Marvin E. Griffin entered his heavenly home at 5:15 PM on July 01, 2020. He was born on November 25, 1934 in Colquitt County GA. He was the second of six children of the late John Alton Griffin and Lilly Alean Plymale Griffin.
Gene was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. His wife of 59 years, Therlisel Webb Griffin, a daughter, Julie Griffin Page of Valdosta, GA, a son, Robert Alton (Al) Griffin and daughter-in-law, Natalie Pittman Griffin of Monroe, GA., survive him as well as do 3 grandchildren: Rachael Page Schaper (Austin) of Statesville, NC, Daniel Alexander “Alex” Griffin of Monroe, GA, and Edmund Andrew “Drew” Page, II of Valdosta, GA, and 1 great-granddaughter, Harper Paige Schaper of Statesville, NC.
Gene is also survived by a sister, Myrna Griffin Warga (Lewis), a brother, Jake Randall Griffin (Hilda) both of Quitman GA, and sisters-in-law, Gayle Webb Palmer (Joseph) of Camilla, GA, and Linda Cayce Meyers (Tom) of Lake Oconee, GA., and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.
Gene’s parents and brothers Lester Douglas Griffin, Benny LeVerne Griffin, and James Lamar Griffin preceded him in death as did his son-in-law, Edmund Andrew Page.
Gene was a 1954 honor graduate of Quitman High School. He was a parts manager and later became a partner with West Tractor Co in Quitman, GA. In 1984, he was employed by Kelly Mfg. Company in Tifton, GA, and then with Lilliston Corp. in Albany, GA. Following his tenure in the farm equipment business, Gene became Credit and Receivables Manager in 1987 for Murray Biscuit Company in Augusta, GA; and throughout its purchase transitions, he was employed by President Baking Company, Keebler Company and retired from Kellogg Company in September 2005.
Gene served 6 years in the US Army with 2 years active duty and honorably discharged from the Army National Guard with rank of sergeant. He was ordained as a deacon at the Quitman First Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school director for many years. Gene was also an active member of the Quitman Kiwanis Club for many years and served 2 terms as president. While employed in the farm equipment business, he served several years on the Board of the Georgia Farm Equipment Association and also established a Farm Equipment Finance Company for West Tractor Co. and for Kelly Mfg. Co.
Gene frequently sought the advice of his older friends and acquaintance to gain knowledge from their wisdom and experience, and he treasured those relationships. Gene never met a stranger and had an amazing talent for engaging people in conversation. To know him was to love his quick wit and funny sense of humor. He genuinely loved his family and enjoyed country music, the DAWGS, football, and baseball. He was a passionate supporter of his kid’s and grandchildren’s educational and athletic programs. He was also a very humble person and never boasted of his deeds or wanted to call attention to himself. He was a man of integrity and was always respectful of others and their opinions. He was dedicated to his work and appreciated those with whom he worked. Gene was a brilliant person and well read. His mind was like a calculator, and he offered sound advice to every young person whom he met. He took great pride in his appearance and had the goal of perfection in all tasks that he attempted. One of his favorite remarks was that he graduated from the School of OHK&E (Opportunity of Hard Knocks and Experience)!
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Quitman First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Harris officiating, Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Per families request that everyone wear a mask that attends the service. The service will be live stream on Purvis Funeral Home and Maxwell-Purvis Funeral Home Facebook account. Flowers will be accepted or contributions can be made to Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, 1101 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Virginia Ruby Hiers, 76 of Dixie passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Presbyterian Home Quitman. Mrs. Hiers was born October 7, 1943 to the late Hamon & Altha Tyson Miller.
Survivors include her son, Vance (Stacie) Hiers of Dixie; daughter Donna Lynn Hiers of Atlanta; grandchildren, Van Hiers, Heather Hiers, Paige (Justin) Proctor, and Krysta (Josh) Williams; great grandchildren, Dallas, Brayden, Clayton, and Everlee; sister, Wyber Becton of West Virginia; and niece, Windy Becton of Quitman. Mrs. Hiers was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Hiers.
Complete funeral arrangements will be announced.
Mr. James Griffin, Jr, 62 of Tifton passed away Friday June 26, 2020 at Tift Regional Medical Center. Mr. Griffin was born July 16, 1957 to the late James & Laverne Purvis Griffin, Sr.
Survivors include his daughters, Angela Griffin of Tifton, and Jaime Griffin of New York; grandchildren, Gracie Westbrook, Peyton Rick, Ava Hill, and Kyleigh Dean; brothers Tim Griffin of Lenox, and Andy Griffin of Bremen, GA; sisters, Angie Fletcher of Tifton, and Tina George of Adel; several nieces & nephews. Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by one sister, Debbie Holley, and his stepdad, Teenie Averitt.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery with Rev. Terrell Roberts.
Mr. David "Buie" Rowan, 72 of Doerun passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Rowan was born June 15, 1948 to the Buie Johnson Rowan & Eula B. Rowan. He was a avid fisherman and a master story teller.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Rowan of Doerun; children, Buie Jeffery (Laura) Rowan, Jennifer (Chris) Bittinger, Jason (Jonelle) Rowan, Kendra (Steven) Walden, and Kevin Davis and special friend, Rebekah Newsome; grandchildren, Brent (Ciera) Rowan, Macy Rowan, Morgan Rowan, Aysia Bittinger, Ian Bittinger, Taylor Rowan, Payton Rowan, Johnathan (Ashley) Walden; Mark (Casidy) Walden, Gracie (Alex) Everett, Brenin Davis, Britney (Jesse) Fleming, Raven Davis, and Tristan Davis; great grandchildren,Aubrey Rowan, Asher Everett, Faithlyn Walden and Keegan Folsom; sisters, Shirley Drew, Joyce Gay and Peggy Taylor; many nieces and nephews. Mr. Rowan was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, J L Rowan and wife Carrie, Jack Gay, Robert Taylor, and Carolyn Sue Nichols and Donald Nichols.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Longbridge Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Billy Smith officiating. Mr. Rowan's nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Wright Warr, Jr., 84 of Nashville passed away Friday, June 19, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Warr was born January 18, 1936 to the late Wille Wright Warr, Sr, and Edith Dubose Warr. He was a member of the First Bapitst Church Nashville, a lifetime scout, and a mason in Louisiana. Mr. Warr retired from the Ford Company after 34 years.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Manelle Warr of Nashville; children, Mark (Sandra) Warr of Villa Rica, GA, Christopher Warr of Nashville, Terry (John) Marlar of Florence, AL, and Stephanie Warr of Nashville; grandchildren, Jeremy, Cole, Geffory, Katie, Cain, and Kevin; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Richard Warr of Locust Grove, GA and one sister, Kay Whalen of MI. Mr. Warr preceded in death by two brothers, Van Warr, and Ronnie Warr.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Purvis Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Stewart officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Douglas 'Doug" Charles Spence 47 of Quitman passed away after a short illness at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, June 15, 2020. Doug was born on June 18, 1972 to the late Paul and Sandra Spence. He attended Ravenwood Academy and graduated from West Brook School. Doug proudly served his country in the United States Army and he worked many years as a welder with Evoqua Water Technology and also worked in the law enforcement.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie Walker Spence of Quitman; daughter, Keisley Spence; and brother, Paul Spence. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Paul & Rose Spence; and brother, Jamie Spence.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Quitman with Rev. Steve Shierling officiating. The family will be receiving friends Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Maxwell-Purvis Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mary Lou Hart, 91 of Sparks passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Southwell Medical Center. Mrs. Hart was born August 27, 1928 to the late Lessie Pafford, Sr and Katie McKinney Pafford. She retired from Metal Products and was a member of Sparks Baptist Church. Mrs. Hart lived in Sparks all her life until she went into assisted living about 8 years ago.
Survivors include her daughters, Jane Gleaton of Paris, TN and Susan (David) Griffin of Adel; grandchildren, Stephen Griffin, Ray Newbern, Jr, and Stephanie Taylor; 8 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hart, Sr; son, Howard Hart, Jr; and brothers, Lessie Pafford, Jr, George Pafford, and Calvin Pafford.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Sparks City Cemetery with Rev. William Davis officiating.
Mrs. Hazel Manning, 76 of Adel passed away Monday, June 1, 2020 at her residence. Mrs. Manning was born April 22, 1944 to the late L. D. & Katie Lou Johnson Welch She was a member of Barwick Baptist Chuch and enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. Mrs. Manning was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her children, Patsy (Curtis) Strickland of Adel, Paul (Amanda) Manning of Barney, and Michelle Manning of Barney; grandchildren, Victoria Brannon, Juana McGuire, Dustin Manning, Anthony Manning, Carlisa Manning, Skyler Manning, Kelin "K.J." Manning, Roman Welch, and Quinton Welch; great grandchildren, Chandler Brannon, Gabriella Brannon, Kaden Welch, Emmarie Welch, Sterling Slaughter, Hunter Ross, Ashlyn Ross, Bentley McGuire, Conner McGuire, Destin Manning, Kinsley Manning, Emily Williams, Jada Manning, Cotton Manning, Brenlyn Murphy, Dallas Manning, and Dakota Manning. Mrs. Manning was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Manning; grandson, Chandler Manning; two sisters, Emma Lou Bramlett, and Pauline Dixon; and several brothers.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Morrison Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. William Davis officiating. The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Purvis Funeral Home.
Leon Elvin Purvis of Lenox, passed away in his home on May 13, 2020 at the age of 81.
Leon is survived by his daughters, Sandra and Steve Griffin of Tifton, Peggy Young of Tifton, and Lisa and Melvin Autry of Cleveland, Tennessee; son-in-law Steve Brock of Tazewell, Tennessee; his grandchildren, Jamie and Clay Connell, Andy and Deanna Griffin, Dawn and Gary Hollis, Ashley and Tim Stone, Kayla and Chad Dunn, Josh Autry, Hannah Brock, Ben Brock, Levi Brock, Sarah and Justin Pendergrass, Seth Brock, and Matthew Brock; his great grandchildren, Cayde Hollis, Abbey Griffin, Brady Connell, Jack Dunn, Mason Stone, Emma Griffin, Tripp Griffin, Caly Connell, Anna Dunn, Layla Hollis, Arthur Dunn, James Dunn and Madelyn Stone; his brother Donnie and Teressa Purvis; and his sister Faye and Bill Goff; and his special friend Marjorie Browning. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Purvis; his daughter, Lawanna Brock; his brother Ernest Purvis; and his sister Audrey Sellars.
Leon loved to socialize and especially enjoyed making everyone laugh. At a young age, he dreamed of being a race car driver. He was a problem-solver who often tinkered with anything broken around the house. He was involved in many activities, including, sock making, crossword puzzles, and reading the newspaper.
He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
A private graveside service will be held Friday, May 15, 2020 at New River Holiness Church Cemetery with Brother Melvin Autry officiating.
Barbara Stone Parks passed away peacefully April 2, 2020 at the age of 80 and is now dancing across Heaven. Barbara Gale Vance was born in Tifton, GA on August 18, 1939. Barbara graduated from Cook County High School where she was a cheerleader. She married Fritz Stone on December 22, 1957, and together they had two children before he tragically died in 1968. Barbara unselfishly acted as mother and father to her two young children while living in Tucker, GA. She married Bill Parks in 1973, and they lived in Hartwell, GA until his death in 2009.
She was a loving mother to Phyllis (Curtis) Stone Wager of Lantana, FL and Bret (Darlene) Stone of Lawrenceville, GA. She cherished her six grandchildren, Nikki (Matt Gilmore) Doetzer, Joey (Nicole) Williamson, Cody Wager, Case Wager, Breanna Stone, and Vance Stone as well as her four great-grandchildren, Landon Doetzer and Joey, Oliver, and Noah Williamson. Survivors also include her brother-in-law, Freddie Stone, sisters-in-law, Sandra Faye Keene, Marsha Vance, and Carolyn Vance, a niece, Joy Vance Johns, and nephews, Trenton Vance, Mike Stone, Alan Stone, and Jonathan Atkinson. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Olive Joiner Vance, her two “little” brothers, Ernest E. Vance and Donnie H. Vance, her husbands, Fritz Stone of Adel, GA and William “Bill” Parks of Sylvester, GA, and her nephews, Jason Atkinson, and Payton Vance.
Barbara had many loves. She was Elvis Presley’s #1 fan! But the beach brought joy to her soul. She treasured each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and took great pride in their accomplishments. She will be remembered for her kindness, strength, graciousness, and generosity. Those that were lucky enough to be in her life will truly miss her and her dry sense of humor that kept us smiling.
A private graveside service will be held Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Nancy "Bebop" Conley Griffin, 63 of West Berrien passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. Mrs. Griffin was born October 19, 1956 in Tift County to the late Clyde Thomas Conley and Gladys Louise Conger Conley. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Griffin enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, attending church services and fishing.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Thomas Griffin of West Berrien; daughter, Joanna Griffin Cartee (Brad Cartee) of West Berrien; grandchildren, Halle Craven and Halyn Cartee of West Berrien; sister, Ruby Lee Scarberry of Brookfield; and brother, Edward "Bud" Conley of Tifon. Mrs. Griffin was preceded in death by one brother, James Conley; two half brothers, Rayford Jaques and Pete Jaques; two sisters, Mary Lois "Sukie" Conley, and Sara "Sally" Joyce Conley Mullis Saxton.
A private graveside service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Pine Grove Church Cemetery with Pastor Charlene Griffin, Rev. Jimmie Hinson, and Pastor Charles Kent officiating. When conditions related to the COVID-19 Pandemic allow, a public memorial service will be announced. Please postpone all floral tributes until this time.
Mrs. Beth Penn, 93, of Adel, passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of April 1, 2020.
Mrs. Penn was born in Davenport, Florida, as Marjorie Leonabeth Collins, the only child of Crenshaw Caleb Collins and Marjorie Carruthers Collins. She was the widow of the late Walter Richard Penn of Adel and the mother of two sons, Richard and Kelly.
Beth graduated from The Wesleyan Conservatory, Macon, GA, 1948, with a Bachelors of Music Degree with an emphasis on piano performance. As an elementary school teacher, she touched the lives of many students throughout Georgia. Her career included teaching positions in Monticello, Hartwell, Lakeland and finally in Adel. She retired from Adel Elementary School and was a member of Cook County Retired Educators.
She loved music, was a classically-trained professional musician, and played several instruments, including the piano, organ and accordion. She enjoyed sharing her talent, playing for countless weddings and funerals throughout the years. Beth began playing for church services at the age of 12 and she retired from her church ministry at the age of 88. Since 1976, she had served as organist/pianist at Adel United Methodist Church. She was a believer and was secure in her faith.
She and Richard loved to travel, and with the camper in tow, they explored many states in the continental U. S., but she was the happiest when visiting the beach with her family and friends. She also loved to travel internationally and with her colleagues in education, especially her sisters in Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She attended many State, Regional, and International Conventions and served as Pianist for the International Convention in 2009 and entertained with her accordion at some of these meetings.
Upon her ninetieth birthday, her family had a celebration that included her church community, neighbors, friends and family. It was a momentous occasion and no one enjoyed it more than Beth. She had a wonderful sense of humor and truly enjoyed being with others, and especially enjoyed her Friday night dinners with friends.
Mrs. Penn was predeceased by her parents, as well as her husband of more than 51 years, Walter Richard Penn. She is survived by both of her sons and their spouses, Richard and Libby Penn, and Kelly and Janice Penn, all of Macon, GA. She leaves five grandchildren: Maxwell Penn, Chandler Penn, Lawson Penn, Martha Collins (Andrew) Grace, and Caleb Penn. In addition, two great grandchildren survive, Sarah Crenshaw Grace and John Argo Boyd Grace.
There will be a private graveside service that will be held for family only. When conditions related to the COVID-19 Pandemic allow, a public memorial service and celebration of her life will be announced for a later date. The family would like to express their gratitude to Brenda Jones for her care and support during the last three years. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Adel United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.purvisfh.com. Purvis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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