Mary Gilliam

Mary Ruth Widener Gilliam

Mary Ruth Widener Gilliam, age 92, passed away early Monday morning, November 12, 2018, at Memorial Manor, Bainbridge, Georgia.  Services for Mrs. Gilliam will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at the First United Methodist Church of Bainbridge.  The Rev. Stephen Webb will officiate.  Lenny Widener, Larry Elkins, Forrest Elkins, George Grimsley, Jimmy Pitisci, and Joe Widener will serve as pallbearers.   Interment will follow in Oak City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour before the service, beginning at 10:00.

Mary Ruth Widener was born April 26, 1926 in Bainbridge.  Her parents, Lee Vesta Widener and Mae Dee Harrell Widener have preceded her in death.  After graduating from Bainbridge High School, Mary Ruth traveled to Atlanta and began a career in banking.  There, she met the love of her life, Peter Turney Gilliam.  In 1949, she and Pete married.  They lived many years in Thomson, Georgia.  Mary Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Thomson.  She was a dedicated, active member of the Thomson church.  In Thomson, she owned and managed the Village Outlet Store.  She and her husband moved to Bainbridge and Mary Ruth continued to actively serve at First Methodist Church of Bainbridge.  For many, many years she journaled her daily life.  She recorded her thoughts, interactions with family and friends, celebrations, prayer needs, and answered prayers each and every day.  Gran Mary, as most people knew her, was kind and loving. Gran Mary loved Georgia Bulldog Football.

Mary Ruth Gilliam is survived by her son, Russell Gilliam and wife, Donna of Thomson, Georgia; sister, Betty Widener Elkins of Bainbridge; brother, William Widener and wife, Beverly of Bainbridge; grandchildren, John Poitevint (Cis), Paige Jones (Adam), Kelly Poitevint, Turner Gilliam, and Alex Gilliam; great-grandchildren, Callie Jones and Hunter Jones; sisters-in-law, Liz Widener and Nita Widener; sons-in-law, Bo Poitevint and Joe LeRoy.   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughters, Gail Gilliam Poitevint and Diane Gilliam LeRoy.

The family wants to thank the staff of Memorial Manor, Kindred Hospice and Dr. Sydney Cochran for the care and love they have shown Gran Mary.

Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the First United Methodist Church Roof Fund, P. O. Box 541, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818.

On-line condolences may be sent at  Cox Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Austin Bayne Kelley

Gibson, GA- Austin Bayne Kelley, 27, passed away November 11, 2018 in an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held November 16, 2018 in the Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Mary Griswell & Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Gregg & Renae Kelley, of Gibson, fiancé, Jenna Brown of Waynesboro, maternal grandparents, Charles & Elizabeth Hadden, of Gibson, uncle & aunt, Scott & Paula Kelley, paternal grandfather, Jimmy Kelley of Edgehill, uncles & aunt, Anthony & Jodi Kelley, cousins, David, Catherine, Nolan & Jolee.

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

Bobby Kenneth Kitchens

Gibson, GA-Mr. Bobby Kitchens, 90, entered into rest November 15, 2018.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 45 years, Eulawynne Kitchens; sons, Billy Frank Kitchens (Linda) of Hephzibah, Dean Reese of Gibson; daughters, Barbara Sharpe (Jerry)of Waynesboro, Sue Martin (Luther) of Hephzibah; 14 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 19, 2018 at the Mitchell Methodist Church with Rev. Clarence Thompson and Rev. Mary Griswell officiating.

 Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Delle Cameron McFadden

Thomson, GA – Ms. Margaret Delle McFadden, 41, entered into rest November 11, 2018.

She is survived by her parents Charles McLean Cameron, Jr. and Sally Story Cameron, her husband, Joe McFadden and two daughters, Cameron Smith and Anna McFadden.

A memorial service was held November 16, 2018 in the chapel of Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, with Pastor Lanis Lewis and Pastor Terry Bonds officiating.  

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia in charge of arrangements.

James Richard Mullis

Thomson, GA- Mr. James Richard “Jim” Mullis, 87, entered into rest November 15, 2018.

Survivors include his daughters, Jamie M. Sewell (Stephen) of Thomson, Karen Henry (Robert); sister, Wynette Bishop (Jimmy) of McDonough; grandchildren, Michael Crosby (Sabrina) of Hephzibah, Alecia Clements (Casey) of Swainsboro, J. R. Mullis II, Camille) of Arizona, Chris Mullis (Brittany) of Thomson and Mikayla Mitchell of Swainsboro, Kaleigh Crosby of Arizona, Charlee Crosby of Harlem, Taylor Shaw,  River Jones Clements, of Swainsboro, Bentley and Brodie Mitchell of Swainsboro, Koen and Lily Clare Mullis of Thomson and Ricky and Jackson Mullis of Arizona.

Funeral services were held November 18, 2018 at Sweetwater Baptist Church with Pastors Bryant Neal and Chris Smith officiating.

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

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