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Christine Mason Tamplin

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Mrs. Christine Mason Tamplin, 90 of Madison, died on October 17, 2014. Mrs. Tamplin was a native of Gainesville. She was born December 24, 1923 to Clyde David Mason and Sally Martin Mason. She was later married to the late E.L. Tamplin. Mrs. Tamplin was a homemaker and longtime member of Madison Baptist Church. She loved to garden and spend time with family and friends. Mrs. Tamplin is survived by two sons, Harold David Tamplin and Mark Wayne Tamplin & Debbie as well as a daughter-in-law, Georgiana Tamplin. She leaves …

Obituary: Deacon Tommie L. Johnson

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Tommy Lee Johnson (“Snap”), also known as “Deac”, was born on June 26, 1942 to the late Quincy Chaney and the late Elmira Watts in Monroe County Georgia. He peacefully transitioned from this life on October 7, 2014. At an early age, he joined Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Forsyth, Georgia, and later in life, he moved his membership to Union Springs Baptist Church in Madison. He was a dedicated member of “The Springs” where he served as an ordained deacon and financial officer of the church. Tommie attended the …

Obituaries: Lorraine Faye Beeland Branyan

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  Lorraine Faye Beeland Branyan of Crawford, GA, formerly of Greensboro, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Athens Regional Medical Center.  She was 68.  Born in Greensboro, GA on June 22, 1946 she was the daughter of the late William Earl Beeland and Fannie Ruth Worsham Beeland.  She graduated from Greensboro High School in the class of 1964.  Lorraine worked for Healthmasters Health Care of GA, Inc. in Madison, as a home health aid.  She enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and being with her family.  She is survived by three sons, …

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Beverly Hossler Sigman

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Mrs. Beverly Hossler Sigman, 83, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 5, 2014 in Rock Hill, SC. Beverly was born October 26, 1930 in Akron, Ohio. She made her home in Atlanta and Madison, GA with her husband and children for many years. She graduated from Lake Worth H.S., Lake Worth, FL and attended Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta where she met and married the late Dr. Cheney C. Sigman Jr. MD. She is survived by her sons, Richard Blair Sigman, wife Sharon, Winterville, NC and David Hossler Sigman, …

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Willie Mae Bolden Grant

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Willie Mae Bolden Grant was born on April 19, 1925 to the late Lee Andrew and Anna Bolden (deceased) of Madison, Ga. She because a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church at an early age, where she attended until her health failed. She was married to the late Ulysses Grant also deceased. To this union four children were born. Three of which have preceded her in death: Ulysses Grant, Jr., Moses Grant and Lois G. Johnson. She leaves to cherish in her memory one daughter, Anna Mae Grant; two grandchildren: Mary …

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Obituaries, Willie Reid Edwards, Sr.

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Mr. Willie Reid “Bill” Edwards was born November 5, 1936 to the late Mr. Willie Richard “Bud” Edwards and the late Mrs. Annie Lola Jordan Edwards. He attended the public school of Morgan County. He was a dedicated employee with Patillo Construction Company for over 35 years until he became disabled to work. On September 14, 2014 he was called to his heavenly home. He leaves to cherish his memories a wife of 56 years, Mrs. Arlene Ross Edwards; six children, Bernitha Revere, Donald Edwards, Leander (Angela) Edwards, all of …

Obituaries, Dorothy Anne Wellman Voegeli

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Dorothy Anne Wellman Voegeli, 90, of Madison, Georgia, formerly of Athens and Atlanta, passed away at her home Wednesday, September 24, 2014, surrounded by her husband and children. Born in Huntsville, Alabama on January 6, 1924, she was the daughter of the former Ruth Northington and Walter Morton Wellman. Raised in Athens, Georgia, Dorothy Anne graduated from Athens High School and attended the University of Georgia. While at UGA, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and the Dolphin Club. In 1942 she was chosen as the Miss Pandora …

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William James (Bill) Corry

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William James (Bill) Corry, 89 of Madison, passed away August 22, 2014. Born May 27, 1925 in Union Point, he was the son of the late William Joshua Corry and Velma McKinley Corry. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia Corry Kendrick and Anna Corry Younker and a brother, Kenneth Corry. Educated in the Union Point school system, he attended North Georgia College for one year prior to enlistment in the United States Navy for service during World War II.  He served as a radio operator aboard a Navy PBY Catalina, …

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Randy Batchelor

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Randy Batchelor, 49 of Bostwick, died August 20, 2014.  He was the son of Errol and the late Elizabeth Phillips Batchelor.  Randy was born November 21, 1964 in Madison.  He grew up in Bostwick and loved his community.  He was married to Denice Collins on December 23, 1983. Randy worked as an automobile service manager and later drove a non-emergency transport van.  He loved this work and ministering to those in need.  He was a member of Gibbs Memorial Baptist Church.  He loved baseball and watching NASCAR races.  He also enjoyed …

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Tommie Lou Malcom

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Tommie Lou Malcom, age 74, of Social Circle, died on August 5, 2014. Shewas born in Rutledge on September 13, 1939 to the late Willie Belle Hamby West and the late Thomas Coker West. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Zachery Bryant. Surviving are: Husband, Tally Malcom of Social Circle; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Richard Marr of Social Circle, Gail and Bobby Hawk of Social Circle; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Denise Malcom of Social Circle; grandchildren, Wesley Malcom, Hunter Malcom, Heather Lambert, Alex Cole; brother and sister-in-law, Coker and Jean West, Jr. of Rutledge; …

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Honorable Judge James L. “Jim” Cline, Jr.

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Honorable Judge James L. “Jim” Cline, Jr., of Greensboro, Georgia died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the age of 62.  He was born April 17, 1952 in Canton, GA, the son of the late Peggy Nally Cline and James Levi Cline, Sr. of Waleska, GA.  He was a graduate of Cherokee County High School and the University of Georgia, with a degree in Wildlife Management from the Warnell School of Forestry.  He also obtained a law degree from the Walter F. George Law School at Mercer University in Macon, GA. After …

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James Andrew “Andy” Braxley

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James Andrew “Andy” Braxley, Age 18, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at Morgan Memorial Hospital. Andy was a native of Baldwin County.  He lived in Baldwin and Putnam Counties before moving to Morgan County.  Andy was a 2014 graduate of Morgan County High School.  He was a member of Buckhead Baptist Church where he was baptized on August 3, 2014 by Rev. Dennis Garner.  Andy’s heart was overflowing with kindness and empathy for others in spite of his own hardship. Andy is survived by his parents,  Father Ron Braxley and Mother …

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Jerry Franklin Peppers

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Jerry Franklin Peppers, 67, of Loganville, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Connie Peppers; daughter, Gina Moore; son, Jason Peppers; grandchildren, Jordan, Zachary and Abigail Moore and Jaden Peppers; sisters, Mildred Smith and Dottie Megel and her companion Zana Sabre; brothers Gary Peppers, brother- and sister-in-law Larry and Melba Peppers; brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Brenda Peppers; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alan and Susan Atha and Melvin and Donna Atha; mother-in-law, Isabel Atha; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mr. Peppers …

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Roy Mack Thomas

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Roy Mack Thomas, 53, died August 10, 2014. He was born February 16, 1961 to George Thomas Sr. and Mamie Thomas who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his oldest brother Arthur Hunter. Roy Mack was a special son, dedicated husband, loved upon brother, outstanding uncle, everlasting friend, papa and forever member of McHughes Hill Baptist Church in Madison under the leadership of the Rev. G. C. Brown. Sweet memories will be cherished and unforgettable by his wife Annette Driskell-Thomas of Snellville. His siblings will …

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Carole Ann Hellyer

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Carole Ann Hellyer, 75 of Madison, died August 13, 2014 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Lewis and Rose Lydia Gifford. She was born May 1, 1939 in Summerville, Mass. She worked as a caregiver most of her life. She loved to help people and had a heart for the disabled. She was a talented artist and enjoyed working with her hands. She loved being around people especially her grandchildren. Ms. Hellyer is survived by her children Gary McEvoy, Gregory McEvoy and Lynne Greenwalt; five grandchildren …

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Tammy Beal

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Tammy Beal, 77 of Madison, died August 12, 2014. She was a native of Adkins, Ark. She was born September 27, 1936 to Bud and Alta Patrick. She worked as a beautician. She enjoyed sewing and reading and she loved her family. Ms. Beal is survived by two children, Becky Sims and Henry and Bobby Beal II. She leaves a sister Carlotta Young, her grandchildren Lee Sims, Jeremy Maloy, Scottie Maloy, Hannah Maloy, Trey Beal III and Noah Powers. The family received friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. …

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Mary Alice Cicero

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Mary Alice Cicero, 98 of Rutledge, died May 23, 2014. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 12, 1916 to Frank and Judith Carisrto. She was married to the late Henry Cicero. Mrs. Cicero moved to Rutledge in 2000. She loved the Morgan County Senior Center. She was a great cook and a very independent person. Mrs. Cicero is survived by a son Mario and Angela Cicero, as well as two adopted daughters Charlotte and Gloria. She also leaves a brother Vinny Caristo and seven grandchildren and four …

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Dorothy Louise Knipfer

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Dorothy Louise Knipfer died May 26, 2014. She was 97. She was born and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, lived in Atlanta for 42 years and in Athens for 12 years. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Knipfer, beloved granddaughter Susan Louise Banaszak, brother Sheldon Basye and sister Helen Vickers. She is survived by her daughter Sue Baldwin, son-in-law Charles Baldwin, grandson Charles Baldwin III and four great-grandchildren Dorothy Paige Banaszak, Spencer Banaszak, Charles Baldwin IV and Rhodes Baldwin. A family service is planned for a later date. …

Mary Frances Yates Green

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Mary Frances Yates Green, a resident of St. Simons Island, died on Thursday, April 3 after a long and happy life. In the years before she died she wrote her autobiography to share with family and friends entitled “My Happy Life” in which she reflected on her experiences and philosophy of living- “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all” and “Do in the day in the things of the day.” Born on May 2, 1916, Fran was the daughter of Presley Daniel Yates and Julia Richardson …

Larry Worth Ward

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Larry Worth Ward, 66, of Conyers passed away on March 28, 2014.   He was born in Madison on September 9, 1947 to Ernest and Hassieleen (Hendrix) Ward.  He was married to the former Gail Hanes for 48 years.  Mr. Ward worked at Georgia Power for 30 years before retiring.  He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed working with his hands, photography, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.  His mother and brother, Joe Ward preceded him in death. Larry is survived by: his wife Gail; sons Conrad of …