Obituaries: Mr. Melvin Boatner, Mr. Jerry Eugene Cavin, Mrs. Nancy Irene Kempt,  Benjamin Edward (Ben) Whittington.

Obituaries: Mr. Melvin Boatner, Mr. Jerry Eugene Cavin, Mrs. Nancy Irene Kempt,  Benjamin Edward (Ben) Whittington.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

 Benjamin Edward (Ben) Whittington died on Thursday, May 6, at a local hospital following a brief illness. Ben was born on June 26, 1939, in Rome, son of the late Alice Garner Wright and stepfather Lt. Col. Robert Wright.

Ben grew up in Rome living with his maternal grandparents, the late Dr. Sam and Bonnie Garner. Following graduation from Rome High School, Ben enlisted in the U.S. Army serving from 1957-1960. Honorably discharged from the Army, Ben attended Georgia State University, graduating in 1965 and earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting.

A well-respected businessman and civic leader, Ben was a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. He continued his education throughout his career, attending various courses each year designed to qualify for the professional development requirement of the Georgia State Board of Accountants, the Georgia Society of Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Ben founded and served as managing partner of Van Landingham and Whittington, C.P.A.s; proprietor of the firm of Ben Whittington, C.P.A.; and served as president and partner of the firm of Whittington, McLemore, Land, Davis, White & Givens, C.P.A.s, P.C.; and as founding member and partner emeritus of the accounting firm of Whittington, Jones & Rudert, C.P.A.s, P.C.

Ben was a member and leader in several professional associations, including the American Institute of C.P.A.s; past director and past vice president of the Georgia Society of C.P.A.s; life member of the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; member of the American Institute of C.P.A. Federal Key Person Program; and chairman of the Georgia Society of C.P.A.s; past president of Educational Foundation of Georgia Society of C.P.A.s; past president of the Rome Area Estate Planning Council; past president of the Rome Chapter of Georgia Society of C.P.A.s and of the Berry College Executive Roundtable.

Ben was past president of the Rome Jaycees, past president of the region Jaycees, past vice president of the Georgia Jaycees, and was a Colonel in the Georgia Jaycee Rebel Corps. He served as president of the Rome Floyd Chamber. He was a member and past board chairman of the Floyd County Salvation Army Advisory Board, and a member and past president of the chamber. Ben received the Floyd County Distinguished Service Award and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, honorary accounting fraternity.

He was a member of the Floyd Springs United Methodist Church where he served as youth leader for several years, and Sunday School teachers for both teens and adults. He also served as chairman of the Administrative Board.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents and his son Patrick. He is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret (Phillips) to whom he was married in 1960 and son, T. Russell (Rusty) Whittington. Ben and Mary Margaret were avid fly fishermen, having caught fish in all 50 states and several foreign countries.

A celebration of life for Benjamin E. Whittington will be held on Saturday, May 15, at the Whittington home with the Rev. Patrick Hopper officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Salvation Army and Floyd Springs United Methodist Church.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, makes the announcement on behalf of the Benjamin E. Whittington family.


Mrs. Nancy Irene Kempt, age 63, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Kempt was born in Rome, Georgia on February 1, 1958, daughter of the late Euell Evans and the late Mildred Owens Evans.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Evans.  She was of the Baptist faith.  Mrs. Kempt worked for several years at Rome Manufacturing and later worked for Wire Tech for 20 years, until her retirement.

Survivors include her husband, James Kempt; a son, Micah Evans (Sherry); two grandsons, Matthew Fuller and Andrew Fuller; three great grandchildren, Carson, Mattie & Westley Fuller; a sister, Margie Baird; two brothers, Max Evans and Raymond Evans; nieces, nephews, and the ladies she worked with at Wire Tech who she considered family.

In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Kempt will be cremated.  A private service will be held later.

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


Mr. Melvin Boatner, age 77, of Summerville, Georgia passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

He was born July 27, 1943 in Rome, Ga. a son of the late Clell Boanter,and Lelar McBurnett Boatner. Mr. Boatner began his career in 1964 with the Coca Cola Company retired from there after 46 years of service, where he had perfect attendance in 2010. He loved sports but his favorite things were drinking ice cold Coco- Cola, Atlanta Braves, hot dogs and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parent’s, his wife, Barbara Ammons Boatner; two sisters; Pearl Hutchins, and Sara Champion.

Survivors include, one brother Paul Boatner; two sons and daughter-in-law Chris Boatner and Scott (Vanessa) Boatner; two daughters and a sons-in-law; Debra (Eric) Lonergan , Christina (Randy) Pierce. 10 grandchildren; Brandon, David, Scott, Matthew, Ben, Ansley, Harley, Chloe Boatner and Thomas Lonergan, Garrett Pierce and Wyatt Pierce ; one great-grand daughter Layla Boatner; nieces Brenda Rogers, Sheila Greene, Fay Jordon and Patricia Deaton. Nephews; Mike Hutchens and Buster Champion also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday May 11, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Champion officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen, Chris Boatner, Scott Boatner, David Boatner, Randy Pierce, Thomas Lonergan and Buster Champion.


Mr. Jerry Eugene Cavin, age 78, of Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at a local healthcare facility.

Mr. Cavin was born in Chattooga County, GA, on April 2, 1943, son of the late Carl Cavin and the late Grace Roberts Haggard.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Hill, a granddaughter, Linda Pasley, and by a sister, Debbie Haggard.  Jerry was the owner of “Happy’s Café” in Armuchee, GA.  He loved socializing with his customers and made many lifelong friends.  Mr. Cavin was also self-employed in the construction industry owning numerous heavy-duty machines.  After retirement, he loved being at his place on Weiss Lake.  Mr. Cavin was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include his wife, June Cavin, Rome, to whom he was married on December 31, 1966; his loving dog, Happy Boy;  9 children, Yvonne Berg (Dennis), Armuchee, Billie Wall, Rome, Dale Edwards, Rome, Cindy Kirby (Rickey), Fairmount, Richard Pasley (Leah), Rome, David Cavin (Amy), Pendergrass, Lisa Hill, Cedar Bluff, AL, Michelle Pasley, Buckhead, and Sandra Bowen, Rome; 4 siblings, Sandra Bates, Sherry Troutman, Ricky Haggard, and J.R. Haggard; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Rev. Phil Wade and the Rev. Danny Wade officiating.  Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12pm until 1:45pm at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel.

Pallbearers are to assemble by 1:30pm on Wednesday and include; Active, Drew Hill, Jerrod Cavin, Brian Wall, Mark Edwards, Dennis Berg, Billy Pasley and Tyler Pasley; honorary, Michael Edwards, Matthew Pasley, Kyle Kerschner, Zak Abernathy, Robert Ballard and Cody Ballard.

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