Obituaries

Sheila Duffey

Sheila Gray Duffey, 68, of Calhoun, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at her home. She was born in Gordon County on May 27, 1949, daughter of the late Odell and Evelyn Evans Gray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Felton Duffey, in November 1997; her brother, Vincent Gray; and her sisters and brother-in-law, Linda and Carter Hunt, and Kay Gray.

Sheila was a graduate of Calhoun High School and had retired from Shaw Industries. She was an active member of South Calhoun Baptist Church for 25 years, where she sang in the choir. She loved spending time with, and cooking for, her family.

She leaves behind her daughters and son-in-law, Darla Duffey-Bryant of Dalton, and Sheryl and Josh Stone of Calhoun; her granddaughter, Peyton Claire Stone; her nephews, Todd Hunt, David McGhee, Dwayne McGhee and Danny McGhee; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patricia and H.L. McGhee; and great-nieces, Bethany Hunt and Blair Hunt.

Services to honor the life of Sheila Gray Duffey were held Monday, July 24 at 2 p.m. from South Calhoun Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Bowman officiating. Music was arranged by Brian and Amy Padgett. Interment followed in Chandler Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Todd Hunt, Jason Ledford, Wilton Baker, Jr., David McGhee, Dwayne McGhee and Danny McGhee. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Orvin Clark Sunday School Class of South Calhoun Baptist Church.

The Duffey family received friends at South Calhoun Baptist Church on Monday, from 11 a.m. until the service hour of 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the South Calhoun Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

Peggy Fowler

Peggy Williams Fowler, 73, of Calhoun, died at Gordon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, July 22, 2017 following several months of declining health. Peggy was born in Floyd County on Oct. 20, 1943. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Essie Gravitt Williams. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Myrtle Reed; her brother, Delmar Williams.

Peggy is survived by her son, Carl Hale; her daughters and son-in-law, Margaret Cannon, Hilda Smith, and Lynn and Scotty Heath; her grandchildren, Kevin Lambert, Michelle Brookshire, Greg Smith, Adam Smith, James Cagle, Ashley Heath, and Courtney Heath; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Carla Williams and Jimmy and Annette Williams; sisters and brother-in-law, Margie and Gene Edwards, Geraldine Serritt, and Annie Franklin; her great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The Fowler family received friends on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral service was conducted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed at Fain Cemetery. Rev. Walter Hare and Rev. Lamar Hand officiated. Music was arranged by Steve and Tammy Miller. Pallbearers serving were Greg Smith, Adam Smith, Mark Mullinax, Douglas Woody, Fred Williams, and Ronnie Williams. Honorary pallbearers serving were Darryl Edwards, Larry Gravitt, James Cagle, and Kevin Lambert.

The family wishes to thank the staff and fellow residents of Gordon Healthcare and Rehabilitation for the caring and sweet atmosphere. They are especially grateful for the loving care of her CNA, Barbara Charles, and for the companionship of her roommate, Celia Mullinax.

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.

E.T. Thomas

Ernest Frank “E.T.” Thomas, age 81 of Rome, passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Saturday, July 22 at his residence.

E.T. was born Oct. 15, 1935 in Cobb County, son of the late Jesse Leroy Thomas and Vernie Louise Wheeling Thomas. He also, was preceded in death by his first wife, Reba Joyce Hilley Thomas and his second wife, Patricia Pauline Chamberlain Thomas. He was formerly employed by Yellow Freight as a driver and was a veteran of the Korean War, U.S. Army Ranger. E.T. was a member of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church.

E.T. is survived by his wife, Elaine Gulledge Thomas; four sons, Frank Thomas and his wife Kathy of Rome, Roger Thomas of Calhoun, Ernest Thomas and his wife Julie of Paragould, Ark., and Ronnie Kies of Smyrna ; four daughters, Debbie Marshall and her husband Harold Gill of Austell, Tina Pierce and her husband David, Patty Alexander and her husband Jason of Calhoun, and Ann Kies of Smyrna; one brother, David Thomas and his wife Jeanette of Acworth; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Greg Hunter officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Ernest Frank “E.T.” Thomas.

Joseph Fouts

Joseph A. Fouts, of Atlanta, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017, after a brief illness, at the age of 53. Memorial services to be announced at a later date.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Jackie Fouts; brother, James E. Fouts, Jr.; and grandparents William Edgar and Cleo Fouts and Cephas and Emma Spruill.

He is survived by his cherished children, Kate and John Fouts of Hoschton, Ga.; his father and stepmother, James E. Fouts and Hazel N. Fouts of Calhoun; his sister, Judy, and brother-in-law, Dr. Nate Mull of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; nieces, Haley and Chandler Mull, and nephew Jonas Mull; special devoted friend, Denise Hill, of Atlanta; and two stepsons as well as multiple cousins and aunts and uncles; stepbrother, Robert Merritt; stepsisters, Linda Darnell and Beverly Sickinger.

Joe graduated from Chamblee High School and Georgia Southern College. He managed several restaurants in his career including Outback Steak House in Georgia. Joe took great joy in fishing and hunting with lifelong friends. Words cannot convey the depth of our sadness but our hope rests in our faith we will one day be reunited.

Donations may be sent to Wellstar Community Hospice c/o Wellstar Foundation, 805 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 100, Marietta Ga. 30066.