Friday, October 23, 2020

BROOKS...

      Mrs. Ann H. Brooks, age 83 of Summerville Georgia, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in a Rome Hospital. She was born in Summerville on March 21, 1937, a daughter of the late Ralph Henry and Betty Elizabeth Tribble Housch.  Mrs. Brooks was a member of the Trion Presbyterian Church and worked for Profitts Department Store for a number of years and later retired from Belks.  Ann was preceded in death by aunts Edna Tribble Shaw and Lucille Tribble Ratliff and a brother in law, Bill Worsham.

 

     Surviving are her daughter, Beverly Brooks; son, Tim (Lee Ann) Brooks; grandson, Skyler Brooks; sisters, Kay Worsham and Jane (Jim) Parker; brother, Dale (Honey) Housch; an aunt, Frances Housch; also, several nieces and nephews.

 

     Funeral service will be held Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 2 pm from the Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with the Rev. William Flanagan officiating.  Active Pallbearers will be Derick Parker, Jud Williams, Eric Housch, Charles Cooper, Jeremy Worsham, and Jay Williams.

 

 

 

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Ann H. Brooks who passed away Wednesday.

 

 

 MRS. WANDA JO PRATHER, age 72, of Filter Plant Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020, in a Rome hospital.  A native of Chattooga County, she was born to the late John and Sara Martin Blackwell on January 17, 1948.  Mrs. Prather was a member of the Summerville First United Methodist Church and was retired lab technician for Mohawk.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband the late Robert Gideon Prather; siblings, Ralph Blackwell, Bill Blackwell, Ronald Blackwell, and Tommy Blackwell.

 

            Surviving are in daughter and son-in-law, Elena and Matt Floyd; grandchildren, Anna and Doug Craig, Jamey and Will Floyd; sister Sara Anna and Mike Stoker; brothers, Bob and Diane Blackwell, Don and Nancy Blackwell, Danny Ray and Cristy Blackwell, Gary and Teresa Blackwell; several Nieces and Nephews.

 

            Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 24th, at 2:00 p.m. from the Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Brother Russ Blackwell officiating.  Active Pallbearers Gary Blackwell, Jamey Floyd, Doug Craig, Luke Blackwell, John Blackwell, and Jeff Blackmon; Honorary Pallbearers Sara Anna Stoker, Anna Craig, Peggy Rosson, Sandy O’Bryant, April Blackwell; special thanks to Fresenius Kidney Care, Amtran Transport, Dr. Jamie and Luke Lin.

 

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Wanda Jo Prather who passed away Thursday.

            

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Mrs. Hilda Rosser Reynolds


MRS. HILDA ROSSER REYNOLDS, age 87, of Lyerly Dam Road, Lyerly, Georgia, passed away Tuesday morning, October 20, 2020, at her residence. A native of Little Sand Mountain, she was born to the late George Lee and Bessie Ada White Rosser on August 4, 1933. Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church and was retired from the sewing department of Buster Brown Mfg. Company. In addition to parents She is preceded by siblings, Helen Satterfield, Annie Bell Bishop, Ballenger Rosser, Rose Murdock, Milton Rosser, Ada Bridges Morgan, John Rosser, Josephine Baggett Frank Rosser, Paul Rosser, and Frances Rosser.

Surviving are husband, Bob Reynolds, She was married to Bob for 69 years; daughters, Nancy (David) Daniel and Donna (Thomas) Wright; son, David (Teresa) Reynolds; sister-in-law, Dot Rosser; grandchildren, Jason Wright, Amy Lamb, Kevin Daniel, Matthew Daniel, and Andrew Daniel; great grandchildren, Everett James Daniel and Lydia Ruth Daniel; forty eight Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Family was important to her. If you ever wondered if she cared for you, just remember, if you were in her extended family—she did. She spent hours keeping up with her family and family tree. At any family reunion she spent time finding out the names and birthdates of any new family members. She knew who everyone was and how they were related. She was one of those people who if you asked her, could probably name everyone in the room. If she didn’t know your name, she was trying to find out.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 23rd, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Lyerly Cemetery, with Pastor Sean Wegener, Kevin Daniel, Matthew Daniel, and Jason Wright officiating. Active Pallbearers, Andrew Daniel, Ken Reynolds, Justin Lee, Steve Rosser, Stan Rosser, and Larry Reynolds; Honorary Pallbearers, Alice Railey, Lewis Railey, Tim Railey, Beth Batts, Ben Bridges, Jeff Reynolds, and Frankie Joe Lee, Nieces, Nephews, and the Seekers Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Hilda Rosser Reynolds.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Linda Arlene Posey

LINDA ARLENE POSEY, age 72, of Fulmer Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday morning, October 18, 2020, in a Rome hospital. She was born in LaFayette, Georgia on February 7, 1948, a daughter of the late Earl Jerome and Mary Elizabeth Eleam Smith. She was a member and pianist of the New Hope North Baptist Church, a 1966 Graduate of Chattooga High School and graduated from Medical Assistance Program of Alberquerque, New Mexico Tech. School, in 1983. For several years worked for Walmart. In addition to Parents, She was preceded in death by grandparents, Donald Oscar and Janey Marie Ledford Smith and Charlie Lester and Ida Lenora Tribble Eleam.

Surviving are daughter and spouse, Mary Ann Posey (Jeff) Maddux; son and spouse, Jeffery Michael (Joann) Posey; grandchildren, Kassandra Posey, Jaylyn Gann Posey, McKenzie Hudgins, Tari Maddux, Tatum Maddux, Braden Maddux, Samantha Witten, Courtney Brown, Gavin Gann; great granddaughter, Gracelynn Posey; brother, Terry Don Smith; niece, Amy Shy Smith; great nephew, Brendon Michael Smith; a number of Cousins; former husband and father of children, Michael Lewis Posey.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 22nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the New Hope North Baptist Church with Gary “Bucky” Brown and Pastor Steve Spears officiating, private interment to follow in Garrett Cemetery. Pallbearers are Lonnie Smith, Sheriff Mark Schrader, Mike Posey, Jeff Maddux, Morgan Stowe, and Jeff Posey; Honorary Pallbearers, Sharon Dixson, Lonnie and Tonya Smith, Louise Tallent, Justin Stephenson, Randy Hunter, Murl Eleam, Gary Miller, Barbara Young, David Simpson, Grant Posey, and members of New Hope North Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Mr. Danny Ross Timmons

MR. DANNY ROSS TIMMONS, age 76, of Union Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday afternoon, October 16, 2020, in a Rome hospital. Born in Dekalb County, Alabama, on September 22, 1944, He was a son of the late R. B. and Rachel Watkins Timmons. Mr. Timmons was retired from auto body repair and was preceded in death by a daughter, the late Sara Dale Timmons, a granddaughter, the late Misty Bryson, and siblings, Becky Bethune, Linda Bethune, Tommy Timmons, Carlton Timmons, and Faye Timmons, all died earlier.

Surviving are daughters, Barbi Gill and Lacy Timmons; son, Harold Timmons; sisters, Sue Stephens, Evelyn Timmons, Patricia Bandy, Betty Layne; brothers, Larry Timmons and Bobby Watkins; grandchildren, Jeffrey Blackmon, Sara Elizabeth Howard, Jonathan Shropshire, Hunter Gill, Kenley Cooper; several Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 21st, at 11:00 A.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jeffrey Blackmon, Michael Coley, Dwight Ponder, Kenneth Cooper, Jr., David Joe Gill, and Josiah Bruce.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Danny Ross Timmons.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Mr. Scottie Clark "Smoooth" Lewis

MR. SCOTTIE CLARK “SMOOOTH” LEWIS, age 65, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020, at his residence. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, He was born to the late Johnnie Q. Lewis and Dorotha Molee Clark Hawkins on May 18, 1955. Scottie was self employed, a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by his son, the late Chris Lewis.

Surviving are brother, Terry Q. Lewis; sisters, Robbie Leah Skinner and Loretta Lewis Teems.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 14th, at 4:00 P.M. EST, from Graveside in Valley Head Cemetery, Valley Head, Alabama, with Alan Sentell officiating. Pallbearers will be Kevin “Tater” Martin, Jimmy Gilland, Jason Gilland, Stan Nix, Danny Murphy, and Ron Rowland.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Scottie Clark “Smoooth” Lewis.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Minister Thomas S. "Tommy" Broome

MINISTER THOMAS S. “TOMMY” BROOME, age 91, of Neal Gap Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday afternoon in a Rome hospital. He was born in Chickmauga, Georgia on January 17, 1929, to the late William M. and Ola Tinney Broome. Minister Broome was a retired Church of Christ Minister, having pastored numerous congregations in this area, was presently a member of the Pennville Church Christ. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late Duene Broome in 2012 and a son the late Spencer Broome in 2020.

Surviving are wife, Margie Conner Broome; children, Terry (Kathy) Broome, Yvonne Broome (Barry) Allen, Marty (Beverly) Broome, Renee Broome, Hillary (Deborah) Broome; Ten Grandchildren. Twenty Great Grandchildren, and One Great Great Granddaughter; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Monday, October 12th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with Minister Charles Williams and Minister Robby Eversole officiating; Pallbearers will be Grandsons. The Family request face coverings be worn by everyone, attending the funeral service. There will be no formal visitation.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Minister Thomas S. “Tommy” Broome.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Mr. Zachary "Zach" Hobson Brown

MR. ZACHARY “ZACH” HOBSON BROWN, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020. He was employed in the paint department of Roper Corporation and was a former oil rigger. Zach was an avid Hunter and was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Connie Jewell Brown and Elgin D. Brown, maternal grandparents, Ada Lavon Hartline Gentry and Charles Jackson McCullough and uncles, Thomas R. Ochs and Tom Brown.

Surviving are father, Waldin “Tarzan Brown; mother and step father, Sarah and Darrell Pierce; sisters, Mariah Brown, Jennifer (Rusty) Furman, and Jackie McCullough; brother, Chris (Greta) Moseley; children, Annslynn Brown and Kohner Brown; several Nieces and Nephews.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, October 10th, at 1:00 P.M. from the Cloudland Presbyterian Cemetery, with Bobby Cavin officiating. Pallbearers Timothy Brown, Chris Moseley, Jonathan Peace, T. J. Pickard, Michael Lamar, and Greg Trammell.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.





Monday, September 28, 2020

Kathy Ray Vanpelt Brown

KATHY RAY VANPELT BROWN, age 73, of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, formerly of Chattooga County, Georgia, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020, in a Knoxville, Tennessee hospital. She was a daughter of the late Marcus Ray Vanpelt and Catherine Jessie Reed Vanpelt Miller, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Stanley Brown. Ms. Brown was the former Chattooga County Tax Commissioner and was working in the tourism industry in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Surviving are son, Greg Brown of Sheridan, Wy.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor Sean Wegner officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.





Steve Oscar "Roundman" Dyer


STEVE OSCAR “ROUNDMAN” DYER, born December 5, 1943, died at his residence on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Steve was a retired police officer with 39 years of service. He worked for the Trion Police Department, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Department, and LaFayette Police Department; as well as 20 years with Chattooga County EMS. Steve was an Emeritus member of Grand Lodge of Georgia, Trion Masonic Lodge #160, F & AM, Royal Arch Mason #026, the Chattooga County Shrine Club, and Yarabb Shrine Temple. He attended the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center. Steve enjoyed electronics, guns, and loved his grandchildren. Steve was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Addie Mae Barksdale Dyer, brother, Jerry Dyer, and sister, Jennine Smith.

Surviving is His wife of 58 years, Rebecca Bowling Dyer; 2 sons, Steve L. Dyer of Summerville and Gregory A. Dyer of Decatur; 2 daughters, Nichole (Cole) Fannin of Carrollton and Darlene (Tommy) McRae of Summerville; grandchildren, Dara and Deana McRae, Adalyn, Dalton, and Dixon Fannin, and Britt Carpenter; sisters, Lisa (Jackie) Chandler and Marvaline Cook; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Odis) Grogan, Brenda Martineau, Dorothy (Andy) Hutchins, Marlene Watwood, and brother-in-law, Dwight (Wanda) Bowling. Special lifelong friend Earle Rainwater.

The Family will receive friends at the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center on Tuesday, September 29th, from 5 until 8 P.M.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 30th, at 1:00 P.M. at the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center; Steve will lie in state from twelve-noon until the hour of service. Honorary Pallbearers will be Trion Police Department, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Department, LaFayette Police Department, Chattooga EMS, Summerville Dialysis, Masonic Lodge, Earle Rainwater, Dennis Stansell, Jack Brown, Randy Rush, and Jimmy Bennett. Active Pallbearers Jason Smith, Ben Smith, Brian Flippo, Roger Avans, Gary McConnell, Britt Carpenter, Bryn Hutchins, and Ty Hutchins. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chattooga County Shriners, P.O. Box 652, Summerville, Georgia, 30747 or Trion Masonic Lodge #160, #75 7th Street, Trion, Georgia-30753.

IN concern for the health and safety of family and friends, we encourage the wearing of a facial covering and physical distancing during the viewing and service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Steve Oscar “Roundman” Dyer.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Mrs. Dorothy McCary Robertson

MRS. DOROTHY MCCARY ROBERTSON, age 81, of Saratoga Way, Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020, in a Rome hospital. Native to Chattooga County, Georgia, She was born to the late Ruben Thomas and Laura Gamble McCary on November 25, 1938. Mrs. Robertson, a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church was retired return clerk, from J. C. Penny Store. Beside Parents, She was preceded in death by grandchildren, Bryan Vogel, Robert Robertson, and Star Cook; several Siblings also predeceased Her.

Surviving are husband, Roy Robertson; daughter, Cheryl Vogel (Glen); son Gregg Tschudy (Connie); grandchildren, Steven Vogel, Tara McIntosh (Matt), Dillan Tshudy (Brook), and Melissa Tschudy; Seven Great Grandchildren; step grandchildren, Russell Robertson, Beverly Houston (Timothy), and Clay Robertson; step grandchildren, Phillip Johnson, Timothy Johnson (Angela), Jonathan Houston, Charlene Houston, Thomas Robertson (Amy), James Robertson (Amanda) Brandy Berry, and Holly Smith; Seventeen Great Grandchildren; One Great Great Grandson; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be Friday at 3:30 P.M. from the Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor David Hayes officiating. Visitation from 2:30 til 3:30., Social distancing will be observed. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.





Monday, September 21, 2020

Mr. Ben F. Johnson, Jr.

MR. BEN F. JOHNSON, JR., of Summerville, Georgia went to be with the Lord, on Sunday evening, September 20, 2020 at Redmond Regional Medical Center from complications related to COVID 19. Mr. Johnson was born on October 25, 1946 at the Summerville Hospital. Ben and Linda would have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on November 20, 2020. Mr. Johnson is predeceased by his parents, the late Ben, Sr. and Elizabeth Poovey Johnson, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Louise and John M. Durham, and two brothers-in-law, David Young and Larry Durham. Ben served four years in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War; after being discharged, he returned to Chattooga County and married the girl of his dreams. Ben was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Tabernacle. He spent many hours using his talents, singing tenor and playing the piano in various churches, also numerous Stamps Baxter singings in the South.

Ben is survived by his wife, Linda Durham Johnson; sister, Mary Jeanette Young, and sister-in-law, Martha Bishop, niece, Trina Hunt, and nephews, David Durham and Kenny Durham also survive.

Due to COVID restrictions, currently in place, there will be no visitation or viewing for Mr. Johnson.

Graveside service will be held Friday, September 25th, at 2:00 P.M. from West Hill Cemetery in Trion, with John Agnew and Robert Brown officiating. If attending, please observe mask ordinance and social distancing guidelines, for your protection and the protection of others in attendance.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Benjamin-Franklin, Jr.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Mrs. Mary Frances (Tommie) Hicks

MRS. MARY FRANCES (TOMMIE) HICKS, age 87, of Little Sand Mt. Road, Armuchee, Georgia, passed away Friday night, September 18, 2020, in a Rome hospital. Mrs. Hicks was born on June 4, 1933, in Walker County, Georgia to the late Ab and Lola Strickland Stoker; She was predeceased by her husband, the late James Rowan (Ryan) Hicks, a sister, Virginia Gleffe, and grandson, Scott Smith. She dearly loved all her children and grandchildren; enjoyed going to dog shows, showing her award-winning dogs, also loved going to the fox pen with Ryan, her husband, and enjoyed listening to the dogs make their music. Mrs. Hicks also shared the love of all Armuchee sports with Ryan. She enjoyed watching Darlene work with her horses, on her farm, and taking rides with them in their jeep. She had always worked hard for most of her life, and will be missed dearly, but her Family has peace knowing she is being welcomed by Ryan and her most beloved grandson, Scott.

Surviving are daughter, Darlene (Steve) Crowe; sons, Mike (Gayle) Hicks and Mark (Chrystal) Hicks; grandchildren, Jesse Hicks, Matt Hicks, Marisa Grogan; great-grandchildren, Ally Smith Alred, Bowie Hicks, Shannen Hernandez, and Fisher Grogan; several Nieces and Nephews.

Graveside service will be held Monday, September 21st, at 1:00 P.M. in Summerville Cemetery, with Mr. Steve Scoggins officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Frances (Tommie) Hicks.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mrs. Lee Owens

MRS. LEE OWENS, 92, of Summerville, Georgia went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2020. She was born November 18, 1927, daughter to the late Henry Thomas Hendrix and Addie Mae Scoggins Hendrix. Prior to retirement, She was employed with the Chattooga County Board of Education. Mrs. Owens was a member of Bethel Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, rocking on the front porch, watching the birds, and working in her beautiful flowers. She cherished spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. In addition to Her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Furman M. Owens, brothers, Willard Hendrix, Bobby Hendrix, and Wilson Hendrix, as well as sisters Dot Elsberry, Henrietta Owenby, and Edna Hendrix.

Surviving are Her children, Mike (Michelle) Owens, Mitzi (Ken) Smith, Terry (Leslie) Owens, and Marina (Kevin) Lee. Also surviving is sister, Evelyn Jones, Six Grandchildren, and Five Great Grandchildren.

A private graveside service and interment will be held at Little Sand Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, where She will rest forevermore. The Family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak View Health and Rehabilitation G Hall, for taking such good care of Her when the Family couldn’t. We appreciate their hard work and dedication shown to our Family during this time of confusion in her mind, from Alzheimers.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Lee Owens, who passed away Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Mr. Robert Herman Hatfield

Mr. Robert Herman Hatfield, age 55, of Blake Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020, in a Rome Hospital. He was born on March 1, 1965 in Atlanta Georgia, son to the late Johnny Sims and Brenda Blackmon Sims who survives. Mr. Hatfield was a member of the Ridgedale Church of God and worked with Spriggs Construction of Rome, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his father.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Hatfield; daughter, Megan Hatfield; step daughter, Shantal Hatt; step son, Lavon Sims; mother Brenda Sims; step grandchildren, Carma Hatt, and Shawn Hatt; sister, Candy Dawson; and brother Timothy Hatfield. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Friday, September 11th, at 11:00 am from the Graveside in Sims Cemetery, with Pastor Matthew Evans officiating. Active Pallbearers will be Leon Grogan, Sam Marramore, Josh Dawson, Michael Padgett, Ryan Rowland, and Allen Martin; Honorary Pallbearer Rob Romines. The family will visit with friends at the cemetery from 10 am until the hour of service.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Robert Herman Hatfield.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Mrs. Glenda Gail Tucker

MRS. GLENDA GAIL TUCKER, age 66, of Raines Circle, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020, in the local nursing home. A native of Menlo, Georgia, She was a daughter of the late William O. “Bill” and Mary Lucille Cameron Nixon. Mrs. Tucker, along with her late husband, James Larry Tucker owned and operated Larry’s Bar B Que, formerly in the Pennville Community. She was a member of the Harvest Worship Center. Beside Her Husband and Parents, was preceded in death by sister, the late Joyce Diane Johnson.

Surviving are sons and daughter-in-law, Brian and Julia Tucker and Blake Tucker; grandchildren, Braden Tucker, Breanna Tucker, and Gracie Tucker; sister, Marlene Devier; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 8th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor Phil Minter officiating. Active Pallbearers will be Chris Devier, Jeff Devier, Caleb Devier, Brandon Hughes; Honorary Pallbearers, Oakview Nursing and Rehab Center Family.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. GLENDA GAIL TUCKER.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Mr. Johnny Campbell

MR. JOHNNY CAMPBELL, age 90, of 7th Street-Trion, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020, in the local nursing home. He was born in Etowah, Tennessee on August 22, 1930, a son of the late Andrew and Dora Stepp Campbell. He was Baptist by Faith, a U. S. Army Veteran of Korea, and retired from the Weave Department of Riegel Textile. Mr. Campbell was an avid fisherman and gardener and so enjoyed cooking for Family and Friends. The last of fourteen children, He was preceded by siblings, Bonnie Robertson, Bertie Bennie, Evelyn Wilson, Louise Stoker, Edith Ingram, Pearl Barfield, Mary Blackmon, Dorothy Campbell, Frank, Roy, Jess, and Roger Campbell.

Surviving are many Nieces and Nephews.

Memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 9th, at 1:00 P.M. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers the Staff of Oakview Nursing and Rehab Center.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Mr. Jerrell W. McCool

Jerrell Wynn McCool was born July 18, 1941, in Rome, Georgia. Passed into the loving arms of The Lord on Sept. 2, 2020, in Summerville. Survived by his loving wife, Jane McCollum McCool, whom he first met when she was 11 years old. Also survived by sons, Ben, Jason (Brandy), Joel (Alma). Eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his brother, Jim (Carolyn). Preceded in death by parents, Henry Sanders McCool, Eva May Freeman McCool, brother, Henry Lee McCool, and grandson, Memphis Blu McCool. 

Jerrell grew up in West Rome and after graduating from West Rome High School he went to work at Fox Manufacturing. JB Dodd was looking for an eagle scout to work in banking.

Harry Wheeler, Boy Scout representative of Floyd County, recommended Jerrell for a job at Rome Bank and Trust. He began this career in the Proof Department of Rome Bank and Trust Company. Within a few years he had trained in all departments, and then began to teach training classes throughout the region. In his banking years, Jerrell attended Georgia Banking School and LSU Banking School of the South. After 19 years at Rome Bank, his career led him to First National Bank-Chattooga County as President when he was 36 years old, as one of the youngest bank presidents in the state of Georgia. He worked there nearly 8 years. His career led him to First National of Polk County, United Bank and Trust, Bank of Adairsville, returning in 1997 to First National Bank-Chattooga County, and Citizens First Bank where he retired in 2006. In 2009 he became a licensed insurance agent for Alfa Insurance, Joel McCool Agency in Rome, GA and continued until 2018 as an agent of Farmers Insurance, Joel McCool Agency in Cartersville, GA. Jerrell loved banking so much he returned to Southeast First National Bank-Chattooga County after retirement where he worked a couple days a week until the day he passed away. Jerrell was successful, had many friends, and well liked in the banking community.

Jerrell’s scouting began at the age of 8. He would have celebrated 70 years of scouting in December of this year. Jerrell earned his Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout, his Eagle at the age of 15, he earned the God and Country Award, Ordeal Brotherhood in 1956, and eventually the Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow, Waguli Lodge 318, of which he was also Lodge Chief as a youth. He was a Silver Beaver Award Recipient in 1988. He was the assistant scout master, troop 28, 1959-1968. He earned the Scouters Training Award in 1967. Wood Badge Training in 1970. He was the Scout Master troop 28, 1974-1978, and the Scout Master troop 40, 1988-1995.

Jerrell’s wish was that his children would have his love of scouting. His dream was achieved when all three of his sons earned their Eagle.

Jerrell loved his God, as the youngest charter member of West Rome Methodist Church. He was the lay speaker for years when he lived in Rome. He was a current member of Summerville United Methodist Church where he was an active member and taught the Triangle Sunday School Class.

His mischievous, fun sense of humor, he kept his family, friends, and coworkers on their toes, with a smile on their face. Jerrell will be so missed…

Jerrell was laid to rest Saturday, Sept. 5th at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, Rome, Georgia. Pallbearers Joel McCool, Jason McCool, David McCool, Nathan Helton, Bill Vandiver, and Matt Hart. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Dwight Stephen (Steve) Moore

DWIGHT STEPHEN (STEVE) MOORE, age 65, of Maplewood Drive, Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in a Rome hospital. He was born in Rome, Georgia on October 27, 1954, a son of the late Dave Albert and Thelma Lorene Young Moore. Mr. Moore was a retired Manager for Shaw Industries in Dalton, Georgia.  He also worked for J and J Flooring Group.  In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by a brother, the late David Moore.

Surviving are his children, April (Rob) Curott, Mike (Kattie) Moore, James Anthony Moore, Kayleigh (Matt) Wynn, Derek Bridges (Ashley Swindle); grandchildren, Grayson Curott, Collier Curott, Jameson Moore, Madison Bridges, Cole Bridges, Reese Wynn; amazing aunts, Frances Cordle, Nancy Wilson, and Linda Pledger also survive.

Private Memorial service will be held Sunday, September 6th, at Midway Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Gaddis and Pastor Steve Peppers officiating. In lieu of flowers Family suggests contributions to the Shrine Children’s Hospitals.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Dwight Stephen (Steve) Moore.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Nancy Ann Drake

NANCY ANN DRAKE, AGE 58, of Northwest Congress Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at her residence. Born in Centre, Alabama on February 16, 1962, She was a daughter of the late Jack Alonzo and Bertha Lee Calloway Rutledge.

Surviving are sons, Corey Drake of North Dakota and Robert Drake of Alabama; sister, Loretta Drake of Summerville; brother, Harold Rutledge of Alabama; Five Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Nancy Ann Drake.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Honorable Judge Jon M. Payne

HONORABLE JUDGE JON M. PAYNE, age 71, of Martin Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, in a Rome, Georgia hospital. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 22, 1948, He was a son of the late Dr. Willard Marlin Payne and Montyne Brock Payne who survives. Judge Payne was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Chattooga High School, a Veteran of the U. S. Marines, for several years was a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy, and was elected Chattooga County Probate Judge in 1975 at the age 25 and was the only Probate Judge Chattooga County has known. He was a member of the Church of Christ and member of Alpine Lodge #211, F & AM.

Surviving are His daughter, Marlie Payne; sons and spouse, Patrick Payne and girl friend, Michelle Glass and Chase and Brandee Payne; mother, Montyne Brock Payne; sister and brother-in-law, Marla and Darrell Wise; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Sue Payne; grandchildren, Laney Payne, Harper Payne, and Logan Payne; special friend, Teresa Scott; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral and interment service was private, Minister Edward Ledford officiating. Active Pallbearers Johnny Bass, Gary McConnell. Quinton Wilson, Lann Cordle, Jim Hill, Mark Schrader, Buddy Hill, and Tracy Maddux, Honorary Pallbearers Becky Duke and officers of the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department. Military Honors by Shanklin-Attaway American Legion Post #5. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Cancer Navigators, #255 W. 5th St., Suite #300. Rome, GA.-30165.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for HONORABLE JUDGE JON M. PAYNE.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Mr. Raymond L. (Buddy) Barnes

MR. RAYMOND L. (BUDDY) BARNES, age 73, of Jamestown Road, Menlo, Georgia, passed away Thursday afternoon, August 13, 2020, in a Rome hospital. He was born in Summerville, Georgia on May 3, 1947, a son of the late Raymond Wood Barnes and Otha Mae Boyd Barnes. Mr. Barnes was a member and Deacon of Chesterfield Baptist Church, and a Veteran of the U. S. Army serving in Germany during the Vietnam conflict. In addition to Parents, He was preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law the late Roy Cavin and Frances Cavin.

Surviving are His wife, Katie Cavin Barnes; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Chris Barnes; grandson, Jaden Barnes; daughter, Becky Barnes, step grandchildren, Brian Wimbley and Alex Wimbley; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and June Barnes; several Brothers-in Law and Sisters-in-Law, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Private Funeral and Interment service will be held Sunday, at Graveside in Ami Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Bishop and Rev. Dewey Blalock officiating. Active Pallbearers Gene Gazaway, Rodney Wooton, Jamie Cavin, Jason Jarrett, Charles- Dykes, Thomas Flood, and David Hall; Honorary Pallbearers Earl Bramlett, Carlton “Sonny” Reynolds, Tommy Turkett, Leo Bridges, Buddy Gentry, Buck Leath. Flowers are appreciated or contributions may be made to the Chesterfield Baptist Church Building Fund.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Raymond L. (Buddy) Barnes.




Thursday, August 6, 2020

Mrs. Sandra Faye Howard

MRS. SANDRA FAYE HOWARD, age 78, of Plainville, Georgia, formerly of Summerville, passed away Tuesday evening, August 4, 2020, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Summerville, Georgia on April 30, 1942, a daughter of the late William Cody and Fata Lorine Ellenburg Padgett. She was Church of God by Faith and for many years was bakery/deli manager for Publix. In addition to Parents She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Bobby F. Howard, and children, the late Bruce, Mandy, and Brad Carroll, sister, Lynda McAuthur, and special cousin, Clarice Sprayberry Prince.

Surviving are Her son, David (Regina) Carroll of Plainville; grandchildren, Nicole Carroll (Jason Pye), Brandon Carroll, Breanna (Joey) Saxon all of Millen, GA., Jason (Sara) Carroll of Commerce, Brent (Nicole) Carroll of Ball Ground, and Bently Carroll of Matthews; Nine Great Grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bennie McArthur of Marietta; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral and interment service will be held Saturday, August 8th, at 1:00 P.M. in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor Andy Hutchens officiating. The Family receiving friends from 12:30 til 1 P.M. Saturday at graveside; social distancing and face coverings are appreciated. Active Pallbearers Brandon Carroll, Brent Carroll, Jason Carroll, Jason Pye, Joey Saxon, and Dillan Crews.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Mr. Guinn Hankins

MR. GUINN HANKINS, age 71, of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, formerly of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday afternoon, August 2, 2020, at his residence. Born in LaFayette, Georgia, He was a son of the late J. T. and Eleanor Thomas Hankins. Mr. Hankins was a self-employed Contractor, owned and operated H. & H. Construction Company and H. & H. Rentals. He was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, a former City of Summerville Councilman, and former President of the Chattooga Athletic Boosters Club. Mr. Hawkins was predeceased by his wife of 46 years Barbara Maples Hankins and brother, Tommy Hankins.

Surviving are daughter and spouse, Patti and Charlie Jarrett; son and spouse, Adam and Melissa Hankins; grandchildren, Jered Nelson, Karlie & Dillon Worley, Bailey Hankins, Jake Jarrett, Noah Hankins, Emme Hankins, Angelena Fiorito, Madi Martin,; great grandson-Hudson Bruce Worley.

Private Memorial service will be held Saturday, August 8th, in Summerville Cemetery with Pastor Tom Russell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the Family suggests contributions to the Chattooga Athletic Boosters Club.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Guinn Hankins who died Sunday.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Mr. Donald Minor Chandler

MR. DONALD MINOR CHANDLER, age 92, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, at his residence. Born in Trion, Georgia on November 4, 1927, a son of the late John Herbert and Mattie Lee Alexander Chandler. Mr. Chandler was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church and the Seekers Sunday Class of the Church. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy serving in WW II and was retired from the Dyeing Department of Mount Vernon Mills. He was preceded by his wives, the late Doris Posey Chandler in 1977 and the late Winnie Lee Ledford Chandler in 2016, and siblings the late Leland Chandler, Beth Chandler Hall, and Bruce Chandler.

Surviving are children, Laura (Sally) & Jeff Gamble of Armuchee, Susan & Randy Thompson of Canton, and Gary & Kathy Floyd of Cartersville; grandchildren, Melissa Thompson-Riddle, Meredith Thompson Carter, Jarrod Slaton Floyd, Jamie Kristen Woodward Brown, Anna Elaine Floyd; Ten Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 1st, at 1:00 P.M. From Graveside in West Hill Cemetery with Mr. Jim Parker and Pastor Sean Wegner officiating. Active Pallbearers Butch Mitchell, Joe Mitchell, Jarrod Floyd, David Riddle, Jonathan Carter, Nathan Carter, Bryson Shelton, and Kade Shelton. Remembrances in the form of flowers or donations to the Summerville First Baptist Church or Gideons International are appreciated.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Charles Arvel McLeod, Sr.

Charles Arvel McLeod, Sr., of Trion, Georgia, passed away July 22, 2020, at Oakview in Summerville. Born July 24, 1934, he was the first baby born at Riegel Hospital soon after it opened in Trion and was the son of the late Grady Arvel McLeod and Shirley Henderson McLeod. He was married for 66 years to his high school sweetheart Margaret Dillard McLeod.

A retired educator, Mr. McLeod taught in Chattooga, Columbia, and Floyd counties in Georgia. From 1975 until 1982, he was the principal at Lyerly Elementary School. He was an enthusiastic golfer, who started out caddying at the Trion Golf Club in the 1940s. Throughout his life he spent many happy hours at the course in Trion with his golfing buddies, many of whom had gone to school together. One of the thrills of his life was being able to attend the Masters Tournament in Augusta almost every year from the 1960s through 2019 often with his brother-in-law Billy Hayes and to watch generations of professional golfers over half a century. Mr. McLeod and his wife were members of the Trion United Methodist Church and also worked together with the Trion Alumni Association for several years.

In addition to his wife Margaret, Mr. McLeod is survived by his children Cynthia Anne McLeod (Don Highfield), Charles Arvel McLeod, Jr. (Lisa), and Keith Arlin McLeod. He was predeceased by their son John Andrew McLeod (Cheryl). Survivors include grandchildren Andrea McLeod, Lauren McLeod, Nicholas Van Pelt, and Kathleen Van Pelt Gibson and great-grandchildren Kaedance, Ameri, and Andrew Van Pelt, Kai McLeod, and Emmaline Gibson, as well as nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

A private celebration of Charles McLeod’s life was held at his daughter Cynthia’s home in Mentone, Alabama, on July 24, 2020, on what would have been his 86th birthday. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends donate to the scholarship fund of the Trion Bulldog Alumni Association at PO Box 295, Trion, GA 30753.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Mrs. Jean Tillis

MRS. JEAN TILLIS, age 83, of Lyerly Georgia, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Lyerly, Georgia on May 19, 1937, a daughter the late William Alonzo and Willie Copeland Anderson. She was a member of the Lyerly First Baptist Church and worked in the insurance field. She was preceded in death by husband, the late Ed Tillis and sister, the late Ruth Cook.

Surviving are her step children, Edwin Tillis and Barbara Spearman of Atlanta, several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1pm from the Johnson Cemetery with the Rev. James Baird and Rev. Trey Williams officiating. Active pallbearers will be Jerry Cook, Wallace Cook, Harold Ragland, Roger Bryant, Zane Ham, and Tim Edwards. The family will receive friends Sunday from 12 noon until the hour of service at Johnson Cemetery.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Jean Tillis who passed away Thursday.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Mr. Bobby Dan Allen

MR. BOBBY DAN ALLEN, age 77, of Commerce Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday evening, July 22, 2020, in a Rome hospital. He was born in Summerville, Georgia on August 12, 1942 to the late J. W. and Margaret Bradford Allen. Mr. Allen served in the U. S. Air Force and was a Carpenter by trade.

Surviving are daughters, Sheryl (Ricky) Campbell, Cindy (Michael) Romines, and Janet Allen; son, Robby Allen; grandchildren, Jonathan Hudgins, Bonnie Ellison, Mandi Ramey, Megan and Josh Rathbun, Brittany Allen; several Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, July 26th, at 4:00 P.M., in Summerville Cemetery, with Dr. Charles Bishop officiating, Active Pallbearers, Michael Romines, Ricky Campbell, Jonathan Hudgins, Josh Rathbun, Koaner Helton, Elijah Hudgins, Chris Woodall, and Bill Tutton; Honorary Pallbearers all buddies from the Chattooga County Memorial Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Bobby Dan Allen.

Mrs. Dorothy Jane Brewster

MRS. DOROTHY JANE BREWSTER, age 71, of Hwy #114, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday morning, July 22, 2020, in Chattanooga, TN. She was born February 7, 1949, daughter of the late Samuel Lee and Frances Woody Hensley. Mrs. Brewster was a member of the Church of Christ and retired school teacher from the Trion Schools. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edgar Brewster, son, Jonathan Mark Brewster, and siblings, Carolyn Mae Ewing, Bobby Lee Hensley, Johnny Faye Hensley, Patricia Ann Smith, Cheryl Marie Brown, Sheila Gail Rape.

Surviving are daughter, Karen Brewster Wilson (Danny) of Dalton; daughters-in-law, Kimberly Brewster of Summerville and Rebecca Brewster of LaFayette; son, Thomas Gregory Brewster of San Antonio, TX.; grandchildren, Joshua Wilson (Katie), Kelsea Wilson, Kalee Anna Volzer (Justin), Kara Beth Brewster, Karlie Brewster, Kloie Brewster, Jackson Brewster, Graycen Brewster; great grandson, Henry Luke Volzer; sister, Imogene Hensley; brother, Douglas Hensley of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews.

Private Graveside service will be held Saturday from Greenhills Memory Garden, with Dalton Gilreath officiating. Active pallbearers will be Chris Boling, Dake Boling, Justin Boling, Jackson Brewster, Josh Wilson, and Danny Wilson. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 until 8pm at the home of Mrs. Brewster, #2380 Highway #114, Summerville, Georgia.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Dorothy Jane Brewster who passed away Wednesday.


Friday, July 17, 2020

Mrs. Mary A.Stiffles

MRS. MARY A. SIFFLES, age 73, of Alexander Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020, in a Chattanooga Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Siffles was born, on July 16, 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Robert Benjamin and Peggy Owens Siffles. She was Holliness by Faith, a homemaker, and was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Dewayne Eller, sisters, Margaret Sifles, Lynn Jo Siffles, and brothers, Hollis Siffles, Ray Siffles, and Billy Siffles all died earlier.

Surviving are Husband Donald Jack Siffles, Sr.; daughter, Wendy Ann Siffles;Donald Jack Siffles, Jr.; granddaughter, Stacy Ann Eller; sisters, Shirley Ann McDonald, Dorothy Forrest, Geneva Fountain, andBetty Edgeworth; brothers, Roger Siffles, Bobby Siffles, Leon Siffles; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service and interment were held 2:00 P.M. Sunday, July 19th, at Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor Bobby Minor officiating. Active Pallbearers Tim Hathcock, David Ragan, Russell Green, Ronnie Abernathy, David Wade, and Roger Siffles.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary A. Siffles, who passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Mrs. Billie Faye Milam

MRS. BILLIE FAYE MILAM, age 77, of Saratoga Way, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020, a her residence. A Chattooga County native, She was born on August 17, 1942 to the late L. D. (Doke) and Frances Armstrong Barksdale. Mrs. Milam was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church, was retired from the dipping department of Best Mfg. Company, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert Milam, Sr. and son the late Chris Milam.

Surviving are son, Gene (Goose) Milam, Jr.; sisters, Sandra Ivey and Joyce Haygood; brother, Charles Barksdale; grandchildren, Jace Milam, Brady Milam, Jared Milam, and Caitlin Milam; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 12:00 noon, from Graveside in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Norton and Rev. Jerry Rutledge officiating, pallbearers will be Terry Barksdale, Tracy Barksdale, Keith Haygood, J. J. Ivey, Dustin Ivey, and Chuck Barksdale; Honorary Pallbearer-Jerry Bennett. Viewing Wednesday from 10:30 until 11:30 P.M. ; social distancing will be observed.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Billie Faye Milam.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Mrs. Opal Pickle Smith

MRS. OPAL PICKLE SMITH, age 95, of New Rosedale Road, Armuchee, Georgia, passed away Friday evening, June 19, 2020, in a Rome health care. A native of Lyerly, Georgia, She was born to the late Marvin Bishop and Nellie Margaret Brady Pickle on July 8, 1924. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Floyd- Springs Baptist Church, a Homemaker, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late John Wesley Smith, son, Gary R. Smith, granddaughter, Elizabeth Smith, sister, Lerlene Gilliland, and brother, Elmer Pickle all died earlier.

Surviving are daughter, Amy Smith Johnson; granddaughter, Paige Smith Pittard (Jason), great grandchildren, Joel, Jacob, and Sarah Pittard; daughter-in-law, Gwendolyn Carter Smith; brother, Malcolm (Ramona) Pickle; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 22nd, at 10:00 A.M. from Graveside in Lyerly Cemetery with Rev. Ralph Jenkins officiating. Active Pallbearers Jason Pittard, Joel Pittard, Malcolm Gwin Pickle, Tom Pickle, Sam Duncan, Terry Broome. The Family wishes to express “Special Thanks” to Pruitt Health Nursing Home and Pruitt Hospice for the excellent care of Mrs. Smith.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Opal Pickle Smith.





Friday, June 19, 2020

Mrs. Phyllis Marie Battles

MRS. PHYLLIS MARIE BATTLES, age 65, of Foster Manning Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Albany, Georgia on January 17, 1955, to the late Buddy K. and Dorothy Taylor Payne. Mrs. Battles was retired floor manager at Century Glove. She was preceded in death by her parents and also siblings Deborah Carroll and Kenny Payne.

Surviving are children, Robert Earl Battles, Jr. and Misty and Jim Colbert; sisters, Renee Dalton and Wanda Stoker; brother, Buddy W. Payne; grandchildren, Dillan Colbert, Jessi Rinehart, Miracle Battles, Gracie Colbert, Mattie Colbert; four Great Grandchildren; special care giver, Christine Battles; husband, Robert Earl Battles, Sr.; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, June 19th, at 2:00 P.M., Georgia time, from the Graveside in Mill Creek Cemetery, with Rev. Harold Helton officiating. Active Pallbearers Michael Battles, Justin Rinehart, Dillan Colbert, Bailey Dillard, Michael Cabe, and Jake Burdick. Visitation will also be Friday at Graveside in Mill Creek Cemetery from 1 til 2 P.M. Georgia time.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Phyllis Marie Battles.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mr. L.C. Price

MR. L. C. PRICE, age 84, of Pine Hill Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Chattoogaville Community, Lyerly, Georgia on October 21, 1935, to the late Nish and Haney McClusky Price. Mr. Price was a member of the Palm Springs AME Zion Church, a Veteran of Korea serving in the U. S. Air Force, and was a retired construction contractor. In addition to Parents He was preceded in death by sons, the late Ralph Price and Brent Price and brothers, the late Elmer Price, Charles Price, and Joe Price.

Surviving are wife, Martha Money; children, Johnny Price, James Price, Cedric Price, Charlene Draper, Tracey Montgomery, Tamesha Shropshire, Buffy Patel, and Audrey Martin; siblings, Naomi Robbs, Betty Ann Price, Jan Golden, Dan Price, Roger Price, and Marshall Price; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Sunday at 3:00 P.M. at Graveside, in Summerville Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Barrett and Rev. Tommy Pledger officiating. American Legion Shanklin/Attaway Post #5, Rome, Georgia will render Military Honors. Active Pallbearers, Chase Lively, Nish Patel, Dee Price, Brannon Price, Allen Keen, Matthew Money, and Marvin Timmons. Visitation will be at Graveside in Summerville Cemetery from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. Sunday.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. L. C. Price.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Mrs. Edith Adams

MRS. EDITH ADAMS, age 87, of Highway #114, Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, in the local nursing home. A native of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, She was born July 30, 1932 to the late William (W. T.) and Ettie Jane Abercrombie Millican. Mrs. Adams was retired from Mohawk Industries, a member of West Summerville Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Odell Adams, and siblings, Willie Jane Millican, Katherine McCauley, J. B. Millican, and Cecil Millican all passed away earlier.Surviving are sister and spouse, Annie Ruth and Robert Love; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Private Graveside service will be held Sunday, May 24, 2020, in West Hill Cemetery with Rev. Tracy Espy and Rev. Freddy Waldrop officiating. Active Pallbearers, Curtis Cleveland, Brandon Seymore, Robert Love, Steve Strickland, Kyle Millican, and Chad Millican; Honorary Pallbearers, Hugh Millican, Wayne Lee, members of West Summerville Baptist Church. Special thank you to the Staff of Oak View Nursing and Rehab. Center.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.







Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mr. Donnie Ray Roan-Kilgore

Mr. Donnie Ray Roan-Kilgore age 67, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at his residence. Donnie was born in Cullman, Alabama on February 16, 1953, a son of the late Grady Roan and Helen Kilgore Roan, he was also preceded in death by a sister, the late Carolyn Prater and brother, the late Ronnie Roan.

Surviving are his wife, Tamala Roan; daughters, April Naillon, and Twana Murdock; sons, Edwin Smith and Jason Smith; sisters, Geneva Edwards, Eva McGraw, and Louise Jenkins; brothers, Eddie Lee Roan, Alton Roan, Loyal Roan, Doyle Roan, and Zandell Roan; grandchildren, Dillon Murdock, Levi Fowler, Shiann Murdock, Katelyn Fowler, Courtney Naillon, Destinee Naillon, Billy Ray Collins, and Kyra Hampton; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

A Private Graveside service will be held Friday, May 22st, with Kenny Ashand Ray Caldwell officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Abernathy, Billy Ray Collins, Pete Huggins, Tim Evans, Tim Smith, Shawn Smith.

Mr. Kilgore will be at his residence #54 Montgomery Street, Summerville, after 6:00 P.M. Wednesday.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Donnie Ray Roan-Kilgore.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Mrs. Sonya Ash Payton

MRS. SONYA ASH PAYTON, age 56, of Lyerly, Georgia passed away Saturday morning, May 16, 2020, in a Rome hospital. Born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on December 29, 1963, She was a daughter of the late Barbara Bohannon Ash and Deward Ray Ash who survives. Mrs. Payton formerly was billing clerk for Mohawk Mill. She was preceded in death by her Mother and a brother the late Lynn Ash.

Surviving are daughter, Stephanie Durham (Chris); sons, Shaun Payton and Randall Payton; father, Deward Ray Ash; sisters, Belinda Rendon and Rhonda Battles; brother, Scott Ash; granddaughter, Hailey Durham; several Nieces, Nephews, and Special Friends also survive.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Mrs. Lucille Fowler

MRS. LUCILLE FOWLER, age 92, of Covington, Georgia formerly of Berryton, Georgia, passed away Monday morning, May 11, 2020, in Covington. She was born in Summerville, Georgia to the late Russell and Flossie Lorene Murphy Lee, on January 7, 1928. She was a member of Berryton Church of God and a homemaker. Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by Her husband, the late Emmett Andrew Fowler, a daughter, Anita Lynn Fowler, and son, Gary Lee Fowler.

Surviving are daughters, Gail Wofford, Dianne Smith, and Angela Fowler; son, Jeffery Fowler; sister, Pauline Wood; Fifteen Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Private Graveside service will be held Thursday, in Summerville Cemetery. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Grandsons will be Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berryton Church of God.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Lucille Fowler.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mrs. Willie Mae Hilburn

MRS. WILLIE MAE HILBURN, age 89, of Macon, Georgia, formerly of Mentone, Alabama, passed away Wednesday evening, May 6, 2020, in Macon. A native of Madison, Georgia, She was born on May 21, 1930, to the late Luther E. and Dorothy Kitchens Morrison. Mrs. Hilburn grew up in the Middle Georgia area and later settled and spent much of Her life in Rome and the Mentone area. Much of Her working life was involved in several restaurant businesses, several years at Hilburn Shoes in Rome, and later she and her late husband operated a rhododendron and azalea nursery in Mentone. She was a member and Past Elder of Cloudland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Hilburn was pre-deceased by husband, Gene Hilburn, brothers, Jack Morrison and Charles Morrison, and step-children Julia Hilburn Dent and Bill Hilburn.

Surviving are Her sisters, Dorothy Moore, Forsyth, Ga. And Anne Jones, Macon, Ga.; her brother, Johnny Morrison (Linda), Macon, Ga.; two grandchildren; and several Nieces and Nephews.

A Graveside Funeral service was held Saturday, May 9th, at 1:00 P.M. in Naomi Cemetery, Naomi Cemetery Road, LaFayette, Georgia, with Mr. David Tidmore officiating. Memorials can be made to Cloudland Presbyterian Church or the Alzhermer's Association.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Mr. Kern Eugene (Gene) Coppedge

MR. KERN EUGENE (GENE) COPPEDGE, age 95, of Scoggins Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, in the local nursing home. A native of Franklin, Ohio, He was born to the late Kenneth Spring and Myrtle Ann Benge Coppedge, on April 3, 1925. Mr. Coppedge and wife Edith, lived in Alaska for many years, retiring to Summerville a few years ago; He was self-employed as a paper hanger.

Surviving are His wife, Edith A. Ragland Coppedge; several Children, Step-Children, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren also survive.

In keeping with Mr. Coppedge's wishes, his body was cremated, no formal service is planned at this time.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shannon Wayne Hellard

MR. SHANNON WAYNE HELLARD, age 40, of Ridge Street, Trion, Georgia passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 1, 2020, from an accident. A native of Kentucky, He was a son of the late Timothy Hellard and Lucinda Sluder, who survives. Shannon was employed with Smith Iron Works in Lyerly, Georgia.

Surviving are His wife, Rachel Craft Hellard; children, Dasia (Blake) West, Ziibi Dickson, Jorma Dickson, Kannon Hellard, Dixie Rose Hellard, Justin Simmons, and Dustin Simmons; granddaughter, Brooklyn Rain West; mother, Lucinda Sluder; brother, James Hellard; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

In according with Shannon's wishes, he was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Mr. Bobby Fay Hawkins

MR. BOBBY FAY HAWKINS, age 88, of Orchard Hill Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2020, at his residence, following an extended illness. Born in Summerville on June 12, 1931, he was a son of the late Roy and Elizabeth Owens Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins was Baptist by faith and a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Georgia Rug Mill and Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty Ann Bailey Hawkins and Molee Clark Hawkins, Sons: Tommy Hawkins and Denny Hawkins, Brothers: J.R., Shorty, Bill, Carlton, and Leon Hawkins.

Surviving are Daughter and Son in Law, Donna and Jerry Lathem; Grandsons, Robbie (Stephanie) Lathem and Adam (Carrie) Lathem; Great Grandchildren, Brody, Jessica, Chandler, Leihlani, Lorin, Madison, Briana, Libby, Hyker, and Lizbeth; Great Granddaughter. Aleena; Sister, Vernice Stoner, Special Companion, Lena Ingle; Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Donna would like to thank Tapestry Hospice for their wonderful care of her Daddy, with a special thank you to April Moore and Kim Massey.

The Family will have a Private Graveside Service with the Rev. Michael Hawkins officiating. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandchildren. Interment in Trion Cemetery.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mrs. Martha Ann Busbin Price Shook

MRS. MARTHA ANN BUSBIN PRICE SHOOK, age 83, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday evening, April 13, 2020, in the local nursing home. A Lyerly, Georgia native, She was born to the late Walter and Beatrice Bagley Busbin on February 22, 1937. Mrs. Shook was an Educator, having taught at Chattooga High School for many years; she also loved dancing, and in her younger days taught dancing at the Fred Astair dance studio in Atlanta. Mrs. Shook was a member of Summerville First United Methodist Church and was preceded in dead by husband, the late Bobby Shook, grandson, the late Mark Price, and former husband, the late R. C. Price.

Surviving are daughter, Angela (Nick) Barton; son, Tony (Teresha) Price; stepchildren, Scott Shook, Sue (Lonnie) Wilson, Sarah Billings, Sandy (Lori) Shook; grandchildren, Tamara Scott, Haley Barton, Clint Barton, Harley Price, Lauren Truelove, Claire Humphey, Sarah Barnett, Seth Shook, Kyle Higgins, Stace Higgins,; several Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

There will be no formal service. The Family expresses special thanks to the nursing staff, on G Hall, of Oakview Nursing and Rehab Center. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Son Rise Church, at United Community Bank, in memory of Mrs. Shook.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. MARTHA ANN BUSBIN PRICE SHOOK.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Mr. Corey Sam Money

MR. COREY SAM MONEY, age 40, of Ellenburg Subdivision, Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, in a Rome hospital. He was born in Rome, Georgia on November 29, 1979, a son of Sarah Bridges Money and Bill Money. Corey was a member of North Summerville Baptist Church and was self-employed.

Surviving are daughter, Emma Caitlyn Money; mother, Sarah Bridges Money; father, Bill Money; brother, Barry Money.

Private Graveside service in West Hill Cemetery, with Dr. Tom Russell officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mr. Ralph Martin "Marty" Brown, Jr.

MR. RALPH MARTIN “MARTY” BROWN, JR., age 70, of Taylor Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 10, 1949 to the late Ralph Martin (Country) Brown and Curtis Mae Bush Brown. Mr. Brown was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, an active member of the Chattooga Athletic Boosters Club and was retired from Best Mfg. Company Human Resources.

Surviving are daughter and spouse, Lisa and Keven MacKinney; son and spouse, Jason and Buffy Brown; grandchildren, Jase Brown, Libby Brown, and Jeff MacKinney; former wife, Joyce Brown; uncle, Bobby Bush; special cousins, Mike and Jane Floyd, Karen Bush Hill, Linda Bush Upton, Martha Bishop, and Buddy Floyd; several Cousins.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ralph “Country” Brown Scholarship at Chattooga High School.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Doris Ellen Purcell

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Mrs. Doris Ellen Wilkerson Purcell, age 74 of Trion, Georgia, passed away March 18, 2020 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Mrs. Purcell was born in Trion, Georgia on October 26, 1945, daughter of the late R.W. “Shorty” and Mildred Lane Wilkerson. She was a member of the Horizon Baptist Fellowship in Summerville, Georgia. Mrs. Purcell is retired from the State of Georgia Department of Corrections, working previously in customer service at Riegel Textile Corporation and the Department of Family and Children's Services in Ringgold. She was a devout Christian, spending many years working with young people and teaching Sunday school. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Purcell was preceded in death by a sister, Judith Ann Childers.

Mrs Purcell is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul Lamar Purcell; sons, Paul “LaDon” (Patti) Purcell of Smyrna; Robert Allan “Bobby” Purcell of Trion; grandchildren, Emily Sara Purcell and William Lane Purcell of Smyrna; sister, Mary (Jerry) Fuller of Rome; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside service and interment will be held March 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the West Hill Cemetery in Trion with the Rev. Kevin Norton and Rev. John Paul Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be William Purcell, Sean Casey, Brian Baggett, Chris Purcell, Ryan Hamilton, and Matthew Swords.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation or formal funeral service. The family encourages everyone to consider their safety and the safety of others and practice social distancing if choosing to attend the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is responsible for the arrangements for Mrs. Doris Ellen Wilkerson Purcell.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mrs. Mollie H. Greene

MRS. MOLLIE H. GREENE, age 84, of Fort Payne, Alabama, formerly of Chattooga County, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the local nursing home. She was born in Centre, Alabama on April 6, 1935, a daughter of the late Edward and Haynie Mobbs Archer. Mrs. Greene was Pentecostal by faith, a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband the late James Russell Greene.

Surviving are daughters, Deborah (Dan) Hughes and Dawn (Wendell) Morris; sons, Dennis (Susan) Greene, Darrell (Judy) Greene, Danny (Shonna) Greene; sisters, Doris Taylor and Omadean Sessions; brother, James Archer; Nine Grandchildren, Nine Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Due to concern of the public health crisis, a Private Graveside service will be held Thursday from West Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Andy Hutchens officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Monday, March 16, 2020

Miss Haley Brianna Smith

MISS HALEY BRIANNA SMITH, age 22, of Fulmer Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, from injuries received in an auto accident, Sunday. Born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on October 4, 1997 to Lonnie R. and Tonya Payne Smith, who survive. Haley was a 2016 Graduate of Chattooga and enjoyed singing. She was a member of New Generation Church of God and a member of the Drama Team of the church. Haley was employed in the packing department of Branded Logic in LaFayette. She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents the late Wayne and Maxine Morgan and maternal grandfather, the late Clayton Payne, Jr..

Surviving are parents, Lonnie and Tonya Payne Smith; maternal grandparents, Sheila Hayslip, Preston and Jan Hayslip; brother, Jacob Smith; niece, Melody Smith; several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 20th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Pastor Danny Harkins officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Patrick Strawn, Curtis Brown, Dewayne Treadaway, Lamar Deberry, Ryan Hollingsworth, Barron Totherow, Terry McWhorter, Tucker Ryan Arnold. The Family will receive friends Friday, 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Miss Haley Brianna Smith who passed away Sunday.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Sue Woods Hurley

Sue Woods Hurley died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Saturday, March 14, 2020. She was a prominent business woman as well as owner, chairperson and president of the only female-owned, national bank in Georgia and Florida, Southeast First National Bank.

Mrs. Hurley, her late husband and family ran a very successful grocery business for 44 years with stores in Summerville and Trion, Georgia as well as Fort Payne, Alabama. Mrs. Hurley purchased and took over the operation of First National Bank of Chattooga County, now Southeast First National Bank, in 1980 and quickly turned it into a profitable institution. In 2008, she purchased a Florida bank, merged it with Southeast First National Bank and moved it to Bay County, Florida. Regardless of the conditions of the economy, the institution under Mrs. Hurley’s supervision has maintained 40 consecutive years of annual operating profits. Mrs. Hurley was born on May 10, 1938 in Lyerly, Georgia to William C. Woods and Leila Brady Woods. She attended Lyerly School and was a letterman on the Lyerly Lions basketball team with her sister, Toni Woods Tutton. She also attended Northeast Alabama Community College, Bank Administration Institute and Georgia Banking School of the Georgia Banker’s Association in Athens, Georgia. She served as chairperson and CEO of the real estate development company Hurley’s Foods, Inc. She served as chairperson of the board of the Southeast First National Bank and chairperson of the board of Summerville/Trion Bancshares, Inc. She also served as a member on the board of Bank of Adairsville and Adairsville Bancshares, Inc.

Mrs. Hurley was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Tollie Fay Hurley; brothers, William Harold Woods and Brady Mell Woods; and sisters, Massena Woods Johnson, Ann Woods Cornish and Toni Woods Tutton. Mrs. Hurley is survived by a son and daughter in law, Edward F. Hurley and Ginny Craven Hurley; a daughter and son in law, Suzanne Hurley Bowman and Timothy E. Bowman; a son and daughter in law, William B. Hurley and Jamie Keeling Hurley; twelve grandchildren, Alexandria Dawes Hurley, Katherine Cutler Hurley, Madeline Grace Hurley, William Evan Bowman, William Craven McGuire, Katherine Ellen McGuire, Haley Bowman Barbaro, Jennifer Bowman Rogers, Kelsey Bowman Wiggins, Jacob E Bowman, Kendall Keeling and Kaitlyn Keeling; nephews, Roman William Kent, Joseph William Cornish, James Michael Woods, Harold Lynn Woods, Charles Randall Tutton, William M. Tutton and Peter Woods Cornish; and a brother in law and wife, Benjamin Gene Hurley and Marceline Mobbs Hurley.

Graveside services will be held at 1 P.M. on Sunday, March 15 by Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville, Georgia at the Summerville Cemetery with Reverend Ken Johnson and Reverend L.D. Ludy presiding. Pallbearers are Timothy E. Bowman, William E. Bowman, William M. Tutton, William Nickolas Tutton, P. Scott Ayers and William B. Hurley. The family is especially thankful for Mrs. Hurley’s caregivers Rebecca Hill, Jessica Hill, Kathy Swafford and Debra Hefner.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mrs. Nell Blalock Dodd

Mrs. Nell Blalock Dodd, age 82, of Gaylesville, Alabama, passed away Wednesday morning in a Rome, Georgia hospital. She was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on July 27, 1937 to the late Calvin and Don Hartline Blalock. Mrs. Dodd was a member of Chesterfield Baptist Church and was retired from Harriett-Henderson Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Billy Joe Dodd.

Surviving are daughter, Patricia (Greg) Bentley; sons, Dale (Regina) Dodd, Herbert (Michelle) Dodd, Randy Dodd, and Joe Dodd; sister, Kathryn Vernon; brothers, Billy Blalock, Ronald Blalock, and Harold Blalock; Fifteen Grandchildren, Sixteen Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 12th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Pariton, Chad Dodd, and Cody Bentley officiating, interment in Faith Baptist Church Cemetery. Active Palbearers will be Grandsons; Honorary Pallbearers Sam and Ann Hudsputh, Jane Canada, Mike Dodd, and Leon Dodd. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. EST. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Nell Blalock Dodd.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mrs. Jean W. Bynum

MRS. JEAN W. BYNUM, age 92, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in the local nursing home. A native of Dekalb County, Alabama, She was born to the late William L. and Clara Thomas Wood on August 19, 1927. A member of North Summerville Baptist Church, She was retired from Mount Vernon Mills. Preceding Her in death were husbands, the late Walter Maxey Parsons and the late Russell Edward Bynum.

Surviving are Nieces and Nephews.

At Mrs. Bynum's request, there will be no Funeral Service and no flowers, contributions may be made to the North Summerville Baptist Church. A visitation will be held Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M., at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Mrs. Marcela Cecilia Moreno Nunez

MRS. MARCELA CECILIA MORENO NUNEZ, age 68, of Menlo, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at her residence. She was born on November 22, 1951 in San Fernando, Chile to the late Jorge Moreno and Amada Nunez. She was a kindergarten teacher for the Chile military.

Surviving are husband, Luis Gabriel Esteva Somoza; daughter and son-in-law, Carolina and Jason Wright; grandchildren, Ava Wright, Sawyer Wright, and Aiden Wright; sisters, Paulina Moreno and Paz Moreno; brother, Cristian Moreno.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 4th, at 5:00 P.M. From the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Wright officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Heyman Hospice of Rome.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Marcela Cecilia Moreno Nunez.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mr. Dwight L. Hardin

MR. DWIGHT L. HARDIN, age 85, of Trion, Georgia, passed away Thursday morning, February 27, 2020. He was born July 7, 1934, in Trion, Georgia, son of the late John W. and Alice E. Chapman Hardin. Dwight served his Country in the Air Force from 1954 through 1958. He retired from Inland Rome paper mill after 38 years, where he was an electrician and past president of IBEW 613. He was a faithful member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Dwight coached the Indians Dixie Youth baseball team for 12 years; was supporter of the Trion High School and all their sports programs, and was also an avid Georgia football fan and enjoyed playing golf with his friends.

Surviving are His loving wife of 65 years, Mrs. Millie R. Hardin, son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Elizabeth Hardin of Macon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 29th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jack Foster, Mark Holder, Phil Williams, Rodney Edwards, Jordan Glaze, and John Fesperman; Honorary Pallbearers any past members of the Indians Dixie Youth baseball teams. Visitation will be Saturday 12:00 noon to 2 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ms. Kathy Lynn McGuire

MS. KATHY LYNN MCGUIRE, age 60, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Ms. McGuire was born May 5, 1959, in Floyd County, Georgia, a daughter of the late Steve and Nancy Gilreath and Calvin and Linda McGuire, who survive. She also preceded in death by a sister, the late Tammy Gilreath.

She is survived by a son, Mica McGuire, three sisters and a brother, Shanna Gilreath Dodd, Tonia Gilreath Rounsaville, wife of the late Stanley Rounsaville, Kelly McGuire and Family, Kevin McGuire and Family. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Jordan and Jason Warren, Olivia Stancil and Derek and Shalyn Dodd, great nephew, Kendall Warren and great Niece, Eisley Warren.

The Family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Ms. Kathy Lynn McGuire.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mrs. Velva Mae Britt

MRS. VELVA MAE BRITT, age 89, of L. M. Thomas Road, Summerville, Georgia, formerly of Port Orange, FL., passed away Thursday morning, February 13, 2020, in the local Nursing Home. She was born in Virginia on July 2, 1930 to the late Noah Ebery and Hattie Lee Green Mills. Mrs. Britt was a retired Office Manager for Kmart Retail Sales and member of West Berryton Faith Temple. In addition to Her Parents, She was preceded in death by a daughter, the late Tammi L. Walker, sons, Robert K. Walker and William E. Walker, brothers, Frank Mills, Albert Mills, Junior Mills all died earlier.

Surviving are daughters, Joyce (Lewis) Bennett of Daytona Beach, Fl. and Susan (Bill) Durham of Summerville; daughter-in-law, Darla M. Walker of Greenville, TN.; sister, Sibby Byrd of Basset, VA.; brother, Bobby (Nancy) Mills of Calloway, VA.10 Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and many Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service were held Friday (February 14th) at 4:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater FuneralHome with Rev. John Mann officiating, interment Saturday afternoon (February 15th) in Sunrise Baptist Church Cemetery in Bulls Gap, TN.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Velva Mae Britt who passed away Thursday morning.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mrs. Willie Mae Lee

MRS. WILLIE MAE LEE, age 86, of Goodwin Drive, Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, afternoon, following an extended illness. She was born in Polk County, Georgia on February 6, 1934, a daughter of the late Estes and Lottie Mae Evans Turpin. Mrs. Lee was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church and was a retired bookkeeper. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law the late Theresa Lee, and brothers, Leslie Turpin, Dolan Turpin, Ronald Turpin, and Robert J. Turpin all died earlier.

Surviving are Her husband, Fay Lee; daughters and Spouses, Susan Floyd Smith, Lisa Lee (Mark) Humphrey, and Tonya Lee (Tracy) Hanks; sons and spouse Jeff (Kelly) Floyd and Bradley Lee; special friends, Scott and Carla Hammond; thirteen Grandchildren and six Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Graveside service will be held Friday, February 14th, at 3:00 P.M. from Greenhills Memory Garden with Joshua Lee and Scott Hammond officiating. Active Pallbearers Travis Hanks, Ty Hanks, Charlie Logan, Joshua Lee, Taylor Sprayberry, Chandler Gray, Noah Floyd, and Kaleb Daniel. The Family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1 until 2:45 P.M. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the Family request contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Willie Mae Lee

Monday, February 10, 2020

Marlyn Styles Meredith



MARLYN STYLES MEREDITH, 84 of Franklin, Tennessee, originally of Summerville, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, with her family by her side. Marlyn was born in Farner, Tennessee to Robert and Mamie Styles, the 8th of 9 children. She grew up in Trion, Georgia, where she graduated from Trion High School. She attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina, then graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in music education. She received her master's degree in music education from the University of Georgia,

Marlyn developed a love of music at a very young age, that was inspired by her father, who was a gifted fiddle player. Early on, she began singing with her sisters, Regina, Betty, Peggy, and later, the youngest sister, Annette. They became known as the Styles Sisters. They performed at various events throughout the county for many years.

The influence of her family's musical talents instilled into Marlyn a love for teaching music. She spent many years as an elementary school music teacher in Acworth and Summerville, Georgia before her retirement from the Chattooga County School District. She was the music director each summer for Camp Hamby, where she taught music to many children from the community, including her own grandchildren who enjoyed attending camp every summer.

Before her second marriage to James E. Meredith in 1975, Marlyn was a devoted, hard-working single mother who instilled into her two boys, Mark and John Hammond, a love for music that inspired their professional music careers. She was a dedicated and loving mother to James's children, Marilyn, Jim, and Paul whose professional pursuits, interests, and accomplishments among them brought her and James much pride and joy.

As a charter member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship, she began as the church pianist. She quickly moved into the role of Music Director in 1992 and continued in this position until her retirement in 2016. At Horizon, she directed the Adult Choir each Sunday and planned all the music and special programs throughout the year. She was responsible for the children's choir and handbell choir programs as well. Her gift of teaching music was used to the fullest Horizon. She faithfully managed and created the church's weekly Sunday bulletin. Upon her retirement, and as a tribute to her, contributions and dedication to the church, Horizon named the adult choir room in her honor as “Marlyn Meredith Choir Room."

She is preceded in death by her husband, James E. Meredith; parents, Robert and Mamie Styles; sisters, Jewell King, Mildred Pettett, Peggy Morehead; brothers, Clarence Styles and Robert Styles.

Surviving are her children, Mark Ford (Celeste) Hammond, John Eric (Donna) Hammond, Marilyn Meredith (Ron) Teat, James Hughes (Stone) Meredith, and Paul Edward (Wanda) Meredith; sisters,Regina Noble, Betty Ferrell, and Annette Styles Woodard; eleven Grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and her large extended family remember her love of all things musical, her love and pride for her children, her deep and abiding love for Jesus and her servant's heart for her church and community.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, February 14th, from 6 until 8 P.M. At the Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, Summerville, Georgia. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 15th, at 11:00 A.M. At Horizon Baptist Fellowship. The Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the church, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Memorial Contributions, in memory of Marlyn may also be made to the following charitable organizations in Summerville: Horizon Baptist Fellowship, North GA Pregnancy Resource Center, or the Chattooga Boys and Girls Club.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Mr. Claude Francis "Frank" Majors

MR. CLAUDE FRANCIS “FRANK” MAJORS, age 77, of Menlo, Georgia passed away Saturday morning, February 8, 2020, in Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome, Georgia, following an extended illness. He was born in Chattoogaville, Georgia on June 2, 1942, the son of the late Charlie S. and Vera Mae Ray Majors. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, the late Donald E. Majors. Mr. Majors was a loving husband, father, granddad, and great granddad. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Menlo, Ga., the Mohawk Elite Club, and was a Mason. He was employed with Bigelow/Mohawk for 33 years, was a part-time deputy for Sheriff John Frank McConnell; served as Fire Chief and Councilman for the Town of Lyerly, at one time; was a Chattooga EMT for over 12 years; and worked for J. D. Hill Funeral Home, Summerville, and Jennings Funeral Home, Rome, GA.

Surviving are His wife, Nancy E. Majors;, to whom he was married for 52 years, three sons, Troy Allen Staehly, Cedar Bluff, AL., Tony Ray Staehly, Piedmont, AL., and Frankie E. (Debbie) Majors, Summerville, three grandchildren, John Staehly, Nicholas S. Staehly, and Tiffany Majors Bearden; several Great Grandchildren, a number of Nieces Nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 11th, at 2 P.M. in the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Revs. Andy Hutchins and Mike Odom officiating, interment will follow in the Ami Cemetery, Menlo, GA. Active Pallbearers, Frankie Majors, Paul Clayton, Lee Majors, Jimmy Hosmer, Billy Gilliland, and John Staehly.The Family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Claude Francis “Frank” Major.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mr. Kelvin Clark (Casey) Jones

MR. KELVIN CLARK (CASEY) JONES, age 61, of LaFayette, Georgia passed away Friday night in a Chattanooga hospital following a short illness. He was born on November 30, 1958, in Yuma, Arizona, to the late Billy Clark Jones and Molly Hill Jones. Casey attended the Old Way Baptist Church and was a retired truck driver. In addition to Parents, He was preceded in death by a brother, the late Steve Jones. 

Surviving are sister, Billie Jones; nephews, Austin Jones and Ransom Jones; great nieces, Alexis Ellard and Bailey Jones; great great nephew, Tucker Ellard.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 3rd, at 3:00 P.M. From the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Thompson officiating, interment in Mount Bethel Cemetery. The Family will receive friends Monday from 1 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Mr. Larry E. Mann


MR. LARRY E. MANN, AGE 56, of Menlo, Georgia, passed away Tuesday morning, January 28, 2020, in a Rome hospital. Born in Walker County, Georgia on April 9, 1963, He was a son of William Henry (Gene) and Frances Mae McGraw Mann, who survive. Mr. Mann was the Second Reader at The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Rome, Georgia, and Loan Officer for the Peachstate Federal Credit Union.

Surviving are parents, William Henry (Gene) and Frances McGraw Mann; daughter, Keri Epperson; best friend, Tim Day; sisters, Wanda Alexander and Lisa Turnipseed; brother, Johnny Mann; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 30th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Reader Tim Day officiating, interment in Alpine Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Joshua Epperson, Jackie Pritchett, Justin Ward, Chris Alexander, Ronnie White, Greg Hawkins, and Elijah Parker; Honorary Pallbearers, Employees of Peachstate Federal Credit Union. Mr. Mann's Family will receive friends Wednesday evening at the Funeral Home from 5 until 7 P.M.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Larry E. Mann who passed away Tuesday morning.






Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mr. James V. Hayes

MR. JAMES V. HAYES, age 66, of White Oak Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020. He was born February 22, 1953 to the late Thelma Ruth Davenport Hayes and Vernon Hayes, who survives. Mr. Hayes was an auto mechanic and operator of Hayes Muffler Shop.

Surviving are His father, Vernon Hayes; daughter, Dr. Jamie Rollins; son, Matt Hayes; grandchildren, Emily Hayes, Kate Hayes, Sadie Rollins, and Maryn Rollins; sisters, Thelma Hall and Kathy Jarrett; brother, Allen Hayes; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 25th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Hayes officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. James V. Hayes who passed away Wednesday.

Bonnie Gail Brown

Bonnie Gail Brown, age 66, of Trion, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at Floyd Medical Center, following an extended illness. A native of Cedartown, Georgia, she was born to the late Alvin L. Brown and Cora Frady Brown on July 19, 1953. Bonnie was employed at Riegel Textiles for many years and later with Walmart. 

Surviving are Son, Jason (Susie) Kellett of Holland; Sisters, Linda (David) Fletcher of Gaylesville, Alabama, and Cora (Marshall) Moseley of Summerville; a Brother, Alvin (Vickie) Brown of Trion; Granddaughter, Savannah Bailey Kellett; Grandsons, Jakub Lloyd and Jaxsun Marcus Kellett all of Summerville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial service will be held Friday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. from the Teloga Baptist Church located at 506 Keen Road Trion, Georgia 30753 with Pastor Tony Weaver officiating. The family will receive friends at the fellowship hall of the church from 5:00p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Chattooga County Animal Control Shelter in Bonnie's name

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Bonnie Gail Brown who passed away Tuesday.