Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mr. Dwight L. Hardin

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

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

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

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ms. Kathy Lynn McGuire

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mrs. Velva Mae Britt

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mrs. Willie Mae Lee

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 10, 2020

Marlyn Styles Meredith



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Mr. Claude Francis "Frank" Majors

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mr. Kelvin Clark (Casey) Jones

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

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

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

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.