Deac. R.B.F. Ashley Jr.
Deacon Robert Benjamin Franklin Ashley Jr., 70, of Patterson, passed away Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) at his home, following an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loved ones. 
He was born Dec. 10, 1948 to the late Robert Benjamin Ashley Sr. and Ruby Cannon Ashley. He was a 1967 graduate of Lee Street High School in Blackshear. He married Estella Marie Booth on Aug. 4, 1970. He worked for Echols Enterprises for 23 years, prior to his work alongside Larry Hill from 1992 until his health declined in May 2015.
He joined St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Patterson under the leadership of Pastor Jonathon W. Dixon on Jan. 22, 1995. He was a tremendously devoted member of the congregation. He became a deacon of the church Jan. 22, 1999. He then went on to hold other leadership positions in the church such as chairman of Deacon Ministry, superintendent of Sunday School and vice president of the Usher Ministry. He also sang in the St. James Male Choir and served as chairman of the trustee board and building committee.
He was preceded in death by Robert Benjamin Franklin Ashley Sr., Reuben Ashley, Alfred Ashley, Linda Ashley, Daniel Ashley and Rozenna Ashley.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 48 years, Estella Ashley; his mother, Ruby Ashley; five children, Wilfredo A. Ashley, Veronica R. Moore, Angela W. Ashley, Robert A. Ashley and Athanasia R. Ashley; a daughter-in-law, Christina Ashley; a son-in-law, Steven Moore; his grandchildren, Mishandria Ashley, Esterica Ashley, Aisha Ashley, Zykererionia Ashley Bass, MarTeisha Ashley, Alexander “Al” Ashley, Bryce Moore, Zyon Ashley, Jose Ashley and Trent Moore; great-grandchildren, Ace Floyd and Benjamin Bass; one god-daughter, Niya Mitchell; four siblings, Bettye Douglas, Barthel Ashley, Janice Simpson and Charlene Grant; two sisters-at-heart, Patricia Wilson and Rosa Booth; brothers-in-law, Jonathon Grant, Andrew Booth and Steve Grant; three aunts, Naomi Whitehead, Irene Dobson and Cleo Williams; and one special cousin, Irene Briggs.
The family is receiving friends at 3249 Tyre Bridge Road, Patterson.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear. 
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Missionary Baptist Church (The Ridge) near Patterson. Bishop Wilmont Williams, pastor, will offer words of comfort.
Interment will follow in the Ridge Cemetery near Patterson. 
The cortege will assemble at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at 3249 Tyre Bridge Road, Patterson. 
Condolences may be expressed online at
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Taylor Brown
ATHENS — Sylvia Taylor Brown, 75, of Blackshear, passed away Monday (Feb. 18, 2019) at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.
Born in Offerman, Dec. 27, 1943, she lived in Pierce County all of her life. She was a 1961 graduate of Patterson High School and retired from Pierce County Home Health where she worked as an aide as well as having done clerical work in the office.
Prior to working for Pierce County, she worked with her father-in-law, Dr. William G. Brown Sr., as a dental assistant at his dental practice. She was a very active member of Ward Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir.
She was a charter member of the Little River Chapter No. 548 – Order of the Eastern Star where she served as the 2nd Worthy Matron as well as serving in many other office for many years.
She was currently the president of the Still Lake Fishing Club in Brantley County. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by them all.
She was a daughter of the late Randall and Louise Lynn Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Girvin “Bill” Brown Jr., all three of her brothers, William “Billy” Taylor, Donald “Don” Taylor and Robert Taylor, and a brother-in-law, Bryant Westberry.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Bob Boy, of Hartwell; her son, Dr. Phillip R. Brown, of Athens; four grandchildren, Matthew Boy, Mark Boy, Savannah Brown and Caroline Brown; her sister, Annette Westberry, of Jesup; three sisters-in-law, Sadie Taylor and Reba Taylor, both of Offerman, and Jeanne (Danny) Sweat, of Cairo, Ga.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 until 8.
The family kindly requests that members of the Little River Chapter No. 548 Order of the Eastern Star to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.
Memorials may be made to Ward Memorial United Methodist Church, 939 Hendry St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Janette Cason Phelan
A memorial service for Janette Cason Phelan was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Summerall and the Rev. Martha Grice officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robin Lee Sapp
PATTERSON — The funeral for Robin Lee “Robby” Sapp, 49, was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Officiating was the Rev. I.B. Boyette.
Interment was in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Pee Wee Fowler, Eddie Sapp, Blaine Hill, Scott Sapp, Weyman Chapman and Stevie Sweat.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.