Lauren Marie Lewis, Obit (C)

Miss Lauren Marie Lewis, age 35 of Trion, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023 at a Rome Hospital following an accident the previous day.

Lauren was born in Gainesville, Florida on December 3, 1987, daughter of Shirley Gail Lanier Warren and James Edward “Jay” Lewis, Jr. She was employed with Shaw Industries and was an avid music lover. Lauren was preceded in death by a daughter, Jaylen Christine Sims and a brother, James Edward “Trey” Lewis, III.

Lauren is survived by her children, Brantlee and Christian Sims; mother, Shirley Gail Warren; father, Jay Lewis; brothers and sister-in-law, Lawton and Nikki Lewis and Ryan Lewis; sister and brother-in-law, Miranda and Derrick Horrell; father of her sons, Chris Sims; niece, Kimber Lewis; nephews, Lawton Lewis, Jr., Leland Lewis and Garriss Horrell; Aunts and Uncles, James Dampson, Marty and Paula Lanier, Edie and Marty Barfuss, Mary Sapp, Kim Frederico and Chris Lewis; and her children’s grandparents, Nancy and Terry Snead and Gary and Marcy Sims.

Funeral Services for Lauren will be held Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Coffman Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Summerville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jay Lewis, James Dampson, Ryan Lewis, Lawton Lewis, Lawton Lewis, Jr. and Derrick Horrell.

Lauren will be in state at the Coffman Funeral Home and the family will receive friends Sunday from 12:00 Noon until the funeral hour.

Coffman Funeral Home, Petitt Chapel is honored to be serving the family of Miss Lauren Marie Lewis. Please visit www.coffmanfh.net to sign our online guestbook and to post condolences.

David Love, Obit (ER)

MR. DAVID LAMAR LOVE, age 80 of Red Oak Road, Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at his residence. He was born in Summerville, Georgia on March 8, 1942, son of the late William Marion Love and Fannie Avis Lewis Love. Mr. Love was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in the Viet Nam war, a member of Trion Heights Baptist Church, and a member of various Veteran and community organizations. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kristopher Wallin and siblings, William Marion Love, Ruth Coker and Robert Love.

Surviving are his Wife, Vera Nell Love; Children, Colleen Cordle, Vernon Johnson, Robert Johnson; 9 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren; Siblings, Jenny Tucker, Winston Love, Walter Love, Ben Love; Special Sister-in-law, Margie Love; Special Nephew, Steve Love.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 4th, at 1:00 P.M. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Vernon Johnson and Odell Anderson officiating, Interment in West Hill Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Kevin Vaughn, Tim Harrison, Andrew Johnson, Mike Love, Stephen Cordell and Bill Tutton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Members of American Legion Post #129, members of Mason-McCauley VFW Post #6688, Sons of Legion Squadron #129, the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class of Trion Heights Baptist Church, and Members of the Chattooga County Wildlife Club. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 until 1 P.M. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the Family asks for contributions to Trion Heights Baptist Church local ministries.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mr. David Lamar Love who passed away on Wednesday.

Michael Todd Kirby, Obit (M)

Mr. Michael Todd Kirby, age 53, of Rome, GA, died Monday, January 30, 2023, at his residence.

Mr. Kirby was born April 4, 1969, son of James Kirby, Jr. and the late Freddie Mae Allen. He was self-employed in the construction industry. Mr. Kirby loved cutting grass and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a fence builder.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by brothers, James Edward “Pee Wee” Kirby and Walter Kirby.

Survivors include his father, James Kirby, Jr.; sisters, Cynthia (Brannon) Kirby, Latonya (Coby) Wilborn; nephews, Codie Kirby, Marquez Kirby; nieces, Latasha Kirby, Azariah Smith, and Aaliya Smith; great-nephew, Semaj Kirby; aunts, Nancy Kirby, Charlotte Ellison, Jean Bankston, and Taffy Kirby; uncles, Roger (Barbara) Kirby, Ted Kirby, and Joe Kirby.

Funeral services for Mr. Kirby will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 4, 2023, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Melvin Moseley officiating.

Mr. Kirby will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Saturday.

To share your condolences with the family online, please visit our website at www.masonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are provided by Mason Funeral Home- Summerville, GA.

Anthony Odell “Tony” Sparks, Obit (M)

Mr. Anthony Odell “Tony” Sparks, age 66, of Trion, GA, died Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Advent Health Redmond.

Mr. Sparks was born March 16, 1956, in Trion, GA, son of Garlis and Shirley Jean Chastain Sparks. He was the owner and operator of Sparks Appliance.

Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his grandparents, Voy and Edgel Sparks, Leo and Elsie Chastain.

Survivors include his wife, Melanie Smith Sparks; children, Dana (James) Youngs, Shane (Britney) Sparks, and Jacob Sparks; parents, Garlis and Shirley Sparks; brothers, Terry Sparks, Dennis Sparks, Michael Sparks, and Brian Sparks; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2023, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joel Glenn officiating. Interment will follow in West Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shane Sparks, Jacob Sparks, Garrett Sparks, Dawson Sparks, Levi Shigekawa, Dakota Lee, and James Youngs.

Mr. Sparks will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Friday.

To share your condolences with the family online, please visit our website at www.masonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are provided by Mason Funeral Home- Summerville, GA

John Kelly Young, Sr, Obit (C)

Mr. John Kelly Young, Sr. age 90 of the Teloga Community, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023 in a Rome Hospital.

Mr. Young was born in Berryton, Georgia on April 2, 1932, son of the late Samuel Henry Young and Willie Dossie Parker Young. He was a member of the Alpine Lodge # 211 F&AM, and was of the Baptist Faith. Mr. Young was retired from Bigelow-Sanford after 39 years of service and had worked for the Walker County School system as a custodian for over 10 years. He was a workaholic and enjoyed working in his yard and tending to his garden. In addition to his parents, Mr. Young was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Crabtree; sister, Rachel McNair; brothers, Herman C. Young, Harold Young, Luther Young and Billy Joe Young.

Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Liz Young; son, KellyYoung; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Bruce Wallin; grandchildren, Lacy Bowman, Lindsey Keith, Ross Crabtree, Blake Crabtree, Kelsey Young and Hagen Young; 11 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Young will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Coffman Funeral Home with Rev. Jennifer Lee and Rev. Randy Avans officiating and Ms. Lacy Bowman offering the eulogy. Private Interment will be in the Macedonia Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include Michael Young, Lee McKeehan, Terrell Scoggins, David Pittman, Jamie Pittman and Brandon Pittman.

Mr. Young will be in state at the Coffman Funeral Home and the family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 2:00 P.M. until the funeral hour.

Coffman Funeral Home, Petitt Chapel is honored to be serving the family of Mr. John Kelly Young, Sr.

Please visit www.coffmanfh.net to sign our online guestbook and to post condolences.

Bence Junior Anderson, Obit (M)

Mr. Bence Junior Anderson, age 85, of Lyerly, GA, died Monday, January 30, 2023, at Advent Health Redmond.

Mr. Anderson was born May 28, 1937, in Holland, GA, son of the late Bence Matthew and Hattie Marie Payton Anderson. He was a member of West Berryton Faith Temple and prior to his retirement, was employed with Mohawk Industries.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Bence Anderson; siblings, James “Bud” Anderson, Annie Woodall, Mary Blalock, Willie Sizemore, Bessie Mann, and Betty Anderson; and a son-in-law, Fredrick Hulse.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Louise Bryson Anderson; son, Mark (April) Anderson; daughters, Diane Hulse, Mary (David) Ragan; daughter-in-law, Patty Denny; sister-in-law, Cathaline Anderson; brother-in-law, John Mann; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Anderson will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 3, 2023, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Mann, Rev. Steve Collins, and Rev. Jason Boyd officiating. Interment will follow in Lyerly Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Steven Gray, David Ragan, Adam Hulse, Zack Hulse, Dewaine Anderson, and Patrick Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Evans, Jessy Wallin, Dallas Gilreath, and Lebron Jackson.

Mr. Anderson will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 2, 2023.

To share your condolences with the family online, please visit our website at www.masonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are provided by Mason Funeral Home- Summerville, GA.

Jesse Jerome Adams, Obit (W)

MR. JESSE JEROME ADAMS – Age 67, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023. He was born on June 13, 1955 to the late Jesse Adams, Jr. and Katherine June Lester Adams. He was preceded by his sister, Kathy Adams and brother, Dwayne Douglas Adams. He was a member of The Church of Christ. He was a United States Army Veteran and was Honorably Discharged. He was a former Policeman with the Floyd County Law Enforcement for twenty-five years.

Survivors are his loving and devoted wife of thirty-six years, Angela D. Adams; two daughters, Wendy (Randy) Smith, Tiffany Ratliff; two sons, Tony Michael Ratliff, and Bradley Nichols Adams; eight grandchildren; sister, Jacqueline (David) Griffin; two brothers, Willie George Adams, Terry Adams; uncles, Albert Lester, Lee Lester; mother-in-law, Corine Nichols; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; several nieces, and nephews; special friend, Howard Irvin; other relatives, and friends.

Homegoing Service will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 2:00 P. M. at the West Fifth Street Church of Christ, Summerville, Georgia with Brother John Lewis as Eulogist. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Interment will be on Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:00 A. M. at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Georgia.

Margaret Parker, Obit (ER)

MRS. MARGARET PARKER, age 72, of Campbell Crescent Circle, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023, morning in the local nursing home. A native of Trion, Georgia , She was born to the late Robert G. and Elizabeth Jane Prickett Massey on December 2, 1950. Mrs. Parker was a member of the United Christian Fellowship and was owner-operator of Parker Screen Printing.

Surviving are Her husband, Larry Parker; daughters and spouses, Beth Hamilton (Shannon) and Amanda Coggins (Josh); grandchildren, Brylee Coggins, Lauren Hamilton (Alex), Peyton Hamilton, and Kristen Hamilton; sister, Mary Treadwell (Barry); special friend and room mate, Ann King; several Nieces and Nephews.

Memorial service will be held Thursday, February 2nd, at 6:00 P.M. from the United Christian Fellowship with Pastor Gary Howell officiating. The Family will receive friends Thursday from 4:30 until 6:00 P.M. at the Church. The Family wishes to thank the Staff of Oakview Nursing & Rehab. Center and Affinis Hospice for their compassionate care of Mrs. Parker. In Leiu of flowers contributions to the United Christian Fellowship Chruch.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Margaret Parker who passed away Monday.

Melba Louise Thomas Boss, Obit (WW)

Melba Louise Thomas Boss, formally of the Waterville community in Walker County, Ga, age 90, passed away January 26, 2023 following an extended illness.

She was born July 17, 1932 in Trion, Ga. the daughter of Reece Henderson Thomas and Letha Thomas. Mrs. Boss was a graduate of LaFayette High School and retired from Eli Walker shirt factory as personnel manager and Mt. Vernon mills where she worked in the cost department. She was a member of Waterville Baptist church for over 60 years and served in many capacities including choir and a Sunday school teacher.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Marshall Henry Boss. Brothers, Kenneth George Thomas and Holland Richard Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law Kathy and Tim Thompson, grandsons Wes Thompson (Keeta), Ben Thompson, Dr. Luke and Annie Thompson. Sister-in-law Betty Allen. Several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Boss was a very strong Christian lady that always let her light shine everywhere she went and she was fortunate enough to travel to a lot of places. Her luggage was always packed. She was able to go on several missionary trips where she helped with support of crews that built churches, homes, and missions. Among other places she was able to go to Alaska, Canada, Mexico and St Lucia.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Wallis Wilbanks Funeral Home in LaFayette, Ga. Family will receive friends from 12:00pm till the hour of the funeral at 2:00pm with the Rev. Sam Barrett officiating. Interment will follow in the LaFayette Memorial Garden.

Active pallbearers will be Wes Thompson, Ben Thompson, Luke Thompson, Evan Webb Keith Thomas, Mike Dawson, Vester Young.

Family wishes to give special thanks to the staff of Seven Hills memory care and Trinity Hospice.

Flowers will be accepted as well as donations to Waterville Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Allen D. Sparks, Obit (M)

Mr. Allen D. Sparks, age 87, formerly of Mentone, AL passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at his residence in Hinckley, IL.

Mr. Sparks was born May 31, 1935 in Cherokee County, AL, the son of the late Voy Sparks and Edgel Dockery Sparks.

He was devoted to his church activities and had been a Deacon at Central Avenue Baptist Church in Trion, GA before relocating back to Illinois to be near his family.

He worked at John T. Clark company in Geneva, IL, residing in rural Batavia, Il for over 40 years before retiring and building their home in Mentone, AL near his brothers Len Earl, Sherold and Dale Sparks, now deceased; and brother Garlis and sister Darnell Amico of Trion, GA

Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his wife, Lauretta (Maytum) Sparks. He is survived by 5 children and their spouses, Lane and Brenda Sparks, Gary and Julie Sparks, Dale and Lisa Sparks, Todd and Tracy Verachtert, and Wade and Michelle Sparks; and 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.

Private interment will take place at Dixon Chapel Cemetery.

You can share your condolences with the family online at www.masonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are provided by Mason Funeral Home, Summerville, GA.