Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Mr. William "Curtis" Cannon, age 75, of Thomaston Ga, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Brightmoor Hospice.
Mr. Cannon was born September, 2, 1943 in Clinchfield GA, to the late Milton Cannon and Frances Felker Cannon. He retired from UPS with 30 years of service and worked for Spalding County Schools for over 10 years, and attended Christ Chapel Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Jones Cannon; daughters, Gina (Scott) Davis of Roberta, Debbie (Jimmy) Rawlings of Zebulon, and Susan (Eldee) Wilson of Milner; sister, Kay Cannon; brothers, Alvin Cannon, Ronnie Cannon, and Emory Cannon; grandchildren, Jonathan Wilson, Morgan Rawlings, Joshua Wilson, Anna Davis, J.C. Rawlings, and Aaron Davis; and great-grandchild, Jase Cannon Wilson. He is preceded by his grandchild, Sydney Davis.
Funeral services for Mr. Cannon will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home, burial will follow in Crystal Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Coggins Funeral Home.

Coggins Funeral Home
321 Hannahs Mill Road

Thomaston, GA 30286



Former Thomaston mayor and businessman Hays L. Arnold, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the age of 80, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.  Memorial services for Mr. Arnold will be held Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 2:00 PM at The Gathering, 456 Hannah’s Mill Road, Thomaston, GA, where Hays and Anna have been faithful members. The Rev. Charles Bennett will officiate.
Hays was a man of devoted faith and held a deep love for God and his family. He was a true American patriot and fervently loved his country and his community with steady conviction. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a true friend. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Anna Cowart Arnold of Thomaston; his four children, Dr. Hays (Kristen) Arnold, III of San Antonio, TX; Jennifer (Brett) Walton of Rockwall, TX; Karen (Joey) Lisicia of Fayetteville; and Kristi (Greg) Smith of Atlanta; and 11 grandchildren: Camp, Canon, Briggs, Cole, Alex, Lizzie, Sophia, Shane, Sam, Ben, and Anna.                     
Born October 2, 1938, in Thomaston to Hays Arnold, Sr. and Mary Weaver Arnold, Hays attended R.E. Lee Institute and graduated from Florida Southern College where he was a founding chapter member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He served in the Coast Guard Reserve receiving an honorable discharge in 1968. The years that followed involved establishing a successful career as a realtor, builder and developer, and business owner. His local investments changed the face of his community in many ways including bringing major franchises that have continued to thrive.
Hays began serving in Thomaston city politics as Mayor Pro Tempore in 1999 and in 2003 was elected Mayor, serving three consecutive terms through 2015. He was elected to office an impressive five times. During Hays’s historically successful tenure as mayor, he made a major impact on local politics. At the helm, Hays showed thoughtful integrity and genuine concern in his tireless pursuit to better his community. He relentlessly lobbied for Thomaston all over the state. His greatest political legacy, the 40-acre Greatest Generation Memorial Park, stands as a testament of his love for Thomaston. Some other significant accomplishments as mayor include:  a record 12 years with no city property tax increase, a reduction in local government in size and cost, a balanced city budget every year in office, a more than doubled city capital assets and acquisition of over $8 million in federal grants, an increased acre in downtown parking, an enlarged city water supply - developing the city reservoir to an impressive one-half billion gallons of water, paving over one-third of the city’s streets, replacing over 8.2 miles of city sewer lines, creating and/or refurbishing over half of the city’s sidewalks, replacing over thirty-five percent of water lines, and performing major capital upgrades to city parks.
Hays also served on numerous local boards including president of the Thomaston Board of Realtors, president of the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce, and an ex-officio Board of Directors member. He was a Southern Crescent Foundation Board member, a West Central Georgia Work Force Investment board member, Chairman of the T-U Transportation Committee, a member of the T-U Industrial Development Authority, Chairman of the T-U Office Building Authority, a member of the Upson County Board of Health, a member of Kiwanis, a Mason, and a Shriner. In 2018, Hays was honored with the Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Award for his exemplary leadership in politics, civics, and business, and loyalty to his scouting council.
Hays’s public service went well beyond the city borders in representing Thomaston, including being a voting delegate of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, the Chairman of the Board for the Three Rivers Regional Commission, Chief Local Elected Official for the ten-county Workforce Investment Board, a regional T-SPLOST Executive Committee member, the past district president and member of the Georgia Municipal Association Board of Directors, as well as serving on the Legislative Policy Council, the GMA Transportation Committee, and the Environment & Natural Resources Committee. He was notably an appointee of Gov. Sonny Perdue as a member of the Georgia 2010 Complete County Census Committee and an appointee of Gov. Perdue to the Upper Flint Regional Water Planning Council and was reappointed twice by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Upon Hays’s  retirement from politics, the Georgia House of Representatives established House Resolution 791 recognizing Hays’s  contributions, summarizing, “BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body commend Hays Arnold for his commitment to improving the quality of life in the Thomaston-Upson County Community.” He was praised for spending his “entire personal and professional life supporting the Thomaston-Upson County Community” and for demonstrating his “love for his community by working in all areas of his life to improve the quality of life in the Thomaston-Upson County Community”.
It has been said of Hays that he always “did things for the right reasons”.  He passionately conducted his professional and political interactions as such but more importantly he did so also in his personal relationships, which he valued most dearly. His heart always guided his actions.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gathering, 456 Hannah’s Mill Road, Thomaston, GA  30286, or to Thomaston Hospice Foundation, 512 S. Center Street, Thomaston, GA 30286. Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.  Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.fletcherdayfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 19, 2019



Mrs. Sheila Darlene Moore, age 68, of The Rock GA, died Saturday, August 17, 2019, at her residence, with her family by her side.
Sheila was born in Nashville, TN. on December 20, 1950 to William Kenneth Martin and Juanita K. Martin.  She retired from Adam's Produce as a bookkeeper.  She was married to the love of her life, Cleo on September 16, 1972 and they would have celebrated their 47th anniversary next month.  The greatest joy of her life was not only being a wife and a mother, but also being a Hunny to her only granddaughter, Remmy Jo.
Shelia is survived by, her husband, Cleo, children, Lisa (Mike) Brown of Senoia, GA.; Shannon (Andy) Porter of The Rock, GA.; sisters, Jackie (John) Jones of Hendersonville, TN., Shawna (Donny) Crymes of Nashville, TN., Sandra (Dale) McClure of Green Valley, AZ.; godson, Colton Rowland and granddaughter, Remmy Jo Porter.  She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister Sherry Harrell.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 19,2019.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. with the service to start at 4:00 p.m. at Coggins Funeral Home , located at 321 Hannah's Mill Road, Thomaston, GA. 30286. Interment will follow at Upson Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Homestead Hospice.
Coggins Funeral Home
321 Hannahs Mill Road

Thomaston, GA 30286


Thursday, August 15, 2019


Mr. Christopher Durham, 43, of 601 South Green Street passed on Monday, August 12th.  in the Navicent Health Center  in Macon, GA

Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 16th.  at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Trice Funeral Home.

Trice Funeral home is in charge of all arrange

Mr. O'Neal Mallory, 68, of 240 North Green Street passed on Monday, August 12th.  in the Coliseum Medical Center in Macon, GA.  

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 11:00 A.M. at the Antioch Baptist Church in Butler, GA.

Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery.

All public viewing will take place on Friday from 5:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Trice Funeral Home.

Trice Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Mrs. Geneva Flemister, 89, Formerly of Jackson Street in Zebulon, GA, passed on Monday, August 12th.  at Brightmoor Hospice

in Griffin, GA.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 17th. at 2:00 P.M. at Roberts Chapel United Methodist Church in Concord, GA.

Interment will be in Roberts Chapel Cemetery.

Trice Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Mrs. Nancy Kate Dover Barfield, 81, of Thomaston, died Wednesday, August 14,
2019 at her home.
Funeral services for Mrs. Barfield will be held on Friday, August 16th, 2019
at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Thomaston.  Interment will
follow in South View Cemetery.  The family of Mrs. Barfield will receive
friends at Fletcher-Day Funeral Home on Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.
Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences and
remembrances may be expressed at www.fletcherdayfuneralhome.com


Mr. Danny E. Allen, age 72, of Thomaston, died Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Funeral services for Mr. Allen will be Friday, August 16, 2019, 2:00 PM at Emory's Chapel Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
Mr. Allen was born May 7, 1947, in Thomaston, GA to Wilbur Gene "Wormy" Allen and Geneva Parker Allen. He was a member of Emory's Chapel Baptist Church and retired from both Eckard's Drug Store and the DOT.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Gene "Wormy" Allen.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Hobbs Allen of Thomaston, daughters, Michelle Allen Huckaby and her husband Phillip of Thomaston and Brandy Johnson and her husband Larry of Thomaston, son, Christopher Eugene Allen of Valley, AL, sister, Shelia Allen Young and her husband Steve of Lexington, SC, niece, Kelly Timmins Mobley of Lexington, SC, grandchildren, Lori Miles, Leslie Chastain, Madison Allen, Matthew Allen, Shane Johnson, Cody Boyt and Hunter Fogerty, great-grandchild, Harper Miles and his beloved dog, "Lilo". 
The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Coggins Funeral Home. 


Mrs. Beatrice Moncrief, 89, of Yatesville, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at
Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.
Funeral services for Mrs. Moncrief will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019
at 3:00 PM at the Yatesville United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in
the New Hope Cemetery In Yatesville.  The family of Mrs. Moncrief will
receive friends at Fletcher-Day Funeral Home on Thursday from 6:00 until
8:00 PM.
Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, August 12, 2019


Mrs. Edna Fay Gilmer Garrett, age 88, of Thomaston Ga, died Friday, August 9, 2019, in Toccoa Ga.
Mrs. Garrett was born December 1, 1930, in Brooks county Georgia to the late Stanley B. Gilmer and Flossie L. Alexander Gilmer. She was a bus driver for Clayton County, home maker, care giver, and lifetime volunteer. Mrs. Garrett was a member of Jones Memorial Methodist Church, former member of Thomaston First United Methodist Church, member of the United Methodist Women, The Upson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary (Pink Ladies), PTA Officer, and Garden Club.
She is preceded in death by her husband Alton Thomas Garrett; sisters, Mary Annis Watkins, and Linda Joy Gilmer.  Survivors include, sons, Richard (Terri) Garrett, and Eric (Shannon) Garrett, daughter, Lisa (Boyd) Sewell, grandchildren, Heidi Sewell Mills, Matthew Garrett, Angela Sewell Neal, Emily Garrett Mariano, and Maxwell Garrett, great-grandchildren, Jameson, Clayton, and Alton Boyd Neal, Landon and Madison Mills, and Asher Garrett.
Funeral services will be Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Thomaston First United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m..  Interment will follow at Upson Memorial Gardens.  Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at Thomaston First United Methodist Church.  
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thomaston First United Methodist Church at 132 Cherokee Road, Thomaston, GA 30286, Northeast Georgia Health System Foundation at 2150 Limestone Parkway Suite 115, Gainesville,  GA 30501-9986 or NGHS.com/hospice, and Pink Ladies at Upson Regional Medical Center at 801 West Gordon St. Thomaston, GA 30286.
Coggins Funeral Home
321 Hannahs Mill Road
Thomaston, GA 30286