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Page 6A October 31, 2018 IN LOVING Maverick C. Sundeen September 18, 2016 - October 23, 2018 Maverick Christopher Sundeen, age 2, of Forsyth, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at Monroe County Hospital. He was born Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 in At- lanta. He loved tractors and spend- hag time outside. Maverick enjoyed working in the yard with his dad. He attended Eagles Landing Baptist Church. Maverick is survived by his par- ents, Natalie and Chris Sundeen; sister, Channing; brother, Dale; SUNDEDI grandparents, Bill and Joyce Fears, Debra and David Sundeen; great-grandparents, Renate Bond, wife of the late Tom Bond, Sharon Moore, wife of the late Dale Moore, Run and Annette Carlson, Richard and Darlene Lewis; several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private funeral service was held. In lieu of flow- ers, the family request making donations to the Eagles Landing Baptist Church to benefit their pre-school ministry, 2400 Hwy. 42 North McDonough, GA 30253 or the GoFundMe page on Natalie Sundeen Facebook Thomas Oliver Tomberlin April 2, 1928 - October 27, 2018 High Falls - Thomas Oliver Tomberlin passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at First Bap- tist Church of High Falls, with a private burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John Condra will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service at the church. Mr. Tomberlin, the son of the late David L. Tomber- lin and Kathleen Smith Tomberlin, was bom April 2, 1928, in Miami. His son, David Haden Tomber- lin, preceded him in death. He was retired from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and was a member of High Falls Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Doris Louise Tomberlin; children, Charles Thomas Tomberlin (Nancy) and Donald J. Tomberlin of High Falls; sister, Margaret Ann Condra of Alpharetta; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family requests no flowers but suggests dona- tions to First Baptist Church of High Falls, 4408 High Falls Road, Jackson, Ga 30233. Please visit www.monmecountymemorialchapel. corn to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. 'Mike' Watson March 18, 1958 - October 29, 2018 Monroe County - Richard Michael "Mike" Watson passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, No- vember 3, 2018, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. The family suggests casual attire for the service. Burial will be private. Rev. Ricky Niblett will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home. Mike, the son of the late Robert Syn- tell Watson and Mary Louise Hamlin Watson, was born March 18, 1958, in Forsyth. His sister, Elaine Johnston, and his nephew, Gene Watson, preceded him in death. Mike retired from The Monroe County Road Department as a heavy equipment op- erator and was a Mason, Lodge # 133, in Ieffersonville. Survivors include his brother, Buster Watson (Evelyn Ann) of Monroe County; niece, Jennifer Mason (Shan- non) of Macon; nephews, Derek Johnston (Brenda) of Monroe County and Jay Watson (Stephanie) of Forsyth; several great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Maynard Baptist Church, Post Office Box 576, Forsyth, GA 31029 orto St. Jude's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. FARMERS INSURANCE Brittney Irby Agency Producer The Megan Mays Agency 105 PATROL RD STE D FORSYTH, GA 31029 Tel 478.974.1819 Cell 478.733.4593 Fax 478.220.5293 Britta Continued from Front her neighbors in the yellow house, and then talked about being sexually abused all her life and fam- ily issues7 Monroe County's dis- patcher assured her they would try to help her, but Stiles didn't seem to be listening, said Shackel- ford. She also talked about getting some guns, said Shackelford. Monroe County deputies Nicholas Ortiz, lake Justice and Thomas Haskins were dispatched to her home at 149 Martha Way, a Wailer in the back of a wooded lot just offthe High Falls exit ofi-75. They knocked on the door but she didn't answer; she only responded verbally from within the home. After some time she quit communicating. Finally deputies breached the door and saw Stiles holding what looked like a .357 pointed toward them. All three deputie. fi,-,A Stiles, said Shackelford, and she died on the scene. The gun turned out to be a CO2 gun that fires pellets. "They make those guns that look just like the real thing," said Shackelford. "It's tragic. You see the threat and you don't have time to do a whole lot of thinking. That split second you see that gun aimed at you and you've got to respond" By policy, Ortiz, Justice and Haskins are all limited to office duty while the GBI does an investiga- tion. Lt. Michael Clay said that Justice has been with the sheriff's office about 6 years, and Ortiz and Haskins about three years each, all of them starting in the jail before moving to patrol. A fourth deputy, Jeff Wilson, was also on the scene but was behind the other three and didn't fire. Wilson had been shot at the 2014 call to the home of Chris Calmer, who killed deputy Michael Norris. Monday's call was SOme- kTh~t- ~'~.'1- . .1 Shackelford said he doesn't think Stiles was trying to provoke a "suicide by cop" like Calmer did. "I'm glad all of our depu- ties were OK, said Shackel- ford. He said sheriff's office chaplain the Rev. Brian Moore counseled with deputies and with dispatch- ers who responded to the call. He said an autopsy will show if Stiles was on any drugs or medications. Monroe County depu- ties have been dispatched to Stiles' home a couple of times since 2013, once for a transport for a mental evaluation, but never for anything that led to an arrest or even an incident report. Records at the Monroe County courthouse show Stiles' ex-husband Ronald Roe and ex-sister-in-law both reported she threat- ened to kill them during a custody in 2005. Her ex-sister-in-law told Henry County authorities that Stiles called her a dead "0--" and tried to run her band told Jackson police the same year that Stiles left him a voice message that she would kill him before she let him have their kids. Roe also said his ex-wife told police in 2002 that her then-husband had buried someone under their house and that people were com- ing up through the floor and watching her. Stiles wound up with cus- tody of her children, a girl now 19 and a boy now 18, because of reported drug use and felony arrest of the ex-husband. Shackelford said he got the call about the shooting Monday while in the North Carolina mountains, tak- ing his first mini vacation since taking office in April. He said his staff told him he could enjoy his break but Shackelford said he couldn't do it and returned to Forsyth on Monday "I wouldn't be able to sleep or eat worried about these guys" said Shackel- ford. 'Tve been through this, and it always haunts you. It never gets easX' Continued from Front campaign disclosures, including donations and expenses, to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Campaign by Oct. 29 or face a $125 fee. That's the requirement for candidates for special elections this year. Anyone filing after Oct. 29 faces a $125 fee, and after Nov. 5 a $250 fee. The disclosures had not been posted on-line as of press time and election supervisor Kaye Warren said she was too busy handling early voting to pro- vide them, although they are public record by law. Nevertheless candi- dates Lawson Bittick, Michael Bittick, Brad Freeman and Troy Copelan shared their financial information with the Reporter as it went to press for its last edition before the election. Ronnie Evans and Stacey Penamon didn't return phone calls or text mes- sages before press time Lawson Bittick reports raising $36,586 Donors include Lee and An- nie Caldwell ($500), interim sheriff AI Shackelford ($I,000), the Com- mittee to Re-Elect John Cary Bittick ($2,600), JP Rental of Forsyth ($500), Mitchell Bunce of Forsyth, ($1,000), Dr. Christopher Mann of Albany ($200), Norman & Linda Pitman of Forsyth ($1000), Elrod & Macken- zie Rosser ($1,200), Ann Stewart of Forsyth ($2,000), Mercer fund-raiser Hugh Sosebee Jr. of Forsyth ($1,000), Macon attorney W. Carl Reynolds ($1000), BTV Systems of Macon ($800), Forsyth farmer Cody Ham ($250), Forsyth cattleman Phil Ham ($500), Monroe Investments ($1,000), W E. and Brenda V'mson, ($200), Kay Nelson ($200), Forsyth auto salesman Randall Hammock ($250), Forsyth physician Craig Caldwell ($200), Forsyth chicken farmer Wesley Ham ($401), Forsyth logger Danny Davis, ($500), Forsyth attorney James Vaughn ($750), Forsyth bank owner Beth Vaughn ($300), Smarr banker Joe Evans ($500), John C. Edwards ($200), Macon real estate CEO Roy Fickling ($1,000), High Falls re- tiree Chuck Matich ($500), Georgia Sheriff's Association president Terry Norris ($200), retired deputy Mercer Bush ($400), Fors rth retiree Dennis Smith ($400), Forsyth farmer W.M. Dean ($500), Bill and Janice Veal of Juliette ($200), Forsyth retiree David and Wanda Bittick ($225), Forsyth attorney Jay Patterson ($500), Forsyth music minister Glenn Gregg ($250), Forsyth cattleman Butch Copeland ($200), John W. Peach Jr. of Macon ($150), Williams Enterprises of Ju- liette ($300), Forsyth farmer Thomas Vaughn ($200), Forsyth attorney Wil- liam Hawkins ($250), Ingrain Entities ($1,000), State Sen. John Kennedy ($500), Smarr retiree Gene Maddux ($500), Macon physician Kristina Hawkins, ($500), retired teacher Tommy Pilcher of Macon ($300), Macon banker Ogden Persons III ($500), Kenneth Whitehead of Juliette ($200), Todd Tolbert ($150), Stockbridge retiree James C. Griswell ($500), David McCain ($250), George Wilson ($200), Rocksprings pastor Benny Tate ($200), BoVic Realty in Bolingbroke ($150); Juliette propri- etor Robert Williams ($200) and For- syth's Ralph Foshee ($250). Lawoson Bittick also reports in-kind contribu- tions from Dennis Smith ($100 ad for the Backlot Players), Kim Pitman ($832 in supplies for a mailer and for campaign events) and Pam Bittick ($1,098 by 10/25 on supplies/food for campaign events). Lawson Bittick reports spending $30,345 of that, leaving about $5,000 on hand. Top expenses were to Arena Communications of Salt Lake City ($10,442 for 5,000 cards and three mailers), Leading Pointe Strategies of Atlanta ($4,000 for consulting), Sign Station of Gray ($3,925 on yard signs) and to Forsyth activist Jimmy Owens ($2,000 for grassmots campaigning, phone bank and gas money). Brad Freeman reports raising $30,058 for his campaign, spending $18,778 and having $11,142 on hand for the final days of the race. Freeman lists donors Forsyth broker Brad Ederafield ($350), Chip Davis of Bolingbroke ($500), Miriam Freeman ofAsheville, N.C. ($1,200), Forsyth retiree George Berry ($250), Phillip & Holly Gore of Juliette ($150), Mark & Barbara Dye of Forsyth ($250), Bob Sanderson of Forsyth ($150), Margaret Patterson of Atlanta ($600), Dorothy Bazemore of Forsyth ($150), Forsyth youth pastor Jody Barfield ($200), Forsyth billboard man Chris Willingham ($200), Specialty Power Windows of Forsyth ($250), Wil- liam & Glenda Jenkins, Forsyth ($200), Gregor Jennings of Macon ($500), Loran NeSmith of Forsyth ($350), Jeff& Jody DeFore of Forsyth ($250), Lori Trull of Millersville, Md. ($2,000), Juliette lawn company owner Jim Bloodworth ($1,250), Cutting Edge Landscaping of Juliette ($1,250), Vincent & Marsha Williams of Forsyth ($200), Jeff& Keith White of Forsyth ($250), Steve & Teri Osborne of Forsyth ($500), Jim & Tricia Waite of For- syth ($500), Rob & Anissa DeRieux of Forsyth ($250), Freeman Rental of Forsyth ($200), Betty Greene of Forsyth ($200), George & Christa Wilson of Forsyth ($200), Premier Moving by Pam of Macon ($250), Spencer & Cathy Barnes, Forsyth ($500) and Zach Brown of Forsyth (in kind donation-S600). Freeman has also loaned his campaign $7,500 in personal funds for his race. Freeman reports his top expenses went to Parlay Marketing of Athens ($9,426 for cards, mailers, T-shirts and consulting), Majority Strate- gies of Jacksonville, Fla. ($2,970 for on-line campaign) and Hi Tech Signs ($2,765 for signs). Michael Bittick reports raising $7,020 in cash and in-kind contribu- tions, while spending $5,801, leav- ing about $1,218 in the bank for the campaign's home stretch. Candidates must identify donors if they get more than $100. Donors include Mac Brown of Forsyth, owner of Interceptor ($250), Forsyth busi- ness Sage & Sparrow ($150), Wilson Collins of Macon ($150), District 4 Monroe County commissioner George Emami of Forsyth ($250), Lan Heath of Macon ($500), Buddy and Anne Doyle of Macon ($200), Todd Tolbert of Bolingbroke ($150), incoming school board member Greg Head of Forsyth ($300), Top Gun Contracting of Bolingbroke ($500), Calvin Pierce of Byron ($300), Jane Pierce of Bryon ($300), American Craftsman Homes ($1,500) and BJ and Donna Fischer of Macon ($250). Michael Bittick reported his top expense was to Printing Trade Co. of Norcross ($2,500). Troy Copdan said he put $2,500 of his own money into his campaign on top of his $1,779 qualifying fee. He said he didn't take donations and has about $250 left in his campaign war chest. Continued from Front the past four months training at the popular Piggly Wiggly dell in Jackson to provide the same delirious food that has made it successful there. Breakfast optiom indude everything from fresh biscuits to hand-cracked eggs from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Lunch of fers fried chicken, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens, flied okra and combread every day, plus rotating specials. Those indude items like hamburger steak and sweet potatoes on Wednesdays and flied pork chops and egg rolls on Thursdays (see insert for more details). Along with Moore, the deli staffindudes Anreda Smith, Cindy Tay- lor, Loretta Lunsford, Ann Sapp, McKenna Purvis, Crystal Brown, Austin Cook and Casey Bunn. The dell also does catering for parties and events. Call 994- 8481 for more information or to place an order. Serving Middle C~orgia for Over 100 Years ' '~ Designers & M~mufaetures of I . 1111 I llil, Memorials since 1908 C~,orge & ~ ~~ Railroad & Main St. * Barnesville, GA