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Chester Craft of Molena died Sept. 15 at the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. He was 92.

A native of Randolph County in Alabama, Craft pastored churches in Alabama and Georgia for more than 60 years. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member at New Friendship Baptist Church in Woodbury.

Craft is survived by his wife, Ruby Craft of Molena; two daughters, Cathy Hansard of Indonesia and Susan Terrill of Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Mavis Parkerson of LaGrange; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Frances Brooks Ferguson of Dacula died Oct. 21. She was 85.

A member of First Baptist Church in Duluth, Ferguson was a pastor’s wife, serving in many Georgia Baptist churches over the years. She also was an accomplished pianist and gave private lessons for more than 50 years.

Ferguson was preceded in death by brother, Lindsay Brooks, and a son, Marvin Brooks Ferguson. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Marvin Colie Ferguson of Dacula. She is also survived by her sister, Gertrude B. Moore of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Rebecca Martin of Bowersville; six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


Hazel Mae Grady, 84, died Sept. 30.

Grady attended school in Morganton, N.C. and graduated from Mars Hill Junior College, Meredith College in Raleigh N.C. and Southern Baptist Seminary – Carver School where she received her M.R.E. She is also a graduate of the Georgia Baptist Hospital’s Chaplaincy School.

Grady served as minister of education at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur for 25 years. She then joined Georgia Baptist Children’s Home – Palmetto Campus, where she served for more than 25 years. During that time she also earned her master’s in education at West Georgia College in Carrollton.

She lived at Sparks Inn in Christian City the last five years of her life.

Grady is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Culbreath, Columbia, S.C.; Mary Louise Young, Bakersfield, N.C.; and brother Jim Grady of Morganton, N.C. She was preceded in death by her brother, Gray Murray, of Casper, Wyo.

Her funeral was held Oct. 2 at the chapel on the Palmetto Campus of Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. Services were conducted by James Harper and Horace Stewart. Interment services were held Oct. 4 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Morganton, N.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268.