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Ruple-Thrower engagement

Charlene Elaine Thrower enaged to Michael Steven Ruple

Bill and Kim Ruple are happy to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of our son Michael Steven Ruple to Charlene Elaine Thrower, daughter of Besty Shaw Bolton and Keith Bolton.

Charlene graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a minor in Business. She is currently employed as a Constituent Coordinator at Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

Michael graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Political Science. He is a Senior Parole Officer supervising Douglas, Paulding, and Haralson Counties in Georgia. Read More»

Byard-Sharp wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Byard

Bob and Barbara Byard of Fayetteville hosted a reception honoring their son Jonathan (Mac) Byard and Allison Sharp who were married on Sept. 7, 2013 in Coronado Island, Calif.

Mac graduated from Starrs Mill High School in 2001 and the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2005. He is currently stationed at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz. where he is an ADO and evaluator pilot for the EC130 aircraft. While there, he has served 6 combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More»

Burke-Kopec engagement

Jessica Jade Burke engaged to Timothy William Kopec

Mr. & Mrs. Pat and Tracy Burke of Peoria, Ariz., are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Jade Burke, to Timothy William Kopec, son of Ginny and Bill Kopec of Peachtree City, Ga.

The future bride graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is employed as a manager at Walgreens in LaGrange, Ga.

The future groom received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Rehabilitation Services. He is employed as a manager at Walgreens in Griffin, Ga. Read More»

Helen Cochran Brown, 91, of Brooks

Helen Cochran Brown, 91, of Brooks, Ga., passed away March 20, 2014.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Joe L. Brown; their children – Mike & Phyllis Brown, Cheryl & Jim Burchfield, Ted & Penny Brown, and Terri & Alex Cohilas. Also, their grandchildren – Michael & Katy Brown, Kelly & Bob Anderson, Ryan & Jake Kunz, Joshua & Jennifer McCullough, Elizabeth & Ed Chao, Tyler Brown and Trent Brown; nine great-grandchildren – Colby, Alex, Reed, Helen, Carly, Gracie, Samuel, Parker and Brooklyn; a sister – Reba Watkins; and many nieces and nephews. Read More»

Lois S. Bacas, 83

Lois S. Bacas, 83, passed away Mar. 23, 2014, with her family at her side. She will be remembered always as a caring and loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Read More»

Dr. Brian Jefferson, 72, of Tyrone

Dr. Brian "Doc" Jefferson, 72, of Tyrone

Dr. Brian "Doc" Jefferson, 72, of Tyrone, Ga. passed away Sun., Mar. 23, 2014 at Hospice Atlanta.

He was born Aug. 2, 1941 in Wareham, Mass. to the late George Jefferson & Avis Rider Jefferson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George Raymond Jefferson.

Brian grew up and graduated from high school in Wareham, Mass. His love of sailing and boating began as a young man spending time in the waters off Cape Cod. Brian spent several years serving his country in the Coast Guard. Read More»

Reverend Frank O. Klein, 93, of Peachtree City

Reverend Frank O. Klein

Reverend Frank O. Klein, 93, of Peachtree City, passed away March 24, 2014.

He had been the visitation Pastor for Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and known as "Father Frank."

He graduated from Capital University and Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He was a Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Bethel Park, Pa.; started a mission church in Suitland, Md. (Bethany Lutheran); Pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Lorain, Ohio; and founding Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was president of Kiwanis Clubs in Ohio and Florida. Read More»

Henry Anderson, Jr., 96, of Peachtree City

Henry "Andy" Anderson, Jr., 96, of Peachtree City, passed away March 22, 2014.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was also a sales supervisor and price coordinator for Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc.

Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his wife Geri Anderson; brother Howell P. Anderson and grandson Derek Dyer.

He is survived by his daughter Leslie and her husband Drew Dyer, Jr. of Peachtree City; son Terry A. and his wife Linda Anderson of Alpharetta; 4 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Aaron Childress of Fayetteville

Mr. Aaron Childress of Fayetteville passed away on March 14, 2014. Read More»

Avery Bailey age 89 of Locust Grove

Avery (A.O.) Bailey age 89 of Locust Grove, Ga. passed away on March 23, 2014. He was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

A.O. was a proud World War II veteran who served his country in the Air Force. He was based in London and flew 25 raids over enemy lines in the B-17 as a flight engineer/gunner. After the war, he worked in the aviation field as a pilot and mechanic for Eastern and Piedmont Airlines. A.O. retired from Airlift International. Read More»