Mrs. Farmer

Mrs. Maggie Lee Smith Farmer, age 81, of Felton passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Mrs. Farmer was born in Cedartown on Oct. 17, 1936, the daughter of the late Walter Smith and the late Maggie Lee Davis Smith.

She was retired from the lunch room at Buchanan School.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley George; and two brothers, Junior Smith and Lawrence Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Everett Farmer of Felton; one daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Calvin Barfield of Temple; one son, John Timothy Farmer of Dallas; one sister, Florence Eller of Bremen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Dolly Smith of Lithia Springs, and Seals and Jan Smith of Canton; seven grandchildren, Randall Lewis, Anthony Farmer, Robby Loudermilk, Rachael Loudermilk, Rishell Loudermilk, Raymond Loudermilk and Rita Davis; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. from Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Richard Brannon officiating. Music was rendered by Sammy Pointer.

Interment followed in Centre Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen having served as pallbearers: Dean Eller, Billy Farmer, Tony Farmer, Cory Davis, Randall Lewis and Tommy Callahan.

The family received friends at the funeral home Friday evening March 9, 2018.

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Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel and Crematory of Buchanan is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sorrells

Mrs. Ruby M. Sorrells, age 93, of Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in a Rome medical center.

She was born in Marietta, GA on Jan. 3, 1925 a daughter of Joe M. McClure and Caro Vadie Canup McClure.

Mrs. Sorrells had lived most of her life in Rockmart and was a retired employee of the Goodyear Mill having worked there 28 years. She was non denominational, loved to travel, work in her garden and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elias Benjamin Sorrells on January 27, 2006.

Survivors include four sons: Edwin (Pam) Sorrells, Satsuma, Fla., Billy Joe (Gloria) Sorrells, Rockmart, Paul B. Sorrells, Rockmart and Jesse Sorrells, Rockmart; two daughters: Nancy (James) Raughton, Rockmart and Betty Faye Lewis, Rockmart; four grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; sister, Mildred Veitch, Cedartown; brother, Joseph Carl McClure, Marietta; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Minister Kalvan Neaf and Minister Lyle Holladay officiating. Interment followed in the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers included the following gentlemen: Tim Key, Brody Key, Mason Sorrells, Paul Lewis, Keith Sorrells and Danny Ferguson. Horenorary pallbearers were: Stanley Sorrells, Steve McClure, Jerry Ferguson and Memphis Sorrells.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Ruby M. Sorrells.

Mr. McDowell

Master Sgt. Ray Morris McDowell Jr., age 75 of Irmo, S.C. formerly of Rockmart, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Born in Dallas, he was a son of the late Ray Morris McDowell, Sr. and Mildred Emerson McDowell.

He was a member of Dutch Fork Baptist Church.

Mr. McDowell faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army for 21 years prior to his retirement as Master Sergeant.

While in the Army, he received numerous awards and medals to include: National Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Combat Infantryman Badge; Army of Occupation Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; and Good Conduct Medal (6th AWD.)

Mr. McDowell met and married Christa Melitte McDowell while serving in Germany. She passed away April 29, 1991. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, he began a second career at Ft. Jackson in Civil Service with DRMO and retired following 25 years of service.

In 1993, he married Harriet Sue McDowell and together they shared 24 years of marriage until her death in December 2017.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kristen Faircloth; two brothers, Tommy McDowell and Darrell McDowell.

He was survived by his children: Debbie Cathcart (daughter), Kevin L McDowell (son), Katherine McDowell(daughter), Sean Murphy(son); Ann Faircloth (step-daughter); grandchildren, Ashley, Aaron, Bridgette, Christa, Danny, Zach, Tyler, Ali, Piper, Grace, Michael, Scott and Will; and seven great grandchildren.

Local survivors included four sisters: Sue Cox of Taylorsville, Betty Jones of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Penny LeMasters of Aragon and Leigh Ann McDowell Wade of Rockmart; and four brothers, Doug “Joe” McDowell of Aragon and Jimmy McDowell, Robert McDowell and Rev. Bobby McDowell all of Rockmart.

Funeral service for Master Sgt. McDowell were held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel of Irmo, South Carolina. Burial followed in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens.

Dunbar Funeral Home of Irmo, S.C., was in charge of the funeral services for MSGT Ray Morris McDowell Jr.

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

Mrs. Boyd

Mrs. Deborah M. Boyd, age 65, of Rockmart, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 in a Rome medical center.

She was born in Polk County, on Oct. 2, 1952 a daughter of Mary Chambers Mims and Glen Mims. Deborah had lived all of her life in Rockmart where she was a graduate of Rockmart High School.

Mrs. Boyd worked as a manager in food service for over thirty years having been employed by Krystal and Hardees. She had most recently been employed as an assistant manager with MAPCO.

She enjoyed NASCAR racing and was a Dale Earnhart Jr. fan. Mrs. Boyd enjoyed her grandchildren and caring for people.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Mims and by a brother, Corey Mims.

Survivors include her son, Andy Smith, Rockmart; father, Glen Mims. McDonough; brother, Keith Mims, McDonough; two grandchildren: Emma Smith and Aidan Smith, Rockmart.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Hulsey officiating.

The family received friends following the funeral service.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Deborah M. Boyd.

Master Lyric Nelson

Master Lyric Jay Nelson of Cedartown, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Atlanta.

He was born on Feb. 8, 2018.

Master Lyric Jay Nelson is survived by his parents, Deon LaVonsha Nelson and Emily Belle Sapp, Maternal Grandparents: Misty and Michael Williams and Stephen and Misty Sapp, paternal grandparents: Deon and Terrance Carter, and a number of aunts and uncles also survive.

A memorial service for Master Lyric Jay Nelson was held on Thursday, March 8 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Castle officiating.

The family of Master Lyric received family and friends on Thursday, March 8, 2018 prior to funeral hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to The Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Foundation, Fore Hadley Foundation PO Box 244122 Atlanta, Ga., 30324

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The Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements for Master Lyric Jay Nelson.