Benjamin Roper Williamson, Sr.

Benjamin Roper Williamson, Sr., age 69, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA.

“Benny” Williamson was born and raised in Monticello. His parents were the late Glen Franklin Williamson and Nola Etta Caroline Roper Williamson.  He lived in Covington for a number of years before returning to Monticello nine years ago. 

Benny was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Eatonton, Georgia.  He loved riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, taking trips to the mountains and bear hunting.  Before retirement, he owned and operated Atlanta Pallet Company. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Twanna Elaine Williamson; and brother, Glen Rogers “Rod” Williamson.  He is survived by his wife, Robyn Brown Williamson of Barnesville; children, Benjamin Roper Williamson, Jr.  of Barnesville, Judy Arlene (Monty Brent) Willard of Covington and Michael Keith Williamson of Monticello; grandchildren, Joshua
Daniel Rodriguez, Jessica Elizabeth
Rodriguez, Jeremiah Brent Willard,
Timothy Ryan Willard, Dereck
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Donald Frank Jones
Donald Frank Jones, age 69, of Shady Dale, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Jasper Memorial Hospital. He
was born in Macon, Georgia, to the late Claude Franklin Jones and Lee Cofer Jones.  He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Middle Georgia College. 

Donald Jones served in the United States Navy Seabees during the Vietnam Conflict.  He lived in Dacula, Georgia, for a number of years before moving to Jasper County fifteen years ago.  He attended the Monticello Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Walton Masonic Lodge #200 F&AM in Shady Dale.  He loved to hunt and fish.  He also enjoyed driving hot rods and his tractor, and collecting classic cars. He was a devoted grandpapa and especially enjoyed picking up and cracking pecans with his grandchildren. Before retirement, he worked as a construction superintendent for Southern Pan Structures. 

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Smith Jones of Shady Dale; children, Amanda  Jones McKenney
(Tony)  of Pelham,  Alabama; Derrick
Franklin Jones (Marci); and step-son,
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Bernard Dills

Bernard Dills, Jr., age 79, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, at his residence in Monticello. He was born and raised in Franklin, North Carolina. His parents were the late Bernard Dills, Sr. and Myrtle Tallent Dills. 

Mr. Dills was a member of the Watauga Baptist Church in Franklin, North Carolina.  He moved to Monticello in 1960. Bernard Dills served in the U. S. Navy. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his family. 

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jackie Glenn Dills; brothers, Gary Dills, Lewis Dills and Wallace Tallent; and sisters, Leota Williams and Dottie Scott.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Judy Williamson Dills of Monticello; daughter, JaLita Suttles of Monticello; son, Steven Dills of Monticello; grandchildren, Brittney Suttles, Jacqueline Suttles, Chassidy Pendergrass and Chasen Pendergrass; great grandchildren, Jace Campbell, and Saydey Allen; and sisters,
Nita Tippett of Virginia and Bell Gibson
of Franklin, North Carolina.  He was ...
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Susan Heard Stephens

Susan Heard Stephens, September 13, 1920-July 3, 2017, passed away Monday at The Retreat in Monticello, Georgia.  Susan Stephens was born in Elberton, Georgia, to the late George Erskine Heard and Lottie Seymour Heard.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Carolyn Fuller, Hazel Bartow, Jean Holland, Martha Farris, and brothers Bedford Heard and George Heard.

Susan spent her early childhood in the mountains near Baldwin, Georgia, where her father was involved in the building of Lake Burton and Lake Rabun. She then moved to Atlanta where she attended Girls’ High School and then to Albany, Georgia where she graduated from Albany High School in 1937.  In 1939, she married Forrest Stephens in a marriage that lasted 55 years, until his death in 1994.  In 1992, she and Forrest moved to Monticello, Georgia to be near children and grandchildren where they remained until their deaths.

Susan was an expert seamstress, gardener, and homemaker.  She was a member of the Dougherty
County Home Demonstration Club and
won many awards  for her canning,
flowers, and sewing projects including
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Hoyt Eugene (Gene) Batchelor, Sr.

Hoyt Eugene “Gene” Batchelor, Sr., age 79, of Morrow, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at his residence.

Gene Batchelor was born in Jasper County, to the late Joseph Roy Batchelor and Vulula Long Batchelor.  He was a 1955 graduate of Monticello High School.  He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Gene moved to Morrow, Georgia in the mid 1970’s and worked as an insurance salesman.  He was an active member of Glen Haven Baptist Church and the church Sunday school class; and a former member of Parkway Baptist Church, where he sang in the church choir.  He was a member of the Kiwanis Club. 

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Clyde Wilks Batchelor; step-daughter, Linda Gale Bramlett; and brothers and sister, Frederick Adair “Freddy” Batchelor, Joseph Wendell Batchelor and Mary Elizabeth Batchelor Carswell.

He is survived by his son, Hoyt Eugene
“Butch” Batchelor, Jr. of Derry, New
Hampshire; granddaughter, Kimberly
Nicole Batchelor of Chester, New...
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James Archie Harrell

James Archie Harrell, age 77, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

James “Jim” Harrell was born in Milan, Georgia, to the late John D. Harrell and Lillian Nordeci Cravey Harrell.  In addition to his parents, his brother Rozier Marvin Harrell preceded him in death.

He attended Georgia Southern University before moving to Atlanta to begin his career in Pharmaceutical Sales. While working in the pharmaceutical field, he held several positions and six times was awarded the President’s Club Award.  While living in Decatur, his love of deer hunting brought him to Jasper County in 1974.

James served on the Piedmont Academy Board of Directors, the Jasper Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Board of Tax Assessors, and the Board of Directors at Hunter Pope Country Club.  He was a member of the Jasper Masonic Lodge #50F&AM.  He served as Past President of Hunter Pope County Club and was instrumental in
enlarging the golf course from a nine
hole to an eighteen hole course.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Shope...
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Jeanette Wyatt White Hunter
Jeanette Wyatt White Hunter, age 90, of Hillsboro passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Covenant of Golden Age in Jackson, Georgia.

Jeanette White Hunter was born in Farrar, Georgia on October 11, 1926.  Her parents were the late Walker Wyatt and Clutie Kelly Wyatt.  She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Virgil Odell White, Jr. and Boyd Clay Hunter; son-in-law, Wayne K. English; grandchild, Charles Robert Garrard, III; and brother, Jack Wyatt.

She was the former activities director for The Retreat Nursing Home.  She was a member of the Pink Ladies at Jasper Memorial Hospital, and a state officer in the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary in Eatonton.  She was a member of Hillsboro Baptist Church, the Back Porch Gang and the Loraine Dumas Outreach Ministry. 

Jeanette was a beautiful woman who loved to dance, especially to the music her late husband Virgil played and sang.  She loved helping and serving others.  She always had a precious smile for everyone she met.  “Granet” always enjoyed special occasions with
family and friends.  She was
loved by her children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren.  She died
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Joseph Dewitt Penn, Jr.

Joseph Dewitt Penn Jr., 82, of Monticello, Georgia, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017 surrounded by family and lifelong friend. 

J.D was born on August 1, 1934 in Monticello, Georgia.  He was the son of Joseph Dewitt Penn and Mary Ruth Oxford Penn. He attended Monticello High School during which time he was the first Jasper County master 4-H’er. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated from University of Florida Forest Ranger School in 1958.

He married Patricia Burke in 1960, moved to McDonough where he raised his family and owned and operated Penn Pulpwood Company for over forty years.  J.D. was an active member of First Baptist Church of McDonough where he enjoyed his Sunday school class.

After fifty-four years in McDonough,  J.D. returned to his childhood home  in Monticello, renewing friendships
and rejoining Monticello Baptist Church.

J.D. is preceded in death by his parents,
Joseph Dewitt Penn and Mary Ruth
Oxford Penn Murphy, his wife of 50  years,
Patricia Burke Penn as well as  his brother,
Edward Davis  Penn.     Read more

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