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Annie Maggie Fears - Andrew Emmett Smith - Terry J. Casey - Andrew Carpenter

Annie Maggie Fears

Today is a day of celebration, not a day of sorrow. The life we celebrate today has given joy, comfort and peace to five generations.

Annie Maggie Harper was born on March 6, 1906, in McDonough, to the late Robert Fisher and Julia Stillwell Harper. Her transition from this life took place on Oct. 4.

On March 6, she celebrated 103 years of life. All but a few years of her life were lived in McDonough. She was an active and dedicated member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, where she diligently served in several capacities, which included Sunday school teacher, church secretary, choir member, member of the United Methodist Women, hospitality committee, and communion committee.

Annie Harper graduated from Henry County Training High School. While in high school, she served as soloist in the school choir and excelled in all her subjects, which included a foreign language. Later in life, she attended night school and was awarded a certificate of excellence.

In 1925, she married Curtis Fears, and to this union one child was born, Callye Fears Chatman.

Mrs. Fears was always on hand to volunteer for community service and provided assistance to the sick and shut-in. For years, she volunteered as a worker for the American Cancer Society. She was awarded a plaque from the AKA Sorority for outstanding community service.

She is survived by a daughter, Callye Fears Chatman; grandchildren, Faye Capers (Larry), Edward Chatman, III (Naomi); great-grandchildren, Kiana Capers and Kori Capers; great-great-grandchildren, Anthoni Capers and Eric Moore, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Andrew Emmett Smith

Emmett Smith, age 78, of Stone Mountain, died Oct. 7, 2009.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, a real-estate appraiser and later became a custom-home builder. He loved fishing, working outdoors and making good friends.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Smith; daughters, Rhonda Prescott, Andrea Abel; son, Andrew (Andy) Smith, Jr.; sisters, Ila Garmon, Ava Worthy, Alice Carey, Annie (Ann) McAbee; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 12 to 8 p.m., at Wages and Sons, Stone Mountain Chapel. The family would like to invite those who are able to attend his homegoing service on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m., at Wages and Sons, Stone Mountain Chapel.

Terry J. Casey

Mr. Terry J. Casey, age 49, of Barnesville, passed away on Oct. 9, 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth R. Casey; daughter, Deanna Casey of Dallas; step-children, Melissa Burns of New York, Derek Palase of Cumming, Victoria Nicole Steinmetz and Angela Rose Steinmetz of Barnesville; mother, Patricia J. Casey of Douglasville; brother, Michael W. (Cissy) Casey of Jackson; sister, Karen Kaye Clevenger of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Casey Cooper, Daniel Burns and Landon Palase.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Pastor Raymond Gray will officiate. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Flowers are accepted or donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 Kelly Drive, Suite 3, Peachtree City, Ga., 30269, (770) 631-0625. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Andrew Carpenter

Mr. Andrew Carpenter, former mayor of Riverdale, died Oct. 8, 2009.

He was born in 1923 and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Carpenter of Millry, Ala. After finishing high school in Chatom, Ala., A.J. enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II. While stationed in the Atlanta area, he met Christine Thompson, who would become his wife of 59 years. She assisted him in securing a job at the Ford Motor Company, then located on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Following their marriage, he again served his country in the Korean War.

In 1956, Andy and Chris moved to Riverdale, where they began a long life of commitment and service to their community. Andy worked with young men as a Little League baseball coach and Boy Scout camping leader. He served the City of Riverdale first as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board, then as a city councilman, and finally, as mayor. He also served on the Clayton County Democratic Party's Executive Committee and the Atlanta Regional Commission. He held a variety of leadership positions in the Riverdale First United Methodist Church, where he and Chris were members for over 40 years.

Following his retirement from Ford's Hapeville Plant in 1985, after 35 years of service, he took great pleasure in having time for his many volunteer activities, including making deliveries for the Meals on Wheels program and continuing his work for the Samaritans Together organization in Clayton County; planting his large gardens in various Riverdale locations; and spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them, among other things, to drive, fish, and love college football.

In recent years, he had devoted his life to caring for his wife during her long illness.

Mr. Carpenter was preceded in death by his wife, Chris, in 2009 and his son, Kerry, in 1969.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Andrea Carpenter and Dennis Edmiston of Decatur; his son, Keith Carpenter of Atlanta; his grandson, Kerry Dycus of Decatur; his granddaughter and her husband, Emily and Chad Carley of Riverdale; his step-granddaughters, Gabrielle Guyton-Edmiston of Decatur and McCall Butler and her husband Christopher and daughter Meredith of New York, N.Y.; his three brothers and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Nollie Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carpenter, and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Carpenter, all of Millry, Ala.; sisters-in-law, Helen Williams and Jean Thompson of Peachtree City; brothers-in-law, George Thompson of Haralson and Bernard Thompson and his wife, Betty, of Alvaton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., at Riverdale First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marilyn Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Thomas Scroggs Funeral Directors of Morrow, (770) 961-2828, is in charge of arrangements.