Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mrs. Jennifer Kaye Phillips Fields


Mrs. Jennifer Kaye Phillips Fields, 41, of Armuchee, passed away at her residence on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Born April 21, 1979 in East Point, Georgia, she was the daughter of Myles and Kathy Phillips of Armuchee, Georgia. Jennifer was of the Baptist faith and was a good wife and mother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, painting and refinishing furniture, decorating her home with treasures she found at the local thrift and junk stores, and was an awesome cook. She especially liked to brag on her kids, Olivia’s artistic ability and Hayden’s test scores. She was very proud of their accomplishments and encouraged them to pursue their education and dreams.

Though unemployed at the time of her death, she worked for many years as a surgical technician in several hospitals, the most recent being Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, and Dekalb Medical Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. She especially enjoyed the field of orthopaedics and the work she did alongside Dr. B. (Bowerman) in Rome, Georgia.

Survivors include her loving husband, David Ryan Fields; son Hayden Luke Fields, daughter Olivia Ryan Fields, sister Jamie Phillips Forsyth (Kenneth) of Armuchee, parents Myles & Kathy Phillips of Armuchee; nieces Hannah Forsyth and Gracie Forsyth, and nephew Sam Forsyth.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:30pm at Little Sand Mountain Baptist Church cemetery located at 3655 South Little Sand Mountain Road in Armuchee, Georgia 30105.

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

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Mrs. Margaret Brindley Christian Groover

MRS. MARGARET BRINDLEY CHRISTIAN GROOVER, age 76, of Hemphill Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Dundee, Scotland on February 18, 1945, a daughter of the late Milford Lee and Margaret Milne Brindley Christian. Mrs. Groover was a member of the Dry Valley Baptist Church and formerly worked for St. Paul Insurance Company in customer service. In addition to Her Parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, the late Heather Oliver.

Surviving are Her husband, Patrick Groover; daughters, Jamie Richey (Wayne) and Cherie Oliver (Bradley); sisters, Elaine Fanning (Roland) and Eileen Stallard; grandchildren, Christopher Oliver, Nicolas Oliver, Charis Richey, Brian Richey, and Brindley Richey; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 17th, at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Mac McCurry officiating, interment in Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia. Active Pallbearers Steve Morrison, Gene Smith, Christopher Oliver, Nicholas Oliver, Brian Richey, and Larry Cook. Visitation Saturday (April 17th) from Noon until 1:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Margaret Brindley Christian Groover.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Mr. Robert Wayne Headrick

MR. ROBERT WAYNE HEADRICK, age 64, of Ben Mosley Circle, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in a Rome hospital. Born in Trion, Georgia on February 2, 1957, He was a son of the late Rev. Robert Julius Headrick and Doris Jean Patterson Headrick. Mr. Headrick was a carpenter by trade and had served in the U. S. Army.

Surviving are daughters, Amber (Bobby) Farmer of LaFayette and Veronica (David) Waters of Chatsworth; son, Robert Brandon Headrick of Subligna; sister, Ann (Ronny) Smith of Rome; brother, Jerry (Teresa) Headrick of Summerville; several Grandchildren and three Nephews also survive.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 3rd, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Mills Family Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Crawford officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Rev. John L. Sharp

REV. JOHN L. SHARP, age 93, of Stallion Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, morning March 23, 2021, at his residence. Born in Decatur, Tennessee on April 2, 1927, He was a son of the late Thomas Taylor Sharpe, Sr. and Docia Viola Turbyfield Sharp. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel and served as pastor in GA., AL., TX., and VT. His primary ministry was Chaplin U. S. Army. His services overseas included Japan, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand. He also served many posts in the US. His awards and decorations include WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal and many other service medals. Other than Parents, He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Vernon Sharp, brothers, Paul Carson Sharp, and Orville Edward Sharp.

Surviving are sister, Clara Elton Sharp; brothers, Tom Sharp, Jr., and Lamar Sharp (Anne); Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 25th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Dr. Paul Mason, Rev. Bruce Morgan, Rev. Mike Wallin, and Rev. Mike Evans officiating, interment in Oak Hill United Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers Justin Black, Taylor Parris, Ed Sharp, Bruce Rife, Sammy Vernon, and Tommy Vernon. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 until 5 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Rev. John L. Sharp.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mrs. Annie Ruth Evett Love

MRS. ANNIE RUTH EVETT LOVE, age 82, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on June 22, 1938, to the late William (W. T) and Ettie Jane Abercrombie Millican. Mrs. Love graduated from Summerville High School in 1959, was retired Supervisor for Best Mfg. Company, a member of Mount Zion Independent Church. In addition to Her Parents, she was also preceded in death by first husband, the late Winston Evett, and siblings, Willie Jane Millican, Katherine McCauley, Edith Adams, J. B. Millican, and Cecil Millican all died earlier.

Surviving are husband, Robert (Bud) Love; daughter, Tammy (Curtis) Cleveland; step children, Phillip (Rebecca) Love and Phyllis (Wayne) Lee; grandchildren, Brandon Seymore and Sonja Price; great grandchildren, Ryan Price, Tucker Seymore, and Dawson Seymore; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 22nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Freddy Waldrop and Brother Jim Vanpelt officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Curtis Cleveland, Brandon Seymore, Phillip Love, Ryan Price, Wayne Lee, and Tom Vickery; Honorary Pallbearers, Rollette Evett, Tony Evett, Hugh Millican, Perry Doherty, Glenn Ezell, and the Ladies Sunday Scholl Class of Mount Zion Independent Church. Visitation, Monday afternoon from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Funeral Home. CDC guidelines of wearing masks and social distancing is appreciated.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Annie Ruth Evett Love.

Mr. Hoyt Miles Wooten

MR. HOYT MILES WOOTEN, age 83, of Blowing Springs Road, Menlo, Georgia passed away Friday morning, March 19, 2021 in a Rome hospital. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia, he was born to the late Oliver Miles and Emma Tucker Wooten on November 5, 1937. Mr. Wooten was a member of West Berryton Faith Temple, retired from the cotton warehouse of Mt. Vernon Mill, and was preceded in death by his wife, the late Kathleen Phillips Wooten on October 23, 2020, daughters, the late Janet Wooten and Jeanette Wooten; grandsons, the late Joshua Wooten and Jeremy Wooten; brothers, the late Willard Wooten, Robert Wooten, and Clifton Wooten; and son-in-law, the late David Wilson.

Surviving are daughters, Doris Wilson of Menlo and Brenda (Greg) Woodall of Fiffe, Alabama; sons-Kenneth Wooten of Menlo and Donnie Wooten of Daytona, Florida; sisters, Carrie McDaniel and Betty Lynch; 7 grandchildren, April, Charlie, Van Crystal, Matt, Hayley, and Brian; great grandchildren, Austen, Chandlar, Skylar, Brent, Ashton, Milie, Joshua, Landon, Waylon, Braylin, Mavrick, Dixie, Journie, Kenzie, Ryder; great great Granddaughter, Hensley; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 23rd, at 4:00 P.M. from Graveside in Garrett Cemetery with Rev. John Mann officiating. Active Pallbearers Charlie Wilson, Morgan Laney, Matthew Wooten, Joshua Wilson, Chandlar Laney, and Skylar Laney.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Hoyt Miles Wooten who passed away Friday.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Mr. O.G. Morehead, Jr.

MR. O. G. MOREHEAD, JR., age 90, of Melrose Trail, Summerville, Georgia passed away at his residence, Tuesday morning, March 16, 2021, following a brief illness. Native to Gastonia, N.C., Mr. Morehead was born on September 6, 1930, a son of the late Oliver G. Morehead, Sr. and Lola Bell Bridges Morehead. Mr. Morehead graduated from Summerville High School, was a Distinguished Graduate of Gardner Webb College in Boiling Springs, N. C., and received his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He served in the U. S. Navy, with the U. S. Marines, during the Korean Conflict, and received two Purple Hearts, during his combat service, and was active in the Rome Marines. Mr. Morehead was a charter member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship serving as Deacon, Choir Member, and Sunday School Teacher. For several years He served as City Councilman for the City of Summerville and was an active member of the Recreation Board for many years; and was a member of the Summerville-Trion Rotary Club. For some 20 years Mr. Morehead was Plant Superintendent for Bigelow Mill. In addition to His Parents, He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Styles Morehead, son, Jeff Morehead, and Four Siblings.

Surviving are His wife, Nancy Morehead; daughters, Melanie Morehead Eubanks (U. B.) and Rosemary Morehead Rush (Bobby); grandchildren, Matt Eubanks, Jeff Eubanks, Rozellyn Evans, Suzannah Eubanks, Lauren Lively, Morgan Hardeman, and Alexa Morris; Twelve Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Private Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 20th, with Rev. John Paul Harris officiating, inurnment in Summerville Cemetery. The Family request no flowers and suggest contributions to Horizon Baptist Fellowship.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. O. G. Morehead, Jr.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Mary Nell Day

Mary Nell Hendrix Day, age 95, formerly of Trion, GA passed away Thursday, March 11th at NHC if Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.

Mrs. Day was born on September 14, 1925 in Chattooga County to the late Nellie Hicks Hendrix and Glenn Hendrix. She was a long time, devoted member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Mary Nell loved to attend area wide singings and delighted in fellowship with other Christians. She always had a sweet smile and was known for her delicious chocolate cakes.

After graduating Trion High School, she worked for many years as a cashier at Riegel Textile Corporation.

She is survived by her sister Jean Bain of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Thurman Day, November 2020 and their precious daughter, Glenda Jane Day, April 1960.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 13th 2021 at West Hill Cemetery in Trion, GA at 11:00 A.M., with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Nell Hendrix Day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bobby Lee Cook

 Bobby Lee Cook, one of America's most celebrated lawyers, died peacefully at his mountain home in Cloudland, Georgia, on February 19th, surrounded by family. He was 94. 


Bobby Lee was born in Chattoogaville, outside the small northwest Georgia town of Lyerly, on February 12, 1927, where he was raised in a home without running water, helping run the family's modest grocery store and keep up with the farm chores. From this rural beginning, however, the son of Paul Cook and Alma Edge Cook embarked on a life's journey that few could have then imagined. He took his first step into the wider world when, as a teenager, he enrolled in Gordon Academy a military school, where he learned the value of personal discipline, duty, and a robust education. 


These values were further shaped by World War II. As soon as he graduated from high school, he lied about his age (then only 17) to enlist in the Navy. He first saw the Atlantic Ocean from St. Simons, Georgia on his way to combat in the Pacific. He never forgot that sight, which kindled a lifelong love of the Georgia Coast, and he later would buy homes on Sea Island, Georgia. During Naval training in New Orleans, Cook was also struck by how one would see ships burning off the coast on nearly a nightly basis. He boxed in the Navy, honing his innate fighting spirit which he never lost. 


Peacetime brought new transitions that each played key roles in the rest of this life. First, he continued his education: Upon returning from the War, he attended the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt Law School. Second, he found his life partner. Bobby Lee married June Hays on June 8th, 1948, in Summerville, Georgia, a true June wedding that started a sixty-seven-year partnership.   

 

Bobby Lee began his law practice in 1949 in Summerville, Georgia, and that practice from its inception represented his values: personal discipline, erudite temperament, duty to others, justice for all people from all walks of life, and (not the least important characteristic) an indomitable fighting spirit. He represented labor unions when it was unpopular, and moonshiners when it might not have been convenient. As his practice grew, word of his abilities spread, and he developed a reputation as a talented and successful trial lawyer. 


While Bobby Lee served in the Georgia Legislature and once ran for Congress, his calling truly was in the courtroom. As time went on, he was called there by many, some of whom paid substantial six and seven figure fees for his skilled advocacy. He represented the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, Robert Vesco, C.H. Butcher, Jr., Mike Thevis, Daniel Paradies, and, for decades, was hired for, or consulted on, nearly every high-profile case in Georgia. His practice went on to transcend Georgia. Among the more than a hundred and fifty acquittals he achieved in murder cases during his career, he won murder trials in Germany and Vietnam, and his career is believed to have inspired the television show Matlock. One of his more colorful cases, in Savannah, is chronicled in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 


Among all of these cases, though, perhaps the one he was most proud of was the Matthews murder case. That case embodied his abiding sense that justice should never, ever be denied to anyone from any walk of life. Cook spent over $50,000 of his own money and years of his career to overturn murder convictions wrongfully obtained in Cobb County, Georgia. 


He walked with kings, but never lost the common touch. Though he was friends with and socialized with Justice Douglas, others on the Court, numerous politicians, dignitaries and business leaders, Cook never forgot his roots. On Saturday mornings, he opened his office doors to local residents for whom he offered his counsel, usually at no charge. Cook was also a tireless and gifted teacher and mentored numerous younger lawyers, spoke at uncounted seminars and was generously giving of his time to others working to solve thorny issues encountered in their own cases. He was a tireless worker and early riser, and often instructed colleagues "Call me tomorrow morning at 7.”

 

Bobby Lee Cook was recognized with lifetime achievement awards by both the National and Georgia Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Georgia State University College of Law School's 2017 Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Public Service Award, GreenLaw's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Small Town Lawyer Made Good Award, (presented by the State Bar of Washington), inducted into the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, and many more countless other awards too numerous to list. 


Even while these well-deserved honors accumulated, he never lost his razor-sharp wit. His award from GACDL included the honor of having his portrait hung in the Georgia Supreme Court. When presented with this, Cook quipped, “I’d rather be hung in the Supreme Court than by the Supreme Court.” Similarly, while he always appreciated the recognition, Cook never rested on his laurels. He practiced law until virtually the time of his death. He was universally recognized as the dean of criminal defense lawyers in Georgia, and his death is mourned across the country. 

 

Bobby Lee was predeceased by his wife, June, his son Bobby Lee Cook, Jr., and his son-in-law Lewis Branch Sutton Connelly and Roger Wheeler Williams. He is survived by his daughters Kristina Cook Graham and Sara Cook Williams; his grandchildren, Sarah Holston O’Reagan. Jessica Wheat Cook Hale, Christopher Sutton Connelly, Jeffrey Scott Connelly, Sarah Elizabeth Connelly Turner, and Anna Lee Williams Jones; great-grandchildren, Patrick Aidan Fell, Morgan Aeron Cook Hale, Lillian Grace Connelly, Fiona Bess Connelly, Branch Hays Connelly, Thomasin June Connelly, Vivian Hays Jones, and Olive Kristina Connelly Turner. 


Due to coronavirus concerns and the safety of others, it was Bobby Lee's wish that his funeral be confined to a private family service. A more fitting memorial service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Boys and Girls Club of Chattooga County, P.O. Box 636, Summerville, Ga. 30747, or Georgia State College of Law, Office of Development, P.O. Box 4037, Atlanta, Ga. 30303.  Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Monday, February 22, 2021

Betty Thomas

Elizabeth (Betty) Lott Thomas passed away on February 18, 2021 in Nashville, TN, following a brief illness, in the presence of her family. She was born July 25, 1925, in Hoschton, GA to Zella Pirkle Lott and Lester Judd Lott. Her childhood, partly spent on a dairy farm, was full of love despite times of economic hardship as the country entered the Depression.

Betty graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA in 1946. She said that her first night at Berry, she was more homesick than any time she could remember, but the next day began a wonderful adventure. At Berry, Betty was active in theater, playing Jo in the school’s production of Little Women. And when the yearbook photographer left school for the Army, she stepped in and took and developed all the yearbook pictures. After graduating from Berry, she stayed for a year as the assistant to the Dean of Women. During that year, she met Malcolm Thomas, a Summerville native who had recently returned from military service. Betty and Malcolm were married in 1947 at Berry’s Frost chapel.

Betty and Malcolm settled in Summerville with their son Steve, and later welcomed the arrival of daughters Celia and Carol. Their lives in Summerville were marked by deep ties to family, church, and friends. Gatherings at Lake Weiss filled many summer days, with picnic baskets, life jackets, and folding chairs set out for visiting. Betty submitted to gentle pressure and learned at the lake to waterski but liked to say that the best part was that she never had to do it again. Betty became a teacher when Carol entered school, and fifth and sixth grades were her calling. She was dedicated and loved by her students, and after retiring she took pleasure in being approached by former students with a warm hello and thank you. She and Malcolm enjoyed traveling after they both retired and their trips sometimes began with “Let’s go to Dover (Air Force Base) and see where the next ‘Space Available’ flight is headed.” When that once resulted in planning for Switzerland and winding up in Greece--not a good climate match--she said that was half the fun.

She was a devoted partner, supporting Malcolm when he became ill and grieving his loss. Betty was a woman of deep and abiding faith. Her church became especially important to her after Malcolm’s death and she was a founding member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship. She especially connected with the social ministry of the church, actively participating in providing food and responding to other critical needs in the community. She also warmly welcomed visits from her children and grandchildren, and always greeted their arrival with fresh brownies which did not last long. When, in 2011 Betty moved to Nashville to be near two of her children, moving away from that Horizon community was perhaps the hardest part. But she was lovingly welcomed and took great joy in being near family. And she appreciated the caring community she found at Park Manor/Abe’s Garden where she lived.

Betty was unfailingly gracious. She exhibited a warmth and caring that was remarkable for its consistency and genuineness. She was loath to speak ill of anyone and pinned to her kitchen bulletin board decades ago a poem called “The Critic,” which cautioned against criticizing others because their circumstances were not fully known. Betty was a beautiful woman who understood that true beauty comes from within.

Betty is survived by her children Steve Thomas (Jeanne) and Carol West (Olin) of Nashville and Celia Thomas of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jim Thomas (Sloan), Clayton Thomas, Robert West (Rachel), and Emily West of Nashville and William Martindale of Washington, D.C., and step-grandchildren Tracy Brockhouse (Zach) of Portland Me., Hunter West (Jinanne) of Nashville, and Charlotte Middleton (Shane) of Reston, Va. Great-grandchildren are Holden and James Thomas, and step great-grandchildren are Annabelle and Elliott Brockhouse, Annelise, Hollis, and Anson West, and Austin and Tallin Middleton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Malcolm Thomas, her parents, and her siblings Robert Lott, Jane Verdel, and Sarah Townes.

The family will have a graveside service. There will be a memorial service to honor Betty’s life at a later time when it is safe to gather. Those who wish may direct a memorial contribution to Horizon Baptist Fellowship, 1216 HWY 114, Summerville, GA 30747. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Miss Willie Frances Housch

MISS WILLIE FRANCES HOUSCH, age 99, of Back Penn Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday morning, February 19, 2021, in Rome, Georgia. She was born in Summerville, Georgia, Pennville Community on May 29, 1921; a daughter of the late John Archie and Grace Doster Housch. Miss Housch was a member of Trion United Methodist Church for over fifty years and was retired inventory secretary for Riegle Textile Corporation. In addition to Parents She was preceded in death by sisters, Zilpha Bankey, Ruby Packer, and Lois Housch, Brothers, Ralph Housch, Roy Housch, Elbert Housch, and Doster (Pete) Housch, nieces and nephews, Jeanette Housch, Ann Housch Brooks, Charles Housch, and Glen Packer.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, Jane Parker, Kay Worsham, Dale Housch, William Wayne Bankey, Sue Beall, Yvonne Flowers, Ronnie Housch; several Great Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 21th, at 2:00 P.M. from the Trion United Methodist Church with Rev. David Autry, Rev. James Hannah, and Rev. Ronnie Flowers officiating, interment in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jeremy Worsham, Erick Housch, Ben Housch, Derek Parker, David Parker, and Jason Flowers. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Church. Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trion United Methodist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MISS WILLIE FRANCES HOUSCH.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Rev. Jimmy C. Bryant

REV. JIMMY C. BRYANT, age 80, lost a long battle with an aggressive illness on February 16, 2021. Although Bryant lost his battle with illness he gained access to his Heavenly home.

Brother Jimmy was born in New Albany, MS. on July 14, 1940, the son of the late Carl Clyde Bryant, Memphis, Tn., and Jewel Roberts Martin, Tupelo, Ms. He was a former on-air personality at WVOM Luka, MS. and WBIP, Booneville, MS., where he was known as Booneville’s Morning Mayor. He served the City of Summerville as Seat Four Councilman for two terms before retiring. In the later part of his second term, he served as Interim Mayor following Summerville’s mayor’s retirement. One accomplishment that he was proud of was getting a Basketball Court located in the West Summerville area. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy and a member of the Disabled American Veteran’s Post #6, Marietta, GA. He served several terms as Moderator of the Chattooga Baptist Association and several terms as a Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee member and the Georgia Baptist Foundation. As long as health permitted, he had a live Facebook broadcast, “Adventures Through God’s Word,” the preaching ministry of Jimmy Bryant each Sunday. He was a regular writer for the GoodNews Christian Magazine, Rome, had articles published in Church Administration Magazine, authored a book, “Confessions of A Baptist Minister,” and a booklet, “When The Story of my Life Is Told.”

In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by a half-sister, Betty Lois Martin

Campbell. Brother Jimmy is survived by his wife, The love of his life and greatest companion, caregiver, and best friend, Esther Timbes Bryant, Summerville; The Bryant’s enjoyed a wonderful life together for 60 years; two sons, Michael Carl Bryant (Susan), Summerville and James Alan Bryant (Diane), Lyerly. Three grandchildren, Brandi Nicole Pierce, Summerville, Jessica Diane Willingham (Adam), Lyerly; James Aaron Bryant (Katie), Oxford, AL.; Two great-grandchildren, Reed James Willingham, Lyerly and Avery Ann Willingham, Lyerly and a host of fellow laborers and special friends.

During 56 years of ministry, he pastored Seven churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. One of those churches was South Summerville Baptist for almost seventeen years. He also served two churches as interim Pastor; Mount Pisgah in Ringgold, Pleasant Grove in Summerville where he served for just over 14 years.

He attended Booneville High School, was a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Junior College Booneville, MS, Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS; Graduate work at the University of North Alabama, Florence, AL.

Funeral Services for Rev. Jimmy C. Bryant will be conducted from the First Baptist Church, Summerville, Georgia Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm with Mr. Tom Underwood, a dear friend and Deacon at a former church, his son, Michael Carl Bryant, and granddaughter, Jessie Willingham officiating. Active pallbearers will be Aaron Bryant, Adam Willingham, Jerry Mixon, Scott Everett and Ray Davis, and Sam Jones. Honorary pallbearers are friends at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and South Summerville Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at the church Friday from 12:30 – 2:30.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Rev. Jimmy C. Bryant.

Mazie Crow Purcell


MAZIE CROW PURCELL, 102, of Summerville, passed away at home surrounded by family, Monday, February 15, 2021. Born in Sandy Cross, Franklin County, Georgia, on July 5, 1918, she was the third child of Revie James and Noah Simpson Crow.

She attended Habersham College and John Hopkins University. During WWII, she served with Civil Service, first in Baltimore, Maryland, and later in Anniston, Alabama, from 1941-1947 as a corps driver for dignitaries visiting the Munitions Ordnance Depot.

She was a member of Summerville First United Methodist Church.
 
Mrs. Purcell worked for Wright Garment Company, Georgia Rug Mill and Jackson's Drug Store as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed genealogy and sponsored participants in the Crow DNA project. She assisted in research for the publication of The Purcells of Georgia with her husband Maylon H. Purcell and Dr. Claude Purcell. She was a member of the Joseph Habersham DAR Chapter and Alfred Holt Colquitt UDC Chapter.

Mrs. Purcell was preceded in death by her husband, Maylon H. Purcell, siblings: Lucius Crow, Imogene Hobbs, Christopher Barton Crow, Tokee Toler, James Crow, Barbara Ann Saylors, and Jerry Crow. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Purcell Hyte of Atlanta and Kathy Purcell Floyd (Gary) of Cartersville; grandchildren are Jamie Brown (Eric), Noah Hyte, Rebekah Hyte, and Louis Hyte and two great-grandchildren, James Brown and Alexander Brown.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Summerville First Methodist Church for Children's Ministry.

A graveside ceremony will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, at 1 pm, with masks and socially distancing. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, in Summerville and Pruitt Funeral Home, in Royston are in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mrs. Emye (Ma) Lenderman

MRS. EMYE (MA) LENDERMAN, age 93, of West Washington Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 10, 2021, in a Rome hospital. A native Chattooga Countian, she was born on February 26, 1927, to the late Oscar H. and Thelma Julia Love Perry. Mrs. Lenderman was a homemaker and member of Summerville First Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughters, Jeanne Lenderman Copeland (Dewayne) and Nancy Lenderman McConkey (Roger, Sr.); son, Dr. Benny Lenderman; sisters, Wylene Perry Bynum (Fred) and Montyne Perry Thompson (Verlon); grandchildren, Angela Johnson Veitch, Melissa Johnson Queen, Amanda Johnson Peters, Roger McConkey, Jr., and Lance McConkey; great-grandchildren, Caleb Veitch, Gracelyn Veitch, Alexandra Peters, Thomas Peters, Alex Queen, Aubrey McConkey, and Roger (Liam) McConkey, III; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Private graveside service will be held Saturday, February 13th. Interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, with Dr. Kenneth Summey and Rev. Sean Wegener officiating. Active Pallbearers Roger McConkey, Jr., Lance McConkey, Roger McConkey, Sr., Dewayne Copeland, Kevin Queen, and Matt Veitch; Honorary Pallbearers Verlon Thompson, and Fred Bynum. The Family request no food and in lieu of flowers suggest contributions to Gideons International or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Emye (Ma) Lenderman.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Mr. Gary W. Williamson

MR. GARY W. WILLIAMSON, age 65, of Roberts Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at his residence following an extended illness. A native of Fort Payne, Alabama, He was born on November 6, 1955, to the late Joy Youngblood Miller and Billy Ray Williamson, who survives. Mr. Williamson was an overhauler for Mt. Vernon Mills.

Surviving are his wife, Teresa Craig Williamson; son, Billy Wayne Williamson; father, Billy Ray Williamson; sisters, Glenda Sue Goodson, Deborah Elaine Prince, Sandra Darlene Hubbard, Tammy Gentry, and Darlene Elizabeth Metcalf; brothers, George Miller, Terry Miller, and Roger Williamson; grandchildren, Tyler Wayne Williamson, Jacob Allen Williamson, and Skyrah Kaylyn Williamson; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 1 p.m. from the Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Pastor Barry Brown and Rev. Leon Craig officiating. Active Pallbearers are Randy Wilson, Bubba Wilson, Hugh Teague, Shorty Craig, DJ Craig, and Charles Hubbard. Honorary Pallbearers are Logan Todd, Kim “Tim” Teague, Jess McManamy, Daniel Metcalf, Tyler Williamson, and Jacob Williamson.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Gary Wayne Williamson who passed away Wednesday.



Saturday, January 30, 2021

Mr. William Leric Reynolds

MR. WILLIAM LERIC REYNOLDS, age 93, of Highway #100, Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday morning, January 30, 2021, at his residence. A native Chattooga Countian, He was born on June 10, 1927, in Lyerly, to the late Lonnie Lee and Alise Ragland Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds was a Veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict, a member of Lyerly Lodge #338 F & AM, and was retired from the textile and used car industry. He was preceded in death by his son the late Lamar Reynolds, siblings, Claude “Bud” Reynolds, Ruby Lecroy, Maxine Lee, Joe Reynolds, and Raymond Reynolds.

Surviving are His wife of 72 years, Juanita Brown Reynolds; daughter and spouse, Becky McWhorter-Wright (Jim); daughter-in-law, Kathryn Nix Reynolds; grandchildren, Derek Reynolds, Casie Witherspoon, Alyse Wilcox, and Hampton McWhorter; great-granddaughter, Blakely Wilcox; brothers, Bob Reynolds and Cecil Reynolds; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 3:00 P.M. from Graveside in Johnson Cemetery, with Pastor Joel Smith and Pastor Doyle Kelley officiating; Masonic Rites Rendered at the graveside by Lyerly Lodge #338, F & AM. Active Pallbearers, Frankie Joe Lee, Larry Reynolds, David Reynolds, Jeff Reynolds, Kenny Reynolds, Derek Reynolds, Joseph Jackson, and Kenneth Bates, Honorary Pallbearers members of Lyerly Lodge #338, F & AM.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. William Leric Reynolds.



Sunday, January 3, 2021

Mr. James Ivan Bennett, Sr.


MR. JAMES IVAN BENNETT, SR.
, age 68, of Gore-Subligna Road-Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his residence.  Mr. Bennett was born in Summerville, Georgia on April 21, 1952, son of the late James C. and Nelda Mae Williams Bennett.  Mr. Bennett was a mechanic and farmer; he was a member of Sonrise Community Church and President of Chattooga County Gideons International Camp.

 

            Surviving are His wife, Jan Bennett; sons-James I. Bennett, Jr., Blake (Lauren) Elsberry, Mark Elsberry (Mallory Crump); daughters, Sarah (John) Dawson, Rebecca Guinn (Josh Dillard), Erin (Adam) Jackson; Two Sisters; 15 Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

 

            A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 9th 2021 at 11:30 a.m. from the Sonrise Community Church with Mark Smith and Chip Smith officiating. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Sonrise Community Church Building Fund or to Gideons International in Mr. Bennett’s memory. 

 

 

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. James Ivan Bennett, Sr. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Alice Ann Hood Smith Campbell

Mrs. Alice Ann “Cricket” Hood Smith Campbell, age 73, passed away unexpectedly in her home on January 1, 2021. Although she was born February 20, 1948 in DeKalb County, she lived her childhood and adult life in Chattooga County. She is fondly remembered as “Cricket” by those that loved her. Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by her infant son, Steven Lamar Smith.

Surviving are her son and his spouse, Scott & Christy Smith of Summerville, granddaughters, Aubrey JoyAnn Smith and Rachel Elizabeth Smith, and also a very special friend, J.T. Rich. Ann was a friend to all and her generosity was known by many throughout her community.

A Private Graveside service will be held in her honor.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Alice Ann Hood Smith Campbell.



Sunday, December 20, 2020

Mr. Eddie Ray Teague

MR. EDDIE RAY TEAGUE, age 77, of Orchard Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday morning, December 20, 2020, in a Rome hospital.  Mr. Teague was born in Chattooga County, Georgia on April 18, 1943, to the late Charlie and Dellia Ester Busby Teague.  He was Baptist by Faith, retired machine operator for Mohawk Industries, and in addition to his Parents was preceded in death by his wife the late Geneva Espy Teague on October 25, 2019 and a son, the late Jeffery Lynn (Jeff) Teague on December 3, 2019.

 

            Surviving are son, Ray Teague; sister, Shirley Hughes; grandson, Cody Teague; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

 

            Funeral and interment service will be held 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 22, 2020, from Graveside, in West Hill Cemetery at Trion; with Rev. Wayne Pace officiating, Pallbearers, Tye McGuire, Tony Dowdy, Scott Hughes, Cory Espy, Bryan Rogers, and Tracy Rogers.

 

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Eddie Ray Teague.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Mr. Thomas Ralph Millican

MR. THOMAS RALPH MILLICAN, age 76 of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Pruitt Health Care, Rome. Mr. Millican was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on December 23, 1943 to the late J. B. Millican and Louise Dowdy Millican. He was retired from Mount Vernon Mills and was a member of West Summerville Baptist Church. In addition to His parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, the late Alice Cochran Millican.

Surviving are his son, Scott Millican; sister, Sandra (Jerry) Sparks and Niece, Lisa (Chris) Davis.

Private graveside and interment service for Mr. Millican will be held Saturday, December 19th from West Hill Cemetery with Rev. John Paul Harris officiating; Pallbearers will be Spence Davis, Steiner Davis, Chad Millican, Jerry Sparks, and Scott Millican.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Thomas Ralph Millican.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Mr. Roy Elliott "Pete" Huggins

MR. ROY ELLIOTT “PETE” HUGGINS, age 34, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday evening, December 8, 2020, in a Rome hospital from injuries received in an auto accident, earlier Tuesday. Born in Floyd County, Georgia on December 8, 1986, a son of the late Elliott Jude Huggins and Debra Marlene Durham Smith, who survives. Mr. Huggins was employed by Chattanooga Wilbert Vault Company.

Surviving are companions, Janet Murdock and Kayla Cooper; children, Kathy Kirby, Savannah Cooper, Lynn Cooper, Kylie Huggins, Junior Huggins, Kassidy Cooper, and Nevaeh Cooper; Two Grandchildren; half sister, Beth Hamby; brother, Billy Ray (Ashley) Collins; Nieces and Nephews, Tammy Hamby, Stephanie Hamby, Anthony Hamby, Stephen Hamby, Bryson Goforth, Noah Goforth, Jackson Goforth.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 13th, at 3:00 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Rev. Ray Caldwell and Rev. Bill Towe officiating. Pallbearers will be Kebo Smith, Randy Tucker, Jimmy Murdock, Adam McGraw, Tanner Spears, Eddie Murdock, Jacob Caldwell, Ray Ray Caldwell, Jeffery Caldwell, and Ethan Caldwell.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Roy Elliott “Pete” Huggins.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Mrs. Molly Alverson

Mrs. Molly Alverson.....

At 1:00 p.m., December 6, 2020 Mrs. Molly Willingham Alverson yielded her earthly body and struggles and received her new and glorified body in Heaven. She was greeted there by her Mother, Shirley Stricklin Willingham and Father John Edd Willingham; Grandparents, Sam and Frances Stricklin and John B. and Stella Willingham along with countless other beloved family members.

She is survived by her family whom she loved immeasurably: her Husband of 30 years, Michael Alverson, whom she married December 29, 1990; her Children, April (Leroy) LuAllen, Melisha (Jimmy) Porter; Grandchildren, Landyn Durham, Brooklyn Durham, Bryanna Wallin, Kristopher Wallin, and Great Granddaughter, Athena Shropshire; Brother, Eddy Willingham along with Nephews and Nieces, Adam (Jessi) Willingham, Jesse (Abbigail) Willingham, Sarah (Garrett) Hurley, Joshua Willingham; Great Niece and Nephews, Reed Willingham, Avery Willingham, and Rett Hurley.

Mrs. Alverson was born in Rome (Floyd County) Georgia on March 15, 1963 and made Chattooga County her home her entire life. She retired from Hayes Correctional Facility in 2019 after 29 years. Her co-workers there in accounting were a second family and always held a special place in her heart. She was a member of Perennial Springs Baptist Church. She also leaves behind 3 life long friends, Cheryl (Kendrick) Mobbs, Kathy (Hawkins) Simms, and Kathy (Barfield) Marquez.

A Private Graveside Service will be shared with her mother at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Greenhill Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are Landyn Durham, Kristopher Wallin, Adam Willingham, Jesse Willingham, Joshua Willingham, and Garrett Hurley. Officiating the service will be Brother Tom Russell, Perennial Springs Baptist Church. In Lieu of flowers, The Family Request donations be made to any local Children’s Charity in Memory of Mrs. Molly Alverson.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Molly Willingham Alverson.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Ms. Shirley Stricklin Willingham


At 12:05, December 2, 2020, MS. SHIRLEY STRICKLIN WILLINGHAM journeyed across the River Jordan to her Heavenly Home, where she joined her parents, Sam and Francis Stricklin, brothers and sister, Grant Stricklin, Molly Ragan, Sammy Stricklin, Jimmy Stricklin, Sr., and infant William D. Stricklin; the father of her children, John Ed Willingham, daughter-in-law, Patti Thompson Willingham, and long time companion, Ray Hall.

She is survived by one brother, James (Rachel) Stricklin; sisters-in-law, Peggy Stricklin and Janice Stricklin; one son, Eddy Willingham, and one daughter, Molly (Mike) Alverson; grandchildren, Adam (Jessi) Willingham, Jesse (Abbigail) Willingham, Sarah (Garrett) Hurley, Joshua Willingham, April (Leroy) Luallen, Melisha (Jimmy) Porter; great grandchildren, Landyn Durham, Brooklyn Durham, Bryanna Wallin, Kristopher Wallin, Reed Willingham, Avery Willingham, and Rett Hurley; great great granddaughter, Athena Shropshire; and a host of Nieces and Nephews, that she adored.

Ms. Willingham was born in Savannah (Hardin County), Tennessee on September 30, 1936, before her family moved to Chattooga County in the early 1940’s. Ms. Willingham retired as City Clerk in 1999, after serving the City of Summerville for 44 years. Her co-workers there were a second family, and always held a special place in her heart. She was a member of Perennial Springs Baptist Church, but had attended Dry Valley Baptist Church her last few years with her family, where she was a member of the Grace Sunday School Class. Ms. Willingham faithfully served our Veterans as a member of the Chattooga County Ladies Auxiliary VFW for many years. She was awarded Gold Circle membership in 2015.

A Private Graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Greenhills Memory Garden. Pallbearers are Adam Willingham, Jesse Willingham, Joshua Willingham, Garrett Hurley, Landyn Durham, Kristopher Wallin. Officiating the service will be Brother Tom Russell, Perennial Springs Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the Family request donations be made to the Summerville Mainstreet Program, in Memory of Ms. Shirley Willingham.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Ms. Shirley Stricklin Willingham.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mrs. Deborah Maton Bryant

MRS. DEBORAH MATON BRYANT, age 56, of Glenn Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Rome, Georgia on January 5, 1964, a daughter of the late Paul Leonard Maton and Annie Sue Touchstone Maton Matthews, who survives. Mrs. Bryant was Baptist by Faith.

Surviving are Her husband, William Bryant; mother, Annie Sue Matthews; daughters, Crystal Maton and Deborah Austin; son, Bud Bryant; sisters, Marie Long, Darlene Jordan, and Diane Smith; Eight Grandchildren, One Great Grandchild; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Monday, November 30th, at 1:00 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Rev. David Long officiating; active pallbearers, Jimmy Lowe, Justin Lowe, Jimmy Jordan, Clay Brown, Matthew Austin, Jimmy Nixon, Casey Jennings, and Robert Warren.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. DEBORAH MATON BRYANT.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Mr. Alton Luther Shaw, Sr.

MR. ALTON LUTHER SHAW, Sr., age 68, of Trion, Georgia, Mountain View Community, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020, at his residence. Born in Cedartown, Georgia on April 11, 1952, He was a son of the late Melvin and Anner Redden Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a retired heavy equipment operator.

Surviving are His wife, Gail Shaw; daughters, Anna Gary, Aquilla White, April Shaw, Lisa Shaw, and Lynn Hill; son, Alton Shaw, Jr.; sister, Betty Ryan; Eleven Grandchildren, Three Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral and Interment services will be Private, with interment in the Family Plot of Cave Spring Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jerry Gary, Todd White, Bryce Blackmon, Timothy Shaw, Eddie Shaw, and Randy Hill.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Alton Luther Shaw, Sr. who died Sunday.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Mrs. Rhonda Pettyjohn Sterner

MRS. RHONDA PETTYJOHN STERNER, age 57, of Greeson Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away early Saturday morning, November 21, 2020, at her residence. Born in Rome, Georgia on March 7, 1963; She was a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Louise Greene Pettyjohn. Mrs. Sterner was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was employed with Southeast Pathology, in Rome.

Surviving are Her husband, John Sterner; daughter, Alanna J. Sterner; and son, Mason D. Sterner; aunt, Linda Greene; special cousins, Cecila and Craig Holt and Susan Brooks; special friends, Ken and Carol Fries and Ann McCollum.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 22nd, at 3:00 P.M. from Antioch Baptist Church with Pastors Brian Butler, Jimmy Bryant, and Miles Phillips officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Alan Smith, Rusty Wilson, Tommy Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Randy Wilson, and Bobby Purcell; Honorary Pallbearers Associates of Southeastern Pathology. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until 3 P.M. at Antioch Baptist Church, Big Texas Valley Road, Rome, Georgia. The Family request no flowers and suggest contributions to Antioch Baptist Church or Cancer Navigators of Rome.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. RHONDA PETTYJOHN STERNER who passed away early Saturday.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Mr. Charles Miller Marks

     MR. CHARLES MILLER MARKS, age 97, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Born on February 3, 1923 in Summerville, Georgia to the late Harry and Maude Nichols Marks. Mr. Marks was married to the late Mary Lois Roper Marks on December 25, 1941, and was preceded in death by sisters, the late Julia A. Wyatt, Anis H. Harris, Ruth Schongerth, Mary E. Majors; brothers, the late James H. Marks, Stuart T. Marks, and Thomas Marks. He was a Veteran of WW II serving in the U. S. Air Force and was retired from Chattooga County Schools where He was the Vocational Teacher. Mr. Marks was a member of the Summerville Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are daughter, Phyllis M. Brown; son, Charles R. (Chuck) Marks; grandchildren, Douglas (Maxx) Brown, Kristopher (Katie) Marks, Erin (Tyler) Pledger, and Charlie Marks; eleven Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

A Funeral service will be held at a later date.


Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Thurman Harm Day

Thurman Harm Day 95, formerly of Trion, GA passed away November 13, 2020 at NHC Ft. Oglethorpe.

Mr. Day was born on April 15, 1925 in Chattooga County to the late Annie Mae Nunn Day, and George J Day Sr. He was as member of the Pleasant Grove church of Christ where he served as the song leader for many years.

After graduating from Trion High School, Mr. Day enlisted in the US Navy in July 1943 and served his country during WWII. Prior to his retirement, he was a manager in the cloth room at Riegel Textiles.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mary Nell Hendrix Day and one sister Charlotte (Jimmy) Hall along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his precious daughter Glenda Jane Day.

He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters Myrtle Day Young, Magalene Day Higgins, Leroy Day, Christine Day Googe and George Day.

A private family graveside service will be held at West Hill Cemetery in Trion, GA with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pleasant Grove church of Christ.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mrs. Montez Wilson Gladney

MRS. MONTEZ WILSON GLADNEY, a resident of 3451 Hwy. 48, Summerville, Georgia, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 10, 2020, at her home. She was born February 4, 1933 to the late James Aubrey Wilson, Sr. and Lena Gibson Wilson. Montez was preceded in death by her husband-Charles Lamar Gladney in 2003, as well as eight siblings, Claudine Fowler, Ewart Wilson, Sr., Maughee Wilson Evans, Charles B. Wilson, Lorenzo Wilson, James A. Wilson, Jr., Waylon Wilson, and Juanita Wilson. Montez was a faithful member of the South Commerce Church of Christ for almost 70 years and was retired, after 42 years of service from Fieldcrest Cannon. She took great delight in her family and also loved to sing.

Montez is survived by daughter Kaye Greer and her husband, Preston; two beloved grandchildren, William Benjamin Greer and Kailen Laura Greer; one sister, whom she loved dearly, Joan Wilson Renslow; she is also survived by a host of Nieces, Nephews, great Nieces, and great Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 12th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with Ministers Bill Thomas and Tim Evans officiating. Active Pallbearers will be nephews Rex Evans, Tim Evans, Quinton Wilson, Mike Wilson, Jamie Renslow, Gary Duke, Kyle Duke, and Tracy Rainwater; Honorary Pallbearers, the members of South Commerce Church of Christ and Tony Jones, and Mike Stull. Flowers are appreciated or contributions to Georgia Agape, #3094 Mercer University Drive-Suite #200, Atlanta, GA.-30341 or South Commerce Church of Christ, P.O. Box #167, Summerville, Georgia-30747.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Montez Wilson Gladney.



Saturday, October 31, 2020

Captain Eddie Lee Stroup

CAPTAIN EDDIE LEE STROUP, age 65, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away early Saturday morning, October 31, 2020. Mr. Stroup was born in Fulton County, Georgia of November 24, 1954, to the late Charlie and Myrtice Carnes Stroup. He was raised in Cedartown, Georgia, and was a 1972 graduate of Cedartown High School. Following graduation, Mr. Stroup served in the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Air Force Reserve, and the Army National Guard. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Rockmart, Georgia Police Department rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He was later employed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy, becoming the first K-9 Unit in Polk County, Georgia. In 2001 Mr. Stroup joined Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department holding positions of Deputy, Road Captain, Investigator, Chief Investigator, and as of late, Jail Administrator. Mr. Stroup loved Knowing that throughout his career, he was able to help those in need. Mr. Stroup was married to Rhonda Lynn Tucker Robinson, on April 1, 2006, in a beautiful ceremony in the mountains of Tennessee, surrounded by their loving children. In addition to His Parents, he in preceded in death by a brother the late Gary Wayne Stroup.

Surviving is His loving wife, Rhonda Lynn Stroup; son, Charlie Joe Stroup (Aubrey); steps sons, John Nicholas Robinson (Sierra) and Ethan Tyler Robinson (Chelsey); grandchildren, Rory Stroup, Maura Stroup, Aiden Robinson, and Lincoln Robinson.

A Private Funeral service will be held Wednesday at the Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Sheriff Mark Schrader, Chief Deputy Kevin Woods, and Pastor Joel Smith officiating, entombment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Pallbearers, Steve Tucker, Jeremiah Tucker, Zach Pettett, Jason Burrage, Caine Railey, Brian Tucker, and B. J. Montgomery; Honorary Pallbearers include the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and Chattooga County Jail Staff. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Widows Fruit Fund at Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangement for Captain Eddie Lee Stroup, who passed away Saturday.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Mrs. Inez "Knockie" Blackmon

MRS. INEZ “KNOCKIE” BLACKMON, age 84, of Martin Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday afternoon at her residence. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia, She was born to the late Charlie and Madie Ledford Bates, on May 4, 1936. Mrs. Blackmon was a member of the Community Holiness Church and was retired from the former Montgomery Knitting Mill. In addition to Parents, She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Mack Blackmon, daughter, the late Betty Blackmon Stansell, grandson, the late Ben Hix, and Six Siblings, also died earlier.

Surviving are son, Jackie Blackmon; grandchildren, Jason Hix, Russell (Kristen) Branch, Randy (Ashley) Justice, Angela (Ron) Langford, Cherrie Miller; great grandchildren, Vincent (Emily) Hix, Angel Hix, Dylan (Jamie) Branch, Cheisey Highfield, Cheyenne Smith, Kinsley Gorman, Morgan Driver, Breanna Carter, Timothy Carter, and Michael Scoggins; great great grandchildren, Donovan Dallas, Jr., Ailli Bentley, Chloe Bentley, Carson Holder-Adams, Braiden Holder-Adams, Summer Vaughn, Brody Vaughn, and Colter Phillips; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 27th, at 3:30 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor John Mann officiating. Active Pallbearers Vincent Hix, Dylan Branch, Russell Branch, Adam Gorham, Matt Reynolds, and Alvin Edgeworth.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Inez “Knockie” Blackmon.






Sunday, October 25, 2020

Mrs. Kathleen Phillips Wooten

MRS. KATHLEEN PHILLIPS WOOTEN, age 80, of Blowing Springs Road, Menlo, Georgia passed away Friday, October 23, 2020, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Trion, Georgia on March 6, 1940, to the late Charlie Edwards and Etheleen Rich Phillips. Mrs. Wooten was a member of West Berryton Faith Temple and formerly worked in the card room of Mount Vernon Mills and also was a cashier for Walmart. She was preceded in death by daughters, the late Janet Wooten and Jeanette Wooten, grandsons, the late Joshua Wooten and Jeremy Wooten, and son-in-law, the late David Wilson.

Surviving are husband, Hoyt Miles Wooten; daughters and spouse, Doris Wilson of Menlo, Brenda and Greg Woodall of Fyffe, AL.; sons, Kenneth Wooten of Menlo and Donnie Wooten of Daytona, FL.; brother, Jimmie (Dorthene) Phillips; Seven Grandchildren; great grandchildren, whom She raised, Dixie Shelton, Journie Shelton, and Kenzie Edwards; twelve Great Grandchildren; one Great Great Granddaughter; Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 27th, at 1:00 P.M. from Graveside in Garrett Cemetery with Rev. John Mann officiating. Active Pallbearers Rickey Phillips, Charlie Wilson, Morgan Laney, Otis Laney, Matthew Wooten, and Jammy White.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Kathleen Phillips Wooten, who passed away Friday evening.



Friday, October 23, 2020

Mrs. Ann H. 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

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.