Obituaries

Mr. Akins

Mr. Arthur Wally Akins, age 92 of Aragon passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

Mr. Akins was born July 13, 1925 in Polk County, son of the late Ellip Akins and the late Fannie Jacobs Akins.

He was a member of the Piney Woods Baptist Church of Buchanan and retired from the Georgia State Highway Department.

Mr. Akins loved his family, enjoyed gardening and telling stories about old times.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Mae Garner Akins on June 14, 2016; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors included a step-daughter, Julie Edna Holcomb of Canton; step-son, John Thomas Holcomb Jr. of Rockmart; eleven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral graveside and interment services for Mr. Akins were held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the family lot of the Piney Woods Baptist Church Cemetery of Buchanan with Rev. Jason Suits officiating.

His grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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 graveside service for Mr. Arthur Wally Akins.

Mr. Connelly

Mr. Henry (Hank) J. Connelly, age 77, of Cedartown, beloved husband of Debbie Woods Connelly, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Connelly was born in New Haven, Conn., son of the late Henry and Eleanor (Gillen) Connelly of East Haven, Conn.

He graduated from St. Francis Grammar School of New Haven, Notre Dame H.S. of West Haven, and the Hartford State Technical Institute with a degree in electrical engineering.

Following, he joined the United States Army in 1962 and served in Okinawa, having received The Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement. Upon his release from the service, he worked at the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.

Later, he worked for Fannie Mae as a computer systems analysts. Upon retirement, he and his wife Debbie relocated to Marietta and then Cedartown, where they started farming.

Mr. Connelly was an innovative farmer following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, establishing a deep well irrigation system and assembling a large hot house which supported an early start to the vegetable season.

He and Debbie spent many years developing the farm and attending the local Farmers’ Market. They won numerous Blue Ribbons for their fresh produce and canned/preserved items which they also sold on the farm.

Mr. Connelly and his wife were also avid Model Railroaders, traveling the country to attend conventions. His interest in trains began at home and continued as a Junior Railroader with the New York, New Haven and Hartford RR.

He was inspired by his father to create his own indoor model railroad, making many unique landscapes by hand, including a Garden G-Train display as well.

He is survived by his sons, Sean (Mary) of Frisco, Texas and Jeffrey (Jeanette) of Woodbridge, Va., 7 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews from the east coast to the west. He also leaves his sister, Eleanor Burke (Ralph) of Fairfield, Conn. and brother, Dr. Thomas Connelly (Kathy) of Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Mass was said Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the St. Bernadette Catholic Church with Father Timothy Gallagher officiating.

Interment followed Monday afternoon at he The Georgia National Cemetery in Canton Georgia with Military Rites conducted by the United States Army.

The family received friends Sunday evening, Feb. 18, 2018 at the Lester Litesey Funeral Home.

Condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.liteseyfh.com to sign the online guest book.

The Lester Litesey Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral for Henry John “Hank” Connelly III.

Mr. Lonergan

Mr. Bacyl Edwin “Ed” Lonergan Jr., age 79, of Rome, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Lonergan was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 19, 1938, son of the late Bacyl E. Lonergan Sr. and Geneva Schmidke. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Suzie Caldwell.

He was a self-employed contractor for a number of years before finishing his career in insurance sales. He sold insurance for New Era, Mutual of Omaha, and United Healthcare, among others.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Delaine “Dee” Barker Lonergan, to whom he was married on March 30, 1985; 5 children, Eric, Emily, Elliott, Clifton, and Carrie; two step-children, April Day and Shawn Day; 2 sisters, Karol Waldorf and Vickie Ross; and several grandchildren.

Friends and family were invited to a Celebration of Life service that was held on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, from l p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Lonergan residence in Rome.

Henderson and Sons North Chapel and Crematory, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Cash

Mrs. Charlotte Redden Cash, age 74, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

She was born on June 16, 1943 in Rome, the daughter of the late James L. and Jessie Thacker Redden.

Mrs. Cash is survived by her daughter, Tonja Cash (Jimmy); son, Randy Cash (Cindy) seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cash is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Ira Cash; daughter, Wanda Elizabeth Cash; son, Jeff Collins; and, sister, Emmaline Agan.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Charlotte Redden Cash were held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Jerome Smith and Rev. Rozelle Sanders officiating.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Cash received family and friends on Thursday morning, Feb. 15, 2018 prior to the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Macky Agan, Robbie Collins, Jamie Collins, Michael Collins, Tim Ayers and Ken Ayers. Honorary pallbearers were: Adam Wright, Hayden Wright, Jayden Wright and Chance Brown.

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. Charlotte Redden Cash.

Ms. Swan

Ms. Marcia Whitman Swan, age 66, of Rockmart, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 in a Rome medical center following several months of declining health.

She was born in Paulding County on June 22, 1951 a daughter of the late Preston Whitman and Pauline Causey Whitman.

Ms. Swan had lived all of her life in the Rockmart and Aragon area. She was a member of the Lakeview Baptist Church and a former employee of Shaw Industries.

She loved her family especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Lynn (Becki) Presley and a brother, Gerald Whitman.

Survivors include a daughter, Shea Camp (Dennis), Rockmart; son, Chuck Swan, Aragon; three grandchildren: J.T. Camp (Emily), Cherie Swan and Wesley Camp; step-grandson, Steven Camp (Kristina); step-granddaughter, Taylor Camp and a great-granddaughter, Lakelyn Camp; sister, Sherry Schmelzer, Rockmart; brother-in-law, Dean Presley, Rockmart; sister-in-law, Dixie Whitman, Dallas; a number of nieces, nephew and cousins; and special friends, Ruth Dunn and Kay Streetman.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Sisson officiating.

Interment followed in the Oak Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: J.T. Camp, Steven Camp, Wesley Camp, Tony McGee, Josh Whitman, and Marlin Tant. Travis Causey, Billy Causey, and Loren Hulsey served as an honorary pallbearers.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Ms Marcia Whitman Swan.

Mrs. Porter

Mrs. Mary Welchel Porter, age 70 of Piedmont, Ala., formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1947 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Randolph Welchel and Velma Carter Hendrix.

Mrs. Porter is survived by her sisters, Barbara Hollingsworth and Vicki Richardson (Johnny Cheatwood); brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Brenda Welchel and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Porter is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Floyd Porter.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Mary Porter were held on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Keenam officiating and Mr. Jimmy Welchel providing the eulogy.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Porter received family and friends on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 prior the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jimmy Welchel, Dale Lee, Jeremy Richardson, Jacob Cheatwood, Travis Chapman and Marvin Chapman.

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. Mary Welchel Porter.

Mr. Porterfield

Mr. Michael Wayne Porterfield, age 47, of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 following a lengthy battle of cancer.

He was born on Sept. 6, 1970 in East Point, the son of the late John Billy Porterfield and present Barbara Dooley Porterfield.

Mr. Porterfield was an active Navy man for 6 years. He served as a veteran of Desert Shield/ Desert Storm and later was in the Reserves.

He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Mr. Porterfield is survived by his mother, Barbara Dooley Porterfield; uncle and aunt, Larry and Patti Dooley; grandmother, Mabel Gossett Dooley; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Porterfield is preceded in death by his father, John Billy Porterfield.

Per the family’s wishes, there will be a private service held for Mr. Porterfield.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers are to be omitted and donations can be made to the Oak Grove Cemetery Commission, c/o: Larry Dooley, 636 Cherokee Road, Cedartown, Ga.,30125.

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. Michael Wayne Porterfield.

Mr. Bentley

Mr. Edward Lee Bentley, age 84, of Cedartown, passed away on Monday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2018.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1934 in Atlanta, a son of the late Alfred and Christine Gallimore Bentley.

Mr. Bentley was retired from the Skinner Furniture Company having served in sales and management with the company for over 40 years. He was a longtime member of the Shiloh Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Inez Bishop and Louise Williams and a daughter-in-law, Jeannine Marie Stone Bentley.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Stubbs Bentley; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Michelle Bentley; his daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Jeff Wilson; his step sons, Johnny Cheatwood and Randy Cheatwood; his step daughters, Cindy Cain and Kim Hayes; his grandchildren, Sondra Dianne Wilson, Ricky Lee Wilson, Tia and Rodney Bunner and Tiffany and Jerod Evans; his great grandchildren, Kelsey Ann McDowell, Sabrina Jean Guzman, Antonio Jefferson Guzman, Mariana Elizabeth Arezalo Wilson, Alijah Reager, Katlyn Bunner and Jadon Evans; a number of step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Edward Lee Bentley were conducted on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Robert Wright, Rev. Jamie Newsome and Mr. James Casey officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Lime Branch Cemetery.

The family received friends on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 prior to funeral hour at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following were asked to serve as pallbearers: Clark Roberts, Scott McCray, Jamie Hayes, Joe David Dyer, Tony Guzman and Eric Williams. Honorary Pallbearers were: Terry Pike and Scott Bentley.

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 Mr. Edward Lee Bentley.

Mr. Norris

Mr. Scott Emmitt Norris, age 57, of Cedartown, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.

Scott was born on Nov. 30, 1960 in Whorey County, S.C., the son of the late Gerald Russell Norris and the late Jerri Sue Rowell Norris.

He was employed by IBEW Local 1613 as a electrician.

Mr. Norris is survived by his son, Russell Norris; step son, Cody Tanner and cousins, Todd Norris, Joey Norris and Thori Brewer.

The funeral service for Mr. Scott Norris was conducted on Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Anthony Trawick officiating.

The family received friends on Tuesday evening, February 13, 2018 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the following Gentlemen: David Earwood, Chuck Cash and Paul Youngblood.

Scotts wishes were to be cremated, and he will be cremated following the service on Wednesday.

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. Scott Emmitt Norris.

Mrs. Beverly

Mrs. Rebecca Suzanne Lester Beverly, age 63 of Rockmart passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Mrs. Beverly was born Dec. 4, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of the late Curtis Lester and the late Merna Anderson Lester.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from West Georgia College and received her master’s degree from Jacksonville State University. Mrs. Beverly was a retired educator with the Paulding County School District having taught at Poole Elementary School. She was presently a home caregiver for Visiting Angels Home Health Care.

Mrs. Beverly was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Rockmart where she served as a Sunday School Teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald “Buddy” Beverly.

Survivors include a daughter, Sonya Ames of Marietta; two sons, Jeremy Mitchell of Dallas and Andrew Mitchell of Temple; three sisters, Mary Sylvester of Dallas, Jenny Szubielak of Calument, Mich. and Margaret Lester of Dallas; two brothers, Clifford Lester of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Allan Lester of Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren, Alicia, Dillon, Cameron and Brent.

Funeral services for Mrs. Beverly were held on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Cliff Stump and Rev. Levi Wyatt officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Pineridge Memorial Park of Kennesaw.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2018.

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 Mrs. Rebecca Beverly.

Mrs. Astin

Mrs. Earlene Astin, age 85, of Cedartown passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 after an extended illness.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1932 in Cedartown to the late Mr. Earnest “J.E.” Drummond and Mrs. Hattie Howard Drummond.

Mrs. Astin served the community for 50 years while working at Polk General Hospital as a LPN.

She also worked for Dr. McGehee and Dr. Blanchard during her time as a nurse. She was a dedicated wife and mother who always put her family first.

Her hobbies included spending time in the garden, taking care of her roses, crocheting and was a member of Southside Baptist Church for over 24 years where she loved to sing in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Astin; twin brother, Eugene Drummond and brother, Clarence Drummond.

Mrs. Astin is survived by her children, Danny and wife Kay Astin, Anita and husband Keith Jones and Phil and wife Paula Astin; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; brother, Earl Drummond; sisters, Elizabeth Brantley and Evelyn Brown. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service for Mrs. Earlene Astin was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Rev. Doyle Kelley officiating.

Interment followed in Oakgrove Cemetery with Rev. Chris Hearne officiating.

Pallbearers included her grandsons: Eric Astin, Alan Astin, Jeremy Jones, Deric Jones, Zach Jones, Cory Jones and Jonathan Astin.

The family received friends Monday evening, Feb. 12, 2018 at Smith and Miller Funeral Home.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Earlene Astin.

Mr. Argo

Mr. Thomas Keith Argo, age 61, of Rockmart passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Mr. Argo was born Aug. 10, 1956 in Rome, son of the late Rev. Thomas Jackson Argo and the late Christine Hobbs Argo.

He was a graduate of Rockmart High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Shorter College. Mr. Argo was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son, Brad Argo of Adairsville; brother, Charles Argo of Rockmart; and a granddaughter, Kaylee Gilmore.

Funeral services for Mr. Argo were held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. John Hooper officiating and military honors provided by the Brown-Wright American Legion Post 12 Honor Guard.

Interment was held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in the Georgia National Cemetery of Canton.

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

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral services for Mr. Thomas Keith Argo.

Mr. Umlor

Mr. Dylan Paul Umlor, age 25, of Dearborn, Mich., passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 suddenly in an Atlanta hospital.

He was born in Dallas, Texas, on June 1, 1992 son to Paul Umlor and Melissia Brazier Umlor.

Mr. Umlor was always the giving type, even after his death he will keep giving. He will be giving the hope of life to many through organ donation.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, L.A. Brazier Jr.

Survivors include his children: Cash, Carter and Cayden Umlor; mother, Melissia Brazier Umlor; father, Paul Umlor; brother, Sean Umlor; sister, Kristin Umlor; grandmothers, Sandra Brazier, Victoria Umlor and Carol Umlor; aunts and uncles, Barbara and Kirk Owens, Scott Brazier, Cindy Brazier, Tina Heise, Kim and Chad Newsome and Nicole Dunevant. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated. The family will have a private inurnment service at a later date.

The Smith and Miller Funeral of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mr. Dylan Paul Umlor.