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Page 6A November 28, 2018 orter IN LOVIN Mary Johnson Harris November 1Z 1955 - November 26, 2018 Forsyth - Mary Edith Johnson Hyde- Harris passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Funeral services will be held 11 a,m Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Ma- con Memorial Park Mausoleum with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Macon Me- morial Park Cemetery. Rev. Franklin Etheridge will officiate. Mrs. Harris, the daughter of the late Oscar Nathan Johnson and Mary Lizzie Turner Johnson, was born Nove. Jl$ ~7, 1955, in Macon. She was a homemaker. I Survivors include her husband, Larry Harris Sr. of For- yth; children, April Horsefield (Chris) of Pinellas Park, Fla. and Thomas Hyde (Faye) of Forsyth; step-children, Larry Harris Jr. of Warner Robins and Michele Gibbs Robert) of Forsyth; brother, Lonnie Johnson of Gray; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. '. Please visit to express tributes. , Monroe County Memorial Chapd has charge of ar- rangements. Ann Miley Hill May 1, 1943 - November 22, 2018 I, i Forsyth - Rebecca Ann Miley Hill passed away Thurs- day, Nov. 22, 2018. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Inter- fiaent followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Rev. Franklin Etheridge officiated. ', Ann, the daughter of the late Harvard Russell Miley and Elsie Rebecca Laster Miley, was born May 1, 1943, in Grif- fin. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Alvin Hill of Forsyth; qhildren, Teresa A. Rogers (Johnny J.) of Covington, Larry t~. Hill of Jackson, Susan Allen, Alvin Billy Hill, Jr. and JpAnne Horne of Forsyth; several grandchildren; and ~everal great grandchildren. Th.e family requests no flowers but suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry Street, Macon, Ga 31201. I . . ,Please wsit to i express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Clifford Lee Shaw, Jr. June 8, 1927 - November 18, 2018 Clifford Lee Shaw Jr 91, went to be with the Lord on Sun&t; Nov. 18, 2018. He was born in Forsyth to L'dlie Elvira Mitchell Shaw and Clifford Lee Shaw, Sr. Clifford was a 1943 graduate of Mary Persons High School, served 11 years in the U. S. Navy, was a Mason and a devot- ed member and officer of the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outside in his garden . dlIAW and playing golf. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 47 years and mother of his four children, Dorothy Rose Shaw; his son, Clifford Lee Shaw III, his granddaughter, Amber Adam and sisters Nadine Shaw Wilson, Forsyth, GA and Juanita Shaw Dunaway, Warner Robins. He is survived by his wife, Violet Wilson Shaw; his chil- dren, Christie Adams, Rebecca Bilnoski (Marvin), Philip Shaw (Belinda Abbott-Shaw) and his daughter-in-law, Sarah Hartwick Shaw; his grandchildren, Amy Adams, Angelyn Mays, Robert Adams, Marvin Bilnoski, Leah Bil- nosE-Morris, Tyler Abbott, Cameron Shaw and Garrison Shaw, sisters Martha Shaw Young and Norma Jean Shaw Pirkle of Forsyth. Also survived by 9 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Sterling-White Funeral Home, Highlands, Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment, with military honors, was in Sterling- White Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Sterling- White Funeral Home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may donate to their favorite charity. Annie Faye Battle February 21, 1953 - November 20, 2018 Forsyth - Funeral services for Ms. Annie Faye Battle were held Saturday, Nov. 24 at Union Hill Missionary Bap- tist Church, Forsyth. Pastor Rufus J. Whatley officiated. Burial was in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her son, Donald J. Battle; mother Ludie Lyons; brother, Dave Brantley, Jr. and a host of rela- tives and friends. Freeman Funeral Home of Forsyth was in charge of ar- rangements. Evelyn J. Buckner Mrs. Evelyn J. Buckner, 88, of Jackson passed away Nov. 19, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband: Glen E. Buckner. She is survived by her sons: David Buckner and wife Cindy of Jackson and Randy Buckner of Forsyth, grandchildren: Jason Buckner, Drew (Allison) Buck- ner and Lauren (Josh) Abernathy, great-grandchildren: Kara Buckner, Briley Buckner, Braelyn Buckner, Bryant Buckner, Adelynn Abernathy, Lucy Abernathy and Shaw Abernathy. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Novem- ber 23, 2018 at Rock Springs Church CemeteD; 219 Rock Springs Rd Milner, GA. Dr. Benny Tare officiated. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc Jonesboro/Stock- bridge 770-210-2700. Continued from 1A ',Capt. Luke Caison, company commander, said that 80-85 of the approximately 190 soldiers assigned to the company will be deployed. They will join other components of 121 st Infantry from throughout Georgia at Ft. Stewart for training and will leave for Afghanistan shortly after New Year's Day. ',The majority of those being de- ployed volunteered for the tour of duty. Caison said the National Guard was able to ask for those who wanted to go and find replacements from other units for those for whom the 4eployment would be a hardship. He said he feds that those going will be able to focus on doing their jobs well, and he is proud of their desire to serve. !"We have gratitude and thanks for what you are doing and appreciate that you volunteered" Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson told the troops as they stood at formation in the National Guard Armory before boarding buses fSr Ft. Stewart. "We'll be glad when return home. We'll be praying for that. To the families, I want to say we know you make a sacrifice, too, and you have our support:' Many family members came to Forsyth to wish their loved ones a safe return as they departed. The soldiers marched from the Armory to the buses and then took a few minutes to exchange hugs and words of support with family and friends. Mothers and fathers hugged younger soldiers while children, from babies to young adults, hugged military parents who were departing. Several families gathered in tight groups for prayer. Caison said that some of the sol- diers who drill at Forsyth actually live closer to Ft. Stewart and will meet the rest of the company there. A rear detachment will remain in Forsyth and continue to drill here. Its mem- bers could be called to Afghanistan as replacements if needed. Caison, who will report to Afghani- stan before Christmas, ahead of most of his troops, said that soldiers always enjoy getting care packages and letters from people back home, especially from kids. "It lets us take a break from work and means a lot. We'll try to send back answers" he said. "It meant a lot to me as a kid to get a letter from a soldier:' Mindy Russell is the representative for the Family Readiness Group. She is the liaison who will coordinate sup- port from the community for the sol- diers while they are away from home. She is assisted by Amanda Silva, who lives in Forsyth, and Madison Jerome. Email for Russell is itsmemindy@ She will know the kinds of things that the soldiers would enjoy getting in care packages, things they will not be supplied by the military. "Words of encouragement, especial- ly around the holidays, are amazing" she said. "Thank you letters from classrooms mean a lot." Russell will work with the 48th Infantry Brigade to post informa- tion about how the soldiers are doing during their deployment. The 48th Brigade maintains a Facebook page to connect the company with communi- ties. She invites teachers, churches, civic groups and others to reach out to her to exchange ideas on what they can do for the soldiers over the next year while they are away from home. Burruss guard charged with giving inmate cash, tobacco A prison guard at Burruss Correctional Facility has been arrested and charged with giving tobacco and cash to an inmate. Deasia George, 24, of Dublin, was " i arrested on Nov. 19 and charged with violating her oath of office, giving an inmate contraband and trading with. an inmate. A warrant says George gave inmate leshon Gilliam $50 cash via an online digital cash app and tobacco on two separate occasions. She was taken to the Monroe County Jail and held on GB RG| a $10,000 bond. Gilliam is serving a 10 year sen- tence for burglary; obstruction, and possession of co- caine and marijuana for a June 16, 2016 crime in Henry County. His earliest release date is June 2019, according to the Department of Corrections website. LAWSUIT Continued from 1A roe County deputy Cody Maples reported that Fincher was acting very nervous. He and depu- ties Kevin Williams and Allen Henderson were all named as defendants in the lawsuit. Deputies found a blue substance in a dear bag in the car which Fincher said was cotton candy. But a field test of the substance de- termined it was metham- phetamine and MDMA and Fincher and Morris were charged with traf- ticking and possession of methamphetamine. Judge Tommy Wilson set the bond for each at $1 million. Fincher had a prior first offender drug conviction. They both languished in the Monroe County Jail until March 22, when the GBI crane lab report came back and said the substance was not in fact an illegal drug. In her lawsuit, Fincher daims video shows she did not act nervously dur- ing the traffic stop, and said that three months in jail were very costly to her. She said she missed the birth of her twin grand- children. And when her son brought the babies to see her at the Mon- roe County Jail, he was arrested on an outstand- ing warrant for failing to appear in court. When he was released the next day he was told there actu- ally was no warrant, said Fincher's attorney James Freeman of Macon. The lawsuit daimed she was so upset about her son's arrest, she injured her hand on the jail's concrete wall. The jail doctor put her in a splint and said she would need a cast when the swelling went down, but the sheriff's office never returned her to the doctor, said the suit. Also, the jail refused to let her get needed physical therapy, said the lawsuit. The suit said Fincher also was unable to be with her daughter when she suf- fered a miscarriage while Fincher was in jail. Fincher and Morris were indicted by the Monroe County grand jury for trafficking and possession ofmetham- phetamine on March 15, 2017 and then on March 22, 2017, the GBI is- sued its report saying the material was not an illegal drug. In her suit, Fincher said she wasn't released from jail until April 4, 2017 and the charges weren't dropped until April 18, 2017. Morris pled guilty to driving on a suspended license in May 2017. Fincher's suit said Mon- roe County was grossly negligent and willfully malicious toward Fincher in her arrest and incar- ceration. Fincher said Monroe County caused her severe injuries and she's asking a judge that she recover damages for her extensive pain, suffer- ing and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as economic losses. Fincher is also suing Sirchie Acquisition, the company that provides field drug tests to the Monroe County sheriff's office, for selling fraudu- lent tests. The lawsuit in- dudes news reports about a number of inaccurate drug tests in Georgia sending people to jail. Assistant district at- torney Paul Hemmann, who initially prosecuted the case, acknowledged that field tests are not always reliable and noted they are not admissible in court. He said he's sorry that it happened but said their office handled the case in a customary man- ner and noted they ex- pedited Fincher's release as soon as they got the GBI results back that it wasn't meth. 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