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JEFFREY ALLAN AJA, 46, of Lithia Springs died Tuesday. Funeral plans will be announced by Hightower’s Memorial Chapel. FAYE HIGHTOWER BUREL, 50, of Douglasville died Monday. Funeral, 11 a.m. Thursday, Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel. TOMMIE LEE HOWELL, 83, of Douglasville died May 20. Funeral, 1 p.m. Thursday, Simpson & Daughters Mortuary. CLINTON EUGENE REGISTER, 60, of Douglasville died Tuesday. Funeral plans will be announced by Jones- Wynn Funeral Home, Douglas Chapel. ¢FAYETTE¢COUNTYº£™ RUDENE BROWN HOOTEN, 83, of Fayetteville died Tuesday. Funeral, 11 a.m. today, Fayetteville First United Methodist Church; Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville. ¢FORSYTH¢COUNTYº£™ BERNICE W. MARTIN, 82, of Cumming died Tuesday. Funeral, 11 a.m. Thursday, Ingram Funeral Home. ¢FULTON¢COUNTYº£™ ROBERTO FLORES, 22, of Roswell died May 19. The graveside service was Tuesday; Louie E. Jones Funeral Home. JUDITH ANN MAHONEY, 62, of Alpharetta died Monday. The body was cremated. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Thursday, All Saints Catholic Church; Roswell Funeral Home. BILLIE JOE SMITH, 65, of College Park died Monday. Funeral, 11 a.m. today, Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. ¢GWINNETT¢COUNTYº£™ WILLIAM BILL BLOUNT, 73, of Loganville died Monday. Funeral, 3 p.m. Thursday, Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville. MERRILL McCORKLE, 77, of Snellville died Monday. Funeral, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, Concord, N.C.; Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel. MAMIE LINGERFELT ODOM, 81, of Buford died Tuesday. Funeral, 2 p.m. Thursday, Ingram Funeral Home. BETTY J. PLUNKETT, 65, of Lawrenceville died Monday. Funeral, 1 p.m. Thursday, Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. CARL M. WINKLER, 88, of Lawrenceville died Monday. Funeral, 2 p.m. today, Tom M. Wages, Oak Lawn Chapel. ¢HALL¢COUNTYº£™ THOMAS A. ROMFO, 60, of Gainesville died Friday. Funeral, 3 p.m. today, Gainesville First Methodist Church; McDonald & Son Funeral Home. ¢HENRY¢COUNTYº£™ GORDON McKEEN, 70, of Stockbridge died Monday. Funeral, 1 p.m. Thursday, Horis A. Ward, Fairview Chapel. ¢ROCKDALE¢COUNTYº£™ DOROTHY HAMBY, 69, of Conyers died Sunday. The body was cremated. A private memorial service is planned; Cremation Society of the South. ¢GEORGIAº£™ ARTHUR B. “SONNY” BAIRD, 69, of Monroe died Sunday. Funeral, 1 p.m. today, Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville. MITTIE JANE BARNES, 70, of Griffin died Monday. Funeral, 2 p.m. today, Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. MARY FRANCES BOWMAN, 78, of Cedartown died Tuesday. Graveside service, 7 p.m. today, Greenwood Cemetery; Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home. CHARLIE MAUDE BUSH, 88, of Barnesville died Friday. Funeral, 2 p.m. Thursday, Greater Spring Hill Baptist Church, Milner; Jackson Funeral Home, Monroe. JOE GLOVER CRAFT, 81, of Hartwell died Monday. Graveside service, 11 a.m. today, Cross Roads Baptist Church; Strickland Funeral Home. ROBERT HENRY DETHLEFS, 80, of Nicholson died Sunday. Funeral, 10 a.m. today, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; Roswell Funeral Home. MONTYNE GALLOWAY, 51, of Jasper died Monday. The body was cremated. A private memorial service is planned; Cremation Society of the South. JOHN WILLIAM HESKETT SR., 78, of Augusta died Monday. Graveside service, 3 p.m. Thursday, Westover Memorial Park; Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors. NORRIS JEAN JACKSON, 37, of Greensboro died Sunday. Funeral plans will be announced by Norrington Funeral Home. IRENE ROSS JACOBS, 88, of Monticello died Sunday. Funeral, 1 p.m. Thursday, Mount Zion AME Church, Shady Dale; Smith and Sons Funeral Home. JOSEPHINE KEOWN, 78, of Danielsville died Sunday. The body was cremated. Memorial service plans will be announced; Cremation Society of the South. NOBLE LEE, 91, of Statham died Monday. The body was cremated. No service is planned; Carter Funeral Home. DAVID A. MARTIN, 53, of Talmo died Saturday. Funeral, 11 a.m. today, McDonald & Son Funeral Home. JAY DARRELL McDOWELL, 40, of Rockmart died Saturday. Funeral, 1 p.m. Thursday, Freeman Harris Funeral Home. DONALD EUGENE O’KELLEY, 70, of Commerce died Monday. The body was cremated. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Little-Ward Funeral Home. WILMA J. PRATHER SAMPLES, 66, of Jefferson died Monday. Graveside service, 10 a.m. today, White Plains Baptist Church cemetery; Evans Funeral Home. EDWARD ROE STAMPS III, 84, of Macon died Tuesday. The body was cremated. A private service is planned; Snow’s Memorial Chapel. OBITUARIES ➤ From previous page _______________________________________________________________________________________ FMAI50528OB6 5 Star 6B 6B RR RR *CNZ28OB006CY* *CNZ28OB006CY* *CNZ28OB006MA* *CNZ28OB006MA* *CNZ28OB006YE* *CNZ28OB006YE* *CNZ28OB006KB* *CNZ28OB006KB* BlueRedYellowBlack Blue RedYellowBlack B6 Wednesday, May 28, 2003 / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5 RMAIN0528OB6 William Johnson, 79, innovator in dentistry FAYETTEVILLE By J.E. GESHWILER jgeshwiler@ajc.com The dental innovations that Dr. William T. Johnson championed as a public health official for Fulton County, then for Georgia, prevented the loss of countless teeth over the last four decades. “Bill was instrumental in getting fluoridation accepted in drinking water systems throughout the state,” said Dr. Frank Sanders of Roswell, a retired public health colleague. “It wasn’t an easy sell,” he said. “The anti-fluoride forces were well-organized, and to hear them tell it, fluoridation would cause everything from cancer to sterilization in women to ingrown toenails. “Bill rebutted their claims and stuck to the facts. He also was effective behind the scenes getting the Georgia Dental Association to take up the cause,” Dr. Sanders said. Dr. Johnson also convinced the Fulton County Board of Education that high school football players should wear protective mouthpieces, a requirement that now applies statewide. “Before Bill perfected a mouthpiece he could recommend to the Fulton schools, he must have prepared hun- dreds of compounds in the family kitchen and baked each one in the oven,” said his son-in-law, Bill McNew of Fayetteville. The memorial service for Dr. Johnson, 79, of Fayetteville is 2 p.m. today at St. John’s Episcopal Church. He died Thursday of a stroke at Piedmont Hospital. The body was cremated. Metro Crematory is in charge of arrangements. During World War II, Dr. Johnson was a tail gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress on bombing raids over Germany. “On Feb. 6, 1945, we were hit by flak over Frankfurt, then shot up by two German fighter planes,” said his pilot, Joseph R. “Bob” Belgam of Brick, N.J. “I ordered the crew to bail out. . . . Luckily, we were over a part of central France that was held by advancing Allied armies. That was only the fourth mission for me and Dr. Johnson — I called him ‘Johnny.’ We flew 21 more bombing missions together.” In retirement, Dr. Johnson served St. John’s church as a vestryman and a longtime volunteer at the St. John’s Bargain Shop in East Point. “He was so quiet, you’d hardly know he was around unless you asked, but if you asked for help, he was always very gracious in giving it,” said Martha Fisher of College Park, another volunteer. Survivors include his wife, Sue Johnson; two daughters, Janet McNew of Fayetteville and Martha Cheely of Austell; two sons, William Jay Johnson and Jeffrey Johnson, both of Fayetteville; a sister, Kathryn Light of Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Jimmy Johnson of Little Rock and Frank Johnson of Crossett, Ark.; and four grandchildren. Family photo Dr. William Johnson and his wife, Sue Johnson, at a family party. Dr. Johnson was a dentist and World War II vet. ATLANTA Marge Harper, social, civic leader By KAY POWELL kpowell@ajc.com When she came to Atlanta as a bride in 1941, Marge Harper easily assumed her position as a civic volunteer. Any given day would find her at a medical auxiliary, League of Women Voters, university women, Gate City Day Nursery, Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, NAACP or friends of the library meeting. Or she might be at a club meeting for one of the five bridge groups she belonged to, the Moles Inc. social organization or the Atlanta Chapter of the Links service organization. “She was a socialite. She loved people, and she loved to dress up. She always had something to go to,” said her daughter Dr. Jennifer Lynne Harper of Pomona, N.Y. Mrs. Harper hosted meetings at her house, serving up supper for 40 people or graciously entertaining at cocktail parties and luncheons. “Blacks entertained at home back then because there were so few places they could go,” said another daughter, Gail Denise Harper of Atlanta. The funeral for Marge Clark Few Harper, 83, of Atlanta, who died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Atlanta Medical Center, is 11 a.m. today at First Congregational Church. Carl M. Williams funeral directors is in charge of arrangements. Besides her time and financial support for civic organizations, Mrs. Harper contributed creative ideas for serving the community, said her friend Dora McDonald of Atlanta. She developed programs to serve the elderly and special education students and arranged meaningful field trips for children from inner-city schools, said Miss McDonald. Through the Links, she organized music programs for Clark, Morris Brown and Spelman college students, said Ms. Harper. As the wife of Dr. Nick Harper, who died May 11, she was one of the first black women to integrate the Medical Association of Atlanta auxiliary. She helped found the Atlanta Moles chapter. “They wear little green moles on their cheeks and throw monthly parties with a different theme,” said Ms. Harper. “It’s strictly social, just a fun, fun group. The men are called ‘Mules’ and every Halloween give a theme party.” “She was a fun person,” said her friend Harriet Chisholm of Atlanta. “She reached out to people and was very gracious, giving and kind. She was what you want in a friend.” Survivors include another daughter, Marge LaVerne Upshaw of Tuskegee, Ala., and two grandchildren. Family photo Marge Harper was one of the first black women to integrate the Medical Association of Atlanta auxiliary. Obits continued on B7 ECHOLS Jean Bradley McConnell Echols, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at her home in Marion, Virginia. She was born in Abingdon, Virginia, the second child of the late Charles Lee and Catherine Sanders McConnell. In addition to her parents, She was preceded in death by a son, Frederick Gordon Shankel, her husbands, James Gordon Shankel and Ralph Daniel Wilson, and a brother, Charles Lee McConnell, Jr. Jean Bradley graduated from William King High School in Abingdon and attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She worked at WCYB Radio Station in Bristol and later was employed by the Georgia Institute of Technology as an administrative assistant to the Director of the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering. She has been a member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, Green Spring Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Georgia and was currently a member of Royal Oak Presbyterian Church in Marion, Virginia. Jean Bradley was a member of the Royal Oak Chapter of the D.A.R., a member of the Smyth County Historical Society and Museum and the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia. She was also a member of the Scottish Clans McDonald, Montgomery, and Graham. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, bridge and golf, but most of all, Jean Bradley enjoyed life and being with family and friends. Mrs. Echols is survived by her husband, William Gordon “Speck” Echols of Marion, Virginia; two daughters, Carol Lee Shankel of Newnan, Georgia, and Anna Catherine Shankel of Richmond, Virginia; three stepsons, Ralph Daniel Wilson, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; Dr. William Douglas Echols of Redondo Beach, California, and David Echols and wife, Rosita of Knoxville, Tennessee; one stepdaughter, Madonna L. Hoecker and husband, John of Springfield, Virginia; one brother, Harold S. McConnell of Roswell, Georgia; one sister and brother in-law, Kitty and Gerald Henninger of Abingdon, Virginia; an aunt, Carlotta S. Franklin of Del Ray Beach, Floria; four stepgrandchildren, two nieces, five nephews, three great-nieces and eight great- nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at Royal Oak Presbyterian Church, Marion, Virginia with Rev. Alan Gray officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Graveside services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smyth County Historical Society and Museum, P.O. Box 710, Marion, VA 24354. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the Echols Family. EARNEST Grace Earnest, 80, of Chamblee died May 26, 2003. Mrs. Earnest was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Doraville. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Bob Earnest of Chamblee; son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Zan Earnest; grandson, Wheeler Earnest all of Atlanta; brothers, Letson Putnal of Adel, Carey “Dub” Putnal of Macon; sisters, Nelda Vance of Jacksonville, Fl, Dorothy Davis of Atlanta; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30th at eleven o’clock at the First Baptist Church of Doraville. Interment North Atlanta Memorial Park. Express tributes by visiting www.mem.com. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock at H. M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe hill, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319, (404) 261-3510. DUKE Paul Anderson Duke, Jr., age 50 of Ballground, GA, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003 of leukemia at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Atlanta. Mr. Duke grew up in Atlanta. He attended the Westminster School and was a graduate of Episcopal High in Virginia. He attended the University of Chicago; Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Paul Duke was an aide to Senator Herman Talmadge serving in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. He lead an adventurous youth achieving the distinction of Eagle Scout and living as a volunteer in service on a Kibbutz in Israel in the early 70's. He trekked throughout Central Asia before returning from Kabul Afghanistan to study at the L’abri Institute in Switzerland. In 1978 Mr. Duke returned permanently to Georgia where he was involved in real estate investments and retail tool sales. He owned a retail store in Gainesville and horse farm in Pickens County which he operated until his health failed. The funeral service will be graveside Wednesday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m. at Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 760 Pollard Blvd., S.W., Atlanta, GA. 30315. Surviving Mr. Duke are his parents, Jean and Paul Duke of Atlanta; sisters, Linda Duke Pierce of Atlanta; Ginger Duke of Mettairie, Louisiana; Laura Duke Tison of Atlanta and a brother, Fraser Duke of Atlanta. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street. 404-876-1022. DONOVAN Mrs. Joan Donovan of Marietta, Georgia died Saturday, May 24, 2003 at her son’s home in Dawsonville, Georgia following an extended illness. Joan was born Gwendolyn Joan Orner on June 3, 1914 in Garden City, Kansas, the youngest of nine sisters. As a young woman, she was a professional dancer, performing with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York City; with Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier at the Follies-Bergere Theater in Paris; and with a cabaret show entertaining British Troops in Alexandria Egypt, during the early years of World War II. Later, she worked in motion picture production and then as an Administrative Assistant with CONOCO and DuPont. Following her retirement in 1984, Mrs. Donovan moved to Marietta, Georgia where she was active in volunteer work as a “Wednesday Wonder” for the Zoo Atlanta. She also traveled extensively, visiting Ireland, India, Africa and Australia. Her husband of 29 years, Frank Donovan, died in 1975. She is survived by her sons, Michael Donovan of Key Largo, Florida and Kevin Donovan of Dawsonville, Georgia; by her grandchildren Erin, Sean, Andrew, Tara and Karri and her great-grandson, Tristan. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to: Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, Attention: Beth Edwards or on-line at: www.zooatlanta.com. National Cremation Society, 770-923-2940. DAVIS Mr. Kenneth Davis “Igbu”, age 47 of Atlanta, entered into rest May 26, 2003. The body was cremated. No funeral services planned. Kenneth was a 1974 graduate of S.H. Archer High School, where he was an All City Football Player. He owned and operated Southwest Radiator Service. Survivors mother, Edith Davis; brothers, Eric Stinson, Dwight Davis, and Harvey Davis, Jr.; sister, Lerverne Davis, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Murray Bros. (404)349-3000. COX Ms. Cowanda Cox of Atlanta, GA, passed May 27, 2003. Her funeral will be announced by Gus Thornhill’s Funeral Home, Inc. 404-768-2993-4. COWAN Mrs. Gertrude Land Cowan of Atlanta was born July 5, 1907 in Cordele, GA to Judge Max E. Land and Gertrude Taylor Land. She attended Georgia State College for Women and Wesleyan College of Macon. She was a member of National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution; a successor of the National Society, Magna Carta Dames. Mrs. Cowan was chosen as one of the southern belles to welcome guests at the southern premiere of “Gone with the Wind” in Atlanta. She was an elegant lady and a true southern belle. Survivors include: son, Fletcher Brown Quillian III and his wife Pamela, Atlanta and 2 grandchildren. Mrs. Cowan was preceded in death by her husbands, Fletcher Brown Quillian Jr. and Donald H. Cowan, both of Atlanta. Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Arlington Memorial Park. Reverend Jim Crews officiating. H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., Atlanta, GA 404-851-9900. _______________________ Express your condolences in the online Guest Book at www.ajc.com/obits CHANCE Mr. Ewin Mayes Chance, age 83 of Zebulon, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at the Christian Ministries Hospice. Mr. Chance was born November 21, 1919 in Cobb County, son of the late William Elexander Chance and the late Minerva Greenway Chance. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Maggie Lee Chance. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII and was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Pike County. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Lamar and Kay Chance of Atlanta; grandchildren, Ronni Snowden, Jeff Chance, Amy Renfroe and Beth Chance; 6 great- grandchildren; brother, Hubert Chance of Fayetteville; brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Mae Chance of Pike County, and sister-in-law, Rosa Chance of Marietta, GA. Funeral services for Mrs. Ewin Mayes Chance will be held Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Glen Duncan and Rev. Bill Thomason will officiate. Interment will follow in Westwood Gardens. Friends may visit the family on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 135-B Bradford Square, Fayetteville, GA 30215 or to the New Hope Baptist Church, New Hope Road, Zebulon, GA 30295 in memory of Mr. Chance. To pay condolences online to the family, please do so at www.haistenmcculloughfuneralhome.com. Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Road, is in charge of arrangements. CARSON Herbert M. “Kit”, 93, died Sunday, May 25, 2003. He was a long time member of North Avenue Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his son, Mack of Tampa, FL and daughter, Helen Dunlevy of Longmont, CO, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An active member at Peninsular Christian Church, 3600 W. Ballast Point Bl., Tampa, FL 33611. The family would appreciate those wishing to do so, to make a donation to Peninsular Christian. Services will be held there 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2003. BROWN The family of Rita Brown of Roswell, Georgia, regrets but embraces her death. Mrs. Brown was a proud native of Atlanta, a graduate of Brown High School, Georgia State University and had recently earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She was a mother, a teacher, an accomplished storyteller and a writer. She taught Sunday school, was a Stephen Minister and a Stephen Ministery leader. As her children neared adulthood, she was called to minister to the aged, the ill and especially the terminally ill. She had enrolled at Candler to become a hospital chaplain but later felt called and hoped to become an Episcopal Priest. She loved to occasionally preach at her church home, The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta. Though her stories were different, her message was always the same: regardless of who you are, what you have done, whether you believe you deserve it or not, always remember that God loves you absolutely and completely, no matter what! It is this faith that presently sustains her family. She had many miracles in her life including discovering her half sister in France. Though they were 47 and 50 when they met, amazingly they looked alike, acted alike and shared many of the same values and beliefs. Within minutes of meeting they became nearly inseparable, as though they were raised side by side. Her greatest joy came from her family. Though she considered her church friends, school friends, the women of the Roswell Women’s Club and her many neighbors to be part of her family, her immediate family was her daughter, Kelly Brown Owen, and her husband James P. Owen III of Roswell and recently of Fairhope, Alabama, their sons James, Jack and John, her daughter, Megan Brown Fason and her husband Christofer Fason of Roswell, their daughters Maggie and Mary Beth; her daughter Katherine Brown who is attending Auburn University and her daughter Joanna Brown who is attending the College of Charleston; her sister and brother in-law, Jill and Gary Davis and their children Lauri and Ryan Davis of Roswell; her sister in-law, Jodee Nagle of Rex, Georgia and Jodee’s mother, Florida Brown of Rex; her sister, Sabine of Paris, France and her children Sophie, Sylvester andChlotilde, and her best friend, childhood sweetheart and husband of 33 years, Jack Brown of Roswell. A memorial and celebration Eucharist will be held Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, 30062. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Peter and St. Paul youth group through the church. Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road., 770-993-4811. BRITTAIN Mr. Jerome Brittain will be funeralized Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 12 noon from First Grace Baptist Church. Rev. J. Mincey, pastor. Interment, Resthaven Cemetery. Survivors are three children, mother, two brothers, one sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. Please assemble at 1983 Willa Way at 11 a.m. Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home, 404-288-7015. BENTLEY Martha Ellen Bentley of Hapeville died May 26, 2003. Survived by daughter, Linda Jarrard of East Point; son, Kenneth Hilard Bentley; grandchlldren, Gary Charles and Melissa Dawn Hufstetler; one great granddaughter; three brothers, Robert Gann of Stockbridge, Ray Gann of Hapeville, and John Gann of Riverdale. Graveside services 2 PM Thursday May 29th at Ramah Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. James Bryant officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery..The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday May 28th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point, GA 404-761-1138 &404-7612141. _______________________ Express your condolences in the online Guest Book at www.ajc.com/obits BUREL Mrs. Faye Hightower Burel, age 50, of 6165 Marillo Street, Douglasville, passed away Monday, May 26, 2003 at Tanner Medical Center. She was born October 13, 1952 in Carroll County to Derrell Hightower and Lillian Jeter Hightower. She a homemaker and had previously worked as a nanny, she was a member of the North Georgia Relic Hunters Association and a member of DAR, Daughters of American Revolution, and was a member of the North Atlanta Praise Fellowship Church. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alton and Mytrice Hammond Hightower and Jim and Ruby Eady Jeter. Survivors include her husband, Sam Burel; her parents, Derrell and Lillian Hightower of Carrollton; a step-son, Robert Burel of Chase, Kansas; two sisters, Gayle and Scott Kelley of Duluth and Lynn Hightower of Roswell; and a number of cousins, aunts, and uncles. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 11 AM from Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel with Rev. Ron Poch and Rev. Terry Chupp officiating. Music will be rendered by Rev. Terry Chupp and Patty Pritchard. Pallbearers will be Larry Hightower, Weems Hightower, Billy Hyatt, David Wardlaw, Tony Jenkins, and Creighton Koretski. Interment will follow in the Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Missions Program C/O North Atlanta Praise Fellowshipp Church, 1128 Kettle Court, Kennesaw, GA 30152. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, May 28, from 6 to 9 PM. Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of arrangements. BROOKS Julia, age 76, of Auburn, died May 25, 2003. She was a very loving mother and a member of the Duluth Church of God. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Rowan, McKeesport, PA, Sandra Dockery, Conyers, Carolyn Hembree, Kennesaw, Marion Cabe, Warner Robins, Terri Smith, Auburn, sons William Earl Brooks, Flowery Branch, Larry Brooks, Hoschton, sister Joanne Wiley, Atlanta, brother, Seaborn Scoggins, Griffin, 17 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2003 in R.T. Patterson’s Chapel with Rev. Donnie Pennington and Rev. Al Rowan officiating. Interment, Peachtree Memorial with Rev. Dan Dockery officiating. Arrangements handled by R.T. Patterson Funeral Home, Norcross. BRANDEDBURG Mr. William R. (Bill) Brandenburg of Suwanee died on Memorial Day, May 26, 2003. He was a veteran of Viet Nam and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Laura R. Brandenburg; daughters, Sheri Brandenburg of Baltimore, MD, Lisa Knight of Alpharetta, GA; son, W. Robert Brandenburg, Jr. of Baltimore, MD; sister, Carol Barnes of St. Louis, MO; brothers, John W. Brandenburg of Union City, GA, Richard Brandenburg of Reston, VA; and grandchildren, Billy and Jessica Dusik. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons at 2 p.m. Thursday, Pastor James W. Dyer officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Southwest Christian Hospice. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at A. S. Turner & Sons BECKER Louis D. Becker, 75 of Hamilton, GA, died May 25. Memorial services will be held at a later date. More information call his daughter, Sandie Brown, 706-628-4112. Mr. Becker was project director for Emory Upward Bound project 1966-68 and received his PhD from Emory University. Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton. ATTAWAY Mrs. Mary Attaway, age 82 of Alpharetta died May 27, 2003. Mrs. Attaway was a member of the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and the World China Painting Organization. Mrs. Attaway was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Attaway. She is survived by daughter, Cynthia Strickland of Calhoun; son and daughter- in-law, Thomas and Karen Attaway of Alpharetta; grandchildren, Shane Strickland, Ross Strickland, Lee Attaway, and Seth Attaway. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30, 2003 at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Helen Skillern officiating. Interment, Arlington Memorial Park. Those who desire may make contributions to Thornwell Childrens Home, Clinton, South Carolina. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 8 PM at Northside Chapel Funeral Directors, Roswell/Alpharetta, 770-645-1414. ANDREWS Mr. Charlie Andrews of Decatur, GA, passed May 27, 2003. His services will be announced by Donald Trimble Mortuary Inc., 1876 Second Ave. 404-371-0772-3. FAMILY-PLACED DEATH NOTICES ________________________ ON THE WEB: To view family-placed death notices, news obituaries and find past obituaries or death notices visit www.ajc.com/obits ________________________

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