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Pearly Mae Clay Edwards

?Services for Pearlie Mae Clay Edwards of McRae were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Stewart Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Wheeler County with interment in Pine Acres Cemetery.

The Rev. Willie Edwards Jr. presided with the Rev. Charles Anderson preaching her eulogy.
Pearlie Mae (affectionately called Sister) was born on March 8, 1941 to the late Henry and Beatrice Clay. Realizing that Christ was the head of her life early on, she joined the Stewart Chapel Baptist Church. She served faithfully for many years in numerous positions.

In 1973, she was united in holy matrimony with Robert Lee Edwards Jr., who preceded her in death.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ernest Lee Clay, Jr.; brother, William Henry Clay and sister, Elease Zanders.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories, three sons, Adrain (Pam) of Lorton, Va.; Ernest (Myra) of Abbeville and Albert (Vanessa) of McRae; three sisters, Euthera Home of West Palm Beach, Fla., Mildred Cooper of McRae and Annie Harris of McRae; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A.L. Spaulding-Barnes Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Leonard Johnson

?Vernon Leonard Johnson, 72, of McRae passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at the Jeff Davis Hospital in Hazlehurst.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Telfair Memorial Gardens in McRae.

The Rev. L.S. Seabolt officiated.

Vernon was the son of the late Leonard and Johnnie Livingston Johnson of McRae and was married to Judy Marie Smith Johnson of McRae.

He had retired from Hazlehurst Mills in Hazlehurst.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Johnson of McRae; two daughters, Pamela (Lynn) Sellars of Eastman and Vickie (David) Burnsed of Gainsville; four grandchildren, Amber Akins, Jonathan Burnsed, Christin (Andrew) Johnson and Samantha Burnsed; three great-grandchildren, Aubrey Johnson, Bentley Johnson and Keegan Johnson; son-in-law, James Atkins of McRae; one sister, Lennie (Clifton) Baxter of Warner Robins; and several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be given to the church of your choice or to a children’s home of your choice.

Please register online condolences at

Lowe’s Funeral Home of Helena was in charge of arrangements.

Vaughn Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances 'Fran' Yeomans Riddle

?Mary Frances “Fran” Yeomans Riddle, 64, of Helena passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the chapel of Lowe’s Funeral Home, Helena, with interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery, McRae.

The Rev. L.S. Seabolt officiated.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the funeral home.

Fran was the daughter of the late Albert Cleveland “Bud” and Mary Isabel Bellflower Yeomans and was married to Johnny Riddle of Helena. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Riddle.
She had worked for Three Rivers Hospital as a Medical Transcriptionist for many years and a lifelong resident of Telfair County.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Riddle of Helena; daughter, Mandy Riddle of Waycross; sister, Mary (William) Smith of Alamo; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Please register online condolences at

Lowe’s Funeral Home of Helena was in charge of arrangements.


Charles N. Veal

?Charles Veal, age 73, of Macon passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 while he was surrounded by his loving family.

He proudly served in the United States Army and United States Air Force. He was a member of Zion Hope Baptist Church in Helena. Charles retired from Industrial Welding Company Holox. Six weeks later he began working with O’Reilly Auto Parts and retired from there to become a full-time grandfather. He was a devoted husband, and loving father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eschol Stanley Veal; mother and step-father, Ruby Howard Dykes and Tobe “Ed” Dykes; sister, Shelby Jean Harrell; brothers, Howard Veal and Danny Veal; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Juanita and Wade Jackson; and brothers-in-law, Rudy Jackson and Sammy McElhenney.

He was the “Charlie Darlin” to his wife of more than 50 years, Sharon J. Veal. He was a devoted father to his daughter, Loris V. Icard (Ward) of Macon. He was loved and adored as “Pa” to his grandsons, Kalen Icard (Ashley), Kory Icard, and Kody Icard; and great-grandson, Dalton Icard. “Pa” was excited about the upcoming birth of his first great-granddaughter, Olivia Icard. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Cecil Veal (BJ), Rita Edge (Scott), and Lisa McCranie (James), all of Helena, Judy Yawn (Rusty) of LaGrange and John Dykes (Vicki) of Dublin; sisters-in law, Polly Veal of Helena, Mary Veal of Cochran; brother-in-law, Jimmy Harrell of Rhine; aunts, Opal Sellers of Baxley and Juanita Gillis (Jerry) of Snellville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Charles loved Sharon’s family as his own — he is survived by her aunts and uncles, Shirley Rape and Elizabeth Rape of Warner Robins, Dolores Town (Clyde) of Wyoming, Barney Jackson and Benny Jackson (Sylvia), both of Macon; her sister and brother, Aurye McElhenney and Keith Jackson, both of Macon; and sister-in-law, Sally Jackson of Macon. He is also survived by his best friends, Mike Stokes of Roberta, and Ray Still (Barbara) of Macon.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Sardis Cemetery at Grace Primitive Baptist Church.

The Rev. Micah Carr officiated.

Memorials may be directed to the John W. Nick Male Breast Cancer Foundation, 120 Nebraska Circle, Sebastian, Fla. 32958.

Please sign the online registry at

Crest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.






















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