Patrick Brian Irvine

Patrick Brian Irvine, Sr. passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Eurharlee GA where he was being cared for by his wife and family. Patrick was born April 16, 1961, in Rochester N.Y. to Joy Patrick Wright the late Joseph J. Irvine, Sr., both formerly of Madison County, Fla. His Madison County roots stem from maternal grandparents George and Bessie Williams, along with paternal grandparents Freeman (Sr.) and Susie Irvine. Patrick spent the first part of his life in Rochester…

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Roger K. Byington

Roger K. Byington, age 75, passed away at his home in Greenville, Fla. on Nov. 7, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Kohn Byington; one daughter, Belinda Hollon, of Salcboden, Germany; two sons: Roger B. Byington and Gary M. Byington, of Greenville; one sister, “Bootsie” Cone (J. M.); one brother, Barney Byington, Jr. (Wanda), of Greenville; and two grandchildren: John Mark Hollon and Lena Christine Hollon, also of Salcboden. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney Byington, Sr. and Eva Partain Byington, three sisters and two…

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Learning As I Go: Missing Mickey

Our long-time neighbor, Mickey McFarland, passed away a few weeks ago. When we first moved in at the end of the road, Mickey’s parents, Carlos and Haddie Lee still lived in the house. They were great neighbors and we always made a point to stop and talk with them any time they were out and about. A few years later, Mickey moved in with them. Mickey served in the military and, as the story goes, he experienced some terrible things. The first time I met Mickey, he scared me a…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Veterans Day – In honor of those who have served

Veterans Day came and went this past Monday. With it came a three-day weekend for some, special family gatherings for others, or just another day at work (depending on what your job is.) Veterans Day often just means another holiday to many people; a day to get off work, play and have fun. But I hope most people keep in the forefront of their mind WHY we have this national holiday. Veterans Day is a special day, set aside for all of us to honor all Veterans, past and present,…

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