Joan Williams Chestnut

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Joan Williams Chestnut, age 85, of Madison, Georgia died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Madison Health and Rehab in Madison, Georgia.  Joan was born August 24, 1935 in Willows, California, one of two children of the late Clark Williams and Mary Strait Williams.  She grew up in La Jolla, California. Joan earned a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State with highest honors where she was the valedictorian and a cheerleader. She was also listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities.  She was a Graphic Design Artist for McGraw …

James Allen Lawrence

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June 10, 1958 – January 8, 2021 Funeral Services were held 1pm Friday, January 15, 2021 at Bernard’s Family Funeral Care.  Pastor Lumpkin, Officiated and Rev. Jackson, as eulogist.  Interment followed the service at Springfield Baptist Church Cemetery in Madison, Georgia. James Allen Lawrence was born June 10, 1958, to the late John Henry Lawrence and Lessie Bell Lawrence of Madison, Georgia.  He accepted Christ and was a member of Barrows Grove Baptist Church in Madison, Georgia.   James was a lifelong resident of Madison Georgia and graduated from Morgan County High School. After graduating he enlisted in …

Tommy McGinnis

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Tommy Gene McGinnis passed away peacefully on January 14, 2021.  Tommy resided at Savannah Court Lake Oconee.  He was with loving family.   He was 76 years old.  He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Imogene Wood McGinnis of Madison.  Tommy is survived by an uncle, Dan McGinnis and an aunt Christine Taylor both of Forsyth County, Georgia, his siblings, Allen McGinnis (Julie), Kathy Cochran (George), Ricky McGinnis (Carol), of Morgan County,   Patti Horton (Len) of Greensboro, and Vicki Sellers (Rick) of Georgetown, Texas.   nieces …

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Elizabeth Benfield Hare

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Elizabeth Benfield Hare, age 79, of Rutledge, formerly of Toccoa, passed away January 14, 2021 at Morgan Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Benfield and her great-grandson Michael Owen Compton. She was the daughter of the late Harrison Cooper Hare, she was born in Stephens County, Georgia. She resided the greater part of her life in Toccoa, where she and her husband were poultry farmers. She moved to live with her daughter in Rutledge in 2916. She was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church …

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Douglas Joseph Ogle

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Douglas Joseph Ogle, age 62, died January 16, 2021 at Great Oaks Assisted Living in Monroe.  Doug was born in Atlanta, on December 20, 1958 to Edward and Alfrieda Johnson Ogle.  He spent his life in Atlanta.  He worked for United Parcel Service for 38 years.  He enjoyed golfing and loved to deer hunt. Doug Ogle is survived by his sister, Sheila Ogle of Bostwick and a brother Edward Ogle and Judy of Pennsylvania.  He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced at a late …

Richard Lee Stewart, Sr.

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Richard Lee Stewart, Sr., age 67, of Rutledge, GA, died Monday, January 4, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loved ones.  Born in Madison, GA on August 23, 1953, he was the son of the late J. C. Stewart and Essie Ellis Stewart. Ricky attended Morgan County High School.  On May 28, 1993, he married the former Susi McNair of Greensboro and most recently they celebrated their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary.  He was the owner and operator of Stewart’s Logging.  Watching ball games and westerns were a favorite pastime. Ricky …

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Dorothy A. Binion

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Dorothy A. Binion passed away Friday morning at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital in Conyers, Georgia. A Celebration of Life for Dorothy Binion will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 2 P.M. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison, Georgia 30650 with visitation on Friday afternoon 2:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.  Due to Covid-19 masks are required and social distancing in the Chapel.

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James A. Lawrence

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James A. Lawrence, a life long resident of Madison passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Piedmont Regional, Athens. Services will be handled by Bernard’s Family Funeral Care, Madison, Ga.

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Leslie Wayne Mullins

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Leslie Wayne Mullins, 61, peacefully went on to be with God from his home on January 9, 2021. He was born June 22, 1959, to Patricia Martin Mullins and the late Lester Eugene Mullins. He is survived by his wife, Karen Nichols Mullins; sons, Nathan, Aaron and Seth; mother, Patricia Martin Mullins; sisters, Frances Garrison, Juanita Pendley, Melinda Spivey; brothers, Darrell Mullins and Jeff Mullins. He also enjoyed the love of many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Leslie was a devoted husband, father, provider and friend. He was a graduate of …

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Joellen L. Bryant

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Joellen L. Bryant, of Covington, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021, at the age of 83. Mrs. Bryant was a member of First Baptist Church and a retired employee of Crawford Long Hospital. She had an exceptionally beautiful voice and loved to sing throughout her life. Mrs. Bryant took great pleasure in being outdoors. She enjoyed traveling to Yellowstone, deer hunting, spending time at her house on Lake Oconee, and especially fishing – which she was known to out-fish any man! Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph …

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Helen Locklear Wadford

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Helen Locklear Wadford, 78 of Buckhead, passed from this earth and joined her Heavenly Father on January 8, 2021.  Helen was born July 23, 1942 to the late Luther and Patty Locklear.  She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Jimmy L. Wadford, three children: Vicki Wadford Mullis of Cornelia, GA, Lori (pepe) Wadford Lopaz of Lilburn, GA, and Julie & Curt Sumner of Buckhead.  Four grandchildren: Jonathan (Alethea) Randolph Mullis of Martin, GA, Ashlee Joann Mullis of Kansas City, MO, James (Shonti) Manual Lopaz of Dacula, GA, …

Jean Buller Berding

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Jean Mary Martha Buller Berding, 91 years old, of Madison. died peacefully on December 13, 2020. Jean was born July 17, 1929 in Cincinnati, OH to Martha Mary (Wirmel) and Clarence Henry Buller, Sr. Raised in Cincinnati, the Catholic faith was the foundation of her life and education. Jean graduated from Mother of Mercy High School in 1947, Cincinnati. She was a member of St. James and St. Bernard (Cincinnati), St. Jude (Atlanta) and St. James (Madison) Catholic Churches.  Always respectful and caring of all life, she spent countless hours …

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Margaret Allen Gilbert

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Margaret Allen Gilbert, age 98 of Bostwick, passed away on December 29, 2020. She was born on May 3, 1922 to the late Charles Allen and the late Inez Johnson Allen. Mrs. Gilbert was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Franklin Gilbert; son, Gerald Franklin Gilbert; sister, Mildred Harrison; brothers, Jack Allen and Hulon Allen. Surviving members of her family are sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Diana Gilbert, Mike and Pamela Gilbert, Mary Alice Gilbert; sisters-in-law, Lee Allen, Frances Allen; grandchildren, Greg Gilbert, Russ Gilbert, Tom Gilbert, Matt Gilbert, …

Henry O. Casteel, Jr.

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Henry O. Casteel, Jr., age 93 of Madison, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2020. Henry was born in Marietta, on August 15, 1927. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Ann; children John and Sarah; grandchildren Jon, Jessica, Tanner, and Nicholas; great grandchildren: Carter, Cayden, and Connor; special niece and nephew Pam and Darrel, sisters: Jean and Vivian. Many nieces, nephews, & cousins, special extended family: Pat Harris, Glenn, Jenifer, Raina, Michelle.  He was a licensed Master Electrician, and licensed builder. He was the founder of …

Charlie Burley

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Charlie Burley, 95, AKA Buck, a native resident of Morgan County, relocated to Philadelphia, PA under his daughter’s care in 2007. Mr. Burley passed away quietly and suddenly on December 27 at his home. Arrangements will be announced at a later date, according to the family.

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Clarence Little

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Clarence Little, age 57, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 23, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, Georgia. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Rutledge, Georgia with Reverend Moses Little delivering the Eulogy. Internment in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Jones and Turner Funeral Home, 484 Burney Street, Madison, Georgia.

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Ben Cain

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Ben Cain, 63, of Madison, Georgia departed this life Tuesday, December 15, 2020, in Madison, Georgia. Graveside services were held at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Barrows Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 1900 Barrows Grove Road, Madison, Georgia. Pastor Wayne Lumpkin, Officiant. Services entrusted to Jones and Turner Funeral Home, 484 Burney Street, Madison, Georgia.

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Franklin Roosevelt Cleveland Sr.

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Franklin Roosevelt Cleveland, Sr. of Buckhead, died November 30, 2020.  Frank was born in Morgan County to Allen Candler Cleveland and Rudessa Chronic Cleveland.  He worked in the pipe-line industry for many years.  Frank never met a stranger.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and gardening.  People would return year after year to buy tomatoes that Frank grew in his garden. Frank Cleveland is survived by Janet McClure and son, Franklin R. Cleveland, Jr.  He is also survived by his siblings, Allen Cleveland, Minnie Morgan, Ann Lashley, …

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Angela Leigh Jackson

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Angela Leigh Jackson, 49, of Madison passed away on December 22, 2020. Leigh was born in Greensboro on September 13, 1971.  Due to COVID a memorial will be held at a later date. Leigh was known by many title, Daughter, Sister, Mom, Aunt and “GIGI”. Of all these her favorite was GIGI. She loved spending time with her grand boys (Carsyn, Wyatt and Wes). Leigh leaves behind a loving family that will always cherish the time we had with her even though it was short.  She leaves behind two daughters …

James Carter Bryant

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James Carter Bryant, 83, of Gray, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  Funeral services were held Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Bradley Baptist Church with the Reverend Steve Johnson officiating.  The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service. Interment was Monday, December 21 at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.    Jimmy was born September 22, 1937 in Buckhead, Georgia to the late Paul and Julia Bryant. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia S. Bryant; one daughter, Kim Claxton (Jimmy) of Danville; one son, Greg Bryant …