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Page 6A iRL 3ort r February 6, 2019 tN LOVING Kennie Bowman Sr. October 15, 1937 - February 1, 2019 Forsyth - Kennie Eugene Bowman Sr who passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, and his wife, Mary Ann Glover Bow- - man, who passed away Jan. 25, 2019, had a dual service on Feb. 3,2019, at Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jones- boro, La. with interment at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Driskill Moun- tain. Kennie Eugene Bowman Sr IHE IIOWMAI was born on Oct. 15, 1937, in rural Bienville Parish, La. near Driskill Mountain to Howard Eugene and Lorena Mae Bowman,who both preceded him in death. Ken- nie was an only child, but was raised up in the commu- nity with numerous cousins to play with. Kennie attended Arcadia High School where he was active on the basketball team as a point guard. He graduated in 1955 and began his studies at Louisiana Tech University. During the summer of 1956, he met the love of his life Mary Ann Glover. Upon graduation in 1959, Kennie and Mary Ann were married, and they began pursuing graduate degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Kennie and Mary Ann had three children. Their first born was Kennie E. Bowman Jr, who preceded him in death in 1975. The second born was Chris L. Bowman and the youngest was Debra Bowman Cooper. Kennie loved his children, but there became a whole different level of love and adoration when he became a grandfa- ther He loved and adored his five grandchildren, Colby Bowman, Casey Bowman, Carley Bowman, Justin Cooper and Ashley Cooper Kennie and Mary Ann during their 62-year, 7-month andi21,day relationship had a true partnership in ev- that they did. While living in Minden, La. and evea they moved to Jonesboro, they both taught School in their church. Kennie was active in theJaycees from local level all the way to national vice president. He served on the Jackson Parish Police Jury and on numerous boards throughout the parish. Kennie's first careers were in hospital administration and he transitioned that knowledge of management to s#lf-employment ventures throughout his life. Kennie and Mary Ann became self-employed by owning three convenience food stores. In 1996, Kennie and Mary Ann began their last business venture together by pur- chasing a KOA Kampground in Forsyth. They operated this business together until their deaths. Kennie was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, and friend to many. He will be missed dearly. Funeral services were officiated by Dr Herb Dicker- son, with music provided by Melanie Martin. Serving as pall bearers are Andy Brown, Todd Cooper, Randy McKinney, Todd Till, Mark Treadway and Keith Wat- kins. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. "Chuck" George Aj ust tii D60- January 26, 2019 :: c0n :Charles "Chuck" George Burton, Jr. passed a caySatur&y, Jan. 26, 2019. No services are planned. ChuckS:born Aug. 11, !960, in Macon. His Wilson Burton and his brother, Alan Bru . n, preceded him in death. be sorely missed by his family and friends. i Please to expre tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Vince Evans September 30, 1930 - January 29, 2019 Forsyth - Funeral services for Mr. V'mce Evans, 88, were held Saturday, Feb. 2 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Forsyth. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Survivors include his sons, Vince Evans and Nathan- iel Hartsfield; sisters, Shirley Smith, Eddie B. Cunning- and Remona (Ron) McDaniel; brothers, Roosevelt Evans, Ralph (Kay) Evans and a host of relatives and friends. Freeman Funeral Home of Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 V'meville Ave.r Maconr GA 31208 C !O By Dkme Glidewell news@rnymcmet Rilyn McKallip is Mary Persons 2019 STAR student, and last Wednesday she surprised her Advanced Placement calculus teacher, Elizabeth Barber, with the news that she is Rilyn's choice for 2019 STAR teacher. Rilyn actually slipped out of her AP calculus dass to return later with flowers, school ad- ministrators, local STAR student/teach- er sponsor Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and media to give Barber the announcement. "She's really an awesome teacher;' Rilyn said of Barber. The STAR student/teacher program honors the graduating senior who earns the highest SAT score in his or her class. The student must also be in the top 10 percent of the graduat- ing dass in grade point average as reflected in freshman through junior year grades. The SAT score must be on a single two-part (verbal and math) test taken before Nov. 3, 2018, and the score must be equal to or higher than the national SAT average. Rilyn scored 1,570 (out of a perfect 1,600) on the SAT she took in December 2017. She only took the test one other time, in August 2017. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) sponsors the STAR student/teacher program, which has continued annually since 1959 and has recognized over 27,000 students. PAGE has more than 95,000 members. From school STAR winners, a regional winner is chosen, and from the regional winners, a state winner is selected. Monroe County is in Region 6 with Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Craw- ford, Crisp, Dodge, Dool$ Houston, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Macon, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilcox and Wilkinson counties and Dublin City school systems. Private schools compete against students in the public school system of the district where they are located. Monroe County has had only two region winners: Benjamin Zellner in 1960 and Kenneth Marvin Pryse in 1964. Rilyn lives in the Smarr area with her parents, Rob and Jill McKallip, and younger sisters and brother. She has attended Monroe County schools since she was in 3rd grade, progressing from T.G. Scott to Monroe County Middle School to Mary Persons. Her mother teaches at Mary Persons, and her father teaches at Mercer Universi Her sister, Ava, is a sophomore at Mary Persons; Maela is in 6th grade, and Isaac is in the 5th grade at T.G. Scott. At this point Rilyn wants to focus on math, statistics or biology in college with an eye toward a career in medical research. She explained that statistics is an important component of medi- cal research. She has been accepted to Georgia Tech but is waiting until Mary Persons 2019 STAR student Rilyn McKallip, center, surprised Elizabeth Barber, hold- ing flowers, with the announcement that she is Mary Persons' 2019 STAR teacher in their AP Calculus class on Jan. 30. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) late March to hear from other schools where she applied. Rilyn said that one reason she picked Barber as her STAR teacher is that she influenced her choices on what she wants to study and pursue as a career. Rilyn was in Barber's pre-calculus and AP statistics dasses last year and is in her AP calculus dass this year. Barber nominated Rilyn for the Governor's Honors Program in math last summer; Rilyn said Govemor's Honors was an amazing experience and had a big im- pact on her. Rilyn said Barber is good at explaining material and making it applicable outside of the classroom and that she is supportive of her students both academically and personall Outside of the dassroom Rilyn's passion is music. She is a member of Mary Persons' marching band, playing the flute and piccolo. She wants to be a member of a college marching band and continue to play in an orchestra. She would like to minor in music, depending on her choice of college. She is the lead flute chair at Mary Persons and is in a flute band that performs around the community, at concerts, nursing homes and even in a flash mob at Kohl's. Rilyn runs the 3200 meter event for the Lady Bulldogs track team, and she is president of Monroe County's Senior 4-H Club. She has been a 4-H Club member since 5th grade and has com- peted in District Project Achievement in the performing arts instrumental division. Rilyn took primary responsibility for founding the math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, at Mary Persons last year. The group tutors Mary Persons students who want help in math. It also organizes other math-related activities at Monroe County schools, such as working with the STEM Fair at Mon- roe County Middle School. "It's good to work with people who don't understand as much [about math concepts]. It helps me articulate them,' said Rilyn when asked about her expe- rience tutoring those who don't have the affinity for math that she does. Barber said Rilyn came back from Governor's Honors with the plan to start Mu Alpha Them and did a lot of groundwork in getting it started over the summer. Barber said the group has really taken off at Mary Persons. "She wanted to share her interests and her love of math" said Barber. "She is just an outstanding student, a joy to teach. I've seen a lot of growth in her. I can't say enough good things about her" Barber has been teaching for about 32 years, 30 of them at Mary Persons as a math teacher. Although she enjoys all of her students, she said that motivated students like Rilyn really make teach- ing worthwhile. "There are a lot of good students here, but she has been one of the best," said Barber. "She is well-rounded and does everything you ask, just a super person:' Rilyn's advice to those who want to score well on the SAT is, "Take the hardest dasses you can handle and put in practice time." She said the time she worked on Khan Academy SAT practice tests was very beneficial. She took about six practice tests, which are free. Khan Academy gives feedback and more questions to help with all questions missed. Rilyn said it means putting in a lot of time, but the result is feeling comfortable with the test and developing an understanding of the answers the questions are seeking. Her other advice to students is to learn how to manage time and avoid distractions, like television and sodal media. She said her parents are sup- portive ofwhatever she wants to do, pushing her and her siblings to do their best but never pressuring them to make A'S. "We're just proud ofher--period ' said her mother, Jill McKallip. "We're proud of her more than any score? Road. They kept the Continued from Front orthodox doctrine, but changed the government frontier families in Monroe structures so that inde- County. The Methodists pendent churches could would only send out itiner- govern themselves, hire ant preachers, who would pastors and reach more give little notice before people in the hinterlands. men had no idea how far and wide their influence would reach, but they knew God placed it on their hearts to make a difference in the world. Their decision has been the foundation for Congregational Methodist completely overgrown with weeds, trees, and shrubs. It was not possible to identify who or what was under- neath all the growth. With permission from the owners, volunteers from Rocksprings deaned leading worship services The denomination quickly Churches to be established the cemetery to show re- usually on weekdays in added local churches,all over the world." spect to one of the pioneers . rural outposts like Monroe induding the Providence In September, as he of the denomination and County. That left most church in High Falls and researched the founding of his family. The volunteers Christians and potential Rocksprings in Milner, and the Congregational Meth- deaned the cemetery and converts with nowhere to more churches followed to odist Church, Tare visited installed new fencing and hear God's word regularly Alabama, Mississippi and the old Merritt home and a plaque to recognize it as Texas. on weekends and on Sun- days. Besides, the Method- "Mickleberry Merritt ists at the time had strict is not a name that would requirements for ministers stand out in history;' Tate and bishops, meaning told the Reporter. "He there weren't many people didn't fight any wars, win authorized to lead worship, any decisive battles or Moreover, the Methodist become president of our church at the time largely country. However, in 1852, excluded the laity from its his home became the leadership, leaving them foundation of a movement without a voice to try to that would impact people force changes, around the world. In the Unable to make changes parlor of his home, Mick- within their denomination, leberry and 11 other Godly the 11 men founded the men prayed together as Congregational Method- they laid the groundwork ist Church inside Merritt's for the Congregational home on lohnstonviUe Methodist Church. 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