Friday, March 3rd – Obits (5)

Mary Ard Garrison

Mary Ard Garrison, age 79, of Warm Springs, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 Hospice LaGrange. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Victory Temple Church of God. Rev. Charles Williams officiated. Interment followed in Meriwether Memory Gardens. Visitation was from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Garrison was born May 4, 1937 in Warm Springs, the daughter of Dillard Ard and Mary Scott Ard. She retired from the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in 1999 after 42 years of service. Mrs. Garrison was a member of Victory Temple Church of God where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, swimming and fishing. Survivors include her husband, William Garrison of Warm Springs; one brother, Frederick Ard and his wife, Phyllis of Denver, CO; one sister, Sarah Webb of Columbus and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Please sign the online register at

Cox Funeral Home, Manchester was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Langley Fetner

Mrs. Ethel Langley Fetner, age 89, a resident of Cook Springs, AL and a former resident of Valley, AL passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Meadowview Nursing Home in Cook Springs.  Graveside services were held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST at Johnson Memorial Gardens in Valley. Rev. Rusty Letson officiated. Visitation was held on Sunday from 1:00-1:45 PM EST at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Survivors include several nieces & nephews including Pace Lackey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Lewis Fetner; her son, Billy Joe Smith; granddaughter, Robin Griffith; special niece, Linda C. Norris; and her parents, Nathan & Evie Davis Langley. Mrs. Fetner was born in Randolph County, AL on March 1, 1927.  She was retired from Winn Dixie Food Stores.  Mrs. Fetner was a member of the Fairfax First Baptist Church. Please visit our website at to leave a condolence for the family.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed services.

Wendell Martin

Wendell Martin was born on December 21, 1947, to Julian McKinley and Elease Russell Martin in LaGrange, Georgia. He was one of three siblings. Wendell graduated from East Deport High School in LaGrange and furthered his education at Ft. Valley State University with Degrees in Education and Masters in Guidance and Counseling. Upon completion, he relocated to St. Lucie County and began his employment at Indian River Community College which was later known as Indian River State College. Over a period of thirty-five years, Wendell worked as a Guidance Counselor, in financial aid, Assistant Dean of Instruction, Campus Provost at the Chastain Center in Stuart and was district wide Dean of Minority Affairs. He retired on June 30, 2005, as Dean Emeritus. In 1971, Wendell joined Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church under the leadership of Elder S. P. Kilpatrick. Wendell married Linda King in 1974; to this union, their only son, Renard was born. He led his family in precepts and examples while faithfully serving God at Mt. Pleasant. He served as chairman of the Trustee Board for several years and remained a faithful trustee for thirty-eight years. He served in the music ministry as pianist, sang in the Inspirational choir and the Male chorus. Wendell chaired several special events at Mt. Pleasant including: the 1977 Mortgage Burning program, Men’s Day programs and Church Anniversary programs. His ability and his willingness always made room for him to serve. For more than twenty-five years, Wendell served as General Recording Secretary for the East Florida District Primitive Baptist Association. He was the first “non-Elder” to serve in this capacity. He remained in office under four different moderators, including, the late Elder S. P. Kilpatrick, the late Elder R. J. Hendley, Jr., Elder K. A. Duke and Elder Charles Hendley. Wendell found time for community involvement through membership in the St. Lucie County Branch, NAACP and the Martin County Democratic Black Caucus. He was the recipient of the Martin County Black Image Award in 1993, and the Martin County Community Achievers Award in 2009. Wendell Martin answered the call to come home Thursday, February 23, 2017.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted wife of forty-two years, Linda King Martin; one son, Renard Martin; five grandchildren, Elijah Renard, Tiyahni, Thaliyah, Jaylin Martin, and Eliyah Bouie; brother, Julian McKinley Martin; sister, Rosa M. Huzzie; sister-in-law, Bernice S. Martin; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, god-children; and a host of other relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday at 11:00 at First Baptist Church, Fannin Street. Rev. Carl Epps officiated. Burial followed at Southview Cemetery.

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

 Jimmy Roger Fears

Mr. Jimmy Roger Fears, of Lanett, AL passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Golden Living Nursing Home, Lanett, AL. On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Mr. Jimmy Roger Fears’ sweet soul winged its flight from this world of sin, sorrow and pain to an eternal place of rest. Jimmy was born January 9, 1944 in Lanett, AL to the late Miranda Fears and Jim Sanders. Jimmy accepted Christ as his personal Savior and joined Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was faithful member until his health declined. He was a member of the 1962 graduating class of Lanier High School. Jimmy excelled academically and was one of Laniers stand out football players. He was an employee of West Point Produce and West Point Pepperell Industry. His hobbies were cooking, reading and watching sports. Jimmy was known for his friendly, outgoing personality and his love for all those around him. Whenever you heard the name “Jimmy Roger” you could rest assure that someone had a funny story to tell. He was loved by many. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Mary Emma Fears, Louise Booker, Henry Harrington Fears, Robert Hurston Fears, Cornelius Fears, Sally Fears, Williams Fears, Mary Pearl Sanders and Willie Eva Brown.

He leaves to cherish his memories; one daughter, Bernadette (Terry) Gates, Covington, GA; one son, Aqueveious Lavakious Fears, West Point, GA; two sisters, Shirley Fears, Brooklyn, NY; Gladys Wright, Lanett, AL; five grandchildren, ToShiro, Zachaous, Zoe, Akadynce and Azion; special nieces, Shonda Bailey and Virginia Floyd; special nephew, James Floyd, Michael Floyd and a host of other special nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. The family may be contact at the residence of Aqueveious Fears and Bernadette Fears Gates, 100 Avenue N, West Point, GA 31833. Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Roger Fears will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lanett, AL. Ministers: Rev. Eugene Cooks, Pastor, Rev. Willie Phillips, Eulogist. Interment will follow in the Pinehill Cemetery, Lanett, AL.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements

T.J. Parker

Mr. T.J. Parker, age 92, of LaGrange, GA passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Wellstar West Georgia Hospice. Mr. Parker was born September 25, 1924 in Butler, GA to the late Robert Lee Parker and Myrtle Byrd Parker. He was a United States Army Veteran during World War II. After serving our country, he started a career in selling insurance with United Insurance for many years until retirement. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Jackson and Deborah Hernandez; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Herbert Parker and Newton Parker, two sisters; Catherine Sapp and Betty Jean Herndon. Graveside services will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm EST. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Striffler Hamby Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.