Obituaries - April 21, 2009

Pearl J. Bates

Mrs. Pearl J. Bates, age 97, of Jonesboro passed away April 18, 2009. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Gaynelle McCullough of Jackson; daughter and son-in-law, Myrtle and Judge William Ison of Jonesboro; sister, Kate J. Rogers of Virginia; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held, today, Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Arthur Jett will officiate. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family received friends, Monday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Thelma Naas

Mrs. Thelma Naas, 90, of Griffin died April 18, 2009. Mrs. Naas is preceded in death by husbands, Fred Wood and Ted Naas.

She is survived by her children, Billy and Thoma Wood of Hiram, Annette and Billy Pike of Griffin, Charles and Judy Wood of Temple, the Rev. Bobby and Sandra Wood of Austell, Brenda and DeWayne Mayo of Temple; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, April 21, at the Fayetteville Chapel of Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home with Dr. Billy Wood, Dr. Ray Waters, and the Rev. Ron Little officiating. Interment will be at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Cedartown, at 3 p.m., on Tuesday. The family received friends from 4 to 7 p.m., on Sunday, April 19, and 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday at the funeral home.

Sen. Terrell Adamson Starr

Retired Sen. Terrell Adamson Starr, 83, went to be with his Lord Jesus on Sunday, April 19. The sixth son of J.E. "Bud" and Kate Starr, he was a lifelong resident of Clayton County. Terrell and Celeste McKinney, childhood sweethearts, who married after he joined the Navy during World War II, would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this June. He moved his membership from Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Jonesboro to First Baptist Church of Forest Park when they married. He served his Lord in many capacities, as deacon for over 50 years, on committees and faithful attendance at the Church. He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and also a man of the people - a leader, and a statesman. He was first elected to public office as a commissioner from Clayton County, serving for eight years. Then, in 1968, he won his first term in the state Senate representing Clayton and Henry counties and he held that seat until he retired in 2005. His many friends knew he could be counted on and he was humbled by the trust others placed in him. Terrell was preceded in death by his parents, five older brothers, Raymond, Harold, Thurman, Wayne and Aubrey; parents-in-law J.B. and Annis Lee McKinney.

He is survived by his beloved wife Celeste; daughter, JoAnn and son-in-law, Rick McJenkin; son, Terry and daughter-in-law Jan Joiner Starr; grandchildren, Adamson, Benjamin, Joseph, Audra, Jillann and Nance Starr. Surviving in-laws are Jay and Janet McKinney, Henry and LaVerna McKinney, Ed and Margaret McKinney of Jacksonville, Fla.; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will greet visitors Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Forest Park, 834 Main St., (404) 366-6333. Also, from 12 p.m., until the funeral hour at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, at the church. Dr. Reed Crumbliss and the Rev. Paul Robins will bring the service. If you desire, the family suggests in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to First Baptist Church of Forest Park, or your charity of choice, in the memory of Senator Starr. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Alice Loraine Martin

Alice Loraine Martin, age 91, of Forest Park passed away Friday, April 17, 2009. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Everett Martin. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Stieb of Navarre Beach, Fla.; sons, Ken Martin of Dacula and Kirk Martin of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Kim Bailey, Dana Pelt, Killebrew Bailey, Amy Camp, Andy Martin, Maile Martin; great-grandchildren, Cason Camp, Lainey Camp, Easton Bailey and her brother, Kenneth Bruton of Texas.

Funeral services will be held today, April 21, at 2 p.m., at Ward's Parkway Chapel with the Rev. Ken Davidson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park. Horis A. Ward Parkway Chapel, 1000 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, 30297, is in charge of arrangements. (404) 366-3522.

Beverly Jane Bellew

Beverly Jane Bellew, age 57, of Desoto, Texas, formerly of Jonesboro, died on Sunday, April 12, 2009. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at Pope Dickson & Son-Morrow Chapel. Burial will be at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Her family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

She is survived by her husband, Chester J. Bellew; daughters, Melanie Ellington and Angela Hoofard; sisters, Katrina Hornsby and Shirley Monroe; brothers, Paul Madaris and Jerry Madaris, and four grandchildren.Pope Dickson & Son-Morrow Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. (770) 961-2700.