Obituaries: Mr. Franklin Penn “Frankie” Coker, Mr. Jeffery Edmondson, Mrs. Juana G. Natividad, Mr. Bobby Gene Terry, Coach Rick Walker.

Obituaries: Mr. Franklin Penn “Frankie” Coker, Mr. Jeffery Edmondson, Mrs. Juana G. Natividad, Mr. Bobby Gene Terry, Coach Rick Walker.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


Coach Rick Walker, age 72, of Rome, GA, went home to his heavenly Father on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Coach Walker was born in LaGrange, GA on July 13, 1948, the son of the late Marie Lee and the late Calvin Walker.  A graduate of Berry College, Coach Walker played many sports and many pranks on the campus before graduating and enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1970.  He proudly served 2 years in the Marines and was stationed as an M. P. in Okinawa.

A longtime coach at East Rome High School, Coach Walker earned a Masters of Education degree from The University of West Georgia in 1976.  He served as a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 37 years, positively affecting the lives of countless young people in the community.  He was also active in the Promise Keepers movement and received commendation from the Christian organization for his dedicated service.  Coach Walker retired from teaching after 30 years, but that did not stop him from working.  He remained a proud employee of OTR Wheel Engineering until the final months of his life.

Coach Walker was a devoted family man.  He met his wife, the former Beth Doyle, at Berry College and they married in the campus’ Barnwell Chapel in 1972.  They raised their three children in Rome and were members of First Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include his wife, Beth Walker of Rome; three children, Jessica Walker of Charlottesville, VA, Erika Prewett (Tim) of Villa Rica, GA, and Zachary Walker (Heather) of Rome, GA; three grandchildren, Elisa Walker of Dahlonega, GA, Walker Prewett of Villa Rica, GA, and Sawyer Prewett of Villa Rica, GA.  Surviving siblings include sisters, Ginger Cornelius and Janice Overcash, and brothers, Billy Walker, Danny Walker, Scotty Lee, and Ronnie Lee.  Coach Walker is also survived by brother-in-law, Jimmy Doyle, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Coach Walker’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 2pm in King Hall at First Presbyterian Church.  The Rev. Bill Pardue and the Rev. Carey Ingram will officiate.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.  Private interment will follow later in Floyd Memory Gardens with the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard presenting military honors.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers and are requested to assemble at the church on Tuesday at 1:30pm:  Danny Wiseman, Ronnie Newberry, Mitchell Owens, Fred Taylor, Bob Owens, Ollie Gaston, Colt Gaston, Carlos Rosado, Jose Rosado and Eric Ramos.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS  66675 or contributions designated for camp scholarships to the Rome Fellowship of Christian Athletes, P. O. Box 1246, Rome, GA  30161.

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


Mr. Franklin Penn “Frankie” Coker, age 74, of Rome, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020, at a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Coker was born in Rome, GA on April 13, 1946, son of the late Broadus Coker and the late Imogene “Jean” Sentell Coker. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Jeff Coker, and by his stepmother, June Coker. Mr. Coker graduated from the University of Mid Florida with his Bachelor’s in Business.

He was the former owner of Troy’s BBQ as well as President and broker of J.L. Todd Auction Co. Mr. Coker was a member of Callier Springs Country Club and North Broad Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer and loved the sport dearly.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy “Darilene” Shedd Coker, to whom he was married on April 6, 1996; 2 daughters, Dr. Jennifer Leigh Coker, Lakewood, CO, and Seidina Miliner (Tracy), Rome; a son, Dusty Lee Hancock (Breanna), Hogansville; daughter-in-law, Cara Coker, Gadsden, AL; brother, Jerry Steven Coker (Deb Bailey), Gainesville; granddaughter, Lillian Coker, Gadsden, AL; several step-grandchildren.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Coker will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Mr. Jeffery Edmondson, 54 of Rome, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on October 11, 2020. Services are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date.
Wright Memorial Mortuary.

Mr. Bobby Gene Terry, 73, of Gaylesville, Alabama, died Saturday afternoon, October 10, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness.

A native of Floyd County, Mr. Terry was born March 13, 1947, a son of the late John Stephen Terry and the late Eunice Pledger Terry. He was a graduate of the Cave Spring High School, where he excelled in track and field athletics, setting several school records, and was a state champion in long jump. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Terry served as a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army. Mr. Terry was associated with Southern Bell and AT&T as a lineman. He was a member of the State Line Baptist Church, and he enjoyed fishing, gardening, arrowhead hunting, metal detecting and the history of things he found.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Means, by four brothers, Harold Terry, Harlin Terry, Allen Terry and Jimmy Terry and by a sister, Shirley Terry.

Mr. Terry is survived by his wife, Nancy Terry of Gaylesville; by two sons, Brent Terry and his wife Angie of Cave Spring, and J. R. Smith of Gaylesville; by a daughter, Mrs. Melodie Noyes and her husband Nick of Cave Spring; and by four grandchildren, Lexi Terry, Blaine Terry, Ripley Means and Mia Smith. One sister, Mrs. Elsie Haigwood of Social Circle, a brother, Billy Terry and his wife Becky of McCord’s Crossroads, a sister in law, Mrs. Dean Terry of Cave Spring, a brother in law, Dennis Pledger of Cave Spring, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Terry will be held Monday, October 12, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. EDT at the graveside of the State Line Cemetery with Rev. Dale Byars officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the State Line Cemetery Fund, 155 County Road 482, Centre, Alabama, 35960.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.

Mrs. Juana G. Natividad, age 53, of Rome, Ga. transitioned October 8, 2020. A private Memorial will be held at a later date. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

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