Obituaries: Sandra Thomason Lowe

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Sandra Lowe, 70, of Madison died January 9, 2014. She was a native of Columbia, South Carolina. She was born July 23, 1943 to Horace and Louise McDowell Thomason. She was a resident of Madison Health and Rehab. She was retired as a nurse. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Lowe Jr. and a great grandson Remington Eason Phelps. Mrs. Lowe is survived by her daughter Heidi Brumbelow and Raymond and a granddaughter Heather Phelps and Ridge; two great grandsons Rhys Phelps and Jackson Phelps; and a …

Obituaries: Franklin Shaw Bohannon

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Franklin Shaw “Bud” Bohannon, 91 of Rutledge, died January 2, 014. He was born April 10, 1922 in Jenkinsburg to Felton and Addie Tolleson Bohannon. He served in the United States Army in Japan and the Philippines. He was married to Betty Bond. They lived most of their adult life in Stone Mountain before retiring to Rutledge. Mr. Bohannon worked at the VA hospital. He was a member of Brownwood Baptist Church. Mr. Bohannon is survived by his wife Betty Bohannon and their children Felton “Butch” Bohannon and Marsha, Connie …

Obituaries: Rachel Norris

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Rachel Elizabeth Hammock Norris, 88, died January 8, 2014. Born in Bostwick, she was the daughter of the late Tracey S. Hammock, Sr. and Minnie Lee Peppers Hammock and was the widow of Hurshel Lee Norris. Mrs. Norris worked for the Athens Police Department for a number of years. She was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church where she taught preschool and was a member of the Open Hands Sunday School Class. Survivors include her children, Van Norris and his fiance’ Julie Mitchell of Hoschton, Judy Teasley and her …

Obituaries: Charles Harlin Smith

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Charles Harlin “Rabbit” Smith, 89, of East Palatka, Florida passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. A native of Aldrich, Missouri, Rabbit moved to Palatka, in 1937 and graduated from Palatka High School in 1943. While in high school, he not only was a two-way back in football, but also was a catcher and middle-infielder on the baseball team (which he also played at Georgia), a forward in basketball and was a jumper, sprinter and relay man in track. Following high school, Rabbit …

Obituaries: Lonnie McDaniel

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Lonnie McDaniel, 59, of Madison, died Sunday, January 5, 2014. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents Lonnis McDaniel and Mary Shelton McDaniel, and brothers James (Ricky) and Donald McDaniel. In addition to his wife, Jackie, he is survived by daughter Lisa Lindsey (Jay) and son Lonnie (Dooley) McDaniel Jr. (Christie), brothers Jimmy (Jim) McDaniel (Beckie), James (Buck) McDaniel (Rosie), Thomas (Tom) McDaniel (Janice), sister Mary Lou Reynolds (Bennie), grandchildren Eric Bell, Dylan Bell, Ashleigh Bell, Nathaniel McDaniel, Issac McDaniel, and Clayton McDaniel, as well as an abundance of …

Obituaries: Betty Joyce Epps

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Betty Joyce Epps passed away on December 28, 2013. Born on September 16, 1934 she dedicated her life to Jehovah God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses June 8, 1957. For over 50 years she was active in the door ministry teaching others about Bible principles, Jehovah’s qualities, and the Kingdom that his Son Jesus taught us to pray for. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. January 4 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 3610 Buckhead Road, Madison. The family would like to …

Obituaries: Rachel Secrist Copelan

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Rachel Secrist Copelan, age 49, of the Greshamville Community, died on Friday, December 27, 2013 at Athens Regional Medical Center.  Born in Beech Grove, Indiana on September 7, 1964, she was the daughter of George Arlen Secrist and the late Betty Louise Hawkins Secrist.  She graduated from Athens Tech and on June 17, 1992 she married Wheeler Rossman “Ross” Copelan III.  She was very talented in arts and crafts and worked for Happy Valley Pottery. Rachel was a member of Fork Chapel United Methodist Church.  Along with her arts and …

Obituaries: Ella Pecola Hawkins

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Pecola Hawkins, 91, of Madison died December 26, 2013. She was born August 10, 1922 in Madison to Cora Ponder. She graduated from Madison High School on May 23,1939. She remained in Madison and performed domestic work for many families. She was a pillar in her community and cared for many neighbors and friends with her love and support. She loved to bake cakes and coolies and spend time outdoors in her garden. Mrs. Hawkins was receded in death by her mother Cora Ponder and children Jacquelyn Wooten, Andrew Hawkins …

Obituaries: Roger Phillip Glass, III

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Roger Phillip Glass, III, 28, died December 28, 2013 from injuries sustained in a tragic pedestrian accident after being struck by a vehicle. Phillip was born in Athens on September 9, 1985 and was a 2004 graduate of Oconee County High School, where he played for and genuinely supported the football team. He was also an avid UGA football fan all of his life. Phillip will be remembered as a caring friend to all. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl J. and Virginia L. Lynch and Roger …

Obituaries: Elizabeth Martin

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Elizabeth Martin, 96 of Venice, Florida and former long-time Madison resident passed away peacefully December 28, 2013. She was born in Maxeys on August 23, 1917, the eldest daughter of the late Edward and Emmie Thaxton. Also pre-deceasing her were her husband of 59 years, Robert Martin and her daughter Robbie Martin Sewell. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law Julie and Cade Gervais, son-in-law Andrew Sewell; grandsons Jay Sewell (Jessica), Christopher Sewell (Heather); granddaughters Eileen Stone (David), Yvonne Hanner (Michael) and Nathalie Miller (Damian); siblings Douglas Thaxton, Doris Athan and …

Obituaries: Deacon Samuel Eugene Cooper

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Deacon Samuel Eugene Cooper, 70, was born March 30, 1943 in Rutledge to the late Bennie and Opie Nell Cooper. He was the third child of eight born to his parents. He attended Thankful Elementary School and later Pearl High School. Following graduation he moved to Atlanta. Deacon Samuel accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Wallace Grove Baptist Church by Rev. S. L. Love. He was an active member of Wallace Grove from 1950 until his journey ended. He was ordained as a deacon in June …

Obituaries: Al Wallace

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Al Wallace of Clearwater, Florida lived a full life of 94 years.  He was raised in Rutledge and attended Rutledge Public Schools. Al graduated from Marsh Business College, Atlanta, and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, WWII.  A banker, donut maker, and then purchasing agent with General Motors for 30 years.  Along with 54 years of marriage to wife Rose Marie (Moore) Wallace, Al beat the system with a long fruitful life.  Al raised his family on the Westside of Indianapolis, Indiana with the help of Chapel …

Obituaries: Mary Ellen Johnson Carter

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Mary Ellen Johnson Carter, 94, of Winterville, died December 16, 2013.  Mrs. Carter was a native of Greensboro, N.C. but had lived in Winterville for a number of years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Patton Carter.  Mrs. Carter was formerly employed as a payroll clerk for Johnson & Johnson, as a secretary/receptionist for Dr. Sam Talmadge and more recently as an administrative assistant at the University of Georgia.  She was a member of the Corinth Baptist Church in Oconee County. Mrs. Carter is survived by two …

Obituaries: Robert Lee Griffin

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Robert Lee Griffin, longtime resident of Madison entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Tara Nursing Home under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice and his loving daughter, Joyce and devoted son-in-law, Marion in Savannah, Georgia. Born September 17, 1918 in Greensboro,(Greene County), he was the only child of Mamie Griffin Scott of Madison (Morgan County).  In Morgan County, Robert met and married Eula Mae Drummond (b.1921-d.1997), a former teacher and a graduate of Fort Valley State College. The Griffins were blessed with two daughters: Thelma Ree (b.1939-d.2010) …

Obituaries: John Paul Micham

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John Paul Mitcham, 70, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at Baldwin Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Mitcham was a native of Morgan County but had made his home in Milledgeville. He was a retired owner/operator truck driver. Survivors include his wife Nancy Mitcham, two sons, Shaun Mitcham and Paul Mitcham all of Milledgeville, two daughters, Lisa Reynolds of Madison and Karen Robinson of Thomaston, two brothers, Felton Mitcham of Milledgeville and Carl Mitcham of Madison, a sister Peggy Wood of …

Obituaries: Billy Wayne Hammock

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Billy Wayne Hammock, 53, of Bostwick, died December 7, 2013. He was born in Athens on August 22, 1960 to the late Doris Arwood Hammock and the late Cecil Hammock. Surviving are: wife, Dee Hammock of Bostwick; daughters, April Hammock and Clint Brownlee of Bostwick; Amber Hammock and fiance, Jason King, of Bostwick; sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Mike McElhannon of Bostwick; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Diane Hammock of Bostwick; grandchildren, Lacie Smith, Devin Smith, and Michael King; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Wednesday, December 11 at …

Obituaries: Harvey Jean Vickery, Jr.

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Harvey Jean Vickery Jr. of Rutledge passed away December 9, 2013 at Abbey Hospice. He was born June 29, 1957 in Bainbridge, Maryland to Harvey Vickery Sr. and Mary Ann Cranford Vickery. He was a truck driver for Golden Flake. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Madison. He enjoyed attending church, football and tinkering with new objects and hobbies. Mr. Vickery is survived by his wife Deborah Greenway Vickery; his children Jennifer Dawn Davis and Edell and Harvey Jean Vickery III …

Obituaries: Winston Marlin Bonner

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Winston Marlin Bonner, 75, of Monroe, died December 4, 2013. He was born in Buckhead, on February 5, 1938 to the late Iris Marie Alford Bonner and the late Louis Gary Bonner. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Jo Nunn, and by his brothers, Bill Bonner and Carrol Bonner. Surviving are: wife, Wanda Stephens Bonner of Monroe; daughter, Lannie Bonner of Monroe; sons and son-in-law, Greg Bonner and Scottie Fraber of Melbourne, Fla., Dakota Herring Bonner of Monroe; sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara and William Whitley of Buckhead, …

Obituaries: William “Buz” Edward Willis

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William “Buz” Edward Willis, 60 of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday morning, November 26, 2013. Buz was a gifted chiropractor that owned his own practice in Loganville, Medipractic Pain Management. One could always find him working in his garden, feeding his chickens, turning the horses out or watching Fox News. He loved the Braves and the Georgia Dawgs! God blessed him with a smart sense of humor and he made everyone who knew him laugh. Buz was born in Atlanta the son of the late Dolores Tanory Willis, to his father …

Obituaries: Jimmie Lee Jenkins

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Norwood, GA- Jimmie Lee Jenkins, 70, of Willams Creek Church Rd. entered into rest December 3, 2013. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, December 6, in the chapel of Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson with Rev. Tommy Harwell and Rev. Danny McClure officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Darrell Quillin, Joshua Quillin, Bryant Quillin, Johnny Walker, David Lampp and Clint Watkins. Mr. Jenkins was born in Morgan County, and was the son of the late Porter Cleveland Jenkins and the late Ruby Stephens Jenkins. He …