Obituaries: Mr. Joseph A. Burns, Mr. Clifford J. Fears, Janet (Jan) Jennings Musick, Mr. Wilbert Price, Lora Wade

Obituaries: Mr. Joseph A. Burns, Mr. Clifford J. Fears, Janet (Jan) Jennings Musick, Mr. Wilbert Price, Lora Wade

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


Janet (Jan) Jennings Musick died peacefully at her home on March 25, 2021, surrounded by those she loved the most after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Parnick Jennings, Sr. and the late Patti Johnson Humphrey, Jan was born in Rome, GA on November 7th, 1952. She was a 1970 graduate of East Rome High School, where she played basketball with her fellow Lady Gladiators, many of whom remained her lifelong friends.

A keen collector of antiques, folk art, and most especially of W.J.Gordy pottery, she was also an avid collector of friends. Her circle grew exponentially over the years, coming to include fellow parents at Berry College Elementary and Middle School, her Bunco Babes, friends in Cave Spring, GA, and fellow volunteers at Floyd Felines, PAWS, and the Rome-Floyd Humane Society, where she served as vice-president. In her earlier years, she worked alongside her family at Jennings Funeral Home, and in later years, she loved delivering prescriptions to the many loyal customers of Cave Spring Pharmacy, which she owned and operated with her husband, Clyde, until 2015.

Jan gave of herself without hesitation or reservation in everything that she did, and most especially was dedicated to the homeless kitties of Rome and Floyd County, serving as a dedicated, tireless volunteer in numerous animal rescue organizations over the years. In June of 2020, the Jan Musick Kitty Room was dedicated by the Bunco Babes in honor of her service at PAWS (Floyd County’s Public Animal Welfare Service).

Although kitties were her lifelong passion, her heart was also stolen by a chocolate lab named Basho. Basho followed her every step and the two were inseparable until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2012. Her family takes tremendous joy and comfort in knowing Basho was there to greet her upon her passing, we think surely second only to her Lord and Savior, Jesus himself. Jan’s household was, of course, also home to numerous kitties over the years, and she is survived by seven beautiful cats who greatly enriched her life and stayed by her side throughout her fight with cancer.

One of her greatest joys in life was going to Panama City Beach, a joy she was able to experience many times through the love and generosity of her older brother, Parnick, Jr., whom she affectionately called Bubba, and his wife, her sister-in-love, Tina. They loved her so well, and there was nothing they wouldn’t do just to make her smile.

Jan was preceded in death by her mother, Patti Johnson Humphrey; an infant sister, Kathy Sue Jennings; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Jennings and the Rev. and Mrs. Guy H. Johnson.

Jan is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 36 years, Clyde Allan Musick; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Parnick Jennings, Sr., of Rome; brothers, J. Parnick Jennings, Jr. (Tina) of Cartersville and Charles Humphrey of Ocklawaha, FL; brother-in-law Jerry Musick (Evelyn) of Stafford, VA and sister-in-law Janice Musick Carney (Adrian) of Rome; daughter, Tara Kirkland Inman (Brian) of Rome; sons, David “Clay” Kirkland (Becky), of Titusville, PA; Parnick Spencer Musick of Rome, and James Jacob Musick of Rossville. Also surviving are six grandchildren, to whom she was known as GranJan: Maggie, Davis, Wesley, and Harrison Inman of Rome, GA, and Della and Seth Kirkland of Titusville, PA. Numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and cherished special friends also mourn her passing.

In accordance with her wishes, Jan’s body was donated to the Emory University School of Medicine. To those who knew her well, it will be no surprise that even in death, she found a way to be a source of help and hope for others. She chose Emory out of gratitude for the wonderful care she received from everyone at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, especially from her melanoma specialists, Dr. Lowe and Dr. Kudchakar.

Jan’s family offers their deepest thanks to her Heyman Hospice team, especially Drs. Singh and McCormick and Nurses Bob and Sue, for helping Jan to live her final weeks in peace and comfort at home surrounded by her favorite people and her kitties. We also will be forever grateful to her Harbin Clinic doctors, Dr. Missy Dillmon and Dr. Whitney Jennings, for working tirelessly to bring her through the many extraordinary challenges she faced along her journey this past year, allowing us to have so many more good days with her than we might have had without their compassionate and expert care.

We lack the words to express the depth of our love and gratitude to her friend and ours, Cindy Wilson Tullos, for dropping everything in her own life and moving in to help care for Jan during the last weeks of her life. Everyone should be so blessed in life to be loved by a friend as extravagantly well as Jan was loved by Cindy.

A memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Wednesday, March 31, at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Murphy officiating. Those attending the memorial service are asked to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please stay home if you are unwell or have been exposed to COVID. The service will also be live-streamed on Good Shepherd’s Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers and in accordance with Jan’s wishes, the family requests that donations in Jan’s memory be made to Floyd Felines and Friends at P.O. Box 2364, Rome, GA 30164, or to the Rome-Floyd Humane Society at 3 Central Plaza, Box 193, Rome, GA 30161.

Another very fitting way to honor Jan is always to adopt, don’t shop, spay/neuter your pets, and never pass up the chance to give of yourself for others, both for your neighbors and our animal companions.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Janet Jennings Musick.

Mr. Joseph A. Burns, age 86, of Rome, GA, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021, in a local hospital.

Mr. Burns was born in Woodward, OK, on April 9, 1934, son of the late Charles and Blanche Cobalt Burns. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Manatee Church of Christ. Mr. Burns was a self-employed mechanic and loved reading and studying his Bible. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Burns.

Mr. Burns is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Dawn Burns; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Neal Hufstetler. Three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren along with a brother, Paul McMasters, and two sisters, Patsey Wilson and Mona Fay Patrick, also survive.

A memorial service for Mr. Burns will be held on Tuesday evening, March 30, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Alvis Miller Memorial Chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with Chaplain Marvin Richardson officiating.

Mr. Burns will be taken to Georgia National Cemetery on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 for inurnment.

The staff of Salmon Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Joseph A. Burns.

Mr. Clifford J. Fears, age 78, of Rome transitioned March 23, 2021. Funeral Service for Mr. Clifford J. Fears will be Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1 pm at F. K. Jones Funeral Home in Peek Chapel. Interment will follow the service at Floyd Memory Gardens (895 Cartersville Hwy, SE, Rome). Mask required.

Care and Direction entrusted to F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

We respectfully announce the passing of Mr. Wilbert Price, age 79, of Rome, Georgia, on March 25, 2021.

Services are incomplete at this time but will be announced at a later date.

Professional service and care entrusted to Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc. of Rome, Georgia.

Lora Wade was born on September 9, 1961 and passed away on February 23, 2021 and is under the care of Daniel’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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