Obituaries: Earl Norman Barrett, Jean Hunter Christie, Mrs. Morrissa N. Dawson, Frank Morgan Durden, Margaret White Gaines, Corey Ginn, Mr. Charles Richard “Rick” Highfield, Mr. Herbert Allen Osborne.

Obituaries: Earl Norman Barrett, Jean Hunter Christie, Mrs. Morrissa N. Dawson, Frank Morgan Durden, Margaret White Gaines, Corey Ginn, Mr. Charles Richard “Rick” Highfield, Mr. Herbert Allen Osborne.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Mr. Charles Richard “Rick” Highfield, age 64, of Rome, GA, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Rick was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on July 26, 1957, son of the late Charles Edward Highfield and the late Rachel Ann Breeden Highfield. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Gary Highfield and Mikey Highfield.

Rick graduated from Model High School in 1975. He then worked for Mohawk Industries, formerly World Carpets, for over 40 years. Rick was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his family, and he will be missed by all.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Kelly Weeks Highfield; son, Chance Highfield and his wife Heather; daughters, Haley Highfield and Amanda Highfield Tortorige and her husband Carson; granddaughters, Olive Highfield, Afton Tortorige; grandson Harrison Highfield; sisters, Melinda Bunch, Teresa Womack; brother, Ed Tudor, and many nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be held on a later date.

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

Mrs. Morrissa N. Dawson, age 36, of Rome transitioned January 25, 2022. Arrangements are incomplete.

F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Mr. Herbert Allen Osborne, age 84, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at a local hospital.

Mr. Osborne was born in Bartow County, Georgia on January 20, 1938, son of the late Benjamin Parker “Ben” Osborne and the late Rebecca Ann Williams Osborne Forsyth.  He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Henry Forsyth, a brother, Charles Osborne, and two stepbrothers, Charles Forsyth and James Forsyth.  Mr. Osborne was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  Prior to retirement, he worked for Marglen Industries.  He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the American Legion Post #5.  Mr. Osborne loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Nesbitt Osborne; three children, Carol Osborne Jones (Tony), Rome, Mark Osborne (Lori), Rome, and Robert Keene, Cartersville; a brother, Johnny Forsyth (Linda), Adairsville; three stepsisters, Henrietta Moore (Ralph), Martha Ghorley, and Mary Ghorley; twelve grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a special canine companion, Coco.

No formal services are planned.

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

Corey Ginn, age 29, of Rome passed away Tuesday January 25, 2022.

Corey was born on April 18, 1992 in Rome GA., to Rodger Ginn and Tonya Nelson Murphy. Corey Ginn was a Pepperell High School graduate of 2010. He was known as always driving the yellow truck. He was a wrestler, a football player, state track runner, and loved his buddies.

If he had a $1.00 and you needed it, he would give it to you. If anyone he knew needed anything no matter what time or day, he would do it for you. He had one hero since the day he was born and that was his papa, Gerald Nelson. He looked up to his papa each and every day. Corey was a perfect father and was raising them to be rough and tough. He stated he wouldn’t stop having kids until he got a boy. His baby boy is due on Corey’s birthday this year. No matter what he said or did, he loved his family. He knew at the end of every day, who he could count on. To Corey his nana wasn’t just a nana, she was always his “beautiful nana.” Corey was preceded in death by his grandparents: Gerald Nelson; and Hiram Greer and Mary Jane Ginn; step brother: Joshua Murphy.

Survivors include his children: Brilee Jade Ginn, Ainslee Blake Ginn and Bo Corey Ginn; father: Rodger (Misti Moon) Ginn; mother: Tonya (Ronnie) Murphy; sister: Marleigh Faith Powell; grandmother: Hope Nelson.

Funeral service for Corey will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday February 5, 2022 at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, with Rev. Rick Jacobs officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service hour on Saturday February 5, 2022 at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, 702 Pleasant Valley Rd SE, Silver Creek, GA 30173.

Pallbearers include the following gentlemen: John Tucker, Doug Dover, Ethan Carpenter, Kyle Thomas, Tony Tortoso, Joey Simpson.

Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Frank Morgan Durden, age 61, of Rome passed away Monday January 24, 2022.

Frank was born on August 24, 1960 in Macon GA., to Frances Ann Reed Durden and the late Richard Durden.

Survivors include his wife Patty Durden; daughters: Sharon Robinson, Brittany Scoggins; grandchildren: Drake Robinson, Reed Scoggins, Charlotte Scoggins; mother: Frances Reed Durden; brother: Michael Durden.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Saturday January 29, 2022 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.

Margaret White Gaines, age 98, of Rome, Georgia passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022. Margaret was born June 21, 1923.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Jean Hunter Christie, age 83, of Rome passed away Sunday January 23, 2022.

Jean was born on August 8, 1938 in Villa Rica, GA., to the late Earl Hunter and Ruby Jo Hodges Hunter. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters: Jo Elizabeth Moss, and Angela Denise Money.

Survivors include her children: Hunter Moss, and Suzanne Adair; grandchildren: Heather Warren, Tiffany Robinson, Joseph Money, Taylor Krijgsman, Rachel Adair, and Caleb Adair; 12 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren.

Family funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday January 31, 2022 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Earl Norman Barrett, age 79, of Rome, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Earl was born in Floyd County on June 18, 1942. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Connor Barrett and Joyce Culbersen Barrett, and a sister Barbara Jean Barrett Camp of Adairsville, GA.

Earl grew up in Floyd County. He was a 1962 graduate of Model High School in Shannon, GA. After high school, he worked at Pepperell Mill in Lindale, GA. He played semi-professional football with the Rome Bisons in 1963.

Earl was drafted into the United States Army in 1964 and served until 1966. During his service, he played on the Army baseball team. Upon returning home from deployment, he married the love of his life, Virginia Holden Barrett, on July 2nd, 1966. They have known each other since they were three years old. After his service, he was employed with both Colonial and Kerns bakeries. Earl was a Kerns bakery supervisor for 18 years and later employed by Colonial bakery. Upon retirement, Earl worked at the Barnsley Gardens Resort from 2008 until 2016. He found great joy in greeting all guests as a gatekeeper during his employment there. He had so many acknowledgements of his friendliness and work ethic that his wife filled a book of personal and thank you notes left by touched guests. Earl was a member of the Dykes Creek Baptist Church. Pastor Mikel Garrett was more than a pastor, he was Earl’s friend and visited quite often; Earl looked forward to his visits.

Earl was a dedicated, loyal, and loving spouse, father, grandfather. His survivors include, his wife of 55 years, Virginia Holden Barrett, two daughters, Laura LouAnn Robinson (Keith) of Alpharetta, Carla Dawn Grogan (Chris) of Cumming, five grandchildren, Laura Kinsey Robinson, Anna Claire Robinson Miller (Jared), Charlton Keith Robinson, Benjamin James Grogan, and Nathanial Barrett Grogan; his brothers, Robert David Barrett (Pat) of Calhoun and Jimmy Rickey Barrett (Lorena) of Adairsville; his brother-in-law, David Lamar Camp of Adairsville, his sisters-in-law, Evelyn Holden Hight, Judy Holden Bramblett, Mildred Holden Willerson (Tommy), Martha Bailey Holden, Mary Crowe Holden, and Vanita Austin Holden. Many very special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

Special friends, who brought him great joy with their frequent visits and constant support, include Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wood and Mr. and Mrs. John Holbert, and Jeff Hughes. Through his medical difficulties, all of his caregivers became family and Earl would have liked them recognized and thanked for their service and friendship.

Earl was a veteran, and his family would like to honor his life and service with donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. In lieu of flowers, please direct all donations to

His pallbearers include Barry Rayburn, Chad Bramblett, Sid Willerson, Jason Holden, Derek Camp, Sean Barrett, Connor Barrett, and Jimmy Barrett.

Funeral services for Earl will be Saturday afternoon, January 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. in the Alvis Miller Memorial Chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with Pastor Mikel Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens with Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion conferring military honors.

Earl’s family will receive friends at Salmon Funeral Home Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

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