Obituaries - 08.05.15


Mariane Piper McGarity
Mariane Piper McGarity, age 85, of Tucker, Ga., died Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was born in McDonough, Ga to the late Alfred Colquitt and Ruth Estelle Mask Piper. She was also preceded in death by her husband Grover Alton McGarity. Mari-ane was a devoted educator and retired after 26 years with The Atlanta Public Schools. She was an accomplished seamstress, self-taught pianist, enjoyed cooking and fellowshiping with family and friends. Most of all, she was a loving mother, grandmother and a devoted wife for 57 years.

Mrs. McGarity is survived by her daughters, Faith, Fran and Freida; grandchildren, Amy, Adam, Christin, Marcus, Katherine and Todd; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Chaplain Don Daly officiating. Interment at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.


Brenda Joyce Farmer
Brenda Joyce Farmer, age 73, of McDonough, Ga. died Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.


Randy Doerr
Mr. Randy Doerr, age 67 of Griffin, Ga., passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Spalding Regional Hospital. Mr. Doerr was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee on October 24, 1947. He was retired from Henry County Building Maintenance Director and a member of Carver Road Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by parents, James Nicholas Doerr and Ana Jane Awtry Doerr, sons, Nicky and Denny; brothers, Bobby and David.

Survivors include his wife Roxie Doerr; sons, Stacy Doerr and his wife, Jennifer of Stockbridge, Howie Doerr of Locust Grove; stepdaughter, Tobey Cunningham and her husband, David; stepson, Neal D. Shirey all of Griffin; grandchildren, Rachel, Riley, Miller, Walker, Gage and Bethany; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Carver Road Baptist Church. Pastor Tom Summers officiated. Contribution may be made to the Building Fund of Carver Road Baptist Church, 334 Carver Road, Griffin, GA 30224 in memory of Randy. Please join the family in honoring the life of Randy Doerr visiting www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com and posting your tributes and memories. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Road, Griffin is in charge of the arrangements.


Walter Theodore Evans
Walter Theodore “Ted” Evans, Sr, age 85, of Watkinsville, Ga., died Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.


Cookie Smith Rainey
Surrounded by loving family and friends, Cookie Smith Rainey, age 66, of Campobello, S.C., passed away at Spartan-burg Medical Center on Thursday, July 30, 2015 to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born on August 27, 1948 at Spartanburg General Hospital, the second of four children of the late Clinton Richard Smith, Sr. and Frances Elizabeth Sitton Smith. When her older brother couldn’t say Harriette, he nicknamed her “Cookie” after a character in the Dagwood comic strip and the name stayed with her. Cookie graduated from Spartan-burg High School in the Class of 1966, attended USCS, and worked in the Spartanburg General Hospital Emergency Room. It was there she met the love of her life and future husband, Terry Joe Rainey. She was saved, born again and scripturally baptized at Green Street Baptist Church and grew up in Arch Street Baptist Church, participating in and leading the Girls Auxiliary, Sunday School, and singing in the choir. As a young lady, she is remembered for her powerful solo rendition of the iconic American hymn “Because He Lives”. Cookie married her husband, Pastor Terry Joe Rainey in November 1969 and faithfully supported his ministry as they served at Unity Baptist Church in Woodruff, S.C., Airport Road Baptist Church in West Columbia, S.C., Centerville Baptist Church in Anderson, S.C., Mount Vernon Baptist Church and Christian School in Stockbridge, Ga., and at Motlow Creek Baptist Church for the past 11 years. Cookie was the Medical Director of LifeAid Ministries, had a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and was a faithful prayer warrior to friends and colleagues across America, Europe, and Central America. Together with her husband, she participated in Revivals in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia as well as organizing medical supply relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. As Medical Director of LifeAid Ministries, Cookie helped raise $4,000,000 worth of medical supplies for mission trips to Eastern Europe and Central America. Cookie and Terry made mission trips, preached the Gospel and ministered to people of Moscow, seven major cities and countless villages in Russia. They worked in Romania and Hungary, where Cookie ministered in a street hospital. She delivered medical supplies to an orphanage for deaf children and children with Down Syndrome in Russia and she helped organize efforts to build houses for indigenous people of Guate-mala. During mission trips to Guatemala, Cookie ministered to pastors’ wives, leading conferences and speaking to crowds of 400 wives on numerous occasions. She mentored women in Russia, Romania, Hungary, and Guatemala. Cookie hosted and lead numerous Women’s Conferences and Discipleship Ministry across the Southeastern United States. She was very family oriented, loved, admired, and respected by her immediate and extended family, always the life of every party and celebration.

Cookie is survived by her husband of 46 years, Pastor and Evangelist Terry Joe Rainey; one beloved daughter, Shannon Frances Sally Rainey Hood (Chris) of Inman, S.C.; one sister, Libby Smith Worley (Randy) of Boiling Springs, S.C.; two brothers, Clinton Richard Smith, Jr. (Marie) of Anderson, S.C. and James R. “Jim” Smith of Spartanburg, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Lynda Chapman Lowe of Spartanburg, S.C.; 5 nephews; 3 nieces; 13 great-nephews; 6 great-nieces; and several first cousins.

A Celebration of Life service was held Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Holston Creek Baptist Church in Inman, S.C. by Pastors Teddie Turrentine, Bryan Yelton, Keith Kelly, Lloyd Stancil and Robbie Smith. Burial at Motlow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Campobello, S.C. An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com. Floyd’s Green-lawn Chapel in charge of arrangements.


William D. Hill
William D. Hill, of Stockbridge, Ga. passed away on July 8, 2015, at the age of 81.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 11 at North Henry Baptist Church in Stockbridge. Burial at Fairview Memorial Gardens cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.horisawardfairviewchapel.com. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel, 770-474-1231.