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Obituary of Mr. Rex W. Aultman
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Mr. Rex W. Aultman, 18, of Fayetteville, Ga. Died Saturday.

Funeral services were held Sunday, at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayeville. Burial followed in Westminister Gardens of Peachtree City., Ga.
Aultman was a 1982 graduate of Fayette County High School.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. And Mrs. William Elwin Aultman, Fayetteville, a brother Roy Aultman, Fayetteville, his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Frank Evans, Power Springs, Ga. And Mr. And Mrs. Owen Aultman, Bainbridge and one uncle, Hilton Aultman, Bainbridge. Howell and Son of Fayetteville was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Mrs. Flossie Martin Austin
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Mrs. Flossie Martin Austin, of 121 Scott Street, died Feb. 6, 1983.

Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at 3 pm at the First African Baptist Church with the Rev. W. W. Westbrooks officiating. Burial followed at the Pineview Cemetery.

Mrs. Austin was a native of Bainbridge. She was a housewife and a member of the First African Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Mr. Willie Austin, Bainbridge; a daughter, Miss Amy Sue Martin, Bainbridge; two brothers Mr. Ernest Martin, Bainbridge, Mr. Edward Martin, Atlanta; one sister, Mrs. Eurkie L. Harris, Newark, N.J.; two sisters in law, Mrs. Lottie Martin and Mrs. Judy Belvin, both of Bainbridge; four nephews; one niece and many other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were Clyde McGriff, Ronnie Moore, E. W. Small, Paul Wilson, Woodrow Johnson, P. Bailey.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First African Baptist Church.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Odell Roberts Avirett
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November 11, 1918 - November 20, 1998

Funeral services for Odell Roberts Avirett, 80, of Bainbridge will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 pm in Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. David Blalock officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately after the funeral service at Ivey Funeral Home and interment will be later in Oak City Cemetery.
Mrs. Avirett died Nov. 20 at Memorial Hospital. A native of Blakely, she had lived in Bainbridge since 1981. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Christophine "Dick" Avirett. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bainbridge.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews including Legene Brown Mullis of Athens, Susan Brown Soper of Lyme, Conn.' A. Harrell Roberts of Savannah, Fred Conoly of Donalsonville, Julian Conoly of Faceville and other relatives.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of John F. Anderson
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December 22, 1963 - May 4, 1999

Funeral services for John Franklin Anderson, 35, of Pelham were held Friday, May 7, in Braswell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Moltz officiating.

Interment was in Pinecrest Memory Gardens with Michael Hall, Larry Williams, Tommy Williams, Jason Cox, David Harvey and Ronnie Johnson serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Anderson died May 4 at his residence. He was a native of Grady County and a member of hte East Pelham Baptist Church. He was employed as a truck driver.

Survivors include two sons, Ethan Frank Anderson and Jamey Thompson both of Pelham; his parents Lary and Jimmie Anderson also of Pelham; his paternal grandparents, Calvin and Grace Anderson of Pelham; his maternal grandmother, Odessa Kelly of Bainbridge; three brothers, Joey Lee Anderson, Jerry Anderson, Michael Anderson all of Pelham; and two sisters, Merrie Johnson and Sandra Williams also of Pelham.

Braswell Funeral Home of Pelham was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of L. J. Harrell, Sr.
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Mr. L. J. Harrell Sr., well known Bainbridge resident, died suddenly Oct. 21 (1962) at his home on Broughton Street, at the age of 74. Funeral services for the deceased were held Tuesday morning, Oct. 23 at 11 o'clock in the Chapel of the Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge with Rev. Ralph McCaskill officiating.

A native of Vidalia, Mr. Harrell had resided in Bainbridge for 35 years, 25 of which he was manager of Birdsey Flour Store here. He, however, was retired in later years. He was a member of the Sportsman's Club and the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Harrell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hortense Floyd Harrell of Bainbridge; two sons, Col. L. J. Harrell, Jr. of Kirkland Air Force Base, Alburquerque, N.M. and Lt. Col. William F. Harrell of U.S.M.C. Camp LeJuene, NC and four grandchildren.

Those serving as active pallbearers were Curtis Hamilton, R. L. Rich, Jr., Gene Nisbet, Emmett Young, Sony Jeffords and Harold Emlet.

Honorary pallbearers were: Sid Garfinkel, Gerard Kwilecki, Emory Rich, Roy Young, Emmett Horn, Dr. E. M. Griffin, Dr. Gordon Chason, Dr. Henry Bridges, David Bryan, A. R. Reddick, Turner Barber, Owen Fields, R. L. Rich, Sr., Gilbert Gragg, C. S. Haddon, Earl Gragg, John Toole, R. E. Rowan, J. U. Grimsley, Bill White, Thomas Miller, Frank Jones, Wallace Plowden, Earle Donalson, W. L. Lamb, Maston O'Neal, E. W. Cox, Roy Drinkwater, E. G. Elcan and E. B. Harrison

Interment followed in Oak City Cemetery with Cox Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Frances H. Woodberry
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July 14, 1910 - November 19, 1997

Graveside services for Frances Hill Woodberry, 87, of Montgomery, Ala., formerly of Bainbridge, were Friday, Nov. 21 in Oak City Cemetery in Bainbridge with the Rev. Charles A. Culbreth, Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Woodbery died Wednesday Nov. 19 in Montgomery. Born in Tennille, Ga. She was a resident of Bainbridge from 1940 to 1996. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church of Bainbridge and Circle #4, UMW. She was the widow of the late John Benson Woodbery.

Survivors include her son, John Benson Woodbery, Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla; two daughters, Frances Woodbery Edwards of Montgomery and Harriet Dee Mann of Jacksonville, Fla., 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Sallie Tucker
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Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie Tucker, 87, of Brinson were held Sunday afternoon, October 21 at 4 o'clock at the Brinson Methodist Church with Rev. John Hayes and Rev. David Cripps officiating.

Mrs. Tucker died October 20 in Moultrie. She was a member of the Brinson Methodist Church and a beloved and well known resident of that city. Born in Concord, Fla. Feb. 16, 1875 her husband was the late Thomas Joseph Tucker.

She is survived by five sons, Dr. J. P. Tucker, Moultrie, Roy Tucker, Toccoa, Arthur Tucker, Morven, Harry F. Tucker, Thomasville and Fears T. Tucker, McGehee, Ark; a daughter Mrs. Myrtle King, Birmingham, Ala. And two sisters Miss Margaret Bowen, Thomasville and Mrs. Mary Blank, Tallahassee, Fla.
Those serving as active pallbearers were; John Watts, E. C. Durham, Harry King, W. C. Sims, Jr., Hardy Powell and John Bridges.

Interment followed in Brinson Cemetery with Ivey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Glisson Infant
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Funeral service for Glisson Infant

Funeral services for the infant son of Mr. And Mrs. Cephus Glisson were held Tuesday afternoon, July 10 at six o'clock from Mars Hill with the Reverend Charles Bishop officiating at the graveside service.

The infant is survived by his parents; his grandparents of Mr. And Mrs. Norman Glisson and Mrs. Eunice Page; his great grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Oscar Owens of Climax and Mr. And Mrs. I. G. G lisson of Marianna, Fla.

Interment was made in Mars Hill Cemetery with E. W. Cox and Sons in charge.

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Obituary of Sarah Temlie Mock (1947)
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Mrs. Sarah Temlie Mock died at home Friday.

Mrs. Sarah Temlie Mock, age 70, died at her home near Bainbridge on August 8 [1947] at 3 o'clock in the afternoon after an illness of only a few days. The wife of Solomon Mock, Sr., a prominent Decatur County farmer, she resided about ten miles south of Bainbridge. She was a member of the Brinson Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter; Miss Annie Mock, three sons, David C. Mock of Columbus, Ted Mock and R. S. Mock of Bainbridge.
Funeral services were held at the graveside in Mock Cemetery on August 9, at ten o'clock in the morning with the Reverend Olin C. Cooper, pastor of the Bainbridge Methodist Church, officiating.

Pallbearers were R. O. Wheeler, Eddie Potivent, A. T. Snipes, H. C. Barber, R. E. Wheeler and Newton Cloud.

Player Funeral Home in charge.

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Obituary of Marion Brooks (1957)
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Marion Brooks Dies; Funeral Services Held Wednesday.

Funeral services for Marion Brooks, 73, of West Bainbridge was held at the West Bainbridge Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, September 18th at 4 p.m. The Rev. R. C. Kale officiated and burial followed in the Oak City Cemetery with Ivey Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Brooks died Tuesday, September 17th following an illness of several months. He was a native of Dale County, Ala. And had resided here for the past 13 years. He was a member of the West Bainbridge Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Doshie Bolton Brooks; two sons, H. L. and H. J. Brooks of Bainbridge; four daughters, Mrs. Lunnett Starling and Mrs. Martha Rogers of Bainbridge, Mrs. Inez Donn of Panama City, Fla. And Mrs Mary Kennedy of Dothan, Ala.; one brother, Angus Brooks of Westville, Fla; three sisters, Mrs. Lovena Lloyd of Albany, Mrs. Pearl Simmons, Coffee County, Ala. And Mrs. Leola Madris of Ozark, Ala. Twenty seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren also survive.

Active pallbearers were Edsel Brooks, Walter Lloyd, W. E. Smith, Preston Brooks, Dallas Brooks and James Earl Starling.

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Obituary of TSgt John M. Harrell (1945)
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T-Sgt. John M. Harrell Missing in Action

T-Sgt. John M. Harrell of the 106th Infantry has been missing in action in Germany since December 16. His wife, Mrs. Ruth E. Harrell of Rt. 3, Bainbridge, Ga. Has been informed by the War Department.

He entered service in 1940, receiving most of his training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Prior to going overseas in October he was stationed for a few months at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

He is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Levi P. Harrell and attended the Mt. Pleasant School. He has a 6 months old son, John Wayne, and his sisters are Mrs. Grady Adams, Mrs. Iona Dean, and Miss Claree Harrell. He also has two brothers, Robert and Marion Harrell.

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Obituary of SSgt Charles H. Strickland (1944)
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SSgt Charles H. Strickland killed in actin in Belgium

Mrs. Johnnie Louise Strickland was recently informed by the War Department that her husband, S-Sgt. Charles H. Strickland, was killed in action in Belgium, January 3, 1944.

S-Sgt. Strickland was born in Decatur County, spending most of his life here. He was graduated from the Climax High School in 1938 and entered the service on January 6, 1942. He received his training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., where he remained as an instructor until July 15, 1943. At that time he was sent to Camp Clairborne, La., for one month before going overseas in September.

Survivors include his wife and little son, Charles Herschell, born January 6; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. B. H. Strickland; two sisters, Isabel and Sara Agnes and one brother, Ben Hill, Jr., all of Bainbridge.

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Obituary of J. F. Griffin (1957)
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J. F. Griffin Dies; Last Rites Held

Last rites were held for J. F. Griffin, 90, of Bainbridge Friday afternoon, September 20th at 4 pm at the Bethany Baptist Church with burial following in the Bethany Cemetery. The Rev. Emmett Cloud, Rev. Dick Ostean and Rev. A. B. Thomas officiated.

Mr. Griffin died Thursday, September 19th after an illness of several months. He was a retired farmer. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Griffin had livered here all his life. He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church.

Surviving him are three sons, J. F. Griffin of Bradenton, Fl., J. N. Griffin of Albany; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Butler, Cairo, Mrs. Jim Taylor, Climax and Mr. J. C. Barber of Bainbridge. Also surviving are __ grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were Charles Barber, Oliver Earl Griffin, Bil Taylor, Chubbs Butler, Jack Griffin and Cecil Griffin.

Honorary pallbearers included Dewitt Cloud, Jim Wright Mathews, H. L. Smith, Ira Ingram, Ryan Vickers, Eustice Rich, J. Heard, Lester Wilson, Gordon Kendrick, Everett Barber, Pete Nichols, Neely Godwin, W. A. Dean, Mack Fletcher, Cecil Heard, J. W. Brinson, J. H. Olilver, R. R. Boatwright, J. M. ____, M. C. Knight, John Kelly, and Watson Sasser.

Ivey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Elizabeth E. Faircloth
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March 7, 1912 - December 4, 1997

Funeral services for Elizabeth E. Faircloth, 85, of Whigham, will be at 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 7, at Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Robert D. Conner officiating.

Interment will be in Faircloth Cemetery in Whigham with Irvin Eakin, Warren Nelson, Phil Collis, Ronnie Johnson, B. J. Faircloth and Bruce Bishop acting as pallbearers.

Mrs. Faircloth died Thursday, Dec. 4 at her home. Born in Decatur County, her parents were the late Ben and Mattie Byrd Faircloth. She lived most of her life in Grady County where she was a housewife and a member of Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband James Marvin Faircloth.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy Faircloth of Cairo and Vann Faircloth of Whigham; five grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 5, 7-9 pm at Clark Funeral Home in Cairo. Clark is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Ruby K. Prather
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April 1, 1919 - November 24, 1997
Funeral services for Ruby Kelley Prather, 78, of Bainbridge were Wednesday, Nov. 26 in Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Purvis officiating.

Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Climax.

Mrs. Prather died Monday, Nov 24 in Bainbridge Health Care. A native of Decatur County, she was a homemaker and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bainbridge. She was the widow of the late L. C. Prather.

Survivors include two sons, Seth Glover, Jr. of Houston, Texas and James R. Glover Sr. of Porter Texas, a brother, Leton Kelley of Tallahassee, Fla; two sisters, Demaris Pope of Bainbridge and Prassie Yawn of Whigham; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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Obituary of Mrs. Clyde Jackson Logue
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Mrs. Clyde Jackson Logue, 88, Bainbridge, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1987, at Bainbridge Memorial Hospital. She had spent the last 40 years in Bainbridge.

Funeral services for Mrs. Logue were Friday, Oct. 9, 1987 at 11 a.m. at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Carl Garnett officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery of Climax.

Born July 27, 1899 in Alabama, Mrs. Logue was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker.

She is survived by a daughter, Winona Dean of Hialeah, Fla; two sons, Lynn Logue, Bainbridge and Rudolph Logue, Okeechobee, Fla; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Obituary of Yates Kermit Williams
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September 20, 1920 - November 19, 1997

Graveside services for Yates Kermit Williams, 77, of Thomasville, were Friday, Nov. 21 in Laurel Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Michael D. Stewart officiating. Pallbearers were Andy Snuggs, Tommy Owens, Jay Stout, Casey Kincaid, Randy Stewart, Robert Stewart, Steven Williams and Charles Williams, Jr.

Mr. Williams died Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Archbold Memorial Hospital. Born in Colquitt, he was the son of the late Audrey Yates and Oscar James Williams. He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired in public relations with Davis Industries. He was a member of Thomasville Masonic Lodge #369, VFW Post 4904 in Bainbridge and Dawson Street Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother Charles Williams.

He issurvived by his wife, Elizabeth Stewart Williams of Thomasville; brother, Clifton Williams of Bainbridge; and sister Jessie Nell Owens of Chattahoochee, Fla.

Allen and Allen Funeral Home in Thomasville was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of William E. "Bill" Sykes
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September 8, 1912 - June 28, 1993

Mr. William E. “Bill” Sykes, 80, of Bainbridge died on June 28, 1993 at Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Services will be held Thursday, July 1 at 3 pm at Morningside Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Hart officiating. Burial will follow at West Bainbridge Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Willilam Davis Sykes, Jr., Don Kell, James Matthews, H. L. Green, Ira Phillips and Wendell Nix. Honorary pallbearers are all male members of the Morningside Baptist Church.

Visitation will be tonight from 7-8:30 pm at Cox Funeral Home.

Mr. Sykes was born on Sept. 8, 1912 in Gadsden County, Fla. He had lived most of his life in Decatur County. He was retired from the Georgia Factory for the Blind in 1973 as a mattress shop supervisor. He was owner and operator of Sykes Bait Co. of Bainbridge since 1973. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene Bennett Sykes of Bainbridge, two daughters, Mary F. Meredith, Brenda Phillips, both of Bainbridge; three sons, Steve Sykes, William Davis Sykes, Sr., Eddie Sykes, all of Bainbridge; two sisters, Merlene G. Brock of Cairo, Inell Sapp of Jacksonville, Fla; three brothers, Gene Gleaton of Bainbridge, Earliss Gleaton of Roswell, N.M. and L. H. (Hiwatha) Gleaton of Bainbridge; 12 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 246-4611

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Obituary of Leatha Augusta Owens
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March 20, 1907 - June 16, 1993

Mrs. Leatha Augusta Owens of Bainbridge died on June 16, 1993 at her residence. She was 86.

Mrs. Owens was born on March 20, 1907, in Miller County where she had lived for several years. She was retired and was a member of First African Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Willona Levens of Bainbridge and Mrs. Vivian Dupuy of Rockville, Md; two granddaughters, one grandson, several great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were held June 22 at First African Baptist Church on Webster Street with the Rev. Joe L. Sweet and the Rev. John Thomas officiating. Pallbearers were deacons and trustees of the church.

Belin & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Joe David Guyton
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June 3, 1946 - June 19, 1993

Mr. Joe David Guyton, 47, of Decatur County died on June 19, 1993.

Mr. Guyton was born June 3, 1946. He attended Fort Chapter and many other churches in the area.

He is survived by his mother, Lillie Mae Guyton of Los Angeles, Calif; three sisters, Yolla Miller, Clara Addison, both of Los Angeles and Ethel Mae Guyton of Philadelphia, Pa;; four brothers Nathan Guyton of Philadelphia; Curtis Guyton of New York, James Guyton of Quincy, Fla and Allie Guyton of Bainbridge and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services were held on June 25 at Guyton Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. A. Noble Sr. officiating. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of H. M. Emanuel
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Mr. H. M. Emanuel died Tuesday night (December 18, 1924)

Mr. H. M. Emanuel, one of the oldest citizens of the county and a well known Confederate Veteran died Tuesday night after a long spell of illness. Mr. Emanuel was very aged and feeble and his death though sad was not a surprise to his loved ones. He was a splendid old gentleman and a type of the old school. He served with distinction in the Confederate Army and was a familiar figure at the various reunions of his old comrades in arms. He was buried yesterday afternoon in the Sylvania cemetery in the presence of a number of his old friends and acquaintances. His two sons, John H. and James H. Emanuel are well known in the city as they have been residents of Bainbridge for many years. Mr. Emanuel was as solid and most substantial kind of man and aman that every one loved. His long service as a citizen is respect by all of his friends. He was much loved by his old comrades and the last reunion or rather Memorial was in April and since that time several of his old friends have preceded him.

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Obituary of Willie O. Zorn
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Mr. Zorn was buried

Mr. Willie O. Zorn, 55, died suddenly on November 30, 1975. A former resident of Halesburg, Alabama, he had lived in Bainbridge for 34 years. He was engaged as a logging contractor for 35 years. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of the VFW. He also was in the Masonic Lodge and he was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were on Monday, December 1, 1975 at 4:30 pm from Ivey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Oak City Cemetery with Dr. Don Duvall officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Billie C. Zorn of Bainbridge, a son Neal Zorn of Bainbridge; two daughters; Mrs. Mary Grace Hayes and Miss Catherine Zorn of Bainbridge; two brothers; W. F. Zorn of Albany and H. D. Zorn of Bainbridge; and two grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were Leslie Lambert, Henry Durham, Donald Knight, James Connell, Buck Dixon and Aaron Logue.

Honorary pallbearers were members of VFW Post 4904 and members of the James A. Penny Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church.

Iven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Sally Woodybury Vacinek
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Sally W. Vacinek
Sept. 22, 1946 - Feb 25, 1999

A memorial service for Sally Woodbury Vacinek, 52, of Peachtree City, will be held at 11 am today, Feb. 27 at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. McKenzie officiating.

Mrs. Vacinek died Feb. 25 in Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Bainbridge and was a 1964 graduate of Bainbridge High School and a graduate of the University of Georgia. She was a medical technologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City.

Survivors include two sons, Anton Albert Vacinek and Christopher Bruce Vacinek, both of Peachtree City; her mother, Mary Bruce Gaines Woodberry of Bainbridge; and a brother Willilam Bruce Woodbury of Ashford, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 430 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Vanna Donalson Valentine
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Vanna D. Valentine
Oct 23, 1912 - Dec 11, 1997

Funeral services for Vanna Donalson Valentine, 85, of the Bethany Community will be at 11 am Saturday Dec 13 at Bethany Baptist Church in Decatur County. Rev. Gene Carlan will officiate.

Interment will be in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery with Sam Jones, Michael Valentine, Edwin Boyd, Randy Martin, Taylor Downs, Dale Shepard and Norwood C. Donalson Jr. serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Valentine died Thursday, Dec. 11 in Medical Center Hospital in Columbus, Ga. A native of Decatur County, she was the daughter of the late James Walter Donalson and the late Van O'Brein Yates. She retired as a seamstress at Jack Winter Company. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 20 years. She was the widow of the late Leroy P. Valentine.

Survivors include her daughter, Maxine V. Moore of Columbus, Ga.; two brothers, James W. Donalson Jr. of Bainbridge and Norwood C. Donalson of Watkinsville, Ga; and two grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Ferrell VanHousen
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Ferrell VanHousen
Nov 15, 1913 - Aug 9, 1998

Funeral services for Ferrell VanHousen, 84, of Bainbridge, will be at 11 am Thursday, Aug. 13, at Cox Funeral Chapel in Bainbridge.

Graveside services with full military honors will be at Fort Benning Cemetery in Fort Benning, Ga. At 4pm Thursday, August 13, with soldiers from Fort Benning as pallbearers.

Mr. Van Housen died Sunday, Aug 9, in Veterans Hospital in Lake City, Fla. Born in Waverly, NY he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, having retired as Sgt. Major E-9 from the US Army after serving 27 years. He was a carpenter and a catholic. He made his home in Columbus, Ga., until he moved to Bainbridge six months ago. He was preceded in death by a son, David VanHousen.

Survivors include three sons, Byrd Allen VanHousen of Bainbridge, Mickey VanHousen and Albert VanHousen, both of Columbus; his sister, Rosemary Fries of Slidell, La.; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug 12, from 7 to 9 pm at Cox Funeral Home in Bainbridge.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Henry VanLandingham
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Henry Vanlandingham

Henry Vanlandingham, 67, of Reynolds, died Thursday, May 18, 1979 in a local hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 20, in the Reynolds United Methodist Church in Reynolds, with the Rev. Ramus Freeman and the Rev. Allen Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Friendship Cemetery in Donalsonville.

Vanlandingham was a native of Seminole County and had lived in Reynolds for the past 16 years. He was the president of the Citizens Bank in Reynolds, president of the Bank of Terrell in Dawson and president of the Commercial State Bank in Donalsonville.

He attended Gordon Military College, Emory at Oxford, graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. He was a member of the Reynolds United Methodist Church and the Georgia Bankers Association, of which he served on the Agricultural committee for many years.

He was also a member of the Independent Bankers of America and the Independent Bankers of Georgia. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, Al Sihah Shrine Temple, the Reynolds Kiwanis Club and the Georgia Bar Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Hoyt Vanlandingham Reynolds, one daughter Mrs. Jack Tuck, Dawson; six grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. H. M. Herrin, Winder, and one nephew, Dr. E. V. Herrin, Athens.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Beatrice Venisee
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Beatrice Venisee
Dec 10, 1922 - Dec 30, 1995

Funeral services for Mrs. Beatrice Russ Venisee, 73, of Decatur County were held Jan 4 at First African Baptist Church with the Rev. A. L. Thompson officiating.

Interment was in Jonas Lobe Cemetery with Bryan K. Venisee, James O. Cosby III, Ryan O. Pearson, Banga V. Venisee, Thomie M. Venisee and TeRandy Evans serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Venice died in Archbold Memorial Hospital Dec. 30 after a lengthy illness. She was a member of the First African Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Mission in Action and adult Sunday school class. She was also involved with the Foster Grandparent program.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Venisee Sr.;; two daughters, Martha A. Pearson and Doris V. Cosby of Bainbridge; three sons, Clinton Venisee and Edward F. Venisee, both of Bainbridge and Thomas Venisee, Jr. of Albany, three brothers, Ulysee Russ of Gainesville, Fla; Hosie Russ of Columbus and Shelton Russ of Los Angeles, Calif., three sisters, Mary Dowdell and Almeta Barbour of Gainesville, Fla., and Ruth Montgomery of Montgomery, Ala.; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren and other relatives.

Bruton Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Claude Nelson
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MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR MR. NELSON

Memorial services for the late Mr. Claude Nelson were held Tuesday, February 4, 1975, 4:00 pm at Nelson Chapel A.M.E. Church, Hall Street, with the Rev. Sims Lewis, minister officiating. Interment followed in the Pineview Cemetery.

Mr. Nelson, the son of the late Mr. Thomas Nelson and Mrs. Carrie Williams Nelson, was born in Brinson, Georgia.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one brother, Mr. Jessie Nelson, Newark, New Jersey; two sisters, Mrs. Juanita Henry and Miss Rheunette Singleton, both of Bainbridge; one aunt, Mrs. Ella Curry, St. Petersburg, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Among the program participants were the Rev. C. H. Mitchell, the Rev. C. J. King, the Rev. E. E. Mitchell, Mr. Samuel Burgess, Mr. S.B. Bryant, Mrs. Josie K. Williams, Mrs. Margaret Lobe and Miss Marie Johnson.

Active pallbearers were Mr. Paul Brinson, Mr. Ben Edwards, Mr. Ira Gaines, Mr. L. B. Wooten, Mr. Lester Neal, Mr. L. B. Humphrey, Mr. Noble Jackson, Mr. James Taylor and Mr. Raleigh Jeffrey.

Guyton Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Robert Bolton NeSmith
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Robert B. NeSmith Sr.

Funeral services for Robert Bolton NeSmith, Sr. 76 of Pelham were held Friday, July 24 [1998] at Timmons Funeral Chapel, Camilla, with the Rev. Carl Stewart and the Rev. Tommy Long officiating.

Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery with Frank Stewart, Durwood Bentley, Glenn Bentley, Fred Johnson, Bobby Faircloth and Morgan Kemp serving as pallbearers.

Mr. NeSmith died July 22 in the VA Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. He was a lifelong resident of Mitchell County and a retired farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of American Legion Post #144. He was also a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Doris T. NeSmith; two sons, Robert NeSmith Jr. of Pelham and Gary NeSmith of Atlanta; two stepsons, Terry Lee of Baconton and Ted Lee of Pelham; a daughter, Robin NeSmith of Pelham; a stepdaughter, Owen Nunnery of Pelham; a brother, Ralph NeSmith of Blakely; two sisters, Linda N. Long of Bainbridge and Louise N. Gilstrap of Mobile, Ala; and 10 grandchildren.

Timmons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Dr. Jake W. Nichols
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Dr. Jake Nichols
Jan 23, 1920 - April 7, 1994

Dr. Jake W. Nichols, 74, of Norcross died on April 7, 1994 at Dunwoody Medical Center in Atlanta.

Services were Sunday, April 10, at 2 pm at Elcan-Nichols lot in Oak City Cemetery with the Dr. Kenneth B. McKenzie officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Kermit Bates, Jr., Dr. Sydney Cochran, Tom Conger, Cheney Griffin, Dr. Oscar Jackson, Carson Kanning, Gerard Kwilecki, Paul Kwilecki, Ted Montee, John Simmons and Dr. Ashby Woods.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Mrs. Irene Rubenstein, 705 S. Collier St., Bainbridge, Ga. 31717.

Mr. Nichols was born on Jan. 23, 1920 in Sylacauga, Ala. He had lived the past six years in Norcross. Prior to that time he resided in Bainbridge.

Following pre-dentistry at Auburn University, he graduated from Atlanta Southern Dental College (now Emory University) in 1943 and immediately entered the U.S. Air Force, was stationed in Warner Robins and later attached to the Air Force Engineers at Istres, France. He began his dental practice in Bainbridge in 1946 and built the first private dental office in Southwest Georgia at 415 S. West St. in Bainbridge. He retired from dental practice in 1987 and moved to Norcross in 1988.

He was a member of the PSI Omega dental fraternity, the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association and a past-president of the Southwest Georgia Dental Association. He was a Fellow of the Academy International of Dentistry. He was a member of the Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, teacher of the Ward Bible Class and a deacon. He was ordained as a deacon of the Presbyterian Church at Warner Robins in 1944.

During his years in Bainbridge, he was active in many civic, charitable and cultural endeavors. He was past president of the Bainbridge Rotary Club and the Bainbridge Country Club. He served many years as the director of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. In 1955 he received the Young Man of the Year Award for his leadership in organizing and establishing in organizing and establishing the Flint River Exposition, which later became the Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair and resulted in the eventual development of the complex of county buildings at the Decatur County Fair Grounds. He served as chairman of the committee which built the original football stadium in Bainbridge. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the American Hemerocallis Society.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lightfoot Elcan Nichols of Norcross, one son, William Flynt Nichols II of Louisville, Ky; one daughter, Lawre McDaniel of Norcross and three grandchildren; Brad McDaniel and Melissa McDaniel, both of Norcross and Geoffrey Jake Nichols of Louisville.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Ralph Nichols
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Ralph Nichols
Aug 1, 1934 - Jan 6, 1996

Funeral services for Mr. Ralph Henry Nichols, 61, of Bainbridge were held Jan. 9 in Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Earnest officiating.

Interment was in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Brinson.

Mr. Nichols died Jan. 6 in the VA Hospital in Lake City, Fla. A native of Decatur County, he lived most of his life in Decatur and Seminole counties. He was a retired farmer and an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

He is survived by his mother, Grace Carpenter Nichols of Bainbridge.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Ole A. Nielsen
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Ole A. Nielsen

A private memorial service for Capt. Ole A. Nielsen, 75, of Orange Park, Fla. will be held at sea by surviving family members.

Capt. Nielsen died Sept. 4 [1998] at Orange Park Medical Center. He was a native of Stege, Denmark and went to sea from 1938 until 1946, finishing with a master's certificate. For more than 25 years he lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, working in shipyards and operating coastal vessels, before settling in Orange Park for the remainder of his life. A retired sea captain, he served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He worked for Atlantic Drydock in Orange Park and Moody Brothers at Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Survivors include his wife Diane Cowart Nielsen, formerly of Bainbridge; two daughters Anita Albright and Annalisa Crawford; three sons, Erik Nielsen, Paul Nielsen and Jeff Nielsen; and two sisters, Susie Neilsen of Stege, Denmark and Allelise Brozier of Northumberland, England.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a favorite charity.

Jacksonville Memory Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Sandra Lee Isaacs
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Sandra Lee Isaacs
Aug 5, 1943 - Dec 25, 1998

Funeral services for Sandra Lee Isaacs, 55, of Pelham were held Sunday, Dec. 27 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. David Blalock officiating.

Interment followed in Oak City Cemetery.

Miss Isaacs died Friday, Dec. 25 at Mitchell County Hospital, Camilla. A native of Bainbridge, she had lived in Pelham since 1981. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bainbridge.

Survivors include her mother, Hilda Gainous Isaacs of Bainbridge; a sister, Marilyn Isaacs Collins, also of Bainbridge and three nieces.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Celia P. Iskandar
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Celia P. Iskandar

Memorial services for Celia Pinson Iskandar, 23, will be held at 2 pm Thursday, August 6, 1998, at White Bluff Presbyterian Church in Savannah.

Mrs. Iskandar died Monday, August 3 at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, following a bone marrow transplant. She suffered a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, mycosis fungoides. A graduate of Darlington School in Rome, Ga., she attended Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. and planned to pursue a writing career. She was a member of White Bluff Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Antoine Iskandar; parents, Maxine and Bill Pinson of Savannah; sister, Melissa Pinson of Savannah, grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Bobby Willis of Bainbridge and Mrs. W. H. Pinson of Newnan.

Remembrances may be made to: "Help Save One of Our Own Foundation", f/b/o Celia Pinson Iskandar, c/o Interstate/Johnson Lane, 200 Meeting Street, Charleston, S.C. 29978.

Visitation will be at 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, August 5, 1998 at Fox & Weeks, Drayton Street Chapel, in Savannah.

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Donald O'Conner
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Donald O'Conner

Donald E. O'Conner, 44, Peachtree City, died Feb 13, 1998. He was born Feb. 24, 1953 in Nashville, Tenn.

Services were held at the Carl J. Mowell Funeral Home Chapel, Peachtree City, with Dr. Harold Allen officiating. Interment was at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City.

Survivors include his wife, Carla Boyd O'Conner, Peachtree City; a daughter, Pamela O'Conner, Peachtree City; mother, Mazie O'Conner, Bainbridge, Ga. And brothers, Erwin O'Conner, Bainbridge, Thomas O'Conner, Chattanooga, Tenn., Pete O'Conner, Clearwater, Fla. and Dewey O'Conner, Jr., Quincy, Fla.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City, was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Mazie M. O'Conner
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Mazie M. O'Conner
Aug 21, 1914 - Dec 16, 1998

Funeral services for Mazie Malone O'Conner, 84, of Bainbridge were held Friday, Dec. 18, at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. David Blalock officiating.

Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Chattahoochee, Fla. with Bennie Brookins, John C. "Skeet" White, Edgar Yancey, Joe Daniels and George Clark serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. O'Conner died Wednesday. Dec 16 at Memorial Hospital. She was born in Dayton, Tenn. And formerly lived in Chattahoochee before coming to Bainbridge in 1987. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband Dewey B. O'Conner, Sr.

Survivors include four sons, Erwin B. O'Conner of Bainbridge, Thomas A. O'Conner of Chattanooga, Tenn., Pete O'Conner of Fayetteville, NC and Dewey B. O'Conner, Jr. of Hardaway, Fla; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary of Bessie Oder
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Bessie Oder
Mrs. Bessie Faircloth Worthington Oder, 84, of Donalsonville died on May 6, 1994 at Seminole Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Oder was a native of Miller County, where she lived all her life. She was a member of Rocky Ridge Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, J. B. Worthington of Tampa, Fla. and Gene Worthington of Greenwood, Fla; three daughters, Mary Lisemby of Donalsonville, Esther Bodiford of Jakin and Thelma Smith of Bainbridge; 16 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held on May 8 at the Chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home with the Rev. Hubert Smith and the Dr. Johnny Roberts officiating. Burial followed in Fellowship Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Johnny Lisenby, Milton Smith, Jeff Worthington, Greg Worthington, LaDon Worthington and Danny Odom.

Evans-Skippper Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Obituary of Morris P. Odom
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Morris P. Odom

Funeral services for Mr. Morris Phillip Odom, 72, of Donalsonville were held Feb. 20 at the Reynoldsville Church of God with the Rev. Merlin R. Myers officiating.

Interment was in the Salem Seminole Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Odom died February 19, 1996. He was a native of Seminole County and a World War II veteran. He was a retired employee of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. and a member of the Reynoldsville Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Thompson Odom; three sons, I. Odom of Albany, Larry Odom of Havana, Fla. and James Odom of Donalsonville; one daughter Kathy Odom of Bainbridge, a sister, Alma Odom Johnson of Donalsonville; 10 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

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Obituary of Danny Lee Odum
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Danny Lee Odum
1999

Funeral services for Danny Lee Odum, 21, of Jakin, formerly of Bainbridge, were held Friday, Jan 29, 1999 at the Oakview Church of God with the Reverends Billy Dawson, Tim Hicks and Ray Dawson officiating.

Interment was in Friendship Cemetery in Donalsonville.

Mr. Odum was fatally injured in a traffic accident near Brinson on Jan. 27. He was a native of Seminole County, and was an honor graduate of Bainbridge High School in 1996. He was employed as a salesman for Terminix of Bainbridge, and served with the Army National Guard for two years.

He lived in Bainbridge for 16 years prior to moving to Jakin. He attended the Attapulgus Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Bambie Ezell Odom; his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Wayne Haire of Bainbridge; a brother Dexter Odom, Jr. of Rt. 4 Donalsonville; three sisters, Nikki Haire of Bainbridge, Renee Moulton of Iron City and Kelley Darby of Tallahassee, Fla; his maternal grandmother Esther Bodiford of Donalsonville and other relatives.

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

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Obituary of Mona Ogilvie
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Mona Ogilvie
Aug 30, 1914 - April 8, 1994

Mrs. Mona Beazley Ogilvie, 79, of Bainbridge died on April 8, 1994 at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Ogilvie was born on Aug. 30, 1914 in Winnipeg-Manitoba, Canada. She had lived with her daughter in Bainbridge since October of 1992. Prior to that time she made her home in Sacramento, Calif.

She was a retired pharmaceutical supervisor with Rexall Drug Manufacturers. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Kirkland, Wash. She is preceded in death by one brother, Richard Beazley of Hantsport, Nova Scotia.

She is survived by her husband, Glenford C. Ogilvie of Bainbridge, two sons, Glenn J. Ogilvie of Redmond, Wash., and Fred J. Ogilvie of Fresno, Calif.; one daughter, Gabrielle D. Holden of Bainbridge; two sisters, Thelma Duncanson of Gaspereau, Nova Scotia and Annie Davison of Gaspereau; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

No funeral services are scheduled at this time.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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