Obits–Friday, July 6


William Lee Ball

Mr. William Lee Ball, age 41, of West Point, passed away on July 2, 2018 at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.  Mr. Ball was born on June 27, 1977. Survivors include his father Robert Ball and his wife Katerina and his mother, Linda Howard Depue and her husband Dusty; children, Andrea Lee Heflin and Dillion Alexander Heflin; brother, Bryan Bozeman; sisters, Anastasia Johnson, Jessica Hill and Lisa Smith; grandmother, Norma Brown; aunt, Jorene Gosdin; uncle, Earl Howard; extended family and friends. Services for Mr. Ball were held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel.  Family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at



Thelma Enice Perry

Mrs. Thelma Enice Morgan Perry, 96, of Albany, Georgia former resident of LaGrange, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Lee County Health and Rehab in Leesburg, Georgia. Mrs. Perry was born Thelma Ennis Kenny, May 29, 1922, in Chambers County, Alabama the daughter of the late Tom E. Kenny and Thelma Ruby Harrison Kenny. She was a member of the East Vernon Baptist Church where she served as organist and pianist. Ms. Perry was a former employee of the Dunson Mill. She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Jack Morgan and Kenneth Perry. She is survived by her Son, Ervin Morgan, Sr.; Grandson, Ervin Morgan, Jr.; Grand-daughter, Dee Gouchnour and her husband Chris; Great-grandchildren, Leigh Skipper, Justin, Jessica, and Dawn Carlilse; Great great grandchildren, J.J. Carlilse and Olivia Skipper. Funeral Services for Mrs. Thelma Morgan Perry will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 6, 2018 from the chapel of Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral from 1:00-2:00 prior to the service.


Steve Maynard Cash

Mr. Steve M. Cash, 70, of Hogansville, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Cash was born August 4, 1947, in Grantville, son of the late Dewey and Elsie Holland Cash. A resident of Hogansville for many years, he was a veteran of service in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He retired as a press-stamp operator, was an avid fisherman, and loved being with his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Joan Fannin Cash, survivors include his sons, Micheal and Brandi Cash of LaGrange, Corey Cash of Milton; sister, Sara Owen of Sugar Hill; and nine grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with military honors. The Reverend Mark Peak officiated and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Thursday.


Wendell Lamar Staley

Mr. Wendell L. Staley, 76, of Sharpsburg, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Newnan Health and Rehabilitation. Born August 8, 1941, in Hogansville, Mr. Staley was the son of the late Leon Troba Staley and Sue Moon Staley Bowles. He had lived in Sharpsburg for 35 years, where he was appointed to the City Council in 2003 and served as Mayor for thirteen years before stepping down in May of this year. He had served on the board of Chatt-Flint Regional Development Commission, had served as District 4 vice-president of Georgia Municipal Association, and was a real estate broker and developer. He served as president of Hogansville Chamber of Commerce in 1988-89 and was instrumental in the construction of the Hogansville War Memorial. Mr. Staley was a long-time Boy Scout leader, served as a district commissioner, and was presented the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Staley of Sharpsburg; children, Gary and Karen Staley of Guntersville, AL, Jan and Tom Meunier of Orlando, FL, Greg Staley and Jamie Dawson of Houston, TX, Michael Staley of Sharpsburg; grandchildren, Joseph Staley, Danny Staley, Robby Staley, Kristi Knowlton, Tiffany Meunier; great-grandchildren, Hanah Mueller and Kaelyn Grace Knowlton. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 6, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Dr. Wallace McAbee will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill 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 the Boy Scouts of America or to a local humane society.



Frank C. Ruzycki

Frank C. Ruzycki, age 71, of Pine Mountain, GA, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 at WellStar Hospice in LaGrange, GA. Mr. Ruzycki was born in Meriden, CT on July 22, 1946, the son of Frank Ruzycki and Helen Szymaszek Ruzycki. He served as the Deputy Director for the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation from 1979 to 1986 and served as Executive Director from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. Throughout his time at Roosevelt, he was a passionate advocate for persons with disabilities and was instrumental in raising the funds for the construction of Camp Dream and the Center for Therapeutic Recreation, which was dedicated to him upon completion.  Mr. Ruzycki was also heavily involved in the organization of the Annual Georgia Hall Society Ball. While away from work, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, family beach trips, and a good Martini. His favorite pastime was enjoying his four grandsons. He and Judy never missed an opportunity to cheer on the boys in each and every school activity, proudly armed with his video camera to capture every moment. Mr. Ruzycki was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Paul Ruzycki and David Ruzycki. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Ruzycki, of Pine Mountain; two daughters, Jill (Richard) Cook, of Peachtree City, GA and Jenny (Rick) McKibben, of Hamilton, GA; four grandchildren, Jay McKibben, Ross McKibben, Connor Cook, and Cason Cook; and his sister, Bonnie Hubbard, of Meriden, CT. The family hopes Frank, also known by loved ones as “BUDA” will be remembered for his sense of humor, big heartedness, a big believer in hugs, and his lifelong desire to serve and support persons with disabilities. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Frank Ruzycki Benevolent Fund, C/O First People’s Bank, P.O. Box 89, Hamilton, GA 31811. The family will use the fund to support local charity organizations to continue Frank’s random acts of kindness and goodwill.




William Byron Banks

Funeral services for William Byron Banks, age 71, of Roanoke, will be held Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 2:00 pm at Roanoke First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Martin and Rev. Ralph Barrow officiating.  Burial will follow at Randolph Memory Gardens with Quattlebaum Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, July 7th.  Mr. Banks will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services on Sunday. Mr. Banks died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. Survivors include one daughter, Paula Banks Camren (Rick) of Roanoke; one son, Jim Banks (Shannon) of Rock Mills; four grandchildren, Ashley Banks, Tori Banks, Sara Grace Banks and Hannah Camren; one sister, Judy Banks of Rock Mills; and a special niece, Melissa Royster of Roanoke. Pallbearers will be Ryan Kelly, Bill Miamen, Hank Hurley, Bob Mosley, Lon Hurst and Danny Noles. A Roanoke native, Mr. Banks was born December 13, 1946, the son of Yates Byron and Annie Bailey Banks.  He was a faithful member of Roanoke First United Methodist Church and served for many years as Youth Director with his wife, Paulette.  He had been employed as a water plant supervisor with the City of Roanoke, the City of LaFayette and the Fort Benning Civilian Contractor Water Departments.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Paulette Banks; daughter, Lisa Anne Banks; sister-in-law, Annette Mitchell. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church Youth Group (P O Box 40, Roanoke, AL 36274) in memory of Byron and Paulette.