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O.L. Bill Clements

Macon- O.L. (Bill) Clements, 87, passed away Thursday March 22, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held at Ingleside Baptist Church on Saturday March 24, 2012 at 2pm. Dr. Mark Hudgins will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Mr. Clements, son of the late O.L. Clements, Sr. and Margaret Birch Clements, was preceded in death by his daughter Dr. Fabian Clements Worsham. He is survived by his wife Virginia (Ginger) Briley Clements, daughter Gina Lyday (Lee), and grandson Dr. Austen Worsham of Houston, TX. He is also survived by a brother Tommy Clements of Wareham, MA, brother-in-law Joe Briley of Gray, GA, sister-in-law Nettie Briley Jones (Ray) of Tuscaloosa, AL and several nieces and nephews. Mr.

Pearla R. Poland

 

Pearla R. Poland died on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Funeral services will be held at Tattnall Square Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM, with the Reverend Perry Porter officiating. Burial will be at Macon Memorial Park. The family will greet friends on Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Hart’s at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 4406, Macon, Georgia 31208.

Mrs. Poland was the daughter of Homer Wood Roberts and Evelyn Goggans Roberts. She was the widow of Thomas Watson Poland. Mrs. Poland worked at Robins Air Force Base for 38 years before retiring, and she was a member of Tattnall Square Baptist Church.

William Peacock

 

Macon- William R. Peacock, 80, of Macon, Georgia, died Monday, February 27, 2012. Graveside services with military honors will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:00AM at Middle Georgia Memory Gardens with the Reverend Charles Nall officiating. The family will greet friends at the graveside on Wednesday at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. Peacock was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Sellers Peacock. He was a member of East Boulevard Baptist Church. Mr. Peacock was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War.

Alicia Gonzalez

 

Macon-Alicia A. Gonzalez, 86, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Graveside services will be at 11:00AM on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Riverside Cemetery with Father Allan McDonald officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar Street, Macon, Georgia 31201.

Mrs. Gonzalez was the widow of Fernando Gonzalez. Survivors include her three children, Fernando Gonzalez (Doris) of Norman, Oklahoma, Grissel Main (Gary) of Douglas, Wyoming, and Fred Gonzalez (Cindy) of Macon; nine grandchildren; brother, Moises Ruffin (Edilia) of Chicago, Illinois; and nephew, Orestes Ruffin of Chicago, Illinois.

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Elizabeth Walton Bowen "Chunk" Reichert 1915-2012

Elizabeth Walton Bowen "Chunk" Reichert 1915-2012

Elizabeth Walton Bowen “Chunk” Reichert died on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. She was born July 2, 1915, in Macon, Georgia, the daughter of Orsamus Allan Bowen and Louise Margaret Napier Bowen. Her father called her a little “chunk” of gold, and the name stuck.

They lived in a house on a hill on Forsyth Road, where they had a dairy farm. The place was called Rivoli, a name her father had brought from a family home in South Carolina.

Her father died when she was not yet 5 years old, and her mother died when she was 10. She and her younger sister Lou were taken in by their aunt, Gladys Napier Corbin and her husband Charles Culver Corbin, and reared along with the Corbin’s son, Charles Culver “Buck” Corbin, Jr., at their home on Rogers Avenue. When Buck was in high school, he had a party at his house one night. At age 14, Chunk was allowed to attend, but only for the purpose of cranking the Victrola to play phonograph records. One of Buck’s friends that was invited to the party was Albert Reichert, who took a special interest in the girl playing the Victrola. He later called it his “enchanted evening”. Chunk attended high school in the old Lanier High School building at the corner of Forsyth Street and Orange Terrace.

She was in the first class to move into the new A. L. Miller High School building on Montpelier Avenue. She was a honor student, and upon her graduation was awarded a silver loving cup for “Best All Around” student. At the suggestion of her Aunt Gladys Corbin, she attended Duke University. She was elected President of her Freshman Class. In her senior year, she was elected President of Student Government Association, and was one of seven students selected for White Duchess Honor Society. On December 22, 1936, during Christmas holidays of her senior year, she and Albert Reichert were married at the Corbin house on Rogers Avenue. In order to marry, she had to get permission from the Dean and resign as President of Student Government Association. She graduated from Duke in 1937. Chunk and Albert made their permanent home in Macon, where they reared three sons. Sometimes the rearing fell solely on Chunk, as when Albert was serving in the Pacific during World War II or when Albert’s railroad job required him to be in Savannah during the week.

Chunk was the correspondent in the family. Her notes and letters helped bind the family closer together. She wrote almost daily to her husband when he was in the Pacific and wrote to her sons whenever they were not at home, whether they were in the next county at Boy Scout Camp, in college or law school, in New York or in Viet Nam, and wrote other friends and relatives as well. Chunk was active in her church, the Vineville United Methodist Church, including being a member and leader of a church circle and being a long-time member of the Ed Cook Class. She was also active in civic and cultural affairs, including serving as member of Historic Macon, Inc., Macon Symphony Orchestra, Macon Concert Association, President of the Junior League of Macon, President of the History Club of Macon, and President of the Morning Music Club.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, and a major donor of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Along with Libby Timberlake and Betty Timberlake, she established the W. Derrell Hazlehurst Scholarship Fund at Mercer Medical School. She was a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, including serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother and as mother of three Eagle Scouts. Her circle of friends was wide, but she was especially close to the members of her sewing club, whose members included Betty Sweet Simmons, Kathryn Heard, Katherine McNair, Margaret Edwards Morgan, and Libby Timberlake. The club met weekly for over 60 years. Her husband of 75 years, Albert Phillips Reichert, died on February 16, 2012. She followed 6 days later.

 

Grace D. Yates

Lizella-Grace D. Yates died Monday, February 20, 2012. Funeral services will be at 11:00AM on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at First Evangelical Church with the Reverend Tim Long, Richard Jelly, and Glenn Lyles officiating. Burial will be in Macon Memorial Park. Family will greet friends one hour prior in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 3525 Piedmont Road, Building 6, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.

Mrs. Yates was a member of the First Evangelical Church. She worked at Bellsouth for 38 years. She loved to crochet and knit. She collected bears and angels.

Lee Thompson

Lee Thompson