Community Obituaries
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.




MRS. ELLEN HOLLOWAY

Mrs. Ellen Wanda Butler Holloway, age 75, of Newnan passed away May 4, 2019.

Funeral services for Mrs. Holloway will be conducted Saturday May 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill McKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in Heard County Memorial Gardens.

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

Mrs. Holloway was born October 29, 1943 in Fulton County to the late Willie Green Butler and Annis Pearl Dunman
Payne. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church of Newnan.

She dedicated her life to that of a housewife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing and listening to gospel
music.

Nothing gave her more joy that to prepare a homecooked meal and have everyone over for dinner. She especially
loved to cook at Christmastime and allow her grandchildren to help bake cookies and treats.

Survivors include: her husband, Frank Holloway of Newnan; two daughters: Michelle Parker (Derrick) of St. Marys
and Darlene Davis (Brian) of Newnan; one son, Marcus Holloway of Newnan; five grandchildren; one great-
grandchild; four sisters: Lanell Fallen, Margaret Warren (Jerry), Marie Coursey, and Patsy Bowen (David); one
brother, David McKee; a special sister-in-law, Lois Holloway; and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers: Willie Butler and Harvey McKee.

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

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


MR. CHARLES NORWOOD

Mr. Charles Lee Norwood, age 75, of Centralhatchee passed away April 29, 2019.

Funeral services for Mr. Norwood will be conducted Thursday May 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Centralhatchee First Baptist Church
Cemetery with full masonic rites.

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

Mr. Norwood was born March 30, 1944 in Heard County to the late Luther Jefferson Norwood and Lillian Barrentine
Norwood. He was a member of Centralhatchee First Baptist Church.

He was retired from the Ford Motor Company, where he worked many years at the Hapeville Assembly Plant.

He was an active member of Centralhatchee Lodge #403 F.&A.M. for more than 11 years, where he served in
several offices, including that of Worshipful Master.

He was elected Heard County Commissioner for District #2 in 1996. During his tenure he served briefly as Heard
County Commission Chair after the Chairman at the time resigned. He was a trusted leader of the community.

Sports were his greatest passion. He loved to watch the Atlanta Braves on TV, as well as many other sports, among
them football and basketball. He got the most fulfillment from coaching teams at the Heard County Recreation
Department. He had an impact on the lives of many young people through the years. He was also a big fan of all of
his nieces and nephews, and rarely missed any ballgame they were playing in.

In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He attended many fishing tournaments throughout Georgia and the
Southeast.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbara Norwood of Centralhatchee; two sisters: Libby Cook (Ellis) of Newnan and
Yvonne Norwood of Newnan; two brothers: Thomas Norwood (Diane) of Austell and Paul Norwood (Kathy) of
Franklin; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Charles Lee Norwood, Jr., a sister, Khadra Norwood
Kyttle, and two brothers: Donald Norwood and James Norwood.

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

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