Wednesday November 16th – OBITS (7)

Ray Summers

Mr. George Raymond (Ray) Summers, age 63, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Summers was born November 10, 1952, in Athens, son of the late George Sidney Summers and Edna Glaze Summers. He lived in Heard County most of his life and retired from AT&T after more than 29 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Amanda Summers of Franklin; sons and daughters in-law, Brandon and Diandra Workman of Roopville and their child soon to be born, Jason and Katrina Workman of Woodland, AL and their daughters Sara Grace and Kloe;  sister and brother in-law, Linda and Mike Purgason of Hogansville; nieces and their husbands, Cheri and Spence Fulford of Hogansville, Michelle and Scott Thompson of LaGrange, Courtney Hills of Carrollton, Tiffany Downing, MaKayla Downing, MaKenzie Downing all of Franklin; and many additional nieces and nephews. It was the desire of Mr. Summers that no service be conducted and the family is honoring his wishes. Condolences may be expressed at

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



James D. Seymour

Mr. James D. Seymour, age 86, of Hogansville, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016, at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Mr. Seymour was born July 27, 1930, in Lakeland, FL, son of the late Ed Carlton Seymour and Vivian Pickard Seymour. A resident of Hogansville for 43 years, he was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a retired general contractor. He was a Mason and a Shriner, attended Highland Baptist Church, and loved to fish. Survivors include his daughters and sons in-law, Terrie and Steven Prescott of Hogansville, Susie and Bill Magnin of Palm Harbor, FL; son, James Richard Seymour of Brooksville, FL; grandchildren, Paul Prescott, Jimmy Daniel, Karen Ayers Joyner, Kyle Magnin, Jamey Seymour, John Seymour; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Kent Seymour, and his sister, Marjorie Seymour King. A memorial service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Reverend Wesley Boatman and the Reverend Terry Rainwater officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope For A Day and American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed at

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Lowell Harris

Lowell Harris, age 93, of Greenville, Georgia passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Warm Springs Nursing Home in Warm Springs, Georgia. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Manchester. Rev. Bill Lawrence officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. A private interment took place in Meriwether Memory Gardens. Lowell was born November 24, 1922 in Lineville, Alabama the son of the late Myrtice Dean Harris and Wheeler Harris.  He was a welder by trade and Baptist by faith. Of the many hobbies Mr. Harris enjoyed, the outdoors were his true passion whether it be fishing or just enjoying the sunshine. He was a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #321 and enjoyed life to the fullest. Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nettie Jean Harris; and brothers, Ray, Gwen, and Cary Harris. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Jewell Ledford Harris of Greenville, Georgia; daughters, Kathy (Melvin) Myrick and Vicki (Jeffery) Whitten all of Greenville, Georgia; brothers, Ralph and Gerald Harris both of Crawford, Alabama; grandchildren, Steven Johnson, David Watson, and Mandy Bryant; and six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Please sign the online guestbook to leave condolences for the Harris Family.

Cox Funeral Home of Manchester, Georgia was in charge of arrangements.



Edna Mozelle Mills

Edna Mozelle Mills, age 92, of Manchester, Georgia passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Heritage Inn Nursing Home in Barnesville, Georgia. Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 6, 2016 in the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home. Rev. James D. Wilson officiated. Interment followed in Meriwether Memory Gardens. The family received friends Saturday night from 5:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home. Mozelle was born December 15, 1923 in Raleigh, Georgia the daughter of the late Eva Mae Miller Fuller and Willis Shepard Fuller. She was a member of Manchester Church of the Nazarene and had worked as a machine operator with the Nabisco Company. Mozelle will be remembered for her yard full of beautiful flowers and plastic animals, her spotless house filled with perfectly placed “what-nots,” and a floor so clean you could eat off of it. Her kind, loving heart was apparent as she would take in anyone who needed a place to lay their head. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.B. Mills; daughter, Marilyn Cato Mitchell; siblings, Lois Waddell Argroves, Willie Claude Fuller, Cecil Lamar Fuller, and Foy “Grunt” Brown Fuller; and grandchild, Derek Crim. Survivors include her daughter, Hilda Jean Crim of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Woody Lamar Horton of Lincolnton, Georgia; sister, Marjorie Nadine Cato of Riverdale, Georgia; grandchildren, Denise Horton, Britt Horton, Cameron (Buffy) Mitchell, and Tristan (Bryan) Fryer; and eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Please sign the online guestbook to leave condolences for the family.

Cox Funeral Home of Manchester, Georgia was in charge of arrangements.



Frances Lewis Manick

Frances Lewis Manick, age 95, of Lake William Dr, Cataula, GA, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 at her home. Her celebration of life services were at 12:00 Noon, Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the chapel of Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton. Visitation was from 11:00 AM until 12:00 prior to the service. Interment was at 1:30 PM, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Vista Memorial Park, Miami Lakes, FL. Ms. Manick was born April 1, 1921 in Spring Glen, FL, the daughter of Joseph Peter Lewis and Verda Thomas Lewis. She married Frank J. Manick in 1945 who passed away in 1970. Ms. Manick retired as an elementary school secretary for the Dade County Public Schools system after 26 years of service. She was  a member of the Pine Mountain Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters: Daisy Marshall, Marylee McDonald, Freda Wemmer, Dorothy Moulton, Jean Ouzts; two brothers, Joseph Peter Lewis and Clifford Lewis. Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Hill of Cataula; her son, Joe Manick and his wife, Debbie of Boca Raton, FL; one sister, Nona Bembry of North Ft. Myers, FL; four grandchildren, Sean Erik McLaughlin and his wife Nora of Miramar, FL, Traci Lyn Sanz and her husband Daniel of Delray Beach, FL, Christopher Joseph Manick of St. Louis, MO, Megan Lee Manick of Parkland, FL; four great grandchildren, Michelle Perez, Michael Perez, Zoey Ryan Green and Aiden McLaughlin. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Columbus Hospice and the Pine Mountain Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Cox Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Anna Joyce Fincher

Anna Joyce Fincher, age 84, a longtime resident in Fayette and Coweta Counties, passed away November 13, 2016 at Southwest Christian Care in Union City. Mrs. Fincher was born August 4, 1932 in LaGrange, GA to the late Henry and Dollie P. Bonner. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA and loved singing in the choir. Mrs. Fincher retired after 16 years as a military analyst at Ft. McPherson. She loved being with family and friends and brought joy and her sense of humor to all she met. Mrs. Fincher was an avid runner, participating in the Peachtree Road Race numerous times. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Clyde R. Fincher; son, Robert “Bobby” Fincher; and a brother-in-law, Roger Keeble. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Charles Elliott; grandson, Brandon and Mary Bentley; great grandson, Austin Bentley; sister, June Keeble; other relatives and friends. Funeral Services were held at 11:00am November 15, 2016 at Liberty Baptist Church. Reverend Randy Wood officiated. Family and Friends gathered from 10:00am until service time. Interment was at 2:00pm in Restlawn Memory Gardens, LaGrange, GA. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements were by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.



Thomas “Tom” Wynne McLaughlin

Thomas “Tom” Wynne McLaughlin, age 71, of LaGrange, Georgia, known as “Buddha” by his friends, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016, surrounded by his North Georgia College classmates, all graduates of the military program there in the 1960s. These NGC alumni, members of the KHAKI Klub, were participating in an annual Veterans Day celebration at Hard Labor Creek that Tom referred to as a reunion, although a Khaki Club “reunion” took place multiple times yearly. Tom was born in LaGrange on May 27, 1945, son of the late Benjamin Franklin McLaughlin, Junior, and the late Marguerite Wynne McLaughlin, both of LaGrange. Upon graduating from LaGrange High School, Tom McLaughlin attended North Georgia College (NGC), a small essential military school in Dahlonega, Georgia, successfully participating in the ROTC program. Upon graduation in 1968, he was commissioned into the US Army as an Infantry Lieutenant. After attending the Infantry Officer Basic Course and the US Army Ranger School, Tom was assigned to Ft Campbell, Kentucky. His next assignment was combat duty in the Republic of Vietnam, serving as an advisor to an ARVN Ranger Battalion. This put him in harm’s way, participating in combat operations with the highly regarded Vietnamese Rangers.  During his Vietnam assignment, Tom gained valuable combat operations experience which was put to excellent use when he was assigned as a Captain to the 3rd Ranger Battalion at the US Army Ranger School’s Florida Ranger Camp. There he served as an instructor in the arduous “swamp phase,” training young officers and enlisted men headed for combat in Vietnam. This school has been called “toughest combat course in the United States” and ” the most physically and mentally demanding leadership school the Army has to offer.” Young soldiers attending the Ranger School during Tom’s assignment benefited from his combat leadership skills gained at NGC and his Vietnam combat experience.  Among the awards and decorations Tom accumulated during his military service were a Combat Infantry Badge, a Ranger Tab, three Bronze Starts, and an Air Medal. Tom remained an avid supporter of NGC’s military program and the US Army after leaving the service. After completing his military duty, Tom was employed by Milliken from 1971 to 1981. In 1982, Tom purchased Waid Tire Service, which he owned until his recent retirement. He attended LaGrange First United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Maranatha Sunday School class. Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon Dodgen McLaughlin; son and best friend Thomas Rex McLaughlin; daughter April McLaughlin Box (Brad); son Major Bryant McLaughlin; grandchildren Beau Dodgen Box and Claxton Mills Box; his mother-in-law Martha Potate Dodgen; special friends Gina Spradlin, Steven Cleckley and Joe Tigner from Waid Tire Service and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Benjamin Franklin McLaughlin, III and his father in law Ambrous Mac Dodgen.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s honor to the Down Syndrome Foundation, 17186 Daniel Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55346. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.