TIFTON — Hull Asbury Atwater II (known as “Papa” to his near and dear) died Friday, May 10, 2013. He was born in 1938 in Tifton to Sarah Cochran Atwater and Hull Asbury Atwater I. He is survived by his wife, Ann Yancey Atwater; his children, Hull Asbury Atwater III and Elizabeth Yancey Davis; and his sister and brother-in-law, Sally Atwater Carmichael and Doug Carmichael of Danielsville.
Hull had been in hospice care for about a week, but had struggled with COPD for many years. He was a heckuva man. Hull had many talents, from making pimento cheese to charming everyone he met. He was one of those folks who’d been around so long he knew everybody in town. When he retired after a long career in agricultural equipment sales, he had to find something to occupy his time, so he joined the ranks of nosy old men as a bailiff. After a day in court, he loved to go to Harvey’s, where’d he flirt with all the women he knew shopping. Inevitably, if you ran into Hull at the grocery store, he’d sneak a jar of pickled pigs’ feet into your buggy to embarrass you at checkout.
Lottie Browning Hodges, age 91 of Manchester, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Sunrise Senior Living of Decatur in Decatur.
Graveside services were held at 1p.m. Friday, May 10, at Meriwether Memory Gardens, Manchester with Rev. Bob Allen officiating.
Mrs. Hodges was born September 4, 1921, in Greenwood, South Carolina, the daughter of Oba Browning and Loraine Browning. She was a 1938 graduate of Greenwood High School and earned an English Degree from Lander College in Greenwood. She then earned her Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Georgia. She taught the fourth grade class at Warm Springs Elementary for a number of years until going to work as a Librarian for the Pine Mountain Regional Library in Manchester. Prior to her retirement in 1988 she also worked on the regional Bookmobile. She was a member of Manchester First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and she also enjoyed her involvement in the local Bridge Club as well as the Birthday Club. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, James M. "Jim" Hodges.
Survivors include her two children; Ginger Hodges Adcock and her husband William C. Adcock of Madison, and Max Hodges of Manchester, ; two grandchildren, Benjamin Hunter Adcock and his wife Courtney Brown Adcock, and Lee Alexandra Adcock; also several nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or those who desire may make memorial contributions to Manchester First United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be offered at www.ssmfuneralhomes.com.
Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Home, Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the May 16, 2013 editor.
Carol Branon Hilsman, 70, of Eatonton died May 14, 2013. “Nana Carol” as she was affectionately known was born November 26, 1942 in Buckhead. She spent her life in this area working and raising four children. She was a member of Buckhead Baptist Church and will be remembered fondly there. She loved her church and also time spent reading sand trips to the mountains.
Nana Carol is survived by her children Steve Hilsman and Angie, Stacy Hilsman Farmer, John Hilsman and Lisa and Jennifer Hilsman Baade; nine grandchildren Hailie, Steven, McKenzie, Johnwells, Ariel, Adam, Hays, Jordan and Zachary; one great grandchild Brandi Leigh and is expecting another, “Baby Luke”. She is also survived by John “Buddy” Branon, Bobbi Jones and Donald Hilsman.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17 at Buckhead Baptist Church.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Buckhead Baptist Church.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
Printed in the May 16, 2013 editor.
Peggy A. Brown, 61, of Madison, passed away Sunday May 5, 2013.
She is survivied by her husband, Mike Brown; two children, Dennis Brown and wife, Alice, Covington, and Jennifer Harper and husband, David, Bostwick; four grandchildren, Luke and Peyton Brown and Will and Jack Harper; two brothers, Don Mooney and wife, Sherry, Moselle, Miss., and Bill Mooney and wife, Diane, Hattiesburg, Miss., and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 8, at 3 p.m. in the Fairview Chapel of Horis A. Ward. Interment in the Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.
Printed in the May 9, 2013 edition