Thursday, June 24, 2021
Surviving are daughter, Renee Meadows Ware (David); Son- Davin Meadows (Kristi); grandchildren, John Ware (Jessica), Brandon Meadows, Tom Meadows, Angel Meadows, Patrick Greene, Landon Wesson, Charity Greene, Brianna Greene; great-granddaughters, Sophia Keen and Addie Mae Ware; brother, Charles Wesson; aunt, Frances K. Ledford; uncle, Paul Kellett.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 27th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Tom Russell and Brother Tracy Espy officiating, interment in Perennial Springs Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Micha Lively, Zach Lively Ricky Johnson, Roger Wooten, Tye McGuire, Dillon McGuire, and Colman Ledford; Honorary Pallbearers, Billy Brown, Ike and Mary Henderson and the VFW Post #6688 Ladies Auxiliary. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the funeral home.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Linda Sue Meadows, who died Wednesday.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Surviving are son and spouse, Steve and Melody Whaley; sister and Spouse, Elaine and Phil Lamey; four Grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 15th, from 2 until 4 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with burial in the Family plot of Summerville Cemetery.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
November 27, 1957 – June 2, 2021
Jeffrey Gorman Gilley, 63, formerly of Athens, Georgia, died Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Cherokee County, Alabama of natural causes. He was born in Rome, Georgia on November 27, 1957, graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1980 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. The son of the late Clarence Gorman Gilley and Dorothy Slater Gilley of Summerville, Georgia, he was an accomplished attorney, historian, and outdoorsman.
Over the course of his 25-year career as a criminal defense and trial lawyer, he practiced with the deepest respect for his clients as human beings in need of counsel, the United States Constitution (a copy of which was almost always in his suit pocket), and the laws of Georgia. He served as a public defender upon graduation from law school, which led to extensive skill in criminal and civil litigation. While in Athens, he often provided legal work for many at little or no cost, including indigent clients, musical acts, and friends.
He is survived by three sons, John Porter Gilley, Samuel Cobb Gilley, Thomas Houston Gilley, of Athens, Georgia and by his stepson, Will Frame of Gainesville, Georgia. Also surviving are his sister, Carole Smith (Jim) of Versailles, Kentucky, his cousin Jan Cordle (Lann) of Summerville, nieces Ashley Keck and Andrea (Patrick) Abell, along with two great nieces, a great nephew, cousins, and many loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations made to Nuci’s Space, 396 Oconee St., Athens, GA 30601, an organization dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness and alleviating the suffering for those living with a brain illness. www.nuci.org.
A memorial celebration of Jeff’s life will be held in Athens, Georgia at a later date.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are His wife, Gloria Lynch Majors; daughter, Diana Blaszak; son, Gary Pavelka; brother, James Majors; seven Grandchildren, one Great Granddaughter; Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be held Monday, June 14th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Majors Cemetery, Menlo, Georgia, with Mr. Brad Majors officiating. Active Pallbearers, Brad Majors, Doug Majors, Todd Kaminer, Jason Wright, Eddie Massey, C. E. Massey; Honorary Pallbearers, Lee Massey, Mike Larkins, Gary Pavelka, Kody Kaminer, Parker Mitchell, and Frank Blaszak. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Chattooga County Animal Advocates, P. O. Box 220, Summerville, Georgia-30747.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. John Edward Majors who passed away Friday night.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
She met her husband, of nearly 72 years, when she was 15 and he was 18. Shortly after that, he entered the Army Air Corps. When the war was over, they married on June 22, 1947 and moved to Memphis while he finished school. Their first child, Jon, was born in Memphis. After her husband’s graduation, the family moved to Rome and stayed with relatives while her husband commuted to Summerville, opening his optometric practice.
Together they raised three children: Probate Judge Jonathan Marlin Payne, Marla Brock Payne Wise (Darrell), and Thomas David (Tommy) Payne (Sue). She adored her grandchildren: Patrick Payne, Chase Payne (Brandee), and Marlie Payne, Marisa Wise Parmer (Nathan), Darik Wise (Katie), Amy Payne Clifton (Chad), and Christopher Payne (Ashley). Her beloved great-grandchildren are Madalyn, Audrey, and Jake Clifton, Laney and Logan Payne, Harper Payne, Addison and Reece Wise, and Elise Parmer. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Betty Crotty and Mrs. Ann Williams, special cousin, Sammie Frye Dobson, and many much-loved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Probate Judge Jon M. Payne, sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Jimmy Carroll, her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Mary Lou Brock and two beloved nieces, Rebecca Carroll and Montyne Flint. She was a member if the Church of Christ and taught children’s and teen girls’ Bible classes for 27 years, primarily at Northside Church of Christ. Her home congregation was the Highway 27 South congregation in LaFayette, GA.
Mrs. Payne loved to travel and a favorite experience was a trip she and her husband took to the Kennedy Inauguration in 1961 as guests of newly elected U.S. Representative John W. Davis.
Mrs. Payne served as president of the Summerville Women’s Club, president of the Chattooga Garden Club, was a member of the Music Study Club, and secretary of the Summerville Elementary PTA. She was also active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as her children were growing up. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chattooga County Library Board and was a former Chairman of the Chattooga County Cancer and Heart Association Drives. She taught school at Summerville Elementary briefly and was her husband’s bookkeeper and office manager for many years. She was also a licensed real estate agent for a time. More recently, she was an active member of the local Red Hats group. Mrs. Payne was an ovarian cancer survivor and was always thankful that God allowed her more time with her family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 29th, at 2:00 p.m. from the Graveside, with Edward Ledford, Officiant, burial to follow in the Family Plot of Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Milford Morgan, Jim Hill, William Crouch, Jason Ledford, Ryan Ledford, Mike Allen, and Charles Williams, Jr.. Honorary Pallbearers will be Quinton Wilson, Sammy Strange, Buster Hollis, Gary McConnell, Chuck Tilley, and John Shamblin. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Navigators of Rome. Donations may be mailed to: 3 Central Plaza #415 Rome, Georgia 30161.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Montyne Brock Payne.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mrs. Nona Laura Ray Snow, age 98, Summerville, GA, formerly of Trion, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at a local hospital.
Mrs. Snow was born in Cherokee County, AL (Farill) on August 16, 1922, daughter of the late Columbus Washington Ray and the late Edith Mae Henderson Ray. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Snow, Sr., in 1965, two sons, Thomas W. Snow, Jr., in 2013 and James W. Snow in 2017, brother Columbus “Bud” Ray in 2018, sister Annie Mae Williams in 2020, and son-in-law, Raybon Williams, in 2018.
Mrs. Snow was retired from the Chattooga County School System as a lunchroom manager, serving at Summerville Elementary, Pennville Elementary, and Lyerly Elementary schools. She also worked at Riegel Textile in the 40’s and 50’s and the Trion Community Center “Y” in the 60’s and 70’s in the diner. Mrs. Snow was a long-time member of the Trion United Methodist Church serving in many capacities over the years.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Snow Williams of Gaylesville, AL, sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn Ivie Snow of Pensacola, FL., Kent and Barbara Snow of Ringgold, GA., Teresa Helms Snow of Trion, GA., David and Avis Snow of Subligna, GA., and Robin and Anna Snow of Pensacola, FL. Survivors also include 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the Trion United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 9th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM with a celebration service to follow at 2:00 PM. The Revs. David Autry and James Hannah will be officiating. Interment will follow at West Hill Cemetery in Trion, GA., for family only. Pallbearers include grandsons Gil Williams, Ashley Snow, Clayton Snow, Chris Snow, Jeremy Snow, Adam Snow, and Tom Snow. Honorary pallbearers include the church youth groups from the 1960’s and 70’s, Elizabeth Hall, Stanley Carpenter, and residents on Bittings Ave. in Summerville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be given to Trion United Methodist Church or to Camp Hamby. Please observe mask wearing and social distancing as needed. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home has the arrangements for Mrs. Nona Laura Snow.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mrs. Jennifer Kaye Phillips Fields, 41, of Armuchee, passed away at her residence on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Though unemployed at the time of her death, she worked for many years as a surgical technician in several hospitals, the most recent being Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, and Dekalb Medical Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. She especially enjoyed the field of orthopaedics and the work she did alongside Dr. B. (Bowerman) in Rome, Georgia.
Survivors include her loving husband, David Ryan Fields; son Hayden Luke Fields, daughter Olivia Ryan Fields, sister Jamie Phillips Forsyth (Kenneth) of Armuchee, parents Myles & Kathy Phillips of Armuchee; nieces Hannah Forsyth and Gracie Forsyth, and nephew Sam Forsyth.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:30pm at Little Sand Mountain Baptist Church cemetery located at 3655 South Little Sand Mountain Road in Armuchee, Georgia 30105.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville, Georgia has charge of arrangements.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Surviving are Her husband, Patrick Groover; daughters, Jamie Richey (Wayne) and Cherie Oliver (Bradley); sisters, Elaine Fanning (Roland) and Eileen Stallard; grandchildren, Christopher Oliver, Nicolas Oliver, Charis Richey, Brian Richey, and Brindley Richey; several Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 17th, at 1:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Mac McCurry officiating, interment in Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia. Active Pallbearers Steve Morrison, Gene Smith, Christopher Oliver, Nicholas Oliver, Brian Richey, and Larry Cook. Visitation Saturday (April 17th) from Noon until 1:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Margaret Brindley Christian Groover.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Surviving are daughters, Amber (Bobby) Farmer of LaFayette and Veronica (David) Waters of Chatsworth; son, Robert Brandon Headrick of Subligna; sister, Ann (Ronny) Smith of Rome; brother, Jerry (Teresa) Headrick of Summerville; several Grandchildren and three Nephews also survive.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 3rd, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Mills Family Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Crawford officiating.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Surviving are sister, Clara Elton Sharp; brothers, Tom Sharp, Jr., and Lamar Sharp (Anne); Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 25th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Dr. Paul Mason, Rev. Bruce Morgan, Rev. Mike Wallin, and Rev. Mike Evans officiating, interment in Oak Hill United Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers Justin Black, Taylor Parris, Ed Sharp, Bruce Rife, Sammy Vernon, and Tommy Vernon. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 until 5 P.M. at the Funeral Home.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Rev. John L. Sharp.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Surviving are husband, Robert (Bud) Love; daughter, Tammy (Curtis) Cleveland; step children, Phillip (Rebecca) Love and Phyllis (Wayne) Lee; grandchildren, Brandon Seymore and Sonja Price; great grandchildren, Ryan Price, Tucker Seymore, and Dawson Seymore; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 22nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Freddy Waldrop and Brother Jim Vanpelt officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Curtis Cleveland, Brandon Seymore, Phillip Love, Ryan Price, Wayne Lee, and Tom Vickery; Honorary Pallbearers, Rollette Evett, Tony Evett, Hugh Millican, Perry Doherty, Glenn Ezell, and the Ladies Sunday Scholl Class of Mount Zion Independent Church. Visitation, Monday afternoon from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Funeral Home. CDC guidelines of wearing masks and social distancing is appreciated.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Annie Ruth Evett Love.
Surviving are daughters, Doris Wilson of Menlo and Brenda (Greg) Woodall of Fiffe, Alabama; sons-Kenneth Wooten of Menlo and Donnie Wooten of Daytona, Florida; sisters, Carrie McDaniel and Betty Lynch; 7 grandchildren, April, Charlie, Van Crystal, Matt, Hayley, and Brian; great grandchildren, Austen, Chandlar, Skylar, Brent, Ashton, Milie, Joshua, Landon, Waylon, Braylin, Mavrick, Dixie, Journie, Kenzie, Ryder; great great Granddaughter, Hensley; several Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 23rd, at 4:00 P.M. from Graveside in Garrett Cemetery with Rev. John Mann officiating. Active Pallbearers Charlie Wilson, Morgan Laney, Matthew Wooten, Joshua Wilson, Chandlar Laney, and Skylar Laney.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Hoyt Miles Wooten who passed away Friday.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Surviving are His wife, Nancy Morehead; daughters, Melanie Morehead Eubanks (U. B.) and Rosemary Morehead Rush (Bobby); grandchildren, Matt Eubanks, Jeff Eubanks, Rozellyn Evans, Suzannah Eubanks, Lauren Lively, Morgan Hardeman, and Alexa Morris; Twelve Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.
Private Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 20th, with Rev. John Paul Harris officiating, inurnment in Summerville Cemetery. The Family request no flowers and suggest contributions to Horizon Baptist Fellowship.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. O. G. Morehead, Jr.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Mrs. Day was born on September 14, 1925 in Chattooga County to the late Nellie Hicks Hendrix and Glenn Hendrix. She was a long time, devoted member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Mary Nell loved to attend area wide singings and delighted in fellowship with other Christians. She always had a sweet smile and was known for her delicious chocolate cakes.
After graduating Trion High School, she worked for many years as a cashier at Riegel Textile Corporation.
She is survived by her sister Jean Bain of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Thurman Day, November 2020 and their precious daughter, Glenda Jane Day, April 1960.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 13th 2021 at West Hill Cemetery in Trion, GA at 11:00 A.M., with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Nell Hendrix Day.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Bobby Lee Cook, one of America's most celebrated lawyers, died peacefully at his mountain home in Cloudland, Georgia, on February 19th, surrounded by family. He was 94.
Bobby Lee was born in Chattoogaville, outside the small northwest Georgia town of Lyerly, on February 12, 1927, where he was raised in a home without running water, helping run the family's modest grocery store and keep up with the farm chores. From this rural beginning, however, the son of Paul Cook and Alma Edge Cook embarked on a life's journey that few could have then imagined. He took his first step into the wider world when, as a teenager, he enrolled in Gordon Academy a military school, where he learned the value of personal discipline, duty, and a robust education.
These values were further shaped by World War II. As soon as he graduated from high school, he lied about his age (then only 17) to enlist in the Navy. He first saw the Atlantic Ocean from St. Simons, Georgia on his way to combat in the Pacific. He never forgot that sight, which kindled a lifelong love of the Georgia Coast, and he later would buy homes on Sea Island, Georgia. During Naval training in New Orleans, Cook was also struck by how one would see ships burning off the coast on nearly a nightly basis. He boxed in the Navy, honing his innate fighting spirit which he never lost.
Peacetime brought new transitions that each played key roles in the rest of this life. First, he continued his education: Upon returning from the War, he attended the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt Law School. Second, he found his life partner. Bobby Lee married June Hays on June 8th, 1948, in Summerville, Georgia, a true June wedding that started a sixty-seven-year partnership.
Bobby Lee began his law practice in 1949 in Summerville, Georgia, and that practice from its inception represented his values: personal discipline, erudite temperament, duty to others, justice for all people from all walks of life, and (not the least important characteristic) an indomitable fighting spirit. He represented labor unions when it was unpopular, and moonshiners when it might not have been convenient. As his practice grew, word of his abilities spread, and he developed a reputation as a talented and successful trial lawyer.
While Bobby Lee served in the Georgia Legislature and once ran for Congress, his calling truly was in the courtroom. As time went on, he was called there by many, some of whom paid substantial six and seven figure fees for his skilled advocacy. He represented the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, Robert Vesco, C.H. Butcher, Jr., Mike Thevis, Daniel Paradies, and, for decades, was hired for, or consulted on, nearly every high-profile case in Georgia. His practice went on to transcend Georgia. Among the more than a hundred and fifty acquittals he achieved in murder cases during his career, he won murder trials in Germany and Vietnam, and his career is believed to have inspired the television show Matlock. One of his more colorful cases, in Savannah, is chronicled in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Among all of these cases, though, perhaps the one he was most proud of was the Matthews murder case. That case embodied his abiding sense that justice should never, ever be denied to anyone from any walk of life. Cook spent over $50,000 of his own money and years of his career to overturn murder convictions wrongfully obtained in Cobb County, Georgia.
He walked with kings, but never lost the common touch. Though he was friends with and socialized with Justice Douglas, others on the Court, numerous politicians, dignitaries and business leaders, Cook never forgot his roots. On Saturday mornings, he opened his office doors to local residents for whom he offered his counsel, usually at no charge. Cook was also a tireless and gifted teacher and mentored numerous younger lawyers, spoke at uncounted seminars and was generously giving of his time to others working to solve thorny issues encountered in their own cases. He was a tireless worker and early riser, and often instructed colleagues "Call me tomorrow morning at 7.”
Bobby Lee Cook was recognized with lifetime achievement awards by both the National and Georgia Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Georgia State University College of Law School's 2017 Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Public Service Award, GreenLaw's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Small Town Lawyer Made Good Award, (presented by the State Bar of Washington), inducted into the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, and many more countless other awards too numerous to list.
Even while these well-deserved honors accumulated, he never lost his razor-sharp wit. His award from GACDL included the honor of having his portrait hung in the Georgia Supreme Court. When presented with this, Cook quipped, “I’d rather be hung in the Supreme Court than by the Supreme Court.” Similarly, while he always appreciated the recognition, Cook never rested on his laurels. He practiced law until virtually the time of his death. He was universally recognized as the dean of criminal defense lawyers in Georgia, and his death is mourned across the country.
Bobby Lee was predeceased by his wife, June, his son Bobby Lee Cook, Jr., and his son-in-law Lewis Branch Sutton Connelly and Roger Wheeler Williams. He is survived by his daughters Kristina Cook Graham and Sara Cook Williams; his grandchildren, Sarah Holston O’Reagan. Jessica Wheat Cook Hale, Christopher Sutton Connelly, Jeffrey Scott Connelly, Sarah Elizabeth Connelly Turner, and Anna Lee Williams Jones; great-grandchildren, Patrick Aidan Fell, Morgan Aeron Cook Hale, Lillian Grace Connelly, Fiona Bess Connelly, Branch Hays Connelly, Thomasin June Connelly, Vivian Hays Jones, and Olive Kristina Connelly Turner.
Due to coronavirus concerns and the safety of others, it was Bobby Lee's wish that his funeral be confined to a private family service. A more fitting memorial service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Boys and Girls Club of Chattooga County, P.O. Box 636, Summerville, Ga. 30747, or Georgia State College of Law, Office of Development, P.O. Box 4037, Atlanta, Ga. 30303. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Betty graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA in 1946. She said that her first night at Berry, she was more homesick than any time she could remember, but the next day began a wonderful adventure. At Berry, Betty was active in theater, playing Jo in the school’s production of Little Women. And when the yearbook photographer left school for the Army, she stepped in and took and developed all the yearbook pictures. After graduating from Berry, she stayed for a year as the assistant to the Dean of Women. During that year, she met Malcolm Thomas, a Summerville native who had recently returned from military service. Betty and Malcolm were married in 1947 at Berry’s Frost chapel.
Betty and Malcolm settled in Summerville with their son Steve, and later welcomed the arrival of daughters Celia and Carol. Their lives in Summerville were marked by deep ties to family, church, and friends. Gatherings at Lake Weiss filled many summer days, with picnic baskets, life jackets, and folding chairs set out for visiting. Betty submitted to gentle pressure and learned at the lake to waterski but liked to say that the best part was that she never had to do it again. Betty became a teacher when Carol entered school, and fifth and sixth grades were her calling. She was dedicated and loved by her students, and after retiring she took pleasure in being approached by former students with a warm hello and thank you. She and Malcolm enjoyed traveling after they both retired and their trips sometimes began with “Let’s go to Dover (Air Force Base) and see where the next ‘Space Available’ flight is headed.” When that once resulted in planning for Switzerland and winding up in Greece--not a good climate match--she said that was half the fun.
She was a devoted partner, supporting Malcolm when he became ill and grieving his loss. Betty was a woman of deep and abiding faith. Her church became especially important to her after Malcolm’s death and she was a founding member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship. She especially connected with the social ministry of the church, actively participating in providing food and responding to other critical needs in the community. She also warmly welcomed visits from her children and grandchildren, and always greeted their arrival with fresh brownies which did not last long. When, in 2011 Betty moved to Nashville to be near two of her children, moving away from that Horizon community was perhaps the hardest part. But she was lovingly welcomed and took great joy in being near family. And she appreciated the caring community she found at Park Manor/Abe’s Garden where she lived.
Betty was unfailingly gracious. She exhibited a warmth and caring that was remarkable for its consistency and genuineness. She was loath to speak ill of anyone and pinned to her kitchen bulletin board decades ago a poem called “The Critic,” which cautioned against criticizing others because their circumstances were not fully known. Betty was a beautiful woman who understood that true beauty comes from within.
Betty is survived by her children Steve Thomas (Jeanne) and Carol West (Olin) of Nashville and Celia Thomas of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jim Thomas (Sloan), Clayton Thomas, Robert West (Rachel), and Emily West of Nashville and William Martindale of Washington, D.C., and step-grandchildren Tracy Brockhouse (Zach) of Portland Me., Hunter West (Jinanne) of Nashville, and Charlotte Middleton (Shane) of Reston, Va. Great-grandchildren are Holden and James Thomas, and step great-grandchildren are Annabelle and Elliott Brockhouse, Annelise, Hollis, and Anson West, and Austin and Tallin Middleton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Malcolm Thomas, her parents, and her siblings Robert Lott, Jane Verdel, and Sarah Townes.
The family will have a graveside service. There will be a memorial service to honor Betty’s life at a later time when it is safe to gather. Those who wish may direct a memorial contribution to Horizon Baptist Fellowship, 1216 HWY 114, Summerville, GA 30747. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Surviving are nieces and nephews, Jane Parker, Kay Worsham, Dale Housch, William Wayne Bankey, Sue Beall, Yvonne Flowers, Ronnie Housch; several Great Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 21th, at 2:00 P.M. from the Trion United Methodist Church with Rev. David Autry, Rev. James Hannah, and Rev. Ronnie Flowers officiating, interment in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jeremy Worsham, Erick Housch, Ben Housch, Derek Parker, David Parker, and Jason Flowers. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Church. Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trion United Methodist Church.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MISS WILLIE FRANCES HOUSCH.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Brother Jimmy was born in New Albany, MS. on July 14, 1940, the son of the late Carl Clyde Bryant, Memphis, Tn., and Jewel Roberts Martin, Tupelo, Ms. He was a former on-air personality at WVOM Luka, MS. and WBIP, Booneville, MS., where he was known as Booneville’s Morning Mayor. He served the City of Summerville as Seat Four Councilman for two terms before retiring. In the later part of his second term, he served as Interim Mayor following Summerville’s mayor’s retirement. One accomplishment that he was proud of was getting a Basketball Court located in the West Summerville area. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy and a member of the Disabled American Veteran’s Post #6, Marietta, GA. He served several terms as Moderator of the Chattooga Baptist Association and several terms as a Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee member and the Georgia Baptist Foundation. As long as health permitted, he had a live Facebook broadcast, “Adventures Through God’s Word,” the preaching ministry of Jimmy Bryant each Sunday. He was a regular writer for the GoodNews Christian Magazine, Rome, had articles published in Church Administration Magazine, authored a book, “Confessions of A Baptist Minister,” and a booklet, “When The Story of my Life Is Told.”
In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by a half-sister, Betty Lois Martin
Campbell. Brother Jimmy is survived by his wife, The love of his life and greatest companion, caregiver, and best friend, Esther Timbes Bryant, Summerville; The Bryant’s enjoyed a wonderful life together for 60 years; two sons, Michael Carl Bryant (Susan), Summerville and James Alan Bryant (Diane), Lyerly. Three grandchildren, Brandi Nicole Pierce, Summerville, Jessica Diane Willingham (Adam), Lyerly; James Aaron Bryant (Katie), Oxford, AL.; Two great-grandchildren, Reed James Willingham, Lyerly and Avery Ann Willingham, Lyerly and a host of fellow laborers and special friends.
During 56 years of ministry, he pastored Seven churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. One of those churches was South Summerville Baptist for almost seventeen years. He also served two churches as interim Pastor; Mount Pisgah in Ringgold, Pleasant Grove in Summerville where he served for just over 14 years.
He attended Booneville High School, was a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Junior College Booneville, MS, Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS; Graduate work at the University of North Alabama, Florence, AL.
Funeral Services for Rev. Jimmy C. Bryant will be conducted from the First Baptist Church, Summerville, Georgia Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm with Mr. Tom Underwood, a dear friend and Deacon at a former church, his son, Michael Carl Bryant, and granddaughter, Jessie Willingham officiating. Active pallbearers will be Aaron Bryant, Adam Willingham, Jerry Mixon, Scott Everett and Ray Davis, and Sam Jones. Honorary pallbearers are friends at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and South Summerville Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery. The Family will receive friends at the church Friday from 12:30 – 2:30.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Rev. Jimmy C. Bryant.
MAZIE CROW PURCELL, 102, of Summerville, passed away at home surrounded by family, Monday, February 15, 2021. Born in Sandy Cross, Franklin County, Georgia, on July 5, 1918, she was the third child of Revie James and Noah Simpson Crow.
She attended Habersham College and John Hopkins University. During WWII, she served with Civil Service, first in Baltimore, Maryland, and later in Anniston, Alabama, from 1941-1947 as a corps driver for dignitaries visiting the Munitions Ordnance Depot.
She was a member of Summerville First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Purcell worked for Wright Garment Company, Georgia Rug Mill and Jackson's Drug Store as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed genealogy and sponsored participants in the Crow DNA project. She assisted in research for the publication of The Purcells of Georgia with her husband Maylon H. Purcell and Dr. Claude Purcell. She was a member of the Joseph Habersham DAR Chapter and Alfred Holt Colquitt UDC Chapter.
Mrs. Purcell was preceded in death by her husband, Maylon H. Purcell, siblings: Lucius Crow, Imogene Hobbs, Christopher Barton Crow, Tokee Toler, James Crow, Barbara Ann Saylors, and Jerry Crow. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Purcell Hyte of Atlanta and Kathy Purcell Floyd (Gary) of Cartersville; grandchildren are Jamie Brown (Eric), Noah Hyte, Rebekah Hyte, and Louis Hyte and two great-grandchildren, James Brown and Alexander Brown.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Summerville First Methodist Church for Children's Ministry.
A graveside ceremony will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, at 1 pm, with masks and socially distancing. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, in Summerville and Pruitt Funeral Home, in Royston are in charge of arrangements.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Surviving are daughters, Jeanne Lenderman Copeland (Dewayne) and Nancy Lenderman McConkey (Roger, Sr.); son, Dr. Benny Lenderman; sisters, Wylene Perry Bynum (Fred) and Montyne Perry Thompson (Verlon); grandchildren, Angela Johnson Veitch, Melissa Johnson Queen, Amanda Johnson Peters, Roger McConkey, Jr., and Lance McConkey; great-grandchildren, Caleb Veitch, Gracelyn Veitch, Alexandra Peters, Thomas Peters, Alex Queen, Aubrey McConkey, and Roger (Liam) McConkey, III; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Private graveside service will be held Saturday, February 13th. Interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, with Dr. Kenneth Summey and Rev. Sean Wegener officiating. Active Pallbearers Roger McConkey, Jr., Lance McConkey, Roger McConkey, Sr., Dewayne Copeland, Kevin Queen, and Matt Veitch; Honorary Pallbearers Verlon Thompson, and Fred Bynum. The Family request no food and in lieu of flowers suggest contributions to Gideons International or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Emye (Ma) Lenderman.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Surviving are his wife, Teresa Craig Williamson; son, Billy Wayne Williamson; father, Billy Ray Williamson; sisters, Glenda Sue Goodson, Deborah Elaine Prince, Sandra Darlene Hubbard, Tammy Gentry, and Darlene Elizabeth Metcalf; brothers, George Miller, Terry Miller, and Roger Williamson; grandchildren, Tyler Wayne Williamson, Jacob Allen Williamson, and Skyrah Kaylyn Williamson; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 1 p.m. from the Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Pastor Barry Brown and Rev. Leon Craig officiating. Active Pallbearers are Randy Wilson, Bubba Wilson, Hugh Teague, Shorty Craig, DJ Craig, and Charles Hubbard. Honorary Pallbearers are Logan Todd, Kim “Tim” Teague, Jess McManamy, Daniel Metcalf, Tyler Williamson, and Jacob Williamson.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Gary Wayne Williamson who passed away Wednesday.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Surviving are His wife of 72 years, Juanita Brown Reynolds; daughter and spouse, Becky McWhorter-Wright (Jim); daughter-in-law, Kathryn Nix Reynolds; grandchildren, Derek Reynolds, Casie Witherspoon, Alyse Wilcox, and Hampton McWhorter; great-granddaughter, Blakely Wilcox; brothers, Bob Reynolds and Cecil Reynolds; several Nieces and Nephews.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. William Leric Reynolds.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
MR. JAMES IVAN BENNETT, SR., age 68, of Gore-Subligna Road-Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his residence. Mr. Bennett was born in Summerville, Georgia on April 21, 1952, son of the late James C. and Nelda Mae Williams Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a mechanic and farmer; he was a member of Sonrise Community Church and President of Chattooga County Gideons International Camp.
Surviving are His wife, Jan Bennett; sons-James I. Bennett, Jr., Blake (Lauren) Elsberry, Mark Elsberry (Mallory Crump); daughters, Sarah (John) Dawson, Rebecca Guinn (Josh Dillard), Erin (Adam) Jackson; Two Sisters; 15 Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 9th 2021 at 11:30 a.m. from the Sonrise Community Church with Mark Smith and Chip Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Sonrise Community Church Building Fund or to Gideons International in Mr. Bennett’s memory.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. James Ivan Bennett, Sr.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Surviving are her son and his spouse, Scott & Christy Smith of Summerville, granddaughters, Aubrey JoyAnn Smith and Rachel Elizabeth Smith, and also a very special friend, J.T. Rich. Ann was a friend to all and her generosity was known by many throughout her community.
A Private Graveside service will be held in her honor.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Alice Ann Hood Smith Campbell.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
MR. EDDIE RAY TEAGUE, age 77, of Orchard Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday morning, December 20, 2020, in a Rome hospital. Mr. Teague was born in Chattooga County, Georgia on April 18, 1943, to the late Charlie and Dellia Ester Busby Teague. He was Baptist by Faith, retired machine operator for Mohawk Industries, and in addition to his Parents was preceded in death by his wife the late Geneva Espy Teague on October 25, 2019 and a son, the late Jeffery Lynn (Jeff) Teague on December 3, 2019.
Surviving are son, Ray Teague; sister, Shirley Hughes; grandson, Cody Teague; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral and interment service will be held 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 22, 2020, from Graveside, in West Hill Cemetery at Trion; with Rev. Wayne Pace officiating, Pallbearers, Tye McGuire, Tony Dowdy, Scott Hughes, Cory Espy, Bryan Rogers, and Tracy Rogers.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Eddie Ray Teague.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Surviving are his son, Scott Millican; sister, Sandra (Jerry) Sparks and Niece, Lisa (Chris) Davis.
Private graveside and interment service for Mr. Millican will be held Saturday, December 19th from West Hill Cemetery with Rev. John Paul Harris officiating; Pallbearers will be Spence Davis, Steiner Davis, Chad Millican, Jerry Sparks, and Scott Millican.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Thomas Ralph Millican.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Surviving are companions, Janet Murdock and Kayla Cooper; children, Kathy Kirby, Savannah Cooper, Lynn Cooper, Kylie Huggins, Junior Huggins, Kassidy Cooper, and Nevaeh Cooper; Two Grandchildren; half sister, Beth Hamby; brother, Billy Ray (Ashley) Collins; Nieces and Nephews, Tammy Hamby, Stephanie Hamby, Anthony Hamby, Stephen Hamby, Bryson Goforth, Noah Goforth, Jackson Goforth.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 13th, at 3:00 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Rev. Ray Caldwell and Rev. Bill Towe officiating. Pallbearers will be Kebo Smith, Randy Tucker, Jimmy Murdock, Adam McGraw, Tanner Spears, Eddie Murdock, Jacob Caldwell, Ray Ray Caldwell, Jeffery Caldwell, and Ethan Caldwell.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Roy Elliott “Pete” Huggins.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
At 1:00 p.m., December 6, 2020 Mrs. Molly Willingham Alverson yielded her earthly body and struggles and received her new and glorified body in Heaven. She was greeted there by her Mother, Shirley Stricklin Willingham and Father John Edd Willingham; Grandparents, Sam and Frances Stricklin and John B. and Stella Willingham along with countless other beloved family members.
She is survived by her family whom she loved immeasurably: her Husband of 30 years, Michael Alverson, whom she married December 29, 1990; her Children, April (Leroy) LuAllen, Melisha (Jimmy) Porter; Grandchildren, Landyn Durham, Brooklyn Durham, Bryanna Wallin, Kristopher Wallin, and Great Granddaughter, Athena Shropshire; Brother, Eddy Willingham along with Nephews and Nieces, Adam (Jessi) Willingham, Jesse (Abbigail) Willingham, Sarah (Garrett) Hurley, Joshua Willingham; Great Niece and Nephews, Reed Willingham, Avery Willingham, and Rett Hurley.
Mrs. Alverson was born in Rome (Floyd County) Georgia on March 15, 1963 and made Chattooga County her home her entire life. She retired from Hayes Correctional Facility in 2019 after 29 years. Her co-workers there in accounting were a second family and always held a special place in her heart. She was a member of Perennial Springs Baptist Church. She also leaves behind 3 life long friends, Cheryl (Kendrick) Mobbs, Kathy (Hawkins) Simms, and Kathy (Barfield) Marquez.
A Private Graveside Service will be shared with her mother at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Greenhill Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are Landyn Durham, Kristopher Wallin, Adam Willingham, Jesse Willingham, Joshua Willingham, and Garrett Hurley. Officiating the service will be Brother Tom Russell, Perennial Springs Baptist Church. In Lieu of flowers, The Family Request donations be made to any local Children’s Charity in Memory of Mrs. Molly Alverson.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Molly Willingham Alverson.
Friday, December 4, 2020
At 12:05, December 2, 2020, MS. SHIRLEY STRICKLIN WILLINGHAM journeyed across the River Jordan to her Heavenly Home, where she joined her parents, Sam and Francis Stricklin, brothers and sister, Grant Stricklin, Molly Ragan, Sammy Stricklin, Jimmy Stricklin, Sr., and infant William D. Stricklin; the father of her children, John Ed Willingham, daughter-in-law, Patti Thompson Willingham, and long time companion, Ray Hall.
She is survived by one brother, James (Rachel) Stricklin; sisters-in-law, Peggy Stricklin and Janice Stricklin; one son, Eddy Willingham, and one daughter, Molly (Mike) Alverson; grandchildren, Adam (Jessi) Willingham, Jesse (Abbigail) Willingham, Sarah (Garrett) Hurley, Joshua Willingham, April (Leroy) Luallen, Melisha (Jimmy) Porter; great grandchildren, Landyn Durham, Brooklyn Durham, Bryanna Wallin, Kristopher Wallin, Reed Willingham, Avery Willingham, and Rett Hurley; great great granddaughter, Athena Shropshire; and a host of Nieces and Nephews, that she adored.
Ms. Willingham was born in Savannah (Hardin County), Tennessee on September 30, 1936, before her family moved to Chattooga County in the early 1940’s. Ms. Willingham retired as City Clerk in 1999, after serving the City of Summerville for 44 years. Her co-workers there were a second family, and always held a special place in her heart. She was a member of Perennial Springs Baptist Church, but had attended Dry Valley Baptist Church her last few years with her family, where she was a member of the Grace Sunday School Class. Ms. Willingham faithfully served our Veterans as a member of the Chattooga County Ladies Auxiliary VFW for many years. She was awarded Gold Circle membership in 2015.
A Private Graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Greenhills Memory Garden. Pallbearers are Adam Willingham, Jesse Willingham, Joshua Willingham, Garrett Hurley, Landyn Durham, Kristopher Wallin. Officiating the service will be Brother Tom Russell, Perennial Springs Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the Family request donations be made to the Summerville Mainstreet Program, in Memory of Ms. Shirley Willingham.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Ms. Shirley Stricklin Willingham.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Surviving are Her husband, William Bryant; mother, Annie Sue Matthews; daughters, Crystal Maton and Deborah Austin; son, Bud Bryant; sisters, Marie Long, Darlene Jordan, and Diane Smith; Eight Grandchildren, One Great Grandchild; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be held Monday, November 30th, at 1:00 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Rev. David Long officiating; active pallbearers, Jimmy Lowe, Justin Lowe, Jimmy Jordan, Clay Brown, Matthew Austin, Jimmy Nixon, Casey Jennings, and Robert Warren.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. DEBORAH MATON BRYANT.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Surviving are His wife, Gail Shaw; daughters, Anna Gary, Aquilla White, April Shaw, Lisa Shaw, and Lynn Hill; son, Alton Shaw, Jr.; sister, Betty Ryan; Eleven Grandchildren, Three Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral and Interment services will be Private, with interment in the Family Plot of Cave Spring Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jerry Gary, Todd White, Bryce Blackmon, Timothy Shaw, Eddie Shaw, and Randy Hill.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Alton Luther Shaw, Sr. who died Sunday.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Surviving are Her husband, John Sterner; daughter, Alanna J. Sterner; and son, Mason D. Sterner; aunt, Linda Greene; special cousins, Cecila and Craig Holt and Susan Brooks; special friends, Ken and Carol Fries and Ann McCollum.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 22nd, at 3:00 P.M. from Antioch Baptist Church with Pastors Brian Butler, Jimmy Bryant, and Miles Phillips officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Alan Smith, Rusty Wilson, Tommy Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Randy Wilson, and Bobby Purcell; Honorary Pallbearers Associates of Southeastern Pathology. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until 3 P.M. at Antioch Baptist Church, Big Texas Valley Road, Rome, Georgia. The Family request no flowers and suggest contributions to Antioch Baptist Church or Cancer Navigators of Rome.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS. RHONDA PETTYJOHN STERNER who passed away early Saturday.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Surviving are daughter, Phyllis M. Brown; son, Charles R. (Chuck) Marks; grandchildren, Douglas (Maxx) Brown, Kristopher (Katie) Marks, Erin (Tyler) Pledger, and Charlie Marks; eleven Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.
A Funeral service will be held at a later date.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Mr. Day was born on April 15, 1925 in Chattooga County to the late Annie Mae Nunn Day, and George J Day Sr. He was as member of the Pleasant Grove church of Christ where he served as the song leader for many years.
After graduating from Trion High School, Mr. Day enlisted in the US Navy in July 1943 and served his country during WWII. Prior to his retirement, he was a manager in the cloth room at Riegel Textiles.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mary Nell Hendrix Day and one sister Charlotte (Jimmy) Hall along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his precious daughter Glenda Jane Day.
He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters Myrtle Day Young, Magalene Day Higgins, Leroy Day, Christine Day Googe and George Day.
A private family graveside service will be held at West Hill Cemetery in Trion, GA with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pleasant Grove church of Christ.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Montez is survived by daughter Kaye Greer and her husband, Preston; two beloved grandchildren, William Benjamin Greer and Kailen Laura Greer; one sister, whom she loved dearly, Joan Wilson Renslow; she is also survived by a host of Nieces, Nephews, great Nieces, and great Nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 12th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with Ministers Bill Thomas and Tim Evans officiating. Active Pallbearers will be nephews Rex Evans, Tim Evans, Quinton Wilson, Mike Wilson, Jamie Renslow, Gary Duke, Kyle Duke, and Tracy Rainwater; Honorary Pallbearers, the members of South Commerce Church of Christ and Tony Jones, and Mike Stull. Flowers are appreciated or contributions to Georgia Agape, #3094 Mercer University Drive-Suite #200, Atlanta, GA.-30341 or South Commerce Church of Christ, P.O. Box #167, Summerville, Georgia-30747.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Montez Wilson Gladney.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Surviving is His loving wife, Rhonda Lynn Stroup; son, Charlie Joe Stroup (Aubrey); steps sons, John Nicholas Robinson (Sierra) and Ethan Tyler Robinson (Chelsey); grandchildren, Rory Stroup, Maura Stroup, Aiden Robinson, and Lincoln Robinson.
A Private Funeral service will be held Wednesday at the Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Sheriff Mark Schrader, Chief Deputy Kevin Woods, and Pastor Joel Smith officiating, entombment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Pallbearers, Steve Tucker, Jeremiah Tucker, Zach Pettett, Jason Burrage, Caine Railey, Brian Tucker, and B. J. Montgomery; Honorary Pallbearers include the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and Chattooga County Jail Staff. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Widows Fruit Fund at Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangement for Captain Eddie Lee Stroup, who passed away Saturday.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Surviving are son, Jackie Blackmon; grandchildren, Jason Hix, Russell (Kristen) Branch, Randy (Ashley) Justice, Angela (Ron) Langford, Cherrie Miller; great grandchildren, Vincent (Emily) Hix, Angel Hix, Dylan (Jamie) Branch, Cheisey Highfield, Cheyenne Smith, Kinsley Gorman, Morgan Driver, Breanna Carter, Timothy Carter, and Michael Scoggins; great great grandchildren, Donovan Dallas, Jr., Ailli Bentley, Chloe Bentley, Carson Holder-Adams, Braiden Holder-Adams, Summer Vaughn, Brody Vaughn, and Colter Phillips; several Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 27th, at 3:30 P.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor John Mann officiating. Active Pallbearers Vincent Hix, Dylan Branch, Russell Branch, Adam Gorham, Matt Reynolds, and Alvin Edgeworth.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Inez “Knockie” Blackmon.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Surviving are husband, Hoyt Miles Wooten; daughters and spouse, Doris Wilson of Menlo, Brenda and Greg Woodall of Fyffe, AL.; sons, Kenneth Wooten of Menlo and Donnie Wooten of Daytona, FL.; brother, Jimmie (Dorthene) Phillips; Seven Grandchildren; great grandchildren, whom She raised, Dixie Shelton, Journie Shelton, and Kenzie Edwards; twelve Great Grandchildren; one Great Great Granddaughter; Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 27th, at 1:00 P.M. from Graveside in Garrett Cemetery with Rev. John Mann officiating. Active Pallbearers Rickey Phillips, Charlie Wilson, Morgan Laney, Otis Laney, Matthew Wooten, and Jammy White.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Kathleen Phillips Wooten, who passed away Friday evening.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Surviving are her daughter, Beverly Brooks; son, Tim (Lee Ann) Brooks; grandson, Skyler Brooks; sisters, Kay Worsham and Jane (Jim) Parker; brother, Dale (Honey) Housch; an aunt, Frances Housch; also, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 2 pm from the Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with the Rev. William Flanagan officiating. Active Pallbearers will be Derick Parker, Jud Williams, Eric Housch, Charles Cooper, Jeremy Worsham, and Jay Williams.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Ann H. Brooks who passed away Wednesday.
Surviving are in daughter and son-in-law, Elena and Matt Floyd; grandchildren, Anna and Doug Craig, Jamey and Will Floyd; sister Sara Anna and Mike Stoker; brothers, Bob and Diane Blackwell, Don and Nancy Blackwell, Danny Ray and Cristy Blackwell, Gary and Teresa Blackwell; several Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 24th, at 2:00 p.m. from the Graveside in Summerville Cemetery with Brother Russ Blackwell officiating. Active Pallbearers Gary Blackwell, Jamey Floyd, Doug Craig, Luke Blackwell, John Blackwell, and Jeff Blackmon; Honorary Pallbearers Sara Anna Stoker, Anna Craig, Peggy Rosson, Sandy O’Bryant, April Blackwell; special thanks to Fresenius Kidney Care, Amtran Transport, Dr. Jamie and Luke Lin.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Wanda Jo Prather who passed away Thursday.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
MRS. HILDA ROSSER REYNOLDS, age 87, of Lyerly Dam Road, Lyerly, Georgia, passed away Tuesday morning, October 20, 2020, at her residence. A native of Little Sand Mountain, she was born to the late George Lee and Bessie Ada White Rosser on August 4, 1933. Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church and was retired from the sewing department of Buster Brown Mfg. Company. In addition to parents She is preceded by siblings, Helen Satterfield, Annie Bell Bishop, Ballenger Rosser, Rose Murdock, Milton Rosser, Ada Bridges Morgan, John Rosser, Josephine Baggett Frank Rosser, Paul Rosser, and Frances Rosser.
Surviving are husband, Bob Reynolds, She was married to Bob for 69 years; daughters, Nancy (David) Daniel and Donna (Thomas) Wright; son, David (Teresa) Reynolds; sister-in-law, Dot Rosser; grandchildren, Jason Wright, Amy Lamb, Kevin Daniel, Matthew Daniel, and Andrew Daniel; great grandchildren, Everett James Daniel and Lydia Ruth Daniel; forty eight Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Family was important to her. If you ever wondered if she cared for you, just remember, if you were in her extended family—she did. She spent hours keeping up with her family and family tree. At any family reunion she spent time finding out the names and birthdates of any new family members. She knew who everyone was and how they were related. She was one of those people who if you asked her, could probably name everyone in the room. If she didn’t know your name, she was trying to find out.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 23rd, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Lyerly Cemetery, with Pastor Sean Wegener, Kevin Daniel, Matthew Daniel, and Jason Wright officiating. Active Pallbearers, Andrew Daniel, Ken Reynolds, Justin Lee, Steve Rosser, Stan Rosser, and Larry Reynolds; Honorary Pallbearers, Alice Railey, Lewis Railey, Tim Railey, Beth Batts, Ben Bridges, Jeff Reynolds, and Frankie Joe Lee, Nieces, Nephews, and the Seekers Sunday School Class of Summerville First Baptist Church.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Hilda Rosser Reynolds.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Surviving are daughter and spouse, Mary Ann Posey (Jeff) Maddux; son and spouse, Jeffery Michael (Joann) Posey; grandchildren, Kassandra Posey, Jaylyn Gann Posey, McKenzie Hudgins, Tari Maddux, Tatum Maddux, Braden Maddux, Samantha Witten, Courtney Brown, Gavin Gann; great granddaughter, Gracelynn Posey; brother, Terry Don Smith; niece, Amy Shy Smith; great nephew, Brendon Michael Smith; a number of Cousins; former husband and father of children, Michael Lewis Posey.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 22nd, at 2:00 P.M. from the New Hope North Baptist Church with Gary “Bucky” Brown and Pastor Steve Spears officiating, private interment to follow in Garrett Cemetery. Pallbearers are Lonnie Smith, Sheriff Mark Schrader, Mike Posey, Jeff Maddux, Morgan Stowe, and Jeff Posey; Honorary Pallbearers, Sharon Dixson, Lonnie and Tonya Smith, Louise Tallent, Justin Stephenson, Randy Hunter, Murl Eleam, Gary Miller, Barbara Young, David Simpson, Grant Posey, and members of New Hope North Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Church.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Surviving are daughters, Barbi Gill and Lacy Timmons; son, Harold Timmons; sisters, Sue Stephens, Evelyn Timmons, Patricia Bandy, Betty Layne; brothers, Larry Timmons and Bobby Watkins; grandchildren, Jeffrey Blackmon, Sara Elizabeth Howard, Jonathan Shropshire, Hunter Gill, Kenley Cooper; several Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 21st, at 11:00 A.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jeffrey Blackmon, Michael Coley, Dwight Ponder, Kenneth Cooper, Jr., David Joe Gill, and Josiah Bruce.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Danny Ross Timmons.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Surviving are brother, Terry Q. Lewis; sisters, Robbie Leah Skinner and Loretta Lewis Teems.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 14th, at 4:00 P.M. EST, from Graveside in Valley Head Cemetery, Valley Head, Alabama, with Alan Sentell officiating. Pallbearers will be Kevin “Tater” Martin, Jimmy Gilland, Jason Gilland, Stan Nix, Danny Murphy, and Ron Rowland.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Scottie Clark “Smoooth” Lewis.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Surviving are wife, Margie Conner Broome; children, Terry (Kathy) Broome, Yvonne Broome (Barry) Allen, Marty (Beverly) Broome, Renee Broome, Hillary (Deborah) Broome; Ten Grandchildren. Twenty Great Grandchildren, and One Great Great Granddaughter; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be held Monday, October 12th, at 2:00 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden with Minister Charles Williams and Minister Robby Eversole officiating; Pallbearers will be Grandsons. The Family request face coverings be worn by everyone, attending the funeral service. There will be no formal visitation.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Minister Thomas S. “Tommy” Broome.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Surviving are father, Waldin “Tarzan Brown; mother and step father, Sarah and Darrell Pierce; sisters, Mariah Brown, Jennifer (Rusty) Furman, and Jackie McCullough; brother, Chris (Greta) Moseley; children, Annslynn Brown and Kohner Brown; several Nieces and Nephews.
Graveside service will be held Saturday, October 10th, at 1:00 P.M. from the Cloudland Presbyterian Cemetery, with Bobby Cavin officiating. Pallbearers Timothy Brown, Chris Moseley, Jonathan Peace, T. J. Pickard, Michael Lamar, and Greg Trammell.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Surviving are son, Greg Brown of Sheridan, Wy.
Graveside service will be held Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. in Summerville Cemetery, with Pastor Sean Wegner officiating.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
STEVE OSCAR “ROUNDMAN” DYER, born December 5, 1943, died at his residence on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Steve was a retired police officer with 39 years of service. He worked for the Trion Police Department, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Department, and LaFayette Police Department; as well as 20 years with Chattooga County EMS. Steve was an Emeritus member of Grand Lodge of Georgia, Trion Masonic Lodge #160, F & AM, Royal Arch Mason #026, the Chattooga County Shrine Club, and Yarabb Shrine Temple. He attended the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center. Steve enjoyed electronics, guns, and loved his grandchildren. Steve was preceded in death by parents, Louis and Addie Mae Barksdale Dyer, brother, Jerry Dyer, and sister, Jennine Smith.
Surviving is His wife of 58 years, Rebecca Bowling Dyer; 2 sons, Steve L. Dyer of Summerville and Gregory A. Dyer of Decatur; 2 daughters, Nichole (Cole) Fannin of Carrollton and Darlene (Tommy) McRae of Summerville; grandchildren, Dara and Deana McRae, Adalyn, Dalton, and Dixon Fannin, and Britt Carpenter; sisters, Lisa (Jackie) Chandler and Marvaline Cook; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Odis) Grogan, Brenda Martineau, Dorothy (Andy) Hutchins, Marlene Watwood, and brother-in-law, Dwight (Wanda) Bowling. Special lifelong friend Earle Rainwater.
The Family will receive friends at the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center on Tuesday, September 29th, from 5 until 8 P.M.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 30th, at 1:00 P.M. at the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center; Steve will lie in state from twelve-noon until the hour of service. Honorary Pallbearers will be Trion Police Department, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Department, Summerville Police Department, LaFayette Police Department, Chattooga EMS, Summerville Dialysis, Masonic Lodge, Earle Rainwater, Dennis Stansell, Jack Brown, Randy Rush, and Jimmy Bennett. Active Pallbearers Jason Smith, Ben Smith, Brian Flippo, Roger Avans, Gary McConnell, Britt Carpenter, Bryn Hutchins, and Ty Hutchins. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chattooga County Shriners, P.O. Box 652, Summerville, Georgia, 30747 or Trion Masonic Lodge #160, #75 7th Street, Trion, Georgia-30753.
IN concern for the health and safety of family and friends, we encourage the wearing of a facial covering and physical distancing during the viewing and service.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Steve Oscar “Roundman” Dyer.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Surviving are husband, Roy Robertson; daughter, Cheryl Vogel (Glen); son Gregg Tschudy (Connie); grandchildren, Steven Vogel, Tara McIntosh (Matt), Dillan Tshudy (Brook), and Melissa Tschudy; Seven Great Grandchildren; step grandchildren, Russell Robertson, Beverly Houston (Timothy), and Clay Robertson; step grandchildren, Phillip Johnson, Timothy Johnson (Angela), Jonathan Houston, Charlene Houston, Thomas Robertson (Amy), James Robertson (Amanda) Brandy Berry, and Holly Smith; Seventeen Great Grandchildren; One Great Great Grandson; several Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be Friday at 3:30 P.M. from the Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor David Hayes officiating. Visitation from 2:30 til 3:30., Social distancing will be observed. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Ben is survived by his wife, Linda Durham Johnson; sister, Mary Jeanette Young, and sister-in-law, Martha Bishop, niece, Trina Hunt, and nephews, David Durham and Kenny Durham also survive.
Due to COVID restrictions, currently in place, there will be no visitation or viewing for Mr. Johnson.
Graveside service will be held Friday, September 25th, at 2:00 P.M. from West Hill Cemetery in Trion, with John Agnew and Robert Brown officiating. If attending, please observe mask ordinance and social distancing guidelines, for your protection and the protection of others in attendance.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Benjamin-Franklin, Jr.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Surviving are daughter, Darlene (Steve) Crowe; sons, Mike (Gayle) Hicks and Mark (Chrystal) Hicks; grandchildren, Jesse Hicks, Matt Hicks, Marisa Grogan; great-grandchildren, Ally Smith Alred, Bowie Hicks, Shannen Hernandez, and Fisher Grogan; several Nieces and Nephews.
Graveside service will be held Monday, September 21st, at 1:00 P.M. in Summerville Cemetery, with Mr. Steve Scoggins officiating.
Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Frances (Tommie) Hicks.