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Ruth Elizabeth Martin Brown, 87, died Friday, Jan 21, 2005.Services will be at 7 pm today at the chapel of Moores Funeral Home.A native of Lexington, Mrs. Brown lived in Florida, before returning to Milledgeville 10 years ago. She was the daughter of the late George Washington Martin and Essie Gertrude Smith Martin. Mrs. Brown was an employee of Central State Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Jean Avery and Joanne Allen, both of Macon and Linda Knowles of Milledgeville; three brothers, Quilla Martin of Columbus, W.H. "Bill" Martin of Coopers and Hoyt Martin of Milledgeville; three sisters, Belle Martin and Eunice Martin, both of Haddock and Lucille Martin of McIntyre; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.The family will be at the funeral home from 6 pm to 7 pm today. Moores Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. [Union Recorder - Ruth Brown - submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

Reba M. Caldwell, 92, of 635 Lloyd Smith Toad, Lexington, died Saturday, March 20, 1999. A native of Oglethorpe County, Miss Caldwell was a daughter of the late Robert E. and Elizabeth Mattox Caldwell and was the last member of her immediate family. She was a homemaker and was a member of Palmetto Christian Church. Services were held Monday, 2:30 pm in the Caldwell Family Cemetery with the Rev. Walter Starman officiating.Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

Ruby Belle Martin Crawford 87 died Wednesday August 29, 2007. Services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday at the chalep of Moores Funeral Home with Rev. Ron McClung officiating. Burial will follow at West View Cemetery. Mrs. Crawford a native of Oglethorpe County, made her home in Sandersville before moving to Milledgeville in 1964, but had made her home in Haddock for the past several years. She was retired from Central State Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington and Essie Gertrude Smith Martin, her husband Ambry Carlton "Pete" Crawford, two daughters; Louise Helen Lord and Janice Elaine Lord Wade, 5 brothers; Otis Martin, Poney Martin, Quilla Martin, Will Henry Martin, and Hoyt Martin, 2 sisters; Ruth Brown and Georgia Mae Prosser. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Survivors include a son Bobby Edward Lord of Tennille, a daughter Mary Esther Lord Smith of Haddock, two sisters; Lucille Martin of McIntyre and Eunice Martin of Haddock, 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Moores Funeral Home. [Union Recorder - Milledgeville - August 21, 1920 - August 29, 2007 submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

Died in Georgia - L. Culbreath, of Oglethorpe county.  [The Daily Constitution, Atlanta Georgia Oct. 22, 1876 - submitted by Shauna Williams]

Stephens, Ga. - Mrs. Hans (Sarah Chaney) Hunter. 88, of Stephens, died Friday in Colorado Springs Colo. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church, Stephens, with the Revs. S. S. Williams and Clayton Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. She was a native of Oglethorpe County, a retired school teacher and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Muzette Maucb and Mrs. Sarah Frances Scott, Colorado Springs; one son, William Hans Hunter, Belmont, Calif.; and one sister, Mrs. Lucille Scott, Atlanta.
Friends may call at Callaway Funeral Home, Union Point, Ga.
The Augusta Chronicle January 3 1973

Miss Dora Martin -- A sad case of dementia came before Ordinary Nicholson Monday. It was that of Miss. Dora Martin, of Goosepond district, who recently gave symptoms of mental derangement and who last week tried to take her life by setting fire to her clothing. Her family then realized that she should be given into care better than they could give her for her protection as well as that of others and she was brought before the Ordinary Monday and committed to the state sanitarium at Milledgeville. She will be carried to that institution as soon as she has sufficiently recovered from the burns she inflected upon herself. [Oglethorpe Echo - Feb. 25, 1927 - submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]
NOTE: This is my great aunt, her name was Elzora but she was called Dora. She died from her burns on March 11, 1927. My mother was a witness to this incident, Dora would sit by the fireplace and set fire to the hem of her dress then put it out. Its thought by the family that she waited too late or maybe a differant type of material for her dress is the reason she could not put the fire out. By: Mary Esther Lord Smith

Gordon - William Henry Martin, 84, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.
Services will be 11 am Wednesday at the Moores Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Watt officiating. Burial will follow at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Martin was a native of Lexington, Ga. but had made his home in Gordon for many years. His parents were the late George Washington Martin and Essie G. Smith. He worked as an automotive mechanic with Gordon Ford. He was an Army Veteran of World War II .Survivors include his wife Eileen Martin of Gordon. Moores Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. [Union Recorder - Nov. 2006 submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

George Washington Martin - Milledgeville, March 3, Funeral services will be held at 10 am Friday at the chalel of Moores Funeral Home for G. W. Martin, 79, who died here Tuesday. Burial will be in Vesta Baptist Church Cemetery in Lexington with the Rev. Jeff Stinson officiating. Survivors are his wife, the former Miss Essie Smith; five sons, Otis and Hoyt Martin of Milledgeville, William H. Martin, Ipswitch, Mass. and Quilla and Poney Martin, both of Germany; and five daughters, Mrs. Ruth Cummings, Miss. Lucille Martin and Miss. Eunice Martin, all of Milledgeville, and Mrs. Belle Lord and Mrs. Paul M. Prosser, both of Sandersville [Union Recorder - Milledgeville - 1949 submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

Uncle Mat Pass Succumbs.
Several weeks ago we mentioned a lamentable accident that befell Uncle Mat Pass, widely known and highly esteemed citizen of Vesta, in which by slipping on frozen rain at his shop door he fell and fractured his hip. It will be saddening news to his host of friends to know that as a result of his injuries he "passed over the river" Sunday morning. He was in his seventy-seventh year and the shock and suffering from his injury was too much for age-weakened vitality and brought his lamentable end. Though but a mere slip of a lad he served two years in the Confederate army in defense of his home land, he being the youngest veteran in the county. He had never married but is survived by one brother and two sisters to mourn for him. After funeral services by Rev. J. W. R. Jenkins Monday his remains were laid to rest in the Vesta cemetery. No better citizen lived than Uncle Mat and his host of friends are indeed saddened at his going. [Oglethorpe Echo - Feb. 25, 1927 submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

BURWELL T. POPE resided in this county [St. Clair County, AL] , but was born in Oglethorpe county, Georgia, Jan. 7, 1813.  His parents were Wiley Pope and Sarah Davis.  Graduating at Athens, he read law under Judge Clayton, and was enrolled as an attorney in 1836.  A year later he came to this State, and located at Wetumka, where he practiced law.  In 1844 he came to Ashville, where he resided and pursued his profession till he removed to Gadsden in 1867.  He was elected to congress in 1865 over Mr. James Sheid, but was refused his seat.  In 1867 he was appointed judge of the circuit court.   While on the bench in the courthouse at Jacksonville, April 1868, he was arrested by a lieutenant in the federal army, and taken to jail for refusing, at the command of this petty officer, to place negroes on the juries.  He was released within a few days, but, being in feeble health, this violence hastened his end, and he died in Gadsden, May 8, 1868.  Judge Pope was above medium size, with reserved manners.  He was remarkably firm in his convictions of right and duty, and combined within his character the virtues, piety, sobriety, charity, and benevolence, in a very liberal degree.  He married a daughter of Mr. Joseph Lester of Wetumka.   Source: "Alabama, her history, resources, war record, and public men : from 1540 to 1872"; by Willis Brewer; Montgomery, Ala.: Barrett & Brown, 1872 - transcribed by Jeanne Kalkwarf

Georgia Mae Martin Prosser, 65, died Sunday March 24 in a local hospital. Born in Oglethorpe County, she lived in Haddock for the past several months and was the widow of Paul M. Prosser.Survivors: brothers and sisters, Ruth Brown of Homosassa, Fla., Lucille Black of Bonaire, Eunice Howe of Haddock, Belle Crawford, Hoyt Martin and William H. Martin, all of Milledgeville, Quilla T. Martin of Columbus, Otis Martin and Poney Martin, both of West Palm Beach, Fla.Services: 3 pm Tuesday in Poplur Springs Christian Church Cemetery, Washington County. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight in the funeral home. Williams Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. [Union Recorder - Milledgeville March 1991 submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

Blondine Caldwell Smith, 91, of Rt. 1, Lexington, died Monday, September 21, 1992. A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Robert Edward and Elizabeth Mattox Caldwell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Palmetto Christian Church. She was the widow of Charles Swift Smith.Graveside service Survivors include two sons, Charles Smith, Carlton, and Lanier Smith, Newton, Ala; a sister, Reba Caldwell, Lexington; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.s were at 2 pm on Tuesday in the Caldwell Family cemetery near Lexington. The Rev. Elmer Boggs officiated Hicks Funeral Home, Elberton was in charge of arrangements. [submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

Mrs. Lucy Caldwell Thomas, 85, of Route 1, Lexington, widow of Edgar Lee Thomas, died Thursday, October 26, 1989. A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late Robert Edward and Elizabeth Mattox Caldwell, and widow of Edgar Lee Thomas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Palmetto Christian Church.Funeral services were Saturday, October 28, at Hicks Funeral Home. The Rev. Randy Cordell officiated and burial was in the Caldwell Family Cemetery in Oglethorpe County.Pallbearers were Guy Watkins, Greg Armstrong, Charles Watson, Noah Brown, Rodney Blount and Jeff Nieznay.Survivors include a son, Lowell M. Thomas, Powder Springs; three daughters, Edna T. Moon, Elberton and Gladys T. Smith and Geraldine T. Argo, both of Lexington; two sisters, Blondine Smith and Reba Caldwell, both of Lexington; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. Hicks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [submitted By: Mary Esther Lord Smith]

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