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James Leslie Simmons

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Mr. James “Jimmy” Leslie Simmons, 62 of Buckhead, died October 28, 2014. He was born September 1, 1952 in Chicago, IL to John C. Simmons, Sr and Vennie Ford Simmons. After high school, Jimmy attended college for a time but found his passion in flying. He became a pilot and flew for Pennington Seed for many years. Jimmy enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles, watching Nascar races and UGA football. Jimmy loved life on Lake Oconee and time spent with neighbors and friends. Jimmy Simmons is survived by three children, Amber …

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Earnest Ward

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Mr. Earnest Ward passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was born on November 6, 1913 in Banks county to Glenn Ward and Lonnie Gowder Ward. Had he lived until his next birthday, he would have celebrated his 101st. He was the oldest of thirteen children and was preceded in death by all of his siblings. Mr. Ward was a master carpenter and built many of the homes in and around Madison and Morgan County. He took great pride in his …

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William Russell Vaughters

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William Russell Vaughters died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia, from complications of a rare and progressive neurodegenerative condition, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Mr. Vaughters was born November 3, 1949 in Morgan County where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Morgan County High School in 1967, attended the University of Georgia in 1968, and was an agent for the National Life and Accident Insurance Company. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Carlton and Lillian Lankford Vaughters, a brother, Roy …

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Michael Barnett Walters

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Michael Barnett Walters, 58 of Buckhead, died October 20, 2014. He was the son of the late Richard Walters, Sr and Beverly Walters Collins. Michael worked for Bostick, Inc. He enjoyed golf and UGA football. He liked to fish and go to yard sales. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and love of life. Michael Walters is survived by his son, Philip Walters of Covington. He also leaves his mother, Beverly Walters Collins and siblings: Richard Walters & Vicky, Donna Beauchamp, Diane Haile & Joe, Wesley Lasch Walters …

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Mary Ellen Vaughn

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Mary Vaughn, 76 of Madison, died October 8, 2014. She was a native of Madison, born April 27, 1938 to Emmett and Clara Bell McHugh Mitchem. She worked for many years as a dietician at Morgan Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Vaughn attended Cornerstone Christian Center. Mrs. Vaughn is survived by her husband, Robert Varnes and a son, Brad Vaughn. She leaves a granddaughter, Emma Ryan Vaughn as well as a sister, Debbie Tillary and a brother Eugene Mitchem. The family received friends on Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at A.E. Carter Funeral …

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Gloria Wilson Malcom

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Gloria Wilson Malcom, age 69, of Madison, died on October 14, 2014. She was born in Covington, GA on November 1, 1944 to the late Kathrine Kirkpatrick Wilson and the late Homer Wilson. She is survived by her husband, Frankie Malcom of Madison; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Don Culpepper of Monroe; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kelly Malcom of Rutledge; grandchildren, Haley Culpepper, McKenzie Culpepper, and Hunter Malcom. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kent Burel …

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Judith “Judi” Lynn Chamberlain

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Judith “Judi” Lynn Chamberlain passed away peacefully on Friday October 10, 2014. Her parents, the late Elmer Lee and Mary Laphena Adams Cobble preceded Judi in death. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 33 years Robert “Skeet” Chamberlain. She is survived by her significant other of 12 years Thomas O’Neil; son Johnny Alton Chamberlain (Kate Reveglia), of Port Charlotte, FL; daughter, Christy Lynn Hurley (Jeff Hurley), of Summerville, SC; brother Jerry Cobble (Marliu), of Colorado Springs, CO; grandson, Justin Chamberlain of San Diego, CA; granddaughters, …

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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 …