Obits — September 18, 2019
James R. Farmer
Mr. James R. Farmer, 82, of Hogansville, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Farmer was born October 2, 1936, in LaGrange, son of the late Jim and Beatrice Grizzle Farmer Powell. A veteran of service in the U.S. Navy, he retired as a service man from Newnan Utilities and was a member of Springhill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bowen Farmer of Hogansville; son and daughter in-law, Jimmy and Elaine Farmer; sister, Lucille Jean of Gray; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynne Wilson. The funeral service was conducted at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, September 15, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Jody Mitchell officiated and interment was in Hillview East Cemetery.
Lois E. Williams
Mrs. Lois Evelyn Williams, 87, of Hogansville, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, at her home. Mrs. Williams was born April 6, 1932, in Meriwether County, daughter of the late Neal and Mary Ethel Anderson Williams. She was employed many years as a seamstress, was Baptist by faith, enjoyed crocheting and sewing, and was a very good cook. Mrs. Williams was an independent woman and had strived hard to maintain her independence. Survivors include her daughter and son in-law, Dianna Gail and Donald Hatcher of Hogansville; grandchildren, Terri and Todd Bohn of LaGrange, Teresa and Stephen Ward, Kevin and Jill Stokes, all of Newnan; great-grandchildren, Nikki and Brian Cox, Danielle and Devin White, John Todd Bohn, Abigail Ward, Chapman Ward, Lynleigh Bohn, Bailey Billiterri, Connor Costley, Parker Stokes, Presley Stokes; and great-grandchildren, Landry Cox, Beau Cox, Darcie White, Evelyn Cox, Maverick Cox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Henry Williams; three sisters; and four brothers. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Stephen Ward officiated and interment followed in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville.
Tammy R. Davis
Mrs. Tammy R. Davis, 62, of Franklin, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Mrs. Davis was born July 22, 1957, in LaGrange, and lived in Franklin for a number of years. A graduate of West Georgia Technical College, she had been employed as a licensed practical nurse at Florence Hand Home in LaGrange. She was a member of Saved by Grace Church in Roanoke, AL and enjoyed being a caregiver, not only as her occupation but also for her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Melvin T. Davis of Franklin; daughter, Tonia Johnstone of LaGrange; sons, Jason Davis and his fiancée Cassandra Williamson of Franklin, Kevin Posey and his wife Kim of Temple; mother and step-father, Betty and Jack Gross of Wedowee, AL; sisters, Kelly Heath of LaGrange, Debbie Kelley of Lanett, AL; brother, Howard Harris, Jr. of Lanett; eight grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Harris. The funeral service were conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Charlie Whaley and the Reverend Jerry Davis officiated and interment followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in LaGrange.
Jean Caudle Smith
Jean Caudle Smith, 89, of LaGrange, GA passed away peacefully early Thursday morning at home. Mrs. Smith was born August 15, 1930 in Mableton, GA to the late H.B. Caudle and Ruby Williamson Caudle. She married Ellis Cecil Smith on December 28, 1947 and they spent 72 wonderful years together raising their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, antiquing, farming, and traveling. Mrs. Smith owned Oakwood Antiques and loved traveling the country buying and selling antiques. She particularly enjoyed having a booth at the Cashiers Antique Show and Scott Antique Market, where she had many loved customers and fellow antique friends. Mrs. Smith was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, where she served on the alter guild and was a member of the Mary Will Thompson Sunday School Class. She is survived by her husband, Ellis Cecil Smith; daughter, Lesia Smith Mikell; son, Ellis Caudle Smith, all of LaGrange, GA; 4 grandchildren, Laura Leigh (Matt) French of LaGrange, GA, Quint (Ryan) Andrews of Atlanta, GA, Anna Jane (Kraig) Streetman of Atlanta, GA, and Ellis Caudle Smith, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; and 7 great grandchildren, Catherine Claire French, Blake French, Ashley Anne French, Davis Andrews, Addie Andrews, Smith Streetman, and Molly Streetman. Celebration of Life service was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with The Rev. Dr. Gil Watson and The Rev. Dr. John Beyers officiated. Burial followed in Shadowlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Troup County Humane Society in memory of Mrs. Jean Caudle Smith.
Ericka Neshea Brewer
She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended Shamrock Middle School and graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School. Ericka later obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Med from The Fort Valley State University, and then her Master of Public Health, Prevention Science from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Ericka worked as a Clinical Research Associate for the past three and a half years. She was also co-owner of The K.E.Y. Event Planning Company and enjoyed decorating and planning events. She was full of beauty and grace, and fiercely loyal to her friends and family. Ericka accepted Christ during her adolescent years, and as an adult, attended House of Hope Atlanta regularly. She walked in the wisdom and favor of God and her faith was unmatched. Ericka always offered a word of encouragement and backed it up with scripture. Ericka was a lover of fashion and enjoyed singing, dancing, and listening to music. She was funny, outgoing and vivacious, and brightened any room she entered. Ericka loved to laugh and her comedic humor kept everyone entertained. Ms. “Selfie Queen” was not a stranger to the camera and loved capturing memories. We will always remember her infectious smile and caring personality. Her presence in our lives will be sorely missed. On Friday, September 6, 2019; a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend, Ericka Neshea Brewer left this world unexpectedly, at the age of thirty-eight in Snellville, Georgia. Ericka was preceded in death by her father, Gary H. Brewer. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her mother, Cynthia (Marcus) Coley; three brothers, Jamal Hill, Jamar Hill, and Devante Moody; three sisters, Victoria Hill, Landress Dixon, and Keva Dixon; four beloved aunts: Annie (George) Kelly, Barbara White, Ruby Peterson, Mary Ward; an adopted aunt, Gayle (Randolph) Perkins; three beloved uncles, Nathaniel (Betty) Brewer, Leon Brewer, R.L. (Gwen) Ward; loving godparents, Franklin (Arletha) Dixon; the love of her life and fiancé, Eric Gunn; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that she loved dearly. The funeral services were held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Charlotte R. Boykin
Charlotte R. Boykin, 76, of Pine Mountain passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Columbus Hospice. Graveside services were held at 10:00 am, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Pine Mountain Cemetery where Father Ronald Madden officiated. Mrs. Boykin was born March 5, 1943 in Charlotte, NC, the daughter of Junior R. Rhymer and Carrie Haney Rhymer. She married Franklin D. Boykin on March 14, 1963 and together they raised three children. Mrs. Boykin was the General Manager of the Days Inn in LaGrange in the 1970’s and later joined her husband in the establishment of the Fireside Restaurant in Pine Mountain in the 1980’s. She would later go on to own and operate Now and Then Antiques in Pine Mountain. Mrs. Boykin was a devoted Christian and in her leisure time, enjoyed needle point and crocheting. Survivors include her husband, Franklin D. Boykin of Pine Mountain; three children, Pam Soskin of Columbus, Del Boykin of Columbus, Kevin Boykin and his wife, Liza of Midland; four grandchildren, Natalie and Sydney Boykin, Dakota Billings and Konner Soskin. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Boykin may be made to the food pantry at Christ the King Catholic Church.
Elizabeth Ann George
Elizabeth Ann George, of LaGrange, passed away on September 15, 2019. She was born on November 11, 1954 to the late Charlie Jack and Ada Frances Lawhorn. In addition to her father, Mrs. George is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph George and her daughter, Wendy George Powell. Mrs. George is survived by her daughter, Holly George Barber (Jerome); her mother, Ada Frances Lawhorn; her sister, Artis Marie Felds (Robert); her brother, Larry Jack; her grandchildren, Ethan Powell, Dylan Powell, Ryan Powell, Gracie Anna Marie Bradley, Hannah Jade Browning, Natalie Barber, Shelby Barber, Jacob Barber (Christian), Austin Barber, Colby Barber, and Destiny Surowic (Dylan); her great grandchildren, Jaxon King and Emmalina Surowic; her special friends, Mike and Debbie Duncan, Thomas Whittworth, and Wayne and Amber Fomby. The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral service will held at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 3 p.m. The committal service will directly follow the funeral and will be held at Shadowlawn Cemetery in LaGrange. Reverend Brian Getter and Reverend Danny Getter will officiate the services.