Friday November 18th – OBITS (6)

Naomi L. Abernathy

Naomi L. Abernathy, age 89, of Midland, Ga., passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Orchard View in Columbus. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ellerslie, with Dr. Tommy Henschel officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday at the church. Mrs. Abernathy was born June 1, 1927 in Greenville, SC, the daughter of Julius Smith Lark and Florence Lola Cole Lark. She moved to Orlando, Florida in 1958, where she worked a number of years as a teller for Freedom Fairvilla Bank. Her deep faith in Christ made attending church an important part of her life. For many years she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Orlando, where she sang in the choir and participated in the annual Singing Christmas Tree program. In 1996, she became a member of First Baptist Church of Union Park in Orlando, where she was a member of the Young at Heart senior group. She remained active there until 2007, when she moved to Midland in Harris County, Ga., and joined Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ellerslie. During her residency in Orlando, she and her husband held annual passes to nearby Walt Disney World. She loved to go there to sit and “people-watch”. Her family was always very important to her and she loved spending time with them. She especially enjoyed attending her grandson’s baseball games and singing events. She also loved cooking, shopping, and collecting Precious Moments figurines. Mrs. Abernathy was preceded in death by a son, Michael Smith; a son-in-law, David Brawn; a great-granddaughter, Grace Brawn; four brothers, Kenneth Lark, Norwood Lark, Jerome Lark and Marlo Lark; and a sister, Thelma Timmons. She is survived by a daughter, Karen R. Brawn of Midland, Ga.; a grandson, Tyler Brawn (Emily) of Midland, Ga.; three great-grandsons, Caleb Brawn, Sammy Brawn, and Benji Brawn; a brother, David Lark, of Greenville, SC, three sisters, Carolyn Hudson and Mary Brackin, both of Greenville, SC, and Jean Johnson of Chattanooga, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 16117 Ga. Highway 315, Ellerslie, Ga. 31807 Online condolences may be offered at

Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.



Betty Faye Wright Nobley

Mrs. Betty Faye Wright Nobley, age 81, of Nashville, Georgia, formerly of LaGrange, passed away on November 15, 2016. Mrs. Nobley was born in Heard County to the late Leon Wright and Eunice Smith Wright on August 31, 1935. She worked for NOK as a Shipping and Receiving Supervisor. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:00 am with Rev. Donnie Benefield officiating. Family received friends on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Bobby and Bill and a sister, Mary. Survivors include her daughter, Gayla Nobley Crosby and her husband Ward; brother, James Wright and his wife Linda; sister Ann Wright; grandchildren, Kristin Ziegler and her husband David and Shannon Barber and her husband Dean; great grandchildren, Maddison, PaisleyAnn and James; three step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Herbert “Herb” Fickey

Mr. Herbert “Herb” Fickey, age 81, of Huguley, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Bethany House in Auburn. Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Johnson Brown – Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Rev. Adam R. Traylor officiated. Burial followed at Johnson Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 10:00A.M. Mr. Fickey is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bernice Fickey; one brother Kenneth Fickey of Ringgold, Ga; two sister-in-law’s, Sue Fickey of Lanett, Alabama and Nellie Johnson of Valley, Alabama; children Darlene (Gary) Mayhew of Long Island, New York, Sherrill (Kevin) Gadd, Paul (Linda) Fickey, all of Jacksonville, Florida, Cheryl Miller of Huguley, Alabama, Rick (Rene’) Traylor of Valley, Alabama  Cynthia (Tim) Williams of Beauregard, Alabama, and Shelia (Brent) Marlow of Bradenton, Florida; thirteen grandchildren, thirty two great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Born February 15, 1935 in Rockwood, Tenn., Mr. Fickey was the beloved son of the late Mozelle and Herb Fickey. He was an avid sports fan of the University of Tennessee. He was a beloved husband, loving father, grandfather, and brother. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Fickey retired as owner/manager of H.R. Fickey Vinyl Siding Company. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Tommy, Jerry, Raymond and Bill Fickey; three sisters, Jane Ann Scott, Mildred Early, Johnnie Barnes, son-in-law Michael Fickey, and granddaughter Shannon Holloway. Please visit our website at to sign the online guest book.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home was handling arrangements.



Alfred Fraizer Breedlove

Mr. Alfred Fraizer Breedlove, age 75, a resident of Lanett passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at his residence. The family received friends Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM EST at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Jean Breedlove; children, Linda Clay (Jeff), Steve Breedlove, Tina White; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and half brother, Ray Berry.  Mr. Breedlove was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Margie & Herbert Berry.

Mr. Breedlove was born in Langdale, AL and retired from the Langdale Mill, where he was an electrician.  He was an avid University of Alabama football fan and he enjoyed fishing.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed.



Henry Gene Cheeks

Mr. Henry Gene Cheeks was born in Franklin, Georgia on October 2, 1943 to the late, Henritta Cheeks Cook and Gus Dixon, Sr. He joined the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church as a child. Henry G. was educated at Mary Johnson School in Franklin, Georgia. He worked for Awbrey Logging Company for many years before retiring. After retirement, he started a lawn care service, where he became known as the “Grass Man”. Henry G. and Mary Catherine Dunson were partners for many years and are the parents of one son, Maurice Dunson. The Lord called him home on November 9, 2016 after a long illness. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Artis Cheeks, Virgil Cheeks and Marshall T. Cook; and one sister, Patsy Ann Cook. His memories will forever linger in the hearts of those who love him. He leaves to cherish his memories, one son, Maurice Dunson of Franklin, GA; one granddaughter, Parrish Jackson; three great-grandsons, Camerion, Zalen and Kamdyn Jackson; seven brothers, Otis Cheeks, Franklin; Marivn Cook, Atlanta; Amos (Bertha) Cook, Franklin; JD (Clarissa) Cook, Hogansville, GA; Gus Dixon, Jr. and Eugene Dixon, Decatur, GA; Don Dixon, TX; four sisters, Fannie (Sonny) Poole, Wedowee, AL; Gladys Cook, Carrollton, GA; Mary Nell Cook, Franklin and Hazel Dixon, Decatur, GA; a devoted partner, Teresa “Coco” Allen; four aunts, Rachel Cheeks, Catherine Fearby, Dorthula Allen and Martha Cook; one sister-in-law, Lorene Cheeks; as well as several children he helped raise; Torrence S. Allen, Tenecia L. Allen, Maxine Ogletree and Bo Ogletree. Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday at 1:00 PM at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Dorothy Pauline Leath Roman

Mrs. Dorothy Pauline Leath Roman, the daughter of the late, Artis Leath and Carrie Flowers Gates was born August 24, 1934 in Fulton County, Georgia. “Mrs. Dot” as she was known, departed this life on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at LaGrange Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Doris Laverne Leath; two sisters, Lucy Roman and Louise Sledge; two brothers, Herman Gates and Otis Leath. Those left to cherish her memories, are her loving and devoted daughter, Janice (John) O’Neal, LaGrange, GA; four loving sons, Melvin (Pat) Leath, LaGrange, GA; Alton (Ola) Roman, Flint, MI; Willie (Chantis) Walker, McDonough, GA; Michael Roman, LaGrange, GA; fifteen grandchildren, Cheryl Cameron, Holle LEath, Malcolm Leath, Cary Davis, Jessica Alford, John O’Neal, Jr., Alecia Workman, all of LaGrange, GA; Brittney Watts, Samari Walker, McDonough, GA; Idris Bray, Nakia Roman, Christopher Roman, all of Flint, MI; Deormorro Langston, Atlanta, GA; Tristin Thompson, Roanoke, AL; Benjamin Leath, Newnan, GA; one god grandson, Aiden McGhee, Gay, GA; twenty-five great grandchildren, niece, Barbara Ann (Marion) Tucker; nephews, Tommie Roman and Jerry Cofield, all of LaGrange, GA; and a host of other relatives and friends; and her St. Paul Baptist Church Family. The family will be at their home at 121 Twelve Oak Drive. The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday at 12:00 PM at St. Paul Baptist Church. Rev. Edward Lane will officiate. Burial will follow at Southview Cemetery.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.