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Ronnie Davis, minister of music at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hiram, died Dec. 2. He was 60.

A native of Lafayette, AL, Davis was a graduate of Auburn University and band director for 19 years at Paulding County High School and 12 years at Hiram High School. Before serving at Pleasant Grove, he was a deacon and music minister at New Georgia Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Gloria, daughter Maryssa, son Stephen, mother Edna, and granddaughter Amelia Mae Davis.


Homer Massey

Homer Massey, a native of Smyrna who went on to become a pastor and adjunct professor at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, died Nov. 28 at 76 years old.

Massey was a member of Spring Street Baptist Church in Smyrna, where he was baptized, until enrolling at Bob Jones University. After earning his undergraduate he would receive masterís and doctoral degrees through LBTS. He went on to serve as a pastor for nearly 30 years in Virginia and North Carolina, teaching more than 20 years at Liberty.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary, two children, and seven grandchildren.


Pastor Sam Shipp, who served in churches in Carroll, Cobb, Fulton, and Paulding counties, died on Nov. 29. He was 84.

Early on, Shipp pursued a career in the railroad industry before answering the call to preaching full-time. Beginning at Cochran Ridge Baptist Church, he would go on to serve at Macedonia, Northside, Post Oak, Mt. Zion, Roswell 2nd, Concord, Corner, Faith, Zion View, Bethel, and High Shoals Baptist churches. In retirement he pastored at Fullerville, New Life, Ridge Road, and Revival Baptist churches.

Preceded in death by his wife Alta, brother Gene, and sisters Laurene and Rose, he is survived by daughters Judy Cranford and Wanda Marietta; a brother, Romaine Shipp; sisters Geneva Eberhart, Margie Ricks, and Brenda Shipp; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.