Community Obituaries

Mrs. Mary Leesa Stutts Cothran, age 62, beloved citizen of Franklin and Carrollton, passed away Friday January 18,
2019 after a valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday January 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM from Franklin First Baptist Church with the
Revs. Andrew Owensby and Neil Awbrey officiating. Her body will lie in state at the church from 2:30 PM until the
funeral hour. Interment will follow the service in Heard County Memorial Gardens.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Saturday evening from 4:00 – 5:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Mrs. Cothran was born August 5, 1956 in Franklin to the late Thomas Lawton Stutts and Doris Esther Carter Stutts.

From a very early age Leesa loved to sing, but, unfortunately, could not carry a tune. When she was two she had her
tonsils removed. When she was seven they grew back in the form of a para tonsil cyst. When her surgery healed she
had an adult classical voice. She always said God heard the desire of her heart and gave it to her in the form of a

She sang countless solos through the years in each church she attended as her family moved. She also served
many stints as the choir director for her church, most recently for Franklin First Baptist Church. She felt that sharing
her love for the Lord Jesus Christ was her most important mission in life.

Her gift of music gave her many opportunities and awards. She won her first talent show at the age of eight. One of
her first singing jobs was as a cast member of the Crystal Pistol Show at Six Flags Amusement Park. She sang in
concert halls and venues all over the world and performed for kings and queens.

She received many honors for her singing, but was most surprised when the Chief of Chaplains at the Department of
Defense presented her with the Meritorious Service Award for her contribution of music to the men and women of our
armed forces.

For several years she organized and directed the music program for the Chattahoochee Independence Day
Celebration. Thousands of Heard Countians were delighted to hear the program each year. Leesa always made sure
that the focus of the program was to honor the Lord (from whom we derive our freedom) and our brave men and
women in uniform (who defend that freedom). The climax of the program was Leesa’s rendition of Sandi Patty’s
version of “God Bless America” just prior to the fireworks show.

In addition to her mission work through music, Leesa touched many lives as a Family Relations Director for her family’
s business, Stutts Funeral Home. She sang solos, played the piano, arranged flowers, comforted families, and in
later years worked in the business office. Her service gave comfort to hurting families in their time of greatest need.
She built lasting friendships with the ladies and gentlemen who assisted the Stutts Family with their service to the

Leesa especially loved her family, and was so very proud of her children, nieces, and nephews. Being able to see
her grandchildren gave her the most joy!

Leesa fought through her final days with strength and determination. She would not have been able to persevere
without the help of many of her closest friends. She lovingly referred to them as her “Angel of Mercy Care Givers”.
For these families and many others the Cothran Family is eternally grateful for the time and resources they gave for

Survivors include: her loving husband, Bobby Cothran of Carrollton; one daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and
Casey Smith of Carrollton; one son and daughter-in-law, John Robert and Caroline Cothran of South Carolina; four
grandchildren: Emma Cothran, Cannon Smith, Carlee Cothran, and Harper Cothran; two brothers: Tommy Stutts and
Joseph Bledsoe (Gina) both of Franklin; mother-in-law, Naomi Rikard Cothran of South Carolina; sisters-in-law:
Margaret Cothran Roberts (Frank) and Susan Cothran Tucker (Chip) both of South Carolina; nieces and nephews:
Elizabeth Gilbert (Jeremy), Katy Stutts, Hannah Bledsoe, Andrew Bledsoe, Sara Beth Bledsoe, John Bledsoe, Jessica
Beccera (Jesse), Anna Bonk (Matt), Jennifer Lott (Rev. Kevin), and Ryan Tucker (Keara); and a number of other
relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Estelle Pope Gray, age 94, of Franklin passed away Thursday December 6, 2018.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gray will be conducted Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of
Stutts Funeral Home with the Rev. Derrill Scott officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service.

Mrs. Gray was born February 29, 1924 in Akron, Ohio to the late Howard Heard Pope and Winnie Mae Lipham Pope.
She was a Baptist by faith.

Prior to her retirement she worked as a payroll clerk for General Electric.

At home, her family was the focus of her life. She was the devoted wife of the late Horace Ovie Gray for 49 years.
Neither of them left home without a goodbye kiss. She also devoted time to caring for her parents in their old age.

It was said that she was the world’s best Mother. She adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She loved to cook the old fashioned way, and was especially well known for her biscuits and gravy.

She was also interested in history, and was a member of the Heard County Historical Society and the James Stewart
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. When the Old Gulf Service Station on the square in Franklin
was being renovated, she provided valuable information to aid in the restoration, as her father ran the same gas
station many years ago.

Survivors include: two sons: Norvel Gray and Mark Moxley both of Franklin; five grandchildren: Scott Gray, Bruce
Moxley, Stacy Moxley Senn (Adam), Shane Moxley (Sabrina), and Rhett Moxley; four great-grandchildren: Zoey
Senn, Naomi Senn, Levi Senn, and Jacob Moxley; one sister, Lily Andrews; one brother, Junior Pope; and a number
of other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Edna Rebecca Brannan Herrington, age 93, formerly of Tallahassee, FL passed away December 7, 2018.

Funeral services for Mrs. Herrington will be conducted Saturday December 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of
Stutts Funeral Home. Mrs. Herrington’s grandson, John Pate, will officiate. Interment will follow the service in Prospect
Church Cemetery.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service.

Mrs. Herrington was born January 26, 1925 in Randolph County, AL to the late William Carey Brannan and Lydia Erin
Mickle Brannan.

She was a member of Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. She attended Sunday School regularly
and had a deep love for God and her church.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College and taught school for a few years. After the birth of her
daughter, Carol, she devoted her life to the highest calling of being a wife and mother. She dearly loved her family
and saw to their needs each day.

Among her favorite pastimes were playing tennis and getting together with friends for a good game of bridge.

Survivors include: her daughter and son-in-law, Carol H. Pate (David); seven grandchildren: Joshua Pate (Katie),
Stephen Pate (Sarah), Rachel Bill (Daniel), John Pate (Abbie), Melissa Ruley (Dwight), Jennifer Pate, and Brian Pate
(Christa); seven great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alfred Harold “Hal” Herrington.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangem