Obituaries: Ruby Gail Graham Bradshaw, Mrs. Martha Elaine Brewer, Rev. Robert Eugene “Gene” Collum, Ms. Renee Hite, Mr. Dallas Dewitt Kerce Sr., Mary Zoe (Bentley) Peveler, Mrs. Phyllis June Herring Pollard, Terry Spears.

Obituaries: Ruby Gail Graham Bradshaw, Mrs. Martha Elaine Brewer, Rev. Robert Eugene “Gene” Collum, Ms. Renee Hite, Mr. Dallas Dewitt Kerce Sr., Mary Zoe (Bentley) Peveler, Mrs. Phyllis June Herring Pollard, Terry Spears.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

On Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021, heaven rejoiced when another one of God’s children entered the gate.  Mary Zoe (Bentley) Peveler made her final journey home to be with her Lord.

Zoe was born on December 25, 1929, on a farm outside of Keytesville, Missouri to Fonzo and Mary Bentley.  She grew up, with one sister, on the family strawberry and tobacco farm and graduated from Keytesville High School in 1947.

She married Robert (Bob) Peveler on August 6, 1950.  He preceded her in death in April 2015.  During their 64 years of marriage they lived in Missouri, Illinois, and moved to Lindale, Georgia in 1991 where they owned and operated Peveler’s Vacuum Shop for many years.

Zoe was an active member of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Lindale, Georgia until her health prevented her attendance.  She was the pianist there for several years, and in many other churches since her husband was a preacher for over 40 years.  Zoe, her husband, two sons, and some special friends were members of The Living Word, a gospel music group that traveled throughout the central United States singing in churches and concert halls.  They recorded two albums during this ministry.

Zoe was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister – Louise Smith, two grandsons – Christopher and Brian Peveler, and four great grandchildren – Sarah, Chloe, Isabella, and Christian Gandy.

She is survived by her sons – David (Nancy) Peveler of Windermere, FL and Jonathan (Stephanie) Peveler of Agra, OK and her daughter – Vickie (Steve) Gandy of Silver Creek, GA; ten grandchildren – John (Beth) Gandy of Rockmart, GA, Corey Gandy of Rome, GA, Jerod (Amber) Gandy of Jacksonville, AL, Brad (Amy) Gandy of Rome, GA, Linda (Tim) Casper of Creve Couer, MO, Katy (Mike) Fattaruso of Clermont, FL, Laura (Chris) Savage of Roanoke, VA, Kiana, Kellen, and Kellson Peveler of Agra, OK; seven great grandchildren – Mackenzie Villarreal of Sherman, TX, Lukas, Will, and Anna Kate Gandy of Rockmart, GA, Kaylee, Gracie, and Nolah Gandy of Rome, GA; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a family graveside service for Zoe on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 3:00pm at Lindale Cemetery.

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

The Reverend Robert Eugene “Gene” Collum, 92, of Rome, GA, left this world for his Heavenly home on September 28, 2021.  He passed with gentle peace and remarkable calm at home with his loving family and his beautiful wife, Sylvia, of 62 years to whom he was married on June 4, 1959.

Reverend Collum was born April 29, 1929, in Athens, GA.  Gene proudly served in the Navy Reserves, the United States Navy, and the Air Force Reserves.  He had a successful career in sales but found his true passion when he answered the call to preach The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gene was a graduate of McDonough High School, class of 1946.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from LaGrange College and his Masters of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  He was ordained to preach and was employed by the United Methodist Church and served in the North Georgia Conference.  Reverend Collum joyfully pastored several churches and was a shepherd to many.

Gene loved his family, Jesus Christ, Gospel music, literature, and traveling the world with his wife.  A man of exuberant conversation, he spoke often of events past and present, releasing his thoughts with zest and energy that brought a genuine surge of life and motion to the imagination of any listener.

Gene Collum is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Miller Collum and Helen Virginia McCune Collum, his brother, Miller Collum, and son, Keith Collum.  He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Ann Foster Collum; sons, Kenny (Tammy), Kevin, and Kerry Collum, all of Rome; one daughter, Kathy Collum Crabbe (Danny), of Silver Creek, GA.  Also surviving is a sister, Pat Barr (Bill) and his sisters-in-law, Mary Collum and June Shepherd.  He leaves behind many adoring grandchildren:  Robby Day (Jessie), Savannah Crabbe, Noah Crabbe, Katlyn Collum, Peyton Collum, Montana Collum Ocampo (Sergio), Josh Lee, and Lauren Wood (Jesse); one great grandchild, Rhett Weeks, and many treasured nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for Reverend Collum will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 3pm at Flippin United Methodist Church Cemetery in McDonough, GA.  Reverend Michael Holt will be officiating, and a eulogy written by Gene’s dearest friend, Reverend Jim Howell, will be presented.

The family may be contacted at the home of Reverend Collum’s son, Kerry Collum.

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

Terry Spears, a pillar of the Rome, GA community, passed away on September 28, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Glenda Spears, who shared 57 years of marriage.

Terry, a mattress industry veteran, started Spears Mattress with his brother Ed in March of 1973, and later brought in their younger brother Gene. After 38 years of successful business, they decided to sell the company. Terry retired in 2011, and would later come out of retirement 4 years later to open Heritage Sleep Concepts here in Rome. Spears Mattress was a key employer for Floyd County for many years, and Heritage Sleep currently employs around 75 people.

Terry and Glenda were members of Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church in Silver Creek, where he served as a deacon and choir member. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Terry is survived by his wife Glenda, daughters Kristi Beck and Robin Simpson, son in laws Frankie Beck and Barry Simpson, and grandchildren Jordan Beck, Jamie Beck, and Bryant Simpson.

Don Dpears will be presiding over the funeral. Pallbearers are Jordan Beck, Jamie Beck, Bryant Simpson, Scotty Spears, Brian Spears, Kirk Spears.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Ruby Gail Graham Bradshaw died at Talmage Terrace in Athens, Georgia on September 28, 2021, of glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer.  She was born October 24, 1945, in Rome, Georgia and was the daughter of the late Thomas Adrian Graham and the late Emme Christine Smith Graham.  Gail graduated from East Rome High School in Rome, Georgia and from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

She was employed by Atlanta Gas Light Company as a home economist and later as Consumer Affairs Supervisor for Northwest Georgia.  She also taught English as a second language in Cobb County.  Gail and her husband were members of North Broad Baptist Church for many years, and they were later members of Marietta Baptist Church.  Gail worked with kindergarten students in Sunday school, and once traveled to Russia with a mission group.

In August 1970, Gail married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Douglas Glenn Bradshaw.  For twenty-seven years they made their home on Lookout Circle in Rome, Georgia and later in Kennesaw.  They were a “cat” couple, loving and caring for many cats throughout their life together.  They were also CB radio operators. In 2009, years after Douglas died in 1997, Gail moved to Athens, GA and lived at High Ridge Apartments before moving to Talmadge Terrace in 2019.

Gail always lived life to the fullest.  She enjoyed talking to people, was sincerely interested in all aspects of their lives, and she never met a stranger.  She was a kind and generous person who cared deeply about her family and friends.  She was an avid sports fan and could talk at length about the players of football, baseball, or basketball.  She loved reading the Bible each day as well as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  She loved her brother’s humor and sister’s warmth.  Not a day went by that she didn’t talk to one or both of them.  Although Gail suffered great losses in her life, she met each one with strength, gratitude, and faith in her Lord.

Gail will be missed by her sister, Linda Baker and husband, Wayne; brother, Thomas Graham and wife, Kathy; brother-in-law, Bill Bradshaw and wife, Cathy; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Ann McRay and Angela Maurer; as well as a number of other relatives.

A graveside service will be held Friday, October 1, 2021, at 11:00 am at East View Cemetery in Rome, Georgia with the Rev. Wayne Baker officiating.

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

Ms. Renee Hite, age 68, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at a local hospital following a brief illness.

Funeral Services are incomplete at this time but will be announced at a later date.

Wright Memorial Mortuary.

Mr. Dallas Dewitt Kerce Sr., age 82, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at a local hospital.

Mr. Kerce was born in Rome, Georgia on August 14, 1939, son of the late Ralph Dewitt Kerce and the late Mary Porter Kerce.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joyce Smith Kerce.  Mr. Kerce worked for 30 years as a truck driver for Carolina Freight.  He was a member of Dykes Creek Baptist Church, the Yaarab Shrine, and was a member of the East Floyd Masonic Lodge #728 F.&A.M. for 51 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra Ann Brock (Dustin), Calhoun; a son, Dallas Dewitt Kerce, Jr. (Angela), Cave Spring; five grandchildren, Cayla Pulliam (Dayln), Joshua Bagwell (Magen), Jaden Brock, Taylor Thorne (Mark), and Zane Cannon (Brandi); five great grandchildren, Ava Pulliam, Jax Pulliam, Stella Spriggs, Gunner Bagwell, and Avery Cannon; a sister, Jane Williams (Marvin), Rome; a brother, James Kerce (Susie), Rome; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 12 noon at Dykes Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Mikel Garrett officiating.  Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the East Floyd Lodge #728 F.&A.M. presenting masonic rites.

The family will receive friends at Dykes Creek Baptist Church on Saturday from 10am until 11:45am.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Saturday at 11:30am and include: Active: Joshua Bagwell, Dayln Pulliam, Wesley Kerce, Vince Kerce, Michael Trammell, and Eddie Smith.  Honorary: Jaden Brock and members of the East Rome Lodge #728 F.&A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Dykes Creek Baptist Church, 46 Dykes Creek Church Road, NE, Rome, GA 30161

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

Mrs. Phyllis June Herring Pollard, age 80, of Rome, GA, passed away Wednesday morning, September 29, 2021, at her residence.

Mrs. Pollard was born in Macon, GA on February 20, 1941, daughter of the late Willie T. Herring and the late Mable Adams Herring.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Tommy Herring.  A dedicated Pastor’s wife and mother, Mrs. Pollard was a homemaker and was a member of Rome Baptist Temple.  An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Pollard served as church pianist at Rome Baptist Temple for nearly 30 years.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Donnie Pollard, to whom she was married on June 7, 1958; a daughter, Jana Pollard Scarbary (Mack), Juliette, GA; 2 sons, Donald Pollard, Rome, and Chris Pollard (Denise), Manhattan, KS; 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 4pm at Rome Baptist Temple with the Rev. Chris Hanks, the Rev. Bud Marten, and the Rev. Glen Martin officiating.  Interment services will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 3pm in Bay Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Adrian, GA, under the direction of Stanley Funeral Homes.

The family will receive friends at Rome Baptist Temple on Friday from 2pm until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Rome Baptist Temple, 3003 New Calhoun Highway, Rome, GA  30161.

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

Mrs. Martha Elaine Brewer, age 76, of Gaylesville, AL, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021, in a local hospital.

Martha was born in Kingston, GA, on February 18, 1945, daughter of the late Lawrence Landrum Jones, Jr., and Corrie Mae King Jones. She was a graduate of Cassville High School and a member of Dykes Creek Baptist Church. Martha was an admission’s clerk with Coosa Valley Technical College for over 30 years, retiring in 1996. She loved to travel, whether it was a short trip to town or going on vacation, Martha was always ready to go. Martha loved life on her farm and taking care of her boys.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark Brewer, a brother, Lawrence Landrum “Bud” Jones, III, and a sister, Donna Jones Fowler.

Martha is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Dennis Michael Brewer, whom she married August 28, 1965; two sons and daughter-in-law, Stephen Brewer, and Matthew and Thori Brewer, all of Gaylesville; two grandchildren, Michael Brewer and Sara Brewer; one brother, Michael Todd Jones; one sister, Judy Ann Jones Thomason. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends also survive.

Graveside and interment services for Martha will be held on Friday morning, October 1, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ray Miles officiating.

Salmon Funeral Home.


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