Rev. Robert Welcome Sutton Sr.
Rev. Robert Welcome Sutton Sr., long-time minister in the Newnan-Coweta area, died Sunday, January 19, 2003 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
A funeral will be Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Newnan, 15 West Washington Street. Those officiating include Dr. Gene Tyre, pastor, Bishop L. Scott Allen, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Robert Melson, Rev. Joe P. Geter, Rev. Kenny Johnson, Rev. Johnny Coleman, Rev. J. W. Russell Sr., Rev. Edward J. Best, Rev. McAllister Hollins, Rev. Willie Johnson, Rev. J. C. Neal, Rev. J. L. Hendricks, Rev. Felton James.
Rev. Sutton's remains will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Powell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be area ministers, and the ministers' wives will serve as flower ladies.
The family will receive friends at Sellers-Smith Funeral Home Inc. Saturday, Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. The cortege will assemble on the day of the service at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Sutton, 74 Sutton Drive, Newnan, Ga. at 1 p.m.
Even before he was born, Rev. Sutton's mother often said that he would be a special child. She knew before he did that his life would be one with a special mission. She always felt that he would one day be a preacher.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. and Amanda Beatles Sutton.
He married the former Elizabeth Huling Sutton on June 2, 1929. They had seven children, three of whom preceded him in death, including James Sutton and Robert Sutton Jr.
His early childhood education was in the public schools of Newnan and Coweta County and in his Christian home. As a teenager, his love for gospel songs and singing led him to form a group with others who shared his enthusiasm. He later became a leader of a Prayer Band formed in Newnan. He was converted in 1934 at the age of 19. He answered the call to preach in 1935. Also, he was given his first church in 1936. He attended the Claflin College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Later he attended Clark Atlanta College and Gammon Theological Seminary, both of Atlanta. He was ordained Deacon in 1950 and his Elder Ordination was two years later in 1952. He worked several jobs in the Newnan area and his love for children allowed him to drive a bus for the Coweta County School System for 25 years. He was on the Board of Directors at Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City, and he was on the Board of Nomination at the Coweta-Fayette EMC. In 2000 he was nominated preacher of the year by a local social club.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Sutton; children, Bernice Poythress, Annie (Felton) Ransby, David (Lizzie Mae) Sutton, Jeffery (Janice) Sutton; 22 grandchildren (three others preceded him in death), 50 great-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Willie (Mattie Mae) Huling and Leonard (Velma) Huling; sister-in-law, Rose Vanlowe; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Sellers-Smith Funeral Home Inc., Newnan, Ga.
Mrs. Ila Stitcher Brown
Mrs. Ila Stitcher Brown, 86, of Vidalia, Ga., died Tuesday, January 21, 2003 in the Bethany Nursing Home of Vidalia after an extended illness.
Mrs. Brown was born September 28, 1916 in Douglas County, Ga. She had resided in Newnan, Ga. most of her life, moving to Vidalia in 1989. She was a resident of Bethany Nursing Home since 1991. She was a beautician for many years, and served as pianist in her church for more than 40 years. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Vidalia. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene L. Brown, in 2000.
Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Barry Eugene and Ellen Reece Brown of Vidalia; six grandchildren, Leesa Brown Coursey and Jay Richardson Coursey of Mt. Vernon, Kimberly Brown Moxley and Derik Olan Moxley of Fortson, Jason Reece Brown and Kathy Hamilton Brown of Hamilton; six great-grandchildren, Morgan Beasley, Logan Coursey, Kaitlyn Moxley, Deidre Moxley, Joe Coursey and John Moxley.
The Brown family was receiving friends at the Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service in Vidalia on Wednesday evening beginning 6 p.m.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the remains will be taken to McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Ga. for visitation on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m.
A funeral for Mrs. Brown will be held in the McKoon chapel in Newnan Friday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Doug Bearden officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Newnan.
Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service, Vidalia, Ga. and McKoon Funeral Home of Newnan, Ga. are in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Sara Ward Byers
Mrs. Sara Ward Byers, 75, of Old Newnan Road, Whitesburg, Ga., died Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at her residence.
Mrs. Byers was born January 3, 1928 in Georgia.
Visitation was at McKoon Funeral Home Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5-9 p.m.
A funeral will be at McKoon Funeral Home chapel Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Rev. Randy Knight will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chris Lewis, Derek Harris, Tommy Garrett, Luke Byers, Phil Richards and Sean Paul.
Surviving are daughters, Cyndie Hammock, Deborah Garrett and Charlotte Richards , all of Whitesburg, Ga., and Karen Harris of Carrollton, Ga.; son, Chuck Byers of Carrollton; and sister, Clestelle Richards of Newnan; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.
McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga.
Mrs. Grace Lovett O'Kelley
Mrs. Grace Lovett O'Kelley, 89, of Athens, Ga., formerly of Talladega, Ala., died January 21, 2003 at Athens Heritage Home in Athens, Ga.
Mrs. O'Kelley was born April 16, 1912 in Luthersville, Ga.
Surviving are a sister, Vivian Lovett Bryant of Athens, Ga.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral was at graveside at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Luthersville Cemetery, Luthersville, Ga., with the Rev. Winston Skinner officiating. Family and friends were meeting in the fellowship hall of Luthersville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may contribute to the Luthersville City Cemetery Fund, attn: George Williams, Box 91, Luthersville, Ga. 30256 or the American Diabetes Association.
McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga.
Master Patrick James Scicchitano
Master Patrick James Scicchitano died January 21, 2003 at Children's Health Care of Atlanta.
He was the son of James and Natalie Scicchitano of Newnan. Little Patrick was born December 18, 2002.
Grantparents are Mrs. and Mrs. James Scicchitano Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. David and Joan Murphy. Also surviving is his sister, Miss Madison Grade Scicchitano.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Mrs. Delores Patrick Scicchitano.
Mass of the Angels will be held Friday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at Saint George Catholic Church. Father Austin Fogarty will officiate.
The family will receive friends Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. at Higgins Hillcrest Chapel.
Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga.
Mr. Carnell Warner
Mr. Carnell Warner, 49, died Monday, January 20, 2003.
A funeral will be Friday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Clark Chapel United Methodist Church in Luthersivlle, Ga. The Rev. J. C. Neal, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Azell Warner, Rev. Julian Warner, Rev. J. W. Russell Jr.
The remains will lie in state at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service. Burial will be in Luthersville City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clark Chapel United Methodist Men. Flower bearers will be Clark Chapel United Methodist Women. The family will assemble on the day of the service at the home of his mother, Mrs. Julian Warner, 40 Warner Road, at 12:45 p.m.
Mr. Warner was born March 25, 1953 to Mrs. Julia Mae Bridges and the late Mr. Bryant Warner Sr. in Meriwther County, Luthersville, Ga. He confessed his life to Christ at an early age. He was educated in the Meriwether and Coweta school systems.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Paul Nelson Warner and Mr. Joe Leamon Warner.
Surviving are his wife, Ethel Gene Warner; daughter, Dendric Warner; granddaughter, Ethan Fannin; mother, Julia M. Warner; sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Godfrey (Glenda), Mr. and Mrs. Charly Marshall (Brenda), Mrs. Gwendolyn Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. Barber (Eloise); brothers, Rev. and Mrs. Julian Warner (Vanessa), Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Warner (Linda), Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Warner Jr. (Lutricia), and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Connally (Doris); mother-in-law, Mrs. Emma Reeves of Griffin, Ga.; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Myra Warner, Mrs. Flora Collier, Mrs. Doris Lee and Mrs. Carol Waters; three aunts, Mrs. Juanita Bridges, Mrs. Gladys Warner and Mrs. Emma Warner; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Sellers-Smith Funeral Home Inc., Newnan, Ga.
Mr. Billy Joe Williamson
Mr. Billy Joe Williamson, 39, of Hogansville, Ga., died Monday, January 20, 2003 at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Ga.
A funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the chapel of the Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Rev. Dalton Hammock will officiate, and burial will be in Meadoway Gardens in LaGrange.
Mr. Williamson was born July 10, 1963, and was a lifelong resident of Troup County. He was a graduate of Hogansville High School, was employed at Williamson Auto Parts in Hogansville, and was a member of The Pentecostal Church in LaGrange.
Surviving are his fiance, Karen Neese of Hogansville; daughter, Kelly Jo Williamson of Hogansville; parents, Billy and Kathryn Williamson, also of Hogansville; sister, Carol Williamson of Anniston, Ala.; brother and sister-in-law, Lamar and Sabrina Williamson of Hogansville; niece, Kendall Brem; two nephews, Will Williamson and Hunter Williamson.
Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home, Hogansville, Ga.
Mrs. Wilma Ruth Wilson
Mrs. Wilma Ruth Wilson, 83, of Newnan, Ga., died Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at LaFayette Nursing and Rehab.
She was born March 6, 1919 in Newnan, Ga., daughter of the late William Stallings and the late Annie (Harper) Stallings. She was preceded in death by her husband, Euell B. Wilson; as well as by four sisters and two brothers.
She was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was retired from food service at Elm Street School in Newnan.
Surviving are two daughters, Pat Bernhard of Newnan, Ga. and husband Wilson, and Linda Wilson Hopkins of Greenville, S.C. and husband Gerald; 15 grandchildren.
The family was receiving friends at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
A funeral was in McKoon Funeral Home Chapel 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Rev. Joe Strickland, Dr. Gerald Hopkins and Rev. O. C. Collins officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan.
McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga.
Mrs. Nellie Christine Whitten Brown
Mrs. Nellie Christine "Polly" Whitten Brown, 87, of Newnan, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at LaFayette Nursing and Rehab in Fayetteville.
Mrs. Brown was the daughter of the late Joel Whitten and the late Elvie Camp Whitten. She retired from Bibb Manufacturing and was a member of Welcome Road Baptist Church. Mrs. Brown was the widow of Frank L. Brown, who died in 1975.
A funeral will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home. The Revs. Julian Gordy and David Dixon will officiate, and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ed Camp, Hubert Helton, Joel Whitten, Joseph Gordy, Willie Faulkner, and Allison Gordy.
Surviving is her sister, Margie Gordy of Newnan.
McKoon Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pearl Veal Knott
Mrs. Pearl Veal Knott, 60, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.
Mrs. Knott was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Troup County. She had lived in Clayton County for the past 30 years and was retired from Tara Florist in Jonesboro. She was a charter member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverdale.
Mrs. Knott was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lee Knott, and her father, Charlie Jeffie Veal.
A funeral will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Dr. Bill Brannon will officiate, and burial will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville.
Serving as pallbearers will be Charlie Veal, Ron Payne, Michael Stitcher, Mike Stitcher, Michael Davis, Terry Anderson, James Morris, and Wayne Tucker.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Terry Anderson of Jonesboro; son and daughter-in-law David and Kathy Veal of Griffin; mother and step-father, Mildred and Fuller Combs of Luthersville; sister, Charlene Stitcher of Woodbury; brothers Lamar Veal of Fayetteville and Monroe Veal of Luthersville; and grandson Terry L. Anderson, Jr., of Jonesboro.
The Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home, Hogansville.
Mrs. Joan B. Larry
Mrs. Joan B. Larry, 94, of Palmetto, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003.
Mrs. Larry was born Sept. 5, 1908, in Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Larry.
A funeral was held Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in the chapel of Parrott Funeral Home. The Rev. Wally Woodcock officiated, and burial was in the Fairburn City Cemetery.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-on-law Mickey and Pat King of Fayetteville and Mike and Sheila Chambers of Palmetto; sons and daughters-in-law Ronnie and Jackie Larry of Stone Mountain, Tommy and Terrie Larry of Gay, and Louie Larry of Fayetteville; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Parrott Funeral Home. Fairburn.
Mr. Lambert Owen Tatum Sr.
Mr. Lambert Owen Tatum Sr., 78, of Union City, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003.
Mr. Tatum was born April 14, 1924, in Royston.
A funeral was held Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in the chapel of Parrott Funeral Home in Fairburn. Minister Alan Thames officiated, and burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife, Annie Rudene Tatum; daughters and sons-in-law Joe and Brenda K. Manning of Covington, and Danny and Anita Watkins of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sons and daughters-in-law Steven and Lucy Tatum of McDonough, and Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Owen and Shirley Tatum Jr. of McDonough; sisters Elsie Campbell of Palmetto, Emelyn Harrelson of Douglasville, Bertha Hudgens of Fayetteville, and Lucy Scarborough of College Park; brother Donald Tatum of College Park; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn.
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Chapman
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Chapman, 85,of Sharpsburg, died Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at Dogwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fairburn, Ga.
Mrs. Chapman was a retired nursing assistant and a member of Happy Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Aubrey Chapman.
Surviving are children, Glynice Mann, Frankie Chapman and Jackie Chapman; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
A funeral was Friday, Jan. 17 in the chapel of Higgins at Holly Hill Funeral Home in Fairburn. Burial was in Holly Hill Memorial Park.
Higgins at Holly Hill Funeral Home, Fairburn, Ga.
Rev. Charles Lamb Moody Jr.
Rev. Charles Lamb Moody Jr., 78, of Zebulon, Ga., died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at the Christian Ministries Hospice in Griffin, Ga.
He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Griffin. Rev. Moody was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II, where he was a member fo the 630th Tank Destroyer Battalion and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He received his Bachelor's, Master's and Honorary Doctorate degrees from Emmanuel Bible College and Seminary. He was the pastor of County Line Baptist Church in Covington for 22 years. Rev. Moody moved to Zebulon and opened Moody Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in 1980. He served two terms as Pike County Coroner and was a former member of the Pike County Lions Club and the Milby Medical Center Board of Directors. In recent years he was interim minister at numerous churhces in Pike County and was a speaker for the "Voices of Veterans," where he proudly spoke to audiences about his service in the military. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Lamb Moody Sr. and Mary Beulah Morris Moody; a sister, Kate Moody White, all who were from Covington, and his wife, Ruby Elizabeth (Betty) Davis Moody.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Terry Moody and Judy Moody, Michael Ted Moody Sr. and Elaine Moody, Terrell Arthur Moody and Sherri Moody, all of Zebulon; daughter and son-in-law, Becky Moody Ammons and George Ammons of Warner Robins; grandchildren and their spouses, Susan Moody Bailey and Scott Bailey of Griffin, Charles Terry (Chip) Moody II and Shondi Moody of Griffin, Joy Moody Parker and Bert Parker of Lavergne, TN; Meredith Moody Maddox and Billy Maddox of Zebulon, Michael Ted Moody Jr. of Zebulon, Lori Peugh Newberry and Tod Newberry of Warner Robins, Linda Peugh Adkins and Mark Adkins of Danville, VA, Lynett Peugh Woodruff and Ken Woodruff of Warner Robins, Raeann Moody, Lindsey Moody and Max Moody, all of Zebulon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hudson and Frankie Moody of Covington, John and Eva Moody of Kennesaw, Dwight and Peggy Moody of Newnan and Bobby and Sue Moody of Marietta; sisters and a brother-in-law, Isabel and Morton of Conyers and Gwen and Red Payne of Snellville; fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Moody Funeral Home with Rev. John Moody officiating. Burial will be in Moody Memorial Gardens.
Friends may visit the family from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the funeral home.
Moody Funeral Home, Zebulon, Ga.