Obits — December 1, 2019


Gary Eugene Smith

Gary Eugene Smith, age 70, of LaGrange, Georgia passed away on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at WellStar West Georgia Hospice. The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at Gray Hill Baptist Church, 3285 Bartley Road, West Point 31833 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Funeral services began at 2:00 pm at Gray Hill Baptist Church where Rev. Lamar Womack, Rev. Charles Greathouse, and Rev. Steve Johnson officiated. Interment followed at Gray Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.


Stanley Martin Hall

Stanley Martin Hall , age 70, of LaGrange, Georgia passed away on Monday, November 25th, 2019 at the WellStar West Georgia Hospice. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 8th, 1949 to the late Elbert Hall and Marion Larrison Hall. Mr. Hall attended Sydney Lanier High School and graduated from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. His career was in International Sales having worked with Milliken, Thomaston Mills, Amaco, Shaw Industries and Mountville Mills. He also served his country as an Officer in the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Sugrue “Kate” Hall; son, Matthew Hall and his wife Amy; granddaughter, Bayleigh Elizabeth Hall; grandson, Matthew Martin Hall, Jr.; brother, Larry Hall; sisters, Patrice Hall Rentz and Mary Hall Holliday; extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Dr. F. Stuart Gulley officiating.



Mavis Barnes Williams

Early Sunday morning on November 24, 2019, Mavis Barnes Williams, loving wife and mother passed away at the age of 80. Mavis grew up in LaGrange, GA and graduated from Troup High School in 1957. She enjoyed playing on the High School Basketball team, working with the school yearbook and partipation in her favorite clubs. She was Miss Troup High in 1957. She married Ralph Williams on February 14, 1958. They were married 61 years. They moved to Chattanooga in 1960 where they raised their 3 children, Kim, Kelly and Jeff. They were in Chattanooga for 51 years except for 3 fun years they spent in Johnston, SC from 1996 to 1999. She devoted her life to her church, her faith, her husband and raising their children. She was an active member of Concord Baptist Church in Chattanooga and while in South Carolina, they were active members at Johnston First Baptist. They moved back to LaGrange, GA in November of 2011. Upon moving back to LaGrange, Mavis and Ralph were welcomed into the Calloway Baptist Church family where they made many new friends. For the last 40 years, she was affectionately called “Nanny” by her great grandchildren, grandchildren and children. She loved her family, friends, travelling, family get togethers, studying the bible, annual family trips to North Myrtle Beach, the art of hooking rugs, watching sports (especially TN Women’s Basketball), flower gardening, and birdwatching at her feeders. She was very particular about her house, the way she presented herself in public, and living in a way that represented her Christian life. When people think of Mavis, the words that seems to always come to mind are “a true lady”. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie “C.V.” and Verna Barnes, brother Joel Barnes, sister Sheila Hill and her brother-in-law Quillian Hill. She is survived by her husband Ralph, her children, Kim Gilley, Kelly Williams (Chris) and Jeff Williams, sister Hazel Owens (Billy), brother Gerald Barnes (Laraine), sister Beverly Reeves (Johnny), sister-in-law Helen Barnes, and grandchildren Leslie Seigler, Jennifer Gilley, Blake Gilley, Clay Williams (Lana), Hunter Williams, Denver Williams, Kristal May (Jared),  great grandchildren Mavis Reeves and Annie Kay Seigler, Paxton, Grant, and Owen May, and many neices and nephews. Even with her cancer diagnosis and all of the sickness, she walked in faith daily. Now she is no longer sick and is at peace. She touched many lives and will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Georgia Hospice.



Carolyn Diane Phillips

Ms. Carolyn Diane Phillips was born June 17, 1959 to Mrs. Virginia Phillips-Purnell and the late, Mr. Hollis Phillips, Sr. She united with Ward Chapel C. M. E. Church at an early age. She graduated from LaGrange High School, Class of 1978; and went on to attend Troup Tech School of Nursing. Diane, as she was affectionally called by family and friends, was a friendly and caring person. She loved laughter and keeping life lively. She didn’t meet any strangers, all people mattered to Diane. She had a BIG heart and would help you if she could. She was previously employed by Church’s Chicken, Big Lots, and Publix. On Wednesday, November 20, 2019; Carolyn departed this life at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by paternal grandparents: Noble Lee Rutledge and Beatrice Phillips-Rowland; maternal grandparents: Aaron Black and Lorene Moton-Huzzie. She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Angela Renee Phillips (Joseph) Rutledge; son, Christopher Eugene Phillips; three grandchildren: Joseph Rutledge, Jr., Jamal Rutledge, and Zachariah Phillips; her dear and loving mother, Mrs. Virginia Phillips (James) Purnell; one brother, Hollis (Christine) Phillips, Jr., three sisters: Lynn Marie Phillips, Susan Elaine Phillips-Waajid, Linda Faye Phillips; four aunts: Ruth Jennings, Mary Black-Ford, Theretha Black, and Diane Hammett; three uncles: Roy Huzzie, Frank Huzzie, Jessie Louis Huzzie; three nieces: Danishia Paige, Karmen Waajid, Karen Waajid; four nephews: Carols Phillips, Anthony Phillips, Bilal Waajid, II, and Jamil Phillips; and a host of other relatives and friends. The Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Faith Temple Church. Apostle C. M. Chivers, Assistant Pastor Mildred T. Jackson, and Overseer Gary L. Fanning officiated. Interment followed at Southview Cemetery.



Robert Lee Mobley

Robert L. Mobley age 92, of Pine Mountain, GA passed away Monday, November 25, 2019 at Hospice House of LaGrange, GA. Graveside services were held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Pine Mountain Cemetery where Rev. David Timms and Rev. Mark McGee officiated. The family received friends from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday evening, November 29 at Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton, GA. Mr. Mobley was born June 13, 1927 in Chipley, GA (Pine Mountain), the son of Grady Mobley and Daisy Prophett Mobley. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He was retired Machine Shop Foreman for Lummus Industries. He was a member of Pine Mountain First Baptist Church. Granddaddy was an avid gardener. At 92 years old he “cut back” the number of tomato plants he planted to 150 instead of 350. He loved to grow vegetables and give them to others. He was preceded in death by his parents Grady Mobley and Daisy Prophett Mobley and sister Sara Register. Survivors include his wife of 23 years Kathleen “Kat” Edwards Anderson Mobley; his brothers, Ray Mobley Sr. (Ann) of Columbus, GA and Jack Mobley (Donna) of Summerville SC.; his children Mike Mobley (Kathy) of Howard, GA, Billy Anderson (Nancy) of Lanett AL, Bobby Anderson (Dee Dee) of Lanett AL. Also, he is survived by his grandchildren, Michaele Mobley Beres (Michael) of Waverly Hall, GA, Bo Mobley (Meredith) of Pomaria S.C., John Mobley (Miranda) of Waverly Hall, GA, Emily Anderson Pike (Nick) of Opelika, AL, Merri Anderson Earl (Jeremy) of LaFayette, AL, Amy Anderson Gilbert (Trey) of Valley AL, and Andy Anderson of Franklin TN; also 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.