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William Carlton Player, Sr.

William Carlton Player, Sr., 86, of Buckhead, died peacefully with his family on April 12, 2017. Bill, as he was known, was born on December 30, 1930 to Thaddeus William Player and Frances Carlton Player in Wilkinson County, Irwinton, Georgia.

Bill was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1954. He was married to Vonna Rue Meeks Player of Douglas, on July 15, 1956. Bill was a graduate of Georgia Military College, University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture,1956 and worked with the Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture where he advised farmers and landowners about soil conservation practices. From 1956, he served as a Soil Scientist, Soil Conservationist, District and Area Conservationist in the Jeffersonville, Waycross, Columbus, Chatsworth and Ringgold areas of Georgia until he retired in 1986. He received the Soil Conservationist of the Year award from the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts.

In retirement, Bill was a member of the Madison First United Methodist Church, Primetimers and Boxwood Garden Club in Madison. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking and building clocks which he sold at craft shows throughout the Southeast as well as turning interesting pieces of wood on a wood lathe. Bill was kind, fair, quiet and thoughtful man who loved his family, enjoyed his friends and even in his last days was an upbeat, smiling and encouraging presence to his family and caregivers around him.

Bill is survived by his wife, Vonna Rue Meeks Player. His children, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Player-DiCicco of Astoria, NY, Amy Lanell Player O’Neal of Alpharetta, William Carlton “Carl” Player, Jr. of Buckhead; Grandchildren: Ira Jordon Player, Jason Player O’Neal and Erin Lindsay O’Neal; Sons-in-law: Bruce M. DiCicco, Michael O’Neal; a beloved cousin: Pat Player Hatcher of Irwinton; several nieces, cousins and extended family.

On Friday, April 14, a 11 a.m. Memorial Service was held at Madison First United Methodist Church, Madison,  with Rev. Grady Mosley officiating and a reception for friends followed. A  3 p.m. Graveside Service was held with interment at the Irwinton Masonic Cemetery, Irwinton, Georgia. A reception followed for family and friends who shared many fond remembrances.

A. E. Carter Funeral Home, Madison, had care of the arrangements.

Audrey Finch Neville

Audrey Finch Neville age 89 of Palm Harbor, FL formerly of Greensboro, GA passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at St. Mark Assisted Living Center.  Born in Thomaston, GA on June 19, 1927, Audrey was the daughter of the late Dewey Hopkins Finch and Nellie Catherine Ashley Finch.  She grew up in Greensboro, GA and graduated from Greensboro High School in 1944 where she was an honor student and a member of the Beta Club.  After high school she worked for Doubleday Publishers in Accounting as the assistant to the supervisor for twenty-five years.  She was also part owner of Gone Fishing Marina in Montauk, NY.  While living in New York, she met and married Henry Clay Neville on December 19, 1947.   In 1989 they moved back to Georgia and made their home in Madison.  After moving to Madison, they spent most of their winters in the Florida Keys and enjoyed traveling in their motor home.  At the time of Henry’s death, they had been married sixty-two years.  Shortly after his death she moved to Palm Harbor, FL to live with her son Michael and his wife Mary Ann.  Audrey was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro. 

In addition to her beloved husband, Henry Neville who passed away June 11, 2010, she was preceded in death by her only sister,  Susie Fitzpatrick.  She is survived by her son, Thomas Michael Neville, his wife Mary Ann of Palm Harbor, FL; and her nephew Walter Fitzpatrick, his wife Donna, their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by a cousin, William Ashley, his wife Janet; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Hugh Hendrickson officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA.  Serving as pallbearers are Loren Leach, David Torbert, and Mel Marchman,   The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time for the service at McCommons Funeral Home.  The family requests that any memorials be made in memory of Audrey Neville to the charity of your choice.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

Doug Barrett

Doug Barrett, 72 of Hiawassee, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at his home. Mr. Barrett was born December 10, 1944 in Hiawassee, to Jay and Ethel Lee Melton Barrett. Doug was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the mid 60’s in Korea as a medical specialist. He was a person who loved to work with his hands and could do almost anything. Woodworking was one of his passions and he produced beautiful works of art including bowls and other objects. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Gilbert Barrett; his parents and a brother, Donald L. Barrett.

Survivors include: sister, Virginia (Arthur) Spiva, of Atlanta; brothers, Ronnie L. Barrett, Danny L. (Roxanne) Barrett, and Larry D. (Cheryl) Barrett, all of Hiawassee; sister-in-law, Jimmie Barrett of Decatur; nephews, Brad Barrett, Britt Barrett, and Brian Barrett, and nieces, India Barrett London, Blythe Barrett Nicholson, Blair Barrett Burch, Brandi Barrett, and Bethany Barrett.

Funeral services were held  Friday, April 14, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee with Rev. Glen Eller officiating. Interment followed in the Morgan Memorial Park Cemetery in Madison at 3 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Jim Ross officiating. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jacky Jones, Bernard Moody, Dale Penland, L. G. Hamilton, James Melton, Jesse Melton, Bobby Patel, and Ike Waldroup. Honorary pallbearers: Gary Johnston, Ed Gilliland, and Wallace Allen.

The family received friends at the Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee, Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

Harmon R. Vining

Harmon R Vining, 98 of Madison, died April 10, 2017.  Mr. Vining was born February 4, 1919.  He worked as a contractor in Atlanta among various other endeavors.  He was married to the late Mabel Tarpley.  Mr. Vining enjoyed gardening and working in his yard as long as he was able.  He was an independent man, never wanting to trouble anyone else.

Mr. Vining was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel and their son, David Gordon Vining, Sr.  He is survived by two grandchildren, Lisa Cavender and Greg and David Vining.  He also leaves four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  One brother survives, Gordon Vining.

Rebecca “Becky” Hodges Hunter

Rebecca “Becky” Hodges Hunter died peacefully on April 10, 2017 at the age of 90.

Becky was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hunter and also by her first husband, Alton Oliver “Buddy” Hodges. She is survived by her daughters Starr Sheppard (Ben), Hollye McDonel (Billy) and other extended family members.

Being a true southern lady, she lived life with a flair for the dramatic.  Becky loved beautiful clothes and entertaining, hosting numerous events including fish fries, spaghetti dinners, and Kentucky Derby parties. 

She left detailed instructions to her girls to celebrate her life.  Following her wishes, there will not be a service, but well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a champagne bottle and drink it in her honor. She will be laid to rest at Westview Cemetery in Milledgeville with Buddy.

Her beloved pets and all the animals she helped rescue were waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge. Memorial gifts may be made to Companion Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1209, Madison, GA  30650 or the Morgan County Humane Society, 1170 Fairground Road, Madison, GA  30650

Harold Kenneth Hensley

Harold Kenneth Hensley, 64 of Madison, died April 12,2017.  Kenneth was the son of LA and Agnes Hensley.  He was a member of Madison Baptist Church.  Mr. Hensley is survived by his parents, LA and Agnes Hensley and a sister, Patsy Johnson and Charles.

A graveside service was held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Madison Cemetery.  Rev. Charles Johnson officiated. 

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

Osborne Lagrand Jordan

Osborne Legrand Jordan, Jr, age 87 of Madison, died April 13, 2017.  Mr. Jordan was a native of North Carolina.  He was the son of the late, Osborne L. Jordan Sr. and Carrie Rice Jordan.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Jordan.  Mr. Jordan was a retired dairy farmer and also had owned a convenience store and bait and tackle shop. 

Mr. Jordan is survived by three children, Michael, Rudy and Rosemary Jordan.  He leaves three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The family received friends on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service was held on Monday at 11 the chapel.  Interment followed at the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Jon Adrian Wilson

Jon Adrian Wilson, 57 of Madison, died April 11, 2017.  Adrian was the son of James G. and Fannie Mason Wilson.  He was retired from working in the family’s fencing business.  Adrian is survived by his two daughters, Debra Rogers and Crystal Gray.  His grandchildren are Jayden Denham, Aeria Gray, Alithea Gray and Anakin Gray.  Mr. Wilson leaves two brothers, Jesse Wilson and James Wilson.

The funeral service was held Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church in Eatonton.  The family received friends prior to the service. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

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