Obituaries for May 3, 2018


OCTOBER 25, 1961- APRIL 24, 2018

Michael Larry Hollis, 56, of Eatonton, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Oconee Community Church, 1001 Village Park Drive, #107, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Dr. David Key officiating. The family will have a Celebration of Life following the service at the home of Jennifer and Jerry Hardeman, Jr. Mike was born on October 25, 1961 in Atlanta, he was the son of Kathleen Nation Hollis of Eatonton, GA and the late Larry Bennie Hollis. Mike graduated from Redan High School in Stone Mountain in the charter class of 1979 where he played varsity soccer. In 2008 he moved from Conyers to Lake Oconee in Putnam County. At the time of his death he was working in construction with Scott Deering at Liberty Builders. Mike had a wonderful personality, never met a stranger and had a great sense of humor. Over the years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and playing pool and laughing with his friends. He was a genuinely kind person who loved his mother, sister, daughter, grandchildren, nephews and friends. Mike is survived by mother, Kathy Hollis of Eatonton; a sister, Jennifer Hollis Hardeman and husband Jerry Hardeman, Jr.; daughter, Hayley Hollis Anglin and husband Robert Anglin of Franklin, NC; three grandchildren, Irelyn, Ivy and Isabella; two nephews, John Clay and Mitch Wofford; a number of other relatives and many, many friends. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453- 2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www. to sign the online guest register.




James William Hudkins of Eatonton passed away at the age of 89 on April. 25th. A memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home in Eatonton on May 20th at 3 PM. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until the service time. Mr. Hudkins was the son of the late James Russell Hudkins and the late Pearl Uldrich Hudkins. He had a rewarding career with Union Carbide Corporation for a span of over 40 years. Mr. Hudkins was a good man and respected by everyone who came in contact with him. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed! He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Louise Hudkins. Mr. Hudkins is survived by his loving family of 3 sons, Michael (Claudia) Hudkins, James Hudkins II, Jeffrey (Michele) Hudkins; as well as Jeffrey’s former spouse Terri; his younger sister, Margaret Francis Pierce of Charleston WV; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to St. Mary’s Hospice House Athens, GA at ways-to give/donate/?hospice=1. Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton has charge of arrangements



A celebration of the life of Fredric Daniel Bright was held May 1, at Northridge Christian Church, 321 Log Cabin Road, Milledgeville. Interment followed at Heritage Memorial Park. Fred, a native of Baltimore, came to Ga. in 1973 and graduated from Emory and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Fred, one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Georgia, was a career prosecutor, serving as the District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit for 21 years and as an Assistant District Attorney for 13 years before that. He tried over 400 jury trials. In 2015, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. After retiring from the D.A.’s office, he joined the Cansino Law Firm of Milledgeville in January 2018. He loved his courthouse families and relentlessly fought for justice. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Jessie Bright and his mother-in-law Shirley Bridges Sloan. Fred is survived by his loving wife and best friend for life, Cinda; his sons Jonathan and Jacob. He is also survived by his siblings Dr. David E. Bright (wife Avril) of Colo.; Joel M. Bright (wife Trish) of Md.; and Rhonda Bright Adams (husband Joe) of Calif.; seven nephews; close first cousin, Alysa Freeman (husband Gunner) of Hawaii; brother-in-law Keith Sloan (wife Terri) of Milledgeville; two nieces; and father-in-law Arnold Sloan of Allentown.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322 ( memorial-gifts.html),Northridge Christian Church Missions, 321 Log Cabin Rd., Milledgeville, GA 31061 (, or another charity of your choosing Express online condolences at Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Milledgeville was in charge of arrangements.



Mrs. Mae Belle Harper Batchelor, 93, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018. Services were held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton.

Mrs. Batchelor was born on August 28, 1924 in Morgan County, GA to the late Carl H. Harper and the late Anna Belle Vaughn Harper. Mrs. Batchelor was the oldest charter member of Grace Independent Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Alanzo Batchelor, as well her sisters Myrtle Laurence, Mary Chapman, Lottie Chalker, Frances Bloodworth, Eva Winslette, and Vera Cranford, as well as brothers James Harper and Charles Harper. Mrs. Batchelor is survived by her two daughters Glenda (Gene) Welch of Eatonton and Debra (Terry) Smith of Eatonton; one sister, Ida Mae Oliver Ramsey of S.C.; as well as six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild

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Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton was in charge of arrangements.




Eileen (Jackie) Marion Scalzo (nee Jackson) of Macon, died peacefully on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Born January 13, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pa., daughter of George and Catherine. After growing up in Pittsburgh, Jackie married Joseph (Joe) Scalzo on January 20, 1951. They celebrated 67 years of marriage this year; they were true partners. A devoted wife and mother, Jackie relished creating a loving household and raising her family. Until recently, Jackie was an active volunteer as a Pink Lady at Putnam General Hospital. Her hobbies included cooking; she made the world’s best meatballs! An avid golfer, she gave her husband a run for his money and ego on the links. She also enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and socializing with family and friends. Jackie was a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church of Greensboro for many years prior to moving to Macon in 2017.

In addition to her husband, Jackie is survived by children, Cheryl (Michael) Cheek, Joseph (Jean) Scalzo, Donna Haskins, and Terry (Becki) Scalzo; grandchildren, Megan Hicks, Christian MacKean, Erin Garrett, Mindy Grupe, Ryan Scalzo, Corey Haskins, Luke Scalzo and Tanner Scalzo; great-grandchildren, Chase Hicks, Jade MacKean, Addison Beck and Quinn Grupe. Donations may be made in her memory to Pine Pointe Hospice c/o Navicent Health Foundation, 777 Hemlock Street, #78, Macon, GA 31201. Please visit to express condolences. Hart’s at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.



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