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Details emerge on wreck that killed local couple

By Walter Geiger A Barnesville couple was killed and a third person injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Crawford and Johnstonville roads here Saturday afternoon. Pearl Kemp, 67, of Hwy. 18 West in Barnesville was driving eastbound on Johnstonville Road in a 1994 Ford pickup truck. The truck collided in the intersection with a 2003 Jaguar driven by Vivian Massey, 55, of Forsyth who was southbound on Crawford Road. Kemp’s vehicle had the right-of-way. Mrs. Kemp was ejected and died at the scene. Her husband, 68-year-old John Kemp, was a passenger in the pickup and was also ejected. Neither of the Kemps were wearing seat belts, according to emergency responders. John Kemp was lifeflighted to the Macon Medical Center where he died overnight Sunday after being taken off life support. Massey suffered non life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Spalding Regional Medical Center. John Kemp was retired from Southern Rivers Energy, suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was largely homebound. Pearl Kemp, described as the backbone of Calvary Baptist Church here, had worked at the William Carter Co. Flowers adorned Mrs. Kemp’s seat in the middle of the back row at Calvary during Sunday services. She always took care of the sanctuary flowers for her church. She also coordinated the Operation Christmas Child effort for Samaritan’s Purse and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union. Williams Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at Wil- liams Memorial Chapel. The Kemps are survived by a daughter, Ginger Kemp Cannon. She is a fifth grade teacher at Lamar County Elementary School.

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