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December 26,2018 Page 5A iR orter IN LOVING Olin Miller Sikes January 1, 1934 - December 18, 2018 Forsyth Olin Miller Sikes passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Funeral services were held Fri- day; December 21, 2018 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Mark Goolsby officiated. Olin, the son of the late Willie Covel Sikes and Etta Mae Walls Sikes was born January 1, 1934, in Hamp- ton, GA. His wife, Fannie Ruth Sikes preceded him in death. He was retired from Robins Air Force Base and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Survivors include his son, Steven Sikes (Regina) of Forsyth; step-children, Ray Edge (Margaret) of Griffin, Carol Ann Herbert of Forsyth, Wayne Edge (Robin) of Sandersville and Ronnie Edge (Judy) of Forsyth; twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201. Please visit to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. Kent Patton Sparks November 20, 1964 - December 17, 2018 Kent Patton Sparks, 54, of Forsyth, passed away on Dec. 17, 2018. Kent was born in Nashville, Tenn on Nov. 20, 1964, to Dennis and Mary Sue Patton Sparks. He was a 1983 graduate of q-he Baylor School. He received his Bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Military Institute in 1987, his Master's degree from Georgia Southern University, and had completed all his coursework toward a Doctorate in Education. He worked as an educator and football coach for 26 years, ending his career as principal and Head Hurricane of Rutland High School. He enjoyed reading, watching hockey, grilling, and listening to music. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Misty, and three daughters: Shea (20), Addie, (19), and Laurel (17). He is also survived by his brother Mike, sisters Cathy and Betty, and beloved dog Riley. A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ at Latter Day Saints, Macon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kent Sparks Memorial Scholarship Fund at any MidSouth Federal Credit Union branch. In Memory of On His 50th Birthday You are loved & missed deeply. "I love him but God loves him more." Love, Mom "Mine your mind for the jewels of your soul" Love, Your Wife The family thanks everyone for their love and support since his transition back with his ancestors. Sincerely, Gwendolyn King & Ruth Pastor CARD OF THANKS Ms. Ludie Mae Lyons and Jabari Battle would like to sincerely thank Family, Friends and Program Participants for your very generous acts of kindness extended to us doing the illness and transition of our beloved Annie"Faye"Battle. We are comforted to know that Faye will be spending Christmas with Jesus this year. Thank you again and God bless. Serving M iddle Georgia for Over 100 Years Designers & Manufactures of Marble, Granite & Bronze Memorials since 1908 George & Janiee Moore Aueaodzed C~or~a Marble Dealer TOLL FREE 1-800-377-9341 1-770-358-1470 Railroad & Main St Barnesville, GA Here's a look back at some notable deaths in Monroe County in 2018: died on Jan. 4, 2018 just two months before her 90th birthday. A sprightly and loving lady into her late 80s who loved cats, she was a faithfifl member of Fairview United Methodist Church and worked for the cham- ber of commerce when it helped bring Plant Scherer to Monroe County. Lee Newton Mrs. Lee Trammell Newton Sr. of Forsyth died on Jan. 11,2018 at the age of 94. A native of Monroe County, she was born in the family home, Hir Hardin, attended Mary Persons and with husband Lee Trammel] Newton had five children. She was a Sunday school teacher at Forsyth United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Capital City Club of Atlanta and the Idle Hour Club of Macon. Rev. James Floyd Hunnicutt died on Jan. 18, 2018 sur- rounded by his family at the age of 90. He lived most his life in Juliette, marrying the love of his life, Vivian Chambless. He served in World War II and returned to Juliette and worked for the Juliette Milling Co serving as Superintendent until the mill burned in the 1970's. He worked and retired from Plant Scherer and served for many years on the Monroe County Board of Education and Registrars. He served in the ministry of the Lord starting as an ordained deacon. Mike Snow St. Mike Snow Sr. of Forsyth died on Jan. 24, 2018 at the age of 63 after a long, coura- geous fight with many health ailments. He was the retired owner of Snow's BP. Before opening the gas station in 1991, he worked at Forsyth Hardware and Furniture Co where he was known for standing outside the store on the town square. Mike was larger than life, a jokester and always had a smile on his face. operator of Freeman Fu- neral Home, which is now at 26 Brentwood Street, for over 65 years. A Korean War veteran, he also ex- tended a helping hand to support local churches and people in need. Janie Mays 25, 2018 at the age of 79. She was a lunch lady for 37 years at Mary Persons and then Hubbard Elementary, eventu- ally becoming manager. She was also man- ager of the City swimming pool for many years as her six children were grow- ing up. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Bolingbroke where she enjoyed and loved her church, church family and especially her Sunday school dass, the Young At Heart. Philip Veira Rev. Dr. Philip I. Veira died on Feb. 22, 2018 at the age of 86. Grandpa, as he was affec- tionately called, was born in Queenstown, Guiana in 1931. He earned a Master of Theology and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean and Vietnam War. He was heavily decorated, induding a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. He was an associate minister of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bolingbroke. Velda Darden Velva Dungan Darden died on March 18, 2018 at the age of 96. She was married to Ret. Col. George William Darden and was a home- maker, a member of First Baptist Church of Forsyth and a volunteer for Meal on Wheels. Gonga, as her family and friends knew her, served all who crossed her path. She enjoyed many hobbies includ- ing cooking, baking, sewing, arts and crafts, painting, socializing, playing Scrabble and fishing. She never met a stranger and all were wel- comed at her table. In her years at Mary Persons and Bessie Tift College she played basketball and tennis and continued to enjoy watching both on television. Bobby' died on Feb. 10, 2018 of melanoma at the age of 85. He was retired from Georgia Power and a cattle farmer. He was a 13 year Veteran of the National Guard and a member of the Monroe County Cattleman's Assodation. James Free- man Sr a pillar of the Monroe County com- munity, died on Feb. 15 at the age of 84 after a very brief ill- ness. He served the Forsyth area as owner, director and Dexter King died in an auto accident on March 20 at the age of 49. King served with the U.S. Air Force for six years and 17 years with the Reserves. He worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections for over 20 years. Lee Collins Jr. Former Tiff College music professor Lee Collins Jr. died on March 23, 2018 at the age of 100. He joined the National Guard in 1940 just prior to WWII, and eventually served in the Coast Guard. In 1946 he went to New York City, earning his degree from Columb'm Call your local Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3 3250 Vineville Ave.r Maconr GA 31208 C University and then his Master of Arts from Teachers College in 1955. There he met his furore wife, Cordelia Nisbet, through their mutual voice teacher. His passion for music was exceeded only by his love for Cordelia. After graduation Mr. Collins was hired at Bessie Tiff Collage in 1955, teaching there for 28 years. After retirement, he became a master wood- worker, crafting an immense assortment of indoor and out- door items that grace homes throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Former Monroe County commis- sion chair- man Harold Carlisle died on April 8, 2018 at the age of 87. He and his brother continued the legacy of their father to run an honest bus'mess at Carlisle Garage and Holmes Auto Parts on Vheville Avenue in Macon. While still in high school, Harold joined the Georgia Army National Guard at age 16 and rose in rank to retire after proudly serving 35 years. Harold served three terms as Monroe County Commissioner, the last term as the Chairman. He loved the county and was dedicated to serving the citizens to the best of his ability. He enjoyed play- hag golf, hunting and fishing, was an avid reader and as a staunch Republican. Doris Ogletree Long-time Monroe County business- woman and bailiff Doris Ogletree died on May 5, 2018 at the age of 81. She was known for her quick smile and generosity. Tom Glennon Retired Mercer profes- sor Tom theindiedGlennon77.3' 2018 Forsyth He age onlived of at May~~ ~ '~" with his wife Maggie, but came to Mercer in 1971 and spent 45 years teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences until retiring in 2016 as Professor Emeritus. In his tenure, Tom was an innovator who developed a number ofgroundbreaking initiatives that helped reshape both Mercer and downtown Macon including the Mercer Service Scholars program and the Mercer Commons grant. He waved the banner of indue'ion for those with physical and mental disabili- ties so that they could lead full and enjoyable lives. In addi- tion to teaching at Mercer, Tom founded the First Street Arts Center in 1989 and the Georgia Children's Museum in 2005. Jane Newton Monroe County his- torian Jane Roquemore Newton died on June 24, 2018 at the age of 85. She was a graduate of Mary Persons and Bessie Tiff College, and was a home ec teacher at Atwater Junior High School in Upson County from 1953-55. She retired from the Monroe County Tax Assessor as Chief Appraiser. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and loved genealogy and Mary Persons football. Mary Ethel Mary Ethel Smart died on July 21, 2018 at the age of 95. She was the oldest living member of Rogers United Methodist Church in Forsyth and served in multiple church leadership roles through the years. For more than 40 years, she was a seamstress for Carter's Company followed by many years with Abare Enterprises after her retire- ment from Carter's. She was known for her gardening and cooking skills, her car- ing spirit, loving nature and generosity. Margaret Margaret iiiiiii!i~iiii!!ii!i! ! ~iii!iii~iiii~ziiii!i!iiii~i!~ Sigretto, a longtime col- i ::i umnist for the ~,; ~:, Reporter who wrote about life in High Falls, passed away July 18, 2018 at the age of 79 after a short battle with cancer. Sigretto moved to High Falls from Clayton County in 1998 after retiring from Delta. But she was not the kind of person who could remain idle. After moving to High Falls, she managed an assisted living center for years and then managed the High Falls Hideaway. It was there that she began to write a regu- lar column in the Reporter, "Hello from High Falls", about the good things happening in the county's riverfront com- muni . Daniel Stewart, who chronided the military service of the Greatest Generation for the Reporter, died on July 30, 2018 at the age of 84. After graduating from the University of Florida he joined the U.S. Army rifle team. After the arm) Stewart took a job with Georgia Kraft in Forsyth, and he began serving with Boy Scouts and organized Ducks Unlimited and The Sportsman's Club for Monroe County. He was a founder of Monroe Academy. He later went to work for Mead Corp. until his retirement in 1994. He was recognized as their "$65 million man" having handled that amount of purchases and sales from 1988-94. He was known to tell people that he "hunted from Alaska- South and anything that walked or flew'~ He considered his column "Heroes Among Us", interviews with WW2 veter- ans for the Monroe County Reporter over a 3-year period, his greatest achievement. Roy Brown Former Mary Persons quar- terback Roy Brown died Sept. 13, 2018 at the age of 77. He graduated from Mercer in 1964 with a degree in psychology and from Naval Officer's Candidate School. He was stationed at the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens and fin- ished his tour at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss. He worked for two years at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville and later moved to Macon to direct Social Services at College Street Hospital before entering private practice. One of his proudest accomplishments was establishing the State Court of Bibb County Men's Domestic Violence Program in 1994. He attended Vineville United Methodist Church and hobbies induded fishing on See PASSAGES Page 6A Y