Valdosta Daily Times

December 6, 2005

Obituaries for Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Valdosta Daily Times

Harmon Lamar 'Buddy' Bryant

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Harmon Lamar "Buddy" Bryant, 65, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2005. Bryant was a lifelong resident of Orlando.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Bryant, Orlando; one son, Steven Bryant, Orlando; one daughter, Tina Jean Rinaman, St. Mary's, Ga.; four brothers, Rufus Bryant, Orlando, Fla., Luke Bryant, Christman, Fla., Richard Bryant, Maccaysville, and Billy Bryant, Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Ricka Jean Tackett and Jocleyn Tackett.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Sardis Baptist Church with burial in Carter Cemetery. -- Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla.

Donald (Doodle) Guess

MORVEN -- Donald (Doodle) Guess, 71, of Morven died Friday, April 29, 2005, at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman. He was born on March 31, 1934, in Morven to the late Allen Bartow and Phoebie Gunby Guess and was a lifelong resident of Morven. Mr. Guess was an industrial chemical salesman and a member of the Morven Church of Christ. He had served on the Morven City Council and the Morven Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Guess of Morven; two daughters and sons-in-law, Myra and Chris Exum of Morven and Melinda and James Williams of Wasilla, Alaska; four grandchildren, James Williams Jr., Jessica Exum, Ashley Exum and Blake Exum; two sisters, Allie Webb of Hahira and Phoebie Slocum of Valdosta; one brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Mary Guess of Morven; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jan and Buddy Baker of Morven, Derry Howell of Hahira, Tommie Dickey of Lawrenceville and Elizabeth Daniel of Snellville; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, A. B. Guess, Jr.; and two sisters, Roberta Coppage Horne and LaVerne Stephenson.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2005, in the chapel of Martin/McLane Funeral Home with burial to follow in Hall Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Morven Alumni Association, P.O. Box 188, Morven, GA 31638. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at -- Martin/McLane Funeral Home of Hahira

Edwin Vasco Langford Sr.

SNELLVILLE-- Edwin Vasco Langford Sr., 87, of Snellville, formerly of Griffin died April 28, 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Luke Langford of Nashville; two sons, Eddie Doris Langford of Snellville and James and Connie Langford of Marietta; sister, Aileen Walker of Vero Beach, Fla.; brother, Rudolph Langford of Ray City; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Langford served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Nashville, worked as director of Griffin Technical College and was a former member of the Griffin Kiwanis Club.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens. The family will assemble at 2 p.m. Sunday at Harry White Chapel and receive friends from 6-8 p.m. this evening (770) 483-7216. -- Scot H. Ward Funeral Services-Harry White Chapel, Conyers

Joe R. Register

DESTIN, Fla. -- Joe R. Register, 63 of Destin, Fla., passed away April 28, 2005. He was born in Adel, Ga., to Russell D. Register Sr. and Claira Sheppard Register.

After graduating from Lowndes County High School in 1960, Joe served his country in the U.S. Air Force until 1966. Upon completion of his military service, he began a career in Georgia as a self-employed business owner. Joe was an avid runner, completing two Boston marathons. He enjoyed exercise and physical fitness. Joe had lived in Destin, Fla., for the past 17 years. He was loved by his family, friends and neighbors who relied on him to help whenever needed.

Joe is survived by his wife, Katie Register of Destin, Fla.; children, Terry Register and wife Ramona of Oregon City, Ore., Ronnie Register and wife Carrie of Vancouver, Wash., Stacey Register Shumans and husband Micheal of Beaufort, S.C.; grandchildren, Steven Register, Trace Shumans, Maggie Shumans; brother, Russell Register Jr. and wife Betty; sisters, Margaret Crosby and Joyce Bargeron and husband Matt. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2005, at Faith Assembly Church, Destin, Fla. Interment will follow in Gulf Cemetery, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. -- Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, Niceville, Fla.

Laura Bell Spencer

NASHVILLE -- Laura Bell Spencer, 81, of Nashville died Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Memorial Convalescent Center of Adel.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1923, in Schoharie County, N.Y., to Leslie Vern and Lillian Bell Miller Cook. She was a homemaker and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Norwich, N.Y., and lived most of her life in Norwich, moving to Nashville in August of 2000 to be near her children. She was the widow of Ernest Gardner and Richard Spencer and was also preceded in death by two sons, Ernest Gardner Jr. and Lester Marion Gardner; and a daughter, Shirley Gardner.

She is survived by five daughters, Laura Lyn Gentzsch of Nederland, Texas, Jean Marie Gardner, Nashville, Linda Rose DeWolfe, Fort Wayne, Ind., Katherine Matias, Terzana, Calif., Sheila Ann Gardner, Nashville; one sister, Dorothy Neff, Scotia, N.Y.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2005, in Flat Creek Cemetery with the Rev. B.J. Holliday officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-3:40 p.m. Sunday at Lovein Funeral Home. -- Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville

R. Steve Strickland

LYNN, N.C. -- R. Steve Strickland, 60, of Lynn, N.C., passed away on April 24, 2005.

Steve was born in Quitman, Ga., and he was the son of Nadine Barksdale and the late Thomas Franklin Strickland. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and former president of Thermal Belt Rotary Club.

Steve is survived by his wife, Cynthia Strickland; and his two sons and daughter-in-law, Spencer, Cynthia and Cooper Strickland of Lynn, N.C. He is survived by three sisters, Mary Helen Love of Oneonita, Ala., Betty Cunningham, Waynesville, N.C., Juilia Ann Everett of Greenville, Fla.; four brothers, Thomas Strickland of Toccoa, Ga., Walter Strickland of Thomasville, Harvey Strickland of Quitman and John David Strickland of Adel, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon, N.C., with the Rev. Walter Bryan of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church officiating.

Memorials may be made to Seppy Fowler Endowed Scholarship at Spartenburg Regional Health Care Foundation, 101 E. Wood St., Spartenburg, N.C. 29303 or by phone at 864-560-6727. -- Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home

Billy M. Williams

RAY CITY -- Billy M. Williams, 53, of Ray City passed away Thursday, April 28, 2005, at his residence after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Ellajay, Ga., to Coy and Ruby Williams and lived in Poulan, Ga., before moving to Ray City. He was a member of the Ray City United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a brother, Jimmy Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Miller Williams, Ray City; daughter, Misty Force, Beaumont, Texas; stepdaughters, Angelika Wilkins, Ray City; Caroline Evans, Doerun; stepson, Shawn Wilkins, Lakeland, Ga.; parents, Coy and Ruby Williams, Poulan, Ga. sister, Linda Suggs, Ashburn, Ga.; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2005, at the Ray City United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held tonight at Music Funeral Services in Lakeland, Ga. from 6-8 p.m. Sympathy may expressed online at -- Music Funeral Services of Lakeland