Obituaries - 06.03.15


Betty Joyce Yandell Nail
Mrs. Betty Joyce Yandell Nail, age 82 of Hampton, Ga passed away May 27, 2015. She was born in Holdenville, OK to the late William Grant and Ethel Gertrude Mosley Yandell and was raised in San Bernardino, CA in her early years and Durant, OK through high school. Betty was an LPN for Griffin Hospital and Henry Medical Center in the new born nursery. She was a very active member of the Way of the Cross Baptist Church of McDonough. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and traveling. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Ruth Ann Nail in 1955 and by her husband of 57 years, Ralph Gene Nail.

Survivors include her children, Steve (Elaine) Nail of Hampton, Joyce (Chris) Cannon of Hampton; grandchildren, Grant, Craig, Ashley (Ira); great grandchildren, Shelby, Hunter, Cade, Laina, Allie, Ashtyn and Lauren; brother, Richard (Teresa) Yandell of Armuchee; uncle, Kenneth “Toodie” Yandell of Caddo, OK; many cousins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 30, 2015 from the Way of the Cross Baptist Church. Rev. Stephen Bell officiated. Interment in Berea Cemetery. Contributions are asked to be made to the Way of the Cross Missions in memory of Mrs. Nail. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com, 770-914-8833.


Mary Ella Stewart Moye


Mary Ella Stewart Moye, 90, of McDonough, Ga passed away on May 27, 2015. She was born to the late Mary Perry Stewart and James Alton Stewart on June 10, 1925. She was a lifelong citizen of Henry County and grew up on Hwy. 42 and Brannan Road in McDonough. She graduated from McDonough High School in 1942. She was employed at the Atlanta Army Depot for 25 years until 1967, when she was injured and became disabled. Mrs. Moye was a person with a big heart and noted for helping others less fortunate. Her memory was beyond belief on dates, names and time. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of McDonough. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Moye was preceded in death by her husband, William A (Bill) Moye and sister and brothers: Louise McGarity, Perry, Elmer, Barney, Omer Lee, Eugene, Lamar and T. P. Stewart.

Mrs. Moye is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Nancy Moye, grandson, Michael and Lisa Tew, great-grandchildren, Abigail and Lily Tew, sister-in-law, Willene Stewart and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held at McDonough First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 30, 2015 with Rev. Rick Maeser, Rev. Dr. Olin McBride and Rev. Dr. Rachael Knoll officiating. A private inurnment service will be held later. Contributions in memory of Mrs. Moye may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Flint River Council, 1361 Zebulon Road, Griffin, GA 30224 or McDonough First United Methodist Church, 151 Macon Street, McDonough, GA 30253. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.


Sandra Cheri Love
Mrs. Sandra Cheri (Stephens) Love, age 54 of Waynesville, Ga passed away May 24, 2015. Sandy was born in Gadsden, AL to the late Charles and Myra Stephens.

Survivors include her husband, Lemual Kim Love; children, Jeremiah Malone Love of Waynesville, Ga, Patrick Jason Love of Cumming, GA, and Stephanie June (Love) Whitford of Waynesville, Ga; brothers, Mike Stephens of Griffin, Ga and Ronnie Stephens of Kingsland, Ga; sisters, Charlene (Stephens) Alexander of Locust Grove, Ga and Anne Marie (Stephens) Little of Loganville, Ga; grandchildren, Kinsley Elizabeth and Kaylen Mae Love, Tyler James and Kaleigh-Marie Angel Whitford, and Joseph Malone Love; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Locust Grove United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions can be made to the Epilepsy Foundation in memory of Sandy Love. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com, 770-914-8833.


James Clair Mercer, Jr.
James (Jim) Clair Mercer, Jr died May 27, 2015 at his home in Winterville, Ga. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 12, 1939 to James C. and Judy Vosburg Mercer.

Jim was a 1957 graduate of McDonough High School, McDonough, Georgia. He earned a degree from the University of Georgia in 1963 where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. While proudly serving his country in the National Guard, he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, where he met the former Jo Ellen Bell. They were married in Brownwood, Texas in 1963 and established their home in McDonough. Jim became a partner in the family farm equipment and auto parts business, Mercer Truck and Tractor and later launched a career as an independent auctioneer for major farm and industrial equipment auction companies across the Sunbelt and the Midwest.

Jim relocated to Winterville, GA in 1983. He served as Mayor of Winterville from 1998 until 2012, he led successful efforts to restore historic buildings, improve the city’s infrastructure, develop public park spaces, and ensure that the city operated on a sound financial basis. Jim believed deeply in community involvement and shared his leadership ability in numerous civic and governmental areas. Jim was honored to be named a member of the Board of Directors for The Commercial Bank in 2008 and served as Chairman of the Board since 2012.

Jim is survived by Jo as well as his son, James (Jay) C. Mercer, III and daughter, Ellen Mercer Foster and husband Bert; grandchildren, Ellie Mercer, Jamie Mercer, Callan Foster, and Alex Foster, all of McDonough, Georgia. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Beverly Mercer of McDonough, GA; sister-in-law, Patricia Bell Parker and husband Skip, of Baird, Texas. Extended family includes Jocelyn Paxson and children; nephews Chase Mercer, Clay Mercer, and Michael Parker; niece LeAnna Goodwin; several cousins and their families.

Friends celebrated Jim’s life last Sunday at the Winterville Park Pavilion. As Mayor, Jim was a strong supporter of the City’s Public Safety personnel, believing that the safety of the town’s citizens was an important responsibility of elected leadership. A memorial fund has been established for the Winterville Volunteer Fire Department, care of City Hall, P O Box 306, Winterville, GA 30683, for the purchase of essential safety equipment for department members.