Obituaries: Sandra Kay Age, Mr. Harvey C. Brown Jr., Mrs. Sandra Sorrow Gipson, Mr. Floyd Max “Jay” Johnston Jr., Mrs. Vivian Rose Gladden Parker, Mr. Boyd Cornelius Penson Sr., Linda Jones Wrisley.

Obituaries: Sandra Kay Age, Mr. Harvey C. Brown Jr., Mrs. Sandra Sorrow Gipson, Mr. Floyd Max “Jay” Johnston Jr., Mrs. Vivian Rose Gladden Parker, Mr. Boyd Cornelius Penson Sr., Linda Jones Wrisley.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

 

Mrs. Vivian Rose Gladden Parker, age 80, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Parker was born in Cedar Bluff, Alabama on March 20, 1940, daughter of the late W. C. Gladden and the late Tilda Lindsey Gladden.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Jesse Floyd Parker, by two sisters, Sue Farr and Juanita Patterson, and by three brothers, Harold and Bill Gladden, and Louie Franklin.  Mrs. Parker was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include four children, Raymond Kelley (Janice), Rome, Mitchell Parker (Sigrid), Rome, Vickie Russell Craig (Jerry), Aragon, and Tim Spencer (Lurie), Missouri; grandchildren, Christopher, Zackery and Matthew Russell, Andrea and Melissa Kelley, Sophia and Dorian Parker, and Kelly, David and Lakeisha Spencer; a great granddaughter, Lexie Russell; a brother, Benny Gladden; nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 2pm at Rome Memorial Park.  Pastor Joe Palmer will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Rome Memorial Park on Saturday from 1:30pm until the service time.  At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.  Social distancing measures will be followed, and masks are requested.

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


Mrs. Sandra Sorrow Gipson, age 85, of Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at a local assisted living facility.

Mrs. Gipson was born in Abbeville, SC on December 2, 1934, the daughter of the late Seth Sorrow and the late Sybil Campbell Sorrow.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Berry College and worked as a nurse at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital for many years.  She was a member of Shannon United Methodist Church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Hoot” Gipson, by her grandson, James Andrew Gipson, and by her sister, Sue Hanks.

She is survived by her children, Teresa Gipson Ford (Michael) and James Gipson, Jr. (Freda); her grandchildren, Amanda Swanson (Heith), Brianna Watts (Shawn), Nick Gipson and Seth Treadaway; her great-grandchildren, Trent Belanger, Turner Swanson, Lauren Stanley and Caroline Stanley; her brothers, Steve Sorrow, Sam Sorrow, Stuart Sorrow, Vic Sorrow and Spencer Sorrow; many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 11:00 am at Floyd Memory Gardens with Dr. Ken Freshour officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice in Mrs. Gipson’s memory.

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


Sandra Kay Age passed away on November 11, 2020. Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Mr. Boyd Cornelius Penson Sr., age 83 of Rome passed away Tuesday November 10, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Penson was born September 27, 1937, in Floyd County a son of the late Boyd Ellis Penson, and Laura Jane Rogers Penson. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Penson was retired from Local Union 72, and a veteran of the United states Navy, he enjoyed NASCAR, Atlanta Braves and watching Football. Mr. Penson enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Pamela Penson, brothers, Doyle Penson, Donald Penson.

Survivors include his wife Virginia Anne Wade Penson to whom he was married April 26, 1958, children, Boyd (Tammy) Penson, Lisa Williams and Tim Byars, Richard (Ashley) Penson, grandchildren, Cody Clark, Zeric Penson, Jordan Penson , Austin Penson, Brayden Williams , Preston Williams, Ashley Byars, and Lauran Williams, great grandchildren, Lane and Jase Byars, Henry McAdams, Ivy Clark Everett Clark, Kendall Jones, and Ayla Penson, also two sisters Marie Hudson, Shelba Dawson; brother: Dale Penson; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Friday November 13, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Ronnie Hudson, and Rev. Jerry Branton, officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, with Shaklin-Attway Post Five Honor conducting military rites. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until the funeral hour at 3:00 P.M. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Pallbearers include, Cody Clark, Zeric Penson, Jordan Penson, Austin Penson, Bud Wade, Bob Wade,

Honorary pallbearers include, Lane Byars, Jase Byars, Henry McAdams, Ivy Clark, Everett Clark, Brayden Williams, Preston Williams, Ayla Penson, and Kendall Jones.

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


Mr. Harvey C. Brown Jr., age 77, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020, in a local hospital.

Mr. Brown was born in Cherokee County, AL on April 6, 1943, son of the late Annie Mae Evans Brown and the late Dr. Harvey C. Brown, Sr.  He was a 1961 graduate of Pepperell High School in Lindale.  He served for 3 years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Good Conduct Medal.  Following his service, he attended Floyd Junior College and the University of Georgia, where he received his bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees.  For many years, he practiced Law here in Rome, GA.  Mr. Brown was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his daughter, Ginny Brown Bankson, Rome; his son, Michael Brown (Laurie), Nashville, TN; 2 grandchildren, Bethany Wyman (Ben) and Baylee Bankson, all of Rome; 3 great grandchildren, Reid, Cooper, and Rylie Claire Folsom, all of Rome; 2 sisters, Jo Dean Douthat (Richard) and Diane Langston, all of Ft. Payne, AL; a brother, Tim Brown, Las Vegas, NV; nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Brown will be cremated.  All services will be private.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.


Mr. Floyd Max “Jay” Johnston Jr., age 50, of Atlanta passed away Sunday November 8, 2020 in an Atlanta hospital.
Jay was Born September 16, 1970 in Rome GA., to Floyd Max Johnston, Sr. and the late Frances Ann Grace Johnston, who recently preceded him in death on November 1, 2020. He was a graduate of Model High School in the class of 1988 and worked in healthcare most of his adult life. Jay was loved by all who met him. His witty humor, mischievous grin, and thoughtful ways will be greatly missed and forever remembered.
Survivors include life partner: Jay Watkins; father: Floyd Max Johnston, Sr.; sisters: Jill Green, and Cathy Kerce; brothers: Steve (Melissa) Hulsey, Keith Johnston, Scott (Kathy) Johnston; aunt: Brenda (Walter) Terry; nieces and nephews: Leslie (Berry) Sellers, Josh (Kristy) Kerce, Jared (Leslie) Johnston, Ty Ellison, Ryan Hulsey, Kyle Johnston, Keri Gresham, Keenan (Courtney) Johnston, Will Hulsey, a number of great nieces and nephews and special friend Renee Lockhart also survive.
Graveside and interment services will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday November 16, 2020 at Floyd Memory Gardens with Rev. Herman Stamey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cancer Navigators of Rome, or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, both in honor of his mother, Frances Johnston.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

 

Ms. Shantazia Padgett, age 21, of Calhoun transitioned November 8, 2020. The Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 1 pm at Summerville Cemetery. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


 

Linda Jones Wrisley, a long-time resident of Rome, died at home Monday the 9th of November, after nearly a year of fighting cancer.

Born on November 13th, 1941, in Rome, GA, she grew up in the Riverside Village area of Rome, graduating from Model High School in 1959, before leaving in the 1960s and returning in 2004. In the intervening years, she lived around the world and country, from Okinawa, Japan, to Texas to Louisiana to Connecticut to Wisconsin.

 

Linda was a trailblazer, starting Impact Sales in 1986 in Roswell, GA, one of the first marketing and sales companies founded and owned by a woman. Selling it in 1991, she and her family moved to Westport, CT, where she worked for Pinnacle Brands as national sales manager. She loved the travel and people she got to work with around the country, as relationships with family, friends, and colleagues were a main source of sustenance in her life. She and her husband, Allen, returned to Georgia in 1994.

 

People, travel, and animals were her big loves. Her home was never without a pet, if not also a variety. And she was always quick to care for strays and outdoor animals. Her compassion for animals was immense.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold T. and Elizabeth (Betty) Jones of Rome. She is survived by her husband, Allen Wrisley, her two sons, Brad Wrisley (Rome) and George Wrisley (Lawrenceville), daughters-in-law Dee Tate Wrisley (Rome) and Samantha Wrisley (Lawrenceville), and her sister, Beverly Bell (Rome).

 

Instead of flowers, please send donations to the Feral Cat Program of Georgia: https://www.fcpga.org/donation/. This would touch her greatly.

 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.

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