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Obituaries

Pierce Brewer

Services for Pierce Brewer of Alamo were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 in the chapel of Miles Funeral Home with interment in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery near Glenwood.

Brewer, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. He was the son of the late Henry Jasper Brewer and Mattie Bell Underwood Brewer and was preceded in death by four brothers, Rod Brewer, Don Brewer, Robert Brewer and Ed Brewer.

He was born in Lumber City and was retired from Plant Hatch and was a member of Sardis Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Novella Brewer of Alamo; son, Anthony (Tony) Brewer and fiancée Beverly Frost, both of Glenwood; daughter, Barbara Ann Holbrook of Alamo; sister, Julia O. Stinson of Columbia, S.C.; brother, Henry J. Brewer of Florida; nine grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Nolan Stokes, Jamie Ricks, Corey Googe, Rodney Stokes, Cole Brewer and Matt Howell.

Honorary pallbearers were Gene Brewer, Ronnie Joyce, Burtis Taylor Sr. and Gary Crabb.

Music was rendered by Cindy Saxon.

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


Pamela Charisse Holland Toler Brown

Pamela Charisse Holland Toler Brown , 42, of Scotland died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home with burial in Hazlehurst Cemetery.

Pam was a waitress at Waylon's and attended the Church of God in Hazlehurst and the Towns Church of God.

Survivors include her sons, Kyle (Courtney) Toler, McRae and Greg (Jessica) Toler Jr., Douglas; parents, Bobby Holland, Macon and Carlene Gauler, Andrews, S.C.; maternal grandmother, Marjorie Jeanette Smith, Hazlehurst; sister, Kimberly Ann Holland, McRae; and grandchildren, Bailey Toler, Raelynn Toler and Kyson Toler.

Please express condolences at www.vaughnf.com. Vaughn Funeral Home of McRae was in charge of arrangements.

Vera Mae Simmons Hall

Services for Vera Mae Simmons Hall were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at Chauncey Chapel Baptist Church with interment in Pine Acres Cemetery in McRae.

Vera, who is also affectionately known as Mama, Big Mama, Ma Vera and/or Miss “V" departed this life Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2015 surrounded by her daughters and cousins, Mildred Mizell, Lois Hendrick and Lisa Zanders, after a brief illness. The Rev. Curtis Rozier officiated.

Vera Mae Simmons Hall was born June 6, 1928 in Chauncey, Dodge County. She was the eldest daughter of the late Elfort (Art T) Simmons and Blanche Mitchell Simmons. Her parents, grandparents, Tony and Laura Simmons, step-mother, Parrie Lee Simmons and a sister-Louise Crawford preceded her in death. She was married to the late Ray Hall, Sr.

She attended the public schools of Dodge County. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Chauncey Chapel Baptist Church in Chauncey where she served in the choir ministry, mother ministry, kitchen ministry and wherever needed. Mama enjoyed cooking and reading.

She was employed for many years by the Walter Dyal family — three generations; also Long Horn Restaurant, Plantation Restaurant, Roydon Wear and Oxford Shirt Company. She retired from Roper (Husqvarna).

Vera leaves to cherish her memories, two devoted daughters, Gladys Hall of McRae and Jacquelyn (Hardy Lee) Gooch of Eastman; two step-sons, Ray (Bernadine) Hall Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., Ben Hall, Spartanburg, S.C.; one sister, Lena Hamilton of Helena; one brother, Emery (Eloise) Simmons of Helena; several grandchildren, including a special granddaughter that she reared, Aurora Dobson of McRae; several great-grandchildren, including two special great-grands, JacQuelyn Mallard and Fredrick Jones of McRae; sister-in-law, Delores (Charlie) Favors, of Melbourne, Fla.; many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were: Sammie Battle, Fred Crawford, Felix Faison, Dante Hall, Richard Hughes, Keith Ivey Randolph Jones and Hubert McMillian.

Honorary pallbearers were: Alvin Faison, Hardy Gooch, Jackie Hall, Russell Hall, Charles Hendrick, Michael Mallard, Eric Simmons and Archie Williams.

Flowerbearers was the Class of 1971 and friends of the family.

Rollins Funeral Home of Eastman was in charge of arrangements.

Adrian Eleanor Greene Moody

Services for Adrian Eleanor Greene Moody were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at Corinth C.M.E. Church with interment in Pine Acres Cemetery in McRae.

The Rev. Marvin J. Howard Sr. officiated.

On June 26, 1917 John Franklin and Ophelia Smith Greene were blessed with the sixth child, Adrian Eleanor. She had three older brothers, two older sisters and one younger sister all of whom preceded her in death. She attended Corinth C.M.E. Church with her family and was a student in Telfair County public schools.

After graduation from high school she attended Albany State College where she received a teaching degree. She taught school in Baxley where she met and married the late Gordon Moody. In 1950 the family moved from Georgia to Cleveland, Ohio. She was the mother of two daughters, Helene Loretta and Quinton Louise (preceded her in death).

In Cleveland, she joined Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. Church where she was a loyal choir member. She was employed by William Taylor Department Store, Sealtest, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

After approximately 30 years, she returned to McRae and reunited with Corinth C.M.E. Church, her family and friends. She was a dedicated member of Corinth where she served as a stewardess, choir member, class leader and was honored as a “Crown Jewel” of the church. Mrs. Moody was also member of the “Heroines of Jericho” serving on the Lady Sarah Court #4. She also volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at the Telfair Regional Hospital.

In 2013, after her health began to decline, she returned to Cleveland, Ohio with her daughter, Helene James. She joined St. James A.M.E. Church with the family and later moved to Shaker Gardens Assisted Living. In November, she entered Willow Park Skilled Nursing Facility where she passed away Dec. 26, 2014.

Mrs. Adrian Moody leaves to cherish “Precious Memories,” loving daughter, Helene James (Jerome); son-in-law, John Lassiter (Quinton Louise, deceased); stepdaughter, Gessner Canadiate (Otis); adopted daughter, Iliss Benjamin (John); grandchildren, Nicole Williams (Raymond), Carl James, Daryl Phillip, Steve Gaskins (Lisa, deceased); great-grandchildren, India Simms (Darryl), Jordan Gaskins, (deceased), Jeron Gaskins, Nia Williams, Nylah Williams, Naomi Williams, Neriah Williams, Chanse James, Cason James, Anthony Phillips and Eli Phillips. A host of wonderful nieces and nephews; a devoted niece, Lois Martin (William deceased) of Cleveland, Ohio; a devoted great niece and nephew, Tracy and Sam Zanders, Sr. of McRae; and a special cousin Carolyn Rowland (Tommy) of Douglasville.

Pallbearers were DeShon King, Edward King, Scott McMillian, James Tobler, Sam Zanders Jr. and Dante’ Zanders.

Honorary pallbearers were the Stewards of Corinth CME Church. Flower attendants were nieces.

Rollins Funeral Home of Eastman was in charge of arrangements.

Cathy Ward Tootle

Mrs. Cathy Ward Tootle, age 53 of Vidalia, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

She was a native of Telfair County, a 1979 graduate of Telfair High School, and has lived in Vidalia for many years. She was a registered nurse, and a graduate of South Georgia College in Douglas with a degree in Nursing. She was preceded in death by her father, Russell Ward.

Cathy is survived by two children, Bradley Tootle and wife Leslie of Ailey, and Kimberly Tootle of Columbia, S.C.; children’s father, Darrell Tootle of Vidalia; her mother, “Corky” Ward of Helena; two sisters, Debbie Conley of Jacksonville, Ga. and Dianne Kitchens and husband Stacy of the Workmore Community in Telfair County; one brother, John Ward of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Reverend Henry Dowd officiating. Burial will follow later in the Riverside Cemetery in Lumber City.

Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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