Richard Solomon

Mr. Richard Allen Solomon, age 87, of Calhoun, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at Morning Pointe. Richard was born Sept. 8, 1929 in Vandergrift, Pa., a son of the late Joseph and Rose Schmaley Solomon. Richard was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol Solomon, a brother Joseph Solomon and a sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Jay Christmas. He graduated from Penn State with a Master’s degree in Chemistry. He was employed by Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich. and while there, he was the first ever winner of the prestigious Vernon S. Stenger Award for Chemist of the Year.

Richard is survived by a son and his partner, Richard Solomon and Rebecca Appleton of East Lansing, Mich., daughters and sons in law, Suzanne and Barry Arrington of Calhoun, Shari and Rand Thomlinson of Midland, Mich., Marie and Roger Thompson of Hersey, Mich., Marcey and Chuck Rogers of Humble, Texas. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Richard Marino of Oakmont, Pa. He had 11 grandchildren, Lauren Norris, Sarah Skelton, Anna Solomon, Derrick and David Thompson, Nicholas Bell, Barry Arrington JR, Amanda Rogers, Jacob Bell, Carter Arrington, Mason Rogers, as well as two great grandchildren Addison and Leah Norris.

The Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mr. Richard Solomon was held Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Deacon Brad Krupa officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your local “Meals On Wheels” programs which was dear to Richard’s heart.

Arrangements by Ponders Calhoun Chapel, 675 Jolley Road, Calhoun, GA 706 625 7577.

Little Kimber Bishop

Little Miss Kimber Catherine Bishop passed away on Dec. 18 , 2016.

She is preceded in death by her great grandparents, William and Virginia Bishop and Moody Jones; great aunts Judy Folsom and Kathy Jones; and a great uncle, Edward Bishop.

She is survived by her parents Rod Bishop and Natalie Keithley of Calhoun; grandparents Jimmy and Kristi Keithley of Calhoun, Lonie and Jennifer Bishop of Calhoun; great grandparents , Jim and Shirley Keithley, Shelia Frances, Joyce and Curtis Folsom, and Mary Jones; uncles Jimmy Keithley, Jarrod Patterson, Chris Walker, Ryan and Rhett Bishop; aunts, Lindsey Keithley, Megan Keithley and Rachel Keithley, all of Calhoun; great aunts and uncles, Bryan and Shari Folsom, Leigh Ann and Brian Cox, Ty and Connie Folsom, Sherry Keithley, Lorrie Keithley, Leslie Keithley, Carol and Alan Walker, Jenny Lee Bray, Janet and Scott Herod, and Bonnie and Alan Jones. Cousins Sandra Janell Patterson, Greyson Thomas Walker, and Noah Andre Walker.

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

Martis Kelley

Mrs. Martis “Marti” Janell Kelley, age 75, of Calhoun, entered the gates of Heaven and was welcomed by her Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at the local hospital, with her loving family at her bedside. Marti was born Dec. 12, 1941 in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Milton Priest and Mellene Anderson Priest. Marti worked many years in the nursing field, working 26 years at Gordon County Hospital, Morning Point Assisted Living and started her career at Watkins Memorial Hospital in Ellijay, GA. Marti loved to read, cook, sew and most of all loved to take care of others.

Mrs. Martis “Marti” Janell Kelley is survived by her husband, Joseph “Pete” Kelley; sons, Reed (Rosa ) Williams of Ramhurst, Ga., Tommy (Sabrina) Golden of Calhoun; daughters, Cindy (Kevin) Kinsey of Plainville, Cara (Joel) Wright of Calhoun; brother, James (Diane) Priest of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Christopher Cline, Casey Abernathy, Joseph Cline, Brandon Cline, Candice Cline, Alan Williams, Natasha Kinsey, Matthew Williams, Hunter Hamilton, Benjamin Golden and Jordan Golden and twenty-two great grandchildren; niece, Lori Moles (Jason) of Talking Rock.

The service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Martis “Marti” Janell Kelley was held, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. from Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Rev. Fred McCoy officiating. Burial followed the service at Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Pickens County, with Chris Cline, Joseph Cline, Tyler Cochran, Kovan Serritt, Kegan Serritt and Matthew Williams serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 and Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 from 4 until 9 p.m. at Ponders Calhoun Chapel.

Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to Big Springs Baptist Church, 3326 Dews Pond RD SE, Calhoun, GA 30701.

Paul Hayes

Mr. Marvin Paul Hayes, age 78, of Calhoun, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at his home. He was born on April 25, 1938, son of the late Thomas Walker Hayes and the late Mamie Jo Green Hayes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Verlyn Hayes.

Paul had retired from the City of Calhoun in 2009 after 30 years of service. He was a member of Hall Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Greta Brookshire Hayes; his son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Johna Hayes; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Eva Hayes, Robert and Dixie Hayes, and Clyde and Phyllis Hayes; sisters and brother-in-law, Margaret Whitfield, Helen Davis, and Shirley and Richard Gibson; a sister-in-law, Ruth Hayes; grandchildren, Eric Paul Hayes (Emily), Colby Hudson Hayes (Samantha), and Taylor Harford (Jake); and great-grandchildren, Zac, Isaac, and Luke.

Services to honor the life of Mr. Marvin Paul Hayes will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will include Clint Hayes, Steve Long, Eric Hayes, Colby Hayes, Jackie Burns and Donald Childers.

The Hayes family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Max Parrott, Tonya and Lisa, Tapestry Hospice, and Amber and Rusty, for their care and compassion during Paul’s illness.

Condolences may be left at Funeral services for Mr. Marvin Paul Hayes are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Wanda Smith

Wanda King Smith, age 90, of Calhoun died at 2:42 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in Regency Park Rehabilitation Center of Dalton.

Wanda was born, in Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 18, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Kirton King and Martha Lucille Floyd. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Franklin Smith, in August 1992, and she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Chris Smith and his wife, Cathy Jo, of Calhoun; Phillip Smith and his wife, Charolette, of Macon; one daughter, Linda Lowe and her husband, Terry, of Ellijay; one sister-in-law, Lillie Smith, of Calhoun; three grandchildren, Kerri Altman, Tucker and Sia Smith; and four great grandchild, Michael Story, Serenity Cook, Bethany and Bailey Altman, along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church of Calhoun with Dr. David McDonald officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 12 noon preceding the funeral at the church. Burial will be in Chandler cemetery. Pallbearers are Chris, Phillip and Tucker Smith, Michael Story, Terry Lowe and Aaron Bennett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Calhoun.

Online condolences may be recorded at

Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Wanda King Smith.

Margaret Putnam

Margaret Bearden Putnam of Moreland went to her heavenly home on Jan. 3, 2017. She was 78 years old. Margaret was born in Calhoun on Oct. 20, 1938 to Harley and Lula Mae (Greeson) Bearden. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her only sibling, her beloved younger brother, Michael, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 35. Margaret was a 1956 graduate of Belwood High School and always enjoyed attending her class reunions. She loved to tell that there were nine girls (out of 20 students) in her graduating class, and four of them were named Margaret. It was a popular name in 1938! Margaret was loved by her friends, and was even awarded the honor of being Miss Gordon County. She went on to graduate from business school.

When her children were young, Margaret worked for Georgia Power Company and later enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother. After raising her children, she loved her job as a rural route mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, until a severe ankle injury prompted her retirement because it was difficult to operate vehicle brakes all day. She was even once lauded in the newspaper for possibly saving the life of a postal service customer who she noticed had gotten wedged between a car and a tree in their yard.

Margaret took pleasure in writing poetry and was quite talented in many creative endeavors, just as sewing, arts and crafts, tole painting and woodworking. She had her own ceramic shop in the building behind her house for many years and later a woodworking shop. She even designed and drew up the house plans herself for the home she resided in for most of the years of her life. Margaret had a passion for genealogy and volunteered at the local genealogical society several days a week after retirement. She delighted in visiting cemeteries all over the state and researching her ancestors’ lives. She never learned how to swim and was frightened in the water, but nevertheless gave in to her family by putting a pool in the backyard for the kids and their friends to enjoy while growing up. Margaret was a devoted member of Moreland Baptist Church for many years and later at Bexton Road Baptist Church.

Margaret is survived by her children, Len Putnam (Lisa), of Moreland, GA, and Cindy Putnam Duke (Tim), of Newnan, GA, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to Ms. Norma Bennett, who was a wonderful and caring friend to Margaret during her homebound years due to Alzheimer’s disease.

A graveside service honoring Margaret will be held at Blackwood Baptist Church in Calhoun at 12 noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in Margaret’s honor.

Local arrangements are being conducted by Thomas Funeral Home.

Jim Darby

Jim Darby of Brunswick died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Hospice of the Golden Isles after a prolonged illness.

A child of his era, Jim was a Baby Boomer born to Lee and Elaine Darby in Rome, Georgia, on July 10, 1946. He grew up amid numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Bartow and Gordon counties.

After graduating from Model High School in Shannon, Georgia, in 1964, Jim earned a B.A. in history from Shorter College and found his bride in fellow Shorter elementary education student Rose Marie McDonald of Silver Creek. Rose and Jim married at High Shoals Baptist Church in Dallas, Georgia, on June 8, 1968. Their daughter Jennifer was born in 1970, and daughter Margaret was born in 1975. Following completion of his master’s degree in social studies education from the University of Georgia, Jim taught for two years at Calhoun High School and for two years at Pepperell High School in Lindale. Jim wore his hair long and sweeping across his face like many of his students did, and his patterned corduroy bell-bottom pants were every bit as stylish as his students’ clothes were.

Jim’s career goals shifted in 1973 when he took a summer job driving a bookmobile for the Tri-County Regional Library (now Sara Hightower Regional Library) in Rome. The next year Jim accepted a “floating” job, dividing his work hours between Tri-County Regional Library and the Department of Public Library Services. Since he commuted to Atlanta for the DPLS, Jim used his time there also to earn a master’s degree in Library Science from Atlanta University. Another life-change grew from Jim’s career as a librarian: after a working-visit to the public library in Brunswick, Jim said, “if that job ever opens up, I’m going to apply for it.” In 1978 it did, and he did: by 1979 he was the director of the Brunswick-Glynn County Regional Library System (later the Three Rivers Regional Library System), and he served in that capacity until his retirement in 2005.

Looking back on his career, Jim wrote, “I never intended to build a library, but situations converged to change that because the availability of state funding allowed small libraries to put up new facilities.” During Jim’s tenure as director he oversaw the renovation of the regional library headquarters in Brunswick and was the library board’s fiscal agent on construction projects that resulted in new branch libraries being built in Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne counties—a geographical area the size of the state of Delaware! Jim was also instrumental in the establishment of a branch library in the Hog Hammock community of his beloved Sapelo Island.

Jim was indefatigable in his determination to win and wisely employ the resources necessary to provide the people of his region with the highest quality library services possible. He saw his libraries adopt new technology that took them from paper card catalogs into the age of the Internet and virtual catalogs, among other innovations. Jim was a gifted strategic-thinker and a superlative and motivational executive who thrived in his professional milieu.

After retiring as library director in 2005, Jim was employed for five years by the Camden County Board of Commissioners as a consultant to organize and train staff, streamline policies and procedures, and manage the Camden County Public Library. He said, “It was probably the best five years of my career. I had the responsibility for one library rather than eight.”

Following those best years of his career, Jim relished retirement as time to pursue other passions, including being an elder at St. Simons Christian Renewal Church and loving Papa to Elizabeth Speight (born 2002) and Wyatt Wilson (born 2004). “Elder Jim” and “Papa,” as he was then called, embraced his avocations with characteristic zeal and dedication to provide superlative service to his church and Emmaus communities and his family.

Jim remained a teacher all of his days. It was a calling for him even more than it had been a job. In teaching his spiritual communities, Jim touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of people even as he had endeavored to enrich the minds and hearts of his libraries’ patrons. Jim was gifted with words spoken and words written, and dozens of people have notes and letters written to them in his bold, elegant script encouraging them to continue operating in their areas of talent, counseling them in moments of crisis, and thanking them for being part of his life.

Jim loved fast cars, beautiful landscapes, cats, books, setting disarray to right order, his work, his church, his family, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will be missed.

A memorial service for Jim will be held at R. Dudley & Son Funeral Home (131 Summer St, Adairsville, GA 30103) on Saturday, Jan. 14, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone so moved to do so make donations in Jim’s memory to the St. Simons Christian Renewal Church or Hospice of the Golden Isles.