Obituaries – 2021 (PDF)
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Norma Jean Jones
Ms. Norma J. Jones, 68 of Lawrenceville, Ga. passed away Monday, January 31, 2022. A public visitation will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 2 PM until 4 PM at our Rockdale Chapel, located at 1999 Highway 138 SE, Conyers GA 30013

Susan Michelle Brock, 64, of Rome, GA passed away Friday, February 11, 2022. She was born on February 12, 1957 in Marietta, GA to the late Joseph William and Ruby Burns Brock.

Susan is survived by her sons, Kurt (Jessica) McBee and Zack (Jessica) McBee; brother, Andy (Tina) Brock; sister, Denise Hunter; grandchildren, Chloe McBee, Alexia Rogers, Caitlin Rogers, Summer Young, Dawson Young, and Chason Young.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 1:00 PM from the Chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Susan Michelle Brock.

Edna Marie Pope Ethridge

November 21, 1931- February 21, 2022

Edna was born in her parent’s house in Lakewood Georgia and was Florence Pope’s second child to be born totally deaf. She was the youngest of five children and the sole survivor of her family.  She attended the Georgia school for the Deaf in Cave Springs Georgia until she graduated on May 28, 1951, with a proficiency in embroidery and crochet.  She met John Ethridge Jr. at a social club for the deaf in downtown Atlanta and soon married on September 8th, 1951 in the Chapel of St. Marks United Methodist Church on Peachtree and 5th streets.   She had four sons: James, Steven, Timothy and Michael beginning in 1954 until 1960.  In 1971 as the new Perimeter Mall was being completed, she began working for JC Penny as the cosmetics and women’s clothing inventory specialist until her retirement in 1996.  She was a member of the Woman’s Mission Union at the Crusselle-Freeman Church of the Deaf and was recognized as mother of the year in May 2012. In her retirement she and John were constantly working on their home and garden in Brookhaven, and she remained there until the fall of 2021.  She eventually succumbed to kidney disease which had taken its toll on her in the last three years. She is survived by two sons: James and Steven; grandchildren: Becky, Brittany, Megan, Brett and Daniel; great-grandchildren:  Joey and Zoie; great-great-grandchild: Josephine.  A memorial service will be held at the Crusselle-Freeman Church of the Deaf at 1304 Allene Avenue SW, Atlanta on Saturday March 26th at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers we ask for donations to support Crusselle-Freeman Church of the Deaf.  Reception to follow service.  

Mr. Faron Myers, age 57 of Sandersville, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Myers life will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Nathan Hodges will officiate. The family will greet friends from 2:00 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Mr. Myers was born in Athens, Georgia son of Douglas R. Myers; and Faye Brookins Robson. He was reared in Sandersville and Atlanta and graduated from the School of the Deaf in Cade Springs, Georgia. He worked as an auto body technician in Athens and later relocated to Sandersville to be near his family. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid card player. He is predeceased by his father, Douglas R. Myers, sister, Stacey Hodges, aunt, Mary Ellen Brookins, and uncle, Ronald Brookins.

Mr. Myers is survived by his mother, Faye B. Robson and stepfather, Butch Robson of Sandersville; brother, Justin Robson and his wife Nichole of Holiday, Florida; Uncle C.V. Brookins, Aunt Shelia Bridges and several nieces and nephews.

May and Smith Funeral Directors is in charge of these arrangements.

Nadine Evette McClendon, 66, a native of Blackshear, and long-term resident of Cave Spring, passed away suddenly from natural causes Thursday, April 28, 2022.
She was born September 3, 1955, the third of nine children born to the late Eugene Edward and Sallie Irene Allen McClendon.
At an early age, her mother discovered Nadine had lost her hearing. During her formative years, public schools did not provide accommodations for children with disabilities. Thus, Eugene and Sallie made the difficult decision to enroll Nadine, a minor, in the Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD), more than 300 miles away from Blackshear in Cave Spring, because they believed she would have a better life.
The world did not know what was in store for it when Nadine began to pursue her formal education. While at GSD, she made many friends among her peer group, and she also became a “favorite” of her teachers, who loved and doted on her—especially, the late Louise Chubb and family. During school breaks in summer, fall and winter, Nadine received even more affection from loved ones in Blackshear.
In Nadine’s 1977 high school senior yearbook, Tigerama, she listed as some of her favorite activities: sewing, reading, traveling, dancing, cooking, tennis and TV. However, two of her proudest honors came during her senior year when her classmates selected her as GSD’s “Miss Senior,” followed by being voted the 1977 Homecoming Queen.
Professionally, she served for several years as a State of Georgia house parent for disabled students. Post-retirement, she became an avid lover of almost every daytime soap opera and the popular television game show, The Price is Right®.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Willie and Corrie McClendon; her maternal grandparents, Joe and Ruby Allen and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mourning her death are her eight, loving siblings, Myra McClendon, Marietta, Kenneth (Gwendolyn) McClendon, Blackshear, Reginald McClendon, Tucson, AZ, Gary (Katrina) McClendon, Birmingham, AL; Eric (Josie) McClendon, Alton McClendon and Bryan (Alethea) McClendon, all of Tucson; Rodney McClendon, Blackshear and a large number of nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. Also mourning Nadine’s passing are countless special friends from both the Cave Spring and Blackshear communities, especially her church family at Cave Spring United Methodist Church.
Despite their grief, family and friends are confident they are better humans because Nadine Evette McClendon positively impacted their lives.
Because Nadine was beloved in Cave Spring and Blackshear, her family and friends have planned two celebrations of life.
A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, from the Cave Spring United Methodist Church, 30 Alabama Street, Cave Spring, where the Rev. Natalie Faulkner serves as pastor.
For the Blackshear community, visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Greater St. James AME Church, 626 Cherry Street, Blackshear, where the Rev. Gerald Copeland serves as pastor.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, from the Greater St. James AME Church.
All in-person attendees must follow COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing masks.
To view live coverage of the he Blackshear service, please visit at the time of the funeral.
Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery, Moore Street, Blackshear.
Harrington Family Funeral Services of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.