Updated/Obituaries: Mr. William Carl Beatenbough, Ms. Geraldine Cothron, Dorothy LaNelle Daniel, Melburn Jacob Hibbard, Mr. Robert Lee Langham, Bessie Elizabeth Ott. 

Updated/Obituaries: Mr. William Carl Beatenbough, Ms. Geraldine Cothron, Dorothy LaNelle Daniel, Melburn Jacob Hibbard, Mr. Robert Lee Langham, Bessie Elizabeth Ott. 

Melburn “Mel” Jacob Hibbard, 96, of Rome, GA, passed away September 9, 2018, surrounded by his family.

He was born August 15, 1922 in Manson, AR, son of the late Daisy Starnes and Jacob Foster Hibbard. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Doris Sade Hibbard, by his oldest daughter, Sherry Ann Hibbard, and by two sisters, Opal and Delores. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Mel was a graduate of Hoxie High School in Hoxie, AR. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1942, and served on the U. S. S. Kidd DD-661 from 1943 to 1945 as a Fire Controlman. He was a “plank owner” for the Kidd, and sailed with her on her initial cruise out of the New York harbor. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart for his injuries received during a kamikaze attack on the Kidd. He continued his service in the U. S. Navy Reserves until 1965, and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Mel attended the Georgia Institute of Technology on the G. I. Bill and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Engineering. He was a member Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and played intramural sports. He was an avid supporter of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team, and was a season ticket holder for more than 50 years. Go Jackets!

Mel’s employment in the textile industry spanned many companies during his career. He moved to Rome, Georgia, in 1965 to work for the Celanese Corporation. He retired from Shaw Industries after 25 years. There, he served as the Technical Director of Yarn Development, and later moved to Research and Development. He traveled globally to identify emerging technologies to enhance yarn quality and production. He greatly enjoyed mentoring many new-hire engineers while at Shaw.

After retiring, he participated in the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, where he served as the Finance Office for many years. He worked on many fund-raising campaigns to help expand these organizations, and recruit young military veterans. He also enjoyed playing golf, gardening, bird watching, travel, and reading the latest novels.

Mel is survived by his children; Janet Hibbard Butler, Atlanta, GA, Gary Hibbard (Kay), Suwanee, GA, Lana Hibbard Walker, Sandy Springs, GA, and Susan Hibbard Worthington (Mike), Tidings, GA; his beloved grandsons, Jeff Langston, Casey and Mackenzie Butler, Jake Worthington, Todd and Billy Walker, David Kline; his cherished great grandchildren, Marshall and Levi Langston; and Gabe and Cala Walker.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Looney officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard extending military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from noon until the service hour.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at 1:30 p.m. and include: Gary Hibbard, Casey and Mackenzie Butler, Mike Worthington, David Kline and Jeff Langston.

The family would like to thank Patsy Beck, and her husband, Wayne, for being his caregivers and companions for many years. We are also thankful for his many neighbors in Twickenham Estates for watching out for him, bringing him the mail and papers, as well as preparing many great meals and offering their company over the years. He loved them all!


Mr. Robert Lee Langham, age 86, of Rome, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, at a local assisted living facility.

Mr. Langham was born in Rome, Georgia on May 17, 1932, son of the late George Langham and the late Ellen Kerns Langham.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Anna Mae Langham and by a brother, William Langham.  Mr. Langham was a graduate of Rome High School where he played football.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy where he was among the first Hurricane Hunters.  Prior to retirement, he worked as a Nursing Home Administrator.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Hartline Langham; a sister, Marie Cooper, Rome; nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Beech Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.


Mr. William Carl Beatenbough, age 75, of Cedartown, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at a local hospital.

Mr. Beatenbough was born in Haralson County, Georgia on December 29, 1942, son of the late Leonard Carl Beatenbough and the late Lela Miller Beatenbough.

He was a member of the McFall Baptist Church. Prior to retirement, Mr. Beatenbough worked for several years as a route manager for Coca Cola. After retirement, he worked in maintenance for the Polk County Schools.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Beatenbough (Connie), Panama City Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Kayla Weathers and Justin Beatenbough; a sister, Thelma Kelley; two brothers, Kenneth Beatenbough and Gary Beatenbough; nieces & nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Polk Memory Gardens. The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Ms. Geraldine Cothron, age 70, of Cedartown, Ga. transitioned September 9, 2018. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Bessie Elizabeth Ott, 89, passed away on September 10, 2018. Calling hours are Thursday, Sept. 13, at Daniel’s Funeral Home from noon-2 p.m. with services following and burial at Sunset Hills Cemetery.


An ardent country music fan, Dorothy LaNelle Daniel has gone to attend a heavenly concert. She passed away surrounded by her family and caregivers on September 9, 2018.

LaNelle was born on August 29, 1940, in Franklinton, Louisiana, Washington Parish. She graduated from Franklinton High School, then married and moved to Buras, Plaquemines Parish, where she gave birth to her first redheaded daughter, Angelique. Always a trailblazer, she bucked tradition and attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, graduating with a degree in English and a minor in French; she then taught at Bogalusa High School for several years before accepting a teaching position at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi. Doing her part to sustain global redheaded populations,her twin daughters, Samantha and Tamra, were born in Bogalusa.

Because she had an insatiable love of learning, she then relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, where she obtained her master’s degree in English and pursued a doctorate in English. Never one to back away from a challenge, she taught in Wyoming for five years before relocating to Rome, Georgia, to teach at Georgia Highlands College (then Floyd College), where she spent the remainder of her career. While at Georgia Highlands, she rose from faculty member to English Coordinator to Division Chair to Faculty Emerita.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Elaine Daniel. She is survived by her daughter Angelique Thomas Ard and husband Winston, daughter Samantha Bishop and husband Jesse, and Tamra Bennett and former husband Sean; grandchildren Gabbi Bishop, Ben Bishop, and Madigan Bennett; cousins Gwen and Louie Cotton of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and numerous kin from Mississippi and Louisiana. She is also survived by thousands of students to whom she gave a love of literature and language.

She loved her daughters as fiercely as her red hair might suggest, and she raised them each to be strong-willed, quick-witted women. LaNelle was a collector of wild and unruly things: from tales of dragons to stories of the bayou to her cats to her sons-in-law. Her boys loved her and she loved them.She had a calming influence on all around her, which is why she had so many friends, who she loved and cherished. From her colleagues at GHC to her friends scattered across the globe, she loved each and made them better people. In her later years, LaNelle adopted her caregivers at Pruitt Healthcare as her own. As was typical, she livened up the place with her classic country music, her books, her stories, and her sass. Her heart, like her interests, was wider and richer that the Delta she loved.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday September 12, 2018 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. George Nix, officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the hour of services on Tuesday, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

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