Dr. J. Paul Yarbrough
Dr. James Paul Yarbrough, 79, of Ithaca, N.Y., passed away Saturday (Oct. 1, 2016) at his home after an extended illness.
“Paul,” as he was best known was born Aug. 24, 1937 in Waycross to the late Rev. Ralph Bird and LaVerte Tanner Yarbrough.
His education and career took him from Georgia to Iowa to New York. Ever the researcher and reflective intellectual, he recently described his life as encompassing four major stages: his childhood moving around south Georgia as an itinerant preacher’s child; his teenage years spent helping establish a family farm and newspaper business and meeting his future wife; his college and graduate school years in Ames, Iowa, where he began his family and started his academic career; and his eventual establishment at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., when his family grew even larger with the addition of grandchildren.
As the child of a Methodist minister in the South Georgia Conference, he lived in the cities of Waycross, St. Marys, Eastman, Macon and Kingsland, all before the age of 13. In the spring of 1951, the Yarbrough family moved to their farm in the Stokesville community near Axson, where he spent his teenage years and started a farming venture with his mother and brother Keith.
In 1954, Paul’s father established the Atkinson County Citizen, and he quickly took to the duties associated with publishing a weekly newspaper. In addition to helping sustain the family in its farming and newspaper operations, he was a dedicated student, both in academics and extra-curricular activities.
Under the tutelage of W.E. Thombs, his beloved agricultural teacher and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) sponsor at Atkinson County High School, he ran for and won the office of Georgia FFA state president, and thus began his life-long interest in the study of agricultural journalism and communications.
While still in high school, he met his future wife and great love, the late Eddie Francenia Morris.
He graduated from Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, and the University of Georgia in Athens, obtaining honors at both institutions. In 1960, as a newly married couple in pursuit of their careers, Paul and Eddie moved to Ames, Iowa.
In Iowa, he received his masters and Doctor of Philosophy of Sociology from Iowa State University, and the couple’s two sons were born. In the summer of 1962, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard and served in the elite Army Reserve Intelligence Unit for six years. Upon completion of his PhD in 1968, he remained on staff at Iowa State until 1982 when he was recruited by Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., as a researcher and full professor of communication science.
During his academic research career, his most devoted and able assistant was his wife, Eddie, who was his partner in life and professional endeavors. After his retirement from Cornell in 1999, he lovingly cared for Eddie until her death in 2005. Until his passing, he also was able to enjoy the company of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who lived close to him.
Survivors include two sons, James Yarbrough (Lori) and Thomas Yarbrough; three grandchildren, Logan Yarbrough, Shelby Yarbrough (Justin Mott), Drusilla Phelps (Michael); five great-grandchildren, Nolan Yarbrough, Landon Yarbrough, Tanner Yarbrough, Abigail Williams and Lillian Phelps, all of Ithaca, N.Y.; a brother, Keith Yarbrough (Kathy), of Waycross; sister, Margaret McCranie (Slade), of Morven, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Sue Yarbrough, of Chapin, S.C., and Pearl Tanner (Jack), of Douglas; brother-in-law, Jesse Morris (Mary), of Pearson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Bradley Yarbrough, of Chapin, S.C.
The funeral will be held at Stokesville Baptist Church near Axson Sunday at 3 p.m. with the the Rev. Bob Pierce and Matthew Yarbrough officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery with fellowship afterwards in the church social hall.
Bangs Funeral Home of Ithaca, N.Y., and Relihan Funeral Home of Pearson are assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerald L. ‘Red’ Lewis
Gerald Lawrence “Red” Lewis, 69, died suddenly early Thursday morning (Oct. 6, 2016) at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Second Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends Monday afternoon at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock.
Music Funeral Home is serving the family.
Agnes R. McClelland
Agnes Ruth McClelland, 102, of Waycross, died Thursday evening (Oct. 6, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Carolyn Juan Godwin Anderson, 75, of Patterson, passed away Monday (Oct. 3, 2016) in Blackshear, surrounded by her children.
Born in Blackshear, Sept. 21, 1941, she lived in Pierce County for most of her life. A very talented seamstress, she was known for doing everything from hemming a pair of pants to sewing a wedding dress. In addition to sewing business, she also worked as a seamstress for Transco for a number of years. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Lester Newton Godwin and Sarah Pauline Shuman Godwin Wildes. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marion Warren Anderson, a daughter, Darlene Melton, and two brothers, Jim Godwin and Roy Godwin.
Survivors include her special friend and his family, Calvin Boyett, of Patterson; four daughters, Marie (Dwain) Pippin, Sandy Wood, Missy(Jason) Johnson and June (Jonathan) Golub, all of Blackshear; a son, Glynn “Shorty” (Rhonda) Anderson, of Blackshear; a sister, Yvonne (Bob) Wishall, of Blackshear; two brothers, R.L. Godwin, of Blackshear, and Jerry Godwin, of Sacramento, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation was held Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
The funeral was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. I.B. Boyette.
Active Pallbearers were Bubba Wood, Tyler Tippins, Jamie Davis, Jack Golub, Matt Crosby and Buddy Boyett.
Interment was in the Waters Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
Earl Eugene Bennett
A funeral for Earl Eugene Bennett was held Thursday morning at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Kim Hood officiating.
Burial followed in Little Utah Cemetery in Axson.
Pallbearers were Dustin Bennett, Eric Bennett, Phillip Fulford, Tad Hood and Richard Turner.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.