Obituaries: Mrs. Ora Lee Beam, Mr. Henry B. Brooks, Mrs. Ona Chambless Richerson.

Obituaries: Mrs. Ora Lee Beam, Mr. Henry B. Brooks, Mrs. Ona Chambless Richerson.

Mrs. Ona Chambless Richerson, age 93, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Richerson was born in Cullman County, Alabama, on August 18, 1924, daughter of the late Zach Chambless and the late Sara Louella Crumbley Chambless.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Richerson, and by 10 siblings.

Prior to retirement, Mrs. Richerson worked for several years for Celanese Fibers here in Rome. She was a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church and was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Melba Trapp Couch and her husband, Clyde, Cassville; a son, Gerald T. Richerson and his wife, Linda, Rome; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Zach Chambless, Jr., Chickamauga; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Clifford Free officiating.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Mrs. Ora Lee Beam, age 98, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in a local nursing facility.

Mrs. Beam was born in Gilmer County, Georgia on January 3, 1920, daughter of the late Benjamin Monroe Mathis and the late Melissa Jane Coffey Mathis.

She had spent the greater part of her life in Rome and was retired from the Rome City School System where she was employed as a lunchroom worker at North Heights Elementary School. She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and the Crusaders Sunday School Class.

She enjoyed cooking, working with her flowers and being with children and her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Daniel Beam Sr., and by 8 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Walters, Rome; a son, John Daniel “Bud” Beam, Jr., Rome; 5 grandchildren, Holly Wright (Barry), Meleah Landers (Matthew), Hannah Walters, Todd Beam, and Alison Evans (Allen); 8 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Ken Hinkley and the Rev. Rodger Whorton will officiate.

Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Rev. Clifford Free conducting the graveside service.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time for the service. At other hours, the family may be contacted at each of their respective residences.

Pallbearers serving are asked to assemble at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and include: Barry Wright; Austin, Andrew and Todd Beam; and Matthew, Jacob and Ethan Landers.


Mr. Henry B. Brooks, age 74, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service time. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel.

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