2006-03-09 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Carey Dejaun Clemons, 23, of Carlton died March 3, 2006 at an oil field in Carlton where he worked. He was born Feb. 5, 1983.

Survivors include his father, Jimmie Clemons Sr., his mother, Patricia Clemons, both of Carlton; one son, Zack Stephens, Carlton; two brothers, Warren Pearson, Walker Springs, Jimmie Clemons Jr., Carlton; grandparents, Joseph and Carrie Clemons, Carlton, Luvenia Pearson, Gaston.

The service will be Thursday, (today), March 9 at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church of Carlton. Burial will be in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Carlton. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home will direct.


Billy B. Griffin, 85, died Feb. 28, 2006.

He was born April 18, 1920 in Laurel, Miss. to the late Joseph M. Griffin Sr. and Nancy Buchanan Griffin. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University in the school of Engineering. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. He was involved in mission trips to Russia, Alaska, Guatemala and Wyoming.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Parham and Parham in 1982.

Survivors include his wife, Adair O'Steen Griffin; two sons, W. Herbert (Christine) Griffin, Titusville, Fla., Allan M. (Rosemarie) Griffin, Bentwood, Calif.; one daughter, Gay Griffin (Allen) Sheldon, Columbus, Ga.; six grandchildren; one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Wall Griffin and Joseph M. Griffin Jr., and a sister, Lorainne Griffin Anderson.

The service was March 3 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jackson with Drs. Timothy Huie and Rick Cagle officiating. Burial was in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Jackson. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


Allen Linden Edwards, 89, of Thomasville died March 1, 2006 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 15, 1916 in Walker Springs. He was a member of the Elam Baptist Church. He was a lifelong member of the Oliver Lodge #334 F & AM in Thomasville. He was a member of the Abba Temple Shrine in Mobile. He was a former millwright.

Survivors include two daughters, Gracie Allen (Napoleon) Reid, Thomasville, Dorothy Ann (Charles) Larrimore, Chickasaw; one brother, James Kelly Edwards, Mobile; one sister, Bertha Boltz, Mobile; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

The service was March 4 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. Mark Dunn and Randy Walker officiating. Burial was in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Elam Baptist Church Building Fund.

Active pallbearers were Ronnie Larrimore, Scott Reid, Mike Langham, Paul Gibson, Robert Busby and Mathew Black.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Oliver Lodge #334 F & AM.


Aaron Harvey Etheridge, 93, of Sweet Water died March 1, 2006 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Miss.

He was born June 3, 1912 in Sweet Water. He was a member of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Sweet Water. He was a retired equipment operator.

Survivors include one son, Aaron Sidney "Buck" (JoAnn) Etheridge, Sweet Water; two daughters, Wavelyn Etheridge (Rex) Sheffield, Maretta Etheridge (Larry) Holt, all of Thomaston; two sisters, Mattye Manderson, Selma, Erma Hill, Demopolis; three grandchildren.

The service was March 3 at 3 p.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden with Revs. Tony Cannon, Randal Mims, Mike Allen and Dr. Bill Percy officiating. Burial was in the Aimwell Baptist Church Cemetery in Sweet Water.

Active pallbearers were Jeremy Etheridge, Rex Sheffield Jr., Wayne Johnson, Jimmy Etheridge, Ray England, Harry Etheridge, Marvin Etheridge and Milton Manderson.

Honorary pallbearer was Brittany Etheridge.


Dr. George C. Douglas, 83, of Millbrook died Jan. 29, 2006 at a local hospital.

Dr. Douglas graduated medical school from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and practiced medicine for 53 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, Navy and Air Force. He has practiced medicine in Clarke County since 1996 operating his own office in Grove Hill. He also practiced medicine at Health Options in Fulton, Jackson and McIntosh Clinic. One notable fact during his career he delivered over 10,000 babies, delivering his last one in 1988 before going into family practice. He retired in December 2002.

Survivors include his wife, June Douglas, Millbrook; four sons, George (Gypsey) Douglas Jr., Birmingham, Robert (Sylvia) Douglas, Missouri, Sam (Donna) Douglas, Pelham, Timothy (Kim) Douglas, Allen, Texas; five daughters, Mary Belle Sabogal, California, Martha Godwin, Birmingham, Miriam (Rand) Armbrester, McCalla, Suzanne (Ken) Strength, Millbrook, GiGi (Rus) Morris, Deatsville; two step-sons, Steven (Sara) Causey, Jackson, Jeffrey (Lori) Causey, Conyers, Ga.,; three step-daughters, Kay (James) Deland, Linda (Lee) Lewis, all of Grove Hill, Sandra (Arthur) Tew, Andalusia; one brother, William (Joyce) Douglas, Virginia; two sisters, Lillian Berg, Virginia, Sarah Douglas, Birmingham; 35 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

The service was Feb. 2 at the chapel of Brookside Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ernest Dover officiating. Burial was in the Brookside Memorial Gardens.


Jacara DuBose, 8, died Feb. 18, 2006 at a Demopolis Hospital. She was born Sept. 21, 1997.

Survivors include her parents, Eduardo (Dennie) DuBose; two sisters, Laporsha Dumas, Tallamashia Dumas, Dixons Mills; one brother, Monte Brunson, Sumter County.

The service was Feb. 25 at the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church in Dixons Mills with Rev. John L. Dees officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.


Joshua Pugh, 80, of Thomasville died March 1, 2006. He was born Dec. 12, 1925.

Survivors include one son, Clifford (Denise) Pugh, Bastrop, Texas; two daughters, Madelyn (Tyrone) Williams, Nicholsville, Geraldine (Dwight) Giles, Tuscaloosa; three step-daughters, Geraldine (Alvin) Kennedy, Ethel (Norman) Kennedy, Patricia Bettis, all of Thomasville; one brother, Alexander Rhone, Tuscaloosa; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

The service was March 7 at 1 p.m. at the Rockwest A.M.E. Church in the Pleasant Hill Community with Rev. Jesse Rivers officiating. Burial was in the Rockwest A.M.E. Church Cemetery.

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