Lee Cunningham, 61, of Milledgeville, died Monday, June 27, 2005 in a local hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 29, at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. The Del Rio, Texas, native was the son of the late William Barton and the late Floye Belle Cunningham. He had lived in Baldwin County since 1988. He was the former general manager for Payback, Inc., in Hancock County. Mr. Cunningham was a licenced Insurance Agent and Securities Broker. He was owner and operator of Washington County Memorial Gardens, Four Seasons Landscaping Company and Cunningham Services. He was the former owner of Baldwin Memorial Gardens and Eatonton Memorial Park. Mr. Cunningham is survived by his wife, Cynthia Kilgore Cunningham, of Milledgeville; hsi brother, Charles L. Stewart of San Angelo, Tx.; his father- and mother-in-law Garland and Margie Kilgore of Lake Sinclair; his sister- and brother-in-law Kaye and Tony Marshall, of Milledgeville; his brother-in-law Allen Kilgore of Milledgeville; and a niece, Lauren Kilgore, of Bostwick, Ga. Those who wish to may make memorial contributions to the American Lung Association, c/o Kaye Marshall, Oconee Regional Medical Center, PO Box 649, Milledgeville, Ga. 31061. Williams Funeral Home and Crematory had charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Jean Muriel Hohmann
Mrs. Jean Muriel Hohmann, 81, of Davisboro, passed away Tuesday, June 28. Mrs. Hohmann was a member of United Faith Ministries. She is survived by two daughters, Candy and Ronald Russel of Aiken, SC, Dixie and Mike McLean of Eatonton, Ga.; one son, Larry and Nancy Hohmann of Davisboro, Ga.; one sister, Freida Pierson of Davisboro, Ga.; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Hohmann were held Wednesday, June 29 at United Faith Ministries in Davisboro with Pastor Matthew Pierson officiating. Pallbearers were Brennan Russell, Bradley Russell, Benjamin Russell, Robert Hohmann, Benjamin Layton and Larry Cobb. Burial followed at Davisboro City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to United Faith Ministries, Highway 231 S., Davisboro, Ga., 31018. Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Louisville, had charge of arrangements.
Elsie Mae Mealor Hardeman, 74, of 155 Briarpatch Road, Eatonton, Ga. died Friday, June 17, 2005 at his residence. Memorial services were held at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel on Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Frank Bruce officiating. The Banks County, Homer, Georgia native was born on September 22, 1930 to Neal McCoy Mealor and Lula A. Mealor. She was married to James Edwin Hardeman. She was a dental hygienist and of the Baptist faith. Memorial donations may be made to the Red Cross, Oconee Valley Service Center, P.O. Box 516, Milledgeville, Ga. 31059. Survivors include: Spouse, James Edwin Hardeman of Eatonton, son Bruce William Hardeman of California, daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fritts of Stockbridge, three grandchildren, Jennifer R. Worthington of Calif., Raymond De-Wayne Kells and Adam Neal Fritts, both of Stockbridge, two great grandchildren, Raymond De-Wayne Kell, Jr. and Blake Neal Fritts. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements.
Walter Langford, age 62, of Smyrna, Ga., formerly of Union Point, Ga. died Sunday, June 19, 2005 at Athens Regional Medical Center. A native of Greene County he was born February 22, 1943 to the late Jessie Lankford and Cleo Turner Lankford. Walter grew up in Union Point and was a graduate of Union Point High School. After high school he joined the United States Air Force where he served for thirty years. He was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Korea and Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta where he was a member of the Chief’s Group. He is survived by his fiancé’, Angelina Garcia of Smyrna, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Andrea Marie Garcia of Smyrna, Ga. and Bobbi Nicole Garcia of Smyrna, Ga.; a son, Shayne Langford of Murfreesboro, TN; five sisters, Darlene Carter of Loganville, Ga., Betty Campbell of Conyers, Ga., Jeannette Rainey of Eatonton, Joyce Dale of Stone Mountain and Gail Sturdivant of Bonaire; four brothers, Bobby Lankford of Stephens, Ga., Clarence Lankford of Eatonton, Roger Lankford of Stephens, and Charles Lankford of Danielsville; and a host of other relatives, friends and his special pet dog, Geronimo. He was preceded in death by a son, Brian “Bobo” Langford in November of 1996. Funeral services was held on Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Union Point with the Rev. Colin Duncan officiating. Interment followed at Greenlawn Cemetery in Union Point, Ga. with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Lankford, Russell Lankford, Geoff Dale, Scott Dale, Keith Lankford, Mark Rainey, Robbie Rainey and Kenny Futrell. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, Ga. 30605 or Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 321, Greensboro, Ga. 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, Ga. 706-453-2626 was in charge of final arrangements. Visit www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
Caleb Zachary Strength
Memorial service for newborn Caleb Zachary Strength of Monticello, Georgia, who died Sunday, June 12, was held at Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery, Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. The Service was officiated by the Rev. Ben Strength, III. Caleb Zachary Strength was born on June 12 at Houston Healthcare Complex. He is survived by parents Jim Kain Strength, II and Meredith Ann Strength of Monticello, GA; brother Jim Kain Strength, III of Monticello, GA; Maternal Grandparents Roger and B.J. Resseau of Hillsboro, GA and Steve and Nancy Willette of Gulf Shores, Ala., paternal grandparents Ben and Barbara Strength of Monticello, and Paternal great grandmother Mrs. J.K. Strength of Monticello.
Rufus “Russ” Webb, Jr.
Rufus Webb, Jr., 71, of 919 Madison Road, Eatonton, Ga. died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 in Baldwin County. Memorial services were held at Eatonton Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 17 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Kennon officiating. The Whitesburg, Ky, Letcher County native was born on February 14, 1934 to Rufus Webb, Sr. and Rose Brown. He was married to Alva Downey Webb. He received the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the United Nations Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. Mr. Webb also served in Vietnam on active duty for more than three years and was awarded the AFEXPM, the Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Cluster, 2 O/S Bars and he was also an Expert (Pistol). Mr. Webb was also wounded in Korea. He served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He was a retired airline pilot for Eastern Airlines for 22 years, a member of the Eatonton Presbyterian Church, VFW, QB’s, and the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society or to the Eatonton Presbyterian Church. Survivors include: spouse, Alva Webb of Eatonton, daughter, Dawn Sharp of Eatonton, son, Darrel Webb of Charlotte, N.C. and Rufus Webb, III of Florida, brothers, Gene Novak and Danny Cowan both of Maryland and sister Elaine Stocker and Susie McCann both of Maryland, and eight grandchildren. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements.
Tiney Drake Wilson
Tiney Drake Wilson, 95, of Eatonton died Thursday, June 16, 2005 at Eatonton Healthcare. Funeral services were held at Rideout Funeral Home in Alabama on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. Interment was in Bass Cemetery in Trussville, Ala. She was born August 3, 1909 to Charles Drake and Nannie Lankford. She was a homemaker. Survivors include: daughters, Eva Mae Teat of Trussville, Ala and Annie Weems of Pell City, Ala., 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements
Ronald Craig “Ron” Hardeman
Ronald Craig “Ron” Hardeman, age 68, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Sunday, June 12, 2005 at his residence. On April 2, 1937 he was born in Pough Keepsie, NY to the late J. Ralph Hardeman and Reva Arthur Hardeman. In 1955 he graduated from Red Hook Cetral School in Red Hook, NY. He was the owner and vice president of Carefree Manufactured Homes, Inc. where he retired in 1999 after thirty-six years of service. He was a very active and faithful member of Walker United Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir, a Sunday School Teacher, a Lay Leader and Certified Lay Speaker. He also served on various committees such as chairman and vice chairman of the Administrative Council and helped with the tape ministry. He was a member of the Promise Keepers and the JC’s. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Hardeman, of Greensboro, GA; a daughter, Renda Kay Rafus of Walnut Grove, GA; a sister, Karen Royston of Latham, GA; a step sister, Connie Rohe of Lake Mary, FL; a brother, John R. Hardeman of Red Hook, NY; two grandchildren, Lindsey Ann Rafus and Colby Craig Rafus; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 2 p.m. at Walker United Methodist Church with Rev. Ferris Hardin officiating. Interment will follow at the Walker Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are George Upchurch, Gene Wilson, Ralph Beasley, Bob Bostick, Tom Collier, Bob Eberhart, Bill Rosso, John Attaway and Jimmy Carroll. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall before the service. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
Jan. 11, 1915 - May 31, 2005
Laurie Lenore Maddox Gregory, 90, of 130 Long Shoals Rd., N.E., Eatonton, Ga. died Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at her residence. Funeral services were held at Philadelphia United Methodist Church on Friday, June 3 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ben Strength and the Rev. Mike Willard officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. The Putnam County native was born January 11, 1915 to Turner Ashby Maddox, Sr. and Carrie Davis Beall Maddox. She was married to the late James Marion Gregory, Sr. She was a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church where she was a Communion Steward and a former Sunday school teacher. She was also a former member of the Phoenix Homemakers. Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia United Methodist Church or St. Paul United Methodist Church, Rockville. Survivors include: daughters, Ann Jester, Conyers, Mary Caroline Jones (Mike), Eatonton; son, James Gregory (Sherrie), Eatonton, grandchildren, Paige Hitson (Greg), Greg Jester, Carrie Dietrich (Chris), Cathy Jones, Thomas Jones, Tina Green (Rex), Carla Hairston (Kelly), Saralyn Gregory, great grandchildren Ansley Hitson, Byron Hitson, Cayla Dietrich, William Dieteich and Chelsea Adams. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements.
Fannie Lue Logan
April 21, 1904 – November 11, 2005 Mrs. Fannie Lue Logan died Friday, November 11, 2005 after a lengthy stay at Bebley Manor Healthcare in Atlanta. She was 101-years-old. Mrs. Logan was born in Eatonton, Georgia, on April 21, 1904. She was the daughter of the late Mattie Lue Burston, and she was married to the late Mr. Sam Logan. She is survived by nieces and a nephew and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Bessie Burston. Mrs. Logan’s funeral was held at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 1 p.m. Rev. Terry Shrephead officiated. Pallbearers were newphews. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Funeral services for Doyle Phillips, age 64, of Haddock were Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Milledgeville. Burial was Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at Macon Memorial Park. Mr. Phillips died Sunday, November 13, 2005. Mr. Phillips was a native of Macon. He had made his home in Baldwin County for most of his life and had lived in Jones County for the past year. He was retired from Rheem Manufacturing. He was the son of the late Cecil Roy Phillips, Sr. and Julia Odell Moore Phillips. Survivors include two daughters: Nickie Phillips of Haddock and April Hodges of Milledgeville; one son: Gregory DeMars of Dublin; sisters: Lavenia Acered of New York, Annie Ruth Matthews and Martha Fay Rogers of Macon, Geraldine Owens of Augusta, and Ruby Beckham, Brenda Snellgrove and Deborah Wolfe, all of Milledgeville; brothers: Roy Phillips of Waycross, Warren Phillips, of Florida, Foy Phillips of Macon, Terry Phillips of Tennessee and Perry Phillips of Ivey; and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family request expressions of sympathy. Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Milledgeville had charge of arrangements.
July 7, 1916 – November 11, 2005
Annie Simmon, 89, of 139 Hillbor Road, Eatonton, died Friday, November 11, 2005 after a brief stay at Eatonton Health and Rehabilitation. Her funeral was scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, at 1 p.m. at Henderson Grove with the Rev. Willie C. Jones officiating. She was the daughter of Evans Daniel and Gillie Harris, both of Eatonton, and was married to the late Willie Lee Simmon. Mrs. Simmon was born July 7, 1916 in Eatonton. She was a member of Henderson Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter: Ms. Dorothy Simmon Griffen of Eatonton; one son: Mr. Alfred Simmon of Eatonton; two sisters: Mrs. Verlie Mae Thompkin of Eatonton and Odesser Hargrove of Harrisberg, Pennsylvania. Pallbearers were grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were grandson and nephew. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Roland R. Key, Jr.
Roland R. Key, Jr., 68, of Moss Bluff, Louisiana, died at 8:50 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2005, in a Lafayette, Louisiana hospital. Son of Roland Ross Key, Sr. and Gertrude Resseao-Key, Mr. Key was born and raised in Eatonton, Georgia. He served his country in the US Air Force. He lived in the Lake Charles area for the past fifty years. He received his Masters in mathematics and taught mathematics at McNeese State University, Delta Tech, and Sowela Tech, along with numerous other high schools in the area. He also worked as an insurance agent for Prudential and American National. He was a member of Gateway Church in Moss Bluff and his favorite pastime was gardening. Mr. Key is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, June Meche-Key of Moss Bluff, five sons, Christian Key and wife Lillie of China, Scott Key and wife June of Westlake, Troy Key and wife Kathy of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Tab A. Key and wife Elizabeth of Grahm, Texas, and Ross Key of Lake Charles; brother, Cleveland Key; sisters, Martha K. Newman, Nola K. Rogers and Mildred Hulsey-Key, all of Georgia. sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2005, at Highland Memory Gardens under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Reverend Dave Dooley did officiate.
Horace T. “Tommy” George, Jr., 68, of Jacksonville, Fl. passed away Sunday, November 6, 2005. He was born on February 26, 1937 in Milledgeville, Ga. and raised in Eatonton, Putnam Co., Ga. Tommy was a graduate of Putnam County High School, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and the University of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1963 attaining the rank of Sergeant. After the Army, Tommy worked for the Borden Company in several cities, last as Milk Plant Manager in Augusta, Ga. From 1970 to 1988, Tommy worked for Starland Dairies (Flav-O-Rich) in Sales Management in Savannah, Ga. In Savannah, Tommy was a member of the Georgia Dairy Products Association, the Elks Club, the Exchange Club, the Quarterback Club, Savannah Christian Church and coached Little League Baseball. Tommy moved to Jacksonville in 1988 where he worked for the State of Florida Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of Ft. Caroline Christian Church. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Horace T. & Mary Lou George; sons, Thomas A. and Michael D. George and sister, Anne G. McIntosh. Surviving him are his wife, Gladys George; children, Thomas & Douglas George, Suzanne Sucher, Pamela (Stefanio) Magilulo and their mother Barbara; step-daughter Missy (Jim) Coker; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many loving family members and friends. Pallbearers were Robert Batchelor, Jason Batchelor, James Batchelor, Jim Denham, Steve Allison, Terry Harden. All are invited to a Memorial Service in Celebration of Tommy’s Life on Thursday November 10, 2005, 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd. with Pastor Blake Kotur, officiating.
Louie P. Lankford
Louie P. Lankford, age 71, of 346 Denham Road, Eatonton, Ga. died Sunday, November 6, 2005 at Morgan Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at Lone Oak Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 8 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Marvin Westbrook and the Rev. A.M. Samples officiating. Interment was in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. The Putnam County native was born August 31, 1934 to Jess Lankford and Maudie Alexander. He was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church and was a dairy farmer. Survivors include: Wife, Virginia Lankford, Eatonton; two daughters, Cathy Lankford, Gay Lankford, both of Eatonton, son, Michael Lankford, Buckhead, brother, Pat Lankford, Eatonton, sister, Nellie McHugh, Rutledge, three grandchildren, Katie Holder, Newnan, Hunter Lankford, Madison, and Madelyn Lankford, Madison. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements
Lucy Roberts Leslie, age 75, of 150 Denham Road, Eatonton, Ga. died Friday, November 4, 2005 at Putnam General Hospital. Funeral services were held at Lone Oak Baptist Church on Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Preston Joiner and Mr. Heck Davis officiating. Interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery near Lumber City, GA on Monday, November 7 at 2 p.m. The Putnam County native was born October 16, 1930 to John Henry Roberts and Fannie Lou Reynolds, she was married to the late Joel Leslie. She was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Contributions may be made toward the funeral bill at the family’s request. Survivors include: children, Asa Farmer, Patricia Mills, Sue Griffin, Eddie Farmer, Ione Raulston, Cathy Farmer, Brenda Massey, Zenus Charles Farmer and Marily Sharp. Preceded in death by Wendell Farmer, Joni Mae Farmer and Peggy Farmer (these were her children). Brothers: Douglas Roberts, J.B. Roberts and Bud Roberts; sisters Lois Mills, Grace Roberts, Joyce “Sunshine” Hill, Katie Jo McDonald, Lorrine Tamelin, 24 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Tony Roberts, Jeremy Griffin, Johnathan Griffin, Wayne Griffin, Michael Scoggins, Alan Morgan. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements.
Donald Smith Poole, age 85, of 451 Greensboro Hwy., Eatonton, Ga. died Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at his residence. Funeral services were held at Eatonton Presbyterian church on Thursday, November 3 at 2 p.m. with the Reverends Grady Fuller and Larry Kennon officiating. Interment was in Eatonton Memorial Park. The Putnam County native was born November 18, 1919 to John Mark Poole and Emily Smith, he was married to Mary L. Roberts Poole. He was in Maintenance at Enterprise Aluminum Company, he served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of Eatonton Presbyterian Church, VFW Post 6686, American Legion and the Sheriff’s Association. He was also a contributor to Boys Town. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Survivors include wife, Mary Poole, Eatonton; brothers, David Poole, Milton Poole, James Poole, all of Eatonton and Fredrick Poole of Dry Branch; sisters, Frances Poole, both of Eatonton; 13 nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Brett Poole, Charles Poole, Richard Haizlip, Mark Haizlip, Justin Haizlip, Sonny Poole. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Fuller, Mark Fuller, Ronald Butts, Rodney Butts, Brad Roberts, Brain Moore, Thomas Mitchell, Jr. Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements.
Minnie L. Welch
Minnie L. Welch, age 84, of 104 Baynes Street, Eatonton, Ga. died Thursday, November 3, 2005 at Eatonton Health Care. Funeral services were held at Jenkins Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Willie Jones officiating. Interment was in Eatonton City Cemetery. The Eatonton native was born June 4, 1920 to the late Rufus Parks and Virginia Hubert Welch. She was married to Lonnie Welch, Sr. Survivors include: four sons, Charlie Welch, Lonnie Welch, Jr., Chester Welch, Macon, Ga. Calvin Welch; five daughters, Elizabeth Welch, Mattie Welch, Dorthy Williams, Houston, Tex, Virginia Welch, Evenlyn Bustion Villie. Pallbearers were her grandsons. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home in Eatonton was in charge of final arrangements.
Jim D. Kent
Retired businessman and prominent Rotarian, Jim D. Kent of Eatonton, Georgia passed away in the early morning on Tuesday, November 8 at his home at Lake Oconee after a long battle with lung cancer. A memorial for Jim will be held at the Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church, 113 Scott Road, Eatonton, Georgia, on Saturday, November 12th at 3pm. The family will receive friends on Friday evening, November 11th between 6pm and 8pm at the church. The family will also receive prior to the Saturday service beginning at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations in memory of Jim Kent to: Georgia Rotary Student Program, P.O. Box 61327, Savannah, GA 31420; Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church, 113 Scott Road , Eatonton, GA 31024; American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605, Attn. Cindy. A formal obituary will be published on a later date.