Margie Jean Beckner
Margie Jean Barber Beckner, age 78, of Wildwood, Fla. (formerly of Blackshear), died early Friday morning (April 15, 2016) at the Brownwood Care Center following an extended illness.
Born Dec. 20, 1937 in Blackshear, she was a daughter of the late Hamon and Mary Meadows Barber.
She lived many years in North Carolina, South Carolina and in Blackshear before moving to Florida in 2007. She had served as the bookkeeper for Grants in Lexington, N.C. and as a personnel manager at Woolco in Waycross. She was a member of Stoners Grove Baptist Church in Lexington, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Stephen Beckner, and a sister, Mary Myers.
Survivors include her three children, Deborah Bryant (husband Charles), of Blackshear, Randy Beckner (wife Susan), of Blackshear, and Dee Dee Lanier (husband Mike), of Lexington, N.C.; three grandchildren, Jeff Bryant, of Blakely, Corinda Bryant, of Atlanta, and Sean Lanier, of Lexington, N.C.; a sister, Peggy Dixon, of Blackshear; five brothers, Sonny Barber (wife Virginia), of Atkinson, Herbert Barber (wife Lynn), of Blackshear, Larry Barber (wife Ann), of Waycross, Bobby Barber (wife Leny), of Blackshear, and Steve Barber, of Lexington, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Memorialization is by cremation.
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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Stephanie Grace
Stephanie Grace Grimes-Fletcher, the infant daughter of April Marie Grimes and Jamie Aaron Fletcher died Wednesday (April 13, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Along with her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Greg and Rachel Grimes, of Waycross; paternal grandparents, Kevin and Terri Fletcher, of Waycross; maternal great-grandparents, Roger and Debbie Williams, of Waycross, Juline Eldred, of Waycross, and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Grimes, of Roswell; paternal great-grandfather, Butch Shugart, of Waycross; two aunts, Bettie Abigail Grimes, of Waycross, and Heather Fletcher, of Waycross; an uncle, Alex Fletcher, of Waycross; maternal birth relatives, Susan Lamont, John Lamont, Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Lamont, Briana and Christopher Proper, A.J. and C.J. Laraway, all of New York state; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
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Carl Vogel
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former state Missouri Sen. Carl Vogel, a local Coca-Cola Bottling Co. president who served for 20 years in the Missouri Legislature, has died after a year-long battle with cancer.
Vogel’s daughter, Kristen Vogel, said her father died Thursday night at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 61.
Vogel, of Jefferson City, first was elected to the Missouri House in 1990. He won election to the Senate in 2002 and served until term limits ended his legislative career in 2011.
He became president of the family’s Coca-Cola bottling company in 1983, and frequently served and displayed Coca-Cola products at his legislative office.
He also was a past chairman of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce.