Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2017
Ricky Lee Murphy
Aug. 11, 1955-Feb. 6, 2017
Mr. Ricky Lee Murphy, 61, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.
The funeral servicewill be private.
Mr. Murphy was born Aug. 11, 1955 to Mr. Bobby Lee Murphy and the late Mrs. Margaret May Bolco Murphy.He loved life, putting together model ships and carsand fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Murphy of Monroe; a son, Cody Murphy of Eatonton; a sister, Debbie Coleman of Hoganville; and three nephews, Anthony Cahill, Buck Parker, both of Eatonton, and Brad Coleman of Hoganville.
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Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton had charge of arrangements.
Randy Lynn Ragan
Nov. 5, 1954-Feb. 9, 2017
Randy Lynn Ragan,62 of Eatonton passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
The funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 11 in Vining Ivy Hill Chapel.
He was born Nov. 5, 1954 in Tampa, Fla. to Doris Thompson Ragan and the late Arthur Leroy Ragan. He has lived in Eatonton for most of his life and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing and making jerky.
Survivors include his loving wife, Athena Branch Ragan; his mother, Doris Thompson Ragan; two sons, Steven (Angie) Ragan, Michael (Megan) Ragan, all of Idaho; two daughters, Dee (Brian) Tucker of Lizella and Tasha Carr of Eatonton; four siblings, Sharon (Wayne) Goza of Jonesboro, Andrew (Daisy) Ragan of McDonough, Cindy (Ed) Adair of Jonesboro, Jeff Ragan of Alabama; a brother-in-law, Tommy Branch (Diane Baker) of Jones County; nine grandchildren, Ben Ragan, Tyler Rex Ragan, Emily Ragan, Jillian Ragan, Allie Tucker, T.J Tucker, Heather Tucker, Hannah Tucker, Asher Carr and several nieces and nephews.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel had charge of the arrangements.
Sara Flynn Calvert
May 11, 1926-Feb. 11, 2017
A great lady, Sara Flynn Calvert,90 of Eatonton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at her residence.
The funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Godfrey United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Marc Medford, Daniel Harwell, Jason Harwell, Laura Cropp, Sarah Calvert and Leslie Calvert.
She was born May 11, 1926 in Polk County, North Carolina and was the middle child of five of Alice and Grady Flynn.She graduated valedictorian of her senior class at Green Creek High School, Green Creek, N.C. and was a star guard on the basketball team.A graduate of Spartanburg Junior College Dec. 21, 1945, she married Grady Calvert, her life partner for 66 years until his death Dec. 11, 2012.
She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, and cooking.She was an independent and hard-working woman. She was a member of Godfrey United Methodist Church for 61 years, belonged to the Phoenix Home Demonstration Club, and greatly enjoyed working as a Pink Lady with the Putnam General Hospital Auxiliary.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Frances Prince, Henry FlynnJr. and Dorothy Solesbee, all of South Carolina.
Survivors include five children, Jean Britt (Grady) of Raleigh, N.C., Rebecca Markwalter (Robider) of Macon, Vaughn Calvert (Donna) of Eatonton, Mary Lynn Harwell (Ray) of Madison, David Calvert (Rana) also of Eatonton; 10 grandchildren, Marc Medford (Jill), Alice Hancock (Steve), Daniel Harwell, Jason Harwell (Jana), Katie Porter (Andy), John Calvert, Laura Cropp (Andrew), Kaley Wilson (Nick), Sarah Calvert, Leslie Calvert; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Greene (Howard) of North Carolina, a sister-in-law, Lillian Calvert of North Carolina; two brothers-in-law, Dupree Calvert (Ruth) of North Carolina and GettisSolesbee of South Carolina.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Putnam General Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), 101 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, GA 31024.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel had charge of arrangements.
Jane Kelly of Eatonton passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at her residence.
The graveside service was Thursday, Feb. 16 in Eatonton Memorial Park.
She was born in Kannapolis, N.C., to the late Frank Alexander Shinn and Alma Christine Honbarger.
In her early years, she worked several jobs until she began raising her children. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and crocheting, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Pat and Gene Kelly.
Survivors include her husband, Louis H. “Loyd” Kelly Jr.; a son, Louis H. “Kippy” Kelly III of Eatonton; a daughter, Christine Luke (Harry) of Eatonton; a brother, Robert Shinn (Gloria) of Eatonton; five grandchildren, Virginia “Ginny” Jane Luke, Lou Kelly, Lee Kelly, Adam Kelly of North Carolina and Claire Kelly of Atlanta; a daughter-in-law, Angela Kelly; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The American Cancer Society in memory of the Kelly family.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel had charge of the arrangements.
Lois Mae Sollenberger
May 8, 1941-Feb. 2, 2017
Lois Mae Sollenberger,75 of Okemos, Mich. and Greensboro(Lake Oconee) passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 in Athens.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11a.m. at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church, 1089 Lake Oconee Parkway, Putnam County, on Saturday, March 18 at 11a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 4515 Dobie Road, Okemos, Mich.; and in June in Woodbury, Pa., near her family cemetery.
She was born May 8, 1941 to William and Vera (Amick) Helsel in Holidaysburg, Pa.She married Harold M. Sollenberger Aug. 31, 1963, having celebrated their 53rd anniversary in 2016.
She is a graduate of Northern Bedford High School and a 1963 honors graduate of Shippensburg University.She did graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. and worked for IU in the Research Center for Anthropology, Linguists, and Folklore.Later, she was controller of Publicom and an accountant for Books Done, both in Lansing, Mich.She served with her husband as treasurer of two successful gubernatorial campaigns.
She was a life-long Lutheran and current member of Faith Lutheran of Okemos, Mich. (ELCA) and Lake Oconee Lutheran in Putnam County (Missouri Synod).She was a firm believer in Christ's Work of Grace and lived her life accordingly.
She suffered for many years from a variety of illnesses, mainly Addison's disease that resulted in much pain and discomfort.She lived through these impediments with loveliness, toughness, and enthusiasm for life, her children, her churches, and her career.
She supported her husband in numerous positions within Michigan State University's accounting and MBA programs, and was known for her hosting, entertainingand editing.She was particularly active in the Community Volunteers for International Programs at MSU, acting as chairman of the scholarship committee and leading the gift shop of the annual global festival.She traveled extensively with her husband as part of MSU's international programs, embracing the cultures of more than 20 countries at last count.
She was an active collector.Most notable of her passions were items related to candy and chocolate making, Chinese and Tibetan jewelry, pie birds, and books related to Peter Rabbit and fairytales.Greatest among her collections were the friends she made wherever she went.She lived a full and loving life in spite of constant physical limitations and evolving health issues.
She is predeceased by her parents; a sister, Joyce Clouse; and a brother, William Helsel.
She was the loving mother of Kristin Lee (Daniel Stupar) Sollenberger of Wakefield, R.I. and Alan William (Stacy) Sollenberger of Marietta. Also surviving are four gifted and caring grandchildren, Emma Lynn, Brennan Scott, and Gavin BoiceSollenberger of Marietta and AmickKaliefStuparSollenberger of Wakefield, R.I;.three brothers, Paul (Margie) Helsel and David (Sharon) Helsel of Woodbury, Pa. and Merle (Janelle) Helsel of New Enterprise, Pa., and numerous nieces and nephews, mostly living in the Morrison Cove area of Blair and Bedford counties in Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the CVIP Parks Scholarship Fund (c/o of the MSU Development Fund, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824); to Faith Lutheran Church, Okemos, Mich.; or to Lake Oconee Lutheran Church, Putnam County, in honor of Lois Sollenberger.
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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Athenshas charge of arrangements.