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Page 6A March 7, 2018 , Reporter Reverend Doctor Philip I.Veira September 15, 1931 - February 22, 2018 Reverend Doctor Philip I. Veira, 86, of Macon, GA, passed away on February 22, 2018 surrounded by his loving fam- ily. The memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on March 10, 2018 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 Mt Zion Church Rd Bolingbroke, Ga. 31004. Funeral arrangements were made by Freeman Funeral Home, 26 Brentwood St Forsyth, GA, 31029. Phil or Grandpa as he was affection- ately called, was born in Queenstown, Guiana on September 15, 1931. He grad- uated from St. Bartholomews and continued his education at Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), Manhattan Medical School, Harvard School of Medicine, American Theological Seminary and Georgia State University. He received a Master of Theology (M.Th.) and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). Phi|ip was married to Diane White on February 14; they were married over 30 years. Philip, a retired United States Army Veteran, served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He received a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and United States Service Medal. Philip enjoyed traveling and boating. He was also actively involved in his church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he was an Associate Minister. Philip is survived by Diane (wife), his children: Pierre, Rhonda, Nina, Charlene, Leigha. His grandchildren: CharRhonda (Maurice), Montgomery, Prince Charles, Eric, Jasmine, Tiffani, Laure'n, Tamara. His great grandchildren: Maurice, Call Amelia Michelle, Maceo; Brother, Edwin McBean, Sister, Elsie Harrylall and a host of family and friends. Philip is preceded in death by his mother and father, Doris Suewah and Cornelius D. Veira, sister Ruby Suewah Ronald Douglas'Ronnie' Bostick February 22, 1936 - March 1, 2018 Ronald Douglas"Ronnie" Bostick, of Juliette, passed away Thursday, March 1,2018. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 4 at Maynard Baptist Church with burial in Juliette United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Stanley Harrell and Rev. Mark Goolsby officiated. Ronnie, the son of the late Walker Douglas Bostick and Mildred P~pin Bostick was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Juliette. He was a cattle farmer and was also retired from Southern Natural Gas Company. Ronnie was a member of Juliette United Methodist Church. Ronnie is survived by his wife, Shirley Fordham Bostick; children, Rodney (Louise) Bostick and Angie (Mike) Ellis of Juliette; brother, Benny (Gael) Bostick of Forsyth; three grandchildren, Scotty (Jessica) Ellis, Ciara Bostick and Savana Bostick; and three great grandchildren, Lindsey, Eli and Skylar. The family may be contacted at the residence of Angie and Mike Ellis, 11626 Hwy 87, Juliette, GA 31046. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of arrangements. Corine Bowden June 15, 1923 - February24, 2018 Forsyth - Funeral service fo.r Mrs. Corine Henderson Bowden, 94, was held Friday, March 2, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 2703 Boxankle Road, Forsyth. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Freeman Funeral Home in Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. IN LOVING Roy Wayne Mitchell August 14, 1953 - March 5, 2018 Roy Wayne Mitchell, 64, passed away on Monday, March S, 2018. A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 1 p.m. to service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Russell" :~: ~i~!i~ Hardesty and Rev. Glenn McCall officiating. ~:~H~, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to donor's favorite charity. Roy was born on Aug. 14, 1953 in Macon to the late William Leonard Mitchell Sr. and Mary Ragan Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Kenneth Mitchell, Glenda Sue Mitchell, Linda Ann Mitchell and Robert E. Mitchell. He was a member of First Baptist Church of High Falls where he served on several committees. Roy was employed with Speir and Associates Electrical Contractors for many years. He is survived by his life partner of 42 years, Joey L. Speir of Forsyth, brothers; Ricky R. (Sharon) Speir, Sr Michael (Kelly) Speir, Harold (Mona) Speir, William L. (Faye) Mitchell, Jr Larry Mitchell, Perry Michael Mitchell, Sr sis- ters; Denise Speir, Susan (James) Davis, Trudy Gordon and several nieces and nephews. Visit www.maconmp.com to express condolences. Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of the arrangements. Robert Graham Birch March 21, 1927 - March 5, 2018 Robert Graham Birch, 90, of Macon, was called to Glory on March 5, 2018, after a short illness. Mr. Birch was born on March 21, 1927 in Vineland, N.J. to Ethel Ellis and George Snyder Birch. When he was four, his family of nine moved to Georgia, his father's family home. Mr. Birch attended Howard School, Alexander IV, ~~ and Lanier High School. He served in the United States Navy during the final days,~ ~~ of World War II. Mr. Birch graduated with C;: honors from Coyne Electronics Technical College in Chicago, II1 and later he was ~~ the sole proprietor of Robert Birch TV Service. He married the love of his life, Esther Jenia Russell on June 10, 1951. Mr. Birch issurvived by his loving wife of 66 years; two daughters, Judith (J J) Frederickson (Casper) of Juliette, and Robin Dunaway (Kerry) of Roberta; three grandchildren, Emily Camden (Wes) of Raleigh, N.C Jerald (Bud) Flanders, Kayleigh Rose Frederickson; and one great grandson, John Alton Camden. Mr. Birch loved sharing the Gospel of Christ with all who would listen. He taught Sunday School in the young adult class at Ingleside Baptist Church and at Tattnall Square Baptist Church, and later in life he and his family worshiped at home with a weekly Bible Study. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and shared this love with his church family. Mr. Birch was an expert at fixing, repairing and creating useful things and instilled this passion in his children and grandchildren. Mr. Birch was a kind and loving man who always had time to answer a question or help someone in need. He will be sorely missed by his family and loved ones who celebrate the fact that he is in Heaven with his Creator and Savior. " The family requests that no flowers be sent and ask anyone who wishes to memorialize Mr. Birch, do so by making a donation to the Middle Georgia Rescue Mission in his honor. A family memorial service will be held at a later date,Rooks Funeral Home in Fort Valley is in charge of arrangements. Gary Steven Sassaman November 15, 1952 - March 5, 2018 Surrounded by his wife and three daughters, Gary Steven Sassaman passed away peacefully the morn- ing of Monday March 5 after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma in December 2017. He was 65 years old. He leaves behind his wife Lisa Oldham Sassaman; his father Grover Sassaman; his three daughters Amanda Hood (Brian), Laura Solomon (Perry) and Sara Mosser (Cory) and ten grandchildren: Owen, Weston, Miles, and Alice Hood; Gwyneth, Addison, and Ruby Solomon; Evelyn, Audrey, and Ella Mosser; his brother Greg Sassaman (Lisa) and his dog and constant companion, Henry. He was predeceased by his mother Genevieve Sassaman. Born in Lakeland, Fla. on November 15, 1952, Gary moved to Macon at the age of five when his family opened Harley-Davidson of Macon. Gary and Lisa were high school sweethearts and married on July 20, 1973. They loved each other well, in sickness and in health, and were married for 44 years. Gary was an amazing father and believed strongly in the value of family. He loved his daughters with passion and ferocity and taught them to be strong women. He was a devoted and present"Papa Gary"to his grandchildren and enjoyed a unique rela- tionship with each of them. Infinitely loyal to his many friends, he placed a strong value on relationships and communication. He made it clear he cared for his friends and family through both his words and actions. Gary was also a friend to all animals. On his frequent drives down dirt roads in his Jeep he occasionally discovered animals in need and always made sure they were well taken care of. His devotion to his pets was known by all who encoun- tered him. After battling multiple detached retinas and facing potential blindness, Gary started playing guitar at age 55. This shaped the last 10 years of his life where he played across Macon and became affectionately known as "the voice of middle Georgia" He was a mentor and friend to many musicians. The family will greet friends at Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The memorial service will be Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m also at Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, 31210. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to the Griffin Area Resource Center, a private non-profit organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or SOS Labrador Rescue where Gary adopted his beloved Henry. Please visit www.hartsmort.com to sign the online guest registry. Hart's Mortuary, at the Cupola, has charge of arrange- ments. Margaret A. McKinney October 2, 1942 - March 2, 2018 Margaret A. McKinney, of Forsyth, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018. Funeral services were private. Margaret, the daughter of the late Walter and Samantha Sanders was born October 2, 1942. She was preceded in death by her husband Sonny McKinney. Survivors include her sons, Tim Malone of Winder, Walter E. Walden of Texas; daughter Ann "Dawn" Smith and husband Gary of Forsyth; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brother James Sanders of Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers please make donations to favorite charity. 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Potts :was named the first chair .'of the ~lth and 12th grade All State Orchestra, which took place last week, and basically makes him the best horn player in the state. While that's an honor, MP band teacher Eric Thompson said being selected by the Tanglewood Institute in Boston is a huge deal at what is arguably the fin- est music school in the world. "This is the opportunity Zach needs in order to set him up to get into whatever music conser- vatory he wants when he gradu- ates," :said Thompson. The only problem is the 6-week event costs $7,000 so the family is asking for help to make his dream possible. : Thompson notes that while many extremely talented musi- cians like Zach are sometimes hard to work with, Zach i.s the exception to that rule. "Zach is not only the most tal- ented high school horn player in the state of Georgia, but is one of the most down-to-earth and fun- loving people you will meet, said Thompson. "This is why I believe he will be so successful as a professional musician." Thompson said they have seen support for the Fine Arts blos- som here in Monroe County over the last few years and they are hoping that people will recognize what a big deal this is and will consider help- ing out one of the most genuinely whole- and talented young men you could meet. A Go Fund Me page to help send Zach to the Tanglewood Institute has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/zach- ~pottstotanglewood. Potts said he would be grateful for any help his hometown can pro- vide. some ,~i!!!!!!i~: 2!!!> 177 N. Indian Springs Drive - Forsyth, GA Phone: 478,974 0680 Fax: 478-974-0640 MP student Zach Potts, shown with his grandmother, was selected as the No. 1 horn player in Georgia and accepted at Boston's prestigious Tanglewood Institute. q