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12-20-08 obituaries

George Thomas Purdy

George Thomas Purdy, born Dec. 1, 1925, in Alto, Ga., went home to be with the Lord, Dec. 18, 2008.

He was the fourth child of Columbus Bruce Purdy and Sarah Ellie Ivie. He was married to his beloved wife, Marjorie Benefield Purdy, for 59 years. He has one daughter, Lisa Purdy, of Newnan, and five siblings: Mabel Stewart of Ashville, N.C., Ed Purdy (deceased), of Westminster, S.C., Lucille Mote (deceased), of Marietta, Ga., Louise Ferguson, of Marietta, and Grace Oliver, of Jonesboro; and many nieces and nephews.

And because he had no grandchildren, he gathered them: Mary Beth Haley, of Seneca, S.C., Anna May, of Townville, S.C., and DeLora Elloitt, of Seneca, S.C.

He served his country in WWII and Korea in the Army Air Corps and Air Force. He owned Purdy Radio and TV Repair Shop in Jonesboro, and retired from Eastern Airlines in 1985, to live on Lake Hartwell in Westminster, S.C.

He enjoyed much volunteer work throughout his life. He worked at Grant Field for Georgia Tech home games. He started a paper drive in the Tabor community in South Carolina, for Collins Home ministries. He served in the church he loved -- and that loved him -- Mt. Tabor Baptist.

He loved to laugh and always had a joke ready. He enjoyed his family and friends most of all. He was kind, giving and thoughtful, in quiet and simple ways. He was a sweet and gentle soul.

Visitation will be at Sandifer Funeral Home, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, in Westminster, S.C.

The Home Going Service will be at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, lead by Rev. Michael Adams. Entombment will be at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum on Hwy 11.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 401 Tabor Road, Westminster, S.C. 29693, or Collins Children's Home, P.O. Box 745, Seneca, S.C. 29679.

The family is at the residence. A message of condolence may be written to the family by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com. Sandifer Funeral Home in Westminster is assisting the Purdy family.

Helen Bartels

Ms. Helen Bartels, 61, of Stockbridge, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. She was born May 22, 1947, in Atlanta, to Lewis and Onedia Peters.

Ms. Bartels worked for, and retired from, Bellsouth after 35 years of service. She was the co-owner of Vision Impaired Personal Services. Ms. Bartels was a member of the Bellsouth Pioneers and was a volunteer clown for various activities.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Bartels, of Conyers; parents, Lewis and Onedia Peters, of Monroe; sisters, Vivian Tucker, of Monroe, and Carolyn Golden, of Dacula; brother, Edward Peters, of Social Circle; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Ms. Bartels were held at Macedonia Baptisit Church Cemetery in Lithonia at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, with the Rev. Cory Kloth officiating. Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements, www.wheelerfuneralhome.com.

Susan McCarter

Susan McCarter, of Locust Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 18, 2008, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn DeShazo, of Birmingham, Ala., and father-in-law, Charles McCarter, of Locust Grove.

She is survived by her loving husband, Scott McCarter; children, Dylan Scott McCarter, and Laura Angelyn McCarter; father, Mike DeShazo, of Birmingham, Ala.; mother-in-law, Elsie McCarter, of Locust Grove; sister, Becky Cree, of Loganville; brother, Doug (Jane) and Rhiannon DeShazo, of St Cloud, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Chuck (Misty) and Charlie ( Kristin) and Doug McCarter, of Locust Grove, Ga.; In-laws, Karen Hearn, Luke and Jake Hearn, of Locust Grove, and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Locust Grove and Birmingham.

Susan was born in Birmingham, July 9, 1954. She attended public schools in Birmingham, Montreal, Canada, and Pittsburgh, Penn., and received a BA Degree in Journalism from Auburn University. She attended graduate school at Florida State University and majored in Mass Communications. Susan was athletic and competed in high school swimming, diving and synchronized swimming events, as well as gymnastics.

She recently completed the Breast Cancer Three Day Walk. Susan was a professional photo-journalist and was employed at Turner Network Television, the Talladega Daily Home, and the Fulton County Daily Report. She also had many free-lance assignments around the state, such as weddings, and high-school sporting events.

She was a member of Locust Grove United Methodist Church.She was also a member of the Locust Grove Women's Club.

A visitation will be held for family and friends on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, 3-5 p.m., at the funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held at the Locust Grove United Methodist Church on Monday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Susan's name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The American Cancer Society, or the United Methodist Church. Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough, (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com.

Elsie M. Reid

Elsie M. Reid, 84, of Jenkinsburg, Ga., passed away on Dec. 18, 2008. Mrs. Reid was preceded in death by her son, William Hershal Reid, III, and her husband, William Hershal Reid, Jr.

She is survived by six children, Patsy Floyd, of Summerville, Ga.; Molly and Donald Myers, of Jenkinsburg, Jackie and Ricky Horn, of Monticello, Rusty and Sheryl Reid, of Eatonton, Dianne and Jimmy Holloway, of Griffin, and Susan Kennedy, of Jenkinsburg; 16 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22, at Horis A. Ward's Tara Chapel. Interment will follow at Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park, Ga.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 20, 4-8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21, 4-8 p.m., at Horis A. Ward - Tara Chapel, 681 North Avenue, Jonesboro, Ga. 30236, (770) 471-7171.