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Sherrie Denise Head Leavell

Sherrie Denise Head Leavell, 48, of Union Point, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at her residence with her loving family. Born in Monroe, on September 29, 1968, she was the daughter of the late Charna Lee Callahan Huff and Eugene Huff. Her early years were spent in Monroe where she received her education. On May 28, 1994 she married William Leavell, Jr. in Madison, and they made their home in Greene County.  Sherrie worked for Holiday Cleaners until she became sick. She was a homemaker who was a kind and giving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  While family was the focal point of her life, Sherrie also enjoyed church, fishing, reading and helping others. She had a heart of gold and truly loved the Lord. She was a member of Grace Fellowship in Greensboro

 In addition to her husband, William Leavell, Jr. of Union Point, she is survived by four daughters, Nikki Hegwood and husband Josh, Amanda Manion and husband Ben, and Beth Manders all of Monroe, and Heather Vandiver and husband Rodney of Rutledge; sisters, Judy Mitchell and husband Darin and Kim Mayo and husband Keith both of Rutledge, brothers, Jeff Head of Madison, and Joe Sargent of Monroe; five grandchildren, Jake Hegwood, Emily Hegwood, Addison Manion, Justin Johnston and Sadie Vandiver; a number of other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at Grace Fellowship, 1971 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Dr. Jimmy Long officiating. Interment followed in the Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA 30642.  Serving as pallbearers were Keith Mayo, Darin Mitchell, Josh Hegwood, Will Leavell, Carl Randolph Leavell and Rick Ward. The family received friends Monday from 1 p.m. until time for the service at Grace Fellowship.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, was in charge of arrangements. Visit us to sign the online guest register.

Janette Lawrence Moore

Janette Lawrence Moore, 83, of Eatonton, left this earth for her heavenly home on March 7, 2017, after a seven-year battle with cancer. Funeral service was held Thursday, March  9 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Eatonton.  The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service time.

Janette was born in Eatonton on March 18, 1933. One of seven children, Janette was the youngest child of John Martin and Fannie Mae (Resseau) Lawrence. A fifth generation Putnam Countian, her family played an integral part in the geographic, social, and cultural landscape in this county. She was baptized into First Baptist Church of Eatonton in 1948. She graduated from Eatonton High School in 1950 and attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville.

Janette worked at Southern Bell in Atlanta where she met and married H.D. “Bill” Moore. They moved back to Eatonton in 1956 and were married for 50 years. Together they owned and managed Moore L.P. Gas for over 30 years in Eatonton. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Eatonton and served on numerous committees and organizations. She was a member of the “Golden Girls.”

“Granet” as she is known by many, was a name of affection bestowed on her by her grandchildren. One of her friends recently called her a “regal warrior,” and her sense of humor and keen wit will be remembered by all who knew and loved her. She was a historian and a student of genealogy.

Janette was the last surviving member of her family, which included her brothers and sisters, Lucy (Elmer) Seymour, Marion (Ben) Williams, Ruby (Charlie) Hawkins, John Milton Lawrence, David Louie Lawrence, and Charles Phillips Lawrence.  Her love of family initiated an intense interest in genealogy that has spanned over 25 years. She met family members from nearly every state during her research, and several have remained in contact. She did genealogy research for others who were not related to her but for whom she wanted to help.

“Granet” is preceded in death by her husband Bill (2002) and her daughter Debbie (2016). She is survived by her daughter Vicki Rogers (Danny) of Eatonton; her grandchildren Cristi Sheppard (Mike) of Eatonton, Leslie Peebles (David) of Eatonton, Matthew Rogers of Nashville, Tennessee, and Carri Thomas (Jacob) of Greensboro. She was also treasured by her great grandchildren, and they lovingly called her “Nanette”–Hunter Sheppard, Lawson Peebles, Billy Peebles, Braxton Thomas, Wyatt Thomas, and Elli Blake Thomas. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Eatonton.

Deacon Herbert Charles “Bert” Berding Sr.

Deacon Herbert Charles “Bert” Berding, Sr., 88, of Madison, died at the end of March 7, 2017 at midnight of complications of prostate cancer and Parkinson’s.  Bert was born May 28, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Irene Frances (nee Richard) and Herbert George Berding.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years (married May 12,1951) Jean Mary (nee Buller) Berding; his children include: daughters and sons-in-law, Mary M. and James Stack Jr. of Sandy Springs, M. Christina and Chris L. Stauber of Knoxville, Tenn. and daughter: M. Marjean Meadow of Madison and partner James Winkler; sons and daughters-in-law Herbert C. and Kathleen (nee Welsh) Berding, Jr. of Roanoke, Vir., Mark F. and Christy (nee Barrett) Berding of Athens and Terrence A. and Melanie (nee Layfield) Berding of Macon; sisters: Marie Swartzel of Centerville, Ohio and Jean Purtell of Cincinnati, Ohio; in-laws Clarence H. and Jeanette (nee Budd) Buller Jr., of Oxford, Ohio; granddaughters Annemie Tonken (nee Berding), Brittany Wynne (nee Stack), Grace Thomson (nee Stack), Nicole Berding, Claire and Laura Stauber grandsons: James Stack III, Evan Berding, Benjamin, Trenton and Samuel Berding, Brian and Garrett Berding, John and Michael Meadow; great granddaughter: Jean Wynne; great grandsons Oliver and Judah Tonken, Patrick Wynne, James Stack IV and Leland Thomson; nieces and nephews of the Swartzel, Purtell and Buller families.

Predeceased by brothers-in-law Robert Swartzel and Robert Purtell.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bert graduated from Elder High School, attended University of Cincinnati and graduated from Xavier University (business administration) and from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He served in the United States Army as a Master Sargent during the Korean War.  He worked for Honeywell, Inc. for 30 years.  After retiring, he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church, diocese of Atlanta, and served the parish of St James, Madison, for more than 23 years. In Madison he spent countless hours as a volunteer for the Caring Place, St. Vincent De Paul Society, and the March for Life.

He was an exemplary Boy Scout all of his life. He always honored God, country and family. He respected all life.  The plight of the poor was always on his mind. At OLPH Home in his final days of life, he was given a meal and asked, “What about all of the others, aren’t they hungry? A wonderful example to us and the many lives he touched.

Hesitant to verbalize his love for all his offspring, he spent untold effort expressing his love by action and by all means of support, attendance at every conceivable type of school and extracurricular function, assistance with anything any of us ever needed.  He was always a presence for us in every way.  Bert’s selfless and generous life is an example to all of us, his children. Oh, how we all will miss him!

His was a life of faith in action, and his deathbed visions (“They’re so beautiful.” Are your parents there?  “Yes, and all the beautiful people.”) confirmed the validity of his lifelong faith to all who witnessed these chilling, lucid exclamations.

Funeral arrangements by Phoenix Funeral Services, Inc.

Funeral Mass at St James, Madison, GA with burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

The Caring Place, 1140 Monticello Rd. Ste. 400, Madison, GA 30650, 706-342-9861;

St. Vincent De Paul Society, c/o St. James Church, 562 Vine St, Madison, GA  30650, 706.342.9661;

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 760 Pollard Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30315,


Ronald Keith Cochran

Ronald Keith Cochran, Sr., age 58 of Madison, died March 10, 2017. Ronnie was born in France on June 12, 1958 to George and Noretta Cochran.  On December 23, 1976, Ronnie married Donna.  They raised their children in Morgan County.  Ronnie worked in auto body repair.  He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.  He loved his family and enjoyed time spent in the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Ronnie Cochran is survived by his wife, Donna and their children, Donna Gayle Ingram and Rodrick, Brian Cleveland Cochran, Ronald Keith Cochran, Jr. and Blaire Rogers.  He also leaves five grandchildren, Coleman Keith Cochran, Gabriela Christina Cochran, Evan Cochran, Ashlynn Ingram and Jailyn Ingram.  Ronnie’s siblings are David Cochran, George Cochran, Deborah Cochran, Barbara Gombs, Connie Hill and Georgia Webb.

The family received friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service was held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church.  The interment followed in the church cemetery.

Reggie Osborne

Reggie Osborne, 58, of Dallas passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017.  He was born on May 7, 1958, in Austell.  Mr. Osborne was currently working at Selig Enterprises as the Property Manager and was a member of Second Baptist Church of Dallas. Reggie loved coaching and playing sports, hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Martha Jane Osborne of Dallas; son Wesley and Lianna Osborne of Madison; parents, Charles D. and Doris Osborne of Dallas; sister, Marcia and Steve Swanson of Dallas; and several nieces.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m., from Clark Funeral Home, with Reverend Paul Herbert officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery. Jimmy Foster, Andy Conville, Craig Cole, Joe Anderson and Joel Wills served as pallbearers.  The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday, March 11, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Tee at in memory of Mr. Osborne.

Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, was in charge of arrangements.

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