Obituaries: Mr. Mayfield Barnett, Mrs. Doris Jean Cantrell, Billy Frank Fuqua, Mr. Thomas Elwood Hunt, Ms. Pauline Walraven.

Obituaries: Mr. Mayfield Barnett, Mrs. Doris Jean Cantrell, Billy Frank Fuqua, Mr. Thomas Elwood Hunt, Ms. Pauline Walraven.


Mrs. Doris Jean Cantrell, age 85, of Rome, GA, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, in a local hospital.

A native of Rome and Floyd County, Mrs. Cantrell was born February 28, 1934, a daughter of the late James Hugh White and Delia Blanche Davis White Evans.  She was a graduate of Model High School and was associated with Sears Roebuck Company, retiring after over 20 years of service.  She enjoyed helping with the family business, Doyal’s Fishing Supplies, following retirement and working flea markets with her husband. Mrs. Cantrell was an active longtime member of Hill Crest Baptist Church where she sang and at times directed the choir and volunteered in several other aspects.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on January 11, 2005, by her husband, Doyal F. Cantrell, whom she married November 25, 1952.

Mrs. Cantrell is survived by daughter, Dela Williams of Rome, son, Mitchell Cantrell, of Rome and Daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Dr. Charlie Bryan of Stem, NC; grandchildren, Chip (Minnie) Bryan, Russ Bryan, Jenna (William) Bryan Alderman, Deveney (Tommy) Holden, and Cassandra (Ben) Humphries; one brother, Jerre White of Armuchee, GA.  Ten great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cantrell will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Baptist Church with Dr. Charlie Bryan officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

Mrs. Cantrell’s family will receive friends at Salmon Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to meet at the church on Wednesday by 1:30 p.m. and include Chip Bryan, Russ Bryan, William Alderman, Steve Williams, Ben Humphries and David White.  Tommy Holden will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Mr. Mayfield Barnett, 80, of Rome, Georgia, passed away, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Services for Mr. Barnett will be Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. Grace Apostolic Church, 7 Mill St., Cave Spring. Georgia.

He will lie in-state from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment will follow in the Padlock Cemetery, Cave Spring, Georgia.

Wright Memorial Mortuary.

Ms. Pauline Walraven, age 92, of Lindale, Ga. passed away Saturday June 8, 2019,at Winthrop Manor Nursing Home.

Ms. Walraven was born on February 2, 1927, in Bartow County, a daughter of Coleman Lee Stokes and Cleo Bohannon. She was of Baptist faith and attended Eden Valley Baptist Church Rome, Ga. Ms. Walraven worked for Valley View Health Care for over 30 years as a CNA & House Keeper. She was preceded by a brother, Fred Stokes, and a sister, Lucille Pate, both of Rome, Ga.

Survivors include: A sister, Ruby Edwards of Lindale, Ga. and her immediate family- Ricky & Rena Barnett of Rome, Michael, June & David Edwards of Lindale, Kayla & Josh Evans of Gainesville Fl. Christy, Shane, Drew & Max Cook of Rome, Bobby Pate of Rome, Danny & Iris Pate of Lindale, Jerry & Ann Pate of Centre Al., several nieces and nephews, and several Great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Billy Wilson and graveside services by Tyler Smith at noon on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home with burial following in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Billy Frank Fuqua, 76, Rome, Georgia passed away June 5th, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer

Born January 21, 1943 in Cherokee County, Alabama, he was the son of the late Virgil H. and Ethel W. Fuqua. He spent majority of his life residing in Rome, Ga. He worked for Cook’s Pest Control for 16 years until his retirement in 1998. Prior to that, he worked for B&H Exterminating Co. and as a car salesman for many years.

Mr. Fuqua was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide football fan and enjoyed watching and traveling to Nascar races.

Mr. Fuqua was predeceased by his parents Virgil and Ethel Fuqua; a daughter Cynthia Y. Fuqua; a brother Johnnie Fuqua; and 3 sisters Nellie Fuqua, Helen Free and Jeanette Chapman.

Mr. Fuqua is survived by a daughter Christie L. Fuqua; granddaughter Cynthia “Baley” Fuqua; 2 great granddaughters Ansley and Paislee Fuqua; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Per Mr. Fuqua’s request, he will be cremated. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Mr. Thomas Elwood Hunt, 87, died June 9, 2019, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1931 in Burnt Hickory Ridge, Ga., to the late Evie Mae and Roy Hunt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Hunt.

Mr. Hunt was married to Louise Spruell Hunt, who survives him. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in August.

The family moved to Rome in 1967, where Mr. Hunt joined Morgan and Hunt Oil Co. He ran the business until he sold it in 2003. He spent his retirement years tending his cattle and farm in west Rome. A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Hunt was always active in the community, having served in the past as president of the Kiwanis Club, as president of the United Way and as chairman of the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was ruling elder and a founding member in 1972 of the Men’s Prayer Breakfast, which remains an active ministry at First Presbyterian Church today.

He enjoyed golf, and his record score of 29 on the back nine of the Coosa Country Club golf course still stands. Mr. Hunt was a philanthropist who generously supported local agencies serving those in need in our community, including the Open Door Children’s Home, the Davies Shelters and the Salvation Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Amanda (Greg) Davidson, Jenny Hunt and Stephanie (Charles) Stevens; grandchildren Katherine, Hunt (Tera) and John Dennis Davidson, Ashley Rusaw and Theresa, Mark, James and Spruell Stevens; great-grandchildren Roman and Abraham Davidson.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 12, from 10 until 11 a.m. in the reception hall of First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Hunt’s funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The family will have a private graveside service at Eastview Cemetery.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church at 10:30 a.m. Active Pallbearers are Hunt Davidson, John Dennis Davidson, Mark Stevens, James Stevens, Spruell Stevens and Zane Steward. Honorary pallbearers are John Hine, Byron Reeves, Jack McGuffey, Keith Finley, Winston Sirmans, Greg Garrett, Ross Johnson, Bill Isbell, Joe Seigler and Howard Ingle.

Flowers may be sent to First Presbyterian Church or contributions in Mr. Hunt’s memory may be made to the Open Door Children’s Home or First Presbyterian Church.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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