December 14, 2019

Mr. Tommy Stutts

Mr. Thomas Edward “Tommy” Stutts, age 60, prominent citizen of Franklin and owner of Stutts Funeral Home passed away Friday June 7, 2019.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM from Glenloch Baptist Church with Neil Awbrey, Tate Gosdin, and Lynn Janney officiating.

His body will lie in state at the church from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour.

A private interment service for the immediate family will follow at Heard County Memorial Gardens officiated by Brandon Brooks.

The family will accept guests Wednesday from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM and from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Heard County Middle School Gymnasium.

Tommy was born December 19, 1958 in Franklin to the late Thomas Lawton Stutts and Doris Esther Carter Stutts.

He was a graduate of Heard County High School (Class of 1977) where he played on the football team.

After several years in the workforce he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a funeral director. He graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in 1983. He was awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award and was a member of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity Theta Chapter.

After his father’s death in 1986 he operated the funeral home with his mother, Esther Stutts. The Stutts Family became known for their dedication to serving, as Tommy and Miss Esther called their neighbors, “Our People.” The love they showed the families of Heard County and the surrounding area was a comfort during their most dire times.

He treated every family the same, regardless of race or social background. For Tommy, everyone who had a loss in their family was someone in need of love and understanding.

In 1990 he married the love of his life, Ginger Gentry Stutts. In the following years came his daughters: first Elizabeth, then Katy. His girls were the most important people in his life. His family grew with Elizabeth’s marriage to Jeremy Gilbert, then the greatest blessing on October 13, 2018 with the birth of his granddaughter, Pruett Adeline Gilbert.

Tommy had always had a soft spot for children. If anyone came to the funeral home with a baby he was the first one to ask the parents for permission to hold them. He also nurtured and supported the children of Heard County by donating money to several student organizations. He became a mentor for many young people in the community. He affectionately called them his “young’uns”.

In recent years Tommy acquired a love of cooking. He became famous for putting a huge spread on the table, and he never wanted anyone to leave his house hungry. He also loved to go out to eat, and he always asked for a full pitcher of sweet tea to drink with his meal.

Although his first priority was the funeral home, Tommy was most at ease working outdoors in his overalls. He had his own grading business for many years and was in demand for clearing and moving dirt. Whether it was raising cows or running a tractor, he loved every minute he spent on the farm.

Tommy was one of the hardest working men around. He always stressed the need to, in his words, “make production.” When he worked, he liked to hum and whistle. It never was any specific tune, just something to make the time pass.

He was a member of Chattahoochee Lodge F. & A. M. #61, where he served as a mason for 38 years, including a term as Worshipful Master. He was also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, the Heard County Cattleman’s Association, GA Farm Bureau, and a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Heard County.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Gilbert (Jeremy) and Katy Stutts (Spencer Hannah); granddaughter, Pruett Adeline Gilbert; brother, Joseph Bledsoe (Gina); brother-in-law, Bobby Cothran; nieces and nephews, Whitney Smith (Casey), John Robert Cothran (Caroline), Hannah Bledsoe, Andrew Bledsoe, Sara Beth Bledsoe, and John Bledsoe; mother-in-law, Patricia Gentry; aunt, Laverne Cobb Martin; special friend, Angie Bradley; a young man he called his own, Will Googe; his Stutts Funeral Home family of employees; and beloved friends and family too numerous to count.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ginger Gentry Stutts, and his sister, Leesa Stutts Cothran.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to a scholarship established in Tommy’s name.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

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

Comments

  1. Kenneth duvendack says

    This man has seen a million peoples pain and walked thru mine many times as I buried my family ….rest in peace Tommy and prayers going up for the family

  2. Janet Sheffield says

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. BARBARA Redmon says

    He always had a Hug go give and pure love from his heart. Rest in peace my friend and loving prsyers6 for the family.

  4. Gloria Hilley says

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a special person and loved his Adaline. I am sorry I can’t make it to the funeral but will be praying for all of you. Buddy and I loved your mom and dad. Have missed your mom and now Tommy is with her celebrating life with JESUS. Love all of you.

  5. Loved Tommy. He was a very precious addition to my life as a FRIEND. I loved him and his compassion for others. My heart misses Him on earth, but my spirit celebrates his arrival in Heaven, his eternal home.

  6. Luther R. Rogers says

    Tommy was dear to us, as was and is his entire family. He and his mom were especially attentive to Betty’s Father during his years on earth. Rest in peace dear friend. Your work here on earth is completed. Our love, Betty and Luther Rogers

  7. Lisa Perry says

    Tommy will be missed by so many . I will miss all our talks about life . He was one of the greatest men that has walked this earth . My prayers are with the family. Rest In Peace Tommy .

  8. Jennifer Whitlock says

    So sorry for your loss. Tommy lived his life with honor and dignity, and treated the families of Heard Co.with the same during their most difficult times in life and death. We all are devastated at the news but we know that he is resting high on that mountain with his Lord and Savior. RIP Mr Tommy Stutts we will always remember you fondly

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