June 7, 2005

Vernon Lee Marks

Peebles Curry Durden Mortuary announces the death of Mr. Vernon Lee Marks, age 74, of Swainsboro, Ga., who passed from life to eternal life thirty six minutes after midnight Saturday, June 4, 2005 at the Savannah Memorial Health and Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at Hawhammock Baptist Church with the Rev. Cail Pressey officiating.

The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Internment will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers are Keith Radford, David Bedgood, Vince Scott, Ricky Lynn Ely, Adam Ely, Larry Cannady, Marshall Frost, and Chris Radford.

Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of Hawhammock Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Marks was born January 2, 1931, to proud parents Virgil James and Ellen Mae Brush-Marks. He was the oldest of six children who survive him. Their names are Carl Lavern Marks, Rosa Naomi Marks-Wear, Loyde Ray Marks, Stella Marks Childers, and Ruth Caroline Marks.

Mr. Marks leaves behind his wife of fifty-one and a half years, Bonnette Daniels Marks. Their son is the late William Neal Marks of Jonesboro, Georgia. Sharon Marks Manross of Jonesboro, Georgia is their daughter. Mr. Chip Manross of Jonesboro, Georgia was regarded by Mr. Marks as a son. Mr. Marks was devoted to grandchildren, Tonya and Marc Moore, Nikki Marks, Erin and Marshall Frost, Courtney and Jennifer Marks, Laurel Manross, Rich and Ashley Manross, Trisha Marks and Brittany Marks. He was additionally blessed with six great-grandchildren. Mr. Marks retired from the United States Army after twenty-two years of distinguished service. While in the military, he served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, and he served with the Army Exchange Air Force Service.

Mr. Marks was a member of Hawhammock Baptist Church. Mrs. Marks welcomes gifts to the Hawhammock Building Fund in honor of her husband. The growth of the church was an especial joy to Mr. Marks, and he would be honored to be a part of any further growth of the church where he served.

Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Vernon L. Marks of Swainsboro, Ga.

Esbon E. Toney Jr.

Esbon Emmitte Toney, Jr., age 62 passed away Sunday, June 5, 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Toney; son, Steven (Mae) Toney; daughter, Denise T. Cook; sister Glennis Nation; brother, Al Toney; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. at Ward's parkway Chapel with interment to follow at Forest Park City Cemetery. Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 7, 2005 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Horis A. Ward Parkway Chapel (404) 366-3522.

Anne Kirkham

Anne Kirkham, the matriarch of Anne and Bill's Restaurant in Forest Park, passed away June 5, 2005.

She along with her husband of 61 years, Bill Kirkham, started the well-known Forest Park landmark and made it one of the most famous eating places in Forest Park.

Anne Kirkham was 76 years old and, like most people her age, grew up during hard times. She was born and raised in a small town in South Carolina during World War II and the depression which taught her the need for strong family and hard work.

Mrs. Kirkham is survived by her husband , William C. (Bill) Kirkham; her children, Dianne Hutchinson, Deborah Coogler, Greg Kirkham, Kathy Chafin and Randy Kirkham; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Anne was the cement that held this large family together. Her wit, smile, and temperament kept all of the children and employees in line. When Anne spoke, people listened knowing she would not stop until they did. She ha a kind heart that reached out to everyone, not only family, but also anyone she thought was in need. She loved gardening, painting and she loved people.

Good deeds are like diamonds that you collect for Heaven. Anne Kirkham has a world of diamonds awaiting her in Heaven. She touched he lives of everyone she met always with a kind word, a smile, and a look out of the corner of her eye. She was witty and had a soft touch.

Forest Park will miss this grand lady.

Funeral services will be held at Ward's Parkway Chapel, Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Arthur L. Coogler officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 2 to 4 p. m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Horis A. Ward Parkway Chapel (404) 366-3522.