Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mary Jo West; Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sat. 1/26 at LaFayette Memory Gardens


Mary Jo West, age 76, of LaFayette passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy West; mother, Beatrice Rogers; brothers, Sonny Rogers and Jerry Rogers.

She is survived by her son, Greg (Kelli) West of Powder Springs, Ga.; granddaughter, Tanya Hall; great grandchild, Aiden Hall; both of Kennesaw, Ga.; brother, Bobby Rogers of LaFayette; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at LaFayette Memory Gardens with Pastor Matthew Ruddell officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bryan Rogers, Todd Rogers, Mike Rogers, Chris Rogers, Jeff McCurry, and Matthew Ruddell.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Harry L. Kelley (visitation: 2-6pm Sunday, January 13 at the funeral home; funeral service: 2pm Monday, January 14 at Subligna Baptist Church with visitation an hour prior to the service)


Harry L. Kelley, age 89, of West Armuchee passed away at home on Friday afternoon January 11, 2019 following a long battle with lung cancer.   He was looking forward to being able bodied in heaven and ready to resume the work of building houses that he always loved. He was a member of Subligna Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Evelyn Kelley; daughter, Debbie Rojas; son, Randy (Jean) Williams; granddaughters, Christy Williams and Sheana Cook; grandsons, Anthony (Mandy) Bright and LeBron Williams; brother, Ray Kelley; sister, Ruby Taylor; great grandchildren, Maycee Bright, Abbey Bright, Blakely Cook, Justin Cook, Cheyenne Williams, and Madison Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 14 at Subligna Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Bishop officiating.

Interment at Subligna Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Alan McKnight, Lamar Neal, Mike Pinion, Ragan Pinion, Terry Snyder, and David Woosley.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Subligna Baptist Church Men's Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home and on Monday an hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Brad Parker; Visitation Sat. 1/12 from 1pm until service time at 2pm at Harbor Lights Baptist Church

Bradly “Brad” Dale Parker, age 38, of Milledgeville, Ga., formerly of LaFayette passed away Monday, January 07, 2019. He was a graduate of LaFayette High School.

Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hazel and Alvin Burns, and Edward “Peedab” Parker.

He is survived by his daughters, Sarah Elisabeth Parker, and LeighAnn Hope Parker; son, Jesse Owen Parker; parents, Dale and Gail Parker; brother, Simon Dale (Casey) Parker; grandmother, Frankie Parker; niece, Jenna Parker; and nephew, Ian Parker; several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12th at Harbor Lights Baptist Church with Pastor Craig Walden officiating.

Family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until hour of service.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.


Jackie Bowman (visitation: 5 to 8pm Friday, January 11 at Center Grove Baptist Church; funeral service: 11am Satruday, January 12 at Center Grove Baptist Church)


Jackie Steve Bowman, age 64, of Rock Spring passed away Wednesday, January 09, 2019. He worked for Roper Corporation for 25 plus years until his retirement. Jackie enjoyed gardening, yard working, farming, and acted as Santa’s helper for Raulston Acres Christmas Tree Farm and Center Grove Baptist Church for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Juanita Bowman; and brother, Gerald Bowman.

He is survived by his sister, Carol (Butch) Gilreath; nieces and nephews, Jason (Autumn) Bowman, Jill (Jason) Pendley, Robby Gilreath, Cliff Gilreath, and Paige (Steven) Gordy; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12 at Center Grove Baptist Church with Pastor David Brown officiating.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements are by Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Velma “Mae” Wilson, Graveside Memorial Service, Friday, 1/11 at 2pm at Coulter Memorial Cemetery (AKA Cassandra Cemetery), Hwy. 193, Kensington, GA


Velma “Mae” Wilson, age 68, of LaFayette, GA passed away on Thursday morning, January 3rd, 2019 at Memorial Hospital, in Chattanooga. She was born on April 22, 1950 in LaFayette, GA where she remained all of her life. She was the daughter of John and Pearlie Mae Stoker of Kensington, GA.

Mae loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing and was a great baker. Mae was a kind, caring and honest women with a strong spirit that all who knew her appreciated. Mae worked in Production for most of her life and happily retired in 2014.

Mae is survived by her children, Stacey (Karen) Thomas, son of Rock Spring, GA, Holly (Danny) Claire, daughter of Chickamauga, GA and Jonathan Wilson, son of Norfolk, VA (Navy), Kaylee and Jenna Claire, granddaughters and Justin Thomas, grandson, along with several nieces and nephews.

She leaves behind countless memories for all who loved her to remember and will be greatly missed.

Graveside service will be held at Coulter Memorial Cemetery (AKA Cassandra Cemetery), Hwy. 193, Kensington, GA on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are by  Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.