Obituaries: Staff Sgt. James Routledge Arthur, Mr. Bruce Lee Nation Sr.,  Ms. Carol Broome Padgett, Ms. Richenda Eugenia Richardson, Mrs. Thelma Elaine Best Terry.

Obituaries: Staff Sgt. James Routledge Arthur, Mr. Bruce Lee Nation Sr., Ms. Carol Broome Padgett, Ms. Richenda Eugenia Richardson, Mrs. Thelma Elaine Best Terry.

Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Retired Staff Sgt. James Routledge Arthur , age 62, of Rome, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019, surrounded by his family at a local hospital.

SSgt. Arthur was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 14, 1957, son of the late James Edward Arthur and the late Violette Barnes Arthur.  He was of Christian faith.  SSgt. Arthur worked for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years prior to retirement in 2014.

Survivors include his five children, Naomi McClain of Rome, Jon & Jessica Arthur of Winder, Kelli Arthur of Rome; Megan Arthur of Rome, and Erin Arthur of Rome; five grandsons, Alex Arthur, Andrew Arthur, Austin Arthur, Mason McClain and Aiden Arthur; four siblings, Phyllis Dempsey of Rome, Jack Barnes of Rome, Monica Hudson of Kingston and Bobbeth Hall of Rome; several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with Lt. Jeff Ploof, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Chaplain David Thornton officiating and his daughter, Kelli Arthur, delivering the eulogy.  Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with honors being provided by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Monday from 5 until 8 p.m.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and include: Active: Lt. Jeff Ploof, Capt. Richard Argo, Marti Watkins, Cpl. Robbie Whitfield, Lt. Allen Pledger, Chris Snyder, Maj. Dave Roberson, Josh Wright, Sgt. James Womack, SSgt. Justin Oliver, Lt. Nathan Blanton, Sgt. Mitch Glass and Lt. Jody House. Honorary: Cpl. Tony Boston, Alex Bohannon, Russell Taylor, Dennis Noles, Cpl. Jamison Johnston.


Ms. Carol Broome Padgett, age 72, of Rome, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019, at a local hospital.

Ms. Padgett was born in Rome, Georgia, on September 13, 1946, daughter of the late Billy Broome and the late Adelle Mathis Crider.  She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church.  Prior to retirement, Ms. Padgett worked as a secretary for the State of Georgia Mental Health Department at Three Rivers Behavioral Health here in Rome.

Survivors include her son, Chris Padgett (Tanya), Rome; two grandchildren, Hunter Padgett and Kinsley Padgett.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 5 until 7 p.m.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heroes on the Water at or to the American Heart Association at

Mrs. Thelma Elaine Best Terry, 70, of Cave Spring, passed away Monday morning, August 12, 2019, in a Rome hospital surrounded by her family

Mrs. Terry was born in Hardeeville, S.C. March 4, 1949, a daughter of the late Lawrence Best, and the late Elaine Jones Best Lindsey.  Mrs. Terry moved to Cave Spring in 1965 with her family, and was married to Danny Terry on January 17, 1969.  She was associated with several Rome area companies including Zartic, Trend Mills and Marglen Industries. Mrs. Terry was also associated with the City of Cave Spring for several years prior to her retirement.

Mrs. Terry was a member of the Oak Hill Church of Christ.

Mrs. Terry is survived by her husband of 50 years, Danny Terry; by two daughters, Mrs. Lawrie Holder (Thomas) of Coosa, and Ms. Amy Herod of Cave Spring; by five grandchildren, Lindsey Sills (Paul), Bubba Boyd (Darrah Barker), Emory Herod (Cody Dobbs), Major Holder, and Coralee Holder, and by two great-grandchildren, Aspen Lawson and Colin Sills. Her step-father, Gerald Lindsey of Rome; her sister, Mrs. Dee Simms (Billy) of Cave Spring; her brother, Larry Best (Sandra) of Cave Spring along with many nieces and nephews that she loved as her own also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Terry will be held Thursday morning, August 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. from the graveside of Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with her minister, Ron Vick officiating.

Pallbearers will include Britt Simms, Dave Simms, Evan Simms, Donny Terry, Eddie Terry, and Cody Terry.

The family will receive friends at their residence.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.

Ms. Richenda Eugenia Richardson, age 37, of Rome, Ga., transitioned August 12, 2019. Complete arrangements will follow at a later date. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

Mr. Bruce Lee Nation Sr. age 61, of 202 Hunter Street, Rockmart, Georgia, passed away following a sudden illness on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at a local hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Homegoing Services for Mr. Nation, will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 2 p.m. Zion Hill Baptist Church, 828 M.L.K. Jr St., Rockmart, GA 30153. He will lie in-state from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Interment will follow in the West View Cemetery.

Bruce Lee Nation Sr. was born on April 23, 1958, to the union of Augustus Robert Lee Nation and Iona Morgan Nation. The youngest of 11 children, Bruce lived his entire life in Rockmart, Ga. He graduated from Rockmart High School class of 1977 where he excelled in football and track, he also attended Coosa Valley Technical College. He was known as “Mr. Fixit”, able to fix anything from cars to heating and air, plumbing. He was employed at Moates Manufacturing for many years. He accepted Christ at an early age and attended Zion Hill Baptist under the leadership of Rev. Ramon Arnold. Bruce enjoyed using crafts at the church where he became the church “Handy Man.” His true passion was spending time and spoiling his grandchildren.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Guss (Billy) Eugune and Leon, six sisters; Dale Nation, Carolyn Green, Dorothy Thompson, Glenda James, and Sarah Arnold, and Ida Wynn.

Bruce leaves to cherish sweet memories, his wife of 24 years; Cathy Battle Nation, three children; Kornellea Finley, Bruce Nation Jr., Chad Nation, three sisters; Della Davis, Gail Nation Sherfield, Tressa Harshaw, one special brother; Dominique Green, grandchildren; Bryson, Kyiler, Brakeya, Alexi, Americal, and King, three sisters in law; Bobbi Nation, Chanel (Lamar) Brown, Stephanie Battle, four brothers in law; Melvin Wynn, Rodney (Shelly) Battle, Todd (Tereresa) Battle, and Darrell Battle a host of nieces, nephews, and close friends also survive.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc.

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