Edward Arrington, Sr.                            

Matthews, GA  – Edward Arrington, Sr., 79, entered into eternal rest August 16, 2020.

Funeral services were held in the James Funeral Home Chapel, August 19, 2020 with Rev. Tony Key officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Sammie Faye Goodin Arrington; his children, Art Arrington (Kelli), Sheri Kniphfer and Tony Arrington (Trish); nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; five siblings; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, church family and friends.

James Funeral Home, Wrens, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Debra Ann Bales

Gibson, GA - Mrs. Debra Ann Bales, 48 died August 10, 2020.

Services to celebrate her life will be held August 22, 2020 in the Sheppard Memorial Chapel of Taylor Funeral Home in Gibson with Rev. Bennie Bush officiating.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Bales, two brothers  Timothy Kitchens & Randal Kitchens, nieces, nephews and friends.

Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Gibson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Margueritte Coffield Barber

Thomson, GA - Margueritte Coffield Barber, 67, passed away August 15th, 2020.

Margueritte is survived by her daughter Nicole Barber; son Preston Barber; brother Pete Coffield; sister Loretta Sanders (Dick); and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Beggs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Marie Cody

Warrenton, GA - Mrs. Marie Cody entered into rest on August 17, 2020.

Her loving and devoted family will cherish her memories.

Graveside services will be held August 23, 2020 at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Norwood, GA.

D T Brown Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

John Henry Cummings

Thomson, GA - Mr. John Henry Cummings entered into rest August 15, 2020.

His loving and devoted family will cherish his memories.

Graveside services will be held August 22, 2020 at First Mt Carmel Memorial Gardens, Appling, GA.

D T Brown Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Matthew Cummings

Thomson, GA - Mr. Matthew “Matt” Cummings, age 53 entered into rest on August 13, 2020.

He leaves to celebrate and cherish his memories; a loving and devoted wife, Anita Cummings; two sons, Marcus Cummings and Tycarius Cummings; his father, James Cummings (Mary); three sisters, Evyette Lee, Manessa Jones, and Janice Cummings; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held August 19, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Thomson, GA.

D T Brown Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

John Willie Griffin

Thomson, GA – John Willie Griffin, 88, passed August 12, 2020.

A memorial will be held August 22, 2020 at Springfield Baptist Church Parking Area, Thomson, GA, with Rev. F. D. Favors, Pastor.

Anne Fulmer Hammond

Statesboro, GA - Mrs. Anne Fulmer Hammond, beloved wife of 59 years to Mr. Ray Hammond, passed away at her residence on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Mrs. Hammond was born September 7, 1937, in Fayetteville, NC, to the late Gaspard Calhoun Fulmer, Sr., and Lilly Bell Brunson Fulmer.  

A retired educator, she began her career in Lincolnton, GA; then moved to Thomson, GA, where she continued her career teaching girls physical education at Thomson High School.  Mrs. Hammond also coached cheerleading and tennis.  

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hammond is survived by her daughters, Rachelle H. Rivers and husband, Mark, Stapleton, GA; and Beth H. Mullins and husband, Mike, Statesboro, GA.  Grandchildren include James Fraley, Katherine F. Brown (Daniel), and Marcie R. Rivers.  Great grandchildren include Grayson Brown and Warren Brown; brother Cal Fulmer and wife Jane, Memphis, TN; sister-in-law Patsy Powell and husband, Gene, Lincolnton, GA; a niece and several nephews.

A private family service was held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Mrs. Anne Hammond.

Leonard Willie Johnson

Thomson, GA - Mr. Leonard Willie Johnson departed this life August 10, 2020.

Those who has survived him and left to cherish his memory: three daughters, Nerrissa Norris of Thomson, GA, Angela Mathis and Shanita Johnson, both of Decatur, GA; two sons, Gregory Norris of Thomson, GA and Andre Johnson of Wilmington, DE; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Macy Lewis of Thomson, GA, Bettye Dobbs and Myrtle Von (Mitchell) Odom, all of Atlanta, GA; one brother, J.J. (Ernestine) Johnson of Washington D.C.; a special uncle, Ora Johnson of Wrens, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held August 15, 2020 at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, GA with Rev. F. D. Favors, Officiating.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Louis Johnson

Warrenton, GA - Mr. Louis Johnson, 65, died August 11, 2020.

Graveside services were held August 17, 2020 in the Mitchell City Cemetery.

He is survived by son Brandon Johnson (Summer) of Warrenton, daughter, Heather Johnson of Sandersville, brothers, Raymond Johnson (Lynnette), & Billy Johnson (Linda), 6 grandchildren, several nieces & nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Gibson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda A Jones

Thomson - Ms. Brenda A. Jones, 74, entered into rest Tuesday, August 11, 2020,

No services are planned at this time.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Mitch) Bailey, Thomson; her son Benjy (Melissa) Jones, Thomson; her mother, Mrs. Wilma Duckworth, Thomson; her two sisters, Pat (Butch) Baston, Thomson and Gail (Gary) Emberling, Tx.; her brother, Bobby (Pam) Awbrey, Newnan; 2 stepbrothers, Tommy (Pam) Duckworth, Warrenton, and Terry (Jean) Duckworth, Gray; 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Curtis Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of local arrangements.

Thomas Jefferson Lampp

Gibson, GA - Mr. Thomas Jefferson “Tom” Lampp, Jr., 68, died August 9, 2020.

Services to celebrate his life were held August 15, 2020 in the Sheppard Memorial Chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Kitchens officiating.

He is survived by wife, Judy Kitchens Lampp, of Gibson, stepson, Steven Usry of Gibson, stepdaughter, Sandra Snider Jackson, of Thomson, brother Lewis Lampp of Gibson, 2 nieces, 1 nephew and several cousins.

Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Gibson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Michael C. McTier

Thomson, GA - Mr. Michael “Mike” C. McTier, 57, entered into rest Monday, August 17, 2020 at University Hospital McDuffie.

Survivors include his wife, Tabitha McTier, two daughters, Katelyn Thompson (Steven), and Kasey McTier; mother, Deborah Powers McTier; and a brother, Tim McTier (Sherry).

Funeral Services were held August 19, 2020 in Second Baptist Church with Rev. Lester Jenkins officiating.


Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.


Wade Palmer

Wade Percy Palmer

October 23, 1960 – August 9, 2020

Wade Percy Palmer died on the Lord’s Day, August 9th, 2020, at approximately 4:39pm (although he was not pronounced dead until his LVAD, a turbine that pumped his heart, was turned off a little after 6pm) surrounded by the presence of the Holy Spirit, his wife, sisters, pastor, and many friends, one of whom softly played the guitar and sang hymns in the background.

How to describe such a remarkable man? First and foremost, Wade was a humble servant of the Lord God Almighty. He had a personal relationship with his Savior from the time he was a child. Wade was also the very best husband, a beloved big brother, a loyal and loving son and grandson, a favorite uncle, an amazing friend, a diligent, trustworthy worker, a vivid storyteller, and so much more.  Wade himself would simply describe himself as a bald-headed farmer from Georgia (although he was only bald on the top).  He absolutely loved growing up on a farm in Happy Valley, a rural area outside of Thompson, GA in the “panhandle” as he always called it.  While his favorite tractor was a John Deere, the one he was assigned at the age of 13 was a red American tractor.  When he was in pain, as he frequently was, his “happy place” into which to recede in his mind was the farm, working with his grandfather, out in the fields all day, mowing hay in the heat of a summer day, looking forward to ice cold watermelon afterwards, and the satisfying sense of a job well done.

After graduating from high school, Wade went into industry. He was always a hard worker and valued employee and he worked a variety of jobs, many of which would inadvertently propel him into the next bigger and better position. He began as the chief drafter at Georgia Ironworks, designing dredge pumps using CAD software. After that company was bought out, he worked at HP Pelzer Automotive Systems. Initially, he was assigned to travel to various plants throughout the U.S. to ideally streamline their operations sufficiently to save the plants from closure, which he managed to do more often than not. At his request, he was then assigned to work full-time at the Thomson McDuffie plant, which designed automotive components, where he was the assistant to the Plant Manager. From there, desiring to work closer to Atlanta, he became the Quality Manager for Watkins & Associates, a distributer of adhesives for the aerospace industry.  Finally, his last position before disability, was to become an entrepreneur in Casablanca, Morocco, where he helped establish a Non Government Organization (NGO) called House of Life, which was a community center in an highly populous and poor area of the city offering English classes, computer education, and business skills.  He and his wife lived in Casablanca for 7 ½ years and both of them absolutely loved it there, immersed in the local life with so many precious friends. Morocco remained the land of Wade’s heart until the end. His Moroccan friends called him Waheed, which means unique, a very apt name for him and one he continued to use even back in the U.S.

Much more important than his work accomplishments are the investments Wade made into people. He loved people well. He loved to sit down with someone over a meal or a hot drink (mint tea or hot chocolate for Wade) to get to know them. At work, he truly preferred to be the #2 guy – so that he could work behind the scenes to make the leader shine. After his disability, Wade became a mentor for LVAD and heart transplant patients and typically devoted 1-2 long days each week visiting patients in the hospital, never wanting to miss someone who needed some encouragement. The medical staff would always say they could tell if Wade had visited someone, as they were always in a better frame of mind after seeing Wade. He had an innate ability to make truly discouraged people smile and even laugh. He built many dear relationships with others in the LVAD support group and Mended Hearts, one of the mentor groups of which he was an officer.

In 2013, Wade suffered end stage heart failure and was implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and was hospitalized for 101 days straight. Even with a tracheotomy and unable to speak, he wrote the words “fight, fight, fight.” Wade was a fighter all his life. He was born with heart issues and not expected to live past childhood but continued to defy expectations all his life. He got his first pacemaker at the age of 17 during spring break of his senior year of high school. In the end, he had six different traditional pacers and finally a leadless pacemaker shortly before he died. He ended up with a blood infection in 2019 and his final year of life was an unending struggle, but he continued to work in the yard and make lots of plans for the future. It broke his heart to be in the hospital during coronavirus and be unable to have his wife with him. In the end, he suffered two strokes and was unable to recover.

Wade leaves behind his precious, heartbroken wife, Valerie Sikkema Palmer. He was an incredibly supportive husband and his primary concern was always that she be well cared for. Wade loved her so well, so perfectly and will always be the very best part of her. He also leaves three dear sisters, “the girls,” Wanda & Scott Sutton (Ashley Sutton and her children Aubree & Wyatt Holloway), Wylene & David Spivey (Liz & Ryan Krafick and their daughter Kyle, Andrew Hechavarria, and Kathryn & Will Nangle and their daughter Addie), and Wendy Palmer & Tommy Housworth (Grady and Maggie), as well as his sisters and brother-in-law, Yvonne & Jorge Orosa (Kevin, Bryson, Ryan, and Christine), Tanya & Dave Carey (Peter, Tim, Nic, and Geoff Mitchell), Dale “the brother” & Mo Sikkema (Dale “the nephew”, Isaac, and Ken Sikkema and Zach Graham), Vanessa & Scott Grimes, and Kerri Spicer, and finally two “whackadoodles,” his cats Mona and Franny.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Prentice & Dot Palmer.

Wade was a deacon at Intown Community Church and recently a member of the Gwinnet-Tucker Toastmasters Club, where he was the Treasurer. He also served on advisory boards for the new Marcus Tower at Piedmont Hospital – and his signature is on one of the I-beams there.  

Wade was very loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

A funeral was held at Intown Community Church (2059 LaVista Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30329) on Thursday, August 13th, at 2pm in the afternoon. Due to Covid precautions, attendance was limited and temperatures were taken at the door and masks required. No children were permitted and seating and traffic flow was designed to limit contact. So that more people may be included, the service was also live streamed at this link.  Please note that the funeral will be open casket and the live stream may contain a close-up, but the pastor should mention before that happens for those who may not wish to view the casket up close.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Wade’s honor to our good friends, Collin & Zury, who live in West Africa serving college students through hospitality, cultural exchange, and wholeness in body and soul. Donations should be sent to M.T.W. at P.O. Box 744165, Atlanta, GA 30374-4165. Please note account “#13628 Collin & Zury/Wade Palmer memorial” on the memo line.

Thomas Weldon Robins

Dearing, GA - Thomas Weldon Robins, 78, entered into August 14, 2020.

Left to cherish his memories are his children, Tommy Robins (Trish) and Pam Jackson (Kirby); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Michael William Rubenstein

Dearing, GA - Michael William Rubenstein, 57, went home to be with the Lord on August 9, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dawn G. Rubenstein; his two sons, Derek Godbee (Ashley) and Trent Rubenstein (Charitie; four grandchildren, an aunt and a host of other family and friends.

Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Rolando Merice Wentz

Warrenton, GA - Rolando Merice “Row” Wentz was called home to be with his Heavenly Father August 11, 2020.

Many precious memories are left to those who have survived him: a precious daughter, Tiffany; three grandchildren, JaKayla, Sa’Kyra and Tylin; a loving mother, Bessie; a sister, Kim; three brothers, Ray, Jr., Cortez (Linda) and Reuben; three nieces; five nephews and a host of other family members and friends.

Graveside services were held August 15, 2020 at New Salem Baptist Church, Warrenton, GA with Rev. Bernard Grant, Pastor, Officating.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn West

Harlem, GA – Carolyn West, 70, passed August 12, 2020.

Graveside services were held August 19, 2020 at New Appling Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Appling, GA with Rev. F.C. Henderson, Officiating.

Carolyn leaves to cherish her precious memories: three granddaughters, Dinisha, Kishaundra, and Shamya; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Miss Lillie Bell West and Mrs. Rosia Lee West (Luther) Jones, both of Appling, GA; three brothers, Mr. John West, Mr. Albert B. (Bessie Pearle) West, and Mr. Sam West, Jr., all of Appling, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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