Mrs. Dorothy Hamrick Otwell of Cumming, passed away Friday, June 9, 2006.
Mrs. Otwell and her husband co-founded Andean Motor Company in 1948. She
taught school in Forsyth County for 25 years and was the first and only
woman to have served on the Cumming City Council. Mrs. Otwell was a member
of the First Christian Church in Cumming and a charter member of the Rose
She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Otwell, Jr.; parents,
Gordon and Maggie Hamrick; brothers, Bill and Richard Hamrick; and
son-in-law, Donald Creamer.
Survivors include her daughters, Pat Otwell of Ormand Beach, Fl., and
Deanie Creamer; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Janet Otwell, all of
Cumming; grandchildren, Zac Creamer, Carmen and Charlie McQueen, Blaire
Creamer, James IV, John, Joseph and Jacob Otwell; great-grandchildren,
Caroline and Jack McQueen, all of Cumming; brother and sister-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Phil Hamrick; sister-in-law, Imogene Hamrick of Jasper. Nieces and
nephews also survive.
A graveside service was held Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at Sawnee View
Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cumming
Baptist Church, 115 Church St., Cumming, in memory of Dorothy Otwell.
Mrs. Ovalene Satterfield Walker, age 90 of Jasper, Ga., passed away
Friday, June 9, 2006 at Grandview Health Care Center.
Survivors include her sons, Horace, Howard (Pee Wee) and Joe Walker;
daughter, Frances Cunningham; sisters and brother-in-law, Pauline West,
Martha Davis, Benny and Grover Brooks and Lucy VanDoran; sister-in-law,
Montene Satterfield. Eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, four
great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 from the Chapel of
Roper Funeral Home with interment in Lake Forest Memorial Park on Camp Road
in Jasper. The Rev. Charles O. Walker officiated.
Dorothea “Dot” Wells, age 94, formerly of Albany, Ga., passed away
Friday, June 10, 2005 at Cumming Manor in Cumming, Ga.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper.
Mrs. Wells was born July 10, 1910 in Kearny, N.J., daughter of the late
Charles Raymond and Ella Minnie (Hackett) Kierstead. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Ernest L. Wells, and two brothers, Charles Jr. and
Survivors include her daughter, Virginia (David) Stola of Columbus, Ga.;
sons, Donald (Diane) Wells of Jasper and Roger (Mary) Wells of Monterey,
Ca.; sister, Grace Mertens of Vineland, N.J. Eight grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren also survive.
A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy
Family on Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery
in Kearny, N.J. on July 12, 2005. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to
the Dot Wells Memorial Fund at Holy Family.
Mrs. Linda M. Crider, age 41 of Fairmount, formerly of Cherokee County,
passed away at Kennestone Hospital on June 11, 2005. She was a member of
Hickory Flat Church of God, the Moose Lodge and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her son, John Crider, Woodstock; daughter, Jessica
Stokes, Ellijay; mother, Irene Williams, Fairmount; brother, Michael
Williams, Fairmount; sisters, Martha McGuire, Fairmount, Carolyn Taylor,
Canton, and Betty Jo Baker, Alpharetta. One grandchild also survives.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, June 14 at 3 p.m. from the Sosebee
Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Harold Angel and Mike Adams officiating.
Interment was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Elsie Arp, age 86 of Jasper, passed away at her residence Tuesday,
June 7, 2005.
Survivors include her son, Junior Arp, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law,
Barbara and Rodney Roper, Jasper, and Genny and Carl Alexander, Rome;
daughter-in-law, Barbara Arp. Seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren
The funeral service was held Friday, June 10 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of
Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Robert Allen and Earl Wilkie officiating.
Interment was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Donnie, Chad
and Jerry Arp, Craig Nicholson, Frank Rudy and Joe Lawson.
Mrs. Pinkie Hampton, age 72 of Nelson, passed away Monday, June 6, 2005
at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Hampton, Jr.; son and
daughter-in-law, Alonzo and Marshalette Hampton, Mableton, Ga.;
daughter-in-law, Zania Hooks, Jasper; grandchildren, Loretta Anderson,
Mableton, Sidney Hooks and wife Arlinda and Kerry Jordan, all of Canton;
Brian Hampton, Lithia Springs, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Shalanda Dean,
Sholonda Bowden, Jami, Justin, Jacoryn and Kyler Jordan; God-daughter, Lisa
Hooks, Milledgeville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Hooks, Miami,
Fl., Phyllis Hooks, Shirley Lango, Edith and Ernest Boyer and Milton and
Lois Hampton, all of Milledgeville, and Mary Hampton, Canton. A host of
nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
The funeral service was held Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel
of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. John Henry Brown officiating. Interment
was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Fred Anderson, Jr., Ricky
Benson, Clarence Rocker, Bill Greene, Clyde Davis and Cecil Stephens.
Bill Craddock, a resident of the Bethany Salem Community in Pickens
County, Ga., died June 13, 2006 from complications of a massive heart attack
while working a structure fire in DeKalb County May 4.
He leaves behind his wife Shainti and 4-year-old son Colby. He was an
assistant Fire Chief for the Bethany Salem Fire Department, a firefighter
for DeKalb and Forsyth Counties and an instructor for the Georgia Fire
Academy among other positions promoting safety in the fire service.
Visitation was held at McDonald and Son Funeral Home in Cumming Thursday
and Friday evenings, with services held at 2 p.m. Saturday
June 17th at First Redeemers Church in Cumming, Dr. Richard Lee, pastor.
Survivors include his mother and father, Gail and Bob Schueren of
Epworth; father-in-law, mother-in-law and several aunts and uncles, nieces
and nephews survive. Interment followed the funeral service at Forest Lawn
Cemetery, Decatur, Ga.
Today is a day of sadness and reflection in the fire service community in
the Atlanta area and beyond. As we lost a “mighty lion” in the field of the
fire service Bill Craddock. Bill was more than just a firefighter; he had a
passion for the job, and wanted to not only excel his skills, but those of
others. He believes that anyone, no matter of ability or challenges, could
be an integral part of the fire service and fire suppression. Whether it be
carrying tools, overhauling a building after a fire or saving souls from a
traumatic automobile accident.
Bill came into the fire service after serving a stint in the Marine Corps
and riding bulls in a rodeo. He became a member of the DeKalb County Fire
Department after spending time with Cherokee County Station 3 in Hickory
Flat as a volunteer. Bill became a well respected firefighter and trainer.
No matter how challenging the task, Bill could make it simple with a huge
amount of patience for his
Bill, eventually became part of DeKalb County Fire Department’s Technical
rescue team based out of Firehouse 24, providing specialized and difficult
services to other fire stations in the county and would be a “first
responder” if other parts of the country needed DeKalb’s
Bill became nationally known for his training, discipline and passion for
the fire service. He had colleagues and friends from New York to California
that shared his passion for the service via a firefighter brotherhood
organization called FOOLS in which he was an active member and officer. When
news of his heart attack started to spread in the fire service community,
there were people all over the country lending their support and prayers for
Bill and his family Kids who attended an elementary school in Mississippi
that Bill helped to repair after Hurricane Katrina sent get well cards to
his wife Shainti. The first night Bill was in the hospital, nearly
100 firefighters on and off duty flocked to the hospital to show their
concern, and yes their love for this man. When there were times when the
doctors weren’t sure he would make it through the night, there would be up
to 12 firefighters and family members holding vigil in the waiting room
pulling for Bill.
While Bill could be rough and abrupt on the outside, he always had an
abiding love and concern for his family and fellow firefighters. Whether it
is taking Colby to the movies, horseback riding with Shainti, or supporting
a firefighter injured on the job via a fundraising event, or to promote
safety and brotherhood, he had that unrequited love for humanity.
He had a strong passion for the Bethany-Salem Fire Department working to
obtain funds, equipment and training for its members. Working tirelessly to
make a positive impact and to press upon the importance to serve the
community with professionalism and respect.
His strong will, tenacity and ability to deal with significant obstacles
in his life only made his life that more amazing. Battling cancer and other
ailments to not only be in the fire service, but making a significant impact
in fighting for others.
Bill was only 37 years old when he passed on. A bit young, one might say,
but he lived a full life and along that way impacted far more people than
anyone would ever know. While I only knew him for a brief time, his
knowledge, his passion and pure grit will always be something that I will
hold in my soul. I will never forget Bill Craddock.
Bethany Salem Fire Department #835
(Editor’s Note: A fund for Mr. Craddock’s widow, Shainti, and 4-year-old
son, Colby, has been set up by the DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department.
Donations to the William L. Craddock Fund can be made at any Bank of America
Winnie Nedralle Williams, age 85 of Loganville, Ga., passed away on
Thursday, June 15, 2006 at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur. She was born
April 3, 1921 in Jackson, Butts County, Ga.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene Stewart, Jasper,
Ga., Sandy and Clinton Rutledge, Loganville, Ga., and Merrie and Michael
Pagliaro, Roswell, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Gerry and Cindy Williams of
Snellville, Ga. Nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three
great-great-grandchildren, several sisters, nieces and nephews also survive.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 18 at Wages & Sons
Mrs. Janet Sather, age 55 of Bent Tree (Jasper), passed at her residence
Saturday afternoon, June 17, 2006.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Sather, Bent Tree; daughters and
son-in-law, Teresa and Gary Watford, Bent Tree and Robin Sather, Germany;
brothers, Harley Pritchard, Bent Tree, and Tim Webb, Alpharetta; and
grandchildren, Cameron, Zachary and Macy Elizabeth.
Services were held Sunday evening, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. from the Chapel
of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Ervin Smith officiating.
Mrs. Ella H. Cochran, age 92 of the Ludville Community, passed early
Friday morning, June 16, 2006 at Grandview Health Care Center, Jasper.
Survivors include her husband, Hoyt Cochran, Ludville Community, and
The funeral service was held Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel
of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Buddy Roper officiating. Interment
followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received floral
offerings or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Junior Lewis Mathews, age 67 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed Friday,
June 16, 2006.
Mr. Mathews was born on April 19, 1939 in Jasper, Ga. He was a US Army
veteran, a mechanic and of the Baptist faith. His parents, Cleston and Mary
Alice Scott Mathews, brothers, Billy, Danny and Jack, all preceded him in
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Henderson Mathews of the home; son
and daughter-in-law, Sammy and Barbara Mathews, Cleveland, Oh.; brother,
Rocky Mathews, Florida; sisters and brothers, Shirley and Eugene Wilson,
Fairmount, Ga., and Judy and Bobby Barnett, Cartersville, Ga.
A graveside service was held Monday, June 19 at 2 p.m. from Sunrise
Memorial Gardens in Jasper with the Revs. Larry Reece and Marvin Young
officiating. Military rites were by the Pickens County Chapter #47 DAV.
Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Robert Lee Duckett, age 76 of the Hinton Community, passed away
Sunday, June 18, 2006 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Duckett, Hinton Community; son and
daughter-in-law, Thomas Lee and Donna Duckett, Hinton Community; daughters
and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Buren Howell, Ball Ground, and Sharon and Joseph
Martin, Hinton Community; brother, Billy Duckett, Hill City; sister, Maxine
Anderson, Ellijay; and sister-in-law, Ruby Duckett, Jasper. Eight
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. from the
Hinton Methodist Church with the Revs. Sanford Willard and Keith Willard
officiating. Interment will be in Hinton Cemetery. Pallbearers are: Troy
Duckett, Evan and Barry Howell, Joel Martin, Ferrell Chambers, Jerry and
Richie Hancock and Ronald Lee Evans. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of
Albert Brindle, Jr.
Mr. Albert Nathaniel Brindle, Jr., better known as “Junior,” age 72 of Fairmount, departed this life Wednesday morning, June 23, 2004.
Mr. Brindle was born Jan. 8, 1932 in Gordon County, Ga., son of the late Albert N. Brendel, Sr. and Agnes (Hightower) Brendel. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara; brother, E.J. Brendel; and a sister, Mildred Fields. Junior was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served on the USS Chemung AO-30. He was retired from Lockheed and was a member and deacon of Pleasant Grove (Ryo) Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Louise (Sosebee) Brindle of the residence; daughters and son-in-law, Dianna Brindle of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Tammy and Daniel Chastain of Fairmount; granddaughter, Amber Chastain, Fairmount; brothers, Dewey Brendel of Canton, Herman Brendel of Dearborn Heights, Mi., Gene Brendel of Melvindale, Mi., Glenn, Horace, Wayne and Ray Brendel, all of Fairmount, and Truman Brendel of Canton; sister, Linda Reece of Jasper; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Sosebee of Fairmount. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held Friday, June 25 at 3 p.m. from Pleasant Grove (Ryo) Baptist Church with the Rev. Horace Owens and Lamar Beason officiating. Interment followed in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Ludville with the Rev. Keith Gibson in charge of graveside rites. Pallbearers were: Greg and Mike Brendel, Grady Crider, Larry Mulkey, Steve Gibson and Buddy Wyatt. Ponders Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.