Valdosta Daily Times

December 6, 2005

Obituaries for

Thursday, April1, 2004

Luther Brumbalow

NASHVILLE -- Luther Brumbalow, 69, of Nashville passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the VA Medical Center in Lake City, Fla.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1935, in Crisp County to Howard and Era Bowen Brumbalow. He was a drapery installer and attended Nashville First Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran and served during the Korean War.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Bruce Roberts, Sarasota, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Melanie Barbaric, Pensacola, Fla.; and one half brother, Jack Ebersbach of Nashville.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2004, in Nashville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Rick Williams officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday. -- Lovein Funeral Home

Josephine Crouch

VALDOSTA -- Josephine Crouch, 58, of Valdosta, died at her residence on Thursday, March 25, 2004. Born on Nov. 27, 1945, in Bellglade, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Crouch and Doris Pittman Crouch.

Survivors include one son, Andrew Wilson of Valdosta; daughters and son-in-law, Deena Masters of Lakeland, Fla., Seleeta and Mark Mizell of Douglas; grandchildren, Christopher Adams, Hillary Mizell, Gage Mizell, all of Douglas; and a brother David Crouch.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at the Memorah Cemetery in Douglas with Bishop Joey Chancey officiating. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Tommy Gamel

VALDOSTA -- Tommy Gamel, 53, of Valdosta died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at his home. He was born in Hahira on Aug. 28, 1950, to Rosa Mae Harrell Gamel and the late Truman Martin Gamel and was a lifelong resident of Lowndes County. Mr. Gamel was a publication sales representative and a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Marie Gamel of Valdosta; mother, Rosa Mae Gamel of Valdosta; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Wayne Merritt; nephew, John Merritt, all of Avondale Estates, Ga.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Janet and Larry Herndon of Douglas; nephew, Robert Herndon of Valdosta; niece, Julie Herndon of Woodstock, Ga.; aunts, Mary Blanche Sloan of Valdosta and Elizabeth Smith of Waycross; uncle and his wife, Johnny and Angie Harrell of Sandersville, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2004, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Willis, the Rev. Benny Olliff and the Rev. John Evans Patten officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Hahira. The family will receive friends today from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Christopher James McEady

VALDOSTA -- Christopher James McEady, 28, of Valdosta, was born June 8, 1975, to Nantha and Rebecca McEady. He was their first born. He attended and graduated from the Lowndes County School System in May 1993.

Chris regularly worshipped at Mount Vienna AME and River Hill Missionary Baptist churches. He joined River Hill at an early age. As a youth, he was noted for giving outstanding Easter and Christmas speeches. As an adult, Chris was known for his quiet, good sense of humor and quick smile.

Chris leaves many to celebrate his homegoing. His devoted mother and father, his loving sister, Rossie; his 11-month-old son, Christopher "C.J."; his fiancee, Nicole Brown; his beloved grandmother, Velma D. Matchett; aunts, Jean McKinnon (Catfish), Linda Miller (Charles), and Jean McEady, all of Valdosta, Latrell McEady (Henry), Vachell McEady (Ralph) of Lakeland, Elaine Felder, Eloise Luke (Craig), and Shirley Maddox (Claude), all of Atlanta, Leila McEady of Howell; uncles, Ben Matchett Jr. (Sherry), Johnnie Matchett (Dorothy), Stevie Matchett (Cathy), Jeffery Matchett, David McEady, and Eugene Robinson (Cindy), all of Valdosta, Samuel Matchett and Terry Matchett, both of Atlanta, Reddick McEady (Lillie) of Lakeland, Ricky McEady (Eve) of Rancho, Calif., Ezekiel McEady (Net) of Radford, N.C.; great-aunts; special aunt, Sallie Brinkley (Thomas) and Rosalee Collier, both of Valdosta, Evelyn Willis and Ann Byrd, both of New Jersey, California Matchett, Rosalee Baker, Lillie Hart, Rose Green and Myrtle Finniessee, all of Valdosta, Queen Donald of California, Thelma McSwain of Cairo, Ga., Emily Canady of Howell, Ga.; great-uncle, Charles McEady; best friend, Marcus Edwards; and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 2, 2004, at Mount Vienna AME Church at 1 p.m. The Rev. Eugene Foster, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Vienna AME Cemetery. The remains will lie in state two hours prior to services. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary

Lawrence Roffe

CHERRY LAKE, Fla. -- Lawrence Roffe, 71, of Cherry Lake, Fla., died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, in Valdosta.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2004, in Cherry Lake Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2004, at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel in Madison, FL (850) 973-2258.

He was born in Delray Beach, Fla., and lived all his life in Cherry Lake, Fla. He was an industrial electrician with Owens-Illinois Paper Mill and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Cherry Lake Post 224, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Madison, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Roffe of Cherry Lake, Fla.; two sons, Bobby Roffe of Lake Park and Martin L. Roffe of Cherry Lake, Fla.; two daughters, Amy Browning of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brenda Bracey of Largo, Fla.; one brother, William Albert Roffe of Sanford, Fla.; two sisters, Wanda Dickinson of Madison, Fla., and Pat Ruttan of Cherry Lake, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. -- Beggs Funeral Home, Madison, Fla.

Robert D. Staudigl Sr.

LAKE PARK-- Robert D. Staudigl Sr., 59, of Lake Park died Tuesday at a Gainesville hospital. Mr. Staudigl was a member of Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Staudigl of Lake Park; four sons, Robert (Mirla) Staudigl, Pembroke Pines, Fla., George (Jennifer) Ehling, Statenville, Jeffrey (Margaret) Ehling, Houston, Texas, Peter (Teresa) Schopfer, McDonough, N.Y.; three sisters, Elaine Staudigl, Orlando, Patricia Giovansanti, Staten Island, N.Y., Laura Staudigl, Staten Island, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2004, at the Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gregory Lee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church, Lake Park, GA. -- Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, FL


William R. "Bill" Blankenship

William R. "Bill" Blankenship, 72, of Ray City, passed away suddenly Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at his residence following an apparent heart attack. He was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., and had lived in Ray City since 1988. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Services, Lakeland.

John Albert Futch

John Albert Futch, 45, of Nashville died Wednesday at the Berrien County Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Lovein Funeral Home.

Lillie Whittington

Lillie Whittington, 71, of Valdosta, died on Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Carson McLane Funeral Home.