Mr. Toby Upchurch, age 56, of McDonough, Georgia died July 12, 2007. He was born in Atlanta to Monroe Johnson and Sara Hinton Upchurch. Mr. Upchurch was a member of McDonough FBC. Toby retired from Snapper Power Equipment with 30 years of faithful service. A motorcycle enthusiast Toby took great pride in his two Harley Davidson motorcycles. He had a unique sense of humor, and was a strong family man, a loving father, son, brother and most of all friend.
Mr. Upchurch is survived by his daughter, Tammy Lynn Upchurch of Douglasville; mother, Sara Hinton Upchurch; brothers, John (Buddy) Up-church, and Jayson Upchurch, all of McDonough; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held July 15 at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Dr. Charles Thomas officiating. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Kathryn Tarpley Knight
Mrs. Kathryn Tarpley Knight, age 85, of Selma, Alabama formerly of McDonough, Georgia died July 15, 2007. Mrs. Knight was born in 1921 in Henry County to the late William Oscar and Kate Jewell Traylor Tarpley. Even into her late years she enjoyed fishing, crocheting, cross-stitching, crossword puzzles and jewelry making. She always loved animals and had a great love for the outdoors and wildlife. Most of all she loved her husband, her three sons, and her grandchildren. Her husband of 50 years, Highly Iverson Knight and her brother Traylor Rodgers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Dr. Nicholas A. (Susan) Knight of Selma, Alabama, Terry (Janice) Knight of Decatur, and Ron Knight of Birmingham, Ala-bama; grandchildren, Kaley (Tommy) Atchison, Kristopher Knight, Corey Knight, Parker Kennedy, Ponda Knight, Dabney (Phil) Pilon; great grandchild Lucy Pilon; brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Haywood Knight of McDonough; sister-in-law, Faye Berryman of Orlando, Florida.
Services were held July 18 from Timberridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Mr. Joe Glenn officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Chance Gunn Stevens
Infant Chance Gunn Stevens of Hampton, Georgia died July 15, 2007.
Chance is survived by his parents, Doug and Lindy Stevens; maternal grandparents, Terry and Terri Gunn of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; paternal grandparents, Douglas and Janet Stevens of McDonough and Debby and Rick Narey of Jackson; maternal great-grandparents, George and Patricia Gunn of Phoenix, Arizona; paternal great-grandparents, Jim Eller of Forest Park, and Fayne Sears of Gwinnett County; aunt, Kim Rowley of Phoenix, Arizona and several great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.
Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Sara Catherine Wood Duncan
Sara Catherine Wood Duncan, age 88, McDonough, Georgia died July 17, 2007. Mrs. Duncan was born in Newnan the daughter of the late Annie Berth Yarbrough and David Monroe Wood. She was a graduate of Piedmont School of Nursing in Atlanta, was a nurse at Piedmont Hospital and school nurse at Fulton High School in Atlanta. She was a member of the McDonough First United Methodist Church and was very active in her church and community. She was a great mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed an active and full life and was loved by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Major W. L. Duncan, Atlanta Police Department.
She is survived by her children, Sara Ann and Jerry Standard of Locust Grove, Bill and Virginia Durden of Stockbridge; grandchildren, Jay and Mary Ann Standard of Locust Grove, David and Tina Standard of Locust Grove, Jeff Standard of Orlando, Florida, Billy and Shay Duncan of Stockbridge, Tim and Sherry Wallis of Jackson and Barry and Kelly Wallis of Locust Grove; great grandchildren, Courtney and Grayson Standard of Locust Grove, William and Karigan Standard of Locust Grove, Emma Wallis of Locust Grove; brother, Woodie Wood of Newnan; sisters, Ruth Kerr of Decatur and Bertie Fann of Montgomery, Alabama; nieces and nephews.
Services for Mrs. Duncan were held July 20 at the McDonough First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dana Everhart officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Sarah Ruth Martin Kuglar
Mrs. Sarah Ruth Martin Kuglar, age 84, of McDonough, Georgia died July 5, 2007. Mrs. Kuglar was born in Carroll County the daughter of the late Ola Albright Martin and Henry Frank Martin. Mrs. Kuglar was a member of Jodeco Road United Methodist Church. She and her husband were co-founders of the church and she served her church in many areas and had been a member of the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guynn Kuglar in June of 2000.
Survivors are her sister, Betty Carlson of Carrollton; sister-in-laws, Pat Waguespack of McDonough and Ann Waugh of Griffin; brother-in-law, Donald Ginn of Forest Park; nephews, Glen H. Martin of Trickum Valley, Alabama, Frank Carlson of Carrollton and Joe Ginn of Forest Park; nieces, Anita Brannon of Carrollton, Jodie Crumbley of Milner, Carol Meyers of Rex, Vickie McDonald of Roswell, Cindy McCracken of Smyrna and Angela Kirby of McDonough.
Services for Mrs. Kuglar were held July 8 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Ward officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Lee Bell
Mr. John Lee Bell, age 61, of McDonough, Georgia died July 7, 2007. Mr. Bell was born in Dupont, Colorado the son of the late Kathryn Joan Brown and John Berl Bell. Mr. Bell was retired from Clayton County Police Department with 30 years of service. He served his country in the US Army. Mr. Bell enjoyed fishing, camping and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Bell of McDonough; children, Johnny Bell and Leslie Beason of Alabama and Amanda Castillo of Georgia; brother, Bruce Bell of Colorado and sister, Pat Masden of Kansas; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services were held in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Chaplain Wally Woodcock officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
David Arthur Widergren
Mr. David Arthur Widergren, age 61, of Hampton, Georgia died July 7, 2007. Mr. Widergren was born in Kansas and raised in Colorado the son of the late Charlotte Virginia Dedman and Marvin Lennae Widergren. He was a member of Community Bible Church. He served in the US Navy from 1965
to 1971. Mr. Widergren enjoyed his family, woodworking and making wood toys for little children, yard work and reading.
Survivors are his wife, Peggy Widergren of Hampton; children, Steve Widergren of Port Orchard, Washington, Joyce Gilham of Douglasville, Scott Strader of Decatur, Todd Strader of Decatur and Meredith Kelley of McDonough; 8 grandchildren, brother, Earl Widergren of Exton, Pennsylvania and nephews.
Services were held July 10 from the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Brooks Everett officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Maurice Paul Laird
Mr. Maurice Paul Laird, age 76, of McDonough, Georgia died July 7, 2007. Mr. Laird was born in Milford, Illinois the son of the late Mable Louise Rush and Paul William Laird. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1953 until 1961. He enjoyed genealogy, gardening, wood working and collectibles.
Survivors are his wife, JoAnn Laird of McDonough; children, Greg and Vickey Laird of Nashville, Tennessee, Brad and Darlene Laird of Rex, Julie and Jeff Weaver of McDonough and Amy and Robert Naddra of Sugar Hill; grandchildren, Matthew and Monica Laird, Rachel Laird, Amanda Laird, Katie Weaver, McKinley Laird, Alex Naddra, Kelsey Naddra, Abby Weaver, Mark Weaver, Bethany Naddra and Ben Weaver; special friend Cameron Guida; brother, Wallace Laird; sisters, Phyllis Gribson and Jill Shumaker; nieces and nephews.
Services for Mr. Laird were held July 11 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Gregory officiating. Interment Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. Those who wish may make donations to Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Bowman Kennedy
Mr. Joseph Bowman Kennedy, age 85, of McDonough, Georgia died July 8, 2007. He was born in Terrell County, Georgia the son of the late Ruth Bennett and Jessie Joseph Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy was a member of Druid Hills United Methodist Church in Atlanta, served his country in the U.S. Army, and worked for the Veterans Administration for 31 plus years. He had retired from the Daytona Beach, Florida area before moving back to Georgia. He enjoyed traveling and walking.
Survivors are nieces and nephews, Carol Bryant Bell, Ronnie Kennedy, Glen Ellyn Powell, Bobby Hammond, Gerald Hammond, Johnny Hammond, Juanita Bridges, JoAnn Askew, Sara Shoemaker, Rose Mary Brooks and Bussey Brooks. Mr. Kennedy was cremated and no services upon his request. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Herman “Chesley” Morgan, age 68, of McDonough, Georgia died July 8, 2007. He was born in 1938 in Paulding County to the late Joe Chesley Morgan. He served his country in the US Army; was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Ellijay; and was a retired Tower and Crane Operator.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dianne Morgan of McDonough; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Al Bowman of Locust Grove, Randy and D’Ronica Morgan of Chatsworth; grandchildren, Brandon and Carrie Kirkpatrick of McDonough, Hailey Morgan of Houston, Texas, Dillon Morgan, Cheyenne Morgan and Stephanie Cagle all of Chatsworth; great grandchildren, Caroline Kirkpatrick, Ashland Kirkpatrick, Rhett Kirkpatrick and Gabriella Espenoza; mother, Maggie Morgan of Alpharetta; siblings, Joyce Jackson of Jasper, Inell Payne of Alpharetta; Don Morgan of Dahlonega, Jodie Morgan of Villa Rica, and Danny Morgan of Byron.
According to his wishes, Mr. Morgan has been cremated and no services are planned at this time. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.