Obituaries: Thomas “Tom” Anthony Centola Sr., Mrs. Martha Sue Meaders Crawley, Mr. George Nichols, Mrs. Shelia Ann Carlock Nixon.

Obituaries: Thomas “Tom” Anthony Centola Sr., Mrs. Martha Sue Meaders Crawley, Mr. George Nichols, Mrs. Shelia Ann Carlock Nixon.


Mrs. Martha Sue Meaders Crawley, age 92, of Rome, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Crawley was born on April 13, 1926, in the North Georgia mountain town of Gillsville, surrounded by many relatives who were folk pottery artists, leaders in the past and present Methodist Church, educators, politicians, farmers, law officers, and gold miners.

Sue was the daughter of the late Jamie Anthony Meaders and the late Cleo Gilmer Meaders.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Conrad Meaders. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Charles Crawley Jr.; daughter, Linda Dean (Darrell); son, Lamar Crawley (Lee); daughter, Anita Entrekin; two grandchildren, Lauren Dean and Marci Bowler (Nick); sister-in-law, JoAnn Meaders; nephew, Anthony Meaders; and niece, Iris Meaders.

Sue attended Girls High School near Grant Park in Atlanta, where she participated in band, tennis, and synchronized swimming. She loved being a Girl Scout and earned 10 badges that were proudly displayed on her uniform’s sash. As a senior in 1944, she was President of the Student Council, President of the Student Body, and graduated as Valedictorian of her class.

An alumna of Agnes Scott College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree.  Like her mother before her, Sue loved children, and this was shown in her gentle but firm parenting. She was a wonderful mother and a foster parent for two children. She and Charles also often provided emergency foster care. After their three children entered school, Sue taught 3rd and 5thgrade students in Clayton County for 10 years.

Sue and Charles were active members of the First United Methodist Church in College Park, GA (50 years) and later in Kennesaw, GA (15 years). A faithful member of the UMW, she also taught children’s Sunday School for 35 years.

Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing, crafting, and traveling.  She and Charles visited all fifty states and numerous other countries and were active members of the “Happy Voyagers” at Kennesaw UMC.

A graveside memorial service will be in the Spring at the family cemetery in Milner, Ga.  In lieu of flowers, a gift may be made to Murphy Harpst Children’s Center, 740 Fletcher St., Cedartown, GA 30125 ( or a charity of choice.

Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Mrs. Shelia Ann Carlock Nixon, age 58, of Adairsville, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Nixon was born on July 25, 1960 in Murray County, Ga., daughter of Rosie May Carlock Holtzclaw the late Junior Carnes.  She was a hard-working mother who usually had multiple jobs.  Prior to retirement, Mrs. Nixon was associated with Captain D’s, Mohawk Industries, McAbee’s Cleaners and Rome News Tribune.  She is remembered affectionately as being kind-hearted, caring and a wonderful mother, companion and friend.  Shelia loved her family and was known as a “Mother to all.”  She had many adopted babies.  She is preceded in death by her best friend, Martha Ann Callahan, and the father of her children, Donnie Nixon.

Survivors include her companion, William T. “Billy” Hicks, Adairsville; daughter, Misty Dawn Nixon (Robert Hughes), Rome; son, Donald Burle “DJ” Nixon (Teri Beth), Adairsville; step-daughter, Brandy Michelle Mabry (Nick), Kingston; 10 Grandchildren, Destiny Rose Pilcher, Dakota Lee Pilcher, Jasmine Nicole Pilcher, Karli Grace Nixon, Austin Zane Hughes, Dustin Alexander Hughes, Hiatt Mabry, Annabelle Mabry, A. J. Mabry and Zadie Mabry; her mother, Rosie May Holtzclaw, Rome; brother, James Carlock, Rome; four sisters, Brenda Holtzclaw, Rome, Loretta Singleton, Atlanta, Sibyle Colburn, Rome, and Karen Merrick (Randy), Calhoun; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Scott Lambert officiating.  Per Mrs. Nixon’s wishes, she will be cremated following the service.

The family will receive friends on Saturday at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, from 3 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Thomas “Tom” Anthony Centola Sr., 98,  was born on February 6, 1920 and passed away on January 30, 2019, in Rome, Georgia. A Rosary Service led by Deacon Stuart Neslin of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church is planned for Tuesday, February 5, at 5 p.m. at Daniel’s Funeral Home, Griffin Chapel. Visitation with family will then take place until 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Valery Akoh, Parochial Vicar, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. Immediately following the Funeral Mass, a Graveside Service and Interment  will take place at Eastview Cemetery. Family and friends are then invited to a reception on the Main Level of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in the Narthex and Conference Room areas.

Mr. George Nichols, age 70, of  Rome, Ga. transitioned January 30, 2019. Service for Mr. Nichols will be Monday, February 4, 2019, at F. K. Jones Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. Burial will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., at noon.


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