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Leslie Elizabeth Thomas Freyer

Leslie Elizabeth Thomas Freyer, 75, beloved wife,

mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017 surrounded by her family at the Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Georgia after a brief and very courageous battle with lung cancer. Elizabeth was the daughter of Leslie McCarthy and Joseph Henry Thomas, Jr., and leaves her husband of 53 years, Frederick Reese (Fred) Freyer, Jr.; children

Frederick Reese (R eese) Freyer, III (Kelly), Sarah

Elizabeth (Sally) Freyer Haderlein (Robert), and

Rebecca Dreese (Becky) Freyer; grandchildren Kendall Elizabeth and Thomas Reese Haderlein, and Frederick Reese, IV and Susan Elizabeth Freyer; sister Esther Thomas Smith; nieces Leslie Smith Hunter, Amy Melinda Smith, Denie Freyer Harris (Mason); nephews James Thomas Virginius Smith (Heather), Robert Arnold Freyer, Jr. (Traci), William Cooper Freyer (Kathleen); brother-in- law Robert Arnold Freyer; great-nieces Annaleigh and Sydney Smith, and

Reese and Penny Harris; great-nephews Jackson, Davis, and Ryan Freyer; Aunt Carolyn McCarthy Bolt; Uncle James B.F. Russell; as well as many beloved cousins, along with their spouses and children.

On December 1, 1941, Elizabeth was born in Jesup, Georgia where she was raised. Elizabeth was Salutatorian of the Wayne County High School Class of 1959 and was a summer employee of the local gas company and Rayonier. Elizabeth was a 1963 graduate of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history. After graduation, Elizabeth

was employed in Atlanta by E.R. Squibb & Sons in the Regional Manager’s office. Elizabeth was a licensed real estate professional with Property Systems Real Estate, was a lifelong pine tree farmer, and served as the general contractor for several personal homes.

Elizabeth throughout her life was actively involved in the Episcopal Church: She was a former communicant of the Church of the Incarnation, Atlanta, where she was a member of the choir and was the EYC coordinator; St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, where she served as a

Sunday School teacher and was a member of the choir; and Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, where she served as ECW President, was a Vestry member, Treasurer, and Senior Warden, taught 7 th grade Sunday School, and was a member of the Folk Group, and Foyers.

Upon moving to Saint Simons Island, Georgia, Elizabeth was a communicant of Christ Church, Frederica, where she was a Foyers member, spent three years on the Vestry, was a member of the

usher team, the Manna House Team, the Handbell Choir, the Docent Team, and the ECW, and was co-chair and chief cook for “Wednesdays at Christ Church” from 2008-2012. Elizabeth enjoyed reading, deep water aerobics, culinary arts and entertaining, interior design, antiquing and Canasta. In addition to her many other interests, Elizabeth was a former Trustee for the University of the South, Sewanee; a former Member on the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; a Brunswick Town Committee Chair for the Colonial Dames of America; a former Member of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia Board of Directors, where she also served as President, was Co-Chair of the Symphony Antiques Show, was a Member of the Symphony Society and was instrumental in founding its Youth Symphony and the Symphony Society; a Member of the Saint Simons Literary Guild; a Member of the Junior League of Savannah; a former Member and President of the Saint Simons Newcomers Club; a former Member of the Foundation of Coastal Georgia Community College; a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association; a former Member, Program Chairman and Christmas Tour and Garden Walk Committee Member of the Cassina Garden Club.

Elizabeth’s burial and her funeral service will be held at Christ Church Frederica, 6329 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, Georgia on September 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Elizabeth’s honor to the Christ Church Building Fund, 6329 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, Georgia 31522 and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, , P.O. Box 21733 St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522, will be gratefully appreciated.

Richard M. Dalton

Richard M. Dalton, resident of Morgan County, died at home on August 31, 2017 after an extended

battle with cancer which he fought with grace and courage. Richard was born in Osborn, Ohio (now Fairborn, Ohio) on January 25, 1931, son of Olen and Angie Dalton. He attended Bath Township Elementary and High School where he graduated in 1949. During his primary school years in addition to academic studies, he was active in football, band, orchestra, dance band, barbershop quartet and chorus. Richard attended the University of Dayton where he was a member of the marching band. He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Second Lieutenant Commission in the United States Air Force. He served five years in the Air Force, two of which were in Sidi Slimane, Morocco. After leaving the Air Force in 1960, Richard started his career at IBM in Dayton, Ohio. He retired from IBM in Atlanta, after a successful career of 32 years. In retirement, he has lived at Lake Lanier, Lake Oconee and finally on a small plot of 17 acres in Morgan County.  During his lifetime, Richard has been involved in many church, civic, community and political activities, where he often served in leadership roles. Richard was interested in many things, including music, working with his hands, photography, duplicate bridge, computers, boating, reading, traveling, the theater, and neighborhood get-togethers. He especially enjoyed his final years doing home projects with his beloved friends and neighbors in the wonderful community of Sweetbriar. Richard is survived by his wife Sheila of 39 years, his daughter Sandra Dalton Job-Rivera, his son David Scott Dalton (Chris), four grandchildren Cameron Dalton (Kelly), Jessica Job, Stuart Dalton (Kate), Caroline Filacchione (Tyler), and great granddaughters Morgan and Brooke Dalton. His youngest son, Jeffrey Spencer predeceased him in 2007. Richard was a Christian who had a strong belief in God and in God’s Nature. He was especially grateful for God’s gift of freedom to mankind. Richard lived a full and happy life with few regrets. He died a happy man. Funeral services were held at Bostwick United Methodist Church, Bostwick, on September 5, 2017. Visitation at 11 a.m. and worship service at noon. Following the service, the family welcomes everyone to Dick and Sheila’s home at 1170 Sweetbriar Trace, Madison for a celebration of Dick’s life. Lord and Stephens, WEST, Watkinsville, was in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com

Peter Hicks

Peter Hicks, the 58-year-old father of four children, died Aug. 26, 2017, after a short illness. Peter was born in Canada, but he had lived in Georgia for much of his adult life and he considered Madison his home.

Peter worked in retail for most of his life and was a long-time employee of Big Lots. At the time of his death, he was the manager of the Monroe Big Lots. Though he worked a difficult and ever-changing schedule, he made time for family, golf, cooking and brewing beer. He could come across as gruff at times, but those close to him knew he had a soft spot for the underdogs of this world, especially the four-legged kind. Like his father, he was a tinkerer, but the act of fixing things could also bring out the saltiest of language if things weren’t going smoothly. In fact, he fixed a lot of things, but his solutions weren’t always pretty — and he privately liked it that way. He didn’t believe that following the traditional path was all it was cracked up to be.

He was an avid Maple Leafs and Falcons fan. Growing up, he’d been good at any sport he set his mind to, but it was golf that captured his heart in the long run. If the weather was good (and sometimes, even if it wasn’t), he squeezed in a round of golf on his days off. He also had an appreciation of history and he liked to cook, especially when his kids were around.

He is survived by his four children — Chris Hicks, Lisa Houston, Ian Hicks and Adam Hicks — and three siblings — Anne Hicks, Simon Hicks and Sarah Hicks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tery Tingle Hicks.

The family will hold a small, private gathering in his honor in Atlanta on Sept. 8.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation (https://www.melanoma.org/)

Dr. Glenn Earl Dix

Dr. Glenn Earl Dix, 89 resident of Madison since 1954, passed away August 27, 2017. Glenn was born March 24, 1928 in Binghamton, NY to Earl and Rose Dix. Glenn served as a missionary at Source of Light Ministries International in Madison for 10 years, as CEO and General Director for 38 years, and as Director Emeritus for 15 years. Glenn traveled representing the ministry in conferences and churches in the US and around the globe and continued to do so until recent years. He loved to garden, ski, play tennis, raise horses, and play with his grandchildren. But his real loves were prayer, preaching, singing and his dear wife Joyce who preceded him in death.

Glenn is survived by  two sisters, Carolyn Darrow and Rose Nabinger, a daughter Jeanne Barnes, and four sons Glenn, Daniel, Donald, and James. Glenn was proud of his 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration of the lives and ministries of Dr. Glenn and Joyce Dix will be held Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m. at Source of Light Ministries International at 1011 Mission Rd., Madison, GA 30650.

Margaret Edwards Fitzpatrick

Margaret Edwards Fitzpatrick, 80 of Madison, died August 21,2017. She was born July 25, 1937 in Commerce to Charles and Lucy Landrum Edwards. She was married to Ed Fitzpatrick. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a member of Madison Baptist Church. She was retired from the Gwinnett County School system. She had also worked in the Morgan County Schools and for a time with Southern Bell. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a meticulous house keeper. She enjoyed working in her yard and traveling. She also liked to knit and read but enjoyed most caring for her family. She loved to cook and have her grandchildren and great grandchildren around her.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ed Fitzpatrick and children, Lisa Slusher and Morgan and David Fitzpatrick and Leslie. Grandchildren are Joe Slusher and Elizabeth, Charles Slusher, Jake Slusher and Jessie, John Slusher, Kristina Fitzpatrick and Cody Fitzpatrick. Great Grandchildren are Haley, Ava, Max, Madelyn and Will. She also leaves two brothers, Dean Edwards and Betty and Joe Edwards and Haywood. The funeral service was held on August 23, 2017.

Rev. David Wilson Staton

Rev. David Wilson Staton, 71 of Madison, died August 14, 2017. He was the son of the late Woodrow and Virginia Staton. He was married to Carol Appleton Staton and was a minister for over 40 years. He was currently the pastor at Pennington United Methodist Church.

Rev. David Staton is survived by his wife, Carol and their children David Staton, II and Meredith,

Mary Lavender and John and Jonathan Staton and Elizabeth. Grandchildren are Charlie Staton, Isaac and Madison Lavender and Julian and Adrian Staton.

The funeral service was held at Madison First United Methodist Church with interment at the Pennington United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Frances Loretta Wood Cape

Frances Loretta Wood Cape Allen, 75, of Madison, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017.

Born in Watkinsville on April 12, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Leo and Nettie Mae Savage Wood. She worked for years with her baby sister in Watkinsville at Grandma Jan’s Daycare, and was lovingly known there as “Miss Retta”. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter Wood, Lawrence Wood Sr., Telford Wood, Doyle Wood, Van Wood and Herbert Wood.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Allen of Madison,; two daughters who she loved dearly, Elizabeth Ann Cape and Janet Cape Bishop; three sisters, June Wood Carithers, Jeanette Wood Christian and Laynette Wood; five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; long-time best friend and flea market buddy, Barbara Chambers and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements.

www.lordandstephens.com

Alvon “Jerry” Hawn

Alvon “Jerry” Hawn of Bostwick, passed away on Aug. 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. Mr. Hawn was born on March 18, 1945 in Harriman, Tenn. to Albert and Addie Clingan Hawn. He was a 1963 graduate of Central High School, Wartburg, Tenn.  He joined the Navy in 1963 and served on the USS Passumpsic A0-107. Upon completion of his Navy career he relocated to Georgia where he became a police office with the DeKalb County Police Dept. where he was known as AJ and Goldie. After his retirement with the DKPD he followed in his father’s footsteps as a barber. He was a partner at Bulldog Barber Shop in Madison. Mr. Hawn was a well respected member of the community and a member of the Wellington Masonic Lodge #467. Mr. Hawn was preceded in death by his wife Jill, first wife Kathryn Clark Hawn, son Charlie, his parents and siblings. Mr. Hawn is survived by his son Peter “Skeeter” Hawn and wife Jolene. Grand kids William Hawn, his wife Kayla, Joyclene Lord, Amber, Kathryn and Emily Hawn. One great-grand son Charles Hawn. One step-daughter Rhonda Phillips Randolph and step-son Bucky Henderson.

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