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Frank Stephens

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Frank Stephens, 82 of Madison, died June 18, 2018.  Mr. Stephens was born February 21, 1936 in Madison to Roy and Dessie Parr Stephens. He was married to Bonnie Ballard Stephens.  Mr. Stephens joined the United States Air Force in 1954.  He retired in 1975 as Master Sargent.  Mr. Stephens loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was a devoted husband to his late wife of 58 years, Bonnie Stephens and a proud servant to his country.  Mr. Stephens enjoyed his dogs but was always partial to …

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William Edwin Hughes

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William Edwin Hughes, 94, of Newborn, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at his residence. “Ed” Hughes was born in Milledgeville on September 17, 1923.  He was a lifelong resident of Newborn.  His parents were the late William Bunyan Hughes and Bertha Jane Martin Hughes. Ed Hughes served in the U. S. Army Air Forces during World War II.  He married the late Evelyn Blackwell Malone Hughes on December 12, 1948. He owned and operated Franklin Veneer Mill in Farrar for over 25 years.  Ed Hughes was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.  He enjoyed …

Helen Olivia Bishop Bell

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Surrounded by the sounds of sweet hymns sung by her children and loved ones, Helen Olivia Bishop Bell, 90, of Hull, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, on June 5, 2018. She loved The Lord and loved serving Him through The Good News Club, teaching Sunday School, and was a dedicated prayer warrior. She was a long-time member of the loving fellowship of Colbert First Baptist Church. Born in Morgan County, Georgia, she was the daughter of Melvin Stephen Bishop and Leila Martha King Bishop. In addition …

John Kirby Biddy Jr.

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John was the son of John Kirby Biddy and Omega Nelson Biddy, Father of Kathryn (John) Maguire, Dianne (David) Saia and John Kirby Biddy III (Stacey), Grandfather of Kelley Maguire, Stella Van Dyke and Holden Biddy, Uncle of John Kirby Murdock (Jill) and Great Uncle of John Kirby Murdock Jr. John was a native son of Madison and was a life-long member of Madison Baptist Church. At an early age he began his work career alongside his father at the family farm. He graduated from Madison High School and began …

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Roy Odell Wilson

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Roy Odell Wilson, 92 of Apalachee, died June 1, 2018 at his home.  He was a native of Barrow County, born September 3, 1925 to William Dilmus Wilson and Mollie Wilburn Wilson.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline.  Mr. Wilson was retired from Golf Course maintenance.  He loved his family and enjoyed playing his guitar. Mr. Wilson is survived by his children, Remonia Stovall and Randy, Ricky Wilson, Louis Wilson and Staffone Wilson.  He also leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. A graveside service was held for …

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Betty Jean Wilkins

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Betty Jean Wilkins, 86 of Madison, died June 2, 2018.  Mrs. Wilkins was born on June 4, 1931 in Paonia, Col. to Andrew and Alice Campbell McIntyre.  She was married to the late Robert Wilkins.  Mrs. Wilkins served overseas in the mission field for several years before moving to Madison.  Here, she worked until retirement for the Source of Light Ministries.  Mrs. Wilkins was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilkins is survived by a brother, Ed McIntyre and other friends and family. The family received friends on …

David A. Harris

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David A. Harris Sr., 85, peacefully passed in his Madison Lakes home surrounded by family and friends on May 22, 2018. Born October 26, 1932 to Floyd and Alva Harris, he was a loving husband of Susan Swilley Harris. He is survived by his wife, Sue, two sons David Jr. and Derek, and three grandchildren Eliza, Austin and Chandler. He is survived by Sue’s son Jean-Paul Swilley and as a loving grandfather to Renee, Autum, Breanna, Nick, Erica, Trey and Hunter. David helped raise two loving stepsons, The Honorable Clyde …

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Ethel Marian Cochran Tolhurst Norrell

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Ethel Marian Cochran Norrell, 94, of Collegedale, Tenn. Passed away Saturday, March 31 of natural causes. Though she had slowed down physically, she remained mentally alert and full of life. Ethel was born February 5, 1934 in Boynton, Fla, to the late Marion and Leona Cochran. She lived in Concord, N.C. before the family moved to her father’s hometown of Apalachee, where she attended grade school. She later graduated from high school in Bostwick in 1939. She attended Madison Business School and became a secretary before attending Southern Junior College, …

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Gerlinde Pöschko Baldwin

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Gerlinde Pöschko Baldwin, 75, of Macon, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 2:00 P.M., at Madison City Cemetery, in Madison, GA. Born August 27th, 1942 in Kaplitz, Czechoslovakia. She was the youngest of five children. Her family moved to Germany after WWII. She met her husband Pierce Burney Baldwin III who was an American soldier at a dance in 1962. He would ride his bike seven miles from where he was stationed in Germany to see her and …

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Darlene Haymore

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Darlene Haymore, 65 of Rutledge, died May 23, 2018.  Mrs. Haymore was married to Ricky Haymore.  She was retired from Cub Foods.  She enjoyed life on the family farm, raising beef cattle. Mrs. Haymore is survived by her husband, Richard Haymore and children, Terry (Yvonne) Haymore, Todd (Christy) Haymore, Stacey Haymore and Richard (Janet) Haymore.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren. The family received friends on Thursday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral Home.  The funeral service was Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m. in the chapel.  Interment …

Martha Conner Plunkett

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Martha Conner Plunkett, age 91 of Bishop, died May 19, 2018.  Born in Gainesville to Thomas and Mellie Conner, she grew up in Apalachee and Madison, and graduated from Madison High School in 1945.  Following graduation, she started her 20-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Company in Atlanta, where she was one of the first female managers.  She married Charles Edward Plunkett of Lithonia in 1963. Surviving are her daughters, Lisa Rawls of Bishop, Mary Ryan of University Place, Wash., sons Charles Plunkett, Jr of Tacoma, Wash. and Russell Plunkett …

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Evelyn Ruark Coggin

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Evelyn Ruark Coggin of Bostwick passed away on May 16, 2018. She was born in Bostwick on July 26, 1924 to James Russell Ruark and Katie Inez Jones Ruark. She was born in the home of her grandparents, “Papa Charlie and Mother Emma”. She graduated from Bostwick High School as Salutatorian in May of 1943. She married Theodore Lewis Coggin of Conyers on March 19, 1945. They settled in Decatur after their marriage and started a family. In 1959, they moved to Avondale Estates where Evelyn became a very active …

Mary Hays Blackwell Butler

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“If this were my last day I’m almost sure I’d spend it working in my garden.  I would dig about my little plants, and try to make them happy, so they would endure long after me.  Then I would hide secure where my green arbor shades me from the sky, and watch how bird and bee and butterfly came hovering to every flowery lure.  Then, as I rested, perhaps a friend or two, lovers of flowers would come, and we would walk about my little garden paths and talk of …

Emma Gean Williams

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Emma Gean Williams, 70, died May 6, 2018 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. She was born April 1, 1948 in Madison to Willie B. and Clara J. Smith. Emma Gean was married to Harold Williams who preceded her in death. Unto them two sons were born, Terry Williams Sr. who preceded her in death and David Williams Sr. Emma Gean joined Lower Mosely Church, where she was a faithful member. She worked at several places during her lifetime. Among them were Verner Farms and the Chicken Poultry Plant. She was a …

John Brock

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John Brock 97, formally of Eatonton, passed away in Marshallville, GA. on Sunday, May 13, 2018.  John was known to his family and friends as J.T.  He was born in Shady Dale to the late David W. Brock and Sara Lucille Cagle Brock.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Edith Tumlin Brock and son Johnny Brock.   J. T. served in the United States Army for 4 years during World War II and was a member of the VFW post 6686.   J.T. was the plant manager at Enterprise …

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Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley

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Nancy Lee Roper Blackwell Ansley, 89, of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello. Nancy Blackwell Ansley was born on April 27, 1929, in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Tyre Lee “Preacher” Roper and Nora Stradley Roper.  Her family moved to Jasper County; she lived in Monticello until 1969.    Before moving to Madison in 1969, Nancy owned and operated Kathryn’s Flowers for a few years. Her late husband, Thomas Leon Blackwell, passed away in 1981; and she remarried the late Hamilton Goss …

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Wayne Mealor

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Wayne Mealor, 74, died peacefully on Sunday May 13, 2018 at his home in Madison. He was born in Morgan County on September 29, 1943 to the late Joe and Dorothy M. Westmoreland Mealor. Wayne graduated from Morgan County High School in 1961. He worked for the GA Department of Transportation as a project engineer and retired after 33 years. Wayne was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, being outdoors and hunting. Wayne married Elaine McCord Mealor in 1964. They have been married for more …

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Elbert Wayne Hix

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Elbert Wayne Hix, 79 of Madison, died on May 9, 2018.  Mr. Hix was born on September 6, 1938 in Stone Mountain.  He was the son of the late Elbert and Naomi Buice Hix.  Mr. Hix was retired as a supervisor of paper production.  He attended Brownwood Baptist Church.  He enjoyed repairing small engines and working in his yard.  He liked to fish and hunt.  He was also a talented poet and enjoyed sharing his poems. Mr. Hix is survived by his wife, Joann Robertson Hix and two daughters, Deborah …

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Hoyt David Dickson Jr.

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Hoyt David Dickson Jr. of Rutledge passed away on May 11, 2018.  Born and raised in Rutledge, he graduated from Morgan County High School, and went on to attend and graduate from Berry College in Rome, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.  Mr. Dickson served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, where he was stationed in South Korea and then served in the reserves until 1961. He married his wife of 50 years, Sarah B. Dickson, in October of 1967.  He worked for …

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Alice Stewart Thompson

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Alice Stewart Thompson, 68 of Buckhead, died May 6, 2018.  She was the daughter of the late Edgar Stewart and Martha Stewart.  She was married to Raymond Thompson on July 1, 1969.  She had worked for Sweet Orr as a quality inspector. Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Raymond and two sons, Wesley Thomspon and Valerie and John Thompson and Bonita.  Grandchildren are Brittany Crowell and Kyle, Tyler Thompson, Elisabeth Thompson, Christina Thompson and two great grandchildren, Riley and Jackson Crowell.  Mrs. Thompson also leaves a sister, Ann Singleton …