Moultrie Observer

February 9, 2007

Obituaries for Feb. 10


Alice Bass Coleman

DOERUN — Alice Bass Coleman, 87, of Doerun died Thursday Feb. 8, 2007, in Moultrie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Union Baptist Church in Worth County with the Rev. Hayward Bass and the Rev. Lonnie Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

A native and life-long resident of Colquitt County, Mrs. Coleman was a member of the Union Baptist Church and retired from Civil Service as a bookkeeper in the repair division.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mose Coleman; and a son, Donald Wayne Coleman.

Survivors include a son, Larry Joe Coleman and wife Dwala of Moultrie; a daughter, Deborah C. Harrell and husband Laddie of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Annie Kate Hortman of Moultrie; three grandchildren, Mark Coleman, Don Coleman and Buffie Amerian; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Union Baptist Church, 2758 Evergreen Road, Doerun, GA 31744.

Visitors may sign the online guest book and share special thoughts and memories with the family by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s Web site at www.kimbrellstern.com.

Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors in Albany is in charge of arrangements.



Bobbie Smithwick Horne

DOERUN — Bobbie Smithwick Horne, 69, of Doerun died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Doerun United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Green officiating. Burial will follow in Cobb Suncrest Memorial Gardens. Rance Taylor, Ray Saunders, Jack Tumlin, Preston Horne, Jimmy Proctor and James Banketas will serve as pallbearers.

Born Nov. 19, 1937, in Colquitt County, Mrs. Horne was the daughter of the late Samuel Perry Smithwick and Bessie Green Smithwick. She was a member of Doerun United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, J. Mike Horne of Doerun; a son, J. Mike Horne Jr. and wife Heidi of Thomasville; a daughter, Paula Nesmith and husband Danny of Tallahassee, Fla.; two grandchildren, Sarah Horne and John Michael Horne; a brother, Jack Smithwick of Dublin, Ga.; and a sister, Mary Dell of Moultrie.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southwest Georgia Chapter, P.O. Box 71341, Albany, GA 31708.

Cobb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Jackie Roland Stech Byrd

SALE CITY — Jackie Roland Stech Byrd, 62, of Sale City, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at her residence.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Perry Lamey and the Rev. Tim Bozeman officiating. Burial will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery.

Born Jan. 12, 1945, in Glynn County, Mrs. Byrd was the daughter of James Ollie Roland and the late Ethel Mims Roland. She was a member of Sale City Baptist Church and Pelham Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dennis Stech; and a brother, James O. Roland Jr.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Byrd of Sale City; her father, James Ollie Roland of Sale City; and a son, Darrell Stech of Sale City.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Cobb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Fondren Milford Draffin

MOULTRIE — Fondren Milford Draffin, 92, of Moultrie, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at Magnolia Manor South.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Helms and Rev. Jimmy Elder officiating. Burial will follow in Broome Cemetery in Cairo.

Born Aug. 30, 1914, in Grady County, Mr. Draffin was the son of the late Lucius L. Draffin and Bertha Sellars Draffin. He was a World War II Army veteran and was a partner in the accounting firm of Draffin and Tucker, Certified Public Accountants. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Broome Draffin.

Survivors include a son, Mike Draffin and wife Debbie of Jonesboro; a daughter, Anne Sartain and husband Butch of Warner Robins; a brother, Bill Draffin of Moultrie; two sisters, Mari Jo Kerr of Albany and Carleen Andrews of Greenville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kelly Sartain Scruggs and husband Jeff, Tiffany Sartain, Claire Draffin and Scott Draffin; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon Sartain, Sydney Scruggs and Jonathan Scruggs.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Cobb Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church or to Magnolia Manor South.

Cobb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



Ernest Hobbs

PAVO — Ernest Hobbs, 86, of Pavo died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Archbold Hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at Lebanon Cemetery in Pavo with the Rev. Milton Gardner officiating.

Born Oct. 19, 1920, in Thomas County, he was the son of the late Joseph Cecil and Mary Frances Bryant Hobbs. On July 29, 1948, in Colquitt County, he married Mildred Jones Hobbs who preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, was involved in the invasion of North Africa and had two ships attacked and survived. He was the first volunteer chief of Pavo Fire Department and a member of First Baptist Church of Thomasville.

A granddaughter, Holly Hobbs, preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Biff and Dottie Hobbs of Pavo and Sidney and Brenda Hobbs of St. Augustine, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Marcy and Rick Nix of Pavo; sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Bill Connell of Nashville; six grandchildren, Ashley and Jamie Finch, Heidi and Walter McDaniel, Kealon Nix, and Madison Hobbs; and a great-grandchild, Whittier Hobbs Finch.

Memorials may be made to Holly Hobbs No. 7 Foundation, c/o Commercial Bank, P.O. Box 710, Thomasville, Ga. 31799.

Guests may sign the online guest register at www.allenfh.com.

Allen & Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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