Mrs. Betty L. Johnson, Incomplete Obit (M)

Mrs. Betty L. Johnson age 81 of Summerville, GA passed away Saturday- September 30 at the residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, and will be announced by Mason Funeral home.

Mrs. Ruby J. Hawkins, Incomplete Obit (M)

Mrs. Ruby J. Hawkins, age 79, of Summerville passed away Saturday- September 30, 2017 at Oak View Health and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Mason Funeral Home.

Mr. Jimmy Lamar “Jim” Ballinger (M)

Mr. Jimmy Lamar “Jim” Ballinger, age 68, of Menlo passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Ballinger was born January 10, 1949 to the late Allen and Mildred Holbrook Ballinger.  He was a former truck driver with WSN.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Ballinger, brother, Buddy Ballinger, granddaughter, Mavity Diane Morgan Helms and son-in-law, Jonathon Helms.

Mr. Ballinger is survived by his sons Jerry and Lagena Ballinger, Jimmy and Josephine Ballinger, daughter, Teri Ballinger Helms, brothers and sisters, Jerome and Mary Rhodes, Pete Ballinger, Hoyt and Alice Ballinger, Sybil and Bill Dover, Charles Ballinger, Ray and Marsha Ballinger, Linda and Art Fontana, Randy and Ginny Ballinger, Frances Ballinger, Eddie Ballinger, 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Mr. Ballinger will be at 11:00 am Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Weaver officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Oliver Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be his nephews.

Mr. Ballinger will be in-state and the family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

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Mason Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Jimmy “Jim” Ballinger.


Mr. Jerry Wayne Turner (M)

Mr. Jerry Wayne Turner, age 69, of Summerville, GA passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. 

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Mrs. Brenda Darlene Young (M)

Mrs. Brenda Darlene Young, age 65 of LaFayette passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at her residence.

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Ms. Sherry Lynn Smith, Obit (C) – CORRECTED

Ms. Sherry Lynn Smith, age 55 of Rome, GA formerly of Summerville, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2017 at her residence.

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Mrs. Lois Nolen McGuire (C)

Mrs. Lois Nolen McGuire, age 90, of Rome, Georgia, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017, in a Rome hospital.

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Mr. John Calvin “Johnny” Johnson, Obit (M)

Mr. John Calvin “Johnny” Johnson, age 58, of Summerville, GA, died Monday, September 25, 2017.

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Mr. John Ervin England, Jr. (C)

John Ervin England, Jr, age 79, of Summerville, passed away September 25, 2017 at Redmond Regional Hospital from complications due to lung cancer.

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Mrs. Mae Beatrice “B.B.” Ellis (C)

Mrs. Mae Beatrice “B.B.” Ellis, age 95 of Summerville, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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