2007-06-13 / Obituaries

Hattie Mells Bus Driver

Hattie Mae Carter Mells, 96, of Bluffton died June 4, 2007.

Mrs. Mells was born Dec. 26, 1910, to the late Oakley and Clyde Carter. She was a member of St. Mathis Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, mother of the church, secretary, missionary president and secretary for the Chattahoochee Association. She retired as a bus driver after 22 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Mells; one son, William Mells; and three daughters, Pinkie Mells, Dorothy Dubley and Florence Mells.

Survivors include two daughters, Lois Franklin of Blakely and Mildred M. Mells of St. Petersburg; three sons, Thomas Mells, Eddie Mells and Elder Johnnie M. Burnett, all of Blakely; one sister, Odessa Batemon of Newark, N.J.; one daughter-in-law, Evera Epps Mells; 16 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 9, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Alfred Starling officiating. Interment followed at St. Mathis Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Lee, Joseph Lee, Davis Lee, Wilburn Wade, Robert Chester and Weston Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were Rev. Eddie James Franklin, Willie Franklin, W.C. Mells, Thomas Mells, Ronald Mells, James G. Mells and James E. Mells.

Peoples Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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