June 6, 1932—Dec. 31, 1950
Pfc. Bobby L. Byars, 18, was killed in action on Dec. 31, 1950 defending his country during the Korean War.
Bobby was born on June 6, 1932 in Griffin to Carlton Dean Byars and Martha Louise Allen Byars. He enlisted in the National Guard of Griffin in February of 1949 and joined the United States Army in August of 1949. Bobby was sent to Fort Jackson, S.C. for basic training. Following his basic training he was sent to Ft. Benning for further training in December of 1949. He was assigned to Ft. Lawton, Wash. in July of 1950 and was deployed to Korea in September of 1950. Byars was assigned to Company M, 31st Regimental Combat Team.
For many years Bobby was listed as missing in action, but as a result of modern day technology and the persistence of the United States Army, it has been determined that Pfc. Bobby Byars was in fact killed in action. Regretfully, his parents passed away before this determination was made. He also lost a brother during this time as well, James A. “Bud” Byars and a niece, Donna Byars Rasberry.
Bobby is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles R. “Chuck” and Janice McGinn Byars of Williamson; step-brothers and sisters-in-law, Patrick and April McGinn of Williamson, Michael and Brandi McGinn of Athens; step-sister and brother-in-law, Kathy McGinn and Brad Gregg of Williamson; nephews and their wives, Barry and Carole Byars of Griffin, Jeffrey and Chris Byars of Lodi, Wis.; and Michael Byars of Ringgold; niece and her husband, Kelly Byars and Jerry Stanford of Senoia.
Funeral services for Pfc. Bobby Byars will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church. Pastor Chris Teasley will officiate. Full military burial honors will follow in the Veterans section of Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will be available on Friday from 6-8 p.m. to visit with friends.
Heritage Funeral Home 1512 Williamson Rd. Griffin, GA 30224 is in charge of arrangements. www.heritagefhgriffin.com
Mrs. Sandra G. Bates
Feb. 23, 1948—Feb. 7, 2013
Mrs. Sandra G. Bates, age 64, Griffin, Georgia passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta.
Mrs. Bates was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 23, 1948. She is preceded in death by her parents, Doyle Lee Madaris and Mary Belle Henderson Madaris, her husband Thomas Bates, Sr. Mrs. Bates retired from Kuehne & Nagle Importing Co. and attended Crossroads Baptist Church, Eatonton, GA.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Madaris, Sr., Thomas L. Jr. and Amanda Bates, Steven and July Bates; grandchildren, Michael Madaris, Jr. and his wife, Megan, Karsen R. Madaris, Chelsea Nicole Bates, Hannah Todd, Danielle Todd, Joshua Bates, Christopher Nolan Bates, Steven Austin Bates; brother, Gerald Madaris; sister, Lisa Madaris; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, GA is in charge of arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com
Mr. David L. Taylor, 61, of Griffin, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin. Funeral will be Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home. The Rev.J. W. Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow in Griffin Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Heritage Funeral Home 1512 Williamson Rd. Griffin, GA 30224 is in charge of arrangements. www.heritagefhgriffin.com
Mrs. Nellie Cobb Nichols Forrer, age 94, formerly of Griffin, Georgia passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Powder Springs Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Reverend Gene Walton will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, GA is in charge of arrangements. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com
Mr. Kenneth Wayne Quick, age 62 of Griffin, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at his residence. Visitation for Mr. Wayne Quick will be on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Bishop Andrew Delee will officiate. Interment will follow in Westwood Gardens.