Obituaries - Oct. 30, 2009

Mitchell Darrell Valentine

Mr. Mitchell Darrell Valentine, age 53, of Jonesboro, passed away Oct. 26, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard R. and Annie Valentine; sister, Barbara Barnett.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Gresham Valentine of Jonesboro; children, Melissa Dawn Beckett of California, Michelen (Wade) Murray of South Charleston, W.Va.; step-children, Heather Cowan (Rob) Balsam of Fayetteville, Shanna Cowan (Matt) Wright of Fayetteville, Elizabeth Megan Cowan of Rex; brothers, John Henry (Pamela) Valentine of Dunbar, W.Va., Leonard R., Jr. (Linda) Valentine of Mechanicsville, Va., Norman W. Tate of Hackensack, N.J.; grandchildren, Bryce Beckett, Zyke Gilmer, Zyon Murray, Zavien Murray; step-grandchildren, Ayden Wright, Evan Wright, Emily Balsam, Luke Balsam; brother-in-law, Ben Barnett, Sr., and loving dog, Mickie.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Ben Barnett, Jr., will officiate. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Dunbar, W.Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro, (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Etoleu C. Stowers

Mrs. Etoleu C. Stowers, age 87, of Douglasville, died Oct. 29, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Glenn Stowers, and her son, Leon Stowers.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Lelonia and Randy Williams; sisters, Hazelee Hallman and Nola Geddings; and great-grandchildren, Savannah and Madison Williams.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Jonesboro Chapel of Pope Dickson & Son, with the Rev. Sue Riggle officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31. Those desiring may make contributions in Mrs. Stowers' memory to First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro, 1842 Jodeco Road, Jonesboro, Ga., 30236. Pope Dickson & Son, Jonesboro Chapel, (770) 478-7211.