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Sue Nelle Girardin, 85, of Valdosta, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 after a sudden illness. Mrs. Girardin was born Nov. 8, 1917 in Blytheville, Ark., to the late Fred A. and Marie Miller Greenlee. Mrs. Girardin was married to her late husband, Emil Girardin, in Valdosta on April 25, 1939. She was an active member of First Christian Church. Mrs. Girardin is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sue Nelle Scruggs and her husband Kenneth Scruggs; two sons, L. Emil Girardin and his wife, Patti; William L. Girardin and his wife, Dee-Dee; grandchildren, Suzanne and John Lastinger, Jim and Deann Scruggs, L. Emil Jr. and Marci Girardin, Kameron Girardin, LeaAnna and Johnny Goodwin, Katie Girardin, Paxton Morris, Jason Morris, Wayne Cargile, Thomas Cargile; great grandchildren, Lindsay Lastinger, Jake Lastinger, and L. Emil Girardin III. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services for Mrs. Sue Nelle Girardin will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 at the Carson McLane Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials made to your favorite charity. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home



Elwood Dutch Kemp, 56, of Valdosta, died on Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at South Georgia Medical Center after a long illness. He was born on Jan. 25, 1946 in Hamilton County, Fla., to the late Perry and Myrtle Irene Simpson Kemp. Mr. Kemp retired as a painter from the maintenance department at Valdosta State University and was a member of the Azalea City Church of God. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lana Michelle and Richard Boyd of Berlin; Kimberly and Todd Parsley of Valdosta; one son, Joshua D. Kemp of Asheville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Richard Boyd, Tyler Boyd, both of Berlin, Cody Parsley, Brittany Parsley, Amber Parsley, all of Valdosta; one sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Dr. Jack L. Graham of Valdosta; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Harold E. Kemp, Jimmy N. and Theresa Kemp, all of Pinetta, Fla.; a number of nieces, nephews, and his beloved pet Tiny Man. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James F. Kemp, Gerald Ray Kemp, and a sister, Jewel Kemp Mitchell. Funeral services for Mr. Kemp will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003 at the Azalea City Church of God, with the Rev. Raymond Gabbard officiating. Mr. Kemp will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday evening at the Carson McLane Funeral Home. -- Carson McLane Funeral Home



Ruth Booker Gray of Ocilla died Jan. 1, 2003. She was 90 years of age. Mrs. Gray was born July 12, 1912 in Thomas County. She was the daughter of Carey William and Mattie Belle NeSmith Booker, who both preceded her death. She was married to Claude Nelson Gray Jr., of Locust Grove and Ocilla. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1984. They had four children; Claude Nelson Gray Jr., who died in 1942, twins Jack Alan Gray and his wife, Gwen, of Ocilla, and Jill Anne Gray Walker and her husband, Cliff, of Valdosta, and Jean Alice Gray Benfield and her husband, Joe, of Bangkok, Thailand. She had three brothers, who all have preceded her in death, James Ellis Booker, John Howard Booker and George Thomas Booker. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Dr. Wade Walker and wife, Stephanie, of Hartswell, Tammy Benfield Thain and her husband, Kevin, of Central Asia, Alan Gray and wife, Tami, of Ocilla, Greg Benfield and wife, Darby, of Blackshear, John Walker and wife, Jennifer, of Athens, James Walker of Atlanta, and Jeana Benfield of Yalta, Ukraine; eight great-grandchildren; two nieces, Mary Alice Booker Bowman and Sandy Ruth Booker, and sister-in-law Margaret Ann Booker. Mrs. Gray graduated from Thomasville High School in 1931 and Macon Hospital School of Nursing in 1935. From 1937 to 1939 she worked with





the United States Public Health Service in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties. She trained at Peabody School of Nursing for Public Health in Nashville, Tenn. In 1941 she began working as a Public Health Nurse at the Irwin County Health Department, was appointed as a Red Cross Nurse in 1966, and retired from the Irwin County Health Department in 1967. She was a member of the Ocilla Baptist Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6. Services will be held in the Ocilla Baptist Church with the Rev Gerald Thomas officiating. Soloists, the Rev. Joe Benfield and Dr. Jennifer Walker will provide music. Greg Benfield will read the poem, "My Journey," written by Daisy Dean Gray. The Rev Kevin Thain will read scripture. Interment services will be held at the Ocilla Cemetery with the Rev. John Walker officiating. Active pallbearers will be her grandsons, Wade Walker, Alan Gray, Greg Benfield, John Walker, James Walker and Kevin Thain. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Mixon, Pat Ashley, Valjean Meeks, Billy Sams, Wycliff Griffin, Kermit Elliot, Norman Brantley, Larry Young, Cleon Tankersley, Kenneth Sutton, Loren Purvis and Murphy Rogers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ocilla Baptist Church Pastorium Fund or Building Fund or the Ocilla Cemetery Fund. -- Paulk Funeral Home.



Martha Lee Guthrie, 88, of Valdosta, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 at South Georgia Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Carson McLane Funeral Home.



Mary Giddens Sirmons, 79, of Lakeland, passed away late Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003 in South Georgia Medical Center from declining health. She was born in Clinch County, which later became Lanier County, where she lived all her life. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003 in Unity United Methodist Church with burial following in Empire Cemetery. Mrs. Sirmons will lie in state one hour prior to services. The Rev. Jimmy Ford of Unity United Methodist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Unity United Methodist Church. -- Music Funeral Services of Lakeland



Mae Etta Royals, 97, of Lakeland, passed away Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4, 2003 in Louis Smith Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born in Echols County. She was a member of Wayfare Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Services of Lakeland.

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