Friday, June 9, 2023

Ember Adams

Miss. Ember Adams passed away Wednesday June 7, 2023. Funeral Arrangements will be announced later

Sarah Ellen Manley Turner

Ms. Sarah Ellen Manley Turner, age 85, of Milner, passed away June 8, 2023, at Brightmoor Hospice.  Ellen grew up in Zebulon, daughter of the late Hoyt Manley and Myrtle Murphey Manley. She was a 1955 graduate of Zebulon High School. Ellen worked for the airlines industry for most of her life, beginning her career with Southern Airlines and retiring as a Secretary from Delta Airlines. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Milner, and enjoyed reading, singing, and talking on the phone with friends.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Moore and Harold Turner, and her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Mary Frances Manley.


She was a wonderful aunt to her nephews: Donny Manley, Tim Manley (Sharon), and Steve Manley (Gina); great-nephews and great-nieces: Boyd Astin (Kaylee), Jeremiah Manley (Nikki), Caleb Manley (Amanda), Jessica Bulloch (Justin), Claire Manley, and Sophie Manley; great-great-nieces and nephews: Taylor (Mack), Tyler (Josh), Emaleigh, Brantlee, and Barrett; great-great-great nephew: Easton; special cousins: Tommy Manley (Pat), Brenda Murphey, Jeff Murphey (Carolyn), Susan Sutton (Reggie), Sherri Moody (Terrell), Scott Johnston (Jennifer), Stacy Johnston (Barbara); and many other cousins, family members and friends who loved her dearly.


Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home with Pastor Audie Wells officiating. Burial will follow in the Nazareth Baptist Church Cemetery.


Friends may visit the family on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Dorothy “Dot” Lee Sykes Ridgway

Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Lee Sykes Ridgway, age 83, of Griffin, passed away June 6, 2023, at Brightmoor Hospice. Dot grew up in Thomaston, daughter of the late William Robert Sykes, Jr. and Lucinda Glanton Sykes Barnes.  She married Ed Ridgway in 1964, and they made their home in Griffin where she worked as a cashier at the Big Apple grocery store. When the store closed, Dot became a bookkeeper working with her husband in the family business, Ed’s Carburetor and Ignition.  She liked the outdoors and enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter - Griffin, GA.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Vernon Sykes.


She is survived by her sons: Robert Paul Ridgway (Regina), Ed Ridgway, Jr. (Alicia), and Bryon Keith Ridgway; grandchildren: Haley Michelle Ridgway, Rachel Nicole Ridgway, Rebecca Ann Warren and Kimberly Bryan Carter; sisters: Jeanette Pendley, Claudette Dumas, Barbara Ann Ray; brothers: David Barnes and Raymond Sykes, Thomas “Tommy” Sykes; many nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home with Dr. Jerry Light officiating.


A burial will follow in Westwood Gardens in Griffin. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Dovie Lee Ard

Dovie Lee Ard, 86 passed away Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was born July 4, 1936, in Hollanville, GA, the daughter of James S. Willoughby and Dovie Lee Willoughby. Dovie graduated from Zebulon High School, Class of 1955. Following graduation, she married her high school sweetheart Jack L. Ard Jr. in Hernando, MS. 

In addition to her parents James S. Willoughby and Dovie Lee Willoughby, she was predeceased by her brothers James and Floyd of Hollanville, GA, and her eldest son Jack L. Ard III of Fredericksburg, VA. 


She is survived by her husband Jack L. Ard Jr. of Virginia Beach, her son James S. Ard and his wife Linda of Margarettsville, NC, John E. Ard and his wife Michele of Lawrenceburg, KY, and her daughter, Deborah L. Welker of Virginia Beach, VA. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and their spouses, and her 19 great-grandchildren. 


A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Moody -Daniel Funeral Home at 10170 US-19, Zebulon, GA 30295 from 1pm to 2pm, with funeral services immediately following. 


Graveside service will be held at Friendship Presbyterian Church following funeral services at Moody-Daniel Funeral Home. 


Those who wish to remember Dovie in a special way can make donations to the American Heart Association or Dementia Society of America in leu of flowers.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Terrell LaPage Brooks, Sr.

Mr. Terrell LaPage Brooks, Sr., age 76, of Meansville, passed away June 4, 2023. Terrell grew up in Cedartown, Georgia, son of the late William Terrell Brooks, Sr. and Clara Brooks.  He was an entrepreneur and jack-of-all-trades who owned several businesses over the years, loved working on cars, and fixing things in his spare time. He cherished the little things in life, including his daily coffee and trips to the gas station to buy lottery tickets or scratch-offs. He found joy in the outdoors, adventure in the unknown, and peace spending time with his family or pets. He loved unconditionally and showed grace to those around him. 

Terrell never met a stranger or missed an opportunity to say, “I love you”. He had passion for sharing laughter and kindness with everyone he met and found purpose in making others smile every day. He loved intentional conversation and cherished any chance to share wisdom with others, usually with an added joke or anecdote. He always had a smile on his face and treated everyone he met like family. His heart for people and joy in living life to its fullest was passed on to his three children and will forever be a part of his memory.


He was often referred to as “superman”, and made sure he had plenty of business cards to prove it.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frances and brother, Charlie.


He is survived by his children: Beverly Brooks Zammett, Terrell Brooks, Jr. (Kelley Greathouse) and Gerald Brooks, who lived with him to support and aid with his healthcare; partner for 50+ years: Judy Ledbetter; grandchildren: Brittany, Makayla, Reid, Gapp, Landry, Lawson, Lane, Annalyse, Marissa, Brylei, and Ava; great-grandchildren: Owen, Maddox, Isabella, Madelyn, Delilah, Austin, and Aria; sister: Clara Odum; brothers: Floyd Brooks (Mary) and John Brooks; several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 9, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home. 


Friends may visit the family on Friday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the funeral home.


Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

David Bledsoe Harwell

David Bledsoe Harwell, age 76, of Williamson, passed away June 1, 2023.  David grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, graduating from Carrollton High School.  He enlisted in the military and served in the United States Marine Corp.  After being honorably discharged, he enrolled in Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

David’s father, Bledsoe Harwell, opened Blue Flame Gas Company in Pike County in 1966.  David took ownership in 1977 and has remained in that role ever since. He made a reputation for being able to fix any propane-related issue that you presented to him. In his later years, he loved to tinker with appliances that other people had already deemed irreparable.


David loved to shop for antiques. He built a fully-functioning 1920s era kitchen in his home from his finds over the years including all of the major appliances and popular kitchen gadgets of the time.


David had many hobbies.  He enjoyed playing tennis, canoeing, and riding his bike.  However, his greatest passion was flying hot-air balloons which he did for 35+ years all over the world. Throughout his years as a hot-air balloon pilot, he won many awards and even taught several championship pilots how to fly. He was also a licensed fixed-wing pilot for many years.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Bledsoe Harwell and Hildred Carter Harwell, and his brother, Ricky Harwell.


He is survived by his sons: Michael Harwell and Jonathan Posner (Leonie); grandchildren: Louis and Toby Posner; brother: Danny Harwell (Joyce); former spouse and long-time friend: Reinita Harwell.


Friends may visit the family on Tuesday, June 6, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Moody-Daniel Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 5 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research at

Friday, June 2, 2023

Rita K. Johnson

Mrs. Rita Karen Johnson, age 64, of Thomaston GA, died Friday, June 2, 2023, at her residence.


Mrs. Johnson was born May 15, 1958, in Thomaston, to the late Roy and Nita Kelly. She was a graduate of R.E. Lee Inst.and the first Certified Pharmacy Tech in Upson County, and served for 43 years at Upson County Hospital as a Pharmacy Tech.


She is survived by her husband, Keith Johnson; brothers, Glenn Kelly of Thomaston, and Mike Kelly of Thomaston.


Her family will have a celebration of life at a later date.


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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Ann G. Bray

Mrs. Ann G. Bray, age 84, of Thomaston, died Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Riverside Health and Rehab.  Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bray will be held Saturday, June 3, at 11:00 AM, at South View Cemetery.  Dr. Ryan Christopher and Rev. Ted Kandler will officiate.

Mrs. Bray was born in Thomaston on October 1, 1938, to the late Leonard Garrett and the late Mildred Helms Garrett.  She was a graduate of R. E. Lee Institute and was employed at Upson Regional Medical Center from 1957 until her retirement in 2000.  She was a member of the American Medical Technologist Association and a member of First Baptist Church of Thomaston. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bray was preceded in death by her husband, Tillman LeGare Bray and her brother, Paul Garrett.  She is survived by two sons, Scott (Debbie) Bray and Lee (Kay) Bray, both of Thomaston; five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.


Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.  Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at

Allen Lamar McDaniel

Mr. Allen Lamar McDaniel age 84 of Thomaston Ga, died Wednesday May 31, 2023 at Upson Regional Medical Center.

Mr. McDaniel was born on November 5, 1938 in Atlanta Ga, to the late Willie McDaniel and the late Pauline Helton McDaniel. He worked as a truck driver for many years and served his country in the U.S. Navy.


Survivors include his brother Billy McDaniel of Decatur Ga.


It was Mr. McDaniel's wishes to be cremated. No Services are planned at this time.

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Dorothy Jean Argroves Smith

Mrs. Dorothy Jean Argroves Smith age 80 of Thomaston Ga, died Wednesday May 31, 2023 at her residence. Arrangements will be announced later. Coggins Funeral Home

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Margaret Brown

Mrs. Margaret Mangham Brown age 99 of Meansville Ga, died Tuesday May 30, 2023 at Riverside Health and Rehab. 

Mrs. Brown was born on April 23, 1924 in Ashburn, GA to the late Floyd Elmer Mangham and the late Georgie Adams Mangham. She worked for Virgil Brown & Associates and was a member of Pine Mountain Church of the Nazarene. She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her spouse, Early Ernest Brown and her son, Barry Elmer Brown.

Survivors include her son, Virgil Lee (Sallie) Brown of Concord, Ga; 5 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Riverside Nursing Home for the loving care they provided.

Funeral services for Mrs.Brown will be held on Friday June 2, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Pine Mountian Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Coggins Funeral Home on Thursday June 1, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Coggins Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Jonathan MCorquodale

Mr. Jonathan MCorquodale age 61 of Woodland Ga, died Saturday May 27, 2023 at Upson Regional Medical Center. Funeral Arrangements will be announced later.

Coggins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements!!!!!!!!!!!!