August 9, 1952-July 6, 2017
The GaSGA community has lost a very
special member of our staff, Judy
Gibson. David Gibson brought Judy to one of our
shows in 2013. They were married in 2014 - a marriage truly blessed.
Judy loved steel guitar music and the many friends she made in the
steel guitar community. Judy became a member of our staff alongside
David in his commitment to our shows. Even through her illness,
she did her best to help out wherever she could. We all marveled
at her strength, and the strength of her husband, David who stayed
by her side loving her and caring for her. She made a special place
in our hearts that I will always hold dear. Arrangements for Judy's
Celebration of Life may be seen here: https://secure.funeralhomehosting.org/…
Rest in Peace dear friend...
Martha Judy Gibson
passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Piedmont-Atlanta Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, David Gibson of
Whigham; a daughter, Erin Andrews (Dusty) of Alma; a sister, Bernice
Davis of Pelham; a brother, Lamar Tatum of Clewiston, Fl and two
grandchildren, Dustyn and Rily Andrews of Alma, a brother-in-law
Leroy Thompson, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in
death by her parents, a sister, Nell Thompson and a niece Nancy
Soards. Funeral services for Martha (Judy) Gibson, 64, of Whigham
were held Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:00AM at Rose Hill Baptist
Church where she was a member. The Rev. Ralph Harrell officiated
and interment was at New Bethel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were
Roger Tatum, John Kirk, JC Cross, Tim Gibson, Jason Johnson and
John Johnson. Born August 9., 1952 in Moultrie she was the daughter
of the late John Henry and Martha Bell Williams Tatum. Mrs. Gibson
passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Piedmont-Atlanta Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, David Gibson of Whigham; a daughter,
Erin Andrews (Dusty) of Alma; a sister, Bernice Davis of Pelham;
a brother, Lamar Tatum of Clewiston, Fl and two grandchildren, Dustyn
and Rily Andrews of Alma, a brother-in-law Leroy Thompson, several
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a
sister, Nell Thompson and a niece Nancy Soards.
Marion E. Thomas
Feb. 26,1935 - Feb. 23, 2016
|Marion Eugene "Johnny"
Thomas, age 80, of Gainesville, passed away Wednesday, Feb.
23, 2016, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mr. Thomas was born Feb. 26, 1935, in Gainesville to John Howard Thomas
and Laura Seay Thomas. He served in the United States Army and was
a member of Air Line Baptist Church. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death
by his parents and his brother-in-law, Randy Benton. Johnny had
a lengthy career in the United States Post Office starting in the
1960s. He worked in both the Gainesville and Flowery Branch offices.
He retired in 1991 as postmaster at Flowery Branch.
Johnny left a great legacy to country music as a guitarist, and
his passion and talent will be the greatest memory for many who
knew him. He started his musical career as a teenager playing the
steel guitar, an interest that started from observing his father
(Howard Thomas, a gifted musician in his own right). Johnny later
transitioned to guitar when he joined the Army in 1953. He played
in many bands including Back Porch, and many enjoyed their music
as the July 4 Memorial Park BBQ. He earned many accolades and awards
in his musical career, including being inducted into the Georgia
Hall of Fame (He entered the Atlanta Country Music Wall of Fame
in 1999 and was later inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall
of Fame in 2014).
Mr. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janice Thomas
of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Kay Thomas of
Jefferson; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Shelia Thomas of
Cleveland; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Gerald McDuffie
of Cornelia; sister-in-law, Brenda Fowler of Braselton; sister-in-law,
Gaby Benton of El Paso, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Apr 29, 1943 - Dec 15, 2015
Vice President, GaSGA
2007 - 2014
Mr. Robert "Bob" Evens, Age 72, of Loganville,
GA, passed away
December 15, 2015. He was a member of the Community Church of Praise
in Stockbridge and also a member of the Georgia Steel Guitar Association,
where he served as Vice President for 8 years.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his
wife of 21 years, Diane; son, John Evens of Ohio; stepson, Anthony
Stanley of Loganville, sister, Judy Courtney and her husband, Doug,
of Michigan; brother, David Evens and his wife, Connie, of Michigan;
grandchildren, Lexie and Laney Starnes of Oxford; and Lana Evens
of Ohio; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held
1 o’clock, Thursday, December 17, in the Lithonia chapel of
Henry Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Interment
was held Friday, December 18 in Westminster, South Carolina.
DEATH: Sept 7, 2015
Mr. Gene Still, age 81, was born in Belle Glade, FL and
retired from American Tara Corp. He is a member of the Atlanta Country
Music Hall of Fame, a member of the Wall of Honor of the Northwest
Georgia Steel Guitar Association, and a Legend member of the Georgia
Steel Guitar Association. Mr. Still was a member of Mountain View
Baptist Church in Snellville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Emily Waldrop
Still and siblings Robert Still and Laura Webb. He is survived by
daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Steve Hensley of Lyman, SC,
and Donna and Scott Gagne of Woodstock; sons Stuart Still of Killeen,
TX and Stacy Still of Lilburn; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild;
sister Mary Waldrop of Braselton and brother Thomas Still of Lawrenceville;
several nieces and nephews.
Jack E. Conyer
Feb 4, 1941 - Jan 9, 2015
Jack Edward Conyer, 73, of Lake Park, Ga., formerly of
Cochran, Ga. passed away January 9, 2015 at the Langdale Hospice
House after a battle with leukemia.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 4, 1941 to the late Clarence
Edward Conyer and Agnes Mozelle Vinson Conyer. Mr. Conyer was retired
from the civil service at Robins Air Force Base and in his spare
time he enjoyed playing the steel guitar for numerous bands.
Mr. Conyer is survived by his wife, Sandra Conyer of Lake Park;
one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Linda Conyer; two grandchildren,
Kyle and Curtis Conyer, all of Cochran, Ga.; his beloved twin sister,
Janet Rudd of Elk Grove, Calif.; three brothers, James Douglas Conyer
of Watauga, Tenn., Jeffrey Lynn Conyer (Debbie) of Oak Ridge, Tenn.,
James Brunnemer (Louella) of Nashville, Ind.; three sisters, Jennifer
Lee Queen (Dennis) of Catoosa, Okla., Joy Lynn of Hudson, Fla.,
Jeanne George (Fred) of DeLand, Fla.; sister-in-law, Pat Webb (Austin)
of Atlanta, Ga.; mother-in-law, Catherine Towery of Lake Park, Ga.;
three step children, Gerald Kevin Thompson (Donna) of Valdosta,
Ga., Keith Thompson (Elsie) of Tifton, Ga., Angie Smith (Charles)
of LaGrange, Ga.; nine step-grandchildren; and numerous beloved
nieces and nephews.
Randy B. Sorrells
Aug 19, 1954 - Sept 29, 2014
Randy Boyd Sorrells, age 60, a McMinnville, TN resident
and Cumming, GA native died September 29, 2014 at his residence.He
was a musician and son of the late Robert and Martha Samples Sorrells.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Kathy
Ballew Sorrells December 26, 2010.
Mr. Sorrells is survived by daughter Crystal (Anthony) Salyers
of McMinnville and other loving relatives and friends.
August 4, 1937 - Jan 29, 2011
Robert Wayne Stowers, age 73, of Mableton passed away
on January 29, 2011. Born on August 4, 1937, Wayne lost his long
battle with colon cancer Saturday. He fought with determination,
courage, always with a smile and a joke, and never complaining.
He was a retiree from Wade Ford and a Manager at Music Mart in
Smyrna for many years. He was a selfless man, a good husband,
father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He was a talented,
well-known drummer who loved old time country music and played
with many local musicians. He was a long time member of the South
Cobb Lions Club.
Wayne is preceded in death by
his parents, Claude and Annie Mae Stowers; and sisters, Doris
Peppers and Loraine Compton. Survivors include his loving wife
of 55 years, Betty; sons, Robert Anthony Stowers of Kennesaw and
Steven Douglas Stowers of Dacula; grandson, Jonathan; granddaughter,
Kathleen; brothers, Bill of Douglasville and Gary of Acworth;
special friends, Ken and Bertha Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
to full obituary and photos
March 31, 1943 - May 29, 2010
Woodrow Ledford Jr., 67,
formerly of Powdersville, S.C. died Saturday May 29, 2010. He
was a son of the late Woodrow and Pauline Brown Ledford Sr.
Mr. Ledford worked for S & D Coffee for 31 years and was of
the Assembly of God faith.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, Evelyn Rachel Myers Ledford,
survivors include two sons: Woody "Davy" Ledford (Barbara);
and Dale Ledford (Wendy); five grandchildren: Melissa Whitlow,
Rachel Ledford, Rebecca Ledford, Hannah Ledford, and Hayden Ledford;
one sister: Venice Henderson, and one brother: Tony Ledford.
30, 1922 -Aug 29, 2010
Mr. Richard Allbright, age 88,
of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Martha Hannah Allbright. He is survived
by his daughter, Cheryle Dianne Krotz, Commerce, GA; sons and
daughters-in-law, Rick and Brenda Allbright, Flowery Branch, GA,
Steve and Patsy Allbright, Flowery Branch, GA, Ray and Della Allbright,
Horne Lake, MS, and Mickey Street, Portland, TN; twelve grandchildren;
six great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; step children,
Lanny and Jody Carlyle, Buford, GA, Hanna and Dale Jones, Flowery
Branch, GA and Connie Headrick, Gainesville, GA. Mr. Allbright
was born March 30, 1922 in Ft. Payne, AL. He was a 1941 graduate
of Sugar Hill School in Sugar Hill, GA. He was a veteran of the
U. S. Army. He was a retired construction worker. He was a musician
and played the steel guitar. He was a member of Antioch Baptist
Church in Buford, GA.
Legend Member Biography
March 23, 1928 - Aug 13, 2009
Mr. Wilmer L. “Shorty” Boyd,
age 81, of Lakeland Drive, Ellijay died Thursday, August
13, 2009. Mr. Boyd was born on March 23, 1928 in Fulton County,
the son of the late William G. Boyd and Sallie Lee Hutchins Boyd.
He worked in the manufacturing industry and was of the Baptist
Faith. He was a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame,
Atlanta Society of Entertainers and was included in the Wall of
Honor at the Northwest Georgia Steel Guitar Show. Also, he was
a veteran in the U.S. Navy serving in WWII. He is preceded in
death by sons Ricky Boyd and Leslie N. Boyd.
Survivors include: Wife: Patsy L. Boyd of the
home; Sons: W.H. Boyd of Conyers, GA, and Jimmy A. Boyd of Covington,
GA ; Daughters: Shirley A. Knight of Covington, GA, Sandra L.
Davol of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Tammy L. Ingram of Monticello,
GA; Step children: Catherine Hague of Douglasville, GA, James
Furis of St. Augustine, Fl, Lisa Stewart of Ellijay and Donna
Wood of Snellville, GA; 29 Grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren;
Brother: J.P. Boyd of Cleveland, GA; and several nieces and nephews.