James Kenneth “Mac” McMahan was born July 12, 1942, in Corinth, Mississippi, the son of the late Wilford and Lois Meeks McMahan.
He was united in marriage to Sheila Rogers on Nov. 9, 1973. He was a lifelong member of Ramer Baptist Church; 5th District county commissioner for more than 20 years; officer of local 993 Union; president of Ramer High School FFA Chapter; and worked 42 years at the papermill in Counce.
Mr. McMahan was an avid Tennessee Vols fan. He spent many nights and weekends cheering on his daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren as they played a variety of sports. He never missed a game until the last year when it became more difficult to attend. Mac was often known for his meticulate yard and beautiful flowers.
Mr. McMahan departed this life on Friday, Feb. 24, in Ramer, at the age of 74 years, 7 months, 12 days.
He is survived by his wife Sheila Rogers McMahan of Ramer; two daughters, Paige McMahan Teague and husband Shane of Ramer, Brooke McMahan Maness and husband Trent of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; a son, Scott McMahan of New York; a sister, Fadra McMahan Cass and husband Mike of Counce; a brother, Bill McMahan and wife Tammy of Olive Branch, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Stone Teague, Aspen Teague, Coy Teague, Ainsley Maness, Audrey Maness, Lauren Maness Smith and Clay Maness; special friend and caregiver, Sherry Robinson; Paul Ervin and the coffee shop crew; and many other freinds.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McMahan was preceded in death by a son, Jamie McMahan.
Services were held on Monday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., at Ramer Baptist Church in Ramer with Joe Loncar officiating. Burial followed in Ramer Baptist Church Cemetery at Ramer.
Anita Cardinalli Ewoldt, of Savannah, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 20, at the age of 67 years, 5 months, and 23 days.
She was born in California on Aug. 28, 1949, the daughter of the late Frank and Marion Cardinalli.
Anita had lived in California until about 20 years ago when she made the move to Hardin County. She was the owner and operator of two local businesses, Savannah Cooks and Uptown Restaurant. Anita enjoyed cooking and traveling. She attended First United Methodist Church in Savannah.
She is survived by her son, Brandon Griggs and his wife Amy of Savannah; and grandchild, Brooklyn Griggs.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Michael N. Brown, of Savannah, departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the age of 71 years, 9 months, and 14 days.
He was born on May 5, 1945, the son of the late Mildred Wottowa Brown and Pete Harding Brown. On May 29, 1966, he was united in marriage to Brenda Kay Brown, who preceded him in death on June 14, 1999. He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Ward on Nov. 19, 1999, who survives.
Mike was self-employed in commercial real estate and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a very Godly man, caring and loving, and would help anyone that was in need.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Brown of Savannah; children, Stephen Blake Brown, Jeffrey Matthew Brown and his wife Sherry, and Angela Maegan Blount and her husband Chad; grandchildren, Gracee Elizabeth Brown, Madisyn Kay Brown, Kelsie Nichole Blount and William Rylee Blount; and sisters, Marilyn Wheat and her husband Robert of Eufala, Alabama, and Susan Ann Brown and her husband Jack Adams of Savannah.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Brenda Kay Brown.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb 22, at 11 a.m., at Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah with Allen Guyer and Eric Smith officiating. Burial followed in Savannah Cemetery.
Celia Elaine Qualls Golliver was born on March 4, 1950, the daughter of the late Otis Clarence Qualls and Virginia Irene Horton Johnson. She was united in marriage on March 29, 1988, to James “Jimbo” Robert Golliver, who survives. Celia departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the age of 66 years, 11 months and 12 days.
Celia was a retired cosmetologist at Studio One, the studio that she owned. She enjoyed traveling, family gatherings and gospel music. She loved her grandchildren and was well known for giving to others and lending a helping hand.
Along with her husband, Celia is survived by her children, Celena Stephens and husband Lane of Adamsville, Kimberly Brooks of Savannah, Melissa Roland and husband Greg of Savannah, Jamie Golliver and wife Diana of Alabama, Gina Ridenour and husband Bryan of Florence, Alabama, Jennifer Jackson and Dell of Florence, Alabama, and Jacklyn Jones and husband Kevin of Florence, Alabama; sister, Sandra Hodges and husband Walt of Florida; sister-in-law, Cheryl Golliver; brothers-in-law, Dale Golliver and Guy Golliver; grandchildren, Kristy Farris of Savannah, Elvis Doyle of Savannah, Danny Pinson and wife Samantha of Crump, David Pinson and wife Kimmy of Crump, April Cummings and husband Michael of Savannah and Alicia Davis and husband Tristan of Savannah; and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Celia was preceded in death by her son, James Wesley McMillen; her favorite puppy, Sassy T, and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Billy Allegood and Marcus Morrow officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens at Savannah.
Lauren Adelbert Locke, age 90, of Savannah, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13.
He was born in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, to the late Virgie Cresap Locke and Elmer Locke on June 10, 1926.
Lauren was married to Frances Neill on Aug. 11, 1945, and they enjoyed 70 years minus 10 days together. He was so thankful for his wonderful wife. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances on Aug. 1, 2015, and their only child, Judy, an invalid, who passed away on Aug. 2, 2012, at age 63.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Ruth Locke Hosey of Savannah; and one brother, Wilmer “Curly” Locke of Tishomingo County, Mississippi.
He is survived by two sisters, Marie Lynch of Tishomingo County, Mississippi, and Lucy Welch of Bartlett, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
Lauren attended Union University, Jackson State, and graduated from Bethel College in 1969 with a BS degree. He taught school in Hardin County for 26 years. He was ordained to the gospel ministry on Nov. 21, 1952, at Turkey Creek Baptist Church. He served as pastor for 41 years at various churches including: Pyburn Union, Good Hope, Hopewell, Sharon, New Harmony, Olive Hill, Upper Green River and Mt. Ararat in Tennessee and New Salem and Yellow Creek Baptist Church, formerly North Crossroads in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. For another 15 years he served as supply and interim pastor at churches in the nearby area. He also served as treasurer for Shiloh Baptist Association, previously McNairy Association and as clerk in Henderson County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Southside Baptist Church, 615 Florence Road, Savannah, Tenn. 38372, for the Missions Offering or to the Gideons.
Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m., at Southside Baptist Church in Savannah with Benny Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Neill Cemetery at Savannah.