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Obituaries - Jan. 10, 2008

Margaret Mitchell Bryant

Sept. 15, 1922 - Jan. 7, 2008

Our mom, Margaret Mitchell Bryant, has begun the next part of her eternal journey. We miss her already, but are warmed by the knowledge that there is only a thin veil that separates us from her and, when needed, she will peek through to make sure we are OK. In the meantime, we will continue living our lives as she taught us and look forward to the day when we can all sit down at the table together.

Her journey began in Turner County, Ga., in 1922. Born to Julius Claudius and Cleo Flynt Mitchell, her early years were spent on her parent's farm in Colquitt County, with four younger siblings, trying to scratch out a living during the Great Depression.

Meals were served out of a pot in the front yard and dresses were cut from empty flour sacks. Despite the lack of video games and television, everyone survived and flourished. After high school, she spent time at Ma Henderson's boarding house in Moultrie, and worked at Dobbs-Adams Tire Company in Albany. She eventually moved on to Atlanta where, in 1947, she married John L. Bryant, Jr., brother of longtime Colquitt County educator, Ray Bryant. She helped see John through his education at Georgia Tech by working at the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta, after which she spent the next 20-plus years as a military wife, living in Tennessee, Hawaii, Virginia, and Germany.

During that span, she raised five great kids, teaching them right from wrong in an atmosphere of true love. Eventually, she and John settled down in McDonough, where they have lived for the past 40 years. Her house there was a warm place where the door was always open for her kids to return and relax in her loving embrace. She was, and will continue to be, a refuge for them.

On this side of the veil, Margaret Mitchell Bryant is survived by her husband of 60 years, John L. Bryant, Jr., of McDonough; daughter, Peggy Thornton and son-in-law, Tom Thornton, of Marietta, daughter, Karen Bryant, of Stockbridge; son, Johnnie Bryant, of McDonough, son, Wane Bryant, and daughter-in-law, Carol Bryant, of Huntersville N.C., and daughter, Tina Marie Bryant, of Roswell.

Her legacy will be carried on by her six grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, and Luke Thornton, Neil and Emily Bryant, and Karolyne Maddox. Her surviving siblings are Paul Mitchell, of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dot Morehead, of Convoy, Ohio, Dean Strickland, of Havana Fla., and Hazel Segars, of Havana, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius Claudius and Cleo Flynt Mitchell, and her brother, J. G. Mitchell.

You are invited to help us celebrate the life of this wonderful lady. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, Ga. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Haisten Funeral Home, followed by interment at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park, McDonough, Ga.

Memorials would be appreciated in the form of flowers or memorial contributions in her name to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Her memory will be served, if we all live our lives as she did - simply, treating people with kindness, and knowing right from wrong.

Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough, Ga., (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com.

M. Emmett Adams

Mr. M. Emmett Adams, of McDonough, passed away Jan. 8, 2008 at the age of 84.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at 1p.m., at Horis A. Ward's Tara Chapel, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Hinton Harris and the Rev. Ron Little will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Mr. Adams served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was a member of the Forest Park Masonic Lodge and was retired from the Ford Motor Co.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Adams; daughters, Jean and Marvin Ramey, Anne Bossie; sister, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hamby; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Flowers are acceptable or contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Horis A. Ward Tara Chapel, Jonesboro in charge of arrangements, (770) 471-7171.