Obituaries

Mr. Cantrell

Mr. Jeffie Eugene “Gene” Cantrell, 84, of Taylorsville went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Mr. Cantrell was born on Nov. 8, 1933, to the late Jim Riley Monroe Cantrell and Alma Williams Cantrell.

He was a Veteran in the United States Army as a diesel mechanic from Dec. 8, 1954 to Dec. 7, 1956 as Specialist Third Class at Fort Eustis, Va.

Mr. Cantrell worked for Gold Kist Feed Mill from 1960-1983 and Tom Akin Electric from 1983-2003 of which 1995-2003 was part time.

He was a faithful member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church since 1969 and a deacon since 1975, always thanking God for his health and strength. Mr. Cantrell faithfully served Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Vacation Bible School for 35 years with perfect attendance for every planning meeting, parade, and every night attendance.

He served as teacher for the Jr. Boys Class ages 9 to 12 for 28 of the 35 years of Vacation Bible School as well as Junior Boys Class Sunday School teacher. His favorite verse was Mark 8:36. The members of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church will remember him by his saying “Little is much when God is in it”.

Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn Bone Cantrell; his parents Jim and Alma Cantrell; brother, Mark Cantrell; father and mother in law, Sharon and Violet Bone; step great granddaughter Khloey Allen; sister and brother in laws Sue Cantrell, Linda Cantrell, Patricia Cantrell, Ray Lawrence, and Richard and Lawson Bone.

Mr. Cantrell is survived by three daughters, Debra (Johnny) Payne, Peggy (Bob) Allen, and Gail (Matt) Fowler; a son Jeff Cantrell; grandchildren Angela Payne, Jason (Sherry) Payne, Jeremy (Erica) Forsyth, Jake (Crystal) Hill, Jessica Hill, Taylor and Caroline Cantrell; great grandchildren BreeAnna, Jasmine, and Colton Forsyth, Kelsey and Aiden Hill, and Laine Sewell; step grandchildren Misty Allen, Brad (Arwen) Allen; step great grandchildren Kenny Jinks, Presley, Riley, Aubrey, Finley, and Charley Allen; brothers and sisters Elaine (James) Dupree, Lamar (Linda) Cantrell, Betty Sue (Melvin) Scott, Catherine (Alton) Hufstetler, Rufus (Kathy) Cantrell, Raiford (Pat) Cantrell, Bill Cantrell, James (Billie Ann) Cantrell; sister in law Joyce Lawrence; numerous nieces and nephews, special friends Tonya Thacker, Tab Hester, and Tyler Leamer.

Funeral services for Mr. Cantrell were held Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Taylorsville with Pastor Brent Edwards and Rev. Ricky Roberts officiating. Interment followed in the family lot of the church’s cemetery. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Charlie Cox, LC Cornwell, Glenn Wimpy, Billy Ward, Joe Rutland and Zach Whitener in memory of Van Williams, Greg Dyer, Michael Bagley, and walking with Charlie Cox will be Justin Spires.

Please visit www.freemanharrisfunerals to extend personal condolences to the family of Mr. Gene Cantrell. The Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mr. Jeffie Eugene “Gene” Cantrell.

Mrs. Hendrix

Mrs. Velma Welchel Hendrix, age 93 of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in Tennessee, the daughter of the late William T. and Molly McGregor Carter.

Mrs. Hendrix was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist of Cedartown. She is a retiree from Jockey Mensware and Walmart.

Mrs. Hendrix is survived by her son, Jimmy Welchel (Brenda); daughters, Barbara Hollingsworth, Mary Porter and Vicki Richardson; six grandchildren, Tammy Mulkey, Dale Lee, Stacey Moore, Tina Stansil, Darrell Lee and Jeremy Richardson; 12 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hendrix is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Randolph Welchel; second husband, Seward Hendrix; three sisters and six brothers.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Velma Welchel Hendrix were conducted on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Russell officiating and Mr. Jimmy Welchel giving the eulogy. Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Hendrix received family and friends on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Chad Hortman, T.J. Hortman, Dale Lee, Darrell Lee, Dylan Jackson and Jeremy Richardson.

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 Mrs. Velma Welchel Hendrix.

Mr. Davis

Mr. Ernest Davis, Jr., age 69, of Cedartown passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 following a lengthy illness.

Memorial arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Smith & Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Ernest Davis Jr.

Mrs. Barkwell

Mrs. Martha Snow Barkwell, age 87 of Austell formerly of Cedartown passed away Nov. 6, 2017.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Davis-Struempf Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy Cheek officiating.

Interment followed at Powder Springs Memorial Gardens.

Davis-Struempf Funeral Home and Crematory were in charge of the arragements for Mrs. Martha Snow Barkwell.

Mrs. Gray

Mrs. Eva Nancy Nuttall Gray, age 76, of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Cedartown on Feb. 20, 1941, the daughter of the late Arthur and Esther Nuttall.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur Nuttall Jr. and Richard Nuttall.

Mrs. Gray was a graduate of Cedartown High School and Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. She received her Master of Education degree from West Georgia College in 1997. She was a member of St. Andrews Anglican Church in Rome, and a life-time member of the Cedartown Junior Service League.

Prior to her retirement, she had been employed for 26 years at Darlington School in Rome where she was head librarian.

She enriched the lives of many people through her generous heart, her joyful spirit, and her unwavering faith. She loved her family- especially their annual beach trips together; her church; her Dachshund Lillie; and travelling with Lloyd and their friends.

Survivors include her husband Lloyd H. Gray to whom she was married on Aug. 10, 1963; daughter Anne (Keith) Jennings of Clairmont, daughter Meg (Issac) Jenkins of Oxford, Miss.; and son Trippe (Jennifer) of Birmingham, Ala.

She had a very special place in her heart for her 7 grandchildren- Alex Anne and Meggie Beth Jennings; Zac, Gray and Ruthie Jenkins; and Davis and Caroline Gray. One sister-in-law, Maryann Nuttall also survives along with a niece and several nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from noon until the memorial service hour.

A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Gray’s life was conducted Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Father Austin Goggans officiating and Rev. Issac Jenkins delivering the eulogy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Andrews Anglican Church, 3 Central Plaza #175 Rome, Ga., 30161.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Nancy Gray.

Mrs. Gibbons

Mrs. Sara Louise Sams Gibbons, of Rome, laid all of her burdens down and went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at a local hospital following a brief illness.

Memorial Services were held Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Lovejoy Baptist Church, 436 Branham Ave S.W., Rome, with Pastors’ Carey N. Ingram and Hope Smith officiating.

The family received friends Friday evening, Nov. 10, 2017 at Wright Chapel, 814 South Broad Street Rome.

Wright Memorial Mortuary Inc. of Rome had charge of the services for Mrs. Sara Louise Sams Gibbons.

Mrs. Scott

Mrs. Joyce Gober Scott, age 83, of Rockmart passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born on June 4, 1934 a daughter of Jewett Gober and Eva Brumbelow Gober.

Mrs. Scott had lived the greater part of her life in Rockmart and was of the Baptist faith. She was a former employee of the Arrow Shirt Factory in Cedartown, enjoyed collectables and spending time with children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jewett Gober, her mother, Eva Hayes, husband, Everett B. “Junior” Scott, granddaughter, Jill Gamel Coffman and son in law, Jerry Gamel.

Survivors include three daughters: Lisa Scott Thaxton and husband Hank, Neva Williams Gamel and Debbie Stegall; two grandsons; five great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; sister, Carolyn Scott; and special friends and caregivers: Lori Arp and Marcella Williams.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2107 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Owen “Bud” Davis officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Chase Wilson, Dutch Matthews, Frank Scott, Chris Stegall, Tristan Coffman, Frankie Scott and Mark Broome.

The family received friends Tuesday evening at the Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home.

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

Mrs. Bailey

Mrs. Karen F. Bailey, age 62, of Cedartown, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 3, 2017.

Karen was born on Jan. 31, 1955 in Douglasville, the daughter of the late Mr. A.V. Elliott and the late Mrs. Barbara Riley Elliott.

Prior to her heath declining, Mrs. Bailey had worked as a Ward Secretary for WellStar Paulding Hospital.

Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, James E. Bailey; son, James A. Bailey; daughter, Amber M. Bailey; her brother, Allen V. Elliott; sister, Mary Jo Ala ; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

The Memorial Service for Karen Bailey were held on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 7, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home. The family received friends immediately following the service.

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 Mrs. Karen F. Bailey.

Mrs. Wofford

Mrs. Rita Burnley Wofford, age 70 of Athens, formerly of Rockmart, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Mrs. Wofford was born June 6, 1947 in Rockmart, daughter of the late Terrell Monroe Burnley and the late Helen Wilson Burnley.

She was a 1965 graduate of Rockmart High School and of the Baptist faith. She was an Executive Assistant for Bio Lab, Inc. of Lawrenceville having retired in 2008.

Mrs. Wofford was a loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Burnley.

Survivors included her son, Christian Wofford of Jefferson; three sisters, Linda Burnley Warren of Roswell, Nancy Burnley Weaver of Rockmart and Suzanne Burnley Bennett of Cumming; brother, Ted Burnley of Cedartown; and grandson Alexander Monroe Wofford.

A memorial service for Mrs. Wofford was held on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Mr. Ted Burnley officiating.

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 service for Mrs. Rita Burnley Wofford.

Mrs. Dill

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Dill, age 53, of Rockmart, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 3, 2017. She was born on April 19, 1964 in Paulding County the daughter of Mr. J.D. Earwood and Mrs. Essie Mayfield Earwood.

Mrs. Dill is survived by her husband, Michael Dill; son, Sheridan Dill and Amy; daughter, Keisha Dill Forsyth and J.R.; her father, J.D. Earwood; brothers, Lamar Earwood and Nokie Thomaston; sisters, Stacey Moncrief and Jennifer McCord; her mother in law, Patsy Causey and six grandchildren.

A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

The family received friends on Sunday evening, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The Memorial Service for Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Dill was conducted on Monday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Moore officiating.

Mrs. Dill was cremated following the visitation and memorial service.

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 Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Dill.

Mr. Barnes

Mr. Jerry Michael Barnes, age 78, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at his home in Ringgold.

He was born in Rockmart, and had been a resident of the Chattanooga Area since 1977. He was employed for 20 years with Frito-Lay, Inc. in Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, and retired from L.M. Robbins.

He was an avid bowler, an officer with the Chattanooga Area USBC and a devoted member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his parents, John J. and Josephine Drew Barnes, and brothers, Donald Barnes and Johnny Barnes.

He is survived by his loving wife, of 56 yrs., Anne Shadburn Barnes; daughters, Emily Barnes Patton (Gil) and Jerri-Ann Barnes; son, Christopher M. Barnes; grandson, Alex Patton; brother, Darrell Barnes of Rockmart; sister-in-law, Bobbie Jane Barnes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5 2017 at Wallis-Stewart Chapel of Wilson Funeral Home in Ringgold.

There will be a private family funeral service at a later date.

The family has requested no flowers for the visitation.

Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home-Wallis Stewart Chapel, Ringgold.

Mr. Self

CLAXTON - Mr. Neal Watson Self passed from this life on Nov. 2, 2017 at his home in Claxton Georgia.

He was born May 17, 1926 in Anniston Ala.

In 1944 Neal left Anniston to serve in the Navy. He fought in the Philippines and the Marshall Islands during World War II.

Upon returning after his service in the Navy, Neal went to Georgia Institute of Technology where he received his degree in Industrial Engineering.

Mr. Self married Edith Lynette Peace on Jan. 10, 1948 in Anniston who preceded Mr. Self in death in 2015 after 67 years of marriage.

After graduation from Georgia Tech in 1950 he went to work for Case in Anniston and later in Burlington Iowa. From Iowa he went to work for Loadcraft in Augusta, Kansas and then transferred to Brady, Texas.

At Brady he was general manager for Loadcraft until 1972. He went to work for Rome Plow in Cedartown, and then transferred to Claxton in 1984 and worked at Rome Engineering and Manufacturing Company until 2007.

He is survived by one brother Jonathan Morris Self of Denver Colorado, five children, Mary Louise Beeman and Leo of Durango Colo., David Edward Self and Sharon of Claxton, Rebecca Jones and Jerry of Hazelhurst, William Scott Self of Claxton and Sara Alice Garner and Robbie of Cedartown. 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Neal requested donations be sent to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

The funeral was held at the United Methodist Church on Friday Nov. 10 in Claxton.