January 14, 2004

Kathryn Dyche

Mrs. Kathryn Dyche, 82, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2004.

She was a homemaker.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Keith Reid officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. C.E. Dyche; children, Donald C. Dyche of Fayetteville, Terry Eugene Dyche of Jonesboro and Robert M. Dyche of Buford; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 210-2700.

Samuel Franklin (Frank) Vesser Jr.

Judge

Samuel Franklin (Frank) Vesser Jr. passed away in Crawford Long Hospital Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, due to complications from Wegener's Granulomatosis.

Born in Knox County, Tenn., he had lived in Riverdale, Ga. since 1972.

Frank Vesser was a United States Air Force veteran. He was a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He earned his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Woodrow Wilson College of Law and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in March, 1976.

After working for the Westinghouse Corporation, he joined the U.S. Civil Service Commission as a voting rights examiner. One of his duties was to secure voting rights for minorities in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina from 1963 to 1966.

Frank Vesser joined the U.S. Merit System Protection Board and served as an Appeals Officer and later as an Administrative Law Judge through 1989. He worked as a parttime Mediator for the Federal Aviation Administration while awaiting the outcome of the age discrimination suit he filed against the United States Government's Office of Personnel Management. After winning this case in Washington, D.C., he was sworn in as an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration in Atlanta, serving until his retirement in 1996, due to illness.

His hobbies included researching family genealogy, gardening, fishing, rock collecting and exploring the Smokey Mountains. He volunteered for several years as an assistant coach for local recreation association baseball teams and often participated in the Scouting and school activities of his children as they were growing up.

He attended religious services at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. and was a member of Norwood United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.

The memorial service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Tara Garden Chapel, 681 North Ave., Jonesboro. Visitation will be at 3 p.m. with the Memorial Service at 4 p.m. He will be interred in Kingsport, Tenn. with a private family memorial service to be held in the spring.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Joyce Sams Vesser; daughters, Jill and Delena; son, Sam Vesser III; son-in-law, Albert Chambers; his loyal dog, Zeke; sisters, Janice Sparkman and Sara Spangler; brother, Tom Vesser; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his name are forwarded to the Wagener's Granulomatosis Association, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188-8660.

Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements. (770) 471-7171.

Edward Paul West

Edward Paul West, beloved son of Ruth M. West and the late Charles West, brother of the late Danny West and devoted father of Paulie Jr. passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004.

Other survivors include brothers, Tim West of Knoxville, Tenn., Charlie West of Lakeland, Fla.; former wife, Anne Powers West; nieces, Cindy Wells, Wendy Boling and Stephanie McDorman; nephew, Danny West; numerous cousins.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 14 in the chapel. Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park.

Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700.