Mr. Edwards

Mr. David Edwards, age 59, of Rome passed away Thursday afternoon, July 6, 2017 in Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He was born July 2, 1958, in Floyd County, the son Louise Tucker Edwards, and the late Floyd Edwards.

Mr. Edwards was the owner and operator of Edwards Grave Service, a business that his father had started over 51 years ago. He dug graves by hand for many funeral homes in North West Georgia during those years.

Mr. Edwards, along with his employees, were the only grave service company, used by the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, to dig families graves for local customers for the past fifty years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Edwards; brother, Steve Edwards; sister, Brenda Edwards.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Danette Sharp Edwards, daughters, Tisha McDonald, Rome; Caprice Willetts, Rome; Shandie Minter, Rome; Ferren Dawson, Rome; mother, Louise Tucker Edwards, Rome; brothers, Jimmy Ray Edwards, Rome; Roger Edwards, Cave Springs; Michael Edwards, Cedartown; 7 granddaughters, 3 grandsons, 2 great granddaughters, several nieces and nephews, also survive.

The family’s visitation was held on Monday evening, July 10, 2017 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Rome..

Mr. Edwards was laid to rest at Beech Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery, by his request at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday the day of his passing.

The Litesey Family, along with the staff of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home, extends heartfelt condolences to Danette and the Edwards family during this time.

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The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was honored to make this announcement locally for the family of David Edwards. Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Sutton

Mrs. Joyce Cooper Sutton, age 71, of Rome, and formerly of Cedartown, peacefully slipped away from this life on Wednesday afternoon, July 5, 2017 to join God as one of his precious angels.

She was born on May 12, 1946 in Polk County the daughter of Quimby Dewight Cooper and Edna Ellis Cooper.

Mrs. Sutton graduated form Cedartown High School and attended Berry College, where she graduated Cum Laude with her BS in Education. Mrs. Sutton taught school in the Cedartown, Polk School District and in Bartow County.

She retired following 26 dedicated years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown.

She was preceded in death by her father, Quimby Dewight Cooper; her mother, Edna Ellis Cooper and a daughter, Dominque Parris McKibben.

Joyce Cooper Sutton is survived by her husband, James E. Sutton; her daughter and son in law, Miranda Parris Cordle and Scott; her sister and brother in law, Dorothy and Terry Harkins; her son in law, Donnie McKibben; four grandchildren, Zach Mckibben, Logan Cordle, Bronson Cordle and Megan Cordle and great grandchildren, Aria, Adilyn and Averie Jane McKibben. Other relatives also survive.

The Funeral Service for Mrs. Joyce Cooper Sutton were conducted on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating.

Interment followed on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

The family received friends on Saturday evening, July 8, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

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The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Joyce Cooper Sutton.

Mrs. Costlow

Mrs. Louise Collins Costlow, age 72 of Aragon passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Mrs. Costlow was born June 3, 1945 in Polk County, daughter of the late Charles Collins and the late Ruby Mae Tucker Collins.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Mrs. Costlow loved flowers, working in her garden and cooking. She enjoyed making quilts and listening to gospel music, especially songs by Jimmy Swaggart.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Stevie Shane Costlow, Thomas Wade Costlow and James Edgar “Jamie” Costlow.

Survivors included her husband of 56 years, Ben W. Costlow of Aragon; four daughters, Tina Costlow of Cartersville, Elaine Loyd of Taylorsville, Annette Smith and Mary Merritt both of Cartersville; three sons, Adam Costlow of Lindale and Glenn Costlow and Ivey Costlow both of Aragon; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Costlow were held on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Garrett and Rev. Donald Lindsey officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the church cemetery with Rev. Daniel Arrington officiating.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Daniel Cross, Little Ben Costlow, Michael Loyd, John Loyd, Ivey Loyd and Kenneth Costlow.

Honorary pallbearers were: Tommy Costlow and Jeremy Costlow.

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Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral services for Mrs. Louise Collins Costlow.

Mrs. Allen

Mary Louise Morgan Allen, age 71, of Piedmont, passed away Tuesday July 4, 2017, in a Gadsden, Ala.,. hospital.

Mrs. Allen was born Dec. 5, 1945, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Lester Morgan and Aliene Edwards Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Danny Allen, brother, Larry Morgan, sister, Madilyn Tucker.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas Allen, Toby Allen, and Ricky Allen, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside and interment services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 8, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rome with Rev. Zach Bentley officiating.

The family received friends on Friday evening, July 7, 2017 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Rome.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

This announcement was made for the family of Mary Louise Morgan Allen by the Lester Litesey Funeral Home.

Mr. Haridson

Mr. Charles “Hugh” Hardison, age 87, a retired Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 following a lengthy illness.

He holds a special place in the hearts of all that knew and loved him. .

Born on Sept. 29,1929 in Byron to Dudley “Slick” Hardison and Lydia “Pet” Hardison (nee) Bryant, Col. Hugh Hardison moved to Cedartown as a boy. He developed his love of football at Cedartown High School playing on the championship team in 1946.

In 1947 he joined the United States Navy, then the U.S. Marine Corp for a tour in Korea. Returning home, he attended Georgia Tech, playing football under the great Bobby Dodd.

As one of “Dodd’s Boys” he played on both the 1952 Orange Bowl and 1953 Sugar Bowl Championship teams.

In 1954 he joined the Georgia State Patrol, rising through the ranks from License Examiner to Colonel. In 1979 he was named Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety for the State of Georgia.

He was “a Trooper’s Trooper,” never asking more of his men than he was willing to give himself. He attained black belt status in both karate and judo and helped bring those skills to the GSP.

After 32 years, he retired from the Patrol and returned to his first love, football. He worked at Georgia Tech with security for the Athletic Dept. where he mentored countless young men and women throughout the years, many of whom became Troopers themselves.

After retirement, he enjoyed swimming, shooting pool, and spending time with family and friends at his Cedartown cabin.

He is survived by his wife Sandi Hardison, daughter Lisa Cardle and son-in-law Greg Thornton, son Russell Cardle and wife Lia, sisters-in-law Sunday Cook and Sherrie Diane Loope, brother-in-law John Stevenhagen, daughter, LeeAnn Hardison. A special mention is also made for two young boys who brought him the most joy and happiness, Clay Pilgrim and Sacha Lignon.

A visitation for Colonel Hardison was held on Monday morning, July 10, 2017 at Smith and Miller Funeral Home. A second viewing was held at First Baptist Church of Cedartown prior to a service to celebrate the life of Mr. Hugh Hardison to follow held at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 10, with Dr. David Taylor officiating, GSP Colonel Mark McDouough and Coach Bill Curry delivering eulogies.

The interment followed at Polk Memory Gardens in Cedartown with Rev. Leon Allen officiating.

The Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard provided honors at the cemetery along with the American Legion Brown - Wright Post 12. Current and former GSP officers served as honorary pallbearers.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Heyman Hospice of Rome especially, Nurse Shirley LeMasters and special friend Joyce Hill.

The family has respectfully asked that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions be made to Children Healthcare of Atlanta 1577 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, Ga., 303329 or either the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kan., 66675-8517, or by visiting their website at

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Colonel Hugh Hardison.

Mr. Mull

Mr. Delmer Joe Mull, age 84 of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

He was born on July 15, 1932 in Cedartown, the son of the late James Hosea and Alice Belle Sutton Mull.

Mr. Mull is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Shirley Baxter Mull; sons and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lynda Mull, Rusty Braddy and Chris Mull; daughters and son-in-laws, Polly and Frank Wrightman, Joan and David Cooper, Janis Braddy and Donna Sein; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Mull is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leman Mull and grandchildren, Christina Somellan and Elijah Mull.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Delmer Joe Mull were conducted on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Brother Justin Holcomb officiating.

Interment followed in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received family and friends on Friday evening, July 7, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Chris Mull, Sean Mull, Robert Mull Jr., Doc Ford, Chase Tolar, Jimi Rials. Honorary pallbearers were: Hunter Maxwell, Isaiah Green, Ty Rauscher, Chase Tolar Jr., Chandler Tolar and Jesse Parrott.

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The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Mr. Delmer Joe Mull.

Ms. Cooper

Ms. Alicia Marie “Mo” Cooper, age 35, of Tallapoosa, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017.

She was born on July 20, 1981 in Rome, and was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Mableton.

Ms. Cooper is survived by her mother and father, Vickie Johnson Cannon and William Cannon; her sons, William Cooper and Alexander Cooper; and her sisters, Shannon Cooper and Christina Galloway. A number of other relatives also survive.

The family received friends on Monday afternoon, July 10, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

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The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Ms. Alicia Marie “Mo” Cooper.

Mrs. Perdue

Mrs. Helen O. Perdue, age 94 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

She was born on Oct. 29, 1922 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Jule and Callie Kelley Odom.

Mrs. Perdue was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed crafting and reading a good book. She always wanted to give to others and share her love for literature.

She did so by donating the books that she finished to the Hays State Prison Library hoping that others might enjoy the books as she did.

Mrs. Perdue is survived by her daughter, Carole Farr (Michael); son, Robert A. Perdue Jr.; grandchildren, Jeremy Michael Farr, Christi Goddard (Craig), and Sally Parker; and 3 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Mrs. Perdue is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 42 years Robert A. Perdue Sr.; sisters, Virginia Odom, Willie Harris, Mary Kate Kelley, and Patricia Patterson; daughter-in-law, Glenda Perdue; and grandson, Robert A. Perdue III.

Per Mrs. Perdue’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date, and Donald Kelley and Lisa Brooks will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family of Mrs. Perdue received family and friends on Friday afternoon, July 7, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family respectfully requests that floral arrangements be omitted and memorial contributions be made to the Hays State Prison Library at, 777 Underwood Dr, Summerville, Ga., 30747.

The family of Mrs. Perdue would like to offer a special thank you to Winthrop Manor of Rome, for the comfort, compassion, and loving service shown to their loved one.

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The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Mrs. Helen O. Perdue.

Mrs. Hammond

Mrs. Michele Smith Hammond, age 50, of Cedartown, passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 1, 2017 following an extended illness.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1967 in Rome, the daughter of the late Mr. Nathan Smith and Mrs. Barbara Jackson Smith Hopkins.

Mrs. Hammond graduated from Cedartown High School in 1985. She received her LPN license in 1992 from Coosa Valley Technical Institute.

She was employed by Coosa Valley Home Health for several years and in 2007 she was a Resident Services Director at Cedar Hill Senior Community. Later she was the Director at Roman Court in Rome, Georgia and in 2013 became the Director of Plantation South in Cedartown.

From time to time, she did what she loved most, Private Sitting. Among he many gifts, she had the ability to always seem cheerful and upbeat.

She loved caring for the elderly. People often complimented her on her great sense of humor saying, “She always made me laugh.”

Mrs. Hammond is survived by her husband, Bill Hammond; her son, Ryan Hammond; her daughters, Anna Hammond Pierce and Jade Hammond; her mother and step father, Barbara and James Hopkins, her brother, Shane Smith; her grandchildren, Jackson Pierce, Aniston Pierce, Eli Gipson, Lane Swindall and Riley Swindall; nephews, Hunter Smith and Winston Wood; her half sister, Kim Hatch; her mother in law, Gene and Floyd Murphy; her father in law, David and Lynn Hammond and sister in law, Laura Wood. A number of aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

The Memorial Service for Mrs. Michele Smith Hammond was held on Wednesday afternoon, July 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. from the Young’s Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Kemper Anderson and Rev. Blake Dodd officiating.

The family received friends on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 prior to the service hour in the sanctuary of the Young’s Grove Baptist Church.

The Family will accept flowers, however they request that plants, baskets or vases be sent in memory of Mrs. Hammond.

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The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Michele Smith Hammond.

Mr. Lindsey

Mr. Ryan Jospeh Lindsey, 30, of Cave Spring, died Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, in an Atlanta hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Rome June 14, 1987, a son of Larry and Sandra Bankson Linsdey. He attended Cave Spring Elementary, Coosa Middle School, and was a graduate of Coosa High School.

Mr. Lindsey also attended Georgia Highlands, Jacksonville State College, and Northwest Georgia Technical College.

He grew up doing what all little boys do. He played T-Ball and Little League sports. His favorite things to do were Riding his four-wheeler and playing with his friends and cousins.

Mr. Lindsey loved deer hunting with his Dad and brother and got his first deer at age 12. When he was 13 he wanted to be a cowboy and ride horses. Sonny, Mr. Lindsey’s beautiful horse, was a surprise Christmas present. He was just learning to ride and Sonny was a two-year old, barely broke, but he and Mr. Lindsey learned together.

Mr. Lindsey’s next love was his new Toyota truck that he got for his 16th birthday. It was the best day ever when he and Mom went truck shopping for a used truck and Mom said let’s get the new one. With a new truck and girlfriends, Sonny was soon spending more time in the pasture. He is still with us.

Mr. Lindsey was always ready for a new adventure. When a high school teacher offered to teach him Fly Fishing, he was right on it. He became an Orvis certified instructor at age 18. He gave lessons at Barnsley Gardens Resort and was a River Guide in Blue Ridge. He also loved his Florida Fishing trips with friends.

A true sportsman, Mr. Lindsey fell in love with a Chocolate Lab pup that he named Browning. Just like with Sonny, they grew and learned together. Mr. Lindsey learned the skill of dog training and Browning proved to be a willing student. Duck hunting soon became a new passion for Mr. Lindsey and his dogs. Mr. Lindsey was heartbroken when he lost Browning to an accident. Toby came next and with Mr. Lindsey’s training skills he became an amazing hunting dog, as did his son Jack, who was being trained to step up as Toby aged. Toby and Jack will miss their master.

Always one to get involved, Mr. Lindsey was part of the Explorer program with the Cave Spring Fire Department and later became a Volunteer Firefighter. As a member of Ducks Unlimited he was an Event Committee member as early as age 16. He evolved with the organization to become Co-Chairman of the Event in 2013 and Co-Area Chairman in 2014. Mr. Lindsey led the local chapter as Area Chairman 2015 to 2017. He never did anything halfway and with this leadership role he gave his all. He was recognized in the organization for his accomplishments.

Mr. Lindsey was always a gun enthusiast. He loved collecting them and target and clay shooting. Most recently he took on the task of custom building an AR-15. He surprised his Dad for Father’s Day with one custom built just for him.

While Mr. Lindsey was still in high school, he started working with his Dad in the Family Business, Evans Parts at Coosa. Ryan soon took on some management and administrative duties and Dad was glad to let him do it. He loved the customers and the Coosa Community.

Mr. Lindsey loved his hometown of Cave Spring and he was loved by all who knew him. Most of all he loved his family. He admired and looked up to his older brother, Marcus, and he made his parents very proud. His love for his niece Ella Bleu was enormous. He made sure she could say Uncle Ryan as soon as she could talk and he would bribe her with treats to say he was her Favorite.

Mr. Lindsey was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Wayne C. Lindsey and Mary Cox Lindsey, and by his maternal grandparents, Joe Hall and Barbara Myers Hall.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Sandra Lindsey of Cave Spring and by his brother, Marcus Lindsey and his wife Vanessa of Acworth. His niece, Ella Bleu Lindsey, and a number of cousins, aunts and uncles also survive.

He will forever be in our hearts.

Funeral services for Mr. Lindsey were held Wednesday evening, July 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with Rev. Chris Johnson and Dr. Robin Lindsey officiating.

Interment services were held Thursday morning, July 6, 2017 at the graveside of the Cave Spring Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Drew Ware, Keith Hill, Jack Hill, Dan Cox, Chad Cox, Lindsey Evans, and Jeremy Hillard.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel had charge of the arrangements for Mr. Ryan Joseph Lindsey.