Robert H. Whitaker
Robert H. Whitaker, Sr. age 87, of Hampton, Georgia died March 11, 2007. Mr. Whitaker was born April 19, 1919 in Henry County, the son of the late Oma Lee and Bernice Barrett Whitaker. He was a graduate of McDonough High School; a member of Hampton First United Methodist Church, and retired after 42 years with Southern States and 42 years with Camp Fortson as one of the founders. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge; was a Master 4H’er; was Treasurer of the Henry County Farm Bureau and a member of the Henry Players.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Regena Whitaker of Hampton; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Leila Whitaker of Lexington, South Carolina, Jerry and Margaret Whitaker of Fayetteville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren
Services were held March 14 at Hampton First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mark Burgess, Rev. James Miller and Rev. Royeese Stowe officiating. Interment Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Camp Fortson, 999 Fortson Road, Hampton, Georgia, 30228 in memory of Mrs. Whitaker. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Wynelle Denham Haire
Wynelle Denham Haire, age 62, of McDonough, Georgia died February 16, 2007. Mrs. Haire was born November 7, 1944 in Ashburn, the daughter of the late Mary Frances Cross and Lemuel Lee Denham. She retired from the Henry County Board of Education with 30 years of service. She enjoyed her grandchildren, traveling and decorating her schools with arts and crafts.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 40 years, Berry Haire of McDonough; children, Sherri and Ben Studdard of Locust Grove, Kristi Haire of Morristown, Tennessee; grandchildren, Gracie, Lydia, Hannah and Joannah Studdard of Locust Grove; sisters, Annie Maine of Warner Robins, Shirley Maurer of Pineview; nieces and nephews.
Services were held February 18 at Harvest Point United Methodist Church, with Judge Ben W. Studdard and Dr. Steven Usry officiating. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Rigsby Stanley
Elizabeth Rigsby Stanley, age 82, of McDonough, Georgia died February 16, 2007. Mrs. Stanley was born October 12, 1924 in Blakely, the daughter of the late Louise Freeman and Arthur Grubbs Rigsby. She was better known to family and friends as Beth, and she enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and singing. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edward Stanley; and a sister, Dorothy Annette Jones.
She is survived by her children, John Huey of Norcross, Mickey and Martain Stanley of McDonough, Lynn and Rodney Dalton of Newnan; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jimmy Jones of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held February 19 at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park in McDonough.
Charles Levie Sapp, Sr.
Charles Levie Sapp, Sr., age 74, of Stockbridge, Georgia died February 17, 2007. Mr. Sapp was born in Atlanta, the son of Joseph Levie and Lola Lucile (Cook) Sapp. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Barnesville. He was a member of several organizations, including Master Lodge 295 F&AM, 32 Degree Mason, and Yaarab Shrine Temple. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lola Sapp; and sons, Charles L. Sapp, Jr., and Clifford Sapp.
He is survived by his spouse of 42 years, Shirley J. Sapp of Stock-bridge; sons, George (Cindy) Sapp of Kennesaw; Buddy (Cathy) Sapp of McDonough; daughters, Evelyn (Jimmy) Gravett of Douglasville; Valerie (Todd) Makant of Powder Springs; brother, Jimmy Sapp of Locust Grove; sisters, Barbara Miller of Barnesville, Shelia Olander of McDonough, Linda Slagle of Rex, Lucretia Watkins: 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held February 20 in the chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Pastor Garth Forster officiating. Interment Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Fletcher Gilmer, age 79, of McDonough, Georgia died February 19, 2007. Mr. Gilmer was born June 23, 1928 in Gainesville, the son of the late Lon and Minnie Gilmer. He spent his childhood on a farm in Gainesville before moving with his family to Atlanta. At the age of fourteen, he enlisted with the Navy; after he and his parents convinced the Navy he was seventeen. He proudly and valiantly served on a patrol ship in the Bering Sea and the Auxiliary Gun Ship, Oyster Bay, in the South Pacific during WWII. He was a top salesman for Magic Chef in the 1960s. He later ventured into real estate, and held a grandfathered license with the Georgia Real Estate Commission. He also served as a Deacon at the Clayton County Community Church in Morrow. He had presently been attending Southern Crescent Baptist Church in McDonough. Fletcher lived a life full of laughter, a comedian with a fully stocked arsenal of jokes ready to be fired at will upon everyone with an open ear.
He is is survived and remembered by his wife Ruth; children, Tony, Nelda and Dee; grandchildren, David, Tabbatha, Scott, Cherie, Crystal, Karen and Shelby; great-grandchild, Victoria; brother, Bill; and his sisters, Margaret and Mary.
Services were held February 21 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with Rev. Jimmy Hyatt officiating. Interment Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. Haisten Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Murl Reaves, Sr.
Murl Reaves, Sr., age 82, of Rex, Georgia died February 22, 2007. Mr. Reaves was born in Heflin, Alabama, the son of the late Mary Ellen Lumpkin and Christopher Reaves. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and overall family man. He was loved for his sense of humor, his kind demeanor, his wisdom and advice. No matter what came at him he always kept a positive outlook on life. He was a people person who never met a stranger. He was an avid gardner, carpenter, collector of finer lawn equipment and ball caps. Mr. Reaves retired from Hostess Bakery as a manager after 30 years. After his retirement he worked for Campbell's Equipment Company in Forest Park. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII as a belly gunner in B-26 Martin Bomber.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alice Reaves; son, Jim (Jimmy) Reaves of Stockbridge; daughters, Debra Weimann of Rome, Janice Powell of Stockbridge; sisters, Lillian Upchurch of Newnan, Sara Gilbert of Fayetteville; brothers, James Reaves and Edward Reaves, both of Attalla, Alabama; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.
Services were held February 26 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Rev. Mitchell Reaves officiating. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, Southeast Division, 135 Bradford Square, Suite B, Fayetteville, Georgia, 30215. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
John H. Price
John H. Price, age 71, of Jackson, Georgia died February 23, 2007. He was born in Clayton County, the son of the late Iler Freeman and Willie C. Price. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Price.
He is survived by his sons, Ray (Tracie) Price of Milner, Curtis (Jennifer) Price of Hampton, Jay (Karen) Price of McDonough; sister, Alice Ann Akins of Forsyth; brothers, Lewis W. Price of Barnesville, Willie Floyd Price of Milner; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Services were held February 25 in the chapel of Cannon Cleve-land Funeral Directors, with Pastor Myron McIntyre officiating. Interment Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
MOM Menezes, age 48, of Stockbridge, Georgia died February 25, 2007. Mrs. Menzes was born June 4, 1958 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her life was all her kids and baseball. She was a tough lady who enjoyed decorating, art, reading. She was a builder of lives. She was preceded in death by her father, Don Ferris Sewell.
She is survived by her husband, Michael John Menezes of Stockbridge; children, Michael John Ferris Menezes of Jenkinsburg, Donald Brad Lee Menezes of Marietta, Christy Anne Marie Menezes of Piedmont, Alabama; mother, Dean S. Sewell of Birmingham, Alabama; sisters, Darselle Whipple of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Darla S. Schoone of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Services were held March 1 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, 45 Beaverdam Ext., Athens, Georgia, 30605. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Travis Taylor Gilday, Sr.
Travis Taylor Gilday, Sr., age 50, of Locust Grove, Georgia died February 11, 2007. Mr. Gilday was born in Butler, Alabama and worked for Estes Express Line.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Denise Gilday of Locust Grove; children, Tralina Jean Gilday of McDonough, Elizabeth Kay Gilday, Travis Taylor Gilday, Jr., and Carolyn Eileen Gilday, all of Locust Grove; stepchildren, Samantha Nicole Smith of Marietta, Adrian Richard Pickle, Jr. of Locust Grove; grandson, Ethan Pohl; mother, Eloise Land of Butler, Alabama; siblings, David Tarver of Geiger, Alabama, James Tarver of Butler, Alabama, and Cynthia McMillan, Keith Gilday, and Laura Beatty, all of Alabama; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held February 15 at McDonough Baptist Tabernacle, with Rev. James West officiating. Interment Locust Grove Cemetery. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Steven J. Nechamkus
Steven J. Nechamkus, age 42, of Atlanta, Georgia died February 12, 2007. Mr. Nechamkus was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a graduate of Pace University receiving his BS in accounting, was a graduate of New York Law School receiving his JD, and was also a graduate of New York University receiving his LLM in International Law. He was a physical fitness enthusiast who loved to work out in the gym and was an avid runner. He especially loved his nieces and nephews and was fond of animals. He liked the best of the best, fine dining, traveling, clothes and the company of good friends.
He is survived by his parents, Arthur and Barbara Nechamkus of Stockbridge; sister and brother-in-law, Mindi and Tony Strianese; and nieces and nephews, Anthony, Nicki, Laura and Robby, all of McDonough; aunts, Rose Straus of Lilburn, Roz Dew; and uncle, Gene Dew, both of Dublin, Ohio; cousins, Sheri Griffin, Beth Hampton, Deborah Strafella and Allyson Strafella.
Services were held February 19 in the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Rev. Rachel Knoll officiating. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.