Area Deaths - Dec. 14, 2013

Forest Thornton

Forest Thornton


Robert Hartupee


Dr. Alan G. Zoloth

Bernice McGarity Fausel

Bernice McGarity Fausel, 68 of Birmingham, Ala., gracefully and peacefully passed Dec. 6, 2013, at home surrounded by family and friends. She was born to the late Leroy and Jettie Belle McGarity, March 4, 1945, in Hampton, Ga. She graduated from Henry County High School and received degrees from Reinhart College and Tift College. She also attended Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and Emory University. While living in Georgia she taught science at Locust Grove Elementary (1965-1966), Hampton Elementary (1966-1972), and Riverdale Jr. High School (1972-1999). While living in Alabama she taught science at Wilsonville Elementary (1999-2001) and Columbiana Middle School (2001-2009). Over the 44 years she loved and adored all of her students. She was passionate about teaching and retired in 2009. She was an avid gardener and spent much of her time learning about horticulture and alternative medicines. She loved all life; caring for many people, animals, and plants. (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8:6-8) Her legacy of love and compassion will be felt by many for years to come.

Bernice is survived by her children, Barbara Wilson of Birmingham, Ala.; and Todd Fausel of Columbia, MO. She is survived by her brothers, Alvin McGarity of Hampton, Ga.; Henry McGarity (Edith), of Hampton, Ga.; and her sister, Mary Tingle (Rabun) of Jonesboro, Ga. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Keith McGarity, of McDonough, Ga.; Dan McGarity (Linda) of Marietta, Ga.; Karen Lake (Van) of Sopchoppy, Fla.; as well as Adriene, Peyton, Joel, Galen, Neil, Owen, Tammy, Tina, and Gene; all of whom she loved dearly.

Babs and Todd are eternally grateful to family and friends as well as the local, national, and international healthcare providers who participated in her care. With their help, Bernice outlived the three month prognosis she was initially given. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she lived for almost two years in good health and was able to play, feel joy, and experience the deepest levels of love and spirituality.

A private celebration of life will be held at Bernice’s home for those closest to her. In lieu of flowers, she requested the planting of a ginkgo tree (or tree of your choice) at the location of your choice. Notes of love and condolences may be sent to Todd Fausel/Barbara Wilson P.O Box 130376, Birmingham, AL., 35212.

Mr. Robert “Bob” L. Hartupee, Jr.

Mr. Robert “Bob” L. Hartupee, Jr., age 70 of Carrollton, Georgia, passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. He was born Sept. 24, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of the late Robert L. Hartupee, Sr. and the late Bettie Miles Hartupee. Mr. Hartupee was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the United States Navy “Seabees.” He was retired from Bellsouth with 35 years of service, and was a member of the R.A.I.N. Christian Group.

“If kids and animals could vote, I could be President tomorrow,” was a joke Bob often quipped. But it’s likely true. To many kids in Forest Park, Rex and Carrollton, Bob was known simply as “Coach” or “Coach Bob” and the love and respect shared between team and “Coach” was something that Bob held dear. His home is filled with memorabilia and trophies - earned by kids of all ages. He cherished each relationship that came from his 20+ years of coaching football and baseball. His love of animals was also something that Bob was known for and he gave willingly to help animals find happy homes. His own dogs throughout the years where treated as people and were lucky to have Bob as a companion.

While Bob’s passions were sports and animals, nothing compared to his family. His daughter and granddaughter were his world and the bond between he and his girls was truly special. Bob cherished his girls, and supported them through all of life’s twists and turns. He gave his love unconditionally, and they returned it in spades. Bob was honored to officiate his stepdaughter’s wedding in 2003 and his granddaughter’s wedding in 2011. He was a man of God with strong faith and he will forever hold a giant place in his family’s heart for the guidance, support, compassion, generosity and unconditional love that he freely gave. His family is finding comfort knowing that he is dancing with angels and rejoicing in his Lord.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Woods, grandson, Jacob Sluder and a brother, Richard Hartupee. Survivors include his daughter, Charron Hartupee of Carrollton; granddaughter, Heather Byrd Tucker and her husband Levi of Gaeta, Italy; stepdaughter, Kristi Ayers, and her husband Dave, of Bowdon; son-in-law, David Byrd and his wife, Becky, of Carrollton; grandsons, Bobby Henderson and his wife Lacey, Tommy Henderson and his wife Luba, Ashley Ardner and her husband Brandon, Jayme Sluder all of Butler, Missouri. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.14, 2013 from Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel with Pastor Eddie T. Rogers officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, Dec. 13, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the local Animal Shelter or Recreation Department.

Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

Forrest M. Thornton

Forrest M. Thornton, of Morrow, Georgia, age 93, born Aug. 28, 1920 passed away Nov. 30, 2013. Mr. Thornton was a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force. He then worked for the Center for Disease Control where he installed and programmed the first computers for the center.

Mr. and Mrs. Thornton were long standing members of Morrow Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ann Hoffman Thornton; children, Forrest M. Thornton, Jr. wife Pat, Rodney J. Thornton, wife Linda and a daughter Debra Thornton Barfield; a brother, Raymond Thornton, wife Betty Jo. Mr. and Mrs. Thornton had three grandchildren, Ashley Barfield Blankenship, husband John, James Barfield, wife Kayla and Amber Thornton Steele, husband Adam. The great grandchildren are Tristin, Briana, Sarah, Logan, Tinley and Kimber. A brother, Raymond, wife Betty Jo and many nieces and nephews are left to cherish his memory.

A private service was performed for the family.

Dr. Alan G. Zoloth (Dr Z)

Dr. Alan G. Zoloth (Dr Z), a praised teacher and classical flutist passed away on 10/27/13 at the age of 61 from heart failure. Born and raised in Phila, Dr. Z graduated from Central High Sch. (1969), earned a BS in Biology from Temple U (1973), a BA in Flute Performance from Phila College of Performing Arts (1976), Summa Cum Laude; an MA in Music Performance from the U of N M (1979), and a Ph.D. in Music Performance from the U of N Texas (1994). He taught music, band, and orchestra in the public sch. systems of Albuquerque, N.M. (1982-1988; 1990-1991; 1996-1997), Argyle, Texas (1989-1990), and Clayton Cnty, GA (1997-2012) (music/certified ESL teacher). He was a visiting Asst Prof at the U of AR (1991-1993) and an Asst Prof and head of the Music Ed Department at LA Tech U (1993-1996).

Dr. Z won the National Flute Competition (1979, 1984), played piccolo in the N M Symphony Orchestra (1978), and participated and led conferences for OA. Dr. Z retired from Hawthorne Elem. Sch. in 2012 and was studying harp and Russian.

Dr Z gave selflessly of his time, and was thoughtful, kind, and encouraging to all. His love of animals persisted through his life, beginning with his work at the Mt Airy Animal Hospital in Philadelphia when he was a teen. He is survived by his beloved dogs and cat; sister, Ina Z. Cabanas and her husband Dr. Robert Cabanas (NJ); sister, Dr. Shelley Z Goodman (PA); niece, Angela Rosen; nephews, Ramon Cabanas and Alexander Goodman; and his family of friends, colleagues and former students. Donations in his memory may be made to the animal shelter of your choice.