Community Obituaries

Rev. Ralph Howard Scott, age 93, of Carrollton, GA passed away Saturday February 11, 2017 at Tanner Medical

Funeral services for Rev. Scott will be conducted Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Revs. Larry Johnson and Neil Awbrey officiating. Interment will follow in Roopville City

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

Rev. Scott was born January 19, 1924 in Riderwood, Alabama to the late Roshier Hugh Scott and Mattie Era Strange

He served his country with distinction in the US Army during World War II and the Korean War. He fought in the
infantry, and was a communications officer. He was awarded three battle stars for involvement in major battles,
including the Battle of the Bulge. He also earned the good conduct medal, a bronze star, and a purple heart. His war
experience had a profound effect on him, and he told many stories about his time in service. He once told how he
had to string communications wire from the front lines while encountering enemy fire. He also spent several days in a
foxhole under heavy enemy fire. The Lord was certainly with him, as the wet ground around his foxhole prevented
heavy damage from constant mortar fire.

After his term in service, he went back to school and earned a bachelors degree from Mississippi College. He felt the
call to preach and began preaching at churches in Mississippi, including Bolton Baptist Church, Oak Grove Baptist
Church (Smithdale, Miss.), Pioneer Baptist Church (Woodville, Miss), and Van Cleave Baptist Church.

While serving as pastor of Bude Baptist Church, a house in the community burned down. Rev. Scott noticed that the
community did not have adequate fire protection. He took it upon himself to organize a volunteer fire department in
the area, and trained to become a firefighter himself. He also was instrumental in building a new sanctuary for the
church. It was Rev. Scott’s idea to build the sanctuary for future growth, and the church continues to use it to this day.

Rev. Scott decided to further his education, and finished his masters degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary. While in the New Orleans area, he served as pastor at Harahan Baptist Church.

After finishing his studies, he was led to accept the pastorate at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church in Georgia in
1976. He has lived in the West Georgia area ever since. He later pastored at New Hope Baptist Church in Franklin.
After leaving New Hope he continued to preach as a substitute or interim pastor, and served in a layman’s capacity at
several churches in West Georgia. Most recently he had joined Trinity Baptist Church in Carrollton.

He loved driving trucks, and he owned his own for several years, driving for several local freight companies. He also
served as a substitute teacher in the Carroll County School System.

His greatest passion was gardening. He loved to plant vegetables every year. Some of his grandchildren can
remember following him behind the tractor as he tilled the potato garden. This love of gardening led him to take a job
in the garden shop at Wal Mart in Carrollton. He soon became a favorite at the store. The children called him “Mr.
Greenjeans” because he always wore his overalls and a green visor, reminding them of the iconic character from
“Captain Kangaroo”.

As a war hero, pastor, firefighter, truck driver, substitute teacher, gardener and – most importantly – husband, father
and grandfather, he touched countless lives, and will long be remembered for his compassion, work ethic, and love
for others.

Survivors include: his loving wife, Edner M. Scott of Carrollton; three daughters: Carolyn Scott (Frank M. Boozer) of
Carrollton, Gloria Murray (Glynn) of Mississippi, and Opal Walston (Ricky) of Roopville; eight grandchildren; eleven
great-grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Moore (W. A.) of Locust Grove; two brothers: Milton Scott of Illinois and Bob
Scott (Betty) of Florida; sisters-in-law: Barbara Scott and Dean Scott; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Edner Alvina Scott; a son, Richard Hugh Scott;
two sisters: Portress Garner and Dorothy Little; and two brothers: Jack Scott and Jim Scott.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


Mr. David Wesley Carroll, age 36, of Carrollton, passed away January 16, 2017.

A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM from Centralhatchee First Baptist
Church with the Rev. Mark Williams officiating.

The family will accept guests in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Carroll was born June 15, 1980 in LaGrange to Judy Darlene Wright Hinesley and the late Samuel Wesley
Carroll. He was a Baptist by faith.

He had a deep love for his family. He was a self-employed carpenter, but his passion was automobiles. He had a
talent for fixing anything mechanical. Riding motorcycles and driving fast cars were his favorite pastimes. He also
liked children, and enjoyed times spent with his son, nieces and nephews.

Survivors include: son, Aidan Carroll of Ranburne; mother and step-father, Judy Hinesley (Tony) of Carrollton;
brothers: Josh Carroll of Carrollton, Coty Carroll (Shasta) of Mt. Zion, and T. J. Hinesley (Scottie) of Bremen;
grandmother, Geraldine Thornton of Carrollton; aunt and uncle, Doris Bearden (Sid) of Roopville; and a number of
nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by grandparents: Dennon and Jeanette Carroll, and Gainous

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the family toward funeral expenses.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


Mrs. Sharon Vonceil Harris Leonard, age 62, of Franklin passed away Friday January 13, 2017 at Tanner Medical

Funeral services for Mrs. Leonard will be conducted Monday January 16, 2017 from the chapel of Stutts Funeral
Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Franklin.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home two hours prior to the service.

Mrs. Leonard was born July 1, 1954, the daughter of Mildred Vonceil Nelms Kiser, in Heard County. She was a
member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

After graduating from high school, she earned an associate degree in accounting from West Georgia Technical
School. She put her skills to work as a dedicated employee in the mail room at Southwire Corporation, a job she
loved. Every day she was able to go to work with her fellow employees was a blessing to her. She loved everyone
and always thought of others before herself. Her unselfish attitude made her a valued employee who could be
counted on to get the job done.

She loved anything to do with hummingbirds. She also had a passion for anything purple. Visits from her family were
her most cherished times, especially her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include: her husband, Ronald Wayne Leonard of Franklin; her mother, Vonceil Kiser and her husband,
Billy Kiser, of Franklin; daughters: Renae Taylor (Troy) of Franklin; Stephanie Shorter (Steve) of Roosterville;
Jeannie Leonard (Jonathan Smith) of Ohatchee, AL; Sandy Layhue (Jeff) of Winston, GA; LeeAnn Gray (David) of
Carrollton; Michelle Pritchett (Frankie) of Temple; and Connie Dodway (David) of Woodstock; 16 grandchildren; a
number of great-grandchildren; sisters: Debbie Merrill (Andy Jackson) of Centralhatchee; Dannette Johnson (Tony)
of LaGrange; and Suzanne Sanders (Frank) of LaGrange; brothers: James Edward Harris, Jr. (Susan) of Franklin;
Mike Harris of Centralhatchee; and Billy Frank Kiser, Jr. of Alabama; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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


Mrs. Myrle Katherine Jackson Sims, age 94, of Franklin (Centralhatchee) passed away Monday January 9, 2017 at
Carrollton Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Sims will be conducted Wednesday January 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Revs. Talmadge Chandler and Mark Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Centralhatchee
First Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Sims was born June 27, 1922 in Heard County to the late Samuel William Lee Jackson and Dera Pearl Shelnutt
Jackson. She was a member of Centralhatchee First Baptist Church.

Early in her working life, she worked as a telephone operator in Atlanta and LaGrange. Later she worked as an
inspector for Baby Cloze until the company closed. She went on to work for Fashion Star until her retirement. She
loved to put her experience as a seamstress to use by sewing clothing for family and friends.

Never one to be idle, Mrs. Sims had a very active home life. She had a green thumb, and when she didn’t have fresh
vegetables from the garden, she always had a pantry full of food she canned during the summer.

She loved to cook, and prepared many special dishes for her children’s school parties. Her favorite times were spent
with her family around the table. Her fancy meals were always the highlight of family gatherings. For desert,
sometimes she would bake a delicious cake decorated for the occasion.

She also loved to fish, and times spent on the beach in Florida with her family were especially precious to her.

When she did have to time to rest, she liked to talk on the phone. She enjoyed fellowship with her friends and family,
and was a precious mother, grandmother, and friend.

Survivors include: two daughters: Jackie Neighbors of Franklin, and June Echols (Jerry) of Franklin; five
grandchildren: Lisa North (Alton) of Carrollton; Leslie Kersey of Franklin; David Neighbors (Tara) of Franklin; Janet
Massey (Chris) of Franklin; and Laurie Shumake of Franklin; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild;
and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack Sims; a son-in-law, Glen
Neighbors; and a brother, Milton Jackson.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

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

Judy Dale Blue, 64, pass away in her sleep on December 21, 2016 at her residence in Whitesburg Ga.
Dale was born December 25, 1952 in Dawson Georgia to Cecil and Josephine Teal who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years Scott W. Blue, one sister Cecilia Evans and two brothers Cecil Teal Jr.,
Arthur (Ott) Teal, four children Lance Rayburn (Martha) of Phoenix City Alabama, Alicia Craig (Stacy) of Doeron
Georgia, Alan (Buck) Rayburn of Whitesburg Georgia and Chearyl Weston (Ben) of Summerset England. Dale had 5
grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  
Family and friends may visit at the Carrollton First United Methodist Church 206 Newnan St, Carrollton Georgia. On
Tuesday January 3, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm in the gather room with a memorial service at 5:30 pm.
Family request that instead of flowers and gifts, contributions be made to the Georgia Transplant Foundation www. or any homeless person you may encounter.


Mr. Hans Ralph Alexie, age 37, and Mrs. Charity Lynn Cammon Alexie, age 41, of Bethel, Alaska passed away
December 3, 2016 in a tragic fire at their home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday December 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Centralhatchee Parkway Baptist Church
with Doug Porter and David Bierley officiating.

Hans was born December 25, 1978 in Bethel, Alaska to Nells Alexie and Katie Alexie. He was the youngest of eight
children. He had lived most of his life in Alaska.

Charity was born April 6, 1975 in Newnan to Sandra Jean Jennings Mironov and the late Joel Howard Cammon. She
lived in the Franklin area until she and Hans married and made a home in Bethel, Alaska.

They both were dedicated employees of Ravn Group Airlines. Hans was the lead aircraft mechanic. Charity earned a
degree in nursing from the University of Alaska – Anchorage and was a registered nurse for the airline. Their
attention to detail was important; Hans kept the planes flying safely while Charity saw to the health care of everyone.

Hans and Charity had a mutual affection for the outdoors, and the wilderness of Alaska gave them ample
opportunities when they had time away from work. They loved hunting and fishing together. They especially enjoyed
preparing their catch after a successful day.

They were both Baptist by faith, and Charity was a member of Centralhatchee Parkway Baptist Church.

Charity enjoyed quilting and crafts. Her quilts came in very handy during the cold Alaska winters.

Although they lived so far away, they loved their Franklin Family, and relished the times spent back home in Georgia.
Get-togethers with family and friends were especially precious.

Although their deaths were tragic, they died as they lived – together, loving each other.

They are survived by their children, Alex Cammon and Madison Charlie, both of Franklin.

Hans is survived by his parents, Nells and Katie Alexie of Bethel, Alaska; and a host of siblings, nieces, nephews,
other relatives and friends in Alaska.

Charity is survived by her parents, Donald and Sandra Mironov; grandmother, Helen Cammon Nguyen; sister, Jody
Burden; brother, Jacob Cammon (Erin); nieces, Kendra Burden and Swayze Cammon; nephew, Cooper Cammon; all
of Franklin; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Margie Louise McCormick Houston, age 67, of Roopville (Ephesus) passed away Thursday December 8, 2016
at Tanner Medical Center.

Funeral services for Mrs. Houston will be conducted Saturday December 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of
Stutts Funeral Home with the Revs. Jamie McCormick and Steve Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Jesus Is
The Way Church Cemetery.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home two hours prior to the service.

Mrs. Houston was born January 12, 1949 in LaGrange to the late Monroe McCormick and Ira Mae Williams
McCormick. She was a member of Jesus Is The Way Church.

She had no children of her own, but cherished her nieces and nephews, who lovingly referred to her as “Auntie”.
Family get-togethers were her favorite times, and she was always the center of attention.

She loved taking trips and going for a ride. Her favorite place to eat was Captain D’s, and to have her family eating
with her gave her great joy.

She was a very witty character, and could carry on a conversation with anyone. This came in handy when she would
call her family on the phone, which was one of her favorite pastimes. She also enjoyed watching TV and listening to
music on the radio. She was even known to sing along every once in a while.

Survivors include: her loving husband, Jerry Houston; two sisters: Linda Parris (Daniel) and Janelle Shadinger, both
of Ephesus; three brothers: Jimmy McCormick (Oweta) of Roopville; Winford McCormick (Frances) and Howard
McCormick (Nancy), both of Ephesus; sister-in-law, Velma McCormick Edwards of Ephesus; and a number of nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Lee McCormick; one sister-in-law, Nancy
McCormick; and one brother-in-law, Otis Shadinger.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.