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Obituaries - Oct. 21, 2009

John Wilbur "Bill" Bohanan

Family members and friends of John Wilbur "Bill" Bohanan, of Jonesboro, are grateful to God for his long, full life.

He died Oct. 19, 2009, at age 94. He always answered the call for his family, community, employers, country and fellow Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a rare combination, a perfectionist with a sense of humor. He will be missed greatly, especially at family gatherings, which he enlivened with jokes, stories, witty comebacks and his booming, Southern voice.

Bill Bohanan was born March 16, 1915, in Conyers and grew up there. He married Jewell Brisendine of Conyers on Nov. 1, 1940, and they remained devoted partners until her death in 1999.

Bill or "Bo" - as he was known to his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren - worked for Ford Motor Co., until joining the Army during World War II.

He served in the 147th Field Artillery, rising to Technician 4th Grade (sergeant.) After jungle training in Panama, he was sent to the Pacific. His stops there included New Guinea and the Philippines (twice), and he participated in the invasion of New Britain Island.

After the war, he went to work for Delta Air Lines, a company he proudly served as a lead mechanic for 33 years.

In retirement, Bill and Jewell stepped up their participation in the VFW. They toured posts all over Georgia when he served as VFW All American State Commander during 1983 and 1984. In 2002, he was named Mr. VFW for the state of Georgia.

Late in life, he faced many health challenges, but with support from family, friends and helpers, he bore up well and remained independent and fully engaged in life. True to form, he had all his affairs fully in order, and was ready to go.

The family wishes to thank all of Bill's doctors, nurses and caregivers for the love and support they showed him through these last several years.

Bill Bohanan is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Ann Bohanan; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Bill Hodges; grandchildren, Valerie and Justin Aglialoro, Julie and Craig Melton, Mike Bohanan, Clint Hodges; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Bohanan, Grace and Caroline Aglialoro, and Jackson Melton; and sister, Ruth Farmer.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, 2047 Ga. Highway 138 SE, Jonesboro, (770) 210-2700. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro Worship Center, 142 College Street, Jonesboro, Ga., 30236.

In lieu of flowers, please give donations to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 South Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 48827 or to First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, P.O. Box 773, Jonesboro, Ga., 30236. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

George Cunningham Christian

Mr. George Cunningham Christian, 89, of Jonesboro, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.

Shortly after graduating from Southern College of Pharmacy in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist first class. During World War II he served as a Navy Corpsman to the Second Marine Division deployed in the South Pacific. At the time of his honorable discharge in 1945, he held the rank of chief pharmacist's mate. In 1946 he opened Christian's Pharmacy, the second-oldest business in Clayton County. He was a life-long member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church and was a 55-year member of the Forest Park Kiwanis Club. An avid fox hunter, turned accomplished trophy bass fisherman, he could be seen on lakes across the Southeast or at Clayton County Bassmasters' tournaments.

His first wife and mother of his children, Doris Christian, and his second wife, Margie Christian, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Dr. Jo Anne C. Jackson; son, George Christian (Martha); son, Tom Christian (Connie); son, Mike Christian (Lisa); his grandchildren, Emily, Maggie, Callie, Reese, Amber, and P.J., Julia and Emily; great-granddaughters, Lucy and Abby; his brother, James Christian (Josephine); and his nieces, Charlotte and Caroline.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m., at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church with interment to follow at College Park Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of the following organizations: The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, or Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Lake City. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.