The Rev. Floyd Richards

TIFTON -- The Rev. Floyd Richards, 90, of Tifton, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Macedonia Baptist Church. The Rev. Jimmy Franks, the Rev. John S. Gibbs Sr. and the Rev. Randall Gay will officiate. Burial will follow at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be J.D. Player II, Rusty Richards, Britt Richards, Derek Richards, Ricky Richards and Billy King.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Macedonia Baptist Church and Arp Baptist Church, Billy Phillips, Willie Gray and Jack Perrin.

The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church or Arp Baptist Church.

The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Born July 26, 1914, in Tift County, the Rev. Richards was the son of William Hamilton Richards and Mary Alice Yancey Richards, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Eunice Taylor Richards; two sons, Floyce Richards and Glenn Richards; three brothers and five sisters.

He was a minister and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

The Rev. Richards is survived by his wife, Joyce Bryant Richards of Tifton; two sons, Ronald Richards of Tifton and J.D. Player II of Lands Crossing; one daughter, Glenda Richards Peacock of Tifton; four grandchildren, Angela Goff, Derek Richards, Dana R. King and Ricky Richards; seven great-grandchildren, Rusty Richards, Amanda Richards, Britt Richards, Anna Richards, Savannah King, Tanner Goff and Britny Peacock; and one sister, Ethel Franks of Sylvester.

Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

Ben Norman Powell

CALLAWAY, Md. -- Ben Norman Powell, 53, of Callaway, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.

The family will receive friends at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md., from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas Chapel, Patuxent River N.A.S. with Chaplain Jon Rozema officiating. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md.

Born on Nov. 3, 1951, in Tifton, Mr. Powell was the son of Winona Norman Powell and the late Glen Powell.

Mr. Powell graduated from Tift County High School and attended Abraham Baldwin College and Georgia Southwestern College. He joined the United States Navy in May of 1975 and retired after 20 years of service in October of 1995. Upon retirement Mr. Powell and his family made St. Mary's County their home. Preceding his death, he was employed by the Department of the Navy at NAVAIRSEFAC in Solomon's, Md. Mr. Powell enjoyed being with his family, reading, bowling, working with his hands, shooting pool with his sons and was an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 25 years Jennifer Ann Noles Powell of Callaway and children Daniel Lee Powell of Callaway and Glen Taylor Powell of Herndon, Va. He is also survived by his siblings Charlie Powell of Tifton, Lynn McKennize of Atlanta, Glennis Sykes of Cummings, Fred Powell of Tifton and nine nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ben N. Powell Memorial Fund, Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, 21800 Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653. This fund has been designated for Mr. Powell's youngest son, Daniel, to continue his college education.

Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. of Leonardtown is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Allen Day

TIFTON -- Joseph Allen Day, 61, of Tifton, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Tift Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Tift Memorial Gardens with Rev. Terrell Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

Pallbearers will be Joe Fletcher Jr., Hugh Fletcher, Jamie Day, Shane McKee, John Millard, LaRue McCurdy and Rob Powell.

Mr. Day was born April 2, 1943, in Irwin County. He was the son of Joe Day of Chula and the late Juanita Wilson Day. He was a farmer and a member of the Adel Church of Christ.

Mr. Day is also survived by one daughter, Ann Marie Hollingsworth of Tifton; two brothers, Don W. Day of Chula and Charles L. Day of Marietta; and two sisters, Gloria Fletcher of Lake Seminole and Martha Sklany of Tifton.

Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

TIFTON -- Ellis Washington III, a freshman political science major from Tifton, won the 36th annual Lew Akin Speech Showcase at Abraham Baldwin College by delivering a persuasive speech on how the Democratic party can return to power.

Washington is a Tift County High School graduate who is a member of the ABAC Ambassadors.

The showcase is named for former ABAC professor Lew Akin and was established in 1969. Akin served as division chair of Humanities from 1975 to 1991.

The top speaker from each of the Communications 1000 and 1100 classes at ABAC participated in the competition.

Twelve students competed in the initial rounds of the contest. Before the final round of speeches, there were three preliminary rounds. The top student from each preliminary advanced to the finals. Approximately 120 persons were in attendance for all the sessions in the showcase.

Each contestant delivered a five- to ten- minute informative or persuasive presentation that was judged on such criteria as content, organization, evidence, and eye contact. Keith Perry, Instructor of Humanities at ABAC, coordinated the showcase.

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