Obituaries - 01.13.16


Lillian Mary Tappen
Mrs. Lillian Mary Tappen, age 92, of Jonesboro, Ga., passed away December 18, 2015.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 21, 2015 at Haisten Funeral Home. Interment was held on Tuesday, December 22 at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com, 770-914-8833.

Alice Patricia Carroll Jones
Alice Patricia “Pat” Carroll Jones, age 83, of Stockbridge, GA died Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Jonesboro. An inurnment will be held at Georgia National Cemetery, in Canton, GA at a later date. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.

Christine Anne Mason
Christine “Christy” Anne Mason, age 58, of Stockbridge, Ga., passed away on December 20, 2015.

Memorial services were held in the chapel of Horis A. Ward-Fairview on Tuesday, December 22 with Pastor Phil Mason officiating. Condolences may be offered online at www.horisawardfairviewchapel.com. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel, Stockbridge, 770-474-1231.

Mary Lucinda Roberts
Mrs. Mary Lucinda Roberts, age 86, of Jonesboro, Ga., passed away December 24, 2015.

A celebration of life service was held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Interment at Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, TN 37415. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com, 770-914-8833.

Mildred Von Harten Rayfield
Mrs. Mildred Von Harten Rayfield, age 89, of Hampton, Ga., passed away January 4, 2016. Mrs. Rayfield was born in Yemassee, S.C. the daughter of the late Bertha McLean Von Harten and Herman Von Harten. Mrs. Rayfield was a member of Hampton United Methodist Church. She worked for and retired from the US Government Defense Department in the Procurement Office. She was the first female City Council Member for the City of Hampton and was very active in preserving historic buildings. Mrs. Rayfield was very active in the community, and she was a Toastmaster. She was known for her positive attitude and enjoying life to the fullest. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Preston Rayfield Sr., and a son, Ervin Preston Rayfield Jr., “Pete”.

Survivors are her children, Caroline Lanasa (Michael), Ross Chinnis, Godfrey Chinnis, Suzanne Crossan (Larry), Linda Carbo (John), and Virginia “Gini” Wiley (Dan); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Kit Ericson; brothers, Herman H. “Bubba” Von Harten, and Harold L. Von Harten; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rayfield were held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Interment was held on Friday, January 8, 2016 at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC 29902. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com, 770-914-8833.

Ansley Knight
Ansley “Ellis” Knight, age 83 of Jonesboro, Ga., went to be with the Lord on January 7, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him throughout his life. He lead by example and taught his children that your handshake was your word. Ellis was a charitable man donating his time and money to several organizations. Ellis was born to the late Joel Everrett and Gladys Maxine (Howard) Knight of McDonough, Ga on December 20, 1932. He was a Navy veteran serving his country during the Korean War. He retired from Fort Gillem as a civil and electrical engineer in October 1990. Ellis was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean (Compton) Knight, brother Howard Knight and step-son, Tony Bateman.

Ellis is survived by his children Debbie, Roger and Wanda; step-children Roxanne and Duane; sister, Roslyn VanLeeuwen and spouse Paul and sister-in-law, Elsie Burgess Knight, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel at 2 p.m. with Joseph Mauthe officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered at www.horisawardfairview chapel.com. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home - Fairview Chapel, 770-474-1231.