February 19, 2004

Fred Jefferson

Aaron Jr.

Financial planner

Fred Jefferson Aaron Jr., age 66, of Cohasset, Mass. died suddenly while on vacation in Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004.

Born in McDonough, Ga. Feb. 9, 1938, he graduated from Georgia Tech and received his master's degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A member of First Congregational Church of Cohasset, Mass., he was a financial planner, working for Capital Analyst of New England. He was a member of the Brae Burn Country Club and Cohasset Golf Club.

A memorial service will take place in McDonough at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Kelly Presbyterian Church. Another service will take place later and will be announced.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer L. of Orlando, Fla.; son, Jeff III of Charlestown, Mass.; sister, Anita Smith of Snellville, Ga.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Sarasota, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. (941) 955-4171.

Margaret Cowan Carmichael


Margaret Cowan Carmichael, 89, died at her home in McDonough Feb. 17, 2004.

She was born June 29, 1914, in Conyers, Ga. to Joseph Allison and Lillie Hollingsworth Cowan. She married Campbell Turner Carmichael June 14, 1935. Her family includes daughter Mary Campbell Hay and husband David of McDonough; daughter Carol Cowan Hunt and husband Hugh of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Mary Cowan Shivers of High Point, N.C.; grandchildren, M. Cameron Hay-Rollins of Long Beach, Calif., Candler C. Hunt of Washington, D.C., and Michael Malchow-Hay of Portland, Ore; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, and three sisters.

Mrs. Carmichael attended Conyers High School and Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, graduating in 1932. She taught first grade in the Stockbridge Elementary School and in the late 50's founded in her home the first kindergarten in Henry County. She was a long-time member of the McDonough Presbyterian Church, where she taught the kindergarten class for twenty-five years; a life-time member of the Woman's Association, and active in many church organizations. She was a fifty-year member of her bridge club, a homemaker, and a beloved friend in her community.

The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the McDonough Presbyterian Church and interment will follow at the McDonough City Cemetery.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening at Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, 2580 N. Highway 42, McDonough and in the parlor of the church at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the McDonough Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 652, McDonough, GA 30253, or Thornwell Home and School for Children, c/o Rev. Larry Owens, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30306.

Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-1414.

Joseph A. Devore Jr.

Mr. Joseph A. Devore Jr., 71, of McDonough, Ga., died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, of complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Devore was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Mr. Devore was born in Baldwin Park, Calif. and raised in Passaic, N.J. He served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956, during which time he was stationed in the Far East as a radio operator. A graduate of Seton Hall University and the University of Bridgeport, he worked in corporate accounting positions for Pepperidge Farms, BeechNut Corporation, Alcan Aluminum and was comptroller for Teledyne. Most recently he owned Comprehensive Accounting in Forest Park, Ga. for 18 years. After his retirement in 1998, he enjoyed volunteering as a reader at Hickory Flat Elementary School. Along with his wife, he was involved in mentoring engaged couples through the Marriage Encounter Program. He enjoyed volunteering as the "storekeeper" at Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro. He was deeply involved in church activities and enjoyed sports, reading, gardening, and political activity. But most of all he delighted in his family, his friends, his community and his faith. And though he is with God now, his wisdom, his humor and his love endure.

Joe Devore's life will be celebrated at a Funeral Mass Friday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Philip Benizi Roman Catholic Church in Jonesboro

He is survived by his wife Betsy Newberry Devore of McDonough; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Devore Hill and Mark Hill of Fort Plains, N.Y., Peggy Devore Westbrook and Chuck Westbrook of Snellville, Ga., Mary Jane Devore of Seminole, Fla., Maura Newberry Burke and Andrew Burke of Clarkston, Ga., and Beth Devore Brantley and Richard Brantley of Decatur, Ga.; sons, James F. Devore of Marietta, Ga., Joseph A. Devore III, Stephen B. Devore of Atlanta, and Sean M. Newberry of Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law, Bonita Devore Naipawer and Michael Naipawer of Bloomingdale, N.J.; grandchildren, Charles Joseph Westbrook, Thomas Heath Westbrook, Margaret Mary Westbrook and Andrew Boyd Westbrook, and "adopted" grandchildren J.R. and Olivia Westbrook, all of Snellville, Ga., Daniel T. Hill, Kevin E. Hill and Anthony S. Hill of Fort Plain, N. Y. and beloved family friends Steve Burress, Mimi Wyatt and Rim Hendi. Mr. Devore was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Mary Boyd Devore, and parents, Susan Gorum Devore and Joseph A. Devore Sr.

Visitation for family and friends will be today from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Vincent DePaul Society care of St. Philip Benizi Church.

Pope Dickson and Son, Jonesboro Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 478-7211. For directions, go to www.popedickson.com., Georgia. (770) 478-0178.

James L. Wilkinson

James L. Wilkinson, age 77, of Manchester, died Feb. 17, 2004.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday Feb. 20 in the chapel of Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, with the Rev. W. W. Satterwhite officiating. Interment will be at Hemphill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Mr. Wilkinson is survived by his wife, Addie M. Wilkinson; sons, Ricky and Ronnie Wilkinson; sister, Pauline Preston; three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends today, Thursday, Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com.

Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors, McDonough/Stockbridge is in charge of arrangements. (770) 914-1414.

Sarah Oldham Yearwood

Mrs. Sarah Oldham Yearwood, age 82, of Griffin, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004.

She was born May 14, 1921, in Athens, Ga., daughter of the late Agnes Maxwell and George Oldham. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lauren Yearwood, in 1989.

A Funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 19 in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

Survivors include her daughter, Vickie Yearwood of Griffin; grandchildren, Donna and Patrick Gasses of Griffin; great-grandchildren, Patrick Gasses Jr., Rachel Gasses and Hannah Gasses.

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

Lila Blanche Young


Mrs. Lila Blanche Young, age 83, of McDonough and formerly of Griffin, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at her residence.

Mrs. Young, daughter of the late Gordon Robert Pittman and the late Daisy Palmer Pittman, was born March 3, 1920, in Walton County, Ga. She worked in food service in the Griffin-Spalding School System for many years at Beaverbrook Elementary School and retired from Anne Street Elementary. She was a member of Living Waters Congregational Holiness Church for 27 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and enjoyed reading. She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Wesley Young, brother, Gordon "Jr." Pittman, sisters, Edith Allen, Gussie Kenney and Addie Nuel Smith.

Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Living Waters Congregational Holiness Church, with the Rev. Lewis James, the Rev. Roger D. Mileham and the Rev. Charles Hansen officiating. Interment will follow in Griffin Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit the family one hour prior to the service time in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Sheree and Ron Bryant of Stockbridge and Gail and Lee Mullins of McDonough; grandchildren, Brian and Mandy Mullins of Dawsonville, Chad and Lauri Mullins of McDonough, Lendy Mullins, also of McDonough, Kevin and Angie Wimberly of Hampton, Jon and Jessica Bryant of Stockbridge, and Bruce Bryant, also of Stockbridge; great-grandchildren, Anna, Wesley, Jana, Ansley, Hunter, Chase, Maddie, Jake, Abbi and Hayden; sisters, Evely Casey of Atlanta and Eva and Roger Mileham of Riverdale; a host of nieces and nephews. Those desiring may make donations to the American Heart Association, Georgia Affiliate, P.O. Box 6997, Marietta, GA 30067 in memory of Mrs. Young.

To pay condolences online to the family, please do so at www.haistenmcculloughfuneralhome.com.

Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, Griffin is in charge of arrangements. (770) 229-4994.