Kenneth Brumbeloe
BLACKSHEAR — Kenneth Ponnell Brumbeloe, 87, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 10, 2016) at Piedmont Fayette Hospital following a brief illness.
He was born in Roanoke, Ala., June 15, 1929 to the late Herbert Simeon Brumbeloe and Mary Elsie Fetner Brumbeloe. He was one of six children, the youngest of five sons. He was a 1947 graduate of Troup County High School, where he was president of his senior class.
In 1951, he received his bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama from LaGrange College, where he was the college’s first male graduate, a member of the Honors Club, Curtain Raisers, Alpha Psi and one of three graduates selected to appear in “Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges.”
Following graduation, he was an actor and technical director for the Barter Theatre Company of Abingdon, Va. In November 1952, he enlisted in the Air Force and received his basic pilot’s training at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona followed by advanced flight training at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.
In August 1953, he was selected for training in Tactical Reconnaissance at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.
Prior to leaving for Germany, he married Blanche Louise McKinney, of Blackshear, on Nov. 27, 1953. Together they spent two years in Germany before his honorable discharge on March 27, 1956.
While in Germany, he was promoted to first lieutenant and awarded medals for National Defense Service and Army Occupation.
Following completion of his active duty, he and his bride returned to Blackshear, where they made their home for 60 years. He worked as bookkeeper of the Pierce Trading Company before joining Johnson Insurance Agency. In the mid-1960s, he purchased the insurance agency, changing the name to Brumbeloe & Associates, Inc. He and his associates grew the business to have three locations in Blackshear, Waycross and Jesup.
He worked in the agency until he was 80 years old, retiring with his wife of 63 years.
He was an active member of the Blackshear community, serving on the Blackshear City Council, participating in the Lions Club, and maintaining membership in First United Methodist church where he was the choir director for more than 20 years. He also spent a number of his early years in Blackshear helping lead the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Durwood, Benjamin Herbert, Douglas and Edgar.
Survivors include his wife, Blanche M. Brumbeloe, of Blackshear; a sister, Claudette Gillis, of Youngstown, Ohio; three children, David Brumbeloe (Martha), of White, Ga., Lisa Brumbeloe Fletcher (Van), of Peachtree Corners, and Kevin Brumbeloe (Joy), of Fayetteville, Ga.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Blackshear.
Visitation will be held Friday (Aug. 19, 2016) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pearson Dial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to the Music Fund at First United Methodist Church of Blackshear, 225 Church St.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Doretha Mitchell
A celebration of life service for Doretha Mitchell, 88, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., offering words of comfort.
She was born Nov. 1, 1927 in Waycross to Luvenia Moore and W.R. Peterson. She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System and graduated from Center High School in 1945.
She was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and the well-known business owner for many years of he Soul Record Shop on Oak Street. She was also a member of the Nothside Community Club.
She will be best remembered for her welcoming demeanor and her comical wit. She was also known for being an immaculate yard keeper. She was a staple of the close-knit Rockefeller Street community where she could often be seen sitting on her porch.
She departed this life on Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016) in Atlanta after an illness. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie J. Mitchell, her only child, Gregory L. Mitchell, siblings, Wanda P. Oliver, Mae Helen White, Hattie Jeter and Phillip Peterson, her step-mother, Ruby Peterson.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory three grandchildren, Alexis Mitchell Dykes that she raised like a daughter, of Atlanta, Lalilana Mitchell, of Macon, and Deddrick Wiggins, of North Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Kinealie Rutland, of Macon, and Gregory Alexander Dykes, of Atlanta; a brother, Kenneth Paul Peterson, of Waycross; first cousins, Harold Williams and Rutha Lee Williams, of Albany; several devoted nieces and nephews of Atlanta; a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Mitchell residence, 1400 Rockefeller St.
Public visitation will be Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Sylvia Gadson Douglas
A celebration of life service for Sylvia Gadson Douglas, 101, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church, 801 South Georgia Parkway, with the church pastor, the Rev. Ralph Bess, offering words of comfort.
She was born March 6, 1916 in Cogdell. She was the fifth child born to the late Haines and Ola Gadson.
At an early age she moved to Waycross where she met and was united in holy matrimony to the late Lemon Douglas on Sept. 30, 1933. They later moved to Miami, Fla., where she became a member of Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church. She worked from many years with the Miami Public School System and retired in 1979.
After her retirement she and her husband moved back to Waycross where she joined Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church under the pastorship of the Rev. James Fedd. She was a very faithfully and dedicated member, serving as a trustee, a stewardess, a missionary, member of the lay organization and the kitchen committee.
On Sunday evening (Aug. 7, 2016) God called her from her earthly home at 909 Naomi St., after an illness, to her heavenly home. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Minnie M. Douglas, Richard L. Jennings, her siblings, Madie Bevel, Marie Noble, Fred Gadson, J.P. Gadson and Anthony Gadson.
Those left to cherish her memory include a devoted daughter, Jackie Jennings; a son, Carlos Jennings; a brother, Arthur Gadson (Lucille); nieces, Lucille Peterson, Diane Swinton, Christine Davis, Georgia Riley, Sarah Bevel, Angela Griffin, Johnnie Mae Wilson and Mary Cobb; nephews, Woodrow Harper, Minster Larry Rood and Jimmy Gadson; god-children, Susie Jennings, Monica Jennings, Willie James Jennings Jr., Christopher Griffin; special friend, Jean Taylor; a host of cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends,
Friends are being received Gadson residence, 919 Naomi St.
Public visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Azell Higgs
Azell Higgs passed away Friday (Aug. 12, 2016).
She was born in Blackshear, April 1, 1927 to the late John and Eva Sweat.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Randall Higgs; daughters, Eva (Jo) Fred White and Diana Higgs; brothers, K.M. Mosley and Eston Mosley; sisters, Marilyn Davis; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral was scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. The family received friends Monday night from 5 until 8.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Pate Colquitt Lowery
Pate Colquitt Lowery, 76, died Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Wanda K. Dickerson
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Wanda Kaye Rowland Dickerson, 63, was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. Jerry Weathersby and the Rev. James Lightsey.
Interment was in the Waters Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Roger Chancey, Ian McFadden, Drew Dodd, Brian Hickox, John Sanders, Bubba Davis and Robert Guest.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Fleming Crews
A funeral for James Fleming Crews was held Wednesday morning at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. James Connor officiating.
Burial followed in Mt. Calvary Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Larry Griffin, William Hodges, Davis Moody, David Page, B.H. Tanner and Troy Thomas.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Grace Group Sunday School Class.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Irene Harper
A funeral for Betty Irene Allen Harper was held Wednesday morning at Rocky Creek Church near Broxton with Brother Floyd Musgrove, Brother Hinnon Smith and Brother Darrell Smith officiating.
Burial followed in Rocky Creek Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jerry Shatto, Mackie Smith, Julian Smith, Clay Rawlins, Tony Rowell, James Allen, Doug Heard and Conner Rawlins.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.