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Fred Bennett, 91, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. He was the son of the late Cicero and Emma Peck Bennett.

Mildred Doss Jordan, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Embry and Flonie Black Doss.

Hazel Parr Echols, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Comer and Tilda Collins Parr.

Billy Griffin, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. He was the son of the late William Acie Griffin, Sr., and Mary Griffin.

Johnny Joseph Marlow, 65, died Monday, June 1, 2015. He was the son of the late William David and Zadie Shubert Marlow.

Grace Pittman, 88, died May 14, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Tom and Gladys Jackson Carroll.

James Brooks, 90, died May 14, 2015. Mr. Brooks was born in Pendergrass, the son of the late Roy Alfred and Bertie Adams Brooks.

Shelby Presley, 67, died Saturday, May 9, 2015. She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Robert and Willonell Brewer Fowler.

Eddie Brake, 78, formerly of Maysville, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 in McDonough. Mr. Brake was born in Pensacola, FL, and was the husband of Geraldine Smith Brake.

Rev. Bill Presley, 67, died Saturday, April 4, 2015. Mr. Presley was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Wilburn and Ruth McDonald Presley.

Thomas Edgar Kent, 83, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at his residence. Mr. Kent was born in Maysville, the son of the late, Hoke S. and Mattie Tate Kent.

John Martin Hages, 82, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Born in Bay City, Michigan, he was the son of the late Fred Martin Hages and Eunice Sheets Hages.


Late pastor loved art and music

By TODD DORSEY, VictorianMaysville.com Staff Writer

It was at the Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival that I first met William D. "Bill" Presley, as he sat completing an oil painting. Two canvases depicting downtown Maysville scenes hanging next to him caught my eye. He had no idea how exciting it was to me to see someone pick up a brush and paint his interpretation of Maysville's smalltown charm.

As he invited me to look around, I knew I was going to have a problem deciding which one painting to buy.

There was a scene of a farmer driving his tractor into town in front of Maysville City Hall. Another scene showed the row of buildings which included the Maysville Community Club. Still another showed the historic Maysville United Methodist Church.

I settled upon the one of the farmer on the tractor in front of City Hall. I left to show my mother the "treasure" I had found, and how I wished I could have afforded to buy them all. Unbeknownst to me, Mom went back to Mr. Presley and bought another one of the paintings and gave it to me for Christmas later that year. The two paintings now hang in my office at the University of Georgia.

During another Maysville Festival, I saw Mr. Presley selling homemade musical instruments. I thought I took a picture of him with his instruments but I cannot find it for the life of me. He struck me as very creative and warm.

Bill Presley passed away April 4, 2015, at the age of 67. He was a plumber by trade, an ordained minister and a member of Redeemed Baptist Church, Commerce. His complete obituary appears in a link on the upper left of this page.

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