Sadie Parker Batten
?Mrs. Sadie Parker Batten was called to peace and rest Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the Southland Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Dublin. She was born Aug. 7, 1918 in Appling County to the late Venyard, Sr. and Rachel (McCloud) Parker. The third youngest of 15 children, all of her siblings have preceded her in death with the exception of one sister, Helen Geneva Cook of Runnemede, N.J.
Batten loved God, her family, her church and serving others.
For almost 80 years, she was an active and faithful member of Centenniel Zion C.M.E. Church in Scotland, GA. She served as an executive member of the steward and trustee boards, church choir, missionary department, stewardess board, hospitality committee and youth fellowship department for many years.
She was a life member of Earnest Chapter No. 17 — Order of the Eastern Star; A Christian Pilgrim; The Moon Organization; and Willing Worker’s Charity Club where she held a number of positions.
Receiving her early grade school education in Appling and Telfair County Schools, she worked as a master presser with Hightower Cleaners and Laundry Service in McRae and a housekeeper for a number of families in Telfair County. In later years, she became a green thumb worker for the Department of Family and Children Services in Wheeler County, where she retired after 10 years of service.
She married the late Willie Batten of Telfair County in 1934. They were married for 42 years and were blessed with 11 children. Four of her children preceded her in death: Willie Jr., Elijah, Mildra and Preston, Sr., along with a step-daughter, Marine Andrews.
Sadie’s legacy will be forever cherished by her loving children and family: Harvey Batten, (fiance, Rev. Joyce Tomblin) of McRae; Wilmar (Delores) Batten of Merritt Island, Fla.; Rachel (Earl, Sr.) Anthony of New Orleans, La.; Conyues (Lenton) O’Neal of Dublin; Dedra Ann (Steven) Peterson of Northfield, Minn.; Karean McRae of Alamo; and Barbara (Terrell) Griffin of Decatur; daughter-in-law, Alma Batten of Atlanta; and one brother-in-law, Reverend Dr. Solomon (Leona) Smith of Pontiac, Mich.
She also leaves her loving memories with her 35 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a great number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends and guests were received at the family residence at 1222 Hope Church Rd., Alamo, Ga.
Funeral services were held at Centenniel Zion C.M.E. Church, 50 Main St., Scotland, Ga. Monday,
Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, Scotland.
A.L. Spaulding-Barnes Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements.
John Earle Bogle
?John Earle Bogle, age 90, of Dublin died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at his home. He was the son of the late Paul Lee and Emma Earle Bogle. He was born and grew up in McRae, Telfair County. He attended the McRae-Helena schools, North Georgia College, and Emory University where he received his AB and MA degrees.
During World War II he served in the United States Army Combat Engineers in the European Theater of Operations. Following the war he was a member of the United States Naval Air Reserve in Atlanta while he attended Emory.
He worked for the United States Agriculture Department as an Entomologist in the White Fringe Beetle Eradication Program from 1947 to 1950. During that time he was stationed at Montezuma, Macon and Columbia, S.C.
He taught Biology and was the Assistant Athletic Director in the College Park High School, College Park from 1950 to 1956.
He was recruited to be an Investigator by the Atlanta District of the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1956. In 1987 he retired as District Compliance Officer for the New Jersey District of the FDA. In the FDA he also worked in the Des Moines, Iowa, office of the Minneapolis District and the Kansas City, Mo., office of the Kansas City District. He was twice presented the Food and Drug Administration’s Commendable Service Award for his outstanding performance.
Following retirement he moved to Dublin. During his residence in Dublin he was a member of the Dublin Lions Club, The Laurens County Historical Society, the Heart of Georgia Community Concert Association and the Dublin Laurens Arts Council. He held offices in each of those organizations. He was nominated for and was made a Fellow of the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship. He delivered Meals-on-Wheels for the Dublin-Laurens County Senior Center. While he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dublin he served on the Council of Ministries. Later when he was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church of Dublin he served on the Vestry.
He is preceded by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Anderson Bogle and sister-in-law, Miriam Harris Anderson.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Nanette Williams Anderson of Dublin, Ga.; nephew, Mark Anderson of Stockbridge; nieces, Phyllis Gragg of Dallas, Ga., Janice Anderson Gruber of Dublin and Georgana Anderson Brown of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; as well as a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Members of the family received callers at 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the Parrish Hall of Christ Episcopal
Church on Saturday, Nov. 22.
A memorial service was held at Christ Episcopal Church of Dublin at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dr. James A. Johnson and the Rev. Eugene Barlow officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery, McRae.
The family suggests that those wishing to may make contributions in his memory to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 417, Dublin, Ga.
Please visit www.townsendfuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial register.
Townsend Brothers Funeral Home of Dublin was in charge of arrangement
James Arthur Harris
?James Arthur Harris, 48, of Lumber City passed away at his residence Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at the funeral home. Graveside memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 at Friendship Church Cemetery. The Rev. James Merritt will officiate.
He was the son of the late Andrew Leo and Helen Bennett Harris of Lumber City and was married to Teresa Daphene Zorn Harris of Lumber City. He was preceded in death by a son, Joey Sheppard and two daughters, Lisa Sheppard and Barbara Mullis.
Arthur was a painter and a carpenter and was on Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa Daphene Harris of Lumber City; children, Chacey Freeman, April Godsey, Billie Jo Breedlove, Stephanie Godsey and Ruby Gibson; his grandchild, Erwin Burch and 26 other grandchildren; one sister, Mizell Godsey of Milan; three brothers, Gary Harris of McRae, Alan Harris of McRae and Andy Harris of Milan; several nieces and nephews.
Please register online condolences at lowesfuneralhome. net
Lowe’s Funeral Home of Helena is in charge of arrangements.