Obituaries - 02.03.16


Jeanette Lorch
On the 27th of January 2016, Jeanette Lorch’s presence was requested for a final dance by her late husband, Bob Lorch who crossed almost 21 years earlier. A lifelong Baptist, she was raised in Birmingham, Alabama, the youngest of 3 siblings. She attended and graduated from the Alabama School of the Deaf in Tuscaloosa then attended Gallaudet University where she met the love of her life, Bob Lorch. After Bob graduated from Gallaudet, the newlyweds moved to Georgia where Bob got a job at the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a typesetter and Jeanette got a job with J C Penney. Once they moved to Georgia both Bob & Jeanette became heavily involved in the deaf community. During this time Jeanette realized that the deaf community needed an advocate for the specialized needs of the community. She started her lifelong association with the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GACHI). They honored her lifetime work by naming one of their conference rooms the “Jeanette Lorch” room. She started several advocate groups for the deaf community including “Silent Fingers” and the Deaf Seniors of Georgia (DSG) of which she was standing president. She was a lifelong member and past president of the Georgia Association of the Deaf (GAD). Jeanette Lorch was widely loved and respected by the deaf community for her tireless work on their behalf. Anybody who met Jeanette Lorch remembers her, from both the deaf and hearing worlds. Her outgoing, positive, cheerful personality made her a person whom everybody loved. Jeanette loved spending time with her deaf friends traveling all over the world playing cards and traveling to interesting places rich with beauty and history and she loved spending time with her family.

Her older brothers, Eddie White and Ben White, are still living. She has 3 daughters, Myra (Robert) Poole, Daisy (Bob) Hunter and Roberta (Michael) Martin. She also has seven grandchildren, they are DJ Stone, Steven Hayes, Noah Martin, Jonah Martin, Harry Poole, Micah Martin and Maddie Martin and 2 great grandchildren, Alesha Stone and Steven R Hayes, Jr, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A funeral service took place Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Tara Baptist Church, Jonesboro. Burial followed at Camp Memorial Park, Fayetteville. The family requests that donations be made to ”Silent Fingers”, Deaf Seniors of Georgia or Crusselle Freeman Church of the Deaf. Silent Fingers - Sylvia Hattrich, 1738 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Conyers, GA 30012, jamsyv 976@aol.com. Deaf Seniors of Georgia - Eleanor R. Foshee (Treasurer), 3502 Saint Andrews Way, Augusta, GA 30907, fosheede@comcast.net. Crusselle Freeman Church of the Deaf - Cheryl Shaver (Treasurer) 1304 Allene Ave SW Atlanta, GA 30310, www.cruselle-freeman.com or 329 Community Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30126, Mableton, GA 30126, cjs1204@gmail.com. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, 180 N. Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214, 770-461-7641.


Annie Melba Ozella Whitaker Strutko
On January, 29, 2016, Annie Melba Ozella Whitaker Strutko was joyously reunited with her deceased parents, Raymon and Nellie Whitaker and her first born son John Walter McCollum Strutko. She was born December 12, 1927 in Woods, Florida, and lived in Liberty County most of her life.

Her surviving husband of almost 65 years, John Strutko, is anxious to join her at his appointed time. They have three surviving children; Sherry Branch of Bristol, Florida; Mark and Gwen Strutko of Conyers, Georgia; and Jackie and Ray Sewell of McDonough, Georgia. They have nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She loved family and her Creek Native American genealogy, painting, and all variety of crafting. She graduated from the Famous Artist School founded by Norman Rockwell and studied under other great artists during her travels with her husband’s military assignments.

A ‘Celebration of Transition’ from our life to Eternal Life will be held Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 1:00 pm (CDT) until 3:00 pm (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, Florida.


Dianne H. Branch
Dianne H. Branch, age 65 of Covington, Ga., died at her residence on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Mrs. Branch was born in Columbus, Georgia on September 28, 1950 to the late Bussey Talmadge Howard and Juanita Wigley Wyche Howard. Mrs. Branch worked for Southern Regional Hospital in the human resource department. A few of her enjoyments included going to yard sales and decorating. She was of the Pentecostal faith and graduated from Manchester High School in 1969.

Mrs. Branch is survived by her mother, Juanita Wyche Branch; sisters and brothers in law, Betty and James Hammock, Helen and Larry Spears, Lucile Howard, Marlene and Bobby Roberson; one brother, Bo Howard. Also surviving are nephews, Rob Howard of Cocoa, Florida and Chris Roberson of Newnan; nieces, Mignan Richardson of Jackson and Itaska Borowski of Thomasville; great nephews, Hayden Richardson, Carson Roberson; great nieces, Madison Richardson, Maegan Howard and Hannah Sperna.

The funeral for Mrs. Branch will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Higgins Hillcrest Chapel with the interment to follow at Meriwether Memory Gardens in Manchester. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m on Wednesday evening. Online condolences may be expressed at www.higginshillcrestchapel.com.Higgins Hillcrest Chapel, Newnan, 770-253-4723.