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  Mack, Deborah,
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Kathryn, we have been thinking about you and your family. Mr. Charlie was a wonderful person and he left a great legacy for his family. All our love, McKibbens
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  Kathryn Hill
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Charles Madison Hill, age 73, passed away at Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sunday, January 3, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Charlie was born at home in Helena, Telfair County, Georgia, on July 21, 1942, to Charles Gilbert Hill and Ethel McDaniel Hill.  After attending Telfair County High School, he graduated from the University of Georgia and entered the U.S. Air Force. As a pilot during the Vietnam era he instructed in T-37s and flew T-38s. Before retirement in 2002 as an International Airline Captain with Delta, Charlie flew the Convair 880, DC-9, L-1011, DC-8, B-727, L-100, B-757 and the B-767 over a 32 year period.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Kathryn Underwood Hill; sons and daughters-in-law, David M. Hill of Peachtree City, Georgia; Douglas K. and Mindy Hill of Columbia, Missouri; Stephen D. and Donna Scroggins of  Monroe, Georgia; grandchildren Tyler Hill; Asher, Aaron and Gabi Hill; Emily and Anna Grace Scroggins.  Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ethel Hill; sisters, Anne Dudley and Mary Ethel Hill.
Services will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel; interment will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in McRae, Georgia.  Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be submitted on-line at
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  Kathryn Hill
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Hope everyone has enjoyed their summer!  Ours ended uneventful, which was a good thing.  Charlie spent the last week of August at Atlanta's Northside Hospital but made it home in time to see September roll in.  We want to thank all of you for your calls, concerns & wishes for a speedy recovery - in about six weeks, we'll let you know how he's feeling.

We wish you all a safe & happy Labor Day weekend - let us all know what you've been up to this summer!
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  Kathryn Hill
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Congratulations to Robert & Anna Prusa on the arrival of Felicity Kate on June 26th, 2015.  Anna is the daughter of Angela Christian McCulloch and granddaughter of Ann Davis Pruett.  Felicity has two older sisters.
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  Nell McDaniel Family
Friday, May 15, 2015
Nell G. McDaniel, 93, widow of James R. McDaniel, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama.  Condolences may be sent to her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Cecil McCall.
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  Ernest Cook Family
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ernest Cook

Ernest B. Cook, Jr., born July 3, 1935, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Online condolences may be made to the family at
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  The Family of Cora Davis Rue
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Mrs. Cora D. Rue, 101, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, January 11, 2015.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Rue family guest book at
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  John Underwood Family
Sunday, September 28, 2014
John Edward Underwood, Sr. age 88, of Nicholson, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at
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  Taunton Family
Friday, May 30, 2014
Keith Otis Taunton, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama left this earth for Heaven on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the age of 57. Online guestbook available at
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  Nancy Hanks Perez
Saturday, March 22, 2014
It is time once again for the McDaniel Family Reunion. Remember the date.....April 26th,2014 @ The Jenny Barrett Civic Center across from Gold Star Park in Wetumpka. You can come as early as 10:00 to visit with family. Lunch will be at 12:00. Everyone bring a main dish, dessert and drinks. It will be great to get together again. Hope to see everyone there. Feel free to respond.
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  Janice Deyo Jones
Saturday, August 31, 2013
I stumbled on your website trying to locate a new address for a classmate Sarah Brown Stembridge.  I thoroughly enjoyed the photo album of Mr. Charles and Mrs. Ethel Hill.  I have so many fond memories of Mrs. Ethel especially.  I too graduated with the class of 1963 in McRae.  I hope to locate your book, Kathryn, since most of what I read are murder mysteries.  Sounds exciting.  
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  Angela McCulloch
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Looking forward to reading your book!
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  Teresa Oxford (Watkins)
Monday, June 10, 2013
The Oxford's have a new addition to the family. 
Sten & Teresa are Grandparents to 1st Grandson, Luke Martin Oxford, May 28, 2013, 7lbs 3oz, 20in.  Parents:  Son, Tracy and Daughter-In-Law, Caroline Oxford live in Palmetto, FL.
Bob & Louise Watkins are Great Grandparents to 1st Great-Grandson and;
Cora Rue is a Great-Great Grandmother to 1st Great-Great Grandson
For pictures, please see the Oxford's Photo Album
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  Kathryn Hill
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Just a quick update to say Happy Mother’s Day to all that celebrated today!
There’s not been too much news lately – just normal stuff.  I have added some new photos to the “Family Photo Albums”, so you may want to take a peek if you’ve got a few minutes.
Healthwise it appears everyone is doing well.  After spending a week at Piedmont Hospital a couple of months ago, we were a bit anxious about Charlie’s two month checkup – relief came when his cardiologist said “see you in four months”!  We’re certain he’ll get the final “okay” from the eye doc this week on his second cataract surgery and hopefully, he’ll be through with doctors for a while (except on a social basis!).
Jimmy & Betty Rue have had a few health issues lately, but they both seem to be improving with each passing day.
As she approaches 100, it seems that Cora is continuing to do well.
John Underwood certainly isn’t slowing down a bit after his shoulder problems.  As he approaches 87, he & Val are getting ready to join his WWII Navy buddies for a reunion in Texas in a couple of weeks.
Speaking of traveling, I spent a couple of days for a much needed rest in the North Georgia mountains with cousin Beth last month.  How relaxing was that?  No TV, no computer, no phone, no husbands (oops, did I just say that???) – just peace & quiet and a little mountain winery – it just didn’t seem to get much better!  We had a great time.
Charlie & I just spent a few days along the Florida - Georgia coast and plan to be back down there shortly.  I’m sure lots of family members are heading out for vacation spots as the warm weather approaches.  As a matter of fact, Stephen told us this weekend as we were celebrating Mother’s Day that the beach is in the near future for his family, too.
Congratulations to Hannah Dean!  Cousin Ann tells us that Hannah & her family are expecting a new baby soon.  Also good to hear that Meredith is doing well since the arrival of her daughter last December.
Finally, as you opened the website, I’m sure you noticed that bloody opening page!  Well folks, that’s my new crime thriller!  It will be available to the public in June 2013.  It’s taken a lot of years to complete but it finally was submitted for publication earlier this year.
If you’d like a copy (which I hope you will), please visit  for details.  Currently it is only available in hardback – no e-book edition or paperback until 2014.
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  Donnie Price
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas,
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  Betty Rue
Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy holidays to everyone. Yes it has been a busy time of the year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jimmy and Betty Rue

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  Kathryn Hill
Saturday, December 29, 2012


Betty McGill Davis (wife of Ed Davis) passed away Thursday, December 27th.
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  Charlie and Kathryn
Friday, December 21, 2012
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Charlie & I hope that each of you have a wonderful Christmas Day. I’m sure your holiday season has been just as busy as ours - parties, dinners with family & friends -- sharing and caring has been abundant this year.
We’re staying close to home this holiday season, with friends joining us on New Year’s Eve.
Travelers: John & Val are headed to Florida for Christmas with friends, so we’ll miss them on Christmas Eve. John tells us that his daughter, Cheryl and her family (who usually flies in from California on Christmas Day) will be traveling to Arizona for a visit with her in-laws this year.
Doug, Mindy, Asher, Aaron & Gabi will be missed at our house this year, but we know they’ll be enjoying lots of snow at their new home in New Hampshire.
A few weeks ago, Charlie’s cousin, Linda Chandler, brought over a couple of boxes of old family photographs, so she & Charlie were busy walking down “memory lane” for a few days! It was great to spend time with her and catch up.
Congratulations: Happy birthday to Chuck Creamer on his December 3rd birthday, also to son, Doug who celebrated on the 15th. Best wishes to son & daughter-in-law, Stephen & Donna, as they celebrated their 11th anniversary on December 14th.
Hats off to granddaughters, Emily & Madison. Emily won five medals (3 for 1st place & 2 for 2nd place) in her first Gymnastic Tournament, December 8th and Madison has been accepted at Kennesaw State University (she graduates in May from George Walton Academy in Monroe). 
Also a tip of the hat for a solo performance by Janice Morales-Hill at her church’s Christmas Cantata! (Jan & Luis have performed this Christmas season at their church – it looks like they have a little more time since they are now both retired.)
One big congrats to Dee & Lisa Hobbs on the birth of their first grandchild! Elaine Christian Arp showed her face to proud parents, Matt & Meredith (Hobbs) Arp on December 19th. Great-Grandma Ann Pruett tells us both mother and baby are doing well - what a great Christmas gift!
Healthwise: Cora Rue has been improving since turning 99 in October - seems she’s well on her way to becoming a centenarian!
Charlie has recovered nicely from his September hip replacement. His release this week came just in time for his cataract surgery on Wednesday! (BTW, his ribs & collar bone are mending well, too.)
Seems everyone I’ve talked with lately has had this “winter cold, flu a/k/a bad stuff” at least once – hope everyone is recovering and on the road to Wellville for the holidays!
Our prayers and sympathy go out to John, Jr. (Underwood) and his family this Christmas. His daughter-in-law, Katrina (wife of son, Michael), passed away November 26th.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and may peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!
Charlie & Kathryn
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  Charlie and Kathryn
Friday, September 28, 2012

Another September has passed and Fall is officially here. Lots of things have been happening so I thought I’d do a quick update.

Charlie & I haven’t done much traveling this summer, although we did drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking in seven states and D.C. It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary in June.

Charlie’s recovering very nicely from his recent surgery; he had a hip replacement only three weeks ago and is getting better every day at maneuvering the stairwells in the house.

Exciting news for cousin Ann Pruett in East Ridge. She’s running for City Council! There was a great news release recently in the Chattanoogan about her campaign. Good luck to her!

John & Val are getting ready for a South American cruise - hope we can still do all that when we're in our 80's!

Congratulations to daughter-in-law Donna on her new job as Director of Education at Summit Preschool in Loganville.

A health update on Cora Rue -- She was recently moved to Signature Nursing Home in Cleveland, Tennessee.  She would love to hear from you if you would like to drop a card in the mail to cheer her day.

We wish Betty Rue a quick recovery from her recent surgery. Also we continue to keep Jimmy in our prayers.

In August we learned the sad news of Jimmy McDaniel’s death. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his mother, June and the rest of the family.

July ended with a great birthday celebration. Charlie turned 70 and it was fun to have so many family members gathered around. We had candles on the cake for Leah, Uncle John, Emily and several other family members, as well. Lots of July birthdays to celebrate!

Speaking of birthdays – Happy Birthday to grandchildren, Asher (18) and Gabi (7), who celebrated yesterday & today (respectively).

Thanks to all of you that sent nice notes about the YouTube video.

Glad I finished it before we took the lightning strike mid-July; not until last week did we actually get all of our computers, printers, scanners, etc. replaced and back working. Learning the new systems is not much fun!

Hope everyone enjoying the change of seasons and again, thanks for all the cards and calls we’ve received about Charlie.

Go DAWGS (they’re off to a great start)!

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  Charlie and Kathryn
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Several months ago I asked if anyone had any photographs of family members that were in the military & if they did, I would appreciate them sending me a copy.  I received responses from Bob & Louise in Tennessee and John, Jr. in California.  As promised, I copied those photos and returned them.  

From our boxes, we scanned photographs, documents, my Dad's Navy Album, news articles, letters, etc., in hopes of preserving some of our family history. 

I made a DVD/video of those records.

I have posted the video on YouTube in order to share with family members.  It 21 minutes long, however, it does cover from 1776 – 2012.

I have an insert for the original DVD that has all the family members listed & their relationship to Charlie & me.  If you view the video & would like a copy of that information – let me know & I’ll be glad to send it along to you.  Also included are the names & locations of the monuments and the music used in the video. 

If you would like a copy of this DVD, please let me know.  It was previously posted on You Tube, if you had a chance to see it.

Hope you all have had a great summer!
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  Charlie and Kathryn
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Just a short update & asking you to join us on Sunday, July 29th:
January - May: Lots of stuff went on. Retirements for some, illness for a few, birthdays for many and vacations all around!
The McDaniel Family Reunion took place in April. We were glad to see folks we've not seen in a few years. It was great to see Ernest (Buddy) Cook looking so good! He must be feeling better, he's off on his first airplane ride and what sounds like a great cruise with his family. We certainly enjoyed our time with Linda & Judy while we were in Montgomery.
We were very sorry to learn of the death of Ray McDaniel on May 17th. Please continue to keep June, Frank and Ray's entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
Speaking of travel, Leah, Tim & Madison have enjoyed their week (or so I see in Leah's pictures) at Palm Coast. Not sure whether they enjoyed the food or the relaxation during Tropical Storm Beryl! Fortunately, Stephen, Donna, Emily & Anna Grace were a bit north at Myrtle Beach & missed most of the rain. Look for their pictures in the "Photo Albums" section.
Charlie & I celebrate our 20th anniversary on the 14th of this month! Hard to believe so many years have passed so quickly!
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, July 29th. We've reserved the clubhouse in our subdivision again this year and hope to see as many as can make it to celebrate JULY. As you may recall, we have one big celebration for July birthdays. Charlie will be 70 on the 21st, so this one is a banner year. We add candles for Leah, Uncle John, Emily (Anna & Stephen, too, even though theirs is actually the end of June, we let them tag along) & Linda; we even throw in an anniversary toast for Tim & Leah and Bob & Louise. (If I forgot someone, please let me know.) We'd love to see "the girls, Hannah & Martha" on the 29th & put a couple more candles on the cake for them!
If you'd like to come over for the weekend (we plan one big party starting on Saturday), please let me know & I'll be happy to send you information on hotels that are here in Conyers for overnight accomodations.
Hope you all are enjoying your summer & we'd love to hear from you!
Charlie & Kathryn
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  Martha Fanning Luttrell
Monday, January 16, 2012
Site is awesome! Love see what's going on with everyone.

I recently married James Luttrell on our farm in Decherd, TN .We are currently living in our barn in an apartment across the hall from the horses. I am working as the finance officer at the City of Winchester and James works with his family's garage door business. 

Life has definitely been an adventure and excited to see what the Lord has in store for 2012!

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  Charlie and Kathryn Hill
Monday, January 16, 2012
Happy 2012 to all!
We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays & that you are ready for 2012, because it's here.
The holidays were almost non-stop at our house this year. Thanksgiving was filled with family & friends followed by the weekend of decorating for Christmas. Our season started with several early December parties and then we once again hosted the RER (Rockdale Emergency Relief) Board & Staff Christmas Party on Sunday, December 18th. On the following Monday, granddaughter Emily & I left for NYC - what a great time we had (see the photos in "Christmas 2011") - how exciting to see NYC with a 7 year old! I never knew there was so much to see at American Girl!
Charlie & I were excited to visit with Doug a couple of days in December. He had a photo shoot in Cobb County, so he flew in from their new home in New Hampshire a week or so ahead of Mindy, Aaron & Gabi and was able to visit with us for a bit.
Christmas was terrific and we enjoyed celebrating with Tim, Leah, Wilson & Madison; Stephen, Donna, Emily & Anna Grace; Doug, Mindy, Asher, Aaron & Gabi - they all made it very special this year. We certainly have had much to be thankful for!
As far as updates go:
First & foremost - Tim is continuing to do well. He & Leah do regular updates at:
Congratulations to Mindy on her new job at Dartmouth. It has to be terrific in order to move to New Hampshire in the Winter! Seems they love it & at Christmas Aaron was busy telling his Uncle Tim how to build an igloo - tell you anything about the weather??? Also just as an FYI, Doug has a great website at: and Mindy has some of her book designs at Take a few minutes & check out their talents!
Congrats also to Wilson as he starts his new job this month. We wish him lots of luck!
Speaking of jobs (or should I say "jobless") - it's been ten years this month that Charlie flew a B767 home from Stuttgart, Germany, for his retirement flight! Where did the time go?
Madison made her appearance at the Winter Debutante Ball in December. Of course she was gorgeous - just check out her picture in the "Christmas 2011" photo album that Leah posted!
Cora continues with hospice care at home, with Louise & Betty continuing to alternate night shifts.  As always, if you would like to send her a card, she would love to hear from you. Contact me for her address if you do not have it.
Sad news came of Bette Anderson's death on November 9th. The last post on the website in October was from cousin, Sherill Strader Strawn, updating us on her mother.
As for those who've been traveling:
Well, I told you of my trip with Emily to NYC but not of Emily's trip to Stone Mountain's "Snow Mountain". Seems Stephen & Donna bought a 30 ft. camping trailer and for their first adventure loaded up Emily & Anna Grace for a three day outing! Stephen's so excited, he's already booked "luxury, pristine camping sites" for their next vacation. (Those were his words, I'm not sure mine would be the same to describe camping sites!)
Cousin Cheryl & her daughter, Lexi flew in from California on Christmas Day to visit her Dad, John & Val - I hear they all had a great time celebrating New Year's Eve with friends.
Doug's family finally reunited in N.H. after Mindy, Aaron & Gabi flew home by way of Charlotte & Newark with Doug & Asher driving up on January 5th. Asher had yet to make the big move; he was allowed to stay in Athens with Mindy's folks to give him the opportunity to march in the Sugar Bowl with his Athens Cedar Shoals High School Band. What a great experience for him - just too bad UGA was not playing!
We also heard from Frank & Pat that they recently visited China; they said they had a wonderful experience. I actually wondered if the China they visited was the same one Charlie took me to . . . memorable would be my word - but I'm glad they had a great time!
Tim & Leah did a quick trip to Florida to visit Tim's grandmother & other family members to start the New Year.
We've added some new photos so be sure & check them out if you've got a few minutes.
In 2012, we'd all like to see what you & your family have been up to, so please share! If you can't upload information or photos, just send it to me & I'll be happy to post for you.
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  Sherill Strader Strawn (Bette's daughter
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Just a nice, rainy afternoon here in Macon.  No one should be complaining about the rain - what with the extreme drought we've been having here in GA. 

Mother is to be transferred to a Group Home this coming week-end.  Is not improving much with the therapy.  Says it is too painful.  I'm looking into facilities here.  Not able to lift and pull due to my degenerative disc disease in my back.  I'm concerned about her ability to be transported from AZ to GA!  Please keep her in your prayers.

Tracy (my daughter) has been clogging at the State Fair in Perry the past 2 wks., and will dance the next 2 nites at the Gray, GA Fair - if they don't get rained out!!

Hard to believe it is already Fall, and Halloween is just around the corner.  Everyone is decorating their houses and yards.  I just love the Fall decoration colors.

Cory just called from Athens.  He's loving University of GA.  We're all so proud of him.

Wishing everyone happiness and joy.


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  Kathryn Hill
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The calendar tells us that Fall has officially arrived, but with temperatures in the 70's & 80's here in Conyers it is really hard to believe!
Many things have happened since our last posting in August, so I'll try & catch you up with what I know.
While Charlie & I haven't done any traveling this Fall, John & Val tell me they had a great trip to Alaska. Upon returning home, they stayed only a few days before flying out to Texas to help celebrate a friend's 90th birthday. Good grief - I don't think I could keep up with that 85 year old uncle of mine!
We hope that Frank & Pat had a terrific 50th Anniversary Cruise with their family! Just wondering why they didn't invite ALL of us??? We could have helped make it even more memorable.
Congratulations to Tennessee cousins Martha Carol & Kaye on their upcoming weddings. We know they'll be beautiful brides!
I had a great birthday in October - I received so many flowers I thought of going into the florist business that week. Visits & phone calls from family & friends made the day just perfect.
Other October birthdays include daughter-in-law Donna Scroggins on the 16th, Cora Rue on the 22nd (she'll be 98), Kurt Masters (1st), Lara McDaniel & Lisa Leach (2nd), Tim Keel (4th), Gloria Mote (5th), Wanda Loveless (7th), Jimmy Rue (15th), Taylor McCall & Lisa Stapp (27th), John Cox (29th) and Luis Morales (31st).
Accodales to son Stephen who recently got somewhat of a promotion with DeKalb County Fire Department. He is Acting Batillion Chief and oversees five stations. Unfortunately with that promotion, came fewer days off so he is not able to spend as much time at home with Donna, Emily (7) & Anna Grace (5) as he would like these days.
Healthwise: Val continues to have problems with vertigo and unfortunately that's keeping her away from a favorite pastime of working on the computer. The doc says she should be as good as new in about 3 weeks.
Cora is under hospice care but still at home, with Louise & Betty alternating night shifts. If you would like to send her a card, she would love it - especially considering her birthday is just around the corner. Contact me for her address if you do not have it.
Bette Anderson in Arizona has been in a rehab center since August. She celebrated her 90th birthday in June and had a car accident shortly thereafter. She's continuing to improve & we certainly wish her a complete recovery.
We hope that Alabama cousins Betty McCall and Ernest (Buddy) Cook have continued to improve over the Summer months.
Now for news on our son-in-law, Tim. As you may know, Tim loves riding motorcycles and did so on nearly a daily basis for many, many years. On May 2, 2011, he was involved in a serious accident.  After overcoming significant injuries, the doctors advised that films taken during Tim's treatment revealed several masses within his body.  He had surgery on October 13th.
The news the doctors gave us was not what we had hoped for.  Unfortunately these masses turned out to be metastatic carcinoid tumors and could not be removed.
Tim & Leah have set up a journal through “Caring Bridge” that will offer regular updates on his progress; that link is:
We thank each of you for your prayers, kind words and support during this difficult time.
One last item: If you have access to our family history is there under "Cotter-Davis-Underwood & Farley-McDaniel-Hill". A lot of work has been put into this site & I did not make it public until I verified my research on names, dates, etc. However, I'm certain there are errors somewhere in those hundreds of years and I am still working on some of the ancestors - so if you see something that's an obvious mistake please let me know!
Don't forget to check out the new photos that have been posted. We'd all like to see some updated ones of you and your family!
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  Kathryn Hill
Monday, August 15, 2011
Just a quick hello to everyone & a couple of updates.

I know there's much more going on with your family but we can only pass on what we know, so please let us hear from you.

For us, the July birthday party (which you all were invited to attend if you read your July 14th email) was great.  All of Uncle John's family from California showed up for a fun week with him & Val.  Emily & Anna were excited to spend the afternoon with their cousin Gabi - it had been a while!  Actually, the birthday party seemed more like a mini-family reunion when cousins from Chattanooga & Macon showed up.  It was a great afternoon to celebrate so many birthdays! 

Sam & M.J.'s daughters came in from Toronto & Chicago - many, many thanks for Alisha for her special cakes she made for everyone (& Sameera for insisting they be REAL cakes not from a box)!  Speaking of food, Donna was great help the day before as she worked with me on getting all the trays & decorating in place for Saturday.

We were pleased that son-in-law Tim felt up to the "task of family" that day.  He continues to improve daily - thank you all for your emails, calls & notes of concern.

We've added a lot of new photos to the website, so take a few minutes & check out what we've been up to.  Please share some news of your family - we'd all like to catch up with you!

Congratulations to Frank & Pat on their recent anniversary - they celebrated 50 years!   Our thoughts continue to be with Betty & Cecil - Betty for continued good health & Cecil in his support - Betty tells us he's been wonderful!

We continue to keep Cora in our thoughts.

There's much more going on with family, but I'll leave that up to each of you to share!

Hope you have a great August!

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  Kathryn Hill
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Check out the updates to "Family Info & Posts" on this site!

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  Kathryn Hill
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Well, 2011 started as quite a year & it's not slowed down a single bit.
Winter rain, snow & ice that began on New Year's Eve swept us quickly into an early Spring that carried us into a hot, dry Summer!
Charlie & I have been busy and see no end in sight for any chance of boredom.  In January we celebrated granddaughter Madison's 16th birthday with a surprise limo to Dante's Down the Hatch & then the St. Regis in Buckhead - I'd nearly forgotten what being 16 was all about!
February was a busy birthday month celebrating with friends, attending dinner club & the Aurora Theatre. Granddaughter Emily received her first "Yellow Jacket Award" (we're sure there's many more of those in her future); and we gave a toast as son David celebrated his birthday (although we didn't actually see him, we did raise a glass on the 15th!).
March started with my normal monthly meetings and then the real treat came on the 5th -- Madison & I walked 8 miles for the Kim Atkins Foundation! Our Women's Service Association raised more than $4,500.00 toward the purchase of a mobile mammography unit & took first place for the most money raised by any team! Grandsons Aaron turned 9 and Tyler saw 3 during the month.
April was filled with family, friends, neighborhood parties & a quick trip to the beach with Leah & Madie -- the Easter bunny seemed to sneak in and out so quickly, we hardly had time to find all the eggs!
May started off with an event that kept us on bended knees for the entire month. Our son-in-law, Tim, had a motorcycle accident on the 2nd and after a week at Gwinnett Trauma Center, he was transferred to the Shepherd Center for brain & spinal injuries; although he's significantly improved and continues to do so each day it is still going to be a long recovery period. By the way, Tim did absolutely nothing wrong but everything right -- he was completely stopped behind a school bus (you know the kind - big, yellow, lots of blinking lights) that was loading children, when a pick up truck ran over him. Madison was with us most of the month & suddenly I remembered -- I did recall what 16 year olds are all about! Honestly, we were glad we had her. As for family anniversaries & birthdays, we promise to remember them next year!
June started with Charlie & I taking a quick cruise with three other couples. We had a great trip - relaxing over four days while visiting Key West & Cozumel; the drive to and from Miami was just as pleasant with a quick stay on our way home at the Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra.
Following the celebration of our anniversary on the 14th of June, we watched granddaughter (gosh we have a lot of those) Anna Grace as she partied hearty on the 22nd with all the other 5 year olds. Son Stephen was a little more sedate for his 38th at the end of the month!
As for July - well, it's here! Hot & dry. We did wish cousin Linda a happy birthday on the 10th. Charlie gets cake & candles on the 21st and Uncle John will see 85 on the 27th (his children, grandchildren & greatgrands are flying in from Calfornia - to help him carry home the gifts). Leah shares the 27th with John, as she hits the big 4-0 (how did she get that old?). Emily will be 7 on the 30th and friend Sam saw 64 on the 12th (his daughters are coming in from Chicago & Toronto to join in the fun, too). We'll be celebrating in grand style on Saturday, July 23rd so if any of you can make it over to Georgia that afternoon, we'd love to see you! Too bad son David can't make it again this year - work out in Texas keeps him pretty busy he tells us. With all the birthdays, we don't want to forget to wish happy anniverary to Bob & Louise and Tim & Leah!
Well, it seems that brings us current with news on the Hill household in Conyers. We hope all are enjoying good health and Summer fun with your families.
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  Chuck Creamer
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thought I would drop a quick note . . . gonna have a double heart bypass done in Jacksonville, Florida, next Wednesday (January 19th).  Will keep you informed.

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  Luis O. Morales
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Happy 2011!
Janice is heading out to Colorado Springs to visit her dad and mom. Dad Hill is recuperating very nicely from his broken hip in December.
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  Stacey Alexander
Monday, December 27, 2010
Back at ya'll.... and a good new year!
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  Betty Cook
Monday, December 27, 2010
Glad your Christmas was good.  Hope you have a wonderful 2011.
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  Kathryn Hill
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Charlie & I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas Day. Our holiday season started immediately after Thanksgiving! Parties, dinners with family & friends -- sharing and caring was abundant.
Thanksgiving was a food fest. Charlie & I were joined by Doug & Mindy with Asher, Aaron, Gabi; Leah & Tim, Wilson & fiancee Taylor, Madison & boyfriend Mason; Stephen & Donna, Emily & Anna; Sarah brought son, Jeremy & daughter-in-law Jessica; cousin Diana with husband, Dennis, along with their daughter Shannon & granddaughter, Casey! It truly was a thankful day.
The trees were put up immediately after the turkeys disappeared. We were happy to once again open our home to host the Rockdale Emergency Relief 2010 Board of Directors Christmas Party, which was followed later that same night with our neighborhood Christmas Party on the 12th. For the next two weeks, we indulged in wonderful food & drink at our friends homes.  Tim, Leah & Madie, joined us at the Aurora Theatre for their "Christmas Canteen" on the 21st. What a fun evening of listening to holiday music & re-enactments of  old radio broadcasts from the '40's & '50's!
Christmas Eve dinner was fun-filled with Leah & Stephen's families (take a peek at some of the photos in the "Christmas 2010 Album). There was too much food & not nearly enough wine -- oh, wait - that's New Year's Eve isn't it???) Christmas Day was filled with wonderful gifts, relaxation & phone calls from loved ones throughout the day. It ended perfectly with a couple of inches of snow!
Healthwise, I hope everyone is doing okay. Charlie did unfortunately start the month with pnemonia in both lungs (the old folks called it "double pnemonia"). Just as that cleared he was back at good friend Sam's office, getting more x-rays. I had put Pledge on the dust mop for the hardwood floors & in his sock feet he made an awkward move to close a cabinet door and . . . well, you can figure out the rest! Fortunately, no broken bones but severely bruised ribs & limited movement. I'm beginning to think this is simply a ploy so he doesn't have to help with decorations!
Cousin Ann Pruett in Chattanooga, was in the hospital for a couple of days but appears to be on the mend. Her daughter Angela, is recovering from her surgery at Atlanta's Emory Midtown Hospital (Angela really needs to get better quickly as she'll be a grandmother twice over - again - in April!) Bob & Louise Watkins are also recuperating and we wish them well. We're hoping that Buddy Cook in Alabama will see a healthier 2011!
Congratulations to niece Lt. Col. Janice Morales-Hill who celebrated her retirement from the Air Force on November 19th in Warner Robins, Georgia. Also to son, Stephen -- last August he made Captain with DeKalb County Fire Department & was transferred to Station 16 in DeKalb County (we also need to remember he's a full time firefighter in Walton County, as well - the old saying of , "No rest for the weary and the wicked don't need it," certainly seems to apply to him).
Also, congratulations to granddaughter Madison! She was gorgeous when she made her appearance in December at the " Debutantes of Monroe".
Birthday & anniversary greetings: To catch up on these (as current as I have them) you'll have to check last year's post at this time; they've not changed but I can't see rewriting - you can just "re-scroll".
Once again, we wish each of you a wonderful 2011! Please let us hear from you & post some pictures - we'd all love to see them!
"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!" 
("Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide" by Dave Barry)
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  Sarah Stembridge
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hi Charles and Kathryn.  Danny Harbin sent your site to me because I ask if anyone took pictures at the 50th class reunion.  You have an amazing Family album and you are to be commended on the hard work time and effort to get all this accomplished.  I enjoyed just looking at all the photos and how well it is organized.  Don't know if you remember me or not but I graduated in 1963.   We will be having our 50th in a few years.Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

Sarah Brown Stembridge
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  Kathy Stokes
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Just peeking in at your photos...from Kathryn's birthday bash. You guys look AWESOME!!! Hope you are doing well...

All my love

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  Kathryn Hill
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I can't believe this year has absolutely flown by!
While we have posted lots of new photos, the written word has fallen by the wayside.
Easter was the last post for us and since then we have enjoyed all of the holidays in between with family and friends. Let's try to catch you up on our end.
June was a busy month: Stephen (30th), Anna Grace (22nd) & Mindy (1st - she shared Ethel's birthday) celebrated birthdays, as Charlie & I celebrated our anniversary on the 14th. Stephen, Donna, Emily & Anna spent their vacation in Hilton Head while Tim, Leah & Madison started the month in Palm Coast and ended it with a motorcycle trip to Pennsylvania. Father's Day was quiet but enjoyable with family -- I gave Charlie a great gift, he was so excited (ha-ha)!  I painted and re-wallpapered the house - WHAT FUN WAS THAT?
July seemed to be a blur. It took most of the month just to get our house back in order! We had our Annual Birthday Celebration gathering here for Charlie (21st), Uncle John & Leah (27th) & Emily (30th). We toasted to Bob & Louise on their anniversary (5th) and Linda Chandler's birthday on the 10th.   Leah surprised me with a weekend in Savannah at the beautiful Bohemian Hotel on the riverfront and tickets to see Lady Chablis (from one of my favorite books, "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil"). What a great mother-daughter weekend!
August continued with almost unbearable, hot weather for us. Two weddings kept us busy (Madison & I spent the weekend in Chattanooga for Meredith & Matt's wedding on the 14th) and nephew Jeremy married Jessica at Gathier Plantation at the end of the month. We wished Ann Pruett (9th) happy birthday & remembered Fred Underwood on the 7th.   School started for grandchildren and the summer break was over - just that quickly! Speaking of school, I was asked to Chair the Rockdale Career Academy Culinary Arts Program for this year; I've been involved with the program for about 12 years and am very proud of the direction it has taken over the years. I was excited also to become Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for RCA. Volunteer work as a Board member continues with Rockdale Emergency Relief and the Women's Service Association.
After a quiet Labor Day, September picked up the pace with our monthly Dinner Club and initial plans for my October birthday party; Madison kept us busy with her softball practice & games. We spent a lot of time with friends during the month, as well. My sister, Sarah, celebrated her birthday (16th), while grandchildren Asher (27th) and Gabi (28th) grew another year older. We had a surprise visit from California cousin John, Jr.; he was visiting his Dad & Val for a couple of weeks so we were able to catch up on the last 25 years! We're looking forward to seeing his sister, Diana along with her family (husband Dennis, daughter Shannon & granddaughter Casey) at Thanksgiving. To close the month, Charlie got a reprieve for six months from the cardiologist - hooray!
October started out with beautiful weather and again a very hectic schedule. Son-in-law, Tim kicked off the birthday month on the 4th. We began to set up for my party just a couple of days later -- 60 guests for 60 years! The tents appeared on Thursday, followed on Friday with Leah, Madie & me setting up tables, chairs, etc. Saturday the caterer was here & we began opening the wine! (Check out the pictures on the "Photo Albums" page.) What a great time! David & Belinda celebrated their anniversary on the 10th, with Donna (16th) and Cora (22nd) blowing out candles on their birthday cakes. Cora's took a little longer, she was 97! We headed to McRae for Charlie's 50th high school reunion on the 15th; there are lots of pictures posted for that event also. We made two photo albums -- one of the reunion & one, many of you may enjoy of Helena-McRae -- it may take you back in time when you used to visit Charlie & Ethel. We closed the month with a fun Halloween (check out those pictures, too); family & friends joined us for burgers on the grill. Madie & Mason, Emily & Anna greeted about 300 trick or treaters!
Finally, November is bringing a change in weather. The calendar seems just as full as always. We'll start on the 4th by remembering Fred & Mydoline's 61st anniversary.
Mariellen celebrates not only her birthday on the 22nd but her anniversary with Jack on the 4th; and we'll all remember Granny Maude on the 19th. A special "Thank You" on the 11th to all the Veterans.
We'll close out this update by wishing each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
                                                          Theodore Roosevelt
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Can't believe that tonight of all night's I decided to check on you guys and I see that birthday greetings are in order.

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

It has been one long time since we have made contact. It seems like we have been in and out of the Atlanta airport many times but never long enough to make contact. Can't say that we have made all that many trips across the Atlantic but we sure have kept the road hot to and from Houston to see my grandchildren.Hope all is well in the Hill household.

Jackie & Don Wells
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  Shannon O'Hara
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hi Family,
I hope all is well. I just wanted to give you an update on us. Casey made the U-10 competetive team in her Soccer Club, she has big dreams of going to Stanford or North Carolina to play soccer. Mom is doing well and Dad's lymphomia is in check and we are all well.
Hugs and Kisses
Shannon, Casey, Diana and Dennis O'Hara
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  Luis Morales
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Happy Easter back from sunny San Antonio,


Luis O. Morales, Lt Col, USAF, NC
Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command
OIC, International Health Specialist Program

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  Betty Cook
Sunday, March 28, 2010

We are having a wonderful spring now. 

Ernest went to the hospital on Sunday, Jan. 10 with heart problems.  After a week in CVICU he had 3 by-passes.  On Wednesday after the surgery he coded.  He spent 5-1/2 weeks in CVICU, then he spent 3 weeks in a long-term care hospital, then he was in a rehab hospital for 11 days.  After 9 weeks, he came home.  We have 3 therapist coming to the house: occupational, physical and speech.  Speech therapist because he cannot talk.  He had to be intubated 3 times and then had a trach.

We are very blessed because he is gaining strength each day.  He walks with a walker and whispers but it is wonderful that he is still alive.
Juanita Folmar died right after Ernest got home. She had been sick for a while.
Hope you all are well.
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  Teresa Oxford
Sunday, March 28, 2010
News on the Watkins and Oxford homefront.

Happy Easter to you, Charlie and all family!
I am sorry to say that I have not taken the time to check out the family website in a very, very long time.  But, this morning I did!  And, it was wonderful.  I enjoyed looking at all the photos of the different families.  Now, I guess I will have to upload some.
You are truly talented and thank you very  much for keeping all the family up to date on happenings.
GOD keep you both safe.
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  Charlie and Kathryn Hill
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Happy Easter to everyone! Hope you're all enjoying this wonderful Spring weather.
Just a few updates from the Conyers Bureau this week:
Madison & I were in Italy last week. We flew into Milan & stayed at the beautiful Westin Palace Hotel; the next day we took Eurostar to Rome, arriving 3 hours later - gosh, what a fast train! We were in Rome for the rest of the week, with breathtaking views of the city from our balcony at the Excelsior Hotel  on the Via Veneto -- we could actually see St. Peter's in the distance. We enjoyed the sights of Naples & the Amalfi coast as our driver took us to Pompeii for the day -- I had no idea it was such a large city! Madie & I took a combined total of more than 2,000 photos in just one week - but only a couple are posted in the March-April 2010 Album.
After our return home, we were sorry to learn of the death of Charlie's cousin, Juanita Folmar. Our thoughts & prayers are with her children; we will all miss her friendly manner and warm smile.
It seems that granddaughter, Emily, is enjoying gymnastics. Stephen is sure she'll be the next Mary Lou Retton! Also we're proud of grandson, Asher, who made the JV Soccer Team at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens this Spring.
Here are a couple of family websites you may be interested in:
o   For photography, check out son, Doug at
o   For you motorcycle enthusiasts see son-in-law Tim at
               If there are any others out there -- don't be shy -- share!
Congratulations to Meredith Hobbs on her recent engagement! Also congrats go to Jeremy House & his fiancée, Jessica.
Healthwise: Uncle John is continuing to progress and it seems his speech is nearly back to normal. Unfortunately, Charlie's irregular heartbeat has returned and hopefully, he'll be back at Piedmont Hospital for another cardioversion within the next month.
March birthday wishes go out to: Howard Alexander (26th), Davinell Barnes (23rd), Lisa Hobbs (17th), Brandon Cook (16th), Amanda Davis (8th), Bradley Davis (25th), Marie Davis (18th), Cory Gattie (20th), Aaron Hill (11th), Tyler Hill (26th), Alisa McDaniel (29th), Betty McCall (19th), Jimmy McDaniel (3rd), Sten Oxford (31st), Elizabeth Ashley McDaniel (1st), Marcella Rue Greene (13th), Terri Strader Moreton (29th), Clifton Wayne Tucker (17th) and David Wilmert (31st). Once again, I can only pull from information I have in our family records so if I have the wrong dates, names, etc. -- please let me know. Our email list of family members if growing but if you want to make sure we have everyone in the database, please forward me any emails for family you may have & I will make sure we've got them listed!

Don't forget to check out the family photo albums for recent additions!  Have you posted lately?  Let us know what you're up to in 2010!

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  Kathryn Hill
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Valentine's Day. . . And, we hope you all had a great Christmas & Happy New Year.   I just wanted to do an update on things for 2010 before the Easter Bunny gets here -- you know it won't be long!
Christmas was wonderful this year - Charlie & I celebrated Christmas Eve with Stephen, Donna, Emily & Anna Grace at our house. We were really excited that they all could stay awake long enough to celebrate that special evening -- they moved into their new house that week -- boy, was that a crazy time for them! 
Christmas Day we did it all over again but this time with Leah, Tim, Madison & Wilson. Uncle John & Val joined the festivities, as well as friends, Sam, M.J. and their daughter Alisha (fresh in from Hawaii). The following Wednesday Charlie & I left for Hilton Head; we celebrated the arrival of 2010 with two other couples -- that, too was great -- we did nothing but eat, laugh & drink plenty of great wine!
We continued New Year celebrations with granddaughter, Madison's 15th birthday on January 29th! Leah had a special birthday cake that was right up the shopping diva's alley! Check it out under the new photo album "2010". We've added this album to post new pictures that may arrive; you can take a peek at these without having to go to the individual albums. Periodically, I'll archive them in the appropriate places.
Since this is section is really labeled "blog" I would like to talk about a word people seldom use: 
Loyalty [lol-uhl-tee].    It's the word of the month (deemed so by me). I think it's better than Hallmark's word "Love" for February. Love is usually easy to say, whereas loyalty is not quite as simple. You love someone because they're related to you -- like you "love ice cream" or "I love you, man!  Where's my Bud Lite?"  Loyalty is earned by one & given by another. Webster defines loy-al-ty as "a feeling of quality of being loyal; see synonyms at fidelty. A feeling or attitude of devoted attachment and affection; often used in the plural: My loyalties lie with my family. Synonyms are honesty, conscientiousness, truthfulness, love, incorruptibility, truth, steadfastness, allegiance, commitment, dedication."  Loyalty connotes sentiment and the feeling of devotion that one holds for one's country, creed, family and friends.
Family loyalty refers to the feelings of mutual obligation, commitment and closeness that exist among family members (parents & children, grandparents & grandchildren, siblings). The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other. In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by the number of people counted at the dinner table, but by the traditions that family members create; by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a family unit.
Please share your comments or feel free to come up with your own "Word of the Month".
Healthwise: Uncle John (Underwood) is making great progress with his speech therapy; it's hard to believe it was November when he had his stroke. Bob Watkins also has recovered his voice; it only took a few weeks after his surgurical procedure on his vocal cords to sound like the old Bob!
While Cheryl & daughter, Lexi (Carzoli) were here visiting over Christmas with her Dad (Uncle John ) & Val she had distressing news about husband, Mike (whom she had left at home with their other daughter Kelsey in California). Mike had recently had an MRI done and they found a mass at the base of his brain. It is called a mengianoma and is non-cancerous, albeit still very dangerous if not treated. Cheryl has asked that we keep them in our prayers.
Birthday Wishes:  Things get so hectic during the holidays, I'm sure we missed some birthdays along the way but remember, it's never too late just to pick up the phone & say "Hello, hope your day was grand!" -- who knows, they may forget yours one day and would you really mind a belated birthday wish?
December Birthdays: Dale Davis & David Carr Underwood (1st), Chuck Creamer (3rd), Keisha Danielle Baker (5th), Dustin Brooks & Sheila Duffey (10th), Pat McDaniel (11th), Zachary Tanner Davis (14th), Doug Hill (15th), Diana Underwood O'Hara (17th), Amanda Renee Davis (23rd), Nell McDaniel (20th), John Christopher Stapp (24th), Barbara Strader (25th), Matthew House & Gregory Ray Syler (31st) and Charlie's father, Charlie, was born December 24th, 1900.
January Birthdays: Jeremy House (2nd), Harry Dill (6th), Anna McCulloch Prusa & Jonathan Bumgarner (10th), Katie Barnes Gray (14th), Meredith Hobbs (11th), Janice Hill Morales & Linda Dell Thomas Marsh (15th), James Aubrey Deloney (17th), Jonathan Scott McCall (25th), Madison Allen (29th) and my mother, Mydoline Thompson Underwood on January 12th, 1928. 
February Birthdays: Donald Walter McDaniel (1st), Donald Alexander Loveless (3rd), Erica Lee Cook (4th), Darwin Steve Stapp, Jr. (5th), Betty Cook (16th), Andy Arick (12th), Elliott Lee McDaniel (13th), Lisa Dawn Hawkins (14th), Louise Cook Morgan & David Hill (15th), Kelsey Carzoli & Matthew Price (16th), Kelley Lee Stapp (20th), Bruce Davis (22nd), Clifford Dorsey Davis (16th), Thomas Earl Davis (25th), Sylvia Teresa Dill (27th), Margaret Ann Stapp (28th), and Robert Louis Strader (29th - when do you really celebrate???).
Once again, I  want to put a disclaimer on names &  dates - I can only duplicate what I have in the Family Tree so please let me know who we're missing & what dates or names are incorrect.  I truly need all the help I can get! 

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  Kathryn Hill
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This time of year is always a little nostalgic – we love the ones that are dear and miss the ones that are no longer here. 
We received our Christmas letter from Hannah Fanning Posey (Howard & Adeline's granddaughter for the older generations -- you remember, the cute little twins, Martha Carol & Hannah Dean) a few days ago. Well, I always smile when I read her annual letter, as well as shed a tear! This little twin has absolutely amazed me with her insight, her ability to convey her feelings and her level of maturity. She has grown into a beautiful young woman, a mother and an educator. She tells us all how much she and her family have accomplished in the past year; she tells us that her years pass too quickly but yet, she can hardly wait for the next one to arrive – describing in detail how her daughter, Arleigh, will be walking and son, Jack, will be riding his bicycle when she writes us next.  She is sure we will all still be her closest friends and family, as well as love us all still so dearly. 
At the young age of 26 she certainly intends to make the most of her life by sharing her skills, her love and her family with all of those around her.  Hooray for her! 
I can think of no better way to wish you all a Merry Christmas than to quote Hannah: “Each year passes with increased speed. So, in closing, let me say that as always, I think of you often, pray for you daily, and love you always. Know that you are near and dear to my heart. We are here for you and treasure your relationship. Thank you for enriching our lives on a regular basis. You are a blessing.”

Thank you, Hannah Dean. 
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  Stacey Alexander
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Happy turkey day... back at ya.
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  Clay Thomas
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving. Hope all is well.
Clay Thomas
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  Ella Litchfield
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thanks for keeping me up to date.  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I am in SC teaching.
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  Kathryn Hill
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving!  Can you believe it's here already?

Before things get too hectic and Santa sweeps down our chimney I thought I'd just do a quick update.

Travelers:  Tim & Leah were in Daytona in October with their bike buddies and from the photos it looked like they had a great time.  Madison stayed with us for several days & let me tell you, getting up at 5:45 a.m. to get her on the school bus was just more fun than I'd had in long time!  I had forgotten that there were two 5:45s on the clock!

Charlie & I hope to get to Christmas Market in Germany sometime in December and I'm still hoping to get a quick trip in with Madison during her school break.  Her education is certainly interferring with our travel plans!

Healthwise:  Uncle John (Underwood) suffered a stroke the first of November and was in the hospital for several days in Commerce, Ga.  Fortunately, only his speech was affected.  Currently he's working with a speech therapist and we're certain he'll be as conversational as ever very soon.

Ann Pruett was in Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga for a couple of weeks the end of September but recovered nicely just in time to help take care of daughter, Lisa (Hobbs), who had back surgery earlier this month.

Memorial  Hospital should offer a family discount during the Fall months to our group -- Bob Watkins has been there twice since our last writing.  Most recently just this week for some work on his vocal cords.  We're still questioning whether the loss of his voice was from his recent surgery or that they were just worn out & needed a little rest after all these years of talking.  (Just kidding, Bob, we can't wait to hear you wishing us all Merry Christmas!)

As for Charlie's cardio version - it seemed to have worked very well & his heart has continued to stay in rythym since the September 30th procedure.

Many of you know our good friend, Sam - keep him in your prayers, please.  He's been in Rockdale Medical for a week now with pneumonia.  We're just glad he's out of ICU and hopefully he'll be back seeing patients at his office before too long.  It's really bad when your doctor gets sick! 

Many of you may remember our friend, Kelly Cook Rao (yes, we have at least two friends).  She's been living in Singapore for the past year with her new husband.  She'll be checking into the hospital on Thanksgiving Day to give birth - now that's a Thanksgiving to remember.  We wish her our best & can't wait until she comes home for a February visit!

Birthday Wishes:  Since September 16th (our last post) we've have several birthdays, so if you missed them, put a belated card in the mail & include a lottery ticket with hopes they'll win & share with you because you remember their special day! 
October Birthdays:  Kurt Masters (1st), Lara McDaniel & Lisa Leach (2nd), Tim Keel (4th), Gloria Mote (5th), Wanda Loveless (7th), Kathryn Hill (11th), Jimmy Rue (15th), Donna Scroggins (16th), Cora Rue (22nd - can you believe she's 97?), Taylor McCall & Lisa Stapp (27th), John Cox (29th) and Luis Morales (31st).
November Birthdays:  Linda McDaniel (3rd), Carol Dean Cox (5th), Lee Hanks (6th), Ray McDaniel, Jr. (7th), Edward Chandler (9th), Anna Creamer & Peter McDaniel (10th),  Ernest Davis & Tim Sandoval (12th), Joseph Mote (15th), Anelda Cook & Stacey Alexander (16th), Misty Davis (17th), Grae Brooks (18th), Keith Taunton (19th), Mariellen Barnes (22nd), May Hill & Andrew Underwood (26th), and Ernest Cook (29th).
I want to put a disclaimer on these dates - I can only duplicate what I have in the Family Tree so please let me know who we're missing & what dates are incorrect.  I need all the help I can get!  Also, Charlie & I have been working on our family trees and have traced our roots on both sides back through many generations.  We'll make it public on as soon as we finish verifying a few facts.  It's been really interesting to follow the generations back to the early 1200's and some even beyond that!

Don't forget to check out the family photo albums for recent additions!  Have you posted lately?  Let us know what you're doing for the holiday season.
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  Leah Keel
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
September has been a great month so far!  Madison loves her new school and is doing well playing on the school softball team...all the while, keeping up her grades!  Wilson started a new job and is enjoying his new toy...he bought himself a motorcycle.  Over Labor Day, Tim, Madie and I took an overnight road trip to North Carolina to visit with some friends.  This was my first road trip on my own motorcycle and Madie's first overnight motorcycle road trip ever.  We had so much fun!  We visited with friends, rode up to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock and when we arrived back home, the odometer showed 560 miles,,,in 24 hours!  I was pretty proud, being my first trip!   Madison has her first high school homecoming dance in one week and is very excited! We have enjoyed going to the home games on Friday nights.  I hope everyone is enjoying this change in weather.  It definitely makes those evenings on the back deck so relaxing!
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  Kathryn Hill
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Where did the summer go?
August seemed to transition into September so quickly, I can hardly remember it at all. I do recall that on September 1st Charlie arrived at Piedmont Hospital for a cardioversion. The cardiologist was able to get his heart back in rhythm after a quick shock from Georgia Power; so far so good with a regular heartbeat. Now on a sleepover at Rockdale Hospital for a sleep apnea test (I’m sure he won’t have to study for that one!).
September has brought good news for Stephen & Donna. They had their house on the market for only two weeks before they got a signed contract; we wish them good luck in holding to the October closing date that's been set!
Travel updates: Charlie & I arrived home on July 2nd after 17 days in Ireland. We traveled with Dick & Von Keel, Leah’s in-laws. It was their first trip across the pond & I can only hope they enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs! A few days later, we headed over to Nicholson to join John & Val in their annual pork pull. As always, they were great hosts and the food was bountiful.
John & Val left the day after Labor Day, for his USS Yorktown Squadron Reunion in Branson -- what an exciting week that must have been to be with those World War II veterans!
Sad news came on July 13th. Charlie’s sister, Anne Dudley, passed away that morning.  Her funeral was in Vidalia with the burial in McRae. She was 71 on June 11th.
Don’t forget those birthdays:  On July 26th, we had a “July Birthday Bash” with about 55 friends and family members at our house. We celebrated Charlie’s (July 21st), Leah & Uncle John (27th), Emily (30th) and our friend Sam (12th) with lots of food including cake & homemade ice cream. 
August brought birthdays for cousins Martha Anne Cook (August 10th); Howard Cox, Jr. (11th); Ann Davis Pruett (9th); Danny Greene (28th); Dennis O’Hara (26th); and niece, Theresa Hill (2nd).
September is split between Virgo and Libra and good thoughts go to my sister, Sarah Underwood House (September 16th); Linda Chandler’s daughter, Sarah (17th); grandchildren Asher (27th) & Gabi Hill (28th); Charlie’s brother, Ray Hill (12th);  cousins Leigh Ann Cox Vandiver (5th); Brient Hobbs (8th); Cecil McCall (13th); Harrison McCulloch (26th); Clayton Thomas (20th); Cheryl Underwood Carzoli (28th); and Bob Watkins (2nd). 
Just an FYI: Charlie’s grandfather, Reuben Madison McDaniel was born September 26, 1885 & my father, Fred Underwood was born August 24, 1924.
Congratulations to Dusty & Grae (Creamer) Brooks on the arrival of their new son, Dustin Jackson Brooks, born August 14th.
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Ann Davis Pruett from her recent surgery at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.
Don’t forget to check out the family photo albums for recent additions!  By the way – have you posted lately? 
Please share your pictures, family news, recipes, good reads (I'm reading Pat Conroy's "South of Broad" - what a great story he tells) -or just tell us what you're up to!
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  Kathryn Hill
Friday, May 15, 2009
May is a busy, busy month.
First, our grandchildren: Wilson, who celebrated his 18th birthday April 30th, will graduate on May 21st! Where does the time go?  Madison just made the Varsity Softball Team for 2009-2010 at George Walton Academy); also she just attended her 8th grade graduation dance – what a beautiful 14 year old we have; and just one more piece on Madie – she’ll be a camp counselor this Summer at Camp Winfield at Lake Burton. Emily went shopping with us for Madie’s new dress – what a trooper she was; she learned what the phrase, “Shop ‘til you drop” means! 6 hours & that 4 year old never once complained.  Asher recently returned from his first band trip to Disney World – we understand he had a wonderful time!  In April, we had a great time with all of the children & grandchildren over Easter & then got to do it again the following week when David & Belinda brought Tyler for a visit – we understand that he loves flying as much as his Dad & Poppa Hill! 
Happy Birthday to Louise Watkins who turned 65 on May 7th – Congratulations! Also Happy Birthday to Shannon O’Hara, May 22ndHappy Anniversary to Doug & Mindy on May 16th and to Ray & June (McDaniel) who will celebrate their 50th this month!  Congratulations to our friend, Kelly Cook, who just got married in Singapore at the Botanical Gardens! Wish we could have been there – from the pictures, she was a gorgeous bride!  Mother’s Daywas wonderful – it seemed to last all weekend beginning with dinner out on Friday night, visits on Saturday & then the Grand Finale on Sunday! Thank you, children & grandchildren (also, Charlie).  Check out the new photos we posted of children & grandchildren in our album.
Health Updates: Uncle John is making wonderful progress since his shoulder surgery last month. Charlie seems to have adjusted to his medications & hopefully, this month will bring a new medication that will help regulate his heart (now that they’ve established he actually has one J ). We understand from Charlie’s cousin, Linda Chandler, that Keith Taunton is doing better since his recent hospital release – so good that he was able to attend the McDaniel Reunion with wife, Judy & daughter, Ariel.
As for traveling: Charlie & I unfortunately missed the McDaniel Family Reunion last month; however, we did enjoy a much-needed break in Palmetto Bluff, S.C. (
We had a wonderful invitation from a high school friend of mine to spend the week there & it was just something we could not turn down.  Neither Charlie nor I were ready to come home after such a wonderful visit. Leah & Tim are making plans for a motorcycle trip later in the month – hope the beautiful weather continues until their return! Stephen, Donna & the girls are headed to Hilton Head for their summer retreat at the end of the month (wonder if they’d mind us tagging along?)  Also congratulations to son David for successfully completing his international training at American on the B767; his check ride to London was short but successful & he just got back from Santiago, Chile.
Projects: Stephen’s hard work on our Bethel Road property has not gone unnoticed.  He’s done a terrific job & this week he will have completed a total remodeling/renovation of this 1970’s house!  Check out the before & after pictures in “Charlie & Kathryn’s Photo Album” on this site.
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  Leigh Anne Cox Vandiver
Monday, April 13, 2009
We hope everyone had a great Easter!!!  We celebrated with dinner at our house(which is also Mom and Dad's house, John's house, and Martha Carol's house).  Sammie, Troy, Hannah, Kevin, Jack, Arleigh, Martha Carol, James(new boyfriend), and Stephen(my step-son from previous marriage) graced our holiday with their presence!  There was a lot of food and even more love to go around!  We all fought over baby Arleigh and chased after Jack!  I had tried to shop ahead for Easter Basket goodies for Martha Carol (our newest resident), but after Dad ate two complete sets of Easter goodies, I gave up and ordered Easter Baskets for all at the Chocolate Cafe in Fayetteville.  Danny and I were in the mountains all day Saturday on 4-Wheelers for the annual Easter ride, so Mom sneaked out and picked them up on Saturday and thankfully left them in the car until Sunday morning!!!  Dad said all those REESTER BUNNIES just called out to him at all hours, so they had to go!!!!
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  Kathryn Hill
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Happy Easter to all of you.  

Just to keep all in the loop -- Uncle John (Underwood) underwent surgery today at N. Ga. Medical Center in Gainesville for shoulder replacement.  Val called this afternoon & said he's doing well -- especially considering he'll be 83 in July!  Also good news from the cardiologist today about Charlie -- seems he's beginning to get a little more stable with his heartbeat & soon we'll be moving to "Step 2" although we've not completed "Step 1", we at least can see "2" on the horizon.

Great news about Madison; she was accepted at George Walton Academy & will start high school there in the Fall!  We're all really proud of her.
Emily registered for Pre-K today, which is really hard to believe!

Stephen's been working really hard on our Bethel property.  It has become our "Hill Habitat for Humanity" -- not sure if it is "humanity" or "insanity"????  Look for pictures of the construction project in our album.

We were excited to have Lisa & MacKenize (Hobbs) visit with us last week on their "Mother & Daughter Tour of the S.E."  They were a great help in putting silent auctions items together for the Rockdale Emergency Relief Annual Fundraiser Dinner.  I was this year's Chair & we were very excited about the funds we raised this year for this great program, especially considering the economy!  Thanks to Leah, Tim, Donna & Stephen in helping to fill our table! 
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  Kathryn Hill
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

St. Paddy blessed our family with the birth of Elizabeth Grace Prusa (check out Fred & Ann Pruett's Family Photo Album) earlier in the month.  Then Lisa Hobbs celebrated her 50th birthday on March 17th.  Her husband, Dee, surprised her with a trip to Savannah to celebrate the occasion.  Several couples from their church joined in the surprise; one of which caught the eye of a reporter, and the rest, as they say . . . cut & paste the link below to see!

  Happy Birthday, Lisa!

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  Ann Pruett
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Great Web  site and you are doing a wonderful job setting it up. Sorry I have been slow on the pictures. I have more to send. Oh yes, I cannot find out who Henry Ford belongs to, so since we have the picture we might just as well say "he was visiting with our family to find a first class man to work on his cars"  especially Uncle Claude and my daddy Earl.
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  Shannon J. O'Hara
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hi, All
I wanted to keep everyone posted, from all of us on the West coast.
Casey made the All-Stars for Soccer and has been invited to try-out for the U-10 competitive team.
I have elected to the Soccer Board of directors and I am Casey's Girl Scout leader. Its Cookie Time again.
All our Love,
The O'Hara's
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  Nikki Reeves Rowe
Sunday, February 1, 2009
WOW!  This is a great site.  I loved seeing the pictures of Fred and Mydoline  Seeing the pictures of the grandchildren was fun too.  Thank you Kathy for all the nice things you do.  I will most surely be back here often.
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  Kathryn Hill
Friday, January 30, 2009
Happy 14th Birthday to our granddaughter, Madison Allen, January 29th!  Also congratulations on making the soccer team.  Way to go, Madie!

On more congrats goes to son, David.  He started  international training for B767 at American this week!
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  Kathy Stokes
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This site is just as wonderful as I knew it would be. Once again you have done a great job! When did you take the Alaskan cruise? The picture looks like the last time I saw you. You guys haven't changed a bit!!!
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  Kathryn Hill
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Congratulations to Meredith Hobbs on her graduation from the University of Tennessee & also birthday wishes go out to her on this special day - January 11th!   (Daughter of Dee & Lisa Hobbs & granddaughter of Ann Davis Pruett of Chattanooga, TN.)
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  Kelly Cook
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I love this, you are way over the top with your projects....I could never do this!!
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  Chuck Creamer
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Mama..Anne Dudley is doing very well after her triple bypass this past Friday in Savannah. She is sitting up and walking and waiting for a room. There are 4 other people on the list for a room before her. She is still in CCU . Thanks for all of the prayers.
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  Ella Cox Litchfield
Monday, January 5, 2009

Super website!  We send our hugs and kisses.  Jamie is teaching during the week and preaching on the weekend.  I make sure he gets to all his jobs. Ha! Ha! 

My grandson Jack is the best and we can hardly wait for Arleigh in April! Have a great New Year!


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  Charlie Hill
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Anne Hill Dudley will have heart by-pass surgery on Friday, January 2, 2009.  The surgery will be at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, Ga.  Please keep her in your prayers for a safe & speedy recovery.

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  Keith, Judy & Ariel Taunton
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Dynamite...really nice job!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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  Beth Rogers
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The site looks very nice- can't wait to see how the rest of it turns out.
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  Ray McDaniel
Monday, November 17, 2008
whuou have done so far looks great  thanks for doing this keep up the good work until finished
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  Teresa Oxford
Saturday, November 15, 2008
You guys amaze me.  What a great website.  My hat is off to you both for creating such a website for our family to keep in communication.
Teresa & Sten
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  David, Belinda & Tyler Hill
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Hi, great site!
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