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Virginia Anne Kroeber

A memorial service for Virginia Anne Kroeber will be held at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Madison, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, with a reception to follow.

Ginger died peacefully at her home February 8, 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, NY 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, with her 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.

More information can be found at (706)342-4787, the church websitehttp://www.adventmadisonga.org, and on Facebook.

Minister Tracy Darnell Ward Franklin Sr.

Minister Tracy Darnell Ward Franklin, Sr. transitioned to eternal life on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Piedmont Regional Medical Center in Athens.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at Springfield Baptist Church in Madison, Bishop Kenneth Jones, Pastor, Reverend Frankie Williams, Officiating, Pastor Samuel Head. Jr., Eulogist. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Tracy Darnell Ward Franklin, Sr. was born on March 18, 1960 to the late Dorothy Ann Williams and R. C. Ward. Tracy was raised in Madison where he began his educational path by attending the Morgan County School System. He was an awesome athlete who played football and baseball as a student athlete in school.  After graduating high school, he attended college and later joined the United States Army. He gave his life to Christ at an early age at Springfield Baptist Church. He was later ordained as a minster at Kingdom Life Christian Center, under the leadership of his brother-in-law, Pastor Michael O’Neal Brown.   He later became the Associate Pastor at True Life Ministries, under the leadership of Pastor Samuel Head, Jr.

He married the lovely Lenita Brown Franklin on June 15, 1981; to their union, three children were born, Tracy Darnell Franklin, Jr., Latrice Franklin and Beason Franklin. He also leaves five grandchildren, Trevon, Nehemiah, Bricen, Kayden and A’miracal; three brothers, Pastor Frankie Williams (Linda), Michael Jordan (Monica) and Robbie Ward; six sisters, Angela Mitchell, Dametrice Johnson (Derrick), Batrina Williams, Brocie Terrell (David), Darlene Ward Hall (Joseph) and Lisa Ward McManus (Phillip); father-in-law, Rev. George C. Brown, Sr.; three brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; one goddaughter, Charliette Harris; two godsons, Andre Elder and Greg Elder; and a host of fishing buddies, friends, nieces, nephews and loved ones.

Services were entrusted to Bernard’s Family Funeral Care, LLC, The Madison Chapel, 1086 Ward Road, Madison, GA 30650, 706-438-3210.

Bessie Lee Wray Mathis

Mrs. Bessie Lee Wray Mathis, 91 of Bishop, died peacefully on April 7, 2017 at her home.  Mrs. Mathis was a native of Oglethorpe County.  She was born in the Bairdstown Community on June 12, 1925 to Whitfield and Eula Crane Wray.  On August 16, 1945, she married Laddie Austin “Shorty” Mathis when he returned home from World War II.  Mr. and Mrs. Mathis made their home in Bogart, later moving to Siloam.  It was in Siloam that Mrs. Mathis managed their family business, the former Shorty’s Minute Mart.  Mrs. Mathis no longer lived in Greene County but was still a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.  Since living in Oconee County, she attended Union Christian Church.  Mrs. Mathis was a talented cook and enjoyed gardening.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  While Mrs. Mathis faced many hardships in life, she always maintained her sweet demeanor.  She will be remembered as a selfless, humble and kindhearted lady. 

Mrs. Mathis is survived by one daughter, Sherica Mathis Dickens and Doug of Bishop.  She leaves three grandchildren, Jason Dickens and Stephanie, Angie Durham and Jay and Alisha Carter and Adam.  She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren:  Jake, Luke, Abby and JR Dickens; Lizzie and Millie Durham; and Addi Kay, Ada Klair, Abel, Annabelle, Aubree and Adelaide Carter.  Mrs. Mathis’ surviving siblings are Helen W. Clark, George “Bud” Wray, Betty W. Glover and Pat W. Roberson.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth W. Herrington and a brother Gene Wray, as well as her husband, Mr. “Shorty” Mathis.  Mrs. Mathis also lost four children, Laddie Austin Mathis, Jr., (twins)Maude Luanne and Ellen Suzanne Mathis, and “Baby Girl” Mathis.

The family received friends on Sunday, April 9, from 2-4 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home. The funeral service wias held on Monday, April 10, at 2 p.m. in the chapel.  Interment followed at the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery in Union Point.

Memorials may be made to the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Kenneth Lee Collins

Kenneth Lee Collins, 62 of Social Circle, died March 31, 2017. Mr. Collins was born June 29, 1954 in Rockdale County. His parents were the late, Rex and Mary Jo Collins. He was married to Ann Miller on June 27, 1992. He was employed by Ansco and Associates since 1985. Mr. Collins was an avid sports fan. He loved watching old westerns and challenging friends in a game of golf.

Mr. Collins is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ann Miller Collins and two children, Kara Collins and Mitchel Collins. He also leaves two brothers, Dewey Collins and Rex Collins, Jr.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 4th from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at AE Carter funeral home in Madison.

The funeral service was held at St. James Catholic Church in Madison, on April 5 at 1 p.m.

Interment followed at the Madison City Cemetery

Micheal Anthony Thomas

Micheal Anthony Thomas, 52, died arch 29, 2017. He was born February 24, 1965 to Mattie Thomas and the late Roy Jones. He was preceded in death by his sisters Ann Cain and Gloria Thomas and his brothers Larry Thomas and Eugene Gober.

His work included the roofing and railway industries. His favorite job was farming. He was most satisfied on a tractor. He was also the go-to person in the neighborhood when people needed help.

Micheal leaves to cherish his memory his son Brandon Gibbs and his grandson Jamal Cobb; his mother Mattie Thomas Jones; his sisters Meschele (Ralph) Clark, Angeline (Henry) Davis and Joann Thomas Sheats, all of Madison; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. He was actively involved in the lives of his nieces Jovan, Diona and Amyah.

Interment was at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 5 at Morgan Memorial Park in Madison.

Honorary pallbearers were Hank Brown, Kenny Ingram, Jimmy L. Love, Leon Binion, Otis Ingram and Linwood Peoples. Flower ladies were Barbara Canteen and Mary Binion.

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

Bessie Prewitt Parks

Bessie Prewitt Parks, 84 of Rutledge died April 9, 2017.  Mrs. Parks was born December 26, 1932 in Kentucky to Wyatt and Hettie Summers Parks.  She was married to the late William Parks.  Mrs. Parks was retired from the Harris Corporation in Florida.  She loved decorating homes and was flipping houses long before it was poplar.  She attended Rutledge United Methodist Church since moving here in 2000.

Mrs. Parks is survived by one son, Larry Parks, also of Rutledge.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at the Madison City Cemetery.

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

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