Obits — March 13, 2019


Elizabeth “Libba” Mallory Oubre

Elizabeth “Libba” Mallory Oubre, 64, died March 9, 2019 surrounded by her loving children. Libba was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Mallory, Jr. She graduated from LaGrange High School and received her Registered Nursing degree from LaGrange College. As a nurse she cared for patients in nursing homes and hospice before spending 33 years at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. For the last 22 years she cared for thousands of women and their newborns as a clinical coordinator and charge nurse on the OB floor. In 2016, she was recognized as a Nurse of the Year where it was noted, “She loves to teach students, new nurses, and nursing assistants the importance of making each patient feel care for and ensuring they receive the best care possible. She is loved by everyone she encounters and always displays a caring heart for others. She had even been witnessed going to the gift shop to buy pink or blue ribbons to hang on patient doors for new moms who do not have family support or money to buy their own ribbons. She shows patients the true heart of a nurse. “ Libba loves all animals and her home was often filled with numerous dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, sheep, flying squirrels, rabbits, and ducks. She never turned a stray away. She even had a pet skunk for several years. She was an avid rider who preferred riding bareback. Libba’s family and friends will always remember her generous heart, her desire to serve others, her warm smile, her positive spirit, and her love. She was a gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor. Her family is comforted in knowing Libba is now dancing with Jesus and that she is being embraced by Gran, Grandmother, and many beloved family and friends who were called home before her. She is survived by her five children and their families: Kerry (son) and Brook Mallory and their children Sydney and Noah; Cason Mallory (son); Margaret (daughter) and Jim Williams and their children Emma, Andrew, and Preston; Hannah (daughter) and Brent Parrott and their children Mallory, Luke, and Case; and Charlie Oubre (son). She is also survived by her five sibling: Art Mallory, III; Peter Mallory, Sr; Ned Mallory; Tim Mallory; and Margie Green. She had 15 nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at First Baptist Church on the Square. The family will receive  friends at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Considering her deep love for animals and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Human Society of Harris County, 3938 Barnes Mill Rd. Hamilton, GA 31811 or the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1351 LaGrange, GA 30241.


Wille Frank Strozier Jr.

A Time to Be Born: Willie Frank Strozier, Jr., son of the late, Willie Frank Strozier, Sr. and Mary Alice Irvin Strozier was born May 29, 1938. A Time to Labor: He was educated in Troup County, Georgia. Upon graduating High School, he enlisted in the United States Airforce. He was employed by the Boat Company and retired after twenty-five years of service. A Time to Sow: Willie was a faithful member of Solomon Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He served faithfully until his health declined. A Time to Die: On Monday, March 4, 2019; Deacon Willie Frank Strozier departed this life unexpectedly at his home in LaGrange, Georgia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Ernestine Strozier; brother, Bobby Strozier and sister, Virginia Strozier. A Time of Peace: He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted children, Elaine Simmons, Denise (Herman) Tucker, Dorothy (Jesse) Thomas, Chandra Dorsey, and Brian (Jackie) Strozier; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, loving sisters: Dorothy Thornton, Rosa Lee Bland, and Alice Vines; stepchildren: Robert (Tracy), Val, Trina (Larry) Lisa, Val; a special friend, Christine; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, special friends and neighbors. Services were Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Solomon Grove Baptist Church.



Andrew “Flip” C. Barnett

Andrew Clayton “Flip” Barnett, age 53 of Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., passed away Friday, March 8, 2019 at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange. He was born November 9, 1965 in Columbus, Ga., the son of John and Barbara Barnett.“Flip” as he is affectionately known, was a unique and special person from the moment he was born! Everyone who knew him immediately loved him. If you spent any amount of time with Flip you would recognize that you were loved by a pure and unbiased heart. The corner of his eyes would crinkle, and he’d give you that infectious smile and you knew you’d made a friend. Flip’s father was a military man, so relocating the family was a common occurrence. The Barnett family spent a few years in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Flip attended Birch School and then Harris County elementary school in Hamilton, Ga. The years following, Flip spent many happy years living next door to his grandmother where she and he would sit on the porch swing and take walks together. He also enjoyed attending church at Oakside Baptist in LaGrange and listening to WOAK radio. In 2005, Flip’s parents began attending New Covenant Baptist Church where Flip’s love for the Lord became very evident as he served as deacon, sang in the adult choir, and participated in the activities and functions of the church. He loved his pastor, Joel Chapman, and every member of his church family. As illness took over his body, getting to church became increasingly difficult but his loving mother took him as often as she was able. Flip is survived by his mother, Barbara Barnett; his three sisters, Susan (Gary) Long, Heidi (Mike) Pickels, Marcie (Rick) Varnum, and sister-in-law Kim Barnett (the late John K. Barnett Jr.); plus, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Edna Barnett, and Clayton and Cleo Fender; his father, John K. Barnett, Sr.; his elder brother, John K. Barnett Jr.; and a sister, Brenda Barnett. Funeral services were 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at New Covenant Baptist Church in Pine Mountain, Ga., with Dr. Joel Chapman officiating.

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