Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA


December 16, 2005


Deacon Elie "Eli" McKenzie, Sr.

BYROMVILLE -- Funeral services for Deacon Elie "Eli" McKenzie Sr., 82, will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005 in the New Popular Springs Baptist Church in Byromvillle. Burial will be held in New Popular Springs Cemetery. The Rev. Curtis Raines will officiate.

Dea. McKenzie died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 in the Northlake Medical Center in Dekalb County.

He was the son of the late Ethel C. and Mary Harvey McKenzie. He was one of the founding members of the New Popular Springs Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the Deacon Board for 30 years. He was a mason (Franklin Lodge No. 210), World War II Army Veteran and a farmer.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sallie M. McKenzie of Byromville; 9 children, Evon (Wendell) Tooks and Therman McKenzie Sr. of Stone Mountain, Eli (Vera) McKenzie, Roy (Cynthia) McKenzie and Viola McKenzie, all of Decatur, Queenie (Douglas) Aydelott and Andrew McKenzie of Utah, Nina Mapp of Macon and Ronald (Teresa) McKenzie of Lithonia; four brothers, Alford C. (Clemmie) McKenzie of Swainsboro, Oscar (Mazel) McKenzie of Utica, NY, Willie B. (Claudia) McKenzie and Earl McKenzie, both of New Jersey; two sisters, Elnora Gay of Byromville and Bertha McKenzie of New Jersey; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

The family may be contacted at the residence of 480 Popular Spring Road in Byromville.

Alvie Coes Funeral Home in Unadilla has charge of these arrangements.

Brenda Jean Tolbert-Jones

HOPE MILLS, NC -- Funeral services for retired SSgt. Brenda Jean Tolbert-Jones, formerly of Cordele, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2005 with full military honors in the sanctuary of the Greater Morris Tabernacle Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The Rev. Lorenda Ray will officiate.

Mrs. Tolbert-Jones died Monday, October 31, 2005.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Jones Sr. of Hope Mills, NC; children, Saroya Jones and Selvyn Jones, both of Hope Mills, NC; step-children, Kenneth Jones Jr. and Tisha Barnes; father, Deacon Theodis (Lucille) Tolbert Sr. of Cordele; brothers, Bobby (Son) Cobb of Florrisant, Missouri, James (Martha) Tolbert of Florence, SC and Tommy (Lottie) Tolbert of Cordele; devoted aunts and uncles, Willie Eva Tolbert, Rose Lee Tolbert, Magdalene Ward, Theron (Howard) Jones, Freeman (Dorothy) Tolbert Jr. and Calvin Tolbert, all of Cordele, Emma (David) Harrison of Irving, NY, Jimmiephene Sorrie of Jacksonville, Fla., Nettie Merriweather of Washington and George Buckles of Abbeville; mother-in-law, Thelma Corruthers of Belleville, IL; sisters-in-law, Toraine (Kenneth) Ward of California, Sandra (Cleveland) Combs, Cynitha (Terrance) Allen and Kelly (Leroy) Ramsey, all of St. Louis, Missouri; special friends, Mary Seda, Yolanda Holton, Dianne Harris, Glenda Thornabar, Kelly Harold and the Melvin Family; and god-daughters, Keiondra Veal, Deshanta Watkins and Shanika Watkins.

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