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Ruby Mae Shanholtzer

August 18, 1936 – March 24, 2015 

Funeral services for Ruby M. Shanholtzer, 78, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Full Gospel Chapel, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Paul Womack will officiate.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Shanholtzer passed away at her home in Grady County, GA, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Jerry Massey, Johnny Massey, Johnny Lee Massey, Ronnie Lee Massey, Steven Bible and Charles Sanders.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jay Jenkins and John Cooper.    

Mrs. Shanholtzer was born on August 18, 1936, in Townsend, TN, to the late Will Hodge and Margett Stinnett Hodge.  She was married to Lynn Shanholtzer, who preceded her in death on January 4, 2014.  She retired as the owner and operator of Ruby’s Variety Shop.  She was a member of the Full Gospel Chapel in Cairo.     

Survivors include: daughters, Pat Sanders (Charles) of Athens, GA, Beverly Cooper (John) of Cairo, GA; sons, Jerry Massey (Diane) of Cairo, GA, Johnny Massey (Patricia) of Cairo, GA; 19 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren; sisters, Linda Hodge Harrison of Maryville, TN, Perlee McKee of Maryville, TN; host of nieces and nephews; and her canine best friend, Bridgett.     

She was preceded in death by:  her parents; husband; son, Ronnie Massey; grandchildren, Destiny Moses, Shawn Sample, Kim Stansbury; and brothers, Luke Hodge, Wayne Hodge. 

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Shanholtzer's memory to: Full Gospel Chapel, 826 First Street SW, Cairo, GA  39828. 

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Richard Edwin Robinson, Sr.

August 10, 1938 – March 20, 2015 

Funeral services for Richard Edwin Robinson, Sr., 76, of Cairo, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Whit Byram will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mr. Robinson passed away at his home in Grady County on Friday, March 20, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Brian Robinson, Perry Richardson, Jonathan Johnson, Joel Johnson, Ronnie Robinson, Emmett Brock, Barry Wiggs and Ervin Brock.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Rockdale Transport Family, Men’s Bible Study, Burleigh Law Sunday School Class, 1956 Whigham High School Class, John Johnson, Dr. John Hughes, Gene Huiet, Dr. Eugene Maddox and Carter Morton.  

Mr. Robinson was born on August 10, 1938, in Whigham, GA, to the late Rufus Hill, Sr. and Martha Vaughn Robinson.  On July 11, 1964, he married Willynda Richardson Robinson.  Mr. Robinson was the owner/operator of Rockdale Transport Services, Inc.  Mr. Robinson served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.        

Survivors include: wife, Willynda Robinson; daughter, Anne R. Austin (Jim) of Lynchburg, VA; son, Robert Robinson (Ellie) of Lubbock, TX; grandchildren, Ali and Robin Austin of Lynchburg, VA, Jackie, Ben, Daniel, Rachel and Alexa Robinson of Lubbock, TX; brothers, Neyland Robinson of Whigham, GA, Embree Robinson (Karen) of Dunwoody, GA; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Richard E. Robinson, Jr.; his brothers, R.H. Robinson, Jr., Joseph Robinson and Wilburn Robinson. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Robinson’s memory to: Whigham United Methodist Church, 146 W. Broad Ave., Whigham, GA 39897; or a charity of your choice. 

The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Kenneth Lee "Ken" Williams

July 13, 1935 – March 20, 2015

Funeral services for Kenneth Lee "Ken" Williams, 79, of Whigham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Whigham, GA.  Rev. Nathan Fowler and Rev. Tim Harrell will officiate.  Interment will be in Mizpah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Pelham, GA, with military honors.  Mr. Williams passed away at his home in Grady County, on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Active pallbearers will be: Marvin Pedigo, Kenneth Pedigo, Andrew McKown, William McKown, Gary Williams, and Winston Williams, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be: American Legion Post 122 Honor Guard, Cairo, GA.

Mr. Williams was born on July 13, 1935, in Whigham, GA, to the late Robert Joseph Williams and Doles Mae Williams.  He completed his master’s degree at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX.    He served his country for 29 years in the U.S. Air Force in the Philippines, Vietnam, Panama, and the Pentagon.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice in 1966, for his service in combat missions.  He flew 120 combat missions during two tours in North Vietnam.  He retired as a Lt. Colonel.  On June 4, 1993, he married DeAnna Lee Williams, who survives.  He was a member of the American Legion and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include: wife, DeAnna L. Williams of Whigham, GA; daughters, Tracey Lee Williams Bryant (Pride) of Seffner, FL; Bridgitte Mary Williams of Albany, GA; step-son, Fred Boehne (Gina) of Montgomery, AL; grandchildren, Marvin Pedigo, Jr.  (Allison) of Dover, DE, Kenneth Pedigo of Hartsville, TN, Andrew McKown (Terri) of Bainbridge, GA, William McKown (Ericca) of Cairo, GA; step-grandson, Jordan Boehne of Dallas, TX; great-grandchildren, Victoria Grace Pedigo and Aubrieanna Pedigo, both of Dover, DE, Izabella McKown of Bainbridge, GA; son-in-law, Marvin Pedigo of Dover, DE; brother-in-law, Edward Scott of Tampa, FL.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Kathryn Victoria Williams Pedigo; sister, Shelbie Jean Scott.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Williams' memory to: Archbold Foundation, Attention-Vann Middleton, Designate-Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Fund, 910 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA, 31792; Mizpah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 419 Godwin Lane, Pelham, GA, 31779.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Monday, March 23, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Jack Alexander Davis, Sr.

October 26, 1921 – March 19, 2015 

Funeral services for Jack Alexander Davis, Sr., 93, of Cairo, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 23, 2015, at Gordon Heights Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Al Sessions will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, GA.  Mr. Davis passed away at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, on Thursday, March 19, 2015. 

Mr. Davis was born on October 26, 1921, in Thomasville, GA, to the late Felton A. Davis and Johnnie Mae Miller Davis.  In May of 1952, he married Ruth Conn Davis, who survives.  He proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force during WWII.  Mr. Davis was a Mason of Lodge F&AM 299, a Shriner of the Hasan Temple in Albany, GA and a member of the Thomasville Order of the Eastern Star.  Until his retirement, he was owner and operator of Jack Davis Garage.   He was a member of Gordon Heights Baptist Church in Cairo.    

Survivors include: wife, Ruth Conn Davis of Cairo, GA; son, Jack Davis, Jr. of Cairo, GA; daughters, Sandra Edington of Tallahassee, FL, Daphne Penrose (Edwin) of Birmingham, AL, Jackie Johnson of Indiana; 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Joanne Christy of Valdosta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.   

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Donald A Davis, Sr.; and sisters, Kathryn Bracewell, Betty Mallard, Sarah Loftin.        

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Agnes Marie Rich Hendley

January 28, 1929 – March 19, 2015 

Funeral services for Agnes Marie Rich Hendley, 86, of Thomasville, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, GA.  Rev. Mike Nichols will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mrs. Hendley passed away at Glenn-Mor Nursing Home in Thomasville, GA, on Thursday, March 19, 2015. 

Mrs. Hendley was born on January 28, 1929, in Graceville, FL, to the late Roy Rich and Vera Halstead Rich.  She worked at Walden’s Flower Shop in Thomasville for many years and at Wal-Mart, Inc. in recent years.  She was of the Methodist faith.     

Survivors include: daughter, Donna Graham of Thomasville, GA; brother, Clifton Rich (Ruth) of Cairo, GA; sisters, Karen Squires (Jimmy) of Jacksonville, FL, Carolyn Harvey (David) of Cairo, GA; 4 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by: parents; her husband, William Earl Graham, Sr.; son, William Earl Graham, Jr.; and daughter, Belinda Joyce Clyatt.     

The family will receive friends Clark Funeral Home immediately following the service in the Chapel. 

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Almeta Joan Scott 

Sunrise on January 31, 1937 – Sunset on March 17, 2015  

Funeral services for Almeta Joan Scott, 78, of Brooklyn, NY, are at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Elder Minnie Gauldin and Minister Lucille Bowie will officiate.  Interment will be in Crestview Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Ms. Scott passed away at Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 

Ms. Scott was born on January 31, 1937, in Whigham, GA, to the late L. C. Scott, Sr. and Josie Mae Waite Scott.  She graduated from Washington Consolidated High School in Cairo, GA and completed her education with a masters degree in business administration from New York City Department of Investigation Mentorship Program.  She retired as an investigator with the New York Department of Investigation.  She mentored children with their educational needs.  She confessed Christ at an early age at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.    

Survivors include: daughter, Karen Scott of Brooklyn, NY; son, Terrance Scott of New York, NY; granddaughter, Monet Scott of Queens, NY; great-granddaughter, Maleya Scott of Queens, NY; nieces and nephews, Dino Bell, Stephanie Bell, Deborah Bell, all of Lancaster, CA, Danette Johnson of Atlanta, GA, Terrell Potts of New York, NY, Tosha Scott of California, Lashawn Scott of Bronx, NY, Logan Scott of Brooklyn, NY, Christopher Scott of Atlanta, GA, Yasheika Butler, Dana Barrett, Dejah Butler, all of Rahway, NY, Kyra Scott, Teshai Singleton, both of Orlando, FL, Raven Ortez of Queens, NY, Megan Scott of Bronx, NY; sister, Rhunette Thomas of Cairo, GA; sister-in-law, Nannette Simmons-Scott of Englewood, FL; and a host of extended family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by: her parents; sisters, Annette Scott, Delores Bell, Alvenia Scott-Pride; and a brother, L. C. Scott, Jr.  

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral hour.

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Eulis Dave Hopkins, Sr.

September 12, 1927 – March 15, 2015 

Funeral services for Eulis Dave Hopkins, Sr., 87, of Cairo, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, at the Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary, GA.  Rev. Robert Crapps will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in the Pelham City Cemetery, Pelham, GA.  Mr. Hopkins passed away at his home in Cairo, GA on Sunday, March 15, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Daryle Singletary, Kevin Singletary, Walt Lewis, Max Crapps, Ike Hopkins and Patrick Scarbrough.   

Mr. Hopkins was born on September 12, 1927, in Mitchell County, GA, to the late Sonnie Valentine Hopkins and Thora Palmer Hopkins.  He served his country in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary, GA.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He worked the Higdon Farm in Calvary for twenty years.      

Survivors include: wife, Dorothy Lucille McCleod Hopkins of Cairo, GA; daughters, Sherolyn Eller (Mike) of Walling, TN, Anita Singletary (Roger) of Whigham, GA, Gwenelle Hopkins of Old Hickory, TN; son, Dave Hopkins (Cheryl) of Cairo, GA; step-son, Chip Goodman (Dana) of Hartsville, SC; son-in-law, Walter Lewis, Sr. of Cairo, GA; grandchildren, Walter Lewis of Cairo, GA, Daryle Singletary of Lebanon, TN, Kevin Singletary of Whigham, GA, Jenna Lewis of Center Pointe, TX, Zachery Taylor of Walling, TN, Natalie Scarbrough of Thomasville, GA, Ethan Glascock of Old Hickory, TN; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; step-grandchildren, Brandon Goodman, Trey Goodman, Noah Goodman, Kristie Robinson, Tina Prevatt, Lisa Parker; brother, C. W. Hopkins of Putney, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews; special thanks to caregivers, Suzette Hurst and Doloris Byrd; and a special thank you to First United Methodist Church.      

He was preceded in death by: parents; former wife, Peggy Godwin Hopkins; daughter, Judy Lewis; step-daughter, Kay Cooper; grandson, Eric Hopkins; brother, Ira Lee Hopkins; and sisters, Lydia Ausburn, Sybil Simpson.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Hopkins' memory to: Calvary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 180, Calvary, GA 39828; and Hospice of SW Georgia, 114A Mimosa Drive, Thomasville, GA 31792.   

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

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Ralph Norton Miller

August 4, 1919 – March 15, 2015 

Funeral services for Ralph Norton Miller, 95, of Whigham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Whit Byram, Rev. Tammy Fincannon and Rev. James Mills will officiate.  Interment will be in Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Mr. Miller passed away at Pinewood Nursing Home in Whigham, GA, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be his grandsons.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Aldersgate-Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Whigham Coffee Club.  

Mr. Miller was born on August 4, 1919, in Rockford, AL, to the late Andrew Jackson Miller, Sr. and Linnie Pearl Newberry Miller.  He served his country in the U.S. Navy.  On June 5, 1938, he married Kathryn Hudson Miller, who preceded him in death on October 9, 2008.  He was a carpenter, builder and worked at Roddenbery Hardware for many years.  He was a past Post Commander of the American Legion, a member of the Whigham Community Club, Wayside Community Club and a Grady County Sherriff’s Deputy.  Ralph was a devoted member of the Cairo First United Methodist Church and the Aldersgate-Fellowship Sunday School Class.  He enjoyed singing in the choir, serving in the F. L. Perkins United Methodist Men and attending the XYZ luncheons. 

Survivors include: son, Billy Miller (Cheryl) of Meigs, GA; daughters, Ann Collins of Troy, AL, Doris Mills (Willard) of Gainesville, GA, Judith M. Lee of Dahlonega, GA, Jane Burt (Bobby, Sr.) of Lynn Haven, FL; grandchildren, Cindy Pruett (Rodger) of Buford, GA, Jeff Miller of Flowery Branch, GA, Barbie Kay LaBine of Fayetteville, GA, Gregory Miller (Meegan) of Flowery Branch, GA, Cheryl Ross (Pete) of London, KY, Phillip Lee (Amanda) of Troy, AL, Elaine Dunahoo (Emory) of Gainesville, GA, James Mills, Jr. (Rita) of  Gainesville, GA, Tim Mills (Sherry) of Oakwood, GA, Bob Burt, Jr. of Panama City Beach, FL, Jennifer Adams (Nathan) of Lynn Haven, FL, Jaye Booth (Timmy) of Chattanooga, TN, Joanie Chembars (Guy) of Dahlonega, GA; 32 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Natholyn Freeman (Sydney, Sr.) of Sparta, GA, Carolyn McCook (Roy) of Laurinburg, NC, Betty Gurley (John) of Chula, GA, Annelle Linger (Bretz) of Gulf Breeze, FL; and a host of nieces and nephews.     

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; a grandchild, Jodie Turner; a great-grandchild, David Mills; brothers, Jim Miller, Jack Miller, Jr., Arthur Miller; and sisters, Jeanette Harrell Roberts Boyette, Mary Emma Akins.  

Memorials may be made in Mr. Miller's memory to: Aldersgate-Fellowship Sunday School Class, c/o Sarah Smith, 318 S. Broad St. Cairo, GA 39828.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Melton Lafayette Perkins

February 14, 1930March 14, 2015 

Funeral services for Melton Lafayette Perkins, 85, of Whigham, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church, Climax, GA.  Elder Thad Marshall will officiate.  Interment will be in Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mr. Perkins passed away at his home in Decatur County, GA, on Saturday, March 14, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Jerry Jones, Randall Jones, Mike Cox, Casey Cliett, Kenny Stavely, Randy Moore, Carey VanLandingham and Emory Moore.    

Mr. Perkins was born on February 14, 1930, in Whigham, GA, to the late Lemuel L. Perkins and Mary Ethel McCray Perkins.  On January 21, 1953, he married Mary Eloise Poppell Perkins, who survives.  He served in the U. S. Army.  He was a machinist and lifetime farmer.  He was a devoted member of Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church.     

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Eloise Perkins of Whigham, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Steve L. and Cheryl Perkins of Whigham, GA; daughters and sons-in-law, Sheryl and Darrell Cliett of Cairo, GA, Helen and Jimmy Cox of Climax, GA, Joy Perkins of Bogart, GA, Kim and Tim Ezell of Climax, GA; grandchildren and spouses, Casey and Jennifer Cliett of Cairo, GA, Karrie Cliett of Cairo, GA, Krista and Paul Hinchey of Nashville, TN, Michael and Christina Cox of Albany, GA, April Perkins of Whigham, GA, Steven Perkins of Whigham, GA; great-grandchildren, Madison Cliett, Mallorie Cliett, both of Cairo, GA, Adelaine Hinchey of Nashville, TN; sisters, Catherine Naylor of Bainbridge, GA, Mildred Jones of Climax, GA, Almarie Pollock of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Michael Melton Perkins; brother, Lloyd Perkins; sisters, Ella Jones, Roma Mills. 

Memorials may be made in Mr. Perkins' memory to: Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o of Jerry Jones, 4160 Thomasville Road, Climax, GA  39834; or Hospice of SW Georgia, 117 Donalson Street, Bainbridge, GA  39817.       

The family will receive friends at Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral hour.

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Katherine Whigham Snider

Oct. 4, 1920 - March 9, 2015 

Memorial services for Katherine Whigham Snider, 94, of Orlando, FL, are at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Robert Crapps will officiate.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Snider passed away in Orlando, FL on Monday, March 9, 2015. 

Mrs. Snider was born on October 4, 1920, in Whigham, GA, to the late Harvey and Maude Whigham.  

Survivors include: son, James W. Snider of Orlando, FL; daughter, Katherine L. Snider of Columbia, MD; sister, Josephine Grant of Albany, GA; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, Lt. Col. Lloyd E. Snider; and son, Edwin F. Snider. 

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Snider's memory to any mental health organization of your choosing.

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

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Robert Dean Banister

January 3, 1927 – March 9, 2015 

 

Funeral services for Robert Dean Banister, 88, of Cairo, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Roy Little will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Banister passed away at his home in Cairo, GA, on Monday, March 9, 2015.  

Mr. Banister was born on January 3, 1927, in Hedley, TX, to the late Fletcher Banister and Ollie Banister.  He served his country in the U. S. Navy.  Mr. Banister was a retired salesman.  On March 6, 1963, he married Betty Jo Summerhill Banister, who preceded him in death on February 23, 2005.     

Survivors include:  son, David Banister (Merle) of Ochlocknee, GA; step-daughters, Beth Boykin of Farmington, CT, Kim Neill of Cairo, GA, Julie Bell of Mt. Joy, PA; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Lee of Houston, TX. 

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; his son, Wesley Robert Banister; step-daughter, Helen Johns; and 7 brothers and sisters.   

Memorials may be made in Mr. Banister's memory to the Calvary Lions Club, P. O. Box 185, Calvary, GA 39829.       

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Dr. Vicky Carol Persons
September 16, 1952 – March 2, 2015

Dr. Vicky Carol Persons, 62, of Meridian, GA, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Savannah, GA. The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, March 13, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. To honor Vicky’s wishes, no formal funeral services are planned.

Dr. Persons was born on September 16, 1952, in Bainbridge, GA, to the late William Edward Roland and Eloise Thompson Roland. She was married to Lewis O. Persons Jr., who survives. She received her PhD in Special Education from Florida State University and went on to become a devoted educator for 15 years. She was a member of the Darien Rotary Club, Cairo Rotary Club, and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators “PAGE.” She got joy out of helping others, loved gardening, caring for animals and cooking for her loved ones. Vicky was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to all that knew her.

Survivors include: husband, Lewis Persons Jr. of Meridian, GA; daughter, Jennifer Piland Turnbull (Jarrett) of Boston, GA, Amy Piland Earley (Nicholas) of Pooler, GA; step-son, Matthew Persons of Canton, OH; step-daughters, Elizabeth Van Vliet (Danny) of Tallahassee, FL, Angela Den Bleyker (Chuck) of Crawfordville, FL; grandchildren, Gretchen Turnbull, Malorie Turnbull, Avery Turnbull, all of Boston, GA, Abigail Earley of Pooler, GA, Lily Den Bleyker of Crawfordville, FL, Zoey Persons, Olivia Persons, Ava Persons, Aidan Persons, Jacob Persons, Noah Persons, all of Canton, OH; brother, Archie Roland (Ann) of Deer Park, TX; sisters, Betty Jo Roland of Orlando, FL, Linda Roland (Mark) of Auburndale, FL; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lewis Persons Sr. and Angie Persons of Tallahassee, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Edward and Eloise Roland.

Memorials may be made in Dr. Persons' memory to: Dr. Vicky Persons Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Marshland Credit Union, P.O. Box 1957, Brunswick, GA 31521. (Email to Marshland Credit Union - [email protected])

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Donald Scott “Don” Chester

March 7, 1964February 25, 2015 

Funeral services for Donald Scott “Don” Chester, 50, of Tallahassee, FL, are at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Mike Mobley will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mr. Chester passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. 

Mr. Chester was born on March 7, 1964, at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, to William O. Chester and the late Mary Ann Palmer Chester.  He graduated from Whigham High School in 1982, attended Bainbridge College and Valdosta State University.  He later received his Respiratory Therapist’s Registration from Thomas Technical School in 1987.  Don has worked in Pulmonary Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Clinical Instructor at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital since 1987. He also worked flex-staff at Arbor Rehabilitation Center during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. 

Don touched the lives of many people including family, friends, co-workers and patients.  He was always willing to help others and was ready to laugh and see the funny side of any situation.  He will be missed by all of his family and friends.  

Survivors include: father, William O. Chester of Whigham, GA; brother, David Chester (Laura) of Whigham, GA; sister, Carol Chester of Whigham, GA; nephews, Dylan Chester and Branson Chester, both of Whigham, GA; long-time companion, John Mark McKinley of Tallahassee, FL; aunts, uncles, cousins, Lynn Wells, and their families and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ann Chester.    

Memorials may be made in Mr. Chester's memory to TMH Foundation at www.tmh.org or by mail to: TMH Foundation, 1331 East Sixth Ave.Tallahassee, FL 32303.   

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

Tallahassee, FL Services are: A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at City Church, 1200 West Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, FL.  Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015, at City Church in Tallahassee, FL.  

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Edith Smith Carroll Nixon

August 19, 1944February 26, 2015 

Funeral services for Edith Smith Carroll Nixon, 70, of Cairo, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Ricky Pearson will officiate.  Private interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Nixon passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA, on Thursday, February 26, 2015. 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Jody Smith, Jeff Smith, Colt Smith, Kenneth Chase, Stephen Cabajes, Robert Nelson and Eric Anderson. 

Mrs. Nixon was born on August 19, 1944, in Vidalia, GA, to the E. L. Smith and the late Emma Mae Woods Smith.  She was married to Johnny Neil Carroll, who preceded her in death in 1991.  She also was married to Bill Nixon Sr., who preceded her in death in 2009.  She was a quality control supervisor with ITT Corporation and was a member of Our Fathers House in Cairo, GA.    

Suurvivors include: daughter, Joy D. Powers (Ronald) of Cairo, GA; step-sons, Roger Nixon (Kim) of Griffin, GA, Billy Nixon Jr. of Georgia; step-daughter, Sandra Nixon of Georgia; brothers, Johnnie Smith (Pam) of Princeton, LA, Tommy Smith of Whigham, GA; sisters-in-law, Laura Sadler of Cairo, GA, Linda Smith of Valdosta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husbands, Johnny Neil Carroll; Bill Nixon Sr.; a daughter, Frances Elizabeth Carroll; brother, Danny Smith; grandchildren, Corey Monk and Johnny W. Lashley.  

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.   

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Dr. Doris Elizabeth King

May 24, 1925February 21, 2015 

Graveside funeral services for Dr. Doris E. King, 89, of Raleigh, NC, are at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Whit Byram will officiate.  Dr. King passed away at Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care of Apex, NC, on Saturday, February 21, 2015.   

Ms. King was born on May 24, 1925, in Cairo, GA, to the late John Rufus King and the late Elizabeth Baggett King.  She graduated form Georgia State Woman's College at Valdosta as valedictorian with highest honors and began her teaching career at the age of 19. She then earned her Masters and PhD degrees in history with a concentration in public hospitality in the United States from Duke University. She was one of the first women to be granted a scholarship for PhD studies at Duke by the History Department. She taught at Campbell College (now University), Stephen F. Austin University, and Wesleyan College in Georgia. She was recruited by then North Carolina State University Chancellor John Caldwell to help establish a College of Liberal Arts degree program in history and government and to prepare students to teach those subjects. She taught at NCSU from 1966 until her retirement in 1991. 

Dr. King was an active member of Phi Beta Kappa, Daughter of the American Revolution, Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, and the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century which she served as state president and the oldest honorary state president.         

Survivors include: her niece, June King Jones and her husband, Richard of Eastman, GA; her great nephews, Matthew Jones and his wife, Paula and their children Ellie Doris, Leighton Rae and Jack, all of Eastman, GA, and Andrew Jones and his wife, Lauren of Flintstone, GA.  

She was preceded in death by: her parents; brothers, Norwood Charles “Jack” King (wife, Bonnie) and Joseph Albert King (wife, Janie).

Memorials may be made in Dr. King's memory to: Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC27607.  http://transitionslifecare.org/   

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

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Sarah Belle Gainey Dockery

April 15, 1920February 17, 2015 

Funeral services for Sarah  Belle Gainey Dockery, 94, of Tallahassee, FL, are at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Tommy Willis will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in Gainey Cemetery.  Mrs. Dockery passed away at Heritage Healthcare Center in Tallahassee, FL, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. 

Mrs. Dockery was born on April 15, 1920, in Reno, GA, to the late Cullen Gainey and Velma Lane Gainey.  She was married to William E. Dockery, who preceded her in death in September of 1964.  Sarah worked in bookkeeping for many years keeping up the books for multiple companies until her retirement.  She was a Charter Member of Temple Baptist Church in Tallahassee.    

Survivors include: daughter, Sarah Lynn Bajoczky of Tallahassee, FL; son, William E. Dockery (Gloria) of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Tony Bajoczky, Jr. of Tallahassee, FL, Andy Bajoczky of North August, SC, Troy McWhorter of Tallahassee, FL, Ryan McWhorter of Tallahassee, FL, Ashley Dockery of Michigan, Ivey Dockery of Tallahassee, FL; sisters, Madge Mangum of Palatka, FL, Virginia Kuerner of San Jose, CA, Yvonne Wolfinbarger of Cairo, GA; brother, Robert Lane Gainey of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.     

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; her brothers, Wendell Gainey, Horace Gainey; and her sister, Martha Gainey,   

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Dockery's memory to: Elder Care Services, Inc., 2518 W. Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304; Grace Baptist Church Youth Ministries, 803 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327; or Gainey Cemetery, c/o Robert Lane Gainey, 519 Stephens Road, Cairo, GA  39828.        

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

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