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Obituaries - June 26, 2009

Annie "Belle" Lawrence

March 4, 1925 -

June 24, 2009

Annie "Belle" Lawrence, age 84, soared into heaven proud of her many life-time accomplishments. She was born in Lakewood, Ga., to Elizabeth F. Price (James Burt Price) and grandparents, Caroline S. and Rudolph Fast. She learned life's lessons and worked as an apprentice machinist on the family farm under the watchful eye of her machinist grandfather. She was a 1942 Sacred Heart High School graduate. Belle took engineering drawing courses at Georgia School of Technology, and worked in the Engineering Department at Southern Bell thereafter. Before she earned a driver's license, she earned her pilot's wings. She left Atlanta as a teenager to find her place in aviation. She lived her dream of working on, and flying airplanes, flying with many contemporary female pilots in Amelia Earhart's '99's. Belle ferried airplanes around the U.S. during the 1940s, additionally earning a parachute-rigger's license, and aviation mechanic's license. During the '40s and '50s she rebuilt the fabric-covered wings and engines of many airplanes.

She moved to Deland, Fla., to run her business rebuilding airplanes, running the Airport Fixed-base Airport Operation and teaching aircraft classes at Stetson University. Her favorite plane was her two metal-winged ErCoupe's, one of which she flew to air shows in Florida with the '99's. She served in the Civil Air Patrol at Atlanta Airport as a paid employee of that auxiliary of the Air Force. Later, she was a ticket agent for Delta Air Lines, where she met and married B.L. Lawrence. Pausing in her flying quest, she raised two sons. As that challenge was met, she returned to the skies, again flying and working at the Fulton County Airport. She worked with many civic organizations in Forest Park and Clayton County, including Forest Park Ceramics, Ancestors Unlimited, Sweet Adelines, Historical Jonesboro, Alliance Theatre, and Spivey Hall among many others.

She earned an associate degree in library science from Clayton State Junior College in 1977, and worked with the Clayton County Public Library in the Riverdale and Forest Park branches. She grew the library at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church and served on the Committee for the Rebuilding of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church after a devastating fire in 1975. Belle was an associate member of Fairview Presbyterian Church when residing at the Amelia Island home built with her son, Eric. Travel remained in her blood as she toured Europe many times with friends and family, especially to her ancestral Austria. She wrote extensive diaries and shared pictures of her travels. She served in the Civil Air Patrol for over 25 years retiring as a captain in 2000 from the Fernandina Beach Squadron.

Her last few years were spent active with the Grace Arbor at the United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville.

Belle was preceded in death by her grandparents, mother and spouse. She is survived by son, Walter Eric (Allison) Lawrence; granddaughter, Charlee S. Lawrence; son, Eliot Lawrence; grandsons, Jason C. Wetzstein (Dinah) and Trent C. Lawrence; and great-granddaughters Kyleigh and Brooklynn Wetzstein. Belle soared through life, lifting the spirits of all that knew her.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m., at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Jonesboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 351 Morrow Road, Forest Park, Ga., 30297. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Clifford Allen Hall

Mr. Clifford Allen Hall, age 51, of Morrow passed away June 23, 2009. He was a very special individual with a very big heart. He was a loving son, brother and uncle. Clifford worked for the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department for 25 years prior to retiring on disability. He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie M. Hall, Jr.; mother, Cherry A. Hall and sister, Ruth Kyzer.

He is survived by his sisters, Beth (Allan) Youngblood of Dahlonega, Peggy (Jim) Oberst of Jonesboro, Debra Rhymer of Jonesboro; brother, Charlie (Wanda) Hall of Riverdale; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home Thursday, June 25. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, June 26 in the Morrow Chapel of Pope Dickson & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Daugherty officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens.

Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Chapel. (770) 961-2700.