Obituaries

Mrs. Hulsey

Mrs. Joyce Harrell Hulsey, age 72, of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Cedartown on June 9, 1944, a twin daughter of Herman David Harrell and Eva Ray Harrell.

Mrs. Hulsey had lived all of her life in Rockmart where she was a member of the Piedmont Avenue Baptist Church.

She was a former employee of the Arrow Shirt Factory in Buchanan, followed by her longtime employment at the Goodyear Mill and its change of ownership to Loral and Engineered Fabrics Corporation.

Mrs. Hulsey loved to sing and dance and spend time with her family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Joan Willis, sisters Lucy Thurreson and Janice Westbrooks and brother, Johnny Harrell.

Survivors include her children: David Mixon (Anna), Rockmart, Cindy Chastain (Phillip), Rockmart and Jacob Hulsey (Wendi), Rockmart; six grandchildren: Brantly Mixon, Madison Hulsey, Neyland Hulsey, Sidney Sorrells, Alisha Hood and Erika Wilson; four great grandchildren; special niece and caregiver, Wendy Wallace (Chris) and their daughter Autumn Wallace; sister, Ruby Nell Hicks, Kennesaw and brother, Terry Harrell (Diane), Cedartown; a host of nieces and nephews and special friends: Norma Wilkes and Robert (Bob) Thompson also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Phil Bray officiating and Bill Hicks delivering a eulogy. Interment followed in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Joey Davidson officiating.

Pallbearers included: Brantly Mixon, Robbie Wilkes, Ken Wilkes, John Paschal, Matt Paschal and Tony Davidson. Neyland Hulsey and Kaleb Lindsey served as honorary pallbearers.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Joyce Harrell Hulsey.

Mr. McCollum

Mr. Charles Glenn McCollum, age 95, of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

Mr. McCollum was born on April 26, 1921 in Rockmart, a son of the Mr. Dave McCollum and the late Mrs. Stella McCollum.

He was a Veteran proudly serving in the United States Navy during WWII D Day invasion at Omaha Beach. Prior to his retirement, Mr. McCollum had been employed by the Hale Manufacturing and following forty plus years, retired as the Sr. Vice President.

During his tenure with Hale Manufacturing he was awarded many awards, one of which was the Man of the Year in Industry. Mr. McCollum had been a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cedartown for over fifty years where he had served as an Elder and a Deacon as well as in other areas in the church.

He was also the oldest living member of the church.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three brothers; three sisters; his first wife, Eunice McCollum; a daughter, Dianne M. Worthy and a son in law, Bill Worthy.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel M. McCollum; his son and daughter in law, Chuck and Sandra McCollum; his daughter and son in law, Glenda and Gary Rawls; his brother and sister in law, Raymond and Joan McCollum; his grandchildren, Renee and Kenneth Hopkins, Ryan Worthy and Jay McCollum; his step children, Dollie Ann Babb and Jim, Glafus Bowling and Faye, Tony Bowling and Synetta and Shelia and Thad Kinney; eight step grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Glenn McCollum were conducted on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church of Cedartown with Mr. Van McKelvey speaking and reading scripture and Rev. Dave Grove officiating.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens with military honors being conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard.

The family received friends on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the First Presbyterian Church.

The following Gentlemen served as pallbearers: Dustin Whitfield, Ryan Worthy, Jay McCollum, Will Weaver, Weslee Weaver, Craig Chandler, Davey Chandler, Bob Chandler, Rhett Kinney and Jimmy Carter.

Honorary Pallbearers included Gary Rawls, Tony Bowling, Glafus Bowling, Jim Babb, Thad Kinney, Kenneth Hopkins, Van McKelvey, Lloyd Gray, Tom Gaither and Dwain Lee.

The Family has respectfully asked that flowers please be omitted and memorial donations be made in memory of Mr. McCollum to the First Presbyterian Church of Cedartown, 314 West John Hand 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. Charles Glenn McCollum.

Mr. Wolfe

Mr. Don Wolfe, age 63. of Summerville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 upon arrival to a Rome medical center.

He was born in Rockmart on June 24, 1953 a son of Walter Wolfe and Lara Robinson Wolfe. He lived in Rockmart the greater part of his life before moving to Summerville nine years ago.

Mr. Wolfe was a member of the Liberty View Baptist Church, a graduate of Rockmart High School and was an employee of Mt. Vernon Mills of Trion.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers: Ed, John, David, Bobby, Harold and Paul Wolfe; sisters: Lorene Elrod, Joyce Payne, Linda Knowles and Jean Wolfe.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Sisson Wolfe of Summerville to whom he was married on June 26, 1974; two sons: Scott Wolfe and Chris Wolfe both of Rockmart; brother, Ronald Wolfe, Villa Rica; sister, Shelia Wolfe, Jasper; five grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Ladell Jacobs and Rev. Greg Robinson officiating.

Interment followed in the Aragon Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Whitt Dunn, Donald Sullivan, Carlton Sisson, Rick Sisson, Kim Wolfe and Sam Elrod.

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

Mrs. Weddington

Mrs. Margaret Imogene Gazaway Weddington, age 79 of Rockmart passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

Mrs. Weddington was born Dec. 24, 1937 in Polk County, daughter of the late Ben Gazaway and the late Christine Kelley Gazaway.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Cross Pointe Community Church.

Mrs. Weddington loved to walk, dance and work in her garden, but above all loved Braves baseball.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. John Weddington in 1997; daughter, Lisa Weddington; and a son, Randy Moss.

Survivors included three daughters, Angie (Kris) Tillery of Van Wert, Debra (Butch) Hays of Rockmart and Kisha Sisson of Aragon; two sons, Dewayne (Joan) Waters of Cedartown and Eddie (Reba) Waters of Aragon; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Weddington were held on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Boatner and Rev. Jack Goss officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Aragon Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Robby Waters, Butch Hays, Jesse Davison, Caleb Tillery, Jeremiah Wheatley and Brandon Raybon.

Honorary pallbearers were Jordan Waters, Hayden Waters, Alex Wheeler, Brantly Mason and Austin Bedford.

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 services for Mrs. Margaret Imogene Gazaway Weddington.

Little Kinlee Gravitt

Little Kinlee Ryann Gravitt, 3 week old infant, of Breann Gravitt, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

She was born on Dec. 5, 2016 in Cobb County.

She is survived by her mother, Breann Gravitt; her twin sister, Korvin Blake Gravitt; her grandparents, Shena and Greg Gravitt and Marci Rodriguez; great grandparents, David N. Green, Jimmy Gravitt and Shirley Smallwood and aunts, Kansas Gravitt, Scotlyn Hale, Alicia Gravitt and Allie Gravitt.

The Gravitt family received friends on Thursday evening, December 29, 2016 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The family has respectfully requested to have a private funeral and burial for Little Kinlee Gravitt.

For personal condolences to the family and to sign the online guest book, please visit our website at liteseyfh.com

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Little Kinlee Ryann Gravitt.

Mr. Wright

Mr. Norman Carl Wright, age 74 of Aragon passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

Mr. Wright was born June 26, 1942 in Rockmart, son of the late Carl Wright and the late Emily McDurmon Wright.

He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church and retired from the Eby-Brown Company with over 30 years of service. He collected antiques and enjoyed going to flea markets and working in the yard.

Mr. Wright was preceded in death by a sister, Marion Womack; and a brother, Doyle Wright.

Survivors included his wife, Joyce Louise Stokes Wright of Aragon to whom he was married Dec. 15, 1968; daughter, Pamela Wright of Snellville; son, Randy (Tracie) Wright of Cedartown; sister, Nancy Wright Eisenhut of Florida; two brothers, Gary Baldwin of Aragon and Gerald Wright of Opelika, Alabama; three grandchildren, Seth Wright, Ethan Wright and Adriana Wright also survived.

Memorial services for Mr. Wright will be held at a later date.

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 memorial arrangements for Mr. Norman Carl Wright.

Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Vicki Lee Robbins Smith, age 60, of Cedartown, passed away on Dec. 25, 2016 following a sudden illness.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1956 in Cedartown a daughter of Wallace Robbins and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pollard Robbins.

She was of the Pentecostal faith and had been attending the Friendly Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Robbins; her mother, Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Robbins; her sister, Geneva R. Lyles and her husband, Jessie Smith. She is survived by her son, Jason Smith and her daughter in law, Frances Smith; her granddaughter, Jessie Smith; her brother and sister in law, Michael "Buddy" Robbins and Doris Robbins; her sister in law, Diane Mohon.

A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Mrs. Smith was a true child of God and always loved going to His house and singing praises to God her Father.

In the bible which she loved to read, Mark Chapter 10, verses 13-15 quotes Jesus saying that we are to humble ourselves as little children to enter into the Kingdom of God.

That was Mrs. Smith, a humble and loving servant of God.

Her body was cremated and the Memorial Service for Vicki Robbins Smith will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Friendly Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Vines officiating.

The family received friends immediately following the service.

The family request that flowers please be omitted and those wishing to do so may make donations to help with final expenses. For personal condolences and to sign the online guest book, please visit liteseyfh.com.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Vicki Lee Robbins Smith.

Mrs. Spann

Mrs. Angela Lorraine Phillips Spann, age 60, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1956 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late James Phillips and Betty Jo Fincher Phillips. Mrs. Spann is survived by her husband, J.E. “P-Nut” Spann Jr.; daughter, Sally Alane Spann; Son, Brian E. Spann; Sisters, Janet Pittman and Teresa May; grandchildren, Taylor Spann, MaKayla Hood, Ahmia Hood, Jessi Hood, Ahmad Hood Jr., and Dani Nolen; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Spann is preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Eddie “Mopad” Phillips.

The memorial for Mrs. Angela Lorraine Phillips Spann was conducted on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at 1 p.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 Mrs. Spann received family and friends on at the Gammage Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 prior to the memorial service hour.

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. Angela Lorraine Phillips Spann.

Mr. Redden

Mr. Gary Lamar Redden, age 69, died on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Redden was born in Cave Spring in 1947.

He graduated from Cave Spring High School in 1967 then joined the U.S. Army. He served for two years in the Vietnam War as a personal body guard for General Abrams and General Goodpaster.

Mr. Redden returned to the states and married his wife of 48 years, Yvonne Sorrells. He then enrolled at Jacksonville State University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. The couple then moved to Cedartown where Mr. Redden served in Production Control Management for Goodyear Aerospace. After several years, he moved to Brooklet in 1987, and worked for Gulfstream Aerospace, Yazaki Systems, and JCB.

Mr. Redden began his career in promotional sales with Mal-Ad Promotions and then to Catalyst where he was currently employed.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Claxton where he served a deacon, Sunday school teacher, Royal Ambassador advisor and coach in softball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. Redden and Susie Dempsey Redden.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Yvonne Sorrells Redden; a son, Will Redden of Brooklet; and a daughter, Katie Redden of Brooklet.

The family received visitors on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 from Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.

Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Claxton with Rev. Jimmy Cason and Rev. Rory Naeve officiating.

Pallbearers were Adam Kennedy, Quinn Tanner, Herbert Sorrells, Steve Rogers, Tommy Winters, and Jimmy Lanier.

Honorary Pallbearers included the deacons of the First Baptist Church of Claxton.

Interment followed in Bulloch Memorial Gardens in Statesboro.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Claxton’s Music Department or the children’s and youth ministry at 313 W. Main St., Claxton, Ga., 30417.

Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Little Evelyn Slade Saxton

Little Infant, Evelyn “Evie” Slade Saxton, daughter of Lauren Knowles Saxton and Joey Saxton, passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2016.

She was born such a beautiful little doll, but was taken to heaven so soon. We did not enjoy the opportunity to change diapers, warm milk or pick out dresses as she grew, but the joy she brought to us in such a short time is unmeasurable.

Survivors included her parents, Joey and Lauren Saxton of Aragon; grandparents, Jeff and Pam Atcheson of Rockmart, Jim and Carol Crawford of Cedartown and Robert and Nita Knowles of Fayetteville; great-grandmothers, Doris Scott and Joyce Atcheson; great-grandfather, Billy Atcheson; uncles, Davis Knowles, Duston Crawford, Jesse Atcheson and Phillip Jackson; aunts, Kristine Jackson, Desiray Abernathy and Brandy Atcheson; and cousins, Lily Jackson, Layla Jackson, Ridge Abernathy and Jace Abernathy.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

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 arrangements for Little Infant, Evelyn “Evie” Slade Saxton.