Mrs. Clara Mae Waldrop Parris, age 82, 369 Collier Road, Rome, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Parris was born in Randolph County, AL on November 9, 1927, daughter of the late Riley and Liza Biddie Overton Waldrop. She was also preceded in death by her husband Joseph R. Parris on June 26, 1989, by a grandson, Robbie Brown, by 2 sisters, Beulah Hardeman and Mae Berry, and by 6 brothers, Hubert, Hoyt, Norman, Dan, James, and Riley Waldrop, Jr.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Trend Mills here in Rome for over 7 years. Mrs. Parris was a member of the Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Janice Brown, and her husband, David, Summerville, Mrs. Betty Harris, and her husband, Rickey, Rome, and Mrs. Judy Cowart, and her husband, Bobby, Rome; 1 sister, Mrs. Thelma Swords, Albertville, AL; 9 grandchildren, Brad Harris and his wife, Kristin, Rome, Eric Harris, and his wife, Jamie, Rome, Joey Harris, and his wife, Erin, Rome, Mrs. Jennifer Middleton, and her husband, Tommy, Summerville, Mrs. Meagan Hughes, and her husband, Justin, Trion, Brandon Brown, Summerville, Mrs. Lorrie Espy, and her husband, Kevin, Subligna, Jason Costlow, and his wife, Stephanie, Aragon, and Joseph Costlow, and his wife, Starr, Rockmart; 20 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Waldrop, Rev. Bill Dowdy, Rev. Donald Lindsey, and Rev. Rob Miller officiating. Interment will follow in New Armuchee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home on Saturday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. At other hours, they may be contacted at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Betty Harris, 369 Collier Road, Rome.

Active and honorary pallbearersare requested to assemble at the Gethsemane Baptist Church on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and are as follows: Active: Grandsons. Honorary: Anthony Segars, Randy Cromer, Eric Barnett, and Dewayne Swords.

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