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Obituaries - January 21, 2009

William Ray Oliver

William Ray Oliver, age 93, of Forest Park, died Jan. 19, 2009, at Westbury Health and Rehab where he was a resident and being treated for dementia. He was born in Red Oak, Ga., the son of the late Ella Frances Payton and Edgar Ray Oliver. He was a member of Ash Street Baptist Church, and a past member of the Moose Lodge of Forest Park. He enjoyed bowling, deer hunting, and fishing and was an avid walker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Elenora Hall Oliver; grandson, Robert Richard Hall and several siblings.

Survivors are his children, Robert "Bobby" Oliver and wife Jane of Hampton and Ruth Oliver Drew of McDonough; grandchildren, Warren Hall, Woody Hall, Frank Hall, Darrell Oliver, Steven Oliver and Deyna Lewis; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Catherine Ramey of Jasper, Ga., and Evelyn Hart of Lincoln, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 4 - 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A private interment will be held at Crest Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. Haisten Funeral Home - McDonough (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com

Billy Roper

Mr. Billy Roper, age 67, of Hampton, passed away Jan. 19, 2009. He was born Feb. 5, 1941, in Hall County. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired employee of Sarah Lee Foods, and a member of Little Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Roper was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Roper, in March of 2008.

He is survived by his children, Ricky and Kathy Roper, Sheryl and Donnie Ballew, Randy Roper and Lilsa and Brian Garner; one sister, Betty Youngblood; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in the Tara Chapel with the Rev. Lee Griggs and the Rev. Kenneth Hester officiating. Interment will follow in the Sherwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Tara Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. Horis A. Ward, Tara Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.