Martha Sue Freeman Dyar

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Martha Sue Freeman Dyar, of the Greshamville Community died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. She was 96.  Born May 10, 1922 in Greshamville, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Bingham Freeman and Glennie Smith Freeman. She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1939 and North Georgia College. On July 22, 1945, she married Jonathan Pressly Dyar, III and they were married for 63 years. When she was younger she taught school in Siloam and later became the Tax Commissioner for Greene County serving …

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Bessie Bee (Lawrence) Laborn

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Bessie Bee (Lawrence) Laborn was born October 2, 1948 to the late Fannie Mae Jackson) Lawrence. She attended school in Morgan County and joined the Barrows Grove Baptist Church family at an early age where she served faithfully in the choir and on the Mother Board and other events. She married James Leon Labor on October 13, 1975 and from this union four children were born. She is survived by her husband, James Laborn; children, Marina Laborn, Jeremiah Laborn, LaLetta Laborn and Sabrina Laborn; and one step-son, Gregory Hunt. She …

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Sandra Pinson Willoughby

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Sandra Pinson Willoughby, 74, died December 10, 2018. A native of Madison, she was a daughter of the late Effie Taylor and Robert Pinson and was also preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers. She lived in this area for most of her life and retired from the Clarke County School System. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, EAST. Interment will follow at Winterville Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, James Willoughby; children, Darlene Hall, Ralph Willoughby, Billy …

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James Randall Bell

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James Randall Bell, 31 of Buckhead, died December 8, 2018. Randy was the son of Chris Bell and Scheryl Willis Williams. Randy loved fishing and walking and reading his Bible. Randy was always a gentleman. He will be remembered for seeing the world differently than everyone else. Randy Bell is survived by his parents as well as a sister, April Bridges and Monroe and Wade Bell and Bonnie. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

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Jesse DeWitt Knight

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Jesse DeWitt Knight, Jr. 84 of Madison, died at his home on December 11, 2018. Mr. Knight was a native of Lake Butler, Fla. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He served in the Korean War. He was retired as a forester, having worked for International Paper Company and Evergreen. Mr. Knight was a member of Madison First United Methodist Church. He loved his farm and his cows. He enjoyed watching hummingbirds feed and seeing ducks on his pond. DeWitt Knight is survived by his wife Gussie …

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John Peter Aseff

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John Peter Aseff passed away November 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. He was 91 years old and lived a wonderful, Christian life in Madison with his beloved wife of 55 years Patricia Anne Murray Aseff near their devoted daughters, Leanne Brice from Madison and Sarah Smith from Augusta. John’s father, Farris Asseff, migrated from Syria in the early 1900’s to Canada where he met and married John’s mother, Celina Champagne in Montreal, Canada. They traveled to Charleston, West Virginia, where they humbly raised their seven children. John …

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Hunter Crawford Foy

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Hunter Crawford Foy, 91, died December 2, 2018 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was born in Eufaula, Alabama, November 5, 1927. He attended Eufaula public schools and graduated from Auburn University. Immediately upon graduation, he was commissioned into the army and deployed to Korea. He married the former Sue Rast in 1952 in Dillion, South Carolina. They moved to Madison in 1963 when he was employed by the Federal Land Bank, and afterwards by the Georgia Department of Revenue as a chief property appraiser. Hunter was a loyal …

John Bowman (“Bo”) Trumbo

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John Bowman (“Bo”) Trumbo, a financial consultant with Trumbo Capital Management, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Winter Park, Florida. He was 62. Bo was the son of the former Carolyn Nell Rich and Robert B. Trumbo, whose families moved from Georgia and Ohio to Orlando in the 1920s. Bo was born on April 6, 1956 in Durham, North Carolina, during his father’s tenure as a resident in thoracic surgery at Duke University Hospital. After the Trumbos returned to Orlando in 1958, Bo attended local public schools, then entering Tulane …

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Allan Raymond Karl

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It is with great sadness that the family of Allan Raymond Karl announces his passing on Monday November 19, 2018 at the age of 85 years. Allan was born August 16, 1933 in Olean, New York to J. Emmett Karl and Frances Neugart. He enlisted in the Navy at age 18 and served in the Korean conflict. He later joined the U.S. Air Force and served for 20 years. He then became a self-employed truck driver for 30 years. Allan found great joy in “fixing” things on his farm, spending …

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Oscar Franklin Hendrix Jr.

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Oscar Franklin Hendrix, Jr., age 90 of Buckhead, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Marie T. Hendrix; son, Kerry Franklin Hendrix; grandson, Jason Paul Dorsett; granddaughter, Ida Elaine Parker; siblings; Annie Mae Waters, Pauline Miller, Clyde Hendrix, Leroy Hendrix, Melba Epps, Theo Minick, and Samuel Hendrix; and son-in-law, Cleve Dorsett. He is survived by his children, Vicki Dorsett, Harley Wayne Hendrix (Tina), Cindy Marie Parker (Larry), Janice Ruth Johns, Joseph Ryan Hendrix, and Oscar Franklin Hendrix III (Cheryl); …

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Ronny Orr

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Ronny Orr, 60, of Snellville, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Karen E. Orr; mother, Betty Orr; sister, Faith Orr; maternal grandparents, Hoyt and Willie Mae Batchelor; and paternal grandparents, Grady and Mattie Lou Orr. He is survived by his children, Lindsay (Tripp) Williams and Whitney Orr (Kevin Almon); father, Bo Orr; sister, Tyree (Michael) Martin; grandchildren, Dru Williams and Evie Almon; beloved dog, Hershey; and a host of other family and friends. Ronny was a loving father, husband, …

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Bessie Lou Willis

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Bessie Lou Willis passed on November 7, 2018 at University Medical Center in Augusta. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 15 at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Jefferson Baptist Church Cemetery, Harmony Road in Eatonton. Family will receive friends at 12:30 p.m. until hour of service. Repast will be at The Gilmore House, across from Jones and Turner Funeral Home, after the committal.

Betty Nesbitt

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Betty Nesbitt, 91 of Madison, died October 26, 2018.  Mrs. Nesbitt was at home surrounded by her family.  She was the daughter of the late J.J. and Maddie Blackman Parrish.  She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 23, 1927.  She was married to Bob Nesbitt on May 9, 1959.  They lived in Smithfield, N.C. for several years before moving to Stockbridge and then to Madison in 1964.  Mrs. Nesbitt was retired from the Morgan County Board of Education.  She loved children and encouraging them to read.  She founded the …

John Augustus Pursley Jr.

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John Augustus Pursley, Jr. died peacefully at his home on October 27, 2018 in Milledgeville, at the age of 95. He was born in Haddock, Georgia on September 5, 1923 to the late John Augustus and Marie Roberts Pursley, Sr. Mr. Pursley spent his youth in Haddock and graduated from Haddock School. As a young boy, he worked in his father’s country store in Haddock and picked peaches for the late Walter Williams, Sr. who lived across the street from him. He graduated from Georgia Military College with an Associate’s …

Frances C. Beers

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Frances C. Beers passed away Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018 at home in Rutledge. She was under the care of Hospice and her loving husband Jerry. Frankie was born in Louisiana and grew up in Crowley, Louisiana. She married and moved to Atlanta. When she discovered Madison, she moved there and stayed until her husband was transferred to Florida in 1992. Her husband died and she met Jerry in 1997, they married in 2002 and moved to Morgan County in 2007. Frankie had a sister and brother. Frankie’s parents, Arthur …

Evelyn Scofield Rowland

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Evelyn Scofield Rowland passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018, in Atlanta. Born September 18, 1938 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Francis Collins Scofield and Elizabeth Dawson Scofield. She attended Madeira School in McLean, Virginia and graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics. She was married in 1961 to Ronald Hofer Rowland in Collington, Maryland. Evelyn is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Ronald. She is survived by her sister Carolyn Dawson; children: William Scofield Rowland (Claudia), Thomas Dawson …

Denise Marie Blair

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Denise Marie Blair passed away peacefully at her home on October 16, 2018. She was born August 29, 1963 in Thomson. She lived in Madison for the past 20 years. She is the daughter of Terry and Edmond Morrison of Rutledge. Mrs. Blair left behind her parents and beloved husband of 35 years, Lawrence (Eddie) Blair, three sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters, numerous nieces, nephew, aunts and uncles. A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. October 24 at 2271 Weaver Jones Road, Rutledge. She …

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Shirley N. Morris

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Shirley N. Morris passed away on the morning of October 16, 2018.  She was born in Madison County, Georgia on March 26, 1937 to Georgia Brown Norris and Ernest Eugene Norris.  She had five brothers, William Howard Norris, Dewey Brant Norris, Samuel Eugene Norris, Herschel Lee Norris, and Hugh Milton Norris, all of whom preceded her.  She leaves a husband of 63 years, Roy Franklin Morris, one son, Roy Morris, Jr., five grandchildren, Luke McCarron Morris, Skyla Drew Morris, Elsie Brynn Morris, Paulina Isabelle Morris, Jack Rhys Morris, and their mother, Bonnie Betancourt …

Catherine Louise Dandelske Walker

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Catherine Louise Dandelske Walker of Madison,  passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her residence at the age of 85.  Born April 10, 1933 in New Haven, Conn, she was the daughter of the late Frederick William Dandelske and Emma Margaret Schifferdecker Dandelske.  Catherine graduated from West Haven High School in Connecticut and proudly served her country in the United States Army.  On October 3, 1953, she married Elmer Eugene Walker, Sr. and in April of 1957 they moved to Madison. She worked for Southern Bell but left to …

Molly Michele Nesson Bonner

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Molly Michele Nesson Bonner of Buckhead passed away October 14, 2018 at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. She was born on April 13, 1968 in Madison, Wisconsin to James Ronald Nesson and Cynthia Nesson. She graduated from McFarland High School in 1986 and attended the University of Minnesota and Georgia College. She graduated from Piedmont College with a Masters and Specialists Degree in education. On March 16, 1996 she married Edward Everette Bonner.  Molly taught school for 24 years, four years at Union Point Elementary and 20 years at Morgan County teaching …