Monday, February 27th – Obits (6)

Bob Williams

Mr. Robert “Bob” Williams, age 76 of the Rocky Mount Community in Meriwether County, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin. Born March 14, 1940 in Atlanta, Mr. Williams was the son of the late John Robert Williams and Helen Fargason Williams. A convenience store owner, Mr. Williams had owned and operated several stores in the Atlanta area before moving to Meriwether County where he opened Williams Country Store in Rocky Mount.  He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Survivors include his sons and daughter in-law, Thomas Williams and Robert and Felicia Williams, both of Rocky Mount; daughter and son in-law, Lisa and Tim Muller of Breman; grandchildren, Trey Northrop, Joeli Morris, Cecil Alexander Williams, Robert Dean Williams, and Reid Thomas Williams; and a great-grandson, Thomas Ryder Northrop. In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Carol Williams and a sister, Helen Nelson. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at the graveside in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Rocky Mount. Reverend Kenneth Heinzel officiated. Condolences may be expressed at

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



Daniel Vincent Winkles

Daniel Vincent Winkles, five year-old son of Renee and Daniel Winkles of Grantville, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Daniel was born June 5, 2011, in Atlanta and lived in Grantville all of his life. In addition to his parents, Daniel is survived by his twin sister, Danielle Lee Winkles, and his other sisters and brothers, Sylvia Steele, Corey Winkles, Teresa Winkles, Luke Winkles, Elizabeth Winkles, Beulah Winkles, Titus Winkles, Aeolian Winkles, Sara Winkles, Simon Winkles, Jericho Winkles;  his grandparents, Mary and Billy Ray Steele of Hogansville, Andy and Carol Winkles of Newnan, Nawanna Winkles and her fiancée Hiram Massengale of Wedowee, AL; his MiMi, Kelly Winkles of Newnan; and great-grandparents, Lottie Steele of Franklin, Thomas and Lana Faye Winkles of Hogansville, Bernice and Tom Morrey, of Carrollton. A funeral mass was conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, at St. George Catholic Church in Newnan. Father Henry Atem officiated and interment was in the Grantville Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

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

Ricky L. Hand

Mr. Ricky L. Hand, age 64, of LaGrange, passed away, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Dodge County Hospital in Eastman. Mr. Hand was born August 13, 1952, in Hogansville, son of the late Jessie Mae Davis Hand and the late Joseph Lem Hand. A 1972 graduate of Hogansville High School, he was a lifelong resident of Troup County, was Baptist by faith, and was a former deputy for the Troup County Marshall’s Office.  He was a dedicated Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons fan. Survivors include his daughter, Kasey Lee Pruitt of LaGrange; and his grandchildren, Madison, Kaleb and Conner.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Randy R. Hand. A graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 24, in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville. Condolences may be expressed at

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




Jesse “J.L.” Johnson

Mr. Jesse “J.L.” Johnson, age 89, of Valley, AL passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at his residence. He was born on October 5, 1927 in LaFayette, AL to the late Jesse D. Johnson and Gladys King. Mr. Johnson is survived by his six children, Mary (Ron) Buford of Zionsville, IN, Geraldine Hiett of Anniston, AL, Linda (Bobby) Tolbert of Valley, AL, Brenda Anderson of Lanett, AL, Jonathan (Jaime) Johnson of Lakeland, FL, and Jordan (Brett) House of Lakeland, FL; four siblings, Dianne K. Shelnutt of West Point, GA, Claude Johnson of New Baltimore, MI, Norman (Sheryl) Johnson of Petaluma, CA, and Floyd (Rosie) Johnson of Lakeland, FL; eleven grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by five siblings, Helen Curvin, Juanita Sinclair, Doris Osborne, Frank Johnson, and Gale King; granddaughter, Jessica Johnson; son-in-law, Jerry W. Hiett. Mr. Johnson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shawmut. He was an adventurous gentleman who loved his family, God, his church, and to travel. He always had a smile on his face. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Rev. Chuck Anderson and Rev. David Johnson officiated. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family received friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Please visit our website at to light a candle or to leave a condolence for the family.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed services.



Mattie Mae Walter Cotton

Mattie Mae Walter Cotton was born February 5, 1943 to the late, Will Lesley and Lilla Mae Walter in Whitesville, Georgia. “Matt” as she was known, was the oldest of five children. She joined Roe’s Chapel U. M. Church at a very early age and worked faithfully until her health failed. Matt graduated from Carver High School in Hamilton, Georgia in 1962. She eased into a Heavenly Sleep Saturday, February 18, 2017. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Will Lesley, Jr.

She will truly be missed. She leaves to mourn her memories, her four children: one daughter, Jennifer (Randy) Wright; three sons, Ferrance Walter, LaGrange, GA; Gregory Walter, Whitesville, GA; Demarico (Joann) Cotton, Valley, AL; three grandsons, Morrell (Necole) Walter, Jacarious Davis, Ja’Mariquon Davenport; two sisters, Shelby Reed and Gloria Walter, Atlanta, GA; one brother, Robert Lewis (Pat) Walter, Marietta, GA; two great grandchildren whom she loved so much, Montana Mix and Javin Tillman; two nieces, Romedia and Ciara Walter; two nephews, Robert Lewis, Jr. and Christopher Terry; two aunts, Mollie Leverett and Louise Lovett; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Walter; many cousins and friends; and adopted daughter, Irma Copeland. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday at 1:00 PM at Roe’s Chapel U. M. Church. Pastor Julian Warner officiated. Burial followed at the Church Cemetery.

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

Rosa Lee Myles

Rosa Lee Myles was born March 3, 1947 to the late, James and Ellen Hardy. She was the ninth of thirteen children. She graduated from Ethel W. Kight, Class of 1965. After graduation, she moved to New York City. In 1994, she returned to LaGrange and began working at Concept Packaging, where she later retired. Rosa was a faithful member of the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, where she served as the President of the Mission Ministry. She also enjoyed singing on the Senior Choir. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and word search puzzles. On Sunday, February 19, 2017, at WellStar West Georgia Hospice; Rosa Lee Myles departed this life. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cleveland Myles; four brothers, Douglas Patterson, Willie Hardy, Henry Hardy, and Melvin Hardy; three sisters, Eria Wilkerson, Ruby Love, and Missouri Hardy; and a special young lady, Miata Whitfield. She leaves to cherish her memories, three brothers: Charlie (Minnie) Hardy, Nathaniel Hardy, and Larry Hardy; two sisters: Alice Hightower and Mary Major, all of LaGrange, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday at 11:00 at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. Pastor W.C. Thornton officiated. Burial followed at Southview Cemetery. The family was at their home at 900 Houston Street and received friends in the Chapel of Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home on Friday from 6:00-7:00.

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