Community Obituaries
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.



Mrs. Melinda Hester

Mrs. Melinda Lou Brown Hester, age 63 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her home on Saturday, June
21, 2014.
A Memorial Service was conducted for Mrs. Hester on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. from the Stutts
Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend J. W. Daniel officiating. Music was provided by Leesa Stutts
Cothran.
Mrs. Hester was born in LaGrange, Georgia on December 25, 1950, the daughter of the late Harriet Bailey
Brown and Wiley Monroe Brown. She was a Christian by faith. Her whole life revolved around her family.
She loved nothing more than preparing wonderful meals for her family. She loved attending family
reunions where she could be surrounded by her extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She will
be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her only child, Michelle Brown, and one grandson, Zackary Meeler, both of Franklin,
GA.; two sisters, Bobbie Sue Marlow of Wedowee, AL., and Pam Howard of Ranburn, AL.; one step son,
Anthony Hester (Dixie) of Part St. Joe, FL.; two sisters-in-law, Lee Long and Melba Milam both of
Carrollton, GA.; two brothers-in-law, Donald Hester (Imogene) and Lloyd Hester also of Carrollton, GA.;
and a host of adoring nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Dillard Hester, and two brothers, Joe
Max Brown and James Brown.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mrs. Ann Booker

Mrs. Julia Ann Nelson Booker, age 61 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her home on Monday, June 23,
2014.
Memorial services for Mrs. Booker will be conducted on Sunday, June 28, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Mike Watson officiating. The family will receive guests at
the funeral home one hour prior to service time.
Mrs. Booker was born in Lake City, Florida on March 31, 1952, the daughter of the late Odessa Owens
Nelson and Fred Nelson. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. For many years she
was a loving foster mother. The children that she served along with her own son Chad, were very
fortunate to have her love and wonderful care. The impact she made on each of their lives will remain
close to each of their hearts. She will long be missed by those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by one son, Chad Douglas (Crystal) and four beloved grandchildren, Taylor, Ashely,
Caitlyn, and Austin Douglas all of LaGrange, GA.; her dear companion of three years, Patrick Gordon of
Franklin, GA.; friend for over thirty years, Brenda Teal also of Franklin; and a host of  adoring foster
children.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mr. Vernon  Smith

Mr. Vernon Lane Smith, age 70 of Douglasville, Georgia passed away at his home on Thursday, May 29,
2014.
Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be conducted on Saturday May 31, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. from the Tom
Stutts and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverend Lynn Janney officiating. The
interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive guests two hours
prior to service time.
Mr. Smith was born in Crossville, Tennessee on June 7, 1943, the son of the late Martha Jane Beyer Smith
and Dewey George Smith. He was a Retired Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy. He served his country
gallantly during the Vietnam Conflict. For his great allegiance to his country he received the Meritorious
Unit Commendation;  2ND Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal;  
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/Fleet Marine Forcer Insignia, Technical
Service Medal 2nd  Class, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation. After his retirement from the
Navy he then worked until he completed a second retirement with the United States Postal Service. He
was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was especially fond of the grandchildren. Mr. Smith
was a man of great integrity he gave greatly to his country and all he knew. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Joyce Hembree Smith of Douglasville, GA.; two sons Darold Wiggins of
Franklin, GA, and Dwayne Wiggins (April) of Conyers, GA.;  four sisters, Vancineta Wisdom, Jessie Dean
(Warren), Linda  Moffett (Ken), Velma Burgess (Dave) all of Crossville, TN.; three brothers, John Lee Smith
(Eunice) of Crossville, TN., Delmer Smith (Monica) of Shalimar, FL., and Nowell Smith (Vicky) Lebanon, TN.;  
grandchildren, Chafin and Justin Pitts, Brett Wiggins, Brandon Wiggins, Daulton Wiggins, and Caitlin
Wiggins.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Sherrill, and four brothers, Robert, Alfonso, Franklin,
and Ronald Smith.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mr. Willie Wiggins

Mr. Willie Fred Wiggins, age 77 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton,
Georgia on Thursday May 29, 2014.
Funeral services for Mr. Wiggins will be conducted on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from the Stutts Funeral Home
Chapel with the Reverend Ed Grooms officiating. The interment will follow in the Centralhatchee Baptist
Church Cemetery. The family will receive guests at the funeral home Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 6-8 P.M…
Mr. Wiggins was born in Graham, Alabama on December 1, 1936, the son of the late Zora Nixon Wiggins
and Elish Wiggins. For most of his life he was a self employed electrician and house painter. He was a
Baptist by faith. Whenever possible he would find himself on the bank of the river or pond fishing.
Dancing was also a favorite activity and even after he was confined to a wheel chair, family members
would see his feet moving to a tune. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be
missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Buchanan of Franklin, GA.; one granddaughter Crystal Gregg
(Blaine) Eleberta, AL.; one grandson, Rex Buchanan of Franklin, GA.; and five 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. Nina Bussey

Mrs. Nina Mae Adams Bussey, age 96 of Franklin, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the
Carrollton Manor Nursing Home in Carrollton Georgia.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bussey will be conducted on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. from the
Centralhatchee First Baptist Church in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverends Mark Williams, Doug
Bingham, and Quinnon Duncan officiating. She will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to service time.  The
interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive guests at Stutts Funeral Home, also in
Franklin on Thursday May 22, 2014 from 6-8 P.M…
Mrs. Bussey was born in Heard County, Georgia on June 28, 1917, the daughter of the late Maudie Mae
Street Adams and Ancie C. Adams. She was a faithful member of the Centralhatchee First Baptist Church
where she had the distinct honor of being the oldest member. In her younger years she was employed by
Heard County Memorial Hospital where she served as a laundress.  She was retired from Heard County
High School where she served as a dietician. Her love for the children and contagious smile made her a
favorite with the students she served. Never afraid of hard work she then dedicated herself for 22
additional years to preparing nourishing meals for the campers at the Rockridge Baptist Assembly. She
was a loving mother to nine wonderful children and loved to have a crowd to prepare wonderful meals
for and enjoyed the company. Never idle, she spent hours working in her beautiful flower beds and loved
fishing. On the rare occasion when she found herself still and at home she loved working puzzles. Mrs.
Nina never met a stranger and had a loving spirit for all she knew.  Her long life was spent doing for
others. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by three daughters, Dianne McCormick (James) of Ranburn, AL., Janice Smith( Everett)
also of Ranburn, AL., and Susan Patterson (Clyde) of Woodland, AL.; six sons, Tillman Bussey (Beth) of
Cedartown, GA., Johnny Bussey , Jerry Bussey , Randy Bussey, and Robby Bussey (Lana) all of Franklin,
GA., and David Bussey of Villa Rica, GA.; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren;
and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Robert Bussey.
Flowers will be accepted, however those who wish may make donations to the Centralhatchee First
Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes to Mrs. Bussey’s family at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.






Mrs. Hazel Toney Smith

Mrs. Margaret Hazel Toney Smith, age 79 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at the Hospice Lagrange in
LaGrange, Georgia on Saturday, May 17, 2014 after an extended illness.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be conducted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. from the
Centralhatchee First Baptist Church with the Reverend Mark Williams officiating. She will lie-in-state at
the church 30 minutes prior to service time. The family will receive guests at Stutts Funeral Home Sunday
evening, May 18, 2014 from 6-8 P.M…
Mrs. Smith was a lifelong resident of Heard County, the daughter of the late Artie Lee Teal Toney and
Willis Raymond Toney. She was a member of the Centralhatchee First Baptist Church. Everyone who knew
“Mrs. Hazel” would tell you that she had a green thumb. She loved raising flowers of all kinds but her
specialty was African Violets. It gave her great pleasure to present family and friends with one of her
beautiful potted treasures! She was a loving mother and grandmother who especially doted on her only
grandchild, Braden. Her children are quick to tell you that their mother raised them to know right from
wrong, and that any success that they have achieved is because of her good parenting and nurturing
ways. She was kind and loving to all she knew. Her presence will be missed by all.
She is survived by one daughter, Tammy Sankey (Roger) of Newnan, GA.; two sons, Ray and Keith Smilth
both of Franklin, GA.; and one grandson, Braden Sankey of Newnan, GA…
She was preceded in death by her husband, Heflin Smith; and two beloved sons, Kenneth Toney and
Bruce Smtih.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mrs. Brenda Barber

Mrs. Brenda Lee Little Barber, age 49 passed away at her home on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Mrs. Barber was born on January 24, 1965 in Booneville, Kentucky to her father, Zeke Little, and mother,
the late Sandra Kay Barrett. She was a Baptist by faith. She loved people, and before her health failed she
used her delightful personality to win over all of her customers at the Nobles Grocery Store where she
was a manager. Everyone who knew her would tell you that she never met a stranger. After a few short
moments of conversation with her you felt you had been friends for years. She was a hard worker but
when she had spare time she loved to travel, especially to Daytona Beach, Florida. If you were very lucky
you may find yourself the recipient of one of her beautiful floral arrangements, or be a part of the
wonderful memories she made in one of her creative scrapbooks. She was a loving wife, mother,
grandmother, and sister. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold Barber; daughters, Holly Slay (Rob), and Kendra Abercrombie
(Johnny); sister, Christy Little; brothers, Mike Little, Bug Little, and Wayne Reynolds; sisters-in-law, Pat
Barber, and Louise “Dinky” Procter (Scott); ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A private gathering of her family joined together at Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia on
Wednesday, April 23 to share a special time of remembrance. Loving remarks were made by her family.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia was in charge of arrangements.