Thurs., Aug. 31
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Robert Wilson Jr.
Robert Norman Wilson, Jr. entered into rest on August 25, 2017 at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Bob was a proud eighth generation resident of McDuffie County and still lived on the family farm. He was a great blessing to his family and the community. A 1969 graduate of Thomson High School, Bob attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a business degree from the Terry College of Business.
While at Georgia, Bob was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. For over 35 years, Bob was manager and broker of the family owned Wilson Company, a McDuffie County institution since 1950. Bob was also past president of the Classic South Board of Realtors.
Actively involved in community life, Bob was a member of Thomson Rotary Club where he was President and received both the Paul Harris Fellow and the Will Watt Award. He was a member of the Thomson Boat Club where he served for two years as Commodore. Bob also served on the Downtown Development Authority and Camellia Partners for Heritage and Economic Development.
He further served as director for the United Way of McDuffie County and was actively involved with the Housing Authority of the City of Thomson where he was chairman of the Board of Directors.
Bob was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Thomson where he held many positions most recently as a member of the Church Council. He was also a very faithful member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.
As a member of Boy Scout Troop 125, Bob achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and later became a troop leader. An active member of the Wrightsboro Foundation, Bob served in many capacities including chairman. Bob was the organizer of McDuffie Bank and Trust in 1988 and became the first board chairman when it opened in 1989. In 1998, McDuffie Bank and Trust became First Bank of Georgia where Bob was one of the original directors. For many years, Bob was chairman of the loan committee of First Bank until it merged into State Bank and Trust where he continued to serve on the Augusta Advisory Board. Bob was also an active member of the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce and a past secretary of McDuffie Hospital Authority.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Cindy, daughters Mrs. Trammell (Ryan) Bright, Mrs. Martha Delle (Scott) Smith, Mrs. Patty Bea (Kempton) Presley, son Dr. Robert N. Wilson, III and eight grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Virginia Wilson, his brother Stewart and his sister Virginia.
Bob requested that his body be used for the research of pulmonary fibrosis and, at a later date, that his ashes will be scattered over the fields of his beloved family farm.
A Celebration of Life was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Thomson First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ronny Brannen and Dr. Bob Bowling officiating.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Wrightsboro Foundation, P.O. Box 1816, Thomson, Ga. 30824 or to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Thomson, Ga. 30824.

Robert Travis Jackson
Mr. Robert Travis Jackson, 75, of 901 Spring St, passed away Sunday morning, August 27, 2017 at Wills Memorial Hospital. Mr. Jackson was born in Washington and had lived here all of his life. He was the son of the late S.T. Jackson, Jr. and Anne Lunceford Jackson. Mr. Jackson had worked in law enforcement where he served many different positions throughout his career. He had worked as a Police Officer, Police Chief, Criminal investigator in Washington and was an Investigator for the District Attorney's office in McDuffie County. He was also a member of First Baptist Church.
Mr. Jackson is survived by two daughters; Michele J. Fisher, of Washington, Crystal J. Stair (Terry), of Milledgeville; one son, Travis Jackson, of Warner Robins; one brother, Shelby Jackson (Dianne), of Martinez; two grandchildren, Haley Fisher and Dale Fisher and one great grandchild, Aubrey Fisher.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Brian George officiating. Interment followed at Sardis Baptist Church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Dennis Sanders, Tommy Land, Randy Young, Dale Fisher, Mike Sisson, and Mike Annis.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Wilkes County Sheriff Department.
You may sign the family's online guestbook at: www.hopkinsfuneralhome.com.
Hopkins Funeral Home, 416 E. Robert Toombs Ave. 706-678-2525 is in charge of arrangements.

Rodney Dean Graham Jr.
Rodney Dean Graham Jr., 33, of Landrum passed away on June 16, 2017. He was the son of the late Rodney Dean Graham, Sr. and Ruth Penfield Graham.
He is survived by a brother, James Wilbur Graham (Brittany) of Landrum; a sister Shelly Hardee (Steve) of Ashland, VA, a grandmother, Elma Graham of Johnsonville, SC; a grandfather, Rev. James Penfield of Landrum, SC; two nephews, Johnathan Hardee of Andrews, SC and Hunter Hardee of Charleston, SC.
A memorial service was held at 4:00PM at Petty the Funeral Home Chapel on June 22, 2017.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills Hospice House, 260 Fairwinds Road, Landrum, SC 29356.
Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway will be in charge of local arrangements.
Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.





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