Saturday, December 29, 2012

MRS. MARY JACQULYN WOFFORD, age 58, of Davis Street-Summerville, Georgia, Berryton Community, passed away Friday, December 22, 2012, at the residence. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia She was born on March 12, 1954 to Bobby Joe and Georgia Carol Helton Davis, who survive. She was retired from retail sales and was preceded in death by husband the late William David Wofford. Surviving are Son-Justin Wofford of Rome; Parents-Jo and Carol Davis of Berryton; sister-Freda Davis of Lindale, GA.; half brother-Bobby Joe Davis, Jr. of Jacksonville, FLA.; several Nieces and Nephews. Memorial service was held Saturday, December 29th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Mickey Skates officiating. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. ONA BEE HURLEY, age 85, of Adairsville, Georgia, formerly of Summerville, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012, in a Rome hospital. Born in Boaz, Alabama on March 28, 1927, She was a daughter of the late Joseph Arthur and Mattie Gardner Wilson. Mrs. Hurley was Church of God by Faith, and was employed by Harriett-Henderson Mills in the winding department retiring several years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Fred Billie Hurley. Surviving are daughters-Wanda Brady of Adairsville, Nancy Harris of LaFayette, Freddie Thomas of Roberts Dale, Al., and Debbie Hare of Andalusia, Al.; sons-Ronald Hurley and Donald Hurley both of Adairsville; 13 Grandchildren, several Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 31st, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Malcolm Harris and Rev. John Mann officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Ronald Hurley, Donald Hurley, Chris Smith, Aaron Hurley, Scott Brady, and Jason Smith; Honorary Pallbearers will be Jeremy Hare and Andy Brady. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, December 24, 2012

MR. RUBEN J. JOHNSTON, age 61, of Highway #48, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, in a Rome hospital, after a brief illness. He was a lifetime native of Chattooga County, Georgia, born on November 5, 1951 to the late Julius Vernon (Bud) Johnston and Mary Alice Hackler Johnston. He spent the majority of his life in the logging profession, and was a Baptist by Faith. Mr. Johnston was preceded in death by a sister, the late Shirley Sentell and brothers , the late Gene & Joe Johnston. Surviving are His loving wife of more than 30 years, Thelma E. Johnston; children-Matthew Johnston of Fort Payne, AL., Kim Campbell of Kentucky, Kristy Johnston and Jeremy Johnston both of Lyerly; brothers-Fred & Don Johnston both of Summerville, Frank Johnston of Trion, and Roger Johnston of Centre, AL.; 12 Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 27th, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Tapp officiating, entombment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Pallbearers will be Travis Wright, Jason Wright, Mason Eller, Doug Gravino, Doug Farmer, Scott Johnston, Brian Johnston, Joshua Johnston, and Preston Johnston. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:30 til 8:30 P.M. @ the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

MRS. VIRGINIA B. TUCKER, age 80, of Menlo, Georgia passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012, in the local nursing home. Born in the Chelsa Community of Chattooga County, Georgia on August 18, 1932; a daughter of the late Brown and Ethel Denton Wofford. She was a lifetime member of Menlo Baptist Church and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. The former owner/operator of Tucker Grocery Store, later working as creeler @ Mohawk Industries, and also was a CNA in health care. Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by her beloved husband, the late Lee Roy “Bud” Tucker on July 12, 1994, brothers-the late LeRoy Wofford and Captain Bobbie Wofford, and a brother-in-law-the late James D. Baker. Surviving are Her children & spouses-Marsha & Bob Farrow, Dale & Carolyn Tucker; grandchildren-Ashley Farrow, Autumn & Brian Baggett, Megan & Cassey Ray, Savannah Tucker; great grandchildren-Michaela Baggett, Brianna Baggett, Brandon Baggett, Connor Ray, Ella Ray; sister & brother-in-law-Martha & Jerry Strickland; brother & sister-in-law-Buddy & Hazel Wofford; several Nieces & Nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 24th, at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Rev. Billy Dempsey and Rev. Greg Ludy officiating, interment in the family lot of Ami Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Ashley Farrow, Brian Baggett, Cassey Ray, Lee Wofford, Zack Wofford, Phil Young; Honorary Pallbearers-members of Order of Eastern Star, special care givers-Jean Culberson, Anna Bradley, Jan Morris, Melissa VanAlst, & Gail Frady, Dr. Bruce Lee, Sally Hosmer, Dale Hunter, Oakview Nursing Staff, and all employees of Oakview Nursing & Rehabilitation, Willard Brown, Dot Wright, Kim Powell, Whitney Powell, and the Mayor & Council City of Menlo. Visitation will be Monday from 11 A.M. until the service hour. The Family will be @ their respective homes & no food is requested. Memorial domations may be made to the Children & Youth Fund @ Menlo First Baptist Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. MARY JACQULYN WOFFORD, age 58, of Davis Street-Summerville, Georgia, Berryton Community, passed away Friday, December 22, 2012, at the residence. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia She was born on March 12, 1954 to Bobby Joe and Georgia Carol Helton Davis, who survive. She was retired from retail sales and was preceded in death by husband the late William David Wofford. Surviving are Son-Justin Wofford of Rome; Parents-Jo and Carol Davis of Berryton; sister-Freda Davis of Lindale, GA.; half brother-Bobby Joe Davis, Jr. of Jacksonville, FLA.; several Nieces and Nephews. Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 29th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Mickey Skates officiating. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

MRS. BUELL P. HAWKINS, age 93, of Turner Road-Rome, Georgia passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012, in the local nursing home. A native of Chattooga County, She was born to the late Ralph David and Vera Cox Pickle on July 1, 1919. Mrs. Hawkins was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church, retired house keeper from Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Ralph David Hawkins, also several Sisters and Brothers. Surviving are daughters-Judy Touchstone of Rome and Kay Ellen Turner of Augusta; sons-Robert William (Bob) Hawkins of Lyerly and Hugh David Hawkins of Augusta; brother-Frank Pickle of Summerville; Ten Grandchildren; several Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive. Memorial service will be held Sunday, December 9th, at 4:00 P.M. from the Oak Hill Cemetery, Honorary Pallbearers the Nurses and Staff of Oak View Nursing & Rehab. Center. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, December 3, 2012

MR. JAMES MILLER, age 64, of Maplewood Drive-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012, at his residence. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, He was born to the late Fred C. and Ruth Benson Miller on May 26, 1948. Mr. Miller was retired from Southeastern Industries and a Veteran of Viet Nam serving in the U.S. Army. Surviving are wife-Naomi Sue Miller; son-James Douglas Miller & wife Erica of Subligna; daughters-Jessica Vanpelt and Lindsey Eller & husband Jerry all of Summerville; grandchildren-Zachary & Alyssa Miller, Kylia, Kassidi, & Kallee Vanplet; sisters-Brenda Kuhn of FL. & Gale Johnson of Rossville; Nieces & Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 6th, @ 11:30 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Thompson officiating, interment in Georgia National Cemetery @ Canton, Georgia. Active Pallbearers-Jerry Eller, Charlie Logan, B. J. Lewis, T.J. Vanplet, Michael Applegate, and Anthony Grant. The Family will receive friends Thursday @ the Funeral Home from 10:00 til the service hour. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, November 30, 2012

MS. TERESA ANN (TERRY) GENTRY, age 52, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday morning, November 30, 2012, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Summerville, Georgia on April 11, 1960, a daughter of the late Robert Joseph Gentry and Sarah Ann Wells Gentry who survives. Besides her mother, Sarah Ann Wells Gentry of Summerville, Ms. Gentry is survived by a sister and brother-in-law Sherrie and Steven Helton of Summerville; Brother and sister-in-law John and Teresa Gentry of Cartersville. Nephew, Will Gentry and Niece, Eryn Gentry. Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins also survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 2nd, at 3:00 P.M. from graveside in West Hill Cemetery with Ministers’ Jeff Burns and John Paul Burns officiating. Active Pallbearers John Gentry, Steven Helton, Michael Herring, Brian Payton, Jeff Burns and Charles Gentry. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Sunday from 1:00 until the service hour. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DR. EARL BEATTY, JR., age 92, of Fort Valley, Georgia passed away Monday, November 26, 2012. Born in Summerville, Georgia on December 11, 1919 to the late Dr. Earl Beatty, Sr. and Addie Willard Beatty. A graduate of Darlington School and Emory University School of Dentistry, He was a Veteran of WW II serving in the Army as Regimental Dental Surgeon of the 508th Parachute Infantry. He saw combat in Europe and served as General Eisenhower’s Honor Guard at USFET Headquarters in Germany after the war ended in 1945. He remained in the Reserves and was transferred to the Air Force with service in Korea and Viet Nam until retirement in 1973 with the rank of Colonel. Dr. Beatty was a member of numerous dental associations, serving as President of the Central Dental Society in 1967. He was an elder in the Fort Valley Presbyterian Church, a Mason, Shriner, and member of many other civic organizations. He was preceded in death by first wife, Martha Rackley Beatty and second wife, Nita Wilder Graham Beatty. Surviving are son and wife, Earl (Jean) Beatty, III; stepson, James E. Graham; four Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 1st, at 11 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in the Family lot of Summerville Cemetery with full military honors. The Family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Darlington School, Rome, Georgia. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

MRS. MATTIE M. BROOME, age 95, of West Armuchee Road, Subligna community, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Walker County, Georgia on July 25, 1917, a daughter of the late John M. and Martha Edwards Fowler. Was preceded in death by Her husband the late Faye H. Broome. She was a member of the Subligna Baptist Church. Surviving are daughters-Charlotte Chapman of Subligna, Shelia Bridges of Ringgold, and Debra Jackson of West Armuchee; sons-Marion Broome of Calhoun, Jackie Broome of East Armuchee, and Billy Broome of Summerville; 15 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 25th, at 2:00 P.M. from the Subligna Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Bishop and Rev. David Pruitt officiating, interment in Subligna Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Landon Hair, Jeffery Hair, Kevin Chapman, Don Jackson, Adam Jackson, David Broome, Sean Broome, and Brad Broome. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 5 until 8 P.M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Monday, November 12, 2012

MRS. WILMA NIX TOLES, age 89, of Menlo, Georgia passed away Monday, November 12, 2012, afternoon in the local nursing home. A daughter of the late James William (Will) and Eula Williams Nix, she was born on March 9, 1923 in Chattooga County, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Charles Fletcher Toles, Sr. to whom she was married September 20, 1947 also preceded by two sisters and Six brothers. Mrs. Toles was retired from the sewing department of Best Manufacturing, Menlo, and a member of Best’s Silver Club. Mrs. Toles was a faithful, and the last surviving charter member of West Berryton Faith Temple. Surviving are son & daughter-in-law Charles, Jr. and Jo Ann Toles of Menlo; Grandchildren-Clark & Melissa Miller; Bradley & Julie Wolfrum, Heather McClung, Farrah McClung, Lindsay Patty, & Jimmy Patty; eight Great Grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Estelle and Lamar Toles and Iris Toles; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14th, at 4 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. John Mann and Rev. Denny Smith officiating, interment in Alpine Cemetery. Active Pallbearers- Nephews; Honorary pallbearers the Adult Sunday School Class of West Berryton Faith Temple. Her Family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00 P. M. until the hour of service @ Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

MRS. MABLE CUNDIFF, age 84, of Back Penn Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday morning at her residence. A daughter of the late Dewey and Mary Gentry Padgett, she was born on July 5, 1928 and was preceded in death by her husband the late John A. Cundiff, Jr. on April 21, 1995, and a son the late William Holt. Mrs. Cundiff was Church of God by faith. Surviving are sons-Jimmy Cundiff, Johnny Cundiff, Ray Cundiff all of Summerville, and Robert Cundiff of Arab, Alabama. Daughters- Linda Bray and Kay Padgett of Summerville. Sisters- Odell Hudgins and Mildred White of Dalton. A brother Charles Padgett of Sugar Valley, Georgia; 13 Grandchildren, 37 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 11 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Burris officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Jamie Cundiff, Sr., Jamie Cundiff, Jr., Bobby Cundiff, Kelly Bray, David Cundiff and Chris Bray. Visitation will be at the Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Elizabeth Wilks

After a long and joyous life, Elizabeth Gravlee Wilks passed away on November 1st at a family residence in Summerville, Georgia. Longtime resident of the Birmingham area, Mrs. Wilks was predeceased by her husband Robert Hobson Wilks. Mrs. Wilks is survived by her son Robert Bradley “Bob” Wilks of Birmingham; her daughter Nell Wilks Farrar and son-in-law Arch Farrar of Summerville, Georgia; two grand-daughters, Challis Elizabeth Farrar Latta with her husband Andy Latta of Gainesville, Georgia; and Mary Catherine Farrar of Summerville, Georgia. A descendant of the Gravlee-Nalls and Newton-Chambliss families of Fayette County, Elizabeth Gravlee was born on November 9, 1921 in Newtonville, Alabama. She graduated from Fayette High School prior to entering the University of Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education Degree in 1944. Her career in education continued for many years as she taught high school classes in home economics in Fayette County, Talladega County and Jefferson County. In 1968, she was named Supervisor of Vocational Home Economics for the Jefferson County Board of Education, and began a career in which she thrived and maintained high standards for the vocational home economics departments. Always growing and learning, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Montevallo in 1973. Following her retirement in 1987, Mrs. Wilks continued to enjoy her fellow educators through her membership in Delta Kappa Gamma. She also found time for travel abroad as well as to famous locations in the United States. In addition, she enjoyed time with family, friends and church groups. She was a longtime resident of the Altadena Valley area and member of the Lakeside Baptist Church. A memorial service was helds Saturday, November 3rd at 11 o’clock in the morning at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home located at 10355 Commerce Street, Summerville, Georgia. Family received friends in the hour prior to the service. Interment was at Memory Hill Cemetery in Albertville, Alabama immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to Lakeside Baptist Church, 2865 Old Rocky Ridge Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35243. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MRS. TENNIE RUTH TIDMORE, age 84, of Adairsville, Georgia, formerly of Lyerly, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at Her residence. Born in Chattooga County, Georgia on May 21, 1928, She was a daughter of the late John Frank and Susie Akins Whisenant. Mrs. Tidmore was a member of Lyerly First Baptist Church, was retired from the maintenance department of Bigelow-Sanford-Georgia Rug Mill, and was co-owner/operator of Tidmore Washateria in Lyerly. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Vernon Lindenberg Tidmore, also several Sisters and Brothers died earlier. Surviving are daughter-Lynda Steele of Adairsville; sons-David Earnest Tidmore of Cloudland and John Frank Tidmore of Lyerly; grandchildren-Alisha Steele, Jennifer Malone, Tina Steele, Derdia Adams, Derick Tidmore, and Keri Beth Jones; sixteen Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 2nd, at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. J. B. Cantrell and Rev. Tony Christie officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-John Frank Tidmore, Joe Reed, Larry Weesner, Ricky Veatch, Alan Murphy, Christian Steele, Shane Estes and Scott Gayler; Honorary Pallbearers-members of the Ladies Sunday School Class of Lyerly First Baptist Church. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Friday from 12 noon until the funeral hour. The Family request contributions to the Lyerly Cemetery Fund, c/o Juanita Baker, P. O. Box 55, Lyerly, Georgia 30730, in lieu of flowers. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. KATHY LYNN DODD, age 49, of Ramey Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012, morning at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Rome, Georgia on July 31, 1963, to the late Patsey Mozell LuAllen Collins and Thomas Lamar Collins who survives. She was a Homemaker. Mrs Dodd was preceded in death by her Mother, and brothers-Michael Anthony Collins and Thomas Ray Collins. Surviving are husband-Neal Ashmore; father-Thomas Collins; daughters-Kaitlyn Ashmore and Kelsie Ashmore all of Summerville; sons-Jesse (Christy) Dodd of Rome and Bryan (Breanna) Ashmore of Summerville; brother-Gary F. Collins; sister-Margie Collins both of Summerville; grandchildren-Jordan Dodd, Taylor Dodd, Devan Fowler, Shelby Rhodes, and Evan Ashmore; mother-in-law-Ann Bass of Summerville. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 1st, at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Wright officiating. The Family will receive friends Thursday from 12 noon until the funeral hour. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

MRS. LOIS GREEN, age 92, of Filter Plant Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012, at her residence. A native Chattoogan, She was born to the late Robert Wesley and Mary Eva Brown Dover on January 12, 1920. Mrs. Green was a member of Berryton Baptist Church, retired from the rubberizing department of Georgia Rug Mill, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Leonard Green, sons-Jerry Green, Larry Green, and Ray Green; grandsons-Jay Crider, Duel Bandy, and Joey Green; sisters-Grace Skates, Lucille Lindsey and Beulah Cummings; brothers: Arville Dover, Albert Dover, Harve Dover, Tiny Dover and Morris Dover Surviving are daughters-Betty June Pope of Menlo, Nancy Crider of Summerville, Charlotte Woody of Berryton, and Sadie Croy of Lyerly; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 30th, at 2:00 P.M. from the Berryton Baptist Church with Rev. Mickey Skates and Rev. Malcolm Harris officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery; active pallbearers will be Grandsons. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Monday from 6 until 8 P.M.; at other hours the family will be at the residence of a daughter-Charlotte Woody on Filter Plant Road-Summerville, Georgia. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, October 22, 2012

MS. BARBARA ANN BROWN, age 70, of Espy Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012, in a Rome hospital. Born in Floyd County, Georgia on January 17, 1942, She was the daughter of the late Jessie R. (Peck) Baxter and Bernie McKowen Baxter. Ms. Brown attended the East Trion Church of God and was retired from the finishing lab of Mt. Vernon/Riegel Textile Mills. Surviving are daughter-Kay Brown of Summerville; son-Randy Brown of Kennesaw; aunt-Vestal Hudson of Jacksonville, FL.; granddaughters-Jamie Siggelko and Sarah Brown; several Cousins also survive. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 27th, at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Mr. David King and Rev. Greg King officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers- Johnny Kincade, Bobby Millican, Bill Marquiss, Dan Little, Lynn Hubbard and Jeff Caldwell. Honorary Pallbearers- Connie Witt and Staff of Harbin Clinic Family Practice, Mickey Silvers, Ricky Silvers. Visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, October 8, 2012

MRS. FRANCES PONDER, age 82, of Hammond Drive-Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday, October 8, 2012, morning. She was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, born in Trion, Georgia on June 13, 1930, a daughter of the late Robert E. and Mae Bohannon Gilmer, who died while Mrs. Ponder was a young child and was reared by her grandmother the late Maebelle Gilmer. Surviving are husband-Henderson F. Ponder; two Daughters and sons-in-law- Claudette and Jerry Mahan of Summerville and Jenette and Coleman Slay, Jr. of Armuchee; Five Grandchildren, Four Great Grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 10th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Bryant and Rev. David Craven officiating, interment in the Family Plot of Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Jeremy Mahan, Terry Mahan, Rainer Slay, Robert Floyd, Emory Gilmer, Randall Ledford, and Eric White. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. At other hours the Family will be at the residence of a daughter Jenette & Coleman Slay, Jr. #562 Floyd Springs Road-Armuchee. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, October 5, 2012

MR. CARL D. SANFORD, age 71, of Holland-Chattoogaville Road, Lyerly, Georgia passed away Friday (October 5, 2012) in a Rome hospital. A native of Round Mountain, Alabama, He was born to the late Cicero and Rena Ward Sanford on December 17, 1940. Mr. Sanford graduated Mississippi State University on a football scholarship and began a forty year manufacturing Executive career in Summerville, Georgia with Georgia Rug Mill, later Bigelow-Sanford Rug Mill; then to Canada, then with BASF/Honeywell in Dalton. Afterward retiring to the 750 acre Family farm on Holland-Chattoogaville Road. Surviving are His wife-Tippy Sanford; sons-Colter Sanford of Chattoogaville and Tyler of Summerville; grandchildren-Carlie Sanford, Colton Sanford, Ayla Sanford, and Cason Sanford; sister-Dixie Messer of Cedar Bluff, AL; brothers-Sam Sanford of Cedar Bluff, AL and D.C. Sanford of Jamestown, Al; several Nieces and Nephews. His Family will receive friends Sunday, October 7th, from 3 until 5 P.M. @ the residence on Holland-Chattoogaville Road-Lyerly. A Private Funeral service will be held at a later date. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

MR. CHARLES B. WILSON, age 87 of Hwy. #48-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

A native of Dutton, Alabama, he was born to the late James Aubry Wilson, Sr. and Lena Ada Eva Gibson Wilson on October 12, 1924 and was known to his many friends as “Charlie B.” He moved to Summerville in 1936, graduated from Summerville High School, and married the love of his life, Dora Ellen Bynum on April 16, 1943. After a month of married bliss, he entered the U. S. Army and after training, landed in the “D” Day Invasion, June 6, 1944, in the third wave on Utah Beach-Normandy, France; made His way through France into Belgium where he also fought in the “Battle of the Bulge”. For his service Mr. Wilson received many medals and commendations from the U.S. Army and was awarded the Medal of Honor from France only a few years ago.

Mr. Wilson was a member, deacon, and led the Church Choir, of West Summerville Baptist Church; and was preceded in death by siblings-Claudine Fowler, Maughee Evans, Ewert Wilson, Lorenzo Wilson, and James A. Wilson, Jr. Surviving are His wife-Ellen Bynum Wilson; daughter-Phyllis (Earle) Rainwater; sisters-Montez Gladney and Joan Renslow all of Summerville; grandchildren-Tracy (Tracy) Rainwater, Schawna (Vince) Collier, Clint (Amy) Rainwater; great grandchildren-Emily Marie Rainwater, Lauren Elizabeth Rainwater, Abbie Lynn Rainwater, Chris Allen, & Carrie Elizabeth Martin; great great grandson-Graydon Allen; several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Dr. Kenneth Summey, Rev. Lavonne Humphrey, and Mr. Al Castillo officiating, Musicians are Joy Greer, Bobby Groce, Buddy Barnes, and Randy Croy. Active Pallbearers-Tracy Rainwater, Schawna & Vince Collier, Clint Rainwater, Rex Evans, Mike Shireman, Eddie Shireman, and Ledon Underwood; Honorary Pallbearers-the Fellowship Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church, John Wagoner, Tommy McGraw, Derrick Parrish, John & Diane Hayes, Betty St. Clair, Rakia Harris, and Karen Polson, Janice & Larry Luallen, Mike Posey, and Paul Clayton. Burial in Summerville Cemetery with Military Honors rendered by American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post #5 of Rome. The Family will receive friends @ the Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.
MRS. DOROTHY CHAPPELEAR, age 87, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012, in the local nursing home. She was born in Henagar, Alabama October 6, 1924 to the late Hugh Roy and Ella Anderson Riley. Mrs. Chappelear was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class. Surviving are son-Steve Chappelear of Summerville; sisters-Clara Bohannon of Summerville and Sarah John Durham of Trion; Grandchildren- Christi Smith, Lisha Mickey and Steve Chappelear II; Seven Great Grandchildren; Three Great Great Grandchildren and several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 25th, at 4:30 P. M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Dr. Kenneth Summey officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jimmy Miller, Brad Miller, Kyle Miller and Ben Smith; Honorary Pallbearers the Nurses of Oakview Nursing & Rehab. Center and member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P. M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MR. W. L. MARTIN, age 75, of Davis Road-Trion, Georgia, Mt. View Community, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012, at his residence. A native of Barrow County, Georgia, He was born to the late Willis L. and Martha Gaddis Martin on February 26, 1937. Mr. Martin was a Veteran of WW II serving in the U. S. Army Paratroopers and a retired auto body repairman. He was preceded in death by his wife the late Essie Vernon Martin and daughter the late Diane Sparks. Surviving are grandsons-Adam Gorham and Chad Campbell both of Summerville; several Great Grandchildren. At Mr. Martin’s request the body will be cremated and there will be no funeral service. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, September 17, 2012

MR. FRANKLIN WARD, age 87, of Filter Plant Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday, September 17, 2012, in the local nursing home. He was born in Walker County Georgia on September 24, 1924, a son of the late Deed L. and Lillie Davis Ward. Mr. Ward was a member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church, a Veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Army Paratrooper 82nd Airborn, and was retired from Riegel Textile Corporation. He was preceded in death by his wife the late Alice Timmons Ward, daughter-Diane Lovelace, son-Gerald Ward, sister-Louise Vaughn, and brothers-Tony Ward, Edward Ward, and Bobby Ward. Surviving are Step-sons: Mitchell &Teresa Hensley of Trion and John & Pam Hensley of LaFayette; Four Grandchildren: Phyllis Bussey, Christy Dawson, Katrina Hensley, Tara Hensley-Evans; Brother: Johnny Ward; Ten Great-Grandchildren; Seven Great-Great-Grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 20th, at 4:00 P. M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Shores and Rev. Tony Samples officiating, interment in West Hills Cemetery, with military rites rendered by the Honor Guard of American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post No. 5 of Rome, Georgia. Active pallbearers will be Ryan Owens, Keith Henderson, Johnny Ward, Sr., Jamye Dawson, Reggie Ward and Gary Blackwell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Staff of Oak View Nursing Home and Redmond EMS. The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home; at other hours the Family will be at the residence of a granddaughter-Cristy & Jamye Dawson #739 John Jones Road-Summerville, Gore Community. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

MR. WILLIAM BRADLEY CARROLL, age 47, of Millen, Georgia formerly of Chattooga County, Georgia, passed away Sunday (September 9, 2012). Mr. Carroll was born to the late Larry Franklin Carroll and Sandra Padgett Carroll Howard who survives. He was a contractor and was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Rev. A.B. and Mrs. Dalton Bowling Carroll; maternal grandparents-Mr. & Mrs. William Padgett; sister-Mandy Carroll and brother-Bruce Carroll. Surviving are sons-Jason Carroll and Brent Carroll of Cumming, GA. & Bentley Carroll; mother & step father-Sandra Padgett Howard and Bobby F. Howard of Hubert, N.C.; brother-David of Millen, GA; half sister-Elena Carroll of LaFayette; half brother-Berry Carroll of Chattanooga; three Grandchildren; several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 16th, at 3 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Hutchens officiating, active pallbearers-Jason Carroll, Clay Carroll, Steve Dyer, Dwight Bowling, Tim Grogan, and Andrew Bartlett, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 until 9 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

MRS. HAZEL A. HENDERSON, age 92, of Pine Street-Trion, Georgia passed away Friday (September 7, 2012) evening in a Rome hospital. She was born on March 19, 1920 in Walker County, Georgia to the late William McKinley and Myrtis Rosalee Brown Adams. Mrs. Henderson was a member of the Trion United Methodist Church, the American Legion and V.F.W. Auxiliaries’, and was retired from Mt. Vernon/Riegel Mill. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Hobert Henderson on September 7, 1993. Surviving are daughters and spouses-Maxine Henderson and Steve Drummond of Gibson, GA. and Phyllis and Larry Stansell of Trion; brother-Freeman E. Adams of Pensacola, FL.; grandchildren-Michael and Paula Drummond of Seneca, S.C., Cynthia and Danny Blume of Gaston, S.C., and Melissa and Adams Hankins of Trion; Five Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 9th, at 3:30 P.M. from Graveside in West Hill Cemetery with Rev. David Autry officiating. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MR. JASON WAYNE CARMON, age 34, of Penn Street-Trion, Georgia passed away Friday evening in a Rome hospital. Born in Rome, Georgia on April 30, 1978 He was a son of the late Jerry Carmon and Sue Thompson Carmon who survives. Jason enjoyed golf and fishing and was a member of Local Millwright #1263. Surviving are His daughters-Briana Michelle Carmon and Apryl Jaylee Carmon of Summerville; mother-Sue Carmon of Trion; sister-Erin Carmon of Trion. Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 15th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. James Braddy and Bobby Chastain officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Anthony “Zipper” Campbell, Gary Pruitt, Local Millwright #1263, Lorie Bentley, Billy Bryant, Donnie Cordle, Kevin Bentley, Michael Hancock and Marlene Smith. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, August 20, 2012

MRS. MARY HELEN DAVIS, age 82, of Highland Avenue-Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday, August 20, 2012, in a Rome hospital. A native of Chickamauga, Georgia, She was born to the late Robert D. and Alma Lively Browning on July 13, 1930. Mrs. Davis was a member of Ridgedale Unity Church of God and retired from the Creeling Department of Mohawk Mills. Surviving are son & daughter-in-law-Danny R. & Sally Davis of Summerville; grandsons-Michael & Ragon Crabtree of Rome, Jimbo & Gina Crabtree and Stacy & Crystal Crabtree all of Summerville; eight Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 22nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Russell officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Michael Crabtree, Jimbo Crabtree, Stacy Crabtree, Kenny Koonce, Greg Koonce, and Adam Koonce; Honorary Pallbearers-Members of Ridgedale Unity Church of God. The Family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. DORIS ANN WOOTEN, age 72, of Marietta, Georgia passed away Monday, August 20, 2012, in a Marietta Health Care Facility. She was born in Summerville, Georgia to the late Nathan Turner and Minnie Bailey Brown on February 14, 1940. Mrs. Wooten was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband the late Dan Wayne Wooten on May 18, 2006. Surviving are Her daughter-Connie Renee Wooten of Marietta; sister-Juanita Reynolds of Summerville; brother-Bobby Brown of Cloudland; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 21st, at 1:00 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Rev. Joel Smith officiating. The Family will receive friends Tuesday from Noon until the hour of service. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

MR. JONATHAN HAMILTON, age 26, of Calhoun, Georgia passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 17, 2012. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 8, 1986, He was a son of Larry Hamilton, Sr. and Deborah Crider Hamilton who survive. Mr. Hamilton was a member of Calhoun Church of God of Union Assembly and was a cook in food service. Surviving are parents-Larry & Deborah Hamilton of Calhoun; sister-Debra Hamilton Thompson of Sacramento, CA; brothers-Thomas Hamilton of Summerville, Justin Hamilton of Arley, AL, Damien Hamilton of Dalton, Matthew Hamilton of Dalton. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 20th, at 11:00 A.M. from the Harrell Street Church of God on Union Assembly with Rev. Darrel Akins and Rev. Fred Cassell officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Thomas Hamilton, Justin Hamilton, Damien Hamilton, Matthew Hamilton, Joseph Crider, and Johnny Crider. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, August 17, 2012

MR. BOBBY LAMAR CARNES, age 62, of Lyerly, Georgia passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, evening at his residence. A Chattooga County, Georgia native He was born to the late Joseph Lonzo and Barbara Patterson Carnes on July 25, 1950. He was retired from Best Mfg. Company dipping plant and the City of Lyerly. Surviving are wife-Debbie Potter Carnes; daughters-Pamela Christine Archer of Trion and Kimberly & Eric Brown of Lyerly; sons-Joey L. & Amanda Carnes and Bobby Ray & Nikki Carnes all of Lyerly; sisters-Charlotte & Job Maxson of Coldwater, Mich., Sandra & Harold DeBerry of Summerville; brother-Calvin Carnes of Albany, Tx.; six Grandchildren; four Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews; special friend-Danny Chamlee; mother & father-in-law-Katheryn & Joe Potter. Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 19th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Brown officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Joseph DeBerry, Lamar DeBerry, Ryan Brown, Lee Pruitt, Danny Chamlee, and Dennis Moseley; Honorary Pallbearers-all Mud Dogger Friends. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 1 til the hour of service at the Funeral Home; at other hours will be at the residence. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MRS. TINA R. TUCKER, age 40, of Oakhill Drive-Trion, Georgia passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012, in a Rome hospital. She was born on February 16, 1972 to Richard and Sammye Smallan Brock who survive. She was preceded in death by Grandparents Cecil Brock, H. M. Smallan and Louise Smallan. Mrs. Tucker was a member of Trion First Baptist Church, a clinical nurse and a lifetime member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are husband-Rusty Tucker; daughter-Skylar Tucker; step son-Drew Tucker; parents-Richard and Sammye Brock; paternal grandmother-Kathryn Brock all of Trion. Funeral services will be held Saturday,August 18th, at 12:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Dr. Floyd Roebuck officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Chaz Thomas, Bobby Dover, Brad Ellis, Rodney Stephens, Mack Burton and Trey Tucker. Honorary Pallbearers will be VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Saturday from 11:00 A.M. till the hour of service. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

MR. FRED ESKEW, age 58, of Dogwood Circle-Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012, at his residence. Born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 1954, He was a son of the late John Thomas and Mary Annie Deckner Eskew. Mr. Eskew was a retired construction worker and was preceded in death by a granddaughter the late Rhiannon Lee Michelle Eskew and brothers the late John Thomas Eskew and the late Billy Eskew. Surviving are wife-Linda Caldwell Jones; sons-Greg Franklin (Adriane) Eskew and James Anthony (Katelin) Eskew all of Summerville; granddaughters-Linda Eskew, Julie Eskew, & Sylvia Anne Eskew ; grandsons-Matt Eskew, Brandon Eskew, Buck Presley Eskew, and Matthew Floyd; sisters-Cheryl Eskew and Sandra E. Anderson both of Welaka, FL., Mary Ruth Crowder of Oxford, GA.; brothers-Ralph Eskew and Raymond Eskew, and Larry Eskew all of Covington, GA; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 P.M., August 15th, from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Bobby Brown and Ray Caldwell officiating. The Family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Honorary Pallbearers, Jacob Caldwell, Brandon Floyd, Alan Kilgore, Larry Eskew, Rachel Kilgore, Raymond Eskew, Doris Tapp, Ralph Eskew, and Danny Kilgore. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, July 30, 2012

MR. MICHAEL JAMES SUZOR, age 64, of Spring Creek Road, Trion, Georgia, passed away Sunday morning, July 29, 2012, at his residence. A Monroe, Michigan native, he was born on February 3, 1948 to the late Arthur and Mary Navarre Suzor. Mr. Suzor was a retired maintenance worker for United Stationers. Surviving are his wife – Cheryl Henry Suzor; son Aaron Suzor of Trion; brother and sister in-law Arthur & Faye Suzor of Monroe, Michigan; a grandson, Michael Suzor; several Nieces and Nephews. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 31st, at 10 A.M. from the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MR. HERBERT “HERBIE” ROBERTS, age 56, of McGinnis Circle-Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a Rome hospital. A Dalton, Georgia native, He was born on August 11, 1955 to the late William E. Roberts and Esther Pitner Roberts, who survives. Mr. Roberts was an auto Salesman for Nissan of Gadsden, Gadsden, AL. and member of Harrell Street Church of God. Surviving are wife-Judy Kennett Roberts; mother-Esther Roberts of Tunnell Hill, GA.; mother-in-law-Elizabeth Kennett of Summerville; daughter and special friend-Ashley Roberts and Brooklyn Price of Summerville; sisters-Jackie Butler and Dianne McIntosh of Dalton and Tammy Magill of CA.; brother-Charles Roberts of Dalton; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 14th, at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Denny Smith officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers, Thomas Hamilton, Dwayne Tinney, Jeff Betts, Danny Hester, Jose Borges and Cory Butler; Honorary Pallbearers, the Choir of Harrell Street Church of God. The Family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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MRS. WILLIE BELL RODGERS, age 88, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, in the local nursing home. Mrs. Rodgers was born on September 11, 1923, in Ackerman, Mississippi, a daughter of the late Lee Boyce and Clara Reid Bruce. She was a member of Central Avenue Baptist Church, a retired sales clerk for Bohannon’s clothing store, and was preceded in death by her husbands’ the late Odell Minor on March 24, 1967 and the late John Grady Rodgers on February 3, 2012. Surviving are Her sisters-Melba Gammill of Louisville, Miss. and Nella Dean Melton of Atlanta; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 29th, at 3 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Gardens with Rev. Jimmy Weaver officiating. The Family will receive friends from 1 until 2:45 P.M. Friday at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

MISS MARGARET FRANCES OWENS, 92, of Allen Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday in a Rome nursing home. A native Chattooga Countian, She was born on February 25, 1920 to the late Parks and Elsie Ward Owens. Miss Owens was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church and was retired knitting mill hand and school lunchroom service. She was preceded in death by sisters-Agnes Rosser and Myrtle Presley, niece-Virginia Johnston, nephews-Lamar Rosser & Vernon Rosser, and great nephew-Geoff Rosser. Surviving are niece -Brenda (Windle) Bishop of Kingston; nephew-Winston (Sharon) Pressley of Albany; great niece-Jan (Mark) Sams of Lindale, Lauren Denning of Roswell, Patricia Pressley of Albany; great nephew-Alan (Candie) Rosser of Heflin, AL, Walter Pressley of Birmingham, AL; 1 great great niece; 3 great great nephews; 1 great great great niece; 3 great great great nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 25th, at 4:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Dr. Kenneth Summey and Dr. Paul Mason officiating, interment in Little Sand Mt. Cemetery. Active Pallbearers-Alan Rosser, Aaron Rosser, Matthew Rosser, Lauren Denning, Shawn Thacker, and Shelby Rosser; Honorary Pallbearers the Dorcas Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Monday from 3 until 4 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. DOROTHY ANN “DOT” JOHNSON, age 73, of Dickeyville Road-Trion, Georgia passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, morning in a Rome hospital. She was born in Trion, Georgia on August 28, 1938, a daughter of the late John Wesley Kitchens and Gladys Sitton Kitchens Martin. Mrs. Johnson was a member of North Summerville Baptist Church, a long established hair dresser, and had served on the Chattooga County School Board of Eduaction for 20 plus years. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Tom Johnson and brother, the late Bill Kitchens. Surviving are daughters and spouse-Pamela Guthrie of Sarasota, FL. and Amy & Jonathan Parker of Calhoun; son and spouse-Jimmy & Jill Nicholson of Summerville; step children-Kathi Peck of Knoxville, TN., Sandra Bockley and Randy Johnson of Atlanta; grandchildren-Sarah Nicholson, Michael Nicholson, Brandon Garner, Ashley Garner, Alecia Garner, Madison Bockley, Molly Bockley, Alex Johnson, Nicole’ Johnson, and Anna Caroline Parker; great granddaughter-Molly Nicholson; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 26th, at 4:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Brannon and Brother Tommy Pledger officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers are Eddie Elsberry, Terry Money, Eddie Massey, Leroy Sweatman, Tommy Pledger and Jimmy Lenderman. Honorary Pallbearers are the current and former Chattooga County School Board Members and Employees. The Family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 P.M. until the service hour @ the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MRS. MARY DORIS HENDERSON, age 78, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at her residence. A native of Cobb County, Georgia She was born to the late Clayton and Villa Castile Brown on January 12, 1934. Mrs. Henderson was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, retired from Bigelow-Sanford Mill, and was preceded in death by her husband the late Olin Curtis Henderson, Jr. and a son the late Wayne Henderson. Surviving daughter-Patsy Gottwald of Naples, FL.; son-Donald Henderson of Commerce; sisters-Jean Welch of Kennesaw, Fleasha Gomez of Dawsonville, Peggy Jenkins of Dahlonega, and Bunzie Simpson of Marietta; brother-Kenny Brown of Marietta; twelve Grandchildren, fourteen Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23rd, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Huggins officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers Matt Henderson, Brandon O’Neal, Mark O’Neal, Alex Gottwald, Tim O’Neal, Nicky James. Visitation Saturday from 12:30 until service hour @ the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Thursday, June 14, 2012

MRS. KATHY CARROLL MITCHELL, age 51, of Old Highway #27 –Trion, Georgia passed away Thursday morning, June 14, 2012, at her residence following an extended illness. A native of Walker County, Georgia, She was born to the late William and Mattie Harris Carroll on January 12, 1961. Mrs. Mitchell was a former employee of Roper Corporation in the assembly department Line #2. Surviving are Her husband-Ray Mitchell; daughter-Katie Mitchell; son and daughter-in-law Jonathan William and Lucy Mitchell; grandson-Jadon Aaron Mitchell all of Trion; sisters and brother-in-law Sharon Carroll and Ron Cabero; Carolyn Burgess both of LaFayette; brothers and sisters-in-law: Larry and Angela Carroll of Chickamauga, Edward Carroll and Kathy LaShawn; Robert and Nancy Carroll all of LaFayette; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 17, 2012, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Robert DeForrest and Rev. Gary Diggs officiating, interment in LaFayette Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Michael Coley, Dennis Mitchell, Tony Walker, Josh Carroll, Donald Burgess, Larry Walker, Brandon Watkins and Bruce Hicks. Honorary pallbearers will be Christal Coley, Terry Cagle, Members of Floyd Health Care, Rick Grojean, and Brian Cochran. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sarafrances Boyd Strickland, 93, of Trion, died June 13, 2012. Memorial Service, after a brief illness, was Saturday (June 15th) in Trion at 11:00 A.M. from the Trion United Methodist Church with Rob Pierce officiating. Sadie was born July 18, 1918, in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of Randolph Bradford Boyd and Lena Godbee Boyd. She graduated from The University of Georgia and was a life time teacher of young children. She was incredibly active in her family, friendships and community. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 glorious years A.J. (Strick) Strickland. Survivors include two children Lonnie Strickland and daughter in law Kitty Strickland of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Brad Strickland and daughter in law Barbara Strickland of Dothan, Alabama. She had three grandchildren; Matthew Strickland of Mobile, Alabama; Lena Levendoski and Grandson in law Geoff of Nashville, Tennessee, and Glenn David Strickland of Biloxi, Mississippi. She also had two great grand children, Henry Langston Levendoski and Katharine Parker Levendoski of Nashville, and countless cousins and friends. Sadie as it turns out is hard to describe in a short space or a few lines. She loved many and many loved her. She was the eternal optimist. She was delighted in her friendships, books, bridge, her church and laughter. She enjoyed everything from traveling around the world to fishing on Weiss Lake. Teaching was one of her great loves and anyone who encountered her was more than likely taught something new. She captivated her family and her friends with her charm, her grace and her outlook on life. The legacy that she leaves behind is one of education, understanding heritage, family, friendships and joy. Her very long life was a blessing to us all. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Trion Public Library; or Trion United Methodist Church. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, June 8, 2012

MRS. TERRESA D. GREEN, age 63, of Smith Rail Road, Summerville, Georgia , Perennial Springs Community, passed away Friday at Her residence. Born in LaFayette, Georgia on June 27, 1948, She was a daughter of the late Ray H. Shipp. Mrs. Green was a member of Berryton Church of God and was preceded in death by her husband the late Ray Green and son, the late Joey Green. Surviving are son-Marty Green and Cheryl McGuire; granddaughter-Marti Green all of Summerville; mother-Myrtis Swift Fitzpatrick of LaFayette; sister-Anita Johnston of Summerville; goddaughter & great godson, Shelby Williams and Gabriel Dooley of Trion; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 11th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Rev. Jerry Rutledge and Rev. W. E. Cox officiating, interment in Perennial Springs Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Chris Blanks, Olen Woody, Rick Green, Brandon Croy, Ronnie Croy, and Terry Woody. The Family will receive friends 6 until 8 P.M. Sunday at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Terresa Diane Green.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

MR. BILLY JOE CROY, SR., age 74, of Espy Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012, afternoon following an extended illness. A native of Trion, Georgia, He was born to the late Allen Lester and Mary Frances Bailey Croy on June 12, 1937. Mr. Croy was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church , a Veteran of the U. S. Army serving in Korean Conflict, and was a retired truck driver. He was preceded in death by a son the late Billy Joe Croy, Jr. Surviving are His wife, Betty Jo Croy; sons & daughters-in-law, Randy & Wanda Croy of Trion and James & Lucy Croy of Calhoun; sister-Maggie Fox of Trion; brother-Earl Croy of Summerville; grandchildren-Joseph Croy, Kevin Croy, and Amanda & Justin Brown; great granddaughter-Ella Brown. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 29th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Sumner and Rev. Jessie Bankson officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be the following grandsons and Nephews, Joseph Croy, Kevin Zach Croy, Justin Brown, Randy Croy, Ronnie Croy, and Joey Jones. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Tuesday from 12:00 Noon til 2:00 P.M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.
MRS. CORA I. TUCKER, age 88, of the Alpine Community, Menlo, Georgia passed away Friday, May 25, 2012, afternoon at Her home. She was born in Trion, Georgia February 13, 1924, daughter of the late W.H. and Dora Rape Spraggins. She was a lifetime member of the Alpine Community Church graduating from Menlo High School in 1942, where she played on the girls basketball team. She was a retiree of the sample department of Best Mfg. Company. Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by her husband, the late Roy Lesley Tucker; a grandson, Brian Avery Tucker; sisters, Ruth Della Monica, Charlsie Mae (Charlie) Miller, Louise (Shug) Martin, Beatrice (Pete) Hall; brothers, Julius (Duke) Spraggins, D.W. (Bawdy) Spraggins, Andrew (Snowball) Spraggins, and D.F. (Sike) Spraggins. Surviving are sons & daughters-in-law-Dennis & Jeannie Tucker and Ralph & Martha Tucker all of Menlo; grandsons-Shane Tucker, Jason & Rebecca Tucker all of Menlo; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held at the Alpine Community Church Sunday, May 27th, at 2 P.M. with Brothers Tommy Pledger and Doug Ledford officiating, interment in the Alpine Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Shane Tucker, Jason Tucker, Mike Martin, Jeff Martin, Ronnie Spraggins, and Lamar Spraggins. Homorary Pallbearers the Congregation of Alpine Community Church. The Family will receive friends Saturday, May 26th, from 6 til 8 P.M. and the Funeral Home; She will also lie in state at the Church Sunday, from 1 til 2 P.M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. MARGARET L. WARREN, age 89, of Bittings Avenue-Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday, May 25, 2012, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Floyd County, Georgia on August 5, 1922. Mrs. Warren was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church and was preceded in death by Her first husband the late Paul Easter. Surviving are husband Austin Warren, Jr.; daughter-Paula Easter of Summerville; grandson-Paul & Melissa Chamlee of Summerville; great granddaughter Avri Rose Chamlee; step daughter Denise Wyatt; step grandson-Stacy (Rick) Wyatt; step great grandson-Will Wyatt; sister-Betty Hendrix of Summerville; brothers-Earl Alred of Rome, James Alred of Summerville,and Eugene Alred of Colorado Springs, Colorado; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 27th, at 4:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Steve Alred officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers-David Alred, Phil Alred, Jack Biggers, Hugh Don Hughes, Michael Hendrix, and Mike Bowers; Honorary Pallbearers the Super D Snack Barr Gang. The Family will receive friends Sunday 2:30 til 4:30 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Arnold Spencer, age 72, of Hall’s Valley Road-Trion, Georgia passed away Friday, May 25, 2012, afternoon at his residence following a brief illness. Born in Campton, Kentucky on December 17, 1939, He was a son of the late John and Evelyn Collins Spencer. Mr. Spencer was retired from the Maintenance Department of Shaw Industries. Surviving are His wife-Barbara Spencer; daughters-Sandra Wilson of Tip City, Ohio and Lisa Spencer of Dayton, Ohio; sons-Stacy Spencer of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Scotty Spencer of Raleigh, N.C., and Steve Spencer of Dayton, Ohio; Nine Grandchildren, Five Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Visitation will be Sunday, May 27th, from 2 until 6 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at a later date. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

MRS. MARGARET ANN RHINEHART, age 91, of Mahan Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, in the local nursing home. A Chattooga County native, She was born to the late William Taylor and Birdie Cox Scruggs on May 5, 1921. Mrs. Rhinehart was a Homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Walter “Dub” Rhinehart, on April 22, 1992, and two daughters-the late Beverly Ann Rhinehart and Glenda Sue Rhinehart. Surviving are brother & sister-in-law-James N. and Effie Scruggs; niece-Peggy Marie Busby; nephew-James N. Scruggs, Jr.; great niece-Julie Scruggs; great nephew-Daniel Taylor Scruggs; great great niece-Naomi Marie Scruggs all of Summerville. Funeral service will be held Monday, May 14th, at 11:00 A.M. from Graveside in Lyerly Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Bryant and Brother Tommy Pledger officiating. Active Pallbearers-John Busby, Joe Cox, Donald Blackwell, Gary Blackwell, Rodney Blackwell, Russell Blackwell, and John Blackwell; Honorary Pallbearers members of Summerville Chapter Order of Eastern Star. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, May 4, 2012

MR. JERRY WAYNE CARMON, age 59, of Trion, Georgia passed away Friday morning in a Rome hospital. Born in Trion on November 15, 1952 He was a son of the late Paul Jay and Alice Naoma Chastain Carmon. Mr. Carmon a member of Millwright Local #1263 and was preceded in death by a daughter the late Michelle Carmon and brother the late Mike Carmon. Surviving are wife-Sue Carmon; daughter-Erin Carmon; son-Jason Carmon; grandchildren-Briana Michelle and April Jaylee Carmon; Niece and Nephews also survive. Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 12th, at 4:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. James Braddy officiating, Honorary Pallbearers will be Millwright Local #1263. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MRS. JOANN BARRY BLALOCK, age 81, of Menlo, Georgia passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in the local nursing home. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia, She was born to the late Jim and Gladys Wilder Barry on April 20, 1931. Mrs. Blalock was preceded in death by her husband the late Roy Martin Blalock. Surviving are daughter-Janet Ennes of Marietta; granddaughter-Merideth Zobel of Roswell; sisters-Joyce Workman of Dacula, Mary LeLaigle of Marietta, and Nina Evett of Menlo; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 4th, at 11:00 A.M. from Graveside in Alpine Cemetery, with Minister Tom Mahan and Bob Miller officiating. The Family will receive friends Thursday evening 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MRS. JEAN L. GUINN, age 80, of Springcreek Road, Trion, Georgia passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012, at her residence. A Trion, Georgia native, Mrs. Guinn was born to the late Katie Baggett on April 30, 1931. She was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church and was retired from Riegel Textile Corporation spinning department. Mrs. Guinn was preceded in death by her daughter, the late Deborah Ann Gill, a grandson, the late Casey Ray Gill, and a brother, the late Jimmy Baggett. Surviving are Her husband, Edward Eugene Guinn; son & daughter-in-law, Danny & Beverly Guinn; grandchildren, Chris & Carolyn Gill, Stacy & Anjy Gill, Brian & Jerrilynn Gill, Jeremy Guinn, Kelia & Jim Purcell, and Danny & Nicole Guinn; eleven Great Grandchildren, two Great Great Grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 1st, at 2 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Norton officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Chris Gill, Stacy Gill, Brian Gill, Jeremy Guinn, Tyler Gill, and Jarrett Gill; Honorary Pallbearers, the Sunday School Class #9 of Mountain View Baptist Church. The Family will receive friends Monday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, April 16, 2012

MRS. BETTY WILSON BROWN, age 71, of Rocky Hollow Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday evening, April 15, 2012, in a Rome hospital. A native Chattooga Countian, She was born to the late Clyde and Gussie Woody Hollingsworth on July 8, 1940. Mrs. Brown was retired from the spinning department of Carron Mills in LaFayette, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Jeff R. Brown. Surviving are children-Judy Pruitt of Dalton, Terry Wilson of Lyerly, Wayne Wilson of Trion, Cathy McCary of Summerville, and Larry Wilson of Menlo; sisters-Virginia Ragland of LaFayette, Ann Hampton of Cloudland, and Syble Ward of LaFayette; brother-G. W. Hollingsworth of LaFayette and Bill Hollingsworth of Dalton; eleven Grandchildren, eleven Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 18th, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Wilborn officiating, interment in Green Hills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers Chris Wilson, Shane Tinney, Branden Pewitt, Justice Wilson, Corey Wilson, Brett Wilson, Blaine Wilson, Daniel Moses. The Family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 until 9 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MR. JAMES D. BAKER, age 78, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012, in a Rome hospital. A native of Kingston, Georgia He was born to the late Gordon and Maggie Wright Baker on November 30, 1933. Mr. Baker served in the U. S. Army and was retired Quality Inspector from Ford Motor Company. He was preceded in death by a sister the late Edna Puryear and a brother the late Charles Baker. Surviving are son-Kevin Baker of Summerville; grandchildren-Blake Baker, Hailey Baker, and Kyle Baker; sister-Janie Nell Baker of Albany, Georgia; care givers-Martha and Jerry Strickland of Summerville. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 24th, at 12:00 noon from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Dempsey and Rev. Billy Wright officiating. The Family will receive friends Saturday from 10 A.M. til noon. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, March 9, 2012

MR. DON HAMILTON JENNINGS, age 51, of Richmond Kentucky, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Richmond. Mr. Jennings was born in Ware Shoals, South Carolina on May 2, 1960, a son of Hamilton Ralls and Billie Jean Burns Jennings of Trion, Georgia, who survive. Surviving are daughter-Holly Jennings of Mt. Vernon, KY; sons-Jesse Dylan Jennings and Matthew Ralls Jennings both of Summerville; Parents; sister-Luci Jennings of Trion; brother-Russ Jennings of Rome. Memorial service will be Saturday, March 10th, at 5:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Mr. Russ Jennings officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:30 P.M. until the service hour. In lieu of flowers the Family request contributions to any public library in Don’s memory. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
MRS. IRENE HUNTER BRYANT, age 77, of Marvin Avenue-Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, morning in a Rome hospital. Born in Copperhill, Tennessee, She was a daughter of the late Lester C. and Lena Hunter Ledford. Mrs. Bryant was Baptist by Faith, retired from Defenders Company, and was preceded in death by husband, Floyd Bryant, son, William Bryant, and daughter, Diane Bryant. Surviving are daughters-Brenda Johnson of Dalton, Linda Mauldin of Lawrenceville, Shirley Morgan of Center, AL, and Ann Corbett of Richmond, VA.; sons-Robert Bryant, Terry Bryant, Bobby Bryant, and Stoney Bryant all of Summerville; half sister-Ruth Hamby; brother-Kelley Edgeworth both of Summerville; special friend-Roy Durham; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 11th, at 3 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Wright officiating, Interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Tommy Slaughter, Christopher Phipps, Joe Phipps, Jeffery Bryant, Billy Bryant, Steven Bryant, and Jason Bryant. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home. At other hours the Family will be at the residence of a grandson-Christopher Phipps #86 Savannah Lane, Summerville. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MRS. MARIE SPEER, age 57, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday morning in a Rome hospital following an extended illness. A native Chattooga Countian, She was born to the late Doyle and Evelyn Boatman Yarbrough, on November 30, 1954. Marie was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church, retired from Chattooga County D.F.C.S., and was preceded in death by her husband the late Steve Speer. Surviving are daughters & spouse, Lindsey Speer & Stacy Henderson of Summerville and Brittney (Colter) Sanford of Lyerly; grandchildren-Colton Daniel Sanford, Carlie Danielle Sanford, and Cason Bentley Sanford; mother-in-law-Martha Sue Speer of Summerville; sisters & spouses, Christine (Len) Chumbler of Gaylesville, AL. and Janice (Jimmy) Brown of Lawrenceville, GA; brothers & spouses, Duane (Debbie) Yarbrough of Lyerly and Byron (Kay) Yarbrough of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Don Knowles officiating, interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Mike Alverson. John Sterner, Robert Floyd, Harold Gordon, Ronnie Winters, and Jason Winters; Honorary Pallbearers all friends. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 1 until hour of service. Per Marie’s request, the Family ask flowers & food please be omitted and suggest contributions to the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MS. CATHERINE MANNING, age 74, of Lyerly, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012, in a Rome hospital. She was born in Chattooga County, Georgia on April 21, 1937 to the late Foster and Ruth Brewer Manning. A member of Lyerly United Methodist Church, Ms. Manning was retired School Teacher from the Floyd and Chattooga County systems. Surviving Christine Battles, Phyllis & Earl Battles, Robert Battles, Misty & Jim Colbert, Gracie & Madison Colbert, Miracle Battles, Dillan & Jessi Colbert, and Ted Fuller. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 1st, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating, interment in South Carolina Campground Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Robert Battles, Jim Colbert, Jason Newton, Michael Cabe, Carlton Battles, and Butch Newton. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 A.M. until the service hour. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, February 24, 2012

MRS. BETTY JUNE HELTON, age 85, of Rome, Georgia formerly of Chattooga County, passed away Friday (February 24, 2012) in a LaFayette nursing home. A native of Berryton, Georgia, She was born to the late Dallas and Virginia Koonce Berry on October 24, 1926. Mrs. Helton was a member of West Rome Baptist Church and was a secretary for the Rome News Tribune retired. She was preceded in death by husband the-late Alvin H. Helton, brother-the late Billy Berry, and nephew-the late John Berry. Surviving are daughters and son-in-law, Diane & Jehrome Myrick and Debbie Helton all of Trion; son-Phil Helton of Rome; grandchildren-Misty & Jason Copeland, Kristy Treadaway, Kevin & Kim Payton, Lauren & Robbie Womack, Jonathan Helton, and Carla Lucas; 7 Great Grandchildren; nephew-William Berry of Arizona. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 26th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Tommy Pledger officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Jason Copeland, Kevin Payton, Matthew Treadaway, Robby Womack, Jehrome Myrick, and Darryl Payton, Honorary Pallbearers Jonathan Helton and Shelia Kennedy. The Family will receive friends Sunday, from 1 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

REV. J. B. McNEIL, age 81, of Menlo, Georgia passed away Thursday morning (February 23, 2012) at His residence. A native of Franklin, Georgia He was born to the late H. A. and Bessie Brittain McNeil on June 25, 1930. Rev. McNeil was a member of the North Georgia Conference of United Methodist Church having pastored numerous Churches during his career. He was preceded in death by Parents and six Siblings. Surviving are His wife-Betty Jane McNeil; daughters-Nanci (Steve) Hicks of Cleveland, GA and Sarah (Steve) Widincamp of Menlo; sons-Britt (Melody) McNeil of Marietta and Lee (Jane) McNeil of Athens, GA; sister-Kitty Caldwell of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren-Kevin McNeil, Matthew McNeil, Jason McNeil, Kirsten McNeil, Anna McNeil, Rebekah McNeil, Nathan McNeil, Atticus Hicks, Annie Hicks, Susanna Brantley, Luke Brantley, Mary Ellen Widincamp; great granddaughter-Kendall McNeil; several Nieces and Nephews. Memorial service will be held Sunday (February 26th) 3:00 P.M. from the Rome First United Methodist Church with Rev Dr. Herschell Sheets, Rev. Jane Brooks, and Rev. Charles Barnes officiating. Visitation will be 1 til 2:30 P.M. Sunday @ the Church. The Family will receive friends Friday (today) from 5 until 7 P.M. @ Earle Rainwater Funeral Home; private burial Saturday in Campbellton United Methodist Church Cemetery. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, February 20, 2012

MRS. CHARLOTTE KAY TODD, age 70, of Highway #114-Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday morning (February 20, 2012) at her residence. Born in Chattooga County, Georgia on May 20, 1941, She was a daughter of the late Robert Johnson and the late Clara Hammitt Smith. Mrs. Todd was a member of the Pennville Church of Christ and a Beautician. She was preceded in death by her Parents, a brother-the late Robert Alvin Johnson, and a nephew–the late Danny Johnson. Surviving are Her husband John M. Todd; sons & daughter-in-law, Jeff & Cindy Todd of Summerville, John Todd, Jr. of Summerville, Britt Todd of Summerville, daughters & sons-in-law, Secret & Phil Ingle of Trion, Tara & Joey Jones of Trion.; sisters-Jackie Cain of Cloudland and Rita Brown of Cartersville; brothers-Terry Johnson of Summerville and Tony Johnson of Trion; grandchildren-Mandy Todd, Molly Todd, Levi Hatcher, Taylor Hatcher, Brier Ingle, Brittany Graham, Tabitha Todd, Bud Todd, Hayden Jones, Landon Jones, Austyn Todd, Jarin Blevins, Daniel Blevins, Ashley Blevins, and Logan Blevins; great grandchildren-Charli Todd, Cali & Cash Graham, Danalee Lively, Mylee and Bradlei Blevins; Step-father Jack Smith; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 22nd, at 2 P.M. from the Pennville Church of Christ with Minister Robby Eversole and Mr. Jeff Todd officiating, interment in Green Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers are Britt Todd, John Todd, Jr., Austyn Todd, Levi Hatcher, Landon Jones, Terry Johnson, and Tony Johnson. Visitation is Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at Pennville Church of Christ. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MR. EUGENE DENNEY, age 74, of Orchard Hill Road-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, February 9, 2012, evening at his residence following an extended illness. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, He was born on July 26, 1937. Mr. Denney was a Veteran of Korea serving in the U.S. Navy and was retired from law enforcement and the security industry. Surviving are His wife-Mary Carol Knowles Denney; daughters & sons-in-law-Teresa & Jimmy Collette of Lyerly and Sandra & Sherman Rutledge of Summerville; granddaughter-Salley King; brother-Art Denney of Huntsville, Al. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 12th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Russell & Rev. Terry Shores officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active pallbearers, Gene Noles, Rodney Dempsey, Jimmy Collette, Tim Daley, Chris Noles, and Shane Noles; honorary pallbearers, Billy Noles, Junior Noles, and Lloyd Noles. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, Saturday from 6 until 8 P.M. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Monday, February 6, 2012

MRS. JACQUELIN MARIE SCOTT, age 75, of Dalton, Georgia passed away Saturday night, February 4, 2012 in a Dalton hospital. Mrs. Scott was born in Rome, Georgia on June 22, 1937, a daughter of the late George Henry and Clarice Everett Johnson. Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by two brothers- Jerry Lee Johnson and Michael Henry Johnson. Survivors include her husband Bob Scott; daughter- Vicki Marie Scott of Dalton; sons- Robert Van Scott and Michael Lee Scott (Amy Lennette) all of Rome. Grandchildren- Johnathan Lee Scott, Christopher Michael Scott and Rebecca Marie Scott; dogs- B.J., Abbey and Lady. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 4 P.M., February 8th, from Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Graves officiating, interment in Oak Knoll Memorial Gardens. Active Pallbearers will be Michael Scott, Johnathan Scott, Tracy Rainwater, Ty Snyder, Brad Treglown and Clark McCalla. Visitation will be Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church from 2:00 P.M. until the hour of service. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home of Summerville in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

MRS. BETTY JEAN POWELL, age 78, of Mentone, Alabama passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012, in the local nursing home. A native Chattooga Countian, She was born to the late Dewey Karl and Susie Ann Rodgers Mitchell on October 8, 1933. Mrs. Powell was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, retired from the spinning department of Riegel Textile Corporation, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by husband the late Lawrence W. Powell, Sr. Surviving are daughter-Patsy McGarty of Rex, GA; sons-Sam White of Dallas, GA, Dennis White of Odgen, KA, LaVon White, Jr. of Memphis, TN, and Douglas Powell of Mentone; sisters-Orleane Miller of Flint, MI, Ann Brown of Trion; brothers-D.C. Mitchell, Jr. and Malcolm Mitchell both of Menlo, Glenn Mitchell of Trion, and Larry Mitchell of LaFayette; 15 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 5th, at 4:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Shores and Greg Ledford officiating, interment in Ami Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 P.M. until the service hour. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Friday, February 3, 2012

MR. JOHN GRADY RODGERS, age 85, of Trion, Ga. Passed away Friday afternoon in the local Nursing Home. Mr. Rodgers was born in Broometown, Alabama March 17, 1926, a son of the late John Newton and Verdie Beatrice Gardner Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers was a Member and Deacon of Central Avenue Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Navy, and a retired self-employed Carpenter. He was preceded in death by siblings: Jessie Rodgers, Don Rodgers, Wayne Rodgers, Bill Rodgers, Evelyn White, Winnie Robinson and Susie Mitchell. Survivors include his wife Willie Bell Rodgers; sister Luckie Bynum of Chattanooga, TN; brother -J. E. Rodgers of Colonial Heights, VA.; several Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday (February 5, 2012) at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. John Leatherhead officiating, interment in Howell Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Deacons of Central Avenue Baptist Church. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 – 6 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mrs. Dixie Y. Faulkner Brown, age 74, of Summerville, Georgia, Dry Creek Community, formerly of Conyers, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Born in Lulu, Georgia on April 29, 1937 She was daughter of the late Mable Jean Faulkner. Mrs. Brown was Mormon by Faith, was retired keypunch operator for Kraft Foods, and an avid gardner. Surviving are her husband-T.O. (Thadys) Brown; daughters-Cheryl Brown of Atlanta, Carol Brown Spring of Huntsville, AL., and Chiara Brown of Mobile, AL.; grandchildren-Cherika Brown, Chris Brown, Travis Lynn, and Desiree’ Spring; great granddaughter-Hazel Lynn. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 7th, from the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Jackson officiating, interment in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, GA. Visitation Monday 6 until 8 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, Summerville.
MRS. STELLA MAE THOMAS, age 88, of Rome, Georgia, formerly of Summerville, passed away Wednesday evening in a Rome hospital. A native of Walker County, Georgia, She was born to the late William P. and Zora Mae King Oliver on September 5, 1923. Mrs. Thomas was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was retired from sewing department of Best Mfg., and was preceded in death by her husband the late Rev. Hugh C. Thomas, a daughter the late Sandra Annette Thomas, and a number of Siblings. Surviving are daughters-Carol Magnusson of Rome and Faye Elrod of Gaylesville, AL.; son-Roger Thomas of Summerville; seven Grandchildren; ten Great Grandchildren; two Great, Great Grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 4th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Odom officiating, interment in Trinity Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Duane Thomas, Paul Williams, Terry Elrod, Scott Thomas, James Elrod & Jason Magnusson. Visitation will be Saturday at the Funeral Home from 12 noon until the service hour. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MR. PAUL E. KING, SR., 87, passed away the evening of January 30, 2012 after a short illness. He was married to Betty Hopkins King for 51 years who passed away in 2004. They are the parents of three children, Karen King Driskell of Alpharetta, Georgia, Jill King Riggs of Longwood, Florida, and Paul E. King, Jr. of Johns Creek, Georgia; they have five grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth King Abney of Rome also survive. Mr. King was a native of Menlo, Georgia. He came from humble beginnings being brought up by his mother after his father passed away when he was five years old. He attended North Georgia Military College and served in the Air Force as a Lieutenant during World War II. After returning home from Europe, he graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens, and began a long career in the life insurance industry in Atlanta. Later, his career took him to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he rose to the rank of President of Minister’s Life Insurance Marketing Group. In 1976 he relocated to Orlando, Florida with his family to start his own insurance agency, which he successfully ran for the balance of his career. Mr. King was a member of the Wekiva Presbyterian Church in Longwood, Florida for many years. The family will receive visitors, Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville, Georgia. Services will be held at 12:30 P.M. at the Alpine Community Church Menlo, Georgia, Rev. Tyler Downing officiating.

Monday, January 30, 2012

MRS. ERNESTINE V. BLEDSOE, age 91, of Summerville, Georgia, formerly of Pinehurst, Georgia passed away Thursday, January19, 2012, in Summerville. A native of Vienna, Georgia, She was born to the late Ernest L. and Bertie Walden Christmas on January 29, 1920. Before retirement Mrs. Bledsoe was City Clerk for the City of Pinehurst, Georgia and was a member of the Pinehurst Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband the late Thomas J. Bledsoe, sister-the late Evelyn Wadsworth, and son-in-law Guy Chambless III Surviving are daughters-Marie (Curt) Hutchinson of Chapin, S.C. and Edie Chambless of Summerville; sons-Ronnie (Dena) Bledsoe of Vienna and Bryce (Beth) Bledsoe of Unadilla, Georgia; brother-Ernest Christmas, Jr. of Vienna; grandchildren-Curtis Hutchinson, Ken Hutchinson, Guy Chambless, IV, Beth McCleskey, Tommy Bledsoe, Wendy Woodrum, Rhonda Arnold, Jeff Bledsoe, and Scott Bledsoe; thirteen Great Grandchildren. A celebration of Her life was held, on her birthday, January 29, 2012 in Pinehurst City Cemetery with a private service attended by her immediate Family, with Edie Chambless and Lee Guerry presiding. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

MRS. MARTHA SPEER HUNTER, age 82, of Gore Community, Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 28, 2012, at her residence. A native Chattooga Countian She was born to the late Robert Sterling and Annie Ruth Williams Speer on March 14, 1929. Mrs. Hunter was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and co-founder and Vice President of Hunter Furniture Company in Gore. Along with Her parents was preceded in death by a son the late James Robert Hunter. Surviving are her husband-James H. (Jim) Hunter; son and daughter in-law, John Clinton & Kristie Hunter of Subligna; grandchildren-Megan Jo Hunter, Clancey Paige Hunter, Emily Katelin Hunter, and John Clinton Hunter II; brothers-Bill Speer and Jerry & Shirley Speer of Summerville, Gore Community; Pam Dawson Hammonds. Funeral services will be held Monday January 30, at 2:00 PM at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gore with Rev. Jimmy Bryant officiating, interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jack Owings, Jeff Owings, Rick Maxey, Donald McGraw, Billy Kuzniak, and David Spurgeon; Honorary Pallbearers Jimmy Barron, Greg Shaw, Harold Gordon, Iva Kirby, Mary Frances Dawson, Shirley Maxey, Frances Holt, Frankie Gordon, Louise McColum, Betty Jean Owings, and Jimmy Hix. Visitation will be at the Funeral Home, Sunday January 29th, from 4 to 6 PM. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MR. DAVID WAYNE WILSON, age 52, of Blowing Springs Road-Menlo, Georgia passed away Wednesday evening, January 25, 2012, in a Rome hospital. A native of Trion, He was born to the late Dewey Wayne Wilson and the late Martha Sue Westbrook Hensley on April 2, 1959. David served in the U.S. Army from 1978 to 1981 and was retired Truck Driver for the Town of Trion. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by grandmother-the late Lois Westbrook. Surviving are His wife-Doris Wooten Wilson; daughter & spouse-April Wilson & Morgan Laney of Trion; son-Charlie David Wilson of Trion; sisters-Toni Wilson & Kevin Stanfield of Boaz, AL. and Shonda Hammontree of Rocky Face, GA.; grandchildren-Austen, Joshua, & Landon Wilson, Chandlar, Skylar, Brent, & Ashton Laney; step father-Charles Hensley of Trion; several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. John Mann and Mr. James Westbrook officiating, interment in Garrett Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Brian Saylors, Ricky Phillips, Patrick Strawn, Sammy Westbrook, Bobby Westbrook, Jimmy Saylors, O. J. Ford, and Butch-E Cordle. Visitation will be Saturday from 1 P.M. until the service hour at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

MRS. BETTY SPARKS, age 83, of Bankston Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday , January 19, 2012, in the local nursing home. A native of Trion, Georgia, she was born December 16, 1928, a daughter of the late James Robert Hill, Sr. and the late Navada Childers Hill. Mrs. Sparks was a member of the Church of God. She was preceded in death by sisters-the late Lorene Hardigree and Francis Turner and brother-Robert Hill, Jr. Surviving are daughters & spouses-Linda & Wayne Brown of LaFayette and Martha & O.W. Carpenter of Summerville; son & spouse-Terry & Maybell Sparks of Chickmauga; grandchildren-Shannon Stevens of Chickmauga, Amy Frazier of LaFayette, Matt Carpenter and Macy Dover of Summerville; great grandchildren-Ashley & Courtney Stevens, Graysen Dover, Calum, & Caden Carpenter, Anna Cobb, and Drew Frazier; sister-Hazel Howell of Nashville, Tennessee; special friend-Peggy Rosson. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 22nd, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Russell and Bro. Garland Hullender officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Chuck Frazier, Jeff Stevens, Benny Morgan, Howard Dillard, Phil McGuire, and Ed Campbell. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mrs. Velma L. Bridges, age 91, of Union Point, GA, formerly of Chattooga County, passed away Wednesday morning, January 18, 2012, in Union Point, Georgia. A daughter of the late Ellis and Addie Cargle Mathis, Mrs. Bridges was born April 11, 1920 in Little Sand Mountain, GA. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Gordon Lee Bridges, and a son, the late Bobby Leon Bridges. Mrs. Bridges was Baptist by faith and was a retired Delta Airlines Accountant. Survivors include two Grandchildren: Mark Wesley Bridges and Allison Lynn Barfield; two Great Grandchildren: Olivia Barfield and Josephine Barfield; and daughter-in-law, Nancy Bridges of Newnan, GA. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 1:00 P. M. from Graveside in Little Sand Mountain Cemetery with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, January 16, 2012

MRS. YVONNE MYRICK, age 75, of Trion, Georgia passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012, in a Rome hospital. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 23, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Chester Lee Phillips and the late Ovell Whitley Cordell. Mrs. Myrick was a member of North Summerville Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband the late William Thomas Myrick. Surviving are daughter-April Myrick Vaughn; son & daughter-in-law Jehrome (Diane) Myrick all of Trion; granddaughter-Misty Myrick Copeland (Jason); grandson-Jehrome Paul Vaughn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 2:00 P. M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Russell and Mr. Robert Speer officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Tony Wooten, Dennis Maddux, Danny Joe Spraggins, Ronnie Prince, Casey Mann and Chris Noel. Honorary pallbearers will be Dino Demonia, Mike Starkey, David and Angela Towe and the Senior Members of North Summerville Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the Funeral Home Tuesday from 12:00 noon until the hour of service. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MR. EUGENE STODDARD TAYLOR, JR., age 83, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012, in the local nursing home. A native of northwest Georgia He was born to the late Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Sr. and the late Adeline Wright Taylor on May 22, 1928. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Presbyterian Church, served in the U.S. Marines during Korea, and was a retired attorney-at-law. Surviving are daughter-Elizabeth Taylor Archer of Chattanooga; son-Eugene S. Taylor, III of Atlanta; granddaughter-Hannah Archer; grandson-Jamie Archer. Graveside service will be held Sunday, January 15th, at 2:00 P.M. in the Family lot of Summerville Cemetery with Rev. Mike Penson officiating. The Family will receive friends Sunday at the Funeral Home from 1 P.M. until the hour of service. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Eugene Stoddard Taylor, Jr.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

MR. JERRY N. PETTY, age 75, of Knollwood Circle-Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday night,(January 3, 2012) in a Rome hospital. A self-employed brick mason, Mr. Petty was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 19, 1936, a son of the late Cornelius Nathan & Thelma Blanton Petty. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kaila Corbin. Mr. Petty is survived by his wife Tennie Romine Petty of Summerville, a daughter and son-in-law Cecelia and Daniel Ford of Trion; sons and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Shelley Petty of Trion, and Thomas Petty of Summerville; sister- Rachel Rosso of New Orleans, LA; Granddaughters- Katie Ford, Alissa Leonard, Amanda Ford, Analee Ford, Hope Womack and Latalia Busby; several Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive. Funeral services will be Friday, January 6th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating, interment in Berryton Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Barry Wooten, Jackie Wooten, Daniel Ford, Wilton Snipes, Doug Sluder, and Bill Sluder. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00 P. M. until 8:00 P. M. at the Funeral Home. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.