Funeral services were held Sunday for an 84-year-old man killed in an accident on U.S. 27 south of the U.S. 278 interchange. He was the second person to die last week in a traffic accident in Polk County. The first victim had yet to be identified.
According to the Georgia State Patrol:
Just before 4 p.m. Friday, a 2009 Dodge Dakota was stopped in the left turn lane of U.S. 27 northbound, at the intersection of Fairgrounds Road. A tractor-trailer was traveling in the left lane of 27 southbound, approaching the intersection of Fairgrounds Road. A Dodge Ram 3500 pulling a trailer was in the right lane of 27 southbound, directly beside the tractor-trailer.
As the two vehicles traveling southbound approached the intersection, a Dodge Dakota driven by Harry G. Gray, 84, attempted to make a left turn and entered the tractor-trailer’s lane of travel. The driver of the tractor-trailer swerved to the right, to avoid the Dodge Dakota, and struck the left side of the Dodge Ram with its right side.
The Dodge Dakota was then struck with the front of the tractor-trailer. After impact, the Dodge Ram left the westside of the road, and came to a final rest facing southbound. The Dodge Dakota left the westside of the roadway and came to a final rest facing westbound. The Dodge Dakota caught fire at this time. The tractor-trailer left the west side of the road, but reentered the roadway and overturned onto its right side.
Gray was was pronounced deceased on scene. Polk County Coroner Norman Smith confirmed the driver’s identity.
Obituary from Lester Litesey Funeral Home:
Mr. Harold G. Gary, age 84, of Cedartown, Georgia, passed away Friday September 10, 2021.
Mr. Gary was born February 7, 1937 in Cedartown Ga. to the late W. E. “Buck” & Zelah Grogan Gary and was also preceded in death by his wife Sybil Annette Peek Gary, son Gregory Willis Gary, Great Grandson Joseph Tervin Schwab and Sister and Brother in law Louise Gary Bryant and J.D. Bryant. Mr. Gary was a proud member of the First Baptist Church and a 50 year Royal Arch Mason with Caledonia Lodge #101 F. & A.M.
Surviving are his daughter Annette Gary Johnson (Greg), granddaughter Adrienne Nicole Gary (Jamie Poole), great grandchildren Gregory Austin Kohi Gray, Isabella Nicole Grace Gary, Maxwell Grogan Gary and Sophia Abigail Gary and his Fur baby and constant companion Abby.
Funeral service will be held Sunday September 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Chris Mosses and Rev. Wayne Benefield officiating, Interment will follow at the Polk Memory Gardens with masonic rites conducted by Caledonia Lodge #101 F. & A.M. The family has asked out of concern and respect for each other, the family requests that friends comply with best practices in preventing the spread of COVID-19, including face coverings and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that dination be made to the First Baptist Church Joash Chest for church renovations or First Baptist Church Acts 1:8 Mission Fund to support the mission work in Ecuador.
The body of an unidentified white male was found off U.S. 278 west of Substation Road late Thursday night, according to Polk County Coroner Norman Smith.
A passerby alerted 911 around 11:50 p.m. The victim, who sustained “multiple blunt trauma,” was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:20 a.m. Friday by Smith.
The Georgia State Patrol is invesigation the case and an autopsy will be scheduled at the GBI crime lab, Smith says.
From the state patrol:
On Sept. 10, at approximately 12:20 a.m., a trooper was dispatched to a hit-and-run fatality on U.S. 278 near Substation Road in Polk County. After investigating the scene, the trooper’s preliminary findings determined an unknown vehicle was traveling west on 278 in the right lane. The pedestrian appeared to be walking westbound on 278 in the right lane. The driver struck the pedestrian with the front of the vehicle. After impact, the driver fled the scene and was not located. The pedestrian succumb to his injuries and has not been identified. The coroner is working with the sheriff to get the pedestrian identified. The GSP Troop A Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT-A) responded to the scene and is conducting an independent investigation. The report is not complete.