Obituaries: Rev. Emmett Simpson Crider, Rev. Gregory Scott “Greg” Drake, Jimmy Holden, Mrs. Ginger Darlene Muysken, Ms. Lynda Marie Tolbert, Mr. Leonard Watts.

Obituaries: Rev. Emmett Simpson Crider, Rev. Gregory Scott “Greg” Drake, Jimmy Holden, Mrs. Ginger Darlene Muysken, Ms. Lynda Marie Tolbert, Mr. Leonard Watts.

Rev. Gregory Scott “Greg” Drake, age 53, a resident of Carrollton, GA, formerly of Rome, GA, made his heavenly flight Wednesday morning, September 22, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Greg was born in Rome on October 1, 1967, son of John Berry Drake, Jr., and Sylvia Brooks Drake. He was a 1985 graduate of Model High School where he played several sports.

In the years after graduating, Greg married his precious wife, Toni, in 1992 and they began to build a beautiful life together. During the next 28 years they served together as he pastored several churches in Northwest Georgia. Greg was so very proud to become the father of Kaylee and Layton; watching them grow into followers of Christ brought him so much joy. Greg has pastored The Church at Carrollton for the past 14 years. In ministry, Greg allowed the Lord to use him as an instrument of peace in so many lives. He held a passion for sharing the truth of the gospel. No matter where Greg was, in the grocery store, camping, or doing home improvement projects with his family, when the Holy Spirit laid a message on his heart, he was an obedient servant. Greg always put others before himself, which was evident in all he did. He consistently spent his free time serving others or sharing truth, even when it might not be easy to share. As he would often tell his congregation, “Don’t take my word for it, follow after what God’s Word says.”

Greg loved the outdoors, going camping or rather “glamping” with his family. Additionally, the constant sting of home improvement projects have always been in the works for Greg. He also enjoyed cooking and grilling. Unknown to some, Greg had a soft heart for the canines of the Drake home, especially Coconut and Freckles, who Greg spoiled completely rotten. He was a great storyteller, had a quick wit, and loved his family and friends. Mostly, he loved to talk about his Lord and Savior, telling everyone he met about what Jesus could do for them. To know Greg Drake, was to be impacted by him; his heart and vigor for sharing the Kingdom of God was truly a marvel to experience.

Greg is survived by his wife, Toni Traylor Drake, whom he married December 12, 1992; daughter, Kaylee Morgan Drake; son, Layton Graham Drake; parents, John and Sylvia Drake; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Berry “Johnny” Drake III and Lori Drake; and Daniel Lee Drake and Lisa Drake; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Duane and Kathy Wallace; brother-in-law and sister in-law Scotty and Dusty Smith; brother-in-law, Drew Wallace; grandmother-in-law Martha Hughes; Several nieces and nephews, Austin Drake, Logan Drake, Brady Drake, Olivia Drake, Sophie Drake, Aidan Smith, Asher Smith, and Carter Wallace; a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life for Greg will be held on his birthday, October 1, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at the Stewart House Chapel, 102 South Street, Carrollton, GA, 30117. Rev. Gary Bradley will be officiating. A reception will follow.

Salmon Funeral Home.


Ms. Lynda Marie Tolbert, age 80, of Lindale, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021, at a local hospital.

Ms. Tolbert was born in Floyd County, Georgia on January 20, 1941, daughter of the late J. C. Tolbert and the late Anne Kelley Tolbert.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Brock.  Ms. Tolbert was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse at Redmond Regional Medical Center for almost 40 years.  She enjoyed reading, collecting, and going to yard sales.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Dempsey (Rick), Cave Spring, and Robin Duke (Ty Gore), Cave Spring; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Andrews (David); a great grandson, James Ford Andrews; a sister, Sadie Dixon (David); a brother, Sonny Tolbert (Betty); several nieces and nephews; her second family, her coworkers at Redmond.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.  Chaplain Billy Murdock will officiate.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday from 3pm until the service time.  Masks are requested at both the visitation and service.

Mrs. Ginger Darlene Muysken, age 68, of the Everett Springs community, passed away Wednesday evening, September 22, 2021, in a local hospital.

Ginger was born in Camp LeJeune, NC, on February 20, 1953, daughter of the late Robert Lehentz Everett and Wilma Marie Lawson Everett. She had been a resident of Everett Springs since 1995, moving here from Los Angeles, CA. Ginger was an educator working with Head Start children for over 20 years prior to retirement in 1995. She was a communicant of Saint Clements Catholic Church of Calhoun, GA, and was a very giving person. Ginger loved going to Target, bargain hunting and was always looking for deals and discounts. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, and had a passion for teaching. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Everett, and a sister, Tylee Walton.

Ginger is survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband, John Robert Muysken, whom she married January 9, 1971; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and David Harris of Los Angeles, CA, and Olivia and Eldon Waits of Cartersville, GA; one son and daughter-in-law, Westley and Rebecca Muysken of Rome, GA. Nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a sister, Teresa (Dean) Pitts also survive.

A Celebration of Life for Ginger will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the Alvis Miller Memorial Chapel of Salmon Funeral Home.

Jimmy Holden, 80, of Rome, GA, peacefully went to be with the Lord on September 19, 2021, while at his residence.

Jimmy was born on June 5, 1941, in Plainville, GA, son of the late John Wesley Holden and late Laura Kinsey Holden. He attended Model High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany. Jimmy learned carpentry and painting from working with his dad and owned Holden Construction Company that served Rome for many years. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting and was happiest on the river fishing with his brothers. Jimmy was a former member of Sherwood Forest Baptist and 5th Avenue Baptist Church. When he could no longer attend because of declining health, he loved watching Alan Jackson at World Outreach Church from Murfreesboro, TN, on television. He loved the lord and for a while ministered to those in jail. He will long be remembered, and his love of the Lord survives. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his three brothers, T.J. Holden, Junior Holden, and Walter Holden and a nephew, Doug Holden.

Jimmy is survived in death by his wife of 38 years, Vanita Austin Holden, whom he married September 19, 1983; his daughter, Beth Blalock, of Rome; grandchildren Hunter Culberson (Bri) of Rome, and Mallory Blalock of Rome; two great-granddaughters, Hazel and Emma Culberson; sisters, Evelyn Hight, Virginia Barrett (Earl), and Mildred Willerson (Tommy) all of Rome, and Judy Bramblett of Calhoun, GA. Three sisters-in-law, Martha Holden of Calhoun, Bobbie Holden, and Mary Holden, both Rome, and several nieces and nephews. Also, his beloved pets, Buddy and Dexter.

A Celebration of Life for Jimmy will be held on Tuesday afternoon, September 28, 2021, in the Alvis Miller Memorial with Pastor Ralph Jenkins officiating.

Salmon Funeral Home.

Rev. Emmett Simpson Crider, age 90 of Rome passed away September 22, 2021 in a local healthcare center.

Rev. Crider was native of Cherokee County Alabama, and a son of late, James Crider, and Gazelle Georgia Stubblefield Crider. He was ordained as a minister at Gethsemane Baptist Church in 1973. Rev. Crider was employed by Georgia School for the Death, Lindale Mills before retiring from General Electric. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War as a corporal and squad leader. He was preceded in death by his, wife Myrtle Ruth Crider, siblings, Paul Crider, Robert Crider, Rev. Hoover Crider, Lodema Miller, Velma Crider, Annie Lou Rochester, and Lillian Caldwell.

Survivors include his son, Terry (Collette Croch) Crider, brother, Joe (Betty) Crider, grandchildren, Amanda (Jonathan) Godwin, Caleb Crider, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Sunday September 26, 2021 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Doyle Kerr, officiating. Interment will follow in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery on HWY 411, Centre, Al. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until the funeral hour on Sunday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen, Caleb Crider, Jonathan Godwin, Danny Bobo, Dustin Steed, Bobby Crider, and Randall Crider.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center East Suite 550 Atlanta, Ga. 30346.

Mr. Leonard Watts, age 77, of Rome Georgia, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at a local hospital following a brief illness.

Homegoing service is incomplete, but will be announced later by Wright Memorial Mortuary.

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