Obituaries: Jerry Franklin Boyd, George Melvin Lester, Mrs. Mary Frances Bush Van Meter.

Obituaries: Jerry Franklin Boyd, George Melvin Lester, Mrs. Mary Frances Bush Van Meter.

Jerry Franklin Boyd, age 70, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Boyd was born in Rome, Georgia on October 16, 1948, son of the late J. C. Boyd and the late Hazel Young Boyd.  He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Wanda Sue Ingram Boyd, on December 1, 2017.

Mr. Boyd was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Sherwood Forest Baptist Church and the Peace Officers Association.  Mr. Boyd devoted most of his life to serving the residents of Floyd County with the Floyd County Police Department where he retired as a Detective following almost 41 years of service.  He also volunteered for many years as a baseball coach where he mentored numerous young men.  Mr. Boyd’s greatest joy in life came through helping others and caring for his family.

Survivors include a son, John Boyd and his wife, Amy; two granddaughters, Jacey Terrette and her husband, Austin, and Kendal Boyd; a brother, Ted Boyd and his wife, Dawn; a special aunt, Bertha Boyd; nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 2 pm at Sherwood Forest Baptist Church with Dr. Talmadge Barnes and Mr. Milt Travis officiating.  Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Wednesday from 5 until 8 pm.

Members of the Floyd County Police Department Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.


Mrs. Mary Frances Bush Van Meter, age 84, of Rome passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Van Meter was born in Memphis. TN on August 4, 1935, daughter of the late Grace Jones McCrary.  She married James Curtis Van Meter Sr. in April 1958, and gave birth to the first of four children a year later.  While James was in the military, they lived in Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia.  Once in Georgia, they lived and raised their children in Griffin, Calhoun, Rome and finally settled in Cave Spring.  Mary was associated as a legal secretary working for several local lawyers and the Floyd County Clerk’s office.

Following retirement, she was a well known and loved substitute teacher with Model High School.  Mary was a member of Shannon First Baptist Church where she had strong ties and loved to sing in the choir.  She had a passion about cooking, feeding people and being “Meemaw” to her grandchildren and other children.  Mary was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald McCrary, Jackie McCrary, and her husband, James Curtis Van Meter Sr.

Survivors include four children, James Curtis Van Meter, Jr. (Megan), Rome, Stephen D. Van Meter, Dallas, GA, Cindy Van Meter, Cave Spring, and Bruce Van Meter, Armuchee; five grandchildren,  Megan Van Meter, WA, Maxwell Cooper Van Meter, Dallas, GA, Elijah P. Van Meter, Rome, Gabriel Van Meter, Rome, and Bruce Anderson Van Meter, Armuchee.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 2:00 PM, in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Chris Hearne officiating.

The family will receive friends on Friday at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, from 12 noon until the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorial contributions be made to any local Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s or Dementia Associations.

 


George Melvin Lester passed away on September 9, 2019. Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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