Obituaries for Earle Rainwater Funeral Home

Sunday, April 25, 2010

MRS. CHRISTINE HAWKINS FOX, age 62, of Hwy. #114-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday (April 25, 2010) afternoon at her residence following an extended illness. Mrs. Fox was born to the late Howard and Mae Johnnie Umphurs Hawkins on July 16, 1947. She was a member of Dry Valley Baptist Church and was retired from Oak View Nursing & Rehab. Center.

Surviving are daughter & son-in-law-Melissa & David Adams of Summerville; son & daughter-in-law-Todd & Kristy Fox of Cartersville; grandsons-Justin Adams & Casey Adams of Summerville, granddaughters-Charleston Fox and Annabeth Fox of Cartersville; brother-Randy Hawkins of Summerville; special care giver-Terry Lynn Ozment of Summerville.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (April 29th) at 11:00 A.M. from the Dry Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Weaver and Pastor Terry Shores officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers Lamar Pettyjohn, Barry Woods, Hoyt Ballinger, Sammy Tapp, Mike Woods, Steve Morrison; Honorary Pallbearers will be Solomon’s Porch Sunday School Class of Dry Valley Baptist Church. The Family will receive friends at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home Tuesday from 6 until 8 P.M.; at other hours the Family will be at the residence of the daughter Melissa & David Adams #2340 Hwy #144-Summerville. Mrs. Fox will also be in state at the Church Wednesday from 10 A.M. until the hour of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

MR. CHARLES WILLIAM MITCHELL, age 78, of #56 Mitchell Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday (April 25, 2010) in a LaFayette nursing home. A native Chattoogaian He was born to the late William Jessie and Mabel Rebecca Norman Mitchell on January 31, 1932. Mr. Mitchell was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Tabernacle, retired from the Lab of Inland Container, a U.S. Navy Veteran of Korea, and a member of Chattooga Lodge #704 F & AM. He was preceded in death by his wife the late Maudie Lee Mitchell.

Surviving are daughter-Debbie K. Mitchell Whaley of Summerville; grandson-Donavon Whaley of Summerville; step children-Kenneth C. & Renita Tucker of Summerville and Shirley Ann Waters of Rome; step grandchildren-Kenneth Tucker, Adam Waters, Michelle Waters-Baty; great granddaughter-Kaitlyn Baty.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Bobby Walston officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Donavon Whaley, Adam Waters, Kenneth C. Tucker, Kenneth N. Tucker, Donald Whaley, and Aaron Waters; Honorary Pallbearers Joe Cox, Sewell Cash, and the Staff of Shepherd-Hill Nursing Home. Visitation is Tuesday from 12 noon until the funeral hour. Flowers are accepted or contributions to the Alzheimer Association.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

MRS. KATHRYN G. COLLINS, age 77, of Henagar, Alabama formerly of Summerville, passed away Thursday (April 22, 2010) morning at her residence. Born in Trion, Georgia on January 15, 1933, She was a daughter of the late John and Myrtle Holloway Hunter. Mrs. Collins was Church of God by Faith and retired from the preparation department of Mt. Vernon Mills. She was preceded in death by husband the late Alton Collins, sisters-the late Totsi Hunter, Lola Hunter, Mattie Priest Ledford, and Madlane Edgeworth Ledford brothers-the late Check Ledford, Hydress Ledford, and John Hunter- Granddaughter, the late Tosha Darlene Collins.

Surviving are daughter-Liz Hawkins of Henagar, Al.; sons-Donald Collins, Ronald Collins, Jimmy Collins all of Summerville, and Steve Collins of Gaylesville, Al.; sister-Carolyn Brown Hunter of Ider, Al.; brother-Gordon Hunter of Broometown, Al.; 23 Grandchildren, 38 Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (April 24) at 3:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. John Mann officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be T. J. Hawkins, Jeremiah Hawkins, Joshua Collins, Andrew Collins, Mark Collins and Allen Collins. Honorary Pallbearers will be Nephews and members of West Berryton Faith Temple. Mrs. Collins will be in state at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home Friday where the family will receive friends from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

MR. CLYDE W. HENDERSON, age 64, of Henderson Road-Trion, Georgia passed away Saturday (April 17, 2010) morning in a Rome hospital following a sudden attack. He was born in Trion, Georgia to the late Wallace and Eunice Henderson on October 2, 1945. Mr. Henderson was a member of Trion First Baptist Church, member and Past Master of Chattooga Lodge #704 F & AM, and worked for WalMart at the LaFayette store.

Surviving are wife-Beverly Roberts Henderson; daughter and spouse-Missy and Tim Sterner of Jacksonville, Fl.; son and spouse-Kelly & Tina Henderson of Trion; grandchildren-Brooke Sterner, Brynn Sterner, Danielle Henderson, Elizabeth Henderson, & Matthew Henderson; step grandchildren-Josh and Autumn Hampton.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (April 20th) at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Cordell officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery with Masonic Rites rendered by Chattooga Lodge #704 F & AM. Active Pallbearers Larry Parker, Rayburn Mitchell, Tim Pierce, John Sterner, Danny Helms, and Ken Knight; Honorary Pallbearers will be all Masons. The Family will receive friends Monday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, April 16, 2010

MRS. FANNIE MAE HUNTER, age 88, of Rocky Hollow Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday (April 15, 2010) afternoon in the local nursing home. A Chattooga County native She was born to the late Roy Clinton and Hattie Lemuel Veatch Allmon on May 1, 1921. Mrs. Hunter was a member of Midway Baptist Church, retired from Reigel Textile Corporation, and was preceded in death by her husband the late John Hunter on July 9, 2005.

Surviving are daughters and spouses-Kathleen Moon of Rome, Patricia & Delmer Williams of Leesburg, FL., and Sandra & Mike Richardson of Rutledge, GA.; 7 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren; special step great grandson Anthony Moon & wife Becka; 9 Step Grandchildren, 21 Step Great Grandchildren, 12 Step Great Great Grandchildren; sisters-Nellie B. Davenport of Summerville and Margaret Knight of Atlanta; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday (April 18th) at 4:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Kyle Graham officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Grandsons. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, April 9, 2010

MS. BENITA LANGFORD, age 86, of Allen Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday, April 09, 2010, in a Rome hospital. Born in Gordon County, Georgia on August 7, 1923, She was a daughter of the late Arch and Arrie Beck Reed. Ms. Langford was an accountant for the former Jackson Chevrolet and the former Garnett’s Furniture Store in Summerville later was a substitute school teacher. She was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class of the Church. Preceding Her in death was 2 sisters Sallie Reed and Annie Ruth Reed Waddell.

Surviving are sister-Catherine Van pelt Miller of Summerville; nieces and nephews-Kathy Vanpelt Brown of Summerville who was Her caregiver for many years, Lynn Hawkins of S.C., Peggy Waddell, Joan Waddell, Judy Waddell, Janie Lou Waddell, Jackie Waddell, Johnny Waddell, Jimmy Waddell; special friend & angel Virginia Barkley.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 13th, at 2:00 P.M. from the Summerville First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Mason and Dr. Kenneth Summey officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Gordon Allen, Dale Martin, Eugene McGinnis, James Alred, Joseph Jackson, and Mike Poole; Honorary Pallbearers Dorcas Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church, former employees of Jackson Chevrolet, Harold Jackson, Vernon Hayes, Pat Nix, and Elaine Martin. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. until 2 P.M. at Summerville First Baptist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

MRS. GLENNA JO KOONCE, age 72, of Back Berryton Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday (April 8, 2010) evening in a Rome hospital. She was born in Walker County, Georgia on May 30, 1937, a daughter of the late Glen and Julia Frances Frye Stewart. Prior to retirement Mrs. Koonce was a medical assistant for Dr. H. A. Goodwin. She was preceded in death by Her husband the late G. W. Koonce on July 7, 2007 and a sister the late Frances Elaine Hartline.

Surviving are daughters-Sandra Grady of Cumming, Donna Bishop of Calhoun, Kathy Morrell of Melbourne, FL., and Arliss Scruggs of Summerville; son: Michael Chandler of Trion; step-sons-Kenny Koonce and Greg Koonce both of Summerville; grandchildren-Brian Chandler, Leigh Milam, Jamie Rollins, Matt Hayes, Zach Bishop, Lindsey Morrell, Matthew Morrell, and Julia Scruggs; 10 Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews .

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with Pastor Tommy Pledger officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 until 6 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MRS. RACHEL PAULINE LANEY, age 84, went to be with the Lord Thursday (April 8, 2010). She resided at #31 Curran Street, Summerville, Georgia. Mrs. Laney was born to the late Walter and Ruby Abercrombie Collum in Cherokee County, Georgia on November 11, 1925. She was a wonderful, loving mother and homemaker, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Thomas Charlie Laney, daughter-Verdice Laney, sisters-Ethel Collum, Inez Peacock, and Nellie McGuire. She was a Christian in the body of Christ at South Commerce Church of Christ. She will be greatly missed by her family who loved her very much.

Surviving are five children-Linda Wooten of Summerville, Delvia & Bill Streets of Augusta, Darlene Hughes of Summerville, Rex Laney and Walley Laney both of Summerville; 10 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (April 10th) at 12:00 noon from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Minister Tommy Broome officiating interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Grandsons.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 A.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MR. MAX ROBERT COOPER, age 78, of College Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday (April 8, 2010) at His residence. A native Chattoogaian He was born to the late Zera M. and Martha Evelyn Bohannon Cooper on August 30, 1931. Mr. Cooper was a member, Elder , and Adult Sunday School Teacher of Trion Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Was retired papermaker from Inland Container-Rome after 31 years of service and a member of Floyd Springs Lodge F & AM, Rome Shrine Club, Yaarab Shrine Temple, and Rome Commandery #8. He was preceded in death by siblings-Vernon Cooper, Willie Cooper, Louise Copeland, and Sidney Cooper.

Surviving are wife-Irene Cooper; daughters-Debbie Cooper of Eagle River, Alaska, Sharon Cooper of Rome, Patti Smith of Summerville; grandchildren-Eric Thomas of Alaska, Jason Thomas of New Mexico, Shannon Cooper of Rome, Blake Thomas of Alaska, Matthew Smith of Atlanta; six Great Grandchildren; sister-Rachel Dillard of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, April 18th, at 1:30 P.M. from the Trion Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Dr. William Flanagan officiating

In lieu of flowers Family suggest contributions to the Masonic Childrens Home of Gideons International.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

MRS. BETH MARTIN BARKLEY, age 90, of Lyerly Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday (April 6, 2010) evening in a Rome hospital. She was born in Calhoun, Georgia on April 20, 1919 to the late Rev. J. A. Smith and Dora Pass Smith. She was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church and was owner/operator of the former Finland Pet Store of Summerville. She was preceded in death by husbands the late Holland B. Martin and the late J. C. Barkley, granddaughter-the late Laurie Diane Martin.

Surviving are daughters and spouse-Dorene & Bobby White of Dalton and Mary E. Martin of Summerville; son and spouse-Rev. Sidney & Marsha Martin of Norwood, N.C.; grandchildren-Susan & Scott Griffin, Gregg & Pam Martin, Tracy & Bill Grissett, and Stacy & Nick Beason; 8 Great Grandchildren; brother-James E. Smith of Decatur; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday (April 9th) at 1:30 P.M. from the South Summerville Baptist Church with Rev. Sidney Martin and Rev. David Craven officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Bob Blackwell, Don Blackwell, Gary Blackwell, Danny Ray Blackwell, Ronnie Jones, Mike Smith, and Melvin Capps; Honorary Pallbearers members of the Glory Bound Sunday School Class of South Summerville Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

MR. LAWRENCE D. POWELL, age 82, of Mentone, Alabama passed away Saturday (March 27, 2010) at his residence following an illness. A native of Cherokee County, Alabama He was born to the late Albert Hinton and Mary Jones Powell on July 18, 1927. Mr. Powell was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was retired from the card room of Mt. Vernon/Riegel Mills. He was preceded in death by six siblings-the late Katherine Cavin, Mary Nell Langston, Lois Boydston, Francis Cavin, Madelyn Downer, and Houston Powell.

Surviving are daughters-Kay Sentell and Margie Saine; son-Dwight Powell all of Mentone; brother-in-law-Owen Langston of Chattanooga; seven Grandchildren, twelve Great Grandchildren, two Great Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Friday, March 26, 2010

MRS. SUE YOUNGBLOOD, age 64, of Mahan Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday (March 25, 2010) evening at her residence. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia she was born to the late Herman and JoAnn Ledford Hunter on June 6, 1945. Mrs. Youngblood was preceded in death by her husband the late Tommy Youngblood and daughter the late Susan Reena Owens.

Surviving are daughters-Jane Sims and Tammy Grogan both of Summerville and Stephanie Owens of Menlo; son-Johnny Padgett; sister-Syble Miller of Summerville; brothers-Lee Fountain and Junior Hunter both of Summerville; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Memorial service will be held Sunday 2:00 P.M.(March 28th) from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Junior Evans officiating, inurnment in Summerville Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be the nurses of Heyman Hospice.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MR. JACK DOYLE WARREN, age 58, of Milton Drive-Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday afternoon at his residence. A Summerville native Mr. Warren was born to the late Jack Warren and Ann Abernathy Warren Martin who survives. Jack was an LPN working in Trion, Chattooga, and Northwest Regional Hospitals before retirement.

Surviving are mother and step father-Ann Abernathy and Bill Martin of Summerville; sister-Brenda Bearden of Summerville; brother-Billy Martin, Jr. of Summerville; aunt-Pam Dennis of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews; special friend-Marie Sutton of Rockmart.

Memorial services were held Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Tommy Pledger officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

MRS. VIRGINIA SPAIN BULLARD, age 77, of Saratoga Way-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday morning at Her residence. Born in Summerville, Georgia on November 25, 1932 she was a daughter of the late Jimmie and Gertrude Norton Spain. Mrs. Bullard was a member of Lyerly First Baptist Church, was retired from the tufting department of Georgia Rug Mill, enjoyed part time teaching and was preceded in death by Her husband the late Bennie L. Bullard on January 28, 1990 and an infant son the late Kenneth Bullard on July 24, 1951.

Surviving are daughter & son-in-law Debbie and Kenneth Jennings of LaFayette; sons & daughters-in-law Dennis & Lisa Bullard and Steve & Mary Katherine Bullard all of Summerville; Grandchildren and spouses: Ken and Terri Jennings, Stephen and Jessica Jennings, Chris and Ashley Bullard and Charlie Bullard; five Great Grandchildren; sister-Phyllis Spain of Summerville; brother & sister-in-law Douglas & Allene Spain of Subligna; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 12 noon from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Waydell Howell and Rev. Kenneth Jennings officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Adam Spain, Carey Maney, David Fletcher, Sr., David Fletcher, Jr., Larry Norton and Travis Young. Honorary Pallbearers will be friends and neighbors of Saratoga Apartments. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the Funeral Home. The family requests no flowers and suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Gideons International or the charity or church of your choice.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MRS. BESSIE MAE EDWARDS, of Summerville, Georgia died Saturday, March 6, 2010. Born in Walker County Georgia on May 17, 1931 she was a daughter of the late Buel and Mary Etta McWhorter Hollis.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Vickie & Ron Fisher of Summerville, Pam & Charles Carnes of Villanow; son and daughter-in-law Rodney & Ebeth Edwards of Villanow; sister-Jean Huggins of Summerville; two brothers and spouse: Clarence and June Hollis of South Carolina and Max Hollis of Trion; 6 grandchildren and spouses:Cliff and Betsy Fisher, Nikki Fisher, Lee and Jeremy Sentell, Anna Edwards, Samatha Edwards and Ty Edwards; 6 Great Grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Sunday at 4:30 P.M. in West Hill Cemetery with Minister Ron Fisher officiating. The Family request no food or flowers and suggest contribution to the Food Pantry at www.aaccwecare.com and in note section put for Bess Edwards or the animal shelter of Humane Society. Visitation will be Sunday forom 2 P.M. Until hour of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, March 5, 2010

MR. PAUL SMITH, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday (March 5, 2010) evening in a Rome hospital. Native of Eatonton, Georgia He was born to the late James Paul Smith, Sr. and Willie Lee trotter Smith on August 18, 1922. Mr. Smith was a member, Deacon, and former Treasurer of Lyerly First Baptist Church, a Veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was former Supervisor of the shipping department of Bigelow-Sanford Georgia Rug Mill. He was preceded in death by His wife the late Mary Louise Hall Smith on August 18, 2004.

Surviving are nieces-Martha Ann Smith of Cartersville and Mary Hall DeFoor of Resaca; nephews-Johnny Martin Smith of San Diego, CA. and Herman Hall, Jr. of Ringgold; great nieces and great nephews-Myranda Stephews of Douglasville, Matthew DeFoor of Loflin AFB, TX., Hailey Hall, and Hannah Hall of Ringgold; great great nephew-Henry Stephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 7th) at 3:30 P.M. from the Lyerly First Baptist Church with Pastor James Baird officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Homer Sewell, Herman Hall, Jr., Justn Stephens, Harold Ragland, Dan DeFoor, and Jeff Baggett; Honorary Pallbearers Deacons and Johnny Bryant Sunday School Class of Lyerly First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MRS. JO WOODS, age 88, of Rome, Georgia formerly of Summerville passed away Friday evening in a Rome hospital. Mrs. Woods was born in Snow Springs, Georgia on July 16, 1921 to the late Joseph and Sarah Ann Hughes Wood. She was a Homemaker and a Member of the Summerville First United Methodist Church, and was preceded in death by her husband the late William g. Woods.

Surviving are daughters and son-in-law-Ann & Bill White of Hillsboro and Brends Hayes of Rome; granddaughter and spouse-Dana E. and Lance Davis of Hillsboro, TN.; great grandsons-Will Davis and Ben David of Hillsboro, TN.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 P.M. from the Greenhills Memory Garden with Rev. Jodie Brock officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 12 noon unti time of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

MRS. TRESSIE WILMA BRYANT, age 80, of Spring Creek Road-Trion, Georgia passed away Wednesday (March 3, 2010) evening in a Rome hospital following an illness. Born in Center, Alabama on October 15, 1929, She was a daughter of the late Marvin Thomas and Allie Ozelle Mitchell Collins. Mrs. Bryant was Baptist by Faith, retired from health care, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Roy T. Bryant, Sr.

Surviving are daughters-Betty Wain of Gadsden, Al., Lillian Hendrie and Charlene Elan both of LaFollette, Il., Janice Luallen of Summerville, Barbara Hudgins of Trion, Madelyn George of Summerville, Teresa Bryant of Atlanta, Charlotte Bryant of Trion, Kay Kendrick of LaFayette, Marie Beason of Trion, Darlene Hughes of Summerville; sons-Johnny Thornton of Gadsden, Al., Roy T. Bryant, Jr. of Summerville, William Thomas Bryant of Summerville, and Ricky Bryant of Trion; sister-Elaine Collins of Summerville; brothers-Truman Ray Collins and Roy Collins both of Summerville, and Lamar Collins of Rome; forty one Grandchildren, eighty Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (March 6th) at 1:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Walter Morgan officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Allen Lowe, Robert Warren, Chris Wade, Tommy Edwards, Bud Bryant, Clay Brown; Honorary Pallbearers Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. The Family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home; at others hours Family may be contacted at residence of a daughter Marie Beason #4641 Spring Creek Road-Trion.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

MR. JERRY RAYMOND KIRBY, age 71, of Sunset Drive-Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday (February 27, 2010) evening at his residence following an extended illness. A lifetime resident of Chattooga County, Georgia He was born to the late George Sidney Kirby and Ruby Lee Phillips Kirby who survives. Mr. Kirby attended the North Summerville Baptist Church, was retired auto body repairman, and a Veteran of the U. S. Marines Corps. He was preceded in death by a sister, the late Sara MacArthur and brothers the late L.M. “Bud” Kirby and Donald Wayne Kirby.

Surviving is His wife of 52 years-Barbara Bearden Kirby; mother-Ruby Phillips Kirby of Summerville; daughters and spouses-Kimberly Kay and Paul A. Smith of Nashville, TN., Kristy K. and Kalen Colbert of LaFayette, and Kerry Ketrine Kirby of Summerville; son and spouse-Kelly Kennon and Lou Ann M. Kirby of Tuson, AZ.; sisters-Dorothy Haney of Valley Head, AL., Kathryn Gravitt of Ft. Oglethorpe, Patricia Kirby of Summerville, Edith Lunsford of Summerville, Linda Langston and Linda Fowler both of Rome; grandchildren-Desiree Carver, Celsea McCann, Bethany McCann, Benjamin McCann, and Kassidy Kirby; great grandchildren-Addison McGuire and Aaden McGuire; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Memorial service will be held Tuesday (March 2nd) at 5:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastors Tom Russell and Jimmy Bryant officiating. The Family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 3 until the hour of service. The Family requests no flowers and suggest contributions to United Hospice of Rome, 315 W. 10th St.-Rome, GA.-30165, American Cancer Society, or the Lung Association.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, February 19, 2010

MR. JOHN CROY, JR., age 81, of Summerville, formerly of Rome, Georgia passed away Friday afternoon in a Rome hospital. He was born in Floyd County, Georgia on January 1, 1929 to the late John Croy, Sr. and Lillie Towell Croy. He was Baptist by Faith.

Surviving are sister-Bessie Sue Wooten of Rome and nephew-Eric Wooten of Summerville.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 22nd, from Graveside in West Hill Cemetery with Minister Glaze officiating. His Family will receive friends Monday from 10 A.M. until time for service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

MR. Wayne Groce, age 83, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday, February 19, 2010, in a Rome hospital following an extended illness. A native Chattooga Countian, He was born to the late Charles Donald and Vera Josephine Stephenson Groce on January 6, 1927. Mr. Groce was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church, Deacon, and sang in the choir for forty years. He was also former Choir Director for South Summerville Baptist Church. He was the last surviving member of the Homeland Harmony Quartet, singing lead in 1951 through 1953. Mr. Groce sang at the Bill Gather Homecoming honoring the Homeland Harmony Quartet. He played pitcher, outfielder, and third baseman in the Georgia Textile Baseball League later coaching Little League baseball and softball. Was the former owner/operator of Summerville Pure Oil Service Station, was retired agent for American General Life & Acc. Ins. Co. Wayne enjoyed hunting, was an avid quail hunter, and a Veteran of WW II serving in the U. S. Army.

Surviving are His wife-Mary Elizabeth Groce; sons-Tim and Becky Groce, Don & Teresa Groce all of Summerville and Dan and Linda Groce of Fayetteville, GA.; sister-Joyce Parker; brother-Steve Groce both of Summerville; grandchildren-Brad & Kari Groce of Calhoun, Matthew Groce of Rome, Natlie & Jacob Williams of Calhoun, Whitney Groce of Fayetteville, Jared Groce of Summerville, and Daniel Groce of Fayetteville; 6 Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 22nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the Summerville First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Mason and Dr. Kenneth Summey officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Brad Groce, Matthew Groce, Jarod Groce, David Groce, Jacob Williams, and Ben Groce; Honorary Pallbearers the Seekers Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church, Evon Woods, Amanda Driver, Sherry Carter, and Penny Cavin. Visitation is Sunday from 4 until 6 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, February 8, 2010

MR. STANLEY MOORE (STAN) WILLINGHAM, age 51, of Fish Hatchery Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away unexpectedly Sunday (February 7, 2010).
A native Chattooga Countian He was born on September 19, 1958 to the late Babe Lee Willingham and Shirley Ann Moore Willingham who survives. Mr. Willingham was employed by Farmers’ Furniture and formerly the Packing Department of Mt. Vernon/Riegel Textile.

Surviving are daughters-Amber Dover and Melissa Milan both of Lyerly; son-Adam Willingham of Summerville; mother-Shirley Willingham of Summerville; sisters & brothers-in-law-Le Ann & Bobby Mitchell of Cartersville and Fran & Tom Jones of Forsyth; brother & sister-in-law-Britt & Jan Willingham of Summerville; grandchildren-Nathan & Braden Willingham, Dylan & Daniel Dover; Nieces & Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (February 10th) at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Hurley officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers Lee Mitchell, Russ Mitchell, Jeff Smith, Sid Witt, Randy Ledford, and Rick Camp; Honorary Pallbearers the old Packing Department of Mt. Vernon/Riegel, members of Trion Golf Club, and former team mates. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 A.M. until the hour of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mrs. Emma Maxine Strange age 76, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday morning, February 2, 2010, at her residence. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia she was born to the late Lewis and Gertrude Ray Helton on November 29, 1933 and was a member of Berryton Baptist Church. Mrs. Strange was preceded in death by her son Ricky Strange, sisters-Pauline Bridges and Virginia Harris, brothers-Alvin Helton, Buck Helton, and Hobby Helton.

Surviving are two daughters Pat Brison of Lilburn and Sara Strange of Summerville; Four sons, Lewis Strange of Trion, Marty Strange of Duluth, Bobby Lee Strange of Birmingham, Al, and John Strange of Fort Oglethorpe; One sister Carol Davis of Berryton; Two Brothers Harold Helton of Berryton and Wayne Helton of Pennville; Four Grandsons, Clint Strange, Bo Brison, Alex Brison and Justin Strange; Six Granddaughters, Paula Schumacher, Emily Kendall, Shelley Strange, Jessica Hudson, Tara Cruise and Lea Hamilton; Eight Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday(February 3rd) at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Megan Strange and Pastor Mickey Skates officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 P.M. until the hour of service. Active Pallbearers will be Clint Strange, Bo Brison, Justin Strange, Alex Brison, Kenny Kendall, and Pierre Hudson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Country Side Hospice and Tonya Dawson. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

MRS. MARY ANN PESTERFIELD, 83, of Summerville, Georgia died Saturday, January 30, 2009, morning in a Rome hospital, while surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born in Summerville, Georgia on February 22, 1926, the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. William King, Sr. She was graduated from Georgia State College for Women and taught 4th grade at Summerville Elementary School for 30 years. She received her Masters of Education from the University of Georgia, and was honored as Chattooga County Star Teacher in 1971. In 1975 she married E.C. Pesterfield, Sr. who preceded her in death June , 1991. Mrs. Pesterfield was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Iota Chapter, Chattooga County Retired Teachers Association and Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Trion, Georgia.

Survivors include son-Thomas E. Neal, Athens; step daughter-Mrs. Kirk (Anne Pesterfield) Krueger, Trion; step son-J. David Pesterfield, Florida; nieces-Betsy King Dellenback and Mrs. Malcolm (Lucy King) Lee, Summerville, & Mrs. Marvin (Mary King) Czentnar, Rome; sister-in-law-Mrs. John William (Elliott) King, Jr., Summerville; her brother, John William King, Jr. and step son, E. Charles Pesterfield, Jr. preceded Her in death. Grandchildren, Mrs. Douglas (Lyn Pesterfield) Murajda, Boiling Springs, S.C., Susanne Pesterfield, and Margaret Pesterfield, Atlanta, and William Krueger and Anna Krueger, Chapel Hill, N.C. Great Grandchildren-Jessica Pesterfield, Atlanta and John Savor, Boiling Springs, S.C.; six Great Nieces, Three Great Nephews, one Great Great Niece, and five Great Great Nephews also survive. Mrs. James (Elizabeth King) Abney is her one surviving first cousin.

Mrs. Pesterfield loved being surrounded by the laughter and joy of her numerous great (and great great) nieces and nephews and always encouraged them to enjoy life’s blessings and to do their best as they followed their dreams. Her love of nature was evidenced by the many birds attracted to her homes in Gore and in Summerville. The following gentlemen have been asked to serve as active pallbearers Adam Burdick, J Norris, John Oxford, James King Abney, Rob Dellenback, and Kelly Jordan; honorary pallbearers-James R. (Bud) Jackson, Sam Jones, and David Jones.

Family and extended family will receive friends at 1:00 P.M. prior to the service and Celebration of Life at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Earle RainwaterFuneral Home with Rev. Stephanie Pace, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Trion presiding. Margaret-Elliotte Czentnar, great niece, will provide a trumpet prelude and special music selected for the service by Mrs. Pesterfield. Interment will follow at Summerville Cemetery. The Family respectfully request in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Trion, Georgia.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

MRS. PARTICIA H. (PATTI) KING . age 57, of Cloudland, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 30, 2010, at her residence following an extended illness. A native of Atlanta, Georgia She was born to the late Mary Ruth Walker Hawkins and Charles Henry Hawkins, Sr. who survives, on June 7, 1952. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church P.C.A. and a former Teacher.

Surviving are Her husband Rev. Greg King; father-Charles Hawkins, Sr. of Summerville; daughter & spouse-Cathy & Matt Buckland of Orlando, FL.; son-Michael King of Asheville, N.C.; brother-Charles Hawkins, Jr. of Sautee, Georgia.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 4th) at 7:00 P.M. from the First Presbyterian Church P.C.A. with Rev. James Richter officiating, interment on Friday, February 5th, in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery Tallbott, Tennesee. Visitation will be Thursday, February 4th, immediately following the Funeral Service at the Church. The Family suggest contributions to the American Cancer Society or World Vision for Haiti Relief-P.O. Box 9716-Federal Way, WA.-98063-9716

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, January 1, 2010

MR. LORENZO (PETE) WILSON, age 81, a resident of Bittings Avenue-Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday (January 1, 2010) morning at his residence. Born in Dutton, Alabama on October 16, 1928 He was a son of the late James Aubrey Wilson, Sr. and Lena Ave Eva Gibson Wilson. Mr. Wilson was a member and Deacon of Midway Baptist Church, was retired from the needling department of Georgia Rug Mill and was retired used car dealer.

Surviving are His wife-Jane Wilson; son and daughter-in-law-Mike and Beverly Wilson of Summerville; grandchildren-Lori Powell, Lee Wilson, and Kim Wilson; great grandchildren-Kristen Hines and Devan Powell; sisters-Claudine Fowler of Hernando, FL., Maughee Evans of Trion, Montez Gladney of Summerville, and Joan Renslow of Summerville; brother-Charles B. Wilson of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Sunday (January 3rd) at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Brooks and Rev. Billy Dempsey officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Gardens. Active Pallbearers-Rex Evans, Jamie Renslow, Quinton Wilson, Gary Duke, Preston Greer, and Tracy Rainwater; Honorary Pallbearers-members of Midway Baptist Church, John (Monk) Groover, and Charles Padgett. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

MRS. BETTY HYDEN GARNER

MRS. BETTY HYDEN GARNER, age 84, of Trion, Georgia passed away Wednesday (December 30, 2009) in a Rome hospital. A lifetime resident of Chattooga County, Georgia She was born in Trion on December 30, 1925 to the late George D. and Grace Lee McBride Erwin. Mrs. Garner was a member of the Trion United Methodist Church, a homemaker, former Nurse, and for several years an entrepreneur. She was preceded in death by first husband Dr. William U. Hyden on February 4, 1987.

Surviving are husband-Dr. James S. Garner; daughter & son-in-law-Deborah Lee Hyden Turner & John; son-William U. (Bill) Hyden, Jr.; grandchildren-Wil Hyden & Tisch Colcock of Okatie, S.C., Joseph & Christy Hyden of Port Orange, FL., Ross & Saisha Camp of Trion; great grandchildren-Alyssa Anne Hyden and Easton Avery Hyden Camp.; step children & grandchildren-Pope & Fran Jordan Family, Jim (deceased) & Cheryl Garner Family, John & Bobann Garner Family, Keith & Beth Tibboel Family.

Funeral services Friday (January 1, 2010) at 11:00 A.M. from the Trion United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Pierce officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Alexander MacMillian Myers, III, Gordon William Chandler, III, Jon M. Payne, Jimmy M. Hill, James Allen Garner, and John Vardeman. Flowers are accepted or contributions to Young Harris College-#1 College Street-Young Harris, Georgia-30582.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MR. HOWARD I. MILLER, age 62, of Avenue B-Rome, Georgia passed away Sunday, December 13, 2009, in a Rome hospital following a sudden illness. Mr. Miller was born in Ft. Payne, Alabama on March 19, 1957 was a son of the late Ollie and Willie Wooten Miller. He was supervisor, retired, in food production and a member of High Rise Baptist Church.

Surviving are His wife-Nita Miller; daughters-Susan Miller of Summerville, Mary Helton of Okeechobee, FL., and Kandi Ferguson of Armuchee; step son-Russ Thompson of Dallas, GA.; sister-Pauline Sanchez of Cedar Bluff, AL; brothers-Jimmy Miller of Rome and G. W. Miller of Trion; several Nieces and Nephews.

Services will be at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, December 28, 2009

MR. JERRY LEE JOHNSON, age 65, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away Sunday, December 27, 2009, in an Atlanta hospital. A native of Atlanta, Georgia He was born to the late Jack Lee and Beatrice Moore Johnson on October 6, 1944. Mr. Johnson was a Veteran of Viet Nam and was retired mechanic. He was preceded in death by his wife the late Syble Huskey Johnson on March 29, 2006.

Surviving are daughters-Kimberly Wright of Alabama, Rita Vaca of San Antonio, TX., Lita Johnson McBrayer, and Amber Johnson both of Atlanta; sister-Barbara Jackson of Hiram; brother-James Dean of Hiram; Ten Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in Mt. Olvie Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Robert McBrayer, Brian Biddy, Charles Huskey, David Huskey, and Regie Jackson. Visitation Tuesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MR. JAMES CLIFFORD HUSKEY, age 80, of Ralph Chamlee Drive-Menlo, Georgia passed away Sunday, December 27, 2009, morning in a Rome hospital. He was born in Walker County, Georgia on September 22, 1929, a son of the late John Calvin and Mae Bee Witt Huskey. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are nephews-Charles Huskey and Bruce Huskey; cousins-Lorene Rogers and R.B. Huskey; several other Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 29th, at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Marlin Starnes officiating, interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Monday from 6 until 8 P.M.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MRS. MAUDIE MITCHELL, age 70 , of Tucker Lane, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday (December 16, 2009) at her residence. A native Chattooga Countian she was born to the late Claude and Pearl Shaver Willingham on May 4, 1939 and was preceded in death by a daughter, the late Donna Tucker and a sister, the late Nell McGuire. Mrs. Mitchell was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and was retired from Bigelow-Sanford Rug Mill.

Surviving are husband-Charles Mitchell; daughter-Shirley Waters of Rome; son-and daughter-in-law-Kenneth N. and Renita Tucker of Summerville; step daughter-Debbie Whaley of Summerville; sisters-Faye Tucker of Summerville and Farice Cavin of Chesterfield, AL.; brothers-Bud Willingham of Carrollton, Bob Willingham of Bryant, AL., and George Willingham of Summerville; grandchildren-Michelle Waters-Baty , Adam Waters, Kenneth Tucker, and Donavon Whaley; great granddaughter-Kaitlyn Baty; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday (December 18th) at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Nat Phillips officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Adam Waters, Kenneth Tucker, Donavon Whaley, Steve Tucker Joey Tucker, and Jerry Hartline. The Family will receive friends Friday from 12 noon until the hour of service at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, December 11, 2009

MRS. MARY JO WHITE, age 71, of Maddox Lake Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday morning at her residence following a brief illness. A native Chattooga countian She was born to the late William and Mae Wilder Harris on November 10, 1938. Mrs. White was retired retail sales manager and was preceded in death by her first husband the late L. M. Kirby.

Surviving are husband-Charles White; daughters-Mary Fowler and Phyllis Elrod both of Lyerly and Sandy Ball of Summerville; son-Phillip Kirby of Rome; step sons-Lowell White of Charlotte, N.C., Dale White of Cartersville, Roger White of LaFayette, and Nolan White of Summerville; twenty Grandchildren, twenty three Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be Sunday, (December 13, 2009) at 3:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Bro. Todd Smith officiating, interment in Green Hills Memory Gardens. Active Pallbearers will be Josh Elrod, Justin Elrod, Michael White, Brandon Gurley, Mike Sosebee and Ricky Pierce. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ladies Sunday School Class of Dry Valley Baptist Church. Mrs. White will lie in state at the Funeral Home Saturday where the family will receive friends from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MRS. BARBARA CAMPBELL BATES, age 57, of Hunter Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at her residence following an extended illness. A native of Trion, Georgia, She was born to the late Paul M. and Bertha Parker Campbell on October 10, 1952. Mrs. Bates was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, secretary for Black & Meek Milling Company, and was preceded in death by Her husband the late Ed Bates.

Surviving are daughter-Alecia Bates; son-Chance Bates both of Summerville; step children-Randy Bates of Beaver Falls, PA., Debbie Terry of Chatsworth, Kenneth Bates, Jr. of Summerville, Lisa Knoles of Summerville, Marie Jackson of Trion, Becky Brown of Trion, Kay Bates of Trion, Joan Hathcock of Summerville, and Mary Kirby of Summerville; sister-Nancy Lang of LaFayette; brothers-William Campbell of Chickamauga, Glenn Campbell of Trion, and Harlan Campbell of San Diego, CA.; four very Special Nieces; and a host of special relatives.

Funeral services will be held Friday (December 11th) at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Patterson officiating, interment in Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Charles Black, Randle Selman, Joe Reed, Kenneth Moore, Neal Black, and B. J. Gamble. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, December 7, 2009

MRS. THELMA MARGARET GUINN, age 88, of Burton Road-Trion, Georgia passed away Monday at Her residence. A native Chattooga Countian, She was born on June 23, 1921 to the late George Franklin and Lizzie Louella Skates Baggett. Mrs. Guinn was a member of the Mt. View Baptist Church, retired from the spinning room of Mt. Vernon Mills, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Rev. Archie Edward Guinn; sisters-Katie Baggett and Lemmus Dearing, and a brother-George Baggett.

Surviving are daughters-Bonnie Chandler, Lisa Stewart both of Trion, Sally Benton of Loganville, and Louise Osborne of Cave Spring; sister-Evelyn Lemming of Trion; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces , and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (December 9th) at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Patterson, Rev. Kevin Norton and Rev. Ricky Biddle officiating, interment in Trion Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Julian Coker, James Lemming, Jerry Dearing, Aston Chandler, Brian Chandler and Tim Benton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Mrs. Guinn will lie in state at the Funeral Home Tuesday evening where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MR. TARRY L. DUPREE, age 50, of Dupree Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away unexpectedly Monday (November 30, 2009) in a Rome hospital. Born on March 13, 1959 he was a son of the late Edna Marie Dupree. Mr. Dupree was a former employee of the Sanitation Department of the Town of Trion.

Surviving are His wife of 27 years-Barbara Locklear Dupree; sons-Erik Dupree and Adam Dupree; brother-Steven Dupree all of Summerville; Uncles- J. W. Dupree, Donnie Dupree, Delwyn Dupree all of Summerville; Aunt- Anita Green of Cloudland. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Harris officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Ricky Ramirez, Steve Bice, Cliff Cordle, Benji Stanfield, Jerry Wilson, Waymon Blansit and Richard Sumner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Roy Bowers, Mickey Cooper, Josh Bennett, Mike Hughes, Louis Brown, Neal Mason and Walter Pinrod. Mr. Dupree will lie in state at the Funeral Home Wednesday evening where the family will receive friends from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. The family requests no flowers.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

MONTINE SHACKELFORD JONES, age 101, of Gore, Georgia passed away at her residence on November 28, 2009. Daughter of George Orr and Cynthia Garner Shackelford. She was born August 21, 1908 in Wilcox County, Georgia where she was raised and schooled near Abbeville. As a young woman she and her family returned to their family home in Athens. She graduated from Georgia State Teachers College with a degree in home economics and began her teaching career in Brazelton, Georgia. She was recruited to come to Chattooga County in the 1930’s to teach at Gore School. Taking a break from teaching to start a family, she returned to teaching at Summerville Elementary School in 1956, and retired from the Chattooga County School System in 1976. She lived and died in the home her father-in-law and husband were born in. Her loves were her family, home, and the beauties of nature. She never met a flower she didn’t love. She was preceded in death by John S. Jones, her husband of 54 years, a brother, Will Shackelford of Abbeville, GA., and sisters Moina Lackey of Greenville,S.C., and Helen and Hazel Shackelford of Decatur, GA.

Surviving her are a son Sam Jones of Gore, GA., and son and daughter-in-law David and Shelli Jones also of Gore. Other survivors include nephews George and Grace Wiliamson of Jacksonville, FLA., Joe Hammond of Summerville, GA., Nieces Carolina and Jack Hammond of Abbeville, Sujette Taylor also of Abbeville, Bobbie and Bill Settles of Sanford, North Carolina, and caretakers Lois Mason, Sherry Carter, Evon Woods, and Amanda Driver.


Funeral service November 30, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Bryant officiating, interment in Green Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers Jimmy Barron, Scott Everett, Tom Holt, Rick Payne, Lann Cordle, and Malcolm Lee. Honorary Pallbearers Melvin Moseley, Joe Dawson, Jeff Owings, Frank Ward, Jack Allen, Bill Speer, Mike Dawson, Mike Poole, David Rasom, Jim Dean, and Weyman High. Visitation is Monday from 2 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

The Family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be Made to the Bethel Presbyterian Church-Cemetery Fund at BB&T Bank Hwy 114, Summerville, GA. 30747.

Monday, November 23, 2009

MR. WILLIS SAMUEL JAMES, former Mayor of Summerville, Georgia and Chattooga County businessman, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 22, 2009, after a long illness. Born in Cobb County on October 17, 1913, Mr. James resided for most of his life in Chattooga County. His father, Cleland Columbus James moved to the area to establish the CCC Fish Hatchery in 1929. Willis James delivered fish all over the state of Georgia with his father. Mr. James graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with an engineering degree. His professional career included work in insurance and serving as manager of the Summerville Manufacturing Company for many years. He later worked with Roman Chemical Company. Mr. James was a member and former Elder of Summerville Presbyterian Church, and was involved for many years with the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. James was preceded in death by his parents, Cleland Columbus and Annie Lou James, his brothers Herman, Edward, and Albert, his first wife Lola Beatty James, and their daughter, Martha Addie James Hagood.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary James; three grandsons, Gregory, Robert, and Richard Hagood, their father Dr. Felton Hagood, and several great grandchildren along with an extended step family.

Memorial services will be held at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home on Wednesday (November 25th), with visitation at 2 P.M. and the service at 3 P.M. Interment will follow in the Summerville Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers Gregory Hagood, Dr. Robert Hagood, Richard Hagood, Joseph Winston McWhorter, Robert O. McWhorter, Hilary G. McWhorter, Dr. Felton Hagood, and Arch Farrar, Jr. . In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Summerville Presbyterian Church or the Boy Scouts of America, Summerville, Georgia.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

MR. F. H. (PETE) BONEY, age 94, of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, formerly of Summerville, died Thursday, (November 19, 2009), in Brunswick, Georgia. He was born December 13, 1914, in Fitzgerald, GA. a son of the late L.W. and Emma Swinney Boney. He graduated from the University of Miami where he played fullback for the Hurricanes. He began a teaching and coaching career in Trion, GA in 1936. During WW II he served in the U.S. Navy and continued in the Reserves for 25 years, retiring as a Commander. After the war he graduated from Emory University Law School and in 1957 opened a law practice in Summerville, GA for some thirty years. During his career he was elected to one term as the Judge of City Court in Chattooga County. He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Brewer Boney, and their son, Peter L. Boney.

He is survived by a daughter, Marcia Boney of St. Simons Island; grandchildren and husbands, Belle and Link Baker, Lilburn, GA; Leigh and Dr. Jeff Baumbach, Dothan, AL and Ann and George Williams , Knoxville, TN; great grandchildren Virginia, Elizabeth, Will, and Mary Grant Baumbach; Emily, George, Cullen, Maggie, and Kate Williams and Brewer Baker.

Funeral services will be held Sunday (November 22nd) at 2:00 P.M. from the Summerville First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hicks officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers William Crouch, Greg Fulton, Carlton Andrews, Jim Woodard, Gary McConnell, Milford Morgan, and Jerry Prince; Honorary Pallbearers the Lookout Mountain Bar Association. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Peter L. Boney Scholarship Fund, c/o Summerville First United Methodist Church, 220 West Washington St., Summerville, GA, 30747.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

MISS BARBARA ANN BAILEY, age 74, of Summerville, formerly of Trion, Georgia passed away Saturday (November 14, 2009) morning in the local nursing home. A native Chattooga Countian She was born to the late Ernest Roy and Leathea Mae Chandler Bailey on February 11, 1935. She was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a sister the late Katherine June Elrod on December 23, 2007

Surviving are sister & spouse-Joyce & Bill Montgomery of Summerville; brother & spouse-Rev. Jimmy & Joyce Bailey of Attallah, Alabama; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday (November 16th) at 1:30 P.M. from the Mt. View Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Norton and Rev. Jimmy Bailey officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers Jeff Bailey, Scott Green, Darren Bailey, Bill Montgomery, Kenneth Blansit, Dylan Bailey; Honorary Pallbearers The Ladies Sunday School Class of Mt. View Baptist Church, Staff of Oakview Nursing & Rehab Center, Friends @ McGinnis High Rise Apartments, Michael Montgomery, Danny Andrews, and Ricky Biddle. The Family will receive friends at Mt. View Baptist Church Monday from 12:30 P.M. until the hour of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, November 13, 2009

MR. BILLY WARREN HURLEY, SR., age 67, of Bargain Lane-Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday (November 13, 2009) morning in a Rome hospital. Born in Cherokee County, Alabama on July 3, 1942 , a Son of the late Miles Irby and Ruby Mae Bagley Hurley. Mr. Hurley was a self employed carpenter.

Surviving are daughter & spouse-Ginger & Duane Thomas of Summerville; sons and spouses-Billy, Jr, & Roxanna Hurley and Jeff & Renea Hurley both of Subligna; sisters & spouse-Mary Woodham of Summerville and Ruth & Hugh Garner of Allexus, AL.; grandchildren-Scott, Ashley, & Skyler Thomas; Les, Tim, & Travis Penson; Elijah-Blu Hurley; Six Great Grandchildren; former wife-Janice Hurley of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Sunday (November 15th) at 4:00 P.M. EST from graveside in Unity Cemetery in Cedar Bluff, Alabama with Joe Roberson officiating. There will be no visitation, the Family may be contacted at their respective homes.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

MR. S. HARRIS CALDWELL, JR., age 71, of Villa Rica, Georgia passed away Saturday afternoon at his residence. A native of Cedartown, Georgia, He was born to the late S. Harris Caldwell, Sr. and Irene Long Caldwell on April 9, 1938. Mr. Caldwell operated the former Lowry’s Department Store for seventeen years, First Federal Savings & Loan, and was certified public accountant until retirement. He was preceded in death by wife the late Jane Lowry Caldwell on July 11, 1993.

Surviving are two daughters and spouses-Kim & John Dillon of Huntsville, AL. and Karen & Eddie Pittman of Villa Rica; son and spouse-Reed & Jennifer Caldwell of Lilburn; grandchildren-Joshua Dillon, Ashley Dillon, Casey Pittman, Stephanie Pittman, Connor Caldwell, & Ethan Caldwell; niece-Angela Marshall.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 P.M. from the Summerville First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hicks officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers: Jack Dillon, John Dillon, Eddie Pittman, Bryant Allen, Michael Allen and Ricky Prince. Honorary Pallbearers Jerry Prince, Gary McConnell, Jim Woodard, Jack Allen, and Sam Bible. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 5 until 7 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Third Class Pettyofficer/E4 Timothy Shane Woody, age 31, of Lyerly, Georgia passed away Sunday evening in a Rome hospital following an extended illness. He was born in Rome, Georgia on October 12, 1978.

Surviving are His wife Jessica Hefner Woody; 3 sons-Aaron Levi Woody, Matthew Dylan Woody, and Hager Ross Woody all of Lyerly; mother-Joyce Woody Spivey of East Ridge, TN.; father-William Charles Hamilton of Summerville; sister-Brittany Elaine Miranda of Nebraska; several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday (November 5th) at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in West Hill Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Wednesday (November 4th) from 6 until 8 P.M.; at other hours they will be at the residence in Lyerly.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

MRS. DOROTHY SLATER (DOT) GILLEY, age 80, of Penn Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday (November 1, 2009) morning at Her residence. A native of Dekalb County, Alabama, She was born to the late Hubert Milford and Nancy Elizabeth Mayfield Slater on May 9, 1929. Mrs. Gilley was a member of the Summerville First United Methodist Church, retired from B B & T Bank after 32 years of service, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Clarence Gorman Gilley on June 10, 1998.

Surviving are daughter & spouse-Carol & James R. Smith of Versailles, KY.; son & Spouse-Jeff and Lana Elizabeth Welch Gilley of Menlo; and sisters-Madge Fox of Menlo and Margaret Elrod of Arab, AL.; grandchildren-Ashley Dements Singleton, Andrea Caroline Singleton, John Porter Gilley, Samuel Cobb Gilley, and Thomas Houston Gilley; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (November 4th) at 4:00 P.M. from the Summerville First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hicks and Rev. J. B. McNeil officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. The Family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the Family suggest contributions to the Building Fund of Summerville First Methodist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. DOROTHY SLATER (DOT) GILLEY.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

MR. JOHN KENNETH (J.K.) RAMEY, age 98, of Chamblee, Georgia died October 27, 2009 in Cumming, Georgia. Native to Monroe, West Virginia He was born to the late Roy and Myrtle Lee Ramey on April 15, 1911. Mr. Ramey was owner and operator of Ramey Tire Company of Atlanta and was preceded in death by his wife the late Trilby Howard Ramey.

Surviving are sons-Romney (Patty) Ramey of Moreland, & Franz (Chip) Ramey (fiancée-Cindy Hunter) of Cumming; step sons-Nick Ramey of Decatur, & Mike Ramey of Warm Springs; Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, & Great Great Grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday (October 30th) from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Mr. Franz (Chip) Ramey officiating, interment in Alpine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer”s Association.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MR. BOB RUNYAN, age 77, of Givens Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday (October 25, 2009) morning in a LaFayette health care. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee He was born to the late Roscoe and Hassie Murphy Runyan on January 1, 1932. Mr. Runyan was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U. S. Navy and retired from the carding department of Harriett-Henderson Mill. He was preceded in death by his wife the late Hazel Idell Monroe Runyan on January 3, 2009.

Surviving are daughter-Debra Ponder of Summerville; step son-Rodger Swanson of Fyffe, Alabama; grandchildren-Dustin & Elizabeth Ponder, Steven Swanson, Chris Swanson, and Marsha Swanson; 6 Great Grandchildren; sister-Jeanette Thomas of Chattanooga, TN.; Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (October 28th) at 1:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Odom officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Honorary Pallbearers Nurses & Staff of Heritage Health Care of LaFayette. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MR. BOB RUNYAN who passed away Sunday.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mrs. Archibald A. (Emily Nixon) Farrar, Summerville, died on October 4, 2009 at her daughter’s home following a brief illness.
A descendant of pioneer families that settled in Floyd and Chattooga Counties in 1845, she was the daughter of Pennington Mason Nixon and Marian Dean Nixon. She was born July 25, 1922 and was preceded in death by her husband, Archibald A. Farrar, her parents, a brother, Pennington Mason Nixon, III and a sister, Challis Sydney Nixon.
Mrs. Farrar graduated from Rome Schools and attended the University of Georgia where she pledged Chi Omega Sorority. After college she cherished the few years she worked at the Georgia Power Company. She was a member of the Chattooga County Historical Society and Trion Presbyterian Church. She also served on the Board of the Summerville Cemetery Association.
Mrs. Farrar was affectionately known as “Miss Emily” to all of her students in the very first kindergarten started in Summerville in the 1950s. She taught Sunday School and was a substitute teacher for years in the Chattooga County School system. She had a love for history and genealogy and particularly enjoyed being the keeper of her family’s history in her own “History Room.” She was the person to consult on the issues of history relating to both Chattooga and Floyd Counties and she wrote the History of Chattooga County in 1962. An exceptional cook, she loved cooking and entertaining her family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Archibald A. Farrar, Jr. and his wife, Nell, of Summerville and Robert Nixon Farrar of Nashville, Tennessee and one daughter, Janet Farrar Byington and her husband, Bill, of Rome. Also surviving are five grandchildren, John Pennington Farrar of Atlanta, Georgia, Challis Elizabeth Latta of Gainesville, Georgia, Katherine Gates Farrar of Rome, Emily Allgood Griffin of Rome and Mary Catherine Farrar of Athens, Georgia and two step grandchildren, Will Byington, III of Rome and Dr. Kelly Byington of St. Petersburg, Florida.
The family will hold a visitation at the residence of Mrs. Farrar at 164 Virginia Drive, Summerville, Georgia on Tuesday from 5-7 PM. A burial service will be held at Earl Rainwater Funeral Home on Wednesday at 3 PM with interment to follow at The Summerville Cemetery with the Reverend William Flannagan officiating.
The family requests no flowers but memorials may be sent to the Trion Presbyterian Church, 224 Park Avenue, Trion, Ga 30753 or an historical charity of your choice.
Pallbearers are: Butch Eleam, David Ford, Greg Thomas, Malcolm Lee, Robert McWhorter and Jason Winters. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Duff and the Deacons and Elders of the Trion Presbyterian Church.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mrs. Lucile Waters Owens, age 89, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday morning (September 28, 2009) in LaFayette, Georgia. Born in Chattooga County, Georgia on January 16, 1920 she was a daughter of the late Oliver and Sally Mae Caldwell Waters and a member of South Summerville Baptist Church. Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her husband Hill Owens, three brothers: Lloyd Waters, Paul Waters and Jerry Waters and two sisters: Eula Hall and Sybil Deerman.

Surviving are two daughters: Thelma McDaniel of Rock Spring and Wilma Bybee of Lady Lake, FL; one son: Bruce Owens of Summerville; sister: Glenna Lawrence of Lake View, GA; brother: Donald Waters of Memphis, TN; Seven Grandchildren; Seven Great Grandchildren, and Four Great Great Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (September 30th) at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Craven and Rev. Ricky Studdard officiating, interment in Little Sand Mountain Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Calvin McGuire, Joseph Ferry, Wayne Hall, Lloyd Waters, Jr., Phil McDaniel, and Daryl Bybee. The Family will receive friends at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 P.M.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MRS. LYNN LITTLE WOFFORD, age 48, of Woodstock, Georgia, formerly of Summerville, passed away Saturday, (September 26, 2009) in a Marietta hospital following a sudden attack. A native Chattooga Countian, Mrs. Wofford was born to Gordon H., Sr. and Bernice Grubbs Little on July 1, 1961. Lynn was a 1979 graduate of Chattooga High School and the 1992 graduating Class of Berry College. She was a member of Christ Community Church in Kennesaw where She was active in the Praise Team (singing and learning songs were Her passion). Mrs. Wofford was also active in the Church Mission Team & leading Women’s Covenant Groups; having gone on mission trips to Peru and Thailand. She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents-Dr. & Mrs. R. N. Little and maternal grandparents-Mr. & Mrs. Lamar Grubbs.

Surviving are Her husband, Phil Wofford; son-Adam Wofford of Macon; grandson-Patrick Wofford; Parents-Gordon H., Sr., & Bernice Little of Summerville; brother & sister-in-law-Gordon H. (Dan) Little, Jr. & Angela of Summerville.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (October 3rd) at 12 noon from the First Presbyterian Church, PCA with Pastors’ Mike Glass and Greg King officiating, interment in the Family lot of Summerville Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 A.M. until 12 at the Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Christ Community Church, #3459 Acworth Due West RD. Suite #440 -Acworth, GA.-30101.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MR. PHILLIP EDWARD DALTON, SR., age 87 of Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009) at his residence following an extended illness.

Surviving are former wife-Nancy Dalton of Summerville; daughters-Christina Dalton Moreno of Ashboro, N.C. and Sharon Robertson of Cape Canaveral, FL.; sons-Phillip Edward Dalton, Jr. of Brunswick, GA., Alexander Dalton of Wala Wala, WA., and Gregory Dalton of Marietta; sister-Barbara Taylor of Keene, TX; ten Grandchildren; one Great Grandchild.

Memorial service will be held Sunday (October 4th) at 4:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions to North GA. Community Action for Chattooga Co.-P.O. Box 414-Summerville, GA.-30747

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

MR. JOSEPH H. SCHILLING, Jr., age 67, of #50 Saratoga Way-Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday (September 8, 2009) at His residence following an extended illness. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 4, 1942 to the late Joseph Henry Schilling, Sr. and Bertha Nedloff Schilling. Mr. Schilling was an independent Contractor.

Surviving are His wife-Becky Schilling; brothers-Mike Schilling of Wisconsin and Ed Schilling of North Carolina; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services Friday (September 11th) at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Shores and Mr. Cecil Watkins officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Justin Blackmon, Stacy Reynolds, Josh Key, Chris Key, Scott Palmer, Joseph Palmer, and Barry Padgett; Honorary Pallbearers-Heymen Hospice.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, September 4, 2009

MISS SHEILA ANN YATES, age 65, of Trion, Georgia, Welcome Hill Community, passed away Friday (September 4, 2009) in the local nursing home. A lifetime resident of Chattooga County, Georgia, she was born to the late Benjamin C. and Thelma Arwood Yates on October 8, 1943. She was a member of the Welcome Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are sister-Mabel Simpson of Sugar Hill, Georgia; brother-George Yates of Trion; several Nieces and Nephews; and a dear friend, Jessie Hill of Summerville.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. from Graveside in Green Hills Memory Gardens with Mr. Robert Spear officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until noon.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


MRS. JOYCE H. LOVINGOOD, age 80, of East Washington Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday morning in a Rome hospital. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia She was born to the late Thurman David and Marlene Payne Barrett on March 3, 1929. Mrs. Lovingood was a retired Medical Lab Technician and a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class of the Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands’ the late Lee Gene McKenzie and the late Dr. Berlon Lovingood.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law-Gena & John S. Groover of Summerville and Vicki & Mike McCorsley of Carrollton; son and daughter-in-law-David & Ilene McKenzie of Trenton, N.J.; grandchildren-April & Kevin Bond, Amber and Jerry Skelton, Jr., Lisa & Scott Thurston, Kim Sincoskie, Jon & Amanda McCorsley, Josh & Cindy McCorsley; Five Great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Steve Goodridge, Jerry Skelton, Jr., Josh McCorsley, Jon McCorsley, Kevin Bond, and Billy Dean Quinton; Honorary Pallbearers will be the Dorcas Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 until 9 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MR. JAMES GRIFFIN SANDERS, age 58, of Rome, Georgia passed away Friday, August 28, 2008, from injuries received in an automobile accident near Lucedale, Mississippi. He was born to the late Foye K. and Rosa Lee Norwood Sanders on November 22, 1950 in Gaston County, North Carolina. Mr. Sanders was a Professional Photographer and was preceded in death by a son, the late Benjamin Sanders and a sister, the late Juanita Sanders Wall.

Surviving are wife-Virginia Woodard Sanders; daughter-Jessica Sanders of Lexington, Ky.; Tim Sanders of Rome; brother-Dr. John Sanders of Lexington, Ky.

Funeral services were held Wednesday (September 2nd) at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in the Summerville Cemetery with Rev. David Hicks officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the James G. Sanders Memorial Scholarship @ Model High School-Rome, GA. @ Unity National Bank-#43 Three Rivers Drive NE-Rome, GA-30161.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

MS. SARAH OLETA WARD, age 96, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday morning in the local nursing home. A native of Dekalb County, Alabama She was born on July 25, 1913 to the late William Henry and Emily Ida Biddle Keith. Ms. Ward was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church and was preceded in death by sisters the late Margie Keith, the late Lovella Crook, and the late Beatrice Williams; brother-the late Oscar Keith; daughter-in-law- the late Jeannette Peek.

Surviving are daughter & son-in-law-Calla Mae & Norman Bryant of Summerville; son-Kenneth Peek of Henegar, AL.; granddaughters-Ann Heckler of Rainsville, Al., Kay Upton of Boaz, Al., & Tracy Tietgens of Lewisburg, TN.; grandsons-Dennis Bryant, Anthony Bryant, and Alan Bryant all of Summerville; great grandsons-Jeremy Bell, Kevin Akin, Landon Bryant, Calen Cooper, Ryan Tietgens, Eric Tietgens, & Brian Heckler; great granddaughters-Michelle Rowell, Kristen Watson, Stephanie Herring, Hunter Bryant, Hensley Bryant, Sarah Tietgens, Virginia Bryant; great great granddaughters-Madison Jones, Ava Herring; great great grandson-Trenton Rowell, Brody Bryant, & Alex Bryant; several Nieces & Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bryant and Rev. David Craven officiating, interment in Liberty Cemetery, Henegar, AL.. Active Pallbearers Grandsons and Great Grandsons; Honorary Pallbearers Dr. Bruce Lee, Billy Nalley, and Staff of Oak View Nursing Home, and special friend Carl McKenzie. Visitation will be Sunday 1 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Ms. Sarah Oleta Ward.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

MR. LEROY BROWN, age 86, of Trion, Georgia passed away Thursday (August 27, 2009) morning in a Ft. Oglethorpe hospital. Born in Walker County, Georgia on July 9, 1923 He was a son of the late Oscar Franklin and Mattie Ann Adams Brown. Mr. Brown was Baptist by Faith and retired from the Weave Shop of Mt. Vernon/Riegel Mills. He was preceded by Parents and fourteen sisters and brothers.

Surviving are sisters-in-law-Cleo Brown and Mattie Grace Brown both of Summerville; first cousins-W.H. Adams, Jr., Clara Mae Dover, and Monnie Stoker; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (August 29th) at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Ivis Harris, Rev. Billy Wright, and Rev. Jimmy Weaver officiating, interment in Ridgeway Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Keith Smith, Chris Smith, Eugene Brown, Eddie Phillips, Jeff Brown, Greg Smith, Zack Brown, and Kevin Smith; Honorary Pallbearers-Nieces, Nephews, Gary McConnell, Dr. Gary Smith, W.J. Keith, and James Wesson. The Family will receive friends at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home Friday evening from 6 until 8 P.M.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Butler. . . . .
Mrs. Bessie N. Butler, age 82, of Bittings Ave., Summerville, GA passed away Wednesday afternoon (July 29, 2009) in a Rome Hospital. A daughter of the late Sam and Azor Mason Hunter, Mrs. Butler was born in Chattooga County Georgia on November 25, 1926 and was a retired textile worker.

Survivors include her husband Wayne Butler, Daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Bill Hubbard of Summerville; Three sisters: Mildred Edgeworth and Roxie King of Summerville, and Geneva Blackmon of Kingston, GA. Two brothers: Horace Hunter of Summerville and Fred Hunter of Menlo. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday (July 31, 2009) at 1:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne King and Bro. John Mann officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Neal Edgeworth, James Edgeworth, Chris Noth, Rueben Butler, Pete Huggins, Shane Evans and Lee Banther. Honorary Pallbearers will be Anthony Hamby, Steven Hamby, Jimmy Warnick, Chris Whitley, Timothy Evans, Dr. Andredell Hammonds, Staff of Oak View Nursing Home A & F Hall and Fifth Floor Staff of Redmond Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be Thursday evening at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home from 6 til 8 p.m.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, July 27, 2009

MR. ELLIS F. (COOKIE) COOK, age 65, of Farm Road-Trion, Georgia passed away Monday (July 27, 2009) in a Rome hospital. A Chattooga County native He was born on June 19, 1944 to the late Clarence and Annie Spain Cook. Mr. Cook attended the Trinity Baptist Church and was retired from the tufting department of Mohawk Textile.

Surviving are wife-Kathi Cook; daughter & spouse- Andrea & Joey Norton of Rome; step daughters & spouses-Faith & Jerry Wigley of Trion, Jennifer & Kevin Binkley of Summerville; brother & spouse-Rex & Imogene Cook of Summerville; grandsons-Trey Norton, Gabriel Norton, Chris Wigley, Jared Wigley, Bink Binkley, Caleb Binkley; mother-in-law & father-in-law-Mardene & Melvin Turner of Trion; sisters-in-law & brother-in-law-Melba Floyd of Summerville & Debbie & Tony Gilleland of Trion; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday (July 30th) at 3:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Odom, Mr. Tony Gilleland, and Rev. Mike Odom officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jonathan Bumgarner, Sonny Dillard, Howard Dillard, Greg Cook, Kevin Binkley, and Jerry Wigley; Honorary Pallbearers members of Trinity Baptist Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MRS. BESSIE IRENE BEARDEN, age 87, of Sunset Lane-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday (July 26, 2009) evening in the local nursing home. A native of Alabama She was born to the late Robert Franklin and Dorothy Jane Peppers Williams on July 6, 1922. Mrs. Bearden was a member of North Summerville Baptist Church and retired from retail sales. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Millard Vernon Bearden.

Surviving are daughter-Barbara Ann Bearden Kirby of Summerville; sister-Jewell Jackson of Boaz, AL.; grandchildren-Kimberley Kay Smith, Kristy Karleen Colbert, Kerry Ketrina Kirby, & Kelly Kennon Kirby; great grandchildren-Desiree Blythe McGuire, Celsea Karleen McCann, Bethany Faith McCann, Benjamin Ray McCann, & Kassidy Jane Kirby; Great Great Grandchildren-Justin Addison Cole McGuire and Aaden Bailey Shane McGuire; several Nieces & Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (July 29th) at 2:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Russell officiating, interment in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery near Crossville, AL. Active Pallbearers Rodney Lewis, Oran Barrentine, Thomas Williams, Conner Williams, Adam McGuire, Kalen Colbert; Honorary Pallbearers will be the Senior Citizens of North Summerville Baptist Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12 noon until the hour of service at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

MR. JAMES R. JOHNSON, age 66, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday (July 24, 2009) evening. He was born on December 27, 1942 to the late James Bethel Johnson and Essie Lee Hale Parker. Mr. Johnson was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church and for several years was a law enforcement officer for the Atlanta Police Department, City of Summerville, Chattooga County Sheriff’s office, Trion Police Department, and LaFayette Police Department; later was a truck driver before retirement. He was preceded in death by a son the late James Allen Johnson on June 19, 2000.

Surviving are grandsons-James Anthony Johnson and Joseph Dennis Johnson; sisters-Virginia Gordy of Gaylesville, AL., Shelia Cothran, Joanna Thoreson, and Lynda Carroll all of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (July 28th) at 1:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bryant officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Jimmy Rickett, Ed Thoreson, Monte Turner, Randy Cothran, Charles Frady, and Tony Carroll; Honorary Pallbearers-Dennis Stansell, Dewayne Jackson, and all past and present law enforcement officers City of Summerville, Trion, and LaFayette Police Department’s and Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

MR. JOE GANNON, age 84, of Shields Road, (Subligna Community) Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday (July 23, 2009) at his residence. A native of Saint Joseph, Missouri Mr. Gannon was born February 5, 1925 to the late Donald G. and Frances Wolf Boyer, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois by his adopted mother-Grace Estelle Gannon. He was retired from the ground crew of Transworld Airlines and a member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship.

Surviving are his wife-Ruby Hayes Jennings Dodd Gannon; step-children-Karen and the late Rusty Bridges, Kenneth and Debbie Jennings, Allene and Doug Spain, Laura and Paul Lee, and Earlene and Glenn Moore; 14 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren; sister-Virginia Hoffmaster; several cousins.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 26th) at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Roger McDonald and Rev. Kenneth Jennings officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Horizon Baptist Fellowship or the Gideon Memorial Bible fund.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Monday, July 6, 2009

MS. ELAINE ELLER, age 52, of Taylor Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday (July 5, 2009) afternoon. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia She was born to the late Voy Stone and Mandy Louise Sexton Teague on December 6, 1956. Ms. Eller formerly worked with the Chattooga County Ambulance Service and Oak View Nursing Home and was an LPN with Home Health.

Surviving are Sons and spouses-Jerry & Lindsey Eller and Terry, Jr. & Sarah Eller all of Summerville; granddaughter-Baily Johnston.

Funeral services will be held Thursday (July 9th) at 10:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Mr. Tony Gilleland officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Heath McGuire, Charlie Crabtree, Brad Ellis, Jake Morrison, Daniel Teague, and Brian Johnston. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

MS. MARY RACHEL CANTRELL, age 85, of Tavern Lane-Trion, Georgia passed away Wednesday (July 1, 2009) at her residence following an extended illness. A native of Atlanta, Georgia She was born to the late Robert Dennis and Carrie Wills Cantrell on September 12, 1923. Ms. Cantrell was a member of the Acworth First United Methodist Church and was retired Industrial Engineer for Georgia Power Company.

Surviving are sisters and spouse-Alma McLemore of Marietta and Pansye and Wade Boggs of Ovieda, FL.; brother & spouse-Phil and Marlene Cantrell of Acworth; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held Monday (July 6th) at 1:00 P.M. in Liberty Hill Cemetery in Acworth. Visitation will be Friday (July 3rd) from 5 until 7 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home and visitation Sunday (July 5th) from 4 until 7 P.M. at Collins Funeral Home in Acworth.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

MR. JAMES GRADY McCALMON, age 76 of River Haven Lane, Cloudland, GA, passed away Monday night (June 29, 2009) in a Rome hospital following an extended illness. A native of Bremen, Georgia He was born to the late George Grady and Mary Waddell McCalmon on April 28, 1933. Mr. McCalmon was a member and Elder of the Cloudland Presbyterian Church, a Veteran of Korea serving in the U. S. Army, and was the City Manager for the City of Summerville, Georgia. He was preceded in death by a sister the late Joyce McCalmon Stembridge.

Surviving are His wife-Nancy McCalmon; daughter & son-in-law-Michelle McCalmon O’Connor and Greg O’Connor of Cartersville; son & daughter-in-law-Greg and Camie McCalmon of Ringgold; grandchildren-Madison McCalmon, Lendon McCalmon, Preston McCalmon, Brennan McCalmon, Devin O’Connor, Megan O’Connor, Katie O’Connor, and Sara O’Connor; sister-Syble McCalmon Berglund of Austin, Texas; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A.M. from the Cloudland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Roger Kvam officiating, interment in Cloudland Presbyterian Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Greg O’Connor, Devin O’Connor, Chip Stembridge, Madison McCalmon, Lendon McCalmon, Preston McCalmon, and Russ Lynch. The Family will receive friends at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 until 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers the Family suggest contributions to the Cloudland Presbyterian Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


MRS. GERTHIE L. HAMPTON, age 72, of L.M. Thomas, Jr. Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday (June 24, 2009) in a Dalton, Georgia hospital following a sudden attack. A native of Jackson County, Alabama She was born to the late George Alvin and Ethel Golf Cooper on December 6, 1936. Mrs. Hampton was a member of the Ark of Faith Holiness Church and was retired from the tufting department of Aladdin Carpet. She was predeceased by siblings Ruby Peterman, Billy Cooper, Leonard Cooper, and George Alvin Cooper and step son-James Paul Hampton.

Surviving are Her husband, James Hampton; son and daughter-in-law-James Leon and Vickie Ann Hampton of Summerville; sister-Emma McDonald; brothers-Raymond Cooper and James R. Cooper all of Summerville; grandchildren-James B. Hampton, Tabatha Hampton, and Christopher Hampton; four Great Grandchildren; five Nieces, nine Nephews, several Great Nieces and Great Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Sunday (June 28th) at 1:30 P.M. from the Ark of Faith Holiness Church with Pastor Lamar Rich officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Stacy Spencer, James Riddle, J. D. Riddle, Kenneth Cooper, Arly Timmons, Kenny Cooper, and Cody Parker. Mrs. Hampton will be in state at her residence #371 L.M. Thomas, Jr. Road-Summerville after 5:00 P.M. Friday.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MRS. FRANCIS JUNE PEPE, age 80, of Menlo, Georgia went to be with the LORD Wednesday (June 24, 2009) morning. A loving wife, mother, and aunt, She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Port Orange, FL. and attended the Menlo First Baptist Church. Mrs. Pepe was born in New Castle, PA. to the late Earl and Nettie Logan Chaffee on July 4, 1928. She was predeceased by sons-Joseph Earl Pepe &, Earl Frances Pepe; brother-Wayne Chaffee and sisters-Edith Stephenson and Beverly Harper.

Surviving are Her husband-Edward L. Pepe and daughter-Nettie Pepe Parham; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Interment service will be held Today (Thursday-June 25th) at 10:00 A.M. in Summerville Cemetery; Memorial service will be held Saturday (June 27th) at 3:00 P.M. from the Menlo First Baptist Church with Pastors Scott Quinn and Billy Dempsey officiating both services.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MR. WILLIAM H. (BILL) WILSON, age 88, of Bryant Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (June 17, 2009). A native of Walker County, Georgia He was born to the late William Carl and Myrtle Mae Purtain Wilson on January 2, 1921. Mr. Wilson was a member of the Summerville First United Methodist Church, a career Veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in WW II and Korea, and was also retired Civil Service in the U. S. Department of Agriculture. He was a member of Chattooga Lodge #704 F & AM and the NAFR- Rome chapter. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by siblings the late Fannie Mae Lacy, the late Curtis Wilson, and the late John Henry Wilson.

Surviving are His wife-Odessa B. Lacy Wilson; sons & daughters-in-law-W. A. & Claudia Ann Wilson of Acworth and Thomas Harold & Jean McClain Wilson of Roswell; grandchildren-Nicole Kathleen Wilson, Thomas Andrew Wilson, and Jennifer Leigh Wilson; brother-James Wilson of Panama City Beach, FL.; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services Saturday (June 20th) at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Hix and Ricky Studdard officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 7 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, June 12, 2009

MR. JAMES L. (PAT) PLEDGER, Sr., age 70, of Ridgecrest Drive-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday (June 11, 2009) evening in a Rome hospital following an extended illness. Born in Boaz, Alabama on August 14, 1938, a son of the late John Thomas and Bessie Turner Pledger. He was retired from auto body repair shop and bus driver. Mr. Pledger was member of West Summerville Baptist Church and Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM. He was preceded in death by a son the late Christopher Kyle Pledger on May 21, 2007.

Surviving are wife-Shirley Mosier Pledger; daughter & son-in-law-Patricia & Lee Colgrove; son & daughter-in-law-Jimmy & Julie Pledger all of Summerville; sisters & brothers-in-law-Betty and Jerry Johnson of Summerville, Gay and Gary Shaw of Lyerly; brothers & sisters-in-law-T. C. & Beatrice Pledger, Bob & Elaine Pledger, and Bill & Jenny Pledger all of Summerville; Artis & Patricia Pledger of Lyerly; Eight Grandchildren; Two Great-Grandchildren; several Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday (June 15th) at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. LaVon Humphrey and Pastor Tommy Pledger officiating, interment in Perennial Springs Cemetery, with Masonic Rites @ graveside by Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM. Active Pallbearers Nephews, Honorary Pallbearers member of West Summerville Baptist Church, members of Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM, Chattooga County Bus Drivers, former “Riders” of Pat’s School Bus, Alfred Crabtree, Dennis Elrod, Bill Elsberry, Ricky Campbell, Gordon Boyd, Jerry Mitchell, and William "Fuzz" Anderson. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 until 9 P.M. @ the Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted or contributions may be made to the West Summerville Baptist Church Youth Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

MR. BEN JOHNSON, SR., age 92, of Lake Wanda Rita Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday (June 2, 2009) in a LaFayette, Georgia nursing home. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia, He was born to the late George and Mary Millican Johnson on May 28, 1917. Mr. Johnson attended the Pennville Gospel Tabernacle, was a Veteran of WW II serving in the U. S. Navy, and was retired from the Georgia Glove Mill.

Surviving are His wife-Faye Belle Whitley Johnson ; daughter-Mary Young of Trion; son Ben Johnson, Jr. of Summerville; step daughters-Brenda Chambers of Summerville and Gail Henry of New Mexico; five Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday (June 4th) at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Wilborn officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12 noon until the hour of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MS. LAURA ALLISON PULLEN, age 34, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday(June 1, 2009) afternoon in a Chattanooga, Tennessee hospital following a sudden illness. Ms. Pullen was born in Floyd County, Georgia on March 29, 1975. She graduated from Chattooga High School in 1993 and from the Medical College of Georgia in 1997; she was a Dental Hygienist. Ms. Pullen was a member of The Horizon Baptist Fellowship and was preceded in death by grandparents-the late Joe and Sera Pullen and the late Alfred Sherman.

Surviving are Her son-Andrew Landon (Drew) Pullen; Parents-Van & Phyllis Pullen all of Summerville; sister and husband-Andrea & Guy Ingram, III of Ellenwood, GA.; nephew-Wil Ingram ; grandmother-Dixie Sherman of Calhoun; aunts & uncles-Joe & Jan Pullen of Lyerly, Pete & Ruth Kleeman of Calhoun, Raiden & Judy Sherman of Rome; cousins-Michael Kleeman of Atlanta and Kimberly Wood of Canton.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (June 3rd) at 2:00 P.M. from the Horizon Baptist Fellowship with Rev. Roger McDonald officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Adam Burdick, Kevin Bond, Kyle Duke, Tad Allen, Michael Kleeman, and Ben Fuller; Honorary Pallbearers-the Chattooga High School Class of 1993. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 until 9 P.M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the Family suggest contributions the the Drew Pullen Scholarship at United Community Bank.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 18, 2009

MINISTER ROLAND ARTHUR WARREN, age 90, of Montezuma, Georgia passed away Saturday, May 16, 2009, at his daughter’s, Ila King, residence in Summerville. Mr. Warren was born in Blount County, Alabama to the late John Henry and Delia Walker Warren on January 12, 1919. He was an Evangelist with the Church of Christ for more than fifty years and a member of the Oglethorp Church of Christ.

Surviving are His wife, Christine Levie Warren of Montezuma; children-Neal & Myrna Warren, Ila & Wallace King all of Summerville, Kenneth & Candyce Warren of Antioch, CA.; 8 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services Wednesday, May 20th) at 11:00 A.M. from the Chapel of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma with Minister Clif Dennis officiating, interment in Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery-Montezuma. Visitation 6 until 8 P.M. Tuesday, May 19th, @ Watson-Mathews. In lieu of flowers the Family request memorials to Floyd Heyman Hospice Care, 800 Broad Street-Rome, Georgia-30161, www.floyd.org. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home, Montezuma, in charge of arrangements.

This announcement is made for the Family by Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

MRS. BETTY FAYES CASH McGINNIS, age 82, of Covington, Georgia formerly of Chattooga County, Georgia passed away Saturday (May 16, 2009) in Covington. She was born in Berryton, Georgia on July 18, 1926 a daughter of the late Alfred “Shorty” Cash and Arrie Lee Dendy Cash. A member of Honey Creek Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia, Mrs. McGinnis was a secretary for many years for a property management company, and a proud member of the “Red Hat Society”. She was preceded in death by husband the late Charles Howard McGinnis, daughters the late Susan Slayton and Rhonda Walker, and a brother the late Jack Cash.

Surviving are son & spouse-Jake & Ann McGinnis of Covington; sister-Harriett Carroll and brother Sewell Cash both of Summerville; 12 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (May 19th) at 11:00 A.M. from the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home in Covington with Rev. Vestor Maughon officiating; graveside service will be Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. in Summerville Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Honey Creek Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home makes this announcement for the Family.

MR. ROBERT LeROY “RUSTY” BRIDGES, of Summerville, Georgia Subligna Community was called up on May 17, 2009 to play drums for God’s Praise and Worship team. Rusty was a former resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee and was retired from the Hamilton County County Highway Department. He was a longtime drummer for several bands in this area, a member of Ooltewah Lodge #741, and was preceded in death by parents the late Robert and Yvonne Russbridge Bridges.

Rusty leaves to cherish his memories, wife-Karen Jennings Bridges; children-Robert “Rusty Bridges, Quinn Lewis, Tony & Kelli Bridges of Chattanooga, Haley & Daniel Sells of Ooltewah, Cassidy Bridges, Jeffrey Franklin, & Keith Sells of Chattanooga, and Jason Russell of Gadsden, Al.; grandchildren-Mary Quinn Bridges of Chattanooga & Anna Sells of Ooltewah; brothers-Dusty (Diane) Bridges & Van (Jane) Bridges all of Ringgold; mother of His children Anna Bridges of Chattanooga.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, Summerville, Georgia has charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

MRS. HAZEL ELIZABETH BYARS VAUGHN, age 91, of Ridgewood Circle-Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday (May 13, 2009) in a Rome hospital. A native of Cherokee County, Alabama She was born to the late Paul F. and Sibyl Preskitt Byars on November 25, 1917. She was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, retired Justice of the Peace for Chattooga County, and was preceded in death by Her husband the late Henry Clarence Vaughn, Sr.; son, Henry Clarence Vaughn, Jr.; grandson, Scott Vaughn; great great grandson, Jordon Vaughn; sister, Haney Byars; brother, Robert L. Byars.

Surviving are daughters and husbands, Annette & Darrell Skinner, Sr. of Summerville, Sandra & Glen Weathington of Monroe, GA., Marsha & David Pritchett of Summerville; son and wife, William P. and Cindi Vaughn of Summerville; sister, Ophelia Hall of Tampa, FL.; brother, John David Byars of Warner Robins; thirteen Grandchildren, twenty one Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Granddaughter; Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday (May 16th) at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Mickey Skates officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Gardens. Active Pallbearers Doug Williams, Darrell Skinner, Jr., Steve Skinner, Stacy Vaughn, Stephen Watson, Gil Fowler, Jason Vaughn, and Robert Henry. Visitation will be Saturday (May 16th) from 12noon until the time of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

MR. EWART WILSON, Sr., age 88, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday (May 12, 2009) in the local nursing home. A native of Randolph County, Alabama He was born to the late James Aubry Wilson, Sr. and Lena Ada Eva Gibson Wilson on May 4, 1921. Mr. Wilson moved to Chattooga County at a early age, was educated in the Chattooga County schools, and along with His wife, the late Virginia Newsome Wilson, owned and operated Wilson Motor Company, the former Chrysler/Dodge dealership in Summerville for many years. He was a member of Northside Church of Christ and was preceded in death by His Wife; Parents; a daughter the late Brenda Wilson; siblings-the late Waylon Wilson, the late Juanita Wilson, and the late James Aubry Wilson, Jr.

Surviving are daughter & son-in-law, Becky & Gary Duke; son & daughter-in-law, Quinton Wilson, Jr. & Susan Wilson all of Summerville; 4 sisters-Claudine Fowler of Hernando, FL., Maughee Evans of Trion, Montez Gladney and Joan Renslow both of Summerville; brothers-Charles B. Wilson and Lorenzo Wilson both of Summerville; grandchildren-Wendi Harkins, Shelley Wilson, Kyle Duke, Erin Shireman, Jeremiah Wilson; great grandchildren-Alex Wilson, Chandler Mitchell, Katherine Duke, Addyson Shireman, Adrianna Shireman, and Nicholas Duke; special cousin-Mike Dillard; several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday (May 15th) at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Ministers Ron Fisher and Tommy Broome officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Rex Evans, Tim Evans, Mike Wilson, Jamie Renslow, Tracy Rainwater, and Clint Rainwater; Honorary Pallbearers Brian Evans, Preston Greer, Bill Gilbert, Buddy Windell, Dee Windell, Bron Love, Dr. Marlin Payne, Jon Payne, Tommy Payne, Bobby Lee Cook, Lann Cordle, Ralph Kellett, Gary McConnell, Don Baker, Barry Duke, Dr. Bruce Lee, Betty Nalley, Judy Smith, Staff & Management of Oakview Nursing & Rehab. Center, Stephanie Norris, Rose Willingham, Brimp Warren, and Larry Maxey. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.