for Jan. 23, 2003

Stanley Patrick Gray Jr.

BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Stanley Patrick Gray Jr., 64, of Bluffton, S.C., died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Georgia.

He was born on April 5, 1938, in Newark, N.J., to the late Stanley Patrick and Marie Perrine Gray.

Mr. Gray Jr. is a member of American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, veteran of Vietnam, recipient of Meritorious Service Award; retired United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked as a corrections officer and police officer in St. Albans, Vt. He was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeanette T. Gray of Bluffton, S.C.; three sons, Chuck S. Gray of Valdosta; John J. Gray, St. Albans, Vt., Mark A. Gray, Charleston, S.C.; two daughters, Michelle L. Wolters, Virginia Beach, Va., Rene L. Jesuino, Bluffton, S.C.; 15 grandchildren; one brother, John Gray of California.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 at St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church, 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, S.C. Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 27 in Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, S.C. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.- noon Friday at the funeral home. -- Sauls Funeral Home

Rayford Lamar Owens

VALDOSTA -- Rayford Lamar Owens, 63, lifelong resident of Valdosta, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at South Georgia Medical Center. Born on Oct. 30, 1939, he was the son of the late William Lester and Mittie Louella Yawn Owens. Mr. Owens was employed by Valdosta State University as a locksmith. He was a member of Harvest Church of God.

It is with great sorrow, sure to be shared by many friends and acquaintances, that the family of Rayford Lamar Owens, declares that their devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin has gone on to be with and rejoice in the Lord. Rayford made an enormous impact on all that knew him well and also on those that only knew him casually or just in passing. A man of many talents, Rayford possessed a passion for life. His quick wit, humor and respect for his fellow human beings was truly remarkable and to know him was only to love him. He will be deeply missed and remembered by all as he now walks hand in hand with our Lord and Saviour.

Survivors are his wife, Barbara Ann Owens of Valdosta; daughter, Melissa Fletcher of Lake Park; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Jamie Yelverton of Valdosta; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Turner of Valdosta; grandchildren, Savannah, Zachary, and Madison Fletcher, Shelbie Moore, Taylor and Gage Turner, Chris and Emery Turner, Jamie Jr. and Ceira Yelverton; sister, Margie Redish of Valdosta, sister and brother-in-law, Rether and E.B. Brooks of Madison; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his sister, Wilma Brooks; brother, Russell Owens; and a dear brother-in-law, R.C. Redish.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. The Rev. George Ehling will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Lillie Ray Sapp

SPARKS -- Lillie Ray Sapp was born on Feb. 29, 1922, in Sparks. She passed away at South Georgia Medical Center on Jan. 17, 2003, after a brief illness.

She was married to the late John Lester Sapp of Sparks. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Sparks for over 40 years and loved singing in the Senior Choir and cooking for her family.

She leaves to mourn one son, Donald Sapp; one daughter, Carolyn Sapp Carter; a special grandson, Christopher Bernard Oxford; a special granddaughter, Selena Sapp Hayes; a special son-in-law, Tony Carter; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25, 2003, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Sparks. Visitation will be held Friday afternoon. -- Lane Memorial Chapel, Adel

Yvonne Allen Sutton

VALDOSTA -- Yvonne Allen Sutton, 68, of Valdosta, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at South Georgia M

edical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born on July 31, 1934, in Echols County to the late James Wilton Allen Sr. and Kizzie Deloach Allen. Mrs. Sutton was a retired nurse and attended Southland Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, E.J. Sutton.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Robert L. Sutton, Karen and Ronnie Smith, Steve "Doc" Sutton, Leigh and Rick Amiot, all of Valdosta; six grandchildren, Jennifer Sutton, Jo Sutton, Michael Smith, Joshua Smith, Thom Amiot and David Amiot; sisters-in-law, and brother-in-law, Earlene Allen of Valdosta, Theone Allen of Pellston, Mich., Nancy Lamb of Valdosta, Margaret Miley of Hahira, O.B. and Mary Sutton of Bradenton, Fla., Helen Sutton of Alto and Brunell Sutton of Echols County; aunts and uncles, Mildred Powell of Valdosta, Willie and Preslie Williams of Lake City, Doma Thomas of Lakeland, Fla., and Gladys Deloach of Echols County; beloved friends that she claimed as sisters, Mickey Reagan of Blairsville, Carolyn Weeks of Clyattville and Polly Tomlinson of Valdosta, Coye Dell Hooker of Ray City; numerous cherished and beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Sutton will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24 in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Benny Olliff officiating. Burial will be in Wayfare Cemetery in Echols County. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Robert W. Terry, 46, of Valdosta, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at South Georgia Medical Center after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Music Funeral Services of Valdosta.

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