Obituaries: Thomas Andrew Ables, Mr. Lennoise Hammond, Mr. Michael Paul Kelley, Mrs. Thelma Terry.

Obituaries: Thomas Andrew Ables, Mr. Lennoise Hammond, Mr. Michael Paul Kelley, Mrs. Thelma Terry.

Mr. Michael Paul Kelley, age 68, of Armuchee, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at a local hospital.

Mr. Kelley was born in Rome, Georgia on May 27, 1951, son of the late Charles Vernon Kelley and the late Ruth Ellison Kelley.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shelia Kelley Long, and by two brothers-in-law, David Barton and Doug Barton.

Mike worked for several years at Fox Manufacturing and retired from ITT Lester.  After retirement, he worked as a custodian at West End Elementary School.  Mike loved working on and restoring classic cars.  He raised and showed Quarter Horses for 25 years.  He was an avid metal detector but never had much luck.  Mike was the eternal optimist in his fight with cancer and always encouraged those around him who came to encourage him.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Barton Kelley; two brothers, Charles Wayne Kelley (Brenda), Rome, and Gary Kelley (Tammy), Armuchee; in-laws, Billy Long, Randall & Diane Carver, Dody & Hong Barton, Brenda Barton and Connie Barton; special friend and “brother”, John Hrubes; a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. at East View Cemetery.  Dr. Steve Drake will officiate.  Casual attire is appropriate

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel on Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the cemetery on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and include:  John Hrubes, Morgan Maxwell, Grant Maxwell, Dody Barton, Randall Carver and Henry Duke.


Thomas Andrew Ables, 70, of Gainesville passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

A Celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, August 17th from 1 until 3 p.m.

Born on May 1, 1949 in Tachikawa, Japan he was the son of the late C.W. and Margaret Treadway Ables. Mr. Ables graduated from West Rome High School in 1967 and Southern Tech in 1973. Mr. Ables was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he was a training specialist. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Rome, GA.

Mr. Ables is survived by his wife, Agatha Forrester Ables of Gainesville; son, Forrest Thomas Ables of Gainesville; brother, Charles L. Ables (Cynthia) of Rome, GA; sister, June Aycock (Rip) of Rome, GA; brother, Robin W. Ables (Julie) of Rome, GA; brother in law, Gary Forrester (Penni) of Lula, GA; nephew, Ricky Bradley (Chin) and their children, Claire Todd and Atticus Bradley of Rome; nephew, Jake Scoggins of Rome, GA; nephew, Chad Ables (Susan) of Rome.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Rd. Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements (via Daniel’s Funeral Home).


Mrs. Thelma Terry, age 70, of Cave Spring, died Monday morning, August 12, 2019, in a Rome hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.


Mr. Lennoise Hammond, 64, of Clarkston, Georgia, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Emory Hospital of Atlanta surrounded by his loving famiily.  Services are incomplete at this time but will be announced at a later date. Wright Memorial Mortuary.

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