Obituaries: Mr. Adrian Rashad Huggins, Gary Milton Padgett, James Alvin Shuler Sr., Kay Chambers Studdard.

Obituaries: Mr. Adrian Rashad Huggins, Gary Milton Padgett, James Alvin Shuler Sr., Kay Chambers Studdard.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


On Sunday, September 26, 1943, a beautiful cotton-topped, blue-eyed girl was born to Jess and Katherine Chambers. They named her Kay Frances. She was their first child followed by 2 sisters and a brother. They live in the Celanese Mill Village and she attended Riverside School and Model.

At the age of 16, she met Luther Lamar Studdard and it was love at first sight. They dated for about six months, he turned 21, she turned 17, so they decided to elope. When she returned and informed her mother what she had done, her mother insisted that they be married the “right way.” So, 2 weeks later, Rev. Paul Stover “re-married” them. Something in the mix must have worked because January 28th, 2021, they were married 60 years.

Kay had two children, Cary and Deborah Studdard. When the kids entered school, so did she. She studied to be a nurse, first an LPN and then went back to become an RN, all the time remaining on the Dean’s list with a 4.0 average. She was smart and oh, so beautiful.

She worked for Floyd Hospital where she started off in Maternity then moved to Recovery and later became the Director of CCU/ICU. After leaving Floyd, she worked as Plant Nurse for Kraft and retired as a private duty nurse for the elderly. Nursing was her calling in life and she fulfilled it well, whether it be people or animals, she compassionately cared for the sick.

After retirement, she and her husband traveled the country and Canada for months at a time, enjoying every minute. When at home, she loved working in her flower gardens. She crocheted. She was an outstanding cook, decorator and dressed to the nines.

But due to her personal health, much of the traveling and things she loved began to slow down, but she didn’t let it stop her. They loved Maggie Valley and Cherokee and would take their motor home there for weeks at a time, far enough away yet close to home and her medical team.

She loved to read, anything and everything. Most of all, she loved reading and studying the Word. She knew it like the back of her hand. She not only knew it, she tried to practice it to the best of her ability. Her spiritual roots began as a child at North Rome Church of God. She highly revered her childhood pastor, Rev. Paul and Marge Stover. She would say “He was strict but he practiced what he preached.”

Nursing would keep her from being a regular attender yet that didn’t stop her love for the Word. While working in CCU, she led many people to the Lord on their dying bed.

In the last 15 years, her health began to deteriorate slowly. Yet she never complained. She also kept it to herself. Unfortunately, after a recent series of falls, she was hospitalized only to succumb to multiple strokes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jess Chambers and Katherine Phillips Chambers, by three sisters, Syretta Blackwell, Fay Sims and Judy Heyman, and 6 weeks ago, her daughter, Deborah Studdard, who lost her life to COVID-19.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Luther (Luke) Studdard; her son, Cary Studdard; her brother, Jesse Clyde Chambers, Jr.; several nieces and nephews that she loved dearly and her fur baby, Tucker.

A Reflection of Her Life will be held Saturday, March 6th at 12 noon at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with her son, Cary Studdard and family friend, Tommy Phillips, officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 AM. Interment will be at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens on Monday, March 8th at 11 AM.

The family would like to thank the many nurses on the 6th floor, respiratory therapists and doctors at Floyd Medical Center for their excellent care. We especially would like to say thank you to Cheryl, Ashton, Mary and Julie who were exceptional. To those who prayed and checked on mom, we say thank you. To Retta Stephens Phillips, for singing her into the presence of the Lord, you and the Holy Spirit made her transition so peaceful.

Gary Milton Padgett, age 61, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Gary was born in Rome, GA on September 7, 1959, which was Labor Day and his mom said “boy, did she labor,” but he was well worth it and we couldn’t agree more.

Gary loved riding his Harley, hunting with his hunting buddies, riding in his convertible and spoiling his wife rotten.  He was known by his friends as “McGyver” because he could build or fix anything.  Even as sick as he was , he built a walk-in pantry and remodeled a bathroom.  He loved everyone and his kind, generous, and loving nature will be sorely missed.  Gary was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Padgett, by his father-in-law, Shelby Sims, by his grandparents, and by his special niece, Vanessa Padgett Blaylock.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rhonda Sims Padgett; his mother, Mary Padgett; his special aunt “Mom”, Emma “Tootsie” Smith; his sister, Brenda (Mike) Stansell; his brother, Spencer (Joan) Padgett; his mother-in-law, Imogene Sims; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sherry Sims, Terri and Steve Guthrie, and Holly and Jim Kelly; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Chris Hearne officiating. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens at 12:45 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021, and include:  Ricky Davis, Larry Lee, Tommy Ezell, Billy Mathis, Lathan Smith, Steve Guthrie and Jim Kelly.  Honorary pallbearers include: Rick Waters, George Schroeder and Gary’s nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Dhru Girard, Dr. Jennifer Barbieri, Redmond EMT, Cave Spring Fire Department, the staff of 3 East ICU at Redmond Regional and his nurse, Shawn, and to Terri and Steve Guthrie for giving up a lot of their life to help with ours, and to Mr. Andy Harris and the entire staff of Coosa Valley Credit Union.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to PAWS, 99 North Avenue, NE, Rome, GA 30161 or to Rome Shrine Club, 109 Bells Ferry Road, Rome, GA  30161.

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


James Alvin Shuler Sr., age 74, of Cedar Bluff, passed away Tuesday March 2, 2021 in a Centre, Alabama hospital.

Mr. Shuler was born February 6, 1947, in Rome, Ga. a son of the late Harley Shuler, and Omie Jones Shuler. He was of the Baptist Faith, and own and operated Alvin Shuler Pluming for 30 years before his retirement. Mr. Shuler was veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Essie Elizabeth Ferguson Shuler, brothers, H. A. Shuler, John Shuler, Lester Shuler, Dan Shuler, and Marvin Shuler, sisters, Joyce Shuler, Coleen Farlow, and Lois Parnell.

Survivors include his wife, Linda McCraw Shuler, son, James Alvin Shuler, Jr. daughters, Stacey Shuler; Crystal (Jason) Bachus; sister, Emma Conner; grandchildren, James Alvin Shuler III, Sara Sullivan, great grandchildren, Paige, Shelby, Johnny and Corbin, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday March 6, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jason Bachus, officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, with Shaklin-Attawy Post Five Honor Guard conducting full military rites. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until the service hour at 3:00 P.M. at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Mr. Adrian Rashad Huggins, age 40, of Cedartown transitioned February 3, 2021. Complete arrangements are forthcoming.  F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

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