Obituary Information

Don Shedd
The family of Donald (Don) H. Shedd, 90, is celebrating his life and service to others following his passing at home May 20, 2017. A person of strong convictions and a deep commitment to stewardship, Don actively helped others throughout his life, personally and in service groups, living the Boy Scout slogan: "do a good turn daily". It was especially clear since relocating the family to Monroe in 1971. When Don began building Red Cross in Walton County, service and volunteering had become his mission in life. In 1974, he became the volunteer Chapter Manager of Walton County Red Cross. The Shedds' business building became Red Cross headquarters where they taught countless health and safety courses and disaster training courses. Volunteers were trained and responded 24/7 to every fire or other local emergency. Red Cross provided for the immediate needs of food, shelter, clothing and medical attention as well as some long term help. Don worked more than 30 national disasters and conducted training courses all over the country. Matthew 25:35-40 represents his service. On his last day, he was recognized by a caregiver as "Mr. Red Cross". A fitting tribute to a life of unselfish stewardship. Among his notable contributions was the creation of On Stage. Sensing a need for a local theater group, he worked with the Junior Service League and others to produce the first play, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". MACHS students and teachers put on numerous plays and in 1974 the Monroe Little Theatre was formed as On Stage. Don and his wife, Edith, were original and longtime Board members. Negotiating with the City of Monroe, On Stage moved into the former Primitive Baptist Church on High School Avenue. Over the years Don worked with many renovations of the old building. His last role was in "Inherit the Wind". Several years ago On Stage honored the Shedds for their service in bringing "a little culture to our town." Don filled many positions in the Kiwanis Club of Monroe, including President (1992), Treasurer, Kiwanian of the Year, and honored as the club's oldest member. He organized the nationally recognized Walk for Mankind and led the purchase, management and operation of a concessions trailer - all to generate funds for scholarships. Don's natural white beard added credibility to his role as Santa Claus. Beginning locally, he was a roving Santa visiting young and old alike on the streets, stores and mall. He recorded in a big leather alphabetized book each conversation; if he saw the child a second time, he could find the one gift the one gift the child had asked for. Yes, one item, that way, there would be enough to go around. He also worked at Peachtree Center in Atlanta; made commercials; appeared as Santa on CNN for some 30 years; had a long standing engagement was with families at Atlanta's Byrnwick community, visiting home after home on Christmas Eve - a cherished tradition for many families that often led to big parties, some featuring foreign Christmas customs. He never lied to children when asked if he was real. His response was "Santa is as real as love." He helped establish Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens - for families and school kids to learn about the outdoors, including walking trails, birding areas and buildings with classrooms and exhibit areas. He volunteered for 20 years on the Board of the Citizens Advisory Council on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse. The Walton County Soil and Water Conservation District recognized in 2016 Don and Edith as Conservationists of the Year. Don was dedicated to his wife and family, each of whom provide service to others in various ways. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Edith Stallings Shedd, four children: Kathy Biancardi and her husband Tony Biancardi, Pittsboro NC; Louise Reese and her husband Lee Reese, Watkinsville GA; Jane Erwin and her husband Bobby Erwin, Athens GA; and Alan Shedd and his wife Cheryl Shedd, Oakwood GA; grandsons Jeff Biancardi, Raleigh NC and Chris Hatch, Easley SC; and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 30, 7:00-9:00 pm at Meadows Funeral Home, Monroe. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Laura Allen, Executive Director, 490 Pulaski St., Athens GA 30606. Sign guest book online: http://www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com/sign
Charles Sirmans, Sr.
Charles Glenn Sirmans Sr age 75 of Conyers, GA died on May 20, 2017. He was born on September 29, 1941 in Lakeland, GA to the late Clyide Moore and the late Charlie Lawson Sirmans. He was preceded in death by his beloved sisters Faye Wynelle Sirmans Gaither Zipperer and Edna Charlene Brantley, brother-n-law Lonnie Raymond Brantley and his daughter-n-law Tassie N Sirmans, and his great nephew Ryan James Rocheleau. He is survived by his son and daughter-n-law Charles Glenn Sirmans Jr and Dianna Lea Sirmans of Monroe; grandchildren: Charles Glenn Sirmans III(Corey), Cayla Corinne Sirmans, Joyceanna Porter Sirmans, and Kentrealvist Malcom Sirmans; Nieces and nephews: Dawn Elizabeth Gaither Rocheleau, Christopher Charles Gaither Sr and wife Tammie, and Tonya Charlene Brantley; great nephews: Lucas Holland Rocheleau, Levi Abbott Rocheleau and wife Devin, Christopher Charles Gaither Jr and wife Kati, and Austin Allen Gaither and wife Morgan; great great nephew Colton Allen Rocheleau; and Sandra Leroux He proudly served in the USAF as a Cryptographic Engineer at Misawa Air Base in Japan. He received his BA in Accounting and started his accounting firm, Tax Accounting Services, in 1976 in Conyers, GA. There he served in the Rotary Club, friends of Nancy Guinn Library, and the Rockdale chapter of the American Cancer Society(as a cancer survivor). A visitation will be held at his Antique Museum at 1930 Flat Shoals Rd. Conyers, Ga 30094 on Friday May 26th from 4-8pm and on Saturday May 27th from 2-4pm at Corinth Christian Church in Loganville with the Memorial Service following at 4pm. Reverend Tony Dyer and Pastor Adam Turner will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your local chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Lou Alice Mills
Lou Alice Mills, age 72, of Monroe, died on May 22, 2017. She was born in Decatur, GA on October 25, 1944 to the late Alice Louceny Parker Nicholson, and John Oliver Nicholson, Jr. Lou Alice was a veteran employee of the banking industry for 40 years. She worked at DeKalb Federal Savings and Loan in Decatur, GA for 12 years and at The National Bank of Walton County in Monroe and Loganville for 28 years. Lou Alice retired from banking in 2005. She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Mills of Monroe; daughters and son in law, Tamara Russ of Social Circle, Kelly and Nathan Alford of Loganville; son, Brian Mills of Winder; sisters, Virginia Dallas of Decatur, Betty Nix of Statham; grandchildren, Dalton Russ, Adyson Mills, Kholton Alford, and Gracyn Mills. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Butler officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Cemetery. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Thomas Robison Coker
Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late Euell Thomas Coker and the late Mary Frances Robison. He is survived by his wife, Linda Coker; daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Tim Brooks of Monroe; son, Gregory Briscoe Coker of Social Circle; sister, Kathy Coker of Loganville; aunt and uncle, Romana and Wesley Robison; grandchildren, Beau, Hannah, Brett, Bonnie, Chris, Laurie, Joy and Billy; great grandchildren, Ellie, Dawson, Walker, Aubree, and Brylee. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral home, with Rev. Mack McKabben and Rev. David Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Christian Church Cemetery. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Doris A. Elsmore
Doris Annette Elsmore, age 79, of Monroe, died on May 21, 2017. She was born in Good Hope, GA on September 28, 1937 to the late Obie Parham and the late Sallie Maude Malcom. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Elsmore; sons and daughter-in-laws, Frank and Cindy Elsmore of Monroe, Jeff and Gina Elsmore of Loganville; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and V.C. Partain of Thompson, GA; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral home, with Dr. Frank Appel officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Haven Memory Gardens. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Steve Burel
Steve Burel, age 47, of Monroe, died on May 15, 2017. He was born in Atlanta on November 5, 1969 to Barbara Stephes Burel and Ferman William Burel. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Cash Burel; mother and father, Barbara Stephens Burel and Ferman William Burel; children, Christopher Cash Burel and Kristianna Stacey McDaniel; brother and sister in law, William Gregory Burel and Sandra Stine Burel; mother in Law, Shirley M. Cash; brothers in law and sisters in law: Lee and Jenny Cash, Mike and Deborah Cash, Tracie and Greg Malcom, Mr. and Mrs. Marty Evans; nieces and nephews: Amber Evans, Kimberly and Jonathan Malcom and Family, Michael and Heather Cash and Family, Justin and Lanita Cash and Family, Ginger Cash Jares and Family, Lindsey and Ryan Langley, Timothy and Nicole Malcom and Family, Tommy Cash and Family, Wade Cash, Elizabeth Cash Wages and Family, Julia Elizabeth Burel; Aunt and Uncles: Jerry and Evelyn Burel, Brenda Burel, Martha Murari; and several loving cousins. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hill Haven Memory Gardens.
Mary Yvonne DeLettre
Mary Yvonne DeLettre of Monroe, Georgia passed away at the age of 80 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. She was born on March 23, 1937 in Jacksonville, Florida to J.C. and May Wright, their first child. She has two brothers and two sisters, Wilburn and Wayne Wright, and Patricia Mixon and Sara Lee Duffield. The children were raised in Savannah, Georgia. After finishing school, she moved back to Jacksonville, living with her Aunt Sara Revord, working for Travelerâ??s Insurance. It was there that she met, fell in love, and married her husband of 61 years, James DeLettre. They were wed on August 13, 1955. They moved to Cocoa, Florida, where they would set down roots and start their family. Their firstborn was Mitchell DeLettre, born on September 7, 1957. The family grew with the addition of a second son, Bruce DeLettre, and a daughter, Yvette Austin. She worked for Brevard County, first at the DMV, then Fairglen Elementary School, so that she could keep a closer eye on that Yvette of herâ??s. Many of her coworkers were her friends, who she would see outside of work, supporting their children at ball games and chorus concerts together. In the mid-1970's she was able to leave the workforce and be a stay at home mom and homemaker for the rest of her life. In 1983, Bruce preceded her to Heaven after an auto accident. After that, she moved with Popsie to the Atlanta area after he was transferred by his employer. In 1985 she gained another son, when Yvette married Mitchell Austin, who Yvette will tell you was loved by Yvonne before Yvette herself. November of 1986 her son Mitchell married Betsy Howald. She was then blessed with grandchildren, first Megan Delettre on August 24, 1988, and then Jacob Austin December 28 of the same year. She immediately began to spoil them and love them with everything she had and could. Conner Austin arrived on August, 6 1991, and her youngest grandson Cody DeLettre April 26, 1996, who immediately got their fair share of the spoiling. She was blessed with great grandchildren, but unfortunately not with as much time as she got with her grandchildren, just as she lost time with her oldest son Mitchell, when he passed away in March of 2010. She was known, beloved, and leaned on as a prayer warrior, happily fighting for anyone on their behalf, on her knees before her God. She spent her last years loving on her family, worshipping with her friends, investing in younger generations at her church. In December of 2016, she suffered a stroke which weakened her body, but not her resolve or faith. After putting up a fight she would have been known for by those who knew the fierceness she carried within her, she passed peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones.
Jess Oliver Mulkey
Jess Oliver Mulkey, age 88, of Monroe, GA, passed away on May 6, 2017. He was born in Loachapoka, ALA in Lee County on September 25, 1928 to parents Jess N. Mulkey of Franklin County, GA. and Thula Logan Mulkey of Waverly, ALA. Jess spent most of his childhood in Acworth, Georgia. In high school he entered and graduated from the Georgia Military Academy in College Park, GA (also known as Woodward Academy). During high school he was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he would serve twice; at the end of World War II (22nd Marine Division) and again in the Korean War (1st Marine Division (also known as the China Marines)). Between his military service assignments, he met Jane Smith from Marietta GA. They were married on April 22, 1950. They lived the majority of their married life in Monroe. Jess served as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe where he was an active member. During his career, he worked in the timber industry as co-owner of the Mulkey Lumber Company and in sales in the brick industry for Merry Companies, Inc. Augusta GA (later acquired in 1980 by Boral headquartered in Sidney Australia). He retired from Boral USA in 1998. Outside of time spent at work or with his family, Jess enjoyed playing golf. He acquired many life long friends through the game of golf. After retiring, he reunited with his former Marine buddies, where he and Jane would enjoy trips throughout the U.S Jess was preceded in death by his wife Jane Smith Mulkey, is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law Nan Mulkey O'Kelley (Rickie George O'Kelley, deceased), Debbie M. and Steve Long, and Kim M. and Lee Smith all of Monroe, GA, grandson John Q. Francis, III and wife Corinne of Atlanta, GA., and three great-grand children Niko James, Jonas Oliver and Sibyl Lois Francis A visitation will be held Monday, May 8, 2017 between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm at Meadows Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church of Monroe on 500 Breedlove Drive with Rev. George Rogers officiating. A graveside service immediately following. In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com
Frances Butler
Frances Butler, age 95 of Monroe, died on May 4, 2017. She was born in Fulton County on January 25, 1922 to the late Oliver Plenty Estes and the late Florine Henson Estes. Surviving are: Daughter: Cheryl Lynn Howell; Sons and Daughter in Law: Larry and Mildred Butler, and Lance R. Butler; 7 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday May 6th at 11:00 A.M. at the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmie Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta.
Alice Aycock
Alice Brown Hawk Aycock, age 89, of Social Circle, died on May 1, 2017. She was born in Walton County on July 6, 1927 to the late Willie Mae Edmondson Brown and the late Jess Brown. She was preceded in death by her husbands, the late Edward Hawk, and the late Trammel Aycock. She is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Rita and Ted Peters of Social Circle; Julie and Arthur Burt of Monroe; sons and daughters in law, Phil and Lynn Aycock of Monroe, Brian and Leeann Aycock of Monroe; grandchildren: Jeff and Brandy Peters, Rodney and Missy Peters, Amber Burt, Tripp and Crystal Burt, Michael and Ann Marie Camp, Brandy and Chris Jones, Christopher Aycock, Travis Peters; and 11 great grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Union Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Canuel officiating. Interment followed at Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Diana Still
Diana Lynn Still, age 63, of Monroe, died on April 19, 2017. She was born in Geneva, NY on August 17, 1953 to Barbara Wayne Hutchins and the late Henry Hutchins. An avid bird lover, nature supporter, football fanatic, Law & Order enthusiast and word-find master, she will be missed dearly by all that knew her. She is survived by her husband, Philip Still of Monroe; daughter and son in law, Ivy and James Renfroe of Kirkland, WA; son and daughter in law, Jeremy Still and Cynthia Nix of Monroe; grandchildren, Jordan Still of Monroe; and Phoenix Still of Monroe. A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. A memorial service will begin after the visitation on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with Rev. Don Malcom officiating. In lieu of flowers, to honor her memory please make a tribute donation in her name to the Audubon Society. https://action.audubon.org/donate/make-tribute-gift?ms=s_src-2015_AUDHP_topbanner_button-menu-
Betty Hicks
Betty Lou Hicks, age 70, of Monroe, died on April 14, 2017. She was born in Atlanta, GA on March 20, 1947 to the late Lois Vastellia Hardy Stephens and the late Joseph Stephens. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Hicks of Monroe; daughter and son in law, Karen and Ronnie Wallace of Monroe; sons and daughters in law, Johnny and Patricia Hicks of Winder, Scott and Kay Hicks of Monroe; sisters, Marie Wellborn of Monroe, Gerald Morgan of Monroe; brothers and sister in law, Robert Stephens of Hoschton; Morris and Sharron Stephens of Calbot, AR; 6 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral home with Rev. Gloria Farmer officiating. Interment followed at Hill Haven Memory Gardens. Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Jimmie Conner
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Paul Potha
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