Community Obituaries
Rev. “Coach” Bob Norton

Rev. Robert Wade Norton, Sr., age 85 of Conyers, Georgia passed away on October 26, 2014 at the Abbey
Hospice in Social Circle Georgia. Funeral services for Rev. Norton will be held on Wednesday, October
29, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. from the Franklin First Baptist Church in Franklin, Georgia. The interment will follow
in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, GA. The family will receive guests on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from
11-1 and 6-8 at the Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia.
Rev. Norton was born in Newnan, Georgia on December 19, 1928, the son of the late Emma Newby Norton
and Wade Norton. After graduating from high school he served honorably in the United States Army
during the Korean Conflict where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his gallantry under extreme
circumstances.   He was a graduate of the University of Georgia where he was a Letterman on the football
team and a member of the baseball team.  After marrying the love of his life, Joyce Sibley and having their
two children he attended and graduated from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a
Masters in Divinity. It was during this time that he worked as a deputy sheriff for the Tarrant County
Sheriff’s Department. His pastoral jobs led him to minister at the Union Grove Baptist Church Lithia
Springs, Georgia, First Baptist Church Pine Mountain, Georgia, First Baptist Church Franklin, Georgia,
and his final post at Deacon Heights Baptist Church Madison, Georgia. During his time of service in
Franklin he also used his former athletic training and became a football coach, trainer, and team chaplain
for the Heard County Braves sports teams. He always felt that this ministry was probably the most
valuable of all his time in service to the Lord. The love and concern he offered to these young athletes,
and the wonderful Christian example he set changed many lives, and created bonds that have last
throughout the years. For forty years he was a parks and recreation referee in several different sporting
events.  He was proud of all of the children that he mentored but his greatest accomplishment in life was
being a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and great-grandfather to his wonderful family. The
contributions of this very dedicated man will long be remembered by all those his life richly blessed!
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Norton of Conyers, GA.; daughter, Sharon Zunt (Jim) of Dallas, GA.; son,
Wade Norton also of Dallas, GA.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mrs. Billie Hubbard

Mrs. Billie Morse Rankin Hubbard, age 84 of Franklin, Georgia passed away on Friday, October 24 at the
Hospice LaGrange in LaGrange, Georgia.
Memorial services for Mrs. Hubbard were conducted on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from the Franklin
United Methodist Church with the Reverends Brett Mathews and Rick McMahan officiating. Music was
provided by Rick Robertson. The internment will be at a later date in the Restlawn Cemetery in LaGrange,
Georgia.
Mrs. Hubbard was born in North Belmont, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Eva Alene Carpenter
Rankin and Charles Latimore Rankin. She was a graduate of Appalachian State University, and was retired
from the Labor Department where she served for twenty-eight years as an Employment Interviewer. When
her children were young they moved to Franklin, Georgia where she became an active part of the
community. She was an important part of the Franklin United Methodist Church where she was involved
in all aspects of church life. Her church family and the members of the Heard County Senior Center were
a very dear to her.  “Miss. Billie” was a forward thinker who was not afraid to fight for her beliefs if she
felt she was right. She had a dry wit and was a pleasure to be around. The joys of her life were her three
children, and she was very proud of all of their accomplishments. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by one daughter, Beth Adams (Joe) of Dallas, TX; two sons, John Hubbard (Betty), and
Brad Hubbard (Debbie) all of Hogansville, GA.; one sister Carolyn Butler (Bob) of Wilmington, N.C.; one
brother, Joe Rankin (Peggy) of Belmont, N. C.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ralph Hubbard.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mr. Randy Bohannon

Mr. Randy Willis “Bo” Bohannon, age 62 of Whitesburg passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the
Carrollton Nursing and Rehab Center.
Memorial services for Mr. Bohannon will be conducted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at11:30 A.M. from
the Lowell Congregational Holiness Church with Reverend Pete Collins officiating.
Mr. Bohannon was born in Carrollton, Georgia, on August 9, 1952, the only child of the late Essie Fuller
Bohannon and Cecil Eugene Bohannon. Until his retirement he was a distributions manager for the
Atlanta Journal and Constitution. “BO” was a fun loving family man who loved fast cars, and motor cycles,
so much so that in his younger years he actually did a lot of drag racing. He loved animals, especially his
dog “Fred.” He was an avid gun collector but only enjoyed shooting for fun not to kill anything. He
enjoyed playing Bingo at the Franklin American Legion. People were his greatest past time. He enjoyed
making all in his presence laugh. His family was the utmost of importance to him. He will be missed by all
who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa McCormick Bohannon of Whitesburg, GA.; one daughter, Celeta
McCormick (Jamie) also of Whitesburg, GA.; four sons, Brian Bohannon (Amanda) of Carrollton, GA.,
Robert Driver of Ephesus, GA., Thomas Driver (Jessica) of Carrollton, GA., and Matt Driver of Fruit Hurst,
AL.; mother-in-law, Lilly Bell McCormick of Carrollton, GA.; and five grandchildren.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Reverend Junior McCormick.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com...
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.




Mrs. Pat Barber

Much loved and respected Heard County educator, Patricia Yvonne Nutt Barber passed away on October
4, 2014 and was met at the Easter Gate by her beloved husband, Hollis Barber.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 4 P.M. from the Union Grove Baptist
Church in Heard County. She will lie- in -state 30 minutes prior to service time. Visitation will be 10-12
Noon, and 6-8 P.M Monday, October 6, 2014 at Stutts Funeral Home.  
Mrs. Barber was born in Centralhatchee, Georgia on May 3, 1940, the daughter of the late Elva Nutt. From
a very early age it was clear that she was a gentle, kind person, who had a great desire to help others. As
a classmate of the graduating class of 1958 she remained in close contact with many who were always
dear to her. She never forgot the close friendships that were developed in those early years. Her desire
to help others, especially children led her to West Georgia College where she obtained a Bachelor’s
Degree in Early Childhood Education and Library Science.  After several years of teaching, and raising her
own children she furthered her education with a Masters, and Specialist Degree also in Education. She
devoted her working life to educating children with a specific desire to give them the basis for all
learning, a love for reading. Her devotion to each of her students gave each of the little ones she taught
a better chance in life to succeed. “Miss. Pat” will long be remembered by each of the lives she touched
by her wonderful teaching skills and the love that she gave to each student. She was an active member
of the Union Grove Baptist Church. Her children and grandchildren consider themselves blessed to call
her mother and grandmothers, but she was the one who would tell you quickly that she was the blessed
one to have such a wonderful family. There was nothing that she loved more than having her entire family
around her kitchen table, all under her roof once again. She will be greatly missed by all who had the
great privilege to have known her.
She is survived by one daughter, Tammi Steele (Jackie, Sr); two sons, Mark Barber (Sandy), and Shane
Barber (Pam) all of Franklin, GA.; grandchildren Jackie “Bucky” Steele, Jr.  (Kate) of Clermont, FL.,  Nikkie
Horne (Chris) of LaGrange, GA., and Bradley Barber of Franklin, GA.; one aunt, Sara Nutt of
Centralhatchee, GA.;  sister and brother- in-law, Dinkey Proctor (Scott) of Franklin, GA., and Arnold Barber
of Bremen, GA.; and one dear friend, Pearl Goss.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of forty-three year, Hollis Barber; her mother Elva
Nutt; and devoted cousin, Robbie Buchannan.
Those who wish may leave memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hugh Nelms

Mr. Hugh Daniel Nelms, age 79 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at the Emory Mid Town Hospital in
Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, August 29, 2014.
Funeral services for Mr. Nelms will be conducted on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Tom Lipham and Mark Williams officiating. The interment
will follow in the Salem Church Cemetery. The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Sunday,
August 31, 2014 from 2-5 p.m...
Mr. Nelms was born in Franklin, Georgia on November 8, 1934, the son of the late Barbara Christine
Daniel Nelms and Harvey Hugh Nelms. He was a faithful member of the Salem Church.  On April 27, 1956
Mr. Nelms married the love of his life Ruby Jackson and they lived happily together for fifty-eight years.
He served his country honorably in the United States Army in the European Theater in Germany following
the Korean Conflict as a member of Company “C” Armed Infantry B.N. from 1955-1957. He then worked for
almost ten years at the American Can Company in Newnan, Georgia. When a job with the Heard County
Schools Maintenance Department became available Mr. Hugh jumped at the chance. This enable him to
be with his family more, and serve the children of the county he so loved for thirty-three years. A pat on
the back, or an encouraging word from “Mr. Hugh” meant the world to all of the children who loved and
appreciated his hard work. He enjoyed working on his farm, especially in the hay fields. Planting and
harvesting times were a highlight of his year. For many years he served as a handler for the Max Maxwell
Auction Company in Carrollton, Georgia. Even though his work ethic left little time for frolicking, he had a
love for fishing and enjoyed not only catching them but seeing them come to visit when he fed them. He
was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Ruby Nelms; one daughter, Eileen Harcrow (Neil); one son, Robert Nelms
(Connie); grandchildren Johnathon Nelms (Jennifer) and Chancey Nelms; great-grandchildren, Aidan
Nelms, Johnathon Nelms, II., Ashlyn and Alex Summerlin; step-grandchildren, Brandi Wilkins (Patrick),
Johnny Harcrow, and Anthony Mashburn; nieces and nephews, Christa Lohr, Donald Nelms, and Keith
Jackson, all of Franklin, Georgia.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Donnie Nelms. and one great-
granddaughter, Ava Grace Nelms.
Flowers will be accepted however those who wish may make donations to the Salem Church in Franklin,
Georgia.
Due to the ill health of Mrs. Nelms the family respectfully requests no house calls. Those who wish can
deliver food to Mr. Nelms son’s home at 151 Judy Road, Franklin, Georgia.
Those who wish can write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



MR. TROY GOSDIN

Mr. Troy Ezra Gosdin, age 84, of Ephesus, GA passed away August 4, 2014 after several years of declining
health.

Funeral services for Mr. Gosdin were conducted Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of
Tom Stutts & Son Funeral Home with the Revs. Sam Braswell, and John Dye officiating.

Mr. Gosdin was born April 18, 1930 in Heard County, GA to the late Pinkney Marshal Gosdin and Emma
Maddox Gosdin. He was a Baptist by faith. In his working years he was a self-employed carpenter. Even
though he worked most of the time his favorite past time was deer hunting. Mr. Troy was a humble man
who would give you the shirt off his back if he saw a need.  He loved family and thought of them even
when he was unable to be with them. He especially loved babies and little children. He could not stand to
see one mistreated. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lorell Watts Gosdin, two
grandchildren, Malory Crawford, daughter of daughter Darlene Gosdin, and Daisy Gosdin, Daughter of
son and daughter-in-law, David and Kim; one great-grandchild,  Laurel Dean, daughter of Kim and Chris
Dean; and 10 siblings.

Survivors include: four daughters: Dottie Gosdin-Dye (John) of Lanett, AL; Debbie Gosdin-Powers (Tony)
of Valley, AL; Donna Gosdin-Abel of Nashville, TN; and Darlene Gosdin of Ephesus; three sons: Danny
Gosdin (Terry) of West Point, David Gosdin and Donnie Gosdin (Nancy) of Roopville; 11 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; one sister, Novice Sessions; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Tom Stutts & Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Mr. Jason Tinsley

Mr. Jason Denver Tinsley, age 30 of Franklin, Georgia walked for the first time in 22 years on August 5,
2014 straight through the gates of Heaven.
A celebration of Jason’s life was held on August 7, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. from the Stutts Funeral Home Chapel
with the Reverends Lynn Janney and Mary Nell Burden officiating. A loving tribute was offered by Jason’s
brother-in-law Chuck Pope. Serving as pallbearers were Justin Whitten, Whit Pope, Russ Massa, Tommy
Tucker, Corey Shelnutt, and Cain Dean. The interment followed at Heard County Memorial Gardens.
Jason was born in Newnan, Georgia on December 5, 1983, the son of Judy Rogers Tinsley Massa and the
late Robert Tinsley. For the last seventeen years he had a loving step father, Tim Massa. It was evident
that Jason loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He was an extreme extravert who loved people, and
was never afraid of carrying on a conversation with the young or old. From a very early age he had a
great love for the Lord. His preacher, Brother Luther Raines said “Jason can pray as well as any adult in
our church.” He loved sports, playing video games, all kinds of music, and food of any kind.
At the age of eight he suffered a terrible seizure which resulted in him being given a medication which he
was allergic to. This caused complications that disabled him for the rest of his 22 years. Through much
pain and seven major surgeries his light continued to shine. Even though he could not talk, walk, or eat
you knew he was paying attention to everything because he watched your every move. He had a great
love for his nieces and nephews. When his niece, Tabatha was upset they could put her on Jason’s
stomach and she would immediately stop crying. On the day he died, even in his week state he refused to
go until he saw his nephew, Justin one last time.  His love for family, especially his mother is what kept
him living.  This memorial could not be written without mentioning the tremendous devotion his mother,
step father, sister, and brother had to Jason’s care. His life was greatly enriched by their love.  Caring for
him, even though very demanding, brought great joy to his family! The example they set for others left a
mark on all who witnessed their devotion. It is only with the knowledge of knowing that Jason is again
healthy and with the Lord that his family can rejoice in his Devine healing.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Judy and Tim Massa; sister, Tina Pope (Chuck), three
brothers, Chuck Whitten, Ricky Whitten, and Cody Massa; two nieces, Tabitha Whitten and Madison Pope;
and two nephews, Justin Whitten and Whit Pope , all of Franklin, Georgia.
Other than his father he is preceded in death by his grandparents, Christine Thrower, and W. L. Rogers.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald Crumley

Mr. Donald “Don” Crumley, age 91 of Franklin, Georgia, formerly of Newport, Tennessee passed away on
Wednesday, August, 20, 2014 at the Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia.
Funeral services for Mr. Crumley will be conducted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. from the
Manes Funeral Home Chapel in Newport, Tennessee with the Reverends Steve Blanchard and Robb
Myers officiating. The interment will follow in the Union Cemetery. The family will receive guest at the
funeral home one hour prior to service time.
Mr. Crumley was born on March 31, 1923, the son of the late Dee Crumley and Sarah Hinchey Crumley. He
was a member of the Wilsonville Baptist Church. Dew to the death of his father he entered the work  
force at a very early age. During World War II he answered the call and served honorably in the United
States Army. He achieved the rank of Sergeant in only three years. For his gallantry he received the Good
Conduct Medal, American Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. After his military service he
became a lineman for Newport Utilities where he worked until his retirement. Even at a very senior age
he always continued to work. Never idle, he took great pride in his two acre garden. In what little spare
time he had he enjoyed hunting and fishing. “Mr. Don” was a wonderful husband to his lovely wife, Cora
Aline Belcher Crumley until her death, and always the loving father and grandfather. He will be missed by
all who knew him.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Brenda Brumley of Franklin, GA.; one sister,
Frances Helenboat of Knoxville, TN.; grandchildren, Cindy and Brandon Langley, and Mandy Crumley of
Eclectic, AL. ;  great-grandson, Dylan Langley, all of Dothan, A.; three sisters-in-law,  Ora Belle Puckett and
Hazel Merrell both of Newport, TN., and Dora Gass of Knoxville, TN…
Other than his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two enfant children, Susie and Larry
Crumley; three sisters, Edna Presnell, Margaret Sentell, and Pauline Crumley; and two brothers, Homer
and William Crumley.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
The Manes Funeral Home of Newport, Tennessee, and Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia are in
charge of arrangements.


Carl Edward Graham

Carl “Eddie” Graham, 72, also known by friends and family as “Pap”, of Franklin, Ga, went home to be with
the Lord peacefully with family by his side on Monday, August 11, 2014 at his home.
Born on Sept 21, 1941, in Greenford, Ohio to the late Wilbert & Martha Graham, he was the eldest of 8
children.  He served our country in the US Navy for 7 years as an electrician.  He resided in Heard County
Ga for the last 30 years.  Served as an Elder of New Antioch Christian Church which he helped organize
and build.  He was a member of First Christian Church of Newnan at the time of his passing.  He will be
most remembered for his community service as a good Christian man.  He would give the shirt off his
back even if it was the last thing he had left.
He is survived by the love of his life for 55 ½ years, his wife, Linda Graham.  Survivors also include, Cheri
Whoric(Bob) of Whitesburg, Ga, Michelle Mauro-Knight(Gregg) of Brigantine, NJ, Wendy Hollis(Bill) of
Everson, Pa, Carla Kuehl(Charles) of Newnan, Ga, 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and
several of his siblings.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Martha Graham, Sister Helen Dale, and his dear oldest
daughter Debra Graham.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to First Christian
church of Newnan in Carls name.
A memorial service was conducted at his home in Franklin, Ga on August 16, 2014.



Mrs. Charlotte Joh-Childs

Mrs. Charlotte Merlene Creel Joh- Childs, age 87 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her home on
Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Funeral services for Mrs. Joh-Childs will be conducted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia. The interment will follow in the Caney Head United
Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive guests at the funeral home Monday evening, July 21,
2014 from 6-8 P.M…
Mrs. Joh-Childs was born in Lakeland, Florida on February 12, 1927, the daughter of the late Oscar
Goldridge Creel and Nona Ethelda Lucas Creel. From a very early age it was clear that Charlotte would be
a woman of high character and a tremendous work ethic. As a young mother she became a popular
television personality in the Tampa-Saint Petersburg area. Her beautiful face, wonderful voice, and sweet
dispositions made her a favorite among the television audience, so much so that she actually received
much more fan mail than the show’s star. While developing her career she was able to maintain the
perfect balance at home with her family. Her children regale her as a perfect cook who always had a
fabulous meal on the table!  Even with a very full schedule she managed to have time to design and make
beautiful clothing for her five little ones. It was during this time in her life that she became the Orchid
Queen and was first runner up in the Mrs. Florida Pageant. When the television industry changed to cater
to the Pop Culture she knew it was time for her to change direction. She did this by delving into the
banking industry. Never afraid of hard work and wanting to assist her husband with the family income she
began work as a teller.  At the time of her retirement she was Senior Vice President of the Fulton Federal
Savings and Loan in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her lifetime there was one thing that was always a
constant, her dedication to her Lord. Until she was well up in years her sweet voice was enjoyed by her
church family. Even though she was senior to most, her still lovely face, soft spoken voice, and Godly
ways likened her to an angel. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Childs of Franklin, GA.; four daughters, Sherry Jones (Skip) of
Franklin, GA., Charlene Odem (David) of Cartersville, GA., Taffee Joh-Oakes (Ronnie Brannon) of
Woodland, AL., and Pennee Rowland (David) of Palm Harbor, FL.; one son Fritz Joh (Sharlene) of Franklin,
GA.; one sister Margie Sue Brock (Bill) of Holliday FL.; fifteen grandchildren; and eighteen great-
grandchildren.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Leopold Edwin Joh.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.