Obituaries: Mrs. Margaret Fischer Bourne, Deborah Lynn Holmes Hays, Jean Feagin Johnson, Mr. Sammie Key and Mr. Stephen Forrest Lanier

Obituaries: Mrs. Margaret Fischer Bourne, Deborah Lynn Holmes Hays, Jean Feagin Johnson, Mr. Sammie Key and Mr. Stephen Forrest Lanier

Mrs. Margaret Fischer Bourne, age 78, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Mrs. Bourne was born in Karlsbad, Germany, on April 9, 1940, a daughter of the late Franz Josef Fischer and Emilie Fischer.  She met her future husband, George Albert Bourne, Sr. while he was stationed in Germany in the United States Army.  Mrs. Bourne was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  She worked for over 25 years with the Floyd Training and Service Center.  Mrs. Bourne’s passions included caring for her children, grandchildren and family.  She also had a love for animals, hummingbirds and enjoyed working in her flower garden.  In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bourne was preceded in death by her husband of over 55 years, George Albert Bourne, Sr., and a grandson, George Albert Bourne, III

Mrs. Bourne is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and W.C. Dunaway, of Armuchee, GA; two sons and daughter-in-law, Norbert Bourne, and George Albert Bourne, Jr, and his wife Stephanie, all of Rome; grandchildren, Ashley (Hollis) Rish, Jessica (Michael) Sherrit, Jennifer Dunaway, L.A, (Rachael) Dunaway, and Deedra Bourne (Jon Reyes, fiancé); sister, Hildegard Blieninger of Vilsbiburg, Germany.  Several nieces, nephews, along with other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bourne will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Carl Sidwell Chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with Rev. Glenn Clonts officiating.  Interment will follow in the Morning View Cemetery.

Mrs. Bourne’s family will receive friends on Friday at Salmon Funeral Home from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m.

Mrs. Bourne’s family would love to extend special thanks to Teresa Lamaster of Prime Care Nursing and Jerrie McDougle, RN of Heyman Hospice Care at Floyd for their loving and compassionate care.

Pallbearers will include Norbert Bourne, Albert Bourne, W.C. Dunaway, L.A. Dunaway, Hollis Rish and Michael Sherrit.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd, 430 East Second Avenue, Rome, GA 30161.

Deborah Lynn Holmes Hays

Deborah Lynn Holmes Hays, age 64, of Rome passed away Wednesday July 4, 2018 at her residence.

Deborah was born June 29, 1954, in Cartersville, a son of the late Lewis Milton Holmes, and Zola Lee Holmes. She was a member of West End Baptist Church. Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Hays.

Survivors include sons, William Hays, Rome; Kristoper (Eileen) Hays, Rome; daughter, Kimberly (C.J.) Cato, Rome; brother, Randy (Martha Jean) Holmes, Cartersville; sister, Glenda Hawkins, Calhoun: granddaughter, Isabella Cato, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday July 7, 2018 at West End Baptist Church, with Rev. Greg Montgomery, officiating. Interment will follow in Woffords Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery near Cartersville. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until the funeral hour on Saturday at West End Baptist Church, 107 Mississippi Dr. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165, has charge of arrangements.

Jean Feagin Johnson, 90, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at a local hospital.

A full obituary and service times will follow at a later date. Miller and Richards Oaknoll Chapel Funeral Home.

Sammie Key

Mr. Sammie Key, age 79, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018, at Floyd Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Home going services for Mr. Sammie Key will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. East View Baptist Church, 733 Cleo Street. Cedartown, Georgia  Reverend Kenneth Brown doing the eulogy. Mr. Sammie Key will lie in-state from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens, Cedartown Georgia 30125.  Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc. has full charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stephen Forrest Lanier, 69, of Rome, Georgia, passed away in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  Steve was born on January 28, 1949 in Louisville, Kentucky, son of the late Imogene Bennett Lanier and William Forrest Lanier.

Steve was a 1967 graduate of Darlington School in Rome.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 1971, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.  During this time, he also completed studies at Sorbonne University in Paris, France.  Steve received a Juris Doctorate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law in Atlanta.

Before moving to Rome, Steve was an Investigator with the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs in Atlanta.  Upon moving to Rome in 1978, he was Assistant District Attorney of the Rome Judicial Circuit, and in 1985, he became District Attorney, serving three consecutive terms.

As District Attorney, Steve was heavily focused on victims’ rights.  He started the first Victims Witness Assistance Program in Floyd county in the late 1980s, as well as the Floyd County Child Abuse Protocol Committee.  He was instrumental in advocating for child victims through HEROES, Great & Small and the Harbor House.

In 1997, Steve opened The Lanier Firm, a successful criminal defense practice in Rome, of which his daughter, Alicia Lanier, has joined.

Steve was a former member of the Exchange Club of Rome, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and the Floyd County and Georgia Bar Associations.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Baldwin Lanier of Rome, four daughters, Alana (Matt) Cobb of Auburn, Alabama, Alicia (Brandon) Shurley of Rome, Alex Lanier of Rome and Laramie Lanier, also of Rome.  Steve was preceded in death by a daughter, Allison Lanier of Atlanta.  Five grandchildren also survive, Alli and Emma Cobb of Auburn, Alabama, and Will Terry, Brier Lanier and Bowen Shurley of Rome.  Surviving brothers include David (Dianne) Lanier of Kennesaw, Jim (Debbie) Lanier of Marietta and John (Elaine) Lanier of Rome.  Also surviving include father and mother-in law, Butch (Donna) Baldwin, sister and brother-in law, Tara (Doug) Reeves, and brother and sister-in-law, Joey (Christine) Baldwin, all of Rome.  Several nieces and cousins also survive, as well as former wife, Sylvia Brooks Lanier of Rome.

Pallbearers include David Lanier of Kennesaw, Jim Lanier of Marietta, John Lanier of Rome, Will Terry of Rome, Phil Baldwin of Big Canoe, Brad Thompson of Macon and David Hill of Atlanta.  Honorary Pallbearers include Doug Reeves of Rome and Brett Thompson of Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 4pm at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church with Dr. Philip May officiating.  Interment will follow in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday prior to the service from 2 until 3:45pm.  Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church is located at 702 Pleasant Valley Road SE, Silver Creek, GA 30173.  Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens is located at 1 Church Street NE, Rome, GA 30161.

Funeral arrangements are being directed by Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, 3002 Maple Road; Rome, Georgia 30161.  Flowers are welcome to be sent to the funeral home, or donations may be made to Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, P. O. Box 519, Silver Creek, GA 30173 or Woodlawn Baptist Church, 1649 Cartersville Hwy SE, Rome, GA 30161.


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