Friday, March 17th – Obits (4)

Ed Corbin

Mr. Edmond “Ed” Corbin, age 66, of LaGrange, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Corbin was born January 20, 1951 in North Carolina, and lived in South Carolina for many years before making his home in Georgia. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Tucker of LaGrange; brothers and sisters in-law, Tommy and Nancy Corbin of Hogansville, Calvin and Kathy Corbin of Luthersville; sister, Lisa Tiller of Riverdale; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edmond Irvin Corbin, and his sister, Rachel Knight. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Jody Mitchell officiated and interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be expressed at

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


Juanita Murphy

Mrs. Juanita M. Murphy, of the Rocky Mount Community of Meriwether County, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Born October 2, 1942, in Gwinnett County, Mrs. Murphy was the daughter of the late Lawsha and Lottie Belle Little Mauldin. She attended Truett McConnell College in Cleveland and had lived in Meriwether County since 1963. She was a former branch manager for First American Bank in Luthersville, had been a small business owner, and served as bookkeeper for Murphy Dairy. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and had served two terms as a member of the Meriwether County School Board, but she considered her most important work to be a caring and loving grandmother. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Arnold Murphy; daughter and son in-law, Susanne and Richard Law; sons and daughter in-law, Kenneth and Debbie Murphy and Winfred Murphy, all of Rocky Mount; sister, Elaine Hoffman of Dublin; brothers, Howard Mauldin of New Orleans, La., Howell Mauldin of Lincolnton, and J. P. Mauldin of Montgomery, Ala.; and grandsons, Jim Law, Lane Law, James Murphy, and Trevor Murphy. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, at Bethel Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. The Reverend Kenny Heinzel will officiate and interment will be in the Luthersville Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 Thursday night. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 755, Luthersville, GA 30251. Condolences may be expressed at

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

Maria O S Kern

Mrs. Maria O S Kern, age 62, of LaGrange passed away peacefully at her home early Monday morning surrounded by her husband and special friends. Maria was born September 23, 1954 in Newark New Jersey to the late Ihor John & Anna Skala. She served her country in the United States Navy having obtained the highest rank of Lieutenant and proudly received the following Medals and ribbons: Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon: Navy and Marine Corp Overseas Service Ribbon: National Defense Service Medal” Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Maria retired from the State of Florida Felony Probation Department and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange. Survivors include, Her Husband, Michael W. (Mike) Kern, LaGrange, GA and a number of special friends. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday from the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Jan Tolbert & Dr. Harry Barrow officiated. The body of Mrs. Maria Kern will lie in state at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral hour. Interment will follow Friday at 10:30 A.M. from the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton Georgia with military honors accorded. The family received friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home.  Please join the family in honoring the life of Mrs. Maria O S Kern by visiting and posting your tributes and memories

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

William “Bill” M. McClellan Jr.

Dr. William “Bill” M. McClellan Jr., age 69, of LaGrange, Georgia passed away March 09, 2017 at Emory University Hospital.

Dr. McClellan was born March 30, 1947 in Alexandria Virginia to Barbara Blalock Cruit and William M. McClellan Sr.  He was a graduate of Ensley High School in Birmingham Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. McClellan completed medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his fellowship in renal medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. He also received a MPH degree from Emory University.

Dr. McClellan moved to LaGrange in 1976 and began his medical practice with Clark-Holder Clinic while also serving as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Emory University.  He became deeply involved in the community, teaching adult Sunday School at the First Baptist Church and serving on the Troup 2000 initiative, among other activities.  In 2005, Dr. McClellan retired his medical practice in LaGrange and took an appointment as a full professor of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health and medicine at Emory University.

Dr. McClellan’s long research career focused on racial and other disparities in health outcomes related to chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, hypertension and the quality of care for patients.  He combined strong expertise in clinical medicine, epidemiology, and health services research and this was reflected in over 240 publications and service to national and international advisory groups.  In addition, he directly supervised 12 Ph.D. students and mentored countless others.

Despite his distinguished professional career, Dr. McClellan found plenty of time to enjoy life.  He was an avid reader, gardener, sailor, hiker, and world traveler. During Saturdays in the fall, he could also be reliably found watching Alabama football.  He took a deep interest in anyone he met and always tried to help them achieve their best.

Dr. McClellan is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Ann Chambers McClellan; his sisters Madeline Mercer and Debbie Schuelke, and brother Richard Cruit; his children, William “Bill” McClellan III (Phabiola), Jennifer Nelson (Scott), and Chandler McClellan (Jessica); and his grandchildren David, Joshua, Alex, Langston, William, and Abigail.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, LaGrange GA.  Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the First Baptist Church on the Square, LaGrange, GA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LaGrange College (note for nursing endowment in memory of Dr. McClellan) or to the Literacy Volunteers of Troup County, 200 Main Street Suite 201, LaGrange, Georgia 30240.

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Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.