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Obituaries - April 7, 2009

Paul B. Rollins, II

Mr. Paul B. Rollins, II, age 43, of Atlanta, formerly of Jonesboro, passed away March 27, 2009. As a youth, he worked at Swints Feed and Seed store and was very active with the Jonesboro Volunteer Fire Department. Paul was a certified public accountant and worked for Bank of America for 10 years. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffery Scott Rollins; grandparents, Theron and Lucille Rollins, George T. Pritchard.

He is survived by his parents, Paul B., Sr., and Sonia Rollins of Jonesboro; sister, Nicole Rollins of Smyrna, and grandmother, Mildred Pritchard of Suffolk, Va. He was also loved by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro with the Rev. Lewis Dawson officiating. The family received friends on Monday, March 30, at the funeral home. Flowers accepted or contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Jonesboro at (770) 478-6710 or American Heart Association at (770) 952-1316. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

James "Byron" Franklin Higgins

Mr. James "Byron" Franklin Higgins, also known as "The Judge" by his trucker friends, age 62, of Jonesboro passed away at his home on April 4, 2009. Byron retired from Delta Air Lines as a truck driver. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Higgins; his beloved pet, Bossy; children, Shari and Donnie Tallaman of Hammonton, N.J., Joseph Borlie of Morrow, and Julie and Dennis Kerce of McDonough; grandchildren, Amanda Curley, Jonathan Gosdin, Nicole Gosdin and Nicholas Borlie; sisters, Debbie Isbell, Sheila Isbell and Carolyn Browning all of Gadsden, Ala.; and his niece, Teresa Harris.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Jonesboro. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Oda Tatum Locke

Oda Tatum Locke, 85, widow of Maynard J. Locke, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Morningside of Sumter. Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late John Columbus Tatum and Addie Cain Tatum. She was a member of Morrow United Methodist Church in Morrow.

Surviving are three daughters, Cristal L. Byrom of Yatesville, Cheryl L. Ayers of Dayton, Ohio, and Vivian L. Sharp and husband Dabney L., of Sumter; seven grandchildren, Dawn B. Ringo, Britt K. Byrom, Kelly B. Lauridsen, Casey A. McCarrey, Mollie E. Sharp, Nancy L. Sharp, and Christopher D. Sharp; two great-grandchildren, Brooke E. Byrom and Pierce C. Byrom.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter with the Rev. Charles Walton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Parish Hall and other times at the home of her daughter. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, in the Fairview Memorial Gardens in Stockbridge. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Palmetto Chapter, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, S.C., 29202. Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com. Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the local arrangements (803) 775-9386.