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Jordan, Pope, III '63
Deceased > Monday, 5/15/2017

Dr. Willis Pope Jordan III, of Rome, Georgia, age 72, passed away on May 15, 2017 after a short illness. Pope was born on February 5, 1945 in Columbus, Georgia, son of the late Dr. Willis Pope Jordan, Jr., and Elizabeth Beasley Jordan. Pope graduated from Darlington School in 1963. He earned his B.S. from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1967 and graduated Medical School of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in 1971. Following graduation from medical school, Pope proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 through 1975 stationed in Hahn Airbase, Germany. Upon his return to the U.S., Pope completed his medical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas in 1978. He and his family then moved to Rome, Georgia where he started his medical practice as an OB/GYN. He joined Norton, Hortman, Wilcox & Cates, now known as Norton Women’s Clinic, in 1979 and during the course of his medical career in Rome delivered over 3,500 children. His accomplishments include acting as Chairman of OB/GYN of Floyd Medical Center from 1989 through 1991 and serving on the Harbin Clinic Quality Assurance Committee from 2001 through 2010, acting as chair of the QA committee for four years.

Pope was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Lynne Garner, with whom he had four children and is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Della Fran Jordan, and five children: Michele Leigh Farmer of Lancaster, CA; Alicia Jordan Haff (Corey) of San Antonio, TX; Laura Jordan Baker (Jon) of Dallas, TX; Amy Jordan Scott (Matt) of Kingwood, TX; and Andrea Jordan Garramone (Michael) of Dallas, TX and their nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Jenni Feldhaus and Juli Martin and predeceased by his sister, Jerri Morrison. Upon Pope’s retirement from his medical practice in 2010, he and Fran loved to spend free time taking cruises, traveling internationally and visiting family. At home, Pope loved to cook, play bridge and spades, complete crossword puzzles, and working in his garden and fish pond.

The family will receive friends at Daniel’s Funeral Home, 901 E. 2nd Ave. in Rome, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th.

Please visit www.daniels-funeralhome.com to share fond memories and condolences.

Tudor, Jessie '11
Deceased > Monday, 5/15/2017

Miss Jessica Elizabeth “Jessie” Tudor, age 23, of Lyerly, GA, died Monday, May 15, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Miss Tudor was born May 31, 1993, in Athens, GA, daughter of Vergil Francis and Christy Lynn Dooley Tudor.  She was a member of the Lyerly United Methodist Church and was the assistant manager of the Zaxby’s of Dalton.  Jessie was an honor graduate of the Darlington Class of 2011 and had also attended the North Georgia College where she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.  She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed anything that involved being outside with her dad.  She also loved deer hunting, fishing, singing, doing makeup, and sunbathing with her mom.  Jessie had a heart of gold and was fiercely loyal and protective of her family, friends, and anyone who was considered an “underdog.”  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Tommy Hughes Dooley and several great-grandparents.

Miss Tudor is survived by her parents, Vergil and Christy Dooley Tudor; sisters and brother-in-law, Kristin Baylee and Zack Taylor Carpenter, Abbey LeeAnn Tudor; grandparents, Peggy Dooley, Charles and Martha Tudor; great-grandmother, Annie Mae Williams; aunts and uncles, Rusty Dooley, Susan and Rusty Webb, Doug and Jennifer Tudor, Jan and Britt Willingham, and David Tudor; several cousins; and her dogs that she considered her babies, Harlee, Maverick, and Delilah.

Funeral services for Miss Tudor will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 18, 2017, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Lyerly Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Zack Carpenter, Rusty Dooley, Doug Tudor, Rusty Webb, Britt Willingham, David Tudor, Anna Swafford, and Tina McRae.  Honorary pallbearers will be Isaiah Foster, Hunter Wilkerson, Brad Brumbelow, Meagan Hurley, Tori Willingham, Amos Willingham, and Kelsey Fletcher.

Miss Tudor will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Chattooga County (P.O. Box 636, Summerville, GA 30747).


O'Brien, Mary '06
Deceased > Saturday, 5/13/2017

Mary Murrell O'Brien was born January 14, 1988 on a snowy day in Little Rock, Ar. She lost her beloved mother, Margie, when she was only 13 years old. Mary and Margie are rejoicing together, reunited in heaven on May 13, 2017.

Mary gave her family and friends so much joy during her time with us. She was energetic, caring, spunky and creative. Her determination was exemplified by the shelf she sawed, hammered, and glued till it spelled Love. 

Her infectious smile lit up every room. A friend aptly described her as a "light". Mary loved animals, birthdays, cooking and engulfing protein with her Dad at Outback. She was a fighter in her appetite for life. Multiple recent health issues including an apparent blood clot could not dim her sparkle.

Mary attended Christ the King Elementary School, the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, and Troy University. She is survived by her father Joe O'Brien of Little Rock; her sister, Evie O'Brien Pearson (Carl) of Sherwood; her brother, D.J. O'Brien (Meg) of Greensboro, NC; two nieces, a nephew and many cousins, Aunts and Uncles whom she loved dearly. She adored her constant companion and beloved Chihuahua mix, Kennedi. 

A Vigil - Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 730pm and a Celebration of Life on Thursday, May 18 at 10am, both at Christ The King Catholic Church, 4000 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. 

Memorials are welcomed to the Monsignor Hebert Building Endowment Fund, Christ the King School; or flowers c/o Little Rock Funeral Home.

 

Scarboro, Sam '47
Deceased > Friday, 5/12/2017
SCARBORO, Sr., Samuel Jackson Samuel Jackson Scarboro, Sr., 90, cherished and beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away surrounded by his family on May 12, 2017. He loved God, his family and friends, America, and great singing with all his heart. He had many interests: traveling, westerns, classic movies, history, antiques, art, sports and nature. He enjoyed spending time with his family during holidays, especially Christmas, and on family vacations on the Georgia coast where he played Setback (his family's favorite card game), fished in the Marshes of Glynn, fed the sea gulls, and ate fresh crab and trout. It was in the Golden Isles that he fell in love with and married Elizabeth Little Smith, in the First Methodist Church of Brunswick, GA on March 24, 1962. An Atlanta native, Mr. Scarboro was born at Emory University Hospital on October 17, 1926, to David Dewey and Grace Jackson Scarboro. He attended Druid Hills Elementary, Boys High, and graduated from Decatur High School, where he was recognized for his football skills as a fullback and kicker, for his extraordinary sense of humor, and for his exceptional singing voice. At 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served the country he loved so dearly in the Pacific during WWII. He won the boxing championship aboard the U.S.S. Nevada. After the war, he played football at the Darlington School in Rome and graduated from the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Business Administration, followed by graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Indiana University. He became an account manager with Superior Decals in Dallas, TX and then managed the Coca Cola and Budweiser accounts for D'Arcy Advertising in St. Louis, MO. He later became an advertising executive and real estate broker in Atlanta. He and his wife reared their three children in Buckhead where they were active in civic, church and community activities. Mr. Scarboro retired as Co-Owner and President of North Decatur Shopping Center, Inc. in 1992, but continued to manage his other business interests. His love for music began at an early age. At 12, he sang his first solos, "The Isle of Capris" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", on Atlanta's WSB radio accompanied by Graham Jackson, President Roosevelt's favorite musician. He later studied opera in New York City with Samuel Margolis, who also coached Jerome Hines, renowned Metropolitan Opera bass who became his friend and sang at his wedding. Mr. Scarboro recorded hymns that aired on New York's WOR radio series, "Searching the Scriptures", hosted by his friend and Presbyterian minister Dr. David W. Baker, MD. Dr. Baker later married Mr. Scarboro and his wife. Together, they performed in many operas, musicals and concerts, including performances overseas. A former member of Roswell Presbyterian Church, Mr. Scarboro sang in the chancel choir for years. Mr. Scarboro often sang the "National Anthem" at Atlanta Braves and Falcons games and for other local events, such as the opening of Stone Mountain Park and the downtown Westin Hotel. He sang the role of Andrew in Jerome Hines' opera "I Am the Way." He studied his Bible daily and shared his faith by singing in many churches and overseas missions. He was a member of the Atlanta National Golf Club and the Sea Island Beach Club. He was an honorary Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Scarboro was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother David D. Scarboro, Jr. (Gill), Winchcombe, England; and is survived by his wife of 55 years. Beth; his children and grandchildren: Samuel J. Scarboro, Jr. (Jodie) Tucker, GA; Forester D. Scarboro (Angela), Alyssa G. Scarboro and Shannon D. Scarboro, Richmond Hill, GA; Grace Scarboro O'Connor (Bill), Brian S. O'Connor and Jason W. O'Connor, Keller, Texas; brother-in-law Clyde C. Smith, Jr. (Susan), Sea Island, GA; nephews Clyde C. Smith III (Jill), St. Simons Island, GA; David D. Scarboro III (Ann), Reading, England; N. Dale Scarboro (Alison), Cheltenham, England; and nieces Townsend S. Curran (Jim), Woodbridge, VA; Susan M. Smith, Brookhaven, GA; and Andrea S. Burn (Dick), Withernsea, England. He is also survived by many great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27th, the Reverend Becky Rowell officiating. Burial will follow the service in Christ Church Frederica Cemetery. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, kindly contribute to either Christ Church Frederica, 6329 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522, or Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell, GA 30075; or a charity of your choice . Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, Brunswick, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.www.edomillerandsons.com.
 
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 21, 2017
Ledbetter, Bob, Sr. '53
Deceased > Wednesday, 5/10/2017
Robert Harbin Ledbetter Sr., a business and community leader in Northwest Georgia for decades, has died at age 81. Daniel’s Funeral Home, which has charge of arrangements, shares that Ledbetter was born on Sept. 24,1935, and passed away Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 15, at 4 p.m. at Darlington School’s Morris Chapel. The family will receive friends at home following the ceremony.

The news spread through Thursday afternoon’s Rome Rotary meeting, where his son, Robert Jr., is a member. The Rotarians paused for a moment of silence in his memory.

Shorter University posted the following:

“Bob Ledbetter was a true friend to Shorter University and to the Rome community,” said President Dr. Don Dowless. “Shorter’s College of Business and our Baseball Complex bear his name and stand as a testament to the support he has given the University over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and the entire Ledbetter family.” One of the college’s first trustees was Capt. A.W. Ledbetter, a Civil War veteran who established a number of businesses in Rome; he served as a Shorter College trustee for 26 years and was named a trustee emeritus of the institution. Mr. Ledbetter’s father, A.W. Ledbetter, later served on the college’s Board of Trustees and, in the 1950s, became the first president of the Shorter College Scholarship Fund. Robert H. Ledbetter Sr. served on Shorter’s Board of Visitors from 1996 to 2000. In 2008, he served as honorary chairman of the Pursuit of Excellence Campaign for Shorter College Athletics. Mr. Ledbetter financially supported the development of the on-campus baseball complex, which also bears his name. He was inducted into Shorter’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.”

Mr. Robert Harbin Ledbetter Sr., age 81, Rome, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, after an extended illness. He was at home surrounded by his family.

Bob was born in Rome on September 24, 1935, son of the late Allison Woodville Ledbetter Sr. and Rosa Harbin Ledbetter. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Allison W. Ledbetter Jr.

Bob was a graduate of Culver Summer School, Darlington School and Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958. Following his graduation, he proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. Upon his return to Rome, Bob joined his father’s company and built a successful career in highway construction, mining and real estate development, serving as president of Ledbetter Brothers Inc. and vice president of L.B.I. Quarries Inc.

A determined entrepreneur, Bob was co-founder of First Rome Bank and Georgia State Bank of Rome, both ultimately acquired by Regions Financial. He served on the Board of Directors of Echota Realty Co., Shorter Realty Co., Chesapeake International and numerous real estate partnerships. Bob was a former owner of the Atlanta Flames and Atlanta Hawks professional sports teams, and also served on the boards of Omni Coliseum Promotions Inc. and Atlanta-Fulton County Management Company.

In 1988 he formed R. H. Ledbetter Properties Inc., now R.H. Ledbetter Properties LLC, to develop and manage commercial real estate investments, which currently total some two million square feet in the Southeast. Bob has served and participated in a number of civic and business organizations including Georgians for Better Transportation, Rome-Floyd Industrial Development Commission, Rome Rotary Club, Georgia Highway Contractors Association, Georgia Asphalt Paving Association, American Road Builders Association and National Asphalt Paving Association and International Council of Shopping Centers.Bob has been listed in the Who’s Who in the South & Southwest, Who’s Who in Finance & Industry, and Who’s Who in Real Estate and Development Industries.

Bob’s philanthropic focus was primarily centered on youth and their education and development. He served on the Board of Trustees for Shorter University, Darlington School and the Culver Educational Foundation. Bob was appointed to the Georgia Tech Alumni Board of Trustees and to Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business Advisory Board. He served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia and was proud of his over 50 year association with the Club. At Shorter University, Bob supported the development of the on-campus baseball complex which bears his name, as well as the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business. He was also inducted into the Shorter University Athletic Hall of Fame. At Georgia Tech Bob established The Robert H. Ledbetter, Sr. Professor of the Practice of Real Estate Development at the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business. He and his family also created the R. H. Ledbetter Family Endowment for the Naval School of the Culver Educational Foundation to maintain its flagship vessel “The R. H. Ledbetter.”

Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rome. He was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Sons of the American Revolution, Coosa Country Club, Nine O’clock Cotillion Club, Sea Island Club, Georgia Tech’s Golden “T” and The Hill Society.

Bob’s legacy will endure through his devoted wife of 54 years, the former Betty Dandridge Wright, and their three sons all of Rome, Robert H. Ledbetter Jr. and his wife Patti, E. Wright Ledbetter and his wife Kelley, and David D. Ledbetter and his wife Lauren, along with nine grandchildren: Bob III, Hollis, Kathryne, Henry, Molly, Campbell, Henley, Harper, and Virginia. He is also survived by his late brother’s wife, Irby Ledbetter, and niece and nephew; Alice Turner and her husband, John and nieces and nephews.

Bob was especially grateful to the caregivers throughout the years of his illness for their compassion, friendship and skilled assistance including Lynn Hatcher, Sherri Acker-Ray, Pam Langham, Judy Hester and Angie McGuire, as well as his devoted caretakers Aver Morehead, Sam Malone and Toni Guinn. A special thank you to Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd for making his final hours comfortable and peaceful.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorial contributions to the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia, P. O. Box 2939, Rome, GA 30162, or to the school, church, or charity of your choice .

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 4:00 pm at Darlington School’s Morris Chapel, Rome. Dr. Nelson Price and Reverend Jeff Chadwick will officiate. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends at home, 1121 Kingston Road, Rome.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.
Walston, Henry, III '37
Deceased > Thursday, 4/27/2017
Henry Hyman Walston, III, of Wilson, died on Thursday April 27, 2017. He was born in Wilson, NC, the second son of Henry Hyman Walston, Jr. and Ruth Sauls Walston. H. H. attended the Public Schools of Wilson graduating from Charles L. Coon High School. He then attended one year at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. After graduating from Darlington, he attended Atlantic Christian College. H. H. was a natural athlete and excelled in all sports in which he participated.

H. H. was a veteran of World War II seeing action in North Africa and Italy. He was a member of the U. S. Army infantry receiving two purple hearts and the bronze star.

Following the war, he served as a sales supervisor on the Tobacco Markets in Wilson, NC and Nashville, Georgia. He also assisted his father in managing farm properties. Later he had a long career as Secretary and Treasurer of Barnes Motor & Parts Co., Inc.

H. H. married Martha Barnes Kirkland on March 22, 1947. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their children and families.

H. H. was a life-long and loyal member of First United Methodist Church in Wilson serving in many capacities. Upon retirement, he spent countless hours riding his steering wheel adorned bicycle, visiting friends in the hospital and nursing homes and enjoying his children and grandchildren. H. H. was loved by many and he loved everyone equally in return.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Dred Stuart Walston, Hubert Cozart Walston and his sisters, Ruth Sauls Walston and Sarah Walston Peters.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Kirkland Walston; son, Henry Hyman Walston IV and wife, Betty Lou; daughters, Martha Kirkland Walston and Jean Walston Neese and husband, Johnny. Also by four grandchildren, Kirkland Stringer Walston, Henry Coble Neese and fiancée, Marian Taylor Rice, John Walston Neese and Martha Walker Neese.

He was a member of a large family and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Wilson, 100 Green Street NE, at 3 P.M. on Sunday April 30th. Interment will follow immediately at Mapelwood Cemetary. 

The family is thankful for all his faithful caretakers over the last few years.

The family will be at home, 1225 Kenan Street from 4:30 - 8:30 on Saturday April 29th as well as other times. In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson, NC 27894-1423 or the organization of your choice.

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Dr N, Wilson, (252) 237-7171, www.wilson memorialservice.com
Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 29, 2017 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?n=henry-hyman-walston&pid=185240701&fhid=16943#sthash.NwNndVxV.dpuf
 
Payne, Randy '58
Deceased > Wednesday, 4/19/2017
Mr. George Randle “Randy” Payne, age 76, of Cedar Bluff, AL, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at a medical facility in Alabama.

Mr. Payne was born in Rome, GA on September 8, 1940, son of the late Thomas E. Payne and the late Ruby Inez Broome Payne. Randy served in the United States Army Reserves as a military police for 8 years. "Big Stuff" was a member of the Gaylesville United Methodist Church, was a local automotive dealer and was well known for his accomplishments in drag racing. Mr. Payne was a member of the NHRA Hall of Fame, The East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame, the Georgia Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Southern Drag Racers Hall of Fame and the Old Drag Racers in Panama City, FL and received the Floyd Sports Hall of Fame Professional Athletic Award. He represented Ford Motor Company in the 1970's and raced on nearly every track in the United States and Canada, winning 76% of his races. Randy will be receiving the NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award in Bowling Green, KY on June 15, 2017.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Payne, Cedar Bluff, AL; two sons, Butch Payne, and his wife, Wendy, Rome, and David Payne, and his wife, Tammy, Rome; a daughter, Rebecca Ann Payne, Rome; step-children, Trisha Jaunez, and her husband, Bob, Rockford, IL, Cortni Kline, Daniel Vann and Jason Hulsey, and his wife, Jennifer, Bremen; his grandchildren, Tiffany Horton, and her husband, Chris, Rome, Trey Payne, and his fiancée, Mary Margaret McCord, Cartersville, Payton Payne, Nashville; Josh, Brent, Kaitlyn, Nickolas, Robyn Crocker, Dani Crocker and Taylor Simonson; one great grandson, Sam Horton, Rome; nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. 

Funeral services will be held on Sunday April 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with Dr. Joel Snider officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. 

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 11:00 AM until service time. 

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Sunday at 1:30 PM and include: Steve Billings, Bill Gore, Jeff Harrington, Jeff Woodall, Bruce Price and Joe Baker. Honorary pallbearers include: Bobby Shellhorse, Mike Quinn, Audie Murphy Beason, Doyle Buffington, William Parris, and Rocky Blake.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.
Thornton, Earl '47
Deceased > Monday, 4/10/2017
James Earl Thornton
March 16, 1929 - April 10, 2017
Macon, GA- James Earl Thornton passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:00PM at Christ Church. The Reverend Cynthia Knapp will be officiating with burial following at Riverside Cemetery. The family may be contacted at the residence.
Mr. Thornton was predeceased by his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Margaret Anne Thornton Gruentzig and Dr. Andreas Roland Gruentzig; parents, Huie Allen Thornton and Harry Gardner Thornton, and brother, Harry Allen Thornton. He graduated from Darlington School and earned a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1952. He was general manager of the finishing division of the Bibb Company where he worked for forty-four years. He was a member of Christ Church where he served as Senior Warden and was a member of the Vestry.
Mr. Thornton is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Mary Jane Thornton of Macon, and sister-in-law, Martha Anne Ware (Nicholas) of Sheffield, Alabama.
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Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola has charge of arrangements. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/macon/obituary.aspx?n=james-earl-thornton&pid=185042839&fhid=4418&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.9GWPsmpf.dpuf

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