Obituaries: Joe Brown Beard Jr., Mrs. Julia Mae Berry, Ms. Teresa Diane Edwards Duke, Mrs. Grace Leona Bryan Jenkins, Mr. Robert Leon Poteete.

Obituaries: Joe Brown Beard Jr., Mrs. Julia Mae Berry, Ms. Teresa Diane Edwards Duke, Mrs. Grace Leona Bryan Jenkins, Mr. Robert Leon Poteete.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.




Mrs. Julia Mae Berry, age 91, of Rome, transitioned January 10, 2021. Full details of Mrs. Julia Mae Berry’s Celebration of Life Service is forthcoming.

F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

Mary Louise Dixon passed away on January 7, 2021. She was born in Montgomery, AL, to Charles Anson Corbitt and Caroline Elizabeth Corbitt on April 28, 1940.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Dixon, whose love for her and her love for him was immeasurable. Two children blessed their marriage and survive, Dr. Beth (Griffin) Holland and Lt. Col. Charles (Beth) Dixon. Four grandchildren who she adored immensely also survive: Emmy and Matthew Dixon and Caroline and Cooper Holland. She is survived by her sister, Betty (Bob) Pegues, and her niece, Ashley Potvin. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Robert (Jenny) Dixon and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Dixon.

She graduated from Greensboro High School in Greensboro, AL, and then from Birmingham-Southern College. While teaching, she earned a master’s degree from Georgia State University. Mary Louise was a teacher in the Atlanta City Schools and the Rome City Schools. She endeared herself to her students because she made learning fun and at the same time required good behavior and achievement. Her faith and belief in God and His goodness were ingrained in her and were her guidance in all her thoughts, words, and actions.

She was a lifelong United Methodist and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rome. Being a teacher at heart, she taught Sunday School and worked with children, youth, and acolytes at church. She and her family faithfully attended worship services and participated in many activities of the church. She held leadership roles in most of the organizations of which she was a part. Especially dear to her were her sisters in her P.E.O. chapter.

Plants and flowers were one of her many passions. She had been a member of her garden club, Three Rivers, for over forty years. Through hard work and study, she became a Master Gardener and a certified flower show judge. She shared her knowledge and expertise freely with others by presenting programs whenever she was asked. African violets, Lenten roses, monarch butterflies, and apples were some of her favorites, and they served as the topics for many of the programs she presented.

Her twinkling eyes and beautiful smile made learning about these things a pleasure. There is a deep void in the hearts of all who knew her.

The family will have a private graveside service and at a later date, a memorial service will take place. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 202 East 3rd Ave., Rome, GA 30161; The Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc., 100 East 8th St., Rome, GA 30161; or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Joe Brown Beard Jr. passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at a local health care facility.
Joe was born August 27, 1935 in Rome, Georgia to Joe Brown Beard Sr and Minerva Crider Beard. He graduated from Rome High School and proudly served in The United States Army from 1954 to 1956, during the Korean Conflict. He was of the Baptist Faith.
Joe married Barbara Milstead on December 8, 1957. He was a member of the Rome Fire Department for several years and retired from The Norfolk Southern Railroad.
He enjoyed tinkering on automobiles, paint and body work, classic cars, gardening, wood working and especially loved fishing with Barbara. He proudly became “Pop” when his grandchildren were born. He devoted his life to his family and friends.
Joe was proceeded in death by his wife and best friend, Barbara on January 7, 2021 and by his beloved son, Joe Brown “Jody” Beard III, his parents, his brother John Beard, and his faithful companion, Goldie.
He is survived by daughters Sandy (Bruce) Kelley and Jennifer (Jeff) Thompson, his grandchildren: Matt Kelley (Hollynne Tuck), Katie (Michael) Ray, Kristian (Austin) Roberts, Cade Thompson, Cason Thompson; his great grandchildren: Taytum Kelley, Piper Kelley, and Easton Ray. He is also survived by his sisters: Jackie Stewart, Janet Bray, and Joy Brewer.
Services will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. Private interment will be held at a later date.
Due to COVID, social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.



 Ms. Teresa Diane Edwards Duke, age 57, of Silver Creek, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at a local hospital.

Ms. Duke was born in Charleston, SC on September 1, 1963, daughter of the late David Thomas Edwards and the late Lillian Lacey Edwards.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a daughter, Kristy Crawford (Ben); three grandchildren, Lillian Cawthon, Haygen Cawthon, and Daniel Crawford; six siblings, Tony L. Edwards (Pat), Wayne T. Edwards (Fran), Judy Easterwood (Dale), Kenneth D. Edwards, Timmy E. Edwards (Sharon “Sissy”), and Kay Robbins (Patrick); nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Dixon officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 5 until 7pm.  Social distancing measures will be followed, and masks are requested at both the visitation and service.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at 3:30pm and include: Active: Michael McLamb, Charles Easterwood, Todd Mann, Blake Pressley, Josh Edwards, and Sonny Edwards. Honorary: Kay Robbins, Partick Caldwell, Tiffany Edwards, Jenny Hart, Laci Robbins, David Easterwood, and Tony Duke.

Mr. Robert Leon Poteete, 78, owner of Poteete’s Alternator Generator & Starter of Aragon, Georgia, passed awasy on Friday, January 8, 2021 at his residence following a sudden illness.

Graveside service will be Friday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Poteete’s Family Cemetery.

The funeral service and burial will be held privately due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc.

Mrs. Grace Leona Bryan Jenkins, age 95, of Rome, GA, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at a local assisted living facility.

Mrs. Jenkins was born in Etowah County, AL, on May 1, 1925, daughter of the late Barney Vesta Bryan and the late Ollie Noojin Bryan.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, David Colonel Jenkins, and by 5 siblings, Clarence Edward Bryan, Helen Bryan Smith, Sybil Bryan Smith, Betty Bryan Flemister and Marlene Bryan Hughes.  Before her retirement, Mrs. Jenkins was a weaver and inspector at Greenwood’s Lindale Manufacturing and Burlington Manufacturing.  She was a longtime member of Friendship Baptist Church participating in the WMU at Friendship.  She was also a member of W.O.W. (Women of Winthrop) at Winthrop Court assisted living.

Survivors include her daughter, Debra Duck (Ronnie), Ft. Oglethorpe; her son, Kenneth Jenkins (Christine), Cocoa, FL; her grandson, Timothy Duck, Ft. Oglethorpe; a brother, Tony Bryan (Cynthia), Rome; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 12 noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Rodger Whorton officiating and with her brother, Tony Bryan, delivering the eulogy. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and the family requests masks be worn.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10am until 11:45am at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed and the family requests masks be worn.

Pallbearers are to assemble by 11:30am on Saturday at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, and include:  Active:  Connor Bryan, Andy Smith, Greg Flemister, Glen Flemister, Barry Hughes, Darren Tidwell and Mitchell King; Honorary, Joe Hughes and Travis Bryan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to a fund they have set up in Mrs. Jenkins honor.  For information on how to donate, please contact the family.

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

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