George Ealy Brinkley Jr.

TIFTON -- George Ealy Brinkley Jr., 85, of Tifton died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Tift Health Care.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clint Yelverton officiating. Interment will follow at Hartsfield Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Andy Brinkley, Eddie Slocumb, Jimmy Brinkley and Dale Parker.

Born March 12, 1920, in Colquitt County, Mr. Brinkley was the son of the late George Ealy Brinkley and the late Ruth Sloan Brinkley. He was a retired farmer and a member of Hartsfield Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Coffee Brinkley; two sisters, Shirley Thomas and Hazel Harrell; a brother, Gardner Brinkley; and a son-in-law, Gus Slocumb.

Survivors include a son, Donnie Brinkley of Tifton; a daughter, Bonnie Slocumb of Hartsfield; a brother, Johnnie Brinkley of Tallahassee, Fla.; four sisters, Virginia Nix and Mildred Evers, both of Polk City, Fla., Sybil Gregory of Columbus and Eunice Bauer of Tallahassee; a special niece, Edna Rossi of Indian Harbor, Fla.; several other special nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Donna Parker and Eddie Slocumb; and four great-grandchildren, Brian Parker, Tiffany Slocumb, Justin Slocumb and Austin Slocumb.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Cobb Funeral Chapel.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Bonnie Slocumb, 7120 Georgia Highway 37 W., Hartsfield.

Cobb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Darrell Drinkard

THOMASVILLE -- Joseph Darrell Drinkard, 74, of Thomasville, formerly of Moultrie, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at John D. Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, at Westview Cemetery in Moultrie.

Born Jan. 10, 1931, in Rockmart, Mr. Drinkard was the son of the late William Horrie Drinkard and the late Lantie Alred Drinkard. He was retired from the heating and air conditioning business and was an alumnus of the Cotton Mill School in Moultrie. He served with the U.S. Air Force from June 1951 to October 1953 and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Earline Brady Hancock; and five brothers, William A. Drinkard, Charlie E. Drinkard, Robert M. Drinkard, Leroy Drinkard and Curtis W. Drinkard.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Darrell Drinkard Jr. and Phillip Drinkard, both of Bossier Shreveport, La.; two brothers, Talmadge Drinkard and wife Eula of Moultrie and Wilburn Drinkard and wife Ella Mae of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Vivian Drinkard Stephens and husband John and Christine Drinkard Cate and husband Sonny, all of Forth Worth, Texas; several stepchildren, grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; a foster daughter, Maria Troops Mitchell of Fort Worth; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home of Thomasville is in charge of arrangements.

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