Charles Terry Barksdale

Thomson, GA - Mr. Charles Terry Barksdale, age 62, entered into eternal rest January 1, 2020.

He is survived by: a loving wife, Willie Mae Lowe Barksdale of Thomson, GA; one son, Bernard Coleman of Sparta, GA; three step-children, Patricia Lowe, Calvin Lowe, both of Thomson, GA and Curtis Lowe of Augusta, GA; one grandchild; a dear mother, Lelia Barksdale of Jewell, GA; one sister, Doris (Charlie) Meyers of Camak, GA; four brothers, Curtis Barksdale Jr., Alan Barksdale, Larry Barksdale, all of Jewell, GA and Stacey (Velma) Barksdale of Warrenton, GA; a life-long friend, Eddie Dukes of Warrenton, GA; a host of other relatives and additional sorrowing friends.

Services were held January 7, 2020 at New Salem Baptist Church, Warrenton, Georgia.

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

Leonard Borum

Thomson, GA - Mr. Leonard Borum, age 84, passed away December 31, 2019.

Funeral arrangements are currently incomplete, and will be announced at a later date in the near future.

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

Eugene T. Collins

Appling, GA -  Eugene T. Collins, 86, our beloved husband, father, teacher, neighbor, grandfather, and great-grandfather, entered into rest at his home on January 1, 2020.

Eugene, affectionately known as Gene and “PaPa”, was born in 1933 in Warthen, Georgia to a farming family.  After graduating from McEachern High School, he joined the Air Force and proudly served during the Korean War.  He graduated from Georgia Teachers College (now, Georgia Southern).  He taught shop and vocational education for thirty years in the Georgia public school system.  His impact in the classroom was evident as everywhere he went a former student would recognize him and tell stories of his unforgettable class.

Gene loved nature and farming.  He was a co-owner of Woodville Cattle Farm for many years and spent much of his time outside with his cows or fishing, hunting, or planting the garden.

He was a member of Kiokee Baptist Church and sang in their Senior Men’s Quartet.  He had a great love of music and in addition to singing, he played the guitar and harmonica.

He never met a stranger.  You didn‘t have to live next door to Gene Collins to be considered his neighbor.  His home extended beyond the foundation of his house, and if you were in his company you always felt at home.

A skilled carpenter and craftsman, Gene could build anything, but he was most proud of the family he built.  His love for his family was unmatched. He took pride in his home and family that he made with his devoted wife of 63 years, Edith, which has seen four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren come through it.

He leaves behind his wife, Edith Collins; four children, Carole Jean Carey and husband, Dewey; Valerie Lemmon and husband, Robert; Karen Collins; and Brad Collins and wife, Laura; a sister, Libby Payne and husband Tommy; an aunt, Alene Davis; grandchildren, Crystal Parten (Derek), Edee Carey (Jan Henrik), Emily Stone (Jake), Kate Spivey (Jared), Caleb Collins, John Lemmon, Cliff Collins, and Chloe Collins; great-grandchildren, Owen, Sam and Jesse Spivey; Carly, Collins, and Jackson Stone; and Adaleigh, Eliza and Edward Parten; and great-niece, Ashley Garner, who was his caregiver.

Pallbearers will be Tracy McDaniel, John Cook, Hal Eubanks, Terry Hyatt, Dud Pearson, and Stanley Anderson.  Honorary Pallbearers will be The Tracy McDaniel Sunday School Class.

Services were held January 3, 2020 at Kiokee Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gene Collins’ name to the Kiokee Men’s Club.

You may sign the online guest book at

Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Alphonso Cooper

Dearing, GA – Alphonso Cooper, 78, passed away December 30, 2019.

Services are planned for 11:00 AM, January 11, 2020 at Springfield Baptist Church, Thomson, GA.

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

Major (Ret) Anthony Franklin

Harlem, GA—Major (Ret) Anthony "Tony" Franklin, entered into rest December 29, 2019.

Funeral services were held January 4, 2020 at Paine College Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Hill eulogist and Rev. Richard Holland presiding.

Survivors include his wife, Maudree Hines Franklin; a son, Anthony Terrell Franklin; one daughter, Amber Danielle Franklin; two brothers, Enos (Beatrice) Franklin and Roy (Illoma) Stiff; five sisters, Almeatha Williams, Veretta Franklin, Mary Mann, Esteen (Raymond) Wilson and Wanda Sue Anderson; two grandchildren, Kealani Carter-Franklin and Austin Franklin Lacey; a host of other relatives and friends.

G. l. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, North Augusta, SC is in charge of arrangements.

Harry “Gene” Johnson                            

Mitchell, GA  – Harry “Gene” Johnson, 87 entered into his eternal rest January 4, 2020.

Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday afternoon, January 9, 2020 at Mitchell Methodist Church with the Reverends Mary Griswell and Jacky Downs officiating.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Harriet Ann Johnson Poole (Thomas); three siblings, Mattie Price (Jay), Geneva Kitchens (Don) and Ollie Cooper (Teddy); five grandchildren, Jason Parrish, Tabby Padgett (Doodle), Tonya Oundo (Steve), Teresa Parrish (Matt) and Beth Powell; five great grandchildren, Jacob Pittman, Caleb Pittman, Easton Pittman, Mason Padgett and Sam Oundo; his long-time companion, Betty Rogers and her daughters, Ginger Taylor and Dianne Edenfield; church family and friends.

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

Lorena Johnson

Thomson, GA – Mrs. Lorena Johnson, 80, entered into rest December 28, 2019.

Survivors include her daughters, Robin Johnson Hardy and Deborah Johnson Shepherd; sister, Katheren Reese; grandchildren, April Kitchens, Jessica Simon, Jake Hardy, Lillian Hardy, Marnai Boose, Corey Shepherd, and Shaun Shepherd; and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held January 2, 2020 in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Keith Reese officiating.  

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

Dr. Lawrence Paul Keegan

Dearing, GA – Dr. Lawrence Paul Keegan, 69, entered into rest January 1, 2020.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 45 years, Mary Knollman Keegan; daughters, Linda Keegan and Laura Almeter (Nicholas) of Dearing, GA and Rachel Polich (Zachary) of Martinez, GA; brother, Mark Keegan (Dory) of Staunton, VA; sister, Barbara Mead (Philip) of Herndon, VA; and grandchildren, Lawrence Almeter, Michael Almeter, Elizabeth Almeter, Catherine Almeter, and Virginia Almeter.

Funeral mass was held January 6, 2020 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Stephen Lyness as celebrant and Fr. Jacob Almeter as concelebrant.  

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

Isabelo C. Lavarias

Harlem, GA - Mr. Isabelo Chavit Lavarias, 80, husband of Mrs. JoAnn J. Lavarias, entered into rest on Friday, January 3, 2020.

No services will be held.

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

Gilbert Isaac Lewis

Augusta, GA – Mr. Gilbert Isaac Lewis, 89, entered into rest January 2, 2020.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Beeland Napier; son, Gilbert Lee Lewis of Wrens, GA; daughter, Kelli Lewis Waller (Clint) of Thomson, GA; brother, Leroy Lewis of Louisville, GA; grandchildren, William Isaac Lewis, Gilbert Lee Lewis, Jr., Justin Waller, Olivia Waller, and Sydney Waller; great grandchildren, Adalyn Waller and Liam Waller; and step-children, Carol Pascarella and Robert Bailey.

Funeral services were held January 5, 2020 in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Byrd officiating.

Beggs Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor Snow Martin

Eleanor Snow Martin, age 98, of Cartersville, passed away on January 1, 2020.

Eleanor was born to Fayette C. Snow and Jewell Langley Snow on October 4, 1921, near the community of Panthersville in DeKalb County, Georgia.  She married Richard H. Martin shortly after World War II, and they lived in Atlanta until 1972, when they moved to Cadley.  Richard and Eleanor then moved to Cartersville in 2001.   Eleanor was an elementary school teacher for many years in the Peach, Warren, DeKalb, and McDuffie County school systems.  After retirement, she enjoyed gardening, reading, and working her daily crossword puzzle.

She was predeceased in death by her parents; an infant son; her husband, Richard; sisters Louise Greer, Marie Snow, Margaret Wade, Sarah O’Neal, and Fanny Ragan.

She is survived by her daughters Teresa M. Gregory (John) of Waleska and Susan M. McLeod (Brian) of Cartersville; grandchildren Kevin M. Black (Cathy) of Acworth; Dennis N. Black (Theresa) of Cartersville; Jeffrey L. Gregory (Kristine) of Mountain House, California; Alyson S. Meltz (Ross) of Seattle, Washington; J. Evan McLeod of Canton; Hannah E. Lipscomb of Marietta; and Ross H. McLeod of Marietta; her sister, Ina S. Smith of Rock Hill, South Carolina, as well as fourteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her cat, Barney.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made in Mrs. Martin’s memory to the Sam Jones UMC Building Fund, 100 W. Church Street, Cartersville, Georgia  30120, or to the New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Tracy Arrington 10046 Hwy 80 North, Norwood, GA 30821.

Her funeral service was conducted on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the chapel of Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, Georgia, with the Rev. Gary McWhorter officiating.

Beggs Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, GA was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Eleanor Snow Martin.

Mary Reese

Ms. Mary Reese formerly of Camak-Warrenton, Georgia, entered into rest on Monday, December 23, 2019.

Funeral Services were held December 31, 2019 at the Lithonia Baptist Church, with Rev. Lyndon Heath, Pastor & Rev. Johnnie Hunter, Eulogist.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Smith, Sr., children, Latrice Cheeley of Wrens, Georgia & three son, Telley Cheeley (Natalya) of Thomson, Henry Smith, Jr (Keili) of Atlanta, and Christopher Smith of Wadley; five grandchildren; seven sisters, Gwendolyn Johnson, Judy (Otis) Hudson, Vera (John) Bartie & Cecilia (Willie) Ivey all of Warrenton, Ella (Furman) Kendrick of Thomson & June (Floyd) Reese-Simmons & Denise (Artis) Schaffer both of Atlanta; two brothers, Otis (Ida) Reese 111 of Camak & Leon (Cornelia) Reese of Alma;  and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life was held December 31, 2019 at Lithonia Baptist Church, Camak, GA.

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

Diana Lee Templeton

Gibson, GA - Mrs. Diana Lee Templeton, age 73 died January 1, 2020.

Funeral services were held in the Jordon Chapel Church of God in Edghill on January 4. 2020 with Rev. David O. Jones & Rev. Brian Fulmer officiating.

She is survived by, daughters, Hannah Louis & Lonnie Schaffer, of Calipetric, CA, Cheryl Ann & Allen Schaffer of Calipetric, CA, Isaac J. & Kimberly Wood Sr., of Gibson, GA, Rachel Lee and Reese Mack of Jacksonville, FL, Kimberly Elizibeth Bessent of Walterboro, SC, Melisa Templeton of Calipetric, CA, Richard Vernon & Linda Wood of Wrens, GA, Jenifer Wood of Calipetric, CA, Steven Wade Wood of Jacksonville, FL, 25 grandchildren and 33 greatgrandchildren.

Taylor Funeral Home, Gibson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.


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Bobby Ray Todd

Bobby Ray Todd

Bobby Ray Todd, 83, of Fayetteville passed away on December 31, 2019. He was born on September 6, 1936 in Claxton, Georgia to the late John and Mellie Todd. He got his Ph.D. from Georgia State University in 1987 and was Director of Secondary Education for the Fayette County Schools. Bobby was elected as a member of Fayette County Board of Education and served as Vice Chairman.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy Todd; sons, Robert Todd and Eric Todd; grandchildren, Alex Todd (Rachel), Evan Todd (Ashley), Taylor Todd, and Reece Todd; great-grandchild, Olivia Todd; and brother, Jack Todd (Irma).

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at Fayetteville First Baptist Church, Fayetteville with Reverend Glenn Stringham officiating.

Burial followed at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Claxton.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,

Mowell Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fayetteville – is in charge of arrangements.

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