Wednesday, January 16, 2019

James Larry Smith ("Junior")

James Larry Smith (“Junior”) passed away of natural causes in his home in Trion, Georgia on January 13, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Elsie Smith of Trion, Georgia.  Howard had been a supervisor for Riegel Textile Mills and Elsie had been a nurse for the Trion hospital.

Larry was survived by his two sons, Christopher Scott Smith of Gainesville, Ga., and Jamison Corey Smith of Lookout Mountain, Ga..  Also surviving him is his sister Patricia G. Pazol, R.N. of Gainesville, Ga..  Surviving him also are seven grandchildren:  Alexandria LeAnn Smith age 23 of Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., Jackson Corey Smith age 6 of Lookout Mountain, Ga., Matthew Ryan Smith age 25 of Gainesville, Ga., Bailey Caroline Smith age 23 of Gainesville, Ga., Jacob Aaron Smith age 20 of Gainesville, Ga., Lawson Belle Smith age 13 of Gainesville, Ga., and Nolee Sha Smith age 9 of Gainesville, Ga..  Also surviving are two nephews Joshua Lynn Pazol of Gainesville, Ga., and Anthony Kip Pazol of Gainesville, Ga..  Survivors also include two great nieces:  AnnaLee Marie Pazol age 17 of Gainesville, Ga. And Averie Taylor Pazol age 14 of Gainesville, Ga. and two great nephews: Austin Joshua Pazol age 28 of Gainesville, Ga., and Andrew Daulton Pazol age 25 of Gainesville, Ga.

Larry was a Christian and followed the Southern Baptist faith, although he was not a member of a church when he died.  He had recently returned to his home town of Trion, Georgia, where he had grown up and played football for the Trion Bulldogs when he was in high school.  Larry also attended Northwest Georgia Military Academy and Northwest Georgia College.  Larry was retired now, but he had been a businessman who had owned a number of businesses over the years including Volunteer Auto Mats of Chattanooga, Tn., and Smith Automotive Industries (SAI) of Dalton and Cohutta, Georgia.

He will be sadly missed by his family, his friends, and all those who knew him.  No one loved to laugh and talk more than Larry.  He will always be remembered as the cheerful, dynamic person that he had always been.

Memorial services to be announced later.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Mrs. Margaret York Langston

MRS. MARGARET YORK LANGSTON, age 75, of McCollum Street, Trion, Georgia passed away Friday afternoon, January 11, 2019, in a Rome hospital.  She was born in Summerville, Georgia on March 26, 1943 to the late Walter D. and Sally West York.  Mrs. Langston was a Christian, was retired nursing clerk for Oakview Nursing & Rehab Center, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Larry Hugh Langston on December 22, 2015.

            Surviving are daughters, Mickie Bradley of Trion and Becky Ownby of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; son, Jeff Langston of Virginia Beach, Virginia; grandchildren, Ethan Bradley, Hunter Bradley, Jimmy Ownby, Amber Langston, and Katie Langston; great grandchildren, Elliot Bradley and Jonah Bradley; sister, Mary LaFavor of Virginia Beach, Virginia; brothers, Larry York of Chatsworth and Dony York of Fort Worth, Texas; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

            Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 13th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in West Hill Cemetery with Ethan Bradley officiating.  Active Pallbearers Ethan Bradley, Hunter Bradley, Jimmy Ownby, Steve White, John Ownby, and David Langston; Honorary Pallbearers, Gene Langston, Reita Cabe, Nell Thomas, the Staff at Floyd Hospital 3 North, and Heyman Hospice.  The Family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.                                                                        

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mrs. Dixie Spraggins

Dixie Spraggins, 87, resident at Fite Living Center, Cartersville, GA (formerly of Trion, GA) passed away Monday, January 7, 2019. She was born on Aug 2 1931 in Lafayette, GA to the late Lizzie Bell and Joe Henry Purcell.
            Dixie is preceded in death by her husband D.F. Spraggins on November 6, 2005. Survivors are eight children: Linda (Leonard) Gandy of Cartersville, GA; David (Mary Lynn) Spraggins of Centre, AL; Diane (Tim) Walker of Jacksonville, FL; Wanda Spraggins of Cartersville, GA; Rose (Earl) Smith of Jacksonville, FL; Douglas (Janet) Spraggins of Trion, GA; Danny (Lori) Spraggins of Trion, GA; Mark (Pat) Spraggins of Trion, GA; 18 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-laws Jessie Purcell and Imogene Spraggins.
            Dixie loved her family and was a loyal friend and faithful Christian. Although, she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, the disease did not stop her caring actions. She continued to minister to those around her with kind words, notes, and scripture verses. She loved the cards she received from family and friends even after she was unable to read them. She never forgot the words to Amazing Grace and many of her favorite hymns.
            Dixie was a nurse by vocation and by nature. Her career began as a nurse’s aide at Trion Community Hospital. She completed LPN training at Dalton Vocational School while working for Dr. Joseph Brown, M.D. After receiving her license she worked for North Georgia Home Health, Shepherd Nursing Home, Riegel Textile, Best Manufacturing, Northwest Georgia Regional, and retired from Walker County Health Dept.
Dixie moved from her home in Trion to Fite Living Center in April 2011. She found ways to stay busy. She tended a flower garden outside her window. She picked her stethoscope back up and conducted weekly blood pressure checks for residents and staff. She helped with laundry when she could get away with it. She would have cooked if allowed.
Visitation will be held at Earle Rainwater Funeral, Summerville, GA on Wednesday, January 9th from 6 until 8 p.m.  A Memorial service celebrating the life of Dixie Spraggins will be held at the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 with Rev. Charlie Marus and Rev. David Autry officiating, interment in Trion Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be grandsons.
            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in to the Alzheimer’s
Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Dixie’s memory.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Helen Marie Oehler

HELEN MARIE OEHLER, age 83, of Milton Circle, Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019, at her residence.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, She was  born on January 26, 1935, was a daughter of the late Walter S. and Helen Schmidt Johnson.  Mrs. Oehler was an administrative assistant in health care, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late John Abbott, I.

            Surviving are daughter, Kathy Cusmano of Fla.; sons-Robert Abbott of Ohio and John Abbott of Summerville; Six Grandchildren and One Great Grandchild survive.

            In keeping with Mrs. Oehler’s wishes there will not be a formal service.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Mr. Hugh "Bo" Bohanon

MR. HUGH “BO” BOHANON, age 82, of Trion, Georgia, passed away Friday afternoon, January 4, 2019, at his residence.  He was born on December 21, 1936 to the late Gordon and Clara Riley Bohanon.  Mr. Bohanon was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and was an electrician. 

            Surviving are His wife, Mary Louise Bohanon; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Nida Bohanon and Waymon and Sally Bohanon; grandchildren, Casey and Jaclyn Bohanon, Chelsea Johnson, Courtney and Cory Barnes; great grandchildren, Dorian Johnson, Mylie Barnes, Mavrik Barnes, Avery Bohanon; several Nieces and Nephews.

            Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 6th, at 2:00 P.M. from graveside in Lyerly Cemetery with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating.  Active Pallbearers Casey Bohanon, Corey Barnes, Dan Logan, Benny Sprayberry, Jim Warnock, and Bill Bandy.  In lieu of flowers the Family suggest contributions to the Parkinson’s organization or American Cancer Society.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Hugh “Bo” Bohanon who passed away Friday.