for Jan. 13, 2002

Ellen Connell

ADEL -- Ellen Connell, 81, of Adel died on Jan. 11, 2002 at Memorial Hospital of Adel. She was born on Jan. 5, 1921 in McRae to the late Jacob Moses and Sibbie Creighton Smith. She lived most of her life in Adel. Mrs. Connell was a member of First Baptist Church and was a retired secretary with the Chamber of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt Connell. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Dianne Daughtrey of Auburn, Ala.; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Danny Emrich of Adel; grandchildren, Heath Daughtrey, Bubba Emrich, Robin Roberts, and Nikki Emrich; and great-grandchild, Natalie Roberts. The funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home

Converse (Connie) Ferrell

VALDOSTA -- Converse (Connie) Ferrell, 79, of Valdosta died Saturday, Jan. 12 at South Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Ferrell was born in Palatka, Fla. and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had been the President of Valdosta Insurance Services and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and the Bank of Quitman. He had been a salesman with Georgia Ace Fertilizer Company and a member of SAE Social Fraternity of the University of Georgia. Mr. Ferrell is survived by his wife, Jane Lumpkin Ferrell of Valdosta; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Butch Burgsteiner of Valdosta, Debbie and Scott Christy of Middleburg, Fla., and Connie and Terry Smith of Springfield, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, George and Debbie Ferrell of Middleburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Tracy and Marty Jones, Jennie Christy and Sara Christy; and one great-grandchild, Converse Davis Jones. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ed Ferrell, Jr.; mother, Harriett Converse King; father, Ed Ferrell, Sr.; and a grandson, Will Burgsteiner. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002 graveside at Sunset Hill Cemetery. The Reverend Peter L. Ingeman will officiate. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home

Corris Harlow Herndon, Jr.

LAKELAND -- Corris Harlow Herndon, Jr., 75, of Lakeland passed away early Saturday morning, Jan. 12, 2002 in Louis Smith Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born in Echols County and had lived in Lakeland most of his life. He was a farmer, beekeeper and retired-Assistant Chief, Moody AFB Fire Dept., where he received the Command Civilian Award for Valor. He was a member of Lakeland Masonic Lodge #434 and the Lakeland United Methodist Church. Preceding him in death were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Herndon, Sr.; two brothers, Joe and Tommy Herndon; sister, Ava Joy Elliot; and his wife, Margaret Lee Herndon. Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Corliss and John Walker of Lakeland; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mose and Anna Herndon of Lakeland and Joe and Carol Herndon of Valdosta; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Kate Herndon of Dupont; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rice of Lakeland and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2002 in Lakeland United Methodist Church with burial following in Unity Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Mr. Herndon will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. today with the family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. -- Music Funeral Services, Inc. of Lakeland

Hugh McLendon Mathews

GAINESVILLE, FLA. -- Hugh McLendon Mathews, 76, of Gainesville, Fla. died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002 at Shands at AGH following a short illness. Mr. Mathews was born in Valdosta, Ga. to the late John Edgar and Olive Mathews. He was a graduate of Valdosta High School. He was a veteran of WWII with honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines. He owned Mathews Plumbing and Mat

hews Systems Inc. in Gainesville for more than 30 years and later worked with his son, John Mathews, as plumbing manager of MMS Mechanical Inc. Mr. Mathews was a member of First Baptist Church of Gainesville. He formerly attended North Central Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school and the Royal Ambassadors and served as deacon and deacon chairman. Survivors include his wife, Glenda Bayless Mathews; daughters Marsha Sherouse and June Below, both of Gainesville; one son, John Mathews of Gainesville; brothers Ben Mathews of Jacksonville and Phelps Mathews of Purvis, Miss.; sisters Susie Van Orsdel of Miami and Anna Russell of Jacksonville; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were Jan. 8, 2002 in Gainesville. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, Fl 32606 or to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 425 W. University Ave., Gainesville, Fl 32601. -- Forest Meadows Funeral Home

Dr. Gerald Petrella

VALDOSTA -- Dr. Gerald Petrella, Ph.D, 55, of Valdosta passed away Saturday morning at his residence after a sudden illness. He was born at Silver Creek, N.Y. and formerly of Cassadaga, N.Y. but has lived in Valdosta for the past six years. Dr. Petrella was a professor at the Valdosta State University Math Computer Science Dept. and a member of Park Ave. United Methodist Church. He was a published author with several publications, a member of the Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Dr. Petrella was a former teacher with the Cassadaga Valley Central School for about 28 years. Family members include his wife, Darla Petrella of Valdosta; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Bradley and Debra Petrella of East Meadow, N.Y., Jeremy Petrella and Michael Petrella, both of Valdosta; one grandson, Riley Petrella of East Meadow, N.Y.; mother, Cecelia Petrella of Sheridan, N.Y. and a sister, Lucille Petrella of Westfield, N.Y. Dr. Petrella was predeceased by his father, Michael Petrella. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002 at the Park Ave. United Methodist Church in Valdosta with Rev. Craig Rikard officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the pre-school at Park Ave. United Methodist Church or the Jim Perry Scholarship Fund. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home of Valdosta

Samuel J. Sands

ADEL -- Samuel J. Sands, 76, of Adel died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at South Georgia Medical Center following a short illness. He was born on Sept. 6, 1925 in Miami, Fla. and had lived in Adel for the last 34 years. Mr. Sands was a member of Westside Baptist Church and was retired from Metal Products/ITT. He was a veteran of the Navy in WWII. Mr. Sands was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Ecquert Sands and Maude Josephine Culmer Sands. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jean Howell Sands of Adel; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Becky Sands of Adel and Joey and Jennifer Sands of Hahira; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Kenneth Edwards of Eufaula, Ala.; and grandchildren, Jody Hewett of Adel, Lauren and Blake Edwards of Eufaula, Ala., Nicholas and Jonathan Sands of Adel, and Julia, Emily and Trey Sands of Hahira. Visitation will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel on Hwy. 41 S. and the funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 14, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel on Hwy. 41 S. with the Rev. John Hendley officiating. Interment will follow at Sylvester Cemetery in Cook County. -- Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home, Inc.

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