Tuesday, November 27, 2018

James Earl Meredith (Jim)

James Earl Meredith (Jim), 88, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Monday night at Redmond Regional Medical Center with his family at his side.  A native of Greenville, Mississippi, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineer and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Business Administration.

During his education at Mississippi State University, Jim joined the US Air Force ROTC unit as a scholarship student. After graduation and his commissioning in 1952, Jim served as an engineer at the Air Force Armament Center, Air Research and Development Command, Eglin AFB, Florida. In the Air Force, he reached the rank of First Lieutenant before being honorably discharged in 1954.
Jim spent almost all his 46-year engineering career serving the carpet industry. After completing his service in the United States Air Force in 1954, he worked in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as an engineer with the Ethyl Chemical Corporation. The following year, he returned to his native Greenville, Mississippi, working as an engineer for Alexander Smith Carpets. In 1958, he made the long journey to Dillon, South Carolina, where he worked as an engineer for Mohasco Carpets until 1965.  That’s the year Summerville’s OG Morehead connected him with Georgia Rug Mill.  Jim became the Assistant Plant Engineer for Georgia Rug Mill in Summerville, a unit of Bigelow Sanford.  Jim would stay with Bigelow Sanford for 30 years.  During that tenure, he dedicated himself professionally to many carpet manufacturing developments, problem solving, and especially to the many devoted employees who worked alongside him. Some of the accomplishments he was most proud of include: starting the Georgia Rug Mill Christmas tree water tower, constructing the Lyerly plant, patenting a unique carpet tufting process called DesignTec which over tufted patterns into the carpet, and finishing his career at Bigelow Sanford as Vice President of Manufacturing in Greenville, SC.  In 1986, he went to work for a new, small carpet company called Image Carpets, owned by Summerville local Kelly Hudson. At first, Jim provided valuable engineering experience to help Image grow its carpet business. Then, he led the company in building a new PET bottle recycling / fiber extrusion plant in Summerville, which once again brought many long-term jobs to the citizens in the Summerville community. That effort continues today under the ownership of Mohawk Industries in a new, modernized form. Jim retired in 1998 and remained active in his community and church.
As a charter member of Horizon Baptist Fellowship, Jim served in many capacities, including Chairman of the building committee, Deacon, and Young Adult Sunday School Teacher.  He was also a regular member of the choir; he played hand bells, and his design plans were realized in the building now standing at 1216 Highway 114.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Nannie Jane Cole Meredith and Thomas Jefferson Meredith, and his four brothers: Aubrey, Kenneth, William, and Thomas Jefferson (TJ). His deceased wife and mother of three of his children, Melba Janet Hughes Meredith, rests in Jackson, Mississippi.
He is survived by his wife, Marlyn Styles Meredith and his five children: Marilyn Meredith Teat (Ron), James Hughes Meredith (Stone), Paul Edward Meredith (Wanda), Mark Ford Hammond (Celeste), and John Eric Hammond (Donna).  His 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and his large extended family remember him for his humor and his home as a place for gathering and Christian fellowship.
The family will receive friends at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home on Wednesday, 28 November, from 6 to 9 pm.  The celebration of life service is Thursday at 11 am at Horizon Baptist Fellowship, and the family will begin receiving friends at 10 am.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Chattooga County, 142 Economy Street, Summerville, Georgia.  Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Mrs. Marie Grazia Stanfield

MRS. MARIE GRAZIA STANFIELD, age 71, of Rome, Georgia passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

            Surviving is Her, husband, David E. Stanfield.

            Graveside service was held Friday, November 23rd, in Summerville Cemetery, with Rev. Sean Wegener officiating.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Thursday, November 22, 2018


MR. ANTHONY (TONY) SMITH, SR., age 72, of McGraw Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018, in Rome, Georgia, surrounded by his loving Family.  Born on December 24, 1945 in Newnan, Georgia, He was a son, of 14 children, of the late of Bird Berry and Ollie Mae Landers Smith.  Mr. Smith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newnan, Georgia, and was a manager/salesman holding numerous positions in this area.  He was preceded in death by his wife the late Margaret “Peggy” Smith in October, 2013.

            Surviving are sons, Anthony Joseph (Joe) Smith, Jr. of Birmingham, AL. and Benjamin Smith of Trion; sister, Sandra Brown of Newnan; brothers, Jack Smith and Jett Smith both of Newnan; grandchildren, Leigha Cannon, Kathryn Smith, Megan Martin, Alexandria Palmer; great grandchildren, Branden, Noah, Elijah, Shawna, Briellah, Emerson, and Dylann; several special Nieces and Nephews.

            Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Randy Martin, Gordon Little, and Earl Parris officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Tim Fulmer, Earl Parris, Fred Lawson, Bill Hubbard, Jett Smith, Jr., John Agnew, Dan Little, and Gordon Little.  The Family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until 3 P.M., at the Funeral Home.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Anthony (Tony) Smith, Sr.

Ms. Loretta James

MS. LORETTA JAMES, age 70, of LaFayette, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in the local nursing home.  She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 26, 1948 to the late Lester G. and Mabel White James.  Ms. James was a member of Rising Fawn Baptist Church.

            Surviving are sister, Jeanette Abercrombie of LaFayette and brother, Charles James of Graysville; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

            Graveside service Friday, November 23rd, at 11:00 A.M. in Bryan Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Abercrombie officiating, Active Pallbearers will be Family members.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mr. Jimmy Lee Hartline

MR. JIMMY LEE HARTLINE, age 47, of Marvin Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away unexpectedly, November 10, 2018, at his residence.   Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on March 19, 1971; he was a son of the late Howard Gene and Janice Hamilton Hartline.

            Surviving are wife, Natasha Ozment Hartline; daughter, Haylee Hartline; son, Timothy Lee Hartline; sister and brother-in-law, Tina and Jay Ledford.

            A memorial service will be held at a later date.

            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.