Howard "Gene" Bryson

Howard "Gene" Bryson, 58, of Stockbridge, passed away Feb. 6, 2009. Mr. Bryson was born in Ellijay, Ga. He was employed by Premier Transportation for the last 20 years, where he served as a General Manager for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy Bryson, of Stockbridge; daughter, Jaclyn Turner, of Stockbridge; sons, Ronnie Miller and Derek Miller, both of Stockbridge; parents, Harold and Betty Bryson, of Stockbridge; grandchildren, Devan, Chase, Ansley and Emily; sisters, Gail Adams, of Jonesboro, Shelia Coker, of McDonough, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at Ward's Fairview Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Please visit, to send condolences and to view the online video tribute and guest register.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Rd., Stockbridge, Ga. 30281, (770) 474-1231.

Thomas Magnum Pauls

Thomas Magnum Pauls, 19, of McDonough, passed away Feb. 3, 2009 in Ohio. He was born in Stockbridge, and was preceded in death by a grandmother, Mary Pauls. Thomas was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and received his GED from Griffin Tech, being third in his class. He enjoyed reading, drawing, and designing cars.

Survivors include his mother, Carolyn (Lonnie) Sheffield, of Piqua, Ohio; father, Tommy (Penny) Pauls, of Forsyth, Ga.; siblings, Rajah Sheffield, Heather Pauls, and Devon Sheffield; grandparents, Robert L. Pauls, Sr., of McDonough, Gary Elsass, of Sidney, Ohio, Carol Batch, of Oklahoma; aunts and uncles, Robert L. (Michelle) Pauls, Jr., of McDonough, Ga., Robin (David) Baker, of Indianapolis, Ind., Sherri Batch, Jim Elsass and Carl Davis, all of Oklahoma; numerous cousins, and adoptive grandparents, Mike (Jackie) Smith, of McDonough, Ga.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., from the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. The Rev. Mike Smith will officiate. Entombment will follow at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Friends may visit the family Saturday evening, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Three Corporate Square, Suite 120, Atlanta, Ga. 30329, in memory of Thomas. Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, Ga. 30253, (770) 914-8833,

Betty Gasses

Miss Betty Gasses, 90, of McDonough, passed away Feb. 5, 2009. Miss Gasses was born in Dover, N.H., the daughter of the late Selma Deraney and Assad Gasses. She was part owner of Gasses Clothing Store in McDonough, from 1934 to 1981.

Betty was known for her work in the community. She was also known for her delicious cakes. She was a devoted member of St James The Apostle Catholic Church, where she served in various areas of the church. She was preceded in death by all of her siblings.

Survivors are Tony and Jackie Gasses, of Hampton, Michael and Martha Gasses, of Stockbridge, Edna Norton, of McDonough, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass for Betty Gasses will be Monday, Feb. 9, , at 2 p.m., at St. James The Apostle Catholic Church, with Father John Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at the McDonough City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, 2-4 p.m., and on Sunday, 4-7 p.m., with A Rosary service at 7 p.m., following the visitation. For those who wish, donations may be made to Sacred Journey Hospice, 138 Peach Drive, McDonough, Ga. 30253. Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough, (770) 914-8833,