Obits — September 8, 2019


Nell Rachell Dowell

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” — 2 Timothy 4:7  Nell Rachel “Virginia” Dowell, affectionately known as “Gin” was the eighth child of ten children born to the late Emmett and Mildred Boykin on October 13, 1947 in Bremen, Georgia. She was educated in the Heard County School system and received her GED from West Georgia Technical College. She accepted Christ at an early age at the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia. She later became a member of the New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, LaGrange. Nell was united in Holy Matrimony to Deacon Walter Lee Dowell, Sr. on September 14, 1975; a union that lasted until he passed away on March 11, 2014. She was employed with Milliken and Company, both Kex and Hillside Plants, for thirty-six years. Nell was also an amazing cook. She was known for her delicious buttermilk pies and pound cakes. She had a generous and loving spirit. She would give her last to anyone in need. Nell loved church and it gave her so much joy to pass candy to all the children she came in contact with. Nell nurtured and aided in caring for all of her siblings. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord: Nell entered the presence of the Lord on Monday September 2, 2019 at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by nine sisters and brothers. She leaves to cherish her precious memories, a loving and devoted daughter, Mrs. Angela (Michael) Copeland, LaGrange GA; sons: Mr. Jeffery (Nancy) Boykin, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Pastor Walter (Veronica) Dowell, Theotis Dowell, and Larry (Phyllis) Haynes, all of LaGrange; thirteen grandchildren: Tenisha Graham, Marquis Boykin, Jason Boykin, Jahmar of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Randall Swindle, Jeremy Sanders, Joe Sanders III, Aliya Quick, Cardius Dowell, Autellius Dowell, Delvin Dowell , Cornelius Dowell, LaMarcus Boykin, Jazmine Bailey, LaGrange GA; sixteen great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Betty Boykin, Lagrange, GA; nieces and nephews: Hildred Truitt (Roy), Jeanette Collins, Kimberly Foster, Alisa Lewis, Pierce Lewis, Jr., Lugenia Lewis, Dewayne Lewis (Angie), Greg Lewis, Jerome Ellis, Fredrick Ellis, Eugene Ellis, Gloria Jean Gray. The Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Macedonia Baptist Church. Pastor Derek Williams officiated. Interment followed at Shadowlawn Cemetery.



Leland Stanford Brunson Jr.

Leland Stanford Brunson Jr. passed away peacefully late on September 5th. He was surrounded all day by family and friends sharing wonderful memories of his 87 years. Leland enjoyed a wonderful life full of adventures and love with family and friends. From Tulsa to Southern California, Florida and Georgia, Leland always had a smile and story for everyone he met. Leland was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Sr. and Dorothy Brunson, his brother, Paul, his wife, Jane. He is survived by his son, David (Kelley), daughter Julie (Peter) and six grandchildren, Kamilah Brunson, David Larragueta, Jackson Brunson, Luke Larragueta, Tyler Brunson and Abby Brunson. The family would like to thank the staff at Twin Fountains and West Georgia Hospice for their care and compassion. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in LaGrange.  Family will receive friends for a time of visitation on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 3-5 pm at the Hunter Allen Myhand Funeral Home.  Private family interment services will be at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery with Military Honors