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Page 6A February 20, 2019' it orter IN LOVING Melvin Samuel Ross August 12, 1946 - February 15, 2019 Jackson - Melvin Samuel Ross passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m Thursda) Feb. 21, 2019, at Monroe County Me- morial Chapel. Chaplain Tom Livengood will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home. Melvin, the son of the late Marvin William Ross and Georgia Nicholson Ross, was born Aug. 12, 1946, in Blairsville. His brother, Bill Ross, and his sister, Margie Ross Smith, preceded him in death. He was a retired elevator and escalator technician and was a veteran of the United States Army serving during Vietnam. Melvin is survived by his son, Calvin Whitley (Tomo- ko) of Jackson; companion, Janice Slaughter of Jackson; sisters, Mildred Griffith of Cumming and Milan Espi- nora of Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Reina Whitley and Sakura Whitley; numerous nieces and nephews. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Larry Williams December 8, 1939 - February ]3, 2019 Forsyth - George Larry Williams passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Funeral services were held Sunda Feb. 17, 2019, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel with burial in Forsyth City Cemetery. Rev. Mark Goolsby officiated Larry, the son of the late Harvey Lavosia Williams and Alver Shepard Williams, was born Dec. 8, 1939, in Upson County. His wife, Dianne Tidwell Williams, preceded him in death. He retired from the State of Georgia as a Civil Engineer and was a veteran of the Georgia National Guard. Survivors include his children, Michael Williams (Misty) of Forsyth and David (Melanie) Williams of Stugartt, Germany; comp ion, Penny Pippin of Forsyth; grandchildren, Cody Williams, Chelsea Wil- liams, Christopher Williams, Olivia Williams, Patrick Williams and Mya Williams; great grandchild, Melanie Yost. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry Street, Macon, Ga 31201. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Mary Marie Vandagriff October 31, 1954 - December 21, 2018 Gloria Joyce Starr Smith February 22, 1938 - February 12, 2019 Forsyth - Gloria Joyce Start Smith passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Maynard Baptist Church. Rev. Matthew Bishop officiated. Joyce, the daughter of the late Joseph Carl Starr, Jr. and Virginia Gardner Starr, was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Forsyth. Her sisters, Geraldine Goodson Ham and Martha Starr Cass, and her brother, Karl King Start, preceded her in death. She was a retired LPN, a mem- ber of Maynard Baptist Church, a member of Lt. James Monroe Chapter DAR and a member of Cabaniss Chapter 415 UDC. Joyce is survived by her sisters, Mary Mullis (Jimmy) of Forsyth, Virginia Funderburke (Charles) of Forsyth and Barbara Howell (John) of Forsyth; brothers, JC Starr (Artie) and Bill Starr (Kathy) of Forsyth; brother- in law, Ham of Smarr; many nieces and nephews; scramble game partner Bunny Velderrain. The family would like to express their appreciation to their niece Cindy Start for being a devoted companion and caretaker in her final days. In lieuof flowers the family suggests donations to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210 or to Maynard Baptist Church, Post Office Box 576, 1195 Juliette Road, Forsyth, Ga 31029. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Thomas Wiley Wright October 29, 1944 - February 16, 2019 Jackson - Thomas Wiley Wright passed away Satur- day, Feb. 16, 2019. Graveside services were held Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Monroe Memorial Gardens. Rev. Larry Letson offici- ated. Thomas was born Oct. 29, 1944 in Monroe County, to the late Glyrm and Mary Wright. His wife of 44 years, Edyth Haygood Wright, and his daughter, Holly Hall, preceded him in death. He was retired from Georgia Power Company and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include his son, Carlton Wright of Jackson; sister, Susan Cox (Bentley) of Forsyth; brother, Jim Wright (Odessa) of Forsyth; granddaughters, Courtney Lucas (Adam) of Macon and Haley Hall of Jackson; great grandchildren, Alex and Zach Cunningham of Macon and Gryffin and Amelia Lucas of Macon. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Forsyth - Mary Marie Hayes Vandagriffpassed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Monroe Memo- rial Gardens. Mrs. Vandagriff, the daughter of the late Woodrow Hayes and Lucy Spear Hayes, was born Oct. 31, 1954, in CuUoden. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Paul Vandagrifl children, William and Suzanne Schultek and Anthony Bryant of Forsyth; one grandchild, Haley Thompson. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Al- zheimer's Research Foundation, 3152 Little Road, Suite 146, Trinity, FL 34655. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Roberta "Sally" Watkins February 3, 1934 - February 11, 2019 Juliette - Funeral services for Mrs. Roberta "Sally" King Watkins, 85, were held Saturday, Feb. 16 at Springhill Baptist Church, Juliette. Burial Church Cemetery. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Ollie Mae Ussery October 14, 1931 - February 11, 2019 Juliette - Funeral services for Ms. Ollie Mae Usser 87, were held Monday, Feb. 18 at St. Peter Rock Baptist Church, Juliette. Burial was at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery, Juliette. Survivors include her sister, Lillie Ruth Johnson; brother, Ulysses Ussery; devoted niece, Oretha Jean Norwood and a host of relatives and friends. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. Robert H. Jones May 22, 1937 - February 18, 2019 Robert (Bob) Herman Jones, age 81, of Neenah, Wisc. passed into eternity on Feb. 18 in Menasha. Bob was born to Harold and Helen Jones on May 22, 1937. He went to school at Neenah High School, where he enjoyed the Conservation Club and married Arlene Sievert on Sept. 14, " 1957 in Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Neenah. He worked as a mechanic IOI IF, for the Marathon Corporation and its successors for over 40 years and served in the Army Reserves. Bob enjoyed time at his cottage on Lake Winneconne with his family and friends. He greatly enjoyed fishing and was an avid Packer fan. I Serving Middle Oeorgia for Over 100 Years Bob is preceded in death by his wife Arlene, brother I De;signers & Manufactures of Richard and special friend Lynn Murray. I' ~ ~ rff"- ~"~' '~l~ d~' Marble, Granite & Bronze Bob is survived by Steve and Sharon Jones of Forsyth, I .r'~t|l I I iklJe Memorials since 1908 George & I g lll SUWVAN 1|1 JanieeMooreAuthoriz 10 ,rgia Georgia; David and Sue Jones ofNeenah; and Doug I I I and Jenny Jones of West Bend, WI; brothers James and I TOLL FREE Thomas of Neenah, and grandchildren and great- 1-800-377-9341 grandchildren. i r;,--- --- 1-770-358-1470 Family and friends will be welcome to Neenal s Westgor Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 from Ba es, Ue, GA 2-4 p.m. to remember Bob. He will be interred next to Arlene in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the cancer organization of your choice. The family of Bob wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of Oakridge Gardens in Mena- sha for their love and care over the past few months. Call your local Monroe County representative Condolences: www.westgorfuneralhomes.com Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 . 3250 Vineville Ave.t Macont GA 31208 C JUST THE WAY IT IS by Sloan Oliver A "]row, did y u I hear Gladys V V Knightsing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl? Outstanding! Gladys' passion proves that she loves the United States - warts and all. Ms. Knight fedings towards America are in sharp contrast to how Don Lemon, and his media buddies, feels about America. The day before the Super Bowl, Lemon, a black CNN anchor, interviewed Knight about her upcoming performance. During the interview, Gladys refused to bad mouth the country. To that, Lemon accused her of being a "traitor to the cause' ofleftisrrr Translation: Colin Kaepernick, the rejected, activist football player, hates America; Kaepemick takes a knee when the National Anthem is sung at football games; other liberals, the media, and leftists agree with Kaepernick and support black football players who take a knee for the National Anthem; therefore, Gladys Knight, a black woman, is supposed to hate America as do the media and left- ists (both black and white). When Lemon asked Ms. Knight ffshe planned to disrespect the anthem and disrespect the country during her signing, Gladys put the whippersnapper in his place and told him that she loves the country and loves what it stands for. You go Gladys. We love you tool 5/oan O/;ver SURPRISE, SURPRISE: tunas out the Dems and libs are even more racist and more sexist than are the Republicans whom they always call radst and sexist. Actually, it's no surprise whatsoever. In case you bnly watch CNN and MSNBC, the Dems' true colorsare exploding all over the coun- And their colors are an ugly shade ofblackface which they try to hide. We know that the Dems openly support infantidde. Now we know that they openly mock blacks by wearing blackface. Blackface-weanng Dems are everywhere - the governor of VZrginia, the current attorney general of Wwginia, Jimmy Kim mel, Billy Crystal, Ted Danson, Sarah Silverman, Joy Behar, and Robert Downey Jr, among others. All these extreme leftists, who lecture you and me about being rac- ists, have been caught - being racists. Hahaha, it's hilarious, they're such hypocrites. ACTUALLY, IT'S not fun- ny. I don't think all of them are racist and they probably don't think that you and I are racist either. However, the Dems and libs constantly. cine on the sexist issue. Justin Fairfax, Lt. Gov. of V'wginia, is accused of rape and sexual assault by two credible female victims. However, the Dems are very rductant to believe the womer/. Just months ago the leftist cabal's mantra was "all women must be believed?: That was in reference to the disingenuous Dr. Ford who accused Judge Kavanaugh (now Justice) of sexual assault 36 years ago. Ford couldn't remem- ber anything of the inddent, only that Kavanaugh assaulted her. Every detail she gave was disputed by oth- ers, yet Ford was deemed "cred- ible" by the leftist cabal, which came running to her defense as they shouted, "We believe Dr. Ford because she's a woman? Well, no we shouldn't believe her (or any woman) just because she's a woman; any more than we should believe anyone based solely on race, gender, etc. We must follow procedures of due process to determine the validity of an accusation. Facts and evidence must be followed, not a mere accusa- tion. CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Tom Perry for being named the Monroe County Citizen of the Year. Several months back, my wife and I helped Dr. Perry on one of his efforts to beautify Forsyth by picking up trash for two hours. Inspired by Perr my wife and I decided to do much the same here in Bolingbroke along Pate Road. SO, INrO iwe have two city councilmen, John Howard and Julius Stroud, who want you and me (i.e. Forsyth taxpay- ers) to pay for their families to accompany them on city funded boondoggles? Unbelievable! I know two city councilmen who shouldn't be re-elected- NORFOLK SOUTHERN (NS) wants to dose several railroad crossings in Forsyth. Fortunately, the city council denied NS's request to dose any crossings. If that had hap- pened, many people would be inconvenienced as w&l have to drive further to cross the tracks. Apparently, NS is getting back at the dty and county. After doing mainte- nance work on the railroad crossings, they're worse than before. "He Norfolk Southern, next time, spare us the improvements? Perhaps Forsyth can use some dty funds to actually improve the [ crossings instead of sending Howard's and Stroud's fami- lies on city funded excursions.' ALL MONROE County taxpayers should thank Plant Scherer for the annual taxes they pay. According to a use the "racist" cudgel to recent art/de in this paper, the " " " l beat conservatives over the county recewed $3.4 million i head. It must stop. Disagree- in taxes from Oglethorpe ment and conversations go Powers ownershiP in the [I NOWHERE when yo,ur plant. Ifnot for Plant Scherer, i only, entis, youi:ea our property taxes would be ] racist No, I'm not a racist' I much higher. Additionally, ! just disagree with your ideas; the county receives sales tax' i ] let's go from th,ere. However, on every ton of coal hauled the Dems worit let you go to the plant. And the plant from there. They insist receives two train loads of all conservatives are racists coal every day. ! and refuse to eng e ",m, any dialogue with racists. The Litter Update on Pate " Dems andleftists use the race Road- Mywife and I spent i card for one reason - they an hour deaning about 200 i cannot win a debate based yards of Pate Road from New i on facts or merits. Thus, .ey Forsyth Road to 1-75. We i fall back to name calling. Its gathered six bags of trash but I an ugly way to attempt any left at least a dozen tires until I ', dialogue with others. Please can find a trailer. I stop. Sloan Oliver is a retired : Army offwer who lives in i ALSO, THE Oems are get- Monroe County.Emai! him at i ring a taste oftheir own medi- .sloanoliver@earthlink.net. ] m