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Tilda L. Hannah Silcox
Generously contributed by Lisa Holliday Sunderman

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Tildia L. Silcox

Born: September 04, 1913
Died: November 23, 2007
Services: Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at Greenwood Cemetery with Pastor Ron Anderson officating.
Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday, November 27, from 5 - 7 PM at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview.
Tildia L. Silcox, 94 of Weirsdale, died at Tuscany Hospice House on November 23, 2007. She was born in Rochelle, Georgia and moved to this area in 1937. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Jerry Silcox, Weirsdale; sisters, Velma Everage, Georgia and Stella Roache, Byron, GA; grandson, Craig Silcox, Weirsdale.


Mary Hannah Skipper
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Wednesday, July 13, 1988

Mary Hannah Skipper
Mrs. Mary Hannah Skipper, 77, died Wednesday at Riverside Nursing Home after a long illness.
     She was a native of Brooks County but had lived in Waycross approximately 15 years. She was a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church. Her parents were Thomas Jefferson Hannah and Gatsie Odum Hannah.
     Survivors are a son, Windle Portier, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Tilda Silcox of Weirsdale, Fla., Velma Everidge and Stella Roache, both of Byron, Ga., and Zelma Holiday of Macon; two brothers, J.R. Hannah or Rochelle, and W.T. Hannah of Byron; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
     Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Miles-Odum Funeral. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.


Jerry Chesley Slaughter
Contributed by Gloria Kingery
page 6-A Tuesday Sept. 28, 1967

Mr. Jerry Chesley Slaughter, 65, Apopka, died Sunday. He was a carpenter and a native of Abbeville, Ga. Survivors: sons, Chesley Slaughter, Orlando, Ed Slaughter, Niles, Mich. Ralph and James Slaughter, Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughter, Mrs. May Wright, Niles, one sister and several brothers. Franklin-Cole Funeral Directors, Carey Hand Chapel, in charge.

Julia B. Slaughter
Contributed by Gloria Kingery
page 2, September 20, 1949

Mrs. Julia B. Slaughter

Mrs. Julia Belle Slaughter, 46, died at her residence in Apopka Sunday following a lingering illness. A native of Georgia, Mrs. Slaughter had lived in Apopka for nine years. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Besides her husband, Jerry C. Slaughter she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank Wright Apopka, four sons, James W., Ed Wess, Ralph, and Chesley Slaughter, all of Apopka, one sister, Mrs. Mark Wilcox, Abbeville, Ga: eight brothers, Lee Stone, Dalton, Ga, F. B. Stone, Rhine, Ga. Ernest Stone, Axson, Ga. O. C. and M. C. Stone, Tavares and P. L., J. P. and Archie Stone, all of Abbeville, Ga and three grandchildren. Funeral services, under the direction of the Fairchild Funeral Home, will be held at the New England Heights Chapel in Apopka at 3 p. m. Tuesday with the Rev. E. A. Milton officiating, assisted by the Rev. Loys Frink. Interment will be at the New Apopka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Harry Stonecypher, Oscar Stone, Johnny Stone, Clarence Stone, Roy Johnson and Tracy Stone.


Mildred Gibbs Spears
Contributed by Elaine Turk Nell
The Telegraph (Macon, GA), 26 Sept. 2006
Mildred Gibbs Spears   
Mildred Gibbs Spears -BYRON - Mildred Gibbs Spears, 87, died Sunday, September 24, 2006. Services will be 2P.M., Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at Byron Baptist Church with Dr. Lawrence Kirk officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. -Born in Abbeville to the late Henry E. and Carrie Maude Stanley Gibbs, Mrs. Spears was retired from KMart, and after retirement, she worked as a food demonstrator for several years. She was a member of Byron Baptist Church. -Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Walter Leon Spears of Byron; children, Jack Fitzgerald (Martha) of Stockbridge, David Gunn (Sandy) of Jackson, Sandy Spears of Macon, Lynn Tam (John) of Powder Springs, Judy Osterloh (Gus) of Fort Walton, Beach, FL and Lisa Dawson (Sam) of Byron; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren. -She was preceded in death by her brothers and sister, Milton Gibbs, Clifford Gibbs, Billy Gibbs and Marie Futch. -Donations may be made to Byron Baptist Church, 100 White Road, Byron, GA 31008. -The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at Rooks Funeral Home in Byron. The family may be contacted at the residence, 101 Old Oak Road in Byron. -Rooks Funeral Home in Byron has charge of arrangements.
Notes from submitter:  Frances Mildred Gibbs was born 1 June 1919 in Wilcox Co., GA.  She married Aaron D. Fitzgerald on 16 Aug 1937 in Wilcox Co., GA.  They divorced, and she married John David Gunn 6 June 1941 in Wilcox Co., GA.  They also divorced, and she married Walter Leon Spears on 5 July 1951 in Macon, Bibb Co., GA.

Jesse Exela Stanley
Contributed by Elaine Turk Nell
THE MACON COUNTY CITIZEN-THE MONTEZUMA GEORGIAN, Thursday, April 9, 1959, page 1, column 6
Funeral Services Held Tuesday for Jesse Stanley     ***newspaper is torn***
     Funeral services were held ___ p.m. tuesday at the ______ Baptist Church for ____________, 52, who died at a local hospital after an extended ________.  the Rev. C.G. Ward and Rev. Otho Pirkle officiated at burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.
     Pallbearers were Tommy Law, Willie Hudson, W.B. Jones, P.O. Poteet, Major Beard and Kesler Butler.  Honorary pallbearers were Norris Poss, Albert Davis, Tom Hall, Dr. C.P. Savage, Dr. L.C. Cheves, Robert Gardner, W.T. Christopher, Otto  Liggin, Elian Fowler, Robert Lewis, R.L. Roper and A.J. Floyd.
     A native of Wilcox county, Mr. Stanley came to Macon County 29 years ago and, in recent years, had operated a taxi service.
     Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nancybelle Stanley, Montezuma; one brother, Henry Stanley, Macon; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Brooks, Panama City, Fla.; Mrs. Cora Bellflower, Tifton; Mrs. Maude Hughes, Fitzgerald; and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Notes from submitter:  Jesse Exela Stanley was born 5 Feb 1907 near Abbeville in Wilcox Co., GA.  He was named for his father who died less than 3 months from when he was born.  His parents were Jesse Exela "Oliver" Stanley & Mary Anna (Rowell) Stanley.  Jesse (b. 1907) married Nancy Bell Wilson and lived in Macon Co., GA.
Jesse Exela "Oliver" Stanley
Contributed by Elaine Turk Nell
ABBEVILLE CHRONICLE, Thursday, Nov. 29, 1906, page 1:
 Mr. Jessie E. Stanley, a merchant in Abbeville, died last Monday morning early, at his home about five and a half miles south of town, aged 38 years.  He was ill only a short while, his death resulting from a complication of jaundice and pneumonia.
 The funeral services were held at the Methodist church, of which he was a member, Rev. W.T. Stewart conducting the services.  The interment was at Stubbs cemetery.
 Mr. Stanley has lived here for many years, and had a large number of friends.  He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss, to all of whom the Chronicle extends deep sympathy.
Notes from submitter:  Jesse Exela "Oliver" Stanley was born 19 Oct 1868 in Georgia and died 26 Nov 1906 in Wilcox Co., GA.  He married Mary Anna Rowell on 16 Oct 1889 in Dooly Co., GA.  His parents were William Henry Stanley and Mary Matildy (Sexton) Stanley.
Wright Tomberlin
Contributed by Brenda Peacock
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September 30, 1880

A testimonial to the memory of Wright Tomberlin, who died at his home in Wilcox County, on the 17th day of September, 1880, in the sixty-first year of his age, and who was born in Wilkinson county, on the 30th day of July 1817, and who moved to Irwin County (Now Wilcox) in 1832 and remained upon the place where he first settled until the day of his death, after an illness of six days of paralysis of the bowels, and who was the father of eleven children, and who was buried at the family cemetery with services being contacted by Revs. O D Mulkey, J W Mashburn and Elias Turner was signed by Drury Reid, S C Fuller, and Elias Turner Committee.
Charles Baxter Turk
Contributed by Elaine Turk Nell
clipping from unnamed Georgia newspaper, June 1959
Charles Turk Dies Following Lengthy Illness
     Charles Baxter Turk, 75, of Pitts died Saturday at his home following a
lengthy illness.  Born in Jackson County, the son of Alex[ander] A. and Amanda
Bellew [sic; Ballew] Turk, he was a member of Pitts Baptist Church, W. O. W.,
and was a retired farmer.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy E. Moore; five sons, D. E.
Turk, Abbeville, G. E. Turk, Morris Turk, Emerson Turk, all of Pitts, and
Clifton Turk of Perry; four daughters, Mrs. Ellen Elkins and Mrs. Sara
Maynard, both of Atlanta, Mrs. Ethelene Sumner, Wrightsville, Mrs. Clara
Brunson, Albany; one brother, T. N. Turk, Cordele; one sister, Mrs. S. B.
Archer, Jefferson; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 21, at 4 p.m. from Pitts
Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Willis officiating, assisted by the Rev.
Earl Powell.  The Ellis Quartet of Cordele sang.  Pallbearers were Wyatt
Miller, L. O. Peebles, D. E. Canthell [sic?; Cantrell], Jack Dowdy, J. L.
Faircloth and Ernest Braziel Jr.
     Interment was in Pitts Cemetery with Jamerson Funeral Home in charge of

Notes from submitter:  C. B. Turk was born on 24 Sept. 1883 in Jackson Co., GA.  He married Nancy Elizabeth Moore on 26 Dec. 1906 in Wilcox Co., GA.  Charlie Turk died on 20 June 1959 in Pitts, Wilcox Co., GA.
Emmie Turk
Contributed by Elaine Turk Nell
The Telegraph (Macon, GA), Sunday, 9 March 2008, page 4B, column 6
Emmie Turk -ROCHELLE - Emmie Turk, age 95, of 1715 First Avenue East, Rochelle passed away Friday, March 7, 2008 at Serenity Gate in Perry, GA. Funeral services will be held at 2P.M. Monday, March 10, 2008 in the Pitts Baptist Church. The Rev. Clint Sullens and Dr. Dennis Phillips will officiate. Interment will be in the Pitts Cemetery. -Mrs. Turk was born in Wilcox County on November 24, 1912. She was daughter of the late Nathaniel Lee Teagle, Jr. and Sadie Elizabeth Olds Teagle and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Pitts Baptist Church and the Ladies Sunday School Class where she taught Sunday School for 61 years and was a Bible School Teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Elbert Turk, in 1972. -Survivors include son, G. B. (Gaynelle) Turk of Sandersville and Emil (Romelle) Turk of Macon; daughters, Annie Grace Gordon of Rochelle and WillaDean (Bob) Cooper of Warner Robins; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. -Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday in the funeral home. -The family may be contacted at the residence of Annie Grace Gordon, 1717 First Avenue East, Rochelle. -In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North American Mission Board "Annie Armstrong Easter Offering", P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543 or to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 347, Sycamore, GA 31790. -Frazier & Son Funeral Home in Rochelle has charge of arrangements.
Notes from submitter:  Emmie Lee (Teagle) Turk was my grandmother.  She married George Elbert Turk on 2 July 1930 in Wilcox Co., GA.  Elbert died on 16 October 1972 in Pitts, Wilcox Co., GA.  Both are buried in Pitts City Cemetery in Wilcox Co., GA.  Emmie's maternal grandparents were Lucious Willie Olds and Frances Elizabeth (Clower) Olds.  Her paternal grandparents were Nathaniel Lee Teagle, Sr. and Syntha Elizabeth (Hannah) Teagle.  Elbert's parents were Charles Baxter Turk and Nancy Elizabeth (Moore) Turk.  His maternal grandparents were George Henry Moore and Americus Minerva (Verner) Moore.  His paternal grandparents were Alexander Ash Turk and Amanda Selina (Ballew) Kilgore Turk.

Nancy Elizabeth Turk
Contributed by Elaine Turk Nell

Mrs. N. E. Turk
Dies at Age 86
     Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Turk, 86, of Pitts, died Sunday in Crisp County
     Mrs. Turk, a native of Gwinnett County, was a member of Pitts Baptist
     Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Clara Brunson of Albany, Mrs. Sara
Maynard of Victoria, Texas, Mrs. Ellen Elkins of Decatur and Mrs. Ethelene
Perkins of Wrightsville; four sons, D. E. Turk of Abbeville, Emerson Turk and
G. E. Turk, both of Pitts, and Clifton Turk of Perry; two sisters, Mrs. J. T.
Fountain of Pitts and Mrs. G. B. Tumpkins [sic; should be Tompkins] of
Coleman, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday at Pitts Baptist church with Rev. U.
W. Rollins and Rev. Jack Dowdy officiating.
     Burial was in Pitts Cemetery.
     Frazier and Son Funeral Home, Abbeville, is in charge of arrangements.

Notes from submitter:  Nancy Elizabeth (Moore) Turk was born 13 Nov. 1884 in Gwinnett Co., GA.  She married Charles Baxter Turk on 26 Dec. 1906 in Wilcox Co., GA.  Beth died on 25 Nov. 1971 in Cordele, Crisp Co., GA.  Her parents were George Henry Moore and Americus Minerva (Verner) Moore. Clipping from unknown newspaper, 1971

James Turner
Contributed by Brenda Peacock
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July 18, 1878

James Turner, of Irwin Co., father of Rev. Elias Turner, and brother to Hon. Smith Turner, of Wilcox County, died at his residence the other day. He had lived in Irwin since 1827, and was in his 78th year.


The Honorable Smith Turner
Contributed by Brenda Peacock
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October 7, 1880

The Hon. Smith Turner, of Wilcox County, died at his home in Abbeville on Wednesday morning October 6th,, 1880, aged about seventy two years. We cannot in this issue, more than briefly announce the death of this worthy and honored citizen. Judge Turner was in every since an honest man, a sincere friend and a devoted husband and father. Many years ago he was Sheriff of Irwin County and represented his people in the Legislature. He was also Ordinary of Wilcox County. We have known Judge Turner for many years, and had dealings with him, and we can bear testimony to his noble qualities as a citizen and a friend.

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