Obituaries:  Mrs. Cynthia June “Cindy” Couch, Bessie Burnes Crawford, Sanford Samuel “Sandy” Taylor, Mr. James Howlett Woodruff, Edmund Leonidas Yeargan Jr.

Obituaries:  Mrs. Cynthia June “Cindy” Couch, Bessie Burnes Crawford, Sanford Samuel “Sandy” Taylor, Mr. James Howlett Woodruff, Edmund Leonidas Yeargan Jr.

 Mrs. Cynthia June “Cindy” Couch, age 68, of Rome, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Couch was born in Floyd County, Georgia on December 22, 1950, daughter of the late Fred and Ruby Milam.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Chris Couch.  Mrs. Couch was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include her husband, James V. “Jim” Couch; a son, John Blalock, Lindale; two daughters, Michelle Couch, Rome, and Tonya Pitts (Shane), Mobile, AL; 8 grandchildren, Zach & Mattie Blalock, Spencer & Christopher Couch, Will Duvall, Joanna Earwood, and Sara & Reece Pitts; 3 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Cherry Sheffield, Rome, and Glenda Price, Rome; her mother-in-law, Mrs. J. E. Couch, Jr.; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.  The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Wednesday from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.


Sanford Samuel “Sandy” Taylor, age 97, of Rome, GA, passed away Saturday evening, February 9, 2019 in an Alabama healthcare facility.

Mr. Taylor was born on August 22, 1921, in Bartow County, GA, a son of the late Jesse Taylor and Azzie Lanham Taylor.  He had been a resident of Rome and Floyd the greater part of his life and was a veteran of the United States Navy.  Mr. Taylor was a co-owner of Brewer & Taylor Foundry for a number of years and prior to his retirement was associated with Southern Fabrication in Carterville, GA.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by five sisters, Marion Kerce, Betty Mae White, Geraldine Michael, Evelyn Carver and Ella Fain White; two brothers, Charles Taylor and Rayford Taylor.

Mr. Taylor is survived by two sisters, Shelby Jean (Randell) Orr of Rome, and Lillian White of Smyrna, GA.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mr. Sanford Samuel Taylor will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Salmon Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the East View Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the service hour.


Mr. James Howlett Woodruff, age 66, of Rome, Ga. transitioned February 10, 2019. Complete arrangements will follow at a later date. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Bessie Burnes Crawford, 78 of Rome, Ga. died February 10, 2019 at her home after a lengthy illness.

She was a life long resident of Rome and was born on March 4, 1940 to the late N.N. Burnes Jr. and Lucille Clarke Burnes. She married Jerry N Crawford in 1960 who preceded her in death after 36 wonderful years of marriage. They are survived by their four children Brent Crawford of Rome, GA., Acy Crawford and daughter-in-law Amy of Woodland Hills, CA., Cooper Crawford and daughter-in-law Madge of Rome, GA., and daughter Rachel Hyde and son-in-law Ron Hyde of Rome, GA.; Nine grandchildren, Chase Crawford (Amber) of Little Rock, AR., Spencer Hyde (Tyler) of Loveland, OH., Hannah Crawford (Patrick) of Boston, MA., Asa Crawford (Rachel) of Birmingham, AL., Sara Jessica Crawford (United States Armed Forces), Will Crawford of Princeton, NJ., Parker Hyde of Rome, GA., Kelli Maria Crawford of Kyrgyz Republic (Duncan Balinger), and Hank Crawford of Rome, GA.

Bess was employed by Rome Manufacturing Company and later Garner and Glover. She served her community in too many ways to list and was the unofficial den mother of Maplewood. She was the past president of the Junior Service League, board member with the New Morning Day Care, Alcohol Control Commission, Good Neighbor Ministries, FISH, and the NW GA. Regional Hospital and served on the vestry at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where she also faithfully attended until her illness. In addition she was a recipient of Rome’s Heart of the Community.

The family would love to acknowledge the staff of Affinity Hospice for the invaluable help they provided. There will be a memorial service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. on Friday February 15. The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Village of Maplewood lodge. The family respectfully requests In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Affinity Hospice or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Edmund Leonidas Yeargan Jr., 80, of Rome, Georgia died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at his residence.

A native of Rome, Georgia, Mr. Yeargan was born June 2, 1938, son of the late Marjorie Curry Yeargan and Edmund Leonidas Yeargan, Sr. Mr. Yeargan received his education at Darlington School and was graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and served as the treasurer. Mr. Yeargan began his career as an engineer with various employers including General Electric and Georgia Kraft. He was a member of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and a lifetime member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was a helluva engineer. He spent the remaining 31 years of his career as President of Battey Machinery Company.

Mr. Yeargan was a lifetime member of Rome First United Methodist Church where he volunteered countless hours as a youth volunteer, a member of the Fishermen’s Club, taught Sunday school, and served on the administrative board. He was a former member of Rotary Club International where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the Board of Visitors for both Shorter College and Berry College. He raised funds for both Darlington School and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Yeargan enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1962 to 1967 with 6 months of active duty. He achieved the rank of E4 and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Yeargan enjoyed fishing, hunting, and attending Georgia Tech sporting events THWG and Atlanta Braves baseball games. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all.

Mr. Yeargan is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sandra Swint Yeargan; a daughter Edith Yeargan Tomasetti and her husband Lou of Atlanta, GA; a son Edmund Leonidas Yeargan, III and his wife Stephanie of Decatur, GA; grandchildren A.J. and Rebecca Tomasetti; a sister Virginia Campbell of Richmond, VA; a brother James Lawrence Yeargan, Sr. of Atlanta, GA; mother-in-law Edith Swint of Rome, GA; sister-in-law Carol Edwards and her husband Scott of Rome, GA.

A private interment will be conducted at Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tuesday, February 12, 2019 with Reverend Millie Kim officiating. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family would like to thank Heyman Hospice Care, Dr. Mahlon DeLong, Clara Ragland, Anita Reynolds, Camella Nedd, and Erline Jackson for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to support the Parkinson’s disease Research Fund to support the work of Dr. Mahlon DeLong. Please make checks payable to Emory University and mail to 1762 Clifton Road Northeast, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, Attention: Camille Sears http://www.neurology.emory.edu/movement or United Methodist Committee on Relief via mail to Advance GCFA PO Box 9068 GPO, New York, New York 10087 https://www.umcor.org.

Daniels Funeral Home.

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