Konstanze Maria Mahoney
Connie Mahoney, age 59, of McDonough, Georgia formerly of Forest Park died November 4, 2007. She was born in 1948 in Ludwigshafen an Rhein, Germany to Hans Eugen and Irene Katherine Helene Opitz Goger. She married James W. “Buddy”/”Boney” Mahoney in the hundreds-of-years old Chapel Alsterweiler in Maikammer, Germany on July 10, 1971, the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of her parents. Connie was a graduate of the World Trade Languages and was employed by Proctor and Gamble in Germany before moving to Forest Park in 1978. She was a volunteer teacher at the German School of Atlanta and later employed with Panalpina, Inc for almost 20 years. Her first love was basketball. She played on and captained several state championship teams in Germany and met her future husband Boney through basketball. Connie was the first female referee in her state and headed women’s basketball there for several years before moving to the U.S. where golf became her favorite pastime. She was a member of the Ladies of Pebble Creek Golf Association and was awarded the Georgia State Golf Association Certificate for “Most Improved Golfer of the Year” at Pebble Creek Golf Club in 1991. She was often on the winning team of The Gersbacher Golf Tournament and she continued to play golf until November 2006. She was preceded in death by her father, Hans Goger and brother, Peter Goger.
Connie is survived by Boney, her husband of 36 years, daughters Julie and Anika Mahoney and grandchildren Cameron and Emma of McDonough; mother, Irene Goger of Ellerstadt, Germany; sister and brother-in-law, Annette and Wolfgang Hassert, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Daisy Rae and George Dille, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins in both the U.S. and Germany.
Services were held November 14 at Haisten Funerals and Cremations. Connie’s ashes will be scattered into the Atlantic Ocean off Hilton Head, South Carolina at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mounds Public Library, 418 First St., Mounds, IL 62964. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jo Blankenship, age 67, of Stockbridge, Georgia died November 6, 2007. She was born in Stockbridge to the late Webb and Margaret Johnson Copeland. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Marvin Blankenship.
Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bryan Barner of Ft Worth, Texas; sisters, Rebecca Temple of Huntsville, Alabama, Ginger Hubbard of Garland, Texas, Faye Harvey of Stockbridge; and four grandchildren, Zachery, Ethan, Daniel and Bethany.
Funeral services were held November 10 in the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Rev. Bill Barner officiating. Interment Stockbridge City Cemetery. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Willard J. Dean
Willard J “Will” Dean, age 76, of Locust Grove (Luella), Georgia died November 6, 2007. Mr. Dean was born in Little Eagle, Nebraska the son of the late Icle Mae Morton and William Joseph Outhouse. He served his country in the US Army from 1952 until 1954. He was a member of King’s Vinyard Church and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many.
Survivors are his wife, Bobbie J. Dean of Luella; children, David Dean of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Carol Dean and Curtis and Michelle Dean all of Shreveport, Louisiana, Darryl and Shabnam Dean and Timothy Dean, all of Luella; grandchildren, Sannah Prasla and Adam Dean, both of Luella, Chelsea Dean and Shelby Dean of Shreveport; brother, Kenneth Dean of Brentwood, Tennessee; and nephew, Scott Dean of Brentwood.
Services for Mr. Dean were held November 10 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Pastor Ralph Martin officiating. Interment Locust Grove Cemetery. For those who wish donations may be made to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, GA 30253. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Suzuko Moody, age 80, of McDonough, Georgia died November 6, 2007. She was born in Kyoto, Japan daughter of the late Sono Shimizu Izumi. Mrs. Moody was very talented. She played the organ, enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, embroidering and could make clothing without using a pattern. She was very outgoing and loved being a homemaker.
Mrs. Moody is survived by her husband, Robert Moody of McDonough; sister, Emiko Sato of Tokyo, Japan; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held November 9 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Baxter officiating. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Major Hugh Joseph Thompson
Major Hugh Joseph “Papa” Thompson, age 83, of McDonough, Georgia died November 6, 2007. Mr. Thompson retired from the US Army with 20 plus years of service. Mr. Thompson was born in Newark, Ohio the son of the late Helen Diehl Thompson and Walter Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Marie “Nanny” Price and grandson, Michael Zugay.
Survivors are his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Michael Burke; step daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Tom Courtney; grandchildren, Mindy Berger and husband Joseph, Sharon Adams and Christy Rechy; great grandchildren, Richie Williams, Austin and Zachary Adams, Michael Berger and Joshua and Jaime Renee Rechy.
Services for Mr. Thompson were held November 9 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Dan McKay officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Billy Joe Howard
Billy Joe Howard, age 76, of Stockbridge, Georgia died November 7, 2007. He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late William Calvin Howard and Emma Parr Striker. He served his country in the US Marines during the Korean War; he received a BS Degree from Arizona State University in 1958; was a real estate broker who enjoyed traveling, family genealogy, and was an avid Sun Devil’s fan. He was preceded in death by brothers, Larry Howard and Melroy Norman.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Pat Howard of Stockbridge; children, Don Howard of Stockbridge, Doug Howard of Blairsville, Teri and Kenny Dell of Blue Ridge, Kim Walker of Locust Grove, Joey and Tommy Miller of Locust Grove; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sister, Rachel Lee Cummings of Seattle, Washington; nieces and nephews.
Services were held November 10 from the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of Mr. Howard. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Michael Blankenship, Sr.
John Michael Blankenship, Sr., age 56, of Locust Grove, Georgia died November 8, 2007. He was born in Douglas County the son of the late Germa Faye Frazier and Raymond Lewis Blankenship. He had worked as a parts technician for Overnight Transportation. John enjoyed craft shows, woodworking, was an avid reader and enjoyed watching Sci Fi and Westerns. A brother, Ray Blankenship preceded him in death.
Survivors are his wife, Patricia Kirk Blankenship of Locust Grove; children, Mike and Charity Blankenship of Stockbridge, Justin Blankenship of McDonough, Jonathan and Christina Blankenship of Locust Grove; grandchildren, John and Daniel Blankenship and Aaron Blankenship; siblings, Fred (Ted) Blankenship of Forest Park, Susan Tomlin of Walnut Grove, Margie Mitchell of Atlanta and Betty Blankenship of Forest Park; several nieces and nephews.
Services for John were held November 10 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Statham officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.