Athens, GA - Joseph Warren Blackmon died in Atlanta, February 12, 2021 from complications following heart surgery. Born March 21, 1948 in Washington, GA, Warren grew up in Thomson, GA. He was the son of the late William Fred Blackmon and Lucy Warren Marston Blackmon. Warren graduated from Thomson High School, where he was an Eagle Scout; earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and tennis; and was Senior class President. Upon completion of two years at Young Harris College he graduated from what is now Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. After spending 20 years in banking, he moved to Athens, GA in the early 1990's. Ever the entrepreneur, Warren owned several businesses with a focus on loans, real estate, and property development. Warren loved Athens and was a devoted Georgia Bulldog fan. He took particular pride in having friends from different walks of life, and especially respected the employees of Athens-Clarke County, with whom he worked (and sometimes sparred) in the course of his many business activities. Although a big-hearted, generous soul, Warren took delight in playing the role of contrarian especially in business and politics. Warren is survived by his son William Dandridge "Dan" Blackmon (Courtney) of Columbia, SC and grandson William Dandridge "Ridge" Blackmon, Jr.; sister, Virginia Dennis (Bobby) of Buena Vista, GA; brother Fred Blackmon, Jr. (Jean) of Roswell, GA. In addition, he is survived by nieces and nephews Katherin Smith (Eddie), Chris Blackmon (Maura), Kirk Blackmon (Heather) and Jessica Engram (Tim). He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth Kershaw "Betsy" Blackmon. At his request, Warren was cremated, and his ashes will be scattered at the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. A celebration of life will be planned post-pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Young Harris College General Scholarship Fund or to Nuci's Space in Athens, GA- both places were dear to Warren's heart.
Thomson, GA – Mr. Charlie Daniels, 71, passed away February 11, 2021. Relatives and friends of the family may call at the residence or funeral home. Graveside Services will be held February 19, 2021 at House of God Church of God in Christ Cemetery, Thomson, with Bishop Mark Walden, Pastor, Officiating. Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.
Tommie C. Neal
Mr. Tommie C Neal, departed this life February 11, 2021. Precious memories are left to those who have survived him: a devoted daughter, Karen Neal Cummings of Thomson, GA; a son, Jeffrey L. Neal of Conyers, GA;; four granddaughters; six grandsons; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Emma Mae Terrel of Stapleton, GA; one brother, Artist Neal of Glascock County, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside Services were held February 14, 2021 at Mt. Aldred C.M.E. Church Cemetery, Stapleton, GA with Rev. Dr. Paul Gardner, Jr., Pastor, Presider / Rev. C.W. Stone, Eulogist. Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.
Judy Smith Palmer
Thomson, GA – Mrs. Judy Smith Palmer, 82, entered into rest February 9, 2021, at University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia. Mrs. Palmer, the daughter of the late Hoke Smith and Jewell Forehand Smith, was born in Sandersville, GA. She lived most of her life in McDuffie County, earned an Associate’s Degree in Business from Georgia Southern and retired from McDuffie County School System as the Nutrition Director. After her retirement she worked as the bookkeeper for the family business, Happy Valley Processing, until her death. Mrs. Palmer had a strong work ethic, and enjoyed spending time with her family, loved to read, going to the mountains, and being a caregiver. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville but had attended Zoar United Methodist Church for many years. Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Don Palmer, Sr. Her survivors include her son, Donald Palmer, Jr. (Ponda); her daughter, Donna Gilliam (Russell); her sister, Martha Mathis (Wayne); her grandchildren, Donald “Franklin” Palmer, III, Turner Gilliam and Alex Gilliam; and special nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her Aunt Midge Williams. A Private funeral service was held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Faye Burgamy and Rev. Tim Pendrey, officiating. The interment followed in the Louisville City Cemetery around 4:00 p.m. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Chris Sheppard and the staff of Family Care Group of Thomson. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Zoar United Methodist Church, c/o Treasurer, 3033 Quail Farm Road, Thomson, Georgia or the Golden Harvest Food Bank. Per CDC requirements, the family will be observing social distancing. Masks are required and appreciated. Due to the current national health concern, the family would appreciate your phone calls, cards, texts, and e-mails. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne D Usry
Warrenton, GA - Mr. Wayne Domingus Usry, 79, went to his final resting place at February 14, 2021. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jerry Gunn Usry of Warrenton; his son, Derrick Usry (Gina) of Braselton; his daughter, Tracy Usry of Warrenton; his sister, Zelma Hart of Warrenton; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Graveside Services were held February 17, 2021 at the Johnson Family Cemetery in Warren County, GA with Rev. Sandra Lightner, Officiating. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.
Helen C. Williford
Gibson, GA – Helen Irene Coxville Williford, 87, entered into eternal February 10, 2021. Graveside services were held in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery at February 15, 2021 with Reverend John A. Jenkins officiating. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Joan W. Fulcher (Garry) and Tony Williford (Beth); nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; cousins, other extended family and friends. James Funeral Home, Wrens, GA is in charge of arrangements.