Obituaries: Rex L Abernathy, Mr. Otis Clyde Boone, Mr. Hoyett Ray Crews, Lucile Whittenburg Crews, Mrs. Willie Welch Herndon, Belen Dizon Nora.

Obituaries: Rex L Abernathy, Mr. Otis Clyde Boone, Mr. Hoyett Ray Crews, Lucile Whittenburg Crews, Mrs. Willie Welch Herndon, Belen Dizon Nora.

Belen Dizon Nora, age 84, of Rome, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Belen was born October 21, 1934 in Aringay, La Union, Philippines, to Patrocinio Gaerlan Dizon and Juan Dizon.

Mrs. Nora is survived by daughters, Cindy Hart and her husband Fred, and Betsy Ward and her husband Jake; son Nollin Nora; grandchildren Frederick Hart and Payton Ward; sister Elisa Dalton; brother Mario Dizon; as well as extended family and friends.

Mrs. Nora was preceded in death by her parents, husband Feliciano “F.C” Nora Jr., son Raymond D. Nora, grandson Bryce Ward, and brothers Raymon and Angel Dizon.

Mrs. Nora was a retired Nursing Professor from Floyd College. In 1971 she was contracted to start a new nursing program at Floyd College. After 28 years of building the program, she retired in 1999 as Director of the Nursing Education Department.

Mrs. Nora will have a visitation on Monday, May 13, at Daniel’s Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. with a rosary led by Evelyn Ware. A Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Valery Akoh, assisted by Deacon Stuart Neslin, will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; a reception will then follow in the Parish Hall. A Graveside Service and Burial in the Parish Memorial Garden will be at a later date.


Mrs. Willie Welch Herndon, formally of Rome, passed away on March 28 after a brief illness. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Herndon was born in Cordele, Georgia to Willie C Welch and Inez Jackson Welch. She grew up in Tubize-Celanese Village (Riverside). She attended the Tubize-Celanese School.  Willie was a longtime member of Sherwood Forest Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She retired from Floyd Medical Center.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Herndon of Cedartown; a son Philip Herndon (Elise) of Bonifay, Florida; a grandson Aaron Holbrooks of Cedartown; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Herndon; a brother, Pfc. William A. Welch, USMC; and a grandson, Adam Stevens.

A Graveside service and Interment will be at East View Cemetery on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Dr. Talmadge Barnes officiating.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel.


Mr. Hoyett Ray Crews, age 87, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at a local assisted living facility.

Mr. Crews was born in Alma, Georgia, on July 9, 1931, son of the late Ray Crews and the late Myrtice Haselden Crews.  He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Crystal Crews, and by a brother, Harry Crews.  Mr. Crews retired from the Army National Guard where he served in the Korean War and later also served in Operation Desert Storm.  He also retired from the Atlanta Fire Bureau where he served as an Apparatus Operator.  Mr. Crews was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.  He operated Crews American Bulldogs where he bred American Bulldogs for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann McDonald Smith Crews; two sons, Ray Crews and Randy Smith (Janice); 6 grandchildren, Jessica Crews, Erin Bryan (Michael), Emily Matson (Patrick), Lauren Grace Smith, Jacob Daniel Smith and Jason Mills; 7 great grandchildren, Caden Crews, Thomas, Isaac & Lacy Bryan, and Beau, Lily & Jack Matson.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Lamar Barden and the Rev. Jim Reynolds officiating.  Interment will be on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and include: Active: Grandchildren: Michael Bryan, Erin Bryan, Thomas Bryan, Isaac Bryan, Jason Mills, Patrick Matson and Jacob Smith.  Honorary:  Dwayne Alford, Larry Alford and the Deacons of Spring Creek Baptist Church.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Riverwood Senior Living and Tapestry Hospice, especially Amber & Ira.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter at www.alz.org.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Rex L Abernathy, age 88, of Rome passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Abernathy was born February 2, 1931 in Gaylesville, Cherokee County, AL. He was the son of Joseph Elijah Abernathy and Della Bernice Lawson, both of Cherokee County, AL. Mr. Abernathy was a graduate of Gaylesville High School where he met his future wife, Jo Ann Lewis. They were married on June 17, 1955, and they moved to Rome, GA that same year.

Mr. Abernathy retired from General Electric Medium Transformer Company in 1991 after 36 years of service. He was a member of Beech Creek United Methodist Church where he had served on many committees and enjoyed being a delegate to the annual North Georgia Conference for many years.

Mr. Abernathy was a member of the Cherokee Lodge #66 F. & A.M. and the Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 American Legion. He was a member of the Yaarab Temple and the Rome Shrine Club. Rex participated in the Korean War Veteran’s Association. He was a member of the University of Alabama Alumni Association. He was, also, a member of the Rome Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution and the Georgia Branch, National Society Sons and Daughters of Pilgrims.

Mr. Abernathy served in the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and fought in the Korean War with the 25th Infantry Division. He was honored in October 2014 to be the Honorary Team Captain for the Ft. Benning Doughboys during the 5th Annual Doughboy Bowl. He received the game ball which was parachuted into the stadium by the Silver Wings. He played football with the 30th Infantry at Ft. Benning prior to being deployed to Korea in 1952.

Mr. Abernathy loved attending events that involved his children and his grandchildren. He also loved attending and watching Alabama football games.

Mr. Abernathy was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Elijah Abernathy and Della Bernice Lawson Abernathy, brothers, William Guy, Elijah H. (H.E.), William Clinton, and Joseph Elijah Abernathy, Jr., and a sister, Hazel O’Dell Abernathy McCollum.

Mr. Abernathy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jo Ann Lewis Abernathy; his daughter, Regina Abernathy Ragan and son-in-law, Dr. J. Eric Ragan, II; and his son, Cary Alan “Al” Abernathy. He is survived by his two grandchildren, Taylor Nicole Ragan and Joseph Lawson Ragan of Columbus, GA. He is, also survived by his sister-in-law, Mickie Stewart Abernathy, and brother-in-law, James Charles “Sonny” (Eloise) Lewis, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Korean War Veterans will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Beech Creek United Methodist Church Rev. Randy Robertson officiating. Interment with be at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Beech Creek United Methodist Church, 2972 Alabama Hwy. Rome, GA 30165.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beech Creek United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Mr. Otis Clyde Boone, age 81, of Calhoun, Ga. transitioned May 7, 2019. Services for Mr. Boone will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Curryville, Ga. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Lucile Whittenburg Crews, 94, a lifelong resident of North Rome, died May 7, 2019.

She never stopped learning, striving to satisfy an insatiable curiosity about the world around her. She was a loving daughter, sister and caregiver. She was a checker trainer for Colonial Stores, prior to children, and then a devoted wife and mother. She explored interests including but not limited to archaeology, gardening, music, sewing, cub scouts, girl scouts, PTA and, in later years developed a passion for genealogy, devoting countless hours to library, public records and cemetery research and meticulously compiling her findings.

She explored each branch of her family trees to the extent of the records available and, in the case of her maternal ancestry, was able to trace 28 generations, including a signer of the Magna Charta (1215 AD) and a participant in the Second Crusade (1066 AD). As a result of her studies and proven lineage she qualified for membership in The Jamestowne Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Baronial Order of the Magna Charta, and many other genealogical organizations. She was formerly a member of the North Rome United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Crews was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Henry F. Crews, and her beloved cat of 18 years, Pepper. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Jan Crews Elias of Dallas, TX, her son, Dr. Jeff (Leigh) Crews formerly of Rome, now of Cedar Bluff, AL, grandchildren, Matt Crews and Paul Crews of Rome, Ben (Louice Adler) Crews of Acworth, GA, and special friends Glenn and Jane Littlejohn of Rome.

A Receiving of Friends is planned for Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Community Chapel, 3126 Cedartown Hwy SW, Rome Ga. A private burial is planned in East View Cemetery, Rome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be considered, in Lucile’s name, to Myrtle Hill-Oak Hill Memorial Association or Sara Hightower Regional Library – Rome.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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