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Jessie Louise Troup

TROUP, Jessie Louise Age 85, of Lake City, passed away Dec. 26, 2017. Services Dec. 29, 1:30 PM at Sherwood Memorial Park. Tara Garden Chapel, Jonesboro, GA.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 29, 2017


Brooks Blankenship

Brooks Blankenship, age 80, of McDonough, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017.  He was born in Stockbridge, Georgia to the late William Arthur and Dolie Blankenship.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Phillips.  Mr. Blankenship was a member of Cruselle Freeman Church of the Deaf and an avid Georgia Tech fan.
Brooks is survived by his spouse, Patricia Blankenship; children, Amy (Scott) Barnett of McDonough, GA, Sylvia (David) Bedgood of Oxford, GA; grandchildren, Kayla (Drew) Patterson of Jackson, GA, Jordan Barnett of McDonough, GA, Lylah Barnett of McDonough, GA, Tiffany (Anthony) Tullis of Locust Grove, GA; great-grandchildren, Jett Patterson, Averlee Patterson, Isabella Tullis and Emma Tullis; brothers, Gene (Barbara Jo) Blankenship of Conyers, GA and Russell (Patsy) Blankenship of Jackson, GA; Sophie, his four-legged friend; and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors with Reverend Frank Osborne and Reverend Carter Bearden officiating. Interment will follow at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, 770-914-1414.

Nykevia Shanice Sanford

Miss Nykevia Shanice Sanford of 907 GA Hwy 49, South, Americus, Georgia died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:00 A. M. in the sanctuary of  United Holiness Church in Americus, Georgia.  The burial will follow at Staley Memorial Gardens in Americus, Georgia.

The family may be contacted at 132 Forest Park Road, Americus, Georgia.

VIla Stargel Sewell Jones

Ila Stargel Sewell Jones of Rome was the 10th-oldest person in the world when she passed away Friday, Nov 10, 2017.
She was 114 and a resident at Manor House of Rome.As of Friday, the Gerontology Research Group still had Jones listed among the world’s 42 supercentenarians — living people who are validated to be 110 or older.
Jones was born Aug. 21, 1903, in Lumpkin County, but moved to Floyd County in 1930 to teach at Cave Spring Consolidated School. It was there she met and married Paul Sewell, and where the couple raised their family.

For the next 30 years or so, Jones taught generations of students at the Georgia School for the Deaf and, later, at Cedartown High School.

John House's Cave Spring Chapel will be handling the funeral arrangements.

Her oldest grandchild, Mary Ila Blake of Knoxville, Tennessee, said in August that her grandmother had little energy during a birthday celebration at the nursing home. Still, Jones enjoyed her life and her family.

“Last time my parents went down, they walked her outside. When she’s awake her cognitive ability is intact, and her sense of humor,” Blake said at the time.
Jones’ son, Paul Sewell Jr., still lives in Rome. He talked about his mother’s life during a 2013 interview, beginning with the fact that she first saw Halley’s Comet at the age of 7 and again, when it came around 75 years later, in 1986.

Sewell also provided a glimpse of a well-educated and well-traveled woman.

Jones left Cave Spring to teach in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1963, five years after her husband had died. She met her second husband a year later and they eventually moved to Pasadena, Texas, where she became a licensed sewage facility operator and ran the local bingo game.

At age 85 she moved to California and then back to Texas before she returned to Northwest Georgia.

“She moved back to Rome in 1992, and she’s been in Rome ever since,” Sewell said.

Bob Arnold Davis

Mr. Bob Arnold Davis, age 92, of Cave Spring, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
He was born on July 14, 1925 in Armuchee, Georgia. He was the son of the late William Hubbard Davis and Bessie Owens Davis.
Mr. Davis served his country in the US Army Air Corp in WWII as a B-17 Aerial Gunner. He spent several months as a German POW, returning home safely in 1945. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and taught at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring until retirement. He was a lifelong farmer.
Mr. Davis is survived by his twin brother, Bill Gordon Davis, of Cave Spring and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Lois Davis, Eola Morgan, Lucille Byars, Miriam Cox and 4 brothers, Walter, Paul, Hugh and James Davis.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Cave Spring United Methodist Church followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverends John Page and Robin Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow at Cave Spring Cemetery.
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Tracy Allen Singleton
• Died: October 22, 2017
• Location: Atlanta, Georgia •
Mr. Singleton passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Mr. Singleton was a resident of Atlanta, Georgia at the time of passing.
Funeral Service: 11:00am, Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Frank V. Givens Memorial Chapel - Dorchester Funeral Home, 7842 E. Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway, Georgia 31320. Interment: St Peter's AMEC Memorial Gardens Cemetery Theme by Towfiq I.

Mr. George Montgomery
In profound sorrow we announce the passing of Mr. George Montgomery, 62 of Newnan, Georgia on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2:00 PM in the Sellers-Smith R.W.S. Memorial Chapel.
Mr. George Steve Montgomery Sr. was born in Griffin, Ga to the late Mr. Bill and Mrs. Gillie (Crawford) Montgomery.

In 1975, George graduated from the Georgia School for the Deaf in Caves Spring, GA; and later worked for the United States Postal Service for many years. He enjoyed watching sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. George has six surviving children: George Montgomery Jr., Stephanie Montgomery and Bob Montgomery; all of Atlanta, GA.
Cokoya Newsome and Gregory Newsome of Newnan, GA. Jessica Williams and one stepdaughter Diana Williams of Atlanta, GA.
He leaves to cherish his memories with his loving and faithful Companion of many years, Ms. Cynthia Newsome of Newnan, GA.

Mr. George also leaves behind grandchildren: Bobby Daniels, George Johnson, D’Kevion Montgomery, Savion Williams, Alexis
Newsome, La-Miriah Atchuson, Courtney Heard, Courtlin Heard, Chelsie Heard, Noah Williams, Nakayla Williams and a great
grandbaby, Gubrell Johnson and a host of relatives and friends. .

Mr. George Montgomery Sr. was preceded in death by both parents, brother Cleveland Montgomery, Aunt Lois Furlow and a special cousin George “Peewee” Furlow and other Love Ones.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of George Steve Montgomery please visit our Sympathy Store.

James Ballard Jr.

James Edward Ballard, Jr. HARTSVILLE - Memorial service for James "Jimmy" Edward Ballard, Jr., 76, will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Beau Boyle will officiate with a private burial in Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Ballard died on Saturday, October 7, 2017 (his birthday). Born in Wilmington, NC, he was a son of the late James Edward and Vidalia
Nixon Ballard. Jimmy graduated from Hartsville High School in 1959. He received his B.A. degree from Furman University, M.Div. degree from Southern Baptist Seminary, M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee,
and M.A. degree from Cal State University. He was a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students in Kershaw County for 15 years and also at the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School. He was known for his love of the Furman Paladins, USC Gamecocks and tap dancing. He wrote the "A Look Back" column for The Messenger for many years, recounting events 25 and 50 years ago. Memorials may be made to the charity of
one's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.bpafuneralhome.com

Venora Irene Williamon, 95, of Rome died Friday afternoon in a local health care facility.
A native of Haralson County, GA Mrs. Williamon was born September 24, 1922, daughter of the late
Julius Cauthen and Dicie Chandler Cauthen. She had ben a resident of Rome most of her life and was employed by
Georgia School for the Deaf as a houseparent. She also worked at Celanese Fibers. Mrs. Williamon was a member of
Riverside Baptist Church and was a woman who lived and shared her faith. A feisty woman who was a hard worker,
she loved people and animals. Mrs. Williamon was preceded in death by her husband Merial Dean Williamon and daughter
LaDean Amos Hutton.
Survivors include her daughter Carol Maxey; brother S.H. Cauthen and sisters Marie Eichman and Sandra Cauthen.
Two grandchildren Shane ( Cathy) Amos and Scott Amos also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 PM Monday in the Chapel of Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter
Avenue with Reverend Randy Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 2 PM until the service hour Monday. Please visit our website
www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Wayne
Cauthen. Vaughn Stagg, Steve McGinnis, Doug Ackerman, Stan Cauthen, and Steve Cauthen.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Venora Irene Williamon.

Demetrious Lashon Ramsey
May 30, 1977- September 25, 2017

Miss Demetrious Lashon Ramsey of 101 Swann Drive, Cordele, Georgia died
Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele,
The funeral service will be held Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 A. M. in
the chapel of the J. W. Williams Funeral Home in Cordele, Georgia.
The burial will follow at the Bethel Cemetery in Cordele, Georgia.
The family may be contacted at The Green Residence, 608 East Fourth
Avenue, Cordele, Georgia.

She graduated from GSD in 1997.

Stephen "Fonzie" Gene Sisson
June 20, 1960 - September 13, 2017

Stephen Gene "Fonzie" Sisson, age 57, of Blue Ridge, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Born on June 20, 1960 in
Ellijay, GA, he was the son of the late William J. and Wilma Smith Sisson. He helped at Rob's Detail Shop for 20 years.

He is survived by brothers, Billy Sisson, III, Max (Dawn) Sisson, Alan Sisson, and Christopher Sisson; nieces and nephews, Joey Sisson, Jena Evans, Eric Sisson, Travis Sisson, Carley Sisson, and Christy Cook. Memorial services were conducted on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Min. Butch Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Macedonia Church of Christ Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com.
Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph Edward Morris, Jr., of Bowdon, Georgia, passed away on September 6, 2017. He was 57.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Morris, Sr.; and his brother, Shane Morris.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Daniel of Bowdon; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Vicki ad Randy Robinson and Sue and Mark Clark, all of Bowdon, and Wendy and Johnathan Samples of Carrollton, Georgia; his brother and sister-in-law, Rodney and Kristy Daniel of Newport News, Virginia; his stepmother, Jerlean Morris of Bowdon; his stepsisters and their spouses, Tresa and Terry Hulsey of Fruithurst, Alabama, and Lesa Chadwick and Bobby Crews of Bowdon; and a special friend, Marie Lipscomb.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Rainwater Funeral Home. Rev. Stephen Peeples will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4:00 till 7:00 p.m.
Miss Elaine Beckley, 51, transitioned on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was a graduate of the Georgia School for the Deaf (Class of 1985).
Funeral services Miss Elaine Beckley will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in the Adams Chapel.

Visitation: Monday, August 8, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel. ... Interment: Woodville Cemetery.
Lamar Moore passed away this year! No information?
Edwin Leveston Aldridge, 82, of Waycross died Thursday (May 18, 2017) at his residence after a short illness. He was born in Waycross to the late Berry Hansford Aldridge and Florence Daniels Aldridge and lived here all of his life. Mr. Aldridge retired from King Edward Cigar Factory where he was a Machine Operator. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and The Silent Sunday School Class. He enjoyed watching television especially sports and was a lifetime University of Alabama Football fan.> In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by six brothers, Owen Aldridge, Walter Aldridge, Claude Aldridge, Milton Aldridge, Albert Wilson, and B.H. Aldridge; eight sisters, Jewell Griffin, Lorene Pitts, Georgie Whiddon, Vesta Kicklighter, Mildred Roberson, Luree Dowling, Lucy Harris, and Mary Jolley. Survivors include one sister, Evelyn Fowler of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 – 2 pm at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com. Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. SERVICES Funeral Service Sunday, May 21, 2017 2:00 PM> Miles-Odum Funeral Home and Crematory
Sonja Cone Bailey passed away on May 8, 2017. No information!
Melissa Anne Armstrong, 33, died around 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22nd from injuries sustained in a three vehicle accident in Bryan County, Georgia. She was born October 22 in Savannah, Georgia. Melissa was a very kind person, that always kept a beautiful smile on her face. She was a mother of four children that she loved deeply. She was part of the deaf community. She attended the Georgia School for the Deaf in North Georgia. She is survived by her mother, Mary Anne Armstrong, her father, James Watson Armstrong, her children, Hailey, Lexi, Dylan, and Kyra. Also surviving are her aunts, Julie (Larry), Theresa, her Uncles, Bill, Jack (Michelle), Richard (Ann), her cousins, Tina (Jason), Erin (Jo), Cliff (Kathy), Melinda (Dustin), Shannon (Cameron), Amanda, Konner, Richard (Whitney), Brinson, Lynne, Lauren, Aaron, Zoey, and Pipi. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph and Julia Puder, John and Elizabeth Armstrong, her Uncle Joseph, Jr., and Ricky Black. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017 at Compassion Christian Church, East Campus, 9150 Old Montgomery Road, Savannah, GA 31406. Funeral Service will be 12:00 p.m. at Compassion Christian Church, East Campus. Private burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to MADD, 1000 Circle 75 Parkway #45, Atlanta, GA 30339. (ga.state@madd.org).
Jimmy Ray Jennings, 57, of Rossville, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at his home. Mr. Jennings attended the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Springs, Georgia and worked for thirty-three years in the heating & air business before pursuing a career as a truck driver with S & H Drivers, Inc. He was of the Baptist faith, served as past-president of the Battlefield Deaf Club, and loved the Atlanta Falcons. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy & Mary Jennings, sister, Janet Jennings Stanfield, & brother, Gary Jennings. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Bonnie Lynne Jennings; children, Susan (Jake) Armstrong, Abrigail (Derek) Delaney, & Kevin (Miranda) Fisher; grandchildren, Gunner Armstrong, Gabriel Fisher, & Josie Taylor; brothers, Roy (Brenda) Jennings & Tony (Norma Jean) Jennings; sisters, Carolyn Walker, Sandra (Don) Mironov, & Charlotte (John) Bierley. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Dale Oxendine officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at lane-southcrestchapel.com. The family will receive friends Monday, April 17th from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.
Donald Lawrence Sessions, 79, of Marietta, GA died on Friday, March 10, 2017. Mr. Sessions was born on February 9, 1938 in Marietta, GA Was a former student at Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Ga. Donald's business career spanned 26 years at Lockheed Corporation. Donald was married to Dale Sessions from 1984 until her death in 2003. The memorial service and celebration of Donald's life will be 11:00 am Thursday (March 16) at St James Episcopal Church (161 Church St, Marietta, GA 30060) with a private family burial service at St James Episcopal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Donald Lawrence Sessions to Atlanta Speech School, 3160 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 or Lawrence Chapel at St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church St., Marietta, GA 30060.

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Nancy Benton graduated from GSD in 1965. She passed away in 2003.
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