Obituaries - 06.30.15


Donna L. Keller



Donna L. “Nana” Keller, 65, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, July 2 in the chapel of Hart’s Mortuary, Cherry Street with Pastor Mark Powell officiating. The family will greet friends Thursday from 11:00AM until service time. Burial will follow in Cedar Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Keller was born in Atlanta, GA and was a para-pro at Riverdale Elementary School. She was a loving, caring, godly woman. Mrs. Keller was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Keller and her mother, Betty Eller Herrin.

Survivors include her son, Jason (Nicole) Keller; daughter, Jenny (Brad) Surfus; grandchildren; Matthew Surfus, Meagan (Chandler) Brooks, Haley Keller, Hannah Keller and Sydney Keller; father, Jack Herrin; brothers, Jerry Herrin and Joe Herrin; sisters, Lisa (Jeff) Butler and Kim (Tony) Worley; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Register online at www.hartsmort.com.

Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory, 765 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201 has charge of arrangements.


Obituaries - 06.24.15


Billy Gene Craig

Mr. Billy Gene Craig, age 82, of McDonough, Ga. passed away June 15, 2015. Mr. Craig was born in McDonough the son of the late Mary Irma Leverette Craig and William Talmadge Craig. He was a lifelong, faithful member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church. He served his country in the US Army, retired from Bell South, and enjoyed shuttling cars for Bellamy Strickland in McDon-ough. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, playing his guitar and music. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ruth Smith Craig, and a brother, Dorman Craig.

Survivors are his children, Carmen and Neal Abernathy of Marietta, Amy and David Beasley of Greenwood, SC and Jon Craig of McDonough; grandchildren, Whitney and Ben Abernathy of Marietta and Samuel Beasley of Greenwood, SC; sister and brother-in-law, Myrna and Ernest Sowell of McDonough; and niece, Eadye Christensen of McDonough.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, 2015 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Pastor Gary L. Boggs officiating. A visitation for Mr. Craig was held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Philadelphia United Metho-dist Church, 156 Philadelphia Drive, McDonough, GA 30252. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haisten funerals.com, 770-914-8833.



James William Benefield

Mr. James William “J.W.” Benefield, age 93 of Murfree-sboro, Tenn. passed away June 18, 2015. He was born in Jackson County, AL to the late Marvin and Lillie Mae Davis Benefield. J.W. faithfully served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Murfreesboro and formerly Salem Baptist Church in McDonough and was an ordained deacon. He was a member of the VFW, Evening Star Lodge # 70 of Florence and helped organize the Florence, Mississippi Volunteer Fire Department. After retiring from Siemens, he enjoyed gardening, carpentry, bird watching, building bird houses and being a handyman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Margia Adalen Coats Benefield and by four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his children, Patricia A. (Paul) Rogers of McDonough, Ga., Linda B. (Aldean) Valentine of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Keith W. (Renee) Benefield of Killen, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Rev. Rick Statham will officiate. Interment at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park. Contributions are asked to be made to Salem Baptist Church or the Gideons in memory of Mr. Benefield. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, 770-914-8833, www.haisten funerals.com.



Irene Coleman Thacker

Irene Coleman Thacker passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Stockbridge, Ga. at the age of 71.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 7, 2015 at Horis A. Ward-Fairview Chapel. Inter-ment at Fairview Memorial Gardens cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.horisa wardfairviewchapel.com. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel, 770-474-1231.



Donna Leach Mayben

Mrs. Donna Leach Mayben, age 66, of Jonesboro, Ga. passed away June 1, 2015.

A celebration of life service was held on Friday, June 5, 2015 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Burnett officiating. Private entombment at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Haisten Funeral Home, McDon-ough, www.haistenfunerals .com, 770-914-8833.



Bobby Joe Manning

Bobby Joe “Bob” Manning, age 80, of McDonough, Ga. passed away Friday, June 5, 2015.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, Rome, Ga, with Rev. Sandra Morris officiating. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.



Carlton Glenn Dorsey

Mr. Carlton Glenn Dorsey, age 84, of McDonough, Ga. passed away June 4, 2015.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Lovejoy United Methodist Church with Rev. David Brackman, Rev. Michelle Rawdin, and Rev. Bill Boyer officiating. Interment at the Dorsey Family Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Lovejoy United Methodist Church. P.O. Box 10, Lovejoy, GA 30250. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.hais tenfunerals.com, 770-914-8833.



Alice Wellman Deubler Laning

Mrs. Alice Wellman Deubler Laning, age 92, of McDonough, Ga. passed away June 1, 2015.

Funeral services for Mrs. Laning were held Friday, June 5, 2015 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Craig Bowers officiating. Inter-ment at Eastlawn Memorial Park. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Locust Grove. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haisten funerals.com, 770-914-8833.



Steven Otis Jones

Steven Otis Jones, age 46, of Stockbridge, Ga. passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals. com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.