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Friday February 3rd – OBITS (6)

Wendy Garrett Atkins

Mrs. Wendy Garrett Atkins, age 53, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Hospice LaGrange. Born August 6, 1963 in Warm Springs, Wendy was a lifelong resident of Greenville. A member of the Greenville Presbyterian Church, she was a fifth generation elder and also served as treasurer. She was a retired Meriwether County Volunteer Firefighter and worked at Durand Wayland in LaGrange. Survivors include her husband, Scott Atkins; daughter, Sarah Blair Atkins, both of Greenville; step-son, Luke Atkins of Hogansville; mother, Keedie Garrett, brother, Sandy, both of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, E. C. “Cotton” Garrett. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 3, at First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange. The Reverend Amy Arnold and Reverend Cade Farris will officiate and interment will be in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Greenville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1107, Greenville, GA  30222 or to West Georgia Hospice, 1510 Vernon Rd., LaGrange, GA  30240. Condolences may be expressed at

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



Robert Matthew Gibson

Robert Matthew “Bobby” Gibson, age 82, of Woodland, Ga., passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at the residence of his son Dal in Woodland. Graveside funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Ga. Rev. James R. Emery officiated. The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30, at Cox Funeral Home in Manchester. Mr. Gibson was born November 7, 1934 in Talbot County, Ga., the son of Robert David “Beadock” Gibson and Rena Sellers Gibson. He was a 1951 graduate of Talbot County High School, a member of the last class to graduate at the eleventh grade level. Afterwards, he attended Southern Tech in Atlanta where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He later worked a brief time for the ACL Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army and then served a number of years in the National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1964 he established Bob’s Garage and Wrecker Service, a business he operated for 35 years in his hometown of Talbotton. During this time he was actively involved in civic affairs of Talbot County. In 1971 he founded the Talbot County Emergency Medical Services, the forerunner of today’s EMS. He served a total of 20 years as Coroner of Talbot County and also served several terms on the Talbotton City Council. For a number of years he worked for the Talbot County Board of Education teaching welding and automotive repair through a program sponsored by Upson Tech. He later worked for the Meriwether County Board of Education, teaching welding and automotive repair at Greenville High School. He was a longtime employee of Meadows Motors and retired as the Service Manager of Langdale Ford in Manchester. In addition to his devotion to serving his community, Mr. Gibson was a past member of the Olive Masonic Lodge No. 10 in Talbotton, and was a current member of the Stephens Masonic Lodge No. 586 in Manchester, the Scottish Rite, and was a Shriner. He was a member of Woodland Baptist Church, and was a very active member of the Meriwether County Cattleman’s Association. He enjoyed cattle farming, working with anything mechanical, and as an avid motorcyclist, loved making frequent biking trips around the country. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Hendricks. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Gibson of Woodland; two sons, Dal Gibson (Jona) of Woodland, and David Gibson (Melanie) of Talbotton; a step-daughter, Laura Anderson of Ashland City, Tn.; a grandson, Dallas Gibson of Woodland; three brothers, Randall Gibson (Sandra) of Talbotton, Byron Gibson (Jackie) and Larry Gibson (Lynda) all of Woodland; and a sister, Bonnie Faye Heath of Thomaston. Flowers will be accepted or those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital, or Woodland Baptist Church, Woodland, Ga. Online condolences may be offered at

Cox Funeral Home, Manchester, Ga. was in charge of arrangements.



Lee Roy Miller

Mr. Lee Roy Miller, age 65, of LaGrange, passed away on January 27, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Miller was born on August 19, 1951 in LaGrange to Roy Miller and Vivian Lee Smith Miller. His father preceded him in death. In addition to his mother, he is survived by loving extended family members and friends.  Services for Mr. Miller will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel with Rev. Katie Mattox officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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



Shirlene Monroe Waldrop

Mrs. Shirlene Monroe Waldrop, age 67, of Valley passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at her home of a lengthy illness. Mrs. Waldrop is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Terry Waldrop; sister, Barbara (Lanell) Moore; brothers, Gene (Eva) Monroe and Gary (Lynn) Monroe; brother in law, Tim Waldrop; aunt, Francis Snowden; special friend, Helen LaFountaine; a host of nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. Monroe and Julia Edge Monroe; nephew, Timothy W. Granger. Mrs. Waldrop was born on October 21, 1949 in Langdale, AL. She was always a loving person to her entire family and loved nothing better than to host Thanksgiving and Christmas each year at her home. She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful laugh. In spite of being sick, she always had a good spirit and loved a good joke. When you went to visit her, you always came away with a little lighter heart. One of her greatest joys was seeing and hearing about what all of those nephews and nieces were up to. Even though she was blind, she saw them with her heart. She was an avid Alabama fan. ROLL TIDE! There will be a memorial service in celebration of her life at her home on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM (EST).In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in her memory to the American Liver Foundation. Visit our website at to leave an online condolence.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing services.



Mary Frances Mathis 

Mrs. Mary Frances Mathis, age 72, of Lanett, Alabama passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Diversicare of Lanett Nursing Home. Mrs. Mathis is survived by her two sons, Kenneth C. (Wanda) Mathis of West Point, GA and Steven D. (Becky) Mathis of Lanett, AL; her five grandchildren, Tiffany Duffee, Jamie Mathis, Nathan Farrow, Beth Mathis, and Stephen Mathis; three great grandchilds, Allen Mathis, Cadyn Duffee and Emmaleigh Duffee; her brother in law, James (Glenda) Pitts; her devoted cousin, Lewis Gooden; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Mathis was preceded in death by her husband, Willie David Mathis. Mrs. Mathis was born on January 6, 1945 in Lanett, Alabama to the late Henry and Daisy Lauderdale. She was of the Baptist faith. She was a very loving and family oriented mother, grandmother, and mother in law. She enjoyed shopping and reading. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM (EST) at the graveside in Johnson Memorial Gardens in Valley. Rev. Rusty Letson officiated. The family received friends Sunday evening at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Visit our website at to leave an online condolence for the family.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed services.



Agnes G. Volk

Agnes G. Volk, age 90, formerly of Tampa, FL passed away January 31, 2017 at Florence Hand Nursing Home. Mrs. Volk was born March 7, 1926 in Tallassee, AL to the late Thomas Culver and Susan Frances Patten Culver. She was a member of West Point United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Mills, Deborah Nunn, Susan Bush, and Regina Fish; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Gateway Christian Center in Tampa, FL. The family would like to thank the loving and caring nurses and CNAs on “B” floor at Florence Hand Home, as well as the compassionate services provided by West Georgia Hospice. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636 and Sunset Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 11005 N US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (813) 986-2402