Obituaries: Martha Kathleen Harris Baird, Ronald G. Cockrel.

Obituaries: Martha Kathleen Harris Baird, Ronald G. Cockrel.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Martha Kathleen Harris Baird, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Rome Health Rehab Nursing Home in Rome, GA.

She loved to read and her beloved dog, Angus. Martha was born in Newton, MS, on May 9, 1937, to James Harvey Harris, Sr. and Maude Etoile Harris. She grew up in Collins, MS and graduated from Salem High School and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. She taught school for several years in Mobile, AL and Rome, GA. Martha later moved to Shannon, GA., where she worked and retired from the Burlington Coat Factory.

She is survived by sisters, Sandra D. Broussard (Louis), Deborah Harris (Monica Ward), Brother Michael D. Harris (Christy) and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her adopted family Milt and Angie Travis, Josh, Jacob and Sarah. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Harvey Harris, Sr. and Etoile Harris, brother, James Harvey Harris, Jr. and sister, Sylvia Sue Harris. Martha was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome, GA.

A graveside service will be held in Decatur, MS on October 14 at 10:00 am.

Arrangements managed by Wade Funeral Home, Collins, MS.

Announced by Salmon Funeral Home.


Ronald G. Cockrel, age 88, of Woodstock, Ga. passed away to be with his Heavenly Father on October 10, 2021.

He is survived by his son, Donald Cockrel, daughter-in-law Suzanne Cockrel, and grandson Zack Cockrel. Ron was born in Joppa Illinois on September 10, 1933. He was a Veteran with 2 years spent in the Army. Ron graduated from the University of Missouri with a Forestry Degree. He was predeceased by his sister Pat Dyer and loved wife Margaret Ellen Cockrel.

Before moving to Woodstock following the passing of Margaret, Ron lived in Rome, Georgia for 20 years where he worked at Georgia Pacific International Paper Corporation. Ron was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Rome. While living in Woodstock he attended First Baptist Roswell. Ron volunteered his time to help in Hospice, teaching Sunday School, loved nature, being outdoors, enjoyed hiking with friends, and loved being with his family. Ron will be remembered by many as being very kind and a loving man with a gentle soul.

Ron resides at Daniel’s Funeral Home 901 East 2nd Avenue, Rome, Ga. 30161. A graveside service honoring the life of Ron will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

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