Hilda Faye Tucker, Obit (M)

Mrs. Hilda Faye Tucker, age 85, of Summerville, GA, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Oakview Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Tucker was born April 26, 1937, in Summerville, GA, daughter of the late Claude and Pearl Shaver Willingham. She was a member of Horizon Baptist Church, and prior to her retirement in 1994, was employed with Mohawk Industries. Mrs. Tucker will be remembered for her love of flowers, gardening, country music and family gatherings, and the Atlanta Braves.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Earl Tucker; and several siblings.

Survivors include her children, Cindy Petett, Pam (Greg) Jackson, Lynn Stroup, Steve (Gayla) Tucker, and Joe Tucker; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lee Hickman officiating. Interment will follow in AMI Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Nick Robinson, Ethan Robinson, Jeremiah Tucker, Zach Petett, Wes Chisolm, Tanner Chisolm, and Billy Narramore. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Oakview Health and Rehabilitation whom she truly loved.

Mrs. Tucker will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Wednesday.

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.

Doyle Matthew Brown, Obit (M)

Mr. Doyle Matthew Brown, age 81, of Menlo, GA, died Monday, December 5, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Brown was born May 17, 1941, in Summerville, GA, son of the late Elgin and Jewell Phillips Brown. He was a member of Menlo First Baptist Church, and prior to his retirement, was employed as a supervisor with Continental Baking.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by brothers, Dewey Brown and Tom Brown; niece, Patty Sneed; and nephew, Sammy Goodridge.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joyce Pritchett Brown; daughter, Robin Faith Brown (James Wilburn Cavin); grandchildren, Ainsley Cavin, Rhett Love; nieces, Lori Patterson, Angie Benton, Beverly Wilson, Julie Willingham, Hannah Goodridge, and Ashley Dendy; nephews, Jackie Pritchett, Matthew Willingham.

Funeral services for Mr. Brown will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Menlo First Baptist Church with Rev. Matthew Willingham officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Wayne Pritchett, Tim Willingham, Jackie Pritchett, Wes Love, Rhett Love, Justin Goodridge, and Chase Dendy. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Menlo First Baptist Church.

Mr. Brown will be in state at Menlo First Baptist Church and the family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Menlo First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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.

Mr. Jimmy Ray Sills, Obit (C)

Mr. Jimmy Ray Sills, age 74 of the Spring Creek Community in Trion, passed away Friday, December 2, 2022 at a Rome hospital.

Jimmy Ray was born in Trion, Georgia on August 26, 1948, son of the late Walter Sills and Myrtle Hines Sills.  He was a member of the Mt. View Baptist Church and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  Jimmy Ray was self employed as a Roofer.  He collected guns and knives, loved to tell stories and watch cowboy movies.  In addition to his parents, Jimmy Ray was preceded in death by his companion, Kay Hamby; sisters, Ann Shell, Roberta Smith and Betty Brown; and brothers, Walter James Sills, Warren Sills and Milton Sills.

Jimmy Ray is survived by several nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and cousins.

Graveside and Interment Services for Jimmy Ray will be held Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Norton officiating.

Pallbearers will include David Cundiff, Lewis Castro, S’John Sheldon and Dillon Star.

The Family will receive friends at Coffman Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 P.M. until 2:30 P.M.

Coffman Funeral Home, Petitt Chapel is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Jimmy Ray Sills.

Betty Taylor Hancock, Obit (C)

Betty Taylor Hancock passed away on November 27, 2022, at Life Care Center of Gray, Johnson City, Tennessee after an extended illness. She was born on January 16, 1935, to Lawrence and Ina Taylor of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Betty grew up in Johnson City and graduated from Jonesborough High School, Jonesborough, TN. After graduating, she worked in cosmetology for many years before moving to Georgia where she worked and retired from Kennesaw Community College.

Her favorite past time was listening to country and gospel music. She loved it so much, she learned to play the guitar and loved to play and sing with her family, singing in the choir at her local church as well as singing gospel solos.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by an infant son, and her husband, Dennis Hancock, after 37 years of marriage, and her sister, Velma Greene of Greenville, FL.

Survivors include her brother, Lester Taylor (Brenda) of Rockmart, Georgia; five sisters: Patricia Hixson, Frankie Drayne (Eddie); Janice Oliver (James); Linda Lewis (Paul) all of Johnson City, TN, and Gail Taylor of Kingsport, TN, in addition to several stepchildren and step grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no official visitation services and Betty will be laid to rest at Haven of Rest Memorial Park in Calhoun, Georgia on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Everyone attending is asked to be at the cemetery by 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mason Funeral Home of Summerville, Georgia and Morris-Baker Funeral Home of Johnson City, Tennessee are serving the Hancock family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.masonfuneralhome.com and www.morrisbaker.com
Arrangements are provided by Mason Funeral Home- Summerville, GA.

Sara Ann Palmer, Obit (M)

Ms. Sara Ann Palmer, age 80, of Summerville, GA, died Saturday, November 26, 2022, at her residence.

Ms. Palmer was born January 17, 1942, in Summerville, GA, daughter of the late Grady Lewis Gaines and Florence Wise Gaines. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Oakview Health and Rehabilitation.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son, David Palmer; grandson, Tyler Palmer; great-granddaughter, Ansley Blaire Keith Palmer; brothers, Robert Gaines and George Gaines.

Survivors include her children, Ricky (LeAnne) Palmer, Scott (Jennifer) Palmer, RoxAnn Palmer (Benny Humphreys), Wendy Wofford; special daughter, Regina Daley; sisters, Jo Smith, Gail (Leon) Rowlls; the father of her children, LaDon Palmer; 8 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Ms. Palmer will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2022, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Shaver officiating. Interment will follow in Summerville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ross Palmer, Jacob Wofford, Scott Palmer, Mike Gaines, Johnny Smith, and Jason Smith.

Ms. Palmer will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Tuesday.

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.

Derrell Eugene McKeehan, Obit (C)

Mr. Derrell Eugene McKeehan, age 78 of Trion, Georgia passed away Saturday, November 26, 2022 at a Rome Hospital.

Mr. McKeehan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 3, 1944, son of the late Eugene Franklin McKeehan and Izora Hamilton McKeehan. He was a member of the N. Summerville Baptist Church, was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a retired truck driver. He had a great sense of humor and loved telling jokes and playing pranks on people. In addition to his parents, Mr. McKeehan was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Amanda Butler.

Mr. McKeehan is survived by his wife, Joyce Elaine McKeehan; Daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Jimmy Bishop of Lake View, Georgia and Lee Ann and Kenny Visage of Lafayette, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Linda McKeehan of Rock Springs, GA; grandchildren, Michael McKeehan and Casey Butler; great grandchildren, Addicus “Addie” McKeehan and Sid Jennings; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside and Interment Services for Mr. McKeehan will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 2:30 P.M. in the West Hill Cemetery with Pastor Sammy Barrett officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Ford, Michael McKeehan, Jimmy Bishop, Casey Butler, Max Colbert and Casey Brown. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Staff of Oak View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. McKeehan will be in state at the Coffman Funeral Home and the family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 P.M.

The McKeehan family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the N. Summerville Baptist Church.

Coffman Funeral Home, Petitt Chapel is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Derrell Eugene McKeehan.

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

Nelson “Rusty” Rhea, Obit (M)

Mr. Nelson “Rusty” Rhea age 67 of Cedar Bluff, AL passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at his residence.

Mr. Rhea was born November 18, 1955 in Chattanooga, TN to the late William and Shirley Morris Rhea. Prior to his retirement he was a professional truck driver and was a veteran of the United States Navy.
Survivors include his siblings, Rita Warren, Sandy Legg, and Billy Rhea.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Rhea will be held at a later date.

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

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

Mary Lou Fleming Martin, Obit (M)

Mrs. Mary Lou Fleming Martin, age 95, of LaFayette, GA, died Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at her residence.

Mrs. Martin was born December 26, 1926, in Chattoogaville, GA, daughter of the late John Clifford Fleming and Flora Lucille Mobbs Fleming. She was Baptist by faith, and prior to her retirement, was employed with LaFayette Manufacturing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Gilbert Martin; a daughter, Sharron Ann Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Irene (John) Ratliff; and a nephew, Donnie Ratliff.

Survivors include her son, Greg Smith; daughters, Sandra (Lonnie) Lee, Paula McNeese, and Jennifer Smith; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; nephew, Butch (Sara) Ratliff; and special friends, Sonny Scoggins and family, Alan Scoggins and family, and Bud Carnes.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Pam Johnson and Rev. Zach Fitzpatrick officiating. Interment will follow in Johnson Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons and include Richie Lee, Danny Lee, Zach Lee, Randy McNeese, Andrew Venn, and Aaron Venn. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Ratliff and Jim Reece.

Mrs. Martin will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the hour of service on Wednesday.

The family would like to say a special thanks to Hamilton Hospice of Dalton for their loving and compassionate care of Mrs. Martin.

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.

Ellen Lourine “Bobbie” Henry, Obit (M)

Mrs. Ellen Lourine “Bobbie” Henry, age 93, of Rossville, GA, died Sunday, November 20, 2022, at her residence.

Mrs. Henry was born September 24, 1929, in Summerville, GA, daughter of the late Taylor and Willie Mae Wofford Ash. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Richmond Hosiery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Clay Henry; brothers, Horace Ash, Taylor Ash, Jr., Bud Ash; sisters, Helen Baggett, Jeanette Thompson, and JoAnn Cash.

Survivors include her sons, Edward Clay Henry, Jr., Taylor Henry, David Henry, and Jim Henry; a brother, Billy Wayne Ash; sister, Rebecca Price; grandchildren, Shawn Henry, Shane Henry, Shannon Locke, David Henry, Jr., Chasity Foster, Tracy Jackson, Chris Henry, Selina Henry, Krista Crawford, and Elizabeth Gable; great-grandchildren, Zack Henry, Levi Coker, Dallas Coker, Taylor Jackson, Chalee Jackson, Jillie Foster, Whitleigh Foster, Hudson Henry, Marleigh Keahey, and Kailee Crawford; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside and interment services for Mrs. Henry will be held at 3:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Garrett
Cemetery with Bro. Matt Foster officiating. Pallbearers will be nephews.

There will be no visitation.

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.

Linda Ruth Reece, Obit (ER)

MRS. LINDA RUTH REECE, age 81, of Congress Street, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Friday afternoon, November 18, 2022, in a Rome hospital, following a sudden illness. She was born on March 6, 1941 in Fort Payne, Alabama, to the late Wayne Howard and Verna Viola Fannin Blake. Linda was an exceptional business woman, having started a variety of successful businesses. In addition to Parents, She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Robert Lee “Sonny” Reece on December 2, 2021, sisters, Martha Cooper and Wanda Edwards, and an Infant Brother.

Surviving are daughter, Marty and Jimmy Lowery; son, Robert B. and Susan Reece; grandchildren, Cory (Jessica) Reece and Mackenzie Reece; great grandson, Easton Reece; great granddaughter, Brylee Reece; sister, Janette Chadwick; several Nieces and Nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, November 22nd, at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Gary Howell officiating, from United Christian Fellowship, on Highway #114 in Summerville, inurnment in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Adamsburg, Alabama, following the service. Visitation will be from 12:30 until 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Church. The Family request no flowers or food, and suggest contributions to United Christian Fellowship.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.