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Subject: [GACOFFEE] Obituaries
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 13:42:33 -0500


Obituaries from the Coffee County News:

November 23, 2001



D.J. Harper

Mr. David J. "D.J." Harper, 86, of Nicholls, Ga., formerly of Douglas, passed away Thursday morning, November 8, 2001, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Ga., following an extended illness.

Mr. Harper, a native of of Irwin County, Ga., was the son of the late Isom Leonard "Dock" Harper and the late Ollie Herring Harper. He was an insurance agent and had lived in Douglas and Coffee County for most of his life. He was a member of the National Underwriters Association.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary V. Harper of Nicholls, Ga.; three sons, Thurston Harper and wife, Sue, of Douglas, Ga., Leonard Harper and wife, Valarie, of Margate, Fla., and Don Harper and wife, Bessie, of Pearson, Ga.; one daughter, Liz Harper of Nicholls, Ga.; two brothers, Johnny Harper of Pahoke, Fla., and Celton Harper of Adel, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mr. Harper was preceded in death by one son, James Harper, and one grandson, Ricky Harper.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2001, at the Chapel of Ricketson Funeral Home with Rev. T.L. Adams and Associate Pastor Don Harper officiating. Special musical selections were as follows: "Wish You Were Here" was presented by soloist and granddaughter Vicky Montgomery, with taped accompaniment, and "I'll Fly Away" was offered as a congregational hymn, with Debbie Ward accompanying at the piano. Interment followed in the Satilla Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Thurston Harper, Leonard Harper, Don Harper, Chris Williams, Don Harper, Jr., Chet Thomas, and Jonathan Jones.

Ricketson Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Wilma Faye Harper

Mrs. Wilma Faye "Johnnie" Madden Harper, 69, of Douglas, Ga., passed away Thursday, November 8, 2001, as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.

Mrs. Harper, a native of Newton County, Miss., was born October 11, 1932, the daughter of the late Willie Dawson and Essie Kay Arthur Madden. She was a store owner/operator, a homemaker, the widow of the late Dewey Lee Harper, and a member of Bushnell Chapel Church.

Survivors include: one son, Dewey Wayne Harper and wife, Dana, of Douglas, Ga.; one sister, Georgia Comans of Rankin County, Miss.; and three grandchildren, Carla Douglas and husband, Kevin, Devin Harper, and Dillan Harper, all of Douglas, Ga.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2001, at Bushnell Chapel Church near Douglas with Rev. Roy Davis officiating. Special music was provided by the Jimmy Carl Davis Family who sang "Amazing Grace" and "Just One Rose Will Do," with Lisa Hursey accompanying at the piano. Interment followed in the Griffin Cemetery near Ambrose, Ga.

Active pallbearers were Frank Griffin, Don Harper, James Luther Comans, Eddie Comans, and Curtis Comans.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Ellis, Jack Webb, Alvin Maine, Tim Jones, Dick Whitley, Dane Graham, Jack Brantley, Billy Brantley, Mr. Murray, Ira Harper, Gary Harper, Ronnie Ryner, Dewey Carter, David Carter, Toby Gale, and Norman Fussell.

Sims Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Roger Dobbs

Mr. Roger Dobbs, 47, of Irwin County, Ga., passed away Thursday, November 15, 2001, at Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla, Ga.

Mr. Dobbs, a native of Ben Hill County, Ga., was born March 29, 1954, the son of Annie Mae Johnson Dobbs and the late William Harmon Dobbs. He was a self-employed backhoe and dump truck operator, a former member of the Holt Community Volunteer Fire Department, and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: his mother, Annie Mae Dobbs of Ocilla, Ga.; two brothers, Randy Dobbs of Willacoochee, Ga., and Rudolph Dobbs of Ocilla, Ga.; one sister, Ruth Maber of Ocilla, Ga.; three stepchildren, Jennifer Purcell of Chula, Ga., Stephanie Cline of Rome, Ga., and Bobbie Benson of Irwinville, Ga.; four step-grandchildren, Carmen Brewer, Alexus Cline, Jacob Purcell, and Garrett Purcell; three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2001, at Calvary Baptist Church in Coffee County, Ga., with Rev. L.G. Aldridge, Jr., and Rev. Bill Burkett officiating. Interment followed in the Calvary Cemetery in Ambrose, Ga.

Paulk Funeral Home of Ocilla, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Pauline D. Phillips

Mrs. Pauline Douglas Phillips, 78, of Douglas, Ga., passed away early Tuesday morning, November 13, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Phillips, a native and lifelong resident of Coffee County, was was the daughter of the late Joe Douglas and the late Olif Jane Solomon Douglas. She was the widow of the late James Edward "Ed" Phillips and a member of Eastside Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one son, Gary Phillips and wife, Brenda, of Douglas, Ga.; two sisters, Lena Brown and Hazel Harris, both of Douglas, Ga.; two brothers, J.W. Douglas of Douglas, Ga., and Joe Douglas, Jr., of Broxton, Ga.; four grandchildren, Paige Roberts and Gary Phillips, Jr., both of Douglas, Ga., and Leslie Roberts and Cathy Lee, both of Axson, Ga.; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by one son, Russell Phillips, and one grandson, Russell Roberts.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2001, at Eastside Baptist Church with Dr. John Dobbins officiating. Special musical selections, "Beulah Land" and "How Great Thou Art", were rendered by soloist and pianist Danny McDonald. Interment followed in the Douglas City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Tommy Phillips, Cleveland Ragsdale, Larry Crosby, J.W. Dockery, Clarence Dockery, Joe Douglas, Jr., and Douglas McKinnon.

Ricketson Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Elmon Hall

Mr. Elmon Hall, 88, of Route 2, Pearson, Ga., passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Ga., following a two month.

Mr. Hall, a native of Coffee County, Ga., was born October 16, 1913, the son of Neil and Lucindia Adams Hall. He was a retired farmer and attended Cornerstone Church.

Survivors include: three daughters, Verneal Grantham of Broxton, Ga., Larue Wright and husband, Johnny, of Douglas, Ga., and Debbie Hall of Pearson, Ga.; four sons, Bobby Batten and wife, Mary Ruth, of Axson, Ga., Joe Ben Batten and Ronnie Hall and wife, Dorothy, all of Pearson, Ga., and James (Punkin) Hall and wife, Candie, of Douglas, Ga.; one son-in-law, Ralph Courson of Pearson, Ga.; two brothers, Grady Hall and Elie Hall, both of Pearson, Ga.; one sister, Vira Vickers of Ambrose, Ga.; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Wright Hall, and one daughter, Marie Courson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2001, at Tanner Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Brown and Rev. Joey Copeland officiating. Special musical selections were "Way Below the Bottom," rendered by soloist Betty Jo Brigmond, who accompanied herself at the piano, and "Ready to Leave to Go Home," sung by the Cady Sisters (Faye Adams, Carolyn Wright and Chris Purvis), with Bonnie Musgrove accompanying at the piano. Soft piano music for the prelude and postlude was played by Bonnie Musgrove. Interment followed in the Tanner Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Larry Wright, Donnie Wright, Vernie Wright, Jimmy Hall, Gary Hall, and Robert Hall.

Honorary pallbearers were Bo Fender, Jerry White, Doyland Pittman, and Robert Spivey.

Relihan Funeral Home of Pearson, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Clarence Gaskin, Sr.

Mr. Clarence Gaskin, Sr., 86, passed away Friday, November 9, 2001, at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Gaskin, a native of Atkinson County, Ga., was born May 15, 1915, the son of the late Henry and Celie Gaskin. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he served on the deacon board.

Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara J. Faulkner of Raleigh, N.C., and Celia Kennedy of Atlanta, Ga.; eight sons, Clarence Gaskin, Jr., and wife, Lorraine, of Willacoochee, Ga., Woodrow Gaskin and wife, Amanda, and Jerry Gaskin, all of Douglas, Ga., Jack H. Gaskin and wife, Loretta, of Columbus, Ga., Larry Gaskin and wife, Linda, Moses Gaskin, and Ben Gaskin and wife, Florence, all of Atlanta, Ga., and Bernard K. Gaskin and wife, Laverne, of Valdosta, Ga.; two sisters, Annie King of Akron, Ohio, and Eunice Ray of Waycross, Ga.; 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and several other relatives. Mr. Gaskin was preceded in death by three children.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pearson, Ga., with Rev. Thomas Smith officiating. Special musical selections were provided by the Oak Grove Baptist Choir, soloist Sonja Holmes, and soloist Willie Davis. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Atkinson County, Ga.

Active pallbearers were Clarence Gaskin, Jr., Woodrow Gaskin, Jerry Gaskin, Jack Gaskin, Larry Gaskin, Moses H. Gaskin, Ben Gaskin, and Bernard K. Gaskin.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Oak Grove Baptist Church and other church deacons.

Harrell's Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Clenon Gene Carter, Sr.

Mr. Clenon Gene Carter, Sr., 66, of Douglas, Ga., passed away Monday, October 29, 2001, following an extended illness.

Mr. Carter was born June 8, 1935, the son of the late Nealie McCloud Carter Perry and the late Essie Carter. He was a member of Hightower Memorial Temple.

Survivors include: his wife, Clara Carter; seven children, Debra Grady and husband, Donald, Gail Jackson and husband, Johnny, Sheila Bivens and husband, Francis, and Conner Carter and wife, Vanesta, all of Douglas, Ga., Clenon Eugene Carter, Jr., and wife, Shirley, and Angela Devon Carter, all of Atlanta, Ga., and Darryl Tyson and wife, Andrea, of Waycross, Ga.; three sisters, Pearlie Stewart of Ambrose, Ga., Annie Mae Mobley of Detroit, Mich., and Eunice Stewart of Douglas, Ga.; two brothers, Charlie L. Carter of Douglas, Ga., and Nathaniel Carter of Detroit, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two God-children, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mr. Carter was preceded in death by one sister, Johnny Mae Cutley, and his twin brother, Clemon (Jack) Carter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 3, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Hightower Memorial Temple with Pastor Frank Bussey, Sr., officiating. Special musical selections were provided by the Hightower Memorial Temple Choir, soloist Rev. Tommy Washington, soloist Willie Carter, James Acree and Jerome Wilson, and D.J. Simon and The Imperials. Interment followed in the New Salem Cemetery in Ambrose, Ga.

Active pallbearers were nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were D.J. Simon and The Imperials.

Litman Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Vera Tanner Roberts

Mrs. Vera Tanner Roberts, 77, of Teston Avenue, Nicholls, Ga., passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at Bacon County Hospital in Alma, Ga.

Mrs. Roberts, a native of Coffee County, Ga., was born April 3, 1924, the daughter of the late Talmadge Green and Lula Mae Spell Tanner. She was a homemaker and a member of Forest Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include: three daughters, Betty Rigsby and husband, Gerald, and Trina Taylor and husband, Donnie, all of Nicholls, Ga., and Debra Nettles of Alma, Ga.; two sons, J.L. Burkett and wife, Kim, of Trenton, Fla., and Raymond Burkett of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Effie Mae Kirkland of Nicholls, Ga., and Ethel Fry of Jasper, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2001, at Forest Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Burl Mills officiating. Special music was provided by Michael Thomas, William and Jackie Smith as they sang "Wish You Were Here" and "Look What I've Traded For a Mansion," with Wendy Spikes accompanying at the piano. Interment followed in the Hall Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Elijah Tanner, Melvin Waters, Phillip Mills, Carroll Music, William Smith, and Michael Thomas.

Sims Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Fernando Martinez, Jr.

Little Fernando Martinez, Jr., passed away Saturday, November 3, 2001, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Ga.

Survivors include: his parents, Jessica Bedgood and Fernando Martinez; grandparents, Marie and Angel Rios of Douglas, Ga., and Alfonso and Maria Felisitas of Mexico; great-grandparents, Vivian Castro of Douglas, Ga., and Bill Watkins of Mississippi; four aunts, April Juarez of Douglas, Ga., and Analleli Martinez, Lorensa Martinez, and Engrasia Martinez, all of Mexico; six uncles, Serigo Martinez, Jose Luis Martinez, Raul Martinez, Rosendo Martinez, Gregorio Martinez, and Jose Martinez, all of Mexico; two cousins, Carmela Juarez and Joey Castillo, both of Douglas, Ga.; God-parents, Kay Murray and Carlos Perez; a special friend of the family, Joanne Divila; and other relatives. Little Fernando was preceded in death by his grandfather, Danny Bedgood, and one cousin, Little Jose Bedgood.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2001, at Harvestime Church near Douglas, Ga. Interment followed at Calvary Full Gospel Cemetery near West Green, Ga.

Sims Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Destiny Barnes

Little Miss Destiny Mackenzie Saige Barnes, nine-day-old infant daughter of Samantha Jade Tanner Barnes and Christopher Matthew Barnes, passed away Monday, November 5, 2001, at her residence following a brief illness.

Survivors include: her mother, Samantha Jade Tanner Barnes of Nicholls, Ga.; her father, Christopher Matthew Barnes of Douglas, Ga.; one sister, Dionna Paige Tanner of Nicholls, Ga.; one brother, Christopher Matthew Barnes II of Douglas, Ga.; her paternal grandparents, Noel and Jacqueline Barnes of Douglas, Ga.; her maternal grandmother, Bonnie Tanner of Douglas, Ga.; her maternal grandfather, Michael Tanner of Thomasville, Ga.; her paternal great-grandmother, Vera Aldridge of Douglas, Ga.; her maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Betty Batten of Douglas, Ga.; and several other relatives.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2001, at the Chapel of Ricketson Funeral Home with Rev. Floyd Musgrove officiating. Special musical selections were as follows: "That's My Child" was offered by soloist DeLaine Aldridge, with taped accompaniment, and "Gathering Buds" was presented by The Freewill Ambassadors, with Lilla Deems accompanying at the piano. Interment followed in the Mora Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Alvin Batten and James Hester.

Ricketson Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.



Blanche P. Stockwell

Mrs. Blanche Phillips Stockwell, 80, of Douglas, Ga., passed away Saturday night, November 3, 2001, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Ga., following an extended illness.

Mrs. Stockwell, a native of Coffee County, Ga., was the daughter of the late James Emory Phillips and the late Siddie Daves Phillips. She was the widow of the late Edwin Timothy "Stock" Stockwell and a member of the WMU, Art Club, and Garden Club. She had been attending First Baptist Church; however, she was a member of Stokesville Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one son, George Stockwell of Douglas, Ga.; six grandchildren, Gina Sullivan of Acworth, Ga., Jill Ledbetter of Sandy Springs, Ga., Regan Stockwell of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Lori Jowers of Douglas, Ga., Clay Stockwell of Statesboro, Ga., and Beth Stockwell of Macon, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mrs. Stockwell was preceded in death by one son, James Robert "Bob" Stockwell; a twin sister, Berta P. Tanner; and two brothers, George Phillips and Elbert Phillips.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at Stokesville Baptist Church with Rev. Travis McDonald and Rev. Gregory Pope officiating. Special musical selections were as follows: "In the Garden" was presented by soloist and granddaughter Lori Jowers, with Rev. Den Weniger accompanying at the piano, and "Ring the Golden Bells" was offered by soloist Kaye Pierce, with Carl Mercer accompanying at the piano. Interment followed in the Stokesville Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Ronnie Hardee, Ralph Tanner, Jonathan Tanner, Donnie Tanner, Dick Griffis, and Ed Gillis.

Honorary pallbearers were L.H. "Jabo" Tanner, Jr., and Albert "Buck" Thomas.

Ricketson Funeral Home of Douglas, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements.a





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