Clayton County Obits
July 2003

News Daily, Clayton Co., Ga.

July 14, 2003

PACE
William Elliott Pace of Brooks, formerly of Jonesboro, died July 12, 2003. He was a 30-year employee of the Clayton County Department of Transportation and Development. He was preceded in death by his sister Alice Ozley. He is survived by his brother, James A. Pace of Brooks, and his sister, Leila Nickols of Lansing, Mich. He is also survived by three nieces and three nephews.  Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Ed Lynch will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.  Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home of Fayetteville is handling arrangements.

UPTON
Virgil L. Upton, 73, of Stockbridge, formerly of Key Largo, Fla., died July 11, 2003, at the Christian Ministries Hospice in Griffin. He was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Miami, Fla., the son of the late Mamie Toney and Clarence Upton. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro and a retired supply and control clerk for Eastern Air Lines. Upton was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Velma Cates Upton, and brother, Harold Upton. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Birdie G. Parker-Upton; children, Donald and Florence Upton of Bulverda, Texas, Lisa and Eric Wishe of Sugarloaf Key, Fla.; grandchildren, Gerri Wishe, Katie Upton and Marc Wishe; sisters, Mildred Salter of Senoia, Myrtle Hockaday of Morriston, Fla., Martha Taylot of Bessemer City, N.C., Linda Pendt of McDonough and Darlene West of McDonough; brother, Leonard Upton of Morriston, Fla. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough with the Rev. George Worrell and the Rev. Hinton Harris officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Park in Miami on Thursday, July 17, 2003. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, (770) 914-8833, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday July 15 and Wednesday, July 16, 2003

No Obituaries reported.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

DRIVER
Verna W. Driver, age 100, of Riverdale died Tuesday, July 15, 2003. Her husband, A.H. Driver, and son, Larry Driver, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 18 at Parkway Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Ed Judy officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Bob Wilkins; grandchildren, Cathy and Brad West, and Bobby and JoAnna Wilkins; three great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

JOHNSON
Mozelle F. Johnson, 83, formerly of Forest Park, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at Bramblett Ridge Assisted Living Home in Jonesboro, Ga. She was a member of the Lighthouse Community Baptist Church in Stockbridge. Survivors include: daughter, Sharon Dee and Mike Rhodes of McDonough, Ga.; son, Keith and Ellen Johnson of Stockbridge, Ga.; sisters, Ruth and Chico Petro of Lawrenceville, Ga., Pansy Helms of Jacksonville, Fla., JoAnn Moats of Hobart, Ind.; brother, Elmo and Evelyn Watts of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Rhonda and Joe Ricci of McDonough, Ga., Rocky Rhodes of McDonough, Ga., Rusty and Chrystal Rhodes, all of McDonough, Ga., Elizabeth Johnson, Noah Johnson and Abigail Johnson, all of Stockbridge, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Britany Adams and Evan Rhodes, both of McDonough; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Mozelle F. Johnson will be held on Friday, July 18, 203 at 11 a.m. at the Lighthouse Comunity Baptist Church in Stockbridge. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Park, with the Rev. Andrew Reagan officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, July 17 from 7 until 9 p.m. Thomas L. Scroggs Tara Garden Chapel in Jonesboro, Ga. (770) 471-7171) is in charge of arrangements. 

Friday, July 18, 2003

ABERNATHY
Mrs. Dorthy V. Abernathy of Jonesboro died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at Spalding Regional Medical Center. A church service will be held at noon Saturday, July 19 at Hampton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Herb Blackburn officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden. Survivors include her daughter, Susie Steele of Hampton, and Betty Jo Cummings of Chelen, Wash.; sons, Ron Bradford of Griffin, Anthony Bradford of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jack Abernathy of Hilton Head, S.C.; sister, Aileen Gable of Monroe; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

DANIELSON
Virginia McCord (Ginnie) Danielson of East Point died Wednesday, July 16, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday., July 19 at Carmichael-Hemperley Chapel with the Rev. Jim McRae officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood. Survivors include her daughters, Ann Rusch and Vickie Danielson, both of Canton; sons, Chris Danielson of Jonesboro and Jon Danielson of Conyers; nine grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jinnie McCord of Morrow. The family will receive friends from noon until service time at the funeral home. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point is in charge of arrangements. (404) 761-1138.

FRANKLIN
Katherine Franklin, age 65, of Cleveland, Ohio, aunt of Vennetta Anderson Brown of Morrow. Services pending by Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio. (216) 431-9205.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

BANKS
Fred Vincent Banks of Forest Park died Wednesday, July 16, 2003. He was a member of First Christian Church of Forest Park and A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II. Services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 18 at Parkway Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Zimmerman officiating. Interment followed at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include his loving wife, Betty Banks; son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Nancy Banks of McDonough; daughter, Freida Hall of McDonough; son and daughter-in-law, Sim and Judi Banks of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Greg and Sheila Banks of McDonough, Brittany Banks of McDonough, Chris and Crystal Young of Jonesboro, and Megan Banks of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Mitchell Banks of McDonough, and Brent Young of Jonesboro; siblings, Mary Sue Teague of Manchester, Tenn., Nettie Ruth Sain of Manchester, Tenn., and Roy and Joyce Banks of Plymouth, Mich.; several nieces and nephews. A visitation was held for family and friends Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

BELL
Mr. J.D. Bell, age 77, of Hampton, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lumpkin County, and was a retired auto mechanic. He was preceded in death by Mr. Calvin Bell. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 in the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Watson officiating. Burial followed at Upson Memorial Gardens in Thomaston. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty Jo Bell; son, Mr. Roy L. Bell; daughters, Miss Melissa Bell of Atlanta, Mrs. Becky Eason of Hampton, and Mrs. Jeannie Lilliebridge of Hampton; sisters, Mrs. Ruth Mulkey of Cumming and Mrs. Jessie Payne of Canton; half-sisters, Mrs. Edith Perry of Carior, Mich., Mrs. Betty Jones of Pickens, Colo., and Mrs. Brenda Ridings of Dawsonville, Ga.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be addressed to Thomaston Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 1034, Thomaston, Ga. 30286. Coggins Funeral Home, Thomaston, is in charge of arrangements. (706) 647-2336.

FRANKLIN
Katherine Franklin, age 65, of Cleveland, Ohio, aunt of Vennetta Anderson Brown of Morrow. Services pending by Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio. (216) 431-9205.

MASSINGILLE
Candace Cook Massingille, 32, of 112 Barrington Circle, Greer, S.C. died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A native of Spartanburg County, she was an employee of R.C. Jones & Co., and attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. Her father, William F. (Bill) Cook, and paternal grandparents, Jasper W. and Ruth DeYoung Cook preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Choice Hills Baptist Church, with Dr. Stan Craig officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. The family is at the home. Survivors include her husband, Thomas G. Massingille of the home; son, Austin Grant Cook of the home; mother, Jean W. Cook of Greer, S.C.; brothers, Wesley Adam Caudle of McDonough, Ga., David C. Caudle of Stockbridge, Ga., and John P. Caudle Jr. of McDonough; sisters, Connie C. Helms of Indian Trail, N.C. and Gloria C. Ryals of Aragon, Ga.; maternal grandparents, Joseph C. and Gloria M. West of Greer. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wood Mortuary. Memorials may be made to: Austin Grant Cook College Fund at any Wachovia Bank. The Wood Mortuary, Greer, S.C. is in charge of arrangements. (864) 877-3351.

July 21, 2003

WALDROP
Zan Janet Waldrop (Baker) of Jonesboro, died July 20, 2003. Waldrop was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro and retired from Delta Air Lines. Preceded in death by her parents, Sarah Nolan and Manse Waldrop Jr. and sister Sarah Jacklyn Waldrop Standard, she is survived by great nieces, Sarah Olsen, and Laken, Lauren and Baby Waldrop; nieces, Jill Standard Olsen and husband Eric and Dana Waldrop Williams and husband Wes; nephew, Manse Waldrop and wife Leigh; brother, Dan Waldrop and wife Sharon; brother-in-law, James Douglas Standard Jr. and Raymond L. Baker. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time. Interment will follow in Morrow Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday. Southside Chapel Funeral Home of Morrow, (770) 961-2828, is handling arrangements.

MAGILL
Patricia Ann Magill, 60, of Hampton, died Saturday, July 19, at Southern Regional Medical Center. Magill was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Fulton County, to the late William Ford Amos and the late Annie Lee Walker Amos. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Donald Amos. She was a member of the Riverdale Christian Church and was president of the Phoenix Concrete Cutting Company in College Park, Md. She has served as past national president of the Women Construction Owners and Executives of America. Survivors include her fiance, Bill Fulmer of Fulton, Md.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Lynn DeFoor of Riverdale; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Tony Reid of Hampton; extended children, Leta Kay Reynolds, Donald Lee Ballard and Sherry Payne; grandchildren, Dalyn "Boo" DeFoor, Brandi and Hunter Reid; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Culver of Stockbridge; brother and sister-in-law, James and Sharon Amos of Fayetteville; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Magill will be Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at 3 p.m. at the Riverdale Christian Church. The Rev. Brandon Fulmer will officiate. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery. She will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Friends may visit the family Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, (770) 914-8833, is handling arrangements.

Friday, July 25, 2003

BANKS
Mrs. Hazel Woodruff Banks, age 85, of McDonough died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Henry Medical Center. She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Forsyth, and a resident of Baptist Inn where she was one of their pianists. Mrs. Banks was born in Lithia Springs, Ga. Oct. 11, 1917, daughter of the late Annie Lula Crouch and Wesley Willis Woodruff. Her husband, William Aubert Banks, who died Jan. 24, 1962, preceded her in death.  Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28 at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Survivors include her children, Emily and Bobby McKinnon of McDonough, Bill and Cathi Banks of Birmingham, Ala., Grady and Jo Coggins of Conyers, Connie and Ward Hall of Phoenix City, Ala., and Tim and Debra Banks of Ball Ground, Ga.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-8833.

ENG
Yeng Hong Eng of Jonesboro died Wednesday, July 23, 2003. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Parkway Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include her husband, James Kav; daughter, infant Kav; father, Pheng Siv Eng; mother, Penh Ouk; sister, Jin Hong Eng; brothers, Cheung Yingh, Sang Yingh, and Arn Yingh Eng; mother-in-law, Rleng Chhoy; brothers-in-law, Yin and Arn Kav; sisters-in-law, Var Kav and Touch Srey Mam; nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Sunday, July 27, 2003

July 28,2003

HARPER
Bobby J. "B.J." Harper of Jonesboro died July 25, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Judy Harper; children, Tammy Rasch, Donna Markham and Gerry Harper, all of Hoschton, Janet Warren of Brazelton, Allen W. Reynolds of Riverdale an d Rhonda Mazzant of Monticello; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Martha Mulligan and Lucille May, both of Albertville, Ala.; brothers, James Ray Harper of Sneed, Ala., and Arthur Lee Harper of Villa Rica. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperly Funeral Home of East Point with the Rev. Jeff Lowe officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home of East Point, (404) 761-1138.

THOMPKINS
Roland Crawford Thompkins, 78, died July 25, 2003. He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia A. Griffiths of Rex, Anita L. Whitty of Stockbridge, Tina L. Blount of Ellenwood; four sons, Floyd V. Thompkins of Atlanta, Byron K. Thompkins of McDonough, Wayne Thompkins of Rex and Phillip E. Thompkins of Locust Grove; brother, Willis B. Thompkins of Helen; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2003, at Rockcut Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Ledford officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park. Timothy Patrick Griffiths, Richard D. Griffiths Jr., Nicholas Blount, Michael Thompkins, Brian Comer, Joey Thompkins and Christopher M. Griffiths will serve as active pallbearers. Thomas L. Scroggs Parkway Garden Chapel, (404) 366-3522, is handling arrangements.

HARDY Jr.
W.R. Hardy Jr., 75, died Saturday, July 26, 2003. He is survived by his son Jimmy Hardy; three daughters, Deborah Ann Petty, Pameila Sue Martin, Rhonda Lee Henderson; two sisters, Margaret Carmichael, Mae Smith; and six brothers, Calvin, Douglas, Donnie, Ralph, Kenneth and Eddie Hardy; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Parkway Garden Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Thomas L. Scroggs Parkway Garden Chapel, (404) 366-3522, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

WORLEY 
Mr. Donald Ray Worley of Forest Park died Sunday, July 27, 2003. Mr. Worley was a retired glass glazier (local union 1940). His wife, Virginia, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 in the chapel of the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Cameron and Cindy Worley of McDonough; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Buddy Kelly of McDonough; grandchildren, Kyle and Craig Worley, and Elizabeth, Hannah, and Blake Kelly; brothers, Ralph Worley of Milner, Hoyt Worley of Forest Park, Glenn Worley of Griffin, and Charles Worley of Molena; sisters, Elva Crist of Sacramento, Calif., Louise Worley of McDonough, Wilma Harrison of Fairburn, Ruth Milsaps of Knoxville, Tenn., and Dorothy Hindman of Sacramento, Calif. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Southside Chapel Funeral Home, Morrow is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

July 30, 2003

BUCHANAN
James Buchanan, age 73, of McDonough and formerly of Houston, Miss. died Monday, July 28, 2003, at Sunbridge Care Nursing Home in Riverdale. He was a retired carpenter. His wife, Barbara Pumphrey Buchanan, preceded him in death. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31 at Houston Funeral Home, Houston, Miss. Interment will follow at Arbor Grove Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers are Mike Peel, Hugh Johnson, Clyde Johnson, Joe Johnson, and Ronald Pumphrey. Survivors include his daughters, Kathy Moryl of Hilton Head, S.C. and Lydia Sweatman of McDonough, Ga.; son, Jerry Buchanan of Ellenwood, Ga.; sister, Myrtle Johnson of Houlka, Miss.; six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Houston Funeral Home, Houston, Miss. is in charge of arrangements. (662) 456-3411.

July 31, 2003

TURNER
Mr. Howard W. Turner, age 60, of Riverdale, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Mr. Turner was retired from Delta and currently the administrator of Good Shepherd Clinic in Morrow. He was also a member of the Gideons. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at 1st Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro, with the Rev. Charles N. Landreth officiating. Survivors include his wife, Vicki Turner; sons, Brian Turner, and Glenn Turner II; parents, Estelle and Glenn Turner I; grandchild, Nathan Turner; brother, David Turner; sister-in-law, Dee Sanders. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Clinic, 6392 Murphy Drive, Morrow, Ga. 30260. Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

WARREN
Ruby Jewell Warren, age 77, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2003. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Parkway Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Ed Judy officiating. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Warren of Forest Park; daughter, Theresa Gail Clower of Hampton; son, Randy Steve Warren of Hampton; sister, Mattie Lou Pitts' brother, Grady McLeod; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Submitted by Jean Harton

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