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porter July 10, 2019 IN LOVING i Mary Lynda Stevenson Pitts ! September 26, 1935 - July 2, 2019 I ; Forsyth - Mary Lynda Stevenson ' Pitts passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019, surrounded byher family. was born in Lincoln County, Ga. Qn Sept. 26, the middle daughter of Lois Drinkard and Newton Ham- Ayn Stevenson. She graduated from Lincolnton High School where she was voted Homecoming Queen. She furthered her education at Draughn's Business College in Augusta. In 1957, she married the love of her life, Dan Pitts, and when her husband be- PITTS ame theHead Coach at Mary Persons High School in 1959, the couple moved their young family to Forsyth. Mrs. PittS began her career working for county agent Henry J. Self at the Monroe County Extension Service. She continued her career as assistant to the Honorable Hugh D. Sosebee, Sr. until his retirement as Senior Judge of the Flint Judicial Circuit. She later began a long career with State Farm, first working with John T. Baker and then helping to establish the agencies of Steve Osborne and Isabelle Waldrep Tanner. Her genu- ineness and loving nature were evident in her business and personal life. Mrs. Pitts was a longtime member of First Baptist Ghurch. She enjoyed her many friends and monthly meetings with The Birthday Girls. She was a mem- ber of the Mary Persons Touchdown Club and was awarded the Twelfth Man Award for her support of the team. It was said that she never once second-guessed the coaches; She could always be found on Friday nights cheering her beloved Bulldogs on at Dan Pitts Stadium She enjoyed watching her family participate in any spOrt theyloved. During the last year of her life, "Mena" attended every one of her great-grandsons' games. Mrs. Pitts is survived by her husband of 62 years, Arthur Dan Pitts; her daughters Carolann Pitts Evans (Deck) and Penny Pitts Mitchell (Bob); her grand- children, Anni Evans Home (Derek), Carl Patrick Burdette, Jr. (Sara), and Daniel Pitts Burdette (Chel- sea); and her great-grandsons, Andrew Pitts Home and Brantley Vinson Horne; sisters Barbara Stevenson Smith of Macon and Carolyn Stevenson Link (Bradey) of Cayce, SC; sisters-in-law, Gall Pitts Guillebeau and Ann Pitts Owens both of Augusta; many nieces and nephews and her beloved dog "Rags". Services were held Frida} July 5 at First Baptist Church. The Reverend Hambric Brooks officiated. Burial was private in Forsyth City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to First Baptist Church, 95 West Morse Street, Forsyth, GA 31029 or Forsyth United Methodist Church, PO Box 108, Forsyth, GA 30129. Family may be contacted at the residence of Penny and Bob Mitchell, 85 Mornside Drive. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. I. BAIINESVILLE MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY I Serving Middle Georgia for Over 100 Years Desigrters & Manufactures of Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Jmfice Moore Authorized Georgia Marble Dealer TOLL FREE 1-800-377,9341 1-770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St, Bamesville, GA Residential & Commercial -We ServiCe All Brands Honest & Reliable Service- Licensed and Insured . Experience You Can Count On. Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available Service Agreements Thank You for Your Business! Paul Allen Vandagriff June 21, 195Z /tune 1Z 2019 Forsyth - Paul Allen Vandagriff died peacefully with a sister at his side on June 17, in the care of Pine Pointe Hospice, Macon. He is survived by sons William Schultek (Suzanne) and Anthony Bryant, of Forsyth; granddaugh- ter Haley Thompson; brother Lyle Vandagriff (Karl) of New Braunfets, Texas; and sister Catherine Vandagriffof Homewood, Ma. He is preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 35 years; his parents, Don and Rev. Deacon Mary Vandagriff; and his sister, Gladys Sprenger. Born on June 21, 1957 in Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Van- dagriffpacked a lot of life into his almost 62 years. He was an Order of the Arrow Eagle Scout, an avid scuba diver, a Han Mu Do blackbelt and Taekwondo grand champion, and winner of BBQ competitions. He loved jazz music and in his youth played trumpet with three internationally famous bands. While in the U.S. Air Force he worked in airfidd management at Patrick AFB, and the astronauts of early shuttle missions called him "Papa Victor" He was a Johnson & Wales trained culinary artist, and taught cooking skills to juveniles at a maximum-risk correctional program. Paul was known for his wit, integri ,ty, mad unfailing kind- ness. He is greatly loved and sorely missed. Graveside Services will be hdd at four o'clock on Satur- Kay Hilsman Lariscy Forsyth - Kay Hilsman Lariscy, 75, of Forsyth went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2019. Kay was born in Madison to the late J.C. and Carrie Bell Adcock. She was a lifelong florist as well as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Kay is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joe Lariscy of Forsyth, children Bart Hilsman and Jason Hilsman (Jen- nifer) of Madison, Heather Register (James) of Forsyth and Chris Lariscy (Emily) of Suwanee, 10 grandchil- dren and 3 great grandchildren as well as sisters Juanita Harrison of Greensboro, Shirley Lancaster of Madison, Donna Knighten (De) of Rome and brother Billy Adcock (Ginger) of Madison, as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Kay was the owner of Etc. Flowers and Gifts in Madison for many years before moving from her home town of Madison to Forsyth. In Forsyth she opened Lariscy's Flowers and Grits where she serviced her community for 16 years doing what she loved. She was a member of the Forsyth Arts Alliance as she was a painter and artist as well. She loved spending time with her family and friends and relaxing with a good book Family will greet friends for a Celebration of Life, Satur- day, July 13, 2019, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Moose Lodge, 524 Cabaniss Road Forsyth, GA 31029. Burial will be private. Please visit to day, July 13, 2019, at MoDroe Memorial Gardens. express tributes In heu of flowers the amilv suggests donatmns to Pine " " Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- Polnte Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, Georgm, 31210. Please visit to rangements. express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. JUST THE WAY IT IS t J oan Oliver said it best, [ '.'President Trump | is the winner of the firstDemo- cratic debate? lllegal aliens were the other big aer. Unforttmate- ly, big losers included U.S. citi- zens, blacks and other minorities. If you missed it, the top 20 Democratic presidential candidates spent two nights in an anger- induced, "we hate Ameri- ca" debate that should fright- en sane people, regardless of your political aff ation. For the sake of our country, for the sake of your children and grandchildren, I ask you Dems and libs, please return to a sane version of liberal- ism. That Democratic debate was socialism and "destroy America" on full display. Following are examples of what I mean. THE HIGHLIGHTS (actually low-lights) of the Democrat debates included: Eric Swalwell proudly prodaimed that he wants to storm into your house and seize weapons (Note - only if you refuse to surrender them). Obviously, Swalwell has no problem violating the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Julian Castro (former Obama cabinet member) proudly stated that he wants "reproductive justice" fbr transgender males. AJ'. er the debate Julian tried to clarify and said, "it's trans men, trans masculine, and non- binary folks who need full access to abortion and repro healthcare? Abortion for maleS? WTH is he talking about? Kamala Harris (I)-CA) is in favor of bringing back forced school busing to further integrate public schools. FYI - School bus- sing was the most hated government edict of the past 50 years. Fully 90% of both blacks and whites opposed forced bussing. Why Kamala wants bussing is anyone's guess but Dems love "mandatory programs". Every Dem candidate, except John Delaney (D-MD), wants "Medicare for all". Democrats want to replace private health insurance with Big Government because more government is their only solution. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) thinks the Taliban bears NO responsibility for 9/11 or terrorism. Hey Tulsi, the Taliban harbored M Qaeda which makes them respon- sible. Instead of sending them home, Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) wants to "lawyer up" illegals who sneak across the border. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) both answered questions in broken Spanish. Their condescension and pander- ing to Latino voters was insulting. Hey, Beto and Cor how about encourag- ing immigrant Latinos to learn English and assimilate into society - something that would actually benefit them? WHERE ARE the sane Democrats? Only Ddaney and Tim Ryan (D-OH) real- ize how radical their leftist comrades have become. Dd- aney said that Medicare for all is "bad policy" because it diminates private health insurance and imposes a single payer system. And Ryan said, "We've lost all connection. We (meaning his Democrat party) have got to change the center of gravity of the Democratic Party from coastal and elitist and Ivy League - which is the perception - to some- body from the forgotten communities that have been left behind for the last 30 years." RYAN IS correct. The Dems are elitist. They despise those of us here in central Georgia. They've exchanged working people and working communities for illegals. President Trump hasn't and is why he'll win re-election. FINALLY, WHEN the Democratic candidates were asked, all said they will decriminalize illegal border crossings (i.e. illegals sneaking into the country). Then, when asked if their health plan induded illegal aliens, every Dem is in favor of paying the health care for illegals the day they set foot in this country. Addition- ally, not one Democratic candidate said that he would deport any illegal - ever. This is beyond insanity. Every Democrat supports allow- ing anybody in the world to invade our country, we must do nothing to prevent them from entering, and once here, they have a "right" to stay forever. Plus, the day they show up, the illegals are entitled to free healthcare, free education, free hous- ing, and free whatever else they want - at your expense. lllegals only need to sneak across the border and we must give them everything. (Note - We don't even do this for our own dtizens. Obviously, Dems care more about illegals than they do U.S. citizens.) AS A COUNTRY, we can have open borders and allow anyone in the world complete access to America, or we can have a "welfare society" in which everyone is entitled to everything. However, we can't have both or we'll soon be providing food, shelter and healthcare to the entire world and be a bankrupt country just like ently that's what liberals are demanding and what their candidates are selling- the country be damned. A COUNTRY is defined as- a body of people united by common descent, his- tory, culture, or language, inhabiting a partictdar country or territory, rm asking you Democrat read- ers, if we have open borders and allow unfettered access to everybody in the world, insist they NEVER integrate into our sodety, and insist that they NEVER pledge allegiance to flag or coun- try, how does that help the United States? How do we benefit by bankrupting the nation by giving endless welfare to illegals? Except the iUegals, how do open borders help anybody? LET'S BE CLEAR; I'm an American citizen. I defended this country by putting my life on the line on numerous overseas deployments to the Middle East and elsewhere. In my 25+ year Army career I've jumped from planes in the middle of the night; trudged through swamps up to my neck; carried loads of well over 80 pounds for end- less miles; spent countless nights shivering, wet and cold; and been shot at - all to help keep Americans safe and our nation free. The benefits the Dems want to give illegals, the day they arrive, are more than I, or any other dtizen, receive - despite having sacrificed with blood, sweat and tears. rm not complaining about what I receive or don't re- ceive. I have a problem with Democratic candidates who want to use my tax dollars to buy votes, and who want to give more to criminal lllegals than they do to U.S. citizens. WEEKLY Quote: "The Dems are catering to non- citizens." Rush Limbaugh Sloan Oliver is a retired Army officer who writes a weekly column for the Reporter. Email him at slo- Venezuda. But heTg appar- anolive earthlink, net. 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