January 4, 2005

Clifford E. Baird

Clifford E. Baird, affectionately known as Cliff, Paul, Red, Uncle "P," Captain, and most importantly, Grandbear," 75, of Stockbridge, Ga. died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005.

A native of Broadnax, Va. and a 40-year resident of Jonesboro, he served proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. An aviation enthusiast from the age of 16, he became a flight instructor in Greensboro, N.C. and then moved to Atlanta in 1960 to realize his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. After 26 years of service with Southern/Republic Airlines, he retired in 1986, and continued to fly for pleasure.

A brave man with a tremendous sense of humor, a love of family and a deep faith, he touched the lives of many who were fortunate to have crossed his path. With a zest for life, he took up riding wave-runners at the ripe age of 70. He loved to fish, watch the Atlanta Braves, fly sailplanes, and nap in his favorite recliner when he wasn't busy tinkering with his private airplane he affectionately called "Champ."

Loved by his family and friends, respected by his students and welcomed by all, he made the world a better place just by being in it.

He was preceded in death by Dianne C. Baird, his first wife of 29 years. He is survived by loving spouse Judith H. Baird, and children Andrea Baird Allen and Peter B. Allen of Lawrenceville, Ellen Baird Rozar and Tim Rozar of Locust Grove, and Judge Michael P. Baird of Jonesboro; stepchildren, Jennifer D. and Matthew Sayad of Mableton and Jeffrey L. and Kelly Davidson of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Elise M. Allen, Clifford A. (Cal) Rozar, and Christopher Sayad.

Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Spencer Frye officiating. Interment will follow at Camp Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Philadelphia Presbyterian Church Memory Garden or Long-Term Maintenance Fund.

Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge. (770) 210-2700.

Margaret B. Campbell

Margaret B. Campbell, 78, of Jonesboro passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a long-time member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Joseph Campbell.

Surviving are her special friend, Doug Evans of Jonesboro, and brother, Bobby Braun of Smyrna.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at the funeral home.

Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge. (770) 210-2700.

Mary Patricia Meyer

Mrs. Mary Patricia Meyer, 74, of Jonesboro died suddenly while vacationing in Florida Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004.

Mrs. Meyer was born in Kankakee, Ill. in 1930, to George and Mary Morgan. Although Mary was a college graduate from St. Therese and had many choices available to her, she chose to dedicate her life to her family, being the best wife and mother she could be. She loved reading and working in her garden, and the time she spent with her grandchildren made her very happy.

Mrs. Meyer is survived by her husband of 51 years, Mr. Francis A. Meyer; sons, Michael Meyer, Jeff Meyer, Philip Meyer, and Patrick Landrum; daughter, Kathy Weitzel; brother, Michael Morgan; six grandchildren; many friends.

The family will receive friends at Jones Funeral Home in Newnan at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 4. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Floyd Carmack officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park in Jonesboro.

Jones Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga. (770) 252-1900.