for Tues., Dec. 17, 2002



Edna Brown Christie

WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Edna Brown Christie, 93, of White Springs, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Suwannee Valley Nursing Center in Jasper. The Hamilton County native was born on Dec. 20, 1908, to the late Crawford and Zella Brown. She was retired from the Hamilton County School System and was a member of White Springs First Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, Ronald Douglas Christie, Lake City, Fla.; two daughters, Iris Greene and Avis Bullard, White Springs; one sister, Rexford Youngblood, Sylvester; four grandchildren, Roger W. Greene, Paige Allbritton, Shayne Christie and Rhett Bullard; three great-grandchildren, Delaney Allbritton, Savannah, and Christa Greene. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at White Springs First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Corinth Methodist Church Cemetery in Columbia County. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at Harry T. Reid Funeral Home. -- Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, Fla.



Charles Franklin Ellis Jr.

QUITMAN -- Charles Franklin Ellis Jr., 81, of Quitman, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence after a lengthy illness. Born in Monroe County, he was the son of Charles Franklin Sr. and Ruth McGhee Ellis. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 22 years and was a member and deacon of Philadelphia Baptist Church. He is survived by one son, Craig (Sissy) Ellis of Quitman; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Annette Dickey of Mississippi, Tommy (C.L.) Mitchell of Pavo; two brothers, Glenn (Carolyn) Ellis of Valdosta, Jimmy (Claudette) Williams of Quitman; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Hall Ellis, and his son Stanley Dale Ellis. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Bussey officiating. Burial will follow in Philadelphia Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 pm. today at the funeral home. -- Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home



Joseph Jack Freeman

BARWICK -- Joseph Jack Freeman, 61, of Barwick, died suddenly Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002. A lifelong resident of Brooks County, he was the son of Jack Leland and Florine McAllister Freeman. He was a farmer, a lifelong member of the Barwick Baptist Church where he was a faithful member of his Sunday School Class and the choir. He was an executive senior director in Excel Communications, a member of the Tallokas Volunteer Fire Department, a board of director for Novo Energy Technologies and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Drucilla Barlow Freeman, Barwick; one daughter, Pamela (Alan) Tucker, Barwick; his mother, Florine Freeman, Barwick; two grandchildren, Barton and Lauren Herndon; two sisters, Helen (Lester) Allen, Barwick, Jackie (Rick) Horton, Thomasville; one brother, Jimmy (Joyce) Freeman, Barwick; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack L. Freeman. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Barwick Baptist Church with the Rev. Philip Hudson, the Rev. Lester Allen and the Rev. Colburn Hobbs officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home, Quitman



Elizabeth (Betty) Waters Gruver

HOMERVILLE -- Elizabeth (Betty) Waters Gruver, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville after a debilitating illness. Mrs. Gruver was born in Savannah on Dec. 19, 1929, and lived there as a young girl, moving later with her parents to St. Marys. She attended the public schools in Chatham and Camden counties, graduating as Valedictorian of her senior class at South Camden High School in 1947. Mrs. Gruver graduated from Valdosta State College in 1951 with a bachelors of science degree. She studied at Georgia Peabody College of Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., in 1953. She graduated with honors from Valdosta State College in 1971 with a masters of education degree. She was named in Who's Wh





o among students in American Colleges and Universities in 1950-1951. Mrs. Gruver was an active member of the Homerville United Methodist Church, Susannah Wesley Sunday School Class and the Church Chancel Choir, having been its director for 25 years. She also served on the Altar Guild and various church committees. Mrs. Gruver was selected as Teacher of the Year for 1974-1975 as well as Star Teacher for five years during the 1962-1963, 1969-1970, 1980-1981, 1983-1984 and 1984-1985 school terms. She received a 33-year service plaque from the faculty of Clinch County High School in 1986 for excellent, dedicated and unselfish service in providing education and inspiration to the young people of Clinch County. During those 33 years she taught her love, the biological sciences, at both Clinch County High in Homerville and Terrell County High School in Dawson. Many of her former students are currently involved in the field of medicine and related professions. She received a proclamation during her morning church worship service from the Mayor of the City of Homerville on Dec. 3, 1989, a day known as "Betty Gruver Day" for having shown through her life and actions her sincere concerns for family, neighbors and friends; her untiring efforts to bring betterment of life to them all. She was a charter member in 1962 of the Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a professional society of educators. She was a longtime member of the Homerville Womens Club and served as treasurer for many years. An avid reader, she was treasurer of the Friends of the Library for the Homerville branch of the Okeefenokee Regional Library and she was a board member of the Okeefenokee Regional Library System. Mrs. Gruver was also a member of the Clinch County Retired Educators Association. Mrs. Gruver was predeceased by her parents, Rovine B. Waters and Esther Sterling Waters of St. Marys. She is survived by her husband of nearly 51 years, Charles L. Gruver Jr., Homerville; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Gruver Butler and Carroll B. Butler Jr., Arlington, Texas, Mary Angeline Gruver Lankford and Leo L. Lankford, Homerville; son and daughter-in-law, C. Laney Gruver III and Michelle Price Gruver, Homerville; grandchildren, Elizabeth Rebecca Butler, Arlington, Texas, Charles Jacob Lankford, Morgan Michelle Gruver, Charles L. Gruver IV and Matthew A. Gruver, all of Homerville; cousin, Margaret Sterling Joyner of Jasper, Texas; sister-in-law, Ann Gruver Smith, Claxton; nephew, Billy Kearse, Pembroke. A memorial service for Mrs. Gruver will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Homerville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hugh Shirah, former pastor and pastor of Gordon United Methodist Church and the Rev. Richard Trawick, former pastor and pastor of Nashville United Methodist Church. Mrs. Ellice P. Martin, Homerville, will serve as eulogist and choir director, leading the Homerville United Methodist Chancel Choir with Cranford Sutton, Willacoochee, as the pianist/organist. Mrs. Gruver's wish was to be donated to science at the Emory University School of Medicine, but due to her last unhealed surgery her second wish was to be cremated and have her ashes scattered at low tide offshore St. Marys near the river sandbar where she swam in earlier years. This will be accomplished by her family at a later date. There will be a visitation time with the family following the memorial service in the Church Social Hall. The family requests that the members of the Clinch County Delta Kappa Gamma, the Homerville Women's Club, Clinch County Retired Educators, the Locklier Prayer Group, the Susannah Wesley Sunday School Class, the Friends of the Library and the Okeefenokee Regional Library Board sit on the right hand side of the church during the memorial service. The family requests that contributions be made to a church or charity of your choice or to the Elizabeth Waters Gruver Scholarship Fund at either Clinch Banking Company or Peoples Bank of Homerville, Ga. -- Music Funeral Services of Lakeland and Valdosta



Jimmy Hendley

NASHVILLE -- Jimmy Hendley, 70,

of Nashville, died on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence. He was born on April 26, 1932, in Berrien County to Irvin and Lena Fender Hendley. He was a retired military policeman in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Mr. Hendley was the widower of Wanda Calhoun Hendley. He is survived by one daughter, Maria Hendley of Porterville, Calif.; one son, Tony Hendley, Porterville; and three grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Trawick officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today. -- Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes



Lewis Vickers King

NASHVILLE -- Lewis Vickers King, 94, of Nashville, died on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 30, 1908, in Berrien County to Simmie and Minnie McMillan King. He was a retired farmer; served as chairman of the Berrien County Department of Family and Children Services Board for more than 60 years; member of Flat Creek Baptist Church; and former deacon of First Baptist Church. He was a very faithful and humble man. He is survived by his wife, Alma Watson King of Nashville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Wendell Nix of Bainbridge, Janice and Paul Howze, Springfield; one son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Geraldine King of Nashville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alma Connell of Nashville; and Thelma Davis of Tifton. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Mickey Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Flat Creek Cemetery. -- Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville, a member by invitation of Selected Independent Funeral Homes



Davis C. Sims

FITZGERALD -- Davis C. Sims, 80, of Fitzgerald, died on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002. He was born on Sept. 19, 1922, in Oglethorpe County, to the late Selma S. and Cornelia Stewart Sims. He was a retired conductor for CSX RailRoad and was a Realtor with Roanoke Realty; veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces, WWII and U.S. Air Force and a member of First Baptist Church in Fitzgerald. Mr. Sims had lived in Fitzgerald most of his life. He was well known for his sky diving and parachutist accomplishments, including, the 13th U.S. military and civilian with 3,000 parachuter jumps. He was a sky diving instructor. He was a Pioneer Free Fall Parachutist, a member of the U.S. Parachute Association and the South Georgia Parachutists Association. He was a member of VFW and American Legion and former member of the Jaycees and the Fitzgerald Rotary Club; member of South Georgia Touring Club and a Mason and Shriner. Survivors include his wife, Linda L. Sims of Fitzgerald; son, Alan C. Sims of Valdosta; daughter, Vicki S. Harris, Fitzgerald; stepsons, Jimmy St. John, Fitzgerald and Joey and Tracy St. John, Box Springs; granddaughter, Pam Langley; grandson, Chip Harris; great-grandchild, Taylor Morgan; brother, Max Sims of Augusta; and sister, Lou S. Turk of Waycross. Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his stepmother, Estelle H. Sims, two brothers, Weldon and David Sims. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Paulk Funeral Home Chapel, Fitzgerald, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Fitzgerald. -- Paulk Funeral Home



Betty Ruth Purvis Wilkinson

VALDOSTA -- Betty Ruth Purvis Wilkinson, 62, of Valdosta, died on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at Irwin County Hospital, Ocilla. She was born on March 5, 1940, in Ocilla to Myrtle P. Purvis and the late Homer Purvis. Mrs. Wilkinson lived in Valdosta since 1976 from Nashville. She worked at Moody Air Force Base in the Civil Engineer's Office and retired from the Legal Office at Moody. Mrs. Wilkinson graduated from Irwin County High School and received her B.S. Degree from Valdosta State College. She was a member of the Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta. She is survived by her husband, William T. "Bill" Wilkinson of Valdosta; two daughters, Janet McMullen of Valdosta, Elaine Moore, Lake Park;

three stepdaughters, Donna Swain, Sonya Murphy, Debbie Wilkinson; mother, Myrtle P. Purvis, Berrien County; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Jimmy Purvis of Albany and Wayne Purvis of Irwin County. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Paulk Funeral Home Chapel, Ocilla, with Elder Micky Harris officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Riverview Memorial Gardens, Valdosta. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. -- Paulk Funeral Home, Fitzgerald



Joe Daniels

A memorial mass for Joe Daniels, 66, of Elkins, W. Va., and Valdosta, will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002.



Emanuel Freeman

Emanuel Freeman, 51, Valdosta, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002 at South Georgia Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at St. James Baptist Church. The Rev. T.J. Haynes, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. -- Stevens Funeral Home, Valdosta



Willard Gaskins

Willard Gaskins, 81, of Nashville, died Monday at the South Georgia Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville.



Kent Bolt Lewellyn

Kent Bolt Lewellyn, 74, of Nashville, died Sunday at the Berrien County Hospital. Graveside services with burial in Westview Cemetery will be private. -- Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville



Sandra Lynn Nelson Smith

Sandra Lynn Nelson Smith, 41, of Valdosta, passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., living there all of her life before moving to Valdosta six years ago. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., today, Dec. 17 at Perimeter Road Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today in Riverside Park Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla. -- Music Funeral Services of Valdosta

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