Wednesday, February 22nd – Obits (7)

Yvonne Neese

Mrs. Yvonne Green Neese, age 81, of Macon and formerly of Hogansville, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Magnolia Manor in Macon. Mrs. Neese was born April 28, 1935, in Hogansville, daughter of the late Wilbur Dorsey Green and Addie Smith Green Cheatham. A resident of Macon for many years, she was a retired administrative assistant. She lived in Hogansville from 1990 until 2016 and was a member of Highland Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons, Rev. Mike Fuller and his wife, Del of Macon, and Stan Smith, also of Macon; grandchildren, Gabe Fuller, Seth Fuller, and Skyler Smith; great-grandchildren, Gunnar, Gracyn and Gabby; niece, Vonnie Lee Hanson; and nephews, Bobby Ray Sheheane and Troy Sheheane. The funeral service was conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 20, at the graveside in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville. Reverend Mike Fuller officiated. Condolences may be expressed at

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


James Calvin Fuller, Sr. 

James Calvin Fuller, Sr., age 81 , of Warm Springs, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at West Georgia Hospice, LaGrange. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Mt. Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Garner officiated. Interment followed in Meriwethter Memory Gardens. David Fuller, Ronnie King, Trent Colwell, Gavin Gordy, Brandon Lanier and Austin Mitchell served as pallbearers. Mr. Fuller was born March 22, 1935 in Jackson, GA the son of I.D. Fuller and Mattie Blanche Clay Fuller. He retired from Perrless Mills in Thomaston and had previously worked at Callaway Mill in Manchester and in the maintenance department at Callaway Gardens. Mr. Fuller was a United States Marine Corp veteran and attended Salem Baptist Church. He was the widower of Elsie Lou Owens Fuller and was also preceded in death by his parents, one son, James Calvin “Tab” Fuller, Jr., one daughter, Angie Fuller, three sisters, Jeanette Doggett, Elizabeth Willard, Carol Smith and one brother, Horace Fuller. Survivors include his daughter, Vickie Benton and her husband, Jerry of Woodbury; his sons, Darron Fuller and his wife, Lala of Pine Mountain, Craig Fuller of Warm Springs; two sisters, Barbara Phillips and her husband, Jimmy of Warm Springs, Connie Lanier of Warm Springs; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Please sign the online register at

Cox Funeral Home, Manchester was in charge of arrangements.

Charles L. Hollaway, Jr.

Mr. Charles L. Hollaway, Jr., age 81, of LaGrange Georgia, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Florence Hand Home, LaGrange. Charles was born October 13, 1935 in Carroll County, Georgia, the son of Charles L. Hollaway, Sr. and Rilla Tyree Hollaway. Charles retired after working many years as a fixer for Milliken Textile, LaGrange. He is survived by his son Ronald Hollaway and fiancée Vicki Arrington; grandchildren, Shane Hollaway, Jeramie Hollaway, Christinia Knight and Lynn Thrailkill; great-grandchildren, Reif Hollaway, Denver Moon, Ashlyn Knight and many friends. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, Faye W. White Hollaway, one son, Ken Hollaway, four sisters and eight brothers. The family received family and friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held in Mr. Hollaway’s memory at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home with Rev. Bryan Geter officiating. Interment will follow in Meadoway Gardens Cemetery, LaGrange. Please join the family in honoring the life of Mr. Charles L. Hollaway Jr. by visiting and posting your tributes and memories.

Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Patricia Ann Boykin

Ms. Patricia Ann Boykin was born January 13, 1963 in LaGrange, Georgia to the late, Tom Freeman and Lenora Boykin. She was a member of Mt. Gillard Baptist Church, LaGrange, Georgia. Pat was an employee at LaGrange Nursing Home for twenty-six years until her demise. She loved braiding hair, music, cooking, and making everyone she came in contact with feel like family. Patricia closed her eyes to rest on Monday, February 13, 2017 at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange Georgia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children, LaTasha Boykin Cameron and Steven Carl Hightower, Jr.; aunt, Gaynell Hart and cousins, Janet Hart, Grace Hart, and Marvin Boykin. She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Keisha Boykin and MiEsha Boykin; four grandchildren, JaQuavious Hudson, Jatorry Boykin, TyCorry Boykin, and Nakayla Cotton; six siblings, Nathaniel (Marilyn) Boykin, Carolyn Delaney, LaGrange, GA; Donnie (Mary) Boykin, Valley, AL; Alfred (Lisa) Boykin, Fayetteville, GA; Shirley (Michael) Woodard and Michael (Renee) Boykin, LaGrange, GA; six godchildren, Charity Webb, LaShika Smith, Jessica Black, Tracey Hill, Raken Walker, Stephen Russell; favorite cousin, Marilyn Walker; two best friends, Nolette Dowell and Shirley Jackson; one special niece, Erica Chelcy; and a host of uncles, aunts, close relatives, family, and friends; and a special friend, Freddie White. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Eagles Nest Cathedral, East 10th Street, West Point, Georgia. Apostle Melvin A. Cartwright officiated. Burial followed at Southview Cemetery.

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



John Willie Barber

Mr. John Willie Barber, of West Point, GA passed away Friday, February 3, 2107 at his residence. Mr. John Willie Barber, the son of the late Mr. George and Cora Barber, was born April 3, 1920 in West Point, GA. He departed his earthly home on February 3, 2017 at his residence. Mr. John Willie Barber accepted Christ at his Lord and savior at an early age and united with Mt. Nebo Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and clerk until failing health. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Nina Bell Barber in 1941. His friendly disposition and attitude attracted all people. He was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need. John Willie Barber had a passion for repairing cars; He worked as a technician for many years. He enjoyed talking with friends and family and most of all serving God. He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. John Willie was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, Marvin Barber, George Barber and Sarah Barber. He leaves to cherish his precious memories; two daughters, Brenda Barber, Jonesboro, GA, and Joyce (Calvin) Missick, Freeport, BS; Willie Morris Barber, West Point, GA; two grandchildren, Antoine Perrymon, Atlanta, GA.; Marcus Dwayne Davis, West Point, GA.; three brothers, Cleve (Rosie Lee) Barber, Charlie (Synella) Barber and Pal (Lillian) Barber all West Point, GA, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

M.W. Lee Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.



Gerald (Jerry) Gilbert

Gerald (Jerry) Gilbert, age 83, passed away Saturday February 18, 2017 at West Georgia Hospice. Jerry was born on November 21, 1933 in Berlin, New Hampshire to the late Edward and Cecile Gilbert. In addition to his parents he was predeceased in death by his wife Kate, brother Louis Gilbert, and sister Doris Fortier. He is survived by his son Marlin (Susan) Gilbert and granddaughter Marci Gilbert of Thomaston, grandson Brett (Kelly) Gilbert of Atlanta, brother Bob (Helen) Gilbert of Richardsonville, Virginia, and several nieces and nephews including Ray Thomas and Reba Howard who assisted with his caregiving in his later years. He attended the Fourth Avenue / Callaway Park Church of God for many years, then Hilyer Baptist Church in more recent years. Jerry was a retiree of the US Army where he served one tour in Korea and two in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart while serving in Korea. After returning to LaGrange following his retirement from the military, he worked primarily for (and retired from) Darworth Company. Funeral Services for Mr. Gilbert were held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the Striffler-Hamby Chapel. Burial followed in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The Rev Mark Davenport and Cleve Moore officiated. The family received friends from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm just prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hilyer Baptist Church, 88 Lower Big Springs Road, LaGrange, GA 30241 OR City Light Church, 501 Fourth Avenue, LaGrange, GA 30240.

Striffler Hamby Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.



Posie Edward “Sonny” Freeman

Mr. Posie Edward “Sonny” Freeman, age 75, of LaGrange, GA passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Sonny was born January 3, 1942 in LaGrange, GA to the late Harold Ellis Freeman, Sr. and Selma Joy Lankford Freeman. He was retired from West Point Stevens, Dunson Mill and had an avid love for farming. Sonny was a faithful member of Harmony United Methodist Church and enjoyed being involved with church activities. Sonny never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by all. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Butler Freeman, sons, James Edward Freeman and Timothy John Freeman. He is survived by his second wife, Joyce Barnes Freeman; children, Amy Ward and her husband David, Marc Freeman and his wife Sierra, Sam Freeman and his wife Sandi, and Tania Freeman Lightsey and her husband Kevin; grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, Chesnee, Davin, Emma, David “DW”, Tanner, Spencer, and James Rhys; great grandchildren, Brayden Isaiah, James Edward “Skip”, and Zane Oliver; brother, Harold Ellis Freeman, Jr. and his wife Jan; sister, Mildred Runette Freeman Bishop and her husband Lamar; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Sheila Crow officiated. The gathering of family and friends was held from 2:00pm until service time at Harmony United Methodist Church. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by

Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.