Obituaries: Thomas “Tom” Anthony Centola Sr., Ms. Lillian Cooper, Ms. Frances M. Plummer and Allen James Siniard Jr.

Obituaries: Thomas “Tom” Anthony Centola Sr., Ms. Lillian Cooper, Ms. Frances M. Plummer and Allen James Siniard Jr.

Thomas “Tom” Anthony Centola Sr., age 98, of Rome, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Tom was born February 6, 1920.

Tom is survived by son Thomas “Bubba” Anthony Centola Jr.; daughter-in-law Camille Centola; daughter Donna Coursey; and son-in-law Steve Coursey; granddaughter Elizabeth Centola, grandson Vince Corsey, granddaughter-in-law Michelle Coursey, granddaughter Katherine Katzburg, grandson-in-law Kirk Katzburg and grandson David Coursey.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine “Kay” Mae Centola.

A Rosary Service led by Deacon Stuart Neslin 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 Father Valery Akoh, Parochial Vicar, will take place on Wednesday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus, with an Honor Guard by the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights.

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.

Albert Cecil Briley Jr., age 92, passed away peacefully at home on February 1, 2019 ,into the Lord’s embrace. Al was born in Columbus, Ga., June 30, 1926, to the late Albert Cecil Briley Sr. and Mamie Eugenia Lane Briley. He graduated from Columbus High School, Auburn University and received an MBA from Rutgers University. He joined the Army Air Corp December 18, 1944 and was honorably discharged in October 1946 with the rank of sergeant. He served on the Island of Tinian in World War II.

He married Martha Nell Ansley in Columbus, Ga., on August 28, 1949, and they moved with their two daughters to Rome in August 1960 when he joined First National Bank as Executive Vice President. He retired from SunTrust Bank in 1972 after serving as President/CEO for many years. He then purchased Southeastern Mills with his longtime friend and partner Vernon Grizzard Sr. and served as President/CEO from 1972 – 1986 when he retired.

Mr. Briley served as a Life Deacon at First Baptist Church, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Thornwood School, on the Board of Trustees for Shorter College, and was a Life Trustee for Darlington School. He was active in many civic and community organizations throughout his life among them Rome Rotary (life member) Rome Floyd Chamber (life member), Boy Scouts of America and United Way.

He was preceded in death by Nell Briley, his loving wife of 41 years, and his sister, Betty Briley Sheehan, Hermitage, TN. He is survived by his wife Barbara Brown Hine Briley to whom he was married April 4, 1992, and shared a wonderful life of 27 years. He is also survived by his two daughters, Ansley (Dean) Saville (Rome) and Gena (Clinton) Agnew (Summerville); his grandchildren Bert Saville (Miami), Andrew (Karen) Saville (Rome), Marinell (Matt) Coats (Arlington, VA), and Matthew Payne (Summerville); great grandchildren Mallory and Scott Saville; stepchildren Ed (Linda) Hine, Rome; Anne (Eric) Lee, Marietta; Henry (Dot) Hine, Conyers; Charlie (Jan) Hine, Marietta; Bob Hine, Atlanta; grandchildren, great grandchildren, four nephews and one niece.

The funeral will be a private, family service graveside at Myrtle Hill Cemetery on Monday, February 4, with Dr. Matt Duvall officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons Bert Saville, Andrew Saville and Matthew Payne, and step-grandsons Taylor Hine, John McElrath, Ben McElrath, William Lee, Edward Lee, David Hine, and Sam Hine.

The family will receive friends at home at 9 Creekside Way on Sunday, February 3, from 3-6 p.m.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to First Baptist Church of Rome, P.O. Box 1189, Rome, Georgia 30162-1189.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Ms. Lillian Cooper, 93, of Rome, Georgia passed away, Friday, February 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Services are incomplete at this time but will be announced at a later date.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc. has full charge of the arrangements.

Frances M Plummer

Ms. Frances M. Plummer, 76, of Rome, Georgia passed away, Thursday, January 31, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Services will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. Lovejoy Baptist Church, 436 Branham Ave SW, Rome, Georgia.

She will lie in-state from 12 noon until the hour of service. Interment will follow in the East View Cemetery, 725 Kingston Ave NE, Rome, Georgia.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc. has full charge of the arrangements.


Allen James Siniard Jr., age 82, of Silver Creek, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Siniard was born in Aragon, Georgia on March 7, 1936, son of the late Allen James Siniard Sr. and the late Louise White Siniard.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Elizabeth Adams Siniard, and by a sister, Bobbie Jean Williamson.  Mr. Siniard worked for a number of years as an electrician.

Survivors include a son, Danny Siniard (Cheryl), Silver Creek; a daughter, Veronica Cole (Eddie), Rome; two step-children, Michael Wood, Augusta, and Dale Lasley, Soddy Daisy, TN; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; nieces & nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.  The Rev. Greg Cowart will officiate.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


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