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Obituaries - July 23, 2009

Christine Thompson Carpenter

Christine Thompson Carpenter, of Clayton County, died July 21, 2009 following a long illness.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1921, and was the fifth of nine children born to the late Otis and Myrtle Lou Thompson, of Haralson, Ga. As a young woman, she moved to Atlanta and was employed by Southern Bell and Ford Motor Co.

She married Andy Carpenter on Sept. 16, 1949, and they moved to Riverdale, in 1956. She was preceded in death by her son, Kerry, who died at the age of 15 in 1969; her brothers, Richard, Lamar, and Julian Thompson, and her sister, Dorothy Welden.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of 59 years, include: her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea Carpenter and Dennis Edmiston, of Decatur; her son, Keith Carpenter, of Atlanta; her grandson, Kerry Dycus, of Decatur; her granddaughter, Emily Dycus Carley, and husband, Chad Carley, of Riverdale; two sisters, Helen Williams and Jean Thompson, of Peachtree City; two brothers, George Thompson, of Haralson, and Bernard Thompson and his wife, Betty, of Alvaton. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Nollie Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carpenter and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Carpenter, all of Millry, Ala.

Chris and her husband, Andy, former mayor of Riverdale, were dedicated members of Riverdale First United Methodist Church for more than forty years. Along with her husband, she worked tirelessly and unselfishly for her church, the Riverdale community, and Clayton County through her efforts. She often worked behind the scenes, in a variety of activities, including PTA, youth sports, scouting, the Meals on Wheels program, and Samaritans Together.

To those who knew her personally, she was a gifted seamstress, a wonderful Southern cook, a loyal friend and sister, a devoted wife and mother, and a loving grandmother.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 24, at 2 p.m., at the Riverdale First United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (church cemetery). Rev. Herbert Owen and Pastor Moses Woodruff will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828.

Dorothy Pearl Burns

Dorothy Pearl Burns, 72, of Clayton County, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2009. A private graveside service will take place in Sherwood Memorial Park Cemetary at 11 a.m., with Rev. Joe Mauthe officiating.

A long-time resident of Clayton County, Dorothy Burns was retired from Owens Illinois after 30 years of service.

She is survived by two sons, Dean (Gloria) Burns, of Senoia, Ga., and J.R. (Susan) Burns, of Lake Dow; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Karen, of West Virginia.

The family will receive friends Thursday, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Horis A. Ward-Tara Chapel, 681 North Ave., Jonesboro, is charge of arrangements, (770) 471-7171.