Obituaries 5-20-2020


 Mark E. Swaney

Mr. Mark E. Swaney, 61, of Hogansville, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.  Mr. Swaney was born March 10, 1959, in Atlanta, son of the late Harold Henry Swaney and Kate Elizabeth Perry Swaney. He had lived in Heard County most of his life and was employed as an auto mechanic.  Survivors include his daughter, Tracy McCormick and her husband Allen McCormick of Grantville; sons, Mark Swaney, Jr. and Laura Swaney, and Harold Swaney, all of Hogansville; sister, Glenda McCoy and her husband Ricky McCoy, of Ft. Payne, AL; and six grandchildren. Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m . A family interment was held Wednesday, May 20, at the Corinth Cemetery.


Henry Grady “H. G.” Bowden, Jr

Henry Grady “H. G.” Bowden, Jr., age 95 of Pine Mountain, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange.  “H.G.” as he was best known, was born October 23, 1924 in Carrollton, GA, the son of Henry G. Bowden, Sr. and Jewell Robinson Bowden. Upon graduating from Manchester High School in 1942, he entered the U. S. Navy and served in both the Pacific and European Theater of Operations during WWII. Stationed aboard a supply ship at the Marshall Islands and Midway, he learned the craft of shoemaking. After the war, his knowledge of this trade helped him to secure a position with the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, where over the years, he worked his way up to become Director of Orthotics and Prosthetics. In October, 1987, he retired from RWSIR after over thirty-five years’ service.  “H. G.” was a very active member of the Warm Springs First United Methodist Church, where he served faithfully in numerous capacities including Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was involved in numerous civic affairs including serving as Past President of the Warm Springs Rotary Club, Past President of the Meriwether County Cattleman’s Association, and was a member of Stephen’s Lodge #586 F&AM in Manchester. He loved the outdoors; farming, hunting and fishing, and was especially fond of his favorite John Deer 420 tractor.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Aspinwall Bowden; his son, Arthur Harry Bowden; and a son-in-law, Joey Branch.  Survivors include his wife, Mary Eunice Jones Bowden of Pine Mountain, GA; his daughters, Pam Branch of Warm Springs, GA, Pat Ledger of Columbus, GA, and Peggy Bryant (Eddie) of LaGrange, GA; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Bowden of Leslie, GA; a step-son, Bobby Jones (Sonja) of Pine Mountain, GA; grandchildren, Kris Bowden (Elizabeth) of Americus, GA, Repp Ledger (Kelly) of Thomasville, GA, Zack Ledger of Montana, and Joseph Branch of Warm Springs, GA; step-grandchildren, Eric Jones of Columbus, GA, and Landon Jones of Kennesaw, GA; two great-grandchildren T. J. Bowden and Liam Ledger.  In accordance with the present Covid-19 Mandate, a private graveside service with only immediate family present will be held.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Warm Springs First United Methodist Church.


 Chetan Chota Rajeev

Infant Chetan Chota Rajeev passed away on May 13, 2020 at the WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. Infant Chetan is survived by his parents, Dr. Angampally Rajeev and Ishita Sur Rajeev of LaGrange. A family graveside service was held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Newnan, Georgia.

Mr. Charles Ralph “Charlie” Whitaker, Jr.Mr. Charles Ralph “Charlie” Whitaker, Jr., age 82, of LaGrange, passed away on May 15, 2020 at the WellStar West Georgia Hospice. Mr. Whitaker was born on October 3, 1937 in LaGrange to the late Charles Ralph Whitaker, Sr. and Juanita Miller Whitaker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Whitaker.  Mr. Whitaker proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and retired from the Kroger Company.  Survivors include his children and their families; Rick Dudley and his wife Donna, his children, Jennifer, Jake and Megan, Christine Jackson and her daughter C.J., Tracy Hardy and her former husband Billy and her children, Taylor and Michael, Kenneth Whitaker and his wife Melinda and his children, Taylor, Will, Zach and Ashley; brother, Leonard Whitaker; 10 great grandchildren; special friend, Judy Runyan; extended family and friends.  A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2020, the date of his birthday. Future plans will be announced.

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James Daren Wooten

Mr. James Daren Wooten, 55, of LaGrange, GA passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his home. Mr. Wooten was born April 20, 1965 in Fernandina Beach, FL, son of the late Ivy Dell Turner Pittman and the late Roy Leston Wooten. He was the owner and operator of ABU Water Service, LLC.Survivors include his wife Dara I. Wooten; son, J. Brandon Wooten; step daughter, Kortney A. Jennings; step son, Kole M. Jennings; sisters, Pam Bennett, Teresa Wooten Martin; brother, Joe Wooten; nephews, Russ (Jennifer) Panke, Paul (Kristen) Panke, and Matthew Wooten; and niece, Cheyenne Wooten. The family requests no services at this time.In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 2525 Hwy 34 E., Newnan, GA 30265.

John Eugene McManaway

John Eugene McManaway, III, age 89, passed away Thursday, May 14, at Florence Hand Nursing Home, LaGrange, GA after a long illness following a stroke. He is survived by his wife, Betty Iler McManaway. They were married for 68 years. He was born in Greenville, SC, to J.E. McManaway, Jr., and Estelle Payne McManaway. He was predeceased by his siblings Sara Hudgins (Elwood), Jeanne Armitstead (Jimmy), and David McManaway (Judy).  John served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. During that time he and Betty married and had their first daughter, Debbie. He then returned home to continue his studies at Furman University, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. He immediately took a job with Milliken and Co. where he worked his entire career of 37 years. His work took him and his family to Thomson, GA; Pendleton, SC; Greenville, SC; and finally to LaGrange, GA, in 1972 where he worked in various plants, retiring from the Duncan M. Stewart plant in 1994.  John loved to sing, singing bass in many Baptist church choirs over the years, including First Baptist Church of LaGrange for more than 30 years. He served as a deacon there, as well as in several other churches, and was a member of Dr. Paul Baxter’s Sunday School Class. More recently he belonged to the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange where he was a member of the Andrew Visitation Team and also visited many shut-ins on his own. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 12 years and was a member of the Adult Fellowship Class.  John and Betty were blessed with 20 years of retirement, during which time he was able to enjoy his love of golf, boating, and water skiing. In retirement he also continued to work at Callaway Gardens golf courses for 12 years. He had an immaculate yard in which not a weed was allowed to grow. John had a God-given talent for mechanics, which he used to fix any and everything. He was known for his sense of humor and always had a new (old?) joke in his back pocket to share with his bridge and golf friends.  He is survived by his loving family: daughters, Debbie Rivers of Charlotte, NC, and Lee Lawrence of Kiawah Island, SC; son, John IV, (Lisa) of Alabaster, AL; grandsons Carson Rivers, Will Lawrence (Nicole), and Matt Lawrence; and granddaughters Jordan McManaway and Kaitlin Richardson (Will) and a sister-in-law, Judy McManaway of Greenville, SC.  Because of the present pandemic, only an immediate family graveside service can be held at Restlawn Memory Gardens. A celebration of his life may be held at a later date. The whole family will miss sharing this time with extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, LaGrange, GA 30240, would be pleasing to John or a gift to another charitable organization.

Kelly Ann Turner

Kelly Ann Turner, 40, of LaGrange, GA passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Wellstar West Georgia Hospice. Kelly was born January 4, 1980 in LaGrange, GA and was employed with Poochie Pet as a groomer.  Survivors include her two daughters, Ally Turner and Aleya Hunt; father, Leonard Donell Turner; mother, Sandra Ann (Terrell) Gosdin; sister, Dondra (Keith) Hiles; brother, Spencer (Holly) Turner; nieces and nephews, Cale Hiles, Reese Turner, Noah Turner, and Haley Jones.  The gathering of family and friends will be on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, LaGrange, GA. The Celebration of Life service will be at 3:30 P.M. in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary with Pastor Michael Kitchens and Pastor Jeff Watts officiating. Burial will follow in Meadoway Gardens Cemetery.  Due to the health crisis at this time, the Turner family and Striffler-Hamby Mortuary will be observing the state mandated social distancing in the funeral home chapel during the gathering time and seating for the service.  Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Wellstar West Georgia Hospice, 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 in memory of Kelly Ann Turner.


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Rosa Pearl Dawson Slaughter

On December 16, 1952 A Queen, Rosa “Marie” Pearl Dawson Slaughter was born to the late Mary Rose Dallas and James Aubsy.  She was a baptized as a faithful and dedicated Witness of Jehovah. Rosa attended Harrison High School in West Point, Georgia.  She was an LPN. In her younger years, she served in South Fulton County, Georgia; and later at Lanier Memorial Hospital where she met her special friend of over twenty years, Sharon Jenkins.   Rosa was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and friend. She truly loved her family and she was the foundation, in addition she served as a rock and dedicated friend to many.   On May 12, 2020 at 12:59 a.m. she departed this life at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Sue Mae Dallas, Roosevelt Dallas, Collie Pearl Aubsy and Willie Aubsy; aunts, Mary, Corrine,  and  Maddie Mae Dallas, Willie Bell , Mary, and Lula Dean Aubsy; uncles, Roosevelt Jr , Johnny, and Kelvin Dallas, Sam , Earnest, and Chester Aubsy; and special cousin, Mary Ann Glaze.  She leaves her precious memories to her loving and dedicated husband of eighteen years, John Slaughter; her four loving kids: Valrico Dawson, Solomon Dawson, III, Santanya Dawson and Alesha Dawson; nineteen grandchildren: Sol’maneshia Jones, Shonterika Williams, Wytensia Jones, Laddarius Williams, Romaneshia Dawson, Valneicia Williams, Yasir Dawson, Overria Dawson, Oveontae Dawson, Ajjahad Dawson, Zakii Dawson, Unique Dawson, Kristin Dawson, Keymauri Dawson, Dariyunna Tucker, Aydien Dawson, Andrea Dawson, Amari Dawson, Christian Dawson; three great grandchildren: Malik Jackson, Jayceon Williams, and Daryion Williams; five sisters: Sharlene Wheat, Bonita Johnson, Janice Trammell, Cora Slaughter and Sharon Slaughter,  four brothers: Abe Billingslea, Charles Slaughter, William Slaughter,  and Charles Trammell; her only living aunt:  Frances McQueen, three nieces: Angela Dallas , Janetha Wheat, and Memie Dawson; two nephews: Robert Dallas and Randy Dallas; two special  cousins she talked to on daily basis: Steve McQueen and Hakeem Hatchett; and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.