Obituaries: Ralph Douglas Cain Sr., Ms. Florence E. Dowdy, Melanie Sharon Flemister, Mrs. Carolyn ‘Carol’ Adams Gibson, Dean John Thomas.

Obituaries: Ralph Douglas Cain Sr., Ms. Florence E. Dowdy, Melanie Sharon Flemister, Mrs. Carolyn ‘Carol’ Adams Gibson, Dean John Thomas.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

Ralph Douglas Cain Sr., age 76, of Rome, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022, at his daughter’s residence.

Mr. Cain was born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 29, 1946, son of the late Joseph Paul Cain, Sr. and the late Audrey Iona Chandler Cain.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol Diane Hayes Cain, and by a brother, Robert Eugene Cain, Sr.  Prior to retirement, he worked in janitorial services at Spears Mattress Company.  He was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church.

Survivors include five daughters, Rachel Cain, Melissa Cain, Janet Petzold, Tammy Cain, and Sarah Martin; two sons, Douglas Cain, and Vincent Cain; a sister, Louise Southerland; a brother, Paul Cain; 22 grandchildren; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 4pm in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Gene Spears, the Rev. George Nix, and the Rev. Calvin Townsend officiating.  Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park with the Rev. Eddie Frye officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, please contact the family about memorial contributions.


Mrs. Carolyn ‘Carol’ Adams Gibson, age 69, of Rome, GA, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 3, 2022.

Mrs. Carol was born August 26, 1952, daughter of Elisha and Helen Adams. She graduated from Tift College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She worked as a substitute teacher and at the Waffle House where she met her husband, Herbie. Carol enjoyed watching sports, especially the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and the Georgia Bulldogs. Carol was a talented musician and singer. She enjoyed puzzle books and word searches during her free time. Carol was a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend to all. She was preceded in death by her father Elisha Adams; sister, Delores Cox and two brothers, Allen and Jeff Adams

Mrs. Carol is survived by her husband, Herbert Gibson of Rome; children, Travis, David and Amanda; mother, Helen Adams of Marietta; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

As soon as service details are finalized, they will be announced here. For those wishing to do so, the family respectfully requests donations in lieu of flowers to assist with her final expenses.

Salmon Funeral Home.


Ms. Florence E. Dowdy, age 74, of Rome transitioned May 1, 2022. The service will be Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Love Joy Baptist Church at 1:00 pm.

F. K. Jones Funeral Home.


Dean John Thomas, age 53, of Rome passed away Monday May 2, 2022.

Dean was born on January 13, 1969 in Manhassett, New York, to John Thomas and Elaine Lambros Thomas. He is survived by his children: Christopher Thomas, Olivia Thomas, and Emily Thomas; his parents: John and Elaine Thomas; sister: Elyssa (Barry) Williams, former spouse: Karen Thomas.

In accordance to his wishes, Dean will be cremated. The family will hold a Celebration of Dean’s Life on Friday May 6, 2022 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM at his sister Elyssa residence, 2811 Everett Springs Rd NE Armuchee GA. 30105.

Good Shepherd Funeral Home.


Melanie Sharon Flemister, age 48, of Rome GA. passed away on May 1, 2022.
Melanie was born on July 17, 1973 in Rome GA. She was the daughter of the late Debra Flemister Smith and Rodney Flemister, grandmother Francis Weldon and grandfather James A. Flemister.
She is survived by her stepmother Kathy Floyd Flemister, a brother Jason Flemister, a niece Katelyn (Chandler) Blum, a nephew Jacob Flemister, grandmother Carolyn Flemister, and several aunts and uncles and a host of cousins and friends, and very special friends Cindy Smith and Tom Dean. Melanie was member of West End Baptist Church.
The visitation will be at West End Baptist Church on Saturday May 7, 2022 from 11:00 AM until 12 noon with the service to immediately follow. The service will be conducted by Rev. Greg Montgomery.
In lieu of flowers the family ask for donations to West End Baptist Church.
Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
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