Mowell Funeral Home Obit Entry

July 29, 2016

Jerry Wayne Johnson

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Jerry Wayne Johnson, 74, passed away on July 28, 2016.  He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 10, 1942 to Clarence and Gertrude Johnson.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.  He is survived by his wife of 32-1/2 years, Betty A. Johnson; his sons, Chuck Johnson (Shiela), Drew Johnson (Tina) and Todd Walters (Kristi); his daughter, Shelli Lance (Shane); his grandchildren, Morgan Walters, Savannah Johnson, Chase Lance, Haley Johnson, MacKenzie Walters and Colby Lance; his brother, Cleveland; and his sisters, Betty Joyce and Joann.

His funeral service will be at 5:00 PM on July 31, 2016 at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville Chapel, with Pastor Mark Ward officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 5:00 PM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, Georgia 30291,

Mark Kendall Anderson

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Mark Kendall Anderson, 82, of Riverdale passed away on July 27, 2016.  He was born in Los Angeles, California on September 25, 1933 to Frances and Mark George Anderson. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.  Also, he was retired from Ford Motor Company after 35 years of service.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents and his adopted son, William Jackson.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billie Anderson; his children, Kathy Anderson, Vickie and Carlos Chacha; his grandchildren, Tyia and James Franklin, Heath Jackson, Heather and Rudy Wijaya, Megan and Anton Dang; his great-grandchildren, Jillian Franklin, Ethan Wijaya; and his sister, Marilyn Keenan.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville Chapel, with Pastor Glenn Kohlhagen officiating.  The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee,

July 28, 2016

Nancy Lassiter

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Service- Graveside Saturday, July 31st at 10:00

Terrie Padilla

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July 27, 2016

Mark Anderson

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Service- Saturday, August 6, 4:00PM Fayetteville Mowell Chapel

Visitation- Saturday, August 6, 3:00-4:00pm

Chester Shaffer

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Chester William “Bill” Shaffer, 79, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2016.  He was born in Fennelton, Pennsylvania on November 30, 1936 to Anna Marie and William Charles Shaffer. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He was employed by JBL as a Manufacturing Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna Sanders Shaffer; his brother, Pete Shaffer; and his sisters, Eva Thornton and Audrey Miller.  He is survived by his daughter, Dee-Dea Shaffer-Grant of Fayetteville; his sons, Lee Shaffer (Teri) of Albuquerque, NM, Darby Shaffer (Amy) of Powder Springs; and Jason Shaffer of Lancaster, CA; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and ten nieces and nephews.

He had passion for life, loved his family, and enjoyed working with the youth of his church.  Hunting and fishing were favorite pastimes, along with all things outdoors, except cutting grass.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church, Griffin, with Reverend Katherine Pasch officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday evening, July 29, 2016 at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Guatemala Mission Fund at St. John Lutheran Church, Griffin, GA.

Jean Little

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Jean McGeHee Little, 92, of Fayetteville, passed away on July 26, 2016.  She was born in Cordele, Georgia on May 13, 1924 to Pearl Hulsey McGeHee and Henry Arthur McGeHee.

Jean was a graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University, attending during the same time as Former President Jimmy Carter, whom she dearly respected and admired throughout her entire life.  Jean was a teacher shortly thereafter and taught pre-K, as well as Sunday School, at First United Methodist Church in Hialeah Florida, where she and husband John lived the majority of their lives, until John’s retirement from 40 years at Eastern Airlines.  During World War II, Jean also worked for the US Postal Service as a civil servant employee where her job was to inspect mail for enemy/spy materials, such as microfilm, etc.  Having had three sons spread out over an 18 year period, Jean was a dedicated Mother, homemaker, and was always active in the Methodist Church.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John C Little; her parents; her brothers, Ben (Bud) and Isaac; her sisters, Lilly, Nettie, Merle, and Mary Fae. She is survived by her sons, John Rodney Little (Sherry) of Annapolis, Maryland; Michael Little and Charles Little, both of Fayetteville; her granddaughter, Carey Little Brown of Pennsylvania; and two great-grandchildren, Wiley and Elinor Brown.

After moving to Fayetteville in 1988, Jean was a very active member of Inman United Methodist Church where she served in many aspects, including six years as Lay Delegate to the North Georgia Conference of the UMC, with husband John as the Alternate Delegate. Jean also served as Chairperson for the Nuture, Membership, and Worship Committee, and Jean and John both were Directors of Inman’s Prime Timers for two years. One of Jean’s greatest pride and joys was being Inman’s Director of the Acolytes, for as long as she was able, and she took great pride in being able to visit the original church that John Wesley established in England, where she stood with great honor behind the very pulpit that he used to preach his first sermons.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11 AM at Inman United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jim Hanna officiating.

In lieu of flowers, as you wish, please make donations to The Inman United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Terrell D O’Rear

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Terrell “Terry” Dee O’Rear, 81, passed away in Union City, Georgia on July 27, 2016.  He was born on February 4, 1935 in Jasper, Alabama to Lou and Craig O’Rear.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Cain O’Rear and his parents.  He is survived by daughters. Terri McKinsey (James) and Lisa Thayer (Thomas); son, T. David O’Rear (Elizabeth); brother, Leon O’Rear; four granddaughters, Laura McKinsey, Leah Thayer, Sarah McKinsey and Evelyn O’Rear; three grandsons, Robert Thayer, James McKinsey and Jacob McKinsey.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2016, with Dr. J. W. Wallis officiating.  Burial will immediately follow the service at Lisbon Baptist Church Cemetery, Fayetteville, GA.  The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday evening, July 29, 2016 at the funeral home.

July 26, 2016

Arenton Jack Ray

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Arenton Jack Ray, 87, of Peachtree City went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2016.  He was born on June 27, 1929 to Leila Mae and Wilson Roscoe Ray in Talking Rock, Georgia.  He retired from IBEW in 1994.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.  Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Betty Roberts Ray, and his parents.  He is survived by his children, John (Deborah) Ray of Oxford, Cindy (Tom) Pike of Jasper, Mark (Shannon) Ray of Douglasville; his grandchildren, Amelia Ray, Ashley Ray, Abby Ray and Arielle Lowery; and his great-grandchild, Cassidy Lowery.

The funeral service will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville Chapel, with Ferrell Dowdy officiating with burial immediately following the service at Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery, Chattahoochee Hills, Palmetto, GA 30268.  Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Sardis Baptist Church, 8400 Sardis Road, Palmetto, GA 30268 in his memory.

July 25, 2016

Joan Jackson Brown

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Born in 1933 in Bibb County, Ga, Joan Jackson Brown passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in College Park, Ga.

Beloved mother and grandmother, she is preceded in death by her parents, James H. Jackson and Odell Stokes Jackson of Macon.  Married for sixty years to Fayette native Dean Brown, Joan is survived by two sons, David, and his wife, Emily, of Austin, Texas and Alan, and his wife, Cindy, of Atlanta, Ga, as well as three grandchildren: Aaron, Atticus, and Magnolia.

Joan enjoyed a long career in education after graduating with a B.A. (Fine Arts) from the University of Georgia.  Upon her marriage to Dean in 1955, the couple briefly lived in Aberdeen, Md., where her husband was stationed in the U.S. Army before returning to Georgia to settle in Fayetteville.  Beginning in 1957, Joan Brown taught English and Art at Fayette County High School, where she remained until the birth of her first son in 1962.  Shortly after the birth of her second son in 1964, she accepted a position in the Fulton County School System, first as a student counselor at Lakeshore High School in Southwest Atlanta, and, later, at M.D. Collins High School in College Park, GA, where she served both as counselor and as a senior member of the administrative staff. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree and her Doctorate in Education at The University of Georgia, Dr. Brown returned to the Fayette County School System. She was Assistant Principal at the then-new McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, GA until her retirement in the mid 1990’s. Dr. Brown was a personal mentor to scores of students, many of whom she kept in contact with throughout her life.

Once officially retired, Dr. Brown became active in her younger son’s commercial business, assisting in the accounting and management of a major retail warehouse and shipping operation.

A lifelong advocate of early reading education, Dr. Brown was an avid lover of literature, notably Southern fiction writers.  Her collegiate studies in the visual arts and art history complemented her own passions for pencil and pastel drawing, watercolor, oil painting and interior design.  As a youth, Joan studied piano for several years, and, as an adult, played piano at her church. In her rare spare time, she spent afternoons enjoying her collection of classical recordings while reading a selection from her ever-expanding library.

Dr. Brown was a charter member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Fayetteville, Georgia, teaching Sunday School and serving as Second Reader.  Her father’s healing of tuberculosis through Christian Science made her, from an early age, a devout student of the teachings and writings of Mary Baker Eddy.  Witnessing her mother’s successful work as a Christian Science practitioner, Dr. Brown enjoyed sharing her own healings with friends, frequently encouraging them with the truths she had learned in her religious study and actively assisting many through various challenges.

Dr. Brown took tremendous pride in the accomplishments of her three grandchildren, and, as an extension of her love of learning, tutored them in subjects ranging from Reading and Writing to Advanced Social Sciences and Fine Arts.  She found great joy staging elaborate Christmas reunion celebrations for the whole family.  Few things brought her as much pleasure as spending time by the water, enjoying friends at her lakefront summer spot, fishing from an ocean pier, going on beachside strolls with her children, or quietly sketching a Gulf Coast sunset.

The family is quietly celebrating her graceful life and enduring love; no public service is scheduled at this time.


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