Obituaries

Larry Nicholson

Mr. David Larry Nicholson, age 70, of the Sonoraville Community, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Gordon Hospital. He was born in Athens, Tenn. on May 22, 1946, son of the late Otis and Edith Wyatt Nicholson.

Larry was a graduate of Fairmount High School and a veteran, serving his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam era. He was awarded the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged on Aug. 23, 1968 as Corporal. He was retired from Model High School as Maintenance Supervisor.

He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Joyce Alline Mealor Nicholson; his son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Angel Nicholson of Adairsville; his daughters and sons-in-law, Andreia and Curtis Chapman of Rome, and Amy and Clayton Blanchard of Adairsville; a sister, Shirley Nicholson Woodall of Calhoun; grandchildren, Crysta Nicholson, Kyle Blanchard, Alley Nicholson, James Blanchard,Faith Blanchard, Derrick and Ashley Fuller, and Brandon and Heather Cook; and great-grandchildren, Brinkley Cook, Rawlin Cook, and Zoey Blanchard. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and a great-aunt and great-uncle also survive.

Services to honor the life of Mr. David Larry Nicholson were held Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. from Cedar Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. Larry Hibberts and Rev. Gregg Free officiating. Interment, with Military Honors was accorded by the United States Marine Corp Honor Guard and followed in Plainview Cemetery. Active pallbearers included Danny Mealor, Donnie Mealor, Gary Mealor, Bruce Mealor, James Blanchard, and Derrick Fuller. Honorary pallbearers are Chuck Kirby, Eddie Woodall, Mikey Wyatt, Kenny Wyatt, and Buddy Wyatt.

The Nicholson family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 26 from 6 until 9 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral services for Mr. David “Larry” Nicholson are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Keith Kinsey

Keith “Catfish” Kinsey, age 50, died Sunday, Dec. 25 in Redmond Regional Medical Center of Rome.

Catfish was born on Dec. 15, 1966 in Gordon County, a son of Carolyn Griffith Kinsey and the late Benjamin Franklin Kinsey. He was a lifetime resident of Gordon County and loved to fish.

He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Kinsey; three brothers, Richard Franklin Kinsey, Terry John Kinsey and Ronald Dennis Kinsey all of Sugar Valley; one niece, April Charles and one great nephew, Ryelin McGuire both of Calhoun.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Doug Roebuck officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home preceding the funeral service. Burial will be in the Old Sugar Valley Methodist Cemetery.

Online condolences may be recorded at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.net.

Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Robert Keith “Catfish” Kinsey.

Jack Hamilton

Mr. Jack Verlin Hamilton, 84, of Calhoun, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. He was born in Gordon County on Sept. 13, 1932, son of the late Buster Hamilton and Lula Hamilton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, A.M. Hamilton, R.E. Hamilton, F.H. Hamilton, Howard Hamilton, and Bill Hamilton; and his sisters, Margarete Pearson, Beatrice Shope, and Dot Baggett.

Mr. Hamilton was a member of South Calhoun Baptist Church. He was a retired contractor and poultry grower. He also attended Plainville School and he excelled in baseball, basketball, and softball. He later played in the Mill League with the Brighton Baseball Team.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Effie Crump Hamilton; a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Barry Tow; a granddaughter, Jocelyn Tow; and sisters and brother-in-law, Robert and Bobbie Gwinn, Scott and Barbara Rainwater, Betty Black, Corrine Hamilton, and Lona Crump.

Services for Mr. Hamilton were held Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Brannon, Mike Hamilton, Rev. Barry Tow, and Rev. Gary Bowman officiating. Burial followed at Gordon Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers serving were Mike Hamilton, Denny Phillips, John Gubaci, Kevin Crump, Joe Stone and Talmadge Hollaran. Honorary pallbearers serving were Tolbert Gallman, Clarence Burger, Cotton Gentry, Robert Gwynn, Larry Stamey, Ronnie Sutton, Scott Rainwater and Dwayne Whitfield.

The Hamilton family received friends on Sunday, Dec. 25 from 4 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left online at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Services for Mr. Jack Verlin Hamilton are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Lamar Greeson

Mr. Julian “Lamar” Greeson, 66, of Calhoun, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Lamar was born Aug. 10, 1950; he was the son of Pauline Greeson Chastain and the late Boyce R. Greeson. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Dennis Chastain.

Lamar was a man whose life was centered around his family. He cherished being at his grandsons, Corey and Jacob’s ballgames, cheering them on and supporting them with his presence. He loved spending time with his friends. Lamar was a dedicated employee of the City of Cartersville as IT Manager and was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kay O’Kelley Greeson to whom he was married 43 years; son, Eric Greeson and his wife Christy and grandsons, Corey and Jacob Greeson. Two sisters; Elaine Cornwell and her husband Kelly and Judy Smith and her husband Clifton. Sisters-in-law, Carolyn Weaver and her husband Jerry, Janice Fowler and her husband Edward, Delories Dean, Phyllis Willis and Carla Hill and her husband Mike. Nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Services to celebrate the life of Lamar Greeson were held Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with Eddie Brannon officiating. The family received friends Tuesday from 5 p.m. until the funeral hour. To honor Lamar’s wishes, his body was cremated and burial will be private and held later at Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and contributions may be made to “Santa in Uniform” P.O. Box 2131, Calhoun, GA 30703 or to your favorite charity in Lamar’s memory.

Funeral services are under the care and direction of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Evelyn Ball

Mrs. Evelyn Lucille Ball, age 83, of Chatsworth, departed this life Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at her residence. Evelyn was born April 27, 1933 in Resaca, a daughter of the late Reverend Lemuel and Dora Parker Gillian. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Ralph D. Ball and a brother-in-law, Farris Cox. She was a member of the Church of God of the New Testament. Evelyn was a wonderful person with a gentle spirit who always spoke well of everyone. She loved to read and try new things.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Phillip Green of Chatsworth; sons and daughter-in-law David Ball of Chatsworth, Scott and Deborah Ball of Copperhill, Tenn.; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Stephanie and Josh Ray of Cartersville; great-granddaughter, Savannah Ray; sister, Brenda Cox of Dalton; nieces Karen Cox, Robin Hollingsworth and Candice Ballew; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Charles Ball of Ringgold, Mack and Juanita Ball, Floyd and Peggy Ball, all of Dalton; several cousins.

Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Evelyn L. Ball were held Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with Reverend Herman Ledbetter officiating. She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband at New Hope-Kilgore Cemetery in Murray County. The family received friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel after 11 a.m. Tuesday until the service house.

Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton, Ga 30721.

Maybell Sitton

Mrs. Maybell Seritt Sitton, 90 of Sugar Valley, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. She was born in Gordon County on Jan. 2, 1926, daughter of the late Berry Seritt and Cynthia Tate Seritt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years in 1992, Ralph Sitton; her daughter, Patsy Wofford; brothers, Lee Seritt, James Seritt, Jay Seritt, and Roy Seritt; and sisters, Fronia Chastain, Christine Quarles, and Doris Dobson.

She was a charter member of Welcome Gap Baptist Church for 72 years.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Brad and Rachel Stone of Sugar Valley and Kim and Ralph Parker Jr. of Calhoun; a step-grandson, Ryan and Kaila Stinson; great grandchildren, Max Stone, Eli Stone, Nathan Parker of Calhoun, and Becky Bowman of Calhoun; great- great grandchildren, Grayson Parker, Callie Parker, Jayla Bowman, and Aubrey Bowman; her former son-in-law, Roy Wofford and his wife Robin; sisters, Bonnie Smith of Hill City and Joy Parker and her husband Dewayne of Dalton; and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Mrs. Sitton will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. from Welcome Gap Baptist Church, with Rev. Ralph Parker Jr. and Rev. Greg Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Hill City Baptist Church Cemetery. She will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the funeral hour. Pallbearers serving are Ryan Stinson, Nathan Parker, Greg Seritt, Wayne Jones, Danny Seritt, Bobby Banks, and Ken Talley.

The Sitton family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the funeral home.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maybell Seritt Sitton are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Lee Morris

Forrest Leonard (Lee) Morris, 91, of Madison, died Dec. 21, 2016 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Lee was born April 24, 1925 in Douglasville to Ethel and Comer Morris. Lee attended Calhoun High School and Mississippi State University.

Lee married the love of his life, Betty Jean Lewis and together they had three children: Tracy Leigh Morris, Jack Leonard Morris and Mark Alan Morris, all born on different continents.

Lee served his country honorably during and after World War II with the O.S.S. and State Department.

Lee’s professional passion was broadcasting. He designed and built radio and television broadcasting networks worldwide including the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television (now MPB/PRM). He began in 1968 as Director of Engineering and retired in 1988 as Executive Director.

Lee served six years on the board of directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), served as chairman of the board of the Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA), served on the board of directors of the National Association of Public Television Stations (NAPTS) and the Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC).

Lee received numerous honors, including the Award of Excellence for “outstanding contributions to instructional television/technology” from the Southern Educational Communications Association Center for Instructional Communications and a U.S. Congress commendation for design and project management of a communications system rated “a major contribution to the state of the art.” In 1977 he received the Leadership and Service Award from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters and in 1978 the Harvey Aderhold Award. He also represented the United States on the International Communications Committee.

Lee is survived by daughter Tracy, son Mark (Madeleine), grandchildren Andrew Kajdan (Amanda), Matthew Kajdan (Jennifer), Stephanie Jackson (Jamie), great grandchildren Eli LaBauve, Oliver Kajdan and Ellie Claire Kajdan. Lee was predeceased by his loving wife Jean Morris, son Jack Morris, brother Jack Morris.

There will be no formal funeral service. In lieu of flowers please treat yourself to something nice. That’s what Big Daddy would want.

Arrangements by Parkway Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS, 39157.