Monday, March 30, 2020

Mr. Ralph Martin "Marty" Brown, Jr.

MR. RALPH MARTIN “MARTY” BROWN, JR., age 70, of Taylor Street, Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 10, 1949 to the late Ralph Martin (Country) Brown and Curtis Mae Bush Brown. Mr. Brown was a member of South Summerville Baptist Church, an active member of the Chattooga Athletic Boosters Club and was retired from Best Mfg. Company Human Resources.

Surviving are daughter and spouse, Lisa and Keven MacKinney; son and spouse, Jason and Buffy Brown; grandchildren, Jase Brown, Libby Brown, and Jeff MacKinney; former wife, Joyce Brown; uncle, Bobby Bush; special cousins, Mike and Jane Floyd, Karen Bush Hill, Linda Bush Upton, Martha Bishop, and Buddy Floyd; several Cousins.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ralph “Country” Brown Scholarship at Chattooga High School.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Doris Ellen Purcell


Mrs. Doris Ellen Wilkerson Purcell, age 74 of Trion, Georgia, passed away March 18, 2020 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Mrs. Purcell was born in Trion, Georgia on October 26, 1945, daughter of the late R.W. “Shorty” and Mildred Lane Wilkerson. She was a member of the Horizon Baptist Fellowship in Summerville, Georgia. Mrs. Purcell is retired from the State of Georgia Department of Corrections, working previously in customer service at Riegel Textile Corporation and the Department of Family and Children's Services in Ringgold. She was a devout Christian, spending many years working with young people and teaching Sunday school. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Purcell was preceded in death by a sister, Judith Ann Childers.

Mrs Purcell is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul Lamar Purcell; sons, Paul “LaDon” (Patti) Purcell of Smyrna; Robert Allan “Bobby” Purcell of Trion; grandchildren, Emily Sara Purcell and William Lane Purcell of Smyrna; sister, Mary (Jerry) Fuller of Rome; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside service and interment will be held March 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the West Hill Cemetery in Trion with the Rev. Kevin Norton and Rev. John Paul Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be William Purcell, Sean Casey, Brian Baggett, Chris Purcell, Ryan Hamilton, and Matthew Swords.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation or formal funeral service. The family encourages everyone to consider their safety and the safety of others and practice social distancing if choosing to attend the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is responsible for the arrangements for Mrs. Doris Ellen Wilkerson Purcell.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mrs. Mollie H. Greene

MRS. MOLLIE H. GREENE, age 84, of Fort Payne, Alabama, formerly of Chattooga County, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the local nursing home. She was born in Centre, Alabama on April 6, 1935, a daughter of the late Edward and Haynie Mobbs Archer. Mrs. Greene was Pentecostal by faith, a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband the late James Russell Greene.

Surviving are daughters, Deborah (Dan) Hughes and Dawn (Wendell) Morris; sons, Dennis (Susan) Greene, Darrell (Judy) Greene, Danny (Shonna) Greene; sisters, Doris Taylor and Omadean Sessions; brother, James Archer; Nine Grandchildren, Nine Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Due to concern of the public health crisis, a Private Graveside service will be held Thursday from West Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Andy Hutchens officiating.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Miss Haley Brianna Smith

MISS HALEY BRIANNA SMITH, age 22, of Fulmer Street-Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, from injuries received in an auto accident, Sunday. Born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on October 4, 1997 to Lonnie R. and Tonya Payne Smith, who survive. Haley was a 2016 Graduate of Chattooga and enjoyed singing. She was a member of New Generation Church of God and a member of the Drama Team of the church. Haley was employed in the packing department of Branded Logic in LaFayette. She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents the late Wayne and Maxine Morgan and maternal grandfather, the late Clayton Payne, Jr..

Surviving are parents, Lonnie and Tonya Payne Smith; maternal grandparents, Sheila Hayslip, Preston and Jan Hayslip; brother, Jacob Smith; niece, Melody Smith; several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 20th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, with Pastor Danny Harkins officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers, Patrick Strawn, Curtis Brown, Dewayne Treadaway, Lamar Deberry, Ryan Hollingsworth, Barron Totherow, Terry McWhorter, Tucker Ryan Arnold. The Family will receive friends Friday, 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Miss Haley Brianna Smith who passed away Sunday.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Sue Woods Hurley

Sue Woods Hurley died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Saturday, March 14, 2020. She was a prominent business woman as well as owner, chairperson and president of the only female-owned, national bank in Georgia and Florida, Southeast First National Bank.

Mrs. Hurley, her late husband and family ran a very successful grocery business for 44 years with stores in Summerville and Trion, Georgia as well as Fort Payne, Alabama. Mrs. Hurley purchased and took over the operation of First National Bank of Chattooga County, now Southeast First National Bank, in 1980 and quickly turned it into a profitable institution. In 2008, she purchased a Florida bank, merged it with Southeast First National Bank and moved it to Bay County, Florida. Regardless of the conditions of the economy, the institution under Mrs. Hurley’s supervision has maintained 40 consecutive years of annual operating profits. Mrs. Hurley was born on May 10, 1938 in Lyerly, Georgia to William C. Woods and Leila Brady Woods. She attended Lyerly School and was a letterman on the Lyerly Lions basketball team with her sister, Toni Woods Tutton. She also attended Northeast Alabama Community College, Bank Administration Institute and Georgia Banking School of the Georgia Banker’s Association in Athens, Georgia. She served as chairperson and CEO of the real estate development company Hurley’s Foods, Inc. She served as chairperson of the board of the Southeast First National Bank and chairperson of the board of Summerville/Trion Bancshares, Inc. She also served as a member on the board of Bank of Adairsville and Adairsville Bancshares, Inc.

Mrs. Hurley was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Tollie Fay Hurley; brothers, William Harold Woods and Brady Mell Woods; and sisters, Massena Woods Johnson, Ann Woods Cornish and Toni Woods Tutton. Mrs. Hurley is survived by a son and daughter in law, Edward F. Hurley and Ginny Craven Hurley; a daughter and son in law, Suzanne Hurley Bowman and Timothy E. Bowman; a son and daughter in law, William B. Hurley and Jamie Keeling Hurley; twelve grandchildren, Alexandria Dawes Hurley, Katherine Cutler Hurley, Madeline Grace Hurley, William Evan Bowman, William Craven McGuire, Katherine Ellen McGuire, Haley Bowman Barbaro, Jennifer Bowman Rogers, Kelsey Bowman Wiggins, Jacob E Bowman, Kendall Keeling and Kaitlyn Keeling; nephews, Roman William Kent, Joseph William Cornish, James Michael Woods, Harold Lynn Woods, Charles Randall Tutton, William M. Tutton and Peter Woods Cornish; and a brother in law and wife, Benjamin Gene Hurley and Marceline Mobbs Hurley.

Graveside services will be held at 1 P.M. on Sunday, March 15 by Rainwater Funeral Home in Summerville, Georgia at the Summerville Cemetery with Reverend Ken Johnson and Reverend L.D. Ludy presiding. Pallbearers are Timothy E. Bowman, William E. Bowman, William M. Tutton, William Nickolas Tutton, P. Scott Ayers and William B. Hurley. The family is especially thankful for Mrs. Hurley’s caregivers Rebecca Hill, Jessica Hill, Kathy Swafford and Debra Hefner.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mrs. Nell Blalock Dodd

Mrs. Nell Blalock Dodd, age 82, of Gaylesville, Alabama, passed away Wednesday morning in a Rome, Georgia hospital. She was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on July 27, 1937 to the late Calvin and Don Hartline Blalock. Mrs. Dodd was a member of Chesterfield Baptist Church and was retired from Harriett-Henderson Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Billy Joe Dodd.

Surviving are daughter, Patricia (Greg) Bentley; sons, Dale (Regina) Dodd, Herbert (Michelle) Dodd, Randy Dodd, and Joe Dodd; sister, Kathryn Vernon; brothers, Billy Blalock, Ronald Blalock, and Harold Blalock; Fifteen Grandchildren, Sixteen Great Grandchildren, several Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 12th, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Pariton, Chad Dodd, and Cody Bentley officiating, interment in Faith Baptist Church Cemetery. Active Palbearers will be Grandsons; Honorary Pallbearers Sam and Ann Hudsputh, Jane Canada, Mike Dodd, and Leon Dodd. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. EST. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Nell Blalock Dodd.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mrs. Jean W. Bynum

MRS. JEAN W. BYNUM, age 92, of Summerville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in the local nursing home. A native of Dekalb County, Alabama, She was born to the late William L. and Clara Thomas Wood on August 19, 1927. A member of North Summerville Baptist Church, She was retired from Mount Vernon Mills. Preceding Her in death were husbands, the late Walter Maxey Parsons and the late Russell Edward Bynum.

Surviving are Nieces and Nephews.

At Mrs. Bynum's request, there will be no Funeral Service and no flowers, contributions may be made to the North Summerville Baptist Church. A visitation will be held Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M., at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in Greenhills Memory Garden.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Mrs. Marcela Cecilia Moreno Nunez

MRS. MARCELA CECILIA MORENO NUNEZ, age 68, of Menlo, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at her residence. She was born on November 22, 1951 in San Fernando, Chile to the late Jorge Moreno and Amada Nunez. She was a kindergarten teacher for the Chile military.

Surviving are husband, Luis Gabriel Esteva Somoza; daughter and son-in-law, Carolina and Jason Wright; grandchildren, Ava Wright, Sawyer Wright, and Aiden Wright; sisters, Paulina Moreno and Paz Moreno; brother, Cristian Moreno.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 4th, at 5:00 P.M. From the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Wright officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Heyman Hospice of Rome.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Marcela Cecilia Moreno Nunez.