Obituaries: Anthony Harbin (Tony) Fricks, Linda Joan Hitchcock, Mr. Joseph C. Smith, Mr. Dewey Lee Stevens, Ms. Edna Lee Warren West.

Obituaries: Anthony Harbin (Tony) Fricks, Linda Joan Hitchcock, Mr. Joseph C. Smith, Mr. Dewey Lee Stevens, Ms. Edna Lee Warren West.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Anthony Harbin (Tony) Fricks, 79, of Cave Spring, died Thursday morning, July 2, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness.

Mr. Fricks was born in Floyd County November 11, 1940, a son of the late Arthur Harbin Fricks and the late Auzie Rebecca Buchannon Fricks. Mr. Fricks was a retired veteran of the U. S. Army and the Georgia Army National Guard. He was a Past Master and former Secretary of the Mackey Masonic Lodge # 120 F. & A.M., a member of the Cherokee Masonic Lodge in Rome, and the Riverdale Masonic Lodge in Riverdale. He was also a member of the Low Twelve Club, the Yaarab Shrine Temple of Rome, and the Georgia Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Mr. Fricks attended the Rehoboth Baptist Church and the Rehoboth Brotherhood.

Survivors include his wife, the former Susan Robinson, to whom he was married October 15, 2005; one son, James Anthony (Tony) Fricks and his wife Tia of Woodlawn, TN.; two daughters, Vicky Dominiak of Battle Ground, WA. and Anna Fricks of Cartersville; two step children, Robert Mitchell of Cave Spring and Crystal Davis of Carrollton, and eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Larry Gene Fricks of Rome, Joseph (Glenell) Fricks of Silver Creek and Michael (Nancy) Fricks of Cave Spring and two sisters, Mrs. Ramona DuVall of Armuchee and Mrs. Deborah (Danny) Wilson of Rome also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Fricks will be held Sunday afternoon, July 5, 2020, at 3:00 P.M. at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with the Rev. Dale Byars officiating. The Mackey Lodge #120 F. & A.M. will have charge of additional rites.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 1:00 P.M. until the service hour. Due to the Covid 19, CDC guidelines for social distancing will be followed.

Interment services for the immediate family will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 P.M. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with Military Honors provided by the Fort Benning Honor Guard.


Mr. Joseph C. Smith, age 76, of 349 Ross Street, Rome, Georgia, passed on Thursday July 2, 2020. Homegoing service is incomplete, but will be announced later by Wright Memorial Mortuary.


Ms. Edna Lee Warren West, age 81, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 2, 2020.

Ms. West was born in Chattooga County, GA on December 27, 1938, to the late Joe Carr and the late Daisy Smith Carr.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her son, Thomas Edward Warren.  Ms. West was a graduate of Chattooga High School and after 25 years of service, retired from Trend Mills and Rome City Schools Nutrition.  She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Throndia Hufstetler (Mitch), Chattanooga, TN; a granddaughter, Claire Hufstetler (Trey), Chattanooga; great-grandson, Carter Roy, Chattanooga; brother, Jack Carr (Ann), Menlo, GA; nieces and nephews.

Her great-grandson, Carter Roy, was her pride and joy.  She always had a smile on her face when he was around.  She enjoyed playing games (she always let him win) and coloring with him.  Everyone that knew her, knew Carter Roy.

A graveside service for Ms. West will be held in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens at 2pm on Monday, July 6, 2020, with the Rev. Clifford Free officiating.

The family would like to give a special “Thank You’ to Hospice of Chattanooga for the dedication and care that they provided to Ms. West and to all the patients they serve.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dewey Lee Stevens, 96, died July 2, 2020 at Floyd Medical Center. He was born Nov. 20, 1923 in Rome, Ga. to the late Clemmie Horton and Dewey Lee Stevens Sr. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Jacquelyn S. Polak and her husband Ed Polak.

Mr. Stevens was married to Dorothy Hancock Stevens on June 30 1951 and they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. He graduated from Rome High School in 1940. He attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta ,GA and played varsity baseball there before enlisting in the United States Army to serve as an accountant during World War II.

After his service to his country, he returned to the United States and graduated from Auburn University in 1947. He was co-owner of Latham Plumbing & Heating for 39 years before retiring in 1986. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, and active in the Scrap Iron Bible Class and the Fidelis Class. He was a longtime member and past President and Treasurer of the Rome Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter Linda S. Albrecht (Jon T.) and his son Charles E. Stevens (Stephanie Hunt); grandchildren Natalie Albrecht Lee, Rosemary Albrecht, Christy Albrecht, Theresa Merritt Stevens, Mark Thomas Stevens, James Lee Stevens and Spruell Hancock Stevens; nieces Susan T. Seufert (Ken), Mary P. Sottilare (Mike) and Elizabeth P. English (John); his sister-in-law Lyndall H. Bush and nephew Michael Bush.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Eastview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rome Lions Club or First Baptist Church of Rome.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Linda Joan Hitchcock, age 77, of Rome passed away Wednesday July1, 2020 at her residence.

Linda was born June 4, 1943, in Floyd County, a daughter of the late Charles Newton “Buddy” Hitchcock, and Mildred Irene Taylor Hitchcock. She was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sister, Susan Hitchcock.

Graveside and interment services will be held at 11:00 Saturday July 4, 2020 at Wax Cemetery, with Dr. David Harper, officiating.

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

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