After a long life filled with a love for family, Lt. Col. Grant Van Keuren Hagge (Ret.), 73, passed away Feb. 6, 2018.
Grant was born on Dec. 29, 1944 in Kingstree, South Carolina. He is the son of Elizabeth Van Keuren Kern and James Murchison Kern. Among those who will miss him dearly are his wife of 51 years, Jane Dahlstrom Hagge, as well as his four daughters and their husbands: Katherine Hagge-Jenkins and Mark Jenkins, Sally Hagge-Bailey and John Bailey, Alice Hagge and Adam Carey, and Holly McHaggee and Chris McHaggee.
Grant’s career with the United States Air Force took him and his family to far flung locales, from the frozen tundra of Minot, N.D., to the deserts of West Texas and the tropical islands of the pacific, including Oahu and Okinawa, Japan. Before retiring to Rome, Ga., he served in Washington, D.C., as the Air Force Liaison to the FAA.
He loved fishing, hunting and exploring. And he imparted his passion for adventure and devotion to learning to his children and also his grandchildren Alexander Bailey, Iris McHaggee, Griffin Bailey, Violet McHaggee and Arden Carey.
Family has always been foremost for Grant and he remained very close with his brother James M. Kern Jr. and sister Karen Kern Rutledge and their spouses, Carol Kern and John Rutledge. He is also survived by his caring in-laws Bob and Sally Rudert.
The 1962 graduate of East Rome High School went on to Berry College and later got his Master’s in communication from Webster University. He completed squadron officer school as well as air war college in the U.S. Air Force. Grant earned several medals as part of his service during the Vietnam War and continued service until his retirement from the Air Force. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Outstanding Unit award with valor device and two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Good Conduct medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Air Force Overseas Short Tour ribbon, the Air Force Overseas Long Tour ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He loved animals and could often be found with his cats or dogs by his side while spinning a tale or planting fruit trees and vegetables.
Services were performed Thursday, Feb. 8, at Daniel’s Funeral Home. Friends and family were received at the Claremont House across the street following the service. Interment will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.
Daniel’s Funeral Home.
Mona Lisa Comer, age 48, of Rome passed away Monday February 5, 2018 at the residence.
Lisa was born April 17, 1969 in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Anthony Palmer, and Deborah Comer.
Survivors include son, Jimmy Massingill, Rome; Denise (Joshua) Ulrich, Rome; grandchildren, Thomas Dean, Harlee Dean, Bella Ulrich, Jayse Ulrich, brother, Anthony (Brandi) Palmer, Jr. Angela (Tim) Bryan.
The family will receive friends on Friday February 9, 2018 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
Charity Ann Fisher-Forsyth, age 36, of Las Vegas, NV, a native of Rome, Ga., passed away unexpectedly while working in Chicago, Ill., on January 29, 2018. Charity was born in Winchester, Ky., on February 16, 1981, the daughter of Allan Fisher and Debbie Rittenhouse.
Charity is survived by her mother Debbie Rittenhouse of Rome, and her father Allan (Doris) Fisher of Las Vegas, Nev., and her grandparents James and Nellie McKinnon of Resaca, Ga. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Robert and Nora Lee Fisher. Survived by 3 loving sons which meant the world to her: Jase Forsyth of Atlanta, Ga., Jalen Forsyth of Rome, and Jacob Forsyth of Cedartown, Ga., and three Brothers: Jason and Jamie (Stacy) Fisher of Signal Mountain, TN and Jeremy Fisher of Rome. She is also survived by host of nieces and nephews, and a very special life-long best friend Tewanna “Marie” Atkins of Rome.
A memorial service for Charity will be on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Salmon Funeral Home.
Melva Lucille Gable, 94, died February 8, 2018. Daniel’s Funeral Home.
Mrs. Malinda Faye Lawrence, age 76, of 211 Chateau Dr. Apt. D-1 Rome, Ga. transitioned February 8, 2018. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.
Ms. Mary Young, 72, of Rome, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 06, 2018, at Floyd Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
Services for Ms. Mary Young are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date. The family will receive friends at 38 Brookshire Dr. Rome, Georgia.
Please keep the Young Family in your thoughts and prayers.
Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc. has full charge of arrangements