Obituaries: Mr. Lloyd Gregory Baker, James Daniel “Jim” Bradshaw, Mrs. Linda Jean Brown, Mr. James Charlie Cook, Mr. Kenneth Buck Jeter Jr., Bettie Lois Ristow.

Obituaries: Mr. Lloyd Gregory Baker, James Daniel “Jim” Bradshaw, Mrs. Linda Jean Brown, Mr. James Charlie Cook, Mr. Kenneth Buck Jeter Jr., Bettie Lois Ristow.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

 

James Daniel “Jim” Bradshaw, age 71 of Rome, GA passed away at home on March 31, 2021.   Born in 1950, and raised in Thomson, Georgia, Jim was a graduate of Thomson High School, and was a member of the 1967/68 state championship football team.  He met his wife Susan Shoemaker of Cartersville, GA at Shorter College, and in 1972, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.

Jim received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1975, and his Doctor of ministry Degree in 1982 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  Living a life of service, Jim served as the Assistant Pastor of Fourth Avenue Baptist Church of Louisville Kentucky from 1972-1975 and was the Associate Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Miami, FL from 1975-1979.  He was then led to serve at First Baptist Church of McDonough, GA as the Senior Pastor for 22 years from 1979-2001, where he and Susan raised their two sons Hunt and Jared.

Jim and Susan then moved “home” to Rome, GA where he then served as the Director of Church relations and Shorter College Chaplain from 2001-2006.  Before retiring, Jim served for five years as the Director of the Floyd County 211 information and referral line from 2007-2012.  In 1996, Jim was nominated as a community hero of the local Rotary club and as a leader of his church.  He was selected by the Atlanta Olympic committee to run the Olympic torch through the McDonough, GA town Square to 60,000 spectators on its way to the stadium in Atlanta.

Jim’s love of life, friends, fellowship, God, and his faith knew no bounds.  Jim never met a stranger, and was always a ready friend with a smile, a hug, and a shoulder to lean on.  He is survived by two sons, Hunt and Jared- and his loving wife, Susan Bradshaw, who has moved to Birmingham, AL to be near her sister, Martha Summey.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life of service and faith will take place on Saturday, June 19th 2021 at First Baptist Church, Rome, GA.  If desired, friends may make memorial contributions in his name to First Baptist Church Rome, GA, 100 East Fourth Ave. Rome, GA, 30161, where he and Susan have always enjoyed singing in worship with students from the local colleges.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant. -Matthew 25:21

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


Mr. James Charlie Cook, age 75, of Westminster, SC, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021, at an assisted living facility in Greer, SC.

Mr. Cook was born in Cartersville, GA, on May 21, 1945, son of the late Charlie Cook and the late Magnolia Ausburn Cook.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Before retirement, Mr. Cook was employed with Heritage Auto Group in Rome, GA as an auto mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Terry Cook, Westminster, SC; son, Jeff Cook (Lisa), Colorado Springs, CO; 2 stepsons, Brian Terry (Elizabeth), Westminster, SC, and Jason Terry, Statesboro, GA; sister, Bonnie Towe (Sammy), Adairsville, GA; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 2pm in East View Cemetery.  The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of funeral arrangements.


Mr. Lloyd Gregory Baker, age 76, of Rome, GA, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Baker was born in Chattanooga, TN on May 28, 1944, son of the former Loraine Johnson and the late Fred Baker.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Weathington Baker.  Mr. Baker was a veteran of the United States Army.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Local #48 as a Superintendent with North Brothers/PCI.  Upon his retirement, he owned and operated the Sports Page on Dean Avenue for several years.  He was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Baker, Trion; 2 sons, Gregory Lloyd Baker, Trion, and Gregory Rockdale Baker, Las Cruces, NM; his mother, Loraine Elrod, Chatsworth; 2 brothers, Donald Baker, Chattanooga, and Butch Baker, Chatsworth; 4 grandchildren, Tommy Smith, Travis Burkhalter, Kiana Mitchell, and Kaylea Baker; 6 great grandchildren, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 3pm at the graveside in Floyd Memory Gardens.  The Rev. Joey Motes will officiate with military honors presented by the American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard.

Active and honorary pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel on Friday at 2pm and are as follows:  Active:  Tommy Smith, Tim Smith, Rick Shedd, Donnie Rogers, Bill Gates, and Buster Wade.  Honorary:  Konner Smith, Randall Fuller, Jimmy Gates, Randy Maginess, and Darrell Branton.

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


Mrs. Linda Jean Brown, age 76, of Summerville, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Brown was born in LaFollette, Tennessee on April 2, 1945, daughter of the late Nelson Peddycoart and the late Rachel Montegue Peddycoart.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Pankney C. Brown, on October 15, 1973, by a brother, Jerry Peddycoart, and by a sister, Rachel Toler.  Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Armuchee High School and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where she played the piano for many years.  Prior to retirement, she worked for Best Manufacturing in Menlo.  Mrs. Brown loved to sew and care for her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Delores Godfrey (Keith), and Samantha Brown; a brother-in-law, Benny Toler; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 11am at Greenhill Memory Gardens, Summerville.  The Rev. Kenny Jennings and the Rev. Brandon Bishop will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 7pm.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the cemetery on Saturday at 10:45am and include: Derrick Boston, Robert Johnson, Eric Willingham, Joey Godfrey, Randy Taylor, and Scott Satterfield.


Bettie Lois Ristow (nee Stanfield), age 94, of Rome, GA, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, April 24, 2021, in an assisted living facility in Allen, TX.

Bettie was born on July 23, 1926, outside of Waverly, TN. She is preceded in death by her husband of 72 years Bob, her mother, Luttie Fry Stanfield, father, Charlie Stanfield, brothers, Charles Freeman and W.T. Stanfield, sisters Margaret Richardson, Rebecca Owen, Bee Higgins, and Pat Duke.

Bettie is survived by her daughter, Judy Farrar of Flower Mound, TX; sons and daughter in laws, Charles (Buddy) and Christine Ristow of Plano, TX, and Robert (Robin) and June Ristow of Alpharetta, GA; brother, John Stanfield of Peachtree City, GA; grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Farrar, Christopher and Nicholas Ristow and Katrina and Prince Ristow. Seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Bettie and Bob were long-time members of the West Rome Church of Christ, and later the Oak Hill Church of Christ. Bettie was very active in the Rome community where she resided for 64 years. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at Floyd Medical Center for many years. She was a member of the Lavender View Garden Club, the Garden Lakes Homemakers Club and the “Lunch Bunch.” She was easily recognized around the “big” lake where she took her twice daily two-mile walk. She loved passing time, with a cup of coffee in hand, looking out at the lake in the backyard.

A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. Interment will follow.

If desired, in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Salmon Funeral Home.


Mr. Kenneth Buck Jeter Jr., age 62, of Gaylesville, AL, passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at a hospital in Rome, GA.

Mr. Jeter was born in Atlanta, GA, on November, 27, 1958, son of the late Kenneth Buck Jeter, Sr. and the late Thelma Louise Rittenhouse Jeter.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Joe Rittenhouse.  Mr. Jeter was a self-employed painter for many years before declining health forced him to retire.  He was taught the “Words of Faith” class, which was a drug and alcohol recovery meeting.  Mr. Jeter was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Morrow Jeter, Gaylesville, AL, to whom he was married on February 18, 1974; 4 children, Kenneth Dewayne Jeter, Sr. (Christy), Gaylesville, AL, Kimberly Michelle Waits, Rome, Wendy Marie Smith (Charles Garrett), Silver Creek, and Brian Steven Jeter, Gaylesville; sister, Nancy Lecroy, Rome; 26 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 1pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Donald Lindsey officiating.  Interment will follow in Lindale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5pm until 7pm on Friday, April 30, 2021, at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Pallbearers are to assemble at 12:30pm on Saturday at the funeral home and include;  Active:  Brian Jeter, Derrek Jeter, Dawson Jeter, Dillian Jeter, Travis Jeter, Sr., Trevor Jeter, Kenneth Dewayne Jeter, Jr., David Lee Jeter and Sebastian Smith; Honorary:  Charlie Garrett, Alex Thomas, Logan Jeter and Matt Clark.

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