Obituaries: Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dow, Mr. Romie Lee Gresham, Clarence Ronald Patton, Mrs. Teresa Faye Lumpkin Popham and Mr. Philip J. Smith, Jr.

Obituaries: Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dow, Mr. Romie Lee Gresham, Clarence Ronald Patton, Mrs. Teresa Faye Lumpkin Popham and Mr. Philip J. Smith, Jr.

Mr. Romie Lee Gresham, age 83, of Summerville, GA, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Gresham was born in Centre, AL on May 22, 1935, son of the late Lee Almond Gresham and the late Margie Kelly Gresham.  He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Edna Tudor and Tevis Stimpson, and by 5 brothers, Curtis, Doyce, Edward, Billy, and Glen Gresham.  Mr. Gresham was a veteran of the United States Army.  Prior to his becoming disabled, he was employed in the textile industry, was a truck driver, and a carpenter.  He was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include a son, Timothy Gresham (Keri), Rome; 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Savannah, and Sawyer Gresham, all of Rome; a sister, Shirley Healan, Summerville; a brother, Ricky Gresham, Rome; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel.  Brother Rick Jacobs will officiate.  Private interment will follow later in Cherokee Memory Gardens in Centre, AL.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Sunday from 1pm until the service hour.

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


Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dow, 94, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away on August 30, 2018 of natural causes.

Mrs. Dow was born in Rome, Georgia on August 26, 1924. She was the daughter of Edward and Addie (Quick) Atkins and was preceded in death by both of her parents as well as her siblings: Charles Atkins, Jeanette (Atkins) Poole, Dolice (Atkins) Minge, and Barbara (Atkins) Smith.

Mrs. Dow is survived by her loving husband Colonel Hugh D. Dow, retired United States Air Force Colonel and highly decorated WWII veteran. Mrs. Dow was a devoted military officer’s wife who assisted with various military volunteer benefits/organizations. While Colonel Dow was still serving his country in the military, the couple lived in Africa (Kenya and Nairobi), Europe (Germany) and several military bases in the United States before retiring in Santa Barbara. Mrs. Dow is also survived by her niece, Gwendolyn (Minge) Touchstone and great-nephews, Zachary Touchstone and Robert Shipp; her nephew, Mark Smith and his wife Sherry and great-nephews and great-niece, Austin, Benjamin, Harrison, and Elizabeth; niece and nephew Teresa and Scott Minge, and many cousins.

Mrs. Dow was employed throughout her life as a Legal Administrative Assistant. She attended the Mission of Santa Barbara Roman Catholic Church in Santa Barbara. Mrs. Dow will be interned at East View Cemetery near her family, as Colonel Dow is to be interned at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Father Adrian Pleus will preside over the graveside service at 11 AM on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks friends and family to donate to St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Dallas, Georgia.


Clarence Ronald Patton, age 74, passed away Thursday September 6, 2018 at Floyd Medical Center surrounded by his family.

He had been a practicing attorney in Rome, Georgia from 1971 until shortly before his death, handling thousands of cases.

He was born in Russellville Alabama in 1943. He graduated from Auburn University in 1964 and from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1971.

He was an instrument rated private pilot and a certified scuba diver. He built and renovated a number of buildings in the Rome Area including historic buildings near the Rome Clocktower.

He raised cattle for a number of years and was a skilled and avid horseman, or as his four year old grandson once said, “He’s a cowboy.”

He is survived by his family including Charlotte Terry Patton, their son, C. Ronald Patton, Jr. of Destin, FL, their daughter and son in law, Leah Patton Ayers and Jason Thomas Ayers of Vestavia Hills, AL, their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Patton of Asheville, NC. and also their three grandchildren; Emma Patton Ayers, Hannah Katherine Ayers and Jackson Thomas Ayers. His two surviving sisters are Dorothy Patton Cantrell of Tulsa, OK and Patsy Patton Parker of Decatur, AL.

He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence E. Patton and Rayma Bullington Patton of Russellville, AL.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Sunday, September 9 by Rev. Frank Murphy at 2:00 pm in the chapel of Daniel Funeral Home. Family will receive guests from 1:00-2:00 pm. Following the service interment will take place at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. https://www.st.jude.org/donation


Mrs. Teresa Faye Lumpkin Popham, age 69, of Rome passed away Wednesday September 5, 2018 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Popham was born October 12, 1949, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Dewey “Red” Lumpkin, and Pansy Busby Bray. Mrs. Popham was full of life, joy and wonder was entering her second childhood. She was always smiling, laughing, and never met a stranger. She seemed to brighten every ones day the best reflection of her life is in her children, and grandchildren. Mrs. Popham was a beloved mother, grandmother, mother in law, aunt, and heartwarming friend. Her family was and is very important to her, she would focus on family first and then happiness and laughter always followed. She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years Ronald Popham, son, John Dewey Nawarynski, sister, Gail Lumpkin Stafford.

Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia (Jimmy) Ferguson, Stasia (Clint) Woodall, grandchildren, Emily Ferguson, Barrett Woodall, step daughter, Ronda (Keith) Popham Robertson, step grandsons, Ben Robertson, and Wade Robertson, sisters, Tina Dugger, brother, Larry Lumpkin, several nieces also survive.

Graveside and interment services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday September 9, 2018 at East View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday September 8, 2018 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Philip James Smith Jr.

Mr. Philip J. Smith, Jr. passed away on September 6, 2018 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome. He was 95 years old. Born in Norristown, PA, he came to Rome in 1978 to establish the Rummel Fibre Co., where he was Operations Manager until his retirement. An Army combat veteran, he served from 1942 to 1945 as a tank commander and fought in 5 Pacific Theater invasions, winning The Purple Heart. He was an active congregant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served after his retirement for 25 years in the school’s “Grandfathers” maintenance group. As a 4th Degree member of The Knights of Columbus, he actively participated in that group’s charitable endeavors. In addition to fishing, he enjoyed working on his museum-quality O Scale model railroad. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marilouise, and is survived by a son, Philip J. Smith III of Norristown, PA, and a granddaughter, Rebecca C. Smith of New York City. A funeral Mass will be announced later by Daniel’s Funeral Home. Please visit our website at www.daniels-funeralhome.com to share fond memories and post tributes. Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

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