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Mary Margaretha McAllister

Mary Margaretha McAllister passed on to her eternal reward on Friday, May 5, 2017, two days before her 104th birthday, after being at the Big Bend Hospice Center in Tallahassee, Florida for two days.  She was born in 1913 as Marie Margaretha van de Gevel, in Brussels, Belgium and resided there with her Dutch parents and five siblings until the age of 24 when she joined the Unevangelized Fields Mission (now Crossword International) in London as a candidate to be a foreign missionary. In 1939, after completing nurse’s training in London, she travelled by ship to the Amazon rainforest, arriving in the northern port city of Belém, where she began what was to be a lifelong ministry of telling the Good News of God’s love.  In 1940 she married Douglas McAllister, a fellow missionary who had come from Australia to spread the gospel to the indigenous people of Brazil.  She and Doug spent the next 47 years as missionaries, travelling up various tributaries of the Amazon on a hand-crafted boat to teach and preach.  Five of their six children were born in Brazil and one in Australia while on furlough there during the Second World War.  As they grew up, the children were sent to boarding schools in the United States, where eventually she and Doug and most of their children became naturalized U.S. citizens.

After retiring to Madison, Mary and Doug worked with Source of Light Mission (SOLM) translating gospel lessons into Portuguese.  After Doug’s death in 1993, she moved to Advent Christian Village in Florida and continued her work of teaching Sunday school, recording Bible lessons on the Village’s closed circuit system, visiting the homebound and ministering to those in the nursing home.  She did all this while also correcting the SOLM Spanish and Portuguese student lessons and corresponding with the students about the Lord.

She is preceded in death by her husband Douglas McAllister, her son Bob McAllister, her grandson Nicholas McAllister, and her great-granddaughter Cassidy Terrell.  She is survived by her son Victor McAllister (Nila), Vallejo, California; daughter Helen McAllister Tews, Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter Pat McAllister Desilet (Randy), Tallahassee, Florida; son Charlie McAllister (Bonnie), Gray; son Paul McAllister (Charlotte), Ellijay; daughter-in-law Grace McAllister, Madison; 13 grandchildren: Sue McAllister, Debbie McAllister, Vernon McAllister, Vincient McAllister (Kelly) and Vevina McAllister of Vallejo, California; Mary Helen Shuff, Austin Texas; Doug Porter (Carol), Knoxville, Tennessee; Andre Desilet (Stephanie), Amelia Island, Florida; Danielle Desilet Terrell (Chris), Tallahassee, Florida; Matthew McAllister, Atlanta GA; Michael McAllister (Jen), Atlanta GA; Isaac McAllister, Madison; Tracy McAllister, Tucson, Arizona; and  11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 1080 Bethany Church Rd, Madison, GA, 30650.  The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following internment.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

•Bethany Baptist Church, 1080 Bethany Church Rd, Madison, GA 30650

•Crossworld (Project: Brazil),, 10000 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City MO 64155

•Source of Light (missionary: Mary McAllister) , 1011 Mission Rd, Madison, GA 30650

Mamie Marion Wade

Mamie Marion Wade, 78, died April 29, 2017. She was born November 19, 1938 to the late Woodie Wade and Geannie Bell William Wade.  She was a member of Low Mosley Baptist Church. Ms. Wade was previously employed at Best-of-All-Food, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Flambeau, and Madison Health and Rehab. She loved her puzzle books, watching Westerns and taking care of her dog Bear and watching the Braves games.

She leaves a devoted daughter Deborah Wade, two sons Terry Wade and Anthony (Jovan) Wade, all of Madison; grandson Antonio Wade whom she raised; grandchildren Victor, Jasmine, Katedra, Cireonna, Shondez, Monta, Tonya and Corvetta; three sisters Lola Morgan of Madison, Carrie (Floyd) Harden of Chattanooga, Indiana, Laura Wade (Kenneth) of Willingboro, New Jersey; three brothers S. B. Wade, Davie (Rennie) Wade of  Chattanooga, Indiana. Jessie (Luebertba) Wade of New Brunswick, New Jersey; one brother-in-law Allen Booker Sr. and one sister-in-law Eva Wade; one aunt Maggie Jefferson, a devoted cousin J.W. Jefferson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Two sisters preceded her in death Lizzie Booker and Shirley Wade and three brothers preceded her in death Johnny Wade, Willis Wade and Horace Wade.

Pallbearers were Walter Sanford, Danny Morgan, John Jefferson Jr., Otis Morgan, Lenny Wade and Troy Walker; honorary pallbearer was Benny Morgan Jr. Flower bearers were Margaret Jefferson, Martina Gibbs, Tabbatha Morgan, Wendy Patterson, Jennifer Morgan and Latonise Wade and Honorary flower bearer Anita Boswell.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Low Mosley Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Laguin officiating/Eulogist and Rev. Lonnie C. Brown pastor.

Professional services entrusted to Watts Funeral Home, Inc.

Lawrence Candler Cross

On the afternoon of the 29th 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 take care of his late wife, Carol, and her mother, Mrs. 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 was held Sunday, May 7 at Redeemer Church, 1890 Bethany Rd, in Madison at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory, to Redeemer Church of Madison.

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

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