Obituaries

Mrs. Lester

Mrs. Bernice W. Lester, age 89, of Cedartown, passed away on Friday evening, June 2, 2017 following an extended illness.

Mrs. Lester was born on Oct. 26, 1927.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown.

She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Mr. Howard Lester; as well as a number nieces and nephews, along with a number of other loving relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice W. Lester were conducted on Monday afternoon, June 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Northview Cemetery.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Bernice W. Lester.

Mrs. Robinson

Mrs. Mildred LeGrande Robinson, age 87, of Rockmart passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 in a Rome medical center.

She was born in Buchanan, on April 18, 1930 a daughter of Emory LeGrande and Doshie Weldon LeGrande.

Mrs. Robinson had lived the greater part of her life in Rockmart and had been a member of the Fairview Baptist Church for over 60 years.

She was very active in the church having taught Sunday School over 35 years and was a member of the church choir.

Mrs. Robinson worked in the retail community of Rockmart for many years and her last employment was a sales associate at the former Eddy's Shoes of Rockmart.

She enjoyed singing, spending time with her family and friends and shopping.

Mrs. Robinson was preceded in death by her parents, by a brother, Garland LeGrande and by a sister, Willie Mae Norton.

Survivors include her husband of over 63 years, Noble P. Robinson Jr. to whom she was married on Nov. 22, 1953; daughter, Rita Cummings (David); son, Anthony Robinson (Shani) all of Rockmart; five grandchildren: April Lanier (Brad), Kerri King (Chad), Abby Robinson, Madison Moss and Landon Williams; four great grandchildren: Dawson, Ansley, Briley and Avery; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Johnson, Rev. Larry Davis and Rev. Larry Ritch officiating.

Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brad Lanier, Chad King, Dawson Scoggins, Johnny Hardin, Madison Moss and Landon Williams. Honorary pallbearers included Charles Hunt, Van LeGrande, Charles Pinkard, J.W. LeGrande, Rex Robinson, Allan Robinson, Phil Spann and Jason Spann.

Visit alvismillerfuneralhome.com to leave personal condolences to the family of Mrs. LeGrande or to sign the online guestbook.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Mildred LeGrande Robinson.

Mrs. Hollingsworth

Mrs. Katherine Harris Hollingsworth, age 71 of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was born May 27, 1946 in Detroit, Mich., daughter of the late James Clarke Shubert and the late Frances Elizabeth Coddington Shubert.

She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Rockmart.

Mrs. Hollingsworth graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and was an RN for Primecare Nursing Services of Rome.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Curtis Harris; and a daughter, Kari Harris.

Survivors included her husband, Arthur Hollingsworth of Rockmart; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Stacey Harris of Rockmart, Jason and Mamie Harris of Cedartown and Gregory and Sherry Harris of Rockmart; ten grandchildren also survived.

Memorial services for Mrs. Hollingsworth were held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the family residence.

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 Mrs. Katherine Harris Hollingsworth.

Mr. Irwin

Mr. Jerry Franklin Irwin, age 77, of Ozark, Ala., formerly of Rockmart, passed away Thursday morning, June 1, 2017.

Mr. Irwin was born March 28, 1940 in Cedartown to the late Manco and Pauline Irwin.

He was a graduate of the Rockmart High School Class of 1958 and attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship.

He served two consecutive tours of duty in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a gun ship helicopter pilot. Following his military service, he worked as a test pilot with Page Aircraft Maintenance at Fort Rucker.

Mr. Irwin also was the Branch Manager of The Bank of Ozark – Midland City and worked in Iran for Bell Helicopter as a TH-55 instructor for eighteen months.

When he returned to Ozark, he worked at Fort Rucker as an instructor pilot. He later finished his career as a flight commander.

Mr. Irwin was a member and past President of the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association in Daleville. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ozark.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lea Ann Irwin Welch.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Christine Irwin of Dothan, Ala.

A memorial service with military honors for Mr. Irwin was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in the First United Methodist Church of Ozark with Reverend Meghan Kelley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, 167 East Broad Street, Ozark, Ala. 36360.

Holman Funeral Home of Ozark, Ala., was in charge of the memorial services for Mr. Jerry Franklin Irwin.

This announcement is made on behalf of the family by Freeman Harris Funeral Home.

Mr. Hammonds

Mr. Jeffery Carl “Dodie” Hammonds, age 58, of Glen Burnie, Md. and formerly of Cedartown, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Cedartown, Georgia on Feb. 19, 1959, the son of Darrell Hammonds and Mary Kathryn Haynes Smith.

Mr. Hammonds was an electrician by trade having worked for Lockheed Martin before moving to Maryland. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, or just being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his father Darrell Hammonds and step-father Charles Smith.

He is survived by his mother Mary Kathryn Smith; daughters: Wendy Hammonds and Nicole Hammonds; brother, Chuck Smith; uncle, James Haynes; aunts, Louis Ayers and Janice Fortune; his special friend in Maryland, Diane Miller. Several Nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Jeffery Carl “Dodie” Hammonds are incomplete now and will be announced later.

Visit the online guestbook at Smithmillerfh.com to leave a personal condolence for the family.

The Smith & Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mr. Jeffery Carl “Dodie” Hammounds.

Mr. Lane

Mr. Jerry Edward Lane, age 74 of Rockmart, passed away Wednesday morning, May 31, 2017.

Mr. Lane was born Jan. 29, 1943 in Rockmart, son of the late Adron Lane and the late Violet Morgan Lane.

He was a graduate of the Rockmart High School Class of 1961and attended the First Baptist Church of Rockmart.

Mr. Lane retired from the Family Saving Credit Union with 29 years of service where he served as Director of Georgia Branch Operations. He enjoyed fishing and working outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Pat Ferguson and Donna Lane.

Survivors included his wife, Mary Beth Weaver Lane of Rockmart to whom he was married on Dec. 19, 1961; a son, Jeff Lane and his wife Kim of Rockmart; and brother, Mickey Lane of Kennesaw.

Funeral graveside and interment services for Mr. Lane were held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the family lot of the Rose Hill Cemetery with Dr. Bill Heaton officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were David Casey, Billy Weaver, Billy Ballard, Butch Jacobs, Jimmy Hughes, Adam Thompson, and Lin Banks.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Whole Heart Fund, P.O. Box 388 Rockmart, Ga., 30153 in memory of Mr. Lane.

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 graveside service for Mr. Jerry Edward Lane.

Mrs. Greene

Mrs. Virginia Joan Greene, age 82, of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in a Rome medical center.

Mrs. Greene was born in Rome, on Nov. 3, 1934 a daughter of A.J. Williams and Lillie Mae Womack Williams.

She had been a resident of Rockmart since 1999 moving from Rome where she had lived the greater part of her life.

Mrs. Greene was a graduate of Girls High of Rome and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She was a homemaker who loved decorating her home.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four sisters: Jeanette Vondenbuger, Jewell Miles, Faye Curry and Sarah Simpson.

Survivors include her husband of over sixty three years, Graham D. Greene, Rockmart to whom she was married on Jan. 3, 1954; daughter, Belinda Moore (David), Rockmart; two grandchildren: Lorie Allred (Chris), Rockmart and Matt Moore (Janel), Farmington, Penn.; three great grandchildren: Lauren, Abby Grayce and Camden Allred, Rockmart and numerous nieces and nephews.

Entombment services were held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Luke Mausoleum in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Minister Josh Clevenger officiating.

Pallbearers included: David Moore, Matt Moore, Chris Allred and Wendell Greene.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial gifts be made in Mrs. Greene’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hester

Mr. Johnie C. Hester, age 85, of Rockmart, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, at his residence following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Canton on March 15, 1932 a son of the late Thomas Jefferson Hester and Lula Ann Whitmire Hester.

Mr. Hester had lived the greater part of his life in Rockmart and retired following a 40 year career as a Master Plumber with Local 72 of Atlanta.

He was of the Holiness faith. Mr. Hester enjoyed restoring classic cars and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Edwards Hester on Feb. 3, 2011 and by six sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include two daughters: Phyllis Middlebrooks (Terry), Cedartown and Wanda Grizzle (Ricky), Rockmart; two sons: Danny Hester and Tim Hester both of Rockmart; sister, Violet Barbarino, New York City; nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; special family friend, Donna Cason Baker, Rockmart, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Bro. Doyle Waters officiating.

Interment followed in the Aragon Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Douglas, Jonathan and Houston Edwards, Britt Earwood, Barry Cole and Jimmy Bowman, Honorary pallbearers will include: Donald Edwards, Hubert Cole and Dale Davis.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Johnie C. Hester.

Mrs. Timms

Ms. Willie Mae Timms, age 92 of Cedartown, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 15, 1925 in Cherokee County, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe McGatha and Nellie Garner McGatha; husband, Thomas “T.H.” Timms; daughters, Ruby Lee Timms, Linda Carter; sons, Clifford Timms, James Timms; sisters, Annie Griffin, Nellie Mae Hollister; brothers, J.C. McGatha, Bud McGatha, Ollie McGatha, Joe McGatha, Mack McGatha, Oliver McGatha; and companion, Roy Wiggins.

Ms. Timms is survived by her daughters, Faye Crawford, Lorene Washburn, Arlene Godfrey, Darlene Johnson; son, Donald Timms; sister, Pearlie Mae Brigance; and over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

The funeral arrangements for Ms. Timms were conducted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Felton Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Shoemaker officiating.

Interment followed in the Center Baptist Church Cemetery in Felton.

The family of Ms. Timms received family and friends on Monday, May 29, and Tuesday, May 30, at their private residence.

Brad Truett, Dooley Welchel, Jim Welchel, Wayne Welchel, “Pee Wee” Welchel, and Lee “Lil Man” Dunn served as Pallbearers.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ronald Carter, Jeff Timms, Tommy Kelly, Matt Smith, Danny Timms, and Gene Reed.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at gammage.com.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Ms. Willie Mae Timms.

Mrs. Hamrick

Mrs. Betty Faye Garner Hamrick, age 81, of Tallapoosa, passed away May 27, 2017.

She was born Oct. 31, 1935 in Tallapoosa to the late Ovie and Annie Chandler Garner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Martha Garner and Steve and Emma Chandler; brother, Weyman Garner and son in law, Bobbie McKenzie.

Mrs. Hamrick was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She held many jobs throughout her life but her favorite was Betty's Ceramic Shop where she enjoyed being creative with her art, painting and ceramic work.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Hulan Hamrick of Tallapoosa; daughter, Gayle McKenzie of St. Cloud, Fla.; son and daughter in law, Steve and Connie Hamrick of Tallapoosa;

6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister and brother in law, Serdalia and Jack Green of Buchanan, brothers and sister in law, Ivan and Kathleen Garner of Tallapoosa and Ray Garner of Dallas.

Funeral services were held May 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Pesnell officiating.

Music was provided by granddaughter, Hillary Hamrick and pianist, Judy Finley.

Pallbearers serving were Jeremy Hindman, Corey Hindman, Jacob Hamrick, Eric Cline, Louis Garner, Carl Garner, Tim Green, Jack (Jack Jack) Green, and Dennis Garner. Honorary pallbearers serving were Lindsey Cline, Hillary Hamrick, Skye Miles, Krissy Hamrick, William Cline, Kristopher Cline, Francesca Cline, Lilith Cline, Mirri Hamrick, James Hamrick, Maylee Hindman and Abigayle Hindman. Interment followed in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Sympathies may be sent to the family at www.miller-funeralhome.com.

Miller Funeral Home of Tallapoosa were in charge of the arrangements of Mrs. Hamrick.

Mr. Lindsey

Prominent businessman and civic leader Dewell L. Lindsey, 95, of Cave Spring, died unexpectedly Saturday evening, May 27, 2017, in a Rome hospital following a sudden illness.

Mr. Lindsey was born in Cherokee County, Ala., on Jan. 19, 1922, a son of the late J. D. Lindsey and the late Annie Ruth Chapman Lindsey.

He was a graduate of Cedar Bluff High School, and was a veteran of WWII, having served with the U. S. Navy. For many years, Mr. Lindsey and his wife owned and operated the Cave Spring Hardware.

He was also a partner in both the Cline and Lindsey Building Supply Company and the Cline and Lindsey Construction Company.

Mr. Lindsey was one of the founders of the Bank of Cave Spring, later to become the United Community Bank, and served as Chairman of the Board for 32 years until his retirement in 1998.

A member of and former Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring, Mr. Lindsey was also a former member and past president of the Cave Spring Ruritan Club.

Mr. Lindsey was married to the former Martha K. Perry on Jan. 25, 1952, and was preceded in death by her on June 16, 2003.

Besides his parents and his wife, Mr. Lindsey was also preceded in death by a son, John D. Lindsey in 1997, and by two brothers, Wayne Lindsey and Shelton Lindsey.

Mr. Lindsey is survived by one son, Tom Lindsey and by his step daughter, Mrs. Victoria Stanz Abernathy and her husband Billy Wayne, all of Cave Spring; and by his grand-children, Ann (Don) Hensley, Charles (Candice) Howard, Perry (Josh) Marshall, Knox (Steevie) Lindsey, and Jessie Lindsey.

Six great-grandchildren Alex Howard, Andrew Hensley, Abby Howard, Kendall Howard, Maverick Marshall, and Ashlynn Lindsey; two brothers, Earl Gene Lindsey of Central, S.C., and Gerald Lindsey of Rome; one sister, Mrs. Reba Mason of Centre, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Lindsey were held Tuesday evening, May 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring with Rev. Chris Johnson officiating.

An honorary escort included Horace Cline, Gayle Godfrey, Phyllis Hill, Brenda Twilly, Patricia Hestly, Robin Clements and Betty Jean Garner.

Private interment services will be held in the family lot of the Cave Spring Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring, P. O. Box 327, Cave Spring, Ga. 30124.

John House's Cave Spring Chapel were in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Dewell L. Lindsey.

Mrs. Burnham

Mrs. Addie Lee Burnham, age 74 of Madison, Ala., formerly of Clayton County, passed away on May 24, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; sister, Mary Julia Collins and her parents, Julian and Maxine Collins. She is survived by her children, Paula Burnham of Hampton, Christina (Adam) Ruh of Madison, Ala.; siblings, James (Sheila) Collins, Martin Collins, Carol Collins; grandchildren, Carly Ruh and Jack Ruh.

A funeral service was held on on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

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

Interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Cedartown.

Ford Stewart Funeral Home of Jonesboro was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Burnham.

Mr. Miles

Mr. Harold Leroy Miles Jr., age 50, of Lindale, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Mr. Miles was born in Boscobel, Wisc., on April 6, 1967, son of the former Mary Steines and the late Ben Redington.

He, with his wife, co-owned and operated Miles Fabrication, Inc. in Cedartown.

Mr. Miles was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his wife, the former Michelle "Shelly" Boom, to whom he was married on Sept. 12, 1998; 6 daughters, April Miles, Marshall, Minn., Kristeen Miles, Catty Miles, Allie Miles, Emily Miles, and Olivia Miles, all of Lindale; 5 sons, Casey Miles, Prairie du Chien, Wisc., Kody Miles, Kyle Miles, Camron Miles, and Max Miles, all of Lindale; his mother, Mary Redington, Eastman, WI; 4 brothers, Rory Miles, Prairie du Chien, Wisc., Richard Miles, Eastman, Wisc., Danny Miles, Muscoda, Wisc., and Benji Redington, Cumming; nieces and nephews also survive.

The memorial service was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. Pastor Kendall Davis officiated the service.

The family received friends at Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on prior to the service hour on June 1. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective homes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105-1942 or to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Suite 280, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144.

Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, had charge of the arrangements.