Monday, May 4, 2009

Where Are They Now?

We'd like to catch up with past employees of Rome Seed. If you have any information on past employees (or if that past employee is you), please send any information to or just supply it in a comment below this post. We would also like to know the years/dates you were employed with Rome Seed. Yes, we've lost touch with many of our old friends and would love to hear from you.

Doris Copeland Diden passed away in 1974. Doris was the wife of Spencer Diden and worked in the office at Rome Seed for a period of time.

Spencer Diden passed away in 1987. Spencer served as President of Rome Seed for almost 4 decades.

Robert Payne passed away in 2003. River City Bank dedicated a conference room on the 2nd floor in Robert's honor. The media/theater room at 5th Avenue Baptist Church is named in Robert's honor as well. A yearly golf tournament which Robert helped start and which he never missed, lives on as the Robert Payne Memorial Golf Tournament. Robert began his landscaping business at Rome Seed in 1969 and later became President.

Mary Louise Payne still lives in Rome with her dog Punkin' and cat Missy. She has 3 grandchildren. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 but has successfully won that battle and is cancer free and doing great.

Kinney Fincher still lives in Rome with his wife Maxine Fincher. Kinney began working at Rome Seed in 1972 and was part owner of the business.

Kevin Payne lives in Rome with his wife Mai Lee and son Price (2). He is currently serving as the Floyd County Tax Commissioner. Kevin worked at Rome Seed during high school in the late 80's and returned in 1998 to serve as manager. He was general manager when the store closed in 2003.

Chad Payne lives in Milton, GA with his wife Stefanie and two sons, Ryan (5) and Jordan (7). He is partner and Senior Software engineer for Linn Software, developing charting and analysis software (Investor/RT) for traders and investors. Chad worked summers at Rome Seed during high school.

Robert "Bert" Whitlock passed away in 2009. Robert headed up one of Robert Payne's landscape crews for 3 decades.

Tony Waters works at Heaven's Attic in Rome and still loves to fish as often as he can. Tony also headed up a landscape crew for Robert Payne for close to 20 years, as well as working in the nursery at Rome Seed.

Joe Caldwell is retired and still living in Rome. Joe worked as a salesman for 5 years or so and was there when store closed.

Bill Cromer is still living in Rome last we heard, and still working on power equipment.

Pat Jacobsen is still living in Rome and working at Moe's Grill.

Here are a few more names we came up with (although we're unsure on some last names). If you have any information, please let us know.

General Sales
Robert Payne
Spencer Diden
Kevin Payne
Buddy Bailey
Kinney Fincher
Joe Caldwell
Dennis Holloway
Delmas Franklin

General Support
Tom Woods
Chad Payne

Landscaping / Lawn Maintenance
Tony Waters
Larry Robinson
Robert Whitlock
Ann and John Smith
Chad Payne
Kevin Payne
Morgan Lawson
Deion Sumlin
James "Big Daddy" Harris
Carlton Floyd

Maxine Fincher
Tony Waters
Pat Jacobsen
Mary Stanley
Ann Shaw
Marion Shaw

Power Equipment Shop
Pete Griffin
Dale White
Bill Cromer
Lavon Thomas

Office / Administration
Doris Diden
Mary Louise Payne
Doyce Lynch

Ricky Ford
Linda Haga
Michael Crews
John Adams
Tricia Barton
Andrew Stringer


  1. In 1988 we built our home on Mount Alto and Robert came and drew out the landscape plan. After 20 loads of "dirt" and another 20 loads of really good dirt we were able to have the plants planted.
    My car just wouldn't go by Rome Seed without making a "quick" stop just to see what was new..and for sure, I had to stop before Christmas to get my list.
    I miss Rome Seed and Feed and all of ya'll!!!
    My shopping is just not the same.
    Love ya, Connie and Harvey Burnes

  2. Tony Waters is now retired.