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Page 6A April 17, 2019 porter IN LOVING H P Creel October 21, 1933 - April 9, 2019 P Creel of Forsyth passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. H P faithfully attended Forsyth United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serv- ing in the Korean War and was retired from Bell South as a cable repair foreman with 30-plus years of service. He also loved to garden i and was an avid hunter, fisherman, ! and Alabama football fan. He was a graduate of Warrior High School CREEL where he played football and returned over the years to many reunions. H P went on to continue his studies at Livingston University where he also played football. His greatest joy came from spending time with his pre- cious children and grandchildren. H P was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 53 years Vera Lewis Koone Creel and his brother, Bill Creel His survivors include his two daughters Ellen (Dan- ny) Kirkes and Connie (Phillip) English, his grandchil- dren: Logan and Heath Kirkes, Kimberly, Matthew, and Mitchell English, and his sister Maymee Motte. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In lieu of flowers the family suggest dona- tions be made to the Forsyth United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 108 Forsyth, GA. 31029. A celebration of life service occurred Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel, Gardendale, AL. A burial followed at New Bethel Baptist Church i cemetery in Warrior, AL. Benjamin Gary Banks ,December 11, 1946 - April 11 2019 1 Benjamin "Gary" Banks, 72, of Fortson, Ga. passed away on Thursda); April 11, 2019 at the Co- lumbus Hospice House. A funeral ', service was held at Vance Brooks Funeral Home on Tuesday, April I 16, 2019. The interment concluded at Parkhill Cemetery. Gary was born on December 11, 1946 in Forsyth to the late Bennie , and Gladys Banks. He was Baptist I by faith. For 37 years he worked as ' a Technical Trainer for the Georgia BANKS Power Hydro Group. ff was during this time that he became a proud member of the West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Power Ambassadors. Gary's passion for Sports was very evident in early life He became an all,arotmd sportsman and played football for the Mary Persons High School Bulldogs in Forsyth. After graduation, Gary continued to pursue his enthusiasm for sporting events through many different venues. Frbm hunting, to being a true and devoted fan of Georgia Tech football and Atlanta Braves baseball, to - being an energetic and determined coach for several Little League baseball teams, Gary poured into others the "love for the game" that he had acquired through- out his life. His greatest joy, however, came from travel- ing with his loving wife and spending time with his family. Whenever his grandchildren had soccer games or other sporting events, Pops would be there to cheer them on. Gary will be greatly missed and will always hold a very special place in the hearts of his family and friends. Other than his parents, Gary is preceded in death by his brother, George Monroe Banks, and sister, Betty D. Norris. Survivors indude his devoted wife of 17 years, Sharon Graham Banks; daughters, Carole Deakin (Julian) of Spring, TX, Janet Adams (Darrin) of New Braunfels, TX, Danielle McCullum (Brian) of Warner Robins, GA, Brandie Gatlin (Gregory) of Fortson, GA; son, Michael Queen (Michelle) of Cartersville, GA; grandchildren, Lauren Deakin, Dominic Adams, Dray- ton Adams, Samantha Dees (Hunter), Steven Spell, Alexis McCullum, Greyson Gatlin; great-grandchild, Camdyn Dees; nephew, Ronald Norris (Barbara); and numerous friends. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to a charity of choice. Those so desiring to extend con- dolences may visit Henry Rice Sr. October 20, 1940- April 5, 2019 Ernest Elmer Jackson August 21, 1930 - Apiil 9, 2019 Ernest Elmer Jackson, age 88, died peacefully at home on 9 April 2019. He was born in Rochelle, Wilcox County, Georgia, on 21 August 1930, sixth of the six sons of William Joseph and Suzanna Eliza (Sudie) DuBose Jacl on. After graduation from Rochelle High School in 1950, Ernest joined the United States Nav He served two tours in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War aboard the aircraft . JACKSON carrier Bon Homme Richard. During this time he married Willie Maude Britt of Rochelle. Honorably discharged after five years, he returned to Rochelle, where he worked at Robins AFB and started his appliance repair business. In 1956 Ernest joined the United States Air Force, serv- ing in SAC (Strategic Air Command). After 16 years, he retired in 1972 from Barksdale AFB at Bossier City, LA. He returned to Rochelle and in 1975 began teaching Automotives and SmallEngines at Wilcox County High School, earning vocational teaching credentials through Georgia Southern University. Throughout his life, Ernest Jackson was involved in community service. At age 19, he was among the crew who dug a basement under First Baptist Church Rochelle. Ernest was raised a Master Mason in 1970 in Bossier City, Louisiana. After retirement, he affiliated with Rochelle Lodge No. 190 where he twice served as Master of the Lodge. In 19o7, Ernest married Priscilla Grant Doster of Monroe County, Georgia, and moved to Forsyth. He was a substitute bus driver during the first few years in Forsyth as he built his Jackson Service Company business locally. Ernest operated Emerald J Farms with Priscilla. In Forsyth, Ernest joined Strict Observance Lodge No. 18 and twice was Master of this lodge. He was a Scottish Rite Mason, member ofAl Sihah Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S and Past President of the Middle George Shrine Club. He served as Captain of the Harley Davidson Parade Unit at A1Sihah. He was a member and Past Patron in the Order of the Eastern Star. Ernest served as President of the Forsyth Lions Club, as a member and on the Board of the Mid-Georgia Cattlemen's Association, member and former Chair of the Monroe County Cattlemen's Association, member of the Monroe County Saddle Club, and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. For 28 years Ernest was a member of Forsyth First Baptist Church where he twice served on construction mission teams. He was a member of FBC Prime Time Sunday School Class. Since 2015 Ernest had been an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Ernest proposed the Monroe County Veterans Memo- rial after being inspired by a similar memorial in his home county. He served as Co-Chairman of the MCVM Com- mittee since its inception. The military service of more than 750 Monroe Countians has been recognized as part of the Memorial. Ernest was named "Mason of the Year" by Strict Ob- servance Lodge No.18, was presented the UDC Judah P. Benjamin Award by Cabaniss Chapter 415, and was named "Veteran of the Year" by Shiloh Baptist Church. In 2017, he received the NSDAR Medal of Honor, having been nominated by the Lt. James Monroe Chapter for his work with the Monroe County Veterans Memorial and his many years of community service. In addition to his parents, Ernest was predeceased by his five brothers: Willie Joe, Jr Ralph Evander, ]ames Ran- dolph, Julius Moncrief, and Walter DuBose. Ernest is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Priscilla Grant Doster, and five children: David Jackson, Sharon Jackson King, Jim Jackson (Terri), Amanda Doster Parks (Keith), and Katherine Doster Fletcher (Will). Ernest was the beloved "Papa" to 18 grandchildren: Dylan Jackson, Tripp Wilson, Richard Dunagan (Kelly), Danny Dunagan (Amanda), Chris Dunagan (Rachel), Kristy King, Holly King Davis (Brandon), Amanda Jackson, Melissa Jack- son Singletary (Derek), Sam Jackson Rountree (Wesley), Trent Jackson (Taylor), Caleb Jackson, Tia Chastain, Liam Parks, Carter Fletcher, Larkin Fletcher, Emerson Fletcher, and Willow Kate Fletcher; and 12 great-grandchildren: Jackson, Joseph, Hayden, Owen, and Lane Dunagan; Sailor Burnham; Davis Snead; Madison, Emma, and Zoe Jackson; and James Wesley and Nova Ruth Rountree. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Barbara Jackson of Rochelle and Leigh Grant of Forsyth, four nieces: Deborah Jackson McDonald, Jessica Grant, Natalie Grant Estes (Aaron), and Amelia Grant White (Patrick); and five nephews Rickey Jackson (Karen), Kenny Jackson, Bruce Jackson (Kathy), Barrett Grant (Beth), and Michael Grant (Sara); and one first cousin, Wmola Claville. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Caldwell and Monroe County Hospital, Amedysis Home Health, Hospice Care Options, and to Ernest's seven faith- Shirley Short Forsyth - Shirley Sh6rt, devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the age of 73. Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 3-4 p.m. with the service following at 4 p.m at Bethany Bap- tist Church. Interment will be in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Jimmy Corbitt will officiate. Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh M. Short, her daughter, Airman First Class Marnie A. Short, her parents, Arthur and Viviola Stone, and her sisters, Sara Scott and Terry Viles. Prior to their deaths she was the devoted care giver for her mother, sisters, her husband "Short" and best friend, Candace Herndon. Shirley is survived by her son, David M. Short; grand- son, Brandon M. Short; many nieces and nephews; and numerous close friends from her church. Spending time with friends was Shirley's love and joy. She delighted in baking cakes and preparing favorite recipes for her friends and for church socials. She enjoyed decorating and arranging flowers. For years Shirley was In charge of preparing communion at her bdoved church where she was active until her illness prevented her from participating. No flowers please. Memorial donations may be sent to Bethany Baptist Church, 365 Pea Ridge Road, Juliette, GA 31046 as well as Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Continued from Front plained that a "personal vendetta" should not im- pact a county employee's decision making, Tapley told her that Oppelt and. the rescue ground. After at least three other former shelter volunteers revealed that they had been banned from the "You have got a great shelter no matter what anybody says" Dorough said. "You go to DeKalb or Fulton and you look at five dogs in a kennel. Y'all can be proud of your shelter. I don't know what's going on here, but I can tell you that I've never had a prohlem with any of the people there." Despite Dorough's endorsement, District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said he's heard fadlity by Oppelt, Wood more complaints about then colmltis- th ' " sioners photos of dogse countys antmal she in shelter in the past six or seven months than h&t in with he believes the banned JonesC shelter has been success- limes. Hedges then vouched because R does not make sense to and it won't representatives from at,' be a good thing for the least one local rescue -% group called the GeOr animals? We need to Department of !;ii: expand when it comes to culture earlier this rescue, not ban:' about concerns thel :had " with the Monroe :C ty; Shelter, causingit to : based non-profit Parmers shut down for three d ys, for Pets, said she started Ambrose said that likely rescues in Monroe: when upset Oppelt, and Hedges former shelter manager aclded that the shelter l as also been the cause of a Merritt was still working for the coun lot of inflammatory sodal media chatter. who has main- After about 45 minutes of discussion, Tapley and with Oppelt, said her District 2 commissioner group spent $11,600 last Eddie Rowland sdected ye vetting dogs from the . one vokmteer/rescuer, shelter humane group differences with the shdter director. ful day and night caregivers. Macon - Henry Big Jumor Arthur I ~, I ~i~ Rke Sr 78, was called home on Fnday, [ [ A celebration ofErnests life was held Saturda April, April 5, 2019. Services were held Satur- 13 at Shiloh Baptist Church. Funeral services in Ernests It8 day April 13 at Mount Calvary Baptist I I hometown was held Sunday; April 14, at First Baptist Church. Pastor Bobby Brown officiated. [ Church of Rochelle. Burial vith a Masonic service and Burial was in Glen Haven Cemetery. military honors followed in Morningside Cemeter He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rochelle, Georgia. lingof love, ~ar~ePsPsrae~d~hl n?d~ffle~rk~e?s'~edgof cthd;L ur- Christine Lavera Rice; children, Henry Arthu Rice, Jr In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to / concern for us during the transitioning of our love one, Ms. ' Wanda Rice-Johnson, Bridget (Jerrald) Williams; sister, Shriners Hospitals, % AI Sihah Temple, 222 Mecca Drive, [ Barbara Ann Thrash. Your prayers and presence strengthened Justine (Moses, Sr.) Bundrage; brothers, Gregory (Ber- Macon, GA 31206 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. [ and encouraged us. It is our sincere prayer that God will bless nadine) Rice, Sr Terry (Shirley) Rice, Sr,; grandchil- O. Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. each of you immeasurabl): More specifically; 'that He will open dren, Mark Anthony Davis, Jr Tierra LyShron Johnson Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that,you and a host of relatives and friends. Freeman Funeral rangements in Forsyth. Frazier and Son had charge of shall not have room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10) Home in Forsyth was in charge of arrangements, arrangements in Rochelle. 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