Miscellaneous Bibb County, Georgia Obituaries

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Doris Balsley 

DUBLIN --- Services for Doris Hall Balsley will be at 10 a.m. today in Northview Cemetery. Balsley, 99, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in a local nursing home after a brief illness. Born in Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Alston Hall Sr. and the late Carrie Fordham Hall. Balsley was a retired legal secretary and a member of the John Laurens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the widow of E. Herman Balsley. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Fidelas Sunday School Class the the Friendship Group. 

Survivors include her brother Sumlyn Hall of Conyers; and several nieces and nephews. 

The family may be contacted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde D. Fowler in Dublin. Adams Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 
 

Effie Finney 
 

Services for Effie "Kuit" Anderson Finney will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Finney died Friday, May 18, 2001, in a local hospital. Born in Wilkinson County, she was the daughter of the late James Anderson and the late Clifford Johnson Anderson. A member of World Wide Church of God, Finney was a homemaker. She was the widow of Ira Finney. 

Survivors include her daughter Ester C. Riggins of Macon; sister Ester A. Bond of Macon; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends at 3068 Jeffersonville Road, Apt. 3-E, Macon. 
 

Mae Flowers 
 

MILLEDGEVILLE --- Services for Mae Horne Flowers will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville, with burial in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Flowers, 79, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, in a local hospital. A native of Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Anderson H. Horne and the late Leila Mae Kemp Horne. She was the widow of Russell Lee Flowers and had lived in Baldwin County most of her life. Flowers was retired from Roses Department Store. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School in the preschool age group for many years. 

Survivors include her son Hal Flowers of Altamonle, Fla.; sisters Katherleen Peacock and Trudie Fennell, both of Milledgeville. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Williams White Columns Funeral Home. 
 

Lucille E. Hall 
 

ARABI --- Services for Lucille E. Hall will be at 2 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church, with burial in Zion Hope Cemetery Annex. Hall, 77, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Hospital. A native of Cushman, Ark., she was a homemaker. Hall was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Sunshine Sunday School Class and the church choir. She was a member of the Pateville Community Club. 

Survivors include her husband, N. Lamar Hall of Arabi; sons Richard Hall and Nesbitt Hall Jr., both of Arabi, and the Rev. Chris Hall of Albany; daughter Melissa Brod of Cordele; brothers John Woodliff and Jason Woodliff, both of Booneville, Ark., and George Woodliff of Harrisburg, Ky.; sisters Eula Jo Tillery and Estelle Van Allen, both of Booneville, Ark.; and five grandchildren. 

Hughes & Wright Funeral Home, Cordele, has charge of arrangements. 
 

Florye M. Heard 
 

FORSYTH --- Services for Florye M. Heard will be private. Heard, 84, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at her home. A native of Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late James Wiley and Minnie L. Heard. She was retired from the Department of Defense after 40 years of service. 

Survivors include her sister Martha Heard Miller of Colorado; nieces and nephews Ann Stroud of Pensacola, Fla., Gladys Ballew of Forsyth, Melissa Miller and Martha Ann Bonsante, both of Aurora, Colo., and Marvin L. Heard of Laceys Springs, Fla. 

Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements. 
 

Joshua Hughes 
 

JACKSON --- Services for Joshua Samuel Hughes will be at 1 p.m. today at Sherrell, Wilson, Mangham Funeral Home, with burial in North Atlanta Memorial Park, Doraville. Hughes, 15, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at his home. Born in Cobb County, he was a ninth-grade student and a member of the Butts County Recreational Baseball team. 

Survivors include his father, Phillip A. Hughes of Jackson; mother, Vickie Walker White of Atlanta; sister Melissa Thomas of Atlanta; grandparents Clinton and Bob Chambers of Doraville, and Novie Walker of Jackson. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Josh Hughes Memorial Fund. 
 

Thomas Jackson Jr. 
 

EATONTON --- Services for Thomas Jackson Jr. will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Jackson, 56, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at Putnam General Hospital. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary J. Jackson of Eatonton; children Thomas Terrell Jackson, Trent Jackson and Decker Jackson, all of Eatonton; parents, Thomas Jackson Sr. and Lucille Burke Jackson of Eatonton; brothers Willie Frank Jackson and Leroy Jackson, both of Eatonton, and Jerry Jackson of Decatur; sister Venetia Waller of Eatonton. 

Putnam Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 
 

Janest Jenkins 
 

Services for Janest Durham Jenkins will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchings Funeral Home, with burial in Mount Olive Church Cemetery, Jeffersonville. Jenkins, 59, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at a local hospital. She was born in Twiggs County, and was the daughter of the late Taylor Frank Durham and the late Ida Bell Hodges Durham. Jenkins was retired from The Medical Center of Central Georgia after 29 years of service. She was educated in the Bibb County school system and was a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Jeffersonville. 

Survivors include her husband, Johnny E. Jenkins Sr. of Macon; daughters Stacy M. Jenkins of Macon; sons Johnny E. Jenkins Jr. and Kelvin Jenkins, both of Macon; sisters Rosetta Jackson, Della D. Brown and Joan D. Martin, all of Macon; brothers Larry D. Durham of Columbia, S.C., William H. Durham of Tampa, Fla., and Rufus Durham of Macon; and five grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 tonight at the funeral home. The family may be contacted at 151 Blue Bell Court. 
 

Evelyn Joseph 
 

MONTROSE --- Services for Evelyn White Joseph will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church, Montrose, with burial in the church cemetery. Joseph, 45, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Born and educated in Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Florine White. 

Survivors include her son Nicholas Joseph of Montrose; father, Clifton White of Montrose; brother Wilburn White of Dublin; sisters Gwen Carly, Ethel Blash and Wylean Wells, all of Dublin, Dorothy Carswell of Montrose, Dolldena Williams of Atlanta, Barbara Claver of Macon. 

The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bentley Funeral Home, Jeffersonville. The family may be contacted at 1696 Chappell Mill Road, Montrose. 
 

Walter B. Keever 
 

JACKSON --- Services for Walter B. Keever will be at 7 p.m. today at Sherrell, Wilson, Mangham Funeral Home. Keever, 65, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001. He was born in Charlotte, N.C., and was the son of the late Walter Pinckney Keever and the late Lois Ashe Keever Elliott. He was formerly of Turtle Cove, was a veteran of the Korean conflict and was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include his sons Michael Keever of Apex, N.C., and Joseph Ballotta of Fairfield, N.J.; daughters Kelly Frey and Lisa Rivers, both of New Jersey. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home today one hour before services. 
 

Russell A. New 
 

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. --- Services for Russell A. New will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Pinecrest Cemetery, Vidalia. New, 77, died Saturday, May 19, 2001. He was a native of Toombs County, and was the son of the late David W. New and the late Charolette Harrison New. He retired as a colonel after 30 years of service in the Air Force, serving as a pilot in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. 

Survivors include his wife, Donna Whistle New of Hot Springs; sons J. Randolph New of Richmond, Va., and Richard D. New of Seattle, Wash.; three stepchildren; brother Dr. Wilber New of Lyons; sister Frances Richardson of Savannah; and two grandsons. 

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 6701 W. 64th St., Suite 319, Shawnee Mission, Kan. 66202. Murchison Funeral Home, Vidalia, has charge of arrangements. 
 

Delores S. Pickren 
 

WARNER ROBINS --- Services for Delores S. Pickren will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McCullough Funeral Home with burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Macon. Pickren, 45, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at Columbia Coliseum Medical Center. Born in Gainsboro, England, she was the daughter of the late Wayne E. Stearns. A homemaker, she was a Catholic. 

Survivors include her mother, Jeanette Myrick of Warner Robins; stepfather, Larry Myrick of Warner Robins; daughter Sherry Armstrong of Gray; son Chad Pickren of Warner Robins; brothers Lonnie Myrick of Warner Robins, Ralph Stearns and Richard Stearns, both of Wichita Falls, Texas; sister Debra Romero of Warner Robins; and three grandchildren. 

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

Ray Smith Sr. 
 

HARRISON --- Services for Ray Elwood Smith Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at May & Smith Funeral Directors Tennille Chapel, with burial in Harrison Baptist Church Cemetery. Smith, 85, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at Washington County Regional Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Washington County, he was the son of the late Burmer Smith and the late Kate Frazier Smith. He was a member of Harrison Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the deacons for 24 years. Smith was a former mayor and councilman for the city of Harrison. He was also a retired farmer. Smith had worked as a meat cutter and was a former employee of the ASCS office in Sandersville. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jackson Smith of Harrison; son Ray Elwood Smith Jr. of Savannah; sister Wynelle S. Hall of Sandersville; and two grandsons. 

The family will receive friends Tuesday prior to services at the funeral home. The family may be contacted at the residence, 1842 Main St., Harrison. Memorials may be made to the Harrison Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Gordon H. Brantley, 299 S. Rail Road Ave., Harrison 31035. 
 

Bessie C. Ward 
 

LUMBER CITY --- Services for Bessie C. Ward will be at 3 p.m. today at Lumber City Baptist Church, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Ward, 90, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in Jeff Davis Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Telfair County, she was the daughter of the late John Locklyn Cravey and the late Emma Williams Cravey. She was the widow of Thomas Drew Ward. She was a retired owner/operator of Wards Department and Hardware Store. Ward was a member of the Eastern Star and was a member of the Lumber City Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her daughter Betty W. Varnadoe of Lumber City; sisters Pauline Parker of Milan, Edith Parker of Jacksonville, Fla., Jerusha Lee Hillard of McRae and Inez Boatright of Live Oak, Fla.; brother Dave Cravey of Lumber City; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. 

The body will be placed in the church one hour before services today. Miles Funeral Home, Hazlehurst, has charge of arrangements. 
 

Joann Ward 
 

Services for Joann Bostic Ward will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Beulahland Bible Church with burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Ward, 56, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at a local hospital. A native of Bibb County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Bostic and the late Mary Bess Bostic. Ward was a retired employee of Bibb Manufacturing Co. She was a member of Beulahland Bible Church. 

Survivors include her children Wendell Ward, Shawn Ward and Rochelle Ward, all of Macon, and Larry Ward of San Diego, Calif.; brothers Carl Bostic of Atlanta and Jackie Bostic of Macon; and six grandchildren. 

The family may be contacted at 4636 Stratford Oak Drive. Hicks & Sons Mortuary has charge of arrangements.


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