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Whitworth, Shuratt '52
Deceased > Friday, 4/20/2018
Mr. Hubert Shuratt Whitworth, age 83, of Whitworth Road in Lavonia, Georgia passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at the residence. 

A son of the late Hugh W. and Ether Mae Whitlow Whitworth, he was born October 18, 1934 in Franklin County, Georgia where he lived all his life. He attended Darlington High School in Rome, Georgia, attended Cornell University and graduated from the University of Georgia where he was a Kappa Sig Fraternity Member. He was in the poultry business with his family for many years which grew into a modern hatchery, feed mill, processing plant and distribution network. In 1968, he established Franklin Insurance Agency and now has eight offices throughout Northeast Georgia. In 1968, he and his father purchased the controlling interest in Northeast Georgia Bank and they have grown to include twelve other locations in Northeast Georgia. He served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman for 50 years.

He served on the Franklin County Board of Education in the early 60's. He served for 20 years on the Tri-County Development Authority. He was a member of the Georgia Bankers Association, a former member of the Lavonia Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club. He served on the District Finance Committee for the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Lavonia, a Deacon and served on the finance committee.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years , Rachel McConnell Whitworth; two daughters and son-in-law, Wendy C. Whitworth of Lilburn, Georgia and Leigh and Tom Kelly of Monroe, Georgia; two sons and daughter-in-law, Barry and Laura Whitworth of Toccoa and Randy S. Whitworth of Lavonia; grandchildren, Franklin and Elizabeth Whitworth, Christopher Whitworth, Wesley Kelly, Matthew Kelly, Caroline Kelly, Steven Whitworth and Sarah Whitworth; two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Victoria Whitworth; sister, Patsy Gilbert of Greenville, South Carolina, sister-in-law, Pat Hancock of Comer, Georgia; a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 4 O'clock p.m. at the First Baptist Church Lavonia with The Reverend Dr. Larry Finger and Mr. Don Whitlow officiating. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers, Franklin Whitworth, Christopher Whitworth, Matthew Kelly, Wesley Kelly, Steven Whitworth, David Hancock, Scott Hancock and Jeff Hancock.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church Lavonia Fellowship Hall from 1 p.m. until time for the Service. Online condolences can be made by visiting the website at www.acree-davisfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Lavonia, P.O. Box 47, Lavonia, Georgia 30553 or Compassionate Hospice, 2340 Prince Avenue, Suite A, Athens, Georgia 30606 in memory of Mr. Hubert Shuratt Whitworth.

Interment will follow in the Lavonia City Cemetery with the Acree-Davis Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Hubert Shuratt Whitworth.
Parker, Max '57
Deceased > Sunday, 4/15/2018
Ted Maxwell (Max) Parker
May 5, 1938-April 15, 2018
Pine Mountain, GA- Ted Maxwell (Max) Parker of Pine Mountain, GA passed away peacefully on April 15 following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years (June 2, 1968), Winky Parker. 
Max was the eldest son of Delford and Ruthie Parker of Pine Mountain. He was brother to the late Joel Parker, Jane Parker Hett, and Del Parker. Surviving spouses include Shirley Parker, Carl Hett, and Lennice Parker. Nephews and nieces include Joel and Katie Parker, and Abigail Parker; Jennie and Chris Bryan, and Capp and Brandi Hett; and Jacob and Tracie Parker, Libby and Scott Aldridge, and Leighton Parker. Sisters-in-law include Carolyn MacAllaster and Chris MacAllaster Brady.
Max was born on May 5, 1938, in Marietta, GA. He is a graduate of the Darlington School in Rome, GA and The University of Georgia in Athens. He began his career at Parker Chevrolet of Pine Mountain and completed it with the US Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier. Max was very active in his community and has been a member of Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church since 1947. He served on the Finance committee, Board of Trustees, and in many other volunteer roles. In addition to church activities, he was a member and past president of the Harris County Lions Club, and a member and past president of the Pine Mountain Chamber of Commerce. At the University of Georgia Max was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and also the team manager for the basketball team. In retirement he was an active volunteer at the Chipley Historical Center in Pine Mountain. As the oldest of four siblings, Max took his role as patriarch of his family very seriously, providing guidance and advice to nieces and nephews. He and Winky cared for his mother, Ruthie, until her passing at age 98. He was the consummate southern gentleman in dress and manners! Max enjoyed RV'ing, traveling, fishing, mowing the grass at his farm, and spending time with his extended family and friends. Max and Winky are AVID Georgia Bulldog fans! He was very close to his UGA tailgating friends for over 50 years. They especially enjoyed beating Florida!
A Memorial Service will be held May 5 at 11:00 am at the Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church to celebrate Max's life. Guests are invited to wear red and black in his honor. It would have been his 80th birthday. There will be visitation and refreshments for family and friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Max Parker to Pine Mountain First United Methodist Church, PO Box 246, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 or to the Chipley Historical Society, PO Box 1055, Pine Mountain, GA 31822.
Cox Funeral Home, Hamilton will be assisting the Parker Family with the arrangements. The family request that you please sign the online registry and leave your memories of Max.
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Apr. 22, 2018
Wardlaw, John '40
Deceased > Sunday, 4/15/2018
John T. Wardlaw 

SPARTANBURG, SC- John Thompson Wardlaw, 94, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018. 
He was born in Atlanta, GA to the late James Thompson and Belle Thompson Wardlaw and attended Pine Street School, Spartanburg High School, Darlington School, Davidson College and Georgia Tech. John served in the Navy as a destroyer escort communications officer during World War II. He worked with Milliken and Co., Kentucky Woven Label Co., Bo-Buck Mills and later founded Wardlaw Sales in Spartanburg before retiring in 1995. 
He was actively involved in the Spartanburg community serving as President of The Spartanburg Rotary Club; the Spartanburg County Foundation Board of Trustees and Investment Advisory Committee. He served on the Spartanburg Music Foundation Board, Friends of the Spartanburg County Library Board, Commissioner on the Spartanburg Housing Authority, Chairman of Total Ministries Board, Habitat for Humanity Board, President of the Narrow Fabrics Institute and was the Founder, Chairman, Director and Board Chair Emeritus of The Adult Learning Center. John was a devoted and faithful member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent, where he served on the Vestry, as senior and junior warden. 
His service and commitment to Spartanburg has been recognized with multiple civic and state awards. John received the SC Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford; the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizen award presented by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; the Wofford College Algernon- Sydney Sullivan Award for public service; the Mary Black Foundation Dr. Sam O. Black, Jr. Health Promotion Award for Leadership; 2014 Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg Citizen of the Year; the Dean Griffin Public Service Award from Georgia Tech; and the National Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club. 
John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; his daughter, Saunders McCollum and her husband, David, of Anderson, SC; and his grandchildren, Ashley and John McCollum. 
A celebration of his life will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, on Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00PM, officiated by The Reverend Dr. Clay H. Turner and The Reverend J. Edward Morris. 
The family will receive friends following the service at The Parish and Community Life Center. 
In remembrance of John, memorials may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, The Adult Learning Center, 145 N Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306, or Spartanburg Regional Home Health and Hospice, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303. 
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JMDunbar.com. 
Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2018
Paris, Henry '65
Deceased > Friday, 4/6/2018
Henry was born on September 2, 1947 and passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Henry was a resident of Tennessee at the time of passing.

He was an ever-reforming, active ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church for most of the last 40 years, serving as Elder at Logan's Ferry, Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church (San Diego), Central Presbyterian Church (Atlanta), Northside Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga, TN), First Presbyterian Church, Soddy-Daisy and First Presbyterian Church, Spring City, TN, where he gained many dear young and older friends. Henry graduated in 1965 with a National Merit Scholarship from the Darlington School in Ro.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Helping Hands Community Food Pantry, PO Box 455, Spring City, TN 37381.
Willingham, Enloe '63
Deceased > Wednesday, 4/4/2018

William Enloe Willingham, 72, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Born July 25, 1945 in Rome, Georgia, he was the son of the late Tom Willingham and Clara Enloe Willingham.

William was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a supply officer, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation at Centre College, Danville, Ky., and president of the student body, Phi Delta Theta.


He is survived by one sister, Starr W. Byrne, of Peachtree, Georgia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Wright Willingham.

Services and interment are private.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.

Hortman, David '77
Deceased > Tuesday, 3/20/2018

David Crosswell Hortman, age 58, of Rome, Ga., died Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was born September 25, 1959 in Rome, Georgia, son of the late Dr. Hobart C. Hortman Jr. and the late Jane C. Hortman. David was a graduate of Darlington School, Class of 1977; Auburn University, Class of 1981 and received his MBA from Berry College in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Eleam Hortman; daughters, Elizabeth "Izzy" Hortman, Katherine Hortman-Rice (Tyler); grandson, Crosley Rice; Sister, Cindy Meeker (George), of Leland, Michigan; brother, Dr. Robert Hortman (Susan,) of Rome, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and hold a celebration of life onSaturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Moon River venue, 236 Broad Street. David was a lifelong lover of dogs, cats, and rabbits. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Claws for Paws, 175 Shoals Ferry Road, Rome, GA 30161, or Floyd Felines and Friends, P.O. Box 2364 Rome, GA 30164.

Abernethy, John, III '66
Deceased > Tuesday, 3/13/2018
John P. Abernethy III, age 70, passed away on March 13, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. John, known by his friends and family as AB, was born on July 17, 1947 to John P. Abernethy Jr. and Lucile S. Abernethy (Cuppie).
He graduated from the Darlington School and attended Birmingham Southern College and the University of Alabama. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve before joining his family business, Southern Rubber Co. Inc., and served most of his career as President. John also previously owned Southern Rubber Tire Pros and was a partner in S&S Discount Tire Dadeville, Al and a partner in Mobile Storage Solutions LLC dba Mobile Attic.
John is survived by his wife Charleen, his daughters Dee Grisham (Jeff) , Emily Samford ( Daniel) , his son John Abernethy IV ( Sarah) , his brother Richard Abernethy ( Laura) and seven grandchildren, Ellie Grisham, David Grisham, Stella Samford, Pierce Samford, Bo Samford, Mae Abernethy and Lila Abernethy all of Birmingham.
There will be a visitation with the family at 10:30am on Thursday March 15, 2018 at Canterbury United Methodist Church followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to The Exceptional Foundation, 1616 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, Al. 35209, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 200 Office Park Drive, Suite 115, Birmingham, Al. 35223 or Canterbury Methodist Church, 350 Overbrook Road, Mountain Brook, Al 35213.


Published in The Birmingham News from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2018

Smith, Bret, Jr. '48
Deceased > Saturday, 2/3/2018
Asheville - Bretney Smith, Jr., 89, of Asheville, died on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at his home at Givens Estates. 

A native and life long resident of Asheville he was born on November 22, 1928 to the late Bretney Smith and Elizabeth "Boots" Brown Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, William Bretney Smith; his sister, Mary Elizabeth McMahon, and her husband Frank; and his nephew, Robert Alexander McMahon.

He attended Asheville School for Boys before transferring to Darlington School for Boys in Rome, GA. He graduated with a BS from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before joining the United States Navy. Upon his return home he graduated from North Carolina State University's School of Forestry. His new degree led him to take in job in Birmingham, AL where he met the love of his life Colman Cross of Gadsden, AL. They married and they returned home to Asheville to join his father in the family business, Swannanoa Cleaners becoming the third generation to do so, he retired in 2016.

Bretney was a member of Quality Forward, Asheville Rotary Club, Civitan, Biltmore Forest Country Club, DeKe fraternity at UNC, Chairman of the Board of Asheville Savings Bank, on the board of Stewards at Central United Methodist Church, a past President of the North Carolina Dry Cleaning Association, on the board at CarePartners, and on the board at Givens Estates.

He enjoyed all things outdoors, hunting, fishing especial at his home at Lake Tahoma and was on the tennis team at UNC. Bretney was a lover of animals, collegiate sports and most of all his family. He was a devoted husband, father and uncle. He will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Coleman Cross Smith; his daughter, Elizabeth Stacy Smith and her wife, Susan McCreary of Asheville; his brother, Canie Brown Smith and his wife, Lyn Roda of Asheville; his niece, Whitney DeVargas and her husband, Roberto of Asheville; his nephew, Blake Smith of Asheville; his nephew, Thomas Bretney McMahon and his wife, Susan C. Lewis of Asheville; his niece, Bea King and her husband, Bruce of Florence, SC; his niece, Ginger Finder and her husband, Robert of Spartanburg, SC; his nephew, Robert Wilder and his wife, Susanne of Colombia, SC; and his nephew, Todd Cross and his wife, Sally of Montgomery, AL.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in the Norma F. Pulliam Chapel at in Asbury Commons of Givens Estates, with Dr. Rob Blackburn officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00PM in the Chapel Conference Room.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806, or to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, 31 Glendale Ave, Asheville, NC 28803.

Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of Arrangements. Condolences may be left through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 7, 2018





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