Editor’s Note: Below is a list of notable locals who died this year compiled from the paid obituaries that appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal from Jan. 1 to Dec. 20, 2016.


Margaret Ellen Gravitt, 84, of Kennesaw, died Friday, Jan. 1.

Gravitt worked for 50 years in the medical field as an L.P.N. She started her career at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and also worked at Forsyth Hospital in Cumming.

After moving to Marietta, she worked at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in labor and delivery. Later, she did private duty nursing, staying with the same patients for several months until she was no longer needed. She then worked as an office nurse for Dr. Remer Clark. She also worked at Shoreham Nursing Home and Ross Memorial Healthcare Center.

She spent the last 20 years of her career as an emergency room nurse at Smyrna Adventist Hospital, where she was once named Employee of the Year.

Her take-charge attitude in the emergency room earned her the nickname “The General.”

Chakri Jefferson Kridakorn of Marietta died Saturday, Jan. 9.

Kridakorn was a member of the U.S. Army Band, playing flute and piccolo. He had been stationed at both Ft. McPherson and Ft. Benning. He retired from the Army in 2012 and moved to Hua Hin, Thailand.

During his 20 years in the U.S. Army, he served many tours of duty that included time in Iraq, Germany and Korea.

Roland C. Williams Jr., 73 of Kennesaw, died Saturday, Jan. 16.

A Cobb County native, Williams served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked at the Atlanta Fire Department. He was a member of the Smyrna Civil Service Board, the Optimist Club and was a 32nd degree Mason.

Prior to his retirement in 2004, Williams was vice president and co-owner of Atlanta Fragrance Inc. for 23 years. He was responsible for all technical and new fragrance development. He was a member of the American Society of Perfumers as a master perfumer. He started his career in the fragrance industry in 1971.

Charles E. “Chuck” Clark, 68, of Marietta, died Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Clark served in the U.S. Army and received his honorable discharge in 1990 at the rank of major.

Other notable dates in his life included his achievement of Eagle Scout in 1961, his admittance to practice law in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980, his appointment to the Cobb County Commission on Children and Youth in 1988 and his lifetime service award from the Cobb County Bar Association in 2013.

Suse Ann White Gresh, 80, of Marietta, died Tuesday, Jan. 26.

A Marietta native, Gresh was a past vice president of S.A. White Oil Co. Inc., G & G Rentals Inc. and Eastside Enterprises Inc. She was also the past president of the Marietta Jaycettes.

Rev. Ronald Mosley, 96, of Marietta and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, died Thursday, Jan. 28.

Rev. Mosley was a decorated WWII veteran and served as a front line chaplain with the 106th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He was wounded twice at the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star for heroism. His other decorations included the Purple Heart, European Theatre Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal, Victory Medal and USAR Medal.

He was also the author of “The Kit Bag,” a publication that contains a selection of interviews done by Rev. Mosley during his early years as he sat down with veterans of WWII on a tape recorder. He wrote columns for newspapers for over 30 years. After “The Kit Bag,” he wrote a column called “Consider This,” which was collected in the book, “Walk With Me.”

Jana F. Freeman of Marietta died Sunday, Jan. 31.

Freeman enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she was trained as a jet engine overhaul specialist. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, she went to work on the B1 Bomber as a product assurance analyst. When this job ended, she relocated to Marietta and went to work for Eastern Airlines.


Loretta Crowe Perry, 80, of Kennesaw, died Monday, Feb. 1.

Perry was a bailiff for Judge Mary Staley Clark and could be seen serving at the Cobb County Courthouse for many years. She also had many connections to the Marietta area including her father, Horace Crowe, a long time sports editor for the MDJ, and her grandfather, Edward Swanson, a former sheriff of Cobb County.

Ross Hubert Howard Jr., 80, of Marietta, died Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Howard graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Architecture in 1956. He practiced architecture for 45 years with George Haley. He worked on schools, colleges, government buildings and medical institutions in Cobb and surrounding counties.

Harvey Gill Lynch, a longtime resident of Smyrna, died Wednesday, Feb. 3.

A Greensboro native, Gill was previously the owner of the Lynch Gulf Service Station and Lynch Alignment in Smyrna. He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Intrepid.

Grady B. Gee, 91, of Acworth, died Thursday, Feb. 4.

An Acworth native, Gee served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and later in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a graduate of the Greenleaf School of Business in Atlanta. He ran several businesses over the years, from a restaurant to an accounting and tax service. Mainly, he was in the insurance business and retired from Prudential Insurance Company.

Rev. Albert “Al” Fulton Turnell Jr., of Smyrna, died Sunday, Feb. 7.

Raised in Madison, Turnell earned his theology degree at Emory School of Theology.

He was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in June 1965. He served a number of United Methodist churches in north Georgia — North Calhoun Circuit, Colbert, St. John in Atlanta, St. Paul in Marietta, Trinity in Dalton, Smyrna First and Dalton First. He completed his “formal” ministry by serving as district superintendent of the Atlanta Marietta district.

Julian Eugene Sheldon, 81, of Marietta, died Monday, Feb. 8.

A fourth generation Atlantan, Sheldon retired in 1985, from AT&T having spent most of his 33 year career with Western Electric, which later became Lucent Technologies. After retirement, he began a telephone central office engineering and installation company, Mintel, with two other former AT&T employees. He retired in 1995, having seen the company grow from three to 70 employees.

From 1998-2013, he was a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Team, responding to both national and local disasters.

James Hubert “Chief” Childers, 80, of Marietta, died Tuesday, Feb. 9.

A Murray County native, Childers played guitar from the time he was five years old and was voted most talented at Murray County High School.

He retired from Lockheed in 1997, where he worked in quality assurance for 43 years. He was a member