The Newnan Times-Herald


Alethia Bryan Falls

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Dec. 05, 2017 - 5:57 PM

On January 25, 1930, William Thomas and Artie Lee Stevenson Bryan would welcome the birth of a child who would be the only girl of their four children. 

Their farming family lived in the area of Raymond in eastern Coweta County. Alethia Bryan would graduate from Starr High School.

She would later marry Thomas Edward Falls. They were married for over 50 years prior to his death in 2004. She and Tom would be among the founding members of St. George Catholic Church.

A natural affinity for math would provide a platform for Alethia’s occupation as a bookkeeper. She was employed at First National Bank of Newnan, J & J Moving Company, J. B. Lambert Trucking Co. and Falls Appliance and Repair Co. At the time of her retirement, she was associated with the Newnan Housing Authority.

She was well-known among the ladies of the community as an Avon representative. Alethia was a member of the Dining Divas, Daughters of the American Revolution and Never Grow Old. She had resided at The Benton House most recently.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Alethia was predeceased by her children Linda, Diane and Thomas Falls, Jr. Her siblings Etta Lou, W. T., Pope and Jack Bryan also predeceased her.

She is survived by her daughters. Rita Schlageter and her husband Tom and Maureen Dwyer. She was the proud grandmother of Rachel and Matthew Dwyer, Michael (and Jennifer) DeStefano, Diane DeStefano Peterson and Jonathan. She has four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are by McKoon Funeral Home at 38 Jackson Street where the family will receive friends on Thursday evening between 6-8 p.m. The service to remember her life will be on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home officiated by Father Terry Crone. Interment will follow in the family cemetery at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at

McKoon Funeral Home, 770-253-4580