for Nov. 30, 2001



Minnie G. Ceasar

VALDOSTA -- Minnie G. Ceasar, 88, of Valdosta, passed away Friday evening, Nov. 23, 2001, at South Georgia Medical Center after a short illness. A long time resident of Valdosta, she resided at 606 W. Magnolia St. She was born on Aug. 15, 1913, in Abbeyville, Ala., and is survived by two sons, Norman (Diane) Ceasar of Inkster, Mich.; Sam (Carleen) Ceasar of Florida City, Fla.; six daughters, Charlie Mae Sanford of Valdosta; Beverly Johnson, Miami, Pearlie Lipscomb, Valdosta; Gladys McClain, Miami; Geraldine (the Rev. James) Greene, Thomasville; and Anna Jean Ceasar of Valdosta; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Ceasar; her mother, Lucy Franklin Berrian; and daughters, Devoria Ceasar and Mary Lucy Coes. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 517 N. Oak St., with the Rev. Gregory Homer of Fort Valley officiating. The body will lie in state at the church at 11 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary



Robert Lee Coleman Jr.

VALDOSTA -- Robert Lee Coleman Jr., 77, of Valdosta, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lake City, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was born on June 1, 1924, in Sweetwater, Texas, to the late Robert Lee Sr., and Sara James Coleman and had lived in Valdosta for 34 years and was a Baptist. Mr. Coleman had been employed with McRae Construction and was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force having served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Irene Poole Coleman of Valdosta; five brothers and three sisters. Mr. Coleman will be cremated and there will be no services. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home



Leo "Steve" Stephenson Collins Jr.

QUITMAN -- Leo "Steve" Stephenson Collins, Jr., 62, of Quitman, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at his home following a lengthy illness. Mr. Collins was a retired correctional officer and a member of First Baptist Church of Quitman. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Olliff Collins; three daughters, Stephanie Collins, Valdosta, Toni (Jeff) Edwards of Chaney, Wash., Jennifer C. (David) Trehoe, Live Oak, Fla.; five grandchildren, Allison Taylor, Valdosta, Carolanne and Collin Edwards, Washington, Jaden Smith and Marina Trehoe of Live Oak; two sisters, Merna Collins of Quitman and Betty Gornto of Valdosta. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Quitman First Baptist Church with the Rev. Loren Hildebrant officiating. Burial will follow on the old side of Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home



Curtis Copeland III

VALDOSTA -- Born: Curtis Copeland III was born on Dec. 21, 1983, in Atlanta to Mechelle and the late Dr. Curtis Copeland Jr. Time to serve: Curtis was a senior at Lowndes High School, Class of 2002. During his time at LHS, Curtis played football in 1998-1999, with the Lowndes County Vikings. Time to rejoice: Curtis left this life to be with his heavenly father on Nov. 21, 2001. He leaves to remember him a loving and devoted family which includes his mother, Mechelle Copeland; his brother, Christopher; his sister, Carrie; two grandmothers, Carrie Scales and Beaulah Copeland. He also leaves four aunts, Harriet Linder (Rufus), Sheila Henderson (Antonio), Phyllis Copeland and Beverly Hampton (Ivory); two uncles, Michael Copeland (Linda), Preston Copeland; and godparents, Reverend and Trene Brown; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church on West Gordon Street. The Rev. Hopkins is the pastor and Mr. Williams of LHS will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The body of Curtis Copeland III can be viewed after 3 p.m. today at Stevens Funeral Home. -- Donald Trimble Mortuary of Atlanta and Stevens Funeral Home of Valdosta



Richard "Dick" Dasher





SENOIA -- Richard "Dick" Dasher of Senoia, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at his residence. Mr. Dasher was born in Tampa, Fla. He was a realtor with The Homesource Realtors. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, I.B. "Bill" and Melva Davis Dasher. Surviving are his wife, Denise Dasher of Senoia; sons, Taylor Davis Dasher of Senoia and Travis B. Dasher of Jacksonville, Fla.; aunts, Cora Davis and Vivian Blackburn, both of Newnan. The family received friends at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A funeral will be held at graveside in Valdosta in the Dasher Cemetery beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 235 Peachtree St., N.E., Suite 675, Atlanta, GA 30303. -- McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan



Lauria Nicole Davies

ADEL-- Lauria Nicole Davies, 19 months old, died on Nov. 27, 2001, at Scottish Rites Hospital in Atlanta. She was born on April 25, 2000, to Robert and Marie Jewell Cowart Davies of Adel. She was a member of First Assembly of God in Adel. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Gertrude Freeman; grandfather, Joseph Jasper Cowart and great-grandmother, Myrtice Griffin. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Marie Jewell Cowart Davies of Adel; maternal grandparents, Oneta Marie Cowart, Shirley Jean Constant, Barbara Lance; paternal grandparents, Lauria Freeman, Jesse Lee Davies, William (Papa Bill) Earl Jones; special great-aunt and uncle, Johnnie and Ronnie Johnson; very special little aunt, Lauren Gertrude Webb; best bud, Lacey E. Freeman; pal, Little Ben; uncles, Johnathan Nathaniel Davies, Lucis Smith, David Mabrey; great-uncle, Benjamin Gartrell Freeman, Robert Freeman Jr., Michael Wilkins, James Cowart; great-aunts, Myrtice (Marty) Wilkins, Brenda Cowart, Michelle Freeman, Lisa Freeman. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Purvis Funeral Home with the Rev. Joshua Hutchinson officiating. Burial will be held in Turner Church Cemetery in Enigma. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Johnson, Lucis Smith, David Mabrey and William Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnathan Nathaniel Davies, Pete Eugene Mangham, Robert Freeman Jr. and Jedediah James Vinson. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. today at Purvis Funeral Home of Adel. -- Purvis Funeral Home of Adel



Evelyn Grace (Granny Grace) Faircloth Goff

VALDOSTA -- Evelyn Grace (Granny Grace) Faircloth Goff, 81, of Valdosta, passed away early Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2001, at the Lake Haven Nursing Home in Valdosta after a lengthy illness. She was born in Hahira and lived in Lowndes County most of her life. She was Baptist by faith. Her husband, Jacob Edison Goff, a daughter, Evelyn Daniels, parents, Burna and Sula V. Williams, her father, Allen Eugene Faircloth and a sister, Janie Faircloth, preceded her in death. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Elizabeth Goff of Valdosta; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and George Nickell and Nancy and Emory Futch, all of Valdosta; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Christine Wynn of Cleveland, Bert Witte, Edgemont, S.D.; two brothers, James Williams and Richard Williams, both of Valdosta; and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Riverview Memorial Gardens in Valdosta. Pastor Skip Van Nus will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visitation for Mrs. Goff will also be Saturday from 9 a.m. until funeral time. -- Music Funeral Services of Valdosta



Mary Jo Bennett Fletcher

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mary Jo Bennett Fletcher, 63, of Arlington, Texas, died on Nov. 28, 2001, in Arlington Hospital, Arlington. She was born on March 10, 1938, in Cook County to the late Burton B. and Ella Ruth Gray Bennett. She moved to Arlington, Texas in 1970. Mary Jo was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a fun loving person with many lifelong friends and loved to talk and tell jokes. Her main interests in life were her children and grandsons, decorating, cooking and shopping. Mary Jo

was president of Thomas Floors, Inc. until 1993. She fought an 11-year battle with lymphoma cancer along with the loving care of Dr. Dicke and the other caring nurses and assistants of the Arlington Cancer Center and the Arlington Memorial Hospital staff, especially the personnel at Station 32, The Oncology Section. She was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed dearly. Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Emory Thomas Fletcher Jr. of Arlington; one son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Charlene Fletcher of Arlington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy and Ben Dodson and Amy and Ammar Fletcher, all of Arlington; the apples of her eye, grandsons, B.J. Dodson of Arlington, Warren Thomas (W.T.) Fletcher of Arlington; one brother, Carroll Bennett of Thomasville; three sisters, Miss Virginia Bennett, Mattie Ruth Emrich, both of Adel, Betty Jean Lloyd of Valdosta; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Hwy. 41 South, with the Rev. Randy Mosley officiating. Burial will be held in Antioch Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Monday evening at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home



Eula W. Green

VALDOSTA -- Eula W. Green departed this life Nov. 21, 2001, in Jacksonville, Fla. She was born July 5, 1904 in Valdosta to Jack and Ella Wright. She attended Valdosta public schools. Mrs. Green gave her life to Christ at an early age. She was united with Mt. Zion AME Church where she was a member of the Sunday School Missionary Society, Pallbearers Society and Stewardess Board. She remained faithful until her health failed. She later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., with her daughters. She attended Mother Midway AME Church until her death. She was married to Willie Greene, who preceded her in death, and to this union 15 children were born. Six preceded her in death. She left cherished memories and examples for everyone who knew her. She leaves seven daughters, Ella Byrd of Hartford, Conn., Verdie "Polly" (Frank) Bell of Jacksonville, Mary Louise Berrien of Valdosta, Marion (James) Bailey of Hartford, Emily Canady of Howell, Angie Morris of Kansas City, Kan., and Eula "Sister" Copeland of Jacksonville; two sons, Tyrone Greene of Miami, Fla., and Clifford Greene of Hartford; one sister-in-law, Eunice Mae Daniels of Swainsboro; 53 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; 43 great-great-grandchildren; a number of other relatives and many friends. She leaves a legacy of treasured love to all that met and knew her. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. Linda Matchett is the pastor and the Rev. Sim Lewis will officiate. Interment will be in New Mt. Zion Church Cemetery. -- Stevens Funeral Home



Charles Anthony Mixon

ADEL -- Charles Anthony Mixon, 63, of Adel, died on Nov. 29, 2001, at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born on March 25, 1938, in Cook County to the late Kether Jackson Mixon Sr. and Julia Lewis Mixon. He lived most of his life in Cook County. Mr. Mixon was a retired Quarter Master 1st Class in the U. S. Navy and a member of Springhead Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jean Oliver Mixon; one son, Charles Terry Mixon; three brothers and three sisters. Mr. Mixon is survived by one son, Anthony A. Mixon of North Charleston, S.C.; one daughter, Cynthia L. Mixon, North Charleston; one sister, Beulah Handley of Irvinville. Graveside services will be held in Carolina Memorial Gardens, North Charleston, with full military honors. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. today at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home



Cleve Moore Sr.

TIFTON --Cleve Moore Sr., 79, of Tifton, died on Nov. 24, 2001, at Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald. He is survived by his sons, Cleve Moore Jr. of Tifton, Jackey Moore of Valdosta; daughters, Bertha Pierce and Ruby N. Wills, both of Tifton; 15 grandchildren; 21 gr

eat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and sisters, Flozell Moore of Ashburn, Amy Lee Hollis of Boyington Beach, Fla. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. Burial will be held in Oakridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the Belle J. Mathis Chapel at Southview Mortuary. -- Southview Mortuary



Annie Lou Hancock Willis

MOULTRIE -- Annie Lou Hancock Willis, 67, of Moultrie, died on Nov. 28, 2001, due to a stroke suffered last Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2001, at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman. She was born on May 4, 1934, to the late Ira Dean and Mary Lou Rumph Hancock in Colquitt County where she lived most of her life. Mrs. Willis was a GTE operator, retired after 20 years, a devout Christian, recently attended the First Baptist Church and Hickory Head Baptist Church in Quitman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Boswell Willis. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Cheryl Willis of Moultrie; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and George Hill of Moultrie, Vickie Mansfield and John Mansfield Sr. of Macon, Becky and Glenn Boyette of Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Erin Boyette, Jessica Boyette, Rachel Boyette, all of Atlanta, Richard Willis, Amanda Willis, Si Hill, and Georgette Hill, all of Moultrie, and John Mansfield Jr. of Macon; one great-grandchild, Megan Hill; one brother, Dean Hancock of Dublin; one sister, Bertha Turner of Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home with the Rev. Shane Skelton officiating. Burial will be held in Pinecrest Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be George Hill, Glenn Boyette, John Mansfield, John Mansfield, Jr., Lynn Moser, Richard Jean, Tony Crawford, Bill Hill, David Hill, Harry Oxley and Si Hill. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home. The family may be contacted at the home of George and Joy Hill, 206 Tallokas Estates, Moultrie. The family is happy to accept on her behalf either flowers or donations in her name to Presbyterian Home, P.O. Box 926, 1801 West Screven St., Quitman, GA 31643. -- Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home, Moultrie



Bessie Eline Wilkerson

LEESBURG -- The funeral service of Bessie Eline Wilkerson, 82, of Leesburg, who died Wednesday at Palmyra Nursing Home will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mathews Funeral Home. The Rev. Tim Bice and the Rev. Bobby Moye will officiate. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Moria Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffee County. A native of Coffee County, Mrs. Wilkerson had resided in Albany since 1944, before moving to Lee County in 1988. Mrs. Wilkerson was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Wilkerson of Leesburg; three sons, Tommy Wilkerson of Leesburg, James Wilkerson of Albany and Roy Gene Smith of Valdosta; two daughters, Hazel Stroud of Lee County and Ruth Reynolds of Roberta; one brother, Alton Smith of Waynesville, Mo.; one half brother, Allen Smith of Lithia, Fla.; three sisters, Avie Smith Porter of Broxton, Ruby Arroyo of Palatka, Fla., and Mary Scott of Jacksonville, Fla.; three half sisters, Winnie Byrd of Marianna, Fla., Elizabeth Carter and Mildred Kitchens, both of Douglas; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Mathews Funeral Home, Albany



Albert H. Briggs, 88, of Valdosta, died Wednesday at his home after a short illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carson McLane Funeral Home.



Earnestine Lane Brown, 55, of Lakeland, born on Oct. 18, 1946, demised on Nov. 23, 2001, at South Georgia Medical Center. Homegoing services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Lewis Baptist Church in Lakeland. The Rev. Ulysses Mims Jr., pastor, will officiate. Burial will be held in Charles Knight Cemetery. -- Harrington Funeral Home



Jewell E. Mathis, 71, of Valdosta, passed this life on Nov. 24, 2001, at the South Georgia Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1

p.m. Saturday at the All Nations Deliverance Center. Elder Willie Flowers is pastor and Pastor Eric Mathis will officiate. Burial will follow in the Joe Howell Cemetery. -- Harrington Funeral Home



Betty Joann Lane Moore of Quitman passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elam Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home, Quitman

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