Obituaries for Feb. 15, 2018

Lucy “Mildred” Brown
Lucy “Mildred” Brown passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the age of 97.
A Graveside service was held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens.
Mildred was born in Tallapoosa County, Alabama and grew up in the Macon, Georgia area. She was the daughter of the late Luther Whaley and Martha Kimbrell Whaley. Having lived in Lizella, Forsyth and Waycross, Mildred and her husband moved to Eatonton in 1952, when her husband was transferred with his employment. Prior to their retirement in the early 70's, they owned and operated three restaurants and a mini mart in the Eatonton area. After her retirement, Mildred dedicated her life to her favorite things, working in her yard, sharing her love of flowers with others and helping raise her grandchild. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, H.S. “Red” Brown and her five siblings: Annie Bell Askew, Martha Thompson, Odessa Davis, Irine Kitchens and Luther Whaley Jr.
Survivors include her three children; Sylvia Dixon of Eatonton, Linda Presley of Wasilla, Alaska, and Donald Brown of Alabama; one Granddaughter, Cayla Bankston (Ryan) of Eatonton; and one Great Granddaughter, Taylor Bankston of Eatonton.
In Lieu of flowers the family has requested for memorial contributions to be made to the Oconee Regional Humane Society or the charity of their choice.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
 

John Evans Bryant, Sr.
Mr. John Evans Bryant, Sr., age 90, passed away February 9, 2018.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Lake Country Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Brantley officiating. Interment followed at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends at the church until the service hour.
Mr. Bryant was a native of Douglas, GA and had made his home at Lake Sinclair since 1986. He was the son of the late William Cullen and Ardelia Joyce Bryant. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and the Air Force, having served in WWII. He also retired from Robins Air Force base and Dausett Trails and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was a volunteer firefighter and a member of Lake Country Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Mr. Bryant was predeceased by his wife, Betty Douglas Bryant; daughter, Bonnie Hufstetler; brothers, William "Bill" Bryant, Jack Bryant, Warren "Don" Bryant, and Jimmy Bryant; and sisters, Lizzie Harper, Fannie Cleland, and Gertrude Drew.
He is survived by daughters, Denise Massey of Lake Sinclair, and Yvonne Webler (Jay) of Lilburn; sons, John "Jay" Bryant, Jr. of White, and Derek Little of Cartersville; grandchildren, David Hufstetler, Mike Hufstetler, Jr. (Amy), Matthew Webler (Kirsten), James Webler, Jonathan Webler, Elizabeth Roberts (Jason), Rebecca Webler, Sarah Massey, Savannah Massey, and Bryant Massey; great grandchildren, Riley Hufstetler, Dylan Hufstetler, Katie Roberts, Kenzie Roberts, and William Roberts; brothers, Ralph, Orville, Charles, and Joyce Bryant; sisters, Patricia Yaughn and Mary Jane Kite; brother in law, Mike Hufstetler (Joy) of Milledgeville.
Flowers accepted and for those who wish expressions of sympathy may be made to Lake Country Baptist Church or Dausett Trails.
Williams Funeral Home and Crematory of Milledgeville had charge of arrangements.
Express online condolences at www.williamsfuneral.net

Robert Blake Johnson, age 54, of Eatonton, passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2018 at his residence.
The visitation was held at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 with a memorial service following.
Blake was born in Jasper County, Ga. but had lived in Eatonton all of his life. He had worked for 26 years at Horton Homes as a welder, but was currently employed with Southeastern Portable Buildings. He was a devoted employee who never missed work or never called in for any reason. Blake loved anything to do with motocross and had won many trophies' participating in Motocross racing. He also enjoyed Nascar (Johnson was his favorite driver). He enjoyed trips to the beach but especially to the Cherokee Mountains to the casino. Blake liked fried chicken (which he called yard birds), and seafood.
He is survived by his father, Robert Walter Johnson of Rhode Island; his mother and stepfather, Susan Rogers( Emory) Moon of Madison; his three children, Brandon Blake Johnson of Virginia, Candice Sierra (Hunter) Hartley and Robert Blake Johnson, Jr., both of Milledgeville; three brothers James Gregory Johnson of Dublin, Jeffery Scott Johnson of Atlanta and Bradley Duane Moon of Eatonton; as well as two grandchildren, Johny Hyde Hartley and Whitley Raeann Hartley.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Rebecca Elliott Linch
Nancy Rebecca Elliott Linch, age 82, of Eatonton, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at her residence.
Rebecca Linch was born in Machen, Georgia to the late Augustus Miller Elliott and Elizabeth Mon Dunn Elliott. She worked as a spinner for Atlantic Cotton Mill for a number of years and joined the Monticello Presbyterian Church at the age of twelve. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olton Jasper Linch; four sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her two daughters; Deborah Denny (James Sanders) and Shelia Elizabeth (Roy) Burnette of Macon; three grandchildren, David Gaskins, Kenneth Denny and Adam Denny; and eight great grandchildren, Haley Richbourg, Alexia Denny, Riley Gaskins, Rebekha Bucher, Destiny Denny, Trinity Denny, Adam Denny and Trey Denny.
A graveside service was held on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Shady Dale. Pastor Paul Gardner officiated.
The family received friends at 231 S. Spring Road, Eatonton, Georgia following the service.
Jordan Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements.
Please visit our website at www.jordanfuneralhomemonticello.com

Linda Studdard
February 24, 1939- February 8, 2018
Linda Studdard age 78, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Linda was born in Walton County, GA on February 24, 1939 to the late Thomas Lee Miller and Darlene M. Welch and was raised by the late Jack Welch and Darlene Welch. Linda lived in Eatonton for most of her life and she was a member of River of Life Church, Pilot Club and the Service League. Linda enjoyed reading, traveling, painting, and worked on the Putnam County Bicentennial Scrap Book.
Survivors include her son Mike Studdard of Eatonton; one grandson, Michael Studdard of Thomson; three brothers, James R. Miller (Faye) of Lawrenceville, Gene Welch (Glenda) of Eatonton, Herby Welch (Peggy) of Eatonton, and several nieces and nephews.
The visitation was on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel followed by a Memorial Service.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel had charge of the arrangements.

James Henry Waller, Sr.
August 8, 1925- January 22, 2018
On January 22, 2018, James H. Waller, Sr answered the call of the Lord and entered into eternal peace.
Services were Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Eastside Eatonton City Cemetery with Minister Charles Waller officiating.
James was born on August 8, 1925 to the late Ida and Barron Waller. He attended schools at Mt. Calvary and Flatrock. In 1943 after leaving school, he entered the United States Navy. He served in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Upon his return to Eatonton, Georgia, he entered into holy matrimony with Frances Hargrove on October 4, 1947. This union lasted 70 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #242, and the American Legion, Post 583. He was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Two daughters preceded him in death, Ida Louise Waller and Patricia Wynn.
Survivors include his wife Frances H. Waller; three sons, Charles Waller, Sr. (Reather), James Waller, Jr. (Gloria), and Joseph Waller; one daughter, Yolanda Nimmons (Levince); one godson, Ned Waller (Betty); and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family of James H. Waller, Sr. express their gratitude for all acts of kindness during the passing of their loved one. May God continue to bless you.

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