Wednesday November 9th – OBITS (8)

Betty Gunnin

Mrs. Betty Lowe Gunnin, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016, at her home. Mrs. Gunnin was born January 20, 1931, in Cherokee County, daughter of the late Sylvester and Maryann Thompson Lowe. A resident of Meriwether County for 44 years, she retired from Eckerd Distribution Center in Newnan after more than 20 years of service. She and her late husband, E.T. (Gene) Gunnin loved to square-dance and enjoyed visiting casinos. Survivors include her sons and daughters in-law, Robin and Celia Gunnin of Greenville, Randy and Vickie Gunnin of Luthersville, Ryan (George) and Vicki Gunnin of Tyrone; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Raymond Gunnin officiated. An interment service was at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 7, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Condolences may be expressed at

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


Norman Freeman

Mr. James Norman Freeman, age 70, of the Corinth Community of Heard County, passed away at his home.       Mr. Freeman was born February 24, 1946, in Coweta County, son of the late John Tyler Freeman and Clara Louise Hogan Freeman. He lived in Coweta County most of his life, retired as a foreman from Atlanta Pre-Cast, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grantville. Survivors include his daughter, Kay Fowler of Grantville; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Scott Freeman; a great-grandson; sister, Vickie Freeman Head; and brother, John McArthur Freeman.        The funeral service was conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7 in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville.The Reverend Jody Mitchell and the Reverend Render Freeman officiated and interment was in the Grantville Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

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



R.D. “Toopie” Perkerson

R.D. “Toopie” Perkerson, age 78, of Talbotton, Georgia passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Morningside Assisted Living  in Columbus, Georgia. Visitation for Mr. Perkerson was held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Cox Funeral Home, Manchester. A Private interment services will be held by the family at a later date. Mr. Perkerson was born February 11, 1938 in Greenville, Georgia the son of the late Lurlene Sivell Perkerson and Cecil Edward Perkerson. He was a veteran of the United States Army and spent most of his working career as a cattle farmer and timber logger. He was a member of the Greenville United Methodist Church and was an avid outdoorsman with memberships in the Meriwether County Cattleman’s Association and the Day Lilly Club of Columbus where he was received many awards for transplanting his plants and flowers. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Glenda Callier Perkerson. Survivors include his son, Chris (Lea) Perkerson of Columbus, Georgia; daughter, Leanne (Daniel) Ligget of West Point, Georgia; grandsons, Andrew and Aaron Ligget of West Point, Georgia; step-granddaughter, Emily Abbott of Aurora, Colorado; brother, Cecil “Buddy” Perkerson of Manchester, Georgia; sisters, Annie “Toots” (Edward) Hobson of Greenville, Georgia and Jane (Herman) Cone of Atlanta, Georgia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Centerville Cemetery Fund c/o People’s Bank of Talbotton or to the charity of one’s choosing. Please visit to sign the online guestbook to leave condolences for the Perkerson family.

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



Sarah Dawn Bridges Thompson

Sarah Dawn Bridges Thompson, age 62, of Albany, Ga., passed away Friday, October 28, 2016 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. A memorial service was held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ellerslie. Dr. Tommy Henschel officiated. The family  received friends immediately following the service at the church. Dawn was born February 10, 1954 in Columbus, Ga., the daughter of Foy Emory Bridges and Anna Leola Toucher Bridges. She was a graduate of Harris County High School and had worked as a secretary for Eaton and Bridges Electronics. She attended Albany Grace Presbyterian Church in Albany, Ga. where she was very active. She was a good hearted, kind and loving person. She was fun to be around; the world was a brighter place for those who knew her. She will be painfully missed. In addition to her parents, Dawn was preceded in death by two brothers; Joseph Foy Bridges and Daniel B. “Danny” Bridges; and her step-mother, Daisye Jean Smith.

Survivors include her spouse, Thomas Gilman “Gil” Eaton of Albany, his children, Jana McCain Griffin, Thomas G. Eaton, and five grandchildren. Dawn is also survived by two brothers, Foy Emory Bridges III of Waverly Hall, Ted Bridges (Sherri) of Hamilton, Andrew Fletcher Bridges (Vicki) of Pine Mountain Valley; two sisters-in-law, Abby L. Bridges of Pine Mountain Valley, Shelene M. Bridges of Ellerslie, and several nieces and nephews. Flowers will be accepted or those who desire may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Roosevelt Memorial Church in Pine Mountain Valley, Ga. Online condolences may be offered at

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



Dorothy Virginia Ferrell Turner

Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Ferrell Turner, age 99, of LaGrange, passed away on November 3, 2016 at the Hospice LaGrange. Mrs. Turner was born in LaGrange on August 15, 1917 to the late Ben Hill Ferrell and Roxie Robertson Ferrell. Mrs. Turner retired from Platex and was a long time member of the First Baptist Church on the Square. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Turner; granddaughter, Angela Wooley Davis; sons in law, Howard Gilbert and Daniel A. Woolley.  Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis Gail Gilbert of Belton, Texas and Dorothy (Dottie) Turner Woolley of Newnan; brother, Lawrence Ferrell and his wife Sylvia of Carrollton; eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; extended family. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel. Dr. Paul Baxter and Rev. Paul Blair officiated and sharing in music. Instrumental music will be provided by Anthony Criswell.  Interment followed at the Restlawn Memory Gardens. Family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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



Timothy Chris Walker

Mr. Timothy Chris Walker, age 52, of Lanett, Al passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Walker is survived by his mother and stepfather, Ella “Ann” and Tony Brown; his three children, William (Lindsey) Walker, Rachel Walker, and Travis (Minnie) Andrews; his nine grandchildren, William Walker, Jr., Brice Walker, Emily Walker, Jade Walker, Bubba Walker, Cameron Andrews, Graysen Andrews, Ginamarie Andrews, and Ariel Andrews; his brother, Ronald E. Walker; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tina Walker; his father, William Johnson “Jr.” Walker. Mr. Walker was born on February 28, 1964 in LaGrange, GA. He always helped those in need and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding dirt roads. He loved playing with his grandchildren and nieces. Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11:00 am (EDT) at the graveside in Fairfax Cemetery. The family received friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Visit our website at to sign the online guestbook.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed.



Betty Sue Bishop

Mrs. Betty Sue Bishop, age 79, of Opelika, went to be with the Lord on November 5, 2016. Mrs. Bishop was born on March 28, 1937 in Fayette, Alabama to the late Felix Sprinkle and Susie Keaton Sprinkle.

She was a member of the Beulah Baptist Church. She loved her family, her church, and her church family.  She loved to cook for her family. Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest F. Bishop; sons, Rodney and Johnnie. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 11:00A.M. EST at the Beulah Baptist Church. Rev. Mitchell Smith and Rev. Jim Dykes officiated. Burial followed at Shady Grove Cemetery. Her family received friends at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley Monday evening from 6:00P.M. until 8:00P.M. Survivors include her daughters, Betty Genevia (Carl) Cupp, Patty Bishop, Judy Craven; special granddaughter, Jessica (Brandon) Bolt; special grandsons, Greg Bishop, Carl Cupp, II; special great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Abigail Bolt; brother, Gene (Katherine) Sprinkle; sister, Ann Crutchfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; step-daughter, Barbara Freeman. Pallbearers will be Carl Cupp, II, Greg Bishop, Brandon Bolt, Dusty Bolt, Kevin Bishop, and Tony Sprinkle. Please visit our website at to sign the online guest book.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directed.



Mary Jean Mann

Mrs. Mary Jean Mann, age 66, of Cusseta, AL passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at her residence. Mrs. Mann is survived by her two sons, David O’Dell (Patricia) Mann of Salem and Chris (Stacy) Mann of Cusseta; four grandchildren, David Michael Mann, Tiffany Shyanne Mann, Michael Donald Bunn, and Seth Edward Mann; brother, Jim (Bonnie) Compton, Jr.; numerous cousins; close friend, Louise Ray. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack O’Dell Mann. Mrs. Mann was born on June 22, 1950 in Columbus, GA. She enjoyed making children laugh and working in her photo studio. She dearly loved her family and her horses. She was the best mother in law Patricia and Stacy could have had. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. The family received friends after the service at the funeral home. Visit our website at to sign the online guestbook.

Directed by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley.