Clayton County Obits
August 2003

News Daily, Clayton Co., Ga.
Sunday, August 3, 2003

LEE
Lt. James Lee, Clayton County Sheriff's Office retired, passed away Wednesday, the evening of July 30th at his home in Locust Grove. His family was at his side. "Pappy," as he was affectionately known by his friends and colleagues, was born James Reed Lee in East Liverpool, Ohio on June 3, 1931. He was the youngest of three children born to the late Howard and Virginia Lee. He graduated Wellsville High School in Wellsville, Ohio and ENTERED THE ARMY INFANTRY IN 1951. HIS UNIT SERVED IN POST-WAR ERUOPE WHERE HE RECEIVED THE UNITED NATIONS SERVICE MEDAL AND THE OCCUPATION MEDAL (GERMANY). LATER HE SERVED IN KOREA WHERE HE EARNED THE PURPLE HEART, COMBAT INFANTRYMAN'S BADGE THE, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL AND THE KOREAN SERVICE MEDAL. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED IN 1960. After leaving the service he attended Florida State University, became a manager for Dobbs Houses in Jackson, Mississippi and later went to school and got a Locomotive Engineer's certification. In 1968 he was employed by Arlyns Department Stores in Atlanta as the District Security Manager. In 1972 James was hired by the Clayton County Sheriff's Office from which he retired in 1993. During a distinguished 20-year plus career he availed himself of many hours of Law Enforcement Training at the Georgia Police Academy, the Georgia Public Training Center, the U.S. Marshal's Service Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Smith and Wesson Academy Armorer's Certification Training School. During his tenure he was promoted through the ranks, working as Commander of the Clayton County Fugitive Squad and worked special assignments with South Metro Narcotics Squad and the GBI Metro Fugitive Squad and served as a shift commander in Field Operations.  He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughters Mrs. Johnny (Michelle) Efird of Dallas, Ga., Mrs. Daniel (Melody) McKenzie of Fayetteville, Monica Reid Lee of Locust Grove, Brenda Zoe Lee, Roseville, Ca., Jane Elizabeth Ludwin, Chicago. He is also survived by sons Danny Max Lee of Chicago, Terry Lynn Lee of Columbia, S.C., Randy James Lee, San Diego, along with 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  There will be a memorial service with full honors afforded a fallen officer at the Pinecrest Baptist Church, 6021 Maddox Road, Morrow on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Services will be officiated by the Rev. David Maddox, Associate Pastor, and assisted by Chaplin Stan Owen, Clayton County Sheriff's Office and Mr. Greg Prosser, family friend. Jim was a dedicated family man, a distinguished law enforcement officer and a true and valued friend. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  May he rest safely in the hands of God for all eternity.

JONES
Charles E. Jones of Riverdale died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Athena Rehabilitation Center.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Jones.  A chapel service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.  Survivors include his wife, Marge Jones; daughters, Linda Roberts of McDonough and Diane Menz of Jonesboro; sons, Richard Jones of Jonesboro and Garry Jones of Riverdale; five grandchildren.  Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

NICHOLS
Mr. Henry Nichols, age 55, of Atlanta, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2003.  A private service will be held.  Survivors include his wife, Cora Spears; daughters, Nancy Lytle, Melissa Coursey, and Lisa Nichols; son, Lamar Nichols; six grandchildren.  Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

Monday, August 4, 2003

NICHOLS
Henry Mason Nichols, 55, of Atlanta, passed away July 30, 2003.  Surviving are his wife, Cora Spears; daughters, Nancy Lytle, Melissa Coursey, Lisa Nichols; son, Lamar Nichols; six grandchildren.  A private service was held.  Pope Dickson & Son Jonesboro Chapel (770) 478-7211 was in charge of arrangements.

DONALDSON
James Treavor Donaldson, age 24, of McDonough, died Aug. 2, 2003. Treavor was a graduate of Lovejoy High School and Atlanta Christian College. He was a teacher at Jonesboro Middle School.  He is survived by his parents, Bob and Mary Donaldson of Jonesboro; brothers, Tom Donaldson of Dayton, Ohio, Mike Donaldson of Locust Grove; sisters, Maggie Bateman f Arvada, Colorado, Kaki Downing of Dayton, Ohio; two nieces; five nephews.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. at the First Christ Church of Jonesboro, with his pastor and friend Mac Cregger officiating. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Atlanta Christian College, 2605 Ben Hill Road, East Point, Ga. 30344. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors McDonough/Stockbridge (770-914-1414) is in charge of arrangements.

COTHRAN
Mrs. Annie Mae Cothran, 88, of Jonesboro, Ga., passed away on Aug. 2, 2003.  Mrs. Cothran was a former member of the Rebecca Lodge in Alabama. She is preceded in death by her husband Hugh L. Cothran; a daughter Donna Martin; a son, Eddie Lee Cothran; and a grandson Jeffrey Ray Hunter.  Mrs. Cothran is survived by her daughters and sons in law Linda and Aubrey Lockridge of Jonesboro, Elaine and Richard Gebo of McDonough, Loretta Cothran of Jonesboro, Annie Louise and Charles Cole of Jonesboro; son and daughter in law Julius Woodfin and Clara Stinson of Forest Park, Mary and Ray Hunter of McDonough; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Monday Aug. 4, 2003 at Pope Dickson and son Funeral Home Jonesboro chapel at 11 a.m., with Brother Bill Muller officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Pope Dickson and Son Funeral Home Jonesboro chapel (770 478-7211) is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

CAUDLE
Mrs. Gaynelle McElroy Caudle, age 78, of Forest Park, passed from this life to join her Lord, husband Bill and son Terry on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003.  Born Sept. 19, 1924, she was raised in East Point, Ga., and had lived in Forest Park for the last 55 years.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 in the Morrow Chapel of Pope Dickson & Son, with the Rev. Scott McHugh, a great nephew, officiating. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery.  Survivors include her son, Jeff and daughter-in-law Beth Elkins Caudle; daughter-in-law, Cathy Caudle; grandchildren, Sherri and John Hatley, David and Tracie Caudle, Kristi Caudle, Jason and Misty Caudle, Brandy and Michael Woods, and Jeff Caudle Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jamie Hatley, Jeremy Hatley, Shelby Woods, Evan Caudle, Tyler Caudle, Jordan Woods, Aaron Caudle, and Payton Caudle; sister, Pauline Hughett; nieces, Janice Overstreet, Sharon Adcox, LaRue McHugh, and Peggy Donehoo; nephew, Jack Overstreet; several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.  Gaynelle was a kind and loving true Southern Belle. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  Visitation will be today from 4 to 7:30 p.m.  Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

DENSON
Mrs. Deborah Lynn Denson, 48, of Rex, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003.  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Jonesboro City Cemetery.  Survivors include her husband, Ira Denson; children, Melisa Denson of Riverdale, Michelle Denson of Dallas, Ga., Ira Denson II, and Lowell Denson, both of Rex; mother, Barbara Morris of Centre, Ala.; stepfather, Gene Crews of Centre, Ala.; brother, C.C. Morris III of Rex; sisters, Cassie Scarbrough of Newnan, Becky Morris of Rex, and April Walker of McDonough; grandchildren, Austin Denson-Abbott and Andrew Denson-Abbott, both of Riverdale, and Megan Denson of Stockbridge.  The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

NEAL
Jack Ponder Neal, age 79, of Forest Park, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2003.  MR. NEAL WAS A VETERAN OF THE U.S. ARMY, SERVING DURING WORLD WAR II. HE PARTICIPATED IN THE D-DAY INVASION, WHERE HE LANDED IN NORMANDY. HE WAS DECORATED WITH THE PURPLE HEART FOR WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION. He was preceded in death by Juanita Neal and a daughter, Ramona Neal.  A service celebrating the life of Mr. Neal will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Dickson's Morrow Chapel, with the Rev. Ben C. Langley officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Smyrna, Ga.  Survivors include his wife, Hazel W. Neal of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Neal of Griffin, Ga., Ellen and Glen Davis of Forest Park, and Wanda and Billy Carlisle of Forest Park; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Jodi Neal of Lake Lure, N.C., Skin (Ronnie) Neal of Boxankle, Ga., Randy and Andrea Neal of Rex, Keith and Ivon Neal of Boxankle, and Raymond and Soraya Neal of Houston, Texas; brothers, George Neal of Greenville, Ga. and Jim Neal of Rex; sisters, Cora Roberston of Hapeville, Mary Hillhouse of Conley, and Ina Peacock of Forest Park; stepdaughter, Cheryl Longwith of Bakersfield, Calif.; stepsons, David White of California and James White of Georgia; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (700) 961-2700.

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

REGISTER
Marie Register of Forest Park passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2003.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in Dickson's Morrow Chapel with the Rev. Hart Pearson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Lewis; her son, Allen Register; sister, Bethel Williams; brother, Harvell Upchurch; and seven grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m.  Those who wish may make a contribution to the Clayton County Alzheimers Support Services Inc., 1800 State Road, Conley, GA 30288.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

TURNER
Jerry Andrew Turner, 63, of Maryville, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was a Captain in the United States Army and served in Vietnam. Mr. Turner was a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University. After 30 years of federal service, he retired from the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where he was honored with the Secretarial Award for Distinguished Service. Mr. Turner was a member of Six Mile Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Byron Joseph and Maye Duffee Turner of Jonesboro, Ga.  Mr. Turner enjoyed church activities, golfing, woodworking, fishing with his grandson, gardening and a good game of "Rook." Mr. Turner will be long remembered by his family, relatives, and friends for his kindness, gracious hospitality, sense of humor, and outpouring of love for all.  Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Mortuary with the Rev. Bill White officiating. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Grandview Cemetery.  Survivors include his devoted wife, Charlotte H. Turner; son, Andrew Turner of Fresno, Calif.; daughter, Stacey Turner of Denison, Texas; stepson, Todd Chambers and fiancée Kathy Roberts of Hampton, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Byron J. and Martha Turner of Dunwoody, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Betty T. and Norman Monfort of Atlanta, Ga.; special families whom he loved as his own: Deborah and Robert Schlicht and very special grandson Daniel Schlicht of Springfield, Va., Pam and John Clements and very special granddaughter Kara Clements of Waldorf, Md.; mother-in-law, Pearl Sparks Harmon; brother-in-law and wife, Jack and Anna Harmon of Maryville; and "Special Uncle," traveling companion, and building buddy Don Sparks. Mr. Turner is also survived by loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 at the funeral home's Trinity Chapel.  Smith Mortuary, Maryville, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements. (865) 983-1000, www.smithmortuary.com.

Thursday, August 7, 2003

ABBOTT
Mr. Clarence Abbott, 85, of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003.  Mr. Abbott was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. Mr. Abbott retired from Eastern Airlines with 35 years of service. He was a member of the I.A.M. airline union.  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Camp Memorial Park in Fayetteville, with the Rev. L. Floyd Carmack officiating.  Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Alline Abbott; daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Curtis Miller of Fayetteville, Debra and Kenneth West of Griffin, and Holly and Michael Wells of Barnesville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Forshee and Dorothy Putnam, both of Tunnel Hill, Ga.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

SWAMSON
Mrs. Beatrice Brown Swanson of Fayetteville died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003.  She was born in Cobb County, and was preceded in death by her husband, Lawton H. Swanson.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8 in the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro chapel, with Dr. Dean Haun and Dr. Wallace Simone officiating. The body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Vivian Swanson of Fayetteville; daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Louis Thompson of Jonesboro, Mildred Cornelia and Billy Coggin of Fayetteville, and Vera and Curtis Ergle of McDonough; sister, Ola Mae Miller, and brother-in-law, Horace Kersey; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Flowers are acceptable or contributions may be made to Southwest Christian Hospice or First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.  Southside Chapel Funeral Home, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Monday, August 11, 2003

LOWE
Teresa Gail "Nolen" Lowe, 44, of Calhoun, Ga., died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at Gordon Hospital.  Lowe was born July 19, 1959, in Fulton County. She is preceded in death by her father Thomas Scruggs; brother Ernest Guy Nolen; grandchildren Katrina Nicole and Felicia Alexandria Byford. She is survived by her mother Patricia Sue "Mize" Ogle; daughters and son-in-law Allen and Tricia Mathews of Calhoun, Cassandra Lowe of San Diego; son Richard Steven Lowe II of Maryland; sisters Deborah Nolen of Calhoun, Beverly Long of Spring, Texas; brother Wilburn Lee Nolen of Spring, Texas; grandchild Thomas Lee Buice of Calhoun.  Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at 3 p.m. from the Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home with the Rev. Randall officiating. Interment will follow in the White United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family receiveD friends at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Sunday. Condolences may be sent to [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>  Ponders Funeral Home Calhoun Chapel, 675 Jolly Road, Calhoun, Ga. 30701, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

CARPENTER JR.
Marshall Lewis Carpenter Jr. of Ellenwood passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003.  HE WAS A VETERAN OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, SERVING IN VIETNAM.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Dickson's Morrow Chapel, with Dr. Ronnie Spillers officiating. Interment will follow at The Rock Baptist Churchyard.  Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Carpenter; daughter, Amber Lynn Shoemake; son, Christopher Alexander Carpenter; mother and father, Katherine and Joseph Glawson; brother, Danny Richard Carpenter, three grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

HOLLOWAY
Mrs. Carolyn Ann Holloway, age 51, of Trice Road, Milner, Ga. passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, in the Select Specialty Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness.  Mrs. Holloway was born July 15, 1952, in Hall County, daughter of the late Sylvester Puckett and Carolyn Garman Puckett. Mrs. Holloway attended the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Buford.  Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 11 from the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Bill Dyer officiating. Special music was presented by the Happy Pilgrims. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Eddie Holloway, Mike Holloway, Timmy Holloway, Arnold Patterson, Sonny Holloway, Darrell Allen, Austin Holloway Jr., and Robert Moody. Interment followed in the Dillard Chapel Cemetery.  Survivors include her loving husband of 30 years, Harvey W. Holloway; sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde and Melissa Bryant of Bee Springs, Ky., David Holloway of Milner, and Jason and Michelle Holloway of Sunnyside, Ga.; mother, Carolyn Painter; stepfather, Jim Painter of Orchard Hills, Ga.; sisters, Juanita Holloway of Griffin, Ga., and Kathy Bryant of Bee Springs; six grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.  Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, Ga. is in charge of arrangements. (706) 745-3456.

PITTMAN Sr.
Mr. Marcus L. Pittman Sr., age 88, passed away suddenly at his residence in Clayton County.  A native of Clinch County, he had lived in Jonesboro most of his life. HE WAS A VETERAN OF THE U.S. ARMY, SERVING IN THE 635th ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY WARNING BATTALION DURING WORLD WAR II. HE SERVED UNDER GENERAL GEORGE PATTON, PARTICIPATING IN THE INVASION OF NORMANDY (D-Day), THE RHINELAND CAMPAIGN, AND THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. HE RECEIVED A PURPLE HEART AND A CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH THREE BRONZE STARS. He was the son of the late Clifton F. and Hattie Capps Pittman. His sisters, Margie Pittman and Mary Emma Pittman, and brothers, Clifton F. Pittman Jr. and Curtice Oswald Pittman preceded him in death.  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery.  Survivors include his children, Barbara Ann Simmons of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Marcia Ward of Orlando, Fla., Joe Lasiter of Chapin, S.C., and Marcus L. Pittman Jr. of Jonesboro; brothers, A.C. Pittman of Brunswick, Ga., Paul R. Pittman of Indianapolis. Ind., and Louie S. Pittman of Homerville, Ga.; sisters, Reba Wactor of Orangeburg, S.C. and Dorothy Kelly of Bradenton, Fla.; several other relatives.  Roundtree Funeral Home, Homerville is in charge of arrangements. (912) 487-5325.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

MAXWELL
Mr. Robert M. Maxwell, 90, of Forest Park, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003.  He was a member of Conley First Baptist Church. Mr. Maxwell was preceded in death by his great grandson, Connor James Warren.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 in the chapel of the funeral home, with Dr. Joe Slocomb officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.  Survivors include his wife, Grace Maxwell; daughters and sons-in-law, Frankie and Bob Smith of Douglasville, and Robin and Al Gunnels of Douglasville; sister, Clarice Ballou of Fayetteville; brothers, W.C. Maxwell of Fayette, and O.B. Maxwell of Lilburn; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  Southside Chapel, Morrow is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Friday, August 15, 2003

HUGGINS
Elizabeth Ann Huggins of Reisterstown, Md. and formerly of Jasper, Ga. died Monday, Aug. 11, 2003.  Mrs. Huggins was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Charlie B. Huggins.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at Parkway Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Park City Cemetery.  Survivors include her daughters, Evelyn Glass and Louise Sakellaris; sister, Kate LaMonth; brother, Paul Kent; granddaughters, Elizabeth Yvonne Sakellaris, Patti Glass, Margie Kirkhart, and Denise Fuggle; grandsons, George Sakellaris, Michael Sakellaris, and Nino Glass.  The family will be accepting friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.  Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Sunday. August 17, 2003

PATTERSON
Randall Joe "Randy" Patterson, age 36, of Morrow, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003.  Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 in the Carl J. Mowell & Son Chapel in Fayetteville. Interment will follow in Camp Memorial Park.  Survivors include his parents, Thomas and Clara Patterson of Morrow; sister, Cathy and Jim Riggins of Morrow; nephew, Levi Riggins of Morrow; aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Visitation will be today from noon till 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.  Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, August 18, 2003

STEELE
Andrea Dawn "Grant" Steele, 35, died on Aug. 14, 2003, in Conyers. Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Rockdale Baptist Church with the Revs. Danny Mckay and Rick Statum officiating. Steele will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will be at Green Meadows Memorial Gardens in Conyers. The family received friends on Sunday.  Survivors include husband Todd Steele of Conyers; two daughters, Abigail and Adeline Steele, both of Conyers; parents, Mahlon and Penny Grant of Conyers; two sisters, Vickie Davies of Conyers and Tawana Maughon of Lithonia; several nieces and nephews.  Steele was born in Barrow County, Ga. She was a homemaker.  Harry L. White Funeral Home of Conyers, (706) 483-7216 is handling arrangements.

News Daily, Clatyon Co., Ga.
August 21, 2003

SPRAYBERRY
Haney Myrtice Sprayberry Haney, 81, of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Tara Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include her husband, Hershel Haney; daughters, Nancy and Jimmy Dean of Zebulon, and Mary and Jimmy Carver of McDonough; sons, Richard and Sherry Sprayberry of Jonesboro, Ron and Cheryl Sprayberry of McDonough, and Mark Sprayberry of Locust Grove; sisters, Janell and Jerome Day of McDonough, and Jo Ann and Wallace Walden of College Park; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the funeral home.Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

HENRY
Mrs. Edrie Connell Henry, age 94, of Fort Myers, Fla. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003.Mrs. Henry was a member of Ellenwood United Methodist Church, Business & Professional Women's Club and Clayton County Community Services.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 from the Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel with interment to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Dr. Charles Grant and the Rev. Ken Murdock will officiate.Survivors include her sons, Robert L. Henry Jr. of McDonough, James Z. Henry III of Jonesboro, and John E. Henry of Fort Myers, Fla.; brother, James Connell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the funeral home.Horis A. Ward's Fairview Chapel, Stockbridge is in charge of arrangements. (770) 474-1231.

WATKINS
Mr. Don Watkins Sr., 67, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003.Mr. Watkins was a devoted family man and retired from Clayton State College with 15 years of service.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel, with the Rev. Lindberg Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.Mr. Watkins is survived by his loving wife, Eva B. Watkins of Morrow; daughters, Luann Holbrook of Ecorse, Mich. and Wanda W. Hawkins of Morrow; daughter-in-law, Cindy Daniel of McDonough; sons, Don Watkins Jr. of McDonough and William Watkins of Morrow; grandchildren, James Watkins, Benjamin Watkins, Woody Holbrook, Lisa Holbrook, Katrina Daniel, Jaclyn Daniel, and Tiffany Daniel; great-grandchild, Makayla Daniel.The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

August 22, 2003

FOSTER
Mrs. Sara Frances Foster of Fayetteville died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Fayette Community Hospital.Her son, Larry A. Foster, preceded her in death.A church service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Hampton. Interment will follow at the church Cemetery. The Rev. Candy Thacker will officiate.Survivors include her sons, Paul Wesley Foster Jr. and Betty of McLean, Va., Don R. Foster and Bonnie of Jonesboro, and Terry M. Foster and Joyce of Fayetteville; brother, John Chappell and Helen of Hampton; grandchildren, Rod Lawrence, Paul W. Foster III, Amanda F. Spahr, Rachel E. Foster, Larry A. Foster Jr., Ansley F. Calbo, D. Ross Foster, and Sam S. McLean; great-grandchildren, Callaway Spahr, Jackson Spahr, and Griffin Spahr.Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

McALISTER
Mr. Buddy B. McAlister Sr., age 66, of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003.He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He served in the United States Army.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at New Hope Baptist Church in McDonough, with the Rev. John Cromer officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.Survivors include his wife, Betty L. McAlister; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Neil Wanzer of Hampton; sons and daughters-in-law, Buddy B. and Sheryl McAlister Jr. of North Charleston, S.C., Clarence and Connie McAlister of Lake City, Ga., Eddie and Jo Smith of Griffin, Danny L. and Carolyn Smith of Whitesberg, Ga., Kenneth and Peggy Smith of Woodstock, Ga., Victor and Cheryl Brown of Newport News, Va., Eric and Rita Smith of Social Circle, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lovelace of Fayetteville; mother, Ruby McAlister of Carrol County, Ga.; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces.The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

WATKINS
Don Watkins Sr., 67, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003.Mr. Watkins was a devoted family man and retired from Clayton State College with 15 years of service.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel, with the Rev. Lindberg Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.Mr. Watkins is survived by his loving wife, Eva B. Watkins of Morrow; daughters, Luann Holbrook of Ecorse, Mich. and Wanda W. Hawkins of Morrow; daughter-in-law, Cindy Daniel of McDonough; sons, Don Watkins Jr. of McDonough and William Watkins of Morrow; grandchildren, James Watkins, Benjamin Watkins, Woody Holbrook, Lisa Holbrook, Katrina Daniel, Jaclyn Daniel, and Tiffany Daniel; great-grandchild, Makayla Daniel.The family will receive friends today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

August 25, 2003

DICKENS
Margaret Dickens, 74, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 23, 2003. Dickens was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Richard and Diane Dickens of Jonesboro, two brothers, George Simpkins of Breman, Ga., and Carl Simpkins of Commerce, Ga.; grandchildren, Mark and Christie; three great-grandchildren, Nathanael, Alex and Collin; nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at Tara Garden Chapel with the Rev. Chris Reynolds officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan at 3 p.m.  Thomas L. Scroggs of Tara Garden Chapel in Jonesboro, (770) 471-7171, is handling arrangements.

HOOKS
Evelyn Elsie Hooks died Aug. 23, 2003. Hooks was a member of Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Survivors include two sons, Timothy Hooks of Florida and Daniel Hooks of Fredericksburg, Va.; two brothers, Arthur Eichholz and Manuel Eichholz; two grandchildren, Erin and Lindsey Hooks; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Hooks of Stockbridge; nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Jonesboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Thomas L. Scroggs of Tara Garden Chapel in Jonesboro, (770) 471-7171, is handling arrangements.

August 26, 2003

HOOKS
Evelyn Elsie Hooks passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003. Mrs. Hooks was a member of Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the Jonesboro City Cemetery. Survivors include her sons, Timothy Hooks of Florida and Daniel L. Hooks of Fredericksburg, Va.; brothers, Arthur Eichholz and Manuel Eichholz; grandchildren, Erin and Lindsey Hooks; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Hooks of Stockbridge; nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1123 McDonough Place, McDonough GA 30253-7017, or Community Hospice of North East, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

VANCE
Josef Coffey "Skipper" Vance, Jr., age 58 died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, in a plane crash. Mr. Vance was a graduate of Wayne State College and West Georgia College. HE WAS A VETERAN OF THE U.S. MARINE CORP., and founder of Advertising Ideas. Mr. Vance served as past president of the Rotary of Jonesboro. He was a member of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Commemorative Air Force. He will be remembered for his generous and compassionate heart and love of aviation. He was a faithful servant of the Lord. His last words to the ground crew were "God loves me so much, I have the best job in the world." A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 3480 E. Main St., College Park, Ga. He is survived by his parents, Josef and Ann Vance of Highlands, N.C. and Largo, Fla.; sisters, Vicky Vance Rogers, and Dinah Vance Hoch; aunts Mary Lynn Broyles and Ethel Holder Vance; uncle, Tim W. Berryhill; nieces, Anna, Emily, and Rachael Hoch, and Jennifer and Rebecca Rogers; and Best Friend, Arlene Sewell. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Josef C. Vance Jr. Aviation Memorial Fund, c/o Community Capital Bank, 2236 Mt. Zion Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

August 27, 2003

HUTCHENS
Robert E. (Hutch) Hutchens, 73, of Morrow died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. Born in Sheridan, Ind., ROBERT SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. He retired from the Department of Defense after 35 years of distinguished service and was recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Outstanding Achievement as a member of the Office of Inspector General. He was a member of Police Benevolence in Morrow. An avid golfer, Robert also worked at Lake Spivey Country Club. His parents, Russell and Laverne Hutchens, and grandson, Drew Hutchens, preceded him in death. Services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife, Lou Hutchens; children, Don Hutchens (Nancy) of Sewanee, Tenn.; Ron Hutchens (Rayliene) of Senoia, Bill Hutchens (Cathy) of New Bern, N.C., Kathy Barry (Randy) of Bonaire, Robbie Hutchens (Donna) of McDonough, and Andy Hutchens (Misty) of Stockbridge; brother, Charles Hutchens of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Mary Inskeep (Don), also of Indianapolis, and Bonnie West of Madisonville, Tenn.; brother-in-law, William V. Wood (Eva) of Willow St., Pa.; and 15 grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the online registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

YANCEY
Sarah Yancey of Forest Park died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003. Mrs. Yancey was preceded in death by her husband, Andrus Yancey. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the First Baptist Church of Forest Park with the Rev. Paul Robbins officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Lamar Shields of Jonesboro; sisters, Ruth Foster of McDonough and Dorothy Turner of Macon; sisters-in-law, Margie Litteral of Forest Park and Mary Yancey of Tyrone; nieces and nephews. Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

August 28, 2003

HINDS
Mrs. Carmen Rosa Hinds of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Laurel Park of Henry Medical Center.A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Camp Memorial Park. Interment will follow. Survivors include her daughter, Ruby Silbernagel of Jonesboro; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

HUGHES
Richard Hughes York Jr., age 63, of Jonesboro died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his sisters, Kay Garrett and Pat Lindsey. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at New Hope Baptist Church North with the Rev. Hugh Kirby officiating. Survivors include his wife, Judy Williams York; daughters, Lisa York of Dallas, Texas and Tammy Triplett of Jonesboro; son, Daniel York of Lake Wayne, S.C.; sisters, Dot Meier of McDonough, Carol Layton of Lakeland, Fla., Mary Prine of St. Augustine, Fla., Sherrill Russ of Cape Sand Blast, Fla., and Deborah Shipley of Jonesboro; brother, Bill York of Rex; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville is in charge of arrangements. (770) 461-7641.

August 29, 2003

CARLSON
Tanya Renee Carlson, formerly of College Park, Ga. passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz. due to complications from pneumonia. A memorial service is being held in her honor at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at Heritage Harvest Church, 1563 Hwy 85 S, Fayetteville, Ga. with Sr. Pastor Ron Stribling officiating. Please call the church at (770) 460-9801 for directions. Survivors include her father, Wm. "Billy" Carlson of Riverdale; mother Sylvia Carlson of Newnan; sister Carla Myers of Arizona; niece, Heather Myers of Arizona; her beloved dogs Hammer and Mesa, as well as other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

TUTTEROW
Martha "LaRue" Tutterow of Forest Park died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Parkway Garden Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Survivors include sister, Marie Johnson of Forest Park, Ga. Thomas L. Scroggs, Parkway Garden Chapel, of Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522

Sunday, August 31, 2003

SMYTH
Mrs. Ruth L. Smyth, 85, of McDonough passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003. Mrs. Smyth was a member of Godby Road Church of Christ. She retired from National Biscuit Co. with 35 years of service. Her loving husband of 50 years, Mr. Jack B. Smyth, preceded her in death.  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 at Forest Hills Cemetery.  Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and Robert Koehler of Stockbridge; son, Walter L. Smyth of McDonough; grandchildren, David Koehler of Locust Grove, Christine Lee of Cumming, and Jennifer Koehler of Stockbridge; great-grandchildren, Lauren Lee, Kirsten Ott, Taylor Lee, and Kyle Koehler; and sister, Marie Elliott of Stockbridge.  The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

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