Shirley King

Shirley Harris King, age 77, of Oostanaula, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Mt. Berry Hospice in Rome following an extended illness.

Shirley was born on Feb. 13, 1940, in Ringgold to the late Scott Harris and Ella Mae Allen Harris. She was a 1958 graduate of Ringgold High School and attended Reinhardt College. She was employed as an insurance agent and office manager for King Insurance Agency for 40 years. Most importantly, she was an avid and active member of West Union Baptist Church where she volunteered as the pianist for 56 years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Charles Harris and his wife, Jean Harris.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert King; son, Scott King and his wife Rhonda; daughter, Candace King Steele and her husband Richard D. Steele II of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; brother; Lamar Harris and his wife Sandra of Ft. Oglethorpe; five grandchildren, 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.

Funeral Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. from West Union Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial followed in the West Union Baptist Church cemetery. Cecil Terry, Hank Toole, Jeff Harris, Jason Harris, Frank Hutchinson, Mark Outlaw, Scott King and Mike Benfield served as pallbearers.

The family received friends Monday, July 31, 2017, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Bill Newman

William “Bill” D. Newman, 74, of Westfield, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo, Indiana. He was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Miami County, Indiana, the son of the late Robert & Bessie (Echelbarger) Newman.

At the time of his death, he lived with his girlfriend, Debby Elliot (Moon), in Westfield, Indiana. William was a graduate of Clay Township High School. He worked as a journeyman lineman for Public Service, a supervisor for N.G. Gillbert Corporation, Dillard Smith Construction Company and Paramont Grading. His passion was horses, including barrel racing and horse racing. William was also a horse farrier and blacksmith. He was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed talking with his brother Bob by phone about the games!

William is survived by his daughters, Lesa JoAnn (Bruce) Baldwin, Burlington, Indiana, and Lora “Lori” Denise (Stan) Williams, Macy, Indiana; stepdaughters, Priscilla Sue (John) Chappell, Laurie (Buck) Wardle, and Carol (Randy) Holt; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandkids; siblings, Robert (Laura) Newman, Mooresville, Indiana, Jo Ellen (Doug) Ivester, Dalton, Georgia, and Michael (Kathy) Newman, Sante Fe, Indiana; along with several nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Priscilla Bryan Newman; and sister, Sharon Spangler.

In keeping with William’s wishes, no services will be held. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Dora Helton

Mrs. Dora Coker Helton, age 101, of Stoners Road, Adairsville, passed away Saturday morning July 29, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Blairsville, Ga. July 8, 1916, daughter of the late Kimsey Jackson Coker and Jessie Cordelia King Coker. Mrs. Helton was a charter member for 82 years at Stoner Chapel Baptist Church. She spent her life loving and caring for her family. When she was able she enjoyed gardening and painting. Mrs. Helton is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Wylie Helton; sons, Wylie Jackie Helton and Johnny Lee Helton; daughter, Lela Thomas; sons-in-law, Arlon Thomas, Ralph Siniard, and Sammy Findley; grandsons, Jeff Siniard and Scotty Siniard; great-grandson, Daniel Head and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her loving children, Elizabeth Siniard of Adairsville, Edna Mae Findley of Adairsville, Patricia and David Smith of Adairsville, Bobbie Sue Helton of Adairsville, and Kathy and Charles Allen of Cassville; daughter-in-law, Rabun Helton of Adairsville; grandchildren, Paige Walraven, Eric and Angie Helton, Lori and Gene Godsey, and Pam and Adrian Wilson; eight great grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; sisters, Fannie Bell Reece and Betty June Cook; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 31, 2017, at 11 a.m. from Stoner Chapel Baptist Church, Adairsville, with Reverends Bit Parrish, David Baker, Earl Abernathy, and Stephen Moore officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Eric Helton, Brandon Priest, Tommy Peace, Charles Coker, Adrian Wilson and Taylor Fletcher.

The family received friends Sunday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Barton Funeral Home.

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R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mrs. Dora Coker Helton.

Terry Kinsey

Terry J. “Skeeter” Kinsey, 57, of Calhoun, died at Erlanger Healthcare in Chattanooga following several months of declining health. Terry was born in Gordon County on Nov. 4, 1959; he was the son of the late Frank and Carolyn Griffith Kinsey. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Kinsey

Terry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, April and Lee Charles; his grandson, Ryelin McGuire; his brothers, Ricky and Ron Kinsey; other relatives and friends.

The Kinsey family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service was conducted on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial followed at Old Sugar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Jerry Rice officiated. Pallbearers were Ricky Kinsey, Steve Guyton, Lee Charles, Marshall Floyd, Bobby Davis and Chris McGuire.

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

Mary Sue McDougle

Mary Sue McDougle, 70, of Calhoun, died at Chulio Hills Health and Rehab on Friday, July 28, 2017 following several months of declining health. She was born in Floyd County on Jan. 31, 1947; she was the daughter of the late James F. and Pauline Holmes Hight. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 32 years, Rayburn McDougle, in 2009.

Sue had been a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church, and was currently a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She worked in the carpet industry for many years, at Shaw Industries, and later retired from Carriage Carpets.

Sue is survived buy her sons and daughters-in-law, Tony Chamlee, Ricky Chamlee, Mike and Regina Chamlee, and Mark and Jammie Chamlee, all of Calhoun; her grandchildren, Jeremy Brake, Ashley Chamlee, Elijah Chamlee, Tricia Greene, Todd Vanhouten, and Katlyn Vanhouten; her great-grandchildren, Braylon Brake and Noah Brake; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Sammy and Jean Hight of Adairsville, and Danny and Carol Hight of Cartersville; her sister, Diane Craig of Alabama.

The McDougle family received friends on Monday, July 31, 1017 from 5 until 9 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service for Mary Sue McDougle was conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial followed at Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Derek Craig officiated. Pallbearers were Kirk Jackson, Chris Rainey, Willie Pritchett, Brent Holden, Todd Vanhouten and Patrick Craig. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Dodd, Stephen Balliew and John Dutton.

Friends may sign the online guest register at Arrangements for Mary Sue McDougle are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.