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Joseph Lane Pettigrew

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Joseph Lane Pettigrew, 72, was born October 16, 1946 to the late Clarence Pettigrew Sr. and Sallie Mae Pettigrew.  He answered God’s call to his eternal home on March 24, 2019. J. L. as his family and friends knew him was baptized at Springfield Baptist Church. He received his education in the Morgan County Schools. He enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. J.L. was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1966 via the Alpha Epsilon Chapter, and gained life membership status shortly thereafter.  In 1969 …

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Chilton “Skipper” William

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Mr. Chilton “Skipper” William, 61 of Madison, died March 25, 2019. Skipper was born July 11, 1957 in Atlanta to his parents, Roy and Frances Williams. He worked in construction until an injury stopped him from working any longer. He loved his family and enjoyed bowling. His favorite pastime was spending time with his granddaughter. Skipper is survived by his wife, Audrey Williams and children, Wendy Lambert and Junior, Wayne Williams and Ashley, Jay Williams and Trina, Becky Sump, Katie House, Jerry House and Nancy Smith. He also leaves 21 …

Michael Keith Walker

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Michael Keith Walker, 66, of Buckhead passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Emory University Hospital while surrounded by his family. Born November 20, 1952 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to parents Betty Walker and the late Clifford Walker, he left behind two sons Cole and Justin, as well as his first granddaughter little Maddie Rae. He was  Preceded in death was his wife Melinda Walker. The two of them made a great team. Together they owned and operated a hair salon for many years, Mike and Lindy’s Hair Shop. After her death …

Danny Lynn Pace

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Danny Lynn Pace, 69, of Madison, passed away on March 18, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Hospice House. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He was born on July 3, 1949 in South Boston, Virginia. Danny graduated from Oconee County High School in 1967. He attended the University of Georgia and Brenau University.  Danny was preceded in death by his parents Annie Laura and Warren Pace and brothers, Andy, Alan, and Larry Pace. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy Walker Pace, …

Leonard Dewey Wallace Jr.

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Leonard Dewey Wallace, Jr., 86, of Madison died March 4, 2019. A native of Madison, he was born August 31,1932, the son of the late Leonard Dewey and Anne Douglas Wallace of Madison. Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Wallace and his parents, Leonard Dewey and Anne Douglas Wallace, his sisters and brothers-in-law, Graham and Adelaide Wallace Ponder and Barrett and Anne Wallace Walker. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William and Joanne Riden Wallace of Atlanta.  He is also survived by many nieces and …

Brenda Kay Rice

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Brenda was a devout Christian who was an avid reader, loved socializing, gardening, traveling, and telling everyone about her hometown of Madison, serving at times as a tour guide.  She was a true Southern Belle and very proud of her Southern heritage.  She would say how blessed she was to have a loving husband, Bob beautiful daughter Jennifer and a wonderful family. She was a partner with her husband in their family farm and their publishing business. Brenda is the daughter of Merle and the late Slim Williamson.  She is survived by …

Bobby Ray Young

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Bobby Ray Young, 65, of Macon died March 22, 2019. He was born August 9, 1953 in Madison, the son of the late Otis Fountain and Lillian Anderson Young. Bobby grew up in Madison and attended Morgan County schools. He was a painter. He moved to Macon seven years ago, where he lived with his sister. He is survived by a daughter, Ashley Young, and a granddaughter, Alesia Young of Wrightsville. He is also survived by two sisters, Jean Maye of Macon and Linda Tucker and Jerry of Lawrenceville, and …

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 …