Mrs. Muriel Elizabeth Ward, age 81, of Summerville, GA, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at her residence.

 Mrs. Ward was born January 29, 1936, in LaFayette, GA, daughter of the late Charles and Mable Harris Williams.  She was Baptist by faith, and prior to her retirement, worked as a school bus driver for the Chattooga County School System for more than 40 years.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ray Williams, Ryan Williams, Ralph Williams, Russell Williams, Roy Williams, Charles Williams, and Richard Williams; sisters, Mary Williams, Doris Ford, and Ruby Williams.

 Mrs. Ward is survived by her husband, Frank Ward; son, Billy Ward; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Frank Wright; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rachael Simmons, Barbara and Fred Hall, Betty Huckabee, Joyce and Jerry Turner, Alice and Jim Gunner; granddaughter, Bailee Farrer; and great-granddaughter, Oaklyn Farrer.

 Funeral services for Mrs. Ward will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 18, 2018, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Scoggins and Rev. Jimmy Bryant officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Seth Anderson, Jeff Owings, Jeff Mosher, Don McGraw, and Frank Wright. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny McGraw and Bob Himes.

 Mrs. Ward will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service on Thursday.

 Mason Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Muriel Elizabeth Ward who died on Tuesday.



 MRS. GENEVA ROMINE PETTY, age 84, of Knollwood Circle, Summerville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018, morning in a Rome hospital.  A native of Calhoun, Georgia, She was born to the late Thomas Levi and Willie Mae Bynum on November 16, 1933.  Mrs. Petty was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, the late Jerry Nathan Petty on January 3, 2012.

              Surviving are daughter & son-in-law, Cecelia Gail and Daniel Ford; sons and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Shelly Petty and Thomas Petty; granddaughter, Kathie Ford; Five Grandchildren, Eight Great Grandchildren; sisters, Mary Sluder and Hazel McCord; several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

             Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18th, at 2:00 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Minister Hugh Glaze officiating, interment in Berryton Cemetery.  Active Pallbearers Nathan Petty, Thomas Petty, Daniel Ford, Andrew Leonard, Doug Sluder, and Steve Lee.  The Family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 8 P.M. the Funeral Home.

             Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.





Mr. Joseph Monroe “Joe” Martin, age 66, of Gaylesville, AL, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Redmond Regional Medical Center.


Mr. Martin was born August 2, 1951, in Montgomery, AL, son of the late John Leonard Sr. and Clara Mae Ruessell Martin.  He attended the Mount Bethel Baptist Church and was employed with Mohawk Industries.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Christopher Martin sister, Ethel Don Mealer.


Mr. Martin is survived by the mother of his children, Ann Martin; sons, Brandon Martin, Logan Martin, and Lance Martin; brothers, Jimmy Martin and John Martin, Jr.; sister, Jaye Lene Beason; granddaughters, Addie Martin and Lily Martin.


Graveside memorial services for Mr. Martin will be held at 3:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) Saturday, January 20, 2018, from Moseley Cemetery with Rev. Dewayne Teague officiating.


Mason Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mr. Joseph Monroe “Joe” Martin who died on Tuesday.