Monday, January 17, 2022


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


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


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

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


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.