Remembering Houston ‘Dougan’ Farmer, Mrs. Eleanor Palatini.

Remembering Houston ‘Dougan’ Farmer, Mrs. Eleanor Palatini.


Houston “Dougan” Farmer, age 86, of Rome, GA, passed away Monday morning, July 31, 2017,  at Floyd Hospital in the Heyman Hospice Unit.

Dougan was born December 31, 1930, in Floyd County, the son of the late Jess and Lillian Abernathy Farmer.  He was preceded in death by a brother, J. L. Farmer.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan Hoff Farmer, whom he married on November 25, 1962; sons, Houston, Jr. (Tracy) of Chattanooga, and Michael “Ted” Farmer (Jennifer); one grandson Michael Brandon Farmer; five step-grandchildren; one sister Dora Mae Hall.

Mr. Farmer served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was employed by the City of Rome for 42 years from which he retired as Director of the Street Department in 1991.

Dougan was a member of First Presbyterian Church.   He belonged to Oostanaula Masonic Lodge #113.

Running was one of his favorite activities for years and he participated in numerous 5K races.  He also liked gardening, traveling and NASCAR.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held following cremation. The family can be reached at home.

Salmon Funeral Home.

Mrs. Eleanor Palatini, 92, of Cave Spring, died Sunday evening, July 30, 2017, in a Rome hospital following a brief illness.

The former Eleanor Irene Geresi, Mrs. Palatini was born September 9, 1924, the daughter of the late Louis Geresi and the late Esther Kovach Geresi. She was married to Gerald D. Palatini Jr. on September 18, 1949, and was preceded in death by him January 24, 2014. Mr. and Mrs. Palatini made their home in Pembroke Pines, Fla., for a number of years where they both were real estate agents for Pasadena Homes. Mr. and Mrs. Palatini moved to Rome 20 years ago and made their home in Cave Spring for several years prior to Mr. Palatini’s death. Mrs. Palatini was a communicant of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Palatini was preceded in death by her brother, Louis Geresi.

Survivors include her children, Ms. Susan Palatini of Atlanta, Dr. Carol Edwards (Wolfe) of Cave Spring, and Dr. Jerry Palatini of Cedartown. Six grandchildren, Ken Edwards, IV of Seattle, Brannon Edwards of Marietta, Turner Edwards of Cave Spring, Mary Palatini, Ella Palatini, and Hunter Palatini, all of Cedartown and two great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Palatini are being planned for Friday. August 4, 2017, at the graveside of the Cave Spring Cemetery with Rev. Billy Hicks officiating.

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