Obituaries for the Week of Nov. 28

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Donald Edward Wright

Donald Edward Wright, 91, passed away peacefully at his home November 19, 2019.  He was born to Grace Sawyer Wright and Isaac Leonard Wright on February 25th, 1928 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by two brothers – Richard Lee Wright (Rebecca) of Nashville, Tennessee,  Harold Leonard Wright (Rosalie) of Big Bear, California, and is survived by one sister, Dorothy Ann Pope (Jere) of Meridian, Mississippi. Don is survived by his two sons Matthew Edward Wright (Lindsay) of Franklin, Tennessee and Andrew Lee Wright of Madison, Georgia.  He leaves behind four grandchildren Helen Grace Wright, Sadie Ann Wright, Isaac Harrison Wright and Celie Morgan Wright and several nieces and nephews. Don is also survived by his longtime companion, Anna Dillonback Marett of Madison, Georgia. 

He served a tour of duty with the United States Army in the Korean War and was an alumnus of Vanderbilt University (B.A., L.L.B.) for college and law school. After working as a civil trial lawyer in Tennessee which included one hundred and fifty trials, Don moved to Atlanta, Georgia and practiced law for over fifty years with Fisher & Phillips, LLP, one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country.  He was the firm’s Managing Partner through much of the 1990s and served clients in the areas of collective bargaining and labor disputes.

Outside of work, Don’s passion was his family. He was a fixture at his sons’ high school football games and wrestling matches. He loved the mountains of Western North Carolina where he spent nearly every Thanksgiving holiday, most recently with both sons and all his grandchildren. He also inherited a love of wood working from as far back as his days spent building soap box derby cars with his brothers and he continued that tradition up to his very last days, making all kinds of furniture and gadgets from walnut. Those who knew him well know that he was happiest when working in the yard or working in his “hut” with Anna nearby.

Services are planned for Saturday, November 23 at 1:00pm at Episcopal Church of the Advent, 338 Academy Street, Madison, GA, with Father Dan Brown officiating.  A private family interment will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memorials be made to the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison, GA.

Richard Kevin Power

Richard Kevin Power, 52, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at his home in Madison, Georgia. Kevin was born on August 1, 1967 in Jackson, Tennessee to William Power and Joan Holloway Power. He was baptized at the Cathedral of Saint Phillip in Atlanta and was a life-long Episcopalian. His mother Joan died from complications of Lupus in 1968 and his father took over the care of Kevin and his older brother William Keith Power in their new home in Athens.

In 1970, Will married Amburn Huskins Watson and enlarged the family with two stepsons Judson Durward Watson, III (Jay) and Joseph Dunlap Watson (Joe). The family enjoyed the many activities available to them in the busy college town. Among Kevin’s favorites were the Y.M.C.A. bus trips to Pine Tops when he was still a preschooler and Mrs. Emily McDonald’s Nursery School. A true lover of the Outdoors, Kevin loved his times at Pine Tops Y. Camp as a camper and later as a counselor and then general helper on the beautiful site above the Oconee River. Like his brothers he sold programs to the Georgia home football games and loved the fact that he could walk to Hodgson’s Drug Store from the family home on Milledge Circle and not have to cross any streets—a quick way to an ice cream cone!

Kevin graduated from Athens Academy and attended the University of Alabama. He was always interested in art and showed talent as a youth. He used that in his work as a mason, designing and building many beautiful stone and brick walkways, patios, terraces and garden walls for his clients and friends. He was president and owner of Iron Horse Masonry in Madison, a town he loved dearly. He was a volunteer Big Brother for the Boys and Girls Club in Morgan County and enjoyed working with young people there.

Still an “outside” guy, Kevin spent some of his happiest hours as a youngster fishing local lakes with his Dad, as well as the famous “flows” at Lichfield Beach in South Carolina where the family vacationed. In his later years, he enjoyed acquiring new skills like spear fishing in the Keys at Marathon, Florida, as he “crewed” for his partner Lori McCoy on their new boat. He loved his life and enjoyed it to the fullest.

Kevin is survived by his parents Will and Amburn Power of Athens and his brother Will (Keith) and his wife Cathy and son Sean Power of Warner Robins, Georgia. His stepbrothers also survive Kevin: Jay Watson and his wife Susan and children Katherine and Judson of Oxford, Mississippi and Joe Watson and his wife Hilary and daughters Josephine and Jane of Greenwich, Connecticut. Also surviving is Kevin’s longtime companion, best friend and love of his life Lori McCoy of Madison, Georgia and Marathon Key, Florida. He will also be missed by his two French Bulldogs, “Tank” and -Miss Pickles.”

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050, to support its work in saving injured or endangered turtles.

Joyce Elaine Bearden

On Monday, Nov 18, 2019 Joyce Elaine Bearden of Atlanta, 75 years of age, passed away in an Atlanta hospital after a brief illness.  Joyce was born in Pontiac, Michigan, daughter of George and Mary Low Bearden (both deceased). She lived in Morgan County until she went to college and then she moved to Atlanta to live and work.

 Joyce graduated with honors from Morgan County High School and worked at the First National Bank in Madison prior to college. Having earned a degree in economics, Joyce graduated from North Georgia College in 1966 and worked in the Atlanta business community until her retirement.

 A member  of Bethany Baptist Church, Joyce was a Georgia Bulldog fan, enjoyed puzzle construction and needlework as well as many social activities with her friends and family. She was a kind, generous and compassionate person  and her quick smile and gentle spirit will be missed.  She will be lovingly remembered by sisters, Mary Eaton (Frank), Elizabeth Thurmond (Guy) and brother Jim Bearden (Carrie) as well as several nephews and nieces, great nieces and nephews, extended family and many dear friends.

 Visitation was at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 22, with the funeral service to follow at 1 pm at the A E Carter Funeral Home, 1670 Atlanta Highway, Madison, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 1070 Bethany Church Road, Madison or Source of Light International, 1011 Mission Road,  Madison, GA, 30650.

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