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Obits — December 4, 2019


Dalton James Reason

Dalton James Reason, age 23 of Hogansville, GA passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at his residence. Dalton was born December 26, 1995 in LaGrange, GA, the son of Donna Marie Davis Reason and the late James Lewis Reason. He was raised in Harrisonville and was a 2013 graduate of Callaway High School in Hogansville where he was active in the JROTC. He enjoyed playing video games, cooking and could never turn away a stray animal. Dalton was employed as a cook with the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange and had planned to attend culinary school soon. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James Lewis Reason, Jr. and Pat Reason, and two aunts, Sharon Davis and Tina Denney. Survivors include his life companion, Andrea Parmer; his mother, Donna Davis Reason both of Hogansville; two sisters, Ginger Golden Celis of Hogansville and Meagen Alvarado (Andres) of Athens, GA; maternal grandparents, Milton Davis and Linda Davis of LaGrange; aunts, Sallie Taylor (Randy), Melody Rodgers (Dennis), and Pam Bowen (Scott); an uncle, Brandon Davis (Lora); numerous cousins, including his closest Collin Taylor, and a host of friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made in memory of Dalton J. Reason to Animal Ark Rescue at


Donald Luther Garrett Sr.

Donald Luther Garrett. Sr., age 67 of Pine Mountain, GA passed away Friday, November 29, 2019 at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange. Donald was born November 18, 1952 in Greenville, GA, the son of John Wilson Garrett, Sr. and Mildred Elizabeth Langford Garrett. He was a graduate of Jordan High School in Columbus and was self-employed as a carpenter. Donald enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Also, he was sure to be found every weekend working with his son. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Garrett and a sister, Kimberly Dawn Garrett. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Garrett of Pine Mountain; two sons, Donald Garrett, Jr. (Jamie), of LaGrange, and Adam Garrett of Pine Mountain; three step-daughters April Conner (Joel) of Hamilton, GA, Jenny Nunley, and Amy Nunley both of Columbus, GA; a brother, Mark Garrett (Lori) of Warm Springs, GA; four sisters, Ann Fincher (Oz) of Notasulga, AL, Debbie Vaught of Opelika, AL, Tami Freiberg (Les) and Edwina “Wina” Garrett all of Columbus, GA; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Pine Mountain Valley First Baptist Church, where Rev. Mike Sellers and Dr. Bob Patterson officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange.


Thrash & Son’s

Marion Grissom

We respectfully announce the passing of Mr. Marion Grissom, age 97, formerly of the St. Marks Community in Meriwether County, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Fairburn, Georgia. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday December 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM, Mt. Perria Baptist Church, 2942 Mobley Bridge Road in Hogansville, Georgia. Rev. Roderick Freeman officiating and Pastor Clifford Black, Eulogist. Interment will follow in the Olive Branch Cemetery #2. The Family will be at 9243 Hwy 100 in Hogansville (St. Marks Community). Public viewing was held Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.



Rev. Richard L. Pursley

The Reverend Richard L. Pursley, 61, of LaGrange, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019, at Hospice LaGrange. Rev. Pursley was born March 10, 1958, in LaGrange, son of the late Milton Lee Pursley and Maxine Davis Pursley. An ordained Baptist minister for more than 35 years, he pastored a number of churches in the West Georgia and East Alabama area and served as founding pastor of Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Hogansville. Rev. Pursley was employed at the Dixie Division of West Point Stevens until its closing and was then employed at Milliken and Co. He was known to be a friend and a help to everyone and spent his life serving others. Survivors include his wife, Ruenelle Pursley of LaGrange; daughter, Renee and Andy Burke of Pine Mountain Valley; sons, Rufus Lee and Lisa Pursley, Richard James (Jamie) Pursley, all of LaGrange; grandsons, Adam Pursley, Joshua Pursley, Dylan Pursley, Noah Pursley, and Nathan Pursley; sister, Donna and Gary Ozley of Fredonia, AL; brothers, Gaines and Becky Pursley of Fredonia, AL, Milton, Jr. and Dianne Pursley of Houston, TX. A memorial service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with Dr. David Ahearn officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 until 4 Wednesday afternoon.


John W. (Bo) Pike

Mr. John Walter (Bo) Pike, 68, of Hogansville, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at his home. Mr. Pike was born July 13, 1951, in Troup County, son of the late Retha Mae Pike Hammett and the late Harold Redwine Pike. A resident of the Hogansville area most of his life, he retired as a self-employed carpentry contractor. Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Pike of Hogansville; sisters and brothers in-law, Patricia and Ronnie Janney of Hogansville, Loretta and Lester Lawson and Darlene Hardesty, all of Carrollton; brother, Mark Hammett of Carrollton; and grandchildren, Selena Buchannan, Brandon Dean, Desmond Dean, and Tiana Phillips. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Atwell. The family will plan a memorial gathering later.



Lillie Arrington Huddleston

Mrs. Lillie Arrington Huddleston, age 91, of LaGrange, passed away on November 24, 2019 at the WellStar West Georgia Hospice. Mrs. Huddleston was born on September 29, 1928 in Meigs, Georgia to the late Marvin and Lillie Hall Fulghum. She retired after many years as the Church Secretary for the First Baptist Church of Pelham, in Pelham Georgia.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Zenas Huddleston; her first husband, Robert Arrington, Sr.; son in law, Tony West; brother, Wes Fulghum.  Survivors include her sons, Robert Arrington, Jr. (Joyce) and Marvin Arrington (Melisa); daughters, Vickie Moore (Wade), Annie Mathias (Bill), Marlene West, Renee Poppell (Joe), Janice Heard (Mike) and Carolyn Reaves (David); sister, Rubye King; 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Enon Baptist Church in Alto, Georgia with Pastor Clint Peterson officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm at the church on the day of the service. Family interment will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WellStar West Georgia Hospice, Enon Baptist Church in Alto, Georgia or the Lillie Renee Foundation.



James Vernon Townsend

James Vernon Townsend, known to some as Vernon, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at age 63 in his home in Lagrange, Georgia. Memorial services will be held at 5pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Del’avant Event Center in Lagrange, GA. Arrangements are being made by Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home. James Vernon Townsend was born on March 28, 1956, the second child of the late James Edward and Ruby Bernice Townsend. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1974, where he ran Track & Field in High School. James attended Westchester Community College in Greenburg, New York and pursued a career as a Senior Network Engineer in the IT industry. In 1992, James married Vivienne A. Phillips and they lived in Wappingers Falls, New York with their daughters, Danielle and Nadia. For a short period of time, James and Vivienne opened their home and became foster parents for 2 young sisters. Sadly, Vivienne preceded him in death on September 1, 1996. James committed his life to Christ and diligently served at Holy Light Pentecostal Church as a Deacon. In 2007, James moved to Georgia and settled in LaGrange. James loved his family deeply and those that crossed his path were touched by his warmth, grace and integrity. His laugh was unmistakable and his smile was infectious. He endured much but was steadfast in his faith. He was a true friend and a fighter. He was a protector and faithful man who would go above and beyond to do anything he could to assist anyone. His kindness was beyond reproach. James was adored and admired by many, including those he worked with in the IT Department at District 4 Public Health in Lagrange. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Danielle Townsend and Nadia Townsend; 2 sisters, Patricia L. Douglas and Alethia C. Townsend; 4 grandchildren, Viviyanna D. Bradly, Peyton J. McGhee, Preston R. McGhee, and Issac B. McGhee; and 2 aunts, Thelma Townsend and Gladys Singleton; and several immediate first cousins, nephews and nieces, grand nephews and a host of cousins. His brothers in life included Ron Nembhard from Connecticut, David Washington from Maryland, and Ponce Hatch from Virginia. Memorials may be given to Nadia and Danielle Townsend. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home, and the IT Department at the District 4 Public Health in Lagrange, GA.



Johnnie David Brown

Johnnie David Brown, passed away on November 30, 2019 at the WellStar West Georgia Hospice. He was born on June 3, 1950 to the late John Leonard Brown and Rose Marie Lynch Brown. He proudly served in the Unites States Army for 21 years. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Leslie Grewe Brown; brothers, Donald Brown and Danny Brown. Survivors include his sons and daughter, Brenda Brown (Steve), Brian Brown (Terry); David Brown (Ashley); brother, Denver Brown; grandchildren, Caitlyn Puller, Carmen Puller, Trey Stogner, Kira Brown; many adopted grandchildren; extended family and friends. A time of visitation was held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The memorial service began at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.


Willie Lindsey

Willie Lindsey, age 100, passed away on November 26, 2019 at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. She was born on November 28, 1918 to the late Loyd Posey and Sarah Posey Hunt. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her extended family; Thomas Posey (Tina), Alan Posey, James Posey, James Bradley, Hubert Posey. Survivors include her daughter, Susie Fields, brothers, George Posey, James Posey, Claude Posey; nieces and nephews, Shirley Posey, Hugh Posey; great nieces and nephews, Jody Posey (Christina), Cody Fields, Nikita Fields (Jesse Alexander), Brian Fields (Tiffany Tuggle), Kim Posey, Mindy Spradlin (David); great great nieces and nephews, Payton fields, Kyleigh Fields, Aray Fields, Alexander Fields, Desie Alexander, Aubrey Alexander, Gracie Spradlin, Katelyn Spradlin, Dillion Spradlin, Collin Spradlin, Abbigail Posey, Olivia Posey; extended family and many friends. Plans will be announced at a later date by Higgins Funeral Home.