of people who either lived in Mitchell County or were related to residents
Obituary of Harry Augustus Gee as written on page 6 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 17 May 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Mr. H. A. Gee, age 85, native of Mitchell County and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bolivar H. Gee, of Mitchell County, died Friday, May 10, in Bainbridge after an illness of several weeks. He had lived for many years in Climax, Ga., and was a retired farmer. Mr. Gee's only living sister is Mrs. J. S. Joiner, of Camilla. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 12, at four o'clock at the Climax Methodist Church, of which he was a member. Officiating ministers were Rev. J. M. Lackey, Rev. A. C. Prickette and Rev. John Paul Jones. Active pallbearers were Allen Phillips, Dave Mosely, Laura Thomas, Earl Hester, Carl Cloud and L. O. Folds. Honorary pallbearers were D. D. Smith, J. J. Howell, Henry Swicord, H. E. Grover, Wallace Conoly, Hoyt Smallwood, W. B. Hardie, L. L. Ward, John Taylor, Jimmie Taylor, Sam Fletcher, R. E. Williams, Alton Byrd, Marvin Knight, W. C. Sloan, J. M. Jeter, Dr. Frank Gibson, J. H. Wells, A. E. White, Hoyt Sapp, Frank Thomas and Wallace Grover. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Besides his sister, Mrs. Joiner, the deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lula Carter Gee; two sons, Lester Gee of Attapulgus, and C. M. Gee of Climax; three daughters, Mrs. T. B. Harley of Tallahassee, Fla., Mrs. H. A. Miller of Brinson, and Mrs. Corene Elmore of Climax. In addition he is also survived by nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Obituary of Thomas Elihu Akridge as written on page 8 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 31 May 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Mr. Thomas Elihu "Buddy" Akridge passed away at Howard Hospital, Pelham, Monday night, May 27th, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident last Friday P. M. on Rt. 3, Camilla. Funeral services were held at 4 P. M. Wednesday, May 29th, at Pebble City Baptist Church. Rev. H. N. Earnest officiated. He was assisted by Rev. E. T. Vines Jr. and Rev. T. E. Pickron. Pallbearers were John Akridge, Clifford Akridge, Paul Smith, T. G. Edwards, Bill Tom Edwards and Hiram Cato. Thomas Elihu Akridge was the son of the late Elihu Akridge and Nancy Adams Akridge. He was 70 years of age last April 24th. He was born and reared in Mitchell County. He was a farmer and landowner in Pebble City community. Survivors are his wife, Essie Barnett Akridge; two daughters, Mrs. David Finley of Andalusia, Alabama and Mrs. J. W. Stallings of College Park, Ga.; two sons, H. B. Akridge of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tom E. Akridge Jr. of Camilla; one sister, Miss Alice Akridge of Camilla; and three grandchildren.
Obituary of Charles Barnwell Thornton as written on page 6 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 7 Jun 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Charles B. Thornton, forty-four year old resident of Miami, Fla., who was born and reared in Mitchell County in the Hopeful section, came to his death some time early Sunday morning, June 2, when he fell into one of the many small canals in Miami while fishing. He went fishing late Saturday afternoon and was not seen afterwards until his body was found. His body was returned to Camilla and rested at the home of his sister, Mrs. Homer H. Keadle, on North Scott Street, until time for funeral services yesterday afternoon, Thursday, at four o'clock at the Delwood Baptist Church. Officiating ministers were the Rev. P. J. Keadle and the Rev. Charles Duncan. Bramlett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Thornton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Thornton, of Miami, Fla., former residents of Camilla. He moved to Miami, Fla., several years ago to enter the building contractor business. Besides his parents he is survived by his wife, the former Amy McKenny, of Miami; one son, Michael; five brothers, Albert F. Thornton, William Fred Thornton and James W. Thornton, all of Miami, Brantley H. Thornton of Pelham, and Edwin D. Thornton of Camilla; two sisters, Mrs. Homer H. Keadle of Camilla and Mrs. Cliff Maples of Bridgeboro.
Obituary of Robert Norman Joiner as written on page 2 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 28 Jun 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Robert Norman Joiner, 55, prominent Mitchell County farmer and landowner, died shortly after being admitted to Mitchell County Hospital Sunday afternoon. Mr. Joiner had suffered a heart attack earlier in the afternoon. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 25th, at ten o'clock at the Branchville Methodist Church. Rev. W. J. Standford officiated, assisted by Rev. J. B. Gresham. Interment was in the church cemetery. Bramlett Funeral Home was in charge. Pall bearers were Bill Jones, W. D. Gee, Smallwood Gee, Johnny Edwards, Roy Edwards, Wilson Joiner, Morgan Joiner and Oliver Burford. Mr. Joiner was born in Mitchell County and had lived in the county all of his life. He was the son of John S. Joiner and Susan Hopkins Gee Joiner. He was a member of the County Line Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Laura Edwards; his mother, Mrs. J. S. Joiner of Camilla; one daughter, Mrs. Hoyt Smith of Powder Springs; two brothers, Carl L. Joiner and J. R. Joiner, both of Camilla; three sisters, Mrs. Ambrose Lastinger and Mrs. T. J. Broadway, both of Camilla, and Mrs. F. F. Hayes of Douglas and one granddaughter, Norma Smith of Powder Springs.
Obituary of Alvin Burbank Peters as written on page 3 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 28 Jun 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Friends of the K. D. Phelps family are sympathizing with them in the death of their son-in-law, Alvin Burbank Peters, 58, of Cairo, who passed away Friday night, June 21st in the Grady County Hospital following a four-month illness. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Cairo, with Rev. J. C. Varnell and Rev. W. F. Dychess in charge. Interment followed in New Greenwood Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Mr. Peters was born in Moultrie, October 15, 1898, the son of the late Doctor Alvin B. Peters and Beulah Mathis Peters. He was happily married to Miss Lois Phelps, of Mitchell County. Mr. and Mrs. Peters resided in Sale City for a number of years, later moving to Cairo. At the time of his illness, he was employed by the Cairo Messenger. Survivors include his wife, a son, Yates Peters of Atlanta; a daughter, Miss Gloria Peters, teacher in the Dougherty County School System; his mother, Mrs. Beulah Peters of Tampa, Fla.; and a half brother, H. S. Peters of Manchester.
Obituary of James M. "Doc" Wilson as written on page 6 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 12 Jul 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Mr. J. M. (Doc) Wilson, 47, passed away Saturday morning, July 6th, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at four o'clock. Mr. Wilson was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Wilson of Pelham. He was born and reared in Pelham and attended school here. He was employed with the Amos Drug Company in Pelham for a number of years, later going to West Palm Beach where he was connected with the Florida Power Company until his death. Mr. Wilson is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Judson Twitty and Mrs. Horace Galloway, both of Sebring, Fla.; three brothers, Mercer Wilson of Camilla, A. N. Wilson of Orlando, Fla., and A. L. Wilson of West Palm Beach, Fla. Miss Louise Spence, Marvin Wilson Jr. and Mercer Wilson formed a party going down to attend the funeral, Monday.
Obituary of James Burton Maples as written on page 6 of "The Camilla Enterprise" date 12 Jul 1957. Camilla, Georgia. James Berton Maples passed away at his home on Rt. 1, Camilla, Saturday, July 6th, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 7th, at four o'clock from the Hopeful Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Rev. W. H. Rittenhouse officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery with Bramlett Funeral Home in charge. Nephews were pallbearers. Mr. Maples was born and spent his entire life in Mitchell County. He was the son of the late Nathan and Ada Dennard Maples. He was seventy years of age. He was a farmer and landowner. Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Ruby Clyde Shirah; two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Lee of Albany and Mrs. Tommy Timmons of Crestview, Fla.; six sons, Woodrow Maples of Tampa, Fla., Alfred Maples of Albany, Jimmy Maples of San Diego, Calif., Thomas Maples of San Francisco, Calif., Eugene Pope and Lavern Pope of Camilla; one sister, Mrs. Maude Rogers of Plant City, Fla., and several grandchildren.
Obituary of Nathan Maroney Keadle as written on page 1 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 19 Jul 1957. Camilla, Georgia. The entire community was saddened this week by the untimely death of Nathan Maroney Keadle Sunday night, at the Mitchell County Hospital where he had been confined for less than a week. News of his passing carried sorrow to an unusually large number of relatives in Mitchell County and hundreds of friends. Funeral services took place Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Camilla with his former pastor, the Rev. Charles Duncan, of Copperhill, Tenn., conducting the services, assisted by Rev. N. H. Williams, and the Rev. G. T. Hunt. Music for the services was provided by a Quartet composed of Tom Collins, Ed Singletary, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Robertson, with Mrs. W. A. Smith Jr., organist. Bramlett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Interment followed the services in Oakview Cemetery. Active pallbearers, all nephews of the deceased, were Frederick Keadle, Spencer Keadle, Larry Mercer, Paula Keadle, Charles Keadle and Edward Keadle. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Stoudenmire, Brantley Collins, Lewis Campbell, Julius Jackson, Lewis Collins, Robert Culpepper, Albert Martin, Hugh McIntyre, E. J. Vann III, James Branch, Sam Miller, Clyde Brock, Vaughn Yates, Gene Groover, Floyd Powe, E. C. Jones, Wood Marshall, W. R. Axford, G. B. Baggs Jr., Hubert Kelly, Grover Cleveland, Willard Henry, James Prevatt, Merrill Jones, Cleo Rogers; John Maples, J. L. Futch, James Hayes, H. H. Hill, Murray Simmons, Bob Dunn, Neil Palmer, Thomas Cobb, M. A. Hamper, Bob Evans, H. H. Newton, Ennis Morrell, Geo. Lawrence Jr., M. W. Williams, James L. Davis, B. P. Palmer, Joe T. Spence, Tom Hayes, Morris Walters and Bob Rouse. Nathan Maroney Keadle was forty-five years of age. He had been confined to the Mitchell County Hospital for less than a week when he died Sunday night at ten o'clock. Never recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident just outside Thomasville, three and a half years ago, Nathan had been in declining health. After spending months in the hospital he was able to return to limited business activities of his saw mill and farms in the last year of two, conducting most of his business from his car. He could not walk again without assistance following the accident. He was taken suddenly last Monday night and was moved to the hospital. A lifetime resident of the county, he was the son of the late Willie Wade Keadle and Mrs. Clara Maroney Keadle. Following graduation from school he worked at various businesses. He was the first manager of the Mitchell Electric Membership Corporation and served this group in it beginning years. He later formed the Keadle Brothers Company and engaged for a time in the construction of transmission lines in other REA projects in the state. He also engaged in saw milling with Keadle Brothers Saw Mill and extensive farming interests. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Camilla, and he was a Rotarian. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Evelyn West, and three daughters, Miss Evalyna Keadle, Miss Barbara Keadle, and Miss Rebecca Keadle. There are five brothers, N. F. Keadle of Thomasville, Rev. P. J. Keadle, L. Z. Keadle, Homer H. Keadle and W. L. (Mutt) Keadle, all of Camilla, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Obituary of John Milledge Maples Jr. as written on pages 1 and 9 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 9 Aug 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Bringing sorrow to family and friends throughout the county early Wednesday evening was news of the death of 27 year old Captain John Milledge Maples, Jr., son of Mitchell County Sheriff John M. Maples, Sr. and Mrs. Maples. The popular young Air Force Captain was killed in a crash that took place about 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, news of his death not reaching his home town of Camilla until around 8:00 P.M. Maples was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the 93rd Interceptor Squadron. He was test flying a brand new plane when he crashed about forty miles west of Albuquerque. Some long time and very good friends of the Maples family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Caddell, of Jacksonville, Fla. had reached Albuquerque Monday of this week to visit Captain Maples and his wife and three small children and the Caddells were with Mrs. Maples, Jr., when she first received word of the crash that took the life of her husband. The Caddells have remained by her side and will fly along with her when they accompany Captain Maples' body home. The Caddells told the aviator's parents yesterday (Thursday) that it would possibly be Friday or Saturday before they reached Camilla by plane escorting the body home. Sheriff Maples said that tentatively this would place funeral services for some time Sunday, depending on what time the body and funeral escort reaches here. Sheriff and Mrs. Maples were not at home when the telephone message came early Wednesday evening. They had gone earlier to Carrabelle, Fla., to spend the night and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Miller, of Pelham, who had gone down beforehand. Deputy Sheriff Roger Brown received the death message and departed immediately to Carrabelle to inform the grief stricken parents, Captain Maples being their only child. State Highway Patrolmen all along the way from Camilla and Carrabelle cooperated with Deputy Brown by making the road clear for him to reach the Maples as soon as possible. Captain Maples was born and reared in Camilla. He would have been twenty-eight years old on October 11th of this year. He was graduated from Camilla schools and spent two years attending Emory at Oxford, later two years at Emory University in Atlanta where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He lacked only a few courses of getting his degree when he became ill and left college. He entered the service in September of 1950, choosing the Air Force. After receiving his wings and commission he was sent to Korea where he flew one hundred missions over enemy territory during the Korean conflict. He was a fighter pilot. Many will remember when Maples was in Korea he wrote The Camilla Enterprise of the tragic need for clothes by the little orphans and asked that an appeal be published for any of his friends who would send him old clothes to give these little boys and girls. This was the first people in this county learned about the need for clothes to Korea and Maples received nearly two thousand pounds of clothes. He mailed back a picture of himself distributing them. Such was the good, kindly and friendly nature of the young Camilla pilot who lost his life this week. As time went on others made known the need in Korea but it was Maples who first brought it to the attention in this county or in this section of the state for that matter. In December of 1953 Captain Maples was happily married to the former Miss Emma Louise Dent, of Amory, Mississippi, whom he had met when he was in early flight training in Columbus, Mississippi. The couple have three tiny children. There is John Randall who is two and a half years old, Gregory Dent who is a year and a half old, and the baby, Walter Douglas, is six months old.
Obituary of Luther Randolph Baggs as written on page 1 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 20 Sep 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at three o'clock at the First Baptist Church of Camilla for Mr. Luther Randolph Baggs who died about 4:30 A. M. Thursday morning at his home on the Moultrie road. Rev. Jim Parks, Acting Pastor of the church, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Edwin Rackley Jr., Byron Baggs Jr., Bill Manry, Alford Manry, Webb Bullard Jr., and Julius V. Jackson Jr. Bramlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Baggs, who was blind, died after many months illness and suffering. He had spent his entire life in Mitchell County, having been born April 6, 1873, the son of the late George Washington Baggs and Marthena Baggs. He was happily married on April 24, 1929, to Miss Jakie Culbreath. Besides his wife he leaves two brothers, Wade H. Baggs, Sr., of Camilla, and Linton Baggs of Bainbridge, in addition to several nieces and nephews.
Obituary of William McKinley Brimberry as written on page 8 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 4 Oct 1957. Camilla, Georgia. William McKinley Brimberry, 60, passed away suddenly Friday evening, September 27, in Thomasville, Georgia. He was stricken with a heart attack while enroute by ambulance to Archbold Hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock from Bramlett Funeral Home in Camilla. Rev. Louis M. Spivey officiated. Interment was in the family plot in Sunset cemetery. Bramlett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Olin Brimberry, Gregory Daniels, R. D. Covington, Marvin Crosson, Cary Bryant and Milward Eubanks. Mr. Brimberry was born in Camilla in 1897, the son of the late Thomas Walton Brimberry and Lena Parker Brimberry. He received his education in the Camilla Public Schools and Noman Junior College, Norman Park, Ga. He joined the Army at an early age and was a veteran of the Mexican Campaign and World War I. He was engaged in construction work until ill health forced him to retire. Survivors include two sons, Walter J. Brimberry of Wyandotte, Michigan, and Airman Third Class Edwin E. Brimberry, USAF, Alexandria, La.; one daughter, Mrs. Betty B. Caldwell of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Roles of Camilla and Mrs. N. B. Laseter of Jacksonville, Fla., and nine grandchildren.
Obituary of Anna Leila Thornton Oliver as written on page 8 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 1 Nov 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Thornton Oliver, 84, eldest daughter of the late Jasper and Temperance Cox Thornton of this county, took place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Wednesday afternoon, October 23, at three o'clock. Services were conducted by the Rev. George Dawkins. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers. Ivy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Oliver died in a hospital in Bainbridge after a long illness. She was born June 24, 1873 in West Mitchell. She was married in 1896 to Thomas B. Oliver. The couple built their home near Vada in Decatur County where they lived their entire married life in their hospitable Christian home until his death several years ago. After her husband death she moved to Akron, Ohio, to live for several years before moving back to her old home. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Blackerly of Climax and Mrs. Pauline McGuire of Akron, Ohio; two sons, Wade L. Oliver of Akron, Ohio and Stephen B. Oliver of Phoenix, Arizona; three brothers, J. H. Thornton of Climax, Albert N. Thornton of Miami, Fla., Claude C. Thornton of Decatur, Ala.; three sisters, Mrs. L. T. Tenkawek of Camilla, Mrs. Mamie Graham of Camilla, Mrs. Nannie DeStefano of Jacksonville, Fla.; eleven grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. Mrs. Oliver was a niece of the late Stephen e. and J. M. Cox and cousins are Mrs. J. C. Hoggard, Mrs. J. C. Robinson, Mrs. G. L. Joiner, Sr., C. L. Taylor and Robt. C. Taylor. The Christian influence of this good woman will live on in the lives of those who knew her in life.
Obituary of David Ralph Sharp as written on page 2 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 20 Dec 1957. Camilla, Georgia. David Ralph Sharp, 75, prominent Mitchell Countian, passed away at Mitchell County Hospital Thursday, December 12th, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Friday, December 13th, from Pinecliff Baptist Church with the Rev. A. L. Croy and the Rev. W. H. Rittenhouse, officiating. Interment was in Oakview Cemetery in Camilla with Bramlett Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers, all grandsons of the deceased, were Wyman Sharp, Bobby Sharp, Earl Sharp, Elton Sharp, George Jones, Jr. and Alvin everson. Mr. Sharp was born in Mitchell County January 5, 1882, and had lived here all his life. He was a farmer and landowner and also operated a general store in Pinecliff community. He was a member of the Pinecliff Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Catura Baggs; six sons, Leland Sharp, Elbert Sharp, Ellis Sharp, W. L. Sharp, Olin Sharp, all of Camilla, and Jim Sharp of Newton, Ala.; three daughters, Mrs. George Jones, Sr. of Camilla, Mrs. Simmie Everson of Albany and Mrs. Jake Marshall of Key West, Fla.; four sisters, Mrs. Clay Davis of Thomasville, Mrs. Taylor NeSmith of Camilla, Mrs. Cora Cross of Bainbridge and Mrs. Will Dawson of Dade City, Fla.; one brother, John Sharp of Camilla; twenty-two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Obituary of Daisy L. Cox Hurst as written on page 5 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 20 Dec 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Mrs. Daisy Cox Hurst, 76, passed away Tuesday, December 17th at Howard Hospital in Pelham, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 19th, at 3:00 P. M., from the Branchville Methodist Church, with the Rev. W. J. Stanford officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery with Bramlett Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were grandsons, E. J. Culbreth, Jack Sanders, Gene Sanders, M. O. Kemp, J. M. Kemp and nephew, U. A. Kemp, Jr. Mrs. Hurst was born in Mitchell County, March 8, 1881. She was the daughter of the late James M. and Aura Belle Galloway Cox. Her husband, Allison Hurst, preceded her in death eleven years ago. She was an active member of the Branchville Methodist Church unitil ill health forced her retirement. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. O. A. Teasley of Macon, Mrs. M. A. Kemp of Camilla and Mrs. Frances Voorhies of Westmoreland, California; one son, Allison Lamar of Rt. 2, Camilla; one sister, Mrs. J. R. Payne of Pelham; one brother, Wiley Galloway of Atlanta; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Obituary of William Alfred West as written on page 5 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 20 Dec 1957. Camilla, Georgia. William Alford West, 79, of Sale City, passed away Tuesday, December 17th, at Mitchell County Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 18th, at 3 o'clock from the Sale City Baptist Church with the Rev. Otis Glover, the Rev. J. B. Lumpkin and the Rev. Pickren officiating. Interment was in the Sale City Cemetery with Bramlett Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were members of the Camilla Masonic Lodge. Mr. West, a member and a deacon of the Sale City Baptist Church was a native of Mitchell County. He was a prominent farmer and a member of the Camilla Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alice Black West; three daughters, Mrs. Jesse L. Newton of Atlanta, Mrs. Bascom Whitehurst of Adel and Mrs. Elzie Hays of Baconton; five sons, Lt. Col. H. H. West of Ft. Dix, N.J., W. Howard West of Sale City, Pierce West and Jack West, both of Atlanta, and Don West of Valdosta; one sister, Mrs. K. D. Phelps of Camilla; eleven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Obituary of Theresa May Smith as written on page 5 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 20 Dec 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Miss Teresa Mae Smith, 89, beloved Camilla woman, died at 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning at Mitchell County Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Funeral was held at a graveside service at Oakview Cemetery, Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. M. D. Reed conducted the service and was assisted by Rev. Louis M. Spivey and Rev. N. H. Williams. Interment was in the family plot, with Bramlett Funeral Home in charge. Miss Smith spent her entire life in this county. She was born November 9, 1868, daughter of the late Henry and Amanda Ellis Smith. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church for many years and was long active in Sunday School and Woman's Missionary Society. She had for many years made her home with her niece, Mrs. J. V. Jackson, Jr. Survivors include four nieces, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. J. E. Brooks Sr., both of Camilla; Mrs. W. P. Earp of Greenville, South Carolina, and Mrs. H. E. Harley Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; four nephews, Crawford Smith of Columbus, Ga., Lewis Smith of New York City and Walter and Earl Pierce, both of Tampa, Fla.
Obituary of Cedric "Sid" Julian Shiver as written on page 4 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 27 Dec 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Cedric J. Shiver, known to many friends over the county as "Sid", died of a heart attack at an early hour Friday morning, December 20. His death at the age of 34 came as a great shock to family and friends alike since he was in apparent good health. He died at his residence o Broad Street in Camilla. Members of Mitchell County Post No. 141 of the American Legion served as an honorary escort when funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. A. Byland and the Rev. Bob Mathis officiated. Interment took place in the church cemetery. Bramlett Funeral Home of Camilla was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Shiver was born and reared in Mitchell County, son of the late Jep Shiver and Bobbie Shiver. He was a veteran of World War II and was employed as a farm overseer. Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Vivian Adair; two daughters, Judy and Charlotte, and one son, Jimmie Lee Shiver, all of Camilla; one sister, Mrs. Leslie Ratliff of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Dick Shiver of Sale City and C. D. Shiver of Orlando, Fla.
Obituary of Katie Eulalia "Lilla" Jackson Clark as written on page 4 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 27 Dec 1957. Camilla, Georgia. Mrs. Lilla Kattie Jackson Clark, passed away in Cleveland, Ohio, December 11th, at the age of 86. She was born in Baconton, Ga., April 17, 1871, the daughter of the late Green Smilie and Polly Virginia Peacock Jackson. She was the widow of Doctor Bryan Clark of Barnesville. Mrs. Clark had made her home in Cleveland, Ohio, with a son-in-law, Kingsley Kenyon. The body was cremated and memorial services held in Cleveland. The remains will be interred at Mt. Enon Cemetery in Baconton at a later date. Survivors in addition to Mr. Kenyon include two granddaughters, Mrs. Carlos Kotilla of Clayton, Ga. and Mrs. Fred Dennis of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. C. C. Beatty of Orlando, Fla.; one brother, J. V. Jackson, Sr., of Camilla; one sister-in-law, Mrs. R. P. Jackson Sr. of Baconton; a number of nieces and nephews and three great-grandchildren.
Obituary of James "Jimmy" Bennett Butler Jr. as written on page 4 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 3 Jan 1958. Camilla, Georgia. J. Bennett Butler, Sr., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Butler, of Camilla, now a resident of High Springs, Fla., watched a loading train fatally injure his teenage son when the boy climbed beneath the train to retrieve a pigeon. James (Jimmy) Bennett Butler, age 16, died in a Gainesville, Fla., hospital Sunday from injuries received Saturday when the boy and his friends were pigeon-shooting at his father's peanut plant in High Springs. His father was standing on the loading platform when the train pulled off. Among his survivors are his parents; Maternal grandfather; aunts, Mrs. Eloise B. McDonald and Miss Gussie Butler, of Camilla; uncles, Robert Butler of Camilla and H. P. Butler, now living in Bainbridge. The two aunts and two uncles left immediately for Florida upon receipt of the news of the accident and subsequent death. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at four o'clock at the High Springs Methodist Church with burial in the High Springs cemetery.
Obituary of Albert Burdett Jones as written on page 10 of "The Camilla Enterprise" dated 14 Feb 1958. Camilla, Georgia. Funeral services were held for Albert Burdett Jones, Tuesday, February 11th, at the Lake Pleasant Baptist Church with the Rev. John Folsome, assisted by the Rev. George Byland. Pallbearers were Ralph Collins, Marcus Collins, Raymond Morrell, Dick Shiver, C. D. Shiver, Allison Hurst. Mr. Jones passed away at his home Monday, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Thomas County, March 15, 1880, the son of the late John W. Jones and Rosa Cochran Jones. He moved to Mitchell County with his parents at an early age and had lived in the Flint community most of his life. He was a farmer and member of Lake Pleasant Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie Shiver Jones; one son, James A. Jones of Camilla; one sister, Mrs. R. P. Garvey of Cordele; three brothers, B. H. Jones of Camilla, and Austin and John C. Jones, both of Macon; and three grandchildren. Out of town friends and relatives attending the funeral were; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Jones, John C. Jones and Mrs. Hugh Hammontree of Macon; Mrs. Durwood Willingham of Forsyth; Mrs. Rachel Shiver and Misses Artie Mae and Lula Mae Shiver of Moultrie; Mrs. Raymond Holt of Americus; Messers Bruce and Merrill Jones of Albany; Mr. John Henry Jones and Mrs. Pat Sallen of Thomasville; Mr. and Mrs. Evert Luke of Meigs; Mrs. Rachel Jones, Lynwood and Darrell Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ratliff and C. D. Shiver, all of Orlando, Fla.
Obituary of Angus Wilkinson Ray as written in "The Weekly Sumter Republican" dated 11 Jun 1880. A good man has left us. Departed this life In Camilla, Mitchell county, GA, March th 9th our aged friend, Mr. Angus Ray, formerly a citizen of Sumter county. Mr. Ray was a strict member of the Presbyterian Church for upwards of fifty years. No doubt but he was a good Christian, a good neighbor, a devoted husband and father and an honorable gentleman. He was over seventy-four years old. He leaves an aged wife, two sons and six daughters to mourn his departure, besides numerous friends, but they mourn not as those who have no hope, for we have the best of hope that he is happy, based upon his example set in life and his reconcilation when called to die. While upon his dying bed he would say he was ready to go, and was only waiting the good Lord's summons. Methinks I hear him say, farewell friends, connections, native country. I must bid you all adieu, and go and dwell with Jesus in the heavenly land. Mr. Ray's motto and practice throughout life, was "do unto all men as you would have them do to you."
Aunt Jennett's lamentation:
Come, my dear friends, and mourn with me,
in my afflicted state;
I am bereaved, as you may see,
of my dear loving mate.
His heart was bound with mine by love,
Good works for to maintain,
But he has gone to Christ above,
Forever there to reign.
But why, Aunt Jennett, should you lament your case?
Since God has thought it best
To take his soul from here away,
To everlasting rest.
Transcribed by Emma Lou Weldon.
Transcriber's note: Angus Wilkinson Ray was born in Robeson Co NC son of Neill Ray and Florah Wilkinson. Left wife Jennett Currie Ray
Mrs. Priscilla (Charles D) Bass
Mrs. Flora (Robert Angus) Murphy
Miss Jane Ann Ray
Mrs. Mary (Hiram E) Sloan
Mrs. Effie (Alexander) Rivers
Miss Harriet (later married Jackson Moye)
Neill Angus Ray
Benjamin Franklin Ray
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