Verna McCollum Bearden, 64, of Rome, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018, at a local hospital. She was born on December 2, 1953 in Cartersville, Ga., the daughter of the late Cecil McCollum and the late Dorothy Smith McCollum. Her family will always remember her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eddie McCollum.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, John Kenneth Bearden; her daughters, Kris Born (Archie), Georgiana Bearden, and Melissa Womack (Greg); her son, John Bearden (Karen); her grandchildren, Colby Bearden, Joshua Lizama, Jarrett Bearden, Jade Bearden, Bryant Womack, and Emily Ray (Kaland); and her great-grandchildren, Branson Womack, Kylie Womack, Aylee, Brittlynn, and Quinlan Ray; her brother, Ron McCollum; her sisters, Louise Hood and Eloise Watts; her sister-in-law, Malinda McCollum; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Oaknoll Chapel with the Reverend William Ford officiating. Interment will follow at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 12 noon until the service hour.

Pallbearers will be Ronald McCollum, Joshua Lizama, John Bearden, Tee Bearden, Eric Townsend, Jeff Richardson, and Jimmy Peek.

Miller and Richards Oaknoll Chapel Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to serve Verna’s family. Please visit to share your memories or leave a condolence message.