May 19, 2003

Deborah "Debbi" Young

A memorial service celebrating the life of Deborah "Debbi" Young was held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2003, in Dickson's Jonesboro Chapel with Dr. Fred Smith officiating.

She is survived by her husband, Bud Young; sons, Greg Youngblood Jr. and Andrew Youngblood; mother, Claudette Bond League; father, the Rev. Randy G. Rivers; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Ferrintino and Katie Smith Rivers; brothers, Randy Rivers Jr., Jamie Chapman Rivers, Brandon Smith Rivers; grandmother, Louise Bond, the widow of the Honorable Johnnie Bond; uncle, Tim Bond; aunts, Diane Blalock and Rosemary Rivers.

Pope Dickson & Son Jonesboro Chapel, (770) 478-7211, is handling arrangements.

Martha Askew

Martha Margaret Fargason Askew, 93, widow of Walter Warren Askew, passed away in Macon on Sunday, May 18, 2003, following a brief illness. Private family burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Newnan First United Methodist Church and at 2 p.m. at Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City. The Rev. Gary Parrish and the Rev. Terry Thompkins will officiate.

Born in Henry County, she was the daughter of Charles Campbell and Maude Jinks Fargason. She graduated from GSCW (now Georgia College and State University) with a degree in vocational home economics in 1933.

On July 9, 1934, she came to Coweta County as home demonstration agent (later called extension home economist). She served until Oct. 31, 1969, with distinction, and received many awards for her accomplishments. Among these were the Georgia Home Economics Association Silver Circle Award, Certificate of Distinguished Service from the Georgia and National Home Demonstration Agents Association, 25- and 35-year pins from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a diamond pin from the Coweta County Board of Education.

Since 1969, the Margaret F. Askew Award has been given annually to the most outstanding Junior 4-H girl and boy member in Coweta County. She wrote the history of Cooperative Extension Work in Coweta County for "A History of Coweta County, Georgia" (1988). She became a member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary extension society, in 1944.

Askew was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Newnan, the Veatch-Nixon Fellowship Class (which she helped to organize) and the Pilot Club. She was known for baking cheese straws and cakes that she enjoyed giving to family and friends.

She was preceded in death by David J. Fargason, her brother. She is survived by Anne F. (Robert) Gardner, her sister, Macon; Sally Fargason, her sister-in-law, Macon; five nieces and nephews, Peggie (Richard) Epps, Gray, Charles (Gail) Fargason, Duluth, Susan (Frank) Broome, Macon, David (Judy) Gardner, Oakland, Calif., and Betty (Donnie) Brooks, Gordon; four great-nieces and four great-nephews, some of whom knew her as GrandMargaret; and many students and friends by whom she was affectionately called Miss Margaret.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McKoon Funeral Home of Newnan. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

The family suggests donations to Newnan First United Methodist Church, Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City or a charity of the donor's choice. Flowers will also be accepted.

McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, (770) 253-4580, is handling arrangements.

Mae Blissit Coan

Mae Blissit Coan, 74, of McDonough, died May 17, 2003. She was born in Locust Grove to the late Alfred Otis and Annie Mae Price Blissit and was a member of the First Baptist Church of McDonough.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Edwin Blissit and most recently by her husband, H. Cary Coan, and is survived by her children, Carey Ann Thompson (Cary Wilkinson), Susan Dickerson (Frank), John A. Coan, Bonnie Smelley (Phil); grandchildren, Jason Coan (Anna), Courtney Burnett (Keith), Matthew Thompson (Cristina), Cody Thompson, Chip Dickerson, Megan Smelley, Mike Dickerson, Ryan Wilkinson; three great-grandchildren; sister, Susie Hansard; brothers, James Blissit and Dr. Joseph Blissit.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, at the First Baptist Church of McDonough, with the Rev. Ray Collins and the Rev. Glen G. Waldrop officiating. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of McDonough Building Fund. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at

Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, (770) 914-1414, is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Beauford

Dorothy Lucille Ridgeway Jeffares Beauford, 88, of Stockbridge, died May 17, 2003, at Christian Ministries Hospice in Griffin.

She was born Sept. 6, 1914, in Butts County, the daughter of the late Nettie Jo Hamm and Samuel Marvin Ridgeway. She was a member of Stockbridge United Methodist Church. Beauford was preceded in death by husbands, William Odell Jeffares Sr. of 46 years, who died in 1980, and Leon Beauford of three years, who died in 1999.

Survivors are children, JoAnne and Charles Butler of Lizella, Ga., and William and Dianne Jeffares of McDonough; sisters-in-law, Sara Ridgeway and Thelma Patrick of McDonough; grandchildren, Cindy Arnold, Eddie Butler, Jeff Butler and Jody Aldredge; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Dr. Judson B. Hodges Jr. officiating. Interment will be at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Forest Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, (770) 914-8833, is handling arrangements.