Obituaries

Mrs. Vines

Mrs. Shirley Ann Vines, age 79, of Cedartown, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017.

She was born on April 29, 1937 in Borden Springs, Ala., a daughter of the late Robert H. Truett and the late Marion Collins Truett.

Mrs. Vines lived the greater part of her life in Cedartown where she was a member of the Mountain Home Baptist Church.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved her entire family with all of her heart.

Mrs. Vines enjoyed shopping, spending time with family, making flower arrangements and crafts. She was a very happy woman, lived life to the fullest and had a very eventful life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William David Vines; son, Terry Vines; grandparents, Aggie and Essie Collins; and sisters: Betty Clarke and Jean Nettles.

Mrs. Vines is survived by her four children: Ricky Vines and his wife Alyssa, Rodney Vines, Renee McAvoy and her husband Mike, and Scott Vines; eight grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; two brothers: Floyd Truett and Wayne Truett; three sisters: Carolyn Wood, Diann Brown and Patsy Causey; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service for Mrs. Vines was conducted on Sunday April 30, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Vines and Rev. Anthony Trawick officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Billy Frazier officiating.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Scott Vines, Brandon Vines, Craig Guice, Mike McAvoy, Brad Ely and Jimmy Dingler.

To leave condolences, visit smithmillerfh.com.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Shirley Ann Vines.

Mr. Kinney

Mr. Joseph Noland Kinney, also known as Joe, Daddy, and Poppy Joe, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2017, the 69th anniversary of his and Ruth’s wedding date.

He leaves a legacy of kindness, integrity, faithfulness, and hard work to his wife Ruth, his children (Carol and Greg Stewart, Scott and Janice Kinney, Steve and Judy Kinney and Bob and Becky Kinney) his grandchildren (Stacy and Derek McDaniel, Jennifer and Chad Barner, Julie and Cameron Thomsen, Kerri and Jonathan Earwood, Kristen, Tommy, David and Kade Kinney), and his great-grandchildren (Drew and Annie McDaniel, Chloe and Caleb Barner, Madeline Thomsen, and Griffin, Grayce and Maryann Earwood).

He was born on Jan. 18, 1926, in Rockmart to Ernest Hobart Kinney and Eva Noland Kinney.

His mother died when he and his brother, Hobart, were young, and he always gave credit to his grandmother, Mattie Lou Hulsey Kinney for raising him after that.

He joined Rockmart First Baptist Church in 1938 and has been a true and faithful member for the entire 79 years since, serving as a deacon for many of those years.

Mr. Kinney was married to Ruth Hutcheson, the love of his life, for 69 years. Together they lived and worked in their beloved town of Rockmart throughout their marriage.

There they raised a family, owned and operated a hardware store, worshipped at First Baptist and cherished their many friends. He also contributed time and leadership to various civic, school, and church groups, including Rockmart Little League, Kiwanis Club, and the RHS Touchdown Club.

Mr. Kinney was proud and humbled to have served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. After being drafted on his 18th birthday, he crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary and fought on foot in the Battles of the Bulge, Central and Southern Germany and the Rhine.

He was awarded the Purple Heart for the wound he sustained there and remained intensely patriotic throughout his life. Whenever and wherever he encountered the American flag, he always paused to salute.

After the war and a couple of years at the University of Georgia, Mr. Kinney went to work for the Morgan family at Morgan Hardware Co. He later bought the business from them and prospered there for 53 years. Joe and Ruth were able to enjoy some wonderful years of travel during their retirement.

They visited all 50 U.S. states and twenty-one foreign countries. Special memories were made traveling with their dear friends, Bill and Ann Keller and Hugh and Jean McRae.

Funeral services for Mr. Kinney were held in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church on Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jason Odom and Dr. Bill Heaton officiating. Eulogies were given by Mrs. Ruth Kinney and his grandchildren.

After that his grandsons and grandsons-in-law had the honor of carrying him to his final resting place on top of Rose Hill overlooking his beloved town of Rockmart.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ronald Brackett, Allen Bullard, Glenn Campbell, Dan Casey, Donald “Duck” Mintz and Hugh McRae.

American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 Honor Guard were in charge of military graveside rites.

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

“…well done, thy good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” - Matthew 25:21

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 Mr. Joseph Noland “Joe” Kinney.

Mrs. Swain

Mrs. Margie Kirby Cole Swain, age 84 of Cedartown, affectionately called “GrandMargie” and “Ne Ne” passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Mrs. Swain was born March 12, 1933 in Atlanta, daughter of the late Rev. Hoyt M. Kirby and the late Cora Jane Berrong Kirby.

She was a member of the Mountain Home Baptist Church of Cedartown and retired from World Carpets of Cartersville with 20 years of service.

Mrs. Swain was an artist who loved to paint, enjoyed fishing and working in her garden. She was preceded in death by two sons, Tim Cole and Joe Cole.

Survivors included a daughter, Candy Cole Meers of Cedartown; three sons, Steve (Shelia) Cole of Rockmart, David (Janet) Cole of Acworth and Thomas Cole Sr. of Cedartown; daughter-in-law, Diane Cole of Cave Spring; two brothers, Henry Kirby of Powder Springs and Phil Kirby of Forney, Alabama; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Swain were held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Mountain Home Baptist Church, 165 Mountain Home Loop, Cedartown, with Rev. Anthony Trawick officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Riverview Memorial Park in Atlanta.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jeffrey Cole, Carson Cole, Charlie Meers, Wayne Cole, Buddy Cole, Joey Cole and Tim Cole.

Honorary pallbearers were Joel Puett and David Carter.

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. Margie Kirby Cole Swain.

Mrs. Leon

Mrs. Dianna Lynn Hinson Leon, age 65 of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

She was born on Aug. 17, 1951 in Tampa, Florida. She was the daughter of the late Coy and Charlotte Torano Hinson.

A memorial service for Mrs. Dianna Lynn Hinson Leon will be conducted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Missionary Church, 712 Smith Avenue, Cedartown, with Rev. Danny Tucker officiating.

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 making this local announcement for the family of Mrs. Dianna Lynn Leon.

Mr. Rhinehart

Mr. Sammy Lewis Rhinehart, age 81, of Cedartown, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Mr. Rhinehart was born on March 27, 1936 in Cherokee County, Alabama, a son of the late Donald and Nancy McFall Rhinehart.

In addition to his parents, Sammy was also preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Bevels Rhinehart, his grandson, Brandon Rhinehart, his sisters, Sara R. Wallace, Estelle Hinton, Mattie Bell Williams and Edna Tierce, his brothers, Clyde Rhinehart, Reese Rhinehart, Winford Rhinehart, Albert Rhinehart, G.W. Rhinehart and John Rhinehart.

A longtime resident of Cedar­town, Mr. Rhinehart and his family knew no strangers and he loved so many. He touched countless numbers of lives and helped anyone he could. He was a retired from the Cedartown Paperboard Company after many years of dedicated service. Following his retirement, Sam went on to serve in the field of Security, working for the Polk Medical Center, while it was under the management of Redmond Regional Medical Center and HCA.

After leaving there, he went on to work for Security with the Walmart Corporation.

He had the distinction of being one of the first Special Deputy Sheriff’s, ever appointed by then, Polk County Sheriff Seals W. Swafford.

Mr. Rhinehart was also one of the founding members of the Polk County Volunteer Fire Department from years ago and had served as Chief of the Prior Station Unit. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his loving family, his children, Denzel and Patty Rhinehart and Nancy and Randall Green; his brother, Fred Rhinehart; his sister, Ruth Rutherford; his grandchildren, Shad Green, Randi Green, Daniel Rhinehart, Patrick Rhinehart and Brad Rhinehart; his great grandchildren, Alexis Rhinehart, Carter Green and three others; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Sammy L. Rhinehart was conducted on Saturday afternoon, April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Mr. Tony Brazier officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Northview Cemetery.

The family received friends on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following Gentlemen served as pallbearers: Wendell Lyle, Frank Rhinehart, Steve Molock, Roger Landrum, Sammy White and Scott May.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Sammy Lewis Rhinehart.

Mrs. Chapman

Mrs. Joyce Woods Chapman, age 74, of Rockmart, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at her residence following a six month illness.

She was born in Rockmart on June 1, 1942 a daughter of Dave C. Baker and Janie B Swann Baker.

Mrs. Chapman had lived all of her life in Rockmart and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She worked for J.L. Lester and Son and retired from Eby-Brown Wholesale Grocers.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Melvin “Bill” Woods on Jan. 2, 1998 and by a brother, Billy Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Chapman of Homer, to whom she was married in October 2002; three children: Stacy Simpkins (Lee), Rockmart, Jerri Matthews (Chuck), Rockmart and Johnny Woods, Rockmart; three sisters: Carolyn Mayfield, Judy Williams and June Turner all of Aragon; two brothers: Jerry Baker and Jackie Baker both of Rockmart; four grandchildren: Heath Matthews, Tyler Matthews, Will Simpkins and Grayson Simpkins; one great granddaughter, Rylee Kate Matthews; step daughter, Paula Chapman; step son, Greg Chapman; four step grandchildren: Kaley, Kinley, Kennedy and Karly Chapman; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Ingram officiating.

Interment followed in Rockmart Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers included: Kevin Head, Richard Fennell, Joey Shedd, Heath Matthews, Tyler Williams and Will Simpkins.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts be made in Mrs. Chapman’s memory to Cancer Navigators, 310 W. 10th. St., Rome, Ga., 30165.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Joyce Woods Chapman.

Mr. Bryant

Mr. Terry Lee Bryant, age 61, of Rockmart passed away April 24, 2017.

Mr. Bryant was a lifetime member of NRA and a member of Ghetto Gang at Marietta Place.

Survivors include his spouse, Rebecca Bryant of Rockmart; his daughter Dianna Hopper of Monroe, N.C.; his sons Chris Meatyard (Heather) of Cornellius, N.C., and Todd Hopper (Kathy Brown) of Boaz, Ala., and Jeffery Hopper (Connie Burchfield) of Rome; his father James C. Bryant Sr. of Temple, his sisters Sherry Jo Bryant Disharoon (Gary) of Temple, Mary Dell Soulsby (Tom) of Temple and Kathy Barker (Robert) of Blue Ridge; his brothers James C. Bryant Jr. (Carol) of Lawrenceville and Jerry Ray Bryant (Denise Golden Bryant) of Austell.

14 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren; Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral Services were held Friday, April 28, 2017 at Bellamy Funeral Home’s Hiram Chapel with Rev. Dennis Bellamy officiating.

Graveside Services were held at 2 p.m. at Westview Cemetery. The family received visitors Thursday evening, April 27, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations for the funeral expense is appreciated.

Bellamy Funeral Home of Hiram was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Terry Bryant.

Mr. Whaley

Mr. Robert “Warren” Whaley, age 74, of Morganton, passed away suddenly Monday, April 24, 2017.

He was born March 13, 1943 in Sparta, the son of the late Forest and Inez Whaley.

Mr. Whaley lived life to the fullest. He was a retired 28 year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department and had the stories to prove it.

He was an avid Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs fan. He loved working outdoors so much that he and his wife were currently the park managers of Morganton Pointe Campground.

Mr. Whaley is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Jessie Love Whaley of Morganton; children: Rob and Aundera Whaley of Austell, Van and Andrea Whaley of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter: Cindy Whaley of Blue Ridge; grandchildren: Rob, Heather and Ivy Whaley; brothers: Walter, Welburn and Donald Whaley. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were conducted at Polk Memory Gardens in Cedartown, with Atlanta Police Chaplin Marc House officiating and the police honor guard honoring his service to law enforcement.

The family has requested that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK. 73123 in his memory.

Please feel free to express condolences to the family by visiting the online guestbook at smithmillerfh.com

The Smith and Miller Funeral of Cedartown was honored to serve the family of Mr. Robert “Warren” Whaley.

Mr. Maples

Mr. Seals Len “Lenny” Maples, age 67, of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday evening, April 23, 2017.

He was born on Dec. 19, 1949 in Cedartown, a son of Mackey Maples and Gladys Irene McWhorter Maples.

Mr. Maples was a U.S. Veteran proudly serving with the United States Marine Corp.

Following his tenure with the Marines, he joined the U.S. National Guard where he was a member for many years. He was a long time member of the Brown-Wright American Legion Post 12 of Rockmart and was also a member of the American Legion Riders.

Mr. Maples had been employed with the HON Company for several years, and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mackey Maples; his mother, Gladys McWhorter Maples; brothers, Marvin, Hoyt and Clyde Maples and sisters, Mary Soles and Jane Kelley.

Mr. Maples is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Stephens Maples; his son, Dustin Lee maples and Quincy; step children, Scott Craddock, Jamie Craddock, Kory Craddock, Bridget Thompson and Kiara Sudduth; brothers, Jerry Maples and Benny Maples. Fifteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

The Memorial Service for Mr. Lenny Maples was conducted on Thursday afternoon, April 27, 2017 at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The family received friends on Thursday, April 27, prior to the memorial service hour at the Litesey Funeral Home.

Mr. Maples wishes were to be cremated, and he was cremated following the services.

The Family respectfully request the flowers please be omitted and memorial donations be made in Mr. Maples’ memory to the Cancer Navigators of Harbin Clinic, 255 West 5th Street, Suite 300, Rome, Ga., 30165.

The Family wishes to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to all the staff members of the Harbin Clinic Cancer Center for every act of professionalism and acts of kindness shown to Mr. Maples’ and his family during his illness.

For personal condolences and to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website at liteseyfh.com.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Seals Len “Lenny” Maples.

Mr. Lowe

Mr. Lewis E. Lowe, age 95, of Rome, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017 at his residence.

He was born in Cedartown, on Jan. 10, 1922 a son of Andy Lowe and Minnie Locklear Lowe.

Mr. Lowe had been a resident of Rome the greater part of his life and was a partner in the Lowes Supermarket of Rome for nearly 40 years.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving from 1942 until 1946.

Mr. Lowe was a pilot who enjoyed flying his apache airplane for many years. He was also a Major with the Civil Air Patrol in Floyd County.

Mr. Lowe was a member of the Rome Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Dale Medlin Lowe on Sept. 16, 2014 and by his brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a step son, Larry McCullough, Cleveland, Tenn.; granddaughter, Dana (Tom) Sewell, New York, N.Y.; nieces: Lynda Black, Dalton, Catherine (Gordon) Whittington, Marietta and Pat (Dick) Johnston, Bald Island, N.C.; nephews: Robert (Nancy) Rea, Oak Island, N.C. and Mike (Sheryl) Jenkins, Rome.

Graveside funeral and interment services were held Thursday, April 27, 2107 at 11 a.m. in Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens, Rome with his granddaughter, Dana Sewell delivering a eulogy and Minister Steve Rogers officiating.

Military honors were provided by the Honor Guard of Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial gifts be made to the Alzheimers Association, 41 Perimeter Center, Suite 550 Atlanta, Ga., 30346 in Mr. Lowes memory.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mr. Lewis E. Lowe.

Mr. Little

Mr. Samuel Fenn Little, 80, of Dalton, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his residence.

He was the son of the late William and Katherine Little and was preceded in death by his wife of over 57 years, Frances Morgan Little.

Mr. Little was a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School, was on the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors, Vice President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been practicing law in Dalton for over 51 years and was most recently a partner with Little, Bates, Kelehear and Toland Law Firm.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the Dalton First United Methodist Church.

He was survived by his son, Samuel Fenn Little Jr. (Ruth) of Atlanta; daughters, Elizabeth Little Hardaway (Bob) of Dalton and Marianna Little King (Todd) of Atlanta; brother and sister-in-law, William Harmon Little and Joy Little of Killen, Ala.; sister-in-law, George Anna Watson of Rockmart; grandchildren, Camden Hardaway, Robert Hardaway, Heath Hardaway, Sam King, Huntley King, Emily Little and Ruby Little; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Little were held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Dalton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tommy Willingham officiating.

Interment services were held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the family lot of Rose Hill Cemetery of Rockmart, Georgia with the Rev. Jeanette Dickens officiating.

Memorial ccontributions may be made to the Dalton First United Methodist Church, 500 N. Thornton Ave. Dalton Ga. 30720 in memory of Mr. Little.

Words of comfort may be sent to the family at the funeral home’s website www.lovefuneralhomega.com.

Love Funeral Home of Dalton was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Samuel Fenn Little.

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

Mr. Donaldson

Mr. Billy Donaldson, 82, of Cedartown passed away April 22, 2017, after a long illness.

He was known to many as “Redneck” because of the furniture store he owned in Cedartown for many years.

Mr. Donaldson was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his mother and father, Ruby and Andy; and his brother Roy.

He is survived by his son, Randy (Pam); step-daughter Sharon Johnson; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Hurst; and brothers James (Pat) and David (Darlene).

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home in Cedartown.

The family received guests prior to the memorial service hour in the Chapel of the Lester Litesey Funeral Home.

In lieu of Flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Mr. Donaldson.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Billy Donaldson.

Mr. Woodruff

Mr. Willie C. Woodruff, 77, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and formerly of Cedartown, passed away on April 20, 2017 surrounded by his family.

He leaves to cherish his memories a wife, Betty Woodruff, eight children: Tara Frambro, Tena Wilson, Mia Woodruff, Kim Woodruff, Clifford Eugene Woodruff, Chris Woodruff, Yolonda Woodruff and Clifford Gamal Woodruff; grandchildren Darious Woodruff, Alisha Woodruff, Amber Woodruff, Precious Joy Kyla, Lily Woodruff, Tony Frambro, Terrell Wilson and Jariah Wilson.

A home going service was held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.

This announcement was made by the Wingfield Funeral Home of Cedartown on behalf of Mr. Willie C. Woodruff.