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Talmadge Lee Morrow

Talmadge Lee Morrow of Madison, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.  He was 73. Born in Stone Mountain on October 2, 1942, he was the son of the late Earl Brooklyn Morrow and Eula Mae Hill Morrow.  Talmadge attended school in Morgan County and later received his GED.  He married the former Barbara Diane Moody of Union Point.  He worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation where he assisted with signs and maintenance of roads and retired in 2003 after nearly 33 years.  He attended New Hope Baptist Church in Greshamville.  When he was younger he enjoyed hunting. He also enjoyed rock collecting, especially arrowheads and like to tinker on lawn mowers.  Before and after retirement, he would help some of the neighbors on their farms.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 25years, Diane Moody Morrow in October of 2014; a sister, Mary Morrison; and three siblings at birth, Ben Mannel, Shirley Mae and Geneva Mae Morrow. 

He is survived by two sisters, Beulah Coker (Danny) of Madison, and Betty Shaw of Newnan; three brothers, Reuben Morrow (Brenda) of Madison, Roy Morrow (Gena) of Mississippi and James Morrow of Madison; a number of other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, May 18, at 11a.m. at McCommons Chapel, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Mike Pritchett officiating.  The family received friends Tuesday from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. 

Interment was in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Serving as pallbearers were Tommy Turner, Nathan Morrow, Danny Coker, Jason Morrow, Russel Coker and William Malcom. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, was in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online register.

Lizzie Mae Fears Sanders

Mother Lizzie Mae Fears Sanders died May 8, 2016. She was born April 25, 1922 to the late Henry Grady and Lovie Richards Fears. She was the last surviving sibling of 10 children. She joined Shady Grove Baptist Church in Monticello at an early age and was a faithful member until her health began to fail. She was secretary of the Shiloh Burial Society. Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Frank Sanders, son Milton (Buck) Sanders and a daughter Lizzie Kate Sanders. Mother Lizzie’s memories will remain in the hearts of her beloved sons Willie Joe (Wynetta) Sanders of Detroit, Michigan, J. D. Sanders of Madison, Willie Frank Sanders of Monticello, Henry Ben (Felicia) Sanders Covington; two daughters Rev. Sallie Ann Sanders Glass of Covington and Lynn Benton of Monticello, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Eatonton with the Pastor Joe McKibben officiating. Interment was in Shady Grove Baptist Church in Monticello. Pallbearers were Deacons of Union Springs Baptist Church, Rutledge and flower ladies were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Final Rites Entrusted to Jones and Turner Funeral Home, Madison.

Joanne Malcom Thomas

Joanne Malcom Thomas, died Friday, May 13, 2016 at Hospice House in Athens. She was born on January 4, 1931 to her parents, Drew Wilson and Rubye Preston Malcom. Later she had another loving mother, Myrtle Bearden Malcom. Joanne was a native of Morgan County and lived in Bishop, after she married in 1950.

Joanne graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1951 with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry. She worked for the United States Department of Agriculture for a short while before becoming and full-time wife, mother and homemaker. After the children were in their teens, she returned to the University of Georgia and received a M. Ed. in Science Education. She taught in the Oconee County School System for 18 years.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Drue Jeanne Lupo and husband, John; her sister June Williamson and son, Malcolm Williamson; her sister Louette Malcom; and brothers-in-law, Thomas Elliott, Sr. and M. B. Rice.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, William Jerry Thomas, Sr. and their children, William Jerry Thomas, Jr. and wife Paula; Sara Thomas Shepherd and husband Alan. She leaves four grandchildren, Erin Thomas, Megan Thomas, Walt Shepherd, and Gray Shepherd Green and husband Rex. She is also survived by a great granddaughter, Sara Gray Fuller. She leaves two sisters, Gray T. Malcom and Agnes M. Elliott, a sister-in-law, Mildred T. Rice, and a brother-in-law, Harold Williamson, Sr., as well as a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Joanne will be remembered for her great love of reading, especially spiritual literature. She was open to and embraced beliefs from various sources. Through sharing of her experience, hope, and strength, Joanne helped many people, young and old, through difficult life challenges. A graveside service was held on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Oconee Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Powers officiating. Following the service, the family returned to the home of Jerry, Jr. and Paula Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bostwick United Methodist Church, PO Box 257, Bostwick, GA 30623.

Lord and Stephens, WEST, was in charge of arrangements.

William “Buddy” O’Kelly

William “Buddy” O’Kelly, 73, of Rutledge died Tuesday, May  17, 2016 at his home.

Funeral plans will be announced later by A. E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison.

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