Obituaries: Paul Franklin Autry, Mr. Henry Burge, Mrs. Tressie Lee Messer Hanks, Mr. Tywand Stewart and Miss Susan T. Whitehead

Obituaries: Paul Franklin Autry, Mr. Henry Burge, Mrs. Tressie Lee Messer Hanks, Mr. Tywand Stewart and Miss Susan T. Whitehead

Miss Susan T. Whitehead, age 58, of Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, in a local healthcare facility.

Susan was born in Columbus, GA, on November 26, 1959, a daughter of the late Robert Martin Whitehead and Betty Jean Schubert Whitehead.  She had been a resident of Rome and Floyd County since 2007, moving here from Whitesburg, GA.  Susan enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading and listening to music.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Debbie Motes, in 2013.

Susan is survived by one sister, Carol Chandler of Collins, GA; two brothers, John Hinman and Mark Whitehead, both of Carrollton, GA.  A number of nieces and nephews along with other relatives and friends also survive

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at noon in the Carl Sidwell Chapel of Salmon Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Salmon Funeral Home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service hour.


Devoted husband and father Paul Franklin Autry, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Born in Plainville, Ga., in Gordon County on Jan. 24, 1934, Autry later moved to neighboring Floyd County. He was an active member of Enon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon at the Rome, Ga., church for 50 years.

Known for his genuine kindness and beaming smile, Autry worked in multiple plants and in his later years with the Floyd County sanitation department. During his career, Autry was employed at Klopman Mills, Trend Mills, and Torrington Fafnir Bearings Division.

While at Klopman Mills in Shannon, Ga., Autry would meet his spouse of five-plus decades while working at the plant. The couple then would raise three sons.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 53 years Mattie Autry; parents Henry Guy Autry and Pennie Pauline (Johnson) Autry; and brothers and sisters Ralph Autry, Colston Autry, Sue Stanton, and Beatrice Jones.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Rodney F. and Lynn Autry of Gloucester, Va., Barry P. Autry of Rome, Ga., and Enoch W. and Lorie Autry of Sylvania, Ga.; grandchildren, grand daughters-in-law and a grand son-in-law Jonathan C. and Rebecca Autry of Gloucester, Va., Joshua M. and Jennifer Autry of Kennett Square, Pa., Jeremiah S. Autry of Gloucester, Va., Joseph B. Autry of Gloucester, Va., Jessica H. Byrnside and Toney Byrnside of Midlothian, Va., Stone K. Autry of Sylvania, Ga., Broc P. Autry of Sylvania, Ga., Te´a E. Autry of Sylvania, Ga., and Callee J. Autry of Sylvania, Ga.; great grandchildren Elijah N. Autry of Gloucester, Va., Josiah J. Autry of Gloucester, Va., Naomi R. Autry of Gloucester, Va.; and Savannah Byrnside of Midlothian, Va., and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Salmon Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 2516 New Calhoun Highway, Rome, Ga.

Funeral services will be at Enon Baptist Church at 3105 Turkey Mountain Road N.E. in Rome, Ga., at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. The body will lie in state one hour before the services begin. Interment will follow immediately after the service at Salmon Cemetery in Rome, Ga.

Officiating the funeral service will be his eldest son Dr. Rodney F. Autry with assistance from pastors Ken Hinckley of Enon Baptist Church and former Enon Baptist Church pastor Dr. Bill Dempsey.

Pallbearers are grandchildren Jonathan C. Autry, Joshua M. Autry, Jeremiah S. Autry, Joseph B. Autry, Stone K. Autry and Broc P. Autry.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of Enon Baptist Church’s Senior Adult Sunday School Class and members of the Shannon Masonic Lodge 100.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the Benevolence Fund at Enon Baptist Church at 3105 Turkey Mountain Road N.E., Rome, Ga., 30161.

Salmon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Tressie Lee Messer Hanks, age 87, of Cedar Bluff, passed away October 2, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Hanks was born in Cherokee County Alabama, December 16, 1930, a daughter of the late George Messer and Lila Brown Messer. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, and was retired from Pet Bakery after over 27 Years of services. Mrs. Hanks was preceded in death by her husband, G. W. “Bill” Hanks, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Juanita (Steve) Hunter, Pat (Bruce) Colby, Brenda (Johnny) Lewis, 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside and interment services will be held at 12:00 P.M. (Ga. Time) Saturday October 6, 2018, at Hardeman Cemetery, with Dr. Billy Rabern and Bobby Don Rogers, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. (Ga. Time) on Friday October 5, 2018 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

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


Mr. Tywand Stewart, age 43, of Rome, Ga., passed on Thursday, October 4, 2018. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Mr. Henry Burge, age 58 of Dalton, Ga., passed on Thursday, October 4, 2018.  F. K. Jones Funeral Home

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