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Mrs. Pike

The Jones County News of Gray, Georgia

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GRIFFIN: Oneida Starr Heath Pike, 91, died at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin on Aug. 31, 2015. The family greeted friends at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, in the historic sanctuary of Gray United Methodist Church, followed by funeral services at 2:00 p.m. and interment at Middle Georgia Memory Gardens, located on Joycliff Road in Macon. Associate pastor Jason Wade of Gray United Methodist Church officiated.

Born Sue Oneida Starr in Lithonia, Mrs. Pike was the daughter of the late James Clyde Starr Sr. and Mamie Lankford Starr. She was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers, James Howard Starr and James Clyde (JC) Starr Jr.; her sister, Mary Faith Starr Jones; and stepson, Billy Paul Stamatis.

Oneida attended Lithonia High School in DeKalb County. She was an active member of the high school basketball team and participated in the Georgia State Basketball Championships during her senior year. She attended Emory University Hospital Nursing School and graduated as a registered nurse in 1946. She served as a cadet nurse from 1943 to 1945 at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Mrs. Pike met and married her first husband, George Hubert Heath, in 1946 and moved to Gray in 1951, where they raised three sons. Mr. Heath died in 1972. Mrs. Pike was a resident of Jones County through 2012.

Mrs. Pike was preceded in death by her second husband of 35 years, Alvin Benjamin Pike Jr. She was the beloved mother of three sons: Olen Starr Heath (Marsha) ofLocust Grove, Rolen Starr Heath (Wanda) of Puyallup, Wash., and Russell George Heath (Cindy) of Griffin. She is also survived by two stepchildren, Dorothea Stamatis Haralson of Macon and Randy Lee Pike of Sevierville, Tenn., and daughter-in-law, Beverly Stamatis of Gray. She was the proud grandmother of Olen David Heath of Rex, George Christopher Heath of Mobile, Ala., Rebecca Suzanne Heath Holman of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Carrie Anne Heath Whitehouse of Maple Valley, Wash. She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren: Trevor Allen and Alex Kristopher Holman of Liberty Hill, Texas, Evelyn Starr and Grayson Christopher Heath of Mobile, Ala., April Marie and Natalie Anne Heath of Hampton, and Zoe Elizabeth and Zane Starr Whitehouse of Maple Valley, Wash. Mrs. Pike also had several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Pike was employed as a nurse for Dr. H.B. Jones in Gray for 22 years. She was a charter member of the Jones County Pilot Club for 25 years. She organized the first AARP Chapter of Jones County, and served as its president for two years. Oneida was a member of Gray United Methodist Church for 63 years. She served the Lord faithfully in many capacities. She enjoyed life, was an avid reader, liked to cook for her family, and tended to the many beautiful flowers in her yard.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that Mrs. Pike's wishes be followed with a donation to the building fund of her beloved church, 117 S. Jefferson St., Gray, GA 31032.

Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray had charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at

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Original Publication Date: September 9, 2015

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