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William L. Smith - Born March 23, 1923 - Died Sept. 1, 1984 and is buried in Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Cemetery. I do NOT find an obit for him in the local newspapers.

If you have an obit for Wm. Smith, PLEASE either post it to Macon County Website or send to me, davine@alltel.net. This will help to complete a book we are working on for LITTLE BETHEL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY in Macon County.

We have taken digital pictures of all of the markers and hope to find an obit for each one.
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Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 9, 1994

MRS. HENRY JAMES [Virgie Payne] SANDERS

Virgie Payne Sanders, 78, of Fort Gaines, Ga., died at Flowers Hospital in Fort Gaines on October 6, 1994.
The funeral was held at 3 pm Sunday, October 9, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Ross officiating. Burial was in the MOUNT VERNON CHURCH CEMETERY with Manry- Jordan -Hodges Funeral Home of Blakely directing.
The daughter of the late Joe and Dorsey Underwood Payne, Mrs. Sanders was a homemaker and she lived most of her life in Clay County. She was a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry James Sanders. Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte Cashwell of Blakely, Darlene Bishop of Fort Gaines and Jean Norton of Abbeville; three sons; Charlie Sanders of Albany, Robert Sanders and Randy Sanders, both of Fort Gaines; three brothers, Lawrence "Doc" Payne and Allen "Gobbe: Payne, both of Montezuma, and Roberty Lee Payne of Oglethorpe; two sisters, Florrie Jean Payne Crook of Marshallville and Julia Mae Payne Elza of Brunswick, Ga.; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren also survive.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 21, 1996

NATHAN JAMES SANTORO

Services for Nathan Santoro were at 11 am Wednesday, August 14, 1996 in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK, Montezuma, Nathan, 4, died Monday.
Survivors include his parents, John and Sandy Santoro of Montezuma, brother and sisters, John R. Santoro, Christina Santoro and Alyssa Santoro, all of Montezuma; and grandparents, James and Sandra Abrams of Ideal and John J. and Barbary Santoro of Montezuma.

[Note: Nathan James Sasntoro - Born - August 4, 1992 - Died - August 12, 1996 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery in Part 4 of Section B-Row 5-70]


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 19, 1972

MRS. JOHN WASHINGTON [Lula Pearl Saine] SATTERFIELD

Mrs. Lula Pearl Satterfield, 86 years of age, passed away Sunday, October 15, at a local nursing home. She had been a resident of Montezuma since moving here in 1929.
Funeral services were held Monday at 4 PM from the First Baptist Church in Montezuma. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. Rev. Homer Fowler officiated the services.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
Mrs. Satterfield is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edith Dykes and Mrs. Voncile Ransom of Montezuma; one sister, Mrs. Mae Buchanan of Cumming, Georgia; a brother-in-law, Mr. Dan Satterfield of Montezuma; five grandchildren, Thomas [Buddy] Dykes of Huntsville, Ala., Mrs. Ed Lockeby of Apopka, Fla., Jimmy Dykes of Baxley, Ga. Mrs. Jackie Kiff of Oglethorpe and Steve Ransom of Montezuma; several great grandchildren.

[Note: Pearl S. Satterfield - Born April 12, 1886 - Died October 15, 1972 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside John W. Satterfield [Dec. 29, 1886 - Oct. 30, 1965] See his Obit


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. September 12, 1963

 JOSEPH LUTHER SATTERFIELD

 Funeral services for Joseph Luther Satterfield, 72, who died unexpectedly early Monday at his residence on Souther Field Road, near Americus, were held Wednesday from Reese Park Chapel. The Revs. C. D. Justice, Forest Junkins and W. J. Adair officiated and burial was in OAK GROVE CEMETERY in Americus.

 A native of Lumpkin County, Mr. Satterfield moved to Americus 26 years ago from Macon County. He was the son of the late Jim H. Satterfield and Mrs. Mattie Shelton Satterfield of Americus, who survive him.

 He was a member of the board of deacons of Bethel Baptist Church.

 His wife, Mrs. Minnie B. Satterfield, died one week ago this Monday. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last November.

 Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Sam Cromer and Mrs. Jesse Taylor of Americus and Mrs. T. L. Peterman of Montezuma; two sons, J. C. Satterfield and E. J. Satterfield, both of Americus; six sisters, Mrs. Era Barfield of Montezuma, Mrs. Wiley Lambert and Mrs. John Harbuck of Marshallville, Mrs. Ruth Watson of Ft. Valley; Mrs. Ruby Hutchens of Smithville, and Mrs. Adolph Kobs of Americus; two brothers, H. H. Satterfield of Vienna and James Satterfield of Americus, also 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 Reese Park Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

 


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. September 5, 1963

 MRS. JOSEPH LUTHER [Minnie Ardell Bottoms] SATTERFIELD

 Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Bottoms Satterfield, 70, who died in the Americus-Sumter County Hospital Monday after a lengthy illness, were held Wednesday in Reese Park Chapel, Americus with Rev. C. D. Justice and the Rev. Forrest Junkin officiating with burial in OAK GROVE CEMETERY in Americus.

 A former resident of Montezuma, Mrs. Satterfield was a native of Forsyth County and had lived in Americus for the past 26 years, moving there from Macon County. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

 Survivors include her husband, J. L. Satterfield of Americus; three daughters, Mrs. Sam Cromer and Mrs. Jesse Taylor, both of Americus and Mrs. T. L. Peterman of Montezuma; two sons, J. C. Satterfield and E. J. Satterfield, both of Americus; one sister, Mrs. Lillie Martin of Cumming; three brothers, George Bottoms and Truman Bottoms, both of Cumming, and Andy Bottoms of Gadsden, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 7, 1982

CARL PRESTON SAVAGE, JR. Section F - Row 20 - 1210

Carl P. Savage, Jr. 56, died at his residence March 18, 1982, following an extended illness.
Born December 4, 1925, in Greenwood, South Carolina, Mr. Savage had lived in Montezuma most of his life. He graduated from Montezuma High School and subsequently enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He left the University to join the Marine Corps and served in the Marshall Islands during WWII. After the war, Mr. Savage received his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He received his Master's degree in Foreign Affairs and International Relations, from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and continued his graduate studies in London, England. Mr. Savage graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and opened his law practice in Montezuma in 1961. He was a member of the American and Georgia Bar Associations and was certified to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court. He served as County Solicitor and twice ran for Congress.
Much more - Not Copied.
Mr. Savage is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. C. P. Savage, Sr., Montezuma; his daughter, Patricia [Mrs. Neil T. Shumunes] of Augusta; his three sons, Carl P. Savage, III, and Thomas Michael Savage of Montezuma; and George Bodeker of Carrollton; his sister, Virginia Savage Morris and two brothers, Richard David Savage of Montezuma; and John B. Savage, Sr. of Lake Lanier.
The funeral took place Tuesday, Marsh 30, 1982. Burial was in FELTON CEMETERY in Montezuma.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.

[Note: Carl Preston Savage, Jr. - Born - December 4, 1925 - Died - March 28, 1982 is buried in Felton Cemetery in the Savage Family Lot in Section F - Row 20 - 1210.

 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 25, 1998

MRS. DAVID E. [Barbara L. Smith] SCALES

Barbara L. Scales of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away Tuesday at her residence. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 19, at 1:30 PM in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY. Pastor Eric Murray officiated.
Born in Toccoa, Georgia, she grew up in numerous locations in the U. S. and Foreign countries. She was a graduate of Sullins College and the University of Oklahoma. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Cross in St. Petersburg. She also was a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Barbara was known for her selfless, untiring work in numnerous social programs.
She is survived by her husband, Col. Dave Scales USAF [Ret]. of St. Petersburg, Florida, son, David Stephen Scales of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph Robert Scales of Cocoa Beach, Florida, brother David Kenneth Smith of Shalimar, Florida and 4 grandchildren.
Watson-Mathews Fu neral Home had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Barbara L. Smith Scales - Born - November 11, 1934 - Died - March 17, 1998 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery [Sec. E-Row 36-914] .
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 28, 1996

JOSHUA J. SCHWARTZ

Mr. Joshua Schwartz, of Route 1, Ideal, Ga., died Friday, August 23, in Middle Georgia Hospital. Funeral services were at 2 pm Sunday, August 25, 1996 in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, with the Revs. Roy and Jessie Peterson officiating.
Mr. Schwartz was born July 28, 1976 in Burlington County, N. J. He was resided in Ideal for the past 11 years.
Survivors are his parents, Richard and Linda Campbell of Ideal; a brother, Kyle Campbell of Ideal; two sisterrs, Lisa Schwartz and Christine Campbell, both of Ideal; maternal grandfather, Samuel Wilson of Mt. Holly, N. J.

[Note: Joshua J. Schwartz - Born - July 28, 1976 - Died - Auguyst 23, 1996 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery [Part 4 of Section B - Row 5-71]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 1, 1995

JOHN EMORY SEALS, SR.

Mr. John Emory Seals, 89, of Magnolia manor in Americus, died Friday, October 27, 1995, at Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus.

Services were held Monday, Oct. 30, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church at 1 pm with graveside committal services held at 5 pm at RIVERSIDE CEMETERY in Macon, Ga. Father Jacobs Hurst officiated.

Survivors include his wife, Amzie Jones DeVaughn, and three sons, John E. Seals, Jr. of Oakland, Ca.; Carl Linton DeVaughn of Augusta, Ga. and Benton James DeVaughn of Tifton, Ga.; two brothers, Charles Seals of Redwood City, Calif.; and Tom Seals, of Orlando, Fla. one sister, Mrs. Randolph Fort of Atlanta, Ga. 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Mr. Seals ser ved as a Vestryman and Senior Warden of Christ Episcopal Church in Macon and at St. Mary's Episcopal in Montezuma, Ga. He was a realtor and had served as Vice-President of Fickling and Walker for 25 years. He served as President of The Macon and State Board of Realtors. He served on The Board of American Cancer Society, Macon Chapter. He was a member of the Board of Directors of First Liberty Bank of Macon. He was a Kiwanian for more than 55 years and a Navy Veteran of World War II.

Pallbearers - Not Copied.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 11, 1998

MRS. ROBERT E. [Dorothy Barker] SEVERS

Dorothy Barker Severs, 80, of Montezuma, Georgia passed away Wednesday, March 4, 1998. Funeral services were held Friday, March 6, 1998 at 2 pm in BERTHA DOZIER CEMETERY. Rev. Ralph Price officiated.
Born in Logan County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Ada Gorham Barker. She was the widow of the late Robert E. Severs. She attended Cedar Valley Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Bartlett of Montezuma, grandsons, Ronnie Bartlett of Montezuma and Chad Bartlett of Reynolds and two great grandchildren.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.

CENNILE HENRY SEWELL Cem. Update = Row 8 - 222 ∂
 

C. H. "Bill" Sewell, 52, died Wednesday at his residence in Griffin. Services were held at 2 PM Thursday in CEDAR VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH. Burial was in the CHURCH CEMETERY.
Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. David Lacey and Mrs. Hastel Pike of Montezuma, Mrs. Harley Taylor of Fort Valley, Mrs. Grady Hawkins of Griffin, Mrs. Homer Tollison of Alpharetta and a brother, Wyatt Sewell of Montezuma.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Cennile Henry Sewell - Born - August 25, 1910 - Died - December 27, 1972 is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery in the Sewell Family Lot.


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.   February 7, 1963

 MRS.  J. W. [ Julia  T. ] SEWELL

 Mrs. Julia T. Sewell, 81, of Oglethorpe, died at a Montezuma hospital Thursday night.  She had been in failing health for several years.

 Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon from Cedar Valley Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Otho Pirkle and Rev. Homer Fowler officiating.  Burial was in FELTON CEMETERY.

 Grandsons of the deceased served as pallbearers.

 Mrs. Sewell had lived in Oglethorpe for 40 years, moving there from Cummings, Ga.  She was the widow of J. W. Sewell and a member of Cedar Valley Baptist Church.

 Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Morris Singleton and Mrs. Jack Ragan, both of Montezuma, and Mrs. David English of Oglethorpe; two sons, Paul W. Sewell of Cordele and J. Hoyt Sewell of Albany; one sister, Mrs. Nettie Aaron of Cummings; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 18, 1973

MRS. OSCAR H. [Mary Susan Whatley] SIMMONS Row 3 - 64 Cem. Update

Mrs. Oscar H. Simmons, 87, of the Garden Valley Community, passed away on Sunday, January 14, in the New Perry Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 PM Tuesday, January 16, from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Sidney Jones officiating. Burial followed in the PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY. Pallbearers were Hudson Whatley, Brown Perry, Elizah Simmons, John G. Simmons, Hallie Barfield of Thomaston, and R. C. Barfield of Butler.
Mrs. Simmons, the former Mary Susan Whatley, was born on September 11, 1885 in Macon County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Laura Lucius Whatley. She spent her entire life in Macon County and had been a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for over 60 years.
Survivors include her husband, Oscar H. Simmons of Oglethorpe, one son, Lawrence Simmons of Oglethorpe; three daughters, Mrs. Lucille S. Lipford of Franklin, Ga., Mrs. Laura S. Clonts of Rocky Mountain, N.C. and Mrs. Leila S. Crawford of Cullman, Ala., one sister, Miss Victoria Whatley of Oglethorpe; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Goddard Funeral Home of Reynolds was in charge of funeral arrangements.

[Note: Mary W. Simmons - Born - September 20, 1885 - Died January 14, 1973 is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside her husband, Oscar H. Simmons [Sept. 3, 1879 - May 21, 1976] See his Obit.
[Note: Obit for Mary Susan Whatley Simmons was previously posted in May 2002 but the part with the survivors was torn off.
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 12, 1994

STANLEY PERRY SIMMONS

Mr. Stanley Perry Simmons, 45, of Route 2, Box 89, Oglethorpe, died Saturday, October 8, 1994 in Peach County Hospital in Fort Valley.
Services were held at 3 pm Monday, October 10, in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma. Burial was in PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY, Garden Valley, Ga. with the Revs. Sidney Clay and Clarence Keene officiating.
Mr. Simmons, a lifelong resident of Macon County, was born August 3, 1949, the son of Elijah L. Simmons and Anita Louise Perry Simmons. He was a member of Ideal Baptist Church and was employed with C-Mart in Oglethorpe, in the meat market.
Survivors are two sons, Shannon Simmons and Jason Simmons, a daughter, Amy Simmons, a grandson, Ari Simmons, all from Aiken, S.C., a brother, Larry Lewis Simmons of Oglethorpe, a sister, Mrs. Lynda Simmons Patrick of Conyers, Ga., his parents, Mr. and Mfs. Elijah L. Simmons of Oglethorpe and a number of nieces and nephews.

[Note: Stanley Perry Simmons - Born - August 3, 1949 - Died - October 8, 1994 is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Row 2-56] beside his parents]


 

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. September 13, 1978

MRS. HILTON [Eloise Wilson] SHIRAH

Mrs. Eloise Wilson Shirah of Route 1, Oglethorpe, died Friday, September 8, in the Peach County Hospital. She was 42 years of age and a native of Taylor County. She had lived in Oglethorpe for several years.
Funeral services for Mrs. Shirah were held at 4 PM Sunday, September 10, in Mount Olive Baptist Church in Taylor Counmty. Burial was in MOUNT OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY. Officiating ministers were Rev. Bobby Whitaker and Rev. H. M. Skipper.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Cromer, Mike Hodge, Buddy Brown, Roy Cromer, Jimmy Ammerson and Joe Wilson.
Surviving Mrs. Shirah are her husband, Hilton Shirah of Montezuma; her mother, Mrs. Evelyn P. Wilson of Reynolds; two daughters, Mrs. James W. Coley, Jr. of Germantown, Md., Miss Paula Ann Shirah of Oglethorpe; five sisters, Mrs. L. W. Cromer, Mrs. Robert Hill and Mrs. Sam Wright of Oglethorpe; Mrs. Joe Howell of Fort Valley and Mrs. Alton Childree of Reynolds.
Arrangements were by Watson-Mathews Funeral Home

[Note: Eloise W. Shirah - Born - April 9, 1936 - Died September 8, 1978 is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Potterville [Taylor Co.], Ga. beside her husband, John Hilton Shirah [Feb. 12, 1923 - Oct. 23, 1998]


Columbus GA Ledger-Enquirer 24 December 1993
Montezuma, Ga --
Johnnie Lee Shirah, 77, of Montezuma died Wednesday at Montezuma Health Care Center.
A graveside funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Pine Level United Methodist Church Cemetery, Oglethorpe, according to Watson-Mathews Funeral Home.
Miss Shirah was born March 31, 1916 in Crisp County, daughter of John and Mattie Leigh Shirah. She was a Macon County resident all of her adult life.
Survivors include a brother, Hilton "Buddy" Shirah of Montezuma, nieces and nephews.



Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 29, 1993

MISS JOHNNIE LEE SHIRAH

Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah, 77, of Montezuma, Georgia, died Wednesday, December 22, 1993 in the Montezuma Health Care Center.
Graveside services were held at 11 am Friday, December 24, in PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CEMETERY. The Rev. Ralph Price, Jr. officiated.
Miss Shirah, a native of Crisp County, was born March 31, 1916, the daughter of John Henry Shirah and Mattie Leigh [Massey] Shirah. He had resided in Macon County for all of her adult life.
Survivors are, a brother, Hilton [Buddy' Shirah of Montezuma and several nieces and nephews.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: There are obits posted for Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah's Parents]
 

Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah's parents:
John Henry Shirah [1882 - 1963] Pine Level Cem. UNMARKED for a long time,Now mk'd Mattie Lee [Massey] Shirah [1885 - 1944] Collier Cem. Dooly Co., Ga.

Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah's Grandparents:
George W. Shiarh [1861 - Before 1947 per Rhoda's Obit] Pine Level Meth.Cem.Macon Co.
Rhoda [Hill] Shirah [1860 - 1947] Obit - Pine Level Cem.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 26, 1994

THOMAS PARNELL SHIRAH

Mr. Thomas  Parnell Shirah, 73, E. Railroad Street, Montezuma, Georgia, died Monday, January 17, 1994, in Flint River Community Hospital.
Graveside services were held at 11 am Wednesday, January 19, in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. The Rev. Ralph Price, Jr. officiated.
Mr. Shirah was born March 19, 1920, in Macon County, the son of Milton Thomas Shirah and Jessie Ida Mygrant Shirah. He was manager of a service station.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis S. Richards of Montezuma, a stepdaughter, Patsy Giles of Ft. Valley, four stepsons, Willie Jordan and James Jordan, both of Montezuma, Joe Jordan of Byron, Gary Jordan of Smithville, Ga., son-in-law, Jimmie Richards of Montezuma; three grandchildren, Patricia Richards, Jimmie Dale Richards, Bryant Thomas Richards, two stepgrandchildren, Stacey Bowling and Kristy Berryman, two step great grandchildren, Alexandria Bowling and Dekota Berryman.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 10, 1994

WALTER SHUMAN

Mr. Walter Shuman, Macon County's last known Veteran of World War I, died Thursday, August 4, in the Oaks Nursing Home. He was 95 and had been a resident of Ideal for many years.
Services were held at 11 am Saturday, August 6, in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma. The Rev. Sidney Clay officiated and burial was at 2 pm in RIVERDALE CEMETERY in Columbus.
Mr. Shuman, a native of Ledgewood, N.J. was born on August 22, 1898, the son of John Shuman and Phebe J. Norman Shuman. He had resided in Ideal for the past 35 years, moving from Columbus, Ga. He was retired from the U. S. Marine Corps and from the circulation department of the Columbus Ledger. He was the husband of the late Johnnie Lee Grant Shuman.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Massey of Rupert; four grandchildren, Josandra Griffith, Allen Massey, Donna M. Layfield, Lee Ann M. Avera and four grandchildren [probably shoud read; grewat grandchildren.]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 20, 1994

MRS. ROYCE A. [Thelma Payne] SINGLETON

Mrs. Thelma Payne Singleton, 50, of Route 2, Vienna, Georgia, died Saturday, July 16, 1994 in the Montezuma Health Care Center, Montezuma, Ga.
Services were held at 2 pm Monday, July 18, in New Life Baptist Church in Oglethorpe. The Revs. Roy Taylor and Russell Howell officiated. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma, Ga.
Mrs. Singleton, a native of Wilcox County, was born October 18, 1943, the daughter of Lucy Hancock Payne and Clinton Payne. She had resided in Vienna for the past 8 years, was a homemaker and an employee of Triple S. Pleating, Inc. in Montezuma. She was the wife of the late Royce A. Singleton.
Survivors are: 2 sons, Walter A. Singleton and John N. Singleton, both of Vienna, 2 daughters, Mrs. Cynthia Joyce Earnest of Vienna, Mrs. Victoria Payne of Eastman, 8 brothers, David "Bud" Payne of Rochelle, J. D. Payne and Jack Payne, both of Bushnell, Fla., Walter Payne of Montezuma. B. W. Payne of Oglethorpe, Charles Payne, Delma Payne and Roy Payne, all of Vienna and 6 grandchildren.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.


The Macon County News Leader - Montezuma, Ga. Sept.21, 2000

ADA KATE LAW SKIPPER, 88, DIED FRIDAY

 Ada Kate Law Skipper, 88, of 120 Camellia Blvd., Marshallville, died
Friday, September 15, 2000. Services were held Sunday, September 17 at 3
p.m. in Marshallville City Cemetery. Reverend Vernon Goad officiated.
 Born in Camilla, she was the daughter of the late Gadston and Emma Law.
She was the widow of George Skipper. She was a member of Faith Baptist
Church in Oglethorpe.
 She is survived by her children, Dennis Skipper and Patty Harmon, both of
Marshallville, and Charles Skipper of Fort Valley; sisters, Christine Howell
of Michigan, Irene Cox, Zora Matthews, Nadine Davis and Betty Hall, all of
Camilla; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 Watson-Mathews Funeral Home had charge of arrangements..
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. May 4, 1994

MRS. DAVID CUSTER [Frances Gilbert] SMITH, JR.

Mrs. Frances Gilbert Smith, 78, of 2000 Montana Ave., N.E., formerly of Oglethorpe, Georgia, died Wednesday, April 27, 1994 in Shore Acres Rehab & Nursing Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 pm Saturday, April 30, in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY in Oglethorpe, Ga. The Rev. John Sims officiated.
Mrs. Smith, a native of Toccoa, Georgia, was born August 19, 1915, the daughter of Joseph Gilbert and Lee Clark Gilbert. She was a homemaker, a member of Mt. Zion - St. Luke Lutheran Church in Oglethorpe, Ga., the wife of the late David Custer Smith, Jr.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Scales of St. Petersburg, a son, David Kenneth Smith of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; three sisters, Mrs. Nell Thompson of Forest Park, Ga., Mrs. Pearl Cook of Doraville, Ga. and Mrs. Mary Lee January of Miami, Florida; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion-St.Luke Luthertan Church, Randolph Street, Oglethorpe, Ga. 21068. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma was in charge of local arrangements.
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 10, 1994

MRS. JAKE O. [Montez Justice] SMITH

Mrs. Montez Justice Smith, 91, of Magnolia Manor Retirement Center, Americus, Ga., formerly of Oglethorpe, died Monday, August 1, 1994 in Sumter Regional Hospital, Americus.
Services were held at 11 am Thursday, August 4, in the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church with burial in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY. The Rev. Lynn Hurley and the Rev. Jimmy Sharp officiated.
Mrs. Smith, a native of Sumter County, Georgia, was born December 18, 1902, the daughter of Henderson Justice and Bertie Rooks Justice. She was a homemaker and a member of the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church. She had resided in Americus for the past 17 years, moving from Oglethorpe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake O. Smith, a son, William R. [Bub] Smith and a daughter, Maxine S. Hinson.
Survivors are five daughters, Betty S. Webb of Montezuma, Helen S. Farris of Warner Robins, Wynbelle S. Pierce of Americus, Martha A. Davis of Dawson, Arlene S. Rohl of Eutauville, S.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Bell Greene of Ellaville, Mrs. Marjorie Robinson of Rochelle; a brother, Lanier Justice of Andersonville, and a half sister, Mildred Shiver of Albany; half brother, Calvin Justice of Chattanooga, Tennessee; two step brothers, Riley Dillard of Ellaville and H. B. Dillard of Atlanta, a number of nieces and nephews, 21 grandchildren, 20 great-children.
Thr family requests memorials be directed to the League of the Good Samaritan, c/o Magnolia Manor, S. Lee Street, Americus or to the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


 

Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga., February 7, 1930

MRS. JAMES W. [Mary L. Gregory] SMITH

Funeral Services For Mrs. Smith Saturday.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Smith, 80, one of this community's oldest and most highly respected citizens, whose death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. W. Holloway, Friday afternoon, were held at Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery at three o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Woodard of Hawkinsville. Mrs. Smith had been ill for many months and the end had been expected for several days. She was a faithful member of the Primitive Baptist Church in which she always took an active part up until the time of her illness. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. E. W. Holloway, of this county; one son, James W. Smith of Macon; and three step-sons, Dr. W. J. Smith of DeSota, Mr. D. C. Smith and Mr. J. T. Smith both of this point.
[Note: Mollie, wife of James W. Smith [Mary L. Gregory] Smith [October 24, 1853 - January 31, 1930] is buried in Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery beside her husband, James W. Smith [2-8-1832 - 10-15-1905] CSA

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 25, 1981

LESTER EARL SMITH

Lester Earl Smith,75, died Friday, November 20, 1981 in a local hospital. Services were held at 3 pm November 22, in Montezuma United Methodist Church. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. The Rev. Joe Porterfield and the Rev. C. Dick Reese officiated.
Mr. Smith, a native of Trion, had resided in Montezuma for 60 years. He was a retired electrician, a member of the Montezuma United Methodist Church and Baracca Sunday School Class.
Survivors include a son, Tommy L. Smith of Montezuma; a daughter, Miss Evelyn Smith of Montezuma; two brothers, J. W. Smith of Marshallville and Willard Smith of Ideal; three sisters, Mrs. Homer R. Albritton of Ideal, Mrs. Dewitt Hallman of Fort Valley and Mrs. Barney Barnard of Rockville, Md.; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bobby Downs, Jimmy Riddle, Roy Monbk, Marvin Edwards, G. W. Wall, Sandy Cheves. The Baracca Sunday School Class was Honorary Pallbearers.
Contributions may be made to the Montezuma United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Lester Earl Smith - Born March 18, 1906 - Died - November 20, 1981 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Louise Dixon Smith [Oct. 8, 1910 - Aug. 8, 1976] Obit

 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 4, 1981

MRS. MACK HARDEMAN [Cora Pearl W.] SMITH

Mrs. Cora Pearl Smith of Montezuma, 91, died Thursday, October 29, in the Montezuma Nursing Home. Services were held at 2 pm Friday, Octobef 30, in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. The Rev. Larry Cosper officiated.
Mrs. Smith, formerly of Chattooga County, had lived in Montezuma for 52 years. She was a member of Montezuma First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. O. R. [Eugenia] Nix of Marietta; a son, Henry Smith of Montezuma; six grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Cora Pearl W. Smith - Born July 20, 1890 - Died October 29, 1981 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside her husband, Mack Hardeman Smith [Oct. 26, 1883 - Oct 15, 1958] Obit
 


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.                     September 15, 1960

 LEONARD       O.       SIMMONS

 Leonard O. Simmons, 44 year old former resident of Oglethorpe, died unexpectedly Sunday morning at his home in Portland, Oregon .

 He was a veteran of World War II and was a retired businessman.  Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with arrangements to be announced by Smith Tindol Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY .

 Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Simmons of Oglethorpe; three sisters, Mrs. Luicille  Lipford of Franklin, Mrs. Laura Clonts of Titusville, Fla., and Mrs. Leila Crawford of Macon; two brothers, Lucius Simmons of Montezuma and Lawrence Simmons of Reynolds; and a number of nieces and nephews..

 [Note: Leonard O. Simmons – Born September 20, 1915 – Died September 11, 1960   WWII – is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside his parents.  His father, Oscar H. Simmons [ Sept. 3, 1879 – May 21, 1967 ] See his obit – His Mother, Mary Whatley Simmons [ Sept. 20, 1885 – Died January 14, 1973] See her Obit.]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 26, 1994

ROYCE ANDERSON SINGLETON

Mr. Royce Anderson Singleton, 54, of Route 2 Vienna, died Sunday, January 16, 1994 in Crisp Regional Hospital, Cordele, Georgia.
Services were held at 2 pm Tuesday, January 18, in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma, Georgia. The Rev. C. G. Haugabook officiated and burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma.
Mr. Singleton, a native of Montezuma, had resided in Vienna for the past eight years. He was the owner of Singleton Construction Company and was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Thelma Payne Singleton of Vienna; two sons, Walter Anderson Singleton and John Norris Singleton, both of Vienna, two daughters, Mrs. Cynthia Joyce Earnest of Vienna, Mrs. Victoria Payne of Eastman; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norris Singleton of Montezuma; a sister, Mrs. Faye Bowen of Montezuma; six grandchildren, Jennifer singleton, Heather Singleton, Casi Singleton, Valerie Layfield, Michael Payne, Jessie Payne.


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.      August 11, 1960

 FRANCIS     MARION      SHIVERS

 Funeral services for Chief Boatswain Francis Marion Shivers, 39, of Warner Robins , were held Sunday at Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon

 Chaplain Harold McManus and Rev. C. G. Ward officiated.  Full military rites were conducted at the graveside at FELTON CEMETERY in Montezuma.  Gardner-Watson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 Chief Shivers, U. S. Navy retired, was a member of Mabel White Baptist Church .

 Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Pennington Shivers of Macon ; father, William Eli Shivers of Unadilla; one sister, Mrs. L. C. Griffin of Orwell , Ohio ; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 [Note: Francis Marion Shivers – Ga. BMCA U.S. Navy – Born March 28, 1921 -  Died August 5, 1960 ] WW II – Korea – is buried in Felton Cemetery beside his mother, Mary Pennington Shivers [Sept. 5, 1893 – April 30, 1969] See her OBIT & probably a brother, William Edward Shivers – 13th Air Force – Born 1919 – Died 1943 – WW II]


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.            May 26, 1960

 VERTIE     SMITH

 Miss Vertie Smith, 87 year old Marshallville citizen, died Tuesday after a long illness.

 Funeral services were held  Wednesday in Marshallville Baptist Church .  The Rev. James Ivey of Dawson and the Rev. Emmett Davis officiated with burial following in the MARSHALLVILLE CEMETERY .

 Survivors include two brothers, Dale Smith of Macon and Savoy Smith of Albany ; a sister, Mrs. W. T. Thomas of Marshallville; a niece, Mrs. J. D. Chappell, with whom she had lived for several years.

 Rooks Funeral Home of Fort Valley was in charge of arrangement.

[Note: I do NOT find a marked grave in Marshallville Cemetery for Miss Vertie Smith HOWEVER, I do find Lot No. 103 is a SMITH LOT with no visible graves & Lot No. 104 is a SMITH LOT with no visible graves


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.         June  2,  1960

  CAMPBELL        SLATON

 Funeral services for Campbell Slaton were held Thursday of last week at MOUNTAIN   HILL   BAPTIST CHURCH in Harris County .

 Mr. Slaton, 81 year old resident of Mountain Hill community, near LaGrange, died Tuesday, May 24.  He was a brother of Raymond O. Slaton, Sr. of Garden Valley community here in Macon County .

Relatives from this county attending the funeral included:  Raymond O. Slaton, Sr., J. M. Slaton, Miss Sandra Slaton, Mrs. J. C. McDaniel, Brenda McDaniel, Raymond Slaton and family and Robert Nelson.


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.     August 11, 1976

 MRS.   LESTER   EARL  [Louise Dixon]   SMITH

 Mrs. Louise Dixon Smith of Montezuma, died Sunday, August 8, 1976 at the Americus-Sumter County Hospital after a lengthy illness.  Mrs. Smith, who was 65 years of age, was a homemaker and a native of Montezuma.  She was a member of the Montezuma United Methodist Church .

 She is survived by her husband, Lester E. Smith; one daughter, Miss Evelyn Smith; one son, Tommy L. Smith, all of Montezuma and three grandchildren, Sandra, Leslie and Lindsey Smith of Montezuma; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. [Ann Dixon] Smith of Marshallville and Mrs. Carlton C. Lisle of Columbus; three brothers; W. D. Dixon of Fort Valley, James R. Dixon of Montezuma and Fred M. Dixon of Ideal.

 Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held Tuesday morning at the Montezuma United Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. C. Dick Reese officiating.  Interment was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma.

 Arrangements were by Watson-Mathews Funeral Home.

 [Note: Louise Dixon Smith – Born October 8, 1910 – Died August 8, 1976 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside her husband, Lester Earl Smith [ March 18, 1906 – Nov. 20, 1981 ]

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.    August 13, 1976

 MRS.  GEORGE   D.  [Edna Manhein]  SHEA

 Mrs. Edna Manheim Shea, who moved to Montezuma from Coral Gables , Fl. Five years ago, passed away after a long illness at Scott Air Force Base Hospital , Illinois on July 27th.  Her girlhood friend, Mrs. Lloyd [Margaret] Simson, who had been living with her for several years, was with her at the time of her death.

 Mrs. Shea was the widow of Major General [Ret]. George D. Shea, brother of Mrs. Carl P. Savage.

 Graveside services were conducted on August 3, at Fort Benning Post Cemetery .

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.       May 12, 1976

 MARTIN   LUTHER   SHEALY,   SR.

 Martin Luther Shealy of Oglethorpe passed away Thursday, May 6, 1976 in Americus Sumter County Hospital .  He was 81 years of age.

 Mr. Shealy, a life long resident of Oglethorpe, was a member of the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church , charter member of the Oglethorpe Lions Club, a veteran of World War I and owner-operator of Shealy’s Nursery.

 Funeral services for Mr. Shealy were held Saturday, May 8th from the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church with Rev. Jody Robertson and Rev. Roy Gardner officiating.  Burial was in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY .  Pallbearers – not copied.

 Surviving Mr. Shealy are his wife, Mrs. Mary Sanders Shealy; a son, Martin Luther Shealy, Jr.; a daughter, Miss Susan Shealy and two grandchildren, Miss Susanne Shealy and John Shealy, all of Oglethorpe.

 [Note: Martin L. Shealy – Born April 23, 1895 – Died May 6, 1976 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery .]

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.        March 31, 1976

 JEFFREY   MARLIN   SMITH

 Jeffrey Marlin Smith, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldred M. Smith of Oglethorpe, died Thursday, March 25, 1976 in an Americus Hospital .  Services were held Saturday, March 27, 1976 in the  OGLETHORPE CEMETERY .  The Rev. Jody Robertson conducted the services.

 Survivors other than his parents include the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Olin  Eldred Smith  of Oglethorpe; material grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luke Stafford of Marshallville; two sisters, Laurie Ann Smith and Robyn Smith of Oglethorpe.

 Arrangements were by Watson-Mathews Funeral Home.

 [Note: Jeffrey Marlin, infant son of Eldred & Mary Smith March 25, 1976 . [the only date – probably birth and death date]

There is another Infant daughter of Eldred & Mary Smith – October 22, 1967 buried next to Jeffrey.]

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.    March 3, 1976

 MRS. THOMAS  M.  [Sarah Kennedy]  SCOVILL,  SR.

 Mrs. Sarah Kennedy Scovill died Friday, February 27, 1976 at the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home.  She was 86 years of age.  She was born in Macon County and had lived here all her life.  She was a member of the Oglethorpe Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women.  She served as postmistress in Oglethorpe for over 40 years.  She was the widow of the late Thomas M. Scovill, Sr. who died in 1929.

 Funeral services for Mrs. Scovill were held Saturday, February 28 from the Oglethorpe Methodist Church with Rev. Jody Robertson, pastor, and Rev. Roy Gardner officiating.  Interment was in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY .  Pallbearers – Not copied.

 Surviving Mrs. Scovill are two sons, Thomas M. Scovill of Clearwater , Fl.; James W. Scoville of Oglethorpe; two grandsons, Thomas E. Scovill of Mt. Shasta, California; Russell Scovill of Tampa, Fl.; two granddaughters, Sarah Scovill of Sarasota, Fl.; and Joan Scovill of Tampa, Fl.;

 Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge.

 [Note:  Sarah Kennedy Scovill – Born January 4, 1890 – Died February 27, 1976 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside her husband, T. M. Scovill [ Sept. 13, 1881 – Oct. 1, 1929 ]

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.   January 21, 1976

 MRS.    DELLA   WATSON     STANDRIDGE

 Oglethorpe – Mrs. Della Watson Standridge died Thursday, January 15, 1975 in an Americus hospital after a lengthy illness.  Services were held Friday in Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma.  Burial was in CEDAR VALLEY CHURH CEMETERY .  Rev. George Deal conducted funeral services.

 Pallbearers were Robert James, Robert Johnson, Tom Vanzant, Ray Greene, Johnny Greene and Theron Wilkes.

 A native of Marion County , Mrs. Standridge lived in Oglethorpe most of her life.

 Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Vasco C. Rogers of Oglethorpe and a son, George H. Standridge of Albany ; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jewel Standridge of Allendale , S.C. ; one son-in-law, Roy Epps of Athens , Ga. ; seventeen grandchildren, a number of great and great-great grandchildren; one brother, Jim Watson of Ashburn , Ga. ; a sister, Miss Lula Mae Watson of Arabi , Ga.

 Funeral arrangements were by Watson Mathews Funeral Home.

 [Note: Della Standridge – Born November 9, 1890 – Died January 15, 1976 ] is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery near her daughter Mary S. Rogers [1915 – 1982]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 11, 1998

MRS. JOSEPH P. [Louise Poole] STANDRIDGE

Louise Poole Standridge, 78 of Byromville, Ga. passed away Saturday, November 7, 1998. Funeral services were held Monday, November 9, at 2 pm. Graveside at BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, The Rev. Eddie Braswell and The Rev. Jimmy Sharp officiated.
Born in Fairmont, Ga. she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Sally Poole. She was a retired Registered Nurse with the Dooly County Health Dept. She was a member of the Byromville United Methodist Church, the D. A. R. and the U. D. C.
Survivors: 2 daughters, Amy Joe Valley of Fayetteville, Ga. and Suzanne Morgan Lyle of Mt. Juliet, Tn. Sister in laws: Ruth Murphy of Byromville, Ga. and Anne Standridge of Montezuma, Ga. 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, make donations to Byromville United Methodist Church.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

[Note: Louise P. Standridge - Born - August 30, 1920 - Died November 7, 1998 is buried in Bertha Dozier [A2-143] beside her husband, Joseph P. Standridge [March 9, 1919 - Nov. 28, 1967] Obit


 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.   December 31, 1975

 RAYMOND  O.  SLATON,  SR.

  Reynolds , Ga. – The funeral services for R. O. Slaton, Sr., 99, who died Saturday, December 20, 1975 at his residence in Reynolds, were held Tuesday, December 23, from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Macon County with burial in MT. HILL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY near Hamilton , Ga.

 Mr. Slaton was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for over 50 years.  He was a retired farmer and native of Harris County .  He lived most of his life in Reynolds.  He was a Mason for 78 years, and a member of the Reynolds Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Slaton is survived by four sons, Hugh Slaton, Sr. of Desota, R. O. Slaton, Jr., J. M. Slaton, Harold Slaton, all of Reynolds, three daughters, Mrs. Mary Jo Slaton Robertson of Desoto, Mrs. Hortense Slaton McDaniel of Reynolds, Mrs. Beatrice Slaton Davis of Perry; one sister, Mrs. Annie Slaton Warren of Miami; 31 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Citizen & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga. December 24, 1975

WILLIAM   RONALD   “BUB”   SMITH

 William Ronald “Bub” Smith, 41, died Sunday, December 14, 1975 .  Services were held Tuesday, December 16 in Watson-Mathews Funeral Home.  Burial was in LEBANON CEMETERY in PLAINS, Ga. Rev. Roy Gardner and Rev. Carl Ayers were officiating ministers.

Active pallbearers were: Malcom Wishard, Jule Webb, Benny Mitcham, Bill English, Neal English, Bobby Trussell, Morgan Chapman and Wayne Lashley.

 Many Friends and relatives of Mr. Smith served as honorary pallbearers.

 Mr. Smith, a lifelong resident of Macon County , was a farmer and a member of Mt. Zion-St. Luke Lutheran Church.  He was a graduate of Oglethorpe High School and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .  He attended North Georgia Military College and served in the U. S. Army.

 Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rene Jones Smith of Oglethorpe; a daughter, Miss Juliann Smith; three sons; Ron Smith, Thaddeus Smith and Lyle Scott Smith, all of Oglethorpe; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Smith of Oglethorpe; six sisters, Mrs. W. E. Webb of Oglethorpe, Mrs. William R. Farris and Mrs. Russell Hinson, both of Warner Robins, Mrs. Roy Pierce of Donalsonville; Mrs. Robert J. Davis of Camilla and Mrs. Arlen W. Rohl of Sumter, S.C.


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.   November 19, 1975

 MRS.  JOSEPH  V.  [Mamie Payne]   STANDRIDGE

 Mrs. Mamie Payne Standridge of Byromville , Ga. , died Monday, November 17, 1975 at the Rosewood Medical Nursing Home in Byromville.  She was 86 years of age; a native of Taylor County but had lived in Byromville for the past thirty years.  She was a member of the Byromville Methodist Church .  She was the wife of the late Joseph V. Standridge who passed away in February 1974.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 19 from the Byromville Methodist Church .  Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Montezuma.  Rev. Benny Dowdy and Rev. Sam Buchanan officiated.

 Pallbearers were James Sullivan, Billy Sullivan, Jim Roberts, Sr., Jim Roberts, Jr., Boyce Riddle and Melvin Hill.

 Her survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Walter Kersey of Thomaston , Ga. , Mrs. Katy Hamilton of Dalton , Ga. Mrs. Sam A. Murphy of Byromville; two daughters-in-law; Mrs. J. P. Standridge of Byromville , Ga. and Mrs. Leon W. Standridge of Montezuma; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

 [Note: Mamie P. Standridge – Born November 24, 1888 – Died November 17, 1975 is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery beside her husband, Joseph V. Standridge [1883-1974]


 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.   April 9, 1959

 FUNERAL SERVICES  FOR JESSE STANLEY HELD TUESDAY.

 Funeral services were held Tuesday at the [Smeared but Probably, Cedar Valley ] Baptist Church for Jesse Stanley, 52, who died at a _____ [smeared but probably, Local] Hospital after an extended illness.  The Rev. C. G. Ward and the Rev. Otho Pirkle officiated and burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

  Pallbearers not copied

  A native of Wilcox County , Mr. Stanley came to Macon County 29 years ago and, in recent years, had operated a taxi service.

  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nancy Bell Stanley of Montezuma; one brother, Henry Stanley of Macon, three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Brooks of Panama City, Fla.; Mrs. Cora Bellflower of Tifton; Mrs. Maude Hughes of Fitzgerald; and a number of nieces and nephews.

  Watson Mathews Funeral Home was in charge.

[Note: Jesse E. Stanley – Born February 5, 1907 – Died April 5, 1959 is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery in Montezuma beside his wife, Nancy Bell Stanley – [Feb. 20, 1908 – May 23, 1984

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 12, 1969

DON WAYNE SLATON FUNERAL NOTICE -

Funeral services for Don Wayne Slaton, 24 of Reynolds, who died Saturday evening, June 7, in an automobile accident near Mauk, Ga. were held Monday June 9, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
The Rev. Thomas J. Turner and the Rev. Bub Eldridge officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Slaton was a life-long resident of Macon County and was employed by the Butler Mobile Home Company. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a 1963 graduate of the Macon County High School
Survivors include one daughter, Dawn Slaton of Warner Robins; parents, Mrs. and Mrs. John Maurice Slaton of Reynolds; three brothers, Virlyn Slaton of Atlanta, Lester Slaton of Birmingham, Ala., Gary Slaton of Oglethorpe; one sister, Mrs. George Klossing of Thomasville; grandfather, R. O. Slaton, Sr. of Reynolds.
Pallbearers were Gene Slaton, Bryan Slaton, Bennie Slaton, Jimmy McDaniel, Arthur Busbee and Ronnie Teece.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that friends mail contributions to the Houston Speech and Hearing School, 1oo Pine Valley Dr. Warner Robins, Ga.
[Note: Wayne Slaton - Born January 12, 1945 - Died June 7, 1969 is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery beside his parents

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 14, 1969


FUNERAL SERVICES TO BE HELD FOR MRS. JOHN G. SIMMONS

 Mrs. Louise Hardage Simmons, 49, died suddenly early Tuesday evening, August 12 at her home in the Garden Valley Community, near Oglethorpe.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Turner, Rev. Sidney Jones, and Rev. Carl Ayers officiating. Interment will be in PLEASANT GROVE CEMETERY.Pallbearers-not copied.
A native of Upson County, Mrs. Simmons had resided in Macon County for the past forty years and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, John Golden Simmons of Oglethorpe; two sons, Gary and Gene Simmons of Oglethorpe; two daughters, Mrs. Hugh L. Neisler of Macon and Mrs. James Manning of Americus; one brother, Fred Hardage of Oglethorpe; two sisters, Mrs. Edgar Barfield of Warner Robins and Mrs. M. D. Greene of Ideal; and nine grandchildren.
The family is at the residence of John Golden Simmons. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Goddard Funeral Home of Reynolds is in charge.
[Note:Louise H. Simmons - Born October 6, 1919 - Died August 12, 1969 is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery back of the church, beside her husband, John Golden Simmons [Dec. 23-1915 - March 21, 1984] See his Obit


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 2, 1969


LUCIUS D. SIMMONS FUNERAL NOTICE -

Funeral services for Lucius D. Simmons, 62, who died early Saturday, September 27, 1969 in a Dublin Hospital were held on Sunday at PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CEMETERY with the Rev. Sidney Jones and the Rev. Carl Ayers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
A lifelong resident of Macon County, Mr. Simmons had served with the Ideal and Montezuma Police Departments and a guard at the Macon County State Prison Branch. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, a Mason and was a Veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Stephens Simmons of Montezuma; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Simmons of Perry; one brother, Lawrence Simmons of Oglethorpe; three sisters, Mrs. Thomas Lipford of Franklin, Mrs. Sam Clonts of Rocky Mount, NC and Mrs. Hugh Crawford of Cullman, Ala.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers - not copied
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge.
[Note: Lucius D. Simmons - Born December 10, 1907 - Died September 27, 1969 is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.


Citizens & Georgian Newspaper      May 8, 1969

          MRS. MMARY P. SHIVERS - FUNERAL NOTICE

Services for MrMrs. Mary P. Shivers, 75, a former resident of 1359 Hillridge Drive, Macon, Ga., who died Wednesday in Ashtubula, Ohio, were held Monday at 11 am in Memorial Chapel.

  The Rev. James W. Waters officiated with burial in Felton Cemetery in Montezuma.

  Mrs. Shivers  was born and educated in Montezuma and had lived in Macon for 30 years.  She was a member of the Mable White Baptist Church, Macon, Gold Star Mothers and the Ladies Sunday School Class of that Church.

  Mrs. Shivers was the widow of F. M. Shivers and daughter of Francis M. Pennington and Mrs. Sara Wickers Pennington.

  Surivors include a daughter, Mrs. L. C. Griffin of East Orwell, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Lillian Miller of Palmetto, Fla., Mrs. Lutie Herting of Montezuma, and Mrs. Betty Bacon of Plains, Ga.

[Note: Mary Pennington Shivers Born: Sept.5, 1893 - Died April 30, 1969 is buried in Felton Cemetery - next to  Francis M. Shivers WWII-Korea.U.S.Navy [3-28-1921 -  8-5-1960]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 12, 1968

SINGLETARY-WRIGHT-HARVEY-ROBBINS-NEWSOME-WHITE-MASON-GRIFFS-KEARSE

MRS. EVA WRIGHT SINGLETARY, 70 OBITUARY Services for Mrs. Eva Wright Singletary, 70, who died Friday afternoon, December 6th in a Cordele hospital after a brief illness were held Sunday, December 8th, at the Cedar Valley Baptist Church, burial in church cemetery. Mrs. Singletary was a native of Macon County but had lived in Cordele for the past three years. She was a member of the Cedar Valley Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Charlie A. Singletary of Cordele; six daughters, Mrs. Richard Harvey of Montezuma, Mrs. Troy Robbins of Albany, Mrs. Pete Newsome of Leary, Mrs. M. D. White of Cordele, Mrs. Rastus Mason of Unadilla, Mrs. Charles Griggs of Byron, four sons, R. E. Singletary of Perry, Robert Singletary of Vienna, Donald Singletary of Albany, Charlie B. Singletary of Augusta; one sister, Mrs. Berta W. Kearse of Jacksonville, Fla.; four brothers, Charlie Wright and Dock Wright, both of Augusta, Jerry Wright of Orlando, Fla., and Lloyd Wright of Cordele; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. [Note: Eva W. Singletary - Born April 11, 1898 - Died December 6, 1968 is buried in Cedar Valley Baptist Cem. beside her husband, Charlie A. Singletary - 4-17-1896 - 12-3-1971]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 18, 1968

SATTERFIELD-WALLACE-GRIZZLE-HOWARD-STONE-CRAIG.

MRS. DANIEL J. [MARY WALLACE] SATTERFIELD OBIT

Final rites for Mrs. Mary Wallace Satterfield, 74, of Montezuma, who passed away late Friday afternoon, April 12, at a local hospital after an extended illness, were held Sunday afternoon at Cedar Valley Baptist Church. with burial in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery in Montezuma. Mrs. Satterfield had resided in Montezuma for the past eight years, having moved here from Duluth. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Forsyth County. Survivors include her husband, Daniel J. Satterfield of Montezuma; one daughter, Mrs. Jack Grizzle of Montezuma; one son, Jewell C. Satterfield of Duluth; three grandchildren, Mrs. Lee Howard and Douglas Grizzle of Tucker, Ga. and Dan Grizzle of Montezuma; two brothers, Johnny Wallace of Oglethorpe and Lennie Wallace of Suwannee; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Stone and Mrs. Cora Craig of Suwannee. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge. [Note: Mary W. Satterfield - Born February 4, 1894 - Died April 12, 1968 is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery. beside her husband, Daniel J. Satterfield 2-1-1892 - 9-26-1978]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. September 7, 1967
SOLOMON - MARSHALL - EPTING -


MRS. JOHN W. [Lucy Marshall] SOLOMON, 85

Died September 2, 1967
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Marshall Solomon, 85, of Montezuma, who died Saturday in a local hospital after a long illness, were held Monday in the Montezuma Methodist Church where she was a member. The Rev. Emory C. Gilbert, pastor, officiated with burial in the FELTON CEMETERY in Montezuma. Pallbearers were, Edgar Walker, Edwin M. McKenzie, J.D.Maffett, Sr., Dr. L.C.Cheves, Harry Maffett and Frank Kelley. A lifelong resident of Macon County, Mrs. Solomon was the widow of John W. Solomon. Survivors include one son, John W. Solomon of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughter-in-law, Mrs. John W. Colomon of Nashville and Mrs. Myrice DeVant Solomon of Lake City, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. [Note: Lucy M. Solomon - Born October 4, 1881 - Died September 2, 1967 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside her husband, John W. Solomon [Nov. 11, 1879 - 5-27-1958] [Note: Per the 1900 Macon Co., Ga. Census, Lucy Marshall was a daughter of Thomas Marshall [3-25-1843 - 10-8-1928] CSA and his wife, Henrietta A [Epting] Marshall [7-7-1855 - 3-17-1936] both buried Felton Cem. also see Henrietta's Obit Macon Co. Web. Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 30, 1991


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 9, 1994

ROBERT ELTON SUBER

Mr. Robert Elton Suber, 77, of 325 Engram Street in Montezuma, died Thursday, March 3, 1994 in Meadows Memorial Hospital, Vidalia, Georgia. Mr. Suber was well-known in Macon County for his leadership in educational, professional, church and civic activies
A native of Colquitt County, Georgia, he was born November 8, 1916, the son of James L. Suber and Lula Granger Suger. He had lived in Montezuma since 1946. He was a graduate of Moultrie High School, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia [BSA]
A member of First Baptist Church in Montezuma, he had served as chairman of the Board of Deacons and was a member of the Baracca Sunday School Class. He was also a former member of the Montezuma City Council and had served as President of the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club. He was a District Governor of the Lions Club, and twice Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Clunb, as well as a member and Past Master of Travelers Rest Masonic Lodge No. 65.
He taught school in Colquitt County, Ty Ty, Rose Hill and Reedy Creek, where he was principal and also taught vocational agriculture in Byromville before starting the first vocational agriculture course in Macon County. He taught in both Montezuma and Oglethorpe, and later served as Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Land Bank Association, retiring as President in December 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Emily McCrary Suber of Montezuma, three sons, James Robert [Bob] Suber of Douglasville, Dr. Huber McCrary [Mac] Suber of Vidalia, Joseph Elton [Joe] Suber of Los Angeles, California. a daughter, Miss Gay Suber of Atlanta, a sister, Mrs. Helen Carrof Moultrie, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 am Saturday, March 5, in the First Baptist Church. Burial was in the BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma. Dr. Randy Gregg and Dr. Ken Bush officiated.
 


From: GUELDA HAY'S Macon Co., Ga. Obituary Collection

LITTLE BETHEL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEM.

SOUTER - CROMER

HARRY SAMUEL SOUTER, 77, Died in Thomaston
Harry Samuel Souter, 77, of Thomaston, died June 21, 1994. Services were held June 23, in the chapel of Coggins Funeral Home with Rev. Rocky Culpepper officiating. Burial was in LITTLE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY near Ideal. He was retired from B. F. Goodrich. He is survived by a nephew, Bobby Cromer of Butler Coggins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Note: Harry Samuel Souter - Born January 13, 1917 - Died June 21, 1994 is buried in Little Bethel Baptist Cemetery beside Lorice Cromer Souter [May 9, 1919 - June 15, 1991] His marker was previously placed beside Lorice Cromer Souter with no death date.] She was the daughter of Nuby L. Cromer and his wife, Lizzie Bell [Fowler] Cromer who are also buried in Little Bethel Cemetery.]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, February 9, 1994

ELI B. SWARTZENTRUBER

Mr. Eli B. Swartzentruber, 83, of Route 1, Montezuma, died Friday, February 4, 1994, in the Flint River Community Hospital, Montezuma.
Services were held at 1 pm Monday, February 7, in the Montezuma Mennonite Church. Minister Norman Swartzentruber, Bishop Lewis Tice and Bishop Eli Kauffman officiated. Burial was in the MONTEZUMA MENNONITE CHURCH CEMETERY.
A native of Plain City, Ohio, Mr. Swartzentruber was born October 11, 1910, the son of Christian J. Swartzentruber and Susan Beachy Swartzentruber, both of Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. James [Miriam] Welch of Columbus, Ga., a son, Enos Alton Swartzentruber of Montezuma, 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 6, 1972

MRS. EDWARD P. [Iona Walton] SHEALY

Funeral services for Mrs. Iona Walton Shealy,, 63, of Altanta, who died Saturday afternoon in an Atlanta Hospital after a short illness, were held Monday afternoon at 2 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer with intombment at WESTVIEW ABBEY. Mrs. Shealy, the wife of Mr. Edward P. Shealy, was a native of Pompano Beach, Fla., but had resided in Atlanta since her marriage to Mr. Shealy. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of The Redeemer. She is survived by her husband, Edward P. Shealy.
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 23, 1975

RAYMOND ORIS SLATON, SR. CELEBRATES 99th BIRTHDAY ON APRIL 13, 1975

Picture of Mr. R. O. Slaton, Sr.
99 YEARS YOUNG - R. O. Slaton, Sr,. vowed when a small boy that he would become a Mason and when he became old enought he was affiliated with ther R.E.Lee Lodge in Harris County. Now he is one of the oldest Masons in the state of Georgia having served for 78 years. To prove it he proudly shows the Masonic ring he wears to Past Master Lamar Rogers of the Reynolds Lodge 695 where he now holds membership. Shown standing to the rear is Mr. Slaton's brother-in-law, Hadley Smith of Pico Rivers, Calif.

MR. SLATON FETED ON 99TH BIRTHDAY.
Although "Watergate" has made news in the past year, the "Whiskey Ring" and the "Mulligan Letters" were just as notorious when Raymond Oris Slaton, Sr. arrived in the world, Born April 13, 1876, in Hamilton, the son of Joseph Lenchfield and Mary Elizabeth Campbell Slaton, he first moved to Howard and later to Macon County near Reynolds where he has made his home since 1919.
Mr. Slaton celebrated his 99th birthday on Sunday, April 13, with more than 200 kin and other well-wishers coming by during the day. He now makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Hortense McDaniel, where the celebration was held Sunday.
He was married to Eva Smith, who died in 1941, on November 22, 1899. Mr. and Mrs. Slaton were the parents of nine children, seven of them surviving. Other than Mrs. Hortense McDaniel, three others, R. O. Slaton, Jr., Maurice Slaton and Hal Slaton, live in the Reynolds area. Mrs. Mary Jo Robertson and Hugh Slaton make their home in DeSoto and Mrs. Beatrice Davis lived in Perry, Two children, Sarah and Helen are deceased, There are now 32 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Early in his life, Mr. Slaton attended the funeral of his grandfather Campbell and saw a Masonic apron, After that time, he was determined that as soon as he reaced the age of 21, he would become a member of the organization. He was initiated into the R. E. Lee Lodge No. 111 in Harris County on August 21, 1897, and raised on October 16, 1897, making him today one of the oldest living Masons in the state of Georgia. He became a charter member of the Reynolds Lodge No. 695 on October 26, 1949 and served faithfully as long as his health would permit.
A number of the members of the Reynolds Lodge and other surrounding groups as well as some of the state officers visited with Mr. Slaton on his 99th birthday to extend best wishes. He holds both a 50 year pin and a watch for 75 years in Masonic work.
Mr. Slaton was a farmer for many years, completely running the farm until he wa 86 and on Sunday he wished he could pick some more cotton as he did until his 95th year. He not only picked cotton but fed the cows, climbing up to a second story of the barn to get the feed and throw it down to the cows. It was at the age of 95 that a cow kicked him and since that time he has not made the effort to care for his cattle and do other chores that he did.
He loves top reminisce about days gone by and says the young today could not stand what he has been through. He was born the year of the disputed election of Cleveland following the War Between the States when scandal and corruption were running rampant. The Yankees had gone through the country taking everything, just a few years before this and the South was still trying to recuperate from the carpetbaggers and scalawags.
His mother cooked on the fireplace, putting coals under and on top of the biscuits to cook them. She also did the spinning, weaving and made all of the family clothes by hand without benefit of a sewing machine. He saw many changes through the years and knows well the modern convenience vs. the early way of doing things.
Mr. Slaton taught a Sunday School Class at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church near his home until he was 97. Although he became too blind to be able to read the lesson, he had it read to him by one of his gransons, Billy McDaniel , and the the Scripture was read during the lesson with him speaking between the verses. He never forgot to end the lesson with "Do Right" and often reminded those listening that they should "Obey the Lord and work for Him".
Active in Masonic work, his church, farming and rearing children through three depressions, Mr. Slaton still says his longevity is based on the promise of God, "Honor thy father and mother that thy days may be long." And many came to honor Mr. Slaton on Sunday.


 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.      November 10, 1960

 JAMES      LESTER      SOUTER

 State Representative J. Lester Souter, Sr., died at his home here Saturday morning, November 5, 1960 .  He was 60 years old and had resided here for 25 years.

 Born and reared in Preston , Mr. Souter was the owner of Souter Lumber Company and was engaged in other business and farming interest in this region.  He had served three consecutive terms as representative from Macon County and had recently been elected to a fourth term.  A member of the Montezuma Baptist Church , he was a Mason and a Shriner.

 Funeral services were held Sunday to the First Baptist Church of Montezuma.  Rev. C. G. Ward officiated and burial followed in FELTON CEMETERY .  Watson Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 Pallbearers – not copied.

 Surviving are his wife, the former Tommie Hill; one son, James L. Souter, Jr.; his mother, Mrs. J. F. Souter of Savannah; one brother, Hoyle Souter of Savannah; two sisters, Mrs. Leroy Dubberly of Moultrie and Mrs. Sam J. Gardner of Savannah.  There are two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

 [Note: James Lester Souter – Born July 5, 1900 – Died November 5, 1960 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside, Betty Tom Souter, wife of T. Gilmore Greene, III [Feb. 13, 1929 – Sept. 3, 1954]

 

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma , Ga.    October 13, 1960

 MRS.     SWOLL     R.    [Annie Riley]     SAWYER

 Funeral services for Mrs. Swoll R. Sawyer, 54, who died at her residence in Columbus early Sunday were held in St. Luke Methodist Church of that city Monday afternoon.  Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Macon , Georgia on Tuesday morning with graveside services.

 Mrs. Sawyer was a resident of Marshallville, Ga. for several years while her husband, Rev. Swoll Sawyer, served as pastor of the Marshallville Methodist Church .  She taught a year in Marshallville High School and two years in Montezuma.

 The former Miss Annie Riley, She was born in Houston County .  She was a graduate of Mercer University and Wesleyan College and a member of the Education Association of University Women and chairman of its educational committee.

 Surviving are her husband, Rev. Swoll R. Sawyer of Columbus, two daughters, Mrs. Howard R. Hart, Jr., of Schenectady, New York, and Mrs. Kenneth E. Whipple of Columbia, South Carolina; her mother, Mrs. Sam Riley of Macon ; a granddaughter, Annie Laurence Hart of New York and a brother, Oliver Riley of Macon.

 [Note:  I, Davine V. Campbell had the pleasure of being a student in Marshallville High School when Mrs. Sawyer taught there.  She was one of the most INTERESTING teachers, she was my first teacher to take the entire class on field trips.  We toured the Macon City Water Works,  The Ogmulgee Indian Mounds, The Kraft Paper Company,  and others.  ]

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.   April 3, 1958

MRS. ROBERT   HENRY    [Fannie   Pennington]   STUBBS

Final Rites Held Tuesday For Mrs. Fannie Stubbs, 84.

  Last rites were held from the Rehoboth Baptist Church, Americus, Tuesday for Mrs. Fannie Pennington Stubbs, 84, who died at the Americus and Sumter County Hospital Monday afternoon following a ten-day illness.

  Mrs. Stubbs was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Pennington and Jane Wicker Pennington, of Macon County. She was the widow of Robert Henry Stubbs, who died in 1947.  She had resided in Sumter County for the past 33 years.

    A member of Lee Street Methodist Church, Americus, she had attended Rehoboth Baptist, being active in W. M. S. until failing health.

  Survivors include four daughters, Miss Mary Alyce Stubbs of Americus, Mrs. Charlie Perry of Tifton, Mrs. Harris Edwards of Chickamauga and Mrs. Alvin Collins of Griffin; three sons, Robert S. Stubbs of Adel, George A. Stubbs of Waycross and C. W. Stubbs of Americus; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Holloway of Andersonville and Mrs. E. W. Coker of Cut-Off Community; brother, Elmo Pennington of Dalton; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

  The Rev. H. S. Brooks of Cordele and L. Cecil Wimberly of Americus officiated. Interment was in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

  Reese Park Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

 

[Note:Fannie P. Stubbs – Born January 29, 1874 – Died March 31, 1958 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside her husband, Robert H. Stubbs [12-27-1868 – 12-3-1947] See his Obit

 

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Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Georgia  August 20, 1942

 

JAMES   WARREN   SEWELL

 

J. W. Sewell Dies Monday Morning; Buried Tuesday

  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for James Warren Sewell, 67, who died Monday morning in Montezuma.  Burial took place in the FELTON CEMETERY after rites conducted by the Rev. Homer Fowler.

  Surviving Mr. Sewell are two sons, Horton Sewell o0f Macon County and Paul Sewell of Cordele; three daughters, Mrs. T. A. Bramblett, Mrs. J. Ragin, Mrs. Dave English, all of Macon County; one sister, Mrs. Etta Clark of Maysville, N. C., and one brother O. D. Sewell of Montezuma.

  Pallbearers were Carl Sewell, Cliff Sewell, C. Sewell, Gladstone Sewell, David Long and David English.

 

[Note: I do NOT find a marked grave in Felton Cemetery for James Warren Sewell NOR do I find a marked grave in Felton Cemetery for his wife, Julia T. Sewell  who died February 1963 @ 81 years of age.]

Anyone having info on the location of their graves, please respond.


OBITS   for   April   2003

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. September 3, 1980

 

JAMES   MADISON   SKIPPER

 

Funeral services were held Friday, August 29, 1980 at Cedar Valley Baptist Church for Mr. James Madison Skipper, age 60, of Marshallville.  Mr. Skipper died on Wednesday, August 27, at his residence.  Burial was in the CEDAR VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY. Rev. Jack Neill and Rev. C. H. Donaldson officiated.

  Mr. Skipper was a native of Clay County, Alabama and had resided in Marshallville for the past 11 years.  He owned and operated Skippers Exxon Service Station.  He was a member of Marshallville Baptist church and was a veteran of WWII.

  Surviving Mr. Skipper are his wife, Mrs. Mary Walls Skipper of Marshallville; two daughters, Ms. Janice Blount and Mrs. Pat O’Hearn, both of Marshallville; two brothers, Ellis Skipper of Marshallville and Claude Skipper of Fort Valley; five sisters, Mrs. Rosa Lee Collier, Mrs. Thurn LaVallee, Mrs. Vince Bolan and Mrs. Joe Lacey, all of Marshallville and Mrs. Crenton Sommerville of Roseland, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

  Pallbearers were Randy Skipper, Terry Collier, Elvis Walls, Johnny Bryant, Robert Lacey and Paul Lominack.  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge.

 

[Note: James Madison Skipper [6-2-1920 – 8-27-1980] is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery.

OBITS     for    April    2003

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.   July 1, 1981

 

JOHN     SARDYNE     STOWE,  II

 

Funeral services were held for Mr. John Sardyne Stowe, age 34, of Montezuma on Saturday, June 27, 1981 in the Chapel of Watson Mathews Funeral Home.  Mr. Stowe died on Jun 25 as the result of a helicopter accident.

  President David H. Hawkins and First Counselor Donnie Musgrove officiated and burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.

  Mr. Stowe was a native of Montezuma, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was employed as the Chief Security Officer at Buckeye Cellulose Corp.

  Survivors of Mrs. Stowe are his wife, Mrs. Dixie Lee Lollar Stowe of Montezuma; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Stowe, of Annadale, Virginia; a brother, Jeffrey Scott Stowe of Annadale, Va.; and maternal grandmother, Mrs. C. V. Riddle of Montezuma.

  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

 

[Note: John Sardyne Stowe, II [1946 – 1981] is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery]


OBITS     for     April    2003

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.    July 8, 1981

 

JERE     DAVID     SMITH

 

Jere David Smith, 20, died Monday, July 6, 1981 in a Seattle, Washington hospital.

  Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of Macon County, and a member of Mt. Zion-St. Luke Lutheran Church.  He was a graduate of Southland Academy and a member of the Georgia Dairymen’s Association.

  Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde P. Smith, Sr.; two brothers, Clyde P. Smith, Jr. and John H. Smith, all of Oglethorpe; three sisters, Miss Martha Joan Smith and Miss Edna Jean Smith, both of Oglethorpe and Mrs. Julia s. Burris of Atlanta.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the cancer research fund at Emory University Hospital.

  Arrangements by Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma are incomplete.

 

[Note: Jere David Smith [November 29, 1960 – July 6, 1981] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside John Hewett Smith [7-5-1955 – 9-28-1982]

 

OBITS    for   March 2003

 

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.  February 4, 1943

 

WILLIAM     G.    SIMMONS

 

W. G. Simmons, 76, Buried Monday At Pleasant Grove

  W. G. Simmons, 76 years old, a native of Macon County, died Sunday afternoon at his home near Reynolds.  Mr. Simmons, who was a prominent farmer, had been in failing health for the past several years.

  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH with the Rev. Carl Ayers officiating.  Interment was in the PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.

  He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Lila Bledsoe, six daughters, Mrs. E. Windham, Mrs. C. W. Hardage and Mrs. Brown Perry of Reynolds, Mrs. Clem Robinson of Bainbridge, Mrs. Roy Childre of Macon and Mrs. Roy Eubanks of Butler; four sons, B. N. Simmons, Elijah Simmons, Jim Simmons and Burns Simmons, all of Reynolds; a sister Mrs. Gordon Harris of Reynolds and two brothers, H. S. and O. H. Simmons of Reynolds.

  Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers – Not copied.

[Note: William G. Simmons  [ 1866 – January 1943] is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside his wife, Mary Lila [Bledsoe] Simmons [1870 – 1956]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. September 21, 1972

MRS. DENNIS E. [Sarah Frances Quinlan] SHEA

Mrs. Sarah Frances Quinlan Shea, 69, died Monday afternoon in an Americus hospital after a short illness.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, 11 am from St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Montezuma with Father Patrick Adams officiating. Burial will be in RICHLAWN CEMETERY in Watertown, Mass.
Mrs. Shea was a native of Watertown and had lived in Montezuma for the past 22 years. She was a member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis E. Shea of Montezuma; two daughters, Miss Mary Plyllis Shea of Wateertown and Mrs. Sara Ann McPhillips of Framingham, Mass.; a son, Richard N. Shea of Watertown; a sister, Miss Mary Quinlan of Watertown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of the St. Michael's Romas Catholic Church of Montezuma.

 


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. November 7, 1963

 JOHN HENRY [Buddy] SHIRAH

 Funeral services for John Henry [Buddy] Shirah, 81, who died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Ernest W. [Gussie Shirah] Fowler of Montezuma, Saturday afternoon following a lengthy illness, were held Sunday in the chapel of Watson Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma.

 The Rev. C. G. Ward officiated with burial in the PINE LEVEL CEMETERY.

Pallbearers were Jack Tatum, Leonard Frank, Artis Lockerman, R. A. Waters, Allen Payne and Hastel Pike.

 Mr. Shirah was a native of Macon County, residing here all his life. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Montezuma and was a retired farmer.

 He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ernest W. Fowler and Mrs. C. W. [Mamie Shirah] Pike, Sr., both of Montezuma; two daughters, Mrs. Pauline Cromer and Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah, both of Oglethorpe; one son, John Hilton Shirah of Leslie; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

 [Note: John H. Shirah – Born 1882 – Died November 2, 1963 is buried in Pine Level Methodist Church Cemetery. There is a new, very interesting marker placed since the “Cemeteries of Macon County” book was published in addition to several other Shirah markers which includes John H. Shirah’s Mother, Rhoda Hill Shirah [1860 – 1947] & his Father, George W. Shirah with No Death Date. Anyone knowing the Death Date of George W. Shirah, PLEASE RESPOND.]


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. August 29, 1963

 PACILLA SHIRAH [Infant]

 Graveside services for Pacilla Shirah, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Shirah of Leslie, who died Friday at a Montezuma hospital, were held Saturday at the MOUNT OLIVE CHURCH CEMETERY near Potterville. The Rev. W. R. Childree officiated.

 The infant’s mother is the former Eloise Wilson of Oglethorpe.

 Survivors other than the parents include one sister, Charlotte Shirah; material grandmother, Mrs. Evelyn Pitts Wilson of Pottersville; and paternal grandfather, John H. Shirah of Montezuma.

 Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.

 [Note: Infant – Unmarked – No dates – is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Potterville [Taylor Co.], Ga. beside Eloise Wilson Shirah [4-9-1936 – Sept. 8, 1978]


1878   March   8

 ROUND ABOUT IN GEORGIA

Rev. S. H. J. Sistrunk, a well known Methodist preacher, died in Fort Valley last Week.

Transcribed by Margie Daniels


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  March 19, 1986

 FRED   SOUTER

   Mr. Fred Souter, 74, of Oglethorpe, Georgia, died Monday, March 17, 1986, in Sumter Regional Hospital, Americus, Georgia.  Funeral services were held at 2 pm, Tuesday, March 18, in Whitewater Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Wilson and the Rev. Homer Fowler officiating.  Burial was in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY.

  Mr. Souter, a son of the late Walter Frederick Souter and Sally Frances Ellis Souter, was born in Schley County, October 22, 1911.  He lived in Macon County for the past forty three years and was a retired farmer.  He was a member of Whitewater Baptist Church.

  Survivors are his wife, Tessa Barfield Souther; a daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Williams of Jonesboro, Georgia; a brother, Harry Souter of Thomaston, Ga.; four grandchildren, Tina Renee Williams and Kenneth Charles Williams, Christy Arnold and Gina Arnold.

  Pallbearers were Pat Simmons, Floyd Rooks, Billy Kelley, Murray Ellis, Harold Oliver, Marcene Ellis.

  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 [Note:  Fred Souter  -  Born October 22, 1911  -  Died  March 17, 1986 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Tessa [Barfield] Souter [5-1-1915 - 6-28-1999] See her obit. & their daughter, Carol Souter Williams  [12-28-1943  -  6-6-1988]


DEATH AND OBITUARY NOTICES FROM THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE  1867 - 1878. Issue of May 7, 1878.  THANKS, John       

 MRS.  SARAH  J.  SKINNER, aged forty-five years, died in Macon County, Ga. April 20, 1878.

 [Note: I do NOT find a marked grave either in Macon County Cemeteries of Cemeteries of Taylor County for any of the Skinner Family.  However I do find them in the following Census records:

1860 TAYLOR CO., GA. CENSUS [260]

SKINNER, William J.    32 SC

  Sarah J.                     26 SC

  Nathan T.                    6 SC

  Texanna M.                 4 SC

  Henrietta A.                 3 SC

  Mason M.                    1 SC

WAYNEWRIGHT, James D.  23

  Penelope                           23

  Allen C.                               1

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Since Mason M. Skinner was 1 years old and was born in South Carolina, they apparently just moved to Georgia.

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1870 MACON CO., GA. CENSUS  HH 494 - 814th Dist. [Lanier Area]

SKINNER, William J.         42 m/w SC Farmer $500

  Sarah J.                          36 f/w SC

  Nathan T.                        16 m/w SC Farm labor

  Texanna                          14 f/w SC  School

  Henrietta                         12 f/w SC School

  Madison M.                     10 m/w

  Martha J.                          9 f/w

  Sarah L.                           7 f/w

  Celestia O.                       5 f/w

  Patience S.                      2 f/w

  Emma O.                         1 f/w

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The Skinner Family does Not appear in either Taylor or Macon Counties in 1880 Census If you have any further info on the burial spot of Mrs. Sarah J. Skinner. PLEASE RESPOND.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  December 18, 1985

 JEROME   ARNO   SLAPPEY

   Jerome Arno Slappey, 71, of Marshallville, Georgia, died Saturday, December 14, 1985, at his home.  Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm Monday, December 16, in Ochlocknee Baptist Church, Ochlocknee, Georgia.  Burial was in the OCHLOCKNEE CEMETERY.  The Rev. Danny Barton and the Rev. Tom McCall officiated.

  Mr. Slappey, a native of Pelham, Georgia, resident in Marshallville for the past eight yerars.  He was born October 24, 1914, a son of James F. Slappey and Stella Mae Wilkes Slappey.  He was retired from the textile business and a member of Pelham Baptist Church.

  Survivors are his wife, Dorothy Mae Baker Slappey; three daughters, Mrs. Montine S. Giles of Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. Sherry Dean of Marshallville, Miss Gwen Slappey of Ochlocknee; a son, Winston J. Slappey of Lizella; a brother, Odell Slappey of Ochlocknee; four grandchildren.

  Pallbearers - Not Copied.  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

 [Jerome A. Slappey  -  Born October 24, 1914  -  Died December 14, 1985 was moved to MARSHALLVILLE CEMETERY]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. May 4, 1983

GENE ARTHUR STAFFORD

Mr. Gene Arthur Stafford, age 76, of Oglethorpe, Ga. died Thursday, April 28, 1983 in Magnolia Manor Nursing Center, Americus, Ga. Funeral services were held at 10:30 am Saturday, April 30, in Oglethorpe Baptist Church with burial in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY.
The Rev. Bill Deakins officiated.
Mr. Stafford, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stafford, was born October 27, 1906 in Murray County, Georgia. He resided in Oglethorpe most of his life, was a retired lumberman and a member and lifetime deacon of Oglethorpe Baptist Church.
Survivors are two sons, Morris E. [Buck] Stafford of Oglethorpe, Gary D. Stafford of Unadilla; one daughter, Mrs. Shirley S. Martin of Oglethorpe; five brothers, Carl Stafford, Leonard Stafford, Robert Stafford and Charlie Stafford all of Oglethorpe. Luke Stafford of Marshallville, one sister, Mrs. Jinevelyn Poole of Ideal, seven grandchildren.
Pallbearers & Honorary Pallbearers - Not Copied. Watson - Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Gene Arthur Stafford - Born October 27, 1906 - April 28, 1983 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside Sallye Kate Deloach Stafford [9-28-1913 - 11-17-1959] See her obit.
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 22, 1992

ROGER GOODWIN STREETMAN [Picture]

Services For Roger G. Streetman, 81, of Ideal.
Roger Goodwin Streetman, 81, of Ideal, died Tuesday, January 14, 1992 at Palmyra Medical Center in Albany.
Funeral services were held at 3 pm Thursday, January 16, at LITTLE BETHEL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH in Ideal. Burial was in the CHURCH CEMETERY.
The Rev. Sidney Jones and the Rev. Gene Ross officiated and eulogies were given by Streetman's children, Phillip Arien Streetman and Roger Ann Jones.
Streetman was born April 25, 1910 in Reynolds, the son of William Harvey Streetmand and Minnie Lee Brown Streetman.
He was married to the late Effie Raburn Streetman of Ideal.
Streetman was a justice of the peace in Ideal for approximately 20 years. He also worked as a self-employed well driller and electrician from 1925 to 1965. He had lived in Ideal since 1935.
He helped organize the first Boy Scout Troop in Ideal in 1951. He was instrumental in obtaining telephones for the rural area around Ideal in 1951, after service had been turned down by telephone companies several times. He went to the Public Service Commission in Atlanta for aid and received it.
He was a member of the Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Church where he served as treasurer from 1965 to 1972. He was also a member of Traveler's Rest Masonic Lodge No. 65 in Montezuma. He was scoutmaster of the Ideal Boy Scout Troop in 1951-52.
Streetman served as a medic in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 and 1934.
Survivors are his son, Phillip Arien Street of Cordele, his daughter, Roger Ann Jones of Camilla; his Stepmother, Annie Lou McDaniel Streetman of Ellaville, three brothers, Perry Thomas Streetman and Lemuel Elbert Streetman of Ellaville and William Harvey Streetman, Jr. of Salisbury, N.C., one sister, Annie Pearl Rogers of Ellaville and four grandchildren.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in Charge - Pallbearers - Not Copied.

Note: Roger G. Streetman - Born April 25, 1910 - Died January 14, 1992 is buried in Little Bethel Cemetery beside his wife, Effie Streetman [6-21-1911 - Oct. 2, 1978]
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 4, 1978

MRS. ROGERS G. [Effie Raburn] STREETMAN

Mrs. Effie Raburn Streetman of Ideal, Ga., died Monday, October 2, 1978 at the Peach County Hospital in Fort Valley. She was 67 years of age and a native of Macon County, having lived in Ideal all her life. She had been employed as a bookkeeper for Raburn Brothers Warehouse and she was a member of Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Church.
Mrs. Streetman is survived by her husband, Rogers G. Streetman of Ideal; one son, Rev. Phillip A. Streetman of Cordele; one daughter, Roger Ann Jones of Forsyth; two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Fowler and Miss Eva Raburn of Ideal; four grandchildren: April Jones of Forsyth, Leesa, Amy and Phil Streetman of Cordele.
Funeral services for Mrs. Streetman were held Tuesday, October 3, 1978 at Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Ross and her son, Rev. Phillip Streetman, officiating. Burial was in LITTLE BETHEL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.
Pallbearers - Honorary Pallbearers - Not Copied.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Effie Streetman - Born - June 21, 1911 - Died - October 2, 1978 is buried in Little Bethel Cemetery beside her husband, Roger G. Streetman [April 25, 1910 - January 14, 1991] See his obit.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. May 23, 1985

MRS. LEON [Lois Lytle] SHIRAH

Services Held for Mrs. Lois Lytle Shirah, 83, of Byromville, At Hepzibah Cem.
Mrs. Lois Lytle Shirah, age 83, of Byromville, Georgia, died Wednesday, May 15, 1985 in the Rosewood Medical Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm Friday, May 17, in the Byromville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Donna Friesen officiated and burial was in HEPZIBAH CEMETERY in Dooly County..
Mrs. Shirah, a native of Dooly County, was born September 12, 1901, a daughter of Thomas T. Lytle, Sr. and Emmie Wilson Lytle. She was a life long resident of Dooly County and a member of the Byromville United Methodist Church. She taught music at the Byromville High School and also gave private lessons, retiring in 1970, after thirty years of teaching. She was the wife of the late Leon Shirah.
Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Jennings Parrish of Albany; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. R. C. Collier of Montezuma and Mrs. Alfred Lytle of Atlanta, a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Wayne West, Bob Jeter, Sammy Lester, Billy Ingram, Billy Kitchens and Dennis Lanning.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of Arrangements.

[Note: Hepzibah Cemetery in Dooly Co., Ga. is located about four miles from Byromville on Byromville-Americus Road. Her father, Thomas T. Lytle [2-29-1868 - 5-19-1926] is buried there.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. February 5, 1992

ROBERT STAFFORD

Services Held For Robert Stafford, 74, of Oglethorpe.
Mr. Robert Stafford, 74, of 303 Cuyler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia, died Saturday, February 1, 1992 in Middle Georgia Hospital, Macon, Ga.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 3, in the Oglethorpe Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Givens officiating. Burial was in FELTON CEMETERY. Montezuma, with full Masonic rites.
Mr. Stafford, a native of Murray County, was born May 27, 1917, the son of James Clayton Stafford and Daisy Cantrell Stafford. He had resided in Macon County for most of his life, was a member of Oglethorpe Baptist Church and a retired Civil Service employee. He was a member of Traveler's Rest Masonic Lodge No. 65 and an Army Veteran of World War II. He was the husband of the late Agnes Jackson Stafford.
Survivors are a son, Robert C. "Bobby" Stafford of Columbus, Missouri; three brothers, Leonard Stafford and Charlie Stafford, both of Oglethorpe and Luke Stafford of Marshallville, and a sister, Mrs. Jinevelyn Poole of Ideal, Ga. as well as two granddaughters.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Robert Stafford - Tech 5 U.S.Army WWII - Born May 27, 1917 - Died February 1, 1992 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside his wife, Agnes Jackson Stafford [9-27-1921 - 12-9-1986]
 

Citiaens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 24, 1964

MRS. CORA S. SILLS

Mrs. Cora Sills, 95, Passes Saturday After Illness.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Snellgrove Sills, 95, who died Saturday, December 19, 16 the home of her son, Roland E. Sills of Eatonton, following an extended illness, were held at 3 pm Sunday in the Montezuma Methodist church.
The Rev. Sam Douthit and the Rev. Steve Johnson officiated and burial was in the BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. Pallbearers were Roland E. Sills, Jr., G. Dale Sills, Jack Rumph, Dave Rumph, Paul Sinclair, Charlie Robinson and William Easterlin.
Mrs. Sills was a member of the Montezuma Methodist Church and had been a lifelong resident of Macon county.
Survivors include another son, Edmund R. Sills of Montezuma; two grandchildren, Roland E. Sills, Jr. and G. Dale Sills, both of Eatonton; and six great-grandchildren.

[Note: Cora S. Sills - Born August 10, 1869 - December 19, 1964 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. September 25, 1974

JESSE PICKINGS SMITH

Jesse Pickings Smith of Montezuma passed away, Wednesday, September 18, at Riverside Hospital. He was 93 years of age. He was a native of Calhoun, Georgia but had lived here for 44 years and was a retired farmer.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 19, at 4 PM at the Cedar Valley Baptist Church with Dr. A. C. Martin officiating. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
Surviving Mr. Smith are one son, Judson Smith of Calhoun, Ga.; four daughters, Mrs. Charlie Griffin, Mrs. Gene Taylor of Montezuma, Mrs. Sam Layfield of Pinehurst, Mrs. C. B. Crook of Americus; one brother, Melvin J. Smith of Calhoun; two sisters, Mrs. Delie S. Rodgers of Marietta, Mrs. Mary Lee DeFore of Resaca, Ga.; 23 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Watson-Mathews had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Jesse Pickings Smith - Born March 31, 1881 - Died September 18, 1974 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Addie Poarch Smith [Oct. 7, 1885 -0 April 3, 1962] Obit.


 

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 27, 1961

MRS. JOSEPH [Eunice E. Hill] STRADLER

Mrs. Stradler, 59, Passes In Miami.
Mrs. Eunice E. Stradler, 59, of Miami, Florida, died Tuesday July 18, 1961.
Mrs. Stradler was the former Miss Eunice Hill of Montezuma.
Survivors are her husband, Joseph Stradler, a brother, Alva L. Hill and four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Gillespy, Mrs. G. B. Dye, Mrs. Walter Hawksley, Mrs. George Adams, all of Miami and a number of relatives in Montezuma and Macon County.
Funeral services were held Thursday in the Bass Memorial Mortuary in Miami.

[Note: Obit does not say where she was buried.]

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Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 5, 1962

MRS. JESSE PICKENS [Addie Poarch] SMITH

Mrs. Addie Smith Passes Suddenly Tuesday Evening.
Mrs. Addie Poarch Smith, 76, of Montezuma, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon in a local hospital.
Mrs. Smith has lived in Montezuma for 40 years, making her home in the Five Points Community. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, J. P. Smith of Montezuma, one son, Judson Smith of Calhoun; five daughters, Mrs. Jessie Mae Peavy and Mrs. Charlie Griffin, both of Montezuma; Mrs. Sam Layfield of Pinehurst; Mrs. C. B. Crook of Americus and Mrs. Gene Taylor of Marshallville; three brothers, Thomas Poarch of Macon; S. M. Poarch of Otheile, Washington, and Ruben Poarch of Calhoun; 22 grandchildren;20 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Watson-Mathews Funeral Home.

[Note: Addie Poarch Smith - Born October 7, 1885 - Died April 3, 1962 is buried in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY beside her husband, Jesse Pickens Smith [3-31-1881 - 9-18-1974]

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Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 15, 1955

MRS. DAVID CUSTER [Theodocia M. Park] SMITH, SR.

Rites Tuesday For Mrs. D. C. Smith, Sr., Beloved Citizen.

Funeral services for Mrs. D. C. Smith, Sr. were conducted Tuesday afternoon, December 13, from the Oglethorpe Baptist Church with Rev. Melvin York, Rev. Henry Thomas and Rev. C. A. Phillips officiating. Interment was in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

Pallbearers were Howard Park, James Park, Theo Park, Howard Park, Jr. George Smith and Bill Smith.

Mrs. Smith, the former Miss Theodocia Park, a lifelong resident of Macon County, died early Monday in a local hospital following a brief illnbess. She was the wife of Macon County Tax Collector, D.C. Smith. She was an active member of the Oglethorpe Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to her husband, include a daughter; Miss Kathleen Smith of Dublin; three sons, Glenn Smith of Montgomery, Ala.; the Rev. W. Park Smith of Adel and Lt. Col. D. C. Smith, Jr. of Fort Still, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Livingston of Ellaville and Mrs. Ben Kennedy of Oglethorpe, one brother, Ross Park of Ellaville.

Smith Tindol Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Theodocia M. Park, wife of D.C.Smith [September 11, 1881 - December 12, 1955] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside her husband, David Custer Smith, Sr. [September 17, 1876 - August 7, 1957]

[Note: OOOPS !!! In "Cemeteries of Macon County" the death date for Theodocia M. Park Smith is incorrect. It reads 12-12-1965 BUT should read 12-12-1955. Please correct your copy.


Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. October 4, 1929

THOMAS  MAYES  SCOVILL

Funeral Services For T. M. Scovill
Funeral services for Thomas Mayes Scovill, 48, who died at his residence here Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock, were held from the late residence at three o'clock yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. J. Sanders. Mr. Scoville had been reared here, coming to Oglethorpe when a boy and was one of the best known, and most prominent citizens of this section.  For years he was Post Master here, served as a member of the City Council and at the time of his death was a member of the City Board of Education.  Mr. Scovill was also a member of the local Kiwanis Club, and was always took a leading part in civic affairs, never loosing an opportunity to do anything that would help either his fellowman or his community, and it was this spirit that made him hundreds of personal friends over this entire community, all of whom will be deeply grieved to learn of his passing.  He had been ill for some months, but had only been confined to his bed for the past ninety days.
  In addition to his widow [not named], he is survived by two small sons, May Scovill, Jr. and Billie Scovill , his mother, Mrs. Kittie Kiker, also of this city, and three brothers, Messrs, Ed Scoville of West Palm Beach, Fla., Will Scovill of Atlanta and Don Scovill of Tampa.  Interment was in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

[Note: T. M. Scovill [September 13, 1881 - October 1, 1929] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside Mamie E. Kleckley Scovill, wife of T. M. Scovill [May 4, 1879 - March 29, 1913] Obit & Sarah Kennedy Scovill [January 4, 1890 - February 27, 1976] Obit
 


Mrs. Eugene [Wynelle English] Stafford Obituary

The Macon County Citizen - The Montezuma Georgian
Merged Oct. 1, 1931 March 9, 1933

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. EUGENE STAFFORD
Oglethorpe, Ga. March 9, - Funeral services for Mrs. Eugene Stafford, 19, who death occurred at the Macon County Clinic at Montezuma early Friday morning, were held from the Baptist Church here at three o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. L. Jenkins of Ideal.
Mrs. Stafford who before her marriage was Miss Wynelle English, Was a native of this county and spent her entire life in this section.
She was only ill a few days, but it was realized some 48 hours before the end came, that recovery was impossible.
Surviving in addition to the young grief stricken husband, are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul English of Ideal; one child, Eugene Stafford, Jr.; one brother, Hiley English and a number of other relatives.
Interment was in the city [Oglethorpe] cemetery here.
[Note: Wynelle English Stafford Born October 11, 1913 Died March 4, 1933 is buried in the Oglethorpe Cemetery]


OBITS    FOR    JUNE    2003

 Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.  July 28, 1955

 MILTON     THOMAS     SHIRAH

 Final Rites Held Wednesday For Milton Thomas Shirah, 69.

  Funeral services for Milton Thomas Shirah, 69, who died unexpectedly Tuesday following a heart attack, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Congregational Holiness Church, of Montezuma.

  The Rev. Tom Sweat of Barnesville officiated and burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.

  Pallbearers included Charlie Shirah, W. A. Shirah, and C. B. Shirah, Selman Odom, Sammie Odom and Howard Odom.

  Mr. Shirah was a life-long resident of Macon County and a member of the Congregational Holiness Church.

  Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Jessie Ida Mygrant, three daughters, Mrs. Edna Hurst of Montezuma, Mrs. Wade Howard of Perry, and Mrs. G. H. Lawrence of Macon; two sons, Thomas Shirah of Reidsville and Thurmond Shirah of Rome; a sister, Mrs. Lila Parks of Montezuma; a brother, Lester Shirah of Columbus; and nine grandchildren.

 [Note: M. T, Shirah – Born October 14, 1885 – Died July 26, 1955 is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery beside Jessie Ida Shirah [Feb. 28, 1890 – May 26, 1974]


OBITS   FOR   JUNE   2003

 Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.   July 3, 1958

 JOSEPH    POOLE    STANDRIDGE

 Standridge Infant Buried Here Monday.

  Graveside services were held Monday Morning in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY for Joseph Poole Standridge, twelve-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Standridge of Byromville.  The Rev. J. O. Akin, pastor of Byromville Methodist church officiated and Montezuma Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors other than the mother and father are two sisters, Susanne Standridge and Amy Jo Standridge, both of Byromville, paternal Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Standridge of Byromville; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Sally Poole of Fairmount, Ga.

 

[Note: Joseph Poole Standridge – Born July 14, 1958 – Died July 26, 1958 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his parents: Louise P. Standridge [August 30, 1920 – No death date as of 1993] & Joseph P. Standridge [March 9, 1919 – November 28, 1967] See his obit.


OBITS     FOR     JUNE     2003

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.  September 25, 1958

REUBEN     ANDREW     SINGLETARY

Funeral Services Conducted Tuesday For Singletary Youth, 11

  Reuben Andrew Singletary, age 11, of Montezuma, died Sunday, September 21, in a local hospital.  The youth received a head injury earlier in the afternoon while playing with a group of children near the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben E. Singletary.

  He was a pupil in Mrs. Lester’s fourth grade at Montezuma School and a member of Salem Baptist Church.

  In addition to his parents, survivors include three sisters, Barbara Singletary, Agnes Singletary and Diane Singletary, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Singletary, all of Montezuma; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Powell of Vienna; and a number of a aunts, uncles and cousins.

  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Salem Baptist Church with the pastor. Rev. Shelby Royal and Rev. Otho Pirkle officiating. Interment followed in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK with Gardner Watson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

  Pallbearers and honorary escort included members of the local National Guard Unit.

 

[Note: Rubin Andrew Singletery – Born March 2, 1947 – Died September 21, 1958 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery.


OBITS     FOR     JUNE     2003

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga.  October 16, 1958

MACK     HARDEMAN     SMITH

Mack H. Smith, 75, Passes Here; Funeral Rites Thursday

  Mack H. Smith, 75, resident of North Dooly St., Montezuma, died Wednesday at a local hospital.

  A retired farmer, Mr. Smith lived in Macon County most of his life.

  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl W. Smith; two sons, J. Henry Smith of Montezuma and P. Wheeler Smith of Oglethorpe; one daughter, Mrs. Randall Nix of Atlanta; one brother Austin Smith of Port Orange, Fla.; seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Montezuma, with the pastor, the Rev. C. G. Ward officiating.  Interment will follow in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.

[Note: Mack Hardeman Smith – Born October 26, 1883 – Died October 15, 1958 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Cora Pearl W. Smith [July 20, 1890 – Oct. 29, 1981]


Mrs. Lois Rogers Styles/Stiles Obituary

Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. April 15, 1927
MRS. STILES BURIED HERE SUNDAY P. M.
Mrs. John Stiles, formerly Miss Lois Rogers of this city and daughter of Mrs. Homer Rogers, died in a hospital in Macon Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock after a short illness. Her mother and her sister, Mrs. Charlie Hall of Montezuma were at her bedside at the time of her death.
Mrs. Stiles was born Aug. 6, 1899 and was reared in Oglethorpe where she had scores of friends. After graduating from the local high school, Mrs. Stiles attended G.S.C.W. at Milledgeville after which she was a prominent teacher for several years before her marriage to John Stiles of Macon.
After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Stiles lived in Macon where they were well known.
Surviving her are her husband, John Stiles, a daughter, Betty Elaine, three sisters, Mrs. C. S. Hall of Montezuma; Mrs. J. C. Baldwin of Metter; Miss Martha Rogers of Oglethorpe; two brothers, E. B. Rogers of West Point; and Roy L. Rogers of Macon and her mother, Mrs. Homer Rogers of Oglethorpe.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. J. Saunders, pastor of the Methodist church at the home of her mother Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was in the family lot in the Oglethorpe cemetery.
Interesting Note: [Betty Elaine Styles born August 6, 1899
Died April 9, 1927 - Lois Rogers Styles died 3 days after
her daughter was born]


Betty Elaine Styles Obituary

Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. Oct. 14, 1927
BETTY STYLES BURIED HERE
Little Betty Elaine Styles, seven month old daughter of Mr. John Styles of Montezuma, and the late Mrs. John Styles, formerly Miss Lois Rogers of this city, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Baldwin in Metter.
The death occurred after a short illness of pneumonia.
Since the death of Mrs. Styles seven months ago in Macon, the baby had been in the home of Mrs. Styles' sister, Mrs. Baldwin.
The body was brought to the home of the baby's grandmother, Mrs. Homer Rogers Thursday afternoon with
interment at the Oglethorpe cemetery.


Mrs. Eugene [Wynelle English] Stafford Obituary

The Macon County Citizen - The Montezuma Georgian
Merged Oct. 1, 1931 March 9, 1933
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. EUGENE STAFFORD
Oglethorpe, Ga. March 9, - Funeral services for Mrs. Eugene Stafford, 19, who death occurred at the Macon County Clinic at Montezuma early Friday morning, were held from the Baptist Church here at three o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. L. Jenkins of Ideal.
Mrs. Stafford who before her marriage was Miss Wynelle English, Was a native of this county and spent her entire life in this section.
She was only ill a few days, but it was realized some 48 hours before the end came, that recovery was impossible.
Surviving in addition to the young grief stricken husband, are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul English of Ideal; one child, Eugene Stafford, Jr.; one brother, Hiley English and a number of other relatives.
Interment was in the city [Oglethorpe] cemetery here.
[Note: Wynelle English Stafford Born October 11, 1913 Died March 4, 1933 is buried in the Oglethorpe Cemetery]


Mrs. Bethea Moody English

The Macon County Citizen - The Montezuma Georgian
Merged Oct. 1, 1931 May 11, 1933
DEATH OF MRS. BETHIA ENGLISH [By Mrs. Mary Belle Powers] Oglethorpe, Ga. May 11, Just as twilight deepened into darkness Friday evening, May 5th, the brittle cord which bound the soul of Mrs. Bethia English to earth was snapped asunder, and the golden chain which linked congenial minds and kindred spirits was severed. Though she had been in enfeebled health for sometime, the message, "Grandmother English is dead", affected us differently than the report that she was ill and gradually sinking to the tomb. But the transition from life to death was so peaceful that those who watched at her bedside realized that it was a blessed exchange from earth to heaven. she has been freed from the cares, toils and anxieties of life, and in their stead, gained peace, rest and joy unspeakable. She passed away in a good old age, being in ther 86th year, like a shock of grain, fully ripe for the harvest, she has been gathered home to enjoy "The rest that remaineth for the poeple of God."
Mrs. English, who before her marriage was Miss Bethia Moodye was a pioneer citizen of Oglethorpe and from her wonderful memory and her beautiful flow of language one gained much valuable information, and never tired listening to her tell of the palmy as well as the disastrous days of old Oglethorpe. Indeed, this long, useful, remarkable, life has had an eminent part in the making of Macon County, the county she loved so well. She will be missed, but the afterglow of such a life is always bright.
She was a faithful member of Red Hill Primitive Baptist Church and loved to attend the services of her church, but was liberal and unbiased toward other churches.
In 1875 she married Mr. Matthew English, who preceded her to the grave several years ago. She leaves one step-son, Mr. R. B. English of Americus, three sons, M. H. English, J. R. English and S. J. English, all of Oglethorpe, one step-daughter, Mrs. Bettie Kleckley of Oglethorpe, one daughter, Mrs. Dan Kleckley with whom she made her home, a number of grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was laid to rest Saturday P.M. in the Oglethorpe Cemetery in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Many beautiful floral offerings attest the love and esteem in which she was held. In the absence of her pastor, the funeral obsequies were conducted by Rev. D. L. Hedlar, pastor of the Lutheran Church.
[Note:Bethea Moody English [1847 - 1933] is buried in the Oglehtorpe Cemetery ]


Mr. Robert Simpson English

The Macon County Citizen - The Montezuma Georgian
Merged Oct. 1, 1931 November 23, 1933
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MR. ROBERT SIMPSON ENGLISH, SR.
Oglethorpe, Ga. Nov. 23 - Funeral services for Mr. R. S. English, 77, whose death occurred at the home of his son, Mr. R. S. English, Jr. at Tifton early Friday afternoon following a short illness, were held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kleckley at eleven o'clock Sunday A.M. conducted by Rev. J. A. Jenkins, Pastor of the Ideal Baptist Church.
Mr. English had spent practically his entire life in this community and was one of the most beloved and highly respected citizens of this section.
He resided near here for a number of years; lived at Dooling for some ten or twelve years, and recently had made his home with his children.
He was ill only a short time, death being caused by heart trouble, which developed only a few months ago.
Surviving are five sons: W. M. English of Quitman, W. J. English of Atlanta; J. E. English of Cordele; P. J. English of Ideal and R. S. English, Jr. of Tifton; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Dykes of Ellaville and Mrs. Anna Lumpkin of Taswell and a number of other relatives who reside in Macon, Sumter and Schley counties.
Interment was at the city [Oglethorpe]cemetery.
Note: R. S. English, Sr. Born February 11, 1856 Died November 17, 1933 is buried in the Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Mary Elizabeyth Cheves, wife of R. S. English, Sr. [1857-1926] See her obit on Macon County Website.


Mr. Jasper Richard English Obituary

The Macon County Citizen - The Montezuma Georgian
Merged Oct. 1, 1931 December 21, 1933
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MR. J. RICH ENGLISH
Oglethorpe, Ga. Dec. 21 - Funeral services for Mr. J. Rich English, who died in a government hospital at Atlanta at four o'clock Monday morning, were held from the late residence here at three o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ab Quillian, Pastor of the Methodist Church at Leslie and a former Pastor of the Methodist Church here.
Mr. English was a Spanish-American War Veteran and for a number of years had taken an active part in the affairs of the D.A.V. and other veteran organizations. He spent a number of years in the cotton-seed oil and machinery business and was one of the best known citizens of the community, his last work being with the Fulton Supply Company of Atlanta, for whom he traveled this section, making this city his headquarters.
He was born and reared in this county and with the exception of a few years, spent his life in it.
Surviving, in addition to his widow, are two daughters, Mrs. A. A. Hutchins of Atlanta; and Miss Evelyn English of this city; two sons, Mr. Ralph English, who is connected with the State Highway Department and Max English of this city; three brothers, Mr. M. H. English and S. J. English of this city and Mr. Robert Engflish of Americus; two sisters, Mrs. Dan Kelckley and Mrs. E. J. Kleckley of this city and a number of other relatives.
Interment was at the city cemetery.
[Note: Jasper Richard English Co H 3rd Ga. Inf. WWI Born June 15, 1879 Died December 19, 1933 is buried in the Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Nettie Underwood English [1880-1972]


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, Williamston, N.C.
Vol. 41 No. 7 July, 1919

Mrs. Vashti English
Church Memorial
In Memory of Sister Vashti English
According to the will and purpose of our Heavenly Father, for reasons well pleasing to Himself, He has again visited us by the summons of death in taking one of His blessed children (in the person of Sister Vashti English) home to Himself, saying, "Child, thy Father calls, come home," She united with the Primitive Baptist Church at Bluff Springs, Macon County, Ga., July 11, 1886, and departed this life April 17, 1919, in the ripe old age of ninty-three years, falling as it were a shock of corn fully ripe for the Master's garner. She exemplified by her Christian deportment, daily walk and godly conversation all those Christian graces that so beautifully characterizes an humble and loving child of grace. In her last sickness we feel sure she was blest with the loving and peaceful presence of her Saviour, in that her body void of pain and was permitted to pass over the river without a groan or strugle. In our Christian assembly her seat is vacant, and, as often as we meet to engaage in thanksgiving and supplication, we shall miss her, but we sorrow not as those who mourn without hope, for we feel sure that her spirit is basking in the sunshine of God's everlasting love, there awating the redemption of the body in the resurection, when the soul and body will be reunited, thoroughly prepaired to engage in chiming anthems of praise to the Lord of lords and King of Kings for ever and ever Amen
Written by order of the Church in Conference at Hepsibah, Macon Co., Ga. April 20, 1919. Elder W. M. Bullard, Mod., E. A. Head, Church Clerk. J. A. Adams and G. W. Green, Committee


Mrs. Jodia [Lena Dyess] English Death

Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. May 5, 1916
Found on the Front Page in the Englishville News:
Our community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Jody R. English which occurred at her home Saturday night.
The remains were interred in the Dyess Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
{Note:This information is also found in the "Macon County Life" pg. 429 in THE JOSEPH O. ENGLISH FAMILY. but
there is not a marked grave in the Dyess Cemetery


Albert English

Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. June 23, 1916
A SAD ACCIDENT
On last Friday, June 10th, about 9 am, the neighborhood of Englishville, in this county, was shocked as never before by the sad news being flashed over telephone and other means of the accidental killing of Mr. Albert English, by his brother, Mr. Russell English.
The facts as learned are about as follows: The brothers were seated on the varanda when some disturbance occured among the chickens near the house and upon Albert's suggestion, Russell went into the room to get the gun, and evidently unbreached the gun to examine the shells, and after coming out of the room and putting the gun back in breach, by some means unknown, the gun was discharged and the entire load striking Albert in the back of the head, killing him instantly.
Albert was a prosperous young farmer and leaves many relatives and friends to mourn the seemingly untimely death.
Russell English, who was a party to the sad accident, has the entire sympathy of his many friends in this hour of distress. A Friend
[Note: Albert English & Russell English were sons of Thomas H. English [1835-1907] and Eliza Virginia (Higgins) English [1842-1908] both buried in the English Family Cemetery. Thomas & Eliza English had 13 children:
Edwin Glover English [1860], Arris Newton English [1861],Wylie Thomas English [1866], Wm. Lafayette English [1867] Henry Seymour English [1868] Rosetta Virginia English [1871] Samuel David English [1873] Quintus Curtis English [1875] James Carmicle English [1877] ALBERT ENGLISH b. 10-8-1879 d. 12-28-1916 & is buried in Ellaville, Never married., RUSSELL ENGLISH [1881] Mary Georgia English [1884] Minnie Lucia English [1887]


Rev. Samuel Jackson English

Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. July 7, 1916
REV. SAMUEL JACKSON ENGLISH DEAD
Rev. S. J. English died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Smith, on last Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Mr. English was one of Macon County's substantial citizens.
Besides his widow [Mournen Maxie Peacock English] he leaves six children and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his death.
The remains were laid to rest in the City [Oglethorpe] Cemetery, Wednesday afternoon.
[Note:Samuel J. English - Born August 5, 1854 - Died July 4, 1916 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Mournen M. English [1846-1916]
[They had seven children: Jonathan Respass English [1874], Lilla Guellita English [1877] Sara Ann English [1879] Minnie English [1880], Maxie English [1883] Oscar Jackson English [1885] Ola English [1888 - 1908]


Mr. Robert L. English

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian Mch.11,1937
MR. ROBERT L. ENGLISH DIES AT HOMESTEAD.
Oglethorpe, Ga. - March 8 - The body of R. L. English, 70, former citizen of Oglethorpe, was brought here Saturday from Homestead, Fla., where he died following a short illness from pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Rev. W. W. Whaley of Oglethorpe, officiating, and the interment was at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Mr. English, was the son of the late Joel W. English and Amelia Edge English, pioneer citizens of Macon County and had lived in Macon County until three years ago, when he moved to Florida, following the death of his wife, who was formerly Miss Lillian Smith, member of a well known family.
He is survived by one brother, James W. English and three sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Robinson, Mrs. Annie Butler and Mrs. Ada Young, all of Homestead.
Pallbearers were: Roy English, Herschel Taylor, Weaver McBride, Walker Mathis, William Ansley and Russell English.
[Note: Robert L. English - Born February 8, 1868 - Died March 5, 1937 is buried in Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery beside his wife, Lillian English [1871-1934]


Charles English

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian Nov.18,1937
FUNERAL RITES FOR CHARLES ENGLISH HELD SUNDAY
Funeral services were conducted at the Oglethorpe Cemetery Sunday morning for Charlie English, 61, well-known citizen of the Englishville district, whose death from a heart attack occurred at the hospital in Montezuma Saturday. Mr. English had apparently been in his usual health until a couple of days before his death and had made a trip to Atlanta during the week.
He was the son of the late Jasper English and Missouri Higgins English, pioneer citizens of Macon County, and had spent his whole life in this county. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and was active in veteran affairs. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Bettie Kleckley of Atlanta, Mrs. Alberta Murray and Mrs. Lee Kleckley of Oglethorpe; and Mrs. Wash Baker of Montezuma and numerous nieces and nephews in Atlanta, Montezuma, Valdosta, Oglethorpe and Buena Vista.
The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Chance. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Montezuma Funeral Home.
[Note: Charlie English - Born December 13, 1874 - Died November 14, 1937 is buried in the Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his Mother , Missouri Ann Higgins English, wife of Jasper N. English [1840-1930] [His father is buried in the English Family Cemetery]
 


Roy English

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian May 5, 1938
ROY ENGLISH DIES AT AMERICUS SATURDAY
Funeral services for Roy English, 39, well known citizen of Oglethorpe were conducted at Mt. Zion Sunday morning and the interment was in the Lutheran Cemetery. After an illness of four weeks his death occurred Saturday afternoon at a hospital in Americus.
Mr. English was a native of Oglethorpe, the son of Mrs. Mattie English and the late Mack English. He was connected for several years with Churchwell's in Americus, Cordele, Waycross and Brunswick, returning to Oglethorpe three years ago. At the time of his death he was commodity supervisor for the WPA in Macon County. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and the services were conducted by his pastor, The Rev. D. L. Heglar, assisted by the Rev. W. W. Whaley.
Survivors are his mother; three sisters, Mrs. Sallie Mae Easterlin of Atlanta and Misses Mary Ann and Carolyn English of Oglethorpe; and one brother, Henry B. English of Oglethorpe.
[Note: Roy N. English - Born 1899 - Died 1938 is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery beside Henry Baker English [1909-1979]


"Little" Luther English

The Semi-Weekly Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. Jan. 12, 1901
Found in "TOWN TOPICS" - Mr. and Mrs. Mack English, Jr., who reside near Englishville, lost their little son, Luther, Wednesday, in a shocking manner. They were at the home of Mr. George Dyess, spending the day, and their children, little Luther among them, slipped away with the other children to play in the cotton seed house. Luther dug a deep hole in the seed, and hid in it from his companions. Suddenly the seed caved in on all sides from above, burying the little fellow several feet underneath. He was unable to extricate himself, and when the children gave the alarm and brought help-, he had lost consciousness. He was quickly pulled out, and in a few minutes expired.
His parents are heart broken and the whole community shares with them their grief. Luther was a bright little fellow, the idol of his parents, and there were many bitter tears when his body was laid away in its last resting place.
[Note: Luther K. English [No Dates] is buried in Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery beside his parents, Mattie Kleckley English [1874-1948] & Mack English [1870-1929]
In Marriage Book D of Macon Co., Ga. I find:
Mathew English, Jr. married Mattie Kleckley on 12-4-1894.
[Luther could have been 4 or 5 years old at the time of his death.]


Allen W. English

Macon county Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. July 27, 1923
DEATH OF FORMER MACON COUNTY CITIZEN
DAWSON, GA. - July 20, Funeral services of the late Allen W. English were held at the family residence on Stonewall Street at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon and interment took place in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Mr. English was born in Macon County, near Oglethorpe in 1857, and moved to Dawson in 1897, where he has been held in high esteem by his many friends and acquaintances.
The deceased had been in feeble health several years and was confined to his bed several weeks prior to his death late Wednesday night.
He is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Arch A. Lewis, Mrs. Jane M. Lewis, Mrs. W. S. Wright, Mrs. Mary McLendon, Mrs. Berthia Denton and Miss Sarah English, and two sons, Dan S. English and Frank English, all of Dawson.
[Note: He was a son of Joseph and Sarah English]


Cornelius M. English

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian Nov.10, 1938
C. M. ENGLISH, 63, DIES OF AUTO INJURIES
C. M. English, 63, prominent farmer of the Englishville community died at an Ellaville Hospital last night from injuries received in an automobile accident near LaCross Sunday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 at Red Hill Primitive Baptist Church and interment will be in the Oglethorpe Cemetery.
Mr. English is survived by his wife, the former Miss Minnie Justice, one sister, Mrs. Mollie Dyess of Fitzgerald; and one brother, Jody English of Andersonville.
The son of the late Joseph and Sallie Williams English. Mr. English was born January 29, 1875, resided in Macon County all his life and had been an active citizen of his community.
The accident occurred at the Bumphead crossroads, near LaCross when an automobile crashed into the side of the English machine. Mr. English suffered five fractures and serious internal injuries that proved fatal. His wife sustained several bad cuts and bruises and Allen Justice, the third occupant, received minor cuts.
Mr. & Mrs. English and Mr. Justice were en route to the home of Roy Justice, a brother of Allen Justice and Mrs. English, when the accident occurred.
[Note: Cornelius M. English - Born January 29, 1875 - Died November 5, 1938 and is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside Minnie J. English [1892-1984]


William Lafayette English

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian April 3,1941
FUNERAL SERVICES CONDUCTED SATURDAY FOR WILLIAM L. ENGLISH
Funeral services were conducted in Ellaville Saturday for W. L. English, former Macon County citizen and son of the late Thomas H. and Eliza Virginia Higgins English, pioneer citizens of this county. During his earlier years, Mr. English was in business in Oglethorpe and his death occurred at the home of his brother, Russell English in Oglethorpe. He suffered a stroke more than a week ago and failed to rally from the effects of it. The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Chance, Primitive Baptist minister and the interment was in Ellaville.
After leaving Oglethorpe, Mr. English moved to Americus and was prominently identified with the business interests of that city for many years. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Etta Royal of Ellaville, two brothers, Russell English of Oglethorpe and Wiley English of Englishville and one daughter, Mrs. Martha Livingston of Jacksonville, Fla.
[Note: William Lafayette English - Born July 16, 1867 - Died March 28, 1941 buried in Ellaville m. Martha Williams b. 1886 - died 1960 buried Ellaville. They had one daughter, Martha English Livingston 1909-1975.

 


Mrs. Daniel Wilson [Betty English ] Kleckley Obituary

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian July 11, 1940
DEATH COMES TO MRS. BETTY KLECKLEY, 72.
Mrs. Betty Kleckley, 72, who for many years resided here at Oglethorpe died at her residence in Atlanta Monday morning following a short illness.
Mrs. Kleckley, the widow of the late Daniel Wilson Kleckley, spent practically all of her life here, moving to Atlanta some few years ago to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Huggins Ellis , with whom she resided at the time of her death.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Huggins Ellis of Atlanta, sisters; Mrs. Berta Murray, Mrs. Myrtle Kleckley of Oglethorpe and Mrs. Annie Baker of Montezuma.
Funeral services were held Tuesday PM in Atlanta at Peachtree Chapel, Interment, Crest-Lawn Cemetery.
[Note: Daniel Wilson Kleckley [5-4-1854 - 8-2-1907] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery between Daniel P. Coogle [1854-1937] & 2 unmarked adult graves.
This obituary is contrary to the info in the Macon County Life, THE JASPER NEWTON ENGLISH FAMILY, which says that Betty English wife of Daniel W. Kleckley is buried in Oglethorpe Cem. BUT that is another Betty English Kleckley who was the wife of Elisha T. Kleckley.


William Augustus Smith

Macon County Citizen-Montezuma Georgian Nov.27, 1947
W. A. SMITH BURIED TUESDAY AT OGLETHORPE
Final rites for William Augustus Smith, well-known retired farmer in the Englishville District, were held Tuesday morning, November 25, at 11 o;clock from the Oglethorpe Methodist Church. Mr. Smith's death occurred at a local hospital Sunday evening. He had been in bad health for several years but had been confined to his bed for only a few weeks.
A life-long resident of Macon County, Mr. Smith was born here on October 18, 1869, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John S. Smith, pioneer citizens of this county. He was married to the former Miss Sarah English, who survives him, and was a member of the Corinth Methodist Church, located in the district in which he lived. Mr. Smith was in his seventy-eighth year.
Besides is wife, Mr. Smith is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Homer G. Fowler of Columbus; one son, Heyward Smith of Ideal; one brother, W. J. Smith of Oglethope and three grandchildren.
The Rev. C. L. Glenn officiated at the services and interment was in the Oglethorpe Cemetery.
Pallbearers and Honorary escort - not copied.
The Montezuma Funeral Home was in charge.
[Note: William A. Smith - Born October 18, 1869 - Died November 23, 1947 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Sara English Smith - [April 14, 1879 - July 7, 1949]


Brother John Spurlin

SOUTHERN BAPTIST MESSENGER, Covington, Newton Co., Ga.
Vol. 6 No. 22 November 15, 1856

Macon Co., Ga. November, 1856.
Brother Beebe I send you for publication the obituary of Brother John Spurlin who departed this life October 6, 1856, in the 74th year of his age. Brother Spurlin was born October 4, 1783, in North Carolina. His parents removed to Warren Co., Ga. when he was small, where he was raised. He married December 17, 1800 to Mary Newbury. He joined the Baptist Church at Elam in Jones Co., Ga. about 1820, and was baptized by Elder Henry Hooten. In 1832 he was ordained Deacon of Providence Church in Houston County. He then removed to Macon County and joined Ebenezer Church, where he spent the remainder of his days. But, alas! he is no more. His happy spirit has gone to that spirit world, where pleasures never end, and sorrows never come - where he wears the righteous robe wrought by Christ, that will never fade. Brother Spurlin was well known as a Baptist and as a Deacon. (May the good Lord fill his seat and station with another like precious member.) He was afflicted for some considerable time before he died, and he was often heard to say he wanted to leave some dying testimony of his acceptance with God. A short time before he died, he became so weak that he was not able to move his limbs about by himself, and while his friends were moving them, he said the God that spoke him into existence, could say be whole and it would be so, but not my will but thine be done , he then commenced to phrase his Lord, and I have been told by the bystanders that they never heard an abler prayer fall from the lips of man for the length of time - as he wound up , he said he had been a long time desiring to talk as he had then done. He died in a few minutes, and appeared to die in a full triumph of Faith. May we say like old Job, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away and blessed be the name of the Lord." He has left a widow and eleven children and numerous friends to mourn his loss. Their loss is his eternal gain. Brother Spurlin was married nearly 56 years - has raised eleven children of his own and two orphans, and never had a corpse in his house until he died.
W. F. E. Ogburn


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 7, 1974

JOHN STANLEY SPICER

John Stanley Spicer, 68, died Thursday in a local hospital after a long illness. Services were held at 3 pm Tuesday in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home. Burial was in the BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma with Rev. Ken Bush and Rev. Cham White officiating.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
Mr. Spicer, a native of Clay County, Tenn, had lived in Montezuma for 17 years, moving from Orwell, Ohio. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Montezuma Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Strawdie Spicer of Montezuma, two sisters, Mrs. Jewell Reed of Akron, Ohio and Mrs. Lela York of Graycville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: John S. Spicer - Born 1905 - Died - 1974 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Strawdie P. Spicer [1909 - 1974]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 7, 1974

JOSEPH VAN STANDRIDGE

Joseph Van Standridge of Byromville, died Sunday, February 24, at Dooly County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 90 years of age, a member of Byromville Methodist Church. He was a retired sawmiller, a native of Pickens County, South Carolina, but had resided in Byromville since 1940.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 26, at 11 am in the Byromville Methodist Church. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma. Officiating ministers were Rev. Sam Mayo and Rev. Benny Dowdy.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mamie Payne Standridge of Byromville; three daughters, Mrs. Walter Kersey of Thomaston; Mrs. Katie Hamilton of Dalton and Mrs. Sam Murphy of Byromville; one brother, W. F. Standridge of Butler; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. J. P. Standridge of Byromville and Mrs. Leon W. Standridge of Montezuma, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

[Note: Joseph V. Standridge - Born October 25, 1883 - Died February 24, 1974 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Mamie P. Standridge [Nov. 24, 1888 - Nov. 17, 1975] See her Obit.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 8, 1975

GANTT STEWART

Oglethorpe - Gantt Stewart, 82 died Thursday in a Montezuma hospital after a short illness. Graveside services were held at 2 pm Saturday in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY. Rev. Jody Robertson and Rev. Carl Ayers officiated.
Mr. Stewart, a lifelong resident of Macon County, was a retired pharmacist. He ws a member of the Oglethorpe Methodist Church.
Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Marie Murray of Oglethorpe; and two great-nieces, Mrs. Sandra Tye of Columbus and Mrs. Jane Bartlett of Americus; and a great-nephew, Robert M. Murray of Americus.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Gantt Stewart - Born February 6, 1892 - Died January 9, 1975 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside Alwynne Howell Stewart [ Sept. 20, 1896 - Dec. 5, 1949] See her obit


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 8, 1995

PRESTON DAVID STEWART

Preston David Stewart died Tuesday, March 1, in Newport News, Virginia after a long illness.

He lived for 15 years in Virginia, but had lived most of his life in Oglethorpe.

He is survived by a son, Jacky D. Stewart of Oglethorpe and two daughters, Glennice A. Wineman of Hampton, Virginia, and Pamela K. Ducote of Montezuma. He had seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Garden Valley. Friends and relatives are asked to attend.

[Note: The above obit does not say that Preston David Stewart is buried at Pine Level Cemetery.

BUT, there is a marker in the cemetery Born - February 11, 1921 - Died - Marh 1, 1995 beside his wife, Doris Barfield Stewart [ Born August 23, 1923 - Died in an auto accident - Oct. 28, 1955] See her obit.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. September 18, 1975

MRS. JOHN P. [Emmie Lee Parks] SAWYER

Reynolds - Mrs. Emmie Lee Sawyer, 78, died suddenly Monday at the home of her sister in Ideal, Ga. Services were held at 4 pm Tuesday in Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Taylor Mill. Burial was in MT. OLIVE CEMETERY.
Mrs. Sawyer was a lifelong resident of Taylor County.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Guined of Taylor Mill and Mrs. Inez Carpenter of Butler; a son, Leroy Sawyer of Rupert; a sister, Mrs. Clovis Poole of Ideal.
Edwards Funeral Home of Butler had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Emmie L. [Parks] Sawyer - Born September 11, 1896 - Died September 8, 1975 is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Taylor County beside John P. Sawyer [March 6, 1891 - March 3, 1942]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. February 15, 1978

JEWELL C. SATTERFIELD

Jewell C. Satterfield of Duluth, Ga., died Wednesday, February 8, 1978 in a Duluth hospital after an extended illness. He was 65 years of age, and had spent most of his life in Macon County. For several years he had operated a service station in Duluth.
He is survived by his widow, Mae M. Satterfield of Duluth and three step-children, his father, Dan J. Satterfield of the Oaks Nursing Home in Marshallville, Ga. and sister, Mrs. Jack Grizzle of Montezuma, Ga.
Funeral services were held Friday at 11 o'clock am in the Chapel of Tapop Funeral Home in Buford, Ga. with interment in INDIAN KNOLL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY, Cherokee Co., Ga.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. February 1, 1978

MRS. WILLIAM ELLIS [Jessie Newberry] SKIPPER

Mrs. Jessie Newberry Skipper of Marshallville passed away Sunday, January 29, 1978 at the Peach County Hospital in Fort Valley. She was 68 years of age. She was a native of Alabama but had lived in Marshallville the most of her life. She was retired from the Montezuma Knitting Mills and she was a member of the Marshallville Methodist Church.
Funeral services for Mrs. Skipper were held Monday, January 30, 1978 at 3 pm at the Marshallville Methodist Church and burial was in the MARSHALLVILLE CEMETERY. The Rev. Ronnie Wills officiated.
Pallbearers were Mike Skipper, Ricky Skipper, David George, Tommy Skipper, David Chapman and David Goree.
Surviving Mrs. Skipper are her husband, William Ellis Skipper of Marshallville; three sons, William E. Skipper of LaGrange, Clyde Lewis Skipper of Marshallville and Jackie Skipper of Montezuma. Three daughters who survive her are Mrs. Warren George of Perry, Mrs. Wilfred Kusuda of Las Vegas, Nevada and Mrs. William D. Booker of Ft. Riley, Kansas; one sister, Miss Jewel Newberry of Alabama, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma.

[Note: Jessie Newberry Skipper - Born November 29, 1909 - Died January 29, 1978 is buried in Marshallville Cemetery beside her husband, William Ellis Skipper [May 3, 1908 - June 26, 1986] See his obit.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 18, 1978

WILLIAM AUGUSTUS BECK, SR.

William A. Beck, a former Montezuma resident, died at the home of his son in Hanson, Mass., January 18, 1978. He was 83 years of age. He was born in Michigan; he was a graduate of Michigan Tech and had been a mining engineer for the U. S. Gopvernment Bureau of Mines. He was an Army Veteran of World War 1 and a building inspector in Montezuma. He was also a member of the Montezuma Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by a son, William A. Beck, Jr., Hanson, Mass., a step-son, Jimmy Jones of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a step-daughter, Mrs. Burton Hancock of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one sister, Mrs. Edward Patterson of Casa Grande, Arizona; three brothers, Albin O. Beck of Muskeegan, Michigan, Clyde H. Beck of Royal Oak, Michigan and Lawrence H. Beck of Copper Harbor, Michigan.
Funeral services for Mr. Beck were held at the Montezuma United Methodist Church, Saturday, January 21, 1978 with Rev. C. Dock Reese, Jr. and Rev. C. G. Ward officiating. Burial was in FELTON CEMETERY.
Pallbearers - & Honorary Pallbearers - Not Copied. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: William Augustus Beck - Born June 29, 1894 - January 17, 1978 was buried in Felton Cemetery beside his wife, Dorothy Maffett Beck, wife of William Augustus Beck [March 20, 1901 - Jan. 30, 1969] See her Obit
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 18, 1978

MRS. ELVIS THOMAS [Joyce James] SMITH, JR.

Mrs. Joyce Smith, 48, died Sunday in a local hospital after a lengthy illness. Services were held at 2 pm Tuesday in OAKLAWN CEMETERY in Fort Valley, Ga.
Mrs. Smith, a native of Macon County, was a retired school teacher. She was a member of Fort Valley First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Miss Sharon Smith of Americus and Mrs. Caron Cornelison of Macon, a sister, Mrs. Alton Phillips of Ellaville; and her mother, Mrs. Lucille James of Ideal.
Rooks Funeral had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Joyce James Smith - Born August 11, 1929 - Died January 15, 1978 is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery beside her husband, Elvis Thomas Smith, Jr. [Sept. 19, 1928 - Jan. 28, 1970]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 30, 1977

RICHARD LARRY STREET

Richard Larry Street of Americus, Georgia, died Thursday, November 24, 1977 as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Mr. Street was 20 years of age and he was employed with the American Finance Company in Albany, Georgia. He was a former resident of Oglethorpe and a 1975 graduate of Macon County High School.
Surviving Mr. Street are his wife, Susan Pike Street of Americus; his mother, Mrs. Martha Louise Babb of Oglethorpe; his father, Luther Street, Sr. of Phenix City, Alabama; two brothers, Dr. Luther Street, Jr. of El Paso, Texas; Donald Street of Oglethorpe; two sisters, Mrs. Lavar Whittington of Americus and Mrs. Johnny Dixon of Oglethorpe.
Funeral services for Mr. Street were held Saturday, November 26, at 3 pm from the chapel of watson-Mathews Funeral Home and interment was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. Rev. Jack Neill officiated. Pallbearers - Not Copied.

[Note: Richard L. Street - Born February 11, 1957 - Died November 24, 1977 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. Wednesday - July 29, 1992

MRS. JAMES LEONARD [Corrine Yarbrough] STAFFORD

Mrs. Corrine Yarbrough Stafford, 80, of Route 1 Oglethorpe, Georgia, died Friday, July 24, 1992 in Flint River Community Hospital in Montezuma, Ga.
Services were held at 2 pm Saturday, July 25, in Whitewater Baptist Church near Oglethorpe, with the Revs. Donald Rice and Gene Wilson officiating. Burial was in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS.
Mrs. Stafford, a native of Hazelhurst, Georgia, was born September 25, 1911. She had resided in Macon County for the past 75 years, was a homemaker and a member of Whitewater Baptist Church.
Survivors are her husband, James Leonard Stafford of Oglethorpe, two sons, James Newton Stafford of Lenoir City, Tenn., Ralph Y. Stafford of Oglethorpe, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Corrine Y. Stafford - Born - September 25, 1911 - Died July 24, 1992 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery]
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. Wednesday, September 30, 1992

THOMAS W. SWARBRICK

Thomas Swarbrick, 85, of 2450 Paris Pike, Lexington, Kentucky, died Friday, September 25, in St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Graveside services were held at 2 PM Monday, Septembef 28, in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS CEMETERY in Oglethorpe, Ga. The Rev. Sidney Clay officiated.
Mr. Swarbrick, a native of Lawrence, Mass., and a former resident of Ideal, Ga. was born May 29, 1907. He was a retired general foreman with the railroad, a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lawrence, Mass. and the husband of the late Lillian Hughes Swarbrick.
Survivors are, a son, Thomas W. Swarbrick of Lexington, Ky., a brother, James Swarbrick of Andover, Mass., two sisters, Alice Morley and Helen Swarbrick of Lawrence, Mass. and three grandchildren, Brian, Shawn and Alexander.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Thomas W. Swarbrick - Born May 29, 1907 - Died - September 25, 1992 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Lillian H. Swarbrick [May 23, 1908 - July 4, 1991]


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. October 17, 1963

 MRS. JOHN MACK [Mamie Johnson] SNELLGROVE

 Mrs. Mamie Johnson Snellgrove, 87, of Ideal, died September 30, 1963 in the home of her niece, Mrs. C., E. Wilder in Macon.

 Funeral services were held, October 2, in the Ideal Methodist Church. The Rev. Lewis Strickland officiated and burial was in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

 Pallbearers – Not copied.

 A lifelong resident of Macon County, Mrs. Snellgrove was postmistress in Ideal for several years, and operated a grocery store there for over 40 years.

 She was the daughter of the late Samuel K. Johnson and the late Mrs. Fannie Brady Johnson of Macon County, and was the widow of Mack Snellgrove. She was a member of the Ideal Methodist Church.

 Survivors in addition to her niece, Mrs. Wilder, included two sisters, Mrs. T. C. Gardner of Ideal, and Mrs. H. A. Shipp of Cordele, and several other nieces and nephews.

 Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.

 [Note: Mamie J. Snellgrove – Born 1876 – Died 1963 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside her husband, John Mack Snellgrove [1870 – 1945] and near her Father, Samuel K. Johnson CSA [1838 – 1915] See his Obit.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  November 22, 1962

THOMAS  W.  SMITH

Final Rites Held Tuesday For T. W. Smith, 72.
  Thomas W. Smith, 72, retired Oglethorpe farmer and Veteran of World War I, died Sunday afternoon at the Dublin Veterans' Administration Hospital after a long illness.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH near Oglethorpe, with the Rev. F. M. York and the Rev. Carl Ayers officiating.  Burial followed in the CHURCHYARD CEMETERY.
  Pallbearers were Robert Jones, E. L. Simmons, Brown Perry, Howard Hortman, Lawrence Simmons and Sam Carter.
  A native of Macon County, Mr. Smith made his home in Garden Valley community and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a former Justice of Peace.
  Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Alice Smith Gilmore of Oglethorpe and Mrs. Eunice Smith McDonald of Decatur; two brothers, M. B. Smith of Sanford, Fla., and Emmett Smith of Auburndale, Fla. and a number of nieces and nephews.
  Watson Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Thomas W. Smith [September 23, 1890 - November 18, 1962] is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside his sister, Alice Smith Gilmore [2-17-1895 - 6-29-1965]
 


Citizen & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. July 25, 1963

 WILLIE CROSBY - COSBY SPEIR, SR.

 Funeral services for Willie Crosby Speir, 69, of Dooling, who died unexpectedly Sunday at his home, were held Tuesday in the Byromville Methodist Church.

 The Rev. Cephas Williamson officiated and burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma.

 Mr. Speir, a life-long resident of Dooling, was a member of the Byromville Methodist Church and was the owner and operator of a grocery store in Dooling.

 Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Susie Culberth Speir of Dooling; one son, Willie C. Speir, Jr. of Byromville; two brothers, A. W. Speir of Dooling and C. M. Speir of Orlando, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Ann Patrick and Miss Mary Speir, both of Dooling, and Mrs. A. B. King, Sr. of Unadilla; and two granddaughters, Miss Elizabeth Ann Speir and Miss Patricia Sue Speir, both of Byromville.

 Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 [Note: Willie Cosby Speir, Sr. – Born September 25, 1893 – Died July 21, 1963 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Susie Culberth Speir [Feb. 7, 1902 – Feb. 9, 1988]

 


SHIRAH

 

Macon Telegraph - Friday, December 24, 1993
Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah
Johnnie Lee Shirah, 77, died Wednesday in a local nursing home. Born in
Crisp County, she was the daughter of the late John Shirah and the late Mattie Leigh Massey Shirah. She lived in Macon County for most of her life. Survivors: brother, Hilton Shirah of Moantezuma; and several nieces and nephews.
  Services: 11 am today in PINE LEVEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CEMETERY near Oglethorpe. The Rev. Ralph Price, Jr. will officiate.
  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma has charge of arrangements.

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  April 9, 1964

JAMES  PATTERSON  SIMMONS, SR.
J. P. Simmons Dies at Reynolds; Rites Held Monday.
James Patterson Simmons, 54, of Reynolds died at the Sams-Whatley Hospital in Reynolds Sunday, March 29, following a short illness.
  A life-time resident of Taylor and Macon County, Mr. Simmons was the son of the late Will G. and Mary Deliah Bledsoe Simmons. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church near Reynolds.
  Funeral services were held Monday at Pleasant Grove, Elder John Mangaham officiated, assisted by the Rev. Homer Fowler, Interment was in PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet Eubanks Simmons; one son, James Patterson Simmons, Jr. of Oglethorpe; six sisters, Mrs. Leon Rodgers, Mrs. Clem Robinson, Mrs. Brown Perry, Mrs. Bertha Windham, all of Macon County, Mrs. Roy Childres of Palatka, Fla., and Mrs. Roy Eubanks of Thomaston and three brothers, Ben Simmons, Elijah Simmons and Burn Simmons, all of Macon County.

[Note: Jim P. Simmons [April 1, 1909 - March 29, 1964] is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery beside his wife, Harriet E. Simmons [July 14, 1910 - Aug. 19, 1984]
 


Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. January 3, 1930

JAMES  SANFORD  LAVENDER, SR.

Death Claims Mr. J. S. Lavender.
  Mr. J. S. Lavender, 69, died early Tuesday morning, December 25th 1929, at his home just south of Montezuma.
  Mr. Lavender had been in ill health for a number of years, but his death came as a surprise to his relatives and friends. He was strickened early Christmas morning with a heart attack and died instantly.
  Mr. Lavender has made Montezuma his home for a number of years and at one time he was recognized as one of the best contractors in this section, but after his health failed, he retired from active work.
  The deceased is survived by one son and two daughters[not named].  Interment took place in FELTON'S CEMETERY.

[Note: James S. Lavender, Sr. [October 11, 1860 - December 25, 1929] is buried in Felton Cemetery beside James Sanford Lavender [3-26-1884 - 1-12-1960] Obit & Aline Gallaway Lavender, wife of James S. Lavender [4-27-1891 - 1-8-1944]
 


Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga.  November 1, 1929

  JOHN  "Jack"  SMITH

Funeral Services For Judge Smith Saturday.
Funeral services for uncle "Jack" Smith, 75, one of this community's oldest and most highly respected citizens, were held at PLEASANT GROVE CEMETERY, Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Woodard of Hawkinsville.  Mr. Smith had long been recognized as one of this sections leading citizens, and up until his health began to fail, some two years ago, always took a leading part in all affairs in which his community was affected.  For a number of years he had been Justice of the Peace in the Garden Valley District, and on this account, a number of years ago he acquired the name of Judge, by which he was familiarly known to his hundreds of friends and acquaintances.  He was also a splendid farmer, and was engaged in farming at the time of his death, which resulted from malaria.
  Surviving, in addition to his widow [not named] , are two sons, Mr. Marion B. Smith of Sanford, Fla., and Mr. Tom Smith of this county, and three daughters, Mrs. H. L. Gilmore of this city, Mrs. Fannie Rigsby, also of this county and Mrs. Eunice McDonald of Raleigh, N.C.

[Note: John Smith [ 1854 - 1929] is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside his wife, Emma Julia, wife of John Smith [Nov. 27, 1856 - Feb. 9, 1909]
 


Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga.  December 6, 1929

J.  L.  SHEALY

Funeral Services For Mr. J. L. Shealy At. Macon Tuesday.
Funeral services for J. L. Shealy, whose death occurred in New Mexico last Friday, were held at Hart's Chapel in Macon Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. Jno. L. Yost, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Altnata.  Mr. Shealy, who was known to his friends her as "Bill" had been suffering from several months from an incurable disease, and the end did not come unexpectedly.  He was born and reared near here, and had a host of friends in his community who will be deeply grieved to learn of his passing.
  He is survived by his Mother, Mrs. J. W. Shealy, three brothers, P. C. Shealy and Howard Shealy of Macon and W. C. Shealy of Deland, Fla.; two sisters, Miss Ruby Shealy of Macon and Mrs. C. W. Cotton of Atlanta.  Interment was at ROSE HILL  CEMETERY in Macon, Ga.
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  January 27, 1955
 
MRS.  LAURA JANE  SMITH
 
Mrs. Laura Smith Passes At Ideal; Rites Held January 21.
  Mrs. Laura Jane Smith, 72, passed away January 20, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John B. Albritton of Ideal, following a short illness.
  Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon, January 21, from the Ideal Methodist Church with the Rev. L. R. Lancaster and the Rev. Henry Thomas officiating.  Interment was in the IDEAL CEMETERY.  Serving as pallbearers were E. J. Smith, W. P. Brooks, James Roberson, Heyward Smith, G. C. Gilbert and Chappell Brooks.
  Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. John Noble of Wilmington, Del., Mrs. John B. Allbritton of Ideal, Mrs. Wilhemina McCarty of Thomaston, Mrs. Edmond Halstead of St. Augustine, Fla.; two sons, J. V. and C. H. Smith of Ideal; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
 

[Note: Laura J. Smith [Aptil 27, 1882 - January 20, 1955] is buried in Ideal Cemetery]

[OOOPS !!! - "Cemeteries of Macon County" has incorrectly listed her death date as 1965, should be 1955]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 11, 1954

HENRY SYKES SIMMONS

Services Held At Pleasant Grove For H. S. Simmons, 80.

H. S. Simmons, 80, son of the late Ben F. and Pinkie Smith Simmons, passed away at a Milledgeville hospital Saturday, November 6. Funeral services were conducted Monday from the Pleasant Grove Church near Oglethorpe with the Rev. Arvie Thornton officiating. Interment was in PLEASANT GROVE CEMETERY. [The obit says burial in Corinth Cemetery but his marker is located in Pleasant Grove Cemetery]

Nephews serving as pallbearers were Lucius Simmons, Lawrence Simmons, Ben Simmons, Lige Simmons, John Simmons and Marshall Harris.

He is survived by one son, Paul Simmons of Thomaston; one grandson, Ralph Simmons of Thomaston; one sister, Mrs. G. H. Harris of Macon; one brother P. H. Simmons of Garden Valley and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lilla Simmons and Mrs. Annie Simmons, both of Reynolds.

[Note: Henry Sykes Simmons [February 22, 1874 - November 6, 1954] is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside, Rosa Matthews Simmons [1883 - 1945]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 19. 1954

MRS. WILLIAM MARION [Amanda Seitz] SATTERFIELD [microfilmed on the curve-hard to read]

Cedar Valley Rites Held Sunday for Mrs. Amanda Satterfield

Mrs. Amanda Seitz Satterfield, 73, passed away at her home Saturday following a lengthy illness.

Born in Lumpkin County, the daughter of the late Oscar and Jen___ Davis Seitz, she had been the wife of Will M. Satterfield for 51 years. She was a member of the Cedar Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Williard Wil___ of Leslie and Mrs. Joe Hill and Mrs. Earl Jones of Montezuma; two sons, Grady Satterfield and Ernest Satterfield, both of Montezuma, two sisters, Mrs. L. N. ____ of Dahlonega and Mrs. A. G. ____. two brothers, ____ Seitz and Coleman Seitz, both of _____ & eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Cedar Valley baptist Church with the Rev. Otho Pirkle officiating, with burial in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery in Montezuma.

Pallbearers - not copied. Smith-Tindol Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 30, 1945

MRS. NORRIS D. [Dorothy Lucille Hill] SINGLETON

Funeral Services Held Sunday For Mrs. N. D. Singleton [Microfilmed on the curve-Difficult to read]

Funeral services were conducted by the Montezuma Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, August 26th, for Mrs. Norris D. Singleton, 26,. Mrs. Singleton died Saturday afternoon in a local hospital.

Mrs. Singleton was the former Miss Dorothy Lucille Hill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mose Hill of Montezuma. She was born in Montezuma on November 2, 1918, and had spent her entire life here. Mrs. Singleton was a member of the Baptist Church.

The Rev. Chas H. Kopp, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated and interment was in FELTON'S CEMETERY.

Mrs. Singleton is survived by her husband, N. D. Singleton; one son, _oger [probably Roger], and daughter, Faye; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mose Hill; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Albert and Mrs. Douglas Griggers of Montezuma, and three brothers, Charles Willis Hill, L. _. Hill and Clovis Hill of Montezuma.

Pallbearers - Not copied.

[Note: There is a NEW marker in Felton Cemetery for: Dorothy Hill Singleton [November 2, 1918 - August 25, 1945] Some Members of the Hill Family placed a number of new markers in Felton Cemetery after "Cemeteries of Macon County" was surveyed and published. We appreciate a family's interest in honoring their loved ones.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 2, 1972

EMILY ANN SUBER

Emily Ann Suber, five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Suber of Americus, died Sunday, October 29, at DeKalb General Hospital in Atlanta after a brief illness. Emily Ann was a member of Teaford Kindergarten.
Other than her parents, she is survived by a brother, Michael Suber of Americus; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Suber of Montezuma; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. DeWitt, Jr. of St. Simon's Island, Ga.; three great-grandmothers, Mrs. J. R. McCrary of Gay, Ga., Mrs. J. L. Suber and Mrs. A. W. Arnold of Montezuma.
Funeral services were held at 2 PM Tuesday from the Central Baptist Church in Americus with the Rev. T. Richard David officiating. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma.
Pallbearers - were her uncles, Mac Suber, Joe Suber, Ernie DeWitt and Tommy DeWitt.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Americus Jaycees.

[Note: I do NOT find a marked grave in Bertha Dozier Cemetery for Emily Ann Suber.]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 9, 1972

MARVIN SULLIVAN

Marvin Sullivan, 31, of Byromville, died Friday, February 26, 1972 unexpectedly at his home.
Services were held at 3 PM Sunday from the Bakerfield Baptist Church with burial in SNOW SPRINGS CEMETERY near Unadilla.
Mr. Sullivan, a member of the American Legion, was formerly in the Navy, and was a lifelong resident of Dooly County. He was a 1959 graduate of Vienna High School.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Sullivan of Byromville; a son, Troy Sullivan of Pineview, four sisters, Mrs. Eloise Watson of Marshallville, Mrs. Nellie Smith of americus, Mrs. Dorothy Prieston of North Augusta, S.C. and Mrs. Maxine Sapp of Perry; four brothers, Grady Sullivan of Nashville, Tenn., Ray Sullivan of Byromville, Nathan Sullivan of Americus and Herman Sulivan of Perry.
Bowen-Everett Funeral Home of Vienna was in charge of arrangements.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 15, 1987

RALPH HALL SUMMERLIN

Mr. Ralph Hall Summerlin, 75, of Marshallville, Georgia, died Sunday, July 12, 1987, at his residence. Memorial Services were held at 11 AM Wednesday, July 15, in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home. The Rev. Homer Fowler officiated and burial was in MARSHALLVILLE CITY CEMETERY.
Mr. Summerlin lived in Marshallville for the past four years, moving from Anaheim, California. He was retired from Douglas Air Craft Corp., in Long Beach, California. He was a Mason, a Sgt. Major in the Army during World War II and the husband of the late Opal J. Summerlin.
Survivors are a daughter, Miss Jo Anne Summlerin of Orange, California; son, Ronald R. Summerlin of Bella Vista, Arkansas; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

[Note: Ralph Hall Summerlin - Born July 4, 1912 - Died Juy 12, 1987 is buried in Marshallville Cemetery beside his wife, Opal Jane Summerlin [Kingry-Slappey] [July 1, 1914 - August 11, 1986.
 


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 20, 1986

MRS. RALPH HALL [Opal Jane Kingry] SUMMERLIN

Mrs. Opal Jane Kingry Summerlin, 72, of Marshallville, Georgia, died Monday, August 11, 1986, in Peach County Hospital. Graveside services were held at 11 AM Thursday, August 14, in MARSHALLVILLE CITY CEMETERY. The Rev. Homer G. Fowler officiated.
Mrs. Summerlin, the daughter of Sidney L. Kingry and Ella Lou Slappey Kingry, was born July 1, 1914 in Moultrie, Georgia. She had resided in Marshallville for the past three years. Moving from Anaheim, California. She was a retired seamstress from the Arrow Shirt Company.
Survivors are her husband, Ralph Hall Summerlin, a daughter, Miss JoAnne Summerlin of Orange, California; a son, Ronald R. Summerlin of Bella Vista, Arkansas; a brother, Ronald Kingry of Orange Park, Florida; and four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Opal Jane Summerlin [Kingry-Slappey] Born July 1, 1914 - Died August 11, 1986 is buried in Marshallville Cemetery beside her husband Ralph Hall Summerlin [July 4, 1912 - July 12, 1987] See his obit.
 


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. May 30, 1963 

MRS. WILLIAM A. [Eva Shirah] SUTTON

 Final rites for Mrs. Eva Shirah Sutton, 82, of Oglethorpe, who died early Thursday morning at a local hospital after a two weeks’ illness, were held Friday afternoon, May 24, at the Ideal Baptist Church. The Rev. H. H. Gregory, pastor, and the Rev. F. M. York officiated and interment was in PLEASANT GROVE CEMETERY.

 Pallbearers – not copied

 A lifelong resident of Macon County, Mrs. Sutton lived at Ideal until the death of her husband, W. A. Sutton, four years ago. At that time she moved to Oglethorpe to make her home with her sister, Mrs. A. O.[ Nina Shirah] Hill. She was a member of the Ideal Baptist Church and a retired school teacher, having taught for 38 years in the schools of Macon and Taylor Counties.

 Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Nina Shirah Hill of Oglethorpe [see her obit] and Mrs. G. A. Almond of Warner Robins; one brother, W. L. Shirah of Monroeville, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. J. T. Vogue of Techula, Miss.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.

 [Note: Eva S. Sutton – Born 1881 – Died May 23, 1963 is buried in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery beside her husband, William A. Sutton [1873 – 1959] & her sister, Georgia Leona Shirah Hand [Aug. 27, 1877 – May 23, 1950] See her Obit


Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. October 31, 1963

 

ORREN A. SUMMERS

 

Orren A. Summers, 89, a former Macon County resident, died Wednesday, October 23, 1963 at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Phenix City, Ala. Mr. Summers had made his home with a son. O. T. Summers, in the Alabama city for a number of years since the death of his wife, Mattilu Pennington Summers.

 

The Summers family lived in Montezuma for a number of years, residing on the Marshallville highway.

 

Survivors, in addition to the son, include two grandchildren, Orren W. Summers and Miss Carmie Summers of Phenix City, two nieces, Mrs. E. L. Poole of Americus and Mrs. Sam George of Atlanta.

 

Funeral services were held Friday at Britton and Dobbs Funeral Home, Phenix City. Graveside rites were held in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY Friday.

 

[Note: Orrin A. Summers – Born 1874 – Died 10-23-1963 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Mattie L. Summers [January 22, 1881 – 9-12-1946] See her OBIT

 

[Note: OOOOPS !!! The Death Date is incorrect on both Orrin A. Summer [“Cemeteries of Macon County” reads 1952 SHOULD BE 1963 & Mattie L. Summers [In book reads 1947 – SHOULD BE 9-12-1946 PER HER Obit]


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 4, 1984

 

MRS.   ALEX   P.  [Mary  Ida  Henderson]   SAWYER

 

  Mary Ida Henderson Sawyer, age 91, died Tuesday, March 27, 1984, in the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Ga. after several weeks illness.

  Mrs. Sawyer was born in Whitfield County, Ga. on February 5, 1893, the daughter of Javus and Julia Christian Henderson and had lived her entire adult life in Macon County. She was the wife of the late A. P. Sawyer and a member of Cedar Valley Baptist Church.  She had been a patient at Oaks Nursing Home for several years.

  Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Yawn of Forest Park, Mrs. Jack Ivey and Mrs. John Edd Tallent, Sr., both of Montezuma; one son, William P. Sawyer of Cordele; a granddaughter, Mrs. Jimmy Hughes of Cordele; four grandsons, David Ivey of Harbor Springs, Michigan, John Edd Tallent, Jr. of Snellville, Bill Sawyer of Cordele and Jimmy Tallent of Montezuma; five great grandchildren.

  Funeral services were held at 3 pm Wednesday, March 28, in Cedar Valley Baptist Church. The Rev. Jack Neill officiated and burial was in the CEDAR VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.

  Pallbearers - Not Copied.

  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge.

 

[Note:  Ida H. Sawyer   -  Born 1893  -  Died 1984 is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery beside her husband, Alex P. Sawyer  [1875 - 1947] See his Obit.


DEATH AND OBITUARY NOTICES FROM THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE  1867 - 1878.

Issue of January 31, 1872 

DR.   ALLEN   DE LONIA   SMITH

 Died near Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia, on the 5th January 1872, Dr. A. D. Smith, aged 35 years and 8 months.  He was elected Mayor of Montezuma in 1871, and re-elected in 1872. He left four children.

 If you have a copy of "HISTORY OF MACON COUNTY" by Louise Frederick Hays, you will want to look on pages 551, 552 & 553 a picture is included, in his CSA Uniform. This article was written by Mrs. W. T. Christopher, Sr. [nee Cora Smith] and is a very good detailed story of his life.

High Spots: His father was Young Smith who came from North Carolina, and his mother was Martha Edwards, a daughter of William Edwards and Easter Allen Edwards. William Edwards' parents were John and Phoebe Stokes/Stocks Edwards born and married in England.

  Allen DeLonia Smith was born in Randolph Co., Ga. near Cuthbert on May 3, 1835. He was a Mason. He married Miss Missouri Quinn, daughter of the late Dr. Terry Quinn and they had no children, she died June 13, 1861.  After serving as a Senior Surgeon during the Civil War, he married Martha Ann Haugabook  and practiced medicine in Spalding. He then built a house on Dooly Street, the main street in Montezuma, was elected the First Mayor of Montezuma about 1869 and served until his death in 1871. Four children were born to this couple; Cora Lee Smith, Annie Laura Smith, Ella Estelle Smith and Lee Delonia Smith.

 

[Note: Allen DeLonia Smith- Major, Surgeon, 62nd Ga. Cav.  CSA  0-  Born  May 3, 1835  -  Died  October 3, 1871 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside his 2nd wife, Martha Ann Haugabook, wife of A. D. Smith  [12-4-1844  -  5-11-1871]


DEATH AND OBITUARY NOTICES FROM THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE  1867 - 1878. Issue of May 7, 1878.    
 MRS.  SARAH  J.  SKINNER, aged forty-five years, died in Macon County, Ga. April 20, 1878.

 [Note: I do NOT find a marked grave either in Macon County Cemeteries of Cemeteries of Taylor County for any of the Skinner Family.  However I do find them in the following Census records:

1860 TAYLOR CO., GA. CENSUS [260]

SKINNER, William J.    32 SC

  Sarah J.                     26 SC

  Nathan T.                    6 SC

  Texanna M.                 4 SC

  Henrietta A.                 3 SC

  Mason M.                    1 SC

WAYNEWRIGHT, James D.  23

  Penelope                           23

  Allen C.                               1

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Since Mason M. Skinner was 1 years old and was born in South Carolina, they apparently just moved to Georgia.

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1870 MACON CO., GA. CENSUS  HH 494 - 814th Dist. [Lanier Area]

SKINNER, William J.         42 m/w SC Farmer $500

  Sarah J.                          36 f/w SC

  Nathan T.                        16 m/w SC Farm labor

  Texanna                          14 f/w SC  School

  Henrietta                         12 f/w SC School

  Madison M.                     10 m/w

  Martha J.                          9 f/w

  Sarah L.                           7 f/w

  Celestia O.                       5 f/w

  Patience S.                      2 f/w

  Emma O.                         1 f/w

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The Skinner Family does Not appear in either Taylor or Macon Counties in 1880 Census If you have any further info on the burial spot of Mrs. Sarah J. Skinner. PLEASE RESPOND.

RESPONSE by Helen Hudson  to Death Notice of:

 MRS.  SARAH  J.  SKINNER  - Posted January 31, 2005

 MANY THANKS to Helen from locating and submitting a follow-up on the Death Notice for Mrs. Sarah J. Skinner.

 In 1880 the remainder of the family is found: Census Place Precinct 1, MADISON, FLORIDA, Family History Library Film 1254130 - N.A. Film Number T-9-0130-Pg. No. 512 C

 Household - Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation, Father's birthplace Mother's Birthplace.

 

William J. SKINNER    Self W Male W 52 SC Farmer SC SC

Madison SKINNER      son S Male W 21 GA At home SC SC

Texanna SKINNER      Dau. S Female W 24 GA At Home SC SC

Abbie SKINNER          Dau  S Female W 22 GA At Home SC SC

Mattie SKINNER         Dau  S Female  W 19 GA Keeping House SC SC

Olie  SKINNER           Dau.  S Female  W 17 GA At Home SC SC

Berta SKINNER          Dau.  S Female  W 14 GA At Home SC SC

Patie SKINNER          Dau. S Female   W 12 GA AT Home SC SC

Emma SKINNER        Dau.  S Female   W 10 GA At Home SC SC

Willie SKINNER         Son   S  Male      W  9 GA SC SC

Jonie SKINNER          Dau.  S Female   W  7 GA  SC SC

Count SKINNER         Son   S  Male      W 5  GA  SC SC

Annie  SKINNER        Dau.  S  Female   W 3 GA SC SC

Sallie  SKINNER        Dau.  S  Female   W 2  GA SC SC

Maria SKINNER     MOTHER wid Female W 77 SC At Home SC SC

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THANKS to John R. Adams and Helen Hudson for info on the William J. Skinner Family that lived in our area.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 10, 1960

JAMES LESTER SOUTER

State Representative J. Lester Souter, Sr., died at his home here Saturday morning, November 5, 1960. He was 60 years old and had resided here for 25 years.

Born and reared in Preston, Mr. Souter was the owner of Souter Lumber Company and was engaged in other business and farming interest in this region. He had served three consecutive terms as representative from Macon County and had recently been elected to a fourth term. A member of the Montezuma Baptist Church, he was a Mason and a Shriner.

Funeral services were held Sunday to the First Baptist Church of Montezuma. Rev. C. G. Ward officiated and burial followed in FELTON CEMETERY. Watson Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers - not copied.

Surviving are his wife, the former Tommie Hill; one son, James L. Souter, Jr.; his mother, Mrs. J. F. Souter of Savannah; one brother, Hoyle Souter of Savannah; two sisters, Mrs. Leroy Dubberly of Moultrie and Mrs. Sam J. Gardner of Savannah. There are two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

[Note: James Lester Souter - Born July 5, 1900 - Died November 5, 1960 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside, Betty Tom Souter, wife of T. Gilmore Greene, III [Feb. 13, 1929 - Sept. 3, 1954]




 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  January 15, 1986

 MRS.   IRENE   [Pridgeon]  FREDERICK  SINCLAIR

   Mrs. Irene Pridgeon Frederick Sinclair, 83, of Americus, Georgia died Wednesday, January 8, 1986 in Sumter Regional Hospital.  Mrs. Sinclair was a resident of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home.  Graveside services were held at 2 pm Thursday, January 9, in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.  The Rev. McCoy Johnson and the Rev. Brooks Partain officiated.

  Mrs. Sinclair was born in Randolph County, a daughter of J. J. Pridgeon and Camilla Underwood Pridgeon.  A graduate of Georgia Teachers College in Milledgeville, she was retired after forty one years of teaching; part of her teaching was done in Tifton and Montezuma.  She was a member of Tift County Retired Teachers Assn. and Georgia Retired Teachers Assn.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tifton.

  Survivors include a son, Cecil H. Frederick of Tifton; a daughter, Mrs. Doris F. Robinson of Montezuma; a step-son, James S. Sinclair of Colchester, Conn.; a step daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Sauls of Tifton; two sisters, Mrs. Bess Taylor of Albany, Mrs. Florence McLendon of Parrott; a brother, Leonard I. Pridgeon of Smithville, fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren.

  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Irene Pridgeon Frederick Sinclair  -  Born July 7, 1902  -  Died January 8, 1986 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery]

Martha Irene "Mattie" - was my Grandmother's sister- one correction- Living sister was actually Bessie Ruth Pridgeon (Mrs. Taylor Speir)

 To elongate-

James Jeremiah Jackson Pridgeon - Father Two children still going strong.

 Thanks for posting.

 Gerry


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 13, 1960

MRS. SWOLL R. [Annie Riley] SAWYER

Funeral services for Mrs. Swoll R. Sawyer, 54, who died at her residence in Columbus early Sunday were held in St. Luke Methodist Church of that city Monday afternoon. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Georgia on Tuesday morning with graveside services.

Mrs. Sawyer was a resident of Marshallville, Ga. for several years while her husband, Rev. Swoll Sawyer, served as pastor of the Marshallville Methodist Church. She taught a year in Marshallville High School and two years in Montezuma.

The former Miss Annie Riley, She was born in Houston County. She was a graduate of Mercer University and Wesleyan College and a member of the Education Association of University Women and chairman of its educational committee.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Swoll R. Sawyer of Columbus, two daughters, Mrs. Howard R. Hart, Jr., of Schenectady, New York, and Mrs. Kenneth E. Whipple of Columbia, South Carolina; her mother, Mrs. Sam Riley of Macon ; a granddaughter, Annie Laurence Hart of New York and a brother, Oliver Riley of Macon.

[Note: I, Davine V. Campbell had the pleasure of being a student in Marshallville High School when Mrs. Sawyer taught there. She was one of the most INTERESTING teachers, she was my first teacher to take the entire class on field trips. We toured the Macon City Water Works, The Ogmulgee Indian Mounds, The Kraft Paper Company, and others. ]

Citizen & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. August 19, 1971
LYTTLE JAMES SPRADLEY, [JR.], 72.
L. J. Spradley of Montezuma passed away in a local hospital Friday, August 13, 1971 after a brief illness at the age of 72.
Funeral services were held Sunday from the Montezuma Baptist Church. Rev. Kenneth Bush, pastor, and Dr. A. C. Martin, pastor of Cedar Valley Baptist Church, officiated and burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY in Montezuma. Serving as pallbearers were Marvin Edwards, William Jones, Hal Stewart, Sam Chamblee, Marvin Mygrant and G. A. Payne. Woodmen of the World formed an honorary escort.
Mr. Spradley was a native of Dooly County but had resided most of his life in Montezuma. A retired employee of Forest Mills of Montezuma, Mr. Spradley was a member of the Montezuma First Baptist Church and a Woodmen of the World for fifty years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Davis Spradley of Montezuma; one son, Jimmy Spradley of Montezuma; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Watson, Mrs. Milton Edwards, Mrs. Carolyn Epps, Mrs. George Massey, Mrs. Theron Beard, all of Montezuma; eighteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.
Watson Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge.
[Note: Lyttle James Spradley, [Jr.] – Born 1898 – Died 1971 is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery beside his wife, Ethel Davis Spradley [1900 – 1988]

Citizen & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. September 2, 197

MISS ELLA SHUMATE

Miss Ella Shumate of Birmingham, Ala., died Sunday, August 22, 1971 in Birmingham after a short illness. Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 24th in FELTON CEMETERY in Montezuma with Rev. R. G. Edenfield officiating.
A native of Macon County, she had lived in Birmingham for the past 50 years. She was a retired music teacher.
Survivors include a brother, Leon Shumate of Montezuma; and a sister, Mrs. J. C. Collins of Birmingham.
Watson Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge.
[Note: Ella Shumate – Died August 22, 1971 is buried in Felton Cemetery in Montezuma beside Berryman D. Shumate [4-4-1849 – May 11, 1935] See His OBIT
[Note: The 1900 Macon Co., Ga. Census shows:
SHUMATE, Berriman 51 w/m GA Salesman
Dela dau. 20 w/f GA At school
Ella V. dau. 16 w/f GA at School [Born abt. 1884]
Leon T. son 13 w/m GA At School
Laura M. dau. 13 w/f GA At School
_____________________________________
[Note: 1880 Macon Co., Ga. Census shows:
SHUMATE, Berryman D. 31 w/m ggg Merchant
Micheal J.[Horn] wife 22 w/f ggg [Felton Cem. Unmarked]
[B.D.Shumate m’d Miss Micheal J.Horn 3-7-1875 B/345]
Mattie dau. 6 w/f ggg d/o 1st wife ???
Norma dau. 2 w/f ggg
William D. son 1 month – b. May 1880
HORN, Lorens S-I-L 16 w/f ggg
Ely Bro,I-L 14 w/m ggg Store clerk]

Citizens & Georgian – Montezuma, Ga. October 26, 1971

GLADSTONE D. SEWELL 64.

Gladstone D. Sewell, 64, of Montezuma passed away Monday A.M. October 25, at a local hospital. Mr. Sewell suffered a heart attack several days previously.
Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Cedar Valley Baptist Church with Dr. A. C. Martin officiating and burial in CEDAR VALLEY CHURCH CEMETERY. The following served as pallbearers: Jack Smith, J. D. Taylor, Gene Lacey, Harold Pike, Sammy Pike and Bobby Pike.
Mr. Sewell was a lifelong resident of Macon County, a veteran of World War II, and a member of Cedar Valley Baptist Church. For several years he operated an eating establishment in Montezuma.
Survivors include five sisters: Mrs. David Lacey, Mrs. Hastel Pike, both of Montezuma, Mrs. Harley Taylor of Fort Valley, Mrs. Grady Hawkins of Griffin and Mrs. Homer Tollerson of Alpharetta, Ga.; two brothers, Wyatt Sewell of Montezuma and Bill Sewell of Griffin.
Watson Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.
[Note: Gladstone D. Sewell – Pfc. 36 Inf. Div. WWII – Born April 13, 1907 – Died October 25, 1971 is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery beside his parents Martha Ann Sewell [10-4-1871 – 2-26-1945] & Oliver G. Sewell [9-17-1867 – 10-12-1942]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. - September 14, 1983

MRS. DENNIS [Imogene Payne] SPIVEY

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church for Mrs. Imogene Spivey who died Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness. Burial was on the John M. Greer lot in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS.
Born in Schley County in 1906, Mrs. Spivey after completing her education worked at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia, S.C., later transferring to Hospital 48 in Atlanta. She was a Medical Records Librarian and served as Registrar at Forrest Hills Veterans Hospital in Augusta. She married Dennis Spivey of Eatonton and Atlanta in 1938. Mr. Spivey preceded her in death in 1940.
She was a member of Oglethorpe United Methodist Church and the Oglethorpe Garden Club.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jack McCullough. assisted by Rev. Bill Deakins and Pastor GBeorgbe Lingle.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
She is survived by two sisters, Lois Payne and Eva Mae Payne; nephews, Bob of Montezuma and Jack Greer of Atlanta, Ricky, Bobby and Trey Wilson of Columbus; and nieces, Mrs. Karen Wilson of Columbus, Miss Susan Greer and Mrs. Bob Logue, of Atlanta.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Imogene Payne Spivey - Born January 23, 1906 - Died September 4, 1983 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery]
 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Georgia November 5, 1980

MILTON SPRADLEY

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 28, at 3 pm at Mars Hill Baptist Church for Mr. Milton Spradley, age 67, who died on Monday, Octoberf 27, at Riverside Hospital.
Rev. Amos Sellars and Rev. Don Woodall officiated. Burial was in the MARS HILL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.
Active pallbearers were Rodney Fowler, Billy Little, John Penney, Bubba Thompson, David Reed and Ken Gregory.
Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of the church.
Mr. Spradley was a native of Dooly County but had lived in Macon County for 14 years. He was a retired security guard at Riverside Hospital and was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving Mr. Spradley are his wife, Mrs. Hazel Hudson Spradley of Montezuma; four daughters, Mrs. Thomas Kinnard and Mrs. John Swanner, both of Macon, Mrs. Clayton Bowen of Pinehurst and Mrs. Wayne Kitchens of Byromville; one son, Royce M. Spradley of Englewood, California; three sisters, Mrs. Estella Mote of Jacksonville, Fl., Mrs. Lois Andrews of Vienna, Mrs. Hazel Campbell of South Carolina; and two grandchildren, Randy Bowen and Roger Kinard.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Does anyone know where Mars Hill Baptist Church is located?]

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 5, 1991

MRS. RUBEN E. [Ollie Mae Powell] SINGLETARY

Mrs. Ollie Mae Powell Singletary, 61, of Route 2, Montezuma, died thursday, May 23, 1991 in Phenix Medical Park Hospital, Phenix City, Alabama.
Funeral services were held at 3 pm Saturday, May 25, in the chapel of Watson Mathews Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jack Neill and Rev. Bill Forrester officiating. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, Montezuma.
Mrs. Singletary, a native of Dooly County, was born January 25, 1930 and had resided in Macon County for the past forty three years. She was the daughter of Floyd Powell and Leana Smith Powell. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors are her husband, Rubin E. Singletary of Montezuma, three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Shugart of Unadilla, Mrs. Agnes Allen of Douglas, Georgia, Mrs. Diane Collins of Mulberry, Fl.; three brothers, Jody Powell of Cordele, Sammy Powell of Jacksonville, Fl., Eugene Powell of Jacksonville, Fl., Eugene Powell of Americus; a sister, Mary Singletary of Waynesboro, Ga. six grandchildren.

[Note: Ollie Mae Singletary - Born - January 25, 1930 - Died May 23, 1991 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery ]
 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 31, 1980

JONAS C. SWARTZENTRUBER

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 28, 1980 at 1 pm at the Montezuma Mennonite Church for Jonas C. Swartzentruber. Burial was in the MONTEZUMA MENNONITE CHURCH CEMETERY. Ministers Jonas Hershberger and Harvey Miller officiated. Pallbearers - Not Copied.
Mr. Swartzentruber was a retired farmer and a member of the Mennonite Church. He is from Norfolk, Va. but resided in Montezuma the last four years.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Fern Y. Swartzentruber of Montezuma; six sons, Eldon Swartzentruber of Virginia Beach, Va., Lloyd Swartzentruber and Daniel Swartzentruber, both of Montezuma, Norman Swartzentruber and Ray Swartzentruber, both of Abbeville, S., C. and Merlin Swartzentruber of Belton, S. C.; three daughters, Mrs. Joe Troyer of Farmville, Va., Mrs. Dan Yoder of Pataste, Costa Rica, and Mrs. Allen Yoder of San Vita, Costa Rica; two brothers, Norman Swartzentruber of Dover, Del., and Eli Swartzentruber of Gransville, Md.; two sisters, Mrs. Simon Yoder and Miss Annie Swartzentruber, both of Montezuma; 60 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Jonas C. Swartzentruber - Born March 21, 1908 - Died December 25, 1980 @ age 72 yrs, 9 mos. 4 days, is buried in Montezuma Mennonite Church Cemetery beside Anna Miller Swartzentruiber, wife of Jonas Swartzentruber [July 27, 1907 - Feb. 5, 1970]
 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. - September 14, 1983

MRS. DENNIS [Imogene Payne] SPIVEY

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 pm at the Oglethorpe United Methodist Church for Mrs. Imogene Spivey who died Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness. Burial was on the John M. Greer lot in OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS.
Born in Schley County in 1906, Mrs. Spivey after completing her education worked at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia, S.C., later transferring to Hospital 48 in Atlanta. She was a Medical Records Librarian and served as Registrar at Forrest Hills Veterans Hospital in Augusta. She married Dennis Spivey of Eatonton and Atlanta in 1938. Mr. Spivey preceded her in death in 1940.
She was a member of Oglethorpe United Methodist Church and the Oglethorpe Garden Club.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jack McCullough. assisted by Rev. Bill Deakins and Pastor GBeorgbe Lingle.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.
She is survived by two sisters, Lois Payne and Eva Mae Payne; nephews, Bob of Montezuma and Jack Greer of Atlanta, Ricky, Bobby and Trey Wilson of Columbus; and nieces, Mrs. Karen Wilson of Columbus, Miss Susan Greer and Mrs. Bob Logue, of Atlanta.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

[Note: Imogene Payne Spivey - Born January 23, 1906 - Died September 4, 1983 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery]
 

The Macon County Citizen - Oglethorpe, Ga. August 1, 1902

ROBERT H. SUTTON

Saturday and Sunday were sad days in Oglethorpe. On the former, the soul of our esteemed friend and fellow townsman, Robert H. Sutton, winged its flight, and on the latter, his body was laid to rest in the silent city of the dead.
Mr. Sutton had been ill several weeks. He first took his bed on account of a distressing accident in which a log fell upon his ankle, crushing the bone to pieces. After the bones had been set, and the sufferer was on the high road to recovery, a new complication suddenly appeared in another part of the body, entirely independent of the injury caused by the accident. An operation affording but little relief, it was thought best to take Mr. Sutton to the City Hospital at Macon, where several days later another operation was performed, which was a complete success, but also failed to remove the trouble. He gradually grew weaker, and after a marvelous battle for life, sank into his last sweet sleep.
His remains were brought to his home here Saturday, and buried Sunday, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, the ceremonies being conducted by Rev. G. P. Reviere, Rev. J. S. Elmore and Rev. J. T. Ainsworth.
Mr. Sutton was about 40 years old, and leaves a widow and two children, besides his aged, mother and other immediate relatives. To them in these hours and days of sorrow, the sympathy of all goes out.
Mr. Sutton was one of the most prominent and popular young business men of this section. He had large timber and agricultural interests, and was a model of perservance, pluck and energy. He was always one of the most amiable men we have ever known and no one can say aught against him. His heart was true and his character above reproach. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church and a loyal member of the Masonic fraternity, and will be missed there as elsewhere.
It is hard to understand why he should have been cut down in the midst of a career of usefulness, but we bow in humble submission to an All Wise Father, who gave and has taken away, and doeth all things well.

[Note: Robert H. Sutton - Born December 24, 1861 - Died July 26, 1902 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Susie Greer Sutton, [August 27, 1863 - Feb. 24, 1948] See her Obit.

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 19. 1957

MRS. SIM [Alma Howell] STEWART

Mrs. Alma Stewart Buried Wednesday At Cedar Valley.
Mrs. Alma Howell Stewart, 71, resident of Route 2, Eastman, died in a Montezuma Hospital Monday night after a long illness.
A native of Sumter County, she had resided in Dodge County for many years and was a member of the Pulaski County Friendship Methodist Church.
Survivors include the husband, Sim Stewart of Eastman; three sisters, Mrs. J. T. Coogle of Americus, Mrs. Addie Loper of Ashburn and Mrs. C. C. Bowden of Montezuma.
Funeral services were conducted from Shiloh Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock with the Rev. C. P. Russell and the Rev. Henry Thomas officiating. Interment follow in CEDAR VALLEY CEMETERY .
Pallbearers included nephews, B. K. Bowell, Edison Howell, George Howell, J. T. Howell, Jack Loper and James Stewart.
Smith-Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Georgia May 29, 1958

JOHN W. SOLOMON, SR.
Funeral Services Today For John W. Solomon, 77.
John W. Solomon, 77, passed away early Tuesday at his home in Montezuma.
The son of the late Carey Solomon and Irene Woolfolk Solomon, he was a native of Macon County. Mr. Solomon was a retired farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lucy Marshall Solomon of Montezuma, one son, J. W. Solomon, Jr.
of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Irene West and Mrs. W. W. Hooks, both of Montezuma; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday [today] in the chapel of Gardner Watson Funeral Home with the Rev. L. E. Williams and the Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in FELTON CEMETERY.
Pallbearers - Not Copied.

[Note: John W. Solomon - Born November 11, 1879 - Died May 27, 1958 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside his wife, Lucy M. Solomon [Oct. 4, 1881 - Sept. 2, 1967] See her Obit.

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 19, 1958

HUGH W. SHEALY

Miami Rites Today For H. W. Shealy.
Funeral services for H. W. Shealy, of Miami, Fla., formerly of Oglethorpe, were held in Miami Thursday [Today]. Mr. Shealy died unexpectedly Monday morning after suffering a heart attack while at work.
Mr. and Mrs. Shealy lived in Oglethorpe until about twelve years ago when they moved to Miami.
Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Anne Duncan, a sister, Mrs. G. M. Sears of St. Andrews, Fla. and three brothers, Martin L. Shealy of Oglethorpe; Edward P. Shealy of Atlanta; and Leonard E. Shealy of Chattanooga, Tenn.

[Note: According to the 1920 Macon Co., Ga. Census, Hugh W. Shealy was born about 1888 since he was 32 in 1920. He was the son of Martin L. Shealy and his wife, Mary L. [Baldwin] Shealy.

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 26, 1958

CALLOWAY SLOAN

Calloway Sloan, Prominent Farmer, Passes Wednesday.
Calloway Sloan, prominent Macon County farmer, died Wednesday, June 25, in a local hospital following several weeks illness.
He was born and reared in Madisonville, Tenn., moving to Montezuma nine years ago. He was a member of Travelers Rest Lodge No. 65 F. and A. M. and the Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include the wife, Mrs. Dixie Lee Sloan; one son, Dorsey Brown Sloan, both of Montezuma; four daughters, Mrs. R. E. Vance, Mrs. H. G. Washington of Montezuma, Mrs. W. A. Sloan of Washington, D.C. and Mrs. W. G. Greenlee of Fairbanks, Alaska; two sisters, Mrs. Reed Sharp of Tennessee, Miss Annie Sloan of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Roy Sloan, Ramsey Sloan, both of Tennessee, and Luther Sloan of Alabama; seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Gardner Watson Funeral Home of Montezuma Burial in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.

[Note: Calloway Sloan - Born May 4, 1887 - Died June 25, 1958 is buried in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery beside his wife, Dixie Lee Sloan [April 17, 1878 - March 25, 1974]

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. November 13, 1958

GUARD E. SATTERFIELD

Final Rites To Be Held Friday For Guard Satterfield.
Guard E. Satterfield, 56, of Montezuma, passed away at 1 a.m. this morning [Thursday] at a local hospital after an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at Cedar Valley Baptist Church. The Rev. Otho Pirkle and the Rev. C. G. Ward will officiate and burial will be in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY with Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Satterfield was a native of North Georgia. He was married to the former Corrine Crook, who survives him, along with one daughter, Mrs. James Burchfield; two grandchildren, Carolyn and Jimmy Burchfield, all of Montezuma, and a large number of other relatives.

[Note: Gard E. Satterfield - Born May 17, 1902 - Died November 13, 1958 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery beside his wife, Corine C. Satterfield [5-26-1905 - Ot. 16, 1986]

 

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 1, 1959

JOHN WILLIAM SANDLIN, SR.

Rites Held Monday For J. W. Sandlin, Former Resident.
Graveside services for John William Sandlin, 73 of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Montezuma, were held at 2 p.m. Monday in FELTON CEMETERY. The Rev. Steve Johnson, the Rev. L. E. Williams, the Rev. C. G. Haugabook and the Rev. Benton W. Taylor officiated.
Mr. Sandlin died Saturday in Tampa.
Survivors include two sons, Russell Sandlin of Amsterdam, N.Y. and J. W. Sandlin, Jr. of Chamblee; two brothers, Harry T. Sandlin of Tennessee and Guy Sandlin of Atlanta; three sisters, Mrs. S. D. Furlow and Mrs. Ed Morgan of Americus and Mrs. W. A. Mattice of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: I do NOT find a marked grave in Felton Cemetery for John William Sandlin, Sr.]

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. January 1, 1959

SIM M. STEWART

Sim M. Stewart Buried Friday At Cedar Valley.
Sim M. Stewart, resident of Eastman, Ga. died December 24 at Keysville Convalescent Home, Keysville, Ga. following a long illness.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. C. R. Brown of Lake Wales, Fla.; three brothers, J. V. Stewart of Macon, H. C. Stewart of Cordele and W. G. Stewart of Perry; three nieces whom he raised, Mrs. J. C. Napier of Americus, Mrs Lola Burnell of Hamilton, Ohio and Mrs. Louise Pitts of Cuthbert, Ga.
Funeral services were conducted from Shiloh Baptist Church at 11 a/m. December 26, 1958 and interment followed at CEDAR VALLEY CEMETERY. The Rev. C. P. Russell and Rev. John D. Collier officiated. Pallbearers - Not - Copied. Smith-Tindol Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Sim Stewart - Born 1894 - died 1958 is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery beside Alma [Howell] Stewart [1886 - 12-15-1957] See her Obit.

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. February 5, 1959

WILLIAM ARCHIBALD SUTTON

William A. Sutton, Ideal Clerk, Passes After Long Illness.
William Archibald Sutton, resident of Ideal, died January 31, at a local hospital after an illness of several months.
He was the City Clerk and Treasurer of Ideal and a member of the Ideal Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Eva Bessie [Shirah] Sutton of Ideal; one half brother, T. J. Boge of Techula, Miss.; three sisters, Mrs. L. B. Pullen of Charleston, Miss.; Mrs. Nathan McCuller of Sherman, Texas and Mrs. Julia Jamieson of Slater, Miss.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, February 2, from Ideal Baptist Church with interment following at GARDEN VALLEY CEMETERY [Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Garden Valley] The Rev. H. H. Gregory and the Rev. E. L. Jenkins officiated. Smith-Tindol Funeral Home was in charge.

[Note: William a. Sutton - Born 1873 - Died 1959] is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside his wife, Eva Shirah Sutton [1881 - 1963] See her obit.

 

MISS JOHNNIE LEE SHIRAH


 Columbus GA Ledger-Enquirer 24 December 1993
 Montezuma, Ga -- Johnnie Lee Shirah, 77, of Montezuma died
 Wednesday at Montezuma Health Care Center.
 A graveside funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Pine Level United
 Methodist Church Cemetery, Oglethorpe, according to Watson-Mathews
 Funeral Home.
 Miss Shirah was born March 31, 1916 in Crisp County, daughter of
 John and Mattie Leigh Shirah. She was a Macon County resident all of
 her adult life.
 Survivors include a brother, Hilton "Buddy" Shirah of Montezuma,
 nieces and nephews

Sent to me by Helen Hudson, a Shirah Family Researcher.
THANK YOU, Helen.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 7, 1989

MISS NATASHA LEIGH SUTTON

Miss Natasha Leigh Sutton, 16, Killed In Car Accident.
Miss Natasha Leigh Sutton, 16, of Oglethorpe, Georgia, died Friday, June 2, 1989 as a result of a car accident. Services were held in the chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home, Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Jesse Springer officiated and burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.
A native of Albany, Georgia, Miss Sutton was born January 14, 1973, the daughter of Daniel H. Sutton and Montez Wills Sutton. She had resided in Macon County for the past year, moving from Albany. She had attended Macon County Junior High School.
Survivors are her mother, Mrs. Montez [Wills] Sutton Fountain of Oglethorpe; her father, Daniel H. Sutton of Albany; three sisters, Mrs. Kimberly Dawn McBride of Norcross, Mrs. Bonnie R. Derington of Oglethorpe. Miss Leslie R. Sutton of Chamblee; two brothers, Gregory D. Sutton of Albany, Derek Wesley Sutton of Oglethorpe, maternal grandmother, Mrs. Juanita L. Wills of Oglethorpe, maternal grandfather, C. H. Wills of Albany.

[Note: Natasha L. Sutton, daughter of Montez - Born January 14, 1973 - Died June 2, 1989 is buried in Bertha Dozier Cemetery
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 5, 1989

LEON THOMAS SHUMATE, JR.

Graveside Services For Leon T. Shumate
Graveside services for Mr. Leon Thomas, Shumate, Jr., age 76, of Montezuma, Georgia, were held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 29, 1989 in FELTON CEMETERY. The Rev. Freddie Wheeler officiated.
Mr. Shumate died Tuersday, June 27, at his home.
A lifelong resident of Montezuma, Mr. Shumate was born March 1, 1913, the son of Leon Thomas Shumate, Sr. and Enid Mae Pickard Shumate. He was a graduate of Gordon Military College, retired civil service employee from Robins Air Force Base and an Army Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Montezuma United Methodist church.
Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Lillian S. Oakley of Montezuma; two nieces, Mrs. Angelyn Tripp of Americus, Mrs. Carol Murray of Buena Vista; three great nephews, Troy Tripp, Chris Tripp and Michael Murray; a great niece, Grace Murray.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Leon T. Shumate, Jr. - Born March 1, 1913 - Died June 27, 1989 is buried in Felton Cemetery beside his father.
 

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. September 27, 1989

LAWRENCE T. SIMMONS

Lawrence T. Simmons 76, Died Here, Buried Macon.
Lawrence T. Simmons, 76, of Route 2, died Saturday, September 15, at his residence.
Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Goddard Funeral Home in Reynolds, Burial was in MACON MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. The Rev. Sydney Jones and Tracy DeFoor officiated.
A native of Macon County, Mr. Simmons was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was the former owner of L. T. Simmons General Merchandise Store in Macon County. He was a retired farmer and a World War II Army Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Leverett Simmons of Oglethorpe; and three sisters, Lucille S. Lipford of Franklin, Laura S. Clonts of Rocky Mounty, N.C. and Leila S. Crawford of Cullman, Ala.

 


Taylor County News - Butler, Ga. February 24, 2005

CHARLES HENRY SMITH

Charles Henry Smith, 85, of Rupert, Ga. died Monday, February 14, 2005 at The Oaks Nursing Home in Marshallville, Ga.

Graveside services were Wednesday morning, Feb. 16, 2005 at 11 am in ELLAVILLE CITY CEMETERY.

He was bron in Wilmington, NC to John H. Smith and Laura J. Smith. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a farmer and a member of Ideal Methodist Church and the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lois Guy Smith.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Vinson and Bonnie Smith of Rupert.

Watson-Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge of arrangements.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. May 20, 1971

WALTER FRANKLIN SMITH

Walter Franklin Smith - Funeral Notice
Funeral services for Walter Franklin Smith, 53, of Oglethorpe, who died Friday, May 14, in a local hospital, were held Sunday, May 16, in the Watson-Mathews Funeral Home. Burial was in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY, Rev. Richard Gardner officiated.
Mr. Smith was employed by Bluebird Body Co., in Fort Valley and was a member of the Oglethorpe Baptist Church. He had lived in Oglethorpe for 12 years moving there from Dooly Counmty. He was a Veteran of world War II.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Evelyn Garrett Smith of Oglethorpe; one daughter, Mrs. David Germundsen of Fort Valley; a son, Donnie Smith of Oglethorpe; Mother, Mrs. Redie Creamer Smith of Oglethorpe; one grandson, Eric Germundsen of Fort Valley; three brothers, Horace Smith of Americus, Thomas Smith and Herman Smith, both of Ocala, Florida; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Bell Puckett of Thomaston.
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Walter F. Smith - Born July 19, 1917 - Died May 14, 1971 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery] [Since the printing of "Cemeteries of Macon County", Mrs. Redie Creamer Smith was also buried in the Oglethorpe Cemetery. She died 9-28-1972 @ 80 yrs.] See her Obit


On June 16, 2005, I posted to our Website an obituary for Mrs. Redie Creamer Smith.

The obit says the funeral was held Saturday, September 30, from Faith Baptist Church with interment in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

HOWEVER, Helen Hudson and I have recently surveyed and have taken pictures of every marker in SWEARINGEN FAMILY CEMETERY in upper Dooly Co., Ga. and Mrs. Redie Creamer Smith is actually buried there on Row 4-131.

One of her son, Herman Willis Smith [June 19, 1926 - May 31, 1988] is buried in the same lot at Swearingen Cem. Herman worked for our LP Gas Company from 1961 until about 1980 and he lived in Marshallville with his Mother, Redie Creamer Smith.

If you have this family in your records, please make this change.

Davine

 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. May 27, 1971

MRS. DORIS/DORA JOSEPHINE THEUS SHAW

Mrs. Doris/Dora Shaw - Funeral Notice
Funeral services for Mrs. Doris/Dora Josephine Theus Shaw, 52, who died Sunday, May 23 at her residence in Marietta, were held Tuesday in Bethel Primitive Baptist Church near Butler. Burial was in BETHEL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.
Among her survivors are her mother, Mrs. Will Theus of Butler; two brothers, Leon Theus and Vester Theus, both of Butler; four sisters, Mrs. C. D. Windham of Macon, Mrs. John Calvin[Eunice Jane Theus] Cox of Montezuma, Mrs. H. C.[Mintie Theus] Bond of Reynolds and Mrs. Joe Hilllard [Florence Theus] Cox of Griffin, Ga.

[Note: Doris Theus Shaw - Born July 18, 1919 - Died May 23, 1971 is buried in Bethel Cemetery near Butler in Taylor Co., Ga.] [The name of the deceased is found as Dora and Doris in numerous places, PLEASE RESPOND if you know for sure, which it is.]
 


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 1, 1971

WALTER HERD SNIDER

Herd Snider - Funeral Notice
Funeral services for Walter Herd Snider of Shreveport, La., were held there on June 10, 1971 with interment in a SHREVEPORT CEMETERY.
A native of Montezuma, Mr. Snider was the son of Mrs. R. L. Snider and the late Mr. Snider of Butler. He attended Montezuma scools and prep school at Locust Grove. He had been employed with the Humble Oil Company for 38 years and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Mr. Snider died June 8, 1971 in the hospital in Tyler, Texas, after having been ill for some time.
Survivors in addition to his mother, Mrs. R. L. Snider of Butler; are his wife, Mrs. Marie Wyatt Snider of Shreveport; two sons, Dr. Herd Snider of Tyler, Texas and John Snider of Atlanta and 11 grandchildren.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 22, 1962

JAMES A. SMITH [Picture]

James A. Smith, Tax Collector, Passes Sunday
James A. Smith, Jr. 45, of Oglethorpe, Tax Collector for Macon County since 1957 and one of the region's best known heroes of World War II, died Sunday morning at a Montezuma hospital. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Luke-Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Oglethorpe Monday afternoon, with the Rev. W. H. Martin, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.
A lifelong resident of Macon County, Mr. Smith graduated from Oglethorpe High School and served four and a half years in the armed forces. He sustained injuries to his arm and shoulder in the Battle of the Bulge, was hospitalized briefly and rejoined his outfit four weeks later, to be wounded again just before U. S. troops crossed the Rhine, this time necessitating the amputation of his leg. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After his return to civilian life he became tax receiver of Macon County in 1949, holding that office until 1957, when he was elected tax collector. His health began to fail about 18 months ago, but he continued to attend to his official duties and was in his office until a week before his death. He was a member and counselor of the St. John's Lutheran Church near Oglethorpe and a member of the VFW and the Oglethorpe Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Mary Ann Brown; two daughters, Patricia Ann and Dannie Carol Smith and one son, James A. Smith,III, all of Oglethorpe; two sisters, Mrs. R. L. Adcock of Oglethorpe and Mrs. C. H. Gay of Bluffton; one brother, Clyde P. Smith of Oglethorpe.
Pallbearers & Honorary Escort - Not Copied.
Smith-Tindol Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: James A. Smith - Born 1916 - Died 1962 [3-18-1962] is buried in Oglehtorpe Cemetery.
 

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Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 13, 1956

MRS. MONROE [Emma Brooks] SOUTER

Mrs. Emma Souter Passes After Long Illness: Rites Sunday
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Brooks Souter, 93, were held Sunday afternoon at the Ideal Methodist Church with the Rev. W. J. Adair of Americus and Rev. Henry Thomas of Oglethorpe, officiating. Burial was in the IDEAL CEMETERY.
Pallbearers were J. V. Smith, E. J. Smith, Fred Payne, Howard Park, W. S. Robinson and J. B. Robinson.
Mrs. Souter, a lifelong resident of Ideal, died Saturday in a Macon hospital after a long illness.
Survivors include two step-daughters, Mrs. J. W. Hambrick of Ellaville and Mrs. Carrie Grant of Ideal; one Step-son, W. F. Souter of Ellaville; two nieces, Mrs. W. T. Bone of Macon and Mrs. G. P. Register of Rentz, and one nephew, Charles Monroe Grant of the U. S. Navy, Japan.
Smith-Tindol Funeral was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Monroe Souter married Miss Emma Brooks in Macon County on November 23, 1902 E/70]
[Note: Emma Brooks Souter - Born November 7, 1863 - Died December 8, 1956 is buried in Ideal Cemetery ]
 

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Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  Nov. 12,1970  

SATTERFIELD - PATTERSON - PEASTER - HILL - JONES -WILSON

  GRADY  M.  SATTERFIELD

  Funeral services for Grady M. Satterfield, 62, of Montezuma were held Tuesday, November 10, from the CEDAR VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH.  Burial was in the Church Cemetery.  Rev. A. C. Martin, pastor and Rev. Otho Pirkle, former pastor, both of Macon, officiated.

  Pallbearers - Not copied.

  Mr. Satterfield died November 9, in a local hospital following a brief illness.  He had lived in Montezuma all his adult life and was a member of the Cedar Valley Baptist Church.  A retired farmer and former owner of Satterfield's Gin, he was owner and operator of Satterfield's Service Station in Montezuma.

  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Dulcie Patterson Satterfield of Montezuma; one daughter, Mrs. Carl Peaster of Montezuma; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Hill and Mrs. Earl Jones, both of Montezuma and Mrs. Willard Wilson of DeSota; two grandchildren, Buddy and Ginger Peaster of Montezuma.

[Note: Grady M. Satterfield - Born June 26, 1908 - Died November 9, 1970 is buried in Cedar Valley Cemetery next to his Sister-In-Law, Mrs. Beaulah [Patterson] White [6-17-1900 - 11-29-1945]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga.  Nov. 27, 1969

  STANDRIDGE - MURPHY - TAYLOR - HAMILTON

  LEON  WARD  STANDRIDGE,  SR.

  Services for Leon Ward Standridge, Sr. 43, of Montezuma, who died in a Montezuma hospital Sunday morning after a brief illness, were held Tuesday at the Montezuma First Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Bush and the Rev. C. G. Ward officiating.

  Burial was in the ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY.

  Mr. Standridge was born in Taylor County and had lived in Montezuma for the past forty years.  He was a graduate of Montezuma High School, a veteran of World War II, a member  of the Montezuma First Baptist Church and was a retired funeral director.

  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ann Standridge of Montezuma; one son, Leon Ward Standridge, Jr. of Montezuma; one daughter; Miss Debbie Standridge of Montezuma; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Standridge of Byromville; three sisters, Mrs. Sam  Murphy of Byromville, Mrs. Hilda Taylor of Thomaston and Mrs. Kate Hamilton of Dealton.

  Watson - Mathews Funeral Home of Montezuma was in charge.


From: Guelda Hay's Obit Collection from Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Church - Macon Co., Ga.

  STALNAKER - GILES - EDWARDS

  WILLIAM   HOWARD   STALNAKER

  William Howard Stalnaker, 73, of Butler, died March 7, 2000.  Graveside services were held Thursday in LITTLE BETHEL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH in Macon County, with Rev. David Williams officiating.

  He was a lifetime resident of Taylor County and a truck driver for Barrow Propane Company in Butler.  He was a member of Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Church and a U. S. Army veteran.

  He is survived by his wife, Hazel Giles Stalnaker of Butler; sons, Scott Stalnaker of Butler and Tony Stalnaker of Thomaston; daughter, Debra Edewards of Butler; five grandchildren; and several other relatives.

  Edwards Funeral Home of Butler was in charge.

[Note: W. H. Stalnaker - Born 8-19-1926 - Died March 7, 2000 [New marker since the "Cemeteries of Macon Co." book was published] is buried in Little Bethel Cemetery beside W. H. Stalnaker [Born March 17, 1894 - Died Nov. 10, 1923] & Mary L. Stalnaker [ Aug. 14, 1896 - Aug, 28. 1980] Probably, his parents.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. Oct. 26, 1967

SMITH - STAFFORD

SMITH INFANT - Daughter of M/M ELDRED SMITH

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldred M. Smith of Oglethorpe was buried in graveside services at the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY, Monday, October 23, The Rev. Robert Cantrell officiated. Survivors other than the parents are Mr. and Mrs. Olin E. Smith of Oglethorpe and Mr. and Mrs. Luke Stafford of Marshallville and a number of other relatives. [Note: Infant daughter of Eldred and Mary Smith - Born-Died October 22, 1967 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside Jeffrey Marlin Smith, infant son of Eldred and Mary Smith - Born - Died March 25, 1976]


From: Guelda Hay's Obit Collection from Little Bethel Freewill Baptist Church - Macon Co., Ga.

  SMITH - BLOODSWORTH - CROMER - KING

  JOHN   JACKSON   SMITH

  John Jackson Smith, 67, of Charing, died July 29, 1992 at the Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston.

  Services were held July 31 at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Hubert Arnold officiating.  Burial was in LITTLE BETHEL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY.

  He was a native of Macon County, retired carpenter, veteral of World War II, received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Ribbon, [Japan] Victory Ribbon, and two Overseas Service Bars.

  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Bloodsworth Smith of Charing; son, James E. Smith of Jonesboro; daughter, Marilyn R. Smith of Charing; brother, Rufus A. Smith of Fort Valley; and two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Cromer of Oglethorpe and Mrs. Lavern King of Atlanta.

  Edwards Funeral Home of Butler was in charge.

[Note: John Jackson Smith - Born November 10, 1924 - Died July 29, 1992 is buried in Little Bethel Cemetery beside William L. Smith [1923 - 1984]


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. December 18, 1969

SMITH - JACKSON - NEWBERRY - DAY - COCHRAN - SKIPPER - JENKINS - JONES - TURNER

MRS. GLENN A [Christine Newberry] JACKSON SMITH

Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Jackson Smith, 56, of Oglethorpe, who died very suddenly  December 16, will be held today  from the St. Luke Lutheran Church in Oglethorpe.  Pastor George Lingle will officiate abnd burial will be in the OGLETHORPE MEMORIAL GARDENS.

   Mrs. Smith was born in Alexander City, Alabama but had resided in Macon County most of her life.  She was retired from Forest Mills, Inc.

  Survivors include her husband, Glenn A. Smith of Oglethorpe; two daughters, Mrs. Leonard  Day of Montezuma and Mrs. Carlton Cochran of Macon; five sons, Carl S. Jackson of Macon, John W. Jackson of Fort Knox, Ky., Charles D. Jackson of Warner Robins, Joseph E. Jackson and Wayne M. Jackson, both of Houston, Texas; one brother, William Skipper of Albany; five sisters, Mrs. Jessie Skipper of Marshallville, Miss Jewel Newberry and Mrs. Sue Jenkins of Savannah, Mrs. Watson Jones of Warner Robins, Mrs. Effie Turner of Goodwater, Ala.; 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

  Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge.

[Note: Christine N. Smith, wife of Glenn A. Smith - Born February 22, 1913 - Died December 16, 1969 is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside her husband.


 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. March 22, 1956

MRS. ELI [Anna Petersheim] SWARTENTRUBER [Microfilmed on the curve - Difficult to read]

Mrs. Swartzentruber Passes After Brief Illness; Rites Wednesday.

Mrs. Anna G. Swartzentruber, __[age], died at her residence near Montezuma Monday, March 19, following a brief illness.

Survivors include her husband [not named] son, Enos Swartzentruber of Montezuma; three daughters, Miss Mildred Swartzentruber of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. J. I. Welch of Pinehurst and Miss Ruth Swartzentruber of Montezuma, a brother, Jontha Petershein, of___ Maryland, and two sisters, Mrs. Katie Miller and Mrs. Meriam Miller of Virginia.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Mennonite Church with Bishop James Hurshburger officiating. Burial was in the MENNONITE CHURCH CEMETERY.

Smith-Tindol Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Anna {Petersheim Swartzentruber, wife of Eli Swartzentruber [October 6, 1902 - March 19, 1956] is buried in the Montezuma Menonite Cemetery.]

 

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. July 19, 1956

MRS. WILLIAM G. [Mary L.Bledsoe] SIMMONS

Final Rites Held Monday For Mrs. W. G. Simmons.

Funeral services for Mrs. W. G. Simmons of Route 3, Reynolds, were held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. W. L. Alford officiated and burial was in the PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY. Pallbearers - Not Copied.

Mrs. Simmons died Saturday night at her residence following a lengthy illness.

She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Bertha Windham of Reynolds, Mrs. Corine Robinson of Butler, Mrs. Celeste Childree of Palatka, Fla.; Mrs. Rosa Lee Eubanks of Thomaston, Mrs. Ruth Rodgers and Mrs. Ola Mae Perry, both of Oglethorpe; four sons, Elijah Simmons of Oglethorpe, Ben Simmons, Jim Simmons and Burnes Simmons, all of Reynolds, twelve grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Eva Davis of Fort Valley and a brother, Arthur Bledsoe of Milledgeville.

Smith-Tindol Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: Mary L. Simmons [Born 1870 Died 1956] is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside her husband, William G. Simmons]

 

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 9, 1955

JESSE EUGENE SHIRAH

Jesse E. Shirah Passes At Perry; Funeral Tuesday.

Funeral services for Jesse Eugene Shirah, 41, of Perry, who died Sunday night, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Gardner Watson Funeral Home of Perry.

Mr. Shirah is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bessie Leverett Shirah; a son, Pvt. Leroy Shirah of Ft. Jackson, S.C.; a daughter, Miss Helen Shirah of Perry; three sisters, Mrs. G. H. Lawrence of Macon, Mrs. Edna Hurst of Montezuma and Mrs. Wade Howard of Elko; two brothers, Thurmond Shirah of Rome and Thomas Shirah of Valdosta, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Shirah of Montezuma.

[Note: Eugene Shirah [ January 6, 1914 - June 5, 1955] is buried in WOODLAWN CEMETERY in Perry, Ga.]
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Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. June 9, 1955

MRS.   J.   O.   [Jewell Stubbs]  SMITH
Final Rites Held Monday For Mrs. J. O. Smith, 66.
  Mrs. Jewel Stubbs Smith, 66, resident of Lowe Community, Macon County, passed away Saturday at the Americus and Sumter County Hospital after a lengthy illness.
  The deceased, a native of Macon County, spent most of her life in Americus. She lived for several years in Savannah before moving back to this county a year ago.  Mrs. Smith was a member of the Corinth Methodist Church.
  She is survived by her husband, J. O. Smith and Mother, Mrs. Emily Robinson Lee, both of Lowe community; and a number of relatives in Sumter, Schley and Macon counties.
  Funeral services were held from the Reese Park Chapel Monday with the Rev. Henry Thomas of Oglethorpe, officiating.  Interment was in OAK GROVE CEMETERY in Americus. Reese Park Chapel was in charge. Added 12/24/2003

Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 5, 1945

JOHN MACK SNELGROVE

Funeral Services Held Wednesday For John M. Snelgrove

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, April 4, for John M. Snelgrove, 74 year old farmer and merchant of Ideal, whose death occurred at a Montezuma hospital on Tuesday afternoon after an illness of several months.

Mr. Snelgrove was born in Schley County in 1871, the son of the late John Snelgrove and Ellen Gardner Snelgrove, pioneer citizens of Macon County. He was a prominent citizen of Ideal for 30 years, serving as a councilman for a number of years and for 20 years as Justice of Peace in the district in which he lived. Mr. Snelgrove was a member of the Ideal Methodist Church and the Elks Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mamie Johnson Snelgrove of Ideal; one brother, P. R. Snelgrove of Apalachicola, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Cora Sills of Montezuma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held from his residence in Ideal, the Rev. W. R. Rustin officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carl Ayers. Interment was in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

Pallbearers - Honorary Escort - Not copied [Very long list]

[Note: John Mack Snelgrove [1870 - 1945] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Mamie J. Snelgrove [1876 - 1963] See her obit.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 5, 1945

JOHN MACK SNELGROVE

Funeral Services Held Wednesday For John M. Snelgrove

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, April 4, for John M. Snelgrove, 74 year old farmer and merchant of Ideal, whose death occurred at a Montezuma hospital on Tuesday afternoon after an illness of several months.

Mr. Snelgrove was born in Schley County in 1871, the son of the late John Snelgrove and Ellen Gardner Snelgrove, pioneer citizens of Macon County. He was a prominent citizen of Ideal for 30 years, serving as a councilman for a number of years and for 20 years as Justice of Peace in the district in which he lived. Mr. Snelgrove was a member of the Ideal Methodist Church and the Elks Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mamie Johnson Snelgrove of Ideal; one brother, P. R. Snelgrove of Apalachicola, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Cora Sills of Montezuma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held from his residence in Ideal, the Rev. W. R. Rustin officiating, assisted by the Rev. Carl Ayers. Interment was in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

Pallbearers - Honorary Escort - Not copied [Very long list]

[Note: John Mack Snelgrove [1870 - 1945] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Mamie J. Snelgrove [1876 - 1963] See her obit.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. August 31, 1944

WILLIAM HENRY STEWART

W. H. Stewart, Jr., Oglethorpe Clerk, Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 29, at the Montezuma Funeral Home for William Henry Stewart, Jr., 67, who died at his residence in Oglethorpe early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Stewart was born in Macon County in 1877 and lived here all of his life. He was the son of the late William H. Stewart, Sr. and Ida Winn Stewart, who were bvoth born in Macon County.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Allie Mae Kleckley Stewart, formerly of Americus; two daughters, Mrs. J. E. Ansley, Jr. of Columbus, Ga. and Mrs. R. M. Murray of Oglethorpe; one brother, R. G. Stewart, also of Oglethorpe and several grandchildren.

Services were conducted by the Rev. W. W. Whaley, assisted by the Rev. J. D. McCord, and interment was in the OGLETHORPE CEMETERY. Pallbearers - Not Copied.

The Montezuma Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Note: William Henry Stewart [April 7, 1877 - August 28. 1944] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside his wife, Allie Mae Stewart [May 29, 1884 - Se[t/ 26. 1970].


THE VIENNA NEWS - Vienna, Ga. June 22, 1944

MRS. JOHN HENRY [Mattie Massey] SHIRAH

Final Rites Held For Mrs. J. H. Shirah

Final rites for Mrs. J. H. Shirah, 59, who died at her home at Cobb, Ga., Sunday, June 18, were held here Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock from the chapel of Akin Funeral Home. Mrs. Shirah had been ill of cancer for more than a year. Born at Macon County, she made here home near Vienna for sometime before her death. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.

Rev. L. C. Fullerton conducted the funeral services. Two hymns, "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" and "Sweet Bye and Bye", were sung by Miss Jane Forehand and Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Akin. Miss Helen Akin played the accompaniments.

Pallbearers were George Hill, Ed Connaly, Thomas Murray, Johnny Johnson, Perry Lee Akin and Allison Bowen. Burial was made in Collier Cemetery with Akin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are one son, Hilton Shirah of Cobb; two daughters, Miss Pauline Shirah and Miss Johnnie Lee Shirah of Cobb, and one sister, Mrs. Tilda Bell Hill of Cordele.

[Note: According to the above Obit, Mrs. Shirah was buried at Collier Cemetery near Vienna. Her death Certificate indicates that she was buried R.F.D. Vienna. The Akin Funeral Home has been sold and their records are not available. Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home has been very helpful trying to help me locate her burial location. I visited "a" Collier Cemetery about 10 miles from Vienna but did not find a marker for her, only one unmarked adult slab that is a possibility] However, Volume II of "Historical and Genealogical Collections of Dooly County, Ga." by Nora & Watts Powell list a Collier Cemetery on the D.L.Hardegree place, abt. one mile off Vienna-Campground road. I have not as yet located this one.]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. May 30, 1974

MRS. MILTON THOMAS [Jessie Ida Mygrant] SHIRAH

Mrs. Jessie I. Shirah - Elko, Ga. - Mrs. Jessie I. Shirah, 84, died Sunday after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Congregational Holiness Church in Montezuma. Burial was in BERTHA DOZIER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY.

Mrs. Shirah, a native of Macon County had lived in Houston County for 25 years. She was a retired textile mill employee, a member of Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include: 2 daughters, Mrs. S. W. Howard of Elko, Mrs. Ira Thigpen of Dublin, one son, Thomas P. Shirah of Perry, one brother, Homer Mygrant of Oglethorpe, 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

[Note: Jessie Ida Shirah [February 28, 1890 - May 26, 1974] is buried in Bertha Dozier Cem. beside her husband, Milton T. Shirah [10-14-1885 - 7-26-1955] See his obit.


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. October 14, 1943

JACK E. SMITH, SR.

Jack E. Smith, Prominent Merchant, Dies In Hospital.

The death of Jack E. Smith, prominent Montezuma merchant, came as a shock to the community. Mr. Smith passed away Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock at the Macon County Clinic, after a short illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Montezuma Funeral Home with the Rev. B. A. Pafford of the Montezuma Methodist Church officiating.

Surviving his death are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Elbert Boyette, who has been with her husband in Louisiana where he is stationed in an army camp; Sidney Smith, who has been doing research work in Washington, D.C. and Lt. Jack E. Smith, Jr., army officer who is now taking a course in electronics at Harvard University.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Guy T. Mason, Felder McCorkle, J. B. Easterlin, C. S. Hall, Adair Levie, and J. E. DeVauighn. Honorary pallbearers were Mack Smith, Mr. Miller, T. M. Underwood, Robert E. Fokes, Leon Shumate, Dr. C. P. Savage, Dr. F. M. Mullino, Jule Felton, J. T. McKenzie, Robert Beeland, R. C. Collier, Sr. R. L. Clements, Coley Hicks, Watt Espy, A. E. Lockerman, B. F. Beal, L. W. McKenzie, Watt Brown, Marvin Brosn and Leon Harrison.

[Note: Jack E. Smith [September 24, 1882 - October 12, 1943] is buried in FELTON CEMETERY beside Mariam Taylor Smith [January 17, 1889 - August 16, 1970] See her obit.

[OOOPS!! "Cemeteries of Macon County has Jack T. Smith rather than Jack E. Smith. If you have a copy of this book, please make this correction.]


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 14, 1955

MRS. JAMES J. [Catherine Stubbs] SANDERS

Funeral Services Held Saturday For Mrs. J. J. Sanders

Funeral services for Mrs. J. J. Sanders 75, who died unexpectedly Thursday, April 7, were held Saturday at the Methodist Church in Oglethorpe. Services were conducted by Rev. William Ansley of Brooklet, assisted by the Rev. Henry Thomas. Burial was in OGLETHORPE CEMETERY.

Pallbearers - Not Copied.

For the past 13 years, Mrs. Sanders had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Shealy, in Oglethorpe. She was a member of the Oglethorpe Methodist Church and an active member in the WSCS.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. L. V. Anderson of Long Island, N.Y.; four sisters, Mrs. Alice Purcell of Townsend, Mrs. E. W. Wood of Macon, Mrs. M. S. Almand and Mrs. W. A. Fox of Summerville, S.C.; a brother, Gilbert Stubbs of Monticello, Fla.; four grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.

[Note: Catherine S. Sanders [ January 31, 1879 - April 7, 1955] is buried in Oglethorpe Cemetery beside her husband, Rev. J. J. Sanders [August 22, 1886 - February 13, 1943] "Methodist Minister".

Added 12/23/2003


Citizens & Georgian - Montezuma, Ga. April 20, 1994

MRS. HENRY EMMETT [Ruth Kitchens] STOREY

Mrs. Ruth Kitchens Storey, age 92, of Magnolia Manor Nursing Center, died on Monday morning, April 11, 1994, at the Sumter Regional Hospital. Graveside services were held at 11 am on Wednesday, April 13, from OAK GROVE CEMETERY in Americus, with the Rev. Richard Hart officiatin.
Mrs. Storey, a native of Macon County, was born December 1, 1901, a daughter of the late Boze Kitchens and Susan Avery Kitchens. She was the wife of the late Henry Emmett Storey.
Mrs. Storey was a member of the Americus Presbyterian Church. She was a former employee of the Tea Room in Montezuma and of Bragg's Market in Americus. For nearly 25 years, she worked at Manhattan Shirt Company where she was a final examiner.
Survivors include one son, Rex Allen "Skip" Storey of Americus, one step-daughter, Frances Rigsby of Americus, several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. One step-daughter, Ruby Lindsey, preceded her in death on April 6, 1994.
Hancock Funeral Home in Americus was in charge of arrangements.

 

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