Obituaries

Mrs. Griffin

Mrs. Carelene Morris Griffin, age 70 of Rome passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 19, 2017.

Mrs. Griffin was born Feb. 16, 1947 in Rockmart, daughter of the late James Floyd “Shorty” Morris and the late Martha Grace Mosley Morris.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Canaanland Baptist Church of Rome. Mrs. Griffin had a great love of family and dedication to church and bible study. She enjoyed crocheting, having won many ribbons for her handiwork.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Harvey Morris; and a great-grandson, Kyle Griffin.

Survivors included her husband, Rev. LaMahta Griffin of Rome to whom she was married Aug. 23, 1993; son, Phillip Blissitt of Rockmart; three daughters and sons-in-law, Leighanna and Terry Mann of Rome, Donna Nell and Jeff Cook of Rockmart and Joan and Carlos Cubis of Raleigh, North Carolina; three brothers, Larry Morris and his wife Susan and Donald Morris and his wife Robin all of Rockmart and Keith Morris of Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survived.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Morris was held on Tuesday evening, Oct. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. LaMahta Griffin officiating.

Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers: Casey Childers, Chris Childers, Eddie Baker and Randy Cook.

Those wishing to do so may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, North Georgia Regional Office, 922 East Morris Street, Dalton, Ga., 30721 or donate online at www.alz.org in memory of Mrs. Griffin.

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 services for Mrs. Carelene Morris Griffin.

Mrs. Wooldridge

Mrs. Dondra L. Wooldridge, age 53, of Cedartown, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

She was born in Cartersville on March 30, 1964, daughter of Donald Lewis Sr. and Robbie Jenkins McCollum.

Mrs. Wooldridge graduated from Cass High School in 1982. She moved to Cedartown 23 years ago and was a member of Valley View Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

Mrs. Wooldridge is survived by her husband, Roger Wooldridge to whom she married January 9, 1995; her children: Tim Jarrett, Bree Martin, Amanda Barrera, Corey Deaton and Zack Pope; mother: Robbie McCollum; brother: Donald Lewis Jr. and her two cherished grand pups also survive.

The family will be having a memorial service to remember and celebrate her life at a later date.

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

Mr. Cheatwood

Mr. Marvin S. Cheatwood, age 72 of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1945 in Felton, the son of the late Ralph Cheatwood Sr. and Genia McKibben Cheatwood.

Mr. Cheatwood is survived by his wife, Mrs. Diane Tillery Cheatwood; daughter and son-in-law, Angie Robinson and Tracy; son and daughter-in-law, Keith Cheatwood and Nikki; six grandchildren, Dalton Robinson, Colby Robinson, Logan Bright, Maddison Hamrick, Brandon Cheatwood and Bryson Cheatwood; three great-grandchildren, Rylan Bright, Harper Bright and Maddley Bryant and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cheatwood is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Louise Wood and Pauline Cheatwood and brothers, Ralph Cheatwood Jr. and John Franklin Cheatwood.

In keeping with Mr. Cheatwood’s wishes’ he was cremated. A memorial service for Mr. Marvin S. Cheatwood was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Ward and Rev. Richard Brannon officiating.

The family of Mr. Cheatwood received family and friends on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, prior to the memorial service hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers are to be omitted and memorial donations can be made to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Toy Express Program, 1676 Rockmart Highway, Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

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 handled the arrangements for Mr. Marvin S. Cheatwood.

Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Carrie Lee Tibbetts Williams, age 100, of Rockmart passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in a Rome medical center.

She was born in Rockmart on Feb. 19, 1917 a daughter of John Thomas Tibbitts and Nettie Virginia Cooper Tibbitts. Mrs. Williams had lived all of her life in Polk County and was a member of the County Line Baptist Church.

She was a retired beautician having owned and operated Beauty Rama styling salon for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Williams; by a daughter, Janie Sue Carden and by three sons: Jerry Douglas Williams, Charles Ray Williams and Ralph Boyd Williams and a great grandson, Courtney Heath.

Survivors include a son, Richard Williams, Rockmart and a daughter, Virginnia English, Milledgeville; nine grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. David Warriner officiating.

Interment followed in the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: James Raughton, Larry Huckaby, Lee Tinney, Ricky Tinney, Russ Hayes and Todd Carlton.

To leave condolences for the family or to sign the online guest book, visit alvismillerfuneralhome.com.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Carrie Lee Tibbetts Williams.

Mr. McCurry

Mr. David Carl McCurry, age 60, of Dalton, and who had lived most of his life in Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

He was born on July 8, 1957 in Cedartown, and was nearly a lifetime member of the Second Baptist Church where he accepted Christ in 1972 through the ministry of Rev. Roop Caswell.

Mr. McCurry graduated from Cedartown High School in 1975 and lived a full life serving his Lord and Savior. He enjoyed attending Highland Rivers in Cedartown and attended Cross Plains Center in Dalton.

He had great support from Denise Wallace and Jenny Johnson.

Since 2014, Mr. McCurry had lived with his beloved caretaker and dear friend, Lisa Ranelli and her sister, Claudia Ranelli and her daughter, Jill Kittel and niece, Dawn Sledge.

Mr. McCurry’s best friends were David Long and Charlene Hicks. He was a devout Christian and shared God’s ministry and had an amazing knowledge of the Bible.

When family and friends had a crisis, they would ask him to pray. Mr. McCurry would also speak of his Lord at his school and churches. He loved and supported his pastors and recently met his childhood pastor Dr. Jerry Vines.

Mr. McCurry’s favorite evangelist were Dr. Billy Graham and Charles Hagee. His hobbies included travel, fishing, and listening to gospel music and especially Johnny Cash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Robert McCurry and Arville Beck McCurry of Cedartown.

Mr. McCurry is survived by his uncle and aunt, James and Martha McCurry of Cedartown; cousins, Steve and Teresa Astin of Silver Creek and Robin and Jacqueline Astin and Darryl Astin of Cedartown. Paul Beck Jr., Pam Holland, Beth Beck, Bobby Beck all of Cedartown and Wallace Beck of Gainesville.

A Celebration of Mr. McCurry’s life was conducted on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2017, at 3 p.m. with the visitation beginning at 1:30 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Wright and Rev. Bill Heaton officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery.

The following served as pallbearers: Shawn Beck Astin, Alex Astin and Alden Astin and Mr. McCurry’s family and friends. Mr. McCurry’s classmates at the Cross Plains Center in Dalton served as honorary pallbearers.

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. David Carl McCurry.

Mr. Scott

Mr. Gregory Dean Scott, age 56 of Rockmart passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Mr. Scott was born March 28, 1961 in Marietta, son of the late William Lee Scott and Billie Jeane Hooper Scott.

He was a graduate of the Campbell High School of Smyrna and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Scott worked as an electrician and loved his animals, never letting a stray remain a stray. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Thomas Scott.

Survivors included a sister, Karen Scott Tatz and her husband Roger of Dallas who he considered a special friend.

No memorial services are planned at this time.

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 Mr. Gregory Dean Scott.

Mr. Singleton

Mr. Quentin Singleton, age 64, of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

He was born in Dallas on March 21, 1953, a son of the late Forrest Singleton and Velma Mae Fennell.

He was also preceded in death by brothers: Rex, Charles, Pat, Barry and Randy Singleton.

He worked many years in the upholstery business and owned Singleton’s Upholstery and Quentin’s Wrecker Service. He always loved working on cars.

Mr. Singleton was also a member of the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department for several years.

He is survived by Donna Singleton and their children, Shandala Singleton and Matthew Quentin Singleton; one grandson, Camden Singleton; sister, Vickie Overstreet and brother, Dennis Singleton all of Rockmart.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Ely officiating. Interment followed in Hills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Judson Childers, Terry Sorrells, Terry Easter, Billy Wills, Bill Singleton and Merle Renf.

To leave messages of condolence to the family, please visit the memorial website at www.alvismillerfuneralhome.com.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Quentin Singleton.

Mrs. Graves

Mrs. Dondra Lynn Graves, age 58, of Aragon, passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Rome on Nov. 26, 1958, a daughter of James Donald Motes and Jeanette Carlton Motes.

Mrs. Graves lived the greater part of her life in Polk County where she was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church. She enjoyed arts and crafts and was an animal lover and advocate. She was a devoted mother to her little dog, Colt.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Donald Motes on Dec. 2, 2009.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Graves, Aragon; mother, Jeanette Motes, Rockmart ; step-son, Chris Graves, Savannah; step-daughter, Kim Edwards, Dalton; three step-grandchildren; special friend, Paul Lindsey, Rockmart and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Purser and Rev. Stanley Koonce officiating.

Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Harvey Smith, Stacey Koonce, Adron Jefferson, Scott Roberts, Bobby Helms and Chris Graves.

Visit www.alvismillerfuneralhome.com to leave messages of condolence to the family or to sign the online guestbook.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Dondra Lynn Graves.

Mr. David

Mr. Clarence Exen “C.E.” David, age 79, of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday morning, Oct. 15, 2017, following a brief illness.

Mr. David was born on March 2, 1938 in Cedartown, where he was a lifelong resident, to the late Clarence Exen “Skinny” and Pauline David.

After graduating from Cedartown High School in 1956, he began his career with H.E. Henigh Construction, and was later employed by Goodyear Tire and Engineered Fabric.

He was awarded the “Top 10 Supervisor” award twice during his employment with Goodyear.

Mr. David was a devoted member of Anna Kresge United Methodist Church for over 40 years.

Prior to joining Kresge, he was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Cedartown, where he grew up.

He had a lifelong love of Sunday School, attending every Sunday for ten years in a row during childhood.

Mr. David loved his large circle of family, adopted family, and friends.

Throughout his life, you could usually find him tinkering in his shop, making improvements to his barn, growing vegetables for family and friends, and taking care of his chickens, goats, and cows.

He was a sweet, quiet soul, and his laughter could fill any room with joy.

More than anything, he loved his wife, Clara Jean. He lit up every time she walked in a room for their nearly 60 years together.

He had a huge, loving heart and his legacy will continue in all those that he loved so dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Clara Jean, and their three children: Clarence Exen III “Clay” (Nancy), Jackie (Andra), and Holly (Roy). Additional survivors include his six grandchildren: Clarence Exen IV “Clay” (Mallory), Justin (Mary), Julie, Ree, Allen, and Michael; and five great-grandchildren: Joshua, Charlotte, Lyla, Clara, and Emma. Two sisters (Elaine David Morgan and Nancy David Collins) and one brother (Hal David) also survive.

A service was held in his memory on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Kresge United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. with his grandson, Justin David, and Rev. Ed Dickens officiating. His other grandchildren will also speak.

Visitation was held before the service at Kresge. A reception in the fellowship hall followed the service.

The family asks that flowers please be omitted and that memorial donations be made to Anna Kresge United Methodist Church, 15 Booger Hollow Road, Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home is in Charge of the arrangements for Mr. Clarence Exen “C.E.” David.

Mr. Luttrell

Mr. Alex Gordon Luttrell, age 18, of Rockmart, passed away on Oct. 15, 2017.

He was born on April 22, 1999, in Austell. He was a 2017, graduate of South Paulding High School, where he was a member of the South Paulding Marching Band, drama, chorus, took part in every musical and was an aspiring actor. Alex was a member of Beulahland Baptist Church.

Survivors include father, Michael Gordon Luttrell of Rockmart; mother, Dawn and Tommy Southern of Buchanan; brothers, Joseph Wayne and Ilka Palmer of Rockmart, Matthew Thomas and Katie Luttrell of Temple, and James Michael Luttrell of Rockmart; step-brother, Kyle Alexander and Haley Southern of Rockmart; step-sister, Amanda Jo Southern of Rockmart; grandparents; Gordon and Jane Luttrell of Rockmart, and Michael and Joy Marsh of Temple; aunts and uncles, Stephen and Christina Luttrell of Rockmart, Maria Moore of Rockmart, Patricia Luttrell of Dallas; several cousins, and five nieces.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. from Clark Funeral Home.

Interment followed in Piney Woods Cemetery.

Matthew Luttrell, James Luttrell, Luke Luttrell, Kevin Thompson, Kyle Southern and Stephen Luttrell served as pallbearers.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, Oct. 17, 2017, and Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017, prior to the funeral hour.

Clark Funeral Home in Hiram is in charge of arrangements.

Visit www.samclarkfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the family or to sign the online guestbook.

Mr. Hulsey

Mr. Harold Kade “H.K.” Hulsey, age 89 of Rockmart passed away peacefully at the Rockmart Nursing Home on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

He was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Braswell, son of the late Coolidge Columbus (C.C.) Hulsey Sr. and the late Lillie Mae Brown Hulsey.

He was a retired U.S. Navy Chaplain and a former teacher at Rockmart High School. During his retirement years, Mr. Hulsey enjoyed travel to the Gulf Coast to vacation and was a frequent patron to the local restaurants, such as Linda’s.

He was well known for his generosity in tipping his servers and helping those in need with unexpected and unsolicited assistance. Mr. Hulsey was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.

Mr. Hulsey joins his loving wife, Frances Tant Hulsey. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ann Hulsey Jones, Louise Hulsey Barker and Margaret Hulsey Hardman; and a brother, Herb Hulsey.

Survivors include his son, Thomas Michael Hulsey and his wife Kathryn Turney Hulsey of Cottonwood, Ariz.; daughter, Kay Hulsey Sweirc and her husband Alan Sweirc of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Jan Hulsey of Rockmart; brother, C. C. Hulsey Jr. and his wife Patty of Rockmart; three grandchildren, Frankie (Samantha) Rain, Samuel Kane Eastland and Alex Eastland Hulsey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph and Nell Bobo; many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

A special thank you to the staff of the Rockmart Nursing Home and Brookdale Assisted Living of Rome.

Mr. Hulsey was laid to rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery during a private ceremony. A memorial celebration will be planned later. Mr. Hulsey was a believer in helping those in need, whether it be with a kind word, listening, or giving of assistance.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that you pay it forward by taking a moment to be kind to someone who needs a smile, a hello, a hug, volunteer at a homeless shelter or help someone in need of assistance.

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 Mr. Harold Kade “H.K.” Hulsey.

Mrs. Akins

Mrs. Gena Alice Wilson Akins, age 49 of Rockmart passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Mr. Akins was born July 16, 1968 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Delmar L. Wilson and the late Anne Eileen Dougan Wilson.

She was of the Holiness faith and of the Native American descent. Gena enjoyed Native American “Pow Wows,” singing and going to church.

Survivors included her husband, Rayford Harold Akins; daughter, Kari Anne Wilson; step-daughter, Hope L. Cooley; two step-sons, Lamar Keith Akins and Bryan Perry Akins; two sisters, Grace Wilson and Christina A. Sweeney; and a brother, Delmar J. Wilson.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life for Mrs. Akins on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at 12 noon at the Church of God of the Union Assembly with Brother Jesse Starnes and Brother Houston Eaton 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 arrangements for Mrs. Gena Alice Wilson Akins.

Mr. Holliday

Mr. Wayne “Turkey” Holliday, age 56, of Rockmart, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.

Mr. Holliday was born Feb. 1, 1961 in Rockmart, son of his late parents Harvie Holliday Sr. and Nina Beatty Jacobs.

Survivors include his children: Kelly and Christopher Pruitt, Joshua and Kimberly Holliday; grandchildren: Keldon Pruitt, Logan and Aubrey Holliday; brothers: Neil Holliday and Harvie “Butch” Holliday, Jr.; sister: Joy Holliday. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The memorial graveside service for Mr. Holliday was held on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. the family lot of Rose Hill Cemetery with Rev. Danny Tucker officiating.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mr. Wayne “Turkey” Holliday.

Mr. Collins

Mr. Roger Dale Collins Sr. was born on Aug. 20, 1949 to Martin Woodrow Collins and Ruby Frances Winstead Collins in Owensboro, Kentucky. After a hard battle with cancer, he succumbed on Sept. 30, 2017.

Mr. Collins was a graduate of Cedartown High School. He had resided in Lakeland, Fla., since 1974.

He was a hard-driven man to do well in all of his endeavors. Mr. Collins was a self-employed master carpenter, founder and owner of Collins Mobile Home Services. He also founded “Hot Rodgers” Speed Shop in Lakeland, Florida and was co-owner of CDS Enterprises. Mr. Collins was a man of many talents. No task was too big or too small for him to conquer.

Mr. Collins is survived by his wife of 26 years, Shirley A. Collins (Dickens) of Lakeland, Fla.; His children, Roger Collins Jr.(Valerie) of Lakeland, Stacie Collins Posey (Jason) of Cedartown, Tracie Collins Walker of Cedartown, Thomas Collins (Terri) of Plant City, Fla., Charlie Barber of Lakeland, Fla., Will Martin of Lakeland, Karen Lynne Martin of Lakeland, and Donna Keller Howell of Lakeland; His brother, Doug Collins of Piedmont, Ala.; His sisters, Marty Swann of Adairsville, Kathy Kitchens-Bedford (Ken) and Becky Hicks (Anthony) of Cedartown; 18 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren also survive.

A private memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Heath Memorial Chapel and Crematory in Lakeland, Fla.

Heath Memorial Chapel and Crematory were in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Roger Dale Collins Sr.

Leave condolences for the family at the memorial website at heathfuneralchapel.com/obituaries/Roger-Dale-Collins-Sr?obId=2600173#/celebrationWall.