Obituaries:  Mrs. Patricia “Rosie” Drought, Mrs. Jeanne Lamar Whitehead Mitchell, Randa Farid Mixon, Mr. Michael C. Washington.

Obituaries: Mrs. Patricia “Rosie” Drought, Mrs. Jeanne Lamar Whitehead Mitchell, Randa Farid Mixon, Mr. Michael C. Washington.

Mr. Michael C. Washington, age 62, of Cedartown, Ga. transitioned January 20, 2020. Complete arrangements will follow at a later date.  F.K. Jones Funeral Home.

Randa Farid Mixon passed away peacefully at her home on sunny Monday morning, January 20, 2020, surrounded by her loving family and devoted friends.

Randa was born on May 2, 1945 in Cairo, Egypt. The daughter of General Salah Farid and Aida “Lulu” Fahmy Farid. She, along with her sister, Mervette enjoyed a childhood of colonial life in Zamalek while attending the English School. She was a champion swimmer at the Gezira Sporting Club and summered with her friends and cousins at their home on the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria and Montaza Palace Beach Club as well as the Red Sea in Agami.

Randa spent her secondary years of education at boarding school outside of London, England. Upon graduation, while her parents were serving an ambassadorship in Japan, she moved to Athens, Ga.,  to attend the University of Georgia and join her sister. It was a visit to Rome, Ga., with a friend where she met and married her husband of 55 years, Ronnie Shaw Mixon Sr.

Together, they started their family having a daughter, Rema and a son, Ron. After moving to Rome, Randa immediately began making her mark in her new home with the love of her life always in first sight. Randa then completed her undergraduate degree at Shorter College, where she majored in foreign language. She began her teaching career as an instructor of French at Thornwood School for Girls. After the school merged with Darlington School, she continued teaching for 35 years, eventually serving as head of the foreign language department.

During this time she completed her Master’s degree in French, and was the recipient of the Brown Award. Randa was a beloved teacher to her students. She took special interest in their accomplishments, mentoring and encouraging their growth and exposure to worldwide cultures. She escorted many groups of students abroad during summers to study and learn the language, and customs of other countries.

Randa was a devoted communicant of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome. She served her church and her Lord as Sunday school teacher, member of the altar guild, the vestry, confirmation class instructor, and a dedicated lay reader with a memorable poetic voice. Her strong faith and dedication to her church gave her great strength and courage as she battled various stages of cancer for 20 years, never giving up and always positive and optimistic in her thoughts.

She was a member of the Junior Service League of Rome where she spent countless hours at Chieftains Museum. Randa was an astute floral designer, and a longtime member and past president of the Garden Study Club. She was an avid needle pointer, a bridge player, well-crafted note writer, who loved her book club, and Bible study groups.

Randa’s greatest joy was her family; not only her husband, children, and grandchildren but her extended family of friends, students, and church. She will always be remembered as a beautiful and graceful lady, filled with life, excitement, adventure, and the last to leave a party. An elegant, determined and patriotic woman with a kind heart and loving spirit, which she shared with all those around her.

Randa was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Mervette Ward. She is survived by her husband, Ronnie; Daughter and son in law, Rema Mixon Parachini (Neil), her Son, Ron Shaw Mixon, Jr., and her Grandchildren, Morgan, Shaw, and Mallory Mixon, and Elizabeth Ivy and Pierce Gordon Parachini. Numerous nieces and nephews survive.

Services for Randa Farid Mixon will be held at St. Peters Episcopal Church of Rome on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. John Herring officiating. Inurnment service will follow in the church garden and the family will receive friends at a reception following the service in Daniel Hall.

The church respectfully requests that memorials be made to St. Peters Episcopal Church, 101 East Fourth Ave., Rome, GA 30161 or to the Randa Mixon fund at Darlington School, 1014 Cave Spring Rd, Rome, GA 30161.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Mrs. Patricia Lillian “Rosie” Doggett Drought, age 82, of Rome, GA, passed away Tuesday evening, January 21, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Drought was born in Cambridge, England on September 24, 1937, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Doggett. She was also preceded in death by a son, Craig Norman Drought, by a sister, Hazel, by a brother, Kenneth Doggett, and by a great grandchild, Tanner Rose Wade. She, with her husband, co-owned and operated Builder’s Salvage here in Rome for many years. Mrs. Drought was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include her husband, Gale Norman Drought, to whom she was married on November 1, 1968; 4 daughters, Christine Lynn Drought, Rockford, IL, Connie Johnson (Daniel), Rome, Cheri Wade (Michael), Rome, and Shelley Johnson, Rome; a son, Kevin Scott Drought, Rome; son-in-law, Carlton Johnson, Rome; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Biblical Wake and memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 3pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. Deacon Stuart Neslin will officiate. Following the memorial service, Mrs. Drought will be cremated in accordance with her wishes.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 1pm until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rome Salvation Army.


Mrs. Jeanne Lamar Whitehead Mitchell, 73, died January 19, 2020, at Emory hospital following a sudden brain bleed.

Mrs. Mitchell was born in Floyd County on December 22, 1946, daughter of the late Raleigh Lamar and Margaret Hardin Whitehead. Jeanne graduated from West Rome High School in 1964. Jeanne enjoyed traveling the country, but she loved to tell people about the fact that she had lived within the same 3 blocks since the age of 9 years old.

Jeanne worked for several years for the telephone company as an operator before retiring in 1980 following the birth of her son, Chip. Jeanne was a homemaker following her retirement and regularly served as a room mother. She was involved in the PTO and Band Boosters throughout her son’s education. More recently she has enjoyed the role of Nana to her three grandsons whom she kept every Friday night and they enjoyed their ritual of eating at the Krystal and going to the Dollar Tree.

Jeanne was a long time member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church where she served as a Preschool Sunday School teacher and Sanctuary Choir Member. More recently she has been a member of Dykes Creek Baptist Church. She also served as the Vice President of the Bettye Reed Scholarship Foundation Inc.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Mitchell, parents, and brother Raleigh “Tappy” Whitehead.

Surviving are her son Roger L. “Chip” Mitchell and his wife, Anne Marie, three grandsons: Raleigh, Samuel and Luke Mitchell, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Interment will be held at noon Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. A Celebration of Life Service will be held following interment at 2:00 P.M. at Dykes Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Garrett officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Borders, Dale Boyd, Matt Campbell, Jacob Mitchell, Roger Mitchell, Welton Pruitt, Jerico Vasquez, Tony Vescovi, Brian Woodman, and Caleb Woodman.

Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home or donations can be made in memory to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at Dykes Creek Baptist Church in Rome, GA.

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