William J. “Bill” Griffin

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Asheville – William J. “Bill” Griffin, 90, of Asheville, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. A native of Bostwick, he was a son of the late Henry and Era Williams Griffin. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, James Griffin. While growing up on the family farm in Georgia, he showed a strong aptitude towards anything mechanical. In addition to helping work the farm and selling produce, he had his own bicycle shop and repaired watches and cars as a teenager. …

Leroy “Lee” Binion, Jr.

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Leroy “Lee” Binion, Jr. was born August 28, 1929 in Madison to the late Leroy and Sallie Ree Binion in Madison. He entered into a peaceful rest Saturday, July 13, 2013 with his family gathered around him. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charlie and Talmadge Binion; five sisters Lurene, Eva Cara, Josephine, Mary and Leona and a daughter, Linda Davenport. He was married to Eloise Greene in 1949 and to this union nine children were born. He attended the public school in Morgan County in …

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Ralph Emerson Burky, Jr.

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Our Daddy, Ralph Emerson Burky Jr.(Sonny), age 66, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 31, 2013.  Services will be held Saturday August 10, 10 a.m. from the chapel of Moores Funeral Home in Milledgeville. Sonny was a native of New Philadelphia, Ohio, but made his home in Putnam County to fulfill his dream of owning a dairy farm.  He loved the outdoors, early crisp mornings, and the smell of a freshly mowed hay field. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Emerson Burky, Sr., …

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Lorene Miller Jordan: January 10, 1925 – August 2, 2013

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Lorene Miller Jordan went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday, August 2, 2013. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Mrs. Jordan was born January 10, 1925 in Gainesville to Joseph Richard and Ruby Harper Miller. She was married to the late Robert Lewis Jordan and they spent their life together as dairy farmers in Morgan County. She was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church but in her later years faithfully attended Sandy Creek Baptist Church with her family. Her greatest joy was …

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Alfonso Adams August 6, 1947 – July 27, 2013

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Funeral services for Alfonso Adams, son of the late Evelyn B. Adams Sr. and Mrs. Parthenia Adams will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1628 Godfrey Road, Eatonton. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to the hour of service. Family and friends please assemble at the Adams residence, 6711 Seven Island Road, Madison at 10:15. Jones and Turner Funeral Home, 484 Burney Street, Madison, phone 706-342-1754 is in charge of arrangements.

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Ganelle “Nell” Cronic Porter

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Nell Cronic Porter, 85 of Buckhead, died Monday, July 29, 2013. She was born April 21, 1928 in Buckhead to William Hillary Cronic and Bunie Bell Cronic. She was married to the late William “Bill” Daniel Porter. They raised their four children on the family farm in Buckhead. Mrs. Porter was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Women’s Fellowship of Buckhead. She enjoyed cooking and serving her church and family. She liked to garden and work on the farm. Mrs. Porter is survived by her children, Julia Gay …

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John Marshall Givens

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John M. Givens died peacefully July 23, 2013 after complications related to a stroke at the age of 72. He was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi on August 30, 1940.He was preceded in death by his parents Siller Wilkinson Givens and Marshall Givens. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Patricia Hensley Givens and daughters, Sheryl Givens Gantz and son-in-law Stephen and Patrece Givens Keeter and son-in-law John, grandchildren Olivia Ann Keeter 10, and John-Marshall Horace Keeter 4, and many family and friends. Mr. Givens began life as …

Ruth Ann Moore

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Ruth Ann Moore, 61 of Madison, died Sunday, July 21, 2013. She was at church surrounded by family and friends when she went home to be with the Lord. She was born January 7, 1952 in Blue Ridge to William and Jacqueline Cole. She was married to Jimmy Moore on May 17,1971.The Moores have lived in Madison for three years. She was a member of Freedom Worship Center. She enjoyed quilting and collecting dolls. Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband Jimmy and three daughters Olivia Moore, Stefanie Murray and …

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Ralph Neal Head

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Ralph Head, 64 of Madison, died unexpectedly July 15, 2013. He was born in Atlanta on September 7, 1948 to Charlie and Frances Coffey Head. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He spent his career in several fields before going back to school and earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia. He was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He enjoyed studying history and spending time outdoors. He was a talented carpenter. Mr. Head also cherished his time spent white water canoeing. Mr. Head …

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Marvin Reese Johnson

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Marvin Reese Johnson was born August 14, 1946 to the late Johnnie Love Johnson and the late Emma Drummond Johnson in Madison. He died Saturday, July 20, 2013. He received his education in the Morgan County School System and graduated from Pearl High School in 1966. He joined and served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was in the Artillery Unit after basic training and later joined the 101st and 182nd Air Borne. His rank was SPC 4. He was employed by the United States …

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Eulon Bass Gray

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Gray – On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Eulon Bass Gray, 79 of Maplewood, NJ died at St. Barnabas Hospital, Livingston, NJ. Ms. Gray was born in Madison. She had lived in Maplewood, for the past seven years before that she lived in Orange, NJ . She graduated from University of Georgia with a B.A. in Biology and then received her Masters in Social Work from Atlanta University. She was a licensed Clinical Social Worker for Newark Board of Education, NJ from 1962 until her retirement in 2002. She was the beloved …

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Hilda Hollis Hanes

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Hilda Hollis Hanes, 89, passed away at Summer’s Landing in Monroe Saturday, July 13, 2013. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 15 at A. E. Carter Funeral Home located in Madison. Elder Gus Harter of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church officiated. Visitation was held earlier Monday starting at 11 a.m. Burial was at The Davis Family Cemetery in Rutledge. She was born in Madison on October 22,1923. She married Robert “Lamar” Hanes on October 17, 1944, a few days after his return from his service in World …

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Mary Lou Davis Lang

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Mary Lou Davis Lang, 72 of Madison, formerly of Buford and Fitzgerald, passed away July 11, 2013 after a long and valiant fight with breast cancer. She was born in Norcross and was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Nellie Davis and brothers Gene Davis and Tony Wood. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Godfrey John Lang of Madison and her children Jeff and Cindy (Lang) South of Madison; John and Angie (Bullard) Lang of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Chris and Rita (Brannen) Lang of Sugar …

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Frances S. Mathis

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Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Frances S. Mathis, 77 of Jefferson, who passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Mrs. Mathis was born in Madison a daughter of the late Roy and Desi Parr Stephens. She retired from Buhler Quality Yarn Company in Jefferson after 25 years of service, where she was a spinner. She was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Mathis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Loyd Henry Mathis, her sons Timothy Mathis and Jerry Mathis and a brother Jack Stephens. …

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Raymond Franklin Harper

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Ray Harper, 61 of Madison, died July 6, 2013. He was the son of Raymond and Lizzie Mae Harper. He was born July 17, 1951. He was a lifelong resident of Morgan County. He was a member of Brownwood Baptist Church. Mr. Harper was a talented man, working in construction most of his life. He enjoyed working with his hands. He liked to repair small equipment and build bird houses and rabbit boxes. He is survived by his siblings, Janice Cronic, Shirley Sidwell, Vivian Walker and Ralph, James Harper, Kenny …

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Beatrice Malinda Clark Russell

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A Homegoing Celebration for Beatrice Clark Russell, 82, of Madison, will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 336 East Main St., Rutledge Pastor James A. Hawkins will be the eulogist. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Beatrice Malinda Clark Russell was born on Sept. 21, 1930 in Rutledge.  She was the seventh child born to the late Charlie Clark, Sr. and Annie Kemp Clark. At an early age she joined the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Rutledge. She united in marriage to …

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Geraldine Stephens Warfield

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Geraldine S. Warfield, 84, wife of 62 years to Harold B. Warfield, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A native of Sarasota, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Early D. and Anne Hill Stephens. She was a homemaker and member of Briarwood Baptist Church. Gerry will always be remembered for her strong faith in the Lord and her untiring servant heart.  She had a contagious passion for Missions.  She volunteered along with Harold for over 18 years serving locally, throughout the U.S. and internationally. Numerous trips to Brazil and …

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George Ray McNair Sr.

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George Ray McNair Sr. died Friday, June 28, 2013. He was born May 10, 1933 in Wrens. He was a son to James and Clara Dye McNair. He retired from General Motors after 32 years. Mr. McNair also served in the United States Army. He was widowed by Evelyn McNair. He is survived by his wife Eleanor and his children, George McNair Jr. and Mildred, Theresa Dulaney, Billy McNair and Marsha and Patricia Keener; four grandchildren and siblings Leisha Peel, Ann Shefield and Lewis McNair. The family received friends from …

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Jessie Hildred Wagnon Adair

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Jessie Adair, 88 of Fairplay, died June 25, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Lavic Pierce Wagnon Sr. and Carrie Ada Ruark Wagnon. She was born June 14, 1925 in Bostwick. She was a graduate of Bostwick High School where she played basketball. She was a lifelong resident of Morgan County and was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Malcom Adair. Mrs. Adair is survived by her daughter Bonita Benkoski and Bobby; grandchildren Jim Benkoski and Julie …

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Dorothy Bowie Stewart

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Dorothy Bowie Stewart, 94, of Madison, formerly of Stone Mountain, died at home June 22, 2013 under the care of St. Mary’s Hospice. She was born in Willimantic, Connecticut on January 19, 1919 to Alexander G. and Laura L. Bowie. A veteran of World War II she served as an Operating Room Nurse in the Army Nurse Corps with the 39th General Hospital in the Pacific Theater from November 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. Mrs. Stewart is survived by her son Charles W. (Chuck) Stewart Jr. …