Clyde Wayne Finley, age 77, of Enville, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, at his home.
He was born May 4, 1939, in Milledgeville and reared in the Enville area, the son of the late Leonard Harmon and Mary Lonie Alexander Finley. He went to school in the Enville community. He married Wanda Jean Lott in 1958. They made their home in the Enville community all their life. He worked for Whalley Construction Company, laying telephone cable for 30 years and also worked for M&M Construction, Claudie Malone and Burlin McPeake, and then at Finley’s Prop Shop. He enjoyed going to the Tennessee River and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Jean Lott Finley of Enville; two sons, Anthony Finley (Debbie) and Jeff Finley (Lisa), all of Enville; a daughter, Tammy Austin (Tim) of Sardis; and two grandchildren, Casey Pratt (Brandon) and Cameron Finley (Ashley); and one great-grandchild, Greyson Pratt.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel with Gene Hanna officiating. Burial followed in Milledgeville Cemetery.
Christa Maria Ell Baker, of Florence, Alabama, was born in Weinheim, Germany on July 2,1930, the daughter of Erwin Oskar and Maria Christina Ell.
She departed this life on Wednesday, March 29, at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 27 days.
Christa married Tommy Joyce Baker in 1955, and moved to the United States in 1957. Shortly thereafter, she gained U.S. citizenship. She worked as a bookkeeper for Big Star in Selmer. Christa was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Savannah. She will be remembered for her strong faith in Christ and her love of cooking and crocheting for others.
Christa is survived by her granddaughters, Kimberly Powers Gray and husband Johnathan of Florence, Alabama and Melisa Powers; and two great-granchildren, Lucas Wilt and Parker Gray.
In addition to her parents, Christa was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Ralph Huggins.
Services were held on Friday, March 31, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Derek Westmoreland officiating. Burial followed in Pebble Hill Cemetery at Michie.
Ruby Faye McGee Massengill, 82, died on Saturday, March 25, at Savannah Health Care Center.
She was born in Hardin County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Lillie Littlejohn McGee.
Mrs. Massengill was a former employee of Sears, Century Electric, Vendo and World Color, and a member of Savannah Church of Christ.
She is suvived by her children, James Rushing of Bradenton, Florida, Karen Boroughs of Clifton and Nena Holland of Corinth; two brothers, Rhebon McGee of Michie and Roscoe Eugene McGee of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; two sisters, Reba Sue Benjamin of Corinth and Reda Adae of Michie; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Truman O. Massengill; brothers, Rady Buford McGee, Ray McGee and Rheuben McGee.
A celebration of her life was held on Monday, March 27, in the Chapel of Corinthian Funeral Home with Malcolm George officiating. Burial followed in Corinth National Cemetery.
Lillian Franks, 75, of Savannah, died on Tuesday, March 21.
She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Zada Bell Murphy Cummings. She married Arthur McKinley Franks, who preceded her in death.
Before retiring from Brown Shoe, Mrs. Franks worked at Angelica and then Kay Windsor. She was a member of the Moose Lodge.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Lynn Franks; son, Timmie Lane Franks; sister, Charlene Franks; brother, John Thomas Cummings; and four grandchildren.
Along with her parents and her husband, Lillian was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Kathleen Burlerson; brothers, Silas “Bo” Cummings and J.C. Cummings; and a grandchild.
Services were held on Friday, March 24, at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Savannah with Daniel Holt officiating. Burial followed in Germany Branch Cemetery at Hardin County.
Thomas “Tom” Demery, 66, of Savannah, died on Tuesday, March 21, in Savannah.
He was born in Memphis, the son of the late Jasper Christopher and Christine George Demery. He was united in marriage to Leatrice Thompson, who survives.
Mr. Demery served his country in the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. While living in Memphis he made eyeglasses. After moving to Savannah, he worked for CCA in Clifton as a guard. He was of Catholic belief.
In addition to his wife, Leatrice, he is survived by his stepchildren, Kevin Copous of Parsons, Tennessee and Rhonda Short of Savannah; four stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald George and George Demery; and three sisters, Helen Demery, Thelma Haley and Kathy Demery.
Services were held on Thursday, March 23, at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Robert House officiating. Burial followed in Corinth National Cemetery at Corinth, Mississippi.