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Reverend Thomas “Tom” Duff

Reverend Thomas “Tom” Michael Duff, 70, died Friday June 30, 2017 at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.

Tom was born in Middletown, Ohio in 1947 to Thomas and Lillian Duff. He graduated from Cedarville College with a B.S. in education and a B.A. in art history. He would later go on to earn a M.A. of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia. It was at Cedarville that he met his future wife Julia Brown. They were married on December 27, 1969 and shared 47 years of marriage.

Together Tom and Julia traveled the country and the world, finding a home in Anaheim, Calif., Perry, Ohio and Ottawa, Canada before settling down in Madison. Tom and Julia were blessed with a son, Thomas Jeremiah, in December 1984.

Throughout his life Tom worked as a teacher, coach and minister. He worked as a minister for 40 years, serving the past 12 years at Grace Bible Church in Buckhead. His passions in life included golf and football. He spent his weekdays on the golf course and his weekends cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was skilled in leatherworking and calligraphy. Tom enjoyed sharing his knowledge of history as well as performing the occasional magic trick. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and everything to do with Christmas. Above all else, Tom loved spreading the word of the Lord. He was a true friend and blessing to everyone who knew him.

Services was held July 5 at AE Carter Funeral Home at 1670 Atlanta Hwy Madison, GA 30650. The visitation will begin at 1 pm, and the funeral will be held at 3 pm. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Gideons International.


Harold Thomas Brown Jr.

Harold Thomas Brown, Jr. died at the age of 77 at the home of his daughter, Charlona “Lynn” Brown on Saturday, June 25, 2017.  He grew up in Madison, went to college at Young Harris and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he spent 35 years serving as a hospital administrator.  During his Navy career, he earned many decorations and medals including The Navy Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Awards, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award and a Presidential Unit Citation.  He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Bessie Alberta Cumming Brown.  He is survived by his two daughters, Charlona “Lynn” Brown and Laura Elaine Brown.  He is also survived by one grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Services was held at A.E. Carter Funeral Home at Noon on Friday, June 30.  The family received friends on Thursday, June 29 from 5-7 p.m.

Helen Shepherd Tubbs

Helen Shepherd Tubbs, 90 of Rutledge, died July 1, 2017.  She was born September 25, 1926 to Walter and Louise B. Shepherd.  She was married to the Harold King Tubbs.  Mrs. Tubbs was a member of Rutledge United Methodist Church.  She was retired from the healthcare industry. 

Mrs. Tubbs is survived by two sisters, Joanne S. Bell and Nelle S. Kinney and a sister-in-law, Elease Shepherd.  She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Tubbs and a brother, Bonny Shepherd.

The funeral service was held on Monday, July 3 at 2 p.m. at Rutledge United Methodist Church.  Interment followed at the Rutledge Cemetery.

A.E. Carter Funeral Home had care of arrangements

Charles Fetzer Williams

Charles Fetzer Williams, 94, died Monday, June 26, 2017. Charles was born in Huntsville N.C. to the late W.P. Williams and Birdie Lee Price Williams, he worked for many years as a roofer and served in the United States Navy.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Williams, and siblings. He is survived by his children, Gary, Nancy, Sherri, Anisa, Leigh Ann, Gregory, and Teresa, along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and other extended family.

Graveside services were held Thursday, June 29, at 2 p.m. at Oconee Memorial Park in Watkinsville. Rev. Gary Williams officiated at the service.

Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements.

Robert James “Bob” Hopson Sr.

Robert James “Bob” Hopson, Sr, of Madison, died June 29, 2017.  Mr. Hopson was a native of Jersey City, New Jersey.  He was the son of the late Miles and Helen B. Hopson.  He was retired from the Nabisco Corporation.  Mr. Hopson was married to the late Caroline Hopson.

Mr. Hopson is survived by three children, Robert Hopson, Jr. and Lisa, Helenann Derrig and Caroline Chambers and Greg.  Other survivors include grandchildren and a sister, Sissy Newman. 

A graveside service was held on Sunday, July 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Bostwick City Cemetery.

Deborah “Debby” Stotz

Deborah “Debby” Stotz of Social Circle passed away June 28, 2017.

She is survived by her husband Dave Stotz, daughters Sara Collier and Kaitlin Stotz; mother Lois Johnson and brother Joe Johnson.

Services will be held at Centennial Baptist Church, 5321 Brownwood Road, Rutledge, Tuesday, July 18 at 6 p.m.

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