Mr. Ben Dunlap

Mr. Ben Dunlap, 36, of Newnan, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Ben was born March 26, 1980, in LaGrange, and lived in Roanoke, AL and LaGrange before making his home in Newnan in 2012.  He was Pentecostal by faith, was employed at Glovis America in West Point, and was an avid Bama fan.

Survivors include his wife, Leslie Dunlap; son, Noah Dunlap; daughter, Arianna Dunlap, all of Newnan; father and step-mother, Rev. Randall and Janet Dunlap of Whitesburg; mother, Sharon Hill of Franklin; brother, Britt and Josie Dunlap of Newnan; grandmothers, Margaret Dunlap of Roanoke, AL and Ora Prestridge of Stovall; mother in-law and father in-law, Terry and Rick Johnson of West Point; brothers in-law, Jeremy and Tina Smith, Joshua and Shawny Smith, Kristopher Smith; sisters in-law, Linsey and Chris Cason, Lisa Fuller; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, J. B. Dunlap and Aaron Prestridge.

The funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville.  The Reverend Randall Dunlap and the Reverend Jody Overton will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 9 Monday night.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Condolences may be expressed at

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

West Point Lake Wildlife Cruise

West Point Lake Wildlife Cruise

Brent Hess with crappieApril 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come aboard the Miss Sally floating classroom for a Saturday afternoon on West Point Lake and the opportunity to see local wildlife like never before.

This guided tour is open to the general public and will be led by CRK staff and wildlife experts.

Anticipate learning more about the fish found in the lake, the animals that walk its shores, and the birds of prey that circle in the skies above. Binoculars will be provided and the tour will start and end at Highland Marina Resort.

Cost: $20/adult; $10/student

Program presented by: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, US Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Columbus Audubon Society

Register online using this link: or contact Laura Breyfogle

Chamber honors Star Student at Spring Luncheon

Pictured above at the Spring Luncheon (L-R): Helen Bass, Sandra Holtzclaw, Tammy Alford, Ty Alford, Will Alford, Blake Alford, Star Student Trey Alford, Star Teacher Trent Bianco (Photo: Debbie O'Neal)

Pictured above at the Spring Luncheon (L-R): Helen Bass, Sandra Holtzclaw, Tammy Alford, Ty Alford, Will Alford, Blake Alford, Star Student Trey Alford, Star Teacher Trent Bianco (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

(Franklin, GA/Times-Journal) — The Heard County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Spring Education Luncheon on March 14 at the Heard County 4-H Center on Glover Road in Franklin.

The event was held to honor 2017 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) winner. The STAR program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school students must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and must also be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

This year’s Heard County STAR student is HCHS senior Trey Alford. He is the son of Ty and Tammy Alford. Trey plans to attend University of Georgia in the fall and major in pharmaceutical science with the goal of becoming a pharmacist.

Trey chose Heard County High School educator Mr. Trent Bianco as his STAR teacher. Bianco taught Trey Accelerated Analytic Geometry and Accelerated Pre-Calculus. Bianco is in his 4th year as the Head Baseball Coach at Heard High and he is also an assistant coach for the Lady Braves softball team. He has taught math for eight years.

The luncheon began with Chamber Chairman Jimmy Adams welcoming everyone. Mr. Adams gave everyone attending a one question pop quiz, “Who knows what is significant about today, March 14?” The answer: Pi Day which is celebrated on March 14th around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is 3.14.

Afterward, Chamber Board member Cutine Barber blessed the food and those in attendance were served a wonderful buffet-style lunch, catered by Joshua D. Events.

Chamber President Renai Brock recognized the meal sponsors for the luncheon which were Georgia Power and Carroll EMC. She thanked everyone for coming out and honoring the STAR student and teacher and introduced the guest speaker, Heard County High School Principal Mr. Brent Tisdale.

Principal Tisdale stated, “I truly consider it a blessing from God that my family and I were able to move to Heard County. Being the new principal, we have been well received by the community and are thankful to be part of the Brave Nation.”

Tisdale told of his first impression with the STAR student at football practice last spring, when he and his family first visited Heard County. Trey was one of the first students that welcomed them to Heard County.

Tisdale introduced Trey to those attending the luncheon by stating, “Trey is a member of the BETA Club, The Warcry, Move On To Ready Program. He has ranked No. 1 out of 147 seniors. He is this year’s Valedictorian and has a 98.6 accumulated GPA.”

In Trey Alford’s speech, he stated, “I would like to thank the chamber for putting all this together and all my family for all they have done over the years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They have played a big role in my life.”

Trey spoke of the many reasons he chose educator Trent Bianco as his STAR teacher. He not only praised his teaching skills in math but also spoke highly of his baseball coaching.

“I have been lucky enough to call him my baseball coach for the last four years,” said Alford. “He has been very influential on the baseball field and has also helped me develop as a man. I would like to thank him for everything he has done.”

Trent Bianco honored Trey by saying it has been a great pleasure to teach him. He spoke of what a rare person Trey is — once he learns a concept he will help others in the classroom to make sure they understand it too.

Coach Bianco stated, “Trey shows great leadership not only in the classroom but on the baseball field as well. He genuinely cares and has become successful because of his hard work. Last year Trey was a star pitcher when we went to the Elite 8. He’s one of the main reasons we have been successful in baseball.”

“It has been an absolute blessing to call myself his teacher the last couple of years and his coach the last four years,” added Bianco. ” Thank you, Trey! This has been a tremendous honor for you to have picked me. I’m so proud of you! Your family has so much to be proud of! I can’t wait to see what you do at UGA.”

Chamber President, Renai Brock presented STAR Student, Trey Alford and STAR Teacher, Trent Bianco with a certificate and an award.

Guest Speaker and Heard County Superintendent Mr. Rodney Kay congratulated both Trey and Mr. Bianco on their accomplishments.

He spoke on the importance of education and putting kids first — reminding those in attendance of all that SPLOST dollars do to help educate Heard County students. He thanked the community for passing the FY18 SPLOST.

Kay spoke on the mentoring program and the Baby Braves program. He suggested ways the community could help by contacting the school and taking the time to read to a child or become a mentor to a student.

“I have often heard the phrase ‘Little Old Heard County’ and I tell you this, Heard County is a giant in the state of Georgia when it comes to teaching children and it is because of your support as a community,” said Kay.

“There are only two kinds of people at our schools those who teach and those who support teachers, that’s it — everyone fits into those two roles. I can’t thank the community enough for all the support they give to education. Heard County School System is something we all can be proud of.”

Mr. James Winford “Paw Paw” Moore

Mr. James Winford “Paw Paw” Moore, age 73, of the Veal Community, Roopville, Georgia, passed away on Saturday morning, March 25, 2017.

He was born February 19, 1944 in Heard County, Georgia, the son of the late J. W. “Bill” Moore and the late Ina Leona Gore Moore. He was a retired truck driver and had spent many years in the cattle farming business.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Buck Moore and Major Moore and a sister, Lola Payne.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in law, Jason and Melissa Moore of the Veal Community; daughters and sons-in-law, Romonda Worthy of Bremen, Tamara Moore, Kimberly and Charlie Donley, and Felicia and Jason Spruill, all of the Veal Community; three sisters, also of the Veal Community, Louise Eady, Christine Ivey, and Essie Brand; seven grandchildren, Hunter Spruill, Chase Spruill, Cory Millsap, Jonathon Moore, Cameron Worthy, Chloe’ Spruill, and Jacquline Moore; and one great-grandson, Dominic Lewis.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Veal Baptist Church with Rev. Homer Wilburn and Mr. Tim Eady officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:00 PM.

Those serving as pallbearers will be David Eady, Hunter Spruill, Chase Spruill, Cory Millsap, Jonathon Moore, and Cameron Worthy.

Ridley Parmer, Darry Payton, Calvin Payne, and Wilford Payne will be seated as honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Veal Community Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening, March 26, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ernestine Miller

Mrs. Ernestine ObitBessie Ernestine Miller, age 97 of Franklin, died peacefully at her home, Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Mrs. Miller, born in Glenn, Ga. (Heard County) on November 16, 1919, was the daughter of the late Benjamin Tillman and Bessie Kitchens Adams.

She graduated from Heard County High School in 1937 and attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville GA.

She married John Thomas Miller, another ’37 Heard High graduate, August 4, 1940. They had four sons, Benjamin Thomas Miller, John Wayne Miller, Joseph Hiram Miller and Harold Adams Miller.

Mrs. Miller was employed by Callaway Mills in LaGrange GA, and the Goodson Brothers Store and Kelly Carpet in Franklin and helped her husband in their poultry farm operation. She also worked at Mansour’s Department Store in LaGrange, where she retired after 23 years. She loved serving people and made many friends of her customers.

She was an active and devoted member of Franklin First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 20 years and where she was a long time member of the Woman’s Missionary Union. Mrs. Miller supported her church and its mission everyday by the way she ministered to people, strangers or friends.

It was no surprise to see Mrs. Ernestine coming to your door to visit and bring food. She also enjoyed going to the Heard County Senior Center for many years. She participated in many trips, meals and other programs offered there.

Mrs. Miller often gave thanks for her precious, precious family whom she cherished. What she loved most was cooking for them and having them “put their feet under her table one more time.” She provided Sunday dinner to family and guests until she was in her early nineties.

Her Christmas morning breakfast was everyone’s favorite Christmas tradition and with help, she did it every single year the family can remember.

She always prepared food when families were mourning a loved one and contributed  to countless covered dish dinners at Franklin First Baptist Church. For many years she made delicious and beautiful cakes for the public and a birthday cake for each family member on their birthday.

Beside her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years John Thomas Miller, son Joseph Hiram Miller, her sister and husband Joanne Adams and Emzy Nauert and her brothers and wives Tillman Cephas and Ruby Bonner Adams and Benjamin Oliver and Gaylene Gatlin Adams and her special sister-in-law, Harriett Imogene Bell.

Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-laws, Benjamin Thomas and Judy Miller, John Wayne and Carolyn Miller, Harold Adams and Cynthia Miller, grandchildren and spouses, Sherry Eileen and Kash Johnson, Tiffany Carolyn and Paul Mixon, Clinton Wayne Miller, Nathanael John Miller, David Robert Miller, Abigail Grace Miller and Hallie Elizabeth Miller and great-grandchildren Audrey Elizabeth and Sophie Eileen Johnson, Clinton Luke and Levi John Miller, Charles Paul II and John Pierre Mixon and Sullivan Daniel Miller.

Step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Bonnie, Johnny and Chelsea Vernon, Karen, Patrick, Luke and Jessica Campbell and Tucker Harvey.

Nieces and nephews are Debbie and Terry Moore, Susie and Les Withers, Emzy Nauert, Chris and Darby Head, Wesley and Yvette Adams, and Arlen and Sharon Adams, Ginny and Steve Scott, Eleanor Miller Smith and Alan Smith.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at Stutts Funeral Home in Franklin GA.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Franklin First Baptist Church on Monday, March 27 at 2:00 P.M.

Pallbearers will be Kash Johnson, Arlen Adams, Darby Head, Paul Mixon, Alan Smith and Vance Campbell.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a contribution to the Franklin Baptist Church Mission Fund.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.