Elmer Rhett Butler, 87, of Pelham, Georgia passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Southern Pines Living Center in Thomasville, Georgia. Born on August 7, 1926 in Mitchell County, Georgia to the late George and Fannie Mae Morrison Butler, he was a farmer, a former probate judge and the retired Mitchell County Tax Commissioner. He graduated from Pelham High School and attended Mercer University. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pelham where he served many years as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a past member of the Camilla Rotary Club, the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, the Pelham City Council where he served as Mayor Pro Tem and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was also a former president of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association. He is survived by his children Daune B. Parker of Blue Ridge, GA, Donna Lynn B. Singletary and husband, John, of Ochlocknee, Georgia, Rhett Butler and wife, Lisa, of Rome, Georgia, grandchildren Becky T. Dunham, Waye Thompson, Valerie P. Waldrep, Cindy P. Phillips, Ben Butler, Chase Butler, Brad Butler, great grandchildren Madelyn Murphy, Colt Dunham, Bryce Thompson, Daniel Phillips, sisters Elizabeth B. Hamilton of Eatonton, Georgia, Kay Aldridge of Cairo, Georgia, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Jones Butler, parents George and Fannie Mae Morrison Butler, sisters Thelma Hussey, Merle Simpson and brother George W. Butler, Jr. No formal visitation will be held. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Dr. Steve Wooten will officiate the services. Grandsons Waye Thompson, Ben Butler, Chase Butler and Brad Butler will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be held at a later time. Should you choose to make a donation, please do so to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692.
Curtis Calvary Warren, 82, Pelham, Georgia passed away at his home on Monday, April 28, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Warren was born December 31, 1931 at home in Thomas County to the late Preston Otto and the late Lillie Alligood Warren.
He married Frances Marie Pollock on July 3, 1952 at First Baptist Church of Pelham.
Mr. Warren enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 19. He retired after 20 years of service, February 1971, with the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was given many distinguished awards during his military career. He felt one of the greatest accomplishments was being called as a young man to serve his country. During his enlistment he was stationed in many places around the country and in the world. He, his wife, and his children lived in such locations as Vermont, South Carolina, Utah, California, Texas, Kansas, Japan and Okinawa. He was also deployed in other places such as Korea, Brazil, and Alaska. After retirement from the service, he attended and graduated Thomas University with an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology and was employed several years as Civil Service as the Turner Marine Corp Base in Albany.
Outside of his military service, Mr. Warren always enjoyed playing guitar, whether in an organized country band or just “picking and grinning” with family and friends. In addition to enjoying music, he and his wife were also instrumental in establishing the Pelham Country Jamboree which continues for the community’s enjoyment. He also enjoyed fishing, working in his yard, and working on cars.
Mr. Warren is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Frances, of 60 years. He is also survived by seven children. Marion Harper and husband, Chip, of Hopeful, Daryl Warren and wife, Gerald, of Pelham, Farrell Warren and wife, Bonnie, of Bainbridge, Richard Warren and wife, Susan, of Havana, Florida, Jeannie Bush, of Pelham, Gary Warren, of Cashiers, North Carolina, and Eddie Warren, of Pelham. He is survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded Mr. Warren in death were his parents, his brother, Preston Otto Warren, and three sisters, Vivian Porter, Lynette Cox, and Charlotte Cox.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Grove. Services will be conducted by Reverend Doug Hall, assisted by Reverend Les Pollock. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Eric Harper, David Warren, Chris Warren, Bradley Warren, Brian Bush, and Jarrett Warren. Visitation will be at Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home in Pelham on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6 until 8 p.m. Mr. Warren will be laid to rest at the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date with full military honors.
Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For those who wish, donations may be made to Union Grove Baptist Church or to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org.
Janie Dale Fowler Humphries, 64, of 334 Wilkes Avenue, Pelham, Georgia passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014 at her residence. Born on September 19, 1949 in Tifton, Georgia to the late William Grady and Annie Clara Moore Fowler, Sr., she was a homemaker and a member of Westside Baptist Church in Ashburn, Georgia. She is survived by her daughters Paula Baggett and husband Jody, Sonya Burgess and husband Danny, all of Pelham, Georgia, grandchildren Samantha Leverette and husband Matthew, BreAnn White and husband Brett, Clint Burgess, KayLee Humphries, Gavin Burgess, great grandchildren Mason Leverette and Emma Burgess, all of Pelham, Georgia, and brother Grady Fowler of Cleveland, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband James Lee Humphries, son Stanley Humphries, parents William Grady and Annie Clara Moore Fowler, Sr., sisters June Pilgrim, Sandra McRay, Joyce Newbern, Margaret Pate and brother Joseph Fowler. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Jamerson Funeral Home in Pelham, Georgia. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Rev. Doug Hall will officiate the services with Chris Humphries, Jamie Humphries, Bill Fowler, Jody Fowler, James Willis and Clint Burgess acting as pallbearers. Interment will be held in Pinecrest Memory Gardens. Should you choose to make a donation, please do so to the American Cancer Society, c/o Frieda Warren, 5426 Ga. Hwy. 262, Pelham, Georgia 31779.
Evelyn Lee Stuckey, 71, of Sale City, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at her residence. Born in Concord Township, Ohio on August 17, 1942 to the late Commie and Melvina Horsley Lee, she was a homemaker and a member of Sylvester Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband Raymond Stuckey of Sale City, Georgia, children Terresa Jo Bain of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Julia Ann Stuckey Leggat and Ricky Simpson of the Lester Community, Georgia, Hope Broxton and husband, Johnny, of Pelham, Georgia, Faith Thomas and husband, Smoke, of Cotton, Georgia, Candace Renee “Candy” Hayes and husband, Derrick, of Pelham, Georgia, grandchildren Aza Feliciano, Jackie Hannah, Christopher Leggat, Jessica Bisping, Lorretta Dooley, Daniel Leggat, James Cook, Austin Hayes, eight great grandchildren, brothers Harley Lee, Terry Lee, Marvin Lee, all of Ohio, sister Bessie Madden of Kentucky and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bernard Lee, Charles Lee and sisters Rosie Ater, Violet Carter, and Gladys Jackson. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Jamerson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 graveside at 3:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memory Gardens.
Winston Douglas Hurst, 59, of Meigs, Georgia passed away at his residence on Monday, March 31, 2014. Born on November 10, 1954 in Camilla, Georgia to Christine Stanaland Hurst and the late James Robert Hurst, he was Jehovah Witness by faith and was a retired roofer. He is survived by his daughter Crystal DeAnna Fuller and husband, Jonathan, of Cusseta, Alabama, grandchildren Brandon Hines, Blain Hines and Austin Fuller, all of Cusseta, Alabama, mother Christine Stanaland Hurst of Thomasville, Georgia, sisters Carla Brinkley and husband, Randy, of Meigs, Georgia, Carol Davis and husband, Glenn, of Abbeville, Alabama, nephews J. R. Brinkley of Meigs, Georgia, Tim Davis of Dothan, Alabama, Kevin Davis and Jeffrey Davis, both of Abbeville, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his son Kendall Douglas Hurst, father James Robert Hurst and nephew Brandon Anderson. No formal visitation will be held. Memorial services will be conducted graveside on Wednesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Meigs Sunset Cemetery with Glenn Barfield officiating the services.
Linda Godwin Bell, 76, of Calera, Alabama (formerly of Ochlocknee, Georgia) passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Shelby Ridge Nursing Home in Alabaster, Alabama. Born on October 2, 1938 in Cairo, Georgia to the late James Foy and Sarah Leah Miller Godwin, she was a retired CPA secretary and was Methodist by faith. She is survived by her husband Bobby L. Griffin of Lawrenceville, Georgia, sons Jeff Burkhalter and wife, Melissa, of Calera, Alabama and U.S. Army LTC Reese Bell and wife, Joy, of Grovetown, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Jamerson Funeral Home in Pelham, Georgia. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ochlocknee United Methodist Church. Rev. Andy Frazier will officiate the services. Interment will be held in Ochlocknee Cemetery.
June Gainelle Holley Davis, 72, of Pelham, Georgia passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Emory Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Born on March 13, 1942 in Pelham, Georgia to the late Carl and Maybelle Whitfield Holley, she was a member of East Pelham Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress for Darwood Manufacturing Company. She is survived by her children Janet Adams of Pelham, Georgia, Danny Davis and wife, Claire, of Macon, Georgia, grandson Justin Adams of Pelham, Georgia, sister Martha Brown of Brunswick, Georgia, brother Elwood Holley and wife, Sharon, of Boynton Beach, Florida, nephews Steve Sadler, David Holley, niece Marsha McKinnon and special friend Carol Whigham. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank C. Davis, son-in-law Joe Adams, parents Carl and Maybelle Whitfield Holley and sister Carolyn Griner. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at East Pelham Baptist Church with Rev. Herman Hampton officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Willis, Jimmy Sanders, Steve Sadler, James Davis, Rory Brock and Alan Burford. Interment will be held in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Virginia Anderson Butler, 87, of Pelham, Georgia passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at her residence. Born on November 6, 1926 in Mitchell County, Georgia to the late James Edward and Dollie Butler Anderson, she was a retired spinner and tester for Coats and Clark. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Pelham where she served with the Women’s Ministries. She was also a member of Woodmen of the World. She is survived by her son Randal Whitfield and wife, Karen, of Jacksonville, Florida, daughter Rebecca Lynell Faircloth and husband, Kenneth, of Bainbridge, Georgia, grandchildren Lee Whitfield, Jennifer Lambardia, Katy Unkelbach, Craig Faircloth, Mark Faircloth, fourteen great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, brother Amos Anderson and wife, Nell, of Pelham, Georgia, sisters Ollie Calbiano of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Linda Calace of Boca Raton, Florida, Shirley Otto of Hubbard, Iowa, Marie McAllister of Monticello, Florida, numerous nieces and nephews and stepchildren Freddie Butler, Patti Lynn Butler and Raiburn Butler. She was preceded in death by her husbands Leroy Whitfield and Jack Butler, grandson Jeff Faircloth, great grandson Dylan Faircloth, parents James Edward and Dollie Butler Anderson, brother Raymond Anderson, sisters Rena Kierce, Clara Gray and Louise Brinson. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Jamerson Funeral Home in Pelham, Georgia. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Rev. Billy Smith, assisted by Rev. Donnie Wilkes, Rev. Robert Watson and Priest Theophan will conduct the services. Pallbearers will be Teddy Williams, Jeff Brooks, Randy Anderson, Gary Anderson, Casey Faircloth, and Jeremy Faircloth. Interment will take place in Pinecrest Memory Gardens. Should you choose to make a donation, please do so to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P. O. Box 78960, Phoenix, Arizona 85062-8960 and please mark your donation for ALS.
Marilee Thomas Lindsay, 75, of Pelham, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Camellia Gardens of Life Care in Thomasville, Georgia. Born on May 12, 1938 in Whigham, Georgia to the late George M. and Irene Mirick Thomas, she was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughters Linda Lindsay, Gloria Johnson, Sherry Lewis and husband, Walt, all of Pelham, Georgia, grandchildren Hayley Johnson, Lindsay Johnson, Seth Lewis, Sydney Lewis, all of Pelham, Georgia, sister Evelyn T. Kelly and husband, Kermit, of Cairo, Georgia, brother George M. “Marty” Thomas, Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lindsay and her parents. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral services. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church. Rev. David Pickering, assisted by Rev. Marvin Snipes, will officiate the services. Keith Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Elton Hurst, Walt Lewis, Zane Mirick and Danny Ezell will serve as pallbearers. Interment will take place in the church cemetery.
Deborah Lowery Godwin, age 61, of Lilburn, Georgia left to be with Jesus on September 26, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Roger Godwin (brother of Bo Godwin); daughter, Meredith Godwin Kurland of Snellville, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Godwin Popham (Michael) of Lilburn, Georgia; two grandsons, Nicholas and Benjamin Popham; brother, David Lowery (Debbie) and niece, Jennifer; nephew, Michael of Cooper City, Florida and other relatives in addition to a host of friends. Deborah, born to the late Thelma Louise and Jerry Berter Lowery in Miami, Florida, attended Valdosta State and Atlanta Law School. She received a Master Degree in Education from Georgia State University as well as a Specialist in Education degree from the University of Georgia. Deborah was enjoying her retirement from her career in Education with the DeKalb County School System as a Principal of Chamblee Middle School, yet her dedication to education knew no bounds as she taught as an adjunct professor with Shorter University at the Atlanta campus. Deborah was a devoted family woman and spent her time with her husband, daughters and grandchildren. In addition to being an adoring wife, mother and grandmother, Deborah loved to read, enjoyed gardening and rearranging the house on a whim! Deborah’s earthly remains will be interred in the Godwin family plot at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery on March 10, 2014, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in a graveside service. Dr. Bill Blanchard will be officiating.