Barbara Jean Porter Vickery

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Barbara Jean Porter Vickery, 72 of Madison, died March 22, 2020.  Mrs. Vickery was the daughter of the late Murray Eugene Porter and Alma Herrington Porter.  She was born December 27, 1947 in Fitzgerald.  She later married the late Bobby Vickery.  Mrs. Vickery was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.  She was retired from CVS where she worked as a Pharmacy Technician.  She enjoyed crossword and jig-saw puzzles and was a devoted UGA Bulldog fan. Mrs. Vickery was survived by her siblings, Connie Maddox and Armor, Paula Ayres and …

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William Michael Shoptaw

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William Michael Shoptaw, 43, of Madison passed away suddenly from a cardiac event following surgery on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Michael was born in Atlanta, to Bill and Wyn Shoptaw on February 24, 1977. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College and State University in 2000 and recently earned his Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist certification (CARES) and completed the RESPECT Institute of Georgia training program in 2019. He was extremely active in the recovery community of Georgia and had enjoyed employment at several health systems and …

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Larry Steve Alexander McGalliard

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Larry Steve Alexander McGalliard, age 53, of Watkinsville, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020, after an extended illness.   The beloved husband of Gwenda Francine Alexander, of 31 years, son of Carolyn McGalliard and James Austin McGalliard, brother of James Michael McGalliard, brother-in-law of Misty McGalliard, uncle of Austin McGalliard and Alaina McGalliard, first cousin of Sidney Cheatham, and brother-in-law of Robert Lovan.   A native son of Athens,  he was born in Athens-Clarke County on November 14, 1966.  He is predeced in death by his grandmother, Mary Belle Warren Cheatham …

Cynthia Hensler Stahley

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Cynthia Hensler Stahley, 62, died unexpectedly at her home in Madison on March 14, 2020.  She was born November 23, 1957 to James Carter Hensler and Doris Mobley Hensler. Cynthia never met a stranger.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Susan Hensley. She is survived by her daughter Celeste Champagne of Vero Beach, Florida, three grandchildren, a niece Krystal Huff and her Significant Other Terry Hawkins. A memorial service was held on March 22 at Morgan Memorial Park with family and friends attending. 

Emory Lee Beal

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Emory (Son) Beal was born August 5, 1928 to the late Barney Robert Beal and Annie Mae King Beal passed away March 26, 2020 at his son’s home. He was married to the late Robbie J. Newkirk Beal. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a granddaughter Sezshena Beal and a grandson Roger Beal. Those surviving are a son Robert Beal (Kaye), Cindy Beal Eaton, two sisters Betty Henson and Sherrie Vaughters and one brother Wendell (Bud) Beal, lots of nieces, nephews, cousins, four grandchildren, 10 …

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Betty Lou Hilsman

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Betty Lou Hilsman, 79, passed away on March 11, 2020.  She was born Feb. 18, 1941 in Redondo Beach, Calf.  She and her brother, Ted, moved to Gypsum, Kansas when she was four years old to live with her grandparents.  She married Robert T. Hilsman, Jr. on September 20, 1957. Mrs. Hilsman is survived by her husband of 62 years and three children, Marvin Hilsman and Beckie, Debbie Vaughan and William and Danny Hilsman and Denise.  She leaves grandchildren, Jessica Stanley (Billy), Ashley Mercardante (Vincent), Shanna Addison (Drew), Jill Thompson …

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Carl Sims

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Carl Sims, 90 of Rutledge, died March 11, 2020.  He was born on May 21, 1929 in Maysville, GA to Henry and Julie Hooper Sims.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars and later retired from the Army.  He was married to the late Eunice Stewart Sims.   Mr. Sims was a devoted Christian and husband.  He was a committed soldier and proud veteran.  He enjoyed fishing and cooking and singing.  Many people were the beneficiaries of Mr. Sims kindness. Carl Sims, Sr is survived by his …

John A. Clements, Jr.

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John A. Clements, Jr., was born Jan. 6, 1946 in Putnam County, Ga. as one of eight children to the late John A. Clements, Sr. and Maureen Braswell Clemons. He departed his earthly life on March 17, 2020. John is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 26 years, Margaret Curington Clements. His dear mother, Maureen braswell Clemens, his daughter, Nicole Clements Crawford, his stepdaughter, Minister Tony (Pastor Robert) Terrell Jr.; His sisters, Shirley Hughey, Lorene (Earnest) McRae, Rosell (Herbert) Stokes; his brothers Grady (Frankie) Clemons, Larry Clemons and …

Kenneth Marion Carter

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Kenneth Marion Carter, 83, of Spartanburg, SC, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Spartanburg Medical Center.  Born January 18, 1937, in Athens he was the son of the late George Mell Carter and Martha Beatrice Tiller Carter.  He was a graduate of Morgan County High School in Madison and earned a BSIM from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1959. Ken worked his entire career with Milliken & Company (formerly Deering-Milliken), working various roles in Personnel/Human Resources and was a longtime member of the Spartanburg Human Resources Association.  Ken and Martha …

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Ernest William “Scott” Moss

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Ernest William “Scott” Moss, age 46, of Madison, died on March 12, 2020. He was born in Athens on March 22, 1973 to Julie Whitehead Sigman and the late Ernest Moss. He was preceded in death by his sister, the late Rachel Barber. Surviving are: partner, John Godwin of Madison; daughters, Skylar Moss of Monroe, Tymber Moss of Statham; son Nicholas Moss of Colbert; mother, Julie “Doot” Sigman of Monroe; sister, Amy Moss of Colbert; brothers, Mike Barber of Watkinsville, Mark Barber of Watkinsville; and two grandchildren: Waylen and Addyson …

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Cynthia L. “Cindy” Johnson

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Cynthia L. “Cindy” Johnson passed away peacefully at the age of 61 on Sunday, March 8th, 2020.  Cindy was born October 8th, 1958 to the late Homer and Barbara Livingston of Warner Robins.  She attended Georgia College in Milledgeville, and married Tom Johnson on February 12, 1983. She spent her life as a loving wife and mother who made home wherever the Army sent them.  Always an artist and an entrepreneur, she adapted her art to every assignment, from Germany all the way to Hawaii.  The sun and sand of …

Larry Gene Ross

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Larry Gene Ross, 72, of 2501 Athens Hwy., Madison, gained his wings on March  2, 2020.  Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Smyrna Baptist Church, 3800 Greensboro Road, Madison.  Rev.  Harlon Heard, officiating and Rev. L.T. Crawford, eulogist.   Larry Gene Ross was born in Buckhead, Morgan County, on October 25, 1947 to the late Ervin Porter Ross, Sr., and Annie Maude Mitchell Ross. He was preceded in death by his two brothers Ervin Porter “Foot” Ross, Jr. and Tommie Lee Ross.  He received his …

Elizabeth Diane Swafford-Franklin

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Elizabeth Diane Swafford-Franklin, 55, went home to be with Jesus on February 9, 2020 after five years of bravely battling cancer.  Although born in Chicago, Illinois, Elizabeth was raised in middle Georgia where she attended Russell High School and later, Dalton State College. She worked diligently, making the sacrifices a loving mother makes as necessary to raise her three sons. Knowing that God was top priority, she made sure to instill in her sons the importance of being in church as often as possible, in order to develop a relationship with the Lord. As her boys grew older, her work …

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Sam Gardner Wilkison

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Sam Gardner Wilkison, 80 of Madison, died February 26, 2020.  Mr. Wilkison was a native of Des Moines, Iowa.  He was born August 17, 1939 to his parents, Orville Kenneth Wilkison and Lola Alice White Wilkison.  He was married to Judy Watkins and retired from Bard manufacturing.  Mr. Wilkison was a veteran, having served three years in the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of Brownwood Baptist Church.  He was an avid LSU and New Orleans Saints football fan.  He was a talented carpenter and storyteller.  He loved his family …

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Rev. Clyde Baxter Carter

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Rev. Clyde Baxter Carter, 83 of Madison, died February 24, 2020.  Rev. Carter was a member of New Hope Methodist Church.  He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was a graduate of Mercer University and Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.  Afterwards he served Cary Baptist Church in Texas, then Hebron Baptist Church and Franklin 1st Baptist Church.  He then served Brownwood Baptist Church for 19 years and then the Shady Dale circuit of the United Methodist Church for another 19 years. Clyde Carter is survived by two sons, Chip Carter …

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Penny Bonner Saye

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Penny Bonner Saye, 62 of Buckhead, died February 29, 2020.  Penny was born March 2, 1957 to Bill and Hattie Brown Bonner in Greensboro.  Penny was married to Timmy Saye on November 5, 1983.  She was a devoted wife and mother.  She was a member of Fountain of Praise Fellowship and loved her church family.  Penny was a hairdresser.  She enjoyed shopping and reading and loved to decorate her home at Christmas.   Penny Saye is survived by her husband, Timmy and two sons, Robert Saye (Erica) and Ryan Saye …

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Donald Marvin (Bo) Maughon

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Ronald Marvin (Bo) Maughon, age 73, of Bostwick, died on February 27,2020. He was born in Morgan County on September 11, 1946 to the latePannie Mae Brown Maughon and the late George Anderson Maughon. Surviving family members are: Sandra M. Maughon of Bostwick; son,Chris Maughon of Bostwick; sister, Frances Stone of Bostwick. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 1,  at 2:30 p.m. in theChapel of Meadows Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Gossett officiating.Interment followed at Westbrook Cemetery in Bostwick,Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the …

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Linda DeLong Turk

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Linda DeLong Turk, 75 formerly of Rutledge, died February 14, 2020.  Mrs. Turk was born in Flowery Branch on December 15, 1944 to Glyndon DeLong and Beatrice DeLong Walker.  She married Richard Turk, Sr. and they lived in Rutledge for many years.  Mrs. Turk worked as a manager for Family Dollar Stores.  She was a member of Rutledge Baptist Church.  Mrs. Turk loved to sing, especially with the Friends Trio.   Mrs. Turk is survived by her children, Richard Turk, Jr. and Nona, John Turk and Sabrina and Cindy Latty.  …

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Mildred Alexander West

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Mildred Alexander West, 84 of Rutledge, died February 17, 2020. Mrs. West was born August 31, 1935 in Corinth, Miss. to Oliver Young and Anna Belle Alexander Young. She was married to Gene West. Mrs. West was a long-time member of Centennial Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking for her family and spending time working in her flowers. She taught Sunday School for many years and loved her church family. Mrs. West is survived by her husband, Gene and three children, Eddie West and Dana, Brent West And Robin and Debbie …

Christeen Poole Brown

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Christeen Poole Brown, 86 of Rutledge, died February 18, 2020.  She was surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Brown was born November 1, 1933 in Lyons, GA to Delius and Lucere Dickerson Poole.  She was married to the late, Lonnie Brown.  Mrs. Brown was retired as a medical assistant.  She worked for many years for Dr. Eduardo Cossio in Madison.  She was a member of Centennial Baptist Church.  She enjoyed fishing and gardening and time spent with her family. Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, Barbara Brown Bullock, Ronnie James …