Obituaries: Janiece Crider Braden, Mrs. Sondra Elaine Gresham, Nancy Slonaker Hunter, Mr. Ralph Glenn McClure Sr., Mrs. Kathleen Margaret Godfrey Smith, Calvin Theadore Stinson, Mrs. Dortha Lennett Watkins,Mary Joyce Worley.

Obituaries: Janiece Crider Braden, Mrs. Sondra Elaine Gresham, Nancy Slonaker Hunter, Mr. Ralph Glenn McClure Sr., Mrs. Kathleen Margaret Godfrey Smith, Calvin Theadore Stinson, Mrs. Dortha Lennett Watkins,Mary Joyce Worley.

 Mrs. Kathleen Margaret Godfrey Smith, age 93, of Lindale, GA, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019, in a local assisted living facility.

Mrs. Smith was born in Rome, GA on August 4, 1926, daughter of the late Frank Godfrey and the late Mamie Grogan Godfrey.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Daniel Smith in 2000, and by 2 young brothers.  Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Cave Spring High School and Piedmont School of Nursing.  A registered nurse her entire career, Mrs. Smith was employed at the former Harbin and McCall Hospitals, retiring from Floyd Medical Center following over 18 years there.  Prior to failing health, she was an active member of Lindale United Methodist Church for several decades.

Survivors include her daughter, Nina Margaret Unsworth (Carter), Rome; 2 sons, Daniel J. Smith (Trisha), Aragon, and Joseph F. Smith, Rome; 4 grandchildren, Amanda Smith Terry, Chatsworth, Andrew Smith, Rockmart, Andrea Riddle Kelley (Lucas), Cave Spring, and Jessica Smith Hulsey (Matt), Cedartown; 9 great grandchildren.

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

A private graveside service will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019, at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Coady officiating.

The family extends a special thanks to the staff at The Gardens of Rome and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lindale United Methodist Church, 3401 Maple Road, Lindale, GA  30147.


Mrs. Sondra Elaine Gresham, age 66, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at a local healthcare facility.

Mrs. Gresham was born in Wayne, Michigan on January 26, 1953, daughter of the late Robert Edward Cantrell and the late Betty Ann Carr Cantrell.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Faith Gresham, and by her brother, Greg Cantrell.  Mrs. Gresham was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include 2 sons, Eric Gresham (Connie), Rome, and West Gresham, Silver Creek; a grandson, Jonathan Chance Gresham, Avon, CO; a sister, Beverly Edwards (Terry), Rome; brothers, David Cantrell (Gina), Silver Creek, Jeff Cantrell, Armuchee, and Michael Hoyle, Bartow County;  nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel.  The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 10:00 am until the service hour.


Calvin Theadore Stinson passed away on November 2, 2019, at the age of 85. He was born February 5, 1934, in Cherokee County Alabama. He moved to Cave Spring as a teen and then to the Coosa area where he lived, worked and raised his family.

Calvin is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Harvel Stinson; and also by is loving wife of 60 years, Eleanor Stinson.Survivors included his four children, Mike (Jan) Cedartown, Georgia; Tommy (Cindy) Rome, Georgia; Joe, Smyrna, Georgia and Mollie (Shay) Langley , Kingsport, TN.; as well as 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Calvin retired from Georgia Kraft in 1991. However, he remained active the next 25 years farming. He and his wife enjoyed years of traveling, camping and square dancing with family & close friends. He also loved quail hunting and boating at the family cabin on Lake Weiss. Calvin was on the board of Directors and charter member of the Georgia Kraft Credit Union. He was a member of the Coosa Lodge for over 50 years and member of Livingston United Methodist Church for 65 years.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 8, from 1:00-2:00. Graveside services will be held at the Livingston UMC cemetery at 2:30.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Heyman Hospice at Floyd. Also much gratitude is extended to Brittany, Michael and the caregivers at the Harbor for the exceptional care they gave to our loved ones. They provided the Stinson family with many years of comfort and support.

Daniels Funeral Home.


Nancy Slonaker Hunter passed away on November 5, 2019. Daniels Funeral Home.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Janiece Crider Braden, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. Jan was born on Dec. 27, 1951, to the late Donald and Dorothy Crider in Rome, Georgia. She was a graduate of West Rome High School prior to graduating from Berry College. She was also a member of Mt. Alto Baptist Church.

As a young adult, Jan worked as a teacher in the Early Learning Center at Berry College and in the continuing education program at Kennesaw State University. After receiving her Master’s Degree, Jan taught kindergarten at Darlington Lower School for fourteen years. While working at Darlington, Jan started the much loved Camp Delightascope. Through her work at Darlington, Jan greatly impacted the lives of countless children. In addition to her work as a teacher and community leader, Jan tirelessly gave herself to multiple volunteer organizations.

As a childhood diabetic herself, Jan’s passion for diabetic education led her to contribute tremendously in the field of Diabetes. She was a director and a board member to several diabetic children’s camps such as Kiki’s Kids Camp of Rome, Camp Seale Harris of Alabama, and Camp Sugar Falls. In 2006, Jan was awarded the Southeastern Diabetes Education Services “Charlotte Eichold Volunteer of the Year Award” as well as the Camp Seale Harris “Zula Walters Humanitarian Award” for “Outstanding Support for Children with Diabetes.” Jan was a special human being who gave herself to diabetic education and helping children. Jan’s never-ending willingness to help others allowed her to better the lives of anyone who met her. Her sacrifice to a greater purpose is why she will continue to have a profound impact on generations to come.

Jan is survived by her son David Donald Braden, her two grandchildren, David Donald Braden Jr., Anna Grace Janiece Braden, and her sister, June Buffington. A Celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Daniel’s Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Mary Joyce Worley, 78, went home to be with the Lord on 11/4/19 at her residence. She was the wife of Ted Worley with whom she shared 41 years of marriage.

She was born in Savannah, Georgia to Romie and Lucy Myers and spent her younger years in Savannah and was in the first graduating class of Groves High School in 1959. She worked prior to retirement at Enloe Drugs and Miller’s/Hess Dept store as office manager. She was a member of Mt. Alto Baptist Church. She loved road trips to visit family and cooking and baking and in her later years she derived great enjoyment from viewing the eagle activity at Berry College, collecting quilts, and her many beloved cats.

She is survived by her husband Ted Worley and daughters Terry Ingram of Waynesville NC and Lisa Worley Owens of Rome. She is also survived by her baby brother Michael Myers whom she had the honor of naming at birth, his wife Paula Myers and a special and adored niece Misty Myers Wallace. And a very special sister in law Robin Myers. She is also survived by two sisters Janice Harrell and Linda Barnes and two stepdaughters Terry Roberson and Ilene Carter and a stepson Mark Worley and multiple beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Romie (Bubba) Myers, Larry Myers and Randy Myers.

The family of Joyce Worley sincerely wishes to thank the earthly angels of Heyman Hospice, Stacey Mobbs and Kenisha Staples for their extraordinary love and care during the transition to her heavenly home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Heyman Hospice of Rome in honor of Joyce M. Worley.

The funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Funeral home in Rome with Dr.Frank Wood officiating. Receiving of friends begins at 2:00 PM until the time of service.


Mr. Ralph Glenn McClure Sr., age 76, of Rome passed away Monday November 4, 2019 in a local hospital.

Mr. McClure was born August 17,1943 in Alpharetta, Ga. a son of the late J.C. McClure and Roselle Roberts McClure. He was a member of the Church of the Living God where he was the Head Elder. He was retired from Lock-Heed Martin after over 20 years of service, and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. McClure was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean Whitfield.

Survivors include his wife, Syble Kalb McClure, children, Glenn (Elise) McClure, Lorrie (Ricky) Smith, Sherry (Buster) Champion, Michael McClure, Ryan McClure, brothers, Jerry McClure, Steve McClure, Jim McClure, grandchildren, Victoria Smith, Kasey Smith, Kyle McCullough, Aaron McCullough, Nina Buchanan, Tyler Smith, 10 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday November 6, 2019 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Champion, Rev. Rodney Westbrook, and Rev. Thomas Matthews, officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the service hour on Wednesday.


Mrs. Dortha Lennett Watkins, age 85, of Cave Spring, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 2pm at Rehoboth Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Rehoboth Baptist Church on Thursday from 12 noon until the service time.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.

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