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Obituaries for January 2, 2014; Charles Mullinax, Glenda Crook, Elma Howell, Mary Wood

Charles Mullinax
    Charles Marvin Mullinax of the Hinton Community entered into Heaven’s gates on Dec. 24, 2013. After 83 years on this Earth, he left behind a history of hard work, a love for nature and a love for friends, family and neighbors.
    Charles worked many jobs in his lifetime but the one he loved most was that of golf course superintendent. He worked at Royal Oaks in Cartersville, the golf courses at Bent Tree and Big Canoe and finished his career at Arrowhead Country Club in Jasper. He created greens and shaped the course into what is seen there today. He had a love for this course and its members that few could equal.
    Charles also worked to make his community a better place in which to live by devoting many years of service to the Hinton Fire Department. He helped construct the firehouse and get the fire department started. He then followed up with years of volunteer service to this organization as a volunteer fireman. He had such a bond to this group of gentlemen that he asked that they be his pallbearers.
    Mr. Mullinax is survived by his loving wife, Willie Mae; daughters, Traci Buckingham, Jasper, and Patricia Cochran, Kingston, Ga.; brothers, Frank B., Coy and Billy Joe Mullinax, Monticello, Ga.; grandchildren, Crystal and Jeff Buckingham, Dawn Silvers and Dustin Cochran; and great-grandchildren, Ryan and Matthew Silvers. He was preceded in death by two infant children, Sylvia Diane Mullinax and Kenneth Mullinax.
    The funeral service was held on Friday, Dec. 27, at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jim Schlicht officiating followed with a graveside service at County Line Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Harris officiating.

Glenda Crook
    Mrs. Glenda Ruth Crook, age 60 of Ranger, Ga., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at the Gordon Medical Center in Calhoun, Ga.
    Born Feb. 4, 1953, in Fairmount, Ga., she was a homemaker and a member of the East Damascus Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Ronnie Crook, Ranger; children, Kevin and Kristina Crook and Wesley and Armanda Crook, all of Ranger; granddaughters, Kolbi and Madison Crook; grandson, Joseph Crook; parents, Raymond and Geneva West, Fairmount;  sisters and brothers-in-law, Faye and Phillip Gibson  and Joyce and Jerry Kelley, all of Fairmount, and Vickie and Travis Childers, Calhoun; and brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Donna West, of Ellijay. Other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at East Damascus Baptist Church with the Revs. Harold Cantrell, Ronnie Ray and Bart Turner officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Bobby Gibson, David West, Jeff, Casey and Brian Crook and David Hensley. Arrangements and services have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.
    www.roperfuneralhome.com

Elma Howell
    Elma Dora Howell, age 94 of Rockmart, Ga., passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
    She was born March 5, 1919, in Ball Ground, Ga., and was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Clifford Duckett and Emily Jane Duckett; and husband, Harold Jake Howell. 
    Mrs. Howell was a U.S. Postal Service clerk for 25 years. She was a member of Conns Creek Baptist Church in Ball Ground.
    Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Carolyn Howell, Cave Springs, Ga., Hulan Howell, Marietta, Ga., Gerald and Betty Howell and Larry Howell, all of Dallas, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Ema Jean McDowell and Jacquelyn and Jack Norton, all of Douglasville, Ga., and Judy and Donnie Medlock, Rockmart, Ga.; and sister, Lorraine Fitts of Jasper, Ga. Sixteen grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. from Conns Creek Baptist Church in Ball Ground with the Revs. Steve Chadwick and Kenny Sutton officiating.  Interment followed in the Conns Creek Baptist Church Cemetery following the service. Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.         www.samclarkfuneralhome. com

Mary Wood
    In loving memory of Mrs. Mary H. Wood who entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at her residence.
    Mrs. Wood is survived by her husband, Thomas D. Wood, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael D. and Missy Wood and Timothy J. and Lisa Wood, all of Ellijay; daughters and son-in-law, Gayle Hurley of Pyrone, Ga., and Wanda and Perry Scott, Jasper; and sister-in-law, Patricia Tatum of Stonewall, Ga.  Mrs. Wood had 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marlon Kauffman and Bro. Eric Wood officiating.  Interment followed at Georgia National Cemetery in Cherokee County.  Pallbearers were: Michael D. Wood, Jr., Marcus, TJ, Andrew and Nick Wood, Matt Hurley, Mickey Watkins and Scotty Bradberry. The family requests in lieu of flowers donate to American Legion Riders Post 82, 2297 Legion Road, Ellijay, Ga. 30540. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wood family.
    www.caglefuneralhome.com