Friday November 11th – OBITS (6)

Wilbur R. Kelley

Mr. Wilbur Reed Kelley, age 85,  of Grantville, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Mr. Kelley was born October 30, 1931, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, son of the late Conrad and Cora B. Kelley. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, he lived in Clayton County before making his home in Grantville and retired as a mechanic from Consolidated Freight Lines. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hogansville. Survivors include his wife, Mary Kelley of Grantville; daughters and son in-law, Cynthia and David Burnley of Marietta, Sandra Mayes of Grantville;  sons and daughters in-law, Richard and Lynn Kelley of Sharpsburg, Daniel Kelley of Grantville, John Kelley of Florida, Robert and Jack Kelley of Arlington, TX; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and other family members, Pete Lehman and Margaret Lehman. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with military honors by the U. S. Navy.  The Reverend Frank Sledge officiated. Condolences may be expressed at

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



Barry Bennett

Mr. Barry Bennett, age 74, of LaGrange, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016, at Hospice LaGrange. Mr. Bennett was born May 21, 1942, in Hogansville, son of the late Walter and Ruth Lowery Bennett. A 1964 graduate of LaGrange College, he served in the Army Reserves and retired after a long career with Aetna Insurance Company, having worked in New Orleans, Charlotte, Columbia and retiring as the claims manager for the Pittsburgh property and casualty department. He returned to Troup County in 1996, was a member of the First Baptist Church on the Square, the Highland Country Club, and the Gala Senior Golf Association. Mr. Bennett was a member and past president of the LaGrange College Alumni Association and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. Survivors include his daughter and son in-law, Laurie and Michael Burkett of Hogansville; grandchildren, Ashtyn Burkett and Taylar Burkett; and several cousins, including Janice Garner and Mike Eley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melanie S. Bennett. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Max McCord officiated and interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 Wednesday night.            Condolences may be expressed at

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



Viola Davis Johnson

Viola Davis Johnson, age 76, of Manchester, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Columbus Hospice. A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at First Assembly of God Church, Manchester. Pastor Robbie Shirah officiated. Ms. Johnson was born August 3, 1940 in Woodbury the daughter of Minnie Reddin Davis and Floyd Monroe Davis. She had work at Playtex International, Milliken Mills and Goody Products, all in Manchester. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church. Ms. Johnson was the widow of Fred Mac Johnson and was also preceded in death by her parents and her son, Fred Mac Johnson, Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Shearouse of Hamilton; her sister, Lillian Fuller of Gulf Shores, AL; her brother, James Robert Davis of Manchester; four grandchildren, Mallory Closson and her husband, Phil of Destin, FL, James Logan Shearouse of Barnesville, Grayson Todd Shearouse of Woodbury, Nicole Shearouse of Woodbury and one great grandchild, Christian Closson of Destin, FL. Please sign the online register at

Cox Funeral Home, Manchester was in charge of arrangements.



Mary Rebecca Combs Smith

Mrs. Mary Rebecca Combs Smith, age 85, of LaGrange, passed away on November 7, 2016 at the Hospice LaGrange. Mrs. Smith was born on June 29, 1931 in Gadsden, Alabama to the late Alvin Combs and Mary Gardner Combs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis L. Smith and 11 siblings. Survivors include her son, Aaron Smith and his wife Helen of LaGrange; sister, Inez Hall of LaGrange; grandson, Brandon Smith and his wife Lindsay of LaGrange; great grandchildren, Braylon Smith and Ellie Smith; extended family and friends.  Mrs. Smith retired as a nurse with the Brian Center Nursing Care. Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel. Interment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens. Family received friends on Wednesday evening from 5-8 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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



Mary J. Hancock

Mrs. Mary J. Hancock, age 95, of Valley, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Lakewood Senior Living Center in Valley. She was born on August 18, 1921 in Fairfax, Alabama to the late Lilla and Jessie Jones. Mrs. Hancock was a lifelong resident of the Fairfax Community and a member of the Fairfax First Baptist Church.  She had been a very active member of her the church and was a retired employee of West Point Pepperell. She is survived by her daughters, Laura (Stell) Gray, Manette (Doug) Kramer; grandchildren, Brian (Heather) Gray, Drew (Meagan) Kramer, Ryan (Meghan) Kramer; six great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hoyt Hancock; sister and her husband, Jessie and Lewis Askew. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2:00P.M. at the Fairfax Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Ledbetter officiated. There is no visitation planned prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Fairfax First Baptist Church Lottie Moon Fund in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home directed services.



Anna E. Morgan White

Anna E. Morgan White was born in Troup County, Georgia to the late Mr. James Morgan, Sr. and Mrs. Mildred Strickland Morgan. This child was one of God’s musical gifts and her gift was singing and playing the piano. Anna’s LOVE FOR MUSIC was evident at an early age. She has been a psalmist all of her life. She was well-known in the community and remembered for playing the piano and keyboard for multiple churches throughout this area. One thing Anna enjoyed doing was singing right next to her mother Mildred Morgan. They would sing duets all over town; Mother Mildred taking the soprano part and Anna singing alto or tenor. At an early age, she joined the Stateline Baptist Church in Glenn, Georgia and later in life was a pianist for that same church. Throughout her life, Anna was active in church. In addition to singing and playing, she was an usher. On March 23, 1963, she and Aaron White, Jr. were united in Holy Matrimony in Flint, Michigan. There were three sons born to this union, Rodney Tyrone White, Michael White, and Calvin White; and three grandchildren; Draveious, Christopher, and Briana.

In addition to her LOVE FOR MUSIC; she also enjoyed playing soft ball, basketball, clarinet, being a cheerleader, and a majorette. Anna was employed at the West Georgia Health Department for 29 years where she still had a very close relationship with several of her coworkers even until the day she died. (As she called them her OLD LADY GANG!!!) Anna White was well-known for her laughter and her comedic personality. She did not mind telling you verbally just how she felt and dared you to say anything back to her!! Anna and her sons were good at playing jokes on each other and others. Most of all, she was very proud of her sons, grandsons, granddaughter, and great grandchildren. She tried her best to make it to every milestone in their lives! Family was very important to her and she will be missed by us all! On Friday, November 4, 2016, Anna E. Morgan White went home to be with the Lord at the age of 74. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Rodney Tyrone White; two siblings, Richard Lee Morgan and Mildred Imogene Morgan; and sister-in-law, Gwen Morgan. As a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend; she leaves to celebrate her life, two sons, Michael White, and Calvin (Latrice) White; three grandchildren; Dr. Draveious (Carmen) White, Christopher Calvin Malone, and Briana Leverette; one special adopted grandchild, Shamya Leverette; twin great grandchildren, Abcde’ “Abby” White and Asaan “Ace” White who were her pride and joy; siblings, James Marshall Morgan, Syble Reid, and Shantras Morgan Johnson; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and friends! The Musical Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Dr. W.T. Edmondson will officiate. Burial will follow at Meadoway Gardens Cemetery. The family will be at their home at 217 Niles Street.

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