On Thursday December 8, 2022, Carolyn Lois (Brown) Turner, affectionately known as Mama and Memaw, passed away peacefully at the age of 80 years old.
Carolyn was born in Rome, Georgia on July 28, 1942 to James Rice and Lois Arvella (Chapman) Brown. During her childhood, she resided with her family in Cartersville on Brown Farm Road and attended Raccoon Creek Baptist Church every Sunday.. She graduated from Cartersville High School in 1961. After attending college in Atlanta, Carolyn, who was very proficient with numbers, became a Certified Bookkeeper. She was employed for many years as the head Bookkeeper at Springwood Nursing Home and Moran Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rome. She later worked at Rome Home Care as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper before starting her own business; Westside Bookkeeping and Tax Services. Before retiring, she was the Office Manager/Bookkeeper and sometimes electrician’s helper for Gene Wallace Electric Company. Over time, she became somewhat of an electrical aficionado and could explain almost anything about electricity and wiring.
Carolyn was an extremely kind and humble woman. Even during her illness, she was always polite and treated everyone with the utmost respect. She was also a very self-sufficient, independent and hard-working woman, who had an abundance of energy and stamina. She had a great work ethic and could always be counted on for anything. If anyone was in need, he or she knew that Carolyn would help in any way she could. She made sure that everyone in her family had food to eat and clothes to wear. Some of those clothes were sewn with love by her own two hands and her buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, vegetable soup, potato salad, and chicken and dumplings were almost impossible to replicate. She also had a green thumb and could grow almost any plant. From an early age, Carolyn developed a love for music. She played the saxophone in the Cartersville High Marching Band and always loved playing the piano. She passed that love of music on to her daughters, Pam and Patricia, who both play piano as well as all of her grandchildren, who each play various instruments.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her father James R. Brown, her mother Lois (Chapman) Brown, her sister Margaret Chapman, brother Joseph Earl Brown, and her half-brother Jimmy Brown. She is survived by her biological daughters Pam Burgess (Stanley) and Patricia Turner. Other survivors include her long-time companion Gene Wallace and the children they raised together, daughters Alena Wallace (Tom) and Sharon Wallace, sons Mark Wallace and Jason Wallace (Cecy). Her grandchildren, whom she loved immensely, include Tiffany Mazzeo (Danny), Kayla Overstreet (Ed), Jessi Stockham (Jerett), Kyle Burgess (Jessi), Nicole Griffin, Jevon and Chloe Wallace, and Addi and Alivia Barrett. Her great-grandchildren were very special to her and include Stephen and Gavin Mazzeo, Will Stockham, and Evelyn Overstreet.
Services will be held on Tuesday December 13th at Parnick Jennings in Cartersville. Visitation will be from 11am to 2pm followed by a short ceremony then processional to Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers include Jason Wallace, Mark Wallace, Jevon Wallace, Kyle Burgess, Jerett Stockham, and Ed Overstreet.
Afterwards, food and fellowship for family and friends will be at the home of Carol Brown, Carolyn's sister-in-law, at 430 Brown Farm Road, Cartersville.