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Obituaries 5-31-2020

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Joseph “Joe” Warren Jones, Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Warren Jones, Jr., 65, of Greenville, GA passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at West Georgia Hospice.  Mr. Jones was born December 12, 1954 in Newnan, GA to the late Joseph Warren Jones, Sr. and Mildred Harris Jones. He graduated from Flint River and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia. Joe completed his educational tenure at the Atlanta Law School at night, while working during the day. He was a member of Southcrest LaGrange Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge of Greenville, GA. Along with his career, Joe was a gun enthusiast, a comedian, a marvelous story teller, loved to Barbeque and eat at Sprayberry’s BBQ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Savannah Jones; father-in-law, Alfred Hogg; brother-in-law, Mark C. Smith; and sister-in-law, Gisela Jones.  Survivors include his wife, Laura Hogg Jones; siblings, Rayburn Jones, Linda Jones Smith, Ralph (Sandra) Jones, and Sandra Graves Jones; mother-in-law, Patricia Hogg; brother-in-law, Matthew Hogg; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00am Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Southcrest LaGrange Baptist Church with Minister Pete Shoger officiating.  Interment will be in Greenville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Savannah Jones Memorial Fund at LaGrange Academy, 706-882-8097



Mrs. Lura Esther Walker Fincher

Mrs. Lura Esther Walker Fincher, age 104, of Hogansville, passed away on May 25, 2020 at the Florence Hand Home. Mrs. Fincher was born on May 21, 1916 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late Soloman Felix Walker and Mary Webb Walker. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from West Georgia College, and spent most of her life as a Homemaker, caring for the needs of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Fincher.  Survivors include her son, Larry E. Fincher and his wife Annette; grandchild, Cindy Grace Linskey; great grandchild, Grant Linskey; extended family.Family graveside services was held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Shadowlawn Cemetery with Pastor Benjie Dukes officiated. Family  received  friends on Wednesday evening at the Higgins LaGrange Chapel from 5-7 pm. Both events was  guided by COVID19 restrictions and mandates.


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Leona Cameron Webb

Mrs. Leona Cameron-Webb was born December 5, 1945 in Troup County, Georgia to the late Otis “Buck” Cameron, Sr. and Mrs. Viola Atcherson Cameron.  She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and served faithfully for many years. In recent years, she became affiliated with Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. W. T. Edmonson and Pastor Tommy Gilbert.  Leona was employed by Milliken and Company’s Hillside Plant and WellStar West Georgia Medical Center for more than twenty-three years  She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Walter Lamar Webb.  Leona was a very compassionate individual that exuded a remarkably candid demeanor. She did not “sugar coat” or “gloss over” her thoughts or feelings. In fact, she was truthful and straightforward.   Also, she possessed the gift of hospitality. She exemplified excellent culinary skills. Slow cooked, southern style collard greens were her specialty. She had a heart for feeding the multitude. All and all, she loved her children and family dearly.  On Thursday, May 21, 2020, she peacefully departed this life at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, LaGrange, Georgia. In addition to her parents and husband, Walter; she was preceded in death by her only son in 1977, Don Drydale Webb; her grandmothers: Mrs. Susie Atcherson and Mrs. Maggie Cofield; three brothers: James Cameron, Otis Cameron II, and Charlie Will Cameron Sr.; one sister, Annie Sue Cameron Smith; and a special friend, John Henry Reed.  She leaves to cherish her loving memories, three loving and devoted daughters: Annie Mae Cameron, Rachel Sue Webb, and Tammy (Parnell Varner) Webb, all of LaGrange, GA; a niece and nephew she reared as her own children, Tamika Cameron, Philadelphia, PA, and Charlie Will Cameron, Jr., LaGrange, GA; four very special grandchildren: Corey Webb, of Newnan, GA; Ashley Cameron, Jonathan Gilbert, and Lenora Cameron all of LaGrange, GA; four brothers: Joe (Shirley) Cameron, Ray (Peggy) Cameron, LaGrange, GA; Johnnie Cameron, Franklin, GA; Roy (Eve) Cameron, Jacksonville, FL; one sister, Viola (Robert) Ramey; three sisters- in-law: Shondra Cameron, Cynthia (Rev. Craig) Thornton, LaGrange, GA; Lula Kate Webb, New York; special nieces: Brenda Gayle Hardy, Mildred Cameron, Mary Sue Wortham, Angel Cameron, Alkheala Cameron- Harrison, and Jesse Faith Reed, all of LaGrange, GA; Cathy Brooks, of Bronx, NY; special nephews: Charlie Henry Hardy and Jarvis Cameron, both of LaGrange, GA; special great nephews: Jamal Hardy and Lekeldrick Anderson, both of LaGrange, GA; special friends: Dr. W. T. Edmonson, Rev, Tommy Gilbert, Rev. Gary Fanning, Dr. Harvey L. Jones, Rev. Clyde Reed, Pastor Larry West, Kenny McCamey, Lillie Mae Geter, Priscilla Clemons, Agnes Boyd, Jackie Hammett (niece), Earnest Anderson, Devita Dean, Vera Griggs, and Mamie Crowder and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Graveside Services was held Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:00 PM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church  524 Pyne Road  LaGrange, GA 30240


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Ms. Edith Melton

Ms. Edith Melton, age 88, of Lanett , AL gained her wings into eternal rest on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her residence. Graveside Service for Ms. Melton will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:00: p.m( noon) in the Hillcrest Cemetery with the Dr. Frederick James, Eulogist and Rev. Frank Kennedy, Jr., assisting. Public viewing was held on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the mortuary. Edith, the daughter, of the late Annie (Gunn) and George Melton was born July 14, 1931 in Chambers County, AL.  At an early age, she became charter member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. O. D. Slaughter. Her involvements at Pilgrim were with the Missionary Society and the Culinary Art Committee. She attended Lanier High School, Lanett, AL.  Edith was employed by Playtex, Inc. until its closing . She later became the care taker for many families and individuals throughout the area. She was predeceased by her parents, Annie and George Melton; a son, Bernard Melton, sisters, Catherine Strong, Dorothy Melton, and Annie Tibbs; two brothers, Otis Melton and Willie Melton; brother-in law, Horace (Big Boy) Tibbs; sister-in law, Corine Melton; granddaughter, Aries Sands; niece, Sandra Autry; and nephew, Frank Strong, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories three daughters, Elizabeth Melton, Sylvia Sands, and Felicia Melton; sister, Emma Elie; brother, George (Mary Francis) Melton Jr.; grandchildren, Sandricka (Melvin) Mosley; Jevon (LaShonda) Sands; Dereke (Jerzundas) Melton; great grandchildren, Zahdai (Cookie) Mosley (whom she raised from six weeks old), Zachaeus Mosley, Keavis Sands, Zion Lynch, Jabarious Lynch, Zaven Lynch, Anastasia Sands, Jamonya Sands, Aneres Sands, Isaiah Green, Na’shawn Sands, Alaina Sands, Kayden Melton, and Jahzara Melton; great-great grandson, Zahir Lynch; God Daughters, Dillie Mitchell, Michelle Magby, and Mary (Marvin) Reese; special cousin, that was reared with her as a sister, Melissa Luck; special friends, Lottie Ferrell and Luneda Billingslea; adopted family, Rev. Frank Kennedy, Jr., Denise Kennedy, Cierro Kennedy, and LaChastity (Michael) Hill and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.