Wednesday, April 26th – Obits (6)

Luby Johnson

Mr. Luby Johnson, age 87, of Hogansville, passed away, Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Johnson was born July 30, 1929, in Harlan County, Kentucky, son of the late Claude and Mary Ward Johnson.  A resident of Hogansville most of his life, he was Baptist by faith and retired as a master mechanic from Uniroyal, Inc. after 46 years of service. He enjoyed camping and fishing and was also known to be able to design and build anything. He was a great musician and enjoyed performing for many years. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ethel Johnson; his twin sister, Ruby Haynes, both of Hogansville; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Luby Johnson. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Dr. Charles Chapman will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 5 until 8 Tuesday evening.         Condolences may be expressed at

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


Mary Magdalene Harvell Cole

Mrs. Mary Magdalene Harvell Cole, of LaGrange, passed away on April 22, 2017 at the Florence Hand Home. Mrs. Cole was born on July 21, 1926 in Cleburne, Alabama to the late Joe Harvell and Mae Wright Harvell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Lee Boggs.  Survivors include her husband, Melvin Douglas Cole of LaGrange;  sons, Robert Edward Boggs of Roanoke, Alabama and John David Boggs of LaGrange; brothers, Howard Harvell of California and Charles William Harvell (Rose) of LaGrange; sister, Nelda Hemm of Illinois; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel. Interment will follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12:00 pm until service hour at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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


Elda Jane Brunson

Elda Jane Brunson died peacefully in her sleep on April 23, 2016 in LaGrange, Ga. She was born in Texas and lived in Oklahoma and Florida before moving to Georgia. Jane was a beloved wife to Leland Brunson for almost 63 years. She was a loving mother to their children David and Julie. Jane was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she met Leland. In 1978 the family moved to Naples, Florida. They shared a beautiful life full of love, laughter and family. She is survived by her husband Leland, son David Brunson (Kelley) and daughter Julie Larragueta (Peter), six grandchildren Kamilah Brunson, Jackson Brunson, Tyler Brunson, Abigail Brunson, David Larragueta and Luke Larragueta and many more relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 25th 6pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church in LaGrange. We would like to thank the staff at Twin Fountains for the wonderful care they gave our mother the past two years.

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


Elizabeth Withrow

Mrs. Elizabeth Withrow, age 51, of West Point, Georgia passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. Mrs. Withrow was born in LaGrange, Georgia on October 7th, 1965, the daughter of Eddie and Gail Yearta of LaGrange. Beth was a graduate of the University of Georgia and a Certified Purchasing Manager. She was employed by West Point Stevens Retail for the majority of her career. She had a special love for animals and people. Beth is survived by her husband of 13 years, Huel Withrow; father, Eddie Yearta; brother, Ken Yearta, LaGrange, Georgia; brothers-in-law, Glandal and Nancy Withrow, Nashville, TN., Brant and Emmy Withrow, Charleston, West Virginia, Brent Withrow, Tennille, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:30 P.M. EDT at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point, Georgia. The family will be receiving friends at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, 3700 20th Avenue, Valley, Alabama 36854 on Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. EDT until 3:00 P.M. EDT. Please visit our website at to leave a condolence, share a memory, or to light a Remembrance Candle in Beth’s memory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the National Humane Society.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.


William Oliver (Dr. Pat) Hunnicutt III

William Oliver (Dr. Pat) Hunnicutt III, a retired dentist who proudly served his country, his family and his community, died April 23 at Hospice LaGrange. He was 73. Dr. Hunnicutt is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gail Hunnicutt; his daughter, Kim Hunnicutt Crawford and husband, Kyle; his son, Bill Hunnicutt and wife, Karyn; five grandsons, Will Hunnicutt, John Crawford, Harrison Hunnicutt, Charles Crawford and Davis Hunnicutt, all of LaGrange; brothers Jim Hunnicutt and wife Robyne, of LaGrange and Charles Hunnicutt of Athens. Dr. Pat was the son of the late Coach and Mrs. Oliver Hunnicutt and a 1961 graduate of LaGrange High School. He attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and earned a B.S. degree in zoology in 1965. He played football for the Bulldogs and was a member of the Letterman’s Club. As a senior on Coach Vince Dooley’s first team, he participated in the Sun Bowl. He received his DDS degree from Emory University Dental School in 1969 and was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, serving at Fort Polk, La. before deploying to Vietnam. Following military service, Dr. Hunnicutt returned to LaGrange, where he had a private dental practice for almost four decades. He was an elder of First Presbyterian Church and an alumnus of Leadership Georgia. He served as a director of Commercial Bank and Trust of LaGrange, a Synovus Bank, for 34 years. Earlier this year, local University of Georgia alumni, with support from the Callaway Foundation, established The Gail and William Oliver (Dr. Pat) Hunnicutt III Scholarship, honoring the couple for distinguished leadership to the university and lifelong service to Troup County. The endowed scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding UGA student who is a resident of Troup County. Diagnosed with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis in 2012, Dr. Pat faced the debilitating illness with courage and an upbeat attitude that inspired all who knew him. In 2013, he was honoree of the Ely Callaway Hospice Golf Tournament and was named grand marshal of the LaGrange Christmas parade.

Visitation was held on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary of LaGrange. Following private burial, a memorial service will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Gail and William Oliver (Dr. Pat) Hunnicutt III Scholarship, c/o University of Georgia Foundation, 394 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA. 30602-5582. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary


William (Bill) Surridge Newman

William (Bill) Surridge Newman, age 80, of LaGrange, GA passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Bill was born January 16, 1937 in LaGrange, GA to the late James Rufus Newman and Flossie Agnus Gardner Newman.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange and the LaGrange Amateur Radio Club. Bill faithfully served his country in the United States Marines and was a member of the Marine Corp League. He was the owner and operator of the family business, Newman Construction Company and had been very active with the Red Cross. Bill was currently employed with the City of LaGrange as a Building Official. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Harris Newman; two brothers, James Gardner Newman and John Rufus Newman. Survivors include his wife, Mary Leown Newman; sons, William Michael Newman, Donald Surridge Newman, and Ralph Edward Newman; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Shadowlawn Cemetery. Dr. Harry Barrow officiated.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange in memory of William (Bill) Newman. The family will gather at his home, 1017 Peninsula Dr. LaGrange, GA. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by

Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.