Obituaries: Sharon Clark Byrne, Dr. William M. “Bill” Dempsey, Shelby Diane Dowdy, Mrs. Betty Jo Davis Jacobs, Ellen Milfreda Peugh.

Obituaries: Sharon Clark Byrne, Dr. William M. “Bill” Dempsey, Shelby Diane Dowdy, Mrs. Betty Jo Davis Jacobs, Ellen Milfreda Peugh.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Dr. William M. “Bill” Dempsey, age 77, of Rome, GA, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, in a local hospital.

Arrangements for his memorial service are incomplete and will be announced later.

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


Mrs. Betty Jo Davis Jacobs, age 84, of Rome, GA, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Jacobs was born in Floyd County, GA on May 22, 1936, daughter of the late Willie Franklin Davis and the late Annie Irene Proctor Davis.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Bobby Doyle Jacobs, by a son, Ronnie Doyle Jacobs, by 2 sisters, Jackie Childers and Lena Gore, and by her brother, Billy Davis.  Before her retirement, Mrs. Jacobs was an inspector for many years at Mohawk Industries.  After her retirement, she owned and operated “Jo Jo’s Diner” on Broad Street for 9 years.  Mrs. Jacobs loved bingo, the Atlanta Braves, and bowling where she was a member of the Women’s International Bowling Commission.  She was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Mary Ann Jacobs Allmon, Rome, and Kay Jacobs Rusaw, Rome; 3 grandchildren, Chris Allmon (Nikki), Rome, Crandel Allmon (Randy Carnes), Rome, and JoAnna Rusaw Parker (Derrick), Silver Creek; 5 great-grandchildren, Cayla Ann Allmon, Christopher Dalton Allmon, Lillian Jean Allmon, Kaydon Davis Parker and Mollie Eloise Parker; a brother-in-law, Lester Jacobs, Rome; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Dr. Jonathan Schwartz officiating.  A private family graveside will take place at a later date in Floyd Memory Gardens.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 2pm until 3:45pm at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

The funeral service will be streamed on Facebook Live on Friday on the Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, Facebook page.

Pallbearers are to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday at 3:30pm and include:  Active, Dalton Allmon, Kaydon Parker, Derrick Parker, Don Rusaw, Lee Gore, Steve Tillery and Barry Childers; Honorary:  Chris Allmon and Crandel Allmon.


Sharon Clark Byrne passed away on January 1, 2021 due to covid-19. She was 77 years old.

Born on February 28, 1943, the first of five children to Margaret Jacqueline and James W. Clark in Fairfield, Alabama, Sharon Jacqueline was a precocious child who once got caught lighting matches under the bed and who would twist her younger brothers’ arms behind their backs to get them to behave. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, TN where she sang in the glee club and danced with boys from the local military school. She was always a sucker for a man in uniform.

She attended Sienna College in Memphis, where she met her husband to be, James J. Byrne Jr. (Jim) on a double date. She and Jim were married on October 20, 1962 in Chattanooga. In 1963, their son, James Joseph Byrne Ill (Joe) was born, followed by their daughters Sarah in 1965 and Jennifer in 1967. The young family moved to Rome when Jim began working for General Electric.

Sharon was a stay-at-home Mom who supported her kids’ habits: sewing all the scout patches on Joe’s uniforms; and attending multitudes of band events for the girls. Her kids’ friends were always welcome as beloved additions to the family. She worked off and on outside the home, mostly at the Rome News Tribune, but her proudest achievements were her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

Sharon loved books and diet coke, and her family, especially her dog Murphy. If you own stock in Barnes and Noble or Coca-Cola, sell now! Sharon had lifelong friends whom she will miss dearly. She was a reluctant college football fan but enjoyed telling stories of the dates she and Jim would go on to the basketball games.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Suzanne (Jim) Raymo. She is survived by her husband, Jim: children Joe (Shawna), Sarah, and Jennifer; Grandchildren Christie (Mitchell) Pollack, Teresa Byrne, Thomas Byrne, and Marie (Bennie) Chickering; Great grandchildren Reese Duncan, Wyatt Clark, and Ellie Chickering; her siblings Jennifer Clark, Greg (Gloria) Clark, and Philip Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to your local animal shelter. A life well-loved is a life well-lived.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Ellen Milfreda Peugh, 99, passed away on January 4, 2021.Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Shelby Diane Dowdy, age 23, of Rome passed away Monday January 4, 2021
Shelby was born on March 23, 1997 in Rome GA., to Gary Dowdy and Jessica Dowdy. Shelby was a 2015 Coosa High School graduate and to begin cosmetology school this week. She was a member of Mt Alto Baptist Church and the co-founder/owner of Apollo Charms with her fiance, Cody Ingram. Shelby volunteered for Kikis kids to help teach others living with Type 1 diabetes to embrace who they were and to enjoy life to the fullest.
Shelby shared a matching tattoo with several loved ones, and loved all forms of art. Shelby used that inspiration in her day to day life. She found joy in the little things like a long drive, camping by a fire, a date night at home with carry-out, a good hug, and all things with family and friends. Her love for animals, her dog Ivy and beta fish Onyx were easy to see. She found joy in many things and these are a mere few: Diet Coke, board games, girl’s nights, makeup, TikTok, corny jokes, the Jonas Brothers, The Office, a good snuggly pillow, metaphysical healing, and pickles.
One of Shelby’s greatest achievements and inspiration to us all are the obstacles she overcame within the last 20 months when she fought, found and showed us all the importance of loving oneself. To know Shelby, was to love her and receive unconditional love in return. Her beautiful soul was an inspiration to all who knew her. Shelby’s unconditional love, selfless soul, an inability to hold a grudge made her shine all the brighter in this world.
Survivors include her parents: Gary and Jessica Dowdy; sister: Katelyn (Francisco) Lopez; her fiancé: John Cody Ingram; grandparents: David and Diane Dowdy, Jim and Julie James, Randy and Loretta Brock; great grandmother: Janice James; nieces and nephews: Aubrey, Sophia, and Liam Lopez.
Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday January 8, 2021 at Mount Alto Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Mount Alto Baptist Church, 1915 Huffaker Rd. Rome Ga. 30165.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Living Proof Recovery, 408 Shorter Ave. Rome GA. 30165.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
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