Community Obituaries
MRS. LYNDA WAGNER

Mrs. Lynda Ada Lee Drake Wagner, age 67, of Newnan passed away September 6, 2019.

Mrs. Wagner was born May 5, 1952 in Ithica, NY to the late John Lee Drake and Beverly Adalade Cantrall Drake. She
was Catholic by faith.

She dedicated her life to that of a homemaker. She loved everyone and wanted to see to the needs of her fellow
man. Once she brought in someone in dire need and gave him clothes and a hot meal.

In her free time she enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was also fond of playing board games. Her favorite outings
were trips to the store to go shopping.

One of her trademarks was her red hair. She was a spitfire and didn’t mind expressing her opinion whether anyone
wanted it or not.

She held a special place in her heart for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: two daughters: Teresa Hulsey of Alabama and Kassie Rodgers (Joshua) of Sharpsburg; one son,
Micheal Wagner (Kelly) of Tyrone; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Bev Sowards of Florida;
four brothers: Carlo Gagliotti, Floyd Gagliotti, David Gagliotti, and Bob Drake all of Florida; and a number of other
relatives and friends.

The family will schedule a memorial service to be held on a later date.

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

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






MR. JOHN PIKE

Mr. John Anthony Pike, age 56, of Franklin passed away July 8, 2019 after an extended battle with cancer.

Funeral services for Mr. Pike will be conducted Thursday July 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM from Bethel Christian Church with
the Rev. Mark Shelnutt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Mr. Pike was born July 10, 1962 in Heard County to Marie Harry Pike and the late William James Pike. He was a
member of Bethel Christian Church.

He served his country honorably in the US Navy for 10 years. His final assignment was aboard the aircraft carrier
USS John F. Kennedy. He attained the rank of Petty Officer (E5) and primarily worked in general maintenance, where
he was known for his expertise in welding. He earned a Good Conduct Award and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

After leaving the Navy he continued to work as a welder for various companies. He relished hard work and did not
mind taking on difficult jobs that got his hands dirty. He brought that same work ethic home, where he enjoyed getting
outside and cutting the grass.

He loved his family, especially his nieces and grandson.

Survivors include: his mother, Marie Pike of Franklin; two sisters: Yvonne Francis and Debbie Pike both of Franklin;
special niece, Heather Hayes (Cary) of Franklin; great-niece, Katelyn Hull (Trey Strickland); great-great-nieces:
Caroline Hull and Addison Strickland; one daughter, Jessica Young (Chris) of Millington, TN; one son, John Pike, Jr.
(Anna) of Millington, TN; one grandson, Silas Pike; and a number of other relatives and friends.

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

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









MRS. EDNER SCOTT

Mrs. Edner Mae Meadows Scott, age 91, of Roopville passed away July 2, 2019.

Funeral services for Mrs. Scott will be conducted Thursday July 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Revs. Neil Awbrey and Larry Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Roopville City
Cemetery.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Mrs. Scott was born April 16, 1928 in Simpson County, Mississippi to the late George Alvin Meadows and Missouri
Eviline Robinson Meadows.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. She served many children as
an elementary school teacher in various places, including Centreville, MS.

She never gave up on anyone. This attitude served her well as an elementary school teacher. She loved all of her
students and strived to make them all succeed. She instilled this virtue in her family, and they grew up to have this
same “can-do” mentality.

She had an aim in life to fix everything and everyone, which led her to become a collector of many things. Dolls and
angels were among her favorite items, and she accumulated a large number of them over the years.

She loved to read. She was particularly fond of Billy Graham, and had a monthly subscription to the “Guideposts”
magazine.

For entertainment, she enjoyed TV shows and movies, especially ones starring Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, and Shirley
Temple. She also loved to go play Bingo. She was a champion player and earned several trophies.

She always held a special place in her heart for her family, who she loved dearly, especially her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: three daughters: Carolyn Scott (Frank Boozer) of Carrollton, Gloria Murray (Glynn) of Mississippi,
and Opal Walston (Ricky) of Roopville; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and a number of other
relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Ralph Scott; one daughter, Alvina Scott;
one son, Richard Scott; and three brothers: Curtis, Homer, and Wendell Meadows.

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

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




MRS. LORENE CATES

Mrs. Lorene Shelnutt Brewer Hardy Cates, age 71, of Franklin passed away July 4, 2019.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday July 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts Funeral Home with the
Rev. Michael White officiating. Interment will follow in Heard County Memorial Gardens.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Saturday afternoon from 12:00 PM until the funeral hour.

Mrs. Cates was born October 23, 1947 in Heard County to the late William Cephus Shelnutt and Etta Sophronie
Williamson Shelnutt. She was a member of Centralhatchee Parkway Baptist Church.

For many years she was a familiar face at Franklin Pharmacy where she worked as a sales clerk. Countless
customers went to the pharmacy needing medicine for themselves or family members during an illness. She always
greeted them with a smile and a kind word of encouragement.

It was her personality that made her a perfect fit for customer service. She never met a stranger and made friends
wherever she went. She had a mischievous side and loved to play jokes and pranks on others.

Her personal appearance was very important to her. She had her eye liner tattooed on some years ago, and liked to
mention it to anyone who complimented her on her make-up.

At home, she loved to cook and have all of the family over for a hot meal. She was particularly proud of her fried
pies. This stoked a rivalry between herself and her sisters, Mamie and Martha Ann, who all believed that their pies
were the prettiest and best tasting.

In her free time she enjoyed watching western movies and working in her garden. She always had a large spread of
vegetables and flowers.

She held a special place in her heart for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: one daughter, Sandy Barber (Mark) of Franklin; three sons: Johnny Brewer (Keli), Scotty Brewer
(Angie), and Kenny Brewer (Christy) all of Franklin; five grandchildren: Nikki Horne (Chris), Meghan Webb (Shawn),
Austin Brewer (Katie), Hunter Brewer, and Will Brewer; three great-grandchildren: Potter Horne, Knox Webb, and
Blakely Brewer; three sisters: Ezell Smith of Newnan, Mamie Paschal of Franklin, and Martha Ann Hale of Franklin;
two brothers: Tom Shelnutt of Franklin and Odell Shelnutt (Lemyin) of Alabama; and a host of nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three husbands: Frank Brewer, John Hardy, and Larry
Cates; and two brothers: George Shelnutt and Eugene Shelnutt.

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

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






MRS. FRANCES HUDDLESTON

Mrs. Sally Frances Breed Huddleston, age 75, of Franklin passed away July 1, 2019.

Funeral services for Mrs. Huddleston will be conducted Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM from Olive Branch
Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Roquemore officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Methodist Church
Cemetery (Woodland, AL).

The family will accept guests at Olive Branch Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 PM until the funeral
hour.

Mrs. Huddleston was born September 25, 1943 in Heard County to the late Jessy Ripley Breed and Sally Fannie
Shepard Breed.

She was a Baptist by faith and had been attending Olive Branch Baptist Church, where she loved to worship the
Lord. She was baptized one year before her passing on July 1, 2018.

She dedicated her life to that of a homemaker and wife. Few things gave her more pleasure than to cook a big meal
and have everyone over for a family gathering. She held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-
grandchild.

In her free time she enjoyed growing flowers on her porch. She always had a full spread of color each spring and
summer. She also liked to watch hummingbirds at the feeders that she had outside around her house.

Survivors include: one daughter, Susy Chatman (Danny Joe) of Franklin; two sons: Jeff Huddleston (Diane) and
Doyle Huddleston both of Franklin; four grandchildren: Alex, Ryan, Aaron, and Brandon Huddleston; one great-
grandchild, Alley Huddleston; two sisters: Mary Nell Skipper of Franklin and Mildred West of Whitesburg; three
brothers: Johnny Breed, Jessie Breed (Connie), and Edward Breed all of Franklin; and a number of other relatives
and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, A D Huddleston.

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

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








MR. TOMMY STUTTS

Mr. Thomas Edward “Tommy” Stutts, age 60, prominent citizen of Franklin and owner of Stutts Funeral
Home passed away Friday June 7, 2019.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday June 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM from Glenloch Baptist Church with Neil
Awbrey, Tate Gosdin, and Lynn Janney officiating. His body will lie in state at the church from 1:00 PM until the
funeral hour.

A private interment service for the immediate family will follow at Heard County Memorial Gardens officiated by
Brandon Brooks.

The family will accept guests Wednesday from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM and from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Heard County Middle
School Gymnasium.

Tommy was born December 19, 1958 in Franklin to the late Thomas Lawton Stutts and Doris Esther Carter Stutts.

He was a graduate of Heard County High School (Class of 1977) where he played on the football team. After several
years in the workforce he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a funeral director. He graduated
from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1983. He was awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award and was
a member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity Theta Chapter.

After his father’s death in 1986 he operated the funeral home with his mother, Esther Stutts. The Stutts Family
became known for their dedication to serving, as Tommy and Miss Esther called their neighbors, “Our People”. The
love they showed the families of Heard County and the surrounding area was a comfort during their most dire times.

He treated every family the same, regardless of race or social background. For Tommy, everyone who had a loss in
their family was someone in need of love and understanding.

In 1990 he married the love of his life, Ginger Gentry Stutts. In the following years came his daughters: first Elizabeth,
then Katy. His girls were the most important people in his life. His family grew with Elizabeth’s marriage to Jeremy
Gilbert, then the greatest blessing on October 13, 2018 with the birth of his granddaughter, Pruett Adeline Gilbert.  

Tommy had always had a soft spot for children. If anyone came to the funeral home with a baby he was the first one
to ask the parents for permission to hold them. He also nurtured and supported the children of Heard County by
donating money to several student organizations. He became a mentor for many young people in the community. He
affectionately called them his “young’uns”.


In recent years Tommy acquired a love of cooking. He became famous for putting a huge spread on the table, and
he never wanted anyone to leave his house hungry. He also loved to go out to eat, and he always asked for a full
pitcher of sweet tea to drink with his meal.

Although his first priority was the funeral home, Tommy was most at ease working outdoors in his overalls. He had his
own grading business for many years and was in demand for clearing and moving dirt. Whether it was raising cows or
running a tractor, he loved every minute he spent on the farm.

Tommy was one of the hardest working men around. He always stressed the need to, in his words, “make
production”. When he worked, he liked to hum and whistle. It never was any specific tune, just something to make the
time pass.

He was a member of Chattahoochee Lodge F. & A. M. #61, where he served as a mason for 38 years, including a
term as Worshipful Master.  He was also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Georgia
Funeral Directors Association, the Heard County Cattleman’s Association, GA Farm Bureau, and a charter member
of the Kiwanis Club of Heard County.

Survivors include: two daughters: Elizabeth Gilbert (Jeremy) and Katy Stutts (Spencer Hannah); granddaughter,
Pruett Adeline Gilbert; brother, Joseph Bledsoe (Gina); brother-in-law, Bobby Cothran; nieces and nephews: Whitney
Smith (Casey), John Robert Cothran (Caroline), Hannah Bledsoe, Andrew Bledsoe, Sara Beth Bledsoe, and John
Bledsoe; mother-in-law, Patricia Gentry; aunt, Laverne Cobb Martin; special friend, Angie Bradley; a young man he
called his own, Will Googe; his Stutts Funeral Home family of employees; and beloved friends and family too
numerous to count.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ginger Gentry Stutts, and his sister, Leesa
Stutts Cothran.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to a scholarship established in Tommy’s name.

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

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






MR. WAYNE HENDERSON

Mr. Wayne Davis Henderson, age 75, of Franklin passed away June 9, 2019.

He was born February 10, 1944 in Newnan to Lula Kathleen Davis Henderson and the late John Roy Henderson. He
and his wife, Marion, had been married for 55 years.

Prior to his retirement he worked as a die repairman for Bonnell. He loved his job and was skilled at his craft. During
his 44 years with the company he made many lifelong friends.

At home, he enjoyed working in the yard. He was particularly proud of his John Deere tractor.

He also liked to hunt, and was very knowledgeable with guns.

He was a very outgoing fellow, who received pleasure from making others laugh. He held a special place in his heart
for his wife and family, and was especially devoted to his grandchildren.

Survivors include: his wife, Marion Henderson of Franklin; his mother, Kathleen Henderson; one son, Joel Wayne
Henderson of Franklin; three grandchildren: Presley Henderson, Brittany Driver, and Blake Driver; one sister, Retha
Helton of Carrollton; three brothers: James Henderson (Margaret) of Brooks, GA, Dillard Henderson (Marion) of
Newnan, and Clipper Henderson (Ann) of Whitesburg; and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Gina Williams.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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

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




MR. DUSTIN SHELNUTT

Mr. Dustin Brooks Shelnutt, age 38, of Franklin passed away June 5, 2019.

Funeral services for Mr. Shelnutt will be conducted Thursday June 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Tatum officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Church of Christ Cemetery
(Woodland, AL).

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Thursday afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Dustin was born October 17, 1980 in Newnan to Troy Brooks Shelnutt and Paulette Wessinger Fricks. He was
Pentecostal by faith and a graduate of Heard County High School (Class of 1999).

He was a big kid who loved cars. He had a large collection of classic Hot Wheels and also enjoyed attending car
shows.

One of his favorite toy lines was Transformers, of which he had a number of nostalgic toys from the 80’s and 90’s.
The background for his cell phone had a Transformer theme.

He briefly studied culinary arts, and then entered the work force as a short order cook. One of his specialties was
blackened fish, for which he mixed his own recipe of spices. He especially liked to catch his own fish to prepare for a
delicious meal.

He loved his family, and held a special place in his heart for his dog, “Pretty Girl”. He liked to spend time and share
his food from the table with her.

Survivors include: his mother and step-father, Paulette Fricks (Lamar) of Carrollton; father, Brooks Shelnutt of
Franklin; brother, Cory Paul Shelnutt of Franklin; niece, Hollis Hope Shelnutt; nephew, Troy Shelnutt; step-sister,
Kristy Prince (Allen) of Carrollton; two step-brothers: Tom Fricks (Tina) of Temple and Jeff Fricks (Peggy) of Marietta;
and a number of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Angela Hope Shelnutt.

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

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






MR. HAROLD LATAPIE, JR.

Mr. Harold Joseph Latapie, Jr., age 76, of Bowdon passed away April 15, 2019 after a valiant battle with Leukemia,
which he fought until his final days.

A graveside service will be held Saturday May 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Welcome United Methodist Church Cemetery
with Rev. Josh Daniel officiating.

He was born May 15, 1942 to the late Harold Joseph “Harry” Latapie, Sr. and Frances Lopez Latapie in New Orleans.
During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he moved to the Bowdon area and made it his home. He never lost his love
for the Crescent City and the State of Louisiana.

He joined Welcome United Methodist Church of Roopville and made many friends among the congregation.

He enjoyed the outdoors, was a hard worker, and liked to work in his yard.

He liked to cook, and would talk about cooking with anyone.

He loved people and was kind-hearted to everyone he met. He held a special place in his heart for his late wife,
Judith Latapie, who preceded him in death on August 5, 2016. He missed her dearly each day he was without her.

In his latter days he was comforted by his caregiver, Monza Cole of Bowdon, who was like the daughter he never
had. She loved him dearly and will miss him.

In addition to his caregiver, Monza Cole, he was survived by two sisters, one brother, and other relatives and friends.

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

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


MRS. PAM ROGERS

Mrs. Pamela Elaine Denney Rogers, age 65, of Franklin passed away May 4, 2019.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rogers will be conducted Tuesday May 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Capes officiating. Interment will follow the service in Franklin City Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Rogers was born October 14, 1953 in Heard County to the late Lonza Webster Denney and Myra Adams
Denney. She was a member of Franklin United Methodist Church.

Prior to her retirement she was employed as the payroll clerk for the Heard County Board of Education. Her attention
to detail served her well in her position, and she was a trusted employee for many years.

She was proud of her heritage. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Heard County
Chapter #2587, the Daughters of the American Revolution James Stewart Chapter, and the William Wofford National
Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

At home she loved to cook. One of her favorite foods to prepare was cornbread. She also collected cookbooks and
tea sets.

She really enjoyed watching sports, especially football. She was a big fan of her hometown Heard County Braves, the
Georgia Bulldogs, and the Atlanta Falcons.

Times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, were very precious to her. One of her favorite holidays was
Halloween, when everyone dressed up and went trick-or-treating. She also loved vacations to the beach.

Survivors include: her loving husband of 48 years, Joel Rogers of Franklin; two sons: Jared Rogers of Franklin and
Jake Rogers (Lori) of Cartersville; four grandchildren: Andrew (AJ) Rogers, McKenzie Jackson, Bryce Rogers, and
Kinsley Rogers; one sister, Sharon Frost (Charlie) of Franklin; one brother, Larry Denney (Candi) of Roopville; a
special friend, Ginger Hartlein; and a number of other relatives and friends.

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

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