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Page 6A RepOrter August 7, 2019 I N LO V IN G Ruby Anne Comer January 15, 1946 - July 30, 2019 Funeral services for Ruby Anne Comer were held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at New Providence of Forsyth Baptist Church. Mrs: Comer was preceded in death by her husband Clarence L. Comer Sr and her son Clarence L. Comer, Jr. Survivors include her children, Sheila Maddox (Ronny) ofMcDonough, Debra Thomas of Gainesville, Brenda Goddard of Salisbur~ MO, Gary L. Comer of Jackson and Stacy Nash (Gary) of Forsyth; grandchil- dren, Ke~dn Maddox (Erica) of McDonough, Keith Maddox (Jennifer) of Griffin, Chase Thomas (Kelsi) of Gainesville, Dustin Thomas of Gainesville, Shane God- dard of Franklin, Crystal Goddard of Salisbury, MO, Jason Comer of Pulaski, TN, Brittany Nash, Matthew Nash and Justin Nash of Forsyth; brother Leonard Cash of Forsyth and brother-in law David Comer (Frances) ofMcDonough; 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Since 1898 |~- ~[4~e~e~'pcadablr nalnz tn%~ ~" Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3 3250 Vineville Ave.l MaconI GA 31208 C I;ARNE WILLE MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY Serving Middle Georgia I'or Over 100 Years Designers & Manufactures of Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Janiee Moore Authorized Georgia Marble Dealer TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 1-770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St. Barnesville, GA Car + Home = See me tbr Car arid Home Insurance and save. LIKE h GOOD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE: Providing Insurance and Financial Services Sewer spill into Towaliga River, High Falls Lake Up to 10,000 gallons ofwastewa- Towaliga River. He notified state and Thomas said the break was fixed in ter, most of it used to clean lettuce, local authorities but doesn't think the about an hour spilled into the Towaliga River on spill would cause a health problem. Thomas said more than 5,000 gal- Monday just upstream from Monroe Thomas admitted, though, that it Ions spilled but fewer than 10,000 County and High Falls Lake. had been a hard day because a con- gallons, so it's not considered a major But Butts County sewer plant man- tractor installing a new sewer line for spill. But he said he still has to report ager Andre Thomas told the Report- a new business outside the Ready Pac all spills to state and health officials. er he wouldn't be greatly concerned lettuce plant in the Riverview Park Butts County said it would not affect because it's not your typical sewage off Hwy. 36 failed to find out where drinking water or wells in the area. spill. Thomas said there was very utilities were buried before digging. High Falls State Park officials told the little human waste in the wastewater The worker ruptured the lift station Reporter on Tuesday they are testing from the lettuce plant. The water was at the business park around 1:30 the water to make sure everything's clear, containing only a little chlorine, p.m. sending the wastewater into a OK but they wouldn't have results and he saw no discoloration of the small creek that flows into the river, until Wednesday. Passengers I ] Sheriff Brad Freeman said the 911 center got decker n a double- ] a call from several pas- MegaBus ! :~i sengers on a northbound coming ,l!~;i~"; Megabus on 1-75 Satur- through ~ ~i day morning saying their Monroe i~ driver was speeding and County ROWAN weaving erratically. Pas- on Satur- sengers also reported that day were the driver had made an frightened by their erratic unscheduled stop in Tifton bus driver and called 911, and disappeared for five leading to the driver's minutes. Passengers asked arrest on DUI charges on the driver if he was tired Saturday. but he denied it. Monroe County deputy the Hwy. 42 exit. He failed Peyton Henderson found a field test for DUI and the Megabus and tried was arrested and charged to make a traffic stop but with DUI-drugs as well as the driver at first refused failure to maintain lane. to stop. Deputy Wil- Freeman said the bus lie Barkley joined the had about 70 passengers. pursuit, rolled down his A state CHAMPS driver window and motionedwho had a CDL drove the for the driver to stop. He bus to the weigh station motioned he was going to until a new driver could keep driving. The driver, arrive. Charles Andrew Rowan, "They got their money's 52, of Orlando, Fla finally worth for that bus ticket" stopped around exit 188, said Freeman. Continued from Front County authorities inter- viewed him there. Henderson said he got to the scene Sunday evening and found Rogers' body about 50 feet from the driveway and covered with two hoodies and some leaves and sticks. Her feet were tied together and her shorts were around her knees. Investigators found several spots of blood in the driveway every 10 feet, and also found blood smeared on the white truck stolen in Covington, on Rogers' black truck, and on the trunk of a nearby red car. Henderson said that the blood must've belonged to Rogers and that she was either moved while under attack or was moved by someone else. An autopsy showed the bullet had gone in around her temple and exited the back of her neck. Under questioning from Krieger's attorney, public defender Doug Smith, Henderson admitted he didn't talk to any of Rogers' neighbors noting they were too far away to have heard anything. Henderson said Rogers had just divorced her husband Chuck O'Neal and that O'Neal's sons said they didn't know of any trouble between Rogers and Krieger. "None of them saw this coming:' said Henderson. Smith then asked Hen- derson about "the lady that was in the paper", Rogers' best friend Amy Haines- Ross, who told the Reporter that Rogers used to foster Krieger and was scared of him. Henderson said Haines- Ross reported they had normal teenager issues with Krieger, like when he took her truck without permis- sion, but nothing indicating violence. After an hour of testi- mony, Wilson dedared there was probable cause and sent Krieger back to the Youth Detention Center in Macon. Krieger turned 16 last week. KIDNEY Continued from Front least 16 people who got tested at Emory Hospital to see if they were a match. Emory called Wilson a few weeks later and asked her if she was still interested because she was 'The most generous thing I've done is to let my husband, son and daughter still work in law enforcement.' - Donna Wilson She said she is simply "paying it forward': saying she has faith that giving has many rewards down the road. One of those rewards, said Wilson, would be seeing A.J. able to return to the court playing his favorite sport, basketball, for Mary Persons. A junior at MP, A.J. will 4 the closest match. An Emory of- have a 3-month recovery but after ficial spent an hour telling Wilson scheduled to get his new kidney that she hopes to see him on the all the risks involved in donating her on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Egleston court since her daughter plays hoops kidney. Wilson was undeterred; she for the Lady Dogs too. was ready to give. She began monthly Childrens Hospital, while Wilson is "Tt~,at's gonna, be exciting" said Wil- trips to Emory last year for more scheduled to donate hers on Friday, son. To see we ve changed another testing. Aug. 16 persons life. I hope he gets to play While she was the closest match, Wilson said she didn t know AJ. now. That would be great. That s what she wasnt a perfect match. Doctors but realized she did know his family I wan,t. III be out there cheering for said if she gave her kidney to A.J he and Walker, the former rec depart- him. would probably need another one ment director. Friends,and family have marveled in 2-3 years. But there was another "Rosemary called me last night at Wilsons willingness to give, but option. They could put Wilson and and said 'I love you! I love you! I love she jokes that giving her kidney A.J. in a pair-a-dofior database that you!" said Wilson. is not her most generous act. Her matches similar donors. It would Walker said they've known each husband JeffWilson, a Monroe allow Wilson to give her kidney to other since Wilson coached a cheer County deputy, was shot and his tel- team at the rec. a better match, and then in turn the "I love her" said Walker. "She's the low deputy Michael Norris was killed i database could find a better match sweetest person in the world, responding to suicidal man in 2014. who could give A.J a new kidney. "The most generous thing I% Wilson called A.J.s family a few Walker said shes thankful for Wil- done:' said Wilson, "is to let my hus- weeks ago and urged them to put A.J. son and everyone who got tested to band, son and daughter still work in see if they were a match. "The com- law enforcement." with her on the pair-a-donor data- base. Within two weeks of doing that, they had a match. Emory called Wilson while she was on vacation last month and scheduled the kidney transplants. It was just in time. A.J's kidneys were so diseased that doctors removed them on June 28, and he has had to have nine hours of daily dialysis at home since then. Yet, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound A.J. has re- mained active and is still attending school. His grandmother Rosemary Walker of Forsyth said her grandson has somehow stayed calm through- out the ordeal. "Nothing phases him)' said Walker. munity has been very supportive" said Walker She said after both have recovered from surgery she wants to do "some- thing big" for both of them. Wilson had her pre-op appoint- ment last Thursday, Aug. 1. Wilson, 49, said doctors kept asking her if she was positive she wanted to do it. Her family has concerns. "Jeff (husband) is not thrilled about it," said Wilson. "He doesn't want something to happen to me. But I told him, 'trust me, you've got to have all kinds of help. You're going to need me so I'm not going anywhere. You'll have to walt a while before you can After she gives her kidney, Wilson said she'll be able to come home 2-3 days after surgery and will have lim- ited travel and lifting for 6-8 weeks. Doctors told her to lay offwork for awhile but Wilson, the warranty manager for Camping World in By- ron, said she's probably going to buck her doctors on that one. While people are wowed by Wilson giving her own kidney to a stranger, Wilson says there are no strangers in Monroe County. "In this day and time, with all the bad things happening and everything negative out there, I don't want that stuffhere:' said Wilson. "Here in "He tells me 'grandma you worry too go find you a sugar mama" Monroe County, we are family. And much'. I tell him'that's only because I Wilson said as a mother of four she if we can make our little hometown 1 hopes someone would do the same ove Dlm. ~ ~. H . ~ positive, men me rest olme worm And thanks to Wilson, A.J. is ir .r one otner cnnaren lrmey neeaeu can stay out of our business" I 1 I Z.c,-who ] varredtt is (ire gul I [ . -. l '-s: [ T TI Certified Public Accountants I 9o/. vve LOVe tlOt ann m:tss,I1' " - ' 68 Northlackson Street Fors th ) ," " r-" -, Y "t c u 9ad a fi ) I a u. I iI-" (p)478-OO4-1820.(f)478-OO4-3102 I Oil are gone not - I .lk wwwhopkinscpagacom I fi r " I K1NS " ]-t ~orretl. 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