Luther Raines

Rev. Luther Nix Raines, age 84, moved from Holly Drive to Heaven, his eternal home, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 after several months of failing health. Luther was a well-known Minister in the Church of God. He accepted his calling into the ministry while attending his home church, the Sugar Valley Church of God. His first Pastorate was the Crane Eater Church of God, later, Heartly Bridge in Macon, Bowden Church in Bowden, Ga., Hollywood Church of God in Toccoa, Ga., and The Hogansville Church in Hogansville, Ga. He organized and built the Franklin Church of God in Franklin, GA, and pastored there two different times. He also served in the Church of God’s Evangelic Team in Doraville for several years. Also, we must not forget his button ministry. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Luther was the son of Lawrence and Liza Raines. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell, Pete, Bill, Frank, and Bud Raines; and his sisters, Fannie Harmon and Liz Taylor.

Luther married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Blankenship Raines, when they were not much more than children. They have been married for 64 years. She has been his biggest supporter and cheerleader in all his endeavors, serving by his side, shoulder to shoulder, serving God and loving others.

They have one son, Ronnie Raines of Adairsville, who blessed them with two grandsons, Kevin D. Raines of Franklin, Ga., and Dustin Raines of Eastman, Ga. Their pride and joy is their great-grandson, Kolten Nix Raines. He is also survived by his sisters, Bertia McKeehan and Nora Lee Pickens; and sisters-in-law, Bernice Raines of Texas City, Texas, and Avanelle Raines and Gracie Sutherland of Calhoun. Many nieces, nephews, and others will miss him very much.

Upon retiring from pastoring, he returned to Calhoun and actively served as layman in his church, the East Calhoun Church of God, and worked part-time at Gordon Central High School as long as his health permitted. He loved his church and church family, however, he loved his Lord more! His greatest desire is that you would, too, so you may meet him again in Heaven!

A service to celebrate his life was held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. from East Calhoun Church of God with Ministers Keith Reid, Tim Reid, Kevin Raines, and Jared Raines officiating. Burial followed in the Old Sugar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Josh Raines, Jimmy Hamil, Ken Kagey, Kim King, Trevor Parker, Jacob Temple, Eric Hall, and David Raines. Honorary pallbearers were Rev. and Mrs. Jared Raines, Rev. and Mrs. Norris Sexton, Rev. and Mrs. Dwaine Shadix, Rev. and Mrs. Johnny Parker, Rev. Debbie Kendrick and Harvey, Rev. Audry Wilson, Rev. and Mrs. James Shope, Rev. and Mrs. Roy Smith, Rev. and Mrs. Junior Clayton, Rev. Danny May, Rev. and Mrs. Terry Smay, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Norrel, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Freddy Sinnamon, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Carey, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hamil, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Joy, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mize, and Jack McGaskey.

The Raines family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 17 from 6 until 9 p.m.

The family would like to thank the Northstar Team for their special care and compassion for Luther during his illness.

Condolences may be left at Funeral arrangements for Rev. Luther Nix Raines are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Kary Price

Kary Michelle Buttram Price, 45, of Madisonville, Tenn., and formerly of Calhoun, died at her home on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Kary was born in Dalton on July 23, 1971. She was a 1989 graduate of Gordon Central High School. A lover of the outdoors, she enjoyed fishing and camping. Kary also enjoyed reading. She was a member of Meadowdale Baptist Church.

Survivors are her husband, Tim Price; her parents, Anthony and Linda Buttram; her children, Caleb Jackson, Zachrey Jackson, Elizabeth Jackson and Kristan Price; her sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Dallas Holcomb; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Jason and Melissa Buttram, Jacob and Lori Buttram and Adam Buttram; her grandson, Kaleb Jackson; her nieces and nephews, Meagan, Andrew, Cayli, Dakota, Lauren, Colt and Jax; her mother-in-law, Charlotte J. Price; other relatives and friends.

The family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service was conducted on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Rev. Steven Pearson and Rev. Ronnie Wells will officiate. Burial followed the service at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were her brothers, brother-in-law, and her nephews.

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

Rev. Anthony Davis

Rev. Anthony (Ray) Davis Sr., 57, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Calhoun, died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 after several months of declining health. Rev. Davis was born in Gordon County on March 3, 1959; he was the son of the late Clyde and Clara Smith Davis. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lamar Davis, Johnny Davis and Jerry Davis; his sisters, Betty Davis and Faye Addy; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Grady and Hazel Monteith; his brothers-in-law, Elmer Stone and Hugh Jackson.

Survivors are his wife of thirty-nine years, Carol Monteith Davis; his daughter, Jennifer Davis; his son and daughter-in-law, Anthony Jr. and Bernadette Davis; his grandchildren, Haley, Trey, Alex and Laston Davis, C.J. Hawkins, and Jazzmine Davis; brothers and their wives, JR and Thelma Davis, and L.C. and Odessa Davis; sisters and their husbands, Norma Jean Stone, Joyce and Ricky Kirby, and Nina Jackson; many more loving family members and close friends.

The Davis family received friends on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Bro. Joseph Wilkey and Pastor Howard Strickland will officiate. Pallbearers are Daniel Monteith, Elbert Jackson, Tony Gentry, Jeff Davis, Brian Davis, and Nathan Renner. Honorary pallbearers are Fain Hall, Michael Stone, Trey Davis, Alex Davis, Laston Davis, C.J. Hawkins, and Owen Davis.

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

Ruby Weir

Ruby Virginia Weir, age 97, of Dalton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 in Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Calhoun.

Ruby was born on Feb. 1, 1920 in Ruth, N.C.. She was the daughter of the late John Rumfelt and Lula Freeman Rumfelt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. Weir. She was a member of Center Point Baptist Church of Dalton.

Ruby is survived by her two daughters, Jean Carney and her husband, Mac, of Calhoun and Linda Weir of Macon; sister, Ruth Ruppe of North Carolina; granddaughter, Renee Carney Horton and her husband, Reed; and three grandchildren, Zachary Horton, Josh Horton and his wife, Meagan, and Saige Horton.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. from Center Point Baptist Church of Dalton with Reverend Matt Futch and Reverend George Ross officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Ruby will lie in state on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at 12 p.m. at Center Point Baptist Church of Dalton.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ruby Virginia Weir of Calhoun.

Marshall Tatum

Marshall Jordan Tatum, age 55, of Ranger, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at his residence.

Marshall was born on July 6, 1961 in Gordon County. He was the son of Jordan Eli Tatum and Elizabeth Silvers Tatum. He was a graduate of Red Bud High School, and employed by Lockheed Aircraft. Marshall was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved by his family. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Annie Tatum, CL Silvers and Bessie Abercrombie.

Marshall is survived by his parents, Jordan and Elizabeth Tatum; daughter, Brandi Tatum Dixon; two sisters, Carol Tatum Nesbitt and Donna Tatum Hales; two nieces, Megan Nesbitt and Jessica Tucker; and two nephews, Daniel Nesbitt and Chandler Quinn.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Marshall Jordan Tatum.

Tom Hogshead, Jr.

Thomas Edward Hogshead Jr., 75, of The Villages, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at his home.

Tom was born May 2, 1941 in Dalton, to Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Edward Hogshead, Sr. He graduated from Dalton High School in 1959 and graduated from Emory University in 1963. He was a retired school teacher. Tom loved to sing, and music was one of the most important things in his life. He loved to play golf and also loved a good debate.

Tom was Vice President of Marketing and PR for the Heart of Florida barbershop chorus. He also sang in the chancel and concert choirs at North Lake Presbyterian church in the Villages.

Tom is survived by his children, Virginia Kris Parrish of Savannah and Thomas (Ted) Edward Hogshead, III and his wife, Stephanie Hogshead, of Dalton, Angie (Patterson) and Dale Brown of Colfax, N.C. and David Eric Patterson of The Villages, Fla. Grandchildren, Caroline Faith Hogshead and Kathryn Eason Parrish, Zachary and Amelia Brown; former wife Debbie Foster of The Villages, Fla.; his brother, Frank Manly Hogshead and his wife, Carolyn Hogshead, of Dalton, and stepmother, Jean Hogshead.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Calhoun First Presbyterian Church, 829 Red Bud Road NE, Calhoun, Ga. 30701. Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 W. Emery St. Suite 3, Dalton Ga. 30720 or to the American Diabetes Association, 225 Peachtree St. NE Suite 550, Atlanta Ga. 30303. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at

Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave. Dalton is in charge of arrangements.