Obits — March 11, 2019


Lorenda Middlebrooks

Mrs. Lorenda Middlebrooks, 92, of LaGrange and a former resident of Greenville Georgia passed away early Monday morning at Twin Fountains Home. Mrs. Middlebrooks was born at home February 23, 1927 to the late Willie Henry “Buddy Boy” & Mrs. Louise Stinson Caldwell. Mrs. Middlebrooks was a former employee of Dr. Strickland, Playtex and Callaway Gardens. Up until her health failed she was a faithful member of Springfield Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board and helped in the kitchen. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Louise Middlebrooks and a grandchild Cathlyn Hutchinson Survivors include her son: Mr. Frank Middlebrooks, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren: Faith Middlebrooks, Fredrick Middlebrooks, Franklin Middlebrooks, Brandon Sheets, Jordan Render and Makayla Reed; and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lorenda Middlebrooks were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 9, 2019 from the chapel of the Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home where the Reverend Dwayne Reese officiated. Arrangements for Mrs. Lorenda Middlebrooks are by Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home.


Frances Ringer Presley

In His abundant goodness, I was born Frances Ringer to Willie Ringer, Sr. and Wylene Turner Ringer on the First of October in the year 1934 in LaGrange, GA. Affectionately, I was called “Bay.” I enjoyed the splendor of a Christ centered, God fearing home filled with love, laughter and devotion. My siblings, Mollie Bell, Willie Mae and Douglas (“Joe”) and I were privileged with the foundation of a strong family, shared beliefs and experiences that united us in security and assurance. My Daddy loved my Moma’s family and embraced them as his own, delightful to have my Moma graciously welcome both my paternal and maternal grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins into our home, inclusively. That was the example that taught me hospitality and service of goodwill to others, for such sacrifices are pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 6:7 & Hebrews 13:16.) I have reunited with my Grandmothers, Daddy and Moma and my sisters: Mollie Bell Ringer and Willie Mae Ringer Bryant. I see them again, my heart rejoices and my joy shall never dismiss. (John 16:22.) My deceased Aunts and Uncles, I can’t wait to enjoy the love, laughter, life and merriment from them that could fill a home with a cheerful countenance. (Proverbs 15:13.) One uncle still lives like a tree planted by the streams of water (Psalm 1:1-3), Mr. Howard Fluellen, Nashville, TN. Uncle Dunk, Patriachs live to fulfill God’s promises. (Hebrews 11:13.) I am grateful to my loving brother and very special sister, Willie Douglas, Jr. & Stephanie Ringer for their supportive and caring hearts that favored me with unconditional love, comfort and benevolence. Love you, Joe and Step. Often, we must allow life to unfold. I did and a chapter opened to a page that connected me with my brothers, Larry Owens and Freddie Owens and his lovely wife, Brenda Henderson Owens, Riverdale, GA. Faith, hope, and love abide, the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13.) I attended Kelley Grammar School and graduated from East Depot Street High School. Beyond that I undertook the venture of enrolling in Business School in Nashville, TN. While there, I met and married Earl Lee Presley (now deceased) who was from Bayou La Batre-Mobile Area, AL. There was reward and blessing from the union, Ann and Joan, as heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3.) They adorned me with reverence, obedience and tenderness during my weaknesses and frailties, the product of a mother’s teaching as a graceful garland and pendant. (Proverbs 1:8-9.) My oldest daughter is Angela Presley Smith, who is the wife of Pastor C.J, Smith, as they are the parents of my Lil’ Man, Baby, Boot, Andare’ Chase Smith. My youngest daughter is Joan Carole Presley, who is the mother of my Doll, Baby Boy, Big One, Jonason Ringer Holland, Carrollton, GA. Jonason has richly blessed me with my most cherished treasures of all —my great-grandchildren, Jaye’la and Journey, and their mother, Porsha, Carrollton, GA and Avery and Kierra and their mother, Andrea, Douglasville, GA. My commission is that my babies are protected and taken good care of, while I will miss them dearly. My boys, Jonason and Chase, my prayer is that your wisdom shall come from heaven and that you will continue to mature in a stature of good fruit and sincerity, as I instilled in you. (James 3:17.) Tenderly, they call me Gran. O’ how I value my nieces and nephews for the attributes of respect, kindness, and compassion showered upon me. Special generosity and dependability were always expressed by Pat and Bob, Patricia Love, Knoxville, TN and Barbara Bryant, Detroit, MI. My cousins and I were reared like sisters and brothers and I am immensely blessed that their children graced me with a sweet favor. The neighborhood and the church were my family, the children were my children, and my children’s friends rest in a choice chamber in my heart. I truly enjoyed welcoming them into my home. We were devoted in a love and honor to one another that rose above self. (Romans 12:10.) My extended family includes: Bennie and Alice Holland, (Jonason’s Dad and Step-Mom), Carrollton, GA, the Presley Family, Bayou LaBatre, AL, the Bryant Family, Pine Mountain, GA, Minister Consuella Smith Grant and Children, Springfield Baptist Church Family, the Community of Ringer and Colquitt Streets. I always worked with a positive attitude, being intentional about handling each task for the purpose of edifying the Glory of God. I was one of the first African American Females to serve as a School Crossing Guard, an important role for the safety of children. I worked at Playtex Corporation, manufacturer of American brand name lingerie. In application to meeting human needs, I was fortunate to attend to Mrs. Florence Edge, (now deceased), wife of Arthur Edge, former President of Callaway Mills Co. Following that I became employed by the Troup County School System as a Paraprofessional in the Exceptional Education Department at Hollis Hand Elementary School, serving a classroom of special needs children, a rewarding assignment that uplifted the marvelous works of the one with perfect knowledge. (Job 37:16.) I accepted Christ at a young age because I believed that God loved the world and gave His only Son for me, that if I believe in Him, I should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16.) I strived to live holy and pleasing, with my membership and commitment to the Springfield Baptist Church. I added my measure of gifts by serving in such capacities as: President of the Ushers’ Ministry, President of the Mothers’ Ministry, and Director of Dining Service. One of the most meritable distinctions ever bestowed unto me was to be honored as The Only Original Living Founder †Mother of Springfield Baptist Church, awarding me the blessed assurance that Christ Himself is our hope in serving. I labored faithfully until my health declined, but continued to stay anchored in the Lord, even when I could not physically attend. I communed with God, conversed with Him with profound intensity, prayer and intimate communication. I shall forever be grateful for the untiring, dedicated and attentive care and splendid interest rendered upon me by Brenda Harbut (James Stinson), Artie Hardnett and Stephanie Jiles, Caretakers for Next Step Home Care, Incorporated and Gerry Polson, Case Manager, for the formulation of plans that endowed quality care. The spark of my smile, the renewing of my vibrancy and the enthusiasm of my zeal are fervent is spirit. There’s no end to Eternity. I wear white in symbolism of a new beginning, softness and perfection. I’m accessorized in Pink in symbolism of an opening of the heart. That’s my narrative. This earthly book is closed. The Lamb Book of Life opens to the Perfect Edition: The Chapter of Eternity which confirms that God knows his true followers, keeps and protects them during their earthly journey, and brings them home to him in heaven when they die. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; and where the Lord is, there I am also.” (John 14:2-3.) Now that I’m in the land that’s flowing I’ll exchange my favorite dessert of Ice Cream and Cookies for Milk and Honey. I’m Home!  Funeral Service was Saturday, March 09, 2019 12:00 pm at First Baptist Church.


John Lee Moore

Mr. John Lee Moore was born April 16, 1949 in West Point, Troup County, Georgia to Mrs. Louise H. Walker, and the late, John Moore, Sr. At an early age, he joined with Mountain Springs Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia. He was educated in Harris County. John was united in Holy Matrimony Nellyne “Nell” Johnson Moore in July 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. He affectionately referred to her as his “Lil” Lady”; and this union has lasted for twenty-eight years. He was employed by Universal Forest Products, Inc of Atlanta, Georgia as a Heavy Equipment Operator. John retired from the job he loved in July 2016 after twenty-seven years of service. His hobbies included NASCAR Racing and he loved attending Atlanta Race Day with his friends and co-workers. John enjoyed daily gardening, growing fruit, vegetables, and beautiful flowers in friendly competition with a neighbor for fun. He and his wife enjoyed traveling to and participating in, Antique and Craft Road Shows around the state. A dedicated family man, John would often visited his mother, sister, and brothers in Hamilton, Georgia for fun, fishing, good food, and watch Western movies. On Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Roosevelt Rehabilitation Center in Warm Springs, Georgia; he departed this life in the presence of his loving wife. In addition to father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Walker; brothers-in-law: Willie B. Render and Oliver Render. Jr.; sisters-in-law: Ruby Render, Mildred Poole, and Emma Kate Render Wood. John is survived by his wife, Nellyne Johnson Moore; mother, Mrs. Louise H. Walker; sister, Lottie (Rev. Henry Mack) Hudson; brothers: Jimmy Lee Moore, Alvin Moore, Daron Walker, all of Hamilton, GA; David (Vivian) Walker, Pine Mountain, GA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Carrie Mae (Anthony) Pless, Roopville, GA; Paul Woods, Franklin, GA; Mattie Burton, Mary (Tommy) Towns, Rosie Lee Holloway, and Elizabeth Bates, all of LaGrange, GA; Carolyn Reeves, Felix Render, Miami, FL; special aunt, Mary Grigg, Whitesville, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Warren Temple United Methodist Church. Dr. W. T. Edmonson officiated.

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