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Obits — February 26, 2020


Edna Ryder Rawlins

Mrs. Edna Ryder Rawlins, 81, of Hogansville, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020, at her home. Mrs. Rawlins was born July 31, 1938, in Ossining, New York, daughter of the late George and Leila Hall Ryder. She received her Bachelors degree from Florida Southern College, earned her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from the University of West Georgia, and retired as counselor at Callaway High School after serving 27 years in public education. She was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Hogansville, where she had been a member of the choir, the Presbyterian Women, and the Sewing Circle. Mrs. Rawlins and her late husband, Max Rawlins, enjoyed traveling and had visited the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, and all Canadian provinces. Survivors include her children, Patrick Daughtrey and his wife Connie of Jacksonville, FL, Jody Daughtrey and her wife Julie Brown of Lexington, Oklahoma, Renee Rawlins of Hogansville, Karen Ann Rawlins of Tifton; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, where the Reverend Harrison Cain officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325


Frank Don Pece, Sr.

Mr. Frank Don Pece, Sr., 78, of Hogansville, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020, at Hospice LaGrange. Mr. Pece was born November 24, 1941, in College Park, son of the late William Benjamin Pece and Eva Elizabeth Stanfield Pece. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Immanuel Christian College and retired as a building consultant from Georgia Natural Gas. He had lived in Meriwether County since 1994. Survivors include his wife, Lattrell Pece; daughter, Sheila Brewer; son, Don Pece and his wife Kim, all of Hogansville; and grandchildren, Shauna Brewer, Adam Hayles, and Nicki Hayles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William B. Pece, Jr., and sister, Margaret Pierce. The funeral service was conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 25, at the graveside in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville, with the Reverend Bill Smith officiated.



Mary Eleanor Robinson

Mary Eleanor Robinson, 87, of LaGrange, GA peacefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 21, 2020 at her home. Mrs. Robinson was born May 29, 1932 in Hogansville, GA to the late Frank Aaron Andrews and Willie Beatrice Harris Andrews. She worked for a number of years as an Executive Assistant at Uniroyal and also as a Volunteer for West Georgia Medical. Mrs. Robinson was a member of the LaGrange Women’s Club and devoted countless hours to Bellevue. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Andrews. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Gerson Earl “GE” Robinson, Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, Gerson and Carol Robinson, Jr.; daughter, Melanie Robinson; grandchildren, Holly and Aaron Caverly, Gerson Robinson III, and Scott Robinson; great granddaughter, Aria Eleanor Caverly; other relatives and friends. The Gathering of Family and Friends will be Friday, February 28, 2020 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the funeral home. The Celebration of Life Service will be 10:00am Saturday, February 29, 2020 in the Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Max McCord officiating. Burial will follow in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Hogansville, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mary Eleanor Robinson.


June Huckleberry

June Huckleberry, 85, of LaGrange, GA peacefully passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Florence Hand Home. “Mrs. Huck” as she was affectionately known was born January 3, 1935 in Alabama to the late Obie D. Stroud and Lillian Lee Cantrell Stroud. She started working at City-County Hospital, which is now Wellstar West Georgia Medical, and retired as a Unit Secretary. Mrs. Huck was a member of Baptist Tabernacle and taught Sunday School for a number of years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband during his years of ministry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Rev. Ed Huckleberry; sisters, Merrill (Charlie) Farmer, and Frances (George) Rutland; brother, James (Gladys) Stroud. Survivors include her children, Mike and Kaye Huckleberry, Debra Langford (Kenneth, deceased), Kathy Mercer (Jimmy, deceased), Robert and Gayle Huckleberry, all of LaGrange, Jeannie and Steve Edmondson of Roanoke, AL; sister, Clara and Jimmy Gay of Woodland, AL; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; several other relatives and friends. The Gathering of Family and Friends was held Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at the funeral home. The Celebration of Life Service will be 11:00am Wednesday, February, 26, 2020 at Baptist Tabernacle with Rev. Jimmy McMillian officiating. Burial will follow in Meadoway Gardens.



Jacquelyn Devaughn Parker “Jackie” Huckstep

Mrs. Jacquelyn Devaughn Parker “Jackie” Huckstep, age 90, of LaGrange, passed away on February 21, 2020 at the Twin Fountains Home under hospice care.  Mrs. Huckstep was born on September 10, 1929 in Shawnee, Missouri to the late Fred and Hazel Parker.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, John William Huckstep and her son, Timothy Wayne Huckstep.  She was a homemaker, caring for the needs of her family for most of her life.  She did however work outside the home at LaGrange College in the bookstore, where she had the opportunity to meet and enjoy many students along the way. Mrs. Huckstep is survived by her son, Mark Huckstep, his wife Julianne; her grandchildren, Emily Huckstep and Tanner Huckstep; extended family.  A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, on Wednesday, Feburay 26, 2020 at 1 p.m Rev. Dr. John Beyers and Rev. Ben Wills officiating. Family will greet friends following the service in Wesley Hall.


John Andrew Jacobs

John Andrew Jacobs, age 68, of LaGrange, passed away on February 21, 2020 at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. He was born on December 19, 1951 to the late Posey Jacobs and Sarah Farmer Gosdin in Hogansville, GA. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his stepfather, Bunyan Gosdin; brother in law, Fred Malone; pet ferret, Poto. Survivors include his son, Alan Jacobs (Lesia); sister, Theresia Malone; grandchildren, Nathaniel Jacobs, Haley Jacobs, Tristan Jacobs, Adrianna Jacobs; K-9 companion, Paco; extended family and friends. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.



Rodney Cleveland “Mule” Martin

Mr. Rodney Cleveland “Mule” Martin, age 73, of LaGrange, passed away on February 23, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Martin was born on March 15, 1947 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late Henry Martin and Avie Harden Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Mr. Martin proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam era and was a Truck Driver by trade. Survivors include his wife, Deborah Sue Stephens Martin; children, Karen Zane Martin (Robert Burgess), Jody Evans (Kalena Atkins) and Hollie Martin; brother, Carles Martin; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Atkins and Justin Burgess; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Hunter Allen Myhand Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Reeves officiating. Interment will follow at Meadoway Gardens. Family will receive friends on Wednesday beginning at 11:00 am until service hour at the funeral home.



Carl David White

Retired Pine Mountain, GA Chief of Police Carl David White, age 72 of Pine Mountain, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. Chief White was born April 7, 1947 in Chipley (now Pine Mountain), GA, the son of John Benjamin White, Sr. and Mary Josephine Smith White. After attending Harris County High School, he entered the U. S. Army, where he served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Following his tours of duty in the Army, he began work as a police officer for the Los Angeles, CA Police Department. Upon returning to his hometown of Pine Mountain, he went to work for the Pine Mountain Police Department, where he later retired after 35 years’ service, including 27 years serving as the Chief. During his tenure, he was recognized first as being the youngest Police Chief in the state of Georgia, and upon his retirement, he was the longest serving Chief. Chief White was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pine Mountain and in recent years attended New Covenant Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Chipley Lodge #40 F&AM in Pine Mountain, the Elks Lodge in LaGrange, the Charles L. McGaha VFW Post 10558 in Cataula, the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the First Cavalry Division Association. He also served on the Academy Advisory Board of the Columbus College Regional Police Academy. Chief White enjoyed the outdoors but most of all he loved time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Mitchum White. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Patricia White of Pine Mountain; five children, Carl David White II (Lauren) of LaGrange; Marcie White Shackette of Columbus; Johnny H. Hill (Donna) of Dunkirk, NY, Mark W. Hill (Pat) of Milton, FL, and Jacob O. Parker (Nikki) of Loganville, GA; 11 grandchildren, Seeley White, Carlie Day White, Jacob Parker and Second Lieutenant Carrick Parker (USA), Leighanne James, PFC Brian “Buddy” Sivell (USA), Megan Sivell, Morgan Hill, Julia Hill, Lindsay Hill, and Zach Hill; a great-granddaughter, Everlee Maey Sivell; a brother, John Benjamin White Jr. (Ann Marie) of Atlanta, GA, and very dear friends Phil Williams and Donna Fryer of Pine Mountain. Visitation was held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Cox Funeral Home in Hamilton, GA. Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Hamilton, with Dr. Joel Chapman officiating. Interment will follow in the Pine Mountain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in memory of Chief Carl David White be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or to Dialysis Patient Citizens at