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Area Deaths - Sept. 4, 2013

Linda Lou Miller Tilton

Linda Lou Miller Tilton

Johnny Travis Collins

Our beloved Johnny Travis Collins was suddenly taken from us to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 26, 2013. Johnny proudly served in the U.S. Navy and fought for our country by serving in the Vietnam War. During his stay in Corpus Christi, TX he met his wife Cora. They met in July of 1968 and knew right away it was meant to be and they were married 3 months later.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents Marcie and Richard Collins (Nanny & GaGa) and Grandmother “Granny Ruth”. His is survived by wife Cora (Mearle as he called her); children, Joni Collins, Tami Martin and Ricky Collins and their spouses Bubba Martin and Christy Collins; his grandchildren Travis Collins, Dustin Collins, Trevor Mauch, Lexi Martin, Jessie White, Thomas Collins and Savannah Collins; his great grandsons Travis Collins Jr. and Shane Collins and new to the family on Sept. 1 by marriage Kelsey Collins; siblings, Mike Collins, Teresa Collins and Tim Collins and their spouses Shelia Collins and Teri Collins and many nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts and in-laws.

The funeral arrangements are held by Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Ga., 30281, 770-474-1231. Viewing will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Iva Jones Parker

Mrs. Iva Jones Parker, age 86 of Jonesboro, Ga., passed away, Sept. 1, 2013 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin. She was the wife of the late Donald Lamar Parker and a long-time member of the Church of Christ at Forest Park, Ga.

She was born, Oct. 22, 1926, in Lowndes County, Ga., she was a daughter of the late Irvin William Jones and Verdie Duggan Jones. Mrs. Parker graduated from Pine Grove High School in Lowndes County, Ga., and from Georgia-Florida Commercial College in Atlanta. She was one of the first civil service employees at Moody Air Force Base when it opened during World War II.

Later she moved back to Atlanta and was employed by Eagle-Lion Films. This is where she met her future husband, Donald Parker, whom she married in July of 1949. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, Irvin Jones, Jr, a sister, Audrey Jones Peters, and a nephew, Joel Peters, III. She is survived by her two sons, Donald Parker, Jr. and wife, Linda of Jonesboro; Darryl Parker and wife, Pam, of Locust Grove; two sisters, Verdie Carter and Francine Coppage of Valdosta; five grandchildren, Chris Parker, Huntsville, Ala., Bryan Parker, Fayetteville, Zachary Parker, Cameron Parker, and Amber Parker of Jonesboro; five great grandchildren, Chandler, Julian, Dane, Keatyn and Emma.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Steve Vice, minister of the Forest Park Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will be at Camp Memorial Park in Fayetteville. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com

Ms. Cheryl Lynn Nelson

Ms. Cheryl Lynn Nelson, age 57 of Stockbridge, passed away Sept. 1, 2013.

She is survived by her parents, Ernest M. (Jack) Nelson and Jacqueline W. Nelson of Jonesboro, and sister, Deborah (Debbie) Nelson. Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross. The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro/Stockbridge. 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.