Miscellaneous Emanuel County, Georgia Obituaries


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Dr. H. Wilder Smith, Sr., 87
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Dr. H. Wilder Smith, Sr., 87, was held Sunday, August 18, 2002, at 4 p.m. at First Methodist Church of Swainsboro. The Rev. Benjy Varnell officiated. Burial was at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Thursday, August 15, 2002, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta after a short illness.
Dr. Henry Wilder Smith was born in Stillmore on Feb. 16, 1915. He was the third child of Dr. De Saussure Dugas Smith and Gladys Wilder Smith. The family moved to Swainsboro in 1917, where Dr. Dessie practiced medicine and surgery from his office in the back of Mason's Pharmacy located on the courthouse square.
Dr. "Wilder", as he was known to his patients, grew up in Swainsboro and graduated from high school in 1932. He attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville and then transferred to University of Georgia, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and president of his junior class. He graduated in 1938 with a BS in Chemistry. He returned to Swainsboro and after passing the Civil Service exam in 1940 was employed by the post office. During this time, he met and married Leila Whitehead Williams of Monroe, who was teaching music at Swainsboro High School. They had six children and were married 37 years before her death from cancer in 1978. 
Dr. Smith entered medical school in 1942. When he graduated from Medical College of Georgia in 1946, he became the fourth direct generation of Smiths to graduate from that institution. His youngest son, George Leon Smith III became the fifth generation graduate in 1979. Dr. Smith's great-grandfather, Dr. Benjamin D. Smith, was in the class of 1853; his grandfather, Dr. George L. Smith, was in the class of 1881; and his father was in the class of 1908.
After completing his internship at Duval County Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., Dr. Smith moved to Swainsboro in 1947 and with his father he operated Smith Sanitarium until 1953. After his father's death, he formed a partnership with Dr. Ennis Powell and operated Powell-Smith Hospital until 1968, when they were bought out by Emanuel County Hospital. He worked on the staff of Emanuel County Hospital practicing surgery, obstetrics and general medicine until forced to give up surgery and obstetrics in 1986 by insurance regulations. During his 40 years of obstetrics, Dr. Wilder delivered a total of 5,133 babies. During his final month, he delivered 26 babies. The last of these were born Sept. 30, 1986. During one 24-hour period in the early 1980's, he delivered seven babies, all of which were single births and four of the seven were by caesarean section. He was known for his dedication and for always putting the patient first. He was named as Georgia Family Physician of the Year in 1986. He continued to practice family medicine from Smith Rural Health Clinic with his two sons, Wilder Jr. and Mason, who are both physician assistants. He overcame a stroke in January 1993 and continued to practice on a limited basis until his full retirement Dec. 31, 2001.
Dr. Smith was a fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians, recognized to handle high risk pregnancies, was instrumental in the establishment of the physician assistant program at Medical College of Georgia and Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgia Southern University. He served as preceptor for PA students from MCG, nurse practitioners from Georgia Southern and medical students. He served as chief of the OB Department of Emanuel County Hospital from 1971-1986.
His military service included membership in the Georgia Militia, commander of the Medical Detachment of Georgia Army National Guard, Army veteran of World War II and was mobilized with the GaARNG during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of captain.
Dr. Smith was also manager and lifeguard of the city pool for three years in the 1930's and first scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 75 in 1939-1940. He was president of Swainsboro Country Club for two terms in the late 1950's, a charter member of Exchange and Rotary clubs of Swainsboro, a past city physician and chairman of County Board of Health. He was a member of the local school board of Swainsboro High School for 12 years. He was author of the book "Memories" and founder of Smith Medical Museum.
He was father of the late Richard Torbin Smith; grandfather of the late H. Wilder Smith III; and brother of the late De Saussure Dugas Smith II; George L. Smith II, former speaker of Georgia House of Representatives; Magaret Hayes; Sara Nell Price; and Iris Edenfield.
Dr. Smith was also a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Swainsboro. 
Survivors include his wife, Oliene Hutcheson Smith of Swainsboro; one daughter, Leila Wilder "Lei" Smith Bragg of Swainsboro; four step-daughters, Sharon Kirby, Wendy Kirby, and Misty Kirby, all of Swainsboro, and Darlene Wommack of Metter; four sons, LTC (Ret.) De Saussure Dugas "Dess" Smith, III and H. Wilder Smith, Jr., both of Swainsboro, Mason W. Smith of Dublin and Dr. George L. Smith, III of Covington; three step-sons, William Kirby of Lyons, Wayne Kirby of Swainsboro and James Kirby of Bartow; 18 grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were De Saussure Dugas "Dessie" Smith IV, Richard Torbin Smith, Colby Isaac Smith, Thomas Ennis Bragg, Jr., Ira Washington Bragg, III, Mason Williams Smith, Jr., Benjamin Carl Smith, George L. "Ivey" Smith, IV, Taylor Harris Smith and J. D. Kirby.
Honorary Pallbearers were the staff of Smith Rural Health Clinic and former employees of Dr. Smith.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary of Swainsboro had charge of arrangements. 

Lenora Jackson Poole, 79
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Lenora Jackson Poole, 79, was held Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at 4 p.m., at St. Philip Baptist Church with Pastor James E. Love officiating. Burial was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.
She died at Emanuel Medical Center after an extended illness.
Mrs. Poole was a native and lifelong resident of Emanuel County where she attended public schools and was a member of St. Philip Baptist Church of Swainsboro.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Poole of Newark, N.J.; four daughters, Dora Moore, Mary Wadley, Geraldine Jones, all of Swainsboro, and Annie Mae Bryant of Patterson, N.J.; two sisters, Eloise Williams of Baltimore, Md. and Jessie B. Hodges of Cross-Green community; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Pearl Wilson Johnson, 94
GARFIELD--Funeral for Pearl Wilson Johnson, 94, was held Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, at 2 p.m. in Hebron Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Tommy Rountree officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
She died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at Tatnall Community Hospital in Reidsville after an extended illness.
Mrs. Johnson was a native of Johnson County and lived in Garfield before moving to Reidsville to live with her son, Winton, for several years. She worked for Oxford Industries in Millen and at Swainsboro Sportswear. She was also a homemaker and the oldest living member of Hebron Primitive Baptist Church. The late Otis L. Johnson Sr. was her husband.
Survivors include three sons, Otis L. Johnson Jr. of Good Hope, Winton L. Johnson of Reidsville and Billy Edward Johnson of Swainsboro; one sister, Gladys Lamb of Twin City; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Womack, Jerry Johnson, William Riner, Larry Wilson, Lawrence Perkins and Ricky Williams.
Honorary escorts were deacons of Hebron Primitive Baptist Church.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Henry C. "Babe" Todd, 81
CLAXTON--Funeral for Henry C. "Babe" Todd, 81, was held Friday, August 16, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. David Hagan and Elder Jimmy Haire officiated. Burial followed in Brewton Cemetery in Hagan.
He died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, at Carl Vinson VA Hospital in Dublin after a short illness. 
An Evans County native, Mr. Todd was a member of Hagan Baptist Church, veteran of World War II, former Hagan Police officer and retired school bus driver.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Todd and Benny Todd of Hagan; two daughters, Judy Johns of Twin City and Sybil Lanier of Nevils; three sisters, Dolly Todd of Glennville, Pete Holland of Sevierville, Tenn. and Doris Sapp of Hagan; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Ruby J. Parker, 94
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.--Funeral for Ruby J. Parker will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, 11 a.m. at Hebron Primitive Baptist Church in Garfield. Elder Tommy Rountree will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
She died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002 at Carrington Place Convalescent Center in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Parker was born in Garfield. She later moved to St. Petersburg in 1925 from Monroe, N.C. She was employed by Amin Dress Shop as a seamstress for many years. She was also of the Baptist faith. 
Survivors include a sister, Ottis T. Cowart of Metter; and three granddaughters, Marsha L. Hill of Riverview, Fla., Brenda H. Hitt of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla. and Lisa D. Hill of Gulfport, Fla.
Wood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Johnson, 70
MILLEN--Funeral for Kenneth Johnson, 70, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary with Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at Jenkins County Hospital in Millen after an extended illness.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Johnson was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and owner and operator of Johnson's Auto Sales in Statesboro. He was also a member of Ogeechee Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Rich of Swainsboro, Carol Gay and Susan Brinson, both of Millen; his former wife and friend, Betty Blackburn Johnson; three sisters, Frankie Barfield of Orange Park, Fla., Shirley Murphy and Christine Nasworthy, both of Swainsboro; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Lester Brinson, Ben McNorrill, Richie Gay, Donnie Pope, Robert Wiggins and Mike Johnson.

Mary Ethel Flanders Pittman, 87
BRUNSWICK--Funeral for Mary Ethel Flanders Pittman, 87, was held Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Taylors United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
She died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.
Mrs. Pittman was a native of Stillmore and made her home in Brunswick since 1937. She was a member of Taylors United Methodist Church for 45 years.
Survivors include two sons, Merrill C. Pittman Jr. of Warner Robins and Marshall McDaniel Pittman of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters, Kathleen P. Parker of Orange Park, Fla. and Lesa Marie Pittman-Collins of Swainsboro; three sisters, Minnie Mae Lamb, Thelma Wooten and Hyman Smith, all of Swainsboro; one brother, Dave Flanders of Madison, Ohio; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were James J. Parker, Jack S. Parker III, Ashley M. Edwards, William L. Pittman and Jean-Paul Collins.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Essie Mae Whittington Crabb, 83
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Essie Mae Whittington Crabb, 83, was held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Louis R. Pearce, the Rev. John Strickland and the Rev. Cail Pressey officiated. Burial was at Watson-Odomville Cemetery near Adrian.
She died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro after an extended illness.
Mrs. Crabb was a native of Emanuel County. She was retired from Johnson County Nursing Home in Scott. 
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Whittington and James Crabb; her son, Ray Whittington; two grandchildren, Tonya Forbes Snyder and Greg Whittington.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie McDaniel of Swainsboro and Martha Snyder of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons, Tommy Whittington of Swainsboro and Curtis Whittington of Dublin; five sisters, Louise Porter of Metter, Marie Durden of Nunez, Cleo Whittington of Tallahassee, Fla., Linda Farmer of Bluffton, S.C. and Ethelene Thomas of Ridgeland, S.C.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were nephews. 
Honorary pallbearers were Garbutt Fountain, Steve Peebles, Nan Dora Kemp, Mary Lou Riner, Connie Brown, Gary Cavanah, Earl Morris and Donald Braswell.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Verlon Keen, 82
SOPERTON--Funeral for Verlon Keen, 82, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Sammons Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Harmony Cemetery near Soperton.
He died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Keen was born in Appling County to the late Bernard and Mattie Mae Toler Keen. He was retired from the Georgia Dept. of Transportation and was of the Church of God faith. His wife, Jacqueline Kicklighter Keen, preceded him in death.
Survivors include six sons, Virgil Keen, Marvin Keen, Jerry Keen and Lamar Keen, all of Soperton, Tommy Keen of Glenwood, and Ralph Keen of Oak Park; two daughters, Carolyn Keen-Lanford of Soperton and Lillian Keen-Gregory of Swainsboro; three brothers, Carlton Keen and Duel Keen of Soperton, and Clarence Keen of East Dublin; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Sammons Funeral Home of Soperton has charge of arrangements. 

Christine Bell, 53
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Christine Bell, 53, was held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Swainsboro City Auditorium with Evangelist Barbara Tillman officiating. Burial was at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
She died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at MCG Medical Center after a brief illness.
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Bell was born April 22, 1949, to the late Jay C. Pullens and Lurie Lee Pullens. She attended elementary and high school in Emanuel County and at an early age, she joined Coleman Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Her daughter Mannix Pullens preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Bell; two daughters, Kim Moorman of Great Lakes, Ill., and Tracy Bell of Keysville; eight foster children, Marion, Teresa, Tonya, Timothy, Jimmy, Gerald, Ray Paul and Raymond Shanks, all of Swainsboro; her mother Lurie Lee Pullens of Swainsboro; a step-mother, Susie Pullens of Swainsboro; 10 sisters, Pastor Barbara Tillman, Helen Williams, Mrs. Mickey King, Phyllis Strobridge, Minnie Howard. Diane Pullens, Debbie Pullens, Denise Pullens, Anna Coney, all of Swainsboro, and Geraldine Turner of Atlanta; two brothers, Charles Pullens and J.C. Pullens, both of Swainsboro; seven grandchildren; fourteen foster grandchildren; and several other relatives and friends.
Mosley's Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. 

Robert T. Drew, 60
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.--Funeral for Robert T. Drew, 60, was held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Burial was at Six Oaks Memorial Park.
He died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics.
Mr. Drew was born in Millen to parents Wilson D. and Dorothy Gallaher Drew, and grew up in Midville. He played basketball in high school and was a state of Georgia All Star player. He attended Georgia Military College and earned a bachelor of science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966 attaining the rank of captain. After serving in the Army, he joined Merck and Co. and became Director of Worldwide Quality Assurance. He was also instrumental in establishing the QA/Regulatory Affairs Program at Temple University. In addition, he provided financial support to a grant program and was a member of the Temple University Steering Committee. He retired from Merck in 1997. 
Survivors include his wife, Gale K. Drew; two daughters, Andrea Drew Gounev of Kansas City, Mo. and Deborah Givens of Lansdale, Pa.; a son, Barry Robert Drew of Gainesville, Fla.; and a granddaughter.
The Island Funeral Home, Inc. of Hilton Head Island, S.C. had charge of arrangements.

Leamon Holden, 72
TWIN CITY--Funeral for Leamon Holden, 72, was held Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary chapel with Rev. Gene Sego officiating. Burial was at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dellwood.
He died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at Johnson County Nursing Home in Scott after an extended illness.
Mr. Holden was a native of Horry County, S.C. He was employed with Emanuel County Road Maintenance Dept. He was a logger and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Kersey Holden of Twin City; two daughters, Faye Clayton and Brenda Jackson, both of Kite; four sons, Larry Holden of Marion S.C., Dennis Holden of Twin City, Danny Holden and Michael Holden, both of Swainsboro; one brother, Ottis Holden of Conway, S.C.; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Denny Holden, Chad Holden, Andy Holden, Tim Holden, Bradley Holden, Michael Holden, Russell Hughes and Wendell Hughes.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Susie Smith Long, 68
ELGIN--Funeral for Susie Mae Long, 68, was held Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Shives Funeral Home Colonial Chapel. The Rev. Thomas A. Caldwell officiated. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery.
She died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at her residence.
She was born in Swainsboro to the late Samuel and Ouida Mae Lowman Smith. She attended Beacon Baptist Church of Lexington, S.C.
Survivors include her husband, Lewis Long of Elgin, S.C.; three daughters, Betty Sue Donahue of Columbia, S.C., Sherri M. Randall Edwards of Macon and Teresa D. Holsomback; two sons, Joseph A. Randall and Joel A. Randall of Elgin, S.C.; two sisters, Lillian Smith Thompson of Swainsboro and Royena Smith of West Columbia, S.C.; one brother, Benny Ray "Buddy" Lowman of Long Island, N.Y.; and 11 grandchildren.
Mrs. Long was predeceased by a brother, Wallace E. Smith.
Shives Funeral Home of Columbia, S.C. had charge of arrangements.

James Felton Williams, 19
KITE--Funeral for James Felton Williams, 19, was held Monday Aug. 26, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Allen Meeks officiating. Burial was at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery near Kite.
He died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Williams was a native of Emanuel County and was employed at Larry's Paint and Body Shop. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Felton Williams.
Survivors include his parents, Larry and Connie Williams of Kite; one sister, Laura Williams of Kite; three brothers, Willis Williams, Shon Williams, and Paul Williams, all of Kite; and a grandmother, Geneva Williams of Kite.
Pallbearers were Casey Williford, Everett Flanders, Cameron Williford, Larry Bell, Johnny Newsome, and Shon Williams.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

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