Colquitt Funeral Home was established in 1941 by H. Roy and Lucille McKinstry, Sr. They operated the funeral home and ambulance service for Colquitt and Miller County until 1949 when their son, H. Roy McKinstry, Jr. returned from the Navy to help run the family business. Roy (Porky) McKinstry, Jr. married Dorothy Oldham in 1949. Roy McKinstry, Sr., Lucille McKinstry, Roy McKinstry, Jr. and Dorothy McKinstry were all liscensed funeral directors and operated the funeral home together for nearly 50 years. Danny Sheffield, licensed funeral director and embalmer, began working at Colquitt Funeral Home in 1983 and purchased the funeral home business from the McKinstry family in 1990. In1991, he built a new funeral home and chapel at 108 Grow Street and continues to operate as a family owned business today. The owner and staff of Colquitt Funeral Home will always cherish the memory of the lives of H. R. (Mack) McKinstry, Sr., Lucille McKinstry, H. R. (Porky) McKinstry, Jr., and Dorothy McKinstry .
Randy Scott "Ears" Everson 61
Mr. Randy Scott Everson of Colquitt died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. An informal celebration of life gathering will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Ears house, 633 N. Early Co. Line Rd, from 7:00 pm - until. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.
Randy was a career plumber and electrician. He was a co-owner of Everson Plumbing and Electric. A graduate of the Miller Co. High School class of 1970, he was very active in class reunions and other functions. He was a loving father and doting grandfather who could always supply a sucker on demand to his grandson, Myron. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his daughter, Brandi Woods, and her husband Matt; grandson Myron ; his longtime companion, Deb Posey ; his father Bo Everson and longtime companion, Frances Kelley; two brothers, Tony Everson, and wife Lynn, Wade Everson, and wife Joanna; sister, Angel Mathis and husband Wendell; two aunts, Ann Taylor of Albany, and Eleanor Wood of Lake City, FL.; nieces and nephews, Morgan and Baylee Everson, Kaley Givens, Shane Mathis, and Phoebe Christian and husband Jason.
He was predeceased by his son Chad Everson (1991) and his mother Cleista Winget Everson (1984).
In leiu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Walter C. Dancer Masonic Lodge #115, the Hassan Masonic Temple, or a charity of your choice.
Marsha Merritt Mock 65
Mrs. Marsha Dianne Merritt Mock of Colquitt died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Coffee Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 4:30 PM at the Colquitt City Cemetery with Rev. Jack Cowart officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 3:00-4:00 PM at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mock was a retired nurse, a member of Colquitt First Baptist Church, and was a graduate of Jinks School of Nursing in Colquitt, Ga.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Mock of Valdosta, GA, and Mitchell Mock of Savannah, GA; two daughters, Michelle (Alan) Humphrey of Canton, GA, and Mia (Vince) Yarbrough of Fitzgerald, GA; one sister, Dr. Gayle Merritt (Dr. Michael) Manning of Panama City, FL; six grandchildren, Mitchell Mock, Mande Mock, Mason Mock, Haley Mock, Braden Mock and Austin Yarbrough; and one nephew, LaDonne Merritt of Panama City, FL. Mrs. Mock was preceded in death by her parents, Robert (Bobby) LaDonne and Merle Tabb Merritt Sr., one brother, Don Merritt and her grandparents, Sheriff William Felix and Hattie Mae Crawford Tabb Sr and James Wright and Ethel Jones Merritt Sr.
Laura Ann Mullins 84
Mrs Laura Ann Mullins of Hilliard, Florida died Tuesday April 9, 2013 at Life Care Center in Hilliard, Fl. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM (Graveside) at the Colquitt City Cemetery with Rev. Daniel Dean officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 PM Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Robbie Kirksey 93
Mrs. Robbie Kirksey of Colquitt died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Miller Nursing Home. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Sheffield Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lindsey Gay and Rev. Rollin Rathel officiating. Interment will follow at the Colquitt City Cemetery with Al Davis, David Williamson, Benjamin Johnson, Harold Gordon, Oliver Widner and Henry Worsley serving as active pallbearers. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 6 til 8:00 P.M. at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mrs. Kirksey was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olive Holiness Church.
Mrs. Kirksey is survived by three sons, Stanford (Delayne) Kirksey of Moultrie, Ga, Arnold Kirksey of Valrioc, FL and Phil (Annora) Kirksey of Colquitt, GA, two Daughters, Jeanette (Kenneth) Haire of Colquitt and Faye Vann of Colquitt, two Brothers, Lamar Gordon and Alvin Gordon both of Colquitt. Two Grandchildren, Karen (Frank) Huggins, Stanley (Tabatha) Kirksey and Sharon Kirksey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Lee Kirksey and two grandsons, Jay Haire & Jeff Haire.
Charles Raymond Pridgeon Sr 85
Mr Charles Pridgeon of Arlington died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Miller County Hospital. There will be a private family service for Mr Pridgeon.
Mr Pridgeon was retired from the USMC Logistic Base in Albany where he was a manager over the weapons facility and served in the U S Navy during the Korean War.
Herschel Jackson McClurg
Mr Herschel McClurg of Colquitt died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Miller County Hospital. Graveside services will be Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Roselawn Memory Gardens in Bainbridge with Rev. Kent Barwick officiating.
Mr McClurg was retired from the U S Marines.
He is survived by one nephew, E. Max (Dara Sawyer) Heller of Comer Ga., and one niece, Bonnie Heller of Florida.
JefferyLee Haire 44
Mr. Jeffery Haire of St. Petersburg, Fl., formerly of Colquitt, died March 14, 2012 at Bay Front Memorial Hospital , St. Petersburg, Fl.. Funeral service will be Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Sheffield Funeral Chapel with Rev. Marty Tedder & Rev. Jeremy Horne officiating. Interment will follow in the Boykin Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 PM Monday, March 18, 2013 at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mr. Haire was a insurance sales agent with Farm Bureau Insurance for 18 years.
Mr. Haire is survived by his parents, Kenneth & Jeanette Haire of Colquitt, Grandmother, Robie Kirksey of Colquitt, 1 daughter, Alex Byrd (Trey) of Bainbridge, 1 brother, Greg Haire (Helen) of Colquitt, 1 niece, Peggy Hoffman (Dan) of Orlando, Fl., 1 great-nephew, Daniel Hoffman of Orlando, Fl., 1 nephew, Danny Haire of Dawsonville, GA. and a large number of aunts and cousins also survive.
Gladys Ruby Griffin 91
Mrs. Gladys Griffin of Leary died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at her residence. Funeral services will be Friday, March 8, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Milford Baptist Church with Rev. Preston Wilson and Ray Griffin officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Hardie Hudgins, Michael Cook, David Craft, Scott Butler, Marty Butler, Ernie Cook, and Donnie Butler serving as active pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers will be the deacons of Milford Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mrs. Griffin was a homemaker and a member of Milford Baptist Church where she was a sunday school teacher and helped teach vacation bible school for many years.
She is survived by two sons, Justin (Cora) Griffin of Westly Chapel, FL, and Curtis (Ann) Griffin of Leary, GA; four grandchildren, Greg (Chris) Griffin of Woodstock, GA, Sean Griffin of Port Charlotte, FL, Ray (Lori) Griffin of Leary, GA, and Angel (Abel) Martin of Leary, GA; five great granchildren, Jordan Ann Griffin, Owen Ray Griffin, Samuel Boden "Bo" Griffin, Madison Grace Taylor, and Jackson Richter Hill all of Leary, GA. Mrs. Griffin was preceded in death by her husband, Owen W. Griffin; one son, William Owen Griffin; three brothers, Lewis (Larraine) Butler, Lester (Theresa) Butler, and Buster (Ethel) Butler; three sisters, Melba "Tootsie" Butler, Anna Lee Butler (Gordon) Peel, and Mary Butler Peel.
Rusty Dewayne Darley 34
Mr Rusty Darley of Colquitt died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Miller County Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Sheffield Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kent Barwick officiating. Interment will follow at Whites Bridge Cemetery with Daniel Grimes, Chad Brown, Jesse Darley, Michael Musgrove, Wayne Chambers, Rocky Carr and Ken Dunlap serving as active pallbearers. Visitation will be Friday, March 1, 2013 from 6 to 8PM at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mr Darley was a Color Technician at Amoco Fabrics and a member of Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Trish Crimmin of Bainbridge, one son, Dustinn Darley of Bainbridge and one daughter, Alexis Grace Darley of Bainbridge. His Mother, Tina (Tommy) West of Colquitt and his Father, Terry Darley of Colquitt. Maternal Grandmother, Lyvonne Cox of Colquitt, one sister, Christina Kitchens of Colqiutt and two brothers, Jesse Doss Darley and Samual Reid Darley both of Colquitt.
Ralph Fredrick Thompson 82
Mr. Ralph Thompson of Colquitt died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Miller County Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Colquitt United Methodist Church with Rev. Jay Roberson and Rev. Matt Stewart officiating. Interment will follow at Colquitt City Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mr. Thompson was a member of Colquitt United Methodist Church. He was owner of T Bar Ranch in Colquitt, a member of the Board of Directors of the Miller County Cattlemans Association and a Miller County FFA Alumni.
He is survived by his wife, Estelle Thompson of Colquitt, GA; three sons, Robert (Debi) Thompson of Carney, OK, Michael (Tina) Thompson of Farmington, NM, and Will Thompson of Douglas, GA; two daughters, Sally (Penn) Wells of Colquitt, GA, and Debbie (Bruce) Henry of Colquitt, GA; six grandchildren, Steve Thompson, Daniel Thompson, Dusty Bannister, Will Henry, Desi Deschenie, and Tasha Deschenie; one great grandson, Will Reid Thompson; one brother, Don Thompson of Tulsa, OK; and two sisters, Melba West of Henryetta, OK, and Barbara Humphrey of Holiday, FL. Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by one son, Ralph Fredrick Thompson, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the James W. Merritt Memorial Library or to Colquitt United Methodist Church Outreach.
Ferrell Tatum 83
Mr. Ferrell Tatum of Colquitt died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Miller County Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday, February 25, 2013, at 3:00 PM at Sheffield Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kent Barwick officiating. Interment will be at Cross Roads Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 PM Monday, February 25, 2013, at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mr. Tatum formerly worked at Amoco Fabrics in Bainbridge and was of the Baptist Faith. He served in the U S Army during the Korean Conflict and fought his last fight this morning (February 22, 2013) and has gone to rest in Heaven.
He is survived by his former wife and the mother of his children, Lyvonne Cox of Colquitt, GA; one son, Steve (Earnestine) Tatum of Blufton, GA; three daughters, Jackie (Glenn) Clenney of Colquitt, GA, Tina (Tommy) West of Colquitt, GA, and Teresa (Jack Ingram) Cooper of Bainbridge, GA; nine grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Mr. Tatum was preceded in death by one son, Donnie Tatum and two granddaughters, Stacy Tatum and Torrie Mancil.
Carol Louise Smith 88
Mrs. Carol Smith of Colquitt died Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Miller County Hospital. Funeral services will be Sunday, February 24, 2013, at 3:00 PM at Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Kent Barwick, Rev. William Smith, and Hubert Stafford officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, February 24, 2013, from 1:30-3:00 PM at Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will be Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at11:00 AM at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow, WV, with Rev. Burt Hall officiating following a viewing beginning at 10:00 AM at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by one son, William (Tara) Smith, Jr. of Colquitt, GA; three grandchildren, David (Tina) McPhail of Charleston, WV, Eric (Megan) Smith of Crawfordville, FL, and Bethany Smith of Colquitt, GA; four great grandchildren, Emily McPhail, Colton Smith, Jaxson Knight, and Tucker Smith; and one brother, John (Sherry) Johnson of Fredricksburg, VA. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, William Ervin Smith, Sr.; her parents, Richard and Jessie Johnson; one daughter, Carol McPhail; two brothers, Lewis Melvin Johnson, and Reed Johnson; and one grandson, William Smith, III.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund.
Wright Carly "W C" Calhoun 81
Mr. W C Calhoun of Colquitt died Sunday, February 10, 2013, at South East Alabama Medical Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Mother's Home Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Talmadge Worsley and Rev. Jeremy Horne officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Colquitt Funeral Home.
Mr. Calhoun served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War and later retired from the Army National Guard. He was a member of the William M. Wilson VFW Post #6046 and the Gerald Grow Post #165 American Legion. Mr. Calhoun retired from Bell South as a cable splicer. He was a member of Mother's Home Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra B. Calhoun of Colquitt, GA; three daughters, Denise Eason of Dothan, AL, Lorna (Rault) Anderson of Virginia Beach, VA, and Wendy (Don) Darling of Prattville, AL; three step sons, Jeff (Sheila) Poitevint of Evans, GA, Rusty (Jenny) Poitevint of Vada, GA, and Kasey Poitevint of Bainbridge, GA; one step daughter, Brandy (Lee) Howard of Bainbrige, GA; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, nine step grandchildren; one brother, Zack Hunter (Helen) Calhoun of Bainbridge, GA; four sisters, Juanita (Fred) Estergren of Henderson, NV, Lurley Haire of Colquitt, GA, Nannie Mae Pugh of Panama City, FL, and Shirley Smith of Lynn Haven, FL; and a large number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Calhoun was preceded in death by his parents, Zack and Claudie Calhoun,one son, Jody Calhoun, one brother, W. M. Calhoun and two sisters, Ticese Smith and Mary Lou Franklin.
Clayton Taylor Long 37
Mr Clayton Long of Colquitt died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Mothers Home Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Whittaker and Rev. Talmadge Worsley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Lucas Davis, Marty Guy Jr., Caleb Long, Khalin McAnelly, Kevin Morris, Dylan Fraire, Brandon Donalson and Randy Adams serving as ative pallbearers. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Mothers Home Free Will Baptist Church.
Mr Long was a member of Mothers Home Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by his parents, Charles and Lottie Long of Colquitt, one sister, Charleane Guy of Iron City, two brothers, Chuck (Karen) Long of Dothan and Nick (Brittany Odom) Long of Colquitt; A large number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister Christina Long Lashley and one brother Charles Eugene Long.