Valdosta Daily Times

March 3, 2006

Obituaries for Saturday, March 4, 2006


Mildred Hutson Abney

Mildred Hutson Abney, 89, of Berrien County, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at Beverly Health Care.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Enigma United Methodist Church with the Rev. Walter Powell and the Rev. Pete Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Enigma Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2006, at Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors-Tiftarea Chapel.

Leroy Little, Larry Crumbley, Larry Railey, Cecil Giddens, Clifford Lee, James Giddens, and Bill Bowen will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Abney was born on Dec. 25, 1916, in Berrien County to Owen Lee Hutson and Carrie Sutton Hutson, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Dewey H. Abney, who died in 1962; a son, Jim Abney, who died in 1994; and a grandson, Patrick Abney, who died in 2000.

Mrs. Abney had lived most of her life in Berrien County and was a member of Enigma United Methodist Church. She graduated from Apopka, Fla., High School in 1934 and had worked as an interpreter at the Georgia Agrirama for 20 years.

Mrs. Abney is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Tom and Jeanie Abney of Augusta, and Bill and Jan Abney of Tifton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyann and Ted Lindsey of Valdosta, and Evelyn and Wallace NeSmith of Enigma; five grandchildren, Shannon Butler, Tony L. Lindsey, Sandy NeSmith, Michael Abney, and Nicholas Abney; and four great-grandchildren. — Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors, Tiftarea Chapel, Tifton.


Ivey Fernell Hester

Ivey Fernell Hester, 63, of Fargo, passed away Friday, March 3, 2006, in Cleveland, Tenn., at the home of his daughter.

Hester was born in Hamilton County, Fla., on Jan. 28, 1943, to the late Ivey and Leola Hester and was a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of Freewill Baptist Church in Colquitt.

Survivors include his wife, Lue Bell Hester, Fargo; eight children, Jody Hester Carver, Blackshear, Spence Hester Carver, W. Va., Cindy Parson, Cleveland, Tenn., Cathy Merkison, Bainbridge, Clara Thomas, Blackshear, Johnny Ellis, Memphis, Tenn., Danny Ellis, Jacksonville, Fla., and Joey Ellis, Naylor; two sisters, Maureen Fourakre, Atlanta, and Valorie Rohe, Garfield, Ark.; sister-in-law, Lucille Hester, Jasper, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Calvary Baptist Church in Jasper, Fla., with the Rev. Wendell Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Fargo Cemetery, Fargo.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2006, at Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla. — Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla.


Hazel I. (Weeks) Zipperer

Hazel I. (Weeks) Zipperer‚ 84, of Inverness, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at The Hospice Care Unit of Citrus Memorial Hospital.

A native of Valdosta, she was born May 13, 1921, to the late Henry and Dolly (Woodard) Weeks and moved to Inverness nine years ago from Tampa. She was a retail clerk in a department store and Methodist by faith. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jane White

Survivors include two sons, Alan Zipperer, Inverness, Fla., Wayne Zipperer, Plant City, Fla.; one brother, Norman Weeks Valdosta; two sisters, Mozelle Black, Tampa, Fla., Maudell Weeks, Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren: Matthew, Jenne, Ashley; two great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Riley.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 4, 2006, in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Sympathy may be expressed online at — Music Funeral Services of Valdosta.


Leonard Arthur LeFiles Junior

Leonard Arthur LeFiles Junior, 81 died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, in Tallahassee after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mr. LeFiles was born in Valdosta on Nov. 25, 1924, to Valli M. and Leonard A. LeFiles, Sr. He graduated from Baylor Prep School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned from the Navy to work in a family-owned business, LeFiles Automotive in Valdosta. This experience launched a 45-year career in the retail automobile business until his retirement in 1996. Mr. and Mrs. LeFiles celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Feb. 1, 2006.

Mr. LeFiles was a loving husband and father, who was highly respected for his honesty, ethical standards, and quiet dignity. He was active in the North Florida Retriever Club where he participated in field trials with his Labrador retrievers and often served as a judge for the events.

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria Love LeFiles of the home and four sons: Leonard A. LeFiles, III and wife Diane of Tarboro, N.C.; Daniel T. LeFiles and wife Marsha of Marietta; Michael D. LeFiles and Jackie Walker of Isla Mujeres, Mexico; and Richard A. LeFiles and wife Lynn of Yankeetown, Fla. Additional survivors include his brother William LeFiles of Houston Texas; five grandsons and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Julian LeFiles, and his sister, Beth L. Haley.

A graveside service will be held in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, 1100 N. Oak Street in Valdosta today, March 4, 2006, at 11 a.m. The family may be contacted at the family home in Tallahassee. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested friends consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee, 301 E. Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, Fla., 32303. — Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home.


Claudia Wilkinson Clements

Claudia Wilkinson Clements, 91, of Valdosta, died on Thursday, March 2, 2006, at South Georgia Medical Center.

Born in Bulloch County on June 11, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Birdie Proctor and William Arnie Lanier. She had made her home in Valdosta for the past 63 years, was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Clements was preceded in death by her first husband, K. C. Wilkinson, and her second husband, Randall R. Clements.

Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Vickie Wilkinson of Valdosta; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Charlie Norwood of Augusta and Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Sala and Bill Love of Valdosta, Thom and Dana Wilkinson of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Dana Wilkinson of Valdosta, Charles and Denise Norwood of Evans, Carlton and Paige Norwood of Augusta; great-grandchildren, Amber and Justin Lodge of Quitman, Taylor, Chad and Sala Elizabeth Prain of Valdosta, Thomas, Lanier and James Wilkinson of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Kristen and Charlton Norwood, Aubrey and Kendall Williams of Augusta; great-great- grandchildren, Thomas, Hannah and Lauralyn Lodge of Quitman; sisters, Clarice Mullis of Macclenny, Fla., Willa Dean Kiser of Hahira, Kitty Jean Brannen of Statesboro.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with burial in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Dr. Phil West will officiate. The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Condolences may be conveyed online at Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church. — Carson McLane Funeral Home.


Tiny Jones Edwards

Tiny Jones Edwards, the daughter of the late Mrs. Lear Simmons and the late Johnny Jones, was born Aug. 23, 1923, in Leesburg. Tiny departed this life Feb. 26, 2006 at South Georgia Medical Center.

Tiny worked at Lee Street Baptist Church for 16 years until her health failed. She confessed Jesus Christ as her Savior on March 5, 1955. Tiny loves children and loved to give them candy and gifts every month. One of her passions was music; she enjoyed discussing her favorite artist and songs with company. She always kept you smiling and happy. She lived with her daughter Mary Ann for 30 years.

Tiny met and married Jonas Edwards on March 16, 1939, and to this union, seven children were born. Her husband Jonas Edwards, daughter Mary Joan Wiggins, sons Eddie Edwards and Jonas Edwards, grandsons Dexter Nelson, Keith Edwards, son-in-law, Lawrence Hampton, sister Bernice Gibson and parents preceded her in death.

Cherishing her memories are daughters, Eloise Hampton, Mary Ann Nelson (Willie Frank) of Valdosta, Martha Ann Taylor (Ronald) Sumter, S.C. and Betty Jones of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Annie Ruth Lee and Lucy Moses of Baltimore, Md.; brother-in-law, Ulysses Edwards (Dorthy) Bainbridge; sister-in-law, Elvira Edwards Williams, Valdosta and Mitt Edwards Bainbridge, daughters-in-law, Willie Ruth Edwards, Memphis, Tenn., Sharon Edwards of Kentucky; and son-in-law, John Wiggins (Mary), Miami, Fla.; 33 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; five great-great- grandchildren; special fiends, Bro. John and Bernice Harris, Johnnie Franklin, Joann Sharp and caregivers Erlis Hill and Esther Holesedolph.

A final tribute for Tiny will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Southside Church of Christ. Bro. John Iverson Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill cemetery. — Godfrey Funeral Home.


Gladys Copeland Price

Gladys Copeland Price, 76, a lifetime resident of Valdosta, died on Thursday March 2, 2006, at South Georgia Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Born in Colquitt County on March 14, 1929, she was the daughter of the late James I. and Mary Jane Tompkins Tyson and widow of the late Perry James Price. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, John and Belinda Copeland of Lake Park; daughter and son-in-law, Tammye and Henry Spivey of Clyattville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, George and Edna Tyson of Jennings, Fla.; sisters, Ethel Hammock of Pinetta, Fla., Vera Copeland of Dasher, Betty Gillen of Valdosta; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyne Weldon and a brother, Elbert Tyson.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the graveside in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the McLane Lakewood Funeral Home in Lake Park. Condolences may be conveyed online at — McLane Lakewood Funeral Home, Lake Park.


Eleser Johnson III

Mr. Eleaser Johnson III, 47, of Pavo, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at John D. Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home of Quitman.

Earline Proctor

Mrs. Earline Proctor, 73, of Adel died March 2, 2006 at South Georgia Medical Center. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Woodlawn City Cemetery with the Rev. Elbert Cox officiating. In keeping with Mrs. Proctor’s wishes, she was cremated.— Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Adel

Billy C. Tyre

Billy C. Tyre, 67, of Homestead, Fla. passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, in Homestead. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2006 in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery near Jennings, Fla. — Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla.

Aisha Kierra Thomas

Miss Aisha Kierra Thomas, 17, of 908 E. Adair St., passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at South Georgia Medical Center. Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at New Greater Union Ministries Church. Bishop-Elect Wade S. McCrae pastor, Bishop John Tooley officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. — Stevens Funeral Home of Valdosta.