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April 20, 2013

Death notices for April 21

Bishop Earnest Reese Sr., 82, of Tifton died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services are incomplete at the present time but will be announced at a later date. Professional care and services are entrusted to Southview Mortuary Inc.

Dina Williams, 52, of Sumner died Monday, April 15, 2013 at Phoebe Worth Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Coverdale. Interment will follow at Miller Chapel AME Church Cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Fields and Terrys’ Funeral Home in Sylvester is in charge of arrangements.

Carol Melissa Smith, 47, of Tifton died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Tift Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Sunsweet with interment at the church cemetery. Survivors include her mother, Susie Bell Smith of Tifton; two daughters, Tashamba Cogdell and Shavontae Cogdell of Tifton; and seven siblings, Theodore Smith, Leroy Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Leslie Bryant, Tedrick Smith, Roger Smith and Christine Brown. Sympathy and condolences can be expressed to the family at www.taylorfamilyfuneralservice.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Taylor Family Funeral Service.

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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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