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Roger Bowen
Services for Roger Wade Bowen will be private. Bowen, 76, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired carpenter. 

Survivors include his children Gena Ford and Lisa H. Prince, both of Macon, and Roger Michael Bowen of Indianapolis; sister Ruby Perkins of Ocala, Fla.; 11 grandchildren ;and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Crest Lawn Funeral Home.

Laverne Brown

FITZGERALD - Services for Laverne "Sister" Brown will be at 2 p.m. today in Salem Baptist Church with burial in Westwood Cemetery. Brown, 53, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001. 

Survivors include her children Henry Magwood Jr., Derrick Brown, Angela Jordan, Felisa McClure and Chandrika Price, all of Fitzgerald, Linda McCoy, Jeffery Brown and Allison Brown, all of Augusta, Napoleon Brown of Abbeville; mother Gurtis Bryant of Fitzgerald; brother Connell Edwards of Jacksonville, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Hall's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

William Coursey

BARTOW - Services for William E. "Bill" Coursey will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary, Swainsboro, with burial in Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, near Kite. Coursey, 70, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. He was formerly employed at Fulghum Industries in Wadley and was the retired owner and operator of Coursey Steel Fabricators. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Flanders Coursey; children Kay Wilson of Wadley and Ronnie Coursey of Bartow; brothers George Coursey of Dellwood and Edwin Coursey of North Augusta, S.C.; and four grandchildren.

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

Lucy Davidson

Services for Lucy Belle Barlow Davidson will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, with burial in Macon Memorial Park. Davidson, 97, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. A homemaker, she had lived in Macon most of her life and was the widow of James B. Davidson.

Survivors include her children Elizabeth D. Judd of LaGrange, Imogene D. Duggar of Dahlonega, Jeanette Crary of Milledgeville and Melvin S. Davidson of Gray; and brother Russell Barlow of Baltimore.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in the funeral home and may be contacted at 414 Homer Roberts Road, Gray. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Center, 3473 Northside Drive, Macon 31210.

John Dumas Sr.

MILLEDGEVILLE - Services for John Thomas Dumas Sr. will be at noon Wednesday in Slater's Funeral Home with burial in Austin Memorial Gardens. Dumas died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. 

Survivors include his wife, Phobe Dumas; children Sara Mapp, Geraldine Holloway, Thelma Dumas, Joseph Dumas and James Dumas, all of Milledgeville; sister Mary Barber of Macon; 19 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ossie Easley

Services for Ossie Mae Easley will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Middle Georgia Memory Gardens. Easley, 79, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001. She was formerly employed by the Bibb County Board of Education as a cook and a maid at L.H. Williams Elementary School. She also was a cook at Camp Pine Lake. She was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Amy R. Dunn Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband Edward Easley Sr.; children Margaret George, Edward Easley Jr., Jimmy Easley and Letha Evans, all of Macon, and Margie Nelson of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Hutchings Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Dr. Beverly Forester

Services for Beverly Wood Forester M.D. will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Vineville United Methodist Church. Burial will be private. Forester died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in a local hospital. He was a founder of the Mercer University Medical School, raising $2.5 million for the school. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern, Auburn University, the Medical College of Georgia and the Tulane University School of Medicine. He was chairman of the State Board of the Health Department for 10 years, chairman of the Mercer University Medical School Steering Committee and founder of the Internal Medical Associates. He was a member of Idle Hour Country Club and Vineville United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Arja Forester; children Ann Forester Head of Alabama, Judy Murphy of Atlanta, Jack Forester of Macon and Mary Forester Tondee; sister Maribob Blackman of Pascagoula, Miss.; stepchildren Lauren Warren of Atlanta, Victoria Coley of Macon and Adrian Giddens of Milledgeville; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight in Hart's Mortuary and may be contacted at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vineville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2045 Vineville Ave., Macon 31204.

A.L. Hamilton

VIDALIA - Services for A.L. Hamilton will be at 2 p.m. today in Mount Pisgah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Hamilton, 73, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. He was a patrolman, retired from the Georgia Forestry Commission after 25 years. He was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and former song leader.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Hamilton; children Marilynn Garrett of Dublin and Lendle Hamilton of Kibbee; sisters and brother Doris Gutwin of Swainsboro, Clyde McDonald of Vidalia and Jack Hamilton of Baxley; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Murchison Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

John Harrell

EATONTON - Services for John Melvin Harrell will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Eatonton First United Methodist Church with burial in Pine Grove Cemetery. Harrell, 85, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. He was a member of Eatonton First United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of Uncle Remus Golf Course and member of VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Harrell; children Sue Smith of Birmingham, Ala., and Johnny Harrell of Eatonton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in Ivy Hill Chapel.

Mildred Harrington

RENTZ - Services for Mildred Browning Harrington will be at 3 p.m. today in Dublin Memorial Gardens. Harrington, 93, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. She was a member of Browning Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter Marie Roach of Rentz; grandchildren Beverly Bell, Rhonda Everett and Butch Rogers; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today in Adams Funeral Home, Dublin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 363 Pierce Ave., Macon 31204.

Jewell Hopson

FORT VALLEY - Services for Jewell Walton Hopson will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church of Fort Valley with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. She was retired from Robins Air Force Base and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children Henry Hopson Jr. of Reynolds and Gary Hopson of Virginia Beach, Va.; mother Winnie Walton of Fort Valley; brother and sisters Grady Walton of Fort Valley, Loretta Tidwell of Macon and Donna Scott of Lizella; and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight in Rooks Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, Fort Valley.

Paul Irvin

HELENA - Services for Paul Edward Irvin will be at 11 a.m. today in Lowe's Funeral Home with burial in Telfair Memorial Gardens. Irvin, 25, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. He was a computer technician and a self-employed truck driver. 

Survivors include his father and stepmother George Irvin Jr. and Janice Irvin of Helena; brother Dewey Irvin of Rentz; grandmother Melesse Sellars of Helena; and stepsisters Amy Harrelson of Helena and Jodi Harrelson of Macon.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Christian Center, 3729 U.S. 441 South, Dublin 31021.

Margaret Kelly

Services for Margaret Kelly will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Hart's Mortuary with burial in Middle Georgia Memorial Gardens. Kelly, 76, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. She was retired from Robins Air Force Base after 30 years. She was the widow of John N. Kelly.

Survivors include her children David Kelly of Macon, James Kelly of Virginia Beach, Va., Bebe Kelly of Gordon and Lutie Strife of Tampa, Fla.; brother and sisters Fred Bodkin of Uniontown, Pa., Jane Clamp and Ruth Swisher, both of Waynesboro, Va.; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 tonight in the funeral home and may be contacted at 720 Tidewater Circle, Apt. 5B, Macon.

Charlie King

FORSYTH - Services for Charlie Morris King will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Freeman Funeral Home with burial in Mount Gilead Cemetery. King, 54, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. He was retired from Lumber Mill and was a member of Mount Gilead Baptist Church.

Survivors include his sister Susie Maude Watkins of Forsyth.

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

Annie Lanier

CLAXTON - Services for Annie Bell Lanier will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home. Lanier, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. She was the widow of Frank Lanier.

Survivors include her children Jimmy Lanier, Neat Burnsed and Rita Kicklighter, all of Claxton, Pat Oglesby of Statesboro and John Lanier of Macon; brother and sisters James Roberts of Jacksonville, Fla., Inez Bradley of Statesboro, Mamie Moody of Savannah, Minnie Croft of Register, Leslie Kidd of Trenton, Fla., and Eloise Driggers of Auburndale, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at 6 tonight in the funeral home. 

Effie Mayo

OGLETHORPE - Services for Effie C. Mayo will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Whitewater Baptist Church with burial in Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens. Mayo, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. A homemaker, she was the widow of James Mayo and a member of Whitewater Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children Edmond May of Oglethorpe and Joyce Lewis of Montezuma; grandchildren Keith Mayo, Sherry Gaultney and Bobby Lewis; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight in Watson Mathews Funeral Home and may be contacted at 426 N. Dooly St., Montezuma 31063.

James McDaniel

Services for James Michael McDaniel will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Hillcrest United Methodist Church with burial in Riverside Cemetery. McDaniel, 19, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. He was a freelance pipefitter who was previously employed at Steak & Shake. He attended Westside High School and was a member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his son, Bailey Owens; mother and stepfather Donna and Robert Marshall of Macon; father and stepmother Michael and Connie Hughes of Lakeland, Fla.; brother and sister Joseph McDaniel and Jamee McDaniel of Macon; grandparents James and Laverne Worsham, Rose McDaniel and Jones and Jean Marshall, all of Macon, and Franklin Hughes of Lakeland; stepgrandfather Carlton Brown of Macon; and stepsisters Scarlett Hughes, Melanie Hughes and Tiffany Hughes, all of Lakeland.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in Ingleside Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest United Methodist Church Youth Center, 3350 Hillcrest Ave., Macon 31204.

Eudell Mullis

EASTMAN - Services for Eudell P. Mullis will be at 2 p.m. today in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mullis, 97, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. A homemaker, she was the widow of William Mullis.

Survivors include her children Polly Owens, Jesse Mullis and Walter Mullis, all of Eastman, and Dudley Mullis of Milan; sister Christine Niemi of Manassas, Va.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at 455 Scarborough-Owens Road. Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Spencer Pryor Sr.

AMERICUS - Services for Spencer Robert Pryor Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in DeSoto Methodist Cemetery. Pryor, 79, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel Pryor; children Claire Peeples of Leesburg, Cynthia Pryor and Spencer Pryor Jr., both of Americus; brother and sisters Guy Pryor of Quitman, Nancie Stowers of Conyers and Betty Harpe of Americus; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Leslie United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 116, Leslie 31764, DeSoto United Methodist Church Cemetery Trust Fund, c/o Mrs. Ed Faircloth, 148 N. Spring Creek Road, Cobb 31735 or League of the Good Samaritan, Magnolia Manor, 2001 S. Lee St., Americus 31709. Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements.

Cheryl Royal

OCILLA - Services for Cheryl Henderson Royal will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ocilla Baptist Church with burial in Brushy Creek Cemetery. Royal, 55, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. She was former owner/operator of H&W Merchandise in Buford. She was a member of Ocilla Baptist Church, Faith Sunday School Class and Bereavement Committee.

Survivors include her husband, Lamar Royal; children Wade Royal of Ocilla, Lane Royal of Duluth and Debra Newsome of Decatur; parents Maurice and Zelda Henderson of Ocilla; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Paulk Funeral Home, Ocilla.

Dr. Will Sealy

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Graveside services for Will Camp Sealy M.D. will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, N.C. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon. Sealy died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, in a Greenville hospital after a brief illness. 

Born in Roberta, he attended Emory University and was associated with the Mercer University School of Medicine as professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Surgery from 1984 until October of 2000. He served four years in the Army Medical Corps. He was a pioneer in the development of heart surgery for which he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine. 

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Sealy; brother Hugh K. Sealy M.D. of Macon; children Brian Sealy of Durham, Neil Sealy of Little Rock, Ark., Leigh Sealy of San Francisco and Marjorie Bradshaw of San Antonio, Texas; stepchildren Jacqueline Williams and Caran Batts of Greenville; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Will C. Sealy Chair of Surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon 31207. Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home in Durham has charge of arrangements.

Helen Shiver

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Services for Helen Raffield Shiver will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Northview Cemetery. Shiver, 84, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001. She was the widow of Arthur Shiver.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

The family may be contacted at 1706 Knox St., Dublin. Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin has charge of arrangements.

Oliver Simmons

KATHLEEN - Services for Oliver Simmons will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sandbed Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Simmons, 48, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. The son of the late James Simmons Sr. and Mildred Simmons, he was a concrete finisher with M&N Concrete Co. He was a member of Sandbed Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Simmons; and sisters and brothers Janie Toliver, Mildred Ray, James Simmons, Ulysses Robinson and Gennie Mae West, all of Warner Robins, Eric Simmons of Kathleen, Vera Mae Anderson of Florida and Barbara Jean Holmes of Atlanta.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 tonight in Nelson's Memorial Mortuary, Warner Robins, and may be contacted at 241 W. Houston Road, Kathleen. The body will be in the church at 1 p.m.

Alma Slaughter

THOMASTON - Services for Alma Priscilla Slaughter were Monday in Coggins Funeral Home. Burial was in Southview Cemetery. Slaughter died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. She was retired from the spinning room at Thomaston Mills. She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include her children Shirley Collins and Martha Fogarty, both of Thomaston; brothers and sister James Driskell and Pete Driskell, both of Barnesville, and Elsie McGouirk of Thomaston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Sloan

GRAY - Services for Elizabeth Ethridge "Sister" Sloan will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Elam Baptist Church, with burial in James Cemetery. Sloan, 85, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. She was a clerk for the Jones County Board of Education for 49 years. She was a member of Elam Baptist Church and Elam Adult Sunday School Class. She was crowned Miss Georgia in 1939.

Survivors include her brothers O. Cecil Ethridge Sr., Sanford V. Ethridge Sr. and Charles Ethridge Sr., all of Gray.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in Simpson-Childs Funeral Home and will be at 151 Stewart Ave., Gray 31032. Memorials may be made to Elam Baptist Church, P.O. Box 816, Gray 31032.

Charlie Sutton

PERRY - Services for Charlie "Popa Joe" Sutton will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Richardson Funeral Home with burial in Bethel Cemetery. Sutton died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. 

Survivors include nieces and nephews, Gloria Sutton, Tammie Latimore, Dorothy Gary, Juanita Brown, Jackqulyn Sutton, Kenneth Sutton, all of Perry, Willie Sutton, James Sutton, Rosa Sutton and Willie Sutton, all of Warner Robins.

Family may be contacted at 1125 Lovely Lane. 

Franklin Todd

Services for Franklin C. Todd will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Hart's Mortuary, with burial at 2:30 p.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, Perry. Todd, 61, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. 

Survivors include his sisters and brothers Betty Sinclair and Ray Todd, both of Macon, Linda Bell of Savannah, Robert Todd of Bolingbroke, William Todd of St. Louis and Donnie McElwee of Cedartown.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in the funeral home and may be contacted at 1975 Pinehill Drive.

Sula Tucker

WARNER ROBINS - Services for Sula Clifford Tucker will be at 11 a.m. today in McCullough Funeral Home with burial in Centerville Cemetery. Tucker, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. She was born in Centerville, daughter of the late William and Molly Leverett. She was an Avon representative and member of First Baptist Church in Centerville. She was the widow of Julian B. Tucker.

Survivors include her children Nancy Tucker Moore of Warner Robins and Boyce Tucker of Tucker; sister Mary Jackson of Warner Robins; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Hughlon Vinson

MCINTYRE - Services for Hughlon Edward Vinson will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Moores Funeral Home, Milledgeville, with burial in Nunn-Wheeler Cemetery, Wilkinson County. Vinson, 79, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. He was the retired owner of Vinson Grocery and was a school bus driver for Wilkinson County for 16 years. He was a member of Benevolent Lodge No. 150 and Al Sihah Temple.

Survivors include his wife, Inez Dunn Vinson; son David Vinson; sister and brother Marion Vinson and J.W. Vinson Jr., both of McIntyre; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight in the funeral home.

Baylee D. Waddell

John P. Waddell

SANDERSVILLE - Services for Baylee Daniell Waddell and John Preston Waddell, infant twins of John Brett Waddell and Cheryl Diane Bailey Waddell, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Reynolds Cemetery, near Devereux. Baylee and John died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. 

Survivors in addition to their parents include grandparents Johnny and Leslie Waddell of Devereux, Barbara Smith Bailey of Sandersville and Jimmy W. Bailey of Wrightsville; and great-grandparents Sara Frances Waddell of Milledgeville, and Donald Smith and Dorothy Smith of Riddleville.

May and Smith Funeral Directors has charge of arrangements.

Larry Warren

MCRAE - Services for Larry Warren will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Red Hill Church Cemetery. Warren, 50, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. An Army veteran of World War II, he was self-employed in the cabinet-making industry. He was the widower of Janice Warren.

Survivors include his mother, Ruby Kimes of McRae; and brothers Roger Warren of Cedar Grove, John Warren of Sanford, Fla., and James Warren of Atlanta.

The family may be contacted at the Kimes residence. Vaughn Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Mary White

DUBLIN - Services for Mary L. White will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. White died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. She was an inspector, retired from Bibb Manufacturing Co. She was the widow of Archie White.

Survivors include her children Inez Register, Margie Stuckey and Nan Meadows, all of Milledgeville; brother and sisters Pete White of Cedar Grove, Gladys Stanley of Macon and Ann Snyder of Chicago; several grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Stanley Funeral Home.
 

BOWEN, Roger Wade: 76, of Macon, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. Services and burial will be private. Mr. Bowen was born in Telfair County, Georgia, and had lived in Macon for the past 50 years. He was a carpenter and he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Survivors: daughters, Gena Ford and Lisa H. Prince, both of Macon; and son, Roger Michael Bowen of Indianapolis, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; sister Ruby Perkins of Ocala, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation: Wednesday from 6-8 Wednesday in the funeral home. Crest Lawn Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
CAMERON, Donald Theodore Sr.: 78, of Macon, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at his residence. Services were 2 p.m. Monday in Macon Memorial Park. Layman Harry Young officiated. Crest Lawn Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

POWELL, Dewey: 77, of Macon, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens with the Masonic Rites given by the Central Georgia Masonic Memorial Association. Dr. George Palmer and the Rev. Mike Manley will officiate. The family may be contacted at 107 Knots Landing. Mr. Powell was born in Telfair County and had resided in Macon for most of his life. He was the son of the late David "Pete" Powell and Louella Mullis Powell. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was a retired offset photographer at Robins Air Force Base. He was a member of Scottish Rite Temple and was a member of the Fort Hawkins Lodge #418 for more than 50 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors: his wife, Lois C. Powell of Macon; three daughters, Runae Perry of Byron, Kathy Wilcox of Macon and Patsy Bell of Charleston, S.C..; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Crest Lawn Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
 

FORESTER, MD, Beverly Wood: of 2924 Hillandale Circle, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in a local hospital. Services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Vineville United Methodist Church, with Dr. William Oliver officiating. Burial will be private. The family may be contacted at the residence. Visitation: Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Hart's Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Vineville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2045 Vineville Ave., Macon, Ga. 31204. Dr. Forester was born in Cairo, Ga. He was the son of the late Robert Forester and the late Erma Merritt Forester. Dr. Forester was a member of Vineville United Methodist Church. He was a founder of the Mercer University Medical School, raising $2.5 million for the school. Dr. Forester was a graduate of Georgia Southwestern, Auburn University, The Medical College of Georgia and Tulane University Medical School. He served as chairman of the State Board of the Health Department for 10 years and was chairman of the Mercer University Medical School Steering Committee. He was founder of Internal Medical Associates and a member of Idle Hour Country Club. Survivors: Wife, Arja Forester of Macon; daughters Ann Forester Head of Alabama, Mary Forester Tondee of Georgia and Judy Murphy of Atlanta; son, Jack Forester of Macon; stepchildren, Lauren Warren of Atlanta, Victoria Coley of Macon and Adrian Giddens of Milledgeville, Ga.; six grandchildren; sister, Maribob Blackman of Pascagoula, Miss.; and nieces and nephews. Hart's Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

GIBSON, Oliver C.: 89, of 5240 Rivoli Drive, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001. Graveside services were held Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Macon Memorial Park, with the Rev. Don VanHoozier officiating. The family may be contacted at the residence. Hart's Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

KELLY, Margaret: Services for Margaret Kelly, 76, are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2000, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Hart's Funeral Home, with burial at Middle Georgia Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Kelly died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, after a long illness. She retired from Warner Robins Air Force Base in 1987 after 30 years service to the government. She was the widow of John Nelson Kelly. Mrs. Kelly is survived by her loving children: Sons David Kelly of Macon and James Kelly of Virginia Beach, Va., and the late John Kelly; daughters Bebe Kelly of Gordon and Lutie Strife of Tampa, Fla.; brother Fred Bodkin of Uniontown, Pa.; sisters Jane Clamp and Ruth Swisher of Waynesboro, Va.; and six grandchildren, Brian, Desiree, Jake, Kelly, Sammi and Patrick. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Hart's Funeral Home.They can be reached at 720 Tidewater Circle, 5-B, Macon, Ga. Hart's Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

TODD, Franklin C.: 61, of 1212 Gray Highway, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. Services will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Hart's Mortuary, with the Rev. Darrell Watson officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Perry, Ga. The family may be contacted at 1975 Pinehill Drive. Visitation: Wednesday from 7 until 9 p.m. at Hart's Mortuary. Survivors: Sisters and brothers, Betty Sinclair of Macon, Linda Bell of Savannah, Robert Todd of Bolingbroke, William Todd of St. Louis, Mo., Donnie McElwee of Cedartown and Ray Todd of Macon. Hart's Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

MCDANIEL, James Michael: 19, of 624 Forest Hill Road, Apt F3, Macon, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. He was a member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church and the MYF. McDaniel attended Westside High School. He was previously employed at Steak and Shake and was a freelance pipefitter in Atlanta. Survivors: son, Bailey Ivian Owens of Macon; mother Donna Marshall and stepfather Robert P. Marshall of Macon; father Michael Lynn Hughes and stepmother Connie Hughes of Lakeland, Fla.; preceded in death by his adoptive father and paternal grandmother, James Allen McDaniel and Diann Hughes; maternal grandparents James and Laverne Worsham of Macon; paternal grandparents Franklin Hughes of Lakeland, Fla., Rose McDaniel of Macon and Jones and Jean Marshall of Macon; paternal stepgrandfather Carlton Brown of Macon; brother Joseph Bryan McDaniel of Macon; sister Jamee Alaina McDaniel of Macon; stepsisters Scarlett Hughes of Lakeland, Fla., Melanie Hughes of Lakeland, Fla., and Tiffany Wood Hughes of Lakeland, Fla. Visitation: Tuesday from 7-9 at Ingleside Memorial Chapel. Funeral: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest United Methodist Church. Rev. Rex Odom will officiate. Burial: Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to HIllcrest United Methodist Church Youth Center, 3350 Hillcrest Ave., Macon, GA 31204. 
 

DAVIDSON, Lucy Belle Barlow: 97, of Macon, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at Eastview Nursing Home after a long illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, Mercer University Drive, with burial in Macon Memorial Park, Section A. She had lived in Macon most of her life and was married to the late James Beall Davidson, who passed away in 1950. She was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker who excelled in embroidery and handiwork. Her son, the late Jimmie Drew Davidson, passed away in 1975. She was the daughter of the late Mr. James Barlow and the late Mattie Wyatt Barlow. Survivors: Children Elizabeth D. Judd of LaGrange, Ga., Jeanette D. Crary of Milledgeville, Ga., Imogene D. Duggar of Dahlonega, Ga., and Melvin S. Davidson of Gray, Ga.; brother, Mr. Russell Barlow of Baltimore, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Center, 3473 Northside Drive, Macon, Ga. 31201. Family may be contacted at the residence of Melvin and Sandy Davidson, 414 Homer Roberts Road, Gray, Ga. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 Tuesday evening in the funeral home. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

MOCK, Mr. Clarence: of Twiggs County, Ga., passed away Monday afternoon. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery as they are available. The family may be contacted at the residence on Georgia Highway 57 in Twiggs County. Mr. Mock was the husband of Elizabeth Ann Mock. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
 

HAYES, Jeems Farris: 70, of Perry, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in McCullough Funeral Home with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Perry. He was a retired procurement officer from Robins Air Force Base and was a veteran of the Army National Guard. He was a member of Houston Lake Baptist Church. Born in Cobbtown, Ga., he was the son of the late James Francis and Annie Slayton Hayes. Survivors: wife, Evelyn M. Hayes of Perry; son and daughter-in-law, Jeems M. Hayes Sr. and Debbie Hayes of Warner Robins; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky C. Hayes Sr. and Cindy Hayes of Perry; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki Hayes Claxton and Jerry Claxton of Perry; brothers and sisters Bill Hayes of Swainsboro, Joan Powell of Enterprise, Ala., James Hayes of Montgomery, Ala., and Betty Scott of Centerville; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 today in the funeral home. McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins has charge of arrangements.
 

REECE, William Oscar "W.O.": 81, of Bradley, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 30, 2001, at Bradley Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery in Bradley, Ga. The Rev. E.N. Swinney, the Rev. Bobby Marcauhelle and the Rev. John Haney will officiate. Mr. Reece was born in Cherokee County and had lived in Bradley for the past 50 years. Mr. Reece attended Cherokee County schools. He was the son of the late Q.M. and Era Mathis Reece and was preceded in death by his wife, Voncile Glover Reece. Mr. Reece was a member of Bradley Baptist Church, Sincerity Lodge #430 and the Peace Officers Association. He formerly owned Reece Feed and Poultry and worked with the Jones County Sheriff's Department for the past 28 years. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law Robert N. "Butch" and Linda Reece of Bradley, and Marshall and Jan Reece of El Paso, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law Patsy Reece Hawkins and Holmes Hawkins of Lilburn; one sister Hazel Cox of Macon; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family may be contacted at the home of Butch Reece, 716 Monticello Highway., Bradley, Ga. 31032. Simpson-Childs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

SLOAN, Elizabeth "Sister" Ethridge: 85, of Gray, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at Elam Baptist Church with burial in James Cemetery, James, Ga. The Rev. Gary Thomas and the Rev. Clay Bowden will officiate. Mrs. Sloan was born in Jones County and had lived in Gray all of her life. She was the daughter of the late Gordon and Ethel Moore Ethridge Sr. and was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle D. Sloan. Mrs. Sloan graduated from Gray High School and attended Georgia State College for Women. She was employed by the Jones County Board of Education as a clerk for 49 years. Mrs. Sloan was a member of Elam Baptist Church, Elam Adult Sunday School Class and was a charter member of the Jones County Pilot Club. One of the most prestigious events of her life was that she was crowned Miss Georgia of 1939. Survivors include three brothers, O. Cecil Ethridge Sr., Sanford V. Ethridge Sr. and Charles W. Ethridge Sr., all of Gray; seven nieces and nephews, Sanford Ethridge Jr. of Suwanee, Marianne E. Bivins of Gray, Margaret E. Allman of Macon, Cecil Ethridge Jr. of Macon, Beth E. Coon of Gray, Cheryl E. Ware of Macon and Billy Ethridge of Macon. The family will receive friends from 7-9 Tuesday at Simpson-Childs Funeral Home and may be contacted at the home of Cecil Ethridge Sr., 151 Stewart Ave., Gray 31032. The family requests that those who wish may make contributions to Elam Baptist Church, P.O. Box 816, Gray 31032. Simpson-Childs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

JONES, G. Harold: 89, of Macon, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, in a local hospital. Services were 11 a.m. Monday in Vineville United Methodist Church. Dr. William W. Oliver, Dr. Jack Key and the Rev. T.J. Lewis officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. The family requests that donations be made to the Ed Cook Sunday School Class, the Music Fund or the Building Fund, c/o Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave., Macon, GA 31204. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, had charge of arrangements.

THIGPEN, James Angelus "Tutt": 75, of 5635 Janeru Circle, Macon, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in a local hospital. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue. Entombment will be at Macon Memorial Park. Dr. C. Michael Blizzard and Dr. Alton Ellis will officiate. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono Avenue, has charge of arrangements.

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