May 12, 2003

Evelyn Walden

Evelyn Walden, 98, of Lake City, died May 10, 2003, at Athena Rehab in Clayton County.

Services will be Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at Ward's Fairview Chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Glenn Anderson officiating. Interment will be in The Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home.

Walden was formerly employed with Montag Paper Co.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Melba June Basler

Melba June Basler died May 10, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Harriman, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed Hart and Blanche Hart Jones, of Wartburg, Tenn., and a brother, Alvin Hart, of Wartburg, Tenn.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles Harvey Basler Sr. of Stockbridge; three children, Brenda June Basler of McDonough, Charles Harvey Basler Jr. (Melinda Hewgley) of Knoxville, Tenn., and John Blanchard Basler (Sonya Teal) of McDonough; sister, Mildred Hart Dillon (John, deceased) of Wartburg, Tenn.; brother, Howard Hart (Jackie Bradley) of Ashdown, Ark.; grandchildren, Lawrence Herbert Redford Jr. of Rome, Tracey Lee Redford of McDonough, Charles Harvey Basler III (Terri Turner) of Hightstown, N.J., Andrew Hayes Basler (Alice Gallegos) of Atlanta, and Madison Teal Basler of McDonough; and great-grandchild, Amber Michelle Redford of Fort Worth, Texas.

Basler is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was of the Baptist faith. She took great pleasure in her family and wide circle of friends. She enjoyed a close relationship with her entire family. Her delight was all aspects of rearing children, continuing to the lives of the next generations. She grew up in Petros, Tenn., and Wartburg, Tenn., and spent most of her adult life in Knoxville, Tenn. She as postmistress at the University of Tennessee Knoxville when the UTK Post Office was in South College near Ayes Hall on "The Hill" and then at the Carolyn Brown Student Center on the UTK campus, before moving with her family to Atlanta in 1967.

In Atlanta she worked for Dr. Sheldon Soble, podiatrist, and Dr. G.T. Cullens, dentist, before her retirement. In addition, she maintained close friendships with special friends Marty Pressley and Peggy Duncan (recently deceased).

The family will receive friend at Horis A. Ward's Fairview Chapel on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will begin Tuesday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Leslie officiating. Interment will be on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Fairview Memorial Gardens.

Horis A. Ward's Fairview Chapel, (770) 474-1231, is handling arrangements.