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Pauline Chapman Mason, 85

NEWNAN--Graveside services for Pauline Chapman Mason, 85, will be held Friday, June 6, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Swainsboro City Cemetery. 
She died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at her residence. 
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Mason was a homemaker and lifelong resident of Swainsboro. She was preceded in death by her parents, Toomb and Elizabeth Chapman, brothers, Jay and Norman Chapman, sister, Ina Durden and husband, Harry Mason.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Ambery of Newnan; one son, Mike Mason of Augusta; one sister, Bonnie Wimberly of Twin City; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Tomlinson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 
 

Clarence Eugene "Gene" Black, 88

OAK PARK--Funeral for Clarence Eugene "Gene" Black, 88, was held Saturday, May 31, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Sammons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earl Warnock and the Rev. Glenn Purcell officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery of Soperton.
He died Wednesday, May 28, 2003.
A native of Johnson County, Mr. Black was the son of the late Benjamin Burton and Mary Frances Graham Black and lived in Jacksonville, Fla. 47 years before moving to Emanuel County four years ago. He was a retired automobile salesman and parts store owner/operator. He was of the Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his son, Curtis Eugene Black.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey V. Atkins Black; one son, Jeff Black of Middleburg, Fla.; five daughters, Shirley Randall of North Augusta, S.C., Marilyn Roberts of Jacksonville, Fla., Debbie Cox of Yulee, Fla., Patty Coble and Judy Gay, both of Lyons; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren..
Sammons Funeral Home of Soperton had charge of arrangements.
 

 
 

Rev. Elijah James Tann, 84

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Rev. Elijah James Tann, 84, was held Friday, May 30, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church with the Rev. James Day officiating. 
He died Friday, May 23, 2003.
Born in Sycamore to the late Rev. John A. and Annie Nesmith Tann, Rev. Tann received his early education through Fitzgerald school system. He graduated high school in Tift County and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1947 and pastored several churches during his 56 year ministry. He is preceded in death by sisters, Mary Reynolds and Tiny Tann and brothers, Jim Tann, George Tann, Joseph Tann, John Tann and Samuel Tann.
Survivors include three daughters, Beatrice Woods of Atlanta, Laverne McCant of Moultrie and Linda Tann of Swainsboro; three sons, Ronald Tann of Atlanta, Earl Beck of Willingboro, N.J. and Timothy Tann of Swainsboro; two stepchildren, Christine Fluellen and Edward Thomas, both of Swainsboro; two sisters, Mamie Hood of Cleveland, Ohio and Lillie Bell Porter of Valdosta; one brother, Willie Tann of Dayton, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mosley's Funeral Home, Inc. had charge of arrangements.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Malcolm "Mac" Lynch, 87

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Malcolm "Mac" Lynch, 87, was held Saturday, May 31, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. E.C. Clime officiating. Burial was at Green Cemetery.
He died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at St. Joseph-Candler Hospital in Savannah after an extended illness.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Lynch was son of the late James and Lilly Green Lynch. He married Carrie Spann in March of 1940, was a farmer and school bus driver in Emanuel County for many years until his retirement. He was a member of Forts Grove Baptist Church and was a member of Piney Grove Gospel Chorus for several years. He was a member of Blue Lodge Sons Masonic Lodge of Wadley and served as Past Master for the Sons of Wadley #129, Past Assistant Deputy Grand Master of Louisville District #22, lifetime member of Swainsboro Consistory #312, Past Patron for the Daughters of Wadley Order of Eastern Star #487, Past High Priest of Holy Royal Arch #115 and District Inspector of Holy Royal Arch #115. He was also a member of Rountree Island Independent Benevolent Society, Johnson Grove Society and Piney Grove Fair and Honest Society.
Survivors include two sisters, Annie M. Ray and Pauline L. Cross, both of Savannah; and several other relatives.
Pallbearers were Sons of Wadley #129, deacons of Forts Grove, Piney Grove, Brinson Rock, Batts Grove and Rountree Island.
Mosley's Funeral Home, Inc. had charge of arrangements. 
 
 
 
 
 

R. Frank Gay Sr., 91

HIGH POINT, N.C.--Funeral for R. Frank Gay Sr., 91, will be held Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roland Jones officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
He died May 16, 2003, at High Point Regional Hospital after an extended illness.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Gay was the son of the late Ivey Diveger and Florrie Maybelle Gay. He graduated high school in Garfield and completed one year of college at Birmingham Southern University. He was employed 35 years with J.C. Penney Co. working in Knoxville, Tenn., Alexandria, Va., New York, Louisville, Ky. and Jacksonville, Fla. Upon retirement, he moved to High Point, N.C. and worked with real estate investment and the family's lumber companies, Hedgecock Builders and Supply. He was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church serving on several advisory committees. He served as chair of High Point University's Board of Visitors, was a member of High Point Country Club and served on the board of the YMCA of Greater High Point. He was also an active Rotarian more than 40 years in Jacksonville, Fla. and High Point, N.C. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lois Estelle Hedgecock Gay.
Survivors include four children, R. Frank Gay Jr. of Kansas City, Mo., Patricia G. Nash of High Point, N.C., Dorothy Gay Darr of High Point, N.C. and J. Richardson Gay of Boston, Mass.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild..
Cumby Family Funeral Services of High Point, N.C. has charge of arrangements. 
 
 
 
 
 

Myers Futch, 76

TITUSVILLE, FLA.--Graveside services for Myers Futch, 76, were held Saturday, May 31, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Union Grove Cemetery of Emanuel County.
He died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Parrish Medical Center.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Futch moved to Brevard County in 1956 after serving in the U.S. Army and was a member of Ironworkers Union Local 808 for 50 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Futch of Titusville, Fla.; three daughters, Dianne Migilis of St. Augustine, Fla., Janet Rosel of Titusville, Fla. and Judy LeBeau of Lake City, Fla.; one son, Mike Futch of Titusville, Fla.; three stepchildren, Benjamin Morel of Kildare, Ga., Andrew Morel and Donna Morel, both of Titusville, Fla.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
 
 

Russell Perry Scarboro, 85

WADLEY--Funeral for Russell Perry Scarboro, 85, was held Monday, June 2, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Wadley Methodist Church with Dr. Larry Sauls and the Rev. Kenneth Watkins officiating. Burial was at Wadley City Cemetery.
He died Saturday, May 31, 2003, under the care of St. Joseph's Hospice.
A native of Johnson County, Mr. Scarboro lived in Wadley all his life. He was a former member of Wadley City Council and former member of Jefferson County School Board. He owned and operated Scarboro Service Station and Garage of Wadley for many years, was a retired vocational education teacher of Wadley High School and a retired correctional officer of Jefferson County PWC. Mr.. Scarboro was a veteran of World War II, member of American Legion Post 225, and member of Wadley United Methodist Church where he served as administrative board chairman, lay leader and Sunday school teacher of the men's Bible class for 40 years.
Survivors include his wife, Inez Whitened Scarboro of Wadley; one daughter, Daphne Scarboro Sanders of Wadley; one brother, Joe Scarboro of Harridan; ones sister, Virginia Scarboro Smith of Augusta; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Greg Scarboro, Craig Scarboro, Keith Scarboro, Miles Scarboro Jr., James Moxley and George Moxley.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the men's Bible class and administrative board members of Wadley United Methodist Church.
Smith Funeral Home of Wadley had charge of arrangements. 
 
 

Alma Ruth Brown, 84

TWIN CITY--Funeral for Alma Ruth Brown, 84, was held Sunday, June 1, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Friendship Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Beasley and the Rev. Ronnie Collins officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.
She died Friday, May 30, 2003, at Metter Nursing Home after an extended illness.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Brown was a homemaker and member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church of Twin City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus C. Brown and son, Harvey Lee Brown.
Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Jones of Baxley and Ester Spires of Alexander; two sons, James Brown and David Brown, both of Twin City; one sister, Naomi Branting of Tampa, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Shannon Brown, Vincent Spires, Roger Spires, Earl Spires, Henry Crosby and Kevin Ronco.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements. 
 
 

Bernice White Byrd, 81

STILLMORE--Funeral for Bernice White Byrd, 81, was held Saturday, May 31, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Stillmore Deliverance Center with Elder James Blair officiating. Burial was at Stillmore City Cemetery.
She died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Candler County Hospital after an extended illness.
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Byrd attended public schools and was a member of First Baptist Church of Stillmore.
She is survived by one sister, Sallie Camper of Stillmore; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Reno Tapley Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Rev. Earnest Cecil Ruffin, 75

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for the Rev. Earnest Cecil Ruffin, 75, will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church near Adrian with the Rev. Tommy Veal and Dr. Joel Dent officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery with Dr. Bob Blankenship officiating.
He died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Emanuel Medical Center after an extended illness.
A native of Monroe County, Rev. Ruffin was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired Methodist minister and school teacher. He served as pastor of Rockledge United Methodist Church and was former pastor of the Adrian Circuit. He also held a Doctorate in theology.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Ruffin of Swainsboro; one daughter, Jan Harrison of Satsuma, Fla.; one son, Rev. Richard W. Ruffin of Macon; one sister, Willene Coggins of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Doug Ruffin of Macon, Franklin Ruffin and Leonard Ruffin, both of Atlanta; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary has charge of arrangements. 
 
 

Courtney Lane Terwilliger Sr., 82

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Courtney Lane Terwilliger Sr., 82, was held Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Nunez Baptist Church with the Rev. Inman Gerrald officiating. Burial was at Moore Family Cemetery near Nunez.
He died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at University Hospital of Augusta after a brief illness.
A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Mr. Terwilliger was a U.S. Army captain serving in World War II with the transportation department. He was retired owner and operator of Terwilliger's Auto Service Inc. and was a member and deacon of Nunez Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mamie Moore Terwilliger of Nunez; three sons, John Terwilliger, Courtney Terwilliger Jr. and Henry Terwilliger, all of Swainsboro; two sisters, Anna Dodge of Scotia, N.Y., and Virginia Steere of Chappaqua, N.Y.; one brother, Frederick Terwilliger of Norfolk, Va.; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Lijah Moore, Tim Moore, Patrick Brown, Russ Yeomans, Bill Cook and Sam Daniels.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements. 
 
 

 
 

Hattie Thurl Radford Taylor, 71

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Hattie Thurl Radford Taylor, 71, was held Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Vera Daniels officiating. Burial was at Eastbrook Cemetery.
She died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Statesboro Nursing Home after an extended illness.
A native of Wayne County, Ms. Taylor was the daughter of the late Claude and Estell Trull Radford. She was a homemaker, member of Pentecostal Holiness Church and former resident of Presbyterian Apartments of Swainsboro.
Survivors include five sons, John Oshinski of Dothan, Ala., Ricky Oshinski of Minden, Nev. and Bobby Oshinski of Las Vegas, Nev., Larry Devero and Gary Devero; one daughter, Linda Faye; two brothers, George Radford of Swainsboro and M.C. Radford of Bowman; three sisters, Mary Nell Godbold of Jacksonville, Fla., Elaine Young of Harlem and Essie Murray of Swainsboro.
Pallbearers were nephews.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
 

Myrtle Stokes Driver, 95

CLAXTON--Graveside services for Myrtle Stokes Driver, 95, will be held Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery of Waycross with the Rev. Michael Gibbs officiating.
She died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Colonial Gardens of Claxton after an extended illness.
A native of Brantley County, Mrs. Driver was the daughter of Willie and Ella Highsmith Stokes. She was a retired teacher after 38 years having taught in Nahunta, Reidsville and Swainsboro. She retired to Dublin where she was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Glynn Driver and daughter, Lola Jean Roger.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Driver Kennedy; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Chambless-Frye Funeral Home of Nahunta has charge of arrangements.
 

Oris Kemp Newton, 91

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Oris Kemp Newton, 91, will be held Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating. Burial will be at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
She died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Emanuel County Nursing Home.
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Newton was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Happy Rovers, Tell Joy Sunday School Class and the Sipper Youngblood Missionary Group.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara "Bobbie" Mason of Lexington, N.C. and Linda May of Charleston, S.C.; one son, Fred B. "Sonny" Newton of Millen; one brother, James Kemp of Swainsboro; one sister, Grace Patrick of Swainsboro; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Keith Newton, Ted Mason, Jon May, Michael May, Paul Smith and Emory Lane III.
Tomlinson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 


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