for Tues., December 3, 2002

Helen G. Allen

HOMERVILLE -- Helen G. Allen, 70, of Homerville passed away early Sunday evening, Dec. 1, 2002, at the residence of her daughter in Douglas after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in Madison County, Fla. to Nancy Irene and Albert William Gilley. She was educated in Homerville, graduating from the Clinch County High School. She was a member of the Shiloh Congregational Methodist Church near Homerville. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Lamar Gilley. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Lois A. and Doyle Baker of Douglas, Carol A. and Buddy Aycock of Brunswick; two sons and daughters-in-law, William G. and Sherry Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., Charles E. and Susan Allen, Gainesville, Ga.; three sisters, Elizabeth Louise (Betty) Gilley Smith, Homerville, Mary Jacquelyn (Jackie) Gilley Sirmans, Valdosta, Catherine Amelia Gilley Windhaus, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Tara Leigh Mills, Valdosta, William Andrew Baker, Douglas, Matthew Daniel Baker, Douglas, Benjamin (Ben) Tyler Aycock, Brunswick, Zane Wheaton Aycock, Brunswick, Lauren Elizabeth Allen, Gainesville, Ga., Andrea (Andie) Leigh Allen, Gainesville, Ga, Natalie Suzanne Allen, Gainesville, Ga., Grayson James Allen, Jacksonville, Fla. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Shiloh Congregational Methodist Church near Homerville. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until noon today at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. -- Music Funeral Services of Lakeland

Maureen Honan Arflin

VALDOSTA -- Maureen Honan Arflin, 77, of Valdosta, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Born in Peoria, Ill., she was the daughter of William and Catherine Walsh Honan, a member of the Evangel Church and a sales lady for Weeks Textiles. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Billy) Cooper of Quitman; a son, Bryant G. Smith of Valdosta; two grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in the Maxwell-Miller Chapel with the Rev. Doug Brown and the Rev. Matt Hendricks officiating. Floral tributes will be accepted or those desiring may make donations to Evangel Assembly of God Church, 2711 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA. -- Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home, Quitman

Lankford Doris Giddens

LAKE PARK -- Lankford Doris Giddens, 85, of Lake Park, formerly of Lakeland, Ga. passed away early Monday morning Dec. 2, 2002, in North Florida Regional Medical Center after declining health. She was born to the late William Washington and Mahalia Elizabeth Hughes in Clinch County. She was a member of Unity Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Yancy Lee Giddens, two sons, Bobby Jack Giddens, Donald Giddens, and daughter, Sara Frances Ratcliffe. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Sue Griner of Gainesville, Fla.; son, Lee Roy Giddens of Shreveport, La.; eight grandchildren, Russell Griner, Dawn Giddens Turner, David Griner, Reef Ratcliffe, Angelia Giddens Counts, Darrell Giddens, Clifford Giddens and Roy Giddens; and numerous great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, in the Lakeland Chapel of Music Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Burnt Church Cemetery. Visitation with the family receiving friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight and Wednesday night. Music Funeral Services, Lakeland

Elsie Higgs Griner

NASHVILLE -- Elsie Higgs Griner of Nashville, oldest member of the State Bar of Georgia, departed this life at age 106 on Nov. 30, 2002, at Presbyterian Home in Quitman after several years of declining health. Born in Berrien County on Sept. 6, 1896, she was the fourth of five children born to Elizabeth Adams and John Taylor Higgs. The petite, red-haired, lady lawyer -- known to many friends as "Miss Mama" -- retired in 1990 after 68 years of active practice in her chosen profession. Her record for length of service at the Georgia Bar has not been surpassed. P

ioneering the practice of law by the gentler sex, she stood- and passed- the Bar in Homerville, Georgia in Dec. 1921, and began her practice in January, 1922, in Nashville with one of her mentors, the now late Attorney Jeff S. Story. In addition to her devotion to the practice of law, "Miss Mama" was seasoned stage performer and recording artist, having sung high tenor with her family's gospel singing group, The Holy Notes. Over the years, in addition to having served as president of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit Bar Association, she held membership in the American Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Nashville's First Baptist Church and Circlestone Country Club. Family members left to mourn her leaving and to remember with love include her only granddaughter and longtime law partner, Galen A. Mirate; her grandson-in-law, Dr. Donald J. Mirate; and her great- grandson, Milo Mirate, all of Valdosta; one daughter, Annabel Alderman, of Nashville, and a virtual grandson, James Cleon Knight, also of Nashville. She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Griner, and a son, Geunie Griner. Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home in Nashville, with the very Rev. Stanley White officiating. The body will be laid to rest in the family plot in Nashville's City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. this evening at Lovein Funeral Home. -- Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville

Clifford Monroe Norris

MILLEDGEVILLE-- Mr. Clifford Monroe Norris, 61, died on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville. Born in Morven to the late Ernest Samuel and Mamie Hester DuBose Norris, he was a textile worker and was of the Church of Christ faith. Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Carmen Norris of Valdosta, and Kenneth and Ann Norris of Montevello, Ala.; one niece, Allison Norris; one nephew, Ricky Norris; aunts, uncles and cousins. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in Riverview Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bob Willis officiating. There will be no visitation. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Pearl Kate Sirmans

VALDOSTA -- Pearl Kate Sirmans, 86, of Valdosta died on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Smith Northview Hospital. Born on Dec. 21, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Jim Hewett and Rhoda Ann Brady. Mrs. Sirmans was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors are her husband, Lonnie E. Sirmans of Valdosta; a son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Tina Sirmans of Tifton; five grandchildren, Patty Sirmans of San Diego, Calif.; Kristi Sirmans of Tifton; David Barnes, Stephen Barnes and Travis Fletcher of Valdosta; sisters, Louise Taylor of Astor, Fla., Beatrice Hutchinson of Adel; brother, James Hewett of Adel; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. The Rev. John Hendley and the Rev. Penny Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be held in McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. this evening at Carson McLane Funeral Home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Emma Lee Johnson

Funeral service for Mrs. Emma Lee Johnson, 95, of Valdosta will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Francis Lake AME Church , The Rev. Lawrence Terry, pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in the Francis Lake Cemetery in Lake Park. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary are in charge of arrangements.

Wendell Bernard Porter

Wendell Bernard Porter, 74, died Sunday at Heritage House Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Mr. Porter will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at the Forest Street Church of God. The family of Mr. Porter will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Carson McLane Funeral Home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

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