and Jacqueline Dorminy Jackson, both of Winston Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at the residence on Lumpkin Street in Hawkinsville. Clark Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
 

Deloria B. Martin
VIENNA - Services for Deloria B. Martin will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hughes & Wright Funeral Home, Cordele, with burial in Sunnyside Cemetery, Cordele. Martin, 82, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at her home. A native of Key West, Fla., she was a retired civil service accountant.

Survivors include her son William C. Martin of Vienna; daughter Joann Roberts of Palm Beach, Fla.; brother Carryl Bethel of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
 

Irene B. Morris
EASTMAN - Services for Irene B. Morris will be at 2 p.m. today in Woodlawn Cemetery. Morris, 77, died Friday, June 1, 2001, in Heart of Georgia Nursing Home. A native of Dodge County, she was the daughter of the late Hayward Boutwell and Bertha Hughey Boutwell. She had lived in Bibb County for many years. Morris was a retired textile employee of Bibb Mills and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include her husband, Don Morris of Lizella; sons James Luther Sellars of Stockbridge and Jerry Morris of Gray; sister Jackie McDaniel of Macon; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
 

Betty Nipper
CORDELE - Services for Betty Jean Nipper will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hughes & Wright Funeral Home with burial in Sunnyside Cemetery. Nipper, 69, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Hospital, Albany. A native of Tift County, she was a homemaker and a member of Northern Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby E. Nipper of Cordele; sons Ernie Nipper of Cordele and Brian Nipper of Odum; daughter Marcia Phillips of Cordele; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Willie Perdue
COCHRAN - Services for Willie Mae Perdue will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mathis Funeral Home with burial in Antioch Methodist Cemetery, Bleckley County. Perdue, 88, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, in Bel Arbor Health Care Center, Macon. A native of Dodge County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Jessie Hall. She was the widow of Wilmer Rogers and Edwin Perdue. She had lived in Cochran most of her life. Perdue was retired from L&H Shirt Factory and was a member of Cochran Church of God.

Survivors include her grandchildren Denise Pitts and Drexel Pitts, both of Macon; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today.
 

Tom Rawlins Jr.
HELENA - Services for William Thomas "Tom" Rawlins Jr. will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lowe's Funeral Home with burial in Telfair Memorial Gardens, McRae. Rawlins, 68, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Fairview Hospital, Dublin. A native of Telfair County, he was the son of the late William Thomas Rawlins and the late Jolee Cadwell Rawlins. He was retired from the Air Force and from the Telfair County Board of Education as a bus driver. Rawlins was also a retired welder.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia "Jean" Rawlins of Helena; daughters Ronna Rawlins Johnson of Welcome, Md., and Peggy Jo Birch of Latta, S.C.; sons William Thomas Rawllins III and James Andrew Rawlins, both of Helena, and Greg White of Douglas; brother Jonny Kearce of Five Point, Ala.; sisters Sara Dwight of Macon, Jewel Lawrence of Winter Haven, Fla., Ellen Watson of Dublin, Ruby Spires of Alma, and Sara Jo West of Dublin; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
 

Emma Robinson
IRWINTON - Services for Emma "Lourene" Robinson will be at 1 p.m. Monday at New Macedonia Baptist Church with burial in Allen Cemetery. Robinson, 67, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at her residence. A member of New Macedonia Baptist Church, she was a retired custodian worker.

Survivors include her children Peggy Carswell of Irwinton, LaShell Thomas of Gordon and Larry Holcomb of Sicklerville, N.J.; brother Edward Hawkins of Detroit; sisters Juanita Jackson of Macon, Veata Holcomb and Nettie Holcomb, both of Cincinnati and Evelyn Patterson of Detroit; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 1360 Asbell Road, Irwinton. Whipple & Allen Funeral Home, Toomsboro, has charge of arrangements.
 

Myrtle Stewart
SCOTT - Services for Myrtle Drake Stewart will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church, Adrian, with burial in the church cemetery. Stewart, 95, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, after a lengthy illness. Born in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late J. Lem and Matilda Smith Drake. The widow of Leon P. Stewart, she was a former school teacher and a retired postmistress of the Scott post office. She was the oldest member of Poplar Springs United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son Charles A. Stewart of Athens; grandchildren Lisa Hill of Athens, Cynthia Dillard of Montgomery, Ala., Christ Stewart of Monroe and Drake Stewart of Snellville; and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Sammons Funeral Home, Soperton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Poplar Springs United Methodist Church, Adrian.
 

Howard Wagner
Services for Howard Allen Wagner will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will be private. Wagner, 90, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in a local hospital.
Hart's Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

STEWART, Mary Lucille: 75, of 179 Fox Road, died Thursday, May 31, 2001. Services were held Saturday, June 2, 2001, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Hart's Mortuary with the Reverends Jimmy Corbitt and Jeff Morrow officiating. Burial was in Middle Georgia Memory Gardens. Hart's Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
WAGNER, Howard Allen: 90, of 1248 Sante Fe Trail, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in a local hospital. Services will be held Monday, June 4, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will be private. Hart's Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

PINKHAM, Mrs. Martha Davidson Goldwire Fellows: 83, of Salisbury, N.C., died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at 6:12 a.m. at Rowan Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Macon, Ga., daughter of the late Mattie Mae Mitchell Davidson and the late George D. Davidson. She was educated in the Bibb County schools. Her career covered many phases of food service, including working at Parrish Bakery, owner of Jay's Restaurant, which she purchased in 1979, and later retiring from Eddie's Deli, which was owner by her daughter Martha Bostian and the late Bill Bostian. She was a member of Milford Hills Baptist Church and the Salisbury Moose Lodge, where she enjoyed socializing with friends and playing a game of bingo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Oulton Pinkham, in 1982, and a daughter, Arlene Foster, in 1995. A granddaughter, Jeanie Head, also preceded her in death. She is survived by sons Charles L. Fellows and Clarence B. Fellows Jr., both of Salisbury; daughters Joann Gaither of Woodleaf, N.C., Virginia Kraemer of Piscataway, N.J., Clarise Spires of Hickory, N.C., Sharon Sealey of Charlotte, N.C., Claire Snider of Richmond, Va., and Martha Bostian and Debbie Mesimer Insley, both of Salisbury. She is also survived by two brothers Jim Davidson of Jupiter, Fla., and Joe Davison of Macon; two sisters Frances Davis of Macon and Betty Emory of Atlanta. Surviving grandchildren are Ricky Foster, Christine Henderson, Richard Gaither, Stephen Martone, Jackie Martone, Crystal Denny, Chanda Antoon, Chad Bostian, Monica Bostian, Michael Snider, Seth Snider, Dallas Mesimer, Dakotah Insley, Christopher Goff, Derrek Goff and Chad Insley. Eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survive. A brother, Buddy Davison of New York state, preceded her in death as did two sisters, Claire Sikes and Marion Dykes, both of Macon. "Martha's love of life and gentleness touched all who knew her. She freely shared her happiness and her laughter and was a gift to us all. During her final illness, her strength of spirit banished sadness and fear and sustained her family and friends." A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2001, at James C. Lyerly Chapel conducted by the Rev. Carroll Robinson, pastor of Lebanon Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the family plot of City Memorial Park, Salisbury, N.C. Visitation will be held 7-8:30 p.m. today at Lyerly Funeral Home, 515 S. Main St., Salisbury, N.C. At other times, the family will be at the residence of a daughter, Debbie Mesimer Insley, 106 Yorkshire Drive, Salisbury, N.C. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 5315 Greenbrook Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28205.

FLEMING, Louise Lary: 88, formerly of Vineville Christian Towers, Macon, died June 1, 2001, at a local hospital. Services: 2 p.m. Monday, graveside, in Riverside Cemetery, main gate. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. today at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue. The family will be at the residence of Betty Lary, 1220 Newberg Ave., Macon. Born in Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Fleming was the daughter of the late Evan Howell and Ethel Marbury Forbes. She was the widow of Horry P. Fleming. Mrs. Fleming was retired from C&S National Bank and was a member of Vineville Presbyterian Church. She was a past president of America's Secretaries Club. Mrs. Fleming was preceded in death by a son, James Robert Lary Jr. Survivors: one son Howell Lary of Alpharetta, Ga.; two daughters-in-law Wanda Lary of Alpharetta and Betty Lary of Macon; six grandchildren Joe Lary of Conyers, Kyle Moody of Logansville, Ryan Moody of Alpharetta, Tami Tolson of Macon, Betsy Cape of Macon and Jimbo Lary of Macon; eight great-grandchildren Adam Lary, Tyler Lary, Katelyn Moody, Blake Tolson, Ricki Tolson, Kacie Cape, Jayme Lary and Jacob Lary. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue, has charge of arrangements.


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