Olden Cooper, 70, departed this life Wednesday (May 27, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System, Jacksonville, Fla. after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.
Myrtle Lynes Nichols
Myrtle Lee Lynes Nichols, 85, passed from this life to be with the Lord on Wednesday (May 27, 2015).
Born to Lem and Lizzie Lynes on Jan. 18, 1930, she grew up on their family farm at Hickox. Her brothers and sisters are Fulton, Jessie, Elma, Eunice, Vera, Lois, Ola, Veda and Leona.
She loved the Lord and was a long time member of Satilla Missionary Baptist Church at Hortense where she enjoyed teaching training union and Sunday school and always the singing.
Her family was her life, and her joy came from the children and cooking for them. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much happiness in her latter years.
She was preceded by her husband, Buck Nichols, a daughter, Charlotte Flowers, and a grandson Ryan Flowers, and many other family members.
She is survived by her sister, Lois Hutcheson, and her nieces and nephews who all held a special place in her heart and she spoke of often.
Her children are James (Edward) and Barbara Nichols, Rudy (Parkie) and Wanis Nichols, David and Diane Nichols, Donnie and Laura Nichols, Frankie and Rhonda Nichols, and Sandra and Anthony Lee.
Her grandchildren are Sheldon and Jamie Nichols, Patrick and Karen Nichols, Chris and Casey Nichols, Ian Nichols, Jacob Graffrath, Paul Lee, Jason and Emmie Lee, April and Alan Morgan, Christy Beepath, Sydne Nichols, Eric and Erin Floyd, Patrick and Crystal Floyd, Kimberly Nichols, Lauren Nichols, Ashley and Curtis Boyd, Jake and Melissa Nasworthy, Casey and Warren Turner, Jamie Nasworthy.
Her great-grandchildren are Aaron Nichols, Hannah Nichols, McKenzie Nichols, Jonathan Nichols, Bailey Nichols, Kayln Nichols, Caleb Lee, Gabriel Lee, Zachary Morgan, Elizabeth Morgan, Kylie Beepath, Kameron Beepath, Parker Floyd, Kade Floyd, Wyatt Floyd, Kyler Nichols, Kaylee Nichols, Jaden Nasworthy, Jacob Nasworthy, Maddy Nasworthy, Taylor Pafford, Timothy Pafford, Cammie Pafford, Logan Dickerson and Mackayla Dickerson.
She will be carried to rest by her grandsons.
Honorary attendants are Gaines Lee, Carl Griffin, Shirley Ansel, Brenda Jacobs, Evelyn Strickland, her roommate-friend, Marie Little, and her very special friend and caregiver, Linda Crews, and all the volunteers who bring love, church and music to Bayview residents.
Thank you is extended to the Bayview Nursing Home staff and the caregivers at Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
If preferred, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Satilla Baptist Church, Hortense.
Visitation will be at Frye Funeral Home today beginning at 6 p.m.
The funeral will be at Frye Funeral Home Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Loren Bryant, the Rev. Thomas Williams and the Rev. Larry Altman officiating.
Burial will follow at Rob Lewis Cemetery in Raybon where she’ll be laid to rest beside her husband, her daughter and grandson.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com
Milton Wesley Bennett
Milton Wesley Bennett, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Thursday (May 7, 2015) at his home in Smyrna at the age of 82.
Born Sept. 15, 1932, he was the only child of Barney Wesley and Ruth Calhoun Bennett, of Waycross. He was the grandson of John C. and Julia Moxley Calhoun and Ezra L. and Rachel Bennett.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Dusty) Bennett, of 61 years; and children, Michael Bennett, of Smyrna, Tassie and (Tommy) Ruark, of Athens, Martin and (Irene) Bennett, of Marietta, Matthew and (Dru) Bennett, of Smyrna, and Tara and (Bobby) Luttrell, of Powder Springs; grandchildren, Erin and (Stanton) Porter, Alicia and Alexandra Ruark, Wesley Luttrell, Caitlyn and Claire Bennett and Warren Bennett; and great-grandchild, J.P. Porter.
He lived briefly as a child in Asheville, N.C., and he spent his formative years in Waycross, graduating from high school in 1948. He went on to attend Georgia Tech at age 16, where he graduated with a BS and MS in Industrial Management.
He met his wife, Dolores “Dusty” Smithson, at the Sigma Nu fraternity and they married in 1954 on the Emory campus in Atlanta. Later that year (during the Korean War), he moved with his wife to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
There he served as a second lieutenant at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center working on a systematic study of UFOs, later dubbed project “Blue Book.”
Dusty and Milton returned in 1956 to his alma mater in Atlanta living on-campus and taking a position handling patents and contracts at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).
During this time he attended Georgia State University where he received a masters degree in business administration (MBA). He spent more than 37 years working long hours at Tech, many of which were in the beloved Tech Tower overlooking North Avenue and Bobby Dodd Stadium.
In 1993, he retired from GTRI, but went on to work for Resolution Trust Corporation. There he helped to resolve government seized assets of more than $300 billion. With no rest for the weary, he harnessed all of his life experiences and energies to prepare him for his final and most important job of cab driver, errand boy and mentor to his beloved seven grandchildren.
By nature, he was understated with a dry sense of humor. He liked to joke that he was a pretty baby, and in fact he was. He had a passion for reading, movies, jazz and classical music and opera. He also loved traveling with his family and attending all of his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities.
Raising their five children and caring for countless neighborhood kids drew Milton and Dusty into serving for many years in the Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations. As an assistant Scout Master of Troop 156, he would meet and become lifelong friends with Melvin Posey.
Milton’s life epitomized the scout law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.
A celebration of life service will be held Sunday. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. and the service will follow at 3 p.m. at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. A reception will be held at Lake Laurel Club immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Georgia Tech Foundation, 760 Spring St. NW, Suite 400, Atlanta, Ga. 30308, Memo Line: F3- Foundations for the Future; Global Samaritans Children’s Home, 6561 Union Point Highway, Union Point, Ga. 30669; Homestead Hospice, 1 North Tennessee St., Cartersville, Ga. 30120.
Agneta K. O’Banion
A funeral for Agneta Kjellin O’Banion was held Thursday morning at University Boulevard Church of God with the Rev. Jerry Herndon officiating.
Burial followed in Offerman Cemetery.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Joyce H. Chastain
A funeral for Joyce Laverne Henderson Chastain was held Thursday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David White and Charlie Chastain Jr. officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Coleman, Josh Hendrix, Adam Nicholson, Don Sullivan, Dalton Teston and Johnny Williams.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
A graveside service for Geraldine Corneal was held Thursday morning at Bennett Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Johnson officiating.
Pallbearers were Stanley Bennett, James Davis, Tre Forbes, Chad Futch, Hank Joyner Jr. and Luke Joyner.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.