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Christy Lynn Bodenhamer

Christy Lynn Bodenhamer, 44, of Athens died December 22, 2016. She went to school in Lithonia High School. She formerly worked at Pennington Seed, Inc.She was the daughter of Robert Andrade and Debra Hann Strange, both deceased.She is survived by a son, Mason Tyler Bodenhamer, a brother Matthew Scott Strange, step-dad Curtis Lee Strange and a step-brother Curtis Lee Strange Jr.A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. January 7 at Buckhed Cemetery.

Linda Darnell Colburn

Linda Darnell Colburn, 72 of Rutledge died December 30, 2016.  She was at her home.  Mrs. Colburn was born December 17, 1944 in Alabama.  She was married to William Colburn.  She worked as a clerk for DeKalb County and later retired from Cobb County.  After retirement, the Colburn’s moved to Rutledge.  She was a member or Redeemer Church in Madison.  She enjoyed traveling and collecting crystal.

Mrs. Colburn is survived by her husband, William.  She also leaves children, Pam Webb, Lynn Davis, Rusty Starr, Carole Ausborn and Susan Grosvenor.  She also leaves numerous grandchildren.  Her siblings are Mary Matthews, Deborah Chambless and Neal Storey.

The family received friends on Sunday, January 1, from 3-5 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 2 in the chapel.  Interment followed at 1 p.m. at Turner Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Lithonia.

Marie Lawrence Ponder

Marie Lawrence Ponder, 87 of Madison, died December 26, 2016.  She was a native of Forsyth. She was born September 29, 1929 to Francis Eugene and Charley Dumas Lawrence.  She was married to the late Jim Ponder.  The Ponders lived in Virginia until 1980.  There they owned and operated a Chrysler dealership.  Upon moving to Madison, Mrs. Ponder worked for the Bank of Morgan County which became Fulton Federal and later Regions Bank.  She was a long time member of Madison Baptist Church.  She was a devoted wife and mother.  She enjoyed working in her yard and helping Mr. Ponder in his woodworking shop.  Mrs. Ponder loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Ponder is survived by three children, Deb Smoak and Cameron, Jimmy Ponder and Anna and Ben Ponder and Jennifer.  She also leaves 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

The family received friends on Wednesday, December 28 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The service was held in the chapel at 1 p.m.  Interment followed at the Rutledge City Cemetery.

Bessie Hubbard

Bessie Hubbard died unexpectedly December 18, 2016 while sitting with her mother and son and doing what she loved to do, talking on the phone and Facebook. She was born July 23, 1962 to Lola and Bennie Morgan Sr. Her father preceded her in death.

She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church. She was the life of her family and friends. She met no strangers and always had a smile for you. She truly loved her mother.

She was married to Preston Hubbard Sr. for 38 years and they had two children. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one brother Willie Morgan (Blue), also grandparents Mell and Bessie Morgan and Woodie and Genie Bell Wade.

Mrs. Hubbard leaves behind precious memories with her husband Preston Hubbard Sr., children Roderick Sheika Morgan and Preston Hubbard Jr. (PJ); mother Lola Morgan; mother-in-law Georgia Lee Hubbard; sisters Bertha Mathis, Shirley Russell, Pricilla Williams of Madison and Linda Samuel (Kenneth) of Woodbine; brothers Bennie Morgan Jr. (Londa), Otis (Jennifer) Jardus Walker, all of Madison, Danny Morgan (Barbara) of Athens and a host of nieces, aunts, uncles, nephews, family and friends and a sister-in-law Virginia Morgan.

Her Home Going Service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 27 at Smyrna Baptist Church with Rev. Harlan Heard presiding.

Interment was in the Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery.

Watts Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

James Wilkes Wall

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at his home James Wilkes Wall (Jimmy), after many days of struggle, peacefully took his heavenly wings and flew into the arms of his Heavenly Father. A native of Crawford, he was preceded in death by his parents Millard Eugene and Harriett Oneita Bullock-Wall of Crawford and a sister Martha Helen Wall.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Wanda McNair, three sons Jimmy Wall (Michael McCannon), AJ Wall, Stacy Aaron; four daughters Angie Tiller, Regina (Michael) Walsh, Amanda Bradley (Steven), Drake and Katherine Wall; five grandchildren, sister Jean Escoe-Crawford; several nephews and nieces; five puppy children and two more in Heaven.

Life celebration gathering will be held Saturday, January 14 at 12 p.m. at the American Legion, Hwy. 22 Comer Road, Lexington, Georgia. In lieu of flowers a college fund has been set up for Katherine Wall. Donations can be mailed to Amanda Drake, 311 Centennial Road, Rutledge, GA. 30663. Premier Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Nathaniel Crawford

Nathaniel Crawford died December 18, 2016. He was born March 23, 1922 in Greshamville. He was one of 13 children born to Jessie Crawford Sr. and Fannie Mae Crawford. She joined the Greenville Baptist Church at an early age and served as a faithful member. He served in the United States Army during World War II before returning to make his home in Atlanta. He was married to Hattie E. Crawford in February 1961 and they had a loving marriage until her death on October 27, 1982. Deacon Crawford retired from Hastings Seed Company. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time and was a great farmer.

He was an active member of Greenville Baptist Church until his death. He was named chairman Emeritus of the Dedacon Board after serving the longest tenure of a chairman in the church’s history. He oversaw the building of a new sanctuary in 1971 while serving as chairman of the Deacon Board and helped lead the church through a tremendous period of growth including the construction of the current fellowship hall. Deacon Crawford was active in the community and spent a significant amount of time visiting the sick and the shut-ins. He was a constant presence in the local church community and was highly respected.

His wife Hattie E. Crawford preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Carrie Bell Crawford, sons Ronnie (Sheryl) Horton Sr. and Tony (Tasha) Buchanan and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and loving friends.

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 22 at Greenville Baptist Church in Greshamville.

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