Avondale High School
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Larry Barfield

- - May 26th, 2009

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Mr. Larry Barfield of Decatur died Tuesday, May 26, 2009. He was a native and lifelong resident of Georgia. He is survived by his wife Carol Barfield; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kathy Barfield, Steve and Dee Dee Barfield; sister and brother-in-law, Teri and Tommy Sammons; grandchildren, Alex Barfield, Ian Barfield, Rachel Barfield, Leigha Barfield, Anna Brooke Barfield, McKenna Barfield, and Sara Kate Barfield.

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From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011
I met Larry in 8th grade, he never changed ,so nice to everyone and just a great guy. We had jury duty together a few months before he passed away.  He was most proud of his sons, Master Sgt.(retired)David Barfield and Chaplain Capt. Steve Barfield and all his grandchildren. I enjoyed seeing him, seemed like old times at school.
 
 

Chuck Belcher

- - September 7th, 2010

We loved playing golf with Chuck.  Chasing the golf cart when Chuck would forget you were riding with him.  Chuck was a frequest visitor to the cabin on Lake Burton.

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BELCHER, Charles, III Charles L. Belcher III (Chuck), 66, passed way on Sept. 10. He is survived by his wife Boots, his son Kevin Yount and his daughter Kelly Yount, his two grandchildren, Arik and Jack Yount, his mother Martha Lewis, sister Linda Bender, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two children, Lyndsey and Jason Belcher, his father Charles Belcher Jr., and brother Bruce Belcher. Chuck attended Avondale High School, Furman University, and Georgia State. A memorial service is being planned at the Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell, GA 30076, on September 21 at 4:00 pm.

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Carole Treadwell (Bradbury)

- - July 21st, 1972

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The friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Bradbury, Decatur; Miss Ellen Elizabeth Bradbury; Decatur Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Treadwell., Avondale Estates; Mr. and Mrs. James F. Jenkins Jr., Mr. and Mrs. James W, Draper Jr., Decatur; are invited to attend the funeral services of Mrs. David H. (Carol T.) Bradbury, 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the chapel of A.S. Turner & Son. Rev. George O. Green, officiating. Interment Decatur Cemetery.
 

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Ollija Saars (Brooks)

- - July 30th, 1992

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Ollija Mudita (Saars) Brooks passed away July 30, 1992 after a seven year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Thomas Gary Brooks,her daughters Debora Elaine Everett and Lisa Indra Brooks. Ollija was born in Riga, Latvia andimmigrated to America with her parents in 1949.

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From Donny lott on October 28th, 2013
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I knew Olija and here husband to be Tommy Brook. Her story of her family fleeing across norhtern europe at the end of WW2 from the russian army as it advanced on Germany is epic. Her father was a Latvian army officer and his entire family was in danger because of it. Her story was of much suffering and terror. Tommy was very heart sick at her lose and told me on the phone how much he missed her. She was a wonderful personality tempered well in fire.
 
From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011
Ollija,
     She was always so sweet and smiley!  It seemed as if she really enjoyed high school, being involved in many different clubs. Also, she was our class vice-president, too.
    Always so nice to everyone.  She is missed.
 

Sue Haynes (Burns)

- - August 20th, 2011


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HAYNES, Sue Ellen - Passed away at home in London on Monday, August 22, 2011. Wife and “love of my life“ of Sidney Haynes. Loving step mother of Patricia Haynes of Orillia, Randy Haynes of Villa Rica, Georgia and Susan James of Palm Bay, Florida. Also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by parents Gerald and Dolores Burns and sister Sandra Burns. A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held at FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL GARDENS, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell), London on Friday, August 26, at 1 pm. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Salvation Army.

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From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011
Sue and I were friends through high school and had many great adventures together.  She got her driver's license before me and had her family's rambler for many adventures. We even worked together after high school for several years at the IRS, so our computers were humming with stories.
She had received the 50th reunion invitation and had gotten really excited about coming down from Canada to catch up with many old friends!We will miss her. She died suddenly and peacefully in her sleep.
 
From Valerie Bishop Jones on September 19th, 2011
I remember Sue marching in front of our band, in her majorette uniform with those tassles swinging from her white boots. We had heard that she was planning to come to this, our 50th reunion, but it was not to be. She will be remembered with a smile, not a hug.
 

Kenneth Clements

- - September 5th, 2010

Kenneth was a good friend. I may have spent more time with him than any other person in high school. We double dated on many occasions.  Kenneth and his brother David had one of the largest paper routes in the state for the AJC.  I would go on the route with him almost every day.  He would drive and I would stuff boxes.   Once, we took our dates on the Sunday morning delivery.  Papers and girls were piled in the back.  They were pretty hardy.  It is difficult not to get sick with the smell of ink and the stop and start driving.   

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CLEMENTS, Kenneth Kenneth Lewis Clements, age 66, of McDonough, GA died peacefully in his sleep following a long illness Sunday, September 5, 2010. He was born on October 5, 1943 in Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Clements was preceded in death by his mother, Jewell Browning Brewer Clements. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. Mr. Clements is survived by his wife, Frankie Garmany Clements; son and daughter-in-law, John and Misty Clements, Columbus, GA; daughters, Karen Clements, Hampton, GA and Stacey Clements, Fayetteville, GA; father, Clarence Clements, Dowling Park, FL; brother and sister-in-law, David and Joyce H. Clements, McDonough, GA; and four grandchildren, Aaron, Mason, Sabriya and Zakariya. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at The Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Pastor Danny Sorrells officiating. Interment will follow at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, Highway 138, SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281. The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the American Lung Association, 2452 Spring Road, SE, Smyrna, GA 30080.

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From Phil Warlick on August 19th, 2011
A great friend for cutting classes and delivering papers
 

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Boyce Connell

- - January 15th, 1990

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Mr. H. Boyce Connell Jr., health-care attorney and partner at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, died of cancer Monday at Northside Hospital.  He was 46.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church if Atlanta.  The body will be cremated

In addition to serving as general counsel for Northside Hospital, Mr. Connell was a past president of the Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys and a former executive editor of the Georgia Law Review.

Howard Boyce Connell Jr. was born Jan. 25th 1943, in Atlanta, the son of Howard B. and Ruth Connell. He was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Georgia School of Law.

He was a member of the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta and American Bar Associations.  He served on the board of directors of the Hospice of the South and was an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Ellen Robinson Connell; a son, Howard B. Connell III of Atlanta; a daughter, Ashley Connell of Atlanta; a brother Douglas Connell of Atlanta; and two sisters, Clare Connell of Athens and Catherine C. Dykes of Durham, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 3003 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta, Ga 30327.

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From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011
Boyce was a true leader all through high school. I remember going to his house to plan our first reunion.  Since, he was our class president, he took that responsiblity seriously.  We had a great time while planning for it.

Such a gentleman and happy guy who worked hard to do his best.
Wish he was here for this reunion.
 
From Doris Covert on September 3rd, 2011

such a smart ana hansome guy. I truly cherish our freinship. i will love you forever.

 
From Kurt Dowd on August 26th, 2011

Boyce was a true friend.  I spent a number of nights at his home.  He was taken form us way too
early.

 

James Couch

- - January 7th, 2011

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Mr. Henry Couch, age 68, of Gainesville, GA passed on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.  He is survived by his wife, Dondra Couch, daughters , Cindy Couch. Winder, GA and Amanda Couch, Gainesville, GA; son, Jerry Couch, three grandchildren, sisters and brother-in-law, Becky and Olin Chastain, Dacula, GA, Virginia Segars, Canton, GA, Vivian Smith, Sugar Hill, GA; and Brothers Roy Couch, Hogansville, GAS, Bill Couch Gainesville, GA and Earnest Couch, Lula, GA. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8 2011, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Rev. Eli Hopkins officiating and with military honors.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Arrangements by; Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.flaniganfuneralhome.com
Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA The Gainesville Times

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Mike Dennis

May 18th, 1943 - September 29th, 2004

Mike was a good friend in high school. He was quite and intelligent. I wish I had kept in touch.

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Michael R. Dennis 61, of Acworth died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Collins Funeral Home in Acworth. Mr. Dennis was employed as a clinical psychologist.

Survivors include his wife Carol Dennis, one daughter Megan Dennis of Acworth, his parents Gerald and Georgia Dennis of New Smyrna Beach, Fla; and three brothers Jerry Dennis of Woodstock, John Dennis of Maggie Valley, NC and Gary Dennis of Dacula.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The body will cremated. Memorial service 2pm Sunday Collins Funeral Home.

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Roger Doss

July 3rd, 1943 - December 5th, 2000

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A memorial service calibrating the life of Roger C. Doss, age 57, of Alpharetta will be held at 2:00 o'clock on Friday, December 8th, 2000 at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home.  Mr. Doss died on December 5th, 2000. He was Senior Vice President at Wachovia Bank and a graduate of the Institute of Technology, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 through 1969. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lou and Laverne Doss. Survivors include his wife Sharon Reiley Doss of Alpharetta; daughter and son in-law, Wendy and Scott Rabe of Cary, NC; beloved grandson, Kyler and Noah Rabe, both of Cary, NC; sister and brother in-law, Sharon and Don Greene of Atlanta; mother in-law and father in-law, Chuck and Louise Reiley of Alpharetta; sister in-law and husband, Sandra and Ed Pritchett of Duluth; brother in-law and wife Chuck and Lucy Reiley of Ashville, NC; one niece, five nephews, other relatives and friends. Family will receive friends after the service at the home of Sandra and Ed Pritchett.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven House Hospice, 5411 Northland Dr. Atlanta, GA 30342 or the American Cancer Society, 3545 Cruse Rd. Suite 102 Lawrenceville, GA 30044.

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From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011
Roger was such a good friend to me and my brothers. He was, always, so excited about everything, school, friends and life.  I remember when he started dating Sherron, so in love.  He and I walked together at graduation in our caps and gowns.  We laughed alot.
He loved to fish, even as an adult spent alot of time enjoying the outdoors and friendship with his other good buddies.
 
From kurt dowd on August 26th, 2011
I always enjoyed Roger as a friend.  We were often next to each other because of the spelling of our last names.
 

Darrell Farmer

- - September 8th, 1996

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Darrell Farmer, 53 of Atlanta died September 8, 1996. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday September 11, 1996 at Resthaven Garden of Memories, Decatur.  He was preceded in death by his father, John S. Farmer in 1991, Survivors include mother, Helen F. Farmer, Atlanta; sister Helen Sylvia Mizell, Kingsland.  He was president of the Henderson Mill Condo Association.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726 

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From Donny Lott on October 15th, 2011
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Darrel was a good friend. We were fellow Explorer Scouts. We had a lot of fun exploring the south with our other friends. Goodbye Darrel. Thanks for being my friend.
Donny Lott

 

Dennis Fincher

- - October 7th, 2007

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WEST COLUMBIA:Services for Dennis Lee Fincher, 63, will be held at 11am Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at Platt Springs United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Paul M. Cheezem. Interment will follow in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11am prior to the service at the church. Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Platt Springs United Methodist Church, Roofing Fund, 3215 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29172.

Mr. Fincher died Sunday, October 7, 2007. Born in Atlanta, GA, he was a son of Lonnie B. Fincher and the late Louise Ledbetter Fincher. He was a member of Platt Springs United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher, served as the Financial Secretary, Past Chair of Trustees and Past President of United Methodist Men. Mr. Fincher attended Rhinehart College and was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

Surviving is his wife, Ann Shealy Fincher of West Columbia; son, Steve Sessoms of Washington, and son, Mike and wife Vicki Sessoms of Gilbert, SC; three step-sisters, three step-brothers and one grandchild, Jessica Sessoms; father and step-mother, Lonnie and Margie Fincher of Northcross, GA.

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Charles Fowler

- - May 4th, 2010

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Liberty, South Carolina. Hillcrest Memorial Park Dillard Funeral Home. 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway Pickens, SC 29671 (864)-878-6371

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Tommy Fowler

- - September 17th, 2006


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Mr. Dewey Thomas Fowler, Jr. of Decatur died Sunday, September 17, 2006. He is survived by his brother, Richard E. Fowler of Decatur. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 22nd at Lithonia Cemetery. Rev. Joe Laird will officiate

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From Carol Gresham (Warren) on October 20th, 2011
Tom used to come through my drive-in window at C&S bank on Covington Hwy..  We used to chat when I wasn't busy.  Really nice guy.
 
From Kurt Dowd on September 12th, 2011

Tom Fowler retired in 1998. He lived in the same house his parents did since 1949. He was very active with the American Legion Post 66 in Avondale Estates, Ga. Tom worked on antique clocks and restored old lamps. He, always, called and helped phone our fellow classmates to tell about the upcoming reunions. He passed away right before our last reunion after, as always, helping call his fellow classmates.

 

Fay Yarbrough (Gebhardt)

- - April 30th, 2003


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Mrs. Faye Gebhardt, age 59, of Alpharetta died April 30, 2003. She lived her life by her favorite saying "Live, Love and Laugh" She is survived by her Daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Chris Holden of Alpharetta; Mother, Dorothy Yarbrough of Griffin;Brothers, Phil Yarbrough of Marietta and Joel Yarbrough of Griffin; Grandson, Matthew Holden of Alpharetta; Nieces, Kimberly Yarbrough of Duluth and Ashley Yarbrough of Griffin; Nephews, Brandon Yarbrough of Griffin, Dustin Drumm of Washington, DC and Chris Drumm of Las Cruces, NM; Best Friend and Soul Mate, Larry Gebhardt of Marietta. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 3 at 1:00P.M. at the funeral home chapel. Family requests that donations be made in her name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, www.komen.org or The American Cancer Society, 2200 Lake Blvd.,Atlanta, GA 30319.

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From Carol Gresham (Warren) on October 20th, 2011
I remember Faye as being sweet, smart, pretty, and funny.  We had Advanced English together our senior year.  What a great gal!
 

Kathrine Davis (Gelbach )

- - September 11th, 2012

 

Kathy Davis passed away @ 12:05pm Sept.11,2012. She had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. We had talked a few times since then. Family and friends were with her at the end and during the week she spent at Connecticut Hospice. She and her husband Bob Gelbach lived in Hamden,CT. After AHS, she and I had attended MCG. She moved over to Augusta College, then on to Tulane, where she earned a Master's in social work. She was a dedicated clinical social worker for the rest of her life. She loved her children: 2 daughters, a son and a stepson. She and I stayed in touch off and on over the years. She was part of my inspiration to go into social work. Over the decades, I visited her once and she visited me twice. 

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Katherine E. Davis of Hamden died at Connecticut Hospice in Branford on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 from a brain tumor.

Davis was a psychotherapist in private practice in New Haven for more than two decades. A specialist in child mental health, she also treated adults of all ages and couples.

She became an early practitioner of EMDR, an evidence-based therapy for PTSD and related conditions, and later an educator and consultant to other clinicians in EMDR therapy. Her time was increasingly devoted to volunteer work as an EMDR trainer for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program in order to expand use of this therapy in non-profit and public clinics.

In recognition of her efforts, she received the Social Worker of the Year award from the Connecticut Association of Social Workers in 2010 and the national EMDR Humanitarian Assistance program award for outstanding voluntary service in 2011. Before entering private practice, she had been clinical director of the former Hamden Mental Health Service for many years.

Educated in Georgia State University and Tulane University, she came to New Haven from Columbus, OH, in 1969 as a pediatric social worker at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was one of a small group of child specialists who drafted Connecticut's first child abuse law.

At Hamden Mental Health Service, beside general oversight of clinical services, she developed police training programs and community mental health outreach projects, including adult courses at Hamden High School. At one time she appeared weekly at midday on WNHC-TV to discuss children's mental health issues.

She leaves her husband, Robert Gelbach; daughters Rebecca Dworkin and Amy Larkin Gelbach; son Scott Dworkin; sister Deborah Methot; brother Pryor Davis; stepson Jonah Gelbach; and grandson Henry Gelbach.

Funeral Services at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., Orange Friday morning, Sept. 14, 2012 at 11a.m. with interment services to follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Derby-Milford Rd., Orange. A later Memorial Gathering will be announced in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made in her honor to the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, Ct. 06518.

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From Jimmie-Gayle Johnson (Davis) on September 14th, 2012
 A Life well lived, servings others! I know she will be truly missed by so many.  Her life was to be admired.
Sincerely,
Jimmie-Gayle
 

Bonda Brown (Gibbs)

- - January 22nd, 2007

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Bonda Gibbs, age 63 of Snellville, died Monday, January 22, 2007. Memorial Services will be held 3 PM Sunday, January 28, 2007 at White Oak Baptist Church, Lilburn, GA. Rev. Danny Odum will officiate. Mrs. Gibbs was a member of White Oak Baptist Church and retired from Stone Mountain Park. She is survived by husband: Lowell Gibbs, Snellville; daughters: Betsey Gibbs, Snellville; Vickie Whitman, Loganville; grandson: Brannon Whitman, Loganville, brother: Cullen Brown, Lilburn; sister: Kathe Bray, Troy, AL; her loving dog Sampson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, 2575 Chantilly Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 404-320-6223 or American Cancer Society, Gwinnett County Unit, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097.

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From Valerie Bishop Jones on September 19th, 2011
I remember Bonda as being my best friend during elementary school . We would walk home together from school,  and try to do anything but homework . Her brother Cullen would come in from High School with his tuba ,and tell us all about fast times at AHS .
 
From Cullen Brown (58) on September 16th, 2011
Bonda married Lowell Gibbs class of 1956. She had two daughters, Betsey and Vicki. Vicki has a 14 yr old son named Brannon. Betsey has a son Tate about 3 years old. Bonda worked for a number of years at Stone Mtn. Park, the last position was in the management office. Her hobbies were Traveling with Lowell in their RV and loved going to Myrtle Beach. They enjoyed going on Cruises. She liked to fish. She died due to cancer. I do miss her very much. It is tough to lose ones baby sister.
 

Sandra Zierath (Giddings)

- - April 18th, 1989

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Funeral services for Sandra Zierath Giddings, will be held a 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of A.s. Turner and Sons. Fr. Francis Daunt will offciate. Interment, Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

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From Betty Griffith (Brixey) on August 1st, 2013
Beautiful young girl and then tremendous, helpful friend.  Had known Sandy in school and then when she and Mike Giddings married, we lived in the same apartments in Avondale.  Played bridge often back then, our two young ones played together...actually she drove me to the hospital when our second child was born.  Miss those wonderful days and friends.
 
From carlie Roberts on October 16th, 2011
My dearest sister: 

You will forever be in my heart and prayers. It seems like I was just a baby when you left us and I can remember like it was yesterday.  Will see you again one day.
Love you Sandy,

Carlie



 
From Susie Zierath Parsons on October 14th, 2011
From riding on the back of her bike, to riding to school in her turquoise and cream Willis Station Wagon her senior year and my "sub freshman" year at AHS and to all the long distance phone calls as I moved around, I miss my older sister each and every day.

Susie Zierath Parsons
AHS class of '65
 
From Doris Covert on September 3rd, 2011

A very happy an vivasious person. full of spirit an love for all. miss you Sanie

 

Harry Glenny

- - September 4th, 2004

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Glenny III, Harry - Family-Placed Death Notice Harry Leon Glenny, III, of Gainesville died September 2, 2004. Predeceased by Harry Leon Glenny, Jr. and Hortense Burnham Glenny. Survived by wife, Margaret R. Glenny; children, Sean Glenny and wife Patty, Scott Glenny, Elizabeth Aquilina and husband Mario, Cathie Cupp and husband Steve, and Deborah Norman. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Harry worked for General Motors, Genuine Parts, Napa, Anderson Merchandising. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Gainesville. Burial will be at Memorial Park S., Gainesville. Please make donations to the Myelodysplasia Foundation in lieu of sending flowers.

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From Carol Gresham (Warren) on October 20th, 2011
My two favorite Harry stories both took place when we lived in Charlotte, only a couple of months apart.  He was planting a flowering shrub next to the back door and accidently chopped the telephone line in two with the post hole digger.  The best part was when he told me to call the telephone company (this was in the 70's - no cell phones!).  My other favorite story was a Sunday morning at breakfast.  Both his parents and mine had come up for the week-end.  We were all sitting at the dining room table having breakfast when I saw my car rolling down the drive-way.  I looked around and asked who was in my car and Harry jumped up, made a bee line for the back door, ran down the drive, jerked the door open and managed to stop the car.  Scott, who was four at the time, was behind the wheel.  He had let off the emergency brake!  I don't believe I ever saw Harry move quite that fast before or after!  I still remind Scott of that.
 
From Phil Warlick on August 27th, 2011

My favorite Harry story was when we lived on the same street in Charlotte, NC.  We discovered this several weeks after we moved. Harry, I and another neighbor took a trip to the outer banks with my boat.  We spent a day fishing offshore in Wilmington, NC where we caught a fair number of Mackerel.  We left and took the ferry across to Ocracoke Island, then set up our camp. 

We had brought all the comforts of home, a very large tent, a shelter tent, folding table and several coolers of ice.  We looked like the circus.  That evening Harry starting cooking the fish and hushpuppies.  We had enough food for several dozen. So, we invited our neighbors to join the feast.  One young couple had spent the summer there and didn't buy ice because it cost too much.  Harry fed the masses.  When we were cleaning up, Harry said, "If I had had more bread, I could have started a movement."         

 

 

Carol Warren (Gresham)

- - October 3rd, 2014

Carol Warren Gresham, age 71, of St. Simons Island, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 3, 2014

She is survived by her husband, Lew Gresham of St. Simons Island; two sons, Sean "Cary" Glenny of Nashville, TN and Scott Glenny of Greenville, SC; two daughters, Shari Lee Jenkins of Madison, GA and Alicia Robin Deason of Monticello, WI; a sister, Lee Anne Hutcheson of Loganville, GA, and two grandchildren, Morgan Taylor Deason and Tristan Deason both of Lawrenceville, GA.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with Reverend Jimmy Crandall officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 
American Heart Association , P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284. www.donate.heart.org

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From Lew Gresham on October 15th, 2014
Carol meant the world to me and it's hard to live without her. 
She was always by my side through thick and thin she helped me.
Now that she is gone my life is hard to live. It's hard to breath and it's hard to see, and it's hard to think about anything but her. Even though her love will shine in me forever, it's still hard not to look for her hand to hold.  Even though she is not here with me, I will always have her in my heart, and in my memories. 

I will love her forever!

 
 

Jack Hardin

May 29th, 1943 - March 2nd, 2018

The 81st Potentate of Yaarab Shrine is as Masonic as they come.
He was a founding member of Charity Daylight Lodge, the only Blue Lodge that was started in and holds its meetings in a Shrine Mosque. He was a regular officer and served as Lodge Master.
In fact, Masonry was Jack Hardin’s life. He was a former president of the Southeastern Shrine Past Masters
Associations and a regular member of Yaarab’s Knights of Mecca Unit.
He came with his family to Decatur in 1951 from Copperhill, Tennessee, where he was born on May 29, 1943. A decade later he graduated from Avondale High School and went to work immediately.
For the next 35 years, he followed a career in the steel rule die making and die cutting business, and then owned Pair of Jacks Embroidery in Dacula.
Jack’s Masonic journey began in 1964 when he was raised a Master Mason in Belvedere Lodge 725. And less than six years later he was elected Worshipful Master of the Lodge.
At 27 years of age, he was one of the youngest Worshipful Masters on record. His brethren recognized in the young man a dedication to the craft and a gift that is rare indeed. And his dedication and knowledge of the rituals was undiminished in his life priorities.
At the time he was elected Recorder of Yaarab Shrine in 1998, he had served nearly two decades as Director of Work for Dacula Lodge 433 and Belvedere Lodge 725. A Scottish Rite Mason, Brother Hardin became a noble of Yaarab Shrine on June 13, 1979. He joined the Knights of Mecca Unit and in 1991 served as president. Two years later, his peers elected him president of the Southeastern Shrine Past Masters Association. He also served on the Potentate’s Escort.
A member of Gwinnett Shrine Club, the golf association, and the Ridgerunners Association, together with outstanding service as a fundraiser for the Shrine Circus and for Shriners Hospital for Children, Jack was singled out by his fellow nobles and presented Merit Award #285 in 1997.
In addition to being outstanding as a worker and as a leader in the Masonic fraternity, Noble Hardin was also talented with a pleasant singing voice. He sang along with the Entertainers or broke forth in a solo that was bound to please any audience. The rest of the nobility had an opportunity during 2004 to watch a gifted and dedicated Masonic leader set new heights and standards for the fraternity. Jack Hardin was quiet, humble, sincere, and conscientious. He reminded us that the Blue Lodge is where it all begins.
Jack passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018, he was 74 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank James Hardin and his sister, Phyllis Ann Garrett. He is survived by his wife, Jean Wooten Hardin of Dacula, Children Deanne and Leigh Hardin, and Randy (Katrina) Hardin of Covington, grandchildren Dallas (BJ) Gloyd, Ethan and Jovie Hardin, great grandchildren Shiloh and Kadence Gloyd, step children Jeanene (Dan) Fowler of Brookhaven, Gigi (Paul) Dykes of Lawrenceville, Jeff (Rene) Fowler of Cartersville, step grandchildren, Jennifer and Jordan Dykes, Ty, Jacob and Kaleigh Fowler, brother, Frank (Joann) Hardin of Conyers, Nick (Suzanne) Hardin of Fayetteville, Mother Mary Ellen “Pat” Collis Hardin of Decatur.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, March 6th, 11 am at the Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel with Pastor Dennis Bellamy officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens with Masonic gravesides conducted by the Dacula Lodge #433. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Yaarab Shrine Children’s Hospital Fund, 400 Ponce De Leon Avenue, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308.
Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 1040 Main Street Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086.

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Floye Short (Hewatt)

- - September 5th, 2011

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Sad to say, that our friend passed away on Monday, Sept. 5, 2001 from Lung Cancer.  The Memorial Service is Saturday at Druid Hills United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 3pm to 4pm followed by the funeral.  Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Snellville, GA

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From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011

I enjoyed working on reunions with Floye.  We would meet at her office and start planning. She was a good worker and happy to do more than her share. 

I heard she was very sick in August. She wanted to talk on phone to friends again.  Her good friends said she wanted to hear from everyone she could. Many friends have asked about her. We will miss her and wish she can be with us at this reunion.

 
From Valerie Bishop Jones on September 19th, 2011
It was sad news a few days ago to learn that Floye passed away just a month shy of our 50th reunion.  She was a quick wit and I enjoyed getting to know her better when we worked and partied together on several other reunions in the past. I know if she could have made it to this one, she would have loved it.
 

Raymond Holcombe

- - January 2nd, 1995

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Captain Raymond W. Holcombe of Decatur died Monday, January 2, 1995.  He was associated with the Dekalb Co. Sheriff Department for over 20 years.  Member of Clarkston Masonic Lodge #429 F.&A.M.  He is survived by his wife Eugenia V. Holcombe, Decatur, sons Mr. William C. Holcombe, Mr. Christopher W. Holcombe both of Decatur, daughter Mrs. Angela McCullough, Decatur, brother, Mr. William N. Holcombe, Decatur, 1 grandchild, Katharine Ray McCullough, a number of nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held 1 o'clock Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates, Interment Dawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 7 til 9 p.m. Wednesday as  A.S. Turner & Sons.

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From Phil Warlick on November 4th, 2011
I grew up on the same street with Raymond, Walker Drive.  Raymond lived in the house at the corner of Walker and Columbia Dr. two doors up from Judi Kyle and family.  Early on he had an interest in law enforcement.  While others played ball in the street, Raymond was listing to his police scanner and riding with local officers and learning passion.  He was a nice serious boy on a mission.
 
From John Clower on November 4th, 2011
Raymond one of our fellow Avondale folks. He was employed by the DeKalb Sheriff's Office in about 1974-1975. Raymond had open heart surgery later in life, and suffered a terminal heart attack.
 
From kurt dowd on August 26th, 2011

Raymond was a good freind.  He would come out to the Children's Home and pick us up for a cruse in his car.

 

Stuart Johnson

- - February 14th, 2013

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JOHNSON, G. Stuart GORDON (STUART) JOHNSON Gordon (Stuart) Johnson, 69. Dedicated to family and friends. Hearth Industry icon. Born in Evanston, IL, Stuart moved with his family to Decatur, GA at a young age and became an "honorary Southerner" and was a proud American for life. Growing up during the "Greatest Generation" era, Stuart enjoyed an idyllic childhood that could easily be out of a Mark Twain novel. He and his friends were constantly on an adventure around the area. It was this independence that matured him well before his years. Those lessons learned would serve and guide him the rest of his life. He learned to be a friend, to love, respect others and God. He learned the value of hard work, dedication, responsibility, and to champion others. Family was always extremely important to Stuart. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. An opportunity was never missed by him to expand his family and take someone else into it. This was especially the case during the holidays; any friend was considered family and assured a seat at his table and place in his home. Stuart was an avid gardener and cultivated friendships in much the same way. He was constantly striving to help them grow and provide encouragement. All of the friends he leaves behind could never be known. His business life was dedicated to bringing families together through the celebration of fire. He represented the Robert H. Peterson Company, with honor, for a half century and is considered an icon in the Hearth Industry having proudly served on its board. Stuart mentioned on occasion that he was humbled by the lucky life that he had lived to that point; all that knew him know better than to consider it luck. Stuart passed away from a cardiac event, at the pinnacle of his career and having just completed the most beautiful round of golf in the Los Angeles hills, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Above all, he was with family and friends-to the end. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Barbara Turner Johnson. He is now survived by his current loving wife, Gloria Bach Johnson, his three children, Jo Ellen Johnson-Kuehnel, Jennifer O'Kelley and her husband Gene, Mitch Johnson and his wife Mitsy, all of metro Atlanta, step-son Brad Hornibrook and wife Leslie of Birmingham, AL, a sister Bonnie Billington of Decatur, GA, a brother Ross Johnson of Montevallo, AL, seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends that will all carry his light. Thursday, February 21st Visitation from 2:00-5:00 pm. The Clairemont Decatur Condos, 417 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030. Friday, February 22nd Memorial Service 11:00 am. Valley Brook Baptist Church, 1198 North Valley Brook Road, Decatur, GA 30033. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to the American Cancer Society , www.cancer.org or mail to American Cancer Society , 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. If you make a donation in Stuart Johnson's memory, you can request that a note be sent to the family, c/o JCO Marketing, P.O. Box 80625, Conyers, GA 30013. All notes will be shared with the family. Risher Montebello Mortuary are Funeral Directors. www.rishermortuary.com. (323) 728-1261.

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Harold Jones

His death was reported at the 30th reunion. No other information is available.

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James Douglas (Doug) Jordan

January 10th, 1943 - March 16th, 2017

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Kitty Keith

- - November 17th, 2000


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Sara Katharine (Kitty) Keith, 57, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2000 following an extended illness. Sara was known as Kitty to family and friends, was born in Elizabethton, TN and has lived in Avondale Estates sense 1953. Kitty taught preschool children in Dekalb County and was most recently employed at the First Baptist Church of Decatur.  She was known for her love of music and enjoyed singing in several choirs in the Atlanta area.  Ms. Keith is survived by her mother , Mrs. Marion Keith of Avondale Estates; her sisters Martha Crosby of Baton Rouge, LA, Charmain Wood of New Albany MS; Camille Naff of Lilburn, GA; and brother John Keith of Columbus, GA.  Visitation will be at 11:00 AM Monday, November 20 with memorial service to follow at 12 Noon in the chapel of A.S. Turner and Sons, Decatur.  The family request donations be made to Hospice Atlanta or the ALS Association in lieu of flowers.

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From Frank Windler on May 29th, 2013
I only learned of your passing a few days ago and my sadness will last a lifetime. Your were a beautiful lady and I am so thankful our paths crossed in this life. May you rest in His eternal peace.   
 
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Hubert (Bert) Lee

- - June 13th, 2015

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Hubert (Bert) Floyd Lee, age 71 was called home to be with God sfter a long and courageoud battel with cancer. We will remember Bert as a kind, generous, caring man, who positively touched the lives of those around him.
Bert will be missed forever by the love of his life, confidant, and devoted wife Dian Brown. Family includes Sister Sara Lee, brother Richard Lee (deceased), children:Sandra Lee, Kathrina Lee, Damien Lee and Amy Brown (husband Stephen Redden), grandchildren: Jesse Lee, Damien Lee Jr. (deceased), Christopher Lee, Hunter Lee, and Steven Redden.

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Danny Marbut

- - May 20th, 2008

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MARBUT, Daniel Daniel Phillip Marbut, age 66 of Winder, GA died May 20, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Peggy Marbut and is survived by his children, Kevin and Christy Marbut, Jeff and Tammy Marbut all of Winder, Stephanie Marbut of Lilburn; grandchildren, Brett, Blake, Brady, Kyle and Nicholas. Mr. Marbut honorably served in the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the Sweetwater Masonic Lodge. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him. Graveside services will be held Friday May 23 at 11am at H.G. Wright cemetery with Pastor Bill Carroll officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralservice.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200

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Mike McNeal

April 14th, 1943 - September 5th, 2016

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Mike McNeal

April 14th, 1943 - December 5th, 2016

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Littleton Mike McNeal, Jr., age 73 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, September 05, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Pastor Allen Whitley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Bold Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Monroe, GA. Mr. McNeal started with Southern Bell and retired after 30 years with AT&T. He was in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Littleton M. McNeal, Sr. and Eunice Partin McNeal; sister, Irene Crowley. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Jane McNeal of Lawrenceville; daughters & sons-in-law, Ronda & Darrin Stafford of Lawrenceville, Angela Young of Grand Island, NE, Melinda & Ted Rathkopf of Eagle River, AK; grandchildren, Ashley (Michael) Sewall, Jamie Stafford, Abigail Rathkopf, Natalie Rathkopf; great niece, Carie Jane Walgren; sisters, Carolyn Jones of Sycamore, Ola Jean Ross of LaGrange, Margaret Jones of Lenox, Rachel Worley of McDonough; many nieces, nephews & extended family. The family will receive friends from 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Rd SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100. Please leave condolences at www.stewartfh.com.

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Bill Mider

- - August 25th, 2001

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Bill Mider was a good man who loved W.C. Fields and John Lennon, a good round of golf and watching the Atlanta Braves. He was a strong man with strong convictions, a member Green Peace, involved with Habitat for Humanity.  He was proud of his service on the Smyrna Historical Society and Cemetery Committee and the Smyrna Housing Authority, his input and action on the Spring Road Project.  He was a kind and well liked man, productive and independent.  He died after a courageous battle with cancer.  He will be missed deeply. Placed by Family

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Charles Newton

- - April 25th, 2013

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Charles and wife Diane Bond Newton, class of 62, lived in Altus Ok.  He retired from the U S Air Force.  They lived in Altus for at least the last 25 years. 

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Sandra Reiley (Pritchett)

September 2nd, 1943 - October 26th, 2012


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PRITCHETT, Sandra SANDRA REILEY PRITCHETT Sandra Reiley Pritchett was received into the arms of her Savior on October 26, 2012. Sandra was born at Emory University Hospital on September 2, 1943 and raised in Decatur and Avondale Estates by her parents Charles E. Reiley and Louise Lyman Reiley. At Avondale High School, Sandra met Ed "Charlie" Pritchett, who she married in 1964 while both were attending Florida State University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. After graduating from college, Sandra and Charlie returned to the metro area where they raised their three sons, Todd, Matt and Ross in Alpharetta (Johns Creek). Sandra enjoyed years of ALTA tennis at the Atlanta Athletic Club. She spent many years as a volunteer with the Gwinnett Auxiliary of the American Cancer Society. She was also a volunteer at Hope Lodge, a free residential facility for cancer patients residing outside the Atlanta area. She loved gardening and her yard was always a testament to that. Sandra was admired for her beauty, but more for her beautiful spirit, her sharp wit and her delightful since of humor. Wherever she was, laughter was always nearby. One of her joys was as a member and leader of her Bible Study Fellowship group, also delighting in her yearly trips to Edisto Island, SC with "The Beach Babes." She was a faithful member of Mount. Pisgah United Methodist Church, where lately she had been greatly missed by her G2R Sunday School Class. God used his angels, her family and friends to walk with her in her final days. Sandra especially wanted them to know what a gift each of them was to her in their steadfast love, prayer and caring. Sandra was predeceased by her parents, Chuck Reiley and Louise Reiley and brother-in-law, Roger Doss. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ed "Charlie" Pritchett; sons, Todd Pritchett of Woodstock, Matt (Marietta) Pritchett of Suwanee, Ross (Andrea) Pritchett of Atlanta; brother, Chuck (Lucy) Reiley of Black Mountain, NC; sister, Sherron Reiley Doss of Cumming; grandsons, John Pritchett, Will Pritchett, Charlie Pritchett; nieces, Laura Reiley Dean, Wendy Doss Rabe; nephew, Alan Reiley; three great nephews and two great nieces. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to BSF International, 19001 Huebner Road San Antonio, TX 78258 (on line giving www.bsfinternational.org) or Genesis to Revelation Sunday School Class at Mount. Pisgah United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at Mount. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama, Johns Creek, GA 30022 on Wednesday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a gathering of friends and family at the church. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.

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Larry Pruiett

- - May 28th, 2001

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Mr. Larry Gordon (L.G.) Pruiett, age 58 of Newbom, formerly of Decatur, died May 28, 2001. Mr. Pruiett graduated from Avondale High School in 1961 and was a member of Sheet Metal Local #85. He also attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Newborn, GA. He is survived by children, David Lee Pruiett, Decatur, Mrs. Susan K. Nolan, Conyers; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elzie and Marie Pruiett, Newborn; brother, Mr. James M. (Jim) Pruiett, Newborn; grandchildren, Danielle Marie Pruiett, Jordan Nolan, Taylor Nolan, D.J. Pruiett. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from Shiloh Baptist Church with remains placed in state at 1 :00 p.m. Rev. Danny Sorrells and Rev. Eugene Bess will officiate. Interment, Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m. J.C. Harwell & Son, Covington

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Larry Puckett

- - April 12th, 2005

Good times and truly great friend.  Larry was one of the nicest people to have graced this earth.

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Mr. Larry Earnest Puckett of Roswell, son of the late Earnest Willie Puckett and Willie Eva Puckett, died April 12, 2005 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born January 31, 1943 in Atlanta, Larry was a graduate of Avondale High School, Georgia State University and Atlanta Law School. Respected for his principles and strong will, Larry is survived by his steadfast wife of 41 years, Nancy Hamling Puckett; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Creighton Frommer; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Jesse Puckett; son, Erik Puckett; grandchildren, Madelyn and Max Puckett and the devoted Family: Coe and Betty Hamling; Jeff, Laura, Jeffrey and Alison Hamling; Cid Hamling; Tom, Peggy, Shelley and Natalie Fulghum; Dennis, Robbi and Melissa Palmer; Scott, Kathryn and Claire Mulkey; and Matt and Holly Blackwell. Larry was comforted in the last days of his journey by his caring and compassionate friends at the Veranda in Roswell and Portsbridge Hospice.The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14th at Northside Chapel, 12050 Crabapple Rd in Roswell. Friends and family are welcome to gather for a reception at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15th at Roswell Presbyterian Church on Mimosa Boulevard in Roswell, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. The internment will be at 1:00 p.m. at Floral Hills Memory Gardens at 3000 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, GA 30075, or to the Alzheimer's Association 1841 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA, 30329.

 

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John Samford

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John died in 1992 from Lou Gerhig's disease. His family and T & B Builders built the bridge at Avondale Lake in his memory.  John is survived by Gail who still lives in Avondale and five children. 
 
Mr. & Mrs. Samford still live in the house on Stratford where John and his siblings grew up.  The Samfords are still active an Avondale First Baptist.  They would probably love to hear from some of John's old friends!

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Moina Dalton (Shadix)

May 4th, 1943 - February 22nd, 2008


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Mrs. Moina Dalton Brown, age 65, of Covington, Ga., passed away February 22, 2008. A native of Jackson County, Ms. Brown was the daughter of Maudie Bell Dalton and the late Frank T. H. Dalton. Her husband was the late John W. Petree, Sr. Mrs. Brown was also preceded in death by two sisters: her 19-day-old twin, Montine, on Jan. 23,1943 and Dorothy Jean Singleton. Service were help Sunday Feb.24 at 2:00 pm at Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home in Covington.  Survivors include sons: Wesley Petree, John Petree, Jr. and Joseph Ashley Petree; daughter Nita Petree Amancio; brothers Clarence Thomas Dalton of Watkinsville and Telford Lee Dalton of Murphy N.C.; 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and numerous of Nieces and Nephews.

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From Jill Dahlberg on September 13th, 2011

I remember Moina in 8th grade at Avondale Elementary School. I had just moved to Atlanta and did not know any one. She was, so kind, and helpful to me.  I think she knew how scared I was.  She took me under her wing for a few days. I have never fogotten that.  Of course, we saw each other through the years in high school, too.

Her brother, Clarence, told me she loved to write poems, too.

 

Rick Slye

- - October 2nd, 2007

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SLYE, Richard Paul Jr.SLYE, Richard Paul Jr. - Born in Charlotte, N.C., on May 2, 1943, passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home Tuesday morning, October 2,2007. Richard was predeceased by his mother, Anna Lee Davis Slye; his father, Richard Paul Slye Sr.; his brother, Mike Slye, who passed away only two weeks ago. Rick loved life and devoted his time to many passions. He was an incredible musician, having started playing drums in the South for greats like Sam and Dave and Otis Redding. He remained an expert on and avid fan of jazz, blues and R&:B throughout his life. He was dedicated to progressive movements and politics. As a young man in Atlanta, Rick became politically active in the Civil Rights movement with Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference and in the peace movement with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. An opponent of the Vietnam War, Rick chose to leave the United States when his draft card came up. Rick was an active artist, producing work for many books, magazines and posters. He was also an avid gardener, which for him was another form of art. A cineaste of incredible breadth, Rick was an avid film watcher. He followed the national cinemas of many countries and became an authority on progressive cinema. Rick contributed regular film reviews to Canadian Dimension and loved the film classes he taught at the Marxist Institute in Toronto. He also kept up a regular Wednesday film night where people could see films from around the world and discuss them in a political context. Rick enjoyed few things more than an opportunity to open our eyes to a new way of seeing things. He was an intellectual, always passing on knowledge and analysis of politics and the world to whoever was lucky enough to spend time with him. He was a huge personality. Most incredible, was Rick as a grandfather. He spent time with his grandchildren every day. He focused on them and believed in giving them his full attention. He was a blazing star of hope and will. 'There is still time to change the world". Rick is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy) Slye; his daughter, Deedee Slye; his son-in-law, Matthew Hebb and his grandchildren, Madeline Elizabeth Kate Hebb and Dashiell Richard George Hebb. The family will receive friends and relatives 6-8 p.m. Friday October 5 in J. A. Snow Funeral Home,2666 Windsor St. Halifax. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Toronto. Richard was sitting in with us at Bearly's last Sunday and was looking, and sounding great. You just never know ....

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From Donny lott on October 28th, 2013
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Rick and I were in Ms Illiams art class. Rick was indeed a cut above and a lot of fun. He and I kept things lively in that class
 
From Lallie Hayes on August 10th, 2013
My earliest memory of Rick was his ability to take the stage, unfortunately at the expense of our 9th grade home room teacher. He was talking away at the beginning of home room; the teacher made the mistake of telling him to come to the front of the room to share his comments with the class. He did so, with flare! I don't believe the teacher made the offer again. Rick defied the mold of the traditional 1950s generation--he was born to boogie.
 

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Dell Rollerstone (Stephens)

August 19th, 1943 - September 30th, 2015

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Dell (Cleo O'Dell) Married Jim Stephens, who Avondale, and lived in Atlanta, Memphis and eventually Washington DC where she work at the Whitehouse telephone system. Dell worked for many years for AT&T. She was survived by her syster Tonie; niece Sara Paul.

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Frank Trusty

His death was reported at the 30th reunion. No other information is available.

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For many years Barbara Johnson led a good and uncomplicated life as a homemaker, mother and volunteer - and then her grandmother was murdered.

The 1983 slaying of Ellen Funderburg, 87,  of Decatur was a terrible blow to Mrs. Johnson and her family, and the ensuing legal process that led to a life sentence for the killer, Eddie Lee Ross, produced its share of pain, too.

Rather than sink into bitterness, Mrs. Johnson resolved to fashion a good and useful result from the ordeal. "I never felt like I wanted revenge," she said in a 1987 Journal Constitution interview.  I just wanted to do something to help the next (crime victim)."

And so she did.

She helped organize the Rockdale County Victim Witness Assistance Program and counseled many people trying to deal with grief, anger, medical bills, disabilities, and so on.  She became an advocate at the Georgia General Assembly in favor of compensation for victims, the three strikes law and a statewide family violence commission.

She instructed district attorneys and police across the state on treating crime victims with more sensitivity. Two former Rockdale district attorneys attest to Mrs. Johnson's effectiveness.

"Barbara was one of the first victim witness coordinators in Georgia.  She did a wonderful job and established a model for programs elsewhere in the state," said Robert Mumford of Conyers. "Her empathy for them was extraordinary." "She helped prosecutors understand the importance of the cases we were trying. that we were representing not only people in general but especially aggrieved people in particular."

"The fact that crime victims alter became volunteers in the program speaks volumes about the effect Barbara had," Mrs. Custer said.

A memorial service for Mrs. Johnson, 59 is at 11 a.m. today at Salem Methodist Church Covington.  She died of cancer Monday at her Conyers residence.  Cremation Society of the South is in charge of arrangements.

When Mrs. Johnson learned she had terminal cancer, she decided that she wanted to fulfill a lifelong desire to tap dance. "Barbara's tenacity was amazing," said her teacher Lisa Hinely of Atlanta.  "She would work and work at a routine until she got it right.  She'd come to class even after having chemo.  She might be low on energy at the start, but by mid class she'd be up and dancing."

Survivors include her husband Stuart Johnson, two daughters, Jo Ellen Kuehnel of Munich, Jennifer O'Kelly of Conyers, a son Mitchell Johnson of Conyers, a brother Richard Turner of Loganville and four grand children.

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From Jill Dahlberg on October 4th, 2011
Barbara and I knew each other in high school and then when our daughters started 1st grade together at Forrest Hills Elem. We were leaders for the Brownie troop our girls were in too.  We shared great pride in our young families. I have since, spoken with one of her adult daughters, who she would be so proud of now. Barbara seemed to always be very calm and unruffled.  I enjoyed knowing her and wish she was here for this reunion.
 
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Ronnie Watkins

- - September 9th, 2010

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Ronny Watkins, age 67, of Snellville died Thursday, September 9, 2010. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Ronny graduated from Avondale High School and worked for the US Postal Service for 30 years. After retirement from the post office, he was a train engineer at Stone Mountain Park. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Rowland Watkins, daughter, Amy Watkins Cyphers (Mark) of Covington; son, Clint Watkins of Snellville; brother, Kenneth Watkins (Valerie) of Snellville; grandchildren, Alisha Stephens and Teresa Dean; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday, September 13, 2010' at the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons with Rev. Kenneth Sweat officiating. Interment will be in Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Saturday and Sunday at A. S. Turner & Sons.

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Pat Hart (Witmar)

February 4th, 1943 - December 5th, 2015

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Patricia Hart “Patti” Witmer, 72, of Lake of the Woods passed away at Mary Washington Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.

Patti was born on Feb. 4, 1943, to Charles Edgar and Hazel Hartman Hart in Salisbury, N.C. She received an associate’s degree from Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. Patti had lived in the Fredericksburg area since 1967. She married David B. Witmer IV in April of 2001 at Lake of the Woods. After retiring from Davenport and Company, Fredericksburg, she loved to travel, enjoyed nature and art and was an avid photographer.

Survivors include her husband, David; daughter Amy (James) Doyle; stepson David B (Rita) Witmer; stepdaughter Sherry (Matthew) Halphen; brother Bruce (Sue) Hart; and grandchildren Megan Morgan Scott-Ackerman, Brandon, Christopher and Jamie Tignor, Stephen and Brandon Halphen and David B. Witmer V.

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Billy Wyatt

April 19th, 1943 - May 29th, 2008


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Billy passed awar while living in Washington state of Cancer

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