Obituaries: Mrs. Marvine Holbrooks Clanton, Mr. Ralph Lamar Owens, Mrs. Connie Ruth Ray, Mr. Clarence Edward Wilcox.

Obituaries: Mrs. Marvine Holbrooks Clanton, Mr. Ralph Lamar Owens, Mrs. Connie Ruth Ray, Mr. Clarence Edward Wilcox.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Mrs. Connie Ruth Ray, age 67, of Rome, GA, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020, following a lengthy illness.

Connie was born April 14, 1953, in Centre, AL, daughter of the late Lloyd Lee Farmer and Winnie Lee Horn Farmer.  She grew up in Cedar Bluff, AL, and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.  Connie received her associate degree from University of Maryland while in Germany with her husband, Willis Dean Ray, as he was deployed with the United States Army.

Prior to becoming disabled she was a receptionist with Harbin Clinic.  Connie loved walking and hiking and had a desire to hike as many trails in Georgia as possible.  In 2004, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had to forego her hiking experiences.  Connie volunteered for Parkinson’s clinical trials in hopes of helping find a cure for herself or others of the decease.  She was actively involved with the Parkinson’s Support Group of Rome.

Connie is survived her husband, Willis Dean Ray, whom she married May 5, 1973; two daughters and sons-in-law, April and Franklin Toles of Rome, and Kimberly and Chris Helms of Stockbridge, GA; two grandchildren, Daven Toles and Lena Toles; one sister, Tabitha Laws; four brothers, David Farmer, Terry Farmer, George Farmer and Jackie Farmer.  Three special friends, Rosie Grimaldi, Wanda Parker, and Donna Sentell, along with a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

In keeping with her wishes Connie has been cremated.  A private inurnment service will be held at a later date.

Salmon Funeral Home.


Mr. Clarence Edward Wilcox, age 67, of Rome, Georgia, passed away Aug. 6, 2020. Service arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced at a later date. Wright Memorial Mortuary.


Mrs. Marvine Holbrooks Clanton, age 83 of Rome passed away Wednesday August 5, 2020 at her residence.

Mrs. Clanton was born July 10, 1937, in Floyd County a daughter of the late Marvin and Rachel Holbrooks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Clanton, son, Ralph “Choppy” Clanton, Jr. sister, Juanita Storey.

Survivors include, sons, William Lee Clanton, Robert Stacy Clanton, daughter in law, Susanne Clanton, sister, Jerry Dodd, grandchildren, Gage Clanton, Kailey Clanton, Christen Roach, great grandchildren, Bo Murdock, Gracey Roach, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday August 8, 2020 at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Derek Hall, officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM until 1:00 P.M. on Saturday a Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Mr. Ralph Lamar Owens, age 86 of Rome passed away Tuesday August 4, 2020, in a local hospital.

Mr. Owens was born October 14, 1933, in Floyd County, a son of the late Henry Owens, and Cora Woods Owens. He was a member of East Calhoun Church of God. Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his brothers, and sisters, Neal Owens, Henry Owens, Mildred Pope, Clyde Owens, Clifford Pope, Rembert DeWitt Owens, and Elsie Quinn.

Survivors include his brother, Donald Owens, sister, Shirley Perren, niece, Sabrina Quinn, nephew, Carlton Geens, several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 P.M. Friday August 7, 2020 at Oakland Cemetery, with Keith Reid officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 P.M. until 2:45 P.M. on Friday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

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