Monday, March 27th – Obits (6)

Edwin Laurence Whitten

Mr. Edwin Laurence Whitten, age 84, of Luthersville, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at his home. Mr. Whitten was born September 3, 1932 in Rocky Mount, son of the late James and Alice Mae Crook Whitten. A veteran of service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he lived in Clayton County before returning to Luthersville in 1984 and retired from Southern Bell Telephone after 30 years of service. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Newnan, was a Mason, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He loved his family, farming, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing Santa Claus and worked as Santa at Callaway Gardens for 20 years. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Ed and Debbie Whitten of Pine Mountain, Donnie and Mildred Whitten of Buckhead, Bonnie and Stanley Payne of Canton, Johnnie Whitten of Thomaston, Connie Barlow of Newnan, Rondi and Bobby Wiggins of Canton; sister, Brenda and George Nihart of Waverly Hall; brothers, Warren and Jenell Whitten of Woodbury, Robert and Linda Whitten of Luthersville, Gary Whitten of Luthersville; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with Masonic rites.  The Reverend Terry Rainwater officiated and interment was in the Strickland Cemetery in Meriwether County, with military honors. Condolences may be expressed at

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements.

Manubhal Jivabhai Patel

Mr. Manubhal Jivabhai Patel, age, 90, of LaGrange passed away peacefully Monday Morning at his home. Mr. Patel was born in India and came to make his home here in America where his children already lived.  Funeral Services were held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday from the Hunter-Allen-Myhand Chapel with cremation followed by the services. Please join the Patel family in commemorating his life by logging on to and posting your tributes.

Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Joyce Nelson

Mrs. Peggy Joyce Nelson, age 85, of Lanett, AL passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Bethany House in Auburn, AL. She was born on January 30, 1932 in Chambers County, AL. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her three children, Steve (Donna) Nelson, Jim (Pat) Nelson, and Lisa Nelson (Danny) Staples; her seven grandchildren, April (Brian) Sexton, Tanya Nelson, Ryan Miller, Summer (Daniel) Ruff, Tristan Nelson, Tony Nelson, and Rusty Nelson; her five great grandchildren, Jeni Nelson, Brooklyn Nelson, Jacob Ruff, Barrett Sexton, and Caleigh Sexton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas R. Nelson; great grandchild, Austin Sexton; her father, Owen Jennings; her mother, Julia Jennings. Mrs. Nelson was a very faithful member of Calvary Family Worship Center in Valley. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She was a devoted homemaker who always put her family first.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Rev. Gary Cotney and the Rev. Laverne Cotney officiated. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett, AL. The family received friends Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Visit our website at to leave an online condolence for the family.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed.

Emily Woods

Ms. Emily Woods was born December 24, 1936 to the late, Mae Dovie Cannon and Omar Gay, Sr. in Harris County, Georgia. She was employed as a cook at Gill’s Restaurant and a Domestic for the Davis, Smith, and Reames families. During her employment, she created an everlasting relationship with these families. Ms. Woods was a faithful member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church where she served as an Usher for many years. She had a big heart and a love of people. She enjoyed going to Harris County Senior Community Center; playing games on her I-Pad, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. On Wednesday, March 16, 2017 at Emory University Hospital, Ms. Emily Woods transitioned from this earthen vessel. She was loved by many and will truly be missed. Precious and loving memories of her will be forever cherished by her children, Dinah Faye Ransom, Atlanta, GA; Rev. James (Phyllis) Woods, LaGrange, GA; Joyce (Todd) Johnson, Atlanta, GA; and Joann Woods, Fairburn, GA; five brothers, Sylvester (Mary) Cannon, Tyrone, GA; Charles (Joann) Cannon, LaGrange, GA; Robert Gay, Atlanta, GA; Sammy (Jackie) Gay, Decatur, GA; Walter Gay, Decatur, GA; two sisters, Bertha Cannon, LaGrange, GA; and Sally Cannon, Lithia Springs, GA; two very special aunts, Martha Fannin, Chattanooga, TN; and Mamie Bell Whatley, Columbus, GA; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives, and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at St. Paul U M Church, Pine Mountain, Georgia.

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


Lillian Flowers Goss

Mrs. Lillian Flowers Goss was born May 24, 1918 in LaGrange (Troup County) Georgia to the late, John Thomas Flowers and Carrie Brady. She was a member of Rising Grove Baptist Church. Lillian was united in Holy Matrimony to the late, Robert T. Broome. Later in life, she was united in Holy Matrimony to the late, Willie Lee Goss. God’s greatest blessings were bestowed upon Lillian in the form of three seeds: Virginia, Lily, and Robert. Affectionately known as “Granny” and “Glamour Girl”, she loved spending quality time with her family and friends. Until her health declined, she enjoyed gardening and sharing stories about life. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, Lillian Flowers Goss peacefully passed away at the age of ninety-eight. In addition to her parents, and her husband; she was preceded in death by her son, Robert Lee Goss; and 12 siblings. She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Ms. Virginia E. Carr and Ms. Lily Simpson; one daughter-in-law, Linda F. Goss; all of LaGrange, GA; eight grandchildren, Alfred L. (Donna) Moss, Anniston, AL; Doreatha (Willie James) Williams, Shirley Truitt, Willie Joe (Angelia Martin) Simpson, Deborah (Hollis) Grissom, Angelia S. Fannin, Pamelia S. Dobbs, Randy (Tausha) Simpson, all of LaGrange, GA; 35 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday at 2:00 PM at Rising Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed at Southview Cemetery.

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


Mary Louise Williams Cabbell

Mrs. Mary Louise Williams Cabbell, of West Point, GA passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange, GA. Mrs. Mary Louise Williams Cabbell, the daughter of the late Edward Williams, Sr. and the late Lucille Willis was born July 11, 1950 in West Point, GA. Mary was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange, GA. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Mary was an active member of the Greenwood Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir. She loved the Lord and some good gospel singing. “Louise,” as she was by many, was a product of the West Point Public School System. She was a member of the 1969 graduating class of Harrison High School. She was very active in high school, serving as a point guard for the Yellow Jacket basketball team and a majorette in the school’s marching band. Mary gave birth to three beautiful daughters with the late George Lewis Dowdell. She was a proud mother and grandmother. Louise retired in 2013 from Southern Regional Hospital, Atlanta, GA with many years of service. She devoted her life to helping others. Mary was preceded in death by a daughter, Dimistress Dowdell; one granddaughter, TiTilayo Crump, two sisters, Charlie Bell Shealey, Gail Williams; and one brother, Jessie Lee William. Louise leaves those whom will continue to love and cherish her legacy: her husband, Morris” Norman” Cabbell, West Point, GA; three daughters, Jessica (Eugene, Jr.) Quillens, Lakita Williams and LaSonya Scott, Atlanta, GA; step-daughter, Ricketta Moore, West Point, GA; step-mother, Thelma Williams, West Point, GA; five brothers, Earnest (Jacquelyn) Jackson, III, Larry (Carolyn) Bailey, Edward Williams, West Point, GA, Arthur(Waydean)Bailey, Sylacauga, AL and Eddie Lee Williams, Atlanta, GA; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren and array of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends; special friends, Vonekea Broome, Ozark, AL and Jerry(Martha)Brooks, Lanett, AL. Homegoing services for Mrs. Mary Louise Williams Cabbell were held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12:00 (noon), e. t. at the Greenwood Baptist Church, Lanett, AL. Rev. James McTier, Jr. served as the eulogist. Ministers: Rev. James McTeir, Jr., Rev. John Flournoy, Rev. Alfred Booker, Rev. MIchael Stiggers, Dr. Keith Moore, Dea. James McCants, officiated.
Interment followed in the church cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handled arrangements.