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MACON - Daniel Edwin "Dano" Blaxton, age 42, of 3663 Brownley Drive died Monday in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3P.M. in the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Rev. Charles Carter will officiate. -Mr. Blaxton was born in Dublin and lived most of his life in Macon. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. He was a long standing advocate with Disabilities Connections fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. He was preceded in death by a son Darran Blaxton, grandparents: Dee Memphis and Lizzie Blaxton of Lyons, and Mack and Ethel Fowler of Dexter. He was a graduate of Morgan Elementary and Central High School. -Survivors include his children, Dana Carroll Blaxton and Deelana Blaxton, both of Macon; mother and father, Doyal and Joyce Blaxton of Byron; brother, Doyal Dwayne Blaxton of Warner Robins; sisters, Donna J. Peacock, Debbie B. Scarbary, and Denise B. Whaley, all of Macon; several nieces and nephews. -The family will be at 268 Forest Pine Drive and receive friends at Crest Lawn Funeral Home Wednesday 7:00 until 9:00 P.M. -Contributions in Mr. Blaxton's name may be made to Disabilities Connections: 170 College Street, Macon, Georgia 31201. -Members of Disabilities Connections will serve as honorary Pallbearers. -Crest Lawn Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Daniel Blaxton   Surce: Macon Telegraph - July 20, 2005 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


LYONS - Mr. James V. Blaxton, age 75, of 105 Lisa Street, Ricon, died Tuesday morning in the Memorial Medical Center of Savannah after a brief illness. A native of Toombs County, he lived most of his life in Savannah. Mr. Blaxton was a retired machinist with Stone Container of Savannah, A U.S. Army Veteran of W.W.II and was a Baptist by faith. -Mr. Blaxton is survived by one daughter, Sandy Kay Tucker of Guyton; three brothers: Maxwell D. Blaxton of Warner Robins, Doyal M. Blaxton of Macon and Dewey Lee Blaxton of Savannah; one sister, Francis Hampton of Warner Robins; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. -Graveside funeral services for Mr. James V. Blaxton will be held Friday afternoon at 2P.M. from the Collins Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery of Lyons, interment will follow. -The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00P.M. -Jones-Stewart Funeral Home of Lyons is in charge of funeral arrangements.  Source: Macon Telegraph -  March 28, 2003 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


VidaliaI - Mr. Joe W. Blaxton, Sr., age 80 of Vidalia, died Saturday, September 10, 2011 in Hospice of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Florida after an extended illness. -He was a lifelong resident of Vidalia, retired from Georgia Power - Highline Construction, and was a member of the Ambassadors of Georgia Power. He was a poll worker for the City of Vidalia for twenty years, and was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia, and the Men's Bible Class. He was a member of the Vidalia Masonic Lodge, the Quint Shrine Club in Lyons, and the Alee Shrine in Savannah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Taylor Blaxton in 1997, his father, William Mack Blaxton, two brothers, Therman Blaxton and Wilbur Blaxton, and a sister, Alva Mae Mosley. -Mr. Blaxton is survived by one daughter, Susan B. Adams and husband Garry of Vidalia; one son, Joe Wallace "Wally" Blaxton, Jr. of West Palm Beach; his mother Ethel Beckum Blaxton of Vidalia; one sister, Ann Davis and husband Duel of Vidalia; one brother, Larry Blaxton and wife Ann of Macon; five grandchildren, Whitney, Sydney, Caitlin, Jessica, and Justin, and several nieces nephews, and cousins. -Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 14th at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia with Reverend Robert Greene officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens. -The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00. -In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 150, Vidalia, GA 30475. -Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia is in charge of arrangements.  Source: Macon Telegraph - September 14, 2011 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Memorial for Maxwell D. Blaxton Born in Lyons, GA on Aug. 19, 1923 Departed on Oct. 23, 2008 and resided in Warner Robins, GA. Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 Service: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 Cemetery: Magnolia Park Cemetery Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions. Warner Robins, GA: Maxwell D. M.D. Blaxton, 85, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2008, at his residence. Services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday at the First United Methodist Church with burial in Magnolia Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 PM Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Blaxton was born in Lyons, GA to the late Dee Memphis Blaxton and Lizzie Hardy Blaxton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Frances Carol Blaxton. Mr. Blaxton was a veteran of the United States Army and served in W.W. II. He was employed with Robins Air Force for over 39 years. Mr. Blaxton was very instrumental in the development and testing of the F-15 fighter jet. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was a past trustee and a member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. One of Mr. Blaxton's joys in life was the Warner Robins Touchdown Club. He served in the touchdown club for over 50 years and was a lifetime member. Survivors include his children, Stan (Brenda) Blaxton of Warner Robins, daughter, Dr. Teresa (Murray Garnick) Blaxton of Vienna, VA, grandchildren, Chad (Ellen) Blaxton, Whitney (Chad) Martin and Alex Garnick, two great granddaughter, Kayleigh Martin and McKinley Blaxton, two brothers, Doyle Blaxton of Byron and Dewey Blaxton of Port Wentworth, GA. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church at 205 N. Davis Dr, Warner Robins, GA, 31093, in memory of Mr. Blaxton. Heritage Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Source: Macon Telegraph - October 25, 2008 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Entered into rest on Thursday, May 8, 2003, Mrs. Mildred A. Lewis Blaxton, of Vaucluse Road, Aiken. She was the wife of the late Mr. James Barn Blaxton.
      Surviving are three daughters, Joyce Swearingen Turner of Ninety Six, Mary Gilliard of Waycross, Pauline Barton of Langley and one son, James Jesse Blaxton of Belvedere; one sister, Grace Bishop of Augusta; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
       She was born in Lyons to the late Allie Frank and Annie Sue Braswell Blaxton. She was a member of the Gloria Rush Sunday School Class and the Women's Ministry of Langley Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Pallbearers will be the grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Gloria Rush Sunday School Class.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m., at Langley Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Gene Brown officiating. Interment Langley Cemetery.
       Friends may call on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., at Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy No.1 Langley.  
Source: The August Chronicle - May 10, 2003 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Vidalia - Virginia Louise Claxton Blaxton, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 31.   She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She taught the four and five-year old Sunday School Class at Tabernacle Baptist Church for a number of years.
Survivors: husband, E. F. "Pete" Blaxton of Vidalia; daughter, Linda Hall of Vidalia; sons, Ronnie Blaxton of Lyons and Chuck Blaxton of Ailey; sister-in-law, Ann Claxton of Talbotton; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
        Visitation: 7:00-9:00 p. m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Murchison Funeral Home.  Funeral: 2:00 p. m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Chapel of Murchison Funeral Home in Vidalia.  Burial: Mount Shady Cemetery.  
Source: Savannah Morning News -  February 2, 2002 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell

Special to the Chronicle - Vidalia, Ga., Feb. 7 -- The funeral services of Mr. B.L. Conner, who died at Higgston last Sunday, were conducted at the McCrimmon cemetery Monday afternoon at half past two.
     Mr. Connor [sic] was one of the most prominent business men in the Higgston district, having been associated with the firm of B. A. Conner and Brother.  He is survived by both parents and two brothers and several sisters.  The funeral services were conducted by Dr. J.C. Brewton, J.D. Rabun and M. O. Carpenter.  Source: Augusta Chronicle - February 8, 1911 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Faye Sanders Davis: Born in Lyons, Georgia on Jan. 26, 1937 and Departed on Jul. 22, 2008 Visitation: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2008 Service: Friday, Jul. 25, 2008 Cemetery: Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions. Faye Anderson Sanders Davis, 71, died Tuesday, July 23, 2008 at Hospice Savannah after an extended battle with cancer. She was born in Lyons, Georgia on January 26, 1937 and was graduated from Savannah High School in 1954. Faye was employed by Southern Bell Telephone while her husband served overseas in the Navy, then she settled down to raise her family. After her children were all in school, she worked at the Town Hall of Hardeeville for a while, then began a career with the United States Postal Service. Faye retired from the Postal Service in 1997. After her retirement she discovered the joy of gourd painting and became an accomplished designer of gourd art. She was an active member of the Georgia Gourd Society, the American Gourd Society, and the Society of Decorative Painters. Faye had four sons with her first husband, Bonwell C. Sanders, of Lyons, Georgia, before his death in 1977. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Mary Anderson. She is survived by a large extended network of family and friends. Her immediate family includes husband John M. Davis of Ridgeland, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law Glenn Sanders of Ridgeland, Miles and Dee Ann Sanders of Ridgeland, Reid and Julie Sanders of Batesburg, S.C, Lance and T'Lene Sanders of Ridgeland; step-daughters and sons-in-law Annette and Dusty Geisler of Charlotte, N.C, Jackie and Lonnie Seegers Cottageville, S.C.; two sisters and brothers-in-law Elaine and Al Driggers of Elmore, Alabama, and Regina and Paul Brunson of Savannah; also six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, July 24, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m, Friday, July 25, 2008 at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be sent to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416. Fox and Week Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel  Source: Savannah Morning News - July 24, 2008 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Dorothy Lee Dillard, 69, 127 Runaway Court, Orlando, died Friday, Aug. 14. Mrs. Dillard worked for Winn Dixie. Born in Vidalia, Ga., she moved to Central Florida in 1954. She was a member of Powers Drive Baptist Church. Survivors: son, Patrick, Orlando; sister, Elouise Smith, Florida; two grandchildren. Hawthorne Funeral Home, Orlando.  Source: Orando Sentinel - August 16, 1992 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell

Special to The Chronicle. - Vidalia, Ga., April 27. -- The funeral services of Mrs. Mary Gaskins occurred here this morning.  Mrs. Gaskins was the mother of Mrs. J. E. Boyd, of this place, and at the time of her death was more than 85 years of age.  She has been an  invalid for sometime and for the past two weeks has been confined to her bed.  Source: Augusta Chronicle - April 28, 1912 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Vidalia, Ga., March 7. -- Mrs. A. A. Gordon, wife of Rev. Alexander A. Gordon, a preacher of this place, died last night from the effects of a stroke or paralysis which she suffered early last week.  Funeral services will take place today, at Pine Crest cemetery.  Mrs. Gordon leaves besides her husband, a son by her first husband, George W. Westberry. 
Source: Augusta Chronicle - March 8, 1911 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell

Special to The Chronicle - Vidalia, Ga., April 15 --Mr. Tom Harrell of Alston, died here yesterday after having undergone an operation.  some time since he was accidentally shot, a load from a shot gun entering his forearm.  It was from this wound that his death resulted, complications having set in.  Besides his father and mother and several brothers he is survived by a widow who before her marriage was Miss Todd of this place.  The remains were carried to Alston today where they will be interred.
 Source: Augusta Chronicle - April 16, 1912 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


VIDALIA, July 3.  -- The remains of E. H. Haynie, of Clem, who died at Glenwood, have been carried to Clem for interment.  Mr. Haynie was born in Carroll county, was 62 years old and had been suffering for several years with paralysis.  His death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mr. J. M. Cook, at Glenwood, where he had been visiting.  Source: Macon Telegraph - July 4, 1913 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Howard Hill, On Seaboard Lines, Dies From Injuries Sustained When Box Car Passes Over Him.
Vidalia, Aug. 7.-- Howard Hill, a veteran negro brakeman, on the Seaboard line, was knocked down and killed this morning here in the railroad yards.  Both his legs were cut off just below the hips when he was run over by the trucks of a box car.
Hill was standing between the main line and a side track on a string of cars were drilled on the main line. The last car in the airing was derailed a short distance from him, and he stepped onto the sidetrack to escape injury.  However, the derailed car hit another box car on the sidetrack, and pushed it onto Hill.
        Although medical attention reached him in a few minutes, he died within forty minutes after the accident.
His body was taken to Savannah, his home, for burial.  Hill had been a brake-man for the Seabord lines from more than twenty-five years.  Source: Macon Telegraph - August 8, 1913 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell

Vidalia, Ga., Feb. 8. -- Mrs. J. W. Howell, aged 80 years, died at her home in Oak Park last Sunday.  Mrs. Howell, who before her marriage was Miss Williamson, bears the distinction of being related to more people, on one side or the other, than any other person in this section of Emanuel county.  Her funeral was held at Oak Park today.  Source: Augusta Chronicle - February 9, 1911 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


NEW BRANCH -- Braxton Miller, 66, died Sept. 28 at home. 
       He was a native of Toombs County and had lived in Fort Myers, Fla., for some 25 years returning to Toombs County in 1980. He was the retired owner and operator of Miller Roof Trusses in Fort Myers and Ram 11 Mechanics in Lyons. He was a four-year Army veteran of the Korean conflict and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Lyons.
       SURVIVORS: his wife, Faye Miller of New Branch; two sons, Roy Miller of Vidalia and Randy Miller of Fort Myers; a daughter, Vicki Thigpen of Vidalia; three brothers, Hugh Miller of Lyons, Andrew Miller of Glenwood and Junior Estelle Miller of Cedar Crossing; two sisters, Shirley Fields and Essie Brown, both of Lyons; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
       VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service of Vidalia.
       FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Monday at Liberty Baptist Church in Lyons, burial on the Family Farm.  Source: Savannah Morning News -  September 30, 2000 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Former Secretary to Gordon Lee Died Monday - Nathan C. Napter, formerly secretary to Congressman Gordon Lee, of the 7th congressional district, died at his home in Vidalia, Georgia, Sunday night following a seige of pneumonia.  Mr. Napier went into the newspaper business at Vidalia shortly after resigning as secretary to the popular seventh district congressman and had many friends through the congressional district.  The deceased is a brother to Attorny General George Napier, of Atlanta.  Source: Cobb County Times - December 20, 1923  - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


            Edward T. Pate, 66, died April 10th in Currumbin, Queensland, Australia.  Services were held in Tugun, Queensland on April 14.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He was formerly of Hawkinsville and was a prisoner of war and he received the Purple Heart, Congressional Medal of Honor and Silver Star.
            He is survived by one son: Cary Pate, Panama City, Fla.; one sister: Mrs. Virginia Yarbrough, Lyons and two grandsons.
            His remains will be returned to the U.S.
(Source: The Lyons Progress, Lyons, Toombs County, Georgia
April 30, 1981 - transcribed by Dennis Krebs)

Vidalia, Ga., March 7.-- The death of Mrs. Susan Poe occurred today at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alice Brown, of this place.  Mrs. Poe, who was quite an aged lady, has been suffering for some time and her death was not unexpected.  she has been making herhome with Mrs. Brown for some time past.  Her son, Mr. Clarence Poe, who is editor of the Progressive Farmer and who is traveling in foreign lands, was communicated with but could not reach home in time to attend his mother's funeral.
The body was sent to Raleigh, N.C. this morning, where funeral services will be held.  Source: Augusta Chronicle - Mar 8, 1911 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell
Vidalia, Ga., Feb. 28. – The body of Mr. John Powell reached here on the 10 o’clock Seaboard train from Waycross, where he died of pneumonia. Internment took place at the Vidalia cemetery this afternoon. Mr. John Powell is the brother of Mr. Foy Powell and Mr. W. H. Powell, of this place. At the time of his death he was engaged as a traveling salesman. He was a resident of this place for a few months last summer, and while here made many business and personal friends.  Source: Augusta Chronicle – 1 Mar. 1911 -  Contributed by Marla Zwakman


VIDALIA, Aug. 28. -- A telegram was received here today stating that Lucian Ray, formerly of this place, was dead.  Lucian was the son of Prof. E. L. Ray, former superintendent of the Vidalia Collegiate Institute; Bunn Hill Institute, of Waycross, and now co-president of the Locust Grove Institute.  Lucian was an appointee from this district to West Point, was 20 years of age and a prominent member of the younger set of this place. 
Source: Macon Telegraph - August 29, 1912 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Was Prominent Citizen--Funeral and Interment Today at Oakfield.
Special to The Chronicle. - Vidalia, Ga., May 26. -- George R. Roundtree, one of the most prominent citizens, of this place, died last night at his home here.  Interment will take place at Oakfield Sunday.  Mr. Roundtree was 41 years of age and leaves, besides the widow and two boys, a large number of relatives in this county and Emanuel County.  The body will be accompanied from this city to its last resting place by an escort from the Masonic Lodge, the Woodmen, the First Baptist Church and his Sunday school class.  Source: Augusta Chronicle - May 27, 1917 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


VIDALIA, Ga., June 30 – Mrs. Schumpert, wife of J. E. Schumpert, cashier of the Citizens’ Bank, died at her residence here last night about 7 o’clock. Her illness was of long duration. Besides her husband she leaves five children and a host of friends to mourn her death.  Source: Macon Telegraph – 2 July 1903 - Contributed by Marla Zwakman

Vidalia, June 6. -- The death of Mrs. John M. Smith occurred last night at Helena, news of which reached here this morning.  Mrs. Smith was formerly of this place, where she was engaged in missionary work, later going to Helena to visit her parents.  The body will be interred in the new city cemetery here tomorrow.  Source: Macon Telegraph - June 7, 1912 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell


Special to The Chronicle - Vidalia, Ga., May 22.-- J.M. Taylor who was shot on the Cedar Crossing Road, about two miles from this place yesterday, by Joe Nunn, died at the Vidalia Sanitorium about 2 o'clock last night from the effects of the wounds, two of which were in his abdomen and chest and three in his legs.  He was about 40 years of age and was quite a prominent citizen of this place.  He is survived by a wife and four brothers, Tom, Ezra, Hugh and George.  He was a member of the lodge of Odd Fellows, Pythians, and Woodmen of the World.  Interment took place at the Pine Crest Cemetery this afternoon.  Source:
Augusta Chronicle - May 23, 1914 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell 


Vidalia, Ga., July 4. – Mrs. Ann Todd died at the home of her son, H. N. Todd, of this place, after an illness from which she has been suffering for about two years. Mrs. Todd was in her 79th year, and was a native of Tatnall County. Her remains were interred at Blocker’s Chapel.  Source: Augusta Chronicle – 5 July 1913 - Contributed by Marla Zwakman

VIRGINIA PATE YARBROUGH - February 15, 1919 - September 16, 2009
Mrs. Virginia Yarbrough, age 90, of 126 CW Driggers Road, Lyons, GA died Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the Meadows Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Yarbrough was a native of Hawkinsville, GA living most of her life in Lyons. She was a member of the Moose International, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lyons.  Mrs. Yarbrough was preceded in death by her parents, Jennie Belle Pate, and Edward T. Pate, Sr.; one brother, Edward T. Pate, Jr.  The survivors include three sons: William P. Yarbrough III of St. Simons, GA; Dale E. Yarbrough, of Lyons, GA; and Mitchell P. Yarbrough, of Macon, GA; and one daughter, Rebecca Tindall, of St. Simons, GA.  The grandchildren are as follows: Russ Alexander, Miami, Fl; Tristan Strickland, Guyton, GA; Traci Helfrich, St Simons, GA; Alicia Yarbrough, Valdosta, GA; Eric Yarbrough, Savannah, GA; Andrea Yarbrough, Vidalia GA. There are three great-grandchildren, Lindsay & Trey Strickland of Guyton, GA; and Connor Helfrich, St. Simons, GA.  The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September, 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jones-Stewart Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James E. Boyd officiating. The interment will follow in the Lyons City Cemetery. The visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 until 8:00 p.m. in the Jones-Stewart Funeral Home, Lyons, Georgia.  The active pallbearers will be Larry Griggers, William Wallace, Wayne Dees, Russ Alexander, Ronnie Walker, and Robert E. Wynn. The honorary pallbearers will be Don Dees, Hugh Rollison, Sam Young, Neal Blocker, Ervin Williamson, Wade Durrence, Benny Bearden, and Ken Crain. Source: Jones-Stewart Funeral Home - Lyons, Tombs County, Georgia - Provided by Dennis Krebs, Penn Valley, CA 

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