Obituaries - 08.12.15

Colonel Russell Ernst
Colonel Russell (Russ) Ernst, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, a veteran of World War II and the Viet Nam War, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, August 2, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Russ was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 25, 1922, to Agnes Freeborn Ernst and Robert J. Ernst. His sister, Mary Agnes, was born two years later. He was raised in Louisville by his single mother and maternal grandfather and attended Beechmont Baptist Church, trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at age twelve. During the summers, he often worked at his paternal grandfather’s farm, developing the strong work ethic and servant’s heart that he carried with him the rest of his life. After graduating from Louisville Male High School in 1939, he attended Western Kentucky State Teachers’ College, where he was active in the Army ROTC program for two years. Because of this military training, he was called to active duty and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in June 1942, as the United States was mobilizing for World War II. He joined the cadre forming the 12th Armored Division at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and remained with the Division as troop commander and then operations officer in the 92d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) throughout its deployment to France and subsequent combat operations in eastern France, Germany, and Austria. After the war, he remained in the Army, serving his country overseas in Germany, Taiwan, Iran and Viet Nam and stateside at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Leaven-worth, Kansas; Fort Benning, Georgia; and the Pentagon, Washington, DC. In 1973, he retired from the United States Army as a Colonel of Armor after 31 years of dedicated service to the nation. During that time he was awarded the European Campaign Medal with 3 Stars, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), the Bronze Star Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 OLC, the Joint Services Commendation Medal with 1 OLC, and the Legion of Merit with 1 OLC. In retirement, he first served with the McIntosh Trail Planning and Development Commission in Griffin, Georgia, and then as the first Executive Director of the Henry County Development Authority in McDonough, Georgia.

Russ met his first wife, Katherine Brown of Locust Grove, Georgia, while she was serving as an Army Chemical Corps inspector at a gas mask plant near Camp Campbell. They were married on August 7, 1943, in Clarksville, Tennessee, and enjoyed 36 wonderful years of marriage until her unexpected death in 1979. With Katherine, he had two daughters, Janet and Sally. He met his second wife, Susie Crank, while attending First Baptist Church of Atlanta. They were married for eight years until her untimely death from cancer. Russ embraced the honor of becoming father to Susie’s sons, Billy and Freddie. Then in 1995, he married Joan Smith, with whom he shared twenty blessed years. Again, Russ relished being a father to Joan’s four children and grandfather/great-grandfather to her wonderful family. Russ always felt that he was particularly blessed by having three families to love and enjoy; and that love and joy was returned by all three, many times over. Russ Ernst is predeceased by his parents and sister, a son that lived but two days, grandson Robert Russell Mills, his first two wives, and son-in-law Bob Everett.

He is survived by his wife Joan Smith Ernst; daughters Janet Mills (Jeff), Sally Sieweke, Cindy Everett , and Amy Weaver; sons Billy Crank (Cleo), Freddie Crank, Tut Smith (Sharon), and Brett Smith (Carol); 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom honor Russ for his service to his country, his love for his families, his generosity and integrity, and especially for his deep, devoted, sincere love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A memorial service for Colonel Russell W. Ernst was held Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at First Baptist Church Atlanta. Donations in his honor may be made to Gideons International (with whom Russ faithfully volunteered for many years) or to a charity of the donor’s choice. National Cremation Service of Atlanta in charge of arrangements.

Arlene Case Lively Veasey
The heavenly bluegrass band gained another standout musician with the passing of Arlene Case Lively Veasey, age 75, of Stockbridge, Ga. She died at home on August 3, 2015 after a brief illness. Born in New York City, she was a daughter of Harold and Elizabeth Case. Arlene’s family moved to Georgia when she was four, and she began developing the love and talent for music that became the unifying thread of her life. Arlene’s musical passion was bluegrass, and she was an especially gifted guitarist and banjo player. Arlene and her much-beloved guitar were a fixture at bluegrass festivals throughout the South. She was still taking great joy from festival visits a few weeks before her passing. Arlene did not keep her considerable musical gifts to herself. She taught guitar, banjo and piano in Henry County for more than 50 years, and developed generations of young performers who share her adoration for music and gift for bluegrass, and who she hopes will carry on her musical legacy.

Surviving are four children: David Lively of Barnesville, Ga.; Leda Lively of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Kathryn Lively of Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Lively of McDonough, Ga.; her sister, Audrey Case Grube of Bonita Springs, Fla., along with seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William Veasey, and a son, William Lively, who held open the Pearly Gates for her.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to the Fender Music Foundation. A celebration of her life will be held at a music festival on August 22. For details please email Those who wish, may sign the online guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.

Gloria Louise Adams Forster
Gloria Louise Adams Forster, age 76 of McDonough, Ga., passed away July 30, 2015. She was born in Gary, Indiana to the late Bradley D. and Ruth I. Adams. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church of McDonough where she was active in Sunday School, the adult choir, and participated in various activities of the church. She retired from New Jersey Manufacturers in West Trenton, N.J. in 2001 and had moved to Georgia several years ago along with her daughter, Deborah Sue Davis.

Survivors include her son, Michael Kevin Forster and wife April Lee, granddaughter Jessica Lee Forster, grandson Kyle Devin Forster, all of Pennsylvania, several siblings including sisters Bonnie Lee Whitten of Jenkinsburg, Ga., and Sharon Gilmore of N.C., brothers Daniel, Keith, and Bruce Adams, all of Pennsylvania, and brother DeWayne Adams of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Oakland Baptist Church with Reverend Mike Smith officiating. The family requests that donations be made to Oakland Baptist Church, McDonough, Georgia. Gloria was cremated. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Southern Cres-cent Crematorium, 770-692-3819.

Melvin Burford
Melvin Burford, age 41, of Griffin, Ga., died August 1, 2015.

Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Southern Crescent Crematorium, 770-692-3819.

Allie Marie White
Little Miss Allie Marie White, age 6 of McDonough, Ga., passed away July 10, 2015 along with her big brother, Cliff.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, July 16 from the Lighthouse Baptist Church. Pastor Jeff McBurnett officiated. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough,, 770-914-8833.

Ted Floyd Gleaton
Ted Floyd Gleaton, age 61, of McDonough, Ga., died August 5, 2015.

Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.

Melissa Suzy Cannon-Dupree
Melissa Suzy Cannon-Dupree, age 51, of Stockbridge, Ga. passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel with Gary Newman officiating. Interment at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Stockbridge. Condolences may be offered at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel, 770-474-1231.

Michael Simyak
Michael Simyak, age 63, of Stockbridge, Ga., died July 28, 2015.

Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Southern Crescent Crema-torium, 770-692-3819.