Mrs. Shirley Joyce Etheridge

Mrs. Shirley Joyce Etheridge, age 78, of Jonesboro, passed away, Aug. 6, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband; Mack Etheridge. She is survived by her children; Patricia (Cecil) Cobb of Lovejoy, Linda (Rev. David) Steele of Locust Grove, Deborah (Allen) Smith of Jonesboro, Karen (Ronnie) Burns of Hampton, sister; Jeanette (Bill) Smith, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held, Thursday, Aug. 8. at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Riverdale. Rev. Jeff Lowe officiated. Interment was at Sherwood Memorial Park. Ford- Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro, Ga. 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com

Beecher H. Kirby

Beecher H. Kirby, age 76, of Jonesboro passed away on Aug., 8, 2013. He was a member of The 3 Old Men band, he loved music and playing guitar, and banjo. He was a current member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and a former member of Old Country Church.

Mr. Kirby is survived by his son; Lynn Kirby, granddaughters; Jessica and her husband Phillip Rogers, Brandy Kirby, 8 great grandchildren, brothers Ronnie and J.E., sisters; Barbara, Helen, Linda, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Dorothy, son Lonnie,1 great-grandchild, brothers, Roy and George Melvin. Funeral service for Mr. Kirby will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel with Pastor Vines and Pastor Chris Reynolds officiating, with interment to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Those wishing may go to www.horisawardfairviewchapel.com, and share your memories of Mr. Kirby with his family and sign the guest book.