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June Keys

Decatur-June Sims Keys, born in Jeffersonville, Georgia on July 13, 1935 passed away peacefully on February 22, 2013. Mrs. Keys was the daughter of the late James Robert Sims and Elizabeth Sapp Sims. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years James Franklin Keys Jr. as well as eight brothers and four sisters.

Carrie Irene Johnson Wheeler

Carrie Irene Johnson Wheeler, age 91, passed away on February 24, 2013 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon. A Memorial service will be held at Hart’s Mortuary, Cherry Street on February 27, 2013 at 12:00PM, with The Reverends Jody and Julie Long officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. Ms. Wheeler was born on April 12, 1921 in Sparta, Georgia and graduated from Sparta High School in 1939. She moved to Macon in 1947 where she was employed at Robins AFB in what was then the Directorate of Procurement. Ms. Wheeler was a member of the First Baptist Church of Christ and the Believer’s Sunday School Class. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, crafts, gardening, and shopping. She was an avid bridge player and a regular follower of Atlanta Braves baseball. Ms.

John Ronnie Garrett 1932-2013

John Ronnie Garrett, 80, died on Monday, February 25, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the chapel of Hart’s Mortuary at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road, with the Reverend Bob Veazey officiating. Visitation will be between 6:00-8:00PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Cupola. Burial will be in Macon Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central Georgia, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, Georgia 31210.

Mark Cotton


The son of a career Army man, Mark Cotton lived in many places of the world before his family settled in their native Alabama. Raised to be athletic, well-read and to always do the right thing, a career in law enforcement was a calling for him. He worked his way through junior college and then Auburn University, majoring in Criminal Justice. He applied to, and was hired by, the Macon Police Department upon graduation. He finished first in academics in his recruit class and took naturally to the life of a patrol officer.

Lt. Cotton served the department for almost 28 years in a variety of capacities – on patrol, as an investigator with the drug and narcotics unit, as a member of the old Crime Suppression Unit, as a bike patrol officer downtown, as a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Agency and, most recently, as the director of police training. His true passion, though, was serving with the SWAT team. 

Young Allison Cowart 1923-2012


MR. YOUNG ALLISON COWART, age 89, of Snellville, GA formerly of Eastman, GA, died Monday, December 17, 2012 at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville, GA.

            Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Thursday, December 20, at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Jerry Peele officiating, with interment in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery, Alma, GA.

Patricia Emore


Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Ann Emore, 67, of Cochran who died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at her residence will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Sunday in the Chapel of Fisher Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Fairview Memorial Gardens in Stockbridge, GA.

Patricia was born in Jeff Davis County, the daughter of the late Willie Peacock and Ophelia Selph Peacock. She had lived in Cochran for the past 40 years. She was retired from Robins A.F.B. and a member of New Life Church of God.

Charles R. Cook


Funeral services for Mr. Charles Ronald Cook, 78, of Macon who died Friday, October 12, 2012 at his residence will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday in the Chapel of Fisher Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Waldren officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cochran

Mr. Cook was born in Columbus, the son of the late Charles W. Cook and Barbara Beatrice Martin Cook. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former teacher at Columbus Middle School where he was a coach and a principal and a teacher at South Georgia College. He was retired from the Department of Corrections as a counselor.

He was of the Baptist faith and an avid Bulldog fan. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Blue Cook.