Obituaries

Mrs. Pierce

Mrs. Gerda Gayring Pierce, age 77 of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.

She was born on Nov.27, 1939 in Ulm, Germany the daughter of the late Georg Gayring and Elisa Schmidt Gayring.

Mrs. Pierce is survived by her daughters, Sandra Parris and Sissy Steele; son, Ronny Pierce; sisters, Erika Schwartz and Ruth Grillo; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Mrs. Pierce is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert Lawrence Pierce.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Gerda Gayring Pierce were conducted on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Dabbs and Mr. Ronny Pierce officiating. Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Pierce received family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Scotty Tillery, Matt Johnson, Jerry Parris, W.C. Parris, Billy Steele, Russell Tillery and Ricky Peck.

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. Gerda Gayring Pierce.

Mrs. Pankoski

Mrs. Janis Barner Pankoski, age 70 of Rockmart passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

Mrs. Pankoski was born Dec. 10, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas, daughter of the late Foster Ward Barner and the late Alice Irene Hall Barner.

She was a graduate of the Abraham Lincoln High School of Denver, Colo., and earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Kennesaw State University in 1974.

Mrs. Pankoski retired in 2005 from Wellstar Kennestone Hospital having worked in labor and delivery. She enjoyed painting and traveling to London, England.

She had a great love for her family and her dog, Maggie. Mrs. Pankoski also loved reading and old classic movies, with her favorite show being Coronation Street.

Survivors included her husband, Gregory Albert Pankoski of Rockmart to whom she was married Jan. 30, 1965; daughter, Rebecca Lyn Eassey and her husband, Edward Eassey of Jackson; son, Ward Lee Pankoski and his wife, Barbara McGee Pankoski of Dallas; two grandchildren, Logan Foster Pankoski and Haley Elizabeth Pankoski also survived.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Pankoski was held at the Freeman Harris Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 between the hours of 11 a.m and 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas, Tx., 75284-0692 in memory of Mrs. Pankoski.

Please visit the funeral home 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 memorial arrangements for Mrs. Janis Barner Pankoski.

Mr. Stamper

Mr. Jeremiah Kareem Stamper, 18, passed away Jan. 17, 2017 in a Montgomery, Ala., hospital.

A native of Rome, Jeremiah was born Dec. 15, 1998 to Stacey Garrett and the late Jabez Kareem Stamper.

He was a ray of sunshine, always smiling, and spoke profoundly through expressions.

He loved to run.

He loved to play with string and ribbon, enjoyed America’s Got Talent, and automobile and bicycle racing.

Most of all, Jeremiah loved spending time with his family, listening to music, and seeing the sights.

Even though Mr. Stamper was preceded in death by his father, he embodied his dad’s love for watching wrestling. He was nicknamed “Bullfrog” by his mother. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his special need s teachers and bus drivers.

Mr. Stamper was also preceded in death by an aunt, Reba Robinson.

Survivors include his mother, Stacey Alexander and her husband Howard Alexander; brother and sisters Justin Alexander, Brooklynn Alexander, and Alexis McBurnett; maternal grandparents Joyce and Van Garrett.

He is also survived by paternal grandparents Jereboam and Stella Stamper Sr., two devoted aunts Ixchele and Michelle Stamper; uncles Jereboam (Rita) Stamper Jr., David (Angela) Sagoes, and Kevin Scott Garrett. Great uncle and aunt Manuel Roscoe and Janelle Roach.

Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in the Chapel of Good Shepherd Funeral Home, in Rome with Reverend Ben Clements and Pastor Edward Hoggs officiating.

Interment followed in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers included Mike Robinson, Antoine Ellis, Scott Garrett, Clarence Prior, Howard Alexander, and Gary Dulaney.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home served the family of Jeremiah Kareem Stamper.

Mrs. York

Mrs. Sara Joan Venable York, age 79 of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1937 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Aubra and Estelle Goodwin Venable.

Mrs. York is survived by her daughter, Debra York Hutto; grandchildren, Mark Riding, Eric Riding, Kevin York and April Hunter and 11 great­grandchildren.

Mrs. York is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey Jackson York; son, Gregory Wayne York; brother, Edward Venable and great-grandson.

A graveside service was conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery with Rev. James Guy and Rev. Roger Whorton officiating.

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. Sara Joan Venable York.

Ms. Anderson

Ms. Bonny Lynn Anderson, age 63 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2016.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1953, the daughter of the late William Earl Anderson and Hazel Smith.

Ms. Anderson is survived by her brother Anthony Bowen.

Ms. Anderson is preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Glenda Vaughn.

A private memorial service will be held by the family 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 Ms. Bonny Lynn Anderson.

Dr. Gantt

Dr. Shirley M. Gantt, age 76, of Carrollton, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2017.

She was born Nov. 13, 1940 in Nashville, Tenn., the daughter of the late Samuel French Matheny and the late Estee Moore Matheny.

Dr. Gantt was a graduate of Carson Newman University and received her MA and Doctorate from Nova University. She spent her career in the field of Education.

She was the Headmaster of Wesleyan Day School in Atlanta for many years before moving to Carrollton. She then became the Director of the Learning Tree and then the Director of Instruction at West Central Tech.

Dr. Gantt then worked for the State Department of Education where she retired.

Throughout her life she taught Sunday School and supported the music ministry where her husband served. Dr. Gantt was well educated and respected in her career, a devout Christian and loved her family. She and Jack had been married 54 years.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Jack Gantt; daughters and sons-in-law: Stephanie and Todd Casper of Cumming, Georgia and Adrienne and Richard Baker of Dawsonville, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Dr. Ann Matheny of Zebulon, North Carolina; and two grandchildren: Sidney Steele Baker and Grayson Jack Hodge.

Memorial services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 from Tabernacle Baptist Church with Dr. David Taylor and Dr. Stephen Allen officiating.

The family received friends at the church prior to the service hour.

Those seated as honorary pallbearers were members of the Gantt Girls Sunday School Class, the Claque, and Tanner Hospice staff members.

In keeping with her wishes, the body was cremated.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com. Martin and Hightower Heritage Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home made this local announcement for the family of Dr. Shirley M. Gantt.

Mrs. Wood

Mrs. Edna Frances Williams Wood, age 94, of Cedartown, passed away on Friday Jan. 13, 2017.

Mrs. Wood was born on Jan. 10, 1923 in Cleburne County, Ala., the daughter of Mr. John Williams and Mrs. Maggie Maddox Williams.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Wood had been employed by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company where she worked as a Spinner.

She retired following 42 years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church and had been attending the Esom Hill Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Williams and Maggie M. Williams; her brother, William Alex Williams; her sisters, Lily Chapman and Neta Ray and her husband, Hugh Dorsey Wood.

Mrs. Wood is survived by her nephews, Clabe Chapman, Jr. and Jamie A. Chapman; her niece, Patricia Wheeler. A number of great nephews and great nieces also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Edna Frances Wood were conducted on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Kirkpatrick officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.

The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at the Litesey Funeral Home.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Edna Frances Williams Wood.

Mrs. Myhand

Mrs. Ruby Jo Chastain Myhand, age 72, of Cedartown passed away on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Mrs. Myhand was born on Feb. 5, 1944 in Chickamauga.

She had worked for Georgia Craft and had been a member of the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church of Cedartown. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dolly Zane Chastain and her husband, Phillip Edward Myhand.

Ruby Myhand is survived by her sons, William and Susan Bragg and Robert and Becky Bragg; her daughters, Yvonne and Ronald Paul and Carolyn and David Higgins; her step sons, Michael Dakota Myhand, James Myhand, Michael Myhand and Kenneth Tudor; her brother, Gene Chastain. Thirty five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

The Memorial service for Mrs. Ruby Jo Myhand will be conducted on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 19, 2017 at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Slaughter officiating.

The family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the Litesey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Myhand will be cremated following the Memorial Service.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home in in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Ruby Jo Chastain Myhand.

Mrs. Hulsey

Mrs. Neva Janice Hulsey, age 75, of Rockmart, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born in the Everett Springs community of Floyd County, a daughter of Kieffer Touchstone and Thelma Wimpey Touchstone. Mrs. Hulsey was raised in Floyd County but had lived the greater part of her life in Rockmart.

She was a member of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church; was a former employee of Integrated Mills of Aragon and had also worked as a private sitter.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Hulsey Yates and a sister, Kathleen Pruitt.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Titus Hulsey of Rockmart to whom she was married on December 18, 1959; children: Lisa Hulsey, Rockmart, Teresa Atkinson (Randy) of South Carolina, Toni Arp (Terry), Rockmart, Tina Hulsey, Rockmart, Christy Leatherwood (Charles), Rockmart.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; three sisters: Pauline Smith, Sue Matthews and Glenda Jacobs; three brothers: J.B. Touchstone, Kenneth Touchstone and James Touchstone and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Hulsey and Rev. Roger Parris officiating.

Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers included: Clint Leatherwood, Terry Arp, Scott Hurst, Jeff Gilmer, Wade Clemons and Jeremy Atkinson. Honorary pallbearers were: Taylor Gilmer, Drew Burnley and Pete Robinson.

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

Little infant Jeremiah Carter

Little Infant, Jeremiah Carter, son of Rev. Justin Carter and Sara Edwards Carter passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

He was a beautiful little boy that was taken to heaven so soon. Even though he did not get the opportunity to play with his big brother, the joy he brought to us in such a short time was unmeasurable.

Survivors included his parents, Justin and Sara Carter of Rockmart; big brother, Jac Carter; and a very large extended family.

Funeral graveside and interment services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the family lot of the Bellview Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. David Taylor and Rev. Kenny Camp officiating. A eulogy was given by his father, Rev. Justin Carter.

Our prayer is that God would use Jeremiah’s life in the womb as a testimony to the sanctity of life. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 KJV

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the graveside service for Little Infant, Jeremiah Carter.

Little infant Devon Johnson-Andrew

Little Devon Isaiah Johnson-Andrew, infant son of Michaela Johnson and Maltimore Andrew, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Survivors include his mother, Michaela Johnson; father, Maltimore Andrew; maternal grandparents, Stormy Johnson and Nathan Crenshaw; paternal grandmother, Ermin Spencer; maternal great grandparents, Vickie and Mike Johnson and Dora Crenshaw.

The family received friends on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17 at the funeral home.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home served the family of little Devon Isaiah Johnson-Andrew.