Obituaries

Tammy Jean LaRue, age 60, of Rome, passed away in a local hospital on Sunday August 18, 2019. Tammy was born September 28, 1958, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Gene LaRue and Mary Jo Freeman LaRue. Survivors include brothers, Tony (Kristy) LaRue, Rome, and Greg (Christie) LaRue, For…

Mr. William Gene Collier, age 87, of Rome, Ga., passed away after a long illness Monday, August 19, 2019. Mr. Collier was born in Tifton, Ga., on September 16, 1931, to the late William Paul Collier and Edna Coker Collier. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Collier Langley. Mr.…

Mr. Charles West "Bud" Alexander, age 82, of Rome, Ga., passed away at his residence on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Mr. Alexander was born in Rome, Ga., on February 13, 1937, son of the late Ernest West Alexander and Vera Mae Terhune Alexander. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in de…

Mr. William Gene "Bud" Collier, age 87, of Rome, Ga., passed away after a long illness on Monday, August 19, 2019. Mr. Collier was born in Tifton, Ga., on September 16, 1931, to the late William Paul Collier and Edna Coker Collier. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Collier Lan…

Mr. Vance Hopfner Luke Sr., age 100, of Rome, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019. Mr. Luke was born September 25, 1918, son of the late Arthur and Margaret Luke. Vance was a Major in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, but he never qui…

Joseph Wigley, C. Joseph C. Wigley, 93, of Acworth, GA died August 17, 2019. Service will be held on August 22, 2019 at Chapel of Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

Mr. Lewis Gordon Gosa, age 80, of Rome passed away on Friday, August 16, 2019, at his residence. Mr. Gosa was born in Alabama on February 7, 1939, son of the late William Bryant Gosa and the late Annie Lois Schwitguith. He was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves and was a member of …

Edward Tracy Barnes Jr., 88, passed away following a prolonged illness on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Roberts Barnes. He leaves behind his wife of 16 years, Judy Young Barnes; two daughters, Susan Barnes Fink (Joe), Elizabeth Barnes Borom…

FCSO Retired Staff Sgt. James Routledge Arthur, age 62, of Rome, passed away surrounded by his family at a local hospital on Monday, August 12, 2019. SSgt. Arthur was born in Santa Monica, California, on April 14, 1957, son of the late James Edward Arthur and the late Violette Barnes Arthur.…

Mrs. Deborah Ann DeLano Parker, age 64, of Rome passed away peacefully on Friday August 16, 2019 in Floyd Medical Center. Deborah was born June 18, 1955, in Memphis, Tennessee, a daughter of William "Bill" DeLano, and the late Mary Van Blake DeLano. She was a member of Garden Lakes Baptist a…

Mr. Lewis Gordon Gosa, age 80, of Rome passed away on Friday, August 16, 2019, at his residence. Mr. Gosa was born in Alabama on February 7, 1939, son of the late William Bryant Gosa and the late Annie Lois Schwitguith. He was a veteran of the United States Army Reserves and was a member of …

Martha Belle Blaylock, age 91, of Rome, died at Bethel Gardens in Powder Springs, Georgia, on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. A native of Floyd County, Mrs. Blaylock was born August 22, 1927, daughter of the late John Henry Brock and Annie Belle Brock. She was employed by the Georgia Power Credi…

Mrs. Bobbie Louise Johnson Hunt, age 86, of Rome, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Frank Wood officiating. Interment will be Monday in Oaknoll Memoiral Gardens. The family wi…

Joshua Lynn "Josh" Busby, age 35, of Rome, passed away in a local hospital Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Josh was born September 2, 1983, Rome. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Josh graduated from Coosa High School in 2002 and from Jacksonville State University in 2006 with a …

Richard Tenney, age 82, of Hamilton, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019. A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Edgewood Hall of Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, Ga. 31907. A celebration of Richard'…

Joshua Lynn "Josh" Busby, age 35, of Rome, passed away in a local hospital on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Oates and Dr. Sam Henderson officiating. Interment will follow…

John Geston Garner died at University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital after a two-year battle with glioblastoma on August 10, 2019. He was born on July 30, 1952, to Dr. Sam and Mrs. Alice Tate Garner, of Rome, Ga. He was predeceased by his parents and his children, James Allen Garner and Alis…

Mrs. Thelma Elaine Best Terry, 70, of Cave Spring, passed away in a Rome hospital surrounded by her family on Monday morning, August 12, 2019. Mrs. Terry was born in Hardeeville, S.C., March 4, 1949, a daughter of the late Lawrence Best and the late Elaine Jones Best Lindsey. Mrs. Terry move…

Mr. Michael Paul Kelley, age 68, of Armuchee, passed away at a local hospital on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Mr. Kelley was born in Rome, Georgia, on May 27, 1951, son of the late Charles Vernon Kelley and the late Ruth Ellison Kelley. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shelia Kelley Lo…

Ms. Carol Broome Padgett, age 72, of Rome, passed away at a local hospitalon Monday, August 12, 2019. Ms. Padgett was born in Rome, Georgia, on September 13, 1946, daughter of the late Billy Broome and the late Adelle Mathis Crider. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church. Prior to re…

Mrs. Viola Victoria Gilstrap "Granny" Abney, age 95, of Lindale, Ga., passed away in a local hospital Saturday evening, August 10, 2019. Mrs. Abney was born in Floyd County, Ga., on September 18, 1923, daughter of the late Wyly Moultrie Gilstrap and the late Annie Lillian Green Gilstrap. She…

Carol Elaine Robbins Bragg, age 73, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019. Carol was born on September 23, 1945, in Shannon, Ga., daughter of the late Arnold Hughes Robbins and Ruby Nell Hollaran Robbins. Carol was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Carol enjoyed going to the …

Thomas Andrew Ables, 70, of Gainesville, passed away at Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Monday, August 12, 2019. A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funer…

Mrs. Mary H. Ryan, age 102, a resident of Rome Health and Rehab, Rome, GA, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Mrs. Ryan was born February 18, 1917, in Lanesboro, MA, to the late Ralph and Fanny Carson Haskins. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rome. She was preceded…

Mrs. Jeanette Tanner McLemore, age 82, of Rome, GA, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019, in Hazelhurst, GA. Mrs. McLemore was born in Rome, GA on May 19, 1937, daughter of the late Gordon Lee "Grover" Tanner and the late Alma McWhorter Tanner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bo…

A beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend, Chelsey Kristina Edwards, left this world unexpectedly at age 30 on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. She was born in Rome, GA on July 14, 1989 to Lisa Ann Eury and James Clayburn Edwards. She grew up in Rome where she attended Mod…

Rubye M. Looper Taylor, 99, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was born on April 19, 1920 to the late Mary and Byrd Looper of Hall County. Survivors include her only son, Billy Bragg, and many loving nieces and nephews and close friends who will truly miss her. …

Mrs. Mary U. Jackson, age 92, of Trentwood Place, Rome, and more recently Brookdale - Rome, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 8, 2019. Mrs. Jackson was born on November 1, 1926, in Carroll County, Georgia, to Charles L. Upchurch and Mae Upchurch. Besides her pa…

Nelda Coker, Nelda Norris Norris Coker, 84, of Centre, AL died August 07, 2019. Service will be held at 3:00pm, on August 10, 2019 at Perry Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Pine Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 7, Centre, Ala., 35960. Arrangements by Perry Funeral Home.

Mrs. Theora Johnson, 62, of Snellville, Georgia, formerly of Rome, Georgia, passed away August 7, 2019. Services will be Monday, August 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at New Life Of Saint John Baptist Church, 419 Walter Street NW, Rome, Georgia. She will lie in state from 12 noon until the hour of s…

Roger Dorset passed away with family by his side on Saturday, August 3, in Macon, Ga. He was born in Rome, Ga., on June 16, 1941, to the late William Cary Dorset and Bessie Jenkins Dorset. Roger graduated from Darlington in Rome, then went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Atlan…

Mr. David Donald Fricks, age 85, of Rome, Ga., passed away at his residence on Tuesday, August 7, 2019. Mr. Fricks was born in Westminster, S.C., on September 28, 1933, son of the late Joe T. Fricks and the late Essie Mae James Fricks. David was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a certifie…

Mr. Robert Edwin Campbell Jr., age 58, of Lindale, Ga., passed away at his residence, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2019. Mr. Campbell was born in Rome, Ga., on November 21, 1960, son of the Robert Edwin "Bill" Campbell Sr. and the late Norma Anne Ramsey Campb…

Willard Dover, James Willard James Dover, 67, of Rome, GA died August 07, 2019. Service will be held at 2 p.m., on August 9, 2019 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. Arrangements by Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mary L. Black Branton, age 88, of Kingston, passed away at her residence on Monday, August 5, 2019. Mrs. Mary is the beloved wife of Joe S. Branton. They shared 69 wonderful years of marriage, having joined hands on May 20, 1950. They started their journey together living in Rome, Ga., …

Mr. Alvin Stover Freeman Sr., age 76, of Rome, Ga., passed away at his residence on Sunday, August 4, 2019. Mr. Freeman was born in Floyd County, Ga., on September 26, 1942, son of the late Franklin W. "Booger" Freeman and the late Gladys Lillian Logan Freeman. He was also preceded in death …

Mrs. Mirtica "Tica" Ramirez Berry, age 98, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, formerly of Rome, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019, at her residence. Mirtica "Tica" Ramirez was born in New Orleans, La., on June 27, 1921, of German-French and Cuban-Spanish descent to Albert J. and Mirtise Giffers Ramirez.…

Mrs. Mary L. Black Branton, age 88, of Kingston, passed away at her residence on Monday, August 5, 2019. Mrs. Mary is the beloved wife of Joe S. Branton. They shared 69 wonderful years of marriage, having joined hands on May 20, 1950. They started their journey together living in Rome, Ga., …

Mary Lou Black Branton, age 88, of Kingston, passed away at her residence Monday, August 5, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Harris and the Rev. Paul Battles officiating. Interment will follow in Macedo…

Mr. Charles Clarence "Charlie" Roberson, age 89, of Cedartown, Ga., passed away at his residence Sunday evening, August 4, 2019. Mr. Roberson was born in Chattooga County, Ga., on November 13, 1929, one of 14 children born to the late Charlie E. Roberson and the late Mary Selina Stiles Rober…

Jane Elizabeth Griffeth Lee, age 71, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at a local hospital. Jane was born in Rome on December 1, 1947, daughter of the late Elmer Holland Griffeth and the late Alice Kate White Griffeth. She was a member at Wilkerson Road Baptist Church. Funera…

Mrs. Glenda Sue Bishop Little, age 78, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at her residence. Mrs. Little was born in Rome, Georgia, on August 4, 1940, daughter of the late William Burton Bishop and the late Mary Elizabeth Chapman Bishop. She was also preceded in death by an inf…

Mrs. Sybil Reeves Barlow, age 90, of Rome, GA, passed away Friday morning, August 2, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her family. Mrs. Barlow was born in Kingston, Ga, on February 19, 1929, daughter of the late Hollie Reeves and Virgie Crawford Reeves. She was a graduate of Johnson High …

Virginia O'Beirne, 90, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019. She was born April 25, 1929, in Rome, Ga., the daughter of Annie Mae and B.F. Quigg. She was preceded in death by husbands, Horace Battey and L.R. Towson Jr. She was survived by husband. Daniel J. O'Beirne; children, Carolyn Norris…

It is with great sadness that the family of Suzanne Sauls Wimbish McElwee announce her death on Friday, July 26th, 2019 in Atlanta. She was born January 17th, 1946 in Rome, Ga, to the late Shaffer Burke Wimbish and Ruth Sauls Wimbish. Suzanne graduated from Converse College and later receive…

Mrs. Mirtica "Tica" Ramirez Berry, age 98, of Idaho Falls, ID, formerly of Rome, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019, at her residence. Mirtica "Tica" Ramirez was born in New Orleans, LA on June 27, 1921, of German-French and Cuban-Spanish decent to Albert J. and Mirtise Giffers Ramirez. Thoug…

Ms. Marci Faye Harris Dunn, age 47, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at her residence. Ms. Dunn was born in Rome, Georgia on February 8, 1972, daughter of Kenneth Mayberry Harris and Sandra Faye Mull Harris. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Ms. Dunn had re…

Ronald Dennis Harkins, 65, of Rome, passed away on August 2, 2019, at his residence. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amanda Marie Harkins; Mother, Geraldine Harkins; and Father, M.G. Harkins. Mr. Harkins is survived by a wife, Deborah Harkins; Children, Hannah Kloskey (Mark), Joshua …

Ms. Veronica Patricia Payne Camp, age 86, of Willow Springs, NC, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Ms. Camp was born in Rome, Georgia, on February 16, 1933, daughter of the late Floyd Conrad Payne and the late Annie Irene Williams Payne. She was also preceded in death by a son, Samuel…

Gordon L. Haney: World War II Veteran, Gideon, and Senior Olympics Champion, 446. Mr. Gordon Lee Haney of Lindale passed away at home with his family early in the morning of August 1, 2019. He was 94. Mr. Haney was born May 29, 1925, in Floyd County, Georgia. His parents, Paul Haney and Stel…

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