Obituaries - 11.02.16

Joel Andrew, Brown, Jr.
LTC Joel Andrew Brown, Jr. of McDonough, Ga., passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 while vacationing in Tennessee. Joel proudly served our country as a U.S. Army officer and civil servant before retirement in 2002. He served many years with the Piedmont Henry Auxillary.
Surviving are wife of 53 years, Betty Simpson Brown of McDonough; son, LTC Joel Andrew Brown III; (Pavlina) of Lexington, S.C.; son, Miller Elliott Brown; (Stephanie) of Buford, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Kristyna, Joshua and Sarah; Sisters, Martha Ann Stahl and Carolyn Plata and brother, Donald Brown of Texas.
Celebration of life was held Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Wesley Way United Methodist Church, 150 John Wesley Way, McDonough, GA. Visitation was held at 2 p.m. and the service took place at 3 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Wesley Way UMC.

Fred Miller
Fred Miller, age 72 of McDonough, Ga., passed away Wed-nesday, October 26, 2016. He was born in Reidsville, North Carolina to the late Russell and Viola Wray Miller. Fred owned and operated Miller Professional Painting, he formerly worked at Hohenwald in freight sales. He was a member of McDonough Presbyterian Church, and the Henry County Lions Club. He enjoyed playing golf.
Mr. Miller is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Wilma Miller, of McDonough, Ga.; children, Benton, Beth, Christie; 5 Grandchildren; 1 Great-Grand Daughter; siblings, Wayne Miller, Mary Bush, and Tim Miller.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at McDonough Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Olin McBride officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.

Matthew James Hicks
Matthew James Hicks, age 18, of McDonough, Ga., was called home to his Lord and Savior on October 27, 2016. He was born in Riverdale, Ga., to Mark and Lori Hicks on September 30, 1998. Matthew was a senior in high school and was on track to graduate with the Class of 2017. Matty, as he was known by his family, had a smile that would light up the room. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and shooting his bow. When it came to sports, Matthew was a University of Tennessee fan. He played football and baseball during his sports career; but his passion was found when he was wrestling and competing in Jujitsu Arts with Independent MMA and Fitness. In his spare time, you could find Matthew taking things apart, talking about trucks, working out, or sleeping on the floor. Matthew’s enormous heart, contagious laugh, and joyful personality will be among the many characteristics missed by his family and friends.
Matthew leaves behind his parents, Mark and Lori Hicks; brother, Gabriel “Gator” Hicks; grandparents, Arnold and Vivian Hicks; grandmother, Gail Franks; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. His grandfather, Larry Franks, and his uncle, Jamie Franks, preceded him in death.
Family and friends will gather for a service to celebrate Matthew’s life on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. The family will also receive friends on Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family’s Go Fund Me Account. Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough 770-914-8833. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit their website at