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Page 6A IN LOVING Alberta Ammann Binkley November l7, l927 November 8, 2OIQ Forsyth — Alberta Willimae Ammann Binkley passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church. Rev. Debbie Lefevers officiated. Interment will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in the Georgia National Cemetery, 101 South Hudgens Drive, Canton, GA 30114. Mrs. Binkley, the daughter of the late Jacob Ammann and Ethel Marie Clephane Ammann, was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Cincinnati. Her husband, Gerald Leon Binkley, preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Survivors include her children, Sharon Hopper (David) of Forsyth and Gregory Binkley (Debra) of Rossville; sister, Marian Tarvin (Richard) of Cold Spring Kentucky and Jacque Price (Phil) of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Butch Ammann (Anne) of Cleves, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jennifer Kerr (Nathan) of Dacula, Christopher Binkley (Ashley) of Center Barnstead, New Ham shire and Ch ' - Leesburg: Enrl Fm... ownasny gag-Pfilnter (Damel) Of The family requests no flowers but suggests donations to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 3 12 10. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Mary Lee Burl- May 24, IQ3Q - November (3, ZOIQ Byron Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lee Jones Burt, 80, were held Saturday, Nov. 9 at Freeman Fu- neral Home Chapel, Forsyth. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery. 2 Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of drrangements. Serving Middle Georgia {in Over 100 Years Designers & Manufactures of Marble. Granite It Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Jnnice Moore Authorized (him-gin Marlier Denier TOLL FREE 1—800—37 7*9341 1—770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St. ' Barnesville. GA BOBBI'IEI Proane Inc. “Our Customers Stay Warm” Family Owned and operated to better serve all your propane needs. 899 US Hwy 80 E Roberta, GA 31078 478-836-3993 Robert Carter Owner ,omag‘I'narsaaa ; Agency 16 Eastohnson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 AUTO 0 HOME 0 LIFE ' LONG-TERM CARE DISABILITY Rick Owens (478) 994-1515 (473) 742-7966 (:liEAN ‘MERICAN muqu Mid? aaanaaa 24-Hour Emergency Service namvv's ': PROPANE Robert F. Gibson Robert F. Gibson (Bob), 77, of Bolingbroke passed away Nov. 12, at Pine Pointe Hospice, Navicent Health in Macon. He was in the presence of his loving family. Bob was diagnosed two years ago with puhnonary fibrosis. On October 31, his health declined I M and he was taken by ambulance to ' R ’i " Middle Georgia Medical Center GIBSON where he was diagnosed with , stage IV cancer in his lungs, liver, brain, and lymph nodes. There were no life—saving measures that could be taken and Bob was called home. He went bravely and willingly into the open arms of the Lord, and his family and friends who were called to Heaven before him. When he got there, they all thanked him for his many kind earthly deeds, his jokes, and his example of how to stand up, help out, and be an all-around great man. Bob served his country in the Navy from 1960-1964. He was a Mason. He worked for Georgia Power, Plants Harllee Branch, in Milledgeville, and Arkwright and Scherer in Macon, for 43 years until his retirement in 2008. During that time, he did more than work, he had fun. He often said how much he enjoyed his time at Georgia Power mostly he enjoyed the people. After his retirement, Bob created the Georgia Power Com- pany Plant Scherer Retirees monthly breakfast held at Shoney’s in Forsyth for retirees of Plant Scherer, their spouses, family members, friends and current employ- ees. Whoever takes over the planning of this monthly breakfast, you have big shoes to fill, but You can d" 1t- 1 J_-Arnfl ‘the lawns of all kinds of people; sometimes he was paid, sometimes he traded services, and sometimes he worked for free. He did this up until three weeks before his cancer diagnosis. No matter how much his wife, Beverly, nagged him to stop because of his pulmonary fibrosis, he refused because he loved his “grass busi- ness. Bob was honored as a deacon of his church, Mount Zion Baptist in Bolingbroke, on Jan. 24, 2016. He has been a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church for 20+ years. In addition to being a deacon, Bob was a Sun- day School teacher, and a servant of the Lord (his own words). In the Lord’s name, he committed many, many acts of kindness for many people. ' Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee Gibson and Irma Kate Underwood Gibson of Albany, Georgia, and his sister Hilda Laney of Montevallo, AL. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverly Crozier Gibson, and his children, daughter Jennifer (Bobby) Webb, Step-daughter Jill (Bryan) Wilkes, and step-son Art (Ingrid) Giles. Six grandchildren, Chase (Lizzie) Hardwick, Conner Hardwick, Trey and Charlie Giles, Nathan and Jessica Webb. One great granddaughter Knox Gibson Hardwick. And, his two dog-children Lacy and Peanut. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pine Pointe Hospice Navicent Health fadiiity. They treated Bob with compassion and dignity in his final days and the family would like to extend many thanks to each doctor, nurse and technician at this facility. Or, to Mount Zion Baptist Church. Visitation at 10 am. and funeral service will be held on Nov. 16, 11 am. at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Bolingbroke, in the main church. Burial will be at a later date in a private family ceremony. Latha Phillips Tyson Latha Phillips Tyson died at midnight Nov. 11, 2019. She was 97 years old and had lived a wonderful life. She was born in Treutlen County, the eldest child of Carlton and Alma Phillips. She had two brothers, Carlton Phillips Jr. and Mickey Phillips, and one sister Virginia Phillips Moxley, all of whom predeceased her. She was married at 19 to John Emerson Tyson whom she considered the best of men. They were married 41 years and after his death she remained a widow. She is survived by her daughter Lynn Tyson Clark and son- in-law John Graham Clark of Forsyth with who she resided for many years. Latha graduated from Treutlen High School and > Georgia Southern College where she studied social studies and art. Art was a lifelong joy and she painted well into her nineties. She taught school for many years with skill and flair. She was stellar at encouraging her students to be their best selves. In adulthood, Latha realized her religion was based on her parents’ faith rather than her own. She came to personal faith in Jesus, and thereafter sought always to live in love and obedience to Him. In practical terms she loved and encouraged everyone she knew or met even in the most fleeting encounters but especially through the gift of her friendship. She shed light. Burial will be private. A memory celebration will be held at Dayspring Presbyterian Church, Forsyth, GA Nov. 16, 2019 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the mis— sionary fund at Dayspring as Latha had a great concern for anyone who has yet to know the Lord Christ. Since 1898 SW {Ira/trim 2mm L A-R ' .. V .9 :1 x A“, Call your local Monroe County representative ' Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Vineville Ave. Macon GA 81208 k. November l3, 20l9 Briana Rene Burgess December 9, IQQI November 6), 2OIQ Macon Briana Rene Burgess, a beautiful and gentle soul, was born Dec. 9, 1991 in Savannah. She valiantly fought a long battle with anxiety and depression and was recently diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum. This diagnosis finally helped explain many of her lifelong challenges and strengths, and also provided some hope for developing a strategy for successfully moving forward in life. However, after more than a decade of feeling over— whelmed and exhausted by mental illness which acceler— ated with PTSD in the past five years and despite being surrounded and supported by people who loved and adored her, she bravely chose to end her pain and struggle Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at 27 years old. Briana graduated Magna Cum Laude as a double major in Spanish and Environmental Policy from Mer— cer Universityin 2014, where she received an academic scholarship, HOPE Scholarship and American City Business Journals’ Ray Shaw Memorial Scholarship. After her Freshman and Sophomore years, she served as an intern in environmental studies at Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. After her Junior year, she traveled to Brazil with Mercer on Mission to provide socio—economic aid and environmental cleanup in impoverished communities (favelas) and offer after-school care for elementary school children. After college, she participated as a “WWOOFer” in World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms in Madison, Ga. where she learned farming and livestock care, contributed to land sustainability and farm-to—table distribution in support of the organic movement. She achieved an International Baccalaureate (IB) Degree from Riverwood International Charter School in 2010, graduat— ing in the top 3% of her class. Briana had recently been employed by United Way of Central Georgia, serving in the Economic Mobility AmeriCorps VISTA program where she managed com- munity relations through ongoing outreach initiatives and services for economically disadvantaged individuals. She had previously served as Project Manager in Economic Development for the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. During college and high school, she was loved by her part-time work families at the Mercer Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Macon and St. Angelo’s Pizza in Atlanta, and she was also a member of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta. Briana’s passion, knowledge and competitive skills of all things Pokemon are unprecedented. In high school, she traveled to Nashville and New York City to battle at official Pokémon tournaments in hopes of winning the grand prize and taking a vacation with her mom to compete at an international tournament in Hawaii. In NYC, she advanced to a semi-final round only to be defeated by the previous year’s defending champion. In recent years, with a small investment and encouragement from her stepfa— ther, she became a licensed [grader of Pokémon cards and turned her childhood fascination and teenage obsession-1 « .5 into a profitable business, buying and selling collectibles on e-Bay with a 100% customer service satisfaction rating. Briana loved cats and adopted many stray cats over the years that became beloved family pets, including Dylan, Whiskers, Charlie, Phoebe and April. She enjoyed sharing funny cat memes on social media as a hobby that provid- ed an inside glimpse of her irreverent and hysterical sense of humor. Survivors include her devoted boyfriend, Jordan Forrest— er Mills, with whom she shared an apartment and their sassy tuxedo cat, April. Jordan loved her so very much and will miss her eternally; mother Dixie Cox and stepfather Jon Lunn; dad and stepmom, Craig and Penny Burgess; her maternal grandmother “Miss Betty” Cox Hill; aunts and uncles Cheryl and John G. Rawls, Jr., Lauren and John Robeson, Dr. Clayton and Winter Cox, Alex Bur- gess; cousins Britton Rawls (Ansley), John G. Rawls, III (Shelly), Clay Woody (Brooke), Nathan Woody, William Woody, Ashley Cox, Torie Cox, Clay Cox (Samantha), Anneliese Cox Jones (Corey), Dustin Hudson (Sydney) and Tiffany Burgess (Steven Hurst). She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Betty and Clif- ford Burgess of Savannah, her maternal step-grandfather “Po Colonel William B. Hill of Forsyth and her maternal grandfather, Lawrence “Larry” Starr Cox of Forsyth, by whom she will be laid to rest. A graveside service celebrating her life and offering a message of hope will be held at 11 am, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens, Highway 41 North, Forsyth, Ga. Doctor H. Darrell Watson will offici- ate, and several close friends will speak in her memory. A display area will be set up to allow friends and family to ‘ display sentimental items, favorite pictures and mementos during the service. Briana’s mother requests that donations be made to Overflow Foundation at https/overflowfoundation or to a local Rape Crisis Center in Briana’s name. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. BURG Sheriff Brad Free- man said Tapia has been Continued from Front complaining that Monroe County is violating his civil She later died. rights by not taking him to Tapia was identified as GWinne“ countY- an escapee from a deten- “He’s “Qt going baCk t0 tion center work detail in GWinnett county because the metro Atlanta area and he’s gOt enough to answer was taken to the Monroe for here,” said Freeman. County Jail. He was also While he does display wanted for kidnapping, ob- a Hispanic and A5121“ struction of an oflicer and baCkground’ Freeman said burglary in Gwinnett and Tapia was born in Georgia. Cobb counties.