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James Monroe Skeen, Sr.

June 30, 1935 – April 17, 2015 

Funeral services for James Monroe Skeen, Sr., 79, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015, at the First Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Dr. Joe Allen will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Skeen passed away at his home in Cairo, GA, on Friday, April 17, 2015. 

Active pallbearers are Russ Korte, Jonathan Korte, James Skeen, Jr., James Skeen, III, Bill McMurtray and Troy McMurtray.  Honorary pallbearers are Lance Brady and James Rutherford.    

Mr. Skeen was born on June 30, 1935, in Phenix City, AL, to the late Mark Skeen and Willie Mae Helms Skeen Brooks.  He served his country in the U.S. Army and Air Force.  On January 18, 1957, he married Shirley Ann Alexander Skeen, who survives.  He was a finance manager with Chrysler Credit Corporation.  He was a Mason and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cairo.    

Survivors include: wife, Shirley Ann Alexander Skeen of Cairo, GA; daughters, Mary Korte (Russ) of Conyers, GA, Lynda McMurtray (Bill) of Cairo, GA; son, James M. Skeen, Jr. of Moultrie, GA; grandchildren, Jenny Rutherford (James) of Decatur, GA, Jonathan Korte of Social Circle, GA, Troy McMurtray (Dawn) of Acworth, GA, Lindsey Korte of Orlando, FL, Kristin Brady (Lance) of Moultrie, GA, Ashley Skeen of Moultrie, GA, James M. Skeen, III, of Moultrie, GA, Michael McMurtray (Trisha) of Norfolk, VA, Mac McMurtray (Angie) of Morganton, NC; great-grandchildren, Isla Rutherford of Decatur, GA, Isabelle Rutherford of Decatur, GA, Aidan Korte of Covington, GA, Emmory McMurtray of Acworth, GA, Riley McMurtray of Acworth, GA, Baize McMurtray of Acworth, GA, Jacob Brady of Moultrie, GA, Bowen Brady of Moultrie, GA, Logan Nagle of Moultrie, GA, Lyla Skeen of Moultrie, GA; and daughter-in-law, Michelle Skeen of Moultrie, GA. 

He was preceded in death by: parents; and brothers, Roy Skeen and Eugene Skeen.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Skeen's memory to: First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, P. O. Box 1538, Cairo, GA 39828.        

The family will receive friends at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Cairo on Monday, April 20, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral hour.

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Samuel Shane “Sam” MacNeil

July 15, 1976 – April 15, 2015 

Funeral services for Samuel Shane “Sam” MacNeil, 38, of Cordele, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. James Fowler will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. MacNeil passed away at his home in Cordele, GA, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Mikey Bishop, Michael Scarbrough, Chris Hancock, Jamie Robertson, Andre Wynn and Richie Slaughter.      

Mr. MacNeil was born on July 15, 1976, in Cairo, GA, to Anthony MacNeil and Belinda Singletary Watts.  On Oct 9, 2004, he married Sandra Hamblin MacNeil, who survives.  He served his country in the U. S. Army.  He worked with L&W Truck and Trailer in Cordele, GA.  He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed Georgia football.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.  He was of the Baptist faith.      

Survivors include:  wife, Sandra Hamblin MacNeil of Cordele, GA; daughters, Alyssa MacNeil of Vidalia, GA, Kaley-Anne MacNeil of Cordele, GA; sons, Brooks MacNeil of Vidalia, GA, Ethan MacNeil of Cordele, GA; mother, Belinda Singletary Watts of Glennville, GA; father, Anthony MacNeil of Cairo, GA; brothers, Benjie MacNeil of Albany, GA, Michael MacNeil (Stephanie) of Glennville, GA; uncle, Jimmy MacNeil (Shirley) of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.  

He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Ivey and Martha Singletary, and Jimmy and Louise MacNeil.      

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Sylvia Jeanette Rogers

April 19, 1959 – April 15, 2015 

Funeral services for Sylvia Jeanette Rogers, 55, of Ochlocknee, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Gary Simpson will officiate.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Ms. Rogers passed away at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Lenward Folsom, Eddie Rogers, Eddie Rogers, Jr., James Folsom, DeeDee Rogers, Cody Rogers, Dennis Brady, Scott Easom and Jeffrey Rogers.    

Ms. Rogers was born on April 19, 1959, in Cairo, GA, to the late John A. Rogers and Grace Jeanette Pyles Rogers.  She was of a member of the World of Truth Tabernacle.    

Survivors include: a sister, Carolyn Folsom of Ochlocknee, GA; a brother and sister-in-law, Myrle and Lizzy Rogers of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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William Johnny White

June 22, 1953 – April 14, 2015 

Funeral services for William Johnny White, 61, of Cairo, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. DeWayne Atkinson will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Private interment will be in the Harrison Family Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. White passed away at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. 

Mr. White was born on June 22, 1953, in Cairo, GA, to the late Waldo White and Hazel Harper White.  On November 15, 1983, he married Susan Tinsley White, who survives.  For many years he worked as product manager with Pallets South in Cairo.  Later he managed the Pallet Division of Graco Fertilizer.  He was of the Baptist faith.    

Survivors include: wife, Susan Tinsley White of Cairo, GA; son, William Alexander White of Cairo, GA; sisters, Joyce Simmons (Jimmy) of Cairo, GA, Janice Maxwell (Yancey) of Whigham, GA; brother, Walter White of Cairo, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.     

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Joey White, and a sister, Elizabeth White.     

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

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Wendell Claude Larkin

May 15, 1926April 13, 2015 

Funeral services for Wendell Claude Larkin, 88, of Whigham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Whigham Baptist Church, Whigham, GA.  Rev. Jerry Robertson and Rev. Steve Poppell will officiate.  Services will conclude at the church.  Private interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mr. Larkin passed away at Magnolia Place of Cairo, Georgia on Monday, April 13, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Wayne Laslie, Burton Jordan, Richard Farmer, James Smith, Robert Hopkins and Chuck Williams.  Honorary pallbearers will be Austmus Bets, Ed Perry, Joe Plitnick, Denzil Parsons, Spencer Duncan and Buddy McElvy and Saint Elmo Harrison.    

Mr. Larkin was born on May 15, 1926, in Whigham, GA, to the late Ralph Larkin and Katherine Prevatte Larkin.  On December 7, 1962, he married Claranell Williams Larkin, who survives.  He served his country in the U. S. Navy during WWII.  He was a farmer for 60 plus years and owned Larkin Farm Supply in Whigham.  He also served as Mayor of Whigham for 4 years.  He was an avid antique car enthusiast.  He was a member of Whigham Baptist Church.  He served as a deacon for 48 years in the Baptist Church.       

Survivors include: wife, Claranell Williams Larkin of Whigham, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Vince Cartwright of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Morgan New and  Noah New, both of Tallahassee, FL; and a sister, Eleanor Ovca of New Smyrna Beach, FL.     

He was preceded in death by parents and a son, Claude Michael Larkin.   

Memorials may be made in Mr. Larkin's memory to: Whigham Baptist Church, P. O. Box 83, Whigham, GA 39897; or Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309.    

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Daisy Mae “Jackie” Luloff

May 6, 1949April 11, 2015 

Funeral services for Daisy Mae “Jackie” Luloff, 65, of Pelham, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Bob Nipper will officiate.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mrs. Luloff passed away at Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla, GA, on Saturday, April 11, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Eric Taylor, Trey Taylor, Rusty Cartwright, Steven Nipper, D. J. Luloff, Jr. and Adam Nipper.  Brantley Harrell will be an honorary pallbearer. 

Mrs. Luloff was born on May 6, 1949, in Bainbridge, GA, to the late Ennis L. Pitts and Vernese Lashley Pitts Adkins.  On March 27, 1993, she married Dean Luloff, Sr., who survives.  She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.     

Survivors include: husband, Dean Luloff, Sr. of Pelham, GA; sons, Robbie Nipper (Debra) of Sylvester, GA, Kenneth Luloff (Angela) of Pelham, GA, Dean Luloff, Jr. of Sylvester, GA; daughters, Sherry Hensley (Dr. David) of Mount Carmel, TN, Angela Harrell (Michael) of Pelham, GA; grandchildren, Chelsea Harrell of Pelham, GA, Brantley Harrell of Pelham, GA, Eric Taylor (Kayla) of Treadway, TN, Trey Taylor of Church Hill, TN, Brandon Nipper of Sylvester, GA, Sheena Lance (Shane) of Ellijay, GA, Allie Nipper of Kennesaw, GA, Adam Nipper of Kennesaw, GA, Britney Hancock (Kevin) of Moultrie, GA, Steven Nipper of Sylvester GA, Ashley Nipper of Sylvester, GA, Jacob Nipper of Valley, AL; great-grandchildren, Robert Brandon Nipper, Jr. of Sylvester, GA, Dalton Nipper of Sylvester, GA, Lashay Lance of Ellijay, GA; sister, Alawayne Cartwright of Fort Myers, FL.     

She was preceded in death by: mother, Vernese Adkins; father, Ennis L. Pitts; step-father, Walter E. Adkins; brother and sister-in-law, Charles & Jean Spooner. 

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

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Helen Louise Tucker Baggett

July 19, 1941 – April 8, 2015 

Funeral services for Helen Louise Tucker Baggett, 73, of Cairo, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Chad Cooper will officiate.  Interment will be in Rehberg-Baggett Family Cemetery.  Mrs. Baggett passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 

Active pallbearers will be Lee Ponder, Glen Ponder, Ken Ponder, Brian Johnson, William Edenfield and Kelly Page.  Ronnie Baggett will be an honorary pallbearer. 

Mrs. Baggett was born on July 19, 1941, in Tallahassee, FL, to the late William Kelley Tucker and Pauline Giesel Tucker.  On December 27, 1956, she married Robert Curtis Baggett, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2005.  She worked as a store clerk in several locations.  Her favorite job was with Green’s Grocery in Greensboro, FL.  She was a member of Pine Hill Holiness Church.    

Survivors include: daughters, Paula Ponder (Ken) of Whigham, GA, Teresa Hall (Curtis) of Quincy, FL; sons, Robert Steven Baggett (Janet) of Tallahassee, FL, William Ray Baggett of Cairo, GA; grandchildren, Lori McCoy of Tallahassee, FL, Brandy Hedges of Crawfordville, FL, Jami Eddy of Tallahassee, FL, John Curtis Hall of Crawfordville, FL, Jennifer Evans of Cairo, GA, Alli Baggett of Tallahassee, FL, Niki Baggett of Crawfordville, FL, Gloria Cook of Thomasville, GA, Sara Cook of Cairo, GA; Hanna Nix of Whigham, GA, Cailyn Ponder of Whigham, GA, Joseph Baggett of Thomasville, GA; great-grandchildren, Abbey McCoy of Tallahassee, FL, Ellie McCoy of Tallahassee, FL, Bella McCoy of Tallahassee, FL, Emma Eddy of Tallahassee, Landen Eddy of Tallahassee, FL, Jackson Baggett of Tallahassee, FL, Mya Renae Sherman of Thomasville, GA, Jordan Austin Cook of Thomasville, GA, Whitley Kate Nix of Whigham, GA; sister, Cornelia Snow of Albany, GA; and brothers, Tom Tucker of St. Louis, MO, James Tucker of St. Lois, MO.  

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; and a son, Michael Curtis Baggett.    

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

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James Eric Poppell

Oct. 22, 1983 – April 7, 2015 

Funeral services for James Eric Poppell, 31, of Thomasville, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Pastor Jeff Christopher will officiate.  Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Mr. Poppell passed away in Thomasville, GA, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Active pallbearers will be Michael Gossett, A. J. Soprano, Joseph Plunket, Jay Poppell, Zac Miller and Charlie Buckhalter. 

Mr. Poppell was born on October 22, 1983, in Thomasville, GA, to Eugene Poppell and Shelia Carol Mills, who preceded him in death.  He was employed with Hood Industries in Metcalf, GA.  He was a member of Faith Horizon Ministries. 

Survivors include: son, Nathan Ferguson of Thomasville, GA; daughters, Hailey Lynn Poppell of Thomasville, GA, Shelia Nichole Poppell of Thomasville, GA; father, Eugene Poppell of Pelham, GA; sister, Pamela Carol Godwin and her husband, Mikie of Thomasville, GA; niece, Bre Godwin of Thomasville, GA; nephews, Austin Godwin, Levi Godwin, Dylan Godwin, all of Thomasville, GA; and grandmothers, Lorine W. Poppell of Thomasville, GA, Carolyn Merkerson of Cairo, GA.   

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shelia Carol Mills.     

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

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Vicky Lynn Kines

April 24, 1969 – April 4, 2015 

Graveside funeral services for Vicky Lynn Kines, 45, of Bainbridge, GA, are at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015, in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Dewitt Phillips will officiate.  Ms. Kines went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Memorial Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge, GA. 

Active pallbearers will be Monty Bullock, Jerry Hatcher, Rick Kelly, Eddie Polk, Kenny King, Ken Dollar, and Chris Kines.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Decatur County EMS, Decatur County Fire/Rescue, Calhoun County EMS, Seminole County EMS and Fire Department. 

Ms. Kines was born on April 24, 1969, in Tuscaloosa, AL, to Nila June Franks Kines, who survives, and the late James Gerald Kines, Sr.  Vicky received her paramedics license from Darton College and spent 22 years serving her community as an EMT and Paramedic.  She was an avid Georgia Bulldog and Nascar fan.  Vicky loved her niece and nephew very much and was of the Baptist Faith.   

Survivors include: mother, Nila June Kines, of Cairo, GA; niece, Shelley Lyn Kines of Whigham, GA; nephew, Braden James Kines of Whigham, GA; sister-in-law, Carrie Kines, mother of Shelley and Braden of Whigham, GA; grandmother, Rosa Lee Perkins Kines of Cairo, GA; lifelong friend, Trina Webb of Iron City, GA; and a host of aunts, uncles and extended family. 

She was preceded in death by: her father, James Gerald “Jerry” Kines, Sr.; and brother, Jimmy Kines. 

Memorials may be made in Ms. Kines memory to the Georgia EMS Association, P. O. Box 836, Fitzgerald, GA  31750. 

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

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Barbara Ponder Crum

November 9, 1924 – April 1, 2015 

Graveside funeral services for Barbara Naomi Ponder Crum, 90, of Cumming, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA.  Elder Chip King will officiate.  Mrs. Crum passed away at the Cumming Nursing Home in Cumming, GA, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 

Mrs. Crum was born on November 9, 1924, in Cairo, GA, to the late Hardy Frank Ponder and Amy Louise Atkins Ponder.  On November 3, 1945, she married Remer Carlton Crum, who preceded her in death on May 18, 2006.  In her later years, she worked as an attendant, with Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, GA.  Mrs. Crum’s favorite pastime and hobby was working with her large collection of porcelain dolls.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.   

Survivors include: daughter, Barbara Bailes (Jeff) of Cumming, GA; son, Larry Carlton Crum (Frances) of Cumming, GA; grandchildren, Kristie Rackliffe of Cumming, GA, James Crum of Cumming, GA, Tara Carrin (Paul) of Cumming, GA, Heidi Smith (Isaac) of Ansbach, Germany, Katie Perry (Michael) of Syracuse, NY; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.     

She was preceded in death by: parents; husband; sisters, Betty P. Welch, Hazel P. Simmons, Evelyn P. Haisten; brothers, Quinton Ponder and Ray Hardy Ponder.    

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Crum's memory to: Crossroads Hospice, 1957 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084.     

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

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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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