Clayton County Obits

June 2003

News Daily, Clayton Co., Ga.

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Ozburn, Mr. Arch McKinney "Mack", 75, of Riverdale, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2003.  Born March 17, 1928, in Riverdale, he lived his entire life on the property on which he was born. He attended Riverdale Elementary School, Jonesboro High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1949 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. He taught band at Jonesboro High School until HE WAS DRAFTED IN 1950. WHILE IN THE ARMY HE SERVED AS A CHAPLAIN'S ASSISTANT AT FORT McPHERSON, AND FINISHED HIS SERVICE IN
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN.  In 1955, he married Ida Calhoun McDermid and had two daughters, Rebecca (1957) and Joanna (1960). He taught English at Grady High School, and served as Counselor for Atlanta public schools and at Atlanta City Hall.  He also served as an elementary school principal at John B. Gordon, R. L. Hope in Buckhead, and Emma Hutchinson schools, retiring in 1978. He was active in the Atlanta Retired Educator's Association, serving as
President for four years.  He also served as organist with Hapeville Presbyterian Church, East Point Presbyterian Church, and organist and choir director at East Lake Methodist Church and First Baptist Church in Hapeville. He spent 20
years as organist and choir director at Riverdale Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of the Atlanta Guild of Organists for many years, having studied with Emily Spivey, Bill Weaver, and Hugh Hodgson.  He was a member of Riverdale Lion's Club, and was the district director for Lion's Project for Canine Companions for Independence. He was also a director for Georgia Camp for the Blind.  Mr. Ozburn enjoyed a modeling and acting career in the 1980s and 1990s.  He appeared in print ads and was an excellent walk-on for several TV movies. He enjoyed gardening and was a fan of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home with Minister William Crosland, the Rev. W.W. Satterwhite, and the Rev. William Phillipe officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.  Survivors include his wife, Ida M. Ozburn; daughters, Rebecca Ozburn and Joanna Ozburn, both of Newnan; sister, Idajo Daughtry of Huntsville, Ala; and several nieces and nephews.  Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Lion's Project for Canine Companions for Independence, or the Georgia Lion's Camp for the Blind.  The family will receive friends today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

Wednesday, June 4, 2003
No reported deaths.

Thrusday, June 5, 2003
 
Blackburn, Mrs. Norma "Dee", 81, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, June 2, 2003, at her residence.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9 at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ray Wiggins
officiating.  Survivors include her sons, Richard N. Blackburn of Franklin, Tenn. and Roger Blackburn of Crescent Springs, Ky.; grandchildren, Rebecca Blackburn, Christopher Blackburn, and Brooke Blackburn; brothers, Elmer Horne of Cincinnati, Ohio, Wendell Horne of Boca Raton, Fla., Glenn Horne of Cartersville, Ga., and Donald Horne of
Cincinnati, Ohio.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Portsbridge Hospice Foundation, 115 Huntington Park Drive, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214.The family will receive friends Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

Friday, June 6, 2003
Lee, Mr. Harvey of Riverdale passed away Thursday, June 5, 2003, at the age of 72.  Service arrangements to be announced later.  Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

Minton, Shirley Ann, age 60, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2003.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Friday, June 6 at Tara Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Tyree officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.  Survivors include her husband, Jerry Minton; daughters, Janet Sue Carey and Robin Minton; sons, William Tyree, James Pace, George Pace, Richard Pace, Randell Pace, and Richard Minton; sisters, Victoria Marie Morrow, Beth Page, Betty Lou Matthews, Margaret Sue Hill, and Nina Marion Tyree; brothers, Henry Lee Tyree, the Rev. Paul Garfield Tyree, Donald Royce Tyree, and John D. Tyree; 21 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.
 
Orr, Walter Russell passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2003.  HE WAS A WORLD WAR II VETERAN, AND RETIRED FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD AFTER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday June 7 at the New Testament Baptist Church, with the Rev. Curtis Turner officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include his daughters, Jan and David Honkanen of McDonough, Beverly and Larry Brown of Newark, Ohio, and Shirley Bounds of Stockbridge; grandchildren, Scott and Jeff Brown, Marcy Madson, Sherry Land, and Christina Bounds; five great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Saturday, June 7, 2003
Hampton, Stephen Michael, age 17, of Locust Grove, passed away Friday, June 6, 2003, at his residence.  Stephen was born Oct. 31, 1985, in Hyannis, Mass. He was a member of Community Bible Church and was a student at Jonesboro High School. He worked as a lifeguard at Atlanta Beach and loved the outdoors, where he enjoyed baseball and hunting.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8 in the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Dr. Jack Bartlett officiating.  Interment will follow at Brown Family Cemetery in Barnesville.  Survivors include his parents, Clayton Hampton and Joy Brown Hampton of Locust Grove; sisters and brothers-in-law, Julie and Kyle Lewis of Locust Grove, Kristi and Chris Gott of Jackson, and Katie and Jason Terry of Gainesville; maternal grandparents, Betty Brown of Locust Grove, and W. O. and Sheila Brown of Jonesboro; niece, Kaitlyn Gott; nephews, Austin, Tristan, and Luke Lewis; several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.  Friends may visit the family today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-8833.

Lee, Mr. Harvey of Riverdale passed away Thursday, June 5, 2003, at the age of 72.  Mr. Lee owned and operated Mildred's Farmhouse Cafeteria in College Park.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, June 7 at the chapel, with the Rev. Earl Pirkle officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include his wife, Mildred Lee; sons, Jim Lee, Todd Lee, Mack Buice, Kenny Buice, and Dale Buice; sisters, Marie and Betty; brother, Herbert Lee; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.  Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

Wadsworth, Mrs. Edna, age 81, of Sharpsburg, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2003.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8 in the chapel.  Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery.  Survivors include his daughters, Glenda Langley of Sharpsburg, Gale Yates of Collins, Miss., and Cecilia Brooks of Sharpsburg; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

Monday, June 9, 2003

Wheeler, Robert "Tex", 70, of Jonesboro, passed away June 8, 2003.  Surviving are wife Shirley Wheeler; sons, Robert "Bobby" Wheeler Jr., Jimmy Wheeler; two sisters; one brother; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Ray Waters officiating. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son Jonesboro Chapel, (770) 478-7211, is handling arrangements.

Wagener, Moise, 97, of Forest Park, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2003, at his residence. A veteran in the U.S. Army, Wagener served his country as part of a horse cavalry unit.  Survivors include sons Donald and Carolyn Wagener and Robert and Linda  Wagener; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral services will be Monday, June 9, at Parkway Garden Chapel at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery. The Revs. Earl  Pirkle and Bill Berner will officiate.  Thomas L. Scroggs of Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park, (404) 366-3522, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Crawford, Tina Michelle, 47, of Stockbridge passed away Saturday, June 7, 2003.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Tara Garden Chapel with the Rev. William F. Carroll officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include her daughters, Brandi and Jodi Crawford, both of Stockbridge; sons, Wilbur Harbin of Stockbridge, Nicholas Harbin of Jonesboro, and Patrick Harbin of McDonough; sister, Debra Brewer of Douglasville; brothers, Winford Griffin Jr. of Stockbridge, Raymond Griffin of Jonesboro, and Todd Griffin of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Jordan and Kara Harbin; mother-in-law, Beverly Harbin of Atlanta; nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Durrance, William R. "Randy" of Appleton, Wis. died Saturday, June 7, 2003. He was born in Atlanta May 2, 1958, son of Sim and Maggie (Dunn) Durrance. On June 30, 1980, he married Debra Hartley.  Randy loved life and fought the cancer that finally took him away from us. He spent many happy hours working on cars and racing them, and he thanks all his car buddies for their friendship and the fun times.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Morrow First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Jackson officiating.  He will be sadly missed by his wife, Debra; children, Sim, Bryce, and Diana, all at home; mother, Maggie Durrance of Lake City; brother, James "Dale" (Barbara) Durrance of Hampton; sister, Judy (Rick) Durrance Jaeger of Stockbridge; brothers-in-law, Kent (Ghary) Hartley of Riverdale and Cecil Hartley of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Brenda (Wallace) Crews of Hampton. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Kaye Durrance.  The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.
 
Swahlen, Mr. Arthur W., 83, of Griffin passed away Saturday, June 7, 2003, after a lengthy illness.  Mr. Swahlen was born in Atlanta April 12, 1920, son of the late Arthur W. Swahlen Sr. and the late Era Hughes Swahlen. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Griffin. MR. SWAHLEN SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II IN THE PERSIAN GULF. He was retired from the Civil Service after 35 years of service as the Chief of Graphics Arts at Fort McPherson. During this time he receive 90 letters of appreciation and commendations for his work as a graphic artist.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 9 in the Warren Haisten Memorial Chapel with Dr. Bruce Morgan and the Rev. Max Hamilton officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sarah Swahlen; son and daughter-in-law, Arthur W. Swahlen III and Betty Swahlen of Concord; grandsons, Kyle Sherman of McDonough and Kirk Swahlen of Williamson; son-in-law, Kenny Sherman of McDonough; sisters-in-law, Lucille Malloy of Griffin, and Louise White of Griffin; aunt, Cleo Barber of LaGrange; several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.  Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, Griffin is in charge of arrangements.  (770) 229-4994.

With sadness of heart we announce the passing of Louis TUMLIN, peacefully, with his family at his side on Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Southland Nursing Home. He left to be with our Lord and Savior after being graced with 81 years of life.  Louis was born in Decatur, Ga. He was married Jan. 21, 1945, and worked for and retired from Complete Auto Transit in Lakewood Heights/Atlanta, Ga. as a Master Mechanic and Welder for 28 years, during which he also
ran and owned his own business, "Tumlin's Garage," in Lakewood Heights.  He was a member of the United Auto Workers Union and a faithful follower of the Lakewood Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 10 at the chapel of Parrott Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry New officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn. He leaves with many cherished memories his wife, companion, and best  friend of 58 years, Ruth Cheatwood Tumlin; sons, Ronald Louis, Wayne George, and Jeffrey Lamar; daughter, Gayle Ruth; grandchildren, Bryan, Scott, Adam, Steven, Melanie, and Amelia; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Nikki, and Casey; brother, Lonnie (Pete) Tumlin; sister-in-law, Mrs. Luther (Mattie Lee) Tumlin.  If friends wish, donations may be made in Louis's memory to the Southland Nursing Home, 151 Wisdom Road, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269. A very Special thanks is extended to the staff of Southland Nursing Home for their loving care and the kindness they provided.  Those desiring may sign our online guest registry at www.parrottfuneralhome.com .  "Little boy blue come blow your horn. The sheep's in the meadow and the cows in the corn." We will dearly miss the love and joyous laughter you always gave us.  Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn is in charge of arrangements. (770) 964-4800.
 
Wall, Grace Golden of Decatur died Sunday, June 8, 2003.  She graduated from Girls High School in 1935. She was a member of Peachtree Baptist Church and active in many community affairs which included Easter Seals Camp, Civinette Club, LaVista Acres Garden Club, and Lake Raburn Association.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 10 in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons with the Rev. Robert Walker and Dr. Perry Ginn officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Survivors include her husband, J.P. Wall; sons, the Rev. Jim Wall and wife Sarah Jo of Siler, N.C., and Art Wall and wife Cathy of Kernersville, N.C.; sister, Mildred Golden Kingry of Homewood, Ala.; niece, Vivian Lamb of Dahlonega, Ga.; nephew, Lee Kingry of Homewood, Ala.; loving family and neighbors, Jake, Faith, and Susan Todd; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.  A. S. Turner & Sons, Decatur is in charge of arrangements. (404) 292-1551.

News Daily, Clayton Co., Ga.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

McNAIR
Mrs. Joyce Elizabeth McNair passed away Monday, June 9, 2003.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at Tara Garden Chapel with interment to follow at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rev. J.D. Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Mrs. McNair was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, the Lakewood Chapter of Eastern Star and Yaarab Temple Devilettes.  She is survived by sons; R.V. (Bob) and Fran McNair, Duluth, Hugh McNair, Loganville; sisters, Helen Buie, Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Loreta Ashmore, Marietta; brother, Vernon and Edna Ashmore, Stockbridge; granddaughter, Lisa McNair Hargrove and Del; great-grandson Lil' Mac Hargrove; many nieces and nephews.  Thomas L. Scroggs, Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro in charge of arrangements. 770 471-7171.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

MANN
Katelyn Elizabeth Mann, infant daughter of Travis Mann and Wendy Martin of Forest Park, passed away Friday, June 6, 2003.  A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Forest Park United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Edward Judy officiating.  Survivors include her brother, Brandon Martin; sister, Amber Mann; grandparents, Larry and Brenda Martin, Roxanne Holbrook and Sammy Mann.  Wages & Son Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements. (770) 277-4550. 

Friday, June 13, 2002

AMERSON
Corine Amerson of Rex died Wednesday, June 11, 2003.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Friday, June 13 at Parkway Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Herman Wyche and the Rev. Ralph Easterwood officiating. Entombment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law; several nieces.  Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522. 

SPENCER
Mrs. Lona June Spencer, age 70, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, June 9, 2003, at Southern Regional Medical Center.  No services are planned.  Survivors include her husband; daughters, Sandra Hitchins of Jonesboro, Suzan Hildreth of Hall County, Janice Volin of Dade City, Fla., and Christina Milam of Alva, Fla.; son, Steven Clark of Ocala, Fla.; sister, Jerry Mitchell Okey of Indian Lake, Ind.; grandchildren, Rachael Everett Doster, Leah Everett, Luke Everett, Shannon Brim Smith, Tony Brim, Stefanie Stelk Young, Crystal Stelk Kiederling, Steven Short, James Short, Benjamin Short, Michelle Clark, and Barbara Clark; great-grandchildren, Jacob Doster, Elizabeth Doster, Samantha Smith, Shane Smith, Caitlin Stelk, Cameron Young, Angel Kiederling, Aaron Robbers, Dakota Frank and Trenidy Robbers.  Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

STEPHENS
Mr. Dewey Stephens of Jonesboro passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at the age of 74.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at the chapel, with the Rev. Howard Perkins officiating. Interment will follow at Jonesboro City Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife, Mattie Stephens; son, Franklin Stephens; daughters, Laureen Stephens and Sherylon Cagle; sister, Violet Turner; six grandchildren.  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.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

MOORE
Nevlayn Weldon Moore, age 63, of Learh Lane, Ellijay and formerly of McDonough passed Thursday, June 12, 2003, at her residence.  She was a graduate of Henry County High School, Class of 1957, receiving a B.A. degree from Emory University, Class of 1961, and was a retiree of Bell South as a Contract Products Manager.  Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15 from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Naylor officiating.  Survivors include her husband, J.C. Moore of the home in Ellijay; children and in-laws, Marie and Steve Greenwood of Gastonia, N.C., Leslie Tudor of Washington, D.C., and Victoria and Dan McKay of Stanley, N.C.; five grandchildren; mother, Thelma Lavern Weldon of McDonough; sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Gary McCullough of Dahlonega; nieces and nephews.  Logan Funeral Home and Chapel, Ellijay, Ga. is in charge of arrangements. (706) 635-4554.

SELFRIDGE
L.D. "Dailey" Selfridge passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2003, after a battle with cancer.  L.D. was founder and former co-owner of Shamrock Scale Company, Morristown, Tenn., and co-owner of the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat, Gallatin, Tenn. He traveled the Southeast United States selling industrial weighing equipment. He was a very loving father and husband. He was never afraid to show kindness and thoughtfulness toward his family and others. His kindness and his love for animals was evident to all.  Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 in the McDonough City Cemetery, McDonough, Ga.  Survivors include his devoted wife, Linda; daughter, Prisi; son, Clay; daughter-in-law, Becky; grandchildren, Zach and Mazie.  In lieu of flowers, the family wish donations are made in his name to: Appalachian Community Fund, 107 Main St., Knoxville, Tenn. 37902-1235 or Appalachian Outreach, c/o Shannon Washam. P.O. Box 71904, Jefferson City, Tenn. 37760.  Simple Tribute Funeral & Cremation Center, Nashville, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements. (615) 352-7330.

LEDBETTER
Ruby Merline Whitworth Ledbetter, age 72, of Hampton and formerly of Lawrenceville died Thursday, June 12, 2003.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15 at the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home with Dr. Alan T. Wakeman officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills.  Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila Ledbetter and Gary Parsons of McDonough, and Judy Ledbetter and Terrell Brooks of Hampton; brother, Dell Whitworth of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Shannon Walker, Ashley Walker, and Gerald Brooks; several nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Flowers accepted or memorials to Hidden Valley, Henry County Senior Service Center, 600 Spraggins Memorial Parkway, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281.  Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements. (770) 962-3100.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Arthur Leeroy DAVIS Jr., 75, of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2003.  MR. DAVIS WAS A VETERAN OF THE U.S. NAVY, WHERE HE SERVED IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. He was also retired from BTJ Steam Pipefitter Local 72. He was also a member of the Jonesboro VFW and the Georgia Sheriffs Association.   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at Tara Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include his wife, Betty Davis; daughters, Sherry Betsill of Newnan, Dona Ricks and Helen Hall, both of McDonough, Jeannie Leiva of Colorado Springs, Colo., Diane Christopher of Hampton, and Wanda Odom of McDonough; son, John Arthur Davis of McDonough; brother, Gordon L. Davis of Bethlehem, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Michael Aldine LEWIS Sr., 46, passed away June 16, 2003. He was preceded in death by his father, Byron Aldine Lewis.  He is survived by his son, Michael A. Lewis Jr., of San Diego, Ca., mother, Macie Brown Lewis of Riverdale, brother Doug (Bobbie) Roach of Sharpsburg, Clarajane (Harold) Curry of Jonesboro and Kathy (Keith) Nichols of Jenkinsburg.  Graveside services will be Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Jonesboro City Cemetery. There will be no visitation or viewing. Rev. Richard Brown, uncle of the deceased, will officiate.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 8 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, Ga. 30274 or to Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, to the attention of the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.  Pope Dickson & Sons Jonesboro Chapel. 770-478-7211

Mrs. Elizabeth RICKETT, 89, of Hampton passed away June 17, 2003. Surviving are daughters, Nancy and Bill Hancock, Cynthia Hunt, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. Interment Camp Memorial Park.  Pope Dickson & Son Jonesboro Chapel, (770) 478-7211

Friday, June 20, 2003

Donald E. "Scooter" BARR Sr. of Margate, Fla. passed away Saturday, May 31, 2003.  A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at The Rock Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. Ronnie Spillers officiating.  Survivors include his wife, Carol Barr; sons, Donald E. Barr Jr. and John Daniel Barr; granddaughters, Destiny Barr and Ashley Barr; father, William E. Barr Jr.; brother, Douglas Barr; sister, Martha Barr.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

Michael Aldine LEWIS Sr., 46, passed away Monday, June 16, 2003. He was preceded in death by his father, Byron Aldine Lewis.  He is survived by his son, Michael A. Lewis Jr., of San Diego, Calif.; mother, Macie Brown Lewis of Riverdale, brother Doug (Bobbie) Lewis of McDonough; sisters, Joyce (Larry) Jolly of Fayetteville, Sandra (Norm) Roach of Sharpsburg, Clarajane (Harold) Curry of Jonesboro and Kathy (Keith) Nichols of Jenkinsburg.  Graveside services were held Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Jonesboro City Cemetery. There was no visitation or viewing. The Rev. Richard Brown, uncle of the deceased, officiated.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 8 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, Ga. 30274 or to Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, to the attention of the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720  Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 770-478-7211

Saturday, June 21, 2003

BROWN
William Hall (W.H.) Brown, age 88, of Locust Grove and formerly of Moultrie, passed away Friday, June 20, 2003, in Stockbridge.  Mr. Brown was a member of Conley First Baptist Church and SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II IN THE ARMY AIR FORCE.  Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Tara Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Kenneth Haag and the Rev. Craig Bowers officiating. Interment will follow at the Westview Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Slocum officiating.  Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Brown Rentz of Locust Grove and Shirley Brown Williford of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Angelina Rentz Mitchell, San Norman Rentz Jr., Jeffery Rentz, Andrew Rentz, Danny Lee Williford Jr., Kimberly Williford Eldridge, and Bradley Williford; seven great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tara Garden Chapel. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home in Moultrie.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

MICHAEL
Clyde (Mike) Michael of Jonesboro passed away Friday, June 20, 2003.  MR. MICHAEL WAS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II, SERVING IN THE U.S. ARMY IN THE PACIFIC CAMPAIGN.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 23 at the chapel, with the Rev. Charles Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include his wife, Wilma Michael; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Salomon Lorenzano; daughter, Donna VanPuymbrouck; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Joan and Rex Williams; stepson and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Doris Carter; grandchildren, Michael and Kelly VanPuymbrouck, Kevin Williams, and many friends.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home the afternoon and evening of Sunday, June 22.  Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

PRIEST
Mrs. Hettie Young Priest, age 95, of Stockbridge, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the Center for Long Term Care in Jonesboro.  Mrs. Priest was born Dec. 6, 1907 in Cleburne County, Ala. to the late William Young and the late Molley Maddox Young. Her husband, Robert Priest, and stepson, Clemon Priest, preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23 at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Acworth.  Survivors include nieces, Sheree Bryant of Stockbridge, Gail Mullins of McDonough, and Nettie Deemer of Alabama; nephew, Clifford Young of Alabama; stepdaughters, Louise Nelson of Woodstock and Maggie Oliver of Roswell; several grandsons and granddaughters.  Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at the funeral home.  Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-8833.

Monday, June 23, 2003

NONE LISTED.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

WISE
Warren "Randy" Wise, age 54, of Rex, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2003.  Mr. Wise worked with the City of Atlanta Fire Department.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 in the Chapel of Ford Stewart Funeral Home, with Minister Chris Veere officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens.  Survivors include his wife, Judy; children, Greg Wise of Monticello, and Larry Wise of Rex; sisters, Sandra Rabern of McDonough, and Janice Swafford of Mableton; stepfather, Harrell J. Swafford of Mableton; grandchildren, Addie Allene Wise, Nicole Beth Wise, and Jordyn Suzanne Veere. The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

BLANTON
Joyce Lee Blanton, age 58, passed away Monday, June 23, 2003, at her residence.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27 at Tara Garden Chapel, with Pastor Jose Montez officiating. Entombment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.  Survivors include her loving and devoted husband, James V. Blanton of Riverdale; children, Karen S. Nichter of Taylorsville, Ky., Tina M. Wright of Riverdale, James A. Blanton of New Albany, Ind.; 11 grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171. 

GRACE
Georgia Louise Grace, age 73, of Gainesville, died Monday, June 23, 2003, at Spalding Regional Medical Center.  She was a member of Eastern Stars and a former member of Forest Park First Baptist Church.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at Parkway Garden Chapel. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery.  Survivors include her husband, Gardner "Pete" Grace; daughter, Donna and Ken Plain of Morrow; sons, Johnny and Rhonda Grace of Griffin and Fred and Melissa Grace of Gainesville; sisters, Marcy Davis of Pinson, Ala. and Neil Young of Leeds, Ala.; brothers, Sonny Davis of Alabama and Aubrey Davis of Douglasville; grandchildren, Chad Grace, Adam Grace, Casey Plain, and Corey Plain; step-grandchildren, Rachel Bodine, and Steven and Tina Prince; step-great-grandchildren, Ara Evans, Chase Evans, Ashley Prince, and Kristen Prince; several nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

NICKSICH
Mr. Nicholas Joseph Nicksich, age 74, of Morrow, passed away Monday, June 23, 2003.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hapeville, with Father Charles Donovan officiating. Interment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park.  Survivors include his son, Thomas Joseph Nicksich of Jonesboro; daughter, Karen Marie Ethridge of McDonough; grandchildren, Ashton Nicole, Laurel Courtney, and Nicholas Tyler Thomas Ethridge.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700. 

PURCELL
Margaret Willingham Purcell, age 86, passed away Monday, June 23, 2003.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26 at Tara Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Dale Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Campground Cemetery. Family and friends will act as active pallbearers.  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Diana Purcell of Thomaston; sister, Nellie Rosser of Snellville; brother, Ben Willingham of Snellville; grandchildren, Lance, Jason, and Michael Purcell, and Jaylen Nagro.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171. 

Thursday, June 26, 2003

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Friday, June 27, 2003

DORSEY
Anna R. Dorsey, age 78, of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2003.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30 in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, with Deacon Joseph Anzalone officiating. Interment will follow in Jonesboro City Cemetery.  Survivors include her children, Anna Ebert of Jonesboro, and Richard Mausteller of Dover, Pa.; brothers, Sidney Davis Royer Jr. of South Carolina, Paul Royer of New York, George Royer of New Jersey, Warren Royer of Pennsylvania, John Royer of New Jersey, and Robert Royer of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Irvin Ebert Jr. and Steven Ebert, both of Jonesboro, Andrew Ebert of Social Circle, and Richard Mausteller Jr. of Texas; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Ebert, Jaycee Ebert, and Brittany Ebert, all of Jonesboro, and William Ebert of Social Circle.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at the funeral home.   Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

GATES
Ms. Leila Mae Gates, age 40, of Newnan, died at the Newnan Hospital West in Newnan, Ga. Monday, June 23, 2003.  The family can be contacted at 7030 Loneoak Road in the city of Hoganville, Ga., the home of her daughter, Mrs. Christy Gates Daniel.  The time and place from Ms. Gates funeral and burial will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29 from the Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville, Ga. The Rev. J.D. Daniel is Pastor and the Rev. George Prather will officiate.  Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Lillie Brown Gates of Lutherville, Ga.; son and daughters, Mrs. Christy Gates Daniel (Edward Daniel III) of Hoganville, and Mr. Donquerious Mahone and Ms. Lakellia Benning, both of Newnan; sisters, Ms. Mary Gates of LaGrange, Ms. Shirley Gates of Hoganville, and Mrs. Reva Gates Meriwether (Sean) of Lutherville; several aunts and uncles; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives who truly loved her.  Bentley's and Sons Funeral Home, Thomaston, Ga. is in charge of arrangements. (706) 647-9689.

LONG
Vivian A. Long, 73, of Galesburg, Ill. died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2003, in OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.  She was born March 22, 1930, in Forest Park, Ga., daughter of Walter and Nellie Bankston Clark. She married Glenn H. Long Aug. 2, 1952, in LaHarpe, Ill. He preceded her in death April 6, 2002.  She was a bookkeeper at the former Roddefer's Department Store in Galesburg. She then worked as an assembler at the former Gale Products Division of Outboard Marine Corporation in Galesburg for 11 years, retiring in 1981. She worked for 13 years for the Neiman-Marcus Distribution Center in Carrollton, Texas, retiring in 1994. She was a member of the Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Forest Park, Ga.  A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will follow in East Linwood Cemetery.  Survivors include her son, Michael (and Banyen "Poo") Long of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Carol (and Dennis) Rankin of Roseville, Ill., and Lori Long of Carrollton, Texas; three grandsons; several nieces and nephews. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.  Memorials may be made to the Inter Community Cancer Center of Western Illinois, Galesburg, or to the family.  Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 30 at the chapel.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West, Galesburg, Ill. is in charge of arrangements. (309) 343-2101. 

MULLINS
Robert Sidney Mullins, age 82, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2003.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at New Testament Baptist Church by Dr. Curtis A. Turner. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. James Turpin, Jeff Turpin, Ty Goodman, David Crocker, Dennis Reeder, and Dee Moon will serve as active pallbearers.  Survivors include his sons, Mike (Helen) Mullins and Mark (Lynn) Mullins; daughter, Dianne (Tom) Sammons; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

ROBERTS
J.B. (Rob) Roberts of Forest Park passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2003.  A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the chapel. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery with Masonic rites.  Survivors include his wife, Mildred Roberts; daughter, Loretta Harrison; sons, Michael Roberts, Ricky Roberts, and Danny and Michael Vaughn; sisters, Dorothy Cole and Mary MaGahee; brother, Ray Roberts; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

June 28, 2003

McCULLEY
Mrs. Virginia "Jenny" Dianne Denson McCulley, age 57, of Locust Grove, died Thursday, June 26, 2003.  She was born in Fulton County Jan. 27, 1946. Her mother preceded Mrs. McCulley in death Aug. 13, 2002.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park at 3:30 p.m.  Survivors include her father, Roy Eugene Denson of Forest Park; children, Tammy McCulley of Locust Grove, Tommy McCulley of Locust Grove, and Jeff and Valerie McCulley of McDonough; brother, Roy B. Denson of Forest Park; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-8833.

RAMSEY
Mrs. Betty L. Ramsey, 74, of Stockbridge and formerly of Atlanta, died Thursday, June 26, 2003.  Mrs. Ramsey was born March 31, 1929, in Jefferson, Ga. She was an executive manager with Tupperware home parties for 35 years, achieving the status of No. 2 manager in the nation.  Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at the chapel of Carl J. Mowell & Son, with the Rev. Stan Jordan officiating. Interment will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens.   Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Harold G. Ramsey; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald G. and Melinda Ramsey of Lawrenceville; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa McKinnon-Miller and Mark L. Miller of Peachtree City; grandchildren and spouses, Jarrett Ramsey, Carmen Ramsey, Jason (Shawna) McKinnon, Courtney McKinnon, Dan Brewer, and Avery Miller. She was eagerly expecting her first great-grandchild, Collin, in October.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29.  Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City is in charge of arrangements. (770) 487-3959.

Monday, June 30, 2003

WOOD
Brenda Diane Wood, 30, of Morrow, passed away June 27, 2003. Surviving are her mother, Joan Wood; sister, Donna Wood; brother, Robert Lee Wood. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Randy Cheek will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel, (770) 961-2700, is handling arrangements.

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