Community Obituaries
Mr. Gerald Cassell

Mr. Gerald Burson Cassell, age 85 of Franklin, Georgia passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at
the Halcyon Hospice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Memorial services for Mr. Cassell will be conducted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverend Doug Bingham officiating. The family will
receive guests one hour prior to service time.
Mr. Cassell was born in Franklin, Georgia on May 6, 1929, the son of the late Ida Irene Burson Cassell and
Judson Cassell. He was a Christian by faith. After high school he served his country honorably in the
United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  For all of his working life he was well known for being one
of the most outstanding mechanics in the area. After working for many years he decided to further his
education so he could teach the trade that he was so accomplished in. After taking classes at Georgia
Tech he became a certified teacher at the Carroll Technical College in the field of Auto Mechanics. He
thoroughly enjoyed working with young people and sharing his knowledge with them. In his spare time he
loved hunting and fishing but his all-time favorite hobby was playing the guitar. His talents led him to be a
part of the band “Country Playboys” who played concerts, and radio and television shows all over the
south. After retirement he and his wife Doris loved taking trips on the motor cycle and camping with
friends. He was a loving father who doted on his grandchildren. He will long be remembered by all who
knew him.
He is survived by his wife Doris Hannah Cassell; daughter, Robin McKenzie (Deck); son, Lamar Cassell
(Angie), all of Franklin, Georgia; sister Carroll Ann Ray (Walter) of Valdosta, GA.; brother, Truman Cassell
(Christine) of Carrollton, GA.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mr. George Painter

Mr. George Columbus Painter, age 74 of Franklin, Georgia passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014
at the Redmond Regional Hospital in Rome, Georgia.
Funeral services for Mr. Painter were conducted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ron Siegers officiating.  Music was provided by Mr.
Painter’s wife, Wilma Painter, Ron Sigers, and Leesa Stutts Cothran. Those serving as pallbearers were
Jeremiah Bishop, John Alley, Koi Evangelista, Bailey Painter, Chris Painter, and Ricky Coker.  The
interment followed the service at the Unity Baptist Church in Roopville, Georgia.
Mr. Painter was born in Chatsworth, Georgia on March 19, 1937, the son of the late Mamie Shuler Painter
and Harley Painter.  He was a faithful member of the Unity Baptist Church, and was a hard worker who
enjoyed providing for his family.  Until his retirement he was a Machine Operator for Kason Industries in
Newnan, Georgia. In his spare time he love fishing and had a special love of hunting.  His family adored
him, and he them. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Wilma Montealegre Painter of Franklin, GA.; son, Chris Painter of Pine
Mountain, GA.; son-in-law, Gilbert Bishop (Alice); two sisters, Linda Stokes (Ricky) of KY., and Eva Allen
(Junior) of Calhoun, GA.; three brothers, Ray Painter(Cindy), Charles Painter (Charlene) all of Dalton, GA.,
and James Painter (Claudette) pf Chatsworth, GA.; and three grandchildren.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dale Smith Painter; and daughter
Gidget Bishop.
Those who wish may write a memorial tribute at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Oliver Jackson

Mr. John Oliver Jackson, age 90, of Franklin, Georgia passed away at his home on Thursday, December
18, 2014.
Funeral services for Mr. Jackson will be conducted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Steve Clotfelter officiating. The interment will follow at
the Mount Zion Cemetery. The family will receive guests at the funeral home one hour prior to service
time.
Mr. Jackson was born on January 20, 1924 the Glenn Community of Heard County, Georgia, the son of the
late Effie Maude Crenshaw Jackson and John Walter Jackson. He was a faithful member of the Community
Christian Church where he had served as an elder for many years. His musical abilities served him well as
he also served the church as song leader.  This same gift afforded him an opportunity to perform with
fellow band members on a local radio station. Hard work was a great passion of his. This was evident from
his stellar work record he had at Callaway Mills/Milliken and Company from which he retired after 35 years
of service.  Even after working a full day he enjoyed coming home to several hours of gardening. Many
evenings were spent in his shed which he lovingly referred to as “The Palace” where he enjoyed wood
work and welding. His tremendous work ethic made him a favorite among his employers and fellow
workers. It also set a wonderful example for his children and grandchildren. Being a good husband and
father were utmost in his thoughts. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 69 years, Sara Faye Stephens Jackson of Franklin, GA.; three
sons, Chris Jackson (Judy) of Senoia, GA., Terry Jackson (Kathy) of Franklin, GA., and Oliver Jackson
(Shirley) of LaGrange, GA.; six grandchildren, Shane Jackson (Robin) of Marietta, GA., Dr. Kathryn Faye
Jackson of Ft. Myers, FL., Kimberly Lorraine Jackson of Raleigh, N. C., Sarah Christine Jackson of Senoia,
GA., Brandon Oliver Jackson of Jackson, GA., and Stephen Chad Jackson of Grantville, GA.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Tommie Ray Laws; and brother, Jim L.
Jackson.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.




Mrs. Irene Dean

Mrs. Katherine Irene Williamson Dean, age 89 of Franklin, Georgia passed away on Monday, December 8,
2014 at the Hospice LaGrange in LaGrange, Georgia.
Funeral services for Mrs. Dean will be conducted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverend Lynn Janney officiating. The
interment will follow in the Franklin City Cemetery. The family will receive guests at the funeral home
Tuesday evening December 9, 2014 from 6-8 P.M…
Mrs. Dean was born in Randolph County, Alabama on August 11, 1925, the daughter of the late Tampie
Brown Williamson and Willie E. Williamson.  She was retired from the Heard County Department of Family
and Children Services where she was a Social worker. The lives of countless families, especially little
children were made better due to her tireless effort on their behalf. Her compassion did not end with her
retirement. She cared for her husband and his brother for many years and did so with a sweet and gentle
spirit. She was a Christian by faith. “Mrs. Irene” was a fun loving person whose vivacious personality
could lighten your darkest hour. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed making special meals for her
family. She loved traveling to the mountains and would pick up at a moment’s notice to have a chance to
view the beautiful vistas that the mountain ranges offered. Perhaps her favorite thing in life, other than
her family was dancing! Whether she was dancing herself or just a spectator, she loved it. To look at her
wardrobe one would never guess that she was almost 90 years old. She loved dressing nice, and had a
passion for bright colored shoes and pretty jewelry!  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
She sis survived by one daughter, Norma Jean Jennings (Charlie) of Bremen, GA.; two sons, Jackie
Cannon of Glenn, GA., and Toney Cannon (Lisa) of Franklin, GA; one sister, Roxie Allen of Franklin, GA.;
one brother, Hubert Williamson (Jessie Mae) of LaGrange, GA.; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-
grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J. C. Dean.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Linda Lee Graham, 73, of Franklin, GA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 19,
2014 with her family and friends by her side.

Ms. Graham was born March 25, 1941 in Smithfield, PA to the late Arthur and Ola Sellers. She moved to
Georgia with her husband in 1984. She was married to the love of her life, Carl Graham, for 55 years until
his passing in August 2014. Ms. Graham was always known as a giver of many things, always giving
comfort to those in need and making sure to be the light to brighten everyone's day. She always gave
great advice and got a great deal of the community members through a lot of hard times. She loved to
make quilts and sew in her free time. Ms. Graham was a member of First Christian Church of Newnan at
the time of her passing.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheri Whoric (Bob) of Whitesburg, GA, Michelle Mauro-Knight (Gregg)
of Brigantine, NJ, Wendy Hollis (Bill) of Everson, PA, and Carla Kuehl (Charles) of Newnan. Ms. Graham is
also survived by Jeff Whoric (Marsha) of Franklin, GA whom she loved early and by her grandson, Jason
Whoric (Danielle) and his family, where she has lived for the past nine months. She is survived by 14
other grandchildren and their families and 26 great grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Niel, Peggy Sellers
Harless (George); brother, Richard Sellers (Rosita). Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.
higginshillcrestchpel.com.
She is preceded in death by her husband Carl Graham, her daughter, Debra Graham, sister, Pat McCleery,
brothers Tommy Sellers and Denny Sellers and her parents Arthur and Ola Sellers.

A memorial service was held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at her home. In lieu of flowers
the family asks that a donation be made to First Christian Church of Newnan. Higgins Hillcrest Chapel
Funeral Home, Newnan, 770-253-4723


Miss Evelyn Cavender

Miss. Evelyn Cavender, age 84 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at the Franklin Health Care Center on
November 15, 2014.
Funeral services for Miss. Cavender will be conducted on Tuesday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin, Georgia.  The family will receive guests at the funeral home Monday
evening from 6-8 P.M…
Miss. Cavender was born in the Rockalo Community of Heard County on May 10, 1930. She was a member
of the Macedonia Baptist Church.  She devoted herself to loving her siblings, their children, and
grandchildren. Being with them was the joy of her life! She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by one sister, Burla Pope of Mableton, GA. ; two nephews, James Pope (Susan), Michael
Cavender; one great-niece, Susanne Barfield; and three great nephews, Brad Pope, Wes Pope, and Scott
Pope. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ridley Cavender and Alma Noles Cavender.
Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.
Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



Mr. Hayden Arrington

Mr. Hayden Rufus Arrington, age 66 of Woodland Alabama passed away at the Emory Hospital in Atlanta,
Georgia on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Funeral services for Mr. Arrington were conducted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 2P.M. EST from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverend Mark Moore officiating... Music was
provided by Leesa Stutts Cothran. Those serving as pallbearers were Ken Coleman, Jeremy Noles, Mike
Heard, Randy Gosdin, Rex Gosdin, and Steve Sears.  The interment followed in the High Point Church of
God Cemetery also in Franklin.

Mr. Arrington was born in Gray Hill, Alabama on February 9, 1948, the son of the late Coble Gosdin
Arrington and Harlin Cecil Arrington. He was a retired Sheet Metal Worker for the R. F. Knox Company and
a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. Mr. Hayden was a fun loving man who loved life and enjoyed
teasing people. He never met a stranger. He loved farming, and raising horses. His sons were the light of
his world and in early years when his health permitted he enjoyed taking them hunting and fishing. He
was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Susan Sears Arrington of Woodland, AL.; three sons, Danny Arrington (Alecia) of
Winston, GA., Richard Arrington (Jennifer) of Whitesburg, GA., and David Arrington (Kellee) of Woodland,
AL.; sister,  Anna Stevens (Keith) of Ranburn, AL.; brother, Buster Arrington (Kathryn) of Whitesburg, GA.;
and seven grandchildren.

Other that his parents he was preceded in death by one beloved brother, Ray Arrington.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.




Mr. Elvis Bledsoe

Mr. Elvis Stewart Bledsoe, age 84 of Franklin passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Hospice
LaGrange in LaGrange, Georgia.
Funeral services for Mr. Bledsoe were conducted on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 3:00 P.M. from the
Stutts Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, Georgia with the Reverends Lynn Janney and Dwayne Shadix
officiating. Music was provided by Shelia Shelnutt. Those serving as pallbearers were grandsons, John
McCullough, Nathan White, Kyle Lawrence, Andrew Bledsoe, Bry Evans, James Scott, and John Bledsoe.
The interment followed in the Red Oak Cemetery.  
Mr. Bledsoe was born on December 4, 1929 in Bill Arp, Georgia, the son of the late Esther Talley Bledsoe
and Edgar Bledsoe. He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. During the Korean Conflict he
served honorably in the Asiatic Theater in the United States Army. His love for helping people led him to
the emergency medical field which led him into serving people in Heard, Troup, and Coweta County, with
service to the people of Coweta County for over twenty years.   Motor Cycles were always a great
fascination for him and on any given Saturday you could find him winding himself down to Weathers
Honda to be a part of their cycle club. Perhaps the most defining moment in his life was when his beloved
wife Doris Phillips Bledsoe passed away shortly after the birth of their fifth child. It was his hard work and
sheer determination that kept his family together. All who knew of his great dedication to keeping the
family unit together admired him. His children and grandchildren were his life, especially the
grandchildren. He was fortunate to have a dear friend, Margie Bass to do things with after his retirement.
He especially loved going out to eat. He will long be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by three daughter Jean Lawrence of Newnan, GA., Jackie White of Roosterville, GA., and
Janet Scott(Doyle) of Franklin, Georgia; one son Joseph Bledsoe (Gina) of Franklin, GA.; two brothers, Bill
Bledsoe of LaGrange, GA, and Douglas Bledsoe of Forsyth, KY.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-
grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife and son, Doris Phillips Bledsoe and Johnny Bledsoe.

Those who wish may leave memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com. Also, those who wish may
make memorial donations to Hospice LaGrange in LaGrange, Georgia.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



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.