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Clayton County Obits
March 2004

Daily News, Clayton Co., Ga.
Monday, March 1, 2004

CHAMBERS
Dianne Chalmers of Forest Park died Feb. 27, 2004, at Southern Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Ash Street Baptist Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, from Ash Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Cheek and the Rev. Jack Chalmers officiating. Visitation was held Sunday. Survivors include husband William G. Chalmers of Forest Park; daughter Lisa and Stephen Tolbert of Stockbridge; sons Scott Chalmers of Norfolk, Va., Jeff and Carolyn Chalmers of Marietta, Stacey and Metha Chalmers of McDonough; sister Pat Hipp of Forest Park; brothers David Carey of Tucker, Jimmy Maxwell of Lilburn; 12 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brother Morris Carey; mother Margaret Maxwell; and father Byron Maxwell. Parkway Garden Chapel, (404) 366-3522, is handling arrangements.

MAYFIELD Jr.
Bruce Wayne Mayfield Jr., 36, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 26, 2004. He was the son of Bruce Sr. and Cassandra Mayfield of Locust Grove. Survivors other than his parents include brothers Mark Mayfield of Fountain Inn, S.C., and Jonathan Mayfield of Locust Grove. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, in the chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment will be in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com.
Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, (770) 914-1414, is handling arrangements.

ADAMSON
Colie Adamson, 87, of Morrow, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004. He was deacon emeritus at First Baptist Church of Morrow and, along with his wife, was one of the longest-living members of the church. HE WAS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II, SERVING IN THE U.S. ARMY. Adamson was past mayor of Morrow, served as chairman of the Clayton County Board of Education and was a board director at the Bank of Forest Park. He opened the Western Auto Store in Jonesboro in 1952. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Thelma; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Aaron Mauldin; grandchildren Matthew McLendon and Marci McLendon; brothers Hiram Adamson, Grady Adamson; sisters Laverne Bailey and Emily Montalvo. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 1, at 4 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Morrow. The Rev. Stephen Cook, Dr. Bill Lewis and Dr. Jimmy Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow in Morrow Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the church. Southside Chapel Funeral Home, (770) 961-2828, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

IMPENS
Willy Impens of Forest Park died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at his residence. Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 2 in the chapel. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time. Survivors include his wife, Martha Impens; mother, Angela Groebbens; daughter, Pascale Impens; sons, Jurgen Impens, Dick Impens and Christopher Robels; 11 grandchildren. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

JONES
Betty Jean Jones of Forest Park passed away Monday, March 1, 2004, at South Fulton Hospital.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4 in the chapel, with her nephew, Lance Westbrooks, officiating.
Survivors include her daughter, Debra Blevins of Forsyth; son, James E. Jones Jr. of Fayetteville; sister, Sherry Dianne Collier; brothers, Gene Westbrooks and Jerry Westbrooks; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

NEAL Sr.
Mr. Jimmy L. Neal Sr., 61, of Hampton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at Tara Garden Chapel, with Pastor Joey Rainwater officiating. Interment will take place in Locust Grove. Survivors include his loving mate, Diane Blanton; daughters, Jeanie Green and Janet Rice; sons, Jimmy Neal Jr. and Jeff Neal; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today.  Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

POWELL
Judy Parker Powell, 59, formerly of McDonough, died Feb. 29, 2004, at her home in Brevard, N.C.
She was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio to the late Robert Miller Parker and Mary Ellen Flatt Parker. Immediately prior to her recent illness, she taught General Science at the Henry County High School in McDonough. From 1998 to 2003, she was 4-H agent for Clayton County. A memorial service will take place at the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6. Survivors include one daughter, Julia Gervasio and her husband, Marc, of McDonough; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Benjamin Gervasio; and her husband, the Rev. Dr. James Lee Powell. She is also survived by her mother, Mary Ellen Parker of Raleigh, N.C.; and four sisters, Taffy Jordan of Brevard, N.C., Becky Lawson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Ellen Shintay of Raleigh, N.C. and Liz Kelleher of Greensboro, N.C. Memorials may be made to the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, 142 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, Georgia, or to Transylvania County Hospice, P. O. Box 2440, Brevard, N.C. 28712. Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (828) 884-2139.

Thursday, March 4, 2004

BUTLER
Mr. Wilburn T. Butler, 83, of Riverdale, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2004. He was a retired truck driver for Colonial Stores, Inc. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5 at the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church Cemetery. Preceded in death by his son, Lindy Jerome Butler, he is survived by his wife, Martha Kathryn Butler; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Odis Savage of Acworth; brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Jane Butler of Douglasville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Herman Mitchell of Rio Rancho, N.M., Frances and Whitley Arwood of Riverdale and Audrey and Bobby Oakes of Riverdale; sisters, Jessie Tucker of Hapeville and Mary Dunn of Smyrna; grandchildren, Amy Caylor and husband Warren, Shawn Savage, George Butler and wife Lisa, and Ann Marie Stinson and husband David; five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

SIKES
Otis Watson Sikes of Rex died Tuesday, March 2, 2004. A member of Forest Park United Methodist Church, he had retired from General Motors. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the chapel. Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy Harris of Social Circle, Ga.; son-in-law, Buster Harris; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Mitchell Pearce; brother, Luther Sikes; sisters, Nellie Hanks and Mildred Lovvorn; sister-in-law, Muriael Sikes; brother-in-law, Everett Lovvorn; grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements (404) 366-3522

March 5, 2004

Marcella Jean Schmenk
Marcella Jean Schmenk, beloved wife of James, fought a valiant battle against cancer. She succumbed Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, surrounded by her loving family. Marcella was born April 6, 1928, in Delphos, Ohio to Lowell and Ida Foust. She was truly devoted to her family. Marcella became a mother figure to her three brothers when her parents met an early death. She further proceeded to rear her own three children (who could be trying at times).
Marcella role-modeled a strong work ethic. She embraced life to the fullest. She was very active with the Lioness Club while living in Ohio. Then she discovered golf. But more than golf, Marcella loved flowers. Her yard was a showcase of her talent and passion. Marcella was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gordon Foust.
A memorial service to celebrate her full life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at Hampton United Methodist Chapel in Hampton, Ga. Survivors include her husband of 57 years; children, Pamela Lourens, James Schmenk Jr. and Craig Schmenk; grandchildren, Jeni Lourens, Kip Lourens, Nicholas Schmenk, Derrick Schmenk and Kevin Schmenk; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Makenzie and Mason Schmenk. She is further survived by her sister, Phyllis Schmenk (husband Richard); brother, Franklin Foust (wife Frances); brother, Keith Foust (wife Betty); sister-in-law, Jeanine Foust; Uncle Walter Foster, beloved dog Marcy; numerous nieces and nephews. Marcella will be truly and deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society. Wages & Son Funeral Home, Stone Mountain is in charge of arrangements. (770) 469-9811.

Freddie E. Sinyard
Freddie E. Sinyard, age 57, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, March 3, 2004. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6 from the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home with Major Jim Bovender and Captain Curt Sayre officiating. Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Sinyard; daughters, Annette Priscilla Garner of Jonesboro, Sheila Ann Sinyard of McDonough and Melissa Ann Sinyard of Jonesboro; sisters, Eva Mae Hulsey of Harrison County and Ruby Etta Hickey of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren, Timothy James Sinyard, Kristin Haley Sinyard, Heather Ann Sinyard, Austin Cole Garner, James Patrick Bowman II and Dustin Ryan Garner. The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

Lloyd R. Vernon Sr.
Mr. Lloyd R. Vernon Sr., age 71, of Jonesboro passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2004. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Vernon; children, Nancy Renee Minshew, Brenda G. White, Randy B. Vernon, Lloyd R. Vernon Jr., and Tanya L. Powell; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Pope Dickson & Son Funeral Home, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211

Sunday, March 7, 2004

BROOKSHIRE, Jr.
Homer "Butch" Brookshire, Jr. of Fayetteville passed away Monday, March 1, 2004. Survivors include his daughters, Haley of Fayetteville and Bethany of Newnan; grandson, Cameron Rex of Newnan; mother, Shirley Brookshire of Riverdale. He is also survived by his sisters Teresa and Keith Harris of Huntsville, Ala., Suzie Harper of Leicester, N.C. and Lorrie and Walter Montgomery of Bluffton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. The remains have been cremated.

MELVIN
Versia Lee Melvin, age 78, of Jonesboro, died Friday, March 5, 2004. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas Melvin. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7 in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mike Sorrow officiating. Interment will take place at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Lamar and Jean Melvin of Alpharetta and Harry and Kathy Melvin of Jonesboro; brother, Charles Power of Florida; sister, Dorothy McNair of Alabama; grandchildren, Traci Foreman, Dr. Terri Melvin and Christy Nash; great-grandchildren, Ashley Foreman, Amanda Foreman and Morgan Nash. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

HOBBS
James Beryl Hobbs, age 71, of Jonesboro, died Friday, March 5, 2004. He was employed for more than 30 years by Duke Tire Company in Forest Park. Graveside services will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at Camp Memorial Park. Friends and family are invited to attend. Dr. Gary Lewis will officiate. Survivors include his wife, LaRue Hobbs; daughter, Suzette and Chuck Ferrell of Hampton; sister, JoAnn and Ken Quattlebaum of McDonough; grandchildren, Hayley Ferrell and Nate Ferrell. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

WEBB
Harold Sherman Webb, age 87, of McDonough, died Friday, March 5, 2004. HE SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE and was of the Baptist faith. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8 in the Chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, with the Rev. Don Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife, Doris; sons, Donald H. Webb of McDonough and Kenneth D. Webb of Jesup, Ga.; sister, Frances Zurschmit of Akron, Ohio; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7.
Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com . Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-1414.

WOMACK
Joan M. (Tanner) Womack, age 63, of Griffin, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at her residence. She was formerly employed by Carter Industries of Griffin. Funeral services will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Ward's Fairview Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her daughters, Sherry Trahan of Jasper, Fla. and Patricia and Greg Camp of Hampton; son, Owen R. (Randy) and Karol Tanner of Monticello; parents, Gilmer and Lillian Morris of Jackson; brother, Joel Morris of Jackson; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 474-1231.

March 9, 2004

BLACKWELDER
Reneé K. Blackwelder, 72, of Jonesboro, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2004. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 in the chapel of Pope Dickson and Son Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Spencer Frye officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Sullivan and Dawn Wright; grandchildren, Michelle Sullivan Stephens, Lindsey Sullivan, Savannah Wright and Annika Wright; great-grandchild, Lacey Reneé Stephens. The family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
Pope Dickson and Son Funeral Home, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211. Please visit our website at www.popedickson.com.

EDGE
Annie Inez Edge, age 78, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2004. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at Parkway Garden Chapel, with Dr. Curtis Turner officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her daughters, Kitty Wright, Sherill Shelly and Lorrie Webb Allen; son, Mark Webb; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004
no obits

Man killed while avoiding dryer
Michael Ronald Hall's two sons are home now, trying to come to grips with the death of their father in an accident that happened as he was bringing them home from a baseball game. One (son) with a swollen jaw and some aches but they ran some X-rays on him and didn't find any broken bones. The other son also had some minor injuries. From  the condition of that car they were very fortunate. Around 10 p.m. Monday 43-year-old Hall, of Atlanta, and the boys, 9-year-old Michael and 6-year-old Marcus, were driving north on I-75 from McDonough where the Little League game was held. Just south of the Forest Parkway exit Hall was forced to swerve to avoid a clothes dryer that was in the middle of his lane, according to an official report. Witnesses said that Hall lost control of his Isuzu Rodeo and it began to tumble. By the end of that free fall Hall was dead. Investigators found the battered remains of the dryer, which was brand new and still in the box, at the accident scene where it had been hit by at least one car behind Hall's. Using serial numbers and other information on the dryer they traced its origin to a Home Depot store on Jonesboro Road north of Forest Park. But the trail stopped there temporarily when the store refused to let investigators see the documents regarding the dryer. Police are expected to subpoena the company for the documents Wednesday. Home Depot public relations personnel did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment. One of the mysteries surrounding the accident is if the dryer was purchased at the store how it ended up in the south-bound lane of the interstate south of the store. One question is whether it was bought at the store or on the way to the store from some other facility like a warehouse. Besides the Forest Park store, there is also one on Mt. Zion Road in Morrow near the interstate. Computerized records from the store might show the purchaser, time of purchase and other pertinent information. The Forest Park store closes at 10 p.m. Michael and Marcus were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center for treatment. The boys  were in the back seat, wearing seatbelts, at the time of the accident. Hall had been an assistant dean and director of the MBA program at Clark Atlanta University, his alma mater, for more than a year, said Ed Davis, dean of the university's School of Business. Davis also taught Hall when he was a student at the school in the 1980s, during which time Hall also met his wife, then fellow student Sabrina Tucker Hall. Davis visited the family on Tuesday. "The boys are in a state where they don't quite know what's going on," Davis said. "His wife is just devastated." Hall "brought a new energy and vitality to the job," Davis said. That was how Tucker and Tucker's son Sam Tucker Jr. remember Hall. The younger Tucker said that Hall was from Memphis, Tenn. Home Depot's resistance to the investigation has the family very unhappy. The elder Tucker used to be a big investor in Home Depot. He's livid. That's just offensive. Tucker said he had gone to the circus with Hall on Sunday. He said that as he drove his sister Sabrina Hall home from the hospital she had panic attacks each time she saw a truck. Mr. Tucker said Michael was one of the nicest, most decent people I have ever known. The family had not yet made funeral arrangements for Hall as of Tuesday evening.

March 11, 2004

STEELE
Mr. Wesley Moore Steele, 68, of Griffin, passed away Monday, March 8, 2004. Mr. Steele was born in Spalding County on June 30, 1935 to the late Ira Steele and the late Jennie V. Moore Steele. He was a member of Vineyard Baptist Church. Survivors include his son, Kenny Steele; sister, Eddie Naomi Bransford, Thomaston; brother, Johnny Steele of Jonesboro; aunt, Hilda Pass, Griffin; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Wesley Moore Steele will be conducted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. The Rev. Henry Anderson will officiate. Interments will follow in Griffin Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit the family this evening (Wednesday) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, is in charge of the arrangements.

March 12, 2004

LaRUE
Mr. Herbert B. LaRue, 71, of Lake City, passed away Friday, March 12, 2004. Mr. LaRue was a retired Dental Laboratory Technician and was the former owner and operator of Dental Service Laboratory in Lake City, Ga. He was a former Boy Scout Leader for Troop 912, a member of The Masonic Lodge in Forest Park, The Eastern Star and the Yaarab Shrine Temple.  Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 15 in the chapel of Pope Dickson and Son in Morrow. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park. Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Mrs. Lanelle LaRue; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Glenn Worley of Forest Park; sons and daughter-in-law, Philip and Lorraine LaRue of Sharpsburg and Scott LaRue of Morrow; grandchildren, Kira LaRue and Casey LaRue, both of Sharpsburg. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Pope Dickson and Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700. Please visit our website www.popedickson.com.

Monday, March 15, 2004

STEWART
Irma Dorothy Stewart, 83, of Jonesboro, died Friday, March 12, 2004. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Donald and Kiem Stewart of Jonesboro; grandchildren Sean Stewart, Stephen Stewart, Kiemberly Michelle Stewart; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004, in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 15, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Richmond Cemetery in Richmond, Ky. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700, is handling arrangements.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

ALLEN
Shirley Ruth Allen, age 69, of Rex, died Sunday, March 14, 2004. Mrs. Allen was born February 16, 1935, and was the daughter of Elmer and Ruth Lott. She was the widow of Sammy Lynn Allen. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 in the Chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her son, Mike and his wife Karen of Lawrenceville, and grandson Jason Garrard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. (770 914-1414.

MILLIS
Ruby Lucille Shirley Mills, 81, formerly of Clayton County, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Born in Belton, S.C., she moved to St. Petersburg in 1996 from Clayton County, where she was Tax Commissioner for 16 years, retiring in 1993. She was a member of the Business Professional Women of Clayton County, and was an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Lake Spivey Country Club. In St. Petersburg she was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Mills, and a brother, William Harold Shirley. Survivors include her son, William E. Mills of St. Petersburg; sisters, Virginia S. Ewing of Fayetteville, Ga. and Elizabeth Wardlaw Gardner of Greensboro, N.C.; grandson, Grant Daniel Mills of Atlanta; nieces, Ginger Ewing, Anna Marie Day and Dottie Salerno; nephew, William Harold Shirley.
Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, Fla. is in charge of arrangements. (727) 321-3321.

YOUNG
Dean Young of McDonough died Saturday, March 13, 2004. He was a tax attorney in the Henry County area. He is preceded in death by his father Marion "Dutch" Young. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Terry Young; daughter Lauren Young of McDonough; mother Jane M. Young of Jonesboro; sister Cheryl Young of Fayetteville; brothers Mitch and Robin Young of Fayetteville, N.C., and Brent and Julie Young of Atlanta. Memorial services will take place at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, March 16 at Pristine Chapel Lakeside, 7541 Mt. Zion Blvd., Jonesboro, with Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Those who desire may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 135 Bradford Square, Suite B, Fayetteville, Ga., 30215, or the Good Shepherd Clinic c/o First Baptist Church of Morrow, 1647 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow, Ga., 30260. Metro Crematory of Peachtree City, (770) 631-4101, is handling arrangements.

ZIMMERMAN
Mr. Albert "Al" Karl Zimmerman of Stockbridge died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Henry Medical Center. A chapel service will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, with the Rev. David Neece officiating. Survivors include his wife, Tina Zimmerman; sons, Albert Kendall Zimmerman and Eric Brandon Zimmerman and their mother, Grace Zimmerman of Stockbridge; daughters, Courtney Cazzell and Leanna Myrick of Stockbridge; mother, Doris England Brown and Frank C. Brown of McDonough; father-in-law, Charles and Madelien Pope of Lake Park; sisters, Robin and Rick Flanagan of Jonesboro and Joanne and Dave Neece of Newnan; sister-in-law, Victor and Mauri Burroughs of Lucedale, Miss.; brothers, Clarence and Marsha Zimmerman of Dale City, Va., Richard and Pam Arnold of Garden City, Mich. and Randall and Connie Arnold of Jonesboro; godmother, Rosa Bolen of Centerville, Va.; aunt, Janet and Maurice McFarland of Herndon, Va.; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

March 17, 2004

RICHEY
Mr. K.V. Richey of Forest Park died Monday, March 15, 2004, at his residence. HE SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE DURING WORLD WAR II. A chapel service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, with the Rev. Ray Waters officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife, Betty Zimmerman; daughter, Becky Lynn McPherson of Forest Park; sons, Wayne Richey of Griffin and Michael Richey of Conley; sisters, Fay Rovnak of Columbus, Ohio, Edith Tucker of Panama City, Fla. and Camillia Richey of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

THOMSON
Marie F. (Perrault) Thomson, 81, of Morrow, passed away Monday, March 15, 2004. Mrs. Thomson was a member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Jonesboro. Mrs. Thomson was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Mr. Fred Thomson. A funeral Mass for Mrs. Thomson will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 18 at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, with Father Gregory Hartmayer officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Laura Thomson; daughter and son-in-law, Gail (Thomson) Winters and Wayne Winters; grandchildren, William and Margaret Thomson; sisters, Demi Benoit, Helen Judge, Patricia Duvall, Virginia Perry, Jeanne Perrault and Joan Carter; brothers, Robert Perrault and Eli Perrault; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Pope Dickson and Son Funeral Directors, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700. Please visit our Web site at www.popedickson.com.

March 18, 2004

GOSSETT
Sarah F. Gossett of Lake City passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2004. A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 18 at the chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Settle officiating. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Sherry Grant; sons, Clinton Gossett and Jeffery Gossett; sister, Ida Lee Cape; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.

K.V. Richey
Mr. K.V. Richey of Forest Park died Monday, March 15, 2004, at his residence. HE SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE DURING WORLD WAR II. A chapel service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, with the Rev. Ray Waters officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife, Betty Richey; daughter, Becky Lynn McPherson of Forest Park; sons, Wayne Richey of Griffin and Michael Richey of Conley; sisters, Fay Rovnak of Columbus, Ohio, Edith Tucker of Panama City, Fla. and Camillia Richey of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

March 19, 2004

BYERS
Johnnie Waymon Byers, 86, of Gainesville, Ga. passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2004. Mr. Byers was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church as well as a member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville. He was a member of the Golden Nugget Club as well as a member of the Masons. MR. BYERS SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II. Services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at McBride Funeral Home, Ripley, Miss. Survivors include his son, Kenneth and Linda Byers of Gainesville; grandchildren, Elizabeth Kelly, Allison Clifton and Jonathan Byers; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Clifton, Erin Kelly and Ashley Kelly; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

March 20, 2004

HAMBY
William Fred Hamby, 84, of Forest Park passed away Friday, March 19, 2004. Mr. Hamby was a member of Jones Memorial Methodist Church and a charter member of Skyland Methodist. Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, March 22 at Tara Garden Chapel with the Rev. Candy Thacker officiating. The interment will be at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include nieces and nephews and cousins and friends in the community. The family will receive friends Monday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jones Memorial Methodist Church, 5320 Phillips Drive, Morrow, GA 30260. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

CARMICHAEL
Edna Lee Weems Carmichael passed away Thursday, March 18, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Carmichael, and son, David Carmichael. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, March 20 at Parkway Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include her daughters, Donna Price of Stockbridge and Cindy Carey of McDonough; sons, Jimmy Carmichael of Griffin and Mark Carmichael of McDonough; sister, Ruth Bray of Palmetta; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

CAMILLI (Len)
Mr. Leonard Francis Camilli (Len), age 77, of Stockbridge died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at his residence in the presence of his dear ones, friends and family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Whiddon Camilli in 1999. Len was born Dec. 3 1926, in Summit, N.J., son of the late Mary Barnis and Peter Camilli. He attended Rutgers University, and after serving in the Army Air Force graduated from Seton Hall University with honors. He was part of the first group to establish and utilize computers in the textile industry at J.P. Stevens Woolen Mills and later was Director of Purchasing at Forstmann Worsted and Woolens until retirement. Marilyn and Len were devoted parents. He believed in Christian stewardship and lived a dedicated and a productive spiritual life of service in the Roman Catholic Church in the diocese of Charlotte, N.C. Here in McDonough at the St. James The Apostle Catholic Parish he was an RCIA team member, led classes and retreats for adults coming into the Catholic Church, served on its Advancement Commission, and loved its congregation. His experiences in the Curcillo movement prepared and motivated him for such leadership. He also was a Knight of Columbus, Council 7601, and a member of the Regional Board of the George State Mental Health Commission. He enjoyed golf, and only a short month before his death he and his twin brother John spent a weekend in Florida golfing. A funeral Mass for Mr. Camilli will be Monday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in McDonough with Msgr. Terry W. Young as celebrant. Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Elizabeth Camilli, Jean Camilli and Mary Lynne and Edward Berg, all of Stockbridge; sister, Mary Ann Johnson of Berkeley Heights, N.J.; brothers, John and Maureen Camilli of Burton, Mich. and Philip Camilli of New Providence, N.J.; sister-in-law, Virlin Phillips of Tifton, Ga.; brother-in-law, Frank Castagna of Tifton; grandchildren, Larissa, Lily and David Berg of Stockbridge, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21 and a prayer rosary from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Interment will be on Tuesday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Oakridge Cemetery in Tifton.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to St. James Catholic Church, 1000 Decatur Rd., McDonough, GA 30252. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough is in charge of arrangements. (770)- 14-8833.

HENLEY
Gordon E. Henley, age 68, of McDonough died Friday, March 19, 2004. Mr. Henley, recipient of a heart transplant in 1996, was a valued member of the transplant community. He served the St. Joseph's Heart Transplant Association as its President in 1998. Gordon also participated, along with 40 others from St. Joseph's in the Transplant Olympics held annually at various locations across the nation. He was a major contributor to "Going Out," an organ donor recruitment program utilizing DMV registration and donor education programs in the schools. Gordon also spearheaded the formation of the "Around-Town Dinners." These quarterly events provided a forum for transplant families to share their experiences. Celebration of the life of Gordon E. Henley will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21 in the Chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, 2580 Highway 42 North, McDonough, Ga. with the Rev. Tracey Smith and the Rev. Buddy Norton officiating. Interment will follow the service at Fairview Memorial Gardens, 164 East Fairview Road, Stockbridge. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Geraldine (Coviello) Henley; son, Barry E. Henley; and 3 brothers, David, James, and W. C. Henley. His mother, Madeline (Neal) Henley, and his father, Henry Henley, both preceded him in death. Also surviving are Jean Diaz, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and eight nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Gordon E. Henley to the St. Joseph's Mercy Foundation, 5673 Dunwoody Road, NE, Suite 650, Atlanta, GA 30342. (404) 851-5716. Funds will be used to provide financial assistance to heart transplant candidates and recipients who require financial support to access certain medical services, purchase medications, and to meet other family expenses directly associated with heart transplantation at St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta. www.cannon-cleveland.com (770) 914-1414.

March 23, 2004

WOODWARD
Malane Allred Woodward, Baptist, of Riverdale, Ga., formerly of Columbus, Ga., passed away March 21, 2004.
She will be missed by her family, who describes her as a loving mother, taking note of the 52 years she devoted her life to their sister, Trish. She was preceded in death by her son, Harold "Buddy" Woodward, Jr. and her brother, Cecil Allred. Survivors include her former husband, Harold Woodward Sr.; daughters, Patricia Ann "Trish" Woodward of Riverdale, Cathe Woodward Watson and Richard of Columbus, and Sherrilyn Woodward Kenyon and Lawrence of Tennessee; son, Steven Norbert Woodward and Gayle of Riverdale; sister, Anna Liles and Gene of Douglasville; brothers, Ancil Allred of Riverdale and Dural Allred and Linda of Locust Grove; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services will be held at Parkway Garden Chapel, Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 3 p.m. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be accepting visitors from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and again on Wednesday. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park, is in charge of arrangements.

March 26, 2004

STEPHENS
Mr. E.L. Stephens, 84, of Jonesboro passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Christian City Convalescence.
He was born Jan. 24, 1920, son of the late E.L. Stephens Sr. and Pearl McMullen Stephens. HE WAS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II and a member of the Masons. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27 in the Jonesboro chapel of Pope Dickson Funeral Home with the Rev. Oliver B. Wood Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Jonesboro City Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Juanita R. Stephens; children, Laura S. Ali-Talha and Larbi, and Kay T. Owens and Larry; brother, Jack Stephens; sister, Dorothy McBrayer; grandchildren, Jason Stephens Ali-Talha, Sabrina Ali-Talha, Mike Owens and Dr. Chris Owens. Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro Building Fund. Pope Dickson Funeral Home, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211.

YOUNG
Mr. Stonewall "Stone" Jackson Young of Jonesboro died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Sunbridge N.H., Griffin, Ga. A chapel service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27 with the Rev. Dennis Fowler officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Survivors include his sister, Grace Wood of Griffin; sisters-in-law, Ann and Daniel Hand of Barnesville, Catherine and Ricky Henderson of Jonesboro, Louise and Roy Lee Fowler of Fayetteville, Lillian and Don Madison of Berry, Ala., and Martha Stancell of Morrow; brothers-in-law, Clifford and Juanita Hand of Jonesboro, Henry and Kathleen Hand of Barnesville, Byron "Butch" Hand of Fayetteville, Roy and Barbara Hand of Fayetteville and Don Hand of Jackson. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Mar. 27, 2004

HAMBLIN
Justin "Lamar" Hamblin, 65, of Stockbridge passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Henry Medical Center.
He was a member of Stockbridge Masonic Lodge 691. Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29 at Fairview Memorial Gardens with Dr. Trenton Swanson officiating. Survivors include his wife, Anita; children and spouses, Luann and Scott Saunders of Stockbridge, Linda and Steve Kettner of Senoia, Billy and Teresa Puckett Jr. of Sharpsburg, Angela and Bubba Tittle of Locust Grove and Christina and Mike Stevens of Douglasville; grandchildren, Scottie, Phillip, Michael, Matthew, Brittany, Amanda, Blake, and Caitlyn; and several great-grandchildren and other relatives. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the American Heart Association, 1101 North Chase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067. (770) 952-1316. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home of Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

FOGLE
George Elliott "Doc" Fogle, 62, of McDonough died Thursday, March 25, 2004. Dr. Fogle was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Griffin, Ga., son of the late George Elliott and Helen Wilburn Fogle. He was a retired dentist and AN ARMY VETERAN OF THE KOREAN CONFLICT. He was a member of the Henry County Rotary Club. Funeral services will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Surviving are his daughter, Jane Elizabeth Fogle of McDonough; sister, Helen Fogle Jones of Calhoun; granddaughter, Tia Elizabeth Fogle of McDonough; and three nephews. The family will receive friends today from 2 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Three Corporate Square, Suite 120, Atlanta, GA 30329, and the Henry County Rotary Club, 215 Regents Park, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-1414.

March 29, 2004

WILLITS
John Carter Willits, 65, of Southermill Overlook Blairsville, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2004, at his home following an extended illness. Willits was born May 9, 1938, in Hillsdale, Mich., the son of the late Howard Willits and the late Muriel Carter Willits. He was a member of the ATO, Georgia Bar Association, a former member of the Riverdale Bass Club, a member of the Georgia Bass Federation and a fundraiser for Boy Scouts of America. He was an attorney where he had practiced real estate law in Jonesboro for more than 27 years. He had a great passion for fishing. He and his sons had taken many fishing trips to Lunding, Mich., Canada and Alaska. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Howard Willits. Willits was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County. Surviving are his loving wife of 38 years, Sharon Lee Olson Willits of Blairsville; two sons and one daughter-in-law; James and Charlene Willits of McDonough, John Willits of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Aaron Lunsford and Benjamin Rust; many other relatives and friends also survive. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 2, 2004, at 2 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie Herring officiating. Special music will be presented by Jeff Bauman and Cindy DeFoor. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that donations be made to Regency Hospice or First United Methodist Church of Union County in Mr. Willits' memory. Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville, (706) 745-3456, is handling arrangements.

EUBANKS
Lillian Whiting Eubanks entered life into eternity from her home at Azalea Estates in Fayetteville on Saturday, March 27, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Eubanks. She is survived by her daughter Charlotte Scurry of Islamorada, Fla. and Jonesboro, Ga.; her two grandsons Jeff and Cindy Scurry and Kenneth and Shelly Scurry; and eight grandchildren, all of Fayetteville; and her sister Louelle Harris of Marietta. Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Morrow. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Those desiring may make donations to Good Shepherd Clinic, c/o First Baptist Church of Morrow, 1647 Lake Harbin Road, Jonesboro, Ga. 30260. Carl J. Mowell & Son of Fayetteville is handling arrangements.

March 31, 2004

LEWIS
Helen Ellis Lewis, age 79, of Jonesboro, died Saturday, March 27, 2004. Her husband, Robert Leon Lewis, and brothers, Jim, Ed, Paul and Jack Ellis preceded her in death. Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 31 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Tom Daugherty officiating. Survivors include her daughters, Becky and Larry Martin of Braselton and Debbie Gentry of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Kimberly and Ashley; many friends at LaFayette Nursing Home and Baptist Inn; nephews, Steve and Doug Ellis; other nieces and nephews. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 461-7641.
 

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