Funeral services for William Hansford Cleveland Sr., age 82, of Brownwood and formerly of Blakely, Ga. will be held in his hometown of Blakely at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the First Freewill Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Local arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home.

William was born March 3, 1927. He was married to Cora Lee Johnson on July 22, 1950. She preceded him in death on Aug. 3, 2006.

He is survived by his daughters, Debra Wade of Columbia, S.C., Laura Colson and husband Bruce of Covington, Ga., Sherry Goff and husband Neil of Monticello, Ga. and Dawn Steward and husband Kyle of Blanket, Texas; sons, Robert Cleveland and wife Kelly of Donalsonville, Ga., William Cleveland Jr. and wife Anita of Cedar Springs, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Laura Mason, Heather Evans, Shea Cleveland, Trent Cleveland, Nikki Westbrook, Mandy Pace, Tasha Broxton, and Keith Steward; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Warren and Arthur Cleveland.

Hansford was also preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and brother Ralph Cleveland.