Obituaries: Mr. Emory Dennis Foster, Mr. James Richard Phillips, Mary Taff

Obituaries: Mr. Emory Dennis Foster, Mr. James Richard Phillips, Mary Taff

Mr. James Richard Phillips, age 91, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Phillips was born in the Oostanaula Community of Gordon County, Georgia on December 5, 1929, son of the late Andrew Terrell Phillips and the late Myrtle Taylor Phillips.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Shepherd Phillips, on March 24, 2016, by two brothers, Max & A.T., and by two sisters, Louise & Patsy.  Mr. Phillips was a graduate of Oostanaula High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving on the USS Wedderborn during the Korean War.  Prior to retirement, he was the Power-House Superintendent at Temple Inland in Rome.  Mr. Phillips was a former member of Calhoun Avenue Baptist Church and Sherwood Forest Baptist Church, and at the time of his death was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.  He and his wife had a nursing home ministry for 20 years in the Rome area.  He was a member of the Georgia Mountain Music Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Sims, Rome; a grandson, Jordan Brock, Rome; a brother, Thomas Phillips (Pauline), Cedartown; a sister, Virginia Brown, Calhoun; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 2pm at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.  Dr. Ralph Jenkins and Dr. Rodger Whorton will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Saturday from 1pm until 1:45pm with the Rev. Rayford Davenport dismissing in prayer.  Social distancing measures will be followed, and the family asks that everyone wear a mask or face covering.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: Active: Jordan Brock, Jeff Phillips, Gary Phillips, Rodney Bailey, Jeff Johnson, and Matt Rosser. Honorary: Nephews.

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


Mr. Emory Dennis Foster, age 64 of Rome, GA passed on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Arrangements are forthcoming. F. K. Jones Funeral Home has charge of Care and Direction.


 Mary Taff was born on May 4, 1933 and was the last survivor of six children.  She passed away on March 8, 2021.  She was a Christian and was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and parents, Fount Smith and Lillie Vaughn Smith.

Her life is being celebrated by her four surviving children: Tommy, Ronnie, Jackie, and Sherry; her seven grandchildren, Paige, Tiffany, Heather, Dustin, Corbin, Brian, and Lisa; her fourteen great grandchildren, Aston, Nick, Micah, Sidney, Olivia, Beckham, Statin, Wyatt, Wade, Emma, Harper, Quinn, Cailyn, and Baby Creamer.

All life comes to an end, but love lives on.  If we had a flower for each time we thought of her, we’d walk in our own garden forever.

A private graveside service will be held at Floyd Memory Gardens.

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

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