Neta P. Peppers, 80, of Madison, died Sunday, Jan. 29, after a month-long illness.
She was born in Jackson County, Ga., to the late Robert M. and Effie T. Pinson. They moved to Madison in 1936. She graduated from Madison High School in 1948. After finishing business school, she started working as a bookkeeper for The Farmer’s Hardware, a job she held for 30 years. In 1978 she bought The Farmer’s Hardware Co.
After selling the hardware business in 1981, she began a small wholesale floral supply business out of the trunk of her car. Within a few years she had customers from Highlands, N.C. to Fernandina Beach, Fla. She retired in 1997.
She was active in Beacon Heights Baptist Church from its founding in 1950. She was also active in the Morgan County Historical Society and served as a docent at Heritage Hall and the Roger House historic homes in Madison.
For more than 40 years, she was an active member of the Georgia Federation of Business and Professional Women. In 1980-81 she served as the organization’s state president. Through the federation she was active in lobbying state legislatures and Congress to support the Equal Rights Amendment and legislation to support equal pay for equal work for women.
Mrs. Peppers was the first woman president of Madison Chamber of Commerce.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ray Artis Peppers of Madison and their four children, daughter Beverly and Richard Conner of Madison; sons Ray Peppers of Benton, Tenn., Bruce and Patsy Peppers of Madison and daughter, Faith Peppers and John Bazemore of Roswell. She was a loving grandmother to four grandchildren Matthew and Charlie Conner of Madison, Carol Peppers of Madison and Jack and Anna Grace Bazemore of Roswell and two great-grandchildren Brittni Green of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Aynslee Conner of Madison.
Jack King Chilton Sr., of Madison passed away January 21, 2013. He was born July 14, 1934 in Adairsville, the youngest of five children. He was the son of the predeceased Stewart King Chilton and Julia Mae Chilton of Atlanta.
He is survived by his wife Nini Chilton of Atlanta, brother James “Blue” Chilton (Hilda) of Rutledge, sister Mona Winn (John) of Florida, son Jack Chilton Jr. (Carol) of Atlanta, son Chris Chilton of Tucker, daughter Carol Gornowicz (George) of Atlanta, seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His three children were his pride and joy and considered the greatest accomplishment of his life.
He attended Bass High School and graduated from the University of Georgia. He worked in medical sales, owning CARE Inc. for over 40 years. Sports were a big part of his life. He was a high school football official for over 40 years. Worked state championship game with Herschel Walker in 1979. He served on board of directors at Briarcliff Community Sports and Lakeside High School. He enjoyed golf and fishing, hunting and gardening at his farm in Madison.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Bass High Alumni Perpetual Scholarship Fund or Madison Christian Church.
Printed in the January 31, 2013 edition
Julia Mae Walker was born July 6, 1947 to the late Bessie Cook and Douglas Tolbert in Buckhead. She was raised by Katie “Aunt Toot” Johnson. She was the eldest of six children born to Bessie “Ms. Tee” Cook. At an early age she joined Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. In 1966 she graduated from Pearl High School in Madison.
She was united in holy matrimony to Jardus (Jerry) Walker on December 25, 1969. To this union four children were born. She worked for Carwood (Monroe), Madison Sportswear, Modern Manufacturing and Sweet Orr Manufacturing before retiring in 2008 from Town 220.
On January 14, 2013 Julie’s heavenly journey began. She leaves to mourn a loving family. Her survivors include a devoted husband of 43 years, Jardus (Jerry) Walker, two daughters, Rhonda Walker and Renae (Paul) Hill, two sons, Roderick (Phyllis) Walker and Reginald Walker, all of Madison; nine grandchildren, Tiffany Walker, Nicholas Walker, Brittany Hill, Bria Hill, Bralon Hill, Damien Walker, Dylan Walker, Kigonna Walker and Kiymora Walker; 12 siblings, Willie (Paulette) Cook, Charles (Thelma) Cook, Patricia (Anderson) Johnson, Levion (Timmie) Lowe, Fred (DeMonica) Cook, Sharon Tolbert Wright, Melvin Tolbert, Kathy (Oliver) Shepherd, Teresa (Willie) Edwards, Sheila Ingram, Scotty (Darlene) Tolbert and Gary Tolbert; 12 in-laws, Linda Griffith, Vermell Sangster, Marion Griffith Jr., all of Saginaw, Michigan, Larry Smith of Shreveport, Louisiana, Shirley Russell, Bertha Morgan, Willie Morgan, Bennie Morgan, Otis Morgan, Danny Morgan, Bessie Hubbard and Linda Morgan; one great-aunt, Hallie Sims; six aunts, Sarah Sanford, Virginia Campbell, Annie Burke, Gladys (Charles) Smith, Barbara Edwards and Susie Perriman; one uncle, James (Ernestine) Edwards and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mapp-Gilmore Pyramid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial services for Kenneth Ray Hargrove, 50, were conducted Tuesday afternoon, January 22, 2013, 6 p.m. in the Morgan County Church of Christ with Bro. Reuben T. Walker officiating. The family received friends Tuesday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mr. Hargrove was a native of Athens, Alabama and had lived in Buckhead for the past 20 years. He was a construction worker and a member of Morgan County Church of Christ. His father Carl Hargrove preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Brewer Hargrove of Buckhead, daughters Candace Hargrove of Buckhead, Danielle Street of Ardmore, Tenn., Deanna McAfee of Pulaski, Tenn., Mother, Amelia, Ala., sisters Carla Hargrove of Decatur, Ala., Connie (Barry) Thornton of Minor Hill, Tenn., Christie Romanie of Athens, Ala., grandchildren John Clayton McCoy, Kenadee McAfee, Kayden Rae Hargrove, Blake and Kaitlyn Chapman.
Express online condolences at www.williamsfuneralhome.net. Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton had charge of arrangements.
Printed in the January 24, 2013 edition.
Bill Davis, 87 of Madison, died January 21, 2013. He was born January 29, 1925 in Molina to H.H. and Lottie Griffin Davis. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in forestry. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was later married to Bernice Pinson on January 25, 1948.They made their home in Morgan County. Mr. Davis was president of Cape & Davis Forest Products. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Mr. Davis was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed gardening and was a long time member of Madison Baptist Church.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife Bernice Davis and two children, Debbie Tamplin (Wayne) and Doug Davis (Mary Helen); six grandchildren, Sally Nunn (Lee), Anna Newell (Michael), Katie Floyd (John), Lee Sanders, Julie Wade and Ashley Davis; great-grandchildren Claire and Mason Nunn, Hayes Newell, John Addison, Mitchell, Amelia and Parker Floyd.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Davis.
The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 5 until 7 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. The funeral service was held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Madison Baptist Church. Interment followed at Madison City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Madison Baptist Church.
Printed in the January 24, 2013 edition.
Johnnie Ronald (Ronnie) Pearson, of Monroe, died January 16, 2013. He was born in Rutledge, on November 15, 1946 to the late Sue Hawk Pearson, and the late Johnny Pearson.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret L. Pearson of Monroe; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Sonny Fortner of Lawrenceville; stepson, Wayne McDaniel of Monroe; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Cheryl Pearson of Marietta; grandsons, Winston Pearson, Sam Fortner, and Taylor McDaniel.
A memorial service was held Saturday, January 19 at 11a.m. at the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Durden officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the National Kidney Foundation at the National Kidney Foundation Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016; or to the American Diabetes Association at 225 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Printed in the January 24, 2013 edition.