July 5, 2004

Elizabeth Delphia Wood

Elizabeth Delphia "Del" Wood Craig, 88, of McDonough, died July 3, 2004 at Henry Medical Center.

Craig was born in Paulding County on July 23, 1915, the daughter of the late Willie Baxter and Robert Wood. She was a member of McDonough Baptist Tabernacle, devoted homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and her pets. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Alexander Craig in 2000; son Charles Barnett in 1992; brothers Fred Wood, D.W. Wood, Baxter Wood and Spurgen Wood; sisters Minnie Lee Fuller, Clara Lee, Clinton Shelton, Geneva Bookout, Ruby Crocker and Ophelia Hitchcock.

She is survived by sons, Marshall Barnett of McDonough, Mr. and Mrs. George (Marie) Barnett of Powder Springs; and daughter-in-law Brenda Barnett of Griffin; grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Kathy) Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne (Georgia) Rakestraw, Mr. and Mrs. Joey (Cassie) Jenkins, Ms. Patricia Stapleton, Mr. and Mrs. Terry (Judy) Rackley, Ms. Kym Barnett; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Craig will be Monday, July 5, 2004, at 11 a.m. at McDonough Baptist Tabernacle with the Rev. James West officiating. Interment will follow at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. The family received friends on Sunday evening.

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

Ralph Julius Steele

Ralph Julius Steele, 77, of Hampton, died July 3, 2004, at Henry Medical Center.

He was born June 28, 1927, in Fulton County, the son of the late Edna Channell and James Calvin Steele. He was an active member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, had retired from Prestolite Battery Co. in 1983 with 33 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ethelyn Chaffin Steele of McDonough; children Jerry and Shirley Steele of Andrews, N.C., Martha and Joe Auriemma of Senoia, Ga., and Connie and Michael West of McDonough; brother Jimmy Steele of Loganville; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Steele will be Monday, July 5, 2004, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Lewis and Dr. Michael Johns officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening.

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

Bobbie Jean Mitchell

Bobbie Jean Crowder Mitchell, 67, of Milner, died July 4, 2004, at Medical Center of Central Georgia.

She was born July 27, 1936, in Leicester, N.C., the daughter of the late Lois Swain and Robert Elijah Crowder. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and her pets.

Mitchell was preceded in death by her husband, James William Mitchell in 2002. Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Robbie and Tony Wharton of Hampton; stepdaughter and son-in-law Patsy and Sam Lamb of New Tazwell, Tenn.; grandchildren, Rachel Honeycutt of Stockbridge and Sheila Honeycutt of Hampton; step-grandchildren Shania Lamb, Kaleb Lamb and Zackery Lamb of New Tazwell, Tenn.

Funeral services for Mitchell will be Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Interment will be Thursday, July 8, 2004, at 10 a.m. in the Haisten/Eastlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

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