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Brittany Morgan Smith

Brittany Morgan Smith, 19 of Madison, passed away April 23, 2017.  Brittany was born in Rockdale County on February 7, 1998 to Robbie and Mary Smith.  Brittany was a 2016 graduate of Morgan County High School and a current freshman at the University of North Georgia, Watkinsville Campus. She was extremely active within her community; she lettered in softball and band at MCHS as well as played softball with the Georgia Breakers and Georgia Select travel teams. She went on to Assistant Coach the Morgan County Middle School softball team. She also served as a member of the Morgan County Honor Society. She danced with Pointe of Grace in Madison for 14 years. As a member of Faith Baptist Church, she taught a children’s Sunday school class and frequently sang for the congregation. She was employed at Oconee County Recreation Department where she served as a counselor. While attending the University of North Georgia she recently received an award from the UNG Honors Society for her time spent volunteering, where she also served as a member. Brittany had a heart for Jesus and loved to help others. She will be remembered by all who knew her.

Brittany Smith is survived by her parents, Robbie and Mary Smith and her younger brother, Nathan.  Brittany is also survived by her grandparents, Thomas Stewart and Judy Smith as well as her great grandmother, Juanita Stewart.  She also leaves aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.  Brittany is preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy Stewart, her grandfather, Robert Smith, her great grandfather Raymond Stewart and great grandmother Randy Messer.

The family received friends on Thursday, April 27 from 5-7 p.m. and on Friday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service was held on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Madison.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Faith Baptist Church or to the Oconee County Recreation Department.

Lawrence Candler Cross

On the afternoon of the 29 of April, 2017, Lawrence Candler Cross was called home, and slipped his Earthly bonds. His rest came easily, as he was being attended by loved ones. Lawrence was born at his family home, in Godfrey on October 29, 1938 to E.C. and Laverne L. Cross. His young life was spent in Griffin, where his father worked at the University of Georgia Experiment Station. In 1957, he married Carol A. Cross and they settled in Madison, where they had one daughter, Carey. He served in the GA. Department of Corrections, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson until his retirement. Afterward, he worked as the head of security for the Georgia Museum of Art, at The University of Georgia.

Lawrence spoke fondly of his coworkers, and would often refer to them as his second family. He ended his career to care of his late wife, Carol, and her mother, Ethel Atkinson. In that, he remained devoted until their passings. In his free time, Lawrence enjoyed a good cup of coffee, reading, films, and the occasional Varsity Chili Dog. Lawrence will be fondly remembered by all who knew him as a loving and patient father, grandfather, great grandfather, coworker, and mentor. Now, with his Earthly duties completed, Lawrence has been reunited with his heavenly family.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Carey Jones, and son-in-law, Keith Jones, of Madison. His grandsons, Christopher Jones and Ricky Jones, granddaughter-in-law, Lori Jones, and great grandchildren, Chloe and Carson Jones. He also leaves behind an extended network of friends and family, all of whom he loved dearly, and spoke of often.

A memorial service for Lawrence will be held Sunday, May 7 at Redeemer Church, 1890 Bethany Rd, in Madison at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory, to Redeemer Church of Madison.

Fay Nickelson

Fay Nickelson Walters, 95 of Madison, died April 24, 2017.  Mrs. Walters was born in Greensboro on January 18, 1922 to Floyd and Maude Nickelson.   She was married to the late Gerald Walters.  Mrs. Walters was a homemaker and member of Bethany Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School.  She was an active supporter of Source of Light Ministries.  She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, making most of her own clothes.

Mrs. Walters is survived by a daughter, Emma Aaron and two siblings, Beatrice Nickelson and John Nickelson and Janet.  Grandchildren are Robin and Bill Patton, Audrey Guest and Cindy Aaron.  Her great-grandchildren are Shianna Adler, Brittany Guest, Lauren Patton, Colton Dowell and Michaela Guest.

The funeral service was held Wednesday at 3 Bethany Baptist Church.  The family received friends at the church from 2-3 p.m.  Interment followed at the church cemetery.

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

Joe Baccus

Joe Baccus, age 74 of Social Circle,  formerly of Monroe, suddenly passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the Monroe Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Pastor Marion Prather officiated.

Joe was a lifelong resident of Walton County. He was active in his business, which he started in 1974, Baccus Termite & Pest Control. Joe also loved his family and home where he was a devoted father and husband. He also loved his cars, motorcycles, and doing yard work and his beloved dog Sam.

Joe was the son of the late Joseph Ewey Baccus and Ruby Brewer. He is preceded in death by his brother: Harold Baccus, sister: Sarah Baccus Blasingame;                  and is survived by his loving wife Linda Baccus of Social Circle; daughter and son-in-law: Lee and Doug Williams of Monroe; daughter:  Lisa Baccus of Monroe; beloved Dog: Sam of Social Circle; numerous family and friends.

The family received friends on Friday April 28, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 209 South Hammond Drive, Monroe, GA 30655. 770-267-2594. You may sign the online guest registry at

Coming Home To Morgan County

Franklin Dee Armour 79 of Sun City, Arizona died Monday, February 20, 2017.

His remains will be brought back to his home church for a graveside service Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m.

Interment at Sugar Creek Cemetery, where Rev. Gene Sellers and Cousin Roy Miller will officiate.

Music will be by Horace Reeves.

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