Sallie Mae Pettigrew
Sallie Mae Pettigrew, 97, died April 24, 2008. She was the oldest of five children and was born in Madison, Morgan County to the late Dudley and Sarah Peters on October 1, 1910.
She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church and served faithfully until her health declined. She was president of the Missionary, sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher, a member of BTU Convention, Baptist Association and the Fifth Sunday Missionary Auxiliary.
She was married to Clarence Pettigrew Sr. who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her children, Eugene, Larry, Johnny, Clarence II, Mary and Gladys.
She is survived by two daughters, Marie (George) Parker and Doris Ross of Detroit, Michigan; two sons, Joseph Pettigrew Sr. of Atlanta and Jeffery Sr. (Barbara) Pettigrew of Decatur; sister-in-law, Velvarose Pettigrew of Riverdale; cousins, Lillie Johnson and Irene Gordon of Madison; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other cousins; the Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church Family, Campbellton Road, caretakers and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. W. J. Reid, pastor officiating assisted by Rev. Michael Ross, Minister Barbara Pettigrew and Rev. Jimmy Smith. Interment was in Springfield Society Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Pettigrew, Jeffery Pettigrew Jr., Marlin Parker, Steve Pettigrew, Trent Pettigrew and Joseph Pettigrew II. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Pettigrew II, Danny Pettigrew, Torrey Pettigrew, Adam Ross, Jerryal Pettigrew, Michael Ross II, Tim Pettigrew and Clarence Pettigrew III.
Flower ladies were Judi Douglas, Patricia Garett, Rasha Pettigrew, Chantel Lewis, Robyn Jones, Valencia Pettigrew, Charmea Pettigrew, Carla Horton, Frances Hall, Chandra Pettigrew, Felecia Holloway, Cheverly Gordon, Wanda Hammon, Charie Pettigrew, Dorcely Ross and Vickie Rush.
Mapp-Gilmore Pyramid Funeral Services, LLC was in charge of arrangements.
Jayne Slaugther, 52, of Buckhead died Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
She is survived by her husband, Charles (Chip) Slaughter and children, Jody Probart, Shayne Long, Casey Walker and Jesse Slaughter; mother, Ruth Fretwell; brother, John Canup; sisters, Betty Canup-Thomas and Barbara Nash; grandchildren, Shaun, Nicky, Sammie, Zoe, and Skyler.
A service of remembrance was held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 at Wages and Sons Stone Mountain Chapel with Pastor Jerald Bishop officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Victor D. Steele
Lieutenant Colonel Victor D. Steele, USMC (Ret.), 71, of Madison died May 2, 2008 after a seven-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating lung disease. He was born in Haleyville, Alabama, the youngest child of the late Iva Pelfrey and Lucian Edward Steele.
As a boy in rural Winston County, Alabama, he indulged a passion for baseball and a precocious love for fine art that never left him throughout his life. Immediately upon graduation from Haleyville High School in 1955, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. While in basic training he was identified as a Naval Aviation Cadet prospect. At age 20 he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMC as a Naval Aviator.
Steele’s 24 years of military service spanned duty in the Far East as a nuclear weapons delivery pilot during the Cold War, 200 combat flights in the Vietnam War, and squadron duty in Beaufort, South Carolina. Upon promotion to Lt. Colonel, he became the Base Operations Officer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort. Prior to his retirement in 1978, Steele’s last duty assignment utilized his experience in Air Traffic Control.
He was assigned by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve as a Department of Defense liaison to the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta. Upon retirement, he turned his attention to his interest in oil painting. He studied art under the Russian Chatov family of artists. Prior to his illness, he was an active member of the Madison Artists Guild.
Steele was considered by many to be a community activist who was concerned not only with preserving the beauty of the historic district in which he lived, but also of the entire city and county. His numerous letters to the editor, all of which argued for strict adherence to our zoning ordinances and other regulations, were classics.
He is survived by his wife Amelia Durden Steele; his son Jon Timothy Steele of St. Petersburg, Florida; daughter Tina Leigh Lindsey of Dallas; step-sons Brent Michael and Gary Blake Bremer, both of Atlanta; brother J. D. Steele, Haleyville, Alabama; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Interment will be at the Madison City Cemetery on May 9 at 11 a.m. Military honors will be given by the United States Marine Corps. A memorial service will be held at Madison Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. with a reception following in the church’s fellowship hall
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Artist Guild, P. O. Box 225, Madison, GA 30650 and the Boys and Girls Club, P. O. Box 44, Madison, GA 30650.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Roy Henson
William Roy Henson, 56, of Greensboro, died Sunday, May 4, 2008 at his residence. A lifelong resident of Greene County he was born on April 12, 1952 to the late Wilburn D. Henson and Mindie Louise Branch Henson. He attended Greensboro High School. He was a carpenter and roofer, but was a jack of all trades and was welled liked by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by a daughter, Betty Wimbish of Eatonton; a son, Michael Greer of Greensboro; four sisters, Doris Hardigree of Macon, Kathryn Howell of Madison, Hazel Southerland of Perry, and Mary Jim Haley of Lake Oconee; two brothers, A. M. Henson of Buckhead and Kirk Henson of Ft. Valley, three granddaughters, Faith, Brianna and Alliyah all of Eatonto; two aunts, Laburcha Henson of Greensboro and Betty Henson of Madison; an uncle, James Willie Branch of Greshamville and a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, May 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Swords Methodist Church Cemetery in Buckhead with Rev. Eddie Shumake officiating.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, was in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.