Obituaries

Mr. Ponder

Mr. Billie Monroe Ponder, age 76, of Cedartown passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017.

He was born in Taylorsville on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1941.

Mr. Ponder was the son of the late C.J. Ponder and the late Pauline (Cantrell) Ponder.

Mr. Ponder served in the United States Army. Following his service in the military, he made a career working as a Machinist.

Mr. Ponder was a loving Christian husband, father, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Besides his parents, Mr. Ponder is also preceded in death by two brothers, Rance Ponder and Jerry Ponder.

Survivors include his wife, Essie (Jane) Coalson Ponder of Cedartown; one son and daughter-in-law, Billie (Bill) Webster Ponder II and Tia Edwards of Cedartown; one daughter, Lori Jane (Ponder) Thacker of Rome; two grandchildren, Alexus Ponder of Rome and Billie Allen Wayne Ponder III of Cedartown; one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Ray Lewis of Cedartown as well as a number of other relatives.

Graveside Services were conducted on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. from Northview Cemetery in Cedartown with Brother Brett House officiating.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at www.croftfuneralhome.com

Croft Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Temple is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mrs. Tuck

Mrs. Jewell Arrington Tuck, age 91 of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1926 in Rock Run, Ala., the daughter of the late Willard Warner and Lou Ida Williams Arrington.

Mrs. Jewell Arrington Tuck was born during the Great Depression, and began her first job when she was only 14 years of age; she managed a clothing store, used car lot and cattle farm while raising seven children.

She operated Tuck’s Bargain Store in Cedartown for 32 years. She started her own cattle business in 1955, and was Farmer of the Year in 1997.

Mrs. Tuck was the first woman supervisor for the Coosa River Soil and Water Conservation District and was appointed to that position by then Governor Jimmy Carter and still served on that board, and she was also the first woman to sit on the United States Department of Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Mrs. Jewell was a former chairman of the board of Consolidated Farm Services, Inc formerly known as the ASCS office and she also was the founder and member of the Executive Board of the Polk County Cattleman’s Association and she served as chairman, board member and member of the Farmers Home Administration from 1983-1994 and also served on the Rolling Hills Resource Conservation Development Board.

She was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Month” in 2001 by the 7th District Congressman Bob Barr because of her volunteerism and hard work with the Wheels to Work Program which she founded.

In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments and years of service to the people of Polk County, the Polk County Board of Commissioners recognized her on her 90th birthday to make her and the community known of what a true and extraordinary lady she was.

Mrs. Tuck is survived by her children and their spouses, Phil and Dale Tuck, Dondra and Kenny Casey, Deborah and Danny Adams, Tim and Crystal Tuck, Janice and Robert Forrest, Tony and Gwen Tuck, and Judy and Randy Cook; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Tuck is preceded in death by her parents; husband, H.T. “Tater” Tuck; three sisters, and four brothers.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Jewell Arrington Tuck were conducted on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedartown with Dr. David Taylor, Rev. Wayne Benefield, Dr. Rudy Ross and other loving family members officiating.

Interment followed in the Arrington Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Tuck received family and friends on Saturday evening, April 22, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the Arrington Chapel Methodist Church, 795 County Road 181, Piedmont, Ala., 36272 or the Cattlemen’s Association of Polk County.

Mrs. Tuck’s grandsons served as pallbearers: Andy Tuck, Matt Tuck, Derrick Adams, Donnie Adams, Patrick Tuck, Parker Tuck, Amos Tuck, Jake Cook, Josh Cook, Luke Cook and Jesse Cook.

Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Tuck’s granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

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. Jewell Arrington Tuck.

Mrs. Lester

Mrs. Dorothy Othella Grogan Lester, age 82 of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1934 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Manco and Mary Lou Gary Grogan.

Mrs. Lester is survived by her husband, Dan Lester; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Kristin Lester and Mike and Tammy Lester; brother, Bobby Joe Grogan; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lester is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Nelle Odell, Faye Merritt and Edna Casey and brothers, Edward Grogan and J.W. Grogan.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Dorothy Othella Grogan Lester were conducted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Lester received family and friends on Saturday, April 22, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to a charity of your choosing.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jonathan Lester, Ethan Lester, Jackson Lester, Ray Hammett, Scott Grogan and Anthony Shell. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Grogan, Joshua Lester, Andrew Lester and Ashleigh Lester.

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. Dorothy Othella Grogan Lester.

Mrs. Steed

Mrs. Ann Steed, 76, of Cave Spring, died Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017 in a Rome hospital.

The former Myra Ann Youngblood, Mrs. Steed was born in Floyd County on June 20, 1940, daughter of the late William Roscoe Youngblood and the late Gladys Hobgood Youngblood.

Mrs. Steed was formerly associated with the Bank of Cave Spring, the Cave Spring Post office, and with the medical records departments of both Floyd Medical Center and the Harbin Clinic.

Mrs. Steed had attended the Mountain Springs United Methodist Church, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring, and had also attended the Empty Tomb in Cave Spring.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers Weldon Youngblood, Gene Youngblood, Bobby Youngblood, Byron (Buck) Youngblood, and Alvin Youngblood

Mrs. Steed is survived by her husband, Leonard Steed to whom she was married August 5, 1958; by her son, Stanley Steed and his wife Rhonda; by her daughter, Mrs. Kimberly Tucker and her husband Tony, all of Cave Spring; by four grandchildren, T. Sgt. Zachary (Katy) Steed, USAF, Melynn (Austin) Stephens, Courtney (B.J.) Poston, and Cody Tucker; and by a great-grand-daughter, Caroline Steed. Three brothers, Hilburn Youngblood, Dariel Youngblood, both of Cave Spring, and Richard (Bettie) Youngblood of Gayesville; three sister-in-laws Mrs. Judy Youngblood, Mrs. Fannie Youngblood, both of Cave Spring, and Mrs. Betty Youngblood of Cartersville, and a number of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Steed were held Saturday afternoon, April 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring with Rev. Rodney Willingham officiating and Daniel Tucker delivering the Eulogy.

Pallbearers included T. Sgt. Zachary Steed, Cody Tucker, B.J. Poston, Austin Stephens, Keith Youngblood, Scott Youngblood, Tommy Ward, and Daniel Tucker.

An honorary escort included Jimmy Anthony, Corey Youngblood, Bradley Youngblood, Harlan Ward, Jan Ward and lifelong friends Mrs. Barbara Gould, Mrs. Rosa Barnett, Mrs. Shirley Robinson, and Mrs. Peggy Myers.

Interment followed in the Roundhill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, April 21, at the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Steed.

Mrs. Campbell

Mrs. Mabel Jones Campbell, age 71, of Rockmart, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Rockmart, on April 23, 1945 a daughter of the late Dave Jones and the late Mary Elizabeth Cochran Jones.

Mrs. Campbell had been a resident of Rockmart all of her life and was an employee of Goodyear, Loral and Engineered Fabrics for over thirty years.

She was a member of the East View Baptist Church of Cedartown. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Nichelson.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Rev. Reginald Campbell, Rockmart to whom she was married on April 8, 1962; children: Regina Campbell, Rockmart, Beth Campbell, Rockmart, Marshall Campbell (Tara), Cedartown and Holly Camara (Allan), Rockmart; grandchildren: Adam Camara, Samuel Camara (Keershton), Chris Campbell, Candace Cox (Austin), Bryson Campbell, Slade Campbell and Emmalyn Campbell; great grandchildren: Blakley Cox and Truett Cox; sister, Verna Davis (Wayne), Waleska, and brother, David Jones, Cedartown; sister-in-law, Francis Campbell; brothers-in-law: Nigel Campbell, Lantz Campbell and Gearl Nichelson; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the East View Baptist Church with her husband Rev. Reginald Campbell, son Marshall Campbell, son in law Allan Camara and grandsons: Adam, Chris, Samuel and Austin delivering eulogies.

Interment followed in the church cemetery with Rev. Dewayne New and Deacon Dale Miller officiating.

Active pallbearers included: Marshall Campbell, Allan Camara, Chris Campbell, Adam Camara, Samuel Camara and Austin Cox. Honorary pallbearers will include: Candace Cox, Bryson Campbell, Slade Campbell, Emmalyn Campbell, Trevor Cox and Chevy Cox.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Mabel Jones Campbell.

Mr. Davis

Mr. Douglas R. Davis, age 74 of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

He was born on April 25, 1942 in Rockmart, the son of the late Jack and Pearl Stroup Davis.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Betty Morgan Davis; sons, Tony Davis and Chris Davis; sisters, Betty Powell and Sally Ann Marks; brothers, James Davis, Bill Davis, Roy Davis, Robert Davis and Roy-Lee Bright; granddaughter, Michelle Davis and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Douglas R. Davis was conducted on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home Chapel.

The family of Mr. Davis received family and friends on Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as honorary pallbearers: Tony Davis, Chris Davis, James Davis, Bill Davis, Roy Davis, Robert Davis and Roy-Lee Bright.

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 Mr. Douglas R. Davis.

Mr. Atkins

Mr. Clinton Atkins, age 79, of McDonough, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was born on July 29, 1937 in Newnan, Georgia. He was the son of the late Boody and Beulale Lee McDowell Atkins.

Mr. Atkins is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Connie Atkins; brother, Freeman Atkins and grandchildren, Macy Weyenberg (Mike) and Weston Atkins.

Mr. Atkins is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Joyce Faye Whitehead Atkins.

In keeping with Mr. Atkins’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial service for Mr. Clinton Atkins will be conducted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Dr. Bobby Atkins officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family of Mr. Atkins will receive family and friends on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from one o’clock in the afternoon until the memorial service hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers are to be omitted and memorial donations can be made to Truth Tabernacle of Praise, 5705 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by visiting our website and signing the online guestbook at gammagefh.com.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Mr. Clinton Atkins.

Mr. Goss

Mr. Randy Goss, age 62, of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Randy was born in Rome, on Oct. 20, 1954 a son of the late William Edward (Bodie) Goss and the late Lillian Imogene Chandler Goss.

He had lived all of his life in the Rockmart-Aragon area and was a 1972 graduate of Rockmart High School. He was a partner in Goss Brothers Trucking Company for 34 years.

Mr. Goss was a classic car collector, especially corvettes. He enjoyed attending car shows and cruises and also enjoyed hunting.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Gene Goss.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara Brown Goss; son, Guy Mears; daughter, Season Goss; six grandchildren; brother, Eddie Goss (Sandra), all of Rockmart and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Stevie Waddell officiating.

Interment followed in the Aragon Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Danny Stanford, Danny Ferguson, Walter (Mac) McNabb, Jeff Woodall, Mike Shanks and Tony Stephens.

Honorary pallbearers were: William (Billy) Chandler, Terry Brumbelow, Keith Owens, Larry Waters, Jason Ruff, Jason Suits, Mike Brown, Steven Wigley, and Jamie Nichols.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Randy Goss.

Mrs. Akins

Mrs. Joann Wilkes Akins, age 86 of Aragon, passed away Monday morning, April 17, 2017.

Mrs. Akins was born June 14, 1930 in Piedmont, Ala., daughter of the late James William Wilkes and the late Eunice Chappell Alexander Wilkes.

She was a member of the Church of God of the Union Assembly and retired as a seamstress from Atlanta Drapery Service with over 25 years of service.

Mrs. Wilkes was preceded in death by a son, Gerald “Steve” Green; sister, Martha Wilkes; and two brothers, Eugene Wilkes and Calvin “Bob” Wilkes.

Survivors included a daughter, Michelle Linton Cambron of Temple; sister, Ruby Wallace of Talladega, Ala.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Akins were held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Houston Eaton officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of West Georgia Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were her grandsons: Ricardo Cambron and Reno Cambron.

Please visit 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 service for Mrs. Joann Wilkes Akins.

Mrs. Ewton

Mrs. Nancy Elaine Balch Ewton, age 75 of Rome, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017.

She was born on Sept. 6, 1941 in Balch, Ark., the daughter of the late Paul and Mammie Gentry Balch.

Mrs. Ewton is survived by her husband, Johnny Ewton; several loving children and grandchildren; sisters, Geraldine Ferrell and Pat Surber and brother, Aubrey Balch.

Mrs. Ewton is preceded in death by her parents and son, Mark Brewer.

In keeping Mrs. Ewton’s wishes she was cremated.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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. Nancy Elaine Balch Ewton.

Ms. Bradley

A graveside service for Ms. Charles Mildred Bradley, 82, of Cedartown, was held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. Central at the Borden Springs Cemetery with Rev. Hollis Martin officiating and Thompson Funeral Home in charge.

Ms. Bradley passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home.

Survivors include one daughter, Theresa Caylor of Mableton; one sister, Lillian Howard of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Bradley was a longtime resident of Cedartown and loved to work outdoors.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Dover; two grandsons, Mike Wheeler and Ricky Dover; and her parents, Charlie and Maudie Goodwin.

Thompson Funeral Home of Piedmont, Ala., was in charge of the arrangements for Ms. Charles Mildred Bradley.

Mr. Stringer

Mr. Andrew “Andy” Paul Stringer, age 42 of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 23, 1975 in Rome.

Mr. Stringer absolutely loved mechanical work; he was a mechanic technician for John Deere Company. He was a music man that had a passion for motorcycles and automobiles.

He loved line L electric trains and working on them in his spare time.

Mr. Stringer is survived by his father, David Paul Stringer; brother, David Paul Stringer, Jr.; nieces, Skler Stringer and Lauren Stringer and nephews, Jordan Stringer and Michael Stringer.

Mr. Stringer is preceded in death by his mother, Jacqueline Ann Bowen Stringer and brother, Michael Stringer.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Andrew “Andy” Paul Stringer were conducted on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ray Floyd officiating.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mr. Stringer received family and friends on Sunday evening, April 23, 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 Mr. Andrew “Andy” Paul Stringer.

Mr. Fennell

Mr. Randy Fennell, age 60, of Taylorsville, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Rockmart, on May 22, 1956, a son of the late Milton Fennell and Kathryn Dunn Fennell.

Mr. Fennell had lived all of his life in the Polk County area and was a self employed contractor owning Randy Fennell Construction for many years.

He enjoyed taking long rides, spending time with his grandchildren and just sitting outside looking at the countryside.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Melody Fennell.

Survivors include his two daughters: Mandy Fennell, Silver Creek and Heather Gilmer, Rockmart; three grandchildren: Ashley Clark, Trent Clark and Greyson Gunnells; sister, Melissa Cagle, Taylorsville; two brothers: Reggie Fennell and Mark Fennell both of Rockmart; and the mother of his children, Lane Fennell, Silver Creek.

A memorial service for Mr. Randy Fennell was held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Brother Chris Cabe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525 Ranson, W. Va. 25438-0018.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Randy Fennell.

Mrs. Wilson

Mrs. Barbara Wilson, 57, of County Road 22, Centre, Ala., died unexpectedly Sunday morning, April 16, 2017 in a Rome hospital.

The former Barbara Brown, Mrs. Wilson was born in Rome on Jan. 5, 1960, daughter of Mrs. Chloe Cannon Brown Dollar and the late Wallace Brown.

Mrs. Wilson was associated with the Floyd County Board of Education where she had served as secretary to the Superintendent, then to the Director of Transportation, and prior to her retirement she had served as secretary at Cave Spring Elementary. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Stateline Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, Keith Wilson, to whom she was married June 23, 1979; by her daughter, Mrs. Valerie W. Martin and her husband Drew of Centre; by her son, Matthew Wilson of Hamilton, Ala.; and by five grandchildren, Vana Martin, Ellie Martin, Rosalee Martin, Rylan Wilson and Layton Wilson. Her mother, Mrs. Chloe Dollar of Rome, three brothers, Terry Brown of Rome, Greg Brown of Marietta, Randy Dollar of Woodstock, her sister, Mrs. Angela Brock of Calhoun and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilson were held Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Chris Hearne and Rev. Calvin Yarbrough officiating. Interment followed in the Cherokee Memorial Gardens in Centre. Pallbearers included Jimbo Weaver, Lester Tierce, Dooby Dobbs, Brent Terry, Jason Brown, Justin Brown, Greyson Wilson, and John Gildee.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Barbara Wilson.

Mr. Reeves

Mr. James Billy Reeves Jr., 43, of Cedartown, died on April 8, 2017.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1973, to Mr. and Mrs. James Billy Reeves Sr. of Cedartown.

Mr. Reeves was co-owner of the former Gran-Gran’s Restaurant in Cedartown.

A survivor includes his brother, Lewis Clay Brown, of Temple.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Wingfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.