Obituaries: Earl Graeff Barton Jr.,  Ava Mae Freeman, Curtis E. Hoover, Barbara June McElyea, Sherry Alene Matthews Willerson.

Obituaries: Earl Graeff Barton Jr., Ava Mae Freeman, Curtis E. Hoover, Barbara June McElyea, Sherry Alene Matthews Willerson.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


Ava Mae Freeman

Ava Mae Freeman, 20, of Rome, Georgia passed away January 2nd, 2022. She was born May 26, 2001 in Rome, daughter of James Kyle and Kacie Clark Freeman. She graduated from Rome High School in 2020. She subsequently studied Business Administration at Georgia Highlands College while working as an Assistant Manager at Hobby Lobby in Rome.

Ava will be remembered for her determination and independent personality. She was a kind, meek soul whose sharp wit and radiant smile brought joy to everyone around her. She was baptized in the Christian faith at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church, attended Unity Christian School and was active in her Youth Group at Trinity United Methodist Church. Throughout her life, she enjoyed a myriad of sports including softball, basketball, and high school volleyball. A skilled painter, she loved art in many forms. Our daughter truly embodies Gal. 5:22 “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

She is survived by her parents, Kyle and Kacie, sister Ruth Ann, and brother John Kyle; grandparents Howard W. and Joyce Clark; grandparents Gene and Faye Freeman Smith; uncle and aunt Michael and Kellie Curry, cousins Lily (Ryan Haley) and Frank; aunt and uncle Gloria Ann and Jim Noles, cousins Zac Pool and Lauren Bates. She was preceded in death by grandmother Mrs. Frankie Clark and grandfather Mr. Jimmy Freeman.

Her family will be receiving friends Tuesday, January 11th from 6:00-8:00pm at Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia. A service will be held at Pleasant Valley North Wednesday, January 12th at Noon, followed by a burial service at Eastview Cemetery. The service will be officiated by pastor Mac McCurry. The following will serve as active pallbearers: Kyle and John Kyle Freeman, Mike and Frank Curry, Matthew and Alexander Stevens. The Freemans greatly appreciate the countless friends and family who have prayed for us and helped support us during this time.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Matthew Lee Hines

Matthew Lee Hines, age 22, of Rome passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Matthew was born in Rome, Georgia on December 10, 1999. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Reed Edwards. He is survived by his Father Winston Hines (Sherry), Mother Julie Edwards and Siblings Brinnon Hines (Brittany) and Lily Lary. Grandparents Michael Hines (Joann). Joan Duncan and Susan Edwards.

Matthew was going to graduate in the spring of 2022 with a degree in Construction Management. He also simultaneously worked as a heavy equipment operator while pursuing his degree.

Matthew enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend Ava, and his family and friends. He also had a great love for cooking, grilling, hunting and fishing and being outdoors.

A Memorial Service followed by visitation will be held on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 2:00PM at Daniel’s Funeral Home, 901 East 2nd Avenue,Rome, Georgia.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Earl Graeff Barton Jr., age 84, of Rome, Georgia passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Earl was born January 23, 1937. Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Curtis E. Hoover, age 85, of Aragon, Georgia passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022. He was born February 16, 1936. Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Barbara June McElyea, age 88, of Rome, Georgia passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022. Barbara was born June 26, 1933.

Areceiving friends for Barbara will be held Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at First Baptist Church of Rome, 100 E 4th Ave, Rome, Georgia 30161, followed by a funeral service at 2:30 PM.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

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