Obituaries for Nov. 1, 2014

Published 9:23 am Friday, November 7, 2014

George W. Green

Born June 4, 1936, George W. Green, of Greenville, entered into his eternal rest on Oct. 28, 2014. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a great friend to many.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Franklin and Lonnie Lee Bowling Green; and sons, George Wallace Green and Michael Edward Mitchell.

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George is survived by his wife, Stella M. Green; daughters, Robbie L. (John) Hall and Tiffany J. (Louis)

Duncan; son, Jeffery W. Green; grandchildren, Christopher W. (Kimberly) Hall, Ashley C. (Matthew) Forbus, Caleb M. Lock, Matthew T. H. Lock and Caitlyn G. Lock; a great grandson, George Hardy Forbus; and his beloved dog, “Sandy” Green. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service was held on Thurs., Oct. 30, from the Chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home with

the Rev. Bill Young presiding.

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Ralph Aranda Mejia


Mr. Ralph Aranda Mejia, age 85, of Fort Deposit, died on Mon., Oct. 27, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Mejia was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Etrulia Mejia.

Funeral services will be held today, Sat., Nov. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. from St. Elizabeth’s Catholic

Church with Father Tony Xavier officiating.

Mejia is survived by three daughters, Ramona Martin (Gary) of Greenville, Lisa Hudson (Dwight) of Fort Deposit and Melinda Mejia-Adams (Tim) of Las Vegas, N.V.; son, Carlos Mejia (Debbie) of Ft. Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Brianna Flores, Carlos J. Mejia De Rodriguez (Lydia) and Dean Lee Martin; six great grandchildren, Victoria Martin, Mercedes Martin, Taylor Yetter, Vella Thompson, Robert Andrew Mejia de Rodriquez and Carter Vinson; sister, Mickie Martinez (Jess) of Colton, Calif.; brother, Luis Mejia of San Bernadino, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

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Pete Benjamin Rodgers


Pete Benjamin Rodgers, infant son of LeAnn Rodgers and Benjamin Smith, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the Andalusia Regional Hospital in Andalusia, Ala. He was born on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Survivors: mother, LeAnn Rodgers, McKenzie, Ala.; father, Benjamin Smith, McKenzie, Ala.; sister, Laklyn Rodgers, McKenzie, Ala.; brother, Laden Rodgers, McKenzie, Ala.. Graveside service was Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Bushfield Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Tyre Bowen officiating and Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


Mary Lee Rogers


Funeral services for the late Mrs. Mary Lee Rogers were held on Saturday,

Oct. 25, 2014 at noon from College Street Church of Christ. Bro. Bishnoo Rampersad officiated. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Hudson Funeral Services of Greenville, Ala., directed. Mrs. Rogers was born in Butler County to the late John Henry Yeldell and Eddie Vern Smith-Yeldell on Jan. 30, 1943. She confessed Christ at an early age and was added to the Church of Christ. She remained a dedicated member of the College Street Church of Christ until the Lord called her home on Oct. 19, 2014.

Rogers was the matriarch of her immediate family and an inspiration to others who had the pleasure of knowing her. The eldest daughter of nine siblings, she was preceded in death by Johnny B. Yeldell and John E. Smith. She was married to the late Exie D. Rogers; God blessed this union with five children.

She leaves to cherish her memories daughters: Brenda and Kimberly Rogers,

Birmingham, Ala.; sons, Michael (Tomeka) Rogers of Montgomery, Ala., Richard

(Sahara) Rogers of Milpitas, Calif., and Kelvin Rogers of Panama City, Fla.; a  special daughter, Linda Gail Mallory; a special son, Rickey Jackson, nine grandchildren, two brothers: James (Mary) Yeldell of Norfolk, Va., and Henry (Shirley) Yeldell of Greenville, Ala.; four sisters: Eddie Beeman and Addie (Rufus) Crenshaw, both of Montgomery, Ala., Ruby (Elbert) Murray of Dayton, Ohio, Mae (Charles) Harvell of  Athens, Ala., Fannie Rabb Ringer, Jessie Yeldell of Dayton, Ohio; family friend, Patrick        Purifoy; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Tula Elizabeth Walters


Tula Elizabeth Walters, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sun., Oct. 26, 2014, in Asheville, N.C. She was born in Honoraville to the late William Spencer Pollard and Cebelle Gardner Pollard, and was a graduate of Greenville High School.

Formerly a long-time resident of Montgomery, Walters lived in Fort Myers, Fla., from 1984 to 2008, when she moved to Palm City, Fla., to be with her daughter, Lynn Langley and son in law, Jim. She then moved with them to Asheville earlier this year.

She was a member of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers.

Tula was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Conrad Rudolph Walters, MD, in 2005. She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Thery Pollard.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Lynn (James C., Jr.) Langley of Asheville; one son, James Spencer (Lyn) Walters, MD of Cary, N.C. and Fort Myers; and three grandsons, Heath (Nancy) Walters of Charlotte, N.C., Tim (Keela) Walters of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. and Parker Langley of New York, N.Y.; and great granddaughters, Alexis and Brianna Walters of Charlotte, N.C.; and great grandsons, Ehlan and Cohen Walters of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Tula is also survived by one sister, Doris Coker of Montgomery; and one brother, William (Dotty) Pollard of Melbourne, Fla.; nephew, Harry (Gail) Coker of Tallassee; niece, Susie (John) Lightfoot, DMD of Dadeville; and nephew, William (Robin) Pollard of Merritt Island, Fla.

Tula had a gracious nature and touched many with her love during her lifetime. The quintessential southern lady, she will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

The family will receive friends at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 10-11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 8, 2014. A graveside service to celebrate Tula’s life will follow, and any friends who wish to join the family at the graveside are welcome. The Rev. Russell Howard of McGregor Baptist Church will conduct the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in remembrance of Tula to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery. Condolences may be offered online at or addressed to the family of Tula E. Walters in care of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens and Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, 33907.