Obituaries

Mrs. Shepard

Mrs. Flora “Emily” Carlton Shepard, age 96 of Aragon passed away Friday morning, June 30, 2017.

Mrs. Shepard was born Feb. 22, 1921 in Polk County and grew up in the Collard Valley Community, the daughter of the late Samuel Lamar Carlton and the late Lena Holland Carlton.

Mrs. Shepard was a homemaker and a member of the Aragon Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering, quilting and cooking, being best remembered for her cakes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry N. Shepard on June 15, 2000; sister, Ruth Carlton Miller; and a brother, John Ed Carlton.

Survivors included a daughter, Elaine Thomas of Rome; son, Lamar Shepard of Rockmart; two grandchildren, Ryan Shepard and Heather Rainey; and six great-grandchildren, Max Shepard, Anna Shepard, Presley Shepard, Emily Rainey, Aubrey Rainey and Ashton Rainey.

Funeral services for Mrs. Shepard were held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Puckett officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Rose Hill Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Ryan Shepard, Ken Rainey, Melvin Roberts, Reginald Smith, Larry Pittman and Kenneth Carlton.

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. Flora “Emily” Carlton Shepard.

Mrs. Wolfe

Mrs. Faye Peacock Wolfe, age 86 of Rockmart passed away Friday morning, June 30, 2017.

Hers was a cheerful disposition and she was never so happy as when surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Mrs. Wolfe was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Rockmart, in the family home on the corner known as Peacock Corner back then. She was the daughter of the late Dave Peacock and the late Velma Browning Peacock.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rockmart and a graduate of the Rockmart High School Class of 1948. Mrs. Wolfe earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of West Georgia and went on to retire from the Polk School District with 24 years of faithful service.

She was a military wife and followed her beloved husband to various posts, such as Fort Sam Houston, Fort Bragg, Fort Stewart and Stuttgart, West Germany. She served her country quietly like military wives do with little recognition.

In her twilight years, she was overjoyed to learn her family history and of her grandfather’s service in the Army of Northern Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, SFC William Edward Wolfe, Jr. on Oct. 8, 1995; son, Robert E. (Bobby) Wolfe; and a brother, Billy Peacock.

Survivors included two sons, David Wolfe and his wife Grace of Acworth and Joe Wolfe of Rockmart; and two grandchildren, Shelby Chumley and August Wolfe.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wolfe were held on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Rice officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Rose Hill Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Mitchell Mason, Tony Broome, Bobby Podskoc, Dewayne Yates, Thor Chumley and Zach Culver.

Honorary pallbearers were: Bobby Gurley, Donald Mintz and Bruce Albea.

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. Faye Peacock Wolfe.

Mrs. Bentley

Mrs. Dorothy Almira "Dot" Bentley, age 70, of Rockmart, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, June 28, 2017 following an extended illness.

Mrs. Bentley was born on Nov. 20, 1946 in Polk County, a daughter to the late Pinkney McBride and Frances Duggar McBride.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert McBride.

Mrs. Bentley was a longtime member of the Eastview Baptist Church of Cedartown. Mrs. Bentley loved her family, her friends and her church family dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Mr. John Bentley; her daughters and sons in law, Gail Bentley, Dana and Ricky Allen and Amanda and Patrick Griffin; her brother, Delois McBride; her sister, Joan Mitchell; three grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Almira "Dot" Bentley were conducted on Saturday afternoon, July 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Eastview Baptist Church with Dr. Dewayne New, Rev. Randy Vines, Rev. Zachary Bentley, Rev. Corey Smith and Rev. Reginald Campbell officiating.

Interment followed in the Eastview Baptist Church Cemetery..

The family received friends on Friday evening, June 30, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following Gentlemen served as pallbearers: Ronnie Campbell, Glenn Campbell, Dallas Holcomb, J.R. Weeks, Wayne Weaver and Bobby McBride. Mrs. Bentleys grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.

Vist the memorial web site 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 Mrs. Dorothy Almira "Dot" Bentley.

Mr. Hammock

Mr. Richard Earl Hammock, 74, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Mr. Hammock was born on July 12, 1941 to the late Otis Hammock Sr. and Emma Cox Hammock of Cedartown.

He graduated high school in 1959 and attended college briefly before joining the U.S. Army.

Mr. Hammock retired from Bekaert Steel and Wire in 2006 after 22 years of service. He served as a line worker and was a shop steward with the union for several years as well. Prior to that, he worked at Marquette Cement Plant in Rockmart for a number of years.

On July 10, 1964, he married Anna F. Johnson of Cedartown who preceded him in death on April 7, 2011. Their union produced three daughters: Miriam A. Hammock-Prude, Alisa M. Hammock-Evans, and April L. Hammock-Whatley, all three survive him.

He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Bryson E. Polhill, Jasmine A. Polhill, Ava M. Whatley and Aubrey F. Whatley.

Mr. Hammock was the sixth of nine children. Three siblings: Otis Hammock Jr., Cora Hammock and J.C. Hammock preceded him in death. He leaves five siblings: Gordon Hammock, Mollie Sewell, Gussie Woods, J.T. Hammock and Bobby Hammock to mourn his passing.

He is also survived by a number of in-laws, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Richard Earl Hammock were conducted at the Marietta Street United Methodist Church in Cedartown on Saturday, July 1 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Hutchins officiating.

Internment followed at Polk Memory Gardens in Cedartown.

Wingfield Funeral Home in Cedartown were honored to serve the family of Mr. Richard Earl Hammock.

Mr. Lance

Mr. William “Chad” Lance, age 49, of Cedartown, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Rome.

He was born on April 5, 1968 in Gainesville, a son of Lamar and Sharon Lance.

Mr. Lance was always that person with the gentle, positive outlook and always striving to push forward. He enjoyed sports cars and Georgia Football, but he was happiest when he could impact someone’s soul in a positive way.

One of Mr. Lance's many inspirational mottos; “I’m blessed with everything I need. I am working hard towards everything I want. And most of all, I appreciate and Thank God for what I have”.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bryon “Lamar” Lance; grandparents, Harold and Thelma Aiken, Carolyn Chumley and Bryon “Bill” Lance; mother in law, Betty Faye Astin.

Survivors include his wife Heather Astin Lance; children, Jayden Lance, Lucie Lance and Anslee Bradshaw; mother , Sharon (Steve) Bodlovic; sister and brother in law, Tammy and Mike McCurley; nephew, Lance McCurley; niece, Kate McCurley; father in law and mother in law, James and Ann Astin; sister in law, Kelly Russell; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Services for Mr. Chad Lance were held Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Blake Dodd officiating.

The family received friends Sunday, July 2, 2017 prior to the service hour at the Smith and Miller Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Cedartown.

The following gentleman served as pallbearers: Cary Moragan, Paul Toles, Jimmy Hillis, Lance McCurley and Stephen Phillips.

The family has respectfully asked that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions be made in Mr. Lance's name to the Our House Battered Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 1647, Cedartown, Ga., 30125 or a charity of one's choice.

For those that are not able to attend the funeral service for Mr. Chad Lance, watch the service via livestream on YouTube, Smith and Miller live stream.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown was honored to serve the family of Mr. William Chad Lance.

Mrs. Pinkard

Mrs. Rena Mae Elizabeth Pinkard, age 98 of Rockmart, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Mrs. Pinkard was born in Rockmart, Georgia on Jan. 8, 1919 daughter of the late Emma Robinson Clark and the late Joel Green “Joe” Clark.

She was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church, enjoyed her flowers and had a great love for family.

Mrs. Pinkard was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. James “Jim” Woodrow Pinkard; a daughter, Mrs. Diane Marchbanks; two sons, Mr. Billy Pinkard and Mr. Jimmy Pinkard; and a brother, Mr. Harvey Clark.

Mrs. Pinkard is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jackie Aiken and her husband Paul of Lake City; two sons, Mr. Harold Pinkard and his wife Brenda of Cedartown, and Mr. Gary Pinkard and his wife Faye of Dallas; son-in-law, Paul Marchbanks; thirteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; twenty-one great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pinkard were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Owen (Bud) Davis, Jr. officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the Bellview Baptist Church Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: David Pinkard, Lee Freeman, Tim Marchbanks, Billy Wynn “Pete” Pinkard Jr., Chad Pinkard and Sonny Pinkard.

Honorary pallbearers were: Houston Freeman, Justin Freeman, Levi Carter, Luke Marchbanks, Owen Marchbanks, Nahum Marchbanks, Dillon Pinkard, Cole Duke,and Luke Pinkard.

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. Rena Mae Elizabeth Pinkard.

Mr. Bennett

Mr. Jerry Wayne Bennett, age 64, of Rome, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 in a Rome medical center.

He was born in Rome on July 15, 1952, a son of the late Albert Lee Bennett and the late Mary Ruth Owens Bennett.

Mr. Bennett lived most of his life in Rome where he worked in construction and was of the Church of God faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Haney; infant daughter, Christy Diane Bennett; step son, Darrell Smith and sister, Patricia Ballard.

Survivors include his two sons: David Wayne Shiflett and his wife Lorie, Rome and Shane Bennett, Rome; five step children: Sherri Baker, Penny Smith, Brenda White, Terry Smith and Andy Smith; eighteen grandchildren including special granddaughters: Sacey Mullins and Natasha Smith; fifteen great grandchildren; three sisters: Shirley Henderson and her husband Doyle, Aragon; Diane Edwards and her husband Michael, Aragon and Peggy Stegall, Silver Creek; brother, Douglas Bennett and his wife Debra, Cartersville; mother of his son David and a special member of the Bennett family, Bobbie Jean Shiflett; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Sexton officiating.

Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery with Rev. Michael Edwards officiating.

Pallbearers included Patrick Ballard, John Hooper, David Wayne Shiflett, Michael Mullins, Justin Bennett and Titus McGuire.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Jerry Wayne Bennett.

Mr. Grogan

Mr. Max Eugene Grogan, age 71, passed away on June 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

He was born in Rockmart, and graduated Rockmart High School in 1962.

He attended West Georgia College for two years, where he was a baseball standout. In 1964, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played for two years for their AA team in Dubuque, Iowa.

In 1966, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving first as a tank crewman and then an artillery officer during the Vietnam War. While stationed at Ft Lewis, Wash., he earned his private pilot’s license and developed a love for flying that would continue for the rest of his life.

After leaving the army in 1969, he returned to Georgia where he received a BBA from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. He worked as an oil distributor until he went into business for himself and founded MBG properties. He successfully ran the business until he died.

He enjoyed photography and golf, but by far his favorite hobby was flying his Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft which was hangared at the Knoxville Downtown Island Airport.

He was an instrument-rated pilot whose enthusiasm for flying was contagious. He never met a stranger, and he would gladly take anyone he met for a ride in his plane. He and his family flew all over the United states, along with his co-pilot, his faithful dog, “Jessie.”

For many years he participated in the Angel Flight program, which transported patients and their families for medical treatment free of charge. He was a charter member of the BeechTalk online forums, and he hosted eight fly-ins for fellow BeechCraft pilots to come to Knoxville and share their love for flying.

At the 8th fly-in, the members presented him with a plaque for his service and declared him to be the first “Ambassador of BeechTalk”.

He was preceded in death by parents Robert and Queenie Grogan; brothers Donald, Terry, and Lynn; sisters Zelah Queen and Lucy Collins; and his beautiful daughter, Meghan Grogan.

Mr. Grogan is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bobbi Dill Grogan; son Brandon Grogan; sister Linda Wilkes and husband Ed; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8th at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 5409 Jacksboro Pike Knoxville, Tenn. Receiving of friends will follow.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel of Knoxville, Tenn., is in charge of the memorial arrangements for Mr. Max E. Grogan.