Tifton Gazette


October 4, 2012

Death notices for Oct. 5

The Rev. Bobby Lee Graydon, 56, of Ashburn died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Pheobe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at Greater St. Luke Baptist Church in Ashburn with burial to follow at Westview Cemetery and a repast to follow  at the church Social Hall. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Graydon of Ashburn; his father, Bobby Lee Graydon Sr. of Fort Pierce, Fla.; his children, Natasha Graydon and Patrice Graydon; his step-children, Stephanie Pickett, Gloria Everson, Cynthia Everson, Tony Green, Shawn Gipson, Shanda Harris, Linda Martin and Roy Martin; a brother, Eugene Graydon; and a sister, Gloria Graydon. Professional care and services are entrusted to Southview Mortuary, Inc.

James Freeman Hester, 90, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Funeral services will be held in Fort Walton Beach, Saturday.  Also, local funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Chula, with burial following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends before the service from 2 until 3 p.m. Monday, also at the church. Complete arrangements will be announced by Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors.  You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com. Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Alphonso G. Perkins died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Coffee Regional Medical. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saint Paul AME Church in  Willacoochee. Internment to follow at West Oakridge Cemetery in Willacoochee. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Saturday. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Sara Marie Day Perkins; sisters, Patricia Roberts and Pamela Perkins; and a brother, James Perkins Jr. Frank and Solomon Nixon Funeral Home of Tifton is in  charge of arrangments

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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