Mrs. Odete Parucci Estes’ long battle with cancer ended on March 29, 2017 when she peacefully passed away at home, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Odete Parucci Estes was born in Martinópolis, Brazil on July 6, 1951, the first of five children born to Osvaldo and Aparecida in a loving, Catholic home.
They moved to the city of São Paulo when Odete was two, where the family still lives today. Her American adventure began when at age 14, she moved to Los Angeles to live with her uncle and aunt to attend high school. She learned English after her arrival, excelling in academics and sewing.
In 1969 during her senior year at Belmont High School, her aunt introduced her to a nice young sailor from Alabama.
That summer, she married Mike Estes and soon moved to the Atlanta area where she held odd jobs while he worked construction before the two settled in Rockmart.
Four years later, they welcomed daughter Cristine and then Lori, her first students. Despite the long distance, Odete kept close ties with her growing Brazilian family, visiting whenever they could.
In 1994, she became a citizen of the U.S. and maintained dual citizenship thereafter.
Always industrious, Odete woke up with the sun and made the most of every day. She loved gardening, cooking, sew-ing and music. As a stay-at-home mom, she shared her talents by sewing for the community—from curtains to wed-ding dresses.
Odete took pride in everything she did. Her passion was teaching, and she started as a full-time paraprofessional while taking college classes at night to earn her first degree. During her 28-year career as a Spanish teacher, she worked in Bremen, Rockmart, Rome, and Cedartown at all levels from pre-school to college.
Shortly after becoming grandparents in 2003, Odete and Mike moved to Cedartown in a house she chose mainly for the flowers that came with it! Most of her retirement was spent outdoors, tending to her flowerbeds, yard, and fish pond while enjoying coffee with Mike on the patio.
“Nona” was a doting grandmother, spoiling her four grandchildren without limitation.
From climbing trees to making doll clothes, she was an active part of their lives. Rarely could Odete go anywhere in the community without seeing former students who shared their gratitude for her devotion to teaching.
Odete also loved going on new adventures with her best friend Kathy Lindsey by her side.
In the summer of 2015, Odete enjoyed a wonderful visit to Brazil.
That fall, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She fought valiantly, outperforming all doctors’ expectations.
She is survived by Mike, her husband of 47 years; daughters and sons-in-law, Cristine and Tom Schulz and Lori and Norman Smith; grandchildren Anna-Lauren Smith, Natalie Schulz, Julia Schulz, and Sam Smith; her parents Osvaldo and Aparecida; her siblings Vandercio, José, Floripes, and Vanderlei; and seven nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Friday evening, March 31, 2017 at The Smith & Miller Funeral Home.
Those desiring to make gifts in her honor are invited to make contributions to Cancer Navigators Inc., 3 Central Plaza, Suite 415, Rome, Georgia 30161.
A funeral service for Odete Estes was conducted Saturday April 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Broome officiating.
The interment followed in Northview Cemetery.
The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: C.L. Carter Jr., Jason Carter, Billy Fagan, Dustin Lindsey, Greg Lindsey, and Jonathan Lindsey.
The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Odete Estes.
Mr. Jere Paul Furr, age 82, of Cedartown, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1934 in Atlanta, a son of the late Paul and Ezell Monroe Furr.
Mr. Furr had been a resident of Polk County for the past twenty five years moving here from Austell. He enjoyed farming, traveling, fixing things and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church.
Mr. Furr had worked as a self employed general contractor for many years, and he was also a farmer.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Juewenia Furr Brown on Dec. 9, 2015.
Survivors include a daughter, Felicia Furr Gaddis; son, Greg Furr; three sisters: Janet Johnson, Jean Martin and Shelia Crews; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Memorial services are being held at the Furr Farm on Hightower Falls Road, Cedartown on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends following the service at the farm until 4:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts be made in Mr. Furrs’ memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, W. Va. 25438-0018.
The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Jere Paul Furr.
Mr. Ellis W. “Bill” Guice, age 82, of Rockmart, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in a Rome medical center.
Mr. Guice was born in Cedartown on July 29, 1934 a son of the late Lewis B. Guice and Edie Mae Gallimore Guice.
He had lived in Polk County most his life; was a member of the Vanwert Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Guice retired from Atlanta Local # 85 Sheet Metal Union having worked at Plant Bowen for a number of years and following that retirement he worked for the City of Rockmart Public Works Department for several years.
He enjoyed working in his garden and had a great love for his dog “Chico”.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons: Ricky and David Guice; two grandsons: Michael Robinson and Eric Guice; brother, Junior Guice; son in law, David Patterson and a daughter in law, Teresa Guice.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Guice of Rockmart to whom he was married on Feb. 25, 1984; daughter, Sherry Patterson, Cedartown; son, Chris Guice, Dallas; step son, Randy Akins and wife Paula, Villa Rica; mother of his children, Charlene Guice, Cedartown; sister, Annelle Goldin, Cedartown; two brothers: James Guice, Cedartown and Rudolph Guice, Douglasville; eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Head and Rev. Steven Swift officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Timmy Johnson, Doug Swift, Randy Akins, Deric Guice, Austin Guice and Craig Guice.
The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral service of Mr. Ellis W. “Bill” Guice.
Mrs. Ruthie Ellen Sumlar, age 81 of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
She was born on Aug. 27, 1935 in Mulberry, Ark., the daughter of the late Flay and Nora Masterson Harrison.
Mrs. Sumlar worked for many years in retail department stores such as Belk and J.C. Penny here in Cedartown.
She was also employed at Moore’s Pharmacy for 14 years; as well as a manager of Our House Thrift Store for 10 years and retired at the year of 78.
Mrs. Sumlar is survived by her daughters, Julie Beck and Joy Brown; son, Charles Warren Lee (Ellen); sisters, Mary Ann Henry and Carolyn Jewell Dutton; brother, Floy Lee Harrison (Sue); grandchildren, Amy O’Neil (Dan), Angela Maiden (Wayne), Ashley Lee, Tyler Lee and Joshua Beck. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren and a number of extended family members also survive.
Mrs. Sumlar is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Sumlar; sisters, Betty Faye Dutton and Norene Gilbreth; brothers, John Franklin Harrison, David Wallace Harrison and Jessie Olin Harrison and great-grandchildren, Jacob Rice and Brenton Rice.
The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Ruthie Ellen Sumlar were conducted on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.
The family of Mrs. Sumlar received family and friends on Friday evening, March 31, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.
Messages of condolence can be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at gammagefh.com.
The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Mrs. Ruthie Ellen Sumlar.
Mr. William Hugh Jarrell, age 69, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 following an extended illness.
Mr. Jarrell was born on Feb. 28, 1948 in Cedartown, the son of the late Mr. William Doyle Jarrell and Mrs. Lois Hughes Jarrell.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Debby L. Jarrell.
He was a graduate of the Cedartown High School and was a veteran, proudly serving with U.S. Marine Corp. While during his tour of duty he attained the rank of Corporal.
Mr. Jarrell had worked in the banking industry as a loan officer in Atlanta for many years.
His financial career also took him into the Pawn business, before retiring from a very successful life in finance.
He loved to work and realized early on that he had more to contribute to life following his retirement.
Mr. Jarrell had a great desire and interest in Public Safety.
He then joined the Polk County Emergency 911 Center as a communications officer.
He later went on to join the Polk County Police Department as a patrolman and proudly served the Agency until his retirement due to his declining health.
Mr. Jarrell was proud of his service to his community, attaining the rank of Corporal.
He was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by a countless number of friends and a grateful community.
Funeral services were conducted on Thursday afternoon, March 30, 2017 at 5 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Jamie Newsome officiating and Mr. Larry Odom delivering the Eulogy.
Music performances were under the direction of Mr. John Sewell.
The visitation for Mr. Hugh Jarrell was held on Thursday afternoon, March 30, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.
Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens with military honors being conducted by a Flag and Bugle Detail from the Brewster-Cleveland Post 86 Honor Guard of Cedartown.
Visit the memorial web site at www.liteseyfh.com to extend personal condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. William Hugh Jarrell.
Mrs. Nellie Ruth Moody Kent, age 90 of Julian, N.C., formerly of Acworth, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017.
Mrs. Kent was born May 31, 1926 in Ashburn, daughter of the late Robert Lee Moody and the late Vessie Lee Stegall Moody.
She served as a Rosie the Riveter during World War II having worked at the Bell Bomber Plant in Marietta helping build the B-29.
Mrs. Kent retired from DuPont Industries and worked for many years as a beautician.
She was of the Methodist faith and was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Kent on Aug. 29, 2009 and five siblings.
Survivors included a daughter, Sandra Gilliland and her husband David of Julian, N.C.; son, Keith Kent and his girlfriend, Ninnah Allen of Dallas; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survived.
Funeral graveside and interment services for Mrs. Kent were held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the family lot of the Yorkville Memorial Gardens with Brother Jerry Adair officiating.
Please visit the website www.freemanharrisfunerals.com to extend personal condolences to the family by signing the online guestbook.
Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral graveside service for Mrs. Nellie Ruth Moody Kent.
Mrs. Sue Elaine Williams Wimpey, age 76 of Rockmart, Georgia passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Mrs. Wimpey was born Jan. 29, 1941 in Polk County, daughter of the late James Monroe Williams and the late Estelle Byers Williams.
She was a member of the Van Wert Baptist Church and a private caregiver.
Mrs. Wimpey was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
Survivors included two brothers, Donald E. Williams of Rockmart and Billy Marvin Williams of Aragon; numerous nieces and nephews also survived.
Memorial graveside and interment services for Mr. Wimpey were held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the family lot of the Aragon Cemetery with Rev. Danny Dunn officiating.
Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the memorial graveside service for Mrs. Sue Elaine Williams Wimpey.