Our Obituaries

Nellie Bennett Holbrook

October 22, 1921 - January 28, 2018

Nellie Bennett Holbrook, 96, of Athens, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018. A native of Gay, GA, Mrs. Holbrook was a daughter of the late Dr. Victor H. Bennett and Elizabeth Burney Bennett. She was employed in the insurance business and was the widow of Howell Holbrook, M.D.Survivors include nephews, Charles Bennett Bonner and Craig Bennett Wright; niece, Elizabeth Bonner Giles; a number of...
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Gary Hugh Sperling

July 14, 1945 - January 26, 2018

Gary Hugh Sperling, 72, of Athens, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018.A native of Newark, NJ, Mr. Sperling was a son of the late Bernard Sperling and Rose Muney Sperling. He was a retired attorney and Administrative Law Judge in New York. A graduate of Bronx High School of Science and Columbia College and Law School, he had served as Executive Director of Citizens Union, Deputy Commissioner of...
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Dorothy Schwarz Hewlett

June 13, 1925 - January 24, 2018

Dorothy Schwarz Hewlett passed away peacefully on January 24, 2018 in Athens. Dorothy was born on June 13, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia and grew up there and in Williamsburg, Virginia where her family moved in 1939. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in history and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Restoration project until her marriage to John David Hewlett in...
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David Patrick Duncan

August 9, 1954 - January 22, 2018

Mr. David Patrick Duncan, 63, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, January 26, 2018, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. John David Wilson, Rev. Grayson Blackwell and Rev. Lowrie Welton officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM...
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Elaine Cecile Commins

June 6, 1924 - January 21, 2018

Elaine Cecile Commins passed away on January 21, 2018 in Athens, GA. She was born in Chicago, IL on June 6, 1924. She lived her early childhood in south Florida until her family moved to Atlanta, where she resided most of her life. Elaine graduated from Girls High of Atlanta. She attended Vanderbilt University, but graduated from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism.In Atlanta,...
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Larry Steven Cutshaw

August 27, 1948 - January 19, 2018

It is with deep sadness that the family of Larry Steven Cutshaw announces his passing on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the age of 69 years. Larry was preceded in death by his father, James Roman Cutshaw of Bogart, Georgia; mother, Mildred Cutshaw Hansford of Largo, Florida; and brothers, Gary Lynn Cutshaw and David Roman Cutshaw of Athens.He was born August 27, 1948, a native of Greeneville,...
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Tommie L. Nicholson

August 31, 1935 - January 18, 2018

Tommie L. Nicholson, 82, of Bogart, GA, passed away January 18, 2018.Mrs. Nicholson was the daughter of the late Joseph and Inez Parham. Mrs. Nicholson retired after teaching 1st grade for 30 years. She received the Teacher of Excellence award from the State of Georgia. She also was a member of Cleveland Road Baptist Church. She was a musician, enjoyed crafts and traveled the world.Mrs. Nicholson...
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Frank Scott Lisella

August 11, 1936 - January 18, 2018

Watkinsville, GA--Frank Scott Lisella, 81, died peacefully on Thursday, January 18, at home with family at his bedside, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Frank was vital and active into his late 70's despite many underlying health problems. His professional accomplishments were many but most important to him were his ties to family and friends. Born in 1936 to Bertha and Frank Lisella,...
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Martha C. Lewis

January 9, 1931 - January 17, 2018

Martha C. Lewis, 87, of Athens, was called home Wednesday January 17, 2018.She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the late Chester and Roxie Simpson. On May 20, 1949, she married the love of her life, the late Robert Hoyt Lewis. Together they raised four children in the town of Redbank. Athens became home in 1976.Martha was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She had a true...
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Johnean Frances Jaquillard Klump

April 27, 1946 - January 17, 2018

Johnean Frances Jaquillard Klump, 71, of Watkinsville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.A native of New Orleans, LA, Mrs. Klump was the daughter of the late John Henry Jaquillard Jr. and Alfreida Hoey Jaquillard.Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Paul Lucas Klump of Watkinsville; and son and daughter-in-law, Stephen M. and Rachelle Klump of Albuquerque, NM, as well as...
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Georgia Margaret Keys Howard

February 29, 1928 - January 14, 2018

Georgia Margaret Keys Howard, 89, of Athens, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018.A native of Byron, Margaret was a daughter of the late Willie Keys and Maggie Aultman Keys. She was an avid Christian who loved the Lord, her family and friends and was a longtime member of Mikado Baptist Church. Margaret retired from Warner Robins Air Force Base.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Don William DeColaines

February 4, 1947 - January 12, 2018

Don William DeColaines, 70, of High Shoals, Georgia, died suddenly on Friday, January 12, 2018. He was born February 4, 1947 in Montpelier, Vermont to Don Jr. and Jeanette (Odle) DeColaines. He is survived by his wife, Nan Wilkes DeColaines. Also surviving is his sister, Priscilla Jones; a niece and nephew, Adrienne Jones and Boyd Jones of Texas; sister-in-law, Claire Majors of Claxton; a niece,...
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Isabel M. Sipra

October 14, 1951 - January 8, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Charlotte W. Hendrix

July 4, 1942 - January 7, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Marjorie Anne Congdon Bennett

July 9, 1919 - January 5, 2018

Marjorie Anne Congdon Bennett of Athens went home to the Lord on January 5, 2018.Marjorie was born on July 9, 1919 in Superior, Wisconsin and was the daughter of the late Marvin and Anne Sleeman Congdon. She was married to the late Albert Grey Bennett Sr., retired Navy World War II/Korean War vet and Pearl Harbor survivor.Marjorie's family moved to Beloit, Wisconsin when she was eight and she...
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Joseph Wilson

December 31, 1945 - January 3, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Victor J. Felix

May 16, 1953 - January 3, 2018

Victor Juan Felix Sr., 64, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018.A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Felix was a son of the late Caciano Felix and Engracia Aponte Felix. He was an electrician and a veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include wife, Yolanda Allen Felix of Colbert; son, Victor Felix Jr. (Stephanie) of Charleston, SC; daughters, Ana Felix of Colbert and Katrice Shelton...
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Eunice Mae Malcolm

November 2, 1919 - January 3, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Virginia Dellinger Scott

August 5, 1938 - January 3, 2018

Virginia Dellinger Scott, 79, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018.A native of Oconee County, Mrs. Scott was a daughter of the late Frank Dellinger and Annie Lou Ford Dellinger.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Pat Dellinger, Billy Dellinger, Sam Dellinger and Dewey Dellinger; and sister, Myrtle Gordon.Survivors include son, Timothy Watkins (Elizabeth...
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Jane Camp Payne

May 10, 1933 - January 1, 2018

Jane Camp Payne, 84, of Jefferson, GA, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018. A native of Toccoa, GA, Mrs. Payne was the daughter of the late Earl and Martha Camp and was preceded in death by son, Alan Eugene Payne; grandson, Alan Payne; brothers, Alfred, Johnny, Marvin and Lawrence Camp; and sisters, Emily Stuckey and Rosa Farah. Survivors include sons, Rick Payne (Nancy) of Merritt Island, FL and...
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Lindsey H. Coker

November 17, 1950 - January 1, 2018

Lindsey H. Coker, 67, of Watkinsville, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018.A native of Bogart, Mr. Coker was a son of the late William Coker and Annie Mae Sosbee Coker. He was a maintenance worker with the Oconee County School System and a member of Whitehall Baptist Church.In addition to his parents, Mr. Coker was preceded in death by a son, Alan Coker; brother, Billy Coker; and sisters, Betty...
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Cynthia Kalinowski Pool

May 26, 1953 - December 31, 2017

Cynthia Kalinowski Pool, 64, of Athens, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017.A native of Detroit, MI, Ms. Pool was a daughter of Helen Kalinowski and the late Leonard Kalinowski. She had been a resident of this area for 35 years.Survivors, in addition to her mother, include sons, Jereme (Kim) of Woodstock and Jason (Marielle) of Richmond, VA; brothers, John and Frank; sisters, Linda and Jenny;...
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Roman Anton Kapczynski

December 16, 1940 - December 31, 2017

Roman "Ski" Kapczynski, age 77, of Athens, Georgia, formerly of West, Texas, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017. Visitation will be held at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens, Georgia, Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Roman was born on December 16, 1940, the son of Vincent and Annie (Soukup) Kapczynski. He graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School in 1955, West High School in...
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Linda Kay Fields Taylor

February 7, 1945 - December 31, 2017

Linda Fields Taylor, 72, of Hull, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017.A native of Nicholson, Mrs. Taylor was a daughter of the late L.G. Fields Jr. and Mary Gibson Lee. She retired from the University of Georgia.In addition to her parents, Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Fields and Patrick Burch; two stepdaughters, Vicky Taylor and Nell Kennison; and one...
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Barbara Christian May

December 3, 1942 - December 30, 2017

Barbara "Babs" Christian May, 75, of N. Shore Drive, Cherryville, NC, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at her home.She was born in Clarke County, Georgia on December 3, 1942 to the late Robert Felton Christian and Hinton Downs Christian. Barbara was previously employed with the Oconee Enterprise and the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. She obtained her Real Estate license and eventually...
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Brian Thomas McCausland

November 20, 1957 - December 26, 2017

Brian Thomas McCausland, 60, of Athens, died Tuesday, December 26, peacefully in his sleep. He was born in Duluth, MN, and spent his formative years in Esko, MN, where he graduated from Esko High School in 1976. He was a gifted athlete in many sports and he captained the 1975-76 Esko Eskimos to a Minnesota State High School Football Championship.His skills as a carpenter were exceptional. He...
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Lisa Strickland

March 8, 1966 - December 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Virginia Popp Rittmueller

April 4, 1923 - December 16, 2017

Virginia Popp Rittmueller of Athens, GA went home to be with Jesus her Savior December 16, 2017. She was born April 4, 1923 in the Chicago, IL area. She was the daughter of Arthur E. and Ida M. Popp who preceded her in death."Ginny" is survived by her son, Kenneth Rittmueller; her grandchildren, Nina, Debbie, Brad and Barbie; her daughter-in-love, Joanne; and several nieces and nephews. She was...
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Linda Kurinsky

October 1, 1959 - December 13, 2017

Linda McAvoy Kurinsky, 58, of La Mesa, CA, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017.A former resident of Athens, Ms. Kurinsky was a daughter of Patricia Davidson of La Mesa and the late Robert McAvoy. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her son, Jason Graham.Survivors, in addition to her mother, include son, Ryan Graham of Atlanta; and siblings, Patrick McAvoy, David Laughon,...
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James Eugene Smart

January 8, 1931 - December 13, 2017

James Eugene "Geno" Smart, 86, of Winterville, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017.Born in Thomson, GA as the oldest son of Alton and Louise Smart, he worked as a delivery boy for Western Union during World War II. Geno lived and worked in Athens during the 1950s and 1960s as general manager for the E.C. Crimes Company. He later owned Athens Appliance Center and retired as general manager of...
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Betty Woodward Bromwell

October 20, 1934 - December 13, 2017

Betty Woodward Bromwell, 83, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017.A native of Natchez, MS, Mrs. Bromwell was a daughter of the late Therrell Woodward and Elizabeth Mackey Woodward. She was a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church since 1972, where she sang in the choir and participated in the Chapelwood UMW.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Richard Eugene Hendrix

June 7, 1935 - December 10, 2017

Richard Eugene Hendrix Sr., 82, of Jefferson, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017.A native of Atlanta, Mr. Hendrix was a son of the late William Hendrix and Jessie Bell Nix Hendrix. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked in the transportation industry.In addition to his parents, Mr. Hendrix was preceded in death by four brothers, William Hendrix Jr., Thomas Hendrix, Charles...
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John C. Shaver

May 30, 1953 - December 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Elizabeth Bullock Dean

February 27, 1928 - December 4, 2017

Elizabeth Bullock Dean passed away peacefully on December 4, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospice House. She was born February 27, 1928 in Madison County, daughter of the late Hershel Rudolph and Eulla Mae Bullock. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Dean of Athens and her son, George W. Dean Jr. She is survived by her children, Valerie Dean DeVore (Ted) and Wayne Dean (Fran); grandchildren...
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Henry Stevens Gillen

September 9, 1925 - December 3, 2017

Henry Stevens Gillen, 92, of Watkinsville, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017.A native of Oconee County, Mr. Gillen was a son of the late D.B. Gillen and Clara Ree Miller Gillen. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in Europe and retired from Anaconda Wire and Cable. Mr. Gillen was a member of and deacon at Mars Hill Baptist Church.In addition to his parents, Mr. Gillen was preceded...
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Amy L. Long

November 5, 1958 - December 2, 2017

Amy Long, 59, of Athens, Ga., passed away December 2, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Amy was a beautiful soul inside and out, born November 5, 1958 in Utica, New York to Dorothy and Jerry Long and was the youngest of two children. Amy later moved to Athens where she lived to be closer to her family. She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in the fine arts. She was an...
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Clois C. Brown

June 29, 1924 - December 1, 2017

Clois C. Brown Jr., of Athens, GA, died on December 1, 2017 at the age of 93. He was the son of the late Clois C. Brown and Nellie Charles Brown. He grew up in Elberton, GA and was educated in the Elberton public schools.He graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1949 with a degree in Industrial Management and he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order social fraternity. He started...
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Hermann Harry Kosak

May 2, 1924 - November 29, 2017

Hermann Harry Kosak passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the age of 93.Born in Vienna, Austria, Hermann was the son of Cecilia Kosak Kaplan and Solomon Selzer. Mr. Kosak graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in Brussels, Belgium in 1945.He and his sister Margit Kaplan, who preceded him in death, were survivors of the Holocaust. They immigrated together to the United States...
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James Randolph Whitley

August 7, 1948 - November 27, 2017

James Randolph "Buddy" Whitley Jr., 69, of Nicholson, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017.Born in Clarke County, Mr. Whitley was a son of the late Randolph Whitley and Rachel Alford Whitley. In addition to his parents, Mr. Whitley was preceded in death by his sister, Renay Shelton and a grandson, Michael Scott Little.Survivors include wife, Brenda Jean Smith Whitley; children, Hattie Tatum ...
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Annie Ree Heaton

October 30, 1933 - November 26, 2017

Annie Ree Huff Heaton, 84, of Athens, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017.A native of Oconee County, Ms. Heaton was a daughter of the late William Huff and Nora Lee Bowen Arnold. In addition to her parents, Ms. Heaton was preceded in death by her son, Bert "Bo" Heaton and sister, Jeanette Veal.Survivors include daughters, Kathy Stocum of Elberton and Pam Wiley (Johnny) of Comer; four...
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Bonnie Faulkner Tolbert

January 30, 1950 - November 16, 2017

Bonnie Faulkner Tolbert, 67, of Athens, died November 16, 2017 following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Athens, GA on January 30, 1950 to William and Marie Faulkner. Bonnie graduated from Athens High School in 1968 and proudly served on the reunion committee. She attended trade school where she learned secretarial skills and was employed at Westinghouse/ABB/Power...
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William Roy McInvale

December 7, 1922 - November 12, 2017

William "Roy" McInvale, 94, of Athens, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017.Born in Talladega, AL, Mr. McInvale was a son of the late Artis Lee McInvale and Minnie Bell Hurst McInvale. He graduate of the University of Georgia earning a degree in Business Administration and was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force. Mr. McInvale was awarded the American Theater and Asiatic Pacific Theater...
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Robert E. Gibson

February 6, 1928 - November 10, 2017

Robert Gibson, 89, of Athens passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017. He was born on February 6, 1928 to Geneva McLeroy and Carl E. Gibson. Reared in Athens, Bobby graduated from Athens High School and attended the University of Georgia. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he went on to attend the UGA School of Law, and became a partner at Erwin, Epting, Gibson and McLeod.He married Sylvia...
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Jan M. Okey

May 24, 1936 - November 9, 2017

Janaan Marie Flitsch Okey led a life of spirited independence, optimism, and generosity right up until she died of cancer on November 9, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. She grew up on a farm outside Cassville, Wisconsin, and her father, Willard Flitsch, and mother, Alyenne Brander Flitsch, cultivated in her a great capacity for hard work and curiosity mixed with strong doses of fun and thoughtfulness. ...
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Josephine Mildred Levy Platek

March 29, 1922 - November 8, 2017

Born March 29, 1922 to parents Pauline and Lucien Levy in New York City. She graduated from Hunter College High School, NYC, class of 1938, and Hunter College, class of 1942; the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Norman Platek, to whom she was married 42 years.She traveled throughout her life but always...
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Dorothy Nell Martin

December 21, 1945 - November 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Victoria Michele Davion

August 24, 1960 - November 5, 2017

Professor Victoria ("Vicky") Michele Davion died November 5 at home in Athens. Born August 24, 1960 to actors Ellen Caryl Klein and Alexander Davion in Los Angeles, she grew up in New York City and earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, specializing in environmental and feminist ethics and political philosophy. Vicky joined the University of Georgia's Philosophy...
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Jimmy Ray Tolbert

August 26, 1959 - November 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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John Edward Adams

June 30, 1944 - October 31, 2017

John Edward Adams, 73, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017.He was born in Starke, FL and resided in Athens. Mr. Adams was a son of the late Henry Herlong Adams and Norma Jean Mosley Adams. He was a real estate appraiser and worked as a banker for C&S Bank.He is survived by Joan McWaters Adams; children, Sam Adams (Jenna) of Hartwell and Amy McCormick (Will) of Cocoa, FL; stepchildren, Valerie...
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Celeada Gay Cochran

March 18, 1942 - October 27, 2017

Celeada Gay Cochran, 75, of Athens, Ga., went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, October 27, 2017. She was born March 18, 1942 in Fancy Gap, Va., the daughter of the late Carlie Columbus and Irene Snow Hawks. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Wade Stuart Cochran. She was a supportive military wife, following her husband most everywhere he was stationed. ...
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Larry Russell Pinson

June 12, 1950 - October 18, 2017

Larry Russell Pinson, 67, of Nicholson, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.A native of Athens, Mr. Pinson was a son of the late Ollie Pinson and Nell Skinner Pinson. He worked for Georgia Power for 41 years.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Pinson.Survivors include his wife, Anita Cobb Pinson; daughters, Leigh Hardy ...
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Richard Allen Cooke

June 2, 1930 - October 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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David Carl James

August 17, 1942 - October 16, 2017

David Carl James, 75, of Athens, went to be with the Lord on his 58th wedding anniversary, Monday, October 16, 2017.A native of Jackson County, Mr. James was a son of the late Carl James and Viola Thomas James. He was a retired electrician with Fowler Products.In addition to his parents, Mr. James was preceded in death by his son, Harvey David James.Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years,...
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Sarah E. Bullock

February 5, 1930 - October 13, 2017

Sarah Eidson Bullock of Athens, Ga died peacefully Friday, October 13th surrounded by her children. She was born February 5, 1930 to Hubert Louis Eidson and Alice Bray Eidson of Athens, Ga. Sarah spent her career in retail working for Heery's Clothes Closet and Foster's Jewelers as well as time spent in her later years working with children at Jack and Jill Nursery. Sarah was a lifelong member of...
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Carl Bruce Bottiaux

January 27, 1945 - October 11, 2017

Carl Bruce Bottiaux, 72, of Greensboro, GA, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017.A native of Detroit, MI, Mr. Bottiaux was a son of the late Fidele Bottiaux and Marie Rowland Bottiaux. He worked in Human Resources Recruiting for Troy Design Services.In addition to his parents, Mr. Bottiaux was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann Phipps Bottiaux.Survivors include children, John Bottiaux ...
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May 9, 1937 - October 10, 2017

Bessie Mae Callaham, 80, of Athens passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.Bessie was the daughter of Roxie Kathleen Gosnell and William Claude Leachman and a member of Oconee Heights Baptist.She was preceded in death by her husband, James Avery Callaham and a granddaughter, Danielle Kathleen Griffin.Survivors include her children, Wanda Arnold, Shelby Callaham Griffin (Russell) and Danny...
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Allen D. Stephenson

May 6, 1927 - October 8, 2017

Allen D. Stephenson, 90, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospice House. He was born on May 6, 1927 to Allen D. (Sr.) and Georgia Smith Stephenson in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, he served in the United States Navy during WWII with duty at the Naval Air Station in St. Louis and the Pacific Theatre of Operations aboard the...
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James Craft

January 17, 1952 - October 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Mia Bentley

September 26, 2017 - October 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Edna Ward Ellis

November 4, 1920 - October 5, 2017

Edna Ward Ellis, 96, of Athens, was called home to be with her Lord on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Edna was a native of Boone, NC and was a daughter of the late Lionel A. Ward and Birdie Mast Ward. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ellis was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. William S. Ellis Sr. USN, (Ret).Edna was a full time homemaker. She and her husband Bill were longtime members of Young...
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Joanna B. Burton

June 14, 1930 - October 4, 2017

Joanna Bridges Burton was blessed with the gift of being in the presence of the Lord and reunited with her beloved husband and other family members on October 4, 2017.Joanna was born at home in Athens, GA on South Pope Street on June 14, 1930. She married Andrew James Burton, Jr. on May 13, 1961. An avid Bulldog and Braves fan, Joanna was a true Southern lady and a devoted wife, mother,...
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John Curtis Conaway

March 25, 1961 - October 4, 2017

"Treeman" John Curtis Conaway left for his long walk in the forest on Wednesday, October 4 from Athens, GA. He loved his children above all else but also had a passion for music (especially jazz), art, literature, nature, animals, coffee, and the Athens community. In his 56 short but full years, he had a successful tree service, reached number one in the U.S. for track in high school and college,...
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John David Holeman

August 6, 1925 - October 2, 2017

John David Holeman of Athens, GA, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the age of 92.He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Overholt Holeman; children, Delwin Holeman (Melody), Kathleen Mihai (Alex) and David Holeman (Michelle); sister, Lorene Fine; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.John was born in Drumright, OK on August 6, 1925 to John...
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Clifford Paul Hulsey

February 18, 1946 - September 29, 2017

Clifford Paul Hulsey "Pete", of Colbert, Georgia, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 peacefully surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with heart disease. He was the son of the late Roy "Bo" Hulsey and Pauline Cates Hulsey. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Hulsey and a special brother in law, Taylor Strickland. He retired from Xerox after 30 plus years, later...
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Benjamin L. Ehmcke

September 30, 1946 - September 24, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Laura Mae Minton Thompson

August 19, 1934 - September 24, 2017

Laura Mae Minton Thompson, 83, of Statham, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017.A native of Morganfield, KY, Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of the late Buford Minton and Medora Hampton Minton. She served as a dietician with Clarke County Schools in Georgia and Clay County Schools in Kentucky. Mrs. Thompson was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY and while living in...
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Helen Begley Boatman

February 10, 1941 - September 23, 2017

Helen Begley Boatman, 76, of Athens, GA, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017.Born in Kingsport, Tennessee, Helen was the daughter of the late James Begley and Lottie Moore.Survivors include her children, Traci Hudson and James Hudson; sisters, Gayla Hatch and Donna Arnold; grandchildren, Tyler Hudson. Hudson Welter and Wyatt Welter.Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Boatman...
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Charles Frank Mason

August 18, 1940 - September 21, 2017

Charles "Chuck" Frank Mason, 77, passed away September 21, 2017 in Athens. Born in Cleveland and raised in Brecksville, Ohio, he was the son of Eleanor Mason Anderson and Frank Mason and stepson of Adelbert Anderson. Chuck was a resident of Athens for over 40 years.Aside from his family, University of Florida football, and UGA Gymnastics, Chuck's greatest passion was music. He served as Director...
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Maxine Kicklighter Davis

October 22, 1935 - September 20, 2017

Maxine Kicklighter Davis, 81, of Athens, Georgia died September 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Richard Davis, Sr. She is survived by son Richard Davis (Suzy) of Long Creek, SC, daughters Jan Finney (Steve) of Athens, and Catherine Praeger of Lawrenceville, GA, and four beloved grandsons, Davis and Drew Finney and Ben and Sam Praeger. Maxine was born October 22...
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Anthony Bernard Little

March 18, 1981 - September 18, 2017

Anthony Bernard Little, 36, of Athens, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017.Anthony was born in Augusta on March 13, 1981, a son of Andrie Tabor of Gainesville. He was a Hip Hop artist and led the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. March in Athens.Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 5 years, Joni Reeves Little; children, King Little, Ronin Little, Chief Little and Merriele Little...
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Michael Thorndike Brown

January 21, 1953 - September 14, 2017

Michael Thorndike Brown passed away, unexpectedly, on September 14, 2017, at his home in Athens, Georgia.Born on Jan 21, 1953 in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Michael grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.He spent his childhood summers in Camden, Maine. He graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood HighSchool in 1971 and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1973 and was stationed in Lakehurst,...
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Martha Jones Schimmel

December 2, 1923 - September 14, 2017

Mrs Martha Jones Schimmel, 93, went home to be with her Lord on September 14, 2017. Martha was born on December 2, 1923 in Columbus Georgia to Chester Thomas Jones and Lutie Warlick Jones. In 1947 she met and married the love of her life Walter James (Bill) Schimmel Jr from Gainesville Georgia. They moved to Athens in order for Bill to attend the University of Georgia and later he was employed as...
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Annie Pearl Adams

June 13, 1944 - September 13, 2017

Annie Pearl Adams, 73, of Athens passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.Born in Mississippi, Annie was the daughter of the late J.B. Sims and Arlena Hickman.Survivors include her children, Kharey Adams, Kimberly Mebane Sims, Kirk Sims of Naperville, IL, Bethsheba Yahudah of Athens, Shoshanah Yahudah of Kailua, HI, Yahosuah Yahudah of Winder, Avigail Yahudah of Athens; her brothers, Noah...
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Loretta Johnson Adams

March 26, 1933 - September 13, 2017

Loretta Johnson Adams, 84, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.Born March 26, 1933 as the baby girl to Cicero and Jewell Johnson, she lived in the same family home in Center all of her life. She was a parapro at Benton Elementary School in Nicholson for 20 years. She grew up in Prince Avenue Baptist Church and was a member of New...
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Lucille Mallory Thompson

November 24, 1940 - September 13, 2017

Lucille Mallory Thompson, 76, of Carlton, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017.Survivors include children, Rogers Glenn Sr. (Deon) of Cameron, NC, Rickie Glenn Sr. (Lori) of Carlton, Mervin Glenn of Seattle, WA and Dexter Thompson (Natasha) of Athens; sister, Gloria Finch of Maryland; grandchildren, Shubricca Bell, Rogers Glenn Jr., Robert Glenn, Deanthony Glenn, Rodrick Glenn, Takeeta...
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Joey R. Royal

December 27, 1972 - September 10, 2017

Joey R. Royal, 44, of Athens, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017.A native of Jacksonville, FL, Mr. Royal was a son of Connie Hanner Royal Dozier and the late Robert Banks Royal. He was a member of the fencing team at the Paralympics in Sydney, Australia and was a rabid Georgia Bulldog fan.Survivors, in addition to his mother, include wife, Stephanie Royal of Athens; daughter, Emily Shane...
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Miriam Thurmond Drewry

September 15, 1921 - September 9, 2017

Miriam Thurmond Drewry of Talmage Terrace, Athens, died on Saturday, September 9, 2017, six days before her 96th birthday. A native of Clarke County, she was the daughter of the late Dewey Franklin and Lucile Strickland Thurmond and the widow of Dean John Eldridge Drewry. She was predeceased by a brother, James Thurmond. She received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Georgia in 1942 and...
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Mildred S. Chambers

March 7, 1923 - September 8, 2017

Mildred Jeane Shepherd Chambers peacefully entered the presence of God on September 8, 2017. She was 94. She was the daughter of Myrtle Garrett Shepherd and Roy J. Shepherd. She was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida and lived most of her life in Jacksonville, Florida. She was active in the Garden Club, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Inner Wheel and...
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Matheson English Finney

November 22, 1995 - September 8, 2017

Matheson English Finney, 21, of Athens, Georgia, died unexpectedly September 8, 2017.Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jack Kehoe, of Athens, Georgia.He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Finney of Roswell, Georgia and Mrs. Moira Stovall of Athens, Georgia; three brothers, Clayton, Ethan and Harrison; one sister, Ariel; maternal grandmother, Marilyn Kehoe of...
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Sterling Edward Wilhoit

October 27, 1948 - September 8, 2017

Sterling Edward Wilhoit, III, 68, of Watkinsville, Ga., lovingly known as "Beau," went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 8 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Gainesville, FL on October 27, 1948 to the late Sterling E. Wilhoit Jr. and Kate Oglesby Wilhoit. Beau was a member of Watkinsville First United Methodist Church.In the 70's he started his career as a residential...
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Dahlia Pauline Menken

July 30, 1922 - September 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Wilma Jane Hanley Crabbe Rush

February 2, 1925 - September 6, 2017

Wilma Jane Hanley had no idea how her life would change as she took the Army enlistment oath on her birthday in February 1945. She'd spent her first 20 years in Sacramento, California with her family: brother Albert, sisters Nora and Gertrude, and parents William and Mildred Hanley.After basic training at Fort DeMoines, Iowa, she was assigned to the 70th WAC Hospital Company, Brooke General...
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Dennis James Gillen

July 9, 1961 - September 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, GA.
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Gregory G. Akeley

July 29, 1966 - September 5, 2017

Gregory George Akeley, 51, died on September 5 in Athens. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he has lived in the Athens area since 1993. A bookseller for many years, he also enjoyed drumming and other performance arts. He is survived by his beloved son, Thomas Ward Akeley; mother, Phyllis Howing; brother, Charles Vincent Akeley (Jeaniece); sister, Jeannette Glenn (Christopher); and nieces, Holly and...
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Loretta Jane Huff Buckley

August 10, 1935 - September 5, 2017

Loretta Jane Huff Buckley, 82, of Braselton, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017.A native of Franklin, PA, Mrs. Buckley was a daughter of the late George Huff and Laura Rote Huff. She was a homemaker and former member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens.Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Richard Buckley of Braselton; two daughters, Rhonda Buckley of Braselton and Risa Smith (Bill)...
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Lora Landers Antley

October 16, 1922 - September 4, 2017

Lora L. Antley, age 94, of Athens, GA, passed away on September 4, 2017.Lora spent her early life as a Marine Officer's wife. She led an active volunteer life within the service community, particularly with Navy Relief.Lora met her late husband, W. Eugene Antley (Col. USMC, Ret.) while they were students at LSU. After he retired from his second career at the University of Georgia, they indulged...
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Jose Cesar Bonilla

August 27, 1940 - September 4, 2017

Jose Cesar Bonilla, 77, of Winder, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017.Survivors include wife, Maria C. Bonilla; children, Mario Bonilla, Delmis Bonilla, Maria Sara Ramos, Teresa Flores, Blanca Bonilla, Maria Cristina Bonilla and Manuel Bonilla.The family will hold a wake on Thursday, September 7 from 9-11 a.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home.Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 7 at 1 p...
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Shirley Ann Perry Thomas

January 15, 1934 - September 3, 2017

Shirley Ann Perry Thomas, 83, of Athens, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017.A native of Massachusetts, Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker and the widow of Herman Frank Thomas.Survivors include son, Michael Thomas and wife, Denise of Rehoboth, MA; daughters, Marsha Kobrin and husband, Neil of Mill Valley, CA and Michelle Thomas of Athens; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.The family will...
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Geoffrey Adams Smith

January 6, 1973 - September 3, 2017

Geoffrey Adams Smith, 44, of Athens, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Barry T. Smith, and survived by his two beloved sons, Andrew and Campbell; mother, Saranne Guy Smith; sisters, Ashley Catherine Smith and Anna Smith Waller (Don); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and a niece. Geoff was a devoted father, loving son,...
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Beth Autry

July 23, 1956 - September 2, 2017

Beth Autry, 61, of Danielsville passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Born in Harris County, Texas, Beth is the daughter of the late Howard B. Akins Sr. and Nina Powledge Akins.Survivors include her husband of over 42 years, Ronnie Autry of Danielsville; two children, Ron Autry of Danielsville and J.C. Autry (Amber) of Winder; two brothers, Ben Akins Jr. (Ann) of Ila and Ricky Akins of...
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Marlin Crafton Minor

June 6, 1937 - September 1, 2017

Marlin Crafton Minor, 80, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017. He was born in Kingsport, TN on June 6, 1937 and was the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Hoil Minor.Marlin joined the U.S. Army in 1955 at the age of 19 where he served for 20 years before retiring in 1975. He served in the Korean Conflict, did two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Germany. During that time, he received two Purple...
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Talmadge Clifton DuVall

July 26, 1933 - August 30, 2017

Tal DuVall passed away on August 30, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Greensboro, Georgia on July 26, 1933. Tal grew up on a family dairy farm in Greene County. He attended the University of Georgia where he received three degrees - BS in Dairy Science; MS in Extension Education; PhD in Public Administration. He served in the US Army from 1954-1956. He had a long and distinguished...
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Guinette S. Moorehead

January 12, 1925 - August 29, 2017

Guinette S. Moorehead "Ms. B", 92, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017.A native of Madison County, Mrs. Moorehead was a daughter of the late Roy Strickland and Birdie Morris Strickland. She retired from the University of Georgia where she worked in food service.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Janice Moorehead; brother, Joe Neal Strickland and...
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Thomas Edward Meyer

April 12, 1930 - August 28, 2017

Thomas Edward Meyer, 87, of Athens, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017. An Athens native, Tommy was the son of the late Hammond Meyer and Annelle Erwin and was of Baptist Faith.Tommy is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Dillard Meyer.Survivors include his children, Linda Edwards (Paul), Kathy Foster, Lane Taylor (Gerald); five grandchildren, Tom and Tim Thurmond, Levi and Ethan Taylor,...
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Mary Elizabeth Savage

November 9, 1940 - August 28, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Savage, 76, of Watkinsville passed away Monday, August 28, 2017.She was preceded in death by one son, Danny Savage; a sister, Nancy Carson; and a brother, David Shelton.Survivors include her husband of 34 years, James L. Savage of Watkinsville; children, Keith Savage (Kathy) of Athens, Franklin Todd Huff of Athens, Rodney Lee Huff (Cynthia) of Watkinsville; a brother, Jerry Shelton...
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John Hunter

May 9, 1958 - August 28, 2017

John Hunter, 59, of Hull, GA, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017, due to a sudden illness. Born in Philadelphia, PA, John was an avid bird hunter and outdoorsman. He was a member of Erastus Christian Church, Athens Rifle Club, Elberton Gun Club, a lifetime member of the NRA and was the CEO of Cutting Edge Pest Control.John was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Hunter and one sister, Dori...
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Kathryn Louise Fulghum Brown

December 22, 1935 - August 28, 2017

Kathryn Louise Fulghum Brown, 81, of Athens, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017.A native of Hart County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Clyde F. Fulghum and Blanche Vickery Fulghum. She worked in packaging for Flowers Inc. and was a longtime member of New Covenant Worship Center.Survivors include husband of 33 years, Roy Paul Brown of Athens, formerly of Commerce; siblings, Ruth Fulghum...
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Michael Joseph Reeves

January 21, 1992 - August 27, 2017

Michael Joseph Reeves died August 27, 2017 in Eatonton, Georgia at the age of 25. Michael is survived by his mother, Jean Reeves and father, James Reeves, both of Watkinsville, GA; his sisters, Sherri of Jacksonville, FL and Joni Reeves Little of Athens, GA; his brothers, Jared Reeves and Jason Fitzpatrick, both of Watkinsville, GA; his sisters-in-law, Katy Reeves of Watkinsville, GA and Leslie...
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Bryan Edward Mitchell

November 17, 1965 - August 27, 2017

Bryan Edward Mitchell, 51, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, August 27, 2017. He passed away at home from extensive injuries due to a fall while hunting many years ago. He was born and raised in Athens.He is survived by his three children: a son, Bryan Mitchell, Jr.; and two daughters, Murphy Mitchell and Morgan Mitchell; his parents, Ernie and Bonnie Mitchell; and two brothers, Ernie Mitchell,...
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James Raymond Champlin

June 14, 1928 - August 27, 2017

James Raymond Champlin, 89, of Watkinsville, GA, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017. A native of Coventry, RI, Mr. Champlin was a son of the late Henry Clymer Champlin and Ida Eldora Congdon Champlin. He served on the Governor's Council of Parks and Recreation under Jimmy Carter, was President of the GRPS and was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia where he was the former head...
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