Valdosta Daily Times

December 6, 2005


for Friday, July 16, 2004

George Wilson Copeland

VALDOSTA -- George Wilson Copeland, 70, of Valdosta, died July 13, 2004.

Born on Jan. 8, 1934, to the late Doc and Rachel Copeland, he was educated in the Lowndes County School System, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and retired from Dowling Bag. He was a deacon, choir member, superintendent of Sunday school, and usher at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

Copeland met and married Mary Lou Footman in 1956. To this union, three children were born.

"Dubble," as he was affectionately called, was a loving, caring, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, and committed servant of God. He not only cared about his fellow man but also dedicated his time and efforts toward helping others.

Deacon George "Dubble" Copeland leaves to cherish his memories a devoted and loving wife, Mrs. Mary Lou (Footman) Copeland of Valdosta; sons, Roy W. Copeland (Cheryl) of Valdosta, Mark A. Copeland of Valdosta, Vance Copeland (Micko) of Boston, Mass., and Gary V. Copeland (Jennifer); daughters, Sandra Tooley and Oliva Gardner, both of Valdosta; a devoted and loving God daughter, Sanchious (Sam) Bass; a loving father-in-law, Lucious Footman of Lakeland; several sisters-in-law, Vernell Copeland of Sacramento, Calif., Carrie V. Washington (George) of Minneola, Ann Flowers of Lakeland, and Betty Footman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and three friends, Treaser Marshall, Grace Jones, and Francis Nitche.

His genealogy is passed 11 grandchildren, Vanessa D. Copeland (raised as a daughter), Roy W. Copeland II, Rachele J. Copeland, Tores Copeland, Tyler C. Morrison, Kelleigh D. Copeland, Kameron J. Copeland, Shelby G. Copeland, Garrison V. Copeland, Kievaughna Copeland, and Kievaughn Copeland; two great-grandchildren, Azjhah B. Thomas and Ja'Kora A. Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

All of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death. They are Toretha Williams, Callie Foster, Sarah Shivers, Katherine Jackson, Chester Copeland, Dock Copeland Jr., James Copeland, and Ben Copeland.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Jerusalem Baptist Church. Pastor Charles Carr will officiate. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. -- Harrington Funeral Home.

Maetril Harrell

Maetril Harrell, 78, Nashville, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Berrien County Hospital.

Born July 30, 1925, in Berrien County to Chester Exum and Etna Thomas, who preceded her in death, she was a homemaker and was retired from Nashville Mills as a quality control inspector. She attended the Nashville Mission and was the widow of Troy Harrell, who died in 1999.

Survivors are two daughters, Susan Harrell, West Berrien, and Gail Davis, Adel; two sons, Wayne Harrell, Nashville, and Larry Harrell, Nashville; and 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Harrell was preceded in death by a son, Russell Harrell, and a grandson, Andy.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Chapel of Lovein Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clarence Luke officiating. Interment is at Westview Cemetery.

Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today at Lovein Funeral Home. -- Lovein Funeral Home

Robert Paul Hughes

Robert Paul Hughes, 68, of Valdosta died on Thursday, July 14, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center. Born in Valdosta on Nov. 17, 1935, he was the son of the late Clifford and Miola Hughes. A veteran, Mr. Hughes had served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was retired from the Valdosta Country Club where he had worked as golf course superintendent and he was a member of the Alapaha and Bamberg Hunting Clubs. Mr. Hughes was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors are his sons and daughter in law, Oliver Hughes, Art and Shannon Hughes, grandchildren, Charlotte Hughes, Lindsay Ellis, Justin Evans, Tiffany Evans, all of Valdosta; a brother, James Hughes; and a special friend, Betty Jean "B.J." Starnes of Valdosta. Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Warwick Hughes and a brother, Walter Hughes.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Rev. Keith Sandlin will officiate with burial following at Wayfare Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6-9 p.m. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Machell Lassiter

VALDOSTA -- Machell Lassiter, 41, of Valdosta, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Smith Northview Hospital.

She was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Jan. 5, 1962. Machell was a hair stylist and a member of Christ The King Episcopal Church.

She is survived by one son, Auston Proctor of St. Simons Island; her mother and step-father, Ann and Sam Spells of Valdosta; her father and step-mother, Norman and Rachel Trapp of Phil Campbell, Ala.; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Chris Trapp of Hamilton, Ala., Darwin and Renae Trapp of Russellville, Ala., and Nathan Trapp of Phil Campbell, Ala.; and an aunt, an uncle and several nieces and nephews.

Machell's request was to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2004, at the Christ The King Episcopal Church with Father Stan White officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in memory of Machell to The Golden Rule, P. O. Box 243, Butler, 31006. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home.

Mrs. Selma Bennett McCranie

Mrs. Selma Bennett McCranie, 82 of Valdosta died on Thursday, July 15, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center. Born on Aug. 9, 1921, in Paducah, Ky., she was the daughter of the late L.C. and Lula Clark. Mrs. McCranie was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church and the Golden Streamers Band, WMU, Senior Adult Choir, The Widows Network and Keenagers at Crossroads Baptist Church.

Survivors are daughters and sons-in-law, Joe Ann and Robert Jenkins, Valdosta, Ga., Joyce Berry and Don Ford of Lancaster, Ohio, June and Joe Cooke of Valdosta, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Ann Bennett, Jack and Jane Bennett, Johnny and Paula Bennett, Jimmy and Billie Bennett all of Valdosta; 22 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Collis L. Bennett and A. Ray McCranie, three grandchildren, James David Berry IV, Kris Renee Berry and Bobby Jenkins, two sisters, Betty Brink and Mary Schledgler and one brother, Fred Clark.

Funeral services for Mrs. Selma Bennett McCranie will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004, in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Daniel and Reverend Stanley Hendrix officiating. Burial will follow at New Friendship Cemetery in Hahira. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Carson McLane Funeral Home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Alton McGill

Alton McGill, 78, of Lakeland, Ga., passed away Thursday afternoon, July 15, 2004, in South Georgia Medical Center following declining health. He was born Jan. 30, 1926, in Berrien County to the late Bud and Nora McGill. He had lived in Lanier County for the past 41 years. Mrs. McGill was a World War II Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Knudson. He was a member of VFW Post 5978 in Nashville and a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Mr. McGill was preceded in death by three brothers, Felton, Mearl and Bud McGill, and two sisters, Evelyn Harrell and Ruby Nell Walker.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Cribbs McGill, Lakeland, Ga.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley "Buddy" and Donna McGill, Lakeland, Ga., Lester "Jackie" and Shirley Lindsey, Lakeland, Ga.; three grandchildren, Jennifer Lindsey, Lakeland, Ga., Danny McGill, Lakeland, Ga., Bryan McGill, Nashville, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Wesley McGill, Riley Rowe and Hannah Johnston; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Margie McGill, Jacksonville, Fla., Howard and Mary Lue, Woodbine, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Jerry Martin, Lake City, Ga.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Pleasant Cemetery in Nashville, Ga.

Visitation will be held with the family receiving friends 6-8 p.m. tonight.

Sympathy may be expressed online at

Music Funeral Services, Lakeland, is serving the McGill family. -- Music Funeral Services Inc.

Opal Tyson Pipkin

VALDOSTA -- Opal Tyson Pipkin, 73, of Valdosta, died on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Born on Sept. 27, 1930, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Tom Tyson and Vida Pearl Southerland Tyson. She was associated with IPG, Inc. for 25 years and loved fishing and gardening. She was a member of Park Avenue United Methodist Church.

Survivors are daughters and sons-in-law, Linda P. and Dickie Edwards of Clarkesville and Holly J. and Paul McDonnell of Pensacola, Fla.; son, Brent Tyson Pipkin of Valdosta; grandchildren, Tracy R. Long, Clint E. Radney, Martin D. Shell, and Brent R. Shell; five great-grandchildren; sister, Jackie Schoolman of Valdosta; two brothers, Tommy Tyson, Jr. and Mike Tyson, both of Mitchell County; and very dear, life-long friends, Voncile and Leslie Williams.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Southerland officiating. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday night, July 15, 2004, at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, P.O. Box 1727, Valdosta, 31603.

Mrs. Avanell Belcher

Mrs. Avanell Belcher, 73, of Route 1, Box 435, Naylor, Ga., passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2004, at South Georgia Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church in Delmar, Ga. The Rev. John Manning, pastor, officiating. Burial will be held in the Charles Knight Cemetery in Lakeland, Ga. -- Stevens Funeral Home is handling professional arrangements.

Mrs. Maudene B. Flanders

Mrs. Maudene B. Flanders, 75, of Sparks died July 14 at Tift Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Graveside services are at 3 p.m. today at Rountree Cemetery with the Rev. Terrell Roberts officiating. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home Inc.

Miss Gloria Jean Jenkins

Funeral services for Miss Gloria Jean Jenkins, 68, of Valdosta, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Friendship Freewill Independent Baptist Church. Elder Tommy L. Goins, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary, Inc.

Kenyata Johnson Sr.

Kenyata Johnson Sr., of Lakeland, passed this life on July 13, 2004. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Harrington Funeral Home. -- Harrington Funeral Home.

Mrs. Eva Mobley

Mrs. Eva Mobley, 86, of Quitman passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at her residence. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church in Brooks County with the Rev. R.L. Irvine, pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Morning Star Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Washington Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.