William Daniel Dickerson
William Daniel “Buster” Dickerson, age 67, of McDonough, Georgia, died December 13, 2009. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, to his late father, William Lee Dickerson and late mother, Elizabeth Hewett Wood. He loved his family, music, playing golf, and NASCAR. He was owner of The Inkspot, Inc. until 2007. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Curtis Dickerson and siblings, Kay Ellen Evans, Juanita Drake, Frederick (Freddie) Dickerson, and Judy Nell Dickerson;
Mr. Dickerson is survived by his wife, Ellen Dickerson, McDonough; daughter, Julie D. and husband, Dr. Clay Taylor, McDonough; son, Craig Daniel and wife Dawn Dickerson, Jackson; 7 grandchildren; Amy Nida and husband Andrew Nida, Cory Dickerson, Caylin Taylor, Cole Dickerson, Greg Taylor, Connor Dickerson and Curtis Dickerson; 1 great-grandson, Drew Nida; sister, Barbara Ann Phelps, Supply, North Carolina, and step-sister, Carol (Tony) Amason, Dunwoody.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m on Wednesday, December 16, at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with Pastor Chuck Nida officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245 or www.pancan.org. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
Paul Daniel Blyler, Jr.
Paul Daniel Blyler, Jr., age 55, of Stockbridge, Georgia, died December 2, 2009. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 23, 1954, to the late Paul Daniel Blyler, Sr. and his surviving mother, Elinora Borg Blyler, of Lighthouse Point, Florida. Paul was a loving father and grandfather. He loved the outdoors, deep sea fishing, spear fishing, and taking his granddaughters swimming.
Mr. Blyler is survived by his mother, daughter, Jessica Ruth (Richard) McClellan, Stockbridge; granddaughters, Lainey, Baylee, and Aubree, Stockbridge; sisters, Brenda (Rick) Schell, Lighthouse Point, Florida, Karen (Michael) Spranger, Gainesville, Florida, Gretchen (Paul) Corey, Pompano Beach, Florida; and friend, Beau Forster, Dacula.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
Evan Bearden Hicks
Eva Bearden Hicks, age 83, of Locust Grove, Georgia, died December 3, 2009. Mrs. Hicks was born in Greenwood County, South Carolina, the daughter of the late Mamie Lee Boyd and James M. Bearden. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bas-cum Hicks, two brothers and a sister. Mrs. Hicks enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going to Little League Baseball games, and playing cards.
Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law; Gordon and Pat Coleman of Locust Grove; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother, C. P. Bearden of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for Mrs. Hicks was held December 7 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.
Russell Howell Neal
Russell Howell Neal, age 73, of McDonough, Georgia, died December 5, 2009. Mr. Neal was born in Gwinnett County, the son of the late Onnie B. Howell and Clifford S. Neal. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who enjoyed being with family and friends. He was a master electrician; he enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and dancing.
Mr. Neal is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wanda Neal of McDonough; children, Ricky and Angie Neal of Fayetteville, Mark and Pam Neal of Senoia, Robyn Bratcher of Stockbridge and Rusty Neal of Flovilla; siblings, Betty and Fred Weed of Senoia, Joan and Jack Puckett of Stockbridge, Dean and Janice Neal of Stockbridge and Roy and Anita Neal of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mr. Neal was held December 7 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.
Elizabeth Wise, age 83, of Hampton, Georgia. died December 5, 2009. She was born in Tildenville, Florida, to the late Carl William and Minnie Lee Porter Flake. Mrs. Wise was preceded in death by her husband, Warren H. Wise. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and embroidering.
Mrs. Wise is survived by her daughter, Mary Barton, Stockbridge; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Juanita Hughes; brothers, Ernest Flake, Carl Flake, Elmer Flake, and Harter Flake.
Graveside services were held December 7 at Sherwood Memorial Park with Rev. Mike Hardin officiating. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.
James E. Bexley
James Edward Bexley, age 78, of Stafford County, Virginia, died December 5, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Bexley retired from the U. S. Marine Corps and the Navy. He later retired from the Public Works Department, City of Gulfport, Mississippi. He was a Hurricane Katrina survivor. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ralph and Ruth Bexley; his brothers, R.E. Bexley, Jr. and Billy and Stanley Bexley; his sisters, Faye Wilson and Helen English; his sister-in-law, Gwen Taylor; and his brother-in-law, Ridley Oliver.
Survivors include his wife, Merry Garmany Bexley; his daughters, Karen Kay and her husband, Andrew, of Stafford, Virginia, and Diane Guzman of Fairfield, California; his brothers, Harry Bexley and his wife, Harriette, of Atlanta, and Glen Bexley and his wife, Alice, of Newnan; his grandchildren, Allen Hayes, Douglas Kay and Daniel Guzman; his sisters-in-law, Rudene Oliver, of McDonough, and Frankie Eagle, of Macon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held December 10 at Quantico National Cemetery, with the Rev. Brent Vickery officiating. Online guest book is available at www.covenantfuneralservice.com. Covenant Funeral Service, Fredricksburg, Virginia.
Esther (Granny) Renfroe, age 97, of McDonough, Georgia, died December 7, 2009. She was born in Paulding County to the late George Washington and Annie Standridge Hardy. Mrs. Renfroe was preceded in death by her husband, James Edgar Renfroe; daughter, Gwendolyn Cooley; and son, J.W. Thackston.
Mrs. Renfroe is survived by her children, Mary Lilley, Marvine (John) Wilson, Howard (Jessie) Renfroe and Richard (Rosona Lee) Renfroe; step-children, Johnnie (Mildred “Mick”) Renfroe, Mary Vaughan, Geraldine Choleva; daughter-in-law, Lou Thackston; son-in-law, Richard Cooley; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister, Odella Dukes; brother, M.C. Hardy; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 10, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Henderson and Rev. Mike Patterson officiating. Interment at Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.