Knowles, Opal Turpin

Opal Turpin Knowles, 94, of Stockbridge, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. She was born in Henry County, to the late Beverly Ross and Claudia Maddox Turpin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Knowles, Jr., and brothers, Harold Ross Turpin and Oliver Ray Turpin. Mrs. Knowles was the oldest living member of Stockbridge First Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Beverly B. (Dorothy), and Brent (Glenda) Knowles; daughters, Diane (Carl) Smith, and Donna Harp; grandchildren, Buster, Ginger, and Ross Knowles, Carla (Todd) Evans, Deborah (Douglas) Howell, Eric Smith, and Rachel and Sarah Knowles; great-grandchildren, Leslie Knowles, Alex and Abby Howell, Jake and Connor Evans, and Londyn Smith; brother-in-law, Don Knowles; sister-in-law, Faye Knowles, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 3, at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with the Rev. Steve Murell officiating. Interment will follow at Stockbridge City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Stockbridge First Baptist Church, 4566 N. Henry Blvd, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281. Those who wish, may sign the online guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, (770) 914-1414.