Friday, July 21, 2017

Mr. Mack Deforrest Gilreath

MR. MACK DEFORREST GILREATH, age 78, of Hwy #337, Summerville, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home, on the family farm in Teloga, Friday, July 21, 2017.  A native Chattooga Countian, He was born, July 10, 1939, to the late Winston Deforrest and Mildred Bartlett Gilreath.  Mr. Gilreath was a member of New Hope North Baptist Church, was retired from management at Reichold Chemical, and was on the board of directors of Teloga Volunteer Fire Department.

            Surviving are His wife, of 58 years, Ludain Pruitt Gilreath; daughters, Becky Gerrin and Sherri Selby; sons, Calvin Gilreath and Jerry Gilreath; granddaughters, Lisa Logan, Lacey Strickland, Michelle Causey, Emily Selby, and Anna Grace Gilreath; grandson, Justin Pollard; great grandchildren, Ansley Causey, Caden Causey, Brooklyn Causey, and Mack Pollard; brother, Neil Gilreath; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

            Funeral services will be held Monday, July 24th, at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Deacon Randy Hunter and Pastor Steve Spears officiating, interment in the Family Plot of Macedonia Cemetery.  Pallbearers are the Teloga Volunteer Firemen, Sammy Lee, Tony Wright, John Stubbs, III, Tim Wesson, Patrick Wesson, Corey Wells, Jeff Smith, B. J. Eleam, Rhyan Keith, Andy Rowe, Brandon Blair, Heath Hammond, Nicholas Tomlin, Hayden Tomlin The Family will receive friends Monday, July 24th, at the Funeral Home from 11 A.M. until the hour of service.  The Family, respectfully request no food.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Mack Deforrest Gilreath who passed away Friday.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mrs. Mattie Lou Towns Jones

Mrs. Mattie Lou Towns Jones, 96, of Summerville, Ga, passed away July 16, at her home after a long and blessed life.

Mrs. Jones was born March 23, 1921 in Armuchee, Ga., daughter of John William and Lilly Mae Towns.

She was a 1938 graduate of Gore High School and began her work career at McLellan Stores in Rome, Ga. The next year she moved to Summerville and accepted employment as a legal secretary.

While working as a legal secretary she met John Paul Jones. They were married in June,1945. In 1954 Mrs. Jones and her husband opened the John Paul Jones Company in Summerville enjoying 40 years of success. She was a founding member of the Summerville B&PW organization being nominated for Business Women of the year in 1982. She enjoyed and expressed a lifelong love of music and was a founding member of the Summerville Music Study club, serving as secretary.

Mrs. Jones was a faithful member of Summerville Presbyterian Church and Beersheba Presbyterian Church. She played piano for Sunday School, sang alto in the church choir, assisted with youth choirs, and served as church music librarian.

Mattie Lou Jones was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John Paul Jones and sons John Michael Jones and Jimmy Paul Jones. Surviving is her son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Carolyn Jones, Canton, GA,  grandchildren Paul Haley Jones, Missoula, MT and Katie Jones Byrd (Joshua), and great-grandchildren Tripp Byrd and Haley Byrd all of Carrollton, GA.  A number of nieces and nephews survive.

Services for Mattie Lou Jones will be Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00 PM at  Beersheba Presbyterian Church, 9945 Ga. Hwy. 337, Summerville, Ga., 30747, with Rev. Jack Westlund officiating,
Visitation will be at the church an hour before the service.

Pallbearers are Paul Jones, Josh Byrd, Alan Sosebee, Daryl Sosebee, Gene McGinnis and Bob Agnew

Internment is in the Summerville Cemetery. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Malcom MacDonald Lee

Malcolm Macdonald Lee, 62, passed away on July 10, 2017. He was born July 29, 1954, in Clinton, SC to Lorenzo Hyrum Lee and the late Anne Macdonald Lee. He graduated from Thornwell High School and attended Presbyterian College. He had been a resident of the Gore community since 1980.

Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his mother, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, the late Mr. and Mrs. John William King, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lucy King Lee and by his three daughters and their families: Dr. and Mrs. JJ Norris (Mary Beth) and children, Jackson, Thomas and Cooper; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Burdick (Ellan) and children, Joseph, Katelyn and William Malcolm; and Mr. and Mrs. David Etheridge (Jessica) and children, Samuel, Mason and Luke. He is also survived by his father, two brothers, Lawrence Lee and Hyrum Lee, and by two sisters, Susan King and Nancy Saunders. His sister-in-law, Betsy King Dellenback and sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Czentnar (Mary), along with a number of nieces and nephews, also survive.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 on Wednesday at Rainwater Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 2:00. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chattooga County Boys and Girls Club, 11570 Highway 27, Summerville, GA 30747.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mr. Joseph V. "Shorty" Hawkins

MR. JOSEPH V. “SHORTY” HAWKINS, age 95, of Summerville, Georgia, Pennville Community, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, in the local nursing home.  He was born in Chattooga County, Georgia on October 28, 1921, a son of the late Roy and Charlsey Elizabeth Owens Hawkins.  Mr. Hawkins was a member of Pennville First Baptist Church, a Veteran of WW II serving in the U. S. Army and  lifetime member of the American Legion DAV and a Quarter Century member for Riegel Textile Corp. where He worked for 44 years.  Shorty came to Trion and went to work for the Trion Company at the Trion Dry Cleaners in July, 1941.  He married the love of his life, Jeanette Jones on January 10, 1942.  In February, 1942, He was drafted into the U.S. Army serving four years.  After discharge returned to Trion working as manager of Trion Dry Cleaners.  In 1958 was transferred to manage the men & Boys Department at the Big Friendly, later also managing the shoe department .  When the store closed in 1961, Shorty was transferred to the Personnel Department of Riegel Mills as Employment Manager.  Between 1961 and July of 1985, Shorty hired hundreds of employees for the Mill.  After retirement Jeanette and Shorty traveled throughout the States and Hawaii, working in the yard, and doing woodcrafting.  In addition to His  Parents, he was preceded in death by, loving wife of 71 years, Jeanette Jones Hawkins, grandson, Joseph “Jody” Maddux, and brothers, J. R. and Carlton Hawkins
            Surviving are daughter, Pam (Lynn) Maddux; son, Curtis (Ann) Hawkins; grandchildren, Tracy (Lyn) Maddux, Kari (Rusty) Maddux Brown, Ian Hawkins, Erin (Eric) Thomas; great grandchildren, Rayven, Ryleigh, & Ransley Lawrence, Amelia & Sydney Thomas; sister, Vernice Stoner; sister-in-law, Faye Jones; brothers, Bobby Hawkins and Bill Hawkins; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

            Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 9th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Dempsey, Rev. Mike Hawkins, and Rev. Johnny Wynn officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Tracy Maddux, Robert Williams, Daryl Bradford, Robert King, David Richardson, Jimmy Hayes, and John Shankles.  Honorary Pallbearers Adam Lathem, Robbie Lathem, Kenneth Parker, Kenneth Blansit, Waymond Blansit, Jimmy Pinion, WW II Veterans, and members of Pennville First Baptist Church.  The Family will receive friends Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Joseph V. “Shorty” Hawkins who passed away Thursday.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mrs. Sharon Diane Bridges

MRS. SHARON DIANE BRIDGES, age 72, of Allen Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017, at her residence.  Born in Trion, Georgia on March 1, 1945, was a daughter of the late William (Bill) and Mildred League Croft.  She was a homemaker and member of the Gospel Light Christian Fellowship Church.

            Surviving are daughter, Angela Dodd; sons, Stephen Dodd, Bryant Dodd, Paul Dodd, Kelly Dodd, and Danny Dodd; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren; life long friends Judy Noles and Glenda Mitchel also survive.

            Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21st, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Spears officiating, interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers David Padgett, Scott Millican, Sammy Davis, Terry White, Logan Dodd, and Preston Dodd.  The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Wednesday from noon until the hour of service.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Sharon Diane Bridges, who passed away Sunday.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mrs. Vera Mae Bice

MRS. VERA MAE BICE, age 89, of Hinton Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, morning in the local nursing home.   She was born in Chattooga County on June 20, 1927 to the late Jim and Dolery Prince Bundrum.  Mrs. Bice was Church of God by Faith, a Homemaker, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Frank Bice.

            Survivors include daughter, Cindy Reece; sons, Danny Bice, Roland Bice, Richard Bice, Terry Bice, and Billy Bice; Nineteen Grandchildren, several Great Grand Childred and Great Great Grandchildren also survive.

            Funeral services will be held Monday, June 19th, at 1:30 P.M. from the J. D., Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Rutledge and Pastor Larry Reynolds officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Johnny Reece, Jason Reece, Justin Reece, Jason Bice, Paul Bice, and Stevie Bice.  The Family will receive friends Sunday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Vera Mae Bice who passed away Friday.