July 7, 1931—Feb. 2, 2013
Mr. Oscar Elmo “Bo” Ingram, 81, of Zebulon, passed away Feb. 2, 2013. He was born in Manchester to the late Oscar Ingram and Myrtle Raybon Ingram. He was a long-time member of the Griffin Primitive Baptist Church. In his early years, he worked for Dundee Mills in Griffin and later worked as a self-employed carpenter, doing many types of re-remodeling and construction project in the local area. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Henson.
He is survived by his sons, Audie Ingram and wife Deborah, and Tim Ingram all of Pike County; grandchildren, Bart Ingram, Shelly Ingram, Amy Ingram, Justin Ingram and wife Heather, and Beth Ingram; great-grandchildren, Bryson, Beau and Lola; brother, Hilton “Duck” Ingram of Griffin; sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and Charles Biles of Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit the family on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home with Elder Frank King officiating. Interment will follow in Griffin Memorial Gardens. Moody-Daniel Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
April S. Rose
Oct. 22, 1969—Feb. 1, 2013
April Shannon Rose, age 43 of Griffin, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013 at her residence after an extended Illness.
April was born on October 22, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland. She formerly worked as the office manager for Signus Communication. She loved spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach and loved her cat and dog.
Survivors include her father and step mother, Gary and Jo Rose; her mother and step father, Cheryl and Eddie Nokes; sister, Angela Foley and her husband, Doug; sister, Kandice Rose, brother, Tony Rose and his wife, Patricia; nephews and nieces, Brett Blizzard, Brooke Blizzard, Lauren Rose, Drew Rose, Justin Rose and Tyler Foley; grandparents, Cecil and Eleanor Rose; her fiancée, Joseph Rodgers; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:00pm in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Reverend Winfred Dixson will officiate. Friends may visit the family following the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggest that contributions be made to Angels of Eternal Hope, 732 W Taylor St., Griffin, GA, 30223-2720 in memory of April.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin is in charge of arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com
Rose Thomas Johns
April 24, 1952—Feb. 3, 2013
Rose Myree Thomas Johns, of Griffin, Georgia, died Sunday, February 3, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer and a short illness. She was 60 years old. Rose gave her heart and her tremendous reserves of love to her Lord; to her husband , Jim, and their son, Chip and his family; to her mother and father, brothers and sister; to her church; and to her countless friends. She is already sorely missed by many.
Rose was born on April 24, 1952, in Macon, Georgia, the first child of Anne and Billy Thomas. She was a graduate of Griffin High School and attended Huntington College and Valdosta State University. She and her mother started R.S.V.P. Catering, a successful business that kept them extremely busy and their clients well fed and entertained. After retiring from the business, Rose continued to occasionally provide her talented skills for special events in the community. Rose developed and successfully managed the Specialty Gifts Division of Thomas Packing Company, a third-generation meat packing plant in Griffin, which was established in 1948 by her grandfather. She was affectionately known as the “Turkey Queen” by her co-workers and employed many “elves” during the busy holiday season. When Thomas Packing Company closed, after having been in business for over half a century, Rose worked for a brief period at Snider-Killingsworth Insurance.
Always creative, Rose and her friend Ramona, began “Shine and Dine”, offering clients a clean house and a delicious home-cooked meal at the end of the day. “Shine and Dine” gave Rose another avenue for using her gifts in the kitchen.
Rose was a lifelong member of Griffin First United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities. Her love for God and for her church led her to serve wherever she was needed- from Sunday school teacher to member of the Christian Enrichment Center Building Committee, a center that serves the needs of many in Griffin today. The heart of her church life was the Dunkers Sunday school class.
Rose showed her great love of the Lord through acts of service. When a friend or neighbor was ill or going through a difficult time, Rose cooked a delicious meal and brought it to them. If her Sunday school class, the Dunkers, needed help with a service project, they knew Rose would raise her hand to work. Friends going through a crisis would find a funny card in their mailbox with a sweet and thoughtful message written inside. When she and her Sunday school class learned of a single mother raising her five nieces and nephews, Rose and her friends went shopping. The basics were not good enough for Rose; these children and their aunt would have the best. Rose couldn’t help but be generous. It was part of who she was. Even when fatigued by her chemotherapy treatments, Rose mustered up the energy to go to church. She knew God would feed her through the teaching of His Word. Rose’s faith was manifested in loving others through action -- gracious acts of love that will be greatly missed.
Rose met the love of her life in 1972 while waitressing at Russell’s Restaurant in Locust Grove. Jim (J.J.) caught her eye with his dashing good looks and his habit of leaving her silver dollar tips. This year they would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful union of mutual love, respect and friendship. Their adoration of each other was abundantly evident whenever you were in their presence.
Rose was a proud mother, having successfully raised a fine young son, Chip. Chip and his wife Emily gave Rose the “young loves” of her life, Brice and Hailey. “Mimi” (much too young to be called “Grandmother”) absolutely adored Brice and Hailey and provided them with memories and love that will last a lifetime.
To know Rose was to love Rose. She had the rare gift of being able to make anyone she met feel comfortable and welcomed. Her infectious smile reflected an endearing, fun-loving personality. Rose may have left this earth, but she continues to live on through each of the many lives that she touched in such positive ways. For those who did not know Rose, her spirit is still very much alive in the heart and spirit of each of the many family members and friends that are left behind. Though greatly grieved by her death, we have been incredibly blessed to have her as a part of our lives. Her legacy of compassion lives on in the lives of those she touched.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, James Clifford (J.J.) Johns, Sr.; her parents, Anne Compton Thomas and Billy Lee Thomas, Sr.; son, James Clifford (Chip) Johns, Jr. and wife, Emily and their children, Brice and Hailey, all of Griffin; brother, James (Jim) Thomas and wife Sue of Jackson, GA; brother, Lee Thomas and wife Tina of Griffin; sister, Virginia Thomas Smith and husband David of Sugar Hill, GA; adoptive brothers, Wayne English and Tim Evans of Griffin; aunt, Elizabeth (Tibba) Thomas Harwell of Griffin; nieces, Andrea Smith, Alicia Thomas, Vanna Holloway, Meghan Thomas and Kylee Thomas; nephews, Thomas Smith, Josh Thomas, Sam Holloway and William Thomas. She is also survived by numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and, multiple cousins, including Beverly Thomas Briggs, who shared the role of sister with Rose.
Visitation for Rose Thomas Johns will be on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Griffin First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive, Griffin. Memorial services will be conducted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00 am at Griffin First United Methodist Church. The Reverend Kevin Lobello, Dr. Dan Brown and the Reverend Geoff Grubbs will officiate. Rose had a life-long love of flowers and their beauty and requested her memorial service reflect that love.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, is in charge of arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com
Wiley Clarence Turner
Jan. 23, 1943—Feb. 3, 2013
Mr. Wiley Clarence Turner, 70, of Griffin passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at Spalding Regional Hospital.
Mr. Turner was born in Williamson on Jan. 23, 1943 to the late Walter Clarence Turner Jr. and Emma Lou Hardy Turner. He worked for Briggs and Stratton Outdoor Power Equipment Division as a robotic welder. Mr. Turner was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of Teamon Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Emma Lou Hardy Turner; brother and sister-in-law, Robert C. Turner and his wife Joyce Bethune Turner; sister and brother-in-law, Emily James-Lesser and Reverend Art Lesser III; nephews, Robert C. Turner, Jr. and wife Janet, Christopher Lee Turner and Michael Todd James and wife Nicole; great-niece, Kandace; and great-nephews, Bobby, Ryan, Kyle, Dustin and Devin.
Funeral services for Mr. Wiley Turner will be conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Carver Road Baptist Church. The Rev. Tom Summers will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the family from noon until the funeral hour on Tuesday at the church.
Heritage Funeral Home 1512 Williamson Rd., Griffin, GA 30224 is in charge of the arrangements.
Sandra D. Harris, of Griffin, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Miller’s Family Mortuary. 770-228-4077.
Anita Gail Rice, 42, of Griffin, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at her residence. A family gathering will be held at a later date. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin is in charge of arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com
Ms. Anita Etheridge, 60, of 125 Hammerhawk Road, Griffin, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by McDowell’s Funeral Home, Inc., 305 N. Hill St., Griffin.
Ms. Annie Lois Rasaw Stroud, 67, of Griffin, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at Spalding Regional Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the new section of Oak Hill Cemetery. Pastor Janet Ware will offer the eulogy. Friends may visit the family on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Heritage Funeral Home 1512 Williamson Rd. Griffin, GA 30224 is in charge of arrangements. www.heritagefhgriffin.com