Thomas Gibbs Nichols, Tommy or Goonie to those who knew him well, passed away on February 19, 2019 at Floyd Hospital from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) after suffering from the flu.
In 1974, Tommy graduated from Darlington School where he made his famous football catch in a game against Pepperell to win the game in the last seconds. In 1979, Tommy graduated from UGA with a B. S. in Computer Science. He was employed with Lockheed from 1980 to 1989 and SITA from 1989 until his untimely death.
Tommy loved going to wineries and cigar shops with his wife, Lisa Reese Nichols. He and his daughter, Anna Nichols, loved their semi-annual trips to Alabama where they spent way too much money on fireworks. When he was 5, his brother Dennis Nichols, had to jump out of the car when Tommy decided to drive it into the playhouse. Tommy always raved about Dennis’ wife, Kathy Kerce Nichols’ great southern cooking. Tommy would often take care of his sister, Lynn Nichols Ayers, pets when growing up. When he had to feed her horse, he would call that horse every four-letter word in the book. Tommy often entertained his four nephews, Will, Wes, Alex and Andy Nichols, with his many stories that he repeated every time he saw them.
Tommy loved life and people. He never met a stranger and was always smiling. He left behind a legacy of caring, kindness and love. His favorite show was The Andy Griffith Show, which he watched every single day after work. Tommy will be missed by all but we know he has gone to the Mayberry in sky where he is hanging out with Andy and Barney or visiting his Dad, Thomas Green Nichols, and Mom, Marylyn Wiley Nichols, who probably had a big pot of his favorite vegetable soup and a pan of cornbread waiting for him.
A memorial service will be held on March 9 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at First Baptist Church of Rome located at 100 E Fourth Ave. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the service at the Seven Hills facility at 538 Broad St. in downtown Rome.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.
Ms. Bonnie Lynn Jenkins, age 65, of Rome, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at her residence.
Ms. Jenkins was born in Washington, D.C., on October 5, 1953, daughter of the late Wallace Gay and the late Betty Booth Brown. Prior to her illness, she was employed for over 15 years with T. J. Maxx here in Rome. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her daughter, Keidra Walsh (Johnny Cook), Rome; 3 grandchildren, Daja Klaus (John), Rome, Draven Walsh (Maddie), Rome, and Maddison Stoner (Aaron), Rome; 4 great grandchildren, Lilian England, Brantley Swain, Alyssa Stoner, and Brandon Stoner, all of Rome; 2 sisters, Carol Byrd (Keith), Calhoun, and Sharon Vendetti, North Carolina; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 4 p.m. at her residence with her grandson-in-law, Pastor Aaron Stoner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Navigators, 3 Central Plaza, Box 415, Rome, GA 30161.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.
Mr. George Booth, age 73, of Rome, Ga. transitioned March 4, 2019. Complete arrangements will follow at a later date. F. K Jones Funeral Home.
Billy J. McCollum, age 76, of Rome passed away Monday March 4, 2019, in a local health care.
Billy was born May 5, 1942, in Bartow County, a son of the late James Henry William McCollum, and Florence Crawford McCollum. Survivors include sister, Janie Bailey, several cousins also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday March 8, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel.
Barbara Ann Ross DeArmond, age 76, of Cartersville, passed away Saturday March 2, 2019.
Barbara was born November 27, 1942, in Fairfield, Alabama, a daughter of the late Allen Ross, and Myrterice Colley Ross. She was retired from Cobb Board of Education.
Survivors include her husband, Ray DeArmond, son, Robert (Holly) DeArmond, Marietta; daughter, Beth (Dale) Labbe, Dallas; sisters, Betty Hicks, Pensacola, FL; Mary Louise Harris, Orland, Fl; 5 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also surive.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday March 7, 2019, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Poe, officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM until the service hour at the church on Thursday.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home,
Mr. Robert “Robin” Henderson Gresham, age 79, of Rome, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at his residence from Parkinson Disease.
Mr. Gresham was born in Silver Creek, Georgia, on October 8, 1939. He was the son of the late James P. Gresham, Sr. and Lorena D. Gresham. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara G. Herrin and a brother, James P. Gresham Jr.
He graduated from Rome High School in 1957, attended West Georgia and Shorter College. He was a U.S. Army veteran active duty in 1962, and the Reserves from 1962-1968. He worked with International Business Machines in customer service and sales for 16 years and was the owner of Business Machines of Rome for 14 years.
He was active in Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in many ways over the years, including Chairman of Deacons, Sunday School Director, Sunday School Teacher, choir member, softball team and the bus ministry. He was a member of the Rome Jaycees, Exchange Club of Rome, Rome Floyd Chamber and Rotary. He was an avid sportsman, B&S Construction State Champion Softball Team, youth softball coach, Alto Park Booster Club basketball team, YMCA volleyball league and an avid golfer.
His achievements and awards also included Little League All American, 1952, and Georgia Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, 2002.
Survivors include his wife, Susan “Sue” Warren Gresham, to whom he was married on June 14, 1963; one son, Robert K. Gresham, Rome; one daughter, Sue Anne Morgan, Atlanta, and her partner Tammy Self; granddaughter, Kelsey R. Morgan, Seattle, WA; three sisters, Carolyn G. Pappalardo, Fitzgerald, Mary G. Underwood, Rome, Susan G Williamson, Newnan; and one brother, David W. Gresham, wife Norma, of Rome.
A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Oaknoll Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (Old Fifth Avenue Baptist Church Sanctuary) with Rev. Bill Davies officiating. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to be made to the William S. Davies Shelters Inc., PMB 391, 3 Central Plaza, Rome, Georgia 30161 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station. P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
Daniel’s Funeral Home.
Mrs. Anna Price, 90, of Summerville, Georgia passed away, Friday, March 1, 2019. Services for Ms. Price, will be Friday, March 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church Congress, 3429 Collard Valley Road, Rockmart, Ga. She will lie in-state from noon until the hour of service. Wright Memorial Mortuary.
Mrs. Lavel Marie Williams, 52, of Rome, Georgia passed away, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Services for Mrs. Williams, will be Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church, 136 Galilee Road, Cedartown, Ga. She will lie in-state from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. There will be a wake from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Wright Memorial Chapel, 814 S. Broad St.