Anna Elizabeth Herndon, 84 of Atlanta, GA, died December 6, 2006 from a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a true pioneer and the first woman to attend Georgia Tech. Her enrollment came after a 7-5 vote by the board of regents on April 9, 1952. A World War II widow of A. D. Herndon, Jr., with a 2 year old son, Ashley, Elizabeth was a native of the Bethany Community in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. After working her way up with the Federal Government and Fannie Mae she wanted to fulfill her ambition of a college degree. She had planned to attend Georgia State University and while working as an accountant for the Fannie Mae and keeping her son in GMA, but after reading an article that Tech was going co-ed, she decided to apply. Col. Blake Van Lear, president of Georgia Tech welcomed Elizabeth. His wife Ella acted as the unofficial Dean of Women and became a positive instrument in Elizabeth's and the future women of Tech. Elizabeth was a founding member of the GA Tech Chapter of Alpha XI Delta Sorority. She majored in industrial Engineering, time-and-motion studies were a natural for this young mother. Donning her rat cap, the war widow, attended football games with all the other freshman and was given no special treatment. In a Freshman Chemistry Class she was seated next to Albert E. Herndon, a Marine Vet of both WW2 and Korea. Albert, a Civil Engineering Student from Mississippi and Elizabeth were seated alphabetically as they shared the same last name. On March 22, 1953, Albert and Elizabeth were married. Daughter Stella was born in 1956, but two quarters shy of graduating, Elizabeth and Stella became ill and was forced to drop out of Tech. Second daughter Lisa was born in 1960. Ever the task completer, Elizabeth completed her degree at Georgia College in Milledgeville. Fall 2002 marked the 50th anniversary of women at Tech and Elizabeth was honored at the Homecoming game. She had a successful teaching career, teaching math and physics at The Westminster and the Lovett Schools followed by a successful real estate career of 20 years with Harry Norman Associates. She is survived by her children, Ashley D. Herndon; daughter-in-law, Lynette Herndon; grandchildren, Ansley Elizabeth Carper, Josh Ethan Herndon; great grandchildren, Emily Carper, Kendall Carper; daughters, Caron Stella Herndon, Lisa Lorraine Herndon Knapp; son-in-law, Stephen Knapp. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 9, 2006 from 2 to 4 pm at H.M. Patterson & Sons, Spring Hill, 1020 Spring Street NE., Atlanta, Georgia. The memorial service will be held at Patterson, December 9, 2006 at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Hospice Atlanta Center, 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30319 or the Georgia Tech Historical Association, attention Marilyn Somers.
Rev. Garland Bunyon Darracott, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on December 7, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlsie Darracott. Surviving are: Daughter and Son-in-Law: Kathy and Fulton Stone, Lawrenceville, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Ronald Darracott, Chamblee, GA; Philip and Julie Darracott, Woodstock, GA; David and Donna Darracott, Cumming, GA; Grandchildren: Todd and Audra Darracott, Newnan, GA; Greg and Lucy Stone, Columbus, GA; Craig and Regina Ruffo, St. Augustine, FL; Brent and Brooke Stone, Flowery Branch, GA; Thomas Darracott, Woodstock, GA; Great Grandchildren: Cody, Maggie and Caroline Darracott, Newnan, GA; Bryant Ruffo, St. Augustine, FL; Lane Stone, Columbus, GA; Brothers and Sister-in-Law: Carroll Darracott, Marietta, GA; Gene Darracott, Gainesville, GA; Tony and Debbie Darracott, Jefferson, GA; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Wilma Hosch, Doraville, GA; Ken and the late Florene Hudgins, Gainesville, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Rev. Darracott was born on October 21, 1923 in Forsyth County, GA. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired accountant. He was an Ordained Baptist Minister and a member of the Hog Mountain Baptist Church, Dacula, GA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Gerral Richards, Rev. Barney Williams and Mr. Fulton Stone officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 6:00-9:00 p.m. "His cheerful and friendly nature was a pleasure to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed." Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.flaniganfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Betty J. Heupel, age 71, of Hoschton, Georgia, died December 6, 2006. A native of Gadsden, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Lona Mae Holmes Jenkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Heupel in 1994 and a grandson, Richard Alan Heupel in 2000. Mrs. Heupel was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2006 from the Chapel of Carter Funeral Home. Interment will be in Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Surviving are children, Robert Heupel of Hoschton, Sheila Purvis of Winder, Lona Jane Bergen of Jefferson and Theresa Little of Auburn; sister, Joan Toyer of Caldwell, Idaho; chosen sister, Delores Mobley of Gadsden, Alabama; brothers, Donald Jenkins of Arab, Alabama, Julius Jenkins and Michael Jenkins, both of Sand Rock, Alabama; twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Joseph Higgins, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away December 7, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*
Lindy Robinson, age 77 of Lawrenceville, died Wednesday, December 6, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*
Ouida C. Hagelthorn, age 86, of Loganville, Georgia died Tuesday, December 5, 2006. She is survived by children, Charles Hagelthorn, Jim Hagelthorn, Alan Hagelthorn, and Tara Hagelthorn; grandchildren, James, Alison, Brittney, Kendall and Ethan Hagelthorn; great grandchildren, Alivia and Chloe Hagelthorn. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811.
Funeral services for Mrs. Jacqie Nichols, age 78 of Winder, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, 770-867-1361.*