OBITS- Monday, June 12th


Mary Sue Folds Harmon

Mrs. Mary Sue Folds Harmon, 94, of LaGrange, passed away June 8, 2017 at West Georgia Hospice.  Mrs. Harmon was born July 25, 1922 to the late William Franklin Folds and Annie Lee Dollar Folds, in LaGrange and lived there all her life.  She was a member of East Vernon Baptist Church along with many of the Folds family.  She worked for J. C. Penny in its downtown location for many years and was also a homemaker.  Mrs. Harmon loved her family first and foremost, and cherished her nieces and nephews of which she had many.  She loved to work in her yard tending to her plants and flowers and spent countless hours researching genealogy.

Mrs. Harmon was preceded in death by her husband, Larkin W. Harmon, son, Rodney L. Harmon, sisters, Annie Alma Folds, Jeanette Folds Cohen, Laverne Folds Richard, and Ludia Mae Folds Moore; brothers, Marvin, Ridley, Emmitt, Eddie B. and Albert and several nieces and nephews.  Left to treasure her memory are daughter, Mary Harmon Jordan and husband Walter (Rocky) of Walker, Louisiana several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and other family members and beloved friend, Rachel Shiver.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday from the chapel of Hunter Allen Myhand Funeral Home with Dr. Paul R. Baxter and Reverend Bernie Pasley officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Flowers will be accepted but donations can be made to First Baptist Church on the Square, East Vernon Baptist Church or West Georgia Hospice in memory of Mary Sue Folds Harmon.

Special thanks to Dr. Jon Maxham in ICU at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center and West Georgia Hospice.

“Give me shelter, give me your understanding, give me your love, then let me go peacefully and help my family understand.”

Author Unknown.

Stacie Tomlin Vinson

Stacie Tomlin Vinson, age 93, went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on June 7th, 2017.  Born in Louisville, Alabama May 31st, 1924, she had been a resident of Vernon Woods Assisted Living in LaGrange, Georgia, since 2013, close to and cared for by her daughter, Charlene.

Mrs. Vinson was preceded in death by her husband Allen Vinson (d.1975), her parents Charlie and Stacie Bell Tomlin, and her brothers Charles William (C.W.) Bell (Anne) and Wade Tomlin. She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Vinson McClanahan (Greg) and son, David Allen Vinson (Judy).

Ms. Stacie (called “Mimi” and “Maw Maw Stacie” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and “Granny Stacie” by many others) is also survived by five grandchildren:  Stacie Elizabeth (Beth) McClanahan, Christina Hope Marsh (Jason), Sarah Katherine (Kate) Smith, David (Allen) Vinson II (Shannon), and Angela Vinson Matheny (Justin).  In addition, she is survived by seven great-grandchildren: Ryleigh McClanahan, David Allen (Tripp) Vinson III, Hayes Marsh, Emma Kate Marsh, Farrar Mae Vinson, Dominic Matheny, and Arabella Matheny.

A graduate of Louisville High School in Louisville, AL, Mrs. Vinson waited on the love of her life, Allen, to go off to the Pacific Theater as a member of the Seabees (U.S. Navy) during WWII, returning in August 1945, when they were married. She followed Allen to Auburn University, where she worked to help put him through school.

Upon her husband’s graduation from Auburn, she began her career with the State of Alabama Department of Pensions and Security, where she worked for more than 30 years.  Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Vinson moved to Montgomery, her second home.

Mrs. Vinson was a member of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where she served on the church staff in the areas of administration, finance, and children’s ministries for almost thirty years. She was a faithful member of the JOY Sunday School Class and played piano for Children’s Church.  Serving, loving, and caring for others through the church and beyond was her life’s mission. She loved God with all of her heart, and continued her relationship with First Methodist Montgomery until the time of her death, watching every Sunday morning service by streaming them over the internet.

While in LaGrange, Mrs. Vinson continued her mission of caring for others by providing table arrangements for the residents of the assisted living area of Vernon Woods.  She also served the congregation of Ayres Memorial United Methodist Church by sending birthday, anniversary, get well, and sympathy cards to its members.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery at 10:00 AM CDT, with the funeral following at 11:00 AM CDT.  Burial will be at the Louisville Cemetery, Louisville, AL at approximately 3:00 PM CDT.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following organizations:

First United Methodist Church

Children’s Ministry

2416 W. Cloverdale Park

Montgomery, AL 36106

Stegall Seminary Scholarship
Endowment Foundation
P.O. Box 241661
Montgomery, AL 36124




Mrs. Denise Hardy Simons,  64,  of Hogansville,  passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at her home

Mrs. Simons was born March 4, 1953, in Macon, daughter of the late Clinton and Jean Thrower Hardy.  A former resident of Roanoke, Alabama, she was a retired cashier and was Baptist by faith. She enjoyed singing and listening to gospel music

Survivors include her daughters, Kandy Cole and her husband Allen of Hogansville, Donna Miller of Eastaboga, AL, and Tammy Mabry of Hogansville; sister, Susan Hardy of Roanoke, AL; brothers, Tommy Hardy of Newnan and Danny Hardy of Leesburg, FL; twelve grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchilden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie Joe Simons.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at Highland Baptist Church in Hogansville, with the Reverend Terry Rainwater officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday.   Condolences may be expressed at  Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville is in charge of arrangements. Lakes Dunson

Elizabeth Marie Heard

Minister Elizabeth Marie Heard, was born September 2, 1953 in LaGrange, Georgia to the late, Isaiah and Daisy Bell (Harris) Heard.

She joined Louise United Methodist Church of LaGrange, Georgia at an early age. She became ordained as a Minister on January 23, 2005 under the leadership of Pastor Gary Winters.

Elizabeth was employed at Freudenberg-NOK for over twenty years.

Her enjoyment in life was spending time with her family, traveling, studying God’s word and Ministering to others.

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Georgia; at the age of sixty-three, Elizabeth Marie Heard entered Heaven’s Gates after a courageous battle with cancer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ms. Johnnie Mae Heard; and brother, Mr. Willie Heard.

She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Mrs. Chanda Bates (Anthony) Gillon and Latonia (Gregory) Smith; grandchildren, Marquez Amey, Jabari Smith, Kenedi Bates and Jaden Smith; one great-grandchild, Kayden Amey; five sisters, Mrs. Nadine Sturdivant, Mrs. Dorothy (Jasper) Cameron, Ms. Debra Harris, Mrs. Marycene (Leroy) Cameron, and Ms. Brenda Heard; two brothers, Mr. Charlie (Sandra) Heard and Mr. Eddie B. Heard; one aunt, Ms. Johnnie Mae Harris-Mitchell; and a host of nieces, nephews, and relatives.

The Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday at 3:00 PM at Louise U M Church. Pastor Jairo Gay will officate. Burial will follow at Meadoway Gardens Cemetery.

The family will be at their home at 101 Ridgefield Drive.