Obituaries: Randall Allen “Randy” Edwards, Linda Dianne (Burton) Jackson, Joel D. Pearson Jr., Mrs. Carolyn JoAnn Rogers.

Obituaries: Randall Allen “Randy” Edwards, Linda Dianne (Burton) Jackson, Joel D. Pearson Jr., Mrs. Carolyn JoAnn Rogers.

Mrs. Carolyn JoAnn Rogers, age 80, of Adairsville, GA, a former resident of Kingston, GA, passed away Friday morning, June 12, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Centre, AL, on January 2, 1940, daughter of the late Roy Morgan and Jesse Louise Sitton Morgan.  She retired in 1999 from Mohawk Industries and was a longtime member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  Mrs. Rogers enjoyed the outdoors, going to the mountains, spending time on a beach somewhere and visiting yard sales.  She mostly loved spending time with family, including her children and grandchildren.  In addition to her parents Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Franklin Rogers, two sons, Hubert Womack, Jr. and Stephen Womack, one brother, Donald Morgan, and two sisters, Elizabeth Kilgore and Thelma Maddox.

Mrs. Rogers is survived by a daughter, Carol Dutton of Adairsville; two sons, Dewayne Womack and Chris Womack, both of Kingston; eight grandchildren, Sara Strickland, Lauren Womack, Heather Chanura, Shirley Womack, Brianna Hall, Christopher Womack, Jesse Womack and Cain Dutton.  Ten great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rogers will be held Monday afternoon, June 15, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Eastridge officiating.  Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Pallbearers will include Christopher Womack, Jesse Womack, Mason Heath, Tommy Strickland, Zack Pas and Cain Dutton.

Salmon Funeral Home.

Joel D. Pearson Jr., age 87, of Rome, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family.

Joel was born in Cape Girdeaux, Missouri, on March 31, 1936, son of the late Joel D. Pearson Sr. and the late Lucella Long Pearson. He was preceded in death by siblings, Yancey Pearson, Patsy Duncan and Opal Cronister, and children, Michael Anthony Pearson Sr., Charles Edward Pearson and Tabatha Lyn Pearson. He is survived by his wife Juanita Elizabeth Pearson, son William David Pearson, daughter in law Jan Pearson, grandchildren Michael Anthony Pearson Jr and wife Kellie, Stephanie Pearson, Matthew Pearson, Chelsea Mitchell, Tabatha Pearson, Johnathon Pearson, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Pearson was a 1950 graduate of Coosa High School. He married Juanita Anthony on March 12, 1953. He was an active member and Deacon of Riverside Baptist Church and a founding member of the Carpenter’s for Christ. He was a manager at Lockhead-Martin for thirty years.

Receiving of family and friends will be Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm at Riverside Baptist Church . Mr. Pearson will lie in state on Thursday, June 18, 2020 beginning at 1:00pm and the funeral will begin at 2:00pm, also at Riverside Baptist Church. The service will be performed by Reverend Randy Lambert and grandson Michael Pearson Jr. Interment will take place at Oak Knoll Memorial Gardens. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Chastain, Jace Pearson, Johnathon Pearson, Brody Pearson, Michael Skeen, Lamar Sullins, Cary McCullough and Mike Crider. Honorary Pallbearers will be Matthew Pearson, deacons from Riverside Baptist Church and members of Carpenter’s for Christ.

Flowers will be accepted. Memorial donations will be accepted in Mr. Pearson’s name to Riverside Baptist Church. Special thanks to Homestead Hospice care.

Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Randall Allen “Randy” Edwards, age 76, of Marietta passed away Saturday June 13, 2020 in a Marietta Hospital.

Mr. Edwards was born January 8, 1944 in Rome, Ga. a son of the late Ernest W. Edwards, and Lois Littlejohn Edwards. As a child he grew up during the 1950s and early 60s. The things he remembered the most were roaming around North Rome on his bicycles with his many good friends. He was a member of North Rome United Methodist Church. Mr. Edwards receive his B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1966 from Berry College. That same year he was married to his wife, Faye and started to work for the U.S. General Accounting office (GAO), interrupted by two years in the U.S. Army, where he received a honorable discharge from the Army in 1968. Mr. Edwards went to work for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) in Columbus, Ga. in 1969, he worked for BCBSGA for over 31 years and spent the last 12 years of his career as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He made many lifelong friendships at BCBSGA and achieved his goals during his career. Mr. Edwards hobbies included reading novels, watching NASCAR races, UGA football and trying to beat the stock market. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Edwards.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Faye Fowler Edwards, daughter Deitra Faye Edwards, brother, Scottie (Carol) Edwards, grandchildren, Katlyn Hallenbeck, and Zackery Hill, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Wednesday June 17, 2020 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jeffrey Brown, officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery, with Shanklin-Attaway Post Five Honor Guard conducting full military graveside honors. The family will receive friends from 12:30 P.M. until 2:30 P.M. at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga. 30165.Donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Centre E#550, Atlanta, Ga. 30346 or the family will accept flowers.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, Wallace Kite, Rusty Shuler, Greg Shuler, Dawayne Edwards, Otha Youngblood, Hugh Stedman, Phil Jones, Jerry Juneau, Joseph Fowler, Tom Kinser, and John Harris.


Linda Dianne (Burton) Jackson, of Kingston, GA, passed peacefully into Heaven June 13, 2020 at 76 years of age.

This amazing lady leaves a legacy that is impossible to comprehend except for those of us privileged to have walked in her shadow. Born in Marietta, GA, she spent her entire life devoted to helping others. She never met a stranger, and she was comfortable in both “power suits” and flip flops. A passionate professional, selfless mother, and incredible grandmother/sister/aunt, Dianne stood tall as the original Steel Magnolia.

Not many young women in the 1960s went from office work to military service but Dianne was no ordinary woman. Wanting to break from the norm and seeking a life-changing challenge, she joined the Marine Corps. Following her time of military service, she became an Operating Room Technician and then a Pediatric Physician’s Assistant. Her healthcare career led eventually to a top executive position as Chief Financial Officer for several large hospitals in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Shaped by years of wise leadership, she served on various panels and advisory boards, and was a published author in business journals. While well respected and widely recognized in the healthcare field, Dianne’s core was her family. She intentionally focused on a career that would provide a sense of security for her children. No matter how often she moved, before she ever unpacked a box, she always hung side by side the two pictures of her children as toddlers. As the verse says, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”, so was the bond of Dianne, Ramey, and Kristi. To them, she was nothing short of a superwoman. They relied on her love, laughter, and courage to lead them along life’s paths.

Their home was filled with music, games, food, animals, television shows and conversation. An Open Door Policy was always in effect for her children’s friends because without judgment or prejudice, she offered guidance and safety, tinged with humor, to whomever entered her doors. To her grandchildren, she was simply “Mamoo.” Savannah, Jonah, Pierce, Preslie and Dani were constantly reminded of her love by their rotating pictures, notes, cards, and artwork posted proudly on the refrigerator, walls, and bookshelves.

Shared love of Elvis for them was a no-brainer, since snacks and meals were prepared in her kitchen filled with Elvis memorabilia while his music played in the background. Nothing made Dianne happier than when her grandchildren brought their friends to visit, just as their parents had. Noise was inevitable, but Dianne’s laugh was always heard above all the voices. Her voice of reason combined with a sense of fun resonated with her siblings. Mickey and Bo are the brothers she was wedged between in age, so she followed and led with each of them. Her sister Brenda, however, was her baby. Dianne was allowed to name her sister and dress Brenda up like a baby doll. Dianne taught her to twirl, drive, dance, and socialize.

As best friends, they shared homes, trips to the beach and Graceland, and secrets. Dianne was truly the wind beneath Brenda’s wings. Brooka, Blair, Nicole, and Mickey, Jr. all shared the love of their Aunt Dianne. She was so proud of all their accomplishments, and suffered with them through any dark times. Always ready to offer words of wisdom, she knew how to distract them from worries and create for them opportunities for joy. For the “junior” nieces and nephews, she was pure fun. Alyssa and Kaelee knew she was just a phone call away, and to Will and Riley, she was “Carwash”, a term of endearment coined by them just for this special Aunt.

Dianne’s life is a living example of love given and love received. A true woman of faith, she is smiling, singing, and celebrating with family members preceding her as she keeps watch over her family still remaining. While we mourn her passing, we know she continues to hold our hands as we held hers. The family celebrates Dianne Jackson publicly with this written tribute and privately at a later date.

Family members are listed below: Parents: Mr. and Mrs. B. G. (Bo/Son and Eunice) Burton, Marietta, GA(deceased) Children: Ramey Jackson (Julie), Kingston, GA; Kristi Holcomb (Jerry), Canton, GA; Julie Jackson (deceased) Siblings: Mickey Burton (Chris), Enterprise, AL; Bo Burton (Pat), Blanchard, OK; Brenda Shuman-Riley, Leeds AL Grandchildren: Savannah Holcomb, Atlanta, GA; Jonah Holcomb, Atlanta, GA; Pierce Jackson, Rome, GA; Peyton Jackson (deceased); Preslie Jackson, Rome, GA; Dani Sims, Rome, GA Nieces/Nephews: Brooka Hutcheson, McRae GA; Blair Inabinet (Bill), Vestavia Hills, AL; Nicole Upshaw (Jack), Dublin, GA; Mickey Burton, Jr. (deceased); Alyssa Roberson (Brandon), Augusta, GA; Kaelee Hutcheson, Macon, GA; Jarrett Rick Hutcheson (deceased); Will Inabinet, Vestavia Hills, AL; Riley Inabinet, Vestavia Hills, AL

Special gratitude is extended to Dianne’s caregivers: Diane, Emily, Jessica, Melissa, and her faithful canine companion, Johnny Cash. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. .

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