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Patricia Gilbert Smith

Patricia Gilbert Smith, 73, of Gainesville, Florida died peacefully May 23, 2016. She was born, September 13, 1942 in Rutledge, the daughter of George Robert Gilbert and Lena Mae Adcock Gilbert.

She was a graduate of Morgan County High School and Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She was married to Colonel Joseph S. Smith of Gainesville, Georgia who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her son Kenneth Sanders Smith of Melbourne, Florida and daughter Kelli Smith Hall  (Gary) of Gainesville, Florida; five grandchildren, Jessica Winchester (Dustin) and Bradley Smith of Atlanta, Buck Smith of Birmingham, Alabama; Kasey Hall of Jacksonville, Florida and Taylor Hall of Tallahassee, Florida, and three sisters, Monaray G. Powers of Madison and Glenda Nelms and Robin Benkoski both of Social Circle and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held June 11, in Gainesville, Florida.

Emory Allen “AJ” Johnson

Allen “AJ” Johnson passed away peaceably on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the age of 58. Allen was the youngest son of Kenneth D. and Joyce (Bowen) Johnson Sr. of Covington. At an early age, he attended and joined the First United Methodist Church of Covington. He grew up and lived his early adult life in Covington. After graduating Newton County Comprehensive High School in 1976, he later earned a degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Allen was a born mechanic and loved working with his hands. This led him into several employment paths, always showing his gift of resourcefulness and problem solving. He worked in the hazardous waste clean-up field for several years, which allowed him to travel the United States. He always looked at each new job as a challenge and an adventure to a new place. After this endeavor, he owned and operated a successful trucking and hauling business. Finally he relocated to the Black Mountain area of North Carolina where he did everything from heavy equipment operator and construction to working for Ingles Foods in one of their distribution centers.

Allen or “AJ” as many of his friends called him was an adventurous type and enjoyed pushing the limits and life itself. He was an excellent water skier, and learned to ride bulls when he was a student at ABAC; these were the start to the wide-open lifestyle he enjoyed. He enjoyed working on motorcycles and muscle cars. He always seemed to have fast cars in his earlier adulthood. After moving to Black Mountain, NC he enjoyed motorcycle rides into the mountains and spending time with friends. He always had some project he was working on and loved helping others with their projects.

Allen is survived by his brother Kenneth (Ken) D. Johnson Jr. and wife Sally, of Bostwick, along with a nephew David and Jessica Johnson, two great nephews Chase and Dallas, two aunts, Emma Bowen and Charlotte Johnson all of Covington and several cousins. While Allen was never married or had children of his own, he did have a special young friend who he loved and cared for like a son, Jack Edwards, and a friend “Mr. Paul” Gendron both of Black Mountain, NC. Per his wishes, Allen’s body will be cremated and ashes scattered over Jackson Lake, with some ashes being interred next to his parents in Lawnwood Memorial Park, with a small graveside service at a later date. No visitation is planned.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Jesse Banks Davis Jr.

Jesse Banks Davis Jr., 76, died May 24, 2016. He was born in Madison on June 21, 1939 to the late Jesse Banks Davis Sr. and Madeline Colbert Davis.  He was educated in the public schools. He was a member of Clark Chapel Baptist Church along with his siblings and cousins.

After school Jesse worked at the poultry in Monroe. During this time he was united in holy matrimony with Rachel Atwater Davis. Later he moved to Atlanta and worked as a construction worker. He returned to Madison in 1987.

Those who will always cherish his memory are his two daughters Lisa Perriman Thomas (Ricky) of Madison and Shirley Butler of Madison; four sons Dwight Davis of San Leandro, California, Tyron Davis of Covington, Charles Davis (Althea) of Monroe; and one son preceded him in death Kenneth Davis; 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. His siblings are Sarah F. Davis Terrell of Decatur and Betty Davis Allen (James) of Madison. Those preceding him in death were his sister Helen Davis Cochran (Grover) and brother Charles Davis, aunt Mary Armstrong of Miami, Florida uncles George Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Henry Davis of Newark, New Jersey and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Casket bearers were his nephews and the flower attendants were Madison Star Chapter Number 165 O.E.S.

Funeral service was held May 29, at Clark Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Cecil Champion pastor officiating. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Jones and Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Sineath Hudson

James Sineath Hutson, 89 of Madison, died May 23, 2016.  Born April 25, 1927 in East Point, Jim was the son of the late Edward and Grace Sineath Hutson.  Following high school, Jim served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during WWII.  He later worked in sales with ITT Harper.  He was married to Annette Nunnally.  They moved to Madison eight years ago from Conyers.  Mr. Hutson was an avid reader and student of history.  He had a special interest in American military history.  He also enjoyed operating a short wave radio, a hobby he picked up during his military service.  Since moving to Madison, Mr. Hutson attended Antioch Baptist Church.

Mr. Hutson is survived by his wife, Annette and children, Cindy Calhoun and Bill, Jim Hutson, Jr., David Hutson and Debbie and William Kristjan Hutson.  Step children are Chip Underwood and Pat and Marjorie Talevski and Tony.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 26 in the chapel of A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The family asks that memorials be made to Antioch Baptist Church 1281 Antioch Church Road Madison, GA  30650.

Franklin Halford Milford Jr.

Franklin Halford Milford, Jr. of Athens, died May 24, 2016.  He was a born in Calhoun Falls, SC on May 28, 1939.  He was the son of the late Franklin and Mary Emily Hazelwood Milford.  He was a graduate of Morgan County High School.  Mr. Milford spent his career with Siemens Industries as a product analyst.  He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Milford was a devoted UGA fan and member of AMVETS. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean Daniel Milford and two children, TeeAnn Milford and Todd Milford.  His siblings are John Richard Milford (Barbara), Kitty Rose Jones, Ada Atkinson (Bennie) and Florence Ledford.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.  Mr. Milford was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Edwards.

A memorial service was held Friday, May 27 in the chapel of A.E. Carter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Sylvia Charlene Watson

Sylvia Charlene Watson, 65 of Madison, died May 26, 2016.  She was a native of Forest Park.  Charlene was retired from the Waffle House.  She moved to Madison from Conyers.  She was a resident of Madison House Assisted Living.  Charlene was a member of Fusion Church of Madison.

Charlene Watson is survived by a daughter, Sonia DeBoer and a son, Bo Mitchell.  She leaves a sister, Bonnie Major.  Charlene also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m. at the Milstead Cemetery in Conyers.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 12:15 p.m. at Fusion Church.

A.E. Carter Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

Roy C. Hines

Roy C. Hines passed award May 27, 2016 at the age of 65.Funeral services will be held Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church, 1201 Thankful Road, Madison.There will be a family visitation on Thursday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison.Family and friends please assemble at the funeral home on Friday, June 3 at 1:15 p.m.Jones and Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.son, Bo Mitchell.  She leaves a sister, Bonnie Major.  Charlene also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.A graveside service was held Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m. at the Milstead Cemetery in Conyers.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 12:15 p.m. at Fusion Church.A.E. Carter Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

Thomas James “Tom” Lysiak

Thomas James “Tom” Lysiak, age 63, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock, Thursday morning, June 2, at the Chapel of J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, Covington, GA, with Reverend Rob Raynor officiating.  Interment will be held at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, at 2:30 p.m. 

Tom is survived by his wife; Melinda Lysiak, daughter and son-in-law; Jessica and Justin Braun, his granddaughter; Madison Braun, his mother; Anne Lysiak Gaetz, his sister; Janice Storowatsky and his brother; Chester Lysiak along with a host of other family and friends. 

Tom was born April 22, 1953 in Canada.  He was an outstanding athlete and began playing hockey at an early age.  Tom played for the Medicine Hat Tigers, a junior hockey league team before being drafted second overall in the 1973 draft by the Atlanta Flames.  He was with the Atlanta Flames from 1973 to midway of the 1979 season when he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks where he played until his retirement in 1986.  While with the Atlanta Flames, Tom was a member of the All-Star Team for three consecutive years; 1975, 1976 and 1977 and was the Atlanta Flames all-time leader in assist and points. During his career with the Black Hawks Tom continued as a team leader.  Tom led the Black Hawks with 76 points in the 1980 – 1981 season and set a career high 55 assists.  In 2012 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.  Tom Lysiak was not only a great hockey player; he was a great husband, father, father-in-law, brother, son and friend. J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, 2157 East Street, SE, Covington, GA 30014 is in charge of the arrangements.  A guest book may be signed on-line

James Ronald Pulliam

We mourn the passing of James Ronald Pulliam, 75, who died May 16, 2016 at Athens Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Ashley Pulliam of Madison and his six children, Gabbi, Tracy, Jimmy Carol, Blaine, Donna Jane and Cody as well as one sister and two brothers.

Jim was well loved by all who knew him and all who knew him have a story to tell about him.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at the home of his nephew 1771 Centennial Road, Rutledge. Please bring a covered dish and barbecue will be provided.

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