Community Obituaries
Mrs. Sara Jean “Sally” Annas

Mrs. Sara Jane “Sally” Annas, 69, of Centralhatchee passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, July 12,
2018 surrounded by her family and friends.  Sally was born September 6, 1948 in Carrollton, Georgia and lived in
Centralhatchee. She was the daughter of the late Emmett and Louise Merrill Jackson and the wife of Mike Annas.
She was a member of Roopville Road Baptist Church.
She loved to teach children, was a teacher’s aide for 29 years, and drove a school bus for 18 years at
Centralhatchee and Heard Elementary.
Sally was selfless. She was always giving to others and ministering to those in need. On a foreign mission trip to
Honduras, the Lord gave her a passion for the Lenca People group and set her heart to foreign missions. She was a
short term missionary making 10 trips to Honduras, 2 trips to Uganda, Africa and several trips to New York. She
served in many local missions, including starting a bus ministry to pick up and bring children to church.
Sally loved Jesus. Her life was a testimony to him, and she served him faithfully. She was an exceptional wife and
loving mother to 6 children, and is deeply loved by 11 grandchildren. She loved animals and extended her love and
care to all God’s creatures.
Survivors include: her husband Mike Annas of Centralhatchee,Ga., her brother Emmett Brown “Pepper” Jackson II of
Centralhatchee, Ga., her children: Brian (Amy) Wiggins of Centralhatchee, Ga., Britt ( Kellie) Wiggins of
Centralhatchee, Ga., Leslie (Scott) Hellman of Kennesaw, Ga., Kelly (Tony) Thornton of Centralhatchee, Ga., Brandy
(Shayne) Hester of Centralhatchee, Ga.,Todd (Jennifer) Annas of Centralhatchee, Ga. As well as her grandchildren,
Hannah, Taylor, Jasmyne, Brittany, Cayleb, Will, Sarah Grace, Madyson, Gavin, Colton, Olivia, her best friend and
caregiver Pat Shumake, several nieces, and numerous friends.
Sally is preceded in death by her parents Emmett and Louise Jackson, Sister Jane Ellen Speir and Sister Susan
Visitation services will be Friday, July 13 from 5-8PM at Roopville Road Baptist Church. The celebration of life service
will be at 11 AM on Saturday, July 14 at Roopville Road Baptist Church. Interment will be at Centralhatchee Parkway
Baptist church. Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin GA is in charge of Services.


Ms. Frances Ann Bell, age 72, of Cumming (formerly of Franklin) passed away July 11, 2018.

A memorial service will be held Saturday July 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the chapel of Stutts Funeral Home. Her remains
will be interred at Salem Church Cemetery following the service.

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

Ms. Bell was born June 19, 1946 to the late Willie Clifford Bell and Jimmie Frances Caswell Bell.

She dearly loved her church, the First Pentecostal Church of Cumming, and attended faithfully.

She worked as a credit processor for Avco Mortgage in Doraville.

Among her favorite activities was shopping. She loved to go to the store to buy new clothes, shoes, and handbags.
She also enjoyed vacations at the beach.

She had a regular morning routine, as she would make a trip to the local McDonald’s for a sausage biscuit and
coffee every day.

Survivors include: cousins, Frank Arrington and Donald Caswell of Franklin, Betty Loveday of Roswell, and Josh
Franklin of Lilburn; 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. Joyce Elaine Smith Parrott, age 72, of Sharpsburg passed away June 8, 2018.

A memorial service for Mrs. Parrott will be conducted Saturday July 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM from Olive Branch Baptist
Church (40 Frolona Rd Franklin, GA 30217) with the Rev. Rodney Roquemore officiating.

Mrs. Parrott was born January 11, 1946 in Atlanta to the late John Roy Smith and Zuma Exey Weatherby Smith. She
was a Baptist by faith and liked to listen to gospel music.

She was a beautician by trade and had her own shop in Fayette County (Hair Salon 85) for many years. One of her
favorite service projects was serving local nursing homes in her area. She attended special events where she styled
and cut the residents’ hair for no charge.

She adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling and liked to
have the family along with her.

She loved animals and had a special place in her heart for her dog, “Buzzy.”

Survivors include: one daughter, Tammy Slaton of Sharpsburg; one son, Tim Parrott (Lisa) of Tybee Island; five
grandchildren – including one special grandson, James Dean Parrott; six great-grandchildren; two sisters: Sylvia
Houston (Donny) of Loganville and Sherrie Robinson (Mike) of Peachtree City; one brother, Kenneth R. Smith
(Elizabeth Ann) of Senoia; and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Dean Parrott.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Bank of the Ozarks in the name of Joyce E. Parrott.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


An earthly angel has gained her heavenly reward. Miss Mildred Beatrice McWhorter, age 87, of Franklin, GA passed
away Sunday June 17, 2018 after several years of declining health.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday June 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM from Centralhatchee First Baptist Church with
the Revs. Randall Fullerton, Mark Williams, and Neil Awbrey officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Thursday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Miss McWhorter was born June 26, 1930 near Centralhatchee, GA in Heard County to the late Rev. Rufus Alexander
McWhorter and Stella Beatrice Eley McWhorter.

As a young girl she worked on the family farm. This instilled in her a work ethic that would serve her well for her entire
life. She remembered tilling the ground, picking cotton, preparing food for family meals, and doing household chores
on a daily basis.

For the McWhorters, Sunday was church day. Mr. Rufus McWhorter was a deacon and later became a pastor. The
family attended Centralhatchee Baptist Church each week. For Mildred, one verse of scripture spoke to her: John 3:
16. At the age of 13, she became aware that the “whosoever” mentioned in that verse was referring to her. She
turned her life over to Jesus Christ and became a devoted follower for the rest of her life.

She graduated from Centralhatchee High School, Class of 1947, and attended Berry College in Rome, GA. She
earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a focus on home economics. While enrolled at Berry she was elected
the leader of the Religious Education Club. As the leader she was sent many letters from missionaries thanking her
and the members of the club for their prayers of encouragement. These letters and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
led Mildred to consider becoming a missionary.

After teaching school for several years she enrolled in Carver School of Missions Work in Louisville, KY. After
finishing her studies in seminary she applied to become a foreign missionary, but was turned away. She went on to
teach school in Gwinnett County, GA until one of her contacts in the Home Mission Board encouraged her to
consider work in missions here in the USA.

She accepted a position as the director of missions in Port Arthur, TX. After working there for five years she was
asked to become the director of missions in Houston. She was hesitant at first, but realized there was a great
opportunity in inner city Houston. She took over as director in 1963. She became known as “Miss Mac” by the
families in the area.

She had very little to work with at first, but through prayer, hard work, donations and volunteers she built what
became the Mission Centers of Houston. Her first building was on Fletcher Street. In 1967 she realized that there was
a need for another location, and with donations from local churches she built what is now Joy Fellowship Center.

Over the years Miss Mildred utilized the services of countless volunteers who worked for the mission center. There
were local citizens, seminary students, and hundreds of young people and adults from churches across the country.
She affectionately called them “Critters”. They helped organize food donations for distribution, taught Bible School,
and walked countless miles up and down the streets of Houston. As a gathering place for the many volunteers under
her care, she opened the Gano Mission Center in the early 1980’s. This building now bears her name.

Finally, in the late 1980’s she opened a fourth mission center on Mason Drive. Together these four mission centers
continue to serve the citizens of Houston’s Inner City providing food, labor, education, and human resources.
Thousands of people have been touched by the services provided on a daily basis by the mission centers.

Miss Mildred developed a relationship with many businesses and individuals who donated time and resources to the
mission centers. One in particular was Sysco Foods and its late founder, John Baugh. Sysco donated tons of food
and supplies. This food was distributed to hundreds of families and provided a meal to those that could not afford to
feed themselves.

Through the years Miss Mildred encountered many families that needed her love. One family in particular touched
her heart and became a part of her family. Carl Guevara, Lloyd Lane, and their youngest brother, Terry Lane came
to the center as young children – Terry was in the nursery. They later joined the Boy’s Club at the mission. Several
years later, their mother passed away, leaving a large family behind. Mildred accepted the three boys as if they were
her own sons and helped to raise them.

Hundreds of volunteers served Miss Mildred at the Mission Centers over the years. Many stayed on as permanent
employees or became missionaries themselves. Miss Mildred inspired others to show the love of Jesus to those who
needed it most.

Her story was put into words in the book “Always A Friend” by author Jan Turrentine (© 1988 Women’s Missionary
Union). In the book, several of the encounters with Houston’s Inner City residents gives the reader an insight into the
struggles Miss Mildred faced as a missionary and the glorious triumphs she had through the inspiration of the Holy

Miss Mildred retired as the director of Mission Centers in 1992. She did not end her missionary service. After retiring
back home to Centralhatchee she served her home church. She began what became known as “TNT” – Thursday
Nights Together – as an opportunity for local youth to gather for food, fellowship, and Bible study. She also spoke to
thousands of people at churches far and wide about the importance of supporting home missions.

Miss Mildred served her Lord and Savior until her health began to fail her. Even in her old age she worshipped the
One who had led her to become a missionary, protected her each day, and provided her every need when all
seemed lost. Like the Apostle Paul, she fought the good fight, has finished her race, and kept the faith.

Survivors include: two sons: Carl Lee Guevara (Dora) of Houston, TX, and Terry Lane (Pam) of Franklin, GA; three
grandchildren: Daryl Guevara, Carl Guevara, Jr., and Fletcher Lane; three great-grandchildren: Briaunna, Giovani,
and Brysen Guevara; nieces and nephews: Pam Davis (Steve) of Lawrenceville, GA, Ted McWhorter (Patti) of
Athens, GA, Bruce McWhorter (Linda) of Johns Creek, GA, and Rob McWhorter (Susan) of Winder, GA; and a host
of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Lloyd Lane, her brother, Bryant McWhorter and a
niece, Judy Ann McWhorter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mission Centers of Houston (PO Box 30417
Houston, TX 77249).

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


Mr. Earl Thompson, age 86, of Franklin passed away Monday June 18, 2018.

Funeral services for Mr. Thompson will be conducted Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Rev. Shane Dawson officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 PM prior to the service.

Mr. Thompson was born March 29, 1932 in Carroll County to the late Jefferson Leonard Thompson and Alma Kay
Veal Thompson.

He was a Christian by faith. He retired from Lyle Enterprises where he set up mobile homes after they were sold.

Survivors include: his wife, Joyce Thompson of Franklin; one daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Chris Dugger of
Franklin; one son, Rodney Thompson of Franklin; three grandchildren: Joshua Laster, Danielle Purdy, and Melissa
Thompson; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Wilma Hart of LaGrange; and a number
of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


Ms. Melinda Ann “Mindy” Moss, age 45, of Franklin passed away June 7, 2018.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday June 16, 2018 at 1:30 PM (Eastern Time) from Gray Hill Church of
God with the Rev. Mark Moore officiating. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship with family and friends in
the church fellowship hall.

Ms. Moss was born May 23, 1973 in Lima, Ohio to Dennis Keith Moss and Judith Ann Collins Moss.

She was a one of a kind woman. To her it did not matter what type of life you lead or where you come from, she
always accepted you for who you are. She never met a stranger, was a friend to everyone, and made it her goal to
make someone’s day one compliment at a time. She was always eager to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
She was a confidant to anyone needing a listening ear and she would be that person without judgement.

Although she had no children of her own, she had many that affectionately called her “Meme” who she loved
unconditionally with all of her heart. She considered her nieces and nephews to be her babies, and she was by their
side from day one every step of the way. She loved every moment she spent with them and created memories that
will last forever. It was said that there never was and never will be another Meme as great as Mindy.

She may have been a small woman, but she had the biggest heart. She was a very smart, talented, spunky,
passionate, talkative, sassy person. Her smile would light up anyone’s life and her laugh was music to your ears. She
was irreplaceable in every way and will be missed.

Survivors include: her parents: Dennis Moss and Judy Moss; two sisters: Mandy Moss and Angie Holley; brother-in-
law, Gerrin Holley; nieces: Jordan Pomerleau, Jayda Holley, and Brittani Lovelace; nephews: Dylan Pomerleau, Keith
Moss, Gerrin Holley, and Devin Holley; great-niece, Adelyn Scott; all of Franklin; and a number of other relatives and

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Roy and Hazel Collins, and JB and Inez Moss.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


Mrs. Bobbie Nell McClain Seymour, age 68, of LaGrange passed away Tuesday June 12, 2018.

Funeral services for Mrs. Seymour will be conducted Thursday June 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM from the graveside at
Union Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Thompson officiating.

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

Mrs. Seymour was born August 15, 1949 in Heard County to the late Robert Cassel McClain and Bonnell Lester

She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church. She loved to read her Bible and listen to gospel music. One of
her favorite evangelists on TV and the radio was Jimmy Swaggart.

She was a loyal employee of Interface in LaGrange where she worked in the customer service department. She
worked there for over 20 years until her health declined.

A simple woman, her favorite times were spent with her family, who she adored. She held a special place in her heart
for her grandchildren.

She was a very organized woman, and enjoyed word puzzles in her spare time.

Survivors include: her daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Jeff Long of LaGrange; three grandchildren: Jana, Jayla,
and Jacee Long; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Mickey Eley of Huntsville, AL; niece and nephew: Cheree
Sams and Tim Eley; and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, James Robbie Buchanan.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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