Obituaries:  Mrs. Mirtica “Tica” Ramirez Berry, Mr. Robert Lee Dennis III, Mrs. Margaret Anne Ely, Mrs. Temple Lee Cordle Espy, Melissa Roland Ingle, Juanita Toney Keider, Mrs. Mildred Louise Highfield Kelley.

Obituaries:  Mrs. Mirtica “Tica” Ramirez Berry, Mr. Robert Lee Dennis III, Mrs. Margaret Anne Ely, Mrs. Temple Lee Cordle Espy, Melissa Roland Ingle, Juanita Toney Keider, Mrs. Mildred Louise Highfield Kelley.

Mrs. Mirtica “Tica” Ramirez Berry, age 98, of Idaho Falls, ID, formerly of Rome, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019, at her residence.

Mirtica “Tica” Ramirez was born in New Orleans, La., on June 27, 1921, of German-French and Cuban-Spanish decent to Albert J. and Mirtise Giffers Ramirez.  Though born in the United States, Tica was very Cuban and known for her unique accent and distinct personality, which was lively, energized and very, very strong.  Though thought to be fearless because she put the fear into so many, Tica had a tender and vulnerable side.  She was known to give to those in hard times or watch over the lonely downtrodden.  Never one for wanting to be alone, she would instantaneously invite a small group over and even throw packed cocktail parties like it was an easy walk in the park.  She could roast a killer turkey, spice up chili like no other, and of course, cook “Tica Bread,” which would have us all begging for more.

Tica and her husband, Tom, met during World War II in Puerto Rico while Tom was serving as a lieutenant commander in the U. S. Navy.  They married on March 31, 1945, and later moved to Columbia, SC.  In 1948, an opportunity arose at Celanese allowing the couple to move to Rome, GA.  From then on, Tica was a Rome, Ga., phenomenon.

Tica was an avid swimmer.  At Blue Ridge Lake, she would not boat from one “Rome Dock” to the other.  Instead, she would swim for a visit.  For countless summers, after attaining her Red Cross Life Savers Certificates, she taught many children to swim.  Her years of volunteering for American Cancer Society were always a great source of pride for her.  She and her husband also enjoyed working with Berry College and valued their close relationship with Dr. and Mrs. John Bertrand and others at the school.

Her patient and loving husband of 49 years preceded her in death in 1994.  She is survived by her dear friend, Max K. Lee; her children, Thomas “Tommy” Berry VI, Albert Edward Berry (Darlene) and Martha “Marti” Berry Walstad (Joe); granddaughter, Elizabeth Berry Babb (Jeremy); 2 great grandchildren.

Details for a memorial service at Berry College Chapel will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the renovation of Barnwell Chapel at Berry College, c/o Scott Breithaupt, P. O. Box 490069, Mt. Berry, GA  30149-0069.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel.


Mrs. Temple Lee Cordle Espy, age 77, of Rome, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Mrs. Espy was born in Floyd County, Georgia on July 23, 1941, daughter of the late Richard Cordle and the late Molene Caldwell Cordle.  She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.  Mrs. Espy was of the Baptist faith.  She was a talented seamstress and an avid bowler.

Survivors include her husband, Ira John Espy, to whom she was married on September 22, 1959; two daughters, Tanna Espy Miller, Nashville, TN, and Sharon Marie Minnick (Barry), Ringgold; six grandchildren, Mitchell Miller (Lauren), Jason Miller, Rachel Miller, Leigh Minnick, Andrew Minnick and Michael Minnick ; two great granddaughters, Emma Minnick and Adeline Miller; three sisters, Beth Cordle Green, Rome, Joy Marie Cordle, Armuchee, and Kay Dixon (Stanley), Rome; a brother, J. C. Cordle (Clara), Rome; two uncles, Buddy Cordle (Ann), and Scott Cordle (Linda); a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Mac McCurry and the Rev. Brian Butler officiating.  Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Friday, July 5, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m.  Mrs. Espy will lie in-state at Antioch Baptist Church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service time.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Antioch Baptist Church on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and include: Mitchell Miller, Jason Miller, Leigh Minnick, Andrew Minnick, Michael Minnick and Brent Purdy.  J. C. Cordle and Scott Cordle will serve as honorary pallbearers.


Mrs. Mildred Louise Highfield Kelley, age 88, of Cartersville, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Kelley was born in Bartow County, Georgia, on January 24, 1931, daughter of the late Turner Lee Highfield and the late Mattie Myrtle Freeman Highfield.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Eugene Kelley.  Mrs. Kelley was a member of the East Rome Church of God and worked for Morrison’s Cafeteria for a number of years.

Survivors include four daughters, June Temple, Calhoun, Kathy Laney (Robert), Ellijay, Cindy Wilkes (Terry), Cartersville, and Lisa Owensby, Cartersville; three sons, Carey W. Kelley (Xeomei), China, Darryl Kelley, Alabama, and Steven Kelley (Tammy), Winder; two sisters, Marie Evans, Rome, and Martha Ragland, Cave Spring; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Mr. Tracy Forsyth officiating.  Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 5 until 7 p.m.


 Mrs. Margaret Anne Ely, age 89, of Rome, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019, at a Calhoun hospital.

Mrs. Ely was born in Rome, Georgia on April 27, 1930, daughter of the late Sam Garris and the late Lestie Garris.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. M. M. Ely, by a son, James Ely, and by four brothers, J. B., Bo, L. C., and Bobby Garris.  Mrs. Ely worked for a number of years at Krystal and then later worked for several years at Redmond Regional Medical Center.  She was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Ely (Bonnie); a daughter-in-law, Marsha Ely; four grandchildren, Mechelle Adams (Randy), Tess Halcomb (John), Ron Ely, Jr. (Chris), Jason Ely (Angela); 10 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Greg Cowart officiating.  Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 1:30 p.m. until the service time.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday at 2 p.m. and include: Ron Ely, Jr., J. J. Culberson, John Halcomb, Randy Adams, Chip Barrett, Ryan Silvers, Scott Brooks and Scott Miller.


Melissa Roland Ingle, age 56, of Rome, passed away Monday July 1, 2019, in a local health care.

Melissa was born October 2, 1962 in Polk County, a daughter of the late Alvin Roland, and Irene Gaddy Roland. She was a member of DeSoto Park Baptist Church. Melissa was preceded in death by sister, Sharon Roland.

Survivors include son, Chuck (Kayla) Ingle, daughter, Caressa ( Chase) Johnson, brother, Craig (Jenny) Roland, grandchildren, Christian L. Johnson, Gabreil Sparks, Ryan Manning, Emory Ingle, special niece, Shannon Conway 2 nieces and 1 nephews also survive.

Graveside and interment services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday July 4, 2019, at Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, Rev. Craig Roland, officiating.

Pallbearers include, Shane Callahan, Chase Johnson, Chuck Ingle, Ben Headrick, and Barry McCullough.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Mr. Robert Lee Dennis III, age 25 of Cedartown, Georgia, passed away Monday July 1, 2019. Services are incomplete at this time. F.K.Jones Funeral Home.


Juanita Toney Keider, 75, died June 26, 2019. She was born on May 1, 1944, in Alexandria, La. Services to be announced by Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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