Gerald M. McClure
Gerald M. McClure, age 67, of McDonough, Georgia died April 19, 2007. Mr. McClure was born in 1940 in Butts County, the son of the late Willis Harmon and Sarah Hodges McClure. He retired after over 30 years with the Atlanta Gas Light Company. After retirement, he served as a bailiff for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Brenda McClure of McDonough; daughter and sons-in-law, Darla and Mike Mitchell of Atlanta, Andrea and Butch Wethington of Bogart; grandchildren, Christopher Waltrip, Matthew and Lori Waltrip, Trea Wethington, Gerald Wethington, Taylor Waltrip and Macayla Wethington; and sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Eddie Reese of McDonough.
Services were held April 22 at Salem Baptist Church, with Rev. Rick Statham and Rev. Dan McKay officiating. Interment Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Please make contributions to Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, Georgia, 30291 or Salem Baptist Church Building Fund, 1724 Decatur Road, McDonough, Georgia, 30252 in memory of Mr. McClure. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dwight Greer Miller
Dwight Greer Miller, age 83, of Locust Grove, Georgia died April 21, 2007. Mr. Miller was born in 1923 in Richland County, Ohio, the son of the late Thomas S. and Helen Greer Miller. He retired after 32 years with East Ohio Gas Company; was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Doylestown, Ohio; and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Thomas Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty Porr Miller of Locust Grove; children, Joan and John Pope of Locust Grove, Randall and Cathy Miller of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Theodore Miller of Nashville, Tennessee, Charles and Sue Miller of Barberton, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held April 24 at Locust Grove United Methodist Church, with Rev. Doug Gilreath officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mark McCarthy, age 45, and his twin sons, Mike and Chris, age 15, of McDonough, Georgia died April 22, 2007. Mr. McCarthy was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of the late Joseph John and Sara Ann McCarthy. He was employed by REL Properties, a development company for residental construction, where he was the general superintendant for all the local construction projects. Mark was very involved with his sons’ and his family's lives. He would become involved in any activity the boys showed an interest in. He was a baseball coach for many years for the McDonough Youth Association and loved teaching kids not only about sports, but about giving 100% all the time. He was a loyal friend to all who knew him, but most of all he was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. Mark was the all around family man.
Mike and Chris inherited their father’s passion for deep sea fishing, which Mark inherited from his father and father in-law. Mike had the patience of an adult, and would practice anything over and over until he mastered it in whatever aspect of life he wanted to conquer. His mother depended on him any time she needed help. In the future, Mike planned to become a professional boat captain for deep sea anglers.
Chris was the comedian of the family. He enjoyed making people laugh and placing a smile on their faces. Chris was a very social person and enjoyed making friends. He had an Irish temper, but never held a grudge. Mike and Chris loved life and enjoyed pushing it to the limit. The boys always had a smile on their faces and were deeply loved by all who knew them. They were best friends and loved spending time with their family, going on vacations with them or just visiting.
They are survived by their loving wife and mother, Cindi; son and brother, Ben; the boys’ maternal grandparents, Sandra and Rhea Price of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mr. McCarthy’s brother, Joseph McCarthy of Ballston Spa, New York; his sisters, Cindy Marinides, Megan Bean, and Caitie Lafferty, all of Buffalo, New York.
Services were held April 27 at Eagle’s Landing Baptist Church, with Dr. Tim Dowdy officiating. A college fund in the name of Ben McCarthy has been established at Decatur First Bank, 1120 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia, 30030, attention Ann Berg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coaches Curing Kids Cancer, 4250 Vienna Way, Marietta, Georgia, 30062 – www.curingkidscancer.org. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Frances Patterson Childress
Frances Patterson Childress, age 79, of McDonough, Georgia, formerly of Atlanta, died April 24, 2007. Mrs. Childress was born in Fulton County, the daughter of the late Mattie Lucille Cooper and Robert Raymond Patterson. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church; she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed her family, the Atlanta Braves, bowling, tennis and gardening. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven F. Childress; and a brother, James T. Patterson.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald E. Childress of McDonough; daughter, Susan Lawrence of Smyrna; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and June Childress of Smyrna, Ray and Beverly Childress of Grayson; brother, Robert R. Patterson, Jr. of Mississippi; grandchildren, Michael Lawrence of Stockbridge, Jeff Childress of Orlando, Eric Childress of Grayson; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held April 27 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Rev. Dan McKay officiating. Interment Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to Salem Baptist Church Building Fund, 1724 N. Hwy. 155, McDonough, Georgia, 30252. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mark James Fortner
Mark James Fortner, age 9 months, of Stockbridge, Georgia died April 24, 2007. Mark was born July 21, 2006 in Riverdale.
He is survived by his parents, Michael Copeland and Kathleen Marie Axtman Fortner; brother, Daniel William Fortner; and sister, Erin Rose Fortner, all of Stockbridge; maternal grandparents, David and Judith Axtman of West Minster, Colorado; uncle, Bryan Axtman of Lakewood, Colorado; paternal grandparents, Michael D. and Marian Fortner; and uncle, Jeremy Fortner, all of Stockbridge; and maternal great-grandmother, Helen Thompson of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Services were held April 29 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Pastor Bryan Axtman officiating. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Henry Owen Phillips
Henry Owen “Chick” Phillips, age 87, of McDonough, Georgia died April 30, 2007. Mr. Phillips was born in 1919 in Henry County, the son of the late Jesse Hamby and Cora Almarine Owen Phillips. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of Timberridge Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Lions Club and the American Legion. He volunteered at the Food Pantry; enjoyed caning chairs, refinishing furniture and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Frances LeGuin Phillips; and by several siblings.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and John Walton of Mint Hill, North Carolina, Martha Phillips and Jim Raczynski of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Heather and Wil Neumann of Belmont, North Carolina, Jennifer and Michael Clay of Charlotte, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Erick and Asher Neumann, Elizabeth and Austin Clay; brother, Bud Phillips of Riverdale; sisters, Martha Chick and Betty Latimer, both of McDonough; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held May 3 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Rev. Matt Allison officiating. Interment Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Timberridge Presbyterian
Church Building Fund, the Food Pantry, or the Salvation Army in memory of Mr. Phillips. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Addie L. Jones Maples Hensel
Addie L. Jones Maples Hensel, age 82, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, formerly of Flippen, Georgia died April 16, 2007. Mrs. Hensel was born January 19, 1925 in Atlanta,. the daughter of the late James Bartow and Julia Leola Heath Jones. She was raised and attended school in Atlanta. Addie met her first husband, Glen Maples at the PX at Fort McPherson Army Base. They were married on February 29, 1944 and were blessed with five children and 25 years together. Glen passed away in 1969. On March 22, 1972, Addie was united in marriage to Willis “Buck” Hensel, and they made their home in Osage Township, Minnesota for 35 years. She was preceded in death by her son, Gene Maples; granddaughter, Sarah Elrod; sister, Bernice Moore; and brothers, Millard and Harry Jones.
She is survived by her husband, Willis Hensel of Park Rapids, Minnesota; children, Judy and Harold Elrod of Locust Grove, Linda Truxton of Bemidji, Minnesota, Bill and Jackie Maples of Flippen, Ilene Maples of Park Rapids, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Nan Jones; grandchildren, Amy Elrod, Fred Elrod, Jason Elrod, Cathi Kilian, Jeff Truxton, John Truxton, Chad Hensel, Brandy Rodine, Josh Hensel, Casey Hensel, Mary Evink; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held April 21 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg Pope officiating. Interment Flippen Cemetery. Pallbearers were Fred Elrod, Jason Elrod, Terry Kilian, Jimmy Moore, Jeff Truxton and Richard Jones. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gerald (Jerry) Wise, age 64, of Stockbridge, Georgia died April 17, 2007. Mr. Wise was born in Port Clinton, Ohio, the son of the late Willard Harrison and Grace Lee Tillett Wise. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Stockbridge. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Wilhoite; and brother, Wayne Wise.
He is survived by his wife, Lou (Bowers) Wise of Stockbridge; son, Doug and daughter-in-law Dawn Wise; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Stephan Prince; and daughter, Rhonda Wright, all of Douglasville; grandchildren, Crystal, Nicole, Olivia, Emmeline; great-grandson, Luke; sisters, Wanda Kittle and Patricia Yost, both of Covington, Judy Hungate of Oak Harbor, Ohio; brothers, Michael Wise of Covington and John Wise of Marietta.
Services were held April 20 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment Lawnwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672648, Marietta, Georgia, 30006. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
William D. McCoy
William D. McCoy, age 82, of Jackson, Georgia died April 17, 2007. Mr. McCoy was born in Spalding County, the son of the late Duffie and Grace McCoy. He graduated in 1924 from Spalding County High School in Griffin. He joined the U.S. Navy and spent 33 months during World War II aboard the LST 273 while serving in the Pacific Theatre. When he returned from serving his country, he started college and finished at Georgia Tech with a degree in civil engineering. He worked 34 years as a highway engineer with Georgia DOT. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Forest Park for 45 years, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and worked 27 years with a mentally challenged class. He moved to McDonough where he became a member of Eastside Baptist Church. He spent much of his time working with children, teaching them many skills such as baseball, scouting, football, fishing and many other activities. He enjoyed traveling with his grandson and family, gardening and would do anything to help someone. He was a kind man who spent many hours in church work and helping others to make a difference in the world. He was preceded in death by a grandson, William Darrell McCoy.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Carolyn Parker McCoy; son, Ken McCoy; daughter, Patsy Cash; grandchildren, Jennifer Pickens (Brian) of Locust Grove, Daniel and B.J. Cash of McDonough.
Services were held April 21 at Eastside Baptist Church. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Eastside Baptist Church in his memory. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.