Obituaries: Mr. Jerry Ronald Burrows, Mr. Robert Davis Newton, Mr. Jessie Thorvald ‘Butch’ Smith.

Obituaries: Mr. Jerry Ronald Burrows, Mr. Robert Davis Newton, Mr. Jessie Thorvald ‘Butch’ Smith.

Mr. Jessie Thorvald ‘Butch’ Smith, age 72, of Rome, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in a local hospital.

Mr. Smith was born in Floyd County on April 13, 1945, son of the late John Thomas Smith and the late Gladys Selena Roberts Smith.  He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Bessie Jackson and Bertie Lee Knowles, and by 4 brothers, Carl, Larry, Bennie, and Thomas Jefferson “Peanut” Smith.  Prior to his becoming disabled, Mr. Smith was employed with Spears Mattress Co. here in Rome.

Survivors include his wife, the former Colleen Hudgins, to whom he was married on September 6, 1980; a daughter, Melissa Smith, Rome; 2 sons, Phillip Smith and Johnny Willingham, and his wife, Denise, all of Rome; 6 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 12 noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Greg Hunter officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 11am until the service hour.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 11:30am and include:  Johnny Willingham, Scott Smith, Alex Smith, Jonathan Smith, Wayne Morgan, and Carl Nestor.

Mr. Robert Davis Newton, age 75, of Rome, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Mr. Newton was born in Rome, GA on August 13, 1942, son of the late James Davis Newton and the late Eula Marian Curton Newton.  He was a graduate of East Rome High School and attended Shorter College.  Prior to retirement, Mr. Newton was associated with the Forestry Division of Temple-Inland.   He and his wife Janie, found a wonderful vacation home in Spring Creek, FL, where they enjoyed spending time with family (especially his grandchildren), friends, and being part of the community.  Robert also enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Georgia Bulldogs (he was an avid fan), and taking the “Mule” up the hill daily to watch the sunset.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janie Fletcher Newton, Rome; two daughters, Tracy Newton Faulkner, and her husband, Richard, Signal Mountain, TN, and Mary Jane Newton Holloway, and her husband, Mike, Rome; five grandchildren, Thomas Faulkner, Lucas Faulkner, Harrison Faulkner, Will Holloway and Ella Kate Holloway.

Graveside and interment services will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 2:30 PM in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Randy Lambert officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Friday from noon until 2:00 PM.

Pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 1:30 PM and include: Richard Faulkner, Mike Holloway, Wayne Kelley, Lucas Faulkner, Beto Castro and Will Holloway.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, by phone, 1-800-805-5856, or online,

Mr. Jerry Ronald Burrows better known by his friends as “Stamp Licker,” age 82, of Rome, passed away on, Monday, October 2, 2017, at his residence.

Jerry was born in Gadsden, Alabama, on March 21, 1935, son of the late Henry and Erma Vice Burrows. He was of the Baptist faith, loved golfing, gardening and collecting any antiques he could find. Jerry was an avid Georgia Tech fan, retired from the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk for 35 years and was a Navy Veteran. Mr. Burrows is preceded in death by a son, Scott Burrows.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Burrows, one son; Rusty and his wife Vanessa Burrows, three daughters, Susan and her husband Craig Bailey, Rhonda and her husband Lamont Cornett, April and her husband Jarratt Bryan. Five grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.

The family will receive friends at Salmon Funeral Home on, Friday, October 6, 2017, from 5:00-6:30 PM.

At other hours the family may be contacted at their respective residences.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to Heyman Hospice Care (420 East 2nd Avenue, Rome, Ga, 30161).

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