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Mr. Sis­son

Mr. Andy Sis­son, age 77, of Rock­mart, passed away Thurs­day, Jan. 11, 2018 in a Rome med­i­cal cen­ter.

He was born in Floyd County on Feb. 24, 1940 a son of Thomas Gor­don Sis­son and Lucy Daven­port Sis­son.

Mr. Sis­son had lived all of his life in the Floyd and Polk county area. He en­joyed watch­ing tele­vi­sion, sit­ting on the porch and walk­ing.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents he was pre­ceded in death by broth­ers: James Alvin Sis­son, Al­ton Avery Sis­son and Roy Floyd Sis­son and sis­ters: Clara Road­rick, Ruby Smith, Beatrice Mabry, Louise Sis­son and Mil­dred Sis­son.

He is sur­vived by a sis­ter, An­nie Mae Reece, Rock­mart and numer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

Fu­neral ser­vices were held Satur­day, Jan. 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Alvis Miller and Son Fu­neral Home wi t h Rev. Ken­neth Boat­ner and Rev. Wal­ter Road­rick of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the Da­m­as­cus Bap­tist Church Ceme­tery with Rev. Jeff Pope of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Pall­bear­ers in­cluded: Cory Steed, Lewis Hud­gins, Bran­don Bullard, Bryan Reece, Keith Bullard and Nathan Jade. Hon­orary pall­bear­ers were Joe Steed, Tommy Hud­gins and Chuck Reece.

The Alvis Miller and Son Fu­neral Home was in charge of ar­range­ments for the fu­neral of Mr. Andy Sis­son.

Mrs. Sparks

Mrs. Grace Louise Waites Sparks, age 92, of Cedar­town passed away peace­fully on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Jan. 10, 2018.

Mrs. Sparks was born on April 1, 1925 in New­ton County, the daugh­ter of the late Josh Ed­ward Waites and the late Idaella Berry Waits.

Mrs. Sparks re­tired from the Goodyear Tire and Rub­ber Com­pany fol­low­ing many years of ser­vice.

She later went to work for Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter where she worked in the di­etary depart­ment un­til her re­tire­ment there. She was a mem­ber of the First Apos­tolic Church of Rome.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents she was also pre­ceded in death by her broth­ers, David Waites, Ed Waites and Charles Waites; sis­ters, Sharon Bai­ley and Opal John­son; son in law, Roy Watts and grand­son, Scott Watts.

Mrs. Sparks is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Jan­ice Watts; grand­son, Ja­son and Laura Watts; great grand­son, Kolby Watts; spe­cial cho­sen grand daugh­ter, Ash­ley Gable and spe­cial life long friends, Bar­bara and Johnny Worthy, Renonda and Johnny Gable and Brenda and Gary Liv­ingston. A num­ber of nieces and neph­ews also sur­vive.

The Home Go­ing ser­vice for Grace Sparks was con­ducted on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Jan. 14, 2017 at 3 p. m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home with Rev. Den­nis Agan of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the North View Ceme­tery with Rev. Jerry Stephens of­fi­ci­at­ing at grave­side.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Jan. 14, 2017 at the Lite­sey Fu­neral Home.

The fol­low­ing gentle­men served as pall­bear­ers: Kolby Watts, Zach Flow­ers, Johnny Worthy, Johnny Gable, Pay­ton Bost­wick and Ryan Bald­win.

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

The Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home was in charge of the ar­range­ments for Mrs. Grace Waites Sparks.

Mrs. Swaf­ford

Mrs. Betty Ann Shaw Swaf­ford, age 81, of Cedar­town, passed away on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Jan. 10, 2018.

Mrs. Swaf­ford was born on March 19, 1936 in Chero­kee County, Ala., a daugh­ter to the late Wil­liam Her­man Shaw and Mil­dred An­gel Shaw.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents she was also pre­ceded in death by a sis­ter, El­iz­a­beth Shaw Storey.

Mrs. Swaf­ford was re­tired from the Cus­tomer Ser­vice Di­vi­sion of the Gen­eral Elec­tric Com­pany fol­low­ing 36 years of ded­i­cated ser­vice.

She was a long­time mem­ber of the Re­ho­beth Bap­tist Church un­til later in life when she moved her church mem­ber­ship to World­view Bap­tist Church.

Mrs. Swaf­ford is sur­vived by her lov­ing fam­ily, her hus­band, and Char­lie Van Swaf­ford; her daugh­ters and sons in law, Karen and David Moore and Melissa and Bruce Hood; her brother and sis­ter in law, John Wil­liam Shaw and Sheila Shaw; her two grand­chil­dren, Holly Moore and Matt Moore; a num­ber nieces, neph­ews and a num­ber of other rel­a­tives and friends also sur­vive.

Fu­neral ser­vices for Mrs. Betty Ann Shaw Swaf­ford were con­ducted on Satur­day af­ter­noon, Jan. 13, 2018 at 3 p. m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home with the Rev. Doyle Kel­ley and the Rev. David McKin­sey of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the Polk Mem­ory Gar­dens with the Rev. Dr. Larry Con­ner con­duct­ing com­mit­tal at grave­side.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends on Fri­day evening, Jan. 12, 2018 at the Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home.

In Lieu of flow­ers the fam­ily has re­spect­fully re­quested that me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made to ei­ther, the World­view Bap­tist Church, 500 Col­lege Drive, Cedar­town, Ga., 30125 pr call 770-748-5296 or Re­ho­beth Ceme­tery Fund, C/O Re­ho­beth Bap­tist Church, 2445 Gads­den Road, SW, Cave Spring, Ga., 30124, the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion at Alzheimer’s as­so­ci­a­tion.org or Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion C/O Me­mo­rial Con­tri­bu­tions. 322 8th Av­enue, 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 ph. (866) 232- 8484, or to a church or char­ity of your choice.

Pall­bear­ers were Matt Moore, Jerry Shaw, Greg Shaw, Craig Mul­li­nax, Drew Ox­ford, Seth Ox­ford, Walt Wilkins, Pa­trick Scog­gins and Char­lie Swindell.

Visit t he me­mo­rial web site at lite­seyfh. com to ex­tend per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily and to sign the on­line guest­book.

The Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home of Cedar­town had charge of the ar­range­ments for Mrs. Betty Ann Swaf­ford.

Rev. Jones

Rev­erend Wil­liam E. “Ju­nior” Jones Jr. of Bre­men passed away Wed­nes­day, Jan. 10, 2018 at his res­i­dence.

He was born in Mun­ford, Ala., on Feb. 25, 1926, son of the late Wil- liam Ewell Jones and the late Estelle Nor­ton Jones.

Rev. Jones was in busi­ness with his fa­ther and was em­ployed as ser­vice man­ager and car sales­man at Buster Miles Chevro­let in He­flin, Ala.

In ad­di­tion, He worked on the fam­ily farm for the first 70 years of his life. But he was most hum­bled and blessed by his call­ing into the min­istry.

He was or­dained in 1967 at his home church, New Har­mony Bap­tist, where he had served as a Sun­day School Su­per­in­ten­dent and dea­con prior to his or­di­na­tion.

Rev. Jones pa­s­tored many Bap­tist churches in Cle­burne County, in­clud­ing Beth­sa­dia #1 (Abel), Happy Hill, Union Hill and Cedar Creek.

He was also in­terim pas­tor at New Har­mony Bap­tist Church. In Car­roll and Har­al­son coun­ties in Ge­or­gia, he pa­s­tored Eureka Bap­tist Church and was in­terim at Po­plar Springs. Also he served as Vice-Mod­er­a­tor and Mod­er­a­tor of the Cle­burne Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he was pre­ceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Er­lene Clay Jones and his sec­ond wife of 19 years, Jeanette Goss Kirk Jones.

Sur­vivors in­cluded a daugh­ter, Sonja Jones Adams of He­flin, Ala.; a son, Charles Wayne and Dianne Jones of Rain­bow City, Ala.; step-daugh­ters, Gina Kirk, Mi­ami, Fla, Karen Kirk of Bre­men, Su­san Kirk ( Michael) Rey­her, Bre­men, Lisa Kirk (Scott) Evans of Bre­men, Anita Kirk ( Greg) Yancey of Car­roll­ton; grand­chil­dren, Jonathan (Car­rie) Adams of He­flin, Ala., Re­bekah (Michael) Chambless, Fairhope, Ala., Charles “Chip” Wayne (He­len) Jones Jr. of Pace, Fla., Emily Jones of Mo­bile, AL; five great grand­chil­dren; step­grand­chil­dren, Mo­riah Kirk, Mi­ami, Fla., Emily Yancey and Mag­gie Yancey both of Car­roll­ton; sis­ters, Genell Jones Gos­sage of He­flin, Ala., Jac­quelin Jones (Car­roll) Shealey of Jones­boro and a brother Harold (Mary) Jones of He­flin, Ala.

Fu­neral ser­vices for Rev. Jones were held on Satur­day, Jan. 13, 2018 at 3 p.m. from the Bre­men First Bap­tist Church with Brother Greg Yancey, Dr. Larry Rid­dle and Brother Her­man Parker of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Mu­sic was fur­nished by Wayne Jones, the Kirk Girls and the church choir un­der the di­rec­tion of Andy Fowler. In­ter­ment ser­vices fol­lowed in New Har­mony Bap­tist Church Ceme­tery in He­flin, Ala.

Serv­ing as pall­bear­ers were Jonathan Adams, Michael Chambless, La­mar Jones, Chris Shealey, Chip Jones, Tim Gos­sage, Charles Shealey and Mike Rey­her.

All cur­rent and for­mer pas­tors of Cle­burne Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion and Car­roll and Har­al­son Coun­ties served as hon­orary pall­bear­ers.

The fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions be made to the New Har­mony Bap­tist Church build­ing fund or ceme­tery or to the Bre­men First Bap­tist Church Build­ing Fund.

Hightower Fu­neral Home of Bre­men was in charge of the fu­neral ser­vices for Rev­erend Wil­liam E. “Ju­nior” Jones Jr.

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

Mrs. John­son

Mrs. Phillis El­freda John­son, age 69, of Cedar­town, passed away on Tues­day morn­ing, Jan. 9, 2018 at her res­i­dence fol­low­ing an ex­tended ill­ness.

Mrs. John­son was born on Jan. 6, 1949 in An­nis­ton, Alabama, to her par­ents, the late Phillip Pryor and He­len Allbrit­ten.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents she was also pre­ceded in death by her step-son, Rod­ney John­son.

She was re­tired from First Franklin Fi­nance hav­ing served as a Fi­nance Man­ager. She was of the Bap­tist faith.

Mrs. John­son is sur­vived by her lov­ing fam­ily, her hus­band, Aaron Paul John­son Sr.; her son, Jack Cald­well and step-son, Paul John­son; her daugh­ter, Brandi John­son; her brother, Fred David Sut­ton; her sis­ter, Joanne Stephens; eleven grand­chil­dren, two great grand­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews also sur­vive.

Fu­neral ser­vices for Mrs. Phillis El­freda John­son were con­ducted on Satur­day af­ter­noon, Jan. 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home with the Rev. Billy John­son and Rev. Gary Allbrit­ten of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the fam­ily lot of the Northview Ceme­tery. The fam­ily re­ceived friends on both Thurs­day evening, Jan. 11, 2018 and Fri­day evening, Jan. 12, 2018 at the Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home.

The fol­low­ing served as pall­bear­ers: Jack Cald­well, Di­lan John­son, Paul John­son, Dean Stephens, Larry Sut­ton and Wayne Sul­li­van. Hon­orary Pall­bear­ers were Joanne Stephens, Jamey Ricks and Mike Dol­lar.

Visit the me­mo­rial web site at www.lite­seyfh.com to ex­tend per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily and to sign the on­line guest­book.

The Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home was in charge of the ar­range­ments for Mrs. Phillis El­freda John­son.

Ms. Richards

Ms. Shirley Anne Richards, age 69, of Cedar­town, passed away sud­denly on Sun­day evening, Jan. 7, 2018.

She was born on Jan. 9, 1948 in Bre­men, the daugh­ter of the late Howard Richards and the late Viva Louise Aber­crom­bie Richards.

She had worked for the U.S. So­cial Se­cu­rity Depart­ment and re­tired fol­low­ing many ded­i­cated years.

Ms. Richards is sur­vived by a num­ber of cousins.

As her wishes Miss Richards was cre­mated and no for­mal ser­vices are planned at this time.

For per­sonal con­do­lences and to sign the on­line guest­book, please visit our web­site at lite­seyfh.com.

The Lester C. Lite­sey Fu­neral Home was in charge of the ar­range­ments for Miss Shirley Anne Richards.

Mrs. Ross

Mrs. Lavinia Mae Ross, age 77, of Tay­lorsville died Satur­day af­ter­noon Jan. 6, 2018.

A na­tive of Marce­line, Mis­souri, Mrs. Ross was born March 17, 1940 daugh­ter of the late Fred Franklin Lan­dreth and Nola Lorene Richard­son Lan­dreth.

She was em­ployed for sev­eral years as a hospi­tal house­keep­ing su­per­vi­sor in Gard­ner, Kansas while her hus­band was over­seas with the United States Navy.

Mrs. Ross was a de­voted mother and loved cats and dogs and kids. She al­ways had a big smile.

She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, brother Jerry Frank- lin Lan­dreth, and sis­ter Ruby Lorene Lang.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band Glenn Ray­mond Ross, of Tay­lorsville; four sons Les­lie Fred Ross (LeeAnn), Bruce Allen Ross ( Gail), Ken­neth Ray­mond Ross (Kellie Harper) and Brian Neal Ross ( Christy); a brother David Fred Lan­dreth (Jackie). Grand­chil­dren Chad, Matthew, Ja­son, Beau, Tyler, Am­ber, Brook, Mark, Daniel, Erica, Kurt, Ja­cob, and Kris­ten, along with great grand­chil­dren Lane, Matthew, Ta­lynn, Gavin, and Se­bas­tian.

Fu­neral ser­vices were con­ducted at 11 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 10, 2018 in the Chapel of Good Shep­herd Fu­neral Home, in Rome with Rev­erend Tommy Har­ris of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed at Wed­nes­day at 2 p.m. at the Ge­or­gia Na­tional Ceme­tery near Can­ton.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends Tues­day evening, Jan. 9, 2018 at the fu­neral Home.

Mrs. Ross’s grand­sons served as pall­bear­ers.

In lieu of flow­ers, please make con­tri­bu­tions to the Alzheimers As­so­ci­a­tion at www.alzfdn.org.

Please visit www.good­shep­herdfh.net to post tributes.

Par­nick Jen­nings Sr.’s Good Shep­herd Fu­neral Home in Rome was hon­ored to serve the fam­ily of Mrs. Lavinia Mae Ross.

Mr. Tan­ner

Mr. Clin­ton P. “Bo­didy” Tan­ner, age 82 of Cedar­town, passed away on Sun­day Jan. 7, 2018.

He was born on May 20, 1935 in Cedar­town, the son of the late Ge­orge Dewey Tan­ner and Pauline Mills Tan­ner.

Mr. Tan­ner was em­ployed by Ge­or­gia Power as a truck op­er­a­tor for 40 years.

Mr. Tan­ner is sur­vived by his wife, Linda Tan­ner; daugh­ter, Lynn Tan­ner Gore; son and daugh­terin-law, Ge­orge and Carla Tan­ner; grand­chil­dren El­iz­a­beth Faith An­der­son (Stephen) and Clint Tan­ner and great grand­daugh­ter Kin­ley Faith An­der­son.

Mr. Tan­ner is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; brother Dewey Ju­nior Tan­ner; sis­ter Betty Tan­ner Scholls and son-in-law Sam Gore.

In keep­ing with his wishes, his body was cre­mated. A pri­vate fam­ily me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at a later date.

Mes­sages of con­do­lence can be made to the fam­ily by sign­ing the on­line guest­book at gam­magefh.com.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Amedisys Hos­pice, 102 E. Main Street, Cartersville, Ga., 30120 in honor of Mr. Tan­ner.

The Olin L. Gam­mage and Sons Fu­neral Home han­dled the ar­range­ments for Mr. Clin­ton P. Tan­ner.

Mrs. McDon­ald

Mrs. Joyce An­nette McDon­ald, age 76, of Cedar­town, passed away on Satur­day, Jan. 6, 2018.

She was born on Dec. 5, 1941, the daugh­ter of the late Fred Bru­mit and Daisy Dent­mon Lan­drum.

Mrs. McDon­ald is sur­vived by her son and daugh­ter-in-law, Eric and Jenna McDon­ald; sis­ter, He­len Chest­nut and grand­chil­dren, Laney and Ja­cob McDon­ald.

Mrs. McDon­ald is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; hus­band, Frank H. McDon­ald and brother, Stan­ley Bru­mit.

The fu­neral ar­range­ments for Mrs. Joyce An­nette McDon­ald were con­ducted on Thurs­day, Jan. 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the Gam­mage Fu­neral Home with Rev. Wayne Smith and Dr. Jerry But­trum of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the Northview Ceme­tery.

The fam­ily of Mrs. McDon­ald re­ceived fam­ily and friends on Wed­nes­day evening, Jan­uary 10, 2018 at the Gam­mage Fu­neral Home.

The fam­ily is ac­cept­ing flow­ers; how­ever, do­na­tions can be made to the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 22478, Ok­la­homa City, Okla., 73123.

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 Mrs. Joyce An­nette McDon­ald.

Mr. Camp

Mr. Wayne Ma­jor Camp, age 81 of Jones­boro passed away Jan. 5, 2018.

Mr. Camp was a re­tired phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Per­son and Covey, Inc. He was a 1954 grad­u­ate of Rock­mart High School.

He is sur­vived by his wife: Jane Camp, chil­dren: Wayne Lee Camp and wife Tina of Forsyth, Deb­o­rah Lynn Jones of At­lanta, Jef­frey Neal Camp and wife Amy of Apex, N.C. and Janet Lisa Camp of Al­pharetta, sis­ter: Judy Slo­man of Rome, 14 grand­chil­dren, and 3 great-grand­chil­dren.

A grave­side ser­vice was held at 2:15 p.m. Satur­day, Jan. 13, 2018, at World­view Bap­tist Church with Pas­tor Doyle Kelly of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­tern­ment fol­lowed at Polk Mem­ory Gar­dens.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends 1 p.m. un­til 4 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 8, 2018, at the fu­neral home.

Ford- Stewart Fu­neral Home, Inc., Jones­boro and Stock­bridge were in charge of the ar­range­ments for Mr. Camp.

Mrs. Har­ris

Mrs. San­dra Lee Clark Har­ris, 70, of Cartersville, passed over the bridge to be with her Eter­nal Heav­enly Fa­ther on Fri­day, Dec. 29, 2017.

Born in Ridge­land, S.C. on Nov. 10, 1947, she was the daugh­ter of the late Wy­att D. Clark Sr. and Lorene J. Mock Clark.

Mrs. Har­ris was a sales as­so­ci­ate with Asher Re­alty for 30 plus years. She was also a swim­mer and avid wa­ter skier.

In her youth she played bas­ket­ball at Rhine­hart Col­lege. She loved to watch col­lege foot­ball, West­erns and 1960’s TV pro­gram­ming.

She loved tak­ing care of her grand­chil­dren.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she is pre­ceded in death by her brother, Larry Clark.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band of 50 years, Rock­mart High School Coach Charles Wal­ter Har­ris Sr. of Cartersville; her sons, Chuck Har­ris (Honey) of Pen­sacola, Fla., and James Clark Har­ris of White; her grand­chil­dren, Wy­att James Har­ris of White, Walker Lee Har­ris of White, and Char­lie Har­ris of Pen­sacola, Fla.; her brother, Dan Clark of Cartersville.

Fu­neral ser­vices were held at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 31, 2017 in the chapel of Par­nick Jen­nings Fu­neral Home with Dr. Ja­cob King of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in Sun­set Mem­ory Gar­dens.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends on Satur­day evening, Dec. 30, 2017 from at the fu­neral home.

Serv­ing as pall­bear­ers were Brad Cowart, Jeff Davis, Travis Popham, Wy­att Har­ris, Terry Clark, Clark Motes, Billy Archer, and Earl Everett.

In lieu of flow­ers me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion at www.lung.org.

Par­nick Jen­nings Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tion Ser­vices was hon­ored to serve the fam­ily of San­dra Lee Clark Har­ris.

Please visit www. par­nick­jen­nings­fu­neral.com to share me­mories or to leave a con­do­lence mes­sage.

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