July 4, 2005

Mrs. Saralouise Baker Robertson

Mrs. Saralouise "Sadie" Baker Robertson, age 89, of Locust Grove, Ga., died July 3, 2005.

Mrs. Robertson was born Aug. 27, 1915 in Lucas County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Maude and Elizabeth Hastings Baker and Fred Gilgen and adopted father, George Leslie Baker. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Henry Robertson Jr. in 1974; brother, Bud Baker in 1982; and great grandson Kevin Sims in 2005.

Sadie and her husband George established Robertson Furniture Company n 1946, located in Locust Grove, Ga. She used her leadership abilities to enrich the lives of Locust Grove citizens by opening the first "Teen Center" on Main Street, organized the first P.T.A. at Henry County High School and stressed leadership opportunities for women, she served as past president of Henry County Historical Society during which time the "Brown House" was donated. She was the first woman to be elected to the Locust Grove City Council, was citizen of the year for Locust Grove and Henry County in 1987 and Locust Grove Woman of the Year in 1988, she was a charter member of Henry County Medical Center Auxiliary where she served as its first president and earned more than 7,000 volunteer hours, past president of Locust Grove Women's Club, member of the first Leadership Class of Henry County, Woman of Achievement Award from the Chamber of Commerce and Board of Commissioners, member of first Advisory Board for Founders Guaranty Bank, member of the Board of Directors for Green Valley Golf Course, delivered Meals on Wheels, member of Locust Grove Optimist Club and Locust Grove Elections Poll Manager for many years, a member of Locust Grove United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School for 25 years. Sadie had a hobby of building model miniature houses after the death of her husband, enjoyed golf and Scrabble.

Survivors are her daughters, and son-in-law, Leslie Elizabeth Upchurch of Locust Grove and Kathryn Allyce and Charles Sims of Stockbridge; sister, Mary Newman of Atlanta; grandchildren, Mary Kathryn Shirley of Grand Ledge, MI, David Upchurch of Locust Grove, Chuck and Melea Sims of Stockbridge, Toni Sims of Atlanta and Melissa Sims of Los Angeles; great grandchildren, Eric Upchurch of Honolulu, Hawaii, Amanda Upchurch of Beaverton, Oregon; Levi Shirley of McDonald, Tenn., Lydia Sims of Stockbridge; nieces and nephews, special friend, Will Bowden and numerous close friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Robertson will be Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at 3 p.m. at the Locust Grove United Methodist Church, with Dr. Doug Gilreath and the Rev. Ed Boye officiating. Interment will be in the Locust Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough (770) 914-8833.

Mrs. Cola P. Welch

Mrs. Cola Maxine Pope Welch, age 88, of McDonough, passed away Friday, July 1, 2005 at the Henry Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 23, 1917 in Butts County to the late Senie Agnes Tolbert Pope and the late A.H. (Buddy) Pope.

After being educated in Butts County public schools, she received her B.S. degree in education from Georgia State College for Women and began her cadet teaching in Moultrie, Ga. She later took a teaching position and taught in Moultrie for two years. In 1940, she married Andrew Jackson (Cap) Welch Sr. and moved to McDonough. Mrs. Welch taught in the Henry County Public School System for a total of 25 years. In 1954, she started her business known as the Henry County Flower Shop. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church of McDonough for 62 years; served as president of the McDonough Women's Club; was a member of the Women's Business Association of McDonough; and was a member of three Bridge Clubs.

She served her community by participating in the Heart Association, Cancer Society, Girl and Boy Scouts, Parent-Student Association, Henry County High School Scholarship Fund and other numerous organizations. She was also the founder of the Henry County High School Band.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984 and by a grandson, Hunter J. Welch in 2004.

Survivors include her children, Gail Welch Talmadge Notti (Fred) of McDonough, A.J. Buddy Welch Jr. (Kit) of McDonough, Blanton Pope Welch (Marilyn) of Jackson; grandchildren, Herman Talmadge III of Hampton, Tyler Talmadge (Paige) of Key West, Fla., Margaret Elizabeth (Mitt) Talmadge of Miami, Fla., Andy Welch (Cara) of Stockbridge, Kirsten (Justin) Scott of Athens, Ga., Blanton (Cap) Pope Welch Jr. of Beaumont, Texas; great grandchildren, Dane Scott and Caleb Welch.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday July 6, 2005 at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of McDonough. The Rev. Jerry Smith and the Rev. Dudley Rose will officiate. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of McDonough Building Fund, 101 Macon Street, McDonough, Ga. 30253; the Cap and Cola Welch Scholarship Fund, c/o Henry County High School, Robinson Whaley and Hammonds PC, 1200 Keys Ferry Court, McDonough, Ga. 30235; or the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Georgia, 3577-A Chamblee-Tucker Road Box 173, Atlanta, Ga. 30341 in memory of Mrs. Welch.

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