Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

December 27, 2006

Dec. 28, 2006

William McCall Calhoun

Andersonville — Dr. William McCall Calhoun, Sr., 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006 in Andersonville at the home of his daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Americus. Burial will follow in the Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, GA. The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral Home in Richland, GA from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 .

Dr. Calhoun was born Sept. 13, 1932 in Arlington, Georgia, son of the late William Wright and Mary Maude Taylor Calhoun. He was a graduate of North Georgia Military College and the Medical College of Georgia.

He had a General Practice and spent most of his career practicing medicine in Southwest Georgia where he was on staff at Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, GA, Marion Memorial Hospital in Buena Vista and Stewart Webster Hospital in Richland. He was instrumental in the establishment of the latter two hospitals. He had a great love for and dedication to his patients. He was a Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite and a Shriner. He was a Navy veteran.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Joanne LeSueur Calhoun Chappell of Americus; three daughters: Anne Calhoun Davis of Ellaville, GA, Mary Clay Calhoun of Andersonville and Virginia Calhoun and James B. Morton of Athens, GA; a son William McCall Calhoun, Jr. of Demorest, GA; five grandchildren, 3 nephews, several great nieces and great nephews and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Magnolia Manor Unit # 4, 2001 South Lee Street, Americus, GA 31709.

Smith Funeral Home of Richland, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. John Sedwick Wetzel

AMERICUS — The Rev. John Sedwick “Wick” Wetzel, 86, of 2001 S. Lee St., died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, 2006, at Magnolia Manor Nursing Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, in the First United Methodist Church of Americus with interment to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. John Brodess, the Rev. Jim McIlrath and the Rev. David Thompson have been requested to officiate. Members of the Wesley Sunday School Class will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include active and retired members of the South Georgia United Methodist Conference, staff members at Magnolia Manor, Skip Radney and members of the Reunion Group, Henry Casey, and Alan Weil.

A native of Huntington, W.V., Rev. Wetzel was born March 28, 1920, a son of the late John Albert Wetzel and Marian Stocum Wetzel.

Rev. Wetzel, a retired Methodist minister, served 34 years in the South Georgia United Methodist Conference. His sense of humor was well known, and his ministry extended to people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. After retiring to Americus in 1982, he worked part-time at Magnolia Manor for 12 years. During this time he assisted the chaplain and was instrumental in establishing a program of religious activities for patients suffering from dementia at Magnolia Manor. The program gained a status that encouraged neighboring nursing homes to seek his assistance in establishing similar programs.

The family will receive friends from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Hancock Funeral Home. At other times, friends may call at the residence of Lyn and Billy Dozier, 303 Sharon Drive, Americus.

Memorial contributions may be made to the League of the Good Samaritan, 2001 S. Lee St., Americus, GA 31709.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lyn and Billy Dozier of Americus; a son, John S. “Jay” Wetzel Jr. of Key West, Fla.; a sister, Jane Wetzel Abts of Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Donald Earl Wetzel of Tucson, Ariz. and Merritt Stocum Wetzel of Atlanta; grandchildren, Henry M. “Trey” Dixon III of Hinesville, William S. “Will” Dozier of Americus, and Nadia Dashiell Wetzel of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. His wife, Marthalyn Lynch Wetzel, preceded him in death on March 1, 1995.

Hancock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Lee Young

ALBANY — Mr. Richard Lee Johnson, 76 of Albany died Tuesday. Dec. 26, 2006, at his residence.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29 at Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel with Mr. Bobby Marshall and Mr. Lawson Shirah officiating.

A native of Dundee, Ill., Mr. Johnson has lived in Albany since 1968, where he is a member of Albany Gospel Chapel. Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and was retired with 22 1/2 years of service. Mr. Johnson was retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. after 19 years of service.

Survivors include his wife Sylvia Johnson of Albany; sons, Ricky L. Johnson his wife Marci and of Tecumseh, Okla., and Richard L. Johnson and his wife Jennifer of Gunter, Texas; daughter, Deborah Johnson of Americus; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brothers, Clarence Johnson and his wife Bernice of Haines City, Fla., and Ronald Johnson and his wife Jan of St. Charles, Ill.; sisters, Kathryn Horton and her husband Walter of Sloan, Iowa, Marion Smith of Mandoda, Ill., and Barbara May Syller and her husband Donald of Elgin, Ill.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Kimbrell-Stern.

In lieu of flowers those desiring please make memorials to Albany Gospel Chapel, 2556 N. Slappey Blvd., Albany GA 31701 or Albany Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1828, Albany GA 31702.

You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts with the family of Mr. Johnson by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at

Kimbrell-stern Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Cecil E. Young

ALBANY — Mr. Cecil E. Young, 74, of Sparks died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He was born July 21, 1932, in Montgomery, Ala., to the late Cecil Justin and Ruby Ellis Young. Mr. Young lived in Americus for many years before moving to Sparks 13 years ago. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was retired from the mobile home industry.

Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Carolyn Williams Young of Sparks; four sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Paula Albritton of Ellaville, Ray and Sue Albritton of Douglas, T. J. and Tia Williams of Sparks and Todd and Lisa Williams of San Diego, Calif.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Jeremy Munoz, Renea and Billy Blasingame, all of Americus, Debbie and Frankin Lasseter of Thomasville and Suzanne McMullen of Warner Robins; two brothers and sa ister-in-law, Donald and Betty Young of Crestview, Fla., and John D. "Dave" Young of Thomasville; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia Hightman of Fairhope, Ala., Charlotte and Chuck Welch of Milton, Fla., Shirley and Nate Maiden of Crestview, Fla., and Cara Jean and Kevin Fisher of Brewton, Ala.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Richard Young.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bo Turner and Brother Wayne Driskell officiating. Burial will follow at Brushy Creek Church Cemetery.

Boone-Lipsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Beulah Tymes

AMERICUS — Funeral arrangements for Beulah Tymes of Americus, who passed Tuesday at Sumter Regional Hospital, will be announced by Barnum Funeral Home.