Bessie S Abrams

August 6, 1928July 11, 2020

Mrs. Elizabeth (Bessie) Grinnell Smith Abrams, age 91, peacefully passed away on July 11, 2020, at a local Health and Rehabilitation Facility where she had been a resident for the past eight years. Mrs. Abrams was born in Rome, Georgia on August 6, 1928, the daughter of the late Ira Monroe and late Emma Lavada Lakey Grinnell. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and married the late Ray Smith. Following his death, she married the late John Russell Abrams and inherited a beloved step-son, the late George Russell Abrams, whom she adored. Mrs. Abrams is survived by a step-daughter-in-law, Lauren Abrams; a step-grandson, George Russell (Russ) Abrams Jr., and his wife, Jenna; and granddaughter, Collins Grace and grandson, John Crawford (Ford), of Donalds, S.C.; a niece, Janet Carter Blalock and family; and a very special friend, Vicki Blankenship. Mrs. Abrams was a member of Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, and a collector of dolls, loved to fish, and cherished dogs and horses. She worked in the clothing industry in downtown Rome for many years. A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Abrams on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at East View Cemetery in Rome, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Winthrop Health and Rehabilitation Resident Council of which Mrs. Abrams was a member and former officer. These contributions will supplement all of the residents and the Resident Council will decide how they will be utilized. Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 18, 2020


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Pam Ferguson

July 26, 2020

I met Bessie at work at Winthrop! She was very near and dear to my heart. Always wanting a hug or just an ear to listen. She is missed so much everyday. She was so full of life and enjoyed all the activities that was going on. I know she is in a much better place and is with her heavenly father smiling big! I will always remember Bessie and keep those memories with me always.

Sherry Rogers

July 17, 2020

Bessie was such a presence at Winthrop! She was involved in all of our activities and the personal lives of alot of our patients and staff members. She was truly concerned for and loved others and was always quick to offer a hug (and advice) to those she held dear to her. She will be missed but I know she is loving being in the presence of God and her family members that have gone on before her! Go rest high on that mountain my friend!

Ginger McClure

July 16, 2020

I worked at Winthrop long enough to get to know and dearly love my "Miss Bessie"! I am so sorry for your loss, and will keep your family in my prayers!

Jacqueline Davis

July 14, 2020

I met Ms Bessie working at Winthrop Heath and Rehab. She was such a sweet hearted woman who was particular about her clothes! I loved how much she appreciated each compliment given and loved us all who worked there. She is going to be dearly missed.

Allison Bradburn

July 14, 2020

Rest easy Bess ❤️ We all love u and miss u so much.

Tammie Jones/Tolbert

July 14, 2020

Bessie lived next door to me & always said I was her daughter :) We were not kin in any way, but she always had a way of telling me what to do lol.
She was funny & I can still her say Tammie
Can you come up here & fix my tv or change a light bulb.
She will be missed.
Love her always,
Tammie Jones Tolbert

Tracy Puckett

July 14, 2020

I met Bessie at work, Winthrop Health and Rehab. She was funny, loving and kind. We are going to miss seeing her smiling face everyday or hearing her calling Sherry or Tamala. She is now with her husband and son sitting at Jesusbfeet.

Vicki Blankenship

July 14, 2020

Bessie and I became friends four years ago when I became a client at Winthrop Health and Rehab. I was recuperating from hip surgery and she immediately took me under her wing and made me feel welcome. She introduced me around and checked on me frequently. She was like my mother hen! When I left Winthrop, we both cried, but vowed to keep in touch. And boy, did we ever! Our friendship turned into Sunday lunches and plenty of card writing. I always looked forward to birthdays and Christmas. Now my friend is gone and I am going to miss her. Rest In Peace, dear friend. I love you.


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