Monday, May 30, 2022


MR. EDWARD LEROY TEEMS, age 77, of Burton Road, Trion, Georgia, passed away Monday morning, May 30, 2022, at his residence. He was born on April 24, 1945 to the late Andrew (Pete) Teems and Floy Townsend Teems. Mr. Teems served in the U. S. Air Force in Viet Nam, later retiring from the U. S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, the late Barbara Newsome.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Edward Leroy Teems, Jr. and Merida (Vicki) Manipoun Teems of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Kathaleen Fish of Fitzgerald, Ga.; grandchildren, Edward Teems III and Elle Teems; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, interment in Silver Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors rendered by Shanklin-Attaway American Legion Honor Guard. Active Pallbearers Allen Conger, Logan Conger, David Fish, Jimmy Wilkerson, Andy Cash, and Jim Smith. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Edward Leroy Teems, who passed away Monday morning.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022


MR. JOHN MARTINEZ, age 90, of Rome, Georgia, formerly of Chattooga County, Georgia, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022, in a Rome hospital. Mr. Martinez was born in Denver, Colorado on June 2, 1931, a son of the late John Joseph Martinez and Flora Sena Martinez. He was a Veteran of the United States Marines serving in Korea and was a member, former choir director, and Sunday school teacher of the New Bethel Baptist Church. In addition to His Parents, John was preceded in death by his wife the late Juanita Massey Martinez.

Surviving is a brother, Greg Martinez of Michigan; several Nieces and Nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Frances Padgett Gordon, born in Chattooga County, Georgia and a long-time resident of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the age of 93. She is pre-deceased by her husband, George Edd Gordon, with whom she operated Gordon's Leasing and Transport out of Orlando. She was a member of Delaney St. Baptist Church and spent many years following retirement working at their Pre-school. Frances loved gardening and was a volunteer at Harry P. Leu Gardens for many years. Survivors include her sister Nelda Gayler Smith, sister-in-law Martha Sue Speer, daughters Dianne (Mac) Gifford and Gwen (Jim) O'Sullivan, son Edd (Becky) Gordon, grandchildren Heather (Ritchard) Baus, Heath (Amanda) Gifford, Mindy (Randall) Gilbert, Edd Gordon, Jr., Katie (Brent) Wainscott, Kelci and Ryan Mauldin, and her wonderful great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

Graveside services to be held June 18th at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gore, Georgia, her childhood church and where she and George Edd were married. Now they will be together again. Interment by Earle Rainwater Funeral Home, Summerville Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Westminster Towers Orlando Employee Holiday Fund, 70 W. Lucerne Circle, Orlando, Florida, 32806.

Saturday, May 21, 2022


MR. GAYLON L. RUSH, age 83, of Roslyn Lane, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, in a Rome hospital.

A native of Trion, Georgia, He was born to the late Otha and Thelma Rush, on April 26, 1939. Mr. Rush was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church, a Veteran of the U. S. Army, and was retired from commercial finance.

Surviving are daughters, Debra Koertge (Richard), Linda Barbagallo (Sal), and Barbara Schafer (Kurt); son, John Rush; sister, Marilyn Wood; grandchildren, Natalie Whigham, Laura Bargagallo, Ashley Fred, Christopher Koertge, Christian Schafer, and Grace Schafer; great granddaughter, Olivia Whigham; niece, Susan Murdock (Todd); great nieces, Graci Murdock and Chloe Murdock; special friend, Norma Ables.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 26th, at 1:30 P.M. from the Summerville First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Mason and Dr. Sean Wegener officiating, interment in West Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. at the Church.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Monday, May 16, 2022


 MRS. BARBARA DIANNE BLACKWELL, age 75 of Summerville, Georgia went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, May 15th, 2022. She was born on November 3, 1946, to the late Buford and Mary Ruth Smith.  Mrs. Blackwell was employed with Mohawk Industries for 25 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, admired by many and known to all simply as Nanny.  She loved sitting on her front porch enjoying her two cats and feeding her squirrels and birds. She was a member of Berryton Baptist Church.  In addition to Her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Odell Johnston; brothers, Wayne, Joe, and Martin Smith; sisters, Lou Payne, Faye Buffington, and Redonna Green.


Surviving are her husband of 58 loving years of marriage, Bob Blackwell; three daughters, May Ann (Donny) Blackwell, Karen (Steve) Odom, and Renee Blackwell; 5 grandchildren, Brittney (Michael) Nicholson, Dustin Blackwell, Erika (Keith) Simmons, Sara Jo Haney and Jacob Odom; 7 great grandchildren, Molly and Evie Nicholson, Jet Johnson, Dartey Robert and Sutton Grace Blackwell and Sophia and Greyson Simmons; sister, Cindy (Jim) Cotten,  along with several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 3 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Payne, Bro. Kenny Payne, Bro. Russ and Misty Blackwell officiating, emtombment in Greenhills Memory Garden.  Active Pallbearers will be Donald McGraw, Rodney Blackwell, Clint Dillard, Luke Blackwell, Bobby Brown, and LaBranne Willingham.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Mohawk Industries Employees.  The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 1 until 3 p.m. on Tuesday.


Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Barbara Dianne Blackwell who passed away on Sunday.

Saturday, May 14, 2022


DEWAYNE COPELAND, AGE 74 of Washington Street, passed away Friday, May 13th, 2022, in a Rome hospital. He was born in Sand Rock, Alabama on September 26, 1947, son of the late Martin Copeland and Melissa Mitchell Copeland. Mr. Copeland was a member of the Summerville First Baptist Church and retired Electrician from Georgia Power.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Lenderman Copeland; daughters, Holly (Joe) Money, Angela (Matt) Veitch, Melissa (Kevin) Queen. Amanda Peters; sons, Lane Copeland, Ryan Copeland; sister, Betty Ann Lively; Grandchildren, Caleb Veitch, Gracelyn Veitch, Alexandra Peters, Thomas Peters, Alex Queen, Landon Henson, Jackson Copeland, Dayton Copeland; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 16, 2022, at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home from 1 until 2 p.m. There will be a Private Family Graveside Service to follow visitation. Dr. Sean Wegener will officiate, interment in the Sand Rock Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Matt Veitch, Kevin Queen, Joseph Jackson, Roger McConkey, Benny Lenderman, and Zack Tucker. Honorary Pallbearers will be Monk Groover, Jim Bagley and the Members of the North Georgia Cruisers. The family respectfully requests no flowers nor food and that contributions in Dewayne’s memory may be made to Gideons International or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. Dewayne Copeland who passed away on Friday.

Friday, May 13, 2022


 MRS. SHIRLEY MAXEY, age 88, of Martha Berry Highway, Rome, Georgia, passed away Thursday evening in a Rome Hospital, following an unexpected illness.

She was born in Summerville, Georgia on November 27, 1933, to the late James Thomas and Della Mae Allen Holt.  Mrs. Maxey was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was retired Teacher for the Floyd Training Center in Rome.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Dewey Jesse Maxey, a son, the late Michael Cavin Maxey, and a brother, the late Tommy Holt.


            Surviving are her children, Dewey Alan and Carol Maxey and Sonya Dawn and Greg Montgomery; grandchildren, Jesse and Justin Montgomery, James Maxey, and Bethany Mooneyhan; Eight Great Grandchildren; sister, Bobbie Jones; brother, Vernon Holt; daughter-in-law, Tori Underwood; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.


            Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16th, at 11:00 a.m. from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Montgomery and Rev. James Baird officiating, interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Jesse Montgomery, Justin Montgomery, Steve Anderson, Justin Mooneyhan, Danny Pierce and John Riley.  Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Earle Rainwater Funeral Home.


            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Shirley Maxey.

Thursday, May 12, 2022


 MR. THOMAS CLEVELAND (T.C.) PLEDGER, age 88, of Grand Eight Lane, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2022, at his residence.   A native of Boaz, Alabama, he was born to the late Herman John Thomas Pledger and Bessie Turner Pledger on September 30,1933.   Mr. Pledger was retired Owner and Operator of Pledger Automotive, was member and deacon of New Beginnings Baptist Church and was choir Director in Baptist Church for over 40 years. Mr. Pledger was a Veteran of Korea serving in the United States Army, was a member and past Master of Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM, was past President of the Chattooga County Shrine Club, and a member of Gideons International.   He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Dorothy Beatrice Dooley Pledger on August 26, 2021, his parents, a daughter, the late Reda Gail Pledger, sisters, the late Betty Johnson and Gay Nell Shaw, and a brother, the late James Lewis (Pat) Pledger.


            Surviving are his daughter and spouse, Connie and Othell Stone; sons and spouses, Steve and Jill Pledger and Tommy and Kim Pledger; grandchildren, Amanda Long, Justin Stone, Leslie Boston, Brianna Stone, Zach Pledger, Lann Pledger, Trevor Pledger, and Natalie Burdick; Twenty Great Grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Bob) Pledger, Artis Pledger, and Bill Pledger.  Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.


            Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 15th, at 3:00 p.m. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with his sons Steve Pledger and Tommy Pledger, and Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.  Interment will be in the Perennial Springs Cemetery, with Masonic Rites by Alpine Lodge #211 F & AM.  Active Pallbearers will be Justin Stone, Zack Pledger, Lann Pledger, Trevor Pledger, Andy Long, Tyler Burdick and L. J. Boston.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Funeral Home.


            Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. T. C. Pledger, who passed away Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022


Honey Turley Glover aged 92 of Menlo, Georgia graduated to be with her Lord on Tuesday May 3rd at Seven Hills Place in Rome, GA.

Honey was born in Lindale GA to Comer and Martha Mathis Turley. She was a graduate of Rome High and a 1951 graduate of Shorter College (now Shorter University) where she earned a BA degree in Art. After graduation in 1951, she joined American Airlines as a flight attendant up until marriage in September of 1953 to a young US Air Force First Lieutenant Alex Glover (married for 66 years). She later taught art at East Rome Junior High and was an accomplished photographer. She was an early pioneer of infra-red aerial photography to locate buried historical artifacts which was used to locate artifacts for the Chieftains Museum in Rome which was the home of Principle Cherokee Chief John Ross who signed the New Echota Agreement for the Cherokee removal “The Trail of Tears”. She and her husband Alex Sr. where members and Elders of the Cloudland Presbyterian Church in Cloudland, GA. She was also a member of the William Marsh Chapter (Lafayette, GA) of the Daughters of The American Revolution and the Junior Service League of Rome, GA.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Laura Glover Whitton, a sister Patty Turley Foxworth, and her husband Alexander S. Glover, Sr.

She is survived by sons Alex Glover, Jr (Debbie) of Little Switzerland, NC, Sam Glover (Liz) of Menlo, GA, and a daughter Lynn Holloway (Mark) of Mentone AL, Grandchildren Blake Glover of Charlotte, NC, Evan Holloway of Armuchee, GA, Allison Holloway of Mentone, AL, Lainey Glover of Roswell, GA, and Kain Glover of Athens, GA.; a sister Joanne Bugg (Frank) of Big Canoe, GA and a brother Comer Turley, Jr. (Hennie) of Dalton, GA along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6th, at 11:00 A.M. from the Cloudland Presbyterian Church with Mr. David Tidmore officiating, interment in Cloudland Presbyterian Cemetery. Active Pallbearers Kain Glover, Evan Holloway, Blake Glover, David Allgood, Nick Price, Jeremiah Rohr, and Chris Brown. Visitation will be Friday from 10 until 11 A.M. At the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cloudland Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 383, Cloudland, Georgia-30731.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.