Myrtie M. O'Connor
Myrtie M. O'Connor, age 73, of McDonough, Georgia died April 12, 2007. Mrs. O’Connor was born in Cummings, the daughter of the late Willie Oscar and Laura Lavader McClain Porter. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in McDonough. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed gardening, cooking, crocheting, quilting, and wood crafts. Most important to her was her family, being a mama and a grandmama. She enjoyed getting together for the holidays and family get togethers. She was an exceptional person, very loving and caring. "She was our best friend.” Above all, she loved her husband Bill. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark O’Connor; and sisters, Marie Anderson and Belle Dempsey.
She is survived by her husband, William O'Connor of McDonough; sons, David W. O'Connor of Jackson, Joey L. O'Connor of Locust Grove; daughters, Sherry Lynne Jones of Locust Grove, Mandy E. Pollock of Griffin, Cindy A. Kontoes of McDon-ough, Patty J. Earley of Locust Grove, Pam J. Wheeler of McDonough; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Johnny Porter of Statesboro, Bobby Porter of Grayson, Harold Porter of Gainsville, Howard Porter of Cumming; sisters, Kathleen Lane of Alpharetta, and Evelyn Kelley of Tennessee.
Services were held April 14 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Rev. Larry Thomas officiating. Interment Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Wyman H. Crumbley
Wyman H. Crumbley, age 74, of McDonough, Georgia died April 12, 2007. Mr. Crumbley was born in Henry County, the son of the late Vanie and Georgia Rene Crumbley. He served our country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later became a sucessful businessman as owner of Crown Personnel Services. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in McDonough, where he served on various committes. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack and Adron Crumbley; and sister, Dorothy Page.
He is survived by a wife of 55 years, George Ann Strawn Crumbley of McDonough; daughters, Callie and John Stingel of Asheville, North Carolina, Amy and Bryan Shockley of McDonough; sister, Carolyn Carmen of Conyers; grandchildren, Mary Ann Stingel, Rick Stingel, Gus, Josh, Sam, George, Grace, and Ava Shockley; several nieces and nephews; father-in-law, George E. Strawn.
Services were held April 15 at First United Methodist Church in McDonough, with Rev. Dana Everhart officiating. Interment Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Christian Antonio Benitez
Christian Antonio Benitez, age 15, of Stockbridge, Georgia died April 1, 2007. Christian was born in 1991 in Queens, New York. He was a sophomore at Union Grove High School; was very involved in the Henry Players, scheduled to perform in the upcoming performance of Hello, Dolly!, had performed in A Christmas Carol on Broadway in New York; had performed at The Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta; was invited to the leadership program at Emory University and the CDC this summer, was to attend G.A.M.E.S. at Georgia Middle College in Cochran this August; was involved in mock trials at the courthouse, World Difference, the French Club, tutoring, Helping Hands Food Pantry, and attended LIFE Church and St. Thomas Church in New York. He was preceded in death by his 5 month old sister, Jocelyn in 2003.
He is suurvived by his parents, Charles and Nydia Benitez; sister, Kaitlyn; maternal grandparents, Eva Lopez and Jose Morales; paternal grandparents, Barbara and Andy Lento and Carlos Benitez; cousins, Chantil and Javier Colon and Bianca LaRosa; aunts, Santa Ramirez, Nereida Morales and Anna Ramos; uncles, Jose, Ramon and Luis Morales; best friends, Joseph, Ali, Curtis, Melanie, Lauren, Jessica, Shanay; and all of his many, many friends.
Services were held April 12 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Interment St. John’s Cemetery in New York. Please make contributions to the Henry Players, Shakespeare Tavern or Helping Hands Food Pantry in memory of Christian. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Roger K. Lowry
Roger K. Lowry, age 61, of Stockbridge, Georgia died April 3, 2007. Mr. Lowry was born in Indiana, the son of the late Clyde Ira and Evelyn Leona Heller Lowry. He attended Acts Church of Henry County; served his country in the U.S. Navy; and enjoyed antique cars, NASCAR, woodworking and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Brenda Glisson Lowry; children, Kristen Lowry, Keith and Susan Lowry, Barbara and Dan Reinke; grandchildren, Cameron Lowry-Ward, Daniel, Brandon, and Christopher Reinke; sister, Lois Klein; brother, Donald and Rosie Lowry; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held April 6 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Pastor Sam Latta officiating.
Please make contributions to the
National Kidney Fund in memory of Mr. Lowry. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Thelma LaVerne Lewis Weldon
Thelma LaVerne Lewis Weldon, age 91, of McDonough, Georgia died April 5, 2007. Mrs. Weldon was born in Henry County, the daughter of the late Burl and Mattie Ruth Lewis. She was a lifelong resident of Henry County and member of the Mt. Bethel community. She retired from the Bibb Manufacturing Company after many years of employment. She then worked at Planters Warehouse in McDonough and was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Covington. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. Weldon, Jr.; a daughter, Nevelyn Opal Weldon Moore; and granddaughter, Alicia Tudor.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Gary McCullough of Dahlonega; grandchildren, Marie Green-wood, Leslie Kasdaglis, Flint McCullough, Victoria McKay, Leah Rodemaker, Molly Payne; 13 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Morris Allen of Covington; sisters-in-law, Dot Weldon of Covington and Emma Jean Lewis of Porterdale; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clyde and Ruth Weldon of Conyers; son-in-law, J.C. Moore of Ellijay; many nieces and nephews; and a very special lifelong friend, Edna Mason of McDonough.
Services were held April 7 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Rev. Reece Sanders officiating. Interment Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, 7037 Hwy. 212 N., Covington, Georgia, 30016 or Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2158 Hwy 81 East, McDonough, Georgia, 30252 in memory of Mrs. Weldon. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robby Olmstead, age 43, of Hampton, Georgia died April 8, 2007. Mr. Olmstead was born in 1964 in Fulton County. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a maintenance man at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church; was a member of Community Bible Church, and was considered a “Mr. Fix-It.” He was preceded in death by his grandfather, W. T. Ussery.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lisa Olmstead; children, Bradley Robert Olmstead, Michael Troy Olmstead; and parents, Gordon and Shirley Olmstead, all of Hampton; sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Jay Malo of Houston, Texas; nephew and niece, Andy and Sarah Malo; and great-nephew, Caleb James Malo.
Services were held April 11 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Pastor Bruce Mewbourne officiating. Interment Hill View East Cemetery. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Jane Cook, age 74, of Hampton, Georgia died April 7, 2007. Mrs. Cook was born in 1933 in Cherokee County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Gordon Hollis and Clara Mae Johnson Dowdy. She was a member of Union Baptist Church in Griffin and enjoyed Bingo, yard work, and being a Mother to everybody. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Raymond Cook in 1990; a son, Rusty Cook; a sister, Ruby Carruth; and a brother, Gordon Hollis Dowdy.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas J. Cook, Jr. and Deborah of Blairsville; daughter, Peggy Cook Storey of Hampton; daughter-in-law, Katrina Cook of Hampton; grandchildren, Leah J. Storey, Alisha A. Cook, Thomas J. Cook, Jr., Amy Wilkerson, Jason Cook, John Cook, and Craig Moses; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Bernice Copeland of Stockbridge, Patsy Glass of Decatur, Mary Frances Massey of Meridian, Mississippi, Jean Browning of Griffin, John Dowdy of Forest Park, Jackie McWhorter of Temple; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held April 11 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Rev. Tim Conort officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Wilbur Price
John Wilbur Price, age 64, of McDonough, Georgia died March 31, 2007. Mr. Price was born in Jesup, the son of the late Roy Wilbur and Blanche Gainey Price. He married March 23, 1963 in Mentone, Alabama and served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Eastern Airlines for 16 years as a lead in aircraft services, then worked at First Union Bank in receiving. He coached Little League baseball for many years and enjoyed golfing. He was a huge history buff and loved studying his Bible. Most important to him was his family, especially his grandchildren. They loved listening to the stories their "granddaddy" told them.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Price of McDonough; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Raymond Harrison of Kennesaw; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Janet Price of Canton; grandchildren, Mitchell Wayne Harrison, Matthew John Harrison, Maddie Mae Price, Emma Kayte Price; sisters, Linda Clark of Vidalia and Joyce Wilkinson of Dublin.
Services were held April 4 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Randell (Randy) Blocker, age 73, of Stockbridge, Georgia died April 1, 2007. Mr. Blocker was born in Glennville, the son of the late Henry and Effie Thompson Blocker. He was an active member of Stockbridge First United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War Era, with 24 years of faithful service, and was a Shriner with the Columbus, MS Lodge #5, F.A.M.. He was an avid golfer and was a member of Lake Spivey Golf Club and enjoyed outdoor activities. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Kathy Blocker of Stockbridge; daughter, Sharyn (Ford) Strei of Cedar Park, Texas; sons, Randell Timothy Blocker of Douglas-ville, Dwayne (Brenna) Blocker of Dallas, Brian Blocker of Leander, Texas, Kevin (Wendy) Blocker of Austin, Texas; daughters, Lisa (Bob) Doehling of Lawrenceville, Lynn Harris of Buford; sister, Betty (Will) Mahnke of Glennville; grandchildren, James, Haley, Sarah, Zack, Morgan, McKenzie, Jeff, Zee, Linda Kathryn; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held April 5 at Stockbridge First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jim McRae and Dr. Jay Hodges, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Stockbridge First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Stockbridge, Georgia, 30281. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.