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The Covington News - - Local news - Gail Deas Alexan­der Scott Pace

Lane Fu­neral Home Chat­tanooga, Tenn. Gail Deas, 66, of Chat­tanooga, passed away Fri­day, Oct. 29, at her home. Mrs. Deas had lived in the At­lanta area for over 60 years be­fore mov­ing to Chat­tanooga three years ago.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band Dr. Ralph Deas; daugh­ters Amanda Turner of At­lanta and Margo Gravino of Tampa, Fla.; step-daugh­ter Donna Deas of Sandy Springs; fa­ther An­drew Gravino; sis­ter An­gio Outz of At­lanta; six grand­chil­dren; one great-grand­child; sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be 3 p.m. to­day, Nov. 3, at Lane Fu­neral Home, Ash­land Ter­race Visi­ta­tion is 2 to 3 p.m. at Lane Fu­neral Home, 601 Ash­land Ter­race. Visit www. lanefh.com to share con­do­lences. Beck Fu­neral Home, Clay­ton Melvin Hol­lis John­son Sr., 74, of Tiger passed away Oct. 28 af­ter an ex­tended bat­tle with can­cer. The son of Clause and Lu­cille John­son, he was born in 1935 in Lump­kin, the sev­enth of 10 chil­dren. Grow­ing up on a small West Ge­or­gia farm, Melvin de­vel­oped a love for God, fam­ily and agri­cul­ture that would shape his en­tire life. Mr. John­son grad­u­ated from ABAC in 1955. He paid for school by feed­ing chick­ens on the school farm and wash­ing dishes in the din­ing hall, two things he said he would never do again when he left the fam­ily farm in pur­suit of higher ed­u­ca­tion, learn­ing never to say never. He then grad­u­ated from The Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia with a B.S. in agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion. He later earned his Spe­cial­ist De­gree in the same field. Mr. John­son faith­fully served Ge­or­gia’s agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for 42 years as an ed­u­ca­tor in Ber­rien County, the State FFA/FCCLA Camp Di­rec­tor and as state di­rec­tor of Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion. For his life­time of ser­vice he re­ceived many awards in­clud­ing be­ing in­ducted into the Ge­or­gia Agri­cul­tural Hall of Fame, be­ing hon­ored as Na­tional Out­stand­ing State Su­per­vi­sor for Ag Ed­u­ca­tion in 1999 and re­ceiv­ing the Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the Na­tional FFA or­ga­ni­za­tion. In ad­di­tion a cabin was built and ded­i­cated in his honor at the State FFA/FCCLA Camp on Jan­uary 16, 2009. In June 1963 Mr. John­son mar­ried Reba Rowan who served by his side through­out his ca­reer in agri­cul­ture as well as be­ing ded­i­cated par­ents to their two sons Melvin Hol­lis John­son Jr. and Scott Reese John­son. To­gether they taught their chil­dren to love God as well as fam­ily and to de­velop a strong work ethic. Their fam­ily grew as they un­of­fi­cially adopted and men­tored chil­dren through­out their life in­clud­ing Mark War­ren, Todd Er­li­wine and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews. One of his fa­vorite verses was Luke 2:52. “And Je­sus in­creased in wis­dom and stature, and in fa­vor with God and man.” Melvin lived his life with this model in mind. He of­ten shared his words of wis­dom with fam­ily and friends. Many con­ver­sa­tions be­gan with the words “Now you can do what you want to but….”

Sur­viv­ing are Melvin’s legacy lives on through chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, nieces, neph­ews and oth­ers that he im­pacted with his be­lief “one serves God by serv­ing oth­ers.”

A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be at three me­mo­rial ser­vices: 5 p.m., Nov. 12, First Bap­tist Church, Nashville; 3 p.m., Nov. 14, Lib­erty Bap­tist Church, Tigner; 3 p.m., Nov. 28, the State FFA/FCCLA Camp, Cov­ing­ton. In lieu of flow­ers do­na­tions may be made to the FFA Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 237, Swains­boro, GA 30401, your lo­cal chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, or to the Philadel­phia Sun­day School Class, 2206 Bridge Creek Road, Tiger, Ga. 30576.

Alexan­der Scott Pace “Big A,” 20, of States­boro, Ox­ford, and Pen­sacola, Fla., passed away Oct. 27, do­ing what he loved, play­ing soc­cer. Alex was a ju­nior at Ge­or­gia South­ern Uni­ver­sity work­ing to­ward a de­gree in In­for­ma­tion Technology Se­cu­rity. While at Ge­or­gia South­ern, Alex was ac­tively in­volved with Stu­dent in Free En­ter­prise, Pittman Park United Methodist Church, and in­tra­mu­ral soc­cer and flag foot­ball. Alex was a proud grad­u­ate of Newton High School, and while there, he an­chored the soc­cer team as the goalie beat­ing the cross town ri­vals East­side ev­ery year. Alex found his love for soc­cer on the fields at Rock­dale Soc­cer Youth As­so­ci­a­tions play­ing sev­eral years at the recre­ation level and sev­eral more at the se­lect level. In his first try­out at the se­lect level, Alex was play­ing goalie and got blind­sided by a ball in the mouth, his braces cut his mouth up pretty badly. He re­turned to the field a few min­utes later to re­sume goalie du­ties. Af­ter try­outs the coach said that Alex made the team on guts alone and the fact that he was a good goalie was a bonus. Alex was ver­sa­tile, he was in­volved in Mr. Brian Thomp­son’s jour­nal­ism class as ad man­ager for two years and loved the chal­lenges that role brought. In his early teens he stud­ied karate un­der Mr. Todd Woods for three years earn­ing his brown belt. While at Cousins Mid­dle School he spent a year play­ing foot­ball. He even tried bowl­ing and ten­nis. At one of his ten­nis lessons, the in­struc­tor was try­ing to teach him a back­hand swing, and Alex just moved the racket to the other hand and fore­handed the ball, he was am­bidex­trous. But his love of sports started at Rock­dale Youth Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) with T-ball and sev­eral years of base­ball. Alex grew up as a mem­ber of Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church in Ox­ford. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the youth group and loved the mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion. He was pre­ceded in death by his pet bas­set hound Speedy Pace.

Sur­vivors in­clude his mother Melissa Pace, fa­ther Matthew Pace, step­mother Kimberly Pace, step­sis­ter Madalyn Wof­ford, step­brother Thomas Wof­ford, step­sis­ter Vi­vian Wof­ford, sis­ter Kait­lyn Gar­rett, and pet bas­set hound Sparky Pace.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 6 p.m. to­day, Nov. 3, at Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church, 803 What­coat Street, Ox­ford. In lieu of flow­ers, please send do­na­tions to the Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church Youth Fund. Cald­well & Cowan

Fu­neral Home Dr. Wil­liam Archer Reid, 87, of Mans­field, died Nov.1. A mem­ber of Pine Grove Pres­by­te­rian Church in Cov­ing­ton, Dr. Reid at­tended Tulane Uni­ver­sity and the Med­i­cal Col­lege of Ge­or­gia in Au­gusta from 1947 to 1949 and Emory Uni­ver­sity School of Medicine from 1949 to 1951, grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in medicine. His in­tern- ship and res­i­dency was at Grady Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in At­lanta from 1951 to 1956. Dr. Reid re­ceived mul­ti­ple teach­ing and hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments in At­lanta. Hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments in­cluded past pres­i­dent, Ge­or­gia Bap­tist Med­i­cal Cen­ter; chief of surgery, At­lanta West Hos­pi­tal; chief of gen­eral surgery, West Paces Ferry Hos­pi­tal; chief of gen­eral surgery, Ge­or­gia Bap­tist Med­i­cal Cen­ter; chief of staff, West Paces Ferry Hos­pi­tal; chief of Sur­gi­cal Train­ing Pro­gram, Craw­ford W. Long Hos­pi­tal; li­ai­son of­fi­cer, Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons, Can­cer Di­vi­sion and nu­mer­ous other ap­point­ments. So­ci­ety mem­ber­ships in­cluded Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia, Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of At­lanta, and Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons. Dr. Reid penned many ar­ti­cles in the med­i­cal field that were pub­lished. He served in the Armed Forces, U.S. Naval Re­serve, Lt. Com­man­der PT Boat Squadron, from 1942 to 1946 in the Mediter­ranean, At­lantic, and Pa­cific The­aters of War (World War II). Dr. Reid is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents John S. and Florence Sims Reid, brother John S. Reid, Jr., and his daugh­ter Ch­eryl H. Reid.

Sur­vivors in­clude is wife Mau­de­nia C. Reid of Mans­field; sons Wil­liam Archer Reid Jr., Dar­rell C. Reid, Chris­tian A. Reid and Ge­orge L. Reid and wife Lee; daugh­ters Cathy Reid Lawler and hus­band, Robert, Athena Reid Let­son; 15 grand­chil­dren and 13 great grand­chil­dren.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice for Dr. Reid will be hel­dat 11 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 13, at Pine Grove Pres­by­te­rian Church, 2062 High­way 229, Mans­field. A pri­vate in­ter­ment will be held at Westview Ceme­tery in At­lanta at 3 p.m. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to V.S. Dameron, Clerk of Ses­sion, 138 Wo­mack Road, Cov­ing­ton, Ga. 30016.

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