Obituaries for April 26, 2018

Wendy Barefoot

October 8, 1965-April 15, 2018

Wendy Barefoot was born in Jersey City, NJ. She spent her early years and youth in New Jersey and New York and had a career in the stock market industry. Wendy, with her twin daughters, Jesse and Jennifer Suda, moved to Eatonton in 1994 and made it their home. She volunteered at her children’s school, The Oconee Regional Humane Society, and The Harbor at Harmony Crossing Senior Care.  She was a member of Bible Fellowship Church in Eatonton.  Wendy was a kind, loving, spiritual woman whose family and friends were paramount in her daily life. 

Ms. Barefoot is survived by beloved children Jennifer Rose and Jesse Christine Suda of Altamonte Springs, FL, mother Judith Zimmerman Malamy and stepfather Allan Malamy of Athens, brother David Barefoot (Beth) of Winter Park, FL, father Milton Barefoot of FL, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at Bible Fellowship Church, 190 Old Phoenix Rd, Eatonton, GA, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm with the Reverend Mike Willard officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation immediately following the service.

The family requests that memorials be made to Bible Fellowship Church and The Oconee Regional Humane Society.


Johnnie Ruth Blackwell

Johnnie Ruth Blackwell of Eatonton passed away Monday, April 6, 2018 at the age of 79.

A memorial service was held Tuesday morning, April 24 at Eatonton’s First Baptist Church, Rev. Keithen Tucker officiating.

Ruth, a native of Rome, GA, was the third of three daughters born to the late John Samuel Blackwell, Sr., and the late Martha VanZandt Blackwell. Ruth was a graduate of Putnam County High School where she was a member of literary activities, particularly girls trio.  She loved all kinds of music, often playing piano and organ for Eatonton’s First Baptist Church.  Ruth enjoyed opera and attending symphony events whereever she lived. Following her graduation from (then) GCSU where she majored in education Ruth moved to Atlanta where she taught elementary school before moving to Michigan where she earned her Masters in Education from the University of Michigan. Her many friends will remember Ruth as a gentle, caring soul who cherished her friends and loved all animals, especially dogs whether they were pedigreed or sheltered.

Ruth is survived by her sisters Mary Jo Balas of Eatonton, Margaret Carol Slack of Long Beach, California, and her brother, Sammy (Roddie Anne) Blackwell of Eatonton.

The family thanks Ruth’s caregivers, especially Sharon Young, who were so devoted to her during her illness.

Ruth’s wishes were that in lieu of flowers donations be made to First Baptist Church of Eatonton or to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


Marion Franklin "Frank" Folsom

Mr. Marion Franklin "Frank" Folsom went to Glory on April 21, 2018.

Funeral Services for Mr. Marion Franklin "Frank" Folsom age 70 will be conducted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1PM in Victory Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6PM- 8PM.

Frank was born in Booneville, IN to Arvel and Emma Folsom. He worked on the family farm, loved basketball, baseball, football, hunting and 4H.  A true patriot, he joined in the US Air Force.  He welcomed his daughter, Lori in 1968. They settled in Georgia where he fell in love with Diane and her 3 children, Shona, Tammy and Angie. Frank was an excellent mechanic and worked for Overnight Transportation and Southeastern Freight Lines in Atlanta and Macon. He and Diane moved to Lake Sinclair where they established Motor Masters Marine Repair and ran Open Door Thrift Store Ministry. He shared his wisdom and talents with many in life and at Central Georgia Technical College. Frank loved his family and God. His life was truly transformed by the cross. He was known as the “Preaching Deacon”, a Song Leader, Sunday School teacher and “AMEN” supporter at Victory Baptist Church. His mottos were “If you see a need, do the deed”, “Open your mouth and let Jesus come out” and “God will make a way”. He was most happy sharing Christ, encouraging others, being outdoors, playing with his grandchildren and going to auctions. Frank was a simple humble man with a servant’s heart. He never met a stranger. He loved with a heart as big as he was. He poured himself into his church, family and community. His presence and prayers will truly be missed by many. His legacy and influence will guide multiple generations to come. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arvel and Emma Folsom, sister Linda Sickbert and brother Donnie Folsom.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Califf Folsom of Lake Sinclair; daughters, Lori (Carl) Grammatica of Eastman, Shona (David) Jonson, Tammy (Jon) Baker of Locust Grove, and Angie (Shane) Lester of Milner; a sister Marsha(John) Tweedy of Chandler, IN, and Aunt Louise Robertson (Larry) of Evansville, IN; 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers the family has requested Donations to Victory Baptist Church.

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Henry Howard

November 17, 1937- April 13, 2018

Mr. Henry Howard, age 80, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Signature Healthcare of Tower Rd in Kennesaw, GA.A celebration of his life was held Saturday, April 23, 2018 at Free Gift Baptist Church, 235 Scuffleboro Rd, Eatonton, GA with Rev. Glen Harden pastor officiating. Burial was followed in the Free Gift Cemetery.Henry Howard was born in Eatonton, GA on November 17, 1937 to the late George and Willie Mae Howard. Growing up, Henry enjoyed a good time and loved to have fun with family and friends; he could often be found playing pool or hanging out watching wrestling. As a young man Henry was also a car enthusiast. He worked on cars fairly regularly, and even raced them sometimes. At the age of twenty, he married his sweetheart, Rhunette Humphries Howard. God blessed their union with two beautiful children, Debra Ann Howard (deceased 2008) and Wayne Howard (deceased 1995), and one adopted son Derrick Humphries.Henry had a few different jobs, one of which was being a waste management driver for BFW Trucking Co., where he spent ten years. Afterward he went on to work for Jackson Painting Ent for another decade as a painter. It was then that Henry decided to strike out on his own as an independent contract painter and turn key service man until his retirement at the age of 62.The remainder of Henry’s days were spent as a resident at Signature Healthcare of Tower Road in Kennesaw, GA. He was preceded in death by his brothers Hershel (Bill) Howard, Leroy (Stick) Howard, and Willie Frank (Pooloo) Broadnax.

Henry leaves To cherish his memory: his wife, Rhunette Howard; son Derrick Humphries (Rena); three sisters, Annie Chappell, Emma Smith, Helen Webb; two grandchildren, Wykeia Farley-Lamar (Ricky) and Delreka Humphries; one great-grandson Krishaun Fails; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and close friends.

Hurt’s Funeral Home of Eatonton were in charge of final arrangements.


Dr. Patrick James Neligan, Sr

September 10, 1927- April 19, 2018

Dr. Patrick James Neligan, Sr., 90, died peacefully at his Putnam County home, Stonegate Farm, on April 19, 2018. Known to family and friends as Pat, he lived a full and wonderful life. He was born on September 10, 1927, and was the youngest of four children of John T. Neligan, Sr. and Maude Boone Neligan of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Pat attended Catholic schools in Chattanooga and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1945. Following high school, he attended the seminary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In 1946 Pat volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan under General Douglas MacArthur. He returned to his hometown and entered the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, graduating with a B.S. in biology in 1951. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and Blue Key Honor Society. In college Pat met Dorris Marie Paetzell of Milford, New Jersey. Dorrie was the love of his life. Pat and Dorrie married on June 19, 1954, and would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this year. Following college Pat pursued a career in dentistry, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis in 1955. Pat and Dorrie moved to Milledgeville for Pat’s residency in oral surgery at what was then the Milledgeville State Hospital, one of the largest mental institutions in the United States. Following a long career in private practice in Milledgeville, Pat entered public health and served in Atlanta for a term as Director of Dental Public Health for the State of Georgia. He retired in 1992. Throughout his career Pat was very active in community affairs. He was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, taught Sunday school, and served on the parish council. He was president of the Milledgeville Kiwanis Club in 1964-1965 and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2017 for more than 50 years of community service. Pat also served as president and a member of the board of trustees of Milledgeville’s Old Capital Historical Society and was actively involved in supporting the arts.  After retirement, he volunteered to provide dentistry to children from low-income families through the Head Start program. In 1960 Pat and Dorrie purchased Stonegate Farm in Putnam County.  They spent years restoring their antebellum house, turning it into a warm and loving home for their family. Pat raised beef cattle on the farm since 1960 and was a respected breeder of registered Polled Herefords. He was a member of the Baldwin-Jones-Putnam Cattlemen’s Association, the Georgia Hereford Association, and the American Hereford Association. Pat had a longstanding focus on the environment and received several conservation awards for his environmental efforts. Whether serving as a husband and father, practicing dentistry, volunteering for the community, or working on his farm, Pat always took a positive and supportive approach. He was driven to changing society for the better. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and his youngest son, John Derr Neligan.

He is survived by Dorrie and their five children: Patrick James Neligan, Jr. (Maura) of Dallas, Texas; Mary Lawrence Neligan Kennickell of Savannah; Kelly Neligan Felt (David) of Athens; Christopher Boone Neligan (Erica) of Dunwoody; and Robert Paetzell Neligan (Lorraine) of Eatonton. Pat is survived also by six grandchildren: Katherine Kennickell Ray (Billy) of Savannah; Patrick J. Neligan, III (Monica) of Washington, D.C.; John David Felt, III of Athens; Megan Blythe Neligan of Los Angeles, California; Elizabeth Anderson Felt of Athens; and Anna Riccardi Neligan of Dunwoody. In addition, he is survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and their children.

Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Milledgeville on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a private graveside service. A visitation will be held at Moores Funeral Home, 301 S. Wayne Street, Milledgeville, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., followed by a rosary.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund,, or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  

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Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.


Jeffery Byron Scott

October 10, 1961-April 18, 2018

Mr. Jeffrey Scott also known as “Michael Jackson”, 56 of Eatonton departed this life Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Putnam General Hospital, Eatonton.

Jeffery was born in Atlanta October 10, 1961 to the late Joseph “Joe” Scott and Mary Lizzie Welch Scott. Jeff attended school in Atlanta. He possessed a genuine love of music; he loved to sing and dance. Jeffery participated and won numerous talent shows. He initially started out singing classic hits of James Brown then he changed to his idol Michael Jackson. In his earlier years he could sing and dance just like his idol. He “moonwalked” his way into the lives of those who would affectionately refer to him as “Michael Jackson”. He and his family relocated to Eatonton in 1987; continuing his love of fashion, he was known to coordinate his attire. He would match from head to toe rarely being seen without his hat and shades.

He is survived by his sister, Vanessa Carrice Scott Henderson Gibson (Edward); nieces and nephews, Antorey Scott, Robert Henderson, Jr., Shadreika Henderson, and Natasha Henderson; great nieces and nephews, Arielle, Jamel, Quadreikas, Tashyla, Decorey, Quentin, Jamil, Que’jon, Sha’Myah, Dymond, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, at Union Baptist Church, 240 MLK, Jr. Drive, Eatonton. Rev. Johnny Harris, Pastor, Elder Ulyses Williams, Officiated. Burial followed in Mount Zion Cemetery, Sparta Hwy, Eatonton.

Services entrusted to Bernard’s Family Funeral Care, LLC, 103 Willie Bailey Street, Eatonton, GA.



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