Sgt. Billy Joe Maxwell
SGT Billy Joe Maxwell, of Hogansville, was killed in action near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 30, 1950. As American and United Nations troops pulled back during this battle and were never able to return to that area, SGT Maxwell was not recovered. However, in 2018 the North Koreans released the remains of a number of troops to American officials and in August of 2019, remains of SGT Maxwell were identified. SGT Maxwell was born August 24, 1931, in Gate City in Fulton County but lived in Hogansville most of his life before enlisting in the U.S. Army on November 16, 1949. During the Korean War, he served in Heavy Mortar Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Ernest L. Maxwell and an infant sister, Patricia Ann Maxwell. At the time of his death, he was survived by his parents, James Noble Maxwell and Eula Mae Hale Maxwell; and his brothers and sisters, Henry J. Maxwell, Charles O. Maxwell, Marie Bishop, Betty Thompson, James H. Maxwell, and Jerry Maxwell. Since his death, his parents along with his brothers, Henry and Charles, and his sisters, Marie and Betty, have passed away and today, he is survived by his brothers, James H. (Pete) Maxwell of Hogansville, Jerry Maxwell and his wife Jan of Manchester, and a number of nieces and nephews. A service with full military honors will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Dr. Craig Williamson will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 Friday night, November 8.
Mrs. Wynell Smith Windom, 90, of Grantville, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019, at Fairburn Health Care Center. Mrs. Windom was born December 11, 1928, in Grantville, daughter of the late Cecil and Lucille Pitts Smith. A lifelong resident of Coweta County, she retired from Grantville Mills after 55 years of service, had been a long-time member of Grantville First Baptist Church, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed gardening and had been a member of the Grantville Garden Club. Survivors include her son, Mark Pettite and his wife Shirley of Murfreesboro, TN; daughter in-law, Amanda Pettite of Newnan; step-son in-law, Wayne Davis and his wife Ellen of Mississippi; sister and brother in-law, Jackie and Emmett McCall of Villa Rica; brother, Terry Smith of Tucker; grandchildren, Brian Pettite, Ginger Fetter, Katie Pettite, Karlee Pettite, Clay Pettite, Cory Pettite, and Janet Cunningham; three great-grandchildren; and step-grandchildren, Chuck Davis and Jennifer Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Windom; son, Boyd Pettite; and step-daughter, Pat Davis. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Terry Rainwater will officiate and interment will be in the Grantville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Deacon Donald Gilliam
Deacon Donald Gilliam was born January 1, 1941 in West Point, Georgia to the late, James and Mozell Young and John T. Winston. He attended Tenth Street School and later graduated from Harrison High School, Class of 1959 where he excelled in Academics and Basketball. He later attended and graduated from Seeburg Vending School in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Gilliam united with Bethlehem Baptist Church in the early 1950s where he remained and served faithfully. He was Ordained as a Deacon in 1969. Deacon Gilliam went on to serve as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Chairman of the Trustee Board, Church treasurer, several other capacities. In 1964, Deacon Gilliam was united in Holy Matrimony to Lula Mae Reed; a union that was blessed with two children, Thomas and Jean. He was employed by Naders Music in downtown West Point for fifty years. Deacon Gilliam became politically active in the community in 1960 when he worked on the campaign of President John F. Kennedy and later President Lyndon B. Johnson. From there, he committed his life for the betterment of the people. His personal political career began on January 19, 1978 when he was sworn in as City of West Point, Councilman. In 1980 he served as Mayor Pro-Tempore until he left office. In 2000, he was re-elected to West Point City Council and served until 2011. In addition to his political service, he also served the community as an Executive Member of the Troup County NAACP, President of the Troup County Coalition, Member and Chairman of the West Point Bi-Racial Committee, Community Development Chairman, and Member of the Utilities Board. Deacon Gilliam was Grand Marshall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, a befitting tribute for his servitude in his efforts to have Dr. King’s Birthday recognized as a Holiday in Troup County. He also played a pivotal role in the hiring process of minorities in Management positions in both, Troup County Government and in businesses throughout the county and in surrounding communities. On Monday, October 30, 2019; our beloved Donald T. Gilliam passed away at Twin Fountains Nursing Rehabilitation Center in LaGrange, Georgia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Thomas Young, Hubert Young, and Ralph Palmer; sister, Gloria Jean “Crickett” Winston; and special nephew, Reginald Leon “Book” Gilliam. He leaves to cherish his memoires, his wife of fifty-five years, Mrs. Lula Mae Gilliam; children: Thomas (Faye) Gilliam and Jean Gilliam-Godfrey; grandchildren: Carmen Gilliam, T. J. Gilliam, and Raygen Godfrey; the grands that he gained and adored: David (Tandra) Reed, Jr., Tiara Woodyard, and Malachi Williams; sisters: Gaynell (Bobby) Boyd, Linda (Homer) Young, Barbara A. Young, all of West Point, GA: Diane Young, Knoxville, TN; brother, Bobby (Yvonne) Palmer, LaGrange, GA; sisters-in-law: Ethel (Warner) Bankston, Edith Brewer, Hattie Jones, all of LaGrange, GA; uncles: Joe Gilliam and Tommy Gilliam, both of West Point, GA; best friends: Willie Wallace, Floyd Wallace, John and Linda Wortham, and Eugene “Newt” Wright; and an array of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Dr. W. T. Edmondson officiated. Interment followed at Marseilles Cemetery.
Maudie Ruth Cameron Dean
Mrs. Maudie Ruth Cameron Dean was born July 10, 1956 in Troup County, Georgia to the late Leroy and Cameron, Sr. and Mattie Ware Cameron. She united with Wehadkee Baptist Church where she served as an Usher. Mrs. Dean was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Leroy Dean on July 3, 1989. On Tuesday, October 29, 2019; Maudie departed this life at WellStar West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Georgia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-son, Paul Smith. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of thirty years, Leroy Dean; three children: Tapekia (Woodernst) Lissouck, Sidney (Jennifer) Cameron, and Daphne Cameron; stepchildren: Anita Moody, Angela Page, Shrell Dean, Lakeechee (Chris) Stargil; grandchildren: Amesha Gilliam, Drevon Gilliam, Briana Jones, Sidney Cameron, Jr., Matthew Cameron, Tavarrious Reed, and Ticory Reed; several step grandchildren; two great grandchildren: Ariyanah Linson and Aubrey Linson; sisters and brothers: Minnie (Arthur) O’Bannnon, Louisville, KY; Leroy (Marycene) Cameron, Jr., Charles (Phyllis) Cameron, Jeffersonville, IN; Wilson Cameron, Betty (Jimmy) Freeman; Abe (Angela) Cameron, Laura (Henry) Hurston, Emma Robinson, San Pedro, CA: Lean Cameron and Ceola (Laura) Cameron; and a host of nieces and nephews. The Celebration of Life Service was held Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Wehadkee Baptist Church. Pastor Otis Wilson officiated. Interment followed at the Church Cemetery.