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Obituaries for January 24, 2014; Helen Couch; Edward Johnson, Charlotte Lindsey, Katie Hensley, Loretta Padgett, David Braun,

Helen Couch
    Helen Smith Couch, age 89, died peacefully on Dec. 7, 2013, at Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, Al., where she has lived since 2005. She previously lived in Bent Tree, Jasper, Ga.
    Born in Acworth, Ga., she graduated from Acworth High School with honors in 1943. In 1944 she married Cecil P. Couch of Senoia, Ga.
    A woman of many accomplishments, Helen was a long-standing member of the Michael O’Neal Singers and the Atlanta Choral Guild, which sometimes performed with the Robert Shaw Chorale. She also contributed her vocal talents to a number of church choirs throughout her life, including the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Jasper.
    Helen served as a volunteer music therapist at Clayton County Hospital and in 1973 was chosen Clayton Country Citizen of the Year in the field of art. An accomplished skier, golfer and ice skater, Helen was also director and mistress of ceremonies for the Miss Clayton County Beauty Pageant for 16 years.
    Helen was predeceased by her husband, Cecil “Pete” Couch; her parents, Monnie and James Lemon Smith; and siblings, Jean Fortson, Sallie Bernhardt, Anne Nelson, Larry Smith and James Lemon Smith, Jr. She is survived by her son, Michael; daughter, Beth Knight; grandchildren, Jessica Knight and Mary Knight Baker; great-grandson Indiana Baker; and siblings, Nancy Maxwell and William M. Smith, both of Acworth.
    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Acworth United Methodist Church, 4340 Collins Circle, Acworth Ga. 30101. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Covenant Hospice, 1040 Stanton Rd, Daphne, Al. 36526.

Edward Johnson
    Mr. Edward Lee Johnson, age 60 of Brandon, Ms., departed this life Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Ms.
    Edward was born on Oct. 23, 1953, in Ball Ground, Ga.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Helen Callahan Johnson; brother, Jimmy Johnson; and sister, Sheila Phillips. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Pam Johnson.
    Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Brandi Johnson, Madison, Ms.; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Steve Stanley, Talking Rock, Ga.; brothers, Calvin Johnson, Dawsonville, Ga., and David Johnson, Nashville, Tn.; and sisters, Carol Perry, Union City, Tn., Teresa Goode, Dawsonville, Ga., and Barber Ross, Alto, Ga. He had seven grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with the Rev. Gene Tatum officiating. He was laid to rest next to his wife in Lake Forest Memorial Park Cemetery in Jasper. Pallbearers were: Brent and Trent Goode, Cameron Hughes, Andy Perry, Chris Meissner, Justin Brown and Doyal Williams.
    www.pondersfuneralhome. com

Charlotte Lindsey
    Charlotte C. Lindsey, age 91 of Acworth, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Medford-Peden Funeral Home in Marietta with Rev. Hawkins officiating. Burial followed at Rolling Hills Memory Gardens, Acworth.

Katie Hensley
    Mrs. Katie Smith Hensley, age 93 of Whitestone, Ga., died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Heritage Healthcare in Jasper.
    Katie was born August 4, 1920, in Gilmer County to the late Lawson and Rosie Smith.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Hensley. She is survived by her daughters and sons- in-law, Dorthy Rittenberry, Talking Rock, Betty and Billy Reece, Whitestone, Elaine Logan, Jasper, Mary Nell Logan, Talking Rock, and Evelean and Deryl Hyde, Ellijay Fourteen grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Rittenberry and the Revs. Matt Hyde and Tim Hyde officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.
    www.roperfuneralhome.com

Loretta Padgett
    Mrs. Loretta Mae Johnson Padgett passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Carolina Specialty Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
    Loretta was an Alumni of Berry College in Rome, Ga.  She received her Master’s in Education from Furman University. She was a retired school teacher of 25 years in Greenville, S.C. 
    Mrs. Padgett is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Renee Padgett; daughter and son-in-law, Resinia and Walter Manders; grandchildren, James and Carlina Padgett, Allison Hunt and Amber and Damon Manders; niece, Lesa Reece; nephews, Warren Padgett, Bart Padgett, and their children and other relatives that loved her very much.  She spread much love with her laughter and kind giving heart.
    The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel in Jasper with Dr. Keith Reece officiating. Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park in Jasper. Pallbearers were: David, James, Bart, Warren, Chris and Michael Padgett and James Wigington. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Padgett family.
    www.caglefuneralhome.com

David Braun
    David Peacock Braun, Sept. 30, 1992-Jan. 14, 2014.
    The name David means “Beloved.” People who knew David well loved him. He was gentle; he was kind; he was loving. David tried to live a life respectful of nature. He felt that humans are part of the natural world and that animals are exploited, so he decided to become a vegetarian at age 12 and he never touched meat afterward. He lived simply; he didn’t care much about material things.      Although David was gifted in many ways, he never wanted to flaunt his talent. He was passionate about music. He taught himself to play the guitar and became good at it. His University of Georgia roommates could often hear him playing his guitar and singing. David was in his third year on an academic scholarship at the University of Georgia where he studied psychology and computer science. He worked hard to do well in his classes. When he had free time, he also enjoyed playing computer games.
    David played for many years on several soccer teams in Marietta and Athens. He was a skilled, graceful and selfless soccer player. David was only 21 when he died, with much of his life unlived. The cause of his death is still unknown.
    David leaves behind his parents, Jon Braun and Harriet Peacock, Marietta, Ga.; maternal grandmother, Neva Peacock, formerly of Plainfield, Ga., and currently of Palmetto, Ga.; paternal grandparents, Arnold and Renée Braun, Brevard, N.C.; and uncles, aunts and cousins. He was also the grandson of the late Carl Peacock of Plainfield, Ga.
    Services were held Sunday, Jan. 19, at Marietta Funeral Home, 915 Piedmont Road in Marietta. Instead of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Nature Conservancy of Georgia, an organization that buys and preserves land in its natural state. Gifts in David’s name can be sent to the Nature Conservancy of Georgia, 100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2250, Atlanta, Ga. 30303, or made online at nature.org\georgia.
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