Obituaries: Lynne Sherri Mills, perhaps the most unique obituary you’ll read this year. Also: Mr. Villane Andre Craig, Henry Ford “Hank” Jackson III, Lynn Vence Ozment, Mr. Hartwell Wash Jr.

Obituaries: Lynne Sherri Mills, perhaps the most unique obituary you’ll read this year. Also: Mr. Villane Andre Craig, Henry Ford “Hank” Jackson III, Lynn Vence Ozment, Mr. Hartwell Wash Jr.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

 

Lynne Sherri Mills was born in 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up surrounded by a large, loud Jewish family. She treasured close relationships with her sister and cousins. As a child, she discovered her true love: summer camp. She spent years at Cejwin Camps as both a camper and a staff member and sent her daughters to summer camp, as well. She maintained lifelong friendships with people she met through camp and collected camp memorabilia.

Mom moved to Queens, NY and graduated from Hofstra University. Despite “disliking children”, she spent her career working with them. She was a teacher, a tutor, and a social worker. She opened her home to any child in need and “adopted” multiple friends of her daughters.

While she was still a young woman, she traveled the world and the Borscht Belt, leaving a trail of broken hearts in her wake. Eventually she ended up in Florida where she married, had two daughters, and divorced. In the early 90s, she moved to the Catskills. There, she spent many years working for Child Protective Services and making empty threats to her teen daughters.

Mom first retired to Florida and then NW Georgia, where she fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning horses, nursed her daughter through cancer, and generally drove her neighbors and friends nuts. She absolutely relished her outsider status as a Jewish New Yorker living in the Deep South, and enjoyed befriending Southerners at yard sales and auctions. She developed an affinity for fried food and sweet tea and made her dentist rich. She spent her last years doing what she loved best: caring for her pets, aggravating people, and killing fire ants on her farm.

Mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2017 and suffered a life-altering accident in 2020. Despite her daughters’ arguing with her that she would outlive us all, she had the last word, passing away unexpectedly in early January 2022.

Mom was a complicated woman, equally infuriating and delightful. She saw the world through her own unique lens and always did things her own way, often to the annoyance of her daughters. Her argumentative nature and stubbornness were legendary. Bucking authority and sticking it to the man were two of her greatest joys. She refused to conform or compromise. She loved to laugh.

She was a fascinating woman who loved elderberry jam, doo-wop music, Eastenders, discounts, Tom Selleck, and anything covered in sequins. She hated Donald Trump, Alexa, the color chartreuse, doctors, tattoos, and fire ants. She could be kind and generous, rude and cheap. She was the world’s worst gift giver. If she ever offered to take you out to eat, she made you order off of the value meal.

Mom instilled in her children a love of books, music, old movies, Broadway shows, and British TV. She raised her children to be compassionate to animals and people in need. She taught us to root for the underdog and treasure friends and family. She was fiercely private, fiercely stubborn, and she was ours.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents and beloved sister, Roberta Lerman. She is survived by her daughters Jenny Mills and Katy Davis; son-in-law Todd Davis; grandchildren Luka and Sloane Davis; her nieces, nephew, cousins, friends, cats, dogs, horse, pony, and Tom Selleck.

A private memorial will take place in Florida, against her wishes, where she will be laid to rest near her parents and sister.

A friend to many, an enigma to all, she will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the animal rescue charity of your choice.

May her memory be a blessing.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.


Henry Ford “Hank” Jackson III, age 52, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at a local hospital.

Hank was born in Rome, Georgia on April 8, 1969, son of Henry Ford Jackson, Jr. and Rita Diane Reed Jackson.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry, Sr. & Sara Jackson, and Charles & Kay Reed.  Prior to retirement, Hank served with the Rome Police Department for 28 years, retiring as a Detective.  He was of the Methodist faith.  From the deepest parts of his soul, Hank was a Cowboy.

Survivors include a daughter, Bailey Jackson (Colby Garren), Tifton; a grandson, Reese Garren; his parents, Henry & Rita Jackson, Rome; two brothers, Steve Jackson and Chuck Jackson (Denise); a sister, Kendra Blair (Barry); five nephews; one niece.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 2pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tonya Hardeman officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the Rome Police Department Honor Guard and other Floyd County agencies presenting honors.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Sunday from 4 until 6pm.

Members of the Rome Police Department Honor Guard and other Floyd County Agency Honor Guards will serve as pallbearers.


Lynn Vence Ozment, age 72, Ellijay, passed away suddenly Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at his Rome, Ga. residence.
Mr. Ozment was born in Birmingham, Al on June 1, 1949, son of the late Buford Vence Ozment and the late Nannie Lee (Nan) Kelly Ozment. He was a graduate of the University of North Georgia. He and his wife Danette moved to Ellijay as a newly married couple and remained to teach and raise a family in the beautiful mountain town making lifelong friends. There he taught elementary education for 30 years. He was a member of the Beech Creek United Methodist Church. He played multiple string instruments singing with various groups at public events. His love of music was fostered by the many hours he and his father played together. He loved the outdoors, growing apples at one time, fishing, and many hours of cutting grass with his Uncle Floyd.
He had a giving and compassionate spirit donating to many causes and the church. He gave of himself as demonstrated by the excellent care he provided both his father and mother during their extended illnesses . After retirement he spent many enjoyable hours with his wife, children, grandchildren and his uncle, Floyd.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Danette Ware Ozment to whom he married June 7, 1975 in Rome, Ga.; two sons, Brian Ozment, Ellijay; Justin Ozment (Amanda), Rome; grandchildren Austin Ozment (Amy) Newnan; Madison Ozment, Ellijay; Kalei Grace Ozment, Rome; Elliana Faith Ozment, Rome; Bethany Kate Ozment, Rome; great grandchildren Ryleigh Mae Ozment, Newnam; Corbin Daniel Ozment, Newnan; Jaxson Thomas Ozment, Newnan; two sisters, Wilma Lee Griffin, Land O Lakes, Fl.; Janice Hall, Eton; an uncle Floyd Ozment and aunt Geraldine Turner.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Beech Creek United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brian Butler officiating. A Graveside Service and interment will follow at the Flatbranch Baptist Church on Flatbranch Road, Ellijay at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the Beech Creek United Methodist Church, on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.
The family request that masks be worn.
The family requests memorials donations be made to the Beech Creek United Methodist Church.
Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Mr. Hartwell Wash Jr., age 83, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at a local hospital.  He was a long-time resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia.  He was an entrepreneur, loved his dog, Buddy, airplanes, and history.

Survivors include his daughter, Tracie Bethune (Tony); his stepson, Ryan Waldrop (Ann); his stepdaughter, Lesli Waldrop; his grandchildren, Taylor & Tanner Bethune, Jackson, Katie & Abby Waldrop; his great grandson, Josiah Ray Bethune.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


Mr. Villane Andre Craig, age 57, of Union City, Ga. (formerly of Cleveland, OH) transitioned January 13, 2022. Complete arrangements are forthcoming.

F. K. Jones Funeral Home.

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