Obituaries for March 30, 2017

Michael Raymond Blanton
May 25, 1954 - March 25, 2017
Michael Raymond Blanton, age 62, of Athens passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Athens.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Athens with Pastor John Woodall, Dr. Michael D. Shaffer and Pastor Paul Baxley officiating followed by a brief graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery on Atlanta Highway. Pallbearers were JR Allred, John Barrett, Tucker Blount, John Culpepper, Keith Guest, Ricky Lane, Vance Leavy, Don Leebern, Mitch Malcom, Keith Porter, Billy Rivers, Jimmy Rector, Lee Stinchcomb, Danny Thompson and Cary Wood.
Mike Blanton was born in Seattle, Washington to Nila Lou Blanton and Raymond Howard Blanton May 25, 1954 and grew up in Atlanta. Mike earned his BA in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College in 1976. He married his beloved wife, Kelley Pruitt July 25, 1997 in Athens at the Taylor Grady House.


Obituaries for March 23, 2017

Hiram Jackson Bishop,
Mr. Hiram Jackson Bishop, age 91, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Funeral services will be private.
Mr. Bishop was self employed and had retired. He attended Southern Tech and was an Engineer. He loved hunting, fishing, bird dogs, his family and friends. Mr. Bishop was a veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, William James Bishop and Julia Ellis Bishop.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Mitchell Bishop of Conyers; two sons, Stanley (Andrea) Bishop of Lithonia, Barry (Gail) Bishop of Greensboro; three daughters, Bonita (Jimmy) Long of Eatonton, Cheryl (Deale) Mauldin of Loganville, and Sharon (Alan) Abbott of Conyers, four brothers, Ralph Bishop of Kentucky, William Bishop of Arizona, Joe (Alice) Bishop and Pete Bishop;
10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and two dogs, Bucky and Jane.


Obituaries for March 16, 2017

Jeannine Malm
February 6, 1936 - March 2, 2017
Jeannine Malm age 81, of Eatonton, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Eatonton Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at 3 p.m., before the service.
Jeannine was born in St. Paul, Minn. on Feb. 6, 1936 to the late Ernest Taylor and Pearl Lesley Taylor. She was a member of Eatonton Presbyterian Church, the Red Hat Society and a member of the Elks Lodge. She enjoyed painting, arts and crafts.


Obituaries for March 9, 2017

Evelyn Brodus “E.B.” Adams, Jr.
December 8, 1948 - February 24, 2017
Mr. Evelyn B. "E. B." Adams, Jr. of 6723 Seven Islands Road, Madison departed this life Friday, February 24, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Eatonton, Dr. Velde Hardy, Pastor, Rev. W. J. Reid, officiated, and Bishop Kenneth D. Jones, eulogist. Interment followed in the Mt. Plaesant Baptist Church cemetery.
Evelyn Brodus “E.B.” Adams, Jr. or “Bro” as he was affectionately known was born December 8, 1948 to the late Evelyn Brodus Adams, Sr. and Parthenia Crawford Adams of Godfrey, Georgia. Upon his confession of faith in Christ, at an early age, he was baptized by the late Rev. F.D. Clark at New Enon Baptist Church in Godfrey.


Obituary for Mar. 2, 2017

Judith R. Parker
Judith R. Parker, age 74, faithful servant of the Lord, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Funeral services were Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Ingleside Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Mark Hudgins officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.


Obituaries for Feb. 23, 2017

Shirley Ann Clark
Shirley Ann Clark of Eatonton passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Shirley was born May 17, 1939 to the late Hoke Arthur and Gertrude Icey Arthur.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Dalton Johnny Clark.  She was a member of Marshall Memorial Baptist Church and has lived in Eatonton most of her adult life.  Shirley enjoyed walking, cooking, cleaning, baby sitting, Elvis music, but most of all, she enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, February 17, 2017 in Vining Ivy Hill Chapel with burial in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens.


Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2017

Ricky Lee Murphy
Aug. 11, 1955-Feb. 6, 2017
Mr. Ricky Lee Murphy, 61, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.
The funeral servicewill be private.
Mr. Murphy was born Aug. 11, 1955 to Mr. Bobby Lee Murphy and the late Mrs. Margaret May Bolco Murphy.He loved life, putting together model ships and carsand fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Murphy of Monroe; a son, Cody Murphy of Eatonton; a sister, Debbie Coleman of Hoganville; and three nephews, Anthony Cahill, Buck Parker, both of Eatonton, and Brad Coleman of Hoganville. to express online condolences and sign the guestbook.
Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton had charge of arrangements.


Obituary for Feb. 9, 2017

Darrell Wilson Haws Jr.
Darrell Wilson Haws Jr., 78, of Eatonton passed away unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at his residence.
A memorial service is planned for 11a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Eatonton First Baptist Church with visitation prior to the service, at 10:30a.m.
Darrell Haws was born in Johnson City, Tenn. Jan. 14, 1939 to the late Darrell Wilson Haws Sr. and Billie Jo Shepherd Haws. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors included his loving wife of 56 years, Joan Adcock Haws; two daughters, Linda Elizabeth Brantley (Rusty) and Jamie Lee Kelly (Brian Lee); a brother, Brad Haws (Sadie); a sister, Janice Howard; five grandchildren, Leah Elizabeth Sassman (Brian), Peyton Rose Brantley, Walker Haws Brantley, Brandon Lee Kelly, Madison Leanne Kelly; and two great-grandchildren, Kyle Sassman and Gabe Sassman.


Obituaries for Feb. 2, 2017

James Mitchell (Jack) SharpJr.
James Mitchell (Jack) SharpJr., passed away peacefully in his home in Eatonton Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 1p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro.
Jack was born in Kansas City, Mo. and lived most of his life in the Atlanta and Lake Oconee areas.
He was a graduate of Furman University where he played football and also served in the U.S. Air Force.  Most of his career was as sales manager with United Van Lines agencies in Atlanta, then retired to the Lake Oconee area.Jack was an outdoorsman and avid, accomplished hunter and traveler who is most remembered for his friendship, his gift of humor and telling stories of his adventures.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, James (Jack) and Dorothy Sharp; two brothers, Robert (Robbie) Sharp and Terry Sharp; and a sister, Patricia (Patsy) Samples.


Obituary for Jan. 26, 2017

James Alison Griffith
James Alison Griffith, 98, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.
The funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 21 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church with Father David Probst officiating.
Mr. Griffith was born in Roscoe, Texas and later moved to Atlanta where he attended North Fulton High School.

After high school, he served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II in the Mediterranean.

He married Maredith Byrd of Newport, Tenn. on Aug. 23, 1945.

In April 1947, he started working for the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta and retired in July1968 as a senior officer.


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