Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

March 10, 2007


John N. ‘Nip’


ARABI — Funeral services for John N. “Nip” Waters of Arabi will be held at 4 p.m. today, March 11 in Arabi Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Arabi Cemetery.

Mr. Waters, 87, died at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany Thursday, March 8, 2007.

He was born Saturday, Feb. 14, 1920, in Turner County and was the son of the late James Benjamin and Willie Odessa Nipper Waters. Mr. Waters was the former mayor and retired Post Master of Arabi. He was a member of Arabi Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Deacons and was an Army veteran of World War II. He also served in the European Theater and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Waters is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edna Mae Bailey Waters of Arabi; seven children and their spouses, Marcus and Loida Waters of Cordele, Kathryn and Tracy Walls of Arabi, Cheris and Alan Gardner of Cordele, Lucille and Jim Sewell of Hazlehurst, J.C. Waters of Vienna, Juanita Waters of Arabi, and Bradley Waters of Gainesville; a sister, Helen W. Wishum of Americus; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gwen Evans; five sisters, Emily Cortez Watson, Edna Earl Brannen, Evelyn West, Flossie Mae Dameron and Winnifred James; and a brother, Jessie W. Waters.

Friends may register on-line at www.raineyfuneral.

Rainey Family Funeral Services of Cordele has charge of arrangements.

Roy Lee Walker

CORDELE — Funeral services for Veteran Roy Lee Walker will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2007, in the sanctuary of Beulahland Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in the Hatley Community. The Rev. Chester Askins will officiate the services.

Mr. Walker died Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

Survivors include his mother, Vola Mae Walkerof Cordele; three sisters, Evelyn Crapp of Carrollton, Tonie Nance and Jackie (Cozie) Walker both of Cordele; three brothers, Willie James Walker of Cordele, Troy Walker of Orlando, Fla., and Jacky (Candace) Walker of Allenhurst; his god-mother, Mattie Shorter of Cordele; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

An online registry is available at

J.W. Williams Funeral Home of Cordele and Vienna has charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Michael Flanders

TACOMA, Wash. — Funeral services for Mike Flanders, 52, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007, in St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Tacoma. Burial followed at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

Mr. Flanders died Monday afternoon, March 5, 2007, at the Franciscan Hospice House.

He was born to the late Johnnie Flanders and the late Dora Shell on Nov. 8, 1954, in Cordele. Mr. Flanders was a retired Army Sergeant and a member of The Knights of Columbus and the Southgate Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Sung H. Flanders of Spanaway, Wash.; son, John (Jennifer) Flanders of Belfair, Wash.; daughter, Teresa (Jacob) Potter of Tacoma, Wash.; brother, Danny (Bea) Flanders of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters, Diane (Jacob) Shivick of National City, Calif., and Lorrie Steiner (Guy McKenzie) of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Tesa Madrid of Tacoma, Wash., John Thomas, Kari, and Sara Flanders all of Belfair, Wash.; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

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Robert L. ‘Bob’

Cohen Sr.

MACON — Funeral services for Robert Leonard “Bob” Cohen Sr., 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12 in Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Abbeville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Larry Wilbanks will officiate the services.

Mr. Cohen died Sunday, March 4, 2007, in Northside Hospital in Macon.

Born Jan. 15, 1927, in Wilcox County, he was the son of the late Norman Mitchell Cohen, Anne Thelma Futch Cohen and Van Della Statham Cohen. Mr. Cohen was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a twin brother, Ralph Mitchell Cohen.

For years, Mr. Cohen was employed in bridge construction, working on many bridges in Georgia. He was a foreman and a welder with Coffee Construction Company and Burch & Durham Construction Company. Later, he was employed by Macon Pre-stress Concrete Company, Auto Air and Atkins Auto Parts, all of Macon.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie Rhodes Cohen of Macon; children, Anelia (James) Miller of Pineview, Thelma (Monty) Truelove of Gray, Robert (Gayle) Cohen of Forsyth, Barbara (Wayne) Martin of Milledgeville, Joey (Debbie) Cohen, Rusty (Vickie) Cohen and Jamie Cohen and his fiance, Kim Pate, all of Lizella; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Jeanette (Floyd) Pittman of Savannah, and Patsy (L.C.) Rooks of Warner Robins; and a brother, Norman Cohen of Abbeville.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Central Georgia, P.O. Box 6533, Macon, Ga., or to Cedar Creek Baptist Church, c/o Norman Cohen, Route 1, Abbeville, Ga., 31001.

Clark Funeral Home of Hawkinsville has charge of the arrangements.

Gladys ‘Bunch’ Bolden

PINEHURST — Funeral services for Gladys “Bunch” Bolden, 69, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Pinehurst. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. J.C. Baker will officiate the services.

Mrs. Bolden died Thursday, March 8, 2007, in a Macon hospital.

A native of Dooly County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Earner Watts and the widow of the late Deacon Clyde Bolden Jr.

She attended Dooly County Schools and had been employed at Red Kap Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, past president and vice president of the Mission Department. She was the founder of the “Gospel Pineairs Singing Group, the Countywide Bible Class of Dooly County and the Willing Workers of Pinehurst.

She was a member and delegate of the Georgia Union

Missionary Baptist Association, Women’s Auxiliary and First District Union. She was a concerned citizen and community advocate for children and public education.

Survivors include her children, Sharon (Harvey) Sea, Beverly D. Bolden and Randy Bolden all of Pinehurst, Sandy (Michael Sr.) Daniels of Byromville, Royce (Beverly M.) Bolden, Kerry (Avious) Bolden and Stacey (Eddie) Hicks all of Vienna, and Ronnie (Nancy) Bolden of Unadilla; three sisters, Earner (Freddie) Outlaw of Pinehurst, Ida Ruth Baker of Orlando, Fla., and Claudia Deshurn of Baltimore, Md.; sisters-in-law, Bertha (W.T.) Woodson of Unadilla, Annie Lee Bolden, Bernice Bolden and Ida M. Bolden all of Florida; a brother-in-law, J.C. Bolden of Florida; 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family may be contacted at 493 Calhoun Road, Pinehurst.

Alvie Coes Funeral Home of Unadilla has charge of the arrangements.

local deaths

• Master Bendrick Alexander Jr. of Cordele died Friday, March 9, 2007, in St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by J.W. Williams Funeral Home of Cordele and Vienna.

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