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Harold Eugene Phillips

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Harold Eugene Phillips, 88 of Madison, died September 3, 2018.  Mr. Phillips was a native of Kelleytown.  He was born October 20, 1929 to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Phillips.  He married Jimmie Hall and made their home in the Atlanta area most of their lives.  Mr. Phillips was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was retired from the oil industry as an accountant.  He was member of Madison Christian Church where he served as an elder.  He enjoyed gardening and working around his property.  He liked to hike and …

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Stella Mae Jones Sidwell

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Stella Mae Jones Sidwell, 95 of Apalachee, died September 2, 2018.  Mrs. Sidwell was born in Buckhead, on January 28, 1923 to Myrtle and Minnie Nard Jones.  She was married to the late Raymond A. Sidwell.  Mrs. Sidwell was a business owner, having operated a country store in Apalachee for many years.  She enjoyed crocheting and loved her Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. Mrs. Sidwell is survived by her daughters, Brenda Davis and Dan and Dixie Morris and Jerry.  She also leaves grandchildren and other family and friends. The family …

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James Carlton Lemmonds Jr.

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James Carlton Lemmonds, Jr., age 68, of Bishop, died on September 6, 2018. He was born in Walton County on June 1, 1950 to the late Mae Etta Hunter Lemmonds and the late James Carlton Lemmonds, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Wander Lemmonds; daughters and sons-in-law, Jenifer and Tim Brents, Jessica and Phil Whitlock, Sherry Shelton, Brandy and Jake McCoy; sons, James Carlton Lemmonds, III, Jeremiah Lemmonds; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Tom Montrose; 17 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Sunday, September …

Dogs score as time expires to force overtime but fall 34-31 to Walnut Grove

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a wild and wooly game that featured 14 points scored in the final 37 seconds of regulation, Morgan County lost an overtime thriller to the Walnut Grove Warriors by a final score of 34-31 at Bill Corry Stadium. Morgan County’s junior quarterback Trent Folds fired a bullet to the back line of the end zone into Seth Robertson’s waiting arms as time expired to force overtime but Walnut Grove prevailed by scoring an overtime touchdown on fourth and goal from the one yard line …

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Michelene Arielly Luke

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Michelene Arielly Luke, 92 of Madison, died August 25, 2018.  Mrs. Luke was the daughter of Dominic and Eleanor Buffone Arielly.  She was born February 17, 1926 in East Rochester, NY.  She was married to the late Roy Luke.  Mrs. Luke was a member of Madison Presbyterian Church and the Red Hats.  Mrs. Luke enjoyed golf and knitting and spending time with her family. Mrs. Luke is survived by her sons, Richard Luke and RoseMarie and Chip Luke.  She also leaves grandchildren, Elizabeth Bolton, Heather Russo, Rebecca Luke, Cheryl Miller, …

Miriam Jones Chamberlain

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Miriam Nell Jones Orr Chamberlain was born November 8, 1921, at her family home in Newborn.  At 96 years of age, she passed away peacefully in her parent’s home in Newborn, on September 3, 2018.  Miriam graduated from Newborn High School in 1938 and then attended Georgia State College for Women, graduating in 1942. She moved to Atlanta and worked for the Telephone Company.  She met Lt. Mark Lafon Orr, a Navy fighter pilot, at a dance at the Naval Air Station.  Soon after, they married and were stationed in …

Edith Fay Putz

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Edith Fay Putz, 57 of Madison, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on August 17, 2018.  Fay was born in Waco, Texas to Barbara Carswell and the late Thomas Hemrick Carswell.  She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, Nona, and friend.  Fay loved France and the French language and shared that love through her teaching career.  She also enjoyed bicycling, being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Fay is survived by her husband John, daughter Emma, daughter Katelyn Radde and husband Drew, grandchildren …

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Frank G. Lawton Jr.

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Frank G. Lawton Jr. of Buckhead passed away August 17, 2018 at the age of 93. Mr. Lawton was a Corporal in the United States Marines during World War II. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech before becoming an auditor for the United States Government until he retired. After he retired Mr. Lawton became a busy man. He was a member of Madison Presbyterian Church for 28 years. He was an elder for many years. He volunteered at the Morgan County Primary School first grade every week school was …

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Michelene Arielly Luke

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Michelene Arielly Luke, 92 of Madison, died August 25, 2018.  Mrs. Luke was the daughter of Dominic and Eleanor Buffone Arielly.  He was born February 17, 1926 in East Rochester, N.Y.  She was married to the late Roy Luke.  Mrs. Luke was a member of Madison Presbyterian Church and the Red Hats.  Mrs. Luke enjoyed golf and knitting and spending time with her family. Mrs. Luke is survived by her sons, Richard Luke and Rose Marie and Chip Luke.  She also leaves grandchildren, Elizabeth Bolton, Heather Russo, Rebecca Luke, Cheryl …

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Robert Dean Klinger

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Robert Dean Klinger, 81 of Eatonton, died August 20, 2018.  He was born in Calander, Iowa on June 17, 1937 to Donlad Klinger and Lydia Hurtt.  He was married to Mary Townley on April 18, 1977.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars.  He went to serve his career as a truck driver.  He was a member of Bible Fellowship Church in Eatonton.  He enjoyed fishing and painting and prospecting for gold. Mr. Klinger is survived by his wife, Mary and children, Deb Schrodt, John …

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Shirley Schmeltz McKain

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Shirley Schmeltz McKain, 82 of Eatonton, died August 20, 2018 at her home.  Mrs. McKain was the wife of Don McKain.  She was born October 1, 1935 in Springfield, Ill. to Mox and Edna Conrad Schmeltz.  She was retired and enjoyed life on Lake Oconee.  She loved boat rides and working in her flower beds.  She enjoyed antiques and collecting. Mrs. McKain leaves behind her husband, Don and children, Don McKain and Nena, Bobby McKain, Eddie McKain and Theresa and Troy McKain and Theresa; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  …

Biscuits are served

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What the? I flat can’t get Petey the Poodle to stop smilin’! I mean he’s ‘bout as happy as a dog chasin’ a squirrel off leash!  What’s that Petey? You need to bark slower ‘cause my poodle interpretation skills are right slow. Got it! Petey says he’s smack happy ‘cause his canine choppers aren’t hurtin’ him no more! That’s right y’all. We recently took Petey to Main Street Vet located at 1311 Eatonton Road in Madison, to see their Dental Tech Dave Shuey.  Shuey ended up havin’ to extract some …

Karen Lee Rigsby Martin

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Karen Lee Rigsby Martin, 58 of Madison, died August 16, 2018.  Mrs. Martin was at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Atlanta on September 22, 1959 to James and Margaret Ruth Godby Rigsby.  She was married to the late Mike Martin.  Mrs. Martin held a Master’s Degree in Education and was retired from the Morgan County School System.  She was a member of Centennial Baptist Church.  She enjoyed reading and tending her flower gardens.  She liked to travel and camp for many years.  Karen and her …

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Lisa Durden Jeffries

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Lisa Durden Jeffries, 55 of Rutledge, died August 15, 2018.  Mrs. Jeffries was born July 2, 1963 in Monroe to Randy and Linda Loyd Durden.  She was married to Clifford Jeffries.  Mrs. Jeffries was a devoted care giver.  She also enjoyed flowers and gardening.  She loved to cook for her family and adored her grandchildren. Lisa Jeffries is survived by her husband, Clifford Jeffries and a daughter, Kimberly Michelle Banks.  She also leaves two grandchildren, Garrett Autry and Keely Jo Banks.  Mrs. Jeffries is also survived by her father, Randy …

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Larry Walker Butch Daws

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Larry Walker Butch Daws, 80 of Madison, died August 18, 2018.  Mr. Daws was a native of Morgan County.  He was born June 5, 1938 to Ralph and Lottie Ethridge Daws.  He was retired as a business owner and farmer.  He enjoyed working on the farm and like to gamble. Butch Daws is survived by his daughter Laura Haley and Andy.  He leaves grandchildren, Brooke DesRosier and David, Chelsy Haley, Walker Haley, Chasity Weiner and Christina Daws.  Also surviving are eight great grandchildren.  Butch was preceded in death by his …

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Maggie Jean Wilson Cape

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Maggie Jean Wilson Cape, 74, of Madison, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018. A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Cape was a daughter of the late Harrison Wilson and Hattie Mae Helton Wilson. She retired from Reliance Electric. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Franklin “Frank” Cape Sr. Survivors include children, Lafreda Whelan (Joe) of Elberton, William Kenneth Smith of Madison, Rhonda Felts (Danny) of Statham, Angie Ivester (Joe) of Jefferson and Edgar Franklin Cape Jr. (Patrick) of Madison; eight grandchildren and …

Swingin’ with the Medallions

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  Over 200 supporters helped make the Swingin’ Medallions concert on August 11, 2018 a huge success, according to David Land, President of the Historic Madison-Morgan Foundation (HMMF). The HMMF sponsored the fundraiser/concert in support of the ongoing restoration of the 1901 Central of Georgia Railroad Depot in downtown Madison. The mission of HMMF is to help preserve Madison’s and Morgan      County’s historic architectural and natural resources. “Our first project was the publication of Madison, A Classic Southern Town, and the restoration of the abandoned depot was a …

Ashley Michelle McDowell

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Ashley Michelle McDowell, 23 of Buckhead, died August 5, 2018.  Ashley was the daughter of Mike McDowell and Sonya Reed McDowell.  Ashely was a Surgical Technician at Piedmont Athens and loved her job.  Ashley enjoyed art, especially drawing.  She loved her family and her dog, Sage. Ashley McDowell is survived by her parents, Mike McDowell and Sonya McDowell.  She also leaves a sister, Connie and a brother, Lee.  Ashley is also survived by aunts and uncles as well as nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Thursday, August 9 …

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Terence Shawn Huff

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Terence Shawn Huff, 30 of Madison, died August 10, 2018.  Shawn was born in Athens on November 6, 1987 to Stanley and Janet Harvey Huff.  He was a graduate of Morgan County High School.  Shawn worked at Ingles in Madison until his health prevented him from working any longer.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.  He loved movies and video games and will be remembered for his sense of humor. Shawn Huff is survived by his parents, Stanley and Janet Huff as well as a brother, Richard …

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Roberto Loran Garcia

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Roberto Loran Garcia, 77 of Madison, died August 13, 2018.  He was a native of Puerto Rico.  He was born on May 8, 1941.  Mr. Garcia was retired, he was a produce manager for many years.  He enjoyed working in his yard and decorating with Christmas lights.  He loved to visit with friends and was always quick with a joke. Mr. Garcia is survived by longtime friend, Edith Roling.  He leaves a daughter-in-law, Ngoc Anh Roling and grandchildren, Chad Roling and Holly, Rebecca Morgan and Ryan and Anna Grace Roling.  …