April 1, 1950 – January 4, 2019
William Joseph Gregory (also known as Bill Gregory), 68, of Acworth, GA died peacefully of recent illnesses Friday, January 4, 2019. Originally from Kingston, NY, Bill was a brick mason most of his life, and enjoyed painting, fishing, woodworking, building models, and spending time with his six grandchildren. Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Virginia Gregory, his son Joshua (Marianne) Gregory and six grandchildren, two sisters Patty and Linda, and several nieces and nephews.
Thomas (Tommy) Edward DeVaux
July 4, 1953 – February 16, 2019
Thomas (Tommy) Edward DeVaux of Dallas, Ga formerly of Marietta, Ga passed away on Saturday February 16, 2019 at the age of 65 after a long battle with diabetes and kidney disease. Tommy was born in 1953 in Mobile, AL. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic school until his family moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 1961. Tommy graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1971. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Al. Tommy joined the Marines in 1972. He was stationed in San Antonio, Tx where he met his wife Debra. Tommy and Debra were married on February 14th, 1976. He was Honorably discharged from the Marines in 1980.
Tommy worked in telecommunications. His last employment was at SBA Network Services where he retired with disability in 2016. Tommy was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #15996 at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Acworth Ga. He was a former member of Knights of Columbus Council #9923 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Kennesaw. Tommy is survived by his wife Debra. His children, Nathan (Kate), Natalie (Peter), grandchildren Anastasia, Patrick, and Sam, his mother Mary, his brothers David (Barbara), Billy (Kathy), Larry (Susan), Chris (Angie), sister Cindy (Paul). He was preceded in death by his father Francis, and his brother Steven.
Roger George LaVigne
March 24, 1930 – April 23, 2019
Roger George LaVigne, 89, of Acworth passed away on April 23, 2019, peacefully in his sleep. He was born to parents Alice and Tom LaVigne, on March 24, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and retired from AT&T in 1989.
Roger was a mechanic, an engineer, a tinker, a fixer, a devoted husband as well as an amazing father to seven challenging children who love him with all of their hearts. He was a founding member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Smyrna and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Acworth.
He married Dolores Leonard, the love of his life, in 1956, who survives him. This year they would have celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary. Roger is also survived by his son Tom LaVigne, daughter Rosanne LaVigne, daughter Linda LaVigne, daughter Michele LaVigne, daughter Laura Hough and husband Kris, daughter Mary McDonnell and husband Mark, son Doug LaVigne and wife Melanie, as well as seventeen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Lorne LaVigne of Fort Worth, Texas, along with his four children and their families.
Susan Grant Walsh
February 8, 1951 – June 14, 2019
Susan Grant Walsh, age 68, of Powder Springs passed away June 14, 2019 surrounded by her family and friends. Susan was a retired Special Education teacher with Cobb County Schools. She loved her family, the beach, and reading a good book. Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Lavene and Charles Grant. She is survived by her husband, Jim Walsh; children, Colleen Walsh of Powder Springs, Nancy Gospodareck (Louis) of Powder Springs; Robert Grant Walsh (Andrea) of Atlanta, and Meghan Smith (Antonio) of Acworth; grandchildren, Grant, Allison, Bryson, and Ansley; and siblings, Gail Jeffreys and Becky Gay (Jerry), both of Hoover, AL. She was also survived by many beloved sisters and brothers in-law, as well as nieces and nephews. Susan will also be missed by her friend, Diane LaBudde.
Fred Edward Sassen
October 18, 1948 – July 18, 2019
Fred Edward Sassen, age 70, Vice President of Sales for Trinity Lighting, passed peacefully at his home in Acworth, Georgia, July 18, 2019. Fred was surrounded by loving family members who were uplifted to see him released from pain after his 12-year battle with prostate cancer.
Born in Miami, October 18, 1948, to parents Claire and Ferdinand Sassen, Fred believed that life was all about the dash — what you do between the date you are born and the date you die. In that spirit, Fred’s life was one incredible, amazing, family-loving, friends-for-life, good-doing, story-telling, words-with-friends-playing, humble, caring dash. Fred loved the ocean, the beach, the sun, and the water. He spent his early years fishing, boating, snorkeling, and later free diving and scuba diving. Fred married Loretta Elliott in1968, and they had two children Brenna and Freddie.
During his career devoted to carpet and lighting sales, Fred developed strong ties to the hospitality industry. His talents showed in any situation involving sales, management, and event development. He was an excellent mentor, guiding his staff in how to build and maintain long-term relationships with major hotel companies. He shared many stories of traveling around the country with Darci Reif, whom he married in 2000, doing business along the way with clients he considered, friends.
Fred graduated from Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in 1967 in Miami, Florida. He was comforted by recently joining the newly built St. Clare of Assisi Catholic church and enjoyed church every Sunday, attending with several friends and family.
Darci was present when Fred passed. His children Freddie Sassen and Brenna Higgins, her husband Sean Higgins, their children, Madison and Cole, and Loretta Sassen were also there. Freddie’s wife Liz Sassen was in touch by phone. Fred’s surviving grandchildren include Madison, Cole, Emilia, Grace, and Rose. He is also survived by his sisters Jo Anne Nadeau, Miami Lakes, Fla., Barbara May, Sarasota, Fla., Mary Paoletti, Gainesboro, Tenn.; their husbands Real Nadeau, Jerry May, and Ken Paoletti; and numerous nieces and nephews.