November 3, 2004

Virgil Lamar Howard


Virgil Lamar Howard, 72, of Barnesville, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at his residence.

Mr. Howard was a native of Thomaston, but had lived in Barnesville for a short time. Son of the late Mr. Jessie Lee Howard and the late Mrs. Ollie Mae Anthony Howard, he was retired as the manager of the Main Street Amoco Station in Forest Park, Ga. Mr. Howard was a Mason, member of Forest Park Lodge 399, and a YAARAB Shriner. He was a member of Pritchett Memorial Baptist Church in Upson County.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Coogler officiating. Interment will follow at Fincher Memorial Cemetery in Meansville, Ga.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia "Pat" Howard of Barnesville; daughters, Deborah Jones and Cheryl Baker of Forest Park, Ga.; son, Chris Howard of Jonesboro, Ga.; stepdaughters, April Bowen of Ellaville, Patti Jackson of Tallahassee, Fla., Donna Allison of Tallahassee, Fla., and Deborah Hinton of Butler, Ga.; stepson, Vance Shepard of Warner Robins, Ga.; sister, Nita Turner of Riverdale; brother, O.C. Howard of Morrow; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Williams Funeral Home, Barnesville is in charge of arrangements. (770) 358-1678.

Hazel Oleta Gibbs Kirk

Hazel Oleta Gibbs Kirk passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 2004.

A recent resident of Fayetteville, previously of Riverdale and Atlanta, she was born March 1, 1916, in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Tara Chapel, Jonesboro. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery. The Rev. George P. Lanier will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Oleta was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Francis Kirk Jr.; sisters, Montez Albright and Buren Douglas; brother, Harry Gibbs; grandson, David Allen. She is survived by daughters, Genie Ayers and husband Jerry of Senoia, Diane Bell and late husband Virgil of Riverdale, and Patti Winchester and husband Mike of Ormond Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Kirk and Beth Ayers of Spencer, Tenn., Dean and Terry Ayers of Stockbridge, Kimberly Bell of Atlanta, Brain Bell of Riverdale, Lindsey Winchester of Port Orange, Fla., and Jason Winchester of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

Oleta was a Girl Scout Leader, PTA officer, avid gardener, and enjoyed swimming and cooking. She loved the arts as was shown in her paintings and writings. She was a very active member of First United Methodist Church of Riverdale where she held offices in several organizations. She was one of the founders of the HEP Club for senior adults of the church. She was also involved with a quilting group at the church. She was a member of the Clayton County Senior Adult Glee Club and enjoyed traveling with the group. Oleta had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was lovingly known as MeMe or Mama Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, 2951 Flowers Road South, Suite 211, Atlanta, GA 30341.

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

Janet Radack

Janet Radack, 66, of Morrow passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004.

Mrs. Radack was a member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, TRIAD, Shelnutt Senior Center XZY Glee Club, the Clayton County Senior Center Computer Club, an usher at the Fox Theater, a volunteer for the Morrow Tourist Center, and a member of the Delta Pioneers. She also served as an officer in the AARP and as Treasurer of TOPS.

A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Nov. 6 at Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel beginning at 11 a.m.

Survivors include her sons, P.J. Radack of Azusa, Calif. and Joe Radack and Crystal and Destiny Vick of Alpharetta; daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Bob Meyer of Woodstock; granddaughter, Maria Nicole Meyer; sister, Ethel Benoit. She is also survived by her much-loved pet and companion Malone.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to the following: Breast Friends, 180 Allen Road, Suite 204-5, Atlanta, GA 30328 or American Lighthouse Foundation, P.O. Box 889, Wells, Maine 04090.

Pope Dickson & Son Funeral Directors and Cremations Services, Morrow Chapel is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2700 or