Monday September 12th – OBITS (7)

Lamar Haynes

Mr. Lamar Haynes, age 78, of Woodbury, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Warm Springs Nursing Home. Mr. Haynes was born February 18, 1938, in Newnan, son of the late Horace and Birdie Stancil Haynes. A long-time resident of Luthersville and Woodbury, he was a self-employed diesel mechanic, enjoyed working on cars, and was Baptist by faith. Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Winkles of Newnan; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 9, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Brother Ed White officiated and interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan. The family received friends at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Condolences may be expressed at

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



Fred Omar Pratt, Jr.,

Fred Omar Pratt, Jr., age 50, of Columbus, Ga., passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Columbus Hospice. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Pratt was born March 20, 1966 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, the son of Fred O. Pratt, Sr. and Barbara Johnson Pratt. He was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus where he assisted in caring for the church’s clothing for the needy ministry. He enjoyed video gaming and was a loving son and brother. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his mother, Barbara J. Pratt; two brothers, Paul Pratt (Denise) and Edwin M. Pratt III, all of Columbus; three nephews, Chris Pratt and Paul Pratt, both of Columbus, Jack Ridenour (Savannah) of Washington; and a niece, Angie Pratt of Columbus. Please sign the online registry at
Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton, Ga. was in charge of arrangements.



Matthew Thomas Johnson

Matthew Thomas Johnson, age 33, of Atlanta, Georgia and formerly of Hamilton, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 4, 2016 in the Auditorium of Harris County High School in Hamilton, Georgia. The family visited with friends and loved ones following the service at the high school. Matt was born June 28, 1983 in Columbus, Georgia to Phyllis Nix Johnson and Tommy Lee Johnson. Matt was a beautiful soul and he inspired everyone he interacted with. He was kind, humble, funny, smart, creative, cared for others before himself and deeply loved his family and friends. Matt was a gifted musician from an early age. In middle school he was the Head Chorister of the Columbus Boychoir, in high school he was the First Chair Trumpet at HCHS, and he went on to form his band The Dirty Souls. He was the lead singer, song writer, guitarist and played alongside his brother, Adam who was the drummer. Matt found his true passion in teaching music to young children through private lessons and camps. He not only helped these children discover their own musical passion and talent, but he also helped them through personal challenges by being their friend and mentor. As a child and teenager, Matt was active in the 4-H club and became a Master 4Her; he achieved a black belt in Taekwondo and played tennis and soccer for HCHS. Matt and his brother Adam enjoyed making others laugh together. He attended Valdosta State University. Matt was part of a loving family. Survivors include his parents, Tommy and Phyllis Johnson of Hamilton, Georgia; sister, Julie (Danny) White of San Mateo, CA; brother, Adam Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia; girlfriend, Lyndsay Sweeney of Atlanta, Georgia; nieces, Avery and Elle White; maternal grandmother, Ollie Jo Nix; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry Wilson and Tura Christine Johnson, and his maternal grandfather, Garland A. Nix, Sr. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Matt Johnson Music Scholarship Please sign the online guestbook at to leave condolences for the family.

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



Kenneth Earl Applewhite

Kenneth Earl Applewhite, age 59, of Columbus, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. A memorial service was held 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at St. Peter United Methodist Church, 6507 Moon Road, Columbus, GA 31909. Pastor Larry Rollins officiated. The family received friends in the Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the memorial service. Mr. Applewhite was born August 18, 1957 in Columbus, Georgia the son of Sylvia Davis Applewhite and Cecil Earl Applewhite. He was a veteran of the United States Army and worked as a self-employed Truck Driver. He was a member of St. Peter United Methodist Church and was a former active Mason. During his countrywide long hauls, Mr. Applewhite enjoyed the sights and scenes from states all over the U.S. He enjoyed many hobbies especially golf, whether playing at Maple Ridge Golf Club or watching the tournaments on TV. Most of all, he loved his family especially spending time with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Survivors include his wife, Tina Applewhite of Columbus, Georgia; children, Kelli Anne (Austin) Michaud of Columbus, Georgia and Travis Earl (Ashlee) Applewhite of Smiths Station, Alabama; grandchildren, Braylee and Browden Applewhite of Smiths Station, Alabama and Conner and Colton Michaud of Columbus, Georgia; parents, Sylvia and Cecil Earl Applewhite of Columbus, Georgia; siblings, Kitty (Hank) Flowers of Fortson, Georgia, Jeff (Sherri) Applewhite of Phenix City, Alabama, and Shawn (Jeanie) Applewhite of Cleveland, Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and dedicated canine companion, Winston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter UMC Building Fund, 6057 Moon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31909. Please sign the online guestbook at to leave condolences for the family.

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



Shirley Ann Heard

Mrs. Shirley Ann Heard was born July 6, 1955 in LaGrange, Georgia to the late, Vera Mae Billingslea and Willie McKinney, Sr. Shirley was united in Holy Matrimony to Bernell Heard, Sr. on August 15, 1977; he preceded her in death on January 2, 2015. Shirley was employed with S.O.S. Cleaners as a presser before becoming disabled. She was also a great childcare provider through her love and compassion for children. She later went back to school in her forties and received her High School Diploma from Sound Doctrine Christian Academy. She was a faithful and dedicated member of New Covenant Church and loved the Lord with all of his heart. Shirley entered into Eternal Rest on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at WellStar West Georgia Hospice with her family by her side. She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter, Sandra (Ricky) Tolbert; two sons, Pastor DanJel (Larissa) Heard, Sr. and Bernell (Charita) Heard, Jr., all of LaGrange, GA; eight grandchildren, Emmanuel (Candice) McKinney, Valley, AL; Daniel Heard, Ezekiel Heard, DanJel Heard, Jr., Christopher Heard, Jayden Ross, Harlen Coleman, and Jasmine Price; two great-grandchildren, Emmanuel McKinney, Jr., and Mary McKinney; a sister, Pastor Janice Willoughby; five brothers, Larry McKinney and Freddie Billingslea, all of LaGrange, GA; Albert McKinney, Atlanta, GA; Willie McKinney, Jr., Seattle, WA; and Matthew McKinney, NC; a special aunt, Willie Mae Morton, LaGrange, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Johnny Lee Thames 

Johnny Lee Thames was born in Washington, DC on October 19, 1956 to the late Johnnie Lee Thames Sr. and Daisy Mae Askew Thames. He was not born deaf but at the age of two years he became sick from lead poisoning. He received his education at Kendall Green School on the campus of Gallaudet College for the Deaf in Washington DC.

Johnny had some interesting jobs in the past, such as a worker in an ammunition industry, post office, airport and other interesting places. He enjoyed traveling. He had a strong faith in God, his affiliation was unknown to us since lived in Atlanta nevertheless he preached to us from time. On the morning of September 3, 2016 at 4:10 am, Johnny Lee Thames departed this life at Emory University Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Johnny had two sons, Ronrekay Gilbert of LaGrange, Georgia and Jalin Leon Ludd of Charleston, South Carolina; others left to cherish his memories are Silvia Burton Crawford, Deborah Thames, Vonne Thames, Valerie Cook, Reginald Thames, Joan Thames, Cameron Thames, and large host or nieces and nephews. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday at 2:00 at Faith Temple Church. Minister Larry West officiated. Burial followed at Southview Cemetery.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Norma Martinez

Norma Martinez, age 41, of 412 Jefferson Street passed away on Thursday at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday at 10AM at New Community Church. The family gathered Friday evening at Mackey-Wilson-Jennings Funeral Home.

A service entrusted to Mackey-Wilson-Jennings Funeral Home.