Services set for Cave Spring man killed in a single-vehicle accident off U.S. 411 on Saturday afternoon. He was the 14th traffic death in Rome/Floyd County this year.

Services set for Cave Spring man killed in a single-vehicle accident off U.S. 411 on Saturday afternoon. He was the 14th traffic death in Rome/Floyd County this year.


A 53-year-old man died Saturday afternoon in a single-car accident on U.S. 411 as he drove from Cave Spring toward Six Mile/U.S. 27, according to Floyd County Police.

Emerson Abbott, 53, was killed after his Silverado ran off the north side of the road, Sgt. Chris Fincher says. Witnesses tell police that Abbott had tried to pass a line of cars but realized he couldn’t make it so he attempted to get back into his lane. Abbott lost control of the car, ran off the road and flipped several times, Fincher said.

Witnesses told police Abbott had been traveling at high speeds after leaving Cave Spring. The accident stopped traffic in and out of Cave Spring.


Emerson Mack Abbott Sr., 53, of Cave Spring, died Saturday afternoon, June 5, 2021, in a Rome hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Abbott was born July 27, 1967 in Rome, Georgia, son of Mrs. Lorene Hicks Abbott and the late William Thomas Abbott, Sr. Mr. Abbot was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, worked with his father as a tree surgeon and as an electrician for 20 years, and had also been associated with Joe Hill’s Lawnmower Shop for a number of years.  Mr. Abbott was of the Baptist faith, and enjoyed cooking and helping anyone he could.

Mr. Abbott was preceded in death by his father, and by a sister Mrs. LaDonda Yother.

Survivors include his wife, the former Linda Elrod, to whom he was married February 14, 1991; his children, Emerson Mack Abbott Jr., Britaneca Hendrix of Cedartown, Jacob Abbott and his fiancé Della Robinson of Rome, and Cody Abbott of Cave Spring; and six grandchildren. His mother, Mrs. Lorene Abbott of Rome and his siblings, William Thomas Abbott Jr. and his wife Elaine of Oneona, AL., James Abbott and his wife Ann of Dawsonville, Richard Abbott and his wife Cathy of Cedartown, Pam French of Rainbow City, AL., and Susie Parker of Centre, AL. also survive.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Abbott was cremated and no formal services are planned.

The family plans to honor Mr. Abbott with a family cookout at home in the near future.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.

Abbott was the 14th person to die on Rome/Floyd County roads so far this year. A look at this year’s fatal accidents includes:

  • May 3: One dead following on accident on Wax Road.
  • April 22: Two die in a head-on collision in front of Berry College that shut down Martha Berry for three hours.
  • April 19: A Rockmart woman dies in an early morning collision on Old Rockmart Road.
  • March 12: A 19-year-old woman died in a three-vehicle accident near the Saga Inn on Martha Berry.
  • March 4: A motorist died in a one-vehicle accident on North Avenue in Rome.
  • Feb. 28: A father and son, 61 and 18, died when their car was hit by what police say was another speeding motorist.
  • Jan. 29: A 53-year-old Rome man died in an accident on Ga. 20 near Old River Road.
  • Jan. 15: A Rome woman, 38, died after being struck while walking on Cave Spring Road.
  • Jan. 13: One died in a hit-and-run on South McLin Street in Rome.
  • Jan. 7: A pedestrian fatality on Gadsden Road.
  • Jan. 4:  A 23-year-old woman died in an accident on Ga. 156 and Floyd Springs Road Monday morning.
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