January 5, 2004

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

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.

Jacqueline "Patsy" Ball Hoenes

Jacqueline "Patsy" Ball Hoenes believed that with the proper discipline and instruction children could learn. Her many accomplishments as a kindergarten teacher for 26 years, Girl Scout leader for more than 20 years, and a Sunday school teacher of 2 to 4-year-olds for 22 years demonstrated that belief.

As a kindergarten teacher it was common for every child in her class to be reading before the year ended. She served as a mentor to new teachers and was often called upon to conduct in-service training for others. For her efforts she was a "Teacher of The Year" at Mt. Zion Elementary School in Clayton County, where she taught for the past 22 years.

As a Girl Scout leader she guided her two daughters, as well as the daughters of other parents, for more than 20 years. In this role she was the recipient of the "Girl Scout Leader of the Year" award. With her guidance and encouragement both of her daughters went on to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

She was a long-time member of the Morrow Civic Woman's Club, where she chaired many committees. As an active participant in their numerous activities, she was involved in fund raising and providing services for the elderly at the Shelnutt Senior Citizens Center. She was a recipient of the Club Woman of the Year and her family was named Family of the Year.

As a member of the First United Methodist Church of Morrow she taught a Sunday School class for 2 to 4-year-olds, was a member of the Chancel Choir, and played in the Handbell Choir. She served on numerous committees and chaired the Education Committee. In recognition of this, she was named "Christian Educator of the Year."

Born on April 25, 1944, in Nashville, Tenn., Jacqueline Ball Hoenes passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, after a valiant fight with cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Ron Hoenes of Jonesboro; daughter, Heather Hoenes Chitwood and her husband Denny of Cincinnati; son, Christopher Hoenes and his wife Nadine of McDonough; a second daughter, Holly Anne Hoenes, a medical student living in Macon; grandchildren, Madison and Collin Chitwood. Her survivors also include a sister, Betsy Gregory of Nashville, Tenn.; brothers, John Ball and Don Ball of Knoxville, Tenn. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. She was loved by so many people and will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7 at the First United Methodist Church of Morrow with remains placed in state at 1 p.m. The Rev. Bill Jackson will officiate. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family request you make a donation to the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes, or the American Cancer Society.

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

Walter Mitchell

Walter Mitchell of Morrow died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at Athena Rehab.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 5. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Mitchell; daughters, Hazel Caulder of Griffin, Ga., Janice Miller of Forsyth, Ga., Doris Bryant of Morrow, Ga., Patsy Ledbetter of Baton Rouge, La., Sheila Drummond of Rex, Ga. and Darlene Larue of Stockbridge, Ga.; son, Thomas Mitchell of Griffin, Ga.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow. (770) 961-2828.