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William Bennett

William Augustus Bennett

Eatonton, GA - William Augustus Bennett was born November 7, 1929, in Augusta, Ga. and passed away March 8, 2020 in Macon, Ga.  His parents were Mamie and William A. Bennett, Sr., and his early home was in Thomson, Ga. where he graduated from Thomson High School. At the age of 16, Bill entered Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Following college he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. for 2 years.

In 1953 Bill married Edith Arrena Langford of Warrenton, Ga. and they soon made their home in Decatur, Ga.  Bill worked as a Consulting Engineer in Atlanta for several firms over the next 40 years. As a member of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, he served in several offices including as president. Always active in church life, Bill was a member of First Baptist Church, Eatonton where he was a deacon.

In retirement Bill and Edith moved to Eatonton, Ga. where they lived on Lake Oconee. Throughout his life Bill enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening. Watching his grandchildren’s sporting events was a favorite activity.  His greatest joy was found in time spent with his family.

Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Edith, daughter Cynthia Bennett Cogdell and husband Rick, son William Franklin Bennett and wife Andi.  His grandchildren are Billy Bennett (Jill) and Hannah Bennett, Ben Cogdell (Whitney) and Shelley Cogdell.

A Memorial Service was held at First Baptist Church of Eatonton on Sat., March 14; visitation at 1:00 and service at 2:00, Rev. William Kitchen and Dr. Keithen Tucker officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Eatonton, 115 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton, Ga. 31024.

Williamsfuneralhome in Eatonton, GA has charge of arrangements.

Kerry Brooks Burnsed, Jr.

Warrenton, GA -Kerry Brooks "Bouke" Burnsed, Jr., 50, died Sunday, March 15, 2020.

The Effingham County native was a forester with Hawkins Logging. He was a 1988 Effingham County High School graduate and an ABAC graduate. Kerry loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the Warren/McDuffie chapter of the NWTF.

He is survived by his son, Andrew Price; parents, Kerry and Rose Burnsed; brothers, Timmy Burnsed (Marci) and Chris Burnsed (Shannon); nieces/nephews, Megan Hayes (Brandon), Timothy Burnsed, Haylee Burnsed, Caylee Burnsed, and Brooks Burnsed; great-nephew, Boone Hayes; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and very special friends and coworkers who were like family.

Visitation: 1:30 - 2:45 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in the funeral home.

Funeral: 3 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in the funeral home chapel.

Interment: Springfield Cemetery Annex.

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel (912) 754-6421

Johnnie Lamar Carter

Warrenton, GA - Mr. Johnnie Lamar Carter, age 88, passed away March 13, 2020.

The funeral arrangements are currently incomplete, and will be announced at a later date by the funeral home. Relatives and friends of the family may call at the residence or at the funeral home.

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

Marjorie N Dalton

Thomson, GA - Mrs. Marjorie N. Dalton, 94, died March 12, 2020.

Funeral services were held March 16, 2020, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating.

Survivors include 5 nieces, Kathryn Hunt, Evelyn Faircloth, Jeanette Whitaker, Marjorie Pike, and Virginia Sibley; 2 nephews, John “Bo” Newsome and James Sellers; several great-nieces and nephews; several great-great-nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Annette Key.

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

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Barry Hemphill

Barry W. Hemphill

Thomson, GA - Mr. Barry W. Hemphill, 78, husband of Martha Bledsoe Hemphill, entered into rest Thursday, March 12, 2020, in University Hospital / Augusta.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, Thomson, GA., with Rev. Mike Suphin and Mr. Tommy Phelps officiating.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Albert Hemphill, Jr. and Gwendolyn Sinquefield Hemphill.

Survivors other than his wife include, three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Elizabeth Bledsoe Walden (Tom), Ann Bledsoe McTier (Tony), and Becky Cobb Hughes (Ken); a brother-in-law and his spouse, John Bledsoe (June); four nieces, Tracy Walden, Stephanie Bledsoe King, Whitney McTier, and Kallie Hughes; a nephew, Nathan Bledsoe; six greatnieces; and special friends, Tommy & Donna Phelps and Paul & Mary Lou Leroy.

Barry was born in Augusta, GA, but resided most of his life in Warren County, before moving to Thomson.

Barry graduated from Warren County High School before attending and graduating from Shorter College, where he earned a degree in Biology.  He began his teaching career in Cumming, GA, then moved to Thomson High School where he taught science and was an assistant coach for JV football and varsity boys basketball.  In 1968-69, he was region basketball coach of the year.  In 1968, he was selected as an assistant coach in the GA High School football All STAR game.  After leaving Thomson, he continued his teaching and coaching career at Dorman High School in Spartanburg, SC.  There he taught science, was head basketball coach and assistant JV football coach.  In 1972, he moved to Briarwood Academy, Warrenton, where he was principal and later Headmaster.  There he assisted with coaching and teaching.  In 1985 he moved to Brentwood Academy, Sandersville, as Headmaster.

In 1986 he began teaching and coaching at Harlem High School.  There he taught Physical Sciences and was assistant football coach and head boys basketball coach.  In 1992 Barry became principal at Harlem High School and remained there until his retirement in 2004.

Barry was a former member of the Thomson Kiwanis Club and Harlem Rotary Club, where he served as President.  He was a Will Watts and Paul Harris Fellow.

Pallbearers were Rodney Collins, David Bailey, Jim McMichael, Bill Reese, Nathan Bledsoe, and Chris King.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Briarwood Academy, 4859 Thomson Hwy, Warrenton, GA  30828

You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome.com

Curtis Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of local arrangement

Norman Lee Martin

Thomson, GA - Mr. Norman Lee Martin, age 58, passed away March 16, 2020.

The funeral arrangements are currently incomplete, and will be announced at a later date by the funeral home. Relatives and friends of the family may call at the funeral home.

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

Jeremiah Moore, Sr.

Thomson, GA - Mr. Jeremiah Moore, Sr., age 78, passed away March 11, 2020.

The funeral arrangements are scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson, GA. The Interment will be held in the West Quarters Cemetery in Thomson, GA. Relatives and friends of the family may call at the funeral home.

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

Gregory Robert Waltz

Gibson, GA - Mr. Gregory Robert Waltz, 65, died March 15, 2020.

Memorial services were held March 17, 2020 in the Mitchell Full Gospel Church with Rev. Jackie Downs & Kyle Downs officiating.

He is survived by son, Robbie Reed (Amy), daughter, Jennifer Kurcz, step-daughters, Bobbie Dayle Howard (Jon) and Donnetta Flynn Chalker (Mark), brother, Ronald Waltz (Sharon), 10 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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

Priscilla Gilmore Winfrey

Thomson, GA - Mrs. Priscilla Gilmore Winfrey, age 68, passed away March 13, 2020.

The funeral arrangements are currently incomplete, and will be announced at a later date by the funeral home. Relatives and friends of the family may call at the residence or at the funeral home.

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

Maye Zieger

Thomson, GA - Mrs. Maye “Maggie” Zieger, 81, died March 12, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Ralph Zieger, Thomson; her son Mr. Ralph Zieger, Florida; 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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

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