n the early morning hours of Monday, January 18, 2021, Deborah Darlene Studdard, 57, transitioned from this earthly home to her heavenly home after a courageous battle with COVID-19.
Deborah was born in Rome, GA on March 14, 1963 to Luther (Luke) Studdard and Kay Chambers Studdard. She was proceeded in death by her grandparents, Jess and Katherine Chambers, also of Rome.
Deborah was a 1981 graduate of Pepperell High School. She played trumpet in the Pepperell Marching Band and enjoyed band competitions even after graduation. She was very athletic, excelling in every sport she played. She refereed, umpired and coached, loving every minute of it. She was a UGA football fanatic having one room dedicated to nothing but UGA memorabilia dating back to Vince Dooley-Go Dawgs! Deborah was also a successful Student Pastor at Without Walls in Cartersville. She enjoyed taking her group to The Ramp, a ministry led by Karen Wheaton and anything that would encourage students to follow the Lord. She also enjoyed working the monthly food give away at GraceLife Church in Marietta. She was a lifelong member of North Rome Church of God.
She is survived by her loving parents, Luther (Luke) and Kay Studdard, Lindale; by her brother who loved her deeply, Cary Studdard, Atlanta, and by her sweet little fur baby, Georgia; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends; 4 very special friends, Angie Boyd, Amanda Womack, Brayden Shepherd, and Michael Gayton.
Deborah’s Homegoing service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at North Rome Church of God with her brother, Cary Studdard, and former pastor, Tim McKinley officiating.
Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until time for the service. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and masks are requested.
Interment will follow at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers include Jeff Sims, Chris Sims, Gary Daniels, Tim McKinley, Levi McKinley and Cary Studdard. Randy Brooks, lead pastor of GraceLife in Marietta, will lead the interment.
The family would like to thank the many nurses and staff of Floyd Medical Center for their care during her time there. Most of all, we would like to say thank you to the many people who called, texted, and prayed for Deborah during this most difficult and unforeseen time for our family.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of her arrangements.
Baby Ty’Shawn Detroit Prater transitioned January 17, 2021. Complete arrangements are forthcoming. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.
Mr. David Earl “Blood” Lee, age 68, of Gulfport, MS (formerly of Rockmart, Ga.) transitioned January 18, 2021. Complete arrangements are forthcoming. F. K. Jones Funeral Home.
Mrs. Nell Lee Walker McAbee, age 93, of Rome, passed away Monday January 18, 2021 in a local health care facility.
Mrs. McAbee was born August 6, 1927, in Chattooga County, a daughter of the Rev. P. L. Walker, and Dovie Mae Fuqua Walker. She was a devoted wife and mother and loving grandmother. Mrs. McAbee was active in her church and community, she loved her clients, and coworkers when she worked as a beautician. Mrs. McAbee enjoyed camping, and the outdoors, she was creative and fantastic cook. She leaves behind 8 great grandchildren who loved her dearly. Mrs. McAbee was preceded in death husband, John Alton McAbee, son Wayne McAbee, sister, Ruby Mae Patrick.
Survivors include her sons, Ronnie (Joy) McAbee, Lee (Elaine) McAbee, daughter in law, Lori McAbee, grandchildren, Corey (Tonya) Rowland, Shane McAbee, John McAbee, Chad (Tracy) Leffel, Daniel McAbeem, Rhonda McAbee, Chris (Kyle Harshey) McAbee, Sarah (Zack Williams) McAbee, 8 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday January 22, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Branton, and Rev. Dewayne Carver, officiating. Interment will follow in East View Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers include the following gentlemen, Shane McAbee, Daniel McAbee, Corey Rowland, Zack Williams, Dewayne Carver, and Johnny Carver.
The family request that those who attend wear masks and practice social distancing.
Mr. Charles Allen Baker Sr., age 92, of Rome, GA, passed away Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021, in a local health care facility.
Mr. Baker was born in Rome, GA on January 8, 1929, son of the late John Daniel Baker and the late Evie Ashmore Baker. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Nell White Baker, and by a son, Charles Allen Baker, Jr., and by 3 sisters, Faye Baker, Geneva Dempsey, and Jackie McCoy. Mr. Baker was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served at the end of World War II.
Prior to his retirement, he with his son, Allen, owned and operated Riverside Shoe Shop in Central Plaza for 60 years. Mr. Baker was an avid Ham radio enthusiast. He was a member of the American Legion Post #5 in Rome and North Broad Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Charlene Baker Payne (John), Douglasville, GA; 2 grandchildren, John Walter Payne, Jr. (Heather), Scottdale, GA, and Jennifer Payne Henry (Michael), Ohatchee, AL; 4 great grandchildren, Jacob Henry, Mady Henry Agee (Sam), Carly Henry, and Jesse Henry; nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Baker will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at nmcrs.org.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.
Mr. Larry W. Davis, age 66, of Centre, AL, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021.
Larry was born in Gadsden, Alabama on February 10, 1954, the son of Mary Sue Arnold Davis and the late William Bernard Davis. He worked in the furniture business and was the owner of Hometown Rentals Furniture and Appliance. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Centre, AL.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diane Gladden Davis; his children, Anna Davis Watts (Randy), Laura Beth Davis and Grant Wade Davis (Olivia); his grandchildren, Emily Hinson and Cody Hinson; his mother, Mary Sue Davis; his sisters, Amy McCoy and Jane Bowen; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, with the Rev. Eddie Nations officiating and his son, Grant Davis, delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Tuesday, from 12:00 noon until the service hour. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.