Obituaries: George Harris, Sr.

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Homegoing service for George Harris Sr. will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church. He died Friday, November 16, 2013. The Wake will be held at Saint Paul on Friday night, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. He leaves to cherish a loving legacy his lovely wife of 63 years, Mattie Pearl Harris; children, Brenda (Lenox) Brinkley, Joyce Ann (Busher) Franklin, Amanda Harris, Belinda Harris (James Laborn), Janice (Karl) McCray, Lenora Reid Scott, Angela (Timothy) Perryman, Donald (Geraldine) Harris, George Harris Jr., George Bruce Harris, …

Obituaries: Rev. Robert James McAllister

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Reverend Robert James McAllister, 62, went to be with his heavenly Father on Tuesday November 12, 2013. Bob McAllister, loving husband and father, was born in Brazil, South America, to missionary parents, Douglas and Mary McAllister.  After graduating from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham Ala., Bob answered God’s call  to serve in the Amazon basin, following in the footsteps of his mother and father and under the auspices of Crossworld USA, a worldwide mission.  There he met, fell in love with and married Grace Wanzeler, a Bible College student herself and together they …

Obituaries: Michael Jeffrey Ervin

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Michael Ervin “Boo-Boo” passed away November13, 2013. He was born to M. P. and Betty Ervin on December 12, 1963. He was a farmer who enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys play football. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing and cooking to try new recipes. He was always joking around with everyone he came in contact with. Most of all Michael loved his family very much. Michael is survived by his mother Betty Ervin, sister Wanda Shelton and brother Martin Ervin. He was preceded in death by his father M.P. Ervin and …

Obituaries: Olevia Leigh Wahl

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Olevia Leigh Wahl of Stone Mountain died Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Madison. She was born February 8, 1961. She is survived by her husband James Alan Wahl of Stone Mountain, her mother Edith Thomas of Madison and pre-deceased by her father Harry H. Thomas Jr. Also surviving are her brother Harry H. Thomas III of North High Shoals and much-loved cousins Thomas Leigh Bien Jr. and Connie of Greensboro, North Carolina and Rebecca Sullivan and William of Fredericksburg, Virginia and many friends. Olevia and her husband Jim are owners …

Obituaries: Ellen Farra Woodson Shipley

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Ellen Farra Woodson Shipley of Madison died November 12, 2013. She was born July 1, 1929 in Bell County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Edwin D. Woodson. She graduated from Sayre College in Lexington, Kentucky as Salutatorian. She also graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a B.S. in education. Her career was spent as a Probation Officer at the Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta. Her husband and oldest son preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Edwin W. Shipley of Madison. A …

Obituaries: Joyce White Ferrell

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Joyce White Ferrell, 72 of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died November 7, 2013. She was the daughter of William and Nellie Cochran White. She was a graduate of Morgan County Schools and was married to the late Dr. Lynn Ferrell. She is survived by three children Rick Ferrell, Ron Ferrell and Lynn Achord; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild as well as other family. The family received friends on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. A graveside service was held at Buckhead Cemetery at …

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By Rachel Harper, Columnist That cold spell didn’t last long!  It is actually hot and muggy this morning to me.  The people in Illinois and out west need our prayers after having been hit with a tornado this past weekend.  So sad.  I have heard geese honking all through the day today; so they are busy going to where they are going. The Source of Light Ministry family as well as the Bethany and Centennial families were saddened this past week when the Lord called Bob McAllister to his heavenly …

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    Clifford Clengmon Walker Cliff Walker, 86 of Buckhead, died November 10, 2013. He was born February 9, 1927 in Crawfordville to David and Mary Sosbee Walker. He grew up in Greene County. He was married to Betty Isbell on September 1, 1951. He was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church and he was a Mason. Mr. Walker retired from Crawford W. Long Hospital. He enjoyed reading, fishing and tinkering. He will be remembered as a practical joker. Mr. Walker is survived by his wife of 62 years, …

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Holland Studdard Adams Holland Adams, 76 of Rutledge, died November 3,2013. He was born in Social Circle on May 22, 1937 to Ralph David Adams and Eula Pearl Studdard Adams. He was retired from General Motors. Mr. Adams was a member of Social Circle First Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener and cook. Both of these talents were part of his ministry to his community. He always planted enough to share with others. He will long be remembered for his cheese straws and cinnamon rolls that he cooked for …

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Obituary: Hamelean Chester Jr.

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Hamelean Chester Jr. passed away at the age of 64 on Friday, October 25, 2013. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at 2nd St. Paul Baptist Church, 2611 VFW Lane, Athens Highway, Madison. Family and friends please assemble at Jones and Turner Funeral Home at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Jones & Turner Funeral Home, Madison is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary: Lenwood Charles Peoples Sr.

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Deacon Lenwood Charles Peoples Sr. passed away at the age of 71 on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at First St. Paul Baptist Church in Apalachee. Visitation was Tuesday, October 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 484 Burney Street, Madison. Family and friends please assemble at the family residence at 4810 Lower Apalachee Road at 1:30 p.m. Jones and Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary: Dorothy Mae Conner Herbert

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Dorothy Herbert, 88, died October 27, 2013. She was a native of South Boston, Virginia. She was born February 6, 1925 to the late James and Flossie Booth Conner. She was married to the late Samuel Herbert and spent her career as a nurse. She enjoyed gardening, especially growing African violets. She like crafts such as ceramics and needlepoint. She attended Centennial Baptist Church since moving to Rutledge. Mrs. Herbert is survived by her children, Larry Nance sand Ruth and Linda Murphy. She was preceded in death by a son …

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Obituary: Mrs. Inez B. Lee

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Inez B. Lee, 88 of Hampton, passed away, October 25, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Watson B. Lee.  She is survived by her children, Shirley (Doc) Kinney of Hampton, Steve (Patty) Lee of McDonough, Butch (Cindy) Lee of Madison, Beverley Martin of Hampton, Gary L. (Kathrine) Lee of Hampton, Carol Lee Tice of Stockbridge; sister, Ruby George of Stockbridge; 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.  Graveside services were held, at 1 p.m., Monday, October 28, at Sherwood Memorial Park.  The family received friends on Sunday, October …

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Obituary: Martha “Mott” Pearson

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Martha “Mott” Pinson Pearson, 72, of Rutledge, died Sunday, Oct.27, 2013. She was born December 9, 1940 to Robert and Effie Taylor Pinson. She was married to Timothy Pearson. She lived most of her life in Rutledge where she was a hairdresser. She was a member of Rutledge Baptist Church. Mrs. Pearson is survived by three children Kenneth Lee Youngblood, Kenna Jo Prevalt and Karen Helen Owens; two sisters Leavern Brown and Sandra Willoughby; two grandchildren Dennis and Robert Stevenson and three great grandchildren Zoe Stevenson, Jase Stevenson and Hailey …

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Obituary: Grady Gill

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Grady Gill, 71 of Madison, passed away October 26, 2013 while engaging in one of his favorite pastimes, gardening in his backyard. Mr. Gill was born June 2, 1942 to Thurman Northern and Sadie Williams Gill of Millerville, Ala. On June 2, 1963 he married his high school sweetheart Glynn Smith. The following year he graduated from Auburn University and immediately moved to Madison to accept a position at Pennington Seed. Over the last 49 years Mr. Gill was a member of the Lions Club, served on the boards of …

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Obituary: Julia Constance Bryant

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Connie Bryant, 52 of Buckhead, died Monday, October 14, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Paul Adams Bryant and Joy Flamm Bryant. She was born March 26, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a registered nurse and a graduate of Georgia Baptist Nursing School. Ms. Bryant is survived by a son Charles Edwin Gulley Jr. as well as her mother Joy Bryant and a brother Steve Bryant. She was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Bryant. A graveside service was held Thursday, October 17 at the Buckhead …

Obituary: William Graham Ponder, Sr.

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William Graham Ponder, Sr. died Oct. 13, 2013 at his residence at Marsh’s Edge on St. Simons Island. He was 89 years old. He was born November 5, 1923, in Rutledge, the son of Paul Holloway and Mary Graham Ponder. He attended Emory University and graduated from Clemson University. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Mr. Ponder served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Adelaide Wallace in 1948. Ponder was a cotton broker until he and Adelaide bought Madison’s weekly newspaper, The Madisonian, in …

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Obituary: Mary Paula Potter

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Mary Paula Potter, 63, of Rutledge, died October 11, 2013. She was a native of Atlanta. Ms. Potter was the daughter of the late Paul Schulte Sr. and Mary Fleeman Schulte. She worked as a dietician at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. She is survived by two children Jo Danna Allen and Matt Withers; two brothers Paul Schulte and David Schulte, three sisters Suzanne Franklin, Joanna Porter and Linda Mothershed; and grandchildren Destiny, Laura, Matthew and Trevelin. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, …

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Obituary: Johnnie Thelma Mosley (“Sister”)

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Johnnie Thelma Mosley passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Rockledge, Florida. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at Plainview Baptist Church, Madison. Visitation will be Friday evening, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jones and Turner Funeral Home Chapel. Family and friends, please assemble at Ms. Euria Chanault’s residence, 2491 Athens Highway, Madison at 1:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Jones and Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Ray Stapleton

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Mary Elizabeth Ray Stapleton, 87, entered into rest on Friday, October 4, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Elizabeth was born on June 9, 1926 in Lumber City, Georgia. Her husband, Owen M. Stapleton and parents, Prentice Ray and Bertha Mae Floyd Ray, preceded her in death. Having lived in Middle Georgia since the mid-fifties, she was a homemaker and worked at the Tog Shop, New Perry Hotel and B.C. Moore’s. She was of the Methodist faith. Left to cherish her memory are her children; Marti Harper (Lynn), Macon; Patricia Lynch, …