Valdosta Daily Times


April 3, 2014

Talmadge Guess

-- — The Rev. Talmadge Guess, 74, affectionately known as “Brother Talmadge” for his ministry, service and dedication to serving his Lord and Master, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his residence. Bro. Talmadge was born May 24, 1939 in Lanier County to the late Aaron Guess and Louvinnie Brogdon Guess. He moved with his family to Ware County, Ga., at the age of 13. He attended Ware County schools and graduated from Waycross High School in 1957.

Brother Talmadge accepted the Lord as his savior at the age of 14. He was ordained at the age of 17 on Aug. 25, 1957 and preached the Word of God and lived it out until his last breath continually witnessing even from his bedside. He pastored the Homerville Congregational Methodist Church, commonly known as Brother Talmadge’s church for 40 plus years. He was a supervisor on the Alapaha Soil Conservation Board and he served on the board for 25 years. He drove a school bus for the Clinch County Board of Education 23 years and was a self-employed master plumber. He was an avid hunter, outdoors man and had a love for horses and was a devoted Clinch County High School sports fan. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dartha Steedley Guess; one brother: Edward Guess; five sisters, Gainer Cox, Myrtle Bennett, Mickey Williams, Gene McMillian and Eloise Bailey.  

Survivors are his wife, Sybil Morrison Guess, Homerville; three sons and daughters-in-law: JaRon and Ann Guess, Blackshear, Carthel and DeeDee Guess and Tracy and Sylvia Guess, all of Homerville; one daughter and son-in-law: Darlene and Gary Daniel, Manor, Ga. He was affectionately known as “Papa T” by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step grandchildren and step-great grandchildren which include: 10 grandchildren: Kaitlyn Guess, Tristan Guess, Ethan Guess, Carleigh Guess, Drew Daniel, Garrett and Rachel Daniel, Travon Guess, Travia Guess, Talon Guess, and Zorea Guess and one great-grandson: Amaziah Guess; two step daughters and son-in-law: Karla and Wade Daniel and Kristi and Jim Dickerson, all of Homerville; four step grandchildren: Ryan and Tina Daniel, Chase and Brooklyn Daniel, Trey Dickerson, KristiAnna Dickerson; six step great-grandchildren, Grayson Daniel, Cathryn Daniel, Braelyn Daniel, Gage Daniel, Hannah Daniel and Luke Daniel and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Brother Talmadge’s Church, Homerville Congregational Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Pine Forest Cemetery. The family will receive friends this evening from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Brother Talmadge will be carried to the church one hour prior to the services.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be sent to the Talmadge Guess Memorial Fund, HCMC, P.O. Box 402, Homerville, GA 31634. Sympathy maybe expressed by signing the online registry at — Roundtree Funeral Home, Homerville.

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