Obituaries: Mr. Lucian Perry Maynard Jr., Mr. Gene Edwin “Bud” Sims, Ronny Wagner, Mrs. Sadie Marie Watson.

Obituaries: Mr. Lucian Perry Maynard Jr., Mr. Gene Edwin “Bud” Sims, Ronny Wagner, Mrs. Sadie Marie Watson.



Mr. Gene Edwin “Bud” Sims, age 71, of Rome, GA, passed away on Tuesday morning, October 30, 2018.

Bud was born in Etowah County, AL, on April 28, 1947, one of 16 children of the late Henry David Sims and Jessie Irene Stone Sims.  He has been in the Shannon, GA, area since 1981, moving here from Alabama.  Bud was a truck driver, associated with W.C. Timber for a number of years and was of the Baptist faith.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising game chickens.  Bud was an avid gardener who loved growing all kinds of things in his garden and was meticulous in taking care of his yard.  He never met a stranger and will be missed by his loving family and host of friends.  In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Bud is survived by his wife, Helen Dobbins Sims, whom he married on November 12, 1966; two daughters and son-in-law, Angela Darlene McGuire of Shannon, and Amy Carol Cothran and her husband, Butch, of Silver Creek, GA; two sons and daughter-in-law, Darrell Edwin Sims of Scottsville, GA, and Shane Lee Sims and his wife, Christy, of Rome; four sisters, Dora V. Clemmons, Stella Louise Greer, Judith “Judy” Darlene Wood and Shelby Jean Bickerstaff; one brother, Coleman Dale Sims and his wife, Barbara.  Twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon, November 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Salmon Funeral Home with Rev. Buddy Floyd officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Bud will remain at Salmon Funeral Home where the family will receive friends on Thursday evening, November 1, 2018 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 1:30 p.m. and include Mark Boozer, Spencer Scoggins, Clay Hicks, Butch Cothran, Teddy Sims and Eric Sims.  Honorary pallbearers will include Arlie Warren, Don Edwards and John Godfrey.

Mrs. Sadie Marie Watson, age 70, of the Garden Lakes community, Rome, died unexpectedly Monday evening, October 29, 2018, in a Rome hospital.

The former Sadie Marie Jordon, Mrs. Watson was born in Austell, Georgia, on February 12, 1948, a daughter of the late George Jordan and the late Myrtle Holliday Jordan. Although she had lived in Rome earlier in her life, Mrs. Watson had made her home in the Atlanta area for a number of years prior to moving back to Rome eight years ago. While in Atlanta, Mrs. Watson was a sales representative for Cagle Foods, and was a member of the Parkwood Hills Baptist Church in Decatur.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by her husband, Lector Watson in 2007, and by a sister, Mrs. Magdalene Turner.

Mrs. Watson is survived by two sons, Joe Earnest and his wife Zuzette of Atlanta, and Chris Earnest and his wife Heather of Rome, and by a stepson, Craig Watson of Raleigh, North Carolina. Six grandchildren, Ashlyn Earnest, Andrew Earnest, Lillian Earnest, Madeline Earnest, Bianca Earnest and Alexa Earnest also survive.

Memorial services for Mrs. Watson will be held Saturday morning, November 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Thomas Hardy Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Rome.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.

Ronny Wagner, age 63, of Rome, passed away Monday October 29, 2018 at his residence.

Ronny was born March 3, 1955, in Floyd County, a son of the late William M. Wagner, and Julia Mae Poe Wagner. He was employed for many years with Tebarco Mechanical. Ronny was preceded in death by brothers, David Wagner, and Danny Wagner.

Survivors include his wife, Natalie Buscietta Wagner, children, Jeremy (Tammy) Wagner, Timmy (Jennifer) Hall, Jennifer (Adam) Callaway, adopted son, Eric Shootwell, grandchildren, Tristian, Timothy, Lannie, Koby, Tyler, Taylor, and Kailley, special friend, Earl Roll, brothers, Bill ( Judy) Wagner, Estelle (Carter) Goforth, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday November 3, 2018, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from noon. until the service hour on Saturday November 3, 2018, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are ask to meet at the funeral by 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, Earl Roll, Eric Shotwell, Joe Adcock, Adam Callaway, Timmy Hall and Steve Wagner.

Mr. Lucian Perry Maynard Jr., age 96 of Rome, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 in a local hospital. L. P. was born in Baker County Ga., on October 11, 1922, son of Lucian Perry Maynard Sr., and Ola Mae Odom Maynard. Baker County, Ga., was an active and thriving agricultural region, L. P. was truly a farm boy at heart yet supported family by succeeding in the business arena.

During his high school career, he was well know as an outstanding basketball and baseball player as a result he received numerous collegiate scholarship offers. Prior to entering the Armed Services, he worked with the CCC at Pine Mountain. While there, because of his abilities and love of basketball, he established a basketball team for the local CCC group.

He served in General Mark Clark’s Firth Army during World War II, in the areas of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He participated in the battles of Anzio, and Salerno, Monte Cassino. After discharge he settled in Rome, Georgia to take a position with State Mutual Insurance Co.

For the last 35 years of his active career in the insurance business, he owned and operated L.P. Maynard Insurance Agency, retiring at the age of 85. He was known for his ability to tell jokes and spin a yarn for family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his mother and father and three brothers, James, Stanley Maynard and Earl Mercer.

Mr. Maynard was a founding member of the Rome Church of Christ and a current member. He was greatly loved and respected by his family, he will be missed but will live on through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren for many generations to come.

Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine Jenkins to whom he was married on August 4, 1946 . One daughter Marie Maynard of Rome. Sons and spouses, Perry Maynard, Tim (Karen) Maynard, and Terry (Wilma) Maynard of Rome, Dennis (Sharon) Rediker of Ohio. Four grandchildren, Kerry (Caitlin) Maynard of Winder, Kris (Jenny) Maynard, of Rome, Melissa Maynard of Rome, and Cathie (Dr. Wade Nolan) of Columbus. Four great grandchildren, Will Maynard of Winder, Eli, and twins Ansley and Ian Nolan of Columbus.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018, at Daniels Funeral home at 2 p.m. with receiving of friends from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour. Minister Steve Rogers will officiate the service. Rendering military honors will be Shanklin-Attaway VFW post No. 5. Graveside services will be held at Sunset Hills.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Daniel’s Funeral Home on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and include Tommy Callen, Ken Futch, John Entwhistle, Drew Molock, Jeff Jenkins, Wade Nolan.

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