Michael Clay Nations

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Michael Clay Nations “Mike”, 58 passed away May 21, 2020 in his beloved town of Athens. He was the husband of Dana Nations and they shared 36 years of marriage together. He is survived by his two children, Justin (Christina) and Liz (Joseph), his two grandchildren, Carson and Sydney with his third grandchild due in December, his mother JoAnn Nations, brother Alec Nations and sister Melissa (Rick) Rittenhouse, along with two nieces Katherine and Caroline and many other family members who loved him dearly. As Mike entered the presence of …

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Bonita Raye Malcom

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Bonita Raye Malcom, 72, died on May 21, 2020 after a long and courageously-fought battle with cancer.  She never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was always determined to spend time with her family, without any complaint of her illness. Her compassion permeated all around her as she lived a life of putting others before herself. Her jovial laugh will forever echo inside those who loved and knew her. Through our time with her, we gained faith, resilience and perseverance. We learned to be both strong and loving. She …

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Roy William Bowman

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Roy William Bowman, 71 of Farmington passed away on May 22, 2020 at his home from a heart disease. He was born on July 23, 1948. He was welcomed into the gates of Heaven by his wife Nora Bowman and his parents Mrytis and Robert Bowman. Roy is survived by by his sisters-in-law, Barbara Teran, Brenda Arnold, Joyce Coltrain and Sherry Hawk and brothers-in-law, Tommy Hawk and Mike Arnold; nephews, Thomas Hawk and family, Clinton Johnson and family and Seth Coltrain and family; nieces, Tangie Merritt and family, Michelle Hawk …

Eugene Keith Barnett

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Eugene Keith Barnett of Bostwick passed away peacefully on May 13, 2020 following a lengthy illness.  Keith was a servant of God and truly tried to live his life by the Golden Rule.  He was born on May 21, 1940 and was the son of the late James David and Mary Byrnes Barnett.  He lived most of his life in Oconee County and had resided the past 14 years in Bostwick.  He was married to the late Patricia Ruark Barnett.   Keith was a member and former deacon of Bishop …

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Kathryn G. Hensley

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Kathryn G. Hensley died May 16, 2020 at The Gardens of Social Circle after an extended illness.  She was born in McDuffie County, Georgia and was the daughter of the late, A.W. Guy and the late, Annie Guy Criswell.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack L. Hensley; daughter, Kim Lowe; and grandson, Chuck Lowe. Mrs. Hensley graduated from Thomson High School and Southern Business University and attended Georgia State University in Atlanta.  She worked for Hickman and Company in Atlanta as a secretary and later as …

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Willie Richard Porter

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Willie Richard Porter, Sr. of Madison, died May 13, 2020.  Richard was born September 7, 1934 in Dry Pond, GA to Dave and Maggie Porter.  He was retired as a truck driver.  Richard was preceded in death by a son, Kent Porter, and a step-son, James Colley; three brothers; his first wife, Gracie Porter and his second wife, Ruby Nell Porter. Also three grandsons, Michael Brown, Sanjay Kar and Stephen Marlow and finally one great grandson Keynun Williams. Richard Porter is survived by his wife Linda Porter; five children, Daisy …

Weldon Reese Crook

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Weldon Reese Crook of Madison, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at the age of 76. Weldon was born in Houston, Texas to Grover and Retha Crook on November 7, 1943.  Weldon and his family lived in Madison from 1943 to 1957 where he attended elementary school in the building that currently houses the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.  The family moved to East Atlanta in 1957 where he attended Murphy High School in Atlanta.  While at Murphy, he met and began dating his high school sweetheart, Donna Stelzriede Crook.  …

Harold ‘Reno’ Glenn Johnson

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On Sunday morning, May 3, 2020, Harold ‘Reno’ Glenn Johnson of Buckhead, age 83, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home by the lake.  After a battle with bladder cancer and two difficult surgeries, Mr. Johnson slowly said his goodbyes and began a restful decline.  Reno was surrounded by loved ones and was visited and comforted by members of the Lake Oconee community, members of their church at Buckhead Baptist, and his family.  Harold ‘Reno’ Johnson was born in Hanceville, Alabama.  His father, Ernest Johnson, relocated the family …

Dr. Timothy B. Gibson, MD

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Dr. Timothy B. Gibson, MD, passed peacefully on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, surrounded by his family.  On February 7, 1940 at The Tennessee Coal and Mine Hospital in Fairfield, Alabama, Timothy was born to Mrs. Laura Jacquot Gibson and Mr. Thomas Neuce Gibson Jr. He was proceeded in death by his brother, Colonel Thomas Neuce Gibson III.  He is survived by his loving wife, Em Chaffin Gibson; his devoted children: Laura Gibson Hooper and Bryan Hooper; James Gibson and wife Melanie, all of Athens; his beloved brother Ted W. Gibson …

Linda Alford Ashby

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Linda Alford Ashby, 72 of Madison, passed away May 2, 2020.  She was born to the late Emmett and Susie Harwood Alford on June 23, 1947 in Buckhead.  She was a 1966 graduate of Morgan County High School and a graduate of Athens Business School.  She started her career at Pennington Seed in Madison and had numerous professions throughout her busy life.  In her final years, her favorite job was a greeter at Wal-Mart, and she brightened many people’s days with her hugs and kind words.  She was a devout member of …

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Clyde James Cole, Jr

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Clyde James Cole, Jr. of Milledgeville, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the age of 86. Born and raised in Wadesboro, North Carolina, Mr. Cole Proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, in Korea, and was an iron worker for many years. He enjoyed being outdoors whether it was fishing or hunting and was an avid sports fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team and NASCAR. Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Cole; parents, Clyde, Sr., and Martha Cole; sister, …

Harman F. Franklin

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Harman F. Franklin was born June 25, 1952 to the late Willie Franklin and Dellie Mathis Franklin. He entered into eternal rest on April 20, 2020. His parents preceded him in death along with three sisters and one brother. He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving daughter Jamila Franklin and two grandsons, Amiyr and Jaidan. He also leaves to cherish his memory  three sisters, Ethel Franklin, Denethel Jackson and Brenda Franklin and three brothers, Milfred Franklin (Geraldine), Busher Lee Franklin (Joyce Ann) and Barry Franklin (Loretha). He also leaves …

Edna Tanner Smith

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Edna Tanner Smith, 88 of Buckhead passed away April 23, 2020.  She was the daughter of the late Earl and Lula Tanner.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Rassey Smith.  Mrs. Smith was a member of Madison Seventh Day Adventist Church.  She spent her life farming with her husband.  They owned Smith Grocery that is now known as the Buckhead Grocery.  Mrs. Smith also loved to garden and took pride in the plants that she grew. Mrs. Smith is survived by their children, Robert Smith, …

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Linda Faye Guinn Arehart

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Linda Faye Guinn Arehart, 66, went home to be with Jesus on March 27, 2020. All who had the privilege to know her are surely convinced the world lost a most precious God-fearing woman. Faye was born in Athens to Annette Moon Guinn and Cleveland Eugene Guinn on October 31, 1953. She was the proud mother of three daughters. Brandy Starr  Lloyd, age 42, Celestia Jean Arehart , age 41, and Sheri Cheyenne Bradshaw, age 32. Faye was the proud grandmother of eight surviving grandchildren. Triston Donnell Smith, 20; Breanna …

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Norman Stanton Robertson

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Norman Stanton Robertson, 84 of Rutledge died May 2, 2020 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle.   He was a native of Morgan County.  He was the son of the late, James W. and Agnes Haymore Robertson.  He was born April 19, 1936.   Mr. Robertson was married to Vesmar Beck.  They lived in Loganville for many years before returning to Rutledge 20 years ago.  Mr. Robertson retired as a truck driver from ABF.   He was a member of Centennial Baptist Church.  He served as a deacon for many …

Frederick Lee Mills

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Frederick Lee Mills was born in Morgan County, Georgia, on May 17, 1967 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Izeal and Rev. Ruby Mills. Frederick was preceded in death by his mom, Rev. Ruby Mills, his brother, Undrea M. Mathis, and sister-in-law, Sandra Wilson.  At an early age he received Christ and was baptized and became a member of New Enon Baptist Church. Frederick met the love of his life, Balinda E. Mills, 28 years ago in April of 1992. Frederick and Balinda joined in holy matrimony on September 18, …

Amelia Adams Wilson

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Amelia Adams Wilson, 87, of Eatonton passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020. She was born in Wilcox County, Georgia on August 30, 1932 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ferrell Adams. Within a year, the family moved to Eatonton and it was on the front porch of the Taliaferro House at the First Methodist Church where she took her first steps. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey Lamar Wilson, Sr. and two sons, Arthur Frederick Wilson and Harvey Lamar Wilson, Jr. She attended …

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Donald Eugene Hilsman

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Donald Eugene Hilsman, 80 of Buckhead, died April 24, 2020 at his home.  He was born in Atlanta, on April 20, 1940 to Robert T. Hilsman, Sr and Dorothy Lancaster Hilsman.  He graduated from Morgan County High School and operated a dairy farm most of his adult life.  Mr. Hilsman enjoyed the country life.  He enjoyed bull riding and roping as a young man along with hunting and fishing.  He liked to cook and eat what he cooked.  Known as “Bigdaddy” to his grandchildren, Donald Hilsman will be missed. Donald …

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James Grady Moon

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James Grady Moon, 79 of Godfrey, died April 22, 2020.  Mr. Moon was a life-long resident of Morgan County.  He was born to Elmer and Ruby Wright Moon on September 27, 1940.  He grew up in Godfrey and operated his dairy there until retiring.  After retirement, Mr. Moon went back to work.  He purchased a dump truck and began hauling and did that until recently.  He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and a devoted UGA football fan. Mr. Moon is survived by his wife, Betty and his daughter, …

Richard Marion Cousins

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Born in Americus, Georgia, on May 15, 1940, Richard Marion Cousins went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 7, 2020.  He died peacefully at his home on Lake Oconee with his loving family at his side. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph Byron Cousins Jr. and Catherine Allene Sisk Cousins, and a brother, Byron Cousins.  He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret Patricia Smith Cousins; two sons Jason Paul Cousins (Laura), Richard Brian Cousins (Jennifer). a daughter, …