Rev. Hershel Turner, of Jonesboro, passed away June 1, 2008. Rev. Turner began his full-time pastorate at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, and also served at Macedonia Baptist Church in Manchester, Ga. During his tenure at Macedonia Baptist Church, Rev. Turner was called to lead the small, 15-member, Emmanuel Baptist Mission Church in Riverdale.
During his 33 years of serving at Emmanuel, the church grew to more than 1,500 members.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucille Turner, of Jonesboro; sons, Lamar Turner and his wife, Mary, of El Cerito, Calif.; Rev. Keith Turner and his wife, Sheila, of Fayetteville; Thomas Turner and his wife, Susan, of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Chris Turner, Erin Turner, Ben Turner, Rachel Turner, Nick Turner and Megan Turner.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5, at 1 p.m., at Emmanuel Baptist Church, with remains placed in state at 12 p.m. Rev. Hinton Harris and Dr. Dennis Watson will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Those wishing, may send an online condolence at www.parrottfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Rd., Union City, Ga., 30291. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5- 8 p.m., at Parrott Funeral Home, Fairburn, (770) 964-4800.
Mrs. Barbara Jean Justice Cummings
Mrs. Barbara Jean Justice Cummings, 58, of Newnan, died on June 2, 2008. She was born in Colquitt County, Ga., and lived there until after she was married.
She and her husband settled first in Clayton County for 24 years and Coweta County for 12 years. Barbara, a gifted singer, started singing as a member of the Sunbeams at her church. She continued to be a member of her church choirs (and served as soloist) all her life, until she could no longer sing because of her illness. She sang in the A Cappella Choir and Seranaders at Moultrie Senior High School. The summer after her senior year, the Seranaders performed at the Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Canada. She majored in music (voice education) at UGA and was a member of the Georgia Singers.
After moving to Atlanta, she sang with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for several seasons. In later years, she sang with the Tara Choral Guild, where she served as a soloist. For several years, she performed concerts in local churches, and in other states, such as South Carolina.
Barbara has been a member of Heatherwood Baptist Church at Whiteoak in Newnan for the past 12 years. She was a very active member, sang in the choir and a quartet, before her health began to fail.
She worked as the office manager of several doctors groups, but later became employed at Northwest Airlines for 12 years. While there, she and her family enjoyed traveling, including trips to Hawaii, Mexico, California, Nevada, Colorado, and many other places.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 38 years, Gene Cummings; a son, Clint (Bianca) Cummings, of Canton, Ga.; a daughter, Melanie Cummings, of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Stephanie Cummings; a sister-in-law, Carol (Jimmy- deceased) Justice, of Abbeville, S.C.; 2 nieces, Jan (Andy) Davis, and Jennifer (Frank) Smith, also of Abbeville, S.C.; three grandnephews, Drew and Ryan Davis, and Will Smith; one uncle and two aunts, Jack and Anna Busby, of Americus, Ga., and Alma (Herman - deceased) Busby, of Moultrie, Ga., and five first cousins.
Barbara was the type of person who anyone would feel comfortable with. Many people sought her advice, including co-workers, friends and family. She made sure that everyone knew her strength and wisdom came from her Heavenly Father.
The funeral is Friday, June 6, at 2 p.m., at Heatherwood Baptist Church in Newnan, with Dr. Tom Daugherty officiating. Burial will follow at Westminister Memorial Gardens in Peachtree City. The visitation is Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m., at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, Ga., 30263. McKoon Funeral Home, (770) 253-4580.