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.


Obituary for Jan. 19, 2017

James Fred Avant
Mr. James Fred “Jimmy” Avant, 82, of Jefferson, entered into rest Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

The funeral service was Friday, Jan. 13 in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Williams and the Rev. Tony Powers officiating. Burial followed in Eatonton Memorial Park in Eatonton. Gentlemen honored as pallbearers are Daniel Brown, Alex Brown, Joe Rossee, Chris Hewette, Tim Nipper and Jason Justus.
Mr. Avant was born in Hillsboro and was the son of the late Fred and Evelyn Frances Key Avant.He was a member of Union Baptist Church and attended the Jackson County Senior Center.Mr. Avant first retired as a dairy farmer and then again from the State of Georgia as a correctional officer. 

Mr. Avant was preceded in death by his wife, Rhonda Eubanks Avant; and a brother, Jerry Avant.


Obituaries for Jan. 12, 2017

Tullie Lee MartinJr.
Tullie Lee Martin Jr., 78, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

The funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the chapel of Moores Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Portwood officiating. Burial followed in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Martin was born in Bibb County and lived in Wilkinson County and Putnam County before making his home in Milledgeville.

He worked at Central State Hospital and retired as supervisor of the motor garage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tullie Lee Martin and Mozell Martin; and a son, Lin Martin. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in Vietnam.


Obituaries for Jan. 5, 2017

Vincent Kyles Farley
Nov. 12, 1953-Dec. 28, 2016
Vincent Kyles Farley died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.
The funeral service was Monday, Jan. 2 at Putnam Memorial Funeral Home.
Vincent Farley was born Nov. 12, 1953 in Eatonton and was the son of the late Willie Frank Farley Sr. and Mrs. Annie Ruth Farley.

He attended Butler-Baker School.

He began working as a teenager, his current job was an attendant for Advance Disposal.


Obituaries for Dec. 29, 2016

Beverly Ann Reynolds Chalmers
The funeral service for Mrs. Beverly Reynolds Chalmers, 59, was Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 in Marshall Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Harrell officiating. Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Chalmers was a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., but had made her home in Eatonton for a number of years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ann Harrell Reynolds; a daughter, Donna Shackleford; and her husband, John Chalmers.
Survivors include her daughter, Dawn Reynolds; four sons, Matt Pippin, Ray Pippin, Chris Shackleford, Curtis Shackleford; her father, Willie Reynolds, three sisters, Robin Guwin, Neva Evans and Shirley Campbell; three brothers, Wain Harrell, Randy Reynolds and Billy Harrell; and a number of other relatives.
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Obituaries for Dec. 22, 2016

Walter Martin Boyett
January 30, 1961-Dec. 16, 2016
Walter Martin “Marty” Boyett, 55, of Porterdale passed away Friday, December 16, 2016.
A memorial service was conducted Monday, Dec. 19 at the Chapel of J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home in Covington.
Marty was born Jan. 30, 1961 in Atlanta to the late Iva and Martha ResseauBoyett.He was an avid University of Georgia Bulldog fan, he loved playing cards and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. He also loved his Mama very much.Marty grew up in Eatonton and attended Putnam County Schools and enjoyed playing trumpet in the school band.


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