Obituaries for March 6, 2017

Angel Nicole Burke Barber
Mrs. Angel Nicole Burke Barber, age 38, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop James Deraney officiating.  Interment followed in Baldwin Memorial Gardens.
Angel was a native and lifelong resident of Milledgeville.  She attended Georgia College & State University and owned and operated A & E Properties.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Angel was many things: a precious daughter & granddaughter, beloved sister to her brother, a playful aunt to her two nieces and an amazing friend to so many.  Angel always had a smile and an amazing laugh that would brighten anyone's day!  She had a beautiful spirit and did so much to uplift others.  We are all better people for having known her.
Survivors include her husband, Erick Barber of Milledgeville; a brother, Joseph Slayton "Slate" Burke (Jennica) of Layton, Utah; her mother, Tammy Burke of Milledgeville; her father, Joey Burke of Atlanta; her grandparents, Hugh & Ennise Burke, and Mary Jean Niblett, all of Milledgeville; her mother-in-law, Pat Snead of Milledgeville; her uncle, Timmy Niblett of Milledgeville; an aunt, Sherrie Gala of Bonaire; brother-in-law, Chris Byrd of Milledgeville; three nieces, Brecken and Navey Burke of Utah, Lauren Presley; and a nephew, Kevin Byrd, both of Eatonton.
"God will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  Revelation 21:3-4
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Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Milledgeville had charge of arrangements.

Venetia Jackson-Waller
July 26, 1952 - March 30, 2017
Venetia Jackson-Waller, age 64 died Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Funeral Services were Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Union Baptist Church in Eatonton with the Pastor Johnny Harris officiating.
Venetia was the daughter of the late Thomas Jackson Sr. and Lucille Jackson. She was born July 26, 1952 in Putnam County and attended school at Butler Baker and was a 1970 graduate.  For 27 years, Venetia was gainfully employed at Putnam County Middle School, assisting with the education of the youth.
Venetia was introduced and accepted Christ as her personal Savior in the late 1970’s. She became a member of Union Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a part of the Union Baptist Usher Board for over 30 years.
Survivors include her husband, Mr. William Waller; a daughter, Teresa (Toney) Collins; a son, Woodrick Brown;  a stepdaughter, Almeca Waller; two brothers, Willie Frank Jackson and Jerry (Helen) Jackson; four grandchildren, Halle Collins, Ashton Collins, Kalaya Brown, Kenya Brown and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Services were entrusted to the Putnam Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Mr. Harry C. Stafford, Funeral Director. (706)484-2522

Margaret Keepin Johnson
April 7, 1921 - March 23, 2017
Margaret (Marge) Keepin Johnson, age 95, passed away peacefullyThursday, March 23, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado.
Memorial services will be held at 1PM Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Union Chapel United Methodist Church.  Interment, with full military honors, will follow the service at Union Chapel UMC Cemetery.  Reception and fellowship to follow at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Dining Hall.
A long time resident of Putnam County, Mrs. Johnson was born April 7, 1921 in Vittoria, Ontario, Canada, to Thomas Howard and Eva Belle Dunkin Keepin.  After moving with her family as a child to Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Johnson graduated from Lake Orion High School and from the Grace Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse.  She enlisted in the United States Army and became a U.S. citizen during her service as an Army Nurse during WWII, in both Iran and Germany.  In Germany, after WWII, First Lieutenant Keepin met Captain Cecil Johnson, formally a rifle company commander in the 84th Division, whom she married April 11, 1946 in Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Mrs. Johnson’s life continued as she accompanied her husband in his career in the University of Georgia’s Extension Service.  For 20 years, she was known as Mrs. J to the staff and many camp counselors at Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton as Mr. Johnson served as Director.  Mrs. J was quite honored to receive the singular honor of being designated an Honorary Counselor by the Rock Eagle Counselor’s Association.  Also while in Eatonton, Mrs. Johnson was an active member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, the Eatonton Garden Club, Uncle Remus Woman’s Club, and the Union Chapel Homemaker’s Club and also enjoyed her time tutoring elementary-age children in reading at the local elementary school. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil E. Johnson.
Survivors include her sons, Colonel James M. Johnson, U.S. Army Retired, and wife Lois, Major General William H. Johnson, U.S. Army Retired, and wife Melanie, Colonel Thomas C. Johnson, U.S. Army Retired, and wife Cindy; grandchildren, Kristin and husband Corbett Foster, Dana and husband Army Lieutenant Colonel David Key, Adam Johnson, Lucas and wife Candice Johnson, Tyler Johnson, and Nicole Johnson; great-grandchildren, Caden and Jackson Foster, Jessa and Spencer Key, Campbell Johnson and Brennan Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Johnson-Thompson-Fitch Scholarship Fund in memory of Margaret K. Johnson, Georgia 4-H Foundation, 302 Hoke Smith Annex, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia  30602,  or to Union Chapel UMC, in care of Ms. Barbara Turk, 119 Grimes Road NE, Milledgeville, Georgia  31061.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

Nancy Katherine Skelton Sikes
Nancy (Lady) Katherine Skelton Sikes, age 80 of Eatonton passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at her residence.
Mrs. Nancy was born March 20, 1937 in Rome to the late Paul Ulmer Skelton and Myra Estelle McDaniel Skelton. She married the love of her life, Bobby Sikes Sunday, March 20, 1955 and has lived in Eatonton for 43 years. She was a member of the Eatonton First United Methodist Church and the Robinson Dance Sunday school class. She enjoyed flowers, music and posting scripture on Facebook.
A memorial service was held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Eatonton First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, Bobby Sikes of Eatonton; a daughter, Patti (Kent) Asher of Conyers; three sons, David (Christine) Sikes of Colorado Springs, CO, Daniel (Barbara) Sikes of Macon and Douglas Paul Sikes of Eatonton; six grandchildren, Kathryn (Jonathan) Bishop of Canton, Keith (Melissa) Asher of Knoxville, TN, Carolyn Asher of Conyers, Mary Catherine Sikes of Macon, Nina Marie Sikes and Sascha Sikes both of Colorado Springs, CO to whom she was known as ‘Meme’, and four precious great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Eatonton First United Methodist Church in loving memory of Nancy (Lady) Katherine Sikes.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel had charge of arrangements.

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