Decatur Co., Georgia Obituaries

Updated August 30, 2002


The Cairo Messenger, February 10, 1961:
John Morgan Glover Dies in Camilla, Services Feb. 2
Mr. John Morgan Glover, 84, died at the Mitchell County Hospital on Feb. 1, and funeral services were held at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ira Crump officiating.  Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Josh Pollock, W. D. Harrell, Norman Glover, E. M. Glover,
G. D. Harrell and Elzy Williams. Mr. Glover was born in Decatur County on September 5, 1876.  He was a farmer and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eliza H. Harrell Glover of Pelham;
three sons, Lofton Glover of Pelham, Bill Glover of Leesburg, Fla., and Edison Glover of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. J. D. Williams, Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, C. C. Glover, Pelham, and E. L. Glover of Tallahassee, Fla.; four sisters, Mrs. Ivey Horn, Vada, Mrs. T. J. Gaddis, Attapulgus, Mrs. Nat Atkins, Attapulgus, and Mrs. Tom Porter of Columbus.
 The Cairo Messenger, October 6, 1961:
T. Leonard Harrell Passes at Home September 30
Mr. Thomas Leonard Harrell, 70, a long time resident of Whigham and Grady County died at his home in Whigham following a long illness at 4:40 p.m. September 30.
Funeral services were held at Springhill Methodist Church with Rev. Allen Brooks and Rev. Leon Vanlandingham officiating.  Burial followed in the Springhill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Maston Nazworth, Cleon and James Cox, Jack Kennemur, H. D. Pyles, and Virgil Nazworth. Honorary pallbearers were Turner Harrell, J. H. Pyles, Bob Brunson, John Mobley, Charlie Jones, Ralph McBroom, A. L. Fowler and G. W. Jordan. Mr. Harrell was born August 28, 1891 in Decatur County, son of Homer and Eugenia Martin Harrell.  He was married to Carrie Forehand, and had lived all his life in this county.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife and three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Logue, Decatur County; Mrs. Ethel Ponder, Grady County and Mrs. Melvin Logue of Clearwater, Fla.
Clark Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Cairo Messenger:

Kenneth M. Brock*  Services Held at Prosperity Church
 Kenneth Melvin Brock, 19, was found in his Atlanta room dead from asphyxiation.  He had lived in Atlanta 16 months and was employed as a service station attendant. Mr. Brock was born August 31, 1941 in Hillsboro County, Fla.,
the son of M. B. and Ethel Lee Faircloth Brock.  He graduated from Whigham High School in 1959.
Surviving are his parents of Cairo; one brother, Edgar of Cairo; four sisters, Glenda, Sara Nell, Janet Elizabeth and Mrs. Joyce Wynn, all of Cairo and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Brock of Plant City, Fla.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Prosperity Primitive Baptist Church in Decatur County by Elder Earl F. Childs and the Rev. Roy Thomas.  Interment was in the Brock family cemetery in Decatur County.
Active pallbearers were Larry Brinson, Irvin Brock, Benny Prince, Billy Harrell, Joe Moore and Edwin Gibson.  Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Butler, Spencer Duncan, Maynard Lodge, and Lannis Harrell.
Clark Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
*Kenneth Melvin Brock was the son of Melvin Bennie Brock, grandson of Abram Lonza Brock, great-grandson of Abram Brock, great-great grandson of John P. Brock, great-great-great grandson of Daniel D. Brock, all of Decatur County, GA.
The Cairo Messenger, August 25, 1961:
Gainous Rites Held at Mars Hill Church
Mr. Sam Gainous of Climax died following a heart attack at the age of 65 years and funeral services were held at the Mars Hill Christian Church on Tuesday, August 22, at 3 p.m.   Burial followed in the Mars Hill Cemetery.  Rev. J. W. McAdams was in charge of the services. Active pallbearers were Elmer Swicord, C. M. Gee, J. M. Fletcher, J. M. Jeter, Willie Hall and Olen Hester. Honorary pallbearers were Bonnie Brooks, T. J. Thomas, Bill Fletcher, J. I. Heard, Paul Brock, Ben Hill Strickland, Dave Jones, Louis Salter, Frank Thomas, Carroll Hurst, and Lee Osborne.
Mr. Gainous was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Gainous and has two surviving brothers, Henry Gainous and C. G. Gainous; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Lucas of Lake City and several nieces and nephews.
Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, May 31, 1945

Funeral Services For Riley Brock Held Friday Morning
Funeral services for Riley Brock, 35, who was drowned in Spring Creek last Wednesday afternoon, May 23, were held Friday morning, May 25, at 11 o'clock at the Prosperity Church near Bainbridge.   The Reverend E. J. Childs, pastor, officiated at the services and burial was made in the Brock Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile Wooten Brock, three children, Bobby Leaston, Riley Devon, and William Lee Brock; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lee Brock, all of Climax; nine sisters, Mrs. Clyde Bentley of Selma, Ala.; Mrs. Lola Gann, Mrs. Ethel Martin, Mrs. Adel Barber, Miss Vera Mae Brock and Miss Irene Brock of Climax, Miss Lessie Brock of Macon, Ga., Mrs. Gussie Ray and Miss Juanita Brock of Atlanta, Ga.
The following gentlemen served as active pallbearers:  Rufus Brock, Lynton Boutwll, Eldridge Brinson, Weldon Boutwell, Coy Mills and DeWitt Bell.
Honorary pallbearers included: G. W. Howell, R. G. Pope, W. B. Harrell, Boen Brock, J. T. Lashley, R. E. Wells, Clarence Martin, R. A. Stephens, E. F. Vickers, Austin Phillips, Ben Kirbo, W. H. Harrell, A. T. Snipes, C. A. Miller, Lee A. Parker, Andrew Avery, Abe Conger, R. M. Reynolds, Herbert Miller, D. P. Humphrey, Paul Watts, H. P. Townsend, J. E. Drake, M. E. O'Neal, W. B. Miller, E. B. Harelson, Rufus Drinkwater and H. B. Spooner.
E. W. Cox Funeral Home in charge.
Bainbridge "Post-Searchlight" May 17, 1934:
Rev. Billie Brock Claimed By Death
Rev. Billie Brock, age 79 years, died at his home near Mt. Pleasant Tuesday evening at 9:15.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Lizzie Brock; three daughters, Mrs. Emma Ponder, Mrs. Dollie Hester, of Cairo; Mrs. Martha Jane Adams; four sons, Will, Simon, Dan and Lit Brock.
Funeral services were held at the residence at 3 p.m. Rev. E. A. D. Sheffield conducting the services.  Interment was at Brock Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were: Jimmie Poitevint, C. V. Harrell, Paul Harrell, Allen Mills, Boen Brock, and Johnnie Ponder.
J. J. Edge Funeral Home in charge.

Post-Searchlight, April 15, 1943:
Col. Leo Belcher Dies in Oregon
Services For Former Bainbridge Resident To Be Held In Athens Sat.
 Lieutenant Colonel Leo W. Belcher, 39, former assistant treasurer of the University of Georgia, died suddenly at Camp Adair, Corvallis, Oregon, on Thursday, April 8.
The body was shipped from Oregon last Saturday and will arrive in Athens, Georgia, the latter part of this week, where services are to be held on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock in the First Baptist Church, with Dr. James Wilkerson officiating.  Interment will be in Oconee Hill Cemetery.
Colonel Belcher was a native of Bainbridge, son of A. E. Belcher and Martha Jane Mobley Belcher. He graduated from the Bainbridge public schools, where he was a brilliant, ambitious student.  He entered the University of Georgia, and in 1923 married Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Reed.  The former is registrar of the University.
After graduation from the University in 1924, he was for two years connected with a local bank before joining the University staff as assistant treasurer, which post he held until he entered the Army.  He was interested also in civic affairs and the religious life of his city.  A past president of the Athens Rotary Club, he was for a number of years a deacon in the First Baptist Church and was active in Scout leadership circles.   At one time he was treasurer and recording secretary of the University of Georgia Alumni Society.
Being a member of teh ORC he went into the armed forces immediately when our country was drawn into the war.  He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1942, since which time he has been stationed at Camp Adair, where he was Finance Officer for the 104th Infantry Division.
Colonel Belcher is survived by his wife and two children, a 16-year-old son, Leo W. (Billy), Jr., and daughter, Dorothy; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Byerly, of Virginia Beach, Va., and four brothers, Elmer Belcher of Mobile, Alabama; Norwood, and Bernard Belcher of Bainbaridge; and Major Russell Belcher of Camp Chaffee, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Members of his family and several friends from Bainbridge will attend the services in Athens, Ga. Saturday.
The Post-Searchlight, August 6, 2002
George L. "Bill" Dollar
Sept. 21, 1919 - Aug. 2, 2002
Funeral services for George L. "Bill" Dollar, 82, of Bainbridge, were held on Aug. 5, at the Ivey Funeral Home Chapel in Bainbridge with the Reverends Ed Harrell and David Grubbs officiating.
Interment was at the West Bainbridge Cemetery with Winston Martin, Morrell Martin, Johnny Dollar, Jim Barwick, Leslie Busby and Lee Busby serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Dollar died at his residence on Aug. 2, 2002. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1937 and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a carpenter and a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iantha Barwick Dollar.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Dollar and Mike Dollar, both of Bainbridge; a brother, William N. “John” Dollar of Bainbridge; four sisters, Margaret Martin of Bainbridge, Ellen Gill of Dawson, Ga., Dorothy Sherill of Conyers, Ga., and Erma Alexander of Winston-Salem, N.C.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Ivey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, Thursday, November 10, 1949:  

Funeral Services Are Held for Mrs. Brock
Funeral services were held last Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 from Mars Hill Church for Mrs. Geanie Dollar Brock, who died at Fidelis Nursing Home in Bainbridge last Monday morning.  Dr. A. I. Zeller was in charge of services.
Her only survivors are a number of nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers were J. P. Martin, W. L. Boutwell, Roy Boutwell, Coy Mills, Fred Mills, and Jesse Brock.
Interment was made in Brock Cemetery with E. W. Cox and Sons in charge.  
(Geanie Dollar was the wife of Daniel Brock)    

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, July 5, 1945:
Theodore D. Moore Dies June 27 After a Short Illness
Theodore Daffin Moore died at a local hospital Wednesday, June 27, after an illness of only two weeks.
He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. D. G. McLendon of this city, Mrs. Joe Renfroe, and Miss Etta Moore of Tallahassee, Fla., two brothers, Mr. Ross Moore and Mr. Judson Moore of this city.
Mr. Moore was born January 11, 1884, the son of Callie Sutlive Moore and Greenberry Moore.  He made his home in this county all of his life and at the time of his death was engaged in farming five miles east of Bainbridge on the Thomasville Highway.
He was a devout Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church.Funeral services were held Friday morning, June 29, at 11:00 o'clock from the residence of Mrs. D. G. McClendon with the Rev. H. H. Shell and Rev. J. E. Ward officiating.  Interment was made in the Oak City Cemetery.
The following gentlemen served as active pallbearers: H. L. Hill, Joe McDuffie, Frank Jones, Rufus Drinkwater, R. E. Rowan and L. R. Livingston.
Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Barraca Class.
E. W. Cox Funeral Home was in charge.      

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, January 19, 1950:

Simon Brock Dies Saturday
 The community was deeply saddened Saturday afternoon, January 14, to learn of the death of Simon Brock, age 72, which occurred at his home following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 o'clock from Prosperity Church with Reverend J. L. Hand, Reverend E. J. Childs and Reverend B. T. Barksdale officiating.Mr. Brock is survived by his wife, Mrs. Candice Wooten Brock, and nine children, Mrs. P. W. Ward of Bainbridge; Mr. T. E. Hunter of West Bainbridge; Edward Brock of Whigham; Augustus Brock of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Simon Brock, Jr., of Columbus, Ga.; Bowen Brock, Charlie Wade Brock, and Hansel Brock of Climax; Clarence Brock of Bainbridge; three sisters, Mrs. Gordon Adams of Camilla; Mrs. Lee Hester of Cairo, and Mrs. John Ponder also of Cairo; three brothers, William Brock of Bainbridge; John D. Brock and Litt Brock, both of Climax.
Active pallbearers were: Carl Brock, Joe Brock, J. L. Brock, L. P. Harrell, Earnest Bell, Andrew Avery, Roy Drinkwater, Ellis Davis, Clarence Martin, Ernest Darley, Lawrence Dean, Otis Dean, G. W. Dean, A. M. Ward, W. A. Pittman, Lee Parker, E. F. Vickers, Frank Jones, John Drake, E. B. May, Ben Harrell, W. H. Harrell, H. E. Grover, W. B. Harrell, B. B. Harrell, Lawson Brock, M. E. O'Neal, R. A. Stephens, Sr., A. P. Phillips, Dr. R. F. Wheat, Dr. Gordon Chason, E. T. Dean, Jason Brinson, T. C. Donalson, Thomas Miller, Herbert Miller, G. E. Dollar, C. Z. Thomas, Johnnie Powell, Joe E. Dollar, Sr., Harmon Taylor, G. F. Battles, Sr., C. T. Norton, A. E. White, Sr., and Harry Legette. Interment was made in Brock Cemetery with E. W. Cox and Sons in charge.       

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, August 31, 1944:  

S-Sgt. Rufus C. Davis Killed In Action Over Germany  
Staff Sergeant Rufus C. Davis, 21, an aerial gunner, was killed in action May 9 over Germany, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Davis, of this city.  Previously news had been received that he was missing in action, into the armed services in Atlanta and then stationed at Keesler Field.
Staff Sergeant Davis was inducted in Mississippi, and Harlingen Army Air Base, Texas, and received his overseas training at Mountain Home, Idaho, and Wendover Field, Utah.  He was serving in England at the time his parents were notified that he was missing in action. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Kelly of Jacksonville, Florida,
and Miss Doris Davis of Atlanta and Bainbridge, and three brothers, Pvt. Curtis L. Davis, U. S. Army, now serving in Corsica, and Cecil and Bobby Davis of Bainbridge.  Two grandmothers, Mrs. R. W. Davis of Jacksonville and Mrs. Ella Brock, of Bainbridge, also survive him.Before entering the Army on January 9, 1943, Staff Sergeant Davis was employed with the civil service at the Bainbrdge Army Air Field.      

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, August 31, 1944:

Dr. H. H. Brinson Dies Suddenly in Florida.In the passing of Dr. Homer Hodges Brinson, prominent resident of Brinson, Decatur County has lost one of its best citizens.  Dr. Brinson died suddenly last Friday, August 25, while on a visit with relatives in Graceville, Fla.
Having lived in the county all his life, he had a host of friends to whom he was always loyal and true.  He was a devoted husband and father, and to his family he gave all that he had of affection and care.  He was also a loyal member of the Presbyterian Church.  Every Sunday, unless providentially hindered, he was in his place in the choir.  He was a true friend of his pastor and always stood with him in the work of the church.  Dr. Brinson was a man of firm convictions and never afraid to stand by those convictions.
Born in Decatur Coutny, his father and mother were the late Simeon and Hattie Russell Brinson.  He was born in Brinson on January 1, 1878, and had practiced medicine at Brinson for many years. In addition to his wife, the former Miss Lena Jones, Dr. Brinson is survived by four daughters and one son.  His daughters are Mrs. Winthrop M. Munro of Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. J. J. Jones of Graceville, Florida, Mrs. C. C. Liddon of Graceville, Florida, and Mrs. W. M. Turner of Pelham, Ga.  His son is Yeoman Homer Hodges Brinson, Jr. now stationed at Washington, D. C. with the U. S. Navy.
Funeral services were held at his residence at Brinson, conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. E. Ward, assisted by Rev. Mr. Vincent of the Methodist Church.  Interment was in Brinson Cemetery.Active pallbearers were Paul Battle, Burson Bridges, Carlton Thomas, Lloyd Palmer, W. H. Miller, O. P. Eagerton, and F. E. Bridges.Honorary pallbearers included Dr. W. L. Wilkinson, Dr. R. F. Wheat, Dr. Gordon Chason, M. E. O'Neal, Frank S. Jones, A. B. Conger, L. A. Parker, D. K. Talbert, Leon Hodges, W. H. Hodges and D. W. Hodges.      

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, October 19, 1944:

E. L. Harrell Dies in Climax  Mr. E. Littleton Harrell, 84, died at his home in Climax, Ga., Monday, October 9th at 2:00 o'clock after an illness of several weeks. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Delia Sellers, San Diego, Calif.,.
Mrs. Eliza Barfield, Climax, Ga., Mrs. Alezy Long, Tallahassee, Fla., Mrs. Roy Harrell, Jacksonville, Fla.  Two sons, Leo J. Harrell, Climax, Ga., and J. C. Harrell, U. S. Navy.
Funeral services were held at the Mars Hill Church Wednesday, October 11th at 3:00 o'clock with the Rev. Stephen Milhfeld officiating.
Friends of the deceased acted as active pallbearers.  Interment followed in the Mars Hill Cemetery.Player Funeral Home in charge.    

The Cairo Messenger, March 17, 1950

William Anderson Dollar, 86
Mr. William (Will) Anderson Dollar passed away at the Riverside Hospital in Bainbridge at 2:10 p.m. Monday March 6, after being confined to the hospital for three months; he had been in ill health for several years.The funeral service was held at Mount Pleasant Church with the Rev. Barksdale officiating. Interment was in Old Mars Hill Cemetery.
The pallbearers were: Norwood Harrell, Martin Harrell, Ralph Kelley, Gordon Dean, Clarence Brock and M. W. Martin.
The deceased was born in Decatur, now Grady County on Dec. 18, 1863, the son of the late James and Melinda Murphy Dollar.  His entire life was spent in that community where he was born, seventeen miles northwest of Cairo in the Lime Sink District.  He was engaged as a farmer.  His wife died in July 1936.  Mr. Dollar was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.There are many friends who learn with much personal sorrow of the passing of this esteemed man.
Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. Nancy Jane Faircloth, Decatur County; seven sons, James E. Dollar, New Orleans, La., Willie B. and Leslie W. Dollar, Detroit, Mich., Henry Grady and Hoke Dollar, Eustis, Fla., Earl Dollar, Tallahassee, Fla., and Joe B. Dollar, Rt. 1, Whigham; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.    

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, February 17, 1944:

Funeral Services Held For A. E. Belcher Friday
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Salem Church for Mr. Abner Elias Belcher, prominent Decatur County farmer.  Reverend J. L. Hand, pastor of the church, and Reverend H. H. Shell of the First Baptist Church, Bainbridge, conducted the services and interment was in the family plot in the church cemetery.
Death came late Wednesday evening at his home a mile northeast of this city, where he and his wife, Mrs. Martha Jane Mobley Belcher, had lived.
Mr. Belcher, who would have celebrated his 78th birthday next month, was born in the northeastern part of Decatur County of March 14, 1866, the son of David and Anna Pullen Belcher, members of prominent pioneer families who were identified with the advancement of that part of the county.
Survivors are his wife and the following sons and daughters:  Elmer J. Belcher, of Mobile, Alabama, Major Russell Belcher, of the U. S. Army, now in Texas, Norwood Belcher, of Bainbridge, and Mrs. Joe Solano, of Savannah and Mrs. Martha W. Byerly, Jr., of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive, and two sisters, Mrs. George Swicord and Mrs. George Dollar.    

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, February 17, 1944

Services Held Today for Mrs. Sarah (Dollie) Barfield  Funeral services were held at eleven o'clock this morning from Mt. Pleasant Church for Mrs. Sarah (Dollie) Tucker Barfield, age 70 years, who died at her home Tuesday night, February 15th, after a few weeks illness.
Reverend H. H. Shell officiated at the services and interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Mrs. Barfield is survived by her husband, William Riley Barfield, and eleven children as follows:  Mrs. Ruby Lodge, of Cairo Ga., Mrs. Rose Singer, of Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Dollie Will Richards, of Camilla, Ga., Mrs. Anna Matthews, Mrs. Anne Harrell, Miss Ara Bell and Miss Lena Barfield, all of Bainbridge; Louis Barfield, of Lakeland, Florida, Luther Barfield, of Camilla, Ga., Berry Barfield, of Eustis, Fla., and Barney Barfield, of Bainbridge.  Her three surviving brothers are Reuben Tucker, of Cottonwood, Ala., Mark Tucker, of Dothan, Ala., and Henry Tucker, of Houston, Texas.  She is also survived by twenty-four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Serving as active pallbearers were Messrs. Ennis F. Williams, Cleve Allen, Carl Sullivan, Floyd Taylor, Lucious Collins and Charlie Will Harrell.    

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, July 26, 1945:

Mrs. Susie Johnson Dies July 17th  
Mrs. Susie Johnson died at her home on the Tallahassee Highway Tuesday, July 17, following a long illness.
She is survived by her husband Emmett N. Johnson; two sons, Charlie M. Johnson of this city and Pvt. Lucius W. Johnson of Camp Croft, S. C.; three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Virginia Rudd, Quincy, Fla.; Mrs. Riley Dollar, Climax, Ga.; and Miss Myrtle Johnson, Bainbridge, Ga.  She is also survived by four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, July 19th at four o'clock at the Mt. Pleasant Church with the Revs. T. W. Salter, J. E. Bryan and L. E. Gilbert officiating.  Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were C. M. Johnson, Pvt. L. W. Johnson, Harvey O. Day, J. H. Day, H. J. Martin and Paul Brock.
E. W. Cox Funeral Home was in charge.       

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, August 31, 1944:
Services Held for James Houston Strain     
Funeral services were held at two o'clock Friday afternoon, August 25th, in the chapel of E. W. Cox Funeral Home for Mr. James Houston Strain, who died in Miami, Fla., August 22nd. Reverend Earnest Quarterman officiated at the services and interment was in Oak City Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Gardy Farnell, H. L. Slocumb, Walter Strain, Fred Nordhaus, Jr., N. A. Betts, W. W. Johnson, and A. P. Phillips. Mr. Strain is survived by his wife, Mrs. Claudia Harrington Strain, and one son, Pvt. John E. Strain, of Camp Chaffee, Ark., a brother, John G. Strain, of Bainbridge, and three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Fletcher, Plant City, Fla., Mrs. Bertie Nordhaus, of Mt. Pleasant, Fla., and Mrs. Emma McFall, of Jamison, Florida. E. W. Cox Funeral Home is in charge.  

Post-Searchlight, November 19, 1942
Mrs. Mona Vernel Dollar Dies, Wednesday
Mrs. Mona Vernel Brunson Dollar, age 26, of Climax, Georgia, died at a local hospital Wednesday, November 4, after a brief illness.  Mrs. Dollar had been ill for several weeks, but her condition was not considered serious, and her sudden death caused sincere sorrow to her many friends.Funeral services were held from Antioch Church Friday, November 13, at three o'clock, with the  Rev. Stephen Milfeld officiating.  Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, George W. Dollar, of Climax; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Brunson, of Climax; six sisters, Mrs. Floyd Donalson, of Palm City, Ala.; Mrs. Wade Simpler, Dothan, Ala.; Mrs. Jesse Busby, of Montgomery, Ala.; Mrs. Freeman Archer, of Greenville, S. C.; Miss Laverne Brunson, and Miss Bobby Brunson, both of Climax; and two brothers, Fallen Brunson, of Perry, Florida, and Coron Brunson, of Climax. Active pallbearers were: Messrs. Freeman Palmer, Dennis Phillips, Cliff Bates, A. Hunt, Luther Howell, and George McNair.Honorary pallbearers were; Messrs. Jessie Hanson, Norman Moore, Frank Moore, C. J. Boyett, Marvin Byrd, Marvin Sellers, John Bryant, G. B. Moore, Berry Griffin, C. R. Moore, Miles Harrison, and James Dezerne.    

Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, August 24, 1944:  

Mrs. J. W. Brinson Dies in Climax   
Funeral of Mrs. Martha Cennilla Brinson was conducted Sunday afternoon at the home in Climax by the Rev. W. E. Snipes assisted by the Rev. J. L. Hand.  Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Brinson, who was 65 years of age, died at her home in Climax Saturday afternoon. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. In addition to her husband, James William Brinson, Mrs. Brinson is survived by one daughter and a son-in-law.  Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Jordan, of Montgomery, Ala., and their five children, Martha Jane, Lonnie, Jr., James, Charles, and George Jordan.Also surviving are one brother, Byron Dixon, of Climax, and five sisters, Mrs. J. H. Wells and Mrs. J. N. Allen,
of Climax, Mrs. Max Desvergers, of Bainbridge, Mrs. Reid Thomas, of Whigham, and Mrs. John Sapp, of Cairo.Pallbearers were George
Morgan, Carlton Wells, Ralph Wells, A. D. Sapp, Leon Brinson, and James Jordan. Player Funeral Home is in charge.    

Bainbridge Post- Searchlight, May 4, 1944  

John Oscar Harrell Dies Here
Funeral Services Held For Beloved Citizen Monday      John Oscar Harrell, long-time civic leader of Whigham, died Sunday noon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Miller, Jr., on College Street, after an illness of several weeks.
A native of Decatur County, Mrs. Harrell was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Harrell, pioneers in this section.  His mother was the former Miss Harriett Boyd of Virginia and his father founded the town of Whigham.  Mr. Harrell operated a merchantile business in Whigham for many years, but since his retirement had made his home here with his daughter and son-in-law.  Mayor of Whigham for years, Mr. Harrell was a leader in civic and religious affairs there.  He had served the city as alderman, and was deacon in the Whigham Baptist Church.  He was 88 years old at the time of his deathFinal rites were conducted Monday afternoon in the Whigham Baptist Church by the Rev. N. J. Christopher, pastor.  Assisting ministers were Reverend Agee, Methodist minister of Whigham, Reverend Lee Long, Rev. J. E. Ward, Rev. H. H. Heisler and Dr. H. H. Shell, all of Bainbridge. Serving as active pallbearers were W. L. Harrell, A. G. Harrell, Mayor C. A. Miller, Jr., W. W. Duncan of Cairo, J. H. Collins, of Whigham, H. E. Stephens and Major Emmett R. Culbreth of Camp Pickett, Va.Honorary pallbearers included Lewis Harrell, Lloyd Collins, Aaron Collins, Raleigh Rollins, Douglas Collins, Emmett Sims, Bub Brown, Thomas Bronson, James G. Patterson, Stanley Davis, Vesta Widner, Raymond Boyett, Murray Harrell, Roy Jester, A. E. White, Lewis Olivent, H. F. Hart, Oscar Matthews, H. R. Duvall, W. W. Culbreth, W. I. Sullivan, L. W. Salters, Alex Stephens, Dr. L. W. Willis, Dr. W. L. Wilkinson, John Laing, Ben Kirbo, Elbert Jones, A. Q. Strickland, Jack Harrell, Robert Cohen, Tom Mills, Frank Rogers, Jim Brockett, C. B. Brockett, Raymond Powell, H. G. Bell, Lee A. Parker, Mr. Gill, John R. Wilson, M. E. O'Neal, Paul Battles, Ben Griffin, Gus Brooks, B. W. Harrell, B. F. Hardage, Roy Livingston, Melvin Nussbaus, O. D. Williams, Roy Glover and C. M. Sadler.Mr. Harrell is survived by two sons, W. L. Harrell of Bainbridge, and Albert Harrell, of Whigham; five daughters, Mrs. J. H. Collins, Whigham, Mrs. W. W. Duncan, Cairo, Mrs. H. E. Stephens, Mrs. C. A. Miller, Jr., and Mrs. Emmett R. Culbreth, all of Bainbridge; one brother, Judge Frank Harrell, Valdosta, and one niece, Mrs. Russell Snow, Cocoa, Fla.  Thirty-two grandchildren and forty-eight great grandchildren also survive. E. W. Cox Funeral Home in charge.    

The Post-Search Light, January 4, 1951

Pioneer Citizen Dies January 1
Mrs. Fennie Brock Harrell, age 91, pioneer citizen of Decatur County, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. L. Martin, on Monday, January 1.  The deceased is a member of a prominent and well known family and has many family connections in this and neighboring counties.  She was a woman of simple faith and it has been said that she lived only for her God, her family and her country.  She leaves behind many friends throughout the country who are indeed sorry to learn of her passing.
Mrs. Harrell is survived by three sons, Mallard Harrell of Lithia, Fla., B. G. Harrell of Plant City, Fla., and E. J. Harrell of Bainbridge; four daughters, Mr. C. R. Lord of Panama City, Fla., Mrs. W. R. Lambert, Plant City, Florida, Mrs. C. J. Martin of Fort Myers, Florida and Mr. C. L. Martin of Bainbaridge.  Sixty-five grandchildren, ninety-five great-grandchildren and twenty-two great great grandchildren are also among the survivors.Funeral services for the deceased were held on Tuesday afternoon, January 2, from the Prosperity Church with Rev. Roy Childs officiating. Grandsons of the deceased served as pallbearers and are J. V. Lambert, J. P. Martin, Haywood Martin, Edward Harrell, Carl Martin, and Howard Martin.
Honorary pallbearers were: Levi Harrell, Homer Brock, Jessie Brock, Joe Brock, Carl Brock, Bob Dean, Johnnie Godwin, C. C. Davis and Ruel Dollar. Interment was made in Prosperity Cemetery with Cox and Sons in charge.

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