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Ronny Orr

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Ronny Orr, 60, of Snellville, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Karen E. Orr; mother, Betty Orr; sister, Faith Orr; maternal grandparents, Hoyt and Willie Mae Batchelor; and paternal grandparents, Grady and Mattie Lou Orr. He is survived by his children, Lindsay (Tripp) Williams and Whitney Orr (Kevin Almon); father, Bo Orr; sister, Tyree (Michael) Martin; grandchildren, Dru Williams and Evie Almon; beloved dog, Hershey; and a host of other family and friends. Ronny was a loving father, husband, …

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Bessie Lou Willis

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Bessie Lou Willis passed on November 7, 2018 at University Medical Center in Augusta. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 15 at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Jefferson Baptist Church Cemetery, Harmony Road in Eatonton. Family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m. until hour of service. Repast will be at The Gilmore House, across from Jones and Turner Funeral Home, after the committal.

Betty Nesbitt

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Betty Nesbitt, 91 of Madison, died October 26, 2018.  Mrs. Nesbitt was at home surrounded by her family.  She was the daughter of the late J.J. and Maddie Blackman Parrish.  She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 23, 1927.  She was married to Bob Nesbitt on May 9, 1959.  They lived in Smithfield, N.C. for several years before moving to Stockbridge and then to Madison in 1964.  Mrs. Nesbitt was retired from the Morgan County Board of Education.  She loved children and encouraging them to read.  She founded the …

John Augustus Pursley Jr.

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John Augustus Pursley, Jr. died peacefully at his home on October 27, 2018 in Milledgeville, at the age of 95. He was born in Haddock, Georgia on September 5, 1923 to the late John Augustus and Marie Roberts Pursley, Sr. Mr. Pursley spent his youth in Haddock and graduated from Haddock School. As a young boy, he worked in his father’s country store in Haddock and picked peaches for the late Walter Williams, Sr. who lived across the street from him. He graduated from Georgia Military College with an Associate’s …

Frances C. Beers

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Frances C. Beers passed away Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018 at home in Rutledge. She was under the care of Hospice and her loving husband Jerry. Frankie was born in Louisiana and grew up in Crowley, Louisiana. She married and moved to Atlanta. When she discovered Madison, she moved there and stayed until her husband was transferred to Florida in 1992. Her husband died and she met Jerry in 1997, they married in 2002 and moved to Morgan County in 2007. Frankie had a sister and brother. Frankie’s parents, Arthur …

Evelyn Scofield Rowland

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Evelyn Scofield Rowland passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Born September 18, 1938 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Francis Collins Scofield and Elizabeth Dawson Scofield. She attended Madeira School in McLean, Virginia and graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics. She was married in 1961 to Ronald Hofer Rowland in Collington, Maryland. Evelyn is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Ronald. She is survived by her sister Carolyn Dawson; children: William Scofield Rowland (Claudia), Thomas Dawson …

Denise Marie Blair

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Denise Marie Blair passed away peacefully at her home on October 16, 2018. She was born August 29, 1963 in Thomson. She lived in Madison for the past 20 years. She is the daughter of Terry and Edmond Morrison of Rutledge. Mrs. Blair left behind her parents and beloved husband of 35 years, Lawrence (Eddie) Blair, three sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters, numerous nieces, nephew, aunts and uncles. A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. October 24 at 2271 Weaver Jones Road, Rutledge. She …

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Shirley N. Morris

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Shirley N. Morris passed away on the morning of October 16, 2018.  She was born in Madison County, Georgia on March 26, 1937 to Georgia Brown Norris and Ernest Eugene Norris.  She had five brothers, William Howard Norris, Dewey Brant Norris, Samuel Eugene Norris, Herschel Lee Norris, and Hugh Milton Norris, all of whom preceded her.  She leaves a husband of 63 years, Roy Franklin Morris, one son, Roy Morris, Jr., five grandchildren, Luke McCarron Morris, Skyla Drew Morris, Elsie Brynn Morris, Paulina Isabelle Morris, Jack Rhys Morris, and their mother, Bonnie Betancourt …

Catherine Louise Dandelske Walker

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Catherine Louise Dandelske Walker of Madison,  passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her residence at the age of 85.  Born April 10, 1933 in New Haven, Conn, she was the daughter of the late Frederick William Dandelske and Emma Margaret Schifferdecker Dandelske.  Catherine graduated from West Haven High School in Connecticut and proudly served her country in the United States Army.  On October 3, 1953, she married Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr. and in April of 1957 they moved to Madison. She worked for Southern Bell but left to …

Molly Michele Nesson Bonner

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Molly Michele Nesson Bonner of Buckhead passed away October 14, 2018 at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. She was born on April 13, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin to James Ronald Nesson and Cynthia Nesson. She graduated from McFarland High School in 1986 and attended the University of Minnesota and Georgia College. She graduated from Piedmont College with a Masters and Specialists Degree in education. On March 16, 1996 she married Edward Everette Bonner.  Molly taught school for 24 years, four years at Union Point Elementary and 20 years at Morgan County teaching …

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Hilda Winifred McCart Corry

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Hilda Winifred McCart Corry died October 11, 2018, in Watkinsville.  She was born in Rockdale County on May 8, 1927, the youngest of five daughters born to Ruth Suese Almand McCart and Walter Lewis McCart.  She attended Smyrna Elementary School in Rockdale County where her mother was her seventh-grade teacher and principal.  In eighth grade, her family moved to Conyers after her father was elected Rockdale County sheriff.  She graduated from Conyers High School in 1944.  Following in her mother’s footsteps, she graduated from Georgia State College for Women in …

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George William Fields Jr.

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George William Fields, Jr, 93 of Decatur, died September 30, 2018.  Mr. Fields was born in Stamford, Conn. on October 7, 1924 to George W. Fields, Sr and Julia Cargile Fields.  Mr. Fields was a graduate of Mercer University, where he served as President of the Student Ministry Association.  He later received a Master’s of Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary.  He pastored for 21 years, serving in Apalachee, Bostwick, Godfrey, Shady Dale, Glennville and Glenwood. He also served in Defoe, Ky. and McDonough.  After his service in the ministry, Mr. …

Carrie Patton Knight

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Carrie Patton Knight, 80 of Madison, died peacefully at her home on October 3, 2018.  Mrs. Knight was surrounded by her family.  She was born June 17, 1938 in Oglethorpe County.  She married John Malcom Knight on February 19, 1960.  Mrs. Knight was a member of Brownwood Baptist Church and a devoted wife and mother.  She enjoyed time spent with friends as well as cooking and sewing.  Mrs. Knight most enjoyed caring for her husband and family. Mrs. Knight is survived by her children, Dale Knight, Sheryl Knight Peters and …

William Dale Odom

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William “Bill” Odom was born January 16, 1952, in Williamston, S.C. He is the son of the late William Straub and Ethel Alice Odom (maiden Lindsey). He is survived by his wife, Becky, four daughters: Lisa and Vince Earnesty of Connellsville, Penn., Rebecca Joy and Eric Pursley of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Amy and Chris Greene of Dahlonega and Jennifer Odom of Madison. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Sarah, Lindsey, Will and Ella, as well as, two brothers Jimmy Odom and Troy Odom. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, …

Ruby Annette Eaton

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Ruby Annette Eaton, 72 of Madison, died September 25, 2018.  Ms. Eaton was a native of Morgan County, born December 10, 1945 to Homer Lee Eaton and Ruby Wrendy Eaton.  She graduated from Morgan County High School and worked her way through college, earning a Bachelor’s degree in education.  She taught first grade at Morgan County Schools for over 30 years.  Ms. Eaton also operated a catering business for over 40 years.  During that time, she must have fed most of Morgan County’s citizens.  She loved to travel and work …

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Verda Elanor Zant Brunot

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Verda Elanor Zant Brunot, 78 of Buckhead, died September 28, 2018 at her home.  Mrs. Brunot was the wife of Felix Brunot, Jr. and the daughter of the late Albert Edwin Zant and Verda Carter Zant.  She was born October 7, 1939 in Valdosta.  She and Mr. Brunot spent most of their adult lives in Gwinnett County.  There she was a member of Grayson United Methodist Church.  She was active with the Snellville Food Pantry and enjoyed crafts.  She was a devoted wife and mother.  Mrs. Brunot loved having her …

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On Sept. 23 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Price Mill Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her boyfriend slapped her in the face with an open hand and then kicked her while she was down. The woman alleged that the man had been drinking and became upset because she was no longer cooking. A deputy transported the woman to a convenience store in Bostwick and then EMS transported the woman to Morgan Memorial Hospital. Officers attempts to contact the boyfriend failed. On Sept. 22 …

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Robert Gerald “Bobby” Jordan

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Robert Gerald “Bobby” Jordan, age 67, of Watkinsville, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018, at his home from pancreatic cancer. Bobby was born on September 15, 1951 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He was a 1969 graduate of Tucker High School in Tucker, where he played football and as a senior was President of the Student Body. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia in Athens, and served as an officer of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He began his business career with General Motors in Doraville, …

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Homer Patterson

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Homer Patterson, 93, died September 16, 2018 at Greene Point Health and Rehabilitation in Union Point. He was born November 22, 1924 to the late Sara Wilson Hargrove and Ish Patterson in Danielsville. He was married to Ruth Washington Patterson who preceded him in death. In his younger years he was employed at Porterdale Mills in Porterdale until he retired. After retiring he continued to work but not as hard. He worked as a lawn man for several years until his health began to fail. At an early age he …

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Hattie Mae Ballard Head

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Hattie Mae Ballard Head, 93 of Madison, died September 23, 2018.  Mrs. Head was born July 18, 1925 to George and Lillie Ballard. She was married to the late Florence “Bill” Head.  She was a resident of Madison Health & Rehab.  Mrs. Head was a long-time resident of Morgan County.  She worked at Bibb Manufacturing for 30 years and then operated a child care.  Mrs. Head loved to care for others and enjoyed cooking meals for others.  She will be remembered for the many meals she provided for new parents …