Willie D. “Dee” Campbell
Willie D. “Dee” Campbell, 77, died Monday, April 14, 2008. He was born May 27, 1930 in Morgan County. His sister, Hattie Mae Burley, preceded him in death.
He was a dedicated employee with several companies. He was a truck driver for McDowell’s, Drew Malcom and Pennington Seed; he retired from Godfrey’s Warehouse and then joined the Morgan County Board of Education as a custodian / school bus driver until his death. He was also a long-time employee of Mapp Funeral Home.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia Edwards Campbell; children, Willie (Teresa) Campbell, Dorothy Jean (Charlie) Weaver, Michael (Marie) Campbell, Billy (Roxey) Campbell, Virginia Ann (Sam) Richardson, Richard (Katrina) Campbell, Greg (Rita) Campbell and Reginald Glenn Campbell; 21 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and loved ones in Philadelphia.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at Holland Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. James A. Braswell, pastor officiating. Interment was at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Union Point police officers and Joe Howard. Flower girls were his granddaughters.
Mapp-Gilmore Pyramid Funeral Service, LLC was in charge of arrangements.
Oscar Thomas Hanson
Oscar Thomas Hanson, known to his friends as “Buddy,” died April 18, 2008. He was born October 29, 1921 in Madison to the late Renaldo and Kitty Crawford Hanson. He was a 1940 graduate of Madison High School and was married September 8, 1942 to Beatrice Booth.
In May of 1942 Mr. Hanson joined the United States Marine Corps. He served 23 months overseas, during which time he was active in four major battles, including Iwo Jima. Platoon Sergeant Hanson and his company were defending the beach when the famous American Flag was erected. Sgt. Hanson was on board the USS Missouri when World War II ended September 2, 1945. In 2001 during the 226th birthday celebration of the Marine Corps in Athens, Hanson was named “Marine of the Year.” He left a legacy of his war experiences when he authored the book, "The Hell of War: A Survivor, Not a Hero." The book is a candid look at the experiences of war and an honest portrayal of the cost of freedom.
Mr. Hanson was retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 41 years of service. He was a member of Madison Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school class secretary for 35 years. He was a charter member of Oscar Thomason Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and an original member of the Color Guard of the American Legion.
Mr. Hanson is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Beatrice Booth Hanson and their son, Oscar T. Hanson Jr. “Buddy” (Glenda Fuller Hanson); two granddaughters, Dr. Brittany A. Bledsoe (D. Ryan Bledsoe) and Megan Booth Hanson; two great-granddaughters, Lauren Elizabeth Bledsoe and Madeline Grace Bledsoe; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Crawford Hanson and Mrs. Hugh Hanson and a brother-in-law, A. T. Bray.
The family received friends Sunday, April 20 from 2 until 3 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. in the chapel with Dr. James Ross officiating. Interment was in Madison City Cemetery. Military honors were given by the United States Marine Corps.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Charles “Chip” Woodruff Richter IV
Charles “Chip” Woodruff Richter IV of Gainesville / Flowery Branch died Saturday, April 19, 2008 after a long battle with MDS / leukemia. He was born in Marion, Indiana on August 31, 1955 to Charles and Hattie Richter. From there he went on to graduate from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a degree in marketing.
He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After college he moved to Atlanta where he was employed by C&S Bank, Sony, Radio Shack and Kinko’s.
He is survived by his father, Charles W. Richter III of Gainesville and by his sisters and their families, Veva and Ron Cooper of Gainesville and Becky and JT Thompson of Chico, California.
He was a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society / Donor Services, P. O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or www.lls.org) or the charity of your choice.
A grave service was held in Madison Wednesday, April 23 t 2 p.m. at the graveside at Madison City Cemetery with Rev. Albert Turnell officiating.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Johnny Florence Dolvin
Johnny Florence Dolvin, 86, of Decatur, formerly of Siloam, died Sunday, April 20, 2008 at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Greene County on May 20, 1921 to the late Frank Florence Dolvin and Fannie Matilda Jackson Dolvin. He grew up in Siloam at his family homeplace and his father Frank F. Dolvin’s Store. As a child he attended school in Siloam and in 1938 graduated from Greensboro High School. He also graduated from Draughn Business College in Atlanta in 1939. For three and a half years he served his country in the United States Army in the Finance Department traveling throughout the European and Pacific Theaters. He was co-owner and operator of McCart-Dolvin Tire Company on Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta and retired in 1983 after selling his interest in the business. He came out of retirement and worked another 10 years in the tire industry until 1993. At the age of 13 he joined Siloam Baptist Church where he continued to be a member until his death. He had recently made his home at Willow Run Retirement Home.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Bobbie Dolvin; his second wife, Margaret Dolvin and a son, John Dolvin.
He is survived by a step-daughter, Susan Wilson of Gainesville and a stepson, Thomas “Turk” McKinnon and wife Connie of Doraville and a number of relatives and friends.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Siloam Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Usry and Rev. James Bowen officiating. Interment was in Siloam Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Charles Gheesling, Melvin McCart, Clay Martin, Maurie Shields, Justin Bradshaw, Andy Kite and Dan Miller.
McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro was in charge of arrangements.