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James Edward Collins, Jr.

August 16, 1953 - November 4, 2013

James Edward (Eddie) Collins, Jr., 60, of Valdosta died Monday, November 4, 2013 at his home. He was born in Madison, Florida on August 16, 1953 to James Edward Collins, Sr. and the late Mary Elizabeth Ferrell Collins and had lived in Valdosta most of his life. Mr. Collins was a charter member of Crossroads Baptist Church and was retired from Laws Furniture. He loved his Lord and his family, his...
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Jackie Lee McKenzie

March 24, 1947 - November 3, 2013

Jackie Lee McKenzie, 66, of Hahira, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013, at his home. He was born March 24, 1947 in Atlanta, a son of the late Willie O. and Virgie Mae Hawkin McKinzie. "Papa" loved his grandchildren, and everybody loved him. Jackie is survived by his wife, Sandra McKenzie of Hahira; four children, Herbert Harris and wife Candace of Dasher, David Harris of Daytona, FL, Jamie...
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James Stephen Oliver

January 12, 1927 - November 3, 2013


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Horace W. Adams

September 8, 1943 - November 2, 2013

Horace W. "Cowboy"Adams, 70, of Lake Park, died on Saturday, November 02, 2013 at the Langdale Hospice House following a lengthy illness. He was born on September 8, 1943 in Statenville, Georgia to the late Claude and Ruth Wright Adams and has been a resident of this area his whole life. Mr. Adams was of the Church of God faith. Survivors include his girlfriend, Anne Meyer of Valdosta; his...
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Loren Drue Dodson

October 2, 1956 - October 30, 2013

Loren Drue Dodson, 57, of Valdosta, GA, passed away on October 30, 2013, in Ocala, FL. He was born on October 2, 1956, in Valdosta. He graduated from Valdosta High School in 1974 and attended Valdosta State College. While at VHS, he played football for the Wildcats under Coach Wright Bazemore and proudly wore #73. Loren was employed by Tri-State Supply Co. in Valdosta and U.S. Tobacco Co. in...
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Keith Conley

July 10, 1966 - October 28, 2013

Keith A. Conley, 47, of Valdosta, died on Monday, October 28, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center after a sudden illness. Born in Landstuhl, Germany, he had lived in Valdosta for just over a year now and was formerly of St. Augustine, Ft. Myers and Tallahassee, FL. Keith was a deeply loved father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He graduated from Open Bible Christian School and Florida State...
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Betty Sue Meeks Thackrey

February 10, 1933 - October 28, 2013

Betty Bass Thackrey, 80, of Valdosta died Monday, October 28, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. Funeral services will be held at 3pm, Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Northside Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service. Graveside services will be held at 3pm, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Washington County Memorial Gardens in Sandersville. www.mclanecares.com Carson...
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Clara Beatrice Drazdowski

March 18, 1922 - October 26, 2013

Clara Beatrice (Bea) Drazdowski, 91, of Valdosta, died on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Presbyterian Home in Quitman after a lengthy illness. She was born in South Georgia to the late Edward Daniel Freeman & Estelle Bostick Freeman. After growing up in South Georgia, she moved to New York City where she started her family. In 1959 she moved back to Fitzgerald and then Hahira where she single...
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Jacqueline Stalvey Bayless

September 24, 1933 - October 25, 2013

Jacqueline (Jackie) Stalvey Bayless, 80, of Valdosta, died Friday, October 25, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center. She was born in Cook County, GA on September 24, 1933 to the late Thomas Eason and Annie Bell Futch Stalvey. Mrs. Bayless was a 1950 graduate of Cook County High School in Adel, worked as a telephone operator with Southern Bell and later was in charge of the proof department at...
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L. S. Daniels

May 4, 1916 - October 25, 2013

L. S. Daniels, 97, of Quitman, died on Friday October 25, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born in Thomasville on May 4, 1916 to the late James Thomas & Alma Cobb Daniels, he had been a lifelong resident of this area. Mr. Daniels briefly served in the U.S. Navy during WW II, then, having grown up on a farm in Thomasville, he continued his farming career for several years after the war. In the...
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Carmen Etteinne Davis Boatwright

January 9, 1935 - October 25, 2013

Carmen Etteinne Davis Boatwright, 78, of Valdosta died on October 25, 2013 at the Langdale Hospice House. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia on January 9, 1935 to the late Ralph Alexander and Etteinne McCranie Davis. Mrs. Boatwright attended Martha Berry School for Girls in high school and was a graduate of Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia with a degree in Home...
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Charlie D. Sims

March 18, 1925 - October 19, 2013

Charlie D. Sims, 88, of Valdosta, passed away quietly on Saturday, October 19, 2013 of natural causes. He was born in Ficklin, Georgia on March 18, 1925 to the late Emery, Sr. and Corrie Graham Sims and at the age of two years old he moved with his parents to Winter Park, Florida. He joined the Navy after graduating from Winter Park High School and was stationed at Mayport, Florida and served...
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Gayle M. Smith Zeigler

December 15, 1945 - October 18, 2013

Gayle M. Smith Zeigler Gayle M. Smith Zeigler, 67, of Valdosta died Friday, October 18, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on December 15, 1945 in Valdosta to the late Benjamin Ira Moore and Annie Mae Bailey Moore. Gayle was a graduate of Lowndes High School and attended Valdosta State College where she received a degree in nursing. She was a member of...
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Kenneth Wright Shanklin

May 25, 1930 - October 15, 2013

Kenneth Wright Shanklin, 83, of Valdosta died Tuesday, October 13, 2013 at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman after a lengthy illness. He was born on May 25, 1930 in Elkton, Kentucky to the late Linsey and Olen Nickerson Shanklin and had lived in Valdosta for eight years. Mr. Shanklin was a member of Pleasant Way Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from Western...
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Robert Cribley

January 16, 1924 - October 15, 2013

Robert (Bob) Cribley, Lt. Col (Ret.), 89, of Valdosta, died on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at his residence. Born in Warren, OH to the late Clifford James & Hilda Marie Rantimake Cribley, he had lived in this area for the past 7 years. Bob joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944 and was a navigator on a B-17 and was stationed at Molesworth Cambridgeshire, England- 303rd Bombardment Group (H) "Hell's...
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Royce Carter Hutchinson

October 7, 1944 - October 14, 2013

Royce Carter Hutchinson, 69, of Madison, Florida died Monday, October 14, 2013 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after short illness. He was born in Valdosta on October 7, 1944. Mr. Hutchinson was a member of the Ochlawilla Bapitst Church. He retired from Tri County Electric as a dispatcher and a member of the Madison Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Carol Roberts Hutchinson of Madison...
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Frances H. Crosby

March 3, 1922 - October 14, 2013

Frances H. Crosby, 91, of Valdosta died on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the Langdale Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born on March 3, 1922 to the late Alton and Ena Haywood and had lived in Valdosta for the past ten years moving here from Athens, Georgia. Mrs. Crosby was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. The last few years one of her greatest joys was her three great...
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Betty Jo Brannon

July 13, 1929 - October 11, 2013

Betty Jo Brannon, 84, of Hahira died on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Cook Senior Living Center following a lengthy illness. She was born on July 13, 1929 to the late Sam and Eula Tyler Reeves and has been a resident of the local area for most of her life. She worked for most of her adult life and was a dedicated and hard worker at whatever job or endeavor she put her hands and mind to. A couple...
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Charles Lawrence Pitts

July 24, 1955 - October 10, 2013

Charles Lawrence "Chuck" Pitts, 58, of Valdosta and formerly of Byron, GA died Thursday, October 10, 2013 at his residence. He was born on July 24, 1955 in Fort Valley, GA to Charles Wesley Pitts and Evie Carrell Churchwell Pitts. Chuck is a retired SSgt from the United States Air Force having served from 1977 until 2001 and worked for Training Rehabilitation and Development Institute as a...
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Willie Mack Turner

February 13, 1932 - October 9, 2013

Willie Mack Turner passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Fellowship Home. Mr. Turner was born February 13, 1932, in Valdosta, Georgia to Willie Alvin Turner and Rose Marie Burch. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Mary Lynch; brothers, Jimmy Turner and Harry Turner and sister, Betty Moore. Survivors are his wife, Runette Van Ausdall Turner; daughters,...
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Houston Price, Sr.

April 27, 1932 - October 8, 2013

Houston Price, Sr. 81, of Valdosta, died on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 after a long illness. He was born on April 27, 1932 in Statesboro, to the late Hattie Parrish and Millard Bernon (M.B.) Price. He attended schools in Statesboro, Portal, Augusta and Thomasville before graduating from Valdosta High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served in England, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Guam and...
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John Thomas Griffin

November 22, 1920 - October 7, 2013

John Thomas (J.T.) Griffin, 92, of Valdosta, died on Monday, October 7, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House following a lengthy illness. He was born on November 22, 1920 in Coolidge, Georgia to the late Charles Thomas and Dorothy Suber Griffin. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the Merchant Marines. Upon his return from service, he entered into the lumber business and was the retired owner...
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Malcolm F. Rainey

November 27, 1924 - October 7, 2013

Dr. Malcolm F. Rainey of Valdosta died on October 7, 2013. He was 88 years old. Dr. Rainey was born in Los Angeles, California on November 27, 1924, the son of Nicholas and Maria Rainey. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1943. He served with PT Boat Squadron 18 in the south Pacific and in the liberation of the Philippine Islands during World War...
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Earl Blocker

August 30, 1925 - October 6, 2013

Earl N. Blocker Earl Blocker, age 88 of Valdosta, Georgia died at his home on October 6, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was born in the Midway Community of Glennville, Georgia and was the son of the late William Clanton Blocker and Sinnie Waters Blocker. Mr. Blocker was a proud resident of Valdosta for over 50 years. Mr. Blocker was a 1943 graduate of Glennville High School. After a...
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Walter Rowland

October 12, 1922 - October 6, 2013

Walter "Coot" Rowland, 90, of Valdosta, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Clinch Healthcare, Homerville. He was born October 12, 1922 in Valdosta, a son of the late Willis and Annie Nell Allbritton Rowland. For nearly 60 years Coot raced automobiles at many venues, including the Thunderbowl Speedway, and was at one time a stunt driver. He was employed as a taxi driver before becoming...
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Eunice F. Glisson

April 25, 1929 - October 6, 2013

Eunice Faye Glisson, 84, of Valdosta, loving mother and grandmother, passed from this life on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Langdale Hospice House. She was born April 25, 1929 in Statenville, a daughter of Arthur H. and Lula Lightsey Hughes. Mrs. Glisson was a Christian and had attended the Forrest Park Church of Christ since her baptism in 1979. She was employed by Strickland Cotton Mills and...
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Betty Jean Crumbley

September 18, 1930 - October 5, 2013

Betty Jean Crumbley, 83, of Valdosta, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, in Adel. She was born September 18, 1930 in Eldorado, a daughter of the late Frank and Mittie Baker Payne, and has been a resident of this area since 1966. Mrs. Crumbley, a member of Bemiss Road Baptist Church, was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Donna C....
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Harry Nadack

May 13, 1920 - October 2, 2013

Harry Nadack, 93, of Valdosta died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at his home. He was born in Huntsburg, Ohio on May 13, 1920 to the late William and Theodosia Nadack. Mr. Nadack was a veteran of the United States Air Force having been in the first group to serve at Moody Air Force Base. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. Mr. Nadack played golf at Francis Lake every Thursday and was...
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Tom Bush Smith, Jr.

November 14, 1934 - October 1, 2013

Tom Bush Smith, Jr., 78, of Valdosta died Tuesday October 1, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. He was born in Valdosta to the late Tom Bush, Sr. & Alberta Smith on November 14, 1934, he was a lifelong resident of this area. Mr. Smith graduated from Valdosta High School in the early 1950's, having played football for the Wildcats during those years. In the mid 1950's, he married his childhood...
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Marlin Baunoch

April 28, 1935 - September 30, 2013

Marlin Baunoch, 78, of Valdosta, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013, at Heritage House Nursing Home. He was born April 28, 1935 in Wyandotte, MI, a son of the late Jacob and Dorothy Stoner Baunoch. Mr. Baunoch honorably served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Chip and Wendy Baunoch of Dixie; one daughter and son-in-law, Yvette "Sassy" and Lamar Wheeler of...
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June Buttrick Jones

September 30, 2013 - September 30, 2013

June Buttrick Jones, 83, of Valdosta, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 29, 2013, peacefully in her sleep after a lengthy illness, at the Heritage House Nursing Home. She was born December 27, 1929 in Oak Hill, WV, a daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Epperly Buttrick. In her adult life she made her home in Valdosta. In her earlier years, Ms. Jones worked at the bag...
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Isabel Vincent

April 23, 1934 - September 29, 2013

Isabel Vincent, 79, of Valdosta died on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center. She was born on April 23, 1934 in Queens, New York to the late Arnold and Gabriel Schear Trippet. She was a homemaker and a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, George and Kay Vincent of Valdosta and Arnold Vincent of Long Island, New York; six...
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Lamar Kendall Altman

January 18, 1918 - September 28, 2013

Lamar Kendall Altman, 95, of Valdosta, died on September 28, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. A native Valdostan, daughter of the late Clyde Bolton and William Pinckney Kendall, she was a graduate of Valdosta High School and Georgia States Women's College, now Valdosta State University. After receiving her teaching degree, she began her teaching career in the Echols County School System, then went...
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Robert E. Wallace

October 18, 1930 - September 27, 2013

Robert E. Wallace, 82, of Valdosta, died on Friday, September 27, 2013. Born in Big Rapids, MI on October 18, 1930 to the late Chester & Hazel Wallace, he had lived in this area for the past 44 years. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Wallace was happiest when he was fishing or hunting especially...
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Judy T. "Mimi" Lee

July 23, 1947 - September 26, 2013

Judy T. "Mimi" Lee, 66, of Adel died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her residence. She was born on July 23, 1947 in Conyers, GA to the late William Okie Tolbert and Francis Virginia Reese Tolbert. Mrs. Lee was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Kelvin J. Lee of Adel, one daughter, Debra K. Young of Sparks, two grandchildren, Joseph C. Young (Rebecca) of Vidalia and Sarah...
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Michael Wayne Powell

December 10, 1974 - September 23, 2013

Michael Wayne Powell, 38, of Valdosta, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 23, 2013, at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born December 10, 1974 in Fort Pierce, FL, a son of the late Preston and Pat Smith Powell. Mike loved his job and going to work every day for A-LERT Construction Services, and was loved by the people he worked with. "Most of us knew him as "Red Rooter" back in...
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Marion Eli Bland

April 27, 1914 - September 23, 2013

Marion Eli (M.E.) Bland, 99, of Jacksonville, Florida and a former resident of the Valdosta area, died on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. He was born on April 27, 1914 in Jennings, Florida to the late James David and Lilly Herring Bland. Mr. Bland was a retired ordained Baptist minister and was a member of Black Pond Baptist Church in Jacksonville. ...
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Harriet Thompson Smith

July 31, 1930 - September 22, 2013

Harriet Thompson Smith, 83, of Valdosta, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick Campus. She was born July 31, 1930 in Beverly, MA, a daughter of the late Ross Winfield and Drucilla Allen Thompson. She graduated from Hood College, Frederick, MD, and earned her Masters Degree at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. For ten years Mrs. Smith was employed...
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William George Wynne

October 5, 1960 - September 21, 2013

William George Wynne, 52, of Valdosta died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. He was born in Quitman on October 5, 1960, he was the son of the late John E. Wynne and Betty Benefield Wynne. Mr. Wynne served two years in the United States Army and owned Wynne's Logging. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his daughter and her fiancé, Jessica Wynne and Javaris Hicks,...
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Gary Gene Wright, Jr.

October 31, 1955 - September 20, 2013

Gary Gene Wright, Jr., 57, of Lake City, Florida died Friday, September 20, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born in Valdosta at Moody Air Force Base on October 31, 1955 to the late Gary Gene, Sr. and Mary Joan Harper Wright. Mr. Wright was a member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lake City, Florida and a veteran of the United States Navy. He had served as a policeman for the...
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Mantle Lee Walker Hartley

October 8, 1921 - September 20, 2013

Mantle-Lee Walker Hartley OCTOBER 8, 1921 – SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 Mantle-Lee Walker Hartley, went to her heavenly reward on September, 20, 2013, at the age of 91 after a lengthy illness.. She was a two-time survivor of cancer and was a longtime resident of St, Johns, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James U. Hartley, and by her father and mother, William Henry Walker...
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John Wallace Pyla

March 18, 1956 - September 18, 2013

John Wallace Pyla, 57, of Valdosta died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at his home. He was born in Shelby County, Tennessee on March 18, 1956 to John Eugene Pyla and the late Betty Ann Butler Pyla. He lived in Jacksonville, Florida for many years before moving to Valdosta six years ago. Mr. Pyla was a Protestant and had been employed in sales and collections. ...
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Mary Diane Beebe

November 11, 1960 - September 18, 2013

Mary Diane Beebe, 52, of Valdosta, died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center. She was born in Valdosta on November 11, 1960. Mrs. Beebe was employed with Valdosta Physical Therapy for twenty five years and was a member of Ministry Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of thirty one years, Gerald Beebe of Valdosta, her son and daughter in law, James Edwin and...
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Elizabeth Southall Nichols

May 22, 1933 - September 15, 2013

Elizabeth Southall Nichols, 80, of Valdosta, died on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the South Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born in Valdosta on May 22, 1933 to the late Julius T. Sr., and Mary Willis Southall. She was retired from 1St Union after 20 plus years of dedicated service. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Elizabeth's family was her life and...
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Antonio Thomas Criscuolo

May 13, 1922 - September 13, 2013

Antonio Thomas Criscuolo, (USAF, Ret. Colonel), died peacefully on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the age of 91 in Valdosta, Georgia at the Langdale Hospice House. Tony was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 13, 1922 to the late Luigi and Antonetta Criscuolo. Tony's mother was French and his father was Italian so he grew up speaking both languages. He was a proud alumnus of Brooklyn Technical...
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William Lewis O'Keefe, Jr.

January 25, 1932 - September 11, 2013

William Lewis O'Keefe, Jr., 81, of Cumming, GA died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Gracemont Assisted Living in Cumming, GA. He was born on January 25, 1932 in Sharon, GA to the late William Lewis O'Keefe, Sr. and Lila Mae Parham O'Keefe. Mr. O'Keefe was retired from civil service at Moody Air Force Base. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Air Force from...
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Brian Jon Seemann

May 1, 1964 - September 10, 2013

Brian Jon Seemann, 49, of Valdosta died Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in Marietta, Georgia. He was born on May 1, 1964 to Jane Ann Barkley Seemann and the late Donald Eldon Seemann and had lived in Valdosta since 1997. Mr. Seemann was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church and a Power System Engineer with Yancey Brothers. He graduated from Walton High School where he played football and was on the...
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Ilavann Hansen Sims

January 29, 1914 - September 10, 2013

Ilavann Hansen Sims, 99, of Valdosta died on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Langdale Place. Services will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Park Avenue United Methodist Church. Reverend V.L. Daughtry and Reverend Hale Bishop will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Flowers will be accepted or donations...
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Roger L. Martin

February 23, 1957 - September 8, 2013

Roger L. Martin, 56, of Lake Park, died on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at his home. Roger was a construction worker by trade and worked at Alexander Construction for many years. He loved music and sang with the Master Quartet from Madison, Florida. Survivors include one brother, David Powell and wife Linda of Homerville; a sister-in-law, Maureen Powell of Macon; and a number of nieces and...
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Harold Gene Kloberdanz

June 9, 1931 - September 7, 2013

Harold Gene Kloberdanz, Col. USAF (Ret), passed away September 7, 2013 at the age of 82. He was born June 9, 1931 in Sterling, Colorado to Jacob Frank and Martina Marie Kloberdanz. Harold graduated from St. Anthony's Catholic School in Sterling, CO. He went on to graduate with two Bachelor degrees and a Masters Degree from Colorado State and the University of Colorado. In September of 1953...
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Robert M. Jones, Sr.

August 5, 1934 - September 4, 2013

Reverend Robert Marion Jones, 79, of Valdosta, Georgia, died on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born in Valdosta, on August 5, 1934, to the late Arthur and Lillie Mae Seay Jones. Mr. Jones received his early education in the Valdosta City Schools. After graduating from high school, he honorably served in the U.S. Air Force, for 22 years...
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Carolyn Mobley Griffin

October 8, 1940 - September 4, 2013

Carolyn Mobley Griffin, 72, of Valdosta died Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. She was born on November 8, 1940 in Clinch County, Georgia to the late Clifford Dwight and Carrie Tomlinson Mobley and had lived in Valdosta for many years where she worked at Valdosta Coca Cola Bottling Works from 1960-1969. Mrs. Griffin was a member of the Forrest Park Church of Christ. ...
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Lillian Cowart Goodyear

January 25, 1928 - September 3, 2013

Lillian Cowart Goodyear, 85, of Langdale Place died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. She was born on January 25, 1928 in Lanier County to the late Daniel S. and Laura Hughes Cowart. Mrs. Goodyear lived in Blakely for many years before returning to this area several years ago. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blakely and retired as an administrative assistant...
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Caroline Michelle Roberts

August 28, 2013 - September 2, 2013

Caroline Michelle Roberts, 6 days old, became an angel of God on Monday, September 2, 2013. She was born August 28 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon. Caroline is survived by her parents, Brandi and Brian Roberts of Valdosta; brother, Mac; sister, Morgan; and twin sister and brother, Emily and Jake; her maternal grandparents, Jim and Nancy Cunningham of Lake Park; paternal...
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Harriett Ryan Hester

April 26, 1945 - September 2, 2013

Harriett Ryan Hester, 68, of Valdosta died on Monday, September 2, 2013 at the Langdale Hospice House following a long battle with cancer. She was born on April 26, 1945 in Tifton, Georgia to the late Lawrence and Virginia Tolbert Ryan. She lived in Tallahassee, Florida during her youth. She graduated from Florida High School in the class of 1963 then worked at Florida State University as a...
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Ursula Doris Waller

December 7, 1937 - September 1, 2013

Ursula Doris Waller, 75, of Valdosta, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Gentiva Hospice Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She was born on December 7, 1937 in Kehl, Germany to the late Arnold and Gertrud Koelmel Mannherz. Mrs. Waller was a retired Para Pro from the Lowndes County School System, a member of Bemiss United Methodist Church where she also worked as an Administrative Assistant...
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Glen David Wheeler

May 27, 1951 - August 31, 2013

Glen David Wheeler, 62, of Quitman died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at his special friends residence. He was born on May 27, 1951 in Davy, West Virginia to the late Henry and Violet Chadwell Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler was a retired security guard. He is survived by his special friends, Jeannie Carte of Valdosta, Charles and Deborah Carte of Quitman, his children, Duke Wheeler, Susan Curtis, Dustin...
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Marie Helms

December 6, 1924 - August 31, 2013

Marie Helms, 88 of Valdosta, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 31, 2013, after a period of declining health. Born on December 6, 1924 in Geneva, AL to the late John Henry & Reba Whitaker, Mrs. Helms grew up in southern Alabama. Following her marriage to the late James (Pete) Helms, her lifelong love, the Helms soon settled in Albany in the late 1940's. She was a devoted wife, mother and...
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Franklin Tilfred Cole, Jr.

March 6, 1944 - August 31, 2013

Frank Tilfred Cole, Jr., age 69 died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Oakridge, TN. He was born March 6, 1944, to Frank T. Cole, Sr., and Ida Mae Fields Cole. Frank graduated from Quitman High School, Quitman, Georgia, before joining the U.S. Air Force. He was passionately proud of his military service and spent many years...
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Lindy Alvin Kinsey

December 1, 1953 - August 29, 2013

Lindy Alvin Kinsey, 59, of Lake Park died on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Valdosta on December 1, 1953 to the late Lindbergh and Nancy Deas Kinsey and has been a resident of this area all his life. He was employed with Langboard Inc. as a tool clerk and was a member of Antioch Church in Lake Park. Survivors include his son, Dakota Kinsey and a brother and sister-in...
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Viva Southall Joiner

August 24, 1928 - August 29, 2013

Viva Southall Joiner, 85, of Valdosta died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the Langdale Hospice House. She was born in Clyattville on August 24, 1928 to the late Haynes Brinson and Melissa Hutchinson Southall and was a lifelong resident of this area. Mrs. Joiner was a member of the Park Avenue Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She attended Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee and...
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T. Ross Hudson, Jr.

January 29, 1936 - August 28, 2013

Reverend T. Ross Hudson, Jr., 77, of Valdosta, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at South Georgia Medical Center. Born in Terrell County, Georgia on January 29, 1936, he was the son of the late Tom Ross ( T.R.) Hudson Sr. and Jessie Almeta Hardy Hudson. Ross began pastoring Naylor Baptist Church in September 1965. Ross was a Pastor, Teacher and School Administrator. In 1999, he retired from...
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Wendell Bernard Johnson

September 13, 1922 - August 27, 2013

Wendell Bernard Johnson, 90, of Quitman and formerly of Valdosta died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Presbyterian Home. He was born on September 13, 1922 in Elkhart, Indiana, a son of the late Bernard Johnson and the late Hazel Goiens Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a retired engineer with the...
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John Robert Howell

August 26, 1929 - August 26, 2013

John Robert Howell of Lake Park died Monday, August 26, 2013 on his 84th birthday at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born in 1929 in Lowndes County to the late Robert Wilton and Laura Howell. Mr. Howell was an electrician, a farmer and a logger. He served in the National Guard and attended Mount Pleasant Church of Christ. Mr. Howell is survived by three daughters and two sons in law,...
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Gladys R. Cary

March 1, 1914 - August 25, 2013

Gladys R. Cary, 99, of Valdosta, died on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. Born in Robinson, IL to the late Frank Andrew & Nellie Barnett Richart, she had lived in Valdosta for the past 5 years after moving from Robinson, IL, her lifelong home. Mrs. Cary was an excellent cook, well known for her potato salad, handmade noodles and fried chicken. Survivors include her daughter and...
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Aleta Corley

July 1, 1927 - August 23, 2013

Aleta Corley, 86, of Valdosta, died on Friday, August 23, 2013, at Heritage House Nursing Home. Aleta was born on July 1, 1927, at Little Griffin Hospital in Valdosta. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Webb Corley and Velma Lawrence Corley. After graduating Valdosta High School in 1944, Aleta joined the Cadet Nurse Corp and studied at Emory University and Bellevue Hospital in New York...
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Arthur Stitt Mixson

October 29, 1947 - August 23, 2013

Arthur Stitt Mixson (Joe to all), age 65 of Valdosta, Georgia, passed away on August 23, 2013 at his home. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM with funeral services held at 2:00 PM on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Carson McLane Funeral Home on Patterson Street. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation 5582 Peachtree Road...
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Alma H. Lazarus

August 23, 2013

Alma H. Lazarus, of Valdosta, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Fellowship Home. She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Chace of Lakeland and Susan Rogoff of Atlanta; three granddaughters, Jennifer Murray Sublett, Shannon Murray, and Jami Duncan and husband Todd, all of Valdosta; one grandson, Aaron Rogoff of Atlanta; five great-grandchildren, Cameron Conley, Bailey Sublett, Blake...
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Marvin Franklin Hodges, Jr.

February 28, 1954 - August 21, 2013

Marvin F. Hodges, Jr., 59, of Hahira, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born in Winter Haven, FL on February 28, 1954 to the late Marvin Franklin Hodges, Sr. and Mildred Robinson Hodges. Mr. Hodges was a grocery broker. He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Mark and Keri Hodges of Hahira, his daughter, Elizabeth Hodges of Lake Park and his son,...
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Chanchalben A. Patel

April 10, 1925 - August 19, 2013

Chanchalben A. Patel, 88, of Valdosta, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2013. She was born April 10, 1925 in Karjisan, Guj, India. The Prayer Service for Mrs. Patel will begin at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the Chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home, 2215 N. Patterson St., Valdosta. Cremation will follow. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.mclanecares.com. Carson...
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Michael William Terwilliger MSGT,

August 15, 1962 - August 19, 2013

Michael William Terwilliger, MSGT (USAF Ret.), 51 of Lake Park died Monday, August 19, 2013. He was born on August 15, 1962 in Queens, New York and had lived in Valdosta for many years. Mr. Terwilliger was currently serving as the Emergency Preparedness Director for the South Health District and was a member of Christ the King Episcopal Church. He proudly served his country in the United States...
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Jackie Altman

October 26, 1944 - August 18, 2013

Jackie C. Altman, 68, of Valdosta, died on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center after a short illness. Born in Atlanta on October 26, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Celeste Codding. A 1965 graduate of Valdosta State University, she received her Master's in English from the University of Georgia with an emphasis on Southern Literature. Jackie was certified...
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Gary Dwane Johnson, Sr.

March 13, 1955 - August 16, 2013

Gary Dwane Johnson, Sr., 58, of Nashville, died on Friday, August 16, 2013 following a brief illness at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born on March 13, 1955 in Adel, Georgia to the late Troy and Hester Spurlock Johnson. He had worked as an electrical consultant with several local businesses in the South Georgia area and across the United States. His expertise in robotic science was...
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Paul Franklin Fennell

August 31, 1935 - August 15, 2013

Paul Franklin Fennell, 77, of Jennings, FL died Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Shand's Lakeshore Hospital in Lake City, FL. He was born in Valdosta on August 31, 1935 to the late Palmer Theodore Fennell, Sr. and Nellie Mae Johnson Fennell. Mr. Fennell was a retired truck driver from Alex Green Logging Company and served in the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Madell Deloach of...
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Sherman B. Votaw

October 29, 1926 - August 14, 2013

Sherman B Votaw, 86, of Valdosta, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at VA Hospital in Lake City, Florida following an lengthy illness. He was born in Washington County KY, October 29, 1926 to the late Frank Votaw and Ada Sims Votaw. He was a retired United States Airforce Veteran with over 25 years of service and member of Bemiss Road Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Roas Staton...
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Elizabeth L. Poole Davis

July 27, 1927 - August 14, 2013

Elizabeth L. Poole Davis, 86, of Valdosta, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Lakehaven Nursing Home. She was born July 27, 1927, a daughter of Jessie and Maeomie Harnage Loyless. For many years she provided child care in her home, and had a great love for children. Mrs. Davis was a member of Victory Baptist Church, she loved her family and cooking. She is survived by her sister-in...
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Jerry Emeary Dennis

August 6, 1945 - August 13, 2013

Jerry Emeary Dennis, 68, of Valdosta passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at his home. Born August 6, 1945 in Valdosta, GA, he was raised and lived in San Diego, CA until he returned to Valdosta in the 1980's. He went to work at Home Depot, where he was known for his friendly disposition, jewelry, and red socks! He later turned his love for the Doberman dog breed into a business by starting JD...
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Christopher John Pelkowski

December 1, 1968 - August 10, 2013

"The best portion of a good man's life is in his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." William Wordsworth It is in this, that we know we celebrate a good man's life as we mourn the loss of Christopher J. Pelkowski. Chris, age 44, of Valdosta, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, August 10th, after a courageous battle against complications following...
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Arveta Carter Pitts

February 20, 1919 - August 9, 2013

Arveta Carter Pitts, 94, of Jasper, Florida and formerly of Valdosta died Friday, August 9, 2013 at Suwannee Valley Nursing Center in Jasper, Florida. She was born in Lake Park, Georgia on February 20, 1919 to the late Ivey Oliver and Lillie Mae Thomas Carter. Mrs. Pitts was a member of the former Lee Street Baptist Church now Crossroads Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family and...
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Jon Karl Tanner

March 26, 1951 - August 9, 2013

Jon Karl Tanner, MSgt USAF (Ret.), 62, of Valdosta, passed away Friday, August 9, 2013, at the Langdale Hospice House. He was born March 26, 1951 in Seattle, WA, a son of the Archie Tanner and Donna Loosen Tanner. Jon, a Gulf War Veteran, had honorably served in the U.S. Air Force for twenty-four years, retiring at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Following his retirement he earned his Bachelors...
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Luie Arthur Wisenbaker III

August 6, 2013

Luie Arthur "Sonny" Wisenbaker III, 73, of Dahlonega, Ga., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at his residence. He was an avid hunter who loved to entertain people and loved to travel. He was truly loved his family and friends. He retired from the Georgia Power Company. He was a graduate of Valdosta High School and Valdosta State University. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie...
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Barbara Young

June 21, 1923 - August 5, 2013

Barbara Young, 90, of Valdosta, GA passed away on August 5, 2013 after a long illness. Barbara was born in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada on June 21, 1923 to Philomena (nee March) and Alexander White. She was the second of 18 children. Her early years were filled with hard work, music, and fun as she sheared and carded wool, made hay, and helped care for her younger siblings. In 1947,...
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Charles W. Hatcher

August 5, 2013 - August 5, 2013

Charles W. Hatcher, 94 of Valdosta, died on Monday, August 5, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House following a period of declining health. Born in January 24, 1919 in Midland City, Alabama to the late Thomas Efel Hatcher, Sr. & Hettye Lee Kirkland Hatcher, he had lived in this area for the past 20 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Hatcher served in World War II as a Captain, more recently he was a...
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Paisley Nicole Lehman

June 24, 2013 - August 4, 2013

Paisley Nicole Lehman, infant daughter of Kurt Lehman and Ariel Smith, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Children's Healthcare Egleston in Atlanta. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Wesley and Bentley Lehman of Valdosta; maternal grandparents, Ron and Lisa Lloyd of Newnan, Georgia; paternal grandfather, John Lehman of Valdosta; great-grandparents, Lois Lloyd of...
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Richard E. McCallman

May 4, 1927 - August 4, 2013

Richard E. McCallman, 86, of Valdosta passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2103 at South Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on May 4, 1927 in Lake City, Florida to the late Archibald and Pearl Smith McCallman. Mr. McCallman gave his life to Christ at the age of 12 and spoke of his Christian life to others. Faith was his cornerstone and he led his life by the precepts of...
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Joyce Griner Knight

July 14, 1932 - August 3, 2013

Joyce Griner Knight, 81, of Lake Park passed away peacefully to Heaven on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center surrounded by her family as her husband was praying for her and her family. She was born on July 14, 1932 in Quitman as the youngest and tenth child of Joseph Henry and Clevie Solomon Griner. Mrs. Knight was a member of the Sardis Baptist Church. On April 29, 1950 she...
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James Quinton Lee

January 8, 1937 - July 30, 2013

James Quinton Lee, 76, of Valdosta died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lake City, FL. He was born on January 8, 1937. Mr. Lee was of the Methodist faith and served in the United States Air Force from February 2, 1955 until January 13, 1958. He is survived by one brother and sister in law, Kermit and Mary Lee of Thomasville, his brother in law, Calvin McGuyrt...
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Lou Nelle Carroll Heaney

February 23, 1919 - July 26, 2013

Lou Nelle Carroll Heaney, 94, of Valdosta, died on Friday, July 26, 2013 at her home. Born in Valdosta on February 23, 1919, she was the daughter of the late W.W. and Irby Nelle Peterson Carroll. Her early education was received at the Training School at Georgia State Womans College. She was a graduate of Valdosta High School and attended business college in Valdosta. From the age of 18...
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LaVerne A. Sommerville

December 13, 1924 - July 25, 2013

LaVerne A. Sommerville, 88, of Valdosta, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Healthcare of Pensacola Nursing Home, Pensacola, FL, after a lengthy illness. She was born December 13, 1924, in Pavo, a daughter of the late Leslie Hugh and Cora Lea Shelley Alderman. She graduated from Pavo High School and attended college in Milledgeville. For a number of years Mrs. Sommerville was a Civil...
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Wallace Herbert DeLoach

June 21, 1932 - July 20, 2013

Wallace Herbert DeLoach, 81, of Valdosta, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at his home. He was born June 21, 1932 in Valdosta, a son of the late Cobbie and Fred DeLoach, Sr. Wallace attended Gordon Military School in Barnesville through high school and Junior College. He graduated from Mercer University in Macon, followed by Louisville Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a...
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William O. Feimster

October 12, 1932 - July 20, 2013

William O. Feimster, 80, of Valdosta passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at his home. William, formerly of Statesville, N.C. moved his family to Valdosta in 1959. He was employed by the Valdosta Southern Railroad in Clyattville, until the railroad was sold in 1991. He had been President at the time of retirement. William was a past member of the Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by...
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Patricia Small Beverstein

August 8, 1928 - July 20, 2013

Dr. Patricia (Pat) Small Beverstein, 84, of Valdosta died on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born on August 8, 1928 in New Castle, Kentucky to the late Kenneth Bassett Small and Mary Jackson Small. She retired as the Dean of the School of Nursing at Valdosta State University. Previous to her service at VSU, she founded a number of...
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Lorene Napier Parham

February 25, 1928 - July 20, 2013

Lorene Napier Parham, 85, of Valdosta, died on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Langdale Hospice House following a lengthy illness. Born in Valdosta on February 25, 1928, to the late David & Rosa Lee Royals Napier, she had been a lifelong resident of this area. Mrs. Parham grew up in Valdosta and graduated from Valdosta High School in the late 1940's. During high school, she started working at McCrory...
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William L. Parmelee, Jr.

August 28, 1934 - July 19, 2013

William L. (Bill) Parmelee, Jr., 78, of Valdosta died Friday, July 19, 2013 at South Georgia Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on August 28, 1934 to the late William L. Parmelee, Sr. and Miriam McKonly Parmelee and had lived in Valdosta for forty years. Mr. Parmelee retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service. He was a member...
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Ethelene Brooks Bennett

July 31, 1942 - July 19, 2013

Ethelene Brooks Bennett, 70, of Valdosta died on Friday, July 19, 2013 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born on July 31, 1942 in Valdosta to the late John Lee and Della Pearl Brooks and has been a lifelong resident here. She was a homemaker and attended First Assembly of God in Valdosta. She lived life to the fullest and was a loving mother and grandmother. Survivors...
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Joseph Austin Parker

January 6, 1990 - July 16, 2013

Joseph Austin Parker, 23, died in a hiking accident at Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Austin was a class of 2008 Lowndes High School graduate and then graduated from Cornell University in December 2012. He was born on January 6, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia to Joseph Steven Parker and Debra Dae Parker. He had recently graduated from Cornell University's Dyson School of...
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Monteze Starling

August 28, 1925 - July 16, 2013

Monteze Starling, 87, of Lake Park died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Born in Lexington, AL to the late Joe & Blanche McCafferty, she had lived in this area for the past 60 years. Mrs. Starling worked for the Social Security Administration for over 30 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Valdosta, Georgia. She went on numerous mission projects...
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Elizabeth Johnson Smith

December 19, 1928 - July 16, 2013

Elizabeth Johnson Smith, 84, of Valdosta passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. Mrs. Smith was born on December 19, 1928 in Lexington, Tennessee to the late Jim Henry and Girtha Petty Johnson. While growing up, she spent most of her childhood and received her education in Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Valdosta First United Methodist Church. She...
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Eugene Roberts

December 19, 1932 - July 16, 2013

Eugene "Gene" Roberts, 80, of Quitman, died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Langdale Hospice House. He was born on December 19, 1932 in Brooks County to the late Henry H. Roberts and Della Sweat Roberts Hiers. Mr. Roberts was a former small-business owner who had been retired for many years. He served his country with the United States Army from 1952 to 1954; was a former Lion's Club member...
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Jeffrey L. Poppert

August 1, 1987 - July 15, 2013

Jeffrey L. Poppert, 25, of Valdosta died on Monday, July 15, 2013 at his residence. He was born on August 1, 1987 in Alamogordo, New Mexico and was a graduate of Valdosta High School. He worked as a locator for STS Locating Company and he loved to collect medieval memorabilia. Survivors include his son, Leo Ares Poppert of Valdosta; his mother, Anita Kraus of Valdosta; his father, Rex Poppert...
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