Obituaries - 07.05.17
Zebb Vance Owens, Jr.
Mr. Zebb Vance Owens, Jr., age 82, of McDonough, Ga., passed away June 27, 2017. He was born in Satolah, Ga., to the late Zebb Vance Owens, Sr. and Charlotte Elizabeth Ridley Owens. Zebb was co-owner of Moye’s Pharmacy from 1977 until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Unicoi Camping Club. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred Hill, Phyllis English and Horace Owens.
Survivors include his wife, Rosa Kohler Owens; children, Kim (Owen) Brannan of Augusta, Rebecca Mortenson of Carrollton, Darby (Rick) Motes of McDonough, Mark (Donna) Owens of Jackson; grandchildren, Karyn Warren, Matthew Brannan, Lauryn Mortenson, Jonathan Mortenson, Amanda Chernenko, Sally Harper, Christie Dean, and Kim Brown; great grandchildren, Austin Parham, Thomas Warren, Daylin Dean, Henley Dean, Quint Warren, Makayla Lucas, Hunter Lucas, Payton Harper, Victoria Frazier, Shelton Dean, Brayden Harper, Kennedy Mortenson, Jaxon Harper, Kylie Warren, Cason Chernenko and Victoria Brannan; sister, Syretta Thornton of Decatur; five nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Mr. Joseph Burdett officiated. Interment followed at Locust Grove Cemetery. Friends visited the family on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. For those who wish, contributions are asked to be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in memory of Zebb Owens. Arrangements are under the direction of Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough 770-914-8833. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit our website at www.haisten funerals.com.
William Frank Reese
Our beloved William Frank Reese, age 32, went to be with the Lord on Saturday June 24, 2017. He was born in Anderson, S.C. on October 23, 1984. He lived there for fourteen years before moving to Stroudsburg, Pa. He graduated from high school in Stroudsburg, Pa., in 2003. In 2006, William and his family moved to Locust Grove, Ga. William began his college education at East Stroudsburg University in Stroudsburg, Pa. After two years, he transferred to Clayton State University where he graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and was on the Dean’s List. He was a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi. He was also a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Anderson, South Carolina. William was a blessing sent from God to his family, and to all those who knew him. He was blessed with an abundance of gifts from God. He loved being outside and going for walks and hikes. William enjoyed gardening, and he possessed a special talent for growing plants and flowers. William was a natural born athlete. As a child he played multiple sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, and football. He swam year-round with the Anderson Swim Club. He excelled in swimming and won several medals, including a state championship. He loved to play golf where he was a member of the Anderson Country Club, and he participated in tournaments sponsored by Anderson Junior Golf Association. William was a member of the Stroudsburg High School Golf Team. He continued to play golf into his adult life. William enjoyed health, fitness, and lifting weights. Also, William was a very talented pianist. He took piano lessons from the time he was six years old until the age of eighteen. This talent was exemplified by his participation on an annual basis in the South Carolina Piano Festival and the FallFest Audition where he received superior scores for his piano playing and memorization. In addition, he performed at piano recitals at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. William was judged at the Moravian College Piano Festival where he received an excellent rating. He also performed in the Stillman Kelley Competition at East Stroudsburg University.
Another gift that William possessed was the ability to make friends with everyone he knew. He loved to tell jokes and make others laugh. Some of his best features were his heartwarming and charming smile and the mischievous gleam in his eyes. William had a heart of gold and would always help anyone in need. He loved to spend time with his two cats, Nubee and Olivia. He worked at AnaSteel and Supply Company in Ellenwood, Georgia. His ambition was to defeat the demons in his life and to pursue a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology. He desired one day to be able to have a family. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Gwendolyn and William Henry Stanford, Jr. and his paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lois Reese, his Aunt Patsy Davall, and his two cats, Gwyneth and Tuxedo.
William was the beloved son of Ronald and Marla Reese of Locust Grove, Georgia and the brother of Kathleen Reese of Duluth, Georgia. He is also survived by his aunts and their families, Tina Stanford of Atlanta, Georgia, Belinda Glisson of Augusta, Georgia, and Caroline Kays of Charlottesville, Virginia; Uncle Donald Reese and his family of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by many cousins.
The family received friends at Haisten Funeral Home on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services for William Reese were held in the chapel at Haisten Funeral Home on Saturday July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. Pastor Dave Riley officiated. Following the chapel service, interment was held at Eastlawn Memorial Park in McDonough, Georgia. For those who wish, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, or Overdose Lifeline, Inc. Arran-gements are under the direction of Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough 770-914-8833. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit their website at www.haistenfuner als.com.
Lula Mae Price Ward
Mrs. Lula Mae Price Ward, 98, Luella, Ga., passed away on June 26, 2017. Mrs. Ward was born in McDonough, Ga., the daughter of the late Bertha Rodgers Price and Otis Wayman Price. Mrs. Ward graduated from McDon-ough High School and then received a Business Degree from Draughons Business College in Atlanta, Ga. She worked for an insurance company prior to WWII then at Loftis Jewelry Company where she met her husband. She later retired from the Henry County Credit Bureau. She was the oldest member of Luella Baptist Church where she was an adult Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Devotional Leader and was always ready to serve in any capacity. Mrs. Ward served as a Royal Matron of the Order of The Amaranth and was a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, her cats, traveling, gardening, sewing, cooking and was known for her pound cakes. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Dupree Ward; and brothers, Rodgers, Raburn and J. P. Price.
Survivors are her daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Mike Morgan of Homestead, FL and Polly and Warren Hiett of Juliette, Ga.; grandchildren, Marie and Brad Growden, Michael Morgan, Jonathan Morgan, David Courson, and Lance and Amanda Courson; great grandchildren, Monica, Morgan and Bethany; siblings, Leola Price Durden of McDonough, Merrell Price of Jackson and Dannie Sue and Bud Junkins of Hueyton, Ala.; and 14 nieces and nephews.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 10-11 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Funeral services were held that day at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Pastor Gaines Wise officiating. Interment followed at the McDonough City Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Luella Baptist Church or Sacred Journey Hospice. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough is in charge of the arrangements, 770-914-8833, haistenfunerals.com
Gary Kimbell Chappell
Mr. Gary Kimbell Chappell, age 73 of Locust Grove, Georgia passed away July 1, 2017. He was born in Hampton, Georgia to the late Robert Milton and Helen Katherine Payne Chappell. Gary faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. He was retired from International Paper and enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and was an avid reader and coffee drinker. He was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Chappell; children, Kevin Chappell of Jonesboro, Gary Chappell of Lithia Springs, Christy (Jason) Tharpe of Griffin, Kelley (Keith) Chappell-Black of Hampton; grandchildren, Brandon Black, Courtney (Marc) English, Loria Chappell, Hailey Coates, Sidney Black, Kyle Coates, Caleb Tharpe and Layne Tharpe; great grandchildren, Ethan and Abriella; siblings, Robert C. (Evelyn) Chappell of High Falls, Kitty (Carey) Ahrano of McDonough, Betty (Mike) Sims of Blairsville and Trisha (Larry) Ezell of Blairsville; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Gary. Arrangements are under the direction of Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough.
James Orville Alexander
James Orville Alexander, age 90, of McDonough, Ga., died Friday, June 30, 2017.
Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www. cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.