Obituaries - 09.07.16



John Vincent Curran, Sr.
MSG (Ret.) John Vincent Curran, Sr., age 87 of McDonough, Ga., passed away August 29, 2016. He was born in New York City to Patrick and Ethel Curran. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army, retiring after 21 years of service. He then retired after 26 years with the Employment Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia. John was a parishioner of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Moose Lodge, where he was a Moose Legion. He had great knowledge of football and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. John enjoyed animals and was a very intuitive thinker and solver of engineering issues.
Survivors include his children, Judy Marie (Gary) Balich of Avon, Connecticut, John Vincent (Gina) Curran, Jr. of McDonough, Georgia, Jeffrey Van (Sabrina) Curran of Johns Creek, Georgia; grandchildren, Malissa (Chris) Humphries, Matthew Balich, Jennifer Renea (Clint) Hodges, Christopher Balich, Daniel Curran and Amelie Curran; great grandchildren, Addison Belle Hodges, Jake William Hodges, James Humphries, Kirsten Humphries and Kimberly Humphries.
A memorial mass was held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 1 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church with Father Liam Coyne as Celebrant. The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the Parish Hall. Contributions are asked to be made to St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge or to Disabled Veterans in memory of John. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, www.haistenfunerals.com.

Anna Louella Connor
Reverend Anna Louella Connor, age 86, of Locust Grove, Ga., passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Reverend Connor was born on Thursday, March 20, 1930 in Ewing, Ill. to the late James Herbert Prowell and the late Althea Sypher Prowell. She was a former mayor of Flovilla, Ambassador of Noah’s Ark, an evangelist and missionary. Reverend Connor and her husband started 13 churches. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Leonard Harold Connor, and six siblings.
Reverend Louella Connor is survived by her children, Art Dwayne (Lou Ann) Connor, Durinda Len McKay, Jama Marie Hedgecoth, James Louis (Jael) Connor; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Hortense Doerr and Jeanette Mann.
Funeral services for Reverend Louella Connor will be conducted Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Stockbridge Assembly of God, 3910 North Henry Blvd., Stockbridge, GA 30281. Reverend Steven Hedgecoth will officiate. Interment at Noah’s Ark Cemetery. A reception will follow at Noah’s Ark. The family will receive friends at the church from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday evening. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.sherrell-westburyfh.com. Sherrell-Westbury Funeral Home, 212 East College Street, Jackson, is serving the Connor family.

Geraldine Smith Tanner
Geraldine Smith Tanner, age 76 of Hampton, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at her residence. Geraldine was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 25, 1940. Geraldine retired from the State of Georgia after 32 years and 6 months of service. She served on the Advisory Board of the Henry County Council on Aging for many years working with senior citizens in Henry County and represented District II in the county for Hampton Area. She was a member of Lake Cindy Baptist Church in Hampton. She was also very active in doing volunteer work on projects and aiding people in need like taking them for doctor appointments or whatever needs they may have had. She also enjoyed doing work outside in flower beds, etc. or taking care of repairs that needed to be done on her two homes. Geraldine was very outgoing and loved living in her community, and was also very interested in the affairs that went on in Hampton. She loved people and her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter B. (Buck) Smith and Hazel Ernestine Fulcher Smith of Hampton and her only son, Joseph Darrell Tanner of McDonough.
Geraldine had one granddaughter, as well as cousins, from Hampton, McDonough, Jackson, Macon, Greensboro and Columbus; aunt, Bennie Mae Copelan from Greensboro.
A visitation for Geraldine Smith Tanner was held on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 2-3 p.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a funeral service was conducted in the chapel. Geraldine was laid to rest beside her son in Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery on Mt. Carmel Road, Hampton, in the Smith Family Cemetery Lot. Please join the family in honoring the life of Geraldine Smith Tanner by visiting www.conner-west buryfuneralhome.com and posting your tributes and memories. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Rd., Griffin is in charge of the arrangements.

Martin Mathew Hayes
Mr. Martin Mathew “Marty” Hayes, age 64 of McDonough, Georgia passed away September 3, 2016. He was born in Binghamton, New York to Betty Kathryn Mathews Hayes and the late Carl Elmer Hayes. Marty was a graduate of Forest Park High School, Class of 1970. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State University and pilot’s training at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Okla. He was in the United States Air Force Reserves for six years. Marty was a Captain with Express Jet. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Locust Grove and the NRA. He enjoyed trains and looking into his ancestry. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Hayes.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Debbie Hayes of McDonough; daughter, Rebecca (Josh) Durrance of McDonough and their unborn daughter, Chloe; son, Jeremy (Christy) Hayes of Cumming; mother, Kathryn Hayes of Morrow; sister, Sherry (Alan) Massey of Montana; brothers in law, Steve (Karen) Hooper and William Hooper; nieces and nephews, Greg and Brad Hayes of Houston, Tex., Amanda Hooper, Derek (Kara) Hooper and Sarah (Ry) Basko.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Locust Grove. Interment was held at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park at 1:30 pm. Friends visited the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Contributions are asked to be made to the First Baptist Church of Locust Grove in memory of Marty. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, 770-914-8833, www. haistenfunerals.com.