for Feb. 20, 2003

Mary Helen Booth

NASHVILLE -- Mary Helen Booth, 77, of Nashville, died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Berrien Nursing Center.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1925, in Berrien County to the late Roy and Eva Griner Hendley. She was a homemaker, a retired licensed practical nurse, member of Riverside Missionary Baptist Church. She was the widow of Jess Booth Jr. who died in 1992.

She is survived by two daughters, Rosemary Weeks, Linda Rowan, both of Nashville; one grandson, Timmy Griscom; one great-grandson, Ethan Griscom; and two sisters, Maxine Rowe and Betty Durrance, both of Nashville.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, in the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Hendley officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Lovein Funeral Home, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Elder O.V. Marshall

HAHIRA -- Elder O.V. Marshall, 92, of Hahira, died on Feb. 18, 2003, at South Georgia Medical Center after a long illness.

He was born on March 3, 1910, in Cook County to the late Frank and Elizabeth Griffis Marshall. He lived all of his life in Cook County. He was a Primitive Baptist minister serving South Georgia churches for approximately 45 years, a farmer and member of Salem Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Fleeta Futch Marshall of Hahira; three sons and daughters-in-law, Thad and Lavada Marshall, Adel, Dwight and Monie Marshall, Hahira, Wade Marshall, Hahira; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bobby Wetherington of Valdosta; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one half sister, Aliff Knight of Eulee, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Joan Marshall, two brothers, and five sisters, one stepbrother, and one half-sister.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Salem Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Raybon Lord, Elder Bob Dickerson and Elder Bob Conner officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Hwy. 41 South, Adel. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home

Julia Bates Sessions

ADEL -- Julia Bates Sessions, 87, of Adel, died Feb. 18, 2003, at Hospice Atlanta. She was a resident of Adel for 55 years, later moving to Atlanta.

Born in Travelers Rest, S.C., on Sept. 22, 1915, the daughter of the late James Norman Bates Sr. and Elizabeth Whitmire Bates. She was a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

After graduation, she taught school in South Carolina a number of years before marriage to Herschel A. Sessions and moving to Adel. She retired from teaching after 37 years and was recognized as the first Teacher of the Year in Cook County in 1956.

Mrs. Sessions was preceded in death by her four brothers, Cecil Whitmire Bates, Jerry Preston Bates, James Norman Bates Jr. and Thomas Marvin Bates.

She was a member of the Adel United Methodist Church, the Wesley Fellowship Class, the Sunshine Circle, and Charter member of the "Young At Heart." She had held many church offices including circle chairperson, president of the United Methodist Women, Board member of the Valdosta District UMW, Historian and had been a member of the Administrative Board and Council on Ministries for many years.

She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, a Life member of Georgia Association of Educators and a member of Cook Retired Educators where she served as president. She was a former member of the Garden Club of Adel. In 1993, the Exchange Club of Adel honored Julia and Herschel Sessions with the Golden Deed Award for their many contributions to the community.

Mrs. Sessions is survived by four children, Herschel Sessions Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jane S. Kirby and Dan of Norcross, Jean S. Frazier and Hal of Hudson, Ohio and Emily Sessions of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Adel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Hutto officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family

will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home on North Hutchinson Street. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Adel United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home

Alethea Christina Turner

NASHVILLE -- Alethea Christina Turner died Tuesday at her home in Nashville following a long battle with breast cancer. Ms. Turner was born on March 27, 1943 in Nashville, Berrien County, and was the youngest child of the late Ruby Christina Gaskins Turner and the late Dr. W.W. Turner Jr. Her maternal grandparents were Frances Josephine Peeples Gaskins and Alvah W. Gaskins of Nashville, Berrien County. Her paternal grandparents were William Waugh Turner and Ruth Solom Dorman Turner of Winnsboro, Fairfield, S.C.

Ms. Turner attended schools in Berrien County, where she graduated from Berrien High School in 1961; afterwards, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received her associate's degree in fine arts. She toured with the American Touring Company, a David Merrick Production, and appeared in The Cactus Flower, with Marsha Mason and Hugh O'Brian. Afterwards, she appeared in several daytime dramas, Woody Allen films, and developed a cabaret act which she performed in the East Village, New York City in the 1970s. She designed 'showcase' productions for aspiring actors and singers throughout the New York area, who performed her productions in nursing homes, retirement homes and for groups of senior citizens, who otherwise would not have had chances to witness up-and-coming actors and singers. She later was a receptionist with Calvin Klein of New York, and during that time pursued studies and qualified as certified financial analyst.

Ms. Turner is survived by one sister, Elaine Turner Cantrell Bynum of Cartersville; one brother, William Waugh Turner III of Nashville; uncle and aunt, Alvah W. Gaskins Jr. and Lottie Gray Keeffe Gaskins; aunt, Marie Gaskins Prince; uncles, Dr. J.D. Turner, Winnsboro, S.C., and Dr. T.D. Clark, Lexington, Ky.; niece, Elizabeth Cantrell McCusker and her husband, Peter S. McCusker; and niece, Joan Elaine Cantrell; and five great-nephews and nieces.

Ms. Turner's funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at the Lovein Funeral Home Chapel. Immediately following the service, she will be buried in Westview Cemetery, Nashville. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. today. The Rev. Richard Trawick will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 205 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Valdosta, or the local American Cancer Society, 410 E. Marion Ave., Nashville, Ga. -- Lovein Funeral Home, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Josie Landen Wildes

HOMERVILLE -- Mrs. Josie Landen Wildes, 85, of Homerville, passed away Wednesday at the Baptist Village, Waycross, following an extended illness.

A native of Suwannee County, Fla., she had lived in Homerville the past 64 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Homerville, and was owner-operator of The Fashion Shoppe until she retired in 1990. She was the daughter of the late Tom P. Landen and Bessie Albritton Landen and widower of Eugene Fleming Wildes.

Survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Frank Hall, Homerville; one son and daughter-in-law, Jacky and Marie Wiles, Alma; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs Wildes will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Homerville. Burial will be in Pine Forest Cemetery.

Mrs. Wildes will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Friday with visitation after 4 p.m. -- Roundtree Funeral Home

Georgia Lee Hargrett, 95, of Valdosta, passed this life on Feb. 19, 2003, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Morning Star Baptist Church and Pastor William C. Morgan will officiate. Burial will follow in Hargrett Res

t Cemetery in Clyattville. -- Harrington Funeral Home

Dortha E. Randall, 86, Clyattville, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, after a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Clyattville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Day Care Ministry at First Christian Church or the Gideon Memorial Bible Program, 3642 Hickory Grove Road, Valdosta, Ga. 31601. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Funeral service for Emanuel Simon, 51, Sparks, will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Cottrell Chapel CME Church, Sparks. Burial will be in Lenox Cemetery, Lenox. -- Lane Memorial Chapel of Adel

Ruby Spradley, 94, of Adel, died on Feb. 19, 2003, at Memorial Convalescent Center of Adel after a long illness. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. James Kennedy and the Rev. Bill Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in Oaky Grove Church Cemetery in Berrien County. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Hwy 41 South, Adel. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home

Rida W. VanDerwerken, 94, Lake Park, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, in Waycross after a brief illness. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the McLane Lakewood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at McLane Lakewood Chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in New York. -- McLane Lakewood Funeral Home, Lake Park

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