Obituaries


GFDA Members Including Their Family & Staff


Memorial donations may be made to the GFDA Building Fund or Scholarship Fund, c/o GFDA, PO Box 1865, Roswell, GA 30077.  Acknowledgements will be made to both the family and the donor.  When sending a donation, please include: 

  • In Memory Of Name
  • Your Name
  • Complete Mailing Address
  • If Your Donation is to the Building Fund or Scholarship Fund


REMINDER - Obituary Notices

Please send funeral-service-related death notices to gfdaalert@gfda.org.  We also ask that you call us at the office (770-592-8002) after emailing the obituary information -- particularly if you're sending the notice outside of regular business hours.  This ensures GFDA is able to alert members in a timely manner.  

Note: Obituaries listed below after our 2016 Memorial Service. Each will be included in our 2017 Memorial Service, held during our Annual Convention, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. 


Bernard Sylvester Pearson


Mr. Bernard Sylvester Pearson, 89 of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday morning, May 20, 2018 at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.   Born in Patterson, GA on October 1, 1928, he was...

Jannetta JJ Johnson


Jannetta “J. J.” Faires Johnson, age 93, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 after developing pneumonia and having...

Russell Phillips, Sr.


Russell Phillips, Sr., age 89, of Buford passed away on April 24, 2018. Russell was born in 1928 in Buford, GA to the late Journey and Vannie Kilgore Phillips. He is preceded in death by his...

Melba Castleberry


Melba Castleberry, age 84 of Alpharetta, went home to Heaven on April 10, 2018.  Melba was born in Forsyth County, was a 1951 graduate of Cumming High School, member of Longstreet Baptist...

Carlyen Franklin Cumbie


Carlyen Franklin Cumbie, age 84, of Lilburn, passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker...

Ila Mae McLeighton


Funeral services for Ila Mae McLeighton, 75, of Baxley, will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018 in the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Omega Cemetery.  Ila Mae...

Mary Elizabeth Powell


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Beam Powell, 69, passed away peacefully in Jesus' Hands surrounded by her family on Friday, March 9, 2018. She was born on August 24, 1948 in Colquitt, Georgia. She, along...

Thelma Ruth Lane


Mrs. Thelma Ruth Mabry Lane, 94, of the Burning Bush Community went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 07, 2018.  Mrs. Lane was a native of Red Bank where she graduated from Central...

Raymond Donald "Donnie" Jones


Raymond Donald “Donnie” Jones went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 22, 2018. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was a good friend...

William Warren "Bill" Haisten, Jr.


Mr. William Warren “Bill” Haisten, Jr. died February 12, 2018.  Born May 13, 1947 in Griffin, Georgia he was the son of the late William Warren Haisten, Sr. and Dorothy Rhodes...
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