Obituaries: Mrs. Eddie Ash Jackson, Charles Eugene Rhodes, James L. “Papa Jim” Tolbert.

Obituaries: Mrs. Eddie Ash Jackson, Charles Eugene Rhodes, James L. “Papa Jim” Tolbert.


Mrs. Eddie Ash Jackson, age 88, of Silver Creek, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Jackson was born in Summerville, Georgia on September 6, 1930, daughter of the late Phillip Edward Ash and the late Lillie Mae Tucker Ash.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Jackson, Jr., by a daughter, Robin Elizabeth Jackson, and by three sisters, Lillian, Frances and Dorothy.  Mrs. Jackson worked for a number of years as an accountant for Davis Construction Company.  She was a faithful member of Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Jackson Miller, Jacksonville, FL; two grandsons, Michael Robert Beard (Michelle Davis), Jacksonville, FL, and Matthew Cory Beard (Kristen Thoman), Jacksonville, FL; four great grandchildren, Corinne Elise Stewart, Emily Suzanne Beard, James Cory Beard and Kyleigh Michelle Beard; two sisters, Pauline Smith, Montgomery, AL and Betty Jo Carr, Trion; a brother, Quinton Jack Ash, Dallas; brother-in-law, Jimmy Jackson (Joyce); several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Fricks officiating.  Interment will follow in East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Charles Eugene Rhodes, 78, of Rome GA, passed away on Nov. 24, 2018, at a local hospital.

Rhodes was born in Oxford, Alabama on June 29, 1940, moving to Rome, GA as a youngster. He graduated from West Rome High School and continued on to receive a degree in Industrial Engineering at Southern Tech.

Rhodes married Shelva Jean Rhodes on June 18, 1961; they were married for 49 years.

He worked as the General Manager of numerous manufacturing companies living in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Georgia. He ended his career in sales with Larson Manufacturing.  He enjoyed gospel, country and soul music, college football, golf, basketball, reading the Bible and spending time with his family.

Rhodes is survived by one daughter, Gina Rhodes Welborn; three grandsons, Alex Welborn, Charlie Welborn and Rhodes Welborn; three great granddaughters.

Rhodes is preceded in death by his beloved wife Jean; as well as his parents, Douglas C Rhodes and Ruby D Rhodes; his brother Douglas Rhodes Jr. and baby sister, Martha Jane Rhodes.

The family is planning a private memorial at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.

James L. “Papa Jim” Tolbert, a 60, a resident of Chief Vann Drive, passed away peacefully at his home on November 25, 2018.

Papa Jim was born on May 28, 1931, in Rome, GA to the late James Allen and Odessa Tolbert. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Bailey Tolbert. He is survived by his sons, Mike and wife Susan Tolbert, Mark and wife Lisa Tolbert; and two grandchildren, Morgan and Lauren.

Papa Jim graduated from Rome High School in 1949. He joined the Marine Corps and married his high school sweetheart Betty Bailey. Papa Jim had three primary jobs in his lifetime, the Marines, his family and Southern Bell/Bell South/AT&T. He retired from Bell South as a toll test board technician after 40 years. Papa Jim was a loving and devoted husband that cared for his wife for many years. He also loved his sons dearly as he changed his work schedule so that he could get off work at 4 p.m. to watch his boys practice football at West Rome High School. He was a dedicated fan of the West Rome Chieftains for many years. Papa Jim was also known for his fabulous pancakes, his love of walking, cycling, rowing and watching the Berry College Eagle webcam.

A graveside service will be held at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Linda Pineo officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the Berry College Eagle cam ( or Berry College Advancement Office (Berry College Eagles) P.O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149 or a charity of your choice. Please visit our website at to share fond memories. Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

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