Monday, April 3rd – Obits (5)

Patricia Carol Collins Proctor

Patricia Carol Collins Proctor was born on February 25, 1947 and passed away on Monday, March 27 at her home. Funeral services for Mrs. Proctor were held at 2:30 pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Northside Baptist Church, Manchester. Burial followed in the Manchester City Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:00- 8:00 pm Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Patty was the daughter of the late Jim and Everlyn Collins. She was the youngest of five children, and as the baby of the family her siblings were her heroes. She looked up to them all her life. Patty graduated from Manchester High School in 1965 and was the Valedictorian of her class. She was always so proud of her accomplishment and even kept the trophy on her dining room bookcase. She received a full scholarship to the University of Georgia. Patty would always joke and say “I wanted to be a doctor like Emmett, my brother, but I could never bring myself to cutting on a cadaver”. So, she went on to major in journalism.

When she graduated from college, she worked for Trib Publications in Manchester. After about three years, Patty moved to the big city of Atlanta where she worked at a small magazine called Guide to Georgia, which ironically would become her magazine later in life.

While living in Atlanta, she met the love of her life, Joseph Larry Proctor, at an apartment pool party.  Little did she know as they sat chatting on top of a cigarette machine that she had found her soul mate. On November 29, 1974 Joe and Patty were married. Her small town home of Manchester soon called their names so she and Joe moved back to be close to Jim and Everlyn, Patty’s parents. Once back in Manchester, Patty went to work again with Bob Tribble. She enjoyed many years of writing and selling ads for the Meriwether Vindicator and Star Mercury. Patty even won an award for a special edition in the April 1, 1977 issue. It was an April fool’s article!

Patty always loved children. She enjoyed many years taking her nieces and nephews on trips. They went everywhere. Patty would take them snow skiing, camping, Six Flags, Disney, and even to an Elvis concert! They enjoyed many wonderful moments with her.

Soon motherhood called her name. Her first born arrived on April 1, 1983 while she and Joe were chaperoning a high school trip in England. When they arrived home on April 2, Patty’s Mother, Everlyn, was holding a baby girl and handed her to Patty and all Patty could say was “Is she mine?” She and Joe would adopt a second daughter just 22 months later. Patty didn’t always tell people her girls were adopted, but sometimes the Lord would lead her to share, and usually it was a couple suffering silently with infertility. She would give them hope and encouragement. Several went on to adopt!

As Patty’s girls grew so did the adventures. She became a home schooling Mama when homeschooling wasn’t popular. Her creative mind reached new heights when Hayley and Rebecca were 9 and 11. They developed and marketed the product Reindeer Food. It was called Haybecca Reindeer Food after her girls. It was a success! She took the girls to a trade show in Atlanta and this was the gateway to more shows, and adventures. Patty scheduled a trade show a year and planned trips according to location.

One time in New Orleans, Rebecca was so taken with the homeless Patty took the opportunity to take the girls right by herself to a homeless shelter. The facility would not let them in but did offer to walk them through an area that was mostly homeless. Rebecca was so taken by a little girl about her age that she almost gave her the shoes right off her feet as the girl had none.

Patty’s favorite trip she took her girls on was the trade show in Chicago. Joe drove with the family and enjoyed the sights of the city and helping with the trade show, but somebody had to work so he flew home.  Patty and the girls embarked on The Trip out West. They saw 13 states and drove 8,000 miles. It really was the trip of a lifetime.

Once the girls were in high school, Patty could feel the nest would soon be empty. Her friend, Jim Crawford, who owned Guide to Georgia, suffered a stroke and was left unable to run the magazine.  After much prayer and discussing it with Joe, Patty decided to buy the magazine. She started calling herself a “magazine mogul”.

Joe and Patty enjoyed many years of travel together along with Joe’s brother, George, and his wife, Helen. They visited Alaska, Hawaii, the beach, and took several other trips together. Joe and Patty were happily married for 43 years.

Patty enjoyed many things in life. Some of her proudest memories included working with the youth at Northside Baptist, taking youth to Way Rallies, teaching Sunday School, and playing the piano for the Singing Doves choir at First Baptist.

The past five years Patty was homeschooling her granddaughter, Emma. With the exception of one year. She also took joy in teaching grandson Mack kindergarten. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching and sharing her love of music with Emma. They were inseparable.

Patty and daughter Hayley shared a special bond as they lived only minutes apart. They shared many good times with one another. Patty had even started “Monday’s with Maggie” since she had reached the age of not getting so homesick for her mother, Hayley. It was always Patty’s desire to spend as much time with every grandchild as time allowed. She just adored every one of them.

Alongside Patty all these years was her husband, Joe Proctor. He supported all of her ideas, some were brilliant and some were crazy. Their children are Hayley Proctor Yawn and husband, Joseph Yawn of Manchester, GA; and Rebecca Proctor Reddoch of Hamilton, GA.  They have eight grandchildren: Emma Grace Yawn, Maggie Everlyn Yawn, Cullen Joseph Yawn, Mack Roberts, Sydney Reddoch, Murphy Reddoch, and Julianna Reddoch. Patty’s is also survived by her sister Othell Heaney and husband, Bill, of Wilmington, DE; a brother Norman Collins and wife, Mary Ann, of Roswell, GA;  brother-in-law George Proctor and wife, Helen, of Heathsville, VA; brother-in-law Jim Proctor and wife, Lavone, of Blackshear, GA;  and a host of nieces and nephews.Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Everlyn Collins; granddaughter, Peyton Roberts; sister, Mary Ethelyn Collins and brother, Dr. Emmett Collins.

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Cox Funeral Home, Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.


Virgil Franklin Duke

Mr. Virgil Franklin Duke, age 80, of Piedmont, Alabama, formerly of LaGrange, passed away on March 29, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Duke was born on August 29, 1936 in Harris County to the late Marshall Johnson Willburn Duke and Ida Victoria Orrick Duke. Graveside services were held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm at the Restlawn Memory Gardens. Dr. Larry Stegall officiated.

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


Mary Nell Calhoun McWhorter

Mrs. Mary Nell Calhoun McWhorter, age 85, of LaGrange, passed away at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Mrs. McWhorter was born on April 26, 1931 to the late Charlie Calhoun and Nellie Singleton Calhoun in Bowden, GA. She was the manager of Kress Department Store here in LaGrange for a number of years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandchild Cindy Bryant and great grandchild, Jennifer Thompson. Survivors include her sons, Ricky McWhorter and his wife Carol of Hogansville and Benny McWhorter and his wife Meda of Hogansville; brother, David Calhoun and his wife Glenda of LaGrange; sisters, Shirley Espy and Lee Edmonds, both of LaGrange; grandchildren, Denise Thompson (Scott), Vicky Cupps, Kim Huckelberry (Brian), Ben McWhorter (Ashley) and Adam Bryant; 10 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. The Funeral service was held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at East LaGrange Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Bobby Robinson officiated. Family received friends at the church starting at 1:00 until service hour. Interment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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


Ethel E. Mitchell

Mrs. Ethel E. Mitchell, age 94, of West Point, passed away Thursday evening at Opal’s Personal Care Home after an extended illness. Mrs. Mitchell was born December 30, 1922 in Randolph County Alabama and was a member of Gray Hill Church of God and retired from Kleentex plant # 2 as a seamstress. She was preceded in death by her Mother & Father: William Ben & Doshie Price Embrey, Her Brothers & Sisters: Hugh”Dick”Embrey, Leola Banks, Lucy Mitchell, Maudie Embrey, Sarah Waldroup, Willis Mae Hamil, Mae Webster and William Embrey. Also, she was preceded in death by Husband’s William “Pinky” Parmer and Toll Mitchell, her children Harold Parmer, Ralph Parmer, Aaron Parmer and Russell “Bo Parmer”. Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her children: Ray Parmer of Randolph County, Alabama, Ann & William Folds, of Mountville and Nancy Carol Morgan, LaGrange. Eight grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces & nephews, and  a special friend, Sue Farmer. A visitation was held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday from the Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home with the service beginning at 3:00 P.M. Reverend David Cross officiated. Interment followed in the Lebanon Cemetery on the Bartley Road. Please join the family in celebrating the life of Mrs. Ethel E. Mitchell by logging onto and posting your tributes.

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

Tiffany Denise Alverson

Tiffany Denise Alverson, age 44, of LaGrange, GA passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Hospice LaGrange. Tiffany was born February 1, 1973 in LaGrange, GA, daughter of Fred Sanford Alverson and Joyce Ann Crews Alverson. She was a member of Hilyer Baptist Church. Tiffany was a 1991 graduate of Troup High School and was a graduate of Zink University of California with a Doctorate degree in Philosophy Endocrinology. Survivors in addition to her parents, Sanford and Joyce Alverson, include her sister, Tammy (Jimmy) Lynch; nephew, Jeremy (Brandi) Prestridge; niece, Leigh Ann (Joshua) Beckom; great nieces and great nephews, Tucker Eason, Colt Prestridge, Cheyanne Prestridge, Destiny Beckom, and Kyndall Beckom; and special friend, Diane Turner “nutter mutter”. Celebration of Life service was held at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. Reverend Jeff McCartney officiated. The gathering of family and friends was held on Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by

Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.