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Obituaries - Feb. 6, 2008

Blats O. Conner

Blats O. Conner, 64, of Gainesville, formerly of Ellenwood, passed away Feb. 3, 2008.

He is survived by two daughters, Julie and Tim Fleury, of Jackson, and Marla and Joe Mitchell, of Loganville; twin sons, Blats Conner and Brent Conner, both of Stone Mountain; granddaughter, Heather; grandsons, Sean, Joe, Matt; brother, Steven James, of Gainesville; niece, Selena; nephews, Scott, Jeff and Christopher.

Mr. Conner was a member of the Henry County Mounted Sheriffs Posse.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m., TODAY (Wednesday, Feb. 6) at Horis A. Ward - Fairview Chapel. The Rev. Joseph Mitchell will be officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. Arrangements made by Horis A. Ward - Fairview Chapel, (770) 474-1231.

Dr. Paul Emmitt Davis

Dr. Paul Emmitt Davis, 83, of McDonough, passed away Feb. 5, 2008 at his residence. Dr. Davis was born in Emanuel County, Ga., to the late Dave L. and Lizzie Wiggins Davis. His brothers, Melvin and Clinton Davis, preceded him in death.

He is survived by Martha Bland Davis, of McDonough, devoted wife of 59 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki (Ronnie) Stephens, of Buford, and Debra (Danny) Brown, of McDonough; grandchildren, Brittany (Shane) Terrell, Zane Stephens, and Josh Brown; great grandchildren, Madison, Macey, and Hadley Terrell; siblings, Thelma Powell, of Savannah, Inman (Runette) Davis, of Statesboro, Helen (O'Neal) Rogers, of Blun, and Peggy (Robert) Ware, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Davis proudly served his county in the U.S. Navy in WWII as an aviation radioman and gunner, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following the Navy, he received B.S., Masters, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia. His career and passion as an educator spanned 45 years and included coaching, teaching and administration. He was principal at various Georgia schools, including, Lyons High School, McDonough Christian Academy, and Alexander Stephens, as well as vice president at Brewton-Parker College for 12 years. Later in his career, he was the Education Director of Ga. Diagnostic & Classification Center, graduating a record number of inmates. He was the first certified teacher to implement Driver's Education in the Georgia school system.

He was a devoted family man spending countless hours with his wife, daughters and their families, teaching them to love the Lord and enjoy life. He was an avid golfer and reader and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially in his native South Georgia. He was an active member of Salem Baptist Church in McDonough. He has faithfully served the Lord in Church through the years in the roles as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and lay speaker.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Feb. 8, at 11a.m., at Salem Baptist Church in McDonough, with the Rev. Charles Q. Carter and the Rev. Dan McKay officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Cemetery in Metter, Ga., at 4:30 p.m. Friends may visit the family, 4-7 p.m. on Feb. 7, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Davis' desire was that contributions be made in his memory to, Campus Outreach, P.O. Box 2044, Dept. 2300, Memphis, Tenn., 38101. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, Ga., (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com.