Thelma Simmons Foy, 72
Thelma Simmons Foy, 72, passed away early Saturday morning, May 26, 2007, at the Accord Nursing Center in Glenwood under the care of Community Hospice. The Tattnall County native had lived in Claxton all of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. Mrs. Foy was preceded in death by her parents, I.J. and Ruth Simmons; a son, Randall Foy; a brother, Howell Simmons and two sisters, Vadnea Kicklighter and JoAnne Hatfield.
She is survived by four daughters and sons - in - law, Pat and Julian Cannon of Collins, Kathy and Donnie Kuhns and Marie Foy, all of Claxton, and Nancy and Joe Cartwright of Glenwood; three sons and daughter - in - law, Roger and Sally Foy of Claxton, Alex Foy of Florida, and Ricky Foy of Sparks; two sisters and brother - in - law, Barbara and Bill Mathews of Gonzalez, LA, and Fosteen Cordon of Roy, UT; a special niece and nephew, Pam Hendrix of Claxton and Roy Register of Jesup.
Pallbearers were Adam Foy, Josh Foy, Andy Lewis, Richard Foy, Cody Dotson and Donald Lewis.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 28, 2007, at Antioch Baptist Church in Claxton, with Rev. Edward Brannen officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home was in charge.
Jaden Elizabeth Grooms, infant
Jaden Elizabeth Grooms, infant daughter of Adam and Candice Grooms of Glennville, died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at Meadows Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her parents, Adam and Candice Grooms of Glennville; maternal grandparents, Jeff and Sandra Henry of Reidsville and Donald Strickland of Metter; paternal grandparents, Kenny Grooms of Glennville and Brenda and Raymond Smith of Claxton; maternal great - grandmothers, Jackie Curl of Reidsville and Doris Strickland of Metter; paternal great - grandparents, Naomi Waters and Jackie and Roscoe Odom, all of Glennville.
Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Collins Baptist Church Cemetery.
Brannen - Kennedy Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
Randy Johns, 59
Randy Johns, 59, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at his residence. The Volusia County, Florida native had lived in Florida before moving to this area ten years ago.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Valerie and Calvin Johns and brothers, Dickie and Timothy Johns.
He is survived by brothers and sisters, Ronald Johns of Gainsville, FL, Harry Johns of Orangeburg, SC, Melody Whiteside of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Lani Hodges of Gainesville, FL, Danny Johns of Glennville, and Sherry Howard of Atlanta; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private at a later date.
Brannen - Kennedy Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Gene Franklin Kennedy, 74
Gene Franklin Kennedy, 74, of McDonough, GA, passed away May 23, 2007, after a long illness. He was born November 8, 1932, in Glennville, GA, to the late Eula Mae and Robert Carl Kennedy. He served his country in the US Army (1949 - 1953) and graduated from Florida Tech (Tampa). He was a member of the YARRAB Shrine Temple of Atlanta, a Past Commandeer of the Legion of Honor, as a personal aide to the Potentate for several years, and a member of the American Legion Post 77 in Conyers. He was a brother of the Master’s Lodge 295, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was also member of the Tucker Shrine Club.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lee F. Kennedy, of Conyers; two daughters, Cindi A. Dunbar of Winder, and Kelly J. Gibbs of Conyers; a son, Barry L. Kennedy, of Lawrenceville; five grandchildren, Georgia Lee Ramsey, Alex Gibbs, Cory Cothran, Kimberly and Kristin Kennedy and two great - grandchildren, Alexis and Ansley Ramsey; twelve brothers and sisters, Bert Jones, Jim Bo’ Kennedy, Carolyn Taylor, Wayne Kennedy, Lula Kenney, Winton Kennedy, Brenda Parker, Dale Kennedy, Charlie Kennedy, Lavene Bell, Donna Wood, and Royce Kennedy; he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clifton Kennedy and Roger Kennedy; and a sister, Martha Purvis.
The memorial service to honor his life will be announced at a later date.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers donations be made to the YARRAB Shrine Hospital Fund or the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, Conyers, GA in memory of Mr. Kennedy.
Louis Morgan, 93
Mr. Louis Morgan, 93, of Cobbtown, passed away Sunday evening, May 27, 2007, at his home. He was born in Tattnall County and lived in Toombs County a few years before returning to Tattnall. Mr. Louis was a farmer, an avid fisherman, a devoted husband and daddy. His greatest desire was peace and unity within his family. He loved the Lord and was of the Pentecostal faith. He was well known for making and distributing Louis Morgan Syrup. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Maudeena Mack Morgan; son, David Morgan; grandson, Marty Morgan; and son - in - law, Billy Driggers.
He is survived by five sons, James and John Morgan both of Metter, Jimmy, Ronny and Donny Morgan all of Cobbtown; five daughters, Thelma Mack of Pooler, Lois Monroe of Bloomingdale, Joyce Driggers, Marti Palmer and Patsy Martin all of Statesboro; sister, Louise Mack of Bloomingdale; 29 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, with burial in the Sunlight Cemetery. Ministers were Rev. Ronald Warren, Rev. Michael Mack and Rev. Lois Monroe. Grandsons served as pallbearers and granddaughters were honoraries.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
Terry E. Moseley, 52
Terry E. Moseley, 52, of Oakwood died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, of an automobile accident.
He was self employed and co - owner of and CEO - M&H Contracting, Inc and President of Real Team Investors, Inc. and vice President of Proactive Alert Systems, all of Oakwood, GA. Terry moved to Atlanta area when he was 20 years of age. He began his career painting houses and the business grew substantially under the name A - Olympic Painting. He partnered with his current wife of 19 years and the business grew into a custom homebuilder, home remodels, painting and repairs, with thousands of clients spread across North Georgia. He loved camping and fishing. He and his wife, Pamela, were avid fishermen who spent every spare moment fishing. They had been members of several local fishing tournaments.
He was survived by his wife, Pamela Harrell Moseley; sons and daughters - in - law, Nick and Chastity Harrell, Terry Lee Moseley, Dennis and Becky Moseley; daughters and son - in - law, Jeff and Michelle Hanna, Amanda Moseley; grandchildren, Luke Moseley, Connor Hanna, Morgan Hanna, Jordan Hanna, Jackson Moseley; mother, Betty Riggs and partner Ed Mosley, father and step - mother, Harold and Pat Moseley; grandmother, Miss Ruby Lynn; sisters and brother - in - law, Joy Mariani and Judy and Gene Sheaffer; brother and sister - in - law, Glynn and Priscilla Moseley; special children, April, Leland and Alison Amerson, Terry was also an uncle and great uncle to Laura, Ryan, Jamie, Dustin, Kristin, Rene, Jennifer, Alex, Aaron, Ashton, Abby, Evan, Cameron and Jessie and his favorite dog Jack Moseley.
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, May 27 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Robbie Foster officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Upper Chattahoochee River Keepers, 916 Lowery Blvd, Suite 3, Atlanta, GA 30318, 404 - 352 - 9828.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery was in charge of all the arrangements.
Paul M. Purcell, 63
Paul M. Purcell died May 28 at Satilla Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Paul was born June 4, 1943, in Long County, Georgia to the late Lonnie Lawton Purcell and Edith Davis Purcell of Glennville, Georgia. He graduated from Glenville High School in 1961 where he was valedictorian, class president, star student and a talented basketball player. Paul attended the University of Miami on a basketball scholarship. In his sophomore college year, he suffered a severe knee injury and transferred to the University of Georgia where he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry in June 1966.
In January 1966, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Eve Purcell. In 1967, Paul took a job with the Farmers Home Administration (USDA Rural Development) in Waycross. Paul’s dedication and hard work was rewarded as he was promoted to Supervisor, Area Loan Specialist and Area Director. He retired in July 2005 after nearly 40 years of service. Paul always took pride in his job and treasured the friendship he had with his Rural Development family.
Paul loved people, especially children, and coached girls’ softball and basketball in the Ware County Recreation Department for many years. He was an avid sportsman and loved hunting and fishing and was a member of Ten Mile and Jamestown Hunting Clubs. The first Saturday in December you could find Paul and his family preparing for the annual pig pickin’. Family and friends would travel near and far to take part in this annual event. The pig was cooked to perfection and everyone left the Purcell home looking forward to next year.
Paul considered being a husband and father the greatest blessing of his life. He would often say the most important things on earth were faith in God and your family. Paul believed if you did not have this, you had nothing. His wife Eve was his best friend and they enjoyed the time they spent together working on the farm, fishing or simply sitting together in the swing under his favorite oak. God truly blessed the lives of Paul and Eve with the births of their treasured and much loved children Pam and Brad. Together they enjoyed making wonderful memories with their family: Pam and Toby Crews of Blackshear, Georgia, and Brad and Jennifer Purcell of Douglas, Georgia. Their four “grand” boys Brady, Jayden, Coleman and Kirkland brought joy to everyday of Paul’s life. He loved spending time with them, watching their Christian growth, taking them to the hunting club to hunt and fish, attending their school and sporting events and never missed an opportunity to tell a proud “Papa” story. Paulis also survived by his dear sister and brother - in - law Pauline and Lucius
Worthy of Leesburg, GA, sister - in - law, Sandra Chapman of Montgomery, AL, brother - in - law, Billy Strickland of Savannah, and special family friend Carolyn Kirkland of Waycross, Georgia.
Everyone who knew Paul marveled at his talents. He was like an artist who could see the finished portrait before he ever started it. He could perform many tasks with his hands. Electrical, masonry, carpentry, plumbing, gardening, but more than anything, his hands were comforting.
Paul was a member of First Christian Church where he served as Deacon. He felt honored to be a member of such a loving and caring church family. The only people that did not love Paul were the ones that he had not met.
A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, under Paul’s favorite oak tree at his residence, 2626 Pebble Hill Road. It was his special place and perfect for us to share our memories of Paul. Come if you can, if you cannot please pause for a moment of prayer for Mrs. Purcell, the children and family. Everyone in attendance who would like to will be given the opportunity to share a special memory of Paul. Dress for the service will be casual, as you may imagine, for Paul was greatly opposed to wearing a tie.
Burial will follow in Ebenezer Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Glennville at 5:30 p.m.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Sweat Memorial Baptist Church Youth Department, 510 Blackshear Ave., Waycross, GA 31501 or Christian Church Camp Kicklighter, in care of Greg Durrence, 1661 Winchester Road, Sylvania, GA 30467. Please identify on the check in “Memory of Paul Purcell.”
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Glenville High School Class of 1961, Rural Development Employees, Mr. Racille Dreggers, Mr. Mike Zachry and the Ten Mile and Jamestown Hunting Clubs. All honorary pallbearers who will attend the service at Paul’s home should gather there by 1:00 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
Charity F. Smith
Charity F. Smith entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 26, 2007, at the Tattnall Community Hospital as the result of an auto accident.
She lived in Collins, GA and was a member of the graduating class of 2003 at Tattnall County High School.
She is survived by a son, Chad R. Perkins of Collins; her parents, Melvin and Sandra Smith of Collins; paternal grandparents, Allen and Lillian Griffin of Collins; and maternal grandmother, Eula Dugger of Collins, GA.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 1, 2007, at the Bethel Baptist Church, Collins, GA with Rev. J.K. Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Brewton Cemetery in Collins, GA.
Vidalia Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Joe E. Brown, 78
Joe E. Brown, 78, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at Glenvue Nursing Home after an extended illness. The Tattnall County native had lived in Glennville most of his life. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a civil service employee at Ft. Stewart. He sold produce and seafood in this area for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Glennville Church of God.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda Brown of Glennville; a daughter, Patricia Brown; stepdaughter, Bonnie Weeks of Glennville; brother, Stanley Brown of Glennville; several grandchildren, great - grandchildren, four nephews, several cousins and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19, 2007, from the chapel of Brannen - Kennedy Funeral Home with Pastor Dwight Brooks officiating. Burial followed in the Glennville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Max Brown, Ricky Burkhalter, Travis Brown, Keith Love, Joseph Brown and Charlie Brown.
Brannen - Kennedy Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.
Joseph C. Brown Jr., 82
Mr. Joseph C. Brown Jr., 82, passed away early Sunday morning, May 20, 2007, at the Tattnall Community Hospital. The Tattnall county native had lived in Savannah most of his life until recently moving to his granddaughters in Collins, due to his brief illness. The US Marine veteran served in World War II and retired from Con - Agra in Savannah as a plant operator. He was an avid pool player and a fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Cowart Brown and a daughter, Madeline Lynne Brown.
He is survived by his granddaughter, Karla Brown of Collins; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Terry Moser, Jimmy Moser, DeWayne Moser, Louie Jarriel, George Scott, and Johnny Rewis. Honorary pallbearers were Collins World War II Veterans.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, 2007, in the Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home with Mr. Johnny Shuman officiating. Interment followed in the Collins Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.