Obituaries

Mrs. Tant

Mrs. Millie Inez Williams Tant age 95 of Rockmart passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017.

She was born on April 5, 1922 in Paulding County, daughter of the late Joe M. Williams and the late Oda Jane Thompson Williams.

Mrs. Tant was a homemaker and a member of the Rockmart Church of God. Mrs. Tant enjoyed family singing and had an exceptional love for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Thomas Tant on Nov. 17, 1975; and seven siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Mullinax of Dallas and Robbie (Jack) Streetman of Rockmart; two sons, Edgar (Charlotte) Tant of Cedartown and Richard Tant of Rockmart; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tant will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Rockmart Church of God with Brother Ed Pasley and Brother Mike Pasley officiating. Interment services will follow in the family lot of the Smyrna Methodist Church Cemetery.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Steve Gamel, Jan Cannon, Jeff Dunn, Darren Hammonds, Shane Streetman, and Scott Tant. Honorary pallbearers will be: Joshua Eaves and Terry Streetman.

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

Freeman Harris funeral home is in charge of the funeral service for Mrs. Millie Inez Tant.

Mr. Griffith

Mr. J. Mac Griffith, age 88, of Buchanan passed away Friday morning, June 16, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family.

Mr. Griffith was born in Fort Gaines on Aug. 12, 1928, the son of the late Jim Frank Griffith and the late Apphia West Griffith.

Aside from his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Donald Carlton Griffith, a sister, Ann Griffith Shannon Saffer, and one brother, Frank West Griffith.

Mr. Griffith, devoted to public service and his community, was a long-time active member of the Buchanan United Methodist Church where he held many leadership positions.

Additionally, he was a 4-H Adult Leader for many years, a Boy Scout Master for twenty two years where he received the “Silver Beaver” award in 1973 for distinguished services by the Atlanta Area Council, and a Buchanan Jaycee for which he received the Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Griffith was a devout Rebel fan and was a member of the Haralson County Booster Club since its origin in 1968 where he served two terms as president. He was also one of the founders of the Buchanan Development Corporation and served as its president for ten years.

He loved the outdoors and spent much of his life committed to the development, care, and cultivation of agriculture. Mr. Griffith retired from the United States Department of Agriculture ASCS office in Buchanan and also served for twenty years in the United States Navy Reserves.

He ran a cattle farm with his sons and was a member of the Haralson County Cattlemen’s Association and Haralson County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Ann Stribling Griffith of Buchanan; two sons and three daughters-in-law, Jim and Debra Griffith of Bremen, Joe and Tracey Griffith of Buchanan, and Beleta Anderson of Tallapoosa; six grandchildren, Kersha Cartwright, Megan Hatchett, Kiley Thompson, Abby McKenzie, Taylor Griffith, and Bain Griffith; ten great grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. from Buchanan United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Rooks, Rev. Hoyt Jenkins, Rev. Hugh Peacock, Mr. Bernard Whitton and Rev. Jason Hatchett officiating.

Music was rendered by the grandchildren, Beleta Anderson, and Dora Gable.

Interment followed in Buchanan City Cemetery with the following gentlemen having served as pallbearers: Jonah Hatchett, Jake Thompson, Wade Cartwright, Taylor Griffith, Bain Griffith, Wesley McKenzie, and David Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to: Don Griffith 4-H Scholarship, c/o Haralson County Extension Office, P.O. Box 10, Buchanan, Ga., 30113 or Buchanan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 342, Buchanan, Ga., 30113.

Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel and Crematory of Buchanan was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Fife

Mrs. Ruth E. Fife, age 85, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday morning, June 13, 2017 following an extended illness.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1931 in Brownsville, Tenn., daughter to the late James Fred Edmonds and Lenora Tate Edmonds.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James P. Fife.

Mrs. Fife loved her family and friends and showed that love personally and from her deep religious convictions and her faith. While in Tennessee, she was very active within the Women's Ministry of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville, Tenn., serving all the way up to the Synodical level.

She was an avid member of the Fayetteville Music Club and the Fayetteville Home Demonstration Club.

Mrs. Fife loved and followed God, wherever he sent her.

A true Prayer Warrior, she held that distinction while being both a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and when she came to Cedartown and worshipped as an associate member of the Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church.

When prayer was needed, folks called on Mrs. Fife, because they knew that her prayers were certainly heard.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Susan Stroup; her step granddaughter, Sheena Stroup Pilcher and her step great granddaughter, Nickolas Gary Pilcher; other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. from the Sanctuary of the Anna Kresge Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rebecca Holmes officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville, Tenn. with the Rev. Bryan Bult conducting committal services at graveside.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers please be omitted and memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Fife's memory to: The Murphy-Harpst-Vashti Home of Cedartown, 740 Fletcher Street, Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

Visit the memorial web site at www.liteseyfh.com to extend personal condolences to the family and to sign the online guest book.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Ruth E. Fife.

Mr. Hatch

Alden Franklin Hatch, 93 of Cedartown, passed away peacefully at his home Monday night, June 12, 2017.

Mr. Hatch was born Feb. 28, 1924 in Floyd County to William Chester Hatch and Lillie Hall Hatch.

He had made his ‘calling and election sure’ by accepting Jesus as his savior in the recent past and is now enjoying the sights of Heaven and the reunion with his loved ones and his Heavenly Father.

He is survived by his son, Roger Hatch; grandchildren, Dean Hatch, Sherie Ann Hatch, Shane Hatch, and Paige Hatch. Eight Great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; a brother Bobby Hatch (Barbara); sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Hatch. Twenty four nieces and nephews also survive, as well as many great nieces and great nephews.

Mr. Hatch was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister Alma (who passed at 5 days old), his brothers-Billy Hatch, Herbert Hatch, Otto Hatch, and Clyde Hatch. His sisters-Delma Elizabeth Hatch Beck, Coriene Hatch Couch, and Clealand Hatch.

Mr. Hatch was the caretaker of Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church where his grandfather Thomas Franklin Hatch was pastor in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

He was a member of the Polk County Cemetery Preservation Committee. He was retired from Leaman Chemical as a long haul truck driver.

Mr. Hatch was affectionately known as ‘Hatch’ around Cedartown, Bojangles, and Cedar Hill Senior Living which had been his home for the past 5 years.

He was a happy person. He was known for his smile, wit, sense of humor, and his easygoing demeanor. He loved his family dearly and was devoted to them.

The family wishes to thank his special caregivers, Pattie Roberts, Brandi Baker, and Laura Fuller, for their love and devotion to him. Thanks to Tapestry Hospice; Stephanie, Amy, Brittany, Tiffany, Monica, and all of their staff. Our thanks also to the staff of Cedar Hill and also Dr. Neil Gordon, his physician of many years.

Funeral services for Mr. Hatch were conducted Friday June 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Lester Litesey Funeral Home and the interment followed in the North View Cemetery.

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

The Lester Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the services for Alden Franklin Hatch.

Mrs. Waits

Mrs. Shirley Mae Owens Waits, age 77, of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday morning, June 11, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Waits was born in Chattooga County on June 15, 1939, a daughter of the late D. C. Owens and the late Pauline Hayes Owens.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dillard Waits, and by a brother-in-law, Bobby Peace.

Mrs. Waits worked for a number of years for Arrow Shirt Company. She was a member of the Liberty View Baptist Church.

Mrs. Waits is survived by her two sisters, Martha Peace, Conyers, and Charlotte Owens, Cedartown; her three brothers and sisters in law, Edmond Owens and his wife, Sue, Henegar, Ala., Douglas Owens and his wife, Maxine, Cedartown, and Larry Owens and his wife, Sandra, Cedartown; step-children, Rev. Jackie Waits, Jerry Waits, Angie Chesser and Lujune Kelley; several step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; three honorary grandchildren, Hayden, Madelyn and Slade Mooney.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Ladell Jacobs and the Rev. Brian Owens officiating. Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens in Cedartown.

The family received friends at Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on the evening of Tuesday, June 13. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.

Pallbearers included Mrs. Waits' nephews and Bryan Tate.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home made this announcement locally for the family of Mrs. Shirley Mae Owens Waits. Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Redmond

Mrs. Leigh Simmons Redmond, age 68 of Aragon, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Mrs. Redmond was born July 20, 1948 in Polk County, daughter of the late Lester Leon “Pete” Simmons and the late Gladys Haney Simmons.

She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith. Mrs. Redmond cherished spending time with her family and enjoyed collecting angel figurines.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lewis “Pete” Redmond, Sr. on August 12, 1976; and a sister, Joni Melissa Forrister.

Survivors included a son, Walter L. “Wally” Redmond, Jr. and his wife Amy of Rockmart; a brother, Robert Harrison “Harry” Simmons of Silver Creek; two grandchildren, Josh and Seth Redmond; and two nieces, Gina Shiflett and Heather Norton.

Funeral services for Mrs. Redmond were held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Snapp officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the Rockmart Memorial Gardens.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Josh Redmond, Seth Redmond, Kody Jackson, Reed Jackson, Donnie Sisson, and Hunter Sisson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Forrister and Jonathan Stephens.

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 service for Mrs. Norma Leigh Simmons Redmond.

Mr. Wheeler

Mr. Larry D. Wheeler, age 68, of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

He was born on June 26, 1948 in Cedartown, the son of the late Jud and Jeanette Headrick Wheeler.

Mr. Wheeler is survived by his sons and daughter in-laws, Scott and Stephanie Wheeler and Brian and Tiffany Wheeler; four grandchildren, Taylor Spinks and Trevor, Ansley, Cade and McKenzie Wheeler; sister and brother in-law Mary and Bill Reichert.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Betty Jean Short Wheeler.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Larry D. Wheeler were conducted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Wiseman officiating.

Interment followed in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

The following gentlemen were asked to serve as pallbearers: Willie Short, Gene Short, Brandon Short, Marty Short, Trevor Spinks and Richard Corn.

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. Larry D. Wheeler.