Keely Smith dead at 89
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 gammagefh.com.
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.