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Beryl Adair Newsome

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Beryl Adair Newsome, 84, passed away on September 14, 2020 at Madison Health and Rehabilation Center. She was born August 28, 1936. Her parents were the late George Cornelius (Neil) Adair and Alice Hammond Adair. She lived all of her life in Morgan County. She attended West Georgia College in Carrollton and the University of Georgia in Athens. She was employed by Morgan County High School from 1961 until 1991 when she retired. She first worked as the principal’s secretary and then as assistant librarian. She had one son, Clarke …

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Mary Dawn Sturdivant Pierce

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Mary Dawn Sturdivant Pierce, 79 of Madison, died September 1, 2020.  She was a native of Morgan County.  She was born on November 15, 1940 to Andrew Clyde Sturdivant and Mary Elizabeth Sherrer Sturdivant.  Mrs. Pierce was a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church.  She was widowed by three husbands, Pete Smith, Gene Marshall and William Pierce.  She was also preceded in death by daughter, Mary Rebecca as well as her parents.   Mrs. Pierce is survived by her children, Chuck Smith (Beth), Dawn Smith, Betty Smith-Webb (Scott), Pamela Smith …

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James Walter “Jim” Boyd, Jr

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James Walter “Jim” Boyd, Jr., 82 of Rutledge died unexpectedly on September 3, 2020.  Mr. Boyd was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a patriotic American.  He was a long-time insurance agent in Madison.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Madison.  He was an avid outdoorsman. Jim Boyd is survived by his wife, Phyllis R. Boyd and two children, Donna Kathleen Boyd and James Benjamin Boyd and  Karoll.  He also leaves two grandchildren, Kyle Boyd and Gabrielle Boyd.  Also surviving is a brother, Donald …

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Betsy Noelia Cossio

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Betsy Noelia Cossio, 70 of Madison, passed away on September 3, 2020.  She was at her home, surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Cossio was born on March 21, 1950 in Puerto Rico to Jose Louis Velazquez and Gabriella Hernandez.  She was married to Dr. Eduardo Cossio.  Mrs. Cossio was a school teacher before managing her husband’s medical office.  She was an avid reader and loved to learn knew things.  This made her an excellent teacher.  She was devoted to her family.  She enjoyed travelling, especially to the beach and spending …

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Shirley Almand

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Mrs. Shirley Almand of Madison died September 19, 2020.  She was a long-time hair dresser in Madison.  She was the daughter of the late William Ralph and Lois Lord Armour.  She was married to the late Henry Almand.  Mrs. Almand is survived by two children, Lynn Day and Steve and Bart Almand and Becky as well as two siblings, J.R. Armour and Rose Marie Luke and Richard.  She leaves grandchildren: Jena Day, Steven Day, Haley Azar and Lizzie Day and also a great grandchild, Anabeth Day.  Mrs. Almand has several …

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Theresa Commerton Benkoski

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Theresa Commerton Benkoski, 92 of Madison, died September 11, 2020.  She was born December 21, 1927 in New York City.  Her parents were the late Thomas Joseph Commerton and Anna Gumb Commerton.  Mrs. Benkoski worked for the National Biscuit Company before marrying.  While there, she helped in production of rations for  U.S. military service members during WWII.  She was married to the late John Benkoski, Sr.  The lived in Connecticut where they operated a dairy farm before moving to Morgan County in 1950 and starting their dairy here.  Mrs. Benkoski …

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Ricky Charles Allgood

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Ricky Charles Allgood, 72 of Rutledge, passed peacefully from this life on September 11, 2020.  He was surrounded by his family.  Ricky Allgood was born March 16, 1948 in Monroe, to James W. and Sybil Reynolds Allgood.  He was married to Diane Watson Allgood.  He was retired from Pactiv where he worked as Plant Manager.  Ricky Allgood was a long-time member of Centennial Baptist Church.  He served as a Sunday school teacher.  He was also a member of Gideon’s International and the Morgan County Baptist Builders.  He was active in …

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Alice annette Cosper

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Alice Annette Cosper went to be with her Lord on Monday, September 7, 2020 surrounded by family who loved her dearly. She was born on August 6, 1945 to the late Barney M. Bush and Floy Mauldin Bush in Lakeland Florida. Annette was known to all for her bright smile and amazing ability to entertain with her stories. She dedicated her life faithfully to serving churches in numerous ministries as well as the family that she loved immensely.  Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years Thomas W. Cosper of …

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Bernardine Holdrege Lawton

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Bernardine Holdrege Lawton, known affectionately as “Bunny,” died Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in Madison. Bunny was born in Savannah on November 26, 1939. She is survived by her older brother, Alexander Robert Lawton III of Franklin, Tenn.; daughter Lawton Brewster Boardman and son-in-law Paul of Los Angeles; son John Pierce Brewster Jr. of Sewanee, Tenn; and grandchildren Annabel Lawton Boardman and Paul Harris Boardman Jr. of Los Angeles, and Francis Alexander Brewster and Sarah Ann Brewster of Sewanee.  Raised in Atlanta, Bunny graduated from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Maryland. …

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Julianna Riden Howard

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Julianna Riden Howard, 71, of Valdosta, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at South Georgia Medical Center.  She was born on November 30, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Thomas H. and Martha Brown Riden.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Medical College of Georgia and was a retired Registered Nurse with her husband’s practice, W.R. Howard, MD.   She is survived by her husband, Dr. William Howard of Valdosta; three sons and daughters-in-law, William R. Howard III and Dr. Jessica Bohonowych of Mt. Pleasant, South …

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Effie McCullough

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Mrs. Effie McCullough of Mansfield, died September 12, 2020 surrounded by her family.  Mrs. McCullough was born in Lakeworth, Fla. on April 11, 1947.  She was married to Charles McCullough.  She worked for Georgia Pacific for several years before joining her husband in their landscape maintenance service.   She was mother to Dwayne McCullough and Angela Marie Angel and Bruce.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Effie McCullough enjoyed the outdoors and working in her flower beds.  She was a loving mother and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Carlton “Timmy” Moore

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Carlton “Timmy” Moore was born April 8, 1966 and died September 10, 2020. He is survived by one son Kaylon Moore and also his mother Amanda Moore, brother Donious Williams, Jr., sisters Sandra Williams and Elease Nelms.  He will be missed by friends and family.  Funeral services arranged by Lester Lackey Funeral Home. Funeral service to be announced .

James Walter Boyd Jr.

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James Walter Boyd, Jr. (82) of Rutledge died September 3, 2020.  Mr. Boyd was a native of Atlanta.  He was born August 5, 1938, to James Walter Boyd, Sr. and Lola Mae (Manard) Boyd.  After high school, he attended Georgia State. He was married to Phyllis Rothell Boyd for almost 59 years.  In 1968, they moved to Morgan County where he began working for the W.S. Gardner Insurance Agency.  He then formed the Jim Boyd and Associates Insurance Agency.  Mr. Boyd was a member of First United Methodist Church of …

Nancy Lee Avery

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Nancy Lee Avery, age 96, passed from this life last Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at her condominium in Madison.  Nancy, affectionately known as Shug to her family and closest friends, was born April 17, 1924 to Isaac Morgan Avery, father, and Willie Lee (West) Avery, mother.  She graduated from Madison High School in 1941 then attended Madison Business School.  She was employed by Caldwell & Co., a cotton gin and oil mill, for 17 years and by Morgan Memorial Hospital in the business office for 19 years. She then began …

Tony Lewis Atwater

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Tony Lewis Atwater Tony Lewis Atwater was born on June 20, 1967, in Madison. He was the youngest of the four children of the late Moses Atwater, Sr., and Anne Bell Robbins Atwater. Tony received his education in the Morgan County public school system. He joined Barrow Grove Baptist Church at an early age, but later moved his membership to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he was ordained Deacon. He met and married the late Tawana L. Cooper and was blessed with two daughters, Tyra and Taylor, and a son, …

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Sandra Dale Watson Kennedy and Louis Junior “LJ” Kennedy

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Sandra Dale Watson Kennedy and Louis Junior “LJ” Kennedy Sandra Dale Watson Kennedy, 78, passed away on Tuesday August 11, 2020 and her husband Louis Junior “LJ” Kennedy, 83, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020.  Sandra was born on July 26, 1942 in Burlington, NC to Ada Maude Ashley Watson and Robert Emmett Watson.  LJ was born on October 9, 1937, in Vienna, Georgia to Mary Vera Sego Kennedy and Charlie Lewis Kennedy.  They were married on April 13, 1983. LJ and Sandra moved to Rutledge in August of 2008 from Crescent City, …

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Mell Knox Bell

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Mell Knox Bell, a former prominent Monroe businessman and civic leader who also served a total of 12 years as mayor, died Monday, Aug. 24, in Madison.  He was 85. Mr. Bell was born in Monroe on March 11, 1935 to Clara Knox and John Robinson Bell. He attended Monroe public schools and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in civil engineering in 1957. Mr. Bell and Shirley Walker Drake of Monroe were married in 1955 and remained together until her death in 1980. Mr. Bell began …

Homer Fred Nabors

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Homer Fred Nabors, age 85, of Madison, passed from this life into the presence of His Lord and Savior on August 12, 2020 following a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s.  He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and their great love for him. Fred was born in Waverly, Alabama, to the late Homer and Mary Nabors.  He spent his childhood, along with his late siblings, in Alabama, until he joined the United States Army at 17 years of age.  From the Korean War to the Vietnam War to the …

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Wayne Parks

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Today, I am the bearer of sad news.  Our airport community has lost a great man and staunch supporter of Aviation.  Wayne Parks devoted his life to keeping pilots safe and has now lost a long term battle with Leukemia. For over 26 years Wayne ran WHP Aviation, Inc. at the Monroe Airport and prior to that worked in the Service Department of Epps Aviation at PDK.   Wayne as many have experienced was always a humble man with amazing expertise.  He was fair to a fault and was always there …

Mrs. Ossie Lean Harris

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September 9, 1925 – August 2, 2020 Graveside Services were held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Lower Moses Baptist Church, in Rutledge, with Reverend Aaron Carter, Sr., as Eulogist. Mother Ossie Lean Harris was born to the late Ned Hunt and Ossie Lene Thomas Hunt on September 9, 1925, in Jasper County. Our Mother received her education at the Wallace Grove Baptist Church in Rutledge.  At an early age, she joined the Low Mosley Baptist Church, where she served on the usher board, motherboard, and loved to sing in …