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Page 6A January 24, 2018 Reporter Rev. James Floyd Hunnicutt Sept. 11, 1927 - January 18, 2018 Rev. James Floyd Hunnicutt, 90, of Juliette, passed away January 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born September 11', 1927 to Grace and Willie Jim Hunnicutt, he lived his entire life in Juliette, Georgia. He met and married the love of his life, Vivian Chambless in 1944 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before her death in 1994. He served as a Private in the United States Army dur- ing World War II. After serving in the Army, he returned to Juliette and worked for the Juliette Milling Company, serving as the Superintendent until the mill burned in the early 1970's. He worked and retired from Georgia Power Company, Plant Scherer. He also served for many years on the Monroe County Board of Education and the Monroe County Board of Registrars. He served in the ministry of the Lord starting as an ordained deacon and then becoming an ordained min- ister, serving at Logwall Baptist Church, Juliette Baptist Church and Enon Baptist Church before retiring. He was a member of Maynard Baptist Church in Forsyth, Georgia. He is predeceased by his parents, Grace and Willie Jim Hunnicutt; his wife, Vivian Chambless Hunnicutt, two sis- ters, Edna McGhee and Lou Tillman and a brother, Tommy Hunnicutt. Survivors include: Children, Dianne (Wayne) Pippin, of Forsyth; Mike (Darnell) Hunnicutt, of Juliette; and Lindy (Wayne) Smith of Forsyth. Grandchildren: Sherry (Dean) O'Neal; Ginny(Don) Sapp; Stacey Hunnicutt; Matt Pippin; Kit (Nichole) Hunnicutt; Andy (Brianna) Hunnicutt. Great Grandchildren: Robyn (Scott) Davidson; Erika (Dusty) Long; Joey (Jennifer) Bryant; Mitchell Bryant; Kayla Pippin; Eilly Pippin; Addison Hunnicutt; Kirsten Hunnicutt; Harleigh Hunnicutt and Lexi Hunnicutt. Great-Great Grandchildren: Carolyn Davidson; Alivia "Livi" Long; Evan Bryant; Luke Davidson and Emmie Kate Bryant. Siblings: Betty Wood, Mary Pritchett and Gall Cochran and a host of nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday January 20, 2018 at Maynard Baptist Church, Forsyth, Georgia, with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Ken Chambless and Dr. Marvin Lee officiated. Family may be contacted at 281 English Road, Forsyth, Georgia. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of arrangements. Robert Franklin'Bob' Burson May 16, 1931 - Dec. 6, 2017 Forsyth - Robert Franklin "Bob" Burson passed away. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Burial will be private.The family will greet friends the day of the service from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Bob was born May 16, 1931, in Statharn. His parents James Franklin and Evelyn Peacock Burson and his son, Kenneth Alan Burson, preceded him in death. He attend- ed school in Atlanta. Bob served three years in the US Naval Reserve as an air traffic controller and worked for the FAA as an air traffic controller in the Atlanta Center and in the Atlanta Tower of the Atlanta Airport. He learned to fly airplanes in 1952 and was a pilot for Eastern Airlines from June 1966 thru early retirement in August 1989. He married his wife Gwen in March 1963. They cel- ebrated 54 years together in March 2017. Survivors include his wife, Gwynda Street Burson of Forsyth; son, Stephen Y. Burson and his wife Brooke of Conyers; three grandsons, Jimmy Burson, Adam Burson and Ryan Burson; three granddaughters, Nikki Dayton, Alana Pons and Christina McLendon; six great grandsons and two great granddaughters. Please visit to express tributes.Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements. William Walter Jackson April 23, 1925 - Jan. 19, 2018 Juliette -William Walter Jackson passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Graveside services were held Sunday, Jan. 21 at Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mark Goolsby officiated. Mr. Jackson, the son of the late Thomas Elmo Jackson and Minnie Lou Bostick Jackson, was born April 23, 1925, in Roberta. His wife, Tommie Edna Jackson, preceded him in death. He retired from the Georgia Forestry Commission as a supervisor, serving Monroe, Bibb and Crawford Counties. He was a member of East Juliette Baptist Church and a member of the Georgia Forestry Commission Retiree Association. Mr. Jackson is survived by his daughters, Brenda (Jim) Goolsby of Griffin and Sheila (Jimmy) Smith of Forsyth; four grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Maynard BaptiSt Church Building Fund, Post Office Box 576, Forsyth, Ga 31029. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements. ! ! Monroe County Commissioners approved by a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Jan. 16 to appoint Larry Burney to the Hospital Authority of Monroe County. Burney, a financial advisor, replaces Marion McMillan, who sent a Jan. 5 letter of resigna- tion to commissioners. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said McMillan, who has served on the board for 18 years, wants addi- tional time to travel now that his wife is retiring and their children live out of town. District 3 commissioner John ! Ambrose cast the lone dissenting vote. Ambrose said he wanted to table the vote until a future meeting because he wasn't aware of McMillan's resignation until Tuesday's meeting. Continued from page 1A Pangle was able to recover all three, as well as Johnson's Mary Persons High School class ring. "Every fire scene is dif- ferent," he said. '"this one was particularly difficult. I wouldn't even let any of my guys attempt to get the rings because the structure wasn't well supported after the fire. It's the luck of the draw some- times what we're able to recover. We were very lucky we were able to recover them all for Dalton. We see a lot of loss in our job. Finding these rings represents something good that came out of a terrible situation." The weight of the water used to douse the fire at Park Canyon the morning of Dec. 15 col- lapsed Johnson's second story apartment down onto the floor level. The water rushed through the first level and threw the door open. In the process, the night- ' stand, where the rings had been housed, was smashed to pieces. "To be able to find the rings after that hap- pened is insane," said Johnson, a business management major expected to graduate in fall 2018. "I was disap- pointed, but I knew I was fortunate because most everything in my apartment was replace- You never said I'm leaving, You never said goodbye. You were gone before I knew it, And only God knew why. A million times I needed you, A million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died. In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still In my heart you hold a place, ]hat no one could ever fill. It broke my heart to lose you, But you didn't go alone. For part of me went with you, The day God took you home. 'l, iF m.7. A xander July 17, 1985-January 21, 2011 Mom & Dad, and the Alexander family. able. It wasn't until "When you coach these later that I was able to guys you're not just see the damage and how their coach; you develop all the stuff was meshed a relationship with together. I can't believe them, a friendship that my rings were recov- lasts for years. I didn't ered." want it to be his apart- Johnson had already ment. I appreciate this left for his home in community so much. Forsyth for winter break Everyone is asking if when the Ewe occurred, he needs anything. If He received a text from he had needed help, we a friend that contained would have been able to a link to a news story replace his whole apart- about the fire. The cause ment based on the calls is still undetermined, I received." Pangle said. Pangle knows what it's Ben Rickett, golf coach like to have that kind at Dalton State, received of relationship with a a text about the fire and coach, as McGrew was went to check which his coach when he was building it was, knowing in high school. Johnson had already left "To have the coaches for the holidays, come up to the scene "I wanted to be able like they did the morn- to tell him it wasn't his ing of the fire speaks building," Rickett said. well of them and the "Jim McGrew, also a golf athletics program at coach for the College, Dalton State," he said. went over there. I was "It shows what a per- worried we wouldn't sonal interest they take get up to the scene, but in their students." everyone knew Coach "People went above McGrew from his time and beyond for people at coaching Northwest they didn't even know," Whitfield High School, Rickett said. "It's a nice and they waved us thing to be part of and through, to witness. There's not "Dalton has been here enough of this in the 3.5 years now," he said. world." The rest areas on 1-75 south in Monroe and 1-475 north in Bibb counties will close for reno- vations on Monday, Jan. 29 for as many as 150 days, the DOT announced on Tuesday. Motorists will have no access to the rest areas' driveways, parking areas or buildings during this renova- tion and beautification time. Signs will soon be up informing visitors of the scheduled closures. Remodeling and renovation of both rest areas will include parking lot repair, drainage repair, parking lot re-striping, repair existing sidewalks, landscaping, ADA paths of travel upgrades, picnic canopy repair, roof and gutter replacement, replacement of HVAC systems, repair and/or replacement of all exterior and interior lighting with LED lighting, installation of occupancy sensors to lighting in restrooms, replacement of existing toilet fixtures with auto- matic flush valves, replacement of floor tile in all areas, replacement of counters, mirrors and electric hand dryers, repair and repainting of all walls and ceilings. These major renovations were awarded to Headley Construction Corp. at a construction cost of $3 million and are expected to be com- pleted by June 28, 2018. Funds for the renovation and beautification of the Georgia welcome centers and rest areas come from revenues collected from the Georgia LOGO program. The Georgia LOGO program offers businesses advertising along highway interchanges through placement of names and logos on signs approaching exits. It generates approximately $3.3 million annually. his grandmother's house in the same Continued from page 1A neighborhood so he could ask her for home about a bur- money. glary in progress at Jones told Ahlstrom a trailer park. While he was watching TV in en route, dispatchers the living room when notified the deputies he heard a knock at that the male suspect, the door. Jones said later identified as he opened the door Taylor, was being held to see who it was at at gunpoint on the which point Taylor ground. When depu- said, "Motherf- give ties arrived, a femaleme your money." Jones resident, identified said he saw Taylor, as Niesha Craig, was who had a jacket over standing in the middle his face, raise his gun of the road flagging up and point it at down the deputies, him as he entered his Craig took off running home. Jones said he to the back of the trail- then grabbed a hold er park as Ahlstrom of the gun and pushed pulled into the drive: Taylor out of the door, way. Ahlstrom followed causing them both to Craig to where Taylor fall down the steps off was being held down the front porch. Once on the ground while on the ground, Jones Taylor's Taurus .38 said he held down revolver was on the Taylor with help from hood of a nearby car. his brother, Darren Ahlstrom then hand- Davis, and Craig, who cuffed Taylor and led came outside. Jones him to his patrol car said once he wrestled while Haskins secured the gun away from the gun. Ahlstrom Taylor, he fired it into then called Monroe the air and told Taylor County EMTs to the not to cause him scene because Taylor to have to kill him. said his shoulder was Ahlstrom later found dislocated. Taylor Taylor's jacket, which repeatedly said he was ripped around the didn't do anything, hood. Jones said he and Ahlstrom asked recognized Taylor and Taylor what had hap- had previously ordered pened. Taylor said him to stay off of his he went to the home property. of Robert Jones to go Craig, who said she inside and "snatch" was also watching TV some weed. Taylor when Taylor knocked said he didn't know at the door, confirmed anyone was inside. Jones' account of the Taylor said he turned incident. Davis, who the doorknob to see lives next door, also if the front door was confirmed Jones' story. locked at which point Ahlstrom then entered Jones came outside into evidence the gun and attacked him. and a pair of black Taylor admitted he gloves Taylor was intended to break wearing. After Taylor into Jones' home but received treatment said he never had a at Monroe County chance to commit a Hospital, he wa taken crime. 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