Miscellaneous Bibb County, Georgia Obituaries

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Ashlyn Batchelor
MILLEDGEVILLE - Services for Ashlyn Batchelor, infant daughter of Melody Wood and Jeff Batchelor of Milledgeville, will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Williams White Columns Funeral Home, with burial in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Ashlyn died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. 
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her grandparents Milton and Brenda Savage of Jackson, and Rick and Debbie Wood, Barbara and Bill Porter, and William Batchelor, all of Milledgeville; great-grandparents Martha Wood of Milledgeville, and Sara and Julius Vinup of McDonough.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 tonight in the funeral home. 

Malcolm Brooks
IVEY - Services for Malcolm Logan Brooks will be at 3 p.m. today in Ivey Baptist Church Cemetery. Brooks, 70, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. The son of the late John Pinkney and Lillian Brooks, he was retired from Engelhard Kaolin Co., where he worked in the carpenter shop. He was a former member of the board of directors for the Wilkinson County Farm Bureau and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine P. Brooks; children Malcolm Brooks Jr. of St. George and Malcolm Andrew Brooks of Gordon; sisters and brothers Frances Moser of Kingsport, Tenn., Barbara Brooks of Lizella, Douglas Brooks and C.L. Brooks, both of Ivey, and Jerrell Brooks of Gray; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family may be contacted at 111 Gladys St., Ivey. Memorials may be made to Clear Creek Baptist Church, 3831 Highway 18, Gordon 31031. Couey-Reece-Stanley Funeral Home in Gordon has charge of arrangements. 

Brenda Cobb
Services for Brenda Cole Cobb will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Jackson Temple Holiness Church, with burial in Unionville Methodist Cemetery, Lamar County. Cobb, 30, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001. She worked for The Medical Center of Central Georgia as a pharmacy technician and also at CVS Pharmacy. She was a member of Jackson Temple Holiness Church and the church choir.

Survivors include her husband, Tyrone Cobb; children Orlando Chase Cole and Brandon Cole, both of Macon; stepdaughter Kendria Cobb of Macon; sisters and brothers Ammie Cole, Linda Cole, Resa Evans, Sheria Cole, Bernice Buckner, Ellis Cole, Tommy Cole Jr. and Johnny Cole, all of Griffin, Lisa Barkley of Macon and Harold Cole of Barnesville; and grandmother Mary Evans of Barnesville.

The family may be contacted at 533 Mitchell St. Hutchings Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Mary Cowart
PLANTATION, Fla. - Services for Mary Louise Cowart will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Charlotte United Methodist Church, near Uvalda, with burial in the church cemetery. Cowart, 75, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. Born in Toombs County, she was a homemaker and member of Plantation Methodist Church and attended Smyrna United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Doyle Cowart; children Douglas Cowart of Plantation and Randall Cowart of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight in Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service, Vidalia. The body will be in the church at 1 p.m. 

Marie Fowler
HELENA - Services for Marie Ashley Fowler will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Helena Baptist Church, with burial in Helena City Cemetery. Fowler, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. She had lived most of her life in Telfair County. She was the aughter of the late Edward Theodore and Ethel Ashley. She was a former schoolteacher, homemaker, and owner and operator of Fowler's Grocery for 50 years. She was a member of Helena Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School teacher. She was the widow of William Anson Fowler Jr.

Survivors include her children William A. Fowler III of McRae, Edwin Fowler of Macon, Barbara Eason of Kinsgland, Mary Anna Owens of Augusta and Betty Yawn of McRae; brother and sisters Edward T. Ashley Jr., Marian H. Dockery and Mary Frances Whitehead, all of Macon; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in Vaughn Funeral Home, McRae. 

Mary Gill
Services for Mary Vaughn Gill will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, with burial in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. Gill died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. The daughter of the late Hal and Velma Ellis Vaughn, she was retired from Robins Air Force Base. She was the widow of James C. Gill and was a member of Houston Avenue Christian Church.

Survivors include her children Bill Perdue of Macon and Dena Musil of Columbus; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Houston Avenue Christian Church, 3820 Houston Ave., Macon 31206. 

William Hall
DARIEN - Services for William Jerry Hall will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, Brunswick, with burial at 4 p.m. in Corinth Cemetery, Dellwood, Emanuel County. Hall, 51, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. He worked at I.A.P. of Brunswick.

Survivors include his daughter Tracie Hilton of Sanford, N.C.; and sister and brothers Joyce Howard of Darien, Johnny E. Hall of Brunswick, James M. Hall of Canoochee and William Hall Jr. of Garfield.

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

Alton Hardy Jr.
Services for Alton Hardy Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Vineville Baptist Church, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Hardy, 59, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in a local hospital. Born in Hawkinsville, he was the son of the late Fred Alton Sr. and Dorothy Collier Hardy. He had lived in Macon for the past 25 years. He graduated from Perry High School and the University of Georgia. He was director of administrative services for Dan River Inc. for two years and the Bibb Company for 35 years. He was a member of Vineville Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon, chairman of ushers and a member of the Jack Gregory Sunday School Class . 

Survivors include his wife, Joan P. Hardy; children Joanna Hardy and Lance C. Hardy, both of Macon; brothers Sidney C. Hardy of Dublin, Jim Hardy of Thomasville and Charles W. Hardy of San Francisco.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 tonight in Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, and may be contacted at 3206 Willowdale Drive, Macon 31204. Memorials may be made to the Vineville Baptist Church Steeple Fund, 2591 Vineville Ave., Macon 31204. 

Thomas Holmes
DUBLIN - Services for Thomas Sheldon Holmes will be at 3 p.m. today in Dublin Memorial Gardens. Holmes, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. Born in Washington County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Lena Veal Holmes, He was a counselor, retired from the Youth Development Center in Milledgeville. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Osborne Holmes; children Catherine Holmes of Dublin and Shirley Tharpe of Wrightsville; grandchildren Marci Tharpe and Cody Tharpe; and a great-grandchild.

The family may be contacted at 905 Woodrow Ave. Townsend Brothers Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Mary Kimsey
PINEHURST - Services for Mary R. Kimsey will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Bowen-NeSmith Funeral Home, Unadilla, with burial in Harmony-Smyrna Cemetery. Kimsey died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in a Hawkinsville hospital. Born in Dooly County, she was the daughter of the late Ebb and Mae Patterson Kimsey. A Baptist, she was a homemaker and the widow of Rastus Scott.

Survivors include her children Tony Meads of Perry, Ken Kimsey of Cedartown, Ronnie Meads of Sparta and Danny Meads of Cave Springs; brothers and sisters Bill Kimsey of Cordele, Donald Kimsey of Unadilla, Edward Kimsey of Virginia Beach, Va., David Stewart and Kathy Lewis, both of Eastman, and Nancy Mimms of Canton; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 tonight in the funeral home. 

John Lowder
PASSAIC, N.J. - Services for John D. Lowder will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Bentley & Sons Funeral Home, Macon, with burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Lowder, 66, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001. Born in Macon, he was the son of the late Tom and Bessie Lowder. He worked at Lou Goodman Appliance Store as a driver for 30 years. 

Survivors include his children Brenda Lowder, Johnny Nolan and Kevin Nolan, all of Paterson, N.J.; sister and brother Ada Bell Earven of Macon and Lewis Lowder of Riceboro; and two grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at 3804 Andrews Drive. 

Floyd Taylor
VIENNA - Services for Floyd Taylor will be at 2 p.m. today in Hughes & Wright Funeral Home, Cordele, with burial in Pleasant View Baptist Church Cemetery, Wilcox County. Taylor died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. He was an Army and Air Force veteran, owner of Gran's Cafe in Vienna, a hog farmer and was employed in industrial construction. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children Skeeter Taylor and Ginger Tyler, both of Fuquay Varina, N.C., and Sandy Taylor and Thomas Taylor, both of Des Moines, Iowa; brother and sisters Jim Taylor, Nadine Taylor and Cleota Jordan, all of Des Moines; and three grandchildren. 

Patrick W. Thaxton
ROBERTA - Services for Patrick W. Thaxton were held Sunday in Roberta City Cemetery. Thaxton, 65, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. He was born in Crawford County and was a farmer.

Survivors include his brother and sisters Fred Thaxton and Vivian Rayburn, both of Roberta, and Pauline Rooks of Fort Valley.

Rooks Funeral Home in Fort Valley had charge of arrangements. 

Elvie Turner
COCHRAN - Services for Elvie A. Turner will be at 3 p.m. today in Fisher Funeral Home, with burial in Hart Cemetery, Bleckley County. Turner, 85, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. The son of the late Harvey and Lillia Turner, he was a retired farmer and member of Dubois Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lois H. Turner; children Wyndell Turner of Vero Beach, Fla., and Ronald Turner of Hawkinsville; brothers and sisters Zelbert Turner of Byron, Zeon Turner, Vera Churchwell and Imogene Heath, all of Cochran, and Verta Lamb of Danville; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family may be contacted at the residence on Lakeview Road. 

Reuben Ware Sr.
BARNESVILLE - Services for Reuben Arnold Ware Sr. will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Haisten Martin Funeral Home, with burial in Lamar Memory Gardens Cemetery. Ware died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. The son of the late Franklin Kentucky and Dasie Belle Boyd, he was a songwriter and operator of the Ware Upholstery Shop. He was a Methodist.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Grace Conley Ware; son Reuben Ware Jr. of Atlanta; sister Martha Edge of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

GILL, Mary Vaughn: of Macon, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Gill was the widow of James C. Gill, and the daughter of the late Hal and Velma Ellis Vaughn. She was retired from Robins Air Force Base. Mrs. Gill was a member of Houston Avenue Christian Church. Survivors include her two children Bill "Bubba" Perdue of Macon and Dena Musil of Columbus, Ga.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 Monday evening at the funeral home. Those who wish may make contributions to Houston Avenue Christian Church, 3820 Houston Ave., Macon, Ga. 31206. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
MCCOLLUM, William H. "Bill:" Funeral Services for William H. "Bill" McCollum will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, with burial in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. McCollum, 78, died Friday, Feb. 16,2001, after a lengthy illness. A lifelong Georgia resident, he was born in Atlanta on June 13, 1922, and moved to Macon in 1957. He served in the Army Medical Corps in World War II and was on duty at Trippler General Hospital in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Philippine Liberation, Asiatic-Pacific Theater and American Defense ribbons for his service from October 1940 to May 1945. Following the war he worked for 53 years as a salesman for the Atlanta Dental Supply Company. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Anne George Wheat; two children, William W. McCollum of Columbia, Md., and Linda Elizabeth Cantrell of Macon; two stepsons, Larry Wheat of Milledgeville and Ken Wheat of Columbia, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. His first wife, the former Margie Elizabeth Cook, and a son, Robert Bruce McCollum, preceded him in death. Mr. McCollum was a member of Northside Church, Macon Moose Lodge No. 1455, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, VFW Post No. 658 and American Legion Post 3. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

SHELTON, Melta Ononice "Foots:" passed away at her residence on West Oak Drive in Macon, Ga. She was born in Oglethorpe County, Ga., to the late Mr. Granville Dixon and the late Mary Gabriel Dixon on March 26, 1919. She was 81 years old on her last birthday. She was of the Baptist faith and was retired after many years of service as a nurse's aide at Bel Arbor Nursing Home. She was a resident of Macon most her life and was the widow of the late Mr. Clyde Shelton. She was predeceased by her daughter, Patsy Walker. Mrs. Shelton is survived by her five children, Cecil Shelton, Ann Crutchfield, Linda Dover and Dean Shelton, all of Macon, Ga., and Faye Brunson of Gordon, Ga.; her brothers and sisters left to mourn the passing of one so dear are Benny Dixon of Florida, Corrine Holmes of Athens, Ga., Edward Dixon of Athens, Ga., Elizabeth Lowe of Athens, Ga., Betty Jo Anderson of Athens, Ga., Carol Dixon of Athens, Ga., Bobby Dixon of Athens, Ga., Aubrey Dixon of Athens, Ga., and Doris Parks, also of Athens, Ga.; Nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors. The funeral services are scheduled to occur in the Chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Two O'Clock in the afternoon, with the Rev. Durwood Souther officiating. Burial will follow in the Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, where the committal will be held in Section "M." Active pallbearers will be Mr. Clyde Shelton, Mr. Ronald Shelton, Mr. Doug Walker, Mr. Bobby Johnson, Mr. Billy Johnson and Mr. Ashley Dover. It is the express wish of the family that Special Thanks be extended to the Houston County Hospice staff in general, and that Very Special Recognition be given to Georgia May and Crystal. 

The gifts of love, compassion and grace given to Mrs. Shelton by Georgia May and Crystal will always be remembered by the entire family, and they each pray God's Blessings upon these very special persons. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery have been entrusted to care for the family of Melta Ononice "FOOTS" Dixon Shelton.

WYCHE, Ruby L.: 65, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. Funeral services will be graveside Sunday at 4 p.m. in Macon Memorial Park. The Revs. Sonny Rogers and Horace Holmes will officiate. Mrs. Wyche was born and raised in Fort Valley to the late Claude and Louise Overy, but had been a resident of Macon for most of her life. She was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith. Wife of the late Frank L. Wyche, she is survived by her children, Patricia Middlebrooks of Byron, and Debra Hopkins and William L. Mitchell, both of Milton, Fla.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two stepnieces, Barbara Dougherty of Lizella and Betty Smith of Macon. The family will receive friends Sunday at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home one hour prior to the service, and may be contacted at 3325 Tidwell Road, Lizella. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Georgia, P.O. Box 6533, Macon, Ga. 31208. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

HARDY, Alton Jr.: 59, of 3206 Willowdale Drive, Macon, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in a local hospital. Mr. Hardy was born in Hawkinsville, Ga., was a native of Perry, Ga., and had lived in Macon for the past 25 years. He was a graduate of Perry High School and the University of Georgia, and was the director of administrative services for Dan River, Inc. for 2 years and the Bibb Company for 35 years. Mr. Hardy was a member of Vineville Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon, the chairman of ushers and a member of the Jack Gregory Sunday School Class, and was an Eagle Scout. He was the son of the late Fred Alton Sr. and Dorothy Collier Hardy. Survivors include his wife, John P. Hardy of Macon; daughter, Joanna Hardy of Macon; son, Lance C. Hardy of Macon; brothers, Sidney C. Hardy of Dublin, Jim Hardy of Thomasville and Charles W. Hardy of San Francisco; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Vineville Baptist Church, Vineville Avenue. Clergy: Dr. Ben Haygood, the Rev. Ron Holland, Dr. William L. Hardee and the Rev. J. Loyd Landrum will officiate. Burial: Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers: David Stone, Billy Hursey, Ray Mims, Earl Smith, Joel Herndon and Malcolm Green. Family will be at the residence, 3206 Willowdale Drive, Macon, Ga. 31204. Visitation: 4-6 Sunday, Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street. Donations may be made to the Vineville Baptist Church Steeple Fund, 2591 Vineville Ave., Macon, Ga. 31204. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements. 


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