Obituaries

Michael Nation

Michael Nation, age 37, of Ranger, passed away suddenly Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at his residence.

Michael was born on May 22, 1980 in Rome to Gregory Bart Nation and Lisa Smith Shaw. He was a member of Miracle Temple and Victory Hollow. Michael is preceded in death by a sister, Lacy Silvers.

In addition to his parents, Gregory Bart Nation of Calhoun and Lisa Smith Shaw of Fairmount, he is survived by his wife, Tasha Nation of Ranger; daughter, Mackenzie Nation; two brothers, Lee Russell of Fairmount and Tyler.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 12 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Adrian Craig officiating. Burial will follow in Miracle Temple Cemetery. Pallbearers serving are Austin Mealor, Jamie Robertson, Haley O’Neil, Josh Mulkey, Jason Cronan, Glenn Cronan, John Thomas, Adam Summerville and Riley Stevens.

The family received friends on Monday, Aug. 14 from 5 until 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 3 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made for funeral expenses.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Michael Nation, age 37, of Ranger.

Roxie Holland

Roxie Wilson Holland met her savior, Jesus Christ, face to face on Aug. 13, 2017.

Roxie was born June 3, 1932 in Colquitt County to Harvey Wilson and Mary Catherine Williams Wilson. One of six sisters, Roxie lived most of her life in Calhoun and in December 2014 relocated to Heritage Pointe Assisted Living in Cookeville, Tenn. to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Andy Thompson.

She was an active and long-time member of Salem Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and five sisters, Roxie was preceded in death by three children: Catherine Inez Holland, Roy Lee (R.L.) Holland, Jr., and Daniel Harvey Holland.

She is survived by three children: Edmond Holland and wife Sandra of Calhoun, Gail Thompson and husband Andy of Cookeville, Tenn., and William Holland of Calhoun. Twelve grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild also survive.

Having been blessed to see her son, R.L., receive one of the first life-saving liver transplants many years ago at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Roxie made prior arrangements to have her body donated to benefit medical research.

A memorial service for Roxie will be held Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church in Calhoun. Her pastor, Dr. William Roberts, will officiate.

The Holland family will receive friends at Salem Baptist Church from 2 - 4 p.m. just prior to the service.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Dr. Kenneth Conner Senior Adult Sunday School Class at Salem Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Salem Baptist Cemetery Fund, 1501 McDaniel Station Rd. SW, Calhoun, GA 30701.

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

Thomas Funeral Home will have charge of local arrangements for Roxie Wilson Holland.

Luke Byrd

Mr. Luke L. Byrd, age 75, of Calhoun, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Gordon Health Care. He was born in Jasper on July 4, 1942, was retired from Robertson Tire Store and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. His parents, Ben and Mary Dale Hill Byrd, two brothers, Clifford Byrd and Nathan Byrd, have preceded him in death.

He is survived by his two sons, LaBron (Vera) Byrd of Cartersville and Travis Byrd of Calhoun; daughter, Mary (James) Bryant of Fairmount; stepchildren, Marty (Cee Cee) Passley and Sonya Clyde of Calhoun; five grandchildren, Jermany Byrd, Jorven Byrd, Jayla Byrd, Kalish Printup, and Vontarius Langston; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, Aug. 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 452 West Line Street, Calhoun, with Bishop Claud Jones, Pastor James Washington, and other ministers officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Georgia.

Ruby Eidson

Ruby Isabell Clayton Eidson, 86, of Calhoun, passed away at Calhoun Healthcare following several months of declining health. She was born in Cherokee County on June 3, 1931; she was the daughter of the late William and Dovie Isabell Gravitt Clayton. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Eidson, in 1999; her son, Ronnie Blankenship, in 2010; her brothers and sisters.

Ruby is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Jackie and Anthony Underwood, and Debbie Williams; her grandchildren, Lynn (Steve) Gray, Ray Blankenship, Penny Rhinehart, Charlie Daniel, Amanda Pack, Debra Blankenship, and Michael Underwood; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The Eidson family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 from 4 until 9 p.m.

The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial followed the service at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Acworth. Rev. Steve Clayton and Rev. Allen Ledford will officiate. Music was arranged by Brenda Grier and Kathy King. Ruby’s grandsons and nephews 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.

Odas Crook

Odas “Bud” “Shorty” Crook, of the Fidelle Community, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2017, at his home. He was surrounded by his loving family. Odas was born in Bartow County on Feb. 14, 1941; he was the son of the late Will and Laura Jones Crook. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred McArthur and Eva Mae “Dot” Smith. Odas was known for his plentiful vegetable garden and for sharing its harvest in the neighborhood. He loved his John Deeres and his Fords. Odas always loved helping anyone in need. Odas spent 42 years working for Coronet-Beaulieu; he retired in 2004.

Odas is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Relda Coggins Crook; his sons and daughters-in-law, Reed Crook, and Ricky and Teresa Crook; daughters and son-in-law, Rhonda Baker, and Robin and Jerome Silvers, all of the Fidelle Community; his grandchildren, Heather Crook, Joseph Crook, and Emily Silvers; his brother, Virgil Crook; his sister, Mable Haygood; his twin sister, Laurie Mae “Opal” Scott; his nieces, nephews and many friends.

The Crook family received friends on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 from 5 until 9 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Evergreen Baptist Church. Rev. Crawford Greeson and Rev. Johnny Beason will officiate. Burial will follow at Fidelle Cemetery with Rev. Roger Hooker officiating at the graveside. Music will be arranged by Mitchell McDougle. Pallbearers are Charles Barber, Jay Smith, Gary Scott, Mark Scott, Ronnie Woodward, and Billy Fauscette. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Thompson, Bill DeBord, Eddie Stewart, and Frankie Fain.

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.

Cheryl Mathis

Cheryl Borders Mathis, 62, of Sugar Valley, died at Gordon Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Cheryl was born in Largo, Fla. on Jan. 12, 1955; she was the daughter of the late Joe and Eva Hamilton Borders. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Wesley Armstrong. For more than twenty-eight years, Cheryl managed the Circle K Store on Carbondale Road, She was a member of Sugar Valley Baptist Church.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Bobby Mathis; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Jessica Armstrong; her daughter and son-in-law, Hope and Shandell Cooper; her grandchildren, Christopher Kammeraad, Danyelle Kammeraad, Sebastian Armstrong, Kelsiana Armstrong, Elias Armstrong, and Amaiyah Armstrong; her sisters-in-law, Chris Withrow, Patty Mathis, Donna Mathis, and Linda Long; her brother-in-law, Kenneth Mathis; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Mathis family received friends at Sugar Valley Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. from Sugar Valley Baptist Church. Rev. Mitch Phillips officiated. Burt Jeffords and Turning Point had charge of music.

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.

Roger Williams

Roger Glenn Williams, age 63, of the Scottsville Community, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun on Nov. 14, 1953, son of the late Delmar Williams and Clara Tate Williams. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, Terry Williams and his ex-wife Sylvia Clark.

Roger is survived by his cherished wife of 30 years; Melesa Williams. He also leaves behind his children, Aubry Williams and his wife, Christina, Abranda Williams, Scott Williams and his wife, Holly, and Ashley Williams; six grandchildren, Carrie, Bradley, Wesley, Brilie, Madeline and Bryston; three brothers, Ronnie, Wayne and Mike Williams; and one sister, Debbie Poston also survives.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. from Salem Baptist Church of Calhoun with Roger’s personal friends Rev. Larry Hogan, Rev. Danny Hightower and Rev. Randy Muse.

Pallbearers were his life-long friends Jack Sanford, Tommy Whittle, Pete Whittle, Shane Sims, Jay Walters, and William Rickett. Honorary Pallbearers are Dale, Brent, Brandon, Alton, Bradley, and Wesley Williams.

The family received friends on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour at 5 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church of Calhoun.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Roger’s memory to offset his final expenses.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Roger Glenn Williams of the Scottsville Community.

Thomas Daugherty

Thomas Jeffrey Daugherty, age 54, of the Plainville community, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at his residence.

Thomas was born on Aug. 31, 1962 in Smyrna to the late Dennis Houston Daugherty II and Trenna Mae Cunningham. He was a member of the Sugar Valley Masonic Lodge #733 and was the past Worshipful Master and currently a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. Thomas was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was employed by Roger Exterminating and graduated from Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

In addition to his mother, Trenna Cunningham of Marietta, he is survived by his wife, Rita McEntyre Daugherty of Calhoun; daughter, Amy Jones and her husband, Jason, of Calhoun; four brothers, Dennis Houston Daugherty III and his wife, Lorrie, from Marietta, Joe Daugherty of Marietta, Michael McEntyre and his wife, Judy, of Calhoun and Gil Eckrich and his wife, Wanda, of Belton, Texas; two sisters, Mary Hamby and her husband, Don, of Calhoun and Teresa Barfield and her husband, Steve, of Calhoun; two grandchildren, Gabe Jones and Gavin Jones. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. from Trinity Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Adair officiating. Burial followed in Chandler Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Danny Hensley, Tim Fuller, Mark Autry, Sidney Autry, Jason Jones and Mike McEntyre. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Sugar Valley Masonic Lodge # 733.

The family received friends Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Thomas Jeffrey Daugherty.

Sandy Hendrix

Sandy Broome Hendrix, 43, of the Dutton Community, went peacefully to her heavenly home on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and friends, following a long battle with breast cancer. She was born in Floyd County on Sept. 25, 1973, daughter of Charlotte Rose and the late Donnie Broome. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her Paw Paw, Pat Dutton; and her mother-in-law, Juanita Hendrix.

Sandy was a special person who touched the lives of all who met her. She was always willing to help anyone in need, and loved everyone she met. Although she was a mother to five children, she was a mom to countless others.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Greg Hendrix; her five children, Lauren Hendrix, Taylor Hendrix, Holli Hendrix, Breanna Dutton Hendrix and Jesse Hendrix; and her grandsons, Kellin Hendrix and Ezra Sierra, who were her heart. She is also survived by her mother, Charlotte Rose; granny, Carol Dutton; father-in-law, Clinton Hendrix; step-mother, Tammy Broome; sisters and brothers, Ashley Reed, Mandy Reed, Madison Chapman, Myra and Ryan Ingle, and Derek and April Broome; sisters-in-law, Charles and Charlene Bramlett, and Karen Hendrix; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bean and Katie Springfield, and Mike and Rian Stevens.

Services to celebrate the life of our beloved Sandy were held Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. from Plainview Baptist Church in Adairsville, with Rev. Randy Jackson and Rev. George Gray officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Bean Springfield, Mike Stevens, Jason Brown, Chris Chaney, Dalton Stevens and Logan Chaney.

The Hendrix family received friends at Plainview Baptist Church on Monday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Sandy Hendrix are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Flora Ray

Flora Nelle Ray, age 91, of Calhoun, passed away July 18 in Lawrenceville.

Flora was born July 9, 1926 in Ranger, daughter of the late James Kirby and Alice Kregg Kirby. She was a member of Belmont Baptist Church. She was an avid gardener who loved working in her yard. She was a loving wife and mother.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Willie Ray.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Ray Baggett of Lawrenceville; three grandchildren, Deanna Baggett and her boyfriend Edgar Jaimes, Kevin Baggett and his wife Sara and Kjell Baggett. One great-grandchild, Roman Jaimes also survives.

Graveside rites will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. in Fain Cemetery with Dr. Laurence Sherr.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements for Flora Nelle Ray.