Obituaries: Mrs. Ora Mae Cook-Washington, Mr. Charles William “Bill” “Cotton” Helms, Mr. Robert Howard Jackson, Mr. Jeffrey Edwin McDonald.

Obituaries: Mrs. Ora Mae Cook-Washington, Mr. Charles William “Bill” “Cotton” Helms, Mr. Robert Howard Jackson, Mr. Jeffrey Edwin McDonald.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Mr. Robert Howard Jackson, age 81, of Silver Creek, GA, passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Jackson was born on February 12, 1940 in Adairsville, GA, son of the late Lindsey Howard Jackson and the late Mary Christian Stephens Jackson.  He was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and O’Neal Hicks.  Mr. Jackson was a graduate of Adairsville High School and was a proud member of their  first football team.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Jackson retired in 2002 from Norfolk Southern after 37 years of service as a mechanic.  He was a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Wood Jackson, to whom he was married in 1972, Silver Creek; 5 children, Curt Jackson (Ann Marie), Monroe, Diane Lumpkin (Anthony), Silver Creek, Chuck Mansell (Melanie), Silver Creek, Mark Mansell (Kandy), Silver Creek, and Jeff Mansell (Jamie), Daytona Beach, FL; 3 sisters, Mary Jean West (Jimmy), Ramona Wright (David), and Diane Register (David); a brother, Lindsey Jackson (Imogene); 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Jackson will be cremated and a memorial graveside service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, in Rome Memorial Park.  The Rev. Jerry Brooks will officiate.

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


Mrs. Ora Mae Cook-Washington, age 97 of Rockmart, Georgia laid down all of her burdens and went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at a local health care facility following declining heath.

Homegoing service will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel at Wright Memorial Mortuary with Rev. Robert Harris officiating. Final resting place and internment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Public view will be Saturday January 29, 2022 at Wright Memorial Mortuary 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.


Mr. Charles William “Bill” “Cotton” Helms, age 82, of Rome, GA, passed away on January 23, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Helms was born on October 8, 1939, in Dekalb County, AL, son of the late Houston P. Helms and the late Mary Leola Wooten Helms Neal.  He was a firefighter in Rome for many years as well as a self-employed wallpaper installer.

Survivors include his sister, Ruby Lynelle Holder; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3pm on Friday, January 28, 2022, at Rome Memorial Park. Mr. Bill Watson will officiate the service.

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


Mr. Jeffrey Edwin McDonald, age 63, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Advent Health Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Georgia, from Covid-19.

Jeffrey was born March 12, 1958 in Rome, Georgia, to the late Edwin and Doshie Howell McDonald.  He was a 1976 graduate of Armurchee High School. He went on to study for a degree in Industrial Arts and a Bachelor of Science at Berry College in 1980. He also earned a master’s degree in business management while in California.

After graduating with a Masters degree he then preceded to go into the military. Jeffrey enlisted in the Marines in 1981. He completed officer’s academy and earned the rank of Major. Jeffrey was a survivor of the Desert Storm War, where he fought bravely and honorably for his brother in arms, his beloved country, and his loving family. Jeffrey was a true patriot and believed every man had the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Jeffrey retired from Whitfield County Schools. He spent his free time with his grandchildren, fishing, watching movies, hunting and cooking. Jeffrey’s greatest accomplishment was being a grandfather and he enjoyed being a wonderful roll model, a wise mentor, and compassionate man.  Jeffrey was an exceptional family man an provided joy, love, respect, and humor as a father, husband and grandfather.

In 1986, Jeffrey and Paige Smith married in Rome, Georgia.  Jeffrey and Paige went on to have their children, Christopher Shane, Morgan Taylor, 33, and Brooke Allyn 30, loving grandfather to Savannah Renae 9, and Emmett Daniel 7.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Shane McDonald, March 16, 2012, his father, Edwin McDonald, his mother, Doshie “Nannie” Howell McDonald.

He is survived by his wife, Paige Smith McDonald of the residence; daughters, Morgan Taylor McDonald, Brooke McDonald; grandchildren, Savannah Law and Emmett Law; sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Jesse Wilson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Linda Smith; sister-in-law, Patricia Lackey; nephews, Aaron Wilson, Tyler Wilson and Lucus Lackey all of Rome, GA;

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Jeffrey Edwin McDonald will be held Thursday morning, February 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Ponders Calhoun Chapel.  Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. with his beloved son at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Aaron Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Arnold Gillman, Jason Meadows, Keith Stancill and Joey Jones honored to serve as pallbearers.  Military honors will be provided by Dalton American Legion Post #112.

The family will receive friends at Ponders Calhoun Chapel after 9:00 a.m. Thursday until the service hour.

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