for Dec. 5, 2002



Wayne F. Avera

Mr. Wayne F. Avera, 56, 5713 Trulock Ave., Milton, Fla., died at his residence Dec. 3, 2002. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Hank Avera officiating. Interment is at Woodlawn City Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Hwy. 41 South. Mr. Avera was born Nov. 8, 1946, in Cook County to Willie Frank Avera and Candacy Pafford Avera, both of whom preceded him in death. He lived in Adel, Ga., Albany, Ga., and MacClenny, Fla., before moving to Milton, Fla., two years ago. He was a member of Adel United Methodist Church and worked for International Paper Co. for 20 years. He was a veteran of the Air Force. Survivors are his wife, Susan Avera, Milton, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Tiffany Avera, Valdosta, Ga., Matt and Stephanie Avera, MacClenny, Fla., Joe Avera, Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Joni and Darrin Richardson, Thompson Station, Tenn.; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Angie and Chad Willard, Lakeland, Fla.; a brother, Vernon Avera, MacClenny, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Austin Richardson, Weston Avera and Ashton Willard. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home Inc.





Joseph Warren Hogan

HAHIRA -- Joseph Warren Hogan, 75, of Hahira and Jasper, Fla. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was born on July 28, 1927, in Hamilton County, Fla. to Arch and Annie Hogan. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dale and James and one sister, Katie. Mr. Hogan lived most of his life in Jasper, Fla. and was a retired bridge construction worker. He was a member of the Shriners of Albany, Ga., a member of VFW Post 8095 of Jasper, Fla., served in the Army and Marines during World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include his loving wife, Blanche D. Wisenbaker Hogan of Hahira; one brother and sister-in-law, Will T. and Diane Hogan of Jacksonville, Fla.; two step children and their spouses, Linda and Gary Dallas of Nashville, Tenn., and Dean and Lynne Cone of Hahira; four step grandchildren and their spouses, Rett and Kim Dallas of Bowling Green, Ky., Kristen and Josh Summers of Nashville, Tenn., Justin and Dawn Cone and Jacob Cone of Hahira; two step great- grandchildren, Carder and Aby Dallas of Bowling Green, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hogan's wishes were to be cremated and a graveside memorial service and burial of cremains will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, in Pool Pond Cemetery in Hamilton County, Fla., with the Rev. Wendell Hill officiating. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home







Nettie Johnson Hult

VALDOSTA -- Nettie Johnson Hult, 86, of Valdosta died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center due to a sudden illness. She was born on Aug. 5, 1916, in Thomasville, Ala. to the late Noel and Talullah Tompkins Johnson and was reared in Valdosta. She married Howard Woodrow Hult and they had one son, Dr. Ralph H. Hult. She graduated from Valdosta High School in 1933, received her A.B. Degree from Valdosta State College in 1936, and taught high school English for 41 years, 21 of which she taught English Twelve at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. before retiring in 1980. She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association, a dedicated teacher and received the following honors: Teacher of the year, 1956, Tifton, Ga; Certificate of Appreciation for fifteen years of service in the Y Clubs of Georgia; National Schools Committee Certificate of Appreciation, 1967, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal in 1971. While teaching she co-authored "Daily Devotions," "Thought Trails For Teens," "Exploring Economics Along Language Thought Trails," and " A New Approach to Language Arts Through English Literature," and after her retirement, she published two books of poetry. "Thought Shells From The Suncoast," and "Seasons," of which her son, Dr. Ralph H. Hult, drew the artistic illustrations. In addition to these, she wrote the poetry for the following books of devotio





ns by her twin sister, Nellie Johnson Spinks: "Emancipation With Love," "Revelations of Love," "Treasured Moments," and "Devotions for Today." In 1997, she was elected into the International Poetry Hall of Fame's Museum and was published in The American Poetry Anthology and received gold and silver certificates from The World of Poetry. Her hobby being music, she played the violin in Tifton String Ensemble for five years. Mrs. Hult was a member of First Baptist Church, Bradenton, Fla. Survivors include her son, Dr. Ralph H. Hult and daughter-in-law, Sherron Clement Hult, Jasper, Fla.; sisters, Louise Johnson Westbrook, Largo, Fla., Noellene Johnson Moore, Oxford, Ga.; identical twin sister, Nellie Johnson Spinks, Ocala, Fla.; sister-in-law, Nancy P. Johnson, Valdosta; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Hult and brother, Ralph B. Johnson. Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie Johnson Hult will be held at 11 am. today in the Carson McLane Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mac Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time in the funeral home chapel today. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home





Sylvester Mathis

VALDOSTA -- Mr. Sylvester Mathis, 77, of Valdosta died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 2, 1925, in Lowndes County to the late Thomas and Sarah Mathis. He leaves to lament his home going, his wife, Arvella Jones; one son, Frazier Jones Mathis (Patricia) of Miami, Fla.; one daughter, Sarah L. Dukes (Kelly) of Savannah; one sister, Lillie Mae Copeland of Valdosta; three brothers-in-law, Sam Bivins, Lance Jones (Donnie May) and Eddie Lee (Concello); two sisters-in-law, Lavernis Howell and Gladys Jones; nine grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; special, special, special, nieces, Beverly White (Hazel), Hattie Mae (Pop) and Martha K. Harris; two aunts, Florence Clemons of Valdosta and Dresslean Strickland of Ohio. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends, special thanks to Shirley Patrick. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at First Antioch Baptist Church where the Rev. Willie A. Roberson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sunset Hill Cemetery. -- Scott And Roberts Mortuary





Idona Crosby Shroyer

Idona Crosby Shroyer, 95, of Valdosta died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman. She was born on Jan. 1, 1907, in Adel to the late Zelton and Maggie Mercer Crosby and had lived in Valdosta for many years. Mrs. Shroyer was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 67 years where she was a member of the Circle No. 5 and had served as president of her Sunday School class and played the piano. She was a life member of the Wymodausis Club. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, O.B. "Sonny" and Paula Shroyer; grandsons, Mark Shroyer and Chris Shroyer, all of Valdosta; one sister, Fannie Frances Christian of Adel; and many beloved nieces and nephews who fondly remember her as "Aunt Dona." She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis B. Shroyer Sr.; two brothers and five sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Gideons. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home





Etaree Young

SPARKS -- Mrs. Etaree Young, 74, of Sparks died on Dec. 4, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center. She was born on July 9, 1928, in Cook County to the late Issac Talley and Mittie Eva Hayes Bennett. She lived in Cook County all of her life. She was a homemaker and member of Sparks Baptist Church. Mrs. Young is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Young. She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry Eugene Phillips of Sparks and Mike and Sharon Simmons of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter and son-in-law, Patty Sue and Larry Royals of Hazelhurst; eig

ht grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Carson Bennett of Jacksonville, Fla. and three sisters, Onnie Oeldrich, Griffin, Robbie Kirwan, Gatesville, Texas and Agnes Howren of Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sparks Baptist Church with the Rev. Elbert Cox and Bob Dale Royals officiating. Burial will be held in Longbridge Cemetery. The family will receive friend from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home on South 41. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Adel, Hwy. South 41





Funeral services for Sallie Girardin House Bird, 87, who died at home in Conyers on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Carson McLane Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home





Mr. Clifford Bryant, age 52 of Boston, Ga., passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, at Holly Hill Nursing Home in Valdosta. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at Richland Missionary Baptist Church in Thomas County with Rev. W.B. Sales officiating. Burial will follow in Boston Cemetery. Washington Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.





Mr. Milton Cobb, age 74, of Quitman passed away Monday, Dec. 2, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Valdosta. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. at Washington Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alonzo Fudge officiating. The family will receive friends Friday at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. Washington Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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