On July 31, 2015, while at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Lee Otis Butler Jr., 76, of Sparta, made his final journey to be with the Lord.
He was born June 7, 1939, in Lamar County, Barnesville, Georgia, the son of Lee Otis Butler Sr. and Gladys Keadle Butler.
Mr. Butler served his country in U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force and was a Master Mason. He attended Central Church of Christ.
Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia (Patty) Butler of Sparta; children, Darlene Nealey-Hickman and husband Jeff, Brent Nealey and wife April, Robbin Butler-Glass, Rae Butler-Herndon and husband Richard, Lee O. (Trey) Butler, III and wife Jacquelyn; siblings, Ann Butler Harden and husband Jack; and grandchildren, Michael Nealey, Kyle Brown, Eric Glass, Cori Brown Strickland, Alicia Nealey, Brittany Herndon, Matthew Levi Herndon, Trevor Evans, Gracie Butler, Emma Cooper and Beckett Butler.
Memorial services will be in Barnesville, Georgia.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Though they have been busy with camps and workouts all summer, the Lamar County Trojans officially opened practice for the 2015 season Monday with preseason conditioning drills. The Trojans will do full contact work for the first time at a midnight scrimmage at Trojan Field Friday night/Saturday morning.
The ‘practice’ begins at midnight. One-on-one board drills will commence at about 12:30 a.m. There will be a 35-minute controlled scrimmage at 12:45 a.m.
New GHSA contact guidelines limit the amount of scrimmage time. Admission for the event is a box of Tide detergent or Tide liquid detergent. The midnight event takes advantage of GHSA’s mandate that football practice in pads cannot begin until August 1. That is also the first day practices are allowed for high school softball, cross-country, volleyball and cheerleading squads.
Gordon State College resident students will begin moving into the residence halls on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 11 with Fall 2015 Semester classes set to get under way Wednesday, Aug. 12. [Full Story »]
Mr. Charles “Harold” Matthews, age 101, of Barnesville passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in a Barnesville Healthcare Facility. He was the son of the late Mr. James A. Matthews and the late Malinda Graddick Matthews, and was also preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Louise Porch Matthews. A native of Forsyth, he was a lifelong resident of Lamar County. Mr. Matthews was a WWII Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in both Africa and Italy. He retired as Personnel Manager from the William Carter Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnesville, where he had served as a Life Deacon, Assistant Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher and Training Union Director. Mr. Matthews also served as Past President of the Lamar Civic League, served on the Board of Trustees for Gordon College, and on the Lamar County Health Board. Mr Matthews was also a member of both the American Legion and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars).
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