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Thomas Lavelle Webb

May 23, 1929 — July 24, 2018

Thomas Lavelle Webb, 89, of Valdosta died at his home on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. He was born in Lowndes County, Georgia on May 23, 1929, to the late Thomas Ivey and Birdie Price Webb. Lavelle married Lyndal on February 11, 1951, and was a lifetime resident of the Bemiss Community. As a member of the Bemiss United Methodist Church for 53+ years, he held many leadership roles, especially as an adult Sunday School teacher for most of that time.

Before graduating from Pine Grove High School, his interest in the Vocational Agriculture Program led to his election as first vice-president of the state Future Farmers of America. After attending two years at ABAC and graduating from the University of Georgia College of Agriculture, he devoted himself to 45 years of rewarding farming with family involvement. During that time there were opportunities for many years of community service with a Farm Supply Cooperative, Park Avenue Bank, Farm Credit Association (33 years), Colquitt Electric Membership Cooperative and related entities (30 years). After retirement in 1994, he maintained a beautiful garden, researched family ancestry, restored three antique tractors, became a skilled birdwatcher, and remained an avid reader. “My role” he said, “is one of hanging on and observing and learning more about love.”

Survivors include his wife, Lyndal Miller Webb of Valdosta; four daughters and sons in law: Fredonia (Charles) Ray of Valdosta, Nancy (Rick) Nevil of Gunter, TX, Gay (Michael) Davis of Valdosta, Susan (Mark) Elsinger of Kennesaw, GA; his grandchildren, Hannah (Lee) Wetherington of Hahira, Rebekah (John) Martin of Valdosta, Webb (Marina) Spriggs of Dallas, TX, Jeremy (Charlotte) Davis, Olivia (Ashley) Fletcher all of Valdosta, Amy (A.T.) Donnon of Marietta, GA, Brad Elsinger of Atlanta, GA, Mallory Elsinger of Gainesville, GA, Christi (Dan) Bonkiewicz of Frisco, TX, Broox (Marty) Nevil of Gunter, TX; his great grandchildren, Ethan Wetherington, Liam Wetherington, Abby Harrington, Madeline Martin, Ellie Martin, John Carter Martin, Poppy Spriggs, Micah Nevil, River Nevil, Joe Smith, Lindy Smith, Caitlin Cantrell, Bailee Bonkiewicz, Parker Bonkiewicz, Emma Davis, Noah Davis, Zeb Fletcher, Ella Fletcher, Tye Willow Fletcher, Laina Shea Fletcher, Asher Donnon, and August Donnon.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am, Friday, July 27, 2018, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Mays and Rev. Bob Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bemiss United Methodist Church, 4879 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA 31605 or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences to the family may be made online at

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