History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Why Choose Us?
Not only are we family-owned by the Jennings family, we’re independent. Parnick Jennings, Sr. along with his family and the Good Shepherd Funeral Home Staff have a long and proud history of personal service in Rome and the surrounding counties. To learn more about our staff, you can click hereto go to the Meet our Staff Page.
All of our attention and time is devoted to your family and making our funeral home the best it can be for our friends and neighbors. Being independently owned we do not have to be distracted by corporate mandates, which gives us the flexibility to better serve our families according to their financial situations. We focus on you and your family not profits. Conglomerates and large corporate owned funeral homes answer to shareholders, we answer directly to you. We are here solely to make sure we do our very best to meet your families expectations.
When a family suffers the loss of a loved one, it’s of great comfort to know the funeral director on a personal level. Parnick Jennings, Sr. his family and staff, takes every opportunity we can to be involved in our community.
The more you know and understand about our independently owned funeral home, the more you will come to appreciate the difference. If you need to ask questions about pre-arranging or simply want to say hello, do not hesitate to call us, our family is here to serve yours.
The history of the Jennings legacy dates back to the late 1920s, when James William Jennings, Parnick's father, began his funeral service career in Etowah, Tennessee. He moved the family to Rome in 1930, where he opened what once was known as Jennings Funeral Home.
Parnick Jennings, Sr., became his father’s partner after his tour of duty in the Korean War in the 1950s. He and J.W. Jennings worked together to serve the grieving families all over Rome and surrounding counties, becoming well-known for their generosity, Christian duty and compassion.
After all, during the Great Depression (and for many years afterwards) many people could not afford a traditional funeral service for their loved ones. The Jennings family was, and still to this day are, well known for their dedicated personal service regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
The Jennings Family eventually sold their firms in 1988, to a corporation which allowed Parnick to run the funeral homes as if he still owned them.
The firms changed ownerships several times after Parnick sold the first time. This series of changes, coupled with his commitment to serving the families of this area during their time of greatest sorrow, led Parnick to the decision of, once again, opening his own firm.
It should be known that the administrators of the Jennings Funeral Home in Rome changed the operating name to McGuire-Miller Funeral Home. Parnick Jennings and his family have no affiliation with either of the former firms.
Selling his family's firm was a difficult decision, but it had its reward. In 2007 Parnick and Margaret Jennings obtained a charter from the Georgia Secretary of State for the incorporation of his new firm, Good Shepherd Funeral Home, which allowed him and his family to begin serving families in the precious name of Jesus in their hour of sorrow. Our firm is one of Rome's two locally-owned funeral homes.
Parnick Jennings, Sr.'s Good Shepherd Funeral Home opened in March 2008, paying homage to J.W. Jennings founding mission:
"Striving to serve you best in this sacred responsibility, with a staff trained to render a service equaled by few and surpassed by none, at the lowest cost in the community."
J. W. Jennings-
Our Valued Staff
Parnick Jennings, Owner
James Parnick Jennings,Sr.
Born – June 4, 1930, Etowah,TN
Moved to Rome Dec.1930 with parents when father opened Jennings Funeral Home
Graduated Darlington School 1947; University of Tennessee 1951, BS in Business Administration, Major in Journalism, Sports Editor College newspaper Junior & Senior year; Master Mortician Degree Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 1955
1st Lt., US Army Transportation Corp, Korean War, Sept.1951-Sept.1953
Licensed as a Georgia Funeral Director 1950; Embalmer 1955; recipient of the 60 YEAR AWARD as a LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR by the GEORGIA FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION and ACKOWLEDGED AS THE OLDEST LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR IN GEORGIA WHO STILL OWNS HIS OWN BUSINESS AND PRACTICES HIS PROFESSION EVERY DAY.
Ass’t.Mgr.Jennings Funeral Home, 1955-1960; Manager 1960-1972; Vice-President co-owner 1972-1977;owner & President 1977-1988; opened 2nd.locaton in West Rome and third in Cartersville 1977; sold firms in 1988 and remained consultant until 2007 when returned to ownership of Parnick Jennings,Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Rome.
Member & Deacon, Fifth Ave.Baptist Church,Rome; member Shorter University Board of trustees 1963-1968, returning in 2007 for 8 year term; Past Director Floyd County Baptist Associational Brotherhood; founder Carpenters for Christ in 1981; current member Floyd County Baptist Executive Committee; member Southern Baptist Sunday School Board of Trustees 1978-1986; only living Life Member of Salvation Army Advisory Board having served since 1964, also Board Chairman twice and Capital Campaign Chairman twice.
Past President Georgia Funeral Directors Association; past Chairman Constitution & By-Laws Committee National Funeral Directors Association; current member Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia and Georgia Funeral Directors Association.
Hosted two hour Sunday morning program of Gospel Music on WRGA, Rome from 1958-2002; hosted one hour weekly TV program of Gospel Music on Comcast Rome, Calhoun, Cartersville, Canton & Cumming and CTN Kodak,TN.from 1996-2008; currently host 3 annual Gospel Music Concerts at Rome City Auditorium; member Southern Gospel Music Association; Southern Gospel Promoters Association. Recipient of 2010 Hugh Burnes Christian Service Leadership Award; member Sgt.Billy Freeman Post 55 Korean Veterans Association and Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 of the American Legion; member Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.
Wife 53 years, Margaret Eads Jennings, who is his partner in business; son, James Parnick Jennings,Jr.(Tina), Cartersville; daughter, Jan Jennings Musick(Clyde),Rome; grandchildren, Tara(Brian) Inman, Darlington School Teachers; Clay Allen Kirkland, Plant Manager, Armstrong Hardwood Flooring, .(Becky)Kirkland, Somerset , Ky. ; Parnick Spencer Musick, in training with his grandfather at Good Shepherd; Jacob Musick, Georgia Highlands College six great-grandchildren, Maggie, identical twins, Wesley and Davis and Harrison Inman and Della Ruth Kirkland and Seth Allen Kirkland.
In college I had determined that I would pursue a career in either sports writing or broadcasting. However during the Korean War, I had a spiritual conversion at which time The Lord plainly told me to follow in my father’s footsteps as a mortician. I have never regretted that decision for it has given me the opportunity to render a ministry of comfort and hope to over 18,000 families. To God be the Glory
Margaret E. Jennings, Co-Owner/Secretary/Treasurer
Margaret has been involved in funeral service at her husband’s side for 45 years. Like her husband, she is a people person, helping the bereaved with Social Security Benefits, Veterans Administration documents, and filing insurance claims. Along with these truly important tasks, Margaret has a compassionate listening ear, and provides comfort for families even months after the funeral. Not only has Margaret worked closely in the day-to-day operations of both the original firm, and now Good Shepherd Funeral Home, she raised two children, Parnick Jennings, Jr., and Jan Jennings (Musick). She and Parnick thoroughly enjoy the company of their four 4 grandchildren, and their 5 great-grandchildren. Margaret is a member of 5th. Avenue Baptist Church. The Jennings family is truly blessed.
Bobby Don Rogers, General Manager
With 34 years experience in funeral service, Bobby Don is an exceptional asset to our firm, and to the community. He began his career in funeral service back in 1974, with Parnick Jennings. The sixteen years he was part of the Jennings Funeral Home were followed by 18 years with Perry Funeral Home. We were delighted when he returned to the Jennings family in September of 2008. Bobby Don received his mortuary science degree from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1990. He’s married to Charlayne Hobbs Rogers, and together they have raised 3 children.
Wayne Allison, Manager
Wayne came to us in March 2008. While rather new to his position as funeral assistant, he is a remarkable asset to us, and to the families we serve. He is very compassionate, respectful and caring. Willing to serve when called upon, he feels his duties as funeral assistant is a ministry to the people he serves and is thankful to be a part of the staff at Parnick Jennings, Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home. Wayne is a native of Blacksburg, South Carolina, now calls Rome his home - in fact, he’s Parnick Jennings next-door neighbor. Retired from Burlington Industries, Galey and Lord, Shannon, Georgia in 2001 as weaving department manager. He was employed by Burlington for 35 years. Prior to moving to Rome, Georgia in 1986, he was preventive maintenance manager at plants in Waco and Sherman Texas, Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, Durham and Asheville North Carolina and also worked as a consultant in textile plants in the U. S. and Mexico during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He attended numerous management seminars throughout his career. Wayne is an ordained deacon and has always been very active in church work. He has had many positions at the different churches he has been affiliated with. He is presently a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church Rome, Georgia. Happily married to the former Marilyn Gammon, they enjoy antiquing and auto racing. Together he and Marilyn have four daughters, one son, eight grandsons, one great grandson and two granddaughters.
Evelyn Montgomery, Receptionist/ Secretary
Evelyn came to us in 2008, and is an important part of the firm. Serving as receptionist and secretary, Evelyn is often the first person to speak with client families when they call or drop by. She is a graduate of the Johnson High School, class of 1958, and also a graduate of the Coosa Valley Technical College. Evelyn fits right in; she’s another great “people person,” and enjoys sitting down with people to speak at the heart-level, and ease the burden of someone’s loss. She’s married to William Montgomery. Together they have 2 children, 1 grandchild, and 2 step-grandchildren. They live in Cave Springs, on a beautiful farm. Evelyn loves to collect antiques, cook, garden, and being around people.
Ray Trussell, Pre-Need Insurance Advisor
Ray brings 46 years of experience in the insurance field to his position as our Pre-Need Insurance Advisor. He’s been with Good Shepherd for 1 year, and considers his work here very important. “Each family needs and desires are personal, and always treated in a confidential manner.” He serves as deacon in the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church and enjoys the opportunity to spend time with children of the church as a substitute Sunday school Teacher. Ray is married to Betty Joyce Dobbs Trussell. They raised 3 children, and now enjoy the company of their 9 grandchildren whenever possible.
Howard Mathis, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
Howard was 9 years old when his father died, and the care and compassion, along with the dignified professionalism of the funeral director who served his family, convinced Howard that his calling lay in serving the bereaved. Howard began his career with Parnick in 1985 and later worked with Daniel’s Funeral Home in Rome for 25 years before returning to Good Shepherd in August of 2011.
“ I feel that I have worked with outstanding funeral directors and served in quality funeral homes in my career. Each experience has contributed to my philosophy of serving each family with the same compassion, empathy, and diligence regardless of circumstances.” Funeral service has changed tremendously in the span of my career, and I am committed to educating myself to where I can meet the needs of every family.
Howard is married to the former Jane Holsonback and they have one daughter. They are members of Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church. We reside in the Armuchee Community and in his spare time enjoys music and history. Howard is a member of the Myrtle Hill –Oak Hill Cemetery Committee and participates in the annual Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tour each October, where he portrays residents of Myrtle Hill.
Joe Robinson, Funeral Assistant
Joe’s melodious voice has been heard on radio in Rome for a number of years. For part of Parnick Sr.’s 42 years of broadcasting on WRGA a two hour Sunday morning program “Hymns of the Christian Faith”, Joe ran the board and helped take call ins for birthdays, anniversaries, prayer time and memory time. He and Parnick Sr. developed a strong bond which has led to Joe now becoming a part of Good Shepherd’s compassionate service equally to all. For the past several years, Joe has been involved in delivering home health supplies and has been a blessing to hundreds of shut-ins. He is married to the former Pat McBrayer and they have a 20 year-old son, Taylor Robinson. Pat’s late father owned McBrayer Brothers Furniture Store and Joe’s late father was Santa Clause at The Mall for years. Pat has come full circle…her late great-grandfather was a brother to P.I. McBrayer who owned McBrayer Furniture Store and McBrayer-Gentry Funeral Home, which Parnick Sr.’s father bought in 1930 and moved to Rome to start Jennings Funeral Home. Joe and Pat are active members of The Church at Liberty Square in Cartersville and were the same many years at North Rome Church of God. Both sing in the choir and Joe does all of the narrations for the Cartersville church Multi-Media center.
Dr. W. H. Rabern, Chaplin
Joined Parnick Jennings Good Shepherd Funeral Home in December 2016, I am from Roswell Ga. I was Licensed and Ordination by Atlanta Street Baptist Church in Roswell Georgia. I have pastored several churches in North Georgia. Married to the former Catherine Lee of Roswell. We have two daughters and five grandchildren. I have served as Chaplin for several years. Catherine and I moved to Rome about a year and a half ago to be close to our daughter after I semi retired.
I am thankful to be able to serve our community with Mr.Jennings and his staff at Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
Cameron O'Neal, Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Cameron is a native Roman, A 2014 Graduate of Model High School Where his Junior Senior Years He was QB. His Parents are Julie Johnston O'Neal and Tony O'Neal. His Grandfather is Wayne Allison, Manager of Good Shepherd Funeral Home. Cameron Attended Shorter Univ. and received his Associate's Degree from Young Harris. Cameron joined Good Shepherd Funeral Home Staff July 2014, is an Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer. He will Attend Jefferson State College, Mortuary Science Dept in January 2017.
Herman Stamey, Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Herman is a native of Lindale, youngest of 8 children of the Late Rev. Bobby R. Stamey and Pearline Stamey Cowart. In 2000 He became a Registered Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer with Henderson & Sons, Leaving August 31, 2016 to join Good Shepherd Funeral Home on November 11, 2016 is an Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer, entering Jefferson State College, Mortuary Science Dept., January 2018. His wife Miranda, 3 year- old Daughter Sarah and 7 week old son, Micah are the joy of his life. He is also Associate Pastor of Silver Creek Baptist Church.
Jennifer Strickland, Office/Funeral Assistant
Jennifer is a graduate of Model High School, Rome Georgia. She also attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Berry College, Rome Georgia with a B.S.in Early Childhood Education. She previously worked in Bartow County School System as a Teacher before staying home to raise her three sons Andrew (19), Ethan (14), and Eli (7).
She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Rome Georgia and sustainer of the Junior Service League of Rome. She is also active in her boys school and activities . Jennifer joined Good Shepherd Funeral Home Staff in September 2016.
Jennifer Duvall, Office/Funeral Assistant
Jennifer is a native Roman, Living in the Dykes Creek/Johnson School area. She grew up and remains to live in Floyd county. Jennifer has two sons that she had the Privilege to Home School. She is of the Baptist Faith.
Jennifer joined Good Shepherd Funeral Home in September 2016.
Ronnie Stansberry, Funeral Assistant
George Danny Couzzourt, Funeral Assistant
Danny was born in Cedartown Georgia, Graduated Cedartown High School. Worked at Pet Bakery for over 23 years and North West Georgia distributor 51/2 years before Retiring
Danny enjoys camping and taken trips with his family. He has 8 Children, 12 grand children and 9 great grand children. Danny joined Good Shepherd Funeral Home August 2016.
Michael V. Huckaby, Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer
Michael V. Huckaby Graduated from Cave Spring High School in 1973.
He worked for General Electric, Jackson Typewriter Co. before going to work for Floyd County School System. After 34 years with FCS he retired and joined Good Shepherd Funeral Home in September 2015, Is a Licensed Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer.