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Betty Jo Cofer Thomas

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Betty Jo Cofer Thomas, 85 of Madison, died May 6, 2019 in Greenville, SC. Mrs. Thomas was born in Covington on July 9, 1933 to Herman and Mary Lois Byrd Cofer. She was retired from Marshall Distributing. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening and spending time with her family. Mrs. Thomas is survived by two daughters, Donna Davis and Cheryl Serrato. She leaves six grandchildren; Jennifer Serrato, Jessica Serrato, Justin Davis, Kelsey Davis, Mireya Gutierrez and Ariana Morales.  She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren. The family of Ms. Thomas …

Joseph Franklin McDowell

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Joseph Franklin McDowell, 91 of Madison, died May 7, 2019. Mr. McDowell was a native of North Carolina. He was born January 9, 1928. He joined the United States Marines while he was still in high school. He served his country during WWII, serving in China. He was married to Nancy Croker. He was retired from United Distributers where he worked in sales. Mr. McDowell was an avid fisherman. He loved his dogs and was a great cook. Mr. McDowell is survived by his wife, Nancy, a daughter, Chrys Farley …

Marianne Clopton Shockley

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“A candle burning at both ends burns brightest, but it cannot last the night.” – Joseph T. Shockley  Marianne Clopton Shockley, Ph. D., of Apalachee, passed from this earthly dimension on Sunday, May 12, 2019. She was the third child and second daughter of Drs. John and Sandra Shockley, also residents of Apalachee. Marianne and her elder sister, Suzanne (Mrs. Eric) Hendricks of Soperton, shared the same birthday of August 14th, though Marianne was five years younger. Their paternal uncle Colonel Peter S. Shockley, Ret., formerly of Alexandria, Virginia, also shared …

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Geraldine Lowe Carter

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Geraldine Lowe Carter was born October 13, 1932 in Sharon to the late Jimmy Lowe and Lenora Revere Lowe. At an early age she joined Thankful Baptist Church, where she was a faithful choir member. She was united in holy matrimony to Deacon Sam Carter, who preceded her in death in addition to one sister and four brothers. Geraldine transitioned to eternal rest on Friday, April 19, 2019. Her memory will live on in her two children, Pastor Aaron Carter Sr. (Valenteena) and Juanita Miller (Clifford); one sister, Bessie L. …

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Joel Henry Johnston

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Joel Henry Johnston Joel Henry Johnston, 90, of Rutledge, went home to be with the Lord, on May 3, 2019. He was a native of Newborn, where he was one of five children of the late Eugene and Sadie Williams Johnston. Growing up he enjoyed roping on his horse, Rawhide. He served in the United States  Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War from 1950-1952 as a Medic. He received medals for expert shooter with the M-1 carbine and also expert shooter with the 45 cal. …

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Troy Lee Dobbs

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Troy Lee Dobbs, 92 of Bostwick, died May 6 2019. Mr. Dobbs was born April 17, 1927 in Walton County to DeWitt and Viola Roberts Dobbs. He was married to the late Juanita Dobbs. Mr. Dobbs served in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean War. He was retired from the Schnadig Corporation where he was the quality assurance manager. Mr. Dobbs was a member of Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church. He enjoyed working his garden. He liked to fish and hunt and loved to play softball. He was …

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Jimmy Jones

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Jimmy Jones, 64 of Madison, died May 3, 2019. Jimmy was the son of the late, Brady and Lillie Cobb Jones. He had worked as a truck driver and also for Morris Wrecker Service. Jimmy was married to Shelby Johnson. He enjoyed racing, fishing and watching wrestling. He loved his dogs and his grandchildren. Jimmy Jones is survived by his wife, Shelby and their children, Pamela Jones, Spencer Jones and Mandi, Ricki Nelms and Chris. He is also survived by grandchildren, Javier, Bri and Aiden Tirado, Easton Poole, Jessie Jones …

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Tom Franklin

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Tom Franklin, age 100, of Madison passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 2410 Bethany Church Road, Madison. There will be a visitation on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison. Jones and Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jacob Martin Wilson Jr,

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Jacob Martin Wilson, Jr., who resided in Morgan County all of his 98 years except for the time he spent in the Pacific Theater during World War II, died Sunday, April 28, at his home off Eatonton Highway. Mr. Wilson was born on Oct. 20, 1920, to Jacob Martin Wilson Sr. and Genie Maude Baldwin Wilson. He was married to his wife, Blanche, for 68 years. During his life, Mr. Wilson was primarily a dairyman, but for several years he switched to chickens, operating two egg-laying houses. He loved being …

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Linda Crystal “Christy” Stewart

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Linda Crystal “Christy” Stewart, age 49, of Covington, was taken home to Jesus on Friday, April 19, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  Christy was born in Knoxville, Tenn. to James Poe and Kay Merritt Dobbs on July 6, 1969. Upon marrying Kevin Stewart, the couple resided in Covington, where they also attended Belmont Baptist Church. Christy had the wonderful gifts of mercy and encouragement and would often go out of her way to share a word of comfort or give a consoling hug to someone in need. She …

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James David Clark

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James David Clark, 56 of Madison, died April 14, 2019.  Born in Madison, Dave was the son of Doris Hilsman Clark and the late, Carroll Clark. Dave was preceded in death by his son, Brent Clark. He was a lifelong farmer. He was an outdoorsman, a devoted father and grandfather.   Dave Clark is survived by his two daughters Ashley Burt and Daniel and Megan Bell and Brett. He leaves three grandchildren; Clark Burt, Ellis Burt, and Bren Bell.  Dave is also survived by his mother, Doris Clark, a sister, …

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Ronda Sue Scruggs

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Ronda Sue Scruggs, 60 of Madison, died April 16, 2019. Mrs. Scruggs was born August 13, 1958 in Greensboro, to Worth Robert Pinson and Doris Elizebeth Milligan Pinson. She was retired from Leggett and Platt. Ronda married Hershel Sam Scruggs on August 25, 1978. She loved going on vacation and enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. Mrs. Scruggs is survived by her husband, Sam as well as children: Tenessa Welsh and Corey, Cynthia Scruggs, Samuel Scruggs and Austin Scruggs and Becky. She leaves two grandchildren, Emily Rayne Stewart and …

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Jake William Rogers Jr.

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Jake William Rogers, Jr. died April 16, 2019. Junior was 79 years old. He was born February 2, 1940 in Buckhead to Jake and Annie Lee Moon Rogers. Junior grew up in Morgan County. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army. After his service, Junior came back to Buckhead. He was a true civil servant, volunteering for the chamber of commerce. He was an avid UGA Bulldog fan and missed very few football games. He enjoyed line dancing and spent many evenings at Cowboys. He enjoyed trips to Six …

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Martha Gail “Molly” Davis

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Martha Gail “Molly” Davis, 66, of Rutledge passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019. She was born on September 15, 1952 to the late Leon L. Bobo and Mary Elizabeth Ashbough Bobo. She has two siblings, Gary Bobo and Harley Bobo. She was married to the late James Warren Davis “WD” from  1979 – 2015. She is survived by her two sons, Wesley Joel Davis and Jessy Warren Davis and a number of other loving relatives and close friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 …

Carolyn Ann Wierzbicki Smith

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Carolyn Ann Wierzbicki Smith of Athens died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the age of 60 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.  Carolyn was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on June 21, 1958 to the late Joseph Charles Wierzbicki, Sr. and Henrietta Marie Grombik Wierzbicki.  She obtained a Bachelor’s degree and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Special Education from Phoenix University.  Carolyn taught in Greene, Morgan and Clarke Counties and she left a lasting impact on many children that she so dearly loved.  Carolyn was a member of …

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Margaret Denaro Ponder

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Margaret Denaro Ponder was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 11, 1920.  She was raised in Madison, Georgia, by Lula and Paul Atkinson. After finishing school in Madison, she attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and graduated in 1941. On February 4, 1942, she married her childhood sweetheart, Lt. Paul Holloway Ponder, Jr. also from Madison.  She spent the next 30 years traveling with her husband to many parts of the United States and to many parts of the world.   Lt. Col. Ponder was a pilot for the USAF …

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Casey Justin Gresham

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Casey Justin Gresham, 27 of Eatonton, died unexpectedly April 12, 2019. Casey was the son of James Jerry Gresham and Alice Blevins. He was born January 1, 1992 in Atlanta. He was engaged to be married to his fiancé, Brianna Smith.  Casey loved his family and spending time with friends and especially his son, Camden. He enjoyed the outdoors and his dogs. Casey Gresham is survived by Brianna Smith and son, Camden as well as his parents, Alice Blevins and Jerry Gresham. He also leaves siblings; Stephanie Beal, Jamie Gresham …

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William “Bill” Hamby

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William “Bill” Hamby of Rutledge,  passed away on April 1, 2019 at the  age of 86. He was born in Rutledge, on June 11, 1932 to the late William Speer Hamby and the late Lucile Mitchell Hamby. Mr. Hamby is survived by several cousins. A graveside service was held on Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m. at  Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rutledge, with Rev. Mark  Jones officiating. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign  the guest book online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com

James Ronald Nesson

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James Ronald Nesson of Madison, Georgia passed away on April 5, 2019 at The Glen at Lake Oconee Village at the age of 76.. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Arley W. Nesson and Linda J. Kemmer Nesson. James earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly served in the National Guard.  He worked for the FDIC in Washington, DC as a bank auditor. His many interests included fishing, hunting, wood working, carving and working with leather. He is survived by his …

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Andrew Lewis Thompson

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Andrew Lewis Thompson, 89, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Cochran on February 3, 1930, the son of Andrew Lewis Thompson, Sr. and Elizabeth Proctor Thompson. Mr. Thompson earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was also a Master 4-H’er in livestock judging. Mr. Thompson graduated from Abraham Baldwin where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He later graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. …