Wednesday, June 22, 2022

MONEY

MR. BILLY SAM MONEY, age 74, of Ellenburg Subdivision, Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday afternoon, in a Rome hospital. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia, He was born to the late Earl J. and Sybil Chesnut Money on December 31, 1947. Mr. Money was owner/operator of Money Carpet of Summerville, was a Veteran of Viet Nam, serving in the U. S. Army. He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and the D.A.V. Mr. Money was preceded in death by a son, the late Corey Money and a brother, the late Travis Money.

Surviving are His son, Barry Money; granddaughter, Emma Money; sisters, Barbara (Buck) Leath and Betty Ray; brother, Randy (Pat) Money; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held Friday, June 24th, at 11:00 A.M. from West Hill Cemetery at Trion, with Rev. Barry Brown officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, June 20, 2022

LANEY


MR. DANIEL SHAWN “BROTHER LOVE” LANEY, age 48, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday morning, June 19, 2022, in a Rome hospital following an illness. Mr. Laney was born in Rome, Georgia on October 18, 1973 to the late Walter Thomas and Pauline Rose McGuire Laney. He was employed at Mount Vernon Mills in the preparation department for the last 30 years.

Surviving are His wife, Debra Ruth Laney; 3 sons, Daniel Laney, Paul Laney, and Thomas Laney; daughter, Chyann Laney; 2 step sons, Timothy (Ashley) Eaton and Cody (Jace) Lemming; Six Grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 21st, from 6 until 9 P.M. at the Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Thursday, June 16, 2022

YOUNG

MRS. MARY JEANETTE YOUNG, age 69, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday evening, June 15, 2022, in a Chattanooga health care. She was born in Summervile, Georgia on October 4, 1952, a daughter of the late Benjamin (Doc) Johnson, Sr. and Elizabeth Poovey Johnson. Mary was an active member of Summerville First Baptist Church, where she taught Children’s Sunday School Class and was a faithful member of the Choir. She was retired from the shade room of Mount Vernon Mills, and had a passion for helping anyone, especially disabled and elderly friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by beloved husband, the late David Dwight Young and a brother, the late Benjamin Johnson, Jr.

Surviving are sisters-in-law, Linda Johnson and Nancy Monaghan; cousin, Mable Poovey; special friend, Robert Brown; care givers, Joann Clements and Kathy Cavin.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, June19th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Her pastor, Dr. Sean Wegener officiating, interment on Monday in Greenhills Memory Garden. Honorary Pallbearers will be employees of OakView Nursing & Rehab Center, the Fresenius Kidney Care, Hospice of Chattanooga and AmTran Medical Transport. Visitation will be held Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to be made to the American Kidney Fund #11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20852

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Jeanette Young who passed away Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

HAYES


Mr. Bobby Eugene Hayes of the Halls Valley Community passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Oakview Health & Rehabilitation. Bobby was the only son of the late Ernest “Bub” Eugene and Willa Mae Davenport Hayes. He was born in Trion Georgia on January 31, 1939. He married Sandra Kay Williams on December 23, 1961 at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. He served in the United States Army from January 1962 until December1963 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bobby and his late father operated and owned Hayes Upholstery Shop from 1955 until 1992. Bobby was employed at Mount Vernon Mills from 1992 until his retirement in June 2004. He served as a deacon and elder at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ for many years. He was preceded in death by his late grandparents, Huland Burg and Lula Zenobia Conley Davenport, Geoffrey Clingman and Minnie Mae Evans Hayes and step grandmother Mattie Rhodes Allen Hayes. His loving parents preceded him in death, Ernest “Bud” Eugene Hayes on December 22, 1984 and Willa Mae Davenport Hayes on December 24, 2010.

Surviving are Sandra Kay Williams Hayes of Trion, son and daughter-in-law, Bradley “Brad”

Eugene and Judy Renee Swanson Hayes of Trion, grandsons and granddaughter-in-law, Bradley Luke and Randi Harbuck Hayes of Valdosta, Georgia and Jakeb “Jake” Bobby Hayes of Kennesaw, Georgia. Also surviving are aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 2 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Ministers Hugh Glaze and Robby C. Eversole officiating. Interment to follow in Williams Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Luke Hayes, Jake Hayes, Stephen Williams, Billy Williams, Harold “Cotton” Williams, and Jerry Davenport. Honorary Pallbearers will be Harley Brown (Room C111) and the Staff of Oakview Health & Rehabilitation and Affinis Hospice. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 P.M. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation or charity of choice.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Bobby Eugene Hayes.

Monday, June 13, 2022

WILSON

MRS. NANCY L. WILSON, age 89, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2022, in a Rome Hospital. A native of Dekalb County, Alabama, she born on February 27, 1933, to the late Floyd Edward and Leona Clark Young. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Midway Baptist Church, retired from the Needling Department of Georgia Rug Mill, and was preceded in death by her husband, the late James Aubry Wilson, Jr. and daughter, the late Debbie Hawkins.

Surviving are grandson, Mark Storey; great granddaughter, Nikki Hulse; two Great Great Grandchildren; sisters, Frances Cordle and Linda Pledger; several Nieces and Nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16th, at 2:00 p.m. from the Midway Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Peppers and Rev. Ron Pledger officiating, inurnment in Greenhills Memory Garden.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

OWINGS

Ms. Betty Jean Yarbrough Owings, age 88, went home to be with Jesus on June 13, 2022 surrounded by her family. We are rejoicing in knowing she is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Betty Jean was born on March 31, 1934, daughter of the late Hill Yarbrough and Lucinda Rickett Yarbrough. She married her sweetheart, the late Roy Jackson Owings on December 20, 1953. They were married for 43 wonderful years and made their home in the Gore community. She was a faithful member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and attended until her health declined. Also preceding her in death were a sister, Julia Nell “Judy” Salmon, and a brother, Johnny Yarbrough.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Owings (Tammy) and Jeff Owings (Lisa), four grandchildren (Julia Park (Jason), Hillary Carpenter (Justin), Haley Brooke Johnson (Andrew), and Sage Owings), a sister, Emily Hill (James) , 5 great- grandchildren, and several special nieces and nephews.

Betty Jean loved her family more than anything in the world. She loved nothing more than cooking for them and having everyone together. She loved to spoil her grandchildren with homemade cookies, cakes and candies. Needless to say, she was an excellent cook, and excellent mother, mother-in-law grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. Betty retired as Chief Registrar of Chattooga County in November of 2010 after working in that office for 37 years.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Brother James Baird officiating. Interment will follow the service at the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Jimmy Barron, William Mitchell, Benji Price, Clint Hunter, Danny McGraw, Greg Shaw, Scott Everett, and Sam Jones.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery fund. Donations may be mailed to the care of Pam Hammonds at 204 Congress Street, Summerville, Georgia, 30747.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

BEAN


     MRS. JOYCE JEANETTE BEAN, age 88, of Rollins Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2022, in Rome Health Care. She was born in Chattooga County, Georgia on December 22, 1933, a daughter of the late Grady J. and Hattie Hines Johnson. A member of Midway Baptist Church, She was retired sales clerk for the former Jackson Drug Store of Summerville, and was preceded in death by husbands, the late William T. Bean and the late Raymond Thompson.

Surviving are son and spouse, William David and Doreen Bean; granddaughter and spouse, Kira Bean and James Austin; great granddaughters, Alyssa Kate Austin and Anna James Austin; sisters, Vira Reynolds and Threasa Daughtery; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 15th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Peppers officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Tommy Ezell, Randy Thompson, Steve Henderson, Brandon Henderson, Mark Toles, and Greg Martin. The Family will receive friends Wednesday from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

HAWKINS

MRS. AVA CATHERINE HAWKINS, age 87, of Cloudland, Georgia, passed away Friday afternoon, June 10, 2022, in a Marietta hospital. Mrs. Hawkins was born on November 5, 1934 in Sylvania, Alabama, to the late William McKinley Gorham and Ida Wisner Gorham. She was retired from Best Mfg. Company, sewing department, a member of Menlo First Baptist Church. In addition to Parents, Mrs. Hawkins was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert Hugh Hawkins, on February 11, 2014, and siblings Talmadge Gorham, John Dewey Gorham, Bethel Gorham, Ethel Kirby, Linda Burkhalter, and Edna Pursley.

Surviving are daughter and spouse, Kathy and Tim Sims; son and spouse, Michael and Tracy Hawkins; grandsons, James Alexander Sims and Andrew Robert Sims; great grandson, Colton Tanner Sims; sister, Estelle Johnson; brother, Garvin Gorham; special friends, Jensen Brink and Ashlyn Walker; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 14th, at 3:30 P.M. from Graveside in Cloudland Presbyterian Cemetery, with Rev. Mickey Skates and Dr. Jeff Alverson officiating. Active Pallbearers James Alexander Sims, Andrew Robert Sims, Michael Burrage, Jeff Gorham, Mark Wofford, and Albert Palmour; Honorary Pallbearer Colton Tanner Sims. The Family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:30 until 3:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Ava Catherine Hawkins who passed away Friday.

Monday, June 6, 2022

GRIMES

MRS. MARY WHITLEY GRIMES, age 70 of Allen Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2022, in a Rome hospital. She was born July 15, 1951, a daughter of the late T. C. “Bud” Whitley and Mary Beatrice Bailey Whitley. Mrs. Grimes was retired Clerk for the Chattooga County Clerk of Courts office, and a member of the Trion First Baptist Church.

Surviving are Her husband, Tommy Grimes; daughter, Candy Grimes; grandson, Kamdyn Grimes; brother and sister-in-law, Chip and Serena Whitley; nephew, Tyler Whitley; niece, Christa Menkara.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 8th, at 1:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Casey Bramlett and Rev. Stanley Smith officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Ricky Simms, Kevin Lee, Britt Carpenter, Doug Jones, Bob Roper, Dale Wilson, Randell Reynolds, Rusty Hill; Honorary Pallbearers will be Adult #2 Sunday School Class of Trion First Baptist Church. The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 12 noon until 1:30 P.M.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Whitley Grimes who passed away Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

HAYES

MR. JOSEPH MATTHEW (MATT) HAYES, age 43, of White Oak Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 21, 2022, at his residence. Matt was born in Rome, Georgia on September 21, 1978 to the late James Vernon Hayes and Sandra E. Chandler Grady, who survives. He was a member of Summerville First Baptist Church and an information technician. In addition to His Father, was preceded in death by grandparents, Ruth Hayes, and Jo and G. W. Koonce.

Surviving are His mother, Sandra E. Grady (Jeff); daughters, Emily Hayes and Kate Hayes; sister, Jamie Rollins (Ken); paternal grandfather, Vernon Hayes; nieces, Sadie Rollins and Maryn Rollins; numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins also survive.

Memorial service will be held Sunday, June 5th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Joseph Matthew (Matt) Hayes, who passed away May 21, 2022.

Monday, May 30, 2022

TEEMS

MR. EDWARD LEROY TEEMS, age 77, of Burton Road, Trion, Georgia, passed away Monday morning, May 30, 2022, at his residence. He was born on April 24, 1945 to the late Andrew (Pete) Teems and Floy Townsend Teems. Mr. Teems served in the U. S. Air Force in Viet Nam, later retiring from the U. S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, the late Barbara Newsome.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Edward Leroy Teems, Jr. and Merida (Vicki) Manipoun Teems of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Kathaleen Fish of Fitzgerald, Ga.; grandchildren, Edward Teems III and Elle Teems; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in Silver Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors rendered by Shanklin-Attaway American Legion Honor Guard. Active Pallbearers Allen Conger, Logan Conger, David Fish, Jimmy Wilkerson, Andy Cash, and Jim Smith. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Edward Leroy Teems, who passed away Monday morning.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

MARTINEZ

MR. JOHN MARTINEZ, age 90, of Rome, Georgia, formerly of Chattooga County, Georgia, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022, in a Rome hospital. Mr. Martinez was born in Denver, Colorado on June 2, 1931, a son of the late John Joseph Martinez and Flora Sena Martinez. He was a Veteran of the United States Marines serving in Korea and was a member, former choir director, and Sunday school teacher of the New Bethel Baptist Church. In addition to His Parents, John was preceded in death by his wife the late Juanita Massey Martinez.

Surviving is a brother, Greg Martinez of Michigan; several Nieces and Nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

GORDON

Frances Padgett Gordon, born in Chattooga County, Georgia and a long-time resident of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the age of 93. She is pre-deceased by her husband, George Edd Gordon, with whom she operated Gordon's Leasing and Transport out of Orlando. She was a member of Delaney St. Baptist Church and spent many years following retirement working at their Pre-school. Frances loved gardening and was a volunteer at Harry P. Leu Gardens for many years. Survivors include her sister Nelda Gayler Smith, sister-in-law Martha Sue Speer, daughters Dianne (Mac) Gifford and Gwen (Jim) O'Sullivan, son Edd (Becky) Gordon, grandchildren Heather (Ritchard) Baus, Heath (Amanda) Gifford, Mindy (Randall) Gilbert, Edd Gordon, Jr., Katie (Brent) Wainscott, Kelci and Ryan Mauldin, and her wonderful great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

Graveside services to be held June 18th at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gore, Georgia, her childhood church and where she and George Edd were married. Now they will be together again. Interment by Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, Summerville Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Westminster Towers Orlando Employee Holiday Fund, 70 W. Lucerne Circle, Orlando, Florida, 32806.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

RUSH

MR. GAYLON L. RUSH, age 83, of Roslyn Lane, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, in a Rome hospital.

A native of Trion, Georgia, He was born to the late Otha and Thelma Rush, on April 26, 1939. Mr. Rush was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church, a Veteran of the U. S. Army, and was retired from commercial finance.

Surviving are daughters, Debra Koertge (Richard), Linda Barbagallo (Sal), and Barbara Schafer (Kurt); son, John Rush; sister, Marilyn Wood; grandchildren, Natalie Whigham, Laura Bargagallo, Ashley Fred, Christopher Koertge, Christian Schafer, and Grace Schafer; great granddaughter, Olivia Whigham; niece, Susan Murdock (Todd); great nieces, Graci Murdock and Chloe Murdock; special friend, Norma Ables.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 26th, at 1:30 P.M. from the Summerville First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Mason and Dr. Sean Wegener officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. at the Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 16, 2022

BLACKWELL


 MRS. BARBARA DIANNE BLACKWELL, age 75 of Summerville, Georgia went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, May 15th, 2022. She was born on November 3, 1946, to the late Buford and Mary Ruth Smith.  Mrs. Blackwell was employed with Mohawk Industries for 25 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, admired by many and known to all simply as Nanny.  She loved sitting on her front porch enjoying her two cats and feeding her squirrels and birds. She was a member of Berryton Baptist Church.  In addition to Her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Odell Johnston; brothers, Wayne, Joe, and Martin Smith; sisters, Lou Payne, Faye Buffington, and Redonna Green.

 

Surviving are her husband of 58 loving years of marriage, Bob Blackwell; three daughters, May Ann (Donny) Blackwell, Karen (Steve) Odom, and Renee Blackwell; 5 grandchildren, Brittney (Michael) Nicholson, Dustin Blackwell, Erika (Keith) Simmons, Sara Jo Haney and Jacob Odom; 7 great grandchildren, Molly and Evie Nicholson, Jet Johnson, Dartey Robert and Sutton Grace Blackwell and Sophia and Greyson Simmons; sister, Cindy (Jim) Cotten,  along with several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 3 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Payne, Bro. Kenny Payne, Bro. Russ and Misty Blackwell officiating, emtombment in Greenhills Memory Garden.  Active Pallbearers will be Donald McGraw, Rodney Blackwell, Clint Dillard, Luke Blackwell, Bobby Brown, and LaBranne Willingham.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Mohawk Industries Employees.  The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 1 until 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Barbara Dianne Blackwell who passed away on Sunday.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

COPELAND

DEWAYNE COPELAND, AGE 74 of Washington Street, passed away Friday, May 13th, 2022, in a Rome hospital. He was born in Sand Rock, Alabama on September 26, 1947, son of the late Martin Copeland and Melissa Mitchell Copeland. Mr. Copeland was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church and retired Electrician from Georgia Power.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Lenderman Copeland; daughters, Holly (Joe) Money, Angela (Matt) Veitch, Melissa (Kevin) Queen. Amanda Peters; sons, Lane Copeland, Ryan Copeland; sister, Betty Ann Lively; Grandchildren, Caleb Veitch, Gracelyn Veitch, Alexandra Peters, Thomas Peters, Alex Queen, Landon Henson, Jackson Copeland, Dayton Copeland; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 16, 2022, at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home from 1 until 2 p.m. There will be a Private Family Graveside Service to follow visitation. Dr. Sean Wegener will officiate, interment in the Sand Rock Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Matt Veitch, Kevin Queen, Joseph Jackson, Roger McConkey, Benny Lenderman, and Zack Tucker. Honorary Pallbearers will be Monk Groover, Jim Bagley and the Members of the North Georgia Cruisers. The family respectfully requests no flowers nor food and that contributions in Dewayne’s memory may be made to Gideons International or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Dewayne Copeland who passed away on Friday.

Friday, May 13, 2022

MAXEY

 MRS. SHIRLEY MAXEY, age 88, of Martha Berry Highway, Rome, Georgia, passed away Thursday evening in a Rome Hospital, following an unexpected illness.

She was born in Summerville, Georgia on November 27, 1933, to the late James Thomas and Della Mae Allen Holt.  Mrs. Maxey was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was retired Teacher for the Floyd Training Center in Rome.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Dewey Jesse Maxey, a son, the late Michael Cavin Maxey, and a brother, the late Tommy Holt.

 

            Surviving are her children, Dewey Alan and Carol Maxey and Sonya Dawn and Greg Montgomery; grandchildren, Jesse and Justin Montgomery, James Maxey, and Bethany Mooneyhan; Eight Great Grandchildren; sister, Bobbie Jones; brother, Vernon Holt; daughter-in-law, Tori Underwood; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

 

            Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16th, at 11:00 a.m. from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Montgomery and Rev. James Baird officiating, interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Jesse Montgomery, Justin Montgomery, Steve Anderson, Justin Mooneyhan, Danny Pierce and John Riley.  Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

 

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Shirley Maxey.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

PLEDGER

 MR. THOMAS CLEVELAND (T.C.) PLEDGER, age 88, of Grand Eight Lane, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2022, at his residence.   A native of Boaz, Alabama, he was born to the late Herman John Thomas Pledger and Bessie Turner Pledger on September 30,1933.   Mr. Pledger was retired Owner and Operator of Pledger Automotive, was member and deacon of New Beginnings Baptist Church and was choir Director in Baptist Church for over 40 years. Mr. Pledger was a Veteran of Korea serving in the United States Army, was a member and past Master of Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM, was past President of the Chattooga County Shrine Club, and a member of Gideons International.   He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Dorothy Beatrice Dooley Pledger on August 26, 2021, his parents, a daughter, the late Reda Gail Pledger, sisters, the late Betty Johnson and Gay Nell Shaw, and a brother, the late James Lewis (Pat) Pledger.

 

            Surviving are his daughter and spouse, Connie and Othell Stone; sons and spouses, Steve and Jill Pledger and Tommy and Kim Pledger; grandchildren, Amanda Long, Justin Stone, Leslie Boston, Brianna Stone, Zach Pledger, Lann Pledger, Trevor Pledger, and Natalie Burdick; Twenty Great Grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Bob) Pledger, Artis Pledger, and Bill Pledger.  Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

 

            Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 15th, at 3:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with his sons Steve Pledger and Tommy Pledger, and Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.  Interment will be in the Perennial Springs Cemetery, with Masonic Rites by Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM.  Active Pallbearers will be Justin Stone, Zack Pledger, Lann Pledger, Trevor Pledger, Andy Long, Tyler Burdick and L. J. Boston.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

 

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. T. C. Pledger, who passed away Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

GLOVER

Honey Turley Glover aged 92 of Menlo, Georgia graduated to be with her Lord on Tuesday May 3rd at Seven Hills Place in Rome, GA.

Honey was born in Lindale GA to Comer and Martha Mathis Turley. She was a graduate of Rome High and a 1951 graduate of Shorter College (now Shorter University) where she earned a BA degree in Art. After graduation in 1951, she joined American Airlines as a flight attendant up until marriage in September of 1953 to a young US Air Force First Lieutenant Alex Glover (married for 66 years). She later taught art at East Rome Junior High and was an accomplished photographer. She was an early pioneer of infra-red aerial photography to locate buried historical artifacts which was used to locate artifacts for the Chieftains Museum in Rome which was the home of Principle Cherokee Chief John Ross who signed the New Echota Agreement for the Cherokee removal “The Trail of Tears”. She and her husband Alex Sr. where members and Elders of the Cloudland Presbyterian Church in Cloudland, GA. She was also a member of the William Marsh Chapter (Lafayette, GA) of the Daughters of The American Revolution and the Junior Service League of Rome, GA.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Laura Glover Whitton, a sister Patty Turley Foxworth, and her husband Alexander S. Glover, Sr.

She is survived by sons Alex Glover, Jr (Debbie) of Little Switzerland, NC, Sam Glover (Liz) of Menlo, GA, and a daughter Lynn Holloway (Mark) of Mentone AL, Grandchildren Blake Glover of Charlotte, NC, Evan Holloway of Armuchee, GA, Allison Holloway of Mentone, AL, Lainey Glover of Roswell, GA, and Kain Glover of Athens, GA.; a sister Joanne Bugg (Frank) of Big Canoe, GA and a brother Comer Turley, Jr. (Hennie) of Dalton, GA along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6th, at 11:00 A.M. from the Cloudland Presbyterian Church with Mr. David Tidmore officiating, interment in Cloudland Presbyterian Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Kain Glover, Evan Holloway, Blake Glover, David Allgood, Nick Price, Jeremiah Rohr, and Chris Brown. Visitation will be Friday from 10 until 11 A.M. At the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cloudland Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 383, Cloudland, Georgia-30731.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

HENDERSON

MR. BILLY H. HENDERSON, age 89, of Campbell Crescent Circle, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday morning, April 24, 2022, in a Rome hospital. A native of Dekalb County, Alabama, He was born to the late Tommy M. and Eva Mae Lowry Henderson on February 25, 1933. Mr. Henderson was a member of the Trion First Baptist Church, together with his late wife, Joyce (Joy) Holbrook Henderson, were owner/operators of Eagle Mfg. and Cambridge House Furniture in Summerville. He was also a member of Chattooga Mason Lodge #704, Chattooga Shrine Club, and Yaarab Shrine Temple Atlanta. Mr. Henderson, in addition to Parents and His Wife, was preceded in death by a sister, the late Glenda Lynn Weaver.

Surviving are daughter, Bonita Graham; son, Steve (Patti) Henderson; grandchildren, Lauren Ashley (Sean) Leming, Brandon Henderson, Breezy Henderson, and Cassie (Joe) Demari; great grandson, Liam Fleming; sisters, Nadine Fortner and Linda Kay Fincher; Nine Great Grandchildren, Two Great Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services Wednesday (April 27th) at 1:00 P.M. from Graveside in Greenhills Memory Garden, with Pastors Casey Bramlett and Stanley Smith officiating. Active Pallbearers Sean Fleming, Brandon Henderson, and the Men’s Sunday School Class of Trion First Baptist Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Billy H. Henderson who passed away Sunday.







Tuesday, April 19, 2022

SIMMONS

Robert Dean “Bob” Simmons, 71, passed away Saturday morning, April 16, 2022, at his Mentone, AL residence.

Bob was born on April 27, 1950, in El Dorado, Kansas, the son of the late Robert L. and Barbara (Hogoboom) Simmons.

Bob grew up in Butler County, Kansas surrounded by loving parents, 2 sisters, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. They were members of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado and involved in most activities, especially music. Because of his love of music and vocal abilities, he soon began singing for special events, in choirs and choral groups in church and school. After graduating from Circle High in Towanda, KS, he attended colleges locally and in Oklahoma and Texas. He graduated with a music degree from East Texas Baptist University and then worked as Minister of Music with various Baptist churches in the Texas - Kansas area. While growing up, and having been surrounded by large Sunday and holiday gatherings of family and relatives, Bob found an early interest in food and cooking, learning much from his mother and grandmothers. He and his wife, Judy, and daughters soon opened a restaurant and bakery. This eventually led to a position as a Food and Dining Director with several colleges.
 
Some years later, building on past interests in hospitality, Bob and partner Dan, became owners of the historic Antebellum Inn in Winchester, TN. Bob’s chef background was perfect for this venture. Guests from all over the US were hosted, especially many with children attending the University of the South at Sewanee, and some special wedding or anniversary occasions for local residents, and then many coming to visit the Jack Daniels distillery nearby in Lynchburg. When Dan’s mother passed, they returned to this area to care for his dad and aunt, choosing to settle in Mentone, on the east brow near Cloudland. Bob continued with his cooking interests, experimenting with new recipes, canning, winemaking, gardening, singing, music, and enjoying friends and neighbors. He loved his dogs, playing cards, and watching sci-fi programs on tv. But one of his important favorites was having his daughters and grandchildren come to visit, playing around him, jumping in the pool, and just watching them all have fun.

He is survived by his life partner of 20 years, Dan Hammond, Mentone, AL; four daughters: Stacie (Reed) Corley, Lexington, SC, Julie (Billy) Foreback, Williamsburg, VA, Leslie (Blake) Martin, Lugoff, SC, and Ashlie (Davey) Neil, West Columbia, SC; grandchildren: Bailey, Brayden, Kylie, Joshua & Jacob, Kelly, Laura, John, Daniel, Maddie, Joshua, Trey and Ansley; sister, Kay (Rick) Burden, Leon, KS; and several nieces and nephews, special friends, and his loving Giant Schnauzer, Otis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Barbara Simmons; his sister, Nancy Lynn Smith; and his beloved grandson, Jesse Neil.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

HELTON

MRS. EDNA LEA SHIVER HELTON, age 87, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday morning, April 12, 2022, in the local nursing home. Born in Crossland, Georgia on October 31, 1934, she was a daughter of the late J. C. and Allie Mae Williams Shiver, wife of William Buck Helton. Mrs. Helton was a member of New Antioch Baptist Church and retired from Rebeaming Department of Mount Vernon Mills. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, the late Jack Austin Warren, a brother, the late Otis Shiver and a step daughter, Becky Dean.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Rick Wyatt; grandson, Stacy Wyatt; great grandson, Will Wyatt; sister, Linda (Alan) Green; step children, Donna Tyson, Terry Helton, Michael Helton, and Mary Ann Helton; a number of Step Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15th, at 11:00 a.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Helton officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery, active pallbearers will be Stacy Wyatt, Will Wyatt, Michael Green, Marc Green, Farrell Shiver. Visitation will be Friday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Edna Lea Shiver Helton, who passed away Tuesday.


Sunday, April 10, 2022

REYNOLDS


 Mr. Robert Lewis (Bob) Reynolds, age 92, of Lyerly, GA, passed away peacefully April 9, 2022 at Wellspring Hospice in Marietta, GA after a brief illness.

Mr. Reynolds was born October 6, 1929 at home in Summerville, GA, son of the late Lonnie Lee Reynolds and Alice Mae Ragland Reynolds. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Summerville where he was a deacon in prior years. He was retired from various jobs at the Georgia Rug Mill, now Mohawk. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Louise Rosser Reynolds; brothers, Claude Lee “Bud” Reynolds, Leric Reynolds, Raymond Reynolds, and Joe David Reynolds; sisters, Ruby Mae Reynolds Lecroy, Maxine Reynolds Lee; and sister-in-laws, Louise Reynolds, Nelda Reynolds, & June Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his son, David Lewis Reynolds (Teresa), daughters, Donna Jean Wright (Thomas), and Nancy Ann Daniel (David). Brother: Cecil Morris Reynolds; Sisters in Law: Juanita Reynolds and Joyce Reynolds; brother-in-law, Billy Joe Lee; 5 grandchildren: Jason Wright (Sarah), Kevin Daniel (LeAnna), Amy Lamb (Seth), Matthew Daniel (Kendele), and Andrew Daniel. Two great-grandchildren: Everett & Lydia Daniel. Many nieces and nephews also blessed his life.

Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, April 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Rainwater Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 12th at Summerville First Baptist Church with Dr. Sean Wegener, Rev. Jason Wright, Rev. Kevin Daniel Amy Wright & Rev. Matthew Daniel officiating. Mr. Reynolds will be in state from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the church. Active pallbearers will be Andrew Daniel, Justin Lee, Ken Reynolds, Larry Reynolds, Jeff Reynolds, and Tim Railey. Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Lee, Lewis & Alice Railey and the Seekers Class of Summerville First Baptist Church

Graveside service will follow at Lyerly Cemetery.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

WITT


 WALTER WILLIAM LEROY WITT, age 83, of Trion, Georgia, passed away, with Family by his side, on April 8, 2022. LeRoy proudly served his country in the Army. LeRoy retired from Mount Vernon Mills in September of 2000. He was a proud member of Ridgeway Baptist Church and was a regular attender in his Sunday School class. LeRoy was son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Witt, and was preceded in death by his first wife Marion Jean Witt, sisters, Anne Bell Mann and Clarice Littlejohn; brothers, J. C. Witt and Raymond Witt; grandson, Jonathan Morris.

LeRoy is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lydia Witt; children and step-children, Stacy (Janette) Witt, Sandra (Buddy) Parks, Debbie Brown, Traci (Tommy) Latiolais; twelve grandchildren, Ryan Witt, Scott Witt, Dylan Witt, Jennifer (Kevin) Cheely, Dusty (Kaitlin) Brown, Cody (Raegan) Brown, Victoria (Carter) Harris, and Alexander Morris; four great grandchildren, Landon Witt, Breeland Brown, Briggs Brown, and Keegan Brown; sister-in-law, Deedle Scott. LeRoy also had several Nieces and Nephews, that he loved dearly.

LeRoy loved his family and always considered those around him family as well. He was most proud of his wife and his dog, Mia. LeRoy loved to make people laugh and Share Jesus with those around him. He was most famous for his intentional prayers and the relationship he had with Jesus. LeRoy had a love for cars and even owned 2 Model “A”’s in his lifetime; in spare time, LeRoy was an avid woodworker. LeRoy was the true example of this scripture, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches and favor is better than silver or gold”. The contagious smile, His love for Jesus and his love for others will always live in our hearts and never be forgotten. LeRoy would want his legacy to continue on by sharing Christ with those around you.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 11th, at 11:00 A.M. at Ridgeway Baptist Church, Ridgeway Road, LaFayette, GA.-30728, with Pastor Damon Perry and Pastor Todd Smith officiating, interment to follow at West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Ryan Witt, Scott Witt, Dylan Witt, Landon Witt, Kevin Cheely, Dusty Brown, Cody Brown, and Ryan Russell; Honorary Pallbearers Ridgeway Adult Sunday School Class, Debbie and Boddy Evett, Katelyn and William Campbell, and Rusty Brown. Special thanks to Tapestry Hospice, nurses Krista, Lisa, Blake; CNAs Sharron, Celine Russell, and Chaplain Ricky Studdard. Visitation will be Sunday, April 10th, from 5 until 8 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

MOSELEY

MRS. CHARLOTTE M. MOSELEY, age 91, of Highway #114, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday evening, March 22, 2022, in a Rome hospital. She was born on March 17, 1931, in Lyerly, Georgia, to the late James Gordon and Bulah Irine Floyd Espy. Mrs. Moseley was a member of the Berryton Baptist Church, was retired Clerk for Best Mfg. Company, and in addition to Parents was preceded in death by, husband, the late Dannie Faye Moseley, and siblings Woodrow Espy, John Gordon Espy, Billy Espy, Katherine Espy, and Dorothy Espy, all died earlier.

Surviving are daughters and spouse, Joan & Dennis Ivey and Jan Bryan; grandchildren, Wendy and Dee Price, Adam and Jessie Ivey, Hope and Harrison Couch, and Heather and Austin Hatcher; great grandchildren, Haley, Savannah, and William Price, Landon, Easton, and Cullen Ivey, and Charlotte Faye Hatcher; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann Espy Norton, Dorothy Myrick, Imogene Vanpelt, and Joyce and Fred Moseley; special neighbor, Joan Goff; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 25th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Malcolm Harris, Pastor Mickey Skates, and Grandchildren officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Dee Price, Harrison Couch Austin Hatcher, William Price, Landon Ivey, Ricky Vanpelt, and Andy McArthur; Honorary Pallbearers, Members of Berryton Baptist Church, Peggy McCrickard, Gail and Greg Cook, and Terry Henderson. Visitation will be Friday, from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Charlotte M. Moseley, who passed away Tuesday evening.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

BICE

Mr. Terry Lee Bice, age 62 of Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday morning, March 17, 2022 in a Rome, Georgia Hospital. He was born October 12, 1959, in LaFayette, Georgia, a son of the late Frank and Vera Mae Bundrum Bice. In addition to his parents, Terry was preceded in death by brothers, Frank Bice, Jr., Leonard Bice, and Richard Bice.

Surviving are his sister, Cindy Williams; brothers, Roland Bice, Danny Bice, and Billy Bice; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Paul Bice officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, John Reece, Jason Reece, Justin Reese, Roland Bice, Michael Bice, and Ronald Bice. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Terry Lee Bice.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

WEAVER

MRS. GERALDINE (JERRY) WEAVER, age 94, of Kirby Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2022, at her residence. A native of Trion, Georgia, She was born to the late Thomas S. and Lillie Mae Ivans Hawkins on March 6, 1928. A Charter Member of New Beginnings Baptist Church, She was lunchroom manager retired, for Chattooga County School system, and later cashier for Walmart. Mrs. Weaver was preceded in death by her husband, the late Gaines Weaver.

Surviving are daughters and spouses, Diane (Ed) Iley-Witt, Beth (Joe) Bili, and Gina Suzette (Tommy) Brownlow; sons and spouses, Tony (Karen) Weaver, Gary (Sheila) Weaver, and Mark Weaver; eleven Grandchildren, ten Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 15th, at 3:00 P.M. from the New Beginnings Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Dewayne Allmond, Kindel Thurston, Walker Weaver, Chris Weaver, Brad Weaver, and Matt Iley; Honorary Pallbearers Brett Iley, Trent Iley, Allen Sanders, Nick Bili, and Adam Bili. Special thank you to Care Givers Somer Page, Angelia McSears, Angie Williams, Trina Johnson, Diane Ford, Thea Woods, and nurses of Transitions Hospice. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:30 until 2:30 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

WESTBROOKS

MR. BENJAMIN DANIEL “DANNY” WESTBROOKS, I, age 73, of Elberton, Georgia, formerly of Chattooga County, Georgia, passed away Tuesday evening in an Atlanta nursing home. He was born in Trion, Georgia to the late Leroy and Angeline Romine Westbrooks on June 25, 1948. Mr. Westbrooks was a retired auto mechanic for Chrysler.

Surviving are daughter, Cindy Bond; son, Benjamin Daniel Westbrooks, II; sister, Chris Franklin; brothers, Rodney L. Westbrooks and Jacky Lee Westbrooks; two Grandchildren; two Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 11th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Matthews and Rev. Bobby Champion officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Jimmy Westbrooks, Timmy Westbrooks, Randy Westbrooks, Tony Westbrooks, Jerry Westbrooks.

Visitation will be Friday from 12 noon until 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Benjamin Daniel “Danny” Westbrooks, I, who passed away Tuesday.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

HENDERSON

MR. WILEY THOMAS (TJ) HENDERSON, JR., age 84, of Tinney Road, Trion, Georgia passed away Friday evening, March 4, 2022, at his residence. A native of Trion, Georgia, He was born to the late Wiley Thomas Henderson, Sr. and Margie R. Westbrooks Henderson on July 16, 1937. Mr. Henderson was an auto dealer, owned and operated TJ’s Used Cars, was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force serving in the Korean War, and was preceded in death by his wife, the late Patsy Louise Tinney Henderson and son, the late Stephen Salerno.

Surviving are His daughters, Christy Lynn Henderson Turner and Karen Ryan; grandsons, Scott Salerno, Eric Turner, and Edward Turner; special friends, Kenny (Tree Man) Brown, Greg Geledhill, Terry Tinney, Caleb Tinney, Debbie Sumner, and Brian Gadaway; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 8th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Biddle officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Kenny Brown, Greg Baker, Terry Tinney, Caleb Tinney, Nathan Coleman, and Brian Gadaway. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12 noon until 2:00 P.M. and the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Wiley Thomas (TJ) Henderson, who passed away Friday night.

Friday, March 4, 2022

TIMMONS

MR. LEWIS LEE TIMMONS, age 70, of Jenkins Gap Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday morning, March 4, 2022, at his residence. A native of Chattooga County, Georgia, Mr. Timmons was born to the late Thomas Lee and Aquilla Allene Rash Timmons; he was self employed in the construction industry.

Surviving are sisters, Barbara McDonald, Anita Gail Shaw, and Kathryn Morris; brothers, Jerry Dale Timmons and Marvin Griffin Timmons; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

The Family will have visitation Saturday, March 5th, from 4 until 6 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Lewis Lee Timmons who passed away Friday morning.

Monday, February 28, 2022

HAMBY

MR. SAMMY VICTOR HAMBY, SR., age 73, of Dowdy Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday in a LaFayette health care. A native of Trion, Georgia, Sammy was born to the late Frank and Hattie Forshee Hamby on June 29, 1948. He was retired from the construction industry and was preceded in death by wife, Ruth Matney Hamby.

Surviving are His wife, Teresa Spurlock Hamby; son, Sammy V. Hamby, Jr.; five grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 2nd, at 11:00 A.M. from Graveside in Summerville Cemetery, with Rev. Charles Bishop officiating. Active Pallbearers Daniel Spurlock, Anthony Hamby, Steven Hamby, Timothy Evans, Shane Evans, and Phillip Jarrells. The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 A.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Sammy Victor Hamby, Sr. who passed away Sunday.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

WOOD

MRS. PAULINE AQUILA LEE WOOD passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Oak View Nursing and Rehab Center in Summerville, Georgia at the age of 86. Pauline was born in the Berryton Community on April 17, 1935, to the late Russell and Flossie Lorene Murphy Lee. A lifelong member of the Berryton Church of God, She served many years as a Sunday School Teacher. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. She was always a homemaker and her job was to take care of her five sons, instilling in them her love for the Lord. She loved and cherished all of her Family. In addition to Parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, William Clayton Wood; two sons, Rickey Moore and Lamar Moore; two Brothers and two Sisters.

Surviving are three sons, Marty Wood, Billy (Tracy) Wood, and David (Alisa) Wood; seven Grandchildren, eleven Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 3rd, from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Revs. Mike Lee, Jason Lee, and Gary Howell officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Will Wood, Jordan Adams, Joey Mulkey, Greg Koonce, Billy Morris, and Billy Willingham. Honorary Pallbearers are Her loving Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and her loving church family at the Berryton Church of God. The Family wishes to extend a very special thank you to the Staff of Oak View Health and Rehab Center for treating Pauline like family. Visitation will be Thursday, from 12 :00 noon til 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Friday, February 25, 2022

TIMMONS

MR. ARLIE T TIMMONS, age 82, of Burton Road, Trion, Georgia, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022, in a Rome hospital. A native of Ider, Alabama, Mr. Timmons was born to the late Robert L. and Emma Octavia Garmany Timmons on April 9, 1940. He attended the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center and was retired from maintenance for U.S.D.A., Wildlife.

Surviving are His wife, Nell Timmons; daughter, Sharon Timmons; grandchildren, Ginger Jenkins and Arlie A.J. Smith; great grandchildren, Elaina Smith, Arabella Smith, Christian McWhorter, and Selah Jenkins; several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 27th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Hutchins and Rev. Ralph McWhorter officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Brian Jenkins, Arlie J. Smith, John M. Smith, Haskell Dodson, Billy Don Ivester, and Mitchell Hensley. The Family will receive friends Saturday from 5 until 7 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Arlie T Timmons.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

WILSON

WENDI ELIZABETH WILSON, AGE 52 of Summerville passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in a Rome Hospital. She was born in Floyd County, Georgia on May 29, 1969, daughter of Ewart Quinton Wilson, Jr. and the late Candace Dunnaway. Wendi worked as an Occupational Therapist for Windwood Behavioral Health Services in Rome, Georgia for a number of years. She was a member of the Northside Church of Christ and the Floyd County Chapter of the Georgia Council of the Blind. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents the late Ewart Quinton Sr., Virginia Newsome Wilson and the late Betty Copeland.

Surviving are Her daughter, Chandler Elizabeth Mitchell; father, Ewart Quinton Wilson, Jr. (Betsy Dellenback); sisters, Shelley Wilson, Candance Kimbrough; brothers, Jeremiah (Chelsie) Wilson and Alex Wilson; aunts, Penny Sheiflett, Becky (Gary) Duke; uncles, Phillip Dunnaway and Tommy Dunnaway; great aunts, Charlotte Brand and Joan Renslow; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 2 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Minister Ron Fisher officiating, interment in the Summerville Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Gary Duke, Preston Greer, Kyle Duke, Will Greer, Tracy Rainwater, Jamie Renslow, and Alex Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers will be The Staff of Oakview Nursing and Rehab, Trish Siffles, Janice Tucker, Tracey DeBerry, Jan Morris, Marsha Farrow, Tim Evans, Rex Evans, Mike Wilson, Lan Cordle, Matt Shireman, Barry Duke, Don Baker. The family will receive friends Friday from 12 noon until the hour of service at the Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted however, the family suggests an additional way to honor Wendi in Memory would be donations to the Georgia Council of the Blind at GCB P.O. Box 814 Trion Georgia 30753 (for local contributions) or GCB P.O. Box 381 Trion, Georgia 30753 (for state contributions).

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Ms. Wendi Elizabeth Wilson who passed away on Monday.

Monday, February 21, 2022

PARRIS

Earl "Red" Parris left for his heavenly home, February 20, 2022 while a resident at Winthrop Court Memory Care in Rome, GA. He born April 4, 1935 to Ollie Parris and Jessie Brock Parris in Walker County, Georgia.  Earl was married to his lovely bride, Wanda Elgin for 50 years.  He served in the Korean War from 1952 until 1957, at the early age of 16, and was promoted to Sgt. 1st class.  Earl loved serving the community as a councilman and working closely with the city employees.  He worked for the city of Summerville after returning from Korea, later as a sales rep for Delta Municipal Supply, Tri State Pipe, and retired from Meter Service & Sales.  Earl worked with many political campaigns and was a dedicated supporter for Georgia.  His passion was to see a veterans park in our community and help Veterans gain and understand their benefits.  He will surely, be missed.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother, wife Wanda, and 2nd wife Dorothy Bennett,

He is survived by a daughter, Katharine Parris Romstad (Tracy Jacobs), son, Earl H. Parris( Christine); grandchildren, Amanda Parris and Kimberly Parris; step daughter, Wanda Pollard (Jerry), and grandson, John Pollard.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 24th, at 1:30 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Dr. Lee Hickman officiating, interment in the Family plot of Summerville Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Don Beckham, Jon Mitchell, Dalton Moore, Earl H. Parris, Ben Ballenger, and Brian Price. The Family will receive friends Thursday from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Flowers are appreciated or contributions may be made in Earl’s memory to the American Cancer Society, #300 Nixon Street, Summerville, Georgia-30747.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Earl “Red” Parris, who passed away Sunday.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

BROWN

 MR. DAVID CLEAVE  BROWN, age 73, of D. C. Brown Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2022, in a Rome hospital.  A native of Chattooga County, He was born to the late Daniel C. Brown and Cleavie Little Brown on November 11, 1948.  He was retired from the former Galey & Lord Mill, a member of Grace Baptist Church, and a member of Floyd Springs Lodge F & AM.   Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, the late Frances Elifair White Brown.

 

            Surviving are His sons Dakota Brown and David Charles Brown; grandsons, Brandon Brown, Brannon Brown, Branson Brown, and Brantley Brown; sister, Carolyn Luallen; several Nieces and Nephews.

 

            Funeral services will be held Monday, February 21st, at 1:00 P.M. from the Silver Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Scoggins officiating, interment in Silver Hill Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers  Dakota Brown, Ashley Culberson, Jada Culberson, Steve Teems, Jessie Culberson, and Garrett Burton.  Everyone attending the service are requested to wear masks for everyone's protection.

 

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. David Cleave Brown.

Friday, February 18, 2022

BAKER

MRS. KATHY MICHELLE (PADGETT) BAKER, age 55, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Born in Summerville, She was a daughter of the late Kathryn Priest Padgett and Charles Padgett. A spiritual person and a faithful believer in God, Kathy was kind and generous, always helping others whenever she could. Her warm and bubbly personality meant she never met a stranger.

Surviving are Her husband, Darryl Baker and sister, Mary Padgett both of Summerville; several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins; and Her beloved cats, Vinny, Myst, Max, and Riley survive.

The Family will receive friends Sunday, February 20th, from 11:00 A.M. until Noon at the Funeral Home followed by a short graveside ceremony in Summerville Cemetery. Visitors are requested to wear masks for everyone’s protection.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

DAVIS

MR. PAUL MARTIN DAVIS, age 82, of Little Sand Mountain, Summerville, Georgia passed away Tuesday at his residence. Mr. Davis was born in Columbia, S. C. on June 5, 1939, to the late Martin Davis and Lottie McDowell Davis. For many years He was an avid member of Gathers Church in Covington, Georgia and was retired Train Conductor for Am Track. In addition to Parents, He was preceded in death by siblings, James R. Davis, John Davis, Rex Davis, and Mary Davis.

Surviving are His wife, Carol Davis; daughters and son-in-law, Paula and Jeff Cargle and Elizabeth Davis; grandchildren, Harlen and Sara Zeerip; special family member, Joey Kowalec; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 19th, at 1:30 P.M. from Graveside in Little Sand Mountain Cemetery with Pastor Myles Phillips officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, February 14, 2022

PADGETT

MR. CHARLES EDWARD PADGETT, age 66, of Resaca, Georgia, formerly of Chattooga County, passed away Saturday evening in Dalton, Georgia hospital. Mr. Padgett was born in Chattooga County, Georgia on October 10, 1955, a son of the late Dewey William and Mary Josephine Gentry Padgett. He was retired truck driver for DMI corporation.

Surviving are His wife, Connie Wood Padgett; daughters, Mary Hines, Chantel Barnette, and Brittney Wood; sons, Dewey Padgett and Odell Wood; sister, Lola Odell Hudgins; several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 16th, at 3:00 P.M. from the Welcome Gap Baptist Church with Rev, Greg Williams and Bobby Banks officiating, interment in Davis Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Joey Hudgins, Robert Walker, Timothy Wood, Lee Hudgins, Junebug, and Jimmy Hudgins. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Charles Edward Padgett who died Saturday.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

EDGEWORTH

Mr. Norman William Edgeworth, 80 of Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022, in a Rome Hospital. He was born in Summerville, Georgia on April 18, 1941, son of the late J.C. and Madeline Ledford Edgeworth. He was retired from the Card Room of Harriett-Henderson Mills. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ruth Luallen Edgeworth.

Surviving are his sons, Bobby Edgeworth and Larry Edgeworth; grandchildren, Brad Edgeworth, Noah Edgeworth, Allison Edgeworth, Chris Edgeworth, Rhonda Edgeworth; great-grandchildren, Skyler Edgeworth, Cameran Edgeworth, Emma Edgeworth, Brailey Edgeworth, Riley, Edgeworth, Andrew Edgeworth, and Zayden Edgeworth; sisters, Lois Reed and JoAnn Blackmon; brothers, Johnny Edgeworth, Alvin Edgeworth, and Tony Edgeworth several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

A Memorial service will be held Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 1 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Collins and Johnny Edgeworth officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Norman William Edgeworth who passed away on Wednesday.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

HARDEMAN

MR. PAUL HARDEMAN, age 96, of Goodwin Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2022, at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Hardeman was born on January 26, 1926 in Sylvania, Alabama to the late Roy Jefferson and Mary Bankey Hardeman. He was a member of South Commerce Church of Christ, a Veteran of WW II a member of the 9th United States Air Force, serving stateside, in England, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was retired from United Postal Service as rural letter carrier and member of the National Rural letter carriers association. In addition to Parents, Mr. Hardeman was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jessie Ann Fletcher Hardeman and a granddaughter the late Amanda Blackwell Early.

Surviving are daughter Paula and John Montgomery; son, Brian Paul Hardeman; sister, Amy Lorene Hardeman; granddaughter, Melissa and Britt Ragland; great grandchildren, Rodney Early, II, Kennedi, Alexa, Carsen, and Evan Ragland.

Graveside service will be held Monday, February 7th, at 1:00 P.M. from West Hill Cemetery at Trion. Active Pallbearers are Family members; Honorary Pallbearers are all Military Veterans. In lieu of flowers, Family request contributions be made to “Members of the Disabled American Veteran’s Fund. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 noon until 1:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Paul Hardeman, who passed away Saturday.

Monday, January 31, 2022

MCDANIEL

MRS. NANCY WHITE MCDANIEL, age 90, of Ellen Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, January 30, 2022. She was born in Lyerly, Georgia, on April 23, 1931, to the late Wallace and Sarah McLeod Smith. Mrs. McDaniel was a member of the Pennville Community Church and for over thirty years, was a nurse at Chattooga Hospital. She had a creative spirit and enjoyed painting, crafts, and ceramics. She served as a Girl Scout leader, was a dedicated military wife, traveling extensively through Europe with four children, enriching their cultural and world view of life. She had a love of travel, new places, and experiences. She was preceded in death by her, husband the late Earl McDaniel.

Surviving are four daughters, Nancy Gribble, Cynthia (Eddie) Wilson, Malinda (Jay) Tonge, and Laura (Kelvin) Lovingood; grandchildren, Michelle Chamlee, Michael (Ashley) Terrell, and Daniel (Julia) Terrell; great-grandchildren, Samuel Terrell, Emmie Terrell, and Jake Terrell.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. from the Pennville Community Church with Pastor Jon Davis and Rev. Gary Howell officiating. Flowers are excepted or contributions may be made to Floyd Felines, P. O. Box 2364, Rome, Georgia-30164.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

BOZEMAN

MS. PATRICIA VENITA “PURPLE PATTI” BOZEMAN, age 62, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 at Redmond Hospital, in Rome, Georgia. In accordance with Her wishes, since she was diagnosed with scleroderma over twenty years ago, her body was donated to science for research. Ms. Bozeman was born May 18, 1959, in Atlanta, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her father, the late William Samuel Bozeman and brother, the late Wade Keith Bozeman.

Surviving are Her son, Nicholas Bozeman Lind and her mother, Cara Cash Bozeman, both of Summerville.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 1:00 P. M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Family members and Friends officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Scleroderma Research Foundation, #220 Montgomery Street, Suite #484, San Francisco, CA.-94104.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, January 24, 2022

JACKSON

Ms. Rose Benedict Jackson,104, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

She was born in Pittsburg, KS but relocated to Chattooga County following her service in WWII. She was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the European Theaters with the U.S. Army’s 5th Evacuation Hospital as a Nurse achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.

After discharge from the service, Ms. Jackson married Grover C. Jackson and began a 70 plus year residency in Chattooga County residing in Lyerly and Summerville. Ms. Jackson worked as a nurse for Dr. G. H Little for 23 years and for Bigelow-Sanford Inc for almost 5 years before retiring in 1972.

Ms. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, Grover C. Jackson. She is survived by her nephew, Kenneth Henderson of Ocala, FL, her nieces Barbara Deane of Kansas City, MO, and Rosemary Macisaac of Escondido, CA.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 29th, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Marshall Bryan officiating, interment in Lyerly Cemetery. Pallbearers Vergil Tudor, Johnny Crawford, Wesley Thomas, Jack Brewer, Butch Gardner, and Kenneth Henderson. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 until 11 A.M. at the Funeral Home. At Mrs. Jackson’s request, please omit flowers.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Rose Benedict Jackson.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

ELROD

MR. SHANE ELROD, age 45, of Bittings Avenue, Summerville, Georgia, passed away January 13, 2022, at his residence. Shane was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on January 28, 1976, was a son of the late Franklin Dave Elrod and the late Martha Sharon Little Elrod. He was employed by J. P. Smith Lumber Company.

Surviving are daughters, Isabel Roberts, Jessica Elrod, Roxie Foster, and Cheyenne Foster; brothers, David Martin, Adam Martin, and Andy Hill; step sisters, Tammy Elrod and Tina Elrod; step brother, Kenny Ledford; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

The Family will receive friends Monday, January24th, from 5 until 8 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of funeral plans for Mr. Shane Elrod.

Monday, January 17, 2022

CALDWELL

MR. GEORGE DEWAYNE CALDWELL, age 70, of Congress Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday morning, January 17, 2022, following an extended illness. He was born in Chattooga County, Georgia to the late Charlie Marvie and Irene Mae Ellison Caldwell on October 26, 1951. Mr. Caldwell was a retired auto mechanic, in addition to Parents was preceded in death by his wife the late Patricia Carpenter Caldwell, sisters, Pamela Jean Caldwell and Barbara Caldwell, brother, Charles Leroy Caldwell.

Surviving are His sisters Rachael Kilgore, Linda Jones, and Doris Tapp; brothers, Jerry Caldwell and Ray Marvin and DenaneCaldwell all of Summerville; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 19th, at 1:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Brother Ray Caldwell officiating, interment in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Kevin Phillips, Jacob Caldwell, Brision Phillips, Ray Ray Caldwell, Jeffery Caldwell, and Conner Elrod; Honorary Pallbearers Hearth Hospice (Teresa Duncan and Carrie Pritchett), Charles Caldwell, Jr. (J.J.), Doyle Ash, Bryson Pollock, Talaylah Price, and Eathan Caldwell. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. George Dewayne Caldwell.

Monday, January 10, 2022

SIFFLES

MR. ROBERT WAYNE (BOBBY) SIFFLES, age 71, of Higdon, Alabama, passed away Monday afternoon at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Siffles was born in Fort Payne, Alabama on August 25, 1950, a son of the late Robert and Peggy Owens Siffles. He was a Farmer. In addition to Parents, He was preceded in death by wife, the late Norma Mae Green Siffles.

Surviving are His girl friend, Dale Lowe; sons, Robert Siffles, Michael Battles, and John Siffles; sister, Shirley McDonald; half sisters, Betty Edgeworth and Dorothy Fay Siffles; half brother, Jackie Siffles; Two Grandchildren, Several Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 12th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Collins officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Robert Wayne (Bobby) Siffles.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

BENNETT


Janice Chapman Bennett, age 85 of Summerville, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Born in Demorest, Georgia on December 25, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Chapman and June Wiggins Chapman Hicks. Mrs. Bennett was a teller with Habersham Bank of Baldwin and retired with 20 years of service. She was an avid supporter of the Chattooga Cancer Support Group and loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Lathan Bennett; first husband, Willie Joe McGraw; step-father, Raymond Hicks; paternal grandparents, Oscar & Clara Wiggins; maternal grandparents, Will & Minnie Chapman.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy & Jeff Bennett and Terri & Ricky Jones all of Summerville; grandchildren and spouses, Beth & Casey Howard, Dustin & Jennifer Jones and B.J. & Ashley Hall; great grandchildren, Emma Howard, Ben Howard, Rylan Jones, Emery Jones and Mayson Jones; brother and sister-in-law, Max & Beverly Chapman of Terrell, Texas; nephews, Ray Chapman and Steven Chapman.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Yonah Memorial Gardens with Rev. John Umberhant officiating.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia, Georgia (706/778-8668) is in charge of arrangements.

HERRING

Jack Ross Herring

Leaving a Legacy

Strong. Generous. Loving. Adventurous. Fair. Firm. Charming. These are only a few words to describe Jack Ross Herring, 85, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022, at the home he built in Summerville, Georgia in 1974.

Jack will be remembered most as being the principal of Chattooga High School from 1972 until 1988, with thousands of students and teachers under his care spanning two decades. Prior to this, Jack was born on May 31, 1936, in Boyce, Louisiana. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy from 1952 until 1956. His adventurous spirit took him all over the United States, finally settling down in Summerville, Georgia. He attended Berry College and received his bachelor’s degree in education and ultimately received his Specialists Degree as he continued his career, progressing from teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent, finally reaching retirement in 1998.

His passions include his family, traveling, golf, home renovations, landscaping, and was an avid silver collector in his later years. While he built many things in his lifetime, he was most proud of building his home, which his daughter and her family now reside in, and he was a participant in the building of Horizon Baptist Fellowship, his church home for 30 years.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Hillman Herring Fredricks and father, Stephen A. Herring, as well as his brother, Maxie Herring, of Alexandria, Louisiana. Left here to carry out his legacy are his beloved daughter Heather Herring Casey, son-in law Nicolas Casey and granddaughters Caroline Grace Jackson, 20, Colbi Marie Jackson, 19, and Olivia Nicole Casey, 13. Other surviving family include Donna Fant Herring of Centre, Alabama, Sue Dunn Holloway and family, Maureen Herring, Sheryl Herring Lambert and family, Karen Herring and family, Candace Herring Blount and family, and Stephen Jody Herring, all of Louisiana.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at Rainwater Funeral Home from 3 until 5 PM and a Memorial Celebration Service will be held on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at Horizon Baptist Fellowship at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the Jack Herring Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created in honor of his passion for education and the students he has impacted in the past and to allow his legacy to continue to impact students of Chattooga County in the future. To donate, please make payable to Jack Herring Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

BUSBY

MR. JOHN WESLEY BUSBY, age 70, of Scott Hill, Summerville, Georgia, passed away December 21, 2021 in the local Nursing Home. A native of Seabring, Florida, He was born to the late A. W. and Evelyn Paxton Busby on March 30, 1951. He was Baptist by Faith, retired journeyman millwright, a Mason, and Shriner.

Surviving are His wife, Peggy Busby; daughter, Joni (Chris) Mills; sons, Danny (Shelly) Scruggs and Alex Busby; grandchildren, Naomi Scruggs and Taylor Scruggs; sister, Beth Ross; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

A Memorial service will be held Monday, January 3rd, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Russ Blackwell officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

HAMBY

Mrs. Patricia Kaye Hamby, 79, of Summerville, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. She was born on May 22, 1942, daughter of the late Allen and Grace Owens Mahle. She was a member of the Menlo United Methodist Church and Owner/Operator of Country Crossroads Antiques. In addition to Parents She was preceded in death by a brother, the late Eddie Mahle.

Surviving are Her husband, Jerry Wayne Hamby; sons, Lee (Susan) Hamby and Lyn Hamby; grandchildren, Callan Hamby of Dunwoody, Georgia and Emma Hamby; brother, Roger Mahle of LaFayette; sister Judy Hall of Douglas, Georgia; special nieces, Beth Wilson and Susan Hegwood; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 16th, from the Chapel at Camp Hamby with Rev. Jody Brock and Rev. David Autry officiating, interment in Garrett Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Gary Daniels, Chase Hegwood, Mark Hogg, Colby Large, Kevin Scoggins, Darren Mitchell, Dwight Morgan, and Kelly Stokes; Honorary Pallbearers Members of Menlo Methodist Church, and special Nieces Susan Hegwood and Beth Wilson. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 AM til 1 PM at the Chapel at Camp Hamby. Flowers are appreciated or contributions may be made to Camp Hamby.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Patricia-Kaye Hamby who passed away Tuesday.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

BROWN

MR. KENNETH WADE BROWN, age 75, of Greeson Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday evening, December 11, 2021, at his residence, following an extended illness. A native of Jackson County, Alabama, He was born to the late Thomas Jasper and Virginia Suggs Brown on April 19, 1946; he was a Logger by trade.

Surviving are His children, James Brown, Chrystal Brown, Sandra Brown, and Wade Brown; sister, Clarice Keith; seven Grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 14th, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating, interment in Friendship Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Edward Sills, Wade Brown, Sebastian Brown, Nick Brown, Erick Thornhill, and D. L. Morris. The Family will receive friends Monday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Kenneth Wade Brown who passed away Saturday evening.

Friday, December 10, 2021

HOVANEC

John William Hovanec, 78, of Summerville GA passed away 11/23/2021. John was born to John & Bessie (Crowe) Hovanec 09/16/1943 in Pittsburgh PA and grew up in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Murphy High School, served in the US Army then graduated from Dekalb Junior College and attended ABAC (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton GA).

He is survived by Ruth H. Neal (David), Joyce H. Jones (Randy) and brothers, James T. Hovanec (Sally), and George R. Hovanec (Theresa) many Nieces and Nephews and cousins. A memorial will be determined in the future.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

REECE

MR. ROBERT L. “SONNY” REECE, age 81, of Congress Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 2, 2021, in a Rome hospital, following a brief illness. Born in Fort Payne, Alabama on March 10, 1940, He was a son of the late John Lee and Edith Odell Owens Reece. Sonny was an excellent painter by trade and an exceptional musician. He was a member of the United Christian Fellowship. In addition to Parents, He was preceded in death by a brother, the late Billy Reece.

Surviving are His wife, Linda Blake Reece; daughter, Marty (Jimmy) Lowery; son, Robert B. Reece;

Susan Reece; grandchildren, Cory (Jessica) Reece, and Mackenzie Reece; great granddaughter, Briley Reece; great grandson, Easton Reece; sister, Linda (Cort) Alford; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 7th, at 1:00 P.M. from the United Christian Fellowship with Pastor Gary Howell officiating, inurnment in Liberty Hill Cemetery. The Family respectfully request no food and no flowers, suggest contributions to the United Christian Fellowship, Summerville, Georgia, in memory of Sonny.

Earle Rainwater in charge of arrangements for MR. ROBERT L. “SONNY” REECE, who passed away Thursday.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Mrs. Shirley Ann Moore Willingham


MRS. SHIRLEY ANN MOORE WILLINGHAM, age 84, of Fish Hatchery Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 2, 2021, at her residence. She was born in Cedartown, Georgia on April 21, 1937, a daughter of the late Lonnie Britton Moore and Harriet Katherine Adams Moore. Mrs. Willingham was a Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother; was an avid golfer and former member of Trion Golf Club. She was member of Summerville First Baptist Church, the Fidelis Sunday School Class, and the Joy Club of the Church. Mrs. Willingham was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, the late Babe Lee Willingham and a son, the late Stan Willingham.

Surviving are Her children, Lee Ann (Bobby) Mitchell, Fran (Tom) Jones, and Britt (Jan) Willingham; grandchildren, Katie Thomas, Lee Mitchell, Russ Mitchell, Keri Beth Jones, Melissa Milam, Adam Willingham, Tori Willingham, and Amos Willingham; also Thirteen Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 4th, at 12:00 Noon from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Adam Colston officiating, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden. Active Pallbearers, Grandsons and Great Grandsons, Lee Mitchell, Russ Mitchell, Logan Couch, Reed Couch, Adam Willingham, and Amos Willingham; Honorary Pallbearers, Her Loving Caregivers, Connie Barnes, Melinda Clark, Annette Podschelne, Tonya Dawson, Shirley Bowers, and Heyman Hospice. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 10 A.M. until 12 Noon.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for MRS SHIRLEY ANN MOORE WILLINGHAM, who passed away Thursday.

Monday, November 29, 2021

WELLS

MRS. ANGELA RAE WELLS, age 45, of Race Horse Drive, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Monday, November 29,  2021, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born June 23, 1976 in Miami, Florida to Terry and Lucille Letourneau Adams who survive. Mrs. Wells was a Trion High School Graduate, received her Bachelors Degree from Shorter University, Masters Degree from Walden University, and Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University. She has taught at Trion Middle School for the past 25 years.

Surviving are husband, Philip Wells; daughter, Christian Wells; son, Jace Wells; parents, Terry Adams and Lucille Adams; sister, Barda (Travis) Swinford; several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 2nd, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Hampton officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Travis Swinford, Darrell Wheat, Terry Ray, John Wells, David Wells, and Mickey Floyd. The Family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Angela Rae Wells who passed away Monday.

Honorable Sewell Preston Cash


 HONORABLE SEWELL PRESTON CASH, age 91, of East Teloga Road, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday morning, November 28, 2021, at his residence. A native Chattooga Countian, he was born to the late Alfred A. (Shorty) and Arrie Dendy Cash on October 24, 1930. He was retired from General Electric in Rome. Mr. Cash was preceded in death by his wife, the late Betty Jean Cash on July 8, 2013, sisters, the late Betty Faye McGinnis and the late Harriett Carroll; brother, the late Jack Cash.

Mr. Cash was a star player for the Summerville High School 1950 Basketball State Champions and was drafted into the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Organization for a period of time. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving as a Corporal in the U. S. Army, 43rd Infantry Division from 1951-1953. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family. Mr. Cash was a Youth League Coach in the Summerville Recreation Department. Mr. Cash was the founding Director of the Chattooga County Veterans Memorial Park Committee. Mr. Cash was a 63-year member of the American Legion Post 129, VFW Post 6688, and a 23-year member of Sons of American Legion Squadron 129. Mr. Cash was a member of the City of Summerville City Council from January 1, 1972 to December 31, 1977, and he was Mayor of the City of Summerville from January 1, 1978 to December 31, 1997.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Keitha and Doug Shamblin; sons and daughters-in-law, Preston and Lori Cash and Michael and Terry Tucker. Granddaughters Tonya (Kevin) Woods, Michelle (David Glenn, Sr.; Grandson, Douglas (Beverly) Shamblin; Great Grandchildren, Brianna (Tyler) Chastain, Billy Woods, Ben Woods, Mason Shamblin, Cole Shamblin, Kiley May Glenn, David Glenn, Jr.; Great Great Granddaughter Georgia Kate Chastain.

Funeral services will be held Graveside at the Summerville Cemetery on Wednesday, December 1st, at 3:30 P.M. with Pastors Andy Hutchins, Kevin Woods, and Tyler Chastain officiating. Active Pallbearers are Douglas Shamblin, Billy Woods, Ben Woods, Mason Shamblin, and David Glenn, Jr.; Honorary Pallbearers are Jimmy Woodard, Pete Denson, Members of the Original Liar’s Table at Jim’s Restaurant, Members of American Legion Post 129, Members of VFW Post 6688, Members of Sons of American Legion Squadron 129, Members of Trion Golf Course, Tapestry Hospice Staff Leigha Hayes Byars and Sharon Hughes. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Chattooga County Shrine Club c/o Chattooga County Shrine Club, Summerville, GA 30747 or the Chattooga County Veterans Memorial Park at 818 Memorial Drive, Summerville, GA 30747, in Memory of Sewell P. Cash. A guest register is available at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Honorable Sewell Preston Cash.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

ALLEN

MS. BARBARA ALLEN, age 79, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Sunday morning, November 28, 2021, in a LaFayette Nursing Home. She was born on April 3, 1942 to the late Troy and Allie Lois Walker Wright.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 30th, at 11:00 A.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 until 11 A.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

DOOLEY

MRS. BETTY JO SMITH DOOLEY, age 88, of Hair Lake Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Friday morning, November 26, 2021, in a Rome hospital. A native Chattooga Countian, She was born to the late James Stone Teague and the late Jessie Estel Ray Teague on June 11, 1933. She was a retired sales person from Richie’s Department Store. Mrs. Dooley was preceded in death by her husbands, the late Milton Smith and the late Rev. Sidney Dooley. She was a member of New Antioch Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughter & sons-in-law, Tonya & Danny Pierce & Steve Blalock; sons & daughters-in-law, Milton & Mary Lou Smith, Harrison & Darlene Smith, Terry & Beth Dooley, Danny & Sandra Dooley, and Leon & Charlotte Dooley; special niece, Elaine DeBerry; special nephew, Lamar Smith; twenty-seven Grandchildren and a host of Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 28th, at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Roberson officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Ryan Trapp, Scotty Trapp, Matt Shadrick, Kevin Smith, Joshua Wilson, and Landon Wilson; Honorary Pallbearers Members of New Antioch Baptist Church. The Family will receive friends Sunday from 2 until 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Betty Jo Smith Dooley who passed away Friday.