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July 2012 - Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

Posted: 3 Jan 2013 5:26PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

July 2012

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Issue: Wednesday, July 5, 2012

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Annette Herndon Morris, 72, of Blackshear, died early Thursday morning, June 28, 2012 at Southeast Georgia Medical Center.

Born in Blackshear on December 30, 1939, she had moved away for several years before moving back to Pierce County in the early ‘70’s. Mrs. Morris was a homemaker. She also served on the Pierce County Board of Elections and the board of The Magnolia House. She also worked with the census bureau. She loved to learn and considered herself a “professional” student. Having a big heart, Mrs. Morris loved to help people and no matter where you saw her she always had a smile on her face.

She was a member of First Baptist Church where she was in the Enriched Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Morris was a daughter of the late Willie Lloyd and Inez Turner Herndon. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ima Gene Williams, by her brother, Robert Jack Herndon, and by a grandson, Drake Davis.

Survivors include her husband, Robert R. Morris of Blackshear; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Jeff Adams of Jacksonville, Jerri and Tim Mann of Atlanta and Terri and Joe O’Connor of Brunswick; eight grandchildren, Ashley Waters, Zach Adams, Dusty Davis, Tripp Mann, Ricki Lynn Davis, Ellie Mann, Colby O’Connor, and Cassidy O’Connor; two great grandchildren, Kaleigh McQueen and Kolson McQueen, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Morris were held at 11:00 o’clock Saturday morning, June 30, at the First Baptist Church. Interment was in Big Creek Cemetery.

Visitation for Mrs. Morris was held Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home.

Board members and employees of The Magnolia House were asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Drake Davis Foundation, 145 15th St. Unit 1204, Atlanta, GA 30309 or go to www.drakedavis.com

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of the arrangements.

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Benjamin E. "Coach Ben" Park, 93, (born Oct. 14, 1918) of Jesup and Baxley, died Thursday, June 28, 2012 after an extended illness. The Washington Co., native had lived most of his adult life in Wayne and Appling Co. He was a member of the Jesup First United Methodist Church and the Baxley First United Methodist Church and was a graduate of Auburn University, where he played football and basketball and started his coaching career with Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. After serving in the U. S. Army, he served as athletic director in Vidalia, Jesup, and Alma, and influenced many young people with life skills in pursuing greater career goals. He laid the foundation for the Wayne County Recreation Department and was honored this year with the naming of the “Ben Park Complex” in his honor. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, church activities, playing bridge, and fishing.

He was predeceased by his wives: Frances H. Odum Park and Maebelle Breen Park, a daughter, Lyn Park, great-granddaughter, Tinley Park, and ten siblings.

Survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Patti (Kenny) Bryant of Jesup; one son and daughter-in-law, Pastor Brad (Debbie) Park of Baxley; one brother and sister-in-law, Clifford (Pat) Park of Blackshear; four grandchildren: Lauri (Craig) Davis, Brandi Edenfield and Allen Edenfield, Dallas (Larissa) Bryant, all of Jesup and Derek (Janna) Park of Collins, great-grandchildren, Graham and Gray Davis, Ryan and Rilie Edenfield and Bailey Bryant, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Jesup First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tucker Lewis and Kenny Bryant officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Gary Peel, Herschel Daniel, Johnny Wolfe, Mike Harrell, Kendall Keith, Paul Conner, Warren Purvis and Harry Spell.

Visitation was from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the church prior to services.

Memorials may be made to: Jesup First United Methodist Church Children and Youth Ministries, 205 E. Cherry St. Jesup, GA, 31546.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup were in charge of the arrangements.
(NOTE: s/o Hugh Alonza PARK & Eva T. NEWELL)

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Mitchell Leroy Russell, Sr., died Sunday, June 24 at 5:28 p.m. Russell was born Dec. 28, 1935 in Appling County to the late Robert Russell, Sr. and Audrey Moody Russell. He attended school in Appling County. He was employed and retired from Hazlehurst Mills. Russell farmed and worked in turpentine on his own land. He was a lifetime member of St. James A.M.E. Church; he held the office of trustee pro-tem, finance committee member, served on the steward board, Sunday school scholar, church van driver for Sunday school—youth and the church lawn keeper. Leroy married Clara Mae Davis Oct. 17, 1954 and to this union eight children were born. A daughter, Cassandra Russell and two sons, Clifton Russell and James Henry Russell preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Mae Russell; six children, Gregory Russell (Sadie) of Baxley, Kathy Marshell Russell Solomon (Alfred) of Baxley, Mitchell Leon Russell (Elvira) of Baxley, Mitchell Leroy Russell, Jr. of Baxley, Terrance Stanley Russell, Sr. (Lillie Ann) of Atlanta and Eric Demetrius Russell (Angela) of Adairsville; god-daughter, Dora Ogden Mann; siblings, Leroy, was the first born of 12 children: Thomas Lewis Russell, Dora Russell Williams, Gloria Ann Russell McDuffie, (James Henry Russell preceded him in death), Mary Russell Wilkerson of Baxley, Robert Russell, Jr. of Savannah, Willie Mae Russell of Albany, Willie Lee Russell (Fannie) of Baxley, Rosetta Russell Smith (David) of Tampa, FL, Jettie Russell Baldwin of Hinesville and Beatrice Russell of Albany; 27 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Leroy Russell were held Thursday, June 28 at St. James A.M.E. Church with Elder Norris Williams officiating. Eulogy was given by Pastor Douglas B. Stinson. Interment followed in Rachel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Tearel Russell, Cedric Solomon, Tony Russell, James Solomon, Terrance Russell and Stephen Russell.

Musical selections were rendered by Voices of Genesis, Jeremnich Russell and St. James A.M.E. Church Choir.

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home (black).

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Florence Beane Tillman, 94, of Surrency, died Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Pavilion. Mrs. Tillman was born Sept. 21, 1917, to the late Edwin Horace Beane, Sr. and the late Eura Overstreet Beane. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wilbur Tillman and a brother, Edwin “Bud” Beane, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Kay Craven of Baxley and Patricia Davis of Jacksonville, FL; one son, John Stanley Tillman of Surrency; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survives.

Grave side services for Florence B. Tillman was conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Derek Hobbs officiating.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pavilion Activity Department.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Marlene A. Edwards Buffkin, 75, of Pooler, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Marlene was born April 13, 1937 in Appling County to the late Ernest and Dicey Tillman Edwards. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Buffkin was a retired secretary for Baxley Veneer and Cleat.

Survivors include her husband, Rembert Buffkin of Manchester, VT; three daughters, Pam (James) Barker of Pooler, Kim (Mike) Albert and Pat (Yancey) Carter, all of Manchester, VT; one sister, JoAnne Eason of Surrency; three brothers, Reggie Edwards of Surrency, Olvid Edwards of Guyton and Dwain Edwards of Pooler; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives.

Funeral services for Marlene Buffkin were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 5 at Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Derek Hobbs officiating. Interment followed in church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Reggie Edwards, Scott Edwards, Louis Eason, Steve Craven, Greg Mann and Ronnie Hunter.

Musical selections were rendered by Vic Brantley, Kim Hall and Samantha Carter.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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The funeral services for Evangelist Missionary, Imogene (Tina) Sailem Crayton, who died June 28, 2012, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at New Jerusalem Church, with Overseer, Sarah R. Mims officiating. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Crayton was born Feb. 20, 1935 to the late Sandy Sailem and the late Cora Lee (Sarah) Martin. In 1954, she married Thomas (Cowboy) Crayton, who preceded her in death. They were blessed with nine children, of which four children preceded her in death: Lanis, Dudley, and Michelle Crayton and Marsha Ann Roberson. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Jesse Sailem and four sisters, Veler Smith, Annette McCoy, Grace Harris and Mozel Stone.

Survivors include five children, Mickey (Donnie) Coley, Joan (Jefthor) Williams, Lennie Crayton, Jr., Bobby Joe (Karen) Crayton and Jesse Steven (Gussie) Crayton; two sisters, Evangelist Sarah Joe (Larry) Goggins, Pastor Sarah Ruth (Melvin) Mims; three brothers, Bobby Woodrow, Colen and Steve Sailem; 42 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; four special grandchildren, Latoya, Bridget, Michael and Curtis Crayton and a host of nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances.

Active pallbearers were Lanis Fountain, Michael Crayton, Kelvin Cooper, Jamal Fountain, George Adam and Roy Sailem.

Honorary pallbearers were friends.

Musical selections were rendered by New Jerusalem Praise Team and guest church, Jefthor Williams, Jr. and Faith Temple Choir and the Anointed Mims Singers.

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home (black).

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Charlotte M. LeFebvre Maley, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 following an extended illness. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and sang in the choir. Mrs. Maley also served on the Coffee County Board of Health, Coffee Regional Hospital Auxiliary and was a devoted nurse for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Maley and a grandson, Charles Maley.

Survivors include her brother, Leon Lefebvre (Angele) of Brussels, Belgium; her children, Danny Maley (Carol) of Douglas, Bill Maley (Qunygh) of Surprise, AZ, Joe Maley of Sunbury and Tommy Maley of Hampton, Bernard Maley (Elaine) of Sunbury, Michele Little of Hilliard, FL, Patrick Maley (Kathy) of Yulee, FL, Charles Maley of St. Simons Island, Timothy Maley (Pok) of Eagle River, AK, Jimmy Maley (Shirley) of Hazlehurst and Anne Marie Harper (Mike) of Colonels Island; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

Visitation took place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 29 at Sims Funeral Home in Douglas.

A funeral mass was held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed in Douglas City Cemetery.

Sims Funeral Home, Inc. in Douglas was in charge of arrangements.

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Nathaniel James Mikulecky was born July 2, 2012 and passed shortly following birth.

Nathaniel is the son of Jeremy and Sidni (Barfield) Mikulecky of Lexington, S.C. His grandparents are Butch Barfield, of Baxley, Phil and Shirley Stephens, and Les and Chris Mikulecky, all of Vidalia.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Riverbend Community Church in Lexington, S.C. Interment followed at Woodridge Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, a Nathaniel Mikulecky Memorial Fund has been established for children’s ministry Riverbend Community Church. Donations may be made to this fund at Riverbend Community Church, 1015 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC 29072.

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Rev. John W. “J. W.” Nail, 77, died July 2, 2012 at the Pavilion under the care of Hospice. J. W. was born June 19, 1935 in Appling County, the son of Don C. and Mildred Brown Nail.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Nail; a grandson, Timmy Nail and a sister, Helen Nail Tillman.

Survivors include sons, Mark, Timothy and Chris (Melissa) Nail; grandchildren, Jeremy, John, Markus, Keisha Spell, Kaci Quinn, Staci Smith, Amber Nail and Hannah Nail; eight great-grandchildren and special caretaker, Angela Alexander.

Known by many as “Preacher”, Nail was a Baptist preacher and farmer for more than 20 years, pastoring churches in Appling, Jeff Davis and surrounding counties. In 2011, after suffering serious health problems, he became a resident of the Pavilion. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church.

Services were held at Zoar Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, conducted by the Rev. Joey Andrews and Chris Nail, with music by Donna and the Pavilion Singers.

The family received friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Active pallbearers were Jeremy Nail, John Nail, Markus Nail, Gage Nail, Will Griffin and Don Sellers.

The Rev. John “J.W.” Nail was laid to rest beside his son in Nail Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Roger Timothy Nail, 53, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center following a long illness. Timothy was born Dec. 13, 1958, the son of John W. Nail and Rita Nail Boyett. Until he became disabled Timothy was an employee of Nail Ag Enterprises and was especially skilled as a machinist and welder. He loved to design and build equipment and was an avid reader who could communicate on almost any subject. Timothy was preceded in death by is only son, Timmy Nail in 1998 a loss he mourned the remainder of his life; a brother, Ricky Nail, and the July 2 death of his father, John W. Nail, that he never knew about.

Survivors include his loving daughters, Kaci Quinn, Staci (Jeremy) Smith and Amber Nail; three grandchildren, Kamdyn Quinn, Gage Nail and Ree Smith. Also surviving are his mother, Rita Nail Boyett; step-father, Gene Boyett; brothers, Mark Nail and Chris (Melissa) Nail and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Swain Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joey Andrews and Chris Nail officiating. Interment followed in Nail Memorial Garden, 2915 Nail Road beside other beloved family members.

Active pallbearers were Jeremy Nail, John Nail, Markus Nail, Gage Nail, Maxwell Leggett and Blake Reeves.

Musical selections were rendered by Vickie Dyal, Karen Yawn, Kim Sweeney, Grady Sweeney, Mike Cleland, Danny Sikes and Alene Thomas.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Dennie Roy “Papa Dennie” Simmons, 67, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at Appling Healthcare System. Simmons was born July 29, 1944 to the late Linton Lee and Ora Lee Reeves Simmons. He was a member of Melton’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a member of Ironworkers Local 709 and Holmesville Masonic Lodge #195 F & AM. Dennie was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Vietnam. He was a loving husband, papa, father and friend.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Simmons of Baxley; one daughter and son-in-law, LaJune and James Bellah of Baxley; one sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Ben Blankenship of Melrose, FL; two brothers-in-law, Timmy Scott and wife, Midge, of Baxley and W. L. Scott and wife, Wanda, of Sylvania; three grandchildren, Austin Bellah, Dustin Bellah and Jacob Bellah; nieces and nephews, Randy and Lynne Crummey, Mike and Carletta Crummey, Janice and Jack Crawford, Dewayne and Lynn Crummey and Becky, Wayne Crummey and Erick Kneeland; and several great nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Swain Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ricky Rushing and Ronnie Rentz officiating. Interment followed in Melton’s Chapel Cemetery with Military rites.

Active pallbearers were Michael McDaniel, Wilbur Scott, Cliff Hardee, Joseph Williams, Danny Wayne Faircloth and Stewart Campbell.

Honorary pallbearers were Local Union 709, staff of Appling Oncology, Holmesville Masonic Lodge #195 F & AM, staff of Appling ER, Dr. Teresa Cezar, Southern Care Hospice, members of Terry Todd’s Coffee Club, Altamaha Volunteer Fire Department, Don Boutwell, Roy and Bonnie Lewis, Donnie Lewis, Chris Lewis, Ronnie Lewis, Lynn Watts, and Freddie and Donna White family.

Musical selections were rendered by Roseann Lawson.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Jewell Skinner, 86, of Richmond Hill, died Saturday, June 30, 2012. Mrs. Skinner was born May 30, 1926 in Appling County to the late Henry Chester Hardwick and the late Margaret Rebecca Willoughby Hardwick. She was the wife of the late John Brotus “J. B.” Skinner for 26 years. Jewell was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends as well as many others who touched her life. Her daily prayers were lifted to heaven for others and will be remembered by many. Jewell was devoted to reading and studying God’s word and was always ready to share him and his love with His people. Mrs. Skinner’s home for the last five and half years was at Bryan County Health and Rehab Center in Richmond Hill, where she died at the age of 86. The first 80 years of her life was lived in Baxley, which she considered to still be her home. Mrs. Skinner was devoted to her entire family from the oldest to the youngest. She was an avid cook and was instrumental in writing a family cookbook to carry on her legacy of excellent cooking for family and friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, John Brotus “J. B.” Skinner, who died in 1982.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Jean and Robert Pecenka of Richmond Hill, Margarleen and Al Spencer of Acworth and Jeannie and Danny Sikes of Baxley; one son, John Royce and Debbie Skinner of Richmond Hill; six grandchildren, Lynn Pecenka (Jeffery) Cabrol, Joe (Julie) Pecenka, Robert (Lisa) Miller, Brianna Skinner Brown, Derek Skinner and Daniel (Grier) Sikes; 10 great-grandchildren, Cameron, Caleb and Caylee Brown, Robbie and Josh Pecenka, Lauren Cabrol, Megan Miller, Amanda Miller, and John Evans and Nolan Sikes and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Jewell Skinner were held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike Brown and Pat Skinner officiating. Eulogy was given by Kelvin Skinner. Interment followed in church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were William Courson, Loyal Murphy, Monroe Crosby, David McLeighton, Bill Stone, Ricky Skinner and Chester Mims.

Honorary pallbearers were Adult Sunday-School class of Asbury Methodist Church.

Remembrances may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3423 Asbury Church Road, Baxley, GA 31513.

Musical selections were rendered by Julie Pecenka and Debra Youmans.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Philip Allen Hare
(June 17, 1936 - July 11, 2012)

Philip A. Hare, Sr., 76, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at his residence under the care of Southern Care Hospice. He was a native of North Tonawanda, NY and had lived in Appling County since 1986. Hare retired from the United States Navy after 22 years of service. He was a member of Ten Mile Baptist Church, the American Legion and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Corfu, NY.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Hare of Baxley; two daughters, Trudy Rewis and husband, Rick, of Alma and Angela Bergeron of Baxley; three sons, Philip A. Hare, Jr. and wife, Dawn, of Coco Beach, FL, Mark Joseph Hare and wife, Grace, of Chesapeake, VA and Danny Eller of Seneca, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Tara Wuttke, Bradley Eller, Daniel Eller, Tyler Howe, Jennifer Bergeron, Austin Eller, Carlie Hare, Trevor Hare and Darrin Hare; one great-grandchild, Bailey Rose; four sisters, Delores Howell, Loraine Hayes, Ruth Rupp and Sandy Stewart; and several nieces, nephews and other family also survive.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at David E. Miles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Conger officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 2311 East First Street, Vidalia, GA 30474.

Friends and relatives can sign the online guestbook at www.demfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements were under the directions of David E. Miles Funeral Home.

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A devoted mother, grandmother, sister and church member, Lola Nails, of Norwalk, CT, died Thursday, July 5, 2012. Lola was born May 9, 1944 to the late Lonell and Sarah Ethel Nails in Baxley where she was raised and attended school. Upon relocating to Connecticut, she was employed at Myers Manufacturing Company and Caldor in Norwalk, CT for many years. Lola was also a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Norwalk, CT for many decades.

In addition to her parents, Lola was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Spearmon, a brother, Joe Nails and two brothers-in-law, Roosevelt Coleman and Charles Winston.

Survivors include one daughter, Jacquelyn Morgan of Norwalk, CT; two granddaughters, Sharmane Morgan of Baltimore, MD and Alicia Phillips of Norwalk, CT; two great-grandchildren, Ariel and Amir Stover of Nowalk, CT; nine sisters, Sarah Coleman of Wildwood, FL, Violene Williams, Willmena (Vernell) Harris, Mary Nails and Mattie Nails, all of Baxley, Clara (Kenny) Young of Leesburg, FL, Louise Winston of Mobile, AL, Essie (James) Bullock and Ethel L. Nails of Norwalk, CT; four brothers, Artic (Martha) Nails of Norwalk, CT, Curtis (Lawanda) Nails and Robert Nails both of Baxley and Carlos Nails of Jesup; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Lola Nails were held at 12 o’clock noon July 12 at Mizpah Baptist Church in Baxley with Minister Romanita Bennamon officiating. Interment followed in Blarney Community Cemetery in Baxley.

Active pallbearers were nephews and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers were Graduating Class of 1963 of Appling County Consolidated High School and St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Norwalk, CT.

Musical selections were rendered by Kristy R. Bennett, Valerica Nails, Roseanne Walker and Aaron Thompson.

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home (black).

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Jerry Wayne Thompson, 66, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at his residence. Thompson was born June 14, 1946 in Opelika, AL. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. Thompson was a retired police officer with Atlanta Police Department, a painting contractor and store merchant and was known as Papa Jerry’s. He was a fine-fine man and was a gentleman. He was preceded in death by his father, Glennie Thompson and a brother, Roy Thompson.

Survivors include is wife, Teresa Thompson of Baxley; two daughters, Heather Lynn of Elberta, AL and Rhonda Priest of Buford; one son, Todd Thompson of Panama City Beach, FL; his mother, Polly Chandler Thompson of Baxley; three sisters, his twin, Geraldine Sealing of Baxley, Linda Smith of Albany and Margaret Stidham of Doraville; one step-son, Rocky W. Jacobs; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 12 in Swain Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Holland officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to offset the funeral expense to Swain Funeral Home, P. O. Box 536, Baxley, GA 31515.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Clara Lee Davis, age 80, passed away Saturday, July 7, in Appling Health Care. She was born September 22, 1931, in Appling County and had resided here all of her life. Clara Lee was disabled and was a member of Midway Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Annie Bell Gurley, Beluah Crosby, and a brother Howard Davis and she was the daughter of the late Joe Davis and the late Irene Griffin Davis.

She is survived by Fonnie Mae Rowell of Baxley, Rita Jean Norris of Starke, FL., Carolyn Weaver of Baxley, Charlene Lynch of Baxley and Ruth Carter of Baxley: one brother Earl Davis of Baxley: several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation was held Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In the chapel of David E. Miles Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, in the chapel of David E. Miles Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Williamson, the Rev. Rick Brown and the Rev. Billy Gardner officiating. Music was provided by the Rev. Billy Gardner, Shannon Davis and the Ladies of the Pavilion, Donna Gray, Christine Shuman and Linda Ogden. Internment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Jeff Lott, Randy Weaver, Harrell Lynch, Ricky Weaver, Randall Norman, Shannon Davis and Aaron Weaver.

Honorary pallbearers were the residents and staff of the Pavilion, Danny Stone and Earl Dean Griffin.

The family assembled at the home of Fonnie Mae Rowell on Edgerton St. in Baxley.

David E. Miles Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Issue: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Funeral services for Deacon Ellis Fields, Sr., who died July 6, 2012, were held Friday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Isle of Hope Baptist Church in Uvalda. The Rev. Alvin Alexander, II, presided and Bishop L. C. Rogers officiated. Interment followed in Isle of Hope Cemetery.

Fields was the oldest son of the late Charlie W. Fields and the late Lola Davis Fields. He was 105 years old.

His wife, Hettie Jackson, sons, Ellis Jr., Thomas and Charlie Hubert and daughters, Allie, Henrietta, Carol, Ernestine, Bernadine, and his siblings, Etta Mae William, George Fields, Ressie Gullatt, Josie smith, Charlene Robinson and Sarah Williams, all preceded him in death.

Deacon Ellis Fields had a short formal education. The need for education came second to the needs of his family; therefore he left school at an early age to help his father on the family farm. He was not shortened in education, his mother taught him to read and to write using various literary materials such as the Bible, newspaper and other printed sources found at home. The skills Ellis obtained from his parents would afford him an incredible life as a successful farmer/landowner, homeowner and businessman. He mastered the skills of farming and was often referred to as a walking almanac. He learned how to successfully produce crops such as cotton, tobacco and corn, and was excellent at raising livestock.

His exemplary moral character was recognized at an early age. Ellis was a mere teenager when he was made deacon of Isle of Hope Baptist Church. He was a man who could see the best in people. His mission in church was to help bring out this potential in everyone. Ellis and his family traveled by ferry down the Altamaha River to settle in Jeff Davis County. After resettling in Jeff Davis County, Ellis became a deacon at Morgan Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Graham. His keen intellect and wisdom was utilized for years as a Sunday school teacher at Morgan Chapel and also a Master Mason of Sumner Lodge No. 10, Baxley District No. 17. He was a member of the NAACP and served as a personal advisor to many in his public and private life.

Over his 105 years of life, Deacon Ellis held many positions within the communities, which he and his family lived. He retired from Appling County School System/Board of Education after many years of faithful service. On Aug. 7, 2006, Ellis was honored by the Appling County Board of Commissioners and Appling County Board of Education, as a successful retired businessman, a devoted retired public servant and a prominent citizen of the Appling community for his unselfish service to his community.

Deacon Ellis was an active leader in is family, church, and community. His commitment to excellence made his life one to be emulated by both youths and adults alike. He was given the key to the City of Baxley by Mayor Steve Rigdon for his accomplishments and on Aug. 12, 2006, a letter of inspiration was written by Governor Sonny Perdue thanking him for contributing to the well being of his family, his community and the state of Georgia.

He is survived by his three daughters, Janie (late James O. Sr.) Fletcher of Graham, Jettie Mazie (late Newton) Vann of Hazlehurst and Jeanette Jackson of Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Kaido Fields of Graham and one son-in-law, Ralph Pitts of Atlanta.

He was a loving and dedicated father to 12 children, grandfather of 54, great-grandfather to 55, great-great-grandfather of 68. He has one great-great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Active pallbearers were Jeffrey Fields, James Fletcher, Jr., Earl Fields, Carey Vann, Arnold Stephens, Roy Dale Stephens, Vincent Fields and Marcus Vann III.

Honorary pallbearers were Masonic Brothers and grandsons.

Musical selections were rendered by Peggy Fletcher and Uvalda Community Choir.

Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.

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Earl Griffin, Sr., 72, died Friday, July 13, 2012 in Community Hospice in Vidalia. Earl was born Nov. 22, 1939 in Ocilla to the late Rev. Ashley Griffin and the late Emma Gray Griffin. He was a member of Damascus Primitive Baptist Church of Mershon*, where he served as a deacon. Griffin was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force. He was a retired educator and was retired from the railroad. Earl was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian Fletcher, and four brothers, Albert, Barney, Virgil and John David Griffin.

Survivors include his wife, Faye King Griffin of Baxley; two daughters, Robin and Joe Taylor Baxley and Racheal Griffin-Jackson of Athens; one son, Earl Griffin, Jr. of Baxley; one sister, Jean Buchan of Douglas; two brothers, Wiley Griffin of Fitzgerald and Herman Griffin of Lake City, FL; three granddaughters, Haleigh Taylor, Casey Taylor, Jessica Jackson and a grandson, Griffin Jackson, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 16 at Swain Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Charles Tyson and Herman Griffin officiating. Interment followed in Damascus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Mershon.

Active pallbearers were Griffin Jackson, Johnny Pendarvis, Tommy Griffin, Jeffrey King, Lee King, Max Roberson, Eric King and Randy Roberson.

Musical selections were rendered by Floyd Hunter and David Williams.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

(* Cemetery not in Mershon. It's in Coffee, Bacon Co, GA)

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Louise Edwards Marsh, 67, died Friday, July 13, 2012 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. Mrs. Marsh was born Jan. 18, 1945 in Greenville, S.C. to the late R. Lee Edwards and the late Olive Hollis Edwards. She was a member of Melton’s Chapel Methodist Church. Louise was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Adams and a brother, Robert Stephen Edwards.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Marsh of Baxley; one daughter, Lynn Marsh of Baxley; one son, Al and Sandra Marsh of Alamo; two sisters, Martha Lee Stone and Peggy Stone, both of Baxley; grandchildren, Tyler Marsh and wife, Jenilyn, Justin Marsh, Bradley Marsh and special family, Becky and Dwight Griffis and Travis Coffman and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 16 at Swain Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bernie Khaw and the Rev. Ricky Rushing officiating. Interment followed at Melton’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Steve Craven, Stan Harris, Josh Stone, Marc Johnson, Mathew Johnson and Brent Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Harry Moses Construction.

Musical selections were rendered by Carolyn Edwards.

Remembrances may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Georgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Parkway Building 400, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30327.

Arrangements were under direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Jesica Lynn Oliver, 18, died in a car accident July 16, 2012. Jesica was born Apr. 22, 1994 in Jesup and had resided in Baxley since 2010. She was a member of 2013 graduating class of Appling County High School. She loved to listen to her radio; she loved her computer and loved to make people laugh. She was preceded in death by her daddy, Robert Brinson Oliver and a brother, Justin Brinson “Red” Oliver.

She left behind a son, Karloz Mortera and her very special friend, Gustavo “Angel” Mortera; her mother, Evelyn Roach; a sister, Allison Jean Oliver; brother, John Robert Oliver; sisters, Terrie Oliver and Kim Latham, all of Jesup; brother, Robin Oliver and sister, Annie Goims of Atlanta; grandparents, Eugene and Dianne Roach of Surrency and two special aunts, Imma Smith and Phyllis Oliver Jones; and two special nephews, Brinson and Trey Durance also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at David E. Miles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Bryant and the Rev. Chris Ogden officiating. Interment followed in Thompson Cemetery in Wayne County.

Active pallbearers were Zachary Higginbotham, Brandon Kyle Carver, Larry Ginner, James Aaron Stevens, Jason Kersey and Shane Slater.

Honorary pallbearers were the Appling County Class of 2013.

Musical selections were rendered by Jordan Ball, Katelyn Sapp, Cameron Harrelson and Ann Stone.

Arrangements were under the direction of David E. Miles Funeral Home.

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Roger Timothy Nail - BAXLEY - Roger Timothy Nail, 53 (b. December 13, 1958), died Thursday (July 5, 2012). Survivors: daughters, Kaci Quinn, Staci (Jeremy) Smith and Amber Nail; grandchildren, Kamdyn Quinn, Gage Nail and Ree Smith; mother, Rita Nail Boyett; and other relatives. Visitation: 1 pm Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral: 2 pm Saturday at the funeral home. Interment: Nail Memorial Garden. Swain Funeral Home, Inc. Baxley, GA Savannah Morning News July 7, 2012
Published in Savannah Morning News on July 7, 2012

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Jerry Wayne Thompson - BAXLEY - Jerry Wayne Thompson, 66 (b. June 14, 1946), died Sunday (July 8, 2012). Survivors: wife, Teresa Thompson; daughters, Heather Lynn and Rhonda Priest; son, Todd Thompson; mother, Polly Chandler Thompson; stepson Rocky Jacobs; and other relatives. Memorial service: 11 am Thursday at the funeral home with a visitation to follow at the residence at 145 First Street. Swain Funeral Home, Inc. Baxley, GA Savannah Morning News July 10, 2012
Published in Savannah Morning News on July 10, 2012

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Philip Allen Hare, Sr. - BAXLEY - Philip A. Hare Sr., 76, died Wednesday.
Survivors: wife, Betty Hare; sons, Philip A. Hare Jr. and (Dawn), Mark Joseph Hare (Grace) and Danny Eller; daughters, Trudy Rewis (Rick) and Angela Bergeron, and other relatives. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday at the David E. Miles Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to memorial service. www.demfuneralhome.com. David E. Miles Funeral Home Savannah Morning News July 13, 2012
Published in Savannah Morning News on July 13, 2012

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