Member - US Army
John was born on May 20, 1945 and passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016. John was a resident of Newnan, Georgia at the time of his passing. John earned a BS degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT in 1967 and an MBA degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY in 1975. He studied at Stonier School of Banking and Finance at Georgetown university for his Ph.D. He was also a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS.
After entering the military in 1968, John served 30 years in the U.S. Army and Army reserves retiring in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his military service, John served combat tours in Vietnam receiving the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medals. He was married to Margaret (Maggie) Adams.
A memorial service recognizing John's life was held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM from the Chapel of McKoon Funeral Home with Dr. Jimmy Patterson officiating.
Life Member - US Navy
Robert Watson Alexander Jr., age 88, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014, at Savannah Court Assisted Living in Newnan.
He was born April 19, 1926, in Coweta County to the late Robert Watson Alexander Sr. and Elizabeth Morris Alexander. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett Owens Alexander. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Elizabeth Alexander Morris and Mary Alexander Bowers.
He was a graduate of Newnan High School in 1944 and joined the Navy right after graduation. He was veteran of World War II. After leaving the Navy he attended and graduated from the Barber College of Atlanta. Upon his return to Newnan he joined the family business, which was the barber shop his father purchased in 1919. He took over ownership in 1946 and after 69 years of the Alexander family owning and operating the barber the shop, it closed its doors in 1988. He loved working on the Court Square because he said he loved being in the middle of the action in the downtown area.
He was a lifetime member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the American Legion for 65 years. He tremendously enjoyed woodworking. He had a grand shop behind his home where he constantly made useful kitchen and household items for friends and family. He crafted all of Harriet's frames and display racks for her paintings. He constructed outbuildings and the famous moonshine still at Powers Crossroads Festival. He ran and operated legal stills at the festival for eight years. It was a true passion of his. He was a devoted caregiver for his mother until she passed away at the age of 102.
The graveside service was Wednesday, September 24 at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Dr. Joel Richardson officiating.
Bronze Legacy Life Member - US Army
Bobby Bailey Hammond, age 88, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home in Newnan surrounded by his family. Born on May 13, 1926, the youngest son of Dr. and Mrs. G.W. Hammond, he was a life-long resident of Newnan.
The funeral service is Saturday, July 19th at 11 AM in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St. Newnan, with Rev. JoAn Kinrade officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The visitation is Friday evening from 6 PM until 8 PM at McKoon Funeral Home.
Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his oldest brother, Lt. George Willis Hammond, Jr. He is survived by the love of his life Mary Hammond; children, Al Hammond and his wife Cynthia of Newnan, Victoria Pyles and her husband Tommy of Manchester, GA, Kathryn Spears and her husband Stuart of Macon, GA, Anna Bergeron and her husband Mike of Laquey, MO. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and brothers Harold S. Hammond of Newnan, GA, Hulett A. Hammond and his wife Barbara of Gainesville, GA, and special caregivers Tracy Rogers, Jessica Mcelwaney and Sandy Bird and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews and many cousins.
Bronze Legacy Life Member - US Navy
Mr. Fred Morgan, age 87 of Newnan died at his residence on March 22, 2014. He was born in Haralson County on October 31, 1926 to the late Homer Spencer Morgan and Mattie Lizzie Ward Morgan. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Mary, Hilda, Marjorie, Frances, Wilbur, Donald, and Winston.
Mr. Morgan served his country in the United States Navy then went to watchmaking school on the GI Bill. He became a certified horologist and opened Morgan Jewelers in downtown Newnan in 1962. This is the oldest continuous business on the square in Newnan.
Mr. Morgan was a member of Unity Baptist Church and attended the Senior Men's Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the VFW, the American Legion, The Elks Club, and the Masonic Lodge. He was a booster in the community for everyone including Newnan High School and East Coweta High School.
Surviving are his wife, Josephine Morgan; children, Jim Morgan (Angie), Jeff Morgan (Camille), Greg Morgan (Leigh), and Debra Morgan Williams (Fred) all of Newnan; brother, Ferrell Morgan (Sue) of Toccoa; sister, Elizabeth Anderson of Kennesaw; grandchildren; Kelley Williams, Spence Morgan (Erika), Christin Bell (David), Blair Morgan, Ward Morgan, Ryan Morgan (Shelby), Jacob Morgan, Kendall Morgan; great grandchildren, Macy, Addycin, Ethan, Brycin.
Mr. George Robert Henderson Sr., age 84, of Newnan, GA, passed away Jan. 11, 2014 at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, GA. He was born March 3, 1929, in Coweta County.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Ruth Lavonia Henderson.
George is survived by his children, George Robert Henderson Jr. of Alpharetta, Debbie Barron of Warner Robbins and Cindy Henderson of Newnan. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lori Harris, Morgan Balkcom, Matt Balkcom, Henderson Barron and Marissa Barron. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Zeke Scott, Grayson Harris, Aubrey Balkcom and Zoe Balkcom.
Life Member - US Army
Retired Major Merle Ludlum Bennett Jr. "Mike", 72, of Newnan, Georgia died Monday December 2nd, 2013 in Peachtree City.
He was born to the late Captain Merle Ludlum Bennett and wife Irene Russell, September 30th, 1941 in Wichita Kansas. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and received a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska. He had a distinguished military career attaining the rank of Major. He served tours in Vietnam, Korea and Germany and remained in Germany for over 20 years. Merle retired from active military duty in 1985.
After retirement from active duty, he worked for The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He returned to the United States in 1998 and settled in Georgia where he worked for the US Army Reserve Command (USARC) at Fort MacPherson until his final retirement in 2003.
He was a Model A Ford enthusiast with a lifelong passion for driving and restoring Model A cars and he was an active member of the Southside A's Model A club. He also was a 32nd degree Free Mason and had been active in the Fayetteville Masonic lodge for many years. He was a life member of VFW Post 2667 in Newnan.
While living in Germany, he was a volunteer firefighter in the town of Klein-Zimmern for 20 years, and was very involved in the community. In 1965, he married Frankey Newell in Albuquerque, New Mexico and together they had four sons. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1980, Merle remarried to Anneliese Vaethjunker. Anneliese brought two children to their marriage. Together they had one daughter. Merle never knew a stranger. He was warmhearted, outgoing, and generous. He will be sorely missed by many.
He is survived by his wife, Anneliese; his children, Merle "Kinny", James "Jimmy", Andrea, Patrick, Don, Thomas, Julia; as well as his eight grandchildren, Kimberly, Kylan, Nicholas, Katelynn, Nikita, Charlotte, Soren, and Allison. He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Donald Salmans; and his brother, Randolf "Randy". A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at one o'clock in the afternoon. Merle wanted his final resting place to be in his adopted hometown of Klein-Zimmern, Germany. His ashes will be interred at the Klein-Zimmern Cemetery on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at one o'clock in the afternoon. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in Mike's memory
Member - US Navy
Eddie Ball, who started Coweta County’s 911 program after serving in a number of county positions, has died December 14, 2012.
Ball, 67, died Saturday at his home. He had retired from Coweta County in 2008 after 35 years with county government. Ball has also served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1973.
While colleagues remembered Ball as a loyal friend with an easy manner and a warm laugh, Ball also had an intensely personal side. A private memorial service was planned. Ball was born in Newnan on March 2, 1945, into a family with a long public service record. His aunt, Martha Ball, was Newnan’s city clerk for years.
After graduating from Newnan High School, Eddie Ball joined the Navy. He served in Vietnam and was an electronics shop supervisor during his military years.
Ball also was involved with the Polaris missile and nuclear reliability programs and worked for 18 months as a military police officer.
After completing his military duties, Ball worked in city and state government posts in South Carolina. He returned to Coweta County in 1973, working as a sheriff’s deputy for two years. He lived in Senoia for a time and owned and operated two businesses there.
Ball earned a degree in electronics engineering technology from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1984. He also completed the Blackstone paralegal program.
Over the years, Ball served as justice of the peace and magistrate judge. He was the county’s first 911 director and served in that post – and as Coweta Emergency Management Agency director – until his retirement. In 1990, he started the county’s 911 program.
Ball was a Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training certified instructor and was a member of Georgia APCO, an organization for public safety communications leaders.
Ball also served as president of the Georgia National Emergency Number Association.
In a message posted on Ball’s Facebook page, Arlene Whisenhunt, current Coweta 911 director, described Ball as "an advocate for 911" and stated "the entire 911 community benefitted from his knowledge and experience."
In retirement, Ball enjoyed leatherworking. He had learned the craft years before as a Boy Scout, but took up leather projects again after seeing a craftsman on a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia.
Ball is survived by his wife, Angela, and his son, Tinsley Ball.
Charter Member - US Navy
Lindsey Hand Barron, 83, of Newnan, died Saturday, June 16, 2007 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. He was born December 16, 1923 in Greenville, S.C. to the late Mr. Zeddie Pleasant Barron & Mrs. Opal Hand Barron. In addition to his parents, his siblings, Zeddie P. Barron, Jr. and Catharine Barron Edwards, and his cousin, Harry Elvin Barron, preceded him in death.
Mr. Barron attended schools in Newnan, GA then went on to graduate from Emory University with a BBA. He was also a graduate of Northwestern Midshipman School. He was the Executive Officer LST 587 in World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a Deacon Emeritus of First Baptist Church of Newnan and twice Past Chairman of Deacons of First Baptist Church of Newman. He was Chairman of the Board, Lindsey's Realty, Inc. and Chairman, Coweta Developers, Inc.
Community activities include Past President of Kiwanis Club of Newnan, Past Chairman of Newnan-Coweta Y.M.C.A. Board of Directors, twice Past President of Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors, Past Director of Georgia Association of Realtors, Past President of Retail Merchants of Newnan, Past President of Newnan-Coweta United Way, 1960 Man of the Year -Newnan-Coweta County, Past Director of First National Bank in Newnan, Past Director of Newnan Hospital, Past Director of Newnan Country Club, 1975 Kiwanis Man of the Half Century-Newnan, 1994 One of the Founders of Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City retirement community, Director of The Foundation of Wesley Woods, Inc., Citizen of the Year 1996 -Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Member Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Authority of Coweta County and 2001 Vice Chairman of Coweta County Water & Sewer Authority.
The funeral is Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Newnan with Rev. Jimmy Patterson & Dr. Gene Tyre officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The visitation is Monday evening between 6:00 and 8:00 at McKoon Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to Wesley-Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City, 2280 N. Hwy 29, Newnan, GA 30265 or to the First Baptist Church of Newnan, 15 West Washington Street, Newnan, GA 30263.
Survivors include wife Genet Heery Barron of Newnan; sons Thomas Willis Chip (Margaret) Barron of Newnan, Frank Heery (Vicki) Barron of Newnan; grandchildren Catharine (Cooper) Lindsey Barron Pope of Atlanta, Thomas Willis (Kristin) Barron, Jr. of Newnan, John Taliaferro Gaines Barron of Nashville, Frank Heery Jess Barron, Jr. of Auburn, AL; great-grandchildren Mark Cooper Lindsey Pope, Charles MacKenzie Pope; step-grandchildren Jenni (Robert Matthew) Blackburn of Newnan, James Victor (Kimberly) Ivery of Newnan; step great-grandchildren Robert Matthew Blackburn, Jr. and Julia Victoria Blackburn.
Charter Member - US Air Force
Robert William "Bill" Amis, 84, of Newnan, Ga., died Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at Newnan Hospital.
Mr. Amis was born May 2, 1918 in Newnan. He was retired and had worked as a foreman for Delta Airlines in hydraulic maintenance. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a master sergeant. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Newnan, the Voice of Experience Choir and of Kiwanis.
The family was receiving friends Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7-9 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home.
A funeral will be at First Baptist Church of Newnan Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Dr. Gene Tyre and Rev. Don Helms will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Roscoe Road, Newnan.
Pallbearers will be men from the Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Amis of Newnan; daughter, Alicia Ann Amis; sons, Harvey Miller Amis and Robert William Amis Jr.; brother, Donald Amis; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
An on-going remembrance of Post 2667 members who have moved on to their next mission.
Adams, John Amos
Alexander, Robert W, Jr
Amis, Robert W. "Will"
Barron, Lindsey H
Bennett, Merle L, Jr
Dobbins, James F
Gilbert, Douglas L, Jr
Goodrum, James F
Hammond, Bobby B
Henderson, George R, Sr
Mealor, David Lamar
Morgan, Fred H
Ragan, William Thomas
Scott, Frederick P "Scotty"
Smith, Donald Ray
Kennedy, Charles I.
Howard, Jesse C.
Nieto, Jessie L.
Lopez, Ignacio "Nash"