Mowell Funeral Home Obit Entry

December 16, 2017

Mary H. Harris-Incomplete

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December 13, 2017


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Jannelle A. Smith

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Elma Jannelle Armstrong Smith, 73, of Fayetteville passed away December 12, 2017. Janelle was born on July 1, 1944 in Greeneville, TN to James Lilburn Armstrong and Bessie Morelock Armstrong. As a child, she moved with her family to Clay County, NC. There she met and later married Billy. After moving to Atlanta and later to Fayetteville, GA, Jannelle taught school and retired from the Fayette County Board of Education. She loved traveling, reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be missed and thought of with love and gratitude. Jannelle leaves behind her husband of 53 years, William Richard Smith; daughter, Wendy (Reid) Smith Montgomery; granddaughters, Anna Li Montgomery and Emma Xinyun Montgomery; brothers, Jim (Sallie) Armstrong of Tybee Island, GA and Steve (Rhonda) Armstrong of Powder Springs, GA; nephews, Chuck Armstrong and Chris Armstrong; niece, Sarah Armstrong; and many loving cousins, other family members, and priceless friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville with Rev. Steve Armstrong officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. The family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Heartcry Ministry of New Hope Baptist Church, 551 New Hope Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

December 12, 2017

Mr Carroll Craig

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Carroll Charles Craig, 62, of Jonesboro passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  He was born in Edenton, North Carolina on May 28, 1955 to the late Carolyn and Robert Craig, Sr.  Charlie proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a retired Police Officer for the City of Atlanta.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Anh Craig of Jonesboro; his son, Cody Craig; and his grandsons, Nate and Skylar.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, Jonesboro, GA, with Father John officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM.

December 11, 2017

Patricia Jane Lyden

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Patricia Jane “Patty” Lyden (née Hale), loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away December 7, 2017 in Griffin, GA. She is preceded in death by her parents Maynard George Hale and Pollyanna Pozniko Hale. Patricia is survived by her son, Matthew Lyden; grandson, Andrew Batko-Lyden; brother, Arthur Hale and his wife, Frances; stepmother, Constance Moehring; Irish terrier, Dugan; former spouse and father of Matthew, John Martin Lyden III, as well as many beloved friends.

She was born August 8, 1952 in Radford, VA, and grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, where her parents were both professors at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She graduated from Blacksburg High School with the Class of 1970, and graduated cum laude from Kent State University in Ohio with a BA in psychology in 1974. She married John Lyden on August 3, 1974, and worked as an accountant before becoming a full-time homemaker and mother to Matthew, in the Vinton suburb of Roanoke, VA.

Patty first moved to Peachtree City, GA in 2002, and quickly became a vibrant member of the community. She was active in the Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Congregation and volunteered there weekly. She was also very involved with the New Neighbors club and two book clubs, which she cherished. Her friends and family described her as fiercely strong, independent, and courageous. In short, she was uniquely “Patty”.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, with Rev. Fritz Wiese officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM prior to the service. There will be a brief reception to follow.


Ramon “Ray” Espinosa

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Ramon “Ray” Ralph Espinosa, 76, of Tyrone passed away December 8, 2017. Ray was born on October 28, 1941 in Queens, New York to the late Ramon C. and Irmgard Sparkuhle Espinosa.  Ray was a 1964 graduate of Georgia Tech and went on to become a civil engineer. He was the project manager for the Richard Russell Federal Building in Atlanta and also served as the Contract Administrator for the expansion of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  He retired as the land development engineer for Clayton County.  Having been born in New York, Ray loved sports and was a huge New York Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan. Ray is survived by his wife of 44 years, Denise Picard Espinosa; son, Robert M. Espinosa; granddaughter, Gabrielle E. Espinosa. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the American Lung Association –

Santiaga “Chaga” Rivera

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Mrs.Santiaga Rivera was born on December 30, 1926 to the late Rebustiano DeJesus and Petronila Figueroa in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico.  Wife of the late Ernesto Rivera Sr., Mother to 10 children, AnaEli (Neli), Jorge, Francisco (Frank), Ernesto Jr., Sonia, Nelson, Vivian, Cesar, Neida, and Edwin.  Grandmother to 25 grandchildren, Miguel Jr., Efrain, AnnMarie, Lillian, Victor, Diana, Frankie, Joey, Debbie, Jerry, Denise, Tony, Kevin, Angelo, Victor Luis, Mayra, Nelson Jr., Daniel, Jessie, Vanessa, Cesar(CJ), Anthony, Stephanie, Lizette, and Edwin Jr.  Great grandmother to 39 Great Grandchildren: Christina, Melissa, Christian, Tatiana, Miguel, Sophia, Victoria, Nisa, Desiree, Samantha, Hilda, Lawrence Jr., Laryssa, Krystal, Victor Jr., Jabbar, Kahron, Kyle, Skylar, Heavenly, Ashton ,Michael, Jerry Jr., Devin, Alyah, Aubrey, Ava, Kevin Jr., Dominique, Gabriella, Marissa, Alyson, Ethan James, Gianna, Ivy, Jayden, Chasity, Jason and Sadie, Great Great Grandmother to Jayden, Gabriel, Elijah, Zylah, Dominick, Kaylie, Kaitlyn and Jacobi.  Mother-in-law to Miguel, Peggy, Maelo, Maria, Olga, and Jose (Tito), She is also survived by her sister, Ines Rodriguez; brothers, Marcial DeJesus and Casito DeJesus.

A funeral mass will be held December 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Peachtree City.  The family will receive visitors December 12, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the funeral home.


December 10, 2017

Don Oberg

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Donald E. Oberg, 84 of Fayetteville, died December 8, 2017.  Born in McCook, Nebraska, he proudly served in the United States Air Force from December, 1952 until February, 1956 as a Language Specialist/Translator.   Don retired from The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a systems engineer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Overton Oberg; his daughters,  Lynn Storm of Crownsville, MD, and Kathy Birchfield of Spotsylvania, VA;  brother Vernon Oberg, of Daqula, GA; sister, Carlana Morphis of Amarillo, TX; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 2:00pm at the Overton Chapel of Fayetteville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Jack Miller officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM prior to the service, in Overton Chapel.  Interment will immediately follow at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at Fayetteville First Baptist Church, 205 E. Stonewall Avenue or Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291.


Linda Weeks

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December 9, 2017


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Mr. Shorty Strickland, 83, of Rico, died December 9, 2017.  He enjoyed the simple in life like cracking pecans and walking through town visiting with friends.  He was a long-time member of Providence Baptist Church and retired from Georgia Department of Transportation.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna Strickland; his son Roy Strickland of Rico and daughter Kelly Strickland of Griffin; his sister Christine Boynton of Turin and brother Calvin Strickland of Vero Beach, FL.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Providence Baptist Church.  He will lie in state from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.  Dr. Gene Tyre will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

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