Obituaries

Mrs. Posey

Mrs. Mary Jo Posey, 88, of Cave Spring, died Friday morning, Feb. 3, 2017, at her residence.

The former Mary Jo Dill, Mrs. Posey was born in Altoona, Alabama, Dec. 17, 1928, the oldest child of the late Frank Dill and the late Pearl Madderra Dill.

A member of the Cave Spring United Methodist Church, Mrs. Posey was a graduate of Jacksonville State University and had made her home in Cave Spring since 1967 when she started teaching at the Cave Spring Elementary School.

Mrs. Posey was married to R. B. Posey Oct. 11, 1957, and was preceded in death by him June 8, 2002.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Posey was also preceded in death by a grandson, Zack Notestine on Jan. 28, 2017; by her brother, J. F. Dill, and by a sister, Mrs. Pansy Meadows.

Survivors include two daughters, Ms. Lori Posey of Douglas, Alaska, and Ms. Claire Rising of Cave Spring. Two grandsons, Brandon Rising and Brice Rising, both of Atlanta, and a sister, Ms. Patsy Dill of Sylacauga, Alabama also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Posey were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Cave Spring United Methodist Church with Dr. John Page officiating. Interment followed in the family lot of the Cave Spring Cemetery. Pallbearers included Alvin Coursey, Kaine Coursey, Colby Cousey, Barry Keane, Jamie Carter, and Jeff Crider.

The family received friends at the Cave Spring United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, 2017 prior to the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cave Spring United Methodist Church.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Jo Posey.

Mr. Winkles

Mr. Marvin Guy Winkles, age 64 of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

He was born on April 3, 1953 in Fulton County, the son of the late Raymond Wiley and Dorothy Lee Powers Winkles.

Mr. Winkles is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Betty Jean Kelley Winkles; daughters and son-in-laws, Sherry Gail and Kenneth Fuqua and Shelley Marie and Mark Spencer; son, Kevin Dewayne Winkles; sisters, Carolyn Culberson and Martha Jarrell; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother-in-law, Gertrude Kelley Coleman and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Winkles is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, April Lynn Winkles.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Marvin Guy Winkles were conducted on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Buddy Floyd and Rev. Neil Hopper officiating.

Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Brewster-Cleveland Honor Guard Post #86.

In keeping with Mr. Winkles wishes, he will be cremated after the service.

The family of Mr. Winkles received family and friends on Saturday evening, Feb. 4, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the American Cancer Society; P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123.

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. Marvin Guy Winkles.

Mr. Tidwell

Mr. Leonard David Tidwell, age 86, of Rockmart, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 2, 2017.

Mr. Tidwell was born on May 21, 1930 in Cartersville, Georgia to his parents, the late John Dudley Tidwell and Callie Evans Tidwell.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his siblings, J.D., Earl, Kerry, Arthur Lee, Zula and Thelma. Mr. Tidwell was a Dairy Farmer by profession. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Johnson Tidwell; his children, Lenny and Lynn Tidwell, Mary and John Short, Larry and Kathy Tidwell, Norma and Rogelio Garcia, Randy and Shawn Waits, Kim and Ricky Barber, Clay and Kathy Johnson and Beth and Greg Daniel; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Leonard David Tidwell were conducted on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. James Blankenship officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Cassville Baptist Church Cemetery in the Cassville Community of Cartersville.

The family received friends on Saturday evening, Feb. 4, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown.

The following Gentlemen were asked to serve as pallbearers: Jeff Agan, Ethan Womack, Jacob Groves, David Childers, Randy Tidwell and Don Tidwell.

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 was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Leonard David Tidwell.

Deputy Sheriff Watts

Senior Deputy Officer, Scott Watts, age 52, of Cedartown, passed on away on Wednesday afternoon, Feb.1, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 17, 1964 in Rome, a son of the late Roy Nelson Watts and Janice Sparks Watts.

Senior Deputy Watts had a long and successful career in law enforcement. During his twenty plus years of service he had worked for the Floyd County Sheriffs Office from 1995 until 2005.

He then began working for the Polk County Sheriffs Office, where he continued to work and earned the rank of Senior Deputy Officer until his health declined in November 2016.

Senior Deputy Watts had also been involved with the Toys for Tots Program in Polk County for several years.

He is survived by his mother, Janice Sparks Watts; his brother and sister in law, Jason and Laura Watts; his nephew, Kolby Dawson Watts; his grandmother, Grace Sparks and aunts, Jackie Watts and Faye and Wayne Hindman. A number of cousins also survive.

Funeral Services for Senior Deputy Officer Scott Watts were conducted on Saturday morning, Feb. 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Agan and Rev. Jerry Stephens officiating.

Interment followed in the Centre of Felton Cemetery with Rev. Randy Vines officiating.

The Family received friends on Friday evening, Feb. 3, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following Gentlemen served as pallbearers: Kolby Watts, Dwain Roberts, Roland Devor, Keith Redden, Chip Blakinship and Jim Martin.

Members of the Polk County Law Enforcement and the Floyd County Law Enforcement served as honorary pallbearers.

For personal condolences and to sign the online guestbook, please visit liteseyfh.com.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Senior Deputy Officer, Scott Watts.

Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Sherry Madeline Burns Williams, age 74 of Cedartown, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1943 in Lindale, the daughter of the late William and Ethel Ledford Burns.

Mrs. Williams was a long time member of the Lake Creek Baptist Church.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her loving husband for 57 years, Mr. Clyde Buford Williams; daughters and son-in-laws, Christy and Barney Brown and Ann and Freddie Giles; sons and daughter-in-laws, Phillip and Angela Williams and Todd and Davina Williams; sisters, Glenda Rogers (Sweet Pea) and Mary West; brothers, Robert (Sonny) Burns, Terry Burns and Kenny Burns; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Sherry Madeline Burns Williams were conducted on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Arp and Rev. Anthony Trawick officiating.

Interment followed in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Palisades Office Park, 5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30328.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Phillip Williams, Todd Williams, Jacob Brown, Joey Giles, Christian Williams, Barney Brown, and Freddie Giles.

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. Sherry Madeline Burns Williams.

Mrs. Stroup

Mrs. Brenda Stroup, age 61 of Cedartown, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

She was born on March 3, 1955 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Howard and Madeline Crawford.

Mrs. Stroup had lived her life in the Cedartown community working as a beautician in Cedartown and Lindale Area for 30 years. Throughout the years she has collected angels that brought her peace, and found great joy in collecting shoes and pocketbooks.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Tammy Stroup.

Survivors include her husband Wayne Stroup to whom she married on Aug. 23, 1969; her daughters: Tracey Kilgroe, Rome and Tina Ayers, Cedartown; grandchildren: Andrew Ayers and Zackary Gunn; a great granddaughter, Shaveha Grace Banks; her sisters: Martha Carnes and Glenda Lorrens, both of Cedartown, and a brother, William Crawford of Cedartown. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Stroup’s wishes were to be cremated and the family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Please visit www.smithmillerfh.com to sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence for the family.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Brenda Crawford Stroup.

Mr. Ponder

Mr. Jerry Lee Ponder, age 72, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

He was born on May 22, 1944, son of the late Charlie and Pauline Cantrell Ponder.

Mr. Ponder is survived by his sons and daughter-in-laws, Jason and Shelley Ponder and Jarrod and Rosa Ponder; daughter, Lori Armellino; sister, Ann Lewis (Ray); brother, Billie Ponder (Jane); grandchildren, Toby Armellino, Madison Ponder, Christian Ponder, Kenley Hann and Jarron Ponder and the love of his life and caregiver, Ms. Sue Yarbrough.

Mr. Ponder is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rance Ponder.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Jerry Lee Ponder were conducted on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 1 p.m. in the Chapel at the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Lackey officiating.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mr. Ponder received family and friends on Thursday evening, Feb. 2, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Ken Woods, Barry Bentley, Steve Fetkenhour, Johnny Mooney, Van Dingler and Bill Richardson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Lewis and D.R. Baldwin.

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. Jerry Lee Ponder.

Mrs. Baggett

Mrs. Hazel Baggett, age 91, of Rockmart, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Rockmart on July 20, 1925 the daughter of the late Mose Robinson and Mamie Womack Robinson.

Mrs. Baggett had lived all of her life in Rockmart, was a member of the Morning View Baptist Church and retired from the Goodyear Mill with 46 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Baggett in 1990.

Survivors include a niece, Sue Robinson, Rome; two great nephews: Scottie Robinson and Ricky Robinson both of Rome; two great great nephews and one great great niece also survive.

Graveside funeral and interment services were held Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Rockmart Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jeff Hulsey officiating.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Hazel Baggett.

Ms. Boone

Ms. Amber Rashea Landrum Boone, age 39 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 13, 1977 in Atlanta, the daughter of Charles Howard and Elizabeth Ann Dover Landrum.

Ms. Boone is survived by her parents; daughters, Abigail Virginia Boone and Gabrielle Jewel Boone; sister, Sherri Landrum England (Todd) and other numerous family members.

In keeping with her wishes she was cremated.

A memorial service for Ms. Amber Rashea Landrum Boone was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Minister Phil Rogers officiating.

The family of Ms. Boone received family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 prior to the memorial service hour at Gammage Funeral Home.

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

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 Ms. Amber Rashea Landrum Boone.

Mrs. McAlister

Mrs. Aileene McAlister, age 88, of Rockmart passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in a Rome medical center following several months of declining health.

She was born in Chatsworth on June 7, 1928 a daughter of the late Allen Burton Ridley and Rosie Elizabeth Couch Ridley.

Mrs. McAlister had lived in the Taylorsville and Rockmart area all of her life where she was a homemaker. She loved Jesus.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Monroe McAlister and by two sons: Red and Tom McAlister.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Andrews; two sons: Kenny (Cindy) McAlister and Charles McAlister; a number of grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Hulsey officiating.

Interment followed in the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Wednesday afternoon prior to the funeral hour at the funeral home.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Aileene McAlister.

Mr. Smull

Mr. John Malcom Smull, age 62, of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 29, 2017.

Mr. Smull was born on April 6, 1954 in Monroe, Louisiana to his parents, the late Henry Ramsey Smull and Dorothy Mae Hamilton Smull.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Ramsey Smull Jr. and Robert Hamilton Smull as well as a sister, Glenda Smull McRee.

He was an associate with the Yancey Equipment Corporation and served as one of the Company’s Mechanics.

He is survived by his family, his loving wife, Mrs. Sandra Oliver Smull; his children, son, Dustin Wesley Smull; daughters and sons in law, Chrystal Smull Mosqueda and her husband Jonathan, Ashley Smull, Hannah Shaw and her husband Michael and Haley Grant; his sister and brother in law, Linda Ann Tony and her husband Ron; his grandchildren, Aiyanna Smull, Catalina Mosqueda, Jonathan Mosqueda, Liliana Mosqueda, Emma Shaw, Anslee Grant and Adalyn Verdine. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. John Malcom Smull were conducted on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry Snapp officiating.

Music was under the direction of Vocalist Pam Atcheson.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens.

The family receive friends on Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following Gentlemen were asked to serve as pallbearers: Scott McCray, Ken Hatch, Alan Rakestraw, Shane Myers, Eric Hilton and Willie Ferricks.

We invite you to visit our memorial web site at www.liteseyfh.com to extend your personal condolences to the family and to sign the online guest book.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. John Malcom Smull

Mrs. Plante

Mrs. Mary Ann Plante age 62 of Cedartown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Mary Ann Plante was born in Leadville, Miss., on July 25, 1954 to the late Vernon and Mary Ruth Holland.

She worked most of her life as a RN in the Home health care.

Surviving are her husband Gene Plante, Son Joshua Plante, Daughters Donna Michele Brunson and Rebbkah Ann Plante and a sister Linda Laska.

In keeping with her wishes, her remains were cremated and a Memorial service are planed for a later date.

Condolences can be made to the family by signing the online book at www.liteseyfh.com

The Lester Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the services for Mary Ann Plante.

Mr. Vines

Mr. Benjamin Franklin Vines, age 83, of Buchanan, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

He was born April 2, 1933 in Buchanan, to the late John and Ethel Kerr Vines.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Kelley Vines; son and daughter-in-law, Benny and Shelia Vines; grandson, Heath Vines; five sisters and four brothers.

Mr. Vines was a dedicated member of New Canaan Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army.

He retired from Mead Packaging after 42 years. He enjoyed gardening, farming and his cattle.

Frank is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Bradley Bentley, of Buchanan; sons and daughter-in-law, Brad and Suzy Vines, of Tallapoosa and Barry Vines, of Woodland, Ala.; sisters and brother in law, Jeanette and Charles Callihan, of Buchanan and Faye Crawford, of Cedartown; grandchildren, Brandi Vines, Josh Cash, Treston Vines, Drake Vines, Brandall Bentley, and Bradee Lane Bentley; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. at New Canaan Baptist Church with Pastor Lee Patrick and Pastor Jason Hudgens officiating.

Music was provided by Katie Williams and the New Canaan Church Choir.

Pallbearers serving were Brandon Walker, Will Knight, Graysen Knight, Richard McCollum, Auston Patrick, and Lucas Patrick.

Interment followed in New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery.

Sympathies may be sent to the family at www.miller-funeralhome.com.

Miller Funeral Home of Tallapoosa served the family of Mr. Benjamin Franklin Vines.

Mr. Shanks

Mr. Teddy Lee Shanks, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2017 at his home in Watkinsville, GA., after a long illness.

Mr. Shanks was born Aug. 15, 1945, in West Helena, Ark., to Johnny and Vera Robertson Shanks, the third of six children: Bobby, Barbara, Teddy, Dianne, Carol and Danny.

He was a 1963 graduate of Rockmart High School and subsequently served in the United States Army.

After graduating from Athens Technical College in 1979, Mr. Shanks spent much of his professional career as a Radiation Safety Officer in the Environmental Safety Department of the University of Georgia, from which he retired in 2010 after 28 years of service.

On July 27, 1968, he married his childhood sweetheart, Crisanda Grogan Shanks, at the First United Methodist Church of Rockmart. They remained loving and constant companions until his passing.

Throughout his life, Mr. Shanks loved sports and shared that love with his family. He was a four-sport letterman in high school and later coached flag football, little league baseball, rec basketball, swimming, softball and soccer for his children.

In his spare time, he loved fishing, golf, motorcycling and creating a beautiful yard wherever he lived.

He was an imaginative soul, writing poetry, developing games for his children that were great fun and designing unique artworks out of wood. He was a lover of nature, often taking his family hiking, picking blackberries, exploring rivers and beachcombing for shells. He always put his family at the center of his life.

Survivors included his wife, Crisanda “Cris” Grogan Shanks of Watkinsville; sons, Jeff Stelian-Shanks of North Bergen, N.J. and Sam Shanks of Monroe, N.C.; daughter, Jenilee Stanley-Shanks of Richmond, Va.; their spouses, Catalin, Philecia and Renata, respectively; sisters, Barbara Surface, Dianne Shanks and Carol Shanks; mother-in-law, Catheryn Mundy Grogan of Athens; grandsons, Thomas Shanks and Cooper Shanks of Monroe, N.C. and Tristan Stanley-Shanks of Richmond, Va.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Those wishing to do so, may make memorial contributions to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of American at http://www.myasthenia.org in memory of Mr. Shanks.

Lord and Stephens, West, Funeral Home of Watkinsville was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Teddy Lee Shanks.

This announcement is made on behalf of the family by the Freeman Harris Funeral Home.