Friday March 11th – OBITS (6)

Baker

Aliska Steele Baker

Mrs. Aliska Steele Baker, age 57, of LaGrange, passed away at her home on March 9, 2016. Mrs. Baker was born on September 27, 1958 in Franklin to Isaiah Steele and Tommie Vaughn Steele. Her father preceded her in death as well as siblings Richard Scott Steele and Melinda Ann Steele. She and her family own and operate Lee’s Crossing Tire and Service here in LaGrange. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Terry Douglas Baker of LaGrange; children, Melinda Williams and her husband Charlie, Aliska Eaton and her husband Clay, Terry Baker, Jr. and his wife Kimberly and Steven Ray Baker and his wife Elizabeth all of LaGrange; brothers, Tom Steele and his wife Angie, Jack Steele and his wife Jo and James Steele; sisters, Sandra Cornwell and her husband Hugh, Elaine Nave and her husband Eddie and Jennifer Smith; eight grandchildren; extended family and many friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 11:00 am at Baptist Tabernacle with Rev. Jimmy McMillian, Rev. Aaron McCollough, and Rev. Donnie Benefield officiating. Interment will follow at the Meadoway Gardens. Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at Baptist Tabernacle. Online condolences may be sent to the family atwww.higginslagrangechapel.com.

Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


 

Tammy Hunt

Tammy Lee Hunt, age 53, of Hogansville, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Tammy was born February 20, 1963, in LaGrange, daughter of the late Hewlett Billy Hunt and Dorothy Hunter Hunt. A graduate of Hogansville High School, she was a veteran of service in the U.S. Army, and lived in Mississippi before returning to Hogansville 10 years ago. She had been employed as a pipefitter and attended Hogansville Church of God. Survivors include her son, Ronnie Hunt; sister, Marsha Hunt Drake and her husband Buddy of Atlanta; brothers, Ray Hunt and Billy Hunt and his wife Sarah, all of LaGrange. She was a loving aunt to her nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Randall Hodge will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 until 3 Saturday afternoon. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


 

Mr. John M. Freeman, Jr.

Mr. John Milton Freeman, Jr., age 63, of Hogansville, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Hospice LaGrange. Mr. Freeman was born February 1, 1953, in Atlanta, son of the late John Milton Freeman and Ada Little Freeman McDonald. A resident of Hogansville for the past fifteen years, he was Baptist by faith and had been employed as a pneumatic instrument fitter. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Freeman of Hogansville; daughter, Stephanie Freeman and son, Steven Freeman, both of California; several step-children, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Ellen Twilley of Newnan, Melody Jean Atkins of Rock Mills, AL, and Paula Rae Bailey of Gay; brothers, James Lanier Waller of Fayetteville, Paul McDonald, Jr. of Newnan; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March11, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Dr. Clinton Hughes will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9 until 11 Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


 

Charlie L. Gardner

Charlie L. Gardner, age 77, of Columbus, Ga., passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 at Gentiva Hospice at Franciscan Woods in Columbus. Mr. Gardner was born January 25, 1939 in Troy, Alabama, the son of James Charles “J.C.” Gardner and Ruby Ruth McCarty Gardner. He was a 1958 graduate of Jordan High School in Columbus and afterwards worked at the Columbus Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He was self-employed as an automotive mechanic, specializing in foreign car service, and was considered to be one of the best foreign car specialists in the Columbus area. He loved NASCAR, and in his youth attended and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Columbus. Charlie was very much a “people person”, being able to strike up a conversation with anyone, and possessed personable traits that led him to being endeared by many who met him. Survivors include his two daughters, Sharon Martin of Cataula, and Kayleen Butler (Tom) of Talbotton; a son, Troy Gardner of Columbus; a brother, Stanley Gardner (Doris) of Columbus; five grandchildren, Steven Clegg, Jr., Brett Perrine (Becky), Ashley Perrine-Smith (Daniel), Jessica Holloway (Adam), and Jessi Martin; eight great-grandchildren; a step-daughter, Jennifer Hardin of Waverly Hall; a step-son, Jeff Hardin of Panama City Beach, FL.; and two step-grandchildren, Tori Hardin and Hunter Hardin. The family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation to the staff of MCICU of St. Francis Hospital, and Gentiva Hospice, for the professional and compassionate care given to Charlie as well as his family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please sign the online registry at www.coxfh.com.

Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton, Ga, is in charge of arrangements.


 

Jack Lane Colquett

Jack L. Colquett died peacefully at his home in Pine Mountain, Georgia of congestive heart failure less than a month before his 83rd birthday. Funeral services was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Roosevelt Memorial Church in Pine Mountain Valley. Rev. Keith Jennings officiated. Interment followed at Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery with George Cox, William Thompson, Steve Jones, Ken Childs, Bill Collins, and Les Sanders serving as pallbearers. Visitation was held an hour prior to the service at the church. Mr. Colquett is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Seay Colquett, a daughter, Dotty Cox and her husband George of Pine Mountain, a son Jason, and his wife Caroline of Schlater, MS, six granddaughters, Lessie Johnson and her husband Bryan, Sarah Thompson, Belle Colquett, Mary Nannette Colquett, Helen Colquett, and Lane Colquett, and five great-grandchildren, Hannah Thompson, William Thompson, Bailee Johnson, Ella Grace Johnson, and Emma Thompson. Also surviving are Mr. Colquett’s two brothers, Fred Colquett of Opp, AL, and Doug Colquett of Dothan, AL, and both of his sisters, Nell White and Belinda Bates of Opp, AL. Preceding Mr. Colquett in death are his parents, Lester Lugene Colquett, and Lydia Jewel Pelham Colquett. Jack Colquett was born on March 28, 1933 in Opp, AL on a 40-acre cotton farm in Covington County, AL where he attended a one-room schoolhouse when he was not helping his parents harvest their cotton crop by hand. At the age of 14, Mr. Colquett went to work at a local cotton gin in Opp, AL, working there on and off until after he graduated from high school. Mr. Colquett served as a corporal in the army during the Korean Conflict, and was honorably discharged from Fort Benning, GA at the war’s end. Mr. Colquett went to work at Lummus Cotton Gin Manufacturing in Columbus, GA, where he worked from 1953 until 1974 and was instrumental in the installation and operation of cotton gins around the world. In 1974, Jack and family moved to Schlater, Mississippi where he partnered into and later bought Crossroads Gin Co., Inc. While living in Schlater, Mr. Colquett was mayor of Schlater for 8 years. Jack and Mary Colquett retired from cotton ginning and moved to Pine Mountain, GA in 2005, where they have been active members of Roosevelt Memorial Interdenominational Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery Fund. Please sign the online guestbook to leave condolences for the family.

Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton, was in charge of arrangements.


 

Ronnie Cox

Mr. Ronnie Cox, of LaGrange, passed away on March 8, 2016 at his home. Mr. Cox was born on December 20, 1949 in Heard County to the late John Thomas Cox and Ella Mae Smith Cox. He was a Machinist by trade and retired from Kimberly-Clark with 23 years of service. Survivors include his wife Derita Cox; son, Wendell Lee Cox (Tammy); daughter, Tracy Frailey; grandchildren, Carmen Cranford (Reed), Christian Cox (Ted Miles), Luke Frailey (Wesleigh Whittle), Wyatt Frailey, Cody Frailey; great grandson, Brant Frailey; brother in law, Barry Cooley (Brenda); extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel with Rev. Donnie Benefield and Rev. Anthony Hovey officiating. Interment will follow at Meadoway Gardens. Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.higginslagrangechapel.com. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Hospice LaGrange, 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, Georgia 30240.

Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.