Obituaries - Jan. 13, 2009

Spence G. Hammonds

Mr. Spence G. Hammonds, age 92, of Jonesboro, passed away, Jan. 10, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Casey Hammonds.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas S. (Tom) and Nancy Bryant Hammonds of McDonough, Casey F. and Cynthia Hammonds of Hampton; grandchildren, Courtney Anne Hammonds, Cole Bryant Hammonds, Ross Bryant Hammonds; niece, JoAnne Ogletree; nephew, Dennis Hammonds and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro Chapel. She will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Irvin Pearre will officiate. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family received friends on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to: Missions Fund, First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, PO Box 773, Jonesboro, Ga., 30237; Boy Scouts of America, Troop 163, c/o Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 992 Mt. Bethel Rd., McDonough, Ga., 30252. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com

Robert Edward James

Mr. Robert Edward James, age 76, of Forest Park died Jan. 9, 2009. He was retired from the city of Forest Park, and had worked most of his life as a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Downs James; his children, Pamela Webb of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Robbie James, Cheryl James, Bobby James all of Forest Park, David James of Forsyth and Rodney James of McDonough; two sisters, Elaine Copeland and Barbara Fincher; brother, Fred James and 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Forest Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at the funeral home. Arrangements by Horis A. Ward, Parkway Chapel. (404) 366-3522.

Patricia D. Gragg

Patricia D. Gragg of Stockbridge passed away Jan. 4, 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Gragg; sons, Eddie Gragg of Griffin, Lonnie Gragg of McDonough and Timothy Gragg of Jackson; daughter, Cassandra Gragg, Forest Park; sisters, Carolyn Anglin, Loganville, Kathyleen Yates, Decatur and Myra McCord, Jackson; brother, Darrell Brown, Stockbridge.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at Bouldercrest Baptist Church. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

La Verne Kincheloe

Mrs. La Verne Kincheloe, age 80, of Jonesboro died Jan. 10, 2009. She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Edward Kincheloe.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Kincheloe; son, Kevin Kincheloe and sister, Louellen Hicks.

Mrs. Kincheloe taught in the Clayton County School System for more than 17 years. She also taught in Tennessee and Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 in the Jonesboro Chapel of Pope Dickson & Son with the Rev. Paul Robins and the Rev. Reed Crumbliss officiating. Interment will follow in Morrow City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel. (770) 478-7211.