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Rachel Stockwell, Steve Old's Sister, Dies in Car Accident



Rachel Stockwell, Steve Old’s sister, died Wednesday, May 27 from injuries she suffered when a sport utility vehicle ran a red light and collided with her car May 10 at U.S. Highway 78 and Robert Hardeman Road in southeastern Clarke County, Georgia.

Her husband and daughter, Gregory Stockwell, 40, and Sara Stockwell, 8, were passengers in the car and also were seriously injured. The SUV, a Dodge Durango, was heading toward Athens, driven by 25-year-old Felisha Harris, police said. Harris and a passenger, Tamaris Meadows, 20, were taken to Athens Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Athens-Clarke area police have confirmed that Sunday night's car accident on U.S. Highway 78 was caused by a drunk driver, according to Roger Nielsen of the Athens Banner-Herald online. According to the article, the drunk driver ran a red light and crashed into the Nissan Sentra on Hwy. 78 while traveling toward Athens.

Born January 6, 1969, in Atlanta, Ga., Rachel Stockwell was the daughter of Ralph N. Old Sr. and Sara Faircloth. Mrs. Stockwell was a special education para-professional with an Associate's degree in education. Along with her husband and daughter, she attended the Central Presbyterian Church in Athens.

Survivors include her parents, husband, Greg Stockwell; daughter, Sara Winn Stockwell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Neal and Sally Old of Lavonia and Steve and Nelda Old of Cartersville; brother, Chester Old of Atlanta; and stepfather, Gene Faircloth of Athens.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Old.

Funeral services will be held at the Lavonia United Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2009, with Dr. Sheila Bookout officiating. Interment will follow in the Lavonia City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until the funeral time on Saturday. Flowers are optional, or memorials may be made to the Clarke County Schools Special Olympics, c/o Julie Evans, 240 Shadow Moss Drive, Athens, GA 30605.

Strickland Funeral Home, Lavonia Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stricklandfh.com .

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