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July 31, 2014
Hartwell Sun Obits 6.05.14
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Lee Woolbright

Lee Marshall Woolbright, Sr., 86, of Bogart, died Friday, May 30, 2014, after a two-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

He graduated from Abbeville High School in South Carolina and proceeded to serve his country in the United States Navy during World War II. Later he attended and graduated from Erskine College in South Carolina where he earned his teaching degree. While a student at Erskine College, Lee played both football and tennis. Following college, Coach Woolbright began his teaching and coaching career at Starr Iva High School in Starr, S.C. He taught five years at Starr Iva High School and then went to Hartwell, where he retired after teaching and coaching for 30 years.

While living in Hartwell, Coach Woolbright was an active member of Hartwell First Baptist Church. He served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In addition, Coach Woolbright was a member of the Kiwanis Club where he served on the youth committee. Those who knew Coach, know his commitment to youth was strong and constant and continued even after he retired. He could always be found "teaching" children both in academics, sports and especially in life. He was an avid and accomplished jogger, bicyclist, tennis player and golfer.

In 1998, Coach and Mrs. Woolbright moved to Athens. Coach continued his commitment to youth sports, fitness and his love for life. He and Betty became members of the First Baptist Church in Athens.

Coach Woolbright is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; and his son, Lee Jr. and his wife, Kay. It was obvious to all how much he loved Betty, Lee and Kay, as well as his extended family of students and friends. Coach Woolbright loved life and enjoyed every day.

A memorial to celebrate Lee's life was held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the First Baptist Church, Athens. Donations may be made to Compassionate Hospice Care, 2340 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30601 or to Youth Mission Fund of First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens, GA 30601.

Lord and Stephens, WEST, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Jimmy Barrett

Jimmy Douglas Barrett, Sr., 69, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home. Funeral services were held Friday, May 30, at New Vision Worship Center with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter, Rev. Mickey Umbehant, and Rev. Steve Powers officiating. Strickland Funeral Home - Lavonia Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Lee Smith

Jimmy Lee Smith, 61, of Woodyard Road, Elberton, husband of Cheryl Sweeney Smith, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014, in Elberton.

He was born in Franklin County on Oct. 28, 1952, to the late Albert Walter and Julia Scoggins Smith. He was a retired Electronics Engineer from Southeastern Power Administration. Jimmy was a devoted Jehovah's Witness who served on the Regional Building Committee.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Cheryl Sweeney Smith of the home; daughters, Misty Fife of Dewy Rose and Candi Clark of Hartwell; step-sons, Joshua Fitzgerald and Chris Fitzgerald, both of Augusta; siblings, Sue Scarborough of Elberton, Lynn Raybon of Norwood, Elbert Smith of Royston, Timothy Smith of Elberton, and Ronnie Smith of Elberton; nine grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Sandra Cheryl Smith.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses of Hartwell with Elder Timothy Williams officiating. Interment followed in Elmhurst Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1394 Mineral Springs Road, Elberton, GA 30635.

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory, Elberton, was in charge of arrangements. Share your stories and photos at

Michael Hagler

Michael William Hagler, 56, of Gainesville, passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Mr. Thomas Blakely will officiate.

Mr. Hagler was born March 24, 1958, in Atlanta, to the late Bill Hagler and Dot Hagler Brown. He was disabled and was of the Baptist faith. Michael was an Associate Pastor at Morningside Baptist Church, Youth Pastor and Teen Sunday School Teacher at Hillcrest Baptist Church and also a Sunday School Teacher at Heavens View Baptist Church and Brookton Baptist Church.

Mr. Hagler is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cynthia Phillips Hagler of Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Casey Jill and David Chastain; grandson, Blake Chastain; granddaughter, Gracee Chastain; sisters, Vicky and Thomas Blakely, Anne Degrave and Jill and Ed King, nieces and nephews, Brandy Driver, Josh King, Amy King, Kenny Phillips, Marcus Phillips and Amanda and Randall Degrave; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Bo Driver, Walt Driver and Gracie Driver.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

James Dove

James Hugh Dove, 86, of Danielsville, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel in Royston with the Rev. Tommy Cleveland and Rev. Glenn Guest officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Worship Center Cemetery in Danielsville. Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church, 2150 Jones Chapel Shiloh Road, Danielsville, GA 30633 or to the New Hope Worship Center, 8485 Highway 29 N, Danielsville, GA 30633.

Bertie Horne

Mrs. Bertie Elizabeth Dove Horne, 93, of Danielsville, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Brown Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held at noon, Wednesday, June 4, at the Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Guest officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston was in charge of arrangements.

Dorsey Rich

Dorsey T. Rich, 87, of Athens, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at The Gables at Cobb Village in Royston. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel in Royston with the Rev. Doug Conwell and Larry Phillips officiating. Interment followed in the New Hope Worship Center Cemetery.

Joe Fred Chapman

Joe Fred Chapman, 90, of 1894 Lightwood Road, Hartwell, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center.

Born on May 18, 1924, in Hart County, he was the youngest son of the late John Walton ("Walker") Chapman and Mamie McCurley Chapman. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta and worked for the Federal Government, first at Farmers Home Administration, then at the Internal Revenue Service. He was the retired owner of Hartwell Music Center and Radio Shack in Hartwell. He was a member of Hartwell First United Methodist Church.

He leaves two daughters to cherish his memory, Claire Chapman and Tina Howard and her husband Bo, all of Hartwell; and three grandchildren, Losha, Sasha and Toma Howard all of Hartwell. Mr. Chapman was preceded in death by his wife, Petty Young Chapman, his parents; two brothers, Ed and Harold Chapman; and two sisters, Martha Maret and Edweena Bailey.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the Chapel of Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell with burial in the Nancy Hart Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Hartwell First UMC, 200 E. Howell Street, Hartwell, GA 30643 or to the organization of one's choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at