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Frank Williams, Jr.

Frank Williams, Jr., age 67, of Hoschton passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013.A Memorial Service Will be held 12:00 pm, Friday, May 3, 2013 at Ottaray Baptist Church in Union, S.C.  Rev. Tommy Mann will be officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Grayce Todd Watkins

Grayce Todd Watkins passed away on Monday evening, April 22, surrounded by
friends and family after an 8-year battle with metastatic melanoma.  She was
preceded in death by her father, Robert Watkins and her brother, Scott.  Her
mother, Kathleen, her husband of 19 years, Michael Roden, two stepchildren,
Christopher and Katherine, and her beloved dogs, Hazel and Brownie, survive her. 

Todd was born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta on November 17, 1961, to
Kathleen and Robert Watkins.  Her Atlanta roots ran deep, and she was an avid
supporter of the Braves, as well as a Falcons season ticket-holder.

Todd’s gifts as a scholar and an athlete were evident from early on.  At
Chamblee High School she served as president of her senior class, played guard
on the basketball team (in spite of the coach), was a member of the swim team,
and excelled across the curriculum. At the University of Georgia, she was a Phi
Beta Kappa, honors student who played intramural softball and ultimate Frisbee.
She received her B.A. (English) cum Laude with honors in 1983. Reading and
discussing books remained a life-long passion for Todd, and her favorite authors
included Iris Murdoch, Robertson Davies and Charles Dickens. 

Following graduation, Todd worked for the British Consulate in Atlanta. She
returned to UGA in the early 1990s and earned a M.S. degree (1993) in geology
under the direction of Dr. Sue Goldstein. Her research resulted in several
publications in the scientific literature concerning salt marsh biota.  She then
commenced a professional career in environmental geology, working for the
Southern Company in Birmingham and Atlanta. While working, Todd completed Duke
University’s prestigious Executive M.B.A. program, specializing in international
business. She continued her career at Mirant (R.I.P.), where she was promoted
through a number of positions to project manager.  Just before diagnosis with
melanoma, she had returned to geology working for MacTec. 

The family thanks the doctors (Dr. Nicholas Papadopoulos, Dr. Merrick Ross) at
MD Anderson, and especially the Emory melanoma team (Necia Maynard, Dr. David
Lawson, Dr. Keith Delmon) who through their skill and compassion helped Todd to
persevere in spite of this horrible disease for many years.  The family also
thanks the nurses (Amanda, Sandy, Stacey) of Hospice Advantage for their
compassionate care of Todd at the end of her life.

As Todd fought her disease, she continued to live fully and vigorously,
traveling to Ireland, France, Vietnam, and Croatia, and spending time each year
in the beautiful area around St George Island, FL. She remained physically and
mentally active, enjoying cycling, kayaking and swimming, competing in a team
triathalon with two dear friends, always reading, reveling in folk art and good
music (John Prine, Van Morrison), and ultimately fulfilling many of her dreams.
A memorial service will be held on May 19th starting at 11 AM at the family home
(children welcome): 409 Quail Creek Drive, Monroe, Ga 30656.  In lieu of
flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Winship
Melanoma & Skin Cancer Fund, please make check payable to Winship Cancer
Institute of Emory University (Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762
Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30322).

Karen Jean Hall

Karen Jean Hall, age 54, of Bethlehem passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  Karen loved to read, she enjoyed the beach and the mountains.  Her family and grandchildren were the love of her life.  She is survived by her husband Lamar Hall; sons Jason Hall and Jamie Hall both of Bethlehem; daughter Sandy Wilson and Johnny of Bethlehem; brothers Carlos Lynch and Linda of Winder, Royce Lynch and Ann of Winder and Vernon Lynch and Brenda of Union City, GA; sisters Jerrie Crowe and Hugh of Helena, Donna Cannon and Ned of Auburn, Sandra Cain of Lawrenceville and 9 granchildren.  She is preceded by her parents Randolph and Helen Lynch, sisters Janice Furr and Linda Wright.  Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Christian Life Center, Braselton, GA.  Pastor Jeff Long will be officiating.  Interment Cedar Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at The Hall Resident’s 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Thursday, April 24, 2013 and Friday, April 26, 2013.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Gary Stephen Carman

Gary Stephen Carman, age 61, of Winder passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013.  He was a United States Navy Veteran.  He was an avid hunter and a member of the ASA Men’s Umpire League and the USSSA Men’s Umpire League.  He was survived by his loving wife of 34 years of marriage Susan Reed Carman; mother Eura Carman; daughter Stephanie Carman of Winder; brother John Carman and wife Sue of Douglasville and sister Donna Carman of Marietta.  He is preceded in death by his father Arnold Carman.  Funeral Services will be held 7:00 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel.  The United States Navy Military Honors will be given.  The family will receive friends 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm April 16, 2013.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundtion in Gary’s memory.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 06-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Frances Irene Bain

Frances Irene Bain, age 104, of Hoschton passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome@windstream.net.

Jayne Holbrook

Jayne Holbrook, age 53, of Winder passed away, Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Jayne loved her family, flowers, lady bugs and bubbles.  She also had a passion for making jewelry.  She is survived by her husband Carl Holbrook; mother in law and father in law Charlotte and Kenneth Holbrook; daughter Jessica Grant of Grayson; brother Jack Reece (Caroline) of Cartersville and granddaughter Hannah “Angel Eyes”.  A Memorial Service will be held 4:00 pm Friday, April 12, 2013 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel.  Chaplian Daryl Barkley and Randy Kucera will be officiating. The family will receive friends 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday, April 12, 2013.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Tara G. Murphy

Tara G. Murphy, age 37, of Nicholson passed away Monday, April 1, 2013.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Thomas “Jack” Jackson Cooper

Thomas “Jack” Jackson Cooper, age 81, of Hoschton passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013. Jack enjoyed driving tractors, trucks and cars.  Receiving the mail was highlight to his day.  He loved yardwork and his cat, Kitty.  He is survved by his brother Cooledge Cooper and Ruth of Hoschton,  brother – in - law Tom Kemp of Morrow; sisters Lester M. Wayne of Roswell, Ann Cooper of Buckhead, sister - in – law Ellie Cooper and neices and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents Lester and Ida May Cooper, brothers William T. Cooper, Johnny H. Cooper and sister Frances Kemp.  Graveside Services will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Braselton, GA.  The family will receive friends at 12:00 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the funeral home.  Allen Stephens will be officiating. Arrangements  by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Bernice Opeila Wallace

Bernice Opeila Wallace, age 81, of Statham passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Sue Ellen Drolet

Sue Ellen Drolet, age 50, of Flowery Branch passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013.  Sue volunteered for the Junior Knights, enjoyed being a part of family functions, she loved arts and crafts, scrapbooking and her family.  She was survived by her mother Helen Napoli of Flowery Branch; husband Ken Drolet of Flowery Branch; son Sean Mullins (Laura) of Dahlonega, step son David Drolet of Mass.; daughter Katylyn Barnett (Gary) of Braselton; brothers Michael A. Sutton (Wanda) of Gainesville, Scott David Magaw (Jenny) of Flowery Branch; sisters Tina Marie Besse (David) of Flowery Branch, Faith Ann Donoho of Flowery Branch, step sister Sharon Alkerstedt of CT; grandchildren Sophie Mullin, Braden Whisnant and Garrett Barnett.  Mrs. Drolet is preceded in death by her father Robert Adams Sutton and son Timothy Scott Mullins.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Monday, April 1, 2013 at Lawson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Cory Sexton will be officiating.  Interment Hoschton City Cemetery. The family will receive  friends 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the funeral home.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.