Thurs., July 13
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Bernard Edmond Prudhomme
Bernard Prudhomme, 88, formerly of Northside Atlanta, passed away on July 5, 2017, at his home in Thomson, Georgia, from neuromuscular degenerative dementia. He was born Feb. 2, 1929, in New York City to immigrant parents, Paul Arthur Prudhomme and Marie Jeanne Martineau Prudhomme, from Montreal, Quebec.
Bernard grew up in Manhattan and Long Island, New York, with his grandparents, Edmond and Clothilde Martineau. He was a 1950 graduate of Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in Chemistry and minor in French literature, and a 1963 graduate of Rutgers in New Jersey, with a M.A. in Library and Computer Science. He served in the US Army 1951-53 as a French translator in Germany. He was employed by International Flavors and Fragrances in New Jersey, 1953-1969, as a technical services librarian. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1969 and was employed by the Coca-Cola Company for 22 years, as the Technical Information Services Manager in the Corporate Research Department. He retired in 1990.
Bernard was the loving and faithful husband to two very grateful wives, Ruth Berl, from Baden-Baden, Germany, for 21 years, prior to her death in 1975, and Jacqueline Plant Fincher from Atlanta, Georgia, for the past 35 years prior to his death. Bernard was a member of the Thomson First United Methodist Church, the Thomson Rotary Club and Friends of the Library in McDuffie and Fulton counties. He was a faithful contributor to numerous charities, particularly ones that helped the poor, the sick and the hungry throughout the world. He was an accomplished philatelist with an extensive stamp collection and a devotee of classical music, especially the works of Amadeus Mozart. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Plant Fincher, also formerly of Northside Atlanta, his son, Stephen Prudhomme (Fran) and grandson, Paul Prudhomme of Savannah, Georgia, his sister, Paulette Mullinax (Mark) of Bedford, Virginia, his three step-children, Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD (James Lemley, MD) of Thomson, Georgia, Andrea Reichenbach (Mark) of Pleasanton, California, and Ronald Fincher Jr. (Elizabeth) of Roswell, Georgia; his other grandchildren, Laura Lemley, MD of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Rachel and Garret Reichenbach of Pleasanton, California, and Sarah and John Fincher of Roswell, Georgia; niece Lise Martin of Roanoke, Virginia, nephews Mike Ambrose of Pasadena, California, and Chris Ambrose of Lansing, Michigan, and many cousins in Canada.
A funeral service was held at Thomson First United Methodist Church in Thomson, Georgia on July 8, 2017 at 10:30 am. Family greeted friends and relatives at the church one hour prior to the service in the fellowship hall. Burial followed at 4:00 pm at Arlington Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, where a brief graveside service was held. Following the burial, family gathered at St. John United Methodist Church in Atlanta, to greet local friends and colleagues. The family especially honors caregivers from Family Care, Inc. and Regency Hospice, and especially Dorothy Smalley. The Thomson Rotary Club was honorary pallbearers. Memorial donations may be made to Manna Inc. of Thomson, Georgia, Friends of the Library or the Alzheimer's Association. Curtis Funeral Home of Thomson, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.
You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome.com
Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Wayne Cowart
R. Wayne Cowart, 79, left on the Glory Train bound for Heaven at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, to meet His Master after suffering a stroke earlier that morning. Wayne was the only son of the late Homer and Ella May Cowart of Sandersville, Georgia. Wayne was a 1957 graduate of Sandersville High School, but had lived in Thomson, Georgia for 35 years.
Wayne was a Railroad Man for 42 years with the last 25 years as an engineer. Wayne was a member of First Baptist Church of Thomson, where he was a member of the Men’s Bible Sunday school Class. Wayne was a member of the A. J. Miller Masonic Lodge #204 in Thomson and a former member of the Thomson Shrine Club and Alee Shriners in Savannah.
Wayne was a faithful, committed husband of 60 years to his wife, Frances McDaniel Cowart of Thomson. Together, they raised four children: Peggy Etterle (Brian) of Thomson; Lisa Brodhecker (Mike) of Martinez; Robbie Cowart (Becky) of Rincon, Georgia; and Amy Johnston (Lester) of Washington. Their children provided 12 grandchildren as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Wayne is also survived by his sister Bobbie Cowart Shuster of Albemarle, North Carolina, and his brother-in-law Bill Berger of Chicago, Illinois, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters Bettye Cowart Works and Jeanette “Net” Cowart Berger of Chicago, Illinois, and an infant daughter Sarah Ellen Cowart.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Thomson with Dr. Matt Ward and Dr. Leonard Dupree officiating. Pallbearers were nephews, with honorary pallbearers being retired railroad employees, Masons and the Men’s Bible Sunday school class of First Baptist Church. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites. Visitation was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Curtis Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Go and Tell Fund at First Baptist Church, 253 Jackson Street, P.O. Box 1205, Thomson, Georgia 30824.
Friends may call at the funeral home. You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome.com. Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (706)595-3695.

Wayne Harrison Shelton
Wayne Harrison Shelton, 58, of Augusta Hwy, SE entered July 2, 2017, at University Hospital-McDuffie.
Shelton was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, GA and was the son of the late Henry Shelton and the late Barbara Davis Shelton. He was a 1976 graduate of Thomson High School and served in the U. S. Navy. Mr. Shelton was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and had served as Past President of the Thomson High School Booster Club.
Survivors include his brothers, Mike Shelton (Nancy) of Dearing, GA, Steve Shelton (Ginga) of Thomson, GA; nieces, Christen Willcox (Chris) and Harley Shelton; and great nieces, Savannah Kate Willcox and Mason Bentley Redman.
Memorial services were held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in the chapel of Beggs Funeral Home with the Rev. Allen Holbrook officiating.
Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, Georgia is in charge.

Bruce C. Beggs
Sheriff Bruce C. Beggs, 58 of Kelly St. entered into rest on Monday, July 3, 2017. 
Sheriff Beggs, a lifelong resident of Lincolnton, was the Sheriff of Lincoln County, GA.  He was the son of Ellie Ruth Norman Beggs and the late Elzy Carlton Beggs.
He was a member of Georgia Sheriff’s Association, an Advisory Board Member of the Peace Officers Training Academy at Augusta Technical College, a former dispatcher, a former jailor, and a former deputy with Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.  He also was a former firefighter with the Lincolnton Volunteer Fire Department, a former emergency medical technician with the Lincoln County EMS, a former chief and member of the Lincoln County Rescue Squad, the former chairman and member of the Lincoln County Library Board, a former director and member of the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, a founding member, director, producer, and cast member of the Olde Lincoln Towne Players, a former director and cast member of the Washington Little Theater Company, a project manager for the 1996 Lincoln County Court House Restoration Project, a co-founder of Lincoln County TV, and initiated the broadcasts of the LCHS Red Devil football.  Mr. Beggs served as Clerk of Lincoln County Superior Court for twenty-four years, was a Foster Pet Parent with LC Paws, and attended First Assembly of God-Lincolnton.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Beth Smalley Beggs; son, Benjamin Charlton Beggs and special friend, Hannah Gallagher; daughter, Bethany Lauren Beggs; brothers, Brian Beggs and wife, Tracy, Keith Beggs and wife, Candy, and Kevin Beggs and wife, Kimberly; and a number of nieces and nephews that were very special to him.
Funeral services were held on  Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 3 p.m. at First Assembly of God - Lincolnton. Interment followed in the Lincolnton City Cemetery.
The family received friends at the Lincoln County Court House, 210 Humphrey Street, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Beggs Funeral Home 200 May Ave., Lincolnton, GA 30817, Phone: 706-359-4117.

Margie Neal
"Duicy" West
Margie Neal "Duicy" West, 83, of 1740 Nathan Rogers Road, Thomson passed on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the University Hospital-McDuffie. Family and friends may call the residence of her granddaughter, Sharon Anderson, 1011 Spruce St., Thomson or the funeral home.
Those left to cherish her memories are: two daughters, Sherline Anderson (Isaac Martin), Rubertha (Ricky ) Norris and one son, Joe Louis West Jr., all of Thomson, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Mary Neal, of Warm Springs, Georgia; five grandchildren: Lawanda (James) Coleman, Martinez, Ga, Sharon Anderson and Joseph West, both of Thomson, Georgia; Mondre West and TiAngela West, both of Atlanta, Georgia; eight great-grandchildren: LaShandrea West, Martinez, Georgia; Renisha Anderson, Thomson, Georgia; Joseph West Jr., Dontae West, Ariel West, TaShara West, Jakeem West, all of Tallahassee, Florida; Joerion West, Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Lillie Harris of Gibson, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held on July 7 at West Quarters Cemetery in Thomson, Georgia, with the Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating.
Thomson Funeral System is in charge of the arrangements.





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