Billy Easley (10-6-12) service 10-8-12


Billy Easley

Billy C. Easley was born on Aug. 23, 1944, in Hardin County, to Edwin Louie and Hester Pearl Allison Easley, who preceded him in death.

Billy worked in auto body repair for several years and previously worked as a truck driver as well as a vehicle escort.

He was a member of New Creation Church in Savannah. He made several mission trips to Haiti and Mexico over the years. He also worked with prison ministries. He helped recovering drug addicts, and would help anyone who was in need.

Billy departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the age of 68 years, 1 month, and 13 days.

He is survived by Jo Ann Hollingsworth Easley, his wife of 35 years; one daughter, LaDawna Seymour of Woodbine, Ga.; one son, John Hollingsworth of Adamsville; three brothers, Doyle Easley, Scottie Easley and Leon Easley, all of Savannah; one sister, Barbara Brown of Savannah, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death, besides his parents, were three sisters, Ruth Cook, Edwina Lewis, Nita Ferrell; and two brothers, Louie and Ronnie Easley.

Services were held on Monday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m., at New Creation Ministries in Savannah with Steve Nielsen officiating. Burial followed in the Graham Cemetery at Savannah.

Geraldine Benson (10-2-12) service 10-4-12


Geraldine Benson

Geraldine Benson was born in Hardin County, on March 16, 1949, the daughter of the late Bud and Venus Harville.

Geraldine was united in marriage to Calvin Ray Benson, who preceded his wife in death on July 4, 2012.

She was a homemaker and also had worked for Garan Inc. for 20 years, Brown Shoe for 10 years, U.S. Classic for 10 years and was a CNA at Tri County Nursing Home for two years. Geraldine lived in the Savannah area for 40 years and Adamsville area for 25 years. She attended Good Hope Baptist Church and also Faith Pointe Church. Geraldine loved her family and friends. She especially loved Christmas time where she was just like a kid. One thing Geraldine could not do was keep secrets.

She departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Adamsville, at the age of 63 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Geraldine is survived by one son, Leon Benson of Adamsville; and one daughter, Sharla Stephens of Adamsville; four grandchildren, Shayna Nicole Benson, Nathan Kyle Benson, Bo Neal Stephens and Derek Ray Stephens; three sisters, Brenda Hobbs of McMinnville, Tenn., Annette Mathews of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Mary Gail Pickens of Savannah; two brothers, Wilbert Harville of Savannah and Doyle Harville of Stantonville, Tenn.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Geraldine was also preceded in death by one niece, Katrina Carol Umphrey.

Services were held on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Billy White, Nichlos Harville officiating. Burial followed in the Neill Cemetery at Savannah.

Mattie Taylor (10-6-12) service 10-12-12


Mattie Taylor

Mattie Pearl "Mama Pearl" Taylor, 93, of Savannah, died Saturday, Oct. 6.

She was born in Savannah, daughter of the late Edward and Louise Stephen Tucker. She was united in marriage to James Hollis (Jim Dan) Taylor, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Taylor was employed as a cook at Dunbar High School and she also worked as a domestic worker over the years. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Savannah.

Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens at Savannah.

She is survived by four sons, Nathaniel of Germany, Emmanuel, Frank Hollis and Billy Malcolm Taylor, all of Savannah; three daughters, Virginia Taylor of Chicago, Ill., Mary Catherine Jordan of Opelika, Ala., Dorothy Welch of Chicago, Ill., and Shirley Tall of Nashville; 29 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were a son, James Edward Taylor Sr.; two brothers, George and William "Bill" Tucker; three sisters, Ethel Gillis, Roberta Davis and Zenobia Taylor; grandparents, Elias and Mahalia Terrell Stephens, and Andrew and Melinda B. Ellison Tucker; and two grandchildren.

Lola Roberts (10-9-12) service 10-13-12


Lola Roberts

Lola Austin Roberts, 92, of Savannah, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Savannah.

She was the daughter of the late Waymon and Callie Austin of the Nixon community. She was united in marriage to Lewis E. Roberts, who survives.

Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker and an active member of Wesley’s Chapel Methodist Church.

Visitation will be at Wesley’s Chapel Methodist Church on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Services will be at Wesley’s Chapel Methodist Church, on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m., with Jim Wright officiating.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth L. Roberts of Savannah; daughter, Kay R. Hanson; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Sylvia Green, Virgie White, Lyla Moore, Thelma Matthews, Edith Lay and Evalee Gurley; and brothers, Roy Austin and Glen Austin.

Brownie Nichol (10-4-12) service 10-7-12


Brownie Nichol

Brownie Powers Nichol, 88, of Paducah, Ky., died Thursday, Oct. 4.

She was born in Saltillo, daughter of the late Daniel Lee and Capitola McDougal Powers.

Ms. Nichol was a military veteran of the U.S. Navy (WAVES: Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She retired as the billing manager from Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She previously worked for Western Kentucky Regional Mental Health, and served on the Mental Retardation Board. She was also employed by Charter Hill Hospital. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Paducah, Ky. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a member of the Republican Party.

Services were held on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah with Duwayne Pounds officiating. Burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery at Morris Chapel.

Ms. Nichol is survived by two daughters, Jane Martin of Paducah, Ky. and Carol Rottgering of Calvert City, Ky.; two sons, William P. Nichol of Paducah, Ky. and H. Doug Nichol of Hendersonville, Tenn.; a sister, Ann Towery of Atlanta, Ga.; and two brothers, Joe of Knoxville and Jack Powers of Lexington, Ky.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Julian S. Nichol Jr.; two brothers, Dan and Bob Powers; a sister, Mary Smithson; and one grandson.

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