Fayette County Obituaries


Mildred McLean Blum

GREENVILLE – Mildred Blum died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999, at the Greenville Memorial Medical Center.
Mrs. Blum, 77, resided at 11 Berkley Avenue, Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the original Woolsey Baptist Church, Woolsey, Ga. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A native of Fayette County, Ga., Mrs. Blum was a daughter of the late Oliver Thomas and Ella Mae Jones McLean. She was a former resident of Aiken, where she was a co-owner of A Family Affair Jewelry Store. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Aiken and attended San Souci Baptist Church in Greenville.

Mrs. Blum was the widow of William Wesley Blum.

Surviving are three daughters, Judy Powell, Elaine Baker, and Linda Barton.; two brothers, Richard McLean and Willis McLean.

Memorials may be made to the Woolsey Baptist Church Building Fund, 115 Hampton Road, Fayetteville, Ga. 30215

The family will receive friends and family from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church.

The Howze Mortuary of Travelers Rest is in charge of the arrangements.

Aiken Standard, Aiken, S.C., Tuesday, February 23, 1999

Obituary of Mildred McLean Blum transcribed from a newspaper clipping in my possession, Linda Blum-
Barton on 4/06/01.

John T. Brogdon

John T. Brogdon was born in February, 1836, and died Nov. 6, 1906, aged seventy years and six months.

He had resided all of his life in Fayette County, Ga. As a citizen he was progressive, upright and law-abiding, just to himself, and true to his God and country, always taking an active interest in the affairs of his county and state, and in the civic affairs of his community.

He joined New Hope Baptist church August 9th, 1890, and was Baptized by Rev. James Speights, and was ordained a deacon Oct. 1892, by a presbytery composed of Rev. J. C. Camp, Columbus Spier, Joseph Hart and W. W. Walker.

The duties of deacon he continued to discharge until failing health prevented him from attending church.
He was greatly afflicted for nearly three years before his death. He was a confederate soldier and served through the whole period of the civil war, was a member of Company "G" in the 44th Ga. regiment and was severely wounded in the service. His Christianity was of the faithful, hopeful and charitable kind, which makes one love his neighbor, his family, his church and all God's penitent children.

He left a widow, one brother, three sons and one daughter to mourn his death.

We hope and believe he has gone to the reward of the just, to live forever in the fellowship of all those whose names are written in the "Lamb's Book of Life." May his children and ours emulate his example in moral character, in faith, hope and charity. Therefore be it resolved,
1. That a copy of this memorial be spread on New Hope church book.

2. That a copy be sent to the Fayetteville News and to the Christian Index for publication, and a copy be sent to the bereaved family.
J. S. Thornton,
N. G. Walis,
W. F. Burdetl,

Adopted by conference, Feb. 2, 1907. W. A. Johnson, Moderator.
J. T. Walis, Church Clerk.

The Fayetteville News, Feb. 22, 1907

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

John Calloway Sr. - 91 - Res. Shakerag Dist.

Henry Co. Death announced on 10/29/1884.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton, August 2009

Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Obit Abstracts, Fulton, Roll #8;

Mrs. R.W. Champion

The Atlanta Constitution
8 July 1918

Mrs. R.W. Champion, 58 years old, of 105 Forest avenue, died at a private hospital early Sunday morning. She is survived by her husband, R.W. Champion; two daughters, Mrs. E. H. Lyon, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Frank Brundy, of Quitman; one son, J.B. Champion; three sisters, Mrs. J.H. Howell, of Zebulon, Ga.; Mrs. Mattie Starr and Mrs. Arthur Sasser, both of Atlanta, and one brother Joe Ballard, of Fayetteville, Ga. The body was removed to the chapel of Greenberg & Bond and will be sent to Griffin, Ga., at noon today.

Addl Information provided by Lynn Cunningham -
Eliza Ophelia Ballard Champion was a daughter of Daniel G. S. Ballard and
Rebecca J. Allen

On 2 December 1867, Thomas W. Ballard, with William B. Ballard, [her uncles
were made legal guardians of Eliza O. Ballard, orphan of D. G. S. Ballard,

On the 1870 Pike County, Georgia, census, Ophelia is listed in the household
of James H. Howell who was married to her sister Sarah E. Ballard.

1 Reuben W. Champion b: 29 February 1856 in Alabama d: 09 March 1934
. +Eliza Ophelia Ballard b: 14 April 1860 in Pike County, Georgia d: 06 July
1918 in Spalding County, Georgia m: 02 August 1880 in Spalding County,

... 2 Arthur Champion b: 20 June 1881 in Spalding County, Georgia d: 06
August 1882 in Spalding County, Georgia

... 2 Maggie M. Champion b: August 1883 in Spalding County, Georgia d: June
1885 in Spalding County, Georgia

... 2 John Ballard Champion b: May 1886 in Georgia d: 05 February 1976 in

... 2 Irene Champion b: 14 October 1891 in Georgia d: October 1974 in South

....... +Evan Howell Lyon b: 18 September 1889 in Georgia d: October 1966 in
South Carolina

... 2 Margorie Champion b: 13 November 1893 in Georgia

Addelia Adams Chapman

Mrs. Addilia Adams Chapman, 88, wife of James Thomas Chapman, died at her home, 215 Bell St. suddenly this morning. She had been in fair health despite her advanced age.
Mrs. Chapman was born in Maringold, Ala. For many years she made her home in Fayette County and moved to Griffin two years ago. She and Mr. Chapman recently celebrated their 72nd marriage anniversary.
Mrs. Chapman was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church in Fayette County and the Shutin Class of the Second Baptist Sunday School.
Mrs. Chapman is survived by her husband; three sons, Paul T. Chapman, and C.M. Chapman, both of Fayetteville and J.F. Chapman of Griffin; and five daughters, Mrs. W. J. Banks and Mrs. L. R. Smith of Griffin, and Mrs. Minnie Thomas, Mrs. Sallie Mask and Mrs. T. L. Holcomb, all of Fayetteville.
Funeral arrangements to be announced later.

James T. Chapman

MR. CHAPMAN DIES AT 91; 196 SURVIVORS April 5, 1949
Mr. James T. Chapman, 92, died at his home at 232 Ellis St. this morning. He left 196 descendants as survivors.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Second Baptist Church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Carl Peacock and Rev. Howard Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with Haisten Brothers in charge. Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Mr. Chapman, one of Griffin's oldest citizens, was a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church. He lived in Fayette County where he was a active farmer untill 3 years ago when he moved to Griffin.
In 1875 he married Miss Addelia Adams. They lived a long and happy life together until last April when she died.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. W.J. Banks and Mrs. L.R. Smith of Griffin, and Mrs. Minnie Thomas, Mrs. Sallie Mask and Mrs. T. L. Holcomb all of Fayetteville,; three sons, Paul T. Chapman and C.M. Chapman of Fayetteville and J.F. Chapman of Griffin; one sister, Mrs. Virginia Bufford of Shiloh, Ga; 88 grandchildren, 95 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Mary Francis McLean Couch

COUCH - Friends and relatives of Mrs. James H. Couch, Hampton; Mrs. Elizabeth Murphy Plumb, Miss Florence McLean, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Puckett, Mr. Bryan McLean, Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. James H. Couch, Mercer Island, Wash: Mrs. and Mrs. Warren David Couch, Winston-Salem; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, are invited to attend the funeral of Mrs. James H. Couch, Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, 1971 at 11 o'clock from the Hampton Methodist Church. Dr. Jesse Warwick and Rev. Dan Rice officiating. Interment East View Cemetery, Rome, Ga. Pittman-Rawls
Funeral Home, Griffin, Ga.

(Mary Francis McLean Couch was born in Fayette Co., Ga.)
Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

D. D. Doyal  - 67 d. 12/27/84
in Sandtown Dist. of Campbell Co. Was attending a chicken shooting on Christmas day. A negro named Bill Oliver struck Mr. Doyal's son Ed over the head with a stick. Mr. D. undertook to intercede and Oliver struck him with the stick, knocking him down. In falling his head struck a rock. The injuries proved fatal 2 days later. Mr. D. was a quiet sober man. Had been married 3 times. His 2nd wife was a sister of Gov. Smith and his 3rd wife was the step-mother of Gov. Boynton. He was the father of Col. John D. Doyal of Jonesboro and also of Alf? Ed & G. H. Doyal.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton, August 2009

Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Obit Abstracts, Fulton, Roll #8;

Mrs. S. M. Ellis

The Fayetteville News, Aug 1905

Mrs. S. M. Ellis died at the residence of her son, Mr. George Ellis at East Point Wednesday night.

Her body was brought here for burial yesterday afternoon and laid to rest by the side of her late husband, Mr. Shade Ellis.

The many friends of the surviving children sympathize with them in this sad hour. Mrs. Ellis was a good and devoted mother, and a conservative member of the Baptist Church. After a life of about eighty years, she leaves this world with the good will and love of all who knew her.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Ziba Fletcher

The sad news reached here Tuesday that Mr. Ziba Fletcher died at Columbus. Mr. Fletcher was 52 years old and was a citizen of Fayetteville twenty years where he has hundreds of friends. Every one loves Ziba Fletcher; an honest and upright man and lifelong christian. We deeply mourn his death.

The Fayetteville News, Aug 18, 1905

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Alonzo Ogeda Gay

The Macon Daily Telegraph, Dec 20, 1911

Griffin. Dec. 19. -- After a brief illness from pneumonia, A. O. Gay, one of the most prominent and successful farmers in Spalding County died at his plantation home on the Flint River in Union District at 2 o'clock this morning. He would have been 70 years of age next June and was a member of the Spalding county camp of the United Confederate Veterans. To his nine children he leaves 700 acres of fine farm land and life insurance to the amount of $30,000.

The body will be interred tomorrow at Woolsey by the side of that of his wife who died two years ago.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Kiturah Pope Barnes Gay

The Fayetteville News, August 18, 1905
This estimable lady died at her home five miles south of Fayetteville last Monday night. She leaves a husband, Mr. Mitch Gay, and six sons and one daughter to mourn her loss.
Mrs. Gay was a Barnes before marriage. She was a good mother and loving wife, and possessed the many christian graces that make a lovable woman.
The burial occured at Woolsey last Tuesday where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. A. Johnson. Mrs. Gay was a member of Harmony Grove church at Woolsey.
Mr. Gay and family have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.

Additional Comments:
This is Kiturah Pope "Kitty" Barnes who married William Henry Mitchell Gay.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

William Henry Mitchel Gay

GAY. -- W. H. M. Gay, 86, died Monday at his home, 2627 Cole Avenue.  He was born in Georgia and had lived in Dallas twenty-one years.  Surviving are his wife, five sons, H. P. Gay, Livingston; W. L., J. J., R. S. and S. C. Gay, all of Dallas, and a daughter, Mrs. W. E. Lloyd, Dallas.  Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Dallas Morning News - May 24, 1927

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Tribute of Respect from Sharon Grove Lodge to John G. Haisten.new items

At a regular communication of Sharon Grove Lodge, No. 152, it was announced that brother John G. Haisten, had departed this life, January 2d, 1862, at the early age of 22 years and two months; and the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Whereas, Death has been in our midst, and has pleased the Sublime Architect of the Universe to remove from our social circle our beloved brother, John G. Haisten, in whose death our community has lost one of its most worthy young men; this Lodge one of its most precious jewels; the Protestant Methodist Church an orderly member, and our country a patriotic soldier.  This sad bereavement should remind us that all things perish but the immutable truths of Omnipotence; that our lives should be so squared and plumbed by the laws of our Heavenly Father, that when called from labor to refreshment, we can be able to work our way by the merits of Christ into that upper and better Temple, "Well done thou good and faithful servant enter thou into the joys" prepared for thee from the foundations of the world."

We have sorrowfully accompanied his remains to the silent graveyard.  We have laid his body low in the grave with the solemn and imposing ceremonies of the venerable order which, while in life, he so much loved and which he was such a worthy member.  To our brother we have bid a long farewell.  We can but grieve for his loss but his memory we cherish.  The will of God is accomplished and we mourn not or repine; our brother is not dead but sleeps.  Therefore,

Resolved, That while we bow with becoming submission so the afflictive dispensation of Providence ...........unreadable line.........brother, we feelingly sympathize wiht his afflicted parents.

Resolved, That that Lodge be clothed in mourning for 30 days, and the usual badge of mourning be worn by its members for the space of 30 days.

Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and resolutions be sent to the parents of our deceased brother, and that they also be published in the Southern Confederacy of Atlanta.

By order of the Lodge at a regular communication.

J. W. Kelly,

N. W. Gable,

Asa Martin,


Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Allah Doris Jones

[Obituary Transcribed from a newspaper in my possession on 6/09/2001. Linda Blum-Barton
The newspaper is the Greene County Herald of Leakesville, Mississippi from Friday, May 6, 1932.
This is related to one of the Jones families of Fayette County, Ga. I believe that the S. B. Jones of Eustis, Florida is the descendant of Seaborn Bartow Jones and Eugenia Bridges Jones. Eugenia Bridges Jones was born in Coweta County, Ga but her sister, Mary J. "Mollie" Bridges lived in Fayette County at the time of this obituary. Mollie Bridges was my Great Grandmother and I believe that is why I have this newspaper.

The entire town was shocked and deeply grieved last Saturday, April 30 when the sad message came announcing the sudden passing of Allah Doris Jones, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C F Jones in a Laurel hospital that morning at 6:45 o'clock. She had undergone a serious appendix operation 10 days prior from which she was unable to rally. Though her friends back home were aware of seriousness of her illness they were unprepared for her untimely going, and though there were united prayers for recovery, and every possible medical and surgical aids resorted to, God knew best and called her home where sorrow and sadness come not.

She was ten years old, last August 12, was a devoted member of the Baptist Church, and a regular attendant at Sunday School, BYPU and GA's.

She is survived by her parents, one sister, Margret Gene, grandmother Jones, and a host of other relatives.

Funeral services were held in the local Baptist Church with her pastor, Rev. W E Stewart in charge and assisted by Rev. D W Smith, R M Dickson, and T R Holt. Special music was rendered by the junior Sunday school class of which she was a member, there little girls preceeding the body into the church. Pall bearers were young intermediate boys, Pressley McInnis, J F Green, Thomas White, Armond Rounsaville, and Adair Bearry.

The large audience and huge floral offerings attested to the popularity of this lovely young girl and her fine family.

Out of town people attending the funeral are as follows:
Members of the family: Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Jones, Maddisonville, La., Mr. and Mrs. Sam P. Jones and daughter of York, Ala. , S. B. Jones, Eustis, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Baxter, Vinegar Bend, Ala., Mrs. Roy Copeland, three children of Birmingham, Ala., Mr. M. C. Haynes of Eustis, Fla., Mr. G. C. Walker and children of Jackson, Ala., Miss Edith Marks of Memphis, Mrs. H. A. Taylor and Homer Taylor of Laurel. Miss Dorothy Smith of Tibbie, Ala. Other visitors Mrs. Mary E. Baxter, Mrs. N E Turner, W. O. and A. R. Turner, Mrs. Emma Cravey, Mr. Jake Rockwell, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Rockwell, Vinegar Bend., Mrs. G. E. Allday and daughter, and Mrs. Hinson of Chatom, Ala. Mr. and Mrs. F. Harvard of Gulfcrest, Ala. Mr. W. L. Thomas, of Gulfcrest, Ala. Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Grimes, Mrs. Bob Baxter and Mrs. Wiley Gorday of Avera, and Mrs. L. E. Peaster of Mobile.

We the kinsmen of the bereaved Alla Doris Jones wish to express our deepest appreciation for the kindness and hospitality shown us while here in Leakesville.

We desire to express to our many friends in Leakesville and elsewhere, our sincere thanks for the many words of comfort the thoughtful deeds and the floral offerings presented us during the illness and death of our precious little daughter and sister, Alla Doris.
May God's richest blessings be with all of you is our prayer.

From Intelligencer Dec. 25, 1867
Dr. B. O. Jones
In Memoriam
Another valued and worthy citizen has fallen! The firm grasp, the genial smile, the friendly welcome of our long-tried friend will greet us no more! Dr. B. O. Jones, a citizen of Atlanta most of the time since 1850 is gone. He died on his plantation in Fayette County on the 17th Dec. instant, of consumption from which for nearly a year, he had been almost constantly confined to his room. His long familiarity with the nature, tendency[? and treatment of disease, gave him to understand too perfectly the probably fatal termination of such maladies; and for several months previous to his death he had indulged no hope of final recover.

The writer has had the pleasure and advantages of a long and intimate acquaintance with Dr. Jones. For many years a successful and popular practicioner of medicine of the county in which he died, his energy and skill in affording relief to suffering humanity gave him a place in the hearts of those for whom he labored; and many a silent tear soothes the sad heart as he is borne to his last resting place.

In the profession of medicine he was a pioneer in the section of his location and the ample store of practical knowledge gained by study and experience, fitted him for the advice necessary to younger members of the healing ce?t. Well do we remember the timely admonition as to the course of treatment applicable in the fatal epidemic of typhoid fever commencing in 1850. His suggestion of treatment, based upon the opinion of its adinamic[? character and tendency, were soon embraced by the profession generally, and has been continued in practice to the present time. In this a blessing to humanity was bestowed, and with it he closed his professional career.

Turning his attention to agriculture, he has for 17 years enjoyed the repose of the quiet pursuit; spending his time at his plantation or his home in town, accordingly as his interest and pleasure required.

Though he never filled any political office, he was honored none the less by those who knew him in and out of the profession of his choice. We tender our hearty condolence to his bereaved family.

Peace to his ashes. AMERICUS.

The foregoing mournful tribute to a good man who has paid the debt which NATURE requires of us, is but just to his memory. For long years the PROPRIETOR (J. I. Whitaker) of the journal was intimate with, and enjoyed the friendship of the departed. He can therefore bear testimony to the many virtues of the deceased, and does not doubt that as his life was a blameless and highly useful one, so will he reap the reward which is pronounced in the "well done" to all who have discharged there duties to their fellow men.

Transcribed August 2009 by Linda Blum-Barton

 Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Other, Roll 6, Frame 33.

Fayetteville, Ga. May 24, 1883.
Major Tandy D. King was born in Stokes Co., N.C. Nov. 18, 1793 and died May 21, 1883 aged 89 years, 6 mos. and 3 days, two miles south of Fayetteville where he had lived for 61 years. He was a remarkable man in many respects - never took a dose of medicine in his life; was one of the first judges of the inferior court of the county, one of the first commissioners of the town of Fayetteville; was a member of the legislature in 1836; was in the war of 1812, stationed at Camp Covington near Savannah; had been a regular subscriber to the Federal Union, now known as the Union and Recorder, the oldest newspaper in the state, for 51 yrs.

He was 6 years old when Gen. Washington died; was present when the treaty was made with the Indians at Indian Springs. He drove the first wagon thru the gap of the mountains in Harris County, which took his name and is known as King's Gap. He was one of nature's noblemen - kind to everybody and equally so to animals.
Union and Recorder please copy.
L. F. Blalock.

Transcribed August 2009 by Linda Blum-Barton

 Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Obit Abstracts, Fulton, Roll #8;

Elizabeth McLean

Transcribed from a newspaper clipping in my possession on 4/24/01 by Linda Blum-Barton.

Miss Elizabeth McLean Died Last Saturday, Funeral On Sunday

Funeral Services for Miss Elizabeth McLean of Fayetteville, Rte. 3, were held Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. from the Woolsey Baptist Church with the Rev. Lester Jones officiating. The body was placed in state one hour before the services. Burial was in the church cemetery. Miss McLean died Saturday. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Marion Jones of Atlanta; two brothers, Mr. Oliver T. McLean of Fayetteville and Mr. Lewis C. McLean of Atlanta; several nieces and nephews.


Ella Mae Jones McLean

Transcribed by Linda Blum-Barton from a newspaper clipping in my possession on 4/06/01.

Mrs. Ella Mae McLean. (Death Date Feb 6, 1937)

Griffin, Ga. Feb. 9. – Services were held for Mrs. Ella Mae McLean, 43, at the Woolsey Baptist Church Monday, with the Rev. J. H. Couch, of Moreland, officiating. Mrs. McLean died in an Atlanta hospital following a major operation. She was born and reared in Fayette County. Surviving are her husband, Oliver McLean; two daughters, Misses Mildred and Katie McLean; four sons, Willis, Louis and Richard McLean, all of Woolsey, and Edwin McLean, of Atlanta. Two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Jones, and Mrs. Fred Whitaker, both of Hapeville, and a brother, Frank Jones, Fayetteville.

Florence McLean

McLean -
Miss Florence McLean of Atlanta, died may 14, 1988. Survived by nieces and nephews. Graveside services Monday, May 16, Westview 1 p.m. All meet at main gate at 12:30 p.m. A. C. Hemperley & Sons.

(Florence McLean was born in Fayette County, GA.)

Hamden Sydney McLean

The Fayetteville News, Sept 22, 1905

Mr. Sid McLean died Thursday morning at his home eight miles south of town. He has been sick a long while and his death was not a surprise. He was a good man and did not fear death. He was buried today (Friday) at Whitewater church.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Joe G. McLean Dies;
Railroad Machinist
Joe G. McLean, railroad machinist, of 113 Estes Dr., S.W. died at his home yesterday morning after a long illness. He was 48.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Howard L. Carmichael and Sons. A native of Fayetteville, Mr. McLean started work with the Southern Railroad when he came to Atlanta 27 years ago. He was a member of Capitol Avenue Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Willie M. McLean; a daughter, Miss Mary F. McLean; two sons, Glen and Lawrence McLean; his mother, Mrs. W. T. McLean; three sisters, Mrs. J. H. Couch, Mrs. J. F. Puckett and Miss Florence McLean, and a brother, T. B. McLean, all of Atlanta.
Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton (Died 1949)

John Morgan McLean

McLean - Mr. John Morgan McLean of Woolsey, Ga., died April 12, 1955.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie B. McLean; two daughters, Mrs. Richard A. Minter, Mrs. Herbert S. Fortson, Griffin, Ga., three sons, Mr. Ralph McLean and Mr. Wayne McLean, Griffin, Ga., ; Mr. John B. McLean, Woolsey, Ga., and four grandsons. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Haisten Funeral Home, Griffin, Ga.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Juan Fernandez McLean

The Fayetteville News, 7 Jan 1916
Mr. J. F. McLane, of near Woolsey, died Wednesday of paralysis and the funeral exercises were conducted at Woolsey. Mr. McLane was seventy-seven years of age and since we can remember was considered one of the county's best citizens. He served as a member of the Board of Education for many years. He was active in his church and for more than forty years had superintended Sabbath schools in the county. The county and that section has lost one of its best men.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Lewis McLean

Lewis McLean, 50, rural route mail carrier for 18 years and owner/operator of Belleview Tire Service, and M-Clean Car Wash in Belleview, died Thursday, in Marion Community Hospital, Ocala.

Born in Woolsey, Ga., he came to Belleview 26 years ago from Washington, D.C.

Mr. McLean was a member , and past-chairman of Deacons, of the First Baptist Church; member of Belleview Exchange Club and Belleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in youth recreation programs in Belleview and South Marion for the past 22 years and was past-president and organizer of the South Marion Baseball Association. He helped guide a project to turn old Belleview city dump into the Belleview recreation complex, one of the finest recreation centers in Marion County. Mr. McLean also served in the U. S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen M. McLean of Belleview; three daughters, Mrs. Patricia Walton, Miss Nancy McLean and Miss Carol McLean, all of Belleview; a son, Kenneth McLean of Belleview; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Blum of Aiken, SC; two brothers, Willis McLean of Riverdale, Ga., Richard McLean, Killean, Tex., and three grandchildren.

Obituary of Lewis McLean of Belleview, Florida transcribed from a newspaper clipping in my possession,
Linda Blum-Barton on 4/06/01. (Death occurred in 1980)

Lutie McLean

The Fayetteville News August, 1905
Last Sunday at 8:41? o'clock the Grim Monster, death, entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. McLean of Mt. Springs, and transfered the spirit of their beautiful and lovely daughter, Lutie, from this earth to a brighter realm beyond the skies.

She had been confined to her bed with typhoid fever since July but bore her affliction with a patient and heroic spirit, which none, save those that are submissive to the will of God is possessed. Lutie was a consistent member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church and a model christian character, and at all times was ready and willing to share the burden of sorrow or tribulations as well as the joys of all her friends.

Her many good deeds and loving favors will make her live in the memory of her many friends, although her form is mouldering in the dust whence it came. In the Sunday School she was ever at her post of duty trying to learn something about God. She was friendly to all and kind gentle to the humblest. In the home the most lovable traits of her character were displayed. She was a kind and devoted daughter, a loving and affectionate sister. Love, gentleness and forgiveness were noble attributes which adorned her life. Death loses its sting when we know that all God has made is eternal and immortal. She has only passed over the river and sees her Saviors face and joins with the might hosts singing around the throne of God.

A Friend.

Additional Comments:
Buried at Woolsey Baptist Church Cemetery

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

Enterprise - Gazette Vol. XV Senoia, GA. No. 22 Sept 7, 1905

On Sunday night, August 13th, our Heavenly Father in His wisdom seen fit to visit our community and Sunday school and take from us one of our brightest and best young ladies, Miss Lutie McLean. It is with sorrowing hearts that we record her death and erase her name from our roll, yet we are made to believe that in the loss of this dear young girl that Heaven is made richer. We feel that not only father, mother, sisters and brothers have sustained a great loss, but this community suffers a loss which will not soon be forgotten.

The Baptist Church at Woolsey loses an active member, one who always had the Master's cause at heart, ever with a helping hand and loving counsel for all on the heavenly way. She was one of our most consecrated scholars and lived the life of a true Christian. Her presence in our Sunday school brought sunshine and gladness not only to her own class but to the entire school. Those who knew her best loved her most for her true nobility and sweet disposition.

She gave herself to Christ at the age of thirteen and was ever found walking in His ways. We can truthfully say that she adorned the profession she had made, therefore we can say,

"Servant of God, well done, Rest from thy loved employ
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter into thy joy."
Resolved, 1st. That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.
2nd. That a copy of this memorial be sent to the family, and that copies be
furnished the Fayetteville News and the Enterprise-Gazette for publication.
Adopted by Mount Springs Sunday school Sept. 3, 1905.
Emmett Ward, Secy.

Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton

(See below, a part of Mary A. Roberts McLean, another article about Lutie)

Mary A. Roberts McLean

The Fayetteville News, Friday, Aug 18, 1905

Again it is our painful duty to record the death of two of our loved ones. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 2 P. M., our beloved sister, Mary A. McLean's spirit took its flight from earth to heaven to join that innumerable throng that is safely housed in that beautiful mansion prepared for those who love the Savior. Sister Mclean was 68 years old. She joined Antioch church Aug 9, 1871 and was baptized by Rev. J. S. Dodd. At the constitution of Harmony Grove, now Woolsey church she was a constituent member, and was a faithful and devoted one until her death.
Our sister was noted for her bright and lovely disposition bringing cheer and animation to all who came in contact with her dispelling gloom and sorrow much as possible in homes that she visited. But it was in her own home circle that the beautiful traits of character shone with such brilliancy. In her own quiet and cheerful way would she teach her children and they will never forget. And none received more counsel and encouragement than her husband in his work for the Master. When discouragement and despondency would over take him she would encourage him to press forward in the work assigned him.

She lived such a life that we may all strive to emulate with much profit to ourselves. Her funeral was preached by her beloved pastor R. E. Smith assisted by Brother W. A. Johnson from Acts, 9:36, and her body laid away in the cemetery to rest until the resurrection morn.
August 13 her grand-daughter, Lutie Mclean, aged 16 daughter of L. C. and Mollie McLean, fell asleep in Jesus. How sad indeed to part with one so young and bright. But God knows what is best. Almost from her infancy she was a constant attendant in the Sabbath school, where she acquired a knowledge of God's word that surprised her parents and associates. Early in life she professed a hope in Christ, and at 12 years of age she was received as a member of Woolsey church, and was baptized by Rev. Lemuel Hooten Aug. 7, 1902. She was a constant and devoted member of her church. The progress she was making in christian life gave promise of much usefulness in the vine yard of the Lord. But her beautiful life is ended and she has gone to receive her inheritance in that bright world above.  Yes, grandmother and grandaughter, whose characteristics were so much alike, were not long separated; but are together around the throne of God singing the song of Moses and the Lord.
Bro. Smith and Bro. Johnson preached her funeral also from Rev. 21:25. She too, was laid away to rest till Jesus comes to awaken all who are asleep in him. We tender our sympathies to the bereaved families praying God to sustain.
Done by order of the church Sept. 2, 1905.
R. F. Smith, Moderator.
H. C. Fortson Clerk pro tem.

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The Fayetteville News, Aug 1905
Died at the home of Hon. J. F. McLean near Woolsey Wednesday night. She was the devoted mother of six children and wife of Hon. J. F. McLean all of whom survive her. She was a Roberts when a maiden and is the last of her immediate family. She was a consecrated christian and member of Harmony Grove church at Woolsey where her funeral was preached yesterday and her body buried at that cemetery.

Mr. McLean and the bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of hundreds of friends throughout the county.

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Martha Marion Westbrooks McLean

The friends and relatives of Mrs. Martha Marion (Mattie) McLean, Miss Florence McLean, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Puckett, Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Couch, Hampton, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. T. Bryan McLean, Mrs. Joe G. McLean, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews are invited to attend the funeral of Mrs. Martha Marion (Mattie) McLean Sunday, June 2, 1957 at
3 p.m. from Dillon's Chapel. Dr. Drue Kelly will officiate. Interment, Woolsey Baptist Churchyard. Grandsons will act as pallbearers and will meet at the chapel at 2:15 p.m. (Florists 2 p.m.) Austin Dillon Company.

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William Thomas McLean

McLean - Died, Mr. W. T. McLean, of 144 Ormond Street, S. E., April 7, 1936. He is survived by his wife, daughters; Miss Florence McLean, Mrs. J. F. Puckett, Mrs. J. H. Couch, Duluth, Ga.; sons, Mrs. Joe Glenn McLean, Mr. Bryant McLean; sisters, Miss Exor McLean, Miss Alice McLean, both of Woolsey, Ga.; brothers, Mr. J. M. McLean, Mr. L. C. McLean, both of Woolsey, Ga.; Mr. T. H. McLean, Jacksonville, Fla., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by H. M. Patterson & Son.

(William Thomas McLean was born in Fayette County, GA.)

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James McLeroy – Tribute of Respect

Georgia, Fayette

February 19,1856

 At a called communication of Sharon Grove Lodge No. 152, held at the Lodge Room, February 19,1856, the following preamble and resolutions were offered by the committee and adopted by the Lodge to wit:

 Whereas, the grim monster, Death, has invaded our mystic circle, and by order of the Supreme Architect of the Universe, has removed the tie which has so long bound our deceased brother, James McLeroy, to our order; and where, another column has been broke in our stately edifice……..

 (Body of this Tribute omitted, as it contained no genealogical information.)

 Phillip H. Brassell, J. A. F. Hawkins, James Jordan, committee

 Empire State – Spalding County – Week of March 26, 1856

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Vadie Padgett

The Fayetteville News, September 10, 1915
Miss Vadie Padgett died at the home of her parents near Mount Springs, of fever yesterday and the funeral exercises conducted at White Water Church today by Rev. W. J. DeBardeleben.

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Bernice McLean Puckett

Mrs. Bernice L. Puckett, of Riverdale, died November 26, 1986. Survived by son, Mr. William C. Puckett, Sr.; daughter, Mrs. Frances Evelyn
Marshall, East Point; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary C. Puckett, Castleberry, Fla.; three grandchildren five great-grandchildren; sister,
Miss Florence McLean, East Point. Graveside services Friday, November 28. Westview Cemetery, 1 p.n. Rev. Francis Gibson officiating. A. C. Hemperley & Sons.

(Bernice L. Puckett was born in Fayette County, GA. to W. T. McLean & Mattie Westbrooks)
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Frank Puckett

Mr. J. F. (Frank) Puckett of Atlanta, died May 8, 1984. Survived by wife, Mrs. Bernice Puckett, daughter, Mrs. C. W. (Evelyn) Marshall,
Atlanta; son, Mr. William C. Puckett, Riverdale, daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary C. Puckett, Casselberry, Fl.; sister, Mrs. Clemmie Neeley, Atlanta; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Funeral services Thursday, May 10. Hamperley's Chapel, 2 p.m. Rev. Francis W. Gibson, Rev. Darwin Caldwell, officiating. Interment, Westview. A. C. Hemperley & Sons.

The Atlanta Constitution Thurs., May 10, 1984

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James M. Putnam

James M. Putnam, was born in Putnam county, near Eatonton, A.D., March 13th, 1811. He was baptized by Rev. William Harrison, in Randolph county, Ala., into the fellowship of old Pinetuckey church, August A. D. 1855. In the year 1877, in the sixty-seventh year of his age, in the providence of God, he was stricken with paralysis in his left side. He bore his sufferings which were great, with a good degree of fortitude and patience. His suffering was so great at times that he was delerious, but at other times he was rational, and seemed to be resigned to the will of the Lord.

On Tuesday night before he died his wife was aroused by hearing him weeping, on being asked the cause, he replied, his own dear sister was dead, and he had not been informed of it. His wife then turned him with great difficulty, herself greatly exhausted from long protracted nursing, He remarked, you can scarcely turn me, but you will soon be done turning me. He then began to offer a fervent prayer to be relieved of his sufferings and his companion to be relieved of her burden. On Thursday morning, March 4th, there was a visible change for the worse, and his friends began to realize that his end was rapidly approaching. About five o'clock, in the afternoon there was a short struggle, and all was over. The soul took its flight to that "borne from whence no traveler ever returns."

"Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
Yours in christian love,
J. R. Sma??

Death of Col. J. M. Putnam
It is with the deepest regret we chronicle the death of Col. J. M. Putnam, of Fayette county, which occurred last Thursday, he having over reached his three score and ten years. For several years he has been confined to his bed with paralysis, with which disease he gradually wasted away. Col. Putnam was the father-in-law of our townsman, Mr. D. E. Drewry, and by his gentlemanly deportment was always surrounded by many warm friends. To his aged wife and grief stricken family we tender our deepest sympathies. Peace to his memory.

Additional Comments:
These obituaries are glued into a Bible that belonged to Leola Putnam Porter
and a scanned image of these was sent to me by Don Porter, her great grandson.

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Mrs. S. W. Putnam

We regret to learn of the death of Mrs. S. W. Putnam, which occurred at her residence in Fayette county, Friday evening at six o'clock. The deceased lady was the mother of Mr. J. I. Putnam, of Atlanta, and grandmother of Messrs. Eugene, Idus and Lou Drewry, of this city. At the time of her death she was sixty-odd (8) years of age, and was a lady of excellent traits of character, and her example of christian fortitude was admired by all who knew her.  The testimony comes from her own lips--in the frequent expression of Come Lord. Thy will be done, Oh Lord! Lord, receive my spirit! I want to go to Jesus! And during the very last moments of life, she called to her bedside her loved ones, bid them good-bye, said "Dear ones, I love you; but I love God more, and sang several of the songs of Zion, clasped her hands, looking heavenward and said "I am so happy, so happy," closed her eyes to sleep and passed away."
"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep."
From which sleep should one ever be called back to earth and friends, one would weep could angels weep. She was educated at Cedartown Baptist Female Institute, under Rev. J. M. Wood; was married January 16, 1856, and was ever on the watch tower looking for duty, ever ready to perform it. As she expressed it in her dying moments, duty to God first, family next, and she ever responded to the calls of both with
earnestness and zeal. She was a conscientious friend.

Additional Comments:
Birth year believed to be 1815 so her death would have occurred in 1883.
Susan Willis Milner Putnam
The marriage date listed above must be in error as her son was born in 1832 - John Israel Putnam
These obituaries are glued into a Bible that belonged to Leola Putnam Porter and a scanned image of these was sent to me by Don Porter, her great grandson.
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Prof. J. P. Spier

The Atlanta Constitution
4 April 1908

Death Claims Prof. Spier.
Well-Known Atlantan Had Been in Poor Health for Eight Years.

Professor J.P. Spier, a Confederate veteran and one of the most widely known citizens of the city, died at his residence on Houston street yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Though his death came as a surprise to his friends, Professor Spier had been in poor health for some years, having about eight years ago given up his work as expert accountant on account of prolonged ill health.

Since that time he has devoted his energies to the training of bookkeepers and other business men, many of the most prominent young men of this city having been his pupils.

Professor Spier was born in Pike county in 1844, being the son of Judge Allison Spier. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the First Georgia cavalry, serving until the end of the war. He is survived by his wife and one son, William Kendall Spier.  The body will be carried to Fairburn, Ga., this morning for funeral and interment.

 Addl Information provided by Lynn Cunningham

Any information on this family welcomed.

1 Allison Connett Spier b: 28 December 1803 in Hancock County, Georgia d: 24
October 1865 in Fayette County, Georgia
. +Mary Middlebrooks b: 31 March 1807 in Georgia d: 25 April 1860 in Fayette
County, Georgia m: Abt. 1830 in Monroe County, Georgia [?

... 2 [1 Mary Palestine Spier b: 16 June 1833 in Monroe County, Georgia d:
29 November 1904 in Fayette County, Georgia
....... +Joseph Jarrell b: Abt. 1827 in Georgia d: in (Civil War) m: 31
January 1849 in Pike County, Georgia src: Marriage Record - Pike County,
... *2nd Husband of [1 Mary Palestine Spier:
....... +William Malone b: 29 April 1820 in Georgia d: 07 November 1897 in
Fayette County, Georgia m: 19 December 1865 in Fayette County, Georgia

... 2 Alfred Spier b: Abt. 1835 in Monroe County, Georgia

... 2 Benjamin A.H. Spier b: Abt. 1837 in Monroe County, Georgia

... 2 James H. Spier b: Abt. 1840 in Pike County, Georgia

... 2 Martin Spier b: Abt. 1841 in Pike County, Georgia

... 2 Allison Spier b: Abt. 1843 in Pike County, Georgia

... 2 Jackson P. Spier b: Abt. 1845 in Pike County, Georgia d: 03 April 1908
in Fulton County, Georgia
....... +Helen L. /?/

Emmie Reeves

The Fayetteville News, Feb. 22, 1907
On Thursday an???????? 7, just as the sun was setting in the western horizon, God's finger touched Miss Emmie Reeves and she fell asleep, and then began the life immortal. Yes, gone to dwell with Jesus, whom she loved and served so well during her short journey upon this earth.

Sixteen years ago a little girl, modest and unassuming, entered the sabbath school at Woolsey, and took her place in the primary class. No one advanced more rapidly in Bible study and music; whether in the class or at the organ, she was faithful and true; so much so that she gained the love and esteem of all her classmates and teachers. Not long after her connection with the school she gave her heart to God, and soon thereafter she made a public profession of her faith, while her constant and faithful attendance at the Sunday school and church constrained every one who was acquainted with her beautiful traits of character to believe and say that Miss Emmie walked with God, who has now taken her to himself. Her faithfulness and devotion were such that we urge both teachers and pupils to follow her example. We feel that we have sustained a great loss in being deprived of her sweet life, but we are submissive to God's will, knowing that He doeth all things well.

"Dearest Emmie, thou has left
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven we hope to greet thee.
Where no farewell tear is shed."

We tender our sympathies to the father and mother, sisters and brothers in the great loss they have sustained. May God bless and comfort them!

Read and adopted by Woolsey Sabbath school Feb. 3, 1907. Ordered that a copy be spread upon the Sabbath school records. A copy be sent the family and a copy be sent the Fayetteville News for publication.
J. F. McLean,
R. P. Minter,
May Roberts,

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Jesse Ward "Uncle Jesse"
5/11/1793 - 7/25/1885
Res. Fayette Co. near Jonesboro.
The oldest man in the Co. Born in Sampson Co., N. C. & moved to Fayette over 50 yrs ago. Served as sheriff of the Co. for a number of yrs.

Father of J. T. & W. R. W. of Jonesboro.

Transcribed August 2009 by Linda Blum-Barton

 Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Obit Abstracts, Fulton, Roll #8;

Judge Jared Irwin Whitaker
5/4/1818 - 5/3/1884
Res. 37 Jones Ave.
Leaves a wife & 5 children.
Funeral held from First Baptist Church.
Oakland Cem.

 Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Obit Abstracts, Fulton, Roll #8, Frame 221;

John I. Whitaker D 9/10 [1872
of Fayette Co.
Bro. of Judge Jared I. Whitaker, of Atlanta.
Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Obit Abstracts, Fulton, Roll #8;

Mrs. Susan Mabry Whitaker

Susan Mabry 
Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Susan Mabry Whitaker
Daughter of Richard & Susan Talliaferro
who was born the 3d of March 1831
and intermarried with Jared Irwin Whitaker
the 30th of December 1847
and died in Atlanta the 2nd of April 1853
Aged 22 years and 29 days

Susan Mabry & Talliaferro Whitaker, Mother & Son They are in Heaven
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
Jared Irwin Whitaker

Jesus can make a dying bed,
Feel soft as downy pillows are;
While on his brest I lean my head;
And breathe my life out sweetly there.

When my Father and Mother forsake me
then the Lord will take me up.
Psalms 27th and 10th

 Reference Source - Franklin Garrett's Necrology Database at The Atlanta History Center; Fulton Co., GA.  Microfilm - Cemetery Records, Fulton County, Roll 1, Frame 189. [Frame 0178   Mt. Zion Methodist Churchyard  Location - East side of Stewart Avenue 1 1/2 miles north of Hapeville.  Land Lot #93, 14th District Fulton County, Hapeville District. Organized in 1828.   Recorded April 1, 1931. Additions made May 25, 1983.    See also Vol. 12, page 43.

George M. Yates

Empire State – Spalding county - Week of February 6, 1856
Mr. George M. Yates

Mount Moriah Lodge, No. 53
Fayetteville, January 21st, 1856

Whereas, it has pleased an all wise Providence to remove from us our much beloved brother, George M. Yates who died of Typhoid fever on the evening of the 19th instant.

That the secretary protem of this Lodge enter these proceedings on the minutes and have them published in the Masonic Journal and Signet and Griffin papers, and that he attach the seal of the Lodge, with blue and red ribbon, to as many copies s there are children of the deceased, and one for his mother and father, and deliver the same to them.

John Huie, Wm. N. Hill, M. M. Tidwell, Committee

Additional Comments:
(note: very long article and contained no other genealogical information other than what is above.)
Transcribed and submitted by Don Bankston

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