Obituaries

Bonnie Shepherd

Mrs. Bonnie Wilkey Parks Shepherd, age 85, of Plainville, passed away on June 17, 2017, peacefully in her home.

She was born in Pickens County on Feb. 21, 1932, daughter of Beulah Garland Wilkey and John Thomas Wilkey. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of the Plainville Church of God of Prophecy.

Mrs. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah and John Wilkey; her late husband, Mr. Felton William (Bill) Shepherd; her son, Tim William Parks; and grandson, John Cummins.

Survivors include her children, Allen Parks, Lawrence (L.E.) Parks, Thomas Parks and Jennie Childers, all of Plainville. Grandchildren include Missy and Chris Bankston of Temple, Ga., Tonia and Gregg Lowman of Adairsville, Heath Parks of Plainville, Bryan and Beth Selman of Lindale, Corey and Gwen Wiencek of Atlanta, Samantha and Marc Miller of Euharlee, Jennifer and Glen Grimsley of Dalton, Christie and Matthew Self of Adairsville, Timothy Parks of Rome, Cody and Tori of Plainville, and Angel Parks of Chattanooga, Tenn. Followed by 13 great-grand children and several great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services to honor the life of Mrs. Bonne Wilkey Parks Shepherd were held Tuesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Pastor Jerry Gaddis and Rev. Spencer Padgett officiating. Interment followed in Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Daniel Wilkey, Joseph Wilkey, Kenny Gravitt, Wyman Autry, Wyman Wilkey and Gene McEntyre. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Payne and Bryan Selman.

The Shepherd family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, June 19 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left online at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Bonnie Wilkey Parks Shepherd are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Dr. Wilber Bishop, Jr.

Dr. Wilber A. Bishop, Jr., age 88, of Fairmount, died at his residence on June 15, 2017. He was born on Jan. 10, 1929 in Aberdeen, Miss., son of the late Wilber A Bishop, Sr. and Helen Williams Bishop.

Dr. Bishop was a veteran, serving his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force. He entered the service less than a year after graduating from Collegedale Academy in Collegedale, Tenn. in 1947. He was married to Pattie Miller in 1956 and received his Doctorate degree in Dentistry from Loma Linda University in 1959. He moved from California in 1974 to practice in Summerville, and served patients until 1987. At that time he opened his practice in Calhoun, and later retired in 1998. He and Pattie made many friends through the years, not only in the dental practice, but in their travels around the country and through short term mission endeavors with Maranatha Volunteers International. He was an avid golfer. He loved God’s creation and was a member of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition to his parents, Dr. Bishop was preceded in death by his wife, Pattie Bishop, and a sister, Carolyn Bishop.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, David and Carla Bishop of Fairmount; his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Doug Barrow of McDonald, Tenn.; a brother, Dr. Joe Bishop of Calhoun, and a sister, Lecta Johnson of Maryville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Zack Barrow, Morgan Barrow, Diana Bishop and Carson Bishop; a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Dr. Wilber A. Bishop, Jr. were held Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home, with Pastor Ken Mittleider officiating. Music was arranged by Faye Pierce Bentley. Interment, with Military Honors, followed in Chandler Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included David Bishop, Carson Bishop, Zack Barrow, Doug Barrow, James Bishop and Frank Schrader.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, June 19 between the hours of 5:30 and 8 p.m.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Maranatha Volunteers International, 990 Reserve Drive, Suite 100, Roseville, CA 85678.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Dr. Wilber A. Bishop, Jr. are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Frances Greeson

Frances Jeanette Greeson, age 86, died on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Myrtle Hill Mausoleum at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, 20 Myrtle Street SW in Rome. West Georgia Crematory, Austell, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Wagner

Mrs. Ruth Newland Wagner, age 85, of Fairmount, departed this life Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born March 7, 1932 in Bristol, Tenn., a daughter of the late Lesley and Theo Newland. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Dick Knox,

She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Jack Wagner of the residence; sons and daughter-in-law, David Wagner of Fairmount, Daniel and Marla Wagner of Easley, S.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Mark Sparks of Irmo, S.C., Lydia and Jon Cowles of Tulley, N.Y.; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Joann Newland of Kingsport, Tenn.; grandchildren, Benjamin Sparks, Jonathan Sparks, Boaz Cowles, Abigail Cowles, Anna Cowles, Nathanael Wagner.

Service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Ruth Newland Wagner was held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 4 p.m. from the Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Mark Sparks officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Camp Sunrise at 1427 Slate Mine Rd SE Fairmount, GA 30139 or campsunrise.com.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements will be announced by, Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolly Rd. Calhoun, GA 30701, 706-226-4002. www.selectedindependentfuneralhomes.org and www.ogr.org

Edward Russell

Mr. Thomas “Edward” Russell, 72, of Calhoun, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home. He was born in Bartow County on March 31, 1945, son of the late G.C. Russell, Jr., and the late Carolyn McDaniel Russell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Russell.

Edward was a veteran, serving his country in the United States Marines. He had retired from Roadway Express after 20 plus years, and afterward was employed with RRR Transport. He was an avid baseball fan, and loved watching western classics. He enjoyed mowing and working on the farm on the tractor.

Survivors include his wife of 34 ½ years, Anita Sue Garber Russell; his daughter and son-in-law, Caitlin and Jeffrey Forman; his sister, Laurel Russell Clark; a granddaughter, Sara Carolyn Forman; a nephew, Monte Clark; a niece, Dia Johnson; and his grand animals, Maddie, Ralph, and Rick. A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Services to honor the life of Mr. Thomas “Edward” Russell was held Monday, June 19 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev Eddie Brannon officiating. Interment followed in Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Pallbearers serving included Kiko Cuaresma, Monte Clark, Paul Clark, Sam Bright, Steve McDaniel, Ryan Wilson, Gary Murley and Gary Waters. Honorary pallbearers were Mitchell Dixon, Bobby Reeves, Billy Reeves, Yancey Wilson, Gary Moore, Jim Banks, Shane Hall, RRR Transport employees and Roadway Express retirees.

The Russell family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday, June 18 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com Funeral arrangements for Mr. Thomas Edward Russell are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Walter Johnson

Mr. Walter Lee Johnson, 84, of Calhoun, died Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was born in Guin, Ala. on Nov. 1, 1932, son of the late Claude Johnson and Beulah Green Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Henry Frank Johnson and Walter Lee Johnson Jr.; his brothers, William Johnson and Robert Johnson; and sisters, Fanny Prater, Irene Page, and Bessie Brewer.

He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margarette Stokes Johnson; a son, Ralph Stokes and his wife, Gail; daughters, Peggy McGuire and Cindy Walston and her husband, Randy; a brother, Paul Johnson and his wife, Helen; sisters, Lucille Stafford Gordon and Evelyn Hamby; grandchildren, Randall McGuire, Scott and Pam McGuire, Haley and John Land, Dustin and Shannon Buchanan, Justin and Hannah Walston, Chris Johnson, Keshia and Brian Pack, and Heather and Sean McKeehan; great grandchildren, Amanda Knight, Andrew and Kady McGuire, Austin McGuire, Logan McGuire, Jase McGuire, Alyssa O’Tinger, Madison Land, Gavin & Shyanne Buchanan, Caden and Kipp Walston, Katelynn, Jacie, and Konner Johnson, Aleah Halliday, Hayden Pack, and Taylor and Dylan McKeehan; and great-great granddaughter, Avaida McGuire.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 17 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Brannon officiating. Interment followed at Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Scott McGuire, Johnny Land, Taylor McKeehan, Dylan McKeehan, Justin Walston, and Dustin Buchanan. Honorary pallbearers serving were Larry Wright, Danny Wright, Byron Brown, Konner Johnson and Jimmy Prater.

The Johnson family received friends at the funeral home of Friday, June 16 from 5 until 9 p.m.

Condolences may be left online at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements for Mr. Walter Lee Johnson are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Hazel Cochran

Mrs. Hazel Burchett Cochran, age 86, of Calhoun went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 15, 2017. She was born in Gordon County on Dec. 2, 1930, daughter of the late Claude and Clyde Baker Burchett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Tom” Cochran in 1994; brothers, Marvin and Max Burchett; and a sister, Ivey Lee Childers.

Hazel was a lifelong resident of Gordon County and attended Red Bud Schools. She was one of the oldest members of Salem Baptist Church, and was a member of the Ken Conner Sunday School Class. She loved going to the Gordon Senior Center, and was a member of the Rocking Chair Band for many years. She loved working with her flowers and in her garden. She was employed by Mercy Care prior to being employed at the Voluntary Action Center, where she worked for 13 years prior to her retirement in 2009. Hazel had many friends and many wonderful memories while employed at the VAC.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Poole and her husband, Randy, and Becky Smith; her sons, Randall Cochran and his wife, Helen, Ricky Cochran and his wife, Marie, Mitchell Cochran and his wife, Carolyn, and David Cochran and his wife, Pam; a brother, Arlon Burchett; a brother-in-law, Billy Cochran and his wife Sara; her grandchildren, Shane (Christy) Cochran, Scott (Kimberly) Cochran, Lacey (Jeremy) Sisson, Misty (Mark) McCarley, Nick (Caroline) Cochran, Josh (Keara) Cochran, Terry (Amanda) Cochran, Amanda (Timothy) Smith, Sabrina (Chad) Hester, Adam (Lindsey) Smith, Tiffany (Justin) Wright, Ezra Smith, Gracie Smith, and Chris (Madonna) Higdon. Twenty four great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins, also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel Burchett Cochran was held on Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Brannon and Rev. Ralph Kinman officiating. Interment followed in Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Shane Cochran, Scott Cochran, Nick Cochran, Terry Cochran, Josh Cochran, Timothy Smith and Chad Hester. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Childers, Gary Childers, Scott Childers, Eddie Cochran, Chris Higdon and members of the Ken Conner Sunday School Class of Salem Baptist Church. The Cochran family would like to thank Compassus Hospice Care and their Nurse, Heather.

The family of Hazel Burchett Cochran received friends on Friday, June 16 between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. at Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared and the guestbook signed at www.maxbrannonandsons.com.

The services planned for Mrs. Hazel Burchett Cochran are under the care and direction of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home.