Area Deaths - March 14, 2014

David Starkey

David Paul Starkey age 59 of Forest Park passed away on March 10th 2014. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Donna (Collinsworth) Starkey, daughter Sarah Grace and son in law Danny Petty and a grandaughter Annabelle Petty, all of St. Simon's Island, Ga, mother Beverly Starkey of Orange, MA, father Paul (Michele) Starkey of Anderson, SC and numerous extended family and friends.

David was co-owner with Donna of Starkey Signs in Jonesboro, Ga. and was sergeant at arms for SCV Camp 1361. David's life was his family and his work. He's gone to heaven to help paint the sunsets.

Memorial service Saturday March 15, 2014 at Jones Memorial UMC, Lake City, Ga with Pastor Richard Long and Pastor Gary Warner officiating. In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to SCV P.O. Box 1376,

Jonesboro, Ga 30237

Albert Hughes, Jr.

Albert J. (AJ) Hughes, Jr., age 87, of Jonesboro, passed away, March 13, 2014 with his wife and oldest son by his side in Centre, Alabama. AJ was born May 26, 1926, in Boaz, Alabama to Albert and Myrtice Hughes. His father was a farmer/carpenter in Boaz, AL. AJ, a WWII veteran moved to Jonesboro, GA in 1958. He retired from Civil Service and was retired from Clayton Co. Board of Education, Maintenance Dept. He was an active member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church and was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife; Nell Watson Hughes; sons; Al Hughes, Steve (Kathy) Hughes and David (Amanda) Hughes, grandchildren; Megan DiGiovanni, Alison Beecher, Kristen Hughes, Mollie Hughes, Callie Hughes, Nick Hughes and Natalie Hughes, great grandchildren; Josh DiGiovanni and Mia DiGiovanni. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in the Chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Martin Jones will officiate. Interment will be at Camp Memorial Park in Fayetteville. The family will receive friends from 12-2 PM the day of the service at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com