Clayton County Obits
April 2004

Daily News, Clayton Co., Ga.

April 2, 2004

HAMMETT
Mr. James Alonzo Hammett, age 75, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson and dementia. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend, and was loved and respected by everyone. Mr. Hammett was born and raised in Morrow, Ga. He was a member of Morrow First Baptist, where he served as both a Sunday school teacher and a deacon. HE SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR. Mr. Hammett worked for 20 years as a chemist and then as a general building superintendent before retiring from Clayton County as a building code inspector. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. today, Friday, April 2, with the body to lie in state at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Morrow. Interment will follow in Jonesboro City Cemetery. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patricia; sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Sherry Hammett of Jonesboro and Greg and Carol Hammett of Brooks; daughters and sons-in-law, Terrie and Lang Thomas of Roswell and Sherri and Brian Hannon of Lilburn; grandchildren, Ashley, Chrissy, Jeffrey, Lindsay, Cally, Haley, Michael, Kaylee and Elijah. Southside Chapel Funeral Home, Morrow is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Apr. 3, 2004

BAILEY
Patricia Bailey, age 70, of Stockbridge, passed away Friday, April 2, 2004. Patricia Bailey will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving and nurturing mother and grandmother, and loyal friend. Those privileged to have loved her can take comfort in a life well lived. Mrs. Bailey is a long-time member of Jonesboro Christian Church and a member of Calvary Christian Church. Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4 at Ward's Fairview Chapel with Garry Gable officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens with Hank Melton officiating the graveside service. Survivors include her sons, James Thomas Bailey Jr. of Stockbridge and Paul Clemons and Cheryle Bailey of Riverdale; grandson and his wife, Jeffrey Paul and Shay Bailey; granddaughter and her husband, Shannon Elain and Craig Osborn; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Madison Bailey; sister, Marion Langman; brothers, James Williams and Thomas Williams. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at the funeral home.  Contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Horis A. Ward's Fairview Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 474-1231.

CHEEK
Paula Elise Cheek of Senoia, Ga. died at home after a long battle with breast cancer, Friday, April 2, 2004.
Paula was a talented educator, having spent 15 years as a kindergarten teacher at Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Clayton County, and three years as a second grade teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Fayette County. She was named Teacher of the Year for Kirkpatrick in 1994. As the heart and soul of her family, she will be mourned. As a light to so many, she will live on. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 5 at Saint George Catholic Church in Newnan, Ga. Survivors include her husband George and daughters Laura Lovell of Jonesboro, Melanie Cain of Orlando, Fla., Suzanne Schultz of Newnan, and Mary Catherine Bizieff of Apex, N.C.; five beloved grandchildren, Charlie and Richard Lovell, Elise Schultz, and Patrick and Samuel Bizieff. She is also survived by her father and mother, Paul and Elise Keel of LaGrange, Ga.; sister, Barbara Lipe of Douglasville, Ga.; brother, George Baine Keel of LaGrange. Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 4 at Mowell Funeral Home in Fayetteville. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations are made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Carl. J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville is in charge of arrangements. (770) 461-7641.

April 5, 2004

SPEARMAN
Joann Spearman, 63, of Griffin, formerly of Riverdale, died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at the Christian Ministries Hospice. Spearman was born in Calhoun, Ga., on July 13, 1940, to the late Dee Wood and the late Mildred Buffington Wood. She was a homemaker and a member of the Kenwood Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Survivors include husband Bobby G. Spearman; daughter and son-in-law Janet S. and Michael Stringer; grandchildren Jason Fitts, Lauren Stringer, Michael Stringer, all of Griffin; brother and sister-in-law Dwight and Helen Wood of Calhoun; niece Heather Wood; nephew Christopher Wood. Funeral services for Joann Spearman will be conducted Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Kenwood Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Interment will follow in the Forest Hills in Forest Park. Friends may visit the family on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, is handling arrangements.

DAVIS
Jackie Orlanda Davis, 68, of Jonesboro, died Friday, April 2, 2004. He was a member of the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Miriam Hood Davis and son Robert Brian Davis of Granbury, Texas; sister and brother-in-law Dorothy and Bobby Hubbard of Lilburn; grandchildren Amber and Kayla Davis; nieces and spouses Sandra and Max Mayfield of Conyers, and Jan and Darren Hodge of Lawrenceville; stepchildren and stepgrandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday, April 5, 2004, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Newton officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jonesboro First United Methodist Church "On Eagles Wings" building fund, 142 South Main St., Jonesboro, Ga., 30236, (770) 478-6444, or to a charity of your choice. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700, is handling arrangements.

CUNNINGHAM
Stanley Harding Cunningham, 42, of Jonesboro, died Friday, April 2, 2004. He is survived by parents Charles and Florence Cunningham of Jonesboro; sister Charlynn Richardson of Augusta; and brothers Charles Bradford Cunningham of Conyers and John Michael Cunningham of Ellenwood; as well as nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Monday, April 5, 2004, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home with Dr. Ronny Spillers and Dr. Steve Bingham officiating. Interment will take place at College Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Benevolent Fund of The Rock Baptist Church, P.O. Box 519, Rex, Ga., 30273.
Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

ROSS
Mr. Gary E. Ross, 56, of Stockbridge, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.
MR. ROSS SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, retiring with 20 years of service. Following his retirement from the armed services Mr. Ross joined the Clayton County Sheriff's Office. He then retired from the Sheriff's Office with 11 years of service. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 with Pastor Ken Fuqua and Pastor Scott Reece officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Stockbridge.
Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years, Mrs. Nancy Ross; son, Brian K. Ross; daughter, Gretta Dobbs; brothers, Larry Midget and Dennis Ross; sisters, Deborah Clark and Lisa Edwards; grandchildren, Jacqueline Ross, Brannon Dobbs and Taylor Dobbs. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Pope Dickson and Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211. Please visit our website at www.popedickson.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

HARSHBARGER
Ray "Bobo" Harshbarger, 51, of Morrow, passed away Monday, April 5, 2004, at Southern Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9 at Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel.
Survivors include his mother, Joann Harshbarger; sisters, Iris Joan Buck, Debbie A. Harshbarger, Robbie McElwaney and Linda H. Quick; children, Jamie Rhea Matthews, Kathie Leah Wilmote and Casie Pittman; six grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

STRICKLAND
Mrs. Margaret Lee Strickland of East Point died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in LaFayette Nursing Home in Fayetteville.
There will be a chapel service at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 8. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Kay and Ron Howerton of Jonesboro; granddaughter, Marlo and Dr. Sanford Hawkins of Thomasville; great-grandchildren, Braden and Brittany Hawkins; nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Thursday, April 8, 2004
 
HARSHBARGE
Ray "Bobo" Harshbarger, 51, of Morrow, passed away Monday, April 5, 2004, at Southern Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9 at Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel. Survivors include his mother, Joann Harshbarger; sisters, Iris Joan Buck, Debbie A. Harshbarger, Robbie McElwaney and Linda H. Quick; children, Jamie Rhea Matthews and Kathie Wilmot; six grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

SWEATMAN
Mr. Carroll "CC" Sweatman, 78, of Forest Park, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Emory Hospital.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9 at Pope Dickson and Son Morrow Chapel. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Sweatman; sons, Craig B. Sweatman and Brian C. Sweatman; daughter, Frances Anne Dennis; several grandchildren also survive. Friends may visit the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pope Dickson and Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

YOUNGBLOOD
Mr. Willard M. Youngblood, 81, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004. Mr. Youngblood was a graduate of Auburn University and taught for Clayton County Board of Education, and served as principal of Ash Street Elementary School in Forest Park. HE WAS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II, SERVING IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. Mr. Youngblood was a member of First Baptist Church of Morrow, and former member of Ash Street Baptist Church. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9 at First Baptist Church of Morrow. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Frances T. Youngblood; children, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wiggins of Marietta and Mr. and Mrs. Willard O. Youngblood of Jacksonville, Ala.; sisters, Faye Flowers of Thomaston, Ga. and Bette Hall of Birmingham, Ala.; brother, Thomas Youngblood of Valley, Ala.; numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Southside Chapel Funeral Home, Morrow is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Submitted by Jean Harton

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