for Jan. 12, 2003



Lawrence A. 'Barney' Finch

HOMERVILLE -- Mr. Lawrence A. "Barney" Finch, 80, passed away Friday night, Jan. 10, 2003, at his residence from an extended illness. A native of Bonifay, Fla., he had moved to Homerville in 1953 to work in the timber industry. He had attended New Vision Church of God, where he had been a faithful member of the adult Sunday school class and had not missed a Sunday school lesson in the past 27 years. He was the son of the late John Finch and Elizabeth Chesnut Finch. He was preceded in death by six brothers, Clarence Finch, Jake Finch, Calvin Finch, Lowell Finch, Bert Finch, and Nolan Finch, and a son, John Leslie Finch. Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Mrs. Juanita Jernigan Finch of Homerville; four daughters and son-in-laws, Bobbie Nell and Felton Roundtree of Homerville, Belinda and Leslie Bateson of Homerville, Barbara and George W. Thibideau of Lawty, Fla., and Betty Jo Griffis of Alb, N.M.; four sons and daughters-in-law, Barney L. and Joy Finch of Homerville, Bobby Gene and Rudine Finch of Homerville, Billy and Kathy Finch of Homerville, and Benny and Beth Finch of Lakeland; one sister, Annie Lois Long of Edgewater, Fla.; two brothers, Lincoln Finch of Chipley, Fla., and Les Finch of Tallahassee, Fla.; 31 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Services for Mr. Finch will be held at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2003, from the New Vision Church of God. Internment will be in the Pine Forest Cemetery of Homerville. Officiating will be Mr. Maitland Smith, Rev. David Vanoy, Rev. Keith Chauncey, and Rev. Bob Holland. Mr. Finch will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight with visitation beginning after 4 p.m. Mr. Finch will be carried to the church one hour prior to the service. -- Roundtree Funeral Home, Inc.



Cecil F. Smith Jr.

MACON -- Cecil F. Smith, Jr., 89, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at Riverside Cemetery with the Rev. Hal McNeely and Mike Ketchum officiating. The family may be contacted at 1820 Kirkwood Dr., the residence of Dewitt and Effie Lou Frederick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Mr. Smith was a member and former deacon of First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member of the Harris Sunday School class. He graduated from Lanier High School in 1932, where he was captain of the basketball team. Mr. Smith attended the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was the former co-owner of Macon Mine and Mill. Mr. Smith was a former member of the Idle Hour Club, the Elks Club, and the Moose Club. He was a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Temple, and a member of Al Sihah Shrine Temple. Mr. Smith was a member of the Silver Eagle Society, where he was one of the two oldest Eagle Scouts in Macon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Marie Frederick Smith. Mr. Smith is survived by his daughter, Nancy Smith of Valdosta; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, DeWitt and Effie Lou Frederick of Macon. -- Hart's Mortuary.



James Patrick Sullivan

PORT ROYAL, S.C. -- James Patrick Sullivan, 73, of Port Royal, S.C., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. The family will receive friends Monday evening, Jan. 13, 2003, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Copeland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private. Mr. Sullivan was born Oct. 18, 1929, in St. Albany, N.Y., a son of Florence Moran Sullivan and Walker A. Sullivan. He was a retired heavy equipment sales representative with Caterpillar and had been employed at South Carolina National Golf Course since living in Beaufort. Surviving, in addition to his wife of Port Royal, are one daughter, Mrs. Augustus (Shannon) Meadows of Valdosta; and one sister, Monica Wardell of Largo, Fla. -- Copeland Funeral Home.



Mrs. Mary Frances Hare

Mrs. Mary Frances Hare, 81, of Ocala, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at the Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. She was born in Brooks County and lived in Valdo





sta before moving to Florida. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 18, 2003, at the Roberts Funeral Homes, Bruce East Chapel, in Ocala, Fla. -- Roberts Funeral Homes, Bruce East Chapel.



Mary Jeanne Meeks Hoyle Wickus

Mary Jeanne Meeks Hoyle Wickus, 81, a 40-year-resident of Valdosta, died Jan. 7, 2003, in Sonora, Calif. She is survived by her children, Jeanne Hoyle of Sonora, Calif., JoAnna Hoyle-Davis and David Hoyle of Columbia, Calif., Lisa Hoyle Slamkowski of Palm Desert, Calif. -- Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

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