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William Hansel “Skeet” Miller

October 15, 1931January 29, 2015

Funeral services for William Hansel “Skeet” Miller, 83, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Whit Byram and Rev. R. T. Beverly will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Miller passed away at his home in Cairo, GA, on January 29, 2015. 

Mr. Miller was born on October 15, 1931, in Grady County to the late Coy Miller and the late Eva Andrews Miller.  On September 17, 1955, he was married to the former Faye Frances Stephens, who survives.  He attended North Georgia College and served in the United States Marine Corps.  He later attended Clemson University for special courses.  

He was a charter member of the Cairo Country Club where he was an avid golfer for as long as his health permitted.  He continued his club membership after he was no longer able to golf and enjoyed fishing with friends.  He was a former president of the Cairo Country Club’s Men’s Golf Association and served as a member of the Board of Directors of CCC.  Mr. Miller was a member of Cairo First United Methodist Church and a member of the F. L. Perkins Methodist Men.  

Mr. Miller served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for thirteen years.  During his time with the Boy Scouts he, along with the late Tom LeGette, began the annual week long river canoe trips.  Some of his former scouts still contact him to reminisce about the trips. 

Following his retirement from the Elberta Crate and Box Company, he was a daily volunteer for ten years at Southside Elementary School where he worked with students for one hour in the reading program.  

Survivors in addition to his wife are: daughter, Cheryl Miller Harrison and husband, Carl of Cairo, GA; son, William Stephen Miller and wife, Kandra of Panama City, FL; grandchildren, Matt Harrison and wife, Robbie of Cairo, GA, Jarrett Harrison and wife, Adrienne of Cairo, GA, Ryan Miller of Panama City, FL; great-granddaughter, Ellie Ruth Harrison of Cairo, GA.  He is also survived by three nieces and an aunt.   

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jane Miller Layton.   

Memorials may be made in Mr. Miller's memory to First United Methodist Church, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA  39828.       

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Jeannie Powell Bishop

November 10, 1928January 28, 2015 

Graveside funeral services for Jeannie Powell Bishop, 86, of Cairo, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Whit Byram will officiate.  Mrs. Bishop passed away at home in Cairo, GA, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. 

Mrs. Bishop was born on November 10, 1928, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to the late Peter Bernard Powell and Lillian Gauthier Powell.  She attended Catholic and public schools in Manitowoc.  On May 26, 1945, she married James Ralph Bishop in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death on June 12, 2000.  She worked in sales and was owner of Bishop Jewelers in Donalsonville, GA.  She was a member of the Cairo First United Methodist Church.  

Survivors include: two sons, Mark Bishop and wife Karen of Cairo, GA, Mike Bishop and wife Diane of Cairo, GA; three grandchildren, Michelle Bishop of Cairo, GA, Allison Barber (Matthew) of Cairo, GA, Kellie Bishop of Athens, GA; one great-grandson, Aidan Bishop of Cairo, GA; her special pets, Toby, Willie and Kitty Boy.  Jeannie wanted to extend thanks to a very special lady Cindy Bowen and neighbors, Judy Walsh and Ruth Fiscus.    

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; a daughter, Cathy Bishop Vickers; a brother, Bernard Powell; and a sister, Ann Stalvey. 

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Bishop's memory to: First United Methodist Church, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA  39828.      

The family will receive friends at graveside immediately following the funeral service.

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Thomas Sidney “Tom” Whisenant

July 7, 1939 – January 27, 2015

 Funeral services for Thomas Sidney “Tom” Whisenant, 75, of Marianna, FL, are at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Magnolia Baptist Church, Whigham, GA.  Dr. Thomas Batts will officiate.  Interment will be in Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mr. Whisenant passed away at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, AL, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be: Chris Harrell, David Kurdzweg, Greg Skinner, Bud Howard, Brandon Whisenant, and Billy Holloway. 

Mr. Whisenant was born on July 7, 1939, in Tifton, GA, to the late J. T. Whisenant, and Audnie May Collins Whisenant. On January 28, 1999, he married Wilma Justice Whisenant, who survives.  Mr. Whisenant was retired from the United States Air Force.  He was a member of Welcome Assembly of God of Dellwood, FL.  

Survivors include:  his wife, Wilma Whisenant of Marianna, FL; daughters, Terry Langston (Cecil) of Livingston, TX, Sheryl Holloway of Cragsford, AL, Dixie Cavanaugh (Rodney) of Chino, CA; sons, Tommy Dale Whisenant (Laverne) of Lecompte, LA, Jay Whisenant (Vickie) of Kinder, LA, Tom Whisenant (Debbie) of Williston, FL, Tim Whisenant of Illinois; Step-sons, Waylon White (Saundra) of Graceville, FL, Matthew Holloway (Alisha) of Marianna, FL, Larry Goldin (Jessica) of Wakulla, FL; step-daughter, Emily Rabon (Scott) of Midland City, AL; brothers, John Wayne Whisenant (Carolyn) of Leesburg, Florida, Mike Whisenant (Andrea) of Juneau, Alaska, Kim Whisenant of Kentucky, John Whisenant of Washington; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by: his parents; daughters, Christy Whisenant, Devin Whisenant; son-in-law Robert Holloway. 

The family will receive friends at Magnolia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 2:00 p.m. until the funeral hour of 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015. 

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Robert Walter “Bob” Andersson

November 3, 1934January 26, 2015 

Family graveside services for Robert Walter “Bob” Andersson, 80, of Whigham, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Andersson passed away at Pinewood Nursing Center in Whigham, GA, on Monday, January 26, 2015. 

Mr. Andersson was born on November 3, 1934, in Long Island City, NY, to the late Andy Andersson and Else Brurock Andersson.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy.  He retired as a computer programmer.      

Survivors include: his daughter, Kim Plath (Barry) of Whigham, GA; grandchildren, Ethan Plath, Hosanna Plath, Micah Plath, Moriah Plath, Lydia Plath, Isaac Plath, Amber Plath, Cassia Plath, Mercy Plath, all of Whigham, GA.      

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joshua Plath.      

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Betty Sue Mitchell

March 23, 1930January 22, 2015 

Funeral services for Betty Sue Mitchell, 84, of Cairo, GA, are at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Cairo Presbyterian Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Robert Harrison will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in the Godwin Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Ms. Mitchell passed away at her daughter’s home in Grady County, GA, on Thursday, January 22, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Ben Marrett, Tom Taylor, III, Troy Taylor, Donald Walden, Danny R. Walden, Bill Hester and Terry Prince. 

Ms. Mitchell was born on March 23, 1930, in Cairo, GA, to the late Leslie Crew and Inez Walden Crew.  She retired as a classroom aid with the Grady County Board of Education.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  She was a member of the Cairo Presbyterian Church.   

Survivors include: daughter, Diane Taylor (Tom) of Cairo, GA; grandchildren, Tori Taylor Marrett (Ben) of Clermont, FL, Tom Taylor, III (Jamie) of Sanford, FL, Troy Taylor (Amanda) of Cairo, GA; great-grandson, Jacob Mitchell Taylor of Sanford, FL; sister, Peggy Crew of Cairo, GA; and the father of her children, James L. Mitchell of Cairo, GA.    

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her son, Jimmy Leslie Mitchell; and a sister, Barbara Crew Massey. 

Memorials may be made in Ms. Mitchell's memory to: the Cairo Presbyterian Church, 100 4th Ave. SE, Cairo, GA 39828; or Hospice of Southwest Georgia, 117 Donalson Street, Bainbridge, GA 39817.        

The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service in the Fellowship Hall of the Cairo Presbyterian Church. 

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Justin Robert Adkins

August 23, 1980January 20, 2015 

Memorial services for Justin Robert Adkins, 34, of Lake City, FL, are at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015, at Freewill Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Pastor Eric Mitchell will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.   Mr. Adkins passed away at his home in Lake City, FL, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. 

Mr. Adkins was born on August 23, 1980, in Albany, GA, to John Adkins and Teresa Hildreth McReynolds .  He served his country in the U. S. Navy.  He was employed with the Pediatric Center in Lake City, FL.    

Survivors include: father, John Adkins (Jennifer) of Whigham, GA; mother, Teresa Hildreth McReynolds of Port St. Lucie, FL; sisters, Jessica Merritt (Eric) of Whigham, GA, Sara Adkins of Whigham, GA, Jo Anna Farah of Jacksonville, FL; brothers, Robert English (Heather) of Zachary, LA; nephew, Devin Allen of Whigham, GA; girlfriend, Samantha King of Lake City, FL; and a host of extended family members.  

He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, J. R. and Louise Adkins, Dale Wood, and Michael Hildreth.      

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Kenneth L. Williams

July 26, 1942January 18, 2015 

Graveside funeral services for Kenneth L. Williams, 72, of Whigham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015, in Woodlawn Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Rev. Waylon Day will officiate.  Mr. Williams passed away at his son’s home in Cairo, GA, on Sunday, January 18, 2015. 

Mr. Williams was born on July 26, 1942, in Narrows, VA, to the late Alexander Stephen Williams and Katherine McMillan Willaims.  He served his country in the U. S. Navy.  He was married to Janine Mary Williams, who preceded him in death of January 1, 2005.  He was employed as an underground utility line locator with the Grady County EMC.  

Survivors include: sons, Lloyd Alexander “Alex” Williams (Sheena) of Cairo, GA, Matthew Gabriel (Devone) of Cairo, GA, Joshua Gabriel (Ellen) of Nashua, NH; grandchildren, Adon Gaston, Ainsley Williams, Zander Williams, all of Cairo, GA; and a sister, Shirley Sellars of Moneta, VA.    

He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; sisters, Marcella Virginia Williams Moore, Dorothy Louise Williams Coleman, Katherine Joan Williams; and brothers, Donald E. Williams, Sr., Richard E. Williams.       

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

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Joseph Franklin McKown

September 28, 1932January 16, 2015 

Funeral services for Joseph Franklin McKown, 82, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Steve Wooten will officiate.  Services will conclude at the chapel.  Private interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. McKown passed away at Archbold  Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA, on Friday, January 16, 2015. 

Mr. McKown was born on September 28, 1932, in Cairo, GA, to the late Jessie Everett McKown and Elizabeth Whigham McKown.  He was married to Janice Merritt McKown, who preceded him in death on July 9, 2006.  He was a retired self-employed carpenter.  Joe loved working with wood products and taking care of his yard.  He often talked about his deceased wife, Janice, mentioning his love for her and how he missed her cooking.  He was of the Christian faith.  

Survivors include: sons, Gary McKown (Dodie) of Lake Park, GA, Jerry McKown (Leslie) of Cairo, GA; daughters, Sherry Faircloth of Cairo, GA, Kerry Hartley (fiancé, Barry Solomon) of Tallahassee, FL, Lynn McDaniel (Gary) of Thomasville, GA; step-children, Dean Robertson (Debra) of Cairo, GA, Wade Robertson (Kelly) of Cairo, GA, Mark Robertson of Cairo, GA;  grandchildren, B. J.  Faircloth (Jamie) of Cairo, GA, Jason Faircloth (Renee) of Cairo, GA, Margo Davis (Clay) of Reno, GA, Jennifer Stephens (Joseph) of Cairo, GA, Jake McKown (Dawn) of McDonough, GA, Danna Marie Ivey of Tallahassee, FL, Christopher Owens (Anna) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Richard Hartley of Panama City, FL, Shalene Hill of Valdosta, GA, Chasidy Keyser (Joshua) of Sault Ste Marie, MI, Angela Brown (Michael) of Raleigh, NC, Kellie Cooley (Bryant) of Atlanta, GA, Stephen McKown of Valdosta, GA, Casey Fowler of Atlanta, GA, Jamie Coram (Kipp) of Cairo, GA, Matthew McDaniel (Shana) of Thomasville, GA; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert McKown (Nancy) of Little Rock, AR; and a host of nieces and and nephews.    

He was preceded in death by: parents; wife; step-son, Gary Robertson; son-in-law, Jimmy Faircloth; brothers, Leland McKown, Julian McKown; sisters, Ethel Halstead, Vera Halstead and Rosa Lee Pike.      

The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service at Clark Funeral Home.

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Kedar “Wright” Hollingsworth, Jr.

September 17, 1957 – January 13, 2015 

Memorial services for Kedar “Wright” Hollingsworth, Jr., 57, of Attapulgus, GA, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Trinity Primitive Baptist Church, Whigham, GA.  Elder Bobby Willis will officiate.  Mr. Hollingsworth passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. 

Mr. Hollingsworth was born on September 17, 1957, in Cairo, GA, to the late Kedar W. Hollingsworth, Sr., and Bonnie Jean Prince Hollingsworth, who survives.  He was raised in the Primitive Baptist faith.  He was an independent Consultant with the Department of Revenue Child Enforcement Services. 

Survivors include:  his mother, Bonnie Jean Prince Hollingsworth of Cairo, GA; sisters and brother-in-law, Clara Jean and James Herr of Columbus, OH, Rebecca Ann Hollingsworth of Tallahassee, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Paul Douglas and Sue Hollingsworth of Bainbridge, GA; niece, Brigid Allgood (Brian) of Columbus, OH; nephew, Paul Dustin Hollingsworth of Cairo, GA; two great-nieces; and three great-nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father. 

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, January 16, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Addie Lee Vause Glisson

September 1, 1932January 12, 2015 

Funeral services for Addie Lee Vause Glisson, 82, of Pelham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the Full Gospel Chapel, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Paul Womack will officiate.  Interment will be in Gainey Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Glisson passed away at her granddaughter’s home in Pelham, GA, on Monday, January 12, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Johnny Massey, Steven Bible, Doug Cox, Doug Harnesh, John Corley and Jay Jenkins. 

Mrs. Glisson was born on September 1, 1932, in Tallahassee, FL, to the late John Vause and Myrtie Chason Vause.  On July 21, 1956, she married Homer Lee Glisson, who preceded her in death of July 17, 1996.  She was employed by Bay Memorial Hospital until her retirement.  She was a member of Full Gospel Chapel in Cairo.  In retirement, she loved to watch television and spend time with her family and sisters.        

Survivors include: granddaughters, Sherril Sellars (Jason) of Pelham, GA, Jeanna Hicks of Whigham, GA; great-grandchildren, Adam Lee (Lettie) of Pelham, GA, Dustin Lee of Pelham, GA, Wesley Hicks of Whigham, GA, Marcus Nichols of Whigham, GA; great-great-grandchildren, Aiden Lee of Pelham, GA, soon to be born Reagan Lee of Pelham, GA; special daughter, Jean Frye of Whigham, GA; sisters, Delois Gray of Tallahassee, FL, Johnnie Mullinax of Tallahassee, FL, Ronnie Bruner of Lynn Haven, FL, Marilyn Ingram of Tallahassee, FL, Ann Vause of Tallahassee, FL; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by: parents; husband; daughter, Victoria L. Hicks; brothers, Everett Vause, O. D. Vause, Jake Vause; and sister, Winnie Harrison.   

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Glisson's memory to Full Gospel Chapel of Cairo, GA.  

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

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Eleanor Wylene Halstead

April 26, 1928January 11, 2015 

Funeral services for Eleanor Wylene Halstead, 86, of Cairo, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Eastside Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Carl Harrell will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Halstead passed away at Golden Living Center in Thomasville, GA, on January 11, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Kevin Bell, Matt Bell, Jon Halstead, Todd Gainous, Scotty Kilpatrick and Chuck Golden. 

Mrs. Halstead was born on April 26, 1928, in Cairo, GA, to the late T. L. Barrett and Atherlone Burnum Barrett.  On October 12, 1946, she married Milton Eugene Halstead, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1999.  She was a homemaker and a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Cairo.      

Survivors include: son, Mickey Halstead (Linda) of Cairo, GA; daughters, Becky Bell of Tallahassee, FL, Deborah Kilpatrick (Scotty) of Laurel Hill, FL; grandchildren, Kevin Bell, Matt and Jaelle Bell, all of Tallahassee, FL, Jon and Kelly Halstead of Tifton, GA, Chris Smith and Cyrus Kilpatrick, both of Alabama; great-grandchildren, Chelsea Smith, Kyle Miller, both of Laurel Hill, FL, Bailey, Abigail and Asher Halstead, all of Tifton, GA, Rayna and Leela Bell, both of Tallahassee, FL, Eli Kilpatrick of Alabama; great-great-grandchildren, AnnaLeigh Miller of Laurel Hill, FL, River Kilpatrick of Alabama; brothers, Aubrey Barrett of Albany, GA, Gene Barrett of Land O Lakes, FL, Ted Barrett (Martha) of Ellijay, GA; sisters, Betty Carter (J. N.) of Cairo, GA, Marilyn Golden of Cairo, GA; sisters-in-law, Jean Barrett of Dixie, GA, LaVerne Halstead of Thomasville, GA, Erlene Halstead of Midway, GA, Carlene Halstead of Irving, TX; brother-in-law, Sherman Halstead of Kentucky; and a host of nieces and nephews.   

She was preceded in death by: parents; husband; and brothers, Wayne Barrett, LeGette Barrett.  

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Halstead's memory to Eastside Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 749, Cairo, GA  39828.     

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Jim R. Pelham

May 21, 1937January 8, 2015 

Jim R. Pelham, 77, of Cairo, GA, passed away at his home in Grady County, GA, on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  

Mr. Pelham was born on May 21, 1937, in Graceville, FL, to the late J. C. Pelham and Myrtis Glass Pelham.  He served his country as a Sonar Technician, Petty Officer Second Class in the U. S. Navy.  On September 6, 1994, he married Laverne Lowe Pelham, who survives.  He was a retired insurance salesman with American General Life Insurance.  Jim was a devoted fan of FSU.  He loved to read and study his Bible.  He was a member of Pine Park Baptist Church in Grady County.   

Survivors include: his wife, Laverne Pelham of Cairo, GA; sons, Chris Pelham (Laura) of Tallahassee, FL, Cary Pelham (Jennifer) of Tallahassee, FL; granddaughter, Amelie Pelham of Tallahassee, FL; brothers, Jack D. Pelham (Virginia) of Tallahassee, FL, John W. Pelham (Priscilla) of Tallahassee, FL; step-children, Cindy Trawick of Cairo, GA, Brad Johnson (Kelli) of Perry, FL, Brian Johnson of Thomasville, GA; step-grandchildren, Dylan Trawick, Hailee Trawick of Cairo, GA, Colby Trawick, all of Cairo, GA, Bradynn Johnson, Kamrynn Johnson, both of Perry, FL; sister-in-law, Wanda Pelham of Tallahassee, FL; and a host of nieces and nephews.      

He was preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother, Billy G. Pelham.    

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Pelham's memory to: Archbold Foundation, Attention Vann Middleton, Designate-Hospice of Southwest GA, 910 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA, 31792.

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Billie Faye Williams

December 18, 1933 – January 8, 2015

Graveside funeral services for Billie Faye Lee Williams, 81, of Cairo, GA, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Pine Hill Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Hospice Chaplain David Cook will officiate.  Mrs. Williams passed away at her home on Thursday, January 8, 2015, in Cairo, GA.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Sonny Lee, Vic Lee, Tyler Lee, Gordon Clyatt, Mario Peterina, Lee Williams, Jerry Lee, and Rex Shiver.

Mrs. Williams was born on December 18, 1933, in Beachton, GA, to the late Ira Pierce Lee and Irene Womble Lee.  On April 2, 1955, she married Carroll Williams, who survives.  She was a nurse working in public health for over 30 years.  She was a member of Cairo First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her husband, Carroll Williams of Cairo, GA; daughter, Teresa Shiver (Rex) of Ozark, AL; son Jeffrey Williams, Reno, GA; grandchildren, Bryan Shiver (Kathryn) of Charleston, SC, Lee Williams (Lelia) of Whigham, GA, Megan Harrell (Jerry) of Reno, GA; great-grandchildren, Ryley Edwards, Cole Harrell, and Hannah Williams all of Whigham, GA, Laynee Stewart of Pavo, GA, Kaid Harrell of Reno, GA; brother, Sonny Lee (Natholyn) of Cairo, GA; sisters, Ann Shupe (Charles) of Tampa, FL, Martha Clyatt (Gordon) of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. William’s memory to: Pine Hill Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 1392, Cairo, GA, 39828, and Archbold Foundation, Attention Vann Middleton, Designate-Hospice of Southwest GA, 910 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA, 31792.

The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall of Pine Hill Baptist Church, Cairo, one hour prior to the graveside service.

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William Howard “Billy” Thursby 

November 1, 1943 – January 7, 2015 

Memorial services for William Howard “Billy” Thursby, 71, of Pavo, GA, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Terry Hurst will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Thursby passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, GA, on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. 

Honorary pallbearers will be: members of the American Legion Post of Ochlocknee, GA. 

Mr. Thursby was born on November 1, 1943, in Fort Myers, FL, to the late Clarence R. Thursby and Annie Mae Kinchen Thursby.  He served his country in the United States Air Force.  He was married to Vivian Wharton Thursby, who preceded him in death on October 23, 2006.  He had worked in construction, and was of the Christian faith. 

Survivors include: daughters, Dee Dee Keigans (Michael) of Thomasville, GA, Cynthia LaTour Carmean (Michael) of Ellijay, GA;  grandchildren, Courtney DeeAnne Atkinson of Valdosta, GA, Collin Keigans of Thomasville, GA;  sisters, Mildred T. Ansley (Hubert) of Thomasville, GA, Myra “Mandy” Beasley of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to his special friend, Jeannine Daniels and her daughter, Donna Carter for the care they provided. 

Mr. Thursby was preceded in death by: his wife and his parents. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Thursby's memory to:  http://www.gofundme.com/jwikac

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Awanda Dale Wyrick Edenfield

July 10, 1942January 6, 2015 

Funeral services for Awanda Dale Wyrick Edenfield, 72, of Whigham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Family Worship Center, Cairo, GA.  Pastor Johnny Moore and Rev. Gerald Horne will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Church.  Private interment will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Edenfield passed away at her home in Whigham, GA, on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. 

Mrs. Edenfield was born on July 10, 1942, in Chattanooga, TN, to the late Stanley Sanford Wyrick and Nannie Bell Turner Wyrick.  On Oct 21, 1965, she married Harrison Dexter Edenfield, who survives.  She was a Domestic Engineer.  She loved to sing opera until she was diagnosed with throat cancer at the age of 31 years .  She was a member of Family Worship Center.  

Survivors include: husband, Harrison Dexter Edenfield of Whigham, GA; sons, Vincent  LeBron Edenfield (Minora) of Donalsonville, GA, Paul LaBron Edenfield (Stephanie) of Cairo, GA, Stanley James “Jimmy” Edenfield of Anchorage, AK, Anthony DeWayne Edenfield of Whigham, GA; daughter, Deborah Edenfield Holland of Cairo, GA; grandchildren, Bryan Hollingsworth (Sonya) of Whigham, GA, Dacia Bailey (Bart) of Colquitt, GA, Jeremy Edenfield (Kayla) of Thomasville, GA, Nicholas Edenfield of Thomasville, GA, Paul Jr. Edenfield of Cairo, GA, Kayson Edenfield of Cairo, GA, Kristen Edenfield of Cairo, GA, Stanley Edenfield, Jr. of Coolidge, GA, Austin Edenfield of Wasilla, AK, Lance Colburn and Macy Colburn, both of Homerville, GA, Diamond M. Holland of Tampa, FL, Zoie Holland of Cairo, GA; great-grandchildren, Aiden Hollingsworth, Mandalyn Hollingsworth, Brice Bailey, Braden Bailey, Trace Bailey, Alex Edenfield, Haley Edenfield; sister, Audrey Sharon Price of Dalton, GA; brother, Danny Dewayne Wyrick of Venice, FL; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents.  

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Edenfield's memory to Family Worship Center Building Fund, P. O. Box 402, Cairo, GA  39828. 

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, January 9, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Gwen Daniel Ridley

June 16, 1928December 31, 2014 

Funeral services for Gwen Daniel Ridley, 86, of Cairo, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Mike Nichols will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Ridley passed away at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. 

Active pallbearers will be Matthew Ridley, Marc Ridley, Adam Ridley, Austin Ridley, Shawn Miller and Travis Lamos. 

Mr. Ridley was born on June 16, 1928, in Homerville, GA, to the late Watson Scott Ridley and Myrtle Ridley.  He served his country in the U. S. Army.    In 1950, he married Beatrice Lindsey Ridley, who preceded him in death on March 13, 1999.  He was a retired mechanic with Drew Oil Company.     

Survivors include: sons, William G. Ridley (Maggie) of Ochlocknee, GA, Lewis G. Ridley (Kelly) of Ochlocknee, GA, James L. Ridley (Debbie) of Cairo, GA, David A. Ridley of Cairo, GA; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.    

He was preceded in death by: parents; wife; daughter, Carol Givens; grandchildren, Michael Sutton, David Anthony Ridley; 2 brothers; and 4 sisters.  

Memorials may be made in Mr. Ridley's memory to a local charity of your choice.       

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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Wendell Harold “Dean” Morris

December 9, 1936December 29, 2014 

Funeral services for Wendell Harold “Dean” Morris, 78, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Paul Womack will officiate.  Mr. Morris passed away at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, on Monday, December 29, 2014. 

Mr. Morris was born on December 9, 1936, in Vidalia, GA, to the late Eddie J. Morris and Shelly Coleman Morris.  He was married to Remola Morris, who survives.  He retired from the construction industry and was an associate pastor at the Full Gospel Chapel in Cairo, GA.    

Survivors include: his wife, Remola Morris of Cairo, GA; daughters, Sharon Burgess (Bimbo) of Thomasville, GA, Barbara Louise Bass (Kenneth) of Thomasville, GA, Brenda Corley (John) of Cairo, GA, Jennifer Lewis of Warner Robins, GA; sons, Richard Harold Morris (Mattie) of Thomasville, GA, Wendell David Morris, Sr. (Brenda) of Nashville, GA, Richard Orso (Shonda) of Thomasville, GA; sisters, Jetholene Dickerson of Vidalia, GA, Lanette Beverly of Mobile, AL; brother, Bobby Morris (Annette) of Augusta, GA; 23 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.  

He was preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Susan Hires; brothers, E. J. Morris, and Buddy Morris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Morris' memory to: Full Gospel Chapel, 826 First Street, SW, Cairo, GA.      

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Wanda Carol Wiggins

December 24, 1955December 28, 2014 

Funeral services for Wanda Carol Wiggins, 59, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at Capel Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Paul Day will officiate.  Services will conclude in the church.  Private interment will be in Pine Level Baptist Church Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Wiggins passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA, on Sunday, December 28, 2014. 

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Capel Baptist Church Senior Adult Sunday School Class. 

Mrs. Wiggins was born on December 24, 1955, in Wewahitchka, FL, to Freeman Allen and Cleo Dawson Allen.  She was employed by the Grady County Board of Education as a teacher at Shiver Elementary School.  On January 21, 2010, she married James Wiggins, who survives.   She was a member of Capel Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  

Survivors include: her husband, James Wiggins of Cairo, GA; son, Billy Jesson of Cairo, GA; grandchildren, Madison Jesson of Ochlocknee, GA, Bailey Jesson of Ochlocknee, GA; parents, Freeman and Cleo Allen of Cairo, GA; sisters, Linda Wilson (Edward) of Ty Ty, GA, Sarita Harrell (Roger) of Cairo, GA; brother, Timothy Allen (Annell) of Cairo, GA; nephew, Brian Harrison (Valarie) of Cairo, GA; nieces, Brandi Hughes of Tifton, GA and Casey Harrell of Cairo, GA.    

She was preceded in death by: a son, Baby Boy Jesson; and a brother-in-law, Hurschel Harrison, Jr.   

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Wiggins' memory to: Capel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1041 Capel Road, Cairo, GA 39827; and Juvenile Diabetes-Children’s Foundation, 2910 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville, MN 55113. 

The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service at the church. 

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Eudon Baker

December 25, 1939 – December 27, 2014

Eudon Baker, 75, passed away at his home in Grady County, GA, on Saturday, December 27, 2014.  No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Baker was born on December 25, 1939, in Dothan, AL, to the late Alize Baker and Robbie Baker.  He served his country in the National Guard.  On September 5, 1986, he married Virginia A. Cossairt Baker, who survives.  He retired as an independent truck driver.

Survivors include:  his wife, Virginia A. Baker of Cairo, GA; daughter, Robin Antill of Cairo, GA; son, Timothy Baker of FL; grandchildren, James Woodard of Cairo, GA, Sharon Handley of Cairo, GA; great-grandchildren, Destiny Woodard, Tyler Woodard, Alleigh Woodard, Aubrey Woodard, Chevey Handley, and Gunner Handley.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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Anna Clarice “Ann” Knauff

September 12, 1922December 26, 2014 

Anna Clarice “Ann” Ross Knauff, 92, of Cairo, Grady County, GA, died Friday, December 26, 2014, at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, Grady County, GA.  She is third daughter & eighth child of the late George Lee Ross and Ellie Gertrude Dickey Ross of Russellville, AR.  Born in Pope County, AR, September 12, 1922, she attended one and two-rooms schools in Pope County and graduated from Hector High School where she was a standout basketball player. She earned her Associate's Degree at Thomas College in Georgia and with credits from Arkansas Polytechnic College. 

At end of World War II, she married the late Hubert O. Knauff on September 12, 1945. They lived in Pope & Prairie Counties, AR; Starkville, MS; Birmingham, AL and finally settled in Cairo, GA with their five children. 

Prior to their marriage, Ann taught school for two years in Prairie County, AR. She worked as a middle school secretary in the Grady County School System in Cairo, GA and later a library assistant. Ann last served the teachers of Grady County as the school system's Media Specialist, retiring in 2002 at age 80. 

Ann raised five children, guiding them through the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, in the Cairo Presbyterian Church as leader of the Youth Fellowship program with her husband. She was ordained as a Deacon in the church and served it faithfully in many capacities. 

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, Kermit Clifford Ross, Clifton Doyle Ross, Alan Junior Ross, William Franklin “Bill” Ross, and Harmon Lee Ross; and four sisters, Cora Ethel Ross Richardson, Martha Elizabeth Ross Crites, Dixie Lee Ross Sparks and Berna Mae Ross Rollow. 

She is survived by her children Nita Ann Knauff DuBose (and Wesley) of Columbia, TN; Nancy Gail Knauff Kemp (and Mac), Susan Irene Knauff Pritchett (and Michael), and Hubert Olin Knauff, Jr. of Cairo, GA, and Roger Allen Knauff (and Debbie) of Millbrook, AL; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville, AR at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014.  Humphrey Funeral Service, 2801 West Main Street, Russellville, AR, is in charge of the arrangements. (Phone 479-968-4411)

A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Cairo Presbyterian Church in Cairo, Georgia on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

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Hilda Lane Gray

October 31, 1914December 24, 2014 

Memorial services for Hilda Lane Gray, 100, are at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 29, 2014, at the Whigham Baptist Church, Whigham, GA.  Rev. Jerry Robertson will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mrs. Gary passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Crystal River, FL. 

Mrs. Gray lived in Whigham, GA for 61 years before moving to Crystal River, FL, to be near family.  She was born in Cedartown, GA, to Robert and Ann Lane on October 31, 1914.  She was married to Luther Gray in 1934.  Mrs. Gray's face was known to many before she retired as a teller at the Whigham Banking Company and later the First National Bank of Grady County.  She has been a member of Whigham Baptist Church for 61 years. 

Mrs. Gray is survived by: two daughters, Laura Lane Willis (Jack) of Panama City Beach, FL, Ann Hansen (Carl) of Crystal River FL; five grandchildren, Johnny Palmer (Jackie) of Cairo, GA, Jim Palmer of Colorado Springs, CO, Donna Olsen of Crystal River, FL, Deborah Dumas (Jack) of Crystal River, FL, Earnie Olsen (Keri) of Crystal River, FL; six great-grandchildren, Russ Palmer of Thomasville, GA, Clark Palmer of Cairo, GA, Carol Ann Dumas, Brown Dumas, Michael Olsen, all of Crystal River, FL, and Rachael Bacheldor (Eli) of Gainesville, FL. 

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Luther Gray; an infant daughter; and her brother.  

The family requests in lieu of flowers please remember our loved one with a donation to Whigham Baptist Church, P. O. Box 83, Whigham, GA 39897. 

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the church.  

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Imogene Adams “Jean” Ansley

January 23, 1936December 24, 2014 

Funeral services for Imogene Adams “Jean” Ansley, 78, of Whigham, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Pine Forest Baptist Church, Ochlocknee, GA.  Rev. Steve Singletary will officiate.  Services will conclude in the church.  Private interment will be in Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery, Ochlocknee, GA.  Mrs. Ansley passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA, on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. 

Mrs. Ansley was born on January 23, 1936, in Moultrie, GA, to the late Lee D. Adams and Elizabeth Taylor Adams.  On December 26, 1952, she married Albert Eugene Ansley, Sr., who preceded her in death on November 21, 1992.  She retired from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and was a member of Living Hope Faith Center in Cairo, GA.       

Survivors include: her son, Bert Ansley (Karon) of Whigham, GA; her daughter, Kristy Ansley of Plant City, FL; grandchildren, Jessica Ansley of Whigham, GA, Jenna Ansley Barrett (Chris) of Whigham, GA, Dalton Brozak of Elkhart, IN, Marcus Christopher Barwick of Three Rivers, MI, Danielle Leruiz of Plant City, FL; great-grandchildren, Kaiden Gibbs of Whigham, GA, Rylan Barrett of Whigham, GA, Makenna Barrett of Whigham, GA, Emma Brozak of Michigan, Bailey Olivia Barwick of Michigan; brothers, Winston Allen (Linda) of Venice, FL, Clinton Allen (Penny) of Texas; and sisters, Betty Thompson of Sarasota, FL, Linda Arnold of Sarasota, FL.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.   

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Ansley's memory to: Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 280 Pine Forest Road, Ochlocknee, GA 31773.       

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, December 26, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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