Miscellaneous Bibb County, Georgia Obituaries

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Verlon Bell 

ELKO --- Services for Verlon Ray Bell will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Perry United Methodist Church. Burial with Masonic rites will be in Elko Cemetery. Bell, 57, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. The son of the late Iva Dell Richardson Bell, he was a lifelong resident of Houston County. An Army veteran, he was retired from G. Heileman Brewing Co. and was a Mason and a member of Al Sihah Shrine Temple and the VFW. He was a member of Elko United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Giles Bell; daughter, Lisa Bell Clark of Perry; father, Buddy Bell of Elko; and one granddaughter. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 tonight at Watson-Hunt Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Elko United Methodist Church, Elko 31025. 

Sadie Byrd 

PERRY --- Services for Sadie Langston Byrd will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Perry Memorial Gardens. Byrd, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. Born in Houston County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Maggie Corder Langston. The widow of Edward Byrd, she was a homemaker. She was a member of Perry United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include daughters, Gail Baase of Perry and Sandra B. Johnson of Macon; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Watson-Hunt Funeral Home. 

Lester Fennell Sr. 

DUBLIN --- Services for Lester Talmadge Fennell Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Jefferson Street Baptist Church with burial in Northview Cemetery. Fennell, 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999. He was born in Dublin. The widower of Mae Neuman Fennell, he was retired from W.T. Railroad and was a member and past master of Laurens Lodge No. 75, F&AM, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Harmony Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons. He was a member of Jefferson Street Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and taught Sunday School. 

Survivors include his children, Lester Fennell Jr. of Augusta, Hershel Fennell of Greensboro, N.C., Henry Fennell of Warner Robins and Alfred Fennell of Athens; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Adams Funeral Home in Dublin. 

John Holloway Jr. 

ASHBURN --- Graveside services for John A. Holloway Jr. will be at 2 p.m. today in Rose Hill Cemetery. Holloway, 77, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. Born in Chandler County, he was the son of the late John and Eunice Watson Holloway Sr. He served as a Navy pilot in World War II, and was the former owner and operator of Holloway Service Station and Auto Parts. He also worked for the Turner County Board of Education as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He was a member of Ashburn First United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Nell Smith Holloway; children, Jan Holloway of Atlanta and Terry Holloway of Birmingham, Ala.; sister, Anna Jacobs of Wichita, Kan.; and three grandchildren. 

Perry Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements. 

Albert Howard 

Services for Albert Chester Howard will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Tremont Temple Baptist Church with burial in Linwood Cemetery. Howard died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. Born in Bibb County, he was the son of the late Frank J. and Sarah Savage Howard. He was a graduate of Ballard Normal School and Morehouse College in Atlanta. He was an educator in the Bibb County school system for 37 years before retiring and was a member of Omega Psi Phi. He was a member of Tremont Temple Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer for about 40 years. 

Survivors include his wife, Carrie Leonard Howard; sister, Frankie H. Brown of Macon; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. 

The family may be contacted at 2085 Neal Ave. Hicks and Sons Mortuary, Macon, has charge of arrangements. 

Clayton Johnson 

ADRIAN --- Services for Clayton C. Johnson will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Sammons Funeral Home with burial in Carter's Chapel Cemetery in Laurens County. Johnson, 60, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late Cleon H. Johnson. An Army veteran, he was retired from Forstmann & Co. in Dublin. He was a Methodist. 

Survivors include his wife, Janie Grant Johnson; children, Clay Johnson and Kristi Hood, both of Adrian, Michelle Rabun of Waynesboro and Wendi Hiller of Statesboro; mother, Mozelle Thomas of Scott; sister and brothers, Glenda Blissett of Statesboro, James Johnson of Milledgeville and Edward Johnson of Dublin; and five grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. 

L.W. Johnson 

WARNER ROBINS --- Services for L.W. Johnson will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Jerusalem Baptist Church with burial in Lamar Cemetery. Johnson, 72, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. The son of the late Willie and Etta Johnson, he was a retired employee of the city of Warner Robins. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, where he served as an usher for many years. 

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Johnson; children, Henry Johnson, Larry Johnson and Bennie Johnson, all of Warner Robins, Willie Johnson of Elko, and Diane Bagley, Etta Davis, Martha Dawson and Shirley Milton, all of Warner Robins; brothers and sisters, Bennie Johnson, Lula Womack and Rose Willis, all of Warner Robins, Willie B. Johnson of California, J.C. Johnson of Macon, Willie Joe Johnson and Bobbie Johnson, both of Fort Myers, Fla., Florence Bagley of Dayton, Ohio, Willie Mae Brown of Detroit and Essie Kirkland of Belle Glade, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Richardson and Son Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Aaron Lindsey 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Services for Aaron Wilmont "Speedway" Lindsey will be at 2 p.m. today in Piney Mount United Methodist Church near Tennille with burial in the church cemetery. Lindsey, 86, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. The son of the late William Lindsey and Orine Smith Lindsey Heikes, he was born in Washington County. He was a retired metal dealer. He was a charter member of Piney Mount United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his daughters, Virginia LaFreniere, Venice Lindsey and Carolyn Odum, all of Macon, Cheryl Bryant of Dewey Rose and Orine Claxton of Callahan; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 

E.K. May Funeral Home in Tennille has charge of arrangements. 

Ernest McGowan 

DUBLIN --- Services for Ernest M. "Chick" McGowan will be at 3 p.m. today in First United Methodist Church with burial in Dublin Memorial Gardens. McGowan, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. A lifelong resident of Laurens County, he was the owner of Dublin Appliance and was a cattle farmer. The son of the late W.J. McGowan and Maude Stuckey McGowan, he served as a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II and was a member of the Georgia National Guard 121st Infantry Regiment. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as chairman of the board of trustees for the Dublin district of First United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Emily McGowan; and brother, James McGowan of Fort Smith, Ark. 

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Lila McNeal 

GORDON --- Services for Lila Farmer McNeal will be at 2 p.m. Friday in White Columns Funeral Home with burial in Middle Georgia Memory Gardens in Jones County. McNeal, 96, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999. A lifelong resident of Wilkinson County, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Iveyann Fountain Farmer. The widow of Claude Lee McNeal, she taught school in Wilkinson County. She was a member of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Macon. 

Survivors include her brothers-in-law, J.R. McNeal of Gordon and Joe McNeal of Gray; and nieces and nephew, Annelle Hudson of McIntyre, Wynette Swicord of Milledgeville and John Thomas Farmer of Milledgeville. 

Geraldine Peacock 

PHOENIX --- Memorial services for Geraldine Peacock will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Phoenix Presbyterian Church. Peacock died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. 

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Peacock; children, Nancy Pritchett and Bruce Peacock, both of Phoenix, Steve Peacock of Oxnard, Calif., and Roy Peacock of Ventura, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Mathis Funeral home in Cochran has charge of arrangements. 

Betty Poole 

Services for Betty Jean S. Poole will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue, with burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Poole, 74, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999. Born in Kentucky, she was a homemaker. She was a Catholic. 

Survivors include her husband, William Lee Poole; children, Sharon Knight of Macon, Deborah Jackson of Ozark, Ala., J.C. Poole of Dublin, Ricky Poole of Ozark, Ala., and Pete Poole of Macon; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family can be reached at 4550 Sardis Church Road, Macon. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue, has charge of arrangements. 

Emory Poole Sr. 

MOUNT VERNON --- Services for Emory Grady Poole Sr. will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Ronnie L. Stewart and Son Funeral Service, Glenwood Chapel, with burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Poole, 55, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999. A lifelong resident of Wheeler County, he was a logger and was of the Church of God faith. 

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Poole; children, Emory Grady Poole Jr. of Dublin and Melissa Allen of Chester; brother and sister, Theron Poole of Smithville, Miss., Margaret Morrison of Hazelhurst and Peggy Poole of Mount Vernon. 

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

Elizabeth Ramsey 

DUBLIN --- Services for Elizabeth M. Ramsey will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Adams Funeral Home with burial in Northview Cemetery. Ramsey, 50, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. Born in Aiken, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Paul and Betty Driver McLean. She was a member of Dudley Baptist Church. 

Survivors include children, Deborah Ramsey of Leavenworth, Kan., and Justin Ramsey of Jefferson City, Mo.; stepmother, Reba Keisler of Greenwood, S.C.; sisters and brothers, Leys Poore of Greenwood, S.C., Paula Dubuc of Tampa, Fla., Steve Driver of Conway, S.C., and Howard McLean of Augusta; and one grandson. 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. 

Mary Royal 

VIENNA -- Services for Mary Frances Daniels Royal will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Oak Grove Baptist Church in Cordele, with burial in Pleasant Valley Church Cemetery. Royal, 49, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999. 

Survivors include her husband, Milton Royal; daughter, Sabrena Daniels of Vienna; mother, Jesse Kate Daniels of Vienna; and two grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at J.W. Williams Funeral Home. 

Willie Rucker 

FORT VALLEY --- Services for Willie F. "Pee Eye" Rucker will be at 2 p.m. today in Central Union Baptist Church with burial in Willowlake Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Rucker, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999. The widower of Doris McKinzie Rucker, he was an Army veteran retired from Robins Air Force Base after 38 years. He was a member of Central Union Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member of the board of deacons. 

Survivors include his children, Willie Rucker, Evelyn Rucker, Teresa Rucker, Angela Murtagh, Greg Rucker of Fort Benning, Linda Rucker of Warner Robins and Sylvia Rucker of Albany; and 10 grandchildren. 

C.J. Edwards Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Georgia Skinner 

Services for Georgia Mae Skinner will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Riverside Cemetery. Skinner died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. She was educated in Bibb County and was retired from Robins Air Force Base. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her niece, Julia S. Elliott of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Hart's Mortuary. 

Marie Statham 

Services for Marie Statham will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter Claver Catholic Church with burial in Saints Rest Cemetery. Statham died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. Born in Bibb County, she was the daughter of the late Emanuel and Missouri Richards. She was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and was a bookkeeper and part-owner of West End Shoe Shop. 

Survivors include her husband, Carl Statham; son, Carl E. Statham of Lake Forest, Ill.; brothers, Emanuel Richards and Douglas Richards, both of Macon; and two grandchildren. 

A rosary will be said at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Friday. Bentley and Son's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Albert Traxler 

WARNER ROBINS --- Memorial services for Albert L. Traxler will be at 3 p.m. Friday in McCullough Funeral Home. Traxler, 52, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999. He was the son of the late Veril L. and Cleo R. Traxler. The owner and operator of Big Al's Dive Shop, he was a member of First Christian Church in Warner Robins 

Survivors include brother and sisters, Clinton R. Traxler of Warner Robins, Sherry Pulliam of Kathleen, Susan T. Jenkins of Jonesboro, Linda T. McCall of Guyton, Vicki T. DuBose of Kathleen and Tami Miller. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home. 

Peggy Waldrop 

KATHLEEN --- Services for Peggy Darsey Waldrop will be at 2 p.m. today in Watson-Hunt Funeral Home with burial in Bowers Cemetery in Eastman. Waldrop, 60, died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999. The daughter of the late Henry Darsey, she was born in Dodge County. She had lived in Kathleen for 37 years and was retired from civil service. 

Survivors include her husband, James Waldrop; children, Daphene Rogers of Pine Mountain and Wanda Blackston of Kathleen; mother, Molly Darsey; sisters and brothers, Ann Saylor, Malen Darsey and Amos Darsey, all of Hawkinsville, Larry Darsey and Essie Lee Wilson, both of Perry, Alice Johnson of Elko, Maxine Belflower of Roddy and Christine Albritton of Bonaire; and two grandchildren. 

Watson-Hunt Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Willie Wiggins 

OGLETHORPE --- Services for Willie L. Wiggins will be at noon Friday in Corinth Baptist Church in Garden Valley with burial in Rocky Mount Cemetery. Wiggins, 57, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999. Born in Andersonville, he was employed by C.E. Minerals Mulcoa Co. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Arletha Nelson Wiggins; stepchildren, Mary Harris of Ideal, Arlene Walker, Etherine Manuel and Doshie Walker, all of Oglethorpe, Cynthia Nelson of Fort Valley, Regina Williams of Kent, Ohio, and M.C. Davis of Detroit; parents, Henderson and Ida Bell Smith Wiggins of Ideal; brothers and sisters, Haywood Slappey, Betty Jean Wiggins and Willie Joe Wiggins, all of Oglethorpe, and Henry Wiggins, Mae Wiggins, Rosetta Riley, Mae Lois Wiggins, Irene Davis, Fannie Wiggins and Mae Florence Wiggins, all of Ideal; and six step-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends at the residence on Highway 128 North. The body will be placed in the church an hour prior to services. Hicks and Sons Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 


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