Obituaries

Mr. Sisson

Mr. Andy Sisson, age 77, of Rockmart, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in a Rome medical center.

He was born in Floyd County on Feb. 24, 1940 a son of Thomas Gordon Sisson and Lucy Davenport Sisson.

Mr. Sisson had lived all of his life in the Floyd and Polk county area. He enjoyed watching television, sitting on the porch and walking.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers: James Alvin Sisson, Alton Avery Sisson and Roy Floyd Sisson and sisters: Clara Roadrick, Ruby Smith, Beatrice Mabry, Louise Sisson and Mildred Sisson.

He is survived by a sister, Annie Mae Reece, Rockmart and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Boatner and Rev. Walter Roadrick officiating.

Interment followed in the Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Pope officiating.

Pallbearers included: Cory Steed, Lewis Hudgins, Brandon Bullard, Bryan Reece, Keith Bullard and Nathan Jade. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Steed, Tommy Hudgins and Chuck Reece.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Andy Sisson.

Mrs. Sparks

Mrs. Grace Louise Waites Sparks, age 92, of Cedartown passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, 2018.

Mrs. Sparks was born on April 1, 1925 in Newton County, the daughter of the late Josh Edward Waites and the late Idaella Berry Waits.

Mrs. Sparks retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company following many years of service.

She later went to work for Polk Medical Center where she worked in the dietary department until her retirement there. She was a member of the First Apostolic Church of Rome.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her brothers, David Waites, Ed Waites and Charles Waites; sisters, Sharon Bailey and Opal Johnson; son in law, Roy Watts and grandson, Scott Watts.

Mrs. Sparks is survived by her daughter, Janice Watts; grandson, Jason and Laura Watts; great grandson, Kolby Watts; special chosen grand daughter, Ashley Gable and special life long friends, Barbara and Johnny Worthy, Renonda and Johnny Gable and Brenda and Gary Livingston. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

The Home Going service for Grace Sparks was conducted on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2017 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Agan officiating.

Interment followed in the North View Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Stephens officiating at graveside.

The family received friends on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2017 at the Litesey Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Kolby Watts, Zach Flowers, Johnny Worthy, Johnny Gable, Payton Bostwick and Ryan Baldwin.

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 Mrs. Grace Waites Sparks.

Mrs. Swafford

Mrs. Betty Ann Shaw Swafford, age 81, of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, 2018.

Mrs. Swafford was born on March 19, 1936 in Cherokee County, Ala., a daughter to the late William Herman Shaw and Mildred Angel Shaw.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Shaw Storey.

Mrs. Swafford was retired from the Customer Service Division of the General Electric Company following 36 years of dedicated service.

She was a longtime member of the Rehobeth Baptist Church until later in life when she moved her church membership to Worldview Baptist Church.

Mrs. Swafford is survived by her loving family, her husband, and Charlie Van Swafford; her daughters and sons in law, Karen and David Moore and Melissa and Bruce Hood; her brother and sister in law, John William Shaw and Sheila Shaw; her two grandchildren, Holly Moore and Matt Moore; a number nieces, nephews and a number of other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Ann Shaw Swafford were conducted on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2018 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Doyle Kelley and the Rev. David McKinsey officiating.

Interment followed in the Polk Memory Gardens with the Rev. Dr. Larry Conner conducting committal at graveside.

The family received friends on Friday evening, Jan. 12, 2018 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers the family has respectfully requested that memorial contributions can be made to either, the Worldview Baptist Church, 500 College Drive, Cedartown, Ga., 30125 pr call 770-748-5296 or Rehobeth Cemetery Fund, C/O Rehobeth Baptist Church, 2445 Gadsden Road, SW, Cave Spring, Ga., 30124, the Alzheimer’s Association at Alzheimer’s association.org or Alzheimer’s Association C/O Memorial Contributions. 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 ph. (866) 232- 8484, or to a church or charity of your choice.

Pallbearers were Matt Moore, Jerry Shaw, Greg Shaw, Craig Mullinax, Drew Oxford, Seth Oxford, Walt Wilkins, Patrick Scoggins and Charlie Swindell.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Betty Ann Swafford.

Rev. Jones

Reverend William E. “Junior” Jones Jr. of Bremen passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Munford, Ala., on Feb. 25, 1926, son of the late William Ewell Jones and the late Estelle Norton Jones.

Rev. Jones was in business with his father and was employed as service manager and car salesman at Buster Miles Chevrolet in Heflin, Ala.

In addition, He worked on the family farm for the first 70 years of his life. But he was most humbled and blessed by his calling into the ministry.

He was ordained in 1967 at his home church, New Harmony Baptist, where he had served as a Sunday School Superintendent and deacon prior to his ordination.

Rev. Jones pastored many Baptist churches in Cleburne County, including Bethsadia #1 (Abel), Happy Hill, Union Hill and Cedar Creek.

He was also interim pastor at New Harmony Baptist Church. In Carroll and Haralson counties in Georgia, he pastored Eureka Baptist Church and was interim at Poplar Springs. Also he served as Vice-Moderator and Moderator of the Cleburne Baptist Association.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Erlene Clay Jones and his second wife of 19 years, Jeanette Goss Kirk Jones.

Survivors included a daughter, Sonja Jones Adams of Heflin, Ala.; a son, Charles Wayne and Dianne Jones of Rainbow City, Ala.; step-daughters, Gina Kirk, Miami, Fla, Karen Kirk of Bremen, Susan Kirk (Michael) Reyher, Bremen, Lisa Kirk (Scott) Evans of Bremen, Anita Kirk (Greg) Yancey of Carrollton; grandchildren, Jonathan (Carrie) Adams of Heflin, Ala., Rebekah (Michael) Chambless, Fairhope, Ala., Charles “Chip” Wayne (Helen) Jones Jr. of Pace, Fla., Emily Jones of Mobile, AL; five great grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Moriah Kirk, Miami, Fla., Emily Yancey and Maggie Yancey both of Carrollton; sisters, Genell Jones Gossage of Heflin, Ala., Jacquelin Jones (Carroll) Shealey of Jonesboro and a brother Harold (Mary) Jones of Heflin, Ala.

Funeral services for Rev. Jones were held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 3 p.m. from the Bremen First Baptist Church with Brother Greg Yancey, Dr. Larry Riddle and Brother Herman Parker officiating.

Music was furnished by Wayne Jones, the Kirk Girls and the church choir under the direction of Andy Fowler. Interment services followed in New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Heflin, Ala.

Serving as pallbearers were Jonathan Adams, Michael Chambless, Lamar Jones, Chris Shealey, Chip Jones, Tim Gossage, Charles Shealey and Mike Reyher.

All current and former pastors of Cleburne Baptist Association and Carroll and Haralson Counties served as honorary pallbearers.

The family requests that donations be made to the New Harmony Baptist Church building fund or cemetery or to the Bremen First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Hightower Funeral Home of Bremen was in charge of the funeral services for Reverend William E. “Junior” Jones Jr.

This announcement is made on behalf of the family by the Freeman Harris Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson

Mrs. Phillis Elfreda Johnson, age 69, of Cedartown, passed away on Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Johnson was born on Jan. 6, 1949 in Anniston, Alabama, to her parents, the late Phillip Pryor and Helen Allbritten.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her step-son, Rodney Johnson.

She was retired from First Franklin Finance having served as a Finance Manager. She was of the Baptist faith.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her loving family, her husband, Aaron Paul Johnson Sr.; her son, Jack Caldwell and step-son, Paul Johnson; her daughter, Brandi Johnson; her brother, Fred David Sutton; her sister, Joanne Stephens; eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Phillis Elfreda Johnson were conducted on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Johnson and Rev. Gary Allbritten officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Northview Cemetery. The family received friends on both Thursday evening, Jan. 11, 2018 and Friday evening, Jan. 12, 2018 at the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home.

The following served as pallbearers: Jack Caldwell, Dilan Johnson, Paul Johnson, Dean Stephens, Larry Sutton and Wayne Sullivan. Honorary Pallbearers were Joanne Stephens, Jamey Ricks and Mike Dollar.

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 was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Phillis Elfreda Johnson.

Ms. Richards

Ms. Shirley Anne Richards, age 69, of Cedartown, passed away suddenly on Sunday evening, Jan. 7, 2018.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1948 in Bremen, the daughter of the late Howard Richards and the late Viva Louise Abercrombie Richards.

She had worked for the U.S. Social Security Department and retired following many dedicated years.

Ms. Richards is survived by a number of cousins.

As her wishes Miss Richards was cremated and no formal services are planned at this time.

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 Miss Shirley Anne Richards.

Mrs. Ross

Mrs. Lavinia Mae Ross, age 77, of Taylorsville died Saturday afternoon Jan. 6, 2018.

A native of Marceline, Missouri, Mrs. Ross was born March 17, 1940 daughter of the late Fred Franklin Landreth and Nola Lorene Richardson Landreth.

She was employed for several years as a hospital housekeeping supervisor in Gardner, Kansas while her husband was overseas with the United States Navy.

Mrs. Ross was a devoted mother and loved cats and dogs and kids. She always had a big smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jerry Franklin Landreth, and sister Ruby Lorene Lang.

Survivors include her husband Glenn Raymond Ross, of Taylorsville; four sons Leslie Fred Ross (LeeAnn), Bruce Allen Ross (Gail), Kenneth Raymond Ross (Kellie Harper) and Brian Neal Ross (Christy); a brother David Fred Landreth (Jackie). Grandchildren Chad, Matthew, Jason, Beau, Tyler, Amber, Brook, Mark, Daniel, Erica, Kurt, Jacob, and Kristen, along with great grandchildren Lane, Matthew, Talynn, Gavin, and Sebastian.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 in the Chapel of Good Shepherd Funeral Home, in Rome with Reverend Tommy Harris officiating.

Interment followed at Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery near Canton.

The family received friends Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, 2018 at the funeral Home.

Mrs. Ross’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Alzheimers Association at www.alzfdn.org.

Please visit www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Rome was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Lavinia Mae Ross.

Mr. Tanner

Mr. Clinton P. “Bodidy” Tanner, age 82 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday Jan. 7, 2018.

He was born on May 20, 1935 in Cedartown, the son of the late George Dewey Tanner and Pauline Mills Tanner.

Mr. Tanner was employed by Georgia Power as a truck operator for 40 years.

Mr. Tanner is survived by his wife, Linda Tanner; daughter, Lynn Tanner Gore; son and daughter-in-law, George and Carla Tanner; grandchildren Elizabeth Faith Anderson (Stephen) and Clint Tanner and great granddaughter Kinley Faith Anderson.

Mr. Tanner is preceded in death by his parents; brother Dewey Junior Tanner; sister Betty Tanner Scholls and son-in-law Sam Gore.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 102 E. Main Street, Cartersville, Ga., 30120 in honor of Mr. Tanner.

The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Mr. Clinton P. Tanner.

Mrs. McDonald

Mrs. Joyce Annette McDonald, age 76, of Cedartown, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1941, the daughter of the late Fred Brumit and Daisy Dentmon Landrum.

Mrs. McDonald is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Jenna McDonald; sister, Helen Chestnut and grandchildren, Laney and Jacob McDonald.

Mrs. McDonald is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank H. McDonald and brother, Stanley Brumit.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Joyce Annette McDonald were conducted on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Smith and Dr. Jerry Buttrum officiating.

Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. McDonald received family and friends on Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family is accepting flowers; however, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123.

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. Joyce Annette McDonald.

Mr. Camp

Mr. Wayne Major Camp, age 81 of Jonesboro passed away Jan. 5, 2018.

Mr. Camp was a retired pharmaceutical representative for Person and Covey, Inc. He was a 1954 graduate of Rockmart High School.

He is survived by his wife: Jane Camp, children: Wayne Lee Camp and wife Tina of Forsyth, Deborah Lynn Jones of Atlanta, Jeffrey Neal Camp and wife Amy of Apex, N.C. and Janet Lisa Camp of Alpharetta, sister: Judy Sloman of Rome, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Worldview Baptist Church with Pastor Doyle Kelly officiating. Internment followed at Polk Memory Gardens.

The family received friends 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the funeral home.

Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro and Stockbridge were in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Camp.

Mrs. Harris

Mrs. Sandra Lee Clark Harris, 70, of Cartersville, passed over the bridge to be with her Eternal Heavenly Father on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

Born in Ridgeland, S.C. on Nov. 10, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Wyatt D. Clark Sr. and Lorene J. Mock Clark.

Mrs. Harris was a sales associate with Asher Realty for 30 plus years. She was also a swimmer and avid water skier.

In her youth she played basketball at Rhinehart College. She loved to watch college football, Westerns and 1960’s TV programming.

She loved taking care of her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Larry Clark.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Rockmart High School Coach Charles Walter Harris Sr. of Cartersville; her sons, Chuck Harris (Honey) of Pensacola, Fla., and James Clark Harris of White; her grandchildren, Wyatt James Harris of White, Walker Lee Harris of White, and Charlie Harris of Pensacola, Fla.; her brother, Dan Clark of Cartersville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home with Dr. Jacob King officiating.

Interment followed in Sunset Memory Gardens.

The family received friends on Saturday evening, Dec. 30, 2017 from at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers were Brad Cowart, Jeff Davis, Travis Popham, Wyatt Harris, Terry Clark, Clark Motes, Billy Archer, and Earl Everett.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.

Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services was honored to serve the family of Sandra Lee Clark Harris.

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