Obituaries

Harold William Copeland, 86, of Fayetteville

Mr. Harold William Copeland, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away on Oct. 20, 2011.

Mr. Copeland was born March 27, 1925, in Whitesburg, Ga.; his family later relocated to Coweta County in 1933.

In 1942, he graduated from Western High School. Mr. Copeland entered the US Navy in 1943 where he proudly served in the Asian Pacific Theater of Operations and was honorably discharged in 1947.

He worked for the Sperry Corp. & Norfolk Southern Railroad where he retired as a Chief Rail Test Officer. Read More»

Jane Esther Richards VanOrden, 78, Peachtree City

Jane Esther Richards VanOrden, 78, Peachtree City, Ga. died Oct. 20, 2011.

She was born June 14, 1933, the daughter of Carl and Esther Richards, and grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. She attended and was a lifelong fan of the University of Michigan. Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Peter H. VanOrden, and sister, Mary Faget . Read More»

Riley Neil Swicord, 50, of Peachtree City

Riley Neil Swicord, 50, of Peachtree City

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, Riley Neil Swicord, of Peachtree City, (formerly of Fayetteville, Ga. and Wedowee, Ala.) passed away at Southwest Christian Care, surrounded in love by family and friends. Riley was 50 years old and fought a brave and tenacious battle with brain cancer. He is now at peace.

Riley was born in Patuxent River, Md., and spent his youth in Fayetteville and Gay, Ga. Read More»

Mary Ann Roy, of Senoia

Mary Ann Roy, of Senoia, passed away on Oct. 17, 2011. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Langley, two infant daughters, and an uncle, Darrell Pritchard.

She is survived by her former husband and friend, Fardeen Roy of Decatur; daughter Emily Roy of Senoia; father, Robert J. Langley of Senoia; brother, James (Christy) Langley of Roanoke, Ala.; brother, Tim Langley, of Senoia; sister, Rachel Vadsarya of Senoia; 3 nephews, aunts and uncles. Read More»

Arthur Amavisco Mendoza, 79, of Fayetteville

Mr. Arthur "Art" Amavisco Mendoza, of Fayetteville, passed away on Oct. 14, 2011 at the age of 79. Read More»

Martha Joyce Malcom, age 79

Martha Joyce Malcom died on Oct. 15, 2011. She was married to Col. (ret.) Ben S. Malcom of Fayetteville, Ga.

Joyce was born July 14, 1932 in Augusta, Ga. She was the daughter of Robert and Rosa Swint. Joyce's' mother died of pneumonia six months after Joyce was born. She was raised by her grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Albert Barksdale of Bastonville, Ga.

Joyce graduated from Gibson High School and the Augusta Business College. She then worked as a secretary for the Savannah River Nuclear facility (DuPont). Read More»

Hoke Smith, Jr., 71, of Fayetteville

Hoke Smith, Jr., 71, of Fayetteville, passed away on Oct. 10, 2011. 

He served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. He then became owner and operator of the Midas Muffler shop in Fayetteville.

Mr. Smith was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hoke Smith, Sr. and Margaret Smith; and son, Trey Smith.  Read More»

Robert Franklin Cauthen, 77

Robert Franklin Cauthen, 77, passed away on Oct. 9, 2011. 

He was a member of the U.S. Army and went to work for J.C. Penney's, where he later retired.

He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Cauthen of 54 years; daughters, Patti Howell and husband, Ervin of Sharpsburg, Ga.;  Cindy Brackett and husband, Daniel of Stockbridge, Ga.; 4 grandchildren; Courtney Grega, Carter Brackett, Caitlin Brackett and Michael Howell; brother, Hugh Cauthen of Gainesville, Ga., and several nieces and nephews.  Read More»

Helen Marie Slayton, age 100

Helen Marie Slayton, 100, passed away Oct. 9, 2011.

Survivors include daughter Jean Armbruster and her husband Kenneth; daughter Debra Kolster and her husband Richard; grandchildren Theodore Armbruster and his wife Shana Kane, Amy Kolster, and Laura Kolster. 

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, New York.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to The Fayette County Humane Society at fayettehumane.org.

Helen Lorene Chitwood, age 90, of Peachtree

  Mrs. Helen Lorene Chitwood, of Peachtree City, passed away on Oct. 9, 2011, at the age of 90. 

Mrs. Chitwood is described as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who always made people feel welcome in her home. She was always pleasant to be around and never had anything bad to say about anyone, except when the Braves or Falcons did something she didn’t like. She was an avid sports fan and supporter who never missed one of her children’s games or activities and could sometimes be heard cheering down the street when her favorite teams were playing on the television. Read More»

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