Obituaries

Althea Pate

Althea Catherine Flowers Pate, 90, of Calhoun, died at home on Monday, July 3, 2017, following several months of declining health. She was born in Whitfield County on March 12, 1927; she was the daughter of the late John Shelby and Lulur Thomas Flowers. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than sixty years, Van Buren Pate, Sr. in 2010; her son, Van Buren Pate, Jr.; her son-in-law, Walter Walraven; her brothers, Lester, Henry, Paul, John Will, Vester, Joe Cyphus and Luke Flowers; her sister, Gladys Pate. She was a homemaker who opened her house to many friends and family members. Althea’s house was lovingly referred to as Pate’s Coffee House. She also enjoyed gardening and her pets.

Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law, Freddy and Marcelle Pate, and Jimmy and Barbara Pate; her daughters, Judy Walraven and Michelle Pate; her grandchildren and their spouses, Amelia and Seth Gamblin, Amanda Woodruff and Jeremy Cate, Samantha and Bryan Kirby, Zackery Pate and Emily Shotner, Wesley and Christy Brown, Marty and Amber Brown, and Jeremy Pate; her great-grandchildren, Korbin, Hayden, Shelby, Marley, Jonah, Henry, Ryan, Justin, Hope, Cheyenne, Macy, Jaxson, Lillie and Dawson; her sister-in-law, Willie Mae Babet; lifelong family friends, Kenneth Charvat, Sandra Betts, and Johnny Mack and Emily Thompson; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The Pate family received friends on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service was conducted on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial followed at Fidelle Cemetery. Rev. Marvin Brock and Rev. Tony Angel officiated. Her grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Ruth Page

Ruth Callaway Page, age 92, of Resaca, passed away Tuesday morning, July 4, in Gordon Health Care.

Ruth was born April 24, 1925 in Gordon County, daughter of the late John Carden and Lonie Ingle Carden. She was a member of the Sugar Valley Church of God and had worked in the textile industry prior to her retirement.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harden Callaway and her second husband, Lee Edward Page; two grandchildren, Pamela Richmond and Jerome Wofford; one great-grandchild, Mehry Morehead, as well as six sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Inez Morehead and her husband, Jack, of Resaca, Jeanette Wofford of Calhoun and Jane Richmond and her husband, Cecil, of Resaca. Eight grandchildren, Marty Morehead, Tony Morehead, Daren Richmond, Danny Richmond, Brian Richmond, Greg Richmond, Karen Bozeman and Jay Wofford; five great-grandchildren, Elijah Bozeman, Bristol Wofford, Addison Morehead, Braley Morehead and Kenley Morehead also survive.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday, July 6 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Rev. Dwayne Shadix and Chaplain Terry Combs officiating. Burial followed in Gordon Memorial Gardens with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

You may send condolences to the family at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Ruth Callaway Page.

Patsy Owens

Patsy Ann Nelson Owens, age 81, of Calhoun, died Monday, July 3, at Gordon Hospital.

Patsy was born in Gordon County, Sept. 18, 1935, daughter of the late John Joseph Nelson and Grace Rosella Goodson Nelson. Also, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur C. Owens, Jr., three grandchildren and two brothers, Ed Nelson and John Joseph Nelson, Jr. In addition, she was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles T. Owens, Christine Balliew, and her husband, Floyd, Pauline Davis and her husband, Hugh Don, Ernest B. Owens, and James E. Owens. Patsy was a lifetime resident of Calhoun and Gordon County; a graduate of Calhoun High School Class of 1953, and a member of the Belmont Baptist Church. She was employed for over 36 years by the local U.S. Department of Agriculture, A.S.C.S. office.

Patsy is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Owens, of Calhoun and a son, Mitchell Owens, of Rome; several brothers and sisters-in-law, Geneva Owens, Betty Jean Owens, Evelyn Owens, Dolly McEntyre, Dimple Darnell and her husband, Edward, Kenneth Owens and his wife, Debbie, Linda Galloway and her husband, Jimmy; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7 at the Echota Baptist Church with Dr. Brent Davis officiating. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Thomas Funeral Home, and burial will be in Fain Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Reed Davis, Edward Owens, Robert Owens, Chad Owens, Kenny Fuquea, Gary McEntyre, Brennan Galloway, and David Woods. Honorary pallbearers are her special friends and much loved caregivers, Sandra Strickland, Michelle Strickland, Kelly Craig, Kim Franklin, Amada McGuire, Tammy Thomas, and Pam Thomas. Additional honorary pallbearers are Haley Owenby, Randy Thomas, and members of the Esther Sunday School Class of Belmont Baptist Church. In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice. Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Patsy Ann Nelson Owens.

Earl Ruth

Earl Dean Ruth, age 77, of Calhoun, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his compassionate family.

Earl was born on Aug. 19, 1939 to the late Earl Kyle Ruth and Virginia Ruth Goins. Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the transportation industry. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Philadelphia Baptist Chruch. Earl loved spending time with his grandchildren. When he was able he loved riding motorcycles, square dancing, woodworking and gardening.

Besides his parents, he was proceeded in death on June 1 by his beloved sister, Barbara Ruth Smith of Hixson, Tenn.. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Kyle Ruth of Opelika, Ala.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Carol Logan Ruth, of Calhoun; two sons, Chuck Ruth and his wife, Laura, of Calhoun, and Keith Ruth and his wife, Heather, of Serenbe; five grandchildren, Logan Ruth, Hannah Ruth, Madison Ayers, Dean Ruth and Zachary Ruth; and three sisters, Pamela Ruth Ledford of Cleveland, Tenn., Tanya Ruth McDonnell of Winter Springs, Fla., and Karen Ruth Hatcher of Marietta.

The family wishes to thank their very special caregivers, Glenda Stone, Jackie McDaniel, Lynn Highfield, Stephanie Walraven, and Sharon Walraven for their loving care.

Funeral Services were conducted on Wednesday, July 5 at 2:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Tim McCulley officiating. Greg Free had charge of music. Burial followed in Chandler Cemetery with Rev. Greg Free in charge of graveside rites.

Pallbearers serving were Reggie Smith, Jeff Smith, Logan Ruth, Zachary Ruth, Edward Owens and Roger Bearden.

The family received friends on Wednesday prior to the funeral hour from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2:30 p.m.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Earl Dean Ruth of Calhoun.

Robert DeFreese

Robert Rhea DeFreese, age 86, of Calhoun, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his residence.

Robert was born on Feb. 25, 1931 in Gordon County to the late Rhea and Elsie DeFreese. He was a well-known self-employed plumber and electrician, and member of Reeves Baptist Church. Robert also served his country faithfully in the United States Navy.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Rogers DeFreese; his brothers and sisters, Betty DeFreese Kirby, Mary Jull, Spud DeFreese, and twins, Alda and Jewell DeFreese.

Robert is survived by his son, David “Skeeter” DeFreese and his wife, Joan, of Calhoun; daughter, Martha Neighbors and her husband, Dewayne Johnson, of Lindale; one brother, Billy DeFreese, of Florida; nephew, Eddie Rogers; and four grandchildren, Charlie McGinnis and his wife, Brandy, Tiffany Loftis and her husband, Dustin, Anthony Brake, and Tiffany Goforth also survive.

Funeral Services were conducted on Wednesday, July 5 at 4:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Dr. Stephen Pierson officiating. Burial followed in the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery with Dustin Loftis, Dakota McGinnis, Brison McGinnis, Eddie Rogers, and Chris Rogers serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Wednesday prior to the funeral hour from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour at 4:30 p.m.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Rhea DeFreese of Calhoun.

Pat Lenning

Patricia Ann “Pat” Lenning, age 81, of Calhoun, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in Gordon Hospital.

Pat was born on March 27, 1936 in Gordon County to the late Baxter Lee DeFoor and Jewel Inez Robbins DeFoor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony DeFoor, Jack DeFoor and Johnson DeFoor. Prior to retirement, Pat, was the owner and operator of Pat’s Beauty Shop for more than 35 years. She was a member of Belmont Baptist Church.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Fran Lenning of Calhoun; brother, Lloyd DeFoor and his wife, Susan, of Appling, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Betty DeFoor and Beth DeFoor; six nieces and nephews, Kelly Poarch and her husband, Chuck, Russell DeFoor and his wife, Heather, of Calhoun, Jere DeFoor and his wife, Nancy, of Crystal River, Fla., Scott DeFoor and his wife, Patti, of Calhoun, John DeFoor and his wife, Christina, of Appling, and Jeff DeFoor and his wife, Christie, of Appling; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. She is also survived by a special caregiver, Anita Curtis.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Gordon Hospital and Gordon Health Care for their kindness and loving care.

Funeral Services were conducted on Thursday, July 6 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Larry Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in Fain Cemetery with John DeFoor, Jeff DeFoor, Russell DeFoor, Scott DeFoor, Jere DeFoor and Chuck Poarch serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Wednesday evening, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in honor of Pat be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home online at www.gbchfm.org or by mail to PO Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Patricia Ann “Pat” Lenning of Calhoun.

Trent Thomason

Trent Thomason, 49, of the Red Bud Community, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Emory University hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Trent was born in Gordon County on May 19, 1968. Trent was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floy and Raymond Fuquea, and Hudon and Pauline Thomason. He attended Red Bud Schools, and graduated with honors as a proud Cardinal in the class of 1986. Trent was a standout athlete. He excelled in basketball, football and baseball. From his freshman year through his senior year, he was selected by the Rome News Tribune as one of the top ten basketball players in the region. After he graduated, Trent graduated from West Georgia College where he was a member of the football team. Trent also became a fan of the Calhoun Yellow Jackets where his son, Rob, goes to school. He attended all of Rob’s practices and his games. Along with his family, Trent operated Thomason Egg Farms. He was part of the family egg business for more than 31 years. Trent was an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons. He loved his family and many friends very deeply; he enjoyed the times when they visited at his home. He was a longtime member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Trent was part of a very close and loving family. Those who survive him include his wife, Jessica Thomason; his son, Rob; his parents, Larry and Janet Thomason; his brother and sister-in-law, Heath and Lori Thomason; his nieces and nephews, Olivia, Hagen, Gabe, Lexi, Addysen, and Asher; his in-laws, Debbie and Bob Butler and Johnny and Joan Goble; sisters-in-law, Jamie Bramblett and her husband, Chad, and Carson Butler; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.

Trent’s family will receive friends on Friday and Saturday night from 5 until 8 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church.

The funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Trinity Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the family plot at Pine Chapel Cemetery. Dr. Bob Butler and Rev. Greg Burgner will officiate. Pallbearers are Scott Smith, Greg Abernathy, Chad Bramblett, Johnny Bruce, Wayne Fuller, Barry Walraven, Scott Jones and Russ Roberts.

The family has established a Trent Thomason Memorial Agricultural Scholarship that will be awarded yearly to an agriculture student from each of our local high schools. They suggest that memorials be made to this fund c/o North Georgia National Bank.

Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.