Walter Hugh Smith
Walter Hugh Smith, age 68, of Murrayville, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Lillian Carnes Smith; brother, Jack Smith; step-children, Korey and Joshua Godfrey; brother-in-law, Edmund “Doodle” Walls; nephew, Jeffrey Todd Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Joan Corn Smith; sons and daughter-in-laws, Mike and Dixie Smith, Clermont; David and Beth Smith, Murrayville; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Charles Baker, Auburn, Ala. Beloved grandchildren Cade Runyon, Brantley Moore, and Barrett Smith. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. Randy and Cathy Smith, Cumming; Joe B and Jan Smith, Murrayville; sisters, Betty Walls, Cumming; Nettie Parnell, Gainesville and sister-in-law, Elaine Smith, Gainesville. He was known and loved as “Pop” by Rob, Nicole, Kylie, Nicholas and John Robert Reh and Ashley, Candi, Abram, and Elin Wilkins and the best friend of Tater Porter.
Hugh was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2.
Hugh’s passion was automobiles. From the dirt tracks, to the car shows around the southeast and beyond, Hugh’s expertise was widely sought and highly valued. The cars he has worked on have been national car show winners, everyday hot rods, and even getting someone’s car going to get to work. His knowledge and advice have been passed on to more people than anyone will ever know. In a nutshell, if it could be done, he would do it. He was never happier than with his friends and fellow car enthusiasts driving, showing, working on and talking about his passion.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 20, 2012, at Mt Zion Baptist Church #2.
Rev. Randy Smith, Rev. Stephen Gerrells, and Rev. Danny Jarrard officiated.
Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church cemetery.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.
Byron Booth Hairston
Byron Booth Hairston, age 93, of 800 N. 5th Avenue, Rome, passed away on Sunday, January 15 at Floyd Medical Center from injuries sustained from a fall. He was surrounded by his loving family and dear friends as he went to be with Jesus.
Mr. Hairston was born in Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia on August 23, 1918, son of the late Rev. Madison Palmer Hairston (1890-1976) and Susie Hulbert Booth Hairston (1890-1988). He was married to Mary Helen Turner on June 18, 1940 in Rome, Ga.
He was well-known for his warm, friendly personality, his witty humor, and was beloved by all who knew him. He was a friend to all. He loved flowers and tending plants, and enjoyed watching sports. In his younger days he flew small airplanes as a solo pilot.
Mr. Hairston lived most of his life in Rome, Ga. He ran the Rome Trading Company before moving to Summerville, Ga. He owned and operated H & W Furniture in Trion, Ga., for several years. After moving back to Rome, he worked for 16 years at local funeral homes: nine years with Jennings Funeral Home and 7 seven years with Henderson and Sons, before retiring. He became an ordained Deacon at Summerville First Baptist Church where he was an active Deacon, R.A. Leader, and choir member. In Rome he was a member of West Rome Baptist Church for the remainder of his years, having served as Deacon and choir member there also for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Janet Amason and Frances Watson, and a brother, Charles Madison Hairston, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis Ann and Richard Wand, of Rome, Mary Carol and Dr. James C. Parker of Dawsonville (formerly of Dahlonega), and Jane Booth Zeiger of Maryville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Rome on Wednesday, January 18 with the Rev. Ken Oates officiating. Graveside rites and interment followed in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family received friends and relatives during the hour before the funeral. Active pallbearers were the grandsons and grandsons-in-law: Jarod Allred, Jason Allred, Kenny Podgurski, J. Tod Zeiger, II, Kip Jones, Jeff Sundahl, and great nephew Andy Ross. Honorary pallbearers included Dick Tracy, Hugh Davis, John Knowles, Jimmy Jordan, Ed O. Parker, Sr., Raleigh Gribble, Bill Koback, C. L. Tate, Scott Henson, and Paul Hardy.
The family wishes to thank the West Rome Baptist Church Home Bound Ministry for their many years of ministry to Byron and Mary. Memorial donations may be made to the Pregnancy Center of Rome, 100 Redmond Rd, Rome, GA 30165. Condolences may be made by contacting the funeral home web site: www.goodshepherdfh.net.
Mrs. Annie Pruitt, age 62, of Dahlonega, died Monday, January 23, 2012, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Pruitt was a native of Tampa, Florida who had lived in Lumpkin County for more than 35 years. She was of the Baptist faith and worked as a custodian in the Lumpkin County School System, and also worked at the Pine Tree Plant in Dahlonega, and at Southern Switches.
Annie was the daughter of the late Jackson Lowe and Ida Bell Lance Lowe and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharena O’Neal; grandson, Matthew Pruitt; brothers and sisters, Loy Mincey, Coy Mincey, Cecil Joyce, Johnny Mincey, Lucy Miller, Mack Mincey, Lorene Crump, Herbert Mincey, Pauline Turner, and Jackie Lee Lowe.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Pruitt, Dahlonega; daughters and son-in-law, Becky and Wayne Mooney, Dahlonega, Tammy Lovell, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Jeremy Roberts, Jennifer and Josh Larson, Kelly Mooney, Bradley and Jana Reece Fain, Eric Dover, and Phillip Dover; great-grandchildren, Taylor Williams and Desiree Reece; sister, Hazel Beck, Dahlonega. A number of other relatives also survive.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2012, at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.
Rev. Lyman Caldwell and Rev. Allen Passmore will officiate.
Interment will follow in Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega all day on Wednesday, and again on Thursday until the time of service.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega is in charge of the arrangements.