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Page 6A l porter February 21, 2018 So, in] Hemor Gary McNaughton Powell August 7, 1953 - February 16, 2018 Gary McNaughton Powell, of Forsyth, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Burial will be private. The fam- ily will greet friends following the service at the funeral home. Mr. Powell, the son of the late McNaughton Powell and Inell Cravey Powell was born August 7, 1953, in Macon, Georgia. He was retired from Trane Company. Survivors include his children, Justin Jenna Hoback of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Glena Marble of Augusta and Brandon Brandy Marble of Augusta; brother, Wayne Brenda Powell of Terlingua, Texas; and five grandchildren. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrange- ments. Deacon James Freeman Sr. Homegoing Services for Deacon James Freeman Sr 84, of Eorsyth, were held Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Maynard Baptist Church. Rev. Robert Walker officiated, and Reverend Rufus J. Whatley presided. Burial was in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice R. Freeman; daugh- ter, Karen B. Freeman; son, James Freeman Jr.; grand- daughter Janee Freeman Robert Dranberg; grandson James Marisa Freeman III; great grandson, Jaxson Freeman and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the American Heart Association. Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. pounds at the time of doing so. Asked what gible, that's all I can tell his conviction, Stewarthe might say to parentsyou." Continued from the front page was hired as a substitute who have eoncer~s, Asked if the school teacher on Nov. 14, 2017 Daniel said, '"they maysystem has a shortage sex offender her.e until and has been working not know everything I of substitute teachers, he rolled off in 2015, at Mary Persons. Danielknow." Daniel said there's not, after the required 10 said he would be willing "We have a process for and that they have the years, per state law. to say more but said heall subs," said Daniel.fullest roster of subs Listed at 5-foot-8, 473 is forbidden legally from "this individual is eli- they've had in a while. FREEMAN ing Mount Pleasant Baptist and presented a plaque one year at Continued from the front page Union Hill Baptist, was a mem- the program to thank him for his ber of the Monroe County Prayernever-ending community service. Band and especially helped withIt was one of numerous awards civic and educational organiza- transportation, and was a found- and recognitions he has received tions in countless ways over the ing member of the New Monroe over the years, but he was known years. County Ushers Association. for not seeking recognition for his "He helped all around, the Freeman enjoyed raising a generosity. young, the old," said Annette garden and sharing its produce "He was a very giving and loving Lucear, director of the Community with friends and family. He gave person," said Forsyth city council Improvement Coalition of Monroe hundreds of bicycles to children member Melvin Lawrence. "He County (CICMC). "He gave and in Monroe County at Christmas, did a lot for the community, a lot didn't want anything back. He enjoying the opportunity to give behind the scenes. He was always was one of God's faithful dis- them one of the things that he right there." ciples." wanted but did not have when heFreeman may be best remem- Freeman was the youngest was growing up. Lucear said that bered, however, for all of the fam- of six children born to Frank for over a decade he gave eightily members he has comforted Freeman Sr. and Isabell Murray to 10 bicycles to families through as he served them at his funeral Freeman,'a farming family that CICMC each year. Not only did home, sharing his faith with oth- lived in the Dames Ferry Road he bring joy to the children who ers at times when they needed area of Juliette. He attended received the bicycles but also to strength. Monroe County schools, served the parents and to siblings whoThe celebration of life service for in the Korean War and retired got to share them. James Freeman was on Tuesday from Robins Air Force Base James Freeman Jr. recalled thatmorning, Feb. 20 at Maynard after 37 years. He and Beatrice his father supported the MonroeBaptist Church with Rev. Robert Reeves Freeman were married County Head Start Program and Walker officiating and Rev. Rufus for 63 years and have two chil- the Senior Program. He gave fruit Whatley presiding. Pastors Hosie dren, Karen Freeman and James baskets or clothing to the elderly Waters, T.O. Sams and Neisha Freeman Jr two grandchildren at Christmas and was a supporter Davis also took part in the ser- and one great grandson, of the Save the Children summervice. Interment was in Monroe Giving his life to Christ at an camps that provide activities and Hills Memorial Gardens. The early age, he was a faithflfl mem- meals for Monroe County chil- family asked that those wishing ber of Piney Grove Baptist Church dren for at least four weeks out to contribute as a memorial give throughout his life, serving as of each summer. He helped make donations to the American Heart chairman of the Deacon Board for Forsyth's Martin Luther King Association. 30 years. He provided assistance Jr. Day celebration possible by to many other churches, includ- supporting it each year and was UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED by Marilyn Langford By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commissioners agreed on Tuesday, Feb. 6 to advertise a job descrip- tion for a newly-created assistant county man- ager/finance director position with a salary up to $75,000. According to the job ~ummary, the candidate selected will be respon- sible for managing the county's finances by heading the finance and urchasing division, act fis county manager in the absence of current coun- ty manager Anita Buice and work under Buice's general supervision. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans suggested hiring a recruiting com- pany to assist with filling the vacancy, but the job description was approved without hiring a head- hunting firm at least initially. Evans said he also wants commission- ers personally involved in the hiring process. County commission chairman Greg Tapley recommended a salary of between $65,000 and $70,000 for the new hire while new District 4 commissioner George Emami said commission- ers might need to be will- ing to go up to $75,000 to get the right person. Commissioners then unanimously approved the description with a salary range of between $60,000 and $75.000. Ashley Wooley has served as the county's interim finance director since December 2012. " --" . C c~ -- ~e~xaW, 24, 1948 - ,:S~ey:ten~e,v 12. 2011 When we remember your smile, it brightens our day And thoughts of your warmth and love seem to smooth the way.There's a corner in our hearts, you visit every day It gives us this warm feeling that you're never far away. q, ViN, 5we, d, a s; Ricky, Indya, your sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews Public Hearing Notice The Monroe County Board of Commissioners would like to start the process to close two railroad crossings in Smart, Georgia and open one railroad crossing for public access that will better serve your commtmi . Please join us on the date below for a Public Hearing to start this process. Written comments and questions can be marled to: Monroe County Board of Commissioners PO BOX 189 Forsyth, GA 31029 Or emailed to: Anita Buice, County Manager Copy to: Kelsey Fortner, Deputy Zoning Officer Location: New Providence Baptist Church 2560 HWY 41 South Smarr, GA 31086 Date: Tursday, March 1, 2018 Time: 6:00 pm !, Crossings in discussion: Railroad Crossing # 718 343U " Railroad Crossing # 904 840H e wenty-seven years ago, when my son was 16 years old, he was in our front yard, loading up his lawn mower for his summer job, He was approached by two boys, one he recognized, and one was a com- plete stranger. My son and the boy he recognized had previously had a spat over something that had happened with their two little brothers. As the stranger walked into our yard and got closer and closer, my son pre- pared himself for a fist fight. That's when the stranger pulled a 38-police special and shot my son at point- blank range in the chest. It was a "hit" of sorts, over a kid's squabble. culture in I know you're Fathers had in your guns away. Not the case. I want sensible gun control m sures and you all know what that entails~ When this happened to my son, I could have easily turned against guns and black people because the kid that shot my son was black. I never thought of doing either. I think guns are a n~essity for a person to protect their homes and property and to hunt. Other than that, I see no.reason for a person to amass an arsenalof military style guns like an AR-15. That's not what our Founding mind. HIGHLY UNUSUAL for me, I took a two-hour the National Rifle Association (NRA)! The obsession lunch. When I arrived back at the office, everyone with gun ownership in this country is due to the was standing outside the office waiting for me. This culture the NRA created. It's "cool" to have these was before cell phones. As they descended on my . , car, I heard the words, '%tour son has been shot and While the bey that shot my son had a we have to get you to the hospital." My whole world weapon, m3 seemed to fall apart in that moment. They had no him with an AR-15, my story would be quite dif- answers to any of my questions. It took us 30 min- utes to get to the hospital and that was the single most agonizing 30 minutes of my life. I prayed, I cried, my life flashed before my eyes, and one thing I knew for sure, if my son was dead, I could not go on. I knew his father could not go on, or his grand- mother. I saw no life without him. ferent. The blood of all these dead children are on the hands of the NRA and all the Republicans who have been bought and:paid for by the to block any type of sensible gun control. WHEN I finally arrived at the emergency room, it was the most surreal moment of my life. The lobby was packed with all his friends and classmates. You see, the teenagers had beepers and they had their own 911 messaging system. I was met by a doctor who said beautiful words, "He's going to be okay. He's a very lucky young man: the bullet missed his heart by a fraction of an inch." With relief I went in to see my son. I will never forget the words he said, "Mama, am I going to die?" I assured him he was not. Days later, I asked him, 'q rhen did you know you weren't going to die. He said, '%Vhen you told me, Mama." My heart broke at that moment because I realized my son had thought he was going to die for over two hours! executive order tiiat made it harder for people adju- dicated as mentally ill to buy a gun. Coineidentally, this is the man that received $30 million from the NRA during his presidential campaign. "I think We need to pray, now is not the time to have a knee- jerk reaction," said Speaker Paul Ryan who has blocked sensible gun control for years and a benefi- ciary of NRA contribt/tions "Sending prayers" is all we got out of all the elected lackeys of the NRA. We didn't hear a peep out of our junior Senator from Georgia, David Perdue, not even a prayer. He's lay- ing low. I have one question for him. What did the NRA get in return for the $2.5 million they gave to his Senate campaign? His phone number is 202- 224-3521. MY STORY has a happy ending I have seen my sen grow up, marry a wonderful woman, and give me wonderful grandkids. But it stays with me. I only got a small taste of what it would be like to lose a child. But I know enough to know parents whose children have been gunned down will never feel joy again. THE NRA spent $55 million last year to buy the Republican legislators. The NRA has 5 million would be safer. At least you won't have their blood on your hands, too. Also, give your elected officials a choice---the NRA, or your vote. I HAVE seldom told this story because it's too painful to relive. I'm telling it now in hopes you will feel so much empathy for the families that it will Marilyn Langford events from the liberal perspective. lyrdangford85@gnzail.oom. " Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Vineville Ave.l MaconF GA 31208 C Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years Designers & ManuFactures of Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Janiee Moore Authorized Georgia Marble Dealer TOLLFREE 1-800-377-9341 1-770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St. * Barnesville, GA