Obituaries: Mrs. Annette “Nana” Earwood, Mr. Robert Lee Gilbert III, Lynda Jean Kerscher, Ms. Hattie Kornegay, Charles Edward Williams.

Obituaries: Mrs. Annette “Nana” Earwood, Mr. Robert Lee Gilbert III, Lynda Jean Kerscher, Ms. Hattie Kornegay, Charles Edward Williams.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Mr. Robert Lee Gilbert III, age 76, of Lindale, GA, passed away Monday, December 28, 2020, at his residence.

Robert Lee Gilbert III began his life in Lindale and, having traveled the world for more than twenty years in the service of the U. S. Air Force, he retired to the place of his birth, and will here be laid to rest. He was an innovator and engineer, a “Bulldawg” for life, a teller of tales, a reciter of poetry, and the hero of his family.

He is survived by his lifelong love, Martha Gilbert, as well as their two sons and their three grandsons. In his passing, he has left a hole in the world that cannot be refilled.

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


Mrs. Annette “Nana” Earwood, age 75, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Earwood was born in Rome, GA on August 26, 1945, daughter of the late Grady Johnson and the late Agnes Baker Johnson.  She was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church.  She loved to cook for her family  and friends and was affectionately called “Nana” by all who knew her.  She loved to travel with her husband, J. W.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children, Doug Earwood and Cathy Earwood, and by her brother, Max Johnson.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, John “J. W.” Earwood of Silver Creek; her daughter, Sharon Earwood Wheat (Ray) of Silver Creek; her grandsons, Johnny Ray Wheat of Silver Creek and Matthew Wheat (Kristi) of Cedartown; her great grandchildren, Hayden Wheat, Aubrey Wheat and Brinkley Wheat.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Adam Colston officiating.  Interment will follow in Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 12:00 noon until the service hour.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are requested.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, at 1:30pm on Thursday and include:  Ray Wheat, Matt Wheat, Johnny Ray Wheat, Charles Putnam, James “Bubba” Owens, Brandon Roberson, Jake Colston and Tommy Bright.  Honorary Pallbearers are Hugh Ware, Donnie Stephens, Harold Stone, Wayne Smith and Doug Smith.

Lynda Jean Kerscher passed away on December 30, 2020. Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Williams was carried by angels to his heavenly home Sunday morning, January 3, surrounded by his entire family.
He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of sixty (60) years, Judye Kerce Williams; children Laura Williams Martin (David) and Charles Edward (Ward) Williams Jr. (Robin); five grandchildren William Richard Dowdy (Lauren), Addie Ann Tanzi (Matt), Merritt Lee Williams, Lillie Anna Williams and Charles Edward Williams III; and great grandchildren John Blake Dowdy and Gracie Belle Tanzi.
Mr. Williams retired from General Electric in 1995 after 30 years of service. Mr. Williams was a member of the gospel quartet, The Adorations, from 1972 through 2007 touring the Southeast. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his father and mother, Pryor and Mildred Williams and sister Shirley Emerson.
Mr. Williams was an avid baseball fan. After retirement, Charles and Judye traveled the continent in their motorhome and travel tours. The Atlanta Braves and entire world of baseball will miss one of their biggest fans. Mr. Williams was a faithful member of Dykes Creek Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Deacons as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for Morrison Campground.
Mr. Williams was an incredibly hard worker and served his savior up until the moment he was welcomed into glory by Jesus. Mr. Williams’ greatest accomplishment was being Papa to his grandchildren. The following is a tribute written by one of his grandchildren and truly represents the good man Charles Edward Williams embodied:
Our sweet Papa went to Heaven this morning…..this beautiful Sunday morning. Our hearts are at peace knowing he stood face to face with Jesus today, and heard the words “Well done my good and faithful servant”. Papa was a true legend, a people’s man, always smiling, laughing and joking. He always knew how to make you smile. He truly reflected the heart of the Father, and was an inspiration for us all to walk as close with God as he did. He was the most loving husband to our Granny, the greatest Daddy, the most fun grandfather, the sweetest brother, the funniest uncle, the best kind of friend to all…and a selfless servant of Jesus. I know he had so many people standing at the entrance of Heaven waiting to see him and hug him, and celebrate with him that he’s finally home….and he gets to sing with Jesus for all eternity. Rest in peace, Papa. We love you always, we are so proud of you, and we cannot wait to see you again.
Receiving of friends will be held Tuesday, January 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Dykes Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at the arbor at Morrison Campground on Wednesday, January 6 at 1:00 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at Mizpah Cemetery where Mr. Williams will be buried.
Pallbearers include Will Dowdy, Charlie Williams, John Blake Dowdy, Matt Tanzi, Jerry Emerson, Danny Dew, Harold Wells and Brad Robert. Honorary pallbearers will be the Redmond Get Up & Go Parkinson’s Group with special appreciation to their leader, Marge Kinder.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Charlie Williams Parkinson’s Foundation. The estate of Charles E. Williams will be matching all proceeds given in Mr. Williams’ memory. Donations can be sent to: The Charlie Williams Foundation, 2442 Wayside Road NE Kingston GA 30145
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Ms. Hattie Kornegay, age 87 of Rome, Georgia on Monday January 4, 2021 at a local hospital following a brief illness.

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

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