Ellen Bessie Sexton
Mrs. Ellen Bessie Sexton, age 93, of Hampton, Georgia died November 9, 2007. Mrs. Sexton was born in Henry County the daughter of the late Eula James Cates and George Emory Floyd. Mrs. Sexton was a member of County Line Congressional Christian Church, she enjoyed writing poetry, quilting and birds. Her husband, John D. Sexton; daughter, Carolyn Stiles and siblings also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sexton is survived by her children, Billy and Martha Berry of Chatsworth, Bobby and Betty Jane Berry of Hampton, Joyce Maddox of Hampton, Harry and Connie Berry of Gulfport and Larry Berry of Hampton, 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Mrs. Sexton were held November 13 at County Line Congressional Christian Church with Rev. Bruce Berry and Rev. Mike Halsey officiating. Interment church cemetery. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Martha Rowan Stensrud
Martha Rowan Stensrud, age 74, of Temple, Texas died October 9, 2007. She was born in McDonough, daughter of the late Henry and Lois Brannan Rowan. Mrs. Stensrud graduated from McDonough High School in 1950 and served our country with the United States Air Force. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert J. Stensrud; daughter, Lori Swinney Storts; sister, Virginia R. Kelley; brothers, Julian Rowan and Bob Rowan.
Mrs. Stensrud is survived by daughter, Lisa Swinney Hirschi and husband, Dave of Austin, Texas; brothers, Joel Rowan of Stockbridge, Gerald Rowan of Jacksonville, Florida, Richard Rowan of Griffin; grandchildren, Amie Storts Torralva and husband Joe of San Antonio, Texas, Randee Storts of San Antonio, Texas; Ben Storts and wife, Adriana of Del Rio, Texas; Joel Casey Storts of Del Rio, Texas, and Kiah Swinney of Austin, Texas; four great grandchildren, Abraham and Andrea Torralva, Prasaus and Zephyr Storts; step children, Bryan Stensrud, Bob Stensrud, Nancy Stensrud Cole and Beth Stensrud Hansen, all of San Antonio, Texas.
Memorial Services were held November 3 at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Rev. Norman Pyle, officiating. In lieu of flowers suggested memorials may be sent to: Scott and White Cancer Center Project H.O.P.E., 2401 S. 31st St. Temple, TX 76508. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Carmichael Foster
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Carmichael Foster of Henry County, died November 10, 2007. Her parents were Kitty Mae Mitchell and Boyd Carmichael. Elizabeth graduated from Henry County High School. She married Talmadge Roy Foster in December of 1943 and began married life as a typical WWII couple with Tal serving his country in the Army Air Force and Elizabeth staying behind at home. The end of the war marked the beginning of their family. They were blessed to have four children, three boys and one girl. Elizabeth, known as “Lit” to her friends and family, was a devoted wife and mother. Once her children were in school she began her work career by feeding many grateful people as the lunchroom manager at McDonough Elementary. Throughout her 25-year career at the school she touched many lives. She also loved feeding people at her home and always had room for an extra chair at the table. Many friends and family were known to drop by around lunchtime in anticipation of the invitation to stay that was sure to be extended. We hardly knew how much she was nourishing our souls as she nourished our bodies. She and her husband were members of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Elizabeth served as church treasurer, chair of the United Methodist Women and was in charge of the cemetery. Her church family was precious to her and she enjoyed every moment she could spend in fellowship at the church. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two older brothers and their spouses, John and Louise Carmichael, Boyd and Annie Ola Carmichael and her sister, Dorothy Carmichael Turner.
Services for Elizabeth were held November 12 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church with Rev. Michelle Rawdin officiating. Interment church cemetery. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Irene Hammond, age 87, of Stockbridge, Georgia died November 10, 2007. She was born in Douglasville daughter of the late Clarke and Ida Victory Rogers. She was a member of the Community Bible Church. Her faith and her family were very important to her.
Ms. Hammond is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Joe Swain of McDonough; granddaughters, Jolynn and Brian Shuler of McDonough, Heather Swain of Huntsville, Alabama, Melanie Swain of McDonough; great-grandsons, Bo and Jack Shuler;
sister, Lois Duke of Greenville, South Carolina; and nephews.
Funeral services were held November 13 at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment Douglasville City Cemetery. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Earl A. Powell
Earl A. Powell, age 84, of Jackson, Georgia died October 29, 2007. He was born in Troy, Alabama the son of the late Otis and Ianther Baker Powell. He retired from Southern Bell where he was Safety Director and was a member of the Shriner's. Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Powell.
Mr. Powell is survived by his brother, John C. Powell of Stockbridge; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held November 1 at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dana Everhart officiating. A private interment will followed. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Mary Susan Lovvorn Smith Akridge
Mrs. Mary Susan Lovvorn Smith Akridge, age 71, of McDonough, Georgia died October 31, 2007. She was born in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of the late Lewis and Francis Lovvorn. Prior to staying home to raise her children, Susan worked for Standard Oil Company. She retired from Dekalb County government and enjoyed working in the yard, reading and visiting with family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church of McDonough and a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. Susan was a self-taught painist, she served the Lord as pianist of Meadow Baptist Church in College Park for many years. Her family shared that “Susan’s faith and her determination to overcome the physical limitations plaguing her latter years were an inspiration to us and to her friends. She lived her life bravely setting the bar high for everyone else.” She was preceded in death by sisters, Martha McKibben and Joyce Ward.
Survivors are daughter and son-in-law, Bonny and Ken Dewberry of Thomaston; son and daughter-in-law, Corey and Donna Smith of Dallas, Georgia; brother, Joseph Lovvorn of Haira; grandchildren, Nick, Jordan, Kalob, and Travis of Dallas, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Susan were held November 4 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Charles Thomas officiating. Interment Crystal Hill Cemetery in Thomaston. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gerald E. Mullett
Gerald E. Mullett, age 75, of McDonough, Georgia died October 31, 2007. He was born in Wayne, Ohio the son of the late Harlan Fay and Mildred Mae Stevens Mullett. Mr. Mullett was a member of the Masonic Lodge #18, in Hartford, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Mullett.
Mr. Mullett is survived by his wife, Nancy Nicholson Mullett of McDonough; sons, Mark (Patti) Mullett of Locust Grove, and Dean (Juanita) Mullett of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Amanda, Stacy, Jennifer and Ashley; three great-grandsons; sister, Lucy Dana (Tom) Hamby of Covington; and daughter-in-law, Judy Mullett of Hampton.
Funeral services were held on November 3 at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dana Everhart officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, GA 30253. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.