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Obituaries 1-15-2021


Mr. James Marion Carson passed away on January 11, 2021 at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Georgia. Mr. Carson was born to the late Henry Enloe Carson and Alice Elizabeth Barber Carson. After serving our country in the United States Army, Mr. Carson went to work for the United States Postal Service and retired after 30 years of service. Mr. Carson was a lifelong member of Harmony United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for more than 50 years. He was also a member of the Long Cane Masonic Lodge for 64 years. Mr. Carson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Reba Longshore Carson; sons, Jeff Carson (Candy), Jim Carson (Tommy Meeks), William Carson (Laura); daughter, Susan Carson; grandchildren, Logan Carson, Will Carson (Mallory), Alice Ann Carson, and Cord Carson (Molly). A graveside service was held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery where Masonic Rites rendered. The family received friends in the church from noon until service time on Wednesday. Flowers were accepted or the family requests that donations be made to Harmony United Methodist Church.


William Henson Farrar

William Henson Farrar passed away on January 10, 2021. He was born in Standing Rock, Alabama on September 4, 1938 to the late William and Leona Farrar. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Terry Farrar and his grandchild, Cody Ward. Mr. Farrar proudly served our country in the United States Army. Following his years in the service, Mr. Farrar owned and operated his own company, Duraglaze Coatings. He was a member of the American Legion and was an avid NASCAR fan. He loved to fish and spend time with his beloved dogs. Mr. William Farrar is survived by his wife, Catherine Elaine Farrar; his sons, William Chad Farrar and Alan Ward; his daughter, Dana Farrar; his grandchildren, Dustin Kilpatrick, Austin Humphries, Savannah Farrar, Brittany Ward, Mackenzie Elrod and Kennedy Farrar; his great grandchildren, Ryleigh Kilpatrick, Sawyer Elrod, and Eason Elrod.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.



Barry N. Jackson

Mr. Barry N. Jackson, 65, of LaGrange, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021, at Hospice LaGrange. Mr. Jackson was born March 19, 1955, in Troup County, son of the late Deward and Bonnie Staples Jackson. A 1973 graduate of Hogansville High School, he had lived in LaGrange for the past 25 years and attended Living Waters Baptist Church. Mr. Jackson received a heart transplant in 1999, was able to lead an active life since the transplant, and amazed his doctors with his longevity and quality of life. Survivors include his daughters, Kelly and Tim Freeman of Newnan, Karen and Jordan Barnett of LaGrange; sister, Brenda and Randy McWhorter of Hogansville; grandchildren, Amber Jackson, Colby Freeman, Chase Freeman, Christopher Barnett, Riley Barnett, Ella Barnett; and a great-granddaughter, Bonnie Jackson. A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 p. m., Saturday, January 16, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with the Reverend Woody Woodard officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 until 3 Saturday afternoon.


William Evans

Mr. William Evans, 75, of Hogansville, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Evans was born June 22, 1945, in Meriwether County, son of the late Herman and Christine Hayes Evans. A resident of Hogansville most of his life, he was a retired self-employed appliance serviceman who was known for his prompt and knowledgeable service. Mr. Evans was a member of Born Again Ministries in Newnan and the Hogansville Masonic Lodge, enjoyed attending the Sunbelt Expo, and loved Ford vehicles and anything with motors. Survivors include his daughter and son in-law, Sherrie and Lonnie Clayton; grandchildren, Holly and Devin Lassetter, Kelly and Brad Leonard; and great- grandchildren, Addyson Lassetter, Ayla Lassetter, Amelia Lassetter, Brooks Leonard, and Briggs Leonard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Evans; and his great-grandchild, Baker Leonard. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Tony Grant will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 Thursday night.


Betty Spradlin Smith

Mrs. Betty Spradlin Smith, 89, of Hogansville, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021, at Hospice LaGrange. Mrs. Smith was born October 15, 1931, in Meriwether County, daughter of the late George Howell Spradlin and Opal Chappell Spradlin Bonner. A resident of Hogansville most of her life, she retired as office manager for the Meriwether County School System and was a longtime member of Union Baptist Church in the St. Marks Community. She enjoyed reading and baking, but especially loved spending time with her children and their families. Survivors include her daughter, Sherry Smith of Maryville, TN; sons, Ronnie and Linda Smith of Hogansville, Mark and Leigh Smith of LaGrange; sisters, Janet and Jimmy Barber, Janice and Tyrone Montgomery all of Hogansville; brothers, J. C. and Evelyn Spradlin of Rome, Sidney and Nancy Spradlin of Hogansville; sister in-law, Nadine Spradlin of Hogansville; grandchildren, Will Smith, Kristy Stott (Cole Stott), Matt Smith (Melissa Smith), Ashley Harper (Jeffery Harper), Leslie Thomas (Burton Thomas), Kaitlin Smith; and great-grandchildren, Mason Stott, Maddox Stott, Liam Harper, Ryder Harper, Kaylee Foster, Jase Foster, Lynlee Foster. She was preceded in death by her husband, M P. Smith, Jr.; son, William Perry Smith; son in-law, Billy Smith; and brother, Howell Spradlin. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, at the graveside in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville, where the Reverend Bill Smith and Dr. Donald Yancey officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 Tuesday night. The family gratefully declines the gift of food and flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice LaGrange, 1510 Vernon Rd., LaGrange, GA 30240.

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James Elroyd Ivey

James Elroyd Ivey passed away on January 7, 2021. James “Jimmy” Ivey was born March 12, 1947 in Milledgeville, GA. He was the son of the late Julian Ivey, and Maude Twilley Ivey. A devout Christian, Jimmy was a member of the Baptist Tabernacle Church in Lagrange, GA. He graduated from Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, GA. He earned a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University. Following graduation from high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he was deployed to Takhli Air Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War. During his time in the Air Force, he served as a supply specialist and a military police officer assigned to the Office of Special Investigations. Upon leaving the Air Force, he joined the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a sheriff’s deputy and Chief Investigator. He later joined the Georgia Army National Guard where he served as a recruiter until retiring from military service in 1993. After military service, he worked as a parole officer for the Georgia State Department of Pardons and Paroles for 10 years. Upon retirement from state duty, he joined the LaGrange Police Department where he served the city as a Police Officer and Code Enforcement Officer until retirement in 2018. Jimmy was a lifelong public servant, family man, and friend to everyone he met. He spent a good portion of his time giving back to the community by volunteering at various charitable events. He was a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club and the Fraternal Order of Freemasons. Jimmy Ivey never met a stranger. His humor and smile will be remembered by everyone he impacted in his life. A tried and true University of Georgia Bulldogs fan, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Trish, riding his Harley with his brothers and sisters of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, and spending time with his grandkids. He will be deeply missed by all. Jimmy was preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers John Michael and Matthew Harris, and his sister Joyce Elaine. He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Trish” Ivey; daughter DeAnna Ivey Morgan and her husband Darrell; daughter Jamie Ivey-Kirschbaum and her husband Tim; stepdaughter Jenny McCrea Dowdy and her husband Darren; stepson Drew Fortenberry; and 7 grandchildren, Patrick, Ashley, Bailey, Kaley, Hudson, Kaylen, and Julianne. The gathering of family and friends was at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Lagrange, GA on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 between the hours of 5:30 and 7:00pm. A Celebration of Life was held in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:00am it was followed by a procession to West View Cemetery in Milledgeville, GA where Jimmy was be laid to rest at 2:30pm with full military honors alongside his father, mother, brother and sister. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Jimmy’s name to either the Concerns of Police Survivors or The Wounded Warrior Project. The family would like to express gratitude for the outpouring of love and prayers.

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