Rev. Gary Wayne Studdard, age 70, of Rome, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at his residence.
Rev. Studdard was born in Cedartown, Georgia on October 13, 1947, son of the late Harlan Studdard and the late Helen Venable Studdard.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Gary Brent Studdard, by a brother, Donald Ray Studdard and by a brother-in-law, Barry Arnold.
Rev. Studdard was a Minister of the Gospel for many years and pastored six churches over 45 years including: Wimberly Hill Baptist Church, Cedartown; West Summerville Baptist Church, Summerville; East View Baptist Church, Community Chapel Baptist Church, Radio Springs Baptist Church and Calhoun Avenue Baptist Church, all in Rome.
He was very dedicated to his ministry and serving the congregation of each of the churches he pastored.
During his time as a Pastor, Rev. Studdard also worked for American General for 24 years.
He was devoted to his loving wife and loved his children and grandchildren and they were his pride and joy.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Joan Arnold Studdard, to whom he was married on April 6, 1985; a daughter, Melanie Hughes (Jacob), Dallas; a son, Jeremy Studdard (Ashley Scott), Hiram; two grandsons, Will Hughes and Kade Hughes; a sister, Nancy Bonds, Rome; a sister-in-law, Pat Loftin (Tim), Longwood, FL; special niece, Stephanie Tolan (David); other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. J. Clinton Green officiating.
Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from noon until 1:45 p.m.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and include: Active: Jerry Bonds, Marvin Jackson, Jacob Hughes, Will Hughes, Jerry Dudley and Tim Loftin. Honorary: Ty Scoggins and Kade Hughes.
Mr. Alvin Daniel “Danny” Evans, age 72, of Rome, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at his residence.
Mr. Evans was born in Rome, Georgia on January 21, 1945, son of the late Harleston Jefferson Evans and the late Mattie Lou Sudds Evans.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Evans, a sister, Elaine Godfrey, two brothers-in-law, Darrell Wright and Wiley Casey, and by a sister-in-law, Lori Ann Tucker.
Prior to retirement, Mr. Evans worked for several years at Suhner. He was of the Baptist faith and had been a member of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church. Mr. Evans was an avid golfer and loved softball.
Survivors include his wife, Fay Laird Evans, to whom he was married on June 11, 1965; two daughters, Dana Michelle Bryant, Rome, and Lisa Dawn Overby, Silver Creek; five grandchildren, Tristan Thurman, Tyler Overby, Torren Overby, Hunter Bryant and Hensley Bryant; three great grandchildren, Jett Leatherwood, Arabella Thurman and Walker Anderson; two sisters, Renee Watters, Calhoun, and Faye Casey, Cedartown; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, C. A. & Regina Wright and Melissa Wright; best friends, Betty & Jackie Dillingham; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Bagley officiating.
Private interment will follow in Pleasant Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 2 until 3:45 p.m.
Pallbearers are asked to assemble on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and include: Active: Jackie Dillingham, C. A. Wright, Tyler Overby, Adam Thurman, Torey Wright, Alan Bryant, Greg Overby and Jackie Casey. Honorary: Joel Dillingham, Guy Watters, Eric Wright and Jason Godfrey.
Thomas “Tommy” Irvine Fricks of Rome, Georgia died at home on December 30, 2017 at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Jenny Rainwater Fricks of Rome; his daughter, Tammy and her husband, Jack Petty of Snellville and his son, Chris Fricks and his wife, Lee of Rome; step daughter Ashley Carter and her husband Mitch of Amherst, Va; step- daughter Whitney Poole of Lynchburg, Va; his brother, Danny Fricks and his wife, Jan of Rome; grandchildren, Michael Fricks, Amber Dockery, Matthew Petty, Lindsey Bruce, Christian Fricks, Emily Petty, and Owen Fricks; 7 step- grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, River and Rose Bruce and nephew, Keith Fricks. He is preceded in death by his mother, Polly Fricks and father, Irvine Fricks.
Tommy was born on October 28, 1942 in Rome, Ga. He was a member of the 1960 West Rome High School graduating class where he excelled in sports and leadership on and off the field. He briefly attended Shorter College on a baseball scholarship and served in the United States Army from October 1961 to October 1963. He completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at Georgia State University in 1970. He had a diverse career in fields including banking, real estate and government. He retired in 2002 after a 30 year career with the U.S. Army Audit Agency with the Department of Defense which afforded him the opportunity for extensive travel and living abroad in several countries.
He was an avid dancer, golfer and fan of all sports with a penchant for fun. He also had a serious side when it came to politics, rescue dogs and his beloved sports teams, the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. However, his greatest passion was his family, enjoying spending time with his children and grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Thomas B. Griffin Chapel of Daniel’s Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Stockton officiating, The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at the funeral Home.
The American Legion Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of Rome will render military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to: Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850, or online at fisherhouse.org. Contributions can also be made to your favorite Veteran’s charity or local Humane Society.
Mrs. Jessie Lee Fair Sims, age 87, of Rome passed away Sunday December 31, 2017, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Sims was born October 5, 1930 in Gordon, County, a daughter of late B.C. Fair, and Willda Louise Phillips Fair. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and was retired from World Carpet after several years service.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, George A. Sims Jr.; daughters, Anita Sims Carnes, Rome; Terri (Eric) Sims Korson, Rome; brother, Tom (Barbara) Fair, Orlando, FL: Mary Martin, Burlington, NC; grandchildren, Chris Carnes, Matt Carnes, Jeremy Hilliard, Kaylie Hilliard, 6 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday January 3, 2018, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Chip Smith, officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. the family will receive friends from noon until the funeral hour.
Rev. Robert L. Fain Jr., age 67, of 19 Main Line Road, Rockmart, Ga., transitioned January 2, 2018. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.
Frances N. Rice, 87, died January 1, 2018. Visitation is set for Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. at Oaknoll Chapel Funeral Home. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. Miller & Richards Oaknoll Chapel Funeral Home.
Miss Zaida Hood, of Rome, Georgia, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 1, 2018, age one day old, surrounded by her loving family. Wright Memorial Mortuary Inc.