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Obituary of Wilbur E. Murphy
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light" dated: 29 August 2006


June 22, 1911 - August 28, 2006

Funeral services for Wilbur Etheridge Murphy, 95, of Jakin, will be held today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at Jakin Baptist Church in Jakin with the Rev. Dr. Calvin Arnold officiating.

Interment will follow in the Jakin City Cemetery with Blake Gale, Tommy Spooner, Ronnie Welch, Rudolph Reese, Victor Cannon and Casey Cannon as active pallbearers.

Friends may share their thoughts with the family by visiting the Web site at www.evansskipperfh.com.
Mr. Murphy died Aug. 28, 2006, at Seminole Manor Nursing Home in Donalsonville. He was born in Laurens County, Ga., and was a retired boilermaker. He was a member of Jakin Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Carrie Estelle Murphy; a son, Charles Murphy of Brunswick, Ga.; a daughter, Shelby Gale of Jakin; two brothers, Edward D. Murphy and Andrew Murphy; a sister, Blanche Connors; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home of Donalsonville is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Lonnie D. Merkison
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light" dated: 29 August 2006


Nov. 16, 1920 - Aug. 28, 2006

Funeral services for Lonnie Doster "L.D." Merkison, 85, of Bainbridge, will be held Thursday, Aug. 31 at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Brinson with the Revs. Malcolm Parker and Curtis Earnest officiating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Russell Schie, Mark Collins, Jack Newberry, Chad Braswell, Gary Braswell Jr. and Larry Harrell serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 7 to 8 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com.

Mr. Merkison died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at his residence. He was born in Seminole County and was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Wilcox Merkison.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen M. Tate of Bainbridge; two stepdaughters, Robin Shepard of Thomasville and Jane Bass of Coolidge, Ga.; a sister, Dora M. Goodwin of Brinson; a friend and mother of his daughter, Ada Lee Merkison of Bainbridge; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Juanita G. Harper
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light" dated: 29 August 2006


Sept. 2, 1921 – Aug. 27, 2006

Funeral services for Juanita Gowan Harper, 84, of Bainbridge, were held Tuesday at Ivey Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Grubbs officiating.
A graveside services followed at Centerville Methodist Church in the Centerville community in Early County.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com.

Mrs. Harper died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at Memorial Hospital. She was born in Blakely and graduated from Hilton High School in 1938. She worked many years as a service clerk for Jack Winter Inc., and was a retired certified nurse’s assistant for Memorial Manor Nursing Home. She attended West Street Baptist Church and First Church of the Nazarene. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.L. “Bill” Harper.

Survivors include a son, Bill J. Harper of Lakeland, Fla.; three daughters, Joan Wade and Carolyn Burney McCain, both of Bainbridge, and Shirley Dodson of Cordele; two brothers, Bill Gowan and Frank Gowan, both of Blakely; two sisters, Net Enfinger of Blakely and Joyce Buckman of Bettsville, Ohio; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Annie Rose B. Bradwell
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light" dated: 29 August 2006


July 6, 1918 – Aug. 20, 2006

Funeral services for Annie Rose Dixon Baker Bradwell, 88, were held Sunday, Aug. 27, at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Climax with the Rev. Gloria Walden officiating.

Interment was in the Mount Olive Cemetery on Highway 309 South with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Bradwell was a lifetime resident of Decatur County and a member of Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a retired nurse’s aide and was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Bradwell.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Sanders Poindexter of Climax; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bruton Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Jerome Robinson
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light" dated: 1 September 2006


Feb. 24, 1963 – Aug. 25, 2006

Funeral services for Jerome Robinson, 43, of Tallahassee, Fla., will be Saturday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. at Mount Ararat Primitive Baptist Church in McCrayville with the Revs. S.L. Phillips, Wesley McGriff and Elder Jimmie Simmons officiating.

Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery on Highway 309 in Attapulgus with Ray Robinson, Johnny Donalson, Harold Robinson, the Rev. Wesley McGriff and Casey Robinson acting as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the class of 1980, North Side High School in Havana and his co-workers.

Mr. Robinson was born in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Elijah Robinson of Tallahassee and Janet Wester of Havana, both of whom are still living.

He was employed as a chef, both in Tallahassee restaurants and as a private caterer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Douglas Ray Robinson, Harold Robinson and Casey Robinson, all of Tallahassee, and Madison Gainer Robinson of Cairo; two sisters, Debra Anderson of Attapulgus and Latasha Reed of Mobile, Ala.; and a host of other relatives.

Chandler’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Jerome Rentz
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light" dated: 1 September 2006


Aug. 17, 1947 – Aug. 28, 2006

Funeral services for Jerome Rentz, 59, of Bainbridge, will be today, Sept. 2, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel in Bainbridge with the Revs. Herman Hand and Bob Nipper officiating.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com.

Interment will be at a later date in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery near Brinson. Pallbearers at that time will be Bill Lewis, Phil Shiver, Willie Cooper, Hal Rentz, Gary Rentz and Jim Rentz.

Mr. Rentz died Monday, Aug. 28, at his residence in Bainbridge. He was born and reared in Bainbridge, graduating from Bainbridge High School in 1965. He was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Odom Rentz of Bainbridge; two sons, Garrett Rentz of Bakersfield, Calif., and Charlie Alday of Bainbridge; a daughter, Christy Tomek of Aberdeen, S.D.; a brother, Ben L. Rentz of Butler, Pa.; three sisters, Diane McGahee of Camilla, Kathy Reeves of Covington, Ga., and Janet Weste of Bainbridge; and four grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of John H. Adams
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April 27, 1838 - January 27, 1907

Brother J. H. Adams was born on the 27 of April 1838 and died on the 27th of January 1907. He was a native of Decatur County, Ga., where he made his home throughout his entire life.

He was married to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Knight in April 1859. They lived happily together until the first day of March 1905, when the angel of death took her from his side into the blessed home beyond. They both made a profession of faith and were baptized into the fellowship of Olive Grove Primitive Baptist Church in August 1881, with which church they both retained consistent membership up to the time of their death.

Several years ago Brother Adams was ordained into the deaconship of the church, which office he filled worthily up to his death.

Into their family were born nine children, three girls and six boys of whom the following survive: J. M. Adams, Bainbridge, GA; J. J. Adams, near Iron City, GA; J. E. Adams, Cottonwood, AL; J. S. Adams, Boyettville, GA; Mrs. Ida Yates near Bainbridge , GA; Mrs. D. L.Bledsoe of Iron City, GA. It was with the latter named daughter he was making his home at the time of his death.

During the Civil War he was a member of Wheeler's Cavalry, and for four long years, at the faithful call of his bugle, were his comrades martialed for the orders of the day.

As a citizen, he proved himself faithful both in time of peace and of war. As a neighbor he was peaceful and hospitable. As a husband and father he was kind, affectionate and indulgent. As a Christian he lived loyal to the faith of his church and died in the triumphs of a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

Having been intimately associated with him in the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. L. Bledsoe, for the past several months, we had formed a very warm attachment for each other, and I had learned to esteem him very highly both as a Christian brother and as a personal friend. May the God of all grace comfort and sustain the bereaved ones, and give them all hearts to love, trust and serve Him; and, finally through riches of grace in Christ Jesus bring them reunited with their departed parents into His glorious presence.
B. M. Pack

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Obituary of Michael Wade Adams
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light"


December 26, 1983 - January 9, 1983

Mr. Michael Wade Adams infant, of Bainbridge died Jan 9, 1983 in the Columbus Medical Center.

A memorial service was held Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Attapulgus Baptist Church with the Rev. Alton Thomas officiating.

Michael was born Dec. 26, 1983 in Bainbridge to Michael Glen Adams and Cindy Lee Wade of Bainbridge. His material grandparents are Mr. And Mrs. Rex Wade of Attapulgus. Maternal great grandparents are Mr. And Mrs. Arthur Wade, Toronto, Ohio.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. And Mrs. James Adams, Richmond, Va. And paternal great grandparents are Mr. Benjamin Franklin Surrik, Philadelphia, Pa. And Mrs. Skilton, Philadelphia.

Cox Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of George Hollis Adams
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Died May 12, 1979

George Hollis Adams, 66 of Thomasville died Wednesday, May 12 [1979] at the Archbold Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 3 pm Friday, May 25 at the Kirkland-Cory-Hughes Home for Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jasper Sadler officiating. Interment followed at the Memorial Gardens.

Adams lived a number of years in Bainbridge before he moved to Thomasville. He was a retired salesman.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Adams, Thomasville; two daughters, Mrs. Bobby Stevens, San Antonio, Texas, and Mrs. Ralph (Joanne) Bars, Jr., Thomasville; two sons, George Earl Adams, Bainbridge and Hollis Wayne Adams, Montgomery, Alabama; one brother, Hoyt Adams, Tifton; seven grand children and one great grandson.

Kirkland-Cory-Hughes-Home for Funeral was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Melana Condrey Adams
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light"


Funeral services for Melana Condrey Adams, 88, of Rt. 2 Donalsonville were held April 1 at the Chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Carswell officiating.

Interment was in the Olive Grove Baptist Cemetery with John Q. Adams III, Johnny Moulton, Tommy Moulton, Eddie Alday, Steve Odom, Scott Miller, David Hall and Brinson Register serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Adams died March 30 in Seminole Manor Nursing Home. She was a native of Houston County, Ala. And lived most of her life in Seminole County. She was a retired homemaker and a member of Salem-Seminole Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, John S. Adams of Donalsonville; two daughters Florence A. Moulton and Elizabeth Johnson, also of Donalsonville; three sisters, Mary Hall, Martha Martin and Audrey Tew, all of Dothan, Ala. 11 grand children; 22 great grandchildren and other relatives.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Christine Gibson Addison
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light"


Mrs. Christine G. Addison 30, died Sunday, June 17, 1979.

Funeral services were conducted from St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church in Climax, Sunday, June 24 at 4:30 with the Reverend C. D. Hammonds officiating. Interment followed in McNair Cemetery.

Mrs. Addison, the daughter of Tom Gibson and Mrs. Annie Mae Gibson was native of Decatur County. She attended the public schools of Decatur County, and was a member of St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church where she served on the usher board.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Lewis Addison; three daughters, Misses Jannette Addison, Virginia Addison and Bobberrette Addison all of Climax; five sons Bobby Lewis Addison, Jr., Virus Lee Addison, Robert Earl Addison, Steve Addison and Charles Thomas Addison, all of Climax; parents Mr. And Mrs. Tom Gibson, Climax; three sisters, Mrs. Eary Mae Adams, Mr. Ekerry Datha Harrell, Climax and Mrs. Vera Mae Everson, Calvary; father and mother-in-law, Mr. And Mrs.Yank Addison, Whigham; sisters-in-law; brothers in law; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Belin and Sons Mortuary in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Leroy Akins
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Mr. Leroy Akins, 69, died April 9, 1982, at his residence in Attapulgus, following a short illness.

Funeral services were April 14 at 4 p.m. at Second Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Attapulgus, with the Rev. C. D. Hammonds officiating. Interment followed in Williams-Shermans Cemetery, Attapulgus.

Mr. Akins was the son of the late Mr. Josh and Mrs. Lutisher J. Akins and was a native of Decatur County. He was a member of Second Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church for several years and a veteran of World War II. He was formerly employed by the City of Bainbridge.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dollie James Akins, Attapulgus; one son, Leroy Akins Jr., Quincy; a Great nephew, James P. Hall, Attapulgus; one sister, Mrs. Lena Akins, Quincy; two brothers, Hilton Akins, Hardaway, Fla., and Hudson Akins, Greensboro, Fla; three grand children; and eight great grandchildren.

Belin and Sons Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of James Adkinson
"The Bainbridge Post Search Light"


Funeral services for Mr. James (Jelly Fish) Adkinson, 45, of Moultrie, formerly of Bainbridge, were held on Monday, January 13, 1975 at 3 pm from the Ivey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery in Iron City with Minister W. Earl Shaw and Rev. Don Matthews officiating.
Mr. Adkinson passed away on January 10 in Gainesville at the V.A. Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Lou Adkinson of Moultrie; a son, James E. Adkinson, Jr., of Albany, Georgia; two stepsons; Sgt. Randell L. Dobbs of Grande Forks, North Dakota; and Steve Dobbs of Moultrie, Georgia; two daughters; Mrs. Nelwyn Kelley and Mr. Nelda Adkinson of Bainbridge and three step daughters; Misses Cindy Patricia Anne and Jane Dobbs, all of Moultrie; and his parents Mr. And Mrs. Alfred Adkinson of Bainbridge; and a grandchild and a step grand child.

Mr. Adkinson was a member of the West Street Baptist Church. He was employed as a truck driver for 21 years. He was a member of the VFW in Moultrie and was a VFW Member for 20 years. He was past jr. vice commander of the second district VFW. He served for 3-1/2 years in the US Navy.

Active pallbearers were Leroy Inlow, Robert Black, Carroll Bush, Jimmy Price, Russell Kelley, Lamar Bush, Garland Bush and Tubby Adkinson.
Honorary pallbearers were all members of the Bainbridge and Moultrie VFW Posts.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Louise Elijah Akins
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August 29, 1913 - September 15, 1998

Funeral services for Louise Elijah Akins, 85, of Hillside, New Jersey, were held Sunday, Sept. 20 at Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Fowlstown with the Rev. T. E. Sanders and the Rev. John W. Whittenberg officiating.

Interment was in the H.B. & A Burial Society Cemetery in Fowlstown with Alonzo E. Burney, Joseph Chandler, Frank Chandler Jr. and Galeion Green serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were G. W. Cohen Jr., Charles Mills and Lawson Chandler II.

Mrs. Akins died Sept. 16 in St. Barnabus Hospital in Livingston, NJ after a lengthy illness. She was born in Bainbridge and was a former member of Emanuel M. B. Church in Jacksonville, Fla. She was a retired domestic worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Homer Akins.

Survivors include a son, Ralph Elijah of Hillside, NJ; a daughter, Seleta Elijah Corbin, also of Hillside; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren; a sister, Emily Elliott of Jacksonville; and other relatives.

Chandler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Velma Hartzog Alday
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Mrs. Velma Hartzog Alday, 70, of quincy, Fla., died on April 1, 1994 in Tallahassee, Fla.

A native of Early County, Mrs. Alday had lived in Quincy, Fla. For the past 46 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Santa Clara Baptist Church in Quincy.

She is survived by her husband, Reuben Alday of Quincy; two brothers, Walter H. Hartzog and James C. Hartzog, both of Attapulgus; one sister, Mrs. Essie Mae Trawick of Columbus and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held on April 4 at the chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home in Donalsonville with the Rev. Barrett Lampp officiating. Burial followed in Friendship Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Al Hartzog, Joe Hartzog, Toby Hartzog, Willis Trawick, Ronnie McDaniel, Spence Martin and Paul McDaniel.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home of Donalsonville was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Harold Allen, Sr.
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April 14, 1956 - November 7, 1998

Funeral services for Harold Allen Sr., 42, of Rt. 3 Colquitt were held Thursday, Nov 12, in Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Hogan Jr. officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery with John Miller, Emmette Miller, Jerome Daniels, Leroy Miller, Terry Perkins, James Perkins, Jim Miller and Sam Butler serving as pallbearers. Ken Elliot, James "No" Daniels, and John C. Mackey were honorary pallbearers.

Mr. Allen was fatally injured in an automobile accident on Nov. 7. He was a native of Baker County and a member of Springfield M.B. Church.

Survivors include his wife Minnie Allen; two sons, Lemonte and Harold Allen Jr.; a daughter Felishia Allen; two grandchildren; his parents, Harden and Ollie M. Allen; three brothers, Sylvester Allen of Bainbridge, Glenn Allen of Albany and Cedric Allen of Baker County; and four sisters, Joann Brown of Camilla, Mary Mack and Shanty Martin of Lithonia and Annie Mae Allen of Eldorendo.

Bruton Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of J. Lloyd Allen
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Mr. J. Lloyd Allen of Southport, Fla. Died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1990 at his residence. He was 85.

Mr. Allen was born in Quincy, Fla. On Feb. 24, 1905. He was of the Protestant faith and was a retired Regional Salesmanager with the John Harland Printing Company in Nashville, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtice K. Allen of Southport; one stepson, Col. Bobby J. Kirkland of Panama City, Fla; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Wimberly of Macon and Mrs. Alma Hester of Climax; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held Dec. 20 at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Climax with the Rev. Bert Alexander officiating.

Smith Funeral Home in Lynn Haven, Fla. was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of W. C. "Bill" Allen
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January 21, 1919 - January 18, 1919

Funeral services for W. C. “Bill” Allen, 79, of Cairo will be held today, Jan. 20, at 3 pm in Eastside Baptist Church, Cairo, with the Rev. Carl Harrell and Patty Tucker officiating.

Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with Bruce Allen, Roger Allen, Ray Seals, Lavon Bishop, Eddie Bishop and Ricky Sadler serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Happy Christian Sunday School Class and Teenagers of Eastside Baptist Church.

Mr. Allen died Jan. 18 at his residence. He was born in Mitchell County, but lived most of his life in Grady County. He was a retired employee of the W. B. Roddenbery Co. and a member of Eastside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Allen; a daughter, Janice Whigham of Cairo; a son, Gerald Allen of Whigham; two brothers, Bura B. “Boots” Allen of Cairo and W. B. “Dub” Allen of Thomasville; four sisters, Vera Davis of Jacksonville, Reba Seals of Coolidge, Mary Sadler of Havana, Fla. and Eunice Ferullo of Deland, Fla; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and other relatives.

Heritage Funeral Home of Cairo is in charge of arrangements. 377-1212

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Obituary of Artie Swicord Allgood
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January 2, 1917 - April 12, 1999

Funeral services for Artie Swicord Allgood, 82, of Bainbridge will be held today, April 14, at 11 a.m. at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny Shepard officiating.

Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Climax.

Mrs. Allgood died Monday, April 12, at Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Climax and a lifetime resident of Decatur County. She was a retired bookkeeper for Milwhite Company, Inc. and for Adams Lumber Company. She was of the Primitive Baptist faith.

Survivors include two brothers, Henry G. Swicord, Jr. of Panama City, Fla and Joel Wallace Swicord of Aguanga, Calif. Two sisters, Janette S. Light of Louisville, Ky. And Dora “De” Ankney of Panama City, Fla; and several nieces and nephews.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Gldays Crumbley Alston
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January 28, 1922 - March 21, 1994

Mrs. Gladys Crumbley Alston, 72, of Decatur County died on March 21, 1994.

Mrs. Alston was born on Jan. 28, 1922, in Terrell County. She was a member of Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member of the Jubilee Choir, vice president of the Usher Board No. 3, member of the Pride of Bainbridge OES No. 479 and a member of St. John Pallbearers Charitable Society No. 2. A graduate of Terrell County High School, she attended Albany State College and was a retiree of Bainbridge State Hospital where she was employed for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, Le Alston; one daughter, Mrs. Carl Belin; one son, Benny Hall; niece, Mrs. Helen Eason; five grandchildren, Carl Belin, Jrl; Adrienne Belin, Jason Belin, Sheryl Hall and Benny Hall Jr. and a host of other close relatives.

Services were held on March 25 at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. H. G. Neal and the Rev. Henry L. Flowers Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Jonas Lobe Cemetery.

Bruton Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Brandi Nicole Alvarado
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Funeral services for Brandi Nicole Alvarado, 24, of Bainbridge will be held at 4 pm Thursday, July 15,[1999] at Evans Funeral Home Florala, Ala. With the Rev. Tony Morris officiating.

Interment will follow in the Clear Springs Cemetery in Walton County, Fla.

Mrs. Alvarado died Friday, July 9, at Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Opp, Ala., and a graduate of Florala High School in the class of 1992.

She later attended the University of Alabama and was graduated from Troy State University. She was employed as an analyst with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in Tallahassee, Fla.

Survivors include her husband, Juan Alvarado of Bainbridge; her father Robert Eugene Cawthon of DeFuniak Springs, Fla; her grandmother Lena Cawthon DeFranco, of Clear Springs Community and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bainbridge Church of God SOS Youth, 205 Independent St., P.O. Box 863, Bainbridge, Ga. 31718.

Evans Funeral Home of Florala is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Joe D. Ambra
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Mr. Joe D. Ambra, 64, of Donalsonville died Dec. 24, 1982 in Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at 3:30 pm in Lynn Cemetery, Seminole County, with the Rev. Derry Oliver officiating.

Mr. Ambra was born in Appalachicola, Fla. and lived the last 26 years of his life in Donalsonville. He was a diesel mechanic.

Survivors include: wife, Mrs. Bessie Ambra, Donalsonville, two sons, Doug Odom, Bainbridge, Clint Odom, Ripley, Miss; two daughters Ms. Kathy Pippins, Tallahassee, Fla., Ms. Faye Nalley, Tampa, Fla; one brother, Andrew Ambra, Appalachicola, Fla; 13 grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Mr. Walter E. Ammons
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Mr. Walter E. “Gene” Ammons of Ripley, Miss died Monday, Dec. 10, 1990 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was 52.

Mr. Ammons was born in Georgia on Jan. 18, 1938. He was of the Baptist faith. He was retired from the U. S. Coast Guard and was a maintenance foreman for the Pep Industries.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary C. Ammons of Ripley; his mother, Mrs. Dolly White Ammons of Bainbridge; two sons, Emmett Eugene Ammons and James Thomas Ammons, both of Panama City, Fla; two stepsons, Andy Clemmer and James E. Johnson, both of Ripley; one daughter, Teresa Ammons of Panama City; one step-daughter, Virginia Bryant of Ripley; one brother, Ronald Wayne Ammons of Del Rio, Texas; six sisters, Inez Milam of Waterbury, Conn., Betty Burgraff of North Matewan, W. Va., Laverne Smith of Bainbridge, Mary Zambiasi of Minersville, Penn, Joyce Scarzella of Waterburg, Conn. And Margarette Williams of Bainbridge and four step grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Ammons were held on Dec. 11 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeff Pruett officiating. Burial followed in the Tippah Memorial Garden.

Ripley Funeral Home in Ripley, Miss. Was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Asa Anderson
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Mr. Asa Anderson, 81, of Donalsonville died on April 11, 1994 in the Southeast Alabama Center after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm on Thursday, April 14, at Ward-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Miller officiating. Burial follows in Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ward-Wilson Funeral Home of Dothan, Ala. Is in charge of arrangements. 205-792-4194.

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Obituary of Eula Anderson
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January 10, 1918 - January 9, 1999

Funeral services for Eula Anderson, 80, of 268 Reed St., Colquitt were held Jan. 16, in New Salem Freewill Baptist Church of Colquitt with the Rev. K. Zachery officiating.

Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Miller County with Roscoe Anderson, Hinton Bryant, Coy Jones, Lint Jones, Lavesrn Rainey, and Charlie G. Sutton serving as pallbearers.

Miss Anderson died Jan. 9 in Colquitt Nursing Home. She was born in Miller County and was a member of New Salem Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Coleman Green of Colquitt; two sisters, Alice Bryant of Colquitt and Peggy Lincoln of Tampa, Fla. and other relatives.

Bruton Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Isabella Anderson
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Mrs. I Anderson passed away

Memorial services for the late Mrs. Isabella Anderson were held Wednesday, February 26, 1975 at 4:00 pm at Ford Chapel A.M.E. Church, College Street, with the Rev. Clyde Washington, Minister.

Mrs. Isabella Anderson who was born to the late Mr. And Mrs. Wash Anderson of Bainbridge, Georgia on February 28, 1919, passed away after a short, sudden illness at Memorial Hospital.

She leaves to mourn her memories: a stepmother, Mrs. Mary Anderson; two devoted and loyal sisters, Mrs. Lillie Mae Jackson and Miss Flossie Anderson of Bainbridge, Ga.; two uncles, Mr. David Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mr. Harmon Tyler of Bainbridge; three aunts, Mrs. Hattie Pringly of Bainbridge, Mrs. Emma Bower and husband Bartow, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Emily Green of Spring Garden, New York; a nephew, Horace and Betty Jackson and their children, Carlos, Sandra, Kelvin and Varonica, to whom she was dearly devoted; other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were Mr. Seaborn Franklin, Mr. Steve Jackson, Mr. Clyde McGriff, Mr. Lester Neal, Mr. Lee Austin, and Mrs. Leonard Edwards.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Larry J. Anderson
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October 10, 1957 - January 25, 1999

A memorial service for Larry J. Anderson, 41, of Bainbridge was held Feb. 2 at Guyton Brothers Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert L. Miller officiating.

Mr. Anderson died Jan. 25 at Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Decatur County, and was an artist and musician. He was a member of St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church near Attapulgus.

Survivors include two daughters, Lakesha D. Anderson of Evansville, Ind. And Necie Henry of South Carolina; two sons, Larry Anderson, Jr. of Evansville, Ind. And Gerard Anderson of Bainbridge; his mother, Goris M. Anderson of Bainbridge; five sisters, Terry Anderson of Oakland, Cal., Erica Anderson Stewart of San Francisco, Calif., Lisa Hudson, Brenda McMillan and Renee Stubbs, all of Bainbridge; and two brothers, Gary Anderson of San Francisco, and Euzema G. Anderson of Bainbridge; and other relatives.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Paul Anderson
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February 19, 1902 - March 22, 1999

Funeral services for Paul Anderson, 97, of Newark, N.J. former Bainbridge resident, were held Wednesday, March 31, in the Dry Spring African Methodist Episcopal Church in Decatur County with the Rev. Lawrence Green and Annie Doris Haineworth officiating.

Interment was in Open Pond Cemetery with Masonic brothers serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Anderson died March 22 at his residence in Newark. He was born in Decatur County and returned here several years ago. He was a retired foreman of Katz Chicken Farms. He was a member of Dry Spring A.M.E. Church, Climax.

Survivors include his wife, Allie M. Anderson; three daughters, Annie Doris Haineworth, Helen Martin and Marian Ayo, all of New Jersey; two sons, Leroy Anderson and Matthew Howard, both of Bainbridge; two sisters, Zellie Mae Anderson Dowdell and Julie McDonnal of Newark; 49 grandchildren; 85 great grandchildren; 49 great great grandchildren and other relatives.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Phillip D. Anderson
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December 5, 1942 - March 8, 1999

Funeral services for Phillip D. Anderson, 56, of 3640 Lake Douglas Rd., Climax, will be held today, March 10, at 2 pm in the Attapulgus Church of God with the Rev. Billy Dawson and the Rev. Tim Hicks officiating.

Interment will be in Roselawn Memory Gardens with Teddy Anderson, Phillip Anderson, H. Ben Weaver, Jason Weaver, Greg Anderson and Lynn Anderson serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Anderson died Monday, March 8, at his residence after a lengthy illness. A native of Graceville, Fla. he lived most of his life in Bainbridge. He had been employed as a heavy equipment operator for C. T. Harris Inc. of Sandersville for the past eight years. Prior to this time he was an industrial salesman for Turner Electric Company and Pierce Electric Company of Bainbridge for most of his adult life. He was a member of the Attapulgus Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Wimberley Anderson; three daughters, Pam A. Odom and Paula Odom, both of Bainbridge and Trina Anderson of Portland, Maine; three grandchildren, three sisters, Ruby McIntosh of Elba, Ala., Jo-Ann Weaver of Brinson and Linda Braswell of Bainbridge; and one brother, Ted Anderson of Climax.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 246-4411

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Obituary of Mrs. Eunice A. Andrews
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Mrs. Eunice Anderson Andrews of Attapulgus, died on Thursday, Jan 10, 1991 at her residence. She was 66.

Mrs. Andrews was born in Decatur County on Sept. 16, 1924. She was a member of St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church and was a member of the Mother Board at the church. She was also a member of the Oak Ridge Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 240.

She is survived by her husband Cosmore Andrews of Bainbridge; two sisters, Allie Gibbons and Dorothy Sheppherd, both of Miami, Fla. and two brothers, Bufford Anderson and J. C. Anderson, both of Bainbridge.

Services were held at St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church on Jan 20 with the Rev. R. H. Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Edmond Black, Bernard Black, Larry Anderson, J. Anderson, Carl Andrews, Windford Andrews, Samuel Andrews Jr., George Andrews and Willard Andrews. Honorary pallbearers were Isaiah Harris, James McGriff, Willmon Phillips, L. J. Hudson, Willie Shilo and M. Baker.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Mr. Wardell Andrews
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September 9, 1923 - February 7, 1991

Mr. Wardell Andrews of Fowlstown died on Thursday, Feb. 7, 1991 at the age of 67.

Mr. Andrews was born in Decatur County on Sept. 9, 1923. He was a member of Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church in Attapulgus.

He is survived by two sisters, Occie Ryles and Mary Dixon, both of Attapulgus; five brothers, Forrest Marshall, Samuel Andrews and Cosmore Andrews Jr. all of Attapulgus, Birden Andrews and Jessie Andrews both of Delray Beach, Fla.

Services were held Feb. 16 at the Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dann Vickers officiating.

Belin and Sons Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Willie Gus Andrews
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Andrews Funeral

Obsequies for the late Mr. Willie Gus Andrews were held Sunday, December 22, 1974, 4:00 pm at Second Morning Star Baptist Church, Attapulgus, Ga. With the Rev. C. D. Hammonds officiating. Interment followed in the Martin Cemetery Attapulgus.

Mr. Andrews, the second child of Mr. And Mrs. Josh Andrews, Sr. was born October 2, 1939 in Attapulgus, Georgia. He parted this life Thursday, December 19, 1974 in Washington, DC.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one son, Master Paul Andrews, Newark, New Jersey, his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Josh Andrews, Sr., Attapulgus; two brothers, Mr. Josh Andrews, Jr. Tampa, Florida and Mr. Bernard Andrews, Washington, D.C.; one sister, Mrs. Julia A. Shobowaie of Washington, DC; one grandmother, Mrs. Lula Akins, Bainbridge; uncles, aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were Mr. James McGriff, Mr. Charles Fuller, Mr. James Edmond, Mr. John Henry Malone, Mr. Napola Wise and Mr. Dorris Williams,

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Among the program participants were Mr. Cosmore Harrell, Mr. Richard Jenkisn, Mr. James B. Austin, Jr.; Mrs. Mary L. Laster and Mrs. Mamie T. Austin.

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Obituary of Nannie H. Angle
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June 7, 1908 - March 28, 1999

Funeral services for Nannie H. Angle, 90, of Chambersburg, Pa., will be held today, March 31, at 1 pm at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc. of Mercersburg, Pa. With the Rev. John W. Morrison Jr. officiating.

Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

Mrs. Angle died Sunday, March 28 in the Chambersburg Hospital. A native of Williamson, Pa., she was a graduate of Chambersburg High School and York Business School. She was last employed at Corning Glass Works of Greencastle, Pa. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church of Chambersburg and the National AARP. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Donald Angle.

Survivors include a daughter, Bonita G. Heckman of Chambersburg; two sons, Nicholas Richard Angle of Bainbridge and Malcolm Bert “Max” Angle of Waynesboro, Pa.; a sister, Eunice Gale Smith of Fayetteville, Pa.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Jack B. Archer (1999)
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Funeral services for Jack B.Archer were held Wednesday, June 30, at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Pensacola with Dr. Robert Mills and the Rev. Bill Santo officiating. Honorary pallbearers were the attorneys from Shell, Fleming, Davis and Menge and the deacons of First Baptist Church.

Born and raised in Bainbridge, Mr. Archer was a resident of Pensacola for the past 36 years and was a law office administrator for Shell, Fleming, Davis and Menge, P.A. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he was a deacon emeritus and taught the 10 year old Sunday School class for more than 32 years. He was an Army veteran of WW II.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Archer, daughters, PrebbleBaker, Gail Butler and Jackie Archer, all of Pensacola; a sister, Flora Barber of Bainbridge; and five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Linda Brock Arciles
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December 16, 1964 - April 5, 1999

Graveside services for Linda Brock Arciles, 34, of Bainbridge will be held today, April 7, at 11 am in Oak City, Cemetery.

Mrs. Arciles died April 5 in Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville. She was born at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. And formerly lived in Atlanta before moving to Bainbridge four months ago. She was employed as a convenience store manager.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney Daniel Clinton, Jr. of Atlanta and Dimitria Brock Arciles of Bainbridge; her parents, Lamar and Mary Brock of Bainbridge and a sister Tammy Brock Carretero of Atlanta.

Ivey Funerl Home in charge of arrangements. 246-3232.

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Obituary of Lewis G. Arment
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November 9, 1919 - November 25, 1998

Funeral services for Lewis G. Arment, 79, of Bainbridge will be held at 2 pm today, Nov. 28, in Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Grubbs officiating.

Interment will follow at a later date.

Mr. Arment died Nov. 25 at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. He was born in Edina, Mo., and had lived in Bainbridge since 1988. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, and was retired from the auto sales and repair business.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl Harkness Arment; four daughters, Judy Flood of Bainbridge, Bobbie Swearingin and Patty Pinkley of Rogersville, Mo., and Ricci Norris of Nevada, Mo., a brother, Don Arment of Edina, Mo; 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 897, Bainbridge, Ga. 31718.

Iven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 246-3232.

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Obituary of J. D. Arnett (1999)
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Masonic funeral services for J. D. Arnett, 79, of St. Augustine, Fla. will be held at 10 am today, Jan 27 at Craig Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mr. Arnett died Jan. 24 at Flagler Hospital. He was a native of Bainbridge and had resided in St. Augustine since 1918. He was a member and past Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge #98, F &AM. He owned and operated Arnett Roofing and Sheet Metal from 1932 until 1972.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Arnett; one son, Donald Arnett of Orlando, Fla; a brother, Paul Arnett of St. Augustine; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Craig Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 904-824-1672.

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Obituary of Pearl S. Arthur
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March 30, 1903 - July 30, 1999

Funeral services for Pearl S. Arthur, 96, of Faceville will be held Sunday, Aug 1 at 3 pm at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Gainous officiating.

A private graveside service will be held later in Cool Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Arthur died July 30 at Memorial Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Hamilton, Ala., and formerly lived in Donalsonville.

She was a homemaker and had lived in this area since 1981. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Hamilton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Arthur.

Survivors include a son, W. L. Arthur of Faceville; seven grand children; 11 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren and other relatives.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 246-3232.

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Obituary of Mrs. John (Ella Mae) Ashley
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Funeral services for Mrs. John (Ella Mae) Ashley of Rt. 2 Blakely were conducted July 28 at Cox Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Casoria officiating. Interment was in Brinson Cemetery with Cox Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ashley died July 25 at Baxley Clinic after a short illness. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church and had lived in Blakely for the past 20 years.

The deceased is survived by her husband, John Ashley; one daughter, Annie Belle Ezell; two sons, J. C. King of Bainbridge and Odell Ezell; two sisters, Mrs. J. G. Posey of Blakely and Mrs. Malcolm Paine of Ft. Myers, Florida; and fifteen grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were: James Pope, Ocie K. Yaubrough, Paul Harrell, Howard Elder and Raymond Johnson.

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Obituary of Morris Aultman
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Funeral services for Mr. Morris Aultman

Mr. Morris Aultman, a lifetime resident of Decatur County, passed away on Thursday in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Mr. Aultman, 63, was engaged in farming at the time of his death.

Funeral services were Friday, January 10, 1975 from the Mt.Zion Baptist Church. Interment followed in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens. Rev. Monroe Dyches and Rev. Austin L. Phillips officiated.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Phillips Aultman of Bainbridge; three sons; Sidney MorrisAultman, Frank Aultman and Phillip Merrill Aultman, all of Bainbridge; two grandchildren, Staci Lynn and Ashley Morris Aultman of Bainbridge; two sisters; Mrs. Mildred Rogers of Camilla, Georgia and Mrs. Agnes Turner of Green Cove Springs, Florida; a brother, Owen W. Aultman of Brinson, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Aultman was a member of the Mt.Zion Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon in the church. He also was a member of Orion Lodge No. 8 F&AM; the Hasan Temple of the Shrine; the Bainbridge Shrine Club; Decatur County Farm Bureau; and was the recipient of the Farmer of the Year in Soil Conservation.

Active pallbearers were the male members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Lloyd Stokes, Marvin Rentz, S. B. Hatcher, Coley Prance, Sam Sandlin, Grover Stephens, W. B. McCollum, Tommy Wheeler, Ben Woodbery, Glenn Hodges, Hubert Dollar, Joe Dollar, J. G. Patterson, Graham Bolton, Homer Yarbrough, John Bridges, Bernard Rentz, Raymond Miles, J. C. Barrett, Robert Durden, Enoch Rentz, Marvin Harrell, John M. Harrell, Bobby Davis, M. L. Willis, Sr. Hoke Harrell, Harold Lambert, T. J. Lambert, Leon Culverson, Woodrow Emanuel, R. M. Reynolds, Sr., Buz Lilliston, Craig Fletcher, Tommy Miller, Cary Davis, Tommy Youmans, Robert Snipes III, Bill Knight, Robert Humphrey and Pete Stephens.

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