Billy Ray Brown 1949 – 2017
Mr. Billy Ray Brown, age 67, of Helena died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Zion Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Fennell and Mr. Bobby Ryals officiating. Interment followed in New Bethel Cemetery in Helena.
Mr. Brown was born in Empire, a graduate of Dodge County High School, a member and deacon of Zion Hope Baptist Church, owner and operator of Swine and Dine in Chauncey, for over eight years and a retired Boilermaker Welder for Local 26 in Savannah. Billy Ray enjoyed cooking, farming, fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandsons. He was the son of the late Mary Hodge Brown and William L. “Doc” Brown and was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Brown and two brothers, W.C. Brown and Wendell Brown.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Nancy Burch Brown of Helena; two daughters, Rae Brown Brazil (Kalen) of Cochran and Julia Brown of Helena; two grandsons, Bryce Brazil and Clate Brazil; sister, Shirley Hobbs (Curtis) of Cochran; four brothers, Cecil Brown, Danny Brown (Karen), both of Eastman, Donny Brown of Gresston and Richard Brown of Dubois; three brothers-in-law, Wayne Young (Brenda) of Alamo, Clark Burch (Shirley) and Johnny Burch, both of Helena; sister-in-law, Clara Riley (Jack) of Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were James Hammock, Donnie Brown, Wayne Dykes, Carroll McCranie, Joe Yawn and Charles Moulton. Sue Coleman was the pianist for the funeral service.
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Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman is in charge of arrangements.

Hortense Reaves Day
Hortense Reaves Day, age 97, of Douglas passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness. Mrs. Day was born Feb. 27, 1920 in Jacksonville, Ga. to the late William Jackson Garrison and Charlotte Wall Garrison.
Mrs. Day graduated Valedictorian from Workmore High School in 1937. Following her graduation, she married William Joseph Reaves. They spent the majority of their married life in Telfair until his death in 1961. She continued to farm until 1972. At that time she returned to school and became a nurse, again Valedictorian of her class. During this time she met and married George Day. She has lived primarily in Coffee County since 1972.
Mrs. Day was known as a loving mother and “the hardest working woman in three counties.” She was always an avid gardener. She enjoyed cooking and other homemaking activities. During the course of her life she had many hobbies, often winning county fair prizes for quilting, crocheting, sewing and canning. She also enjoyed reading and traveling. But, above all these, she loved the Lord first and foremost. She dedicated her life to him as a young teenager and she never wavered in her faith.
Survivors include her four daughters, Charlotte V. (David) Nettles of Willacoochee, Nell R. (David) Green of Jacksonville, Fla., Kay (Joel Parrish) Reaves of Douglas and Sharon (Mike) Harper of Macon; two sons, Roger (Marrie) Reaves of Santa Barbara, Calf. and Larry (Laura) Reaves of Virginia Beach, Va.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, William J. Reaves and George Day; a daughter, Marijo Steverson; and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Sims Funeral Home with the Rev. Den Weniger officiating. Music was furnished for the service by New Day Singers “Beulah Land,” “Eastern Gate” and “In The Garden” with the Rev. Den Weniger.
Active pallbearers were: Clint Nettles, Shamin Rehman, Roger Reaves, Rhett Reaves, Christopher Sears, David Alder Green and Naseem Rehman.
Interment followed at Bethlehem (Sand Hill) Methodist Church Cemetery.
Sims Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Samuel Nathan King
On Jan. 9, 1946, Samuel Nathan King was born to the late Beatrice King and Bristol King Sr. He received his education from Wheeler County High School in Alamo. He was a member of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Lumber City, where he served faithfully until the Lord called him home. He entered into eternal rest Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge #139 of Glenwood for many years and of the Springfield Brotherhood.
He had a phenomenal love for basketball. He went to the games near and far every chance he got – taking whomever would go with him. He loved to farm, grow vegetables, pecans, etc. He was an outdoor man.
He leaves to cherish his memories three loving sons, whom he loved dearly, Rodney (Melodie) King of Hazlehurst, Tony (Aliyah) King of Uvalda and Chad (Racquel) King of Stone Mountain; nine grandchildren, Neshay, Lil Tony, R.J., Demarkeus, Jacquez, Taliyah, Jutti, Tyshun, and Quinn; four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Zoey, Zyir and Zmir; Seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-grand; four sisters, Marlene (Elvred) Bess of Griffin, Gracie Robinson (John Jr., deceased); Ruth Austin (Orland Jr., deceased) and Celestine (Russell Sr.) James, Atlanta; three brothers, Bristol “B.K.” (Mary) King, Jr., Griffin, Hollis (Loretta) King, Lumber City and Will Otis King Sr., Atlanta; one aunt, Janie Mae King, Alma; two uncles, Curtis L. “C.L.” Spencer, Lumber City and Isaiah McBride, Glenwood; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.
Honorary pallbearers were nephews
Active pallbearers were nephews.
Flower attendants were nieces.
Interment was held in Dillard Cemetery in Lumber City.
King Brothers Funeral Home of Hazlehurst was in charge of arrangements.