Wednesday, March 1st – Obits (8)

Betty Eason

Mrs. Betty Plant Eason, age 80, of East Ellijay and formerly of Grantville, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017, at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain Hospice in Marietta. Mrs. Eason was born April 19, 1936, in Grantville, daughter of the late B.C. and Mattie Stevens Plant. A resident of Grantville most of her life, she lived in East Ellijay for ten years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Ellijay. She retired as a customer service agent for William L. Bonnell Co. and was a former member of the Newnan Pilot Club. Survivors include her sons, Rick Griffies and his wife Annette of Jasper, Greg Griffies of Ellijay; step-children, Mitch Eason of Grantville, Ricky Eason of Raleigh, NC, Bekki Komas of Wendell, NC; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Eason. The funeral service was conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 26, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Jay Moore officiated and interment was in the Grantville Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at

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



Barbara Jane Howell

Mrs. Barbara Jane Howell, age 80, of Sharpsburg, passed away, Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Insignia of Newnan. Daughter of the late James Buford Huckaby and Christine Hunt Huckaby, Mrs. Howell spent her early years in Hapeville and was a 1957 graduate of Georgia Baptist School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse and was a member of New Gate Church in Sharpsburg. Survivors include her daughter, Edythe “Edye” Maxwell and her husband, Jim of Hogansville; grandchildren, Courtney Maxwell Pulley and her husband Ryan, and James Zachary Maxwell; brother and sister in-law, Larry and Carol Huckaby of Sharpsburg; sister in-law, Janet Huckaby of Douglasville; and brother in-law, W. A. Howell and his wife Nancy, also of Douglasville.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband. Jimmy Ronald Howell, and her brother, Harry Huckaby.               The funeral service was conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 28, at the graveside in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Newnan, with the Reverend Tom Rowe officiating. The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Insignia of Newnan and to Gentiva Hospice for the loving care provided to Mrs. Howell. Condolences may be expressed at

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

Libby Ann Bowles

Libby Ann Bowles, age 59, of Waverly Hall, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Warm Springs Medical Center. Memorial services were held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the chapel of Cox Funeral Home, Manchester. Rev. Galen Andrews officiated. Visitation was from 1:00 until 3:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Libby was born November 30, 1957 in Gainesville, GA the daughter of Sandford Clyde Bryant and Marie Talley Bryant. She graduated from Flint River Academy and Upson Technical College with a degree in Cosmetology. Libby worked as a beautician in Meriwether County for 25 years and was a member of Woodbury Baptist Church. She loved animals, especially riding horses, but more than anything she loved her children and being a grandmother. Libby was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Mildred Stancil, Eloise Burdine, Margie Gore and Audrey Davidson. Survivors include her son, Joshua Amerson, her daughter, Lindsay M. Bowles; her grandchildren, Conner Amerson and Kaleb Railey; her sister, Cathy Harbin, all of Woodbury; her companion, Roger Daughtry of Waverly Hall and several nieces and nephews.

Cox Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Peggy Bowen Schley

Mrs. Peggy Bowen Schley, age 71, of Hampton, GA passed away February 23, 2017 peacefully at home. The daughter of the late Hugh Dorsey Bowen and Birdie Mae Brand, Peggy was born March 23, 1945 in LaGrange, GA. She was a strong woman of faith and enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking and dancing. Peggy was retired from C&S Bank as a Bankruptcy/Loan Administrator. She is survived by her husband Sam Schley, Hampton, GA; Daughters: Gayla D’Hollosy, McDonough, GA, Niki Schley, Athens, GA; Sons: Gerry Gosdin, LaGrange, GA, Darren Gosdin, LaGrange, GA, and Brett Schley, Hampton, GA; Sisters: Mrs. Carolyn Grove, Cohutta, GA, Mrs. Marie Gosdin, Jackson, GA. Funeral Services were held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, February 28th at the Hunter-Allen-Myhand Chapel. Burial followed in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 PM until the service hour of 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Peggy’s name to the American Cancer Association or American Humane Society. Please join the family in honoring the life of Mrs. Peggy Bowen Schley by visiting and posting your tributes and memories.

Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Celia Bowers Landreth

Mrs. Celia Bowers Landreth, age 86, of Valley passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Landreth was born in Lanett, Alabama on April 27, 1930 to the late Roy Bowers and Sadie DeLoach Bowers. Funeral services were held on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 2:00P.M. at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett. Rev. Tim Bass officiated. Her family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6:00P.M. EST until 8:00P.M. EST. She is survived by her children, John C. Landreth, Valley, Richard (Tommy) Landreth, Valley, Cathy Boddie, Valley; brother, Ralph Bowers, Lanett; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; special friend, Tanya Hernandez and her three children. Mrs. Landreth was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She had retired from West Point Stevens towel operations after 23 years and she later worked in Dr. Arvind Kamath’s office for nine years. She loved her family very much.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed services.



Julia Alice Dykes

Mrs. Julia Alice Dykes, age 81, of Sherman, TX, formerly of Valley, AL, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Wesley W. Dykes. Mrs. Dykes is survived by her two daughters, Denise Allen of Gautier, MS and Dianne (Ray) Matthews of Sherman, TX; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Dykes was born on May 17, 1935 in Dothan, AL. She was of the Baptist faith. She worked for the Valley Times News for a number of years, holding several positions. In years past she was very active in her church with her husband. She loved her family. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Rev. Aaron McCollough officiated. Interment followed at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point, GA. The family received friends Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EST) until the service hour at the funeral home. Please visit our website at to leave a condolence for the family.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directed services.


Lamar Rhodes

Mr. Lamar Rhodes was born July 1, 1955 in LaGrange (Troup County) Georgia to James (Katherine) Towns, Sr. and Mrs. Lillie Mae Rhodes. He served in the United States Army in the 1970’s where he was stationed in Korea. Lamar enjoyed being with family and friends. His true joy was to make others happy while telling jokes. On Monday, February 20, 2016, at his home in LaGrange, Georgia; Lamar Rhodes passed away. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ms. Martha Helen Hines and Mrs. Maebell Freeman. He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving daughter, Shemika Haynes; son-in-law, Adrian Owens; four grandchildren, Dalbreasna Moody, Darryl Moody, Jr., Ayona Woens, Rylan Owens; one great grandson, Kentell Moody; six brothers, Eddie Ray (Nannie) Rhodes, Willie David Rhodes, James (Linda) Towns, Jr., Donald (Tammy) Towns, Michael (Liza) Towns, Vensun (Natalie_ Towns; sister, Benita (Winston) Clemons; a very special nephew, Tony (Tanesha) Gates; special friend, Valeria Haynes; and a host of loving family and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Confidence Baptist Church. Pastor Michael Jackson officiated. Burial followed at Southview Cemetry. The family was at their home.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Helen Marie LoBalbo

Helen Marie LoBalbo, age 93, of LaGrange, Ga passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Wellstar West Georgia Hospice.Mrs. LoBalbo was born November 20, 1923 in Louisville, KY to the late Peter D. Sandbach and Sarah Ella Traylor Sandbach. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Mrs. LoBalbo will be remembered for her warm smile, her great sense of humor and she never met a stranger. She loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her great grandchildren. Her love of travel included an 18 hour flight to Australia in her late 70’s. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl LoBalbo; one sister and two brothers. Survivors include her daughter, Judy Weckman and husband Bill; grandchildren, Scott Weckman, Brad Weckman and wife Trina, Christy McCormack and husband Steve; great grandchildren, Casey Weckman, Ryan Martorelli, Aidan McCormack, Maddie McCormack, Caleb McCormack, Ava McCormack, and Catherine McCormack; other relatives and friends. The gathering of family and friends was held on Tuesday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Louisville Memorial Gardens in Louisville, KY. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary.