James Stanley Jr. of Covington died December 22, 2012. He was the son of the late James Stanley Sr. and Willene Willis Stanley. He was born April 11, 1925in Macon. After high school he joined the U.S. Army. He served in the specialized troop known as the Ghost Army during Word War II, a group that remained classified until the 1990s. After his military service Mr. Stanley obtained a degree from Emory University. He was married to Beatrice Brewer in March of 1949. He then spent his career with the U.S. Rubber Company. He was a member of the VFW and USO as well as the World War II museum.
Mr. Stanley is survived by his wife, Beatrice Brewer Stanley and their children, Janice S. Blanchard (William) of Marietta, Gail S. Swift (Jim) of Dublin and Jim Stanley (Lillian) of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a sister, Helen Stanley.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26 at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. The funeral was held in the chapel at 2p.m. Interment followed at the Bethany Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Independent Documentary (Ghost Army-Jack Stanley) c/o Rick Beyer, Plate of Peas Productions, 34 Outlook Drive, Lexington, MA 02421 wwwghostarmy.org
Printed in the January 3, 2013 edition
Donald Lee Overfelt, 78, of Summerville, SC, formerly of Madison, GA, passed away December 18, 2012 after a brief illness.
Don was born in New Smyrna Beach, Fla and joined the United States Navy following high school. He served his country during the Korean Conflict. After his military service he had a long career with BellSouth, eventually retiring as an Operations Coordinator. He was a member of the The Telephone Pioneers of America. Mr. Overfelt will be remembered for his love of golf, fishing and cooking out for his family on New Year’s Day.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Askew Overfelt of Summerville, SC; son, Donald Wayne Overfelt and wife Lisa of Monrovia, MD; two daughters, Tammy Lee Peet and husband Davis of Lawrenceville and Michele Scannicchio and husband Jeff of Flower Mound, TX; brother, Arthur Overfelt and wife Teen of Fleets Landing, FL.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.
Condolences can be sent to www.mcalistersmith.com
Arrangements by McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel.
Printed in the December 27, 2012 edition
Judith Ann Donohue of Madison died November 12, 2012.She was born April 11, 1942 in Canton, Ohio to Earl and Dorothy Sisterhen. She was married to Msgt. Timothy Donohue, U.S. Army Ret. Mrs. Donohue was an active member of St. James Catholic Church. She was named the 2012 Parish Women of the Year. She enjoyed working with her hands especially crocheting. She will be remembered as an amazing grandmother.
She is survived by her husband Tim, and their children, Patrick Donohue (Cheryl) of Statesboro, Richard Donohue (Dacia) of Centennial, Colorado, Melissa Miller (Brian) of Madison and Gregory Donohue of Orlando, Florida; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial mass was held November 19 at St. James Catholic Church. A. E. Carter Funeral Home had care of arrangements.
Printed in the December 20, 2012 edition
J. C. Pugh Sr., 83, of Madison died December 13, 2012. He was born on November 1, 1929 in Greensboro to Joseph and Vada Moon Pugh. He was a retired truck driver. Mr. Pugh served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of Beacon Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in his yard as long as he was able. Many will remember him for selling apples and other fruits.
Mr. Pugh is survived by his wife Gertrude Arwood Pugh. He leaves three children, Patricia Bessho (Bob) of Marietta, Joseph C. Pugh Jr. of Las Vegas and Reba Whitaker (Johnny) of Madison; grandchildren, Nick Bessho (Layne), Brittany Bessho, Lindsey Claborn (Denny) and Renee Huckabee (Michael; great-grandchildren Owen Claborn, Kyle, Bryce and Avery Bessho and Elaine Huckabee. A son Ronnie Pugh preceded him in death.
The family received friends Friday, Dec. 14 from 6 unto 8 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the chapel. Interment was at Almand Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the December 20, 2012 edition
Grady Vaughn Calvert, 88, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. The funeral was Friday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at Godfrey United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Kitchen officiating. Pallbearers were Marc Medford, Daniel Harwell, Jason Harwell, Ray Harwell, Todd Calvert, Tommy Lawrence, Heck Davis and Aubrey Moon.
He was a native of Polk County, NC, was the fourth of eight children born to Vaughn Henry and Zoar Ridings Calvert. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Growing up during the Great Depression, he helped on the family farm, logged and operated a saw mill with his father, and drove a school bus (actually hired before he was 16 years old). He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart for severe injuries sustained from a Japanese Kamikaze attack in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, the Philippines. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons, Grady married Sara Louise Flynn on Dec. 21, 1945.
Prior to going to college, he built houses with his father-in-law. He attended Western Carolina University and received his degree in Animal Husbandry and Agronomy from the University of Georgia in 1952, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. His first job after college was Ranch Manager of Windsweep Farms, Thomaston, leaving there to spend the rest of his life in Putnam County.
Mr. Calvert retired as Superintendent of the Central Georgia Branch Station-UGA with over 32 years of service. He was a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture at the University of Georgia, where he co-authored many research papers. He was sought out for his expertise with forages and cattle.