Polk County Georgia Obituaries 1997

Following is a list of Obituaries for Polk County Georgia 1997 transcribed from the Cedartown Standard and submitted by Wendell Stephens

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Charles James Adkison, the infant son of Tina Adkison, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 1997. Infant Adkison was born Nov. 17, 1997 in Rome. Survivors include: brother, Brian Smith of Rockmart; grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Quincy Gilmore of Rockmart; and great grandmother, Dovie Crews of Cartersville. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m., in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Bartow County, with Rev. Carl Robinson officiating. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Imogene Hardin Allen, 58, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997 after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by: her parents Benton James and Thelmla Shiflett Hardin; sister, Fay Garret; and three brothers, C. J. Hardin, Wendell Hardin, and Robert Hardin. Survivors include: former husband, Tommy Allen; four daughters, Deborah Davis, Melinda Sanchez, Diane Noble, and Tina Ellison; three sons, Timothy L. Allen, Mitchell Allen, James Allen; two sisters, Sally Norton and Lavonne Searles; brother Jerry Hardin; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. James Brewer officiating. The interment followed at the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church. Pallbearers included: Rodney Hardin, David Searles, Rickey Garrett, Robbie Hardin, Kenny Hardin, Harold Hardin, Jerry Boling, Randy Boling, Chris Hardin and Anthony Hardin. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


Johnny Arrington, 78, of Rome passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997 at Floyd Medical Center. Mr. Arrington was born Dec. 10, 1918 in Cherokee County, Ala.. He was a self-employed carpenter and of the Baptist faith. Surviving are: wife, Lucille G. Arrington of Rome; three daughters, Sandra Towe of Rome, Teresa Evans of Cedartown and Lucinda Arrington Balderas of Kennesaw; three sons Larry Arrington and Mark Arrington, both of Rome, and John Arrington of Cedartown; three sisters, Katie Haralson and Jewell Tuck, both of Cedartown, and Edna Dempsey of Taylorsville; brother, Homer Arrington of Cedartown; 18 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10, at 2. p.m., from the West Oak Chapel Funeral Home of Rome, with Rev. J.R. Sharp officiating. Interment followed in Arrington,s Chapel Cemetery, Piedmont, Ala.. Pallbearers were: Ricky LeCroy, Josh Huie, Darron Stowe, Tori Stowe, Trevor Evans, Rodney Towe, Gary Towe, Jr. and John Arrington, Jr.. The West Oak Chapel Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. This local announcement was made for the family by the Gammage Funeral Home.


Evelyn C. Atkins, age 76, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 1997. Mrs. Atkins was born May 17, 1921 in Polk County. She was a retired employee of the Runell Manufacturing Company and a member of the Rockmart Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer John and Ida Virginia Ingram Coalson; and husband, Henry L. Atkins. Surviving are: two daughters, Eloise Fuqua of Rockmart and Elaine Casey of Cedartown; two sisters, Ava Nell Robinson of Rockmart and Doris Braswell of Bremen; brother, Earl Coalson of Dallas; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Avis Miller and Son Funeral with Rev. Calvin Brown and Dr. Benjamin Lindsay officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were; J. R. Cole, Maniey Casey, Thurman Atkins, Pershing Wadsworth, Franklin Statham and Bill Gates. The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home, Rockmart, had charge of the arrangements.


Alma Lee Austin, 74, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 1997. Mrs. Austin was born July 1, 1923 in Polk County. She was a member of Friendly Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Merrick and Bertha Mae Witcher Coleman. Surviving are: husband William O. Austin, Jr., of Cedartown: three daughters Linda Slafta of Lawrenceville, Gail Bailey and Melissa Johnson, both of Cedartown; son, William Austin of Akin, S.C.; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with the Rev. R.B. Hulsey, Dr. Larry Conner and the Rev. Clay Willis officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: William Mobley, Mack Moore, Lonnie Nails, David Hudgins, Robert Hulsey, and Jeff Hulsey. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Buford Ayers, 86, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 1997. Mr. Ayers was born Aug. 24, 1911 in Haralson County. He was of the Baptist faith. A number of cousins survive. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m., in the Bethlehem Cemetery of Felton, with the Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth Morgan Boyd Bagby, age 80, of Smyrna, GA., passed away Tuesday, December 30, 1997. Mrs. Bagby was born November 23, 1917 in Gadsden, Ala., and was a member of The Anna Kresge United Methodist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Martha Gail Stewart of Smyrna; three brothers, William (Bill) Cheatwood, Jr. of Cedartown, John Cheatwood of Hokesbluff, Ala., and Jeff Cheatwood, Gadsden, Ala.; two sisters, Jane Cheatham of Selma, Ala., and Mary Wood of Hokesbluff, Ala.; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 3, 1998 at 11 a.m., at Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Arnold officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Susie Nettles Baldwin, 84, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Baldwin was born Feb. 15, 1913 in Rockmart. She was a member of the Morning View Baptist Church, a former Goodyear employee and a retired Aragon Mill employee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Clyde Baldwin, Sr.. Surviving are: Clyde Baldwin, Jr., of Rockmart; two brothers, Raymond Nettles and James Nettles, both of Rockmart; sister, Eula V. Williams of Cedartown; and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Lawrence Garrett and Rev. Talmadge Pope officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were: Edward Nettles, Pierce Nettles, Dustin Lindsey, Brad Garrett, Richard Nettles and Ray Nettles. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


W.O. "Dub" Barrow, 76, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Barrow was born March 1, 1921 in Bowdon. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rockmart and the Rockmart American Legion Post No. 12; former owner and operator of the Guy Sloan Motor Company; and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during World War II. He is preceded in death by his parents, W.O. and Alice Walker Barrow. Survivors include: wife, Eloise Barrow of Rockmart; son, William Lee Barrow of Houston, Texas; brother, Jack Barrow of Rockmart; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4, p.m., from the Rockmart First Baptist Church, with Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Bill Carlton, Bill Carmichael, Guy Atkins, Any Elrod, Rae Herndon, T.A. Willingham, and W. J. Wiggins. The Adult three Sunday School class at Rockmart First Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Joseph David Bassett, 70, of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Bassett was born Jan. 29, 1927 in Asheville, N.C.. He was a retired construction worker and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. Survivors include: two brothers, Pete Bassett of Asheville, N.C., and Bill Bassett of Taylorsville; and three sisters, Jessie Sparks, Barbara Bassett and Sherry Bassett, all of Asheville, N.C.. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, N.C., with Major Leonard Taylor officiating. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Nicholas A. Bechler, age 79, passed away Sunday, December 14, 1997 at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Miami, Florida. Mr. Bechler was born February 8, 1918, in Romania. He was a retired employee of the Union Carbide Chemicals. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Bechler. Survivors include son, David Bechler, Pembroke Pines, Fla., daughter, Ruth Phillips, Cedartown, brother, John Bechler, Somerset, N.J., sister Helen Woisznies, Somerset, N.J., and 4 grandchildren. Memorial services were held Friday, December 19, 1997 at 7;00 P.M., AT Kingdom Hall of Jehovah,s Witnesses, Cedartown with Roger Hiltbrand officiating. The local announcement was made for the family by the Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown.


Clarence Wallace Becknell, 77, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997 following a sudden illness. Mr. Becknell was born July 14, 1920. He was a member of East Rome Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II, and a former employee of Lindale Mills. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evelyn Case Becknell. Survivors include: son, Randy Becknell of Rockmart; three brothers, Hubert Cline, Gene Cline, and Artie Cline, all of Rome; three grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Daniel,s Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glen Boatner and the Rev. Jerry Nelson officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. The Daniel,s Funeral Home, Rome, had charge of the arrangements. This local announcement was furnished for the family by the Gammage Funeral Home.


James Pinson "Jim" Bennett, 86, of Oxford, Ala., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Bennett was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are: wife, Ellen Bennett of Oxford: daughter, Mary Jim Harper of Reform, Ala.; sister, Annie Tom Hightower of Eufaula, Ala.; two grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., at the Miller Funeral Home, with Ron Ethridge officiating. Interment followed in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery of Anniston, Ala.. Serving as pallbearers were: Morris Phillips, Tom Vaughn, Winston Bentley, Dewey Hughes, William Henry Cooper and Larry Hicks. Honorary pallbearers included: Rick Brown, E.F. Bailey, Keith Timmons, Charles Carden, Jimmy Henderson, Bud Carden, Buster Austin, and Jim Justice. The Miller Funeral Home of Oxford, Ala., had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Vera Hooper Bowen, age 92 of Dallas, GA. passed away Monday, December 29, 1997 in the Paulding County Nursing Home. Mrs. Bowen was born January 12, 1905, in Coweta County. She was a former Goodyear employee, homemaker, and a member of Beulahland Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hill Bowen and parents, James C. and Elmira Pendergrass Hooper. Survivors include her son Bobby Bowen, Dallas; brother, Gilbert M. Hooper, Rome, one grandson, two great grandchildren, and one great great grandson. The funeral service was held Thursday, January 1, 1998 at 2 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J. T. Hollingshed officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donald Hooper, Roy Bradley, Loyd Locklear, Steve Goldin, Ricky Bradley, and Harvey Hooper. Honorary pallbearer was Ed Cole. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Marie Oliver Swicke Bridges, age 87, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997. She was born October 7, 1910 in Haralson County. She retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. She was a member of Lee,s Chapel Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include daughters, Francis Robinson Lennon, MI, Glenda Nettles, Rockmart, sons, Cecil Oliver, Nelson Oliver, Seals Oliver, Cedartown, 23 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Bridges were held Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at 11;00 a.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Clifford Chandler, Rev. Hugh Dorsey Welchel and Rev. Clyde Saddler officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Monday, December 22, 1997 from 7 until 9 p.m., at the funeral. Pallbearers were grandsons: Anthony Robinson, Jeffrey Oliver, Gregory Oliver, Mason Oliver, Tommy Oliver, Regey Oliver. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of arrangements.


Ettie Mae Brown, 99, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997. Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 17, 1898 in Paulding County. She was a former Goodyear employee and a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by; her husband, Charles T. Brown; son, Charles E. Brown and daughter, Hazel Cash. Surviving are: son, Horace E. Brown of Jonesboro; four daughters, Lois Owens of Smyrna, Ethel Strickland of Union City, Mary White of Rockmart, and Gussie Childers of Douglasville; two sisters Mary Ella Wheeler and Frances White, both of Rockmart; 15 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Ray Hopkins officiating. Interment followed in New Prospect Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: David Owens, Charles Cash, Tommy Brown, Steve White, Bert White, and David Brown. The Freeman Harris Funeral had charge of the arrangements.


Herman L. "Freck" Brumbelow, 82, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 1997. Mr. Brumbelow was born Dec. 28, 1914 in Aragon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps having served during World War II, a member of Antioch Baptist Church, and a retired Rockmart Postal Service Employee. He was preceded in death by a son, David Brumbelow. Surviving are: wife, Edna Jackson Brumbelow of Rockmart; two sons, Jack Brumbelow of Dallas, Texas, and Mitchell Brumbelow of Rockmart; daughter, Leann Brumbelow Kling of Woodstock; brother, J. K. Brumbelow of Smyrna; and two grandsons. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., in the Aragon Baptist Church, with Rev. Ronnie Puckett officiating. Interment followed in Aragon Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Lee Brumbelow, Robert Kelly Brumbelow, Mike Rayburn, Jamie Elliot, Donald Brumbelow, and Steven Ely. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Johnny B. Brumit, 53, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997. Mr. Brumit was born June 30, 1944 in Polk County. He was a member of the Cedartown church of Christ. Surviving are: mother, Hazel L. Brumit of Cedartown; daughter, Michelle Downey of Cedartown; sister Joan Smith of Cedartown; and two grandsons. Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m., in the Polk Memory Gardens, with Minister Dub McCoy and Minister Jim Gillespie. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Calvin Z. "Red" Cain, 70, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997. Mr. Cain was born May 13, 1927 in Floyd County. He was a member of the Pine Bower Baptist Church, the Cedartown Chamber of Commerce, and the Polk County Civil Defense; a veteran of World War II; and manager owner of the Valley Grain Company for 43 years. Surviving are: his wife, Maggie Jeanette Baker Cain of Cedartown; two sons, Stanley Calvin Cain of Rome and David Danville Cain of Cedartown; daughter, Susan Carrol Jones of Cedartown; brother, Claude Cain of Lindale; sister, Margaret Turner of Rome; six grandchildren; a great grandchild and two step grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., in the Pine Bower Baptist Church with Rev. R.B. Hulsey, Rev. Charles Garner, and Rev. Robert Wright officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: John S. Casey, Micah Cain, Edward Lackey, Jamie Guice, Eddie Lackey, Sid Beiger, and Herman Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers included: Pat Cain, Kill Puckett, Terry Lindsey, Mack Moore, Charles Shifflet, and Otis Blair. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Cassidy Canter, 2 months old, of Piedmont, Ala. Passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 1997. Surviving are: her parents, Danny and Leanne Canter of Piedmont; sister, Kendall Canter of Piedmont; grandparents, Earl and Joan Canter of Piedmont and Memory and Linda Galloway of Cedartown; great-grandparents, Aline Canter of Piedmont, Curtis Lamb of Cedartown; a great-great-grandmother Ruth Buttram of Piedmont. Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., at Young,s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Wood officiating. The Mickelsen-McGee Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Ella Mae Lyles Carroll, 76, of Warner Robins, passed away Saturday, July 5, 1997. Mrs. Carroll was born June 7, 1921 in Macon. She was a member of the Glad Tidings Tabernacle of Macon and the Bibb Company Women,s Club, and a sales clerk at K-Mart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otha L. and Florie Talmus Lyles, and husband James Howard Carroll. Surviving are: four daughters, Mary B. Callins and Jeannie B. Murphy, both of Warner Robins, Elizabeth B. Newman of Roberta and Frankie B. Bass of Macon: two sisters, Betty L. Pipkin and Matile L. Kitchens, both of Macon; two brothers William Lyles of Macon and Malcolm Lyles of Glenwood; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, July 7, at 11 a.m., in the McCullough Funeral Home, Warner Robins, with the Rev. Sydney Odom and the Rev. Linda Gayle Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery of Cochran. This local announcement was furnished for the family by the Gammage Funeral Home.


Mr. Irvin Samuel "Irv" Cauthen, age 71, passed away Sunday, December 7, 1997 in an out of town hospital. He was born January 21, 1926 in Haralson County. He was a retired Fork Lift Operator with General Electric and an Army Veteran. Preceded in death by parents Vassie Viola Batchleor Cauthen and Arthur S. Cauthen. Survivors include: wife Annie Lee Cauthen of Cedartown, GA., daughter Melva Stewart, brother Gene Cauthen, grandchildren Lisa Stewart and Chad Stewart. Funeral services for Mr. Cauthen were held Wednesday, December 10, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., at the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Bud Davis and Dr. Larry Davis officiating. The interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. The family received friends Tuesday December 9, 1997 from 4:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


Willie Mae Waldrop Chapman, 77, of Rockmart, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 1997. Mrs. Chapman was born Jan. 27, 1920 in Haralson County. She was a member of the Youngs Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by: her husbands Donald Waldrop and Clarence Chapman; parents, Benjamin and Maggie Martin Chupp; and son, Henry Waldrop. Surviving are: son, Roger Waldrop of Rockmart; daughter, Patricia Waldrop Dyer of Rockmart; brother, Colie Chupp of Silver Creek; three sisters, Mary Scroggs and Vastie Lewis, both of Rockmart, and Marie Weaver of Cedartown; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m., from the Piedmont Avenue Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Wright and the Rev. Bobby Woods officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Cliff Williams, Ben Weaver, Curtis Lewis, Keith Campbell, Otis Chupp, and Larry Chupp The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Lillie Mae Clinton, 83, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997 in a Rome hospital. Mrs. Clinton was born Jan. 11, 1927 in Paulding County. She was a member of Euharlee Baptist Church and an employee of Dunn Quick Stop. She was preceded in death by a son, William Owen Clinton. Surviving are: husband, Junior L. Clinton of Aragon; two daughters, Beverly Clinton and Reba Faye Waters, both of Aragon; two brothers Floyd Morris and Raiford Morris, both of Aragon; two sisters, Coraline Thompson and Georgetta Morris, both of Buchanan; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Moon and Rev. Charles Cornwell officiating. Interment followed in Aragon Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Franklin Morris, Jerry Morris, Randall Morris, Thomas L. Cagle, Larry Pittman, Tim Morris, Larry Morris, and Keith Morris. Nieces and nephews served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


J. C. Coalson, 79 passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Coalson was born August. 23, 1918 in Porterdale. He was a retired Goodyear security guard, a deacon of Calvary Baptist Church and a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. Surviving are: wife, Irene Hutcheson Coalson of Rockmart; son, Keith Coalson of Rockmart; two daughters, Brenda McClain of Rockmart and Marilyn Taylor of Hagerstown, Md.; two brothers, Byron Coalson and Wayne Coalson, both of Rockmart; two sisters, Mildred Hulsey of Dallas and Edna Miller of Rockmart; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m., from the Calvary Baptist Church, with Dr. Richard Smith, Rev. Charles Williams and Dr. Barry Keaton officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Nephews serves as pallbearers. Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Johnny Vester (Pete) Coker, 83, of Dallas, died Thurs., Dec. 11, 1997, in the Dallas Hospital. He was born June 28, 1914, in Polk County, GA.. He was a retired textile employee and a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Felton and Emma Moody Coker. He is survived by: wife, Mrs. Emma Jean Kelly Coker of Dallas, sons, Mr. Sammy Coker of Weaver, Ala., Mr. Dennis Coker of Rockmart, daughter, Mrs. Mildred Carter of Dallas, Mrs. Edna Welch of Rockmart, Ms. Mary Ella Leakey of Anniston, Ala., Ms. Jean Marler of Oxford, Ala., Mr. Sue Gill of Lexington, Ky., Ms. Diane Vice of Rockmart, Mrs. Mary Ann Cantrell of Dallas, sister, Mrs. Ola Mae Minter of Rockmart; 30 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. The Funeral Service was held Sat., Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Parrish officiating. Interment followed in New Prospect Cemetery. Pallbearers: Dr. C. Richard Gill, Robert Oliver, Donnie Coker, Lonnie Coker, Michael Leakey, and Larry Osmer. Honorary Pallbearers: Daniel Vice and Ralph Cantrell. Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Bertha Lee Washburn Compton, 85, of Rome passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997. Mrs. Compton was born March 29, 1912 in Cherokee County, Ala. She was a member of the Garden Lakes Baptist Church of Rome and a former, hostess-student nurse at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alec Washburn, and a grandson. Surviving are: three daughters, Mrs. Jimmy Langley of Cedartown, Margaret W. Andrews of Silver Creek and Betty Ann Powell of Waleska; six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown, with Rev. Dan Armistead and Rev. Robert Lloyd officiating. Interment followed in North View Cemetery. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pauline Mabel Banner Conda, 85, of Rockmart, passed away Friday, January 2, 1998, in a Rome Nursing Home. She was born May 19, 1912, in Avery County, N.C. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Georgia Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member of the Grey Ladies Women,s Club, and the Rockmart First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Patience Hubbard Circle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominick Georgia Conda; and parents, John Lewis and Minnie Barrett Banner. Survivors include her daughter, Miss Christina Jane Conda, Rockmart. The funeral service was held Sunday, January 4, 1998, at 2 p.m. from the Rockmart First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Autry officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rep. Bill Cummings, Senator Nathan Dean, Troy Weldon, Billy Harper, Steve Crook, and David Jarvis. Honorary pallbearers were the Women,s Club, the Ladies Card Club, Patience Hubbard Circle, and Mike McRae. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Willie Floyd Couzzort, Jr., 53, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 following an extended illness. Mr. Couzzort was born Aug. 17, 1944 in Polk County. He is survived by: wife, Penny Coleman Couzzort of Cedartown, daughter, Diane Bagley of Cedartown; two sons, Willie Floyd Couzzort, III, of Pearl, Miss., and Tommy Couzzort; mother, Annie Dutton Couzzort of Cedartown; brother, Cecil Couzzort of Cedartown; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.B. Hulsey and the Rev. Dick Austin officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Todd McCray, Scott McCray, Donnie Spradling, Johnny Coleman, Eddie Dutton and Jamie Hayes. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


James K. C. Crawford, 76, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 1997. Mr. Crawford was born April 15, 1921 in Clay County, Ala. He was of the Holiness faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ivelvia Crawford. Survivors include: two sons, James L. Crawford of Cedartown and Jimmy Lee Crawford of Rockmart; and two daughters Carolyn Dye and Octavia Lyle, both of Rockmart. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with Rev. Marvin Mobbs officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Eunice Adele Crumley, age 83, Cartersville, died Tues., Dec. 4, 1997 at her residence. She was born March 4, 1914, in Bartow County, GA.. She was a homemaker and a member of Taylorsville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff C. Crumley and parents Newt and Fannie Popham Roberson. She is survived by: sister, Mrs. Lollie Coker of Cartersville, Mrs. Louise Goolsby of Stone Mountain, son, Mr. Raiford Crumley of Cartersville, daughters, Mrs. Bobbie Cornwell, Mrs. Ann Pulliam, Mrs. Charlotte Sharp all of Cartersville, Mrs. Rachel Fuqua of Rockmart, and Mrs. Wynelle Weaver of Marietta, ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren also survive. The funeral service was held Thurs., Dec. 11 at 2 p/m., from the Bethel Crossroads Baptist Church with Rev. Douglas Harris, Rev. Charles Garret, and Rev. John Agnew officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Crossroads Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Jeff Fuqua, Mike Crumley, Steve Weaver, Sam Sharp, Kelly O,Neal, Stacey Siniard, Rusty Bramlett, and Todd Landers. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Woodrow Crumpton, 82, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 1997. Mr. Crumpton was born June 21, 1915 in Paulding County. He was a retired owner of Cedartown Nursing Home and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Crumpton, and parents, Ester Daniel and Homer Parks Crumpton. Surviving are: wife, Jo Ann Crumpton of Cedartown; daughter, Sharon Crumpton Robinson of Americus; step-daughter, Tammy Susan Casey of Arizona; four stepsons, Marvin Tanner of Newnan, Ricky Adams, Perry Adams and Will Adams, all of Cedartown; two sisters, Annie Lou Womack of Buchanan and Vinnie Pierce of Monroe; and 13 grandchildren. Graveside services were held Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m., at Northview Cemetery, with Rev. Hobart Pierce officiating. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Ann Mott Daniel, age 53, passed away Saturday, December 20, 1997. She was born November 6, 1944 in Polk County. She was a member of the Mission of Jesus Church. Survivors include husband: Robert E. Daniel, mother, Doris W. Jarret, son, Scottie L. Lanning, daughter, Teresa L. Ammons, 2 brothers, Marion Jarret and Johnny Jarret, sister Carolyn Timms, and 2 grandchildren. The funeral services were held Sunday, December 21, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., at her residence with Rev. Robert Daniel officiating. Interment followed in the Mission of Jesus Cemetery. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James Whitson Davis, 71, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Davis was born July 12, 1926 in Polk County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired planner supervisor with Lockheed Aircraft. He was preceded in death by a grandson. Surviving are; wife, Elsie Imo Baldwin Davis of Cedartown; son, Jay Van Davis of Cedartown; two sisters, Annie Ruth Burgess of Cedartown and Frances Davis Hinson of Macon; brother, Thomas William Davis of Macon; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. O.L. Stokes officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens, with full military rites conducted by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86 Serving as pallbearers were: Frank Burgess Jr., John Burgess, Jamie Davis, Billy Davis, Ted Henson, and Stan Davis. Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Evelyn Kines Denton, 79, of Rome, formerly of Cedartown, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997. Mrs. Denton was born May 3, 1918 in Rock Run, Ala.. She was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church of Rome and a former member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church for 60 years where she served as WMU president. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Denton, a sister, Bonnie Kines Gibbs, and a brother, Rev. Grady Kines. Surviving are: son, Andrew Denton, Jr., Vickie Denton Busbin of Rome; sister, Bertie Kines Sharp of Cedartown; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, with Dr. Kenneth Ross officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Sara Augusta Dingler, 75 passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 1997. Mrs. Dingler was born April 10, 1922 in Polk County. She was a member of the Pine Bower Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Dingler. Survivors include: daughter, Rita Britt of Cedartown; brother Bruce Hackney of Cedartown; two grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., in the Pine Bower Baptist Church, with Dr. Charles Garner officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Idora Johnson Dorsey, 90, of Rome, formerly of Cedartown passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997. Mrs. Dorsey was born April 25, 1907 in Newton County. She was a retired beautician. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Floyd Dorsey. A nephew, who is also a foster son, Jack George of Cedartown survives. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., from Greenwood Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Arnold officiating. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Marson Gale Dunaway, Jr., 74 passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Dunaway was born Jan. 1, 1923 in Alexander City, Ala. He was a member of the Rockmart First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marson G. and Clara Wallace Dunaway. Surviving are: wife, Kit Matteson Dunaway of Rockmart; son, John Marson Dunaway of Macon; daughter, Gale Kinney of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren and a great grandson. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., from the First United Methodist Church, Rockmart, with Rev. David Autry, the Rev. Burch Fannin, and the Rev. Grady Wigley officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Jimmy Lester, Jimmy Hughes, Mike McRae, Dan Forsyth, Greg Stewart, Harry Harris, Hollie McManus and Teddy Shanks. Honorary pallbearers included: Max Mason, Jack Barrow, Frank Crawford and the members of the First United Methodist Church Grogan Black Sunday School Class. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Bennie Dyer, age 70, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 1997. He was born August 9, 1927 in Polk County. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Arthur Dyer and Ida Gallimore Dyer, and wife, Eva Dyer. Survivors include sister, Margie Smith, Gay, GA., brothers, Edmond Dyer, Buchanan, Cute Dyer, Rose Meade, Calif., and Austin Dyer, Adairsville. Funeral services for Mr. Dyer were conducted Friday, December 19, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Huskins officiating. The interment followed in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, December 18, 1997 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Jacky Dyer, Harvey Dyer, Terry Lee Dyer, Charles Dyer, Robert Ray and Bobby Dyer. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangement.


Mr. William Harold Ellis, age 72, of Cedartown, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Ellis was born December 26, 1925 in Polk County, and was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Briscoe Ellis and Norris W. Ledbetter Ellis. Survivors include his wife, Christine W. Ellis, Cedartown; two daughters, Jan Taylor and Cindy Nale, both of Cedartown; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a great great grandchild. Graveside service for Mr. Ellis was held Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at 11 a.m. from Northview Cemetery with the Rev. John Hooper officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Buck Benton, Jim McCloud, Tim Myers, Darrin Nale, Alvin Crabb and Javan Thomas. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Mattie Lou Franks, 78, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997 following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Franks was born March 16, 1919 in Aragon. She was a member of the Rolling Hills Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fletcher Carl Franks. Survivors include: three daughters, Linda Gail Ballew and Mary Frances Osborne, both of Cedartown, and Shirley Zika of Lebanon, Tenn.; son Bobby Franks of Lebanon, Tenn.; brother, Larry Freeman of Rockmart; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home, with Rev. Roger Swafford officiating. Interment followed in Yorkville Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Euzeal Jones, Todd Brown, Jerry Smith, Phil Brown, Paul Streetman, and Edward Streetman. The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral home had charge of the arrangements.


Linda Gail Furgason, 49, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997. Mrs. Furgason was born March 29, 1948 in Polk County. She was preceded in death by her daughter, April Furgason Ayers. Survivors include: husband Rex Furgason of Cedartown; parents, Ed and Amy Lou Jarrell of Cedartown; two brothers, Randy Jarrell, Sr., of Douglasville and Danny Ray Jarrell of Covington; daughter Amy Furgason Goss of Cedartown and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of Gammage Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Pyles, Rev. James L. Rosser, and the Rev. Gary Livingston officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers included: David Connell, Milton Stroup, Tyrone Stroup, Ronnie Jarrell, Donnie Jarrell and Randy Jarrell, Jr.. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


John C. "Jack" Galloway, 86, of Rome, formerly of Cedartown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997. Mr. Galloway was born July 11, 1911 in Polk County. He was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Allgood Galloway. Survivors include: daughter, Sue Davis of Duluth; three sons, Jimmy Galloway of Riversholes, Ark., Mike Galloway and Don Galloway, both of Marietta; sister, Nell Olson of San Francisco, Calif.; eight grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Dr. Steven Fetkenhour officiating. Interment followed in North View Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Kenneth Waits, Nathan Galloway, Jerry Collier, David McCollum, Raymond Gunnell, Bryan Galloway, Larry McCollum, Dole Mann, Mike Galloway and Donald Galloway. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mary B. Garner, 66, of Kennesaw, formerly of Rome, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 1997. Mrs. Garner was a member of the Eastwood Baptist Church, Marietta. Surviving are: husband, Raymond L. Garner of Kennesaw; son, Rodney L. Garner of Kennesaw; two daughters, Debra C. Noblet and Valerie L. Gaines, both of Woodstock; two brothers, Elroy Brown and Herman Brown, both of Cedartown; sister, Clara Presley of Columbia, S.C.; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m., in Eastwood Baptist Church, with Rev. Ed Coogler and Rev. Ronnie Hooker officiating. Interment followed in Pine Ridge Memorial Park of Kennesaw. Interment followed in Pine Ridge Memorial Park of Kennesaw. This announcement was furnished for the family by the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.


Mary Jean Gordon, 65, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1997 in a Rome hospital. Mrs. Gordon was born in Haralson County. She was a member of Felton Baptist Church and a retired employee of Nantuckett Industries in Cartersville. Survivors include: three daughters, Janice Padden of Wilmington, N.C., Nancy Blossmon and Judy Dyler, both of Maine; two sisters Mr. Winfred Cox of Kennesaw and Margaret Willford of Dawsonville; two brothers, Joe Cosby of Rockmart and Wyatt Cosby of Cedartown; four grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Buddy Privett officiating. The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Timothy Dale Green, age 38, of Rockmart, passed away Sunday, October 26, 1997 at a Rome hospital. Mr. Green was born Aug. 2, 1959 in Rockmart. He as preceded in death by his father, Julius Ray Green, Sr. Survivors are: mother, Lizzie Tucker Green of Rockmart, and three brothers, Ray Green of Rockmart, Terry Green and Tony Green, both of Florida. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Danny Tucker officiating. Interment followed in Taylorsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Donald Baker, Wayne Tucker, James Green, Don Vessell, Michael Green and Kevin Clark. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. B. Paul Grimes, age 77, of Cedartown, passed away Saturday, December 27, 1997 in a local hospital. Mr. Grimes was born August 13, 1920 in Haralson County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Ewell Carr Sunday School Class. He was the owner and operator of Grimes Plumbing and Heating and was the manager of the Cedartown Water Authority. He was also a member of the Lions Club, the Caledonia Lodge #1221, and the Yaarab Temple. Survivors include three sisters, Travis Grimes Haney, Alta Lee Grimes Lovegren, and Jimmie Grimes Haney, all of Cedartown; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 30 , 1997 at the First Baptist Church. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leon Tamplin, Edward Graves, Jr., David Maddox, Ed Jackson, John Griffith, Robert Haney and Ron Casey. Honorary pallbearers were the Lions Club, and the Ewell Carr Sunday School Class, Wayne Gammon and Wesley Chapman. Gammage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Sproull Grimes, 75, of Rockmart, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Grimes was born Feb. 9, 1922 in Polk County. She was a member of the Rockmart First Baptist Church, a retired employee of the Carlton,s Department Store, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert B. and Millie Camp Sproull, Sr.. Surviving are: husband, R.J. Grimes, Sr., of Rockmart; two sons, R.J. Grimes, Jr., of Pleasanton, Calif., and Robert Grimes of Rockmart; three daughters Judy Stoyle and Cathy Matthews, both of Rockmart; and Millie Grimes of Carrollton; sister, Jewell Braswell of Rockmart; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m., from the Rockmart First Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery, Serving as pallbearers were: Skip Sproull, Jason Sproull, Kirt Sproull, Andy Williams, Bryan Culver, Lucas Culver, Chris Culver, Butch Culver, and Joseph E. Brandon, Jr.. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Claire L. Grubb, 79, of Rockmart, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997 at a Rome hospital. Mrs. Grubb was born July 11, 1918 in Chicago, Ill.. She was a homemaker and a member of the Aragon United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther G. Grubb, and son, Luther Grubb, Jr. Surviving are: two sons, William O. Grubb and John L. Grubb, both of Rockmart; two daughters, Donna Marie Shelley and Roxanne Waters both of Rockmart; two sisters, Margaret Warta of Elmherst, Ill., and Betty Hoffman of Chicago, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m., from the Aragon United Methodist Church, with Rev. Steven Usry and Rev. Mickey Grubb officiating. Interment followed at 2:30 p.m., in Manchester Cemetery, Manchester. Pallbearers were: Mike Statham, Martin Warta, John Grubb, William O. Grubb, Franklin Shelley, Ray Waters, Jr., Chuck Travis and Mike Warta. Honorary pallbearers included: Ray Waters, Sr., Tony McGraw, David Pittman, Mark Grubb, Allen Grubb, John Grubb, Paul Grubb, Raliegh Althiser, Jr., Mike Grubb and Steven Usry. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


William Worth "Romeo" Harkins, 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at his residence. Sgt. Harkins was born Oct. 16, 1916 in Dalton. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellie Rogers Harkins, and parents, General Lester and Mossie Lee Young Harkins. Surviving are: son, William D. Harkins of Baker, Fla.: three daughters, Marion Yvonne Womack of Aragon, Brenda Sue Hill of Mossy head, Fla., and Judy Ann Marini of Laurel Hill, Fla.; sister Dora Mae Ivey of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and two great, great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Byrd officiating. Interment followed in Aragon Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers; James David Myers, William D. Harkins Jr., Scott Shelton Harkins, Todd Womack, Randy Womack, Joey Hendson, and Jonathan Hendson. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Billy Thomas Hatch, 71, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997. Mr. Hatch was born July 7, 1926 in Floyd County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Optimist Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a retired accountant with Goodyear. Survivors include: wife, Emily Voyles Hatch of Cedartown; son Steve Hatch of Long Beach, Miss.; three brothers, Bobby Hatch of Rome, Alton Hatch and Herbert Hatch, both of Cedartown; sister, Clealand Hatch of Cedartown; and a grandson. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jerry Mahan and Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. Interment followed in North View Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Don Voyles, David Marks, Mike Bell, Robert Bell, Billy Croker, and Johnny Hatch. Honorary pallbearers included: L.D. Wheeler, Frank Swinney, Jr., Harwell Cunningham, Pete Rogers, Billy Griffin, Hugh Beavers, Bill Barrett, Ray Carter, and Vic Dekle. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Frank White Hayes, 63, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 1997. Mr. Hayes was born Jan. 6, 1934 in Etowah County, Ala.. He was a retired furniture salesman and an U.S. Air Force veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vultz and Clara Tarvin Hayes. Surviving are: wife Linda L. Hayes of Cedartown; two daughters, Frances Ann Hayes of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Diane Cain of Rome; three sons, Chris Hayes, Brian Hayes and Jamie Hayes, all of Cedartown; sister, Doris Fletcher of Wellington, Ala.; brother, Richard Donald Hayes of Anchorage, Alaska; 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with the Rev. Barry Boatner officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were: Bruce Lockmiller, Leon East, John East, Steve Burnette, Jerry Bennett, and Dan Richardson. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Martha Alma Feaster Hicks, 86, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997. Mrs. Hicks was born Sept. 8, 1911 in Chattanooga, Tenn.. She was a charter member of the Polk County Historical Society, and a member of the First United Methodist Church and Daffodil Garden Club. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m., in the Northview Cemetery, with the Rev. Jeff Ross officiating. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


James Floyd Hill, Jr., 68, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997. Mr. Hill was born May 14, 1929 in Polk County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired General Motors employee. Surviving are: daughter, Valarie Hill of Chaumont, France; four sons, James F. Hill, III, of Richmond, Calif., Frank Hill of Agana Guam, David Hill of Calhoun and Stewart Hill of Chaumont, France; four sisters, Betty Dingler and Margaret Shellnutt, both of Cedartown, Glenda Carter of Rome, and Katherine Reeves of Draketown; brother, Uhlan Hill of Rome; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., from Polk Memory Gardens. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Maggie M. Hilton, 81, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997 at her residence. Mrs Hilton was born Aug. 25, 1916 in Dekalb County, Ala.. She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Calvin Hilton. Survivors include: two sons, Joe Wayne Hilton of Columbia S.C., and Wade C. Hilton of Gainesville; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m., from the Calvary Assembly of God with Rev. Jerry Buttram officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Frankie Atkins, Scott Gilliam, Darrell Phillips, Duane Duncan, David Williams, Johnny Dawson, and Jimmy Jackson. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Gertrude Kelley Hogan, 84, of Cedartown, passed away Saturday, December 27, 1997. Mrs. Hogan was born on October 1, 1913 in Jackson, Ga. and was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Cedartown. She was also a retired member of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Survivors include two sons, Joel Garner and Mike Garner both of Cedartown; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 29, 1997 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Clifford Chandler officiating. Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Odie A. Holden, 76, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997 in a Rome hospital. Mrs. Holden was born June 27, 1921 in Paulding County. She was a homemaker and a member of New Canaan Baptist Church of Dallas. Surviving are: husband, T. J. Holden of Rockmart; two sons, Robert Holden of Snyder, Texas and Anthony Holden of Rockmart; four daughters, Alice McFall, Linda Green, Janie Wilson, all of Rockmart and Catherine Green of Snyder, Texas; sister Nettie Griffith of Dallas; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Purser officiating. Interment followed in Bellview Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Freddy McFall, Jessie Holden, Bobby Green, Roger Green, Ricky Green, Randall Green, Rodney Green, Ronnie Green, and Richard Green. Freeman Harris had charge of arrangements.


Marlin Richard Hulsey, 55, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997. Mr. Hulsey was born Feb. 21, 1942 in Haralson County. He was a member of Friendly Baptist Church. Surviving are: wife, Annie Lou Hulsey of Cedartown; two sons, Richard M. Hulsey and Ferlin R. Hulsey, both of Cedartown; two daughters, Ellen Gravett and Susan Hainds, both of Cedartown; five brothers, R.B. Hulsey, Verdell Hulsey, Harlin Hulsey, Kenneth Hulsey and Roger Hulsey, all of Cedartown; sister, Joan Foor of Cedartown; four granddaughters; a grandson and a step-granddaughter. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., in the Friendly Baptist Church, with Rev. Jeff Hulsey and Rev. Randy Vines officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements


Shirley Ann Hulsey, 60, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Hulsey was born Jan. 19, 1937 in Polk County, She was a member of Lake Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington Parrish and Bessie Lee Brown Lindsey. Survivors include; husband, W.J. Hulsey of Cedartown; two daughters, Vickie Benson of Cedartown and Sandra Lee Floyd of Rockmart; two sons Ricky James Hulsey and Johnny W. Hulsey, both of Cedartown; six sisters, Virginia Drummond, Mattie Kines and Elsie Cooper, all of Cedartown. Dot Jones and Becky Adkins, both of Yorkville, and Judy Forrister of Marietta; four brothers, Paul Lindsey of Yorkville, Clyde Lindsey and Herman Lindsey, both of Cedartown and Benjamin Lindsey of Rockmart; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Parris officiating. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements


J. Porter Jacobs, 89 , of Rockmart, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997. Mr. Jacobs was born July 24, 1908 in Bartow County. He was a retired Goodyear supervisor with 40 years of service, a Polk County School District employee, a deacon of the Rockmart First Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers having served during World War II, and a member of the Rockmart American Legion Post No. 12. He was preceded in death by sisters, Effie Gober, Lula Dunaway and Mable East. Surviving are: wife Estelle Williams Jacobs of Rockmart; daughter, Charlotte Vogel of Douglasville; two brothers Clyde Jacobs of Riverdale and Rufus Jacobs of Smyrna; sister, Hazel Baldwin of Rockmart; three grandchildren and a great grandson. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m., from the First Baptist Church, with Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rockmart American Legion Post No. 12 in charge of full military graveside rites. Serving as pallbearers were: Charles Baldwin, Danny Baldwin, Bill Edwards, Jimmy Jacobs, R.L. Jacobs, Ralph Sproull, Jr. Don Wilson and Jimmy Lester. Deacons of the Rockmart First Baptist Church, Ray Langston and C. E. Price, served as honorary pallbearers. Freeman Harris had charge of the arrangements.


Forrest Johnson, 86, of Buchanan passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997. Mr. Johnson was born March 25, 1911 in Cherokee County, Ala.. He was a retired farmer and member of Crossroads Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Hooper, and a granddaughter. Surviving are: wife, Margaret Goldin Johnson; three daughters, Geraldine Hilburn of Pensacola, Fla., Nancy Dodson of Dunwoody, and Joyce Smith of Lithonia: two sons, Robert Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., and David Johnson of Cedartown; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., from the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Davidson and Dr. Dewayne New officiating. Interment followed in Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were; Terry Hilburn, Lewis Hilburn, Steve Womble, David Johnson, Eugene Hooper, Todd Hooper, Roy Smith and Michael Johnson. Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Opal Waites Johnson, age 70, of Perry, GA., passed away Friday, December 26, 1997 in Zebulon, GA., and was a member of New Life of Perry United Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Johnson. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Cynthia Baldwin, Perry, and Mrs. Carol Bostwick, Blakley; two brothers, Edward Waites, Bossier City, La., and Charles Waites, Cedartown; two sisters, Grace Sparks, Cedartown, and Sharon Bailey, Villa Rica; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 28, 1997 at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Baldwin and Pastor Gary Livingston officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Pearlie Mae Jolly, 83, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 1997. Mrs Jolly was born Feb. 9, 1914 in Polk County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Willard Jolly; two sons, Jack Jolly and Fredrick William Jolly; and three daughters, Frances Gale Folsom, Grace Joan Welch and Rachel Gay Ellenburg. Surviving are: daughter, Shirley Peace of Cedartown, Three sons, Dwight Jolly and Terry Jolly, both of Cedartown, and Sam Jolly of Tombsborro; sister, Ruby Reddish of Cedartown; brother, Edward Trantham of Nashville, Tenn.; 30 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Easterwood officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Brad Elder, Carl Redding, Bahman Firoozi, Eric Ellenburg, Hank Peace and Elton Watson. Gammage Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Rev. Russell D. Jolly, 48, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 1997 following an extended illness. Mr. Jolly was born March 1, 1949 in Polk County. He was a Georgia Power lineman, and minister of the Rock Baptist Church in Paulding County. He also pastored Seney and Bethlehem Baptist churches, both of Rockmart. Parents, Homer L. and Jenny Mae Smith Jolly, and brother Raymond Jolly, preceded him in death. Surviving are: wife, Donna Pinkard Jolly of Rockmart; son, Jason D. Jolly of Rockmart; daughter, Ginger J. Head of Rockmart; four brothers Harold Jolly of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Bruce Jolly of Sacramento, Calif., John D. Jolly and Richard Jolly, both of Cedartown; five sisters Kathryn Kerr and Evelyn Meadows, both of Cedartown, Virginia Hilburn of Pensacola, Fla., Jean Sharpe of Baxley, and Diane Morris of Fayetteville; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m., from the Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Raymond Cook and Rev. Billy Chambers officiating. Interment followed in Bellview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Floyd Barber (Rock Baptist deacons) Gary Brackett, Chris Pruitt, Charles Turley, Jeff Willingham, Leonard Joseph, Randy Parker and Lenny Waters. Employees of the Georgia Power Company served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Arthur Shamblin Jones, age 87, passed away December 30, 1997. Mr. Jones was born June 15, 1910 in Bluffton, Ala., but raised in Rome. He retired from the U. S. Civil Service in 1978 as Comptroller of the Language School at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Columbus, and was a Mason. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas L. Jones and Alpha Billingsley; and wife, Ruth Hamrick Jones. He is survived by Ann Simpson, of Decatur, Jackie Jones, Atlanta, Richard Jones, of Jonesborough, Tommy Jones, Rome, and several other nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 1, 1998 at 11 a.m., in Northview Cemetery, Cedartown, with the Rev. Frank Mann, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Columbus, officiating. Gammage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Robert Allen Kellett, 68, of Union, S. C., formerly of Aragon, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 1997 in Spartanburg, S.C.. Mr. Kellett was born Feb. 3, 1929 in Summerville. He was a retired vice president with the United Merchants Manufacturing in Buffalo, S.C., a deacon of the Fairforest Baptist Church in Union, S.C., and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Annis Cochran Kellett. Surviving are: wife, Sue White Kellett of Union, S.C., two sons, John Kellett of Greenville, S.C., and James Kellett of Pickens, S.C.; two brothers, Russell Kellett of Thomaston and Earl Kellett of Gainesville, Fla.; sister, Jean Brown of Rockmart; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., from the New Prospect Baptist Church, with the Rev. Howard Moore and Rev. Lawrence Garrett officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jackie Earls, John Crocker, Jim Mooney, Mark Caffrey, Ed Camp, and Don Bolton. Honorary pallbearers included: Bobby White, Gene White, Jere White, Paul White, Curtis Vincent, Louis Estep, and Steve Youngblood. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Edward W. Kelley, age 77, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 1997 after an extended illness. He was born July 7, 1920 in Polk County. He retired from General Motors and was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Army. He was preceded in death by wife, Mrs. Inez Moss Kelley, parents, William and Trupie Camp Kelley, brothers, Earl Othel and Rufus Kelley. He is survived by six sisters, Hazel Bolinger, of Decatur, Jewel Byrd, of Douglasville, Doris Hutchins, of Rome, Evelyn Hines, of Lindale, Nancy Smith, of Lindale, and Betty Holcombe, of Marietta. The funeral services for Mr. Edward W. Kelley was held December 3, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Amos Adams and Mr. Doyle Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Prospect Cemetery. His nephews served as pallbearers. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Mautile Davenport Kinney, age 71, of Charlotte N.C., formerly of Rockmart passed away, Sunday, March 1, 1998, in Charlotte, N. C.. Mrs. Kinney was born December 6, 1926, in Rockmart. She was a retired insurance administrator with Dr. C. M. Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobart Kinney, Jr.; and parents, James Martin and Frances Emma Kirk Davenport. Survivors include a son; Phillip D. Kinney of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Raymond Davenport of Rome and Duane Davenport of Rockmart; a sister, Robbie Thompson of Atlanta; and two grandchildren. The funeral service was held Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at 11 a.m. from the Rockmart First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Autry officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. The following nephews served as pallbearers: Guy Davenport, Jr., Ronnie Kent, Andy Williams, David Williams, Chris Williams, Joe Williams and Jimmy Davenport. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Cordie Bell Ledford, 82, passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997. Mrs Ledford was born July 15, 1915 in Polk County. She was a member of Lake Creek Baptist Church and a retired employee of West Point Pepperell. She is preceded in death by: husband, Clarence Ledford; son, Johny Ledford; and parents Oscar and Etta Bridges Welchel. Survivors include: son, Bobby Ledford of Cedartown; three sisters, Mattie Lee Astin and Estelle Barnett, both of Cedartown, and Annie Carrie Ricks of Conyers; two grandsons and two great grandsons. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Clifford Chandler officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jimmy West, Terry Burns, Junior Mull, Billy Astin, Varnell Barnett, and Sonny Burns. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Effiecile McWhorter Lee, age 83, of Mableton, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997, at her residence. Mrs. Lee was born August 30, 1914 in Haralson County. She was retired from the Arrow Shirt Company in Buchanan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Sam Lee. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Bartley, of Deerfield, VA; Mrs. Tiny Bates, of Bremen; Ms. Shelba Lee, of Mableton; Mrs. Peggy Ivey, of Villa Rica; and Mrs. Janice Folsom, of Lithia Springs; brothers, Mr. Julius McWhorter and Mr. Durelle McWhorter, both of Deerfield, VA.; and Mr. Dewey McWhorter, of Chattanooga, TN.; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27, 1997, at 11 a.m. from Hutcheson,s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Rudeseal officiating. Interment followed in the Buchanan City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jesse Roberts, Brian Cox, Bo Cook, Danny Cook, Ricky Dobbs and Amos Sparks. Hutcheson,s Memorial Chapel of Buchanan was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruby White Lee, 84, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997. Mrs. Lee was born Jan. 4, 1913 in Polk County. She was a member of the Rockmart First Baptist Church, a librarian of the Rockmart City Library for 23 years and a former supervisor in the Rockmart School cafeteria. She was preceded in death by; husband, Aubrey Monroe Lee; parents, Edward and Octavia White; and son, Robert Lee, Sr.. Surviving are: two sons, Jimmy Lee of Lawrenceville and Barry Lee of Downey, Calif.; two daughters, Sylvia Whiteside of Athens and Nancy Roe of Decatur; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Allen Lee, Harold Hilliard, Stephen Smith, Tim Birdsong, David Taff, Robert Lee Jr., and Jennifer Lee. Members of the Dorcas Sunday School Class of the Rockmart First Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Daniel Wayne Lester, age 60, of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at his residence. He was born July 31, 1937, in Rockmart. He was a retired Goodyear employee and of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy M. and Mary Statham Lester. Survivors include 3 sons: Donald Lester, Cecil H. Lester, and Ricky Lester, all of Rockmart, 2 daughters, Mrs. Ruth Weathington, Vero Beach, Fla. And Mrs. Catherine A. Pace, Acworth, 3 brothers, Rev. David Lester, Rockmart, Curtis Lester, Marietta, Willie Dee Lester, Kennesaw, and 6 grandchildren. The funeral services was held Friday December 26, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marion Longshore and Rev. Robert Pyles officiating. Interment followed in Holly Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lee Lester, Dewain Lester, Allen Lester, Jimmy Lester, Willie Lester, Billy Floyd, and Thomas Lester. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Floy Lester, 77, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 1997. Mr. Lester was born Oct. 30, 1919 in Heard County. He was a former deacon and clerk at Lime Branch Baptist Church, a retired foreman at Lockheed, and a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by: his wife, Evelyn Lester; parents Eb and Viola Mae Merdock Lester; and sister, Alma Godwin Evans. Surviving are: stepmother, Jewell Lester of Cedartown; three daughters, Carolyn Cochran of Cedartown, Fran House of Rome and Susan Siqueira of Slidell La.; four brothers Cecil Lester and Howard Lester, both of Cedartown, Cleo Lester of Marietta, and Herschel Lester of Temple; two sisters, Pauline Cauthen of Tallapoosa and Hedy Gable of Cedartown; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, with Dr. Jerry Mahan and Rev. Earl Montgolf officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Evelyn Lester, 72, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997. Mrs. Lester was born Dec. 6, 1924 in Polk County. She was a member of Lime Branch Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mac and Lillie Mae Holbrooks, and sister, Annie Ruth Holbrooks Lester. Surviving are: husband, J. Floy Lester of Cedartown; three daughters, Carolyn Cochran of Cedartown, Fran House of Rome; and Susan Siqueria of Slidell, La.; brother, Winford Holbrooks of Cedartown; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wayne Benefield and Rev. Earl Montgolf officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Jewell W. Liner, age 83, of Cedartown passed away Wednesday, December 31, 1997 in an out of town hospital. Mrs. Liner was born March 22 1914 in Cleburne County, Ala. And was a member of Westview Baptist Church in Tallapoosa, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey C. Liner, a daughter, Nina Bell, and two grandchildren. Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Haskin and Lela Moody, both of Cedartown; two sons, Ken Liner, of Adel, Ga., and Calvin Liner, of Albany, Ga.; a brother, Ollie Williams, of Tallapoosa; a sister, Ruby Marks, of Leeds, Ala.; 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, January 2, 1998 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of The Gammage Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Tucker and the Rev. Gary Parris officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Floyd Bell, Sonny Newton, Darrell Phillips, Todd Williams, David Williams, and Jeff Waits. Gammage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruby Catherine Williams Lockridge, 82, passed away Saturday Nov. 29, 1997. Mrs. Lockridge was born Feb. 6, 1915 in Rock Run, Ala.. She was a member of Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was in the Blue and Gold Club and the Women,s Society. Survivors include: husband, Sam M. Lockridge of Cedartown; three daughters, Reba Daly of Florence, S.C., Gayle Mercer of Atlanta, and Brenda Howard of Cochran; two brothers, Don Williams of Cedartown and Bob Williams of Cairo; three sisters, Agnes White, Myrtle Lockridge and Besulah Gilliam, all of Cedartown; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., in the Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Arnold officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were: Marytn Clarke Mercer, III, Samuel Mitchell Mercer, Paul Michael Daly, Jr., David Lockridge Daly, Leslie Thomas Howard Jr., and William Ashley Howard. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Paul Lumpkin, age 89, of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, December 18, 1997, at his residence. He was born October 20, 1908 in Gordon County. Mr. Lumpkin was a retired Goodyear Employee with 44 years service, former self employed floor sander, and a member of the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Georgia and Minnie Burns Lumpkin, brother, Edward H. Lumpkin, and sisters, Ida L. Chambers and Ethel L. Chambers. Survivors include wife, Mrs. Elsie Parham Lumpkin, Rockmart, daughter, Mrs. Johnnie Ashley, Rockmart, brother, Billy Lumpkin, Euharlee, Sister, Mrs. Laura Stephens, Draketown, 1 grandson and 1 granddaughter. The funeral services for Mr. Lumpkin were conducted Sunday, December 21, at 2:30 p.m., from the Second Baptist Church with Rev. David Taylor and Dr. Ben Lindsey officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 3:00 p.m., to 5:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Leif Ashley, Charles Chambers, Ralph Chambers, Russell Chambers, Gene Parham, Howard Lumpkin, and Mickey White. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Clara Floy Lyle, 87, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 1997 following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Lyle was born Aug. 21, 1910 in Paulding County. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Allen Lyle; a daughter, Janice Marie Lyle, and a son Larry Lyle. Surviving are: a daughter, Helen Williams of Atlanta; four sons, Bobby Lyle, Cecil Lyle, Bruce Lyle, all of Rockmart, and Herschel Lyle of Whitesburg; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m., in the Second Baptist Church of Rockmart, with Dr. Benjamin Lindsey and Rev. Joe Woodard officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers and deacons of Second Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Jesse James Mann, 69, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 1997. Mr. Mann was born Nov. 18, 1927 in Polk County, He was a retired supervisor with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company with 47 years of Service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy R. and Grace Priest Mann. Survivors include: wife, Cecile G. Mann of Cedartown; two daughters, Brenda Fox of Rome and Beverly West of Cedartown; two sisters, Lois Brown of Bremen and Mary Jane Snow of Milledgeville; brother, Don Mann of Atlanta; three grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m., from the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Amos Adams and Rev. Talmadge Barnes officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Franklin Phillip, Ray Hilburn, Tony Gaylor, Charles Rayburn, Edward Phillips, and Bob Brown. Honorary pallbearers included: Vic Dekle, Jimmy Camp, Jimmy Swafford, Junior Womack, Junior Elkins, Paul Cox, Junior Moncrief and Jerry Camp. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Jimmy Wayne Mauldin, 44, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 1997. Mr. Mauldin was born Nov. 9, 1952 in Polk County. He was a musician. He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Hubert Mauldin. Surviving are : mother, Mattie Lou Dean Mauldin of Cedartown; son, Jaimin Mauldin of Cedartown; daughter, Anna Mauldin of Cedartown; three sisters, Sylvia Boling of Lindale, Shirley English of Rome and Shelia Clemons of Groveland, Fla.; and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m., from the Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Earl Partain, Sr., the Rev. Morris Cagle, and the Rev. Danny English officiating. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were; Marvin Wright, Sam Copeland, John Evermans, David Cargle, James Smith, and Chad Thomason. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Alvin "Son" Mayben, age 83, of Attalla, Alabama, passed away Friday, December 12, 1997. He was a life long resident of Etowah County, a Deacon and Charter member of Northside Baptist Church and Sunday School Secretary. He was a member of Local 57 Painters Union. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Mamie Mayben, brother, Elmus Mayben, Joe Mayben, and Hansel Mayben, sister, Rose L. Robertson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Mamie Mayben, brothers, Elmus Mayben, Joe Mayben, and Hansel Mayben, sister, Rose L. Robertson. He is survived by his wife, Posey Mayben, Attalla, AL, sons, James H. Mayben, Cedartown, and Billy G. Mayben, Attalla, AL, daughters, Pat Mayben, Guntersville, AL, and Nina J. White, Attalla, Al, sister Maxine Clayton, brother Richard Mayben, 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Alvin Mayben were held December 14, 1997 at 2:oo p.m., at Northside Baptist Church with Rev. J.O. Green and Rev. Jim Holcomb officiating. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, December 13, 1997 from 6-8 p.m.. Pallbearers include Scott Mayben, Tod Mayben, Greg Jenkins, Tommy Jenkins, Scott Bullard, Phillip Battles, John Kelley and Jeff Ruark. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and members of Northside Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Cancer Society, Etowah Baptist Mission Center or Northside Baptist Church. This local announcement was made for the family by Gammage Funeral Home.


Mozelle Edge McCarson, 85, passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 1997. Mrs. McCarson was born June 29, 1912 in Chattoga County, She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph McCarson, Jr., of Cedartown; three daughters, Barbara M. Evers of Phoenix, Ariz., Patti M. Barrett of Cedartown and Ann M. Davidson of Fayetteville, N.C.; four grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m., in the First Baptist Church, with Dr. Jerry Mahan officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Patsy Echols McGehee, of Macon, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 1997. Mrs. McGehee spent her early life in the ministry with her father at the First United Methodist Church of Cedartown when he was pastor. She is survived by her husband, Judge Othniel McGehee, and six children. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 6, at the Ingleside Baptist Church of Macon. The Hart,s Funeral Home of Macon had charge of the arrangements.


Mary Lee McKelvey, 83, of Rome passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997. Ms. McKelvey was born June 20, 1914 in Bartow County. She was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church of Rome, a retired supervisor from the Serimetrical Laboratories with the Calanese Corporation, and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She is survived by a sister, Glenora Carter of Cedartown, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m., in the East View Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Adams officiating. The Fred Talley Parkview Chapel Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. This announcement was furnished for the family by the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.


Ruth Burnette Miller, 65 of Huntsville, Ala., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997. Mrs. Miller was born April 19, 1932 in Polk County. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Lee Miller. Surviving are: son, Martin Miller of Huntsville, Ala.: daughter Kathleen Miller of Huntsville; four sisters, Martha Hogan of Jacksonville, Miss. Gloria Wright of Adairsville, Gwendolyn Forrister of Bowdon and Billie Gossett of LaGrange; and two grandsons. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wesley Forrister officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Annie J. Mitchell, 84, passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Mitchell was born Jan. 1, 1913 in Floyd County. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Otis J. Mitchell, and parents, Newt and Mammie Quick Barber. Surviving are: daughter, Margaret Statham of Rockmart; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., from the Rockmart Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Hobart Pierce officiating. Pallbearers were: Phil Statham, Mickey Statham, Al Statham, Drake Hitchock, Mike Statham, and Franklin Statham, Jr.. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Marvin H. (Jack) Morgan, age 89, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Rockmart, passed away Friday, October 31, 1997, in Naples Florida. Mr. Morgan was born January 23, 1908, in Rockmart. He was a retired Swift & Company employee in Cincinnati, Ohio with 30 years service and a member of Naples First Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas A. and Johnny Copeland Morgan. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary M. Morgan, of Naples, Fla.; two sons, Dr. Tom Morgan, of Cedartown and Mr. Jack D. Morgan, of Mt. Dora, Fla.; and a brother Mr. Thomas Morgan, of Oregon. Graveside funeral service was held Saturday, January 17, 1998 at 3 p.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Lowery officiating. This information was furnished by the Freeman Harris Funeral Home.


Peggy Allen Moreno, 49, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Moreno was born June 18, 1948 in Polk County. She was preceded in death by her parents, L.W. and Velma Ruby Pointer Allen. Survivors include: husband, Robert Moreno of Cedartown; two daughters, Casandra Nelson and Willie Nelson Akers; son Henry Jefferson Nelson; four sisters, Annie Mae Coheley, Doris McEntire, Ethel Coheley and Diane Allen; brother, Thomas Allen; and three granddaughters. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m., from Shiloh Baptist Church, with Rev. Gene Beck and Rev. Sammy Pointer officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Randy Henson, Butch Coheley, Ricky Brooks, Robert Brooks, Soloman Canter, and John Bullock, Jr. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. C. Carroll Mullen, age 77, passed away December 13, 1997. He was born April 28, 1920 in Bluefields Nicaragua. Mr. Mullen was former President of Rome Plow in Cedartown. Survivors include wife, Betty N. Mullen of Cedartown, daughter, Marilyn Thompson of Charlotte, N.C., brothers Mr. T. L. Mullen and Mrs. W.F. Mullen both of Cedartown and 1 granddaughter. Funeral services for C. Carroll Mullen, were held Monday, December 5, 1997 at 11:00 a.m., in the First Presbyterian Church of Cedartown with Rev. Dave Grove officiating. The family received friends Sunday, December 14, 1997 at there home in Cedartown. The family ask that flowers be omitted and contributions to the charity of your choice.


Mr. Raymond P. Nettles, age 74 died Sunday, December 14, 1997 at his residence. He was a retired Goodyear Employee, Member of New Prospect Baptist Church, and a Army World War II Veteran. He was preceded in death by parents, Pierce and Nancy Robinson Nettles and sister; Susie Baldwin. He was survived by: brother Mr. James Nettles of Rockmart and sister Mrs. Eula V. Williams of Cedartown. The funeral service was held Tuesday, December 16, at 2 p.m., from The Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Garrett and Dr. Ray Hopkins officiating. Interment followed in New Prospect Cemetery. Pallbearers were Edward Nettles, Pierce Nettles, Richard Nettles, Ray Nettles, Marty Nettles, and Derick Nettles. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Helen Simpkins Nolan, 70, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 1997 in a Marietta Hospital. Mrs. Nolan was born June 2, 1927 in Rockmart. She was a homemaker, a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, and a member of the Rockmart Eastern Star Chapter No. 321. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas N. Nolan. Survivors include: son, Tommy Nolan of Rockmart; daughter, Marchie Smith of Villa Rica; two brothers, Jack Simpkins and Bob Simpkins, both of Rockmart; four grandchildren and two great grandsons. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., from Lakeview Baptist Church, with Rev. Andy Fennell and Rev. Jerry Beatty officiating. Interment followed in Beulahland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: James Waits, Howell Brown, Jimmy Brown, Lee Nolan, Jerry Cotton, and Randy Sims. Kenneth Hicks and Bill Sims were honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Clara Inez Norton, 83, passed away Thursday. Oct. 23, 1997 following a brief illness. Mrs. Norton was born Feb. 14, 1914 in Polk County, She was a member of Euharlee Baptist Church and a former employee of Aragon Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Norton, Sr., and son Bobby Norton. Surviving are: two sons James Dale Norton of Lindale and Howard Norton, Jr., of Rockmart; four sisters, Evie Ford and Doris Knight both of Columbia, S.C., Lizzie Green and Dorothy Ezzell, both of Rockmart; three brothers, Alfred Tucker and W. C. Tucker, both of Rockmart, and Edward Tucker of West Virginia; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m., in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home, with Rev. Carl Robinson, the Rev. Archie Streetman, and Rev. Danny Tucker officiating. Interment followed in Taylorsville Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Alton moss, Gene Ferguson, Bobby Norton, Wayne Leggett, William Brandon, and Johnny Landrum. The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home, Rockmart, had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Sally Hardin Norton, age 51, of Rockmart, died Sunday, December 14, 1997 in a Rome Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born in Polk County, on July 8, 1946, the daughter of the late Benton James Hardin and Thelma Shiflett Hardin. Mrs. Norton had lived her entire life in Polk County where she was a homemaker and a member of the Freedom Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Howard Norton, Jr., sister, Mrs. Imogene Allen and Mrs. Fay Garrett, and brothers, C.J. Hardin, Wendell Hardin, and Robert Hardin. Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Sharon Loyd, Rockmart, and Mrs. Kathy Dawson, Aragon, brother, Mr. Jerry Hardin, Cedartown and sister, Mrs. Lavonne Searls, Cedartown, and six grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at 3:00 p.m., in the chapel of the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Moses Wilson and Rev. Carl Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. The family received friends Monday, December 15, 1997 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Tommy Allen, Jimbo Allen, Mitch Allen, Max Cook, James Garret, and Ricky Shedd. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Dawson, Jamie Bishop, Brandon Bishop, and Michael Farmer. The Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruth (Muky) O'Callaghan, 53 of Rome, formerly of Cedartown passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997. Mrs. O,Callaghan was born Sept. 27, 1944 in Crystal City, Texas. She was a member of St. Bernedette,s Catholic Church. Surviving are: son, Enryka Erik O,Callaghan of Atlanta; daughter, Ruthly Lynen O,Callaghan of Atlanta; and sister Edith Goico of Santo Domingo. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with Father Richard Young officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Henry J. Odom, age 95, passed away Sunday, December 14, 1997. He was born January 25, 1902 in Dawson County, GA. Mr. Odom was a member of Cedartown Church of God. He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Cleo Camp Odom and daughter, Helen Odom Beauford. Surviving are his wife, Rosa Lee Dial Shelton Odom of Cedartown, son, James H. Odom of Chamblee, GA., daughter, Jean Glaze of Cedartown and Margie Reedy of Piedmont, Ala., 14 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 2 great, great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services for Henry J. Odom were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997, at 2:00 p.m., in the Lester C. Litesey Chapel with Rev. Clyde Sadler and Rev. Delton Harne officiating. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Monday night, December 15, 1997 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Johnnie William Olive, Sr., passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 1997. Mr. Olive was born Sept. 13, 1935 in Florida. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines having served during the Korean Conflict and a supervisor with Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Surviving are: wife, Betty Jean Shaw Olive of Cedartown; three sons, James Henry Olive, Earnest Lee Olive, and Johnnie William Olive, Jr., all of Cedartown; sister, Christine Mullally of Lakewell, Fla.; two brothers, Nelson Olive and Charles Olive, both of Orlando Fla.: and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Hugh Shaw officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memorial Gardens, with full military rites conducted by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. Serving as pallbearers were: Jimmy Shaw, Frankie Hudgins, Matthew Menesfee, Lowell Sanders, Dennis Swindle, and Chris Smith. Davy Bright was honorary pallbearer. Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Bobby E. Osborne, 63, of 205 Rowell Road, Rockmart, passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997 in a Rome hospital. Mr. Osborne was born Sept. 10, 1934 in Paulding County. He was a retired Lockheed employee. He was preceded in death by his parents, George A. and Ruth Hughes Osborne. Survivors include: wife Martha Osborne of Rockmart; daughter, Pam Osborne of Dahlonega; three stepsons, Michael Todd Estes of Texarkana, Texas, Marty J. Estes of Aragon, and Marlin Estes of Anderson, S.C.; brother, Darrell Osborne of Aragon; sister, Glenda Layson of Duluth; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m., from the Harmony Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Smallwood officiating. Interment followed in Aragon Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Lawrence Timms, Terry Timms, Harper Morgan, Kenneth Thompson, Scott Sappington, and Gene Graham. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Frank George Overbey, age 68, of Cedartown, passed away Monday, March 2, 1998 at his residence. Mr. Overbey was born August 30, 1929. He was retired from Wright & Lopez as an area manager. After retirement he was a bus driver for the Head Start Program. He was a member of Friendly Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Hiram Overbey. Survivors include his wife, Mary S. Overbey of Cedartown; his mother, Annie Strickland of Douglasville; two brothers, Hiram Overbey of Warner Robbins, and Sammy Strickland of Cedartown; three sisters, Judy Spikes of Pooler, GA., Ruth Stroup of Cedartown and Ila Yvonne Jordan of Douglasville; five sons, Patrick T. Overbey of Dahlonega, H. Terry Overbey of Winder, Daniel Overbey of South Bend, Ind., Michael E. Overbey and Charles T. Overbey of Powder Springs; a daughter, Denise Overbey of Stone Mountain; twelve grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Overbey was held Wednesday, March 4, 1998 at 2 p.m. from the Friendly Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Hulsey and the Rev. R. B. Hulsey officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens with full military rites conducted by the Marine Service in Rome. Pallbearers were Scotty Blankenship, Danny Willis, David Sisson, George Vinsen, Jerome Smith and Michael Overbey. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Blankenship, Jim Crawford, William Kelley, and Lonnie Nale. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Dewey L. Packer, 66, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997. Mr. Packer was born July 12, 1931 in Polk County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a self employed welder. He was preceded in death by parents, Paul C. and Alice Freeman Packer. Survivors include: son, Randy Packer of Calhoun; two sisters, Maudie Meroney and Gladys Price; a brother Archie Packer and two grandchildren. Funeral Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., from Shiloh Baptist Church by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. Serving as pallbearers were: Chris Packer, Brian McGee, Keith McGee, Kirk Lindsey, Karl Lindsey, and Randy W. Thompson, Jr.. Honorary pallbearers included: Tim McElwee, Ricky Shaw and Tommy Shaw. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


Lillian Page Oswald, 93, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997 following an extended illness. Mrs Oswald was born Aug. 14, 1904 in Thorton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by husband Herbert August Oswald. A daughter, Joanne Lillian Stroup of New York. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Dewey L. Packer, 66, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997. Mr. Packer was born July 12, 1931 in Polk County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a self employed welder. He was preceded in death by parents, Paul C. and Alice Freeman Packer. Survivors include: son, Randy Packer of Calhoun; two sisters, Maudie Meroney and Gladys Price; a brother Archie Packer and two grandchildren. Funeral Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., from Shiloh Baptist Church by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. Serving as pallbearers were: Chris Packer, Brian McGee, Keith McGee, Kirk Lindsey, Karl Lindsey, and Randy W. Thompson, Jr.. Honorary pallbearers included: Tim McElwee, Ricky Shaw and Tommy Shaw. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


Pauline G. Pashal, 92, passed away Friday. Nov. 7, 1997 at her residence. Mrs, Pashal was born Dec. 24, 1904 in Draketown. She was a homemaker, a retired Goodyear employee and a charter member of the Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Eugene Pashal; daughter, Beverly Branton; and a grandson. Survivors include; five sons, Gene Pashal of Statesville, N.C., Harvey Paschal of Marietta. Jerry Paschal of Rome, William Paschal and Glenn Paschal, both of Rockmart; three daughters, Virginia Kuehner of Rockmart, Catherine Otts of Rome, and Emmalene Puryear of Mechanicsville, Va.; sister Ada Garrett of Rome; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a great great grandson. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., from the Second Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Alderman, the Rev. Ben Lindsey, and the Rev. Robert Wright officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: David Kuehner, Stanley Otts, Dick Paschal, Lee Paschal, Michael Puryear, Dennis Puryear, Tommy Branton, John Paschal, and Matt Paschal. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Lucile Brown Payne, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997. Mrs. Payne was born Sept. 17, 1912 in Circle City, Ky. She was a retired alteration seamstress with J.C. Penney and a member of Southside Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. C. Payne. Survivors include; daughter, Mrs. Tommy Hunt of Cedartown; son, Jimmy Brown of Birmingham, Ala.; sister Marie Moore of Birmingham, Ala.; three brothers, Russell Davis, Oliver J. Davis and Floyd Davis, all of Birmingham, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m., from Southside Baptist Church with Rev. James Guy and Rev. J.C. Robinson officiating. The interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jimmy Brown, Todd Hunt, Robbie Pridmore, Shane McReath, Steven Whitson, and Christ Asaro. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


Harold Lee Perry, 54, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997. Mr. Perry was born May 28, 1943 in Bartow County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired automobile mechanic. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Jessie O. Perry. Surviving are: father, Jessie L. Perry of Cartersville; three daughters, Angela Arp of Felton, Connie Moncrief and Crystal Perry, both of Cedartown; son Anthony Perry; four sisters, Linda Wilson and Mrs. Pete Starnes, both of Cartersville, Sue Brockman of Alabama; and Kathy Reynolds of Texas; three brothers Stanley Perry, Gene Perry, and George Perry, all of Cartersville and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with the Rev. Raymond Davenport officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. Pallbearers were: Thomas Perry, Lamar Perry, LeRoy Williams, Bill Esco, Tommy Mount, and Bruce Meade. Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Maria "Izzo" Pezzin, age 72, of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, passed away Monday, December 15, 1997. She was a member of the Catholic Women,s League. Local survivors include son, Dr. Robert Pezzin, and two grandsons, Christopher Pezzin and Clay Pezzin. Mass was said for Maria "Izzo" Pezzin on Thursday, December 18, 1997 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Ontario, Canada. Interment followed in the Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, Ontario Canada. The family received friends on Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home, Ontario Canada from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown makes this announcement for the family.


Martha Ruth Witcher Pickard, 79, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997. Mrs. Pickard was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Polk County. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Surviving are: husband Ralph V. Pickard of Cedartown; daughter, Nancy Redd of Marietta; a granddaughter and two great grandchildren. Memorial services were held Friday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with Rev. Jeff Ross officiating. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mary G. Pinkard, 82, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 in a Rome Hospital. Mr. Pinkard was born March 21, 1915. She was a homemaker, a retired school lunchroom employee, and a member of Rockmart Bellview Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis R. Pinkard and daughter, Joan Pinkard. Surviving are: three sons Johnny Pinkard of Albertville, Ala., Charles Pinkard and Barry Pinkard, both of Rockmart; daughter, Elizabeth Finney of Rome; two sisters Lemma Williamson of Decatur and Grace Morris of Aragon; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., from Bellview Baptist Church, with Rev. Clifford Chandler, Rev. Jarrell Dickerson, and Rev. Calvin Brown officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The following nephews served as pallbearers; Mike Pannell, Mickey Hobbs, Clarence Hobbs, Tollie Williamson, Donald Morris, Larry Morris and Keith Morris. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Clarice Hill Pitts, 74, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997. Mrs. Pitts was born Oct. 13, 1923 in Polk County. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Arrow Shirt Factory. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ann Bridges Hill, and daughter, Sylvia Ann Pitts. Surviving are: husband, J. D. Pitts of Cedartown; son, Dan Pitts of Anniston Ala.; and two grandsons. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m., from Southside Baptist Church with Rev. James Guy, the Rev. J.C. Robinson, and the Rev. Billy Reding officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Emmit Peek, Wallace Pitts, Edward Fraiser, Willie Truitt, Joe Ward and Barney Redding. Deacons of Southside Baptist Church and members of the Willing Workers Sunday School class served as honorary pallbearers. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Arthur Lee Pope, 57, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Pope was born Oct. 11, 1940 in Polk County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Lorene Formby Pope. Surviving are: daughter, Sondra Hughes of Cedartown; two sons, Arthur Lee Pope, Jr., of Aragon and Edward Pope of Douglasville; two sisters, Rose Bell of Cedartown and Joan Morris of Franklin, N.C.; brother, Benny Pope of Aragon; and a grandson. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. Interment followed in the Gordon Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by the Brewster Cleveland Post No. 86. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Birdie Norris Privett, age 93, of Cedartown, passed away December 26, 1997. Mrs. Privett was born January 9, 1904 in Haralson County, and was a member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruby Duncan, and two sons, Charlie Privett, and Berris M. Privett. Survivors include tow sons, James Privett, Cedartown, and Jackie Privett, Roopville, GA.; a daughter Ann Johnson, Cedartown; 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 28, 1997 at 2 p.m. in the Youngs Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Wood and the Rev. Hugh Shaw officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Pearl E. Puckett, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997 in a Paulding County nursing home. Mrs. Puckett was born April 22, 1912 in Cherokee County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Harmony Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bard Richard Puckett. Surviving are: son, Danny Puckett of Temple; five daughters, Marilyn Johnson and Joyce Swafford, both of Dallas, Gail Garner of Rockmart, Catherine Robbins of Villa Rica, and Emma Neil Mitler of Stone Mountain; sister Lula Coker of Cartersville; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., from the Harmony Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Bob Smallwood and Rev. Marion Longshore officiating. Interment followed in Yorkville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Jimmy Hannah, Richard Payne, Ed Cole, Bill Craton, Lennis Coker, Robert Garner and Luke Puckett. The Rev. Mack Puckett served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Correne P. Redding, 73, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 after an extended illness. Mrs. Redding was born March 30, 1924 in Polk County. She was a homebound helper. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Shalline Carroll, and two sons, John Ricky Parrish, and Junior Parrish. Surviving are: husband Emanuel Redding of Cedartown; two daughters, Helen Hampton and Patricia South, both of Gainesville; son Robert Parrish of Cedartown; stepdaughter, Kathy Redding of Cedartown; three brothers Raymond Redding, Rayford Redding, both of Cedartown and Steve Redding of Alabama; 25 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. John Vines officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Lamar Hampton, Preston Brown, Matt Groover, Hershel Weddington, Rayford C. Redding, Stacy Lyles, Hershel Ballew, and Tony Hulsey. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Mildred Katherine Redding, 79, of Cedartown, passed away Sunday, December 28, 1997. Mrs. Redding was born February 25, 1918 in Cherokee County, Ala.. She was preceded in death by her parents Sarah Reedy Norton and Robert C. Norton. Survivors include her husband, Barney L. Redding, Sr., Cedartown; two sons, Robert Edward Redding, Cedartown and Barney L. Redding, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter Linda Dianne Redding, Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Robert C. Norton, Jr., Piedmont, Ala.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services was held Tuesday, December 30, 1997 at 4 p.m. from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. J. C. Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were J. D. Pitts, Ray Kerr, Ricky Lankford, Greg Casey, Gary Redding, and Carl Redding, Jr.. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Louise Redmond, 77, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997. Mrs. Redmond was born Oct. 10, 1920. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer H. Redmond. Surviving are: three daughters, Katherine Smith, Janice Fortune and Lois Ayers, all of Cedartown; two sons, Billy Haynes and Ronnie Haynes, both of Cedartown; 16 grandchildren; 15, great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Alan Wilburn and Dr. Larry Conner officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Parker Fednander, Wayne Fortune, Samuel Fortune, Ricky Ayers, David Haynes and Brian Haynes. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


C.B. Reece, 62 passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Reece was born, Dec. 28, 1934 in Cherokee County. He was a self-employed painter and attended the United Christian Baptist Church. Surviving are; his wife, Annie Mae Sisson Reece; three daughters, Vickie Hudgins and Tina Bullard, both of Cedartown, and Melissa Steed of Rockmart; son Chuck Reece of Cedartown; nine grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services were held Sunday. Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., from the United Christian Baptist Church in Cedartown, with Rev. John (Bud) Smith, Rev. Harvey Bowman and Rev. Donnie Christopher officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Pallbearers included, Michael Bradford, Leon Mabry, Tommy Hudgins, Joe Steed, Lewis Hudgins and David Mabry. Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Arthur C. Riggins, 79, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997 following a brief illness. Mr. Riggins was born Jan. 7, 1918 in Monroe County. He was a boiler operator for Ben Hill Griffin in Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ella Smith Riggins, and two sons, Wes Riggins and Walter Riggins. Survivors include: daughter, Evelyn Kersey of Auburndale, Fla.; four sons, James Riggins of Mansfield, Ohio, Ray Riggins of Murfreesboro, Tenn., David Riggins of Havelock, N.C., and Harold Riggins of Avon Park, Fla.: 18 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m., from the Wappner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lewis Copley officiating. A memorial service was also held the same day in Cedartown at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, with the Rev. George Pike officiating. Interment followed in the Mansfield Memorial Park, Ohio. This announcement was furnished for the family by the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.


Mr. William Albert Ritch, 80, died Friday, December 5, 1997, at his residence. He was born September 17, 1917, in Dalton, Ga.. He was a retired Harbin Clinic Maintenance Employee and a member of Live Oak Baptist Church for 64 years, which he served as a Deacon for 47 years and Men,s Sunday School Class Teacher for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Oliver and Clara Lou Yarbrough Rich. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ellen Kell Ritch, of Aragon, son, Mr. Doug Ritch, of Duluth, daughter, Mrs. Jane Terry, of Ringgold, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. The funeral services was held Monday December 8, at 2 p.m., from Live Oak Baptist Church with Rev. Willard Willis, Rev. John Henderson and Rev. Calvin Brown officiating. Interment followed in Live Oak Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Kevin Terry, Kelly Terry, John Winecker, Jeff Kennedy, and Jeff Farmer. Deacons of Live Oak Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie H. Robbins, age 101, passed away Saturday December 6, 1997. She was born October 28, 1896, in Paulding County. She was a member of United Pentecostal Church and preceded in death by husband Henry J. Robbins, parents Riley Hall and Janie Kemp Hall, daughter Hazel Shaw, sons Everett Robbins and Wallace Robbins. Survivors include: 14 grandchildren, number of great grandchildren, number of great great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Robbins were conducted Monday, December 8, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., from United Pentecostal Church with Rev. James R. Rosser officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, December 07, 1997 from 7;00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers; Ernest Oliver, Matthew Menafee, Chris Smith, Mark Hamson, Luke Hamson, Dennis Swindle and David Bright. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Ernest James Roberts, Sr., age 76, of Silver Creek, passed away Friday, December 19, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Roberts was born January 1, 1921 in Fulton County. He was a World War II Veteran and retired from Lindale Laundry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest E. Roberts and Sarah MacDonald Roberts. Survivors include wife, Myrtle Hardin Roberts, Silver Creek, son, Ernest J. Roberts ,Jr., Silver Creek, daughters, Nannette Beall, Silver Creek, Deborah Millican, Menlow, Ga., sisters, Edna Watson, Rome, Geraldine East, Cedartown, brothers, Charles Jack Roberts, Portland, Oregon, 5 grandsons and 1 great grandchild. Funeral services for Mr. Roberts were conducted Sunday, December 21, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Wesley Forrester officiating. The interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, December 10, 1997 from 7:00 p.m., until 9:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Pallbearers were grandsons, Bradley Beall, Jason Beall, Aaron Millican, Matthew Sweat, Jr., James Roberts III and Alex Hosmer. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Jasper Felton Robinson, age 82, passed away Thursday, December 18, 1997. He was born on December 29, 1914 in Polk County. Survivors include wife, Mrs. Emily Swafford Robinson, Cedartown, daughter, Mrs. Elaine Gore, Norcross, 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 20, 1997 at 2:00 p.m., in the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. Interment followed at Polk Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Friday, December 19, 1997 from 7:00 p.m., to 9:00 p.m., at Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Gary Porterfield, Jimmy Swafford, Larry Swafford, Harold Swafford, Herschel Wright, and Howard Porterfield. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Pluma Jane Robinson, 89, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Robinson was born Feb. 7, 1908 in Borden Springs, Ala.. She was a member of the Gethsamene Baptist Church, a homemaker, and correspondent for the Rockmart Journal. For many years, she had taught Sunday School in both Bellview and Seney Baptist churches of Rockmart. She was preceded in death by a son, Vergil Lee Robinson. Surviving are: husband, George Robinson of Rockmart; daughter, Evelyn Cook of Rockmart; two sons, Donald Robinson of Duluth and Gerald Robinson of Rockmart; five sisters, Edna Suddeth of Powder Springs, Ola Haynie, Lois Duke, Inez Walker, and Ruby Carter, all of Rockmart.; two brothers, James W. "Bunk" Wheeler of Rockmart and G. W. Wheeler of Union City. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Bellview Baptist Church, with Rev. Floyd Hufstetler, Rev. Clifford Chandler, and Rev. Hugh Burdett officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were; (grandsons) Ricky Cook, Anthony Robinson, Craig Robinson, Derick Robinson, Tim Ingle and Corey Ingle. The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home, Rockmart, had charge of the arrangements.


Floy Carter Sanders, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997. Mrs. Sanders was born Sept. 30, 1913 in Polk County. She was a member of Anna Kresge United Methodist Church. A nephew, Robert Shiflett of Cedartown and two nieces, Edna Taylor of Cedartown and Ruth Naegle of Coarse Gold, Calif., all survive. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Arnold officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions can be made to the Kresge Methodist Church. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Cecil Savage, 73, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Savage was born March 16, 1924 in Henry County. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Rockmart Masonic Lodge No 97, a Shriner, former Rockmart Goodyear employee, and a retired Cartersville Goodyear employee. Surviving are: wife, Marian Loyd Savage of Rockmart; two sons, David Savage and Steven Savage, both of Rockmart; daughter, Susan Carr of Rockmart; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m., from the Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Charles Williams, Rev. Wendell Rush, and Dr. Richard Smith officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were: Clark Sloman, Gerald Sloman, Bobby Sloman, John Foster, Edward Roach, and John Layfield. Honorary pallbearers included: Frank Statham, J.C. Gazaway, Bill Holland, George McBryde, and Nathan Johnson. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Leonard Ross Shackelford, Sr., 66, passed away Tues., December 08, 1997 in an out of town hospital. He was born August 7, 1931 in Polk County. He was employed by WGAA Radio, a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church, Sunday School Teacher and Choir member. He retired from Engineered Fabrics in Rockmart, formerly Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and winner of Goodyear Spirit Award in 1986. He was a veteran of the Korean War and former member of The American Legion and Exchange Club. He served on the Polk Co. Board of Education. He was former member of the Northwest Georgia Football Official Association and formerly active in the Cedartown Little Theater. He was active with the Goodyear Boy Scouts in Rockmart, and he was a volunteer for the American Heart Association, United Way and American Cancer Association. He was preceded in death by parents, Ruby Parker Shackelford and Charlie Shackelford. Survivors include: wife Catherine Colquitt Shackelford of Cedartown, daughter, Dell Copeland, Beth Branch, both of Cedartown, Leigh Burell, of Rockmart, son Leonard Ross Shackelford, Jr., of Knightdale, N.C., sister, Alice Stroup of Cedartown, brothers, Charles W. Shackelford, of Cedartown, Tommy V. Shackelford, of Fyffe, AL., and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 12, 1997 at 11:00 a.m., from the First Baptist Church with Dr. Jerry Mahan, Rev. Bob Holcomb, and Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. The interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Thurs., Dec 11, 1997, at the funeral home. Pallbearers were: Van Shackelford, Jerry Stroup, Joey Colquitt, Johnny Colquitt, Roy Casey, Bobby Green, Honorary pallbearers were Deacon,s of First Baptist Church. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements.


John Richard Shuman, 59, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997. Mr. Shuman was born May 2, 1938 in Polk County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served 21 years, and a real estate salesman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie Lee Davis and W. Wilson Shuman. Survivors include; wife, Joyce P. Shuman of Rockmart; four sons, Richard Mike Shuman, Dennis Keith Shuman and John Christopher Shuman, Sr., all of Rockmart, and Steve Crain Shuman of Cedartown; brother, Bobby G. Shuman of Sumter, S.C.; five grandchildren; three step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roger Parris and the Rev. Robert Rudeseal officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by Ft. McPhearson of Atlanta. Serving as pallbearers were: Gary Shuman, Jackie Berry, randy Berry, Tony Rudeseal, Davey Stephenson, Dale Stephenson. Donnie Stephenson, Gregg Parris, Johnny Parris, Stephen Ogle, and Jamie Ogle. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Jeffery Boykin Singley, 32, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997. Mr. Singley was born Jan. 14, 1965 in Newton County. He was a meter reader with the Atlanta Gas Light Company. Survivors include; mother, Dorothy Wander Wyatt of Tifton; father, James Ellis Singley of Cedartown; two sisters, Wanda Smith of Douglas and Donna White of Tifton; grandmother, Frances Wander of Oxford; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. James L. Rosser officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were Tim Stinchcomb, Jimmy Rosser, Kerry Singley, Don Melton, Roy Trammell and Jeff Couch. Honorary pallbearers included; Tony Stinchcomb, Scott Grogan, Guy Chandler. Tony Couch, Rodney Chandler, Mike Townsend, John Stowe, Todd Williams, Brad Elder and Terry Lee Couch. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Margaret Hudgens Smith, 81, of Rome, passed away Sunday Nov. 16, 1997. Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 28, 1916 in Rossville. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rome. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ratio Fred Smith; daughter, Martha Robinson; and a sister Virginia Bovell. Surviving are: two sons, Fred T. Smith of Cedartown and Edd Smith of Acworth; sister, Helen Starnes of Rossville; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., in the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Edens officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations can be made to the Rome First Presbyterian Church. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Vennie Irene Smith, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 1997. Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 1, 1909 in Bartow County. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church. Surviving are: three daughters, Linda Lavern Vinson, Charlene Guice, and Sonja Lea Bridges, all of Cedartown. Nine grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Owen Davis, Jr., and the Rev. Jerry Hardin officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Garden. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Laura Aileen Graves Soules, 76, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997. Mrs. Soules was born Jan. 6, 1921 in Nacogdochee County, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, LaMerle Graves Aken, and a brother, Horacy B. Graves. Surviving are: husband, James T. Soules of Cedartown; son, James T. Soules, Jr., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two daughters, Lynn Soules Gondel of Charlotte, N. C., and Alicia Soules of Tucker; brother, John Graves of Amarillo, Texas; sister, Faye Hancock of Nacogdochee County, Texas; and five grandchildren. Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., in the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Cecil Johnson and Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy Mae Spinks, age 74, of Aragon, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 1997, at a Rome Hospital. Mrs. Spinks was born January 2, 1924, in Polk County and was a member of Piedmont Ave. Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh R. Spinks, parents, Emory Lee and Mamie Lee Brumbelow Suits, and daughter, Paulette Spinks. Survivors include, two sons Mr. Hugh Lamar Spinks, of Aragon, and Mr. Eddie Ragin Spinks, of Rockmart; a daughter, Mrs. Jane Jones of Aragon; a brother Mr. Paul Suit of Davenport, Fla.; three sisters. Mrs. Renie Blackmon, of Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Ruth Harris, of Taylorsville; and Mrs. Odell Statham of Stockbridge; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral service was held Friday, January 2, 1998 at 2 p.m. from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Garrett officiating. Interment followed in Hills Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Haney, James Hembree, James E. Hulsey, Jon Hitchcock, Freddie Lewis, Mike Sullivan, and Larry Haney.


Elbert Lee Stephens, 73, passed away Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997. Mr. Stephens was born April 23, 1924 in Cullman, Ala. He was a member of Pine Bower Baptist Church. Survivors include; wife, Ruth Virginia Stephens of Cedartown; three sons, Donnie Stephens of Cedartown, Douglas Stephens of Moody Ala., and Gary Stephens of Adairsville; two daughters, Virginia Stephens Hooper of Cedartown and Sara Stephens Robinson of Powder Springs; brother, Thelbert Bailey of Fayetteville; six sisters, Zella Mae Brannon, Lovella Grimes, Mildred Wells and Evelyn Forrister, all of Cedartown, Tilba Payne of Jacksonville, Ala., and Atzell Blankenship of Hiram; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m., in the Pine Bower Baptist Church, with Dr. Charles Garner, Rev. Jerry Meeks and Rev. Alan Grimes officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Winfred Brannon, Mike Brannon, Don Wolfe, Dennis Grimes, Ricky Cochran and Joey Payne. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Ocie Bell Rhinehart Stephens, 85, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997. Mrs. Stephens was born Jan. 21, 1912 in Alabama. She was a retired spinner of 27 years with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and a member of Sardis Southern Congregational Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy E. Stephens, Sr.. Surviving are: five daughters Frances Puckett, Juanita Pope, Jan Hollabaugh, Beth Mull and Wanda Payton, all of Cedartown; five sons, Roy Stephens, Jr., Tommy Stephens, Jackie Stephens, Bobby Hickman, all of Cedartown, and Jerry Stephens of Rome; four sisters, Sue Tarver of Houston, Texas, Betty Goble and Nancy Reinhard, both of Covington, La., and Shirley Bedwell of Piedmont, Ala.; five brothers, Robert Rhinehart, Don Rhinehart, Mack Rhinehart, Calvin Rhinehart, and Frank Rhinehart, all of Piedmont, Ala.; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Elder Brad Sartin, Rev. Neal Williams and Rev. Talmadge Pope officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jason Stephens, Craig Payton, Ashley Stephens, Kenneth Rowell, Bob Frank, John B. Powell and Scott Pope. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Betty A. McDonald Strickland, age 67, of Cedartown passed away Monday, February 16, 1998. Mrs. Strickland was born August 12, 1930 in Karo, Ga. She was a member of the Youngs Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Van Lawrence Strickland. Survivors include a son, Charles Strickland of Cedartown and a brother Billy McDonald of Plaino, TX. Funeral services for Mrs. Strickland were held Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Wood and Dr. Charles Drummond officiating. Interment followed in the Sanders Cemetery. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


E. D. Strickland, 84, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Strickland was born Sept. 30, 1913 in Polk county. He was preceded in death by his wife Julie Mae Bridges Strickland, and parents, Will and Hattie Parrish Strickland, Sr.. Surviving are: two daughters, Barbara Smith and Wilma Owens, both of Cedartown; Sister, Myrtle Swafford of Cedartown; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home, with Rev. Hugh Dorsey Welchel and Rev. Charles Garner officiating. Interment followed in Lime Branch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Duwayne Jarrell, Todd White, Hubert Hackney, Bud Pettit, Troy Hackney and Boyd Culp. Honorary pall bearers included: Frank Winkles, Johnny Prater, Darren Parish and Jimmy Wright. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Bassel Stroup, 69, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997 Mrs. Stroup was born Dec. 23, 1927 in Polk County. She was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are: husband, Melton Stroup of Cedartown; three sons, Buddy T. Stroup and Huel Wayne Stroup, both of Cedartown, and Phillip Neal Stroup of Rome; daughter, Mary E. Williams of Cedartown, Shirley Davidson of Atlanta; 10 grandchildren. And 10 great grandchildren. Graveside services were held Friday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m., in the Valley View Cemetery with Rev. Robert Vines officiating. Pallbearers were; Edward Stroup, Gary Stroup, Danny Paris, Buddy Gunn, David Oliver, and Kevin Dyle. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Luther B. Stroup, 71, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997 at his residence. Mr. Stroup was born April 12, 1926 in Polk County. He was a retired cab driver. Surviving are: three sons Dennis L. Stroup and Tommy Durden, both of Cedartown, and Franklin Langley of Rome; daughter, Beverly Parker of Rome; brother, Jonah Stroup, Jr., of Rome; two sisters, Katherine Bailey and Lillian Aring, both of Cedartown; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., at the Northview Cemetery, with the Rev. Billy Thomas officiating. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Ella Lee Tamplin, age 100, passed away Friday December 12, 1997 after an extended illness. Mrs. Tamplin was born November 2, 1897. She was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Woodsmen of the World. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. J.B. Tamplin, one son Joe Boyd, Sr.. Survived by three sons: James A. Tamplin of Carrollton, Lynn Tamplin of Jacksonville, FL. and Leon Tamplin of Cedartown. Three daughters: Doris May of Marietta, GA, Berita Baker of Cedartown and Mary Ann Williams of Cedartown. One brother: Elbert Turner of Virginia. Fourteen grandchildren, twenty nine great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren and one great great great grandchild. Funeral Services for Mr. Ella Lee Tamplin were conducted Sunday December 14, at 2;00 P.M., IN The chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Dr. Jerry Mahan and Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. The interment followed in the Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday December 13 from 7 until 9 p/m., at the Gammage Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Joe Boyd Tamplin, Jr., James A. Tamplin, Jr., Bob Tamplin, Rick Tamplin, Marc Tamplin, Steve Tamplin, Randy Baker, Bubba May Joe Frank Williams. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of these arrangements.


Annie Vashti Tanner, 75, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997. Mrs. Tanner was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Esmer Tanner, Sr., and daughter, Mary Alred. Surviving are: two sons, Dean Tanner and Esmer Tanner, Jr., both of Cedartown; four daughters, Carolyn Liley, Yvonne Garner and Theresa Tanner, all of Cedartown; and Melissa Hardgrove of Felton; two sisters, Geneva Martin and Christine Weaver, both of Felton; 12 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., in the Lester C. Litesey Chapel, with Rev. Gary Easterwood officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Elbert I. Thompson, age 80 of Rockmart, passed away Monday, December 29, 1997, in a Rome hospital. He was born on July 9, 1917, in Paulding County. He was a retired Paulding County Employee, a Mason and a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Audie Hughes Thompson, and daughter Norma Ellison. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Williams Thompson, 2 sons, Douglas Thompson, Rockmart and Jimmy Thompson, Dallas, sister , Mrs. Irene Cook, Rockmart, 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services was held Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at 2 p.m. from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles William officiating. Interment followed in Smyrna Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Thompson, Kenneth Thompson, Wendell Williams, Cecil Williams, Stevie Wingo, and Arnold Cook. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Christine Ledbetter Tracy, 83, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 1997. Mrs. Tracy was born May 2, 1914 in Cedartown. She was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are: three sons, Roy Tracy and Jerry Tracy, both of Cedartown, and Bobby Tracy of McDonough; two brothers, Willard Ledbetter of Cedartown and J.W. Ledbetter of Texas; sister, Nellie Jo Watson of Cedartown; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2.p.m, in the chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Timothy McDowell officiating. Interment followed in Northview Cemetery. The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


William C. Tucker, 78, of Rockmart, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 1997. Mr. Tucker was born Oct. 29, 1919 in Polk County. He was a member of Euharlee Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II, a retired Shannon Mills employee, and a former owner and operator of an auto body shop. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Brown Tucker. Surviving are: two brothers, Alfred Tucker of Rockmart and Edward Tucker of West Virginia; four sisters, Dorothy Ezzell and Lizzie Green, both of Rockmart, Evie Ford and Doris Knight, both of Columbia, S.C.; a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Danny Tucker officiating. Interment followed in Taylorsville Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Steve Tucker, Jimmy Baldwin, Wayne Tucker, Woody Brannon, Wayne Leggett, and Jason Baldwin. Freeman Harris had charge of the arrangements.


Bonita Taylor Waddell, 64, passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 1997. Mrs. Waddell was born July 5, 1933 in Bartow County. She was a member of Euharlee Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by: daughter, Donna Mobley; and brother, Jimmy Roach. Survivors include: two sons, Gary Waddell of Aragon and Stevie Waddell of Rome; three daughters, Denise Freeman of Silver Creek, Becky Wills and Tammy Fuller, both of Aragon: six brothers, Buddy Taylor and Wayne Taylor, both of Aragon. Chandler Taylor of Lindale, Ron Taylor of Norcross, Bobby Taylor of Dallas, and J.D. Taylor of Grantville; three sisters, Cathy Freeman of Newnan, Linda Conway and Shirley Jones, both of Grantville; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12. At 2 p.m., from the Euharlee Baptist Church, with Rev. Dewey Atchley, Rev Eugene Agan, and Rev. Stevie Waddell officiating. Interment followed in Aragon Cemetery. The following grandsons served as pallbearers; Cecil Wilkes, Brian Wilkes, Rodney Sanders, Brandon Waddell, and Jason Waddell. Brothers served as honorary pallbearers. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Louise Deems Waits, of Silver Creek, passed away Saturday, February 14, 1998 at her residence. Mrs. Waits was born September 4, in Bartow County. She was a retired Intergreated Products employee and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Water Lee and Minnie Alice Highfield Deems. Survivors include her husband, Earnest L. Waits of Silver Creek; a daughter, Betty J. Reynolds of Silver Creek; a son, Bobby Lamar Waits of Riverside, Calif.; two brothers Hershel Deems of Chickamauga, and Walter Lee Deems of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister Christine Marques of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and the great great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Tuesday, February 17, 1998 at 11 a.m. from Bellview Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Aragon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marvin D. Reynolds, Joseph Marques, James D. Deems, Ernie Smith, Bob Dan Smith, and James Hovers. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Donald E. "Double D" Walden, Sr., 45, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997 following a short illness. Mr. Walden was born June 9, 1952 in Knoxville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by mother, Mamie Alice King, and daughter, Amanda Christine Walden. Surviving are: wife, Cynthia Walden; four sons, Donald Walden, Jr., of Marietta, Michael Walden, Thomas Walden and Austin Walden, all of Rockmart; father, George Walden; stepfather, Bill King; three brothers, Marvin Tipton, Jerry Walden, and Billy King; two sisters, Bobbie Sue Clayton and Shirley Keesee; two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews, The National Cremation Society, Atlanta Chapter, Mableton, had charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Jerry Steven Walley, Sr., age 69, of Cedartown, passed away Sunday, December 28, 1997 after an extended illness. Mr. Walley was born on November 14, 1928, in Polk County and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown. He retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He was preceded in death by his parents, L. W. and Nellie Walley, and brother, Thomas Walley. Survivors include his wife Joann Isbell Walley, Cedartown; a daughter, Debbie Wallie Morman; a son, Jerry Steven Walley, Jr.; two grandchildren, and a great grandchild. Memorial services were held Monday December 29, 1997 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. The family is accepting flowers, however, contributions can be made to the memorial fund of the First Baptist Church. Gammage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Barltett E. Walls, age 93, of Rockmart passed away Tuesday, February 17, 1998 in a Rome Hospital. Mr. Walls was born March 3, 1904, in Heard County. He was a retired Goodyear employee a member of the Rockmart First United Methodist Church where he was a choir member for over 50 years, a member and past master of the Rockmart Masonic Lodge #97 and served as secretary for 46 years, and a member of the Atlanta Yaarab Shrine Temple. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maxwell Walls; and parents, Arzie and Lula Bledsoe Walls. Survivors include a daughter, Dondra W. White of Rockmart; four grandchildren; tow great grandchildren. The funeral service was held Thursday, February 19, 1998 at 111 a.m. from the Rockmart First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Autry officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rockmart Masonic Lodge #97 in charge of Masonic graveside rites. The following Past Masters of the Rockmart Masonic Lodge #97 served as pallbearers; Benny McClain, John Dillard, Avery Weldon, Bobby Hardinger, Jackie Little and Dan Forsyth. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Joe Edward Ward, 68, passed away Tuesday Nov. 11, 1997 after a brief illness. Mr. Ward was born Aug. 31, 1929 in Polk County. He was a retired employee of General Electric with 26 years of service and a member of Southside Baptist Church. Surviving are: wife, Evelyn Davidson Ward of Cedartown; daughter, Sherrie Diane Campbell of Bethlehem; son Keith Edward Ward of Woodstock; three sisters, Louise Coleman of Silver Creek, Nellie Smith and June Heath, both of Cedartown; five brothers, William Ward and Bobby Ward, both of Rome; Charles Ward and Doyle Ward , both of Cedartown, and Donald Ward of Texas; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., from the Southside Baptist Church, with Rev. James Guy and Rev. J. C. Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memorial Garden. Pallbearers were: Ricky McElwee, Quinton McElwee, Brian Davidson, Tony Davidson, Scott Davidson, and Scott Campbell. The Adult Men,s Sunday School Class of Southside Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. The Gammage Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Miss Clara Lois Wester, age 75, passed away Thurs., Dec. 11, 1997. She was born April 2, 1922 in Polk County and was a member of First Baptist Church of Cedartown. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Bernice Wester and mother Clara Parris Wester. Graveside services for Miss Wester were held Fri., Dec. 12, at 2:00 p.m., in the Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. The family received friends Friday at Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home in Cedartown. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. The family requested that flowers please be omitted and make donations to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.


Cora W Whitaker, 93, passed away Tuesday, Oct 21, 1997. Mrs. Whitaker was born Aug. 30, 1904 in Haralson County. She was a former Aragon Mills employee and a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Tallapoosa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie C. Whitaker; parents, Samuel Dwynell and Dora Day Weaver; brother, Lowell Weaver; five sisters, Lorena Nix, Allie Thompson, Lillian Kinney, Ruby Gaines and Inez Ballard; and stepmother, Elza B. Weaver. Survivors include; two brothers, S. D. Weaver of Atlanta and Calvin Weaver of Aragon; and a number of nieces and nephews, Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m., from the Freeman Harris Funeral home Chapel, with Rev. William F. McBroom and Rev. Edgar W. Pasley officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. The follow nephews served as pallbearers; Scott Graham, Dennis Graham, Gene Nix, Dana Nix, Jerry Ballard, and Brent Campbell. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Lou Whorton, age 70, of Cedartown passed away Tuesday, December 30, 1997 in an out of town hospital. Mrs. Whorton was born January 16, 1927 in Polk County. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Whorton; parents, Henry Ferguson and Maggie Dowdy Whorton; and 2 sons, Clifford Kelly and Gifton Kelly. Survivors include five daughters, Ann Donaldson, Linda Millican, both of Cedartown, Bettie Lou Swinford, of Chatsworth, GA, Joyce Ann Broadway and Frances Dempsey, both of Lindale; three sons, Edward Kelly, Mark Whorton, and Glenn Whorton, all of Cedartown; two sisters, Frances Lorren, of Cedartown and Katie Coffee, of Gainesville; two brothers, Richard Ferguson of Cedartown, and James Ferguson, of Jackson MS; 26 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, January 2, 1997 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Hebrum Methodist Church Cemetery


Ruby Catherine Williams, 82, passed away Saturday Nov. 29, 1997. Mrs. Lockridge was born Feb. 6, 1915 in Rock Run, Ala.. She was a member of Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was in the Blue and Gold Club and the Women,s Society. Survivors include: husband, Sam M. Lockridge of Cedartown; three daughters, Reba Daly of Florence, S.C., Gayle Mercer of Atlanta, and Brenda Howard of Cochran; two brothers, Don Williams of Cedartown and Bob Williams of Cairo; three sisters, Agnes White, Myrtle Lockridge and Besulah Gilliam, all of Cedartown; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m., in the Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Arnold officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were: Marytn Clarke Mercer, III, Samuel Mitchell Mercer, Paul Michael Daly, Jr., David Lockridge Daly, Leslie Thomas Howard Jr., and William Ashley Howard. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Doris L. Williams, 75, passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997. Mrs. Williams was born Feb. 13, 1922 in Carroll County. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Carl Williams of Cedartown, a sister Olive Carter of Cedartown, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, with Rev. Danny Tucker officiating. Interment followed in North View Cemetery. Employees of the Cedar Valley Motor Corporation served as pallbearers. The Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.


Ida Lorene Worthington, 65 of Lynn Haven, Fla., passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 1997 at her residence. Mrs. Worthington was an employee of Associates North America for 42 years, where she received numerous awards including the Silver Spike Award for Excellence and the Top Dog Award; and a member of the Lovedale Baptist Church of Lovedale, Fla. Surviving are: husband, Van Worthington of Lynn Haven; daughter, Vanessa Linthieum of Hill Air Force Base, Utah; two brothers, James Miller of Panama City, Fla., and Paul Miller of Carrollton; sister Maureen Pearce of Bascom, Fla., two grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a number of local relatives. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Brent Vickery officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. This announcement was furnished for the family by the Gammage Funeral Home.


Peg Burgdorf Wyatt of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Cedartown passed away Tuesday, July 1, 1997 after an extended illness. She was a member of First Methodist Church of Cedartown. Surviving are: her husband, Whitlow Wyatt of Buchanan: daughter Jerri Burgdorf of Nashville; two sons, Jim Burgdorf of Atlanta and Ricky Burgdorf of Cedartown; and to grandchildren. Memorial services were held at a later date. This announcement was made for the family by the Gammage Funeral Home.


Mrs. Lillian Ziglar, age 86, passed away Friday, December 26, 1997. She was born May 4, 1911 in Dallas, GA. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Cedartown and a retired school teacher with the Polk School District. Survivors include 2 daughters, Anne Parris, Huntsville, Ala., and Frances Ziglar, Nashville, Tn., 2 Sisters, Evelyn Biggers, Gainesville, GA., and Margaret Pollock, Anniston, Ala., 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. The funeral services were held Sunday, December 28, 1997 at 3:00 p.m., in the chapel of the First Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, December 27, 1997 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown. Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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