August 1, 2005

Mrs. Grace S. Nichols

Mrs. Grace S. Nichols, 73, of McDonough, passed away July 31, 2005.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Robert Jackson of McDonough, son and daughter-in-law, James and Maria Nichols of McDonough, grandchildren Christopher Menard, Rachel Menard, Jeremy Menard and Jamey Nichols.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel at the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Tuesday 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700.

Mr. William E.

"Bill" Harris

Mr. William E. "Bill" Harris, 61, of McDonough, passed away July 30, 2005.

Surviving are his wife, Marsha Harris, son-in-law, Anthony "Tony" Wayne and Jill Harris of Lawrenceville, daughter, Jennifer Harris of McDonough, brother, Rick Harris of Alpharetta, grandchildren, William Anthony Harris, Riley Elizabeth Harris and Macy Alexandra Harris.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Reynolds officiating. Remains will be placed in state at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Portsbridge Hospice, 1374 Manchester Dr., Conyers, Ga. 30012 in memory of Mr. Harris. The family will receive friends today 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700.

Mr. Grady K.

Thompson

Mr. Grady K. Thompson, age 61, of McDonough, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at Spalding Regional Medical Center.

Grady was born on Sept. 8, 1943, in Upson County to the late Curtis Thompson and the late Doreen Reagan Thompson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from General Motors. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Thompson of McDonough; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Brandy Thompson of Griffin; brothers, Jimmy and Ronald Thompson of Griffin; step-children and their spouses, Allen and Valencia Martin of Rex, Chris and Sharon Martin of Stockbridge, and Stacey and Scott Charchere of Fort Bragg, N.C.; nine grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Thompson will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Warren Haisten Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the family on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nancy Yvonne

Sitton Brock

Mrs. Nancy Yvonne Sitton Brock, age 67, of McDonough, died July 30, 2005 at Henry Medical Center.

Mrs. Brock was born Nov. 13, 1937 in Rocky Mount, Ga. the daughter of the late Aurelia Rowe and Luper Sitton.

Mrs. Brock was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed her family, flowers and gardening, and most of all, her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Lee Brock in 1987.

Survivors are her children, Brenda and James Boozer of McDonough, Nancy and Edwin Conley of Woodstock and Allen Lee and Tracy Brock, Jr. of Molena; five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brock will be Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with Pastor David Decker officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough (770) 914-8833.

Howard Franklin Baker, Ed.D.

Dr. Baker was born Oct. 13, 1923 in Savannah, Ga., lived in Waynesboro, Ga. and graduated from Valdosta High School. He attended Emory Junior College in Valdosta and worked for the U.S. Engineer Department at Moody Air Force Base.

He married Mary Newton and they have been together for 63 years. They have a son, Dr. Gordon N. Baker, retired from Henry County School System and is now Head of Public Services at the Clayton State University Library.

Dr. Baker spent 34 months in the U.S. Army Corps, of which 13 months was spent with the Eighth Air Force in England. He flew 28 missions as a ball turret gunner on B-24 and B-17 aircraft. He graduated from Emory University, Georgia State University and received his Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

He served as principal of Locust Grove Junior High School, Stockbridge Junior High School and Henry County High School. He worked for the Georgia Department of Education in Vocational Rehabilitation. In 1968, he was elected to the first of three 4-year terms as Superintendent of the Henry County School System. He retired in 1980. In 1981, he was appointed headmaster of Meadow Creek Academy in McDonough and served in that capacity for three years. Since then, he has been most happily retired.

Dr. Baker is a United Methodist, a Mason, a Shriner, a Georgia Salzburger, a member of the American Legion, VFW and an active member of the Henry County Retired Educators Association. He was a member of the Henry County Public Library Board for 12 years.

Dr. Baker was a resident of Tybee Island, Ga. from 1992 to 2000 where he was member of Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church and served on the administrative council and various committees. He was vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tybee Island Historical Society, secretary and vice-president of the Tybee Island Optimist Club, member of the Tybee Lite Shrine Club and a volunteer and supporter of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum at Pooler, Ga.

Dr. Baker, after returning to McDonough due to declining health, was only able to participate in limited activities at McDonough First United Methodist Church and the Henry County Retired Educators Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Carrye Baker; son, Howard F. Baker, Jr.; brother Clarence E. Baker, Jr.; and sister, Margaret Virginia Baker.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, son, Gordon, sister Rosemary Strother of Macon; sister-in-law, Ann Baker of Columbus, Ga., brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Theron and Jane Smith of Gainesville, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 from the McDonough First United Methodist Church with remains placed in state at 2 p.m. Rev. Mack Riley, Rev. Lee Bennett and Rev. James Miller will officiate. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler, Ga. 31322; the United Methodist Children's Home, 500 South Columbia Dr., Decatur, Ga., 30030; Murphy-Harpst Children's Centers, 740 Fletcher St., Cedartown, Ga., 30125; or the McDonough First United Methodist Church, New Building Fund, 151 Macon St., McDonough, Ga., 30253. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannon-cleveland.com. Cannon-Cleveland Funeral Directors (770) 914-1414.