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H. Reginald Thompson, 84

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for H. Reginald Thompson, 84, district attorney emeritus, State of Georgia and lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army, retired, was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, from First United Methodist Church of Swainsboro. The Rev. Benji Varnell officiated. Burial with full military honors was in Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Friday, June 15, in Emanuel Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born May 15, 1917, in Emanuel County, Mr. Thompson was a graduate of Swainsboro High School. He attended University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University and graduated from Woodrow Wilson College of Law with the LL.B. degree in 1940. He was a member of Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Admitted to the Bar in 1940, Mr. Thompson was licensed to practice in all courts of Georgia, U.S. District Court and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Courts. He had also been admitted to practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission and U.S. Treasury Department. He was a member of State Bar of Georgia, Emanuel County Bar Association and Middle Judicial Bar Association.
Mr. Thompson entered World War II as a U.S.Army private Feb. 20, 1941, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant May 15, 1942. He served as chief officer personnel division, AA School, Camp Davis, N.C., from May 1942 until November 1943, classification and assignment officer, AA Training Center, Ft. Stewart, from November 1943 until July 1944. He served overseas from July 1944 until December 1945 where he was establishment and personnel director, G.5 Section, at the Allied Forces Headquarters and Mediterranean Theater of Operations until July, 1945, and executive officer, same section, July 1945-December 1945. There he was awarded Battle Stars for the RomeArno and North Appenine Campaigns, also Presidential Unit Citation and Commendation Medal. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant Nov. 21, 1942; captain, May 28, 1943; major, March 17, 1945; and lieutenant colonel May 14, 1959. He was assigned to Headquarters Third Army, Ft. McPherson, as a member of the Reserve Augmentation Unit as chief, Plans Branch, G-1 Division, that Headquarters with rank of lieutenant colonel, general staff, to June 30, 1964, and transferred to retired reserve as lieutenant colonel June 30, 1964. He retired May 15, 1977, as lieutenant U.S. Army.
He was a member of Sigma Delta Kappa National Legal Fraternity, Swainsboro Lodge No. 244 F&AM, American Legion, Alee Temple Shrine, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Reserve Officers Association of the U.S. Army, Retired Officers Association of the United States, Emanuel County Farm Bureau, Emanuel County Sportsmen's Club and Swainsboro Shrine Club, serving as president of Shrine Club in 1970, and Swainsboro Golf and County Club. He was a former member of Swainsboro Jaycees and Swainsboro Kiwanis Club.
He served as chairman of the executive committee of The Central Bank, Swainsboro. Mr. Thompson was attorney for The Central Bank before becoming full time district attorney.
He was a commissioner from August 1949 to November 1951, and served as special assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Georgia, 1951-1952. Mr. Thompson was solicitor, City Court of Swainsboro (now State Court of Emanuel County) from Feb. 4, 1953, to Sept. 20, 1967. He was appointed solicitor-general (now district attorney) in 1967 by Governor Lester Maddox, and was reelected to the post in the 1968 General Election, again reelected in the 1972 General Election, and reelected in the 1976 General Election and again reelected in the 1980 General Election.
During the time he was district attorney for Middle Judicial Circuit of the State of Georgia, he saw service as a member of the executive board, Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of the State of Georgia and as a board member of the District Attorneys' Association of Georgia, and was a member of National. District Attorneys' Association. He also served on the State Crime Commission, Planning and Goals Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia, Joint Federal and State Law Enforcement Committee, representative of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia on the state Judicial Planning Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia, the Criminal Law Advisory Committee of the state Bar of Georgia Designating Coordinating Committee, the Criminal Justice Regional Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Georgia and the Juvenile Advisor Committee.
Mr. Thompson was selected by his fellow district attorneys as outstanding district attorney of Georgia for the year 1980.
He retired June 30, 1982, as district attorney, Middle Judicial Circuit, and was appointed district attorney emeritus July 1, 1982, by Governor George Busbee.
Mr. Thompson was the son of the late Mattie Eva Youngblood Thompson and the late Robert Bragg Thompson. He was widower of Merle Anne Powell Thompson. He was a member of Swainsboro Presbyterian Church , where he was an ordained ruling elder and lay leader of the church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Rhetta T. Pittman of Swainsboro; a son, John Robert Thompson of Swainsboro; four granddaughters and one grandson.
Pallbearers were John Bragg, Ennis Bragg, Robert Thompson, Garland Thompson, Jay Youngblood, Bill Youngblood, Bill Carmichael and Butch Parrish. Honorary pallbearers were Judge Walter McMillan, Judge Marvin Hartley, Judge Kathy Palmer and Rick Malone.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary of Swainsboro had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Julia V. Burke, 94

HAYWARD, Calif.--Graveside service for Mrs. Julia V. Burke, 94, was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, from Stillmore City Cemetery in Emanuel County. Elder Mike Newman officiated.
She died Sunday, June 10, in Hayward, Calif.
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Burke had lived in Savannah before moving to Hayward. She returned to Stillmore to live several years before going back to Hayward. Mrs. Burke was a matron at the Masonic Home in Union City before retirement. She was the mother of the late J.D. Burke and the late Warren Burke.
Survivors include four grandchildren, Roy Clark, Brad Burke, Carol Christiani and JoAnn Dietrich, all of California; and a daughter-in-law, Marlene Burke of Hayward.
Kennedy-Morgan Funeral Home, Hooks Chapel, of Metter had charge of arrangements.

Eldrige 'Shorty' Stapleton, 74

ADRIAN--Funeral for Eldrige "Shorty" Stapleton, 74, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2001, from Rehoboth Missionary Baptist Church near Kite. The Rev. Lamar Kersey officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
He died Friday, June 15, at his residence following a brief illness.
A native of Johnson County, Mr. Stapleton was a retired logger.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ann Watkins of Kite; four sons, Jack Stapleton, Roy Stapleton and Dale Stapleton, all of Norristown, and Junior Stapleton of Swainsboro; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary of Swainsboro had charge of arrangements.

Alfred M. Edenfield, 87

LYONS--Funeral for Alfred M. Edenfield, 87, was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2001, from the chapel of Jones-Stewart Funeral Home. Burial was in Lyons City Cemetery.
He died Saturday, June 16, in Meadows Regional Medical Center. Vidalia.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Edenfield had lived most of his life in Toombs County. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired construction worker. Mr. Edenfield was a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars and of Mount Shady Baptist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Christine E. Coleman of Lyons; three brothers, Lloyd E. Edenfield, Mandel Edenfield and Runt Edenfield, all of Lyons; a stepson, Hugh C. Tomlin of Vidalia; a stepson, Timmons Tomlin of HmaamJones-Stewart Funeral Home of Lyons had charge of arrangements.

Barbar Felton Wood, 45

BRUNSWICK--Funeral for Barbar Felton Wood, 45, was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2001, from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
He died Monday, June 11, in Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center.,
A native of Glynn County, Mr. Wood was an instructor for Job Corps. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include a son, Barbar Felton Wood Jr. of Canoga Park, Calif.; a daughter, Jovanca Wood of Canoga Park; his parents, Lee A. and Sarah C. Wood of Brunswick;' five brothers, Willie T. Wood of Swainsboro, James L. Wood of Brazil, Julius and Samuel Wood of Brunswick and Benny Wood of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five sisters., Eddie Ruth Wood of Toledo, Ohio, Gwendolyn M. Holton and Jacquelyn Jones, both of Brunswick, Sarah C. Wood of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sandra M. Wood of New York; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Hall, Jones and Brown Funeral Home of Brunswick had charge of arrangements.

George L. Peebles, 66

SWAINSBORO--Funeral for George L. Peebles, 66, was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, from the chapel of Tomlinson Funeral Home. The Rev. Kelmer Durden officiated. Burial was in Lamb Cemetery.
Born in Emanuel County, Mr. Peebles had worked on a sawmill most of his life. He was a member of Twiggs Chapel Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred G. Peebles of Swainsboro; three sons, Roy Joe Peebles of Columbia, S.C., David Bunch of Swainsboro and Johnny Peebles of Swainsboro; a stepdaughter, Sharon Flahtery of Louisville, Ky.; a brother, Talmadge Peebles of Dellwood; two sisters, Onita Scarboro and Christine Roberson, both of Swainsboro; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were nephews, Johnny Mills, Richard Bedgood, James Roberson, Johnny Peebles, Junior Stapleton and Knocker Hall.
Tomlinson Funeral Home of Swainsboro had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dorothy Dailey Canady, 69

MILLEN--Funeral for Mrs. Dorothy Dailey Canady, 69, was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, from Millen Baptist Church. The Rev. Leroy Lowery and the Rev. Butch Taylor officiated. Burial was in Millen Cemetery.
She died Tuesday, June 12, in Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.
A native of Jenkins County, Mrs. Canady was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce C. Mixon of Millen; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Nephews and cousins served as pallbearers.
Crowe-Fields Funeral Home of Millen had charge .

Virgil Canady, 74

MILLEN--Funeral for Virgil Canady, 74, was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, from Millen Baptist Church. The Rev. Leroy Lowery and the Rev. Butch Taylor officiated. Burial was in Millen Cemetery.
He died Tuesday, June 12, in Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Canady had retired from the U.S. Army. He had served in Korea. Mr. Canady was a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce C. Mixon of Millen; a sister, Ida Jenkins of Savannah; a brother, Irving Canady of Savannah; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Nephews and cousins served as pallbearers.
Crowe-Fields Funeral Home of Millen had charge of arrangements.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Funeral for Mrs. Rosa Hoover, 91, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, from Moores Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kenneth Watkins officiated. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.
She died Wednesday, June 13, in Jacksonville.
A native of Johnson County, Mrs. Hoover was the daughter of the late Willie Clifford and Eliza Maddox Carroll. She had retired from W.T. Grant & Co. as a supervisor. Mrs. Hoover was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Moores Chapel Untied Methodist Church. She was sister to the late Rueben, Elmer, Lester and Thurmon Carroll.
Survivors include a son, Richard Eugene Hoover of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Reba LaBarge of Jacksonville; four sisters, Irene Kitchens, Virginia Brantley and Hazel Rachels, all of Wrightsville, and Mary Foskey of Swainsboro; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jerry Foskey, Joey Ashcraft, Louie Fortner, Lee Kreutz, Howard Brantley and Wayne Carroll.
Stanley Funeral Home of Wrightsville had charge of arrangements.

John R. Rountree Sr., 94

DUBLIN--Funeral for John R. Rountree Sr., 94, was held 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, from the chapel of C. Homer Adams Funeral Home. Burial was in Northview Cemetery, Dublin.
He died late Tuesday night, June 12, in a Dublin hospital following a brief illness.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Rountree was the son of the late Dr. Manning Alonzo and Hattie Rogers Rountree. He received his education at Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Mercer University and Georgia Southern University, majoring in mathematics and school administration. He taught mathematics and coached basketball in Laurens County, Treutlen County and Emanuel County schools.
He served 11 years as superintendent of schools in Emanuel County. He taught mathematics and was head of the mathematics department at Brewton Parker College five years. After 40 years of school work, Mr. Rountree retired in Dublin. He taught a Sunday school class and was a deacon for several years. He was a member of Swainsboro Exchange Club, Dublin Country Club and Georgia Seniors Golf Association. He served as director and president of the association. After returning to his home in Dublin, Mr. Rountree spent his time supervising farms in Laurens, Treutlen and Johnson counties. He was the widower of Sarah Lucille Bedingfield Rountree.
Survivors include a son, John R. Rountree Jr. of Cumming; a sister, Lottie R. Aaron of Lyons; a brother, Wilbur Rountree of Valdosta; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were James Hilbun, Flanders Avery, Scott Beasley, Wayne Christian, Henry Bedingfield and Carl Bedingfield. Honorary escorts were Ed Roche, Pat Roche, Don Johnston, Hoyt Peppers, Dr. Bob Shuman, Dr. O.B. Johnson, Lillie Heard, Annie Rogers, Jessie Stephens, Malcolm R. Watkins, Georgia Gibson, Diane May, Willa Oliver and Laverne Wilson.
Adams Funeral Home of Dublin had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lurene Johnson Rock, 70

STATESBORO--Funeral for Mrs. Lurene Johnson Rock, 70, was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2001, from Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church. Elder James Johnson officiated. Burial was in Old Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Statesboro.
She died Thursday, June 14, at her residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice.
A native of Bulloch County, Mrs. Rock was a member of Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church, where she was a choir member and treasurer of the Women's Department. She was also a member of the finance department of New Mount Pleasant Association of Georgia State Primitive Baptist Convention.
Survivors include her husband, Izill Rock of Statesboro; a son, Silver Lee Johnson of Statesboro; three sisters, Irene Rock of Cobbtown, Mamie Fields of Swainsboro and Clara Frink of Metter; three brothers, Earnest Johnson of Metter, Larry Johnson of Vero Beach, Fla., and Ralph Johnson of Cobbtown; two adopted sisters, Ethel Hall of Statesboro and Maurine Johnson of Philadelphia, Pa.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Payton's Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lottie Jane P. Harrell, 77

LYONS--Funeral for Mrs., Lottie Jane Patrick Harrell, 77, was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2001, from Mount Moriah United Methodist Church. Burial was in Mount Moriah Church Cemetery.
She died Sunday, June 17, in Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia.
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Harrell had lived most of her life in Montgomery and Toombs counties. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband, Lester Harrell of Vidalia; three daughters, Juanita Harrell Causby of Calhoun, Patricia Harrell Harden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Tammy Nelson of Vidalia; two sons, Ray Harrell of Hazlehurst and Vernon Harrell of Vidalia; two sisters, Correse Hickox and Betty Jean Hargrove, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; four brothers, Virgil Patrick of Lyons, Cleo Patrick of Mount Vernon, George Patrick Jr. and Charles Patrick, both of Vidalia; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Murchison Funeral Home of Vidalia had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Tonya 'Candie' Singletary, 36

ADRIAN--Funeral for Mrs. Tonya L. "Candie" Singletary, 36, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2001, from the chapel of Tomlinson Funeral Home. Elder Gary Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Eastbrook Cemetery.
She died Sunday evening, June 17, at her residence.
Born in Centralia, Ill., Mrs. Singletary had lived in Odin, Ill., before moving to Swainsboro 16 and one-half years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church of Odin, Ill.
Survivors include her husband, Aaron Hall of Swainsboro; two sons, Guy Singletary of Swainsboro and Michael Singletary of Swainsboro; two step-children, Patrick Hall and Bonnie Hall, both of Swainsboro; her mother, Lou Ida Cheatum of Odin, Ill; four brothers, Guy Cheatum of Odin, Ill, Mike Owens, Darrell Owens and Kelly Owens, all of South Daytona, Fla.; her godparents, Gene and Bea Owens of Centralia, Ill.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Sheppard, Rob Gray, Dwight Singletary, Nathan Singletary , Steve Page and Bradley Singletary.
Tomlinson Funeral Home of Swainsboro had charge of arrangements.


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