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November 22, 2005

Francis Louise


Francis Louise Allender, age 71, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2005.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Mathew Redmon. She is survived by her husband Shirley F. Allender Jr.; sons, Steve Allen Redmon of Jonesboro, Shirley Francis Allender of Fayetteville, Darrel Wayne Allender of Jonesboro, John Allender of Wilmore, Ky.; sisters, Loretta Johnson of Nicholasville, Ky., Lanie Adams of Springfield, Tenn.; grandchildren, Keith Redmon, Mickey Redmon, Casey Allender, Ashley Redmon, Corey Allender, Brandy Allender, William Allender, Bo Allender, Jessica Allender, great-grandchildren Rori Morgan Redmon and Shelby Marie Redmon.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday Nov. 23, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Pastor Larry Burns will officiate. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Zelma Lucile

Wilson Whitaker

Zelma Lucile Wilson Whitaker, was born June 24, 1919 in Jonesboro, Georgia, died on November 20, 2005. She was the fourth daughter and sixth child of Wiley Sims Wilson and Nola Odessa Hemperley Wilson. Preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Rufus A. Whitaker, by brothers Frank (killed in the Battle of the Bulge), J. T., and Raymond; and by sisters, Willie Bennett, Bessie Adamson, and Maureen Redd.

She is survived by children, Dorothea (Carl) McAlvin, Stockbridge; Sandra (Robert) Pair, Milledgeville, Brenda (Bill) LoPotro, Winterport, Me; Michael Whitaker, Jonesboro; Suzanne Whitaker, Stockbridge; and by sister, Doris (Sam) McCullough, Hampton; brother, Leon (Margaret) Wilson, Stockbridge; and sister-in-law, Miriam (Raymond) Wilson.

Zelma grew up in the Noah's Ark community and lived there almost all of her life. She attended Henry County schools, graduating from Stockbridge High in 1937. Active in Noah's Ark Methodist Church in her youth, she served it as Sunday School and Bible School teacher, hostess to preachers and visiting clergy, long-time secretary of the Administrative Board, and a member of the Women's Society of Christian Service. In the 50s, 60s, and 70s, she was a member of the Home Demonstration Club and an advisor to the 4-H Club, supervising farming and home-making, community and self improvement projects, and accompanying youngsters on many camping trips.

Zelma worked for the Georgia Department of Revenue, the Department of Defense at both Ft. Gillem and Ft. McPherson, and retired from the Accounting Department of the Federal Aviation Administration. After retirement, she traveled. With her sister Doris she went on tours of England, with side trips to Edingburgh and Paris; of the Baltic countries, with a side trip to Leningrad; of Australia and New Zealand; and of Alaska. With her daughter Sandra, she went on a Shellnut Center - sponsored trip to Ireland; she visited daughter Suzanne in Hawaii four times. Summer trips to visit her daughter Brenda in Maine were among her greatest pleasures.

Zelma enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, baking, planning and attending parties, playing bridge, and any and all desserts made with peaches. She volunteered for the American Red Cross, Spivey Hall, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and for many years held season tickets to the Henry Players. She inspired all with a dedication to hard work, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” a zest for life, and a determination that those she loved should experience only the best.

In addition to her dearly loved children, she is survived by nine dearly loved grandchildren, Libby McAlvin (Byron) Farmer, Winder; Katy McAlvin (Jerry) Harlow, Alpharetta; Maggie McAlvin (Craig) Randall, Suffolk, Va.; Jennifer Pair (Kevin) McKinley, Fayettevile; Dan LoPotro, Winterport, Me.; Chris (Julie) Whitaker, Jonesboro; Kelly Whitaker; Melissa Laney, and Amy Laney, Stockbridge; and 12 great-grandchildren, including Peyton Christopher Whitaker, who was born on November 20.

Zelma's family remembers with thankful hearts the joy that her life-long friend, Troy Floyd, brought her in a renewed friendship, sweet courtship and the acquaintance of new friends at the Village Church in Jonesboro. Her family thanks the staff of Carestone Assisted Living in Jonesboro, where Zelma made her home for the last four years, and the nurses of Odyssey Hospice, who ministered to her in the last few weeks, for their loving care and for the support they gave us.

The family will receive visitors at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home in Jonesboro, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 22; services will be held in Ford-Stewart Chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, with burial at Noah's Ark Cemetery.

Her family commits her body to the earth in sorrow and her soul to the Lord in hope, for we know He has greeted her with these words: “Well done, thy good and faithful servant... enter into the joy of your Master.” (Matt 25:23)

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

Richard Ray

Richard Ray, age 61, of Stockbridge, died November 21, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Diane Ray.

He is survived by his daughter, Carla and Mike Thomas of Stockbridge; grandchildren, Lindsey and Matthew Thomas of Stockbridge; mother, Maxine Ray of Dunwoody; brother, Dan and Mary Ellen Ray and of Suwanee, Ga.

Funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2005 a 11 a.m. at the Horis A. Ward Tara Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends TODAY from 6 to 8 p.m..

Horis A. Ward Tara Chapel, Jonesboro, 770-471-7171.

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

Harold A. Starr

Harold A. Starr, of Tyrone, GA, passed away on November 20, 2005 at the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Fayetteville.

He is survived by daughters, Anita and Ken Maynard of Fayetteville, Diane and Robert Jones of Tyrone and Brenda and Eddy Sigmon of Locust Grove; brother, Terrell and Celeste Starr; sisters-in-law, Mary Nell Starr and Marguerite Starr.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at the Thomas L. Scroggs Chapel with the Rev. Ed Stewart officiating. Interment at Mt. Zion Baptist Cemetery.

Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Home, Morrow, GA 770-961-2828