Obituaries 6-03-2020

Higgins

Mrs. Barbara Ann Brown

Mrs. Barbara Ann Brown, age 85, of LaGrange, passed away on May 29, 2020 at the Tanner Medical Center. Mrs. Brown was born on September 25, 1934 in Dadeville, Alabama to the late Almon Pierce Sexton and Decie Duffey Sexton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Namon Artis Parmer, Sr., her second husband, Carey Paul Brown, Jr., six siblings, and mother who raised her, Katie Mae Sexton. She graduated from LaGrange High School in 1953. Mrs. Brown, in addition to being a homemaker and caring for the needs of her family, worked for many years after the death of Mr. Parmer at Signal Knitting. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Survivors include her three sons, Artis Parmer and his wife Jo, Greg Parmer and his wife Janice and Charles Parmer; brother, Richard Hill and his wife Martha; grandchildren, Cecily Gulledge (Corey), Charity Jordan (Tom), Kayla Smith (D.J.) and Cody Parmer; nine great grandchildren; step-son, Ronnie Brown (Sherrie); special caregiver, Yolanda Sanders; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Graveside services were held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Shadowlawn Cemetery with Rev. Donny Benefield and Rev. Jimmy Pruitt officiating. The family gathered at the funeral home beginning at 12:00 pm on Monday.

Ronald LaVon Carothers

Ronald LaVon Carothers, “Ron,” born September 7, 1935 in Reading, Michigan, entered the gates of Heaven on May 28, 2020. Ron lived his life following the values instilled in him of faith, honesty, hard work and fair treatment for all by his parents, the late Frank and Emma Lucile Carothers. He was a great friend to all who had the honor to know him. Ron was a loving father and dedicated husband. His dedication to his wife and children was without measure. Ron served in the U.S. Army. Ron then spent numerous years working in all phases of construction including pile driving, steel erection and rigging with Brown & Root, Inc. While working at Brown & Root, Inc. Ron met the love of his life, Brenda. They were married on November 27, 1981. Ron and Brenda moved to LaGrange in 1983 to join Dave, his brother, at A-1 Lone Star Fence Company. Ron loved and faithfully served the Lord after he moved to LaGrange. While installing a fence at First Assembly of God, he met pastor Steve Comer, who would become a lifelong friend. Ron drove the bus for the First Assembly of God for many years. He also served as a Sunday School teacher for young children. Ron later began working at Camp Dogwood, a children’s summer camp, where he loved to teach children how to fish. He also spent many years cooking for Camp Viola . One of Ron’s greatest achievements was his love for Hospice patients. From 1998-2017, Ron could be found on Saturday and Sunday mornings preparing breakfast for the families with loved ones in Hospice. His service for Hospice displays an example of his big heart for others. Ron lived his life serving and giving to others. Ron and Brenda joined Grace Baptist Church in 2007 where they served together until his death. Ron’s greatest joy came from teaching kids on Wednesday nights, teaching Bible School, or helping in the nursery. Ron loved to sing enthusiastically in the choir at Grace Baptist Church and work with the shut-ins food ministry. He could also be found serving with the R.U. program on Friday nights. Ron was an avid supporter of his church and community.
Ron was preceded in death by his sons, Gene Carothers, Steve Carothers, and Larry Carothers. Ron leaves behind his loving wife, Brenda Kay Carothers, daughter, Josephine Carothers Cogan (Steve), and son, Mike Carothers. Other family members include grandchildren, Casey Cogan, Brandi Carothers Haba (Jon), Ellen Brown Adams (Keith), Jordi Carothers Manuel (Shane), Jake Carothers, Jessica Carothers Wolverton (Joe), Jennifer Carothers, and Steven Carothers. Great-grandchildren include; Sierra Cogan, Clayton Cogan, Johnny Haba, Isabella Haba, Katelyn Wolverton, Allison Wolverton, Savannah Adams, and Zach Adams. A host of friends and colleagues will also miss him dearly. Ron will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Ron’s Life was  held on Sunday, May 31st, with visitation at 1:00 PM followed by the service at 2:00 PM at Grace Baptist Church, LaGrange, Georgia with COVID19 regulations being followed. All friends and family who loved Ron are invited to attend. Interment will follow on Tuesday, June 2nd,PM Central Time in Monticello, Arkansas.

Mr. John Robert “Johnny” Sanders

Mr. John Robert “Johnny” Sanders, age 92, passed away on May 31, 2020 at the home of his daughter, Susan. Johnny was born on November 4, 1927 in Buchanan, Georgia to the late Homer Sanders and Grace Edwards Sanders. He retired from the Ford Motor Company followed by many happy years with his wife Doris and his family at their home on Lake Wedowee. In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Hurst Sanders, his daughter, Nancy Sanders and several siblings. Survivors include his daughter Susan Pierce; grandchildren, Steve Thifault, Jeremy Thifault, Rocky Sanders, Tyler Sanders, Erica Palomera their spouses and many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family. A private family memorial will be held on Lake Wedowee at a later date.

Striffler Hamby

Mr. Rodney Marion Allen

Mr. Rodney Marion Allen, age 73, of LaGrange, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020 at West Georgia Hospice.  He was married to Sharon Pollard Allen and they shared 50 beautiful years of marriage together.  Mr. Allen was born on October 3, 1946 in Clayton, Georgia to the late Jack Marion Allen and the late Vy Kesler Allen. He attended LaGrange High School where he received his diploma in 1964. He joined the Army immediately following his high school career and served in the Vietnam War from April 1965 to May 1966 and concluded his Military service in Germany in 1968. Upon returning to LaGrange, he began his career at Farmer’s Supply Store. He then worked as a salesman for Mike Patton Mazda before retiring in 2005 from Loy’s Office Supplies as the Forms Division Manager.  Rodney was a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church. He loved taking road trips on his Harley Davidson with his best friend, Richard Coffey. Rodney loved working outside in his yard but loved spending time with friends and family and playing with all of his grandchildren most of all. Survivors include his loving wife, Sharon; children and their spouses, Larry Allen (Tiffany), Ashlie Roa (Amado), and Kristen Grace Maillet (Jason); grandchildren, Anna Grace Allen, Hayes Allen, Austin Roa, Ace Roa, Kella Grace, Sawyer Grace; step-grandchildren, Dominick Maillet and Gabriel Maillet; siblings, Debby Dutton, Randall Allen (Jennie), DeeAnn Gunter (Greg) Ryan Allen (Sheila); brother in-law, Eric Pollard (Lee); loyal best friend and his wife, Richard and Theresa Coffey, of Pensacola, FL.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. At the family’s request, memorial services for Mr. Rodney Marion Allen will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to West Georgia Hospice of LaGrange, Georgia, www.wghealth.org, and to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

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Rev. Edward Eugene (Gene) Kirklin

Rev. Edward Eugene (Gene) Kirklin, Jr., 45, of Hogansville, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020, at his home. Rev. Kirklin was born January 8, 1975, in LaGrange, lived in Troup County most of his life, and had owned and operated LaGrange Area Roofing and Remodeling. An ordained minister since 2012, he had served as pastor of God’s Open Door Church of Praise in LaGrange. Gene loved to hunt and fish, and is remembered as a loving husband, father, son, and brother who had a strong faith and loved his work. Survivors include his wife, Karen Kirklin of Hogansville; daughters, Heather and Karl Kudyba of Rockville, MD, Ashley Bishop of Orlando, FL; grandson, Lukas Kudyba of Rockville; his mother and step-father, Ann Higginbotham and James Rountree of Jeffersonville; sisters, Susan Vaughn of Temple, Donna Whatley of LaGrange, Heather Kirklin of Gray, Lisa and Jerry Cantrell of LaGrange, Sandy and Chris Atkins of Southport, FL, Sherrill and Alan Henderson of Forsyth, Frances and Dennis Baer of Jeffersonville; sisters in-law, Tammy Kirklin and Cathy Kirklin; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins and their children.  He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Eugene Kirklin; brothers, Eddie Lamar Kirklin and Barry Eugene Kirklin; and his step-mother, Wanda Stenger. Viewing and visitation with the family at Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home, was from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31. The family hosted a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, at God’s Open Door Freedom Church on South Greenwood St. in LaGrange.

Bobby G. Denney

Mr. Bobby G. Denney, 78, of Grantville, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Bethany House in Auburn, AL.Mr. Denney was born October 10, 1941, son of the late Ralph and Erma Denney. A resident of Coweta County for many years, he retired as a repairman from Grant’s Vending Company in Griffin and was a Mason. He was a tinkerer and loved to work, enjoyed dirt-track racing and wrestling, and especially loved playing the guitar and spending time with his dog, Chico. Survivors include his daughters, Candace Colston and her fiancée George Hare of Acworth, Sandy Phillips and her husband Jeff Phillips of White, Melissa Laster and her husband Bobby Laster, Jr. of Five Points, AL; sister, Diane Duffey of Griffin; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Barber Denney; his son, Bobby Denney, Jr.; and a granddaughter. A family funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with limited seating available. The Reverend Horace Harper will officiate and interment will be in the Grantville Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday, with social distancing observed.

Hunter Allen Myhand

Miss Addie Marie Bailey

Miss Addie Marie Bailey, age 95, of LaGrange, passed away on May 29, 2020 at the WellStar West Georgia Hospice.Miss Bailey was born on January 26, 1925 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late Levi Bailey and Cora Lanier Bailey.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Elliott Bailey; nephews Larry Mitchell, Charles Levi Bailey and David E. Bailey; brother in law, Billy Mitchell.

Miss Bailey was of the Baptist Faith and was an active member of the Troup County Senior Center. Survivors include her sister, Monteen Mitchell; sister in law, Frances Bailey; nieces and nephew, Jolly Zeunges (Rick), Sheila Champion (Tommy), Karen Sinyard (Mike), Pam Kennemore and Roger Bailey (Darlene); numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. Graveside services was held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Restlawn Memory Gardens with Chaplain Dan Wooten officiating.Family will assemble at the graveside.The family would like to give special appreciationto the staff at LaGrange Nursing and Rehabilitation and WellStar West Georgia Hospice for the special care afforded Miss Bailey.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WellStar West Georgia Hospice, 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, Georgia, 30240 . The service was live-streamed www.facebook.com/Higgins-Funeral-Home-at-Hunter-Allen-Myand-112934447035221/

 

 Carol Taylor Sands Williams

Carol Taylor Sands Williams, age 81, of LaGrange, passed away at her residence on May 28, 2020. She was born on October 17, 1938 to the late Woodrow Taylor and Hazel Danford Taylor. She was employed with JC Penney for 17 years. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband, Charles F. Sands, Jr.; brother, Dan Taylor; sisters, Betty Jo Jones (George), Caffie Stogner; stepson, Steven G. Williams; and her grandchild, Steven A. Williams. Survivors include her husband, Marion Williams; daughters, Tracy Waller (Charles III) and Cindy Fenn (Mark); sisters, Martha Holloway (Rayford), Debbie Pike (Ricky); brother, Eddie Taylor (Sherry); grandchildren, Carol McDonald (Joshua), Elizabeth Waller, Kimberly Alexander, Peter Koenig; great grandchildren, Ada Waller,Lilly McDonald Charlie McDonald, Justin Alexander, Brionna Alexander, Aisha Koenig; special friends, Gail and Phil Crawford, and Nancy Marsh; extended family and friends. Family  visitation was from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the Hunter Allen Myhand Funeral Home. Graveside services for family and friends was held at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Restlawn Memory Gardens with Rev. Ben Turner officiating. Flowers are accepted or donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Carol Sands Williams to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241  The service was live-streamed www.facebook.com/Higgins-Funeral-Home-at-Hunter-Allen-Myand-112934447035221/