Fred C. Kight
CORDELE — Funeral services for Fred C. Kight were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 from the chapel of Rainey Family Funeral Services with the Rev. Warren Williams and Lee Guerry officiating.
Norma Turton, pianist, played soft music and accompanied Sandra Windham and Harry Knox as they sang “Whispering Hope.” The family received friends immediately following the service.
Mr. Kight, 88, died at Crisp Regional Hospital Friday, Dec. 29, 2006. He was born Tuesday, August 20, 1918 in Dublin and was the son of the late Buddy B. and Caroline Clark Kight.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kight was the owner and operator of Cordele Livestock Company. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he had served as a captain during World War II. He also was a member of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association, and was a faithful member of the Cordele First United Methodist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was instrumental in the planning phase for the new education building at First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Kight is survived by his wife, Mildred Kight of Cordele; three children, Fred Kight of Augusta; Anna Rentz of Lake Lure, NC and Leila Kight and her husband, John Ballou of Miami Beach, FL; a sister, Carolyn Ripple of Myrtle Beach, SC and three grandchildren, Sky Kight, Justin Kight and Tracy Frye and her husband, Brandon.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Cordele First United Methodist Church, 302 East 12th Avenue, Cordele, GA 31015. Rainey Family Funeral Services had charge of arrangements.
William B. ‘Bill’ Goodson
CORDELE — A memorial service for William Bernard “Bill” Goodson of Cordele will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Grace Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at Rainey Family Funeral Services today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mr. Goodson died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at his residence following an extended series of medical conditions for which he had received treatment.
Born in Mitchell County on April 9, 1937, he is best known in Cordele as the owner, station manager and chief engineer of WSST-TV station. Mr. Goodson and his business partner, Phil Streetman, originally applied for an operating license in the early 1980’s. WSST began as a local cable-provided television station to provide programming for Cordele and Vienna in 1981.
In 1983, WSST gained the ability to air “live broadcast” produced within its facility. WSST gained further approval for a license to operate through airwave broadcast in addition to being carried through local cable TV in 1988. The station began to operate both cable and broadcast transmissions in June of 1989.
One of the station’s greatest achievements was to be one of the first television stations of its size to accomplish digital transmission beginning in the summer of 2003.
Within his lifetime, Mr. Goodson saw his dream of beginning a television station in a small south Georgia town both become a reality and grow to become a successful full power station with reception in homes both in Cordele and many surrounding cities.
Although the last 25 years of his career fulfilled his dream of operating a television station, he actually began his broadcast career in radio. Mr. Goodson’s radio career began in the early 1950’s through internships at radio stations WCLB and WMTM in Camilla and Moultrie.
His initial employment in communications began in Albany where he worked at radio station WALB as a script writer and a broadscast announcer on WALB-TV. Subsequent positions included engineer, chief engineer and station manager at radio stations WJAZ in Albany and WMJM in Cordele.
While working in the radio broadcast industry, Mr. Goodson enhanced his education by attending school to earn an engineering license from the federal government. This training prepared him to pursue the position in 1967 as general manager and operator of a regional group of radio stations extending from Atlanta and Athens to Albany. In this capacity, Mr. Goodson was instrumental in maintaining radio broadcast stations and beginning new radio transmission stations in additional cities simultaneously.
Mr. Goodson’s entire professional life was dedicated to the radio and television broadcast industries. His accomplishments and achievements within this industry were numerous and significant despite his diminishing clarity and eventual loss of eyesight.
Among his greatest qualities was his never fading determination to fulfill his lifelong professional dreams despite his blindness. Mr. Goodson greatly valued quality time with his immediate family for whom he held great love, including his wife of 49 years, Shelby Dean Herrington Goodson of Cordele, two daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Richard Azbell of Warner Robins, and Tammy and Kenny Calhoun of Vienna, and his grandchildren, Brittni Rodriguez and Braxton Azbell.
He was an active and supportive member of Grace Baptist Church.
Mr. Goodson is predeceased by his father, William Labon Goodson, his mother, Charlie Mae Shirah Goodson, brothers, Billy Jackson Goodson and Charles Levi Goodson.
In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, he is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Jerry and Wanda Goodson of St. Cloud, Fla., and Jimmy and Donna Goodson of Washington, D.C. and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, as a symbol of condolence, the Goodson family expresses a desire that Mr. Goodson had communicated to them during his last illness, that any expression of kindness be given as donations to the Missions Fund of Grace Baptist Church, 1997 Royal Road, Cordele, Ga., 31015 to fund the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ through world missions or to Camp Littleshot, an organization committed to providing education to improve the quality of life for juvenile diabetics such as his granddaughter, Brittni Rodrigues.
Camp Littleshot donations may be made through Medcen Community Health Foundation @ The Medical Center of Central Georgia, 777 Hemlock St., Hospital Box 118, Macon, Ga., 31201.
In celebration of Mr. Goodson’s life and because of his love for the color red, the family asks that anyone who so desires wear something red to his memorial service.
Friends may register online at www.raineyfuneral.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rainey Family Funeral Services.
Mattie B. Baker
CORDELE — Funeral services were conducted for Mattie Bodrey Baker at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, from the chapel of Hughes & Wright Funeral Home.
The Rev. Bill Kent and Rev. Phil Streetman officiated for the service, and burial followed in the Penia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arlene Dowdy, pianist, played before and after the service. She also accompanied Becky Perkins and Cecil Sanders Jr. as they sang “Amazing Grace.” Becky Perkins sang “The Anchor Holds” to prerecorded soundtrack.
Pallbearers were Jeff Baker, Donald Baker Jr., Todd Helms, Curtis Smith, Richard Thomas Jr., Alan Everidge and Darren Dudman. Forming an honorary escort were Tonya Dudman, Candace Baker, Kimberly Thomas, Carla Baker, Isabella Helms, Felicia Everidge, Angie Baker and Jennifer Thomas as well as employees of Cordele-Crisp 911.
An online guestbook is available at www.hughesandwright.com.
Hughes & Wright Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
OCILLA — Graveside services for Randy Presley, 50, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Arabi Cemetery in Crisp County, with the Rev. Ronald Parks officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at www.paulkfuneralhome.com. Paulk Funeral Home of Fitzgerald has charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Presley died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at the Irwin County Hospital.
James P. ‘Jim’ Miller
UNADILLA — Memorial services for James P. “Jim” Miller will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 2 in the First Baptist Church of Unadilla. An online registry is available at www.brannen-nesmith.com. Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home of Unadilla has charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Miller died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006.
Barbara B. Phelps
TIFTON — Funeral services for Barbara B. Phelps, 66, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 2 in the Inaha Baptist Church in Turner County with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.
An online registry is available at www.perryfuneralchapel.com. Perry Funeral Chapel of Ashburn has charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Phelps died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany following a lengthy illness.
Shirley B. Craig
FLOVILLA — Funeral services for Shirley Beeland Craig, 59, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 in the Flovilla Baptist Church with the Revs. Neal Walls and Chris Minton officiating. Burial will follow in the Flovilla Cemetery.
Mrs. Craig died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at her residence after being ill for the last seven months.
She was born in West Point (Troup County), on April 25, 1957, the daughter of the late John Edward Kinney and Rosie Adel Thomas Kinney. Mrs. Craig was a 1965 graduate of Henry County High School and had been employed by Sylvan Grove Hospital in Jackson for 28 years where she was director of medical records and had served on the board of directors for the hospital. She was a member of the Flovilla Baptist Church and was a member of the WMU.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Craig of Flovilla; children, Michael Ray and Jamie Beeland of Gray, and Crystal Dianne and Josh Milner of Donalsonville; grandchildren, “D” Thomas and Micah Beeland of Gray; a sister, Deborah Lenning of Jackson; a brother, Tony Kinney of Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberley Ann Craig, and brothers, John Kinney and Edward Kinney.
Those desiring may make a contribution in her name to the American Cancer Society, 135 Bradford Square, Suite B, Fayetteville, Ga., 30215.
Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson has charge of the arrangements.
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