Obituaries: Mrs. Mary Jo Caldwell, Mr. William Alton Dudley, Mrs. Norma Jean Eaves, Ms. Doris Elizabeth Ferguson, Mrs. Martha Maxine Gingrich Shook, Mrs. Annese Olivia Colter Thomas, Lawrence Snider Tondee

Obituaries: Mrs. Mary Jo Caldwell, Mr. William Alton Dudley, Mrs. Norma Jean Eaves, Ms. Doris Elizabeth Ferguson, Mrs. Martha Maxine Gingrich Shook, Mrs. Annese Olivia Colter Thomas, Lawrence Snider Tondee

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Mr. William Alton Dudley, age 82, of Rome, GA, passed away Wednesday morning, December 30, 2020, in a local hospital.

Mr. Dudley was born in White, GA on December 6, 1938, son of the late Willie and Mary Ethel Hagler Dudley. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Louise Dudley Freeman and Cornelia Dudley Blankenship, by 3 brothers, James Marlin “Tut” Dudley, John Alfred Dudley, and Clifford Elbert Dudley, and by his son-in-law, Chris Brock. Mr. Dudley was employed for 15 years with R. C. A. Truck Line, 12 years with Carolina Freight Lines, and several years with A. B. F. Freight Systems. Prior to his retirement, he was a driver for U. S. F. Holland Freight Lines in Chattanooga, TN for several years. He was a member of East Rome Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Director, and Choir Director, as well as other leadership positions. Mr. Dudley was a member of the Lindale Lodge #455 F. & A. M.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carolyn Marie Bowman, to whom he was married on July 30, 1960; a daughter, Ginger Dudley Brock (Michael Parsons), Lindale; a son, Jason Todd Dudley (Lisa), Lindale; 2 grandchildren, Ansley Fuller (Matthew), Adairsville, and Blake Dudley, Lindale; 3 great grandchildren, Owen Smith, Callie Smith, and Addy Swift; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 3pm at the graveside in Floyd Memory Gardens. His nephew, Dr. Jerry Dudley and the Rev. Mike Southerland will officiate.

The family will receive friends at East Rome Baptist Church on Tuesday from 12:30pm until 2:30pm. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of his son, Todd Dudley.

Active and honorary pallbearers are requested to assemble at East Rome Baptist Church on Tuesday at 2pm and are as follows: Active: Tim Dudley, Dudley D. Freeman, Jeff Gazaway, Steve Whelchel, Justin Whelchel, and Mark Parkinson. Honorary: Wesley Fowler, Grady Peace, Roy Hovers, Ricky Ledbetter, Carter Unsworth, Woody Brandon, Mike Johnson, and Mark Allison.

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


Mrs. Mary Jo Caldwell, age 75, of Everett Springs Community, passed away peacefully at her home Thursday morning, December 31, 2020.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Salmon Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until the service hour.

A complete obituary will be announced later by Salmon Funeral Home.


Mrs. Norma Jean Eaves, age 84, of Aragon, GA, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020, peacefully surrounded by her family at her residence.

Mrs. Eaves was born in Floyd County, GA on March 4, 1936, daughter of the late Clyde Chapman and the late Gertrude Thompson Chapman.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, John A. Eaves, by a daughter, Ann Nation, and by 4 siblings, Corthel Chapman, J. C. Chapman, Barbara Wilkey, and Larry Chapman.  Mrs. Eaves was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Debra Sisson and Gail Morgan (Tim); 2 sons, Ralph Bowers (Yolanda) and Robert Eaves (Lynn); a mess of grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive as well as nieces.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 12 noon in New Bethel Cemetery.  Family members will share during the service.

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


We respectfully announce the passing of Ms. Doris Elizabeth Ferguson, age 67 of Rome, Georgia on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at a local hospital .

Homegoing service is incomplete, but will be announced later by Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc.


Mrs. Martha Maxine Gingrich Shook, age 93, of Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Shook was born in Morgan County, AL on November 24, 1927, daughter of the late William Lacey Gingrich and the late Blanche Estelle Rogers Gingrich. She was a homemaker and prior to her retirement, she was a switch operator with Southern Bell Telephone Company.  She was an avid bowler and enjoyed riding the Gold Wing Honda motorcycle with Mr. Shook.  Mrs. Shook was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Allen Shook, and by her siblings, John Lacey Gingrich, Dorothy Ruth Gingrich and Katherine Willadene Gingrich.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Hiram Shook, to whom she was married on September 23, 1953; a daughter, Rhonda Shook Sizemore, Rochester, NY; a son, James William Shook (Jenny), Rochester, NY; 2 grandchildren, Nicholas Sharman (Katrina) and Ainslee Sharman, (fiancé Logan Sorenson); 3 great-grandchildren, Wyatt Sharman, Avalynn Sorenson and Waylon Sharman; 2 nieces, Becky Warren, North Dakota, and Carol Ann Hedges, Huntsville, AL

Graveside services will be held at 2pm (EST) on Monday, January 4, 2021, in Goosepond Cemetery, Scottsboro, AL. The Rev. Clifford Free will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday, January 3, 2021, from 5 until 7pm.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

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


Mrs. Annese Olivia Colter Thomas, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, surrounded by her children. She was 76 years old.

Annese was born in Dublin, Georgia and raised in Cadwell, Georgia by her parents, Edward Austin Colter and Louise Mullis Colter. Annese graduated from Laurens County High School, and went on to attend classes at Georgia College. She married the love of her life, Walter Thomas, Jr., in 1967. After having two children and living in Tennesse, North Carolina and Maryland, Annese and her family settled in Marietta, Georgia in 1977. Shortly thereafter, the family joined Roswell Street Baptist Church, where Annese served with joy in numerous capacities and made many lifelong friends. For several years, Annese provided childcare in her home. She loved on and cared for many lucky babies with whom she remained in touch over the years. Annese was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Above all, she was a faithful servant of Christ, who never let an opportunity pass to share His love with all He placed in her path. She was known for her giving spirit. She loved nothing more than sending cards and gifts to everyone she knew – from close friends, family members, and neighbors, to doctor’s office staff, employees at grocery stores where she shopped and banks where she conducted business, to the postal workers, delivery drivers and sanitation workers providing service to her home. No one was ever left out or forgotten by her. Annese enjoyed taking road trips with both family and friends. In addition to summer vacations at the beach with her husband and children, she went on many travel adventures with her mother and sisters, as well as with her girlfriends. But most of all, Annese loved being at home with a house full of people. When her children were teenagers, she welcomed all of their friends with open arms, and it was not uncommon to have a packed house for sleepovers. She was also the first to volunteer to host members of visiting churches in town for various mission or exchange programs, who needed a place to stay the night. In later years, Annese was most happy when her five grandchildren were filling her home with noise and activity.

Annese is survived by: her husband of 53 years, Walter Thomas Jr.; her two children, Jay Colter Thomas (Meredith) and Susan DeAnn Thomas Bomar (Spencer); her five grandchildren, Colter Judson Thomas, Samuel McClain Thomas, Thomas Spencer Yeichan Bomar, Rees Catherine Thomas, and Wesley Scott Thomas; her two sisters, Susan Colter Beacham and Pam Colter Kight; as well as many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts and an uncle, all of whom she loved with her whole heart.

Due to Covid-19, no indoor service or visitation will be held. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021 at Floyd Memory Gardens, 895 Cartersville Hwy, Rome, Georgia 30161. The family requests that social distancing guidelines be observed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cobb Street Ministries, 1750 Powder Springs Road, STE 190, PMB 378, Marietta, Georgia 30064.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Lawrence Snider Tondee was born on August 26, 1934 and passed away on December 28, 2020 and is under the care of Daniel’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service. No services scheduled at this time..

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