Obituaries for February 22, 2018

Pete Bailes

May 28, 1938- February 16, 2018

Pete Bailes, age 79, of Eatonton passed away at his residence on Friday, February 16, 2018.

The visitation will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel from 12 to 2 PM, followed by a service at 2 PM.

Burial will be at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens after the service.

Pete was born on May 28, 1938 in Victor, West Virginia to the late Herbert Kavenaugh Bailes and Blanche Mae Eagle Bailes. Pete retired from the Tropicana Products Company, and also was owner of Bailes Ranch. Pete was a member of the Georgia Farm Bureau, The Cattleman's Association, Polled Hereford Association, and enjoyed ranching. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Kavenaugh Bailes and Blanche Mae Eagle Bailes; one sister, Peg Skaggs; and three brothers, Ernest, Roger and Ray Bailes.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Shirley Bailes; two sons, Emory Bailes II (Paula) of Vero Beach, Fl and Steve Wayne Bailes of Eatonton; one daughter, Lynn Hope Bailes of Colbert, GA; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn Vargo (Ron) of Albany, GA and Vickie Bailes of Stone Mountain, GA and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that donations be made to Putnam County Animal Service.

Vining Ivy Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Frederick William Balkovetz

October 15, 1936 - February 15, 2018

Frederick (Fred) W. Balkovetz, age 81, died at his home in Hoover, Alabama, surrounded by his family.

Fred was born in Sheridan, Montana, and raised in Twin Bridges, Montana. He graduated, with honors, from Montana State University on a ROTC scholarship. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army to begin an honorable 25-year career achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. During Fred's distinguished military career, he served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War and one overseas tour as an advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his first tour in Vietnam, he served with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam. In his second tour he was the operations officer for the military base at Long Binh. His heroic service during the Vietnam War earned him the coveted Combat Infantryman's Badge, two Bronze Star Medals, the Soldier's Medal, and the Air Medal. Fred was preceded in death by his parents George and Sally (Fullwood) Balkovetz, sister Virginia Maxine Balkovetz Schaub, daughter Virginia Marie Balkovetz and grandson Thomas Daniel Balkovetz.

Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Pfohl Balkovetz,; two sons, Lt. Colonel (Ret) William Russell Balkovetz and Dr. Daniel Frederick Balkovetz (Mary); and four grandchildren, Amy, Carolyn, Ann and David Balkovetz.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014) or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).

Narah Faircloth

Narah Faircloth, age 78, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Services were held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Harvest Baptist Church. Interment followed at Dawn Memorial Park, in Decatur, GA.

Narah was born on January 15, 1940 in Atlanta, GA to the late William Everette Bridges and Evelyn Roberts Bridges. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and loved sitting on her front porch watching hummingbirds. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Everette Bridges and Evelyn Roberts Bridges; her husband, Robert Edward Faircloth and brother William Blythe Bridges.

Narah is survived by her three children, Kathy Faircloth Harley of Taneytown, MD, William Edward Faircloth of Eatonton, and Debbie Lynn Faircloth Priest (Randy) of Lilburn; five grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Harley, Jessica Ruth Harley Palma (Eugene), Joshua David Harley (Stephany), Robert Dean Priest, and Narah Marie Priest; two great grandchildren, Mia Rose Harley and Evalyn Marie Harley; and one brother, James Stewart Bridges of Franklin, NC.

Vining Ivy Hill Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Estella Leola Hargrove

July 3, 1939- February 17, 2018

Mrs. Estella Leola Hargrove, age 78, of Putnam County transitioned to eternal peace February 11, 2018. Funeral Services for Mrs. Hargrove were held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Union Baptist Church in Eatonton, Georgia. She was buried at Eastside Eatonton City Cemetery.

Mrs. Hargrove was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on July 3, 1939 to the late Bessie and William Peterson. There she was raised and attended Peabody High School. On October 22, 1955, she entered Holy Matrimony with Charles E. Hargrove, Sr., and this union lasted 63 years. She began her career as a nurse at Alexandria Nursing Home, later transferring her employment to Eatonton Nursing Home. Mrs. Hargrove eventually began serving as a police officer in Eatonton and a security guard for several companies. She was a dedicated member of Union Baptist Church, where she faithfully served in the choir and Women's Missionary service. She was a member of the Love and Peace Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Post 583 and Alexandria's Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Hargrove enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved fishing and working in her yard, and planting beautiful flowers. She never met a stranger, and was always willing to help others and provide a helping hand to those in need, family, and loved ones. Mrs. Hargrove was preceded in passing by her grandparents, Olivia and Churchill Harper; parents, Bessie and William Peterson; four brothers, Leo and Hosea Prescott, Jimmy Ray Turner, and Roy Peterson; as well as her son-in-law, Thomas Pitts.

Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Hargrove, Sr.; four daughters, Rev. Sharon D. Pitts, Julie A. Hargrove, Charlesetta K. Hargrove and Cynthia H. Butts; two sons, Charles Hargrove, Jr. and Bruce W. Hargrove; adopted son, Zavius Akeem Hargrove; two step-daughters, Sharon Welch and Samantha Hargrove; step-son, Charles Hargrove III; one sister, Sallie Jones; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Rev. Walker Hargrove; two sisters-in-law, Ms. Frances Waller and Zettie Prescott; a host of nieces and nephews; as well as devoted friends, Betty Thompkins, Mary Alice Horne, Cherokee Hill, Dorothy Farley and Lizzie Dunham.

Bernard's Family Funeral Care, LLC, The Eatonton Chapel, 103 Willie Bailey Street, Eatonton, Georgia 31024 was in charge of final arrangements.


Louise Moore Rocker

May 11, 1920- February 16, 2018

Mrs. Louise Moore Rocker, age of 97, of Greensboro, Georgia went to be with her heavenly Father on Friday, February 16, 2018 at her residence, The Glen at Lake Oconee (assisted living home).

Louise was born on May 11, 1920 and was raised in Culverton, Georgia. As a devout Christian, she was a member of Culverton United Methodist Church where she worshiped since childhood and would eventually meet her husband. She married Walter Crawford Rocker, a land owner and logger from Sparta, in June of 1958 and was welcomed into the family by his two sons, Walter C. Rocker, Jr. and William Glenn Rocker. Over the years, she would affectionately become known as “Granny,” a name she treasured.

Louise graduated from Sparta High School and Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia where she majored in Education. After completing her degree, Louise taught third and fourth grades in Eatonton, LaGrange, and Sparta. She was a favorite among many of her students who would frequently express what a positive influence she had in their young lives. She will be remembered by friends and loved ones for her sweet, positive and caring attitude, which reflected, in her daily activities. She was a true Southern lady, and it was apparent from the love and respect she earned that she was continuously a positive role model to her family, friends, and everyone she knew. Granny was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who was deeply committed to her family. She was well known for her kind and gentle nature, sweet dimpled smile, and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was an avid exerciser and loved walking, reading, playing bridge, studying the Bible, and spending time with her family. Over the years, she was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, member of the Sparta Round Table, and active in church leadership and her community. Once described as “the epitome of a southern belle,” she carried herself with dignity and grace. She will be deeply missed, but remembered as an inspiration and blessing to her family and to all who had the opportunity to know her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Rocker; her parents George Pierce and Louise Connell Moore; her siblings George Pierce Moore, Jr., Dan Connell Moore, and Ann Moore Lines; and nephew Leroy Lines.

Louise is survived by her two sons, Walter Crawford Rocker, Jr. (Rebecca) and William Glenn Rocker (Ginger) both of Eatonton, GA; six grandchildren Pam Lee (Bill) of Eatonton, Lisa Foster (Shane) of Milledgeville, Glenn Rocker, Jr. (Jody) of Evans, Jack Rocker (Jennifer) of Milledgeville, Jennifer Higham (Jon) of Greensboro, and Walter Rocker III (Tara) of Eatonton; 14 great-grandchildren; a niece, Sheryl Hopkins; one great niece and four great nephews.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00pm at Culverton United Methodist Church, 82 Sam Hill Road, Sparta, Georgia 31087 with Rev. John Brown officiating. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00pm at the church.

The family requests that memorials be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Vinings Ivy Hill Chapel, 105 Lower Harmony Road, Eatonton, GA 31024 is in charge of the arrangements.

Neal Richard Tobler

Richard Tobler, age 72, of Eatonton died Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Mr. Tobler was a Veteran from the United States Navy and a member of Lakepoint Community Church. Being an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, shop-working and camping. He loved spending time with his grandkids and playing poker with his buddies on Thursday nights. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 15 years and mother of his children, Dolly Tobler, and his parents, Norman and Lillian Tobler.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Tobler; one son, Troy (Celest) Tobler; one daughter, Leah (Dominic) Hervis; three grandchildren, Alyssa, Adam, and Johnathon; two brothers, Ron (Barb) Tobler and Larry Tobler; three sisters, Marilyn Seibert, Janet (Jerry) Driscoll, and Carol Tobler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel with Pastor Rob Raynor officiating. Interment followed at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to Lakepoint Community Church Building Fund, 940 Harmony Road, Eatonton, GA 30124.

Condolences may be submitted on-line at

Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Rd., Conyers, GA, 770-483-7216 was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Earl Walton

“Each chapter that is ending leads us to a new beginning. The past that we are leaving means a future we are winning.”

Bobby Earl Walton, age 69, entered into his future Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Veterans Hospital in Miami, Florida with his family surrounding him.

Bobby was the son of the late Grady H. Walton Sr. and Martha Lamar Walton. He enjoyed a loving relationship with “Grady and Martha”. Educated in the Dade County Public Schools, he was known for his caustic sense of humor as well as skills at the bat. Self-named “Ty-Cobb”, he lived up to the legendary players’ abilities. His primary training was provided at Liberty City Elementary. Additional education took place at Dorsey Junior High as well as Miami Northwestern; he transferred to Miami Jackson, graduating in 1966. On August 22, 1970 he married, Winifred Walton Johnson. They moved to California where his youngest child, Kourtni, was born. Bobby matriculated at Indiana University, where he pledged KAPPA ALPHA PSI. In addition to a Greek Letter organization, he became a Mason when just a lad and remained loyal to the order until death. Bobby was a rising star in the Masonic Order. He was a member of St. Arthur #488, serving as Past Worshipful Master and Past Potentate of Kazah Temple #149. He was a BULL at heart in spite of his time as a GENERAL. Bobby loved his classmates, along with friends and family, particularly his sister, Leila Bell Kearson, brother Grady H. Walton Jr., and cousin, Ralph Walton. At an Early age he joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend O.W. Foster and was a faithful member until his untimely death under the leadership of his current Pastor the Reverend Dr. Jimmy L. Bryant. He then enlisted in The United States Army where he served as Military Police Office. After completing his military duty, Bobby was employed by Aerodex, Eastern Airlines and Jackson Memorial Hospital where he retired in December 11, 2013. Bobby loved his family and was proud to be a Walton, often returning for family reunions as well as funerals of family members in Eatonton, Georgia.

Survivors include a loving daughter, Kourtni Marlei Walton Dames, Lashawn; a son, Kelvin Bly (Kelli); grandchildren, Jada and Jaden, Andrew Calvin, Lauryn and Jessica; A Loving Sister, Leila Bell Kearson, Whom He Spent His Final Days; A Brother, Grady H. Walton Jr. (Louise); Devoted Former Wife, Winifred Walton Johnson; Nephews, Rawn (Mable), Edward, Eugene (Karen), Conroy (Gwen) And John (Sophie); Special Niece, Cassandra (Darryl), Cheryl (Rick), Vanessa (Kelvin), Barbara (Renard), and a host of cousins and friends.


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