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Elizabeth “Betty” McHan Garrison

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Elizabeth “Betty McHan Garrison passed away peacefully on June 18, 2019, leaving a love-filled home that she shared with her late husband, William “Tommy” Garrison until his death in 2013.  Betty’s childhood home had been on land that is now Madison’s Town Park.  Her parents were James N and Josie J McHan.  Shortly after graduating from Morgan County High School in 1951, she married Tommy.  Three years later the young couple grieved the loss of their first child, infant Debra Ann Garrison.  But the backyard playground was soon enjoyed by …

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Kathy Jo Lord Haley

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Kathy Jo Lord Haley, 58 of Morgan County, died May 21, 2019.  Kathy was a life long resident of Morgan County.  She had worked for years as the head cashier at Krystal in Madison.  Kathy attended church at Building 5210.  She loved her family and spent untold hours caring for others.  She will be remembered for her sweet spirit.  Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Joe Lord.  She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Peters Lord as well as her children, Jolene Lord Hawn, Eddie Haley and …

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Julia Ivorene Moody Gilbert

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Julia Ivorene Moody Gilbert, age 80, of Rutledge, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2019, at Piedmont Newton Medical Center in Covington. Ivorene Gilbert was born in Brooks, Georgia to the late Julia Faith Banks Moody and James Butler Moody.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Neil Gilbert. Ivorene Gilbert lived in Rutledge with her daughter and son-in-law, Renea and Michael Hutchins. She loved her cats and camping, especially cooking out and sitting by the fire.  She and her late husband, Raymond travelled …

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Wesley Moses Beckham

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Wesley Moses Beckham, 101, passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2019 at his home in Madison.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna. Mr. Beckham is survived by his sons, Steve Beckham (Jenny) and George Beckham (Karen) and four grandchildren: Alison, Jacob, Caitlin and Emily.  Services were held on Sunday, June 2, at A.E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison, with interment in the Madison City Cemetery.

Brent Preston Slaughter

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Brent Preston Slaughter, age 68 of the Greshamville Community died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at his home.  Born in Madison, Georgia on July 9, 1950, he was the son of late Frank Slaughter and Estelle Brown Slaughter.  Preston was a graduate of Morgan County High School.   On January 20, 1975 he married the former Mary Ann Healey.  Preston was the owner and operator of Custom Dairy Equipment in Madison, GA.   Early in life he enjoyed fishing and hunting, but later he lived for competing in tractor pulls.  He was a …

Jim Wall

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James “Jim” Barnard Wall, age 70, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Cashiers, NC. Jim was born on February 7, 1949, in Madison, to Henry and Louise (Barnard) Wall. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class and enrolled at the University of Georgia, where he served as a Cadet Colonel in the ROTC. During these years he married the love of his life, Nancy Ella Neal, on December 19, 1969. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia, and moved to …

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Betty Jo Cofer Thomas

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Betty Jo Cofer Thomas, 85 of Madison, died May 6, 2019 in Greenville, SC. Mrs. Thomas was born in Covington on July 9, 1933 to Herman and Mary Lois Byrd Cofer. She was retired from Marshall Distributing. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening and spending time with her family. Mrs. Thomas is survived by two daughters, Donna Davis and Cheryl Serrato. She leaves six grandchildren; Jennifer Serrato, Jessica Serrato, Justin Davis, Kelsey Davis, Mireya Gutierrez and Ariana Morales.  She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren. The family of Ms. Thomas …

Joseph Franklin McDowell

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Joseph Franklin McDowell, 91 of Madison, died May 7, 2019. Mr. McDowell was a native of North Carolina. He was born January 9, 1928. He joined the United States Marines while he was still in high school. He served his country during WWII, serving in China. He was married to Nancy Croker. He was retired from United Distributers where he worked in sales. Mr. McDowell was an avid fisherman. He loved his dogs and was a great cook. Mr. McDowell is survived by his wife, Nancy, a daughter, Chrys Farley …

Marianne Clopton Shockley

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“A candle burning at both ends burns brightest, but it cannot last the night.” – Joseph T. Shockley  Marianne Clopton Shockley, Ph. D., of Apalachee, passed from this earthly dimension on Sunday, May 12, 2019. She was the third child and second daughter of Drs. John and Sandra Shockley, also residents of Apalachee. Marianne and her elder sister, Suzanne (Mrs. Eric) Hendricks of Soperton, shared the same birthday of August 14th, though Marianne was five years younger. Their paternal uncle Colonel Peter S. Shockley, Ret., formerly of Alexandria, Virginia, also shared …

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Geraldine Lowe Carter

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Geraldine Lowe Carter was born October 13, 1932 in Sharon to the late Jimmy Lowe and Lenora Revere Lowe. At an early age she joined Thankful Baptist Church, where she was a faithful choir member. She was united in holy matrimony to Deacon Sam Carter, who preceded her in death in addition to one sister and four brothers. Geraldine transitioned to eternal rest on Friday, April 19, 2019. Her memory will live on in her two children, Pastor Aaron Carter Sr. (Valenteena) and Juanita Miller (Clifford); one sister, Bessie L. …

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Joel Henry Johnston

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Joel Henry Johnston Joel Henry Johnston, 90, of Rutledge, went home to be with the Lord, on May 3, 2019. He was a native of Newborn, where he was one of five children of the late Eugene and Sadie Williams Johnston. Growing up he enjoyed roping on his horse, Rawhide. He served in the United States  Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War from 1950-1952 as a Medic. He received medals for expert shooter with the M-1 carbine and also expert shooter with the 45 cal. …

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Troy Lee Dobbs

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Troy Lee Dobbs, 92 of Bostwick, died May 6 2019. Mr. Dobbs was born April 17, 1927 in Walton County to DeWitt and Viola Roberts Dobbs. He was married to the late Juanita Dobbs. Mr. Dobbs served in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean War. He was retired from the Schnadig Corporation where he was the quality assurance manager. Mr. Dobbs was a member of Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church. He enjoyed working his garden. He liked to fish and hunt and loved to play softball. He was …

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Jimmy Jones

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Jimmy Jones, 64 of Madison, died May 3, 2019. Jimmy was the son of the late, Brady and Lillie Cobb Jones. He had worked as a truck driver and also for Morris Wrecker Service. Jimmy was married to Shelby Johnson. He enjoyed racing, fishing and watching wrestling. He loved his dogs and his grandchildren. Jimmy Jones is survived by his wife, Shelby and their children, Pamela Jones, Spencer Jones and Mandi, Ricki Nelms and Chris. He is also survived by grandchildren, Javier, Bri and Aiden Tirado, Easton Poole, Jessie Jones …

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Tom Franklin

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Tom Franklin, age 100, of Madison passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 2410 Bethany Church Road, Madison. There will be a visitation on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison. Jones and Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jacob Martin Wilson Jr,

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Jacob Martin Wilson, Jr., who resided in Morgan County all of his 98 years except for the time he spent in the Pacific Theater during World War II, died Sunday, April 28, at his home off Eatonton Highway. Mr. Wilson was born on Oct. 20, 1920, to Jacob Martin Wilson Sr. and Genie Maude Baldwin Wilson. He was married to his wife, Blanche, for 68 years. During his life, Mr. Wilson was primarily a dairyman, but for several years he switched to chickens, operating two egg-laying houses. He loved being …

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Linda Crystal “Christy” Stewart

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Linda Crystal “Christy” Stewart, age 49, of Covington, was taken home to Jesus on Friday, April 19, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  Christy was born in Knoxville, Tenn. to James Poe and Kay Merritt Dobbs on July 6, 1969. Upon marrying Kevin Stewart, the couple resided in Covington, where they also attended Belmont Baptist Church. Christy had the wonderful gifts of mercy and encouragement and would often go out of her way to share a word of comfort or give a consoling hug to someone in need. She …

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James David Clark

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James David Clark, 56 of Madison, died April 14, 2019.  Born in Madison, Dave was the son of Doris Hilsman Clark and the late, Carroll Clark. Dave was preceded in death by his son, Brent Clark. He was a lifelong farmer. He was an outdoorsman, a devoted father and grandfather.   Dave Clark is survived by his two daughters Ashley Burt and Daniel and Megan Bell and Brett. He leaves three grandchildren; Clark Burt, Ellis Burt, and Bren Bell.  Dave is also survived by his mother, Doris Clark, a sister, …

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Ronda Sue Scruggs

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Ronda Sue Scruggs, 60 of Madison, died April 16, 2019. Mrs. Scruggs was born August 13, 1958 in Greensboro, to Worth Robert Pinson and Doris Elizebeth Milligan Pinson. She was retired from Leggett and Platt. Ronda married Hershel Sam Scruggs on August 25, 1978. She loved going on vacation and enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. Mrs. Scruggs is survived by her husband, Sam as well as children: Tenessa Welsh and Corey, Cynthia Scruggs, Samuel Scruggs and Austin Scruggs and Becky. She leaves two grandchildren, Emily Rayne Stewart and …

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Jake William Rogers Jr.

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Jake William Rogers, Jr. died April 16, 2019. Junior was 79 years old. He was born February 2, 1940 in Buckhead to Jake and Annie Lee Moon Rogers. Junior grew up in Morgan County. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army. After his service, Junior came back to Buckhead. He was a true civil servant, volunteering for the chamber of commerce. He was an avid UGA Bulldog fan and missed very few football games. He enjoyed line dancing and spent many evenings at Cowboys. He enjoyed trips to Six …

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Martha Gail “Molly” Davis

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Martha Gail “Molly” Davis, 66, of Rutledge passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019. She was born on September 15, 1952 to the late Leon L. Bobo and Mary Elizabeth Ashbough Bobo. She has two siblings, Gary Bobo and Harley Bobo. She was married to the late James Warren Davis “WD” from  1979 – 2015. She is survived by her two sons, Wesley Joel Davis and Jessy Warren Davis and a number of other loving relatives and close friends. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 …