Dorothy Elizabeth Smith Allen

Dorothy Elizabeth Smith Allen, of McDonough, went to be with her Lord, June 26, 2008. Dot was born April 17, 1917 in Atlanta, on Highland Avenue. She was the older daughter of the late James Clifford Smith and Annie Mae Wingate Smith, and the step-daughter of the late Minnie Tinsley Smith.

She graduated from Commercial High School. At the age of 16, she started the Zoraka Club. The group of 12 girlfriends met monthly for over 60 years. After graduation, Dot worked for Southern Railway until her marriage to Robert Stuart Allen on Sept. 22, 1940 at Epworth Methodist Church. They began their married life in Tampa, Fla., later transferring to Charleston, S.C., and eventually back to the Atlanta area.

For more than 50 years, Dot was very active in the Hapeville United Methodist Church, especially WSCS, now United Methodist Women, HUMS singing group, and the Jere Wells Class. She was a member of the Hapeville Book Club, Atlanta History Center, Hapeville Service Leagues, Hapeville Historical Society, the Alfred Holt Colquitt Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, later transferring to the McDonough UDC #2411, a volunteer at the voting polls in Hapeville, active PTA member for 25 years, and numerous bridge clubs.

After moving to McDonough in 1996, she became a member of McDonough First United Methodist Church and the Ada Bertha Bunn Circle. She was a true southern lady who loved life, friends, and family. She was a devoted, loving, and fun wife, mother, and grandmother. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy. She was always ready for a card game, an outing, or a musical show. Dot made every holiday a special occasion with her flair for decorating and entertaining.

Being a native of Atlanta, Dot had great memories and stories of the old Atlanta train terminal where her father worked; climbing Stone Mountain; graduating from high school in the Fox Theater; trips to the Varsity, and growing up in Little Five Points. She had a love of music, and always a song in her heart.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, and three daughters: Priscilla Smith (Bill), Phyllis Taylor (the late Dan Taylor), Dottie Green (Michael); six grandchildren, Dan Taylor, Michael Taylor (Silvia), Stephanie Gauthier (Bobby), Abigail Smith, Sarah Russell (Billy), and Emily Green; five great-grandchildren, Madison and Matthew Taylor, Hannah Russell, Robert and Millie Gauthier; sisters, Julia Morris and Betty Spencer; niece, Julie Boone; and lifelong Zoraka friends, Ray Barfield, Louise Mitchell, Doris Tatum, Muriel King, and Jean Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m., Monday, June 30, at McDonough First United Methodist Church, 151 Macon Street, with Rev. Mack Riley and Mike Broome officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, June 29, from 4 p.m., to 6 p.m., at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Hapeville United Methodist Church, First United Methodist of McDonough, or Sacred Journey Hospice of McDonough. Those who wish, may sign the online guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, (770) 914-1414.

Betty Jean Watkins

Mrs. Betty Jean Watkins, 78, of Morrow, passed away, June 26, 2008. She is survived by her daughter and son in law; Kristie and Martin Whigham, of Stockbridge; sisters, Jackie Barrow, of Hampton, Ann Davidson, of Concord; grandchildren, Heather Bishop, Brittany Harp, Beth Miller, Brook Williams; and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Victoria, and Isabella.

Funeral services will be held TODAY (Saturday, June 28), at 6 p.m., in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Minister Randy Kea will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday, 4-6 p.m., prior to the service. Graveside services will be held Monday, June 30, at 11a.m., at Christian Home Church of Christ Cemetery in Wicksburg, Ala. Minister Mark Turner will officiate at the graveside service. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro, Ga., (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Gloria Thompson

Mrs. Gloria 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.