Monday, May 3, 2021

Robert Swafford (Visitation: at the funeral home, Wednesday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; funeral service: Thursday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel)

Robert William Swafford, age 57, of LaFayette passed away May 2, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ella Mae Swafford and Allen Swafford.

Robert is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen Swafford; children Erica (Storm) Banks, Burt Reynolds, Renee (B.J.) Montgomery, and a special son, Jay (Misty) Colbert; brother, Russell (Pam) Swafford; sisters, Leisa (Charles) Brown and Kay (Keith) McKin; grandchildren, Camden Smith, Raileigh Magnusson, Everett Reynolds, Luke Busby, Matthew Busby, Jackson Montgomery, and Serenity Colbert; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with his brother Russell Swafford officiating.

Interment at LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers are Jason Pickard, Shawn Pickard, “Chris” McKin, Burt Reynolds, Jay Colbert, and Jeff Cameron.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Mary Bryant (visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 4, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church)

Mary Garner Bryant, age 86, of LaFayette passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021.

She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and a member of VFW Auxiliary. Mary was a loving mother and granny.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Garner; son, Hank Garner; and late husband, J.C. Bryant.

She is survived by her daughters, Cookie (Ronnie) Norton, Noreen (Mickey) Risko, Charlie (Curtis) Rosenquist, and Chris (Cousy) Cuzzort; son, Danny (Fran) Garner; 15 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Corinth Baptist Church with her grandson Will Austin and Pastor Craig Thomas officiating.

Interment at LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers are Jason Garner, Will Austin, Brit Baugh, Michael Risko, Henry Rosenquist, Scott Galloway, Donald Ramsey, and Jon Capello.

Honorary pallbearers are Daniel Hall, Mitchell Sloan, Jeremy Johnson, Josh Shavers, and Tommy Buttry.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Corinth Baptist Church – Building Fund: 2524 Corinth Road, LaFayette, GA 30728.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Robert "Bob" Middlebrooks ( Visitation Friday 4/30 from 2pm until service time at 4pm at the funeral home )

Robert “Bob” Thomas Middlebrooks; age 88, of LaFayette passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Duffy Middlebrooks; his parents, Carl T. Middlebrooks and Louis Duffy Middlebrooks; sisters, Jonella Welborn and Frances Rodchester.

Survived by daughter, Vicky (Russell) Cooper; Son, Ricky Middlebrooks; grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Cook, Marshall (MaryBeth) Middlebrooks, and Katelyn Middlebrooks; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral from the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel on Friday, April 30th at 4 p.m. with Pastor Jim Powell officiating.

Interment in the LaFayette Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers are Jason Cook, Jim Ramey, Eddie Watkins, Dale Wilson, Donnie Estus, and James Bradley.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 p.m. until service time.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Travis Whittemore (visitation at the funeral home on Friday, April 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 1, from noon until hour of service at 2 p.m.)

Joseph Travis Whittemore, age 41, of LaFayette passed away Friday, April 23, 2021.

He worked for 15 years at Shop-Rite and Jackson Chevrolet for four years.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph “Stonewall” Jackson, Jewell Dean Jackson, and Avory Whittemore; and mother and father-in-law, Nancy and Mark Prater.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Whittemore; daughters, Madison Hall and Hailee “Hailee Bug” Whittemore; grandchildren, Jacob Hall, Jameson Hall, and fur baby, “Luna”; parents, James “Bo” Whittemore and Dianne Jackson Whittemore; grandfather, Edward Whittemore; sister, Tammy (Greg) Smith and Tanya (Jesse) Southerland; aunts and uncles, Donna (Ed) Serine, Angie (Greg) Guthrie, and Gayle (Sam) Roistacher; nieces, Kaitlynn and Racheal West; nephews, Gage (Laura) Smith and Zane Smith; great niece, Aaliyah Smith; and several cousins.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Doug Eaker officiating.

Interment at Gordy Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers are Patrick Stansell, Lebron Batey, Damon Skates, Gage Smith, Zane Smith, and Michael King.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from noon until hour of service.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Douglas Jones (a memorial service will be held Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m.)

Douglas G. Jones, age 78, of Jasper, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021.

He is survived by his son, Tim (Shay) Jones; sister, Jane Jones; brother, Jim Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Margaret Hall (graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the LaFayette City Cemetery)

Margaret Louise Hall, age 82, of LaFayette passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021. 

A member of Harbor Lights Baptist Church, Margaret loved the Lord and wanted to see her whole family in Heaven. Real estate was her passion and would often say “it’s in my blood.” She was the former owner of the LaFayette Inn and loved to decorate and remodel.

She was preceded in death by her son, Roger Brian Hall; and her brother, Gene Coker.

Survivors include her husband and the love of her life for 65 years, Gene Hall; daughter, Debbie (Calvin) Allmon; sons, Greg (Judy) Copeland and Stanley Palmer; grandchildren, Justin (Carrie) Allmon and Ashley (Darren) Thompson; three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the LaFayette City Cemetery with Pastor Jim Powell officiating.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.


Monday, April 19, 2021

Robbie Steele (visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, April 22, from noon until service hour at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel)

Robbie Lynn Steele, age 60, of LaFayette passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Robbie worked for Gilbert Elementary as a cafeteria assistant where she enjoyed serving the kids.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Ray Hogue.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Wesley Steele; daughters, Amanda (Edward) Lonas, Jaclyn (Toni) Steele, and Alyssa (Daniel) Landress; sons, Nathan (Courtnei) Steele and Garrett (Kristie Beach) Stephenson; mother, Patsy Hogue; grandchildren, Brody, Leely, Dathan, Abby, Austin, and Michaela; sisters, Angie (Rick) Bruno, Melanie Pickard, and Candy (Jeff) Hill; nieces Pam Hill and Baleigh Hill; nephews, Bryan Hill and Aaron Hill; and other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel with Pastor Terry Roberson officiating.

Interment at LaFayette City Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jeff Hill, Aaron Hill, Will Littlejohn, Brody Lonas, Dathan Steele, and Austin Cantrell.

Honorary pallbearers are the cafeteria ladies from Gilbert Elementary School.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from noon until service hour.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.