Tony Lee Collins, of Savannah, was born on Jan. 28, 1969, the son of Charles and the late Betty Gail Collins. He left this earth on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the age of 47 years, 11 months and 18 days.
Tony served in the United States Army. After his service, he worked as a load operator at American Hardwood. Tony was a devoted father and a hard-working man. He loved his children and his country with all his heart and soul.
Along with his father, Tony is survived by his daughters, Chelsi Collins of Defiance, Ohio and Shantel Collins of Paulding, Ohio; sons, Tristan Collins of Nashville, Mason Collins of Michie and Payden Collins of Adamsville; step-children, Keoni of Nashville, and Mika and David of Michie; brothers, Keith Vernon Collins, Charles Allan Collins and Jason Dale Collins, all of Savannah; a grandmother, Edna Lockard; and grandchildren, Trinity, Jonah, Leanna, Bailey and Nirvana.
Services were held on Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Danny Hicks officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens at Savannah.
Philip Jay Meek was born in Savannah on Oct. 31, 1957, the son of Madeleine Hughes Meek and the late Hillard Lee Meek. On Sept. 25, 1976, he was united in marriage to Mary Joyce Harbin.
He had lived in Adamsville for most of his life and had lived in Murphysboro, Illinois, for two years as associate pastor at Christ Community Church. Philip was the campus pastor at Love and Truth in Savannah. He was the vice-president of the Hardin County Ministerial Association, chaplain for the Tennessee State Trooper District 8, and executive director of Love and Truth Ministries.
Philip’s first job was with the City of Adamsville as a teenager in high school. He worked at Aqua Glass and Encino Shirt Company as a young adult. At Encino’s closing, he transitioned to the United Parcel Service where he worked for 18-1/2 years. In 1998, Philip retired from UPS and went into full time ministry.
Philip loved the Lord, his wife, his girls, their husbands as sons, and his grandchildren. He loved his sports, especially the Tennessee Vols. He loved people and was passionate about helping them come to know Christ as he did. He loved passionately. He lived passionately. He preached and taught the Word of God passionately. He was all in. When he made his decision to follow Christ over 31 years ago, he never looked back, only forward to how he could bring glory to the Kingdom.
Philip posted a devotion on facebook each morning to encourage others in their walk with God. His facebook page regularly impacted people from 14 countries who follow him, with Kenya, the UK, the Philippines and Uganda as a sampling.
Philip’s heart cry was to inspire, mentor and motivate others to attain a legacy of finishing the race on this earth well. He continually worked to develop his own relationship for that purpose. On Jan. 20, 2017, he finished well!
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mary Joyce Meek of Adamsville; daughters, Valerie Roxanne Barber and her husband E.C. of Stantonville, Tennessee, Candice Suzanne Johnston and her husband Jeremy of Ramer, Tennessee, and Mary Katherine Searcy and her husband Andrew of Adamsville; grandchildren, Ethan Johnston, Maya Johnston, Case Barber, Colt Barber, Asa Jude Searcy and Ellys Day Searcy; his mother, Madeleine Meek, age 94, of Adamsville; sister, Wanda Meek Harris of Adamsville; niece, Jane Rae LaDue; and her sons, Damon, Cade, Brodie and Austin.
Memorial donations may be made to the Love and Truth Church Building Fund, 2425 Pickwick Street, Savannah, Tenn. 38372.
Services were held on Monday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., at Love and Truth Church in Savannah with Eddie Cupples and Bob Wynn officiating. Burial followed in Adamsville Cemetery.
Ronald Anthony Rattler, of Savannah, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 6, at the age of 38 years, 5 months, and 23 days.
He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 14, 1978, the son of Linda F. Woodson Moore and Reginald E. Rattler.
Ronald was a cook for Hardee’s. He had previously worked for Harbert Hills Academy, Sub-Way, ACBL Barge Company, Hardin Home Nursing Home, and Savannah Healthcare.
He is survived by his mother, Linda F. Moore and her husband Willie; father, Reginald E. Rattler Sr. and companion Regina Cox; brothers, Willie Moore Jr. and twin brother, Reginald Rattler Jr.; sisters, Tammy, Kimberly Banks and husband Toney, and Shawnta Moore; nieces, Trystan Pantoja, Ronnica Rattler, Jayda Rattler, Sophia Rattler and Lindsey Rose Rattler. He was also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in the community.
Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Pastor Bob Wint officiating. Burial followed at Overbrook Cemetery in Hardin County.
Frank Benjamin Talley was born on April 27, 1927, the son of the late Lon and Ruth Talley. He married Patsy Casteel on May 1, 1965.
Frank left this earth on Friday, Jan. 20, at the age of 89 years, 8 months and 24 days.
Frank was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Savannah, which he loved.
Along with his wife, Frank is survived by his sons, Gary Talley and wife Sue and Jeff Talley and wife Danna, all of Savannah; daughters, Patricia Lee and Beverly Parmley of East View, Tennessee, and Teresa Gordon and husband Danny, Nesi Sheffield and husband Wade, and Diana Scott, all of Savannah; grandchildren, Robin Beam, Timmy Talley, Shawn Talley, Michael Lee, Shelly Parmley, Amy Parmley, Starla Ladd, Daniel Gordon, Christie Sheffield, Miranda Sheffield, Cody Scott and Kaitlyn Scott; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his daughter, Shirley Talley; brothers, Larry Jack Talley and Carl Talley; and sisters, Grace Taylor and Ann Morrow.
Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church in Savannah with Patrick Godwin officiating. Burial followed in Campground Cemetery at Savannah.
Leotus Taylor Wood departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the age of 91 years, 5 months and 6 days.
She was born in Savannah on Aug. 11, 1925, the daughter of the late J.W. and Bessie M. Taylor. On April 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Joseph A. Wood, who preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1990.
Leotus had worked for Wal-mart until February 2015 as a people greeter, she had been with the company for 15 years. She had previously worked for Brown Shoe Company and Clifton Manufacturing in Savannah. Leotus loved to read and was a member of First Baptist Church in Savannah.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Hazel Taylor Davis and Nola Taylor Hughes; and brothers, Aubrey Taylor, Orville Taylor and Robert Taylor.
Services was held on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Phil Cromwell officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens at Savannah.