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In Loving Memory of Larry L. Stephens Senior

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He was a husband, father, brother, grand pop’s, great grand PaPa and friend. He retired from the Madison Post Office, which he really enjoyed being at. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 33 years. Over that time he received many awards and commendations. Larry was truly loved by his family and he is truly missed. Norma Stephens

Nina Conner Worley

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Nina Conner Worley went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Griffin, at the age of 90. Nina is survived by daughter, Carolyn Peppers (Eugene), Griffin, son, Roy Worley, Jr (Glenda), Madison, and daughter, Kittye Nivens (Jimmy), Gainesville.  Grandchildren are Darin Peppers (Amy), Canton, DeeDee McIntyre (Shane), Griffin,  Michelle Ozburn (Andy), Mansfield, Melissa Brown (Charlie), Rutledge, Seth Nivens (Dana), Athens, James Nivens (Anna) Wiesbaden, Germany.  Great grandchildren are Cameron Peppers (Abigail), Carlee Peppers, Cory Byrd (Ashley), Conner Byrd, Lindsey McIntyre, Austin McIntyre, Abby …

Gussie T. Knight

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Gussie T. Knight, 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at her home in Madison. She was born April 15, 1938 in Lee, Florida to the late William Benjamin and Mary Samantha Tompkins.   She married Jesse DeWitt Knight of Lake Butler, Florida on December 29, 1956.  She is survived by her three children Donna Conner (Bruce) and William DeWitt Knight both of Madison, and Deanna Nunn (David) of Bostwick, three grandchildren Emily Nowlen (Randy) of Braselton, Allen Conner of Madison, and Peyton Nunn of Atlanta; a brother …

Wheeler Rossman “Ross” Copelan III

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Wheeler Rossman “Ross” Copelan III, age 64, of the Greshamville Community, died on Monday, February 3, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Watkinsville.  Born in Greensboro on September 16, 1955, he was the son of Bennie Mae Lovern Copelan of Greshamville and the late Wheeler Rossman “ W. R.” Copelan, Jr.  Ross graduated from Morgan County High School in the class of 1973 and attended ABAC after high school. On June 17, 1992 he married Rachel Secrist.  His entire working career was with the Georgia Power Company as a …

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Neil Willard Horstman

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Neil Williard Horstman died on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in Madison, after a brief illness.   Born in Moundsville, W.Va in 1946, he grew up in Canton, Ohio.  Mr. Horstman was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Louise Horstman.   He is survived by his wife, Anne H. Horstman, their daughter, Stasia Jurgensen Stinespring, (Robbie), grandchildren Elizabeth and William Stinespring of Atlanta and an aunt Mrs. Robert Horstman, Buchanan, W.Va.   Mr. Horstman graduated from Glennville High School in Canton, the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, …

Willie “Lee” Welch

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Willie “Lee” Welch, 78 of Madison, passed away in his home suddenly Saturday, January 25, 2020. Lee was a native of Morgan County, born July 8, 1941. He was the son of the late Ralph Sr. and Flora Welch. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Nancy Christian Phelps Welch of Madison. He was preceded by his brothers, the late Ralph Welch Jr. of Madison and the late Everette Welch of Madison. He is also survived by three step-children, Michael Carson Phelps and his wife Maria Phelps of …

Harold Neal “Hal” Ruark

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Harold Neil “Hal” Ruark, 63 of Bostwick, died January 30, 2020 after a brief illness.  Hal was born April 18, 1956 to Thomas Ruark and Wynelle Callaway Ruark.  He was married to Jerri Vickery and they made their home in Bostwick.  Hal worked as a foreman for Pike Electric.  He was a long-time member of Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church. Hal enjoyed farming and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.   Hal Ruark is survived by his wife, Jerri Ruark and son, Jason Ruark and daughter, Anna Clark and Ryan.  …

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Myrtle Bonner Tarpley

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Myrtle Bonner Tarpley, 88, of Leesburg, GA died on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Phoenix Senior Living Community.  Visitation was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 23 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Reverend William (Biff) officiated at the funeral service at 11 a.m.  Interment was at 2 p.m. at the Andersonville National Cemetery, in Andersonville, GA.  Myrtle was born in Buckhead, Georgia to Louis Gary Bonner and Iris Marie (Alford) Bonner. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Marshall Lamar “Chief” Tarpley in 2006; and siblings Ruby Jo Nunn, Carroll Bonner, Bill Bonner, Sr, and Winston Bonner.  She is survived by her three children Marshall L. Tarpley, Jr., Port Aransas, Texas; Beverly Tarpley Lorig (Tyler), Fairfield, Vir.; Gary B. Tarpley, Leesburg, GA.;  granddaughter Briana Phelps, …

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Patricia Ann Moon Roberts

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The death of Patricia Ann Moon Roberts, age 78, occurred Saturday morning.  Services will be held Tuesday, January 28, at 11:00 AM from the Deepstep United Methodist Church with Rev. Stan Ballew and Rev. Jason McClendon officiating.   Mrs. Roberts was born in Lexington, Georgia and made her home in Madison for several years before moving to Milledgeville. Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of the Deepstep United Methodist Church. Patricia was the daughter of the late Edwin Marvin Moon and Rachel McCannon …

Bonnie Louise McWhorter Duvall

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Bonnie Louise McWhorter Duvall of the Greshamville Community, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 61.  A lifelong resident of Greensboro, she was born November 4, 1958 to the late Charlotte Maureen Culberson McWhorter and James Hamilton “Hamp” McWhorter.  She graduated from Nathanael Greene Academy in 1976 and was a graduate of the University of Georgia.   On August 12, 1979, she married Vincent Mearl “Zippy” Duvall, Sr.  Bonnie worked with her husband on the family farm where they raised their four …

Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr.

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Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr. of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his residence at the age of 91.   Born March 11, 1928 in Mohawk, Tenn., he was the son of the late Edison and Fannie Wilhoit Walker. Elmer proudly served his country in the United States Army.   On October 3, 1953, he married Catherine Dandelske and returned to Greene County Georgia to assist his parents in setting up their dairy farm. In April of 1957 he moved his family to Madison. He worked for H. W. Ivey …

Obituaries for the week of January 16, 2020.

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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 …

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Obituaries for the week of January 9, 2020

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Frederick Scott Powell (Scotty) Frederick Scott Powell (Scotty) passed away on January 2, 2020, after an extended illness.  Scotty was born in 1970 and grew up in Fort Valley, graduating from Peach County High School.  He attended Georgia Southern University and worked for the last several years at 103 West Restaurant Group in Atlanta until his health problems in the last year kept him from continuing there.  He and his wife, Anna, resided in Monroe. Scotty is survived by his wife, Anna Powell, his brother, Ryan Powell and wife Tracy …

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Obituaries for the Week of January 2, 2020

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Betty Sue (Brake) Moore Betty Sue (Brake) Moore (89), of Buckhead, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019, from complications from cancer.  Betty was born in Eatonton,  the youngest of 12 children, to Bradley Thompson Brake and Bessie Clyde Shaw Brake.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Macon H. Moore of Buckhead, and daughters Beverly J. Bentley, and Linda Moore Kincaid (Bill) of Atlanta. She is  also survived by one beloved brother, Bradley Thompson Brake “BT” (Madge) of Manchester, Tennessee and many family members and friends …

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Obituaries for the Week of December 26, 2019

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The family of Lester G. Jarvis Jr. announces his passing on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  After more than a three-year challenge with Lewy Body Dementia and heart disease, Lester joined his father, mother and sister, Ella Katherine Merritt (2014) to be with his Lord and Savior with his wife Lynda and family by his side.  Lester was born on March 16, 1942 to Lester Gulley Jarvis Sr. and Myrrha Moody Jarvis, in Louisville, Mississippi.  Lester was raised near Prentiss, Mississippi where he met his lifelong best friend and wife Lynda …

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 …

Obituaries for the Week of Nov. 21, 2019

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Leslie Lanier Cowart Leslie Lanier Cowart, age 71, of Madison, Georgia Friday, November 15, 2019 at Morgan Medical Center in Madison.  A native of Miami, Florida and born December 17, 1947, he was the son of the late John Moses and Lucille Patrick Cowart.  He graduated from Belle Glade High School in  Belle Glade, Fla. and attended Asbury University in Willmore, Ky.  He married the former Carol Crisler on February 26, 1972.  He returned to Madison in 2018 after living in Kentucky close to his daughter.  He served as pastor …

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J. B. Long

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J.B. Long, 95 of Apalachee, died October 21, 2019.  He was born September 15, 1924 in Jasper, GA.  He was the son of Homer Reid Long and Omia Moss Long.  Mr. Long was the third child of fifteen.  Mr. Long served in the U.S. Army in WWII.   After the war, Mr. Long farmed cotton and later he worked at Wellington Puritan Mills as a machinist.  He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes.  He also loved to fish and share his catch with his family and friends. Mr. Long was a …

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Helen Joan (Joanie) Roland

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Helen Joan (Joanie) Roland, 54 of Social Circle, died November 1, 2019.  Joanie was owner of All In One Pools in Madison.  She was born December 7, 1964 in Decatur to Hewlett and Shirley Parr.  She was married to Ronald Kitchens.  Joanie loved her family, especially her grandchildren and her dogs (Billy, Johnny and Charlie).  She enjoyed beach vacations and cruises.  She was a dedicated business owner and always helpful to her customers. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Kitchens and two children, Jessica Graham and Craig Roland.  She …

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Juanita Pearl Chumley Gustafson

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Mrs. Juanita Pearl Chumley Gustafson, age 96, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019. Services will be held 1 p.m.  Sunday, November 10, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Jonesboro, GA.  Mrs. Juanita was born on October 27, 1923 in Marble Hill, GA to the late Willard Chumley and the late Carura Hyde Chumley.  She grew up in Marble Hill.  She attended school at Marble Hill High School.  After graduation she attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta.  She got a job with Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company. After being transferred to Chicago, she met her husband of …