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Annabelle Gibson Berwald

  Annabelle Gibson Berwald, 87, of McDonough, GA, born July 27, 1925, died June 24, 2013, wife to Raymond Berwald for 65 years. Mother to Sandy McGarity (Arch McGarity), Barbara Berwald, and Lawrence Berwald, sister to Robert Gibson (Marylyn) and Penny Buckley (Buck), with three grandchildren, one newborn great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Annabelle grew up in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania with her younger brother and sister and devoted parents Jesse Lynn and Robert Gibson. She followed in her mother’s footsteps as a student and eventual teacher of the piano, receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1947. At music school, she met her future husband Raymond, who had returned from serving in the US Army Air Corps overseas and was also studying music. They married and bore three children; Ray worked as a school teacher, and Annabelle cared for their young family. Music was always around, and even while the children were young, Annabelle played piano and organ in churches in Florida, often in partnership with Ray directing choirs. She also helped supplement family income by teaching privately. In Sarasota, Florida, her talents were held in high regard, as she also was a founding member of a locally acclaimed piano quartet. Always industrious, Annabelle took a sales position with a hearing aid company. This led to her and Ray becoming owners of a franchise in that business, which proved very successful. After her children were grown, Annabelle partnered in a local retail bridal shop called Jannabelles, allowing her to express her creativity in new ways. Eventually she and Ray retired to the mountains of North Carolina for a few years and finally moved to McDonough about ten years ago to be nearer daughter Sandy McGarity. Annabelle continued to play the piano in these later years, and was gifted a beautiful baby grand piano by her husband. Annabelle was a member of Wesley Way United Methodist Church. She will be sorely missed by family and friends.

  Memorial services were held June 29.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Journey Hospice or Wesley Way United Methodist Church. SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Maxey Stanley

  Mrs. Ruth Maxey Stanley, age 93 of Locust Grove, Georgia passed away June 24, 2013.  She was born in Winder, Georgia and was owner of Stanley Realty Company.  Ruth was a member of Bethany Baptist Church where she loved memorizing and giving her devotional regularly.  She started the Stanley Bridge Club at the Heritage Senior Center keeping her mind sharp by playing and teaching others to play Bridge.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Wesley James Stanley, Sr. 

  Survivors include her children, Wesley J. (Linda) Stanley, Jr. of Perry, Linda (Ed) Clowdis of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Sherri Humphrey, Holly (Tom) Covington, Kim (Bubba) Smith, Kerri (Scott) McCoy, Barbie (Chuck) Turner; 13 great grandchildren. 

  Funeral services were held June 27 from the Bethany Baptist Church.  Rev. Chuck Sheppard officiated.  Interment  Hillandale Cemetery in Lithonia. In lieu of flowers, contributions are asked to be made to the Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, 4 N. Bethany Road, McDonough, in memory of Ruth. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough,


James H. Mayo, Jr.

  James H. Mayo, Jr., age 70 of Stockbridge died June 25, 2013.

  He is survived by his wife, Deborah, sons, Jim and Brent, a brother Smith Mayo of Canton, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

  A celebration of life was held July 6 at the residence. SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society.


Mary Lynn Jordan

  Mary Lynn Jordan, age 51, of Stockbridge, GA, died June 25, 2013. She was born in Columbus to Robert Wayne and Maxine Kleckley Jordan, Sr.

  Mary Lynn was a cum laude graduate of The Medical College of Georgia with a BS Degree in Respiratory Therapy. She was employed as an RRT for 18 years with Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Mary Lynn had a special love for children, for the therapy dog Sallie, and for her own black lab Nicholas. Most recently, she was affiliated with A Touch of Class Florist and Gifts in Stockbridge.  Mary Lynn lived life to its fullest and was well known for her love for animals. Most important in Mary Lynn’s life was her love for God and her family.

  Mary Lynn is survived by her parents Robert and Maxine Jordan, Sr., Albany, brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Mary Kaye Jordan, Madison, AL; niece and nephew, Mallory Brooke Jordan and Colson Davis Jordan; her cousin and dearest and closest friend Debbie Escalante, Stockbridge, and numerous other cousins, aunts, and uncles.

  Services are held June 29 at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dale Parker and Rev. Dan Holley, officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary Lynn’s memory to Ellenwood Oaks Community Church, 1234 Panola Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.


Gloria Smith Watkins

  Mrs. Gloria Smith Watkins, age 66, of McDonough, GA passed away June 30, 2013.  Gloria was born in Rome, Georgia the daughter of the late Russell Ray and Frances Louise Cox Smith.  She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her cats.  Gloria was a very talented seamstress and she sewed for the school drill teams, band and ROTC making uniforms and doing alterations as was needed.  She enjoyed cooking for her family and doing for others. 

  Survivors are her husband, Dennis Watkins of McDonough; children, Lamar Watkins of McDonough; Cher Moore (Michael) of Milner, and Neil Watkins of McDonough; grandchildren, Jacob and Kaleb Watkins of Stockbridge. 

  Funeral services were held July 3 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Buckman officiating. A private burial was held on Monday, July 8 Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park.  Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, 770-914-8833,


R. Mark Hawkins

  R. Mark Hawkins, age 31, of Jackson, GA passed away July 1, 2013.  Mark owned and operated Buckhead Landscape Group.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, his dogs, “Uro, Bo and Baby Girl,” riding motorcycles, and he was an avid Bulldog Fan.  Mark was preceded in death by grandparents, Don and JoAnn Lewis and Harold Hawkins; great grandparents, Claude and Elizabeth Lawrence and Lillian Redden. 

  Survivors are his wife of eleven years, Stephanie Hawkins of Jackson; mother and stepfather, Rita Lewis of Ellijay and Jerry Robinson of Monticello; father and stepmother, Rusty and Kelly Hawkins of Hampton; siblings, Russ Hawkins of Amsterdam and Deacon Robinson of Monticello; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

  Funeral services were held July 6 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Benny Tate officiating. Interment Jackson City Cemetery. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund for his daughter, Faith Hawkins at Hamilton State Bank.  Haisten Funeral Home,  McDonough, 770-914-8833  


Charles H. Hearn

  Charles H. Hearn, age 88, of Stockbridge, GA died July 2, 2013.  He was born in Cherokee, AL to the late Henry Levi and Vestie Lee Hearn. Charles was a member of Bible Baptist Church. He founded the South Metropolitan Baptist Church.

  Charles is survived by his children: Morris Hearn, Hampton; Brenda Hearn, Pell City, AL; Charlie Hearn, Bithlo, FL; Philip (Debbie) Hearn, Oveido, FL; Joy (Eddie) Morgan, Pensacola, FL; Gary Hearn, Rex; brother:  Dean (Kathy) Hearn, Huntsville, AL; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren..

  Funeral services were held July 5 at Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Loren Regier officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Gardens. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors.



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