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Betty Jo Hays

  Mrs. Betty Jo Hays, age 81, of Stockbridge, Georgia passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014. Mrs. Hays was born in Atlanta on April 17, 1932. Mrs. Hays was a loving mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her father, Marvin Zell Rawls and mother, Maggie Magnolia Manders Rawls; husband, Harle Parks Hays, Sr.

  Survivors include her children, Harle Hays Jr. and wife Stacey, Janice Lynette Terry and husband Randy, Harry Hays Sr. and wife Pam, Betty Purser and husband Glynn. Mrs. Hays had 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Mark Rawls and wife Evelyn; sister, Carolyn Acree and husband Grady, several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services were held March 24 in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Interment Fairview Cemetery in Stockbridge. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin is in charge of arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com.

 

Richard Ellis Bunn, Sr.

  Richard Ellis Bunn, Sr., age 79 a native of the Henry County community passed away March 21, 2014. He was born in McDonough, Georgia to the late James William and Sarah Chasteen Bunn. He graduated from McDonough High School and married Cecile Sanders from Cordele, Georgia. The couple celebrated 56 years of marriage on Christmas Eve, 2013. Mr. Bunn retired from Colonial Stores/Big Star Foods after 42 dedicated years as well as The Kroger Company. He began his career with Colonial Stores as a produce clerk on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta and through the years was promoted to Grocery Field Merchandiser for the Atlanta Region. Mr. Bunn was responsible for opening new stores for Colonial Stores/Big Star Foods. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army as a private in D Company, Tenth Battalion; was a Mason from Lodge #691 and a member of the Rooster Club. Mr. Bunn possessed a deep love of faith and family. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and Usher. Mr. Bunn assisted his wife with the three year old department at Salem Baptist Church and loved to be around children. He was fervent about giving back to his community and chaired the Holiday Gift Basket Program throughout his career. He was an avid gardener and truly loved the outdoors. He enjoyed collecting antique knives, listening to a variety of Country and Southern Gospel artists, traveling to historical places in the South and most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Bunn had a close bond with each of his grandchildren and was very influential in molding their lives. He described his grandchildren as just that – “grand”. He was preceded in death by siblings, William Edward Bunn of Decatur, Georgia, Rebecca Bunn Cawthon of Jackson, Georgia and James Henry Bunn of Stockbridge, Georgia.

  Survivors include his wife, Cecile Sanders Bunn of McDonough; children, Richard Bunn, Jr. of McDonough, Pam Bunn Pusateri (Jim) of McDonough, Georgia, Jennifer Bunn Blasingame (Bryan) of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Coleman Pusateri, Trey Blasingame, Kyle Blasingame and Cecelia Blasingame; several nieces and nephews.

  Services were held March 24 from Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Statham officiating. Interment church cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Salem Baptist Church Building Fund, 1724 Decatur Road, McDonough, Georgia 30252 in memory of Mr. Bunn. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.

 

Victor Lewis Bales, Sr.

  Victor Lewis "Red" Bales, Sr., age 81, of Jonesboro, GA died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was born in Chamblee to the late Willie Andy and Christine Wallace Bales. “Red” served in the United States Army, and he was retired from General Motors. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann Bales and son, Victor Lewis Bales, Jr.

  “Red” is survived by his grandsons Justin Keith Bales, Jonesboro; Thomas Joseph Bales, Stockbridge; daughter-in- law: Tracie Lynn Hardin, Stockbridge; several nieces and nephews.

  Services were held on March 24 at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. Interment Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.

 

Kit Carson Davis, Jr.

  Mr. Kit Carson Davis, Jr., age 73, of Jonesboro, Georgia passed away March 22, 2014. Mr. Davis was born in Chattanooga, TN the son of the late Kit Carson Davis Sr. and Mattie Thurmond Davis. Mr. Davis served his country in the US Army, he was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church, and he enjoyed serving and preaching at the Atlanta City Baptist Rescue Mission and the Clayton County Juvenile Detention Center. Mr. Davis enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing golf and was known for being a Golden Glove Boxer in his younger years. He was preceded in death by his son, Kit Carson III and granddaughters, Danielle Davis and Cassie Clements.

  Survivors are his wife of 33 years, Brenda Davis of Jonesboro; children, Cindy Clements (Charles) of Hixson, TN, Tracey Ambrose (Brian) of McDonough, Jason Davis (Elizabeth) of Stockbridge and Richard Capps of Chattanooga, TN; 12 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren; siblings, Lance Davis (Janice), and JoAnne Welch (Richard) of Hixon, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

  Services were held March 25 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Dr. Tom Miller and Noel Edwards officiating. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Atlanta City Baptist Rescue Mission or Pinecrest Baptist Church. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haistenfunerals.com.

 

Mary Newton Baker

  Mrs. Mary Newton Baker, age 91 of McDonough, GA and Blairsville passed away on March 22, 2014. She is the daughter of the late James Gordon and Thelma Hyde Newton of Lake City, FL. Mary was born in Poplarville, MS and moved to Homerville at the age of seven. She is a graduate of Homerville High School where she was a star player for the Homerville Lady Panthers. Mrs. Baker is a graduate of Georgia State Woman’s College (GSWC) now Valdosta State University (VSU). While at GSWC, Mary was selected as the first Miss Spirit of Turpentine by the American Turpentine Farmers Association (ATFA). Mrs. Baker began her teaching career in Homerville teaching 62 second graders in one class with no assistance. After World War II, Bill and Mary moved to Atlanta for Bill to attend Emory University. After his graduation, Bill and Mary moved to Locust Grove when Bill became the teaching principal at Locust Grove School and Mary began teaching at McDonough High School. Mary continued her teaching at Stockbridge Elementary School and concluded her 32 year teaching career at Stockbridge Junior High School in June 1980. In 1976, Mary was named Henry County Teacher of the Year. She was an active member of the Clayton/Henry/Fayette Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mary served as President of the Henry County Retired Educators Association during 1982-83 and continued to be an active member receiving her Emeritus Certificate at age 90 in 2013. In retirement the Bakers moved for 10 years to Tybee Island, Georgia where Mary was active in Trinity United Methodist Church and numerous civic and service organizations. The Bakers returned to McDonough in June 2000.  Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her infant son, Howard Franklin Baker, Jr and her husband, Dr. Howard F. (Bill) Baker, retired Henry County Schools Superintendent.

  She is survived by her son, Dr. Gordon Newton Baker, Dean of Libraries at Clayton State University. Other survivors include: sister Jane Newton (Theron) Smith, Gainesville FL; nieces and nephews, Cindy and Bill Franklin, Jacksonville FL; Dr. John and Rosemary Spiegel, Macon; Caroline and Dan Asikainen, Reno, NV; Michael and Teresa Baker, Columbus; and Howard and Nancy Smith, Johns Creek, five great nieces and nephews and Tom Lewis and Cooper Lewis

  Services were held March 26 at Cannon Cleveland Directors with Rev. Darris Baker officiating. Interment Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Henry County Humane Society, the Henry County Public Library, or the Building Fund of the McDonough First United Methodist Church. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.

 

 

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