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Deleon N. Ray

Augusta, GA – Entered into rest Saturday, February 11, 2017, Deleon Neal Ray, loving husband of 59 years to Betty Parham Ray.   

Mr. Ray was a native of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. but moved to Atlanta after marrying the love of his life. He retired with the rank of Captain after 32 years of service in the Fulton County Marshall’s Department. After retiring he moved to Rutledge and was elected to the Rutledge City Council in 1995 and elected Mayor of Rutledge in 1997. Mr. Ray recently moved to Augusta to be near his daughter. 

He was a member and Past Master of the Dewald Masonic Lodge in Rutledge. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Scottish Rite, and Shriners Yaarab Temple (Atlanta). He was a kind and loving man of many talents who could cook, sew, build a house, and fix almost anything.

Family members, in addition to his wife, include his daughter Dr. Catherine Celeste Ray (Susan Yarborough) of Augusta, brother Dr. Dennis F. Ray (Dr. Brenda Ray) of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., sister-in-law Gertrude Ray of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff of University Hospital 6th floor ICU for their compassionate care, especially Dr. Jerome Barnes, Dr. Neil Epperly, and the nurses Ashleigh and Reece.

A graveside service was Wednesday, February 15, at 1 p.m. at Crestlawn Cemetery in Atlanta, with Rev. Randall Byrd officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at

Virginia Anne Kroeber

Virginia Anne Kroeber died peacefully at her home February 8, 2017 surrounded by her beloved cats Dixie Belle, Shelly, Pumpkin, Bibsy, Tucker, and Splat. She is survived by her sister Gail Stahl, niece Lisa Chang, and great nephew Brandon; her brother Kent; and her extended family at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Madison.

Ginger was born April 10, 1936 in Pelham, New York to Helen and Clement A. Kroeber. She graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1953, and entered Katharine Gibbs School in New York City, from which she received a diploma.

While living in Greenwich village in the 1950’s, she and a friend launched forth on a cross country road trip in a Volkswagen bug, camping and visiting many national parks, deepening her love of nature and country.

Working as a secretary at Siwanoy Elementary School in Pelham convinced her she should return to school to become a teacher, leading to her Masters in Education from Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville.

She was a great believer in education, a voracious and constant reader and lover of books ranging over an enormous array of subjects.

A friend and mentor came to Georgia to start a statewide Kindergarten program, which in turn brought Ginger to Georgia to become a Kindergarten teacher, ultimately landing in Madison.

She became a beloved and respected teacher for over 20 years, retiring in 2001.

At this point she redoubled her involvement with her church, working tirelessly on Christian Education, Daughters of the King, Caring Hands, the Ile-a-Vache in Haiti project, Angel Tree, serving on vestry, as church Registrar, and volunteering in the office; she basically made herself indispensable and proudly claimed the title of Saint Nag-at-Us, offering helpful reminders to those who needed nudges.

A Memorial service will be held at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Madison, in the near future; information will be announced in this paper, the church office (706)342-4787, the church website, and on Facebook.

Addenda: Brillo Jackson: Lisa Phelps remembering Ginger’s dislike of frivolous things, including the tradition of the school system giving a silver bowl to retiring teachers; Ginger stating “I don’t want that G-D bowl”, but it was the school policy so on her retirement she was given a silver bowl. When the new teacher came to start teaching in the room, there sat the silver bowl.

Gladys Evelyn “Dean” Henson

Gladys Evelyn “Dean” Henson, age 72, of Bostwick, died February 7, 2017. She was born in Morgan County on March 13, 1944 to the late Tannie Mae Brown Maughon and the late George Anderson Maughon.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Henson of Bostwick; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Greg Bates; sons, Neal Henson and Tony Henson; grandchildren, Courtney Bates, Renae Henson, Summer Bates, Kyle Phillips, Anthony Henson, Bobby Henson; great grandson, James Thomas Phillips.

A funeral service was held on Friday, February 10, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Black and Rev. Frankie Green officiating. Interment followed at Westbrook Cemetery.

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

Diana Harper

Diana Harper, 63, of Madison passed away January 10, 2017.  She was born in Decatur on March 16, 1953.  Mrs. Harper is survived by her husband; Walter Harper, her son; William Ray Parr of Maine, her four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and four sisters. 

Services will be announced at a later date.  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

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