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James Linder Bell

James L. Bell of Conyers, formerly of Alamo, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at his home in Conyers. Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the chapel of Lowe's Funeral Home in Helena. Visitation of fmaily and friends began at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment followed in the ALamo City Cemetery.

The Rev. Jim Dominey officiated.

Mr. Bell, 72, was the son of the late Lawson and Maudell Johnson Bell of Alamo and was married to Faye Beasley Bell formerly of McRae.

He was retired from Juki Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Bell of Conyers; two children, James L. Bell Jr. of Washington, D.C. and Melinda Faye Johnson and son-in-law, Kevin Johnson of Suwanee; one grandson, Cameron Johnson of Suwanee; one brother, Willard Bell of Dublin; one sister, Betty Jo Wilkie and brother-in-law Bob Wilkie of Alamo; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Myrtle Cherry

Myrtle Cherry, 86, of Panama City, Fla. died peacefully in her sleep on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. CST surrounded by loving family. Mrs. Cherry was born Myrtle Harriett Barber in McRae Nov. 28, 1928.

She is predeceased by her parents, Albert Thomas and Wade Hampton Barber, five of her seven siblings, Lois Helen Bennett, Josephine Della Pittman, Alberta Phylis Ashley, Ernest Thomas Barber and Wayne Eugene Barber; two of her eight children, Linda Elaine Webster and Deborah Louise Cherry, and her husband, John Franklin Cherry.

She is survived by her brother, Bobby G. Barber of Rabun Gap, Ga. and her sister, Patricia A. Maloy of Eastman; her children, John Anthony Cherry of Panama City, Fla., Kenneth Franklin Cherry of Crest, Calif., David Thomas Cherry of Rome, Ga., Brenda Marie Rawls of Fitzgerald, Mark Timothy Cherry of Athens, Ga. and Jeffrey Scott Cherry of Panama City, Fla., 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and two cats, Frankie and Johnny.

Mrs. Cherry loved family, gardening and her time with her husband and children in the Florida Keys during the 1940s-1970. The family will hold a private memorial service. Donations can be made to the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Randall J. Graham

Mr. Randall Jones Graham, age 61, of Milan, went to be with his Heavenly Father Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at Dodge County Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ronnie Jones, the Rev. Chester Beasley, Mr. Marty Graham and the Rev. J.B. Carr officiating, with interment in Sweet Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Graham was born in Telfair County, of the Baptist faith, a graduate of Dodge County High School and the Police Academy in Forsyth. He was a retired Policeman and Peace Officer. He was easy going, happy and funny and a loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed NASCAR racing, music, crafts and the Georgia Bulldogs, and touched the lives of many through his service. Randall was the son of the late H.C. Graham and Ella Jones Graham.

Survivors: wife of 41 years, Susan Young Graham of Milan; daughter, Angie Graham Kahrmann (Shaun) of Dublin; two sons, Randy Graham of Atlanta and Ryan Graham of Milan; one grandson, Joshua Kahrmann of Dublin; one sister , Pat Graham Smith (James) of Milan; two brothers, Dean Graham (Marsha) of Cedar Grove and Bobby Graham (Nelda) of Milan; six sisters-in-law, Barbara Lawrence, Elaine Mullis (Randall), Jane Widener (Gary), Debra Beasley (Chester), Cherry Rewis (Gary) and Rosemary Jones (Ronnie); six brothers-in-law, John Young (Villetes), Ronnie Young (Tammy), Monty Young (Tammy), Phillip Young (Lynn), Danny Young (Jennifer) and David Young (Erika); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Williamson, Lynn Sheffield, Becky Sheffield, Brian Huckaby, Wayne Cartwright, Donald Helms, Carter Clements and Jimmy Kirkland. Lynn Hardeman and Mandy Couch were musicians for the funeral service.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman was in charge of arrangements.

Robert James Grissett

Robert James Grissett was born Dec. 15, 1942 in Longs, S.C. to the late Ethel Mae Gause and Thomas Jefferson Grissett. He served our country in the Vietnam War. He was a 1977 graduate of Ft. Lauderdale Business College, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Phyllis Suzette Grissett and five children, Regina S. Grissett, Debbracca Pinkney (Elton), Langston Tuff (Olympia), Robert J. Grissett Jr. and Thomasina Grissett Hammond (Kirk); one loving sister, Brenda Galloway (Clarence); five brothers, Oree Grissett (Veta), Joseph Grissett (Melissa), Wilbert Grissett, Jemo Musoke (Gladys) and James F. Grissett (Eliva); mother-in-law, Annie Clay Harris; two sisters-in-law, Debra Clarke and Beverly Crew; three brothers-in-law, Michael Harris, Jerome Clarkes and William Crew; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a very special relative, Pete McRae; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of A.L. Spaulding Barnes Funeral Home, 7 W Magnolia St., McRae.

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

Alan Wayne Staley

Mr. Alan Wayne Staley, 60, of McRae passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Staley was the son of the late Julis and Georgia Brown Staley. He was born in Miami, Fla., but had lived in McRae for many years. He was preceded in death by a son, Marty Staley and a brother, Malcom Staley.

He was a truck driver.

Survivors include a brother, Mark Staley of North Carolina; a sister, Wilma Rdoen of North Carolina; a son, Gary Staley of Virginia; two grandchildren, Megan Staley and Gabriel Staley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Lowe’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Yancey

Mrs. Margaret Hazel Cook Yancey, age 89, of Rhine died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tim Morehouse, Mr. Bobby Ryals and the Rev. Jody Yancey officiating, with interment in Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Yancey was born in McRae, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, who loved her family, her flowers and enjoyed cooking. She was daughter of the late Agnes Tindall Cook and Amos Ernest Cook and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dana L. Yancey; sister, Grace Fussell and four brothers, Eugene Cook, Fred Cook, Homer Cook and Elmer Cook. Survivors: husband of 71 years, Willard Yancey of Rhine; daughter, Diane Nash of Rhine; three sons, Jerry Yancey (Monette), Danny Yancey and Joey Yancey, all of Rhine; sister, Alene C. Quarrier of Camden, Ala.; four grandchildren, Scott Hall (Betsy), Renae Rogers (James), Laura Watkins (Jay) and Jody Yancey (Tanya); ninegreat-grandchildren, Erin Anderson, Emilee Moore, Chase Hall, Noah Hall, Ashley Hall, Jace Watkins, Jess Watkins, Jaycob Watkins and Will Yancey; one great-great-grandson, Ezra Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were Eddie Little, Roy Anderson, Terry Yancey, Rocky Hilliad, Billy Cook and Mike Cook. Sheryl Bearden was the musician for the funeral service.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman was in charge of arrangements.
























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