Obituaries - April 30, 2008

W. David Ethridge, Jr.

W. David Ethridge, Jr., 70, of Memphis, passed away Friday, April 25, 2008 at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, aveteran of the U.S. Army, a Mason and was very active with IMPACT Ministries.

Mr. Ethridge is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mae Taylor Ethridge, of the home; daughters, Laura Ethridge, of Memphis, and Donna and her husband, Dr. Sherman Connell, of Cordova, Tenn.; grandchildren, Hanna Grace, Jonathan Noble and Samuel David Connell, of Cordova, Tenn.; brother, William Ethridge, of Snellville, Ga.; sister, Carol Ethridge Crowell, of Gainesville, Ga.

Visitation was held from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday, April 27, and a funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 28, both at Memphis Funeral Home, Germantown Parkway Chapel of Bartlett, Tenn. A graveside service will be held at 1p.m., Friday, May 2, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Jonesboro, Ga., under the direction of Horis A. Ward Tara Chapel of Jonesboro, (770) 471-7171. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or the Autism Association.

George William Keyes

George William Keyes, 94, of Columbus, Ga., died Monday, April 28, 2008 at Franciscan Woods.

Funeral Services Will be 11a.m., Thursday, May 1, at First Baptist Church in Forest Park, with Dr. Jimmy Elder, great-nephew of Mr. Keyes, officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m., Thursday in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery near Macon, according to Stiffler - Hamby Mortuary, Columbus. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:30 a.m., until 11a.m., at the church.

Mr. Keyes was born Feb. 23, 1914 in Kissimmee, Fla. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as a real estate agent and broker in the Atlanta area. He also was a store manager for Penny's and Belk for many years.

Mr. Keyes was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus and was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie Mosely Keyes.

Survivors include four nieces, Jacquelyn C. Elder, Camille Knight, Virginia Imwalle, and Dawn Clark; several great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 828, Columbus, Ga., 31902.