July 20, 2018

Mrs. Esther Stutts

Mrs. Stutts Obit

Beloved Heard County citizen, and Mrs. Doris Esther Carter Stutts, age 88 of Franklin, Georgia passed away at her home on February 25, 2014.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stutts were conducted on  Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Franklin First Baptist Church with the Reverends Scott Hannah, Neil Awbrey, Brett Mathews, and Lynn Janney officiating.

Music was provided Mrs. Stutts daughters, Leesa Stutts Cothran and Ginger Gentry Stutts and friend, Bryan Owensby.

Those serving as pallbearers were V. D. Massey, Alvin Ginn, Will Lewis, Greg Cheeks, Buddy Goodson, and Billy Joe Burden. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Lipford, Talmadge Davis, Tom Awbrey, Richard Hightower, Charles Pearce, Danny Sossamon, Ellen Nowicki, Hazel Reeves, Johnny Adams, Mike Nolley, Lawrence Lipford, George Daniel, Denney Rogers, Lee Boone, John Henry, Jimmy Boggus, and Tom McCutchen.

The interment followed in Heard County Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Stutts was born in Bickley, Georgia on November 26, 1925, the middle daughter of the late Joshua Oliver Carter and Mary Gussie Smith Carter.

At a very early age she felt a calling to serve others in the field of medicine. She was a 1947 graduate of the Warren A. Chandler School of Nursing. As a student, Mrs. Stutts was a WWII Nursing Cadet preparing for overseas nursing of wounded soldiers.

The war ended shortly before she graduated; however, this did not stop her from ministering to the wounded soldiers and their families. She was awarded a fellowship at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. for her post graduate studies in the field of Psychiatry. It was during this time that she worked diligently to repair the emotional stability of these brave warriors.

After this venture, she moved home to Georgia and began work as the Operating Room Supervisor at the Upson County Hospital in Thomaston, Georgia.

She was named Director of Nurses after only a short time. While nursing here, she met and married the love of her life, Tom Stutts.

The couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee for Tom to attend and graduate from Mortuary College. They again returned to Georgia and made their home in Franklin which at the time had only ninety-eight citizens. They were always proud to bring the population to one hundred!

While Tom took a job at Lewis and Lipford Funeral Home, she went to work at the Heard County Memorial Hospital.  Mr. Tom and Mrs. Esther were active in the community and especially enjoyed being a part of the Franklin United Methodist Church.

After several years, the county began to move forward, and appointed Mrs. Esther to be the Director of the Heard County Health Department, for which she served for twenty five years. She was honored to serve on the Heard County Board of Heath, and the Georgia Advisory Board of Health under Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. During her service, “Miss  Esther” earned the love and respect of the people of the county.

Even though her responsibilities were great, she studied hard and became one of the first female funeral directors in the State of Georgia.

After her husband died she retired from the Heard County Health Department and used this second degree  to assist in the running of Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home. Many will tell you that just to feel her embrace, or see her sweet smile was comfort to them in their darkest hour.

“Our People”, as she lovingly referred to the citizens of Heard County, were greatly adored by this precious lady. Her main purpose in life was to serve her Lord and her fellow man.  Her eyes were blind to race or social standing. She simply loved and gave with her whole heart. Anyone that crossed her path would have to say that they were deeply enriched by knowing her. Being the humble person she was, she would be quick to tell you that you were the one that had blessed her.

In addition to her tremendous work responsibilities, she was also a loving wife and mother. She was a wonderful cook who could put a five course meal on the table in thirty minutes. Her life will long be remembered for the great love, compassion, and joy she brought to others.

She is survived by one daughter Leesa Cothran (Bobby); two sons, Tommy Stutts (Ginger), and Joseph Bledsoe (Gina) all of Franklin, GA.; one sister, Laverne Cobb Martin of Allen TX.; nine grandchildren, Whitney, John Robert , and Caroline Cothran, Elizabeth, and Katy Stutts, and Hannah, Andrew, Sara Beth, and John Bledsoe; many adoring nieces and nephews; and a host of wonderful friends.

Other than her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eulalia Smith.

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

Donations may be made to the, “Esther Stutts Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund”, at Certus Bank in Franklin, Georgia. It was Mrs. Stutts desire to assist Heard County Students who were interested in the field of medicine. She had enjoyed seeing students reap the rewards of her scholarship for many years.

The Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia were in charge of arrangements.


  1. Mrs. Esther will be missed by all. She was the ‘First Lady’ of Franklin in every aspect.

  2. HArvey Kendrick says:

    Every time I saw Mrs. Stutts I told her that she was the SWEETEST Lady in Heard County!!!
    And she was. She will be Missed by a lot of people in Heard county!!! I Love you Mrs. Stutts.

  3. Heard County has lost an icon that has lived long before we knew what an icon was. Mrs. Ester Stutts, was the epitome of “love thy neighbor as you love yourself” she lived this to the minute, I will miss getting to see her.
    She is in the heavenly realm now.

  4. Donna Maner says:

    Aunt Esther’s love went way beyond Heard County. I grew up in Woodland, Alabama and she adopted me and my family into hers and never let go. Her legacy will live through the love she endeared to all of us.

  5. Carmen Wainwright /Connie Smith says:

    Mrs. Stutts gave me all my school shots. She was so full of love. She was the sweetest lady. She will be greatly missed. I pray for the family. That God will be with you during this time. R.I.P. Mrs Stutts I know the angels in heaven are rejoicing to have another Angel home.

  6. Susan Lee-Arrington says:

    Sweet Mrs Esther! What a wonderful FRIEND you were to all of our family….you were not family by blood…but by HEART!You were a true TREASURE! I know as you walk the streets of GOLD, hand in hand with Mr.Tom you are smiling that BEAUTIFUL smile and greeting everyone with your WARM hugs! Franklin will never be the same without you! You are so LOVED!!! I am sure your wings are BEAUTIFUL!!! Until we see you again! With much LOVE and RESPECT!!! The Tommy Arrington Family…T.A., SuzeeQ, Dusty, Elizabeth, Dalton and Dylan.
    Tommy and Leesa…….All the family is in our thoughts and prays, I am here if you need me for ANYTHING! Susan

  7. Dianne Skipper says:

    Mrs. Esther was such a sweet, and kind person ! She will be missed indeed…..It was a privilege to have known her !

  8. What a beautiful, sweet lady. She gave me many of my school shots too and even “doctored” scrapes and chigger bites at the Heard County Health Department.

  9. Tesia McCormick says:

    Just can`t say enough good about Mrs. Stutts ! She was the GREATEST ! No one ever knew if she felt bad or had a bad day, if she ever did it NEVER SHOWED, ONLY BRIGHTNESS, LOVE & BEAUTY FOR EVERYONE….. I LOVE YOU MRS. STUTTS & I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY !!! Praying for the Stutts Family. What a BLESSING to have had such a GREAT MOTHER for all these years…..

  10. Willie Eris Woodruff says:

    A very special lady that gave smiles, hugs and kisses freely and they were accepted and valued like pure gold. She loved everyone and was glad to share with everyone without making differences!

  11. SHIRLEY LASTER says:

    heard county has lost one of the best. she always put other first she was a blessing to know and have as a friend. I never heard her have anything bad to say about anyone. and never have I heard anyone say anything bad of her. I love you mrs. stutts and will miss loving ways.

  12. Janie L. Dunn says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with the Stutts Family. I hope the angels know what they have. You will be missed greatly.

  13. red montgomery says:

    MRS. STUTTS, Thank YOU for all you did to comfort and relieve my pains during my losses. YOU are a true ANGEL! I thank GOD for sharing you as long as HE could!

    • Mart Hyatt says:

      AMEN!!!! Mr. Montgomery, you said it best! That sweet lady not only counseled but also consoled 90% of three counties with her all natural ability for showing compassion too so many….

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