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A Memorial Services

For

Mrs. Jamie Sue Lasley


Date of Birth

December 11, 1945


Date of Death

November 20, 2013


Leaves to cherish her Memories

A son and Daughter-in-law


Date of Service

November 22, 2013


Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street, Griffin, GA is in charge of professional arrangements



A Celebration of Life

For

Mr. John David Kendall

      Sunrise                                              Sunset

February 14, 1954                                     November 9, 2013



John David Kendall was born in Barnesville, Georgia on February 14, 1954 to

Allie Ruth Tomlin – Kendall and the late Charlie Kendall.  Out of their union there was 5 children; Charles, Stoney, Sylvan and the late Orlando Kendall.  David transitioned into eternal life on November 9, 2013.


He graduated from Holly High School in Holly, New York where he moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  After many years of dedicated work as a truck driver for Empire Paper Company, he was blessed to meet and marry his love, Karen Williams-Kendall.  David was a devoted husband and father.  His life was filled with helping his fellow neighbors of the Richland Hills Community.  His heart was filled with laughter, his smile bought the world to many doorsteps, his presence lifted spirits and his love selfless and totally unconditional.


He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife of 27 years Karen Litoshe’ Williams-Kendall; a daughter Ursula (Quentin) Kendall-Johnson; two sons John Verdell (Adjua) Ferguson; and David Patrick (Tiffany) Kendall; a loving mother Mrs. Allie Ruth Tomlin- Kendall; three siblings; Sylvan McCoy; Charles Kendall and Stoney Wyche; two special kids Jourdan and Journey; four grandchildren and hot of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Home going celebration for Mr. Kendall was held on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00pm at St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church on 1558 Venetian Dr., SW in Atlanta, Georgia.  Bishop Elect Francis Mills rendered the eulogy.  Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street was in charge of professional arrangements.



Homegoing Celebration

For

Mr. Larry Bennett

December 27, 1954 – October 8, 2013


Date of Funeral Service

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Time of Funeral

11:00 A.M.


Place of Funeral

Worthy Memorial Chapel

215 N Bethel Street


Officiating Minister

Danny Henderson

Thomaston Church of God


Interment

Crystal Hill Cemetery

Thomaston, GA


Burden and Worthy Funeral Home, 215 N Bethel Street, Thomaston, Georgia is in charge of all professional arrangements.



In Loving Memory

Of

Ms. Christine McGill

November 19, 1945 – October 7, 2013


OBITUARY


Life began for Christine McGill on November 19, 1945 in Homestead, Florida to the late Mr. John R. McGill, Sr., and Mrs. Willie Ruth Johnson-McGill.  She and her siblings later moved to Georgia.  She received her formal education at Pike County Consolidated High School in Concord, Georgia.  She was preceded in death by her parents; Mr. John R. McGill, Sr., and Mrs. Willie Ruth Johnson-McGill; two sisters; Mrs. Willie Mae McGill-Guider and Mrs. Mary Ruth McGill-Nobel.


Throughout her life, Christine possessed an outgoing, fun, and outspoken personality.  She was very giving and known for saying some of the funniest things.  Christine never censored anything.  On Monday morning, October 7, 2013, she peacefully answered God’s call and went home for her healing.


She leaves to cherish lovely memories of her four devoted children; a son Eric McGill; three daughters; Ellen McGill, Angela Gordon-McDowell and Mary H. McGill; ; one special brother, Mr. John R. (Ann) McGill, Jr., eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends that will miss her dearly.


A Memorial service for Christine was held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:00pm at Fuller Chapel Methodist Church in Zebulon, Georgia.  Bishop D.C. Watson rendered the Eulogy.  Burden’s Funeral Home, 222 S 14th Street, Griffin, GA was in charge of all professional arrangements.



Celebrating The Life

Of

Ms. Barbara Moreland


Sunrise July 17, 1944 – Sunset September 25, 2013


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.


Ms. Barbara Moreland was born July 17, 1944 in Upson County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Oliver Jack Tomlin and Lula Releford Tomlin.  The Lord called her home on September 25, 2013 to live in external peace.  In addition to her parents preceding her in death one sister, Lizzy Drain and four brothers; Willie A. Tomlin; Isaiah Tomlin; Felton Tomlin and Horace Tomlin.


Barbara Moreland accepted Christ at an early age and was united Macedonia Baptist Church in Thomaston, Georgia, where she served as an usher. Ms. Moreland was a very jovial and high spirited person who enjoyed filling her position as a dietician at Sheltering Arms for over 30 years.  She also enjoyed sports, playing cards and feeding people.


She leaves to cherish the loving memories of her, her three children; a daughter, Diann (Wayne) Whatley; two sons; Lamar (DeeDee) Moreland and Adrian Moreland; seven grandchildren: Wakeel, Sonni (Edward) Draveon, Jr. Dralon, Destiny, Sharia and Mya; and great grandchildren; Audreece, Alexandria, Ramone, Elizabeth, Madison and Nathan (coming soon) and three great great grandchildren; Perrance, Jr., and Alexia; two brothers Arthur (Ernestine) Tomlin and Aldeen (Porchia) Tomlin; three sisters; Ruth Kendall Morris, Mabel Brown and Betty Wonnoum; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly. 


Funeral service for Ms. Moreland was held on Tuesday, October 1 2013 at 11:00am at Green Pastures Christian Ministries located at 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur, Georgia.  The Apostle Collette L. Gunby is the Pastor and Pastor Douglas Gunby, Officiating.  Interment followed in Dawn Memorial Gardens.  Repast was held at the home of Mrs. Sylan McCoy in Decatur, Georgia. 


Burden’s Funeral Home, 222 S 14th Street, Griffin, GA is in charge of all professional arrangements.





Home Going Celebration

For

Mr. Marcus L. Combs


April 8, 1935 – September 7, 2013


OBITUARY


Mr. Marcus L. Combs was born in Luella, Georgia on April 8, 1935 to the parentage of the late Rozzie L. Combs and the late Annie Odessa Combs. Marcus accepted Christ at an early age.  He received his formal education from Luella School System in Luella, Georgia.  Marcus was employed by Dundee Mill No.1 as a Quill Machine Operator for 36 years.


He was preceded in death by his parents: Mr. Rozzie Lee Combs and Mrs. Annie Odessa Combs.


He went to be at rest with the Lord on September 11, 2013.  He leaves to cherish his memories a sister; Caremella E. Combs and a brother, Alfred (Ann) Combs; two special lady friends; Nita and Nadine and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends that will truly miss him. A Memorial service for Mr. Combs was held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1:00pm in the Chapel at Burden’s Funeral Home.  Evangelist Sharon Andrews officiating.

Burden’s Funeral Home, 222 S 14th Street was in charge of all professional arrangements.





Celebration Of Life

For

Mrs. Nancy Avery


Date of Birth

June 27, 1948


Date of Death

August 20, 2013


Date of Memorial Service

11:00am

August 25, 2013


Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street is in charge of arrangements.



Celebrating The Life

Of

Mrs. Betty Jean Stokes

 

June 3, 1940 – August 17, 2013


On Saturday, August17, 2013, Mrs. Betty Jean Stokes, finished he course, departed this earthly life to receive her crown of righteousness which was laid for her. Betty Jean Stokes was born on June 3, 1940 to the union of the late Mrs. Essie Mae Richardson and the late Mr. John Henry Taylor in Butts County, Georgia.


Betty Accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and joined Antioch Baptist Church.  On July 18, 1968 she was united in holy matrimony with Mr. Bennie Lee Stokes.  Their union was blessed with five children.  She was preceded in death by her parents: Essie Mae and John Henry Taylor. 


She leaves to cherish her memories five children: Beverly (Walter) Andrews; Tamatha (Ricky) Brittian; Suebena Stokes (Joshua Lawrence); Timothy Taylor and Clubby Stokes (Veronica Askins) all of Griffin, GA; one sister; Mrs. Essie Mae Hicks of Flovilla, FL; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and host of nieces and nephews, cousins and best friend Annie Lee (Walter) Brittian of Atlanta, GA and Mrs. Martha Miller-Brooks of Griffin, GA


Mrs. Betty homegoing celebration was held at Corinth Baptist Church, on Merrybrook Road in Rover, GA on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:00pm, where Rev. John Adams officiated.  Interment was in Griffin Memorial Gardens.


Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street was in charge of arrangements.





A Tribute of Love and Memory

For

Mr. Bufus Jones

    Sunrise                                                           Sunset

April 20, 1932                                        August 13, 2013



“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye be also”. St. John 14:1-3


On April 20, 1932, Bufus jones was born in Monroe County, Georgia.  He was the son of the late Claude E. Jones and Mamie R. Jones.  He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Bessie Mae Rutland in 1960.  To this union there were no children born.  In 1994 he retired from Florida Rock Industries after 31 years of services.  Throughout his life time he loved to fish and hunt, until injuries from an accident confined him to a wheelchair.  He also liked to do carpenter work.  He was a very quiet and easy going person who was loved by everyone that knew him.


He leaves to cherish his memory: one brother Elder Horace L (Dorothy) Rutherford, Sr. of Culloden, Georgia; two sisters Mary Queen Neeley of Macon, Georgia; and Bobby Ann (Christopher) Penn of Barnesville, Georgia; brother-in-law Elijah Rutland of Culloden, Georgia; sisters-in-laws; Nellie Smith, Christine Grant of Culloden, Georgia and Mary Smith of Barnesville, Georgia.  A devoted nephew, Melvin Jones, a devoted niece Lisa A Jordan, and devoted friend Samuel L. Wyche.  A host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends that will miss him dearly. 


Funeral service for Mr. Bufus was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:00pm at St. Phillip A.M.E. Church located at 36 Fort Valley Road, Culloden, Georgia.  Bishop Eddie C. Ingram Officiating and Pastor Edward Ingram was the Eulogist.  Interment followed in King Hill Cemetery on Old Post Road in Culloden, Georgia.  Repast was held at the Old School House in Culloden, Georgia.


Burden and Worthy Funeral Home, 215 N Bethel Street was in charge of professional services.





Celebrating The Life

Of

Mrs. Betty Jean Stokes

 

June 3, 1940 – August 17, 2013


On Saturday, August17, 2013, Mrs. Betty Jean Stokes, finished he course, departed this earthly life to receive her crown of righteousness which was laid for her. Betty Jean Stokes was born on June 3, 1940 to the union of the late Mrs. Essie Mae Richardson and the late Mr. John Henry Taylor in Butts County, Georgia.


Betty Accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and joined Antioch Baptist Church.  On July 18, 1968 she was united in holy matrimony with Mr. Bennie Lee Stokes.  Their union was blessed with five children.  She was preceded in death by her parents: Essie Mae and John Henry Taylor. 


She leaves to cherish her memories five children: Beverly (Walter) Andrews; Tamatha (Ricky) Brittian; Suebena Stokes (Joshua Lawrence); Timothy Taylor and Clubby Stokes (Veronica Askins) all of Griffin, GA; one sister; Mrs. Essie Mae Hicks of Flovilla, FL; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and host of nieces and nephews, cousins and best friend Annie Lee (Walter) Brittian of Atlanta, GA and Mrs. Martha Miller-Brooks of Griffin, GA


Mrs. Betty homegoing celebration was held at Corinth Baptist Church, on Merrybrook Road in Rover, GA on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:00pm, where Rev. John Adams officiated.  Interment was in Griffin Memorial Gardens.


Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street was in charge of arrangements.



Mrs. Rebecca Ann Burden Adams

July 14, 1951 – July 20, 2013












I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Mrs. Rebecca Ann Burden Adams was born July 14, 1951 in Concord, Georgia to the union of Mr. Clarence and Nina Mae Burden.

Rebecca Ann received her formal education in Pike County. She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age.

Rebecca Ann Burden was united in holy matrimony with Otis Adams, Sr. Their union was blessed with two children.

At a very young age, Ann learned the value of hard work. She worked for nearly 30 years in retail/ sales. Most of these years were spent working for Army Airforce Exchange Services at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro. For 25 of those years, she also worked as a sale associate with Belk. While she worked diligently, she also enjoyed having a good time with family and friends. She had a sense of humor that would keep you laughing. However, the role that was most important to her was being a mother. Ann loved her children!!! Within a few minutes of meeting her, you probably knew all about her kids.

Ann was loved by many and will be missed by all those whose lives she touch. She was a strong petite woman who fought to the end. In the last few months, one of her favorite saying became “I might give out, but I won’t give up.” Even during her last few hours in the hospital, the nurses would ask how she was doing. Without fail, she replied “I’m good.” In the end, cancer may have claimed her life, but it never claimed her spirit. She never gave up!!!!

Rebecca Ann Burden-Adams departed this life on Saturday, July 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents: Mr. Clarence Burden and Nina Mae Burden; her only son Mr. Otis Adams, Jr; her brothers: Mr. Eddie Joe Burden; Mr. John Lewis Burden; Mr. Willie Clarence Burden; and Mr. Horace Burden and a sister: Mrs. Bessie Daniels.

She leaves to cherish her memories her loving daughter: Ms. Tereon Nachon Adams; four brothers: Mr. Perry (Bernice) Burden of Miami, FL; Jamess Otis (Burnett) Burden of Atlanta, GA; Frank Burden of Decatur, GA; Charles (Betty) Burden of Zebulon, GA; two sisters: Mrs. Mary Favors of Greenville, GA; Betty (Wilson) Gilbert of Concord, GA; a aunt: Mrs. Jennie Coggins-Graham of Ithaca, NY; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will miss her dearly.




Mrs. Jessie Lee Milner

November 13, 1935 – June 22, 2013


Saturday, June 29, 2013

1:00pm


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2


JESSIE LEE PERTILLAR MILNER


Jessie Lee Pertillar Milner was born November 13, 1935 in Ellaville, Georgia to the late Moses Huntley and Catherine Pertillar.  She soon accepted Jesus Christ into her life at an early age.  She became a member of The Old Second Tazewell Church of Tazewell, Georgia where she served as President of the Usher Board and sang in the choir.  In 1965 she married Willie Bradford and to this union two lovely children were born, Willie “Zupper” Partillar and Preva Latrina (Cedric) Neal.  With time there were beautiful granddaughters; Danielle, DaShawn and Kira.


In 1987 Jessie entered into a loving union with Henry Richard Milner, II.  Their joining created an even larger beautiful family.  He cherishes her memories along with eight loving children; Henry (Barbara) Milner, III; Jesse (Annie) Milner; Barbara (Michael) Wyatt; Cornelius (Melinda) Milner; Darlene Milner ( Jerome Carter); Walter (Linda) Milner; Johnny (Tammy) Milner; and LaJay (Carlos) Chambliss.  She leaves behind with love 23 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  In addition to her new extended family, she graciously gained a new church family.  She joined Old Mount Calvary Church of Concord, Georgia, where she served on the Mother’s Ministry faithfully.


Ms. Jessie as she affectionately known by most, she was truly a blessing to her family and anyone with whom she came in contact.  She touched numerous lives and left them with a lasting impression.  The story has been fondly told that anyone moving to the Atlanta area and needed a place to stay had an open invitation at “Ms. Jessie’s. Our beloved wife, mother friend and confidant transitioned to paradise on the 22nd day of June 2013.  In addition to her children and grandchildren, she also leaves to cherish her memory a loving aunt, Alma P Smith of Butler, Georgia; 2 sisters Thelma (Robert) Hall; and Mary Alice Sherten both of Atlanta, Georgia; a very special cousin Gwendolyn Willis also of Atlanta; a very special nephew Ben Richardson; 2 loving and caring friends Nettie Owens and Geraldine Parks both of Concord, Georgia as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends that will miss her dearly.


Home Going service for Mrs. Jessie was held at Old Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1191 Eppinger Bridge Road, Concord, Georgia.  Pastor Travis L. Ferguson Officiated and Eulogist.  Interment followed in Old Mt Calvary Church Cemetery.  Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin was entrusted with final arrangements.


Mr. Ryan Nanthanael Barfield

November 10, 1982 – June 8, 2013


For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; 2 Timothy 4:6-7


Mr. Ryan Nathanael Barfield was born November 10, 1982 to Alton and Crystal Barfield in Upson County, Georgia.  He attended Upson County Schools where he graduated.  He later worked as a handyman around the community.  Ryan went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2013.  Ryan leaves to cherish his memories his father Alton and mother Crystal Barfield.  One sister, and a host of other relative and friends and family that will miss him dearly.  A memorial service for Ryan will be scheduled at a later date. 


Burden and Worthy Funeral Home of Thomaston was entrusted with final arrangements.



Mrs. Anna Laverne Harris Walker

April 30, 1959 – May 7, 2013


Saturday, May 11, 2013

At 1:00pm


Mrs. Anna Laverne Harris Walker was born April 30, 1959 to the late Ms. Mary Ina Harris and Mr. Felton Hobbs in Thomaston, Upson County Georgia.  She received her education in the public schools in Upson County graduating from the Upson schools.  It was here that she met and made friends that lasted her lifetime. On May 2, 1998 she married Mr. Stanley V. Walker.  They truly loved each other and shared many precious moments together.  They were married for 15 years and were together for 20 years.


Anna was employed by Carter’s Mill for many years until closing.  Afterward, she was employed by Upson Regional Medical Center as a cook.  She was faithful on the job and only resigned due to her health.  At an early age Anna joined the Cedar Grove AME Church.  She was a very faithful member and served on the Usher Board.  She later became a member of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Patrick Allen.  She was always willing to do whatever was asked as she faithfully served the church until her health failed.  She loved her Pastor and the members and they loved her.


On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, she was ready to return home after fighting cancer.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who loved her so much.  She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband, Mr. Stanley Walker; 3 children; Carlos Harris; Devonye Harris and Neal Harris all of Thomaston, Georgia; and stepson; Taye Walker of Thomaston, Georgia; 2 grandchildren she raised as her own; Casmeondra Harris and Casiondra Alexander both of Thomaston, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; 3 sisters; Patricia (Robert) king; Lisa Hobbs of Thomaston, Georgia and CarlaGrissom Hobbs of Griffin, Georgia; 3 brothers; Stanley Harris; Tommy Murray; Charles (Rebecca) Durham all of Thomaston, Georgia; 1 uncle Edward (Glenda) Harris; 5 aunts; Mary Joyce (Dennis) Copeland; Charlene (Robert) Thompson of Thomaston, Georgia; Janice (Rev. Fred) Blackmon of Concord, Georgia; Gloria Jean Willis of Shiloh, Georgia; Shirley (Cleveland) Smith of Maplewood, NJ; Mother-in-law Mairane (Charlie) Worthy of Thomaston, Georgia; 1 sister-in-law Evangeline Acey of Thomaston, Georgia; 2 special friends; Joyce Brazil and Chandra Smith and a special cousin,; Pearlie Mae Walker all of Thomaston, Georgia; a host of nieces and nephews that she loved very much and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends who mourn her passing.


Home going service was held at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6897 Highway 74 West, Molena, Georgia where Pastor C. Derrick Shelton, Sr, Officiated. Interment to follow in The Lincoln Park Cemetery.  Burden and Worthy Funeral Home of Thomaston was entrusted with final arrangements.   



Mr. Melvin Lamar Jackson

January 11, 1951 – May 7, 2013


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2


Melvin Lamar Jackson was born January 11, 1951 to the union of Willie B. and Elector Jackson in Concord, Georgia.  He received his formal education at Pike County Consolidated School in Concord, Georgia.  Melvin accepted Christ at an early age.  He was employed by Atlanta Journal and Constitution for several years.  He was a quiet and humble person, who loved and enjoyed life by spending time with his family and friends.  He also loved spending his time fishing in the “Hill Top” community.  He was preceded in death by his father; Willie B. Jackson, mother; Elector Jackson and a brother,; Eddie Clarence Jackson.


He leaves to cherish his memory a son; Raymond Jackson; four sisters and three brothers; Barbara Jean Ward-White; Edward Jackson; Frederick Jackson; Elvaree Ison; Cheryl Jackson all of Griffin, GA; Jesse and Margaret of Atlanta, GA; Lettie Jackson of Thomaston; grandchildren; Javarius Jackson and Ciara Jackson; great grandchildren; Cash Denero Lane; Celerity Lane and Summer Lane; 12 nephews and 9 nieces who will miss him dearly. 


Funeral service for Mr. Jackson was held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:00pm at New Pleasant Hill Church located at108 Society Street in Concord, Georgia.  Interment followed in the New Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Reverend Fred Blackmon Officiated.  Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street were entrusted with arrangements.




Mr. Edward Charles Manuel

December 11, 1950 – April 26, 2013


Edward Charles Manuel was born on December 11, 1950 to the union of Rufus and Ossie Mae Manuel in Pike County, Georgia.  Edward was employed by The City of Thomaston in the Waste Water Department for 34 years.  He enjoyed fishing.  Preceding him in death is his mother; Mrs. Ossie Mae Manuel; father; Mr. Rufus Manuel and two brothers; Mr. Robert Lee and Joe Lewis Manuel. 


He leaves to cherish his memory, a daughter; Mrs. Angela (John) Green; 2 granddaughters; Ashanti and Jasmine Holloway; 2 great grandchildren; 5 sisters; Shirley (Harris Estelle) of Thomaston; June Manuel of New York; Jane Manuel of Thomaston; Ann (Harold Kelly) Manuel of New York; Teresa (Willie James) Hollis of Thomaston; a great Aunt Mrs. Lovie Ward of New York; and a great uncle Mr. Emmitt (Pauline) Heath of Americus, Georgia; one Godchild Ms. Juanita Stinson; a host of nieces and nephews; and a devoted friend Garfon Jung.


Funeral service for Mr. Manuel was held in The Worthy Memorial Chapel located at 215 N Bethel Street, with interment to follow in the Old Mill Cemetery in Thomaston.  Reverend Fred Blackmon Officiated. Final arrangements were entrusted to Burden and Worthy Funeral Home of Thomaston.


Mr. Jerry L “Boot” Brittain

November 5, 1956 – April 14, 2013


Mr. Jerry L Brittian was born on November 5, 1953 to the parentage of Mr. Johnson and Roberta Brittian in Williamson, Georgia.  Jerry accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age.  He was united in Holy matrimony with Ms. Kathy Freeman in Griffin, Georgia, their union was blessed with five children.  He enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife Mrs. Kathy Freeman-Brittian and daughter Ms. Shelethia Brittian. 

To Cherish his memory he leaves; three sons; Micheal (Kim) Brittian; Jerry (Julie) Brittian; and Jerry (Sharon) Blanton; and one daughter; Temperara Duffey all of Griffin, Georgia; one brother Mr. Maxie Harper of Griffin, GA; two sisters; Pinky Lee Owens of Florida; Mary Brittian-Mitchell of Griffin, GA; four granddaughters; Quintina Champion; Charonda Blanton; Jasmine Blanton; Ja’lyn Piazza and two grandsons; Micheal Brittian, Jr. and Christoph Scott; father-in-law and mother-in-law; Mr. Albert and Mary Sands and a special friend Juanita Williams and a host of other family and friends that will miss him dearly. 

Mr. Brittian home going service was on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Macedonia Baptist Church on Old Atlanta Rd in Griffin, GA; Pastor Gregory Tyler will Officate, interment to follow in Vaughn Cemetery. 

Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin is in charge of arrangements.



Mr. Jerome “Stanley” Bryant

December 18, 1956 – April 8, 2013


Mr. Jerome Bryant was born on December 18, 19*56 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Mrs. Annie Kate Hines and Mr. Alvin Joe Bryant.  Mr. Jerome Bryant departed his life on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Vitas Hospice Care in Stockbridge, Georgia. 

He was prededed in death by his parents the late Mr. Alvin Joe Bryant and Mrs. Annie Kate Hines and a brother, Thomas Owens.  He leaves to cherish his memories three daughters; Tawanna Jeter,

Ebony Iesha Bryant and India Monique Bryant; one son Jerome Deion Bryant, Jr.  One granddaughter; Keona Jeter.  Very special friends;

Ms. Jeannie Rekate Mangham; Mr. J D Mangham; and a host of aunts, uncles and others relative and friends that loved him dearly.

Mr. Bryant home going service was on April 12, 2013 at Pleasant Hill AME Church on Society Street in Concord, Georgia.  Rev. Fred Blackmon was the Eulogist; interment followed in Moody-Daniel Cemetery.  Military Honors was performed at the cemetery. Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin was in charge of arrangements.



Melissa  Ann “Woot” Terry

October 25, 1963 – March 4, 2013


And God shall wipe away all tears from your eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:4


Melissa Ann “WOOT” Terry was born on October 25, 1963 to the union of the late Mr. Harvey Terry and Mrs. Martha Ann Terry in Molena, GA.  She received her formal education at Pike County High School in Zebulon, Georgia.  Melissa accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was united with Mount Olive Baptist Church. She enjoyed being a housekeeper, making others laugh and spending time with her grandkids.  She was preceded in death by her father Mr. Harvey Terry.  She leaves to cherish her memory he beloved mother, Mrs. Martha Ann Terry; 5 children Yulanduras Terry, Shalonda Terry, Desmond Terry all of Thomaston, GA; Terenae (Tanisha) Terrry of Concord, GA; Muntavis Dunn of Woodbury, GA; brothers and sisters: Tracy Terry of Thomaston, GA; Jewellk Neal of Concord, GA; Bernive Terry of Molena, GA; and Y’Olanda Terry of Chattanooga, TN; 6 grandchildren; 3 God children; 4 special friends and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends that will miss her dearly.



Calisha Shantez Wimberly

June 25, 1990 – February 28, 2013


Calisha Shanetz Wimberly was born on June 25, 1990 to Paul Wimberly and Loretta Grant in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia.  She received he formal education at the Upson Lee School System in Thomaston, GA.  She furthered her education at Southern Crescent in Thomaston, GA.  Calisha accepted Christ at the age of 16 and united with Fellowship Baptist Church.  She later moved her membership to Sprindfield Baptist Church where she served in the Pearl Ministry and sang in the gospel choir.  She was employed by Sunshine Cleaners as a Presser.  In her leisure time she enjoyed music, photography and reading the Bible.  Calisha was Blessed with one son Marquez Wimberly.  She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Loretta Grant and father, Paul Wimberly, a son Marquez Wimberly, one sister Sharon (Kacy) Raines; 4 brothers; Tony Chambless, Roberly Wimberly; Willie (Brandalyn) Grant; Antonio (Robin) Grant; 3 aunts; 6 uncles; 7 nieces; 5 nephews; 3 special cousins and a host of other relatives and friends that loved her dearly.

                      

                  Mr. Willie Henry “Bill” Wellmaker

May 3, 1933 – February 18, 2013


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,

for whench cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD,

which made heaven and earth. Psalm 12:1-2


Mr. Willie Henry “Bill Wellmaker was born in Neal, GS on May 3, 1933 to the parentage of the late Clarence Caldwell and Mozel Wellmaker.  He accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Bush Chapel AME Church where he was a faithful and devoted member.  Willie Henry received his formal education from Molena High School in Molena, GA.  On October 31, 1958, he married the love of his life the late Henrietta Walker Wellmaker who preceded him in death.  To this union five children was born.  2 sons also preceded him in death; Sammie Wellmaker and Tarus Wellmaker.

He went to be at rest with the Lord on February 18, 2013.  He leaves to cherish his memories his children; Geraldine Wellmaker, Bernard Wellmaker, Brenda Wellmaker, Billy (Sheila) McDowell, Mary (Tony) Matthews;

2 daughters-n-laws: Kimberly Wellmaker and Linda Wellmaker; 1 brother;  Bobby (Lois) Neal of Atlanta, GA; 8 grandchildren; 1great grandchild; 3 speical cousins: Luddie Caldwell, Carrie Caldwell and Dorothy Wellmaker and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends that will miss him dearly.


Mr. Willie Robert “Pansy” Henley

HOMEGOING

May 1, 1918 – February 7, 2013


Daddy Willie R. Henley finished the race.  He heard the “Great Trumpet” and accepted the calling to go home to his heavenly Father to receive his crown.

Pansy was born to the late Eugene and Carrie (Williams) Henley on May 1, 1918 in Griffin, GA.  He was the second born of three sons, to whom preceded him in death: Mr. J. C. and Johnny Frank Henley, Sr.

He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at a young age and joined Bush Chapel AME Church where he served faithfully.  Willie was united in holy matrimony to the late Lillie (Walker) Henley on April 17, 1939 and to this union 10 children were born.  Willie also had 2 sons and one niece added to this union.  2 sons Willie Parks Sr. and Eugene Henley and a devoted nephew Johnny Frank Henley, Jr. precede him in death.

Brother Henley was a member of Concord Lodge #296 for almost 40 years. In 2007 he received a Certificate of Service, a card and a Pin from Prince Hall Grand Lodge for his dedication.  As the sun set over the mountains of North Georgia on February 7, 2013, it also set the time for one of God’s children to exchange his natural body for a spiritual one and ended his life long journey of 94 years. 

God called home the family/county great historian, a man of strong mind and body with a memory like no other.  Willie “Pansy” of Concord, GA leaves behind a legacy of hard work, kindness, honesty, gentleness and so much more to a generation of people to cherish for years to come, generations of hundreds’ hoping and waiting to live as long of life with as much health, mind and spirit.

8 daughters: Annie Mae Foster, Christine Smith of Griffin, GA, Luddie Maude Owens, Mildred (Jimmy) Moreland, Joyce Calloway, Shirley Bowles, Peggy Henley of Concord, GA, and Pauline Henley of Huntsville, AL; 3 sons; John W. Parks, Sr., of Brunswick, GA, Robert O Henley, Sr., of Griffin, GA and Simon Henley of Concord, GA. 32 grandchildren, 80 great grandchildren, 59 great, great grandchildren and host of nieces, nephews, cousin and friends that loved him and will miss him dearly. 


                      Rev. Dr. Gray Gordon Walker

                      December 7, 1912 - January 26, 2013


                                     “100 Years old”


Rev. Dr. Gray G. Walker was born on December 7, 1912 to the late Rev. Allen J. Walker

        and the late Mrs. Fannie Smith – Walker of Thomaston, GA.  He attended Starr

          Elementary School in Thomaston, GA, Joseph Jr. High School in Johnstown,

      Frederick Douglas Elementary School in Philadelphia, PA and at the age of 84 he

                                    graduated from Delaware State University.


    In his youth, Gray worked in the Coal Mines and later in life he went to work at

    Dover Air Force Base.  Gray was a Honorable Discharge Veteran of World War II,

who was station at Manila Philippine, Island.  Gray gave his life to Christ at an early

age, where he was united with the AME Methodist Church where he was also a Pastor. 


  He was a man that loved gardening and fishing.  He was a man that acknowledged

  God and let Him direct his paths.  He was preceded in death by his parents: Allen &

        Fannie Walker, Bliss Walker, John Walker, Joseph Walker, King Walker, Alice

  Walker-Dickerson, Alberta Walker-Searcy, Lela Walker, Roy Walker and Millie Walker. 


He leaves to cherish his memory, three daughters; Marion B Rogers of Warner Robins,

      GA; Agnes Joyce Walker and Priscilla Palmer both of Pennsylvania; a host of

grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives and friends that will miss him

dearly.  Rev. Ralph Searcy of New Lincoln Park AME Church officiated the homegoing

                   service.  Burden and Worthy Funeral Home of Thomaston was

                                         entrusted with arrangements.



                       Deacon Benjamin O’Neal Brown

                     May 4, 1941 - January 12, 2013


                                  And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove!

                                     For then would I fly away and be at rest.

                                                            Psalms 55:6


Benjamin O’Neal Brown was born to the late Corrie and the late Odessa Brown on May 4,

   1941 in Upson County, Georgia.  He graduated in 1959 from Drake High School in

                                                     Thomaston, Georgia.


  He was prededed in death by his parents: Corrie and Odessa Brown; his siblings; A.C.,

                                 Artis and Freddie Brown and Mary Nell Lucier.


      Ben was a hard working man who worked for Thomaston Mills as a Supervisor and

  Piggie Park as a server.  He loved gardening, reading and spending time with his family. 

   He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Friendship Baptist Church.  There he was

   a dedicated and devoted Deacon, astute Bible study leader and Sunday school teacher.


On October 22, 1961 he was united in Holy Matrimony with Ms. Mable Tomlin and unto this

union two daughters were born.  Left to cherish his memories his beloved wife Mrs. Mable

Brown; two children: Renee (Jimmy) Harris and Phyllis Brown; three grandchildren; Carlisha

(Andrew) Gentles; Britni Brown and Brianna Vaughn; four sisters; Mary Kate (Shedrick) Risper,

  Elouise Mann, Florence (Clifford) Holsey, Sheila (Milve) Colbert; four brothers: James Henry

  (Georgia) Brown, Leon Brown, Mitchell (Nancy) Brown and Dennis (Arlinda) Brown; In-Laws:

    Ruth Kendall, Betty Wonnum, Barbara Ann Moreland, Aldeen (Portia) Tomlin and Arthur

       (Ernestine) Tomlin and host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss

                                   him dearly and devoted nephew Rickey Raines.



Mr. Walter Frank Griggs

August 31, 1942 – December 6, 2012


Mr. Walter Frank Griggs 70, of 1742 Pineview Rd, Griffin, GA (Formerly of The Republic of Panama) passed away on Thursday, December 6th at The VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA.  Funeral arrangements for Mr. Griggs will be Saturday, December 15th at 11:00am at Eighth Street Baptist Church in Griffin, GA.  With interment to follow in Trinity AME Church Cemetery in Durand, GA.  Mr. Griggs was a Retired Veteran of The United States Army.  Mr. Griggs was enlisted in the United States Army over 20 plus years.  He was active with Prince Hall Masonic Lodge and traveled all the way to

33rd  Shriners, Boy Scouts of America he was also a Veteran of Foreign Wars. Mr. Griggs was preceded in death by his parents Rev. Benjamin F. and Mrs. Julia Mae Bray-Griggs.  He leaves to mourned his memory four (4) sons Mr. Dwayne (Dorothy) Griggs of Fresno, Tx; Mr. Walter F. Griggs, Jr and Mr. Michael David Griggs both of Michigan; and Dominic F. Griggs of Florida; one (1) daughter Ms. Nikola E. Griggs of Florida.  His sisters, Mrs. Frances Kelly of Ozone Park, NY; Mrs. Frankie Smith of Birmingham; Mrs. Macie Wright of Florida and Ms. Pearl (John Moreland) Griggs of Griffin; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will miss him dearly. 

Burden’s Funeral Home of Griffin, 222 S 14th Street, 678-603-1666, is in charge of arrangements. 



Mr. Larry Earl “DENT” Bland

August 7, 1950 – November 10, 2012


Larry “DENT” Bland accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age.  Dent as he was compassionately known as was a member of Achaia Baptist Church where he served as an Usher.  Dent enjoyed church and serving the Lord.  Larry “Dent” was preceded in death by his soul mate Mrs. Christine Combs.  Dent leaves to cherish his memories; his mother Ella Mae Bland, Miami, FL; stepdaughter, Sandra (Marlon Sr,)Zorn,3 grandsons; Joshua, Marlon, Jr, and Christopher.  2 great grand children; Mariyah and Messiah all of Griffin, GA; one brother; Tony Lee,5 sisters; Vickie, Jacqueline, Evelyn, Teresa and Carolyn all of Miami, FL.  A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends that will truly miss him.


Mr. Lamony Hood, Jr.

March 7, 1961 – November 9, 2012


Mr. Lamony Hood, Jr was born in Forest Park, GA on March 7, 1961 to the parentage of the late Lamon Hood, Sr. and late Mrs. Lois Hood.  He received his education from the Fairmont High School in Griffin, GA.  He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Corinth Baptist Church.  He worked for B & D Moving Company.  On Friday November 9, 2012 he went to be at rest with the Lord.  He leaves to cherish his memories a son Cornelius (Asia) Brown; three grandsons, Cornelius Brown, Jr., Kamoni Brown and Kareem Brown; on step grandson Ryan Brown; a uncle Mr. Henry Lewis Puckett 2 aunts Mrs. Addie Bell Puckett and Mrs. Blanch; a special cousin, Mrs. Juanita Williams and a host of other relatives and friends that will miss him dearly.

Ms. Marie Ann Collier

April 7, 1953 – November 5, 2012


Ms. Marie Ann Collier was born on April 7, 1953 in Pike County Georgia to the late Mr. William (Bill) Collier, Sr. and Mrs. Bessie Rose Collier.  Three brothers preceded her in death, the late Mr. Marvin Collier, Mr. Willie George Collier and Mr. Johnny Calvin (JC) Collier.  She attended school in Pike County.  She was an employee for Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Georgia, for over 30 years.  Ms. Collier entered into rest on Monday, November 5, 2012 at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  She always showed a smile and a laugh that was full of joy.  She loved people and people loved her.  She had a heart of gold and was always willing to extend a helping hand and she would give her last dime to anyone that was in need.  She will be missed, but not forgotten.  She leaves to cherish he memories one loving devoted daughter, Ms. Quintina Michelle Collier, and one loving son Mr. Broderick Kalarn Collier, 2 grandchildren, Jarvaruis J Collier and Janneshea J Elder, 1 great Grandchild, Jayden Crawford and 1 devoted nephew Sedale Shannon.  She also leaves 1 sister, Mrs. Louise Shannon; 7 brothers; Mr. Bob Rose Collier, Mr. William Collier, Jr both of Zebulon, Mr. Eddie (Velma) Collier and Mr. Robert Eugene (Yvonne) Collier all of Thomaston, GA, Mr. Willie Floyd Collier, Mr. Brady (Lilly) Collier, Elder Milton (Ann) Collier all of Dade County, Florida; She also leaves to mourn her a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers, and many family and friends.


Mr. Harvey “Tina” Searcy

December 28, 1919 – October 11, 2012


Mr. Harvey Searcy, better known as “Tina”, was born on December 28, 1919 to the late Mrs. Annie Smith-Searcy and the late Mr. Joe Searcy in Upson County.  He was also the grandson of the late Papa Frank Smith.  He was the second child born to his parents.  Two brothers preceded him in death, Mr. James c Searcy and Mr. Alton Searcy. 


He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age and joined Welcome Grove Baptist Church. He was united in holy matrimony with the late Mrs. Louise E. Searcy.  To this union, one child was born.  Mr. Harvey entered into eternal sleep on Thursday, October 11, 2012.  He leaves to cherish his memory a very loving and devoted daughter, Parnice Searcy; six step-children; Verna Bankston, Mildred Pearson, Ines Drain, Lovejoy Walker, Rosa Smith and Claston Drain known as BoBo; one brother, Mr. Joe C Searcy and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will miss him.



Mr. Harvey “Tina” Searcy

December 28, 1919 – October 11, 2012


Mr. Harvey Searcy, better known as “Tina”, was born on December 28, 1919 to the late Mrs. Annie Smith-Searcy and the late Mr. Joe Searcy in Upson County.  He was also the grandson of the late Papa Frank Smith.  He was the second child born to his parents.  Two brothers preceded him in death, Mr. James c Searcy and Mr. Alton Searcy. 


He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age and joined Welcome Grove Baptist Church. He was united in holy matrimony with the late Mrs. Louise E. Searcy.  To this union, one child was born.  Mr. Harvey entered into eternal sleep on Thursday, October 11, 2012.  He leaves to cherish his memory a very loving and devoted daughter, Parnice Searcy; six step-children; Verna Bankston, Mildred Pearson, Ines Drain, Lovejoy Walker, Rosa Smith and Claston Drain known as BoBo; one brother, Mr. Joe C Searcy and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will miss him.


Mr. George Grantling

March 29, 1949 – September 18, 2012


Mr. George Grantling was born on March 29, 1949 to Moses and Amanda Walker, but he was reared by the loving parents of father, Zad Thomas Grantling and mother, Bennie Lou Grantling in Upson County.  He was educated in the Yatesville Elementary and Drake High School System in Upson County.  George worked for Martha Mills and several restaurants in Atlanta, GA, where he also had several side jobs.  He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and attended several churches in the area.  He enjoyed playing card, going to family gatherings, attended softball games and going to church.  He was preceded in death by his father, Zad Thomas (ZT) Grantling, birth father, Moses Walker, Sr; mother Bennie Lou Grantling; brothers: John Thomas (Johnny) Grantling and Walter (Lit Mose) Walker; sisters: Josse Walker and Linda Walker. 

George entered into rest on Thursday, September 13, 2012.  He leaves to cherish his memory a very loving and devoted sister, Annie Grace (Albert) Price of Thomaston, GA; birth mother: Amanda Walker of Detriot, MI; sisters: Christine Walker, Odette Holliman and Jean Stembridge all of Detriot, MI; brothers: Tommy Searcy; Moses (Emily) Walker, Jr; JC (Melinda) Grantling all of Detriot, MI and WF Grantling of Thomaston, GA; and a host od nieces, nephews, family and friends that will truly miss him.



Alfred Neal “Quick” Collins

January 11, 1954 – September 7, 2012


Mr. Alfred Collins was born on January 11, 1954 to Ms. Leola Collins and Mr. Solomon Johnson in Upson County.  He was educated in the Upson County Schools System.  Alfred was a dedicated and hard worker, who was self-employed as a landscaper and painter.  He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and joined Mary Lizzie Baptist Church.  He was a intelligent man who adored his family and spent much of his time with his grandchildren.  Although, he was a very outspoken person the people that knew him felt the kindness of his heart.  On January 10, 1979, he was united in holy matrimony with Jeannine Garland to this union two children were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents Ms. Leola Collins and Mr. Solomon Johnson and a daughter, Camesha Carnell.  Alfred entered into eternal sleep on Friday, September 7, 2012.  He leaves to cherish his memory a very loving and devoted wife Jeannine Garland Collins, two daughters; Santaner Collins and LaQuana Garland; two grandchildren; Ta’Nyzia Ny’Kaden Lockhart and Ta’Kyla Nevach Lockhart; brothers; Walter (Nancy) Johnson, and Solomon (Betty) Johnson; sisters: Emma Johnson and Sylvia Terry; and a host of other relative and friends that loved him dearly.



Mr. Thomas James Durham

February 14, 1958 – August 25, 2012


Mr. Thomas James “Pumpkin” Durham was born in Upson County on February 14, 1958 to Mr. Willie Clarence and Addie Durham.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his three brothers, Tommy Gilbert; Willie Johnson, Jr: and Charlie Will Durham.  At an early age he accepted Christ and united with Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.  On Saturday, August 18, 2012 God called Thomas home from labor to reward.  He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Artayus Shamar (Diane) Durham; two grandchildren; Jasmine and Elijah Durham; four sisters; Jackie (Donald) Grant, Savannah (Marcus) Kendall; Christeen Walker and Armanda (Willie) Wilkins; three brothers; Eddie Durham; Alva (Lisa) Durham; and Johnny Durham, several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends that loved him and will miss him dearly.



Mr. Charles Edwards “Buster” Porter

May 27, 1948 – August 22, 2012


Mr. Charles Edward “Buster” Porter was born May 27, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia; to the parentage of Charles Stone and Zelma Porter. He was preceded in death by a daughter Zi’mya Porter; a brother, Willie Dill.  A beautiful life is the fruit of character.  The beautiful life of Charles “Buster” will forever live on thru his family.  Along with being a loving husband and father he was also a loyal and devoted son-in-law and nephew.  His love for his family was boundless.  He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving devoted wife, Mary Porter of Griffin, GA; two sons: Darius Barron of Atlanta, GA AND Najee Porter of Griffin, GA.  A loving and devoted father & mother-in-law: James and Bessie Brownlee; one sister; Marion Hamilton; brothers; Robert Gean Stanford (Jackie), and Arthur James Stanford (Elizabeth) all of Atlanta, GA; a special aunt: Emily Jane Porter of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews that truly loved him.



Mrs. Leatha Mae King

March 14, 1935 – August 8, 2012


Mrs. Leatha Mae King was born in Meansville, GA on March 14, 1935 to the late Marion McKay and Andrew Lyons.  She departed this earthly life on August 8, 2012 at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, GA.  She was a devoted member of New Mercy Baptist Church as well as a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  Although we will miss her, we realize that our loss is heaven’s gain.  Leatha Mae was preceded in death by her husband

M. C. King; two daughters; Jacqueline King-Penn and Mary Ann Evans and one son; Miles Calvin King; two sisters; Pamela Sue Lyons and Early Mae Crowder. She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted family which includes three daughters; Sara Ann (Walter) King, Sylvia Mitchell and Sheila (Freddie) McCord all of Griffin, GA; Five sisters, Charlotte Green of Macon, GA; Ethel Bell Armor, Jessie Lee Lyons, Joann Brown and Geraldine Lyons all of Griffin, GA; Four brothers; Andrew Lyons, Jr, Clarence Hood, Steve Lyons and Henry Watkins all of Griffin, GA; 14 grandkids; 28 great grandkids and 2 great, great grandkids. She also have a host of other relatives and family and friends who mourned her passing.



Mr. James E. Avery

August 29, 1932 – June 28, 2012


Mr. James Earl Avery 79, of 321 Camp Road, Milner, GA passed away on June 28th at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, GA.  Memorial service for Mr. Avery was held on Thursday July 12, 2012 at 5:00pm in the Chapel at Burden’s Funeral Home at 222 S 14th Street, in Griffin, GA.  Mr. Avery leaves to mourn him his loving wife Mrs. Nancy Avery, a daughter, Mrs. Tina (Craig) Thompson, 3 sons; James Earl Avery, Tin Harless and Chuck Harless.  Grandchildren; James Earl Avery, III, Ryan, Tyler, Dillon, Melissa, Charles and Chance Harless, Brittany Rogers and Zena Defoor: siste-in-law; Marge (Ron) Bassett and Family.  He also leaves a host of other relatives and friends that loved him dearly.