Miscellaneous Dougherty County, Georgia Obituaries

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Ozzie Lee Atkins
ALBANY — Ozzie Lee Atkins, 80, of Detroit, Mich., died Saturday, September 15, 2001, at her residence.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mathis Baptist Church in Lee County with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. J.H. Reynold will officiate.

A native of Lee County, Mrs. Atkins had resided in Detroit for over 65 years, and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include one sister, Annie L. Small of Albany; one brother, James Daniels of Albany.

Poteat Funeral Home
Albany 229/436-3615

Christine Groom Bragg
COLUMBIA, Tenn. —Christine Groom Bragg, 85, longtime resident of Columbia, Tenn., died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Life Care Center of Columbia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Columbia with David Brewster of Birmingham, Ala., and the Rev. Mike Dawson officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 2790 Pulaski Pike, Columbia, Tenn. 38401 or a charity of one's choice.

The Cannon County, Tenn., native was the daughter of the late Bertha Hancock and Rass Groom of Auburntown, Tenn. In 1936 she married Stanton Smith Bragg who was employed by Life Insurance Company of Georgia. Mr. Bragg died 1988.

Survivors include two daughters, Evie (Lee H., Jr.) Bragg Bettis of Albany, Ga., and Linda (Ronald B.) Bragg Norton of Columbia; four grandchildren, Suzanne Bettis Jones and Lee H. Betis III, both of Albany, Krista Norton Brewster of Birmingham, and Mary Kimberly Norton Moore of Radford, Va.; six great-grandchildren, Stanton Emery Jones, Charles Tompkins Jones and Bragg Blackshear Jones, all of Albany, Jonathan David Brewster, Lydia Christine Brewster and Robert Andrew Brewster, all of Birmingham; three sisters, Mae Summar of Albany, Nelda Keaton of Lebanon, Tenn., and Sue Crocker of Columbia; one brother, Hamilton Groom of Gallatin, Tenn. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eva Black, Frances Brandon and Pauline Summar and one brother, James Groom.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Wallace Brandon, Buddy Black, Pete Black, Sam Black, Bobby Black, Don Keaton, Dwayne Summar, George Bragg and Medford Bragg. Honorary pallbearers will be Bethany Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bale, Carolyn Trimmer, Claudia Woody, Mrs. Pete Payne and Carolyn Green.

Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors
Columbia, Tenn. 931/388-4711

Sammy Lee Brookins
ALBANY — Sammy Lee Brookins, 52, of 317 McCray Avenue died Monday, September 17, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hebron Baptist Church with burial in Floral Memory Gardens.

Poteat Funeral Home
Albany 229/436-3615

Nikia Jeanene Harper
ALBANY — Nikia Jeanene Harper, 26, of 2005 East Pinetree Blvd. Apt. I-6, Thomasville, died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at her residence.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Jordan Grove Baptist Church in Lee County with interment in Jordan Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. R.O. Calhoun will officiate.

A native of Dougherty County, Ms. Harper was a 1993 graduate of Monroe High School and was a student at Thomas University in Thomasville. She was a member of Jordan Grove Baptist Church and was the chairman of the Rehab Club.

Survivors include her mother, Joann Coleman-Harper of Albany one sister, LaTrese Harper of New Jersey; her grandmother, Rebecca Coleman of Albany; three aunts, Barbara Coleman and Marian D. Stephens, both of Albany and Mary Joe Easley of Columbus; five uncles, John Coleman, Eli Harper Jr. and Monroe Harper, all of Albany, Michael Harper of North Carolina and Booker T. Harper of Pennsylvania.

The family of Mrs. Harper will receive friends and relatives at the home of John C. Harper, 1709 Melrose Drive.

Meadows Funeral Home
Albany 229/439-2262

Emma Louise Bryant Jones
ALBANY — Emma Louise Bryant Jones, 80, of 510 Whitney Avenue died Friday, September 14, 2001, at the Wellstar Transquility Hospice in Austell, Ga.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with burial in Riverside Cemetery.

A native of Worth County, Mrs. Jones retired in 1986 from Dougherty County Family and Children Services. She was a member and elder of C.K. Smith Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty (Michael) Powell Isler of Albany; an adopted daughter, Daisy (Charles) Banks of Neptune, NJ; a stepson, Charles J. (Irene) Hasty of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Phyllis Tanner Bryant of Douglasville, Ga., Genevia Andrita Tanner and Benita Riggins-Lee of Atlanta, Ga., Michelle Lowe of Neptune, NJ; great-grandchildren, Minita Tanner, Andrew Doyle, Laterra Doyle, Randy Riggins, Janae Cotton, Bryana Bryant, Jordan Loman, Charles Tanner, Kimberly Tanner, all of Atlanta; a sister, Ruby J. Curtis of Zainesville, OH; six sisters-in-law, and several special and devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of other relatives, playchildren and friends.

Visitation will be held today, 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at C.K. Smith Presbyterian Church.

Poteat Funeral Home
Albany 229/436-3615

Elizabeth Riley
ALBANY — Elizabeth Riley, 82, of 1317-A North West Second Avenue, Miami, Fla., died Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at Jackson Heights Nursing Home in Miami.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ft. Early Baptist Church in Warwick with interment in Ft. Early Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. E.B. Munford will officiate.

A native of Kingstree, S.C., Mrs. Riley was a homemaker. She attended Dougherty County public schools and was a member of Ft. Early Baptist Church in Warwick.

Survivors include her daughter, Margie Pratt of Miami; one son, James A. Riley of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Paul McClary of Miami, and Robert McClary of Albany; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn McClary of Albany and Ethel McClary of Columbus; one Goddaughter, Janie Mae Morris and one Godson, Coley Mitchell; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family of Mrs. Riley will receive friends and relatives at the home of Coley Mitchell, 104 Cherry Street, Warwick.

Meadows Funeral Home
Albany 229/439-2262

Donnie Larry Barfield Sr.
ASHBURN — Services for Donnie Larry "Kojack" Barfield Sr., 63, of 2618 Coverdale Rd., Ashburn, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Perry Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Ashburn. Mr. Barfield died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.

He was a native of Porterdale, Newton County, Ga. and had lived in Turner County since 1974. He was the son of the late Arthur B. and Iva Mae Rutland Barfield. He served in the US Navy on the USS Sierra. Mr. Barfield was associated with the family business, Barfield & Tucker Used Cars. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ty Ty, Ga. He was a former member of the Ashburn City Council and served as Assistant Police Chief with the Ashburn Police Dept. He was a former Special Investigator for the Tift County Sheriff's Dept. and was a former Lieutenant at the Moultrie Police Dept.

Survivors include his wife, Syble Tucker Barfield of Ashburn; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Sue and Alan Griffin of Tifton and Pam and Gary Kohleer of Orange, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Donnie Larry, Jr. and Janie Barfield of Hartwood, Va.; son, Stewart Barfield of Alabama; grandchildren, Samantha Griffin and Jason and Lisa Griffin, all of Tifton, Stephanie and Stephen Jordan of Stafford, Va., Ben and Heather Mullins of Va., Allen Barfield of Albany; great-grandchildren, Kaley Holland, Madison Mullins and Dillon Holland of Stafford, Va., and God grandchild, Cameron Harper of Tifton. Mr. Barfield was preceded in death by two sisters, Bettie Ann Goodman, January 23, 1992, and Sandra Faye Barfield, October 16, 1995.

Visitation will be 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Perry Funeral Home
Ashburn 229/567-3366

Nettie B. Dorsey
DAWSON — Nettie B. Dorsey, 90, died Sunday, September 16, 2001, at Palmyra Medical Centers in Albany.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church in Cuthbert. The Rev. Freddie Starling will officiate. Cremation will follow immediately.

Ms. Dorsey attended the public schools of Clayton, Alabama. Upon graduating from high school, Nettie moved to West Palm Beach-Pahokee, Florida area. She was a devoted member of Vilula Baptist Church and served faithfully and provided leadership to the Church's Usher Board. She loved and served her church until failing health and a subsequent disability prevented her regular attendance. She later moved to Albany.

Nettie leaves to cherish her memory her loving and devoted son, William Arthur (Johnnie); a granddaughter, Nekeshia; a grandson, William T.; a brother, George Tullis; two sisters, Ola Mae George and Ida Hall; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Albritten's Funeral Service
Dawson 229/995-5895

Robert Goldsmith
FORT GAINES — Robert "Big Bam" Goldsmith died Monday, September 17, 2001, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.

The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Brown Chapel AME Church in Fort Gaines with burial in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Abbeville, Ala.

Visitation will be 2 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lewis Mortuary
Fort Gaines 229/768-2014

Cenella Hardison
FORT GAINES — Cenella Hardison died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at Crowne Health Care Center in Eufaula, Ala.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Lewis Mortuary
Fort Gaines 229/768-2014

Woodrow W. Holland
CAIRO — Woodrow W. Holland died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in Lake City, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Clark Funeral Home Chapel in Cairo with interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

Clark Funeral Home
Cairo 229/377-1414

Travis Dexter Howard
TIFTON — Travis Dexter Howard, 32, of Chula died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at the V.A. Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Strickland Temple Church of God in Christ with interment in Oakridge Cemetery.

Southview Mortuary
Tifton 229/387-7046

Homer Hurst
PELHAM — Homer "Ronald" Hurst, 76, of P.O. Box 421-5170 Stage Road, Meigs, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Mitchell County Hospital.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, U.S. 19, Pelham, with interment in Meigs Cemetery. Brother Sam Chastain will officiate.

The active pallbearers will be Ray Richardson, Tony Hurst, Kirby Salter, Obey Salter, Frank Castillo and John Dozier Jr. The honorary pallbearers will be Michael Hurst, Lee Bush and Jason Bush.

A native of Thomas County, Mr. Hurst was a retired farmer and a member of Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall.

Survivors include five daughters, Debra Jane Enfinger of Thomasville and Vivian Jeannette Pollock, Wanda Louise Hurst, Robin Kaye Dozier and Lahomia Gail Hurst, all of Pelham; three sons, Ronald Lavon Hurst of Easley, S.C., Kenneth Earl Hurst of Moultrie and Timothy Bruce Hurst of Meigs; five brothers, Yatch Hurst, Layborn Hurst, Edwin Hurst, Judson Hurst and J.C. Hurst; five sisters, Montine Barfield, Elouise Draughon, Alene Barfield, Nezzie Law and Jeanette Conners; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evelyn Richardson Hurst, parents, Leah Shirah and Carl Hurst and three brothers, Carnell Hurst, J.R. Hurst and Zach Hurst.

Visitation will be 6 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Braswell Funeral Home
Pelham 229/294-2661

Mildred Oliver Marshall
AMERICUS — Mildred Oliver Marshall, 87, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Sumter Regional Hospital after an extended illness.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Tommy McConnell and the Rev. Wayne Marshall officiating.

Mrs. Marshall was born to the late John Oliver and Irene Cantrell on September 7, 1915. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Bullock and Gladys Perry. She was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church and was employed by Manhattan Shirt Factory.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Dean Marshall of Plains; a brother, John Oliver of Americus; and a sister, Rena Mae Black of Preston.

Harvey's Reese Park Chapel Funeral Home
Americus 229/924-3607

Lillian Willa Durham Moore
BLAKELY — Lillian Willa Durham Moore, 86, of Albany died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Palmyra Nursing Home in Albany.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Blakely Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Ron Hinson will officiate.

A native of Early County, Mrs. Moore had lived in Albany since 1995. She was a retired instructor for Early Miller Training Center and was a member of First Baptist Church. She was also a member of the A.A.R.P. and was a charter member of the Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include her daughter, Lillian Remelle Moore Devane of Albany; a sister, Maggie Brooks of Edison; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Moore and parents, John and Margie Farr Durham.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albany Community Hospice at 3223 Lake Park Drive, Albany, 31707 or to the First Baptist Church of Blakely.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home
Blakely 229/723-3421

Ivey Sapp
DAWSON — Ivey Sapp, 93, of 205 South Turner Street, Edison, died Saturday, September 15, 2001, at Calhoun Memorial Hospital in Arlington.

The funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Ebel Missionary Baptist Church in Arlington with interment in the church cemetery.

Ward Funeral Home
Arlington 229/995-5853

Ethel Kate Simmons
CAMILLA — Ethel Kate "Vicks" Simmons, 85, of Camilla died Monday, September 17, 2001, at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home.

The funeral will be at noon Saturday at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Mitchell County with interment in the church cemetery.

Kelson and Jones Funeral Home
Camilla 229/336-0349

William T. Singletary
FITZGERALD — William T. Singletary, 72, of Aurora, CO, died Friday, September 14, 2001, at Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Paulk Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Rosary will at 7 p.m. today with visitation from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 483, Fitzgerald, GA 31750.

Paulk Funeral Home
Fitzgerald 229/423-2033

Willie Lee Smith
AMERICUS — Mrs. Willie Lee Smith, 77, of 1530 MLK Blvd., Americus, died Saturday, September 15, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.

The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church in Sumter County with interment in Andersonville National Cemetery.

Barnum Funeral Home
Americus 229/924-2958

Drew B. Thompson
BLAKELY — Drew B. Thompson, 77, of 313 Southside Drive, Blakely, died, Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at S.E. Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today at the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with interment in Blakely Cemetery. The Rev. Henry Bass and Dr. Dr. Ron Hinson will officiate.

A native of Early County, Mr. Thompson was retired from Great Southern Paper Company. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. During his tour of duty in the Air Force, he received the following medals, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Campaign Medal, Victor Medal and U.S. Air Force Commemorative Medal. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Dunn Thompson of Blakely; two sons, Donald Thompson of Blakely and Jerry Thompson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three stepsons, Edsel Bryan Jr. of Rock Hill, S.C., Mac D. Bryan of Lawrenceville and Joe W. Bryan of Decatur; a sister, Monett McCrary of Blakely; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Drew B. and Clyde Howell Thompson.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home
Blakely 229/723-3421

Bobby L. Veniszee
BAINBRIDGE — Bobby L. Veniszee, 49, of 1201 Water Street died Monday, September 10, 2001, at Bainbridge Memorial.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mt. Nebo M.B. Church with interment in Stubbs Cemetery in Decatur County.

Bruton Mortuary
Bainbridge 229/246-6042

Aquilla G. Waters
CORDELE — Aquilla G. Waters, 65, of Cordele died Monday, September 17, 2001.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thirteenth Street Church of Christ with interment in Bethel Cemetery.

J.W. Williams Funeral Home
Cordele 229/273-2683

Jo Smith Webb
DONALSONVILLE — Jo Smith Webb, 93, of 208 East Third Street, Donalsonville, died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Friendship Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church in Donalsonville with the Rev. Jerry Lott officiating.

Mrs. Webb was a native of Waldo, FL., and was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church of Donalsonville. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Edward Cooper Smith and Florence Merritt "Mammy" Smith. A graduate of Sophie B. Wright for Girls in New Orleans, LA., in 1925, A.B. Agnes Scott College, 1930 Teaching Fellowship in French Mercer University 1931, graduate Study Social Service University of Chicago Summer of 1933, University of S.C. Summer of 1939, MA in French Literature, Mercer University in 1991. Instigator of Bethlehem Center in Columbia, S.C., state treasurer. American Association of University of Women in 1931/32. Past President of PTA, Donalsonville Woman's Club, Friendship Methodist Woman's Society of Christian Service, Bible Teacher in Cleo Pierce/Jo Webb Circle, Regent Bainbridge Chapter D.A.R. A life member of the Donalsonville Garden Club and the Women's Club and an Officer of the U.D.C. Board of Directors of Historic Chattahoochee Comm., Senior Citizen of the Year 1980. Her hobbies were her family, genealogy, antiques, China painting, traveling and gardening. She was the author of three books, the first in the French language and two family histories. She assisted in writing a history of Seminole County.

Survivors include her husband, Judge Julian Webb, former presiding judge of Georgia Court of Appeals. Twin daughters, Judy Webb Cheshire and Jody Webb Custer of St. Simons Island. She had five grandchildren, Julie Custer Altman of St. Simons Island, Anna Cheshire Levitan of Boston, MA, Rob Cheshire of Austin, TX, Clay Custer of Chattanooga, TN, and Webb Cheshire of St. Simons Island; eight great-grandchildren and two grand nieces.

Flowers are accepted, however, contributions can be made to Friendship United Methodist Church Highway 84, Donalsonville, GA 31745 or Magnolia Manor, 2001 S. Lee Street, Americus, GA 31709.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home
Donalsonville 229/524-2789

Elmer H. Wilcox
CAIRO — Elmer H. Wilcox, 87, of 1524 Lullwater Circle, Cairo, died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Grady General Hospital in Cairo.
The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Cairo with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. The Rev. Tegler Greer, the Rev. Paul Dupree and the Rev. Charlie Culbreth will officiate.

The pallbearers will be John Clark, Mike Davis, John Elkins, Bobby Peeples, E.D. Hopkins, Bill Crawford, Willard Chason and W.J. Morton. The honorary pallbearers will be the Fellowship Sunday School Class, Funeral Directors and Coroners.

A native of Cairo, Mr. Wilcox was a retired Funeral Director for Clark Funeral Home for nearly forty years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cairo. He served as coroner of Grady County for 28 years and was presently serving his county as deputy coroner. He served on the Board of the Georgia Coroner's Association for six years and had served as the Chaplain of the Georgia Coroner Association for the past five years. He was just reelected as Chaplain of the association for another year this month. He was Georgia Coroner of the Year for 1999. He was a volunteer fireman from 1951 until his retirement from this duty in 1985. He was a member of the Cairo Masonic Lodge 299 F&AM, the Shrine Club, Hasan Temple and Scottish Rite. He was president of Fellowship Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church. He also was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Mable M. Wilcox of Cairo; daughter, Sue Wilcox Davis of Valdosta; stepdaughter, Meda Ann Difrancesco of Havelock, N.C.; granddaughter, Brittany Davis of Valdosta; step grandchildren, Kim Faulkner of Greenville, N.C., Julie King of Havelock, N.C.; step great-grandchildren, Adrian King of Havelock, Jaime Faulkner and Bradley Faulkner, both of Greenville, N.C; brother, Herman Wilcox of Metter and the Rev. Pierce Wilcox of Cordele; sisters, Julie Trawick, Deane Lillie, both of El Paso, Texas, Janet Davis and Inez Hartley, both of Cairo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Susie Jobe Wilcox.

Visitation will be 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 31728 or Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o Hasan Temple, 1822 Palmyra Road, Albany, GA 31701.

Clark Funeral Home
Cairo 229/377-1414

Louise Williams
BAINBRIDGE — Louise Williams, 83, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Sunday, September 2, 2001.

A graveside service was held at noon September 13, 2001, at Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.

Bruton Mortuary
Bainbridge 229/246-6042

John Frank Young
FORT GAINES — John Frank Young died Saturday, September 15, 2001, at Fort Gaines Nursing Home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church with burial in Kennon Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lewis Mortuary
Fort Gaines 229/768-2014