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Peter (Pete) Eugene Barlow

?Peter (Pete) Eugene Barlow, age 60 of McRae went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, March 30, 2014.

A celebration of his life was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at the McRae First United Methodist Church.

Dr. Wayne E. Moseley, Bishop James R. King Jr. and the Rev. Tommy Mason officiated.

Pete was the son of the late Melvin Howard and Betty Jean Frandsen Barlow of Carrizo Springs, Texas and was married to Reba Eve Hitt Barlow of McRae.

He was the pastor of the McRae First United Methodist Church and the Chaplain with the Telfair County Sheriff’s Department. He was a Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy Submarine Service.

Survivors include his wife, Reba Barlow of McRae; six children, Brandee (Tab) Tillman of Warner Robins, Darlene (Brian) Solomon of Thomaston, Melissa (Randy) Winters of Thomaston, Charles (Krystal) Belew of Cartersville, Melinda (James) Winters of Thomaston and Danielle (Devin) Porter of Rome; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four sisters, Marlene Barlow of Covington, La., Diane Autrey of Covington, La., Patsy St. Blanc of Covington, La. and Peggy Wade of Mobile, Ala.
Memorial gifts made be given to: McRae United Methodist Church, Navy Relief or Georgia Sheriff’s

Association, Chaplain Division.
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Lowe’s Funeral Home of Helena was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Edward (Tommy) Barlow II

?Thomas Edward (Tommy) Barlow II of Rentz passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in the chapel of Lowe’s Funeral Home of Helena with interment in the Mt. Olivet Church Cemetery, Helena.

The Rev. Don Hicks and the Rev. Howard Thornton officiated.

Tommy, age 41, was employed at Husqvarna in McRae.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle P. Barlow of Rentz; son, Isaah Barlow of Rentz; step-son, Ryan Peacock of Dublin; two step-daughters, Kala Hester of Athens and Kelli Hester of North Carolina; parents, Thomas and Carol Barlow of Rentz; sister, Serena (Brian) Trout of Ball Ground, Ga.; three brothers, Timothy (Janet) Barlow, Mikey Barlow and Randy Colby Barlow all of Rentz.

Benjamin Peacock, Michael Peacock, Barry Caldwell, Shawn Caldwell, Richard Caldwell and Nolen Redmon served as pallbearers.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at Lowe’s Funeral Home in Helena.

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

Catharine Harbin Batchelor

?Catharine Harbin Batchelor, 93, formerly of McRae, died Monday, March 31, 2014. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 4 at McRae First Baptist Church with burial in the Telfair Memorial Gardens. Visitation was held Thursday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A native of Telfair County, where she lived most of her life, Ms. Batchelor was the daughter of the late Joseph H. and Fannie Bell Poole Harbin She was the wife of the late Thomas Jay Batchelor and was a member of McRae First Baptist Church. Ms. Batchelor was a former school teacher and former case worker with the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

Survivors include her children, Cathy (Fred) Hawkins, Marietta, Tommy Batchelor, Odenton, Md., Susy (Charles) Towner, Augusta, and Tracy (Clark) Adams, Flowery Branch; brother-in-law, Charles Colter; sister-in-law, Myrtle Harbin; and grandchildren, Fred T. Hawkins, Chrissy (Todd) Cosper, Brian Batchelor, Daniel Towner, Ben (Katie) Adams and Brandon Adams; and four great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the McRae First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 484, McRae, GA 31055.

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Vaughn Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements.

Hulda Yawn Cook

?Hulda Yawn Cook, 82, of Warner Robins passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Mrs. Cook was born Aug. 20, 1931 in Telfair County. The first person in her family to attend college, she taught school for 29 years before retiring due to a medical disability. She lived in Warner Robins for the past 36 years and was an active volunteer in the community.

She attended Brewton Parker College and graduated from Georgia Teachers College and attended classes at Southwestern Seminary.

Mrs. Cook and her husband were faithful members and workers at First Baptist Church in Americus and West Highland Baptist Church in Macon. In Warner Robins, they served together at First Baptist, Westside, Friendship and Shirley Hills Baptist churches. She often led vibrant couples Sunday School classes, and in her retirement, she organized dozens of children’s Bible Drill groups in Middle Georgia.
Mrs. Cook also led a decade-long effort to build the first group home for the Heart of Georgia Developmental Disabilities Ministry, designed for adults with special needs. The home is named in her honor. Mrs. Cook was a certified master gardener, and loved little more than entertaining a round-table book club in an outdoor setting or sharing her plants with others.

Survived by her husband of 61 years, Hal Cook; Mrs. Cook also had two sons, Andy (Melody) and Dany Cook; three granddaughters, and two great grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Stella Yawn. Preceded in death by her brother Roger Yawn, she is also survived by siblings Roy Yawn, Vira (Raleigh) Garnto, Edith (Hal) Fisher, Henry (Linda) Yawn and James (Gail) Yawn.
A celebration of her remarkable life was held at Shirley Hills Baptist Church Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Millwood officiating. Interment followed in Parkway Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Friday, 6-8 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home.
Memorial donations can be made to Heart of Georgia DDM, 238 Hatcher Road, Warner Robins, Ga. 31088.

Go to to sign the online registry.

McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory of Warner Robins was in charge of arrangements.

Charlie Jeffrey (C.J.) Lester

?Charlie Jeffrey (C.J.) Lester, age 76, of Jacksonville, Ga. passed away Friday, March 28, 2014.

Services for C.J. were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Telfair High School Gymnasium, McRae with Pastor Glenda Newton officiating. Interment followed in the Rockhill C.M.E. Church Cemetery.

Charlie Jeffrey (C.J.) Lester was born on July 16, 1937. He was the seventh born of William and Leila Lester of Jacksonville, Ga. He joined the United States Air Force in 1955 where he completed his basic training at Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. From Lackland Air Force he continued his duties at Loring Air Force in Maine. He married his high school sweetheart Queen Esther Pace Nov. 26, 1958 in Ansonia, Conn. Charlie J. retired from the US Air Force May 1, 1975 after serving 20 years. His tours included Patrick Air Force, Lowry Air Force, Vietnam, Guam, Thailand and Robins Air Force Base. C.J. and Queen just celebrated their 55 anniversary this past November.

C.J. was a devout member of Rockhill C.M.E. Church since he was a young child. He continued to serve as church secretary and treasurer. Whatever needed to be done at other churches, he would step in and assist whether ushering or cutting grass.

C.J. and Queen raised six children – four boys and two girls. His children are Charles, Patricia, Maurice, Terence, Teresa, and Tyrone. Mr. C.J. loved Telfair County and was employed as a bus driver for the Board of Education for several years. He also served as a volunteer for the Jacksonville Five Department for over two decades. He completed technical training at Ben Hill Irwin Technical School in Fitzgerald, Georgia. He also continued to farm. He retired from Intermetro in Douglas in 1999 after 12 years of service. He was also an avid blood donor.

Mr. C.J. absolutely loved baseball and softball. As his grandchildren became school-aged, he began volunteering as a recreational baseball and softball coach from 1998 until 2011. Mr. C.J. also participated in the Relay for Life annually. He was overjoyed last year to watch the various softball teams compete until 2 o’clock in the morning.

Mr. C.J. always greeted people with a bit of advice and a big smile. He was an extremely giving man who will be missed dearly.

Honorary pallbearers were Stewards of Rock Hill C.M.E. Church. Active pallbearers were grandsons.

McIver Funeral Home, Inc. of Douglas was in charge of arrangements

James Darren Meeks

?Services for James Darren Meeks of Lumber City were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 in the Lumber City Baptist Church with interment in the Riverside Cemetery.

The Rev. Wayne Devaul and Zachary Meeks officiated.
Meeks, 45, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was the son of the late Henry Kenneth Meeks and Mable Elmira Johnson Meeks and was married to Marie Cartwright Meeks.

He was born in Zachary, La. and was employed with Butler Logging.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shellie and Jamie Huff of Empire, Brittany and Jamie Miles of Baxley and Shyanne Meeks of Lumber City; sons, Colby Meeks of Baxley, Zachary Meeks and Nichalas Meeks, both of Lumber City; sisters, Bonnie Johnson and Mary Calhoun of Lumber City and Brenda Dubberly of Uvalda; brother, David Meeks of Uvalda; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Chris Meeks, Terry Powell, Tony Bigby, Jim Coleman, Waun Gruber and Paul Brewer.

Music was rendered by Sabrinia Meeks.

Miles Funeral Home, Inc. of Hazlehurst was in charge of arrangements.

Frances Stanley Stevenson

?Frances Stanley Stevenson, 79, of McRae, died Sunday, April 6, 2014. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Rockwell Baptist Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

A native and lifelong resident of Telfair County, Mrs. Stevenson was the daughter of the late Robert L. “Rob” and Mildred Williams Stanley. She was retired after 34 years as District Secretary for the Forestry Commission and was a member of Rockwell Baptist Church, where she served as church pianist for many years. Mrs. Stevenson was preceded in death by a step-son, Paul Mitchell Stevenson III, and a brother, Howard Stanley.

Survivors include her husband, Mitchell Stevenson, McRae; stepson, Mike (Stephanie) Stevenson, Warrenton; brother and sister, Robert L. (Ruth) Stanley, Eastman and Mattie (Wendell) White, Milan; grandson, Mikie Stevenson; nephews, William Stanley, Lee Stanley, Rob Stanley, Clay Stanley and Stan White; several great-nieces and nephews, including the light of her life, Cale White; and a great-great-nephew.

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Vaughn Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements.

Walter George Vaughn

Walter George Vaughn, 85, of McRae passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Savannah. Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in the chapel of Lowe’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held one hour prior to the services in the chapel. Interment followed in the Telfair Memorial Gardens.
The Rev. Jimbo Dominey officiated.

Mr. Vaughn was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force. He had worked at Roydon Wear for many years and the State Prison System before retiring. He was a member of the McRae United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Cleveland Vaughn and Annie Mae McKinney Grantham and his step-father, William Grantham.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jean McDuffie Vaughn of McRae; sister, Claudie Mae Bennett of Thomaston; sister-in-law, Rita McDuffie of Hiram; dear friends, Lynette Price of Alamo and Jimmy Knight of McRae; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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








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