Ronald Lee Beekman

Ronald Lee Beekman, age 61, of Monticello, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle.

Ronald Beekman was born in Hialeah, Florida to the late Ora Raymond Beekman and Flora Virginia Monk Beekman.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Charles Beekman. 

He lived at Lake Sinclair before moving to Monticello in 2012.  Before retirement, he was a welder and managed D&H Enterprise for sixteen years.

Ronald Beekman loved to fish, hunt and go airboating in the Everglades.  He enjoyed picking up bottles and cans on the highway and was lovingly known as the “can man” in Jasper County.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Woods Beekman of Monticello; son, David Lee Beekman of Monticello; brothers, Bill Dennis Beekman of Gaffney, South Carolina and Michael DeMont Beekman of Loganville; sister,
Glenda Watson Tidwell of Covington
and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Betty  Faye Rockwell Seale

Betty Faye Rockwell Seale, age 80, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017, at Piedmont Newton Medical Center in Covington, Georgia.

Faye Seale was born in Whiteville, North Carolina and her parents were the late Clyde Rockwell and Sana Jolly Rockwell.  She and her late husband, Clarence Perry “Bubba” Seale moved from Whiteville to Monticello over thirty years ago.  Her dear friend Ed Johnson also preceded her in death.

Faye loved to play golf, dance and attend the socials at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, and she loved her cat, Miss Blackie. Faye worked for the City of Covington’s Water Department and retired from Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company in Macon.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Carl Wayne and Susan Seale of Clarkton, North Carolina and dear friends, Ralph and Linda Lam and Doug
Ledford of Monticello. 

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Calvin Williams Avant

Calvin Williams Avant, age 71, of Jones County, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017, in Macon.

Calvin Avant was born in Jones County to the late Herman Glover Avant and Sybil Williams Avant.  Calvin served in the U. S. Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock during the Vietnam Conflict.

Calvin Avant loved hunting, gardening and spending time with his grandsons.  He also enjoyed Saturday morning yard sales and traveling.  Before retirement, he worked as an engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. 

Calvin was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie Louise Harrison Avant and his sister, Shirley Anne Avant.

He is survived by his loving companion, Wylene Moore of Jones County; sons, Cliff (Nikki) Avant of Gray and Dan Avant of Hillsboro; grandsons, Colson Avant, Cayden Avant, Jackson Avant, and Benjamin Calvin
Avant; brothers, Hunter Avant and
Herman “Buddy” Avant of Hillsboro;
and sisters, Frances Pope of Haddock,
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Elizabeth Bailey Roberts

Elizabeth Bailey Roberts, age 77, of Monticello, passed away September 8, 2017, at her home on Dogwood Lane, Monticello, Georgia. Elizabeth was born in Monticello to the late Troy Key Bailey, Sr. and Minnie Lee Waits Bailey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Troy Key Bailey, Jr. and Dr. Robert Henry Bailey. She lived her entire life in Jasper County, except for three years in Norfolk, Virginia where her husband, W. Dan Roberts, was stationed in the Navy and three years in Jesup, Georgia.

She was a Monticello High School graduate and attended The University of Georgia where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She was a member of  Monticello First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, W. Dan Roberts; daughter, Tracy R. Deleza Wood and husband, Max Wood, of Monticello, and son, Dan Kennon Roberts and wife, Kim Roberts, of Monticello; and grandchildren, Dan Lagree Roberts and wife Kayla Roberts, of Savannah, Anthony Gerard Deleza, Jr., of Atlanta, Wyley
Andrew Deleza, of Monticello, William
Kennon Roberts, of Raleigh, NC, and
Elizabeth Grace Roberts...  Read more

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George Allison "Butch" Cunard

George Allison “Butch” Cunard, age 75, of Monticello, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017, at Pleasantview Nursing Center in Metter, Georgia. Butch was a lifelong resident of Jasper County. His parents were the late John Neal Cunard and Clyde Yancy Cunard.

He was a Monticello High School graduate and served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. Before retirement, he worked with Equine Rescue and maintenance for the Georgia State Department of Agriculture.
He is survived by his son, Chad (Misty) Cunard of Monticello; granddaughters, Clair (Tristan) Harper and
April Cunard; and faithful companion, Trudy.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Prospect United Methodist
Church in Mansfield. Rev. Charles Roper will officiate. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Equine Rescue League
P. O. Box 328,
Bethlehem, GA 30520.

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Glen Everett McElheney

Glen Everett McElheney was born June 4, 1944, in Monticello, Georgia and died Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, at The Retreat, in Monticello. He was the son of William Howard and Annabel Waits McElheney.

He was a graduate of Jasper County High School and The University of Georgia. After college he served in The United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division artillery, in Vietnam during the height of that war.  After returning home, he moved to Atlanta and later Lilburn and was employed by IRS. After he retired he moved back to Monticello and enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new ones. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Bill McElheney.  He is survived by his sisters, Beverly Whitehurst and Miriam (Phillip) Jordan of Monticello; nephews and niece, Scott McElheney, Justin (Alicia) McElheney, Anna (Josh) Sitz, Wiley (Sonya) Jordan, and Alex Jordan; and great nephews and nieces, Will McElheney, Emily McElheney, Liam Sitz, Eli Sitz, Julia Sitz, David  McElheney,
Sarah McElheney, and Grady Jordan.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00
A.M. Saturday, September 9, 2017,
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Robert Willard Lawrence

Robert Willard Lawrence, age 57, of North Miami, Florida passed away August 11, 2017, in Florida.

Robert Lawrence was born on May 12, 1960.  He was a lifelong resident of North Miami, Florida.  He loved playing golf and being on the water.

He is survived by his parents, Willard A. Lawrence and Phyllis Littleford Lawrence of Turtle Cove, Monticello, Georgia; long-time girlfriend, Dianne Belmonte of Florida; brother, Mark (Maribeth) Lawrence of Ooltewah, Tennessee; nieces, Sofia Y. Lawrence and Riana E. (Taylor) Lamuyon; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Monticello First United Methodist Church.  Rev. Nathaniel Long and Dr. John Brown will officiate.

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Mary Blanche Lewis Osborne

Mary Blanche Lewis Osborne, age 82, was born September 17, 1934, in Ashe County, North Carolina, to the late Vincent Arthur and Emma Nelson Lewis. She passed away Friday, August 18, 2017, at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle, Georgia.

Mrs. Osborne managed the family farm, including chicken houses, a large garden, and a deer cooler. She loved growing flowers, fishing, sewing, quilting and making jelly.  She was a member of Adgateville, Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother.  She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lenson Lee “Ozzie” Osborne; children, Lenson and Kathy Osborne, of Greenwood, S.C.; Mary and Carl Murphy, and Malintha and Phil Chaffin  of Monticello; and Emma and Floyd Tillman and Teresa and Sidney Womack of Hillsboro, Georgia. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lea Murphy, Tabetha Murphy, Melissa Skinner, Amy Presley, Christy Richardson, Shane Greenway, Malette Wilson, Lee Ann Starnes, Katelen Barger, Tom Chaffin, Jessica Nichole Chaffin, Tommy Womack and William Womack.
In addition, she is survived by
twenty four great grandchildren
and by her sister, Tressie
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