Obituaries

Mrs. Hardin

Mrs. Evelyn Hendon Hardin, age 96 of Rockmart, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Mrs. Hardin was born on Oct. 18, 1920 in Cleburne County, Ala., daughter of the late Barney Hendon and the late Ruby Gladys Freeman Hendon.

She was a graduate of the Rockmart High School Class of 1940 and was a member of the Piedmont Ave. Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hardin retired from both the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Dallas Paulding Wellstar Hospital as a CNA. She loved to plant flowers, read and sing gospel music.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Hardin; two sons, Elbert David Hardin and Jerry Wayne Hardin; daughter, Margaret Hardin Cornwell; sister, Ruby Clyde Wright; three brothers, Henry Freeman Hendon, Jack Huckabee Hendon and Austin Hendon and a grandson, William Scott Cornwell.

Survivors included two sisters, Mary Helen Crane of Covington and Jessie Ellen Casey of Cartersville; five grandchildren, Elbert David Hardin, Jr. and his wife Robin, William Austin Hardin, Angela Lane Harris and her husband Chuck, Kevin Dwayne Cornwell and his wife Donna and Lori Michelle Cornwell Harris; ten great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren and two special nieces, Patricia Dabbs and Jane Hardin Smith.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hardin were held on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Davis officiating. Interment services followed in the family lot of the Bethlehem Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Charles Dabbs, Chad Dabbs, Joey Williams, Will Lundy, Jim Nelson, Henry Smith, Jerry Lambert and Jim Hardin.

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

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral service for Mrs. Evelyn Hendon Hardin.

Mrs. Fincher

Mrs. Frances Adaline Bollen Fincher, age 93, of Cedartown, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

She was born in Polk County on April 14, 1924, a daughter of the late James Edgar Bollen and Pearlie Mae Sanders Bollen.

Mrs. Fincher had lived the greater part of her life in Polk County where she was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She retired from the Arrow Shirt Company in Buchanan and later worked for Bojangles in Cedartown for nearly ten years. She also worked as a private sitter for several years. Mrs. Fincher enjoyed crocheting, crafts and working puzzle books.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. (Red) Fincher, a son, Eddie Fincher and by two brothers: J.T. Bollen and Romas E. Bollen Sr.

Survivors include daughters: Sybil Ploof (Ralph), Bremen, Denise Lemon (Jerry), Temple, Velvet Smith (Sam), Buchanan; sons: Edward Fincher (Judy), Buchanan, Jimmy Fincher, Cedartown and Randy Fincher, Cedartown; step daughters: Edna Morgan (Bill), Thomasville and Carolyn Parsons, Florida; sisters: Melbaline Johnson, Rockmart and Edna McBrayer, Rockmart; 20 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2107 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Parris and Rev. Charles Dyer officiating.

Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with a eulogy given by Kasi Pirkle and prayer by Ralph Ploof.

Pallbearers included Edward Fincher, Jimmy Fincher, Randy Fincher, Velvet Smith, Denise Lemon, Sybil Ploof, Matthew Smith and Buddy Fincher.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Frances Alaline Bollen Fincher.

Mrs. Wheeler

Mrs. Wanda Potter Wheeler, age 66 of Aragon, passed away Thursday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2017.

Mrs. Wheeler was born May 11, 1951 in Chattanooga, Tenn., daughter of the late Eleber A. Potter and the late Imogene Sumner.

She was a graduate of the Scottsboro High School Class of 1969 of Scottsboro, Ala., and a member of the Victory Baptist Church of Rockmart.

Mrs. Wheeler retired from Diamond Rug and Carpet in Aragon with 25 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Wallace Sumner.

Survivors included her husband of 48 years, Arnold Wheeler of Aragon to whom she was married Sept. 6, 1969; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeremy and Destiny Wheeler and Justin and Jayme Wheeler all of Rockmart; step-mother, Catherine Adkins of Scottsboro, Ala.; three sisters, Pauline Shropshire of Portage, Indiana, Katrina Patty of Tupelo, Miss., and Pam Little of Scottsboro, Ala.; brother, James “Buddy” Potter of Birchwood, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Noah Wheeler, Silas Wheeler, Corbin Wheeler, Jasper Wheeler and Suesanna Wheeler.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wheeler were held on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Snapp officiating. A eulogy was given by Mr. Jeremy Wheeler.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the Aragon Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jeremy Wheeler, Justin Wheeler, Noah Wheeler, Mack Wheeler, Elliott Wilson, Shane McDonald, Chan Statham and Aaron Coalson.

Honorary pallbearers were: Silas Wheeler and Corbin Wheeler.

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

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral service for Mrs. Wanda Potter Wheeler.

Mr. Jolly

Mr. John David “Boober” Jolly, age 77 of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

He was born on April 24, 1940 in Cedartown, the son of the late Mr. Homer Jolly and Mrs. Jeanie Mae Smith Jolly.

Mr. Jolly is survived by his wife, Margaret Barbre Jolly; daughter and son-in-law, Sandi and Kenneth Shelley; son, Michael Wilson; sister, Jean Sharpe; grandchildren, John and Jenni Speight and Megan Morris Sharrow; great-grandson, Carter Sharrow and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jolly is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Katheryn Kerr, Evelyn Meadows, Virginia Hilburn and Diane Morris and brothers, Raymond Jolly Harold Jolly, Bruce Jolly, Richard Jolly and Russell Jolly.

The arrangements for Mr. John David Jolly were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Anna Kresge United Methodist Church with Rev. Ed Dickens officiating and Ms. Megan Morris Sharrow giving the eulogy.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mr. Jolly received family and friends on Friday evening, Sept. 22, 2017, at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family is accepting flowers; however, memorial donations can be made to Kresge UMC building fund, 15 Booger Hollow Road, Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: John Speight, Carter Sharrow, Jeff Jolly, Alan Jolly, Barry Sharpe, Steve Wilson, Lee Jolly, Neal Jolly Jr. and Devin Lester. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Jolly and Neal Jolly Sr.

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. John David “Boober” Jolly.

Mrs. Cummings

Mrs. Shirley A. Cummings, age 80 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 24, 1938 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late James Thomas Culpepper and Alma Lula Boyles Culpepper.

Mrs. Cummings is survived by her daughter, Ann Cupp; grandson, Jason Deering (Ashleigh Harris); and great-grandson Blaze “Little One” Deering.

Mrs. Cummings is preceded in death by her husband Monte Cummings; her parents; and brother Bobby Culpepper.

The family of Mrs. Shirley A. Cummings received family and friends Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2017.

A funeral service followed at 6 p.m. from the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Vines officiating.

The family has respectfully requested that all floral donations be omitted. 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. Shirley A. Cummings.

Mr. Childers

Mr. Rollie Vaughn Childers, age 75 of Conyers formerly of Aragon, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 20, 2017.

Mr. Childers was born Feb. 13, 1942 in Floyd County, son of the late Jesse Rollie Childers and the late Mary Estelle Yarbrough Childers.

He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Childers retired from Kysor/Warren as a paint technician.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Childers.

Survivors included two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Johnny Beckwith of Douglasville and Kay and John Joyner of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; four grandchildren, Jordan Monroe and Eric Monroe of Mableton and Kristina Joyner and Kaylie Joyner of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; and former wife, Joyce Childers of Mableton.

Funeral services for Mr. Childers were held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 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. Cindy Beckwith and Mrs. Kay Joyner. Interment services followed in the family lot of Rockmart Memorial Gardens with presentation of the US Flag by the American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 Honor Guard.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jordan Monroe, Eric Monroe, Johnny Beckwith, John Joyner, Bradley Beckwith and Wesley Beckwith.

Honorary pallbearers were: C. S. Salter, Stanley Ward, Judson Childers, Maynon Childers and Larry Lemley.

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 funeral services for Mr. Rollie Vaughn Childers.

Mrs. Davis

Dozens of people have enjoyed visiting, talking or at least texting daily for many years with Mrs. Joyce Brown Hayes Davis of the Boynton community in Ringgold. They become anxious if she doesn’t respond right away. This is a difficult time for them.

She died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, of complications from congestive heart failure. She was 81.

Mrs. Davis worked more than 30 years as a bookkeeper for a manufacturing company. She served for more than 30 years as a volunteer treasurer of a church she co-founded, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, which later became Christ Fellowship in Ringgold.

She was ordained as an elder there. She has lived in the same house in the Scenic Hills neighborhood since 1978.

The comment people have most often made about her — co-workers, relatives, strangers — is that she was among the kindest people they ever met. What they may not know is that she said the same of them — all of them.

Mrs. Davis had a talent for bringing out the best in people by giving the best to them. Some of those who appreciated her had differences with each other, but she was a uniting force, focused always on the good in all.

So Mrs. Davis lived surrounded by kindness. She took great comfort in her faith and lived it, loving the Lord her God with all her heart, and her neighbors as herself, as her beloved Jesus commanded.

Mrs. Davis was widowed twice. Her first husband was Thomas Hayes, her children’s father. He died in 1966 when she had just turned 30. She went to work in an office for $1 an hour, bought a 1950s ranch home on Boynton Drive and by herself raised the first college graduates on either side of her family.

After her children grew up, she married again, to Duncan Davis, formerly of Miami, whom she met through work — but only after he agreed to move to Boynton because she refused to leave. She was a devoted wife to him for 30 years, until his death in 2007.

Mrs. Davis’ parents were Katheryn and Fernie Brown of Rockmart, who were also known for their kindness.

She is survived by her son, Farrell Hayes of Chattanooga, whose wife is Susan Hayes, her daughter, Katheryn Tucker of Sautee, whose husband is Tim Tucker, seven grandchildren — Lauren Hayes, Reed Hayes, who is married to Katherine Hayes, Ansley Tucker, Sydney Tucker, Veronica Hayes, Thomas Hayes and William Hayes — plus one great-granddaughter, Emma Skye Hayes Dingman.

She is also survived by her sister, Jane Tibbitts of Dallas, wife of Fed Tibbitts, four nieces — Susan Bowman, Sonya Thomason, Shelley Leggett, Shawn Hearst — and many great nieces and nephews.

Friends and family were invited to gather to celebrate her life with a visit between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, 3239 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe, followed by a worship service at 4 p.m. and a graveside ceremony at 5:15 p.m. in the Baxter Addition of Anderson Cemetery in Ringgold.

She asked to have her ashes placed in the space between her two husbands.

As her loved ones grieve their loss, many have expressed the same thought, wishing they could have had more time with her and done more for her. She would want them to hear these words she spoke in her last days: “You have been here when you could be, and when you needed to be. You have done everything you can for me. You are wonderful. I love you.”

Arrangements were made by Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe.

Mr. Head

Mr. Glenn Head, age 85 of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, 2017.

Mr. Head was born May 25, 1932 in Rockmart, son of the late Mark Head and the late Lois Dobbs Head.

He was a graduate of the Rockmart High School Class of 1951 and attended Coosa Valley Technical College for two years studying to be a tool and die maker.

Mr. Head was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rockmart where he served as Sunday School Teacher and retired from Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Head and Mildred Martin; and a brother, Albert Head.

Survivors included his wife of 57 years, Glenda Morgan Head; daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Sammy Barrett; sister, Clara Scott all of Rockmart; two grandchildren, Cody (Stephanie) Barrett and Victoria Barrett also survived.

Funeral services for Mr. Head were held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Rockmart with Rev. Jason Odom and Rev. Barry Snapp officiating. Interment services followed in the family lot of Antioch Cemetery with presentation of the US Flag by American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 Honor Guard.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Tim Hurt, David Vest, Jimmy Norris, Skip Sproull, Jerry Adair and Mark Martin.

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

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 funeral services for Mr. Glenn Head.

Mr. Ricketts

Mr. Richard Paul “Rick” Ricketts, age 62, of Temple, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

Mr. Ricketts was born on Dec. 6, 1955 in Marietta, the son of the late Howard Ricketts Jr. and the late Mildred Smithey Ricketts.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Cindy Parker Ricketts. Mr. Ricketts had been employed with Wade Ford.

He is survived by his sons Richard Ricketts Jr. and Christopher Ricketts; step sons, Robert Mayfield and Andy McBurnett; a brother, William “Bill” Ricketts; sisters, Mary Ann Martin and Janice Wood and three grandchildren. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2017, at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The Funeral for Richard Paul “Rick” Ricketts was conducted on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2017, at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home.

Interment was conducted on Friday morning, Sept. 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. from the West Hill Cemetery in Dalton.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: J. T. Rose, Patrick Wood, Andy McBurnett, Alvin Davis, Aaron Carrisco and David Wood.

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. Richard Paul “Rick” Ricketts.

Mr. Ray

Mr. James Dennis Ray age 60 of Centre, Ala., passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at his residence.

He was a native of Floyd County and was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include wife, Loretta Pierce Ray of Centre; daughters, Kaitlyn (Jacob) Griffin of Norfolk, Va., and Shelby (Michael) Weeks of Cedar Bluff, Ala.; mother, Audrey Ray of Centre, Ala.; brother, Johnny (Kathy) Ray of Rome.; sister, Jackie Casey of Centre, Ala.; grandchildren, Brackett Weeks, Sara-Laine Weeks and Charlotte Griffin, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James “Jack” Ray.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at the Perry Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Herbert Reid officiating. Burial followed in the Howell Cemetery.

The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers included Joey Hazelwood, Carey Tucker, Randy Rutledge, Tom Long, Marvin Czentnar, Bryan Corey, Richard Saye and Gary Adams.

Perry Funeral Home in Centre, Ala., were in charge of the arrangements for Mr. James Dennis Ray.

Visit www.perryfuneral.net to leave condolences for the family.

Mrs. Harp

Mrs. Lola Ann Martin Harp, age 67, of Taylorsville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in a Rome medical center.

Mrs. Harp was born in Euharlee, on Sept. 7, 1950, a daughter of the late James Franklin Martin, Sr. and the late Bertha Miller Martin.

She lived the greater part of her life in Taylorsville, where she was a member of the Floyd Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Harp was a beautiful woman in every way.

She was open hearted and kind to everyone she met, willing to help in any way. She was a faithful and devoted wife and mother, always there to help and support, no matter the situation.

Mrs. Harp worked in a factory in her early years. As she started her family, she moved to the florist industry where she became well rounded in flower arranging.

She later had her own house cleaning business and cared for the elderly, which she loved to do. Out of all the jobs she had in her many years, this one seemed to fit her best because of her willingness to help others in any way she could. One of

Mrs. Harp’s greatest loves was spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harp was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Martin and a sister, Mary McAllister.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and David Moore and her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Wendy Harp; eight grandchildren: Christopher and Augusta Parks, Alicia Pope, Brittany Moore, Dylan, Kelsey, Maddie Ann and Alli Harp; five great-grandchildren: Landon, Hunter, Destiny Emma, Carter and Stella; three brothers: Ralph, Donnie and Mack Martin; two sisters: Louise Brawner and Margaret Karakoras; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Floyd Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Bennett officiating. Eulogies were given by Kelsey Harp, Augusta Parks and Lynn Moore. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Wayne Harp, David Moore, Jason Martin, Mack Martin Jr., Michael Pope and John Harris.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Lola Ann Martin Harp.

Mr. Adams

Mr. Samuel Ray Adams, age 72, of Cedartown, passed away Sept. 16, 2017.

He was born Aug. 18, 1945 in Tallapoosa, to the late Floyd and Mildred Morgan Adams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla Smith Adams; daughter, Rhonda Michelle Adams; and brother, Harold Adams.

Mr. Adams retired from Goodyear and enjoyed fishing and his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Tracy Adams-Phelps of Silver Creek, and Elisha Johnson of Cedartown; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Tammie Adams of Rome, Scott and Melissa Adams of Cedartown, and Jason and Allison Adams of Cedartown; and thirteen grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 19, 2017, at 3:00 PM from the Miller Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck McElwee officiating. Pallbearers serving were Blake Lipscomb, Scott Hill, Jayson Jordan, Marty Jordan, Ricky Morgan, Dustin Clark and Shane Beck.

Interment followed in Bethany Church Cemetery.

Sympathies may be sent to the family at www.miller-funeralhome.com.

Miller Funeral Home of Tallapoosa was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Samuel Ray Adams.