Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mr. William Penn Selman, Jr.

One of Chattooga County’s best has passed away.  WILLIAM PENN SELMAN, JR., farmer, real estate leader, civic champion, beloved husband, father, friend, and a leader in everything he undertook, died March 30, 2016, due to complications resulting from an extended illness.  A Chattoogan all his life, born on September 19,1928, he attended Summerville Elementary School, McCallie High School in Chattanooga, TN., and the University of Georgia.  Upon graduation he married Patricia McManus of Athens, GA., whom he met while at University of Georgia.  He immediately returned to Summerville to join his grandfather Dr. O.A. Selman and uncle Tom Hill Selman in the family business, W.P. & T.H. Selman Co.  His business career also included management of Selman Hardware, started in 1948.  In 1965 He, his mother, Mary T. Selman, and Stanley Selman formed a partnership known as S & S Cattle Co., raising and selling registered Black Angus Cattle.  He was very active in the Black Angus Association.  S & S’s grand champion bull, S & S Ankonian Ambassador, was featured with a cover photo and story in the Atlanta Journal’s Sunday Parade magazine.  Noted writer, Floyd Jillson, came to Summerville for the interview with Mr. Selman and photos.  Buyers from a dozen states came to Summerville for Ankonian Ambassador’s production sales.  These sales were attended by officials of the Black Angus Association.  W.P. (Bill) Selman served his county in many ways during the 1960s.  He served on the Chattooga Board of Education as chairman for 8 years.  During this tenure, the first modern High School was built and the county schools were integrated and consolidated without incident.  He was elected Ward I City Councilman from 1960-1968.  He and 4 other men ran for office as a “citizen’s” ticket for mayor and council.  They were elected and served the county in this capacity for $1.00 per year salary.  They qualified on Oct. 28, 1959.  Bill was President of the Jaycee’s, the Lions Club, a member of Masons and Shriners, served in the Summerville Cemetery Corporation; he was a hard worker, honest, and ethical and with his partner perfected a successful way of AI, using S & S Ankonian Ambassador as sire for registered Black Angus producers in the southwest U.S.A.  In the late 1980’s he managed his father-in-law’s veneer business, Bennettsville Veneer Co., in Bennettsville, S.C. due to a heart attack suffered by Mr. McManus, Pat’s father.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia M. Selman; 4 sons, William Penn Selman, III & wife Anna of Rock Springs, WY, Tom Hill Selman, II & wife Juanita of Midland, TX, Charles M. Selman & wife Maggie of Marietta, GA, and John Penn Selman & wife Debronya of Cumming, GA;  also are 5 grandchildren, William Penn (Will) Selman, IV of Atlanta, GA, Tom (Tommy) Hill Selman, III of Midland, TX, Charles M. Selman, Jr. of Marietta, GA, Brittany Selman of Cumming, GA, and Alisa A. Erkes of Smyrna, GA;  3 great grandchildren, Ellie Selman, Midland, TX, William Penn Selman, V, and Payton Selman, Atlanta; sisters, Mary Ellen Selman Cook  & husband Marcus of Atlanta and Susan Penn Selman Whipple of St. Simons.  A memorial celebration of his life, conducted by Rev. Lee Humphreys, was held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 2, 2016 in the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.  Pallbearers Tom (Tommy) Hill Selman, III, William Penn (Will) Selman, IV, Charles Selman, Jr., Stuart Erkes, Leonard Barrett, David Romine; Honorary Pallbearers are the Communicants of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Linda & David Chandler, Gina & Clinton Agnew, Reba & David Welch, Ann & Kirk Kruegar, Bobby Lee Cook & Family, & the Austin Family.

                  Earle Rainwater Funeral Home of Summerville in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Charlotte Gannon

MRS. RUBY CHARLOTTE HAYES JENNINGS DODD GANNON, age 91, of Shields Road, Summerville, Georgia went to her heavenly home Saturday, March 26, 2016.  A native of Subligna, She was born on March 1, 1925, to the late Sidney Esway and Amanda Elizabeth Sara Jane Walden Hayes.  She was a founding member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship and retired from retail sales.  She enjoyed sewing, reading, church, and was famous for her pound cake, which she shared with everyone.  She was preceded in death by husbands, the late Raymond Jennings, the late J. H. Dodd, and the late Joseph D. Gannon.  Also preceded in death by five brothers Geter, Lloyd, Lattie, Manuel, and Thomas; four sisters, Mattie, Irene, Pauline, and Janie; son-in-law Rusty Bridges; four step children, Malon, Frances, Laverne, and Maxine.

            Left to carry on Her legacy are her children, Karen Bridges, Kenneth and Debbie Jennings, Allene and Doug Spain, Laura and Paul Lee, Earlene and Glenn Moore; brother, Vernon Hayes; ten Grandchildren, fifteen Great Grandchildren, one Great Great Grandchild; several Nieces and Nephews.

            The Family wishes to thank special caregiver Gay Phillips and Floyd Heyman Hospice Care for their tender loving care and support.

            The Family will receive friends Monday, March 28th, from 6 until 9 P.M. and Tuesday, March 29th, from 12 noon until 1:00 P.M. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.  A celebration of Ruby’s life will follow with Reverend Kenneth Jennings and Reverend John Paul Harris officiating, interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Garden in Pennville.  Active Pallbearers James Hayes, Allen Hayes, Mike Jarrett, David McCullough, Bo Bryan, and David Houston.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mrs. Ruth Laverne Dodd Mauldin

MRS. RUTH LAVERNE DODD MAULDIN, age 78, of Saddle Club Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Monday in a Rome hospice center.   Mrs. Holbrook was born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 16, 1938, a daughter of the late Jessie Hamilton Dodd and Rosie Lee Rutledge Dodd.  She was a retired nurse and was preceded in death by sons the late Henry Willis Mauldin and Todd Mauldin; sisters, the late Francis Brogdon and Maxine Eastmead; brother, the late Luther Dodd; and mother-in-law, the late Bessie Musgrove.

            Surviving are daughter, Teena Snell of Nashville, GA.; sons, James Edward Mauldin and Gregory Mauldin both of Nashville, GA. and Felton Mauldin of Summerville; sisters, Earlene Moore of Subligna and Laura Lee of Dublin; seven Grandchildren, fifteen Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews.

            Graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 23rd, at 2:00 P.M. from Riverside Cemetery in Nashville, Georgia.  Visitation 12 noon until 1 P.M. Wednesday @ Lovein Funeral Home in Nashville.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mrs. Jessie Ann Hardeman

MRS. JESSIE ANN HARDEMAN, age 87, of Goodwin Drive, Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, Match 10, 2016, afternoon in a Rome hospital.  She was born on May 27, 1928 in the Martindale Community of Walker County, Georgia to the late William Bryan and Sarah Ann Brooks Fletcher.  Mrs. Hardeman was a Homemaker and member of the South Commerce Church of Christ.  She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, the late Amanda Blackwell Early.

            Survivors include, Her husband, Paul Hardeman; daughter, Paula Montgomery; son, Brian Hardeman all of Summerville; grandchildren, Melissa & Britt Ragland; great grandchildren, Rodney Early, II, Kennedi, Alexa, Carsen, and Evan Ragland; brother, Benton Lee Fletcher of LaFayette; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

            Funeral services were held Monday, March 14th, at 11:00 A.M. from the South Commerce Church of Christ with Ministers Barry Gilreath, Jr. and Ron Tollette officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Brian Hardeman, John Montgomery, Brett Ragland, Rodney Early, Tyler Griffin, and Tyler Gilreath; Honorary Pallbearers Bill Speer, Leo Lanier, John Driver, Leroy Johnson, Preston Greer, Earl Kinsey, Will Greer, Harold Lemming, Ray Lemming. Flowers are accepted or contributions may be made to the South Commerce Church of Christ.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Jessie Ann Hardeman.