Valdosta Daily Times

March 13, 2007

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Alex Simmons

Alex Simmons, 78, of Adel passed away on March 11, 2007, at his residence after a long illness.

He was born on Jan. 5, 1929, in Cook County to the late Henry Byrd Simmons and the late Eva Juhan Simmons Milton. He lived most of his life in the Chicago area before moving back to Cook County in 1991. He was a retired crane operator, Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He received the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with Bronze Star. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Horne Simmons; and his second wife, Petra DelGado Simmons.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen W. and Charlene Simmons of Chicago, Ill., Bill and Julia Marzullo of Dallas, Texas, Alan Simmons of Adel; one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Daniel Ross of Vidalia; grandchildren, Michael and Susan Robinson, Atlanta, Nikolas and Noel Marzullo, Dallas, Texas, Katie Simmons, Tampa, Fla.; great-granddaughter, Victoria Juliette Robinson, Atlanta; one brother, Randall Milton, Nashville; two sisters, Ann Griffin and Elizabeth Simmons, both of Macon. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Byrd and Henry Simmons; and one sister, Eugenia Burns.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 15, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, North, with Elder Dwight Marshall officiating. Interment will be in Hutchinson-Simmons Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 6-9 p.m. at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home; 202 N. Hutchinson Ave. — Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Adel


Ronald Bruce Scarborough

Ronald Bruce Scarborough, 52, of Hahira died Monday, March 12, 2007, at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born in Hahira on Jan. 30, 1955, to Betty Jean Etheridge Scarborough and the late Donald Lee Scarborough and was a lifelong resident of Hahira. Mr. Scarborough was employed in the heating and air conditioning services and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church. He enjoyed car racing.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Candice and Ryan Panter of Thomasville, Rhonda and Michael Daly of Valdosta; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jason and Sharon Sirmans of Lake Park; four grandchildren, Jordan Daly, Brittany Croft, Lexia Patterson and Daycee Panter; his mother, Betty Jean Scarborough of Hahira; one brother, Donald E. Scarborough of Hahira; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Pamela S. and John Brosemer and Patti Scarborough all of Hahira; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Etheridge and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Scarborough.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2007, at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Graham officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethany Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at — Martin/McLane Funeral Home.


Mamie Hamner Sorrell

Mamie Hamner Sorrell, 87, of Hahira, died at home Sunday, March 11, 2007. She was born on Oct. 6, 1919, in Brooks County to the late Carl and Dot Sineath Hamner. Mrs. Sorrell owned and operated Carousel florist, sweet and gift shop for many years, worked at Smith Hospital for 27 years as a nurse and purchasing agent and organized and was president of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. She worked with the City of Hahira for 14 years, was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church of Hahira and had served as church clerk. Mrs. Sorrell served and organized the Hahira Honey Bee Festival, was on the board of directors of the Hahira Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of the Historical Society.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Melba and Sam Locher of Hahira; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Billy T. Sorrell of Morven and David and Judy Sorrell of Cherry Lake, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Laverne Yost of Hahira; seven sisters-in-law, Alma Hamner of Cecil, Mary Ingram, Dorothy Jordan and Louise Lawson, all of Hahira, Christine Denmark of Valdosta, Virginia Smith of Tallahassee, Fla., Barbara Sorrell of Valdosta; special friend, Drexel Roberson of Alapaha. Mrs. Sorrell was preceded in death by her husband, William I. (Bill) Sorrell, two daughters-in-law, Leola Sorrell and Sandy Sorrell; one son-in-law, Bobby Joe Webb; two sisters, Willene Pope and Clyde Jackson; three brothers, Hugh Hamner, Claude Hamner and Charlie Hamner.

Funeral services will be held today, March 14, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Martin McLane Funeral Home with Cleo Hughes, the Rev. Arthur Knight, John Adams and Eula Copeland officiating. Burial will follow in Sardis Cemetery near Berlin in Colquitt County. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at — Martin McLane Funeral Home, Hahira.


James Henry Hewett Sr.

Funeral services for James Henry Hewett Sr., 64, of Valdosta, who passed away Monday, March 12, 2007, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Hazlehurst Church of God.

The Rev. Harold Hewett will officiate with burial in Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Hewett was born in Appling County. He was the son of the late Lewis Leo Hewett. He was a veteran, construction worker and was of the Church of God faith.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Coplin of Valdosta; sons, James H. Hewett Jr., Ed Hewett of Valdosta and Mark Hewett of Florida; mother, Mamie Hewett of Hazlehurst; sisters, Virginia Jenkins of Cairo, Mary Johnson of Ocala, Fla.; brother, Wendell Hewett of Ohio; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Visitation will be held today from 6-9 p.m. at Miles Funeral Home. Mr. Hewett will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. — Miles Funeral Home, Hazlehurst


Lamar L. Simpson

Lamar L. Simpson, 92, of North Canton, Ohio, passed away Thursday evening following an extended illness.

He was born on July 27, 1914, in Pavo, son to the late Lannie and Mary Victoria Williams Simpson. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Helmly’s Furniture Co. following 35 years of service. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Louise Scott, Edgar Simpson, Clifford Simpson and Mildred Miller.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mildred (Alderman) Simpson of North Canton, Ohio; two children, Randall and June Simpson of Sanford, Fla., Martha and Glen Hookway of Canton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Courtney (Bill) Cogburn, Kimberly Ondash, Steven Simpson, Joy (Frank) Leisure, Stephanie Hookway; great-grandchildren, Ethan Curl, Kyra Cogburn, Jazmin Leisure, Larkin Cogburn; and a sister, Beatrice Kennedy of Quitman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, March 14, 2007, at Okapilco Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in Okapilco Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the church today from 10-11 a.m. In lieu of floral tributes, those desiring may make contributions to the Okapilco Church Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at — Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home, Quitman.

Wesley Cothren

Wesley Cothren, 90, of Valdosta, died on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at South Georgia Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Carson McLane Funeral Home.

Valerie Quinn Fisher

Valerie Quinn Fisher, 32, of Valdosta, died at her home on Sunday, March 11, 2007. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, March 18, 2007, at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be conveyed online at — Carson McLane Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Fisher.

Essie Mae Taylor

Essie Mae Taylor, 81, of Quitman, passed away March 11, 2007, at her residence. Arrangements are handled by Hatcher Peoples Funeral Home of Thomasville.