Obituaries:  Mrs. Melissa Ann Arnold, Mrs. Betty East Brock, Mrs. Donna Fay Ashley Lovitt, Mr. Robert A. “Pete” O’Dillon, Nixon Garrard “Nicky” Sharp, Laura Lou Staven

Obituaries:  Mrs. Melissa Ann Arnold, Mrs. Betty East Brock, Mrs. Donna Fay Ashley Lovitt, Mr. Robert A. “Pete” O’Dillon, Nixon Garrard “Nicky” Sharp, Laura Lou Staven


Nixon Garrard “Nicky” Sharp, age 54, of Cedartown, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at a Cedartown hospital.

Mr. Sharp was born in Rome, Georgia on March 20, 1964, son of John Grady Sharp and Myra Joan Whitlock Sharp.  He was a member of the North Rome Church of God.  Mr. Sharp worked for a number of years for Cedarstream in Cedartown.  He was very athletic and loved golfing and all sports.

Survivors include his wife, Sherie Callihan Sharp; four children, Stevie Rheanna Mylius (Blake), Rome, John Dillon Sharp (Jessica), Rome, Corey Wesson (Anna), Buchanan, and Dylan Wesson (Katie), Fayetteville, NC; eight grandchildren, Maddox Sharp, Brookelyn, Justin, Aniston, Kaylan, Waylan, Hayden and Adalyn Wesson; his parents, Grady & Joan Sharp, Rome; a brother, Gregory Kyle Sharp, Rome; a sister, Kaycie Temples (Brian), Rome; 6 nephews, Trenton, Ethan & Seth (Shannon)Temples, and Devin and Collin Callihan, Toby Griffin; a niece, Alexis Callihan; 3 great nieces and nephews, Sophia, Ronan & Aria Temples; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chuck & Jeanette Callihan, Buchanan.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Randy Vines and Pastor Terry Addis officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and include: Active: Kyle & Dillon Sharp, Devin & Collin Callihan, and Chris & Scott Whitlock. Honorary: Harold & Wendell Crowder, Lee Jones, Terry & Gary Daniels, Stacy Elliott, Brian Adams and Joey Cross.

 Mrs. Betty East Brock, age 84, of Silver Creek, passed away Wednesday evening, January 2, 2019, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Brock was born in Floyd County, GA on July 4, 1934, daughter of the late C. J. East and Mamie Cash East.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Lamar Brock, by a son, Dennis Lamar Brock, by a sister, Mary Fincher, and by a brother, William East.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Margaret Greene (Ron) and Peggy Smith (Jim), all of Rome; 2 grandchildren, Brandon Crozier (Samantha), Silver Creek, and Marie Austin (Bobby), Rome; a great grandson, Logan Smith, Rome; a sister, Pearl Wallace, Rome; a brother, James East, Summerville, GA; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the graveside in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.  The Rev. David Fincher will officiate.

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

Mr. Robert A. “Pete” O’Dillon, age 83, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, December 31, 2018.

In keeping with Pete’s wishes he has been cremated.

At this time the family is weighing their options for a private service at a later date.

To honor Pete’s life the family asked that memorial contributions be made to the Model-Johnson Schools Foundation c/o Dunny Blankenship, Model Middle School, 164 Baron Road, Rome, GA 30161

Salmon Funeral Home.


Mrs. Melissa Ann Arnold, age 49, of Cartersville, Ga. transitioned December 29, 2018.

Melissa Ann “Boosie” Banks-Arnold was born on July 17, 1969 to Margaret Ann Banks and Arthur Lee Stephens, in Cartersville, Georgia. She was raised in Kingston and Rome, Georgia and educated in the Rome City School System. At an early age Melissa showed her tendency for caring for others. This was a trait that she would carry with her for her entire life. Melissa was a devout Christian of the Baptist faith and a strong believer in giving whenever and whatever she could. As an adult, she started Whispering Pines Personal Care Home, where she cared for disabled adults who were not able to live alone and care for themselves. Although most of them were as old as, or even older than she was, she cared for them as her own children. Even in death, Melissa kept giving by being an organ donor.

Melissa was predeceased by her parents; her step-father, Robert McKnight; her grandparents, James and Mattie Peeks, and Tommy and Alice Stephens; her sister, Tedra Banks; and her precious son, Ronnie Arnold, Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her husband, Ronnie Arnold, Sr., of Cartersville, Georgia; step-mother, Louise Mitchell, of Marlin, Texas; son, Jabarri Sewell, Sr. (Markayla Harris), of Cartersville, Georgia; honorary daughter, Donna Bell, of Rome, Georgia; grandchildren, Jabarri Sewell, Jr, Denisha Williams, and Gerald Bell, Jr.; brothers, Stacy Banks (Carolyn), of Cartersville, Georgia, and Bobby Banks, of Marietta, Georgia; sisters, Kassi Zachery (Robert), of Rome, Georgia, Darlene Banks (Marvin), of Marlin, Texas, Charlene Stephens, of Acworth, Georgia, and Marlene Philbert (Lindy) of Covington, Georgia; and two special people who she always referred to as “My Girls”, Dora Bennett and Clarissa White. Melissa also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and her fur baby, Taco.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 1 PM at Unity Worship Church, Inc. in Cartersville, Georgia with Evangelist Roxie Pritchett officiating. The body will lie in repose 12 noon until the hour of service. Interment will be at Providence Cemetery.  F.K. Jones Funeral Home, of Rome, Georgia is in charge of funeral arrangements

Laura Lou Staven was born on May 31, 1931 in Rome, Georgia and passed away on January 2, 2019. Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Mrs. Donna Fay Ashley Lovitt, age 61, of Rome, passed away Monday December 31, 2018 at a local hospital.

Mrs. Lovitt was born in Rome, GA on June 7, 1957, daughter of the late Claude Junior Ashley and the late Barbara Ann Dowdy Ashley. She was also preceded in death by a brother James Graylin Ashley. Prior to her becoming disabled, she was employed by Labor Local # 515 at Plant Bowen for several years. She was a member of the Church of the Living God.

Survivors include her husband Brice Lovitt Sr., to whom she was married in 1995; a daughter, Shannon Hutchens, Rome; 2 sons, Joshua Edwards (Amee), Rome, and Cory Hudgins (Jennifer Palmer), Rome; 5 step children, Billy Lovitt (Amanda), Bruce Lovitt (Kacie), Hope Lovitt, Brice Lovitt, Jr., and Susie Leffler, all of Rome; 3 sisters, Kathy Ashley, Debbie Ashley, and Paula Rampley (Danny), all of Cedartown; brother, Donald Abernathy, Lindale; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Holy Ground Church with the Rev. Buddy Floyd and the Rev. James Abercrombie officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Holy Ground Church beginning on Friday afternoon January 4, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to be at the church on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and are the following gentlemen: Clay McCraw, Brian Abernathy, Bart Canada, Michael Lacey, Justin Lively, Alex Palmer, Bruce Lovitt, and Michael Mobbs.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


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