Obituaries

Mr. Gibb

William Thomas (Tom) Gibb, 62, of Cave Spring, died Thursday afternoon, March 9, 2017 following an extended illness.

Mr. Gibb was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 27, 1954, a son of Margaret Anne Myers Gibb and the late Charles Stephenson Gibb. Mr. Gibb was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, and had made his home in Cave Spring for a number of years.

He was associated with the Georgia Kraft Sawmill Division, and had retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Mr. Gibb was fond of hunting, sawmilling, and nature and was often referred to as “Mountain Man.”

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Gibbs.

Mr. Gibb is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Deborah Clark, and Ms. Cynthia Gibb, both of Thomaston; by three grandchildren, Taylor Allen, MacKenzie Clark, and Ethan Gibb; by a great-grandson, Trustyn Clay; by his brother, Gerry Gibb of Fort Valley; and by his sister, Mrs. Pam Guined of Reynolds. His mother, Mrs. Margaret Anne (Peggy) Gibb of Mauk, Ga.; his companion and best friend, Mrs. Betty Jean Colston Garner of Centre; the mother of his children, Mrs. Patricia Ann Gibb of Thomaston; his aunt, Mrs. Delilah Rose (Lulu) McCune of Mauk and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial services for Mr. Gibb were held Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with his brother Gerry Gibb officiating.

Mr. Gibbs ashes will be interred at a later date at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

Ms. Cooper

Ms. Kimberly Jo Cooper, age 47 of Lindale passed away Monday, March 6, 2017.

Ms. Cooper was born on Aug. 18, 1969 in Rome, daughter of Donna Roberson Butler and the late Seward Cooper Jr.

She was a sales representative for Avon and was of the Baptist faith. Ms. Cooper loved to help single parents and had a great love for her children. She definitely loved to shop.

Survivors included a daughter, Callie Godwin; son, Cody Godwin; mother, Donna Butler and her husband, Tommy Butler; and a brother, Jamie Cooper all of Rome.

Memorial services for Ms. Cooper will be held on March 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Church of God (Waters Church) of Taylorsville with Rev. Van Chappell officiating.

Please visit the 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 Ms. Kimberly Jo Cooper.

Mrs. Morgan

Mrs. Shirley Mae Davis Morgan, age 86 of Taylorsville passed away Monday morning, March 6, 2017.

Mrs. Morgan was born May 30, 1930 in Norfolk, Va., daughter of the late Lilton Davis and the late Edith (Curtis) Davis Jennings.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Taylorsville Baptist Church.

Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred C. Morgan on May 18, 2011; and a son, Buck Morgan.

Survivors included a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Phil Taff of Aragon; step-daughter, Linda Morgan Hilburn of Chesapeake, Virginia; step-son, Wayne Morgan of Saint Simons; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral graveside and interment services for Mrs. Morgan were held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the family lot of the Taylorsville Cemetery with Rev. Alan Fuller officiating.

Please visit the 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 funeral graveside service for Mrs. Shirley Davis Morgan.

Mrs. Reeves

Mrs. Patsy (Bowers) Phillips Reeves, age 70 of Rome formerly of Rockmart passed away Monday, March 6, 2017.

Mrs. Reeves was born Jan. 30, 1947 in Rockmart, daughter of the late Lacey Jasper Bowers and the late Clara Mae Argo Bowers.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Beulahland Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl L. Phillips to whom she was married for 20 years and Mr. John Dee Reeves to whom she was married 17 years; a daughter, Sara Dee Phillips; and sister, Alice Rebecca Murphy.

Survivors included a daughter, Carla Delean Phillips of Rome; three grandchildren, Carl E. Golden, Randy L. Golden and Carla M. Golden; nieces and nephews also survived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Reeves were held on Thursday morning, March 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Owen (Bud) Davis Jr. officiating. A eulogy was given by Mrs. Marchie Smith.

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

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Michael Murphy, Carl Golden, Randy Golden, Randy Sims and Jimmy Smith.

Please visit the 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 funeral service for Mrs. Patsy (Bowers) Phillips Reeves.

Mr. Odom

Mr. Rudy Wayne Odom, age 70 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

He was born on May 1, 1946 in Cedartown, the son of the late Terry Colquitt Odom and Sarah Elise Lane Odom Bentley.

Mr. Odom was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Caledonia Lodge 121 and the Cedar Valley Shine Club.

Mr. Odom is survived by his loving wife, Charlene Jones Odom; daughter, Larissa Perry; sons, Wayne Odom, Blake Odom and Clint Odom; sister, Linda Richards, brother, Lewis Odom and grandchildren, Bella Perry, Ben Odom, Kolby Odom, Dalton Odom, Austin Sheppard and Jake Odom.

Mr. Odom is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Judy Odom Brock and grandchild, Justin James Odom.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Rudy Wayne Odom were conducted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. John Vines and Rev. Jerry McCurdy officiating.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery with Full Military Rites conducted by the Brewster-Cleveland American Legion Honor Guard Post #86.

The family of Mr. Odom received family and friends on Wednesday evening, March 8, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Mark Hughes, Johnny Moates, Jeff Whitfield, Gary Puckett, Jim Morris and Karl Sheppard. Honorary pallbearers included Larry Huckaby and John Vines.

Flowers are being accepted; however, donations can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33607.

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. Rudy Wayne Odom.

Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Ballard Smith, age 91 of Aragon passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 22, 1925 in Bartow County, daughter of the late Bryan Ballard and the late Ioma Popham Ballard.

She was a member of the Aragon Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith had previously worked at the Rockmart-Aragon Hospital, the Goodyear Mill and retired from Inner Harbor in 1992.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Smith on Nov. 13, 2001; sister, Evelyn Ballard Fitzpatrick; four brothers, Clyde Ballard, Robert Ballard, Howell Ballard, and Bill Ballard; a granddaughter, Sonia Sprayberry; a great-granddaughter, Brittni Dawn Sprayberry; and a daughter-in-law, Patsy Smith.

Survivors included two daughters, Freida Gay Womack and her husband Jerry of Bowdon and Donna R. West and her husband Jack of Milledgeville; four sons, Rev. Phillip W. Smith and his wife Bonnie of Laurel, Miss., Thomas A. Smith and his wife Brenda of Rome, Leslie D. Smith of Rome and Timothy W. Smith of Atlanta; two sisters, Wilma Ingram of Dallas and Ina Meers of Rome; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and six great- great- grandchildren also survived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Calvin Brown officiating. A eulogy was given by her son, Rev. Phillip W. Smith.

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

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Bryan Smith, Brad Smith, Jason Brinkley, Adam Brinkley, Dustin Womack, and Mike Ballard.

Please visit the 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 funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Mae Ballard Smith.

Mr. Beatty

Mr. Guy Sloan Beatty, age 73 of Rockmart passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Mr. Beatty was born Sept. 9, 1943 in Rockmart, son of the late Wilburn Clay Beatty and the late Jennie Maude Gates Beatty.

He was a graduate of the Rockmart High School Class of 1964 and a member of the First Baptist Church of Rockmart. Mr. Beatty was a retired veteran of the United States Army with 20 years of faithful service having served during the Gulf War and also retired from the Georgia Power Company with 40 years of service.

He was a member of the Rockmart Masonic Lodge #97 F& AM. Mr. Beatty was preceded in death by a sister, Nina Beatty Jacobs; and brother, Jerry Beatty.

Survivors included his wife, Linda Carlton Beatty of Rockmart to whom he was married Dec. 24, 1965; three daughters, “Ginger” Leigh Beatty of Decatur, Jolie Beatty Brown and her husband Tony and “Trenda” Dawn Beatty all of Rockmart; son, Clay Carlton Beatty of Rockmart; two sisters, Joy Beatty Simcox of Rome and Jane Beatty Stringer of Rockmart; brother, Harry Wilburn Beatty of Rockmart; four grandchildren, Maci Beatty, Avery Beatty, Courtney Brown and Carson Brown; two great-grandchildren, Braylee Studdard and Adilyn Studdard also survived.

Memorial services for Mr. Beatty were held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Greg Thompson and Rev. Jason Odom officiating.

Military honors were provided by the American Legion Brown-Wright Post #12 Honor Guard.

Honorary pallbearers were Dan Casey, John Layfield, Allen Bullard, Horace Moon, Mickey Moring, David Jackson, Ronald Lovell and Tim Hurt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Age Group, c/o Jean Moon, 108 Burton Drive, Rockmart Ga., 30153 in memory of Mr. Beatty.

Please visit the 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 services for Mr. Guy Sloan Beatty.

Mr. Clemons

Mr. Luther Virgil Clemons Jr. age 97 of Cedartown, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017.

He was born on May 4, 1919 in Walker County, the son of the late Luther Virgil Clemons, Sr. and Myrtle Edge Clemons.

Mr. Clemons was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown and a WWII veteran. His military service involved active duty in the U S Army from 1942 thru 1945 during which he participated in the Normandy invasion and campaigns in France, Italy, and Austria, concluding with the Battle of the Bulge in Germany under the command of General George Patton.

He was awarded two bronze stars, a purple heart, and the associated campaign ribbons.

In 2005, the Battle of Normandy Museum awarded him a certificate of appreciation for liberating Caen, France, in recognition of his participation in Operation Overlord.

Mr. Clemons was a founding member of the Cedartown Veterans Memorial Park committee and took great pride in attending the semi-annual ceremonies.

He was a member of the American Legion for over 70 years and participated in the American Legion local post 86 honor guard for many years.

He was a life member of the Military Order of Purple Heart and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Clemons is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladys Tanner Clemons; daughters, Gail Lindsey (Ken), Sandra Royster (John) and Patti Dooley (Larry); sister, Virginia Ware (M.B.); grandchildren, Mike Beck, Karen Lindsey Smith (Kelly), Amy Dooley Monroe (Rob) and Lori Dooley Casey (Ben); 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Clemons is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Louie Clemons, Ray Clemons, Johnny Clemons, James Clemons and Frankie Clemons ; grandson, Kevin Beck, and son-in-law Doyal Beck.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Luther Virgil Clemons Jr. were conducted on, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Dr. David Taylor and Rev. Wayne Benefeld officiating, and with Mr. John Royster delivering the eulogy.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery with Full Military Rites conducted by the Brewster-Cleveland American Legion Honor Guard Post #86.

The family of Mr. Clemons received family and friends on Sunday, March 5, 2017 prior to the funeral service hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the memorial fund at First Baptist Church of Cedartown, P.O. Box 720, Cedartown, Ga., 30125 or to Homestead Hospice, 1 N. Tennessee Street, Cartersville, Ga., 30120.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Cole Beck, Mike Beck, Ben Casey, Joe Dyer, Seth McKelvey, Rob Monroe, and Kelly Smith.

The honor guard of the Brewster-Cleveland American Legion Post 86 served as honorary pallbearers.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by visiting our website and signing the online guestbook at gammagefh.com.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Mr. Luther Virgil Clemons Jr.

Mr. Costlow

Mr. James Edgar “Jamie” Costlow, age 44 of Aragon passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Mr. Costlow was born Nov. 28, 1972 in Floyd County, son of Ben W. Costlow and Louise Collins Costlow.

He was a graduate of the Cass High School Class of 1993 and as a youth attended Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Jamie retired as a plant supervisor from the Southern Color Company of Cartersville. He was a NASCAR enthusiast, being a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fanatic.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stevie Shane Costlow and Thomas Wade Costlow.

Survivors included two daughters, Lucy Costlow and Melissa Costlow both of Emerson; his parents, Ben and Louise Costlow of Aragon; three brothers, Adam Costlow of Lindale, Glenn Costlow and Ivey Costlow both of Aragon; four sisters, Tina Costlow of Cartersville, Elaine Loyd of Taylorsville, Annette Smith of Emerson and Mary Merritt of Cartersville; nieces and nephews also survived.

Funeral services for Mr. Costlow were held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Cornette, Jr. and Rev. Donald Lindsey officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the church cemetery.

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

Honorary pallbearers were John Loyd and Jeremy Costlow.

Please visit the 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 funeral services for Mr. James Edgar “Jamie” Costlow.