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.