Silas E. Hightower
Silas E. Hightower, age 83, formerly of Henry County, Georgia, died December 25, 2009. He was born in Henry County to the late John and Maude Hightower. Mr. Hightower retired as an accountant from the CSX Railroad after many years of service.
Mr. Hightower is survived by his daughter, Zoa Hightower and husband, Wayne Chapman, Snellville; sister, Lucille Gemes, Atlanta; 3 grandchildren, Nikki, Bobby, and Kory; a true and loyal friend, Connie Greene; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at The Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Chaplain Dave Riley officiating. Interment at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Contributions may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
JoAnn Lawrence Lewis
JoAnn Lawrence Lewis, age 72, of McDonough, Georgia, died December 26, 2009. She was born in Copperhill, Tennessee, to the late Claude James Lawrence and Elizabeth Thomas Lawrence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Lewis, Sr., in 2000.
Mrs. Lewis is survived by her daughters, Rita B. Lewis of Jackson; Cassandra Lewis of McDonough; son, Donald L. Lewis, Jr., of McDonough; 3 grandsons, Russ Hawkins of Atlanta; Mark Hawkins of Jackson; Lee Lewis of McDonough; 2 granddaughters, Ash-ton Lewis of McDonough; Deacon Robinson of Jackson; and 1 great-granddaughter, Faith Hawkins of Jackson; her sister, June Brackett of McDonough, and three nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m on Wednesday, December 30, at Crestlawn Cemetery in Copperhill, Tennessee, with Minister Don Colburn officiating. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
James H. Smith
James H. Smith, age 77, of McDonough, Georgia, died December 27, 2009. He was born in Atlanta to the late Winton B. and Lois Godard Smith. He was preceded in death by his son, Jim Smith. Mr. Smith was a US Air Force Veteran, serving during the Korean conflict. He worked for Pure Oil Company and American Oil Company and was a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Dolores Smith, McDonough; son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Michael and Gaye Smith, Hoschton; sister, Peggy Kent, Mt. Judea, Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, Winton B. and Edith Smith, Cumming; 5 grandchildren, Kelley Brumbelow, Lisa Smith, Jamie Smith, Michaela Smith, and R. Michael Smith, Jr.; 2 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, at The Chapel of Cannon Cleve-land Funeral Directors, with Rev. Michael Smith and Rev. Dan McKay officiating. Interment Midway United Methodist Church Cemetery in Griffin. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made In Memory of James H. Smith, Providence Hospice, 100 Corporate Center Drive, Lower Level, Stockbridge, GA 30281 Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
V. Johnny Leege, Jr.
V. Johnny Leege, Jr., age 78, of Locust Grove, Georgia, died December 27, 2009. He was born in Peoria, Illinois to Virgil Johnny and Marian Parker Leege, Sr. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling, but most important to him was his family.
Mr. Leege is survived by his wife, Patsy Yvonne Leege, Locust Grove; children, Deanna Lord, Washington, Vicki Porter, Washington, Johnny Leege, Texas, Joe Leege, Locust Grove; step-children, Harold Wade, Locust Grove, Perry Wade, Locust Grove, Kenneth Wade, Locust Grove, Nicky Wade, Jonesboro, Ricky Wade, Locust Grove, Sharon Stewart, Locust Grove, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, at The Chapel of Cannon Cleve-land Funeral Directors, with Brother Don Farrah and Brother Bud Smith officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
Hedwig Augusta Riemenschneider Todebush
Hedwig Augusta Riemenschneider Todebush, age 95, of McDonough, Georgia, died December 28, 2009. Mrs. Todebush was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of the late Olga Hofmann and Charles Riemenschneider. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Frank Todebush and sisters, Freida Wood and Amanda Fraska.
Mrs. Todebush was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling. She was a member of Saint Timothy Lutheran Church in Crystal River, Florida.
Survivors are her children, Richard Todebush of McDonough and Karen Otto of North Scituate, Rhode Island; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Vople of Missouri and Olga Good of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Mrs. Todebush will be held Monday, January 4, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Crystal River, Florida. Interment Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Florida one hour prior to the service. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.
Nettie Belle Wood
Nettie Belle Wood, age 82 of McDonough, Georgia, formerly of Morrow, died December 7, 2009. Nettie was born in Fayette County to the late Cliff Thomas and Annie Mae Chapman Lunsford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton E. Wood and her daughter, Glenda Wood Boggs. She was a member of the former Second Baptist Church of Forest Park and was retired from the City of Forest Park.
Survivors include her half sister, Carol Harris Morgan of Peachtree City; son-in-law, J.R. Boggs of McDonough; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held December 10 at the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, Pastor Keith Stell officiating. Interment at Sherwood Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of Nettie. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833.
Norman Curtis Heyward Sr.
Norman Curtis Heyward Sr., age 82, of Covington, Georgia, formerly of McDonough, died December 7, 2009. Mr. Heyward was born in Aiken County, South Carolina, the son of the late Mary Wood and Walter Slayton Heyward. He was a member of Monticello Baptist Church and a former member of Salem Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the Deacons and helped to build the church. He worked in construction as a superintendent for 39 plus years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was known for his good sense of humor. He enjoyed horse trading, woodwork, fishing, and hunting. He was preceded in death by several siblings.
Survivors are his wife of 59-plus years, Louise Heyward of Coving-ton; sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Norman Curtis Heyward Jr. and Loresa of Rome, and Stephen Walter Heyward and Laura of McDonough; grandchildren, Dev-in Hill, Richie Heyward, Morgan Heyward and Jamie Heyward; sister, Joyce Keeney of Covington; brother, Morris Heyward of Evans, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Heyward were December 11 at Monticello Baptist Church with Rev. Kerry Bunn and Rev. Bob Whitmire officiating. Interment at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park in McDonough. Donations may be made to Monticello Baptist Church, 334 West Green St., Monticello, GA 31064. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833.