Obituaries for the week of January 16, 2020.

Staff Written Obituaries

Diane Mashburn Barber

Diane Mashburn Barber, 63 of Rutledge, died January 8, 2020 after a brief illness.  Mrs. Barber was born January 6, 1957 in Chamblee  to Fred and Julia Lang Mashburn.  She was a homemaker and wife of Ed Barber.  Mrs. Barber was a member of Grace Bible Church in Eatonton.  She loved her family and enjoyed crocheting and spending time studying her Bible.  

Diane Barber is survived by her husband, Ed and three children, Tanya Goins and Randy, Ronnie Joe Payne, Jr. and Alan Martin Payne.  She also leaves 14 grandchildren as well as two brothers, Dennis Mashburn and Terry Mashburn.

The family received friends at A.E. Carter Funeral Home on Friday, January 10 from 3-4 p.m.  The funeral service was held in the chapel at 4 p.m.  Interment was held on Tuesday, January 14, at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.


George Arthur Lohr

George Arthur Lohr, 91, of Buckhead, passed away January 10, 2020.  George was born on September 13, 1928, in rural Lusk, Wyoming, on a sheep farm and ranch.  He was one of eight children born to John Harlan and Ruby Hanson Lohr. 

He attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade.  George left home at age 21, working first on a sheep ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He volunteered and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1953, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. He recently received a Quilt of Valor for his service. George got his pilot’s license and bought a Cessna 172 to check cattle on the ranch he was managing for J. F. Moyer of Arriba, Colorado. George was a master mechanic, owning and operating his own repair shop as well as working as the school bus mechanic for the local Arickaree School where his future wife, Laura Elaine Bell, was the new business teacher.  The school board chairman introduced the two of them, and George courted Laura by once picking her up from school in his airplane.  He and Laura married on July 29, 1965, at Buckhead Baptist Church, and they enjoyed fifty-four (54) happy years together.  

He and Laura began buying their own Colorado farmland, growing dryland wheat.  In 1974, George and Laura and their two daughters moved to Buckhead to purchase a farm from the estate of Laura’s father Turner L. Bell. They raised beef cattle and broiler chickens.  George and Laura and often their girls continued to return to their Colorado farm every summer for thirty-three (33) consecutive years. 

George and Laura are longtime members of Beacon Heights Baptist Church where George served as a deacon.  George also served for several years on the Board of the Morgan County Farm Bureau.  

In 2000, George was declared the Morgan County Conservationist of the Year.  George had few hobbies because farming was his hobby. He truly loved being a farmer. George was preceded in death by an infant son Jason; his parents; his brothers Walt, John and Gene; and his sisters Mary, Grace and Ida.  He is survived by his wife Laura; his daughters Pamela Lohr Hendrix of Watkinsville, Georgia, and Elizabeth Lohr Thomason (Brent) of Cope, Colorado; his four grandchildren, Godfrey Hendrix (UGA), Wes Longshore (Colorado State University), Emma Longshore (University of Colorado at Boulder) and G. W. Hendrix (UGA); and a sister Edna Kazandjian of  Yorba Linda, California. George was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle as well as a true Wyoming cowboy. George lived a happy, full life and passed peacefully surrounded by family in the care of hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Beacon Heights Baptist Church.

The memorial service was held at Beacon Heights Baptist Church Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. Visitation was held before the service at 10 a.m.


Mrs. Mattie Pearl Willis Harris

March 27, 1925- January 8, 2020

Mrs. Mattie Pearl Harris, of Madison, at the golden age of 94 years old, went home peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.  Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Saint Paul AME Church, 847 Fifth Street, Madison, GA 30650, Reverend Terry Dorsey, Officiating, and Mrs. Mattie Pearl Willis Harris will be eulogized by her daughter Reverend Janice Harris McCray.

Mrs. Harris was the fourth child of eight children born to the Reverend Thomas and Mamie Edwards Willis, born on March 27, 1925. Mrs. Harris grew up in Greensboro  and was a member of Greenville Baptist Church. On many occasions she often shared her precious memories of being baptized by her Dad and recalled with affection that he baptized all his children.

Mrs. Harris was a woman full of wisdom, strength, and charm. She loving welcomed and greeted everyone with a genuine smile and her warm motherly care was very obvious in her family and community. As the expressions says, she never met a stranger. One always felt good in her presence and if you were having a problem, you were not leaving her without being encouraged about the power of prayer, Jesus, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Mrs. Harris enjoyed reading the Bible, singing, and talking about Jesus. Many of her hobbies included, gardening, sewing, fishing, cooking and just relaxing in God’s presence on her porch. Giving home medical advice was also a specialty—she had a suggestion for almost any ailment you were experiencing. She was a wonderful wife to George Harris, Sr. Both George and her beloved son, Thomas Willis, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Harris leaves behind seven children to celebrate and cherish her life: Daughters Lenora Scott in Atlanta, Rev. Janice Harris McCray (Karl) in Conyers, Ms. Amanda Harris in Madison, Ms. Belinda Harris in Madison, Mrs. Brenda Brinkley (Lennox) in Madison,  Rev. Angela Perryman (Timothy) in Covington,  and a son, George Harris, Jr. She leaves a loving sister, Mrs. Sara Battle and her family in Aiken, SC. God blessed her family with 15 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends make up the family of Matriarch Harris. Special loving lifetime friends include Mrs. Minnie Williams, Mrs. Mattie Smith and numerous kind neighbors in the community, the “Alley” and Burney Street. She lived a great life and gave so much love to everyone. Mrs. Harris’s beautiful legacy will live on. So, “To God Be The Glory!”


Daniel Albert “Danny” Davis

Daniel Albert “Danny” Davis, Sr., age 64, of Sandersville, died Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Augusta University Hospital.  A service celebrating his life was held on Sunday, January 12th at 3 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Danny Thomas  officiated.  The family received friends from 2 p.m. until the hour of service also at the Funeral Home. 

Danny was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, the son of the late Bennett Albert Davis and the late Mary Zelma Waller Davis.  He spent his entire working career as a truck driver and mechanic. Much of his life Danny was self-employed and he also formerly worked for Davis Tractor Company and Logging Inc.   He was also a carpenter on the side and loved to fish and hunt.  Danny was a great cook and known for his BBQ sauce. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his son Daniel Albert “D.J.” Davis Jr. 

 Survivors are his wife Avis Kicklighter Davis; children, Ben Davis, Dianne Pope, Donna Hodges and her spouse Benji of Sandersville, L.J. Kenmar and his spouse Shawn of Dallas, Texas, Liz Hadden, Darlene Davis and Alicia Davis her significant other, Bobby Dollar all of Sandersville; 20 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; aunts, Marion Waller and Rubye Mobley both of Sandersville and Jodeene Davis of Louisville; and his uncle Charlie Davis of Avery.  

 The family was at the residence of Donna and Benji Hodges on West Church Street in Sandersville.  

 May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of these arrangements. www.mayandsmithfuneraldirectors.com  


Joe Floyd Brown

Joe Floyd Brown, 83 of Madison, passed away January 6, 2020. Mr. Brown was born on September 17, 1936 in Rabun County. He was the youngest of 10 children born to Fred and Christine Henslee Brown, and he was married to Retha Tillery Brown. 

Above everything, Mr. Brown was a devoted Christian who avidly studied the Bible and strived to spread the love of Christ to everyone he met. 

He was also a retired dairyman and a contractor with Georgia Pacific in Madison. 

After his retirement, Mr. Brown refinished furniture as a hobby, planted and grew a delicious vegetable garden, and tinkered with his tractor in his spare time. 

He was a life-long baseball fan and always enjoyed watching the Braves. His family remembers him being the master of “dad jokes” and always making someone laugh. 

Mr. Joe Brown was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. 

His legacy of giving unconditional love and encouraging peace that passes all understanding lives on with each family member and person who ever came in contact with him. 

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Retha Tillery Brown, his three children, Adele Shiver, Michael and Lynn Brown, and Sammie and Christy Brown, his grandchildren, JD Shiver, Samantha Shiver, Jessica Brown, Margaret  “Maggie” Brown, Carter Brown, Emma Vaughan, Bryant Benkoski, Brittany Benkoski, and Bradley Benkoski, and his great-grandchildren, Layla Hubbard, Owen Benkoski, Bailey Benkoski, Aiden Benkoski, Brody Benkoski, Addison Benkoski, Aubree Benkoski, and Judson Smith. The family received friends on Wednesday, January 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home. 

The funeral service was at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, in the chapel of A.E. Carter Funeral Home. Interment followed at Brownwood Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Mr. Brown was a five-year cancer survivor and the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to University Cancer and Blood Center, 3320 Old Jefferson Road, Building 700, Athens, Georgia 30607.


Jerry Wayne Guinn

Jerry Wayne Guinn of Madison died Saturday, January 11, 2020.  Mr. Guinn was born on March 7, 1950 in Virginia to J.D. and Mary Moon Guinn.  He was retired from Pike Electric.  Jerry was married to the late Audrey Noggle Guinn.  

He enjoyed wood working and hunting.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.

Jerry Guinn is survived by his children, Wayne Guinn and Debra, Laura Wilkison and Bobby, Lora Greenway and Emily Edwards.  

He leaves 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  

His surviving siblings are Horace Guinn, Roger Guinn, James Guinn, Audrey Pope, Doris Jennings and Billy Guinn.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey and three brothers, Alvin, Melvin and Leonard.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 16, from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 17 at 1 p.m. in the chapel.  Interment will follow at the Guinn Family Cemetery.

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