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William Manuel Collins, Sr.

February 16, 1940August 24, 2014 

Funeral services for William Manuel Collins, Sr., 74, of Whigham, GA, are at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at Magnolia Baptist Church, Whigham, GA.  Rev. Johnny Burdick will officiate.  Interment will be in Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mr. Collins passed away at Grady General Hospital in Cairo, GA, on Sunday, August 24, 2014. 

Active pallbearers will be Matt Eakin, Brandon Collins, Terrance Collins, Brian Collins, Will Busby and Keith Griffin.    

Mr. Collins was born on February 16, 1940, in Whigham, GA, to the late Malvin Collins and Gertrude Jones Collins.  He served his country in the U.S. Army.  On Oct 14, 1961, he married Linda Daniels Collins, who survives.  He retired from the body and frame automotive industry.  He was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church in Whigham, GA.       

Survivors include: wife, Linda Daniels Collins of Whigham, GA; daughter, Melanie C. Collins of Whigham, GA; son, William M. Collins, Jr. of Whigham, GA; grandchildren, Matt Eakin of Valdosta, GA, Brandon C. Collins of Whigham, GA, Brooke N. Collins of Leesburg, GA, Austin R. Collins of Leesburg, GA; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Bryce Eakin, both of Valdosta, GA; sisters, Frankie C. Quamme of Peachtree City, GA, Nancy C. Clark of Cairo, GA, Virginia C. Ponder of Cairo, GA, Suzy C. Davis (Clifford) of Whigham, GA; brothers, Wayne Collins of Whigham, GA, Kenneth Collins (Karen) of Port St. Joe, FL, Carlton Collins (Barbara) of Whigham, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his grandson, Terry D. Kirkland; and a brother, Malvin Collins, Jr.   

Memorials may be made in Mr. Collins' memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN38101.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Brenda Joyce Watkins Ponder

October 25, 1948August 23, 2014 

Funeral services for Brenda Joyce Watkins Ponder, 65, of Whigham, GA, are at 6:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, 2014, at B and R Farms Family Cemetery, 1384 Open Pond Road, Whigham, GA, with Rev. Tammy Fincannon officiating.  Mrs. Ponder passed away at her home in Whigham, GA, on Saturday, August 23, 2014. 

Active pallbearers will be:  Philip Ponder, Bruce Womble, Reggie Mobley, Chad Knight, Richard Bishop and Ronnie Hornsby. 

Mrs. Ponder was born on October 25, 1948, in Cairo, GA, to the late Edsel E. “Red” Watkins, Sr. and Lyda Prevatte Watkins. On November 11, 1968, she married Robert Ponder, who preceded her in death on July 25, 2002.  After raising her children, she returned to her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated from Darton College.  Brenda spent her entire career as a registered nurse.  She believed caring for others as a nurse is what defined her as an individual.  Brenda was also very active as a Rotarian and was once named the Rotarian Woman of the Year.  She was a member of the Cairo First United Methodist Church.   

Survivors include: a son, Bob Ponder (Codi) of Whigham, GA; a daughter, Dawn Kamin of Germantown, TN; grandchildren, Colton and Riley Ponder of Whigham, GA, Katie Kamin of Tuscaloosa, AL, Jackie and Robbie Kamin of Germantown, TN; brothers, Terry Watkins of Ozark, AL, Edsel Watkins (Carol) of Powder Springs, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.     

The family will receive friends at 1384 Open Pond Road in Whigham, GA.

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James Blair Chastain

April 6, 1991August 17, 2014 

Funeral services for James Blair Chastain, 23, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Pastor Chad Clement will officiate.  Services will conclude at the Chapel.  Interment will be in Piedmont Cemetery, Calvary, GA.  Mr. Chastain passed away at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, FL, on Sunday, August 17, 2014. 

Active pallbearers will be Blake Thompson, Rigo Ruiz, Will Dalton, Bobby Varnedore, Greg Crosell and Chase Kelly.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Dalton, Jeffrey Dalton, Kyle Barber, Tyler Dalton and Carl Harris, Jr.    

Mr. Chastain was born on April 6, 1991, in Cairo, GA.  He was a graduate of Cairo High School.  He was a painter with Diversified Windows and Doors of Cairo, GA.     

Survivors include: son, Cannon Chastain of Cairo, GA; “grand” parents, Martha and James Dalton of Cairo, GA; sister, Amber Chastain-Thompson (Blake) of Cairo, GA; aunts, Cassie Barber (Eddy) of Tallahassee, FL, Anna Heath of Thomasville, GA, Connie McKinney (Shawn) of Cairo, GA; uncles, Jeffrey Dalton (Theresa) of Cairo, GA, James Dalton (Melisa) of Coolidge, GA; girlfriend, DeAnn Singletary of Cairo, GA; and a host of extended family.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Cheryle Ann Dalton-Chastain. 

Memorials may be made in Mr. Chastain's memory to “Blair’s Superman Fund” at http://www.gofundme.com/cxzle8.    

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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William A. “Buck” Maxwell

March 8, 1942August 17, 2014 

William A. “Buck” Maxwell, 72, of Sylvania, GA, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA. 

Funeral services in Cairo, GA, are Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Pine Level Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Terry Joyner and Rev. Jim Weaver will officiate.  Interment will be in the Maxwell Family Cemetery on Whigham Road in Grady County.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the funeral hour at the church. 

Active pallbearers are:  Members of the Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers are: Lynn Derriso, Charles Bennett, Billy McTeer, Gailyn Thompson, Tad Bentley, John Lacienski, Mike Bohannon, Earl Anderson, Kathy Harris, Keith Howard and the Pop’s Kitchen Coffee Club. 

He was born March 8, 1942, to the late Jesse and Audrey Hurst Maxwell in Grady County, Georgia.  He graduated from Cairo High School and Georgia Southern University.  He was a Master Trooper with the Georgia State Patrol, retiring after 35 years of service, during which time, he served as a Field Training Officer.  He had a great love for flying and became a pilot when he was 16 years old.  He was rated in MEI, CFI, Rotor, A & P Mechanic, Commercial and ATP.  He was the flight line host for the Sun and Fun Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida annually.  He owned and operated Maxwell Aviation, a crop-spraying business, for many years.  His biggest joy in life was teaching others to fly which is reflected by his many students in the surrounding area. He also loved to grow a large garden, to fish and to travel.  

Survivors include:  his wife, Patsy Bentley Maxwell of Sylvania, GA; daughters and son-in-law, Monicca M. & Michael Bohannon of Statesboro, GA, Sabrina M. Johns of Claxton, GA; step-sons and daughters-in-law: Leslie & Gina NeSmith of Evans, GA, Jamie & Kimberly NeSmith of Ochlocknee, GA; sisters: Lois M. Harrison and Gloria M. Hobby, both of Cairo, GA; sisters-in-law: Ruth Maxwell and Wilma Maxwell, both of Cairo, GA;  grandchildren: Emily Bohannon and Travis Bohannon, both of Statesboro, GA, Braxton Johns and Mason Johns, both of Claxton, GA; step-grandchildren: Kai NeSmith and Reed NeSmith,  both of Evans, GA, Cole NeSmith of Ochlocknee, GA; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by: his brother, Gordon Maxwell; half-brothers, Charles Bond, James Maxwell; and sister, Fonnie M. Norman. 

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Myrna Reagan King

October 21, 1923August 15, 2014 

Funeral services for Myrna Reagan King, 90, of Calvary, GA, are at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary, GA.  Rev. Paul Day will officiate.  Interment will be at Piedmont Cemetery, Calvary, GA.  Mrs. King passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA, on Friday, August 15, 2014. 

Active pallbearers will be Eric Daughtry, Eric Singletary, Jason King, Jonathan Rabon, Scott Griner, Trevor Gwaltney, Dustin Haire, Charlie King and Taylor Singletary. 

Mrs. King was born on October 21, 1923, in Cairo, GA, to the late Daniel Jackson Victor Reagan and Irene Selma Shiver Reagan.  On February 7, 1947, she married Charles Young “C.Y.” King, Jr., who preceded her in death on February 7, 2004.  She was the owner/operator of Seven Kings Store in Calvary until her retirement.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Calvary, GA.     

Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Barbara King of Havana, FL, Curtis King and fiancé Kim Hester of Cairo, GA; daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Eddie Daughtry of Calvary, GA, Margaret McNeal of Cumming, GA, Sylvia and Bob Frohoff of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren and spouses, Amy and Jonathan Rabon of  Tallahassee, FL, Charlie King of West Palm Beach, FL, Laura Gulley and Scott Griner of Tallahassee, FL, Samantha King of Tallahassee, FL, Tabaitha Polous of Apalachicola, FL, Windy and Eric Singletary of Whigham, GA, Eric and Jaimie Daughtry of Oxford, FL, Jeremy and Michelle Gwaltney of McDonough, GA, Tiffany and Darren Muklevicz of Cumming, GA, Andrea Frohoff of Tallahassee, FL, Jason King of Bristol, FL, Leah and Adam Wright of Chesapeake, VA, Aerial and Dustin Haire of Tallahassee, FL; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Jakob, and Jamison Rabon, all of Tallahassee, FL, Isabella, Gabrella, and Annabella King, all of Miami, FL, Chase Gulley and Millie Griner, both of Tallahassee, FL, Kaytlin Marriott and Princess Terrell, both of Apalachicola, FL, Kaylee Barineau of Tallahassee, FL, Taylor Singletary of Whigham, GA, Gavin and Griffyn Daughtry, both of Oxford, FL, Tyler Gwaltney of Medford, OR,  Trevor Gwaltney of McDonough, GA, Chloe and Carson Muklevicz, both of Cumming, GA, Amber and Michael King, both of Bristol, FL, Caleb, Makayla and Gracelynn Wright, all of Chesapeake, VA, Jade Haire of Tallahassee, FL; sisters and brothers-in-law, Selma and Wendell Prince of Cairo, GA, Elwanda Barrett of Cairo, GA, Willa and Deriek Sellers of Cairo, GA, Rebecca Ritter of Summerville, SC; brother-in-law, Carl King of Thomasville, GA; sisters-in-law, Judy King of Tallahassee, FL, Jeweldene Brightwell of Thomasville, GA.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, C.Y. King; parents, Victor and Irene Shiver Reagan; sister, Ellaweese Reagan; sons-in-law, Dennis McNeal, Danny Gwaltney and Doyle Roach.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. King's memory to: Calvary Baptist Church, Building Fund, P. O. Box 180, Calvary, GA 39829; or Bibles for Gideon International, Cairo-Grady County, P. O. Box 661, Cairo, GA  39828     

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Monday, August 18, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Bernice Marlene Summerlin

April 9, 1932August 7, 2014 

Funeral services for Bernice Marlene Summerlin, 82, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA.  Pastor Mike Nichols will officiate.  Services will conclude in the Chapel.  Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Thomasville, GA.  Mrs. Summerlin passed away at her daughter’s home in Pelham, GA, on Thursday, August 7, 2014. 

Mrs. Summerlin was born on April 9, 1932, in Crosland, GA, to the late Dan Gunn and Annie May Holloway Castleberry.  On June 22, 1972, she married Ronald “Ronnie” Summerlin, who preceded her in death on January 29, 2013.  She was a homemaker.       

Survivors include: daughter, Krista Bufford (Albert) of Pelham, GA; son, Charles Douglas Gragg of Cairo, GA; son-in-law, Clyde Newmons of Ochlocknee, GA; grandchildren, Angie Newmons of Cairo, GA, Jenny Brinson (Heath) of Cairo, GA, Ace Glenn of Pelham, GA, Alan Glenn of Ochlocknee, GA, Matthew Allen of Nacogdoches, TX, Denise Allen of Fort Worth, TX; great-grandchildren, Bailee Hiers, Sydney Lee, and Cole Brinson all of Cairo, GA, Aimee Glenn, Cooper Glenn, both of Pelham, GA, Austin Allen and Kaleigh Allen, Grayson Allen, all of Nacogdoches, TX, Nakenzley Penny, Jaylon Penny, Valaree Penny, Vanessa Penny, and Zavoni Wilson all of Fort Worth, TX; and great-great-grandchildren, Owen Luke Rogers of Cairo, GA. 

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and her daughters, Kim Newmons, Barbara Allen.  

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Marlene Delores “Lois” Bennett

September 17, 1937August 1, 2014 

Funeral services for Marlene Delores “Lois” Bennett, 76, of Whigham, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Monday, August 4, 2014, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Cairo, GA.  Rev. Charles Parker will officiate.  Interment will be in Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Whigham, GA.  Mrs. Bennett passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA on Friday, August 1, 2014. 

Active pallbearers will be her nephews.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Pine Hill Baptist Church.  

Mrs. Bennett was born on September 17, 1937, in Ochlocknee, GA, to the late Carl Cornelius Hester and Nancy Summers Hester.  On July 9, 1955, she married Thomas Wiley Bennett, who preceded her in death on April 25, 2006. She was a homemaker.  She loved sitting on her porch overlooking the flower gardens and her view of the pond.  She enjoyed gospel music and listening to musical selections from the Choir at Pine Hill Baptist Church, where she was a member.      

Survivors include: daughters and son-in-law, Teresa and Myron Jones of Whigham, GA, Ellie Patterson of Whigham, GA; grandchildren, Teresa Ashley Patterson of Panama City, FL, William L. Patterson, III, of Whigham, GA, Thomas Jones of Whigham, GA; sister, Juanita Hinton (Willard) of Cairo, GA; other family members, William and Ashley Jones, Noah Jones, Lauren Jones, Eli Jones, all of Whigham, GA, Phillip and Carey Jones, Charleston Jones, Phillip Jones, Luke Jones, all of Flowery Branch, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews and family members.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers for their love and care.     

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband; brothers, John T. Hester, J. R. Hester; and a sister, Addie Lou Bacon.    

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Bennett's memory to Pine Hill Baptist Church, Choir or Building Fund, P. O. Box 1392, Cairo, GA  39828.   

The family will receive friends at the home of Myron and Teresa Jones, 612 Ulmer Road, Whigham, GA. 

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