Obituaries: Mr. Louis Edward “Ed” Baker, Mr. Dennis Ray Jackson Sr., Nola Marie Mayberry Powell, Mr. John Byron Reeves, Doyal Story, Mrs. Martha Jean Taliaferro.

Obituaries: Mr. Louis Edward “Ed” Baker, Mr. Dennis Ray Jackson Sr., Nola Marie Mayberry Powell, Mr. John Byron Reeves, Doyal Story, Mrs. Martha Jean Taliaferro.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


Nola Marie Mayberry Powell was born February 12, 1926, and died March 31, 2021 at Redmond Hospital in Rome, Georgia.

She was the widow of William Joseph Powell, born November 20, 1925, died June 24, 1998. They were married for fifty-three years, having married October 1, 1944. They bore one daughter, Claudia, and three sons, Mike, David and Joe.

Her parents were Frank and Jeanette Mayberry of Sweetens Cove in Marion County, Tennessee, where she also grew up. At the age of seventeen she graduated from Marion County High School. Her further training was at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, and she also attended Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Nola was also certified in business at the Technological School in Cookeville, Tennessee. Shestudied commercial art with the Famous Artists School of Westport, Connecticut, with an additional six years of watercolor study with Mrs. Ginny Burbank and acrylic and oil study with private teachers.

Nola’s teaching career spanned 1956 to 1969. She taught Music at Uffelman Elementary School in Monterey, Tennessee, and Junior High Art and Music at Monterey High School. As a substitute teacher, she taught all grades at Sulfur Springs High School near Jonesboro, Tennessee and Monterey High School.

Art was a big part of Nola Powell’s life. In addition to her study, she exhibited her art at Echo Ridge Retirement Community and Brookdale Assisted Living Community. Nola continued to paint until the last two months of her life.

She is survived by children, Michael Powell and wife, Joan of Knoxville, Tennessee, David Powell and wife Katherine of Rome, Georgia, Claudia Long and husband Jim of Chattanooga,Tennessee, and Joseph Powell of Morristown, Tennessee; grandchildren Amanda Tesla and husband, Marko of Eatontown, NJ; Benjamin Powell of Knoxville, Tennessee; Laura Sanders and husband Chris of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Daniel Powell of New York City, New York, and Nicholas Powell of Rome, Georgia. She also has three great-grandchildren: Tralucia Powell, Addison Powell, and Hannah Sanders.

Nola was pre-deceased by brother Ray Mayberry, sisters Edna White, Reitha Sheffield, twin sister Ola Chadwick, Virginia Webb, grandson Alex Long and great-granddaughter Ansley Powell.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Redmond Hospital and Brookdale Assisted Living for their compassionate care.

Nola’s memorial will be a family service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North American Mission Board at Send Relief, P.O. Box 117246, Atlanta, GA 30368-7246.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, makes this announcement for the family.

Mrs. Martha Jean Taliaferro, age 89, of Lindale, GA, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Taliaferro was born in Gadsden, AL on February 23, 1932, daughter of the late Garland Virgil Farlow and the late Mini Lucille Abernathy Farlow. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Orvil Kenneth Taliaferro, by 2 daughters, Melanie Taliaferro Meloche and Melissa Jan Taliaferro, and by a brother, Wallace Farlow. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Taliaferro was a Sales Associate with Impact Furniture for several years. She resided for several years at Winthrop Court and was named Mrs. Winthrop Court and was voted runner-up in the Mrs. Senior Coosa Valley Fair in 2015. Mrs. Taliaferro was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Taliaferro (Carl Seagraves), Suwanee, GA; 5 grandchildren, Blake Coffia (Christy), Summer Crocker (Chris), Jared Johnston (Leslie), Cameron Moyer, and Haven Seagraves; 7 great grandchildren, Avery Gambrell, Anniston Gambrell, Krista Coffia, Kendra Coffia, Lacie Johnston, Jake Johnston, and Kali Crocker; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 2pm in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. Dr. Phil Patterson will officiate with remarks by Melinda Loggins.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 11am until 1pm. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are requested by the family.

Doyal Story, resident of the Grey Stone Apartments, Rome, Georgia, was born in Dallas, Georgia on July 12th, 1942 to Annie Mae Pearson. On Monday March 29th, 2021 he peacefully left this life at his home at the age of 78. Doyal was married to Elaine Christine Jones Story on January 16th, 1965 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was a faithful member. He served his parish in the Knights of Columbus through barbecues and Tootsie roll drives.

He was a loving and caring father to James (Rebecca), Joseph, Michael, and Doyal Jr. He was known as “Pa Story” to his three grandchildren, Luke, age 17, Magdalyn, age 12, and Mark, age 12. For most of his life he lived in the Plainville and Rome, Georgia area. Doyal’s lifelong career of over 30 years was a loyal Hyster driver in the carpet industry. He first worked for Trend Mills, and later retired from Mohawk. Ind.

On April 5th, 2021, at 1:00PM, a memorial service will be held in the ballroom of the Greystone Apartment Complex at 90 E 2nd Ave. Rome, Ga. 30161. Mr. Randy Vines will be officiating the memorial service accompanied by his wife, Dorraine.

The family would like to thank Homestead Hospice for their service and care.

Daniel’s Funeral Mome will be in charge of his cremation and internment will be at the memorial gardens of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome, Ga.

 Mr. Dennis Ray Jackson Sr., age 79, of Cartersville, formerly of Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Jackson was born in Spring Garden, Alabama on December 19, 1941, son of the late Lum Dennis Jackson and the late Annie Lou Studdards Jackson.  He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katelynn Renae Clark, and by a sister, Edna Faye Blalock.  He was a member the Church of God and was a member of the Pepperell High School Class of 1962.  Prior to retirement, Mr. Jackson worked for 43 years as a machinist at Lindale Manufacturing where he was former Fire Chief for the mill and helped raise the star between the stacks every year.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Linda Jenkins Jackson; four daughters, Denise Clark, Cartersville, Regina Graham (Jonathan), Centre, AL, Sherri Jackson, Cartersville, and Carrie Merrell (Stan), Lutz, FL; a son, Dennis R. Jackson, Jr. (Donna), Sylacauga, AL; eight grandchildren, Deven Jackson, Dene’e Jackson, Dylan Jackson, Jackson Merrell, Madelyn Merrell, Emma Graham, Allie Graham, and Katie Graham; one great granddaughter, Lanie Kate Jackson; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 4pm at State Line Baptist Church Cemetery.  The Rev. Dean Amos will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 2 until 3pm.  Social distancing measures will be followed, and masks are requested.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the funeral home on Saturday at 2:20pm and include: Active: Dylan Jackson, Jackson Merrell, Jonathan Graham, Stan Merrell, Tim Reynolds, and Tim Blalock.  Honorary: Deven Jackson and Mark Blalock.

Mr. Louis Edward “Ed” Baker, age 73, of Armuchee, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at his home.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 2:00 pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Hopper & the Rev. Dale McConkey officiating. Interment will follow in Mt Tabor UMC Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Monday from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and masks are requested at both the visitation and funeral service.

Mr. John Byron Reeves, 86, died March 31, 2021.

He was born November 30, 1934 in Shannon, GA, the only son to the late John Grady Reeves and Mary Frances Sherman Reeves. He attended Model High School, where he was a gifted student and athlete, excelling in football and basketball. After high school he attended his beloved Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and graduated in 1957 with degree in Textile Engineering. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Reeves was married to Sue Ritz, who survives him, on June 10, 1960. They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage this year. Mr. Reeves joined Trend Mills Industries and was instrumental in the construction of its carpet plants in Rome. In 1972, while with Trend, he moved the family to Brussels, Belgium, where he managed outlets there and in Scotland. This opportunity allowed for wonderful life experiences for his family as they traveled all of Europe for several years. After his tenure at Trend, he started J-Supply Co. and developed that business to include multiple locations throughout the Southeast.

A longtime member at First Baptist Church of Rome, he served on several committees and taught Sunday School for many years. Mr. Reeves was an avid golf enthusiast, who loved playing at Coosa Country Club weekly where he served as a board member, walking the course with Sue at the annual tournament, TPC Sawgrass and especially enjoyed playing golf with his Hoki Luki group of characters. He and Sue had a love for travel which continued long into his retirement years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters and son-in laws, Pam and Campbell Clarke, Tori and Shol Brown and Deanna and John Carrillo; grandchildren Patrick and Byron Clarke, Reeves Brown and Molly, Gage and Claire Carrillo.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service, which is planned for Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Rome with a private burial at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Greg Rogers and staff, Wintrop Court and Tapestry Hospice for their quality of care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Community Kitchen Ministry c/o First Baptist Church or Coosa Country Club for the continued beautification of their grounds and golf course.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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