Friday, July 19, 2024

Robert “Bob” Rutledge Salter

Mr. Robert “Bob” Rutledge Salter, age 63, of Thomaston, passed away July 17, 2024, at Upson Regional Medical Center.

It was Bob’s wish to be cremated and no services are planned.

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Kenneth Carl Nicholson

Mr. Kenneth Carl Nicholson, age 83, of Barnesville, passed away July 17, 2024. Kenneth grew up in the Barnesville and Yatesville areas, son of the late Dallas Carl “D. C.” Nicholson, Jr.  and Frances Dawson Nicholson. He was a self-employed dump truck driver for Nicholson Trucking for many years. Kenneth enjoyed woodworking and singing.  He was a mild-mannered, kind, sweet and caring man who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.  In his later years, he enjoyed feeding and watching the squirrels and birds in his yard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois McCullough Nicholson, and brother, Ernest Nicholson.

He is survived by his children: Gail Fountain (Jon) of Macon, Carla Baert of Dallas, Patricia Yearta (Matt) of Thomaston, Bubba Jordan (Kelli) of Thomaston, and Kitty Vaughn of Barnesville; grandchildren: Jessica, Racheal (Jimmy), Katie, Cody, Max (Kaylee), Bridgette (Ryan), Brook, Richard and Amanda; brothers and sisters: Thomas Nicholson (Donna) of Macon, Carol Silver (Alton) of Forsyth, Ann Faulkner (Jerry) Barnesville, Alvin Nicholson of Barnesville, and Elaine Owens (David) of Barnesville; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog: Brutus.

The family will follow Kenneth wishes to be cremated.  There will be no service at this time.  They will have a Celebration of Life at a later date and ask that in lieu of flowers, you bring a covered dish and join them in fellowship with family and friends at that time.

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Marsha Roland Tarrer

Marsha Roland Tarrer, age 79, passed away on July 15, 2024, at Eternal Hope Hospice.

Marsha was born in Thomaston Georgia on August 24, 1944, to the late Azalee Thompson Roland and Pratt "Bud" Roland of Thomaston. She was preceded in death by her older sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Charles Brooks, and her nephew William Keith "Abac" Davenport.


Marsha was a 1962 graduate of R.E. Lee Institute, where she met Harold Madison Tarrer. They married on December 16, 1966. Marsha and Harold were devoted to each other for 57 years of marriage. Throughout her life, Marsha set an immaculate example for what it means to be a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend.


In addition to playing an irreplaceable role in her family, Marsha was also truly talented. She was a skilled hairdresser and managed a beauty salon in Thomaston for years. After she decided to become a full-time homemaker, she exhibited her culinary skills and her talents as a gardener and watercolorist. She loved children and dogs.


Marsha was a devout Christian and an active member of Hope of the Generations Church. As a believer, she volunteered as a children's Sunday school and training union teacher as well as a leader of Girls in Action and Acteens. She lived life according to her values.


Marsha leaves behind a legacy of gentle love. She was humble, wise, caring, and possessed a quick-witted sense of humor that was saturated with hopeful optimism. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Tarrer Jordan, son in law, William Lee Jordan, her grandsons, Joseph Thomas (J.Thomas) Perdue Jr. and William Coleman Jordan, and the love of her life, Harold Madison Tarrer.


The family will receive friends at Fletcher-Day funeral home on Thursday, July 18th from 4-6pm. The family plans for a private celebration of life at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Eternal Hope Hospice or the University of Georgia Foundation.


Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Kayla James Teal

Mrs. Kayla James Teal age 58 of Thomaston GA, died Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at Upson Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Teal officiating. Interment will follow in Southview Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour before the service at Coggins Funeral Home. 

Kayla was born August 18, 1965, in Upson Co. GA to the late Carl Bruce James and Janis Morris James. She graduated from Upson High School and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, Kayla was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Sue Kunst, and her sisters, Melody James Kemp and Kimberly James.

Survivors include her husband, Randy Teal of Thomaston, son, David Martin of Thomaston, nephew, Steven Thompson, nieces, Jennifer Pitts and Jeanice Kemp, and three grandchildren, Jadyn, Colton, and Remington Martin.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Kathy Christine Carroll Harrison

Mrs. Kathy Christine Carroll Harrison, age 70, of Meansville, died Monday, July 15, 2024, at her residence.

Mrs. Harrison was born on December 13, 1953, in Thomaston, Georgia, to the late Lonnie Carroll Jr. and the late Mattie Mildred Cliatt Carroll.  She worked as a manager at Flash Foods and was of the Baptist Faith.  She is preceded in death by her parents.


Survivors include her husband Joel Edgar Harrison III of Meansville, daughters, Angel Allen of Meansville, Sherry (Jimmy Lavender) Shumate of Thomaston, Amy (Donna) Faulk of Jackson, brother, Jerry "Big" (Joanne) Carroll of Thomaston, grandchildren, Brianna (Sean Bailey) Allen, Brian Allen, Brandon White, Brooke Juhas, Michael (Margarita) Oberlin, Irene Oberlin, Kameron Buchanan, Myrandah Meador, Cheyenne Chappel, and seven great-grandchildren.


Memorial services will be held on Saturday July 27, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 27, 2024, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at Coggins Funeral Home.  



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Kathleen Grantham Short

Kathleen Grantham Short, of Thomaston, passed away on July 14, 2024, at West Village Retirement Center. She was 98 years old. Born in Ellaville, Georgia on April 24, 1926, she was the daughter of the late James Joeabb Grantham and the late Minnie Eubanks Grantham.

Funeral services for Mrs. Short will be held on Friday, July 19, 2024, at 11:00 AM, at Thomaston First Methodist Church.  A private family interment will follow the service.  The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church from 10:00 until the funeral hour.

A long-time resident of Thomaston, Mrs. Short graduated from R. E. Lee Institute in 1943 and then from Valdosta State Women's College in 1947 with a degree in English. In high school and college, she enjoyed a variety of sports including basketball, golf, and swimming. After graduation, she married Charles Lafayette Short and was employed by the Thomaston City School System for many years teaching English to middle school and high school students. Additionally, Mrs. Short taught English for several years at Westwood Academy. She is remembered fondly by her students as an excellent teacher.

Mrs. Short was active in several community organizations throughout the years including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Thomaston Recreation Committee, and the Thomaston Ladies' Golf Association. She was an avid bridge player and a member of the Duplicate Bridge Club. In 1952 she was a charter member of The Green Thumb Garden Club and served as President in 1954.

As a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mrs. Short was a member of the Service Sunday School class, United Methodist Women, the Golden Age Club and served on several church committees.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lafayette Short, sisters Mavis Kelly and Irene Trice Sawyer, and granddaughter Whitney Camille Short.

Survivors include her three children, Steve (San) Short, David (Angie) Short, and Ellen (Bob) Cunningham; seven grandchildren, Kara (Evan) Johnson, Kyle Short, Chas (Susannah) Short, Cam (Kristyn) Short, Seth (Callie) Short, Will Cunningham and John Cunningham; and five great grandchildren, Maddyn Kathleen Short, Warren Aldine Short, Charles Evan Johnson, Jr., Mathis San Johnson, and Lawton Kathleen Johnson. Survivors also include many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomaston First Methodist Church Endowment Fund at P.O. Box 707, Thomaston, Georgia 30286.

Fletcher-Day Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.  Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at

Monday, July 15, 2024

Chanceary James Merrill

Chanceary James Merrill, age 45 of Thomaston, died Monday, July 8, 2024, in Thomaston, Georgia.

Chanceary was cremated and no services are planned at this time. Coggins Funeral Home

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Kenneth Fountain

Mr. Kenneth Fountain, age 89 of Thomaston, died Sunday, July 14, 2024, at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin, Georgia.

Mr. Fountain was born on March 30, 1935, in Nashville, Georgia, to the late Lee Maxwell Fountain, and the late Alice Cook Fountain.  He served his country in the U.S. Army and later retired from Flavo-rich Dairy after 42 years as a supervisor.  He was member of Emorys Chapel Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sydney Geraldine Forehand Fountain, daughter, Karen Harris, brother, Lee Maxwell Fountain Jr., sisters, Frances Lively, Hazel Pafford, Carolyn Larriviere, grandchild, Brandon Fountain, and great-grandchild, Dayne Lowry.

Survivors include his, daughter, Cindy (Russ) McGee of Thomaston, sons, Lee (Wanda) Fountain of Thomaston, Jason (Kimberly) Fountain of Thomaston, grandchildren, Wayne Lowry, Kelly Lowry, Jenna Hutchens, Kayla M. Thompson, Kyle McGee, Leann Odom, Shane Fountain, Kason Fountain, Paige Aultman, and 13 great-grandchildren.  

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Southview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, from 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. at Coggins Funeral Home.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Emorys Chapel Baptist Church at 2 Emory Chapel Rd. Thomaston, GA 30286.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Caroline Marie Garr


Mrs. Caroline Marie Garr, 86, of Williamson, GA, passed away peacefully at home on July 11, 2024, surrounded by family and friends.

Caroline was born on March 14, 1938, to Louis and Marie Triozzi in Brooklyn, New York. She was the wife of the late John F. Garr, Sr. of Williamson, GA. 

Caroline retired from Gardener and Merck Insurance Company, then moved to Palm Bay, FL for a few years, then to Williamson with her husband John after buying a cattle farm. 

She is preceded in death by her husband John, brother Phillip, and sisters Marie and Concetta.

Caroline was strong-willed and stubborn at times, but she also had an enormous heart. She will be missed dearly.  Her hobbies included visiting casinos, playing bingo, crocheting and reading. 

She is survived by four children and their spouses: Carol A. Richardella (Alfred), Donna M. King (Patrick), John Garr, Jr. and Robert L. Garr (Melanie); four grandchildren: Melissa (Yockery), John Michael (Ashley), Amber (Kyle) and Lacy; great-grandchildren: David Jr. (Courtney), Thomas “T.J.” (Breanna), Christopher and Braylan; great-great-grandchildren: Blakelynn and Kashlynn.

Caroline was one of six children in which she leaves the two youngest behind, sister: Frances and brother Michael, along with numerous nieces and nephews; and life-long friend, Joan Walsh.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, July 14, at 5 p.m., at her home in Williamson.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

James "Jim" Wheeless

Mr. James "Jim" Wheeless, age 72, of Thomaston, died Friday, July 12, 2024, at Upson Regional Medical Center. Funeral services for Mr. Wheeless will be held on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 3:00 PM, in the chapel of Fletcher-Day Funeral Home, and interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until the funeral hour on Monday.

Mr. Wheeless was born on May 27, 1952, in Thomaston to the late Huell Otto Wheeless and the late Nell Beeland Wheeless.  He served in the Georgia National Guard and later became one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians in Upson County.  He helped develop classes and train medics for the ambulance program.  He later earned his MBA from Shorter College and worked for the Southern Company and Upson Regional Medical Center before becoming Vice President at Flint River Technical College and serving as Interim President there.  He later became Vice President at Savannah Technical College.  Mr. Wheeless spent his life in service to his community.  He was active as a football, baseball, and softball coach for the youth sports programs, and he was active in parent-teacher associations at the local schools.  He became active in local politics, serving first on the Upson County Board of Education where he helped with consolidation of the city and county school systems.  He went on to be elected to multiple terms on the Upson County Board of Commissioners, and finally before retiring he served as Upson County Manager.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wheeless was preceded in death by a sister, Sheryl Wheeless Butler.  Survivors include his wife, Deborah Hoyal Wheeless of Thomaston; three children: Tim (Sharon) Wheeless of Thomaston; Jeff (Sharon) Wheeless of Hamilton; and Lori (Frank) Buchanan of Richmond Hill; a brother, Hugh (Mary) Wheeless; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the American Kidney Fund. Fletcher-Day Funeral Home of Thomaston is in charge of all arrangements.  Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at

Thursday, July 11, 2024

David T. Farley, Sr

David T. Farley, Sr., age 64, of Zebulon, passed away peacefully at home on July 9th, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Trousdale County, Hartsville, TN on June 16, 1960, to the late Will T. Farley and the late Lillie Faye Eden Moore. He was the oldest of three children. He grew up in Tennessee, Kentucky, and settled in Griffin in the late 1970s. He would make one final move to Zebulon to start and raise his own family, for it was important to him for all of his children to “grow up in the same place.”

David was an electrician by trade and a “do-all” by any other definition. All of his children would receive his diligence, ethics and continuous drive, and for those that would follow in his footsteps, he gladly passed down his skillful knowledge. He was an avid deer hunter, lover of the outdoors and a wolf enthusiast; a wonder and a protector of all. It was always said that he would have lived outdoors and never in if not for his family. His family was his greatest accomplishment and admiration and surely his pride and joy!!!  As his family continued to grow, so did he, in always making sure that he was enough Dad, Papa and “Buddy” to go around! No matter how you came to be you knew you were loved and always his!

Along with his parents, he was preceded death by his sister, Debra Faye Farley, stepfather, Gene Moore, granddaughter, Madison Alyse Woods, and great- granddaughter, Ella Kate Drummond.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years: Tammy Michelle Graves Farley; 7 children: Crystal Lee (Ricky) Lundbald, William T. Farley, Timothy T. (Amanda) Farley, Jody Michelle Farley (finance Jeff Mcinvale), David T. (Katrina) Farley Jr., Jonathon E. Allen Farley, and Amanda Faye (Jeremy) Howell; 21 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren; sister: Donna Kaye Moore (Tim Groves); and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12, 2024, at 4 p.m., in the chapel of Moody-Daniel Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Shelton officiating.

Friends may visit the family on Friday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the funeral home.

Calvin Royce Heaton

Mr. Calvin Royce Heaton, "Bug Man" age 80 of Thomaston, died Thursday, July 11, 2024, at his residence.

Mr. Heaton affectionately known as the "Bug Man" was born on September 30,1943 in Thomaston, Georgia, to the late Rufus C. Heaton and the late Ruby Lee Cantrell Heaton.  He worked for Pitts Pest Control and MEAD GA Craft and was member of Clarks Chapel Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in by his brother Felix Heaton.

Survivors include his wife Reba "Gwinette" Roberts Heaton of Thomaston, daughter, Dawn (Dan) Owens of Barnesville, brother, Donald (Diane) Heaton of North Georgia, sisters, Glenda Collins of Gray, Catherine (Freddie) Harp of Thomaston, grandchild, Nicole (Cody) Fordham, and great-grandchildren, Coen and Owen Fordham.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. from Clarks Chapel Baptist Church.  Burial will follow at Upson Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 14, 2024, from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Clarks Chapel Baptist Church.