Obituaries
Febuary 6, 2014 Issue

Mr. Henry Allen
Mr. Henry Allen of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Walter Holmes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters, Vara (Mitchell) Allen-Jones, Anchorage, Alaska, and Cora Hill, Wadley; two sons, John (Mattie) Hills Sr. and Willie (Elizabeth) Hill Sr., Wadley; daughter-in-law, Janie Hill, Wadley; 31 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews who reside in South Carolina, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Lorenzo Stone, Michael Jackson, Edward Kellum, Cornelius Jones, Darrell Thompson and Melvin Kellum.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Dianetta D. Blocker
Miss Dianetta D. Blocker, 83, of Wildwood, N.J., entered into rest on Jan. 26, 2014.

Miss Blocker was born in Wadley, to the late Charles and Anna Washington Blocker. She retired as a teacher from the Jersey City Board of Education after 33 years of teaching. After retirement, she worked at various hotels and laundromats. She was a member of the College Women Inc. in Jersey City, the NEA, EA, and JCEA, the United Episcopal Women, and the NAACP. She was active as a Girl Scout Leader and Brownie Troop and served on the Vestry at the Church of Incarnation. She served in the soup kitchen at Saint Simeon’s by the Sea and also made cakes for the cake sales.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 1, 2014, at Saint Simeon’s by-the-Sea Church, North Wildwood, N.J.

Survivors include her sisters, Beatrice Freeman of Atlanta, Florence Washington of Wadley, and Gwendolyn Grace Evans of Brooklyn, N.Y.; godchildren, Terri Brewer, Donald D. Howard Jr., Deneidra Mills, Dianetta Bryant, Norris Sapp and Deirdre Carrington; other nieces, nephews and cousins; friend and caregiver, Evelyn McClurkin; and friends, Mary M. Howard and Wilhelmenia Brant.

Radzieta Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vera Jeanette Walden Brookins
Mrs. Vera Jeanette Walden Brookins, 83, of Beaufort, S.C., entered into rest on Jan. 31, 2014.

Born in Davisboro, Mrs. Brookins was the youngest of the late Willie Gray Walden and Bessie Hamilton Walden’s three daughters. She was a registered nurse and wife of 59 years to Roy Brookins, a U.S. Marine who served for 20 years. She co-owned and operated Brookins Mobile Home Park for 40 years. Her family lived in Beaufort, S.C., and maintained their lodge in Edgehill. She was a member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, Edgehill, with Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by husband; daughter, Linda Brookins Lamb.

Survivors include her children, Roy K. Brookins (Lucinda) and Trinda Brookins Rabon, all of Beaufort, S.C.; five grandchildren, Angela Lamb Barrow (Shane) of Edgehill, David Brookins of Columbia, S.C., Linda Rabon Canavan (Jerry) of Beaufort, S.C., Katie Brookins of Macon, and Santee Rabon of Beaufort, S.C.; five great-grandchildren, Blake Lamb, Lyn Barrow, Malaki Hardison, Ayden Barrow and Kalliope Canavan; two sisters, Maxie Redfern of Edgehill, and Helen Jones of Byron; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Shane Barrow, David Brookins, Bill Jones, Donald Kent, Harold Lamb, Steve Mathis, Doyle Niedens and Derrell Usry.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Fence Fund, c/o Annette Black, 6263 Euphrates Church Rd, Edgehill, GA 30810.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Vinson Fordham
Mr. John Vinson Fordham, 69, of Adrian entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Mr. Fordham was born in Macon, the son of the late Charles Fordham and the late Lizzie Veal Underwood. He was a retired employee of Lapp Insulator Company and he was an Army veteran of Vietnam. Mr. Fordham was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Danny Thomas and Rev. Gary Mimbs officiating. Burial was in Washington County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his children, Vinson Fordham and Elizabeth Fordham Douglas, both of Gibson, and Phyllis Fordham of Milledgeville; grandchildren, Joshua Fordham, Jayla Fordham, Dana Douglas Jaksch, and Jonathan Douglas; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Jaksch; and brother, Walter Davis of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Joshua Fordham, Freddy Davis, Jonathan Douglas, Barry Davis and Richard McKee.

Donations may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 801, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Minister Mary Nell Jordan Fowler
Minister Mary Nell Jordan Fowler of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Georgia Regent University, Augusta.

Minister Fowler was born in Jefferson County, on June 22, 1925, to the parentage of the late Gus Jordan and Rose Hicks Jordan. In 1972, Minister Fowler became a licensed minister. She was a native of Jefferson County. She was married to the late Rev. John Oscar Fowler Sr. Minister Fowler served as First Lady at White Rock Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., for more than 47 years, where she was a member of the Bible Study and Noon Prayer Services. After relocating back to Jefferson County, she joined Jones Chapel AME Church, Bartow. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Jones Chapel AME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Butler officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one son, John O. Fowler Jr.

Survivors include her sons, David (Pricilla) Fowler of Bartow, and Stephen Fowler of Florida; one granddaughter that she adopted and reared as her own, Angela Michelle Fowler of New York; grandchildren, Stephanie and Dawn; four great-grandchildren; sister, Charlie Modd Spann; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Donna Rae Leavitte Harmon
Mrs. Donna Rae Leavitte Harmon, 76, of Harlem entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Mrs. Harmon was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and taught Sunday school for a number of years. She was a school bus driver for Columbia County, before beginning Harmon Optical with her husband.

A celebration of life was held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Trinity Baptist Church, with Dr. K.C. Stevens officiating.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Joe Harmon; sons, Kurt (Angela) Harmon of Grovetown, Michael (Nancy) Harmon of Geneva, Fla., and David (Tammie) Harmon of Acworth; daughter, Kristie (Jeff) Walden of Wrens; sister, Rhonda (Ron) Murchison of Lincoln, Maine; seven grandchildren, Scott (Ashlee) Harmon, SPC William Harmon, Bethanie (John) Harmon, Midn David Alec Harmon, Joy Harmon, Zachary Harmon and Rachel Walden; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Tyler Abbott, Dusty Cason, Danny Cason, Greg Slagle, Jimmy Cartledge and Tony Meador.

Memorial contributions may be made to Discipleland c/o Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA 30907.


Mrs. Frances B. Lamb
Mrs. Frances B. Lamb, 94, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Vero Health and Rehab, Wadley.

Mrs. Lamb was a native of Swainsboro, but had lived in Wadley most of her life. She had worked as a clerk with Gunn Drug Company for several years, was a homemaker, and a member of Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Chris Shoemaker officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Georgia Deen Brown; husband, E.B. Lamb Jr.; son, E.B. Lamb III; and eight siblings.

Survivors include her daughter, Pat (Bill) Bragg of Louisville; daughter-in-law, Judy Lamb of Wadley; grandchildren, Phil (Kelley) Cowan of Statesboro, Amanda (Kenny) Holland of Mineral Bluff, Brinson (SuzAnne) Lamb of Tifton, Tim Lamb of Wadley, and Tammy Bragg of Milledgeville; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Vivian C. Upton, PO Box 816, Wadley, GA 30477.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Clifton Pulliam
Mr. Robert Clifton Pulliam, 87, of Thomson entered into rest on Jan. 27, 2014.

Mr. Pulliam was born in Washington County and spent his teenage years farming with his parents. He began driving 18-wheeler trucks at the age of 21 and continued for the next 50 years. He was awarded a Three-Million Safe Driving Award with Brown Transport, Atlanta. He also drove for Pulliam Lumber Company until November 1998, when he retired. He was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Pulliam officiating. Interment followed at Friendship Baptist Cemetery, Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.C. and Melba Pulliam; a sister, Helen Downs; a brother, Lewis Pulliam; and his former wife of 57 years, Connie Daniel Pulliam.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby; daughter, Cheryl James (Craig) of Tucson, Ariz.; two sons, Robert A. “Buddy” Pulliam (Kim) of Otto, N.C., and Michael Pulliam (Kim) of Clarksville; one sister, Frances Tillman of Gibson; five brothers, Hubert Pulliam (Betty) of Mitchell, James Pulliam (Zuline) of Newnan, Bobby Pulliam (Martha) of Savannah, Earl Pulliam (Barbara) of Palmetto, and Tommy Pulliam (Juanita) of Millen; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were his Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, donate to the Sweetwater Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 1606 Wrens Highway, Thomson, GA 30824-8305.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Verlyn E. Smith
Mr. Verlyn E. Smith, 68, of Bartow entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Smith was born in Washington County, son of the late Eugene T. and Ruth Mae Josey Smith. He had lived there all of his life. He had retired from the Textile Business. Mr. Smith was a member of Josey Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Josey Baptist Church, with Rev. Jeffrey Meeks, Rev. Vina Mae Josey and Rev. Lewis Farrow officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by family members, Emily Smith, Lamar Smith, Josey Smith and Clifford Meeks; grandson, Blake Meadows; and mother-in-law, Lena Allene Clark.

Survivors include Sylvia Day; two sons, William C. Price and Jeremy Paul Meadows; sisters, Ann (Steve) Todd, Kay Meeks and Gayle (Robert) Schroeder; grandchildren, Hailey Meadows, Conner Meadows and Kimberly Radford; and several nieces and nephews.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Kitty Kelly Walters
Mrs. Kitty Kelly Walters, 76, of Florence, S.C., entered into rest on Jan. 30, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House following an illness.

Mrs. Walters was born in Statesboro on Sept. 28, 1937, to the late George Ross and Emma Thompson Kelly. She graduated from Statesboro High and Georgia Southern (Teacher’s) College, and later, from University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in music. She was employed by several Georgia school districts, Florence District schools, and All Saints Episcopal Day School as an elementary music teacher. She also played piano for many different venues such as Country Club of South Carolina, Players Restaurant, and Carmen’s Restaurant, as well as a string of private parties and dances. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, was a member of the choir and played for several Sunday school classes. She resided at The Carolinian for the past few years.

Memorial services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Central United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 49 years, Joe Velton Walters.

Survivors include her daughter, Laurie L. Walters of Louisville; son, Mark K. (Syd) Walters of Florence, S.C.; grandson, Samuel J. Walters of Louisville; sisters, Phoebe (Bruce) Collins of Okatie, S.C., Jacqueline (James) Hinzs of Jonesboro, Paula (Lawrence) Rogers of Eastman, Emaline (Rock) Perdoni of Newborn, and Pat (David) Alley of Savannah; brothers, Ross Kelly of Gainesville, Bill (Laurie) Kelly of Richmond Hill, Mike (Margo) Kelly of Jacksonville, Fla., and Pete (Elizabeth) Kelly of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; brother-in-law, Jerry (Kris) Walters of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and 29 nieces and nephews; 27 grand-nieces and –nephews; and a great-grand-niece.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502, or to Central United Methodist Church, 265 W Cheves Street; PO Box 87; Florence, SC 29503-0087.

Cain Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth “Elaine” Brown Watkins
Mrs. Ruth “Elaine” Brown Watkins, 70, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

One of two children born to the late Ida Ruth McCulley Brown and the late Donald W. Brown, Mrs. Watkins grew up in Amelia, Ohio. She graduated from Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Louisville, Ky., where she met her husband, Thomas Lewis Watkins, as he was attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After living in Memphis, Ind., the family moved to Wrens in 1973 and she worked as a nurse in several area facilities, including Jefferson Hospital, Glendale Nursing Home and then at St. Joseph Hospital/Trinity Hospital, retiring in December 2012 with more than 48 years of RN service. She was a member of Wrens Baptist Church, teaching the 4-5 year old children’s Sunday school class.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Wrens Baptist Church, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Parker Methodist Church Cemetery, Bartow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Thomas Lewis Watkins Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Thomas Lewis Watkins; children, Tamara Lynn Barringer (David) of Houston, Texas, and Timothy Lane Watkins (Ashley); brother, Donald Brown (Georgia) of Columbia, Ill.; five grandchildren, Thomas Lewis Watkins III, Lyle Douglas Watkins, Ryan Elizabeth Barringer, Davis Walker Barringer and Lane Thomas Watkins; sister-in-law, Rosa Lou Debaere (Merlin); two brothers-in-law, Robert J. Watkins of Harlem, and Kenneth Watkins (Jackie) of Wadley; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Lewis Watkins, Lyle Watkins, Bobby Lee Watkins, David Watkins, Jonathan Watkins and Ed Shepherd.

Honorary pallbearers were the Willis Clark Sunday School Class.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Wrens Baptist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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