My Mama, May Melton, was a true Southern lady. She exuded faith, beauty, grace, kindness, courage, spirit and love. When she left this mortal earth at 91, she had taught me how to live and also how to die.
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All former Pike County High School basketball players are invited to play in the Alumni Games Saturday, Sept. 13, to raise money for Relay for Life at the PCHS gym.
Organizer Dondra Howard said several games will be played from 2 to 5 p.m., including a 4 p.m. rematch between the class of 1995 boys team who made it to the Final Four and the boys team who made it to the Elite 8 in 2005. He said the ultimate goal is to honor a local youngster who fell victim to cancer.
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Hunter Strickland is living the dream of many young baseball players after pitching his first innings in the major leagues for the San Francisco Giants. He grew up playing recreational baseball in Pike County and pitched for the high school Pirates before graduating in 2007.
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The Compassionate Friends of Central Georgia recently announced that bereaved parents, siblings, relatives and friends can register for a Walk to Remember Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park in Griffin.
Following the walk, participants can join for a short memorial service, butterfly release and refreshments.
“You don’t need to be a member of The Compassionate Friends to join the walk. We welcome everyone who wants to join hands and hearts in remembering all children who died too soon,” said chapter leader Brent Taylor who lost her son Justin Peeples in 2011.
Those interested in walking should call Taylor at 678-972-9352, email email@example.com or go to cfofcentralga.com to print a registration form. Registration is $15 and walkers will receive a special Compassionate Friends walk T-shirt, and a walk bib to record the names of children being remembered.
Participants are encouraged to seek pledges with the funds going to the local chapter to support outreach and chapter activities.
The Compassionate Friends of Central Georgia meets the first Monday of each month at Center Point Church in Griffin from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The group has a presence in at least 30 countries worldwide. There are more than 650 chapters in the U.S. including all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.
The local event is patterned after The Compassionate Friends National Walk to Remember® in Chicago, Ill., where as many as 1,500 are expected to take part. Dozens of chapters across the country are expected to hold a local Walk to Remember during 2014.
For information about the national organization and other chapter locations, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website at compassionatefriends.org.
Commissioners made one appointment to fill a seat on the library board but asked that more citizens apply for board positions at the Tuesday, Aug. 26, meeting. The J. Joel Edwards Public Library has four board positions and two were vacant.
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One of the last true southern ladies has died. May Wingfield Melton, widow of Quimby Melton Jr., died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at her home in Griffin at age 91.
Born in Athens, Georgia on March 9, 1923, Mrs. Melton was the only daughter of Middleton Barnett Wingfield and Lura May Kenimer Wingfield.
She graduated from Athens High School where she was a valedictory speaker and from the University of Georgia. She was the first female editor of the Red & Black student newspaper at the University of Georgia in 1944 and a member of Phi Mu sorority.
Married in a military ceremony at Fort Riley, Kansas on June 30, 1943, Mrs. Melton worked on the Sacramento Union newspaper in California and was society and feature writer for the Griffin Daily News.
Living in Griffin for 70 years, Mrs. Melton was president of the Griffin Utility Club, W.S.C.S and J.O.Y. Sunday School class of the First United Methodist and the first president of the Dogwood Garden Club.
Mrs. Melton enjoyed reading, playing bridge and gardening, especially working with roses.
She is survived by four children: Dr. Oliver Quimby Melton III and his wife Louisa of Griffin, Mary Melton Forehand and her husband James of Stone Mountain, Laura Melton Geiger and her husband Walter of Barnesville and Leila Melton Stone and her husband Charles Edward of Forsyth.
Seven grandchildren survive: Dr. Oliver Quimby Melton IV and his wife Samantha, Isaac Lucius Melton and his wife Shelly of Griffin, Marianne Forehand DeVito and her husband Steven, Robert Edward Stone, Carol Elizabeth Forehand, May Melton Geiger and Olivia Lanier Geiger. Three great-grandsons, Isaac Melton, Asher Melton and Silas Melton of Griffin survive. Two brothers, Middleton Barnett Wingfield Jr. and his wife Frances of Memphis, Tennessee and William Terrell Wingfield and his wife Joy of Athens, Georgia also survive.
A memorial service for Mrs. Melton, who was an organ donor, will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Griffin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive, Griffin, Ga. 30224.
Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
If you want to see the political correctness spin machine at work, read the strangely sparse news stories about the two Americans who have been killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria. If you have been living in a cave, ISIS is the radical islamic force that has burst onto the terror scene with fervor and delights in crucifying Christian males and beheading Christian children.
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