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Obituaries - Sept. 1, 2009

Jerome "Jerry" Tomasello

Jerome "Jerry" Tomasello, age 78, of Fayetteville, passed away on Aug. 29, 2009. He was born in Okeechobee, Fla., Dec. 3, 1930, the second son of Peter Tomasello, Jr., and Mrs. Elizabeth Carter Tomasello. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 57 years, Mrs. Montine Tomasello, late of Forest Park. He graduated from Georgia Military Academy in College Park. He attended the University of Georgia in Atlanta and graduated from law school earning his J.D. degree. He served his country for four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged, serving the last 18 months in the Western Pacific. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), the "Marquis De Lafayette Chapter," Fayetteville. He was a member of the Masonic Order Lodge No. 399 F&AM, Forest Park.

Pursuing public service, he qualified to seek a seat on the Forest Park City Council. He was elected, serving two terms on the council. Following his tenure as councilman, he served as mayor of Forest Park. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Municipal Association and the Clayton County Association of Municipalities. In addition to his political duties, he and his wife were active in their home church, Jones Memorial First United Methodist in Morrow. He and his wife also operated a family accounting firm, Williams & Tomasello, on Main Street in Forest Park for many years and conveyed their interest to their son, William Tomasello, CPA, and his associates.

He is survived by his daughters, sons, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Anne Tomasello and Donna Skinner, Terry Tomasello and Stephen Grass, Robert and Janice Tomasello, William and Dawn Tomasello, and Bob and Becky Massave; 15 grandchildren, Adrienne and Jonathan Bagley, Seth Thompson, Laura, Rachel, and Daniel Grass, Ben and Bailey Tomasello, Jordan, Jenny and Jessica Tomasello, Naomi and Dylan Massave, Audrey and Claire Safrit. He was also the proud great-grandfather of Sarah and Jon Bagley. Jerry was preceded in death by his brother, Capt. Peter Tomasello, III. He is survived by 113 sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and beloved nieces and nephews and their children.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Jones Memorial First United Methodist Church, 5320 Phillips Dr., Morrow, Ga., 30260 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jay Tenney, the Rev. Candy Thacker, the Rev. Dan Slagle and the Rev. David Slagle will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Forest Park. The family received friends Monday from 5 to 8 p.m., at Jones Memorial in the fellowship hall. The family wishes to thank Barbara Mims, Nancy Davis and the staff of Azalea Estates for their devotion, dedication and loving care of our father. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 961-2828.

Brian D. Carroll

Mr. Brian D. Carroll, age 36, of Temple, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born April 28, 1973 in Clayton County, the son of L.J. Carroll of Jonesboro and Brenda Russell Patterson of Marietta. He worked for Pump Co., as a pump operator.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Nippert Carroll; brothers, Johnny Burge of Powder Springs, Dale Burge of Powder Springs, Wayne Carroll of Acworth; sister, Staci Jackson of Mableton; step-sister, Pam Lawson of Jonesboro and step-brother, Michael Rollins of Temple. He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Bert Carroll.

In accordance with the families' wishes, the body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 from 624 Herrell Road, Villa Rica. For more information about the memorial service, you may contact the family at (678) 300-0060.

J. Collins Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Walter James "Jim" LeGate

Walter James "Jim" LeGate, age 64, of Riverdale, passed away Aug. 29, 2009. Mr. LeGate was a computer programmer analyst for Clayton County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, after 20 years of service, retiring as a chief petty officer.

Survivors include his wife, Ann LeGate of Riverdale; one son, Walter Jason LeGate of Stockbridge; two daughters, Lynn Chapin and husband Lew of Buford, and Jana Yebba and husband Paul of Murphy, N.C.; sister, Debby LeGate of Cape May, N.J.; grandchildren, Jacob Chapin, Paul Yebba, III, Miranda Yebba, Marissa Yebba; and many other relatives and friends.

Per his request, Mr. LeGate was cremated and no services are planned.

Julian Pearson Oxford

Julian Pearson Oxford passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 at 8:43 p.m., much too soon at 68 years young.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Charlotte McCrite Oxford; three sons, Brandon D.W. Oxford, Todd A.B. Oxford and wife Kelly, Justin A.R. Oxford and wife Megan; grandson, Aiden O. Oxford; nieces, nephews and beloved cousins. He was the son of the late Jessie and Lucille Oxford of Jonesboro, and brother of Jean Bowdoin, Linda Burke, Al Oxford, and Mike Oxford.

Julian was a graduate of Jonesboro Senior High School, a four-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and attended college at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., where he was the recipient of the Marlin D. Moore Award. He married in December, 1966 and his career was spent in automotive management, whereas anyone who dealt with Julian knew what a wonderful and remarkable person he truly was.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Johnson Ferry Baptist Chapel, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, Ga., 30068 on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

Metro Embalming & Crematory, 329 Gees Mill Business Parkway, Suite 300, Conyers, Ga., 30013.