Valdosta Daily Times

December 6, 2005


for Sat., Jan. 10, 2004

John Berrien Bradford

HOMERVILLE-- John Berrien Bradford, 73, of Homerville passed away late Thursday evening, Jan. 8, 2004, in Twin Oaks Convalescent Center following a lengthy illness. He was born in Clinch County to the late John Riley and Maggie Smith Bradford and had lived in Bradenton, Fla., before returning to Homerville in 1992. Mr. Bradford was retired from Tropicana Products, Inc. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose-Anna Maria Island No. 2188 and a member of Arabia Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Rebecca Bradford.

Survivors include his son, Richard E. Bradford of Bradenton, Fla.; four daughters, Domma Elizabeth Turner, Duette, Fla., Teresa Gail O'Brien, Parrish, Fla., Martha Ann McCaskill, Bradenton Fla., Margaret Noreen Walker, Louisville, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard I. Bradford of Homerville.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, in Arabia Cemetery in Clinch County. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today with the family receiving friends until 9 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed online at -- Music Funeral Services, Lakeland

Kelly Collier

STATENVILLE -- Kelly Collier, 58, lifelong resident of Statenville, died on Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center. Born on May 19, 1945, son of the late Joe and Sallie Collier of Statenville, he had owned and operated a heavy equipment business in Naples, Fla., from 1965 until 1985.

Survivors are his sons and daughter-in-law, Shannon and Angie Collier of Naples, Fla., Jamie Collier of Naples, Fla., Casey Collier of Valdosta; daughter, Beth Kittles of Cape Coral, Fla.; four grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Lonnie and Nell Collier, Willie Collier of Statenville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dolores and G. C. Everette of Statenville, Myrna and Alton Van Patten of Ft. Myers, Fla., Bernice Lovette of Jennings, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Collier was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Sue Purswell.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m.. today, Jan. 10, 2004, in Statenville Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Sauls officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Statenville Baptist Church or to a favorite charity. -- McLane Lakewood Funeral Home

Pearl Davis

HOMERVILLE -- Pearl Shaw Davis, 86, of Homerville passed away early Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at the Satilla Regional Medical Center following a short illness.

A native of Columbia County, Fla., she lived in Clinch County most of her life. Mrs. Davis was a devoted mother, homemaker and a member of the Homerville Freewill Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ammie Walker Shaw and the widow of Johnie Harvey Davis. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Irene Davis, and a son, Mike Davis.

Survivors are two daughters and sons-in-law, Alverna and Ivy Fender of Albany, and Vernice and Tresser Coon of Homerville; three grandchildren, Melanie and Mike Pettit of Navarre, Fla., Mike and Sylvia Davis and Adam Davis, all of Valdosta; three great-grandchildren, Haley Davis and Trey Davis, both of Valdosta, and Allison Pettit of Navarre, Fla.; and several other relatives.

Services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at the Homerville Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be held in Pine Forest Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today with visitation after 5 p.m. Mrs. Davis will be carried to the church one hour prior to the service. -- Roundtree Funeral Home of Homerville

Willie Duncan

VALDOSTA -- Willie Duncan resided at 717 New Hudson St., Valdosta. He was born May 28, 1937, in Brooks County to the late Isaiah Duncan and Tryphine Davis. He was educated at the Valdosta City School System, Nashville Christian Institute and Tennessee State. As a child, he joined West Adair Street Church of Christ Valdosta (now Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ). He served in the U.S. Army. During his term, he received a Good Conduct medal and an Honorable Discharge.

He departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at South Georgia Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his father, Isaiah Duncan; mother, Tryphine Davis Duncan; brothers, Isaiah Jr., Oscar and Robert; sisters, Jeanette, Sara and Mary Ann.

He is survived by three brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Evelyn) Duncan, Joseph (Bobbie Jean) Duncan, both of Valdosta, and Paul (Gwen) Duncan of Patterson, N.J.; a special uncle, Rufus (Janie) Davis of Miami, Fla.; a special devoted niece, Lateasha Copeland; special and devoted family friends, Mattie Wrentz and Louise Wright; a special and devoted friend and companion, Evelyn Venell Gordon; and host of loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ. Bro. Leroy Butler Jr., minister, will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary

Jewell Sims Henry

VALDOSTA -- Jewell Sims Henry, 81, of Valdosta died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center. She was born on April 14, 1922, in Lowndes County to the late Kenneth McDonald Sr. and Della Connell Sims and was a lifelong resident of Lowndes County. Mrs. Henry was a member of the Ousley Baptist Church and retired from Norfolk Southern Railway as a yard clerk. She loved to fish and work in her gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon C. Henry; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and David Adams; three grandsons, Bryan Adams, Stephen Adams and Parker Adams, all of Valdosta; four nephews, David Sims of Valdosta, Kenneth Powell of Tallahassee, Fla., George Powell Jr. of Miami, Fla., and Jimmy Henry of Johnson City, Tenn.; her niece, Carolyn Henry Overby of Johnson City, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Ilavann Sims of Valdosta; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Sims Powell of Quincy, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth McDonald Sims Jr. and Catherine Sims of Valdosta.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with Dr. Clyde Stokes and the Rev. Mac Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in Ousley Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ousley Baptist Church. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Father Christian G. LeFrois, O.S.B.

LATROBE, Pa. -- Father Christian G. LeFrois, O.S.B., the son of late George and Veronica (Smith) LeFrois, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pa., died on Jan. 8, 2004. He was 84 years old. Father Christian was born in Webster, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 1919. He was one of five children. His brother is the Rev. Msgr. Marvin LeFrois of Valdosta. His other siblings, Rita LeFrois Conrad, the Rev. Vincent LeFrois and the Rev. Joseph LeFrois, S.S.J., are deceased.

He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Aquinas High School, both of which are in Rochester; and he was a 1938 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1943, and a bachelor of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1946. He received a master of education degree in counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas, (1972), and did graduate studies in counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1973-1975); and Denver University (1974).

He entered the Benedictine Monastic Community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1940. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1941, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1944. He was ordained a priest at Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Hugh C. Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh, on June 16, 1946.

Father Christian served the monastic community as a prefect and football coach at Saint Vincent Preparatory School (1943-1946), and as a member of the faculty of Saint Emma Military Academy in Rockcastle, Va. (1946-1947). He was parochial vicar at Saint Joseph Church, Shamoken, Pa. (1947-1948); Saint Mary Church, Erie, Pa. (1948-1951); and Blessed Sacrament Church, Greensburg, Pa. (1951-1952).

From 1952 to 1973, Father Christian served as a U.S. Air Force military chaplain. He served at the following bases: Nome Alaska (1952-1954); Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn. (1954-1956); Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii (1956-1959); Schilling Air Force Base, Salina, Kan. (1959-1961); Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Ga., where he was chief of procurement and processing of chaplains (1961-1963); Ramstein Air Force Base, Ramstein, Germany (1963-1966); Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., (1966-1968); Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam (1968-1969); and Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas (1969-1973).

He retired from military service in 1973, with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and the following military honors: the United States Army Commendation Medal for extraordinary service to military personnel on radar sites under hazardous conditions, 1953; the Distinguished Unit Award, 1955; Contributor to the outstanding success in troop carrier maneuver in North Carolina and Louisiana, 1955; the Bronze Star for meritorious service while engaged in ground operations against opposing forces in Vietnam, 1970; and the United States Air Force Commendation Ribbon for twenty years of outstanding military service (1973).

After leaving the Air Force, Father Christian served as an instructor in psychology and education at Saint Vincent College (1973-1980); a counselor at Lookout Mountain Detention School for Boys in Golden, Colo. (1974); and a member of the faculty of Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Ga. (1980-1985). At that time he was

also administrator of St. Anne's Church, Richmond Hill, Ga. He also served mission parishes in Johnson Bayou and Holly Beach, La. (1985-1989). He was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Warner Robins, Ga. (1989-1991) and Saint Johns Parish in Valdosta (1991-1993).

In 1993 Father Christian was appointed administrator of Queen of Peace Parish, Lakeland, Ga., with mission churches in Adel and Nashville, Ga., as well as two Hispanic Migrant missions in Adel and Twin Lakes, Ga. He served as administrator of the parish until the onset of illness in the fall of 2003, when he returned to the Archabbey.

He also served as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus in Savannah, Johnson Bayou, La., and in Valdosta.

Father Christian's body will be received at the Elizabeth Roderick Center, Saint Vincent Archabbey, on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. Viewing will be held in the parlor of the Elizabeth Roderick Center from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, from 3-5 p.m. on Monday. A wake service will be held in Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 after which Fr. Christian's body will lie in state in the Basilica until 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Education Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650. -- Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pa.

Leo D. Adkins

Leo D. Akins, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at the

Satilla Regional Medical Center after a short illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 11 at the Crawford Street Baptist Church. Please gather at the church at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home, Waycross, from 6-8 p.m. today. -- Miles-Odum Funeral Home, Waycross