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Obituaries - May 27, 2009

Stevie L. Richardson

Stevie L. Richardson, age 73, died on May 25, 2009 at Heartland Hospice in Riverdale, after complications from diabetes. "Stevie" was born in Macon to Lurline and Steve Richardson, Sr. He was the former director of Clayton County Transportation and Development for 28 years, retiring in 1993. Stevie's career spanned during the early development of Clayton County from a prison work camp to a department of over 200 employees. His responsibilities expanded to cover not just the road department but Traffic Engineering, Planning and Zoning and the County Landfill. The informality and family atmosphere made Stevie's department one of the best places to work. He promoted from within on most occasions and started the careers of some of his most ambitious employees. Stevie was an avid fisherman and loved his field trials with his dogs, Anna and Jessie.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia "Gin" Richardson; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Laura Richardson of Locust Grove; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Emily Page of Jonesboro; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Stanley Pastuszka of Ellijay; four grandchildren, Brent and Katie Pastuszka and Cali and Maddie Page; cousins, Jim and Dot Lee of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Interment will be in Orange Hill Cemetery in Hawkinsville on May 29, at 2 p.m., with a private graveside service for family and close friends. Paul Ballard (family friend) will be officiating. In memory of Steve, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, the Diabetes Foundation or charity of your choice.

Clark Funeral Home of Hawkinsville is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign the online register at www.clarkfuneralhawkinsville.com.

Tommie Jean Bray

Tommie Jean Bray died Monday, May 25, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 28, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at 1 p.m., at Fairview Memorial Gardens, 164 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. The Rev. Franklin Etheridge will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Bray, the daughter of the late James Walter and Leah Bartlett McGouirk, was born July 18, 1930 in Clayton County. Her sons, Alfred and Clayton Bray, preceded her in death. She worked for Chick-fil-A and later retired from The Colonial Store, which was later known as the Big Star.

Survivors include her husband, John L. Bray of Forsyth; children, Beverly and Joe Cronan of McDonough, Patsy and Von Goulden of Flovilla, Clifford and Bonnie Bray of Forsyth; brothers, Bud McGouirk of Forest Park, Punk McGouirk of Forsyth, Jerry McGouirk of Stone Mountain; sisters, Sara Bing of Madison, Peggy Smith of Fayetteville; grandchildren, David Bray, Connie Cronan, Scott Cronan, Ashley Cronan, Leslie Paulk, Rebecca Bray, Jennie Bray, Andrea Kelley, Ryan Bray; great-grandchildren, Marshall Bray, Austin Bray and Madi Paulk.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Clifford and Bonnie Bray, 601 Blue Store Road, Forsyth.

Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.

James Michael "Jay" Chapman

James Michael "Jay" Chapman, born May 3, 1981, recently turned 28 years old. He and fiancé Katie Walker were excitedly planning their wedding for this July 4. Memorial Day weekend was to be a special time for both. Jay was on his way to New Orleans on May 22 for a weekend "pre-wedding celebration" with a group of 15 friends when the head-on collision occurred that tragically took his young life. Katie was to leave on Saturday for Charleston with the fiancés of Jay's buddies to celebrate all their upcoming marriages.

A 1999 graduate of Fayette County High School, Jay was an accomplished athlete in his community. He attended Gordon College before transferring to West Georgia College, where he was named Athlete of the Year three times and Pi Kappa Phi was his beloved fraternity. He graduated with a degree in history and psychology. Jay always had a smile on his face and was a positive influence on everyone he met. Everybody loved him, especially his students and colleagues at South Cobb High School, where he taught social studies and coached basketball, baseball and softball. Jay flourished in his role as coach and was an avid golfer and Georgia Tech fan.

First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, where Jay attended and was baptized, helped contribute to his strong character. He and fiancé Katie were anxious to start their roles in life as husband and wife and hoped to start a family soon. Katie and Jay were looking forward to closing on their home where they would start their future together on July 4 this week. He was also scheduled to complete his master's degree this fall.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m., located at 2047 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro. The funeral service is planned for 2 p.m., this Friday, May 29, at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, located at 147 Church Street near downtown Jonesboro. The family will receive friends there at 1 p.m.

Jay admired the work of the Shriners Organization. The family has expressed a desire for contributions to be made, in lieu of flowers, to: The Research Center at Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63131.

Jay is survived by his parents, Joseph and Janet Hogan Chapman; beloved fiancé Katie Walker; brother Joe Chapman, sister-in-law Kristen Chapman, nieces McKenzie and Macie Chapman; brother Joel Chapman and special friend Chelsey Harrington; aunts and uncles John and Sandra Hogan Orr, Mary Chapman Roma, Nancy Blake Hogan, Tommy and Betty Holliday, Randy and Carol Hogan; several cousins and extended family. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.