Obituaries: Mr. Roy Edward Allen Sr., Tillman Alton Cowan, Mr. Carl Joe Gilmore Sr., Roy McArthur Locklear Jr., Juanita S. Mize, Alysia Smith Sousa.

Obituaries: Mr. Roy Edward Allen Sr., Tillman Alton Cowan, Mr. Carl Joe Gilmore Sr., Roy McArthur Locklear Jr., Juanita S. Mize, Alysia Smith Sousa.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Tillman Alton Cowan, age 80, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Cowan was born in Floyd County, Georgia on April 26, 1941, son of the late Tillman Alexander Cowan and the late Odisa Jones Cowan.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Tant, and by two brother, Radion Cowan and James Cowan.  Mr. Cowan was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in the 181st Airborne.   Prior to retirement, he worked in auto paint and body at Auto Collision here in Rome.  He was a member of Shepherd’s Chapel Church.

Survivors include a son, Chris Cowan (Tommie); three grandchildren, Jordan Larry Cowan, Brittany Cowan, and Jessica Cowan; five great grandchildren; a sister, Wilma Bridges; four brothers, Wayne, Charles, Dale, and Roger Cowan; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Brooks officiating.  The American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard will present military honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Monday from 3pm until the service time.


Mr. Roy Edward Allen Sr., age 94, of Atlanta, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at a local hospital.

Mr. Allen was born in Jones County, Georgia on July 4, 1927, son of the late Robert Allen and the late Ella Lou Wilson Allen. He was a member of Snellville First Baptist Church. He served his country in the United States Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Kathryn Irene Brock Allen, by 5 brothers, by 1 sister, and by his stepfather, Joe Didrick, Sr.

Mr. Allen is survived by his children, Roy Allen, Jr. (Susan), Debra Crosby, Robert Allen, and Randall Allen; his 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard Didrick (Melba); numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 2:00 pm at East View Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Glosson officiating. The American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard will present military honors.

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 13, 2021, at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, from 12:00 pm until 1:30pm.


Roy McArthur Locklear Jr. passed away on September 8, 2021, at the age of 85.

Perhaps better known as Mack Locklear, he was known by many names, Pastor Mack, Big Pop by his grandsons, Daddy by his children, Dudley by his Uncle Ralph, and Marilyn called him the love of her life.

Mack was born in the McCall Hospital in Rome, GA, on April 29, 1936, to Roy McArthur Locklear, Sr. and Imo Howell Locklear of Rome, Georgia. He was married to Marilyn Lovett Locklear for 64 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Roy McArthur Locklear, Sr., and Imo Howell Locklear. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Lovett Locklear, whom he married August 11, 1957; children, Roy McArthur Locklear, III, known as Art, adopted daughter in law, Olivia Saye, Merrimac Locklear Forsyth and her husband, Marty Forsyth; grandchildren, Daniel Reese Forsyth and Hunter Locklear Forsyth all of Rome; sister, Patty Mathis of Rome; brother, Mitchell Locklear of Atlanta, GA. He has one living aunt, Mary McJunkin, that is 100 years old and many cousins.

Mack is a descendant of his grandmother, Mattie Hatfield Locklear of the Hatfield and McCoy feud. He grew up in Rome. Mack attended school at Fourth Ward, Central Primary and Neely Grammar Schools, Rome Junior High School and Rome High School. During these years, he made many lifetime friends. He enjoyed sports, especially football. In the 10th grade, he was All State in football and received a scholarship to play for the University of Alabama and Jack State in Alabama.

Mack joined the U.S. Air Force beginning in boot camp in San Antonio, TX, and then later at Keesler Air Force Base Technical School in Biloxi, MS. From there he went to Camp Wolter Army Base in Mineral Wells, TX, in the Aviation Engineering Base and then off to Fuji, Japan.

After returning home, he married Marilyn Lovett, moved to New York City and then Brooklyn, NY. Upon returning to Atlanta, he worked at Foote & Davies as a first pressman on a web press. There he met another group of lifelong friends.

In 1963, Mack gave his life to the Lord. He attended Columbia Presbyterian Seminar and Immanuel Bible College in Atlanta. He studied Greek at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, TN, and is a graduate of the International Bible Institute and Seminary receiving his Bachelor of Bible Theology.

In Atlanta, the Locklear Family were active members of Forrest Hills Baptist Church in Decatur under the leadership of the late, Dr. Curtis Hutson. While they were there, the church had the fastest growing Sunday School in America for eight years. They stayed nine years during which time Dr. Hutson ordained Mack into the ministry. In1976, Mack came to Rome to pastor the Rome Baptist Tabernacle for sixteen years.

In 1996, Mack and Marilyn went to Jamaica as missionaries. They were 58 and 60 years old and believed you were never too old to serve the Lord. Their first work was at Bounty Hall, Jamaica where they stayed for four years. In the year 2000, they went to Martha Brae, Jamaica and built the Riverside Baptist Church on the famous Martha Brae Rafting River. In 2004, they built the Hobgood Short Term Mission Building in which they lived. In 2006, they built bath houses on the property and in 2010 they built Noah’s Ark Children’s Home.

Mack and Marilyn’s life together has been blessed by God as they lived by faith and gave Him all the glory for what He had done through them and for them. They took as their motto, “We live simply so others might simply live.”

Funeral services for Mack will be Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in Rome Baptist Temple. Pastor Chris Hanks will be officiating. Missionary Keith Shumaker of Burkina Faso, Africa will do the eulogy and Pastor Pat Lawrence of Berea Baptist Church of Athens, Alabama will be preaching. Interment will be at the East View Cemetery.

Mack will lay in-state at the church on Saturday from 12:00 noon until the service hour where the family will receive friends.

Pallbearers will include Denver Medley of Plainville, GA, Roland Arnold of Rome, David Fenley of Atlanta, Victor Amos of Etowah, TN, Donnie Pollard of Rome, Jeff Wentz of Dunkirk, NY, Darrell Timpson of Murfreesboro, TN, Ronnie Vice of Tifton, GA, Gene Spraggs of Canton, GA, Billy Joe Brannon of Lilburn, GA, Wesley Hutchins of Winder, GA, and Kevin Paige of Gainesville, GA.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made in Mack’s honor to The Hour of Grace Missions, Inc., P.O. Box 1445, Rome, GA, 30162.

Salmon Funeral Home.


Mr. Carl Joe Gilmore Sr., 78, of Cave Spring, died Tuesday evening, September 7, 2021, in a Rome hospital following a short illness.

Mr. Gilmore was born in Cedar Bluff, Alabama March 28, 1943, son of the late Andrew Franklin Gilmore and the late Pearl Woodall Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore worked through UA Local 72 of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters in Atlanta, was a long time member of the Mackey Masonic Lodge #120 F.&A.M., and was a member of the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. He was married to the former Sharon Faye Waits on July 29, 1962, and was preceded in death by her January 31, 2021.

Besides his parents and his wife, Mr. Gilmore was preceded in death by a grand-daughter, Leanne Gilmore February 13, 2017 and by his sister, Mrs. Nell Lowery October 2, 2017

Survivors include one son, Carl Joe (Joey) Gilmore. Jr. and his wife Vinita of Cave Spring, and three grandchildren, Lauren Nicole Gilmore (Scott Brown), Haley McCown and Jory (Jordan) McCown. Two great grandchildren, Walker McCown and Maggeigh McCown also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Gilmore will be held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at the John House’s Cave Spring Chapel with Rev. Dale Byars and Rev. Legare Price officiating. Interment will follow in the Cave Spring Cemetery with the Mackey Lodge #120 F. & A.M. in charge of the graveside rties. Pallbearers will include Jory McCown, Jimmy Lowery, Allen Couey, Timmy Couey, Tom Payne, A. J. Stephens, and Scotty Brown.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday evening from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

John House’s Cave Spring Chapel.


Alysia Smith Sousa, age 57, of Rome passed away Saturday September 4, 2021.

Alysia was born in August 1, 1964 in Floyd County GA., to the late Harold Smith and Barbara Allen Smith.

Survivors include her children: Josh (Anna) Bedingfield, Brittany (Shane) Bedingfield-Nicholson, Amanda (Chris) Lindsey; grandchildren: Kallie Bedingfield, Olivia Bedingfield, Amelia Bedingfield, Basey Lindsey, Cathan Lindsey, Kessiah Nicholson, Ulysses Nicholson, Heavenly Nicholson; 2 great grandchildren and sister: Anita Murray.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday 11, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home with Rev. Phil Wade officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until service hour.


Juanita S. Mize, age 92, of Rome, Georgia passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Juanita was born March 18, 1929.

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