Sunday, April 24, 2022


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


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


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


 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.


 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.