A devoted mother, grandmother, sister and church member, Lola Nails, of Norwalk, CT, died Thursday, July 5, 2012. Lola was born May 9, 1944 to the late Lonell and Sarah Ethel Nails in Baxley where she was raised and attended school. Upon relocating to Connecticut, she was employed at Myers Manufacturing Company and Caldor in Norwalk, CT for many years. Lola was also a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Norwalk, CT for many decades.
In addition to her parents, Lola was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Spearmon, a brother, Joe Nails and two brothers-in-law, Roosevelt Coleman and Charles Winston.
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Jerry Wayne Thompson, 66, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at his residence. Thompson was born June 14, 1946 in Opelika, AL. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. Thompson was a retired police officer with Atlanta Police Department, a painting contractor and store merchant and was known as Papa Jerry’s. He was a fine-fine man and was a gentleman. He was preceded in death by his father, Glennie Thompson and a brother, Roy Thompson. [Full Story »]
Clara Lee Davis, age 80, passed away Saturday, July 7, in Appling Health Care. She was born September 22, 1931, in Appling County and had resided here all of her life. Clara Lee was disabled and was a member of Midway Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Annie Bell Gurley, Beluah Crosby, and a brother Howard Davis and she was the daughter of the late Joe Davis and the late Irene Griffin Davis. [Full Story »]
Marlene A. Buffkin, 75, of Pooler, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Marlene was born April 13, 1937 in Appling County to the late Ernest and Dicey Tillman Edwards. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Buffkin was a retired secretary for Baxley Veneer and Cleat. [Full Story »]
The funeral services for Evangelist Missionary, Imogene (Tina) S. Crayton, who died June 28, 2012, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at New Jerusalem Church, with Overseer, Sarah R. Mims officiating. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens. [Full Story »]
A.D. “Al” Garner, 92, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Appling Healthcare System. Garner was born in Laurens County, and resided in Berrien County before entering school at Berry College in Rome, where he graduated in January, 1944. He completed officer’s training school at Columbia University in New York City and entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific in World War II. He was employed as the Farm Superintendent at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home Baxley Campus for thirty years, retiring in 1985. Garner was active in civic organizations over the years and was recognized and awarded for his agricultural and farming achievements, including being named Appling County Farmer of the Year. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday School for sixty years, having retired from teaching the Joy Group Class. He sang in the choir, led singing, rendered many solos, served as church treasurer, chairman of the deacons and in numerous other church positions. [Full Story »]
Charlotte M. Maley, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 following an extended illness. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and sang in the choir. Mrs. Maley also served on the Coffee County Board of Health, Coffee Regional Hospital Auxiliary and was a devoted nurse for many years. [Full Story »]
Roger Timothy Nail, 53, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center following a long illness. Timothy was born Dec. 13, 1958, the son of J. W. Nail and Rita Nail Boyett. Until he became disabled Timothy was an employee of Nail Ag Enterprises and was especially skilled as a machinist and welder. He loved to design and build equipment and was an avid reader who could communicate on almost any subject. Timothy was preceded in death by is only son, Timmy Nail in 1998 a loss he mourned the remainder of his life; a brother, Ricky Nail, and the July 2 death of his father, J. W. Nail, that he never knew about. [Full Story »]
Dennie Roy “Papa Dennie” Simmons, 67, died Friday, June 29, 2012 at Appling Healthcare System. Simmons was born July 29, 1944 to the late Linton Lee and Ora Lee Reeves Simmons. He was a member of Melton’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a member of Ironworkers Local 709 and Holmesville Masonic Lodge #195 F & AM. Dennie was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Vietnam. He was a loving husband, papa, father and friend. [Full Story »]
Jewell Skinner, 86, of Richmond Hill, died Saturday, June 30, 2012. Mrs. Skinner was born May 30, 1926 in Appling County to the late Henry Chester Hardwick and the late Margaret Rebecca Willoughby Hardwick. She was the wife of the late John Brotus “J. B.” Skinner for 26 years. Jewell was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends as well as many others who touched her life. Her daily prayers were lifted to heaven for others and will be remembered by many. Jewell was devoted to reading and studying God’s word and was always ready to share him and his love with His people. Mrs. Skinner’s home for the last five and half years was at Bryan County Health and Rehab Center in Richmond Hill, where she died at the age of 86. The first 80 years of her life was lived in Baxley, which she considered to still be her home. Mrs. Skinner was devoted to her entire family from the oldest to the youngest. She was an avid cook and was instrumental in writing a family cookbook to carry on her legacy of excellent cooking for family and friends. [Full Story »]
Coach Ben Park, 93, of Jesup and Baxley, died Thursday, June 28, 2012 after an extended illness. The Washington Co., native had lived most of his adult life in Wayne and Appling Co. He was a member of the Jesup First United Methodist Church and the Baxley First United Methodist Church and was a graduate of Auburn University, where he played football and basketball and started his coaching career with Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. After serving in the U. S. Army, he served as athletic director in Vidalia, Jesup, and Alma, and influenced many young people with life skills in pursuing greater career goals. He laid the foundation for the Wayne County Recreation Department and was honored this year with the naming of the “Ben Park Complex” in his honor. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, church activities, playing bridge, and fishing. He was predeceased by his wives: Frances H. Park and Maebelle Breen Park, a daughter, Lyn Park, great-granddaughter, Tinley Park, and ten siblings. [Full Story »]
Mitchell Leroy Russell, Sr., died Sunday, June 24 at 5:28 p.m. Russell was born Dec. 28, 1935 in Appling County to the late Robert Russell, Sr. and Audrey Moody Russell. He attended school in Appling County. He was employed and retired from Hazlehurst Mills. Russell farmed and worked in turpentine on his own land. He was a lifetime member of St. James A.M.E. Church; he held the office of trustee pro-tem, finance committee member, served on the steward board, Sunday school scholar, church van driver for Sunday school—youth and the church lawn keeper. Leroy married Clara Mae Davis Oct. 17, 1954 and to this union eight children were born. A daughter, Cassandra Russell and two sons, Clifton Russell and James Henry Russell preceded him in death. [Full Story »]