for September 8, 2001



Nell Douty

SPARKS -- Nell Douty, 89, of Sparks, passed away Sept. 6, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Adel. She was born on May 16, 1912, in Berrien County and had lived in Asheville, N.C., until 1996, when she came back to Cook County. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Douty; her father and mother, Marlie and Verdie Castleberry; five brothers, Carroll Castleberry, Maxey Castleberry, James Castleberry, Murray Castleberry, and Lamar Castleberry; and four sisters, Alva Wright, Leila Mae Martin, Ethel Mitchum and Velma Prater. Survivors include one sister, Clyde Castleberry and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Purvis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn City Cemetery. -- Purvis Funeral Home



Ruth Adams Nobles

RAY CITY -- Ruth Adams Nobles, 93, of Ray City, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at South Georgia Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 19, 1907, in Berrien County to Jonah and Mackie Young Adams. Mrs. Nobles was a homemaker and attended Nashville Mission. She was the widow of Roy Foster Nobles and also was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Nobles; two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by five daughters, Cora Crosby, Valdosta, Marjorie Gallaway, Dallas, Texas, Betty Peters, Ray City, Hazel Morgan, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Sarah Frances Hagan, Ray City; two sons, William H. "Bill" Nobles, Green Cove Springs, Fla., Ferris Nobles, Hilliard, Fla.; two sisters, Bessie Griner, Bartow, Fla., Mollie Lowe, Nashville; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home with the Rev. Timothy C. Vanlandingham officiating. Burial will be held in Flat Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. today with the family receiving friends from 7-9 p.m. -- Lovein Funeral Home



Russell I. Rider

LAKE PARK -- Russell I. "Grandpa" Rider, 85, of Baptist Village of Lake Park died Sept. 6, 2001, in Tallahassee, Fla. He was born on June 8, 1916, in Rome Township, Mich., to Russell and Ava (Peters) Rider. On July 26, 1941, Russell was united in marriage with Rosalind Yenor. She preceded him in death on July 11, 1986. Russell was a long-time resident of the Clinton area and had been employed by Manchester Stamping, Lenawee County Road Commission, Village of Clinton, Riverside Cemetery, and was a member of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years. Russell is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Glenn) Mortimer of Florida; one sister, Eleanor Curry, Brooklyn, Mich.; six grandchildren, one being Glenna (Robert) Kenney of Lake Park; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Rodney. Friends may visit from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Clinton Chapel of Couture-Handler Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. William Smith of Clinton United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Russell's name to the American Cancer Society or the Clinton Fire Department. -- Couture-Handler Funeral Homes



Odis Thomas

VALDOSTA -- Odis Thomas, 51, of Valdosta died on Sept. 6, 2001. He was born on Aug. 10, 1950, in Lowndes County to Elzie Thomas Sr. and the late Laura Burns Thomas. Mr. Thomas graduated in 1968 from Westside High School and Valdosta Technical College and became a certified licensed electrician. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge. He joined Francis Lake AME Church at an early age. Later years, he joined New Life Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully until death. He was a student of the Bible, loving to read it, and to share it with others. He was a faithful intercessory prayer warrior and witness. He was self-employed with Thomas Electric Company. His lov





ing mother, Laura Burns Thomas; brothers, Robert Earl Thomas, Elzie Thomas Jr. and Frank Thomas preceded him in death. Among those who will cherish his memories are his wife, Carla Thomas; son, Boncel Thomas (Buffy), Virginia Beach; daughters, Tangee Thomas, Katina Thomas, Eurica Austin (Dennis), Erica Tucker and Rollie Henley, all of Valdosta; seven grandchildren; father, Elzie Thomas Sr.; brothers, Charles Thomas (Mary), Fred Thomas (Alma), Carl Thomas (Margaret); sisters, Betty Rogers (Maxie), Louel Marshall (Calvin); mother-in-law, Lillie Tucker; aunts, Emma Lee Johnson, Bertha Moore, Helen Sanders, Maggie Smith, Juanita Jackson and Carolyn Patterson; one uncle, Nathaniel Tucker; sisters-in-law, Lillie Brown Thomas, Betty Clemons Thomas, Lenora Barnes (Alfred), Jacqueline Mann (Joe); brothers-in-law, George Tucker, Larry Tucker (Pow) and Lonnie Tucker; special friends, Terry Kelly, Charles Davis, Robert White, Jean Dale, Charles Miller and Chester Miller; also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and caring friends. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Life Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Manning, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Francis Lake AME Church Cemetery in Lake Park. -- Scott and Roberts Mortuary



Deanta Henry

Duanta Henry, five months, son of Dallas Henry and Latasha Hodges, passed this life on Sept. 1, 2001, at the Medical College of Augusta. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the New Bryant Baptist Church and Minister Rochelle McCrae will officiate. Burial will follow in the Charles Knight Cemetery. -- Harrington Funeral Home



Ralph J. Mitchell

Ralph J. Mitchell, 58, of Seymour, Ind., died on Sept. 5, 2001 at his home. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Crothersville Nazarene Church with Dr. B.G. Wiggs and Michael Lyons officiating. Burial will be held in Crothersville Cemetery. -- Adams Funeral Home of Crothersville, Ind.

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