George Jefferson Ramsey

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 30, 2001

George Jefferson Ramsey, 59, of Troy died Thursday, March 22, 2001 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Springfield Baptist Church. Burial will be at Ramsey Cemetery with George F. Grubbs Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Ramsey was born Oct. 10, 1941 in Pike County to William and Willie Ann Ramsey. He attended Pike County public schools. He served on the Deacon Board at Springfield Baptist Church, was a member of Alpine Masonic Lodge #91 and was a school bus driver for the Pike County Board of Education.

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Survivors include his wife, Martha J. Ramsey of Troy; five step-children, Stacey, Calvin, Freddie, Bobby and Patricia; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Annie Ruth and David McClain of Montgomery, Mary Ruth and Martha of White Plains, N.Y.; two brothers, Daniel and King Ramsey, both of Troy; eight grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends; aunt, Johnnie P. Blair of Birmingham.

Members of Alpine Masonic Lodge #91 will serve as pallbearers. Pike County Schools bus drivers will serve as honorary pallbearers. Floralbearers will be O.E.S. and friends.

Visitation will begin at noon, today at George F. Grubbs Funeral Home.

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley, 74, of Route 2, Box 221 F County Road 302, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at her home.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Benevolent Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. L.P. Carter officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home directing.

Ms. Smiley was born July 1, 1936 in Pike County to Frank and Annie B. Smiley. She was a housekeeper and member of Benevolent Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Willie J. Smiley, Ollie M. and Eugene Young, Willie and Gloria Smiley Jr., Eva M. Smiley, Willie Lee and Mack Hodgers, Annie Ruth Cooper, Annie Ruth Cooper, John C. Cooper and Annie L. Cooper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Willie M. and Jimmy Toney of China Grove, Emma Walker of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Annie R. Toney of Atlanta, Ga., Lillie M. Batie of Orlando, Fla., Mary and Willie More of California, Lelia B. Streeter, Carolyn Berry, Marie Posey, Betty Smiley, Barbra Smiley, Mattie Mclain and Mary M. Maddox, all of Troy; brothers, Jimmy Smiley, Larry Smiley, Ronnie Smiley, all of California, and Frank Smiley Jr. of Troy; two aunts, Sarah Mckenzie of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Sweetie Pearl Pennington of Troy; two uncles, Sam Owens and Willie L. Owens, both of Brooklyn; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Cooper; a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Sue Cooper; sister, Bessie Smiley and brother, George Smiley.

Nephews and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Nieces and grandchildren will serve as floralbearers.

The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Lois Harris Brantley

Friends and relatives are saddened by the passing of Mrs. Lois Harris Brantley, 90, on Thursday, March 29, 2001. She and her husband, James Bruce Brantley, are long-time residents of Banks.

Mrs. Brantley, for years, taught school in the Pike County School System, having taught at Shady Grove, Banks, Tarentum and Brundidge schools. She was a faithful member of Banks Baptist Church.

Mrs. Brantley was preceded in death by her parents, Ida Bell McLeod and John Wilson Harris; her son, John William Brantley; two brothers, Roy Edmond and Cody Wilson Harris Sr.; three sisters, Mary Thelma Harris Edge, Juanita Charlie Harris and Margaret Sydney Harris Hooks and a nephew, Cody Wilson Harris Jr.

She is survived by her husband, James Brantley of Banks; daughter and son-in-law, Martha Brantley and William Robert Fleming of Brundidge; sister, Patsye Harris Lucas of Troy; grandchildren, Cpl. William Christian Fleming and wife, Brittany, their daughter, Madison Kiersten Fleming of Camp LeJuene, N.C.; Calista Fleming Grieshop and husband, Trigg Christopher, of Cartersville, Ga.; Benjamin Brantley Fleming and wife, Patrice Pittman, their son, Samuel Windham Fleming of Banks; sister-in-law, Mary B. High of Troy; nieces and nephews, Dr. Marion Jackson and Pat Edge of Louisville, Ky., Jennifer Harris and Bryan McDowell of Shreveport, La., Charles Hubert Jr. and Janice Lucas of Troy, Sydney Susan and Jerry Durden of Montgomery, Michael Curtis and Nancy Harris of Enterprise, Patrick Harris and Cindi Lucas of Troy; great-nieces and nephews, Michele Edge and David Bell of Dearborn, Mich., Sara Edge and Alan Brogden of Smyrna, Ga., Daniel Edge of Ann Arbor, Mich., Amanda Edge of Ann Arbor, Miles McDowell of New Orleans, La., Clara McDowell of Shreveport, La., Lucas and Candace Durden of Manassass, Va., Whitney Durden of Whiteville, N.C., Cody Wilson Harris III of Troy, Kelley Ruth Lucas of Troy, Patricia Marianne Lucas of Troy, Patrick Harris Lucas Jr. of Troy, Meghan Harris and Justin Harris, both of Enterprise.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2001.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2001 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy with the Revs. David Kirby and W.O. Sanders officiating. Interment will be at Banks Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Christian Fleming, Ben Fleming, Michael Harris, James Fleming, Paul Fleming, Charles Lucas and Patrick Lucas. Honorary pallbearers will be Gerold Brantley, Dr. S.A. Brantley and members of Banks Baptist Church.