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Norman Ellis Fowler

  Norman Ellis Fowler, age 81, of McDonough, GA died Saturday, December 1, 2012 after a long battle with cancer and Lewy Body Dimentia.  He was born January 3, 1931 in Meriwether County, GA to the late Annie Myrtle and John Obie Fowler. Mr. Fowler began his college career at North Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia where he was an athlete in track and field and pitched on the championship baseball team. Norman served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. In 1960 he left the field of education to become an agent with State Farm Insurance where he was a “true good neighbor” for 40 years. After retirement he and Beege spent much of their time in their home in the mountains of North Carolina.  He was a faithful member of the McDonough First United Methodist Church where he served on several boards and committees including, chairman of the admin. board, lay leader and Sunday school teacher. Norman loved McDonough and was very active in the community. He was a member of the Henry County Lions Club, served on the city council and was dedicated to raising funds to start A Friends House. He was a driving force in starting the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and served as the first President and he was inducted into the Henry County Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his only brother, Herbert Fowler.

  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty J. Fowler; children, Woody and Cheryl Fowler, Julie and Alan Shackelford; grandchildren, Eli and Joe Fowler and Macon, Kate and Neely Shackelford, the loves of his life; caregiver/companion for the last 5 years, Pablo Santos; sisters-in-law, Shirley Fowler and children, Martha Ann and Walter Dail and children.

  Funeral Services were held December 4 at McDonough First United Methodist Church. Interment Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the McDonough First United Methodist Church building fund, 151 Macon Street, McDonough, GA 30253. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.


Billy Nelson Waltrip

  Billy Nelson Waltrip, was born on July 4, 1930 to the late Luther and Mary Waltrip. He died December 15, 2012. He served in the U.S Navy from 1950 to 1954. After serving in the military, he became an insurance salesman.  He also worked for Eastern Airlines for 7 1/2 years and Delta Airlines for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

  He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Betty Jean Waltrip; sons, Thomas, Mike and Richard Waltrip; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

  Memorial services were held December 21 at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors. Inurnment Sherwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angelle’s Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 2030 Avalon Parkway, Suite 435, McDonough, GA  30253.  Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.


Lillian K. Ito

  Lillian K. Ito, age 58, of Stockbridge, GA passed away December 15, 2012 at home. Lilli was born and raised in Japan. After attending international schools in Kobe and Tokyo, she attended the University of Hawaii and then San Francisco State earning a degree in Art History. As a child, Lilli volunteered as a candy striper in U.S. military hospitals in Japan during the Vietnam War. Her working career included being a waitress, a San Francisco jewelry store manager, a realtor, a rental property owner / manager, a gift wrapping expert at Williams Sonoma, and a customer service representative for a financial group. The highlight of her working career was 26 years of service with Delta Airlines as an international flight attendant language specialist qualified in Japanese and Italian. Lilli was an extraordinary lady who enjoyed many hobbies including tennis, yoga, cooking, reading, sewing, travel, and horticulture where she became a Master Gardener. She was very active in her local community serving as a committee chairman. She found peace in her life through religion. Lilli was preceded in death by her father, Chester H. Ito, who retired from the U.S. military and government.

  She is survived by her mother, Toyoko, and two siblings, Lucy and Clyde (Hisae), as well as a countless number of close friends, coworkers, and neighbors whom she regarded as her family.

  A memorial service is being planned for mid January. SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society in Stockbridge.



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