Obituaries: Jeffrey Lee Cavaness and Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James Oscar “Jim” Toole

Obituaries: Jeffrey Lee Cavaness and Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James Oscar “Jim” Toole

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Retired U. S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James Oscar “Jim” Toole, age 82, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at a local hospital.

Mr. Toole was born in Floyd County on December 17, 1935, son of the late Hiram L. Toole and the late Alma Madden Touchstone.  He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force for nearly 22 years.  He was a member of Vann’s Valley United Methodist Church, a member of the Cedartown Rotary Club and the Polk County Chamber of Commerce.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Willetts, and by 2 brothers, Robert and Gary Toole.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Ferguson Toole, to whom he was married on November 2, 1957; 3 daughters, Pamela Mitchamore, Lufkin, TX, Starla Haygood, Cedartown, and Felicia Rosenberger, Rome; her son-in-law, Ronald Willetts, Munford, AL; 5 grandchildren, Tara Willetts, Shanon Willetts, Jacob Toole, Trey Derbonne, and Leah Rogers; 8 great grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.  The Rev. Bill Couey will officiate.  Interment with full military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Cedartown.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Sunday from 1pm until time for the service.  At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.


Jeffrey Lee Cavaness, 60, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018. He was born on September 8, 1957 in Trenton, Tennessee. He graduated from Peabody High School in Trenton, Tennessee, and obtained both an Undergraduate and Master degrees from University of Tennessee at Martin. He married Jane Williamson Finley of Rome on August 8, 1992, and welcomed a son, Adam Jeffrey Cavaness on August 2, 1999. Prior to retiring, he was a Guidance Counselor at Rome High School and Unity Christian School. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Rome, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and writing and directing a theatrical production. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joyce Alford Wilson and Billy Cavaness. A memorial Service for Jeff will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM. The family will receive friends following the service in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. I lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Georgia Transplant Foundation. Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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