Keely Smith dead at 89

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Mr. Joel Glenn Brown, Sr., age 58, of Rock­mart, passed away Wed­nes­day, Dec. 20, 2017 in a Rome med­i­cal cen­ter.

He was born in At­lanta, GA on Feb. 23, 1959 a son of Charles Robert Brown and Pa­tri­cia Ann Hol­low­itch Brown.

Mr. Brown had been a res­i­dent of Polk County for the past 20 years mov­ing here from At­lanta. He en­joyed coin col­lect­ing, read­ing, gun col­lect­ing and chop­ping wood.

He was a vet­eran of the United States Army serv­ing from 1979 to 1981. He was a for­mer em­ployee of Orr Built Com­pres­sors of At­lanta.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents he was pre­ceded in death by three broth­ers: Charles, Scott and Wally Brown.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of thirty years Lisa Brown, Rock­mart; son, Joel Brown Jr., Rock­mart; three daugh­ters: Holly and Misty Lan­g­ley, Aragon, Joanna Allbrit­ten, Rock­mart and Pa­tri­cia Brown, Aragon and two grand­chil­dren.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Brown was cre­mated and me­mo­rial ser­vices will be held at a later date.

The Alvis Miller and Son Fu­neral Home is serv­ing the fam­ily of Mr. Joel Glenn Brown Sr.

Mrs. Mary Ja­nis Beck, age 73, of Cedar­town passed away Tues­day, Dec. 19, 2017 at Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Rome, Ge­or­gia.

She was born in Cedar­town on Sept. 22, 1944, a daugh­ter of the late Richard East and Fan­nie Miller East.

Mrs. Beck was born and raised in Cedar­town where she was a mem­ber of Har­mony Bap­tist Church. She had a great love for her fam­ily and her grand­chil­dren and al­ways en­joyed spend­ing time with them and all of her friends.

Mrs. Beck also loved spend­ing time in the kitchen cook­ing. She spent her work­ing ca­reer at Ar­row Shirt Com- pany where she re­tired af­ter 31 years of ser­vice.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she was pre­ceded in death by five sib­lings.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band of 55 years, Fred Beck, to whom she was mar­ried on Nov. 30, 1962; son, Greg Beck and his wife, Dorothy; two grand­chil­dren: Tabitha Beck and Zachary Beck; brother, Cur­tis East; and a num­ber of cousins and nieces and neph­ews also sur­vive.

Fu­neral ser­vices were held Fri­day, Dec. 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Smith and Miller Fu­neral Home. In­ter­ment fol­lowed at Polk Mem­ory Gar­dens.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends Fri­day af­ter­noon, Dec. 22, 2017 prior to fu­neral the hour at the fu­neral home.

Pall­bear­ers in­cluded Bran­don East, Clint East and Tren­ton East.

The Smith and Miller Fu­neral Home of Cedar­town was hon­ored to serve the fam­ily of Mrs. Mary Ja­nis Beck.

Mr. Ken­neth R. Nor­ton, age 59 of Cen­tre, Ala., passed away on Mon­day, Dec. 18, 2017.

He was born on July 14, 1958 in Cedar­town, the son of the late Har­vey J. and Ann Hud­gins Nor­ton.

Mr. Nor­ton is pre­ceded by his par­ents; and sons Chris Nor­ton and Jef­fery Nor­ton.

Mr. Nor­ton is sur­vived by his wife, Cyn­thia Nor­ton; daugh­ters, Melody Pope (Zach) and Anna Moore (Robert); sons, Joey Pruitt (Mar­sha) and Toby R. Nor­ton; broth­ers, Ricky Nor­ton and Mitchell Nor­ton; sev­eral grand­chil­dren, nieces, and neph­ews also sur­vive.

Mes­sages of con­do­lence can be made to the fam­ily by sign­ing the on­line guest­book at gam­

The Olin L. Gam­mage and Sons Fu­neral Home han­dled the ar­range­ments for Mr. Ken­neth R. Nor­ton.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo record­ings of jazz stan­dards as well as her mu­si­cal part­ner­ship with Louis Prima, has died of ap­par­ent heart fail­ure in Palm Springs. She was 89.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from her pub­li­cist Bob Merlis, Smith was un­der a physi­cian’s care when she died on Dec. 16.

Smith was born Dorothy Jacque­line Keely in Nor­folk, Vir­ginia on March 9, 1928, and got her first pay­ing job singing with the Earl Ben­nett band when she was just 15.

She later au­di­tioned to sing with Louis Prima’s band, and be­gan tour­ing with them in 1948. She and Prima mar­ried in 1953, and to­gether they won a Grammy for their hit, “That Old Black Magic” in 1959.

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