Royce Currie

Royce Alexander (Junior) Currie, from Calhoun, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Morning Pointe Assisted Living.

Royce was born on July 14, 1929 in Anniston, Ala. He became an Eagle Scout in Troop 15, Boy Scouts of America. After graduation from Anniston High School, in 1946, he enlisted in the United States Army. The enlistment officer, noticing that Currie’s father was deceased, dropped the “Junior” from his name.

Currie went through basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., qualifying as a gun crewman, light artillery. He volunteered for the paratroops and was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., for training. He was then assigned to the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion, at Fort Benning. While there he was trained as a pathfinder, rifleman, radio operator and radio repairman. When the 501st was deactivated, in late 1947, Currie was transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he became a Sergeant, until the 22nd of August, 1949.

He was accepted as a student by the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) but was advised to start Jacksonville State College due to the overcrowded conditions then at Auburn. Currie entered college in the fall of 1949, the Korean Police action began in 1950 and Currie, belonging to the Army reserves, was asked to work the year of 1951, as a civilian, installing radio equipment in Army tanks and scout cars, at Anniston Army Depot. He graduated from Auburn in 1953, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, later becoming a registered Professional Engineer, working with various jobs in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. His hobbies included, among other interest, becoming an amateur radio operator for K4BFL, in 1954; also a private pilot in 1967.

Currie married Martha Ann Hughes on Aug. 22, 1952 and they were happily married for 53 years, until her death, Feb. 8, 2006.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Royce Currie was conducted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Donnie Lee Sills officiating. Burial followed in Fain Cemetery.

The family received friends on Tuesday, July 18 from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour of 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Royce Currie.

Ollie Slaughter

Mr. Ollie H. Slaughter, 84 of Calhoun, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was born in Gordon County on Sept. 30, 1932, son of the late William Slaughter and Emma Jones Slaughter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife in 2015, Georgia Mae Slaughter; a brother, Jason Newberry and his wife, Nellie; nephews, Marvin Newberry and Ray Newberry; and a brother-in-law, Waymond Gwin.

Mr. Slaughter was a veteran, serving his country in the United States Army. He was a diesel mechanic, operating his own business for many years. He was a member of Way of the Cross Church, where he taught Sunday School and served as a Deacon. He sang with the Gospel Valley Boys.

Survivors include his sons, Charlie Slaughter and his wife, Teresa, and Phillip Ellis; daughters, Brenda Earwood and her husband, Ellis, and Karen Mitchell and Kenneth Logan; a brother, Jim Slaughter; grandchildren, Timothy Slaughter and his wife, Amy, April Davis and her husband, Rick, Emily Ellis, Alex Ellis, Kayla Mitchell, Alan Earwood, Sharon Lingerfelt, and Ben Earwood; great-grandchildren, Brennan, Emma, Everett, Wesley, Jeremy Earwood, Dakota Moss, and Kaila Shoemaker; great-great grandchildren, Brianna Queen, Hunter Moss, and Justin Moss; nephews, Monty (Diana) Slaughter, Michael Slaughter and Mitchell Slaughter; a niece, Pam Gwin; and great-nieces, Amber Piper and Saha Piper.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at Way of the Cross Church, with Rev. Jimmy Black and Rev. Jerry Green officiating. Burial followed at Old Sugar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Ellis Earwood, Kenneth Logan, Wesley Pace, Charlie Slaughter, Rick Davis, Sgt. Timothy Slaughter, Terry Green, and Jimmy Black.

The Slaughter family received friends on Friday, July 14 at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m.

The family thanks Life Care of Collegedale for their care and service provided for the past two years.

Condolences may be left at Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Buster Franklin, Sr.

Buster LeRoy Franklin Sr., 78, of Ranger, died at Gordon Hospital on Sunday, July 16, 2017 following several months of declining health. Buster was born in Lafayette on Jan. 19, 1939; he was the son of the late Charles and Jannie Franklin. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wetty Franklin and Leon Franklin.

Buster is survived by his loving wife, Annie Franklin; his sons and daughter-in-law, Buster and Sally Franklin Jr., and Eddie Franklin; his daughter and her fiancé, Diane Thomas and William Woody; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Bunt and James Morrison, Gracie and Claudas Morrison, Mollie and Lynn Carpenter, and Becky and Terry Millsap; his grandchildren, Teresa Franklin and Shannon McCeary, Cody Franklin, Dustin Franklin, and Ashley Franklin; his great-grandchildren, Miracle McCeary, Nevaeh McCeary, and Destini McCeary; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The Franklin family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 18 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the family plot at White Cemetery near Villanow. Bro. Junior Williams will officiate. Pallbearers are Shannon McCeary, Dustin Franklin, Cody Franklin, Fred Allen Williams, and Ronnie Williams.

Friends may sign the online guest register at Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Donna Harris

Donna Harris, age 61, of Rome, passed away Tuesday, July 11, at Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Harris was born on Nov. 12, 1955 in Washtenaw County, Mich., daughter of Travis Holsonback and late Charlotte Holsonback. She was preceded in death by Nathan Braddy, grandson.

Donna is survived by her husband of thirty-one years, Victor Harris, and her children: Jeremy Seabolt, Jason Braddy, and Julie Harris-Cudd; her sisters, Teresa Rickett and Rosebud Scott; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Smith, Jeremy Seabolt II, Andrew Braddy, Avery Cudd, Randi Braddy, Richard Braddy, Adler Cudd, Candice Hutcheson, Summer Hutcheson, and Jimmy Brown, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Ansley Brown, Corbin Brown, Braxton Smith. Special thanks to Susan Holloway, Maggie Braddy, and Jamie Braddy. Many nieces and nephews survive as well.

A special memorial will be held on July 29 from 1 until 5 p.m. at Mrs. Harris’ house in Rome, Ga.

This is a courtesy announcement by Thomas Funeral Home for the family of Donna Harris.