Obituaries: Ms. Yolanda Vinice Akins, Miss Jennifer Nicole Cason, Carita Sharlayne Creamer Hunt, Rev. Royce Terrell Lawless, Mrs. Jolena Morrison, Mr. Preston Hudon “Donnie” Penney.

Obituaries: Ms. Yolanda Vinice Akins, Miss Jennifer Nicole Cason, Carita Sharlayne Creamer Hunt, Rev. Royce Terrell Lawless, Mrs. Jolena Morrison, Mr. Preston Hudon “Donnie” Penney.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Mr. Preston Hudon “Donnie” Penney, age 71, of Rome, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021, at a local hospital.

Mr. Penney was born in Rome, Georgia on August 19, 1950, son of the late James Wesley Penney, Sr. and the late Hazel Ruth Carroll Penney.  He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Donald McAfee, and by two siblings, James Wesley Penney, Jr. and Carol Ann Penney McKeehan.  Prior to retirement, Mr. Penney worked for several years in the textile industry.  He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, Shannon Lodge #100 F&AM, the Rome Shrine Club, and the Yaarab Temple.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Cash Penney; seven children, Jamie Penney (Elizabeth), Courtney Shaw (Ethan), Brandon Penney, Kanzas Penney, Landon Penney, Kayden Penney, and Haven Penney; eight grandchildren, Davis, Kolton, Kade, Maddox, Adalyn, Paisley, Hagen, and Thomas (due in a few weeks); several nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 3pm at West Rome Baptist Church with Pastor Jarrod Roberts and the Rev. Carol Ann Gutherie officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at West Rome Baptist Church on Wednesday from 1pm until 2:45pm.  Masks are requested at both the visitation and service.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Wednesday at 2:30pm and include: Active: Jamie Penney, Brandon Penney, Landon Penney, Kayden Penney, Ethan Shaw, George McKeehan, Jr., and Holden McGhee.  Honorary: George McKeehan and Rick Collins

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


Ms. Yolanda Vinice Akins, age 52, of Rome transitioned September 3, 2021. Complete arrangements are forthcoming.

F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Rev. Royce Terrell Lawless, age 92 of Rome, GA, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 2, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Graveside services for Rev. Lawless will be held on Saturday morning, September 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Cloudland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. A reception will follow.

Salmon Funeral Home.


Mrs. Jolena Morrison, age 93, of Cedartown transitioned from Labor to Reward September 2, 2021. The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Jolena Morrison (The Matriarch) will be Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Polk Memory Gardens in Cedartown at 1 pm.

In lieu of followers, please make your donations to Friendship Baptist Church (321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Cedartown).

We solicit your prayers for the family.

Care and Direction entrusted to F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Carita Sharlayne Creamer Hunt, age 45, of Rome, Ga. on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Homegoing Services are incomplete but will be announced at a later date.

Wright Memorial Mortuary, Inc.


Miss Jennifer Nicole Cason, age 35, of Silver Creek, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at a local hospital.

Miss Cason was born in Rome, Georgia on January 8, 1986, daughter of Travis Allen Cason and Kathy Diane Deaton Cason.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Adam Cason.  Miss Cason worked as a Customer Account Specialist for PPC Flexible Packaging.  She was a loving mother and loved spending time with her daughter.

Survivors include her daughter, Emma Grace Cason; her parents, Travis & Kathy Cason, Silver Creek; two brothers, Dwayne Allen Cason, Silver Creek, and Isaac Paul Cason, Rome; two nephews, Abram Cason and Knox Cason; a niece, Liv Cason; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.

Due to family health concerns, there will be no visitation.

A private graveside service for immediate family only will be at Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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