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Riley, Paul Wesley - Macon  
Paul Wesley Riley December 7, 1954 - December 24, 2014 Macon, Georgia- Paul Wesley Riley, 60 of Macon, Georgia passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at his home after a brief illness with cancer. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 27, 2014 in the chapel of FairHaven Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in New Elim Baptist Church Cemetery. Reverend Johnny Baggett will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. till 2: 00 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a lifelong resident of the Macon area and a member of the New Elim Baptist Church. He had previously worked as a painter and a carpenter. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul H. Riley. He is survived by his mother, Katherine Riley of Macon; Aunt, Joan Wood of Macon, Uncle, Theron Blackwell of Macon; sister, Deborah McGrotha(Kenneth) of Macon; nieces, Kellie Barton of Macon and Tania Bartlett(Robbie) of Byron; nephew, Brannon McGrotha of New York; great niece, Riley Elizabeth Bartlett of Byron. Friends may sign the online register at www.FairHavenmacon.com . FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Service has charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 25, 2014
Ritter, Charles William - Inverness  
Charles William Ritter March 16, 1930 - December 22, 2014 Inverness, FL- Mr. Charles William "Bill" Ritter, born March 16th, 1930, passed away in his sleep on December 22, 2014. He is survived by his wife Linda Sue Ritter, brother Robert Ritter, FL., children Grace Ann Stinson, Pamela Sue Thurmond (Tim), Charles William Ritter II, and Christopher Douglas Ritter (Patrina), ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. After high school, Mr. Ritter served his country in the Army as a Corporal of the Band, during the occupation of post-war Germany. While stationed there, the seeds of his calling were sown. He studied with a renown clarinest in Stutgart Germany and so began his lifelong pursuit of music. Upon returning from duty, he pursued higher education and graduate studies to become a teacher and band leader from the University of Dayton, Ohio. Bill served as Professor of Music at the University of Dayton from 1963 to 1973. Through the years he taught at every scholastic level and conducted for local civic and church events. He moved to Georgia in 1980 and earned prestige in his tenure at Northeast High School, where he led the band to become both regionally and nationally recognized, marching in both the Savannah Saint Patrick's Day Parade and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In Savannah, his band won 1st place and he led the parade for the following three years. He taught in Bibb County Schools until his retirement from Northeast High School in 1992. His family and friends will miss his humor and intelligence, his sly smiles and his heart which was filled with love. He now conducts symphonies for the Lord. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock on Saturday, December 27th, in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. The Rev. Eric Bell will officiate. Burial will follow in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock. "The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old. But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul. My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man. I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band. I am the living legacy to the leader of the band." Visit www.maconmp.com to express tributes. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Telegraph from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2014
Roberts, Dr. Ralph - Fitzgerald  
Dr. Ralph Roberts Fitzgerald, GA- Dr. Ralph Donald Roberts, 90, of Fitzgerald died Friday, December 19, 2014, at his residence. Memorial services will be held 2 PM, Monday, December 22, 2014, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Michael Ruffin and the Rev. Blane Jacobs officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:15 until 2 Sunday afternoon in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Dr. Roberts was born in Macon Georgia on January 25, 1924, to the late Cleo and Velna Greene Roberts. Dr. Roberts was graduated from Jones County High School in 1941, studied pre med at Mercer University until 1943, and was graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1947. He completed his internship at Macon Hospital in 1948. He moved to Fitzgerald and began practicing medicine in July 1950, with Dr. Francis Ward. While residing in Fitzgerald, he was called to active duty during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at the Fort Benning U.S. Army Hospital for two years. During his career, Dr. Roberts treated patients not only in Fitzgerald but also in other locations such as Indian reservations in South Dakota and New Mexico, and in St. Lucia, West Indies. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club. He was a founding director and past Chairman of the Board of The Bank of Fitzgerald and served on the Board of Directors of Colony Bank Corp. He served on the Diplomat Board and was a Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice. He also served on the Boards of the Hospital Authority of Ben Hill County, the Ben Hill Irwin Medical Association, the Georgia Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the Georgia Academy of Physicians. He served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Practice for Mercer University. Dr. Roberts served on the Board of Public Health Home Health and as Medical Director of Fitzgerald Nursing Home. He was a member and past chairman of the Fitzgerald City Board of Education. Roberts was the Fitzgerald Ben Hill County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1988. Dr. Roberts was also awarded Physician of the Year by Dorminy Medical Center in 1989. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by Ben Hill Irwin Technical School in 1989, and was the first recipient of the Dr. James Alley Service Award presented by the Rural Health Association of Georgia in 1991. He served on the board of Truett-McConnell College. He served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church, and taught Sunday school and RAs for many years. His hobbies included gardening, cooking, and volunteering with Christian Kitchen and Blue Gray Community Hospice. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Joyce Hartley Roberts, and son-in-law, James Harrison McNease, Jr. His survivors include four children, Don (Kathy) Roberts of Tallahassee, Florida, Debby (Greg) Brown, Dale McNease, and David (Amanda) Roberts of Fitzgerald, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one brother, Guy (Betty Jean) Roberts of Gray, Georgia and sister-in-law, Sylvia Younginer of Tifton, Georgia. Those wishing to send memorials may send them to Christian Kitchen, P.O. Box 1195, Fitzgerald 31750 or to Blue Gray Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1447, Fitzgerald 31750 or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 367, Fitzgerald 31750. To sign the online registry, www.paulkfuneralhome.com . Paulk Funeral Home, Fitzgerald, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 21, 2014
Rumph, Annie Rachel Dumas - Fort Valley  
Annie Rachel Dumas Rumph October 16, 1939 - December 22, 2014 Fort Valley, GA- Mrs. Rachel Rumph passed away on Monday, December 21st, 2014. Retired Teacher and Educator, Mrs. Rumph had been a long time resident of Fort Valley since the early 1960's. She was educated in the public schools of Bibb County and graduated from Ballard-Hudson Senior High School. After graduation, Rachel attended the Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University); where she received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and a Master of Science in Elementary Education. Rachel's first job assignment after graduating from FVSU was in Haralson County (Bremen) Georgia, where she taught Home Economics for three years. Afterward, she decided to seek employment in Middle Georgia and accepted jobs at the Fort Valley State University as an assistant librarian for two years and as an assistant dietician for one year. Rachel then became an employee of the Macon County (GA) Board of Education (Bd. of Ed). She remained a dutiful employee of the Macon County Bd. of Ed for twenty-nine years, teaching at Lamson-Richardson Elementary School; D. F. Douglas High School; and D. F. Douglas Elementary School. While she worked and during her retirement, Rachel stayed very involved in several professional, political, civic, and community organizations and projects. Ms. Rumph's past affiliations, service, awards, and recognition include the following: Serving, for multiple decades, as a devoted member of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE)—sitting on its Governing Board for twelve years; acting as a GAE delegate at state and national conventions for over twenty years; and chairing or otherwise aiding numerous other GAE committees. In 1992, becoming an elected member of the Peach County Board of Education (Post 3), serving two terms as its Vice Chair during her tenure; Being listed within the "Who's Who Among American Teachers;" Being a vocal and financially supportive "Life Member" of Fort Valley State's National Alumni Association—serving as President of Fort Valley-Area Alumni Chapter for multiple years as well as being a member of Fort Valley State's End Zoners Club; Fort Valley State's Wildcat Nations Club; "Life Member" of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; Chapter Member of Beta Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated —holding frequent and numerous leadership roles on behalf of Zeta Phi Beta such as serving as Chair of the State of Georgia Executive Board and as Grammaticus of the Southeastern Region. Being a very dedicated member of Usher's Temple CME Church, serving in several capacities such as its Stewardess Board; and receiving numerous other commendations, plaques, certificates of appreciation, and special recognition from the GAE; Fort Valley State and its Alumni Association; Macon County BoE and Peach County BoE; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Usher's Temple CME; and an array of other local and national entities, organizations, and groups. Born in Macon, Georgia, Mrs. Annie Rumph was the widow of the late Albert Rumph Sr., to whom she was married for 41 years. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Rumph was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Jones Dumas; mother, Annie Bates Dumas; and brother, Clarence Dumas. Mrs. Rumph is survived by her son, Carlton Rumph, (Fort Valley, GA); her sister Carrie Dumas (East Point, GA); her three step-children Lywenda Rumph and Albert Rumph, Jr. (Hazlehurst, GA) and Donna Harmon (Augusta, GA); and within the memories and stories of her aunts Naomi Thorpe, Helen Forman, Joyce Moore (Joseph), and Isabella D. Jackson (all of Macon, GA); Fannie Green (Monroe County, GA); and aunt-in-law Rosa Dumas (Macon, GA); her nephew Aundra Dumas (Bridgett) (Loganville, GA) and nieces/ nephews, cousins, god children's ,and host of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Rumph's funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 26, at Usher Temple CME Church with Reverend Goss officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Lake Memorial Gardens. Arrangements Entrusted to C J Edwards Funeral Home
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 25, 2014
Sanders, Rosa Bell - Perry  
Rosa Bell Sanders June 6, 1925 - December 16, 2014 Perry, GA- Services will be Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Greater Union Baptist Church. Interment Rest Haven Cemetery. She was a member of Greater Union Baptist. Survivors are: Five daughters: Honorable D. Lee Ezell, Shirley (Jerome) Tripp, Sharon, Lucinda, and Vanlecia Ezell; Four Sons: Henry, Chadrick, John Ezell, Archie (Juanita) Sanders; Step daughters: Cadalia Ezell and Vicki (Garfield) Tyrile, Salonda Ezell, and Marzanna Ezell; One sister: Pearlie (Clarence) Dixon; One brother: Fred Hill. 24 Grands, 51 Great grands, and 16 great, great grands. Bobby E. Glover Mortuary in charge. Visit us at http://www.bobbyglovermortuary.us .
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 20, 2014
Sellers, Martha Jane McCarty - Thomaston  
Mrs. Martha Jane McCarty Sellers March 7, 1932 - December 24, 2014 Thomaston, GA- Mrs. Martha Jane McCarty Sellers, 82, of Thomaston, died Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at Upson Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Sellers was born in Ideal on March 7, 1932, a daughter of the late Lester Reid McCarty and Wilhelmina Smith McCarty. She was a graduate of R. E. Lee Institute and shortly after graduation she moved to Columbus. Mrs. Sellers was a receptionist for a law firm in Columbus for several years and returned to Thomaston in 1992. She had been a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Sellers is survived by her her daughter, Deborah (Bill) Durden of Woodstock; two sons, Michael Sellers of Marietta and Stanton (Karla) Sellers of Bonaire; two sisters, Mary Jo McCarty Rawls of Atlanta and Jean McCarty Ivey of Macon; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Monday Morning, December 29th, at 11 o'clock in the Chapel of Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home in Thomaston. Rev. Bill Barber will officiate. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 10 o'clock until 11 o'clock Monday Morning. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Sellers may be made to the TV Ministry of the First Baptist Church, 208 South Church St., Thomaston, GA 30286. Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements www.pasleyfletcher.com
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 27, 2014
Simmons, Patrina S. - Macon  
Patrina S. Simmons November 18, 1980 - December 17, 2014 Macon , GA- Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Bentley's Chapel(Montpelier Ave) with burial in Cherry Blossom Memorial Garden. Family contact: 120 Plantation Inn Dr.[Comfort Inn Suites / Room 211] Services entrusted to Bentley & Sons Funeral Home, Macon.
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 25, 2014
Singleton, Evelyn Nobles - Macon  
Evelyn Nobles Singleton Macon, GA- Evelyn Nobles Singleton, 97, passed away on December 19 at John Wesley Villas. A funeral service will be held at Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street on Monday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Cass DuCharme officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Burial will be private. The family requests that donations be made to the Georgia Academy of the Blind, 2895 Vineville Avenue, Macon 31204. Mrs. Singleton was born in Dublin, Georgia to the late James Franklin and Clementine Dominey Nobles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Earl Singleton and five brothers. Mrs. Singleton was a homemaker and a member of Highland Hills Baptist Church. Survivors includes her nephews, Al Nobles, Salisbury, NC, James Nobles of Silver Springs, FL, Gerald Nobles of Carrollton, GA; and nieces, Joyce Henderson of Dublin, GA, Margie Benavides of Randlestown, MD, Faye Hammond of Carlsbad, CA, Janice Brown of Fortson, GA, and Peggy Strickland of Columbus, GA, Linda Faye Miller of Atlanta, GA. Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Telegraph from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
Smith, Alicia - Bonaire  
Alicia Smith October 10, 1937 - December 20, 2014 Bonaire, GA- Alicia Smith, 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Alicia was born on October 10, 1937, in Trevino, Mexico. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Alicia worked at the Georgia Department of Driver's Services and at Belk's. She was a member of the NCO Wives' Club and volunteered with the USO. Alicia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and cousin. Her mother, Eufemia Cantu, preceded her in death. Her memory will forever be treasured by her loving husband of fifty-seven years, Paul Calvert Smith, Bonaire; children, Sandra Alicia Gibbs (Kenny), Centerville; Paul Samuel Smith, Warner Robins; Marianne Smith Rudziak (Paul), Warner Robins; Melissa Smith Elliott (Jeff), Marietta; grandsons, Joshua Gibbs (Jacquelyn), Samuel Smith, Will Smith, Jackson Smith, Bradley Rudziak and Andrew Elliott; granddaughters, Megan Gibbs and Kaitlyn Rudziak; great-grandchild, Cohen Avery Gibbs; sister, Nelia Miranda, Michigan; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home with private family interment following in Magnolia Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given In Memory of Alicia Smith to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3715 Northside Parkway, Bldg 4, Ste 300, Atlanta, GA, 30327. Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 22, 2014
Smith, Amanda Lee - Fort Valley  
Amanda Lee Smith Fort Valley, GA- May 9, 1922 - December 24, 2014 Amanda Lee Smith 92, went Home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Services are 1:00pm, Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Zellner's Chapel (1212 State University) with interment in Willow Lake Memorial Gardens. Family contact: 496 Gun Club Rd. HICKS & Sons Mortuary, Fort Valley, GA.
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Published in The Telegraph on Dec. 27, 2014
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