Community Obituaries
Mrs. Edith Nelms

Mrs. Edith Wilson Nelms, age 86 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her daughter’s home on January 10, 2016.
Mrs. Nelms was born on October 13, 1929 in Heard County, Georgia, the daughter of the late, Laura Mae Walston
Wilson Nelms, and John Parker Wilson.  She married the love of her life, William Douglas “Jet” Nelms at a very early
age and together they had one child, Jackie. They were long time members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. In
1952 she and Jet opened the Nelms Grocery Store in the Mount Pleasant community of Heard County.  The store
was a popular spot due to the personalities of both of its owners.  Around Christmas it was especially crowded due to
the fact that the couple somehow managed to sneak in a good supply of fireworks, and novelties for the children. In
their later years she also assisted in Mr. Jet’s cattle business.  Mrs. Edith loved reading Romance Novels, and
listening to county western music.  She will long be remembered for her spunky and friendly personality.
Funeral services for Mrs. Nelms will be conducted on Tuesday, January 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. from the Stutts Funeral
Home Chapel. The interment will follow at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive
guests at the funeral home one hour prior to service time.
She is survived by her daughter Jackie Wilson of Franklin, GA.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jet Nelms.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rick Richards

Mr. Rickey Leroy Richards, age 56 of Newnan, Georgia passed away a t the Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Saturday,
December 26, 2015.  
Mr. Richards was born in Great lakes, Illinois, on July, 16, 1959, the son of Shirley Labece  Auten Richards, and the
late, Robert Leroy Richards.  He was a Christian by faith.  After high school he attended college in Iowa.  He was a
talented carpenter who enjoyed using has abilities to construct beautiful houses and do repair work as well!  All who
had the good fortune of having him build for them were very pleased with his work. In his later years he was
especially proud he was able to join forces with his dad to form Richards and Son Construction Company.  His wife
and children were the greatest joy of his life!   He not only worked hard to provide for them, but he spent every
waking moment trying to think of ways to make their lives more enjoyable.  Those who knew him would tell you that he
never put on airs; he was what he professed to be.  He was a diehard Auburn fan!   Always the life of the party, Rick
enjoyed making people laugh, and loved making new friends.  He was especially fond of being on Lake Wedowee
where he loved boating and fishing.  His love of life will always be carried in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Galle Richards of Newnan, GA.; Heather Richards of Auburn, AL.; two sons, Clark
Criss of Franklin, GA., and Ricky Richards of Carrollton, GA.; two sisters Windy Richards of IA, and Traci Joyner
(Ashley) of AR.; one brother, David Richards also of AR.; and three beloved grandchildren.
Other than his father he was preceded in death by one son, Clint Criss, and sister Shelli Richards.
Memorial services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. from the Stutts Funeral Home
Chapel, with visitation with his family one prior to service time.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes or letter of condolence at
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Irene Shelnutt

Mrs. Lillian Irene Higby Shelnutt, age 90 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her home on Sunday, December 27,
Mrs. Shelnutt was born in Chambers County, Alabama on September 23, 1926, to the late Nancy Elizabeth Wood
Higby and Benjamin Farrin Higby.  When she was very young she moved with her family to a farm in LaGrange,
Georgia where she was taught by her mother how to garden and take care of all of the animals.  She boasts, in her
life history, that she was able to milk a cow with both hands.  She was very scholarly and was able to skip several
grades due to her unusual reading ability.  It was her life long dream to become a nurse, but after she decided to
marry at only fourteen she was not permitted to continue her school. For many years she worked at different jobs to
help provide her and her husband an income.  She wanted to be able to get a better job so she attended business
school.  After graduating she worked at a local drug store where she was a short order cook, stocked shelves, and
ran the cash register.  She later worked in a local textile mill.  Many years later, Mrs. Irene decided it was time to
pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, so she attended Troup Tech and obtained her LPN degree.   It was a
requirement of the school for her to obtain her GED, and she accomplished this as well.  She then worked at West
Georgia Hospital for many years after and was thrilled to help deliver sixty-five babies.  Her goal had always been to
be an RN, so in later years she attended Troy State university and accomplished that.  Knowing the tremendous
need for compassionate nurses in the nursing home industry she devoted the rest of her working years to the care of
her elderly patients.  At age 65 she retired and devoted the rest of her life to working in the Mormon church.  She
dearly loved serving her God and being with the church people.  She served as the Relief Society, Primary, and the
Young Women president, a counselor, and teacher of several auxililies all while she still was working full time,  was a
Gospel Doctrine teacher for eight  and a half years, and teacher improvement for two years.  She never grew tired of
serving her Lord. She was a loving soul who will long be remembered by all who knew her.
She is survived by three sisters-in-laws, Ann Zeamer of Franklin, GA., Sara Nutt also of Franklin, GA., and Cestelle
Meeks of Commerce, GA.; several adoring nieces and nephews; and a host of loving church family.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Curtis William Shelnutt, and several
brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. from the Stutts Funeral Home
Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with Bishop Trevor Thompson officiating.  The interment will follow in the Centralhatchee
First Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive guests at the funeral home one hour prior to service time.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Miss. Theresa Hopson

Miss. Theresa Hopson, age 85 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at the Hospice LaGrange on Saturday, December
12, 2015.
Miss. Hopson was born in Heard County, Georgia on September 29, 1930, the only daughter of the late, Blanche
Glover Hopson and Bob Hopson.  She was a graduate of West Georgia College and Retired from the State of
Georgia where she was a supervisor in the State Archives Department.  After her retirement she moved back to
Heard County and became a vital member of the Franklin United Methodist Church where she was a member of the
United Methodist Women.  She was also a member of the Heard County Chapter Pilot Club.  Never wanting to be idle,
she became a poll worker and assisted voters when election time came around. As a very young child she became
quite efficient with a needle and thread.  Her family boasts that if she ever saw an outfit she liked, she could make an
exact duplicate, thus making her one of the best dressed young women in the community during her school days.
Other than her sewing she was also a very talented artist and enjoyed all forms of crafts.  She was very close to her
brother’s family and all of her many cousins.  In the last three years of her life she had the joy of living with her
nephew Scott Hopson and his wife Angie.  She thought of their children as her very own.  Miss. Theresa was a
deeply committed Christian and a joy to be around.  She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by nephew Scott Hopson (Angie) of Franklin, GA.; great-niece Brittany Stikes (Bill) of Griffin, GA.;
great-nephew Brock Hopson (Andrea) of Franklin, GA ; one great-great-nephew Logan Hopson also of Franklin, GA.
; and  a host of adoring cousins.
Funeral services for Miss. Hopson will be conducted on Sunday, December 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at the Stutts Funeral
Home Chapel with the Reverend Brett Mathews officiating.  The family will receive guests at the funeral one hour
prior to service time.  The interment will follow at a later date at the Franklin City Cemetery.
In lieu of Flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Franklin United Methodist Church.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bill Linville

The earthly life of Bill Linville ended on 12/12/15.  He spent the last 20 years in Franklin, Georgia, but was formerly of
Dayton, Ohio, where he was born on 12/22/1928 to Gladys and John Linville.  He served in the Korean War and
worked for NCR before pursuing a career in sign painting.  His career took him and his family to Windsor Locks, CT,
Lexington, KY, Lithonia and Decatur, GA, and finally, Franklin, GA.   He was a member of Franklin First Baptist
Church.  He loved to take road trips, often searching the back roads for antique shops.  He loved all things whimsical,
including repairing and rebuilding old clocks, and collecting old bottles.  He was often the life of the party and loved
the attention his family gave him; he loved to tease and was always a child at heart, yet willing to help anyone who
needed it.  He will be sorely missed by his wife of 63 years, Loretta Johnson Linville, three daughters and a son;
Debby (Bill) Morgan of Temple, GA; Randy (Laurie) Linville of Lawrenceville, GA, Brenda (Mike) Maserjian of
Taylorsville, GA and Cindy (Tim) Freeman of Winston, GA; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters,
Bonnie (Herb) Peer of Dayton, Ohio and Becky (Peter)Candella of Greenville, PA.  He was predeceased by his
brother Bob Linville and sister, Nancy Call, and his parents, Gladys and John Linville.  
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, December 15, from 6-8 pm at Stutts Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be
2 pm on Wednesday, December 16, at Franklin First Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St.
Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Precept Ministries, International.  
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brenda Parker

Mrs. Brenda Kay Phillips Parker, age 50 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 2,
Mrs. Parker was born in LaGrange, Georgia on July 18, 1965, the daughter of Naomi Christine Moman Phillips and
John Emory Phillips.  She was a Christian by faith and enjoyed attending Providence Baptist Church, and was a
graduate of West Georgia Technical College where she obtained a degree in Marketing.  For many years she was
employed by Franklin Aluminum where she was a machine operator.  Brenda had a tremendous capacity to love,
especially children.  The joy of her life was being a mother and grandmother, to not only her own children but her
beloved companion, Billy Scarborough’s children, and all her nieces and nephews.  She took great delight in
preparing wonderful meals for her family.  For twenty years she and Billy had taken the children on camping trips that
were enjoyed by young and old alike.  She was a loving, kind hearted lady who will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her mother and father Christine and Johnny Phillips of Franklin, GA.; loving companion of twenty
years, Billy Scarborough also of Franklin, GA.; four daughters, Heather Haney, Christina Morris both of Franklin, GA.,
Sabrina Scarborough of Ellijay, GA., and Kayla Keaton of Tallapoosa, GA.; one son, Austin Scarborough of Villa
Rica, GA.; mother-in-love, Sue Scarborough of Ephesus, GA. ;three sisters, Joyce Killingsworth of LaGrange, GA.,
Tamara Watson, and  Wanda Johnson both of Franklin, GA.; six brother, Kenneth Phillips of Centralhatchee, GA.,
Lamar Phillips of LaGrange, GA.,  Roger  Scarborough of Tyus, Ga., Amos Scarborough of Ephesus, GA. , and
Milton Scarborough of Buchanan, GA.; and thirteen grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, B.J. Scarborough.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Parker were conducted at the Stutts Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:
00 p.m. with the Reverend Bobby Driver officiating. Music was provided by numerous friends and family members.  
Serving as pallbearers were Milton Scarborough, Roger Scarborough, Bryan Church, Ryan Haney, and Kenneth
Watson.  The interment followed in the Scarborough Family Cemetery.  The family will receive guests at the funeral
home one and half hours prior to service time.  
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Clark Williams, Jr.

Clark Robbins Williams, Jr. was born on October 24, 1946 to Clark R. Williams Sr. and Madelaine B. Williams in
Birmingham, Alabama and died November 29, 2015 at his home following a long illness.  He married Sherry Dixon
Williams on January 14th, 1973 after knowing each other seven weeks.  Clark enjoyed two wonderful career fields.
He went to work for the Birmingham Humane Society in 1978 and from there was Director of Animal Control in
Amarillo, Texas and Director of the Humane Society of Collier County in Naples, Florida.  Upon moving to Georgia in
1984, he worked as Asst. Director of Animal Control in Fulton County.  Deciding to leave Animal Welfare, he was
encouraged to enter real estate and went into appraising.  Moving to Heard County in 1988, he started appraising for
The Bank of Heard County and later The First Georgia Banking Company.   His daughter Maggie joined him as an
appraiser while in College and together they appraised many homes in the County and met many wonderful families.
While living in Heard County he served the people in many different areas.  He was a former Franklin City
Councilman, member of Tax Assessors Review Board, and also a member of the Zone and Planning Commission.  
Many improvements were made do to his diligent work in these jobs.  His real love and something he looked forward
to was his weekly game of golf with his friends, Donald Rogers and Talmadge Davis and whoever they could get to
play with them in the fourth slot.  He especially enjoyed sharing Talmadge's fried pies each week that Jackie made
and he packed in his lunch for the game.  Ms. Jackie soon learned to just put an extra one in Talmadge's lunch for
Clark, and she has continued thru the years to bring Clark fried pies, leaving them at his bedside.    He was a
devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. Prior to his death he was so happy to get to meet and hold Robb
and Brooke's son, his great grandson, Gage Alexander Williams!  
Clark enjoyed life and the people who were in it so very much.  He enjoyed his years in the Franklin United Methodist
Church choir and singing solos when they let him do so.  His unique personality was annoying to some and enjoyed
by others.  His joy was to try to entertain whoever he was with at the moment with his stories and opinions.  The
family is especially grateful to his very dear friend, Donald Rogers who has spent many hours at his bedside the last
years, sharing the news of Franklin with him which Clark enjoyed more than anything.   The people of Heard County
will forever be indebted to “Mr. Clark” for his great contribution to the community, and his willingness to stand for what
he felt would be best for the whole of the population.  His quick wit will especially be missed.
He is survived his wife, Sherry Williams; daughters, Maggie Williams (Roderick Bonner), and Claudia Williams; son,
Robb Williams (Brooke Harris);great-grandson, Gage Williams; nephew, David A. Outland; niece Madeline Outland
McCrorie; and great-nephews, Harrison and Ryan McCrorie; and his beloved cousins that he was especially fond of.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Madeline and Clark Williams, Sr.; and his beloved sister and
best friend, Kay Williams Outland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Clark's name to the Heard County Food Pantry or West Georgia Hospice
(LaGrange, GA).
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at
Memorial services for Mr. Williams were conducted on Thursday, December 3, 2015, 4:00 p.m. from the Stutts
Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with his dear friend, Donald Rogers sharing remarks.  Music was provided
by Judy Miller, Nancy Heard, and the Franklin united Methodist Church Choir.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.