Obituaries

Mr. Redden

Mr. John L. Redden Jr., age 67 of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1950 in Rome, the son of the late John L. Redden Sr. and Sarah Lee Redden.

Mr. Redden is survived by his sons, Keith Redden (Leah) and Shane Redden (Julie); sisters, Carolyn Parr (Don) and Edith Threadgill (Danny); sister-in-law, Gloria Redden; grandchildren, Alec Redden, Alyse Redden, Nick Redden, Trey Redden and Emily Redden; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Maggie.

Mr. Redden is preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Howard Redden and nephew, Barry White.

In keeping with Mr. Redden’s wishes he was cremated.

A memorial service for Mr. Redden were held on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral home at 4 p.m. with Rev. Ryan McElheney officiating.

The family of Mr. Redden received family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 prior to the memorial service hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers are to be omitted and memorial donations can be made to Heyman Hospice of Floyd, 255 West Fifth Street, Rome, Ga., 30165.

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 L. Redden Jr.

Mr. Deems

Mr. Ravon Deems, age 78, of Aragon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 in a Rome medical center.

He was born in Taylorsville on March 13, 1939 a son of the late Willard Deems and the late Annie Mae Cochran Deems.

Mr. Deems had lived all of his life in the Bartow and Polk County area. He retired from the General Motors Lakewood Assembly Plant with 25 years of service.

Following his retirement from GM he worked for several years at Belks in Rome. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Rockmart. Mr. Deems loved to watch sports on TV, trade cars and decorate his home.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann Goss Deems on July 11, 2011; by two sons, Ravon Carron “Rip” Deems on March 19, 2011 and Wendell Lee Deems on October 19, 2012.

He was also preceded in death by brothers: Raiford, Floyd and Coy Deems and by a sister, Agnes Bowers.

Survivors include his two daughters: Belinda Paris, Villa Rica and Connie Prince and her husband William, Douglasville; grandchildren: Beth Paris, Haden Prince, Avie Deems, Ricelyn Deems and Trace Mullinax; nephew Lynn Mullinax and wife April; sisters: Jewell Pendergraft, Iva Joyce Bowman, Sara Moates and Onita Lindsey; brothers: Alton Deems, Fain Deems and Michael “Mac” Deems; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home.

Interment followed in Arrington Chapel Cemetery, Piedmont, Ala.

Pallbearers included Dink Wilkes, Avery Wilkes, Josh Wilkes, Trace Mullinax, Haden Prince and Brad Paris.

The family received friends Saturday prior to the service hour at the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral service of Mr. Ravon Deems.

Mr. Cassity

Mr. Dalton J. Cassity, age 17 of Rockmart passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

He was born April 5, 2000 in Ocoee, Fla., son of Anthony Cassity and Michelle Adkins Cassity.

As a youth he enjoyed playing football for the Rockmart Yellow Jackets, and in 2010 he played as No. 65.

Survivors included his parents, Anthony and Michelle Cassity of Rockmart; brother, Shawn Cassity of Pensacola, Florida; Maternal Grandparents, Larry Adkins of Iva, South Carolina and Sharon Adkins of Orlando, Florida; two aunts, Laura Velze of Iva, South Carolina and Fawn Cassity of Milton, Florida; and uncle, Pete Martinez of Pensacola, Florida.

Dalton was a free spirit, very loving and caring. He had a great love for family, friends and animals. He enjoyed bass fishing, was very smart and well mannered.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the memorial arrangements for Mr. Dalton J. Cassity.

Mr. Bray

Captain Larry E. Bray, US Navy (retired), 83, of Rome, and formerly of Cave Spring, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 in a Rome hospital following an extended illness.

Mr. Bray was born in Chamblee on July 30, 1934, son of the late Everett W. Bray and the late Hazel Harrison Bray.

He was raised in Chamblee, graduated from the DeKalb County Schools, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University.

Mr. Bray joined the Navy where he did Aviation Flight Training at Pensacola, Fla., and Kingston, Texas, becoming a Navy fighter pilot.

He served his country for 33 years, during the Korean Conflict and later in Reserve Duty at NAS Atlanta, retiring with the rank of Captain.

Mr. Bray was a member of the American Legion McClain and Sealock Post 136 in Lindale and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring.

Besides his parents, Mr. Bray was preceded in death by a son, Ty Harrison Bray, August 2, 2002.

Mr. Bray is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Jean Futral, to whom he was married Nov. 14, 1970; and by his children, Joan (Grover) Holmes, Robin Bray McFalls, Melissa (Richard) Gould, Tim Forbes, Larry Bray Jr., Tommie (Paul) Mack, and Robert (Norma) Bray.

A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services for Mr. Bray were held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with Dr. John Paige officiating.

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

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Bray.

Mr. Crawford

Mr. Kenneth Crawford, age 75, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2017 following a brief illness.

Mr. Crawford was born Feb. 20, 1942 in Atlanta to the late Lieupo and Merle Gallimore Crawford.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne Crawford, Carl Crawford and Walter Crawford and a niece Heather Crawford.

Mr. Crawford was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his children, Kenberley King and James, Timmy Crawford and Samantha Crawford; his sister, Elaine Johnson and Bobby; eight grandchildren and four great - grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth Crawford were conducted on Friday morning, Dec. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Powers officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Antioch Cemetery.

The family received friends on Friday morning prior to the funeral hour at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Wes LeFurgey, Jeff LeFurgey, Gene Crawford, David Wallace, Jacob Wallace and Joseph Wallace.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mr. Kenneth Crawford.

Mrs. Bell

Mrs. Martha Faye Bell, age 65, of Rockmart (the Vanwert community) passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Rockmart on Aug. 18, 1952, a daughter of the late Wilbert Eckert and Bertha Mae Harrell Eckert.

Mrs. Bell lived all of her life in Rockmart and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed reading, flowers, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

She retired with 40 years of service from Shaw Manufacturing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Stanley Bell Sr.; by a sister, Joan Eckert; and brother, J.W. Eckert.

Survivors include her seven children: Melanie Dawn Bell, Shane Bell, Melissa Bell Dennison (Ray), Michelle Wilson (Thomas), James Joseph (Joey) Bell (Kelli), Veronica Mae Bell and Vernon Stanley Bell Jr. (Kayla); eight grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Land officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers included the following gentlemen: Adam Summerville, Thomas Wilson, Charlie Stokes, Curtis Stokes, Canaan Watts and William Dunn.

The family received friends Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, 2017 at the funeral home.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Martha Faye Bell.

Mrs. Crane

Mrs. Mary Helen Hendon Crane, age 84 of Covington formerly of Rockmart passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

Mrs. Crane was born Oct. 16, 1933 in Rockmart, daughter of the late Barney Hendon and the late Ruby Gladys Freeman Hendon.

She attended Rockmart High School and was a member of the Solid Rock Baptist Church of Covington.

Mrs. Crane retired from West Lumber Company as a sales representative.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, square dancing and gardening, but most of all loved her family.

Mrs. Crane was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Jo Carroll; son, Clarence Steven Carroll; two sisters, Ruby Clyde Wright and Evelyn Hendon Hardin; and four brothers, Henry Freeman Hendon, Jack Huckabee Hendon, Austin Hendon and James Hardin.

Survivors included three daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Todd Mitchell of Covington, Shannon and Greg Smith of Hoschton and Stephanie and Terry George of Atlanta; two sisters, Jessie Ellen Casey of Cartersville and Jane Smith of Smyrna; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crane were held on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Davis officiating. A eulogy was given by Mr. Joshua Crane-Whittington.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Bethlehem Cemetery.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Joshua Crane-Whittington, Todd Mitchell, Lofton Mitchell, Greg Smith, Ken Morris and Ben Kilpatrick.

Memorial donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by donating online at www.lls.org in memory of Mrs. Crane.

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

Freeman Harris Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Mary Helen Hendon Crane

Mrs. Purcell

Mrs. Evelyn Trawick Purcell, age 93, of Cedartown, passed away on Monday morning, Dec. 25, 2017.

Mrs. Purcell was born on March 9, 1924 in Polk County the daughter of the late Laurie Byrd Trawick and the late Cheney Mae Gossett Trawick.

She retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company following many years of dedicated service.

Mrs. Purcell was a member of the Mountain Home Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Purcell was also preceded in death by her brother, the Rev. Jerry F. Trawick, her husband, James Owen Purcell and her son, James E. (Jimmy) Purcell.

Mrs. Evelyn Trawick Purcell is survived by her daughters, Maria Purcell and Margaret Short; her sister, Mildred T. Adcock; grandchildren, Jason Purcell and Jeff Snead and seven great grandchildren. A number of nephews, nieces and other relatives also survive.

The Funeral service for Mrs. Evelyn Trawick Purcell was conducted on Friday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with her nephew, Rev. Anthony Trawick officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery.

The family received friends on Thursday evening, Dec. 28, 2017. at the Litesey Funeral Home.

The following served as pallbearers: David Adcock, Scott Atkins, Jordan Atkins, Ethan Trawick, Jake Snead, Morgan Snead, Madison Snead and Carey Higgins.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations be made to the Mountain Home Baptist Church, 165 Mountain Home Loop, Cedartown, Georgia 30125.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Evelyn Trawick Purcell

Mrs. Crabb

Mrs. Betty Joann Wells Crabb, age 72 of Cedartown passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.

Mrs. Crabb was born March 2, 1945 in Cedartown, daughter of the late Fred Ezekiel Wells and the late Brookenell Richards Wells.

She was a member of the Friendly Baptist Church of Cedartown.

Mrs. Crabb worked in the textile and restaurant industries and was a former employee of Kimble Care Nursing Home. She enjoyed working in her garden, color painting and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven “Steve” Charles Crabb on April 16, 2015; and a sister, Sarah Williams.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Lynn Crawford of Cedartown; two sons, Kenneth “Bubba” Timms and his wife Teresa of Rockmart and James Scott Timms and his wife Lynn of Roopville; three sisters, Mary Frances Jarrett of Cedartown, Martha Ann Ellis of Jackson and Barbara Jean Clark of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; two brothers, James Wells of Silver Creek and John Walter Wells of Cedartown; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crabb were held on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Hulsey and the Rev. Jackie Jarrett officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of the Valley View Baptist Church Cemetery of Cedartown.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Randy Pizano, Matt Pizano, Steven Timms, Wayne Bridges, Jerry Haynes, Bobby Jarrett, Mark Sparks and Chris Wragg.

Honorary pallbearers were: Mike Atkins, Jaxon Sparks, Dennis McCrary, Josh Johnson and friends at Cedar Heights.

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

Freeman Harris Funeral Home of Rockmart was in charge of the funeral services for Mrs. Betty Joann Wells Crabb.

Mrs. Dostart

Mrs. Mary Ann Womack Dostart, age 73 of Rockmart passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.

Mrs. Dostart was born Feb. 22, 1944 in Cedartown, daughter of the late Lewis Womack and the late Thelma McCuthen Womack.

She was of the Baptist faith and retired from Hon Industries. Mrs. Dostart enjoyed sewing, especially making pillows and loved spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by her son, Frankie Nale; daughter, Patricia Ann Zuker; sister, Betty Jean Womack; and four brothers, Frank Womack, Billy Womack, Clifford Womack, Gene Womack and Louis Lee Womack.

Survivors included a daughter, Elaine Presley of Rockmart; son, Michael E. “Mike” Nale and his wife Joann of Danville, Indiana; sister, Glenda Wilson; brother, Oddis Womack of Cedartown; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren also survived.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dostart were held on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Womack officiating.

Eulogies were given by her granddaughters, Mrs. Cherisse Garrett and Mrs. Carissa Aiken. Interment services followed in the family lot of Polk Memory Gardens.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Walter Presley Jr., Jeremy Presley, Philip Zuker, Chris Zuker, Mitch Clausman and Frankie Harding.

Honorary pallbearers were: Devon Presley, Andruw Shorts and Zander Zuker.

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. Mary Ann Womack Dostart.

Mr. McClain

Mr. Samuel Earl McClain Sr., age 56 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1961 in Atlanta.

Mr. McClain is survived by his mother, Barbara Camp McClain; sons, Sam “Bo” McClain, Eric McClain and Bryan Adams and grandchildren, Jon Adams, Bridgette Adams, Emily Adams, Tuesday Adams and Autumn Adams.

Mr. McClain is preceded in death by his father, Bobby Eugene McClain Sr.; sister, Barbara Gail Cofer and brother, Bobby Eugene McClain Jr.

In keeping with Mr. McClain’s wishes he was cremated; a memorial service for Mr. McClain was held on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Stephens officiating.

The family of Mr. McClain received family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 prior to the memorial service hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers are to be omitted and memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Ga., 30328.

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. Samuel Earl McClain Sr.

Mrs. Kemp

Mrs. Edna Faye Kemp, 83, of Cave Spring, died Sunday evening, Dec. 24, 2017, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Kemp was born March 31, 1934 in Cave Spring, daughter of the late Robert Morgan and the late Velma Dempsey Morgan.

She attended Cave Spring School, but graduated Valedictorian from St. Mary’s High School in St. Mary’s, Ga.

Mrs. Kemp went on to Statesboro Teachers College where she met her future husband, George Wallace Kemp Sr.

They were married Aug. 21, 1955, and she was his devoted partner in marriage and all of his business ventures for 61 years.

Mrs. Kemp was preceded in death by him Sept. 1, 2016.

Mrs. Kemp taught elementary and middle school in Bassett, Va., LaGrange, and at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring where she also served as Parent Education Coordinator for many years prior to her retirement.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Kemp was also preceded in death by her brother, Joe Allen Morgan.

Mrs. Kemp is survived by her three children, George Wallace Kemp Jr., and his wife Dawn; Mrs. Kathleen Kemp Jester and her husband Henry; and Mrs. Elizabeth Kemp Wade and her husband Buster. Four grandchildren, Heather Jester Burgess and her husband Tony, David Jester, Mark Wade and Candy Wade; two great-grandsons, Wesley Wade and Jeremy Wade; and two great-great-grandsons, Colton Wade and Sawyer Wade also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kemp were held Friday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Rehoboth Baptist Church with Dr. David McKenzie officiating.

Interment followed in the Rehoboth Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Henry Jester, David Jester, Tony Burgess, Buster Wade, Wesley Wade, Michael Dempsey and Kent Dyer.

Memorials to Alzheimer’s Research may be sent to either the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring or to Rehoboth Baptist Church and would be appreciated.

John House’s Cave Spring Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Kemp.

Mr. Ingram

Mr. Harold E. Ingram Sr. age 88, of Kennesaw passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 in a Marietta medical center.

He was born in Rockmart on June 15, 1929, a son of the late William (Will) Darnell Ingram and the late Blonnie King Ingram.

Mr. Ingram had lived the greater part of his live in Kennesaw where he was a member of the Kennesaw First Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving from 1950 to 1952 and was a retired employee of Lockheed where he was employed for 40 years.

He enjoyed square dancing and gardening.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons: Harold E. (Hal) Ingram Jr. and Tim Ingram; four brothers: Forrest, Reece, Donald and Raymond Ingram; and by three sisters: Dorothy Hastings, Margie Sloan and Gertrude Ingram.

Survivors included his wife, Elaine Ingram to whom he was married on Sept. 20, 1990; three children: Chris Ingram, Cathy Pascual and William Ingram; six grandchildren; sister, Ann Hutcheson; and brother, Buell Ingram.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Dr. Perry Fowler officiating.

Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers included the following gentlemen: Edward Pascual, Chris Ingram, Joey Ingram, William Ingram, Thomas Ingram and David Ingram.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Harold E. Ingram Sr.

Infant Brayden Cochran

Little Brayden Mason Lee Cochran, infant son of Christopher Cochran and Amber Gibson passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 in an Atlanta hospital.

He is survived by his parents, Christopher Cochran and Amber Gibson, Rockmart; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Amie Gibson, Rockmart; paternal grandparents, Randall and Tammy Cochran, Rockmart; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Bobbie Whiteman, Emerson; maternal great-grandmother, Joyce Vaughan, Texas; maternal uncles, Christian Gibson, Emerson and Damion Gibson, Emerson; paternal uncles and aunts: Ahmad and Heather Kinamore, Rockmart and Michael and Katelyn Owen, Tallapoosa; a number of great aunts and uncles also survive.

Graveside funeral and interment services were held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Polk Memory Gardens.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Little Brayden Mason Lee Cochran.

Mrs. Williams

Mrs. Lillian Williams, age 73, of Rockmart, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Rome on Aug. 22, 1944, a daughter of the late Percy and Myrtice Stillwell.

Mrs. Williams was raised in Cedartown before moving to Rockmart. She was a member of Friendly Baptist Church in Cedartown.

She was a nurses aid at Polk General Hospital for many years.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Charles Malcolm Stillwell, mother and father-in-law, William and Dessie Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Williams, to whom she had been married to for 56 years; daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Mark Harris; two grand-pups, TinkerBell and Candy; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bobby Akins; sister-in-law, Sybell Payne; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Smith and Miller Funeral Home prior to the funeral hour.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Funeral Home with Reverend Jeff Hulsey, Reverend Derek Mann, and Reverend Jeremy Mallett officiating. Interment will follow at Northview Cemetery.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Robby Akins, Brandon Wingo, Steve Wingo, Mike Williams, Bob Zoerner, and Cason Mann.

Smith and Miller Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Lillian Williams.

Mr. Packer

Mr. Elbert H. Packer Jr., age 86 of Cedartown, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.

He was born on May 20, 1931 in Rome, the son of the late Elbert H. and Ruth L. Packer Sr.

Mr. Packer is preceded by his wife, Marie B. Packer; his parents; and one sister.

Mr. Packer is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Janet Lunsford (Kevin) and Catherine Couch (Raymond); son and daughter-in-law, Harold Packer (Theresa); 4 sisters, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Elbert H. Packer Jr. were conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.

Military rights will be conducted by Brewster-Cleveland American Legion Post 86.

The family of Mr. Packer received family and friends on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, prior to the funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Daniel Lunsford, Michael Packer, John Packer, Eron Smart, Raymond Couch, and Kevin Lunsford.

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. Elbert H. Packer Jr.

Mr. Gordy

Mr. James Thomas “Tom” Gordy, 80, loving husband of 55 years to Edith Wilson Gordy, entered into his eternal rest Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at his residence.

The eldest of three boys born to the late Edith Aldridge Screws Gordy and the late James Willard Gordy, Mr. Gordy was a native of Wadley.

After graduating from Wadley High School and, being a patriot, he proudly served his country in the Army.

During a visit home with one of his buddies, he met and later married the love of his life. After his stint in the Army, Mr. Gordy returned home and began his career with Southern Railway, which meant that he and his family moved a lot. They took up residence in many towns in Georgia and South Carolina, ending up in Rockmart where he retired with 28 years of service in 1982.

After his retirement, he moved back to Jefferson County where he built his dream home residing there for 35 years.

During this time, he and his brother took over his father’s business, Gordy Sidetrack, where he worked for over 24 years.

Because of his failing health, he moved to Grovetown two months ago to be near his daughter.

Mr. Gordy enjoyed golfing and sports, and was an avid fan of Braves baseball and Georgia Bulldogs football — Go Dawgs.

A voracious reader, he was a lifelong learner. Other hobbies and activities included wood-working — his craftmanship and artisanship were exquisite and beautiful—gardening, and working on and being on his tractor.

A devoted husband and father, he loved his family unconditionally.

At a young age, Mr. Gordy acknowledged Jesus but it was at the age of 33 that he had a real encounter with him and had a true salvation experience after which he was a changed man with a deep, abiding relationship with Jesus.

He was a member of New Life for 13 years and past members of Wadley Methodist Church, Waldens United Methodist Church and Wrens Baptist Church.

Mr. Gordy’s concern for people of all ages, ethnicity, race, and income-levels was unparalleled. His ministries included a 25-year prison ministry, a kids ministry at New Life, serving food to and meeting other needs of the homeless, and international mission work.

Mr. Gordy exemplified Christ in his everyday life and gave Him the glory for everything. He not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk—everyone who had the privilege of meeting and knowing Mr. Gordy felt his love for them.

Having lived a full life, he has now been welcomed home with “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Other survivors include two children, James S. Gordy (Sudie Jane) and Sonya Gordy Bearden; two brothers, Lyman Gordy (Jenny) and Colin Gordy (Linda); six grandchildren, Kayla Beth Gordy, Grigsby Gordy, Wesley McDonald, Jarrett McDonald, Sarah McDonald and Jaycob Bearden; nieces, nephews, church family and a multitude of friends.

A private graveside services was held at Westover Memorial Park with Wes McDonald officiating on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 after which funeral services with Rev. Brian Matthews officiating were held at 2 p.m. in the Gateway New Life Church in Grovetown.

The family received friends at James Funeral Home from Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, 2017.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to New Life, Attn: Carrie Sisler, 250 Bobby Jones Expressway, Augusta, Ga., 30907 to assist in providing for families in need.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home and the Freeman Harris Funeral Home, both of Rockmart, made this local announcement for the family.

Mr. Ward

Mr. Robert Olin (Bob) Ward, age 78, of Cedartown, passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 following a brief illness.

He was born on June 30, 1939 in Polk County, a son of the late Charles Franklin Ward and the late Lillie Allen Ward.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers ands sisters, Charles Thomas Ward, William (Bill) Ward, Joe Edward Ward, Doyle Ward, Donald Ward, Louise Ward Coleman and Annice June Ward Brannon.

Mr. Ward is survived by his fiancé, Doma Wheeling; his sisters, Nellie Ward Smith and Wanda Ward; A number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins also survive.

The Funeral for Robert Olin (Bob) Ward was conducted on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Earl Drummonds officiating.

The Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens.

The Family received friends on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the Litesey Funeral Home.

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. Robert Olin (Bob) Ward.

Evan Cook

Evan Riley Cook, age 12, of Arkansas and formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Arkansas.

A child of God, Evan Riley Cook was born on May 1, 2005, a cherished son of his loving parents, Tim and Melissa Cook.

With his special charm and loving ways, he could warm anyone’s heart and brighten any room with his smile.

He is survived by his loving family, his daddy and momma, Tim and Melissa Hale Cook; his paternal grandmother, Judy Cook; his aunt and uncle, Connie and Curtis Anderson; his brother, Drake Cook; his sister, Haley Cook; a number of other relatives and friends also survive.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, he was cremated.

The Memorial services and Celebration of his Life was set to be conducted on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2018 at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Larry Conner officiating.

The family received friends on Tuesday afternoon, January 2, 2018 an hour prior to the service hour at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The family has respectfully requested that flowers please be omitted and memorial contributions be made in Evan’s memory to the Children’s Brain Injury Research Foundation at children’s brain injury.org

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 funeral arrangements for Evan Riley Cook.

Mr. Wood

Mr. Jeffery Neil Wood, 62, of Cave Spring, died Monday evening, Dec. 18, 2017, in a Rome nursing facility following an extended illness.

He was born in Anniston, Ala., July 5, 1955, a son of Mrs. Barbara Cotton Wood and the late J. H. (Bud) Wood.

Mr. Wood was a member of the Providence Baptist Church, and was a construction and farm worker for most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, J. H. (Bud) Wood on Jan. 14, 2014.

Mr. Wood is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jennifer House and her husband John of Plainville, and Ms Amy Wood of Rome, and by his mother Mrs. Barbara Wood of Cave Spring. Five grandchildren, Jeffery House, Jazmine House, Bill House, Cain House, and Marissa Hill; two brothers, Anthony Wood and his wife Patsy of Centre, and Tracy Wood and his wife Misty of Silver Creek; and two sisters, Mrs. Diane Smith and her husband Roy of Aragon, and Mrs. Lisa Thomas and her husband Jeff of Rockmart also survive.

Memorial services for Mr. Wood were held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Mountain Home Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Trawick officiating.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Dec. 30 prior to the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Wood.