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Louise Prevatte Pait Ashton, 105

Louise Prevatte Pait Ashton of Albany died Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the age of 105 at Morningside Assisted Living.  Her funeral service was held Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with a private interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.  The Rev. Dr. Don Adams officiated.

Mrs. Ashton was born in Seminole County on July 24, 1906 to Crawford James and Maggie Yates Prevatte.  She graduated from Hopeful High School, attended Abraham Baldwin College and graduated from Freeman Business College.  She moved to Albany in 1929 at the age of 23.  She married Myers E. Pait of Albany in 1930 and together they had three children.  In 1981, she married Byron F. Ashton and they had 12 wonderful years together.

A member of First United Methodist Church since coming to Albany, she was the oldest living member of the church at her death.  She taught Sunday school and belonged to the Sapp Class and Fellowship Class and to numerous church organizations

For 32 years, Mrs. Ashton was secretary of the M. W. Tift Grocery Company.  She later was appointed Registrar of the Dougherty County Voter Registration Office where she served for 10 years.  She was active in the community serving on the March of Dimes Board, the Easter Seal Society Board, Friends of Phoebe, the Phoebe Foundation and The Museum of Art where she was a frequent volunteer.  She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and was an avid artist and poet most of her life.

A devoted wife and mother she will be greatly missed by family and friends.  Survivors included three children, Anita Pait Bacon and her husband Jim, Myers Pait Jr. and Lacy Pait Lee and her husband Spencer; seven grandchildren, Berney Bacon Kirkland (Michael), Jim Bacon III (Gina), Lacy Bacon Meier (John), Mark Pait, Dayna Pait Anderson (Kelley), Walton Lee (Paige) and Paiton Lee; eleven great grandchildren, Michael Kirkland Andrew Kirkland, Jim Kirkland , Ryan Anderson,  Hayley Anderson, Curt Hall IV (Jade), Ashley Meier, Mariel Meier Nelson (Billy), Spencer Lee, Murphy Lee and Elizabeth Lee; close family friends Austin Rizzo, Carolyn Hamilton, and Tina Harden and special nieces Judy Landau and Jan Shirah.  She was preceded in death by her last sibling Mary Prevatte Wells of Vada, Ga. and her nephew the Rev. Charles A. Culbreth of Cairo, Ga.

The family wishes to thank the very devoted staff of Morningside for their care and help throughout the last 12 years.

In lieu of flowers, you may make memorials to the Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Ga. 31721, or to the First United Methodist Church, 307 Flint Ave., Albany, Ga. 31701, or to your favorite charity.

An online guestbook is at www.kimbrellstern.com.


Dr. William Don Bush, 81

Dr. William Don Bush, 81, of Albany, Ga., died April 3, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor officiated. Interment followed at Clayton Cemetery in Clayton, Ala., Rev. Bill Brown officiated.

A native of Clayton, Ala., born to the late Walter Clifton Bush and Mildred Virginia Trawick Bush, Dr. Bush had resided Blakely, Ga. before moving to Albany in 1972. He was a graduate of Clayton High School, and a 1954 graduate of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University).

Dr. Bush was the former owner of Bush Animal Clinic and practiced veterinary medicine in Blakely, Ga. and Albany for forty six years. He was a member and past president of the Veterinary Advisory Board, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and helped to form the Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bush was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and was named Veterinarian of The Year by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association in 2003.

Dr. Bush was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church, the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club and served on the Board of Directors of The Anchorage. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Byrd Bush.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Bush of Albany, two sons, Walter Lamar Bush and his wife, Shay Evans Bush of Watkinsville, Ga. and William Don (Bill) Bush of Eufaula, Ala., a daughter, Paige Bush Foster and her husband, Chad of Madison, Ga., a brother, Neil Bush of Clayton, Ala. and four grandchildren, Jay Bush, Victoria Bush, Graham Foster and Mason Foster.

Those desiring may make contributions to The Anchorage, 162 Hampton Lane, Leesburg, Ga., 31763 or to The Albany Humane Society, P.O. Box 3151, Albany, Ga., 31706.


Elonzo Blocker, 85

Elonzo Blocker, 85, of Baconton, Ga. died April 4, 2012 at Phoebe Putney memorial Hospital. Graveside funeral services were held Monday, April 9 at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. Rev. Chris Tuner officiated.

A native of Donalsonville, Ga., Mr. Blocker had resided in Baconton since 1976 moving from Camilla, Ga. He was a retired building contractor and a member of Lighthouse Ministries. Mr. Blocker was a WWII Navy Veteran.

Survivors include his wife of sixty two years, Margaret Blocker of Baconton, Ga.; two sons and their wives, Dennen and Wanda Blocker of Baconton, Ga., Darren and Patricia Blocker of Stedman, N.C.; four daughters, Gloria Larkin and Cheryl Cross both of Baconton, Ga., Patricia Stewart and her husband Steve of Albany, GA and Janice Hall and her husband David of Baconton, Ga.; a brother, Nolan Blocker of Bainbridge, Ga.; twelve grandchildren and twenty nine great-grandchildren.

Those desiring may make contributions to, Lighthouse Ministries, 2320 South Liberty Expressway, Albany, Ga. 31705.


Nita Dale Peak Smith, 68

Nita Dale Peak Smith, 68, of Albany died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Palmyra Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Monday, April 9 at Faith Baptist Church. Rev. Jerry Deans and Rev. Paul Wilkes officiated. Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Randolph County, Ga.

A native of Brunswick, Ga., Nita had resided in Albany since 1992 moving from Griffin, Ga. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and served in the children’s department where she taught first and second grade boys and girls in Sunday School/Awana and Vacation Bible School and was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Smith, her father, Harold Welton Peak and a brother, Paul Douglas Peak.

Survivors include her son, William Wayne Howard of Opp, Ala.; her mother, Joy Bethea Peak Glass of Albany; brother, Jimmy (Crystal) Peak of Sumner, Ga.; three sisters, Martha Peak Matthews of Ormond Beach, Fla., Kay Peak Shook of Albany,  and Gloria Jean (Buddie) Peak Norton of Centre, Ala.

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