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, …

Jessie Belle Freels

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It is with great sorrow that the children of Jessie Belle Freels announce her passing on March 21, 2020. Jessie Belle Massey was born on April 10, 1935 in Franklin County, Georgia to George Thomas and Willie Mae (Shackelford) Massey. She was one of five children. After graduating high school in Morgan County, Georgia, she left Georgia in 1954 to join the Army.  Basic Training took place at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and then she was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where she met Roger Franklin Freels.  They were married on …

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George Alexander Brown

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George Alexander Brown, age 89, of Rutledge, died on April 1, 2020. He was born in Walton County on June 14, 1930 to the late Harry Brown and Alice Smith Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Christine Hanson Brown, by his daughter, the late Judy Brown, and son-in-law, the late Donald Joe Brown. He is survived by; daughters and son-in-law, Jane Brown of Hillsboro, Laura and Rodney Whitaker of Rutledge; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. A graveside service was held …

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Michael Rustin

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Michael Rustin, 53 of Buckhead, died April 11, 2020.  He was born on April 19, 1966 in Albany to Charles Robert and Erma Carolyn Woodall Rustin.  Michael was married to Tammy on August 23, 1986.  They have one daughter, Ashlyn.   Michael worked as an electrical supervisor at Georgia Pacific.  He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.  He was an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting and snow skiing.  He liked yard work and mowing his lawn.  Michael especially loved his wife and daughter and spending time …

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Patsy Guinn Rhoades

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Patsy Guinn Rhoades, 63 of Rutledge, died March 29, 2020.  She was born in Madison on February 6, 1957.  She was the daughter of Eugene and Annette Moon Guinn.  Patsy was married to Timmy Rhoades.  She enjoyed crafting and made beautiful decorations.  She liked to garden and loved time spent with her husband.  They enjoyed travelling together, especially their weekend trips.  She adored her grandchildren and loved time spent with family.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Melody Duncan Guinn

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Melody Duncan Guinn, 49, of Rutledge, died March 30, 2020.  She was the daughter of Wayne and Brenda Duncan.  Mrs. Guinn was married to Bryan Guinn.  She worked formerly as the cafeteria manager at the Morgan County Elementary School.  Mrs. Guinn was generous to all she came in contact with.  She loved the children she served.  She was a loving wife and mother.  She enjoyed time with her children and always as an encouragement to them.   Melody Guinn is survived by her husband, Bryan, her children, Codie Freeman, Bryan …

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Mildred Fay Brown Mitchem

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Mildred Fay Brown Mitchem, 91, died March 24. 2020.  Mrs. Mitchem was a native of Clayton, GA.  She was born on September 14, 1928 to James and Carrie Hensley Brown.  She was married to the late C.W. Mitchem in 1946.  Mrs. Mitchem was a devoted wife and mother.  She loved her daughters and her grandchildren.  Mrs. Mitchem is survived by two daughters, Nancy Mitchem Addy and Belinda Mitchem Tyler and Ron.  She also leaves her adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as many other family members.  Mrs. Mitchem was …

Frances Holliman Griffin

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Frances Holliman Griffin died on March 23, 2020 in Athens. Born in Atlanta on November 16, 1917, she was the daughter of Henry D. and Fannie H. Holliman and the loving wife of James Milligan Griffin, who preceded her in death.  Admired and loved by her family, she is survived by her son C. William Griffin, daughter-in-law Lynn Griffin, grandchildren Reid Griffin (Laura), Whitney Margherio (Kris), Charles Griffin (Amanda), J. Cameron Griffin (Laura) and seven great-grandchildren. Raised in Atlanta, Frances graduated from Washington Seminary in 1937 and went on to a long and successful career at the First National Bank of Atlanta.  She lived in Rutledge from 1963 to 2010 and was an active community …