Mrs. Joyce "Carlene" Lyles Reeves, age 80, of Barnesville Ga. passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in an Upson County Healthcare facility. She was the only child of the late Mr. William Carlis Lyles and the late Mrs. Ophas Dockery Lyles. Mrs. Reeves was also preceded in death by her Husband, Mr. Howard Walter Reeves, her Daughter, Mrs. Terri Cochran, and her Step Mother, Mrs. Nettie Mae Lyles. Upon graduation from Gordon Military high school in 1954, Mrs. Reeves went to work for Southern Bell as a telephone operator, where she was a pioneer in the telephone industry. She was Member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Reeves was a Girl Scout leader and volunteered at Heritage Inn nursing home.
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Mr. Ralph Salter Barron, 96, of Barnesville, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at his home. Mr. Barron was born November 4, 1920, in the Liberty Hill Community, son of the late Salter Seaborn and Sara Thompson Barron. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. Barron formerly served as the Barnesville City Manager for many years. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a crew chief in Shipdham, England and Benghazi. Mr. Barron loved playing golf and gardening.
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The 21st annual Barnesville Game and Fish Banquet is scheduled for Thursday evening, Jan. 26 in the gym of First Baptist Church in Barnesville.
The evening begins with free seminars at 6 p.m. and the banquet begins at 7 p.m. in the gym. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale at Akins Farm and Home and through the office at First Baptist. Tables for 10 may be purchased in advance for $80. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The 50-minute seminars will feature your choice of “Hunting Simulator” with DNR Ranger Keith Page for the kids, “Turkey Hunting” with veteran turkey caller Chad Sanders, “Shotgun Shooting 101” with clay target shooting instructor Greg Hammock and “Bow Hunting.”
Back by popular demand is special speaker Jimmy Sites, host of Spiritual Outdoor Adventures, now in its 15th year. SOA seeks to use hunting and fishing stories to communicate the spiritual teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jimmy and his wife, Amanda, make their home in Nashville.
This year First Baptist will again be supplying the meats, which will include barbecue pork and fried fish. More than 75 door prizes will be given away, including a grand prize. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.
For more information, contact First Baptist Church at 770-358-2353.
Mr. David Albert Preston, 77, of the Johnstonville Community,Lamar County, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at Coliseum Medical Center, after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Preston was born October 31, 1939, in Marietta, son of the late John Gray and Elizabeth Walker Preston.
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The Lamar County commission announced the three finalists for the position of county fire chief at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The position was vacated last year when Chief Steve Andrews fell ill and subsequently died. [Full Story »]
The annual Martin Luther King Day observance drew a large crowd for the march to the courthouse where participants heard moving remarks from Rev. Craig Ogletree and district attorney Jonathan Adams, the keynote speakers.
The crowd welcomed the warm weather for the normally frigid event.
With a change in sponsorship, the annual celebration to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will continue to be held on the holiday, January 16.
The Lamar Chapter of the NAACP is handling details for the event. Plans include a continental breakfast at E.P. Roberts Center, 188 Mill Street, at 8 a.m., followed by a march to the courthouse. A speaker and soloist will be featured at the courthouse, according to NAACP president Barbara Minter, and the group will march back to the center.
Local musicians, color guard and other details are pending, said Minter. Plans were made at the chapter meeting last week, when new officers were installed by Henry Wilder, president of the Upson NAACP Chapter. The chapter is seeking donations of food for the breakfast. Call Minter at 770-584-4361. The officers are Minter, president; Richard Miller, vice president; Christopher Hightower, second vice president; Anita Reid, secretary; Juanita Fletcher, assistant secretary; Cynthia Banks, treasurer, and Joe Hudson, honorary senior advisor.
The 2017 outstanding citizen and businessperson of the year will be honored alongside other exceptional citizens at the annual Community Awards Banquet Jan. 19 at the civic center. Tickets for the banquet are available at the chamber of commerce for $25 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. Jan.16.
Those nominated for outstanding citizen are the late fire chief Steve Andrews, Patricia Peurifoy of Dolly Goodpuppy, United Bank president Robbie Tenney, assistant city manager Tim Turner and sheriff Brad White.
The businessperson nominees are Debbie Adamson of DB’s Pizzeria, Stacey Ard of Coastal Home Care, Maxine Gibson and Angela Tipton of Goggans Florist, Ronald Horton of the Horton's Rendezvous, Kim Ozier of Ozier Dance and John, Glen and Russ Walters of Sunny Grove Assisted Living Center.
Also to be honored are the community’s farmer of the year, career woman of the year, law enforcement officer of the year, Britton Cauthen firefighter of the year, volunteer of the year and the STAR student and teacher.
For additional information contact the chamber at 770-358-5884.
Dr. Hewlette Collier Connell died on January 7, 2017, in Williamsburg, VA where he lived with his beloved wife of thirty-seven years, Marty K. Connell, and a succession of dogs whom he spoiled terribly and unapologetically.
He was born on August 16, 1932, in Barnesville, GA, the only child of Doris Collier and George Boyce Connell, Commandant at Gordon Military College. In addition to the normal pursuits of a young boy in small town, Depression era Georgia, Hew caddied at the local golf course and entered into a lifelong love of the game. If he wasn't caddying he was playing, ultimately becoming a scratch handicap golfer.
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