Obituaries: Ethel Francis Payne Evans, Edward Marvin Henderson, Ms. Julia Inez Ingram, Virginia Diane Austin Pope, Sherry Lynn Fortune Roberson, Mr. Dennis Duane Sutton, Ms. Gina Renea Willerson.

Obituaries: Ethel Francis Payne Evans, Edward Marvin Henderson, Ms. Julia Inez Ingram, Virginia Diane Austin Pope, Sherry Lynn Fortune Roberson, Mr. Dennis Duane Sutton, Ms. Gina Renea Willerson.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


Ms. Gina Renea Willerson, age 44, of Rome, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at her residence.

Ms. Willerson was born in Rome, Georgia on October 19, 1976, daughter of Shirley Pickard Billingsley and the late David Eugene Billingsley.  She was of the Baptist faith and worked for several years as a waitress.

Survivors include her son, Dakota Willerson (Allie), Rome; a granddaughter, Scarlett Willerson, Rome; her mother Shirley Billingsley, Rome; two brothers, Jerry Claypool, Rome, and Charles Claypool, Rome; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 4pm at East View Cemetery in Adairsville.

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

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday at 2:30pm and include: Dakota Willerson, Charles Claypool, Jerry Claypool, Drake Byrd, Jake Shuler, and Nathaniel Wood.

Edward Marvin Henderson was born on March 6, 1945 and passed away on April 6, 2021.Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Ethel Francis Payne Evans, of Rome Georgia, passed away peacefully in her home with family at the bedside.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Edward Evans, their daughter Gloria Suzanne Evans, and her parents Holman Dock Payne and Alice Catherine McDuffie as well as her sister Annease McDuffie.

She is survived by her daughters Jennifer Moore (Randall) and Sally Evans, her grandchildren Josh Moore (Sara) and Kinsey Allen (Chris) and multiple grandchildren. Her surviving siblings are Beaty Kimsey, Ruth Justus, Ann Wikle, Carolyn Terry, and Tony McDuffie. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Joyce Hufstetler as well as countless beloved nieces and nephews.

She was born in Homer Georgia in 1940. After graduating from a lab technology program, she became the first lab intern at Floyd Medical Center. She later worked for pediatrician Harrland Starr and then retired from Northwest Regional Hospital after more than 25 years working in the medical field.

She was actively involved in volunteer work after retirement. She volunteered with Cancer Navigators, Many Streams and greeted the public with a smile at Harbin Clinic Cancer Center. As a three-time cancer survivor, she was a source of support and encouragement for those defeating the disease.

A private graveside service with be held Tuesday, April 13th at 11:00 am at Salmon Cemetery, New Calhoun Rd NE, Adairsville, Georgia. Friends and family are encouraged to gather and pay respects at the home Monday and Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, she requested donation be made to Cancer Navigators. Deep appreciation to Transitions Hospice for the wonderful care she received. Those who cared for her quickly became like family.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Virginia Diane Austin Pope, age 72, of Rome passed away Friday April 2, 2021 at a local hospital.
Virginia was born on February 16, 1949 in Rome GA., to the late Bartow Austin and Vader Crowe Austin. Virginia liked puzzles, reading, drawing, horror movies, card games, telling stories, and singing. She was a social butterfly who called family and friends on a regular basis. She liked all of her pets and laying down to take cat naps with them. She was married to the late Terry Ernest Pope. She was a grandmother to everyone she knew. She was full of life and could make anyone feel at home.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Terry Ernest Pope; her parents; brothers: Paul, Marvin, Steve, Jackie, Jimmy, Randy, and Willard Austin; sisters: Beverly Sue Austin.
Survivors include her daughter: Terrie Dianne (Pope) Guzman; grandchildren: Christian Alexandra Guzman, and Patrick Adrian Guzman and their father; Hipolito Guzman
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday April 9, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Rev. Herman Stamey officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until service hour on Friday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include the following gentlemen: Patrick Guzman, Keilan Calderon, Mark Evans, Orasio Palmerin, Emmanuel Perdomo, Artisteo Perez, Jr.

Sherry Lynn Fortune Roberson, age 50, of Rome passed away Tuesday March 30, 2021 at a local hospital.
Sherry was born May 18, 1970 in Floyd County, to Elizabeth Rhodes Engle and the late Archie Dale Medckie.
Survivors include her husband: James Roberson; children: Jacob Fortune, and Christa McCleskey; several grandchildren; brothers: Billy Medckie, Bobby Medckie, Archie Dale Medckie, Jr.
Memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday April 9, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral with Lee Fortune officiating. The family receive friends from 2:00 PM until service hour on Friday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Mr. Dennis Duane Sutton, 71, of Cave Spring, died Monday morning, April 5, 2021 at his residence surrounded by family.

Mr. Sutton was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 23, 1949, a son of Mrs. Edith Louise McDaniel Sutton and the late Dennis Ely Sutton. Mr. Sutton was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served during the Vietnam War and attended the Church of Christ. He and Mrs. Sutton moved to Cave Spring in 1983 from Cisco, Georgia.

Mr. Sutton was a machinist and welder, and was associated with the Rome Electric Motor Works from 1983 until his retirement in 2012.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Sutton enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. He loved his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and loved spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carolyn Ada Silvers, to whom he was married February 16, 1973; two sons, Dale Sutton and his wife Tosha, and Brandon Sutton, all of Cave Spring; one daughter, Mrs. Misty Dawn Sutton Parise and her husband Eric of Talking Rock; nine grandchildren, Heather, Draven, Samantha, Dennis, Khara, Trinity, Tyler, Logan, and Haley; and five great-grandchildren, Aileigh, Blaire, Layla, Remi, and Brixley. His mother, Mrs. Edith Louise MaHana; three brothers, Ronnie Sutton, Bobby Sutton and his wife Shirley, and Randy Sutton and his wife Rebecca and a sister, Mrs. Julie S. Gardner, all of Lampasas, Texas also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Sutton were held Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the Round Hill Cemetery in Cave Spring. His son-in-law, Eric Parise, conducted the services.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.


Ms. Julia Inez Ingram, age 95 of Adairsville, Georgia, passed away on April 3, 2021.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Adairsville, Georgia 30103.

Wright Memorial Mortuary.

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