Mr. Albert Lamar Canada, age 66, of Cloudland, GA, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at Floyd Medical Center.

Mr. Canada was born April 27, 1948, in Chattooga County, GA, a son of the late Richard Albert Canada and Foye Lee Hardwick Canada Styles. He attended the Cloudland Presbyterian Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Canada was the oldest member of the Menlo Housing Authority, served as the director of the Chattooga County Public Works and the Chattooga County Emergency Management Agency for six years, and was a member of the Alpine Lodge # 211 F. & A.M. He was also a member of the V.F.W. and was a former member of the Optimist Club. His hobbies included fishing and spending time at the lake with his family.

Mr. Canada is survived by his wife, Jane Hegwood Canada; sons, Kevin Canada, Justin Canada, and Patrick Canada; a daughter, Amy Ferguson; brothers, Larry Canada and Greg Canada; grandchildren, Chad Ferguson, Allison Ferguson, Trevor Canada, Sophie Veatch, and Carson Canada.

Funeral services for Mr. Canada will be held at 4:30 P.M. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Pledger and Mr. Jon Dennis officiating. Burial will follow in the Cloudland Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Shanklin – Attaway Post 5 Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Donnie Hall, Spunkey Mitchell, Mike Sellers, Max Treadaway, Billy Joe Dooley, and Yogi Hegwood. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Woodard, Ralph Barnes, Keith Smith, Jimmy Thomason, Kevin Dallmier, Bill Colburn, Gerald Colburn, Bill Putnam, Jim Copeland, Mike Larkin, Ken Cooper, Joe Dodd, and Frank Wright.

Mr. Canada will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 29, 2014.


Mr. Alfred Leroy Brown, age 71, of Trion, GA, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Brown was born August 9, 1942, in Trion, GA, son of the late Alfred Lee Brown and Mattie Ruth Maddux Brown. He was retired from Harriet and Henderson Yarns.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Alva “Nell” Brown; son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Regina Brown; daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Michael Weeks, Rachel and Steve Bruce, and Amanda Brown; brother and sister-in-law, Edmond and Brenda Brown; sisters, Ann Sweet and Doris Ford; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Brown will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the West Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Lee Brown, Blake Brown, Doug Gill, Tony Ingle, and Curtis Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff of Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Randy Floyd.

Mr. Brown will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 29, 2014.


Mrs. Sandie LaWana Montague Billings, age 52, of Rome, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 27, 2014, following a battle with cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve Billings; her mother, Betty Montague; her sisters, Gail (Jimmy) Madden, and Shawn (Jeff) Bennett; her brother, Monty (Elaine) Montague; sister-in-law, Terri Billings; several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her father, Oliver C. Montague, her mother and father-in-law, Doris and Tom Billings, Sr., a brother-in-law, Tom Billings, Jr., and a nephew, Trey Montague. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 6:30pm at Calvary Baptist Church. Her Pastor, Dr. Gary Graves and the Rev. Brett Clements will officiate. A time of fellowship with friends and family will follow the service.

Mrs. Billings will lie in state at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday from 5:30pm until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Navigators, 310 W. 10th Street, Rome, GA 30165, to the Animal Rescue Foundation, P. O. Box 682, Rome, GA 30162, or to Calvary Baptist Church, 101 Broadus Road, Rome, GA 30161.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.


Mrs. Charlotte Ann Elrod Yarborough, age 80, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Pruett Health Care in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Mrs. Yarborough was born January 4, 1934 in Trion, GA, the daughter of the late Fred Elrod and Terry Bynum Elrod. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Yarborough was a member of the Church of God of Hammondville, AL. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Grant Yarborough; daughter, Carole Jean Wheelington; brother, Paul Elrod; and a sister, Dorothy Elrod McGinnis.

Survivors include her husband, Harvey Malcolm Yarborough; three sisters, Betty Fowler, Freddie White, and Antoinette Finster; grandchildren, Melissa Weaver, Amy Collins, and Misty Mauldin; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Johnson, Riley Collins, Brooklin Collins, Rowan Weaver, Ariana Nofsinger, Luke Britton, and Allison Britton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p. m. Friday, August 1, 2014 at Mason Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Allen Snow officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nephews.

Mrs. Yarborough will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014.


MS. CARRIE BELL McCLAM- Age 73, Of Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and  Ruth Player, two sons, Johnny McClam, Herbert McClam, four brothers, Roy Lee, Vern, Herbert, and Orilie McClam, granddaughter, Desirea Moore. She was known as a loving homemaker. 

She leaves to cherish her memories those that she adored and loved so much, two daughters, Minister Mary NeSmith of Lake City, South Carolina, Denise (David) Moore of Summerville, Georgia; four loving sisters, Ruth (Robert) Player of New Zion, South Carolina, Ruby Lee Player, Creola Mickens, Emma Lee Wells of Turbeville, South Carolina; one loving brother, Ruben (Ann) Player of Britton, South Carolina; one special uncle, Troy Brayboy of Sumter, South Carolina; her grandchildren, Kendall Moore and David (Heather) Moore, Jr.; great grandchildren, Dayvoin Moore, Javon Moore, and Zakale Moore; adopted grandchildren, Kynsli Watkins and Cydni White of Summerville, Inayah Wallace and Imahri Jenkins of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Iyanah Nesmith of Lake City ; adopted daughters and my girls, Fecia Watkins, Keysha Patton and Preeya Fain; a devoted friend, Aunt Sharon; a very special thanks and I love you all.

Homegoing Celebration for Ms. Carrie Bell McClam will be Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:00 p. m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church with Bishop L. Wheeler, Eulogist and Pastor George H. Beavers officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service.  Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery.