Forwarded by Marcus Googer from Gail Ansley Le Zontier, DHS ‘66
Mr. Donald Boyd
Clegg, 95, of Tucker, formerly of Decatur, died Saturday, July 4, 2009.
was a graduate of Decatur Boys High and attended Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and Woodrow
Wilson Law School. Mr. Clegg was a special agent with the FBI for eight years. He was treasurer of Wade Motor
Co., and retired as Vice President from Decatur Federal in 1978. Mr. Clegg
was an active member of Decatur First United Methodist
He was preceded in death by his wife Josie S. Clegg and
grandson Jason Clegg. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Hunter of
Marietta; son, Christopher B. Clegg of Tucker; grandchildren, Tracy Hunter
Hove and Lauren Hunter, formerly of Marietta and David Clegg of Colorado Springs, CO.
services will be held at 3:00 P. M. Saturday, July 11, 2009 in the chapel of A. S. Turner
& Sons with Bishop L. Bevel Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made in Mr. Clegg's memory to Decatur First United Methodist
Church; 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030.
The family will receive friends 2:00 to 3:00 P.M.
prior to the service on Saturday. A. S. Turner
& Sons (404) 292-1551.
Barbara Nettles organized neighborhood picnics, volunteered at local schools and helped out at church charity events.
She was there when others needed her, but she wasn’t one to wave a flag over her accomplishments, her husband said.
“Barbara was kind of a facilitator for getting things done, but she
didn’t like being the headliner,” said Jim Nettles of Decatur. “That’s
why she liked working with people who would sometimes be the more
charismatic leader type.
“She was everybody’s best cheerleader, the kind of person where you
felt like you were really supported by her,” said her husband.
Barbara Jean Gaby Nettles, 48, of Decatur died of cancer Saturday at
Emory University Hospital. The body was cremated. The memorial service
is 4 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A. S. Turner &
Sons is in charge of arrangements.
There often was a waiting list to get into Amy Lakides’ art classes.
The Australian-born porcelain painter, who initially had a studio on
Howell Mill Road, attracted students from across the Southeast.
In the early 1970s, Vera Ables Gandy and three lady friends would
drive to Atlanta from Rome to take lessons from an artist who gave
lectures, seminars and demonstrations around the world.
“It was very hard to get into her classes,” said Mrs. Gandy, who
eventually moved to Atlanta and befriended Lakides. “You couldn’t get
in when she first moved to Atlanta. I later became a teacher of
porcelain art, thanks to her. We spent many Saturdays together painting
and shopping. We had a special bond.”
Amy M. Lakides, 90, of Decatur died Feb. 5 from complications of
heart failure at Hospice Atlanta. The funeral will be 2 p.m. March 1 at
Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Cremation Society of Georgia
is in charge of arrangements.
In the 1950s, anybody in Georgia could say they were a landscape architect.
Training and experience didn’t matter. They could show up, hang out a sign, and go to work.
Al King thought that belittled his profession, one he studied in
college. He wrote a bill that set requirements for landscape architects
to work in the state. He and then-Rep. Garland Byrd ushered the
legislation through the General Assembly.
“Daddy help set up the credentials,” said his son, Robert I. King of
Johns Creek. “Before that bill, anybody could go out and start putting
Alexander “Al” D. King, 92, of Decatur died Friday at Lanier Park
Hospital from complications of a heart attack. The funeral is 1 p.m.
today at Decatur First United Methodist Church. A.S. Turner & Sons
is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. King’s career in landscape architecture spanned more than six
decades. As a partner and private business owner, he helped build and
design subdivisions across DeKalb County such as Sagamore Hills and
Plenty of people plant trees. Few showed the commitment of John
Stowe, who not only planted hundreds of them in metro Atlanta, but for
a few years in his 30s changed his name to Yarrow Treefriend.
“He was one of the earliest pioneers of environmentalism; we were
keeping mulch piles in the mid-’70s,” said Tom Sechrest of Austin,
Texas, his former college roommate and longtime friend. “He was about
living in harmony with the Earth.”
At various times, and sometimes simultaneously, Mr. Stowe was a
lecturer at Georgia State University —- where he taught English as a
second language —- massage therapist, professional chef, natural healer
Mr. Stowe, of Decatur, collapsed while walking Tuesday in downtown
Atlanta on break between Georgia State classes, and he died of a heart
attack. He was 56.
His body has been cremated. A memorial service is planned for 4:30
p.m. Feb. 15 at the Friends Meeting House, 701 W. Howard Ave., Decatur.
A.S. Turner & Sons of Decatur is handling arrangements.
As news of his death spread, some of his students set up a Facebook
tribute, “On the Reminiscence of John Stowe.” By Saturday, more than
150 people had signed on. Many of his students expressed shock and
grief at his death.
Stowe was known among his students for having groups for big parties
out to the house he shared in Decatur with his partner of 25 years,
Pork skins were good to
Jack Kyle Jr. He made a career out of manufacturing and distributing
the crackly snack across the Southeast.
His association with pork skins started in the early 1950s when he
worked at Atlanta-based Bullock’s Manufacturing Co. Years later, he
struck out on his own, opening Dixie Snack Foods in Decatur off Scott
Boulevard. Dixie produced and distributed potato chips, corn chips,
cheese puffs and pork rinds.
The business was a family affair.
“All of us, at one time or another, worked for my father in the
snack business —- either in sales, warehouse or freight,” said son
William Curtis Kyle of Snellville. “The first George Bush said [pork
rinds] were his favorite snack.”
John Curtis “Jack” Kyle Jr., 77, of Winder died Sunday of prostate
cancer at home. The memorial service will be noon Friday at Grayson
United Methodist Church. Tim Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of
It was a group of about a dozen women who, in the words of
relatives, “grew up Decatur.” They graduated from Decatur High School
decades ago and remained tight-knit through the years. They often
gathered to play bridge, swap stories and sip wine. Friends.
“Everybody marvels at the fact that my parents still hung out with
the people they went to elementary and high school together, right
there in Decatur,” said her eldest daughter, Leigh Ann Sadler of
“Ever since I was a little girl, [Mrs. Scott] has played bridge with
this group. As they got older, they did a lot more than play bridge. We
dubbed them the Sunshine Girls —- a take on [the TV series] ‘Hazel.’ “
Charles Scott, her husband of 51 years, said the group eventually
started traveling together —- Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Hiawassee; and
different spots along the East Coast. He estimates the Sunshine Girls
have known each other for about five decades.
“They were very close,” her husband said. “They all have been by within the last day or so.”
JoAnn Dodson Scott, 73, of Decatur died Thursday at her home. The
funeral is 11 a.m. today [presumed Monday] at Decatur Presbyterian Church. A.S. Turner
& Sons is in charge of arrangements.
Tim Bentley didn’t live long enough to see President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
The dyed-in-the-wool Democrat died Jan. 11 after hanging onto every bit of political news throughout the long election season.
“He was extremely, extremely happy with the election of Obama,” said
his brother, Mike Bentley of Blanco, Texas. “He was really wrapped up
in the campaign, and at least he got to see that.”
Mr. Bentley lived and breathed politics from the time he was a teenager.
He served as president of the Young Democrats of Georgia and tromped
through the New Hampshire snow in 1976 as a member of Jimmy Carter’s
“He was married a few times,” his brother said, “but politics was
his mistress. It probably cost him all three of his marriages.”
Tim Bentley, 55, died in his sleep at his mother’s Decatur residence. He had been ill for several years with pulmonary disease.
The body was cremated. At his request, there were no services. A.S. Turner & Sons was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Bentley built his life and career around politics, journalism and public policy.
He worked for former Gov. Zell Miller, the late Atlanta Mayor
Maynard Jackson and former Georgia Secretary of State Max Cleland. “I
never would have gotten elected to the Secretary of State’s office or
to the U.S. Senate without Tim Bentley because he knew Georgia and he
knew Georgia politics,” said Mr. Cleland of Atlanta. “He was young and
talented and I saw that and made him campaign manager, and we became
Mr. Bentley wrote and edited for Georgia Times, the Georgia Capitol
Report and Business to Business, and contributed freelance articles to
Georgia Trend, the Fulton County Daily Report, the Atlanta Business
Chronicle and other publications.
Laura Karen Brinkley, 55, of Decatur,
Georgia, entered the church triumphant on Friday, January 9, 2009,
dearly loved and supported by her family and many friends.
was born in Columbia, SC, being one of three children of the devoted
family of Charles A. and Gwendolyn B. Brinkley. She graduated from A.C.
Flora High School, and received a degree from the University of South
Carolina and was employed by ING Investments in Atlanta. Laura was a
member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and an active member
of the Single Horizon Sunday school class and served as a Stephens
Minister. Her passion was in traveling and spending time out doors with
friends, bird watching, or just being a part of the beauty that
She is survived by her mother, Gwendolyn B.
Brinkley of Columbia, her brother and his wife, Christopher A. and
Teresa J. Brinkley, and two nephews Christopher M. Brinkley and Charles
A. Brinkley of Irmo, SC.
There will be a memorial service at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in
Atlanta on Monday January 12, at 1:00 p.m., followed by a funeral
service at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Columbia, SC, on
Wednesday January 14, 2009, at 1:00 pm. The family will receive
visitors immediately following the services at the church. Memorial
donations may be made in Laura’s honor to the American Cancer Society,
Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, or Lutheran Church of the
Incarnation in Columbia, SC. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the
South in Marietta, GA. 770-420-5557.