Community Obituaries
MRS. JEWELL BARTLETT

Mrs. Jewell Folds Shirey Bartlett, age 87, of Centralhatchee passed away March 12, 2019.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bartlett will be conducted Saturday March 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM from Centralhatchee
Parkway Baptist Church (1016 Centralhatchee Parkway) with the Rev. Dennis Rollins officiating. Her body will lie in
state at the church from 1:30 PM until the funeral hour. Interment will follow the service at Centralhatchee First
Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Bartlett was born July 15, 1931 in Heard County to the late Noah Lee Folds and Lizzie Daniel Folds.

She worked for Uniroyal in Hogansville for more than 30 years. After her retirement she devoted her life to being a
Nanny for local children. Every child she watched over was the love of her life, and she considered them her
grandchildren

She was a devoted member of Centralhatchee Parkway Baptist Church. She played the organ and the piano and
was a valued part of the music worship each Sunday.

She enjoyed having a garden each year, and was particularly proud of her canned green beans. When she had a
bumper crop she liked to share her bounty with her friends and neighbors.

Her favorite trips were outings to the beach with Cutine, Harry and the family. She also loved to go to the Senior
Center each day for food and fellowship with the many friends she made there.

At home she enjoyed watching Family Feud and caring for her cats, especially Fluffy, who wondered up the road
from a neighbor’s house and took up residence.

Survivors include: her daughter and son-in-law, Cutine and Harry Barber of Franklin; grandson and his wife, William
and Michaela Barber of Newan; great-grandson, Dawson Barber; two sisters: Carolyn Johnson Flournoy (Hollis) and
Ruby Garner Thompson (David); her other grandchildren for whom she was Nanny: Jena Steele, Jace Mock, Sara
Wiggins, Trey Wiggins, and many others; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands: Dewey Shirey and C H “Bart” Bartlett;
grandson, Brandon Barber; five sisters: Effie Cole, Myrtie Yearwood, Narcissa Cole, Fannie Wright, and Ruth
Denney; and two brothers: C. G. Folds and Jerry Folds.

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

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






MRS. REBECCA LAWLEY

Mrs. Rebecca Jane Davis Lawley, age 83, of Franklin passed away at home on March 10, 2019.

A memorial service will be held March 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Salem Church, with the Rev. Lynn Peters officiating.

Mrs. Lawley was born May 25, 1935 in Heard County to the late Owen Cook Davis, Sr. and Pallie Heard Davis.

She was a graduate of Heard County High School (Class of 1953), where she was a member of the basketball team.
Her diminutive size earned her the nickname “Peanut”. (She also answered to Rebecca Jane, Becky Jane and Becky.)

Rebecca earned a degree in nursing from the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing (now part of Mercer University), and
met her husband, Joe, during her last year of studies. She was a registered nurse for many years and served in
several hospitals around the country. After settling down with Joe in the Atlanta area, where they raised their
daughters, she worked as a private duty subcontractor for Piedmont Hospital until she retired in 1997.

Rebecca and Joe opened a new chapter when they returned to her childhood home in Heard County and built a
round house, their dream home, which she affectionately referred to as “Hillabee”.

Rebecca and Joe were active members of Friendship Force International (FFI), organized by President Jimmy Carter
and Rev. Wayne Smith as an international exchange program to encourage cultural awareness and cooperation.
Journeys with FFI took the couple to Australia, South Korea, Japan, and many other countries; in return, they hosted
visitors from abroad in their home.

As a descendant of Heard County pioneers Joshua Davis and his wife, Martha Trammell, Rebecca had a passion for
preserving local history. She was instrumental in founding the Heard County Historical Society and was appointed to
the restoration committee for preserving the Old Jail as a museum. Later, she was instrumental in getting the Davis-
Ridley Farm District (incorporating her old home place) added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Rebecca was the first editor of the Heard County Historical Society quarterly newsletter (“Heard and Scene”) and
served from 1994 – 2008. She also served on the committee that published “Heard County History” – often referred
to as the “Black Book” – and later helped compile stories for two other books published by the Society:
“Chattahoochee River Stories” and “Highway 27 Stories”.

Rebecca continued her service to the Society by becoming a Museum Coordinator at the Old Jail Museum, a position
she held from 2004 – 2013. While working in the museum, she was able to share her knowledge of Heard County
and help others discover their family history through genealogical research.

Rebecca was a charter 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 Chapter of Colonial Dames.
She served in numerous leadership positions in these organizations through the years.

Survivors include her loving husband, Joseph Rhodes Lawley; two daughters: Lisa Lawley (George Nesbitt) and Cara
Lawley Fields (Tracy); three grandchildren: Bowen Cheek (Matthew Eldridge), Euan Nesbitt, and David Nesbitt; two
great-grandchildren: Richard “Peanut” Cheek, and Miller Cheek; beloved first cousins: Nelva Roop, Dorothy Jean
Moore, Doyle Garrett, Minnie Jane Mojica, Randy Garrett, and Roy Garrett; as well as a large extended family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Joseph Kolten Cheek; and three brothers:
Bernard Clyde Davis, Owen Cook Davis, Jr., and Dock Heard Davis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be given to the Heard County Historical Society or the
Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory University (online at http://alzheimers.emory.
edu/support/donate-now.html or by mail - 1762 Clifton Rd, NE Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30322).  

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

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






MRS. DONNA BEASLEY

Mrs. Donna Lynn Hancock Beasley, age 58, of Franklin passed away February 27, 2019.

Funeral services for Mrs. Beasley will be conducted Saturday March 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts
Funeral Home with the Rev. Norm Goss officiating. Interment will follow in Heard County Memorial Gardens.

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

Mrs. Beasley was born May 4, 1960 in Newnan to the late Harold Edward Hancock and Ruby Clair Flowers. She was
a Baptist by faith.

She worked at the Ford Motor Company Hapeville Plant on the assembly line before the plant closed.

One of her favorite pastimes was working in her garden. In earlier years she earned an associate degree in
landscaping. She put her skills to good use raising beautiful flowers as well as any master gardener could.

She also enjoyed going fishing and taking trips to the beach. She loved to take pictures to preserve every precious
moment with her family.

She was an all-around wonderful person with a big heart. A good neighbor, she would help anyone in their time of
need.

She was a fighter with a lot of spunk. This trait endeared her to everyone who met her, so she never met a stranger.

She held a special place in her heart for her family and her dog, Ares. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother,
sister and friend anyone could ask for.

Survivors include: her husband, James Beasley of Franklin; one daughter, Jennifer Pitts of Franklin; one son, Jeremy
Pitts of Franklin; one grandchild, Ayden Pitts of Franklin; four sisters: Vicki Winkles (Tommy) of Sharpsburg, Tracey
Hancock of Newnan, Janet Larsen (Hans) of Palmetto, and Dawn Henson (J.W.) of Newnan; three brothers: Rick
Hancock of Sharpsburg, Jeff Hancock (Jill) of Sharpsburg, and Kevin Davis of Franklin; 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. DOLORES GONZALEZ

Mrs. Dolores Flores Gonzalez, age 72, of Franklin passed away February 16, 2019.

She was born May 17, 1946 in Laredo, Texas to the late Agatito Flores and Lucinda Ruiz.

She was a devout Catholic, read her Bible each day, and loved God and her church.

After earning a degree in nursing she served her country in the US Air Force. She was sent to Vietnam and stayed
there for one and a half years. She enjoyed the military life, but left when she became pregnant with her first child.

Later she went to work for Yamaha where she became the first woman to work as a painter in the recreational vehicle
department. She was employed there for 14 years before her retirement.

She held a special place in her heart for her family and friends. A giving woman, she was always willing to help
anyone in their time of need.

She had an adventurous side and enjoyed life to the fullest each day the Lord gave to her.

Survivors include her son, Juan Gonzalez, Jr. and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Gonzalez Chavez and a son, Carl
Edward DeLee.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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

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





MRS. LEESA STUTTS COTHRAN

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
miracle.

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
community.

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
Leesa.

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 www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

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


MRS. ESTELLE GRAY

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
Cemetery.

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 www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

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



MS. EDNA HERRINGTON

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 www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangem