Mrs. Peppers

Venita Goss Peppers, 86, of 982 Old Cedartown Road, Rockmart, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4 in a local nursing home following several years of declining health.

She was born in Polk County on Oct. 19, 1918, a daughter of the late Joel Edward Goss and Sarah Knight Goss.

Mrs. Peppers had lived her entire life in Polk County where she was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. She and her late husband Elmo owned and operated Peppers Enterprises for many years.

She was a member of Rockmart #321 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Rockmart Womans Club.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Ellen Peppers in 1973, by her husband, Elmo Z. Peppers in 2001 and by four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Nanna Yarbrough, Rockmart and Angela Ashworth, Cartersville; and two granddaughters. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Robinson and Rev. Todd Brown officiating. Interment followed in Polk Memory Garderns.

Active pallbearers included the following: Eddie Goss, Randy Goss, Charles Goss, Joe Goss and Tommy Tarbush. The deacons of Bethlehem Baptist Church and members of the Rockmart Chapter #321 of the Eastern Star served as honorary pallbearers.

The Alvis Miller and Son Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Clinton

Rev. Junior Lee Clinton, 74, of 46 Walnut St., Aragon passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005.

Rev. Clinton was born May 10, 1930 in Floyd County, Georgia, son of the late Lillie Pauline Locklear Clinton and the late William Ben Clinton.

He was a retired employee of the General Motors Corporation with 32 years service, and was a member of the Euharlee Baptist Church. Rev. Clinton was a former Fire Chief with the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department, and served as an Aragon City Council Member for six years. He was a past President of the PTO of the Northwest Regional Hospital.

Following retirement he served as a dispatcher with the Aragon Police Department. Rev. Clinton also served as pastor of the Riverview Baptist Church and the Bethel Baptist Church of Cobb County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Mae Morris Clinton; a son, William Owen Clinton .

Rev. Clinton is survived by two daughters, Reba Waters and Beverly Clinton, both of Aragon. Three grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home, with Senator Nathan Dean, and Representative Bill Cummings officiating.

Interment followed in the family lot of Aragon Cemetery, the Fireman’s Last Call honorary graveside rites will be performed by the Aragon Fire Department.

The following have been asked to serve as pallbearers: Tommy Garrison, Tim Morris, Dewayne Morris, Brandon Smith, Judson Childers, Larry Pittman, Randy Cagle, Chris Tillery, and Joseph Bright. The Aragon Police Department and the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department have been asked to serve as honorary escort.

Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Shanks

Mrs. Ruby Tilley Shanks, 83, of 252 Litchfield Street, Rockmart, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2005.

Mrs. Shanks was born Aug. 11, 1921 in Bartow County, daughter of the late Alvin Young Tilley and Delta Louise Thurmon Tilley. She was a member of First Baptist Church Rockmart and a retired Goodyear Employee.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Leon Shanks, Sr.; two sons, Donald Shanks and Henry Leon Shanks, Jr.; one sister, Mae Cowart; seven brothers, Roy Tilley, Doc Tilley, Homer Tilley, Pete Tilley, Bud Tilley, Dave Tilley, and Daniel Tilley.

Mrs. Shanks is survived by three sons, Mike Shanks and his wife Khris of Rockmart, Harry Shanks of Montgomery, Ala., and Larry Carter of Mineral Bluff, Tenn.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with the Dr. Paul Camp officiating. Internment followed in the family lot of Rockmart Memorial Gardens.

The following were asked to serve as pallbearers: Scott Costlow, Al Tilley, Nicky Cowart, Neal Berzanski, Mac Tilley, Stanley Tilley, and Jimmy Tilley.

Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Ferguson

Ms. Jerrie Ferguson, 64, of 819 Forrest Ave., Rockmart, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005.

Ms. Ferguson was born July 29, 1940 in Polk County, daughter of the late Eugene George Ferguson, Sr. and the late Minnie Williams Ferguson. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Cartersville. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. C.L. Thurman.

She is survived by one daughter, Cathy Gibson of Rockmart; five sons, Donnie Thurman, Steve Thurman, Timothy Thurman, Daryl Thurman, and Clinton Weaver all of Cartersville, two sisters, Sarah Duncan of Colbert, Ga., and Martha Grace Collum of Rockmart; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of the Freeman Harris Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence Garrett and Rev. Charles Garrett officiating. Internment followed in the family lot of Floyd Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The following served as pallbearers: Kenneth Collum, Clyde Akins, Lee Bishop, Dusty Hendrix, Larry Mooney, and Scott Thurman. Honorary pallbearers were: Jeff Mooney, Donald Height and Chris Mooney.

Freeman Harris Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Jones

Shirley Ann Jones, 64, of 1319 Brooks St., passed away Jan. 4, 2005. She was born Feb. 14, 1940 in Haralson County and was a member of the Dugdown Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Jones in 2002; parents Orth Elder and Leders Carnes Elder; a brother, Glenn Elder and sister, Tretha Piccione.

Survivors include sons, Charles Rodney Jones and Timothy Brian Jones both of Cedartown; daughter, Wanda Brewster of Cedartown; brothers, William Elder of Cedartown and Willard Elder of Bowdon; sister, Opal Jackson of Cedartown. A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 7, 2005 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of the Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Vines, Jr. officiating. Interment followed in the Northview Cemetery.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Dixon

David L. Dixon, 68, of 996 East Point Road, passed away, Friday, Dec. 17, 2004.

He was of the Baptist faith and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant and was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Sue Dixon; son, David F. Dixon and wife Suzanne; daughters, Linda N. Pilgrim and husband Gary; and Katherine A. Dixon, all of Georgia; mother, Delsa Dixon; brother, Charles R. Dixon and sister Judy Clark all of Florida. Two grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services were held at Polk Memory Gardens, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005.

Mr. Barnwell

William Lester Barnwell, 83, of 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2005. He was born in Cleburn County, Ala.

Mr. Barnwell was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Barnwell, Winnie Florence Barnwell Worthington and Dee Worthington and wife, Inez Julia Barnwell.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Mathews; son, Douglas Barnwell; sister, Betty Worthington Moore; brother, Hoyt Worthington and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Olin L. Gammage and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Guy officiating. Interment followed in the New Harmony Cemetery. Full military rites were performed by the Brewster-Cleveland Post #86.

The Olin L. Gammage and sons Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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