Obituaries

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bishop E. Jack Matthews

Bishop E. Jack Matthews, age 81, 30 Garrett Road, Rockmart, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, April 10, 2014.
Bishop Matthews was born in Vidalia, Georgia on April 1, 1933, son of the late Rev. John L. Matthews and the late Ruthie Belle Hutchinson Matthews. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Mary Mac Matthews and Earlene Matthews Butler, and by a brother, Mark Matthews. Bishop Matthews was a graduate of Lee University and Shorter College, now Shorter University, and received his Master’s Degree in Theology and Divinity from the Church of God School of Theology in Cleveland, TN. During his 58 years of ministry in the Church of God, Bishop Matthews served as Pastor in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. He was a member of Mt. Paran North Church of God in Marietta.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Garrett Matthews, to whom he was married on April 1, 1956; a daughter, Ms. Deidra Matthews Millwood, Rockmart; a son, Mark Matthews, and his wife, Clare, Grapevine, TX; a granddaughter, Kyla Miranda Millwood, Rockmart; a brother, Bishop Charles H. Matthews, and his wife, Elouise, Adairsville; nieces and nephews also survive.
The Homegoing Celebration will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 3pm at Mt. Paran North Church of God in Marietta with Dr. Mark Walker and the Rev. Howard Conine officiating. Eulogies will be given by the Rev. Delton Harne, Dr. Richard Miller, and the Rev. John Templeton. Private interment will follow later in Polk Memory Gardens in Cedartown.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Sunday from 4 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Flowers will be accepted or consult with the family concerning memorial donations.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Claud H. White

Mr. Claud H. White, age 93, of Lindale, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, in a local health care facility.
Mr. White was born in Dekalb County, AL on February 1, 1921, son of the late John Bishop White and the later Mollie Elizabeth Davis White. He was also preceded in death by 11 siblings. Mr. White was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II. He was a restaurant cook and developed a special secret recipe for barbeque sauce.
Survivors include 2 brothers, Billy White, and his wife, Bettie, Rome, and Marvin White, and his wife, Delores, Columbia, SC; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 4pm at the graveside in Pleasant Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Freddie Eugene “Gene” Templeton

Mr. Freddie Eugene “Gene” Templeton, age 66, of 309 S. McLin Street, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Templeton was born in Kentucky on August 4, 1947, son of the late Cecil E. Templeton and the late Elnora Voyles Templeton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Paula Carole Tyner Tolbert Templeton, and by a brother L. B. Harold Templeton. Mr. Templeton was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in Korea during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Laborers Local #515 and worked for several years in construction at Georgia Power Plant Bowen. Mr. Templeton was a faithful member of the Desoto Park Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Brett Tolbert, and his wife, Susan, Taylorsville; a brother, Ercie Templeton, and his wife, Frances, Lindale; three sisters, Mrs. Linda Hill, and her husband, Bob, Rome, Mrs. Juanita Smith, and her husband, Jerry, Rome, and Mrs. Shirley Coheley, Rome; two grandchildren, Logan Tyler Tolbert and Katherine Marie Tolbert; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Pastor Scott Lambert officiating. The American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard will present military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10am until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Robert H. “Bob” Duke

Mr. Robert H. “Bob” Duke, age 91, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at his residence after an extended illness.
Mr. Duke was born in Lindale, GA on August 23, 1922, son of the late Jessie Carl Duke and the late Melvie Maudette Pruitt Duke. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ella Jewel Edwards Duke, five sisters, Louise McCary, Mildred Chisolm, Myrtle Pierce, Cora Mae Remillard, and Maude Evans, and by five brothers, J. W. Duke, Paul Duke, Don Duke, Wesley L. Duke and Jessie Carl Duke. Mr. Duke was a WWII, U. S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving as a Navigator/Radio operator in the Air Transport Command. He served proudly and honorably in the European, North African and China-India-Burma Theatres of Operations. In 1952, Mr. Duke joined General Electric Corporation as an accountant, and retired after 33 years of dedicated service. He was an active member of the Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church, where he and his family joined in 1954. Mr. Duke remained active until only recently, enjoying serving in various ministries including teaching Sunday School, Treasurer, as a Deacon and many others. We will miss him in our daily walk, however his influence and wisdom will continue to impact future generations in a positive manner.
Survivors include his four children, David Duke, and his wife, Joyce, Summerville, Robert Lee Duke, and his wife, Vicky, Cedartown, Cindy Miller, and her husband, Mike, Montgomery, AL and Paulette Bell, and her husband, Howard, Danbury, CT; one brother, Charles Duke, and his wife, Sarah, Douglasville; two sisters-in-law, Burdise King and Margaret Duke, both of Lindale; one brother-in-law, Marcel Remillard, Douglas Co., GA; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and close friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 2:30pm at the Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church with the Rev. Mac McCurry and the Rev. Clyde Hampton officiating. Interment, with military honors rendered by the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard, will follow in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church on Friday from 1:00pm until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church on Friday at 2:00pm and include: Dennis Corbin, Steve Kemp, Craig Schwanbeck, Steve Williams, Scott Brock, Monty Reid and Jon Rhinehart.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Mr. Duke’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, North GA Chapter, 922 East Morris Street, Dalton, GA 30721.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Junior LeBron Reagan

Mr. Junior LeBron Reagan, age 87, 2 Azalea Street, Rome, Rosemont Park Community, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mr. Reagan was born in Lupton City, TN on December 5, 1926, son of the late Robert Reagan and the late Luanna Leatherwood Gordy. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Gordy. Mr. Reagan was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with B. & S. Music Company in Rome for over 36 years. Mr. Reagan was a member of the American Legion Post #5 and Post #52, both in Rome. He was a former member of the Jaycees and Moose Lodge in Rockmart, and a former member of the AmVets. Mr. Reagan was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Linnell “Nell” Holland Reagan, long-time employee of Rome Radio Partners, LLC in Rome, to whom he was married on June 8, 1952; a daughter, Mrs. Lynne Reagan Barton, and her husband, Kenneth, Rome; a son, James LeBron “Jimmy” Reagan, Sarasota, FL; 2 grandchildren, Nicholas Barton, Overton Park, KS, and David Barton, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 11am at Wesley Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Lanter and Dr. Paul Camp officiating. Interment will follow in Rockmart Memorial Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday evening from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Wesley Methodist Church on Friday at 10:30am and include: Mark Lamade, Al Rowland, Kevin Daniel, Gregg Whatley, Jimmy Reagan, Nicholas Barton, and David Barton.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Troy Steve Kiser

Mr. Troy Steve Kiser, age 68, of Rome, passed away on Saturday morning, April 5, 2014, at his beloved Floyd Medical Center.
He was a hero, former co-worker, role model and friend. Just like many famous that were known by only one name. He was known simply as Troy and was by all accounts a Floyd legend.
Troy was born in Floyd County, Georgia on January 2, 1946, son of the late Marion Monroe Kiser and the late Ruby Virginia Kelly Kiser. He loved rodeos, gospel singings, western wear, Cokes, car races and working at Floyd, a subject he never tired of recounting. Troy retired in 2008, after more than 46 years of service, but he never really left the organization. It wasn’t unusual for Troy to find a seat in the SPIRIT lobby and call out to Floyd employees, familiar and unfamiliar, as they made their way through the building. He would likely be wearing his trademark cowboy hat and would no doubt tell the listener about his many years of hard work at the job he started when he was 16 years old.
Troy worked under three Floyd presidents and several housekeeping managers and was known for his dedication to Floyd and his work ethic. Jackie Newby, director of risk management for Floyd, sais Troy set a high example for others to follow. “at no time did I ever know him to raise his voice to anyone or ever to act rudely” Newby said. “He always gave more than 100 percent effort to any task assigned him, and he took pride in his work.” “Once there was an accident in a hallway and a lady fell. Troy stayed kneeling by her side to make certain she was OK and refused to leave until he was told by our CEO, Kurt Stuenkel, that it was OK for him to go. He had a heart the size of Texas and would give anything he had to help a fellow co-worker. He became a living legend, and I am very proud to be considered his friend.”
Troy and his cowboy hat will be missed.
Survivors include his parents, “Mama JoAnn” and Sid Gowens, Rome; a brother, Sam “Robert” Kiser, and his wife, Linda; nephews, Travis Kiser, and his wife, Sandy, Jeff Kiser, and Darryl Kiser, all of Panama City, FL; his Floyd Medical Center friends and the entire community of Floyd County that Troy loved as his family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Pastor Greg Cater, Mr. Lee Clevenger, Mr. Keith Davis, Mr. Richard Bryant, Mr. Bill Fortenberry, and Mr. Mark Harrison officiating. Interment will follow in the New Bethel Cemetery on Reeceburg Road.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 4 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers will be members of the Rome Police Department and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and are asked to assemble Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 10:30am.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mike Merlin Meeler

Mr. Mike Merlin Meeler, age 38, of 310 S. McLin St., passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Meeler was born in Rome on September 29, 1975, son of Melissa Cooper Meeler and the late Tommy Berlin Meeler, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Vera Cooper, and by a brother, Chriss Meeler. Mike was a life long resident of Rome, Georgia, and was a member of the Boiler Makers Local #454 Union. He enjoyed life to its fullest. Mike loved to share his humor and love of life with those around him. We will miss him in our daily routine, however his memories will forever be etched on our hearts.
Survivors include his mother, Melissa Meeler of Rome; his two daughters, Annie and Christen “Sissy” Meeler, both of Rome ; three brothers, Mark Clifford Meeler and his wife, Heather, Tommy Meeler, Jr. and Tony Reese, all of Rome; six nephews, Elijah, Austin, Isaiah, Gage and Brady all of Rome; close friend, Perry Sisson, Rome; mother of his daughters, Chassity Meeler, Rome; in-laws, Lawrence and Glenda Hutchens, Rome; aunts, uncles and numerous cousins and friends also survive.
A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 4:00p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Donald Lindsey, the Rev. Derrick Sisson and the Rev. Scotty Presley officiating.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 3pm until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be contacted at 4920 Rockmart Highway, Apt. 2., Silver Creek.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Angela Arlene Pendergrass

Mrs. Angela Arlene Pendergrass, age 43, of 2919 Maple Road, Rome, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Pendergrass was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 15, 1970. She worked for a number of years as a waitress.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny William Pendergrass; a daughter Arlene Dailey; a step-daughter, Allison Pendergrass; two step-sons, John Pendergrass and Robert Pendergrass; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 11:30am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Robbie Marshall officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 10:30am until the service time. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lanny Shane Huckaby

Mr. Lanny Shane Huckaby, age 40, of 16 Azalea Street, Rome, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Shane was born in Rome, Georgia on March 28, 1974, son of Harriett Elaine Byars Huckaby and the late Pastor Lanny Jack Huckaby. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Brian Huckaby, by his paternal grandfather, P. J. Huckaby, by his maternal grandmother, Ruby Jewel Byars, and by his godmother, Martha Jane Williams. Mr. Huckaby was a graduate of Coosa High School and was employed with Shaw Industries in Cartersville. He attended Journey Church and was a former member of the Caledonia Lodge #121 F&AM in Cedartown.
Survivors include his wife, the former Tammy Vines, to whom he was married on December 31, 2006; a son, Tydon Shane Huckaby, Rome; his mother, Mrs. Elaine Huckaby, Rome; a brother, Micah Huckaby, Rome; a niece, Briana Michelle Huckaby; a nephew, Christopher Wade Huckaby; paternal grandmother, Gaynelle Huckaby, Rome; godfather, Jackie Donald Williams; other nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Pastor Doug Crumbly and Pastor Chuck Nida officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: Micah Huckaby, Mike Corley, Robbie Downs, Preston Wyatt, Christopher Vines, and Lee Sullins.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cirrece Robertson Sullins

Mrs. Cirrece Robertson Sullins, age 61, 917 Moran Lake Road, Rome, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Sullins was born in Bainbridge, Maryland on December 11, 1952, daughter of the late Richard Robertson and the late Jo Tipton Schwartz. A self-employed cosmetologist, she was a graduate of the Armstrong School of Beauty. Prior to her retiring, she was employed with Cutting Crew here in Rome. Mrs. Sullins was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church where she was a member of the Naomi Sunday School class and the “Not Too” Club.
Survivors include her husband, Lamar Sullins, to whom she was married on January 22, 1971; 2 daughters, Mrs. Christie Yarbrough, and her husband, Tommy, Rome, and Mrs. Trina Pace, and her husband, Rock, Kingston; 4 grandchildren, Brody and Brant Pace, both of Kingston, and Connor and Claire Yarbrough, both of Rome; 3 sisters, Mrs. Peggy Crumley, and her husband, Ron, Rome, Mrs. Frankie Reed, and her husband, Bill, Jacksonville, FL, and Mrs. Julie Robbins, and her husband, Paul, Jacksonville, FL; her step-mother, Mrs. Cynthia Robertson, Carrollton; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 2pm at Riverside Baptist Church with her Pastor, the Rev. Randy Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Riverside Baptist Church on Monday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Deacons of Riverside Baptist Church with serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the church on Monday at 1:30pm.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 48 Ash Street, Rome, GA 30161.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Elsie Louise Redden

Mrs. Elsie Louise Redden, age 85, of 148 Cason Road, Cedartown, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.
Mrs. Redden was born in Haralson County, Georgia on September 17, 1928, daughter of the late James “Jim” Grant and the late Josephine Redding Grant. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Redden, Sr., by a son, Bruce D. Redden, by a sister, and by two brothers. Mrs. Redden was a homemaker and was of the Holiness faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Minter, and her husband, Danny, Cedartown, and Ms. Susie Hudgins, Aragon; two sons, Edward Redden, Jr., and his wife, Peggy, Cedartown, and Danny Redden, Cedartown; a sister, Mrs. Marie Wingo, Powder Springs; 8 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 2pm at the graveside in the Draketown Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 11:30am until 12:30pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 12 noon and include: Jonathan Pilcher, Bobby Minter, Danny Minter, Luke Minter, Mason Boatner, and Dawson Boatner.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Emmett Carney

Mr. Emmett Carney, age 88, Orlando, FL, formerly of Rome, passed away Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Carney was born in Silver Creek, GA on September 8, 1925, son of the late William Wilson Carney and the late Emma Frances Johnson Carney. He was also preceded in death by 11 siblings. Sgt. 1st Class Carney served in the United States Army for over 20 years prior to his retirement in November, 1965. This was following 4 years prior service in the United States Navy. Following his retirement from the Army, he was employed with Scientific Industries, a defense contractor, with the United States Postal Service in Orlando, and had managed a Denny’s restaurant in Orlando for 10 years. He, with his wife, moved back to Floyd County in 1993, before moving back to Orlando prior to his death. Mr. Carney was a member of the Shannon Lodge #100 F. & A. M., the Rome Shrine Club and Yaarab Temple. He was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Doris Marie Shelley, to whom he was married on April 6, 1946; 2 daughters, Mrs. Frances Ann Carney West, and her husband, Floyd, Orlando, FL, and Mrs. Mary Colleen Carney Nico, and her husband, Bill, Hermiston, Oregon; 2 sons, William Richard Carney, and his wife, Billie Jo, St. Cloud, FL, and Robert Emmett Carney, and his wife, Debra, Ramrod Key, FL; 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Sean Kilpatrick and the Rev. Allen Fuller officiating. Interment will follow in Wax Cemetery with rites accorded by the United States Army Regional Honor Guard and the Shannon Lodge #100 F. & A. M.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Louie Alfred Davis Jr

Mr. Louie Alfred Davis, Jr., age 78, 9 Orlystes Drive, Rome, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mr. Davis was born in Cedartown, GA on November 5, 1935, son of the late Louie Alfred Davis, Sr. and the late Louise Farr Davis. For many years, he was employed as District Manager for Life Insurance Company of Georgia here in Rome. Upon leaving Life of Georgia, he was employed with Liberty National Life Insurance Co. here in Rome until his retirement. Mr. Davis was former member of the Jaycees and was a former Boy Scout Leader while living in Jonesboro. He was a member of the Cherokee Lodge #66 F. & A. M. and the Rome Lions Club, where he served in various leadership capacities. Mr. Davis was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class there.
Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy Rayburn, to whom he was married on November 16, 1957; a son, Louie A. “Al” Davis, III, and his wife, Donna, Lindale; a brother, Phil Davis, and his wife, Kim, Gainesville; 2 grandchildren, Anna Abney, Silver Creek, GA, and Jay Davis, Chattanooga, TN; 2 nephews, P. J. Davis and Caston Davis, both of Gainesville, also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 2pm at Second Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Monty Stallins and Dr. Lamar Barden officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park with the Cherokee Lodge #66 F. & A. M. in charge of graveside rites.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Active and honorary pallbearers are requested to assemble at Second Avenue Baptist Church on Saturday at 1:30pm and are as follows: Active: Tyki Palmer, Joe Elliott, Ricky Pierce, Frank Hindman, Randy Davis, Tommy Moore, Ralph White, and Thurmon Morris. Honorary: Members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class at Second Avenue Baptist Church.
There will be a called communication of the Cherokee Lodge #66 F. & A. M. on Saturday at 12:30pm for the purpose of attending the funeral service.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Muriel Cox

Mrs. Muriel Cox age 87, of Rome passed away Thursday morning March27 2014 in a local healthcare center.

Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Roy Sherman Carter Crunkelton

Mr. Roy Sherman Carter Crunkelton, age 65 of Rome passed away Wednesday morning March 28, 2014 in a local hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Willie F. “Billy” Davis Jr.

Mr. Willie F. “Billy” Davis, Jr., age 70, of Marianna, Fl. originally from Rome, passed away with family at bedside on March 19th at 2:52 p.m.
He is preceded in death by his father Willie F. Davis Sr., mother Annie Proctor Davis, two sisters, Jackie Childers and Lena Gore.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Ramell Brown Davis, sister Betty Jo Jacobs, and mother-in-law Agnes Brown, his three children, Kathy Myers(Don), Larry Davis, and Melanie Sims(Russell), five grandchildren, Kevin Davis, Jessica Burkett, Ashley Davis, Jacob Sims and Abigail Sims, numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Friday March 28, 2014, from 3 until 4:30pm. A memorial service will be held at 4:30pm in the Chapel.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Raymond “David” Manning Jr

Mr. Raymond “David” Manning, Jr., age 47, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his residence.
David was born in Rome, Georgia on January 13, 1967, son of Mary Eleanor Manning and the late Raymond David Manning, Sr. He was a lifetime resident of Rome, Georgia and attended West Rome High School. David was a plumber by trade and was an avid fisherman, gardener, and loved to build and drive sports cars. He enjoyed life, was always joking and was full of humor. David will be remembered most for his humor.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Dondria Black Manning; a son, Raymond David Manning, III; his mother, Mary Eleanor Manning; four sisters, Debbie Crumbly, and her husband, Doug, Joann Wright, and her husband, John, Teresa Manning, and Rachel Manning. numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 6 until 8pm. David will be cremated following the Celebration of Life Viewing.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Harry Johnson Fortenberry

Mr. Harry Johnson Fortenberry, age 63, of 1988 Cave Spring Road, Rome, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at a local hospital.
Mr. Fortenberry was born in Bartow County, Georgia on December 15, 1950, son of the late Troy Johnson Fortenberry and the late Mavis Lucille Leonard Fortenberry. He was also preceded in death by a son, Christopher Fortenberry, and by a brother, Pat Fortenberry. Prior to becoming disabled, Mr. Fortenberry worked for a number of years in construction.
Survivors include three sons, Tracy Fortenberry, Rome; Daniel Fortenberry, Blairsville, and Stacy Fortenberry, Rome; three brothers, Mark Fortenberry, Tennessee, Lon Fortenberry, Cartersville, and Sam Fortenberry, Calhoun; 13 grandchildren; one great grandchild; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 12 noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Preston Alphin officiating. Interment will follow in Haven of Rest Cemetery in Calhoun.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday at 11:30am and include: Tracy, Daniel, Mark, Lon, Sam, and Steven Fortenberry.
In lieu of flowers, please contact the family about memorial contributions.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Melba Loraine Cochran

Mrs. Melba Loraine Cochran, age 82, of 1847 Old Dalton Road, Rome, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Cochran was born in Lindale, Georgia on September 8, 1931, daughter of the late R. M. McCollum and the late Margarite Bowman McCollum. She married the love of her life, Earl H. Cochran, in November of 1947 and was preceded in death by him in April, 1996. Mrs. Cochran was also preceded in death by two brother, Jerry McCollum and Roger McCollum, by a sister-in-law, Jean McCollum, by two brothers-in-law, Tommy Murphy and Bill Morris, and by a great-great grandson, Christian Staples.
Mrs. Cochran owned and operated Melba’s Drapery Shop for over 40 years. She was a member of the Georgia Mountain Music Club and enjoyed line dancing and karaoke. She was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs., Jane Jones, and her husband, Jerry, Plainville; a son, Gerald Cochran, and, Cinda, Rome; grandchildren, Angela and Breck Phillips, Rome, Shawn and Amy Nelson, Lindale, James and Jessica Cochran, St. Mary’s, Katie and Kacey Fowler, Rome, and Tabitha Cochran, Atlanta; great grandchildren, Justin Phillips, Dakota Phillips, Amber Phillips, Dylan Nelson, and Kaiden Ryan Fowler; great-great granddaughter, Cadence Staples; a brother, Richard McCollum, Hilton Head, SC; sisters, Frances Morris, Rome, and Glenda Murphy, Piedmont, AL; step-grandchildren, Ben and Bobbie Jones, Calhoun, and Jerry Jr. and Jessica Jones, Calhoun; step-great grandchildren, Dakota, Elizabeth, Damon, Destiny, Anastasia, and Makayla; ex-son-in-law that she always called part of her family, Albert Nelson, and his wife, Susie; best friends, Allan and LuAnn Purdie, Dixie Warner, Tom and Mildred Dailey, Shirley Wells, and Doreen and Herbie Hrubes; 3 special nieces, Laurie Bennett, Atlanta, Christy and Dean Lewis, Rome, and Beth and Greg Wyatt, Summerville.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Allan Purdie and the Rev. Herman Stamey officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 12 noon until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday at 1:30pm and include: Justin Phillips, Dakota Phillips, Dylan Nelson, Albert Nelson, Dean Lewis, and Rickey Morris.
The family would like to express a special thank you to all the nurses at Heyman Hospicecare at Floyd for their love and support. Also a special thanks to Everett and Christy McCollum, Beth Wyatt, Laurie Bennett, Christy Lewis, Shirley Wells, Mildred Dailey, Doreen and Herbie Hrubes, Dennis Voils, and Wayne Casey for everything you did to make Mother’s last few weeks special. Also thank you to her sister, Glenda, who stayed the last 10 days with Melba and her daughter to help take care of her.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Archie Joseph Duvall Sr

Mr. Archie Joseph Duvall, Sr. age 76, of Rome, passed away at a local hospital on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Mr. Duvall was born in Rome on July 11, 1937, son of the late Arthur Spurgeon Duvall and the late Emma Hardeman Duvall. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. Mr. Duvall had retired from the City of Rome Police Department, where he served as a Motorcycle officer. He had also worked with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently as a Constable for the Magistrate Court. Mr. Duvall was a member of the Rome Shrine Club where he served as a past Vice President, Past President of the Motor Corps and the Mounted Patrol. He was a member of the Floyd Springs Lodge #167 F. & A. M. and was also a Korean War era veteran, serving in the United States Air Force. Mr. Duvall loved and enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Carol A. Duvall, Rome; three children, Melanie Morris, and her husband, Steve, Rome, Joe Duvall, and his wife, Lisa, Dallas, and Aimee McGinnis, and her husband, Jody, Rome; step-son, Chuck Bishop, Armuchee; three siblings, Alvin Duvall, Cave Spring, Betty Herndon, and her husband, James, Marietta, and Roy Duvall, Rome; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and close friends also survive.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:00p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Graves officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00p.m. At other hours, they may be contacted at their residence.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Calvary Baptist Church on Wednesday at 1:30p.m. and include his grandsons, as well as Ricky Duvall and Steve Herndon. Members of the Rome Shrine Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made in his memory to the Shriner’s Burn Care Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Suzann Carol “Nana” Jennings

Mrs. Suzann Carol “Nana” Jennings, age 59, of 115 Ashland Park Blvd., Rome, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Jennings was born in Rome, Georgia on February 1, 1955, daughter of the late Newton P. Wheeler, Jr., and the late Dorothy Kilgore Wheeler. She was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church. Mrs. Jennings worked for over 22 years at Lindale Manufacturing.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Jennings, to whom she was married on August 10, 1977; a daughter, Ms. April Barlow, Lindale; grandchildren, Russ Barlow, Gracie Barlow, and Tamara Garrett; a great granddaughter, Amira Barlow; a brother, Lance Wheeler, and his wife, Kathy, Rome; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of her daughter, April Barlow, 15 Vantassel Drive, Lindale.
Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30pm and include: Active: Lance Wheeler, Zach Wheeler, David Smith, Derrick Holcomb, Cliff Bell, and Randy Barlow. Honorary: Steve Kilgore.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Charlotte Jeanette “Jean” Mullinax

Mrs. Charlotte Jeanette “Jean” Mullinax, age 79, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Mullinax was born in Rock Run, AL on January 1, 1935, daughter of the late Oliver and Lucille Lockridge Pope. She was also preceded in death by her husband, R. H. “Pete” Mullinax in 1981. Mrs. Mullinax was employed with New Publishing Co. at the Rome News-Tribune for over 46 years. She was a member of Garden Lakes Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, David Mullinax, and his wife, Sonda, Spring Garden, AL; 2 grandchildren, Tara Mullinax, Mt. Berry, GA, and Matthew Mullinax, Spring Garden, AL; a sister, Mrs. Gwen Formby, Piedmont, AL; 2 nephews, Jeff Formby, and his wife, Anita, Piedmont, AL, and Lamont Formby, and his wife, Dona, Woodstock, GA.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. William Richard Kremer and Mr. Ricky Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday at 1:30pm and include: Jeff Formby, Lamont Formby, Charles Gay, Jr., Grant Collier, E. Joseph Morgan, and Joey Gill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Garden High School Community Support Trust Fund, Inc., P. O. Box 83, Spring Garden, AL 36275.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hollie Franklin (H. F.) Stansell Jr

Mr. Hollie Franklin (H. F.) Stansell, Jr., age 89, of Ormond Beach, FL, left this earth to touch the face of God on March 10, 2014, just one month after the passing of his beloved wife, Lila Carroll Stansell. They were married for sixty-six years.
H. F. was born April 17, 1924 in Lindale, Georgia, the son of Hollie Franklin Stansell, Sr. and Annie Mae Timms Stansell. He came from a large and loving family of six boys and six girls. Eight siblings predeceased him. He is survived by three sisters, June Smith, Ducky Marx, and Charmaine Ross, and many nieces and nephews.
H. F. was a Sergeant in the Army serving bravely in the European Theatre in World War II and fighting in the infamous “Battle of the Bulge.” He was awarded the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and other honors. During his service, he carried with him a photograph of his mother and three little sisters.
H. F. and Lila moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1963 where H. F. was a successful independent businessman. They enjoyed traveling and were members of the First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Florida.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with his nephew, the Rev. Ricky Stansell officiating. Interment will follow in Wax Cemetery with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10 until 11am. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:30am.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dr. Gwendolyn Ruth Kirtley Perkins

On February 15, 2014, Dr. Gwendolyn Ruth Kirtley Perkins passed away. Family and friends are saddened by her passing, but know that she lived one of the most fulfilling lives of anyone, ever.
Gwen was born in Marlow, Oklahoma on March 23, 1918, to the late Edwin Lankford and Olina Talla Kirtley. She was one of 10 children. Her sisters and brothers, Frances Kirtley, Mary Ann Kirtley, Buford Kirtley, Edwin Kirtley, Dorothy See, James Kirtley, Gloria Bentley, and David Kirtley preceded her in death. Dr. Perkins was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. C. J. Perkins.
Gwen married Carroll J. Perkins from Louisiana in 1940 and together had 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived life as an optimist, and tried to find the good in people she met in life’s situations. Gwen was a lifelong learner, and avid writer and wildlife photographer, and was published in many magazines including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME-LIFE series and READER’S DIGEST. One of her lithographs became the first duck stamp for Mississippi in the 70′s. After her husband’s retirement, they moved to Mississippi State where he got his PhD and eventually became a professor. Gwen, then in her 60′s, started back to college and obtained a PhD in Botany. She became a well known lecturer on wild flowers.
She was also a world traveler and took many trips with a photography group from Habitat for Humanity, writing articles and taking publicity photographs of third world countries, as well as visiting most of the continents. While at Mississippi Stat, Gwen started having Saturday night Soirees, inviting friends, and foreign students who were working on advanced degrees. Since these students were eventually going back to their own countries, often to fill leadership roles, Gwen felt it was important that they got to experience the warmth and friendship of Americans in her home. People brought food and musical instruments and shared their cultures.. It was not uncommon for 30-40 people to attend.
Gwen moved to Cave Spring in 2004. She loved making pottery called Gwenlins. Gwen was almost 96 when she passed. She lived life to its fullest, producing beautiful embroidery wall hangings, developing an award winning line of ceramic mythological Norwegian JOTUNS, writing 2 comic books about Norse gods, and 2 books on vines of the southeast… sending epic emails weekly to almost 100 ‘close’ friends, writings about her daily happenings in hilarious ways. She blogged, did Tai Chi, kept herself healthy, and made everyone feel like they were important and worthwhile. He belief was that we each need to make our own heaven right here, love and respect one another, regardless of one’s race, sexual orientation, creed, of life’s circumstances.
She is survived by her 3 daughters, Susan Vandersand and husband, Jim, Ann Niemeier and husband, Sam, Mary Jane Thompson and husband, Grady; 3 sons, Tom Perkins and wife, Patricia, John Perkins and wife, Deborah, Jim Perkins and fiancé, Arlene; 14 grandchildren, Kari, Brian, Brad, Kelley, Kirtley, David, Jill, Jamie, Allen, Christie, Amanda, Bonnie, Geoff, Jamie (and all their mates); 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Pauline Kirtley Goodman; numerous nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to family-like friends, Richard, Winnie, and Karen, and all her friends that shared a special bond with her. Know that each of you held a special place in her heart. Also, thank you to the care givers that made her last days as comfortable as possible.
Her body was donated to Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia for a research. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cave Spring United Methodist Church with Pastor John Page officiating.
In Lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Cave Spring United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 305, Cave Spring, GA 30124.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.

Glenda Faye Louise Duvall Cowan

Ms. Glenda Faye Louise Duvall Cowan, age 64, of 9 Miami Drive, Rome, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at a local hospital.
Ms. Duvall was born in Bartow County, Georgia on June 6, 1949, daughter of Virginia Robbins Wiggins and the late William Duvall. She worked a number of years in various carpet mills.
Survivors include four daughters, Rene Carmona, Lindale, Christy Cowan, Lindale, Rena Waller, Lindale, and Sara McCain, Rome; two sons, Farrell Cowan, Lindale, and Jerry Manning, Rome; her mother, Virginia Wiggins, Rome; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 1pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Chisolm officiating. Interment will follow in the Lindale Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, the family will be at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday at 12:30pm and include: David Vogle, Joe Brown, Mackie Willis, Fabian Espitia, Christian Espitia, and Richard Tevepaugh.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

George Alfred Fricks Sr

Mr. George Alfred Fricks, Sr., age 70, 111 Grove Avenue, Lindale, passed away Monday evening, March 10, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mr. Fricks was born in Floyd County on June 2, 1943, son of the late Alfred Nathan Fricks and the late Rosebud Wilson Fricks. For several years he had served in law enforcement, having been a Police officer with the City of Rome and later a Deputy with the Gordon County Sheriffs office and the Calhoun Police Department. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Church Trustee.
Survivors include his wife the former, Wanda Ann Ensley; 2 daughters, Suzette Caylor and her husband, Alex, Marietta and Veronica Fricks, Adairsville; 2 sons, George A. Fricks, Jr., Rome and Daniel Avis Fricks, Rome; a sister, Mary Nell Arendt, Gainesville; 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Fricks will be held at 4pm on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in the chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home South Chapel. The Rev. John Huffman will officiate.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bobby E. McLemore

Mr. Bobby E. McLemore, age 79, of Rome, passed away at his residence, Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Mr. McLemore was born in Rome, GA on July 13, 1934, son of the late Paul H. McLemore and the late Ovell Adams McLemore Bishop. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Swindle and Linda Tanner, and by a brother, Ray McLemore. Mr. McLemore was a member of East Rome Baptist Church where he served in several ministries, including teaching Sunday School, and leading the choir. He enjoyed working in his yard, but he loved being with his grandchildren. Mr. McLemore had retired from Carolina Freight as a driver after 30 years of dedicated service.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Tanner McLemore, Rome; a son, David E. McLemore, and his wife, Doris, Calhoun; a daughter, Pam Durham, and her husband, Don, Summerville; two brothers, Paul McLemore, and his wife, Regina, and Mike McLemore, and his wife, Robin, all of Conyers; one sister, Faye Shepard, and her husband, Rev. Billy Shepard, Conyers; four grandchildren, T. J. Evans, Todd Evans, Ashley Evans and Lacey McLemore; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and close friends also survive.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11am in East View Cemetery with Dr. Larry Davis and the Rev. Steven Swift officiating.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Thursday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Teresa Diane Christian Payne

Mrs. Teresa Diane Christian Payne, 61, of Rome, GA passed away at a local hospital, Saturday, March 08, 2014.
Mrs. Payne was born in Rome, GA on January 16, 1953, daughter of the late Calvin Abney and the late Doris Bell Abney. Mrs. Payne was a nurse by training, serving the community for many years with her skills. She enjoyed her family, bingo, and being a joy to those around her.
Survivors include her two daughters, Mrs. Michelle Thaxton, and her husband, Charles, Rockmart, and Mrs. Sabrina Riddle, and her husband, Heath, Rome; a son, Wayne (Bubba) Christian, Jr., and his wife, Michelle, Rome; two brothers, Phillip Abney, Rome, and Mitchell Abney, and his wife, Dawn, Cedartown; one sister, Ms. Sharon Gordy, Aragon; step-mother, Mrs. Roberta Abney, Rome; seven grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews also survive.
A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Causey officiating. A private interment will follow in the East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on Thursday from 1:00p.m. until the funeral hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel has charge of the celebration arrangements.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sharon Ann Roland

Ms. Sharon Ann Roland, age 49, of 22 Tamassee Lane, Rome, passed away on March 7, 2014, at her mother’s residence in Piedmont, Alabama.
Ms. Roland was born in Cedartown, Georgia on June 28, 1964, daughter of Ilene Gaddy Roland and the late Alvin Roland. She was also preceded in death by the father of her children, Phillip B. Conway, whose birthday was March 7th. Mrs. Roland was a member of the Silver Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Shannon Conway, Rome, and Maria Conway, Rome; her mother, Ilene Roland, Piedmont, AL; her paw, J. W. Smith, Piedmont, AL; a brother, Craig Roland, and his wife, Jeany, Rome; a sister, Melissa Ingle, Rome; four grandchildren, Austin, Georgia, Kenzlee, and Zara; a very special friend, Barbara Early; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Chris Ragan will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Georgia Chapter, 3525 Piedmont Road, NE, Building 6, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Billy Douglas Clark

Mr. Billy Douglas Clark, age 64, of 505 N. Fifth Avenue, Rome, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.
Mr. Clark was born in Rome, Georgia on July 27, 1949, son of Emma Frances Agan Clark and the late Billy Joe Clark. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Archie Clark. Mr. Clark was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Frances Agan Clark, Cartersville; 3 sisters, Darlene Johnson, and her husband, David, Lindale, Mrs. Gwen Bishop, and her husband, Harvey, Armuchee, and Mrs. Cindy Potts, and her husband, Bobby, Cartersville; 2 brothers, Joe Clark, Atlanta, and Darrell Wayne Clark, and his wife, JoAnn, Rome; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Harvey Bishop, III, officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot at Pisgah Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 4 until 6pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of his mother, 24 Oak Leaf Drive, SE, Cartersville.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 3:30pm and include: David Johnson, Bobby Potts, Harvey Bishop, IV, Ian Hayes, Darrell Clark, and Joe Clark.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Maxie Don Milstead

Mr. Maxie Don Milstead, age 76, of 1511 Horseleg Creek Road, Rome, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Milstead was born in Armuchee, Georgia on February 16, 1938, son of the late Roy Leon Milstead and the late Lucy Jane Rhinehart Milstead. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Farrell Trotter Milstead, on April 14, 2010, and by a brother, Eldon Milstead. Mr. Milstead was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Lindale. Prior to retirement, he worked for a number of years for General Electric in Rome.
Survivors include a son, Stephen Douglas Milstead, and his wife, Kathy, Rome; 2 step-grandchildren, Devin Womack, and his wife, Jennifer, Rome, and Sheena Wood, and her husband, Chris, Rome; a step-great granddaughter, Carlyn Womack; a special friend, Gary Hardegree; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Bobby Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 1:30pm and include: Darrell Trotter, Ashleigh Green, James McFalane, Richie Underwood, Corey Kerl, and Dakota LuAllen.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Rev. Billy Rampley

Rev. Billy Rampley, age 76, of 2 Moreland Court, Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, at his residence.
Rev. Rampley was born in Rome, Georgia on December 5, 1937, son of the late William Thomas Rampley and the late Lois Minter Rampley. He was also preceded in death by twin sisters, Corrine and Colleen Rampley. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army where he served as a Paratrooper. Rev. Rampley was a faithful servant of God and had served as Pastor of the Unity Baptist Church in Atlanta and was currently serving as the Pastor of the Doyle Road Baptist Church where he had ministered to the community for the past 41 years. Bro. Billy’s life was devoted to his family and his church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Gwen Martin, to whom he was married on November 2, 1958; a son, Rev. Scotty Rampley, and his wife, Kay, Lindale; three daughters, Ms. Angie Brantley, Silver Creek, Mrs. Lyn Wallace, and her husband, Mike, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Nikki Burkhalter, and her husband, Ken, Lindale; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Pat Rampley Gilbert, and her husband, Harold, Hiram, and Mrs. Betty Rampley Padgett, and her husband, Autry, Chatsworth; nieces and nephews also survive.
A Celebration of Bro. Billy’s life will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2pm at the Doyle Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Vaughn, the Rev. Kirby Moore, and the Rev. Wayne Kines officiating. Mrs. Brenda Smith, his wife, Gwen Rampley, and his children will deliver eulogies. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, today from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Sunday at 1pm and include: Robbie Akins, A. E. Justus, James Minter, Les Culberson, Sidney Covington, and David Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rev. Billy Rampley

Rev. Billy Rampley, age 76, of 2 Moreland Court, Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, at his residence.
Rev. Rampley was born in Rome, Georgia on December 5, 1937, son of the late William Thomas Rampley and the late Lois Minter Rampley. He was also preceded in death by twin sisters, Corrine and Colleen Rampley. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army where he served as a Paratrooper. Rev. Rampley was a faithful servant of God and had served as Pastor of the Unity Baptist Church in Atlanta and was currently serving as the Pastor of the Doyle Road Baptist Church where he had ministered to the community for the past 41 years. Bro. Billy’s life was devoted to his family and his church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Gwen Martin, to whom he was married on November 2, 1958; a son, Rev. Scotty Rampley, and his wife, Kay, Lindale; three daughters, Ms. Angie Brantley, Silver Creek, Mrs. Lyn Wallace, and her husband, Mike, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Nikki Burkhalter, and her husband, Ken, Lindale; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Pat Rampley Gilbert, and her husband, Harold, Hiram, and Mrs. Betty Rampley Padgett, and her husband, Audrey, Chatsworth; nieces and nephews also survive.
A Celebration of Bro. Billy’s life will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2pm at the Doyle Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Vaughn, the Rev. Kirby Moore, and the Rev. Wayne Kines officiating. Mrs. Brenda Smith, his wife, Gwen Rampley, and his children will deliver eulogies. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Sunday at 1pm and include: Robbie Akins, A. E. Justus, James Minter, Les Culberson, Sidney Covington, and David Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Staff Sergeant Joe Gonzales

Staff Sergeant retired Joe Gonzales, age 81, of Rome passed away Wednesday February 26, 2014 in a Rome Medical Center.
Mr. Gonzales was born July 11, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas, a son of the Jose Gonzales and Juanita Marmalejo Gonzales. Mr. Gonzales was retired from the United States Army serving with the 503 Infantry 82 Airborne after 22 years of service. He was retired from A&P Supermarkets as a meat cutter, after 33 years service. Mr. Gonzales was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by brothers, Daniel and Big Joe Gonzales.
Survivors include his wife Ann Reeves Gonzales, son, Jody Gonzales, Rome; daughter, Kippy Gonzales, Rome; grandchildren, Hope Lance, Tyler Gonzales, Madison Lance, and Trevor Gonzales.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 Saturday March 1, 2014 a Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Talmadge Barnes, officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery. The family will receive friend from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of the service, on Saturday.
Memorials may made to D.I.G.S. INC. P.O. 1053 Rome, Ga. 30162.
Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Tyler Gonazles, Trevor Gonazles, Jody Gonazles, Robbie Reeves, Ken Lewis, and Jason Brock.
Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Joe Gonzales.
Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, GA. 30165, has charge of arrangements.

Cynthia Darlene Morris

Mrs. Cynthia Darlene Morris, age 51, of Silver Creek, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Morris was born on October 18, 1962, daughter of the late James McKinney and the late Peggy Sue Loveless. She was a member of the North Rome Church of God. She was a graduate of Coosa High School and was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard Truman Morris, and by a sister, Charlene McKinney.
Survivors include a step-daughter, Mrs. Pam Turner, and her husband, Mark, McDonough, GA; 2 step-sons, Howard Morris, and his wife, Stacey, McDonough, GA, and the Rev. David Morris, and his wife, Christy, Jackson, GA; ; nieces and nephews, Heather Parker, Amanda Dees, Thomas Osborne, Chris McKinney, Eleanor McKinney, and Cynthia McKinney also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Micah Pritchett officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Rome Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 1pm until time for the service. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 1:30pm and include: Thomas Osborne, Chris McKinney, Roger Dees, Cody Bennett, Bruce Day, and Juan Martinez.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Lamar Earl “Champ” Smith

Mr. Lamar Earl “Champ” Smith, age 86, of Rome, passed away Saturday morning, March 1, 2014, in a local health care facility.
Mr. Smith was born in Vincent, AL on May 22, 1927, son of the late Owen Fuller Smith and the late Margaret Barber Smith. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Willie Mae Smith Murphy, and by 3 brothers, Owen Junior Smith, Johnny Monroe Smith, and Arthur Lee “Pete” Smith. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. A member of the Teamsters Union, he retired while working with Carolina Freight in Calhoun following many years of employment. Mr. Smith was a member of the American Legion Post #136 in Lindale, the AmVets, and was of the Baptist faith. An avid golfer, he was a member of several golf clubs in our area over the years, most recently at Green Acres Golf Club.
Survivors include his daughters, Mrs. Linda Smith Jones, and her husband, Wade, Cave Spring, Ms. Patsy Smith Lake, Rome, and Mrs. Cathy Smith Fincher, and her husband, Jody, Silver Creek; 3 sons, David Lamar Smith, Rome, Ronnie Lynn Smith, Cave Spring, and Dwight Allan Smith, Rome; 3 sisters, Mrs. Margaret Shell, Aragon, Mrs. Edna Boatner, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Grace Plemmons, Acworth; a brother, Mathey Smith, Lindale; 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate with family members delivering eulogies. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 9:30am until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 10:30am.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Flora McAbee Stoner Willerson (Known as Momma Stoner)

An Angel and servant of our Lord Jesus Christ went home on Friday, February 28th, 2014, and heaven’s choir is sweeter because of it.

Momma Stoner was born in Cherokee county, Alabama on June 11, 1922, one of 13 children born to the late John Scott and Frodie Jennings McAbee.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of their four sons, Rev. Charles Collins Stoner , by her second husband Jack Willerson, sons Reverend Alton Stoner, Jackie, Jerry and Steve Willerson, daughter JoAnn Thompson, and Grandsons, Tony and Scott Stoner ( Sons of Alton) Great Grandson Brandon Stoner
(son of Curtis)

She is survived by Sons, Charles(Deborah) Stoner, Ellijay Ga; Donald (Jane) Stoner, Kingston; Rev. Tommy (Linda) Stoner, Kingston; Kevin Willerson, Woodstock; Tommy (Mildred) Willerson Kingston; Ronnie (Diane) Willerson , Stone Mountain.

Sisters Ora McAbee, Rome; Jo(Rev.Max) Carver, Rome; Brother Felton (Jane) McAbee, Sister-In-Law, Nell McAbee and William Curtis Stoner.

29 Grandchildren, 37 Great Grandchildren, and 22 Great Great grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Momma Stoner was loved by all who knew her. Her Greatest joys in life were serving Jesus Christ, her family and singing gospel music with her family, and especially singing in the Rome and Chattooga County Shrine Telethons to raise money for crippled children. She was also known for singing at churches, visiting nursing homes, helping her neighbors and anyone who needed her. She would always say I Love Yoy and God Loves you too!!!

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, March 3rd, 2014, at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M. with her son Reverend Tommy Stoner, Reverend Marvin Jackson and her Brother-In-Law Max Carver officiating. Interment will be at East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Pallbearers are Curtis Stoner, Shelton Stoner, Mat Stoner, Sid Willerson, Ivan Willerson, David Boyd, Phil Goss, and Jimmy Fletcher. Great and Great-Great Grandsons will serve and honorary pallbearers.

The family with also receive friends one hour before the funeral on Monday at the Church.

Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to the Shrine Children’s Hospital.

Each family will be at their respective homes.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Frances Virginia Bell Towe

Mrs. Frances Virginia Bell Towe, age 78, of 408 Flora Avenue Ext., Rome, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Towe was born in Floyd County on July 27, 1935, daughter of the late Hurtis Albert Bell and the late Cora Lawrence “Granny” Bell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Emory Jamar Towe, on September 10, 1991, and by 4 brothers, Marshall, Clifford, Raymond, and Louie Bell. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Galey & Lord in Shannon for over 28 years. Following her retirement, she served as a volunteer at Redmond Regional Medical Center for a number of years. Mrs. Towe was a member of the Community Chapel Baptist Church. She loved gospel music, going to gospel singings, traveling and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Dorraine Towe Vines, and her husband, Randy, Rome, and Mrs. Jennifer Towe Joyce, and her husband, Bryan, Rome; a granddaughter, Miss Hannah Elizabeth Joyce, Rome; a special niece, Ms. Peggy Buffington, Rome; other nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 1pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev Max Tucker and her son-in-law, the Rev. Randy Vines will officiate with her good friend and caregiver, Miss Brooke Gravely delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery with the Rev. J. Clinton Green officiating.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 12:30pm and include: Sid Gowens, Len Buffington, Clark Roberson, Marshall Mullinax, Donald Reynolds, and Jerry Jacobs.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Karen Denise “Kay” Allmon Rampley

Mrs. Karen Denise “Kay” Allmon Rampley, age 48, 299 Woods Road, Rome, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Rampley was born in Floyd County on October 11, 1965, daughter of Bobby Allmon and the late Doris Trotter Allmon. She was a 1983 graduate of Coosa High School. Mrs. Rampley was a homemaker and was a member of the North Rome Church of God.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Leland Rampley, to whom she was married on March 1, 1986; a daughter, Ms. Eryn Rampley, Silver Creek; a son, Jeremy Rampley, Rome; 3 grandchildren, Cole Rampley, Silver Creek, and Layne Rampley and Ella Edwards, both of Rome; her father, Bobby Allmon, Rome; a sister, Mrs. Terry Gallinat, and her husband, Ron, Rome; 2 brothers, Ricky Allmon, Rome, and Tony Allmon, and his wife, Cindi, Rome; a special niece who was more like a daughter, Mrs. Miranda Styles, and her husband, Wesley, Rome; other nieces and nephews also survive.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 7pm at the North Rome Church of God. The Rev. Jerry Chitwood will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the North Rome Church of God on Thursday evening from 5pm until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective homes.
In lieu of flowers, consult the family concerning memorial donations.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rev. Hoke Smith Clonts

Rev. Hoke Smith Clonts, age 95, 107 Marshall Lane, Rome, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at his residence.
Rev. Clonts was born in Ellijay, GA on March 7, 1918, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Doc Clonts. He was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Beatrice Virginia Hammonds on January 21, 2009, and by his 12 siblings. Rev. Clonts was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for over 30 years with Fox Manufacturing Co. here in Rome. Following his retirement, he served for a short time as a funeral assistant at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home. Rev. Clonts was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Oostanaula Lodge #113 F. & A. M.
An ordained gospel minister, Rev. Clonts served as Pastor for several area churches including Huffaker Road Baptist Church and Mount Carmel Baptist Church. He was an organizer of McFall Baptist Church. Rev. Clonts was a member of Armuchee Baptist Church where his son serves as Pastor.
Survivors include 2 sons, the Rev. Will Clonts, and his wife, Jennie, Rome, and the Rev. Glenn Clonts, and his wife, Diane, Rome; 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with his sons, the Rev. Will Clonts and the Rev. Glenn Clonts officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Thursday at 1:30pm and include: DeWayne Clonts, Nathan Clonts, Michael Clonts, Gene Clonts, Gary Cole, and Hunter Cole.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Martha Bell Lester “GrandMartha” Desper

Mrs. Martha Bell Lester “Grand Martha” Desper, age 79, 198 Sunset Drive, Lindale, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Desper was born in Floyd County on February 8, 1935, daughter of the late Johnny Lee Davis and the late Vivian Vinyard Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Robert Franklin Lester in 1982, by a son, William Berry Lester, by her step-father, T. M. Morgan, and by her late husband, Benjamin Desper, Sr. Mrs. Desper was a homemaker and was a member of the Lindale United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir, was a Sunday School teacher and Bible Study teacher, and was active in the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Pioneer’s Sunday School Class at Lindale United Methodist Church.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Linda Lester Patty, and her husband, Kenny, Lindale, and Ms. Brenda Lester Matthews, Rome; 2 sons, Bob Lester, and his wife, Julie, Dallas, and Glenn Lester, and his wife, Billie Jo, Dallas; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with her Pastor, the Rev. Marc Dwiggins officiating and with her grandsons, Russell Lester and Cole Spears delivering eulogies. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 9:30am until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective homes.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday at 10:30am and include: Robert Lester, Russell Lester, Cole Spears, Wayne Lester, Taylor Elrod, and Jason Earhart. An honorary escort will include members of the Pioneers Sunday School Class at Lindale United Methodist Church.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Lindale United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 3401 Maple Road, Lindale, GA 30147.
The family would like to extend thanks to Omega Hospice Care and to the Physicians and staff at Floyd Medical Center’s 3rd Floor, North, for their compassion and care during Mrs. Desper’s illness.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Judy Easterwood Johnson

Mrs. Judy Easterwood Johnson, age 60, of 48 Pleasant Hope Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Polk County on July 24, 1953, daughter of the late Richard Grady Easterwood and Julie Mae Bowman Beatenbough. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Ray Johnson, and by 2 brothers, John Wesley Easterwood and Larry Easterwood. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and was a member of the Reynolds Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Melissa Holland, and her husband, John R., Lindale, and Mrs. Kathy Riordan, and her husband, Jeremy D., Rome; 4 grandchildren, Kassie Riordan, Harley Riordan, Christopher Holland, and Grace Holland; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ellen Hann, and her husband, Johnny, Rome, Mrs. Rita Mabry, and her husband, Leon, Cedartown, and Mrs. Sharon Stillo, and her husband, Mike, Dallas; 4 brothers, Kenneth Easterwood, and his wife, Kelly, Lindale, Lamar Easterwood, Silver Creek, Billy Easterwood, and his wife, Vickie, Rome, and Larry Wayne Godfrey, and his wife, Vickie, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4pm at the graveside in Pleasant Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Johnny Wayne Hann will officiate.
Mrs. Johnson will be carried to the residence of a daughter, Ms. Kathy Riordan, 6 Clover Street, Rome, where the family will receive friends after 11am on Tuesday, until leaving for the cemetery at 3:30pm on Thursday.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Kathy’s residence on Thursday at 3pm and include: Roy Lee Easterwood, Harley Riordan, Leon Mabry, Matt Otting, Jeremy Riordan, and David Loner.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Eva Mae Proctor

Mrs. Eva Mae Proctor, age 89, of 1797 Pleasant Valley Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.
Mrs. Proctor was born in Bartow County, Georgia on September 16, 1924, daughter of the late Arthur Stephens and the late Della White Stephens. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John W. Proctor, Sr., in 1968. Prior to retirement, she worked for a number of years for Lindale Manufacturing. Mrs. Proctor was a member of the Unity Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School Class for a number of years.
Survivors include four daughters, Eva Jo Willerson, Rome, Sandra Hampton, Lindale, Brenda Lee Forristall, Silver Creek, and Flora Ann Buck, Rome; two sons, J. W. Proctor, Jr., Silver Creek, and Joseph Harold Proctor, Silver Creek; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 11am at the Unity Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry McCullough and the Rev. Harold Ingram officiating. Interment will follow in the Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Unity Baptist Church on Monday from 10am until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Monday at 10:30am and include: Tim Garrett, Eugene Garrett, Chris Fincher, P. J. Frazier, James Gribble, and Chuck Heath.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Lucille Duvall Clark

Mrs. Lucille Duvall Clark, age 95, of Rome, passed away Thursday evening, February 20, 2014, in a local health care facility.
Mrs. Clark was born in Floyd County on January 4, 1919, daughter of the late Arthur Spurgeon Duvall and the late Emma Hardman Duvall. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley West, by 3 sisters, Bonnie Woods, Vivian Warren, and Elene King, and by 2 brothers, Eugene and Harlan Duvall. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a Practical Nurse with Riverview Nursing Home for over 23 years. Mrs. Clark was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Joy Light, Austin, TX; a son, Bob Carter, and his wife, Janice, Dallas, TX; a sister, Mrs. Betty Herndon, and her husband, James, Marietta; 3 brothers, Alvin Duvall, Cave Spring, Roy Duvall, Rome, and Archie Duvall, and his wife, Carol, Rome; several grandchildren and great grandchildren survive, as well a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Barbara Jean “B. J.” Carlstrom

Barbara Jean “B. J.” Carlstrom, age 56, of 6 Sand Creek Drive, Rome, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014, at a local hospital.
Mrs. Carlstrom was born in Rome, Georgia on January 28, 1958, daughter of James Turner Wright and the late Geneva Dobbs Wright. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Faye Bangs. Mrs. Carlstrom was a homemaker and was a member of the Church at Northside.
Survivors include her husband, Dan Carlstrom; a son, Chance Carlstrom, and his wife, Elizabeth, Rome; her father, James T. Wright, Armuchee; a sister, Brenda LuAllen, Rome; a brother, Lamar Wright, Clearwater, FL; a niece, Jennifer Bangs Nelson; a nephew, Kevin LuAllen; a great niece, Skyla LuAllen; a long-time friend, Pat Martin.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Childers officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 3:30pm and include: Dan Carlstrom, Chance Carlstrom, Kevin LuAllen, Ray Murphy, and Jacob Murphy.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Billy Lee Barger

Mr. Billy Lee Barger, age 54, of Rome, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014, at a local hospital.
Mr. Barger was born in Cedartown, GA on May 2, 1959, son of the late Albert and Sarah Timms Barger. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles, and by two grandchildren, Jared Lee Barger and Christine “Sissy” Franks. He was a Handyman by trade, specializing in Garage Door installations. Mr. Barger was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing his guitar, showing off his grandchildren and having fun with life. We will miss him in our daily routine, but his impact on our lives will last forever.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Lyenn Watwood Barger, Rome; three sons, Shane Barger, and his wife, Wendy, Albert Barger, and his wife, Jodie, and Chris Barger, all of Rome; two daughters, Tonya Franks, and her husband, Chris, and Traci Barger, all of Rome; three sisters, Eunice Baker, Brenda Langham and Betty Busby, all of Rome; one brother, Michael Barger, Rome; 18 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Steve Waddell and Rev. Forrest Leachman officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at their residence, 126 Holly Street, S.E., Rome.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday, at 1:30pm and include: Michael Barger, David Bennett, Jimmy Bush, Chris Bush, Jimmy Womack, and David Prater.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tommy Lee Barron Jr

Mr. Tommy Lee Barron, Jr., age 37, 465 County Road 796, Gaylesville, AL, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014.
Mr. Barron was born in Floyd County on June 28, 1976, son of the former Regina Elrod and Tommy Lee Barron, Sr. He was a diesel mechanic and was employed with Valley Diesel in Rising Fawn, GA for several years. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his daughter, Miss Brooklyn Barron, Cedartown; 2 sons, Tommy Lee Barron, III and Elijah Barron, both of Trenton; his mother, Mrs. Regina Montroy, and her husband, Ron, Gaylesville, AL; his father, Tommy Lee Barron, Sr., Rome; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Betty Bishop, Rome; 2 sisters, Ms. Lacey Lockwood, Lindale, and Ms. Christy Barron, VA; a brother, Cody Barron, Rome; a special aunt, Ms. Elizabeth Elrod, Gaylesville, AL; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 11am ET at the graveside in Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Cedar Bluff, AL. The Rev. Jamie Hutcheson and the Rev. Danny Tucker will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday morning from 9 until 10am.
Pallbearers will include Calvin Wingo, Cody Wingo, Michael Beck, and Wayne Beck.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

James Thomas Davis

Mr. James Thomas Davis, age 72, of Rome, passed away at Floyd Medical Center, Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Mr. Davis was born in Sparta, TN on May 03, 1941, son of the late Bransford and Ruby Fraiser Davis. He was also preceded in death by two siblings, Anna May Davis and Larry Paul Davis. Mr. Davis was a U. S. Army, Vietnam War Veteran, was a member of the American Legion Post # 52 and the Mt. Alto Baptist Church. He was a member of Coosa Masonic Lodge # 622 F. & A. M. and the Rome Shrine Club. Mr. Davis was active in the Hillbilly Unit of the Shrine Club, as well as being a regular cook. He was a carpenter by trade working for several local construction companies. Mr. Davis enjoyed fishing, his family and helping those around him.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Patsy Marie Tant Davis, Rome; two sisters, Bema Taylor, Sparta, TN, and Carolyn Jones, and her husband Mike, Sparta, TN; two sisters-in-law, Lee Ann Simpson, and her husband, Scott, Rome, and Annie Jo Turner, and her husband, Fred, Dahlonega; three fishing buddies, Parker Simpson, Conner Simpson and Bill White; numerous nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, with Dr. Frank Wood and the Mr. Phil Patterson officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in Oaknoll Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, on Tuesday from Noon until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at 2702 Garden Lakes Blvd. N. W, Rome, GA 30165.
Flowers will be accepted or the family requests donations be made in his memory to Mt. Alto Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1915 Huffaker NW Rd, Rome, GA 30165.
The will be a called communication of the Coosa Lodge #622 F. & A. M. on Tuesday at 12 noon for the purpose of attending the funeral of Mr. Davis.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, February 21, 2014

. Louise Knight Davi

Mrs. Louise Knight Davis, age 83, of Rome passed away on February 20, 2014.
She was born in Pikeville, Tennessee on January 31, 1931, daughter of the late Ollie Owensby Reeves and the late Louie Knight. She was a member of McFall Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School classes throughout her life influencing many young people. Mrs. Davis was always a witness for the Lord. Even during her last days she was heard witnessing to the staff of Redmond Hospital. She retired from Lindale Manufacturing after 39 years of service as a cloth grader.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Burl Jackson Davis with whom she was married for 49 years and a son, Tommy Jackson Davis.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Gail Kennedy, and her husband, Dale (Brentwood, Tennessee); Donna Marie Wheeler (Rome, Georgia); Six grandchildren, Tommy Kennedy, and his wife, Kelley (Blacksburg, South Carolina); Todd Kennedy, and his wife, Letitia (Mobile, Alabama); Michael Kennedy (New Orleans, Louisiana); Tierra Bragg, and her husband, Jon (Rome, Georgia); Pamela Rush (Hoover, Alabama); Don Rush, and his wife, Samantha (Silver Creek, Georgia); Eight great grandchildren, Jordan Moore (Blacksburg, South Carolina); Raleigh Kennedy (Blacksburg, South Carolina); Chance & Brody Bragg (Rome, Georgia); Mackay and Sidney Rush (Silver Creek, Georgia); Luke and Kirk Kennedy (Mobile, Alabama); two great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Rayford Davenport officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, prior to the service. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a granddaughter, Tierra Bragg, 2896 Pleasant Valley Road, Rome.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 3:30pm and include: Tom, Todd and Michael Kennedy, Don Rush, Brody Bragg, and Tim Conway.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Richard Herbert Fos

Mr. Richard Herbert Foss, III, age 80, of 52 Ridgeview Drive, Silver Creek passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Foss was born in Rome, Georgia on June 20, 1933, son of the late Richard Herbert Foss, Jr. and the late Nellie Josephine Alford Foss. He was a 1951 graduate of Rome High School and attended the University of Georgia off campus college in Rome. Mr. Foss was a veteran of the United States Army where he played tuba in the Army Band at Fort Gordon. He served for over fifty years as Choir Director in various churches in Floyd County and at Second Baptist Church in Rockmart. At time of his retirement, he was serving at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Lindale and was still a member there. Mr. Foss also worked for a number of years as an insurance agent. He was a member of the Cherokee Lodge #66 F.&A.M. and the American Legion Post #136.
Survivors include his wife, the former Thelma Scoggins, to whom he was married on December 22, 1956; a daughter, Miss Mary Nelle Foss, Silver Creek; a sister, Mrs. Jo Ellen Strain, and her husband, Bill, Armuchee; two brothers, Malcolm Foss, Armuchee, and Jim Foss, Armuchee; nine nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2pm at the Park Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Moore and the Rev. Parker Moore officiating and the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.
Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Sunday at 1:30pm and include: Active: Joe Foss, Jim Foss, Will Foss, Mac Foss, and Brett Alexander. Honorary: Deacons of Park Avenue Baptist Church, Willie McGee, Jimmy Alford, Johnny Alford, and Eston Alford.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Lillian Dowies Sassone

Mrs. Lillian Dowies Sassone, age 93, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.
Mrs. Sassone was born in Pitkin, Louisiana on February 3, 1921, daughter of the late Alvah Dowies and the late Corda Trammell Dowies. She was of the Catholic faith. Mrs. Sassone worked for a number of years as a bookkeeper and church secretary. She moved to Rome in 1988 to be closer to her family and became a member of the Wax Homemaker’s Club and the Floyd Homemaker’s Club. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Dominic Sassone, by two sisters, Zelma Bland and Gladys Penninger, and by a brother, Kirby Dowies.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Grace Rush, and her husband, James, Rome; a granddaughter, Cassie Hellriegel, and her husband, Drew, Rome; a brother, D. A. Dowies; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2:30pm at the graveside at Floyd Memory Gardens. The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on Sunday from 1 until 2pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 1:45pm and include: Gary Rush, Don Rush, Barry Turner, Clint Turner, and Drew Hellriegel.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mary Essie Hatch Free

Mrs. Mary Essie Hatch Free, age 91, 211 Sunset Drive, Lindale, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Free was born in Polk County on August 28, 1922, daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Johnson “T. J.” Hatch and the late Mary Della Morris Hatch. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Clifford Free, by 3 sisters, Boots Callaway, Artie Dempsey, and her twin, Jessie Hinton, and by 2 brothers, James and Roy Hatch. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Greenwood Mills as Insurance Coordinator, following over 57 years at the Lindale mill. Mrs. Free was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Lindale, where she was a member of the T. E. L. Sunday School Class, the Triple L. Club, and was active in the W. M. U. and Women’s Ministries.
Survivors include her son, Michael Free, and his wife, Stacie, Rock Spring, GA; 2 grandchildren, Ryan Free, Washington, DC, and Maggie Free Levinge, and her husband, Michael, Decatur, GA; 2 step-grandchildren, Gracie Burns, Rock Spring, GA, and Olivia Cordell, Rock Spring, GA; a brother, Cliff Hatch, and his wife, Frances, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 2pm at the First Baptist Church of Lindale with the Rev. Tim Burnham and the Rev. Gregg Free officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Pallbearers are requested to assemble at the First Baptist Church of Lindale on Friday at 1:30pm and include: Jim Hinton, Wilburn Bevels, Steve Hatch, Mike Southern, William Callaway, and Greg Troutman.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Vera Cooper

Mrs. Vera Cooper, age 77, of Rome, passed away quietly and peacefully, after a long illness, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Pruitt Health Care of Rome.
Mrs. Cooper was born on June 21, 1936, in the Morton’s Bend Community, Rome, daughter of the late William “Buster” Loveless and the late Samantha “Mance” Clemons Loveless. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, William Curtis Cooper, Sr., by a grandson, Chris Meeler, by a brother, Clifford Loveless, and by 3 sisters, Dorothy Carden, Margie Carr, and Winifred Sprinkle.
Vera was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was an avid baseball (Braves) fan, enjoyed music, cooking and loved to dance. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at Rome Tool & Die Company. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Hollywood Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Meeler, Rome; 2 sons, Doug Cooper, Rome, and Curt Cooper, and his wife, Elaine, Armuchee; one loving older sister, Janie Bizub, Snellville, GA; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; a special niece and dear friend, Yevette Kilgo; a sister-in-law and best friend for life, Glenda Shiflett; other nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with Chaplain Don Reed officiating. Private interment will follow later in East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Friday from 12:30pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences. Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Friday at 1:30pm and include: Randy McGill, Greg Yarbrough, Bobby Copeland, Mike Cooper, David Mize, and Scottie Presley.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to the resident’s activity fund at Pruitt Health Care of Rome, 2 Three Mile Road, Rome, GA 30165, or to your favorite charity in Mrs. Cooper’s memory.
The family wishes to thank Vera’s friends and wonderful caregivers at Pruitt Health Care of Rome. Also, many thanks to the exceptional staff of Gentiva Hospice and Transitions Hospice Care for the wonderful care and attention provided to Vera during her extended illness.
Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Hazel Josephine Surrett Pendergrass

Mrs. Hazel Josephine Surrett Pendergrass, age 87, of 505 N. Fifth Avenue, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.
Mrs. Pendergrass was born in Cleburne County, Alabama on February 8, 1927, daughter of the late Willard D. Surrett and the late Mary Josephine Pruitt Surrett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Harvey Pendergrass, by two brothers, Odus Surrett and an infant brother, and by a nephew, Ricky Satcher. Mrs. Pendergrass was a charter member of the McFall Baptist Church and was a long-time member of the Etowah Chapter #30, Order of the Eastern Star. Prior to retirement, she worked for a number of years for Lindale Manufacturing Company. She was a league bowler for a number of years.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Edna Satcher, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Mable McKenzie, Carrollton; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Dewey Atchley officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a sister, Mrs. Edna Satcher, 1-B Shadowood Circle, Silver Creek.
Members of the Etowah Chapter #30, O.E.S. will serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Charles Allen Baker Jr

Mr. Charles Allen Baker, Jr., age 62, 36 Battey Drive, Rome, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at his residence.
Allen was born in Floyd County on August 18, 1951, son of Charles Allen Baker, Sr. and the late Jimmie Nell White Baker, who preceded him in death on August 22, 2009. He was a 1969 graduate of West Rome High School and attended Berry College and Georgia State University. Allen owned and operated Riverside Shoe Shop in Central Plaza with his father, the business the family operated for over 58 years. He was a member of the North Broad Baptist Church.
Survivors include his father, Charles A. Baker, Sr., Rome; a sister, Mrs. Charlene Payne, and her husband, John, Douglasville; a niece and a nephew and their children also survive.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Adam Colston will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 3pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Ann Peacock Moss

Mrs. Ann Peacock Moss, age 77, 3126 Cedartown Highway, Rome, passed away Wednesday evening, February 19, 2014.
Mrs. Moss was born in Floyd County on May 1, 1936, daughter of the late Frank Peacock, Sr. and the late Marjorie Phinizy Peacock. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Moss, Sr., and by a sister, Gretna Poole. Mrs. Moss was employed for a number of years as receptionist with Dr. Tom Moss, Sr., her father-in-law. Later, she was employed with Classy Critters Boarding and Grooming. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lindale.
She was known by her grandchildren and their friends as “Mama Nanny”. Mrs. Moss was a life-long caregiver to her family and friends and always enjoyed life to the fullest and had a smile on her face. She found much joy upon her move to the Renaissance Marquis several years ago. The family would like to thank the staff at the Renaissance Marquis and The Harbor at Renaissance Marquis for their love and care for Mrs. Moss.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Susan Moss Culbreth, and her husband, Jeff, Rome; her son, Robert “Bob” Moss, Jr., Rome; 5 grandchildren, Chad Culbreth, Rome, Brent Culbreth, Atlanta, Ann Marie Culbreth, Rome, Tyler Moss, Rome, and Jack Moss, Rome; a brother, Frank Peacock, Jr., and his wife, Donna, Roswell; nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 12 noon at the graveside in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Tim Burnham will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10am until the procession leaves for the graveside service. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s resident’s fund at The Harbor at Renaissance, 3126 Cedartown Highway, Rome, GA 30161.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Virginia Nesmith Pointer

Mrs. Virginia Nesmith Pointer, age 82, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 11, 2014, in a local nursing facility.

Mrs. Pointer was born in Arab, Alabama on June 13, 1931, daughter of the late Lonnie Nesmith and the late Bessie Michaels Nesmith. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Henry Street Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Edwin Pointer, and by a son, Donnie Pointer.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Pointer, Taylorsville; a sister, Letha Carter, Crossville, AL; 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Michelle Underwood, Stafford, VA, Miss Angie Pointer, Cartersville, and Joshua Pointer, Rome; 3 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 5pm until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of the son, Kenneth Pointer, 25 Green Apple Court, Taylorsville, GA 30178.

The family respectfully request that flowers please be omitted and memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity in Mrs. Pointer’s memory.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Logan Michael Merriman

Mr. Logan Michael Merriman, age 19, 18 Circle Drive, Lindale, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Logan was born in Floyd County on February 27, 1994, son of Michael Edward Merriman and Melissa Ann Wilkins. He was a 2013 graduate of Pepperell High School in Lindale and was employed with High Voltage Prints here in Rome. Logan was an avid musician, playing guitar and drums with several bands in the area since a young age. Most recently, he played guitar with the Dixieland Travelers. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Alice Whelchel.

Survivors include his father, Michael E. Merriman, Rome; his mother, Ms. Melissa Ann Wilkins, Rome; a brother, Tristan James Merriman, Rome; his paternal grandfather, Dexter Whelchel, Lindale; his maternal grandfather, Tim Wilkins, Rome; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Kathy Agan, and her husband, Milford, Alabama.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Eric Whelchel will officiate. Interment services will follow on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 4pm at the graveside in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 2pm until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Emma Lou Chunn Henderson

Mrs. Emma Lou Chunn Henderson, age 93, 3126 Cedartown Highway, Rome, formerly of Eufaula, AL, passed away Friday morning, February 14, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Henderson was born in Uriah, AL on May 15, 1920, daughter of the late Mose Evans Chunn and the late Emma Ella Lambert Chunn. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Benjamin Henderson, Sr. in January, 2003, and by 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Mrs. Henderson was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Eufaula.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Pat Henderson Kelley, Rome; a son, George Benjamin Henderson, Jr., and his wife, Norma Jean, Douglasville; 5 grandchildren, Ken Sisson, and his wife, Cathy, Milton, GA, Clay Sisson, and his wife, Libby, Newton, GA, Ben Sisson, and his wife, Vickie, Silver Creek, GA, Shannon Joy Bellflower, and her husband, John, Biloxi, MS, and Patty Henderson, Woodstock, GA; 7 great grandchildren, Frank and David Sisson, both of Newton, Hannah and Hank Sisson, both of Milton, Zach and Emily Bellflower, both of Biloxi, MS, and Cooper Dean, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Private graveside services will be held in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no flowers or food. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Eufaula, 125 S. Randolph Avenue, Eufaula, AL 36027.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Faye Grant Edwards

Mrs. Faye Grant Edwards, age 85, of Rome, formerly of the Rosemont Park Community, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Edwards was born in Floyd County on March 16, 1928, daughter of the late William J. and Nellie Hawkins Grant. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Nolan Eugene Edwards on February 9, 2001, and by 5 siblings. Mrs. Edwards retired from Lindale Manufacturing Co. following many years at the Lindale mill. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Lindale where she was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class and the Triple L. Club. Mrs. Edwards was also a member of the Redmond Regional Medical Center Cancer Support Group.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Judy Swaim, and her husband, Rodger, Dallas; 2 grandchildren, Mike Blackstock, and his wife, Heather, Rome, and Mrs. Kathy Kellum, and her husband, Jack, Stoneridge, VA; 2 great grandchildren, Cassarah and Nolan Blackstock, Lindale; 3 nieces also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 2pm at the graveside in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Jim Cook will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 12:30pm until the procession leaves for the graveside at approximately 1:30pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective homes.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Aseracare Hospice, 1117 Perimeter Center W., Suite N500, Atlanta, GA 30330.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Angela Lynn “Angie” Worsham

Mrs. Angela Lynn “Angie” Worsham, age 33, of Calhoun, passed away on Saturday, February 08, 2014.

Mrs. Worsham was born in Rome, Georgia on August 21, 1980, daughter of Larry F. Lynch and Sara Mitchell Lynch. She was a 1998 graduate of Armuchee High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Angie was best known for her beautiful voice. She shared her gift at local venues as well as in London, England and Carnegie Hall in NY. While she has left our lives too soon, she has left an impression that will always be remembered fondly.

Survivors include her husband, Regi Worsham, Calhoun; two children, Carleigh Wood and Mitchell Worsham, Calhoun; her parents, Larry F. Lynch and Sara Mitchell Lynch , Rome; sister, Lori Cooper, and her husband, David, Rome; father of her daughter, Chad Wood, Rome; mother-in-law, Carol Dean, Cartersville; several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and loving friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2:00p.m. at the Connect City Church, 1500 Highway 27, Summerville, GA , with Pastor Paul Lynch officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.

The family will receive friends at Connect City Church on Saturday from 12 noon until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be reached at each of their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Angie’s memory to your favorite charity.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the arrangements.

Edward Lee Dollar Sr

Mr. Edward Lee Dollar, Sr., age 83, of 23 Lakeview Drive, Lindale, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Dollar was born in Sand Mountain, Alabama on April 28, 1930, son of the late Ambrous JoCephus Dollar and the late Maudie Leigh Reynolds Dollar. He was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Nellie Grace White, on June 10, 2005. Prior to retirement, Mr. Dollar was the Lead Custodian for the Floyd County Board of Education. He was a member of the Lindale First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Lee Dollar, and his wife, Cindy, Lindale, and Robert Dollar, College Park; a granddaughter, Stephanie Clark, and her husband, Josh, Lindale; two grandsons, Dustin Dollar, and his wife, Stephanie, Lindale, and Justin Dollar, and his wife, Brittany, Ballground.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Mikel Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: Dustin Dollar, Justin Dollar, Josh Clark, Ronnie Sweat, Roger Killian, and David Evans.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Janet Mari Miller

Mrs. Janet Mari Miller, age 46, of 227 Mark Groves Avenue, Lindale, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Miller was born in San Antiono, Texas on April 12, 1967, daughter of Shirley Mallory and Anita Ford Mallory. Prior to her illness, she worked as a cashier at Walmart in Cedartown. Mrs. Miller was a member of the East View Baptist Church in Cedartown.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Roy Miller, to whom she was married on June 14, 1986; 2 daughters, Marla Broadie, and her husband, Joshua, Lindale, and Mallory Wallace, and her husband, James, Shannon; a son, Allen Miller, Cedartown; 2 grandchildren, Braelyn Rose and Waylon Broadie, both of Lindale; her parents, Shirley and Anita Mallory, Cedartown; 3 sisters, Angie Curtis, Kentucky, Sondra Heuther, Cedartown, and Shari Rogers, Cedartown; a brother, David Mallory, Tennessee; nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will conduct a memorial service on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 12 noon at the East View Baptist Church in Cedartown with the Rev. Reginald Campbell and the Rev. Asa Mangham officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday, February 9, 2014, from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Parke Quillian will serve as a pallbearer.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Othella Jones

Mrs. Othella Jones, age 88, of Silver Creek, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Jones was born in Bartow County, Georgia on August 31, 1925, daughter of the late Solomon Cline and the late Mae Smith Cline. She was also preceded in death by her husband, H. Cecil Jones, on February 24, 1991, and by eight siblings, Lillian Cline, Ernest Cline, Ruth Smith, Gladys Wilbanks, Dewey Cline, Ida Forsyth, Aileen Cabe, and Noble Cline. Mrs. Jones was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God. She worked for several years at West Point Pepperell Manufacturing and then later retired from K-Townes Antenna.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Carr, and her husband, Randy, Silver Creek; three sons, Leonard Jones, and his wife, Terry, Silver Creek, Kenneth Jones, Silver Creek, and Roy Jones, and his wife, Kristie, Rome; seven grandchildren, Glenn Jones, Brandy Jones, Leslie Watters, and her husband, Jake, Jennifer Whitaker, and her husband, Jake, Bradley Jones, Crystal Carr, and Jill Carr; 5 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Elgin Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hope Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 6 until 8pm.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 1:30pm and include: Glenn Jones, Bradley Jones, Jake Whitaker, Jake Watters, Austin Norton, and Matt Meyers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 922 East Morris Street, Dalton, GA 30721.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Kathy Ann Lee

Mrs. Kathy Ann Lee, age 53, of Rome, passed away on Monday, February 03, 2014.

Mrs. Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 05, 1960, daughter of the late Jack Donaldson and Ethel Bradley. She was an avid animal lover, rescuing cats and dogs on a regular basis. Mrs. Lee also enjoyed antiquing with her husband. She enjoyed life, family and her friends. We will miss her deeply, but she has left a permanent smile on our hearts.

Survivors include her husband, John Russell “Rusty” Lee, Rome; two step-children, siblings and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her memory either to the Rome Chapter of the Humane Society, 518 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161 or info@rfhs.org; or your local ASPCA shelter.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory has charge of the arrangements.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

George M. Lanier

Former Fire Marshal George M. Lanier, age 73, 628 Elliott Drive, Rome, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Lanier was born in Rome, GA on September 4, 1940, son of the late George Gordon Lanier and the late Doris Atkinson Lanier. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Curtin, and by a brother, David Lanier. Mr. Lanier was a 1959 graduate of East Rome High School in Rome. Upon graduation, he began his service in the United States Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge in 1963, he began his career as a Firefighter with the Rome Fire Department. In July 1965, he was promoted to Fire Safety Officer in Rome and Floyd County and held that position until leaving to join the State Fire Marshal’s Office in February, 1967, as an Inspector for Northwest Georgia. While with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, he served in various positions including Inspector, Field Supervisor, Chief of Operations, Fire Safety Coordinator, and Assistant State Fire Marshal. In 1975, he left his employment with the State to become Rome and Floyd County’s first Fire Marshal. Upon his retirement in April, 2002, he rejoined the State Fire Marshal’s Office as Fire Safety Compliance Officer, the position he held for over 11 years.

Mr. Lanier was a member of the National Fire Protection Association, of which he was granted lifetime status in 2012. He was a member of the Education Section of the NFPA and the International Fire Marshal’s Association, and served for 16 years on the NFPA Southern Region Fire Codes Development Committee. He was also a member of the Georgia Fire Inspector’s Association, serving as President in 1978-79, was a member of the North Georgia Code Official’s Association, and was a government member of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. Mr. Lanier was a retired active member of the Georgia State Firefighter’s Association. He was a member of the South Broad United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Diane Parrish, to whom he was married in 1995; a daughter, Ms. Katherine Elizabeth Coker, Rome; a son, Phillip Loron Lanier, and his wife, Kelly, Rome; a step-daughter, Mrs. Megan Callaghan, and her husband, Chris, Rome; a step-son, William Arthur Bragg, IV, and his wife, Jessica, Atlanta; a brother, Pastor Steve Lanier, and his wife, Sherry, Jackson, MS; several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel with his brother, Pastor Steve Lanier officiating. Eulogies will also be given by the District Supervisor of the State Fire Marshal’s office, Judson Mobbs and by Georgia State Fire Marshal Dewayne Gariss.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel on Saturday from 12:30pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd, P. O. Box 163, Rome, GA 30162-0163, or to the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation, 2575 Chantilly Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Lila Carroll Stansell

Mrs. Lila Carroll Stansell, age 89, of Ormond Beach, Florida, left this world to be with Jesus on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Lila was born in Floyd County, Georgia on May 9, 1924, daughter of the late Horace G. Carroll and the late Jennie Lloyd Carroll. She was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Lila graduated from McHenry High School. She and her husband, H. F. Stansell, moved to Florida in 1963 where she retired from AT&T after 37 years of service. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, H. F. Stansell; a sister, Mrs. Iris Chapman, Port Orange, FL; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends will visit at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday February 8, 2014, from 10:30am until 11am, at which time they will process to Wax Cemetery for graveside services. The Rev. Mark Huckaby will officiate.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mattie Belle Loveless

Mrs. Mattie Belle Loveless, age 81, of Coosa, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Loveless was born in Floyd County, Georgia on December 25, 1932, daughter of the late Bessie Lee Kerr Camp and the late James Edgar Camp. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Blaze Culpepper, and by 6 siblings, Annis Baker, Syble Williams, Verna Lou Preskitt, Romye Camp, J. W. Camp, and Wallace Camp. Ms. Belle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a faithful member of the Pisgah Baptist Church where she served as the Chairman of the Hospitality Committee and was a member of the Golden Girls Sunday School Class.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Loveless, to whom she was married on July 1, 1952; 4 daughters, Mrs. Jean (Ken) Cornelison, Rome, Mrs. Jane (David) Elliott, Rome, Mrs. Debra (Jeff) Story, Armuchee, and Mrs. Melinda (Mark) Rayburn, Rome; 5 grandchildren, Ashley (B. J.) Burris, Luke (Sarah) Martin, Trent Rayburn, Heather Rayburn, and Madison Martin; a great granddaughter, Emma Belle Burris; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 12:30pm at the Pisgah Baptist Church with her Pastor, Dr. Jerry Dudley, officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the Pisgah Baptist Church on Friday from 11am until the service time.

Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Patsy Ann Streetman Pegg

Mrs. Patsy Ann Streetman Pegg, age 50, 9660 County Road 29, Centre, AL, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Pegg was born in Atlanta, GA on July 31, 1963, daughter of the late Harvey Ray Streetman and the late Joann Yarbrough Streetman. She was also preceded in death by a daughter and grandchild, Catherine Moore and Baby Joe Moore. Mrs. Pegg was employed for several years with M. R. I. in Cartersville and was a member of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Aragon. She enjoyed canning, camping, gardening, and playing with her grandchildren and will always be remembered for her “laugh”.

Survivors include her husband, William Riley “Bill” Pegg, Centre, AL; a son, Joseph Moore, Silver Creek; 2 grandchildren, Landon and Ryleigh Moore, both of Rockmart; 4 step-daughters, Michelle Williams, Rome, Stephanie Surratt, Silver Creek, Jennifer Smith, and her husband, Jody, Ashland, AL, and Julie Pegg, Colorado; 3 step-sons, Michael Pegg, and his wife, Sherry, Cedartown, Billy Pegg, Silver Creek, and Christopher Pegg, Colorado; a sister, Ms. Patricia Jackson, Aragon; 4 brothers, Jack Streetman, and his wife, Robbie, Rockmart, Mack Streetman, Cedartown, Randy Streetman, and his wife, Tammy, Silver Creek, and Rev. Ricky Yarbrough, and his wife, Betty, Rockmart; 26 step-grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Archie Streetman and her brother, the Rev. Ricky Yarbrough officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Forsyth officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a brother, Randy Streetman, 154 Daryl Road, Silver Creek.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday at 10:30am and include: Jack Streetman, Mack Streetman, Randy Streetman, Joseph Moore, Jerry Sewell, Shane Streetman, Billy Pegg, and Michael Pegg.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Marvin Franklin Free

Mr. Marvin Franklin Free, age 66, 221 Dennis Avenue, Browns Mill, NJ, passed away Saturday morning, February 1, 2014.

Mr. Free was born in Habersham County, GA on December 10, 1947, son of the late John Bartley Free and the late Willene Masters Free. Mr. Free was a graduate of Model High School Class of 1966 and attended Coosa Valley Technical College prior to enlisting in the military. Master Sgt. Free retired form the United States Air Force following 2 enlistments totaling over 20 years of service. He served during the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War, Desert Storm. In between enlistments in the Air Force, Mr. Free worked for Georgia Power. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was employed in security for several years. He attended the Columbus Baptist Church in New Jersey.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Ms. Linda M. Free, and her fiance, Alfred Farrell, Highlands, NJ, and Ms. Melissa K. Free, East Windsor, NJ; a grandson, Briar Farrell, Highlands, NJ; 3 brothers, Verner Free, Lawrenceville, Timothy Free, Rome, and John Kelly Free, Miami, FL; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 11am at the Sherwood Forest Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Christie officiating. Interment will follow at 2pm at Georgia National Cemetery with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.

The family will receive friends at Sherwood Forest Baptist Church on Friday from 10am until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Sherwood Forest Baptist Church, 1 Goodman Road, Rome, GA 30161.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mary Bess Gable

Mrs. Mary Bess Gable, age 98, of Rome, formerly of Lindale, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Gable was born in Plainville, GA on July 25, 1915, daughter of the late William and Linnie Lanham Gaston. She was also preceded in death by her husband, J. P. Gable in 1985, and by 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Mrs. Gable retired from West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Co. in Lindale following over 35 years of employment. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lindale where she was a member of the T. E. L. Sunday School Class and the “Joyful Hearts” Senior Adult Choir.

Survivors include 2 sons, Kenneth Gable, and his wife, Dora, Bremen, and Barry Gable, and his wife, Julie, Lindale; 3 grandchildren, Cal and Ethan Gable, both of Bremen, and Jenna Gable, Lindale; 2 great grandchildren, Paige and Katie Gable, both of Bremen; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with her Pastor, the Rev. Tim Burnham, officiating and with Mrs. Bettie Mull and Mr. Skip Fowler delivering eulogies. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 12 noon until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearers will include the following gentlemen: Jack Gaston, Phillip Gaston, Greg Gaston, Cal Gable, Ethan Gable, Mike Baird and John Baird. An honorary escort will include members of the T. E. L. Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Lindale. All are requested to assemble at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1:30pm.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Lindale, P. O. Box 26, Lindale, GA 30147.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

William Olen Barnes

Mr. William Olen Barnes, age 82, of 9 Mahogany Street, NE, Rome, passed away Saturday evening, February 1, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Polk County on January 17, 1932, son of the late Oscar Olen Barnes and the late Josie Duncan Barnes. He was a carpenter and was retired from the Floyd County Board of Education after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U. S. Army. He was a member and Deacon of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church and the Shannon Masonic Lodge #100, F. & A. M. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Luellen, by a son, Rev. David L. Barnes, and by 2 sisters, Irene Parker and Lillie Hopkins.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ophelia Oakes, to whom he was married on November 17, 1951; 3 daughters, Brenda Blackmon, Rome, Janice Churchill, and her husband, Ed, Rome, and Linda Lackey, Bellview, FL; 2 sons, Jerry Barnes, and his wife Judy, Rome, and W. D. Barnes, and his wife, Stacie, Rome; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter also survives.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 2pm from the graveside in Rome Memorial Park with the Rev. Mike Davenport officiating. Masonic graveside rites will be provided by the Shannon Masonic Lodge # 100 F. & A. M. and military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Tuesday from 12noon until time to depart for the graveside service. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 1:15pm and include: Jerry Barnes, W.D. Barnes, Ed Churchill, Tom Burnett, Steven Barnes, and Bobby Winston.

The family request that flowers please be omitted and memorial contributions be made to the Rome Shrine Club, P.O. Box 1544, Rome, GA 30162-1544, or to the Georgia Chapter of the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite #1, Marietta, GA 30067.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Annelle Bruner

Mrs. Annelle Bruner, age 98, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother and friend to many, peacefully passed away Thursday January 30 at her home at Winthrop Court.

She was born July 10, 1915 in Habersham County, Ga, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Born and Barbara Ann Fry Born. She was married to Wilburn Edward ‘Bill’ Bruner on November 11, 1933. She was preceded in death by her husband, a grandson W.C. ‘Charlie’ Johns, a sister Mrs. Connie Dodd, and two brothers, Thomas Born and Charles Born.

She is survived by her daughters Barbara Ann Bruner Davis (Johnny) and Carolyn Bruner Johns (husband late Cecil Johns), grandchildren Thomas E. Johns (Linda), Carol Ann Hadaway (Robert), Lisa Odom (Jeff) and Alison Dillen. Great-grandchildren Andrew T. Johns (Jessica), Adam S. Johns, Brenda McDonald, Anna Rose Dillen, Amanda E. Johns, Alex J. Hadaway, Tyler L. Johns and a great-great-grandchild Harper Johns. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Bruner graduated from the 9th district A&M School, Clarkesville, Ga. She was a buyer and supervisor at Miller Bros. Co. in Rome for many years. She helped form the Ga. Power women’s club in 1952 which later changed to Women of Georgia Power. She was a Gray Lady at Floyd Hospital. She was also member of the Georgia Power Ambassadors.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rome for over 50 years, a long time member of the Daniel Class and later member of Fidelis Class.

The family would like to express their appreciation to all the loving staff and caregivers at Winthrop Court. She resided at Winthrop for 6 ½ years and enjoyed living there. She particularly enjoyed the twice weekly bingo games, the music guests, church services, social activities, and times of sharing with other residents. A special thanks to her personal caregivers Jane McCool, Billie Wingate, and Carole Ann Hadaway, hair-dresser Diane Melton, and Pam, Patricia, and Dana of Hyman Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday February 1st, 2014 at Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home chapel, with Dr. Floyd Roebuck officiating. Internment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM at Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue, Rome GA, 30165. Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to The Activity Department, Winthrop Court, 10 Hwy. 411 E, Rome, Ga., 30161.

Please visit our website at www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guestbook. Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Leona Elizabeth Crabbe Locklear

Mrs. Leona Elizabeth Crabbe Locklear, age 97, of Rome, formerly of the Rosemont Park Community, passed away Wednesday evening, January 29, 2014, in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Locklear was born in Polk County on September 28, 1916, daughter of the late William Burton Crabbe and the late Mary Ann Wallace Crabbe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Hamilton “Abe” Locklear on November 19, 1997, and by all of her brothers and sisters. Mrs. Locklear retired from West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Co. in Lindale following 25 years of employment. She was a founding member of Hollywood Baptist Church and was a member of the Joy Class at Hollywood Baptist Church.

Mrs. Locklear is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. Her Pastor, the Rev. David Harper and the Rev. Rayford Davenport will officiate. Private interment will follow later in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday morning from 10am until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hollywood Baptist Church, 112 Lombardy Way, Rome, GA 30161.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Willene Masters Free

Mrs. Willene Masters Free, age 88, of 18 Parkwood Circle, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Free was born in Habersham County, Georgia on June 9, 1925, daughter of the late John Marvin Masters and the late Alice English Masters. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Bartley Free, on February 25, 1975, and by a brother, Eugene Masters. She was a charter member of Sherwood Forrest Baptist Church. Prior to retirement, she worked as a bookkeeper at J Supply Company.

Survivors include 4 sons, Verner H. Free, Lawrenceville, Marvin F. Free, Columbus, NJ, Timothy Free, Rome, and John Kelly Free, Miami, FL; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 3pm at the Sherwood Forest Baptist Church with Dr. Talmadge Barnes and the Rev. Tony Christie officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Sherwood Forest Baptist Church on Saturday from 2pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Men of Sherwood Forest Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers and are asked to assemble at the church on Saturday at 2:30pm.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Charles Ernest Burchfield Jr

Mr. Charles Ernest Burchfield, Jr., age 84, passed away January 27, 2013 in a local hospital following a brief illness.

Mr. Burchfield was born in Rome on January 18, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents, Callie Tredaway Burchfield and Charles Ernest Burchfield, Sr., by a brother, Sterling Burchfield, by his sister and brother-in-law, Carol Burchfield Smith and Ralph H. Smith, Sr., by a nephew, Ralph H. Smith, Jr., and by a grand nephew Kevin Godfrey. He is survived by three nieces, four grand nieces, six grand nephews, and eight cousins.

Mr. Burchfield was a member of West Rome Baptist Church. He was retired from Fairbanks and the City of Rome. He attended Darlington and Rome High Schools.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Georgia Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga. 30346.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.

Glenn Arthur Clark

Mr. Glenn Arthur Clark, age 65, 25 Beech Street, Rome, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014, in a local hospital.

Mr. Clark was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 12, 1948, son of the late William and Juanita DeClue Clark. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Donna Clark, and by a brother, Ervin Sansoucie. S-Sgt. Clark served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War. He retired following 29 year of service to our country. Following his military service, he was employed for many years with the State of Georgia Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer, prior to his retirement. He received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University and was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, the former Shirley Jones, to whom he was married on June 23, 1973; a daughter, Mrs. Sherri McWhorter, and her husband, Patrick, Rome; a son, Bryan Clark, and his wife, Stacy, Rome; 4 grandchildren, Will Clark, Hannah Clark, Sarah Clark, and Molly McWhorter, all of Rome; 3 sisters, Belinda Ache, Missouri, Mary Gilpatrick, Texas, and Virginia Lavanquire, Washington; 2 brothers, Dennis Clark, Texas, and James Clark, Missouri; nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Clark will be cremated with no formal services planned. The family may be contacted at each of their respective homes.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Judy Caroline “Carol” Dempsey

Judy Caroline “Carol” Dempsey, age 62, of Cave Spring, passed away on Sunday January 26, 2014, at her residence.

Ms. Dempsey was born in Rome on May 17, 1951, daughter of the late Albert Dempsey and Jewell Hollis Dempsey. She was also preceded in death by three siblings, Kathy, Christopher and Carl Dempsey. Ms. Dempsey was employed as a Draftsman for Williams, Sweitzer and Barnum. She had soft heart and was a ray of sunshine to all who knew her best. We will miss her, but remember her in our hearts.

Survivors include her two nephews, Scott Dempsey, Lindale, and Robert Dempsey, Rome; special friend, Kevin Snyder, Cave Spring; friends and extended family also survive.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory has charge of the arrangements.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Nancy Lois Freeman Callan

Mrs. Nancy Lois Freeman Callan, age 67, of 9 Ridge Drive, Rome, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Callan was born in Rome, Georgia on August 10, 1946, daughter of the late Lillian Aileen Mize Freeman and the late Donald Howard Freeman. She was a member of the Rome Church of Christ. Mrs. Callan worked for Marglen Industries for a number of years and later worked as a Cafeteria Worker for the Rome City Schools until her retirement.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Alexander “Tommy” Callan, to whom she was married on November 9, 1979; a daughter, Mrs. Heather Howell, and her husband, Kevin, Rome; 2 sons, Jonathan Nicholson, Rome, and Thomas P. Callan, Rome; 2 grandchildren, Bailey Howell, Rome, and Garrett Howell, Rome; a sister, Ms. Donna Waters, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 11am at the Rome Church of Christ with Minister David O’Connell and Minister Steve Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 3 until 5pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Monday at 10:30am and include: Harvey Chapman, Bill Callan, Will Callan, Jack Callan, Brian Waters, and Kevin Howell.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jeffery Lane “Low Rider” Matthews

Mr. Jeffery Lane “Low Rider” Matthews, age 47, of 23 High Bluff Road, Rome, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014, in Rome.

Mr. Matthews was born in Rome, Georgia on September 16, 1966, son of Nolan Matthews and Mable Burnette Matthews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shannon Locklear. Mr. Matthews was a member of the Blue Pond Baptist Church and worked for a number of years as home renovator and was currently working for Jayco in Cartersville.

Survivors include his parents, Nolan and Mable Matthews, Rome; his companion of 12 years, Beverly Bryant, Rome; a son, Jeffery Lane Matthews, Jr., and his wife, Brittany, Rome; two daughters, Brittany Cheatwood, and her husband, Steve, Shannon, and Timberly Matthews, Rome; 5 grandchildren, Madelynn & Bella Matthews and Faith, Heaven & Chance Cheatwood; 5 step-grandchildren, Angel Cheatwood, Lilly & Belle Bryant, Addison Selman, and Emma Teems; three sisters, Angela Matthews DuBois, and her husband, Bryan, Rome, Linda Matthews Nolan, and her husband, Dennis, Rome, and Leesa Matthews, and her companion, Tim Roberts, Rome; a brother, David Matthews, and his wife, Joyce, Rome; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 2pm at the Blue Pond Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Murphy officiating, and his sister, Linda Nolan, delivering a eulogy. Interment will follow in the Blue Pond Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Herman Stamey officiating. Mr. Matthews will be carried to the church on Sunday to lie instate from 1pm until the service time.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of his parents, 3284-A Kingston Highway, Rome.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Sunday at 1:30pm and include: Active: Gary Burnette, Chris Ashley, Steve Cheatwood, James Duncan, Roy Murphy, Dennis Nolan, and Chalmon “Bubba” Bryant. Honorary: Jack Roberson, Steve Roberson, and Lamar Davis.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Frances Katherine Mathis Dotson

Mrs. Frances Katherine Mathis Dotson, age 93, of 180 Woodrow Wilson Way, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Dotson was born in Rome, Georgia on April 6, 1920, daughter of the late Dean Mathis and the late Olivia Dougherty Mathis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arvel Dotson, on November 3, 1990, by a step-son, Arvel Jack Dotson, by a sister, Mrs. Opal Carver, and by three brothers, Hugh Mathis, Grady Mathis, and James Mathis. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Dotson worked as a Data Processing Coordinator for Avon in Dunwoody for 30 years. She was a resident of the Metro Atlanta area for a number of years prior to moving back to Rome in 2007. She was a former member of the North Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta and was currently a member of the Dykes Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Dotson was a Member Emeritus of the Chamblee Chapter #362 O. E. S.

Survivors include a step-son, Thomas D. Dotson, and his wife, Pam, Cumming; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Ford, and her husband, Bill, Rome; a special aunt, Mrs. Virginia Connell, Lindale; five grandchildren; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 12 noon at the graveside at North Atlanta Memorial Park in Dunwoody. The Rev. Bill Kelley will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of Bill & Barbara Ford, 129 Canard Road, SE, Rome.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Brody Brian Easterwood

Our special little angel, Brody Brian Easterwood, was born into Heaven on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Brody is survived by his parents, Carla Roaderick and Brian Easterwood; grandparents, Brenda Albright, Carland Roaderick, Toni Easterwood, Keith Easterwood, and Amy Waters; great grandparents, Nelli Johnson, Claire Roaderick, Cathleen and Tony Minter, and Martha and Jerry Easterwood; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Brody was preceded in death by great grandfathers, Clyde Potts and Walter Roaderick. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Bradshaw and all the nurses at Floyd Medical Center. Our little angel will be loved and missed on his journey to Heaven.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 2pm at the Lindale Cemetery.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

David Lee Cooper

Mr. David Lee Cooper, age 66, 16 Whispering Pines Road, Rome, passed away Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Cooper was born in Floyd County on November 12, 1947, son of the late Hiram Willard Cooper and the late Vera Frances Dial Cooper. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gary Cooper. Following a number of years of employment with Coca-Cola, Seven Hill Transportation, and Wheeler’s, Mr. Cooper retired from Ruan Transportation in Cedartown. He was a member of the New Canaan Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Faye Gresham, to whom he was married on June 12, 1965; 2 daughters, Mrs. Stacey Leigh Waters, and her husband, Todd, Rome, and Ms. Tamala Renee Cooper, Rome; a son, David Brian Cooper, and his wife, Beth, Rome; 2 sisters, Mrs. Nelda McDonald, Lindale, and Mrs. Sheila Mason, Cartersville; 2 brothers, Bobby Cooper and Ricky Cooper, both of Rome; 10 grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014, at 11am at the Dykes Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Mikel Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Thursday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at the Dykes Creek Baptist Church on Friday at 10:30am and include: Brian Cooper, Chris Smith, Todd Waters, Melvin Smith, Dawson Cooper, Allen Ashley, Bradley Cooper, and Tim Mason.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Roy Thomas Lorrens

Roy Thomas Lorrens, age 81, of 670 Thomas Bluff Rd., Rome, died Wednesday in a Rome medical center. He was retired from H.W. Trucking Co. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Parnick Jennings. Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Opal Mahan Lankford

Mrs. Opal Mahan Lankford, age 77, of 2904 Kingston Rd., the Dykes Community, wife of Carley Langford died Tuesday in a Rome medical center following a 4 year courageous battle with health issues.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Saturday in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Rev.Mikel Garret and Mr. Steve Elliott officiating. Interment will be in Floyd Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm Friday at Good Shepherd.

Please visit our website www.goodshephewrdfh.net to post tributes.

Gwendolyn Erin Hall

Gwendolyn Erin Hall, age 66, of Rome passed away Tuesday morning in a local hospital.

Memorial services will be conducted at 6 P.M. Thursday January 23, 2014 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 until 6 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

A complete announcement will be made later by Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, who is serving the family of Gwendolyn Erin Hall.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Loida Faye Terry Welch “Granny“

Mrs. Loida Faye Terry Welch “Granny“, age 83, of 4975 Alabama Highway, Rome, passed away Monday January 20, 2014, in a Rome Medical Center after a long illness.

Mrs. Welch was born in Floyd County, May 31, 1930, she was retired from West Point Pepperll after 47 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Garner Welch, parents, Alma Lenora Manders Terry, May 10, 1954, Charles Francis Terry, Sr. March 26, 1959. Brothers, Charles Francis Terry Jr. May 31, 1989, James Leroy Terry, March 1992, Johnny Franklin Terry, May 8, 1998.

Mrs. Welch is survived by four children, Sandra Karen Gilreath, Rome; Gary Steven Welch, Rome; Vicki Diane Phillips, Rome, David Wayne Welch, Rome, four grandchildren, Rachel (Harland) Gilreath Salmon, Rome; Patches (Chris) Rich, Rome; Misty Gilreath, Rome, and Stephanie Welch. Seven great grandchildren, Bryan Mazzo, Rome; Quinton Drake Gilreath, Rome; Alexis Delynn Pledger, Lindale; Legend Storm Pledger, Cave Spring; Mandy Faye Salmon, Rome; Jacob Riley Salmon, Rome;’ Christopher Jayden Rich, Rome; Mrs. Welch’s beloved sister, Annie Grace Terry, Rome; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday January 23, 2014 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Walter Vasser officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:30 P.M. until the funeral hour on Thursday, at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 3016.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Chris Rich, Hunter Smith, Chris Womack, Tim Allen, Gerald Pope, and Sam Arthur.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Shirley Faye White Dotson

Mrs. Shirley Faye White Dotson, age 53, of Rome passed away Sunday January 19, 2014 in a Rome Medical Center.

Mrs. Dotson was born October 19, 1960 in Floyd County a daughter of the late Robert White, and Willie Mae Brown White. She was a member of East View Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother and sister in law, William and Laverne White.

Survivors include her husband, George Dotson, daughters, Misty (Craig) Fortune, Silver Creek; Jessica (Leland) Lynch, Calhoun; sisters, Lynda ( McElroy, Chinagrove, NC; Pat ( Ron) Bailey, Toney, Al; Peggy (Larry) Jarrell, Douglasville; Vicky ( Winford) Bary, Armuchee; Marie (Jay) Harbin, Rome; brother, Ronnie (Tammy) White, Armuchee; grandchildren, Charles Smith, Cooper Smith, Anita Fortune, Samantha Smith, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ricky Studdard and Rev. Scott Lambert, officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday January 21, 2014, at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life Mrs. Shirley Faye White Dotson.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165 has charge of arrangements.

Gwendolyn Erin Hall

Gwendolyn Erin Hall, age 66, of Rome passed away Tuesday morning in a local hospital.

Memorial services will be conducted at 6 P.M. Thursday January 23, 2014 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 until 6 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

A complete announcement will be made later by Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, who is serving the family of Gwendolyn Erin Hall.

Opal Mahan Langford

Mrs. Opal Mahan Langford, 2904 Kingston Rd., wife of Carley Langford, died Tuesday evening in a Rome hospital following a bravely fought lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Parnick Jennings,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Thomas Franklin “Tommy “ Dobson

Mr. Thomas Franklin “Tommy “ Dobson, age 80 of Rome passed away Tuesday morning January 21, 2013 in a local health care center.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 Friday, January 24, in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home . Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 1 until 2:30 at the funeral home. Please visit our webpage www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes and share memories.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Thomas Franklin “Tommy” Dobson.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sarah Bell Stamper

Mrs. Sarah Bell Stamper, age 81 of Calhoun, passed away Friday January 17, 2014, at her residence.

Survivors include her grandson, Adam (Tonya) Vondenberger, great grandchildren, Porsche Jones, Nikki Tidwell, Fancy Brewer, T.J. Tidwell, Victoria Champion, Gracie Pointer, Bubba Pointer, Braxton Pointer, and Terry Tidwell.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jackie Vondenberger, parents, Rogers and Easter Stamper, sister, Levisa Stamper.

Services will be held at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday January 22, 2014, at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, Dr. Rodger Whorton, officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the service hour on Wednesday.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book, and view the DVD on the life of Mrs. Sarah Bell Stamper.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165 has charge of arrangements.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Edna Mae Battle

Mrs. Edna Mae Battle, age 90, of 3209 Martha Berry Highway, Rome, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Battle was born in Gordon County, Georgia on May 20, 1923, daughter of the late John Melvin Blankenship and the late Sarah “Sadie” Autry Blankenship. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Miriam Blankenship, and by 3 brothers, Raymond Blankenship, Randall Blankenship, and Melvin Blankenship. Mrs. Battle was a member of the Plainville United Methodist Church. She worked for Battey State Hospital during World War II and prior to retirement, she worked for Floyd County as the Director of the Indigent Care Program.

Survivors include her husband, James Harry Battle, to whom she was married on February 14, 1953; a son Dallas Battle, and his wife, Sherry, Armuchee; 3 grandchildren, Jeremy Battle, Summerville, Matt Battle, Armuchee, and Audrey Battle, West Haven, Utah; 2 step-grandchildren, Dana Kelley, Rockmart and Thomas Abrams, Atlanta; 4 great grandchildren, Kinsey Battle, Bailey Battle, and Briley Battle, all of Summerville, and Mary Battle, Armuchee.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 2pm at the graveside at Morning View Cemetery. The Rev. Carl Alexander will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Monday from 11:30am until 1:30pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Monday at 1pm and include: Dallas Battle, Jeremy Battle, Matt Battle, Thomas Abrams, Bob Cochran, and David Archer.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Howard Samuel Millsap

Mr. Howard Samuel Millsap, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mr. Millsap was born in Adairsville on February 7, 1944, son of the late John Henry Millsap and Grace Evelyn Jackson Millsap. He was of the Baptist Faith and worked for Church Chair as a machine operator. We will always cherish the fond memories of happy times we spent with him.

Survivors include his three children, Penny Peoples, and her companion, Bobby Newberry, Wayne Millsap, and Michael Millsap all of Shannon; two sisters, Dot Davis, and her husband, Charles, Ball Ground, and Lucile Taylor, and her husband, Joe, New Orleans; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00p.m. at Coosa Valley Praise and Worship, with Reverend Steve Kelly officiating.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel & Crematory, makes this announcement for the family.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Howard Samuel Millsap

Mr. Howard Samuel Millsap, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mr. Millsap was born in Adairsville on February 07, 1944, son of the late John Henry Millsap and Grace Evelyn Jackson Millsap. He was of the Baptist Faith and worked for Church Chair as a machine operator. We will always cherish the fond memories of happy times we spent with him.

Survivors include his three children, Penny Peoples, and her companion, Bobby Newberry, Wayne Millsap, and Michael Millsap all of Shannon; two sisters, Dot Davis, and her husband, Charles, Ball Ground, and Lucile Taylor, and her husband, Joe, New Orleans; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00p.m. at Coosa Valley Praise and Worship, with Reverend Steve Kelly officiating.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel & Crematory, makes this announcement for the family.

Gus Edward “Jack” Howren

Mr. Gus Edward “Jack” Howren, age 80, of Freeport, Fl, formerly of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, in Florida.

Mr. Howren was born in Rome, Georgia on November 1, 1933, son of the late William Edward Howren and the late Alice Gilmore Howren. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Gresham Howren, his second wife, Barbara Ann Little Howren, on November 8, 2007, and by a brother, Jerry Howren. Mr. Howren was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. Prior to retirement, he worked for a number of years at Kellogg’s.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lynn Davis, and her husband, Clint, Rome; a son, Thomas Mike Caldwell, and his wife, Donna, Mary Esther, FL; 2 grandchildren; 2 great grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Mary Adams, and her husband, Howard, Rome; a brother, James “Slugger” Howren, and his wife, Barbara, Rome; special friend, Littie Mobley, Defuniak Springs, FL; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Sunday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Harvel Daniel Johnson

Mr. Harvel Daniel Johnson, age 73, 23 Atkins Drive, SE, Rome, passed away Wednesday morning, January 15, 2014, in a local hospital.

Mr. Johnson was born in Piedmont, AL on November 18, 1940, son of the late Grifford D. and Lillie Dempsey Johnson. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Martin and Joe Johnson. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Lowe’s here in Rome for over 11 years. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his faithful and loving wife, the former Mary Nell Farmer, to whom he was married on November 24, 1962; 2 daughters, Mrs. Lorrie Bunch, and her husband, Kris, Calhoun, and Ms. Tracy Johnson, Rome; 2 grandsons, Aric and Michael Bunch, both of Calhoun; 3 sisters, Mrs. Jean Atkins, and her husband, Paul, Rome, Mrs. Linda Newberry, and her husband, Vernon, Lindale, and Mrs. Debra Rochester, and her husband, Danny, Centre, AL; a brother, Gary Ray Johnson, and his wife, Teresa, Rome; a brother-in-law, Charles Farmer, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Brent Thompson officiating and with his brother, Gary Ray Johnson delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 12 noon until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: George Osborne, Wayne Brumbelow, David Price, Phillip Atkins, Scott Johnson, Roy Matthews, Chris Mooney, and Dewayne Johnson.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Edna Gresham Tudor

Mrs. Edna Gresham Tudor, age 70, of 401 Blackwood Terrace, Calhoun, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Tudor was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on March 5, 1943, daughter of the late Lee Gresham and the late Margie Kelley Gresham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Lee Tudor, Jr., in 1985. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening. She also loved going to the lake. She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Mrs. Tudor loved life and especially her family. She was a very loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Debbie Davis, and her husband, Ricky, Rome, Mrs. Tammy Ozment, and her husband, Mike, Armuchee, and Ms. Christy Mayhall, Centre, AL; her faithful companion, Rex Meadows, Calhoun; 6 grandchildren, Ben Ozment, and his girlfriend, Holly, Justin Davis, and his girlfriend, Hannah, Jamey Davis, Star Ozment, Taylor Harris, and Luke Mayhall; 1 great granddaughter, Jenna Ozment; a sister, Mrs. Shirley Healan, Summerville; 3 brothers, Romie Gresham, Summerville, Rick Gresham, Rome, and Glen Gresham, Rome; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Jody Brock officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Saturday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a daughter, Debbie Davis, 4283 Old Dalton Road, Rome.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: Ricky Davis, Mike Ozment, Ben Ozment, Justin Davis, Jamey Davis, Jeremy Gresham, and Luke Mayhall.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Clarence Gilbert Davenport

Mr. Clarence Gilbert Davenport, age 81, 16 Miami Drive, Rome, passed away Monday evening, January 13, 2014, in a local hospital.

Mr. Davenport was born in Silver Creek on March 18, 1932, son of the late Thomas Gilbert Davenport and the late Katie Elizabeth Davenport. He was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Rosa Virginia Mixon on January 8, 2012, by a sister, Catherine Sutherland, and by a brother, Rev. Harrison Davenport. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Davenport was employed with Carolina Freight Lines for 34 years. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Tina Hayes, and her husband, Gary, Lake Wales, FL, Mrs. Charlene Weeks, and her husband, Scott, Carrollton, and Ms. Linda Faye Davenport, Rome; 2 sons, Tony Davenport, and his wife, Amy, Taylor, Michigan, and Rev. Mike Davenport, and his wife, Mary, Rome; 2 brothers, Rev. Rayford Davenport, Rome, and Tommy Davenport, Rome; 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Billy Chambers and the Rev. Bradford Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a son, Rev. Michael Davenport, 15 Miami Drive, Rome.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday at 1:30pm and include: Jeff Franks, Danny Franks, Kenneth Davenport, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Johnson, and Chad Owens.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Alton Arnold Haney

Mr. Alton Arnold Haney, age 84, 2574 Old Cedartown Road, Lindale, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014, in a local hospital.

Mr. Haney was born in Floyd County on September 7, 1929, son of the late Paul and Stella Silver Haney. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Mark, Donald, and Buford Haney. Mr. Haney was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Transportation Corps during the Korean War from 1947 until 1949. A certified machinist by trade, he was employed with Georgia Kraft, Rome Tool & Die and prior to his retirement, with Inland-Rome. Mr. Haney was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and the American Legion Post # 136 in Lindale. He was formerly active at the Senior Citizen Activity Center where he was on the softball team and participated in the bowling league.

Survivors include his wife, the former Christine Watson, to whom he was married on February 16, 1950; 3 daughters, Mrs. Leslie Haney Dalrymple, and her husband, Roger, Silver Creek, Mrs. Diane Haney Winn, and her husband, Ronald, Silver Creek, and Ms. Lori Haney Pate, Lindale; 2 sons, Michael Wayne Haney, Coosa, and Randy D. Haney, Dalton; a brother, Gordon Haney, Lindale; 8 grandchildren, Randy P. Haney, and his wife, Amy, Calhoun,, Timothy Haney, Dalton, Charity Haney Russell, and her husband, Brian, Birmingham, AL, Kimberly Haney Floyd, Silver Creek, Rebecca Haney White, and her husband, Todd, Rome, Brandon Vincent, Rome, Dustin Pate, and his wife, Kerri, Lindale, and Savannah Winn McRae, and her husband, Caleb, Lindale; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Bobby Stephens and Dr. Bill Landers officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

His grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Cancer Navigators, 3 Central Plaza #415, Rome, GA 30161.

The family will like to thank the staff at the Tony Warren Cancer Center, the staff at the Oncology Unit at Floyd Medical Center, and Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd for their care during Mr. Haney’s illness.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Ruby Nell “NuNu” Salyers

Mrs. Ruby Nell “NuNu” Salyers, age 74, of 244 Park Rd., Rome, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Salyers was born in Chattooga, County, Georgia on May 6, 1939, daughter of the late Ben Gentry and the late Girtha Scoggins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George A. Salyers. Mrs. Salyers was a Lunch Room Lady for the Bonita Springs, Florida School System for many years before retiring and moving to Georgia. She loved her family and pet companion, Georgia Girl. Mrs. Salyers attended DeSoto Park Baptist Church, enjoyed watching TV and interacting with her numerous grandchildren. We will miss her in our daily walk, but she will always live in our hearts.

Survivors include her three children, Sandra Allmon, and her fiancé, Eugene Kelly, Donnie Nixon, and his wife, Lisa, and Danny Nixon, all of Rome; three brothers, Buddy Gentry, and his wife, Sheila, Ray Bridges, and his wife, Kathy, all of Summerville, and Jack Gentry, Ellijay; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

Private services will be held at a later date.

A memorial visitation will be held at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. At other times, they may be reached at their respective residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the arrangements.

Lela Lovina York Freeman

Mrs. Lela Lovina York Freeman, age 87, of Lindale, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at a Cartersville hospital.

Mrs. Freeman was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, on September 28, 1926, daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson York and the late Ollie Lee Barnes York. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Coolidge Freeman, on May 24, 2004, by a daughter, Joyce Cain, on January 7, 2014, and by 10 siblings. Mrs. Freeman was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Lindale. Prior to retirement, she worked for Lindale Manufacturing Company for over 40 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Geneva Abernathy, and her husband, Leonard, Rome; 2 sons, Carl Freeman, Rome, and Mark Freeman, and his wife, Greta, Cartersville; a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Bowling Bryan, Lindale; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Jacob King officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday at 1:30pm and include: Active: Kevin Jones, Todd Jones, Phil Cain, Lamont Ivey, and Skye Dorris. Honorary: Mrs. Freeman’s other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Powell

Mr. Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Powell, age 54, of 665 Morgan Dairy Road, Cave Spring, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mr. Powell was born in Rome, Georgia on February 12, 1959, son of Nancy Thompson Powell Bray and the late Gordon Ray Powell. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in the 82nd Airborne for 5 years and then he served for 2 years in the Marine Corps. He was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church, the Lindale Masonic Lodge #455 F&AM, and the N.R.A. Prior to becoming disabled, Mr. Powell worked for Temple-Inland of Rome.

Kenny was a versatile man with many skills. He was an avid reader with knowledge in many subjects. Kenny loved to hunt and fish and especially loved family gatherings.

Survivors include his wife, the former Sherry Green, to whom he was married on May 26, 1990; 6 children, Dustin Powell (Amanda), Rome, Mrs. Shannon Powell Stahl (Eric), Grant, AL, Mrs. Jamie Powell Hennon (Joseph), Cartersville, Jonathan Blake Endress, Atlanta, Cpl. Colin Seth Powell, Cave Spring, and Carl William Nicholas “Nick” Calfee, Jr. , Cave Spring; 9 very special grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Nancy Powell Bray (David), Cave Spring; 3 brothers, Scott Powell, Mark Powell (fiancé, Debra Davis), and Ben Powell, all of Cave Spring; a sister, Mrs. Christa Powell Williams (Charles), Cave Spring; several nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his constant canine companion, Bella.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 7pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Chaplain Billy Brown, the Rev. John F. Thompson, Mr. Fred Hardin, and Dr. Wayne Hopper officiating. The American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard will present military honors and the Lindale Masonic Lodge #455 will present Masonic rites.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday at 6:30pm and include: Greg Hall, Randy Pledger, and members of the Lindale Masonic Lodge #455 F&AM.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Joyce Freeman Cain

Mrs. Joyce Freeman Cain, age 69, of 41 Rubie Lane, SW, Cartersville, formerly of 405 Blackberry Lane, Lindale, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Cain was born in Floyd County, Georgia on December 4, 1944, daughter of Lela York Freeman and the late Calvin Freeman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lyle Cain, on September 20, 2002. Mrs. Cain worked for a number of years as a self employed seamstress. She was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Lindale and the Rome Shrine Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Tara Ivey, and her husband, Lamont, Cartersville; 2 sons, Paul Cain, and his wife, Dawn, Rome, and Phil Cain, and his wife, Lisa, Adairsville; her mother, Mrs. Lela Freeman, Lindale; a sister, Ms. Geneva Abernathy, and her husband, Leonard, Rome; 2 brothers, Carl Freeman, Rome, and Mark Freeman, and his wife, Greta, Cartersville; 6 grandsons, Storm Dorris, Skye Dorris, both of Cartersville, Chase Cain, San Francisco, CA, Lee Cain, Cedartown, and Kyle Cain and Hunter Cain, both of Adairsville; a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Flory, Cartersville; a great grandson, Jensen Cain, Cedartown; a special friend, Judy Hicks; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Joey Motes, the Rev. Johnny Carroll, and the Rev. Jim Pinkard officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at the Lindale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 2pm until 3:30pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Joyce Cain Memorial Event, C/O Tara Ivey, 41 Rubie Lane, SW, Cartersville, GA 30120.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Ruby Louise Scroggs

Ruby Louise Scroggs, age 93 of Shannon passed away Friday January 10, 2014 in a local health care center.

A native of Bartow County, GA Mrs. Scroggs was born May 9, 1919 daughter of the late Press and Sara Hubbard Blankenship. She had been a resident of the Shannon Community most of her life and was employed for 40 years by Klopman / Bulington Mills in the spinning room. Mrs. Scroggs was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and loved crocheting, cooking and clocks. She was preceded in death by her husband J.D. Scroggs September 10, 2001.

Survivors include two daughters Sara Parker and Bobbie Lee McBurnett; Six grandchildren, Seven Great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome with Reverend Haywood Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 4 until 6 P.M. at the funeral home. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: John Case, Scott Parker, Brandon Massengill, Anthony Moss, Barry Nelson, and Zachary Bishop.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Ruby Louise Scroggs.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Perry Neal McDonough Sr

Mr. Perry Neal McDonough, Sr., age 78, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 7, 2014, at a Chattanooga, Tennessee hospital.

Mr. McDonough was born in Daingerfield, Texas, on December 12, 1935, son of the late Eva Mae Hutson and the late Perry Morris McDonough. He graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1954. At age 18 he joined the United States Air Force for two tours retiring with two Honorable Discharges. He also served six tours with the United States Air National Guard Reserves which he did throughout the years with Honorable Discharges and Retirement. Mr. McDonough graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering. Perry had numerous careers as an Electrical Engineer throughout the United States with the last one being Stone & Webster, known in Boston, Massachusetts, retiring with them in Tennessee.

One of his favorite hobbies was flying, he was a pilot and had several airplanes for years before he was unable to fly due to being ill. He was also a golfer, loved fishing, and for several years was a “HAM Operator.” Mr. McDonough was very active in church and was a member of the Stuart Baptist Church in Chattanooga, but had been attending the Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church in Rome.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne McDonough, the former Wilma Jeanne Couey; a son, Perry N. McDonough, Jr, Warner Robins, GA; a daughter, Tracy Johnson, Soddy Daisy, TN; two step-sons, Mark A. Coffman, and his wife, Cam, Rome, and Steve Coffman, and his wife, Martha, Rome; several grand and great grandchildren; three brothers, Jon, Don, and David McDonough, all of Texas; special friend and step-daughter, Gina McDonald, Marietta, GA; a step-daughter, Sherrie Borkowski, Texas; a step-son, Donald Wallace, Indiana; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 2pm at the Georgia National Cemetery with the Rev. Mac McCurry officiating. The American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard will present full military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday, January 10, 2014, from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, 3002 Maple Road, Rome, Georgia, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Virginia Perry Burkhalter

Mrs. Virginia Perry Burkhalter, age 83, 296 Reeceburg Road, Silver Creek, passed away Monday morning, January 6, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Burkhalter was born in Floyd County on March 20, 1930, daughter of the late Rev. Walter David Perry and the late Elsie Mae Padgett Perry. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arvil Austin Burkhalter on December 5, 1981, by 2 sisters, Betty Camp and Melba Carver, and by 2 brothers, Harold and Sonny Perry. In 1972, after having been employed with Celanese for a number of years, she with her husband, opened the Dragon Drive-In in Lindale and operated the restaurant until the mid 1980′s. Prior to her retiring, she was employed with Piggly-Wiggly for a number of years. Mrs. Burkhalter was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Gregg Burkhalter, and his wife, Tyra, Lyons, GA, Mike Burkhalter, and his wife, Deborah, Silver Creek, Tim Burkhalter, Rome, and Marianne Smith, Rome; 5 granddaughters, Amy Bowers, and her husband, Thomas, Vidalia, GA, Allison Watson, and her husband, Michael, Lindale, Jessica Wilhoite, and her husband, Corey, Silver Creek, Lindsay Burkhalter, Armuchee, and Mandy Meyer, Rome; 7 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Doris Perry, Lindale; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Morris Cargle officiating. Private interment will follow later in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 12:30pm until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Martha Perry Hawkins

Mrs. Martha Perry Hawkins, age 87, of 6 Beaver Run, died Monday. She was the widow of Tim Hawkins who at the time of his death January 23, 1971, was Assistant Supt. of Floyd County Schools. She and her late sister, Evelyn Perry, were very active members of 5th.Avenue Baptist Church for many years. Funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of a relative from Beaverton, Oregon and will be announced later by Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

David Lamar Johnston

David Lamar Johnston died Tuesday at his residence in Rome. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Marguerite G. Farr

Mrs. Marguerite G. Farr, 87, of 13 Chesney Dr., Rome, passed away at Redmond Regional Medical Center, Friday, January 3, 2014.

Mrs. Farr was born in Rome, on July 29, 1926 daughter of the late Lee Clifton Garrett and Grace Carter Garrett. She was a member of Garden Lakes Baptist Church. Mrs. Farr was a Realtor at Garden Lakes Realty, Head Teller at National City Bank and was the Payroll Clerk at Inland Container. She was a lady of character and determination, surviving cancer thirteen times over 54 years. Mrs. Farr loved her family and animals, enjoyed decorating and was a pure joy to those around her. One of her goals in life was to “redecorate the world” and how she did that. We will miss her, however, she has left a positive mark on us and those around her that will never be forgotten.

Survivors include her son, Michael Farr, and his wife, Carole, Rome; two siblings, Bobby Garrett, and his wife, Pete, Henry Co., and Christine Russell, Rome; one grandson, Jeremy Farr, and his wife, Beth, Cartersville; numerous nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Reverend George Donigian officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Wednesday from 1:30p.m. until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Suite 280, Kennesaw, GA 30144 or a local ASPCA Shelter.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the arrangements.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Donald Richard Belcher

Mr. Donald Richard Belcher, age 63, of Round Rock, Texas, formerly of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, in Texas.

Mr. Belcher was born in Fountain Green, Maryland on August 29, 1950, son of the late John Belcher and the late Dorothy Carr Belcher. He was a member of the Liberty View Baptist Church. At the time of his death, Mr. Belcher was the Vice President of Manufacturing for Elgin Butler in Texas.

Survivors include his wife, the former Wanda Cox, to whom he was married on April 26, 1971; a daughter, Mrs. Tammy Martinez, and her husband, Robert, Rome; 2 sons, Rick Belcher, Rome, and Tim Belcher, Round Rock, TX; 2 grandsons, Travis and Ryan; 3 brothers, Dennis Belcher, Wythville, VA, Raymond Belcher, and his wife, Wendy, Bel Air, MD, and Ron Belcher, Dundalk, MD; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2013, at 1pm at the Liberty View Baptist Church with the Rev. Ladell Jacobs and the Rev. Virgil Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 6 until 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty View Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Ladell Jacobs, 72 Isbell Road, SE, Silver Creek, GA 30173.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Saturday at 12:30pm and include: Brian Price, Richard Phillips, Ken Blevins, Bryan Tate, Jack Jacobs, and Don Jacobs.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Barbara Jo Lamb Johnson

Mrs. Barbara Jo Lamb Johnson, age 68, of 114 Valleybrook Drive, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Roanoke, Virginia on July 4, 1945, daughter of the late Richard P. Lamb and the late Helen Hayden Lamb. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Redmond, and by a brother, Richard Lamb. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Johnson, was the Counselor at Coosa Middle School. She was a member of the West Rome Christian Church, the Georgia School Counselor’s Association and was active in Boy Scouts.

Survivors include her husband, W. David Johnson, to whom she was married on September 4, 1965; a daughter, Teresa “Teesa” Camp, San Antonio, TX; a son, Michael Johnson, and his wife, Brenda, Peachtree Corners, GA; grandchildren, Christopher and Sean Johnson, Michelle Gann, and her husband, Frankie, and Ryan Camp; 4 sisters, Marian Gray, Charlotte St. Clair, and her husband, Ronnie, Sharon McGee, and Edie Hart, and her husband, Joe; a brother-in-law, E. C. Redmond; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 10am at the West Rome Christian Church with Pastor Brad Dillard officiating. Interment will be on Monday, January 6, 2014, at Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton, Virginia.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 6 until 9pm. At other hours the family may be contacted at their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Marjorie Katherine Davis Atkison

Mrs. Marjorie Katherine Davis Atkison, age 89, of 878 Wax Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Atkison was born in Floyd County, Georgia on July 3, 1924, daughter of the late William Thomas Davis and the late Inez Elizabeth Yarbrough Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman Atkison, in May, 1974, by a sister, Evelyn Osborne, and by a brother, Marvin Davis. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Atkison worked as a Unit Clerk at Floyd Medical Center. She was a member of the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and was a faithful supporter of Feed the Children.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Sara Mathews, Silver Creek; a brother, Sammy Davis, and his wife, Beth, Silver Creek; a special niece, Mrs. Renee Brooks, and her husband, Jerry, Lindale; a special nephew, Billy Davis, and his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Hannah, Silver Creek; several other special nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 3:30pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hope Cemetery with the Rev. J. Clinton Green officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 1:30pm until the service time. At other hours, the family may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 3pm and include: Chad Mathews, Adam Brooks, Trey McElveen, Jimmy Davis, and Wayne Davis.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Glenda Anne Minter Salmon

Mrs. Glenda Anne Minter Salmon, age 64, of Armuchee, passed away Tuesday morning, December 31, 2013, in a local health care facility.

She is survived by her husband, Judge Larry Salmon, and two sons, Ty Hutcheson and Chad Hutcheson (Donna) of Brunswick, Georgia. She is also survived by her father and mother, Byron and Virginia Minter of LaFayette, Georgia and by the following brothers and sisters: Barry Minter (Dianne) of Chatsworth, Georgia, Terry Minter (Kathy) of Dallas, Texas, Frankie Minter (Kay) of Powder Springs, Georgia, Joy Ellis (Jock) of Cumming, Georgia, Wanda Minter of LaFayette, Georgia, and Cindy Minter (David Perry) of Chattanooga, Tennessee. A number of grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Glenda graduated from Reinhardt College and Agnes Scott College and she ultimately earned her Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas. She worked as a counselor in a mental institution as well as counseled private patients while in Texas. On returning to Georgia, she worked as a court appointed guardian in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit and in the Rome Judicial Circuit. Glenda also taught at colleges in Texas, Tennessee and Georgia, most recently at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Glenda is also registered with the Supreme Court of Georgia as a mediator for general, domestic, and juvenile cases.

Her main hobbies included decorating her home, refinishing furniture, designing and maintaining her “patch” around her home, and helping her husband “bush hog”. She also enjoyed picture painting. Glenda was a member of New Armuchee Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 2pm at New Armuchee Baptist Church with Dr. David Howard officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.

Contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Suite 280, Kennesaw, GA 30144 are urged in lieu of flowers.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Gina Renae Green Scherer Massey

Gina Renae Green Scherer Massey, 54, of Cedartown, formerly of Armuchee, passed away at her residence on Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Mrs. Massey was born in Dallas, GA on September 24, 1959, daughter of Lowell Thomas Green and Nellie Joyce Elsberry Green. She was a multi-talented lady, spanning several career fields. Renae was passionate about life, her family and those around her. We will miss her gracious spirit, bright smile and infinite wisdom. We will always cherish her memories in our hearts and in our daily routine.

Survivors other than her parents, include her husband, Shon Massey, Cedartown; a son, Levi Scherer, Cedartown; a daughter, Ashley Scherer, and her husband, Andrew Sistrunk, Douglasville; a sister, Debra Laffoon, Panama City, FL; two brothers, James Green, Dalton, and Floyd Green, TN; two grandchildren, Blake Newberry and Garrett Scherer, both of Cedartown; nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Danny Hughes officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel & Crematory, on Friday from Noon until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Franklin Ray “Frank” Folsom

Mr. Franklin Ray “Frank” Folsom, age 70, 369 Old Wax Road, Aragon, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mr. Folsom was born in Polk County on July 13, 1943, son of the late Tyson and Louise Brown Folsom. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Donna Hufstetler. Mr. Folsom was as veteran of the United States Air Force and the United States Air Force Reserves. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Lockheed-Martin in Marietta for over 33 years. He was a member of the Flint Hill Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and in various ministries at the church. Mr. Folsom served as President of the East Floyd Camp, Gideons International for a number of years and was actively involved in their ministries including the Gideons Memorial Bible Program. He loved the Lord and serving His people and loved gospel music, especially Greater Vision.

Survivors include his wife, the former Janet Agan, to whom he was married on April 7, 1967; a son, Frankie Folsom, and his wife, Julie, Aragon; 2 grandchildren, Cody Folsom and Carly Folsom, both of Aragon; a brother, Curtis Folsom, and his wife, Joyce, Lindale; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 3pm at the Flint Hill Baptist Church with his Pastor, the Rev. Don Spears and the Rev. Lance Herst officiating. Interment will follow in the Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Flint Hill Baptist Church on Thursday from 12:30pm until the service hour. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Active and honorary pallbearers are requested to assemble at Flint Hill Baptist Church on Thursday at 2:30pm and are as follows: Active: Cody Folsom, Korley Brumbelow, Keelen Brumbelow, Marty Ellison, Tim Stansell, and Danny Brumbelow. Honorary: James Cox, Earl Robinson, Jim Brumbelow, Mike Turner, Warren Brumbelow, Johnny Garrett, Jonathan Watters, and fellow Gideons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Flint Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1111 Morris Road, Aragon, GA 30104, or to the Gideons Memorial Bible Program, P. O. Box 281, Lindale, GA 30147.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Donald Richard Belcher

Mr. Donald Richard Belcher, age 63, of Round Rock, Texas, formerly of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, in Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2013, at 1pm at the Liberty View Baptist Church with the Rev. Ladell Jacobs officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 6 until 8pm.

A complete obituary will be announced later.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Randall Rayford “Randy” Davenport Sr

Mr. Randall Rayford “Randy” Davenport, Sr., age 55, of 259 Lovell Road, Rome, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Davenport was born in Rome, Georgia on April 27, 1958, son of Rev. Rayford Davenport and Eunice Davenport. He was of the Baptist faith and loved to hunt and play golf. Mr. Davenport worked as an electrician at Georgia Power Plant Bowen and was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local #84. He was also a member of the Lindale Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lisa Gail Savage, to whom he was married on June 11, 1982; a son, Randall Rayford Davenport, Jr., Rome; his parents, Rev. Rayford and Eunice Davenport, Rome; 2 sisters, Diane Davenport Hethcox, LaGrange, and Serena Davenport Chastain, Rome; 4 grandchildren, Kaitlyn Davenport, Bryan Davenport, Harley Davenport, and Lathan Davenport; nieces, nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Davenport officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 1pm until the funeral time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 2:30pm and include: Active: Darrell Baxter, William “Humpy” Garrett, Cary McCullough, Jay Johnson, Frank Chastain and David Ayers. Honorary: James Thompson and Jeff Franks.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Fred Allen Smith Jr

Mr. Fred Allen Smith, Jr., age 59, of Villa Rica, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 25, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Smith was born in Forsyth, Georgia on August 28, 1954. Prior to his illness, he was a Team Leader with Georgia Power Plant Yates. Mr. Smith was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Marie Alred, to whom he was married on March 4, 1994; a step-daughter, Ms. Jessica Doolittle, Flintstone, GA; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Melvin and Edith Alred, Rome.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 27, 2013, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Larry Davis officiating. Interment followed in Rome Memorial Park.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Linda Judy Hardegree Johnson

Mrs. Linda Judy Hardegree Johnson, 61, of 503 Woods Road, NW, Rome, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013 at her residence.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Marietta, GA on June 06, 1952, daughter of the late Walter Cecil Hardegree and Ezell Irene Bundrum Hardegree. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Lokey Johnson. Mrs. Johnson was a long time member of Old Armuchee Baptist Church. We will miss her smile, humor and presence in our lives, but her memories will always be with us.

Survivors include her four children, Walter Wayne Hardegree and his wife, Amanda, Temple, Tammy Johnson, Steve Johnson and Nevin Johnson, all of Rome; brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:00p.m. at the graveside in Armuchee Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Danny Hughes will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Tuesday from Noon until the procession leaves for the graveside at approximately 1:30pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Tuesday and include: Tracy Merrell, Jody Hardegree, Michael Baker, Sam Johnson, Shane Johnson, Randy Helton and Brian Thrasher.

In lieu of flowers, consult with the family concerning memorial donations.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Marion Hill Herring

Marion Hill Herring, age 63 of Chamblee, GA and formerly of Rome passed away December 26, 2013.

A native of Rome, Mr. Herring was born October 3, 1950, son of Ruby Carr Herring and the late John Raymond Herring. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a truck driver. He loved his family and was a “homebody”. That made him a great husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Herring was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his mother Ruby Carr Herring; wife Barbara Ann Braziel Herring; son Raymond Hill Herring; daughter Nora Ann Herring; daughter in law Mani Herring and son in law Tony Robinson; two brothers James Herring and Thomas Herring and two sisters Shelia Staples and Pat Justice; Four grandchildren Tyler Moses, Kyle Herring, Derek Moses and Kodah Herring also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Monday, December 30, 2013 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome, GA 30165 with Reverend Bobby Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery with the Honor Guard of the Shanklin Attaway Post 5 American Legion providing military honors. The family will receive friends Monday from 12 Noon until 2 P.M. Please visit our website.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes and memories.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Marion Hill Herring.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bobbie Boatfield Wyatt

Mrs. Bobbie Boatfield Wyatt, age 82, of Rome, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013, in a local health care facility.

Mrs. Wyatt was born in Cherokee County, AL on September 28, 1931, daughter of the late John William Pierce and the late Lena Pruitt Pierce. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Edward Wyatt, by a son, Lynn Boatfield, and by a grandson, Charles Daniel Boatfield. Mrs. Wyatt was a self-employed caregiver and enjoyed going to flea markets and yard sales. She was a member of the Blue Pond Baptist Church. An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Wyatt had served as pianist at a number of churches in our area.

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Lisa Royals, Portland, Oregon; 2 sons, Steve Boatfield, Rome, and Tim Boatfield, and his wife, Donna, Lindale; a sister, Mrs. Mozetia Anthony, Rome; 2 brothers, Eual Pierce, Cedartown, and Hoke Pierce, West Haven, FL; 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Larry Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 12:30pm until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Annie Beth Reece Edgens

Mrs. Annie Beth Reece Edgens, age 101, of Rome, passed away on December 20, 2013, at a local nursing facility.

Beth was born on December 1, 1912 in Gilmer county, Georgia, the daughter of the late Andrew and Khivah Thompson Reece. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson Gordon Edgens, by 2 sisters, Bernice Blankenship and Willie Belle Wooten, by a brother, Kermit Reece, by a son, Channing Vaughn Edgens, and by a daughter, June Edgens Horne.

She is survived by her son, Jack Edgens, and his wife, Dana; 5 grandsons and 8 great grandchildren also survive.

Mrs. Edgens will be interred on December 28, 2013 in a private graveside service at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Cedartown, Georgia.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hazel Beatrice Fulton Green

Mrs. Hazel Beatrice Fulton Green, age 91, of 18 Wisteria Drive, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at a Rome assisted living home.

Mrs. Green was born in Lindale, Georgia on January 11, 1922, daughter of the late Benjamin F. Fulton and the late Aqueduct Fritz Fulton. She was a member of the East Rome Baptist Church. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Green worked for a number of years at Lindale Manufacturing. She was an easy going person and loved people. She was very family oriented and loved Gospel music.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Janice Sitten, and her husband, Jerry, Rome, and Mrs. Joan Nathan, and her husband, David, Clearwater; 3 grandchildren, Tracey Garmon and Chris Mashburn, Silver Creek, Melanie Thornbury, and her husband, Mark, Rome, and Allison Gentry, and her husband, Colin, Lindale; 5 great grandchildren, Courtney Callaway, and her husband, Ken, Silver Creek, Thad Thornbury, Rome, Dana Cooper, and her husband, Zach, Rome, Kelly Thornbury, Cartersville, and Aiden Gentry, Lindale; 2 great-great grandchildren, Jackson Lawrence and Jena Claire Cooper, Rome; a special friend, A. J. Kent, Lindale; niece, Jennifer Waits, Calhoun; nephew, Edward Fulton, Lindale.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Chaplain Jack Foley officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens with Dr. Larry Davis officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: Alton Dudley, Harold Bray, Thad Thornbury, Mark Thornbury, Gene Parker, and Chris Mashburn.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff at Renissance Marquis and Heyman Hospicecare at Floyd for their loving care.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Heyman Hospicecare at Floyd, P. O. Box 163, Rome, GA 30162-0163.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Janice Chupp Corwin

Mrs. Janice Chupp Corwin, 64, of 30 Rivercreek Crossing, Kingston, GA passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013 after an extended illness.

Mrs. Corwin was born in Rome, Georgia on June 9, 1949, daughter of the late Melvin Collie Chupp and Ethel Garner Chupp. She was a former Clerk in the Fulton County State Court for many years serving in several areas during her career there. Mrs. Corwin later joined her husband, Ted, as a Bookkeeper in his law firm. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Corwin enjoyed gardening, decorating and most of all cooking. We will always cherish her memories in our hearts and smile as we remember her in our daily walk.

Survivors include her husband, Ted Corwin, Kingston; two children, Chris Edge, and his wife, Latonia, Taylorsville; Stephanie Nichols, and her husband, Drew, Birmingham, AL; four siblings, Faye Pollard, and her husband, Keith, Bremen; JoAnn Helton, and her husband, David, Aragon; Larry Chupp, and his wife, Brenda, Aragon; William Chupp, and his wife, Lynette, Snellville; four grandchildren, John Brady and Beckett Nichols; Ashley and Chandler Edge; several nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 11:00a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Rome with the Rev. Jeff Chadwick officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the King Hall until 2:00p.m.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, makes this announcement on behalf of the family.

Thurman Myron Jordan

Mr. Thurman Myron Jordan, age 73, of Rome, formerly of Kennesaw, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Jordan was born in Kennesaw, Georgia on April 7, 1940, son of the late Rev. George Thomas Jordan, Sr. and the late Ruby Inez Graham Jordan. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Harold Jordan, and by 7 other brothers and 6 sisters. Mr. Jordan was the manager of Thurman’s Wrecker service for several years. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and was a faithful member of the North Rome Church of God where he was an honorary choir member and was active in other ministries of the church. Mr. Jordan was a devout family man and loved spending time with his family. He also loved the outdoors and being on his tractor and in his truck.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mrs. Cherlyn Norine Jordan; 2 daughters, Mrs. Robin Jordan Touchstone, and her husband, Allen, Rome, and Mrs. Kimberly Jordan Haney, and her husband, Jerry, Cartersville; 2 sons, Timothy Myron Jordan, and his wife, Denise, Powder Springs, and Randy Jordan, and his wife, Robin, Douglasville; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a great grandchild expected to arrive soon; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 1pm at the North Rome Church of God with Senior Pastor Terry Addis, Pastor Barry Garland, and the Rev. Bert Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Ridge Memory Gardens in Kennesaw.

The family will receive friends at the North Rome Church of God on Saturday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Saturday at 12:30pm and include: Clint Haney, Jared Jordan, Ryan Jordan, Wade Touchstone, Jimmy Jordan, Johnny Jordan, and Jerod Cunningham.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, December 23, 2013

James Louis Buffington

Mr. James Louis Buffington, age 98, of Rome, formerly of Lindale, passed away Saturday evening, December 21, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Buffington was born in Floyd County on June 11, 1915, son of the late John Thomas Buffington and the late Lula Medora Hicks Buffington. He was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy Dean Giles on November 1, 2008, by a son, Samuel Louis Buffington on September 25, 2013, by a sister, Beatrice Buffington Vandiver, and by a brother, Joseph Gordon Buffington. Mr. Buffington was employed with the West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Co. in Lindale for over 26 years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Alcan here in Rome for 10 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II and was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Janice Buffington (Jan) Kirkland, and her husband, Jerry, Carrollton; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sandra Agan Buffington, Aragon; 2 granddaughters, Mrs. Lisa Herndon, and her husband, Neal, Carrollton, and Ms. Christa Carver, Aragon; 4 great grandsons, Austin Carver, Aragon, and Will, Ben, and Andy Herndon, all of Carrollton; a sister, Mrs. Myra Buffington Lowery, and her husband, J. C., Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Asa Mangham and the Rev. Bobby Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 12:30pm until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearer will include the following gentlemen: His great grandsons, Austin Carver, Will Herndon, Ben Herndon, and Andy Herndon and his grandson-in-law, Neal Herndon.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Cheryl Marie Smith

Ms. Cheryl Marie Smith, age 57, 8 Tiger Lane, Rome, passed away Friday, December 20, 2013, at a local hospital.

Ms. Smith was born in Floyd County on May 24, 1956, daughter of the late John and Mary Day Turner. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Turner. Ms. Smith was employed for several years with Mohawk Industries and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Sunni Monterroso, and her husband, Jorge, Rome; a grandson, Jaxon Monterroso, Rome; a brother, Don Turner, and his wife, Marsha, Spartanburg, SC; nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 4pm at the Mt. Alto Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Frances L. Barnes

Mrs. Frances L. Barnes, age 72, of 207 5th Street, Rolling Acres, Calhoun, passed away Friday evening, December, 20, 2013, at her residence.

She was born in Gordon County, December 20, 1941, daughter of the late Alton Payne and the late Mary Louise Payne. She was employed by Mohawk Industries for 14 years prior to her retirement in 1995. She was a member of the Kingston Tabernacle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David L. Barnes, by a son, Jimmy Brown, and by a brother, Thomas Payne.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Shelia Goforth, and her husband, Randy, Resaca, and Mrs. Laura Wade, and her husband, Adam, Rome; a son, Steven David Barnes, Cartersville; a sister, Thelma Davis, Red Bud; 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Robert Anderson and the Rev. Doc Hatfield will officiate. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Sunday from 4 until 6pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearers serving are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Monday at 10:30am and include: Brian Hensley, Chris Jones, Sam Barnes, Steven Barnes, Adam Wade, Blake Smith, and Jared Hopper.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Davey Thomas Wright

Mr. Davey Thomas Wright, age 55, 401 Strand Street, Rome, passed away Friday, December 20, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mr. Wright was born in Floyd County on November 25, 1958, son of Bernice and Thomas Nichols and the late R. C. Wright. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Donnie and Dennis Wright, and by a step-brother, Glenn Agan. Prior to his becoming disabled, he was employed for a number of years with Smith-Evans Lumber Company here in Rome. He was a member of the New Canaan Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Cheryl McPherson, to whom he was married in 2002; 3 daughters, Donna Posey, and her husband, Christopher, Rockmart, Stacy Bearden, and her husband, Tee, Cartersville, and Amanda Reynolds, and her husband, Chad, Rome; a son, Joshua Wright, Rome; his parents, Bernice and Thomas Nichols, Rome; 3 brothers, Danny Wright, Wesley Wright, and his wife, April, and Jason Wright, and his wife, Misty, all of Rome; 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Corey Wright officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 2pm until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, consult with the family concerning memorial donations.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

James “Jack” Gwin

Mr. James “Jack” Gwin, age 73, passed away Thursday afternoon December 19, 2013 at his residence.

Jack was born in Bartow County GA April 3, 1940 son of the late James Thomas Gwin and Annie Parker Gwin. Jack graduated from Adairsville High School and attended the University of Georgia. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Jack was a member of the North Rome United Methodist Church and worked for 31 years as a driver before retiring in 1998. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Gwin in 1992 ; sister in law Jeri Whitworth in 2011 and brother in law Jimmy Whitworth in 1992.

Jack is survived by his wife Peggy Johnston Gwin; sisters in law and brothers in law Doris and Dan Ayer and Judy and Julian Turner; nephew John Ayer and three nieces Julie Ford, Gwin Whitworth, and Susan Baxter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Monday, December 23, 2013 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Reverend Norv Havens officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 P.M. until the service hour. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes.

Active pallbearers include Dan Ayer, John Ayer, Julian Turner, Larry Deal, Bill Hamric, Dwight Lawler, and Charles Lumsden. Junior pallbearers are Noah Ford and Sam Ford. Honorary employees will be retirees of United Parcel Service. All pallbearers are requested to meet at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Monday at 1:30.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave., Rome, Dial 706-234-9622 is serving the family of James “Jack” Gwin.

Celestia Mixon

Celestia Mixon, age 93, of Rome Passed away Saturday afternoon December 21, 2013 in a local healthcare center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, who is serving the family of Celestia Mixon.

Shirley Ellen Keys Willingham

Mrs. Shirley Ellen Keys Willingham, age 72, of Rome passed away Friday December 20, 2013 in a Rome Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday December 26, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Robert Brown, officiating. Interment will follow Jackson Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the hour of the service on Thursday at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Lois Jean Roberson Holbrook

Mrs. Lois Jean Roberson Holbrook, age 80 of Rome passed away at her daughter’s home in Boise, Idaho.

Mrs. Holbrook was born August 6, 1933, in Sergent, Kentucky a daughter of the late James Tullis Roberson and Vesta Leigh Earl Roberson. Mrs. Holbrook was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Jackie R. Holbrook. She resided in Rome and Floyd for past 51 years, she was retired from the Coosa Post Office where she served as Postmaster for 20 years plus, she was a member of Floyd County Homemakers Club.

Survivors include children, Debra Holbrook Shell, Horseshoe Bend, ID; Ronney Holbrook, Rome; granddaughter, Farrah Guthrie, Horseshoe Bend, ID; siblings, Norma Bice, Hixson, TN; Ann Ables, Soddy Daisy, TN; Dorothy Barber, Signal Mountain, TN; Jesse Roberson, Red Bank, TN; J. Ray Roberson, Hamilton, Bermuda; Harold Roberson, Soddy Daisy, TN; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday December 22, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the service at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sing the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wanda Annette Poole Young

Mrs. Wanda Annette Poole Young, age 64, 1705 Dean Avenue, Rome, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Young was born in Cave Spring on November 14, 1949, daughter of the late Willie Andrew Jackson Poole and the late Nancy Sarah Kidd Poole. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Young, by a son, Kenneth Riggins, by a granddaughter, Emilee Hubbard, and by a brother, Wilburn Poole. Mrs. Young was a homemaker and was a member of the Unity Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Richard Nelson, and his wife, Julie, Kingston; 2 daughters, Mrs. April Branch, and her husband, Alex, Valley, AL, and Mrs. Jennifer Bryson, and her husband, Robert, Silver Creek; 2 sisters, Ms. Kay Weeks, Rome, and Ms. Sarah Alene Smith, Summerville; 3 brothers, Randy Poole, Rome, John Poole, Rome, and Alton Poole, Kingston; 7 grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 1pm at the graveside in East View Cemetery. The Rev. Aaron Little officiated.

The family may be contacted at their respective homes.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dorothy Lawrence Swift

Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence Swift, age 91, of 1170 Chulio Road, Rome, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Swift was born in LaFayette, GA on March 12, 1922, daughter of the late Fred Lawrence and Lola Lee Doty McKaig. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Milton Swift. Mrs. Swift was a member of Mizpah United Methodist Church where she was very active in several ministries. She was a Sunday School Teacher, MYF Leader, and she sang in the choir. Mrs. Swift worked for several years in a job she enjoyed as the Secretary for the Natural Sciences Department at Floyd College. She was a poet and enjoyed hand painting china.

Survivors include her three children, a daughter, Brenda Swift Treadaway, Lindale, a son, William “Bill” Ray Swift, and his wife, Ellen Painter, Jasper, and a daughter, Jane L. Swift, Atlanta; one step-brother, Julian McKaig; three grandchildren, Lori Treadaway Collett, and her husband, Robert, Julie Dougherty, and her husband, Patrick, and Erin Libby, and her husband, Oliver; three great-grandchildren, Brian Collett, Trey Fitts, and Katelyn Dougherty; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 12 noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Baird officiating. Interment will follow in Mizpah United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 10:30am until 11:30am. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or www.alz.org.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Hazie Hestine Stager Justice

Mrs. Hazie Hestine Stager Justice, age 88, of 5668 Cedartown Highway, Lindale, passed away on Monday evening, December 9, 2013, at the residence of her daughter.

Mrs. Justice was born in Floyd County, Georgia on February 2, 1925, daughter of the late James Davis Stager and the late Michael Ledford Stager. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Justice was preceded in death by her husband, Wrought Brown Justice, in 1982, and by 3 brothers, Clifford, R. C., and Jim Stager. She played catcher for the Pepperell Mill Women’s Baseball Team and prior to ill health, she played on the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Senior Co-Ed softball team. Mrs. Justice was one of the first women in Floyd County to ride a motorcycle. She was a charter member of the Fairview Baptist Church and was an avid gardener. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Justice worked for several years in the lunchroom at Pepperell Elementary School.

Survivors include a son Roland Justice, and his wife, Patricia, Altoona, AL; 3 daughters, Mrs. Betty Tolbert, and her husband, Sonny, Silver Creek, Mrs. Jeanette Fleming, and her husband, Rev. John Fleming, Jasper, and Mrs. Faye Williams, and her husband, Junior, Lindale; 2 brothers, Rev. Leon Stager, Alabama, and Bill Stager, Lindale; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 3pm at the Fairview Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Stephens, the Rev. Asa Mangham, and Dr. Bill Landers officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery in Lindale.

The family will receive friends at the Fairview Baptist Church on Thursday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Faye Williams, 5700 Cedartown Highway, Lindale.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and are asked to assemble at the church on Thursday at 2:30pm.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Grace Ivalene Smith Rains

Mrs. Grace Ivalene Smith Rains, age 83, Largo, FL, formerly of Rome, passed away Friday morning, December 6, 2013.

Mrs. Rains was born in Dekalb County, AL on September 30, 1930, daughter of the late Willis and Jewel Yates Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Doil Rains, by a son, Johnie Rains, by a sister, Doris Williams, and by a brother, Junior Smith. Prior to her becoming disabled, she was employed for several years with Fox Manufacturing Co. here in Rome. Mrs. Rains was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Jennifer Wilbanks, and her husband, Don, Rome, Mrs. Sherry Bagley, and her husband, Mike, Largo, FL, and Mrs. Janita Stager, and her husband, Bill, Lyerly; 2 sisters, Mrs. Wanda Nails, Crossville, AL, and Mrs. Gaynell Dobbs, Ider, AL; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with her son-in-law, the Rev. Mike Bagley officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Wilbanks, 255 Wilbanks Road, Rome.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 10:30am and include: Shaun Wilbanks, Seth Rains, Russell Stager, Chris Nixon, Robert Shaw, and Clay Burkhalter.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Vivian Lucille Stephens Haggard

Mrs. Vivian Lucille Stephens Haggard, age 86, 30 Ash Street, Rome, Riverside Community, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Haggard was born in Stephens County, GA on November 3, 1927, daughter of the late Wayne and Mamie Payne Stephens. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Haggard on November 17, 1989, and by a son, Richard Haggard on October 6, 2012 . Prior to her retirement, she was employed with E. L. Cantrell Insurance Co. here in Rome for over 15 years. Mrs. Haggard was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church where she was a member of the Naomi Sunday School Class and the W. M. U.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Judy Haggard Graham, and her husband, Eddie, Rome; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Shelia Haggard, Powder Springs; a granddaughter, Mrs. Kelly Graham Dooley, and her husband, Robby, Rome; a grandson, Clay Graham, and his wife, Mistee, Rome; 5 great granddaughters, Reagan Dooley, Riley Dooley, Vivian Claire Graham, Carson Graham, and Anna Kate Graham, all of Rome.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Adams and the Rev. Randy Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of the daughter, Mrs. Judy Graham, 5 Mountain Creek Drive, Rome.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on Thursday at 1:30pm and include: Ed Selman, Lamar Sullins, Rock Pace, David Compton, Allen Pinson, and Buddy Childers.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Grace Ivalene Smith Rains

Mrs. Grace Ivalene Smith Rains, age 83, Largo, FL, formerly of Rome, passed away Friday morning, December 6, 2013.

Mrs. Rains was born in Dekalb County, AL on September 30, 1930, daughter of the late Willis and Jewel Yates Smith. She was also preceded in death by a son, Johnie Rains, by a sister, Doris Williams, and by a brother, Junior Smith. Prior to her becoming disabled, she was employed for several years with Fox Manufacturing Co. here in Rome. Mrs. Rains was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Jennifer Wilbanks, and her husband, Don, Rome, Mrs. Sherry Bagley, and her husband, Mike, Largo, FL, and Mrs. Janita Stager, and her husband, Bill, Lyerly; 2 sisters, Mrs. Wanda Oliver, Crossville, AL, and Mrs. Gaynell Dobbs, Ider, AL; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with her son-in-law, the Rev. Mike Bagley officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Wilbanks, 255 Wilbanks Road, Rome.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 10:30am and include: Shaun Wilbanks, Seth Rains, Russell Stager, Caleb Bagley, Robert Shaw, and Clay Burkhalter.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Khloey Duane Estelle Allen

Khloey Duane Estelle Allen, age 3, of 43 Oakridge Drive, Aragon, was carried by the Angels to Heaven on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Khloey was born in Rome, Georgia on April 17, 2010, daughter of Robert Bradley Allen and Arwen Eleanor Green Allen.

Khloey is survived by her parents; 3 sisters, Presley Allen, Riley Allen, and Aubrey Allen; and by a large extended family and community of friends and loved ones.

A celebration of Khloey’s life will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 1 pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Brent Edwards and Deacon Stuart Neslin officiating. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery in Roswell.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Saturday from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Charles Goldman

Charles Goldman, 56 Massingill Rd., Kingston, died Dec.4 in a Rome hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Joyce Goldman, Oct.7, 2013. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Parnick Jennings,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Sunday, November 30, 2013

Deborah Renee McDaniel (Little)

Ms. Deborah Renee McDaniel (Little), age 58, of 505 Sally Davis Road, Armuchee, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at her residence.

Ms. McDaniel was born in Rome, Georgia on May 22, 1955, daughter of the late Emmett McDaniel and the late Elizabeth Jean “Betty” Skipper McDaniel. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, William Little; a daughter, Melissa Reffit, Armuchee; 3 sons, James William Little, Armuchee, Richard Little, Rome, and Shane Little, Cave Spring; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Vicki Strickland, Rome, Diane Jones, Rome, and Donna Childers, Alabama; 2 brothers, Ray McDaniel, Armuchee, and Tony McDaniel, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Alfred Little, the Rev. Charles Champion, and the Rev. Donald Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow in the Lindale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 1:30pm and include: James William Little, Richard Little, Shane Little, Scott Smith, Tommy Bollen, Sr., and Tommy Bollen, Jr.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Emory Franklin Self

Emory Franklin Self, age 81, of Rome passed away Friday afternoon November 29, 2013 in a local hospital.

A native of Rome, Mr. Self was born November 14, 1932 son of the late Lonnie and Lula Bradfield Self. He was a resident of Rome his entire life and was employed as a machinist with Burlington, later Klopman and Galey and Lord Mill in Shannon, retiring in 1995 after 33 years. His passion, however was music and he began playing the guitar at age seven. In 1948 he began playing with the Happy Lumpkin Family, a popular singing group at the time. In 1951, he joined Delmas Franklin on WLAQ radio playing steel guitar, also playing in theaters, fairs, and other personal events. Over the years he also played with The Georgia Ramblers, Herman Williams, and the Rhythm Rangers. Mr. Self also played with the Gospel Jubeliers, Revelations, Hopefulairs, Pleasant Valley Boys, Christianaires, Jordanaires, and Cherokee Mountain Boys . He played with the Swingmasters in Atlanta on television and also various clubs and theaters. Before his illness, Mr. Self enjoyed playing with the Georgia Mountain Music Club. Mr. Self served for 29 years in the Army Reserves and National Guard. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Helen Justice, Dorothy Roberts and Bonnie Walters and a brother Donald Self.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn Flora Justice Self, to whom he was married April 25, 1953; two sons Lydell Self and his wife Becky and Tim Self; daughter Melanie Taylor; Seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Trinity Baptist Church with Reverend Frank Terpening and Bill Gore officiating. Interment will following East View Cemetery with the Honor Guard of the Shanklin – Attaway Post 5, American Legion providing military honors. Mr. Self will be placed in the church at 1 P.M. The Georgia Mountain Music Club will serve as honorary pallbearers and are requested to meet at the church at 1:45 P.M.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 until 7 P.M. at Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Trinity Baptist Church, 1728 Calhoun Road, Rome GA 30161.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Emory Franklin Self.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Patricia Ann Little Lawler

Patricia Ann Little Lawler, age 78, of Rome passed away on November 27, 2013, following a long illness.

Mrs. Lawler was born on April 20, 1935, in Cedartown, Ga. To the late Marshal and Dolly Powell Little. Mrs. Lawler worked for 34 years as a special diet cook at Northwest Regional Hospital prior to her retirement in September 1998. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved everyone unconditionally. She was preceded in death by four sibling, Doris Little Woodard, Virginia Little Odom, Bud Little, and Cyrus Little.

She is survived by her husband Robert LaFayne Lawler; three daughters, Alicia Welchel Ledford, and her husband, Jon; Marsha Welchel, Divell Welchel; five stepchildren; Tracy Lawler, Adrian Lawler, Jamie Lawler, Andrea Lawler West, and Sabrina Lawler Giles; eleven grandchildren, Cllint Ledford, Kyle Ledford, Brandi Lawler, Brice Lawler, Chip Giles, Marco Secciani, Giulio Secciani, Ashley West, Brittany West, Devin West, and Kody Morgan; three great grandchildren, Kaila Ledford, Carter Ledford, and Emsley Ledford.

One of twelve children, she is survived by her sibling; Wanda Little Jordan Sue Little Goins, Sylvia Little Snyder, Joan Little Wall and her husband, Louie, Barbara Little Penny, Larry Little, and his wife, Rhonda, Aaron Little and his wife Linda, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday December 1, 2013, at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Alan Fuller, officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until the hour of the service on Sunday at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Patricia Ann Little Lawler.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Steven Russell Thornton

Mr. Steven Russell Thornton, age 58, of 29 Green Valley Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Thornton was born in Columbus, Georgia on August 24, 1955, son of Janice Thornton Ford and the late James Russell Thornton. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church. Mr. Thornton worked for Georgia Power for 39 years most recently at Plant Hammond. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include a daughter, Miss Paige Thornton, Silver Creek; a son, Brad Thornton, and his wife, Devon, Aragon; a granddaughter, Cheyenne Grace Thornton; his mother, Mrs. Janice Thornton Ford, and her husband, Buddy, Columbus; 2 sisters, Cynthia Taylor, and her husband, Nick, Redding, CA, and Lynda Massey, and her partner, Teresa, Wynne, AR; several beloved cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 11 am at the Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles McCardle officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park with the Rev. Lael Corbett officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 4 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a son, Brad Thornton.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church on Saturday at 10:30 am and include: Sammie Dawkins, Ernie Padgett, William Wood, Brad Seckinger, Chris McClure, and Walter Tharp.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Anthony Moore

Mr. Anthony Moore, age 60, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at a Lafayette healthcare facility.

Mr. Moore was born in Rome on July 3, 1953, son of the late Andrew M. “Andy” Moore and the late Irma Belle Miller Moore. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dana Moore. Mr. Moore was a member of West Union Baptist Church, the Shannon Masonic Lodge, was a Shriner and served in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves. Mr. Moore worked for several years in automobile sales.

Survivors include his two daughters, Cassie and Jessie Moore, both of Gore; one brother, Ronnie Moore, Calhoun; numerous cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:00p.m. at the West Union Baptist Church with the Reverend Jerry Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in the West Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at West Union Baptist Church on Friday from Noon until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be reached at their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, November 25, 2013

William Riley Brock Jr

William Riley Brock, Jr., age 81, of 621 Kingfisher Circle, Rome, a prisoner of war during the Korean War, died Sunday, Nov.24, 2013 in a Rome hospital.

Private First Class William Riley Brock, Jr. was a member of the 7th Calvary Regiment, Company B, when wounded and captured following enemy gunfire. He was a Prisoner of War for 18 of the 42 months he served in the Army, receiving the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, POW Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean War Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and was qualified to receive the soon to be awarded to all Korean War veterans who “had boots on the ground” the Republic of South Korea Honor Medal.

Following the war, he returned to Rome and began work with finance companies and upon retirement was loan officer for First Finance & Thrift. Mr. Brock was born in Cedartown, GA., Jan.2, 1932, a son of the late William Riley Brock, Sr. and Effie Mae Barrett Brock. His family moved to the Anchor Duck Village when he was 10 and he was a graduate of McHenry High School. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Brock and a granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Brock.

Surviving is the mother of his children, Faye Huffington Brock Dunlap, Rome; son, William Riley Brock III and wife Heather; daughters, Beth Boyd and husband Ken, Rome and Amy Karen Lampela and husband Chris, Huntsville, AL; brother, James E. Brock, Kansas City, MO; sisters, Madeline Argiss, Independence.M0 and Margaret Legere, Clovis, CA.; Nine grandchildren (the love of his life), Tiffany Barnes, Dustin Lee, Williams Riley Brock IV, Megan Lampela, Katie Boyd, Brock Lampela, Blake Brock, Kaleb Brock and Peyton Brock and two great-grandchildren, Caroline Lee and Aaliyah Dempsey.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm Tuesday, Nov.26, 2013 in the Chapel of Parnck Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home with grandchildren and Parnick Jennings, Sr., a fellow Korean War veteran, officiating. Interment will be in the Georgia National Cemetery near Canton at 12 Noon Wednesday with the Honor Guard of Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion rendering full military rites. The family will receive friends at Good Shepherd from 6pm to 7pm Tuesday.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post tributes, and view a DVD of the life of Bill Brock.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Emily Louise Dillard Carden

Mrs. Emily Louise Dillard Carden, age 85, of Rome, passed away Sunday November 24, 2013 in a Rome Medical Center.

Mrs. Carden was born December 13, 1927, in Gordon County a daughter of the late John William Dillard, and Cora Mae Bagley Dillard. Mrs. Carden was a long time resident of the Riverside Community and a member of Riverside Baptist Church, and the Naomi Sunday School Class, she was retired from Galey-Lord after 57 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband Olen Carden, brothers, Gene, Clinton, Sam, and Herman Dillard, sisters, Aileen Pendley, Lillian Crump, Eddie Bell Jones, Ann Sticher, and Lenora Brock.

Survivors include a daughter and son in law, Janice and Allen Pinson, Rome; grandchildren, Matt Pinson, and Lacey Pinson, both of Rome; sisters, Kathleen Conaway, Plainville; Johnnie Lanham, Rome; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday November 26, 2013 at Riverside Baptist Church, with Rev. Randy Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery. The family will receive from 12:30 p.m. until the service hour on Tuesday at Riverside Baptist Church, 48 Ash St. Rome, Ga. 30161.

Memorials may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 48 Ash Street, Rome, Ga. 30161, or Model High School Dance and Drama Department, 3252 Calhoun Rd. Rome, Ga. 30161 or the family will accept flowers.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the church by 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Matt Pinson, Pat Pendley, Roe Holbert, Harry Harwell, David Brock, Randy Brock, Church Prevost, Banks Crump, Steve Dillard, Terry Pelfrey, Joey Pelfrey, Kieth Pelfrey, Vance Moore, Jimmy Dillard, Kerry Caldwell, and Ben Prevost.

Honorary Pallbearers will include the Naomi Sunday School Class.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165, has charge of arrangements.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Clyde Lokey Johnson

Mr. Clyde Lokey Johnson, age 62, 503 Woods Road, NW, Rome, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Johnson was born in Floyd County on June 22, 1951, son of the late Bob Leonard Johnson and the late Ruth Hardegree Johnson. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for over 26 years with Evans Store in Coosa. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, the former Linda Judy Hardegree, to whom he was married on August 4, 1972; a daughter, Ms. Tammy Johnson, Rome; 2 sons, Steve Johnson and Nevin Johnson, both of Rome; a step-son, Walter Wayne Hardegree, and his wife, Amanda, Bremen; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Mealor, Etowah, TN; 2 brothers, Kenneth Johnson and David Johnson, both of Cartersville; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 3pm at the graveside in Armuchee Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Monday from 1pm until the procession leaves for the graveside at approximately 2:30pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Monday at 2pm and include: Jeff “Baseball” Sprayberry, Alan Evans, Jr., Larry Lindsey, Lindsey Evans, Larry Evans, and Tracy Merrell.

In lieu of flowers, consult with the family concerning memorial donations.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Rebecca Taylor “Becky” Forrest

Mrs. Rebecca Taylor “Becky” Forrest, age 82, 220 Marshall Lane, Rome, passed away Friday morning, November 22, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Forrest was born in Lindale on September 28, 1931, daughter of the late Jim Young Taylor and the late Evie Viola Roberts Taylor. She had owned and operated the Garden Lakes Beauty Shop for several years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the North Rome Church of God. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Millard “Bill” Forrest, on March 28, 2013, and by 5 sisters and by 3 brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lynn Longino, and her husband, Bruce, Marietta; 2 granddaughters, Julie Robinson and Rebecca Longino; 3 great grandchildren, Jailyn, Carissa, and Luke Robinson; a brother, Dr. Marvin Taylor, and his wife, Kathryn, Rome; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 11am at the graveside in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. Her Pastor, the Rev. Terry Addis will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 9:30am until the procession leaves for the graveside. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Monday at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Rome Church of God, designated for home missions.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Valerie Stephens

Valerie Stephens, age 60, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, passed away on the morning of November 19, 2013, with her family by her side, following a battle with cancer. She was born on September 15, 1953.

Valerie earned her B.S. with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1982, and her MS and PHD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985 and 1989. She did an internship at the University of Indiana Department of Psychiatry and later opened her practice in Mount Pleasant.

In her personal life, Valerie was a good friend, daughter and sister, a devoted wife, and a wonderful and loving mother.

Valerie is survived by her husband of 28 years, Guy Newland; a son, Gabriel Newland; a daughter, Rebecca Newland; her mother, Gladys Stephens; 2 sisters, Debbie Lucas and Cathy Watson, of Silver Creek; many beloved nieces, nephews and in-laws also survive.

Preceding her in death was her dear brother, Kenneth Stephens, her father, Herbert Stephens, and a nephew, Stephen Cabrera.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.

Lamar Grady Haygood

Mr. Lamar Grady Haygood, age 66, of Rome, passed away on Saturday evening, November 23, 2013, at the residence of his brother in Cedartown surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Floyd County, October 22, 1947, son of the late Herman Haygood and the late Alice Poole Haygood. Prior to ill health, he was employed by Mohawk Industries. He attended the Live Oak Baptist Church. ,He loved arts, crafts, attending flea markets, and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Barker, and her husband, Chuck, Coosa; 2 sons, Duanne Haygood, and his wife, Ressie, and Danny Haygood, all of Prattville, AL; 4 grandchildren, Brandon Haygood, Nicole Cottle, and her husband, Kyle, Joel Innes, and his wife, April, and Thomas Lamar Barker; 1 great grandchild, Bentley Cottle; 2 brothers, Edward Haygood, and his wife, Kathy, Rome and Howard Haygood, and his wife, Wanda, Cedartown; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Tony Cargle will officiate. Interment will follow in the Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a nephew, 185 Edwards Road, Cedartown.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers and are asked to assemble at Henderson & sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Wednesday at 1:30pm and include: Johnny Warren, James Warren, Jeff Warren, Peyton Haygood, Junior Haygood, and Adam Haygood.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Carol Elaine Long Lovvorn

Mrs. Carol Elaine Long Lovvorn, age 60, 238 Flora Avenue, Rome, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Lovvorn was born in Floyd County on July 21, 1953, daughter of the late James Charles Long and the late Helen Wheeler Long. She was a 1971 graduate of Pepperell High School in Lindale and was an Honor Graduate of Floyd Junior College. She was listed in the Who’s Who among nursing students during her college years. A Registered Nurse, Mrs. Lovvorn was employed for a number of years in cardiac surgery at Redmond Regional Medical Center prior to her illness. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lindale but enjoyed the Shepherd’s Chapel television ministry.

Survivors include her husband, P. Wayne Lovvorn, to whom she was married on June 20, 1971; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Renae Lovvorn Pope, and her husband, Grady, Aragon; 4 grandchildren, Jessica Deaton and Johnathan Deaton, both of Aragon, Miranda Stiles, and her husband, Timmy, Aragon, and Shelly Kelley, and her husband, David, Silver Creek; 5 great grandchildren, Timothy Stiles, Cheyanne Stiles, and Tyler Stiles, all of Aragon, and Brianna and Lacey Kelley, both of Silver Creek; a sister, Mrs. Glenda Smith, and her husband, Ernie, Lindale; a brother, Houston Long, and his wife, Diane, Silver Creek; a sister-in-law, E. Jane Lovvorn DeBerry, and her husband, Jerry, Mystic, GA; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Interment will follow in New Prospect Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Saturday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30pm and include: Dylan Long, Troy Long, Scott Smith, Ron Morris, Johnathan Deaton, and David Kelley.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mary Frances Hunter

Mrs. Mary Frances Hunter, age 82, of 233 Long Meadow Drive, Rome, passed away on Tuesday evening, November 19, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Hunter was born in Polk County, Georgia on October 27, 1931, daughter of the late Marshall Godfrey and the late Myrtle Lee Corbin Godfrey. She was a homemaker and was married to the late Jesse Louis Hunter, who preceded her in death on May 23, 2011. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Snow and by a son, Roger Dale Hunter, and several siblings.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Hunter Jackl, Rome; a daughter-in-law, Helen Hunter, Rome; a sister, Geneva Ferguson, Marietta; a brother, Vance Godfrey, Cartersville; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral and interment services will be held at 1pm on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the graveside at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Clifford Free will officiate. At other hours, the family may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Robert Charles Johnston

Mr. Robert Charles Johnston, age 88, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Johnston was born in Floyd County on June 13, 1925, son of the late Reece Watters Johnston, Sr., charter enrollee of the Darlington School, and the late Rose Moore Johnston. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Thelma Beam “Blossom” Johnston, bookkeeper and receptionist for the Rome News-Tribune from 1966 to 1982, on April 22, 2004; and by six brothers, Elbert Johnston, Reece W. Johnston, Jr., Richard Johnston, James B. Johnston, William Johnston and Harry Mull Johnston.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Johnston served in the Naval Armed Guard, United States Navy, 1943-1946, with tours in the Persian Gulf and South Pacific, including two excursions through the Panama Canal. A Rome Kraft “original,” R.C. was among the very first crew to start up the paper mill, now Temple-Inland, in 1954. He retired in 1987 after 33 years of service. Mr. Johnston led the observation team that traveled to Finland and Sweden in 1986 to study the operation of several chemical recovery boilers while touring Tampella facilities.

Mr. & Mrs. Johnston were dedicated Georgia Bulldog fans and attended the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans where the University of Georgia defeated Notre Dame to capture the 1980 National Championship. He was also an ardent admirer of the United States Naval Academy, attending the 99th renewal of the Army-Navy Classic in Philadelphia with his son and grandson in 1998. Mr. Johnston was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Johnston Parker, Adairsville; a son, Charles Ronald Johnston, Braselton; five grandchildren, Chris Brown, Brandy McKenzie, John Parker, Russell Johnston and Erin Johnston; and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 23, 2013, in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Randy Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in the East View Cemetery with the American Legion Post # 5, Honor Guard presenting full Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 12:30pm until time for the service. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers and are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel at 1:30pm Saturday and include; Melvin Floyd, Buford Ingram, James Mehaffey, Larry Rogers, Lynn Bowles, and Tommy Young.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Margaret Wiggins

Ms. Margaret Wiggins, age 83, of 570 Bethel Church Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013, at her residence.

Ms. Wiggins was born in Rome, Georgia on August 4, 1930, daughter of the late Eula Catherine Townsend Cowart and the late Clarence Lee Cowart. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Eugene Wiggins. Ms. Wiggins was a graduate of Rome Girls High School and was the first female bus driver for the Floyd County Board of Education. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.

Survivors include 4 daughters, Janice Marie Fuller, Atlanta, Cathleen Wilson, Silver Creek, Carla McDonald, Spanish Fort, AL, and Betty Jean King, Rome; 3 sons, Gary Wiggins, Norcross, Michael E. Wiggins, Darlington, SC, and Robert L. Wiggins, Spanish Fort, AL; 2 sisters, Betty Kirkman, Rome, and Jean Wilkerson, Pittsburg, PA; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Billy Fricks will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Heyman Hospicecare at Floyd, P. O. Box 163, Rome, GA, 30162-0163, or the Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, P. O. Box 519, Silver Creek, GA 30173.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Earl William “Bill” Keeton

Mr. Earl William “Bill” Keeton, age 99, of Athens, GA, formerly of Armuchee, GA, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013, in Athens.

Mr. Keeton was born in Madison, AL, on November 4, 1914, son of the late Robert Earl Keeton and the late Mary Edna Sharp Keeton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Alice Mildred Perry Keeton, who he enjoyed traveling extensively with after his retirement. Mr. Keeton was very competitive, playing baseball and running track in high school, and was an excellent ping-pong player later in life. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served our country for five years during World War II. Mr. Keeton began his work life at an early age, delivering groceries and working other odd jobs. Before the war, he learned about printing. Mr. Keeton worked for the Summerville News before and after the war for several years. Later he became a printer with the Rome New-Tribune and eventually retired following over 30 years of service. He has left us with a vivid and happy memory of a life enjoyed with his family and wife. Mr. Keeton was a member of the Unity Baptist Church in Chattooga County, GA.

Survivors include his daughter, Jane Kobres, and her husband, Robert E. Jr., Athens; a granddaughter, Alice Engel Kobres, Athens; a grandson, Robert E. Kobres, III, Athens; a step-grandson, Erick Kobres, and his wife, Jennifer, Lawrenceville; two step-great-grandchildren, Christian and Jasmine Kobres; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 2:00p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with Dr. Jim Austin, Dr. Joe Baskin, and the Rev. Horace Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Chattooga County.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 12 noon until the service hour.

Active pallbearers asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday at 1:30p.m. and include: Steve Cordle, Bob Tucker and Jimmy Perry.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Richard Merle Lewis

Mr. Richard Merle Lewis, age 73, of 122 Morgan Drive, Rome, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Lewis was born in Rossville, Georgia on August 28, 1940, son of the late Amond R. Lewis and the late Alberta R. Weiser Lewis. He was a member of the Rome Seventh Day Adventist Church. Prior to retirement, Mr. Lewis worked for a number of years as an insurance agent. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving from 1957 until 1961. Mr. Lewis was a well known Square Dance Caller in the Rome area and he loved the JSU Marching Southerners.

Survivors include his wife, the former Linda L. Harris; 2 daughters, Mrs. Leigh Fowler, and her husband, Philip, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Katie Bishop, and her husband, David, Rome; a brother, Rex Lewis, Chattanooga, TN; 3 grandchildren, Samantha Fowler, Drew Bishop, and Aaron Bishop; a great grandson, Bennett Bishop; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Pastor Edward Skoretz and Pastor Larry Findley officiating. In accordance to his wishes, Mr. Lewis will be cremated following the funeral service.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 1 pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Billy Wayne Yarbrough

Mr. Billy Wayne Yarbrough, age 70, of Rome passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at his residence after a valiant battle.

Mr. Yarbrough was born in Chattooga County on October 19, 1943, son of the late Robert H. Yarbrough and the late Annie Mae King Yarbrough. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and James Yarbrough. Mr. Yarbrough had retired from Floyd Medical Center after 27 years as the Director of Cardiology. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and was the owner of Seven Hills Security, Inc., Yarbrough Auto Sales and Yarbrough Tire. We will always cherish his fond memories in our hearts.

Survivors include his wife, Candace “Candy” Yarbrough, Rome; a son, Wayne Yarbrough, and his wife, Kathy, Rome; two step-daughters, Deitra Heard, and her husband, John, and Bridget Chastain, and her husband, David; two brothers, Bob Yarbrough and Malcolm Yarbrough; four sisters, Annie Mae Creamer, Atlanta, Bessie Lee Russell, Rome, Helen Drummond, Rome and Elaine Hayes, Rome; grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2:00p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. David Thornton officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Tuesday from 6:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. At other hours, they may be contacted at his son’s residence, 1807 Floyd Springs Road.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Wednesday at 1:30p.m. and include: Active: Eddie McAlister, Gary Yarbrough, Larry Yarbrough, Timothy Russell, Dwight Neal, Aubrey Neal, Julian Touchstone and Jackie Creamer. Honorary: Larry Barkley, Arvin Holsomback, William Mathis, Todd Croft, and Steve Sluder.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heyman Hospice Care at Floyd and the friends and neighbors for the genuine kindness, love, and support shown to them during Billy’s sickness.

Flowers will be accepted or the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Patti Arp Tolbert

Mrs. Patti Arp Tolbert, age 84, of 350 O’Leary Lane, Rome, passed away on Friday morning, November 15, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Tolbert was born in Rome, Georgia on October 25, 1929, daughter of the late John James Arp and the late Kathleen Lovell Arp. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marshall McClure “Mac” Tolbert, on March 22, 2009. Mrs. Tolbert was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and worked for a period of time as a realtor for Davis Realty.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Dr. Patti M. Tolbert, Milledgeville, Mrs. Kathy Tolbert Roquemore, and her husband, Charlie, Rome, and Mrs. Ellen Tolbert Youngblood, and her husband, Bobby, Rome; 2 grandchildren, Rob Youngblood, and his wife, Ellen, Atlanta, and Catie Youngblood Mason, and her husband, Doug, Rome; a brother, Jim Arp, and his wife, Sherry, Silver Creek; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 11 am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. David Nance and the Rev. Horace Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 4 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 10:30 am and include: Active: Patrick Popham, Michael Mathews, Joe Etters, Donnie Leffew, Bob Doster, and Bill Doster. Honorary: Ernest Watson and Ronald Lovell.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mary Louise Johnston

Mrs. Mary Louise Johnston, age 80, of 3126 Cedartown Highway, formerly of 1616 Cave Spring Road, Rome, passed away on Friday morning, November 15, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Johnston was born in Floyd County, Georgia on July 26, 1933, daughter of the late James E. Moore and the late Mary Cantrell Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Lewis Johnston, on July 27, 2013, and by a sister, Yvonne McCain. Mrs. Johnston was of the Christian faith and worked for a number of years as a waitress at various Broad Street restaurants in Rome. She was a wonderful seamstress and loved making various arts and crafts with her hands. Her greatest gifts from God were giving to others and cooking.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Ms. Deborah Sue DeSoto, New York, and Mrs. Teresa Davenport, and her husband, Ed, Aragon; a son, Raymond Smith, and his wife, Rita, Rome; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; a brother, James E. Moore, Rome; her lifelong best friend, Inez Carter; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 2 pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Pastor Mike Barone officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 12:30 pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the Renaissance Marquis or at their respective residences.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 1:30 pm and include: Active: Brandon Smith, Bradley Smith, Ben Baker, Jeff Baker, B. J. Smith, and Bronson Smith. Honorary: Ben Gilbert, Ricky Selman, and Wayne Towe.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Henry Ford Payne

Mr. Henry Ford Payne, age 89, of 12 Chateau Dr., Rome, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013, at a local nursing facility.

Mr. Payne was born June 4, 1924, in Bartow County son of the late Luther Payne and Julia Worley Payne. Prior to retirement, he worked at Fox Manufacturing in the Shipping Department and also at Fairbanks Manufacturing. He was of the Baptist faith. We will miss him in our daily walk, but his memories will continue to remain in our hearts.

Survivors include his three sons, Jackie Payne, and his wife, Glenda, Edward Payne, Larry Payne, and his wife, Sherrie, all of Rome; one daughter, Shirley Moon, and her husband, Bobby, Aragon; one brother, L. V. Payne, Shannon; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces also survive.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 3:00p.m. in the Live Oak Cemetery in Aragon with the Rev. Anthony Osborn officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1:00p.m. until 2:30p.m. At other times, the family can be reached at their respective residence.

Active pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Sunday by 2:30p.m. and include: Eddie Payne, Bo Payne, Scott Payne, Payton Payne, Sam Payne and Russell Wright.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Winthrop Manor for the special care and attention shown to our loved one.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Otis Parr Jr

Mr. Otis Parr, Jr., age 66, of 18 Clover Street, Rome, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Parr was born in McCaysville, Georgia on October 4, 1947, son of the late Otis Parr, Sr. and the late Florence Guy Parr. He was also preceded in death by a son, Deryl Parr, Sr., and by 2 brothers, James and Billy Parr. Mr. Parr was of the Baptist faith and worked for a number of years at the Piggly Wiggly on Maple Street.

Survivors include his wife, the former Annie Ruth “Ann” Highfield; 2 sons, Larry Otis Parr, Columbus, and Kenny Parr, Jacksonville, FL; a brother, Donnie Parr, and his wife, Carolyn, Cedartown; a sister, Margaret Crocker, Rome; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 1pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Corey Wright officiating. Interment will follow in Morning View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 1pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 12:30pm and include: Dereck Parr, David Howard, Derek Stone, Hope Parr, Taylor Hardin, and John Allmon.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cecil Eugene Garrett Sr

Mr. Cecil Eugene Garrett, Sr., age 77, of 308 Pleasant Valley Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Garrett was born in Floyd County, Georgia on September 13, 1936, son of the late Noah James William Andrew Garrett and the late Maebell Causey Garrett. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Garrett, on January 31, 2012, by a sister, Mrs. Betty Jo Minter, and by 2 brothers, Richard A. Garrett, Sr. and Robert Garrett, Sr. He was a member of the Unity Baptist Church. Mr. Garrett loved gospel music and played the bass guitar in various gospel groups through the years. Prior to retirement, he worked as a truck driver for the Floyd County Public Works.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Brenda Proctor, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Wanda Knight, Rockmart; 2 sons, Eugene Garrett, Rome, and Tim Garrett, Rome; 5 grandchildren, April Frazier, Tonya Reynolds, Michael Knight, Montana Garrett, and Zac Garrett; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lucille Cromer, McDonough; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 12 noon at the Unity Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Ingram, the Rev. Donnie Sutton, and the Rev. Barry McCullough officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Unity Baptist Church on Friday at 11:30am and include: Michael Knight, P. J. Frazier, Junior Proctor, Chuck Heath, David Demonia, and Danny Franks.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Bessie Josephine “Jo” Baggett

Mrs. Bessie Josephine “Jo” Baggett, age 91, 302 Alfred Avenue, Rome, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Baggett was born in Blackshear, Georgia on August 4, 1922, daughter of the late George Lee Rosser and the late Bessie Josephine White Rosser. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Franklin Baggett, in April, 1989, a daughter, Judy Kyzar, by a son, Ed Baggett, by 5 sisters, Helen Satterfield, Annie Belle Bishop, Rose Murdock, Frances Rosser, and Ada Morgan, and by 5 brothers, Bellinger Rosser, John Rosser, Milton Rosser, Frank Rosser, and Paul Rosser. Mrs. Baggett was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church. She worked at the Summerville textile mill for 8 years and at West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Company in Lindale for 15 years and then retired from Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital following 15 years of employment.

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Barbara Baker, Silver Creek; a daughter-in-law, Mary Baggett, Summerville; a sister, Mrs. Hilda Reynolds, Lyerly; 7 grandchildren, Todd Baker, and his wife, Jill, Tim Baker, and his wife, Sharon, Jeff Baggett, and his wife, Tina, Jonathan Baggett, and his wife, Leisa, Pam Kyzar Lee, and her husband, Greg, Christi Kyzar Duncan, and her husband, Jeff, and Doug Kyzar, and his wife, Ashley; 13 great grandchildren, Mackenzie Baker, Anna Baker, Dusty Baker, Nicole Baker Popham, and her husband, Kyle, Colton Baker, Christopher Baggett, Jenifer Baggett Miller, and her husband, Jonathan, Sandra Baggett, Caitlin Baggett, Tracee Lee, Kristen Ann Lee, Danielle Duncan Mueller, and her husband, Brandon, and Tyler Duncan; 3 great-great grandchildren, Knox Popham, Klara Beth Popham, and Gauge Ferguson; special friends, Ronnie Hutchins, Jo Haney, and Doris Hutchins; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wendesday, November 13, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. James Guy and the Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Private interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Wednesday from 12 noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday at 1:30pm and include: Chris Baggett, Dusty Baker, Colton Baker, and David Reynolds.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sylvia Lorraine Sym-Smith

Mrs. Sylvia Lorraine Sym-Smith, age 79, of Hilton Head, SC passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013, after a decade long battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the residence of her daughter, Belinda. Mrs. Sym-Smith and her family were previous long-time residents of Barrington, Illinois.

Mrs. Sym-Smith was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 18, 1934; she was the daughter of the late Sylvester Louis Summerbell and Dyllis Mary Cumming Summerbell. She was married to Alan N. Sym-Smith on October 6, 1956. They were married for 52 years prior to his death in 2008.

Mrs. Sym-Smith was an avid traveler, tennis player, bridge player and very active in the Hilton Head community. She was a member of the St. Luke Episcopal Church, Daughters of the British Empire, The Bargain Box, and Sea Pines Country Club. She was an active volunteer with the Hispanic community, using her language skills to successfully integrate immigrants in the community. We will forever cherish her smile, joy of life, wisdom and her incredible quick wit. Her family will forever cherish her memory.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Sym-Smith Mills, and her husband, Kenyon of Charleston, WV; Belinda Sym-Smith MacKimm, and her husband, Mark of, Rome, GA; a son, Douglas Sym-Smith, and his wife, Evelyn of Dallas, TX; one sister, Shirley Raimundez and her husband Richard of Buenos Aires, Argentina; six grandchildren, Jonathan Mills, Douglas MacKimm, Ashtyn Mills, Allie MacKimm, Ian Sym-Smith and Maggie Sym-Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

The family would like to thank Hospice of both Hilton Head and Rome for the tender care they exhibited during their mother’s illness. Special thanks to Amanda Payne of Transitions Hospice Care.

A celebration of her life will be held on December 30, 2013 at St. Luke Episcopal Church, Hilton Head, SC. Interment to follow at Six Oaks Cemetery, Hilton Head, SC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, FL. 17, Chicago, IL or Transitions Hospice Care, 610 Shorter Ave SW, Rome, GA 30165.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement on behalf of the family.

Prudence Ora Mae Poe

Mrs. Prudence Ora Mae Poe, age 87, of 231 Alfred Avenue, Rome, passed away Sunday morning, November 10, 2013, at a local hospital.

She was born in Floyd County on September 27, 1926, daughter of the late Charles Perry and the late Grace Roberson Perry. She was a homemaker and was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Herman Wayne (Buster) Poe on February 22, 2004.

Survivors include her husband, Herman Clyde Poe, to whom she was married on December 26, 1942; two sons, Robbie Poe, Lindale, and Granger Poe, and his wife, Betty, Silver Creek; 7 grandchildren, Heather Poe Herrin, Amanda Jones, Perry Poe, Cody Poe, Carrie Poe, Sarah Poe Bridwell, and Ashley Poe; 5 great-grandchildren, Hunter Rhoden, Jayce Poe, Priscilla Murphy, Tristen Murphy, and Ava Elizabeth; a close friend, Haley Nails; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Talmadge Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 1pm until time for the service. At other hours, the family may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearers serving are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 1:30pm and include: Donald Bagley, Pat Bagley, Joseph Stapleton, Taylor Murphy, Mark Reynolds, and Mark Shiflett.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mary Bronson Ginn

Mrs.Mary Bronson Ginn of 30 Cedar Lane, the Coosa Community, died Saturday in a Rome hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Greer Ginn, Oct.31, 2012. Arrangements will announced later by Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

E.J.Carden

Funeral services for E.J.Carden,age 81 of 126 Trentwood Place, Rome were held Saturday at 4pm in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Minister Steve Price officiating. Mr.Carden was a retired piano tuner and a member of the Church of Christ. Arrangements were under the direction of Alvis Miller & Son Funeral Home, Rockmart in cooperation with Parnick Jenningbs,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dennis Allen Brown

Mr. Dennis Allen Brown, age 60, of Rome, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Brown was born in Floyd County on August 12, 1953, son of the late Allen Benjamin Brown and Evelyn Louise Crabbe Brown. He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Allen Brown. Prior to his becoming disabled, he was employed for a number of years with Pick O’Deli here in Rome. He was a member of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Imogene Little Brown, Rome; a daughter, Jennifer Middleton, and her husband, Tommy, Summerville; 2 step-daughters, Cindy Salter, Rome, and Melissa Salter, Clearwater, FL; 2 step-sons, Jamie Salter, Rome, and Stephen Johnson, and his wife, Donna, Trion; 20 grandchildren, Haley, Brooke, T. J., Drew, Austin, Kimbi, Natalie, Joey, Ethan, Jude, Savannah, Landen, Dustin, Dayton, Gavin, Dylan, Tyler, Hunter, C. J., and Karen; a sister, Deborah Brown Walk, and her husband, James, Guntersville, AL; 4 brothers, Billy Wayne Brown, and his wife, Tina, Rome, Johnny Brown, and his wife, Joan, Dalton, Dale Brown, and his wife, Kay, Rome, and Chris Brown, and his companion, Suzy Day, Crandell, GA; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow in Wax Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30pm and include: T. J. Middleton, Drew Middleton, James Walk, Stephen Johnson, Billy Wayne Brown, and Chris Brown.

The family would like to express their appreciation to United Hospice for their care during Mr. Brown’s illness. In lieu of flowers, consult the family concerning memorial donations for the benefit of his granddaughters.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Harold Eugene “Buddy” Scoggins

Mr. Harold Eugene “Buddy” Scoggins, 81, of 386 Haywood Valley Road, Armuchee, passed away on Thursday afternoon, November 7, 2013 in a local hospital.

Mr. Scoggins was born in Trion, GA on April 15, 1932, son of the late Murphy Scoggins and Louise Webb Scoggins. He was also preceded in death by a brother, William Scoggins. Mr. Scoggins was a U. S. Army, Korean War veteran, serving as a Military Policeman. He was an active member of the New Armuchee Baptist Church, a Mason and a member of the Low 12 Club. Prior to retirement, Mr. Scoggins worked for Gulf Life Insurance in sales and management. He loved his three grandsons and enjoyed watching them in sports and in band. We will remember him as fighter, fighting till the end against the cancer. His wisdom, smile and memories will continue to be cherished in our hearts for generations.

Survivors include his wife of 63 ½ years, Tillie Boss Scoggins, Armuchee; two sons, Tony Scoggins, and his wife, Ann Kay, Armuchee, and Bryan Scoggins, and his wife, Kim, Armuchee; one sister, Earline Ramey, Lafayette; one brother, Hoyt Scoggins, Rome; three grandsons, Shane, Cody and Matt Scoggins, all of Armuchee; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:00p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with Reverend David Howard officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Saturday, from noon until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30p.m. and include: Shane, Cody and Matt Scoggins, Mike Boss and Ricky Mull.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Robert Wallace McGehee

Mr. Robert Wallace McGehee of Rome, Georgia, passed away on November 3, 2013, at his residence after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Mr. McGehee was born in Auburn, Alabama, the son of the late Coleman and Suzelle McGehee. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and an MBA in Finance from Auburn University. He held Series 7 and 63 licenses, among other certifications.

His paternal grandfather, Reverend Robert Bruce McGehee, was a Methodist minister in Alabama. His maternal grandfather, Clifford L. Hare, was the Dean of the School of Chemistry at Auburn University and a member of the first football team in 1892. He later served as the first commissioner of the Southern Conference, the predecessor to the Southeastern Conference. The football stadium in Auburn was later named for his grandfather, Cliff Hare, and his father, Coleman “Babe” McGehee, scored the first receiving touchdown in the newly opened stadium in 1939. Rob was a true Auburn man, following his grandfather, Cliff Hare’s belief that, “Athletics make men strong, study makes men wise, and character makes men great.” Rob was beloved by his family, friends, customers, and those who cared for him during his illness.

He worked for 28 years with the Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors. He served as the market president for Northwest Georgia and was involved in the local community. He served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as its Business Development committee, was a member of the Rotary and served on the advisory board for the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of Rome First Methodist Church.

Rob is survived by his wife, Cindy; son, Dr. Clark Coleman McGehee; sister, Susan McGehee Venable, nephew, W. Stephen Venable, Jr., (wife, Maris Allen Venable, son, William Stephen Venable III, son, Henry Wilde Venable); nephew, Edward Coleman Steele, (wife, Dr. Jacy Marie Steele, son, Cooper William Steele), niece, Amy Venable Dixon (husband, Stephen Allen Dixon); sister, Mary McGehee Neafach (husband, Alan Neafach); sister, Cathy McGehee Jones (husband, Madison Percy Jones, III, nephew, Madison Percy Jones, IV, (wife Jane Alford Jones), nephew, Nicholas Williamson Jones; brother Clark Herndon McGehee (wife Rhett Brown McGehee); niece, Katherine McGehee, niece, Rachel McGehee; brother, Michael Bruce McGehee, niece, Molly Caitlyn McGehee, niece Emma Pauline McGehee, niece, Olivia Anne McGehee, and many other relatives.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Rome, Georgia, at 10:00 am Eastern Time at Rome First United Methodist Church, and in Auburn, Alabama, at 6:30 Central Time at Auburn United Methodist Church. Visitation will be immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the ALS Association of Georgia, Auburn University, or the First United Methodist Church.

Henderson & Sons North Chapel & Crematory makes this announcement on behalf of the family.

Mary Jim Morris

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jim Morris of the Riverside Community, Rome, widow of the late Roy Morris, who died Wednesday evening, will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home with a private interment in Union Grove cemetery, Rock Run,AL. She was retired as a school teacher of the former Celanese School. Complete arrangements will be announced by Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bert W. Stiles

Mr. Bert W. Stiles, age 73, Buchanan, GA, passed away Wednesday morning, November 6, 2013, in Southern Traditions Nursing Home.

Mr. Stiles was born in Franklin, NC on November 10, 1939, son of the late Lake and Ethel Roberts Stiles. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Lillian Chastain and Lane Sargent, and by a brother, Robert N. Stiles. He was a graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Berry College, and West Georgia College, where he received his Master’s Degree in Counseling. He began his 30 years career in education at East Rome High School. Prior to his retirement, he was an Industrial Arts teacher at Carrollton High School. Mr. Stiles was a member of the Carrollton First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his son, Erick W. Stiles, and his wife, Andrea, Silver Creek; 2 grandchildren, Heather Sisson, and her husband, Justice, Lindale, and Noah Stiles, Silver Creek; a great grandchild, Riley Sisson, Lindale; 2 sisters, Hazel Wilson and Laverne Henry, both of Franklin, NC; a brother, Billy Joe Stiles, Rabun Gap, GA; 2 special friends, Linda Stiles, Carrollton, and Keith Smith, Carrollton; nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Billy Fricks will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 1:30pm until time for the service. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Traditions Nursing Home, 144 Depot Street, Buchanan, GA 30113.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Margarette Ann “Doodle” Helton-Siniard

Mrs. Margarette Ann “Doodle” Helton-Siniard, age 64, of 121 Williams Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Doodle was born in Rome, Georgia on February 12, 1949, daughter of the late Thomas Perry Helton and the late Mary Alice Rogers Helton. She was also preceded in death by a step-daughter, Jeannine Dimples Luker and by a special friend, Janice Crowder. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church but was currently attending the Flint Hill Baptist Church. She was owner/operator of Unlimited Elevations hair salon, retired from the Laborers Local #752-515 out of Atlanta, and Worked for Southern Bell from 1967-1987.

Survivors include her husband, Herschel Siniard, to whom she was married on May 2, 2010; a daughter, Megan Helton Gilbert, and her husband, Dallas, Charleston, SC; 5 step-daughters, Julia Luker, Silver Creek, Allison Luke, Atlanta, Jill Browning, Atlanta, Wendy Siniard, Rome, and Jenny Siniard, Rome; a step-son, Joe William Luker, Silver Creek; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Wilma J. Shiflett, Atlanta, and Sara Clayton, and her husband, Vondell, Silver Creek; a brother, William Thomas Helton, Sr., Silver Creek; special nieces and nephews, Andrea & Gary Sebesta and Tommy & Nancy Helton; other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Don Spears, the Rev. Harold Ingram, and the Rev. Ricky Shedd officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot at Wax Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday at 1:30pm and include: Curt Holcomb, Jeff Siniard, Dwayne Dover, Patrick Sebesta, Brad Burkhalter, Mark Boozer, and Robby Siniard.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Karen Elizabeth Pappalardo Worthington

Ms. Karen Elizabeth Pappalardo Worthington, age 26, of 237 Alfred Avenue, Rome, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Karen was born in Rome, Georgia on December 30, 1986, daughter of Julie Weatherby Treadway and the late Michael Pappalardo, Sr. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandfather, John Weatherby.

Survivors include her son, Zaryen Zachary Burgyone, Rome; her mother, Julie Treadway, Jensen Beach, FL; a sister, Mrs. Sharon Walsh, Jensen Beach, FL; 2 brothers, Michael Pappalardo, Jr., Rome, and Jonathan Treadway, Jensen Beach, FL; grandparents, Sam and Paralee Pappalardo, Rome, and Lucille Weatherby, Rome; nieces and nephews, Jacob, Billy, Aubrey and Annabella Walsh.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Holt officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday at 10:30am and include: Matt Walsh, Jonathan Treadway, Jacob Walsh, Billy Walsh, Wayne Royer, and Doug Weatherby.

In lieu of flowers, please contact the family about memorial contributions.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Frances Elizabeth Tidwell Waits Bradford

Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Tidwell Waits Bradford, age 82, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Bradford was born on Park Avenue in Lindale on November 6, 1930, daughter of the late Thomas Tidwell and the late Ollie Mae Hammonds Tidwell. Due to the death of her mother, Elizabeth was adopted at the age of 18 months by her aunt and uncle, the late Rev. J. E. Waits and the late Minnie Hammonds Waits, who raised her. She attended Pepperell Schools and was employed with the Pepperell Mill for over 40 years. Her final years were spent at Fifth Avenue Health Care in Rome. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bradford was preceded in death by her husband, Howard J. Bradford, on October 8, 1979.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Yvonne Warner, and her husband, Alan, Douglasville; her son, Mickey Bradford, Rome; 4 grandchildren, Jamie Warner, Carrollton, Kelley Warner, Carrollton, Hayley Warner, Athens, and Dillan Bradford, Rome; 2 great granddaughters, London Warner, Douglasville and Bailey Bradford, Rome; a brother, Larry Tidwell, Rome; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Rayford Davenport officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 3pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Janie Cox Griffin Mount

Mrs. Janie Cox Griffin Mount, age 72, of 402 Flora Avenue, Rome, passed away on Friday morning, November 1, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Mount was born in Cherokee County, Georgia on March 13, 1941, daughter of the late Johnny Milton Cox, Sr. and the late Ruby Mauldin Cox. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Clifford Mount. Mrs. Mount was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lindale.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Neila (Mark) Gray, Rome, and Mrs. Kimberly (Gary) Smith, Adairsville; 7 grandchildren, Blake (Lauren) Gilbert, Jennifer Smith (Jeremy) Broach, Nicole Smith (Josh) Goldman, Tyler Gilbert, Gary Lee Smith, Ali Gray (Will) Smith, and Jarrett (Bridget) Gray; 3 great grandchildren, Eli Broach, Ethan Broach, and Carter Gray; a brother, Johnny M. (Annell) Cox, Jr., Lindale; a niece, Katie Cox (Scott) Grodeman; 2 great nephews, Grant and Reece;1 great niece, Olivia; many adopted family members from Chulio Hills Health and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 12 noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Mr. Blake Gilbert and Mr. Mark Gray officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot at Pleasant Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Burnham officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 11:30am and include: Tyler Gilbert, Gary Lee Smith, Josh Goldman, Jeremy Broach, Will Smith, Jarrett Gray.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Eva Carolyn Jones

Mrs. Eva Carolyn Jones, age 71, of 45 Alabama Street, Cave Spring, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Jones was born in Rockmart, Georgia on January 16, 1942, daughter of the late Wilburn Herschel Crowe and the late Willie Belle Vinson Crowe. She was a member of the South Broad Baptist Church. Prior to retirement, she worked for a number of years for Kellogg. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, K. C. Jones, on November 23, 1995.

Survivors include a son, James Kenneth Jones, Rockmart; 2 daughters, Eva Lucille Byess, Aragon, and Lisa Rebecca Milam, Cave Spring; 3 sisters, JoAnn Hulsey, Cave Spring, Willie Mae Campbell, Cedartown, and Patricia Fanton, Barnesville; a brother, David Crowe, Augusta; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Kenneth Boatner officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot at Antioch Cemetery on Morgan Valley Road.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 1:30pm and include: Chris James, Dewayne Tidwell, Howard Byess, Joe Campbell, Dennis Milam, and Terry James.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Patricia Marlene Bryant Fleming

Patricia Marlene Bryant Fleming, age 82, of Rome passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 after a brief illness.

Marlene was born in Floyd County, GA January 6, 1931 the daughter of the late J. Roy Bryant and Leila Pass Bryant. She attended Girls High School in Rome and was employed with Floyd Medical Center for 27 years as a switchboard operator and central files clerk. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Ken Bryant, a sister Doris Bryant Kerns. She was also preceded in death by her husband Don Fleming February 25, 2008.

Mrs. Fleming is survived by two daughters and a son in law Vicki and Guy Stevens of Winston-Salem North Carolina and Cheri Fleming of Rome; son and daughter in law Marty and Nancy Fleming of Loganville, Georgia; Two grandsons Gary (Ashley) Stevens of Cary, North Carolina, John Stevens of Winston-Salem North Carolina, a granddaughter Meghan Fleming of Loganville, Georgia and a sister Pat Tankersley of Rome also survive.

Graveside and interment services will be conducted at 3 P.M. Sunday at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome Sunday from 2 until 3 PM. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post memories.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Patricia Marlene Bryant Fleming.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Zachary David Burgoyne

Mr. Zachary David Burgoyne, age 26, of 237 Alfred Avenue, Rome, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Zach was born in Rome, Georgia on November 28, 1986, son of Veronica LeCroy and David Patrick Burgoyne. He worked as a tattoo artist and was very talented at his work.

Survivors include his mother, Veronica LeCroy, Summerville; his father, David Burgoyne, Phoenix, AZ; step-father, Eric Bray; a son, Zaryn Zachary Burgoyne; a sister, Nikki Burgoyne, Trion; grandmothers, Wanda LeCroy, Aragon and Cecile Burgoyne, Lewiston, Maine; 2 uncles, Eric LeCroy and Michael LeCroy; nephew, Adien Hall cousins, Erica LeCroy, Bryant LeCroy, Luke Corntassel, George Corntassel, and Kimberly LeCroy.

In accordance to his wishes, he will be cremated. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Marie Buffington Broome

Marie Buffington Broome, quietly passed away at home on Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, after an extended illness.

Marie was born on July 3, 1939. She was a graduate of Armuchee High School, Class of 1957 and a life-long member of Antioch Baptist Church. She enjoyed antiquing and shopping at yard sales. Among her favorite collectables were porcelain figurines and china sets. She was a woman of great warmth and friendliness.

She is survived by her husband Max Broome, her parents, Clarence D. and Matilda Buffington, and her brothers Leonard (Alvadine) Buffington, James (Gail) Buffington, and Jerry (Pam) Buffington all of Rome, GA, her children include Chris Howell Evans, of Ringgold, GA, Sharon (Frank) Craven of Rome, GA, Tammy (Geoff) Gimotty-Stokes of Buford, GA and Keith (April) Howell of Rome, GA. She is also survived by her step-children Mark (Becki) Broome of Rome, GA, Dede (Mark) Thacker of Adairsville,GA, April Ely, and Jason (Marie) Broome of Rome, GA. She leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in her honor will be held at Antioch Baptist Church, Big Texas Valley Road, on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the church 45 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 4526 Big Texas Valley Road, NW, Rome, GA 30165, or to your favorite charity.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory makes this announcement for the family.

Hubert Arthur Perry

Mr. Hubert Arthur Perry, age 96, of Rome passed away Thursday afternoon, October 31, 2013 at a local health care facility.

A native of Lindale, Mr. Perry was born November 10, 1917 son of the late James McDaniel Perry and Ruby Griffin Perry. He had been a resident of Rome most of his life and was a retired sales representative with Rome Frozen Foods, later Sysco Foods. Mr. Perry was an active member and deacon of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and will be remembered as a dedicated and hard working person with a very good sense of humor. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II in Central Europe, the Ardennes and the Rhineland, and Normandy. Mr. Perry was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Inez Adair Perry April 22, 2000.

Survivors include his daughters Susan Motes and Wanda Smith. Three grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.

Graveside funeral and interment services will be conducted at 2 PM Saturday November 2, 2013 in the Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens with Reverend Bobby Stephens officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Honor Guard of Shanklin – Attaway Post 5, American Legion. The family will greet friends following the service.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Hubert A. Perry.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Willard Lewis Freeman

Mr. Willard Lewis Freeman, age 86, of Rome, passed away Tuesday October 29, 2013, in a Rome Medical Center.

Mr. Freeman was born March 20, 1927 in Bartow County, a son of the late Richard Lewis Freeman, and Louise Elizabeth Shelton Freeman. He was of member of Rome Church of Christ. Mr. Freeman was retired from Inland Containers after 34 years of service. He was preceded in death by a son Willard Allen Freeman, brothers, Nonnie, Lonnie and J.P. Freeman, sisters, Annie Freeman, Eunice Freeman, Willie Mae Freeman, Eloise Dudley.

Survivors include his wife, Doris McLeod Freeman, son and daughter in law, Greg and Frances Freeman, Centre, Al; daughter and son in law, Angie and Victor McClain, Rome; brothers, McKinnley Freeman, Calhoun; Clyde Freeman, Rossville; sister, Louise Samples, Calhoun; grandchildren, Heather (Chad) Gordon, Allison (Mark) Pledger, Robert (Melissa) McClain, Patrick McClain, great grandchildren, Hunter Gordon, Hayden Gordon, Dawson Gordon, Skylar Pledger, Andrea McClain, and Isac McClain, special in laws, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday October 31, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Mr. Steve Rogers, officiating. Interment will follow in Snow Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, near Adairsville. The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P. M. on Thursday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Robert McClain, Patrick McClain, Chad Gordon, Mark Pledger, Terry Freeman, and Chris Freeman.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Mr. Willard Lewis Freeman.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Raymond Albert Bradshaw Jr

Mr. Raymond Albert Bradshaw, Jr., age 67, of 29 Glen View Drive, Rome, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Bradshaw was born in Athens, GA on September 22, 1946, son of the late Raymond Albert Bradshaw, Sr., and the late Rachael Bales Bradshaw. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Eric Shane Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw worked for a number of years with the Rome Police Department and retired from the Cartersville Police Department. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed life to its fullest daily. Mr. Bradshaw loved the outdoors, being with his family, especially the grandchildren, and Gospel music. We will always remember his smile, positive attitude, love for his family, and wisdom.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Judy Thompson Bradshaw, Rome; one son, Raymond Albert Bradshaw, III and his wife, Laura, Elgin, TX; four daughters, Cindy Hurley, and her husband, Donnie, Calhoun, Sylvia Driver, Armuchee, Sandra Broome, Rome, and Sharon Baker, and her husband, Tim, Cave Spring; one sister, Angie Bradshaw Burkhalter, and her husband, Steve, Cave Spring; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in Everett Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 12 noon until the funeral hour. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday at 1:30pm and include: Zach, Colton, Dusty, Austin, Jody and Kyle.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tammy Denise Cargle Stansell

Ms. Tammy Denise Cargle Stansell, age 50, 15 Ramblewood Drive, Silver Creek, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at a local hospital.

Ms. Stansell was born in Floyd County on January 30, 1963, daughter of the former Barbara Rampley and Rev. Thomas Edward “Tommy” Cargle. She was a 1981 graduate of Pepperell High School in Lindale and was a graduate of the Armstrong School of Beauty. A Master Cosmetologist, Ms. Stansell was employed in Lindale for many years. She was a member of the Silver Creek Baptist Church. Ms. Stansell was preceded in death by her daughter, Stephanie Leigh Stansell, on September 5, 2003, and by a sister, Gail Annease Cargle Coursey, on February 5, 2002.

Survivors include a grandson, Jake Ashley; her parents, Rev. Tommy and Barbara Cargle, Silver Creek; a brother, Rev. Tony Cargle, and his wife, Angel, Kingston; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 11am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with her uncle, the Rev. Morris Cargle, her nephew, Brady Cargle, and her brother, the Rev. Tony Cargle, officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday evening from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday at 10:30am and include: Kevin Ashley, Kenneth Cargle, David Cargle, Brady Cargle, Graham Cargle, Bobby Coursey, Chase Love, and Randy Green.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Elwood Doug Miller

Elwood Doug Miller, 90, of Rome passed away Sunday morning October 27, 2013 in a Rome hospital.

A native of Tellico Plains, Tennessee, he was born April 29, 1923 son of the late Harlan Boyd Miller and Eva Jones Miller Frady. Mr. Miller lived in Georgia and Alabama most of his life and was a 1942 graduate of Adairsville High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from February 1943 to December 1945 as a second class Petty Officer aboard the USS Chester during the Pacific Battles. He received five stars for five major battles in the American Area, Asiatic-Pacific, and Philippine Liberation. After the war, he attended the University of Georgia off campus division.

In 1947, Mr. Miller joined the Belk Department Stores and worked in Cartersville and Decatur, Georgia. In 1959 he transferred to the Alabama chain where he was employed for an additional 30 years in management in several Alabama cities.

Mr. Miller was always active in church and civic organizations. He moved to Rome in 1989 where he attended West Rome Baptist Church and Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents Harlan Boyd Miller and Eva Jones Miller Frady of Fairmount, Georgia; his wife of 63 years Audrey Wright Miller, and two brothers Eldon Miller of Detroit Michigan and Elmo Miller of Vidalia, Georgia.

Survivors include two daughters and son in law Diane and David Phillips of Acworth, Georgia and Carol and Tom Montague of Stockbridge, Georgia; one son and daughter in law Stephen and Debbie Miller of Ft. Payne, Alabama. Seven grandchildren Trey (William) St. John and his wife Amber of Powder Springs, Georgia; Susan St. John Sims and her husband Kevin of Canton, Georgia; Aldyn, Joshua, and Nathan Miller of Ft. Payne, Alabama and Zachary Montague and his wife Kate of Stockbridge, Georgia. Three great grandsons and a great granddaughter also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. Tuesday, October 29 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue with Dr. Billy Kitchens officiating and his son Reverend Steve Miller delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Ryo Baptist Church Cemetery near Fairmount. The family will receive friends Tuesday from I until 2 P.M. at the funeral home. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to share memories and sign the online guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to International Village of Hope (Haiti) PMB 163, 6252 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee Florida 34613, The American Heart Association, PO Box 672648 Marietta, Georgia 30067, or the Diabetic Association, 512 Avenue A Rome Georgia 30161.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Elwood Doug Miller.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Curtis Ray Johnson

Mr. Curtis Ray Johnson, age 60, of 48 Pleasant Hope Road, Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Johnson was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 5, 1953, son of the late William Delmas Johnson and the late Leona Hawkins Johnson. He worked for a number of years in construction and was a member of the Reynolds Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Judy Easterwood, to whom he was married on August 30, 1971; 2 daughters, Mrs. Melissa Holland, and her husband, John R., Lindale, and Mrs. Kathy Riordan, and her husband, Jeremy D., Rome; 4 grandchildren, Kassie Riordan, Harley Riordan, Christopher Holland, and Grace Holland; a brother, William Delmas Johnson, II, Louisville, KY; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 2pm at the graveside at Pleasant Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Johnny Wayne Hann and the Rev. Nick Hann will officiate.

Mr. Johnson will be carried to the residence of a daughter, Ms. Kathy Riordan, 6 Clover Street, Rome, where the family will receive friends after 11am on Friday until leaving for the cemetery at 1:30pm on Sunday.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Kathy’s residence on Sunday at 1pm and include: Roy Lee Easterwood, Chris Hann, Leon Mabry, Charlie Barker, Jeffery Freeman, David Loner, and Cody Brock.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jimmy Eugene Smith

Mr. Jimmy Eugene Smith, age 71, of 1857 Economy Lane, Rome, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Smith was born in Floyd County, Georgia on February 11, 1942, son of Marvin Julian Smith and the late Beulah “Sally” Hesler Smith. He was of the Baptist faith and worked for a number of years as a self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, the former Pat Easterwood, to whom he was married on November 19, 1960; a daughter, Mrs. Sherry Smith McCraw, and her husband, Rodney, Aragon; a son, Randy Eugene Smith, and his girlfriend, Tammie Bridges, Rome; 4 grandchildren, Clayton Michael McCraw, Matthew Stephen McCraw, Hannah LeAnn Smith, and Amanda Lynn Capes; 2 great grandchildren, Abigail McCraw and Camden Capes; his father, Marvin Smith, Centre, AL; a sister, Mrs. Marvine Hibberts, Centre, AL; a brother, Donnie Smith, Rome; close family friend, Marvin Couey; nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 1pm at the graveside at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Ricky Studdard will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8pm.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Clifford Ray Tolbert

Mr. Clifford Ray Tolbert, age 84, 1336 Estes Road, Piedmont, AL, formerly of Rome, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Tolbert was born in Floyd County on August 26, 1929, son of the late Owen Alvin Tolbert, Sr. and the late Beedie Long Tolbert. He was also preceded in death by his wife, the former Betty Lucille Shiflett on February 19, 2010. Mr. Tolbert was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. For many years, Mr. Tolbert was a charter bus driver. Later in his years, he became a Christian Evangelist, traveling across the United States speaking and evangelizing at various events. He had also served as a Prison Chaplain for a number of years. He was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign War and was formerly a Mason, and was a member of the Billy Graham Speakers Association. Mr. Tolbert was a communicant of St. Charles Catholic Church in Jacksonville, AL and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Diane Tolbert Raley, and her husband, Dan, Vinemont, AL; a son, James Ray Tolbert, Sr., and his wife, JoAnn, Piedmont, AL; 4 grandchildren, James Ray Tolbert, Jr., Kelli Nicole Joyner, and her husband, Jared, Jonah McCade Tolbert, and Jordan Hope Tolbert; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. James R. Macey officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 12:30pm until service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Maree Rogers

Mrs. Maree Rogers of Calhoun and formerly of Plainville, died Tuesday morning in Gordon Hospital, Calhoun following a brief illness, She was the wife of Bishop Davis Rogers, longtime Church of God pastor, evangelist and overseer and staff member of Good Shepherd Funeral Home. She was a member of the North Rome Church of God. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Parnick Jennings,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Verna Cooper Evans

Mrs. Verna Cooper Evans, age 90, of Lindale, passed away on Friday morning, October 18, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Evans was born in Grant, Alabama on October 23, 1922, daughter of the late Edward and the late Maggie Wright Cooper. She was a member of the Lindale Church of Christ. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Evans worked in Civil Service at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. She was very active in her church and was a member of the Federated Garden Clubs. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, James Eldridge Evans, in January of 1994, and by a sister, Mrs. Bernice Farmer.

Survivors include a son, David Evans, and his wife, Barbara, Lindale; a granddaughter, Mrs. Jamie Sherrie Hembree, and her husband, Jared, Livingston, AL; a grandson, Joshua Cooper Evans, Lindale; a sister, Mrs. Erma Wright, Grant, AL; a brother, Norman Cooper, and his wife, Ann, Leesburg, FL; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Minister Bill Brinkley officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1:30pm until the service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of her son, David Evans, 42 Conns Lake Road, Lindale.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30pm and include: Joshua Evans, Jared Hembree, Craig Justice, Andy Thomason, Otis Butler, and Terry Pledger.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 922 East Morris Street, Dalton, GA 30721.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

John Paul Caldwell

John Paul Caldwell, age 78, of the Davis Loop Road, Rome died Saturday morning October 19, 2013 at his residence.

A native of Rome, Mr. Caldwell was born on the same property where he lived and died, son of the late William Griffin Caldwell and Anna Laura Davis Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell was a textile worker and self employed painter. A hard worker, he was a child of the depression and used that experience to make himself as self sufficient as possible, working two jobs, selling firewood and raising livestock and gardening. He was a thrifty person who would cut out coupons for his children and grandchildren and will be remembered as a person who loved practical jokes. Mr. Caldwell was a member of the North Rome Church of God and the Bert Brooks Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tom and George Caldwell and a grandson John John Streetman.

Survivors are his wife, Roberta Jackson Caldwell; children and their spouse Paula(John Streetman of Plainville, Larry (Phyllis) Caldwell of Columbus, MS; Joy (Kent) Pilcher of Rome and Sandra Caldwell of Rome. Brothers Calvin, Marvin, and Monroe Caldwell and sisters Mary Jane Spiller, Martha Hicks, Janie Beard, and Jennie Nelson, along with 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 Pm Monday, October 21, 2013 at the North Rome Church of God with Reverend Andy Hutchins officiating Interment will follow in East View Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 until 4 PM at the church. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net tosign the guestbook and view the tribute.

An honorary escort will be composed of Greg Grantham, Keith Spiller, and brothers Monroe and Calvin Caldwell. Active pallbearers include Keith Caldwell, Carmen Caldwell, Chip Ward, Robert Nichols, Matt Pilcher, Jeremy Pilcher, Dennis Autry, and Wes McLendon.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of John Paul Caldwell.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Peggy Glenise Dempsey Horton

Mrs. Peggy Glenise Dempsey Horton, age 80, of Rome, passed away Tuesday October 15, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Horton was born February 1, 1933, in Floyd County a daughter of the late Q.R. Dempsey, and Easter Carter Dempsey. She was a member of the Baptist Faith. Mrs. Horton was employed by Celanese Fibers for several years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howell E. Horton.

Survivors include sons, Duane Horton, Rome; Todd Horton, and his wife, Lori, Rome; daughter, Vicky McLemore, and her husband, Wayne, Centre, Al; grandchildren, Noah Horton, Shelley Kudella, great grandchildren, Kate Kudella,and Shane Kudella, Jr. sister, Claudette Coffia, Lindale; special nephew, Rene Fountain.

The family would like to extend at very special thanks to Heyman Hospice and Coosa Valley Home Health, special caregivers, Betty Wiseman, Joan Williams, Patricia Hall, Christina Ball, and Jackie Haney.

Graveside and interment services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday October 19, 2013 at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Alfred Baker, officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM on Saturday October 19, 2013, at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Mrs. Peggy Glenise Dempsey Horton.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Faye Curry

Mrs. Faye Curry, age 82, of Silver Creek, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013, at her residence.

She was born in Cherokee County, Alabama on May 11, 1931, daughter of the late A. J. Williams and the late Lillie Mae Womack Williams. For many years, she was employed by Lindale Manufacturing Co., but retired from Valley View Nursing Home, where she was a Nurse’s Aid. She was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Curry, April 23, 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Green, and her husband, Clayton Lee, Silver Creek; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jewel Miles, Calhoun, and Mrs. Virginia Greene, and her husband, Dell, Rockmart; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 11am at the graveside in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Clifford Free will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday morning from 9am until the procession leaves for the graveside at approximately 10:30am. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Bessie Laura “Becky” Leming Ozment

Bessie Laura “Becky” Leming Ozment, age 87, of Rome, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013.

A native of Rome, Mrs. Ozment was born November 20, 1925. She was the eldest daughter of the late Vassar Free Leming and Florence Josephine Walker Leming. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and best friend of 68 years, Robert Chandler Ozment; and one cherished sister, Esther Cauthen; and three brothers, Ernest Leming, Johnnie Leming, and James Leming.

Mrs. Ozment is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy and Tom Harvey of Durham, North Carolina; and, Kathy and David Garrett of Rome. Others surviving are her adored granddaughter, Sarah Patterson and her husband Dustin, and beloved grandson Robert Harvey, all of Durham, NC; and her sisters-in-law, Sylvia Ozment and Maxine Lane, and brother-in-law, George Myron Baker, all of Rome. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends whose lives were brightened by her beautiful, dimpled smile.

Mrs. Ozment was a long time member, and active participant, of Beech Creek United Methodist Church. During her service at Beech Creek she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, led the Youth Group, and served as Financial Director. She was famous for the delicious Brunswick stew and perfect Pecan Pound Cakes she lovingly prepared for social gatherings and fund raising projects at the church. She was employed at Berry College from 1964 until 1971. Always popular with young people, she was the supervisor of the Valhalla snack bar at Krannert Student Center. Her home was always a favorite gathering place for family and friends. She loved her well-kept yard and had plenty of chairs under the big oak trees where laughter, iced tea, cake and ice cream flowed freely all summer long.

A celebration of Bessie Laura Leming Ozment’s life will be held at Good Shepherd Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Visitation will be from 3-4 pm; Mr. Adrian Fanjoy and Rev. Mitzi Oates will officiate over the memorial service at 4 pm. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’ Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Virginia Gail DeBoard

Mrs. Virginia Gail DeBoard, age 59, 5664 Rockmart Road, Silver Creek, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mrs. DeBoard was born in Floyd County on August 3, 1954, daughter of the late Thomas and Thelma Lee Conaway Gladney. She was employed for a number of years with the Floyd County School System as a bus driver and a substitute teacher. Prior to her becoming disabled, she was an insurance agent with Modern Woodmen of America. Mrs. DeBoard was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lindale Chapter, and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, J. W. DeBoard, Jr., to whom she was married on April 7, 1978; 2 sons, Joseph DeBoard, Silver Creek, and Jeffrey DeBoard, Rome; 6 grandchildren, Kirstyn, Jaden, Cierra, Bryson, Kinsley, and Layla DeBoard, all of Lindale; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Kiser, and her husband, Ronnie, Silver Creek; a special niece, Kayla Dooley, Armuchee; other siblings and nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Rob Miller and the Rev. Henry Conaway officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30pm and include: Shane Gladney, Lee Studdard, Jason Crumley, Scott Gladney, Johnny DeBoard, and Travis DeBoard.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Betty Louise Eads LeCroy

Betty Louise Eads LeCroy, age 81, longtime secretary for Jennings West Oak Chapel and Parnick Jennings,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Rome, died at her residence, 290 Wayside Rd., NE at 3:23 pm Friday following a 10 month battle with cancer. Betty had lived with her sister Margaret and brother-in-law Parnick Jennings, Sr. since 1988 and was well-known to Parnick Sr.’s Gospel Music Concerts attendees as the “advanced ticket lady”. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dorothy Mae Walker Carlisle

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Walker Carlisle, age 80, of Rome, passed away Tuesday October 8, 2013 at her residence.

Mrs. Carlisle was born November 21, 1933, in Floyd County a daughter of the late, George Walker, and Ruth Taylor Walker. She was of the Baptist Faith. Mrs. Carlisle was preceded in death by Kenneth Carlisle.

Survivors include her husband, James Carlisle, daughters, Debbie Wilkey, Plainville; Brenda Hicks, Adairsville; Teresa King, Woodstock; son, LeBroyn Carlisle, Cartersville; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren. Sisters, Charlotte Hooper, Rome; special nephew, Robbie Towe, Rome;

Graveside and interment services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday October 11, 2013 at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Keith Guyton, officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Friday October 11, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life Mrs. Dorothy Mae Walker Carlisle.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Joyce Thein Goldman

Mrs. Marilyn Joyce Thein Goldman, age 76, Kingston, passed away October 7, 2013 at her residence.

Mrs. Goldman was born January 10, 1937, in Norfolk, Nebraska, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Thein, and Arlene Waterbury Thein. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Goldman enjoyed making dolls and doll clothes, sewing, and antiquing, she was loved and will be missed by all. Mrs. Goldman was a loving wife to her husband for fifty, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and love all little children. She was preceded in death by her sons, David Goldman, and Richard Bruntz, sister, Maureen Highley.

Survivors include her loving husband of fifty years, Charles G. Goldman, children, Scott (Tona) Goldman, Adairsville; Glen (Bobbie) Goldman, Kingston; Gregory (Elizabeth) Goldman, Roswell; Raymond (Melinda) Bruntz, Addison, IL; Donald (Jane) Bruntz, Burlington, NJ; Danny (Terri) Bruntz, Fort Collins, Co; Russell Bruntz, Phoenix ,AZ; sister, Carolyn Spady, Hastings, NE; 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, special Care Givers, Tyler Goldman, Josh Goldman, Jennifer Goldman, Nicole Goldman, very special cousin, Margaret and Stoney Lane, several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Amedisys Hospice, Heather Gurthrie, and Melissa Oliver.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10001 or the family will accept flowers.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday October 12, 3013 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Branton officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 9 p.m. on Friday October 11, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Mrs. Goldman will lie instate one hour prior service at Church on Saturday.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the church on Saturday by 1:30 p.m. Larry Holmberg, Tyler Goldman, Josh Goldman, Brandon Rollins, Fred Jarzis, and Donald Lane.

Honorary pallbearers include, Joe Hazelwood, and Jonathan Waddle.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Mrs. Marilyn Joyce Thein Goldman.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Marilyn Joyce Thein Goldman

Mrs.Marilyn Joyce Thein Goldman, age 76, of Kingston, passed away October 7, 2013 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday October12, 2013 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Branton, officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 9 p.m. on Friday October 11, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 3015.

Mrs. Goldman will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th Floor New York, New York, 10001 or the family will accept flowers.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Mrs. Marilyn Joyce Thein Goldman.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Donelda Marie (Donnie) Streetman

Mrs. Donelda Marie (Donnie) Streetman, age 88, of 301 Avenue E, Lindale, passed away on Sunday morning, October 6, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Streetman was born in Milwaukee, WI on August 22, 1925, daughter of the late Ernest Finster and the late Theresa Kempf Finster. For over 25 years, she and her late husband owned and operated Streetman’s Variety Store located at 139 South Broad Street, Rome. She was of the Catholic Faith. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Streetman was also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Streetman, on March 9, 1981, and by a son, Kim Streetman, on August 27, 1993. She loved flowers, children, and attending flea markets.

Survivors include 2 grandsons, Erin Streetman, Lindale and Chris Streetman, Bowdon; daughter-in-law, who she regarded as a daughter, Linda Streetman, Lindale; a sister, Roberta Plato, Rochester, NY; 2 nieces, JoAnn Smith and her husband, Doug, Rochester, NY and Shirley Sutton, and her husband, William, Goldsboro, NC; a nephew, Donald Plato, Cary, NC.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Deacon Stuart Neslin officiating. At the request of Mrs. Streetman, she will be cremated following the service.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 12 noon until time for the service. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Betty Lee Smith McCoy

Mrs. Betty Lee Smith McCoy, age 84, of 49 Pineridge Drive, Silver Creek, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mrs. McCoy was born in Rome, Georgia on July 31, 1929, daughter of the late Ridley Smith and the late Mattie Lou Fowler Smith Formby. She was a 1946 graduate of Cave Spring High School. Prior to retirement, Mrs. McCoy worked for a number of years at Lindale Manufacturing. She was of the Methodist faith. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McCoy was preceded in death by her husband, W. F. “Kid” McCoy.

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Linda Diane McCoy, Silver Creek; a grand-dog, Goldie; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013, at 3:30pm at the graveside in East View Cemetery. The Rev. Clifford Free will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 2 until 3pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Donald Andrew Nelson

Mr. Donald Andrew Nelson, age 79, of 14 Beech Street, Rome, (Riverside Community) passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Nelson was born in Floyd County, Georgia on May 18, 1934, son of the late Leroy Nelson and the late Effie Bowen Nelson. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. Mr. Nelson worked for Southern Co-operative Foundry for a number of years and then for B & K Block Company for a number of years. He then worked for the City of Rome Solid Waste Department for 29 years until his retirement in 1999. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Willard Nelson and Jimmy Nelson. Mr. Nelson liked to work with wood, fish and spend time with his wife and entire family.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Frances Louise Nelson, to whom he was married on July 1, 1955; two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Kisor, and her husband, Jason, Rome, and Mrs. Melissa Alexander, and her husband, Rick, Silver Creek; two sons, Donald Lamar Nelson, and his wife, Deborah, Armuchee, and Barry Nelson, and his wife, Jackie, Rome; six grandchildren, Tiffany Chaffer, and her husband, Bryan, Ashley Nelson, Brittany Otting, Bailey Otting, Andrew Nelson, and Jacob Nelson; one great grandchild, Jordan Otting; a brother, Mack “Mickey” Nelson, Rome; a sister-in-law, Frances Ballard Nelson; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 2pm at the graveside at Rome Memorial Park. Dr. Rodger Whorton will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Donald Lynn Chastain

Mr. Donald Lynn Chastain, age 60, of 423 Wilshire Road, Rome, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 in a local hospital.

He was born in Columbia, SC on August 7, 1953, son of Geraldine Stokes Chastain and the late James H. Chastain. He was a graduate of the Cedartown High School. He was also a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and was a Georgia Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He was formerly associated with Henderson & Sons Funeral Home and prior to ill health, he was associated with West Georgia Crematory. He was a member of the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Cedartown.

Survivors include his wife, the former Linda Corbitt, to whom he was married on January 11, 2011; a daughter, Ashley Chastain, Cedartown; a son, Anthony Chastain, Atlanta; his mother, Geraldine Chastain, Rome; a step-son, Dustin Corbitt, Rome; 4 grandchildren; aunts, uncles, and several cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 2:30pm at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Cedartown with Dr. Kenneth McClary and Dr. Anthony Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in the Polk Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Mr. Chastain will be taken to the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church on Sunday to lie in state from 1:30pm until time for the service. Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church on Sunday at 2pm and are as follows: Active: Dustin Corbitt, Ryan Baldwin, Michael Baldwin, Stanley Lemacks, and Reginald Oliver. Honorary: Employees of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bobby Herschel Honea

Mr. Bobby Herschel Honea, age 81, of 10 Wood Valley Dr., Rome, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mr. Honea was born in Rome, GA on March 4, 1932, son of the late Horace Greeley Honea and the late Nellie Roper Honea. Mr. Honea was a veteran of the United States Army, serving on the front lines in the Korean War. Mr. Honea was self employed, operating a commercial sweeping service. Prior to opening his own business, he was employed with Ledbetter Brothers as a Payroll Clerk. He loved football, both college and pro.

Survivors include his two daughters, Donna Honea Allred, and her partner, Russell Martin, and Angela Honea Huey, and her husband, John Mason Huey, all of Rome; one brother, James Alton Honea, Cedartown; two granddaughters, Victoria Michele Allred and Jacqueline Nicole Allred, both of Rome; four grandsons, William Blake Butler, Ft. Oglethorpe, Jonathon Kyle Huey, Joshua Mason Huey and Matthew Emmett Huey, all of Rome; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:30pm at the graveside in East View Cemetery. The Rev. Micah Pritchett will officiate with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 1 until 2pm. At other times, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Luther D. Miller

Mr. Luther D. Miller, age 93, of Rome passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in a Rome Medical Center.

Mr. Miller was born March 18, 1920 in Lynn, Indiana, a son of the late Oliver B.H. Miller, and Rebekah Belle Cheeseman Miller. Mr. Miller was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1942. He was Herdsman for Chester F. Kroger, founder of Kroger Grocery Chain, Livestock Superintendent for Adams Ranch in Odebolt, Iowa, a dairy operation of over 1,100 head of cattle. He published several articles for Hereford Journal and other publications.

Mr. Miller came to Berry College in 1977 as an instructor of Livestock Management. He retired in 1988 and continued to work part time for Berry for many years. During his time at Berry he traveled to China promoting the dairy industry. Mr. Miller was a member of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Toastmasters International, and Rotary International.

The flag at Berry College will be flown at half mast on Friday, October 4, 2013 in memory of Mr. Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Lemen Miller.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 4, 2013 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Greg Lund officiating. The family will greet friends after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1941 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165 has charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Charlie Edward Wilkins

Mr. Charlie Edward Wilkins, age 79, 6 Rosemont Drive, Rome, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mr. Wilkins was born in Floyd County on May 20, 1934, son of the late Edgar Harley “Sam” Wilkins and the late Grace Mount Wilkins. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Carroll. Mr. Wilkins was a veteran of the United States Army. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for over 34 years with Georgia Kraft. He was a member of Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, was a member of the Prime Timers, and was a member of the Don Mullins Sunday School Class.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Salmon, to whom he was married on June 28, 1959; a daughter, Mrs. Angela Bloodworth, and her husband, James, Silver Creek; a son, Bradley Wilkins, and his friend, Amanda Carter, Rome; 4 grandchildren, Zach Kinsey, Silver Creek, Jake Bloodworth, Breelie Baker, and Ashby Carter, all of Rome; 2 sisters, Mrs. Edna Turner, Lindale, and Mrs. Sarah Grissom, and her husband, Virgil, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 2pm at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church with Dr. Philip May, the Rev. Billy Fricks, and Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 5 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

The following nephews will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church on Friday at 1:30pm and include: James Terrell, Anthony Lumpkin, Steve Salmon, Norris Baker, Greg Loflin, and Steve Turner.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Betty Lou Lee

Betty Lou Lee, age 72, of Rome passed away Monday evening September 30, 2013 in a local hospital.

The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 P.M. at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome. Memorial services will be conducted Friday , October 4, at 5 PM in the Chapel of Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Reverend Dale Byars officiating. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to view the complete announcement and memorial tribute, and sign the on line guestbook.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue is serving the family of Betty Lou Lee.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

James Johnson Gresham

Mr. James Johnson Gresham, age 74, a long-time resident of the Rosemont Park Community, Rome, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013, in a local hospital following a long and courageous battle with a rare chordoma tumor of the spine.

Mr. Gresham was born in Rome on December 16, 1938, and was raised in the Armuchee area. He is the son of the late Sidney Gresham and the late Lorene Gresham Tichler. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Herman Tichler and by a brother, Ernest Gresham. Mr. Gresham was a graduate of Armuchee High School and Coosa Valley Tech. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Prior to his retirement, he was the electrical inspector for the Rome-Floyd County Building Inspection Department for many years. Mr. Gresham was a member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and was a member of the Sanctuary Choir.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Green Gresham, to whom he was married on July 23, 1959; a son, Doug Gresham, and his wife, Melinda, Rome; 2 grandsons, Ben Gresham, and his wife, Heather, Rome, and Josh Gresham, and his wife, Rebecca, Cartersville; 2 great grandchildren, Wyatt and Avarie Mae Gresham, both of Rome; 2 sisters, Ms. Mary Bruner and Ms. Faye Hewlett, both of Calhoun; 2 brothers, Herbert Gresham, Huntsville, AL, and Jack Gresham, and his wife, Linda, Armuchee; nieces and nephews also survive as well as his beloved canine companion, Ginger.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with Dr. Benny Garner and the Rev. Jack Foley officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 12 noon until the service hour. At other times, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday at 1:30pm and include: Bud Ware, Genile Norris, Ron Winslett, Gene Milam, Wesley Willis, Barry Burkhalter, Charles Hilliard, and Wayne Lovvorn.

The family wishes to thank Shirley, Holly, and the caregivers with Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd for their ministry during Mr. Gresham’s illness.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Chad M. Copeland

Mr. Chad M. Copeland, age 34, of 6034 Martha Berry Highway, Armuchee, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013, at a local hospital.

Mr. Copeland was born in Rome on January 13, 1979, son of Bob A. Copeland and Teresa Carr Worley. He worked with his dad as an Auto Mechanic and he enjoyed collecting arrow heads, trout and bass fishing. While Chad is no longer with us, we will always remember him in our hearts.

Survivors include his father, Bob A. Copeland, and his wife, Carol, Armuchee; his mother, Teresa Carr Worley, Rome; two children, Katie Copeland, Rome, and Bryson Fincher, Euharlee; one brother, Bobby Copeland, Jr., and his wife, Tamara, Rome; two uncles, Steve Copeland and David Copeland, both of Rome; two nieces, Emily Carney, and her husband, Cabe, Shannon, and Morgan Copeland, Rome; numerous friends also survive.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the arrangements.

Shelby Joyce Crumly Hardin

Shelby Joyce Crumly Hardin, age 64 of Rockmart passed away at her residence early Monday morning, September 30, 2013.

A native of Marshall County, Alabama Mrs. Hardin was born May 10, 1949 daughter of the late Oneida Ruth Griffith Roden and John David Roden. She was a graduate of Model High School and was employed by Galey and Lord as a quality control technician. She truly lived for her work, and will always be remembered as a very loving woman who enjoyed working with flowers, sewing, and quilting. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her first husband William Ben Crumly.

Survivors include her daughter and son in law Janice and Robert Goodwyn of Rockmart; her grandson and the light of her life Stephen William Cromer of Rockmart; brother James Roden; sister Martha Free of Calhoun and a special nephew Chris Towe. Her husband Terry Russell Hardin also survives.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 PM Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome with Reverends Larry Towe and Marvin Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 9 PM at the funeral home.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Shelby Joyce Crumly Hardin.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Evans Rudolph Wright

Mr. Evans Rudolph Wright, age 71, of 400 Brewer Road, Kingston, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Floyd County on June 23, 1942, son of the late Albert Wright and the late Estelle Venable Wright. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the American Legion Post # 5 in Rome. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver, having been employed for a number of years with Reeves Transportation Co. in Calhoun. Mr. Wright was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, the former Judith Anna Perry, to whom he was married on June 27, 1965; 2 daughters, Alice Murphy, and her husband, Ray, Dallas, and Diane Wright, Rome; a son, Richard Wright, and his wife, Dawn, Lafayette; 2 brothers, J.T. Wright, Rome and Charles Wright, Orlando; 6 grandchildren, Kandice Parker, Kayla Parker, Will Wright, Jacob Murphy, Addison Kirby, and John Wright; a great granddaughter, Olivia Perry; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Branton officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 6 until 8 pm. At others hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers serving are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Wednesday at 2pm and include: Will Wright, Jacob Murphy, Chance Carlstrom, Kevin Luallen, John McDaniel, and Kirt McDaniel.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Harold Edward Wallace

Mr. Harold Edward Wallace, age 81, 13169 Highway 100, Lyerly, GA, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Wallace was born in Polk County on November 4, 1931, son of the late E. H. “Cap” Wallace and the late Lillie Pearl Bradshaw Wallace. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Turner, and by a brother, Billy Joe Wallace. Mr. Wallace was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 38 years with Inland Container Corp., now Temple-Inland, here in Rome. He was a member of the Rome Elks Lodge # 694, the American Legion Post #5 in Rome, and the Floyd County Democratic Party. Mr. Wallace was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Pearl East, to whom he was married on March 3, 1956; a son, Eddie Wallace, and his wife, Kimberly, Lyerly; 2 sisters, Mrs. Bonnell Wright, Lindale, and Mrs. Carolyn Whelchel, Silver Creek; a brother, John F. Wallace, Rome; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 30, 2013, at 11am at the graveside in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The Rev. David Fincher and Bro. Danny Fincher will officiate with the American Legion Post #5 Honor extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 until 7pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Choice Hospice, 106 Pearl Drive, Suite 107, Lafayette, GA 30728, or to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 Garden Lakes Blvd., Rome, GA 30165.

The family wishes to thank Christina Bentley and Nicole Watkins and the entire staff of Life Choice Hospice for their ministry during Mr. Wallace’s illness.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Franklin Delano Riggins

Mr. Franklin Delano Riggins, age 79, of Rome, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Floyd County, February 3, 1934, son of the late John Riggins and the late Viola Lee Riggins. He was a member of the Sunnyside Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Spring Industries in Calhoun.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dora Irene Herrera, to whom he was married in 1997; a daughter, Violet McKnight, and her husband, Douglas, Rome; 2 sons, Rafael Torres, and his wife, Ann, Plainville, and Carlos Herrera, Rome; a brother, Donald Riggins, Carrollton; 7 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter; a daughter-in-law, Terri Kay Burnley, Dallas; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 6pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Keith Guyton officiating. Interment will follow on Tuesday at 10am in Lindale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 4pm until time for the service. At other hours, they may be contacted at their respective residences.

Pallbearers serving are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Monday at 5:30pm and include: Tony Weaver, Phillip Smith, Marcus Torres, Corey Burnley, Wayne Burnley, and Scott Smith.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Sara Jeanette Deaton

Mrs. Sara Jeanette Deaton, age 75, 3317 Rockmart Road, Silver Creek, passed away Saturday morning, September 28, 2013, at the residence of her sister.

Mrs. Deaton was born in Floyd County on January 29, 1938, daughter of the late Otha Elijah Porter and the late Clara Belle Whitlock Porter. She retired from Lindale Manufacturing Co. following many years at the Lindale Mill. She was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Roy Deaton in 2008 and by a brother, John William Porter in 1956.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. Debbie Hulsey, and her husband, Roger, Silver Creek, and Mrs. Doris Lemming, and her husband, William, Kingston; a brother, David Lee Porter, and his wife, Wilma, Cedar Bluff, AL; a special niece, Brandy Tate, and her husband, James, Silver Creek; several other nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Kenneth Boatner officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, Sunday from 6 until 9pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at 57 Stephens Road, Silver Creek.

All pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday at 1:30 pm and include: Active: Roger Hulsey, James Tate, Jesse Greenleaf, Hugh Green, Joseph Kelley, Josh Wright, and Steven Kelley; Honorary: Dale Hulsey and Eddie Dean Deaton.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Roy Michael Brown

Mr. Roy Michael Brown, age 54, of 12 Crescent Avenue, Rome, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Floyd County on December 13, 1958, son of Gwendolyn Jarrett Brown and the late Roy Lee Brown and was a retired Ford Dealership Shop Foreman. He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Mikie Brown. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include 2 sons, Brad Coleman, and his wife, Sayuri, Rome, and David Brown, Ohio; 2 daughters, Elizabeth Brown, Ohio, and Katie Coleman, Texas; his mother, Mrs. Gwendolyn Jarrett Brown, Rome; 2 sisters, Patricia Wallje, and her husband, Jerry, Rome, and Sheila Turner, and her husband Bobby, Hazard, KY; a brother, Chris Brown, Rome; 10 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Floyd Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 6 until 8pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers serving are asked to assemble at the Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday at 1:30pm and include: Brad Coleman, Chris Brown, David Brown, Jerry Wallje, Jeff Brown, and Barry Brown.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Peggy June Bowman

Mrs. Peggy June Bowman, age 78, of Rome passed away Friday September 27, 2013, in a Rome Medical Center.

Mrs. Bowman was born February 26, 1935, in Polk County, a daughter of the late Bill and Lucille Fry. She retired from Florida Tile, and Kmart Pharmacy. She was of the Baptist Faith. Mrs. Bowman was preceded in death by , sons, Bobby and Billy Cook, daughter, Sandra Williams, and 2 grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Willie V. Bowman,; sons, Larry (Chris) Cook, Rome; Richard (Sandra) Cook, Shannon; brother, Harry (Lillian) Fry, Rockmart; Nancy Phillips, Rockmart; 9 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday September 30, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Morning View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday September 29, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Olan Ray Bishop Sr

Mr. Olan Ray Bishop, Sr. age 80, of Piedmont, passed away Wednesday September 25,2013 at his residence.

Mr. Bishop was born April 18, 1933, in Cherokee County, Alabama a son of the late Donald Bishop and Louellie Hunt Bishop. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was retired from Georgia Kraft as a Mill Wight. Mr. Bishop was a Community Coach for youth Sports for many years, he was instrumental in setting up Etowah Park. He was a member of the Johnson Booster Club. Mr. Bishop was veteran of the Korean War serving with United States Navy. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister in law Robert and Betty Bishop.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Towe Bishop, children, Charlene Bishop (Paul) Adams; Pam Bishop (Mike) Leonard; Ray Billy (Angie) Bishop; Felicia Headrick (Scott) Blake; Russell (Kim) Headrick; April Bishop ( Joe) Marion; Sabrina Bishop Baker; Austin Bishop; grandchildren, Michael Leonard, Preston Leonard, Eric Leonard, Brieanne Bishop, Tripp Bishop, Catherine Blake, Colin Blake, Amy Headrick, Krista Headrick, Grace Marion, Joseph Marion, and Kameron Baker, great grandchildren, Trey Leonard, Madison Leonard, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday September 30, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Russell Headrick, and Rev. Robert Wright, officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p. m. Sunday September 29, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Michael Leonard, Erick Leonad, Tripp Bishop, Kameron Baker, Austin Bishop, Trey Leonard, and Joseph Marion.

Honorary pallbearers include, Preston Leonard, and Roy Williams.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the DVD on the life of Mr. Olan Ray Bishop, Sr.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Ralph Tillman Mangum

Mr. Ralph Tillman Mangum, age 94, of Rome, passed away Thursday Wednesday September 26, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. Mangum was born April 17, 1919 in Floyd County, the son of the late Ben Tillman Mangum, and Mary Gladys Sharp Mangum. He became a member of North Broad Baptist Church in 1937, he served as Deacon and in many other church offices, he was a member of the Malakah Sunday School Class, Coosa Masonic Lodge # 622 F&AM the Low Twelve Club, and Rome Carving Club. Mr. Mangum was an Eagle Scout. He retired from the Rome News Tribune as a route salesman for 48 years. Mr. Mangum was preceded in death by his first wife Maureen Mangum in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Bridges Mangum to whom he was married November 1978. daughter and son in law, Cecelia Mangum Budd, and Ronnie Budd, Rome; grandchildren, Benjamin (Claire) Budd; Meredith (Kane) Phillips; great grandchildren, Zachary Tillman Budd; Kendra Harper, and Brittany Harper. Marcus Phillips.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday September 28, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Micah Pritchett, officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Memorials may be made to North Broad Baptist Church.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Malakah Sunday School Class.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Jackie Eugene Self

Jackie Eugene Self, 75, of Rome passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

A native of Floyd County, Mr. Self was born December 4, 2013 son of the late Ruth Bledsoe Self and Carl Franklin Self. He was employed by Inland Paper and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Self was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Martha Atkins Self May 15, 2008.

Survivors include three sons Bobby, Dean, and Gene Self; daughter Debbie Hardin; a brother Harold Self; twelve grandchildren Levi, Sydney, Nakoda, Rusty, Dusty, Michael, Matthew, Bradley, Brandon, Wesley, Allison, and JJ. Seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside funeral and interment services for Jackie Eugene Self will be conducted at 2 PM Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Fisher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery on Dry Creek Road in Chattooga County with Reverend Ray Teems officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 5 until 7 PM at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Jackie Eugene Self.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Samuel Louis “Sam” Buffington

Mr. Samuel Louis “Sam” Buffington, age 64, 1320 Morris Road, Aragon, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Buffington was born in Floyd County on December 11, 1948, son of James Louis Buffington and the late Dorothy Dean Giles Buffington. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam War. Prior to his becoming ill, he was employed with the City of Rome, following over 26 years of employment with West Point Pepperell Manufacturing Company and Lindale Manufacturing Company. He was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Sandra Agan, to whom he was married on April 14, 1972; a daughter, Mrs. Christa Carver, Aragon; a grandson, Austin Carver, Aragon; his father, Mr. Louis Buffington, Rome; a sister, Jan Kirkland, and her husband, Jerry, Carrollton; nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 2pm at Flint Hill Baptist Church with his Pastor, the Rev. Don Spears, officiating and with his grandson, Austin Carver, delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Lance Herst officiating and with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Flint Hill Baptist Church on Saturday from 1pm until the funeral hour. At other times, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Flint Hill Baptist Church on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: T. R. Rhyne, Steve Burkhalter, Mike McDougal, Neal Herndon, Will Herndon, and Tony Bagley.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Margaret Osborn “Peggy” Lucas

Mrs. Margaret Osborn “Peggy” Lucas, age 83, 1600 Harmony Road, Silver Creek, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Lucas was born in Newark, Ohio on May 19, 1930, daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Walker Osborn. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Warman, and by 4 brothers, Leroy, Morgan, Pete, and Bill Osborn. She devoted her life to her family and in service to her Lord. She was an accomplished pianist and organist and began playing the piano at Perryton Christian Church in Newark, Ohio when she was only 12 years old. She served as a choir director, pianist, and organist at many United Methodist Churches in Georgia including Atlanta, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Silver Creek. She also served at the Aragon United Methodist Church in Aragon, GA where she was a member.

Survivors include her loving family, who she devoted her life to: her husband, Donald Emerson “Don” Lucas, to whom she was married on June 8, 1948; 3 daughters, Mrs. Cathy Maddox, and her husband, Randy, Silver Creek, GA, Ms. Debra Holden, and Michael, Rome, GA, and Mrs. Lisa Buchanan, and her husband, Kevin Hodge, Powder Springs, GA; 4 sons, Donnie Lucas, and his wife, Becky, Temple, TX, Dick Lucas, and his wife, Brenda, Decatur, AL, Ronnie Lucas, and his wife, Wanda, Woodstock, GA, and Mike Lucas, and his wife, Debbie, Silver Creek, GA; a brother, Robert Osborn, Morrow Bay, CA; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Sue Rector, Frazeysburg, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Humphrey, Newark, Ohio, and Mrs. Narcissa Osborn, Newark, Ohio; 16 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Mickey Moss, Dr. Larry Wilson, and the Rev. Michael Holt officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Saturday from 4 until 6pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday at 2:30pm and include: Jason Maddox, Johnny Lucas, Travis Holden, Jamie Lucas, Michael Lucas, Casey Lucas, Matthew Buchanan, and Ronnie Horton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aragon United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 183, Aragon, GA 30104.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Deborah Lois Eason Marshall

Ms. Deborah Lois Eason Marshall, age 62, 3301 Garden Lakes Pkwy, Rome, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at a local hospital.

Ms. Marshall was born in Rome, Georgia on November 8, 1950, daughter of the late Glides James Eason and Maxie Long Eason Peacock. She retired from the City of Rome Police Department after 25 years of dedicated service to our community. Ms. Marshall also worked at Berry College for a number of years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry F. Marshall, and her step-dad, Horace Peacock. Mrs. Marshall and her husband were both very active in the Boy Scouts of America. We will remember her loving smile and generous spirit. She will be missed in our daily routine, however she will live on in our hearts.

Survivors include her son, Robbie Marshall, Rome, two sisters, Gail Cook and her husband, Clyde, Rome, and Kathy Ledbetter and her husband, Milton, Armuchee; grandmother, Mamie Long, Rome; one grandson, Levi Marshall, Rome; two granddaughters, Kate Lynn and Kaylee Colburn, both of Rome; a special sister-in-law, Ann Cordle, Rome; nieces and nephews.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

The family may be contacted at each of their respective homes.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, makes this announcement for the family.

Karen Moore Garrett

Mrs. Karen Moore Garrett, age 69, of Rome passed away Tuesday September 24, 2013 at her residence.

Mrs. Garrett was born January 15, 1944 in Floyd County, a daughter of the late James W. “Pete” Moore, and Orpha Ruth Tarvin Moore. She attended Hollywood Baptist Church. Mrs. Garrett was retired from Rome News Tribune and Babies Can’t Wait with the State of Georgia. She was a 1962 graduate of Coosa High School. Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelly Garrett.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lamar Garrett, sons, Matt (Rebekah) Mathis, Rome; Bobby (Stephanie) Garrett, Rome; daughters, Christie (Michael) Warren, Rome; Sunny Garrett, Center, Al; sisters, Angelyn Busby, Appling, Ga; Fae Ware, Rome; grandchildren, Collin Mathis, Cauri Mathis, Cooper Mathis, Paige Garrett, Tori Garrett, Dakota Smith, Garrett Crane, Michelle Warren, Katie Warren, nieces, Sherry Barinowski, and Sandy Alexander, several great grandchildren, and great nieces, and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday September 27, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. David Harper, officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p. m. Thursday September 26, 2013 at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’ Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 3016.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Lance Campbell, Leslie Pearce, Dakota Smith, Chris Garrett, Michael Warren, and Perry Barinowski.

Please visit our website, www.goodshepherdfh.net to sign the online guest book.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Martha Hardin Potts

Martha Hardin Potts, 69, of Cedar Bluff, AL passed away Sunday night September 22, 2013 at her residence.

A native of Polk County, GA Mrs. Potts was born September 24, 1943 daughter of the late William McKinley Hardin and Mary Lee Green Hardin. She was employed by Lindale Mills as a loom fixer and attended Hollywood Baptist Church. Mrs. Potts was a beautiful person who always tried to help her fellow person. She had a big heart, loved animals and was a hard worker.

Survivors include her husband George Potts, Jr to whom she was married December 24, 1960; daughter Belinda Edge; son Randolph Potts; a sister Dorothy Nell Hardin; and grandchildren Timothy Edge, Randy Potts, Derek Potts, Tony Potts, and Tabatha Edge. Numerous family members and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 PM EST Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenuewith Reverend Kirby Roland officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The following children and grandchildren will serve as pallbearers: Randy Potts, Derek Potts, Tony Potts, Timothy Edge, Randolph Potts, and Belinda Edge.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 until 9PM EST. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post memories.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Martha Hardin Potts.

Lee Burns Corlew

Lee Burns Corlew, 87, of Rome passed away Sunday morning, September 22, 2013.

A native of Flatwoods, TN Mr. Corlew was born September 6, 1926 son of the late William Claude Corlew and Nan Bell Corlew. The valedictorian of his class at Wayne County High, Mr. Corlew enrolled at Martin College but left to enlist in the United States Navy where he served from 1944 until 1946 as a signalman. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1949 , where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity and met the love of his life, Ruth O’Neill Corlew. They married in 1952 and lived briefly in Montgomery, AL Chattanooga, and Winchester, TN before settling in Rome in 1958, and was employed by CIT and the Burroughs Corporation before establishing a career as a State Farm Insurance Agent. He was an active Jaycee, and volunteered with the Chieftains Club while his “girls” attended West Rome High School. He loved Tennessee football, golf, fishing (especially on the Buffalo River), watching the sunset on the beach, and anything involving his grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as “PawPaw”. A quiet but devout Christian, Mr. Corlew was a member of the West Rome United Methodist Church , where he sang in the choir for 25 years. and was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Woodrow and Ross Corlew, and by a daughter Lee Anne Corlew Blanton.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth O’Neill Corlew to whom he was a devoted caregiver until his death; two daughters Nancy (Mike) Blanton and Susan (Gordon) Street; five grandchildren Lauren Blanton Lantrip (Adam), Michael Blanton, Benjamin Scott Wilson (Beth), Andrew Blanton, and Hannah Blanton. Two great grandchildren Margot and Luna Wilson, with a great grandson on the way also survive.

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Lee Burns Corlew will be conducted at 2 P.M. Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at West Rome United Methodist Church, with Reverend Gary McWhorter officiating. The church family will host a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Rome United Methodist Church. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to post online tributes.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Lee Burns Corlew.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dennis Wayne Lambert

Mr. Dennis Wayne Lambert, age 47, 7 Silver Hills Road, Silver Creek, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at a local hospital.

Mr. Lambert was born in Floyd County on September 22, 1965, son of Brenda Fowler Sullivan and Jackie Lambert. He was a self-employed roofing contractor and was of the Baptist faith. He had a strong love and care for animals and was a compassionate man.

Survivors include his mother, Ms. Brenda Sullivan, Silver Creek; his father, Jackie Lambert, and his wife, Bonnie, Rome; his sister, Mrs. Terri Long, and her husband, Stephen, Ringgold; 2 nephews, Josh Clonts and his wife, Shay, and Adam Clonts; a great nephew, Ben Clonts.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Will Clonts officiating. Following the funeral service, Mr. Lambert will be cremated.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1pm until service time. At other hours, they may be contacted at each of their respective homes.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mifflin Shane Beavers

Mifflin Shane Beavers, age 48 of Plainville died Monday, September 16, 2013 at his residence following several months of declining health.

Shane was born July 10, 1965 in Floyd County, son of W. David Beavers and Brenda Bowers- Moore. He was a self employed master craftsman, heavy equipment operator, and loved the outdoors. Shane was preceded in death by his grandparents Mifflin Bowers, Annie Bowers- Reynolds, Doug Reynolds, and Luke and Velt Beavers.

Shane leaves behind his father W. David Beavers and stepmother Rosetta Beavers of Rome; mother Brenda Bowers-Moore and stepfather R.V. Moore of Plainville; brother and sister in law Phillip Beavers and Lisa Beavers of; children Jason Beavers of Woodstock, Emily Hagar of Acworth, and Jamie Davis of Chattanooga, TN. One granddaughter Olivia Beavers of Woodstock as well as nephews Luke and Joshua and niece Breanna also survive.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Shane Beavers will be conducted 5 P.M. Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue Rome with Reverends Jerry Branton and Jerry Gattis officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 P.M. until the service hour. The family would like to thank all of their friends and family for the love, support and continued prayers. Please visit our website www.goodshepherdfh.net to send condolences.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home is serving the family of Mifflin Shane Beavers.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Gabriella Ann “Ella” Camp

Miss Gabriella Ann “Ella” Camp, age 3, of 1885 Foster’s Mill Road, Rome, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at an Atlanta hospital.

Ella was born in Rome, Georgia on November 26, 2009, daughter of Nicholas Ryan Camp and Kayla LeAnn Medckie. She attended Desoto Park Baptist Church. Ella was preceded in death by 3 great grandparents, Donald & Patricia Alexander and Archie Medckie.

Survivors include her parents, Ryan Camp and Kayla Medckie, Rome; a brother, Collin Camp, Rome; grandparents, Bobby & Shannon Medckie, Wayne & Joy Rogers, and Phil & Michelle Camp, all of Rome; great grandparents, Joe & Liz Engle, Christine Medckie, Frankie & Becky Smith, Bruce & Brenda Rogers, and Wayne Bowen, Sr., all of Rome, and Lamar & Gloria Craton, Ft. Payne, AL; great-great grandmothers, Eunice Rogers and Frances Dowdy, both of Rome; aunts, Nikki Rogers and Hailie Camp, both of Rome; uncles, Logan Medckie, Tyler Rogers, and Jonathan Camp, all of Rome; a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 2pm at the Desoto Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Lambert and the Rev. Wayne Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 4 until 6pm. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Monday at 1:30pm and include: Robert Blalock, Tyler Rogers, Jonathan Camp, and Logan Medckie.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Elizabeth Lee Sherman

Miss Elizabeth Lee Sherman, age 86, of Golden Living Center, Rome, Georgia, formerly of Youngs Mill Road, Kingston, Georgia, passed away on September 19, 2013, following several months of declining health.

Miss Sherman was born on January 21, 1927, in Bartow County, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late John Wilkes Sherman, Sr. and the late Sarah Estelle Reeves Sherman. She attended Barnsley Gardens School and was a life-long member of the Barnsley United Methodist Church, Kingston, Georgia. She loved Southern Gospel music and the Price is Right, and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

Miss Sherman is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue and Roger Banks, Kingston, Georgia; and Brenda and Ron Radke, Kingston, Georgia; sister-in-law, Gnilmar Sherman, Kingston, Georgia; nieces and nephews, Tammy and Gary Kelley, Armuchee, Georgia; Sherman and Mary Banks, Dunwoody, Georgia; and Zach Kelley, Cartersville, Georgia. In addition to her parents, Miss Sherman was also preceded in death by a brother, John Wilkes (Bill) Sherman, Jr., and a step-mother, Mattie Lou Sherman.

Funeral services will be held at Barnsley United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 2:00 pm with Dr. Joel Snider and Dr. Hugh Peacock officiating. Interment will follow in the Barnsley United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00-2:00 pm at Barnsley United Methodist Church.

The family would like to express appreciation to the B-Wing nursing staff of Golden Living Center and Henry Wood, Physicians Assistant, for the quality of care given to Miss Sherman for the past 14 years.

Both active and honorary pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Saturday at 1:30 pm and include: Active: Dick Hansen, Byron Reeves, Tom Mayes, Donnie Sherman, Pete Kleeman, Gary Kelley, Zach Kelley, and Rich New. Honorary: Harold Griffin, Charles Sherman, and Scott Hicks.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be sent to the Barnsley United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Carolyn Rush, 27 Ferry Crossing Drive, Rome, GA 30161.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

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