Obituaries

Mr. Collum

Mr. James Henry Collum, age 85, of Aragon, passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 in a Rome medical center.

He was born in Bartow County on May 27, 1931 a son of the late James Homer Collum and Annie Mae Brewer Collum.

Mr. Collum had lived all of his life in the Bartow and Polk County area where he was a member of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He retired following a 40 year career with J.L. Lester and Son and Eby-Brown Wholesale Grocers in Rockmart.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of 64 years, Wilma Eugenia Moore Collum who preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 2015.

Mr. Collum was also preceded in death by five brothers and sisters: Ruby Deems, Mary Lou Edwards, Sally Sorrells, William “Son” Collum and Catherine Garrett.

Survivors include two sons: Steve Collum and his wife Sue, White, and Darrell Collum, Aragon; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Chambers and Rev. Brent Edwards officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Derek Collum, Corey Collum, Jimmy Brumbelow, Ricky Bradley, Keith Sorrells and Daniel Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will include: Lee DeVore, Gene Cantrell, Bob Allen, Billy Ward, Matthew Purdy, Wesley Deal and Bret Collum.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. James Henry Collum.

Mrs. Thornton

Mrs. Carol Anne Greenway Thornton, age 64, of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Carol was born June 7, 1952 in Cedartown to James R. and Betty Ann Greenway and was a teacher with Polk School district for 27 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, James R. Greenway, a son, James Paul Thornton, and brother Doug Greenway.

Surviving are her son, Jarrod and Amanda Thornton, her mother, Betty Ann Greenway, her sister Kay and Terry Rutledge, her aunt, Barbara Robinson, a sister in law Jennifer Greenway Taylor, and grandchildren Hunter Thornton, Steven Thornton and Landon Penny.

A number of nieces and nephews also surviving.

Funeral services for Carol Greenway Thornton were conducted Saturday Jan. 14, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Lester Litesey Funeral Home with Mr. Dave Brown officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery.

The family received friends on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 from prior to the funeral hour at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Luke Hooper, Jeremy Hooper, Tyler Deaton, Terry Rutledge, Chase Rutledge and Stewart Robinson.

Condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.liteseyfh.com to sign the online book.

The Lester Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the services for Carol Anne Greenway Thornton

Mr. Wallace

Mr. Roy Wilson Wallace, age 78 of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2016.

He was born on May 19, 1938, the son of the late Roy Wilson Wallace and Ruby Faye Heath Wallace.

Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife, Melba Joyce Browning Wallace; daughter, Donna Wallace (John); son, Wilson Mark Wallace (Denise); brother, Barry Wallace; grandchildren, Brandy Brown Pope (Tim), Brett Wilson Wallace (Meredith) and Breanna Lee Wallace; great-grandson, Briggs Wilson Wallace; two nephews and one niece.

A graveside service for Mr. Roy Wilson Wallace was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Mr. Charles Trippe officiating.

The family of Mr. Wallace received family and friends on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 prior to the graveside hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the Cedartown Humane Society, P.O. Box 1339, Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Tim Pope, Brett Wallace, John Bolson, Mike Howard, Glenn Vinson, Eddie Hooper and Phillip Reedy.

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. Roy Wilson Wallace.

Mrs. Ezzell

Mrs. Alice Ernestine Matthews Ezzell, age 96 of Marietta formerly of Rockmart passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, 2017.

Mrs. Ezzell was born Dec. 31, 1920 in Walton County, daughter of the late Claude Ernest Matthews and the late Omie Claudine Whitley Matthews.

She was a graduate of Rockmart High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Georgia College. She was a retired educator having taught at the Goodyear Elementary School of Rockmart and retiring from the Elizabeth Elementary School of Marietta.

Mrs. Ezzell was a former member of the Second Baptist Church of Rockmart and currently a member of the Eastside Baptist Church of Marietta where she loved to play the guitar for the Happy Timers Band.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes Gregory and Bernice Speir; and two brothers, Gordon Matthews and Calvin Matthews.

Survivors included two sons and daughters-in-law, Hank and Jo Ezzell of Marietta and Tony and Kathy Ezzell of Cedar Bluff, Alabama; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral graveside and interment services for Mrs. Ezzell were held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the family lot of the Rockmart Memorial Gardens with Rev. David Warriner officiating.

Please visit www.freemanharrisfunerals.com to extend your personal condolences to the family by signing the online guestbook.

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral graveside service for Mrs. Alice Matthews Ezzell.

Mr. Purcell

Mr. Michael Ray Purcell, age 62 of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017..

e was born on Oct. 24, 1954 in Cedartown, the son of the late Nelson and Thera Williams Purcell.

Mr. Purcell is survived by his wife, Jan Ponder Purcell; brother, John Paul Purcell and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Purcell is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jimmy Purcell.

In keeping with Mr. Purcell’s wishes, he was cremated. A memorial service for Mr. Mike Purcell was conducted on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Brother Ray Hopkins and Mr. Matt Ingram officiating.

The family of Mr. Purcell received family and friends on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 prior to the memorial service hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family is accepting flowers; however, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Honorary pallbearers were the Sewell Creek Hunting Club, Wallace Hogue and Richard Bullard.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Mr. Michael Ray Purcell.

Mrs. Baldwin

Mrs. Annie Lou Winkles Baldwin, age 90, of Rome, formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

She was born on April 16, 1926 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Clarence and Odessa Mitchell Winkles.

Mrs. Baldwin was a devoted Christian. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown, and a member of their Sanctuary Choir as well as the Ruth Sunday School Class.

She was a member of the local 49er’s clogging group. This group, all over the age 49, traveled extensively and performed at many events. They once performed at Ocean Opry in Panama City, Fla.

Mrs. Baldwin was retired as the activity director from Plantation South Assisted Living Center here in Cedartown and worked as a medical assistant to Dr. Don Schmidt, in Cedartown for 17 years.

Mrs. Baldwin was the loving mother of daughters, Jo Ann Shiflett (Wallace) and Connie Blalock (Charles); son, Ronnie Baldwin (Pam); sister, Hazel Winkles Purdy; grandchildren, Jeff Shiflett (Janie), LeAnne Landers (Scott), Joey Shiflett (April), Allyson Yourkievitz (Greg), Bryan Blalock (Wiyanna), Katie Crawford (Jeff) and Kellie Blackmon (Jonathan); 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Baldwin was the wife of the late Joseph Franklin (Jack) Baldwin of 50 years and the sister of the late George Howard Winkles.

The celebration of life for Mrs. Annie Lou Winkles Baldwin was held on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Benefield and Rev. Jonathan Blackmon officiating.

Interment followed in the Polk Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Baldwin received family and friends on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jeff Shiflett, Joey Shiflett, Bryan Blalock, Frank Winkles, Randy Winkles, David Purdy, Scott Landers and Steve Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers included Michael Purdy, Greg Yourkievitz, Frank Cook, Charles Sutton, Joe Sutton, Scott Brock, Chip Summerville, Terry Baldwin and the Ruth S.S. Class at FBC.

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. Annie Lou Winkles Baldwin.

Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Viola G. Williams, age 93, of Rockmart, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 in a Rome medical center.

She was born in Haralson County on March 31, 1923 a daughter of John William Garner and Nancy Pearly Whitman Garner.

Mrs. Williams had lived most of her life in Rockmart where she was a member of the Second Baptist Church. She had been a member of the Rebekah Lodge # 28, having served as Past Noble Grand and also served as a Past District Deputy President.

She and her late husband Clyde owned and operated Williams Grocery Store for many years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde James Williams on May 8, 1975; by an infant daughter, Gilda Gale Williams in 1952; by a granddaughter, JaMesa Leigh Williams in 1993; by a brother, Henry Lee Garner and by two sisters: Ethel Chupp and Ruby Everidge.

Survivors include two daughters: Wonda Redden and her husband Junior of Rockmart and Denise Williams also of Rockmart; sister, Beulah Forsyth, Cumming; three grandchildren: Wesley Jacobs, Clyde Redden and Kevin Redden; two step grandchildren: Shelly Redden Ayer and Timmy Redden; eleven great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. David Warriner officiating.

Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Viola Williams.

Mr. Allmon

Mr. Justin “Timothy” Allmon, age 24, of Cedartown and the Silver Creek community passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

He was born Feb. 12, 1992 in Westland, Mich.

He is survived by his sons Bentley and Nathan Allmon; mother, Sabrina Allmon Holsey; sister and best friend, Emmileigh Allmon; grandparents, Butch and Faye Gruenwald of Silver Creek, Wayne and Elaine Allmon of Lindale.

Mr. Allmon is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and a service will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.

Leave a personal condolence or sign the online guestbook at smithmillerfh.com.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mr. Justin “Timothy” Allmon.

Mr. Bridges

Mr. James Brewster Bridges, age 80, of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

He was born in Cedartown, on March 8, 1936, a son of the late Herbert and Nina Bridges. He lived most of his life in Cedartown.

Mr. Bridges proudly served his country in many capacities in The Georgia Army National Guard.

He was an ordained deacon and a licensed preacher in the Baptist Church, and a member of Euharlee Baptist Church, Aragon. He and his wife traveled together for almost 55 years singing gospel music throughout the Southeast.

As each of their children grew up, they joined them in singing the gospel.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son in law, Dale Roberson; daughter in law, Janice Bridges; great granddaughter, Lakira Green; sister and brother in law, Betty and David Dixon.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Emily Faye Bridges; son, James Brewster Bridges, Jr.; daughters: Neina (Johnny) Forrister, Laura (Craig) Gilchrist and Deborah Bridges Roberson; sisters: Frances (Norvel) Knight and Ann Bridges.

The funeral service for Mr. James Brewster Bridges was held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Vines, Rev. Billy Chambers and Mr. Noel Smith, Sr. officiating.

The family has requested that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions be made to the Heyman Hospice of Rome 420 East Ave., Rome, Ga., 30161.

Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens with Heyman Hospice Chaplain Allen Fuller officiating. The American Legion Brewster - Cleveland Post #86 Honor Guard provided military honors.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: John Pointer, William Dunn, David Green, Shaun Bridges, Jimmy Dale Roberson, Justin Norton, David Dixon, and Doyce Vinson. Honorary Pallbearers were his grandson’s, great grandson’s, Caleb Fincher and Mart Knight.

Visit www.smithmillerfh.com to leave a personal condolence or sign the online guestbook.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mr. James Brewster Bridges.

Ms. Page

Ms. Heather Michele Shaw Page, age 40, of Cedartown, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

She was born on June 8, 1976 in Rome, the daughter of Gary Michael Shaw Sr. and Susan Rebecca Moore Shaw.

Ms. Page grew up in Cedartown and was a 1994 graduate of Cedartown High School.

She was a member of the Worldview Baptist Church. Ms. Page was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. She loved to have fun and always kept others laughing.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hugh Don Shaw and Alma Shaw and Mac Moore and Nina Blair Moore.

Ms. Page is survived by her loving family, her son, Christian Joseph Page and her daughter, Ashlyn Rebeca Shaw; her father and mother, Gary Michael Shaw Sr. and Susan Rebecca Moore Shaw; her sister and best friend, Paige Shaw Dooley; her brother, Cory Don Shaw and Candice; her nieces, Addison and Havyn Shaw and her long time companion, Michael Page.

A number of aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Funeral services for Heather Shaw Page were conducted on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from the Worldview Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Connor and Rev. Doyle Kelley officiating.

Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Chris Hearne officiating.

The family received friends on Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following Gentlemen served as pallbearers: Sean Couch, Kim Harrell, Shawn Smith, Lee Kelley, Timmy Long and Stephen Trammell.

Honorary pallbearers included members of the CHS Varsity Competition Cheerleaders and members of the CHS Class of 2016.

Flowers are being accepted or those wishing to do so may make memorial donations in memory of Ms. Page to the Worldview Baptist Church, 500 North College Dr., 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 Heather Michele Shaw Page.

Mrs. Bailey

Mrs. Willie Ruth Glass Bailey, age 75, of Alabama, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2016.

She was born on May 1, 1941 in Borden Springs, Ala., the daughter of the late Jack Glass and Polly Ann Kline Glass.

Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, James E. Fortenberry; children, Billy Wayne Buttram (Kay) and Wanda Gail Rhinehart (Nevin); siblings, Jerry Wayne Glass, Larry Glass and Wanda Haney; grandchildren, Mickey Buttram, Matthew Messick, Raven Rhinehart and Cristen Robinson and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bailey is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jenny Rose Glass; brother, Jackiey Barry Glass and grandchildren, Johnny K. Robinson and Randall Scott Messick.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Bailey were conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Williams and Rev. Ronnie Kirkpatrick officiating. The body was cremated after the service.

The family of Mrs. Bailey received family and friends on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested flowers be omitted and donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

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. Willie Ruth Glass Bailey.

Mrs. Pinkard

Mrs. Ginger Moody Pinkard, age 46, of Cedartown, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 in Polk Medical Center following a brief illness.

Ginger was born in Rockmart on April 30, 1970 a daughter of James Melvin Moody and Gail Carter Moody.

She had lived in the Rockmart area all of her life and was a 1988 graduate of Rockmart High School. She loved Jesus and spent a great deal of her time assisting with fund raisers helping those who were in need. Mrs. Pinkard enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband and friends, taking pictures and making craft items.

Mrs. Pinkard was employed by the Polk School District as a bus driver for fifteen years. The greatest love of her life was family, especially her grandbabies.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Melvin Moody on Jan. 16, 2016.

Survivors include her husband, David Alan Pinkard, Sr., Cedartown to whom she was married on July 11, 2003; two daughters: Kayla Brand (Jason), Aragon and Angel Barnette, Rockmart; son, David Alan Pinkard,Jr., Los Angeles, CA; two grandchildren: Jaycee Brand and Jaxson Brand; mother, Gail Chambers, Rockmart; brother, Jamie Moody (Stephanie), Rockmart.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Snapp officiating. A eulogy was given by her uncle, Mike Carter.

Interment followed in the Yorkville Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Clay Barnette, Josh Easterwood, Tim Hayes, Jeff Prince, Jerry George and Barry Cole.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Ginger Moody Pinkard.

Mr. Purser

Mr. Jack H. Purser Sr., age 75, of Rockmart, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Rockmart on Oct. 8, 1941 a son of Carl Purser and Theodosia Tanner Purser.

Mr. Purser had lived all of his life in Rockmart and was a member of the Collard Valley Baptist Church. He was an auto mechanic having worked for Nalley Chevrolet and had taught auto mechanics for the Polk School District at Cedartown High School.

Mr. Purser had also worked for Haney Supply and for C. & A. Auto Parts in Rockmart.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Robinson and two brothers: Rev. Clyde Purser and Stephen Purser.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Swift Purser to whom he was married on June 6, 1959; six children: Annette Purser, Cedartown, Jack H. Purser, Jr., Rockmart, Angela Williams, Cedartown, David Purser, Rockmart, Rev. Mark Purser, Rockmart and William Purser, Silver Creek; sister, Joan Clower, Cedartown; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Bellview Baptist Church with Rev. Owen “Bud” Davis, Rev. Bobby McDowell and Rev. Danny Tucker officiating.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Eric Summerville, Jesse Purser, Justice Purser, Adam Benefield, Robbie Purser and Barry Clower.

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Smith, Larry Hindmon, Johnny Summerville, Wayne Purser, Doug Wheeler, Bill Carmichael, Jeff Swift, Cecil Wigley and James Bennett.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Jack H. Purser Sr.

Mrs. Collins

Mrs. Myrtle Joyce Collins, age 94, of Dallas, passed away peacefully at Wellstar Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

Mrs. Collins was born on Dec. 13, 1922 in Haralson County, Georgia to loving parents, the late Mr. Lawton General Estes and Mrs. Ida Mae Puckett Estes.

A hard worker, Mrs. Collins was a biscuit maker at Hardee’s for several years and won second place in a national baking competition for Hardee’s. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and bird watching.

She was of the Methodist faith and loved spending time with her friends and family.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Collins is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. David Collins as well as ten of her siblings.

She is survived by her three children, daughter, Laura Warner of Dallas; two sons, Robert (Faye) Warner of Acworth and Richard (Cindy) Warner of Dahlonega; three grandchildren, Rosemary Warner of Acworth, Claire Warner of Atlanta and Benjamin Warner of Acworth; two sisters, Ann Deloach of Fayetteville and Edna Wigley of Dallas; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends also survive.

The funeral service for Mrs. Myrtle Joyce Collins were held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Cole officiating. David Jackson, Benjamin Warner, Jerry Stringer, Lee Swift and Ty Deloach served as pallbearers. The interment followed at Polk Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that friends donate to ASPCA or the American Cancer Foundation.

Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Myrtle Joyce Collins.

Mr. Smith

Mr. Earl Junior (Speedy) Smith, 79, of Cedartown, passed away on Jan. 4, 2017 at his residence after a long illness.

Mr. Smith was born in Piedmont, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jackson and Anie Mae Smith, a daughter Linda Leonard, his sister Mary Lovelace and his borthers Mark Smith, Jamie Prater and Arthur L. Prater.

He is survived by his sons, Ron Christopher Smith of California and Stephen and David Smith of Pennsylvania; his sisters, Barbara Green and Betty Ellis; his brothers Franklin L. Smith, Wade Smith, William (Bobby) Smith and Tommy Pope; his grandchildren Dena Grahm and Tyrone Smith, Jasmine and Timothy Smith and Indigo and Bashiri Smith.

Other survivors include Janet Dingler, Richard and Shelia (Dingler) Bailey, Ray and Sandi (Dingler) Waters, Tia M. Carter and Brandy M. Sisson.

A memorial Service was held on Friday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. at Cedar Springs Baptist Church in Cedartown with the Rev. James Wright officiating.

The family made this announcement on behalf of Mr. Earl Junior (Speedy) Smith.