Obituaries

Mr. Dodson

Mr. John Keith Dodson, age 64 of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Redmond Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Mr. Dodson was born June 24, 1952 in Gadsden, Ala., son of the late John Henry Dodson and the late Christine Belk Dodson.

He was a graduate of the Emma Sansom High School of Gadsden Class of 1971 and was a veteran of the United States Navy where he received an engineering degree.

Mr. Dodson was a Sales Engineer for Woods Fabrication of Taylorsville and was of the Baptist faith.

He was an avid Alabama football fan, loved sitting on his front porch, enjoyed traveling and his grandchildren were his world.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheree Chambers of Albertville, Ala., and Ashley Briscoe and her husband Wayne of Good Hope; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Aileen Dodson of Demopolis, Ala.; adopted brother, Ricky Woods; adopted son, Hank Woods; three grandchildren, Kaylynn Marie (Big Pretty Girl) Chambers, MaKayla Nicole (Little Princess) Briscoe and Chandler John (Little Man) Briscoe also survive.

Memorial services for Mr. Dodson were held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the In the Woods Venue in Rockmart with Rev. Kent Dodson officiating.

American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 Honor Guard was in charge of military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas, 75284-0692 in memory of Mr. Dodson.

The family would like to thank the Redmond Regional ICU West doctors and staff for their outstanding care and concern.

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 service for Mr. John Keith Dodson.

Mr. Holland

Mr. Billy George Holland, age 79, of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Cedartown.

He was born in Rockmart on May 13, 1937 a son of James Willis Holland and Hattie Elizabeth Hulsey Holland.

Mr. Holland had lived the greater part of his life in Polk County, was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

He was a longtime employee of the Goodyear Mill having worked in both Rockmart and Cartersville.

While at Goodyear he also had served as President of the Local Union. Mr. Holland enjoyed spending time at the local flea markets, watching classic western movies, working in his garden and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers: Hubert Joe Holland and Bobby Franklin Holland and by a sister, Shirley Stephens.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Streetman Holland, Centre, AL; two daughters: Tina Carden, Rome and Deirdre Miller, Rockmart; five grandchildren: Mitch Hulsey, Laycee Carden, Chris Underwood, Allison Helmes and Dallas O’Connor; two great grandchildren: Caroline Avery Hulsey and Scarlett Ann Hulsey; three sisters: Evelyn Leggett, Rockmart, Brenda Spain, Douglasville and Imogene Mull, Cedartown; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Dyer, Levi Wyatt and Edward Streetman officiating.

Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery with the Honor Guard of Brown-Wright Post #12 of the American Legion in charge of military graveside rites.

Pallbearers included: Eric Summerville, Doug Wheeler, Chad Spain, Derek Tilley, George Bonds and Wayne Leggett. Honorary pallbearers included: William Taylor, David Tayler, Frank Statham, Phil Tilley and Danny Spain.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Billy George Holland.

Ms. Atkins

Ms. Cindy Lynn Atkins, age 50, of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Ms. Atkins was born on Nov. 7, 1966 in Polk County, a daughter to the late Dennis C. Atkins and Patricia “Patsy” Annette Hooper Atkins.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Regina Carol Hulsey.

Ms. Atkins was a Homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Carea and Douglas Rice; her son, Kaz Barkley; her brother and sister in law, Jeff and Michelle Atkins; her sister and brother in law, Lisa and Glenn “Cooter” Wright; her grandchild, Jimmi Douglas Rice; a number of other relatives also survive.

A Visitation for Ms. Cindy Lynn Atkins was held on Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

No formal memorial service is planned at this time. Interment will follow in the Young’s Grove Cemetery at a later date and time.

The family gathered at the residence of a sister and brother in law in Rockmart as well.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask donation be made to the Lester Litesey Funeral Home for cemetery expenses in the family plot.

Visit 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 was in charge of the arrangements for Ms. Cindy Lynn Atkins.

Mr. Jarrell

Mr. Jerry Jarrell of Newnan passed away May 9, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jarrell of Newnan; daughter, Rachel Bowen and her husband Dean of Newnan; grandchildren, Chloe Anne Bowen and Lucas Bowen; brothers, Chuck Jarrell and his wife Lin of Spanish Fork, Utah; Dooney Jarrell and his wife Aletha of Cedartown; Donnie Jarrell and his wife Beckie of Cedartown, and Bill Jarrell and his wife Carlene of Cedartown.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Northside Church in Newnan with Pastor Brian Carroll officiating.

Interment was held Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Georgia National Cemetery.

Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at the website at www.parrottfuneralhome.com.

This announcement is made locally for the family and friends of Mr. Jerry Jarrell by the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown.

Mrs. Wood

Mrs. Christine F. Warren Wood, age 84, of Cedartown, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Atlanta on Nov. 11, 1932 a daughter of John Henry Fleming and Agnes Irene Fleming.

Mrs. Wood had lived the greater part of her life in the Douglasville area and was of the Full Gospel Denomination. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and working with her flowers. Mrs. Wood was a former employee of the Crawford Company in Tucker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Wood in 1995; a son, Avery Paul “Buddy” Warren and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her three children: Ruth Martin and husband Wayne, Cedartown, Gordon Warren and wife Lynne Fair Play, S.C., and Arch Warren and partner Ricky Smothermon, Lithia Springs; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren ; four sisters: Bertha Vaughn, Polly Clark, Sue Watley and Celia Sims; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside funeral and interment services were held Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Sunrise Memorial Gardens of Douglasville with her son Mr. Gordon Warren delivering the eulogy.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers please be omitted.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Christine F. Warren Wood.

Mr. Holley

Mr. Marion Olin Holley, 76, of Rockmart, passed away suddenly Monday, May 8, 2017 at his residence.

He was born in Rockmart, on Oct. 11, 1940, a son of the late Adam Hilton Holley Sr. and the late Rosie Cole Holley.

Mr. Holley had lived the greater part of his life in Rockmart where he was a 1959 graduate of Rockmart High School excelling in athletics. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served as an aircraft mechanic.

After leaving the military he worked for Hangar One in the Atlanta area followed by employment with Rome Plow Company and Murata. He loved to farm and for several years operated Holley Hay Farm.

He enjoyed gardening, attending auctions, eating out where he could socialize with friends, and spend time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gail Howell Holley in 1987; his second wife, Diane Holley in 2008; and his brother, Adam H. “Sonny” Holley Jr. in 2008.

Survivors include his four children: Jonathan Holley and his wife Tammy, Rockmart, Suzanne Payne and her husband Michael, Cedartown, Dawn H. Austin and her husband Jeffrey, Rockmart and Gary Allan Holley and his wife Kerri, Rockmart; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and his caregiver Christie Gay.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Davis officiating.

Interment followed in the Bellview Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Michael Worthington, Dan Rayburn, Scott Mears, Earl Bramlett, Alan Dean and Gary Crane, Lynn Crane and Howard “Snowball” Rogers.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Marion Olin Holley.

Mr. Brown

Mr. Dennis Brown, age 68 of Cedartown, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Mr. Brown was born Aug. 10, 1948 in Sand Mountain, Ala., and was self employed in the Heating and Air business for many years.

He was preceded in death by his mother Gene Sharp Brown.

Surviving are his sons, Richard Brown and David Brown, daughter Melissa Womack, Grandchildren Kaylan Womack and Shannon Middleton, and a Great Grandchild Rylee Middleton.

In keeping with his wishes, his remains were cremated and no services are planed at this time.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements for Mr. Dennis Brown.

Mr. Holstein

Mr. Alva Milledge Holstein, age 72 of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Mr. Holstein was born Aug. 12, 1944 in Rome, son of the late Milledge J. Holstein and the late Evelyn Taylor Holstein.

He was a member of the Taylorsville Baptist Church.

Mr. Holstein was a graduate of the Taylorsville High School Class of 1962 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shorter University in 1969.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Holstein retired from the Polk School District with 30 years of service having taught at Rockmart Middle School.

He coached basketball and football at middle school and high school level.

Survivors included his wife, Candy McNabb Holstein; two sons, Al Holstein and his wife Steffanie and Jeff Holstein and his wife Michelle all of Taylorsville; brother, John T. Holstein of Taylorsville; three grandchildren, Trey Holstein, Andy Holstein and Ella Holstein; nieces and nephews including, Lance and Caroline Holstein and Brandon, Logan and Macy McNabb; sister-in-law, Ellen Holstein also survived.

Funeral services for Mr. Holstein were held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Harris and Rev. Doug Harris officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Taylorsville Cemetery with presentation of the US Flag provided by the American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 Honor Guard.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: A. J. Brumbelow, Adam Williams, Brad Beckman, John Black, Mac McNabb, Billy Noble, Scott Williams and Tommy Atha.

Honorary pallbearers were: Ronnie Rhodes, James Long, Harold Gentry, Jerry Thompson, Marshelle Thaxton, Steve Wells, Greg Teems and David Gurley.

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. Alva Milledge Holstein.

Mr. Goldin

Mr. Joel William Goldin, Sr., age 93 of Rockmart, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017.

He was born Jan. 15, 1924 in Rockmart, son of the late Dr. Robert Battey Goldin and Estelle McBrayer Goldin. It was a special day because his daddy delivered him.

Mr. Goldin grew up in Rockmart and attended Rockmart High School where he played quarterback during his junior and senior year.

He was a World War II veteran having served in the Army Air Corp from 1943-1946. He fought in the Pacific Theatre with a B-24 Bomber crew as an armorer gunner.

The bomber was named “Best We Do” by the crew. They helped in the liberation of the Philippine Islands very well indeed.

Mr. Goldin graduated from Pharmacy School at the University of Georgia. He began a partnership and pharmacy business in 1955 with Jack M. Selman called “J&J Drugstore”. He later bought the business working alongside his wife, Ruth, before selling it in 1982.

He worked at Rite Aide Pharmacy in Rockmart until retiring.

He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Rockmart. He served as a deacon, as well as chairman of the building committee at one time.

He was also active in the community. He served on the Rockmart City Council and was president of the Rotary Club 1972-1973. He also served on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce, the Rockmart-Aragon Hospital and Rockmart Housing Authority.

Mr. Goldin and his wife Ruth enjoyed traveling to the 5th Bomb Group Reunions during their retirement and enjoyed their antique store. He was a good father and a good friend to many people.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Eva White Goldin after 62 years of marriage; brothers, R. B. Goldin, Dr. Harold Goldin and Jimmy Goldin; and a sister, Mary Beth Hogg.

Survivors included three children, Jeanette Graves and her husband Ed, Anna Goldin and Joel Goldin Jr.; five grandchildren, Ryan Harris, Bill Graves, Bradley Graves, Kyle Goldin and Ashley Astin; and two great-grandchildren, Kara Graves and Carter Graves who all called him Pa Pa Joel.

Memorial services for Mr. Goldin were held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Heaton and Rev. Jason Odom officiating.

Inurnment services followed in the family lot of Rose Hill Cemetery with American Legion Brown-Wright Post #12 Honor Guard in charge of military graveside rites.

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

Freeman Harris Funeral Home is in charge of the memorial service for Mr. Joel William Goldin Sr.

Mr. McCrary

Mr. Homer Lee McCrary, 72, of Rockmart, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Services for Mr. McCrary were held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., Zion Hill Baptist Church, 828 Polk St., Rockmart, GA 30173, with Pastor Arnold officiating.

The Interment followed the services in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Rockmart.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc was entrusted with the services of Mr. Homer Lee McCrary.

Mr. Wilson

Mr. John Pickett Wilson Sr., age 44, of South Jordan, Utah, passed away the morning of May 4, 2017.

Mr. Wilson was raised in Cedartown and was a true southern gentleman.

He played football at Cedartown High School and then at Georgia Military College. His love for snowboarding moved him to Golden, Colo. where he earned his culinary degree and met and married his wife Lana, of Alamosa, Colo.

Mr. Wilson’s passion for adventure, hunting and fishing lead them to Billings, Mt., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from Rocky Mountain College and went on to work in food sales and industrial supply sales.

The couple’s three sons were born during their 14 years living in Billings. From there, work moved them to South Jordan, Utah, where Mr. and Mrs. Wilson fulfilled a long time dream of owning their own business and purchased a Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Utah County.

Mr. Wilson was first and foremost a loving husband and father – which was fueled and held firmly together by his faith in the grace and redemption he knew he had through Jesus Christ.

A natural leader and life coach, he recognized the intrinsic worth in all people. He had a fun, witty, and bold way of leading that made him a favorite among the kids he coached in football, baseball, and lacrosse, as well as among his friends and fellow coaches.

He was passionate about character development and helping others. His motto was to always learn something and do better today than yesterday.

Mr. Wilson is loved and missed by many, but especially by his wife Lana (Haverfield) Wilson, and their three sons: JP, Sterling, and Graham; his sisters Connie (Martin) Kay of York, Pa., and Eulalie “Weezie” (Martin) Green of Birmingham, Ala.; his parents Donald and Eulalie Wilson of Cedartown; father and mother-in-law Allan and Patti Haverfield; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of John’s life was held at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapel in South Jordan, Utah on May 9.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support the needs of Lana and the kids at the website at https://www.gofundme.com/829bmx-john-p-wilson.

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

The Lester Litesey Funeral Home made this announcement for the family of John Pickett Wilson.