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November 16, 2006

Obituaries for Friday, Nov. 17, 2006


Betty Lou Taylor Fletcher

Betty Lou Taylor Fletcher, 76, of 1235 Patterson Street, Adel passed away Nov. 16, 2006, at Adel Memorial Hospital.

She was born on March 8, 1930, in Cook County to the late Leonard and Molly Taylor. She was self-employed as a beautician and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulyss Milton Fletcher, daughter, Sibyl Warren, brothers, Raymond Taylor, Lonnie, Taylor and sister, Hazel Cox.

She is survived by her son, Tony Fletcher of Adel; daughter, Sharon Morris, Sharpsburg, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Paris Holden, Shelby Morris, Julie Morris, Kimberly Smith, Nicole Griner, Eric Warren and Jeremy Warren; six great-grandchildren, Beau Holden, Bret Holden, Trenton Smith, Carson Smith, Joshua Brady Smith, Sarah Ann Griner; and one sister, Mazella Dixon of Adel.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at Brushy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Parker officiating. Burial will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Adel. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Brushy Creek Baptist Church. — Cobb Funeral Chapel, Moultrie.


Mother Violet Rayford

Mother Violet Rayford was born Sept. 14, 1914, in Houston County, Ga., to the late Elijah and Beatrice Shiver. She had six siblings. Four brothers preceded her in death: Tony Shiver, Elijah Shiver, Amos Shiver and Colin Newberry.

Mrs. Rayford was married to the late Rev. Phillip Rayford. To this union 12 children were born: five sons and seven daughters.

She became a Christian at an early age. Ma Rayford (as she was fondly called) was a faithful member of the Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church. She was mother of the church and a member of the Pallbearers Society. She worked faithfully in the church until her health failed.

She was a loving person in the community. Ma Ray cared not only for her children but those of family members as well as children in the neighborhood.

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