Obituaries: Mr. Alvin R. Duvall, Mrs. Ruby Lee McKenzie Gore, Mrs. Drusilla Bennett Ragland, Mr. David Tanner, Mr. Dwight Thomas Woodfin.

Obituaries: Mr. Alvin R. Duvall, Mrs. Ruby Lee McKenzie Gore, Mrs. Drusilla Bennett Ragland, Mr. David Tanner, Mr. Dwight Thomas Woodfin.

Mr. David Tanner, age 80, of Lindale, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at his residence in Tanner’s Hollow surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Tanner was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on September 5, 1938, son of the late Ed Tanner and the late Flora Belle Mobley Tanner.  He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Brian Cordle, by two brothers, Charles Edward Tanner and Hershel Tanner, and by six sisters, Ann Johnson, Kathleen Tanner, Sarah Lou Folsom, Eddie McKelvey, Ellie Hampton and Betty Dyer.  Mr. Tanner was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Lindale.  Prior to retirement, he owned and operated Tanner’s Backhoe Service.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann Boatner Tanner, to whom he was married on June 28, 1958; two daughters, Sandy Tanner Hemphill (David), Lindale, and Jamie Tanner Cordle, Lindale; a son, David Mark Tanner (Marsha), Lindale; two sisters, Lillie Swanson, Armuchee, and Gladys Clemons, Cedartown; 8 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Trey Stephens officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the service time.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at 1:30 p.m. and include:  Active: C. J. Tanner, Kyle Hemphill, Jared Hemphill, Joel Hemphill, B. J. Cordle, and Brandon Cannon; Honorary: Michael Matthews, Barry Boatner, John Tortoso and Greg Tortoso.


Mrs. Ruby Lee McKenzie Gore, age 96, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Gore was born in Sylvania, Alabama on June 10, 1922, daughter of the late John David McKenzie and the late Lula Velma Anderson McKenzie.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, George M. “Malcom” Gore, on November 8, 2012, by an infant daughter, Dorothy Jean Gore, by three sisters, Vera Wigley, Jewell Kilgore and Hazel Williamson, and by a brother, Olen McKenzie.

Mrs. Gore worked for Pepperell Manufacturing for 10 years, then worked for several years at Celanese and later retired as a Nurse’s Aide with Creswell Nursing Home which is now Rome Health and Rehab.  After retirement, she continued caring for others as a personal care sitter.  Mrs. Gore was a dedicated homemaker and took much pride in cooking and housekeeping.  Anyone who visited always left with something whether it be banana bread, fresh tomatoes or something she had canned from the garden.

Mrs. Gore was a devoted Christian and member of the North Rome Church of God.  She always had a strong faith and relied on God for guidance in her daily life.  She loved to tell jokes and was always filled with joy and laughter.

Survivors include a son, Don Gore (Ann), Rome; a grandson, Matt Gore, Belleville, IL; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, 2542 Shorter Avenue, with the Pastor Terry Addis officiating.  Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Wednesday from noon until 1:45 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and include:  Jim Marrs, Steve Nance, Delon Wigley, Steve Catanzano, Bill Case and Steve Graves.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Affinis Hospice and Winthrop Health and Rehab, as well as the staff of Riverwood Senior Living where she lived for five years prior to Winthrop.


Mr. Alvin R. Duvall, age 92, of Cave Spring, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Mr. Duvall was born in Everett Springs, Georgia on October 21, 1926, he was the son of the late Arthur Spurgeon Duvall and the late Emma Hardeman Duvall. Mr. Duvall served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He retired from General Electric. He was an avid square dancer and still an active farmer. Alvin was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Helen Dempsey Duvall; and 8 siblings.

Mr. Duvall is survived by his daughter, Janice Duvall of Dallas; his son, Rick Duvall (Becky) of Cedartown; his granddaughters, Kay Ellen Winfrey of Dallas, Karen Nesbitt (Greg) of Calhoun, Lauren Lackey (Ryan) of Cedartown, and Lesli Reed (Stephen) of Buchanan; his great grandchildren, Sam Reed, Jake Reed and Sarah Reed; his sister, Betty Herndon of Woodstock.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:00am at Rehoboth Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Interment will follow at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honor.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Rehoboth Baptist Church on Wednesday at 10:30 am and include: Greg Nesbitt, Caleb Roby, Ryan Lackey, Stephen Reed, Steve Herndon, Allan Couey and John Logan.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.


Mr. Dwight Thomas Woodfin, age 69, of the Everett Springs community part of Calhoun passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Woodfin was born on November 5, 1949, in Rome, GA, son of the late Ellis Woodfin and the late Sara Scott Woodfin.  He was a graduate of Armuchee High School, class of 1969. Mr. Woodfin was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves for 8 years and was of the Baptist faith.  He was associated with Georgia Power (now known as Southern Company) in the roven maintenance crew until his retirement in 2012. Dwight was lovingly known as “Grumpy” by his family and friends and knew how to work at getting “a good deal.”

He enjoyed being outside and his hobbies if hunting, fishing and working with wood in his shop enabled him to pursue his passions.  Dwight loved his family, he enjoyed having friendly debates while watching football and NASCAR and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilene Ransom Woodfin, a son, Kevin Dwight Woodfin and a sister, Wynessa Wyatt.

Survivors include his daughter, Christy W. Carter (Ricky), Calhoun; fiance’ Judy Smith, Sale City, GA; her daughter, Emily Matamoros (Steven), Moultrie, GA; seven grandchildren, Payton Carter, Randon Carter, Dakota Woodfin, all of Calhoun, Alivia Smith, Sale City, Nathan Smith, Sale City, Colton McHan, Moultrie, Braydon McHan, Moultrie; two brothers, Rev. Wendell Woodfin (Joyce), Armuchee, Rev. Charles Woodfin, Leesburg, AL; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel with the Rev. Wendell Woodfin and the Rev. Charles Woodfin officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorial donations be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Georgia Chapter, at www.HDSA.org.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel.


Mrs. Drusilla Bennett Ragland, age 85, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Ragland was born in Summerville, GA, on June 29, 1933, daughter of the late Otis Richard Bennett and the late Eula Beatrice Flippo Bennett.  She was a graduate of Summerville High School and attended the Carroll Lynn Business School.  She was retired as a secretary from General Electric after over 30 years of service.  She was of the Baptist faith and will always be remembered as the epitome of a southern lady.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ragland was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Hobson Dewey Ragland, mother-in-law, Tee Ragland, four brothers, William O. and Ruby Bennett, Dewey Lee Bennett, Archie and Ann Bennett, Grady Bennett, two sisters, Ruby Bennett, Eula Belle Bennett Scoggins, and a special nephew, Brent Delaney Scoggins.

Survivors include her brother, James Robert Bennett (Peggy), Rome; brother-in-law, Donny Scoggins, Summerville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Bishop officiating.  Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, from 10:00 a.m. until the service time.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and are as follows: Mike Bennett, Skipper Bennett, Mark Bennett, Alex Stewart, Logan Eller and Nathan Thompson.

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