Obituaries: Mr. Vondell Clayton, Mrs. Martha Ann Coffman, Ms. Margie Branton Floyd, Annie “Grace” Terry.

Obituaries: Mr. Vondell Clayton, Mrs. Martha Ann Coffman, Ms. Margie Branton Floyd, Annie “Grace” Terry.

The obituaries on this page are published for free and are drawn from posts by area funeral homes.

Mr. Vondell Clayton, age 79, of Silver Creek, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020, at a local hospital.

Mr. Clayton was born on Sand Mountain in Grove Oak, Alabama on April 16, 1940, son of the late William Tarzan Sylvester Clayton and the late Jessie Lee Mayes Clayton.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry Dale Clayton, by two sisters, Amzie Johnson and Vendia Trotter, and by two brothers, J. F. Clayton and Billy Clayton.  Mr. Clayton worked for 41½ years at West Point Pepperell/Greenwood Mills.  He attended Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.

Vondell was a man that could do anything.  He never met a stranger.  Once you knew him, you became his friend.  He looked forward every spring to getting his garden ready and what a garden he could make.  Everyone in the community talked about Vondell’s beautiful garden.  He was a woodcrafter and loved making anything out of the wood.  Every morning you could find Vondell at McDonalds or Hardees having breakfast, laughing and talking with a group of men.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Helton Clayton, to whom he was married on March 25, 1983; a son, Danny Clayton, Aragon; two daughters, Vicki Clayton Little, Rome, and Sheree Clayton Willerson (Michael), Rome; five grandchildren, Eric “Pumpkin” Little (Nicole), Jeremy Clayton, Davaughn Clayton, Davanna Conkwright (Chance) and Austin McCain; 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Doris Ann Clayton, Satzuma, FL; nieces and nephews, Nick Lindsay, Hannah & Micah Taylor, Rev. Patrick Lindsay; Daniel & Elizabeth Sebesta, Megan, Lex & Anya Gilbert, Tommy, Nancy & Will Helton, and Andrea & Gary Sebesta.

A private service will be held in accordance with accordance with federal and state mandates.  Dr. Phil May will officiate.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and other staff of Floyd Medical Center’s third floor ICU and the cardiac step-down unit on fifth floor for their kindness, words of encouragement and their medical skills during Vondell’s last days.  Also, a special thank you to Julie Holyoak, Nurse Practitioner of Palliative Care, for getting his wife back into the hospital so she could spend the last day and a half of his life with him.  Julie, we will forever be grateful to you.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


 Ms. Margie Branton Floyd, age 79, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at a local hospital.

Ms. Floyd was born in the Spring Creek Community on January 17, 1941, to the late Clarence Franklin Branton and the late Mary Frances Barnes Branton.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother and sister.  Ms. Floyd was a graduate of Pepperell High School and retired from Floyd Medical Center.  She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include her 2 sons, Mitchell Floyd, Silver Creek, and Scotty Floyd (Gina), Centre, AL; her former husband, Nolan Floyd, Silver Creek; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews also survive.

In accordance with federal and state guidelines, all funeral services for Ms. Floyd will be private.  Interment will be in Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The Rev. Derek Hall will officiate.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Mrs. Martha Ann Coffman, age 65, of Rome, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Mrs. Coffman was born in Floyd County, Georgia on April 10, 1954, daughter of the late Carlton Clayton Smith and the late Mamie Lee McHugh Smith.  She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Sautee, GA.  Mrs. Coffman worked for several years as a Phlebotomist and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Gregory “Steve” Coffman; three children, Michael Cantrell and his wife, Carol, Sautee, Audrey Cantrell, Hawkinsville, and Jason Cantrell and his fiancé’ Summer Owenby, Sautee; two grandchildren, Devin Cantrell and Brook Cantrell; two great grandchildren, Aydon & Ayda Creekmore.

All services will be private in accordance with federal and state ordinances.  Interment will be at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Sautee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that they be contacted about memorial contributions.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Annie “Grace” Terry, 94, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Seven Hills Place. Miss Terry was born in Barrow County, Georgia on July 23, 1925. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles F. Terry, Sr. and Alma Manders Terry. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Charles F. Terry, Jr., James Leroy Terry, and Johnny Terry; her sister, Loida Faye Welch, died in January 2014.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Marie Terry Wesson (James) and Carol Terry were her caregivers and nieces. Her nephews are Steve Welch, David Welch, Brian Terry (Elizabeth) and Jason Terry. Also surviving is Miss Terry’s first cousin, Carolyn Jackson, of Winder, Georgia who was like a sister to her. Numerous grand nieces and grand nephews survive her, as well as a number of great grand nieces and nephews, one of whom, Branson Arp, was especially dear to her.

Miss Terry was a seamstress for Battey State Hospital (later named Northwest Regional Hospital) for over 30 years. She was a devoted member of Fellowship Baptist Church for more than 60 years and was quite active in the church until her health declined.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Seven Hills Place for their care of Miss Terry since December 18, 2019. The family also wants to thank everyone at Heyman Hospice Care for their care during the last few days of Miss Terry’s life.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, Miss Terry will be buried at a private service.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

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