Cecil Warrenell Bishop Sr.
TIFTON — Cecil Warrenell Bishop Sr., 89, of Tifton, died Friday, July 21, 2006, at Southern Care Assisted Living.
Funerals services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmie Odum will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.
Gene Hancock, Tommy Lamb, Ralph Fendley, Richard Wood, David Hathorn, Mack Sirmans, Kenneth Willis, Wayne Rutland, Johnny Rutland, Russell Hill, Van Belflower, Farrell Davis, Charles Petty and Andy Pierce will serve as pallbearers. Staff of Southern Care Assisted Living will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Bishop was born on April 29, 1917, in Tift County. He was the son of William McQueen Bishop and Jenie Arnold Bishop, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sara Evelyn Gibbs Bishop; a daughter, Shirley B. Holloway; six brothers; and a sister.
He was a lifelong resident of Tifton and a member of Second Baptist Church in Tifton.
Mr. Bishop was the founder of Bishop Well & Pump Service in 1943 which he owned and operated for 35 years until selling it in 1978. He married his wife of 55 years, Sara Evelyn Gibbs, on Oct. 26, 1946. He served 27 years of dedicated Christian service as brotherhood director of the Mell Baptist Association (1960-1987). He served as deacon at Second Baptist Church, Tifton, for more than 40 years and in 1998 he became an honorary deacon. He was an avid gardener and fisherman and visited the nursing homes on a weekly basis, bringing joy and the love of God to each and everyone he met.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, C.W. Jr. and Sherry Bishop of Tifton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Andy Harrell of St. Augustine, Fla., and Myra and Mark McGill of Tifton; a brother, Clenon Bishop of Tifton; two sisters, Willie Mae Rooks of Tifton and Ilene Tidwell of Tifton; eight grandchildren, Paul Harrell of Jacksonville, Fla., Sonia Elmer of Atlanta, Marc Harrell of St. Augustine, Fla., Angie Saturday of Moultrie, Wayne McGill of Atlanta, Heather Putnal of Tifton, Emily McGill of Tifton and Melissa McGill of Tifton; five great grandchildren, Kyle Harrell of Jacksonville, Fla., Sara Putnal of Tifton, Thomas Elmer of Atlanta, Timothy Elmer of Atlanta and Anna Putnal of Tifton.
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Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Wiley C. Johnson Jr.
AUBURN, Ala. — Dr. Wiley C. Johnson Jr., 76, of Auburn, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2006.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Auburn with Dr. Frank Covington officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnson family plot at Locust Field Cemetery in Canton, N.C.
Dr. Johnson was born on Jan. 1, 1930, in Asheville, N.C., and was the son of Wiley C. Johnson Sr., M.D.., and Ora Matthews Johnson.
He was raised in Canton, N.C. He was a graduate of Canton High School, Wake Forest University and North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D at Cornell University, where he was trained as an agronomist and plant breeder.
In 1957, Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at Auburn University in the Agronomy and Soils Department and worked in that position until his retirement as professor in 1992. During his distinguished 35-year career, Dr. Johnson conducted research as a forage legume breeder, general agronomic research on forage legumes and managed the Alabama Official Variety Testing Program. He excelled as a teacher and regularly taught courses each quarter during his career. He was a highly respected faculty advisor for agronomy undergraduate majors. He served on numerous graduate student committees and as faculty advisor for the Auburn Ag Ambassadors. Dr. Johnson was a long-time member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Group and was chosen for membership in the agricultural honorary society, Gamma Sigma Delta.
Dr. Johnson received numerous college and university awards for his dedicated teaching and student advisory programs; Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (1989), SGA Outstanding Faculty for the College of Agriculture (1989, 1990), and the Agronomy Club Outstanding Teacher Award (1982, 1987, 1990 and 1992). He was personally gratified by watching his former students excel in their own professional careers. Since his retirement from Auburn University, Dr. Johnson has been Director of Research and Plant Breeder for Whitetail Institute of North America in Pintlala, Ala. He was responsible for the development of the company’s forage legumes planted by sportsmen throughout the continent.
Throughout his life, Dr. Johnson devoted countless hours to serving the Lord though the First Presbyterian Church and community service. Dr. Johnson and his family have been faithful members of the First Presbyterian Church of Auburn for 49 years. He served many years as elder, Sunday school teacher, treasurer and in numerous other capacities. He was a 40-year member and past president to the Auburn Lion’s Club. His numerous duties included decades of work at Auburn football, basketball and baseball games, along with yearly light bulb and broom sales. He was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2003 for outstanding service to Lions International. Dr. Johnson was active for many years in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 15, committee member, merit badge counselor and adult leader. He was very active in PTA and was instrumental in organizing the PTA’s Annual Halloween Carnival — a major fundraiser for the PTA for many years. When his sons were young, he coached Little League baseball for several years. In recent years, Dr. Johnson volunteered at the Auburn Food Bank and their outreach effort, the Brown Bag Program.
Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Calvin Johnson; his sons, Dr. Wiley Carroll Johnson III (June) of Tifton; Dr. Calvin M. Johnson (Mary) of Auburn; grandchildren, Frances Elizabeth Johnson, Gardner Calvin Johnson, Anna Murry Johnson and Sara Carroll Johnson; and his sister, Jane Johnson Bird and her husband Dr. W.T. Bird of Waynesville, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Auburn Building Fund or to the Auburn Food Bank.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Walter Bryant Leverette Jr.
TIFTON — Walter Bryant Leverette Jr., 83, of Tifton, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at Brownwood Nursing Home in Moultrie.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors with the Rev. Chris Ramsey and the Rev. Eddie Hutcheson officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Fred Paulk, Ware Gardner, James Kitchens, Josh Willis, Donald Massey and Robert Gartman Jr. will serve as pallbearers. The McCord Sunday School Class of Trinity United Methodist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Born Jan. 27, 1923, in Tift County to the late Walter Bryant Leverette Sr. and Georgia Dearing Leverette, Mr. Leverette was also preceded in death by his wife, Marion Gaskins Leverette and his son-in-law, Stanley Garland Sr.
Mr. Leverette had lived in Tift County most of his life where he was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Woodmen of the World. He was a retired U.S. Post Office rural mail carrier and had worked at the Experiment Station and farmed in his early years. Mr. Leverette was owner of L & G Nursery on Whiddon Mill Road. He enjoyed reading, working with flowers and raising cattle.
Mr. Leverette is survived by his daughter, Brenda Anne Garland of Tifton; his grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Stanley and Robin Garland of Tifton; and his great-grandchildren, Hunter and Deanna Parten of Tifton.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.