Obituaries

Mr. Merritt

Mr. Franklin Ray Merritt passed away on Thursday, Nov. 16, after an extended illness.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1933, in Cedartown, where he lived his entire life.

Mr. Merritt's life was one of service to his community. He became a firefighter with the Cedartown Fire Department where he served until joining the Cedartown Police Department. He will be remembered as the police department's first Motorcycle officer. He next became an agent of the State Fire Marshall's office where he served until his retirement in 1987.

Mr. Merritt also served as a City Commissioner for several terms and served as Commission President. He was also a member of the Georgia State Peace Officers Association and the Lions Club.

He was a member of Kresge United Methodist Church and also attended First Baptist.

Mr. Merritt was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Ann Orebaugh Merritt; his parents, Chester A. and Mae Logan Merritt; his sister Madelyn Owens; and his brothers Omer, Don, Roy, and Joe Merritt.

He is survived by his son and daughter in law Mark and Marie Merritt, and one special granddaughter Ann Marie.

Funeral services for Mr. Merritt were conducted in the chapel of Smith Miller Funeral Home on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until the funeral hour.

The Smith and Miller Funeral Home of Cedartown is honored to serve the family of Mr. Ray Merritt.

Mrs. Knott

Mrs. Mary L. Knott, age 87, of Hanceville, Ala., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Monroe and Eva Berlina Cody Ledbetter; her daughter, Shirley Louise Wiglen and grandson, Joseph Gregory.

She is survived by her children: Brenda (J.C.) Thomas, Jerry Wigley, Rick (Kerrie) Wigley and Berlina (Richy) Davis; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Virbon Monroe Ledbetter and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Hanceville Funeral Home.

Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 17 prior to the service hour.

Local graveside funeral and interment services were held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at noon in the Oak Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, Aragon.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements for Mrs. Mary L. Knott.

Mr. Blankenship

Mr. Bobby Gene Blankenship Jr., age 57 of Cedartown, transitioned from his earthly body to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Mr. Blankenship was born on Oct. 30, 1960 in Polk County to Bobby “Bud” Blankenship Sr. and Donis Bedford Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a United States Navy Veteran and was currently employed as an inventory control specialist at Hon Industries of Cedartown.

He was a very talented taxidermist placing second place at the World Taxidermy Championships in 1995 for his white tail deer mount.

He was a perfectionist at any task he undertook. Mr. Blankenship loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Blankenship cherished his family, friends, and co-workers.

Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Yingwen Zhang Blankenship who he married on April 4, 2005. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Amy Blankenship of Armuchee and sister, Marie Blankenship Beck of Dalton, and Chisheng Zhang Family, Guangzhou, China.

And a large number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Blankenship is preceded in death by his parents; son, Joshua Blankenship and sister, Kathy Zhou.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Bobby Gene Blankenship Jr. were conducted on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Dr. David Taylor and Rev. Matthew Rabe officiating.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating with full Navy Military Rite.

The family of Mr. Blankenship received family and friends on Saturday evening, Nov. 18, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family has requested that flowers be omitted and contributions be made to the Cedartown First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, American Cancer Society or Cancer Center of American at Newnan.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Eric Davis, Ken Bedford, Scott Farrister, Bobby Brooks, Ralph Smith, Kyle Blankenship, Lonnie Allbritten Jr. and Rodney Johnson.

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. Bobby Gene Blankenship, Jr.

Mr. Trammell

Mr. James Wiley Trammell, age 76 of Rockmart passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, 2017.

Mr. Trammell was born April 28, 1941 in Cedartown, son of the late Sonnie Trammell and the late Lola Inez Landrum Trammell.

He was a 1959 graduate of Rockmart High School and attended Coosa Valley Tech. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era.

Mr. Trammell was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. with 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Rockmart Lions Club, American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 and Rockmart Masonic Lodge #97 F&AM. Mr. Trammell served on the Polk County Board of Tax Assessors for many years.

Mr. Trammell loved church, his family and enjoyed playing golf. He believed in a simple way of life, doing his job and taking care of his family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Duncan.

Survivors includef his wife, Jo Miller Trammell to whom he was married October 9, 1960; son, James Wiley Trammell, Jr. and his wife Lyudmyla; two daughters, Jeanine Waddell and her husband Jonas and Lisa Terry and her husband Rodney; brother, Sonnie Trammell Jr.; two sisters, Janie Wiggins and Sandra Floyd; seven grandchildren, Sveta Kravets, Xalyn Peek, Maisey Karrh, Haleigh Peek, Matthew Waddell, Lane Waddell and Braxton Waddell.

Funeral services for Mr. Trammell were held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Fairview Baptist Church Ernest LeGrande Memorial Building with Dr. Aaron Johnson and Rev. Gary Parris officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Greenwood Cemetery in Cedartown with American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 Honor Guard in charge of military graveside rites and Northwest Georgia Masonic Memorial Club in charge of Masonic graveside rites.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Lamar Shepard, Junior Carter, Greg Caldwell, Bobby Hitchcock, Larry Reynolds and Bill Lumpkin.

Honorary pallbearers were: Janell Cook, Larry Gore, Ron Campbell, Rick Smith and Ken Fuller.

Those wishing to do so, may make memorial contributions to the Fairview Baptist Church, P.O. Box 442, Rockmart, Ga., 30153 in memory of Mr. Trammell.

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 Mr. James Wiley Trammell.

Mr. Duke

Mr. William Payne Duke, age 77 of Rome formerly of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

He was born on October 12, 1940 in Leonardtown, Md., the son of the late William Bernard Duke Jr. and Mary Glycience Payne Duke.

Mr. Duke was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from Rome Plow.

Mr. Duke is survived by his wife, Carole Force Duke; daughters and sons-in-law, Mellie Duke Justad (Todd) and Kim Duke Layden (John); brothers, W. Bernard (Bernie) Duke, III (Martha) and J. Christian (Chris) Duke (Judy) and grandson, Jack Duke Justad.

In keeping with Mr. Duke's wishes, he was cremated. A memorial service for Mr. William Payne Duke was conducted on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home.

The family of Mr. Duke received family and friends on Thursday, Nov. 16, 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 Boy Scouts of America.

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. William Payne Duke.

Ms. Jackson

Ms. Betty Louise Jackson, age 77 of Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 22, 1940 in Cedartown, the daughter of the late Clyde Franklin and Martha Wiggins Jackson.

Ms. Jackson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roger B. and Teresa Gail Morrow and sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Ruben Hunter and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Ms. Jackson is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ralph William Thomas Jackson, Benjamin Franklin Jackson, Luther J. Jackson and Mack Edward Jackson and sisters, Gladys Marie Bartlett and Rosa Lee Jackson.

A graveside service for Ms. Betty Louise Jackson was conducted on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Northview Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Allen officiating.

The family of Ms. Jackson received family and friends on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 prior to the graveside hour at the Gammage Funeral Home.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Ruben Edward Hunter, Randy Dale Jackson John Edward Chapman and Henry Lewis 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 Ms. Betty Louise Jackson.

Mrs. Hubbard

Mrs. Ethelene Powers Hubbard age 100, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

She was born on May 28, 1917 in Carrollton, the daughter of John Powers and Gertrude Bell Powers.

She was the sixth child, with five brothers and five sisters. Only one sister, Jessie Fields, and one sister-in-law, Louise Powers Lambert, survive her.

In March 1941, she married William Tommie Hubbard who died in 2002. They had a daughter, Marjorie Hubbard, and a son, Bill Hubbard who married Letitia Hannon Hubbard and produced two grandsons, John David (Hub) Hubbard of Ventura, Calif., and Mark Allen Hubbard of Ponte Vedra, Fla. Each of the grandsons had three children that Ethelene loved and enjoyed so very much.

They always cheered her up. Hub’s are Gus, Georgia, and Noah. Mark’s are Myla, Eleanor, and Henry. There are also many nieces and nephews that she loved and who were very special to her.

Mrs. Hubbard spent a couple of years at West Georgia College but in her heart she always wanted to become a beautician and own her own shop. She went to beautician school and that love of doing hair lasted all of her life; and she had her own beauty shop most of her career.

She trained many young aspiring beauticians. When her husband was drafted into the Army during World War II, she followed him to Pennsylvania with her daughter for a year to be near him until he shipped out overseas.

Mrs. Hubbard worked at a nearby beauty shop where the owners were very kind to her. She went back to Carrollton and opened her first beauty shop.

In 1952, the family moved to Cedartown where she became very active in the First Baptist Church. She taught children’s Sunday School for 64 years and was always thinking up creative ways to teach the little ones about the Bible.

Mrs. Hubbard also became a member of the Cedartown Eastern Star Chapter; and over 50 years she filled almost all of the positions. She was Worthy Matron 9 times; and in 2006-2007 she had the joy of going all over the state as the Grand Chapter Grandmama in the Wings of Faith Grand Family. She also went to many Grand Chapter meetings in other states and Canada. Due to the Easter Star traveling, a car trip across the southern states to California, and a group tour to Hawaii with husband, Tommie, she visited all of the states except the New England states.

In 2006 her sister-in-law, Louise Lambert, and two of her daughters, Janie Light and Teresa Rachal, took her on a tour to New England. When the bus arrived in the sixth state, there was a surprise celebration for her for having visited all 50 states.

Mrs. Hubbard loved to travel and went on many trips with her older sister, Mildred. She and Mildred took her grandson, Hub, on a trip to Australia and New Zealand. They went on a ship cruise to Alaska and on a tour of Great Britain and Italy. She and Mildred also went to the Holy Land in Israel where they were baptized in the Jordan River.

Her hobby and passion for beauty was growing flowers; and she liked to share her plants with nieces, nephews and friends. She also had her special cherry pie recipe that no one else could duplicate. It was always welcome at reunions and family gatherings.

Mrs. Hubbard lived her faith and it was always obvious how much she cared about serving her Lord and helping others. Many times she found solace, inspiration and guidance in His word that she tried to bring to life every day for those around her.

Special thanks go to close friend, Zelia Ann Woodward, and Martha Jarrell for taking such loving care of her and to niece Brenda Ragsdale, who took care of her hair nearly every week for over six years.

Mrs. Hubbard's hair was always a puzzle since even at 100 years old, she had very few gray hairs.

Brenda’s husband Travis, also deserves special thanks.

The funeral arrangements for Mrs. Ethelene Powers Hubbard were conducted on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Cedartown.

The family of Mrs. Hubbard received family and friends on Friday evening, Nov. 17, 2017 at the Gammage Funeral Home.

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 is handling the arrangements for Mrs. Ethelene Powers Hubbard.

Mrs. Locklear

Mrs. Joan Brown Locklear, age 78 of Rockmart passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Mrs. Locklear was born Nov. 29, 1938 in Rockmart, daughter of the late Clifford Brown and the late Dollie Elrod Brown. She was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church and retired from the Paulding County School System with over 22 years in food service. Mrs. Locklear loved family with a passion and enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Clifford Branson Locklear; a sister and four brothers.

Survivors included her husband, Ollie Locklear of Rockmart to whom she was married June 27, 1954; daughter, Joyce Locklear Hitchcock and her husband Billy of Yorkville; three sons, Branson Locklear and his wife Annette of Yorkville, Loyd Locklear and his wife Lori of Aragon and David Locklear of Villa Rica; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Locklear were held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Purser officiating.

Interment services followed in the family lot of Yorkville Memorial Gardens.

The following served as pallbearers: Hess Locklear, William Locklear, Linda Locklear, Eric Camp, Brian Williams, Savannah Hitchcock, Whitley Pittman, Constance Brown and Falina Williams.

Honorary escorts were: Jessica Camp, Jimmy Coffman, Reece Brown, Don Brown, Clifford Brown, Randy Brown, Terry Coffman and Chris Coffman.

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 service for Mrs. Joan Brown Locklear.

Mr. Campbell

Mr. Charles William Campbell, age 78, of Cedartown, passed away on Saturday evening, Nov. 11, 2017.

Mr. Campbell was born March 22, 1939 in Cedartown to his parents, the late Ray and Ada Jones Price Campbell.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, David Campbell and Edward Campbell and his sister, Hazel White. Mr. Campbell was a veteran, serving in the United States Army.

Mr. Campbell is survived by a brother, Aaron Campbell of Kansas and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated.

A memorial graveside service for Charles William Campbell will be conducted on Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. from the family lot of Northview Cemetery with Rev. Blake Dodd officiating.

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

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Charles William Campbell.

Mrs. Stargel

Mrs. Ila Arminda Stargel Sewell Jones, 114, a resident of Cave Spring until the 1960s and a resident of Rome since the 1990s, passed away November 10, 2017.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Jones was the second oldest person in America, and the tenth oldest in the world.

Mrs. Jones was born Aug. 21, 1903, in a log cabin her father built in Cane Creek near Dahlonega. After completing the ninth grade, Mrs. Jones began teaching in a one-room Lumpkin County school in Cane Creek, arriving there on a mule. After graduating from North Georgia College in 1929 as valedictorian, she began teaching in Cave Spring.

She married Paul C. Sewell Sr., a farmer, and later taught at the Georgia School for the Deaf and the Cedartown High School.

After Paul Sr.’s death and her retirement, Mrs. Jones moved to Huntsville, AL, near a sister and taught at the Randolph Academy until mandatory retirement at age 70, later teaching in a rural school as a physical education teacher. During her time in Alabama, she met and married Orville U. Jones, moving with him to Pasadena, Texas, where she served as a substitute teacher.

At Orville’s retirement, the couple moved to their vacation home in Trinity Cove, Texas, where Orville died.

Mrs. Jones remained in Texas for five years, during which time she attended class at Texas A & M University to become the licensed operator of their community sewer treatment facility.

Besides gardening, church, and community activities, Mrs. Jones became grandmother to her neighborhood, aiding the ill, tutoring children and adults, lending toys and books to children on a check-out basis, life guarding, and conducting bingo at her community center.

In her mid eighties, Mrs. Jones moved to San Diego, Calif., living with a granddaughter and caring for her infant children. The following two years Mrs. Jones spent in Plano, Texas, caring for two step great-grandsons.

Mrs. Jones always had an excellent outlook on life, and at age 89 she moved back to Rome, and became a member of the Vann’s Valley United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Jones is survived by two sons, Ike Sewell (Rebecca) of Knoxville, TN, and Paul C. Sewell, Jr. (Margaret) of Rome. Four grandchildren, Mary Blake (Mike), John Sewell (Stacy), Howard Sewell (Ann), and Leeann Denham (Bob); nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three step children, Carolyn, Phyllis, and Diane; several step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, and step great-great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Jones’ family is grateful to the staff of the Manor House Assisted Living and the Homestead Hospice for their excellent care.

A celebration of Mrs. Jones’ life will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with Rev. Bill Couey officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Cedartown.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Homestead Hospice, 162 West Main Street, Suite 104, Cartersville, 30120, or to the charity of your choice.

John House Cave Spring Chapel in Cave Spring was in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Ila Arminda Stargel Sewell Jones.