Alma Durham (12-12-09) services 12-16-09


Alma Durham

Alma S. Durham, 94, of Savannah, departed this life on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Hardin Medical Center Nursing Home in Savannah.

She was born Alma Josie Sipes in Hardin County, the daughter of Mary Rena Blackwood Sipes and John William Sipes.

She was united in marriage to Vernon Edward Durham Oct. 1, 1932. They were married 56 years and six children were born to this union.

Alma was a factory worker for many years-but her first love was her home where she was an exemplary and "modeled the Proverbs 31 woman." She loved vegetable gardening and working in her flower beds. She was a member of the Sunshine Home Demonstration Club where she volunteered and quilted until she was 85 years old. She left a legacy of beautiful handmade quilts for her family. She served as a "Pink Lady" at Hardin County Medical Center for several years.

She was a member of and attended Love and Truth Church for as long as she was able and continued to watch their TV ministry even until last week.

Alma was known by her family and friends as a person who wanted to do things for you with no fanfare! Comically, she was always interested in current events, especially politics. She thought no one could communicate the evening news better Charlie Gibson and Gary Pickens was the best predicter of the weather. She also loved to hear Wayne Jerrolds, Emmett Garner and their Bluegrass gang at every opportunity.

Alma is survived by her children: Wilma Jean Jones: Jerry Wayne Durham and Judy; Billy Sanders Durham and Debbie; Jimmie Elouise Blackwelder and Larry; Mary Jo Warrington and Paul.

Ten grandchildren: Betty Jo Dunne, Tommie Dorlene Rodgers, Robert Lynn Jones, Joel Wayne Durham, Jimmy Sanders Durham, Amy Blackwelder Garrison, Dale Wayne Blackwelder, Meredith Warrington, Farra Rae Durham and Grant Sanders Durham.

She also leaves 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by one son-in-law, Arnold Phillips, many cousins, nieces and nephews who are very special to her, as well as a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one daughter, Doris Alene Phillips and one son-in-law, Calvin Jones. She was also preceded in death by one brother, John Leland Sipes on the U.S.S. Indianapolis and one sister, Altha Dee Taylor of Humboldt, Tenn.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, with Philip Meek, Jimmy Durham officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Memorial Garden at Adamsville.

Memorial donations may be made to Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center.

Seth Sanders (12-16-09)


Seth Sanders

Seth Sanders, infant, died Wednesday, Dec. 16.

He was the son of William Sanders III and fiancee Amanda Henry of Naperville, Ill. William is formerly of Savannah.

Seth is also survived by his grandparents, Madonna and Bill Sanders of Savannah.

Melbe McCullough (12-16-09) services 12-20-09


Melba McCullough

Melba Weaver McCullough, 85, of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, Dec. 16.

She was born in Hardin County, the daughter of the late Ethel and Grace Sipes Singleton.

Mrs. McCullough lived in the Milledgeville area most of her life and was a hairdresser there from 1961 until 1985. She was a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church, Cosmetology Group, Ruritan Club of Milledgeville, and an active member of Milledgeville Community Center.

Services were held on Sunday, Dec. 20, at Milledgeville United Methodist Church in Milledgeville, with Jimmy Dyer, Phil Bridges officiating. Burial was in the Milledgeville Cemetery at Milledgeville.

Memorial donations to American Heart Association.

She is survived by a son, Ritchie Van Weaver of Milledgeville.

She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Vandyler Weaver; her second husband, Garvin McCullough; four brothers, Crawford Singleton, Autry Wetmore, Hoover Singleton, and Woody Gene; three sisters, Blanche Vaccaro, Louise Dickson, and Opal Garey.

Leroy Kellen Sr (12-14-09) services 12-18-09


Leroy Kellen Sr.

Leroy Bernard Kellen Sr., 73, of Shiloh, died Monday, Dec. 14.

He was born in Slayton, Minn., son of the late John Henry Kellen Jr. and Mary Minerva Nece Kellen. He was united in marriage to the former Shelby Jean Anderson.

Mr. Kellen was retired from the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. He had also worked for the Counce-Corinth Railroad for 15 years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Savannah. He was a Charter Member of Knights of Columbus–Fourth Degree Knight.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 18, at the Shackelford Funeral Home Chapel in Savannah, with burial in Independence Cemetery in Lexington, Tenn.

In addition to his wife, Shelby J. Kellen of Shiloh, he is survived by one daughter, Patricia Lynn Cruz of Shiloh; two sons, LeRoy B. Kellen Jr. of Shiloh and Jefffery Louis Kellen of Lexington, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren,and five great-great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Burg of St. Cloud, Minn.

Mr. Kellen was also preceded in death by one grandchild; and two brothers, Albert Frances (Red) Kellen and Bernard John Kellen.

James Rogers (12-14-09) services 12-17-09


James Rogers

James Rogers was born in Hardin County on June 16, 1928, the son of the late Emmett and Lola Droke Rogers.

On April 23, 1955, he was united in marriage to Ella Rhea who preceded her husband in death on Nov. 21, 2001.

Mr. Rogers retired from Brown Shoe Company after 30 years as an electrician. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Rogers was a member of Temple Baptist Church and was a member of the Savannah Masonic Lodge 102. He enjoyed working on lawnmowers for everyone. Mr. Rogers also enjoyed going to auctions, gardening and he enjoyed being outside and working.

He departed this life on Monday, Dec. 14, in Savannah, at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 28 days.

Mr. Rogers is survived by one daughter, Regina Simbeck and her husband Damien of Killen, Ala.; two grandchildren, Christina Simbeck and Elizabeth Simbeck.

Other than his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Max, David and Kenneth Rogers.

Services will be held today, Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Robert Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Hermon Cemetery at Hardin County.

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