Obituaries

J.B. Whitfield

Mr. J.B. Whitfield, age 91, of Calhoun, departed this life Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, 2017 at Calhoun Health Care. J.B was born July 3, 1926 in Gordon County, a son of the late Judson “Doc” and Avery Watkins Whitfield. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years, Robbie Lee “Billie” Wilson Whitfield; his son, Danny; a granddaughter, Erica Taggart;, seven brothers, Otis, Vernon, Troy, Lloyd, Rip, Harlan and Buren Whitfield and two sisters, Ollie Pass and Lucille Baker.

J.B. loved singing Gospel Music and sang across the United States and in Canada. He sang and played at hundreds of funerals in the area. He was honored to have sung before five governors and one president. J.B. loved to play the guitar, piano, bass, and mandolin and taught guitar lessons to many in the area. He is a member of the Smithsonian Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Peacemaker, Georgia Jubilers, and The Profits quartets. Many know him from over 40 years with Western Auto. He was a member of the Oostanaula Masonic Lodge for 60 years. J.B. proudly served in the Navy for three years as a Ship Navigator during World War II.

J.B. is survived by daughters and sons-in-law – Linda and Calvin Anderson of Calhoun and Peggy and Lance Taggart of Chelsia, Ala.; grandchildren, Ken and Michelle Anderson, Dena and Byron Washington, Phillip and Andrea Anderson, Brian and Tonuya Anderson and Amy and Jason Redden; nineteen great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. J.B. Whitfield will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Brent Davis, Reverend Lamar Bearden and Stoney Ponders officiating. He will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife at Fain Cemetery with Ken Anderson, Phillip Anderson, Matt Widener, Skyler Anderson, Brian Anderson, Mike Rutledge, Rick Fuller and Riley Anderson serving as pallbearers. Graveside honors will be provided by the Dalton American Legion Post #112.

Singing by Dyanne Austin and a choir consisting of friends and church members who desire to join in.

The family received friends at the Heritage Baptist Church, (345 Curtis Parkway S.E., Calhoun, GA) from 4 until 9 p.m. Friday and will also receive friends after 12 p.m. noon Saturday until the service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.

Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolly Rd. Calhoun, GA 30701, 706-625-7577

David Neighbors

Mr. David “Good Neighbor” Neighbors, 66, of Calhoun, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at Redmond Regional Medical Center. He was born in Whitfield County on Dec. 14, 1950, son of the late Charlie William and Betty Jean Beech Neighbors. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Neighbors; and grandparents, Patrick and Lillie Brock, and Thomas and Jennie Neighbors.

David enjoyed repairing lawn mowers and helping people. He adored his wife, and his family was his world. He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church.

He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Patricia Brookshire Neighbors; his son, Chad Neighbors; his daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Mark Gann; his brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Jane Neighbors; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam and Nevin Pulliam, Vickie and Jeff O’Neil, Pat and Bo Baker, and Carol and David Pack; grandchildren, Hannah Neighbors, Haley Neighbors, Tanner Neighbors, Paige Gann, Judah Gann, Ben Gann, and Levi Gann; and great-grandchildren, Leevi Neighbors, Mae Lynn Neighbors, and Ryker Neighbors.

Services to honor the life of Mr. David “Good Neighbor” Neighbors were held Friday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Wesley Hunt and Joseph O’Neil officiating. Interment followed in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Anthony Carroll, Mitchell Dodd, Jeff O’Neil, Charlie Baker, Jay Johnson, and Stacy Worthington. Honorary pallbearers are Tanner Neighbors, Steven O’Neil, James Steele, Adel Brookshire, Dale Silvers, Kenneth Patterson, and Nevin Pulliam.

The Neighbors family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5:30 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mr. David “Good Neighbor” Neighbors are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Austin Power

Austin Michels Power, age 22 of Ranger, passed away on Saturday, August 26th. The family will receive friends at Darby Funeral Home on Thursday, August 31st from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. and Friday, September 1st from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd at 11:00a.m. at Canton First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim McRae officiating. He is survived by his father, Jody (Carmen) Power, of Ball Ground; mother - Andrea Clark of Ranger; sisters, Ashley Wolfson of Ball Ground, Jessie Power of Ball Ground and Sky White of Ranger; grandmother, Cindy Pound of Jasper; grandfather Jerry Power of Cumming; and great-grandmother Helen Michels of Ranger.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Teach a Child to Fish or Down Rider Association of Georgia.

The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.

Rebecca West

Mrs. Rebecca Jean West, age 56, of Calhoun, formerly of Fort Payne, Ala., passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

Mrs. West was preceded in death by her grandparents, Virginia and Bill Jennings, and Robert Dooley.

She is survived by her husband, Gene C. West; sons Timothy D. and Bobbie West, Brian J. West; her mother, Doris Stone; sisters, Libby Thomas and Lorie Guest; brothers Darryld Helms, Mike and Kathy Guest; her grandchildren, Nathan West and Chance West, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow the service in Glenwood Cemetery. The family received friends from 4-8 p.m. CST on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 and will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday from the W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel.

W.T. Wilson Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Rebecca Jean West.

Mary Ann Davis

Mary Ann Davis, 72, of Calhoun, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 at Gordon Health Care. She was born in Etowah County, Ala. on May 8, 1945, daughter of the late R.D. and Opal Stanley Duke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Seacrest.

Mrs. Davis had retired from Mannington Mills.

Survivors include her son, Tony Seacrest; her daughter and son-in-law, Hope and Chris Ray; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Donna Duke; sisters and brother-in-law, Sandra and John Irwin, and Judy Dobbs; her grandchildren, Erica Adams, and Anthony Seacrest; and a great-grandchild, Jazlyn Adams.

Honoring her wishes, her body will be cremated. A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 from 5 until 9 p.m. at Agape Baptist Church.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements for Mary Ann Davis are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Richard Knight

Richard Lowery Knight, 66, of Calhoun died on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center. Richard was born in Huntsville, Ala. on June 13, 1951; he was the son of the late Fred and Irma Nix Knight. Along with his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Jodie Bishop. Richard graduated from Newsite High School. He attended Auburn University, where he received a degree in textile engineering in 1973. At Auburn, he played basketball. Keeping up with his Auburn Tigers Football Team was very important to Richard. After graduation, Richard came to the Calhoun area to work in the textile industry. He worked for Harbinger, and was currently the plant manager for Shaheen Carpet, where he has worked for twenty years. Richard loved gardening, yard work, and making desserts for his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife, Sharon Bell Knight, with whom he shared twenty-seven years; his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Ladd Rosser; his niece, Susan; his nephew, Edward; his brother-in-law, Gary (Barbara) Fuller; his sisters-in-law, Retha (Garry) Kidd, and Betty Jo Grant; other relatives and close friends.

The family received friends on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 from 2 until 3 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral service followed the visitation on Friday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Eddie Brannon officiated.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Humane Society of America, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037, or online at humanesociety.org, or The World Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180, or online at worldwildlife.org.

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

Ed Blackstock

Harvey Edwin “Ed” Blackstock, 82, passed away Wednesday. He was born in Gordon County on Nov. 8, 1934 to the late Rev. Clyde A. Blackstock and Exene Dillard Blackstock. He was a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the lovely Wilma Joan Algren, whom he married in 1958. He was an early computer programmer who also served in the Army for two years. He loved Jesus and his family and as a reflection, was very active in his church in each of the places he has lived as Sunday school teacher, greeter, usher, and administrative board.

He is survived by his daughters, Susan Johnson and husband, Walter, Amy Goodfellow and husband, Timothy, Sarah Bryan and husband, Andrew; grandchildren, Eric Johnson, Karen Johnson, Andrew Goodfellow, Laura Goodfellow, William Goodfellow, Katherine Bryan, Elizabeth Bryan.

Funeral Services were held on Monday at 4 p.m. at Neill’s Creek Baptist Church, Angier. Burial followed in the Wake Chapel Memorial Gardens. Visitation was from 3 - 3:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Asbury University scholarship fund at https://www.asbury.edu/offices/development/supporting.

Condolences to the family can be made to Bryan-Lee Funeral Home at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com.

Robert King

Robert Ansel King, age 83 of Calhoun, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 in Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.

Robert was born on Oct. 17, 1933 in Floyd County to the late John Allen King, Sr. and Ruth Genevieve Hobgood King. In addition to his parents, Robert was also preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Harris King on July 29, 2017; brother, John Allen King, Jr.; his twin sister, Mary Anne King Moore and her husband, James Moore.

Robert graduated from Oostanuala High School, Class of 1951. After high school, Robert attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1955. He continued his education at the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After graduating college, Robert worked at Oostanaula School as a teacher, principal, bus driver, and custodian. Later, he was owner and operator of King Insurance Agency which he operated with his wife for over 40 years. Robert was a long-time active member of West Union Baptist Church, where he had been a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and song leader. Robert was also a devoted member of the Gideon’s International.

Robert was an avid history buff and enjoyed discussing it with anyone at anytime.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Rhonda King of Calhoun; daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Richard Steele, II of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren whom he was so proud of, Bryn King Ramos and her husband Joe of Calhoun, Madyson King of Calhoun, Richard “Tripp” D. Steele, III, R. King Steele, and Sailor G. Steele all of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Sara Ables King.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 12 noon from West Union Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in the West Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends on Friday, Sept. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Ansel King of Calhoun.