Obituaries - Oct. 12, 2007

James Edgar Matthews, Jr.

James Edgar "Ed" Matthews, Jr., of Morrow, died Oct. 9, 2007. Son of James E. Matthews, Sr., and Caroline Elizabeth Jones Matthews, Ed was born May 10, 1921 in Leesburg, Ga. His brother, William, predeceased him.

Surviving family members include his wife of 56 years, Audrey Lee (Long) Matthews; son and daughter-in-law, Caroline C. and James E. Matthews III, of Elmira, N.Y.; grandson, Christopher at Ga. Tech; and granddaughters, Susannah and Katherine, at home. Also his brother, Richard "Dick" Matthews; special niece, Susan Matthews (R. Dean) Wilson; Alex and Alison, of Peachtree City; his sister-in-law, Mrs. William (Della Rae) Matthews, of Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

During the Depression, Ed left school to support his family, drilling wells with his father. Ed was a talented mechanic, who loved to fix almost anything. He joined Delta Airlines as an airline mechanic during WW II. Although Ed did not have the opportunity to finish High School, he was accepted to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech) in 1958, where he studied Electrical Engineering at night. When Ed retired in 1985, he was Delta's Director of Aircraft Maintenance. He was very proud of his 42 years at Delta, and of the hundreds of employees who worked with him at Delta's Atlanta Jet Base. Although a manager for many years, he considered himself a mechanic first. More than once, he took off his suit jacket and got off an airplane delayed for mechanical problems, to help.

Ed was an active member of Morrow First United Methodist Church and its Marvin Foster Sunday School class, and former member of the Morrow Fire Department. and Lions Club.

He was the Mayor of Morrow from 1961-1963. During his term, the city was rechartered, Morrow's city fire and police departments were formed, street lights were installed, and Morrow's zoning codes were updated. He remained passionate about good government and politics.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. For many years, he and Audrey spent their free time in Florida's panhandle, fishing in Apalachicola Bay with Ed's brother, Dick, and sister-in-law, Carolyn, and enjoying cottages that he and Dick built.

The family would like to thank the staff at Governor's Glen Alzheimer's facility for the compassionate care provided to Ed these past six months. Special thanks as well to all their present and former Westwood neighbors.

Visitation was 6 - 8:30 p.m., Oct. 11, Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel, 1210 Morrow Rd, Morrow. Services were Friday, Oct. 12, at 11a.m., at Morrow First United Methodist Church, 5985 N. Main St, Morrow, Ga., 30260.

The Rev. Edward Judy officiated. Burial followed immediately at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta. The family provided flowers, and respectfully requests memorial contributions in Ed's name to: The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 760 Spring St NW, Suite 400, Atlanta, Ga., 30308; Morrow First United Methodist Church, 5985 N. Main St, PO Box 143, Morrow, Ga., 30260 or a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Road Chapel, Morrow, (770) 961-7200

Edward F. "Fish" Craig

Edward F. "Fish" Craig of Lake City, passed away Oct. 9, 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Ona Craig; mother, Doris Phillips; daughters, Windy Craig, Brandy L. Ibarra, Lisa Craig; granddaughters, Vanessa Ibarra and Makenzie Ibarra; sisters, Patsy Cage, Phyllis Watkins and Janice Phillips.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, TODAY, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Horis A. Ward Parkway Chapel, 1000 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, (404) 366-3522.

Allen Nixon "Nick" Dougherty

Mr. Allen Nixon "Nick" Dougherty, 89, of Forest Park, passed away Oct. 10, 2007 after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rachel Dougherty; brother, William E. Dougherty, Cumberland City, Tenn.; sons, Ethan and Irma Dougherty; Baxley; Dan and Anne Dougherty, Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Ken Dougherty, Yokohama, Japan; Matt and Erica Dougherty, Atlanta; Dylan and Sara Dougherty, Portland, Ore.; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dougherty retired from Delta Air Lines after 42 years of service. He served as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and in other volunteer positions with the Boy Scouts of America. For over 50 years, he was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Forest Park. He was a member of the Delta Pioneers and the Forest Park Kiwanis Club.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m., at Jones Memorial Methodist Church. He will lie in state at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Terry Phillips and The Rev. Marti Slife will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, or your favorite charity. Horis A. Ward Parkway Chapel, Forest Park, in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Henry Grilliot

Henry Grilliot, of Jonesboro, passed away on Oct. 11, 2007. Arrangements by Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., (770) 961-2828.

Ms. Terri Ann Smith Phillips

Ms. Terri Ann Smith Phillips, 41, of McDonough, passed away Oct. 11, 2007. She was the daughter of Dr. Ben and Carolyn Smith, and was a Legal Assistant with the U. S. Attorney General's Office, and was a member of Harvest Baptist Tabernacle.

Surviving are her parents, Dr. Ben and Carolyn Smith of McDonough, maternal grandmother, Bertha Mae Ray of Stockbridge, brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Maxine Smith of Pinson, Ala., and Tracey and Hollye Smith of Henderson, Nevada, sister and brother-in-law, Tricia and David Brown of China, 6 nieces, 2 nephews, and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, 11 a.m. at Harvest Baptist Tabernacle with Dr. Ben Smith, Rev. Tracey Smith and Dr. Joe Arthur officiating. Remains will be placed in state at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Birmingham, Ala. at 4 p.m. C.S.T.

The family will receive friends today, Friday, Oct.12, 2007, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge. 770-210-2700