Obituaries:  Mr. Andrew G. ‘Critter’ Edmondson, Mrs. Janette Hood Edwards, Harry James Taft Jr.

Obituaries:  Mr. Andrew G. ‘Critter’ Edmondson, Mrs. Janette Hood Edwards, Harry James Taft Jr.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

 Mr. Andrew “Andy” G. Edmondson, age 63, of Rome, GA, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, surrounded by his family and friends.

Andy was born in Rome, Georgia on January 1, 1958, son of the late Horace “Ed” Edmondson and is survived by his mother, Gladys Douglas Edmondson.  Andy will be remembered for his great hugs, reassuring handshakes, his passion for fishing and hunting and his love for all critters. Critter, being Andy’s nickname. Andy trusted animals more than people so if you were a part of his world, you were one of the lucky ones. He was a great family man and father (a father to more than his own.)

After retiring from AT&T in 2019, Andy’s favorite phrase became, “Just let me outside.” His mother shared her love for birds with him and he spent many mornings listening before daybreak as the world woke up.  Andy loved good picking music and especially enjoyed his time with the boys at PawPaw’s, playing his harmonica.  He was an active member of Trout Unlimited.  He was a member of Rush Chapel United Methodist Church.

Andy is survived by his wife, Andrea (Andi) Edmondson; his children, Staton Cody Ward (Heather) and Kenneth Grady Edmondson (Kristen); his mother; siblings, Catherine “Twink” King (Mike), Elizabeth “Betsy” Edmondson, and Sam Edmondson (Eileen); three nephews and one niece, Amy Payne, Aggie Blaylock and Jon Willerson (our children by other parents) also survive.  We would like to thank Dr. Michelle Strickland and Penny Roberson, Heyman Hospice and their team, Dr. Jerry McCormick, and our wonderful nurse, Bob.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a contribution to the following organizations he cared so deeply for:  Trout Unlimited Chapter 519, P. O. Box 894, Rome, GA 30162-0894 or The Cole Couey Foundation, Greater Community Bank, 1490 Martha Berry Blvd., NE, Rome, GA  30165.

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


Harry James Taft Jr., age 85, of Rome passed away Sunday June 6, 2021.
Mr. Taft was born in Rochester, New York. Harry was a licensed minister of the gospel and loved to serve in his community and was very devoted to the Lord. For 18 years he led Bible studies in the local nursing homes. Harry served his country proudly for 5 years in the United States Air Force. Mr. Taft worked and later retired from Rochester Gas and Electric. Harry was preceded in death by his parents: Harry James Taft, Sr. and Dorothy Knight Taft; 2 children; and 2 brothers.
Survivors include his wife: Elvadean (Dee) Taft, 6 children: Art, Jon, Tim, Mark (Karen), Laura (Tim), Brenda (Tony), 3 step children: Ken (Sara), Dan (Scarlene), Tori (Kasper); several grandchildren and great grandchildren; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He will be missed by a host of family and friends.
Memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday June 13, 2021 at Community Chapel Baptist Church, 3773 Blacks Bluff Road, Rome GA. 30161. With Rev. Max Tucker and Rev. Kasper Underwood officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive Suite 900, Arlington, VA. 22202.
Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Janette Hood Edwards, age 97, of Rome, GA, passed away June 7, 2021 at Floyd Medical Center following a fall.

Mrs. Edwards was born May 25, 1924, in Nicholson, Georgia, to the late Andrew “Okee” Hood and the late Annie Douglas Hood.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of almost 40 years, William Agnew Edwards, and her eldest daughter, Marie Edwards Ponder.

Mrs. Edwards grew up in Jefferson, Georgia, and graduated from The Martin Institute in 1942.  She attended LaGrange College and the University of Georgia.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1946 from the University of Georgia.  Following graduation, she began her teaching career in Menlo, Georgia, where she met her future husband, William “Bill” Edwards.  They married March 30, 1949.  In 1955, they moved from Menlo to Rome.  Janette took time off from teaching to raise their five daughters.  Once all the daughters were in school, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from Shorter College.  In 1968, she continued in her education career as Librarian at College Street Elementary in Cedartown, Georgia.  She retired from the Polk County School system in 1984.

Mrs. Edwards joined Westminster Presbyterian Church in September 1956. She led a long and productive life centered around her family and her church.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  For many years, she served as Treasurer of the Women of the Church and as a Trustee of Westminster.  She delivered Meals on Wheels, participated in Meals and More, was a member of the Westminster Women’s Circle, Georgia Retired Educators Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Embroiderers’ Guild. She enjoyed various types of needle work and especially enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren.  She and Bill enjoyed square dancing with the Roman Squares in the 1980’s and she made their outfits.  After Bill passed away in 1989, Janette enjoyed traveling with her daughter Jane to 49 of the United States (somehow, they missed Idaho). They also visited Scotland and Canada.  Their last trip was to The Ark Encounter in Kentucky.  While there, Janette, at age 94, rode a camel.

Mrs. Edwards took great pleasure to celebrating family birthdays and prepared delicious meals and cakes.  She always had a large table for everyone to gather around. In her later years, she always had a jigsaw puzzle in progress and liked to have others join in to help.  She had a beautiful, ever welcoming smile and a sweet, quiet spirit. She showed love and grace to everyone and set an example for all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mrs. Edwards is survived by her daughters and sons-in-laws; Kay Fincher, Jane & David Bentley, Susan Paul, Beth & Mark Lane; grandchildren and spouses, Jessica Gattenby & Brian Butler, Austin Gattenby, Josh & Lacey Fincher, Julie Fincher, Sarah & Cody May, Kelly & Josh Ghobadpoor; four great granddaughters, Jade Fincher, Amiah Gattenby, Carson and Taylor May; and caregiver Shanna Agan.  A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1941 Shorter Ave., Rome, Georgia.  Dr. Renee Meyer will officiate. Masks are required.

The family will receive friends at the church between 12:30 p.m. until the service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

Interment will be in Alpine Cemetery, Menlo, Georgia.

Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

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