Edward Thomas, Jr.
Edward Thomas, Jr., age 81 of Locust Grove, Georgia, died November 24, 2009. He was born in Butts County to the late Edward and Lucy Eva Thompson Thomas. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters. He was a member of Philippi Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a Deacon, and later moved to County Line Baptist Church, where he also served as Deacon. Mr. Thomas loved his family, enjoyed fishing, hunting, and especially camping in the mountains. He served his country in the US Marines and worked for the Army Depot for 25-plus years.
Survivors include his loving wife, Elizabeth McWaters Thomas of Locust Grove; children, Gail Phillips of Griffin, Michael (Lynn) Thomas of Pike County, Pamela Dillard of Locust Grove, Shelia (Bobby) Melton of Locust Grove, Donna Sue Thomas of Locust Grove; grandchildren Chris and Tony Phillips, Shane and Dusty Thomas, Rachel Thompson, Rebecca Dillard, Stephanie Leonard, Stacie Kingerski, William and Johnathan St. John; 11 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Betty McDaniel of Thomaston; his best friend, Little Chipper; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas were November 28 from the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. James Miller, Rev. Oscar Walker, Rev. Robert Ballew and Rev. Michael Thomas officiating. Interment at Locust Grove Cemetery. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.
Kurt M. Palan
Kurt M. Palan, age 52, of McDonough, Georgia, died November 25, 2009. Mr. Palan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a member of Saint James Catholic Church in McDonough, Georgia. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with 26 years of dedicated service. He served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch. After his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Palan pursued a second career with the Georgia Department of Health as an Immunization Coordinator. He dedicated his time as a volunteer with a Friends House and Habitat For Humanity.
Mr. Palan is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Patricia Palan of McDonough; daughters and sons in-laws, Kimberly and Justin Conner of Locust Grove, Michelle and Andreas Bloch of Lilburn, Sarah Palan of McDonough; sons and daughter in-laws Matthew and Jayme Palan of McDonough, and Jonathan Palan of Dunwoody; grandchildren, Jacob, Erin, Katherine, and Kylan; parents, Deacon Hank and June Palan of Tuckerton, New Jersey; one sister, nine brothers, several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the North American Brain Tumor Coalition, 274 Madison Ave Suite 1004, NY, NY 10016. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on December 4 at Saint James Catholic Church in McDonough, with Father Jose Kochuparampil officiating. Interment at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, with full Military Honors. The family will receive friends December 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel.
Ollie Landon Fields
Ollie Landon Fields, age 96, of Stockbridge, Georgia, died November 25, 2009. She was born in Wayne County, to the late David and Laura McClain Landon, attending school in Jesup, and Glynn Academy High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Taft Fields. Mrs. Fields had been a Sunday School teacher and worked with the Young People’s Endeavor in her church, Piney Grove Church of God. Being a business woman, she owned and operated Fields Daycare Center in Forest Park for thirty years. She loved to work in her yard, even into her later years. She was a wonderful seamstress, sewing and designing the dresses of her three daughters.
Mrs. Fields is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Mike) Sumner, Jackson, Ollie DeLane (Rick) Rogers, Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Glenna (Charles) Weaver, Pine Mountain; seven grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held November 28 at The Chapel of Can-non Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Kirby Weaver officiating. Interment at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
Opal Martin Maness
Opal Martin Maness, age 89, of Stockbridge, Georgia, died November 26, 2009. She was a beloved mother, sister, and grandmother and her long life was spent serving her Lord and caring for her family. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church in McDonough. Mrs. Maness was born in Jackson, Tennessee, to the late Artie Jane and John Martin. She graduated from Pinson High School and married Herman Odell Maness. They moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where her husband took a job with C&S Airlines and was later transferred to the Atlanta area when C&S merged with Delta Air Lines. She has since resided in the Clayton and Henry County area. Mrs. Maness is preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Odell Maness, two sons, Ronnie Maness and Jerry Maness.
She is survived by her daughter and sons in-law, Glenda and Henry Knake of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Carole and Edward Whiddon of Jonesboro; son and daughter in-law, Michael and Betsy Maness of Tyrone; 12 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Joe Walker of Madison, Tennessee, and Frances and Ray House of Franklin, Tennessee; brother and sister in-law, Pepper and Wanna Martin of Pinson, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held November 30 at Salem Baptist Church in McDonough, with Rev. Rick Statham officiating. Interment at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Please visit www.mem.com to send condolences and to view Mrs. Maness’ video tribute. Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel.
Margaret V. Jones
Margaret V. Jones, age 73, of Stockbridge, Georgia, died November 28, 2009. Mrs. Jones was born in Atlanta to the late Kendall and Mildred Jones. Ms. Jones was preceded in death by a brother, John K. Jones, Jr.
She is survived by her sisters, Lillie Prather of Conyers, Polly Wiggins of Stockbridge, and Dorothy Solomon of Alpharetta; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held December 1 at Ward’s Fairview Chapel. Interment at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Lee Dickson
Lt. Col. (Retired) David Lee Dickson, age 62, of Stockbridge, Georgia, died November 29, 2009. He was born on February 15, 1947 in Atlanta. He was the fourth of four boys born to the late Marshall William and Frances Copelan Dickson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Dickson.
The Dicksons were a military family, serving in the United States, Japan, Germany and France. He was a graduate of North Georgia College. Upon graduation, he completed Airborne and Ranger training. He served one tour in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. As an officer with the Third Army, he served one tour in Desert Storm as an operations officer. He attended the National War College where he was awarded a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy and was later assigned to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He retired from the Army in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Dickson; two sons, David Lee Dickson, Jr. and his wife Gina, John Marshall Dickson and his wife Laura; daughter, Julie Christine Duggar and her husband Bobby; two step-children, Tiffany M. Parker and her husband Chad and Evan Sieli; one sister, Heidi Edson, two brothers, Bill Dickson and his wife Joy, Bob Dickson and his wife Sandy; seven grandchildren, Isaac Dickson, Aaron Dick-son, Jacob Dickson, Lily Grace Dickson, Reuben Dickson, Randy Duggar, and Brody Duggar.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on December 3 at The Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Pastor Brooks Everett officiating. Interment at Andersonville National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. with full military honors. The family will receive friends December 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
James Kelly, age 72, of Stock-bridge, Georgia died November 30, 2009. The body was cremated and arrangements were made by Metro Embalming & Crematory.
Dollie Blanks Harris
Dollie Blanks Harris, age 81, of McDonough, Georgia, died De-cember 1, 2009. Mrs. Harris was born in Roanoke, Alabama the daughter of the late Viola Sears and John M. Smith. Mrs. Harris worked as a private duty nurse most of her working career. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends; she enjoyed canning foods, gardening and sewing. Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by 2 sons, 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Survivors are her children, Donnie Joe Blanks (Dianne) of Union City, Wanda Hughes (Wesley) of Locust Grove, Joe Blanks (Kim) of Stockbridge and Diann Harvey (Dwayne) of Hampton; brother, Fred Smith (Peggy) of Waco; sister, Nellie Reeves of Fitzgerald; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Mrs. Harris will be December 3 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Drucker officiating. Interment at Riverdale Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 5 – 8 p.m. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com