Friday, October 4, 2019

Rev. Dr. Roger Alden Kvam

The Reverend Doctor Roger Alden Kvam, 88 of Canton, Georgia returned to his Heavenly Father on Saturday, September 28, 2019 after a 7-year battle with cancer.  Dr. Kvam was born on February 22, 1931 in Decorah, Iowa to the late Joseph A. Kvam and Myrtle Hebranson Kvam.  Dr. Kvam was the fifth of seven children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Donald Torgenrud, Phyllis Hieftje and Joseph A. Kvam Jr. He is survived by siblings Gloria Ayshford, Frank Kvam and Pat Hoehn.
He leaves to cherish his memory the love of his life for 65 years, Deborah Jean Frierson Kvam, his three children: BJ Baskin (Larry), Roger Jr. (Robyn) and Eugene Kvam, eight grandchildren: Roger, Drew (Evin), William, and Daniel Baskin (Melissa); Lynnea Urbanowicz (Tim), Joshua (Jessica), Michael (Elise) and Zachary Kvam, five great grandchildren: Kendall Baskin, Brady and Jonathan  Urbanowicz, Myah and Benaiah Kvam.  His family was the apple of his eye, always loving and sharing his wisdom and joy for life. He was an anchor placed deeply in their hearts showing them how to love God and live wisely. 

Roger was dubbed by the Akron Beacon Journal as “a preacher, teacher and man on the go.” 
 He graduated from Stewartville High School in Minnesota in 1949 and was awarded a trip around the world with Town Meeting of the Air visiting many countries, meeting current world leaders of that time as a youth ambassador This whetted a life-long appetite for world travel and international politics. Combining his two great interests of politics and religion he entered Wheaton College in 1950.  Graduating in 1954 with highest honors having participated in student government, and leading the debate team to many awards,  he went on to Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1957 with the Preaching Prize, earning highest honors and multiple awards—abashed at having won so much at Princeton.  Roger served as the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Cranberry, New Jersey.  

His second academic love was politics, so he continued his educational journey to Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for a graduate degree in Political Science and American Government.  Mentored by V.O. Key, Roger enjoyed teaching and relationships with students and faculty during those years at Harvard. Roger was a devoted Anglophile and life-long student of the life and work of Winston Churchill; a member of the Churchill Society. A lover of history and avid reader of politics, religion, and current affairs, he regularly shared with his family (even in the hospital) articles and insights he had gleaned from his readings. 

Roger took a faculty position at the University of Akron teaching American Government and Politics, serving as an advisor to the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and College Bowl team. During this time he also served two United Church of Christ congregations. Roger was later called to be the President of Mackinac College and assembled a wonderful faculty and staff who have remained life long friends.  In the mid 70’s he returned to Harvard, then pursued a doctoral degree at Boston University.  Roger accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, Massachusetts and served for 18 years until his retirement in 1993. During the years in Quincy he was instrumental in beginning an ecumenical ministerial group and partnered with Father William McCarthy to open the first homeless shelter in the area—Father Bill’s Place. While in Boston, Roger was asked to join the Lord’s Day Alliance and served two terms as President.   

Upon retirement, Roger was called as an interim pastor to several Presbyterian churches in the Greenville, South Carolina area where he retired to be close to his daughter and family. In 2000, Roger and Debby moved to Atlanta where they could be close to Roger Jr. and his young family.  Roger served as an interim and stayed for 15 years ministering to the congregations of Menlo and Cloudland Presbyterian churches until his second retirement in 2017.  During his career in ministry he served in many positions of leadership in various Presbyteries where he mentored many young men and women going into ministry.

Roger was indeed a preacher, teacher and man on the go inspiring, befriending and mentoring many along the way.  He will be missed but his legacy and imprint have been left on the hearts of many.  “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Visitation will be held at the Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, 10355 Commerce Street (Hwy. 27), Summerville, GA 30747 on Saturday, October 12 at 12:00-1:00 p.m.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Thanksgiving will follow at the Cloudland Presbyterian Church, 65 Florida Avenue, Menlo, GA 30731 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverends Sanders L. Willson, John M. Wood and Larry D. Baskin officiating. Interment will follow at the Cloudland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplastic Syndromes International Foundation (AAMDSIF) please designate PNH Research.  AA&MDS International Foundation, 4330 East West Highway, Suite 230, Bethesda, MD 20814 or

Monday, September 30, 2019

Mr. Robert Hill Floyd

MR. ROBERT HILL FLOYD, SR., age 90, of Peach Blossom Lane, Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday, September 30, 2019, at his residence.  A native of Whitfield County, Georgia, Tilton Community, He was born to the late David Lewis and Abbie Buckner Floyd on June 6, 1929.  Preceded in death by His wife, Helen Murdock Floyd, son Robert Hill Floyd, Jr. (Bobby), sisters, Margaret and Betty Floyd, and brothers, Jay, Glenn, Johnny, and Vernon Floyd.  Survivors include: son, Jerry (Terri) Floyd, Chatsworth; daughters, Susan (Barry) Dunaway, Calhoun, Kathy Floyd, Summerville; daughter-in-law, Helen Flowers Floyd, Lagrange; siblings, Jeanette Caldwell, Rocky Face, Barbara Vaughn, Tunnel Hill, and Jim Floyd, Chatsworth; sister-in-law, Sue Floyd, Dalton; grandchildren, Jeremy (Beth) Floyd, Dr. Mark (Kristen) Floyd, Jay (Kim) Floyd, Jan (Rich) Fendley, Robert (Lizzy) Dunaway, and Joey Dunaway; 14 Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

 Robert was a Summerville Housing Authority Commissioner for 43 years, serving as Chairman for the past 26 years.  The apartments throughout the city were named the R.H. Floyd Apartments in his honor.  He was a charter member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship serving as a Deacon, Trustee, Greeter, and a founding member of the Good Samaritan Committee.  He played a great part in the building of the church itself.  He coached many youth in Little League and Girls softball.  He also played, managed, and refereed for the Church and Industrial Leagues in softball in the county.  Robert was a member of the Chattooga Band Boosters and the Chattooga High Linebackers Club.  He was instrumental in securing funds to build the Little Big Horn Stadium in Chattooga High School.  He began his career at age 17 in the Dime Store Industry, working for WW Mac in Dalton and coming to Summerville in 1948 to manage his first store.  He continued to manage stores in Tennessee, eventually came back to Summerville in 1957 to begin working for Southern Wholesale, where he managed Southern 5 &10, later named Super D.  He actually helped open the Super D in Trion and managed both stores until the Summerville store closed in 1989. Robert was a member of the Chattooga Chamber of Commerce and was the driving force in beginning the annual Halloween walk.  After his retirement in 1992, he began painting, wall papering, and lawn care for many years.  Robert enjoyed his family, his church, and community and will never know the legacy that he left behind.

 Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 3rd, at 1:00 P.M. from the Horizon Baptist Fellowship with the Rev. John Harris officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery, Dalton, Georgia.  The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.  The Family request in lieu of flowers contributions be made to or Horizon Baptist Fellowship Missions, P.O. Box 59, Summerville, Georgia-30747.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Robert Hill Floyd, who passed away Monday.

Miss Lorene Colbert

MISS LORENE COLBERT, age 93, of Trion, Georgia passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019, in the local nursing home.  A native of Trion, Georgia. She was born to the late John Franklin and Florence Atkins Colbert on February 12, 1926.  Miss Colbert was a 1944 graduate of Trion High School, a member of the Trion First Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday School Class of the Church, and a member of Mt. Vernon Quarter Century Club.  She had worked for the Trion YMCA, Riegel Textile Corporation Glove, Boss Mfg, and Best Mfg.  She was preceded in death by her Parents, foster parents Charles B. and Clara Bankey Allmon.

            Surviving are nieces, Polly Hayes and Sylvia Starkey; great nieces and nephews, Tammy Cordle, Beverly Ford, Steven Hayes, and Kevin Hayes; 1 Great Great Niece-5 Great Great Nephews; 10 Great Great Great Nieces and Nephews and 1 Great Great Great Great Niece.

            Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 2nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Rev. Casey Bramlett and Rev. Terry Shore officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Dillan Ford, Butch Cordle, Jr., Donald Farmer, II, Joe Hayes, David Owens, and Brian Hardeman; Honorary Pallbearers the Lydia Sunday School Class of Trion First Baptist Church and Trion High School Class of 1944.  The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Funeral Home.  At other hours the Family will be at the residence of a niece, Sylvia Starkey #642 Palm Tree Road, Trion, Georgia.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Miss Lorene Colbert.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Mrs. Marie Houser

MRS. MARIE HOUSER, age 80, of Trion, Georgia passed away Friday, September 27, 2019, at her residence.  A native of Trion, Georgia, she was born to the late Felton Joseph and Addie Jewel Hollis Westbrook, on November 16, 1938.  Mrs. Houser took pride in being a homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the late James Edward Houser; a son, Phillip Wayne Houser; sisters, Irene Franklin, Esther Hammond, and Paula Walker; and brothers, Ray Westbrook, Robert Westbrook, and Charles Westbrook.

            Surviving are sons, Jimmy (Beth) Houser, David B. (Laura) Houser, and Stacy  Houser (Luann Brady); Grandchildren, Stephanie Kirby, Dustin Houser, Cassidy Houser, Caity Beth Houser, Josie Houser, Taylor Rose Houser, Jameson Houser, Caleb Houser, Gage Houser, and Peyton Edney; 3 Great grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Clowdis.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral service will be held Sunday, September 29, 2019, at 3:00 P.M. from the Graveside with Minister Brad Hayes and Minister Josh Daniel officiating; Interment in West Hill Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers will be Jimmy Houser, David B. Houser, Stacy Houser, Cassidy Houser, Jameson Houser, and Caleb Houser.  The family will receive friends Saturday, September 28th from 6-8pm at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mr. Joe Edward Brown

MR. JOE EDWARD BROWN, age 35, of Holland Community, Lyerly, Georgia. Passed away unexpectedly August 27, 2019.  He was born in Rome, Georgia on December 4, 1983, a son of the late Linda Everett and Charles E. Brown , who survives.  Mr. Brown worked for the Nissan auto parts company.

            Surviving are His life partner, Daryl Lee Marsh; father, Charles E. Brown; brother, Charles James Brown; Nieces and Nephews.

            A Life Celebration will be held Tuesday, September 17th, at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home from 5 until 8 P.M.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.