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Mary Wiles

Mary Wiles, 69, of Jamestown, New York, formerly Bonifay Florida, went to Heaven on January 10, 2019 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She had been diagnosed for 3 years with Myelofibrosis, a form of Leukemia. She had survived two bone marrow transplants during the last three years of her life.

Mary was born October 28, 1948 to the late Weldon Brown, Sr. and Louise (Robertson) Brown, she is one of thirteen children.

She was employed by Holmes Shirt Company in Bonifay, Florida and the Washington County Nursing Home in Chipley, Florida.

She moved to Jamestown, New York in 1997 to be closer to her children whom she adored and loved. Mary previous employee before her illness was Heritage Park Nursing Home in Jamestown, New York for twenty years.

She is survived by her husband of twenty-five years, J. L. Wiles of Jamestown, New York; four children: Renford (Shirley) Denson of Pennsville, New Jersey, Christopher, Sr. (Chris) Denson of Jamestown, New York, Renee (Angelo Bristol) Denson of Jamestown, New York and Cedric (Shannon) Denson of Busti, New York; seventeen grandchildren:  Marcus, Hillary, Clayton all of New Jersey. Andreas Bristol, Adrian, Logan, Peyton, Cameron, Kiraya, Keyshawn, Deondra all of Jamestown, New York, Christopher, Jr. and Samantha of Erie, Pennsylvania, Donshay, Marquiez and Cedric Jr., all of Busti, New York, Nicholas Denson of Chipley, Florida; three great grandchildren; she is also survived by siblings: Essie and Dorothy Brown of Orlando, Florida, Benny Ray Brown of Bonifay, Florida and Randy (Carolyn) Brown of Campbellton, Florida; also she has a host of nieces and nephews, cousins as well.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by eight siblings: Margaret Chaney, Ann Louise Niles, Aretha Williams, Lily Harris, Idell Peacock, Weldon Brown, Jr., Willie Brown and Roosevelt Brown.

Mary was someone who had no enemies and loved her family to the fullest. She enjoyed cooking big family dinners and her grandchildren were so important to her. She would help anyone that she could and dancing she enjoyed as well. Although she became ill it never stopped her motivation to keep fighting till the end. She overcame so much and never gave up hope she stayed positive throughout it all. Always smiling and calling family on the phone especially her nieces: Ida King (Pee Wee) and Tomekia Johnson.

She made sure she kept in touch with her siblings as well she loved them dearly. Her children were her inspiration and she believed nothing was impossible.

A celebration of service celebrating Mary’s life will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5pm at Blackwell Chapel AME Church, 610 Spring St. Jamestown, NY 14701.

A service of love will be held in Bonifay, Florida in early Spring of 2019 at New Bethel AME Church in Bonifay, Florida.

Mrs. Wiles will be laid to rest in the Bonifay City Cemetery in Bonifay, Florida under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.

Updated information can be obtained at www.pittmanchristianmemorial.com

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Frances S. Holley

Frances S. Holley of Dublin, GA, formerly of Marianna, FL, passed away on January 15, 2019.  She was 88.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Marianna, FL with Dr. Nathan Attwood officiating.  A committal service will follow at Travelers Rest Cemetery in Samson, AL at 2:30 p.m.  The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7thFloor, New York, NY 10001.

Mrs. Holley was born in Lasca, AL on April 16, 1930, to the late James Wesley Smith, Sr. and Minnie Bertha Beck Smith.  She was a longtime member of the Marianna First United Methodist Church.  She graduated from Huntingdon College and retired from the Geneva City School System where she was an elementary teacher during the 1950s and ‘60s.  Mrs. Holley later taught school in Marianna, FL during the ‘60s and early ‘70s.  She then owned and operated A-1 Liquor Store for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Davidson Holley; four brothers, James Wesley Smith, Jr., Dalton Smith, Evie Winston Smith, and Kenneth Smith; and a sister, Bernice Smith.

She is survived by a sister, Carolyn Hanks of Oklahoma City, OK; half-brother, Wayne Smith of Hattiesburg, MS; half-sister, Dyanne Steele of Selma, AL; a special nephew, Jeffrey Smith of Dublin, GA; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

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Rickey Evans

Mr. Rickey Evans, age 56, of Campbellton, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Mr.  Evans was born on December 7, 1962 to Henry L. Evans and the late Alice Green Wells in Marianna, Florida. 

Rickey served in the United States Army and later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Then he moved to Panama City, Florida, and began to drive trucks until his health began to fail. He accepted Christ later in life and became a member of Holy Neck Missionary Baptist Church.

Rickey is survived by his father, Henry L. Evans of Hillside, New Jersey; a sister: Valerie Pelt of Campbellton, Florida; two brothers: Rasean Evans and Shakiem Evans of Hillside, New Jersey; aunts: R. Bell Curry of Graceville, Florida and Reba Leaks of Farmingdale, New Jersey; uncles: Lewis Balcom, Jr., and Herman Evans both of New Jersey; his devoted cousins/caregivers: Johnny (Debra) Lane and Joan Davis; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 3-7 PM, Friday, January 18, 2019 in the M. Sue & Rodney D. Pittman Memorial Chapel, 5441 Cooper Street, Graceville, Florida.

A celebration of life will commence 2 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Holy Neck Missionary Baptist Church, Marianna, FL.

He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery with military honors, under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, FL.

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