Obituaries: Eva Nell Akins, Dolores Jean Skidmore Evans, Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Amos Mathis, Sr., Mrs. Della Mae Mitchell, Mr. Harold Earnest ” Pee Wee ” Truitt Sr.

Obituaries: Eva Nell Akins, Dolores Jean Skidmore Evans, Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Amos Mathis, Sr., Mrs. Della Mae Mitchell, Mr. Harold Earnest ” Pee Wee ” Truitt Sr.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Eva Nell Akins passed away peacefully at her home in Rome, GA on September 19, just two weeks shy of her 95th birthday.

Nell is survived by her son Greg Akins, grandsons Aaron and Dylan, six great-grandchildren, her beloved nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Dot Godwin and one first cousin, Shirley Baker. She is preceded in death by her parents William Allen and Thelma Alberta Godwin (nee Langston), husband Howard, daughter and son-in-law Pat and Mickey Morrison, grandson Jason Morrison, granddaughter Ashley Akins, brothers O.C., Thomas, Julian, William and sisters Helen and Kathrine.

A pillar of the Rome community for more than 70 years, Nell was a member of West Rome Baptist Church and served as president of the Shamrock Garden Club, among many other local activities. She was a successful businesswoman who owned her own company. Nell was known for her impeccable taste and her skills as a seamstress and interior designer, having sewn draperies and bedding for many of the finest homes in Rome. She was one of the first-call wedding planners for years and was especially proud to have planned and directed weddings for her nieces and nephews and the children of many dear friends.

Nell loved to travel, making trips annually to visit family in Sullivan County, PA where she loved to fish for native trout in the pristine creeks and streams. Most-recently Nell visited her grandson Aaron, his wife and two young daughters, one of them her namesake, in Idaho. Nell was a knowledgeable antique collector, having formerly owned and managed popular antique shops in Cave Spring.

Nell was happiest preparing her delicious, extravagant meals. Thanksgiving was the pinnacle, when dozens of family members came to celebrate together around her table. She expressed her love of the Lord by serving others.

Nell had an incomparable strength and remarkable passion for life. Her commitment to family and dear friends was unwavering. She leaves a void in the hearts of all who loved her.

Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral makes the announcement for the family.


Dolores Jean Skidmore Evans, age 74, of Cave Spring, passed away Saturday September 19, 2020.

Dolores was born August 5, 1946, in Birmingham, Alabama a daughter of Sarah Skidmore and the late John Skidmore.

Survivors include her wife, Nikki Henry, mother, Sarah Skidmore, daughter, Tracie (Peter) Thurmond, grandchildren, Sarah Frances Thurmond, Ponder Thurmond, Wakefield Thurmond, step son, Jacob Henry.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Friday October 2, 2020 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday.

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


Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Amos Mathis, Sr., age 78, of Rome, GA, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Tommy was born in Blue Ridge, GA, on September 20, 1942, son of the late Clarence and Flora Mae Franklin Mathis. He had been a resident of Rome and Floyd County most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. Tommy had worked for many years at Marglen Industries prior to retirement. He was an avid golfer, loved fishing and was a “Big Time” Georgia Football and NASCAR fan.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Bird Cook Mathis, whom he married October 25, 1980; two daughters and son-in-law, Sherrie Clement of Rome, and Susie and Ricky King of Plainville, GA; three sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Angela Mathis of Kingston, GA, Bobby Mathis of Rome, and Thomas, Jr., and Jenny Mathis of Cedartown, GA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol Jean and Charlie Thomas, of Blue Ridge, and Anna Lou and Leland Postell, also of Blue Ridge; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clint and Betty Mathis of Dalton, GA, and Bob and Fayrene Mathis of Blue Ridge. Seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Tommy will be held on Friday afternoon, September 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with Coach Todd Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Tommy’s family will receive friends at Salmon Funeral Home on Friday from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m.


Mrs. Della Mae Mitchell, age 77, of Arkansas (formerly of Rome, Ga.) transitioned Monday, September 21, 2020. Complete arrangements are forthcoming. Please allow the family time to share together.

As always, we ask that you keep the family lifted up in prayer.

Care and Direction entrusted to F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Mr. Harold Earnest ” Pee Wee ” Truitt Sr., age 77, of Rome, Ga. transitioned September 23, 2020. Complete arrangements are forthcoming. Please allow the family time to share together.

As always, keep the family lifted up in prayer.

Care and Direction entrusted to F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

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