Obituaries for Dec. 15, 2016

Dailonis “Dale” Drizneris
Mr. Dailonis “Dale” Drizneris, 70, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.
The funeral service will be private.
Mr. Drizneris was a native of Hamburg, Germany.

Papa Dale, as his grandchildren called him, loved wood working, fishing and his Harley Davidson.
Survivors include his wife and significant other, Linda Pressley of Eatonton; two stepsons, Chris (Candy) Sullivan and Tracy (Brooklynn) Sullivan, all of Covington; four grandchildren, Shaylah Sullivan, Buck Sullivan, Will Sullivan, and Abel Fox, all of Covington; and two great-grandchildren, Liam Langford and Jaxson Sullivan, both of Covington
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Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton had charge of arrangements.

Vicky Wilson Lowman
A memorial service was conducted Dec. 11 at Mount Ararat United Methodist Church honoring the life of Vicky Wilson Lowman. Born in Valdosta March 31, 1953 to the late Manuel Lee Wilson and Janie Elizabeth Burdette, she grew up in Putnam County.
She was a lifetime member of Mount Ararat United Methodist Church and was baptized in 1967. She worked as a seamstress but loved teaching Bible school and caring for the nursery.
She is survived by her husband, A.C. Neese of Athens; daughters, Shannon (Joseph) Sneed of Eatonton and Elizabeth (Allen) Farmer of Milledgeville; one sister, Janet Neese; and two brothers, Stephen Wilson and Billy Wilson all of Eatonton; six grandchildren, James Fowler Jr., Jason Chambers, Kimberly Fowler, Alex Chambers, Gage Brown and Kami Chambers; and seven great-grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Forestine Puryear

Mrs. Forestine Puryear, fondly called “Pat,” went home to be with the Lord after battling a long term illness on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. She was at home and was surrounded lovingly by her sister Leola, Christine Cobb homecare attendant and her cousins, The Littles.
She was born Forestine Patterson in Godfrey on May 8, 1932 to Robert and Willie Bell Patterson.
She was the seventh child of her 13 siblings.

She moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. with her Aunt Ruth, who nurtured her for a few years. She never stopped thinking about ways of helping her family. Missing her siblings, she moved to Detroit, Mich. to be with her brothers and sisters that lived there. Helping her sisters with their families, teaching her nieces and nephews the importance of a loving God and keeping a clean house.
Looking for better jobs opportunities, she moved to Jamaica, N.Y., where she started working as an nursing assistant at Queen General Hospital. She worked there for more than 32 years. She made sure that all patients had the best of care, and would go that extra mile. She loved making sure that the patients surrounding were immaculate. While working at Queen General she met and married James Puryear.
Forestine loved her family. When her brother Robert became ill, she would get off her full-time night job and go to Brooklyn or Manhattan to assist her sister-in law Patricia (Pat) in any way she could, including taking the four girls to school or picking them up. She was family, our children were her children, she loved them, spoiled them, babysitting, chauffeuring and so much more. She had such a beautiful laugh, and great personality, she was small in stature with a Great Big Heart. To know her was to love her.
Forestine loved the Lord and lived her life for Him. When she came to New York she joined the St. Albans Congregational Church, led Pastor R. Johnson. She sang in the choir, her voice was very strong and powerful but under the doctor's orders she had to stop singing for a while. She didn't let that stop her she wanted to serve God in any way she could. She loved studying God's Word and she found that at Brooks Memorial Methodist Church In Jamaica, N.Y. under Pastor Bufford. She studied the words with The McRays and The Styles and others, she was on the Ushers Board and she was able to start singing again with Aldergate Choir. She enjoyed serving and worshiping there.

She relocated to Georgia and hit the ground running, rejoining Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (the church of her youth), led by the Rev. Gude. She served God by serving others, beautifying God’s House and making anyone in her presence welcome. No matter where she lived, she sought out the Christian community.
After she retired in 1992, she moved back to Georgia (full circle) to help sister Leola take care of their mother. She and Leola took the best of care of her until she passed away in 1996.

Mama passed away before Forestine completed the home of her dream. Her home reflected her personality, immaculate, filled with beauty, warmth, and a welcome spirit. You could find her collections of Bibles (different translations and study guides) in every room.

You could always find Forestine working in her yard caring for the beautiful flowers, grass and the ferns that filled the porch or working in the Patterson's Cemetery. She enjoyed entertaining, especially for New Year's Eve with lots of good food, laughter and fellowshipping with family. Also with her buddies in New York, Cyril (Skip) Bailey, Joe Bradley (who came down to see her on a motorcycle) and Pereta, to name a few.
Forestine could not keep from reaching out to help others, she would send cards and make calls to encourage people with Scriptures, it didn't matter who.

Although she had retired from working more than 32 years taking care of the sick. She once again put on her uniform and took care of a husband and wife in Madison until she started having problems with her back. Forestine and her buddy Velma (Vet) would go to the nursing homes and visit the sick and cheer them with prayers, flowers and cards. They even went to Atlanta to visit the Rev. Gude until he went to his heavenly home.
Forestine was a member of the NAACP's Morgan County Chapter. Its members honored her for her work in the community.

She and Leola was featured with an article in the Morgan County Citizen  newspaper on July 19, 2001 titled “Local sisters make a return to their roots.” It featured a picture of them standing on the front steps of their family home in Putnam County, which was built in the 1800s.

We know the Master had His hands on both of them for their accomplishments in their life's journeys.
When Forestine became ill and could not do the things she use to do, she would still try. The family thanks all the people that took care of Forestine during her illness: Leola who never left her side for as long as she could. Velma (Vet) who stepped up to the plate. When her health continued to decline, Sister Christine Cobb filled that obligation with prayers, patience, love and care, Tenetha (Ann) Burke joined Christine and together they both tenderly cared for her until her last breath.

The family thanks the hospice team, especially Nurse Betty and Cortekia for their care. Also special thanks to Rufus and Hattie, Leonard (Lynn) Raymond and Pastor Velde Hardy, Deacon Jessie Little and the entire Mount Pleasant Church family for their love and care.

Forestine was preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert and Will Bell Patterson; and her siblings, Areatha (Freddie), Naomi, Carrie-Bell, Ceola, Ruth, Robert and Charles. She is survived by her five siblings Margaret, Leola, William, Myra, and Bernice; two sisters-in-law Stephanie and Patricia Patterson; and two brothers-in-law Balvine Clarke and Steven Cox. She also leaves to mourn her passing her nephews, Larry, Kenneth, Arthur, Ronald, Gregory and Alvin; nieces, Makesha, Monique, Miquelle, Melinda, Donna, Debra D., Rosalind, Brenda, Daya, Gail, Kim and Debra P.; and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.
The funeral service was 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1628 Godfrey Road, Eatonton, GA 31024, the Rev. Dr. Velde Hardy, pastor, officiated; burial followed in The Patterson Family Cemetery, Eatonton.

Services entrusted to Bernard's Family Funeral Care, LLC, Eatonton Chapel, 706-485-4494.

Wendy Lynn Royal
Wendy Lynn Royal, 50, of Eatonton passed away on Dec. 7, 2016.

She was born in Milledgeville on March 29, 1966 to John Nat Royal and Lila Gazaway.

She was a member of Marshall Memorial Baptist Church in Eatonton.

She participated in the Special Olympics and had a passion for coloring.

She was known as Pooh-Bear to her siblings and as KiKi to her nieces and nephews.

She had worked at Piggly Wiggly, Dairy Queen, Sara Lee and the most rewarding job she had was for Putnam Jasper Service Center as a pieceworker.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Hugh D. Fowler.
The visitation was at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel on Dec. 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The funeral followed at 4:30 p.m. at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel with burial at Pine Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Lila G. Fowler of Eatonton; her father, John N. Royal of Gulfport Miss.; her stepmother, Diane Royal of Eatonton; her siblings, Shannon (Jason) Minchey of Eatonton, Michael (Cassandra) Fowler of Milledgeville and Nicki S. Fowler of Eatonton. She was also an amazing aunt to seven precious nieces and nephews, who thought the world of her, Alexis and Juli Minchey, Haley Fowler, Michael Phillips, Jaida Jackson, Aubrie Fowler and Tommy Batchelor.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C, Augusta GA 30909.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Nat Mitchell Smith
Mr. Nat Mitchell Smith, 81, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 8, 2016.
The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 17 in Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton.

Mr. Smith was born in Lincoln, Ala. and was the son of the late Joseph Otis Smith and the late Jimmie Ruth Mitchell Smith.

He was a jokester who loved to make people laugh. He loved his family and taught them all how to lay flooring. Mr. Smith loved to fish and was looking forward to someday going to “the great fishing hole in the sky.”

He was a mason and attended services at Lone Oak Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Melissa “Sis” Smith and a grandson, Joey Williford.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Smith of Eatonton; four daughters, Barbara (Ricky) Love of Jacksonville, Ala., Ann (Scott) Allen of Eastaboga, Ala., Linda (Tony) Samples of Franklin, and Judy (Chris) Kemp of Destin, Fla.; a son, Doyle (Cher) Smith of Newborn; three step-children, Angie (Brett) Witz of Decatur, Niki Campbell of Bethlehem, and Jason Croy of Griffin; two sisters, Lois Wild and Catherine Thomas, both of Alabama; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and two “fur babies,” Bruster and Bitsey.
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Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton has charge of arrangements.



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