Martha Diane Lackey
Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home
Ms. Martha Diane Lackey died Dec. 4. She was known as “Big D” to many of her family and close friends. The daughter of Mr. Howard and Mrs. Maggie Mae Lackey, she was born in 1947. A graduate of R.L. Cousins High School in 1965, Ms. Lackey worked at BellSouth for 20 years. Later, she was certified as a CN and worked at Riverside Nursing Home for 12 years. She joined Macedonia Baptist Church at a young age. She later explored other denominations but always had her faith in one true God. Ms. Lackey loved cooking (especially Sunday family dinner) sewing, reading and word searches, her main passion. Even though she had only one child, she raised her nieces and nephews as her own. The youngest of her sisters, she wanted to be treated as the oldest. Preceding her in death are brothers Mr. Willie Lee Lackey, Mr. Ulysses Lackey, Mr. Eugene Lackey and Mr. Clifford Lackey and sisters Ms. Mary Lackey Terrell, Ms. Mattie Bell Lackey Jeffries and Ms. Mildred Lackey.
Surviving are son Mr. Stanley Bernard Lackey; sisters Ms. Rosa Mae Brown of Boston, Mass.; Ms. Annie Lackey of New York, N.Y.; Ms. Lucille Brinkley, Madison; brother Mr. and Mrs. James (Essie Kate) Lackey; grandchildren Chyna Lackey and Destiny Martin; sister-in-law Mrs. Mary Lackey of Covington; special nieces Maxine Gaither; loyal friend Ms. Net Gaither; other special nieces Mrs. Vivian Moody, Ms. Tikisha Robinson and Mrs. Sherrika McKay; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 8, at Faith of Jesus Ministries Church with Minister Vernon Bell and the Rev. Gerald Terrell officiating. Interment followed at Lackey’s Cemetery. Edward (Helen) Gattis on Dec. 15. He was born in 1930 in Covington. He retired after 38 years of service as a general superintendent with General Motors Corporation. Mr. Park was also a veteran of the United States Army. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was loved dearly by his family and friends.
Mr. Park is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Carol Jean Park; daughters and sons-in-law Cindy (Park) and John Crews of Snellville, Terri (Park) and Billy Langford of Lilburn and Cheryl Denise and Barry Nierengarten of Palm Harbor, Fla.; grandsons Michael Melton and Cody Crews also of Snellville; sister Betty Jean (Henderson) Jenkins.
Funeral services for Mr. Park will be held at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 19, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, with Pastor John Byerly officiating and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mr. Park’s grandson Michael’s employer at Disability Link, 755 Commerce Drive, Suite 105, Decatur, GA 30030. (404) 687-8890. mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a retired employee of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., and was an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church of Buffalo. She loved to travel and watch and old black and white western movies.
Mrs. Rand was a strong woman who worked many jobs to help pay the rent and put food on the table. She was ahead of the women’s right to work movement; she was part of the women had to work movement. She was a soft touch in the middle of five boys and a strong but good dad.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father Elizabeth and Johnny Richardson; sisters Annie R. Jones, Dorothy Livingston, Mary Simpson, Ruth Mitchell; and brothers Johnny Richardson, Herman Richardson, Luther Richardson and William A. Richardson.
Surviving are husband of 61 years Tommie Rand Sr.; daughter Carolyn Brown of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Nathaniel and Sarka Rand of Mukilteo, Wash.; Tommy Jr. and Linda Rand of Buffalo, N.Y.; Bobby and Marceda Rand of Loganville; sons Johnny Rand of Covington; Carlton Rand of Buffalo, N.Y.; sisters Viola (Eva May) Pittman of Enfield, N.C.; Victoria Killett of Brooklyn, N.Y.; granddaughters Tabetha, Amanda, Trina, Tonya, Queena, Toneshis, Nadia, Kennedy, Cebrina, Carlese and Kaelee; and grandsons Joseph, Damond, Jerrel, Rayshawn, Phillip, Carlton Jr., Nigel and Jonah.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Wheeler home with Chief Apostle Michael Hope officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.