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Obituaries 3-24-2021


Michelle Sims Morris

Mrs. Michelle Sims Morris, 48, of LaGrange, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan. Mrs. Morris was born April 2, 1972, in Newnan, and was a lifelong resident of Troup County. She earned a Bachelors degree from LaGrange College, a Masters degree from Columbus State University, and was a board certified school counselor. She was employed by the Troup County School System for 24 years, was a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and was a member of Callaway Baptist Church in LaGrange. Survivors include her sons, Trevor Crawford Morris and Gunnar Christian Morris, both of LaGrange; parents, Dennis and Brenda Sims of Hogansville; and brother and sister in-law, Chris and Susan Sims of Moreland. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 22, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Brad Thompson officiated and interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville.



Steve H. Veal

Steve H. Veal, age 65, of LaGrange, passed away on March 20, 2021. He was born on August 15, 1955 to the late Robert E. Veal and Vera Holcomb Veal in Franklin, GA. He lived in Panama City a portion of his life where he worked at Clear Water Pools. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Ricky Veal and Eddie Veal.  Survivors include his brothers, Ron Veal (Linda), and Wayne Veal (Kay); sisters, Peggy Hughes and Barbara Moore (Russell), Angie Jones (Brad); extended family and friends.  Family will have visitation on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter Allen Myhand from 2:00 -4:00 PM. A memorial service will begin at 4:00 PM at the funeral home. Family and friends are welcome at the home of Peggy Hughes.


Lester Grzesik

Lester Grzesik, age 55, of LaGrange, passed away on March 20, 2021. He was born on April 19, 1965 to Helen Machinsky Grzesik and the late Edwin Grzesik in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his son, Edge Grzesik. Survivors include his sons, Chance Grzesik (fince, Kenzie Williams), Denim Grzesik, and Hutch Grzesik, daughters, Season Grzesik; Journey Dunn (Paul), and Garden Grzesik; brothers, Michael Grzesik, Rod Grzesik, and Steven Grzesik; sisters, Kelli “Dorothy” Jacobson (Richard); grandchildren, Kannon Fetter, Mason Fetter, and Logan Dunn; extended family and friends. Family will have private services. The family ask for you to show your love by donating online in memory of, Lester Grzesik, to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the American Diabetes Association.


Jack Burns Wetherington, Jr.,

Mr. Jack Burns Wetherington, Jr., age 80, of LaGrange, passed away on March 19, 2021. Mr. Wetherington was born on December 26, 1940 in Tifton, Georgia to the late Jack Burns Wetherington, Sr. and Martha Sue Herring Wetherington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Wayne Wetherington (youngest of four boys). He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Following his military duty, he worked for over twenty years at Uniroyal as an Industrial Engineer and finished his working days at New Ventures in LaGrange. Survivors include his wife, Beverley Tankersley Wetherington; sons, Jack Burns Wetherington, III (Francis) and Robert Bartley “Bobby” Wetherington; brothers, Paul Wetherington (Susan) and Mark Wetherington (Glenna); sister, Dawn W. Williams (Sam); grandchildren, Kalieann Wetherington and Amelia Wetherington; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. A private family service will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter Allen Myhand. Family will assemble at the funeral home at noon on Saturday. Friends are asked to join the service via live-stream at


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Martha Sue Bowen

Martha Sue Bowen, 72, of LaGrange, GA passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Piedmont Columbus Midtown Medical. Mrs. Bowen was born September 24, 1948 in LaGrange, GA to the late Huel Haralson Bowen and Martha Virginia Ogletree Bowen. She was a member of the Active Life Center, where she enjoyed spending time, traveling, going on cruises and seeing the sites. She competed in and won several Mahjong Tournaments. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jenny Fowler. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Patterson, Kimberly Hyatt and Candance L. Lopez; grandchildren, Ryan Gonzalez, Jason Gonzalez, Ana Solis, Manuel Rodigeuz, Danny Wade Pike, Jr, Johnathon Pike, and Pamela Bowles; 13 great grandchildren; six siblings; several other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life Service was held at her grandson’s home, 106 Richmond Dr. LaGrange, GA on Sunday, March 21, 2021 it began at 2:00pm.


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Lucille Shepherd Robinson

Lucille Shepherd Robinson was born May 15, 1951 in Pine Mountain, Georgia, formerly Chipley, Georgia to the late Abbie Shepherd, Sr., and Mary Emma Jenkins Shepherd. Within this family were born nine daughters and six sons. She was the thirteenth loving child, one of great promise and blessing. At an early age she was born into Christ at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Pine Mountain, Georgia. She matriculated through the Harris County School System and graduated from Carver High School, Class of 1969. Lucille then attended Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, Georgia. She was united in Holy matrimony to Bishop Matthew Robinson. His steps were ordered by the Lord to establish and nurture numerous churches in several eastern states. As his wife and an anointed, devoted and committed servant of God, she traveled with him serving in various capacities as her gift made room. After he departed this life, she returned home to her beloved family and community. She then united herself in service at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on February 28, 2001. Her love of God and His people gave her unspeakable joy as she submitted herself to songs of praise as Minister of Music and Soloist.  She was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in November 28, 2004, and she availed herself to the teaching and preaching the gospel. Lucille’s service on earth ended as her spirit took flight to be with the Lord.  However, her time of continuous praise has been elevated to a new height. She was preceded in death by her loving parents Mr. and Mrs. Abbie and Mary Shepherd, Sr.; her devoted husband, Bishop Matthew Robinson; four brothers:  Willie George Shepherd, Virgil Shepherd, Wilbur Shepherd, and Abbie Shepherd, Jr.; and five sisters: Sara Lee Gates, Catherine Hill, Carrie Shepherd, Claudia Ellison and Lena Shepherd. Leaving to cherish her memories, three sisters:  Elizabeth Hill, Dorothy Williams, and Vernetta Shepherd; two brothers:  Earl( Mary) Shepherd and Leonard Shepherd; also to cherish her memories she leaves:  two sisters-in- law:  Janet Shepherd and Vivian Shepherd; brother-in-law, Joseph Ellison; and a nephew whom she nurtured, Adrian Shepherd; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The Family received friends in the Chapel of Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home last Sunday from 5:00 – 7:00. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday at 12:00 Noon on the grounds of Shiloh Baptist Church. Interment followed at Shepherd Family Cemetery.



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