Obituaries

Mr. Alexander

Mr. Jeff Alexander, age 55, of Rockmart, (the Yorkville Community) passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2016 following a two year illness.

He was born in Rome on Dec. 28, 1961 the son of Ruby Lee Fennell Alexander and the late Norris Odell Alexander.

Mr. Alexander had lived most of his life in the Yorkville area where he worked as a self employed carpenter.

He enjoyed the outdoors spending time fishing, hunting, driving his tractor and he also enjoyed wood carving. Mr. Alexander was a member of the Victory Baptist Church of Dallas.

In addition to his father, Jeff was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Anne Weaver Alexander on Sept. 1, 2015.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Anne Alexander, Rockmart; mother, Ruby Lee Fennell Alexander, Rome; sister, Beth Carroll (Freddy), Taylorsville; niece, Rhonda (Scott) Waddell, Taylorsville; nephew, Lee Carroll, Taylorsville; great niece, Lexie Blanton and great nephew, Zander Carroll; a number of cousins also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 28, 2107 at 2 p.m. in the Springdale Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Weaver officiating. Interment followed in the Springdale Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Wayne Fennell, Scott Lanier, Michael Lanier, Scott Waddell, Mark Byess and Lee Carroll.

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

Mr. Powell

Mr. Billy Gene (Bill) Powell, retired coach and beloved educator, age 84, of Rockmart, passed away on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017 following a brief illness.

Mr. Powell was born on Sept. 17, 1932 in DeKalb County, Ala., son of the late Arthur O. Powell and Ethel Stone Powell.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brother, H.R. Powell and his sister, Mary D. Powell Holley.

Mr. Powell attended and graduated from Rockmart High School in 1951. He was a proud member of the 1950 State Champion football team and played with the 1951 Peanut Bowl National Champions winning over Holyoke School with a score of 19 to 14.

He received a scholarship to the University of Kentucky to play football but was drafted into the United States Air Force in 1952 and served in the Far East Theater of Operations. Mr. Powell was stationed in Japan for 2 years. He served from 1952 until 1956 and attained the rank of Staff Sargent.

Following his return home, he worked for the Lockheed-Martin-Marietta Corporation in the Jet Engine Division.

In 1957 he began attending Jacksonville State University and graduated in 1961, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in History.

He went on to work hard and attained his Master’s Degree in Education in 1962. He joined the Textile Paper Products Co. in 1963 and served as the Assistant Plant Superintendent.

Desiring to fulfill his dream and aspirations to teach, he returned to the field of Education and received his Education Specialists Degree.

He began his journey in teaching in the Cherokee County, Ala., School System from 1966 until 1970, transferring here, to the Polk School District and faithfully served as an educator, coach and a mentor to hundreds of children.

Mr. Powell retired following 33-plus years of dedicated service.

He had been a member of the Rockmart Community Chorus for over 25 years and was a longtime and active member of the Southside Baptist Church, a member of the Donald Gore Men’s Sunday School Class and enjoyed being a member of the Southside Baptist Church Choir.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife of fifty nine years, Mrs. Jean Carmichael Powell; his sons, Tom Powell and Scott Powell; his sister, Patsy P. Payton; his grandchildren, Dr. Clark Powell and Dr. Jamie Powell and Tanner Powell; his great grandchild, Jude Powell; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Bill G. Powell were conducted on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Joel A. Smith officiating.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens.

The family received friends on Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home. The family has respectfully requested to please omit flowers and make memorial contributions in Mr. Powell’s memory to: Heyman Hospice Care, P.O. Box 163, Rome, Ga., 30162.

The following Gentlemen were asked to serve as pallbearers: Dr. Clark Powell, Tanner Powell, Mike Statham, Barry Hulsey, Judd Mobbs, Henry Brown and Willie Truett. Honorary Pallbearers included members of the Donald Gore Men’s Sunday School Class.

Visit the memorial website at www.liteseyfh.com to extend personal condolences to the family and to sign the online guestbook.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Bill G. Powell.

Mrs. Barrett

Mrs. Judy Colleen Layne Barrett, age 69, of Buchanan, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

She was born on Dec. 27, 1947 in Signal Mountain, Tenn., the daughter of the late James Albert Layne and Alice Neal Layne.

Mrs. Barrett is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Barrett; sons, Lonnie Barrett (Brenda), Kenny Barrett and Toad Barrett (Christy); sisters, Betty Holland, Nina Ford and Jean Welch; brother, Bo Layne; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Barrett is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Morgan Ernest Barrett and sisters, Louis McCormick and Wanda Sue Weaver.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Judy Colleen Barrett were conducted on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Kermit Pruitt officiating. Interment followed in the Center Baptist Church Cemetery in Felton.

The family of Mrs. Barrett received family and friends on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Chad Fortune, Alen Barrett, Cody Barrett, Dylan Lackey, Hunter Barrett, Trent Barrett and Kaden Fortune.

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. Judy Colleen Layne Barrett.

Mrs. Barber

Mrs. Audie C. Barber, age 92. of Rockmart, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Paulding County on June 24, 1924, a daughter of the late Carson P. Carter and Minnie Louella Carter.

Mrs. Barber had been a resident of Rockmart for over seventy years where she was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church. She was a former employee of the Goodyear Mill and was a retired employee of Union Carbide of Cartersville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Barber on July 22, 1994, and by two sons Tony Barber and Andy Barber, and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two sons: Ervin G. Barber and his wife Pat, Cedartown and Terry Barber, Rockmart; three grandchildren: Mark Barber, Kelley Barber and Ashley Asad; three great grandchildren: Josh Barber, Harley Johnson and Faris Asad; two sisters: Maudie Elders and Claudie Harding and a brother, Wilbert Carter.

Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Aaron Johnson and Rev. Calvin Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Hills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Mark Barber, Josh Barber, Kevin Dempsey, Asa Dempsey Junior Carter and Jason Carter.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Audie C. Barber.

Mr. Galloway

Mr. Memory Edward Galloway, age 76, of Cedartown, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 23, 2017.

He was born on July 16, 1940 in Cedartown, the son of Mr. Ed Galloway and Mrs. Edna Peace Galloway.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Galloway had a long and successful career with Norfolk Southern Railway. He retired as a Trainman following forty seven dedicated and respected years.

He was a long time active member of the Young’s Grove Baptist Church where he had served as both the Youth Director and the teen boys SundaySchool Teacher from 1985 until 1990.

Mr. Galloway was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward Galloway and Susie Elizabeth Adams Galloway and Memory E. Peace and Minnie Maebell Rainwater Peace; his father, Ed Galloway; his mother, Edna Peace Galloway; a nephew, Rodney Bradshaw; a granddaughter, Cassidy Canter and his daughter, Missy Galloway Sharp.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Linda Lamb Galloway; his daughters, Robyn McCarley and LeAnne Canter; his grandchildren, Jeremy Colbert and Shannon, Hunter Colbert and Summer, Ashley McCarley Bell and Zack, Emily McCarley Blalock and Austin and Kendall Canter; his great grandchildren, Hudson Bell and Reily Blalock; his sister in law and brother in law, Janet and Randy Earley and his nephew, Corey Bradshaw and Cara.

“Memory will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. A servant and child of God who loved others and believed in helping his fellowman whatever the cost and most of all showing Gods love to all.”

Funeral Services for Mr. Memory Edward Galloway were conducted on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. from the Young’s Grove Baptist Church with Mrs. Marla Frasier, Mr. Jerry Atkins and Mr. Max Chambers speaking and delivering eulogies and Rev. Robert Wright, Rev. Robert Harris and Rev. Blake Dodd officiating.

Interment followed in the Young’s Grove Cemetery with Rev. Keith Powers officiating.

The Galloway family received friends on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28, prior to the funeral hour at the Young’s Grove Baptist Church.

The following Gentlemen served as pallbearers: Alan McCarley, Jody Cook, Corey Bradshaw, Wayne Maiden Jr., Scott Colbert, Newman Folsom and Al Sharp.

Honorary Pallbearers included fellow retirees of Norfolk Southern Railway and the ladies and gentlemen who were in Memory’s youth group from 1985 through 1990.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers please be omitted and memorial donations be made in memory of Memory Galloway to either the Young’s Grove Baptist Church Youth Group or the Young’s Grove Cemetery Fund, 2255 Antioch Rd., Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

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 Mr. Memory Edward Galloway.

Mrs. Angel

Mrs. Linda Lee Mullinax Angel, age 71, of Cave Spring, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1946 in Rome, the daughter of the late Harvey Preston and Virginia Lee Nichols Mullinax.

Mrs. Angel is survived by her husband, John Wayne Angel; daughters, Lee Shirley (Johnny) and Carol Bottoms (Mark); son, John Angel (Christy); sisters, Susan O’Neal and Marilyn Mobbs; brother, Don Mullinax; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Angel is preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Jessica Angel.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Linda Lee Mullinax Angel were conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Chapel with Rev. Grady McDonald and Rev. Brian Crisp officiating.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Angel received family and friends on Tuesday evening, Jan. 24, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Stephen Bottoms, Phillip Broome, Tommy Adams, Brook Van Dyck, Noah Van Dyck, Matthew Angel and Justin Angel.

The family has respectfully asked that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund, 150 Evergreen Lane, Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

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. Linda Lee Mullinax Angel.

Mr. Spann

Mr. Julius Edwin “P-Nut” Spann Jr. age 63 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 15, 1953 in Cedartown, the son of the late Julius Edwin Spann Sr. and Tulane Forrister Spann.

Mr. Spann is survived by his daughter, Sally Alane Spann; son, Brian E. Spann; sisters, Jan Rose (Bill) and Nancy Hagan, and grandchildren, Taylor Spann, Makayla Hood, Ahmia Hood, Jessie Hood, Ahmad Hood and Dani Nolen.

Mr. Spann is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Angela Lorranie Phillips Spann and sister, Gail Twilley.

In keeping with Mr. Spann’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial service for Mr. Julius Edwin Spann was conducted on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Mr. Bruce Phillips officiating. Inurnment followed in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family of Mr. Spann received family and friends on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 prior to the memorial service hour 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. Julius Edwin “P-Nut” Spann Jr.

Mr. Formby

Mr. Robert Franklin Formby, age 87 of Aragon passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 21, 2017.

Mr. Formby was born Jan. 7, 1930 in Americus, son of the late Charles Raymond Formby and the late Mittie Turner Formby.

He retired from the Galite Corporation and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Formby was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Ingle Formby on July 2, 1994; daughter; Nancy McChargue; four sisters, Elizabeth Cox, Loreen Pope, Doris Wilson and Louise Roberson; and two brothers, Carl Raymond (Buddy) Formby and Cecil Formby.

Survivors included three daughters, Tina Marie Nixon and her husband Anthony and Levon Evelyn Ward all of Aragon and Jenny Hayes and her husband Shannon of Rockmart; a son, Bobby Glenn Formby and his wife Sheila of Cedartown; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral services for Mr. Formby were held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Swift and Rev. Gilbert Gentry officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church Cemetery of Silver Creek.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Ray Cox, Mark Nixon, Shannon Hayes, Shawn Formby, C. J. Hilburn and Anthony Nixon.

Please visit the website at 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 services for Mr. Robert Franklin Formby.

Mrs. Buice

Mrs. Ann Buice, age 75, of Cedartown, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

She was born in Mobile, Ala., on Sept. 19, 1941, daughter of the late James and Hazel Green.

She moved to Cedartown 20 years ago from Mobile.

Mrs. Buice was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Cedartown.

In 1984, she enrolled in college to pursue her LPN degree. Mrs. Buice graduated top of her class and passed her boards with a perfect score of 100.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in her death by her daughter, Tammie Hoffman; brothers, Jimmy Green and Jerry Green.

She is survived by her daughters Debbie Buice of Kennesaw and Judy Martin of Cedartown; one son Jerry Buice of Cedartown; grandchildren: Angelique Banker, James Martin, Deidra Lewis, Nicole Buice and Brandon Buice; great-grandchildren: Jacob Harlow, Braylon Harlow, Bryson Harlow, Korbin Martin, Cameron Henderson, and Rainna.

The funeral service for Mrs. Ann Buice were held Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Dr. Jerry Buttrum officiating. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: James Martin, Joel Lewis, Randy Martin, and Brandon Buice.

The family received friends at Smith and Miller Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 23 prior to the funeral hour.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Ann Buice.

Mrs. Armitage

Mrs. Margie Smith Armitage, age 74, of Cedartown, passed away Jan. 20, 2017.

She was born in Cedartown on June 13, 1942, a daughter of the late Seaborn and Odorine Smith.

Mrs. Armitage was a dedicated homemaker who loved her grandchildren. She had a strong faith in the baptist church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Clara Taylor.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Donna and Tommy Thomas and her son and daughter-in-law Darren and Kim Armitage; brothers and sister-in-laws Ted and Runette Smith and Tex and Joan Smith; grandchildren: Jonathan Ferrell, Amy and Chris Evans, Brad and Elizabeth Ferrell, Chad Ferrell, Brandon Armitage, and Blake Armitage; great-grandchildren: Shelby Ferrell, Sadie Ferrell, Lainey Shaw, and Tinsley Evans; nieces and nephews Christia and Jerry Bishop, Phil Smith, and several other nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service for Mrs. Margie Armitage was held Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Minister Jeff Lamb officiating.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Brad Ferrell, Chad Ferrell, Brandon Armitage, Blake Armitage, and Chris Evans.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Margie Smith Armitage.

Mrs. Wallace

Funeral service for Sara “Juanita” Rhinehart Wallace, 82, were held on Jan. 22, 2017 after she passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Mrs. Wallace was born and raised in Rock Run, graduated from Spring Garden High School, lived in Oxford for 58 years, worked at JCPenneys and retired from Martin’s/Wakefields.

She was a founding and active member of Betta View Hills Church of Christ in Oxford and worshiped there for 57 years.

She was a loving and devoted Christian wife, mother, maw-maw, aunt, sister and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Nancy Rhinehart; three sisters, Estelle Hinton, Mattie Bell Williams and Edna Tierce; six brothers, Clyde, Albert, Winford, G.W., John and Reese Rhinehart.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Alvin Clinton Wallace; three children, Terry Wallace (Jonna), of Helena; Donnie Wallace (Beverly), of Florence; Angela Banks (Garry), of Oxford; four grandchildren, Rachel Wallace and Clint Wallace, of Helena and Andrea Banks and Breanna Banks, of Oxford; one great-grandchild, Marley Moore, of Oxford; one sister, Ruth Rutherford, of Alexandria; two brothers, Fred Rhinehart, of Rock Run and Sam Rhinehart, of Cedartown, Ga.; many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Alacare Hospice for their caring, professional service and their loyal friends during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Betta View Hills Church of Christ Building Fund: P.O. Box 3323, Oxford, Ala., 35203.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home made this local announcement for the family of Mrs. Sara “Juantia” Wallace.

Mr. Martin

Mr. James Harry Martin Jr., age 78, of Griffin, and formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 20, 2017 in Griffin.

Mr. Martin was born on Dec. 13, 1938 in Dearborn, Michigan the son of the late James Harry Martin Sr., and the late Grace Shellhorse Martin. He was a graduate of Cedartown High School and had attended Auburn University.

He was a United States Veteran proudly serving in the U.S. Marines and also the Marine Reserves. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Martin had been employed by the Cedartown Paperboard for many years and retired as a broker for the company.

He had also been the owner and operator of Sweetie’s Flea Market in Hampton. He was a member of the Woolsey Baptist Church.

Mr. Martin is survived by his loving family, his wife, Patricia Ann Stahl Martin; his daughters and sons in law, Donna Thompson and Greg, Gwen Tuck and Tony and Angie Colquitt and Joey; step sons, Brad Bringle and Sandra and Brent Bringle and Tammy; his brother, Dick Martin; grandchildren, Kathleen and Jim Alsup, Dylan Thompson, Cassie and Clay Bennett, Rachel and Edward Graves, Dylan Bringle, Amos and Sarah Tuck, Joe and Hannah Colquitt, Rebekah Tuck, Anna and Blake Rainwater and Brittney and Mike Cearley; great grandchildren, Ava, Kailey, Savannah, Ethan, Harper, Lexi, Harrison, Ward, Georgia Anne and Atticus. Special niece and nephews, Caroline Mauro, Jim Martin, Sam Starnes and Dan Starnes also survive.

The Memorial Service for Mr. James Harry Martin, Jr., was conducted on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Chuck Chambers and Rev. Matt Shirley officiating.

The Family received friends on Thursday prior to the hour of the memorial service at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Mr. Martin unselfishly donated his body for medical research and tissue procurement.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Cedartown Youth Programs at 201 Wissahickon Ave., Cedartown, Ga., 30125 or to any church or charity.

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 Mr. James Harry Martin Jr.

Mrs. Folsom

Mrs. Joyce J. Folsom, age 73, of Lindale, passed away on Jan. 19, 2017 at a local healthcare facility surrounded by her family.

A native of Bartow County, Mrs. Folsom was born on April 18, 1943, the daughter of the late Owens R. and Ida Cline Forsyth.

She was a long time member of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and for many years was employed as a clerk with Piggly-Wiggly of Lindale.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Houston Forsyth in 1995, by a daughter-in-law, Judy Ann Folsom in 2002 and recently by a great-granddaughter, Kimber Catherine Bishop in December 2016.

She was married on August 26, 1962 to Curtis Tyson Folsom Sr. Survivors include her husband, Mr. Curtis T. Folsom Sr.. her children: J. Bryan and Shari Folsom, Leigh-Ann and Bryan Cox, Kristi and Jimmy Keithley, and Ty and Connie Folsom. One sister, Patsy and Jim Roberts, along with nine grandchildren, Brooke Brown, Beth Folsom, Drew Cox, Matthew Cox, Lindsey, Megan, Natalie, Rachel and Jimmy Keithley III, and four great-grandchildren, Janell, Greyson, Adilyn, and Noah.

Funeral services for Mrs. Folsom were conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with her son-in-law, Rev. Bryan Cox, officiating. Burial followed in the family lot of the church cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Trevor Roberts, Austin Roberts, Jimmy Keithley Jr., Drew and Matthew Cox, and Jimmy Keithley III.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38018.

Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Joyce J. Folsom.