Obituaries: Randy ‘Bubba’ Blevins, Mr. Jackie Joe Brooks, Mrs. Frances Geneva Wilson ‘Nannie’ Miles.

Obituaries: Randy ‘Bubba’ Blevins, Mr. Jackie Joe Brooks, Mrs. Frances Geneva Wilson ‘Nannie’ Miles.

Mr. Jackie Joe Brooks, age 79, of Rome, passed away Tuesday evening, September 4, 2018, in a local hospital following an extended illness.

Mr. Brooks was born in Floyd County, Ga., on October 9, 1938, son of the late Albert and Lillian Melton Brooks.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Cary Brooks.

Mr. Brooks was a 1957 graduate of Pepperell High School in Lindale where he excelled in baseball and basketball, and was a member of the 1954 State Championship baseball team.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed as Service Manager with Valley Vend Services in Rome for 38 years.  Upon his retirement, he, with his son, founded Brooks Building Group, where he was active until January 2018.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman and vintner, a hobby he enjoyed for many years.

Mr. Brooks was a member of Second Avenue Baptist Church where he was an active participant of the Men’s Prayer Breakfast.  In his early years, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Lindale.

Survivors include his wife, the former Glenda Couey, to whom he was married on January 14, 1961; a daughter, Traci Brooks Hesser (Tim), Maryville, TN; a son, Jeff Brooks (Allison), Lindale; 4 grandchildren, Kendall Brooks Headley (Cove), Austin, TX,  Hunter Brooks (Jaclyn), Lafayette, CO, Brooks and Briley Hesser, both of Maryville, TN; 2 sisters, Lynda Brooks Ragan, Lindale, and Ann Brooks Brandon, Silver Creek; a brother, John Brooks (Gerald), Lindale; nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Second Avenue Baptist Church with his Pastor, Dr. Monty Stallins, officiating, and with family members sharing.

The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall of Second Avenue Baptist Church on Saturday from 1 until 2:45 p.m.  At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Second Avenue Baptist Church Memorial Endowment, 823 E. Second Ave., Rome, Ga.  30161.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Randy “Bubba” Blevins. We celebrate the wonderfully rich life of Randy “Bubba” Blevins. He was a man of unparalleled dedication to the care of his family and friends.   We give thanks for the blessings of his presence in our lives.

His legacy of food, coaching young people and hugs left a lasting positive impression on everyone he met.  He passed peacefully after complications from heart surgery on September 4.  Bubba was born on February 4, 1949 ,in Rome, Ga.  He graduated from West Rome High School and joined the Air Force.  He served for over 25 years. The majority of his time in the service was spent overseas in the European theater in Germany and Aviano, Italy.

After retirement from service, he finished his teaching degree from Kennesaw State.  He taught for 10 years for Floyd County Schools.  Bubba’s hugs and ready laugh will be remembered as long as there are people who knew him here on this earth. He found great joy in sports.  He was a longtime baseball and softball coach in Italy.

He was happiest surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Marsha; his children, Nathan, Sally and Guy; his sisters, Jan and Debbie; and his grandchildren Morgan, Carson, Derek, Dalton, Faith, Gage, Carter and Owen.  He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Blevins, and his parents Doug and Geneva Douglas.  Bubba was a genuine, deep and loving friend to many.

Friends are cordially invited to a memorial service honoring his life on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, 314 Burnett Ferry Rd SW, Rome, GA 30165.  Visitation immediately preceding the service from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Internment will take place on Monday, September 10, at 12:30 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Fellowship Baptist Church.

Salmon Funeral Home.

Mrs. Frances Geneva Wilson “Nannie’ Miles, age 85, of Dalton, Ga., took her heavenly flight on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Frances, known to most as ‘Nannie,’ was born in Flat Rock, Ala., on December 24,1932. She was the daughter of the late James Olen Wilson Sr and Cynthia Emma Dover Wilson. She was raised in Trion, Ga., moving to Dalton in the early 1940s. Nanny was a lifelong member of the Church of God of the Union Assembly. She worked for many years at Crown Cotton Mill until they closed and then for a period of time, she worked for Southern Bell Telephone. She ended her career with Shaw Industries until the time of her retirement.

Nannie is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, J.C. Miles Jr, and his wife Carolyn, and Ray Miles and his wife, Kay; two granddaughters, LaCraie Adams, and Leigh Robinson; three grandsons and their wives, Shalon and Tammy Miles,  LaDane and Joy Miles, and Torrey and April Miles;  nine great- grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons; one sister, Anne Ruth Bell; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Vondell Wilson,  Rev. James Olen  “Oley’ Wilson, Jr, and his wife Alleen, and David and Peggy Wilson. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life for Nannie will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Church of God of the Union Assembly Sanctuary, 2211 S. Dixie Highway, Dalton, Ga., 30720, with Pastor Stoney Kiser, her former pastor Rev. Charlie T Pratt III, and her son, Rev. Ray Miles, officiating. Interment will follow in West Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening for 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of God of the Union Assembly. She will lie in state on Friday at the church from noon until the service hour.

Grandsons and great-grandsons (Hunter, Jaydon, Braiden, and Landon Miles) will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include granddaughters, great-granddaughters (Kayla Adams, Carleigh Adams, Kelsey Robinson and Emma Robinson) along with Tom Dyer, Landau Bright, Derek Bright, Brantley Wilson, Chad Wilson , and Casen Miles.

Salmon Funeral Home.

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