Gerald Nichols Obituary

Gerald Allen Nichols
November 9, 1945 - March 27, 2014

Gerald Allen Nichols of Riverdale, GA, passed March 27, 2014 at his residence after a long illness.  He is
survived by his wife, Carol Nichols; 3 children, Rodney Nichols, Duane Nichols and Connie Caine; grand-
children, Emily, Rayna, Reagan, Rihiannon & Cody Nichols, David & Leo Caine and a host of other relatives
and friends.  Funeral service for Mr. Gerald Allen Nichols will be held Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 2 pm at
Tara Garden Chapel funeral Home, 681 N. Ave., Jonesboro, GA.  Burial at Fairview Memorial Gardens
Cemetery, 164 Fairview Rd., Stockbridge, GA.  Please visit our website to extend condolences. 


Sidney Johnston Cook III
August 8, 1933 - February 13, 2014

     Since he was a young boy growing up in Moultrie, Ga, Sidney
Johnston Cook III wanted to fly.
     His dream came true when he graduated from the Aviation
Cadets Training Program in June, 1955.  He got his wings, his
commission all in one week.
     He served three years in the United States Air Force before
settling down with his wife Melba Schwall, in metro Atlanta to
begin a career as a commercial airline pilot with Southern Airways.  Over his thirty year airline career, Sid flew the DC-3,
Martin 404, DC-9 and Boeing 757.
     During Sid and Melba's 59 happy years together, they had
two children, Pam and Jeff.  Sid touched many people's lives
along the way with his enthusiastic and generous personality.
In addition to his commercial flight career, his flying experience
included hot air balloons and gliders.  Sid ministered with several
groups including prison visitation, as a church elder and put his
skills as an amateur magician to good use with performances for
youth and church groups.  In 1987, Sid retired from flying as
his son was beginning a career as an airline pilot for American
Airlines.  Sid lived the rest of his life in Peachtree City, Ga. and
Naples, Fl. and became known as "Dadaw" to his grandchildren.
He enjoyed tracking the conditions for  his son's airline flights,
rooting on the Georgia Tech yellow jackets, performing magic
tricks for his five grandchildren and was always interested and
delighted in each family members' successes.   He and the love
of his life Melba also enjoyed traveling as they shared new
experiences and enjoyed life together.
     He graduated from Georgia Military Academy and attended
Georgia Tech before joining the Air Force.  He was a member
of Southwest Christian Church.  Sidney Cook III took his final
flight home to heaven on Feb. 13 at the age of 80. A memorial
service is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at Parrott
Funeral Home in Fairburn.  Visitation will begin at 3 p.m., also
at Parrott.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Sid's
honor to Grace For All Training and Benevolence Center for
the Children of Ethiopia, Southwest Christian Church in
East Point or the Atlanta Humane Society.  He is survived by
his loving wife, his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jon
Fausett, his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and and Jennifer
Cook, and his five grandchildren -- Ryan Fausett, Drew Fausett,
Ben Fausett, Lindsey Cook and Davis Cook.  Our family feels
incredibly blessed and proud to have had him as a husband,
father, and grandfather.  His top priorities of faith and family
were never in question.  We will carry his wonderful sense of
humor, gentle spirit and consistent love and leadership with us


08/08/1933  -  02/13/2014




William Elwyn Aultman
November 19, 1938 - February 9, 2014

William Elwyn Aultman, age 75, of Fayetteville, GA, passed away February 9,2014.
He was preceded in death by his son Rex Aultman and father Owen Aultman.  He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gloria Aultman; his
mother Emmie G. Aultman of Bainbridge, GA; son Roy Aultman and wife Jessica of Fairburn, GA; daughter Amy Helm and Husband Patrick
of Elizabethtown, KY; grandchildren John Selman, Sarah Selman, and Raelee Helm; brother Hilton Aultman and wife Margaret; and niece
Laura Aultman Fortino.  The family wants to thank their dear friend Nelda Green for her years of support.

Mr. Aultman was a longtime member of Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, GA.  He began his career with Southern Airways Company
at the Bainbridge Georgia Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic in 1958.  He moved to Atlanta in 1959 and began working for Southern
Airways (Inc.) which later became Republic Airlines and retired from his career with Northwest Airlines in November 2000.  He served in the
Air Force reserve for 5 years.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am at Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville.  The burial will follow
at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Mowell Funeral Home,
Fayetteville.  In case of inclement weather, please contact the funeral home.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville -



James Allen Childs
January 30, 1933 - December 16, 2013

Mr. James Allen Childs, Sr., Age 80, of Barnesville, GA passed away peacefully at home on December 16, 2013.

Mr. Childs was born in Griffin, GA on January 30, 1933 to the late Allen Herman Childs and the late Annie Laurie Childs.

Mr. Childs graduated from Spalding County High School in 1952 where he played the position of tackle on the football team.  Here he met the love of his life, Betty Laney Childs, who would share his life for 62 years.  Allen and Betty were married on June 29, 1952 in Griffin, GA.  Mr. Childs was employed by Northwest Airlines for 38 years.  He enjoyed fishing, camping and was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.  Mr. Childs was a member of Second Baptist Church in Griffin and of the of the Christian Friends Sunday School class.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Laney Childs; daughters and sons-in-law, Cyndy and John Hemphill, Sr. of Leesburg, Laurie and Ricky James of Powder Springs; son and daughter-in-law, Jepp and Karen Childs of Griffin; grandchildren, Candice Childs, Cameron Childs, John Hemphill, Jr., and fiancee, Marisa, Chris Hemphill, Jennifer Radloff and husband, Nick, Robby James and fiancee, Vanessa, Matt James; great-grandchildren, Tanner Garvin, Chloe James; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Mary Nell Childs of Senoia; several nieces and nephews; his brand and joy, Lacee Lou, his yorkie.

Funeral services for Mr. James Allen Childs, Sr. will be conducted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 3 pm at Second Baptist Church in Griffin.  Mr. Don Yarbrough and Rev. Chris Hemphill will officiate.  Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family Thursday afternoon from 2 pm until the service hour at the church.

Robert W Harris
December 10, 2013

Robert W Harris of Sharpsburg passed away December 10, 2013.  He was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Harris, and is survived by his wife, Louise Anderlene (Andy) Harris of Sharpsburg; daughter, Glenda Bryant and her  husband Andy of Fayetteville, son, Charles Harris and his wife Nancy of Newnan; daughter-in-law, Ella Harris of Jackson, TN; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2 o'clock at the First Christian Church of Tyrone with remains placed in-state at 1 o'clock.  Minister Gary Boyd, Minister Ralph Warren will be officiating.  Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Gardens.  Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at  The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory.  770-964-4800.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 12, 2013

Glenn C Daniel
November 16, 1942 -  November 3, 2013
Died November 3, 2013.  His remains were cremated.  There was a memorial service November 16 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park.

Edward Dewey Smith
July 5, 1950 – October 1, 2013 

Funeral services for Edward Dewey Smith, 63, of Calvary, GA, are at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013, at the Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary, GA.  Rev. Keith Beck will officiate.  Interment will be in Piedmont Cemetery, Calvary, GA.  Mr. Smith passed away at his home in Calvary, GA, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. 
Active pallbearers will be Myron Jones, Gene Jones, Sammy Perkins, Russell Carter, Donald Dalton, and Clay Dalton.   
Mr. Smith was born on July 5, 1950, in Atlanta, GA, to the late Dewey Needham Smith and Margaret Jones Smith.  He served his country in the United States Air Force.  He was married to Melissa Sanders Smith, who survives.  He worked as a CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT with Southern Airways.  He was of the Baptist faith.      
Survivors include: wife, Melissa Sanders Smith of Calvary, GA; son, Thomas David Frain (Ashley) of Hernando, MS; grandchildren, Elijah Frain of Hernando, MS, Sarah Frain of Hernando, MS; nephews, William Matthew Frain of Hernando, MS, Joshua George Frain (Jackie) of Memphis, TN, Michael Murphy (Kellee) of Atlanta, GA; niece, Melanie Murphy Knight (Ashley) of Whigham, GA; great-nephews Eli and Ethan Knight both of Whigham, GA; great-niece Reagan Murphy of Atlanta, GA; and a  brother, Harvey Mack Smith of Boca Raton, FL.   
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Dewey and Margaret Smith; and a sister, Karen Smith Murphy.  
Memorials may be made in Mr. Smith's memory to: the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675; or the Piedmont Cemetery Fund, %Lamar Strickland, P. O. Box 7, Calvary, GA  39829.       
The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

September 16, 2013

William Kenneth Killebrew, a ten-year resident of Destin, died after a long illness on Sunday at Sacred Heart Hospital of Emerald Coast.  He was 75.  He was the son of the late William Thomas "Captain Bill" Killebrew, a local TV personality for years in Memphis, and the late Marie Buckley Killebrew of Memphis, TN.  After cremation, memorial service will be held at Destin United Methodist Church of Destin on Friday, September 20th at 2:00 pm.  

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Johnson Killebrew; son, William Kenneth Killebrew, Jr and sister, Kay Killebrew Conaway, all of Memphis.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Johnson Killebrew; son, Keith McClellan Killebrew of Fayetteville, TN; sister, Judy Killebrew Lambert of Medon, TN; stepson Jason Collard, West Memphis, AR; and stepdaughter, Shannon Armstrong, Destin. He is also survived by grandsons, William K. (Trey) Killebrew, III and Trevor Harding of Denton, TX; Thomas Killebrew and Jackson Killebrew of Fayetteville, TN; Alex Armstrong of West Memphis, AR, Charlie Armstrong of Destin; Whit Collard and Grey Collard, West Memphis, AR and granddaughters, Elizabeth "Bee" Armstrong, Destin and Sydney Collard, West Memphis, AR .  He also leaves his nephew, Michael Lambert of Medon, TN and his nieces, Natalie Lambert Hill, Clinton, MS and Molly Conaway Dill, Memphis, TN.  

He was born at home in Dresden, TN.  After the family moved to Memphis, at age 5, he ran away from home and was found on his way to the Memphis airport with his toy airplane tucked under his arm.  He meant to fly.  He went on to attend Memphis State University and join the Army Reserve.  He was granted a loan from Mr. Hartzog, the founder of Hart's Bakery in Memphis for flying lessons. He then crop-dusted to accumulate hours for his commercial pilot's license. He joined Southern Airways in 1965.  He retired as captain on the DC-10 from Northwest Airlines in 1998 with 33 years of service.  He was an ardent animal lover and his three cats: Sophie, China and Shadow were a constant source of joy and comfort to him.

His giving spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his many friends.  He was a character one never forgets.  

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to either Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach St., Destin, FL. 32541  or to the ALS Association, Florida Chapter, 3242 Parkside Center, Tampa, FL 33619-0907. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013 5:22 PM
I am sad to inform you that Kenny Killebrew passed away today, Sept. 15 in Destin, FL.   He had been ill for quite some time and was in the hospital when he passed. 
The funeral is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm at Destin United Methodist Church on Beach Drive. This is all of the information I have at this time.
I do not know which funeral home is in charge, so you might want to check the local paper for an obituary.
Dale Witter


James "Jim" Mann

May 23, 1927 - September 6, 2013


James “Jim” Mann, 86, died at his home in New Albany, Mississippi on September 6, 2013. He died peacefully after an extended illness with his family and friends at his bedside. A native of LaGrange, Georgia, he was born on May 23, 1927 to Kermit and Alma Mann. He attended Auburn University prior to being called to serve in World War II. He was employed in the airline business most of his adult life in Nashville, Tennessee and Miami, Florida. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge and active in the Boy Scouts of America. In 1972, he served as president of the Rotary Club in Donelson, Tennessee and was also a member of the American Legion. He was a charter member of Donelson Methodist Church before moving his membership to First United Methodist Church of New Albany. Jim had a contagious smile and loved to make others laugh. He loved music, sports but most of all he loved spending time with family. 

The family will celebrate Jim’s life with a private memorial service at his home on Sunday, September 15th officiated by Chaplain Taz Irby. Burial will be in the family cemetery. 

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Anna Mann, and by his parents. 

Jim is survived by his wife of 22 years, Yvonne Mosley Mann; daughter Cathy Malis (Bob) of Hawaii; son Gerry Mann (Carole) of Germantown, Tennessee; Rob Mosley (Gail) of the Auburn Community; Lee Waldrop (Scott) of New Albany; his grandchildren Joel Mann; Ryan, Kyle and Conner Malis; Michelle Ondo; Luke Mosley ; Jimbo, John Holt and Mary Scott Waldrop ; and five great grandchildren. 

In remembrance of Jim’s life, the family request donations made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801. 


Born: May 23, 1927
Death: September 6, 2013


Willie Turnipseed

Homegoing celebration for Mr. Willie William Turnipseed will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Shiloh Baptist Church, 216 W. Mill St., Jonesboro,
Rev. James E Harris, eulogist.  Interment Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.  His remains will lie in state at the church from 12:00 noon until the hour of service.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Nellie Turnipseed; 5 children, Ms. Joyce Eason, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Turnipseed (Lynne), Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence McNear (Thelma), Mr. and Mrs. Edwards Turnipseed (Donna), and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Turnipseed (Tanya); 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren,
3 sisters and 2 brothers, 1 aunt, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  The viewing will be held today from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, chapel of W. D. Lemon &
Sons Funeral Home,  2090 Joylake Road, Morrow,  (404-361-4284.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 30, 2013

Don Grayson Sanders
(xx-xx-xx  -  August 17, 2013)

Don Grayson Sanders, 60, died August 17, 2013.  He was a ground maintenance tech for Delta Air Lines in Memphis.  Visitation 11 am - 1 pm Tuesday, August 20 at
Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home of Hernando.  Graveside service will be 2 pm Tuesday, August 20 in Greenleaf Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Gwen Sanders of
Oxford, MS and his daughter, Hana Sanders of New Albany, MS.  Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home (662) 429-6262.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on August 19, 2013.


Michael White
December 26, 1955 - August 11, 2013

Mr. Michael White, 57, died Sunday, August 11, 2013, at Regional Hospital of Jackson.

Services will be Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 12:00 noon at Fredonia Baptist Church, 2752 Fredonia Road, Stanton.  Interment will be in Wesley Cemetery in Staton.
There will be a visitation Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at Fredonia Baptist Church.

Memorial may be made to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of American, Inc. in his name.

Rawls Funeral Home Brownsville (731) 772-1472


Jerry Hughes

The services for Jerry "Chewy" Hughes are as follows:    All services will be held at:   Twin Oaks Funeral Home

                                                                                                                                          290 Goodman Road, East
                                                                                                                                          Southaven, MS
                                                                                            Visitation:  Friday, August, 2, 2013
                                                                                                                12:00 - 2:00  p.m.
                                                                                            Memorial Service:  Friday, August 2, 2013
                                                                                                                            2:00 p.m.  (immediately following visitation) 
                                                                                            No information on burial.


Roy Dale Smith
(xx-xx-xx  -  July 17, 2013)

Family Placed Death Notice

Roy Dale Smith, age 79, of Smyrna, passed away Wednesday, July 17th.  A graveside service will be held 1 PM C.S.T. Friday, July 19th at Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery in Centre, AL.  Mr. Smith had been resident of Smyrna for 49 years.  He was employed as an Aviation Inspector in the Engine Shop at Northwest
Airlines before retiring.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #160 and the Moose Club.  Surviving are: Wife - Lois Virginia Smith of Smyrna, 2 sons -
Gary Ronald Smith (Debbie) of Stockbridge, Tony Gerald Smith (Janet) of Canton, 2 daughters - Virginia Dale Helfert (Jim) of Cedartown, Glenda Gale Smith of
Pasadena, CA, Sister - Jane Noggle of Marietta, 5 Grandsons, 1 Great Granddaughter.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18th at
Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna (770-435-4467.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 18, 2013



William Wilkin Barker Jr.
September 25, 1936 - July 15, 2013

On Monday, July 15, 2013 William Wilkin Barker, Jr. age 76. beloved son of the late William Wilkin Barker, Sr. and Catherine Chisolm Barker.  Brother of Rosemary Campise Mauras (Melvin) and Rita Carmpise Golemi (Joe).  A native of New Orleans, LA and a longtime resident of Alexander City, AL.

Bill is suvived by sons William W. Barker III (Maritza) and Patrick Timothy Baker, daughters Dana Ann Barker and Carol Barker Logreco (Joey), and stepson Yann Audbert  Bill is the loving grandfather of Ali Logreco, William W. Barker IV and Katelyn Elizabeth Barker.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bill was a Major in the U.S.Army where he was a pilot.  He was also a Major in the Louisiana Air National Guard where he trained helicopter pilots for combat duty in Vietnam.  In civilian life, Bill was a commercial a8irline pilot until  his retirement from Southern Airways.  Bill was also a dedicated and devoted substance abuse counselor who dramatically impacted the lives of the many people he counseled, as well as their families.

Family and friends are invited (to) the Funeral Mass on Friday, July26 at 11:00am and continues until Mass time.  Inerment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at



Larry D. Brock
(xx-xx-xx  -  July 14, 2013)

Larry D Brock, age 79, of Newnan, GA died at Doctor's Hospice on July 14, 2013.  He was born in College Park, GA, on November 14, 1933, to the late Eurie Brock and Ruth Russill Brock.  He served in the United States Army and was retied from Northwest Airlines in ramp service.  Larry was an elder at New Antioch Christian Church where he taught Sunday School and was a member of the Sylvan Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed tinkering with small engines.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette "Mama" Brock; sons, Clay Brock (Bonnie), Lee Brock (Peggy); daughter, Sissy Vining; brother, Grey Brock (Barbara); sister, Joyce Hughes; grandchildren, Stephen, Carrie, Benjamin, and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Clayton, Katie, Aiden, and Stephia.  A memorial servicfe will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at New Antioch Christian Church with Evangelist Terry Sullivan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Doctors Hospice of Georgia, 1008 Highway 54W, Fayetteville, GA 30214.  Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home, Newnan, 770-253-4723.




John Cyrus MacGregor
April 3, 1942 - July 11, 2013

John Cyrus MacGregor, 71, of Peachtree City, passed away July 11, 2013.  He was a natyive of West Point, GA.  John became an eagle scout while still in high school.  He graduated from Emory University and later joined the United States Air Force.  After his military service he became a pilot with Southern Airways and later retired with Northwest Airlines.  He was a member of Peachtree City United Methodist Church and the Monday Friday Golf Group at Cannongate.  He is survived by his wife Janet MacGregor of Peachtree City, GA; sons Robert (Elizabeth) MacGregor of Salt Lake City, UT and Scott (Shannon) MacGregor of Augusta, GA; step-sons Brad (Melanie) Flowers of Wake Forest, NC and Bill Flowers & Ernest Chandler of Albany, GA; grandchildren Sydney & John MacGregor and Will & Drew Flowers.    A memorial service will be held Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church.

Carl J Mowell & Son, Peachtree City -


Geraldine "Gerrie" Hartzog
November 25, 1938 - July 8, 2013


Memorial services for Ms. Geraldine "Gerrie", 74, of Eufaula, was held July 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. from Kent Funeral Home Chapel in Eufaula.  Hospice Chaplain Tom Stevenson officiating with Kent Funeral Home directing.  Visitation for Ms. Hartzog was held from
1:30 pm until service time at the funeral home.  Ms. Hartzog died Monday, July 8, at her residence after an extended illness.

Born November 25, 1938, in Athens, Limestone County.  Ms. Hartzog was the daughter of the late Carroll and Thelma Ella Phillips
Pugh.  She had lived in Eufaula since May 2012.  she was retired after 37 and a half years with North Western Airlines (sic).

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Ginger Hartzog, Clayton; a daughter and son-in-law, Dana H. and Winfred
Griggs, Seale; a brother and sister-in-law, John William and Shirley Pugh, Rogersville; a grandson, John Vernon Griggs; three step
grandchildren, Frankie Adams, Brooke Mason and Jason Tibbs; and four step great-grandchildren, Averie and Dempsey Adams and
Sawyer and Crawford Mason.

Published in the Decatur Daily on July 10, 2013.


(May 10, 1936 - June 21, 2013)

Solon Tomlinson, 77, died Friday, June 21, 2013.  He was born on May 10, 1936 in Holly Springs, MS.  Mr. Tomlinson was retired from Northwest Airlines after 37 years and served in the Army.  An avid outdoorsman, he would go fishing whether he caught anythhing or not.  He also loved UT football.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie Ann Tomlinson Hensley,' his parents, Solon Hugh and Maudie Brown Tomlinson' and sister, Jane Reid.  He is survived by his wife of 37 years years, Evelyn Mullins Tomlinson; son, James Allen, both of Memphis; daughter , Leah Moore (Greg) of Middleton, TN; grandchildren, Taran Hensley of Claremont, CA, Joe and Graham Allen of Memphis and Josey, Sam and Rebekah Moore of Middleton, TN.  He also leaves his sister Bonnie Dover (Richard) of Rosemark, TN and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at Holly Springs Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 25 at 11:a.m.  Visitation will start at 10 am Tuesday prior to the service.  Pastor Steven Curtis will officiate. Burial in Holly Crest Cemetery.  The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Institute for Cancer Research.  Holly Springs Funeral Home (662) 252-1161

Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 24, 3013.

RICHARD ANTHONY "TONY" STRADINGER  Richard Anthony (Tony) Stradinger
August 23, 1945 - May 29, 2013

Richard Anthony "Tony" Stradinger, died May 29, 2013, age 67.  Beloved husband of Carolyn L.
Dearest father of Michelle Darling and Shannon (Michael) Ramirez.  Loving grandfather of the late
Zachary Darling, Brett and Brittany Ramirez. Resting at the L. J. Griffin Funeral Home, 42600 Ford
Rd. (at Lilley Rd.) Saturday 4-7 p.m. Funeral Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Share a "Memorial Tribute" with
the family at

From The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press

Van H Harlan
(xx-xx-xx  -  June 7, 2013)

Van H Harlan, 83, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013.  He was a retired Northwest Airlines employee, born in Winston County, MS, but lived most of his life in Memphis.  Van is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor Vincent Harlan, his two sons Ivan N Harlan (April) and Kevin S Harlan (Susie), both of Memphis, and his four grandchildren, David N Harlan, Anna E Harlan, Christopher V Harlan, and Matthew S Harlan, all of Memphis.  Van graduated from Noxapater High School in Noxapater, MS, attended East Mississippi Junior College, then served in active duty during the Korean Conflict.  He moved to Memphis where he met his wife Eleanor.  They were married on April 4, 1954 and moved to Sherwood Forest in East Memphis.  Van worked for Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines for over 30 years in freight and operations.  He loved to travel with his family and had been all over the world with Eleanor and many times to his favorite destination, Hawaii.  Van was an avid harmonica player, belonging to several bluegrass and plectoral groups  He also loved to camp with Eleanor in their pop-up camper.  Van will be remembered as a
strong, proud Christian, a loving father, grandfather, and husband.  He was a handyman/mechanic and a great and true friend by all those who knew him.  The family will receive friends and family Wednesday, June 12, at 11 a.m.  The funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. at Family Funeral Care, 4923 Summer Avenue.  Interment will be in Wedst Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene at 1:30 p.m.  The family asks that memorials be sent to Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.

Family Funeral Care  (901) 761-8000

Published in The Commercial Appeal from June 10 to June 13, 2013




PATRICIA ANNE NORRIS, 64, was called home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2013 after a 4½ year valiant battle with ovarian cancer. Patricia was born on January 2, 1949 in Memphis, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Charles Barnes. She attended White-haven elementary through senior high, graduating in 1967. She studied art at Memphis State University for two years followed by a 25 year career as a flight attendant for Southern/Republic/Northwest Airlines. As an accomplished professional artist specializing in wildlife art, Patricia was inducted as one of only 500 lifetime members of the prestigious Pastel Society of America. She was featured in the national publication “Artist” magazine and served as past president of the Memphis/Germantown Art League. In later years, Patricia spent a majority of her time involved with her Sunday school and church. She was a very active member of Central Church in Collierville. She is survived by her husband, David Norris; two stepchildren, Colby Norris and Rebecca Hall, and three sisters, Betty Jo Baca, Virginia Leigh Cutshall, and Denise Lynn Calkin. Also surviving are seven nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends, Wednesday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Collierville Funeral Home. Services will be held at Central Church in Collierville, Thursday, June 6 at 2 p.m. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made by visiting Collierville Funeral Home (901)853-2628
Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 4, 2013


Shelby Jean Richardson Hubbard 
October 26, 1938 - May 8, 2013

Perry, GA- Shelby's day began without pain and suffering today for the first time in many years as she crossed over the rainbow bridge and gathered up her old Doberman buddy, Cassie. She is now sitting at the foot of the throne, free of pain, full of energy, and talking with her sisters, Nita and Jo Ann, and her mother, Jennie. God may well be hard pressed to get a word in edgewise! And what a joyous occasion it was! Her son, daughter, and a bevy of grandchildren, their husbands, fiancés, and good buddies had a going away party to be remembered that night, celebrating her life, expressing their love, remembering the essence of Shelby Jean! She was born in Colquitt County, Georgia, on October 26, 1938, and went to join the Lord on May 8, 2013.

Shelby spent many years in the aviation industry, beginning with Southern Airways in the days of the old twin engine DC3, continuing into the jet age through consolidation to Republic Airlines, then absorbed by Northwest Orient, and finally receiving her pension check from Delta. Shelby thrived on the whirling of propellers, the fumes of the jet fuel, and the tight schedules of aviation.

Shelby is predeceased by her parents, Jake and Jennie Richardson; a brother, Claude Wandell; and sisters, Anita Harrell and Jo Ann Cottle. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Bob, of Perry; her son, Bob Hubbard, Jr. (Elaine) of Lawrenceville; her daughter, Valarie Ford (Ken) of Warner Robins; her four marvelous granddaughters, Hillary Hubbard of Atlanta, Michelle Koehle (Will) of Perry, Shannon Ford of Valdosta, and Madeleine Hubbard of Atlanta; one sister, Betty Barnes (Pete) of Jackson; brothers, Dr. Mel Richardson and Ron Richardson, both of Atlanta; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Home Going Services will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Perry United Methodist Church. Entombment will be in the Freedom Mausoleum at Perry Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. A brief visitation will follow the interment at the Gardens. 

To share a special story or leave a condolence for the family, please visit the online guestbook at, or visit the Watson-Hunt Funeral Home Facebook page.

Published in The Telegraph May 11, 2013


Mary Don Erskine
August 5, 1939 - March 24, 2013

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Mary Don Erskine, 73, passed away March 24, 2013 in Newnan, Ga. She was born August 5, 1939 to Orval and Addie Mae Neal. She was a flight attendant for 42 years.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Michel and husband Wayne of Newnan, GA; grandchildren Zachary Frasier of Newnan, GA and Heather Narron and husband Chris of Senoia, GA; sister Carolyn Porter of San Diego, CA; brother Ron Neal, of Phoenix, AZ; ex-husband Jack Erskine of Locust Grove, GA; and many nieces and nephews across the country.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Peachtree City. Pastor Gary Boyd will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 to7:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer organization at

Carl J Mowell & Son, Fayetteville –


Philip Dennis Rowan
February 29, 1924 - April 2, 2013

Philip Dennis

Rowan, Philip Dennis, 89, of Jacksonville, passed away on April 2nd.  Phil was born in 1924 to Philip and Ruth Towan of Brookville, Pennsylvania.  After ten years in Brookville, New Bethlehem, and Grove City, the family settled in Franklin, Pennsylvania, and "Denny" as he was called in his youth, graduated from Franklin High School in 1942.  He entered the Army Air Corps in 1943 and piloted a B-17 in the waning days of World War Two, flying seven missions over Germany.  He remained in the Air Force as a pilot and safety administrator after the war, serving in Okinawa, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Bermuda, and Japan, and retired as a Major in 1963.  After his retirement Phil moved with his wife and children to Jacksonville.  In 1966 he took a job with Southern Airways as a ground instructor and remained with the company through mergers with Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1981.  St. Luke's Episcopal Church had been his church home since 1964, and his ashes will be interred in the memorial garden there.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mildred Voight Towan, by his sister Betty Marwood of Franklin, Pennsylvania, and by his much-beloved dog Roy.   He is survived by his son, Rex Rowan (Nina) of Gainesville, Florida, his daughters, Barbara Rowan of Toccoa, Georgia, and Janice Huebner (Rich) of Charlottesville, Virginia, his grandchildren, Capt. Graham Rowan and Sarah Rowan of Gainesville, and Peri Huebner of Charlottesville, his niece Sue Hilton of Franklin, Pennsylvania, and his nephew Steve Marwood of Linesville, Pennsylvania.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jacksonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216. "I'd give them a thousand dollars if I could," he
once said.



Millie Hollingsworth
June 29, 1952  -  February 15, 2013

Millie Hollingsworth, age 60 of Loganville, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Grayson United Methodist Church.  
Pastor Scott Hearn will officiate.  Mrs. Hollingsworth was preceded in death by her brother, Billy Rainwater.  She is survived by her husband, Joe Hollingsworth; son and daughter-in-law:  Brandon and
Tara Hollingsworth, all of Loganville;  sisters and brother-in-law:  Peggy and Phillip Cantrell, Columbus;  Donna Fordham, Union City, Trissa Moss, Stockbridge; sister-in-law Edna Rose Rainwater;
granddaughters:  Grace and Faith Hollingsworth; a host of nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 PM on Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home,
670 Brewer Road, Loganville, GA  30052.  770-466-1544.  Please sign the online guest registry at



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Lawrence Darwin Freeman
April 10, 1943 - February 15, 2013

Lawrence Darwin Freeman, 69, of Marietta passed away Friday, February 15, 2013.  Services will be 11:00 am Friday at Roseland United Methodist Church with Reverent Nancy Willard officiating.  Interment will follow at Taylor Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery in Jackson Springs, NC.  A native of Eagle Springs, NC, Mr. Freeman was retired from Southern/Republic/Northwest/Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.  He was of the Methodist faith.  He is survived by his wife, Edna H. Freeman of Marietta; Children, Brian L. Freeman and wife, Toni of Temple, GA; Lottie L. Freeman of Marietta and Leslie F Harbour and husband Benjamin of N. Wilkesboro, NC; Siblings, James Freeman of Eagle Springs, NC, Linda Britt of Indian Trails, NC, Phyllis Hannah of West End, NC, and Arnold Freeman of Eagle Springs, NC and 7 grandchildren.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at West Cobb Funeral Home and Thursday from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst, NC

West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory, 2480 Macland Road, Marietta, GA  30064 770-419-9234 is in charge of the arrangements.


Joseph N Gardner
xx-xx-xx  -  February 2, 2013

Joseph N. Gardner, age 89, of Stockbridge, GA died Saturday, February 2, 2013.  He was born in LaFayett, LA to the late Joseph Norton and Hortense Begneaud Gardner. Mr. Gardner was a veteran of WWII having served in the United States Air Force.  He was a proud member of CBI (China, Berma, India Veterans Association), the EAA(Experimental Aircraft Association), Knights of Columbus and the Senior Golfers Club of Atlanta.  Joseph is survived by his wife of 66 years, Susie; daughters, Mary and Larry Peters, Christine and Shane Walker; grandchildren, Emma Walker and Andrew Walker.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at St. James The Apostle Catholic Church with Monsignor Terry Young officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 1000 GA Hwy 155 N, McDonough, GA  30252 or Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd., NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA  30345-3315.  Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at   Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors - 770-914-1414.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on February 5, 2013


Sue Farmer McQuinn
xx-xx-xx  -  January 9, 2013

Sue Farmer McQuinn died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Memphis, TN.  As per her wishes, she will be cremated.   A memorial service will be held at alater date in Fayetteville,  GA.

Margaret Montgomery Fenner

Margaret Montgomery Fenner,  devoted wife, mother and proud grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by  family on December 12, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. She was born in Macon, Georgia on June15, 1942 to Florine and James S Montgomery and raised in Wood bury, Georgia until she was swept off her feet by her husband of 52 years, Ramon Carey Fenner. Margaret and Ray raised their family in Jackson, Georgia but spent their retirement years between Florida, Bahamas, and Ohio. Margaret was preceded in death by her son Stephen Carey Fenner. She is survived by her husband Ray Fenner; daughters, Dare Cleare O’Reilly, Carey Latham, and Janet Benson; son-in-laws; David Latham, Rod Benson, and Kevin O’Reilly; grandchildren Brock & Luke Latham, Jesse, Natalie, Stephanie, & Zachary Fenner, Victor Cleare, and Colin & Camilla Benson; Sister and bother-in-law, Maridean & Richard Reynolds; brother & sister-in-law, Jimmy and Diane Montgomery. A memorial service will be held Saturday 1pm, December 15, 2012 at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga and a graveside service will be held Monday 1pm, December 17, 2012 in Hillsboro Ohio at the Hillsboro, Cemetery by Turner Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Rock Springs Church, 219 Rock Springs Road, Milner, GA 30257


John Irby
xx-xx-xx  -  December 6, 2012

John Irby, age 57 of Birmingham, passed away on December 6, 2012 after a brief illness.  He was retired from Northwest Airlines, where he was employed for over 23 years. 
He was a member of Faith Community Fellowship, and greatly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family, as well as telling jokes, fishing and watching Alabama football.  Mr. Irby was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harmon Irby; brother, Robert Irby; nephew, Robbie Irby; brother-in-law, Billy Kahl; and nephew, Clark Kahl.  He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Irby; daughter, Tina Harris (Mike); sons, Jeff Strickland (Lisa) and Jonathan Irby (Trina); sisters, Norma Kahl, Glenda Harrison and Betty Haskett; as well as 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, AL from 1:00 until 2:00 pm on Monday, December 10, 2012 with funeral service to follow in the chapel with the Rev. Steve McCarty officiating.  A private burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Faith Community Fellowship Building Fund.


Published in The Birmingham News from December 7 to December 9, 2012


Frank W. "Billy" Hulse IV
xx-xx-xx  -  September 21, 2012

HULSE, IV, FRANK W. "BILLY" Frank W. "Billy" Hulse, IV, age 65, and a native of Birmingham, died at his home in Atlanta on Friday, September 21, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his sister, Bonnie Hulse (Chris) Krebs of Birmingham, his niece, Cobby (John) Witherington of Fairhope, AL, and his nephew Frank (Michelle) Young of Mill Valley, CA. Billy received his education at the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School, and then moved to Atlanta where he became president of Hangar One, an aviation sales company founded by his father. When the company was sold to Beech Aviation in 1983, he became a founding partner in River Capital, a private investment firm. Billy was also very active in the Young President's Organization for many years and served as it's international president. He was a generous and enthusiastic fundraiser for several charitable organizations, most recently, the Shepherd Center Foundation. Billy was passionate about life and lived it with gusto. A man of many interests, he was a pilot, world traveler, fly-fisherman, golfer, and jazz fan, but his most cherished moments were spent simply in the company of his wife and friends. A celebration of his life will be held at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta on Tuesday, September 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Betty and Billy Hulse Spinal Chord Injury Lab, Shepherd Center Foundation, 2020 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA., 30309.
Published in The Birmingham News from September 24 to September 25, 2012

Mary Nelle White Magill
July 2, 1923 - September 19, 2012

MARY NELLE WHITE MAGILL, 89, of Atlanta, GA, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Mary Nelle was born July 2, 1923 in Jackson, TN to the late Robert Newsom White and Nell Fite White. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William "Bill" Sharp Magill Jr. After graduating from Jackson High School, Mary Nelle attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, earning an Associate in Arts degree majoring in Aviation in June, 1943. Mary Nelle met Bill Magill, Jr, her future spouse while he was stationed as the squadron commander at McKeller Field in Jackson, TN, flying as a Civilian Contract Flight Instructor for the Army Air Corps, teaching primary flight training during World War II. They were married on October 1, 1943. In 1945 they moved to Long Island, NY, where Bill flew out of LaGuardia airport for American Airlines in their North Atlantic Military Contract Division before transitioning to regular passenger carrying flying on DC-3 and DC-4 aircraft. In 1949 the family moved south to remain in Atlanta when Bill joined the newly formed Southern Airways as a Flight Captain, rising to Senior Vice President of Operations and successfully overseeing the airline's growth as a major regional carrier and entrance to the jet age with DC-9 aircraft in 1966. While her children were growing up, Mary Nelle was a busy wife and mother, supporting her husband and children in all of their interests and endeavors. She was particularly proud of being requested by the President of Southern Airways to travel to Paris to select new uniforms for the airline's flight attendants flying the new jets in the late 1960's. These handsome uniforms were highly praised both for their stylishness and crisply functional appearance. Once her children were grown, Mary Nelle renewed her lifelong interests and involvement with antiques and interior design. In 1977, she opened an elegant shop named "Tamia Designs" on Irby Avenue in Buckhead in Atlanta. The shop specialized in interiors, antiques, gifts and accessories and featured everything from Oriental designs and genuine antiques to beautiful reproductions. For the next 28 years, Mary Nelle traveled often and widely with her husband, Bill, in Europe, particularly England and France, both sightseeing and selecting beautiful antiques and French decorative arts for the shop and her many discerning customers. Mary Nelle, known affectionately as Cher to her family, was an active member of the First Baptist Church in the 1950's-1960's, before moving her church affiliation to Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in the 1970's, where she remained a member and devout Christian until her death. She was also a member of the Capital City Club and the Wood Valley Garden Club. She is survived by her four children: William "Bill" (wife Nancy) Sharp Magill III, Laurie (husband Carroll) Magill Earp, Robert "Bob" (wife Louise) White Magill, and Karen Cauthorn Magill; her seven grandchildren: Kimberly (husband Eric) Hobdy Kuziak, Shannon Ansley Magill, Patrick Magill Earp, Melissa (husband James) Marie Smith, William "Bill" Sharp Magill IV, Courtney Llewellyn Magill, and Hayley White Magill; and her great granddaughter Caroline Anne Kuziak. The family is very grateful for the kind and loving care that Cher received from her caregivers, most especially Taahirah Hartwell who was her close companion and friend for the past five years, and for the assistance of Hospice Atlanta. The family will have a private memorial service to celebrate her life with Dr. Charles Qualls at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Salvation Army or the charity of your choice . Please send online condolences to Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404- 355-7627


Robert F. Avin Sr.
July 20, 1941 - September 8, 2012

Robert Furman Avin Sr., 71, husband of Midge D. Avin, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.  Born in Sumter County on July 20, 1941, he was the son of the late James Ralph Avin and Lillie Johnson Avin.   Mr. Avin was a retired Regional Manager with Pizza Hut.  Surviving are his wife of Sumter; one son, Robert F. Avin Jr.; one special stepson, Jim Dyson; one stepdaughter, Shannon Renee; three other stepsons, Randy, Hardy and Heath; 10 step-grandchildren, who knew him only as “Grandpa”; and two sisters, Margaret Gertrude Frick and Alice Griffin.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Roland Avin, Hubert Avin, Gene Avin and Bernard Avin.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sumter Baptist Temple with the Rev. Paul Lenderman and the Rev. Eddie Richardson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.  The men of Sumter Baptist Temple will serve as pallbearers.  The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sumter Baptist Temple.  Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2401 Bethel Church Road, Sumter, SC 29154; to Sumter Baptist Temple, WSSC Radio Fund; or to the Building Fund, 2295 Harper St., Sumter, SC 29150.  Online condolences may be sent to
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements. (803) 775-9386.

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1:10 PM
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Bobby J. Maner Sr
August 17, 1941 - August 12, 2012

Bobby Joe Maner
, 70, died Sunday, August 12, 2012.  Visitation will be noon-1 p.m. Wednesday
at Colbert Memorial Chapel.  Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with burial
in Colbert Memorial Gardens.  He was retired from Northwest Airlines after 38 years of service.


Captain Ray Paul Koehn, Sr.
June 4, 1934 - May 27, 2011

(Belated information received in September, 2012)

Ray Paul Koehn, Sr., suddenly passed away from this earth on May 27, 2011 as a result of a traffic accident. 

Ray was born on June 4, 1934 in Nashville, TN. During his early years in the middle of the Great Depression, Ray’s family moved often between Tennessee, Virginia, and Louisiana for work-related reasons. He attended Columbia Military Academy and graduated from Peabody High School. During high school, Ray developed a love for flight. He hung around local airports and managed to receive flight training when time and money allowed. After graduating from high school, he ramped up his efforts to gain flight time while laying brick and block for his father’s masonry construction company, Koehn Masonry Construction Company. 

While in Nashville, Tennessee, once his logbook began to fill up, he obtained a commercial flight license and went to work for a small in-state airline company. During this time, he met, fell in love, and married his life-long companion, Dorothy Key on October 7, in 1955. 

As the commercial airlines business grew, Ray applied for and received a position as co-pilot for Southern Airways. After advancing to the position of captain, Ray remained employed as Southern Airways merged with Republic Airlines which in turn was purchased by Northwest Airlines. He retired from Northwest Airlines at the age of 60 as a highly regarded pilot maintaining a stellar safety rating. 

Ray and Dot are blessed with three loving children, Ray Paul Jr. born in 1958, followed by Scott in 1962, and Julie in 1967. Ray is survived by his loving wife Dot, his devoted children Paul (& Kimberly) Koehn of Dahlonega, Scott Koehn of Dahlonega, and Julie & (Steve)Strozier of Anderson, South Carolina. Also survived by seven precious grandchildren, Hannah Koehn, Hunter, Christian, Anna, Jacob, Faith and Joshua Strozier. He is also survived by his older brother, Clarence and two older sisters, Gwen and Dorothy, his mother-in-law, Francis Taylor, his sister in law, Cheryl Graham, and his brother in law Charles Taylor all from Nashville as well as many nieces and nephews.

Ray was an active member of Dahlonega Baptist Church and a lover of animals, caring for horses, dogs, cats, and other animals on his farm in Dahlonega. 

In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be given to Harvest International Ministry for the family at
A graveside funeral service for Ray is scheduled for 10:30 Am Thursday June 2, 2011 at Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.Rev. Bill Hutcheson will officiate. 

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega is in charge of the arrangements.        


Dr. Roger James Beldt
1948 - July 15, 2012

Captain Roger Beldt died peacefully in his home on Saturday July 15, 2012 after a long illness.  Services were July 18 at the Destin, Florida United Methodist Church.

Roger was a graduate of the University of Florida and Emory University School of Dentistry.   He was an accomplished pharmacist, dentist and spent most of his life
working as a commercial airline pilot for Southern Airways, Republic, and most recently for Northwest Airlines/Delta.  He as a member of Destin United Methodist Church.
Roger was born in Freeport, IL.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Gisele; one daughter, one son, and a brother.

Roger's true love was flying.  He wanted to fly forever and a day.  We can now say he is well on his way ... flying west.

Condolences may be sent to Gisele at 3895 Sandprint Drive, Destin, FL  32541.  Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted on line at

(from Clear and Sixty)

I am sorry to announce that Captain Roger Beldt died on Saturday July 14, 2012 after a long illness.  Services will be this Wednesday, July 18 at 2:00 pm at the Destin United Methodist Church on Beach Drive in Destin, FL.  Condolences may be sent to Gisele at 3895 Sandprint Drive, Destin, FL 32541.
Jim Robinson


George L Burt

Burt, George L., 72, of Longwood, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  He was born in Transylvania County, North Carolina.  He is survived by his loving wife
Claudia D Burt of Longwood, Florida; daughters, Kimberly Fries of Longwood, Florida and Michelle Burt of Topeka, Kansas; extended family and loving friends.  A Memorial
Service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, June 9the at the Wekiva Springs Baptist Church located 584 Wekiva Springs Road.  Arrangements entrusted to Robert Bryant
Funeral Home.



Rita McDonald CHEEK
(January 2, 1947 - June 30, 2012)

Rita McDonald Cheek, 65, of Collierville, TN.  Born January 2, 1947, in Atlanta, GA, died June 30, 2012, in Collierville, TN.  She was preceded in death by her parents:
Warren Jackson McDonald and Margaret Walker McDonald; sister, Peggy McDonald Christian.  She leaves one daughter, Christina Cheek Pilgrim (Mike) of Collierville, TN;
four beloved grandchildren:  Peyton Michael, Parker Christian, Paxton Walker and Presleigh Paige Pilgrim; two nephews:  Jackson W. Norton of Ridgecrest, NC, and John
M. Norton (Beverly) of Marietta, GA; one brother: Warren "Jack" McDonald of Fairburn, GA; one great-niece, one great-nephew, two aunts, several cousins, and her
beloved pets.  Rita was a lifelong Episcopalian. She graduated from Hapeville (GA) High School in 1965 and began her career in the airline industry with Southern Airways
in 1968 in Atlanta, GA, and retired from what was eventually Republic/Northwest/Delta Air Lines in Memphis, TN.  She took great pride in her grandchildren and loved
watching them participate in many activities; playing sports, dancing, and marching in the band. There will always be a special place in their hearts for Grandma.  She
also enjoyed researching family genealogy, working in the yard, and rescuing and rehabilitating animals of any species.  You never knew what she would find next.  Rita
was certainly one-of-a-kind and was truly blessed to have so many devoted friends.  She will surely be missed by all those who loved her.  Her body will be cremated
with burial in Sandy Springs Historic Cemetery.  A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. 86 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Atlanta, GA 30328.
Memorials may be made to the following:  Ark Rain Wildlife Sanctuary, P. O. Box 721, Brownsville, TN  38012, or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Episcopal
Youth Council, 106 Walnut Street, Collierville,  TN  38017.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 4, 2012

James Floyd Morris, Sr.

September 5, 1940 - May 25, 2012


James Floyd Morris, Sr.


James Floyd Morris, Sr., 71 of Florence, died Friday, May 25, 2012. Visitation will be Monday, May 28, 2012 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Morrison Funeral Home, Central Heights/Florence with the funeral following in the funeral home chapel. Joel Caudle and Norman Hargett will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Central Community Cemetery.

Mr. Morris was a native of Lauderdale County. He was a customer service agent for Northwest Airlines and an active member and deacon at Glendale Church of Christ. He loved his family, serving others and playing golf.

Survivors include his wife, Betty W. Morris; son, Jim Morris and wife, Flora Ann Morris of Gulf Shores; daughter, Melanie Pruitt and husband, Jeff Pruitt of Florence; brothers, Bill Morris of Florence and Robert Morris of Muscle Shoals; sisters, Martha Wylie and Sandra Kelsey of Florence and grandchildren, Katie and Jason Pruitt, and Cory and Devin Prince.

Pallbearers are Micah Allen, Seth Allen, Mark Allen, Hunter Allen, John Morris and Devin Prince.  Honorary pallbearers are Morris Allen, Glendon Jackson, Ken Neal, Richard Wylie and Ricky Dickerson.

Memorials may be made to Glendale Church Building Fund or Shanon’s House of Compassion in Huntsville.



Usher Thomaston "Bill" Davis, Jr.
1927 - May 18, 2012

Bill Davis, 85, went to be with the Lord on May 18, 2012, with his family at his bedside.

He grew up in Moultrie, GA and attended Georgia Military College.  He married his college sweetheart Kathryn Maxwell of
Thomasville, GA.

Bill resided in Pensacola, FL since 1971.  He loved his family and enjoyed life to the fullest.  His favorite thing was music.  Bill always
had a song in his heart and was a member of a Barbershop Quartet and the Singing Samaritans.  He loved boating, fishing, camping
and football.  He received the Colquitt County Sports "Hall of Fame" award for football, diving, and baseball.  He worked contract sales
selling banking equipment with Diebold, Florida Business Systems and then owner of K&B Enterprises.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, "Kitty"; daughters, Brenda Davis, Kathy Johnson (Steve); granddaughters, Kristi and Kelly
Johnson of Pensacola; brother, Grady Davis (JoAnn) of Hideaway, TX; sister, Claire Smith of Atlanta, GA; and close friend of the family
Ellen Brassell.

Visitation will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2012 followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 pm at Cokesbury United Methodist Church (9th Ave. Campus). 
Burial will be follow at Bayview Memorial Park.

Many thanks to Dr Tan, his staff and the many caregivers that crossed Bill's path during his courageous battle with lung cancer.In lieu of flowers the family
requests memorial contributions in honor of Bill to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 N 9th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504

HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
Express your condolences in our guestbook at

Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2012



John Allen Crawley, Sr.
September 28, 1939 - April 28, 2012

Olive Branch - JOHN ALLEN CRAWLEY, SR., 72, retired from Northwest Airlines, died April 28, 2012. Mr. Crawley worked 33 years at Northwest Airlines, was a four year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was a resident of Memphis, TN for 60 years before moving to Olive Branch in 2000. Visitation will be from 12 noon until service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 at Brantley Funeral Home, Olive Branch. Burial in Memorial Park Southwoods Cemetery. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Betty Crawley; sons, John Crawley, Jr. (Karen) and Jeffrey Crawley (Nanette); four grandchildren, Bridgett Dodd and Brandon Crawley, both of Olive Branch, Taylor Crawley of Charlotte, NC, and Haley Crawley of Collierville, TN. Condolences may be made at
Brantley Funeral Home
Olive Branch, (662)895-2310


March 2, 1942 - April 14, 2012

Col. Robert G. Kissling Jr., Ret. USMC, passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2012. Robert was born on March 2, 1942 to Robert George and Helen Baugher Kissling in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and Memphis State University School of Law in 1975. Col. Kissling was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps in 1964, followed by flight training at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. He served two tours in Vietnam, flying med-evac helicopter missions before returning to Pensacola where he was a flight instructor for three years. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, A Purple Heart, and other decorations for active combat service. As a reserve, he was the Commanding Officer of Marine Squadron VMA 124 at the Naval Air Station in Millington before returning to active duty for the Gulf War. Robert enjoyed a 30 year career as a commercial airline pilot, beginning with Southern Airways in 1973. He was active with the Airline Pilots Association, offering his legal expertise throughout his career. He retired with Northwest Airlines in 2002. He was an active member of the NRA, served as president of the 50 Caliber Association, and enjoyed shooting competitively. He loved the opera and supported Opera Memphis for over 30 years. Robert was also a Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor awarded by the state of Kentucky. Col. Kissling was a student of the American Constitution, domestic politics, and international affairs. He embodied the best values of our generation: decency, integrity, and devotion to duty. He was outspoken and principled with a deep love of his country. “Uncle Bob” shared a mutual respect and delight with each of his nieces and nephews, always extending his mechanical, fishing, and science expertise to his many young friends. Robert leaves his beloved wife of 28 years, Janet Hodges Kissling, to whom he was totally devoted, nine nieces and nephews: Brittany, Emily, and Eric Johnson; Bryan and Elizabeth Mellon; Kathryn, Shelby, Bailey, and Wesley Hodges; and his giant Alaskan Malamute, ‘Timber’. A memorial service will be held for family and friends to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society, Crossroads Hospice, or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on April 18, 2012

James Allen Rentz
November 1, 1938 - April 10, 2012

Of Lake Park passed away early Tuesday (April 10, 2012) morning at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born November 1, 1938 in Quitman, GA to the late Frank and Nolie (Akins) Rentz. He served in the United States Air Force prior to his career and retirement from Northwest Airlines as a customer service agent. Mr. Rentz was a dedicated Christian who loved serving the Lord and therefore was called upon numerous times to lead the congregation in prayer at Francis Lake Baptist Church where he was a member

Survivors include: Wife, Helen Gregory Duke Rentz, Lake Park, GA; 4 Daughters and Son-in-Law, Sherry Tyre & Steve Harwell, Smiths, AL, Rhonda and Richard Barney, Panama, City, FL Wendy Lane, Valdosta, GA Ouida Lampert, Lancaster, PA; Son & Daughter-in-Law, Jim & Debbie Duke, Pensacola, FL; Grandchildren – Kayla Barney, Ivy Brooks, James Tyre IV, Morgan Lane and Brandon Duke; Great Grandchildren – Mason, Harrison, Nathan, Matthew and Melea; Including a number of extended family members.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 12:00 P.M. in the Valdosta chapel of Music Funeral Services until service time at 1:00 at the funeral home with the Rev. Eldridge Lyons officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens.

Sympathy may be expressed online at

Mrs. Helen Rentz
5395 Danieli Drive N
Lake Park,  GA  31636

Thomas A. Wiley

Tom Wiley arrangements:

Visitation:    12:00 noon
Service:         1:00 pm

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kellett Chapel
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
Roswell Road

In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

The obituary will be in Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Atlanta-Journal Constitution



Passed away on February 17, 2012, at the age of 71 at his home in Panama City, Florida.

Tem was the youngest child of Marjorie and Richard D. Hager, Sr. of Winston- Salem, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard D. Hager, II.

Tem is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Pat Farley Hager.  Children, from a previous marriage, son, Temple C. Hager, Jr. (Kim) of Houston, TX and daughter, Holly Hager Von Gunten (Nick) of Germantown, TN, Grandchildren Ethan and Ava Von Gunten of Germantown, TN and nephew, Edward Hager of Trinidad, CO.

Tem was born in Atlanta, GA and lived in Winston-Salem, NC until his senior year in high school and graduated from Coral Gables High School (Florida) in 1958.

Tem came from a family who instilled a love of airplanes and flying in him.  He wanted to pursue a flying career and in 1960, graduated from Embry Riddle Flight School in Miami, FL.  For a short time after graduation he flew as a corporate pilot for Eastman Kodak in Bristol, TN.  In 1960, his commercial career began as a pilot with Southern Airways which subsequently became Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines.  After 36 years as a commercial pilot, Tem retired from Northwest as a DC-10 Captain in 1997.

Tem loved life and never met a stranger.  Retirement kept him busy with life on the beach, ham radio (WD4FGR), golfing, boating, fishing, evenings with friends and traveling to the cabin in Virginia during the summer to watch the river flow past their cabin.  Tem loved his and Pat's many cruise vacations over the past three years.

Interment of ashes will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, TN, at a future date, at that time a celebration of life will take place with family and friends.

Anne Duncan
November 29, 1945 - February 16, 2012

Mrs. Brenda Anne Duncan, of Jackson, GA, died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at her residence. Anne was born November 29, 1945 in San Antonio, TX to the late Mary McKee. She retired from Northwest/Delta following 35 years of service and attended Macedonia Baptist Church, was a member of the Red Hat Society and a Shrine Divan Lady. She enjoyed singing, music, people and spending time with her family.

Anne is survived by her husband, Chip Duncan, of Jackson; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Missy Sullenberger, of Riverdale, Ann Sorrow, of Loganville, Jan and Chris Childers, of Monroe; one son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Tammi Sullenberger, of Fayetteville; 7 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Sharon Brown, of Riverdale; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Marie McKee, of Carrollton; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia.

Funeral services for Anne Duncan will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Macedonia Baptist Church with Dr. Ed Hoard officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 - 4 PM and 6 - 8 PM Friday evening. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Al Sihah Shrine Center, 222 Mecca Drive, Macon, GA 31205. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at

Sherrell Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements for Mrs. Anne Duncan.


William Allen "Toby" Tobiason
(1933 – 2011)

Toby passed away on Dec. 6, 2011, from heart failure leaving behind his beloved family and friends.

He was an airline captain for Southern Airways, Republic Airlines and with Northwest Airlines. He flew DC-3s, Martin 404, DC-9s, Boeing 727s, and Airbus A320 in a career spanning three decades.

Toby is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 48 years; his daughter, Laura, her husband, Jeff, and his grandson, Stephen. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff.

He has requested to have his ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico sometime this spring or summer. Toby was a charter member of the Fort Walton Beach Sailfish Club, having resided in the Destin area for over 39 years. His best days were spent fishing on the Gulf of Mexico and on the golf course, as well as enjoying the company of his family and friends.

Toby always said "let there be peace!" as he waved goodbye or said goodnight.

It is with great sadness that we must now say "Toby, rest in peace."



Douglas Calvin Lane
July 29, 1937  -  December 8, 2011

Douglas Calvin Lane age 74 of Thomaston Ga, died December 8, 2011 at his residence.

Mr. Lane was born on July 29, 1937 in Meriwether County Ga, to the late Walter and Essie Lane. He was a Southern, Republic, Northwest Pilot for 31 years. Mr. Lane was a member of The Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife Mrs. Patsy R. Lane of Thomaston Ga, sons Mr. Thomas Calvin Lane of Thomaston Ga, Mr. Steven Mark (Mary) Lane of Thomaston Ga, brother Mr. James W. (Patsy) Lane of Molena Ga, sister Mrs. Jeanie
(Don) Drummond of Thomaston Ga. 4 Grandchildren. 3 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday December 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Upson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday December 9, 2011 from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to The Parkinson Foundation, North Church Street Church of Christ or Thomaston Hospice



Arthur D. Curry

Deacon Arthur Curry passed November 8, 2011.  Celebration of life service for Deacon Arthur D. Curry, of Decatur, Monday, November 14, 2011;  1:30 p.m.;  Israel Missionary Baptist Church, 2071 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta, Rev. William L. Smith, Pastor officiating.  Interment Resthaven.  Remains instate 12:30 p.m.  Family and friends assemble Willie Watkins Funeral Home, West End Chapel.

AJC Obituaries 11-9-2011



James Edward Wimpy
xx-xx-xx  -  November 2, 2011

Mr. James Edward Wimpy, age 88, of Hapeville, Ga. died November 2, 2011.  Mr. Wimpy was the son of the late Raliegh Wimpy and Cona Grizzle Wimpy. He was also preceded in
death by a daughter, Peggy Wimpy White. Stepfather, Luther Head and brother Carlton Wimpy.

Edward was born in Dahlonega, Ga. He was retired from Northwest Airlines and had lived in Hapeville, Ga. for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lillie Wimpy, Hapeville, Ga.; granddaughters, Wendy Holmes, Hapeville, Ga., Tiffany (Conan) Collier, Riverdale, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, R. F. Wimpy and Blonnie Wimpy, Dahlonega, Ga.; half-brother, James Allen Head, Dahlonega, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Michael Holmes, Aston Collier, and Destiny Collier; great-great-grandchildren, James Holmes and Joseph Holmes; special family member, Jacky Fortner and Mike Reyneke. Numerous other relatives also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11AM Saturday November 5, 2011 at Concord Baptist Church in Dahlonega, Ga.  Rev. Dean Bryant and Rev. Lyman Caldwell will officiate.

Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Lillie Wimpy
409 North Avenue
Hapeville,  GA 30354



William Edgar Vaughn, Jr.
October 9, 1932 - October 30, 2011

William Edgar Vaughn, Jr., age 79, of McDonough, GA passed away October 30, 2011.  Mr. Vaughn was born in Lepanto, Arkansas the son of the late William Edgar Vaughn, Sr. and Loriene Huffman Vaughn.  He was also preceded in death by a son, William Edgar Vaughn III; and sisters, Edie Ferguson and Louise Jones.  Mr. Vaughn served his country in the US Air Force.  He was retired from the airlines as an aircraft mechanic with Southern Airways after 42 years.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, supporting his grandchildren in their sporting events, fishing and NASCAR.  Survivors are his wife of 59 years Dolores Vaughn, of McDonough; childred William E. Vaughn IV (Debra) of Jacksonville and Susie Emerick (Joey) of McDonough; grandchildren, Amanda & Mark Wilson, Joseph Emerick, Hannah Emerick, Austin Emerick; great grandson, Jack Edgar Wilson; sister Helen Kiker of Florida and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral service for Mr. Vaughn will be Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Dave Riley officiating.  Interment will follow at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park in McDonough.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 - 8:00 pm.  Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough  770-914-8833


Tuesday November 01
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Haisten Funerals & Cremations
1745 Zack Hinton Pkwy S.
McDonough, GA 30253
Funeral Service
Wednesday November 02
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Haisten Funerals & Cremations
IntermentWednesday November 02
11:45 AM to 11:55 AM
Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park
640 McGarity
McDonough, GA 30252
(770) 957-8330



Captain Ben Avent

October 23, 2011

It is with a sad heart that I inform you of the death of Captain Ben Avent.  Ben died on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 of lung cancer.  According to Ben's wishes, his body was cremated and a small family service was held.  Another family visitation will be held early next month.  Ben is survived by his wife Holly, daughter Traci, son Bo and two grandchildren.

Ben flew for Southern, Republic and Northwest Airlines.

Condolences may be sent to Holly Avent, 105 W Planters Wood Court,  Littleton, NC 27850, phone 252-586-0860.

Jim Robinson



Shirley Penn

October 14, 2011

I have just received word that Shirley Penn has died.  Here are the details I have at this time for the service for Shirley Penn.

Her body was cremated and a memorial service will be held on:
Monday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m.
Family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m.
Service will be in the main chapel of North Henry Baptist Church, 1093 Flat Rock  Rd, Stockbridge, GA  30281   



Monroe V. Wade, Jr.
xx-xx-xx  -  October 8, 2011

Monroe Wade, Jr., 68, went to be with the Lord October 8, 2011,  He was born in Bainbridge, Georgia.  He retired after 40 years of service with Northwest Airlines. 
He married the love of his life, Constance Gail Dykes, on September 13, 1962.  He is survived by his wife; children Kimberly (David) Topel; Nina (Greg) Young;
Monroe Wade III; six grandchildren - Brianna, Matthew, Sarah, McKayla, AudreyAnna, Zachary; and sister Mellie Wade Clark.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m.Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Haddock Memorial Cemetery, Chipley, Florida, with
Rev. Rick Lovett officiating.  Obert Funeral Home of Chipley is in charge of arrangements.

"We apologize for any practical jokes he may have played on you."

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on October 13, 2011


Lawrence Block
xx-xx-xx  -  September 18, 2011

Lawrence (Larry) Block passed away on September 18, 2011 after a 5 week battle with pancreatic cancer.  Larry was 58 years old.  Born on November 20, 1952 and raised in Chicago, Larry received his technical training at Lewis College (now Lewis University) in Romeoville, Illinois.  He completed his training and joined Southern Airways in 1972.  First working out of Midway Airport in Chicago, then Atlanta, then Miami and eventually settling back in Atlanta for about 25 years, where he lived until the closing of the station under Northwest Airlines when he transferred to O'Hare Airport in Chicago.  Post the strike, Larry returned to work, briefly, working out of Minneapolis until he retired at age 55 and returned to Chicago.

Larry is survived by his mother Rita Block, his brother Arthur Block and his sister Anita Block Hope.  Though he had no children of his own, Larry was a very cool uncle to Mark Hope and Elinore Hope.

Visitation be at Brady-Gill Funeral Home in Evergreen Park, Illinois on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 4pm to 8pm.  A chapel service held at Brady-Gill Funeral Home  on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 10:30 am with interment following at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD 57326.

Thank you,
Anita Hope


Ruth Ann Adamek
February 20, 1943 - August 29, 2011

Ruth Ann Adamek, 68, of Newnan, GA
passed away August 29, 2011. She was born February 20, 1943 in Bay City, Michigan and the daughter of Walter Knoerr & Ida Feinauer Knoerr. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother & sister who spent many years as a kindergarten teacher and a Mary Kay Director. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Norma Schulz, brother Lyman Knoerr & sister-in-law Jeanne Peters.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 47 years Charles G. “Chuck” Adamek of Newnan; daughters Brooke Moore & husband Dean of Fayetteville and Dana Noah & husband Chris of Peachtree City, GA; grandsons Jackson & Blake Noah; brothers & sisters; Hilda Ponichtera of Saginaw, MI, Marie Piotrowski of Turner, MI, Roy Knoerr of Southfield, MI & Gilbert Knoerr of Midland, MI; brother & sister-in-laws Jerry & Sandy Adamek of Fayettteville, GA.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Peachtree City Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Schepmann officiating. Burial will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday, September 2, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions, in memory of Ruth Ann Adamek, to the Arthritis Foundation-Georgia Chapter, 2970 Peachtree Rd., N.W. Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30305 or The Emory McKelvey Lung Transplant Center, 1762 Clifton Rd, N.E., Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322-4001.
Carl J. Mowell & Son, Peachtree City, GA 770-487-3959


George Harrison Cook
September 18, 1936 - August 28, 2011

George Harrison Cook of Athens passed away Sunday.  He was 74.
Born September 18, 1936, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Athens.  He was a U.S. Navy and Marines veteran.  He was the former owner of Cooks Travel Agency in Athens and Huntsville for 30 years and was employed at Greenbrief Restaurant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Cook and Ethel Deemer Cook; wife, Shirley Cook; brothers, James Cook, Earl Cook, and Otis Cook; and sisters, Margaret Williams and Mary Frances Edelbrock.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Christie Cook of Elkmont; brother, Billy Cook of Elkmont; sisters, Betty Burnett of Las Vegas, Judy Humphries of Clarksville, TN, and Nancy Mader; two grandchildren, Jackson Cook and Anna Grace Cook; several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Adelia Howell of Huntsville.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Athens chapel of Spry Funeral Home.  Steve Williams will conduct the service.  Visitation with the family will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel.  Memorial may be made to your favorite charity.


August 24, 3011

Irving Lamar Williams, Sr.

Irving Lamar Williams, Sr., husband of Mrs. Johnnie Marie (Scott) Williams, father of Irving, Eric and Dexter
Williams, passed away August 23, 2011.  Services will be announced later.
Published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 24, 2011


Patrick "Pat" Maloy

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution August 6, 2011:

Patrick "Pat" Maloy
News Obituary Lisiting

Patrick "Pat" Maloy, 77, of Newan died Thursday.  Memorial Service. 2 p.m. today.  Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn.

(I had hoped additional information would be coming out, but this is all I have so far.)



Captain James B. Moore

Captain James B. (J.B.) Moore passed away last evening, August 1, 2011.  There will be no public service as that was J.B.'s wish.



Theodore Franklin "Ted" Mallory III
xx-xx-xx  -  June 26, 2011

Major General Theodore (Ted) Franklin Mallory III, 68, died at his home on Sunday, June 26, 2011 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on August 10th, 1942, in Eufaula, Alabama, to the late Theodore and Exie Adams Mallory Jr. Ted attended Auburn University, class of 1965. Ted moved to Fayetteville, GA, in 1972 and then started his career as an airline pilot. He worked for Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines where he was Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Training, until his retirement in 2002. Upon release from active Air Force Duty in 1971, Ted entered the Air National Guard and served 30 years. He was selected as Brigadier General in 1993 and was promoted to Major General in 1997. He retired in 2001 as Commander Air National Guard Air Education and Training Command. In 1976 Ted was elected to his first term on the Fayette County school board, serving 12 years and 10 year as chairman. Ted served on various boards to organizations that were dear to his heart. He was appointed by former Governor Purdue to serve on the Georgia State Board of Early Care and Learning. He also served on the College of Business Advisory Council and the Aviation Management Advisory Board at Auburn University, Board of Directors of Women in Aviation International, and President of the Joseph Sams School Board of Directors. He served as the project manager for the Falcon Field Veteran's Memorial, and as Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, 711, Fayetteville, GA. He was the event chair for the Lee County Red Cross Fly-In Fundraiser in Auburn, Alabama. He was chairman of the Delta Tau Delta, Auburn University House Corporation Board of Directors. Ted is survived by his wife of 44 years, Alice; his daughter and her husband, Teddi and Tom Meagher, Auburn, AL; his son and his wife, Theodore (TJ) and Sage Mallory, Freeport, FL; two grandchildren, Mallory and Thomas Meagher Jr. He has one sister and her husband, The Revs. Molly and Tom Wilkes. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday June 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Mark Westmoreland will officiate. Burial will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Joseph Sam's School, 280 Brandywine Boulevard, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville –
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 28, 2011

Mr. William Cleveland (Duck) Bell, Jr.
xx-xx-xx  -  May20, 2011

Mr. William Cleveland
(Duck) Bell, Jr.
died Friday, May 20, 2011. He was a native Albanian, born December 2, 1924, son of the late William C. Bell, Sr. and Bessie Arthur Bell. His memorial service will be Tuesday 11 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He graduated from Albany High School in 1942 and upon graduation he attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega. On his 18th birthday he took the bus to Atlanta where he enlisted in the naval aviation program. He graduated at Pensacola Naval Air Station and served as a naval officer and pilot on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Mission Bay during World War II. After military service he attended and graduated from Emory University where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Mr. Bell was an instructor with the Air Force before starting his airline career with Southern Airways which after several mergers became Northwest Airlines from which he retired. A member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kinchley Bell of Montgomery, AL and Dewey Bell of Shalimar, FL and two sisters, Vivian Bell Stubbs of Albany and Mary Frances Dillard of Waycross and son in law Floyd G. Denison of Miami, Fl and his beloved dog Lillie. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice Nall Bell and daughters Martha Cannon and her husband Bob of Santa Rosa, FL, Nancy Denison on Miami, FL and Mary Alice White and her husband Dean of Shalimar, FL, grandsons Stephen Cannon and his wife Jaclyn, Dr. Robert Cannon and his wife Brooke, Clinton White and his wife Jessica and Taylor White, great grandchildren, Mac Cannon, Dylan Cannon and Isabel White. To fly west my friends is a flight we all must take for a final check. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson St, Albany, GA 31701 of Willson Hospice House, 420 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707. You may sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family of Mr. Bell by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors Albany 229/883-4152

Henry Mitchell "Mitch" Dean

Henry Mitchell "Mitch" Dean, 62, died Friday (May 20, 2011).  Funeral Service,2 p.m. Sunday, funeral home.  Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, GA

published in on May 21, 2011

(Some .. wil remember Mitch who worked in crew scheduling at Southern and went to MSP to work in Inflight Crew Planning.  Mitch battled Parkinson's Disease for over 10 years.  After his airline career he dabbled in
commercial rel estate and some other businesses before becoming too ill to work.  Mitch is remembered as a loyal friend with a quick wit and a love to banter.)

Allan Kelley

April 7, 2011

I just received a call from Tommy Kelley, Allan's son.

Allan died early this morning.

Arrangements:  South Forest Hill Funeral Home
                        2545 E. Holmes Road
                        Memphis, TN  38118


Visitation:   Friday, April 8, 5:00 - 7:00 at the Funeral Home
:      Saturday, April 9,  2:00 pm


In case you need it, Tommy's cell phone number is


Captain William O. (Bill) White
September 7, 1942 - March 9, 2011

William O. (Bill) White, of Fairburn, passed away March 9, 2011. His love for aviation began when he was 14 years old.  Mr. White's desire to become a pilot was strong enough to carry him through many obstacles of the hiring process to become a commercial pilot.  He flew for TACA Airlines, Southern Airways, Republic Airline and Northwest Airlines before retiring in 1988.  Upon retirement as a Captain, he then enjoyed 10 years of motor homing and association with Safari Motor Coaches and their loyal owners club.  There were many friends throughout his journeys that remain dear to him.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Inez White and sister, Susan Admt.  Mr. White is survived by his wife Judy White of Fairburn,; children, Kim Wood of Newnan; Tim White of Pensacola, FL; Debbie Morris of Pensacola, FL; Chip Davis and his wife Alex of Smyrna; sister, Sandra White of Pocasset, MA; brother, Richard White of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Lauren Wood; Seth Wood; Austin Lafford; Jimmy Wood; Billy Wood; Cal David and Catherine Annabelle Davis.  Memorial services will be held Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2 o'clock in the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home with Mr. Jimmy Orr officiating.  Those wishing may send an online condolence at  In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to The American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or to Palmetto Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 860, Palmetto, GA 30268.  The family will receive friends from 1 o'clock until service time at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, Fairburn.  770-964-4800.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 10, 2011


Captain J. W. O'Neal

February 27, 2011

Captain J. W. O'Neal died February 25, 2011.  There will be a viewing on Monday, February 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. at:

Masters Funeral Home
3015 Crill Avenue
Palatka, FL

The service will be a graveside service only at:

Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville,  FL



Thomas Fletcher Jett
February 23, 1935 - February 15, 2011
Feature ImageThomas Fletcher Jett, age 75, passed from this earth on 15 February 2011 after bravely, with great faith, fighting a 2 year battle against pancreatic cancer.

Tom was born and reared in Chattanooga, TN. He graduated from Auburn Univ in 1957 with a BS in accounting. He joined the Army, and retired from the Reserves as a Major with 20 years of service. In 1966, he was hired as an airline pilot for Southern Airways, and after several mergers, retired from Northwest Airlines.

Tom was a kind, honest man. He was also very giving to others and donated generously to the many charities that were near and dear to him. Animals, especially cats, touched that special place in his heart, and he gave many of them a loving home. He was an avid student of the ever changing stock market and loved the challenges it presented. Tom loved to read, especially the Bible. He recited poetry, enjoyed listening to classical music, working on cars, fixing things, and fishing. Tom was often at his fish camp in Washington County and enjoyed the fellowship and food at the Bruce Cafe.

Tom was a long time faithful member of the Ft. Walton Bch church of Christ. He loved singing Gospel music, especially at nursing homes. He was very interested in politics, working the local elections for many years. He was an active member of the Soundside Kiwanis club. Tom loved people and supported events that nurtured the human spirit.

He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, Pinky, siblings Joanna Darnall of Mocksville, NC, Martha McDermott (Jim) of Murfreesboro, TN, William Jett (Anita) of Nashville, TN, and cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as many close and dear friends.

The family is appreciative to the doctors, nurses, and staff at MDAnderson Cancer Center, Emerald Coast Cancer Center and Covenant Hospice for their compassionate care.

At Tom's request, his ashes will be scattered at his fish camp.

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles..." Ps 40:31.

High Flight
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth.
Of sun-split clouds--and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of-
Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft throught footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sancitity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Gaston M. Sutton
May 14, 1922 - February 14, 2011

Columbus, GA - Gaston M. Sutton, 88, of Columbus passed away peacefully on February 14, 2011.  He was born
May 14, 1922 in Lyons, Georgia to the late George Franklin Sutton and Amelia Lilly Smith Sutton.  Graveside services
will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at Parkhill Cemetery, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary  4071 Macon
Road, Columbus.  Visitation for Mr. Sutton will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at the funeral home. 
Mr. Sutton was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Wester Sutton and their son, Frank Sutton and a grandson, Chris
Stinson.  Mr. Sutton was the last of twelve siblings.  He served his country in the Unit4d States Navy during World War II.
Mr. Sutton was a charter member of Striplin Terrace Unit4d Methodist Church, and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge #491 Johnson Corner, Georgia.  Mr. Sutton was retired from Southern Airways after twenty five years of service as a Station Manager.  Survivors include two daughters, Judy Stinson of Midland, GA., Cathy Flournoy of Hamilton, Ga., one son, Mike Sutton of Columbus, GA., ten grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.  Condolences and flowers may be offered at


Virginia Leigh Vann

Virginia Leigh Vann, 57, of Atlanta died January 11, 2011.  Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers of Marietta.  770-420-5557

(edited from ajc featured obituary)

...Virginia Lee Vann of Atlanta died Tuesday of complications from ovarian cancer at Atlanta Hospice.  She was 57.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.  Her marketing career began with Southern Airways, followed by a position at American Diner Corp.  She held executive posts at AT&T, Citicorp, Northwest Airlines and Cingular Wireless. where she is credited with creating its brand logo.  In 2003 she was hired as director of marketing and development for the Alliance Theater.  Most recently she served as vice president of institutional marketing for the Woodruff Arts Center and as the Alliance's co-interim marketing director.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 14, 2011


Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson   Homegoing Services for Mrs. Charlotte Johnson, of Atlanta, will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011, 11:00 a.m. at Faith Memorial Church, 1676 Old Rex Morrow Road, Morrow, GA 30260, with remains placed in state at 9:30 a.m.   Pastor Ray O'Neal, Pastor, Officiating.  Interment, Lincoln Cemetery, Atlanta.  The family will receive friends tonight, January 14, 2011, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., at The Chapel of Donald Trimble Mortuary.  She leaves to cherish, one daughter, Rose Johnson Harris (Donald); two sons, Ray A. Baker; James C. Haarden; one special surrogate son, Michael Bernard Bell; one uncle, Ray Baker; seven grandchildren; Yashica Davis; D'Mario Harris; Keon Reese; Xavier Reese; Shakarrra Harris; Ketra Baker; Kyle Baker; five great-grandchildren, Chanya; Kyla; Ireanna; A'Yunnah; Kylan; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.  Family and friends are asked to assemble at 1587 Woodland Circle, S.E., Atlanta, GA 30316 at 10:00 a.m.  Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc., 1876 Second Avenue, Decatur, GA.  404-371-0772.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 14, 2011

Walter Horace Huff

Walter Horace Huff, age 86, died on January 3, 2011.   Born March 2, 1924, he was the only son of Horace Erskine Huff and Rosa Viola (nee Hughes) Huff.  A lifelong resident of East Point, Georgia, he attended Church Street School, Central Park School, and Russell High School where he lettered in athletics.  He served as an M.P. in the U.S. Army During World War II and fought in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.  After the war, he worked for 30 years in commercial aviation,  holding management positions in revenue accounting and customer relations with Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.  An ordained deacon, he was active for more than 50 years in the First Baptist Church in College Park, Georgia.  His leadership with children and youth gained him great respect.  He played a decisive role in the development of the church's drama program.  He revised and updated the church's official history for the congregation's 75th anniversary.  In 1981, he began a second career, serving for 18 years as the church's Minister of Education.  He enjoyed sports, music, reading, and travel.  He visited 49 of the 50 states and 16 countries on four continents.  He toured the Holy Land five times, once baptizing fellow pilgrims in the Jordan River.  Family, friends and colleagues remember him as a soft-spoken, self-sacrificing man with a healthy sense of humor, a southern gentleman of the old school.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Ann (see Camp) Huff, his sons Walter David Huff and Peter Alan Huff. his daughter-in-law Mary Patricia (nee Loomis) Huff, and his grandson George Malcolm Huff.  The visitation will be Friday, January 7th from 5 until 8 p.m. at Donehoo-Lewis Funeral Home in Hapeville, Georgia.  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8th, in state at 12 noon, at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church, 1150 Jefferson Avenue, East Point, Georgia 30344, where Walter and Jane were recently received into membership.  Rev. Darwin A. Caldwell will preside,  A graveside service will follow at College Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Over and Above Fund of Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 6, 2011


Ray Thornberry

Ray Thornberry, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Lake City, GA, passed away December 24, 2010.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2919 at 2 p.m. at the funeral  home chapel with interment to follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.  Rev. Marti Slife will officiate.  The family will receive friends Monday (TODAY) from 5 to 7 p.m.   Ray retired from Northwest Airlines after 33 years of service and served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force.  He is survived by his wife, Frances Drusilla Thornberry; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Sharon Thornberry, Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Jessica and Madelyn.  Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow in charge of arrangements.  770-961-2828.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on December 27, 2010


James Franklin Glover

James Franklin Glover, 90, went to be with his Lord on November 24, 2010.  Born in Rives, TN, he spent the majority of his early years in the Obion County area.  After graduating from high school  in Union City, he took flying lessons and received his pilot certificate at the University of Tennessee at Martin,  Prior to WWII, Jim served as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church, Union City, TN.  During the war, he served with the Embry-Riddle Co. as a flight instructor at the Army Air Force Contract Flying Schools at Everett Stewart Airport, Union City, TN and Dorr Field, Arcadia, FL.  While in Union City, Jim married Mildred Marie Hurt, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage prior to her death in 1993.  After the war, they moved south to West Memphis, AR where Jim became a crop duster in east and central Arkansas.  In 1948, he began his career as a pilot with Southern Airways, retiring 30 years later as Chief Pilot of Republic Airlines.  During his lifetime, Jim was a retail merchant, builder / contractor, founder and head of the Holiday Inn transportation department (Hi-Air), and avid University of Memphis supporter.  He was a charter member of Graceland Baptist Church in Whitehaven, a member of First Baptist Church, Horn Lake, MS, Bellevue Baptist Church of Memphis, and Germantown Baptist Church.  Jim loved his Lord, and whether he was changing diapers in the nursery, leading a building or finance committee or serving as Deacon Chairman, he did it as unto the Lord.  Jim is survived by his wife of thirteen years, Ann Fletcher Glover, daughters Gloria Glover Gates of Fisherville, TN, Melanie Glover Milburn of Helena, MT, Amy Fletcher Warren of Houston, TX, and son David Craig Clover of Lakeland, TN.  He also leaves eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Services will be held Saturday, November 27, at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova.  Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. and the service will begin at 3 p.m.  The family requests any memorials be sent to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2095 Appling Rd, Cordova, TN  38016.  Forest Hill South Funeral Home  901-346-3250.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on November 27, 2010


Carl Howard Bryant

Bryant, Carl Howard    Carl Howard Bryant, age 68, of Center Point, AL passed away on November 2, 2010.  He was a member of CrossPoint Baptist Church.  He retired from Northwest Airlines with 38 years of service.  He is a veteran of the U.S.Air Force.  He is preceded in death by his father, Howard T. Bryant.  He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Helen D. Bryant; three sons Eric L. Bryant (Diane), Rusty E. Bryant, and Jeffrey H. Bryant; mother, Marie W. Bryant; sister, Martha Carter (Gary); six granddaughters, Whitney, Haley, Lauren, Kelsey, Madison, and Morgan Bryant; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Visitation will be on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 5pm-7pm at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home.  Services will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 2:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Chapel Dr. Ryan Whitley officiating.  Mr. Bryant's nephews will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.  Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.

Published in The Birmingham News on November 4, 2010


Linda Joyce Sanders

Sanders, Linda Joyce   Linda Joyce Sanders of Atlanta, GA, died peacefully Monday, November 1, 2010.  Celebration of Life services will be held Friday, November 5th, at 11:00 a.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross with Rev. Scott Huskins officiating.  Visitation will be held Thursday, November 4th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Friday, November 5th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Ms. Sanders, a graduate of Briarcliff High School and the University of Georgia, was an international flight attendant.  Her career began with United Airlines continuing with Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and at the time of her death, Delta Airlines.  Born June 8, 1949, in Memphis, TN, she is survived by her beloved father, F. R. (Bob) Sanders of Atlanta and preceded in death by her most beloved mother, Bernice Darnell Sanders and endeared brother, SSgt. John Robert Sanders of the United States Marine Corps.  Other survivors include nephew, Douglas Sanders; nieces, Lauren Sanders and Elizabeth Lund of Raleigh, NC; a host of aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.  Linda's zest for life was exemplified by her shining personality. She focused her personal life on thinking and caring for others and her love for God and His Presence, her family and particularly her mother and father, her nephew and nieces.  Her flight attendant friends were very dear to her heart.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  Hope Givers, Inc., P. O. Box 29013, Atlanta, GA  30359.  Online condolences may be expressed at  Arrangments by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092, (770) 448-5757. 

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 4, 2010


Linda Sanders

Received November 3, 2010
from Jim Robinson

Long time Flight Attendant, Linda Sanders, died yesterday morning November 1, 2010.  The arrangements follow:

The family has decided to have a traditional service for Linda instead of a private one. Visitation will be held on Thurs. Nov. 4th from 6-8 p.m. and Fri Nov. 5th from 10-1045a.m. at Crowell Brothers funeral home 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA. The services will be held on Friday Nov. 5th, at 11a.m., in the chapel at Crowell Brothers. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that any donations be sent to Hopegivers Ministry at P.O. Box 29013, Atlanta, Ga. 30359. The obit will be in the paper Wed. or Thurs.


Eleanor Hall

Eleanor Anne Posey Hall, "Grandmother," passed peacefully Thursday, October 21, 2010 from the effects of Alzheimer's disease. The daughter of Bessie Laster Posey and Thomas Berry Posey, Eleanor Anne was born in Birmingham, Alabama on March 26, 1921 - a birthday that she shared with her beloved husband Graydon. Eleanor and Graydon began a life journey together on August 9, 1941 with a simple at-home wedding. From that day forward they simply loved and cherished each other for more than 69 years. Together Eleanor and Graydon won a world war, built a Christian home, established the passenger air service industry, and left to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a legacy of love, honor and service. They are "the Greatest Generation." A professional homemaker and helpmate, Eleanor strove for perfection with elegance and grace, putting the needs of family and friends first. She was the most energetic cheerleader, the most determined advocate, the most daring adventurer, and the most genuine Lady of The South. Eleanor's career as wife and mother took her across five states with Graydon. She made each new stop "home" for her family, becoming active in community, Church and school affairs of her children. She inherited the capacity to trail-blaze from ancestors that were pioneer families active in transportation in North Alabama. Her paternal grandfather established a wagon train freight service across Alabama in the 19th century, and her maternal great-grandfather ran a local transfer service around the Birmingham area during the same period. Eleanor was most "at home," however, in Atlanta and there she will be laid to rest at Arlington Memorial Gardens. Eleanor leaves to journey alongside Graydon their family -- Judith Posey Hall and her fiancé Larry Ellis Lanier, Graydon Hall, Jr. and his wife Elisabeth Meyers Hall, grandchildren Scott Harrison Russell and his wife Mandy Holland Russell and daughter Sara Eleanor Russell; Ashley Sarah Hall, Jonathan Graydon Hall and his wife Jessica Cie Hall and daughter Madison Elisabeth Hall. The Hall family extends their deep appreciation to the loving caregivers provided by Annie Wilson - Johnnie Mae, Bessie, Marilyn, Hitasha, and Tracy - and to the Rose and Red Teams of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. The Funeral service will be held at H M Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd, Sandy Springs, at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2010 with Dr. Steve Huntley officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends at a reception following services at the Capital City Country Club, 53 W. Brookhaven Dr. NE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made in Eleanor's name to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements are entrusted to H M Patterson & Son Arlington.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from October 23 to October 24, 2010




Captain Wink Moore

Thursday, October 21, 2010.

Retired Southern/Republic/Northwest Captain Wink Moore, died this morning of lung cancer.  His wife, Sandra said that he died peacefully in his sleep.  He has known for some time now that he had the cancer and later found that it had moved into his other lung.  The doctors did not give him much of a chance of survival but started him on chemo and radiation treatments last week.  Wink said he was determined to beat it but it was just too much for him.

Services will be held at Mowell Funeral home, Jeff Davis Dr., Fayetteville, GA. Visitation is 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Funeral 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 24, 2010


Captain Dale Peterson

Dale Carl Peterson of Fayetteville, GA, 60, passed away on October 8, 2010. Dale was born in Minneapolis, MN on November 7, 1949. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lynette (Thompson), two brothers, Dr. Reece Peterson (Barbara) of Lincoln, NE, Curt Peterson of Brainerd, MN, nephew Leif Peterson (Cara) and great niece Avery of Kansas City, KS, and niece Jarren Peterson of Minneapolis. Dale was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Doris (Schiebe) Peterson. Dale retired from Northwest Airlines in 2008 as an A320 captain. He logged 29,000 hours on numerous aircraft.  Dale was a member of the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, ALPA (Air Line Pilots Assoc.), AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots’ Assoc. In 2002 Dale received the Gift of Life, a kidney, from his brother Curt.  A Memorial Service will be held at Fayette Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Alex Moses officiating on Wednesday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, on Tuesday, October 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  A service will also be held at a later date in Minneapolis. Memorials may be made to Fayette Presbyterian Church or Southwest Christian Hospice. 


Captain Keith Heefner

Friday, October 8, 2010.

It is my sad duty to inform you that Captain Keith Heefner passed away early this morning.  Keith was a good man and a friend to all of us.  He will be missed.   A memorial service will be held October 16, 2010, Southwest Christian Church, 4330 Washington Road, East Point, GA. Visitation: 10:00 am. Memorial Service: 11:00 am.
Jim (Robinson)


Bill Steen

September 28, 2010

Memorial Service for Bill Steen OCTOBER 9, 2010.




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Date: Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:20 PM








Malone, Gary Landon

September 1, 2010

Malone, Gary Landon - 54 of Alcoa, TN went home to be with the Lord peacefully Saturday, August 14, 2010 at home after battling a long illness with his wife by his side.  He was preceded in death by parents Alfred and Louetta Malone.  Gary was a faithful member and deacon at Bethlehem Start Missionary Baptist Church where he worked to serve the Lord whenever he was needed.  Gary graduated from Aloca High School in the Class of 1973.  He continued his studies at Berea College in KY.  Gary was a loyal employee with Northwest/Delta Air Lines serving in the capacity of Supervisor with 32 years of service.  Gary will always be remembered for his wonderful laughter and open heart.  He is survived by his loyal and faithful wife of 33 years Goldia "Becky" Malone; devoted mother-in-law, Mabel Davis; supportive aunts, Helen Trent and Pauline (Limon) Bacon all of Knoxville; uncle, Lee (Vivian) Varner; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren which he cherished as his own.  He will always be affectionately known as "Uncle G."  Special thanks to Covenant Health Hospice for their compassion and support during this difficult time.  Family will receive friends at Unity Mortuary Chapel on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:00-11:30 am with funeral services to follow with Reverend Christopher Snow officiating.  Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.  Services to conclude with a full dove release.  Arrangements by Unity Mortuary.  Mr. Malone's guestbook can be signed on-line at or

Published in the Knoxville News Sentinel from August 16 to August 19, 2010


Robin Griffin Gatlin

August 19, 2010

I just received word that , age 72, died August 13th. 

Any notification / obituary I receive will be posted.


Bill Davis

Sunday, July 25, 2010

This is msg just rec'd fm Marty Davis, wife of Bill Davis, retired CSS in MEM,,,,,,, 

With a great amount of sadness, I would like to inform everyone that Bill passed away on Saturday, July 24th.

Arrangements are not complete, but will be posted in the next day or so.

Please keep me in your prayers.


Dara Lee Harris
Dara Lee Harris passed away at her home in Miramar Beach, Fla., on Saturday July 11, 2010.

Dara lived in the north Florida area for 35 years. She was raised in Louisiana, attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and worked as a flight attendant for over 25 years. Dara loved the water, finding solace in its beauty. She adored watching the fishing boats each morning and loved to entertain her many friends. Dara truly never met a stranger.

She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Warnick, and stepfather, Hal Warnick of Dallas; sisters, Karen Wilson (Terry) of Plano, Texas, and Jan Prentice (Henry) of Wake Forest, N.C.; a brother, Jeff Marchefski (Terri) of Frisco, Texas; nieces, Andrea Kalm and Annie Prentice; and nephews, Brandon Kalm and Drew Prentice. She is also survived by her beloved Maltese, Cassie.

A memorial will be held at Eden State Park on Friday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Friends of Dara are invited to share in a celebration of her life. For more information, call (803) 389-6408.
Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts (850-835-5200) will be making floral deliveries to Eden State Park for the memorial service. Donations may be made to Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Fla.

To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook, please visit .
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 14, 2010

Bobby N. Scruggs

SPARTANBURG, SC-- Bobby N. Scruggs, 73, formerly of 147 Dover Road, graduated to Eternal Life with his Lord Jesus on Friday, July 9, 2010, at White Oak Manor Nursing Home. Born October 9, 1936, in Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late William Carl and Blondine Pettit Scruggs. He was a retired customer service representative with Northwest Airlines, a member of Powell Presbyterian Church, a former volunteer of Mobile Meals, and was active with Right to Life, Parkinson Support Group, the First Monday Club, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
     He is survived by his wife, Patsy Hayes Scruggs; two daughters, Katrina Lanford and husband Rev. Terry of Boiling Springs and Lisa Voorhees and husband Todd of Longwood, FL; four grandchildren, Andy and Kalie Lanford and Ashley and Bryce Voorhees; a brother, Kenneth G. Scruggs of Boiling Springs; a sister, Deborah Foster of Gaffney; one nephew and five nieces. He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Waddell.
     Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at Floyd's North Street Chapel.           Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Powell Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Fred Thompson, the Rev. Ray Bobo, and the Rev. Terry Lanford.
     Memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Services, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or to Powell Presbyterian Church, 3 County Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301. The family is at the home. An online guestbook is available at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel.

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from July 12 to July 13, 2010

Peggy Young Hicks

June 9, 2010

Peggy Young Hicks, 84, of Hampton , Georgia went home to be with her Lord on Monday, June 07, 2010.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Rufus Hicks, parents John and Zella Young, brother J.A. Young and sister Violet McCarty.  She is survived by her son Terry Hicks and wife Paula of Hampton, Georgia, daughter Donna Bray and husband Bill of Griffin, Georgia and grandchildren, Patrick, Kristen and Christopher Bray; sisters Margaret Estes of Gadsden Alabama, Nancy Crocker and husband Earle of Knoxville Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.  She loved the Lord and was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.  The family wishes to thank the staff of Westbury Nursing Home in McDonough , Georgia for all their love and care over these last four years along with Brightmoor Hospice for their care over the last two months.  Funeral services for Mrs. Hicks will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 10 at Pope Dickson & Son Funeral Home, 168 N. McDonough Street , Jonesboro , Georgia with Rev. Irvin Pearre and Rev. Hinton Harris officiating. The family will receive friends two hours before the service at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Jonesboro City Cemetery .  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peggy Hicks may be made to First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Reaching Generations Building Fund. 


Truman Terry

Family-Placed Death Notice

TERRY, Truman TRUMAN SMITH TERRY Mr. Truman Smith Terry, Lt. Col. Retired, age 89, of Union City (formerly of East Point) Georgia, died June 3, 2010. Truman was born in Chula, MO to Nora Jane and George Steven Terry. He served in WW II and is a retired Lt. Col. from the US Air Corps. He served as Director of Flight Dispatch For Southern Airways, retiring from Republic Airlines. He earned his Dr. of Jurisprudence from John Marshall Law School and was a member of Nu Beta Epsilon Law Fraternity. Mr. Terry was an active member of the East Point Presbyterian Church. He was a Charter Member of the Airport Optimist Club and the Christian City Men's Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret L. Terry. He is survived by five children, Jane Wood, George and Barb Terry, Barbara and Chap Cromley, Katy Terry, Rob and Deb Terry. There are 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday June 6, 2010 at 3pm at East Point Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to service. Burial Monday, June 7, 11am at Brooklet Cemetery in Brooklet Georgia. Memorials to be sent to East Point Presbyterian Church, 2810 Church St. East Point Ga. 30344.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from June 5 to June 6, 2010         Visit Guest Book

George Parks

Family-Placed Death Notice

PARKS, George Mr. George Benjamin (Ben) Parks, of Palmetto, passed away June 3, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Parks; sisters, Janice Parks Varnadoe and Lisa Ann Parks Hale. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Gentry Parks of Palmetto; daughter, Jessica Parks Hines and her husband Thad of Douglasville; son, Josh Parks and his wife Tiffany of Palmetto; mother, Annie Ruth Parks of Palmetto; sister, Connie Parks Summers and her husband George of Newnan; grandchildren, Alex, Abigail, Aden, Emma, Gracie and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 2 o'clock at the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Hannah and Pastor Jeff Summers officiating. Interment to follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park. Those desiring may make donations to Fellowship Baptist Chapel Building Fund, P.O. Box 392, Palmetto, GA 30268. Those wishing may send an on-line condolence at The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory in Fairburn. 770-964-4800.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 4, 2010



Colonel Troy Letchworth, Jr.

April 25, 2010 
Colonel Troy Letchworth, Jr., 82, of Marietta, died in his home April 23, 2010. He was preceded in death by his son Troy Letchworth, III. Survivors include his wife Yvonne Letchworth, daughter Caroline Woolstenhulme, daughter June Smith, daughter Karen Goddard, son Mark Miller, daughter Dianne Thompson, 18 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. Colonel Troy Letchworth, Jr. served his country from 1945-1978 as Deputy Director of Operations at Air Force level, Vice commander of a Military Airlift Wing, Group Commander, Squadron Commander, a Flight Commander in the Military Airlift command flying global and tactical missions worldwide, Jet Fighter Pilot, Radar Maintenance Officer, Electronics Officer, Air Force Training Master Command Flight Instructor in fixed wing, and a Rotery Wing Flight Instructor in Army Aviation. In addition to his military service, Colonel Letchworth flew as a Captain for Northwest Airlines for 26 years. He has flown the following aircraft: C-141 Starlifter, DC-9, C-12, Globemaster, Martin 404, C123, DC-3, T-29, C-9, C-45, C-47, C-54, B-17, B-25, L-20, P-51, F-80, T-37, T-33, T-28, T-34, PT-13, PA-18. Hiller helicopter H-23, KR-21, Piper Cubs, Aeroncas, and Beerying Speedster. Funeral service will be held Monday, April 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta. The family will receive friends Monday, April 26, 2010 from 12 to 2 PM at the funeral home.

Published in the Marietta Daily Journal


Robert Holder

Family-Placed Death Notice

HOLDER, Robert Mr. Robert E. (Bob) Holder of Newnan passed away May 13, 2010 as a result of a tractor accident. Mr. Holder was retired from the airline industry, where he started his career in 1965 with Southern Airlines, Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. He was also a United States Naval Veteran, a member of Forest Park Masonic Lodge # 300 F & AM and a 1961 graduate of Forest Park High School. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca ( Beckie ) Holder of Newnan; cousins, John and Carole Gustavson of Boulder, CO; Billy and Geri Holder of Memphis, TN; Jim and Kaye Baum of Memphis, TN; John and Jean Gresham of Memphis, TN; Howard and Jill Calhoun of Memphis, TN; sisters-in-law, Katherine Manautou of Thomaston, GA ; Sherri Price of Peachtree City, GA; niece, Zorena Manautou of Rex, GA; nephews, David Price of Peachtree City, John and Beth Manautou of Jackson, GA and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 17, 2010 at 5 o'clock at Northside Baptist Church in Newnan, GA with Rev. Brian Carroll and Dr. Bob Helton officiating. Those desiring may send an online condolence at In lieu of flowers those wishing may make donations to Northside Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 3070 Hwy. 29 North, Newnan, GA 30265. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home and Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church. Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, Fairburn, 770-964-4800.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 15, 2010

Jimmy O'Neal Boyles

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Family-Placed Death Notice

BOYLES, Jimmy O'Neal   Jimmy O'Neal Boyles, a longtime resident of the Atlanta area died May 8, 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA., where he had been living since 2004. Jim spent 45 years in the airline industry, beginning with Southern Airways in 1955 which later became Republic Airlines and is today Northwest. He is survived by his daughters Angela Corbin and Allison Boyles; grandson, Jarrod Sealey and granddaughter, Audra Corbin. He is preceded in death by his parents, Garland "Flip" and Blumie Cromer Boyles. Visitation will be at Slate Funeral Home in King, North Carolina, Thursday May 13, 2010 from 9:00am until service in the chapel at 11:00am, interment to follow in Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 11, 2010

Cecil Newton Bailey

April 21, 2010

Cecil Newton Bailey, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Beloved husband of Barbara P. Bailey. Father of Mary Walsh (Rick) and John Bailey (Dina). Grandfather of Ricky, Jr. Walsh, Monica Walsh, Kristin Burley (David), Ashley Bailey, John Bailey, Jr. and Anthony Nelson. Great grandfather of Dillon Burley. Brother of Carolyn Villena and Kay Hicks. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Service at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, on Saturday April 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Visitation from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Lung Association: 2325 Severn Ave., Suite 8, Metairie, LA 70001, or The American Cancer Society: 2605 River Rd., New Orleans, LA 70121.

Memorial Service

Saturday, April 24, 2010
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home
4747 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 888-8440
Saturday, April 24, 2010
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home
4747 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 888-8440

Clifton Miller

April 18, 2010

Family-Placed Death Notice

MILLER, Clifton CLIFTON MILLER   Sunday, April 18, 2010, Captain Clif Miller, a full fledged member of the Greatest Generation, finished his life here on earth. While he was a part of our lives he accomplished many of his goals but he was always planning the next project either for himself or for someone else. He never gave up on life or its experiences. He was born in Stephenville, Texas, in a log cabin on a very cold December 8, 1917. He was not expected to live but no one knew just what a fighter he would become. He set his goal of becoming a Pilot at the age of ten and fulfilled that dream. He attended John Tarlton College in Stephenville, Texas and then joined the Army Air Corp before World War ll. He became ill during the class and was in the hospital for eight weeks and did not graduate with his class so he was discharged from the Army Air Corp. He then joined the National Youth Association and took flying lessons until he heard that the Royal Canadian Air Force would allow Americans to serve as instructors. He borrowed $50.00 from a friend, married Jennie Lee Rice of Ranger, Texas, and then headed to Canada with $15.00 In his pocket. This was his first time to ever leave the state of Texas. After the United States entered WWll he left the RCAF to join the US Navy. He instructed for a while and then with the formation of VR 11, a transport squadron, he flew his dream, a four engine airplane. He was based in Hawaii and flew throughout the South Pacific. When the war ended he started his own airline called NATS for Naval Air Transports with a leased DC-3. He flew this airline as a barnstormer until the lease was terminated on his airplane. In 1949 Southern Airways was formed and he was one of the first pilots hired. Throughout his career with Southern he was known to be the person who would stand up for his crews and lead the battle for better working conditions. He was awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 63 years of successful flying. He was a small man in stature but a huge man when it concerned his beliefs. He spoke his opinion and never backed down if he believed it was morally right. Clif loved his family and was proud of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his friends. He was special to many people as he did his best to help those who were willing to help themselves. He believed in education for all and he contributed to help make it possible. His adopted children in Mexico attend school because of his belief that all can excel when given a chance. Clif was preceded in death by his Mother, Jewel Savage Miller, his father, William B. Miller, his first wife, Jennie Rice Miller, his son Billy C. Miller, his sister and brother in law, Inez and Glen Childers. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paula Mauck Miller, his son Ronald L. Miller and his wife Brenda L. Miller, his daughter-in-law Rose S. Miller, his granddaughter Sherry Miller Cruse and her husband Kevin, his grandson Brian Miller and his wife Amy, and his granddaughter Jennie L. Workman. His great grandchildren include Miller and Nikolai Melnikoff, Faith Miller, Harper, Jane and Christian Miller, and Jackson and Noah Workman. He is also survived by his faithful protector and companion, Prissy his rescue dog. He was also very much loved by his wife's family, Sally Mauck, mother-in-law; sister-in-law Marchita Mauck, brother and sister-in-law Eddie and Janice Mauck, nephew Brad Mauck and his wife Jodie, and niece Mandi Mauck and her fiancé Chad Tubbs. Clif cherished his friendship with his WWII flying partner, Bob Fults and his wife Ginny of Dallas TX, and his many supportive friends from Southern Airways through the years. He loved his Mexican family of Juan and Salud Bernal and their children, Claudia, Adrian, Aaron and Sophia. He loved and appreciated those who helped in his care, Francisco and Marisol Perez and their family. His "horse friends" Brian, Susan and Shelby Reimer were part of his extended family. He was blessed with a long life and always an adventurous one. He was our hero and he was "the wind beneath our wings." A graveside service will be held at Sherwood Memorial Park, 6841 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro, Ga. on Wednesday April 21, 2010, at 3:00 p.m., Rev. Rolen Cooper officiating. Friends are invited to join the family at the Miller home after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Road, Union City GA 30291 to whom the family is grateful for outstanding care. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home www.mowellfuneralhome. com

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 20, 2010

Candy Purl

April 5, 2010

Below are the arrangements for Candy Purl, twin sister of SO/RC/NW Flight Attendant Sandy Purl.

Subject: Candy Purl's Memorial and Celebration Service!

                   2:00 p.m.
                   April 11,2010
                   Trinity Church
                   10879 Tara Blvd
                   Hampton Ga. 30228
                   Phone #770 478-1563
                   Reverend Floyd Carmack will be conducting the service.     

                   Florist is Nancy Ellenburg at Morrow Florist, Phone 770 961-6558.


March 13, 2010
Mary Elizabeth Wilkerson Legg Hughes passed away on March 13, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Legg. Liz, as she was affectionately nicknamed by the Dulin family, was born in Mayfield, Kentucky on July 20, 1917, to John and May Wilkerson. She loved to cook, play bridge and needlework. She spent many hours enjoying time, fishing. Mary Elizabeth and her second husband, Raymond Hughes, traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. Mary Elizabeth was a bridal consultant for the Helen of Memphis, Goldsmiths and M. M. Cohn. She was very well known for her weddings in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. She leaves behind her daughter, Marilyn Legg and her two nieces, Martha and Jackie of Orlando, FL. She would like to thank her many friends at The Parkview that made her days so bright and happy. She would also like to thank all members of the Dulin family, for all the years of love and support. In addition, Leigh, for all the cakes, Jan, for the figs, and her extended family of Southern Airways flight attendants. A memorial service is scheduled at The Parkview at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Church of the Holy Communion, Pastoral Care, 4645 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, 38117. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400

Published in The Commercial Appeal on March 15, 2010

Bettye, wife of Captain William A. (Bill) Rogerson

March 28, 2010

Visitation for Bettye Rogerson, wife of Captain Bill Rogerson, will be 5:00 to 7:00 on Tuesday March 30 and
the funeral will be at 10:00 on Wednesday (March 31, 2010).

Both will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home on the north side of Poplar Avenue at Interstate 240 in Memphis, TN.

Burial will be at 4:00  on Wednesday in Lexington, Alabama.


Oscar Ellis

March 16, 2010

Oscar Ellis, 76, of Powder Springs died Sunday (March 14, 2010). Funeral, 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 17, 2010) , MacLand Baptist
;   West Cobb Funeral Home

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 16, 2010

Iraida Boney

March 12, 2010

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BONEY, Iraida Mrs. Iraida "Jo" Boney, age 76, of Morrow, passed away, March 12, 2010. She is survived by her husband; Guy, children; Walter Boney of Oxford, MS, Gina Sturm of McDonough, Scott Boney of Griffin, grandchildren; Erica Boney, Sam Wise-Boney, Tania Sturm, Sean Boney, and Bradley Sturm. Funeral services will be held, Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 2 PM in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Mike Sturm will officiate. Entombment will be at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge
Published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 13, 2010

Kathy Bradley

March 11, 2010

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BRADLEY, Kathy KATHY McCORD BRADLEY Kathy McCord Bradley October 5, 1949 – March 11, 2010 Kathy Bradley has been called home to God after a courageous battle against breast cancer. She tried very hard not to let cancer stop her from enjoying life. Kathy was from Hapeville, Ga. and attended Hapeville High School and West Georgia College. She was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for 34 years, loving her job until she retired in 2004. A life well-lived, Kathy enjoyed her family, friends, the arts and traveling. Her mother, Virginia McCord, and brother, Charles McCord, preceded her in death. Kathy is survived by her husband of 25 years, Brian Bradley, and their children, son, Taylor Massey and daughter, Lauren Bradley, father, Robert B. McCord, sisters, Nancy M. Storey (husband, Edward),
Elaine DeLong (husband, Steve), nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was and still is greatly loved by her family and manyfriends. She will be carried in spirit throughout the rest of their lives. The church service will be held Friday, March 19th, 2:00 p.m. at Unity North Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Immediately following will be the celebration of life party at Olde TowneRacquet Club, 4950 Olde Towne Parkway, Marietta, GA 30068. Donations may be made to Hospice of Atlanta, or Alpharetta-SouthCare Funeral Home, 678-735-5500.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on March 17, 2010

Patrick Joseph Crawford, Jr.

"Pat" Crawford was born in Birmingham, Alabama and soloed at age 17 under the instruction of the late Captain George Hanes, with whom he later flew at Southern Airways
He joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war and served his country for four years.  After his honorable discharge in 1954, he entered a career in commercial aviation with
crop dusters inGreenville, Mississippi, then a corporate Beech D-18 for Regal Textiles in South Carolina.   He joined Southern Airways in 1958 and retired from Republic Airlines
in 1984, after which he continued flying for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Pat is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Shirley Hilley Crawford, his son, Patrick J. Crawford III, daughter Julia Barrosso and husband, Armindo, his grandson Patrick J.
Crawford IV and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 1600 Bay Avenue, Panama City, FOL  32405.


February 14, 2010

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 Mr. Bobby S. (Stan) Norton of Fayetteville passed away February 12, 2010. Mr. Norton has been employed with Delta Air Lines for the past 39 years and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. (Semper Fi). Stan was also an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast where he participated with the Patriot Guard, which honors fallen veterans. He is survived by his wife, Susan Norton of Fayetteville; daughter, Cortney Norton of Fayetteville; mother, Melba Price of Wedowee, AL; brother, David Norton of Tampa, FL and niece Cori Norton of Tampa, FL and many other loving family members and friends. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Cortney Norton Educational Fund, P.O. Box 462, Kennesaw, GA 30156. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please check at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory in Fairburn. 770-964-4800.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on February 14, 2010

Captain W. T. (Bill) Brown
October 12,1919 - November 26, 2009

Born in Nelson, Georgia, Bill was a veteran of World War II, serving as an Army Air Force pilot in the Pacific Theater.

Following the war, he began a career as a commercial pilot for American Airlines, Southern Airways, retiring from Republic Airlines in 1977.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, a former Delta stewardess, their five daughters, one son, and thirteen grand-children.

Funeral mass was celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and entombment was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis.  The family requests memorial donations to either
the building fund of Holy Rosary or Crossroads Hospice of Memphis.

Published in The Memphis Commercial Appeal November 29, 2009


Betty, wife of Fred Tillerson

November 19, 2009

Betty Pitts Tillerson, 73, of Gainesville died Monday. Funeral, 11 a.m. Friday, Free Chapel Worship Center; Mason and Ward Funeral Home.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 19, 2009

W. T. Kiser

W. T. Kiser died November 12, 2009 in Greenville, SC


Robert (Bob) Liddiard

Robert (Bob) Liddiard passed away in Salt Lake City on October 29, 2009.


Glover Fortner "Ted"

FORTNER Mr. Glover "Ted" Fortner, a native of Jackson, Alabama and a long time resident of Mobile, Alabama exchanged this life for his eternal life on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at his resident surrounded by his loving family. He leaves to cherish his devoted wife of 34 years, Lottie McClain Fortner. Six children, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Three sister-in-laws and three brother-in-laws. A host of nieces and nephews. His remains will lie in state at Small's Mortuary on Friday, September 25, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 26, 2009 after 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral hour at the Little Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, 1516 Wolf Ridge Road, Whistler, Alabama. Pastor J.C. Garror, Officiating. Interment will follow at the Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Dignified and professional services entrusted to Small's Mortuary, 950 South Broad Street., Mobile, Alabama.


Ricky Bernard Dunigan

August 25, 2009

Ricky B. Dunigan  a native and resident of Mobile, Born September 30, 1954 departed this life August 25, 2009 at a local hospital.

He was a member of New Light Baptist Church, and a graduate of Blount High School, Class of 1972.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife, Laura Hudson Dunigan; three children, Ricky
McKenzie; Jariv (Celeste) Dunigan and Ryan Dunigan; two sisters, Jerlyn (George) Hill and Darcel (Calvin)
McKee; one granddaughter, Lyric Dunigan; three sisters-in-law; five brother-in-laws; one aunt; a host of
nieces and nephews, three devoted, Jaki, Jamar and Michea; two friends, Emory Alexander and Presley

A memorial service to celebrate Ricky's life will be at 1 pm on Saturday, Seprember 5, 2009 at the New
Light Baptist Church with Rev. W. J. Lomax officiating.

Hughes Cremation & Funeral Service


Marcia Gwen Cheesman

May 13, 2009

Cheesman, Marcia Gwen Born in Honolulu, HI on Dec. 2, 1949. Died May 13, 2009 at home in Eagan. Preceded in death by father Albert Baxter, mother Fusako Fujikawa and brother Clifford. Survived by husband, Robert C.

Cheesman, Sr.; son, Robert C. Cheesman, Jr.; sister, Louise Ogata; and brother, Dennis Baxter of Honolulu. Memorial service 2 PM Saturday, May 16, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Burnsville.


Beverly Ann Hurst McDuff

August 2, 2009

Beverly Ann Hurst McDuff, 61, of Cordova, TN, went home to be with her Lord and Savior August 2, 2009, after a long hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. Beverly was born July 12, 1948 in Memphis, TN. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Mitchell P. Hurst and Willie Juanita (Hooper) Hurst. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jim McDuff, a pilot for NWA. She leaves behind her devoted sister & brother-in-law, Pamela and Larry Stanford; and nephew, Greg of Memphis, TN. She also leaves behind her special aunts, uncles, cousins and loyal friends and church family, all of whose loving support and prayers have sustained her during her illness. She was a member of Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church of Germantown, TN. Special thanks, appreciation and love go out to her long-time friend, Mike Aziz of Dallas, TX. She also leaves behind her beloved little poodle, Ginger, who was her constant companion for 17 years. She graduated from White Station High School in 1966. She attended Memphis State University before becoming a flight attendant for Southern Airways in 1970. She retired from Northwest Airlines in 2005 and was diagnosed with cancer soon after. She enjoyed volunteer work and was a ward hostess and recreation hostess at the Veterans’ Hospital during the Vietnam Conflict. More recently she had been a sidewalk counselor for women in crisis pregnancies. She had also volunteered at Baptist Rehabilitation Center. Her life scripture was Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him & He will direct your path.” Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, with services following at 1 p.m. at the Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Burial will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Silerton, TN. Any memorials should be sent to Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church Mission Fund, 1665 Germantown Road S., Germantown, TN 38138 or the Hickory Grove Cemetery Fund in Silerton, c/o Nancy Rogers, 517 Lake Shore Drive, Lexington, TN 38351. Shackelford Funeral Directors (731)658-5277  Visit Guest Book
Published in The Commercial Appeal on 8/4/2009

John D. Webb Jr.

June 28, 2009

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WEBB, John, Jr. Mr. John D. Webb, Jr. of College Park passed away June 28, 2009. He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Webb and is survived by his wife of 46 years, Joy Coley Webb of College Park; daughter, Debbie Holtzclaw of Locust Grove; sons, Tommy Sills and his wife Betty Jean of Fairburn; David Sills and his wife Yvonne of Rockmart; sister, Evelyn Bentley of Cullman, AL; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 2 o'clock in the Chapel of Parrott Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing may send an online condolence at The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, Fairburn. 770-964-4800. View/Sign Guest Book  Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 6/29/2009


Howard Eugene Locke

From: Bob Brown
Date: Monday, July 6, 2009, 6:44 PM

Message: Family placed death notice of Howard Locke. He was killed in a house fire June 28, 2009. Howard worked at Southern thru Northwest from 1974 thru 2004. He worked in Nashville, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Memphis, retiring back in Nashville.         Bob Brown

Please visit the Obituary for Howard Eugene Locke

LOCKE, Howard Eugene Age 70, passed away Sunday June 28, 2009. He retired from Metropolitan Nashville Public School System and Northwest Airlines. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother. He is survived by a sister; three children; three grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by many friends, colleagues and former students. Visitation will be held Thursday July 2nd, 2009 at 11 a.m. and services will begin at 12 p.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home, 145 Innsbrooke Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37128. MURFREESBORO FUNERAL HOME, (615) 896-2229.

Published in The Tennessean on 6/30/2009




Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 11:22 PM

Anita Dorstewitz Martin
From Anita's son Paul:

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my mother. Anita passed on April 28th at 11:45am at Methodist hospital in Houston. She will be sorely missed.

Services will be held at:
Crowder Funeral Home
111 E Medical Center Blvd
Webster, TX 77598
(281) 280-9000
...There will be a visitation at the funeral home from 5-7pm on Friday May 1st, with a vigil to be held at 7pm.
...Funeral services will also be at the Funeral Home on Saturday at 10am.
My sister Katherine and I thank you for all of your kind words and stories that everyone has passed along. Thank you for your friendship with my mother and I know that she valued the time she was able to spend with you.
On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 9:53 AM
From Anita's son Paul:
My name is Paul Martin, my mom is Anita Martin. ..... I wanted to let all of you know that she was injured Monday evening (4/27) and was taken to the emergency room.  She fell at her home and sustained hidden brain trauma. She was fully aware and was taken to St Johns in Nassau Bay. In the ER she quickly started to slur her speech, and then became unresponsive.  We had her transferred to Texas Methodist hospital and they have not given her a good prognosis.  She is still currently on a respirator and un-responsive.  We are hopeful, but do not anticipate her to recover. She is currently is neuro-ICU.
Silver, Gary Robert

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SILVER, Gary Robert
Gary R. Silver, 61, of Tucker, GA, passed away on April 27, 2009. Born in Cincinnati, OH to the late Charles and Thelma Silver, he was a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church. Gary loved working with his hands and spent his free time volunteering with Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity and at various church projects. However, most importantly, he loved spending time with his special needs son Russ. The two of them were fixtures in the Tucker community and were devoted followers of Tucker High School football. Gary is survived by his wife, Sue; sons, Rick and Russ; brothers, Ron Silver of Braselton, GA and Rick Silver of Merritt Is., FL; sister, Cindy Dixon of Houston, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross. Interment will follow at Peachtree Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday, May 1st, from 6:00-8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: St. James Lutheran Church of Norcross, Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, or the Georgia Special Olympics. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092 (770) 448-5757
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 4/30/2009

Thomas Harold Wilson (Hal) 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday March 31, 2009. He was a retired pilot from Southern Airways, Inc. and Republic Airlines and had accumulated 28,410 flight hours over his career. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Brown Wilson in 1975 and is survived by his son, Warren T. Wilson and wife Rebecca of Arlington Tennessee, two grandsons, Christopher T. Wilson of Austin, Texas and Matthew Lee Wilson of Nashville, Tn. Funeral services were held in Oneonta, Al. and Hal was laid to rest in Memphis, Tn.
Many thanks to his former Southern family for being part of the happiest times of his life.
Sincerely, Tom Wilson 901-867-2014,
Claude P. Sansom    
Mr. Claude P. Sansom passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
   Claude was born April 19, 1923, in Gadsden. He graduated form Gadsden High School in 1941. He attended junior college in Mississippi, where he played football. After football season, he joined the Navy. He attended the University of Georgia and other colleges throughout the south. He was a Naval aviator. After the war he entered Auburn University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and graduated in 1948. He started work with Southern Airways in Gadsden in 1951. He was station manager for the airline in Vicksburg, Miss., and Birmingham before moving to Dothan in 1965. He worked for what became Republic Airlines until he retired in April 1985. He was also a member of the Dothan Kiwanis Club where he received the John Parsons Memorial Award. Claude was also a lifetime member of the Dothan ELKS Lodge and a member of First Baptist Church of Dothan since 1965.
   He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph P. and Mattie McDaniel Sansom; sisters, Katherine Medlock and Josephine Moss; and brother, Wilburn P. Sansom.
   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sammy Cleveland Sansom; four sons and daughters-in-law, Russell and Vanita, Scott and Neal, Lee and Anne, and Jon and Cheryle; his grandchildren, Lane, Kate, Kurt, Grace, Ann, Will, Kay, Reid, Hannah and Conner; great-grandson, Carson.
   A memorial service will be held at the Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at 3 p.m. with Dr. Johnny Fain and the Rev. Bob Gross officiating. The family will be receiving friends prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:45. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Building Fund or the ...
   Ward Wilson Memory Hill Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory, (334) 792-4194, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at


Bobby R. "Bob" Tompkins Sr.

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Bobby R. Tompkins, Sr. August 19, 1936 - March 24, 2009 MIDLAND, GA — Bobby "Bob" R. Tompkins, Sr., 72, of Midland, GA died Tuesday March 24, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday March 27, 2009 at McMullen Funeral Home Chapel 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, Ga with Reverend Brad Carpenter officiating.  Interment will follow at Parkhill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Tompkins was born August 19, 1936 in Ft. Benning, GA to the late Tom Tompkins and Lillie Mae Shaw Tompkins.  He was a station agent with Northwest Airlines and attended Harvest Faith Community Church.  He was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Pat Foster Tompkins of Midland, GA, son, Bob Tompkins, Jr. (Ebbie) of Columbus, GA, daughters, Patti Manville (Mark) of Phenix City, AL and Donna Kane (Adam) of Hamilton, Ga, grandchildren, Brandon Hinesley, Blair Kane, Shannon Kane, and step-grandchildren, Chris Rhames, T.J. Rhames and Heather Manville. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.mcmullenfuneralhome. com.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on 3/26/2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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PETERS, Jack Mr. Jack R. Peters, age 80, of East Point, died Sunday March 22, 2009. He was a retired Air Force Veteran of Viet Nam also retired from Northwest Airlines as a Aircraft Mechanic. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Patricia A. Peters, his son and daughter-in-law Ronald David (Toni) Peters of Spokane, WA, his daughter and son-in-law Cheryl (David) Cochran. Also survived by 2 grandchildren Robert Clinton Cochran (Amy), Rebecca Ann Cochran, 2 great grandchildren Awbree Elizabeth Cochran and Allison Ann Cochran all of Gainesville, GA His brother William (Jan) Peters of New Port Ritchie, FL, and his sister Jean Lahman of Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his son Dennis Peters. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Thursday March 26, 2009 in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Wednesday and 12 to 2 on Thursday at the funeral home.


Re:   Troy Davis   :  Arrangements

" I apologize for not getting this out sooner but it has been an extremely
busy day.  Visitation will be at Memory Chapel 5 pm to 8 pm Thursday. Funeral is Friday at 2 pm. "

Larry Davis


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Troy Davis age 84 passed away yesterday at the South Central Regional Medical Center in Hattiesburg, MS.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.  


February 16, 2009 

I have the sad news to report that Thomas Hough passed away this morning at approximately 3 a.m., February 14, 2009, after a long battle with cancer.  He had been in the hospital for the last 3 weeks and grew steadily worse.  My mother and sister were with him at the time of his passing and he went quietly into the Lord's arms.  We feel that it is a blessing that the Lord called him on because he had suffered for the last few months. 

Uncle Thomas has requested to be cremated and we will honor his request.  We plan at this time to hold a Memorial Service at Salem Heights Baptist Church, Hwy 84 East, Laurel, MS  39440 at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 21, 2009.  We would ask that no flowers or food be sent, but if you wish, donate to the Gideon Organization or The Salvation Army, in his memory.   



Estes, Silas Levi
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SILAS LEVI ESTES, 83, Of Lakeland, passed February 11, 2009 at his home. He was born November 20, 1925 to Robert and Elizabeth Estes. He was the seventh child out of twelve children. He was an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic for 36 years and retired from Northwest Airlines. He was also a Navy veteran and a member of Ellendale Church Of Christ. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m Saturday February 14 at Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar. Service will be Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar with interment in Memorial Park South Woods. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother & friend. He leaves two daughters, Beverly Diane Estes, of Lakeland, TN and Anita Estes Hunter of Cordova, TN.; four sisters; Mary Scarth of Ripley, MS, Mattie Byrd Hobson of Ripley, MS, Jo Lee of Memphis, TN, Pam Dietz of Loredo, TX; two brothers, Steadman Estes of Ripley, MS, Hiram Estes of Starkville, MS and two grandchildren, Joshua Hunter and Lauren Hunter. Memorials should be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar 901-725-0100
Published in The Commercial Appeal on 2/13/2009



January 21, 2009

I have been advised that Wally Condon from Southern Airways Company is ill and would like to hear from old friends.  As soon as I have a contact address for him, I will post it.

Belcher, Kerry*
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BELCHER, Kerry Kerry Belcher, age 57, of Fayetteville, GA passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Memorial services will be held 2:00 P. M. Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church, 2165 Highway 138, SW, Riverdale, GA 30296. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the Heifer Foundation, 1015 Louisiana Street, P.O. Box 727, Little Rock, AR 72203-0727. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404- 355-7627
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 12/27/2008



Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 13:03:16 +0000 

From: Ed Smith 
Date: December 24, 2008 21:02:32 CST 
----- Forwarded Message ---- 
From: Wanda Nabors  
ED, I just got off the phone with GENE ----- He and his daughters are in need of GOD AMAZING love and strength to get thru the next days .. 
Kerry's charity was the HEIFER FOUNDATION - She wanted instead of flowers, make a donation to the Heifer Foundation - that info is    (sic)  ..... she had breast cancer and has fought it for many years.  (S)he had trouble breathing this past weekend and had to go to the hospital. She lived much longer than they predicted - she put a great fight - even going to a clinic in AZ for treatment last 
summer.     ....   (sic)  

December 25, 2008

I received a call last evening:

Kerry Belcher died December 23, 2008.
There will be a memorial service at 2:00 pm Sunday at Christ of Hope Lutheran Church on Highway 138Riverdale, GA.
Her obituary should be in the paper on Saturday. 
December 17, 2008

Garber Jr., Raymond Sanford - 76, of Jonesboro died Monday, December 15, 2008.   Graveside service, 2 p.m. Friday.  Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens; Ford-Stewart Funeral Home.
Published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 12/17/2008


Hudson, Elaine*
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HUDSON, Elaine Elaine Akin Hudson passed away July 5, 2008. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School in 1965 and attended Tift College in Forsyth, GA. She had worked for Southern Airways, Republic and Northwest Airlines over a period of sixteen years. She then joined the management team of the Wachovia operations center in Hapeville, GA. Currently, and for the past year, Elaine has been working in airfare product support with SITA, located in Atlanta, GA. She was the daughter of the late Mary and Homer Lewis Akin, and is survived by her son Lewis Holt Hudson, sister Katherine Akin, and brother-in-law Will Dover. Elaine will be cremated, with a memorial celebration held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 12pm and officiated by Rev. Tom Tout. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia. 404- 355-7627
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 7/11/2008
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Ray, Helen*
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RAY, Helen
   Helen LaVerne Ray, formerly of Hapeville, passed away October 23, 2008 following a struggled recovery from open heart surgery. She was 75 years young and a resident of Fayetteville , Georgia . Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her daughter Vicki L. Bahr and her husband Howell A. Ray, Jr.; sisters Vera Daprano, Jane Langford, and Norma Jean Brady; brothers Virgil Williams, Hershal Williams and Rudolph Williams. She is survived by her sister Barbara Florence; her daughter Judy and Michael Williams; granddaughters Stephanie and Malory Williams; and grandson Jason and Jessica Bahr. Maw Maw was a new great-great grandmother to Cashen, Shayla, and Mackenzie Ray. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother known for her ability to take care of and comfort others. Funeral Services will be held October 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM at C. J. Mowell & Son Chapel, Fayetteville with Reverend Doug Burrell officiating. Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park . The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Carl J Mowell & Son, Fayetteville

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 10/24/2008


Saturday, September 6, 2008 / 5:32 pm

I just received a call from J. W. Doster's son, Robert.   Mrs. Helen Doster died last night.  Visitation will be 2 - 4 pm on Sunday, September 7, 2008, and the funeral will be Monday, time TBD.   Carl J. Mowell and Son, Peachtree City, GA is in charge of the arrangements.  I will post the obit when it appears in the ajc tomorrow.


Bailey Sr., Frank Hilliard*
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   Mr. Frank Hilliard Bailey, Sr., age 78, of McDonough , GA passed away August 25, 2008. Mr. Bailey was born in Fitzgerald , GA the son of the late Louise Smith and William B. Bailey. He loved his God, country and family. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, gardening, and established a pecan ministry in his church. He served his country retiring as a Senior Mst. Sgt. from the US Air Force with 22 years of service receiving numerous medals as the Distinguish Flying Cross, National Defense Medal, American Defense Service, United Nations Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Longevity Service Award, WWII Victory Medal and Korean War. Mr. Bailey also retired with 18 years if service with Southern Airways, Republic, and Northwest. He was a dedicated member of McDonough First United Methodist Church where he served in all areas of the church. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Isma Hendrick Bailey in 2002; sister, Mildred Shipp and step father, Otis Moore. Survivors are his children, Laura Bailey Sullivan (Dan) of Wilmington, NC, Frank H. Bailey, Jr. (Tanszy) of McDonough, and Janet Bailey Carter (Mike) of McDonough; grandchildren, Matthew R. Sullivan � Wilmington, NC, Dr. Katie Sullivan Horne (B.J.) of Wilmington, NC, Frank H. Bailey III of McDonough, McKenzy D. Bailey of Athens, Tanner H. Bailey of McDonough, Laura K. Carter of McDonough and David M. Carter of McDonough; siblings, William H. Bailey of Jonesboro, Margaret Moore Durham of Riverdale, Connie Moore Rayburn of Riverdale and Annie Kate Moore Grant of Shiloh, GA. Funeral services for Mr. Bailey will be Thursday, August 28, 2008, 2:00 PM at McDonough First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dana Everhart and Rev. Mack Riley officiating. Interment will be at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 � 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to McDonough First United Methodist Church , Edmondson Family Medical Trust, 151 Macon St. , McDonough , GA 30253 Haisten Funeral Home � McDonough 770-914-8833

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/27/2008

Grover Hammonds    

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HAMMONDS, Grover Homegoing Services for Mr. Grover Bernard Hammonds will be held TODAY, August 20, 2008, at 11:00 AM, Flipper Temple AME Church, 580 Fair Street, Atlanta, GA. Rev. Augusta Hall, Pastor, officiating. Interment, Lincoln Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Joanne, mother, Myrtis, 5 sisters, Linda, Lydia, Beverly, Annette and Darlene; 1 brother, Willie, 1 aunt, Ruby, 1 cousin, Jacqueline and a host of family members and devoted friends who are asked to assemble at 266 Reeves Creek Way, Jonesboro, GA, 10:00 AM. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. 4347 Flat Shoals Pkwy., Decatur, GA 404-241-5656.   The Atlanta Journal Constitution 8-17/20-08

August 21, 2008

Dear Friends, 

I am so very sorry to report this sad news, but our dear Flight Attendant friend, Grover Hammonds passed away last Wednesday in Atlanta. Many of you will remember Grover from our days of commuting to DTW. 

He had been ill with cancer for quite a while and it finally took him from us.  

He and I were in the same Flight Attendant Training Class at Southern Airways starting in April 1974. There were 24 girls and Grover was the only guy. .... Grover was only the 3rd male Flight Attendant hired by Southern and he was proud to be the first African-American one too! 

I am so, so sad to learn that we have lost this beautiful soul. I will always remember that twinkle in his eye--that cute sense of humor and that precious grin. 

I know that he had been ill for awhile and now he at peace and with God---sadly, another Flight Attendant Angel to watch over us...

I know also, that we will all feel the same great loss. My heart goes out to his beloved Jo Ann, all of his friends and family. I don't think I have even known a sweeter, kinder person. 

With deepest sympathy and friendship, 

Irene (and Trip) Wingfield

 PS: If you would like to send a card to Jo Ann: 

Jo Ann Hammonds
266 Reeves Creek Way

Jonesboro, GA 30236

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gerald Stephenson passed away this morning, August 8, 2008.

He was a long time supervisor for Southern in HSV and also worked in other cities including ABY, GAD, and his last job was in MEM.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 2:27 pm

Captain “Mike” P. P. Kellogg passed away at 10:30 PM, Tuesday, July 22, 2008.
Mike’s body will be cremated. Any other arrangements are still pending. 

Our sympathy goes out to Mike’s wife Barbara.

Keith Heefner


7/22/2008 6:23 PM 

More sad news:
Bubba Shanahan reports the following information: 

Bubba went to see Captain “Mike” P. P. Kellogg at the Dahlonega, GA Hospital today. Mike is in the hospice area of the hospital suffering with heart failure and other physical problems.

Bubba reports that Mike was mostly unconscious and is expected to live only a few days or hours. 

Please pray for Mike and Barbara. Barbara is Mike’s wife. They were married earlier this year. 

More information when available.

Keith Heefner

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dear Friends and Family:

We are sad to inform you that we lost our beloved wife and mother, Mary Beth McRee-Johnston, this Wednesday, May 7th at 10:10 p.m. due to complications from her lymphoma. The following arrangements have been made for her viewing, memorial service, and interment:

On Saturday, May 10th visitation will start at 11 a.m. followed by a service in the chapel at 1 p.m.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home
180 N. Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214

On Sunday, May 11th visitation will start at 1 p.m. followed by a graveside service at 3 p.m.
Colonial Chapel of Bay Springs
22 East 4th Ave.
Bay Springs, MS 39422

Please forward this to anyone that you think may be interested. We all loved her dearly and will miss her, as we know all of you will. We ask that in lieu of sending flowers, that a donation be made in her name to the American Cancer Society: Lymphoma Research.

Mel Johnston
Curry, Amber, Barry, and Linda Jo McRee
Amy and David Baxter


Tuesday, April 22, 2008  


Robert “Bob” Downing, 74, of Palmetto died April 20, 2008.  He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Margaret Downing.  He is survived by his wife Lynne Downing of Palmetto; son Kurtis S. Downing of Palmetto; daughter Kristin B. and Jeffery Wilson of Fayetteville; grandchildren Nicholas R. M. Wilson, Christopher S. C. Wilson, and Jillian A. Wilson of Fayetteville; brother R. Bruce Downing of Lima, PA; special friend Greg Pasquarella of Palmetto; and several nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law.

    Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of C.J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville.  Pastor Justin Kollmeyer will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 257 Hwy. 314, Fayetteville, GA  30214.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Information for Leonard B (Chuck) Paslay III, (Chip's son) funeral arrangements are as follows:

Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar Chapel  will be in charge of the services for Chuck Paslay.
Memphis Funeral Home - Poplar Avenue
5599 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38119
(901) 725-0100
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, April 16.
An internment service will be held, immediately after the funeral service, across Poplar Ave., at graveside in Memorial Park.

Chip Paslay's address is
  15 South Merton Street
  Memphis, TN  38112


Friday, April 11, 2008
... Lenard B (Chip) Paslay (MEM - retired - SOU/NWA), lost his only son, Leonard B. (Chuck) Paslay III), to a massive heart attack, last night.  Chuck was 32 years old, married to Audra and has a 3 year old son.  Chuck worked for many years at the University of Memphis and was now employed at Saint Jude's Children Hospital. Chuck was playing softball and collapsed. 
...Information regarding visitation and services will follow.
Keep Chip and Chuck's family in your prayers
Monday, April 7, 2008

"Folks of Southern Airways, we have lost another good trooper.  Ernest "Major" Perkins
died Sunday of a long bout with cancer.  Station Manager in Greenville, Miss 1974 until
moving to Atlanta to work in the Airfreight Office until he retried.

Major will truly be missed.  Survived by wife Sandra, sons Jeff and Ernie, Daughters Susan, Emily and a host of grandchildren.

Visitation:  Tuesday 4-8-2008
Funeral:   Wednesday 4-9-2008
Smith Funeral Home
755 Atlanta Hwy SE
Winder, GA  30680

With deepest regrets,
Jay Tarver"


Bickers, Ralph*
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BICKERS, Ralph Mr. Ralph E. Bickers, age 64 of Hampton passed away March 22, 2008. He had retired from Northwest Airlines after 35 years of service. Surviving are wife, Linda Bickers of Hampton; mother, Verlie Bickers of Atlanta; son, William and Kathy Bickers of Jackson; daughter, Kristi and David Loggins, Covington; two grandchildren, Dustin and Kody Loggins and sister, Myrtice Nichols, Atlanta. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 25, 3 PM from Ward's Fairview Chapel. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 17 Executive Park, Suite 115, Atlanta, GA 30329-2012. Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel, 770-474-1231  
March 9, 2008

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William Sharp Magill, Jr., "Bill", 90, of Atlanta, GA, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2008. Mr. Magill was born October 5, 1917 in Chicago, IL to the late William Sharp Magill and Marie Cauthorn Magill. He was preceded in death by sister, Betty Cauthorn Magill. In 1925, his parents moved to Signal Mountain, TN, and he was a 1934 graduate of The Baylor School and an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He attended The University of Chattanooga, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1938. Following graduation, he learned to fly with the US Navy in Pensacola, FL then flew briefly in 1940 as an instructor pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada before returning to the US upon his father's death to manage Magill Motor Express in Chattanooga. He quickly returned to flying as a Civilian Contract Flight Instructor for the Army Air Corps teaching primary flight training during World War II in Stearman PT-17 trainers, and in 1942 he became the squadron commander at McKellar Field in Jackson, TN. In 1945 he flew for American Airlines in their North Atlantic Military Contract Division before transitioning to regular passenger carrying flying on DC-3 and DC-4 aircraft with American while based out of LaGuardia airport in New York. In 1949, he joined the newly formed Southern Airways as a Flight Captain, moving his family to Atlanta where he remained. Progressively promoted at Southern Airways, he became Vice President of Operations in 1954 and later was Senior Vice President of Operations, successfully overseeing the airline's growth as a major regional carrier and entrance to the jet age with DC-9 aircraft in 1967. He retired from Southern Airways in 1977. Mr. Magill was active in many Atlanta civic associations and a member of the Capital City Club, as well as the First Baptist Church in the 1950's-1960's, leading the Brotherhood and serving as a long-term Deacon, before moving his church affiliation to Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in the 1970's, where he remained as an active member and past president of the EEE men's Sunday School class. He served on the Board of Directors for Karen's Decorative Fabrics, Inc. and could often be seen in the stores assisting the staff. Mr. Magill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Nelle White Magill; sons, William "Bill" (wife Nancy) Sharp Magill, III, and Robert "Bob" (wife Louise) White Magill; daughters, Laurie (husband Carroll) Magill Earp, Karen Cauthorn Magill, and grandchildren, Kimberly (fiance Eric Kuziack) Lee Hobdy, Shannon (husband Jeff) Magill Cliffe, Patrick (wife Marillyn) Magill Earp, Melissa (husband James) Marie Smith, William "Bill" Sharp Magill, IV, Courtney Llewellyn Magill, and Hayley White Magill. Visitation and a memorial service will be held at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, on Wednesday, March 12th with visitation from 1PM-2PM followed by the service beginning at 2PM. The Reverend Charles Qualls will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Georgia, 404-355-7627.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 3/9/2008.

March 8, 2008

Sonny Burkette's widow, "Sam" passed away in her sleep, Wednesday night, March 5, 2008.
She had been spending her time between the hospital and a nursing home for the last few
months. She had suffered several stokes, and her emphysema was taking a great toll on her.
The last weeks she did not recognize her family. It was Sams's wish that no service be held and
she be cremated, like her husband. She did tell me last summer, that instead of cards and flowers,
donations could be made to St. Judes hospital in Memphis.

Please pass this on to all who have known Sonny and Sheila...

(Source Ed Smith)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Howell Ray, Jr.
ImageHowell Alonzo Ray, Jr. (aka H.A. or Pawpaw) formerly of Hapeville, Georgia peacefully passed away Monday, February 11th, 2008 at the age of 75.  Mr. Ray was born in Muscadine, Alabama on August 27th, 1932 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Howell Ray, Sr.  He is preceded in death by his daughter Vicki L. Bahr who passed away September 15th, 2007.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Ray and his daughter, Judy Williams, wife of Mike Williams; also by his sisters Jean Dexter, Luci Gallichio, Anne Millians and brother Calvin Ray; grandson Jason Bahr, his wife Jessica and great-grandson Cashen; granddaughters Stephanie Williams and Malory Williams; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cats Wendy and Sassy.

     Mr. Ray served four years in the U.S. Army in the 101st “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Unit.  He enjoyed a successful career beginning in 1959 at Southern Airways, where he began as a stock clerk.  In 1994, he retired as Director of Shops for Northwest Airlines in Atlanta.  He was known and loved for his sense of humor and the kindness and respect which he showed for those who knew him.  

     Funeral services will be held Friday at at the C. J. Mowell & Son Chapel, Fayetteville with Pastor Doug Burrell officiating.  Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends Wednesday and Thursday evenings from to at the funeral home.


Mowell Funeral Home
180 Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 




Michael Fisher

Mr. Michael Craton Fisher, age 53, of Locust Grove, passed away, January 13, 2008. He is survived by his children, Josrph Craton Fisher and wife Jenna of Cardova, TN; Rae Michelle Fisher of McDonough; parents, Craton and Joyce Fisher of The Villages, FL; brother, Donald G. Fisher of The Villages, FL, and grandchildren, Lindsey Craton Fisher, Hannah Grace Fisher and fiance, Pamela Haywood. Memorial services as noted below.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 at 2 PM
Ford-Stewart Funeral Home Chapel

Received February 1, 2008

Elliott, Donald Francis

ELLIOTT, Donald Francis 59, of Holiday, died Monday, Jan. 14, at Gulfside Regional Hospice, Sunset Bay. Born in Inglewood, CA, he received his bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University in 1984 and worked as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines for 10 years. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Elliott, Holiday; mother, Leanore Elliott, Texas; daughters, Jill and Kathryn, both Kennesaw, GA; stepdaughter, Kaytlin; stepson, Jeremy; grandson, Riley; brother, Doug, Texas; sister, Fay Wedding, Texas; 1 niece; 4 nephews; 3 great-nieces; and 1 great-nephew. Preceded in death by his father, Delbert Elliott. Memorial Service Saturday, Jan. 19, 4 pm at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Don Elliott Fund, C/O Delta Community Credit Union, 1025 Virginia Ave., Atlanta, GA 30354. Dobies Funeral Home-Congress St.
Published in the St. Petersburg Times on 1/16/2008.


January 28, 2008

Paul Richardson long time MGM and BHM employee. It is with sadness and joy that after a long battle, Paul Richardson went home to be with his Lord.

Paul died last night and arrangements have not been made yet. He had reached out to God during this long battle, so I know where he is today.

Here are the funeral arrangements for Paul Richardson long time BHM/MGM employee. He will be at Southern Heritage Funeral Home at I65 south and hwy 119. services are as follows. Wed visitation from 12noon until 2pm. Burial service beginning at 2pm. Burial at Southern Heritage cemetery.

His wife Debbie and his sons and family and friends need our comfort during this time.

Thank you
Don Hardin


Family-Placed Death Notice

Mrs. Katherine B. Glawson, 82, of McDonough, passed away January 7, 2008. She was retired from Northwest Airlines, a member of The Rock Baptist Church, a member of the D.A.V. Auxilary and the American Legion Auxilary. She was preceded in death by her son, Marshal Carpenter. Surviving are husband, Joseph J. Glawson; son, Danny Carpenter of Athens; daughter, Trudi Baudo of McDonough; sister, Emily Garrett of Hiawassee; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 10, 2008, 1 p.m. at The Rock Baptist Church with Dr. Don Basel, officiating. Interment will follow in The Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends TODAY, Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, 770-210-2700. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 1/9/2008.

I just received the information.  If anyone wants to send a card, her husband's address is :
Joe Glawson
460 Failling Leaf Court
McDonough, GA  30252

Hines, Quinton*

Family-Placed Death Notice

Quinton R. Hines of Conyers, GA, formerly of New Brockton (El Bethel Community) passed away, Wednesday, January 9, 2008 in Conyers. He was 67. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 12, 2008, at El Bethel Assembly of God Church with Rev. Mike Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Old Tabernacle Cemetery with Providence Funeral Home directing. Mr. Hines will be taken to the church one hour prior to funeral time. The family will receive friends at Providence Funeral Home from 5 until 7 PM, Friday, January 11, 2007. Mr. Hines was preceded in death by his parents, Vernie and Gladys Hines and a brother-in-law, Lou Butt. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Hines, Conyers, GA; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Greg Hanson, Melinda and Al Spille; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Greg and Cheryl Hines, Perry Hines; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Vernell Butt, Joan and Oree Hornsby; a brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Jetta Hines; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 1/11/2008.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Quinton Hines visitation and services

 Visitation:     Providence Funeral Home
                    1301 Neal Metcalf Road
                    Hwy. 167
                    North Enterprise, Alabama  36330

The Funeral Home phone #334-393-2273. (from 5:00 -7:00 pm ) Alabama time

Funeral Service is Saturday at 1:00 PM (Alabama time) at Elbethel Assembly of God church,  11629 Hwy. 51, New Brockton, Alabama 36351.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Meares, Chester B., 81, of Sun City Center, passed away 10/28/2007 at the home of his sister in Wimauma, Florida. He was a long time resident of Metairie, LA for over 40 years and moved to Sun City Center, Florida in 2006. He was born in Largo, Florida. He was a decorated World War II Navy Veteran. He enjoyed a long career as a commercial airline Pilot. His hobbies included fishing and ballroom dancing. Chester was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret. His survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Roth, Covington, LA; a stepson, Norwood Williams, Atlanta, GA: grandchildren Allison Hayward Moses, Mandeville, LA, Shana Hayward, New Orleans, LA, Jennifer Roth Cozad, Chicago, IL, Scott Williams, Mandeville, LA and Britt Williams, Metairie, LA.; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim of Dunnellon, FL, sisters Judy Soles of Wimauma, FL and Betty Henry of Seminole, FL. and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Life Path Hospice.

Visitation and services will begin at 2:00 Nov. 2 at Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home, Moultrie, GA   229-985-3333


October 29, 2007

Chester Meares died Sunday night, October 28, 2007, after a bout with cancer.  Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2, 2007, at:
     Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home
     2929 S. Main Street
     Moultrie, GA  31768

Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, or Donations to:
     Life Path Hospice at Sun City
     3725 Upper Creek Drive
     Ruskin,  FL  33573

June Ellerbee
Family-Placed Death Notice

Mrs. June Williams Ellerbee of Sharpsburg passed away October 19, 2007. She was retired from Northwest Airlines as an Administrative Assistant and was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church. Survived by her husband of 56 years, Edward W. Ellerbee; sons, Eddie and Andee Ellerbee, Dannie and Lynn Ellerbee, Ken Ellerbee, all of Sharpsburg; grandchildren, Ryan Ellerbee, Kimberly Alexander, Seth Ellerbee, Laura Jeffcoat, Cullen Ellerbee, Kristen Ellerbee, Garrett Ellerbee; great granddaughter, Haleigh Kaye Ellerbee; brother, Terry Williams of Vernon, FL. Graveside services will be held Monday October 22 at 1 PM at Westminster Memorial Gardens with Rev. William O. (Bill) Priester officiating. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 12:30   Pm Monday. The family will receive friends between the hours of 4 and 6 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home. Peachtree City. 770-487-3959.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 10/20/2007 - 10/21/2007.


Thompson, Donald

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Donald H. Thompson, of Morrow, Ga, died October 14, 2007, at the age of 75, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Forest Park. Dr. Reed Crumbliss officiating. Interment, Sherwood. Born in St. Joseph, KY to James Richard and Elizabeth Howell Thompson, he was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He retired after 30 years of service with the Georgia National Guard. Following his retirement, he was a building inspector for Clayton County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Lee Thompson; mother, Elizabeth Howell Thompson, Newnan; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Debbie Thompson, Conyers, Greg and Stacy Thompson, Brooks, Tom and Glenda Thompson, Barnesville, Zack and Vicki Thompson, Morrow; grandchildren, Katie, David, Alyson, Dustin, Brian, Justin, Diana, Tiffani, Joseph, Suzanna, and Patrick Thompson; sister and brother-in-law, Glenna and James Moss, Fayetteville; brother, Weyman E. Thompson, Newnan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dell and Jerry Thompson, Wedowee, AL, Richard and Zandra Thompson, Newnan; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Dot Lee, Morrow, Johnny and Molly Guice, Mobile, AL, Powell and Shirley Lee, Fayetteville, Clara Lee, Senatobia, MS, Vivian Lee, Sunnyside, Clovis Lee, Fayetteville; cousins and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to First Baptist Church of Forest Park. Family will receive friends Tuesday, 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, GA (770)961-2828. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 10/16/2007.


Sunday, October 14, 2007
Donnie Thompson, husband of Rachel Thompson, passed away peacefully this afternoon.

At this time plans are for the service to be at First Baptist Church of Forest Park at 11:00 Wednesday.  He will be at Thomas Scrogg's Funeral Directors, 6362 S. Lee Street, Morrow, GA 30260. Visitation will be all day Tuesday and Tuesday evening.  This could change.   Please check with the Funeral Directors.

Beverly Brown

9/12/1935  -  10/6/2007

Beverly Jean Brown, age 72 of Hampton, Ga formerly of Palmetto,Ga. Passed away Saturday October 6. 2007 at her residence. She was born on Sep 12, 1935 in Willimantic, CT. She is survived by her daughters, Donna and her husband Warren Summers of Newnan,Ga, and Mary Tomlinson-Binns and her husband Tray of Hampton,Ga, and Son, Kenneth and his wife Susan Brown of Jacksonville,Fl, brother, Melvin Nichols of Tampa, Fl, brother, Wayne Nichols of New Hampshire, sister, Susan Nichols Burzinski of St. Petersburg,Fl. Seven grandchildren, four step grandchildren,four great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Helen Nolan Nichols. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, Oct 09, 2007 at 11:00 Am at the McKoon Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Bill Nunnally will officiate. Burial will follow in the Holly Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Monday, Oct 08, 2007, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at McKoon Funeral Home . In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to American Cancer Society or Healthfield Hospice in Riverdale, Ga. or Stockbridge Ga.,


BEVERLY JEAN BROWN, 72, of Hampton died Saturday. Funeral, 11 a.m. today, McKoon Funeral Home.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 10/9/2007.
Monday, October 1, 2007

Rutledge, Carla "Carla Mae"

Carla "Carla Mae" Rutledge, age 51 of Snellville, GA died October 1, 2007. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rhonda Gruber in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Nicki Rutledge-Nichols of Snellville; parents, Carroll and Betty Rutledge of Lilburn; fiance, Sam Standrod of Suwanee; cousin and best friend, Denise and Ricky Rutledge of Lilburn; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.Carla was employed with Northwest Airlines for the past 30 years, as a flight attendant. She traveled extensively across the world and loved her many co-workers and friends that she traveled with. She loved antiques and had booths in Lilburn, Bethlehem and Snellville where she made many many friends.A Memorial Celebration of Carla life will be held Thursday, October 4 at 4pm at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Preston Moore, Rev Don Hardison and Ricky Rutledge officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8pm and Thursday from 3 until service time at the funeral home. Those
desiring may make donations to the Susan G. Kohmen For The Cure of Breast Cancer, 4840 Roswell Road Bldg D Suite 250, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, in memory of Carla Rutledge. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 10/3/2007.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Vickie Bahr
Family-Placed Death Notice

Mrs. Vickie Ray Bahr, age 53, passed peacefully from this life on September 15, 2007 surrounded by her loving family and friends following a four year struggle with renal failure. Born June 12, 1954, Vickie graduated in 1972 from Hapeville High School. She was employed by Eastern Airlines and later Northwest Airlines as a Lead Payroll Clerk. She resided in Fayetteville, GA for the past 5 years. Vickie had a gift for making those around her feel special and will always be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She now joins her heavenly friends and family members who await her coming with open arms. Mrs. Bahr is survived by her son, Jason and Jessica Bahr of Atlanta and his father, Tom Bahr; grandson, Cashen Tyler Bahr of Atlanta; parents, Howell and Helen Ray of Fayetteville; sister, Judy and Michael Williams of Fayetteville; step-daughters, Amy Slone and Kristy Trout; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday September 18 at 11 AM at the North Fayette United Methodist Church with remains placed in state at 10 AM. Reverend Doug Burrell will officiate. Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park. The family will receive friends between the hours of 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 PM Monday at the funeral home. Those who desire may make contributions to the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, 2591 Flowers Road South, Suite 211, Atlanta, GA 30341, or Healthfield Hospice, 33 Upper Riverdale Road, Suite 101, Riverdale, GA 30274.  Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville. 770-461-7641.

Captain James R. Smithey died September 11, 2006.

(source: Jim Robinson and Bill Himmelreich)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Carolyn Melear died Monday, September 3, 2007, after a long battle with MS.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Lee Carroll, three grandchildren and her sister, Louise.
Funeral services will be at Parrott Funeral Home, on Hwy 74, in Fairburn. Date:  Sept. 6. Time:  11:00.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-8.
Cards and condolences can be sent to,
Carolyn's Family
c/o Louise Privett
90 Circle H Drive
Sharpsburg, GA.  30277
Please pass on.   
Thanks,  Patsy Liles

Family-Placed Death Notice

Garland R. Hunter, age 82, of Jonesboro, died August 10, 2007. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ruth Mason Hunter; son, Charles R. Hunter, Jonesboro; granddaughter, Lisa Hunter Hammett and husband Rich, Doraville; great grandchildren, Alex and Elise Hammett; 3 sisters and 1 brother; several nieces and nephews. He was retired from the Airline industry. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 13, 2007 at 10 am at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Tara Chapel. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-5pm at the funeral home. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/11/2007.
Bridges, Thomas E.
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THOMAS E. BRIDGES, retiree of Northwest Airlines, passed away July 27, 2007 at the age of 68. He leaves his wife, Louise Bridges; two sons, Gil and Joe of Seattle, WA, stepdaughter, Tammy Shaw of Lynchburg, VA, and stepson, Tim Cox of Florence, SC.   He also leaves nine grandchildren. Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar has charge. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 3 from 5-7 p.m. and Services on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. Memphis Funeral Home 901-725-0100
Published in The Commercial Appeal on 8/2/2007.
Saturday, July 28, 2007

Jean, wife of R. M. (Mac) Oates died Thursday, July 26, 2007.   Mac's address is: 100 Alice Drive, Headland, AL 36345.

Jackie Daughtry
Family-Placed Death Notice

JACKIE SHAW DAUGHTRY Mr. Jackie Shaw Daughtry �Jack� was born near Mt. Olive, North Carolina in 1932, to the late Mable and Elburn Daughtry. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1954, and then entered the Army as 2nd Lt. at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served for four years. During his military career he graduated from Airborne School, Ranger School, and served as a pilot, and then continued in the Army Reserve. While serving at Fort Benning he met Ann Barry, a high school teacher, and a year later they married. Jack flew with Southern Airways, which then merged and became Republic then Northwest Airlines, where he retired as Captain in 1992 after 33 years of flying. During his airline career he was elected to the Board of Directors, and the Executive Board of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) and was instrumental in interviewing and hiring pilots. He was an active member of Jonesboro First United Methodist Church for 40 years, serving in many capacities, and was a member of Wesley Workers Sunday School Class. He loved family, yard work and construction projects. His favorite time was spent in a boat with family and friends on Lake Spivey. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann Barry Daughtry; daughter, Susanne Fatigati; son and daughter in law, Mark and Lisa Daughtry; grandchildren, Jack, Andrew, Ava; brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Dot Daughtry; sister and brother in law, Joyce and Glenn White; sister in law and brother in law, Faye and Alex Davis and extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services will be held, Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 11 AM at the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church with visitation and reception following at the church. The Rev. Charles Robinson and The Rev. Kyle T. Smith will officiate. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc. Jonesboro/Stockbridge. 770-210-2700
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 7/18/2007.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 11:47 am

Services for Captain Jack Daughtry will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. at:

                            Jonesboro First United Methodist Church
                                             142 S. Main Street
                                                Jonesboro, GA
The family has requested that pilots and their wives sit together as a group.  Ushers will be available to direct you.

Visitation with the family will follow the services.


Monday, July 16, 2007, 8:53 pm

I am so sorry to have to report to you that Jack Daughtry died early this evening.  I don't have any details as yet but will let you know as soon as possible.  Jack was a good man and a true Southern gentleman.  Please keep Ann and their family in your prayers.
Jim (Robinson)


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Marion Lee
Family-Placed Death Notice

Marion Lee, age 73, of Marietta, GA died Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at Metropolitan Hospice after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Jean Lee of Marietta, GA as well as his daughter and son-in-law, Gary and Nona Wilshire, and grandchildren, Stephen and Michael Wilshire of Newnan, GA. In addition, Mr. Lee had grandchildren Kayla Johns and Brandon Willis of Birmingham, AL as well as his brother, Tommy Lee of Sylacauga, AL. Mr. Lee served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a brother of Sigma Chi Fraternity. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 30th, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta at 11 o'clock am. Rev. Will Parker will officiate the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Lee's memory to the American Diabetes Association ( Cremation Society of the SOUTH handled the arrangements 770-420-5557

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 6/28/2007
June 22, 2007

...Clyde M. "Sonny" Burkett who worked in cargo MEM for years, MOB and other places too. He passed away last night at Baptist Desoto of heart failure.

Thursday, June 21, 2007
A memorial service for Alex Bothwell will be held as follows:
                Wednesday, June 27th at 4:00 pm 
                St. Lukes United Methodist Church
                4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
                Orlando, FL 32819
Please go to the following website for complete information and directions. 
June 30, 2007

Alfred Jackson

Alfred died Thursday, June 21, 2007.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Our friend Alex Bothwell passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.  Alex was 62.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete but I will publish them as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the family has asked that we not call today.  They want to hear from you but need their rest today.
I will be in touch.
Jim (Robinson)


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Terry, Rollie* Click here to View and Sign Guest Book
Family-Placed Death Notice

Mr. Rollie A. Terry, age 77, of Lake City, GA, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007. He retired from Northwest Airlines and was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Gadsden, AL. Mr. Terry was preceded in death by his son, Robert Terry and is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Leota Charlyne Terry; daughters, Rhonda and Lee Bennett of Concord, NC, Brenda and Jimmy Kidd of McDonough, GA, Glenda and Jay Stewart of Phoenix, AZ; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, June 15, 2007 at Ward's Parkway Chapel. Interment will follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens in Peachtree City, GA at 3:30 PM. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 6/14/2007.


Monday, May 28, 2007

Patricia, wife of Charlie Shumpert, died today.  Funeral arrangements by McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, GA.  Funeral will be Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 2:00 pm at Sharpsburg Baptist Church, Sharpsburg, GA.   She had been fighting cancer for the past 2 1/2 years.

Vernon H. "Bud" Rowley

Vernon H. "Bud" Rowley, Sr. 86, of Columbus, MS passed away Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Baptist Memorial Hospital GT, Columbus, MS. Visitation for Mr. Rowley will be Tuesday, May 29, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Columbus, MS with Bro. Chris Young officiating. Mr. Rowley will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. Interment will be in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home and Crematory directing. Mr. Rowley was born in Union County, KY on August 23, 1920 to the late Valley O. and Esther Perkins Rowley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the European Theatre during World War II. Mr. Rowley had lived in Columbus, MS for the past 45 years having moved from Memphis, TN. He retired from Southern Airways in 1982 as the Station Manager after 32 years of service and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Columbus, MS. Mr. Rowley coached men's softball and women's basketball in Memphis, TN as well as little league baseball, the Fairview Elementary Basketball team and a basketball team at the YMCA all in Columbus, MS in the 1960's. He was vice-president and past president of the Columbus Kiwanis, a member of the Tombigbee Bass Masters Club, served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army for several years, 1st vice-president of the United Cerebal Palsy in 1965 and was a member of The Hairston Bend Hunting Club. Mr. Rowley was a loyal lifelong Kentucky Wildcat fan. Mr. Rowley is survived by his wife, Elizabeth S. Rowley, Columbus, MS; daughters, Ms. Randye Rowley, Columbus, MS, Paula (Charles) Speed, Ethelsville, AL; son, Vernon H. (Cindy) Rowley, Columbus, MS; sisters, Laverne Jenkins and Agnes Woodruff both of Morganfield, KY; brothers, Bill G. Rowley, Dallas, TX, Frank L. Rowley, Moultire, GA; grandchildren, Liza Brown, Katy Prescott, Adam Speed, Luke Speed, Anna Rowley, Collin Pulmano, and Amanda Rowley; great grandchildren, Jada Harris, Brayden Brown, Tyler McAdams, Brantley Prescott, Abbi Speed, and Caesar Pulmano. Pallbearers will be Adam Speed, Luke Speed, Blake Prescott, Bill Wilkins, Jamey Randall, Jimmy Parker, Roger Porter, and Matt Willis. Honorary pallbearers will be Huie Burcham, Ira Tucker, James Carpenter, Chris Hardin, the Wesley United Methodist Men's Club, Bruce Stevens, Haskel Robbins, Dr. Brad Brown, Dr. Brett Brown, Dr. Epstein at the Cardiology Dept. of UAB, and the Emergency Room Staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT. Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of the donors choice.


Monday, May 28, 2007

From Ira Tucker:

I am sorry to inform you that Bud Rowley (Vernon H.) passed away yesterday, May 27, 2007. He suffered an aneurysm to his heart.

Re Bud Rowley:

I called the funeral home and got the arrangements:
   Lowndes Funeral Home
  1131 Lehmberg Road
  Columbus, MS
Visitation:   Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Funeral:  Wednesday, May 30, 2007, Westlake United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS. 

Ira said Bud was 85.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Captain Jere Cooper passed away early this morning after a long bout with cancer.  His wishes were that his body be cremated and that there be minimum ceremony.

Arrangements are as follows: 
                    Visitation:  10:00  A.AM.,Wednesday, May 30
                    Kernodle Funeral Home
                    315 Union Avenue West
                    Wynne, AR
                    Internment immediately after the visitation hour.
                    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to:
                    Cross County Community Foundation
                    in care of  Mrs. Ann Cooper
                                    1201 Blake
                                    Wynne, AR 72396-9501
                    This is an education scholarship fund for local
                    students which Jere supported.
Sunday, May 27, 2007

... Captain Jere' Cooper flew west late this morning, Sunday May 27.  I talked to his wife,  Ann, and the arrangements are:

   Cremation, followed by visitation
   10:00  A.M., Wednesday, May 30 at Kernodle Funeral Home, Wynn, AR. 
    Internment immediately after the visitation hour. 

Jere' requested minimum ceremony, however Memorials would be welcomed to his chosen interest:

 Cross County Community Foundation - an education scholarship fund for local students.
Memorials may be sent to his home in care of:
     Mrs. Ann Cooper
    1201 Blake
     Wynne, AR 72396-9501

/s/ Bubba Shanahan



Buck IV, Henry Lee
CONWAY | Captain Henry Lee Buck IV, retired, 72, of Upper Mill Road, died Saturday, May 12, 2007 at his residence following an illness.
     Captain Buck was born in Conway, a son of Henry L. and Dorothy Hegy Buck.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Conway, where he was a member of The Hut Bible class.
     Captain Buck was a member of the Rivertown Bluegrass Society, American Society of Musical Instrument Makers, and the Horry County Historical Society. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Northwest Airlines as a pilot and was a member of the Airline Pilots Association.
     Surviving are his wife, Patsy Norris Buck of Conway; two sons, Jonathan A. Buck of Las Vegas, Nevada and Dave Buck of Conway; one daughter, Susanna Buck Register and her husband, Donnie, of Conway; and two sisters, Dorothy Hook and Virginia Buck, both of Conway.
     Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2007 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mac Kinnett, the Rev. Gene A. Norris and the Rev. Calvin R. Myers officiating. Burial will follow in the Buck Family Cemetery directed by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel.
     Please sign an online guest book at www.goldfinchfuneral or at MyrtleBeach
     Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 1001 5th Avenue, Conway, SC 29526 or The Hut Bible class, c/o First United Methodist Church, 1001 5th Avenue, Conway, SC 29526 or Agape Community Hospice, 9506 Hwy. 707, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or to Alzheimer's Association, Coastal Carolina Chapter, PO Box 80459, Charleston, SC 29516.
     Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Sun News on 5/14/2007.


Saturday, May 12, 2007, 3:02 pm

Henry (Hank) Buck:

Dear all:

Capt. Hank Buck
received his final clearance at 2:05 PM today.  He passed peacefully and is joyously reunited with Palmer, and all of his family and friends who have gone before.  Will update when arrangements are complete. 
His daughter,
Susanna Buck Register
Future email correspondence should be addressed to Patsy Buck at



Palmer Bridges
Family-Placed Death Notice

Palmer D. Bridges, retired Captain of Republic (Southern Airways) died May 10, 2007 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Arbie Strange Bridges; three children, Donna Adams of Stockbridge, GA, Lee Bridges of Smithville, TN and Debbie Walker of Fayetteville, GA; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and a sister, Eleanor Akridge of Jacksonville, FL.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 11:00 AM in the Overton Chapel at First Baptist Church Fayetteville. Reverend Glenn Stringham will officiate. Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home. Those desiring may make donations to Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291. Carl J. Mowell & Son, Fayetteville. 770-461-7641.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 5/11/2007.

Friday, May 10, 2007

Palmer Bridges died this morning at 7:15am after a valiant year and a half long fight against cancer. 

Funeral arrangements are as follows: 
                        Friday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
                        Mowell Funeral Home
                        180 Jeff Davis Drive
                        Fayetteville, GA  
                        Funeral Service:
                        Saturday May 12 at 11:00 am.
                        Overton Chapel    
                        Fayetteville First Baptist Church
                        Fayetteville, GA.
             In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
                        Southwest Christian Care
                        7225 Lester Road
                        Union City, GA 30291


McDowell, Richard Edward*  

RICHARD EDWARD McDOWELL Richard Edward McDowell, age 87 of Marietta, Georgia died March 24, 2007 at his home following a long battle with heart problems.  He was born in Jarrett, Virginia on April 26, 1919, the son of the Rt. Rev. William George McDowell, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Alabama, and Mary Meade Phelps McDowell.  Richard began his flying career in 1940 with Southern Airways Company, where he obtained his commercial flying license with an instructor's rating. After obtaining his license he moved with Southern Airways to Anderson, SC where he was an Instructor Pilot for the Cadets at Clemson. Later he flew for Trans World Airlines out of Los Angeles, CA and Kansas City, MO. About that time Pearl Harbor was bombed and WWII began. Richard was drafted and served as a Civilian Flight Commander for the 65th US Army Air Corps based with Southern Airways in Decatur, AL. Then again in 1955 he served as a Flight Commander with the US Army Air Corps, Bainbridge Air Base, Bainbridge, GA. He was later grounded for health reasons but stayed in aviation, his true passion in life, moving to Atlanta with Southern Airways (Inc.) to work as a Flight Control Supervisor. Southern Airways, (Inc.) merged with Republic Air Lines and he moved to Minneapolis, MN. Later Republic was bought by Northwest Airlines. He retired from Northwest Airlines December 31, 1981 ending a 41 year career in aviation. Richard was a member of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William G. McDowell and his first wife, Frances Cook McDowell. Survived by his wife of 41 years, Virginia (Ginny) McDowell; son Richard, his wife Kathy, son Robert and his wife Sandy, all of Acworth, Georgia; step-son Gary Seibert and wife Barbara of Franklin, Tennessee; granddaughters Donna McDowell Luster and Holly Seibert; grandsons, Steven and Scott McDowell, Matthew and Nicholas Seibert, Henry and Troy Ryckeley; great-granddaughter Madison Luster and great grandson, Mason Luster. Survivors also include his sister Mary Meade and husband Pierre Ullman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a brother Alan of Richmond, Virginia; a brother Douglas and his wife Anne of Stuart, Florida; and brother, John and wife Alda of Birmingham, Alabama as well as host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, March 26, 2007 at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1795 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30062. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the church. Graveside and interment services will be at 12:00 noon (CST) on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, AL. Memorial donations maybe made to St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church (Folders) or to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Directors, Canton Hill Chapel 1157 Old Canton RD. Marietta, GA 30068 (770)-977-9485
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 3/25/2007.


March 25, 2007

RICHARD EDWARD McDOWELL, 87, of Marietta died Saturday, March 24, 2007. The funeral will be at 11 a.m., March 26th, at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church. H.M. Patterson & Son, Canton Hill.


March 6, 2007

Capt. Darryl Snider Memorial Information

It is with great sadness to report that NWA Capt. Darryl Snider passed away Sunday at the Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas. His family and friends were with him during his final hours. Darryl had been in a coma since Feb. 28 after suffering a terrible fall at his home. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Darryl's wife Felesha and their family.

Influenced by a large and loving family that included a father and brothers in the airline industry, Darryl always wanted to be an airline pilot and was hired by Republic Airlines in June 1985. Most recently, he was a NWA 757 captain and was serving as an ALPA executive vice president. Many pilots and ALPA employees had the pleasure of knowing Darryl and his persistent smile and wonderful sense of humor. .....
Thursday, March 8, 2007,  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wiley Funeral Home
400 East Highway 377,
Granbury, TX 76048

Friday, March 9, 2007, 1:00 p.m.,
Lakeside Baptist Church
500 West Bluebonnet Drive,
Granbury, TX 76048

The family ... has expressed its preference for memorial contributions in lieu of flowers, as follows:
The Darryl Snider Family Memorial Fund
c/o 1st National Bank of Granbury

Attn: Stevii

P.O. Box 400
Granbury, TX 76048 


February 20, 2007

Jack Baughard PICKERING
Age 75
December 3, 2006
Other Tennessee Counties
PICKERING, Jack Baughard Age 75 of Greeneville. Died Sunday, December 3, 2006 at his home. Jack was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, receiving a Purple Heart in 1950. Jack retired from Northwest Airlines in Nashville , TN in 1991. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eula Effler Pickering; son and daughter-in-law, Dwayne and Delene Pickering; daughter, Yvonne Pickering Griggs all of Greeneville; five grandchildren, Chad Griggs and his wife Rachel of Portland, TN, Jason Pickering, Jeremy Pickering, Lora Pickering all of Nashville, Misty West and husband Joey of Manchester, TN; seven great grandchildren, Garrett and Peyton Griggs, Colby Pickering, Joe, John, Ellie and Lacy West. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m., Wednesday in the chapel of Rose Hill Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mosheim Central Cemetery with Rev. Bill Caulkin and Rev. Norman Ritchie officiating. The Greene County Honor Guard will convey military last rites at the graveside. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at ROSE HILL FUNERAL HOME, Greeneville , TN , (423) 636-8007. Condolences may be sent to the Pickering family at



Corine Buckner

Family-Placed Death Notice

Corine Bennington Buckner, of Fayetteville and formerly of East Point, died February 6, 2007. Survived by children, Kimberly and Joel Cotton, Fayetteville; William Scott and Raissa Chandler, Smyrna; Thomas E. Buckner, Cayman Islands; John W. Buckner, New York; grandchildren, Joshua Cotton, Matthew Cotton, Daphne and Daniel Chandler, John Buckner, Jr., Camaryn Buckner, and Cassidy Buckner; aunt, Mary Frances Radcliffe, Fayetteville. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 in the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Revs. Charles and Joyce Mayer, officiating. Interment, Forest Lawn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, 30291. The family will receive friends Friday, 5-8 p.m. at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, 770-631-9171.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2/9/2007.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Corine Bennington Buckner died peacefully in her sleep at 9:30 am this morning.  Arrangements by
Carmichael-Hemperley's in Peachtree City, GA.



Tuesday, February 6, 2007

By TERRY MAXON / The Dallas Morning News

M. Lamar Muse, the feisty airline executive who helped launch Southwest Airlines Co. in 1971 and then left in a boardroom fight seven years later, died late Monday of lung cancer at a Dallas retirement home. He was 86.



January 20, 2007

George Littlefield Bradford

George Littlefield Bradford, 91, of Santo, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in a Stephenville nursing home.

Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Dobbs Valley Baptist Church with interment at the Dobbs Valley Cemetery.  Rev. Darrell Akers and Rev. Myron Crawford are officiating. Pallbearers are Jason and Grady Behrens, Jay Moore, Ashley and Jon Webb and Shane Millhouser. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Bradford was born March 17, 1915, in the Lone Camp community, the son of Lemual Edgar “Doc” and Elsie Littlefield Bradford. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Corps where he distinguished himself as a daring pilot during the early years of that branch of service. He retired from Northwest Airlines, previously Southern Airways then Republic Airlines, as their number one pilot. He was a member of the Dobbs Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bradford of Santo; son, Thomas Bradford of Blanding, Utah; daughters, Kay Web and husband, Jon, of Arlington, and Kathy Garrett of Clearwater, Fla.; stepson, Grady Behrens and wife, Linda, of Santo; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brazos Volunteer Fire Department or Dobbs Valley Baptist Church.

Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home
320 W. Hubbard Street, Mineral Wells, TX  76067, 940-325-4422
Published in the Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX, January 19, 2007



Moultrie Observer
December 15, 2006

JONESBORO — Luther Edwards, 73, of Jonesboro, Ga., died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at Sacred Journey Hospice of McDonough, Ga.   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Harrell Faircloth Funeral Home. Burial will be at the family plot at Pinecrest Memory Gardens. The Rev. Jackie Cabiness and the Rev. John Green will officiate.  Mr. Edwards was born June 7, 1933, in Cook County, Ga., to the late Sylvester Edwards and the late Ruth Marie Boyd Edwards. He was a Baptist and was retired from Northwest Airlines. He was valedictorian of Moultrie High School Class of 1952 and attended Norman College. He worked in the airline industry more than 50 years and loved to hunt, fish and farm.  Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joan Edwards of Jonesboro; two sons, Richard Edwards and wife Lisa of Hampton, Ga., and Mike Edwards and wife Jenny of Austell, Ga.; two daughters, Jeanie Arvanitis and husband Greg of Woodstock, Ga., and Joanie Wadas and husband Bill of Glendale, Ariz.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Hoyle and Betty Pitchford of Moultrie; and seven grandchildren, Evan and Ryan Arvanitis, Alexis and Seth Wadas, and Ashley, Natalie and Brandon Edwards.  Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Harrell Faircloth Funeral Home. The family may be contacted at 34 23rd St. S.E. in Moultrie.   Harrell Faircloth Funeral Home ( is in charge of arrangements.


Monday, December 11, 2006

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

Senatobia - Steve Wingo, 52, passed away December 8, 2006.  Steve was born in Lake Charles, LA,
raised in Atlanta, GA.  He was employed by Northwest Airlines for the past 33 years.  He had been a
resident of Senatobia, MS for the past 21 years.  Steve was a motorcyclist enthusiast and loved
animals.  He will be remembered by his family and friends for his wonderful wit and great sense of
humor.  Survivors include his father, Albert Wingo; his son, Jason and his brother Tommy.  He was
preceded by his mother, Phyllis Wingo.  Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, December 13
at 11:00 am at the Senatobia Presbyterian Church, Senatobia, MS.  In lieu of flowers donations can be
made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc. 16 Northtown Drive, Jackson, MS  39211 or
Senatobia Presbyterian Church, 429 W. Main Street, Senatobia, MS  38668.


Thursday, November 2, 2006

James Thomas "Tommy" West, 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at his home in Newnan. The memorial service is Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga. The family is receiving friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service.

Source:   Tom Brannon


William Douglas Welch Jr.    
William Douglas Welch Jr., 64, passed away in Sanford on Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. Known to his family as "W.D." and to his friends as "Bill," Mr. Welch was born March 7, 1942, in Nauvoo, Ala., to William Sr. and Beulah Welch. A resident of Palm Coast for eight years, Bill was a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, and received a Purple Heart and many other awards and citations. After his service he became a commercial airline captain, flying Boeing 747s for Northwest Airlines, primarily on service to Asia. Bill retired in September 2001 and concentrated on his other joys, sailing throughout the Caribbean and riding his Harley-Davidson. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, November 4, in the chapel of Lohman Funeral Home Palm Coast, with retired Chaplain Lt. Col. Harry W. Gilman officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time. Bill leaves behind a son, William Welch; brother, Morris Welch; two aunts; and ex-wife and mother of his child, Raili Welch. Share condolences via the family guestbook at Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Palm Coast.

Published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal from 11/2/2006 - 11/3/2006.
Thursday, November 2, 2006  6:02 pm

Received from Jim Robinson:

The funeral for Bill Welch will be Saturday at 3 pm at Lohman Funeral Home, 220 Palm Coast Pkwy,  Palm Coast, FL. 

See the link below for more info on Bill.
Thursday, November 2, 2006  1:03 pm

Received from Jim Robinson:

I have received word that Bill Welch has died of a stroke.  I don't have all the details yet but I understand the funeral will be on Saturday at 2:00 pm in Palm Coast, FL.  Bill lived in Palm Coast.  I will pass on any other info when I receive it.


October 31, 2006

Robert Falling Sr. 

Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Falling, Sr., 76, will be held 1 PM, Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at Meadows Mortuary Chapel, 419 Flat Shoals Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. Rev. John J. Adams officiating. Interment, Kennedy Memorial Gardens, Ellenwood, GA. Visitation, TODAY, 2 PM to 8 PM. He leaves to cherish his memory, devoted wife, Evangelist, Margie Falling, son, Robert Falling, daughter, Sandra Williams (Don), five grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brother, Lewis Falling (Dorothy), sisters, Mary Francis, Akins, Catherine Burden, 8 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law, host of Godchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The cortege will assemble at 12 Noon, at 2775 Flagstone Dr. Meadows Mortuary, Inc. 404-522-7478.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 10/30/2006 - 10/31/2006.


October 30, 2006

Falling, Robert

Mr. Robert Falling passed October 29, 2006. Funeral arrangements announced later. Meadows Mortuary, Inc., 404-522-7478. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 10/30/2006.


October 29, 2006

David P. McClendon, former NWA employee, died October 28, 2006.  He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema in February, 2006.  There will be a memorial service for family and friends on Monday, October 30, at 10:00 am in their local clubhouse.  He is by his wife, Terry McClendon.

October 20, 2006

 Janice Skinner's memorial service was today.

(If you have additional information, please forward to me.)


October 25, 2006

Gary Lindsey died on Tuesday, October 24, 2006.  He will be cremated.  Gary's daughter's name and address is below if you wish to send a card to the family.

Margi Nozick
650 Woodwork Way
Roswell, GA  30076

**Source:  John Roney

(I checked the AJC and did not find an obit.  Lillian)

October 22, 2006

John Harold Rikard

The funeral for John Harold Rikard, 69, of Horn Lake, Miss., will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Westside Baptist Church in Tuscumbia with Randy Tanner officiating and Spry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Guy Cemetery.

Mr. Rikard died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at his residence.


Harold worked for Southern in Mobile, and Muscle Shoals, AL, and Baton Rouge, LA.

Sources:   Johnnie Whitt from the Athens, AL newspaper.;  Bob Ward


Albert Koman

Family-Placed Death Notice

Mr. Albert James Koman of East Point, Georgia died Monday, August 7, 2006 at his home in Fairview, near Asheville, North Carolina at the age of 86. Born on August 13, 1919 in Forest City, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, Albert was the son of Pranas ("Frank") Komantauskas of Bubu Kaima, Lithuania (b. 1881 - d. 1952) and Ona ("Anna") Laurinevicious of Kvesu Kaima, Lithuania (b. 1893 - d. 1976), who married in their native land in 1910 and came to the United States in 1914. Albert was a World War II veteran. After enlisting in the U.S. Army on March 5, 1941, he was assigned as a Technical Sergeant to the Headquarters Company of the 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels"). He took part in the U.S. invasion of North Africa in the fall of 1942, and after five months in action there, a bomb dropped during a German air raid severely wounded him on April 15, 1943. While he was a patient at the wartime hospital in the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on March 31, 1944 he married Marjorie Ruth Morgan of Newnan, Georgia (d. Nov. 5, 1981). After a two-year convalescence, he was discharged on May 19, 1945. After the war, Albert and Marjorie settled in the Atlanta area, where Albert enrolled in Southern Technical Institute (now Southern Polytechnic State University) and graduated in 1950. He joined the avionics department of Southern Airways, which later became part of Northwest Airlines, and retired as the supervisor of that department after a 31-year career. A lifelong ham radio hobbyist, his personal call sign was W4JUF. Albert is survived by his two children - Alan James Koman, O.St.J. and K.St.G.G., who practices law in the Atlanta area, and Janice Eaton Kilby, a writer living in Asheville and the author of several best-selling children's books, including The Book of Wizard Craft and The Master Detective Handbook. Of his brothers and sisters, Albert is survived by Frances Dobishinsky of Mayfield, PA, Frank Komantauskas of Castle Creek, NY, Marion Stanavige of Hartford, CT, and Veronica Komantauskas of Forest City, PA. His brother John Komantauskas and his sister Victoria Bonacci preceded him in death. After cremation in Asheville, Albert's remains will be interred next to his wife Marjorie in Holly Hill Cemetery in Fairburn, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent on-line to or to
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/13/2006.



Sunday, September 17, 2006
Forsyth County News

Catherine Ann Crawford Taylor
January 18, 1949 - September 09, 2006

Cathy Taylor, 57, of Cumming, Ga. Passed away Saturday, September 9, 2006. She was a flight attendant for 27 years with Southern, Republic, and Northwest Airlines. Most recently she was a Senior Fraud investigator with Cingular Wireless in Atlanta for seven years. Born in Atlanta to Joseph and Betty Crawford, January 18, 1949.

She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Taylor; mother, Betty A. Crawford; brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Christine Crawford, nieces and nephews, Andrea, Michael, and Natalie Crawford, Alyse Fritch, Jon Preble; brother-in-law, Marshall Taylor; sister-in-law, Tammy Preble.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 pm at the McDonald and Son Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, September 17, starting at 2:00 pm.

Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886-9899


Charlotte Millwood Holland

CHARLOTTE MILLWOOD HOLLAND, 63, died Sunday, September 10, 2006. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 at Mortimer Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial in Greencrest Cemetery, Belzoni, MS. Mortimer Funeral Home Greenville, MS662-334-4519

Published in The Commercial Appeal on 9/12/2006.

September 12, 2006

Received from Jim Robinson:  

Charlotte Holland died in Memphis on Sunday, Sept. 10.  Visitation is Tues., Sept. 12 at Mortimer Funeral Home in Belzoni, MS and the the service for her will be at 2:00 p.m. Wed., Sept. 13 at the funeral home in Belzoni. 
Please pass this information along.
Source:  Joye Ferrill



September 12, 2006

Subject: NWA Manager - Ernie Reed

It's very sad for me to report that we lost a good friend and excellent Manager in the AMO Contracts group.

Ernie Reed was involved in a vehicle accident last Friday evening, September 8th, while on assignment as a Shift Manager supporting the A320/A319 check lines at Mobile Aerospace in Mobile Alabama.

Ernie is survived by his wife and three children who live in Belle Plaine, MN.

Arrangements are as follows;

Visitation Wake:
Wednesday September 13th, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Wagner Funeral Home
620 E. South St.
Belle Plaine, MN. 56011

Thursday September 14th, 10:30 am
Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church
215 N. Chestnut St.
Belle Plaine, MN. 56011

Many of you knew Ernie during his time at NWA. Please forward this on to anyone who I may have missed. Our prayers and condolences go out to Ernie and his family in this time of grief.

Jim Mach



From the Northwest Florida Daily News
August 27, 2006

August 27, 2006

Alfred Clark Brandon Jr.

Alfred Clark Brandon Jr. passed away due to complications related to a recent stroke, on Aug. 25, 2006.
Al Brandon was born Jan. 17, 1926.  A native of Memphis, Tenn., Al moved to Fort Walton Beach over 30 years ago. He was a proud veteran, serving honorably in the U.S. Navy.  After service to his country, Al cherished his position as a commercial airline pilot for Northwest Airlines, safely flying for 28 years until his retirement in 1986.  In addition, Al eagerly participated in various flying associations, including the EAA and the QB’s, where many friendships were cultivated with comrades who shared the same passion for flying.   Al is preceded in death by his parents, Clark and Evelyn Brandon; and beloved daughter, Colleen.  Al is survived by his children, Rick Brandon and wife Karen of Texas, Pat Brandon of Arizona, and Clark Brandon III and wife Teresa of Texas;  grandchildren, Debbie Wilson, Michele Brandon, Brian Oliver, Christina Stock, and Casey Oliver;  nephew, Bob Silverman and wife Linda of Texas; and other family members and numerous friends.   Al’s family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL.  A celebration commemorating Al’s life is scheduled at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, in the funeral home chapel with the family receiving guests one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the Brandon family requests that contributions be made in Al’s memory to EAA’s Young Eagles Flights, a program providing children with opportunities to fly with volunteer veteran pilots.
You may share memories and condolences at
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Note:    EAA's Young Eagles Flights Program address:
             Young Eagles Flights
              P. O. Box 3086
              Oshkosh, Wisconsin  54903

From Jim Robinson re Al Brandon

Friday, August 25, 2006 / 4:42 pm

"I just talked to Al Brandon's son Rick.  A few days ago Al began having problems and was taken to the hospital from the rehab center.  Last night he suffered kidney failure but the Doctors planned to start him on dialysis this morning and expected him to recover.  This morning about 5 am they called the family back to the hospital.  Al passed away about 8 am.

Emerald Coast Mortuary on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach is handling the arrangements. 
                        Viewing:   Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday at 3:00 pm
                        Memorial Service:   Wednesday at 4:00 pm
Jim Robinson"

I'll post additional information as received.   Al had a stroke back in June and has alternately been in the hospital and in a rehab center. - LA


Family-Placed Death Notice

William Everett Oakes, 72, of St. Augustine, FL, died Wednesday, August 16, 2006.  He was a native of Jonesboro, GA and had resided in St. Augustine for the last 10 years.  He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School and Georgia State University.  Mr. Oakes served in the United States Air Force.  He began his career at Southern Airways in Atlanta, and became Vice President of Marketing at Republic Airlines in Minneapolis, MN.  He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1983.  He was a member of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church and the Jonesboro Masonic lodge #87.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Virginia S. Oakes; sons, Wm. Gregory Oakes and Natalya of Seattle, WA and Gary C. Oakes and his fiancee, Kelli Green of Jonesboro, GA; sisters, Agnes Mitchell and Martha Daniel of Jonesboro, GA; brothers, Alvin Oakes of Demorest, GA and Roger Oakes of Jonesboro, GA.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held Monday, August 21, 2006 at 2 pm Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, 2047 Highway 138 East, Jonesboro, GA 30236, (770) 210-2700.  Those desiring may make a donation in his memory to your favorite charity. Funeral arrangement by Craig Funeral Home and Crematory, St. Augustine, FL (904) 824-1672.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/20/2006.



From the Star Tribune, sent to me 8-17-06:

"Bernard Sweet, regional airline president
Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune

Bernard (Bud) Sweet, an executive for Republic Airlines during the heyday of regional carriers and a pioneer in bringing the first synagogue to Dakota County, died July 24. He was 82.

A former accountant, Sweet rose to become president of Republic. As the carrier grew in the 1960s and 1970s, he and Chairman Hal Carr negotiated with the federal Civil Aeronautics Board to establish long-haul route destinations such as New York, Denver and Boston, while continuing to serve smaller regional destinations such as Mankato and Hibbing. The airline, known then as North Central, merged with Southern Airways to form Republic in 1979, gaining access to Sun Belt routes. Later, it bought Hughes Airwest to gain access to Western destinations.

Sweet left day-to-day operations to become vice chairman in 1980 as the airline struggled with debt and labor troubles.

Dave Moran, a former vice president for marketing, described Sweet as a supportive but cautious boss, even in tumultuous times in the industry. Sweet mentored Moran in his rise from "ramp rat," or baggage handler, to the boardroom.

"I would always be coming up with some idea. I'd tell him I was sure it would work 60 percent of the time," Moran said. "He would tell me that just wasn't good enough and to go back and try again."

Sweet received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. He was instrumental in establishing the first synagogue in Dakota County, the Conservative Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights. He served as congregation president during the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter, Laurie Smith, and three grandchildren.

Services have been held.

August 2006

I Patterson, retired Memphis Captain, died August 12, 2006.

(From NWA Passages)


July 15, 2006

Received from William Elwyn Aultman:

":Howard Laminack, Tony Laminack's dad passed away last night.  Dryden Funeral Home in Heflin, AL will be handling the arrangements.   The arrangements have not been finalized at this time."



Thursday, July 13, 2006

"..... This is to let you know that former station agent, Earl Elrod, passed away July 12, 2006, after a long illness. His cause of death was a heart attack.
The visitation time will be Saturday July 15th from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.,  followed by the funeral at 2:00 P.M. at the Madison Funeral Home,  Highway 72 West,  Madison, AL 35758."

Source:  Bob Ward



Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Jimmy Williams, former Southern Airways Cleaner, passed June 20th.   His viewing is tonight June 21, from 5 to 8 PM, funeral at 2 PM tomorrow at Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn. 770-964-4800. It's located on Hwy 74 going toward Peachtree City approx. 2 miles on the right side from I-85.
                                                                                                John Roney

Sunday, June 11, 2006

From Peggy Crane Schweitzer:

FYI,  Mike Edson's. wake/ memorial service will be held Thursday, June 15th at 7 PM at the Community Bible Church on Jodeco Rd. 1 1/2 miles off I-75 coming from Atlanta on the right. Phone No. is 770-914-0808.
    Information provided by Wilson Raker.
                                                                            John Roney
Edson, Edwin
Family-Placed Death Notice

EDWIN MICHAEL "MIKE" EDSON    Edwin Michael "Mike" Edson, 63, of P.O. Box 1348, McDonough, GA, 30253, went home to be with the Lord from his home with family by his side on May 19, 2006, after a courageous battle with lung/metastatic cancer.  Born in Baltimore, Maryland to Dorothy Geist Edson and the late Silas Edwin Edson, he served in the U.S. Air Force and retired August, 2005, after 38 years of service with Northwest Airlines, as a lead aircraft mechanic.  He is survived by his loving wife, Faith Diane Richards Edson, formerly of Norfolk, VA; one son; two daughters; two step-sons; three sisters; seven grandchildren.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 11:00 am at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA with Rev. Donald O'Dey, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home on Friday, May 26, 2006 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Mike is a member of Community Bible Church, Stockbridge, GA, where a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to Community Bible Church, Stockbridge, GA,  Fellowship Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA, or the American Cancer Society.  The family would like to take this opportunity to thank Hospice and his caregivers, many friends, and his church family for all their love and support during this difficult time. Please share a memory with the family at Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 5/24/2006.

From: <>
To: <>
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Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 4:10 PM
Subject: RE: Wayne Cleveland

This is to advise you that former Supervisor for Southern in HSV and BNA, Thomas Wayne Cleveland, passed away last evening May 19th.

Visitation will be at Spry Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama from 6:00 P.M. to  8:00 P.M.  Sunday May 21st and the funeral will be Monday May 22nd at
Berea Baptist Church on Lucas Ferry Road,  Athens, Al. at 2:00 P.M.

Please forward this to all concerned,

Bob Ward


From Chuck Tippitt:
May 20, 2006, Saturday, 1:01 pm

"Huntsville and Nashville Sou Agent
----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 9:26 AM
T. Wayne Cleveland


We wanted to let you know that Daddy passed away last night, (Fri. 05/19).   Mother asked that you please let everyone know.
Thank you, please keep us in your prayers.

Connie Cleveland Tucker

Family-Placed Death Notice

Mr. Ray W. Burden , Sr. of Conyers formerly of Atlanta was born in Madison County October 7, 1921, died in Rockdale County February 9, 2006.  He is survived by his wife Mildred Bone Burden of Conyers, son Dr. Ray W. and Bonnie Burden Jr. of Pikeville, TN; daughter Mr. and Mrs. Melanie and Daniel Hamby of Loganville; brother Mr. and Mrs. Hal and Sarah Burden of Tucker; grandchildren Ms. Lani Jo Burden of Carolton, Mr. Donald Ray Llewellyn of Loganville; several nieces and nephews. Ray was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church and a former member of Moreland Ave. Baptist Church; he retired as a Financial Officer with Republic Air Lines. Funeral services will be held Saturday February 11, 2006, 11:00 AM at Heritage Hills Baptist Church, Pastor Joe Hughes and Rev. Ted Boland Officiating, interment will follow at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 Pm at Scot Ward Funeral Services. Condolences may be submitted on-line to Scot Ward Funeral Services - Harry White Chapel, Conyers, 770-483-7216.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2/10/2006.
Howard Boone Bryant Jr.

Howard Boone “Jimmy” Bryant, Jr., 73, son of Howard and Ann Bryant, died Wednesday morning at his home after a long illness. Howard was born in Memphis, was a Boy Scout, and a graduate from Treadwell High School in Memphis. He was a sergeant in the United States Air Force. He was an employee of Delta Airlines and later Southern Airways. He was a passenger service agent for Northwest Airlines and retired from this job after 32 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the American Legion Lodge 249. He was also a member of the Bartlett United Methodist Church. He loved traveling, fishing, and children. Howard leaves his wife of 43 years Betty Swanson Bryant. Funeral services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill East Funeral Home with visitation from 5-7 Thursday evening. Forest Hill Funeral Home East Chapel 382-1000

Published in The Commercial Appeal on 5/4/2006.




Wednesday, May 3, 2006

From Bill Butler:

"Howard (Bryant) passed from this life this a.m. 0230, in Methodist Hospital in Germanton, TN.  Betty advised arrangements are incomplete, but most probably will be Friday, 5/5/06.  Their address and phone numbers are posted in News & Events.  With regrets, Bill Butler"


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"Dee Kilpatrick passed away on Monday 24 April, 2006 of cancer. No information on services at this time.  She was MSY Chief Pilot secretary under Tom Caswell and worked in the GO in Atlanta after the mergers."

Source:  Larry McIntire

William M. Riddick III    
WILLIAM M. RIDDICK, III, 62, a retired Northwest Airlines captain, died of cancer April 7, 2006. He was a long time resident of Germantown. He received a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and was awarded an MBA Degree in Finance from the University of Memphis in 1979. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He was discharged after five years of active duty with the rank of Captain. Mr. Riddick started his 30 year commercial airline career with Southern Airlines in 1973. Southern  merged with Republic Airlines, which in turn merged with Northwest. He served as a Captain for 25 years and retired from Northwest in 2000. His survivors include his parents, William M. Riddick, Jr. and Bonelle Riddick of Atlanta, GA; a brother, M. Thomas Riddick, M.D., and a sister, Laurie Hatcher, also of Atlanta. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. July 7 at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on 4/13/2006.



From:   Keith Heefner 
Sent:    Saturday, April 08, 2006 9:19 AM

Jim Richman sent this message: 


I have just learned from Bobby Harris that Wm M (Billy) Riddick lost a battle with cancer and died this afternoon at 4 pm.  He will be cremated and buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  No details concerning services are known at this time.  We do know that burials at Arlington are backed up resulting in a wait of several weeks.  If you can, send this information to your e-mail list stating that further details will be forthcoming when we become aware.

Jim “

Keith Heefner


March 27, 2006

Couch, Patricia "Pattie"


Patricia "Pattie" Couch -MACON -   Patricia "Pattie" Couch passed away March 24, 2006.  Funeral services will be held 2 P.M. Monday, March 27, 2006 in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home.   Interment will follow in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery.   Rev. Rod Callahan will be officiating. - Mrs. Couch was the daughter of the late Buford and Mary Ann Carney Jones. She was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class.  Mrs. Couch also volunteered for the Pink Ladies Auxiliary in Lavonia, Georgia and was a member of Modern Woodman of America Camp 16329.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Lisa Steadman of Forest Park, Georgia. -Mrs. Couch is survived by her husband Charles Couch; two daughters, Kim Cooper (Robert) of Macon, Lori Petty (Mark) of Peachtree City, GA; grandsons, Shannon Cooper, Jason Cooper (Michelle) Joey Eells, Josh Petty, Clint Petty, Terry Barnett, Larry Tanner (Angel); granddaughters, Amanda Blasche (Greg), Wendi Steadham, and Suzie Merrill; nine great grandchildren; brother, Dale Jones (Patsy) of Huntington, WV. -  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central Georgia, 3780 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA 31206. - The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Sunday evening in the funeral home. -Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of arrangements. Patricia Couch

March 17, 2006 

This was sent out to the EAL family. They both were with NWA also.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cook, Doris N." <>
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:06 AM
Subject: Bad News - Don Kinkaid & Bob Johnson

The following came to me from Jake Tryon:

Doris, two deaths to report.

Bob Johnson,  EAL aircraft mechanic, died a couple of days ago when the golf cart he was working on fell on him. The viewing will be at the Fero Funeral Home at 7626 S. US Hwy 41 in Dunnellon, FL on Saturday, March 18th from 11:30 to 1:30. The funeral home phone number is 352-489-5363.

Don Kinkaid,  EAL aircraft mechanic, died suddenly Tuesday night from a Diabetes related problem. The viewing will be at Parrott's Funeral Home, 8355 Hwy 74, Fairburn, GA at 5 to 8 PM on Saturday the 18th and the funeral will be at the Bethany Methodist Church ( No address) on Monday at 2:00 PM.

Would you please post these on your email alert?

Jake Tryon


Thursday, February 16, 2006

From: Thomas Russ
Subject: Dennis Kline

The arrangements for Dennis are as follows:

Visitation will be at C. J. Mowell Funeral Home 180 N Jeff Davis Dr, Fayetteville, GA 30214 on Sunday from 6 to 8. The memorial Mass will be in Jonesboro on Monday at 10:00 at St. Phillips.


February 17, 2006

From: Tom Schoenherr
Subject: Joe Kolman
Joe's viewing will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Carl J Mowell & Son Funeral Home,  180 N Jeff Davis Dr, Fayetteville, GA 30214
(770) 461-7641

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Joe Kolman passed at about 5:00 pm, February 15, 2006.  Viewing will be at Moell Funeral Home in Fayetteville.    Details of the arrangements are unknown at this time.


Saturday, February 11, 2006




From Keith Heefner, Saturday, November 26, 2005"
I received this today:

“Dear Keith,

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that Mom (Jane Knudegard, wife of Southern Airways pilot Vincent Aubrey Knudegard) passed away yesterday at about 7pm. (November 24, 2005)

Ren and I are in Armonk, NY at my sister-in-law's house.  We flew up Tue and had a wonderful three days, including a big Thanksgiving dinner with 30
family members.  Mom was here with us and was having a wonderful time.  After Thanksgiving dinner, we were going to a square dance at the Armonk community center.   Mom got in the car and Ren and I went back into the house the gather the others riding with us to the dance.  When we came back
to the car a couple of minutes later, Mom was slumped in her seat and her heart had stopped.  We performed CPR on her until  paramedics arrived.  They
were able to restart her heart briefly, but could not keep it going and she died at the North Westchester Medical center on Nov. 24. 

It is a sad occasion but Mom was having a wonderful time, surrounded by friends and family and she did not suffer at all.  She is being cremated here in
NY and will be returned to Auburn next week.  Kris and I do not know what we are going to do yet in the way of a memorial service but we will let you know.

Nancy Knudegard”

It was our pleasure to have known this wonderful lady for many years. She and Kris were planning to attend the Christmas party. We morn her passing but will always fondly remember the many good times we have had with Jane and Vince. 



From the AJC, Thursday, November 10. 2005

Melba Morris's Grandson

Family-Placed Death Notice

Mr. Joshua (Josh) Bluestein, of Fayetteville, died November 6, 2005.  Josh was a 2004 graduate of Landmark Christian School where he was a 4 year member of the golf team and was presently employed with Air Freight Atlanta.  He is survived by his parents, Brynn and Steve Morris, Fayetteville;  grandparents, Alma and Jim Snyder, Fayetteville;  Melba and Phil Morris,
College Park.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 11 o'clock at Southwest Christian Church with
Dr. James W. (Jim) Donovan officiating.  Interment Camp Memorial Park.  Those wishing may send on-line condolence at   In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a donation in memory of Josh Bluestein to one of the following:   Christian Families Today, 115 Kathi Avenue, Fayetteville, GA 30214;   Atlanta Christian College, 2605 Ben Hill Road, East Point, GA 30344 or to   Landmark Christian School, 50 W. Broad Street, Fairburn, GA 30213.   The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 8:00 PM at Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn. 770-964-4800.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 11/10/2005.


Friday, November 4, 2005

Jack Norris passed away yesterday (Thursday pm) from a heart attack.  His body will be created and no services held.  His wife
 will receive visitors at their home:

245 Rocky Branch Road
McDonough, GA

Telephone:  770-957-8278

Note:  Anyone who wishes to make a donation could do so to the Sharon Baptist Church, 536 N. Ola Road, McDonough, GA
30252  "For Building Fund."

(Sources:  W. E. Aultman, Bubba Williams, John Roney)


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

"Funeral arrangements for Bob McKibbon follow:
Visitation:         6PM to 8PM, Friday, September 16
th, 2005
At:   H. M. Patterson and Sons
        1020 Spring Street NW
        Atlanta, GA 30309
        Ph: 404-876-1022

Funeral Service:      11 AM, Saturday, September 17th, 2005
At:   Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
        3180 Peachtree Road NW
        Atlanta, GA 30305
        Ph: 404-266-2373

The family will receive visitors prior to the service beginning at 10 AM.    Flowers may be sent to the funeral home.
Donations instead of flowers may be made to The American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief.

Bob was a loyal friend to all of us and a gentle man in the highest since of the word. I will always miss his ready smile and words of encouragement.  

I thank God that I was privileged to have been able to count Bob as a personal friend.

Sincerely yours,
Keith Heefner"


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Re:  Robert J. (Jack) Bell

"Dear All,

Funeral services will be conducted for Jack in the chapel at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, Georgia, on Saturday,
September 17, at 1:00 p.m.  Friends may visit the family Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Hasten's address is 1745 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy, McDonough, GA  30253, Phone:  770/914-8833.  However, the street name
has very recently changed and the map databases don't reflect this street name.  The old address is 1745 S. Cedar Street,
which is actually Hwy 155.
Click on or cut and paste this entire link for a correct map -

Thank you all for your support,

Monica and Lisa Bell"


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of a good friend and gentleman, Bob McKibbon.

Bob died suddenly yesterday evening, Tuesday September 13th .  Bob was getting ready to take his granddaughter for a walk yesterday morning when he suffered heart arrest. It was determined that the arrest was the result of a tear in the aorta. Emergency surgery was performed but doctors were not able to save him.

There will be a memorial service later this week. I will send word as soon as arrangements have been finalized.

Bob and Jane have been living with their daughter in Atlanta since hurricane Katrina destroyed their Dauphine Island home.


Keith Heefner


This is Robert J. (Jack) Bell, until recently of Jackson, GA.  I will post additional information as I receive it from the family.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
Dear All,
I apologize for contacting you by email instead of by phone call but we have been unable to track down phone numbers for some
of you and wanted to let you know as soon as possible.
My dad, Jack Bell passed away yesterday evening in Florida.  He was at dinner with his wife, Catherine, and suffered a heart
attack.  Funeral arrangements are pending but will be held in McDonough, Georgia, at Haisten's Funeral Home.  He will be
transported from Florida to McDonough sometime this week. We will email funeral arrangements when known. 
If you know of anyone not on this email list that should be contacted, please forward this email to them, give them a call, or let
one of us know.  If you would like to contact any of us, our email addresses and/or telephone numbers are below.
We will miss him so very much.
Monica Bell, 678/386-4065,
Lisa Wilson, 770/898-0297,
Joe Bell, 352/750-1924,
Katherine Bell, 386/559-1677


Saturday, September 10, 2005

Richard Gail Souders, age 88, of Morrow Georgia passed away on Friday, September 9, 2005. 

Visitation at Pope Dickson and Sons will be Monday, September 12, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am with the funeral services to follow.

Internment will be at Camp Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the
American Red Cross-Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.

Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.   770-961-2700,

Source:  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Sunday, August 28, 2005

Alison Brannon

Family-Placed Death Notice

Alison Deal Brannon of Dallas, GA, passed away on Saturday, morning, August 27, 2005 at the age of 32. Mrs. Brannon is
survived by her husband, Paul Brannon, daughter, Madeline Brannon, both of Dallas, GA, mother and father, Nalan and Rebecca
Deal of Jonesboro; mother and father-in-law. Tom and Paula Brannon of Stockbridge; sister, Stephanie and Joel Cope of
Mableton, GA; brother-in-law, Todd Brannon of Stockbridge; grandparents, Virginia DeBard and Paul and Virginia Brannon, all of Jonesboro;   Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 10 AM in the Community Bible Church in Stockbridge.
Pastor, Brooks Everett, Pastor, Jack Bartlett, and Elder Hoyt Sims will officiate. Burial will be at the Upper Lotts Creek Church Cemetery in Metter, GA at 5:30 PM. The family will receive friends on Monday, August 29, 2005 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the Education Fund for Madeline Brannon at the Community Bible Church in Stockbridge. Horis A. Ward-Tara Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of the arrangements. 770-471-7171.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/28/2005.

Saturday, August 27, 2005 7:43 PM

Re:  Allison Brannon, Daughter-in-law of Tom Brannon

Tom called me this evening to tell me that Alison died this morning. She will be at Tara Gardens (Hwy. 138) in Jonesboro, and the
family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5-8PM. The funeral is Tuesday at 10am at their church on Jodeco Road called Community Bible Church.

Sources:  Malline Austin and Beckie and Bob Holder



Saturday , August 27, 2005

SANDRA MALLARD FISH DUCKWORTH, 63, of Germantown.  Sandra  Fish passed away peacefully August 10, 2005, after a
14 month battle with cancer, at the home of her daughter.  Sandra is predeceased by her parents, Marvin Theodore Mallard and Kathleen Emma Haun.  Sandra (Sandy) was born in Morristown, TN.   Sandra is survived by her devoted daughter, Suzanne Fish Thigpen, and husband, Tate Thigpen  (Oxford, MS);  granddaughter, Kathleen Kessler Thigpen;  former husband, Roger Fish and
wife, Lydia (Nashville, TN);  half-brother, Charles Mallard and wife, Paige (Daytona Beach, FL);  three aunts, Fransola (Frankie)
Cary (Morristown, TN),  Virginia Amos (Wilmington, NC), and  Lucille McBride (Lexington, NC).   In 2000 Sandra retired from
Northwest Airlines after thirty-seven years of dedicated service.  She began her career as a flight attendant with Southern Airways
which was purchased by Republic Airlines.  In addition to her long career with the airline industry, she sold real estate for over a
decade and was honored as a 'million dollar' producer with Poplar Pike Realtors.  She was a lifelong member of the Methodist
Church and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, loved his creations and practiced Christianity by her good works and service toward others.  Anyone who knew Sandra will remember her kind and gentle nature, her devotion to her family and her friends, her
appreciation of beauty and her independent spirit.  Sandra will be greatly missed by family and friends.  A memorial service will be conducted by Dr. Matthew C. Morrison, a family friend, at 3 p.m. on August 13, 2005 at Christ United Methodist Church, Wilson
Chapel, Memphis.  Visitation will be held immediately following the memorial service.  Private burial services will be conducted at Hamblen Memory Gardens in Morristown, TN.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to:  Baptist Homecare
and Hospice, Oxford, MS, or the American Cancer Society. Waller Funeral Home, Oxford, MS has charge.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Gene Hill

HILL, Gene Mr. Robert Eugene "Gene" Hill, 71, of 2225 Owen Street in Charleston, died Sunday at his residence after an extended illness.  Born September 17, 1933 in Georgetown, GA; he was the son of the late Fred and Annie Hill.  He had retired after 38 years of service with Northwest Airlines, was a US Army Veteran, a Blue Lodge Mason, a member of the James Island American Legion Post #147, and the Low Country Airborne Chapter of James Island, SC.  He is survived by his wife, Billie Fae Hill of Charleston; two daughters, Julie Tindal and husband Mike of Charleston and Jenny Lee and husband Harley of Sardis, SC; a stepdaughter, Debi Estes and husband Tim of Anderson, SC; a stepson, George McMullan, III of Armand Beach, FL; one brother, David Hill and wife Francis of Ashland, VA; two sisters, Barbara Mixson and husband Billy and Margaret Searson and husband Alton, both of Yemassee, SC; one sister-in-law, Gay Hill of Varnville,. There are eight grandchildren, Matthew, Grady, Claire, Kristen, Carri, Ryan, Lauren, and Abby.  Mr. Hill was predeceased by his first wife, Emma Jean Connelly Hill and a brother, Garnett Hill. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for all the support of family, friends, and neighbors during the past year.   Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of PEEPLES-RHODEN FUNERAL HOME, 300 Mulberry Street, Hampton, SC 29924, conducted by Rev. Dr. Tommy Kelly.  Burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery. Friends may call the chapel Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.  Memorials may be to Hospice of Charleston, 3870 Leeds Ave., Suite 101, Charleston, SC 29405 or Honor Guard of American Legion Post #147, 20 Paddle Creek Ave., James Island, SC 29412. Visit our guestbook at
Published in the Charleston Post & Courier on 8/23/2005.


"Tuesday, July 26, 2005

It is my sad duty to report the passing of Captain Terry Knight. Terry died early this morning of heart failure.

He was a faithful friend to his fellow pilots and all employees of Southern Airways. I will always remember him for his ready smile, for his warm welcome and
for his optimistic outlook.  

Services for Captain Knight will be held at:
Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home
135 Senoia Rd.
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone 770-631-9171
This location is at the corner of Highway 74 and Senoia Rd.

Visitation will be:       Thursday, July 28th, 6pm to 8pm
The funeral will be:     Friday, July 29
th, at 2pm

Keith Heefner"



Ron Sloan was a Northwest mechanic.

"Cycle accident kills Sharpsburg man
From staff reports Published 7/4/05

A 44-year-old Sharpsburg man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident on Raymond Hill Road in north Coweta County.  The victim was identified as Ronald Wayne Sloan. His driver's license listed his address as London Lane, Sharpsburg.  No other vehicles were involved in the accident.  Coweta sheriff's patrols and county fire units from Station 7 on Fischer Road responded to the accident at 4:45 a.m. Sunday.

The motorcycle was apparently west bound on Raymond Hill Road. After rounding a curve, it crossed the center line onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck a mail box, then a culvert and went airborne at which time the driver was ejected from the cycle, authorities said.  The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by Coweta County Coroner Wimp Pierce.  No other information was available Sunday afternoon. The accident was investigated by sheriff's Deputy John LaChance.


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Re:  Ron Sloan

"Family will receive friends this Thursday from 4-6PM at McKoon's Funeral Home in Newnan, Ga. Memorial Service will be that evening in McKoon's Chapel at 6PM.

McKoon's Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St. Newnan 770-253-4580."


"Sunday, July 03, 2005

Hi All, just wanted to let you know that I was just told that Ron was killed in a motorcycle accident last night.

I do not know any details but will pass them on when I find out.  Keep his family in your prayers.



From the AJC:

Mr. Paul William Norkum of Hampton and Gainesville died June 22, 2005. He was a aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War.
Survived by his children, Steven Norkum of Sharpsburg, Kelly and Jason Kruse of Peachtree City; granddaughter, Kiley Kruse of Peachtree City; parents, Alphonse and Mildred Norkum of Hampton; sister, Pamela Coble of Hampton; brother, Richard Norkum of North Carolina.

Memorial services will be held Saturday (TODAY) June 25 at 12 Noon in the chapel Carmichael-Hemperley with Pastor Daniel Conrey officiating. The family
will receive friends following the service. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City. 770-631-9171.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 6/25/2005.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

"Dear all, thank you so much for ALL of your emails. ... Please know that I appreciate each and every one of them.  Steve, Jason, and I met with the funeral director this morning.  We decided to have a memorial service Saturday the 25th at noon.  It will be held at the Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City. Immediately afterwards family and friends are welcome to gather at Steve's bar, "Y-Knot." (Unfortunately, the offer extends to persons 18 and older due to the smoking ban in PTC...sorry. Please call me if that is a problem and need child-care assistance.)

Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City
135 Senoia Road
Peachtree, GA
Tel: 770-631-9171

Directions from the North: Take I-85 south, take exit #61/ GA 74, turn left, go about 6 miles down. The funeral home is on the corner of 74 and Senoia Road.     Please call me with and questions or concerns. 770-486-2067 or 404-414-3123. ...and thanks again, Kelly"

Friday, June 24, 2005

I received an email that Paul Norkum has died.  When I get further information I will post it.


Tuesday, June 14, 2005

William Taylor Reed, Jr. of Barnesville died Sunday, June 11, 2005, in a Griffin health care facility.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Fredonia Church on Fredonia Church Road, Barnesville, GA.  Rev. Horace Sheffield will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville has charge of the arrangements.

(Source:  John Younger, Ron Crysler)


Sunday, June 12, 2005   

Just received this message from Bob Armstrong; please pass along to others on your e-mail list.

Subject:   Doug Fowler

Sorry to have to give this info. We have lost a dear friend.  Doug passed away Saturday morning.
The funeral will be held Tues. 10 a.m. Moore Funeral Home, Purvis, MS
Merna is at home --the phone # 1-601-794-2640
address is: 111 Boggy Hollow Rd.
Purvis, MS 39475

Chuck please forward to Lamar Narron, Lillian, and anyone else you might know that would want to hear.


Friday, June 10, 2005, 16:30

Mark Hanes, son of Capt George Hanes (deceased) and his wife JoAnn Hanes of Marietta, GA, died yesterday, June 9th

Visitation will be tonight June 10th from 7PM to 9PM at Northside Chapel, 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075. 

Services will be tomorrow, June 11th at 3PM, at Northside Chapel, 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell, GA 30075. 

Northside Chapel phone number is 770-645-1414. 

Mark was the only child of George and JoAnn Hanes. 

We extend our sincerest sympathy to JoAnn in her time of sorrow. 


Keith Heefner


Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Former employee Dennis Williams died Friday, June 3, 2005.


Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Betty Calvert Harris

Former Kennewick resident, Betty Calvert Harris, 78, died April 25, 2005 after a brief illness in Tucson, Arizona.

She was born to Audrey Shreve Calvert and Roy Calvert on June 14, 1926 in Covington, Oklahoma and was raised by her mother and step father Perry Smith. She was previously married to George Harris and had three sons who were raised in Kennewick, Washington.

Betty was a free spirit who broke with conventional wisdom of the times, deciding to travel and see the world. Beginning in the 1950s, she worked at the Pasco airport for West Coast Airlines, Hughes Airwest, and Republic Airlines which merged ultimately with Northwest Airlines. She retired from Northwest Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia where she resided until her death. Upon retirement in 1994, Betty chose to spend spring and fall in Tucson, AZ. Summers she visited Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, staying with family and visiting art galleries, restaurants and museums. She enjoyed holidays in the South. She met many wonderful people through her work and travels, remaining friends with several to her last days.

She embraced life with optimism and courage. Her greatest enjoyments were her family and friends throughout the country, and also meeting new people on her adventures. In recent years, Betty enjoyed watercolor painting and volunteering at the Desert Museum of Tucson, AZ, and being an active member of the Red Hats Club in Georgia and Arizona.

Betty was predeceased by her mother, step-father and beloved grandmother Hattie Shreve. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Pat) of Juneau, Alaska, Jeff of Portland, Oregon, and Joel (Carol) of Birmingham, Alabama; grandchildren Reid and Heather Harris of Juneau, Jeremy (Kristen) of Sandy, Oregon, and Brett and Michael of Birmingham; and new great-grandson Ryan.

Upon her request, no formal memorial service was held. Family and friends will gather later in the summer to put her ashes at her favorite place, Tolovana Beach, Oregon, and for a celebration of Betty’s life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743 where she was an enthusiastic volunteer. For further information or to contact the family please email Joel Harris at the following email address:


Monday, May 30, 2005

C.P. (JR) Clement called me this afternoon and said that Johnny Heard was killed in a tractor accident Saturday pm. I am not sure of the details. The viewing for Johnny is at the Winken-Hofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home today from 6-9 pm. burial is to be in Alabama tomorrow. Johnny worked in the Hyd. shop and retired about the time Republic became Northwest I believe.

JR. also told me that L.E. Smith passed away about the first of may.    

W.E. Aultman


May 19, 2005

Our Friends:

Former employee Gene Wheeler died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, of a heart attack.  Gene was a mechanic in the Red Bay.  Visitation is today between 2 pm and 4 pm, and 6 pm and 8 pm at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Georgia (770-474-1231).  Funeral will be tomorrow, Mary 20, 2005, at 2 pm at Salem Baptist Church.


May 7, 2005

Captain Joe Harold Frey passed away Saturday, May 7, 2005, after a brief but courageous effort with cancer. He was admitted to Sacred Heart-East Hospital in Destin, one week ago.

Captain Frey had been retired from Northwest Airlines since 1983, when he took a medical retirement. He had been in good health from that time to just recently. He has lived with his wife, Norma, of 27 years, in the Panhandle since 1981. He enjoyed his retirement sailing, woodworking in his home shop and flying his single engine plane out of Destin airport. Captain Frey and his wife were members of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he served as deacon and elder over the years.

Captain Frey was born in Clinton, Kentucky, in 1930, along with his twin brother, Tom, and five other siblings. His father Reverend Charles Frey, Sr., was pastor at the Methodist Church of Martin, Tennessee. After graduating from high school at Friendship High School, Friendship, Tennessee, in 1950, he served in the U.S. Navy on the flight crew, until he attended Lambuth College of Jackson, Tennessee, earning a bachelor’s degree. His love of flying took him to Emory-Riddle Flight School in Miami, Florida, where he graduated and became an instructor of flight until he became employed as a commercial airline pilot with Southern Airways in 1960. This began his 23 years of dedicated service as one of the safest and most well-loved captains, flying the Martin 404's, as well as DC-3's, and in his later years, the DC-9. His love of airplanes included constructing his own plane at home in his garage woodworking shop. Other hobbies and interests of his was a love of reading, which you would find him doing daily, birdwatching on his lake, doing carpentry, as he is credited with building the First Presbyterian Church library and columbarium. His love of sailing prompted him to purchase Al Hirt’s shrimp boat in 1981 to shrimp with his son, Joel. He enjoyed sailing his other two sailing vessels, for pleasure, after that.

Captain Frey is survived by his wife, Norma Frey, of Destin, his son, Joel Andrew Frey, and daughter, Megan Charles, of Destin. Other family members include his daughter-in-law, Debbie Frey, of Adamsville, Tennessee, grandchildren, Rebecca and Christina, and Mason Charles, of Destin.  He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Burrows, and brothers, Charles, Fred, Tom, and Frank.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, May 10, at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. He has asked to be cremated and remains placed there.

May 3, 2005

Betty Harris died in Tuscon, AZ, on Monday, April 25, 2005.  Her family is working on organizing "one last get together to celebrate her memory."   When I receive any information on this I will post it here.



April 27, 2005 

Johnny Mac Hammontree, age 56, of Old Hickory, TN, passed away Friday, April 22, 2005.  He was preceded in death by his
dad, the Rev. James R. Hammontree.  Johnny, as he was known to many of his friends, attended Tulip Grove Baptist Church
and retired as the Station Manager of Northwest Airlines at the Nashville International Airport.  Survived by son, Johnny Mac
Hammontree II; daughter, Holly Hammontree; mother, Juanita Hammontree; brother, James L. Hammontree; close friends,
Bob Sansing, Wayne King and Reed Bryson.  Visitation and services were held Tuesday evening, April 26, 2005 at Hermitage
Funeral Home in Nashville.  Memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., April 29, 2005 at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Rev.
David Carter officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
Tennessee Chapter, 404 BNA Drive, Nashville, TN 37217.  The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday
at Miller Funeral Home, Maryville.

(Source:  Maryville Newspaper provided by Beckie Holder)


Monday, April 25, 2005

John Hammontree was found dead in bed Friday, April 22, 2005, by his son.  There was an autopsy performed but the results have not been released.

Services:   Tuesday, April 26, 2005, viewing 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Funeral:      7:00 pm
Hermitage Funeral Home, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138    (615-889-0361)

Services:     Friday, April 29, 2005, viewing 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Funeral:       7:00 pm
Miller's Funeral Home, 915 West Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801   (865-982-6041)

Sources:  Bill Stone, Larry Walters, Chuck Tippitt


Saturday, April 23, 2005 4:48 PM
Subject: Johnnie Hammontree

Just got word that Johnnie Hammontree passed away yesterday.

I have no other details other than that.

Bill Stone


Friday, March 11, 2005

All Southern Airways Friends, 

Ed Mackay passed away yesterday. Ed was one of the first Southern Airways Pilots. He suffered a blood clot on the brain in the early 1960s which ended his flying career; however he remained a true and faithful friend to his fellow Southern Pilots. Many of us were privileged to be guests at his Panama City, FL cottage.  

There will be a visitation:        4 PM to 6PM, Saturday March 12, 2005
Location:  A. S. Turner Funeral Home
                 2773 North Decatur Road
                 Decatur, GA 

Funeral Service will be graveside Sunday, March 13 at 3PM
Decatur Cemetery, Church Street, Decatur

Keith Heefner


Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Roy Lee Foster, step-father of Lucy West, died March 1, 2005.  Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2005.  The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 1 - 2 p.m. on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.    Arrangements:  Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point, GA.  404-761-1138.

Express condolences also at


Monday, February 14, 2005.

This was on the obituary page of the Ocala StarBanner ( ).  

John L. DuTeau, 84
OCALA - John L. DuTeau, 84, a retired airline flight dispatcher, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Munroe Regional Medical Center.

A native of Superior, Wis., he moved here from Augusta, Ga. in 1995. Mr. DuTeau was a member of Joy Lutheran Church of Ocala and was a member of several Lutheran Church men's clubs. He was a member of Elks in Grapevine, Texas and a member of International Dispatcher's Association. He was an avid reader and golfer, and he enjoyed gardening and cooking. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. in World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Laura G. DuTeau, Ocala; sons, John Russell DuTeau, Gainesville, Ga., E. Randy DuTeau, Augusta, Ga., Gary DuTeau, North Augusta, S.C., E. Randy DuTeau, Donn R. DuTeau, both of Augusta, Ga., and Thomas K. Luther, St. Petersburg; daughters, Laura L. Hannaford, Germantown, Tenn., Janet L. Patterson, Sugar Hill, Ga.; brother, Don M. DuTeau, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; sister, Yvonne D. Fogerty, Ocala; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joy Lutheran Church building fund. [7045 SW 83 Road, Ocala, FL, telephone 352-854-4509.]

Roberts Funeral Home, Ocala, provided information.

[Laura has advised that John was cremated and the memorial service will be Saturday, February 19, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. at Joy Lutheran Church, State Road 200, Ocala, FL 34475.]


Saturday, January 22, 2005

Kenneth Eugene Maxwell died Thursday, January 20, 2005.  The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm
at Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn, GA.  (770-964-4800)

Funeral Mass will be said Monday, January 24, 2005, at 11:00 am at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Tyrone, GA.  Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Newnan, GA.  Those desiring may make donations to the Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291; The Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Boulevard, NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345; or to the charity of your choice.

(Source:  Kenneth Steve Maxwell; AJC) 


Monday, January 3, 2005

.... I just talked to Judy Baird & services for Cliff, are as follows:

Visitation is Tuesday Jan.4th from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM and 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM. at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home
2047 Hwy 138, Jonesboro, GA
Memorial Service is Wed. Jan 5th 11:00 AM  at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church
                                                                     351 Morrow Rd.
                                                                     Forest Par, GA
Church is located on Morrow Rd off Old Dixie Hwy.  
                                                                  Charlie Wilson


Sunday, January 2, 2005

With deep sorrow I am informing our old Southern friends that Capt. Cliff Baird passed away this morning. As soon as funeral arrangements are finalized I will let you know.

                                                                     Charlie Wilson


Sunday, January 2, 2005

James Williamson


Family-Placed Death Notice

James Beauchamp (Bean) Williamson Decorated World War II Veteran Air Force Officer, Pilot Husband, Father Grandfather, Great Grandfather Life on this earth has ended for Colonel Bean Williamson, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Born August 1, 1917 in Macon, Georgia, he died December 30 at the home of his son George after a brief illness. One of three sons of Robert Garland Williamson, Sr. and Anne Beauchamp Haley Williamson. Bean grew up in Jacksonville Florida, where he sailed, motercycled and raced stock cars at nearby Daytona Beach, before graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1936. He also learned to fly airplanes, which became the passion of his life. By age 23, he had attended both Georgia Tech and the University of Florida and obtained his commercial flying license with an instructors rating. In February 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps Bean spent the early part of World War II training navigators and pilots in BT13s in Mississippi and Texas. Shortly after being reassigned to Turner Air Field in Albany, Georgia, he met the lovely Elizabeth (Libba) Paschal, and they were married three months later. Although the Air Corps posted him to Hawaii, Commander Williamson balked at being without his bride and smuggled Libba, disguised as a navigator, aboard his plane on a return trip to Honolulu. Most of his missions involved flying from Honolulu to below the equator and among the Hawaiian Islands between July 1943 and August 1945, but when the former Soviet Union blockaded Berlin, Bean was among the brave pilots who daily faced danger to fly much-needed food and supplies to the beleaguered Germans. Bean was a pilot trainer in Bainbridge, Georgia after the war and continued serving in the Air Force Reserves while pursuing a career as a commercial pilot for Southern Airways until his retirement. Besides being a pilot, Bean was ham operator K4EZV and a world traveler who circumnavigated the world twice. He enjoyed history, an interest nurtured by stories of his great uncle, James Beauchamp (Champ) Clark, a Missouri congressman who became the Speaker of the House of Representatives during Teddy Roosevelt's administration. Living with her uncle in Washington, D.C. Beans mother attended the National Cathedrals cornerstone laying ceremony. Bean was a member of Ye Mystic Revellers and the Royal Order of River Rats, Jacksonville social clubs, and Silver Wings, the Atlanta retired pilots club. Preceded in death by Libba, his wife of 52 years, Bean is survived by three children and their spouses: George and Angela Williamson, Elizabeth and Henry Mason, James (Jimbo) and Nanette Williamson; grandchildren Julie Williamson Vroon and her husband Daron, Jay Beauchamp Williamson, David Beauchamp (Beau) Eddleman and his wife Shannon, Haley Elizabeth Williamson, Ashley Diane Williamson, Kasey Elizabeth Williamson; step-grandchildren Kenneth Campbell (K.C.) Budd and Benjamin Jacob Budd; and great-granddaughter Lindsey Elizabeth Eddleman.The family will receive visitors on Sunday, January 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. at H.M. Patterson & Son, 4550 Peachtree Road and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral in the church parlor. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 3 at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta with the Rev. John McCard and the Rev. Douglas Remer officiating. Burial will be at College Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Bean said he wanted people to save their money and have a party.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 1/2/2005.


Friday, November 26, 2004

Re:  William L. (Bill) Rednour

Bill was living in Gulfport.  He retired last year. His wife, Ann, has been baking the most wonderful cakes, selling them to individuals as well as many businesses. Last Friday, Bill was delivering one of her cakes to a business at Edgewater Mall, when he suddenly collapsed (from an apparent heart attack). He had been in the hospital a couple of weeks ago and had gone to see Tommy at the airport. He said he was feeling really good.

He was cremated and his services will be this Saturday.


Thursday, November 11, 2004

Earl Sinor passed away November 10, 2004.

Visitation will be Friday, November 12, 2004, 2:00 - 4:00 pm; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Pope Dixon & Sons, 1210 Morrow Road, Morrow, GA  30260     770-961-2700

Funeral Saturday, November 13, 2004, 11:00 at Pope Dixon Chapel; Interment Sherwood Cemetery.


Wednesday,  November 3, 2004

Information for Nadine Faulkner

Funeral Home:
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home
1891 W McIntosh Road,  Griffin, GA
(770) 227-2300

Home Address:
Earl Faulkner
53 Springdale Dr
Griffin, GA 30223
(770) 229-4677

Son's Address:
Greg and Dorothy Faulkner
2042 Turkey Creek Road
Ashland, MS 38603
(662) 224-9125

(Source:  Beckie & Bob Holder)

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Nadine Faulkner passed away. She is at Conner Westberry Funeral Home in Griffin.  Viewing is tonight and Service is tomorrow. I don't know the details but you can call the funeral home for that information. Kathryn Carpenter Glawson (who worked in Res. the last five years we were in Atlanta) ,called me this morning with this info. 
Source:  bj Thomas


Tuesday October 19, 2004

Jack Lanier passed away October 15, 2004.   Funeral services were conducted October 18, 2004, Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, GA.


Saturday, October 16, 2004, 11:23 pm




September 19, 2004

Ralph D. Barr of Fayetteville died September 17.
Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 PM.  Funeral will be Tuesday at 6 PM at
Carl J. Mowell & Son, 180 South Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, GA  30214, 770-461-7641

(Received 9-19-04)

Jimmy Walker passed away Tuesday, Sept 14, 2004 at the Henry Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept, 17, in the chapel of Halsten Funeral Home in McDonough, Ga. Viewing is today, Sept.16. from 5 to 8 pm.   1745 S Cedar St, 770-014-9933. AL         

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Herman S. Brock passed away August 23, 2004.  Services were Wednesday, August 25, 2004 from Ward's Fairview Chapel.

Source:  AJC 8-25-04.


Wednesday, August 25, 2004

It saddens me deeply to report that Jim Owens died last evening about 7:00 pm from heart failure.   Those of you who wish to express your sympathy may do so on Thursday, August 26th at Carmichael's Funeral Home, 2950 King Street, Smyrna, GA (770-435-4467); time to be determined.  Graveside service on Friday, August 27th at 2:00 pm at Underwood Cemetery, Cherry Log, GA. (which was Jim and Joanne's mountain home).    

(Source:  Emails and please see Message Board posting; AJC August 26, 2004)


Monday, August 2, 2004

James H. Allen, 75, of Houston, Texas, died this morning of cancer.  James was one of the original Southern Airways, Inc. employees, transferring over from Southern Airways Company in 1949.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, August 14, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., Brookside Funeral Home, 9149 Highway 6 North, Houston, TX  77095.

(Survivors include his sister Lillian Allen)


June 30, 2004

Lanora Taylor, wife of Capt. Tommy Taylor passed away this morning. We will always remember Lanora as a lovely, friendly, smiling woman. We extend our sympathy and prayers to her family.


Thursday, July 1, 2004, 6 PM to 8 PM
Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home
2580 Highway 42 N, McDonough, GA 30253

Directions: From I-75, exit Eagles Landing Parkway, ( this is exit 228 and I believe it is called Hudson Bridge Road exit) go 2 miles east on Eagles Landing Parkway to Highway 42, turn right on hwy. 42, go to first stop light, Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home is on left just behind a small shopping center.

Funeral Services:

Friday, July 2, 2004 at 1 PM
at : Community Bible Church
2001 Jodeco Road
Stockbridge , GA
Tel: 770-914-0808

Directions: From I-75, exit with a right turn onto Jodeco Road. This is one exit south of Eagles Landing Parkway. The church is a large brick structure about 3/4 mile from I-75 and will be on the left side of Jodeco Road.


Thursday, June 10, 2004, 9:11am

Dear Lillian:
As you know, Bill Dyer passed away this morning at 3:35 am. This is the information I wanted to give you.

Mr. Dyer's funeral will be on Saturday morning at 10:00 am at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Ga.

The viewing will be Friday evening, 6-8 pm. Anyone is welcome to come.

The Funeral Home is located on Jackson Street, Newnan, Ga.

Any questions, please call me at 678-432-7615 or 404-401-4413

Leah Wilson

Daughter in Law


Re:  Bill Dyer

Thursday, June 10, 2004; 6:06 am

Dear Lillian:

Sorry to announce that our dear Bill passed away this morning at 3:35 am. He will be at the Mccuion funeral home in Newnan, Ga.

Any other arrangements will be announced later. I'll let you know. Please pass the word out because I don't know the people that worked with him.

Thank you for being a friend and we are going to miss him so much.

His daughter in Law
Leah Wilson


April 17, 2004

Please get this out to as many people as you can.  Thanks, Ellen

Charlie will have one viewing.  It will be held on Sunday from 6 to 8 at C. J. Mowell's in Fayetteville.  (the address is 180 Jeff Davis Drive - 770-461-7641).  The Graveside service will be on Monday at 2:00 at Brooks Memorial Cemetery.  The cemetery is located off of Price Road which is off of the 85 connector.


April 15, 2004

I called and talked to Bob Gentry's wife "Sue" and she had talked to some of Charlie's family and they had told her that C. J. MOWELL in Fayetteville would be handling the arrangements for Charlie's Funeral. I called the Funeral Home and was told that the Family would be in about 3 pm tomorrow (Friday) to make the arrangements. I understand that he was in the Hospital ICU when he passed about 2:30 pm today and that the cancer had come back on him.  
William Aultman


April 15, 2004

Just got a note that Charlie Gardner passed away today.  I do not have any other details but will pass them along if I get them. 

Remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Peg

Note:  Charlie was a Hughes Airwest employee who came to ATL when PHX closed.  Lead Mechanic in Hydraulic Shop.


April 15, 2004

From April 15th's Commercial Appeal:

OLIVE BRANCH - Marvin Rex Bailey, 62, passenger service supervisor for Northwest Airlines, died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Brantley Funeral Home with burial in Lebanon Cemetery. He was an Army veteran and a member of New Prospect Baptist Church in Lewisburg. Mr. Bailey, the husband of Judy Mohundro Bailey, also leaves a daughter, Tracie Bailey Riley of Hernando; a son, Richie Bailey of Coldwater; five sisters, Jean Walker, Linda Gonterman and Elaine McGarrh, all of Olive Branch, Regina Memaklus of Jonesboro, Ark., and Pat Brown of Hernando, and four grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to New Prospect Baptist Church.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004:  10:45 pm

Memphis agent Rex Bailey had a massive heart attack last night. Apparently he had dinner at home with his wife and told her he wasn't feeling well. He took some antacid and either went to bed or to his easy chair, and when his wife went to check on him, he had died. Visitation is tomorrow night at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, MS, between 6-8. Services will be at the same place at 1p on Friday.

March 17, 2004

Some conversations were held with Dan Leaphart regarding the possibility of the flight attendants having some sort of remembrance for Bert.  Dan is opposed to such an endeavor and will in no way be a player.    In order to honor those wishes please spread the word to all the SOU lists that you all have.  It would be appreciated.  Here's to Bert.

Received from a friend
Tuesday, March 16, 2004   2:25 pm

Memorial Service for Preston Fields will be:
2 PM Thursday, March 18, 2004
At:   Meigs United Methodist Church
4036 East Marshall Street
Meigs, GA 31765
Visitation: 1 PM same day at the church.

Donations may be made to:
Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center
116 Mimosa Drive
Thomasville, GA 31792

or to:

Meigs United Methodist Church
(address above)


Tuesday, March 16, 2004  9:12 a.m.

All Southern Pilots:

Our good friend Preston Fields passed away at his home in Meigs, GA last night. Preston had been battling skin cancer.
I will post information on the funeral arrangements as soon as I hear.


Monday, March 8, 2004

Provided by several sources:

"...we just heard last night that Roberta Caulk Leaphart (old Southern flight attendant and currently with NWA) died yesterday. She was married to a U.S. Air pilot, and he came home from a trip and found her dead in the bathtub. It looked as if she had fallen and drowned. From all accounts there will only be a private service for her ... would appreciate your getting the word out. She was still flying and had come in from a trip on Friday night."



Family-Placed Obituary

Victor C. Pruitt, 80, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at a local care center.

Funeral: 11:00 Saturday, February 21, St. Albans Episcopal Church, 11819 IH35 South, Austin, Texas.

 Burial: Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

Visitation: 6:00 - 8:00 Friday at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas.

Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials are requested to Cook Children's Hospital Fund-Hematology Oncology, 801 7th. Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104.
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 2/19/2004


Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Vic Pruitt died this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.  Funeral will be Saturday, February 21, 2004, in Austin, Texas.  Other details are pending
at this time.


Saturday, January 31, 2004

Harris Price Baskin, age 66, of Marietta, GA died Friday, January 30, 2004.  Visitation Sunday 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta.  Services will be at 2 pm, Monday, at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta, GA


January 17, 2004

V. A. (Vince) Knudeguard passed away at 4:30 AM, Friday, Jan 16th.

Vince also known by his middle name, Aubrey, was stricken with Alzheimer's disease several years ago. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia.

Vince started flying prior to WW2 and flew the "Hump" between India and China. He was among the first pilots hired when Southern begin operation. He served Southern Airways and the Southern pilots in many capacities over the years. He was a Chief Pilot, Director of Flight Training, and served as Local Chairman ALPA.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; his son Chris (a Northwest Pilot); 
and a daughter Nancy.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 21st at 12:00 noon at:

The Lutheran Church of The Redeemer
731 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA

The church building is at the corner of 4th Street and Peachtree Street. Parking is off of 4th Street, behind the church.
Enter the building at the rear of the church. 4th Street is one way west bound.

Keith Heefner

January 12, 2004

Services for our friend Dan King will be held at:

Parrott Funeral Home
8355 Senoia Road
Fairburn, GA

This location is at the intersection of GA Highway 74 and Milam Road. If coming on Interstate 85, turn south at exit 61. Milam Road is the second light from the expressway going south on GA74( Senoia Rd.)

To sign the on-line guest registry go to

Tuesday evening, January 13, from 6 PM until 8 PM
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, January 14 at 3:30 PM

Any questions, contact me at


Sunday, January 11, 2004, 11:33 pm

Sad news:

A long time friend and Southern Pilot, Dan King died this evening. He was tending his cows when he apparently collapsed. He was taken to Fayette Community Hospital but doctors were not able to revive him.

Dan will always be known as a real gentleman and good friend by all who knew him. Our prayers go to Rose, and all the family.

I will send information about services as soon as I know the details.


Keith Heefner

December 31, 2003

Mike Bevis of Katy, Texas, died in July of 1999 after a battle with ALS.  Mike was a Ticket Agent in ABY, PFN, and MSY between 1962 and 1974.   He is survived by his wife Dawn Bevis, daughter Christin Bevis; and by daughters Kellie Flannery and Wendy Lee-Graham, and son Michael Bevis, Jr.

Yancey C. Sims, age 82 a retired Southern Captain, died December 17, 2003.  The funeral was December 20th at the First Methodist Church in West Memphis, Arkansas.  He was buried in his Captain's uniform.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Our local paper announced today that Richard Yeager passed away Tuesday.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at McKoon's funeral home Newnan, Ga. The funeral is Thursday, Dec 11th, at 2 p.m., at McKoon's.

McKoon's is located in Newnan (770-253-4580) at 38 Jackson Street in the downtown district.

Coming from Atlanta south on I-85 get off at exit 47 take a right and stay on Bullsboro into town. The road takes a sharp right. then it turns on to Jackson Street.   McKoon's is on the right about 2 blocks after the left turn.

John and Dottie Roney

November 9, 2003

Denzil Lynch died Monday, October 27, 2003.

Services were Thursday, October 30, at 2:00 PM at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6611 Church Street,  Riverdale, Georgia 30274.

Beverly’s home address is:   9002 Saddlewood Drive,  Jonesboro, Georgia 30238

Please keep Beverly and the family in your prayers.

Message from C. Boyd dated Wednesday, November 5, 2003; posted 11-9-03

CHARLIE MITCHELL JR., 57, retired from Northwest Airlines, died Friday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday at Brown Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Brown Baptist Church Cemetery. E. H. Ford Mortuary has charge. Mr. Mitchell, the husband of Marian Mitchell, also leaves a son, Roderick J. Mitchell, and his parents, Lillie B. and Charlie Mitchell, all of Memphis; two sisters, Shirley Branch of Memphis and Dora Cunningham of San Jose, Calif.; four brothers, Leon Mitchell, Jimmie Mitchell and William M. Mitchell, all of Memphis, and Wendell Mitchell of Dallas, and a grandchild.

Monday, October 20, 2003 10:44 a.m.

Monk Compton, Age 71, died Saturday, October 18, 2003  Visitation today at 1:00 p.m., with Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Wood Mortuary, Greer, SC, 864-877-3351  or contributions can be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 1400 Locust Hill Road, Greer, SC 29651, 864-877-1881  Monk is survived by his wife Margie, sons Steve and Stanley.
Contact for wife Margie is 864-877-8747, 211 Chestnut Avenue, Greer, SC  29651

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Tanya Wooten was killed in car accident Monday afternoon, September 22, 2003. 
H. M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street, Atlanta, 404-876-1022, is handling the details.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 25, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  A memorial service will be held Friday, September 26, at 11:00 am at Pattersons. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Habitat for Humanity, 519 Memorial Drive SE,  Atlanta, GA 30312..

From Bob and Beckie Holder:

Sunday, September 21, 2003
RE:  Mike Stephens - NWA Atlanta Stores and MEM ESE
The funeral arrangements for Mike are as follows:
Parrott Funeral Home 
8355 Highway 74 N   Fairburn, Georgia
Phone – 770-964-4900

Family will receive visitors Monday night 6-8pm.   Funeral at Parrott’s on Tuesday at 2pm.

Mike’s home address:
            130 Ridge Road
            Tyrone, Georgia 30290
            Phone – 770-487-8548

Monday, September 1, 2003

Both Joe Drake and Wilson Raker called tonight with the following info .

Fred Dollar will have a viewing Tuesday evening, September 2,  from 6 pm  to 8 pm.  The memorial service will be Wednesday, September 3, at 10 am.  All will take place at Parrott Funeral Home in Fairburn.  Parrott is located 1 mile from I-85 on Hwy 74; south of I-85 heading toward Peachtree City.  This is the Peachtree City / Fairburn exit south of the airport.  (Some of you might recall that the Rick Cowart service was also handled by Parrott.)

John Roney

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Joe Drake just called me and said he'd been called last night by Wilson Raker and was told that Fred Dollar suddenly passed away. Joe had no additional info; I'll look at the local and Atl. papers and will forward any info I see.

Sorry for this sad news.

John Roney

Monday, February 10, 2003

Dear Lillian
I have received word from Tom Brock, that Capt. John W. Brock passed away this morning February 10, 2002.
John was in the hospital for some problems, however his heart gave out on him.

There will be a memorial service Thursday,  February 13, 2003, a St. Joan of Arc

Catholic Church in La Place, La. at 9:00 a.m.

Erv. Vogel

February 10, 2003 

Raymond L. Powell died January 19, 2003, after an 18 month battle with cancer.  He was buried in Niceville, Fl on January 21, 2003.

Thursday, February 06, 2003 2:17 PM

Subject: Jim Kelly

 Just to let you know Jim Kelly passed away this a.m. in  Greenville/Spartanburg, SC.  There will be a service in Spartanburg  Sat. 3 p.m.  He will be cremated and then there will be a later memorial service in Panama City--no date for that as of now.   Bob  talked to Jackie this a.m.   She was holding up well under the circumstances.   He was such a fine man and will be missed.   Our prayers go out to Jackie and his 2 sons.

Willie and Bob Armstrong

February 6, 2003

Jim Kelley passed away this morning at approx 6:30 am in a hospital in Spartanburg,,SC.

The funeral will be this Saturday,  8th February at 3:00 pm in Duncan, SC.
The family  will be at the church "Duncan First Baptist" on Saturday 8th Feb at 1pm.
Jim will be missed by all his Southern Airways friends
James Beard

From: Bill & Rebecca Kirkpatrick 
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 11:47 AM
To: Lillian Allen
Subject: Dottie Sills

We got a note from Dot and Ed Sills daughter after she got the Christmas cards we sent out.. and told us that Dot had a stroke in April of 2002 and died in August of 2002..

I thought you might like to put that on the information board.. Dot was very well liked by the Southern Family.... Vicki sent me the message, she was adopted and the only child of Dot and Ed

December 21, 2002

Re:  George E. Mock

I am sorry to report that George lost a short battle with skin cancer and passed away in Pensacola, Fl on Sunday, August 18th 2002.   George was only 58 years old.   He was preceded in death by his wife Linda in January of 1995.  He truly loved Southern Airways and felt that it was never the same after the merger with Northwest.


George's son,    Keith Mock

Northwest Flight Attendant


Sunday, Nov 17, 2002

Capt M. N. "Tut" Tutwiler passed away in his sleep this morning. "Tut" had suffered for several years with Alzheimer's disease.

A graveside service will be held at 3 PM ,Tuesday, Nov 19, 2002 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5755 Mallory Road, College Park, GA.

Condolences may be sent to his wife Rubye Tutwiler at 441 Prime Point # 205, Peachtree City, GA 30269.

Capt "Tut" flew DC-3, M404, DC-9 and was an instructor and check airman on the DC-9. "Tut" was active for many years in the Retired Southern Pilot organization until Alzheimer's disease curtailed his activities.

"Tut" leaves his wife Rubye, a daughter and son, and grandchildren.

Another friend takes a final flight.


Keith Heefner

October 2, 2002

Dear Lillian

I received word that Bruce Pope passed away yesterday from his daughter, Wendy.
Bruce suffered for a long time with Parkinson & cancer.  You may wish to post this.

Thanks. Erv. Vogel

(When I receive additional information I will post it.)

September 25, 2002

Hello Everyone,

It has been a while since I had to report bad news.  I am sorry to report that Bobby J. Davison passed away Monday, Sept 23.
Services are to be held today Sept 25 at 2 pm at the Heritage Funeral Home, Highway 27 South, Carrollton, GA.
Bobby started with Southern as an agent in Atlanta and became a pilot back in the M404 days.
Cards may be sent to Bobby's family at 20 Katie Ln., Carrollton, GA 30117-7626.

Sorry about the short notice. I just heard about this last night late.

Yours, Keith Heefner

August 25, 2002

Marshall Patten Bryant, Sr. (Pat), age 70, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2002, as a result of a tragic fire at this home.  He was born on Aug. 6, 1932 in Thomas County, Ga., and had been a resident of the local area since 1969. 

Visitation:  Little Chapel Funeral Home, Sunday, August 25, 2002; 1-6 pm

Funeral services: Monday, August 26, 2002, 3 p.m. at the Little Chapel Funeral Home. Further services will take place in Thomasville, GA under the direction of Allen & Allen Funeral Home.  Burial in Barnett's Creek Cemetery.

August 23, 2002

Just received news that Marshall P. "Pat" Bryant died during a fire at his home in Fort Walton Beach on August 21, 2002.   As soon as I can get a link to the newspaper there I'll post any additional information that is available.

Sun, 9 Jun 2002 19:09:02 +0000
From;  Chuck Tippitt
Subject:  James Seth Russell "JR"

James Russell, "JR", lost his fight to cancer this morning Sunday June 9, 2002 at 7:50am visitation on Monday June 10,2002 from 5pm until 9pm First Baptist Church Sumrall Ms with services following on Tuesday morning June 11th at 11am at First Baptist Church in Sumrall. Home address 100 Foster Road P.O.Box 219 Sumrall,Ms 39482

Preston Percle/Bob Sansing.


April 15, 2002

Margie Alphin died Saturday, April 13, 2002. . A memorial service will be held Friday @ 2 P.M A the White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Avenue in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Good Council Home, St. Paul Minnesota.  I am sure everyone remembers Margie. She was a lead Computer Operator for many years at Southern before moving to Minneapolis with the merger.  I worked with Margie and have known her and her family for over 29 years.. She will be remembered, Loved and sorely missed...Bob Cheesman

April 8, 2002

Rufus Hicks (retired dispatcher) passed away April 6, 2002.

Funeral services are April 9th at 11:00 a.m. Dickson Funeral Home:  770-478-7211.

March 28, 2002

TO: All Southern Airways Pilots and their friends
A memorial service will be held for Captain James S. (Jim) Huey on
Saturday, March 30, 2002 at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home at 1 o'clock
CST. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12 to 1 p.m.  Emerald
Coast Funeral Home is located at 113 Racetrack Rd. N.E., Fort Walton
Beach, Florida.  Should you happen to need it, the funeral home number
is 850-864-3361. For those of you who knew Jim, I think you will agree, we lost a very
good man.
                   Dave Norvell

March 27, 2002

Jim Huey passed away this morning at 4:30 CST in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.   They will be posted when available.

Friday, March 22, 2002

Funeral arrangements for Max Ramsey are:
Visitation:  Today, March 22, 2002, 6 PM to 9 PM
Tomorrow, March 23, 2002 12 Noon to 2 PM
Funeral Service:
Tomorrow, March 23, 2002 at 2 PM
Visitation and Funeral Service will be at:
Whitlock Mortuary Inc.
106 Rose Lane
Toccoa, GA
Phone 706-886-9411

This location is on the south side of Toccoa just off of Hwy 17.

Keith Heefner

Thursday, March 21, 2002

Southern Family,

Max Ramsey passed away this morning. Final arrangements will not be finalized until tomorrow morning. It is expected that visitation will be tomorrow evening with the funeral sometime Saturday at:
Whitlock Mortuary Inc.
106 Rose Lane
Toccoa, GA
Phone 706 886 9411

The mortuary said they expected to have final information by noon Friday. Iwill send another email as soon as I have that information.

Keith Heefner

January 25, 2002

Sad News, John Bitner passed last evening. His death came after a long fight with cancer. John will always be remembered for his ever present smile and pleasant personality.

A service will be held tomorrow, Saturday, January 26 at 2 PM at John' home.

Location of service:
5 Lufbery Circle
Williamson, GA 30292

Keith Heefner

Friday, December 7, 2001

With deepest regret I post that Paul G. Cox died this afternoon.  He had a massive aneurysm early Tuesday.  Wake will be Saturday in Houston, Mississippi.  Visitation will be between 1 and 3 o'clock Sunday at the Houston, Mississippi Catholic Church and Funeral Home....Services to follow
Please keep Linda, Suzanne, Gerard and their families in your prayers.

Paul Dobson, Lamar Naron, Harold Rikard

November 28, 2001

Karl Bass died Friday, November 23, 2001.  The funeral was Sunday, November 25, 2001 in Peachtree City.
There is a Building Fund at Peachtree United Methodist Church in Peachtree City if anyone wishes to donate in Karl's name.

Clayton County News 11-5-01

Mary Sue Torbush
Mary Sue Torbush of Yatesville, Ga., died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, at Southern Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and worked in customer service in the banking industry.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 from Tara Garden Chapel with Pastor Jeff Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, John L. Torbush; daughters, Debra Burke of Hampton, Dona Styles of Marietta, June Black of Newnan and Janice Whitten of Palmetto; sons, Ray Torbush of Hampton and Randy Torbush of Macon; brothers, Bruce and David Reasor of Louisville, Ky., Charles Reasor of Shepardville, Ky., and Robert Reasor of Groton, Conn.; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Tara Garden Chapel, of Jonesboro, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Sunday, November 04, 2001

Mary Sue Torbush, whom we all know from the Credit Union, died November 4, 2001, from injuries sustained in an earlier automobile accident.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 2 – 8 p.m. at the Tara Garden Chapel, 681 North Avenue, Jonesboro, GA.
The Funeral will be Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Tara Garden, with internment at Sherwood Memorial Cemetery.
Tara Garden Chapel is located at 19/41 and 138. Their telephone number is 770-471-7171.

Sunday, November 4, 2001

Arrangements for Funeral for Jim Bass
Visitation:  Monday Evening, Nov 5, 2001  6 PM to 8 pm
C. J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home  200 Robinson Road   Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone 770-487-3959

This location is just south of Hwy 54 on Robinson Road on the east side of Peachtree City and one block west of the Publix shopping center.
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2001  2 PM
C. J. Mowell & Son  
Camp Memorial Park    1095 E Highway 54      Fayetteville, GA

Family has asked that donations be made to:
Southwest Christian Hospice and Hope House
7225 Lester Road
Union City, GA 30291
Phone: 770-969-8354

I wont try to say anything more....everyone knows how much I love and respect Jim... how much we all do...

Keith Heefner

November 3, 2001

I am saddened to report, your friend and mine, Jim Bass, was killed around 1:30 P.M. today, Saturday, November 3rd, 2001 in a airplane accident at Mallard's Landing, a fly-in community in Henry County, Georgia. Jim was flying an experimental airplane that he owned, and those who witnessed the crash are at a loss as to why he crashed. Jim died on impact as the airplane struck the ground. There was no
fire and weather was not a factor according to witnesses. Jim was 77 years old, and in my opinion, the Southern Airways pilot group never had a better friend.

There are a number of e-mail addresses of Southern pilots that I do not have.  I ask that you please forward this message to anyone that you see is missing  

Funeral arrangements I'm sure will be forthcoming soon.

David Norvell

                           LAMON PRUITT

Sunday, August 12, 2001

It is my sad duty to advise you that our friend and fellow Employee passed away at approximately 6:30 pm EDT this date. Bill had been battling Cancer since November of last year. He was admitted to Hospice Care on Monday  Aug.
9. No Funeral arrangements have been made, I will let you know any further information as it becomes available. Bill's address for his wife Charlotte is: 4371 NE 19th Ave, Ocala, Fl. 34479.

Chuck Tippitt

August 2, 2001

Funeral Arrangements for Max Chennault:
Visitation:  Friday, Aug 3, 2001...2PM-4PM and 7PM-9PM.
Carl J Mowell & Son Funeral Home
180 N Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Tel: 770-461-7641
Saturday, Aug 4, 2001, 2PM
North Fayette United Methodist Church
847 New Hope Road
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Tel: 770-461 2409
Sherwood Memorial Park
Hwy 19/41 (Tara Blvd), Jonesboro, GA

Keith Heefner

August 1, 2001

Hello Everyone,

Hate to be the bearer of sad news but........

Max Chennault passed away today Aug 1, 2001. The family is meeting tomorrow to plan for final arrangements. I will post a message as soon as I have details.

Max was a flight dispatcher for Southern Airways and a personal friend of all Southern Pilots. He was voted honorary Southern ALPA Pilot and regularly attended our lunches and Christmas dinners. He was a son of General Claire Chennault of Flying Tiger fame. Max attended all of the Flying Tiger (AVG) reunions. He helped arrange a lunch with General Scott (God Is My Copilot
fame) and successor to General Claire Chennault for the retired pilot group a little over a year ago at the Air Museum at Warner Robbins AFB.

Max is a part of the history of aviation. He will be greatly missed as a friend and for his knowledge of the important history of our nation's entry into World War ll.

Keith Heefner


Casey M. Britt, age 85, passed away this morning, 7-15-01.. He will be cremated, memorial services will be Friday, tentative,... Those who wish to send a card the address is - 210 Magnolia Rd., Unit # 210 , Maitland, FL. 32751...


(Wife's name is Ann.    Lillian)

July 9, 2001

Jack Shaw passed away yesterday, July 8th.  He was 78.

Archie Cowley 

Friday, June 22, 2001

Lee Roy Blanchard

Today at about 1330 local time Lee Roy Blanchard passed away of liver cancer.  He will be cremated and buried in New Orleans in his family plot.  No services in Orlando.

Roger Popwell

June 2, 2001

Joe R. McArthur Jr.

On Thursday, May 31, 2001, Joe R. McArthur Jr. slipped these earthly bonds and flew his last trip westward.
He fought a long, hard battle with lymphoma cancer with the help and caring of Dr. Chang and Dr. Hsiang, nurses, and staff.
Joe was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Nashville, Tenn., and grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Joe retired as a Captain from Northwest Airlines in 1988. He had flown with the airlines for 31 years. Prior to becoming an airline pilot he served in the Marine Corp.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Margaret McArthur. He is survived by his dearly beloved wife of 30 years Patricia of Atlanta and children Anna Sue Read and her husband Tom of Birmingham, Ala.,  Patty Huddleston and her husband Mike of Denver, Colo.,  Joe McArthur III and his wife Joanna of Atlanta, Ga., and brothers  Horace Haston of Atlanta,  Charles McArthur and his wife Clara of Chattanooga, and  Bill McArthur and his wife May of Chattanooga. He is also survived by his nieces Linda McArthur, Alice Norton, and great-nephew John McArthur all of Chattanooga.

He was a member of the Santa Rosa Community Church which he loved so much. His wishes were in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the church at P.O. Box 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 32459.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be conducted at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church on Monday, June 4, at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be held at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga., on Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m. Family will receive friends from 12 noon until the time of the service at Sandy Springs Chapel.

5/31/2001 7:45 PM EDT

Joe McArthur passed away just about an hour ago. Joe lost a long battle against cancer. We mourn his passing but are relieved in his release from suffering.

I'll let you know about arrangements for Joe's funeral as soon as I hear.  These last few weeks have truly been a sad time for the old Southern pilot group.

Keith Heefner


Friday, May 25, 2001

More sad news......Just received word this morning that Bill Litty passed away yesterday, May 24th. 
The funeral will be held at 1 PM tomorrow... Saturday, May 26 th. Morgan Funeral Home, Attalia, AL 35954

Bill and Mary Elizabeth live at: 612 5th Street NW
                                         Attalia, AL 35954

Bill had suffered with heart problems for many years and that was the cause of his early retirement. After retirement as a pilot, Bill continued to work as liaison between Southern and the FAA involving Air Traffic Control.

Our sympathy goes out to Mary Elizabeth and the rest of Bill's family.

Another good friend has flown west.

Keith Heefner

Sunday, May 20, 2001 7:30 PM
Subject: Guy Poplin

Hello everyone,
Bev and I represented the Southern Pilots at Guy's funeral, Friday, May 18, in Salisbury, NC.

Guy Poplin was a very private and shy person; he seldom talked about himself.  Certainly, no one could have ever accused him of being a bragger! I have known and been friends with Guy and his wife Betty for over 40 years but I must admit that I knew very little of Guy's accomplishments. For instance, I did not know until this week that Guy had been a pilot instructor in four service related programs.  He taught 75 students to fly. He flew 30 different airplanes.   In the Army, Guy attended Japanese
Language School, and served in Army Intelligence in Tokyo, Manila, and Okinawa. He begin flying with Southern Airways in 1950 and retired in 1979. Guy was a member of the Rowan County EAA chapter 1083 and was awarded the first Annual Lifetime Allegiance to Aviation Award.

The pall-bearers at the funeral were all pilots that had known Guy for many years. Guy had taught a couple of them to fly back in 1940 and 41. You probably didn't know that Guy started flying in 1939.

Guy married Betty in 1967 and became the step-father to Betty's two daughters. They loved Guy as if he was their natural father and their love for him was very evident in the way they cared for him during the last three and a half years of declining health.

Guy was a diamond in the rough but a very intelligent and interesting person. I am happy to have been able to count him as a good friend.

Keith Heefner

Mary Ruth Lowry

November 25, 1923 - April 15, 2001


Two sisters, Marie Witt and Jeanette West and her husband Harry; one niece, Karen Capps and her husband, John; four nephews, Kevin West and his wife, Dianne, Rod West, Dr. Peter West and his wife, Stephanie, and Adam West and his wife Elaine; 1 great-niece; 8 great-nephews; her caregivers: Pearlie Mae Ellis, Eleanor Alexander and Bernice Long.

2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2001
Graveside Service Black Zion Cemetery
W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors, Tupelo, MS 


Hello Everyone,

I just returned from ten days in Disney World to receive the news that Guy Poplin passed away at about 5 AM today, May 16.
The funeral for Guy will be Friday, May 18 at 11 AM at the

Summerset Funeral Home
1315 W. Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Betty Poplin's address is
2435 Jacob Post Road
Salisbury, NC 28144

I will be leaving home tomorrow afternoon to attend the funeral. When I return I will get caught up on the email.


Keith Heefner


More sad news........... Ernest Hubbard, ATL station agent passed away
May 11, 2001.               

Dave Norvell


Jim Boyles has advised that he was notified that Ruth Lowry passed away April 15, 2001.   When I find out anything else, I will post it.


Thursday, April 5, 2001

George Hanes passed away at his home last night. George had Pulmonary Fibrosis and his death was a result of that disease.

George was an instructor and check airman for Southern Airways, Inc. He gave me my first "three bounces" in a DC-3 in March of 1960. George was a good friend as well as a good pilot. He was a regular at the pilot luncheons and he always had a good joke or story to tell. We will miss him!

Visitation will be 2 pm Saturday April 7, 2001, at
                   Sandy Springs Chapel
                   136 Mt. Vernon Highway
                   Box 28523
                   Atlanta, GA 30358

Funeral will be same day, Saturday April 7, 2001 same place: Sandy Springs Chapel at 4 pm. I am including the Hanes's address in case you do not have it.

George and JoAnn Hanes
990 Richmond Hill Dr.
Marietta, GA 30068

Keith Heefner