Obituaries: Mrs. Mary L. Black Branton, Mr. Alvin Stover Freeman Sr.

Obituaries: Mrs. Mary L. Black Branton, Mr. Alvin Stover Freeman Sr.

Mrs. Mary L. Black Branton, age 88 of Kingston, passed away Monday August 5, 2019 at her residence.

Mrs. Mary is the beloved wife of Joe S. Branton, and shared 69 wonderful years of marriage having joined hands on May 20th 1950. They started their journey together living Rome Ga. and after a few years they purchased their farm near Kingston and worked earnestly to make it a success providing for their sons, and themselves. She enjoyed being involved in her church, and was loved by all who knew her but she most especially took great happiness in caring for her family and friends.

Mrs. Mary was born January 26, 1931, in Taylorsville, daughter of the late Frank M. Black, and Cora Lee Ponder Black. Mrs. Branton was preceded in death a brother, Earl T. Black, a sister in law, Carol Black, and a daughter in law, Dolores Morris Branton.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. August 8, 2019, at Macedonia Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Harris and Mr. Mike McPherson officiating. Interment will follow in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends, from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1840 Euharlee Road, Kingston, Ga. 30145. Mrs. Branton will lie in state one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Macedonia Church Cemetery fund.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the church by 1:30 p.m. Joel Boss, Terry Popham, Bud Fields, Winfred Popham, Harold Moore, Jack Dempsey, and Norman Worthington.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Mr. Alvin Stover Freeman Sr., age 76, of Rome, GA, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Freeman was born in Floyd County, GA on September 26, 1942, son of the late Franklin W. “Booger” Freeman and the late Gladys Lillian Logan Freeman.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Carl Freeman.  Mr. Freeman was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War.

Prior to his retirement, he served nearly 20 years on the Rome-Floyd Fire Department and was a member of the Fire Department Honor Guard.  A local pawn broker, Mr. Freeman also restored antiques and enjoyed auctions.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Sutton Freeman, to whom he was married on August 14, 1970; 3 children, Chip (Cindy), Chad (Robin), and Cheri (Michael); 15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ruby Yarbrough (Jim) and Mary Ann Crawford; a brother, Olin Freeman (Joyce); nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Sutton, the Rev. Michael Edwards, and Pastor Joe Hayman officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will include the following grandsons and nephews:  Skye, Landon, Wil, C. J., Hudson, Bowen, Robbie, Josh and Jamie.

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