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David Michael Budkovich

David Michael Budkovich was born in Union City, Tennessee on September 25, 1968.  After living briefly in Tennessee and Texas, David and his family moved to Georgia when he was four.  He attended George Walton Academy before transferring to Walker Park Elementary School in third grade.  He also attended Carver Junior High, Monroe Area Comprehensive High School, and Athens Academy, where he graduated in 1986.  As a young man, David was active in the Boy Scouts of America, earning pretty much every badge up to and including Eagle Scout.  

David attended Georgia Southern University before entering the workforce, and he worked various jobs before deciding to become a pulmonary technician.  After 15 years he stopped working to become caregiver for his mother and father.  Later in life, David became a semi-professional “ne’er do well.“  He was also a compulsive smiler, serial flatterer, and teller of tall tales who possessed a keen appreciation for the absurd.  David possessed a kind soul as well.  There wasn’t a mean bone in David’s body, and he never met an enemy.  His favorite activities included playing the drums, fishing, and playing baseball.

He is preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Ann Budkovich, who hailed from Buckhead, Georgia, and by his father Ralph Melvin Budkovich, who hailed from Gallup, New Mexico.  He is survived by his sister Pamela Leigh Budkovich, who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado and a half-sister, Audrey Kirsop, who lives in Rockville, Maryland.  He is also survived by many colorful memories and stories, some of which cannot be printed in this newspaper.  David’s remains will be cremated, and his ashes will be spread according to his wishes.  He will be missed terribly. Anyone wishing to honor David may do so by making a donation to Safehouse Ministries in Columbus, Georgia.

Friedrich “Fritz” Heinz

Friedrich “Fritz” Heinz von Richthofen, 83, of Watkinsville passed away on June 10, 2017. Born in Silesia, Germany, he came to the United States in 1963. He was a devoted husband and a man of faith and loved to travel. He loved and was dedicated to his career at the Donaldson Company and Conwed Plastics. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Heinz von Richthofen and Gabriele von Engelmann, and also his sister, Karin von Massenbach. He is survived by his wife, Helen von Richthofen; one sister, Marina von Halem; and three godchildren: Cornelia von Halem, Kai von Massenbach, and Amelie Reese Kraemer.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 3 p.m at Fork Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison.  A visitation will precede the service from 2 until 3 p.m at the church.

Lord and Stephens West is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Early Clary

Rebecca Early Clary entered eternal life on Friday the 23rd of June, 2017 in the comfort of her own home in Madison.

Born in 1947 in Macon to Wilma Early and John Thomas Early, Rebecca grew up with her sister Raynor Early Cathey in Jeffersonville, and then Madison. Rebecca left Madison to become a Georgia Bulldog and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority at the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1969.

After college, Rebecca became a teacher and eventually met the love of her life—Harris Dave Clary—in Augusta. After marrying, Rebecca and Dave moved to Highlands, NC, where they started Highlands Furniture. The two grew their furniture and interior decorating store into a successful business, but their greatest achievement was adopting their son, Matthew, and then their daughter, Amanda.

While Rebecca loved listening to the velvety voice of Elvis Presley, she herself could carry a beautiful melody, which she did as a member of the First United Methodist Church’s musical choir. In addition, Rebecca was a phenomenal entertainer, always ready for the next unexpected dinner guest to enjoy her southern hospitality. But Rebecca didn’t just welcome dinner guests at the table, she graciously and generously welcomed her entire home to family and friends who needed a long term place to stay, regardless of the length of time.

Those who knew Rebecca loved her gregarious personality. Her ability to turn an everyday occurrence into a hilarious tale will be greatly missed.

Rebecca is survived by: her sister, Raynor Cathey and husband, Tommy; her son, Matthew Clary and wife, Meghan; her daughter, Amanda Wooten and husband, Michael; and her four grandchildren, Kodi Blanton, Chase Clary, Elle Clary and Annabelle Wooten.

Relatives and friends visited with Rebecca’s family on Monday, June 26, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home, 1670 Atlanta Hwy, Madison, GA 30650 and on Friday, June 30, between 2           p.m. and 3 p.m. at Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741. Rebecca’s funeral service will take place following the latter’s visitation on Friday, June 30th at 3 p.m. at Highlands United Methodist Church. Those wishing to remember Rebecca in a special way may send a contribution to Humane Society of Morgan County, 1170 Fairground Road, Madison, GA or Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741.

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