Martha Atkinson deBeaugrine

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Martha Atkinson deBeaugrine died Friday, March 8, 2019 from complications due to pancreatic cancer.  Born in Decatur in 1936, Martha lived in Decatur, Madison, Griffin and Athens.  She attended elementary and high school in Athens and went to the University of Georgia where she earned a degree in elementary education.  At UGA she was a member of Phi Mu, serving as vice-president of Phi Mu and president of Panhellinic.  She made a career as an educator, teaching kindergarten, third and sixth grades in DeKalb County. Later she returned to the University of Georgia for …

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DeAnna Viola Chase

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DeAnna Viola Chase, 33 of Madison, died March 14, 2019. DeAnna was born December 24, 1985 in Homestaed, Florida to Dean Chase and GiGi Brown Gerhardt. She worked with her mother as a hair stylist and makeup artist. Shopping was DeAnna’s hobby. She also enjoyed trips to the beach. She was a loving mother and always took care of those around her. DeAnna is survived by her husband, Shawn and two children, Jaida Simmons and Camden Raymond. She also leaves her mother, GiGi and Hal Gerhardt and father Dean Chase. …

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Robert Wells “Bobby” Walker

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The dairymen in Georgia and the Southeast lost a champion with the death of Robert Wells “Bobby” Walker on Monday February 25, 2019. After a long battle against cancer, he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Madison. He was born on August 17, 1938 to Robert Shepherd and Elizabeth Wells Walker. As he followed his ancestors into the field of agriculture, he restored and resided in one of the original Walker family homes dating from the early 1800’s. As a young man he rode broncs and bucking …

Brandon Patrick McCarthy

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Brandon Patrick McCarthy passed away tragically Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the age of 26. He will be sadly and sorely missed by friends and family.  Brandon will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and his infectious smile. He had a passion for cars and enjoyed playing video games. He loved being outdoors, his favorite places to relax were the back porch or sitting around the fire pit with family. He also had a way of keeping his lean figure even though he was a self-proclaimed foodie.  A …

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Hugh Joseph Lethbridge

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Hugh Joseph Lethbridge, 68 of Madison, died March 2, 2019. He was a native of Flint, Michigan. He was born October 7, 1950 to Hugh and Alice Skinner Lethbridge. He served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of the University of Michigan.  He was married to Linda Lethbridge. He was retired as a Senior Buyer. He had spent his career with Multi Carrier, the Eaton Corporation and Blue Bird Bus. Mr. Lethbridge enjoyed photography, cooking and yard work. He was an avid golfer and loved Michigan football.  Hugh …

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Pamela Christian

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Pamela Christian, 65 of Madison, died February 13, 2019.  She was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio on November 30, 1953 to Gerald and Barbara Rainey.  She was married to the late Danny Christian. She was retired from Solo Manufacturing. She moved to Morgan County in 1993 from Conyers.  She enjoyed camping and gardening and reading. Most, she enjoyed her grandchildren.  Mrs. Christian is survived by her children, Angie Craft and David Bell as well as her grandchildren, Kyle, Jeremy, Trevor, Jayce and Kelsea Craft and a great grandchild, Eliza Craft.  She …

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Beverly June Petersen

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Beverly June Petersen, 56 of Madison, died March 1, 2019.  She was the daughter of the late Billy and Polly Almand Garrison. Mrs. Petersen was born July 21, 1962 in Madison. She was married to the late Gene Stephens. Later she married Bruce Petersen.  She loved reading and gardening.  She enjoyed sight seeing and trips to the mountains. Mrs. Petersen is survived by her husband, Bruce and two daughters, Heather Rhoades and Scotty and Amanda Beams and Chris.  She also leaves two grandchildren, Emma and Jake Rhoades. A memorial service …

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William (Billy) Lee Adcock

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William (Billy) Lee Adcock, 82 of Bostwick, died Feb. 24, 2019.  He was born in Decatur June 18, 1936 to the late Robert Paul Adcock and the late Ophelia Ruark Holbrook.  He was preceded in death by his wives, the late Charna Callahan Adcock, and the late Nancy Sullivan Adcock. Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Stan Carson of Madison, Gina and Kelly Bramble, of Monroe; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Karen Adcock of Bostwick, Bill and Dawn Adcock, Jr. of Bostwick; sisters, Paulette Isrel of Huntsville; brother, Jerry …

Clarke Adair Newsome

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Clarke Adair Newsome, 60 of Madison, died February 28, 2019. Clarke was the son of Chunk Newsome and Beryl Adair Newsome. He was born February 7, 1959 in Athens. Clarke spent his entire life in Morgan County graduating from Morgan County High School. He was married to Pamela Bell and worked for Ingles.  Clarke enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors. He loved his family and was proud of his son, Bobby. Clarke Newsome is survived by his wife, Pam Newsome and their son, Bobby Newsome and wife, Andrea. Clarke is …

Mary Alice Cheatham

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Mary Alice Cheatham, age 95, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. Alice was born in Bogart and had lived in Athens for most of her life. She was a graduate of Demonstration High School and was a member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Adult Sunday school class. Alice spent most of her time raising her children and helping with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alice was an avid reader and enjoyed writing in her journal. She was …

Deacon Willie Roland Jr.

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Willie Roland was born on May 20, 1932 to the late Will Roland and Minnie Woods. He was the oldest of 11 siblings. Six of them preceded him in dead, Ada, Anna, Ike, Mike, Cramen Robinson and one sibling died at birth.One son-in-law Richard Tory also preceded him in death. He was ordained as a Deacon at Plainvew Baptist Church. He was married to the love of his life Eva G. Roland for 43 years, who preceded him in death. He was a dedicated, dependable and very faithful driver for …

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Jessie Comans

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Jessie peacefully passed away on February 22, 2019 with her children and grandson by her side. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Jessie Davenport Comans was born on January 24,1936 in Blue Ridge, to William and Annie Davenport and was the eldest of 11 children. She was preceded in death by her son Robert Comans and sisters Geraldine Savage and Frankie Roddy. Jessie was always proud to share with others that she was a school bus driver for Rockdale county schools for over 25 years. She …

Velma Mae Lewis

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Velma Mae Lewis, 71, of 1000 Whitehall Street, Madison,  departed this life Monday, February 11, 2019 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born July 30, 1947 in Madison to late parents Millard White, Sr. and Minnie Pearl White (Massey). Velma attended the public schools of Morgan County. At a young age she joined Calvary Baptist Church where she was baptized and later joined Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Velma was also a member of the Star of Amaranth OES #15. Velma was a strong working lady; she showed exemplary …

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Claude Ellard Jr.

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Claude Ellard Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on February 16, 2019. He waspreceded in death by his parents, Claude and Maggie Fitzgerald Ellard, along with siblings George, Cleo, Jim, Leona and Thomas. The family received friends on Wednesday, February 20, at A. E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel. An additional viewing was held at Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa at 2 p.m. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. at Stephens …

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Stephen Edgar Morris

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Stephen Edgar Morris, 68, of Eatonton, passed away February 15, 2019. Steve was born to John A. Morris and Martha Shoff Morris on August 1, 1950, in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Steve grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and after graduating high school he served in the United States Army from March of 1970 until March of 1976. In the Army Steve was stationed overseas where he worked as a radio intelligence operator. After leaving the service, he met his future wife, Linda Thompson, at Source of Light Ministries in Madison.  Steve and …

Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis

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Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis died peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Greene Point Health Care and Rehabilitation in Union Point. “Ed” Lewis grew up in Greensboro, before going into medical practice and raising his family in Athens,  and finally retiring to Greene County in 2003. Beloved by family, friends and patients alike, he leaves behind a legacy of good work, good people and good will. He was 81. Born in Greensboro, on September 16, 1937, to the late Judge Edward Lloyd Lewis and Kathleen McCowen Lewis, Ed excelled academically …

Martha Laurene Hopkins

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Martha Laurene Hopkins, 97 of Griffin, formerly of Athens, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Griffin where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law for the past eight years. Born July 12, 1921 in Jefferson to Roxie Potter and George Sanford Potter, she married L. G. Hopkins Jr. on December 20, 1941. She worked at Puritan Cordage Mills retiring after 38 years. Mrs. Hopkins was a lifelong faithful member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church and later attended First Baptist Church in Griffin. She was preceded in death by her …

Walter Douglas Buchanan

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Walter Douglas Buchanan, 74, of Newnan, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019.  He was born on September 15, 1944, in Woodbury. Walter was a wonderful husband, father and friend.  He was a godly man, who loved the Lord, his family and his friends, and had a sweet spirit that was evident to everyone he met.  He was quick with a smile, a compliment and a laugh; his, truly, was a life well lived. He met the love of his life, Linda, in third grade.  They married in the fall …

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Ann Reaves Fennegan Wells

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Ann Reaves Fennegan Wells, 94, passed away peacefully in the home of her daughter where she had lived for her care since 2001. Her funeral service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison. A lunch reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for her beloved university where she spent the majority of her career teaching and from which she retired as Professor Emeritus. Donation information is below. Ann was a native …

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Martha Ann Peters

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Mrs. Martha Ann Smith Peters, 67, of 584 Hough Circle, Madison, Georgia departed this life Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Madison, Georgia. Martha was born April 10, 1951, to the late Charlie and Mamie Studdard. She received her education from Pearl High School. She joined Calvary Baptist Church at an early age. She was blessed with one son, Tony (Brenda) Smith of Milledgeville, GA. Martha leaves to cherish her memories: Tommy Smith, Melvin (Essie) Smith, Dollie (Wilson) Williams, Lewis (Edna) Smith, Mattie Smith, and Sarah Sawyer; three grandchildren Nialonia B., …