Raymond Singletary, Jr.

BLAKELY -- Mr. Raymond C. Singletary, Jr., 99, of Blakely, Ga. died early Thursday morning at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely, Ga. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 3 PM at the First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Rick Turner and Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 1 PM until 3 PM.

Mr. Singletary was born March 26, 1912 to the late Raymond Cook Singletary, Sr. and Emma Quillian Singletary. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Sparks Singletary, his two sons Raymond Clifford Singletary and Marvin Sparks Singletary, and a brother A.J. Singletary and a sister Alice S. Dunn.

He attended Sewanee Military Academy and graduated from Emory University in 1932 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was President and Chairman of the Blakely Peanut Company (President 1944-1978 and Chairman 1944-1985). He was a Partner in Singletary Farms, President of the Bank of Early from 1944-1972, Chairman the Bank of Early from 1944 to 1994 and continued to serve on the board until his death; member of the First United Methodist Church and past Chairman of the Board Trustees. He was a Mason and Shriner. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the Presidential World Hunger Commission, member of Blakely Rotary Club from 1932 to 2011 and Past President; he received the Four Avenues of Service Award in 2009, which is the highest award given by the Rotary Club. He was a Supervisor of the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District from 1944 to 1971; Supervisor emeritus from 1977 to 2011, member of the National Peanut Council and served as Chairman of the National Peanut Council in 1966; President of the Southeastern Peanut Association and Director Emeritus of Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce. Chairman of the Early County Hospital Authority from 1960-2090.

He is survived by a daughter Anne S. Hammack and husband Albert of Dalton, Ga.; a daughter-in-law Henrietta M. Singletary (Mrs. Marvin) of Albany, Ga.; a sister Emily Garner (Mrs. John) of Milledgeville, Ga. and by five grandchildren James Albert Hammack, III and wife Elizabeth of Atlanta, Ga; Margaret H. Long and husband Jason of Atlanta, Ga.; Marvin McArthur Singletary and Henry Duncan Singletary both of St. Simons Island, Ga. and Raymond Quillian Singletary of Atlanta, Ga.; two great-grandchildren James Albert Hammack, IV and Mary Moore Hammack of Atlanta, Ga. and four special care givers Cornelia Baxley Holley, Gloria Smith, Bertha Bush and Nadine Wiggins.

Serving as active pallbearers will be James Albert Hammack, III, Marvin McArthur Singletary, Henry Duncan Singletary, Raymond Quillian Singletary, Jason Gregory Long, Steve Singletary, Margaret H. Long and Elizabeth M. Hammack. Honorary pallbearers will be the Board of Directors of the Bank of Early and OneSouthBank and the Blakely Rotary Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39818 or to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

You may visit our website at www.manryjordanhodges.com to sign the guest registry and send condolences.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home

Blakely 229/723-3421