Chris Jones

Chris Jones, age 45, of McDonough, GA died Wednesday, July 2, 2008. He was born in Waynesville, NC to the late Marvin Eugene and Judith Carlene Conner Jones. He was a member of Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church. Mr. Jones, a 1981graduate of Briarcliff High School in Atlanta, was quarterback and captain of his high school football team and received a college scholarship to play football for Jacksonville State College in Alabama. He and his Dad started a trucking business after college and he worked in the furniture industry for many years as a sales representative. Chris met and began dating Sheryl in 1984 and they were married in 1991. In 1995 they moved to McDonough so Sheryl could start her medical practice and their family. They have two sons, Christopher, born in 1995, and Connor, born in 1997. In 2002 he opened The Culinary Doctor (a corporate catering enterprise) and the Family Restaurant and Grill in Jonesboro. He then opened The Southern Skillet (a family style restaurant) located on Hudson Bridge Road in 2004 and The Magnolia House (special events facility) on Jodeco Road in 2006. Chris loved history and would debate politics all day long. (He will probably be on Heaven's version of "Meet The Press" with Tim Russert). He was the ultimate salesman and storyteller and excelled in sports. Chris loved golf, baseball, football and second only to his family, boating. He was always the life of the party and a friend to everyone. He was a dedicated family man and loved being a father. Above everything, his wife and children meant more to him than life itself.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Dr. Sheryl Simpson-Jones; sons, Christopher Daniel Jones and Connor Thomas Jones; sisters, Elena Saucier, Dacula, GA, Kelly Jones, Lawrenceville, GA and Julie Jones Phillips, Santa Monica, CA.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 7, 2008 at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church with Dr. Tim Dowdy officiating. A private entombment service will follow. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, Southeast Division, 135 Bradford Square, Suite B, Fayetteville, GA 30215. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.

Patsy Weems

Mrs. Patsy Weems, 60, of Jonesboro, passed away, July 2, 2008.

Call funeral home for arrangements. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770)-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Gloria I. Thompson

Mrs. Gloria I. Thompson, 52, of Jonesboro, passed away, June 25, 2008.

Call funeral home for arrangements. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770)-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Harold Vu

Mr. Harold Vu, 85, of Jonesboro, passed away, June 29, 2008.Funeral services were held Friday, July 4. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770)-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Mack "Jim" Jones, Jr.

Mr. Mack "Jim" Jones, Jr., 61 of Griffin, formerly of Hampton, died July 1, 2008. After graduating from Joe E. Brown High School in 1965, Jim served in the United States Army. He was also the owner and operator of the Riverdale Dairy Queen for 37 years. He was a member of the Lions Club and was an active member of Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Fran Jones; two daughters Shelley & Matt Drummond of Griffin and DeeDee & Michael Gebhardt of Princeton, NJ. He was also known as Papa to his three grandsons Wil, Cal, and Jack. He is also survived by his mother Edna Jones and brother Benjamin Jones, both of Hampton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Rev. Mark Westmoreland will officiate. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Square Foot Ministries (PO Box 371, Fayetteville, GA 30214) or the Gideons.

Carl J Mowell & Son, Fayetteville - www.mowellfuneralhome.com

John Earnest Matthews

John Earnest Matthews, age 86, of Stockbridge, GA died Thursday, July 3, 2008. He was born in Villa Rica, GA to the late Fred Alvin and Fanny Clotile Tolbert Matthews. Mr. Matthews was also preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Carter Matthews, daughter, Carol Lorraine Heard, and brothers, Billy Matthews, James Edgar Matthews and Kenny Boy Matthews. Mr. Matthews served in the U.S. Marine Corp in WWII. He retired from Atlanta Gas Light Company in 1988.

Mr. Matthews is survived by his daughters, Linda Gail Blair, Jackson, GA and Gloria Ann Richardson, Stockbridge, GA; 6 grandchildren, Allen Heard, Susan Hamm, Ricky Thompson, Becky Gray, John Heard and Lisa Cannon; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great- grandchildren; sister, Christine Gwostz, Gwinnett County, GA; brothers, Gene Matthews, Loganville, GA, and Larry Matthews, Fulton County, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 7, 2008 at The Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Dan Holley officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.