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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., …

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Betty Elliott

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Betty Elliott, 66 of Monroe, died January 28, 2019 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle.  Mrs. Elliott was married to Billy Elliott.  She leaves six children, Bill Elliott, Jr., Christina Inglett, Jennifer Tarlton, Becky Caudell, Jackie Elliott and Brunson Johnson.  She also leaves 14 grandchildren.   The family received friends on Wednesday, January 30 from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the  chapel.  Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park in Covington.

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Kaye Thrasher Ervin

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Kaye Thrasher Ervin, 78 of Snellville, died January 25, 2019. Mrs. Ervin was born in Apalachee on March 21, 1940 to Frank and Clyde Beal Thrasher. She was married to the late Clinton Ervin.  She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Auburn.  Mrs. Ervin is survived by one son, Ken Ervin and her daughter-in-law, Galaine Ervin, wife of the late, Stacy Ervin. Mrs. Thrasher also leaves a sister, Helen Long and two brothers, Roger Thrasher and Roy Thrasher.  She leaves grandchildren, Shane Ervin and Jared Ervin and Melissa …

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Nicole Leigh Sells

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Nicole Leigh Sells, lovingly called Niki by friends and family, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, January 21st, 2019. Niki was born March 15th, 1980 to parents Anthony and Claudia Sells in Macon, Georgia.  She attended and graduated from Westside High School.  Niki devoted her time to many organizations as a volunteer, including Morgan Medical Center (formerly Morgan Memorial Hospital,) The Caring Place, UCP in Macon, Hand & Hand, and Joseph’s Coat in Madison. She was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, as well as self-proclaimed unofficial historian of the …

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Floy Shumake

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Mrs. Floy G. Shumake, age 93, formerly of Carrollton, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. Mrs. Shumake was born in Carrollton on November 19, 1925, the daughter of the late E. G. Gentry and Dewie Kilgore Gentry. Mrs. Shumake was a Registered Nurse where she worked for Dr. Roy Denney, Tanner Medical Center and later retiring from Pine Knoll Nursing Home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis Mayfield of Conyers; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and …

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Lois Jeannette McKenzie

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Lois Jeannette McKenzie, 51 of Rutledge, died January 15, 2019.  She was at home surrounded by her family.  She was born April 10, 1967 in San Diego, California to the late, Weyman Willoughby and Shirley Stewart.  Jeannette married Jeff McKenzie on December 29, 1989.  They made their home in Rutledge.  Jeannette worked at the Morgan County High School but most recently worked as a claim’s specialist at Georgia Cancer Specialist.  Jeannette enjoyed vacations with her family, especially trips to the beach.  She loved her family, particularly time with her grandchildren. …

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Barbara Jane Banks

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Barbara Jane Banks, age 72, of Social Circle, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Rev. Tim Needham officiating.  Interment will be in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.  A native of Lilburn, Mrs. Banks was a homemaker and a member of Living Way World Church.  She was preceded in death by her son, Bryan Lane Banks, she is survived by her husband of 54 years, Jefferson Lamar Banks, Jr. of Social Circle; …

Walker, Maxwell W. (Max)

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Alpharetta – Maxwell W. (Max) Walker, 89, beloved husband of Kathleen (Kay) McCreary Walker for 64 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 with his loving family at his side.  He was the epitome of a servant-leader, with an extraordinary dedication to his family and his profession. Max Walker was a nationally recognized pioneer of professional airport planning. His vision for a world class airport came to life in Atlanta; the team he lead as Director of Planning and Development for the Department of Aviation from 1967 to …

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Elizabeth Furlow

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Elizabeth Furlow died of leukemia December 18, 2018 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Elizabeth “Lilly” Truitt Furlow was born in Washington, Georgia on December 8, 1933 to Minnie Fortson Truitt and Horace Truitt. She grew up in Madison and graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon in 1955. After teaching high school in Savannah for a year and concluding an eight-year, long-distance courtship she married Leonard Furlow Jr. several weeks after his graduation from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. They were married for 62 happy years. They had …

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Ollie Mae Love

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Ollie Mae Love, 84, passed away peacefully January 11, 2019 due to colon cancer. She was born March 23, 1935 in Madison to Green and Mary Scarebrook. She married her sweetheart, Johnnie Dennis Love and divorced amicably. Mrs. Love bravely raised their five children alone.  Ollie Mae loved to garden, cook and bake. Her hands were rarely still. She nurtured and grew an assortment of vegetables and her all time favorite sweet potatoes. She delighted in sharing her veggies and sweet potatoes with family and friends. She also shared flower …

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Mary Lou Powers

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Mary Lou Powers, 64 of Greshamville, died January 10, 2019.  Mrs. Powers was born September 10, 1954 to Weyman and Rosa Lee Aaron Stone.  She was married to Rev. Wayne Powers on May 2, 1969.  They lived in Monroe for many years before moving to Greshamville.  Mrs. Powers was faithful as a pastor’s wife, serving alongside him at Freedom Worship Center.  She enjoyed travelling to the mountains and beach.  She loved her family and having them close to her.  She even enjoyed trips with the grandchildren to Chuckee Cheese.  Mrs. …

Billy Milton Garrison

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Billy Milton Garrison, age 79, of Madison,  passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Madison Health and Rehab. Born in Newton, Mississippi, on January 29, 1939, he was the son of the late William Brantley Garrison and Cora Nichols Garrison. Billy graduated from high school in Newton, Mississippi. He was married to the former Polly Anne Almand of Madison. He was a farmer and worked for Joe Bell Farm.  He also worked in construction.  He was a member of Liberty Community Church in Newton, Mississippi.  Billy’s interest outside of family …

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Charlie Lee Bishop Sr.

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Charlie Lee Bishop passed away December 28, 2018 at Madison Health & Rehabilitation Center. Charlie Lee Bishop was born in Rutledge on December 15, 1926. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was married for many years to Mattie Liza Allen Bishop until her passing in 1991. He was a faithful husband and father. Charlie Lee was a dutiful employee of the now defunct Porterdale Cotton Mill in Porterdale for many years and the defunct poultry company in Monroe. He leases behind to cherish his memory his memory …

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Mary Virginia “Gina” Barnette

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Mary Virginia “Gina” Barnette, 34 of Rutledge, died January 4, 2019. She was at home surrounded by her family. Gina was born on February 5, 1984 in Conyers. She grew up in Morgan County. She was a member of Social Circle Baptist Church. Gina loved animals and worked as Vet Tech. She enjoyed holidays and time spent with family and friends but she most enjoyed being a Mother to her daughter, Makenzie. Gina will be remembered for her selflessness, always putting other ahead of herself. Gina Barnette is survived by …