Obituaries

Mr. Swanson

Mr. Jerry Edwin Swanson, age 78, of Cedartown, passed away on Friday morning, December 1, 2017.

Mr. Swanson was born on July 17, 1939 in Temple, Georgia the son of the late Floyd Edwin Swanson and the late Opal Pierce Swanson. He was a United States Veteran and he proudly served as a radar operator in the U.S. Air Force.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Swanson had been employed by Lucent Technologies and retired following 35-plus years of dedicated service as a Senior Communications Technician.

He had been a volunteer firefighter with the Mt. View Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

Mr. Swanson was a avid reader and gardener and he also enjoyed line dancing with his dance partner Marsha.

Mr. Swanson is survived by his son, Gregory Swanson; his daughters, Stephanie Swanson Wood and Bill Wood and Amanda Swanson Wilson; sisters, Linda & Nick Nichols and Velida and Larry Turner; his dance partner and best friend, Marsha Ely; grandchildren, Seenie, Yousef, Jannah, Isaiah, Sandy, Heather and Kristi; great grandson, Alakai and one due on January 3, 2018.

A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Edwin Swanson will be conducted on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens with military honors being conducted by the Brewster-Cleveland Post 86 Honor Guard.

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. Jerry Edwin Swanson.

Ms. Townsend

Ms. Patricia Ann Wright Townsend, age 63, of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.

She was born on July 30, 1954 in Charleston, S.C., the daughter of the late Ralph Edward and Gladys Mae Charles Wright, Sr.

Ms. Townsend is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Stephanie and Jay Morris and Heather and Allan Clay; sisters, Deborah Karnes (John) and Sharon Huth (Tom); sister-in-law, Pat Stratford; grandsons, Zachariah Morris, William Clay and Henry Morris Jr.; four nieces; two nephews; four great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Ms. Townsend is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ralph Edward Wright Jr.

A memorial service for Ms. Patricia Ann Wright Townsend was held at Friendship Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 4 p.m..

The family received family and friends on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 prior to the memorial service hour at the church.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers are to be omitted and memorial donations can be made to Gammage Funeral Home in helping with the memorial service cost.

Messages of condolence can be made to the family by signing the online guestbook at gammagefh.com.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral handled the arrangements for Ms. Patricia Ann Wright Townsend.

Little Zemi Wilson

Zemi Rose Wilson, two-month-old infant daughter of Savannah Sewell Wilson and PFC Kevin Wilson, U.S. Army, Fort Carson, formerly of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Zemi was born Sept. 18, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo., and she is survived by her parents Savannah and Kevin Wilson; brother, Zeak Wilson, Colorado Springs; grandparents, Dixie Davis, Monument, Colorado, formerly of Rockmart; Joel Sewell, Powder Springs; Kevin Wilson, Rockmart; and Deidre Kay, Rockmart; great-grandparents: Carolyn White, Rockmart; James and Maggie Sewell, Powder Springs; Caramese Wilson, Rockmart; and Darrell Kay, Rockmart; uncle, Slade Sewell, Monument, Colo., formerly of Rockmart; numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

A graveside funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Charles Garrett and Rev. Levi Wyatt officiating.

The family received friends Saturday evening, Dec. 2, at the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Little Zemi Rose Wilson.

Mrs. Crook

Mrs. Sylvia Nettie Crook, 89, of Dallas, and formerly of Cave Spring, died Monday morning, Nov. 27, 2017 in a Dallas care facility following a short illness.

The former Sylvia Russell, Mrs. Crook was born in Ellisville, Ala., on April 20, 1928, a daughter of the late Dewey Russell and the late Imo Law Russell.

A member of the Live Oak Baptist Church in Cave Spring for a number of years, Mrs. Crook was employed by West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Company and Greenwood Mills in Lindale prior to her retirement in 1996.

To be near her daughters, Mrs. Crook moved to Dallas, and was employed there by Wal-Mart as a greeter for 12 years.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Crook was preceded in death a daughter, Gloria Jean Hester in 1970, and by her five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Rita Jan Cantrell and her husband Barry, and Mrs. Rhonda Boatwright and her husband Al, all of Dallas. Five grand-children, Seth Shaw, Aaron Shaw, Zachary Boatwright, Chris Boatwright and Carmen B. Helms; two great-grand-children, Mary Elizabeth Helms and Murphy Helms, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crook were held Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with Rev. Dale Byars officiating.

Interment will follow in the Cave Spring Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Seth Shaw, Aaron Shaw, Zachary Boatwright, Gary Beegle, Jimmy Beegle, Kenneth Beegle, and Jeff Beegle.

The family received friends at the funeral home Saturday prior to the funeral hour.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel was in charge of the service for Mrs. Sylvia Nettie Crook.

Mr. Ward

Retired Detective Sergeant William Lavonne Ward, age 68, of Rome, and formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1949 in Cedartown the son of the late William Wilber Ward and the late Dorothy Carter Ward.

He was a graduate of Cedartown High School and a United States Veteran where he served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. Following his military career, Mr. Ward graduated college and started a long and successful career with the Rome Police Department.

During this time, he served the people of Rome in many areas where he was more than willing to serve and protect. He attained the rank of Detective and retired following thirty five years of dedicated service to the citizens of Floyd County.

Mr. Ward had also started the Law Enforcement Explorers of Floyd County and he served as Chaplin for the Rome P.D. for many years. He was a member of the FOP Lodge in Floyd County.

He was a ordained minister and was pastor at two churches, Harmony Baptist Church and Victory Baptist Church both in Rome. He was a member of the Rolling Hills Baptist Church.

Mr. Lavonne Ward is survived by his loving wife, Peggy S. Ward; his son, Jeremy Ward and Christina ; his daughter, Tina Ward Gentry and Andy; brothers, Danny H. Ward and Kim D. Ward; sisters, Dawn Fortune, Christie Ward and Caitlin Ward; his grandchildren, Joshua, Mikayla, Ian and Kerigan. A number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.

The family of Mr. Ward received friends on Wednesday evening, Nov. 29, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The Funeral Service for Retired Detective Sargent William Lavvone Ward was conducted on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at noon from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Brown officiating.

The Rome-Floyd County Law Enforcement Honors Detail stood watch during both the visitation and the funeral service. Interment followed in the North View Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the Brewster-Cleveland Post 86 Honor Guard.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Josh Gentry, Steve Fortune, Lee Fortune, Derrick Ward, Joe Costornik and Cody Humprey.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Rome City Police Department Honor Guard.

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 Retired Detective Sargent William Lavonne Ward.

Mr. Carter

Donald Marion Carter, age 44, of Cedartown, passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 26, 2017.

Donald was born on Sept. 24, 1973 in Rockmart, the son of the late Mr. Marion Carter and the late Mrs. Linda Timms Carter.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents, W. O. Dabbs and Plumar Dabbs and maternal grandparents, T. H. Timms and Willie Timms.

He is survived by his sister, Diane Carter; his twin brother, Ronald Carter and Stacy Carter; nephews and nieces, Rusty Nale, Nicole Nale, Pamela Shelton and Caleb Carter; great nephews, Zackery Nale, Gabe Dabbs and Vincent Shelton. A number of aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

The family received friends on Tuesday evening, Nov. 28, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The Funeral service for Mr. Donald Carter was conducted on Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of the Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. John Redding officiating.

Mr. Carter’s wishes were to be cremated and he was cremated following the service on Wednesday.

Flowers are asked to be omitted and those wishing to do so may make donations to the family to help with his final expenses.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Donald Marion Carter.

Mrs. Stanfield

Mrs. Debra Jones Stanfield, age 62, of Cedartown, passed away suddenly on Friday morning, Nov. 24, 2017.

Mrs. Stanfield was born on June 12, 1955 in Cedartown, a daughter to the late Eugene and Florence Bell Jones.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Marcie Shelton.

Mrs. Stanfield was an associate with Mohawk Industries, Inc. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Bill Stanfield; her son, Adam Bowling; her daughter and son-in-law, Starla and Josh Sheets; her brother, Larry Jones; her sisters, Priscilla Ann Head and Sharon Bennett; six grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

In accordance with her wishes Mrs. Stanfield was cremated and no formal services are planned at this time.

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 of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Debra Jones Stanfield.

Mr. Adams

Mr. John Quincy Adams, age 74, of Rockmart passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Adams was born in Logansport, Ind., on Aug. 11, 1943.

He had lived in Georgia for the past 6 years moving here from High Point, N.C.

Mr. Adams loved to camp, fish, and most of all, sing karaoke. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Adams is survived by many family and friends.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Adams was cremated and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Jonathan Adams and Heyman Hospice for the care that was given to John during this difficult time.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mr. John Quincy Adams.

Mr. White

Mr. James A. White, age 75, of Cedartown, passed away on Friday morning, Nov. 24, 2017 following a brief illness.

Mr. White was born on Oct. 9, 1942 in Rockmart, a son of the late Isaac and Mandy Blaylock White.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Hemi White and Arthur White, a brother in law, Winston Chapman; his ex-wife, Wanda Hurley and his soul mate, Sue Collett.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. White had been associated with the W.D. Trippe Lumber Company and the Cedartown Housing Authority as a supervisor in facilty management.

Everyone who knew Mr. White loved him and he was constantly telling loving stories about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, while enjoying his coffee at the Waffle House of Cedartown, where he proudly proclaimed to be a member of the Waffle House Bunch.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. White is survived by his loving family, his daughters and son-in-law, Tammy and Justin Parker and Terrie White and David Mason, step-daughter, Debra West; his step-son, Johnny Collett; his brothers, Ernest White and McKinley White; sister in law, Linda Barnett and brother in law, Jerry Chapman; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends on Sunday evening, Nov. 26, 2017 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Following the visistation and per Mr. White’s wishes, he was cremated. No formal service is planned at this time.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. James A. White.

Mr. Priest

Mr. Billy LeFredick Priest, age 90, of Athens, Ala., and formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Friday afternoon, Nov. 24, 2017 at his home in Athens following an extended illness.

Mr. Priest was born on Aug. 9, 1927 in Haralson County, the son of the late Harvey Priest and the late Marie Addison Priest.

He was a United States Navy Veteran and for six years he served his country during World War II.

For several years Mr. Priest had owned and operated several perpetual care memory gardens. Later he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority Nuclear Browns Ferry Plant where he retired following many dedicated years of service.

He was a member of the Caledonia Lodge #121 F&AM in Cedartown and the Cahaba Temple in Huntsville, Ala.

He was a member of the Lindsey Lane Baptist Church of Athens, Ala., and while residents of Georgia he and his wife were members of the Westside Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Powell and by his love, his wife, Mrs. Betty Ann McClure Priest on August 25, 2016.

Mr. Priest is survived by his sons, William L. “Freddie” Priest and Walford Thomas “Tommy” Priest; his daughters, Debbie Gable and Bobbie Brannon; a brother, Earl Lee; sisters, Betty Ann McDurmon and June Evans.

Seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside and Interment services for Mr. Billy LeFredick Priest were conducted in the Polk Memory Gardens at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 with military honors being conducted by the United States Navy Military Honor Guard.

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 LeFredick Priest.

Mr. Waits

Mr. Daniel McLendon “Dan” Waits, age 68, of Cedartown, passed away suddenly Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

Mr. Waits was born in Cedartown on Jan. 5, 1949, the first child of John Marcus Waits, Jr. and Annie Laurie Crumbley Waits.

He graduated from Cedartown High School in 1967 and, like his father, went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from the University of Georgia.

While at UGA, (where he was fondly referred to as “Rooster”) he worked as a trainer for the Georgia Bulldogs under head coach Vince Dooley (and remained a diehard Bulldogs fan).

After graduation, he traveled extensively throughout the east coast as a representative of King Features Syndicate and United Features Syndicate selling syndicated comic strips, editorial cartoons, and columns to newspapers.

Also, like his father, Mr. Waits suffered from the disease of alcoholism. In the early 1980s, however, he got sober through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, and in a desire to help others recover, he returned to the University of Georgia where he earned a Master of Social Work degree in 1986 and became a certified addiction counselor.

For the rest of his career, he worked as a clinician and administrator in the field of recovery from addiction. He remained active in AA and died with over 30 years of sobriety.

Survivors include daughter Leah (Joe) Lambert of Asheville, NC; son “Jake” Waits of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and grandchildren Hank Lambert and Alice Lambert. He and his four siblings: Stan (Mary) Waits of Dahlonega, GA; Mark Waits (Jeff Yoakum) of Cedartown; Jeff Waits of Dahlonega; and Melanie Waits Holbrook of Hiram remained close throughout his life and possessed a bond forged through adversity that was coveted by many.

Mr. Waits also had a special place in his heart for his nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and his cousins.

An informal, casual memorial event to celebrate Mr. Waits’ life was conducted Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Smith and Miller Funeral Home.

The service will include an opportunity for family and friends to share stories or memories about Daniel.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour and following the service until 12:30 p.m. (Daniel would want everyone to be home in plenty of time to watch the Georgia Bulldogs win the SEC championship!)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the building project of the Cedartown Polk County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1339, Cedartown, Ga., 30125 or to the charity of your choice.

The Smith and Miller Funeral of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mr. Daniel McLendon “Dan” Waits.

Little Miss Miriam Bradley

Little Miss Miriam Faith Bradley, age 5 days old, passed away on, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at Northside Hospital.

The family had a private graveside service on, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Morning View Cemetery.

Salmon Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Little Miss Miriam Faith Bradley.

Mr. Cooper

Mr. Corey D. Cooper, 33, of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

Home going Service for Mr. Cooper was held Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 2 p.m. at Wright Memorial Mortuary Chapel in Rome.

Interment followed the service at Bellview Cemetery Aragon, Georgia.

There will be no wake for Mr. Corey D. Cooper.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc. had full charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Millican

Mrs. Tina Gail Heath Millican, age 54, of Cedartown, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

She was born in Atlanta on Oct. 30, 1963, daughter of Tommy Heath and Carolyn Welchel Heath.

Mrs. Millican lived the greater part of her life in Cedartown. She was a graduate of Cedartown High School Class of 1982.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tommy Heath; husband, Scott Millican and sister, Connie Heath.

Survivors include her sons: Chad Millican and Dakota Millican; step-daughter, April Smith; granddaughter, Kynlei Millican; mother, Carolyn Heath; brothers: Brian Heath, William Heath and Vince Heath; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Memorial services to celebrate Mrs. Millican’s life were held Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Pine Bower Baptist Church with Rev. Roger Kiser officiating.

The family received friends Monday afternoonPine Bower Baptist Church.

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