for March 6, 2002



Elder Fred E. (Sam) Blanton

VALDOSTA -- Elder Fred E. (Sam) Blanton, 82, of Valdosta, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at South Georgia Medical Center. Elder Blanton was born in Lowndes County on Dec. 20, 1919, the son of the late Ellis A. and Mary Magdalene Zeigler Blanton. He served as a Primitive Baptist Minister for 30 years and was a member of the Unity Primitive Baptist Church. He retired from the Langdale Company in 1985 after 38 years of service. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred Jr., and Mary Blanton of Lake Park, Sidney and Donna Blanton of Valdosta; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kate and Jack Bennett of Brunswick; nine grandchildren, Donna Lewis of Tallahassee, Fla., Pam Barwick, Glen Bates Jr., both of Brunswick, Terri Rutland of Hahira, Lorri Maddox of Naylor, Steven Blanton, Kathy Nessmith, Jessica Blanton, all of Valdosta, and Christine Blanton of Raleigh, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Juanita Simpson Blanton, who died on March 8, 2001, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with Elder Jim Smith and Elder Dwight Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home



Lillian J. Crosby

VALDOSTA -- Lillian J. Crosby, 76, of Valdosta, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at her home. She was born on June 3, 1925 in Valdosta to the late Arthur and Eva Crumbley Eunice. Mrs. Crosby lived in Valdosta until moving to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1950 and returned to live in Valdosta in 1989. She attended the Victory Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Ward C. Crosby of Valdosta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Roger Maurice, Lavon and John McDowell, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Rick Tshudy, David Tshudy, Dale R. Turnbull Jr. and Kimberley A. Turnbull; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Turnbull and Jarrod Tshudy; one brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Willie Pearl Eunice of Quitman; nieces and nephews, Barbara (Tommy) Waldron, Walter (Peggy) Eunice, Elizabeth Bryant and Carolyn Crite; and one great niece, Terri Bryant. She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Eunice. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home



N.L. 'Pop' Liggett

DASHER -- N.L. "Pop" Liggett, 86, of Atlanta, passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, at his residence in the Dasher area of Valdosta after a lengthy illness. Survivors include one stepson and daughter-in-law, Charles and Yvonne White of Valdosta; three grandchildren, Chuck White, Kelley White and Brett White; two great-grandchildren, Zach Dasher and Allison Dasher; two nephews and one niece. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in Decatur. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. today at Donehoo-Lewis Funeral Home in Hapeville. -- Music Funeral Services, Valdosta



Virginia Grace Donahoe

ALPHARETTA -- Virginia Grace Donahoe, 78, of Alpharetta, died Friday, March 1, 2002, in Alpharetta. She was a native of Lowndes County and had lived in Alpharetta for the last 15 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Roswell and Hilda Moore Sunday School Class. She is survived by five sons, Sammy Glen and Nancy Jones of Leisure City, Fla., retired Lt. Col. Richmond Grant and Patricia Jones of Fayetteville, Thomas Wayne and Cheryl Jones of Snellville, Charles Mitchell and Peggy Jones of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Steve Quinton and Debby Jones of Gardendale, Ala.; three daughters, Helen Lavonne Jones of Alpharetta, Irma Faye and Tom Yager of Alexandria, Minn., and Linda Grace and Tom Wheeler of Cleveland, Tenn





.; a brother, Daniel Richmond Grant Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Sam Thomas Jones and Earl Daniel Donahoe; a daughter Sue Elizabeth Jones, and a sister, Sara Catherine Grant. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Harmony Baptist Church in Madison, Fla., with burial in Harmony Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. -- Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel, Madison



Alma Waunelle Carter

HOMERVILLE -- Alma Waunelle Carter, 73, passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, at South Georgia Medical Center, following a brief illness. A native of Clinch County she had lived there all of her life and had been living in Lakeland and Homerville the last several years. She was retired from Brockway Standard and was the daughter of the late Arthur J. Hilliard and Lillie Young Hilliard. She was preceded in death by her first two husbands, Aubrey Register and James Tomlinson; one sister, Mary Lou Melton; and two brothers, Herman Hilliard and Arthur Hilliard. Survivors are her husband, Charles S. Carter of Lakeland and Homerville; one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Shirley and Robert Avery of Lakeland; three stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Bill and Mary Carter of Naylor, Harley Carter of Valdosta, Roy and Anna Carter of Lakeland; one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Farris Melton of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; two nieces, Lillian Smith of Fargo and Carlena Purcell of Jacksonville, Fla.; two nephews, Virgil Melton Jr. of Thomasville and Jimmy Melton of Mervinville; 10 stepgrandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; her favorite cat, Lucky; and a number of other relatives. Funeral services for Mrs. Carter will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Camp Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. George O'Berry. Burial will be in the North Cemetery near DuPont. Mrs. Carter will be carried to the church one hour prior to the services. -- Roundtree Funeral Home



Brandon Faulk, 8, of Monroe, passed this life Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Scott and Roberts Mortuary.



Mack James (M.J.) Bivins, of Valdosta, died Monday, March 4, 2002. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Scott and Roberts Mortuary.



Daymon Inman, 66, of Valdosta, passed this life Monday, March 4, 2002. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Scott and Roberts Mortuary.



Sallie Virginia Griffin, 68, of Thomasville, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2002. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Carson McLane Funeral Home of Valdosta.



Alice Miller, of Valdosta, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at South Georgia Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home



Jesse Lee Godwin, 81, of Nashville, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at his residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville.

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