Obituaries: Jose Manuel Guzman Benites, Mr. Thomas Ray Holder and Robert Jeffrey Williams

Obituaries: Jose Manuel Guzman Benites, Mr. Thomas Ray Holder and Robert Jeffrey Williams

Robert Jeffrey Williams, age 53, of Taylorsville, GA, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019, after a short stint in a local hospital.

Robert was born on May 19, 1966, in West Covina, CA.  In 1984, he graduated from South Plantation FL High School, then attended Jacksonville State University on a football grant, and later studied at Tallahassee College.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving 4 years active duty.  Robert was employed by J. & L. Ventures (North Georgia Distributing Company) as Operations Manager.

Robert loved time with his family, an occasional golf game, and following his beloved Florida State Seminoles faithfully.  He loved coaching his sons, putting countless seasonal hours into youth football and local and travel baseball teams and then loading the horse trailer and hauling his daughter to weekend horse shows.  Robert was truly a “people person” who thrived on meeting new friends.  His vast knowledge of news, sports, and current events often led to very entertaining discussions and debates with his friends and family.

Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ish and Sara Williams and Joe and Jessie Santellan.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie Williams, to whom he was married on July 7, 2006; his sons, Robert John and Cauy Jeffrey; a daughter, McKenzie Elizabeth; his parents, Lyle and Margie Williams, and in-laws, Retchie and Libby Thomas; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The Funeral Mass for Robert will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 10:30 AM at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Mike Metz officiating, assisted by Deacon Stuart Neslin.  Inurnment will follow in the Parish Memorial Garden with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 911 Broad Street, Rome, GA  30161.


Jose Manuel Guzman Benites, age 15, of Calhoun, passed away Thursday October 10, 2019 in an Atlanta Medical Center. Jose was born in Rome, Ga. on March 11, 2004.

Survivors include, parents, mother, and step father, Mirna Leticia Benites Calderon, Marco Tulio Pineda Rubio, father, Ramon Guzman Reyes, brothers, Alex Maurico Fernandez Guzman, Kevin Emanuel Pindea, Marco Tulio Pineda Benites, Emersoll Emanuel Pineda Benites, Angel Guzman, sisters, Michelle Guzman Benites, Kimberly Letiaa Pineda Benites, Regina Guzman.

Graveside and Interment services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday October 14, 2019 at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Sunday October 13, 2019 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Ray Holder, 77 of Rome passed away Friday October 11, 2019 in a local hospital.

Mr. Holder was born March 23, 1942, in Floyd County, son of the late Bill Holder and Sue Tolbert Holder. He was of the Baptist Faith and retired from Bell South after 38 years of service. He was a graduate of Coosa High School class of 1960 where he was an outstanding Quarter Back, and a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Holder was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Holder, sister Gail Padgett (Larry).

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Camp Holder, sons, Reagan (Tina) Holder, Jacksonville Beach, FL; Kirk Holder, Savannah; Christian Holder, Rome; step son, Shawn (Tonya) Prather, Calhoun; step daughter, Sonya (Morris) Harrison, Atlanta; brother, Bill (Linda) Holder, Rome; sister, Linda Tucker, Cedartown; 9 grandchildren, Best Buddy, Max Thompson, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday October 15, 2019, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Marvin Jackson, officiating. Interment will follow in Morning View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service on Tuesday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.
Shanklin-Attaway Post Five Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.

Pallbearers include, Brendin Holder, Austin Gaylor, T. J. Holder, Max Thompson, Shawn Prather, and Ricky Camp.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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