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Friday January 29th – OBITS(2)


Fred Thomas Williams

Fred Thomas Williams, age 84, of Columbus, Ga, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 25, 2016. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Huling family cemetery, on Huling Road, Fortson, Ga. Mr. Williams was born in Evergreen, Alabama, on May 31, 1931, to Walter and Mildred Williams. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War between 1950 and 1952. While in the Navy, he was trained as a medic. For years after, he worked as a lab technician in various hospitals in Georgia and Florida. He was best known locally as the owner of F&M Cigars in Phenix City, AL, and will be remembered by his customers for his wry smile and pleasant demeanor. Previously, he owned several tobacco shops in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Over the years, he and his wife, Myrna, attended Westminster Church, Abundant Life Fellowship, and St. Stephens’ Church. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 36 years, Myrna Chapman Williams; his mother, Mildred Williams Dwyer and father, Walter Williams; his sister, Dorothy Chastain; and his stepson, Woody (Teresa) Huling. Surviving him are two sons: Brad, and his children: Amber (Chris) Jordan, Aaron Williams, Abby Williams; and Tom Williams (Oksanna), and his daughter Molly Williams; three stepchildren: Bill Huling, Mitch (LeeAnne) Huling, his children: Noelle Huling, Mary Kate Huling, Julie-Anna (Alex) Kobrin, Jonathan Huling, and Hannah Huling; and Jenny Hurlbert, and her children: J.J. (Shannon) Harrelson, Kasey (Dean) Lyttle, and David Herring; and the three children of his sister, Dot: Jan Chastain, Susan Chastain and Bret Chastain. He had five great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.

Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sonya Elizabeth Buchanan

Mrs. Sonya Elizabeth Buchanan, age 43, of LaGrange, passed away on January 22, 2016 at her residence. Mrs. Buchanan was born on July 12, 1972 in Florida to Ronald Edward Hampton Sr. and Karen Lee Lewis Hampton. Her mother preceded her in death. Survivors also include her husband, Kevin Buchanan; father, Ronald Hampton Sr.; brother, Ronald Hampton Jr.; sister, Denise Walsh; extended family and friends. Mrs. Buchanan was taken back to her home for visitation where the family received friends on Thursday, January 28, 2016 beginning at 4:00 pm. The home address is 301 Harwell Avenue, Apartment A, LaGrange, Georgia, 30240. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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