Pat Blount

Patricia “Pat” Blount, age 76, of Calhoun, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at her residence.

Pat was born on Oct. 2, 1940 in Alexandria, Va. to the late J.B. and Mary Ann Parker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Blount; daughter, Mary Ann Priest; and sister, Ann Coleman.

Pat is survived by her son, Hank De La Torre; daughter, Lisa Priest; four step-sons, Mike Blount, Doug Blount, Alan Blount and Chris Blount; sister, Toni Rawlins. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Skates officiating. Burial will follow in Fain Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Patricia “Pat” Blount of Calhoun.

John Roberson

Mr. John Daniel Roberson, 66, of Calhoun, died Monday, March 6, 2017 following several months of declining health. He was born in Langdale, Ala. on Jan. 10, 1951, son of the late John William and Alice Virginia Monroe Roberson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Dawn Farrell; and a sister, Linda Brown.

Mr. Roberson had lived in Calhoun for 10 years, moving here from Newton, Ga. He was a veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart during his service, and was a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his ex-wife, Teresa Hawkins of Calhoun; his daughter, Wendy Roberson of Calhoun; a son-in-law, Rodney Farrell of Calhoun; a brother, Andy Roberson of Langdale, Ala.; sisters, Ann Williams of Langdale, Shelia Shiver of Atlanta, Margaret Hornsby of Lanett, Ala., and Sara Jane Cofield of Valley, Ala.; grandchildren, Shayna McMahan, Ashley Ledford, Dakota Ledford, Ember Milstead, Joey Farrell, Casey Farrell, and Jackie Farrell Ozzy; great-grandchildren, Teagan, Chloe, Rileigh, Bentley, Raegan, Jaylee, and Daniel; and a nephew and his wife, James and Laura Kennan of Newborn, Ga.

Honoring Mr. Roberson’s wishes, his body will be cremated and there will be no services.

Condolences may be left at Arrangements for Mr. John Daniel Roberson are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Norman Malone

Norman Malone, age 89, of the Sugar Valley community, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at his residence.

Norman was born on June 12, 1927 in Sugar Valley, son of the late Isaac Buford Malone and Mary Carter Malone. He was a member of the Sugar Valley Baptist Church and the Sugar Valley Masonic Lodge # 733. Norman also served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Sabol Malone; a son, Norman F. Malone; his sister, Bobbie Shirley; and two brothers, Paul and Dan Malone.

Survivors include two sons, Warren Malone of New York and Kevin Malone and his wife Katherine of Atlanta; five grandchildren, Abby Malone, Megan Malone, Matthew Malone, Michael Malone and William Malone also survive.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. from the Old Sugar Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Howard Duvall officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Kevin Holsomback, Phillip Duvall, Tim Shirley, Mike Shirley and Randy Shirley serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Gheen, Jerry Davis and the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class of Sugar Valley Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Old Sugar Valley Baptist Church at 249 Harbor Road, Sugar Valley, GA 30746.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Norman Malone of Sugar Valley.

Steve Burgess

Steve Burgess, age 51, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, March 4, at his residence.

Steve was born February 24, 1966 in Floyd County, son of the late Willard Burgess and Betty Jo Bennett Burgess. He was a self-employed painter and member of the Hall Memorial Baptist Church. Besides his parents in was preceded in death by three brothers; Ray Alton Burgess, Jerry Isaac Burgess, and Willard Isaac Burgess, and one sister; Wanda Sue Burgess.

He is survived by his wife; Nicki Baldwin of Resaca, one son; Zachary Burgess of Pikeville, two daughters; Tiffany Kiser and Shea Burgess, four sisters; Elaine Valentine of Chattanooga, Donna Farmer of Summerville, Lavada McClure of Calhoun and Diane Parker of Calhoun. Three grandchildren; Austin, Bryan and Cayleb Kiser also survive.

Memorial services will be announced at a later time by the Burgess family.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Steve Burgess.

Olen Parker

Mr. Olen “Gus” Emory Parker, 72, of Calhoun, died Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Calhoun Health Care following several years of declining health. He was born in Gordon County on Oct. 17, 1944, son of the late Charles and Irene Barnes Parker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold Parker, Anthony Parker, Frank Parker, and Arvil Parker; and a sister, Joyce Ellis.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Jennifer Parker, and Robert Parker, all of Calhoun; his daughters and sons-in-law, Jody Parker of Hampton, Lisa and Shannon Vanscoy of Cartersville, and Michelle and Robert Marion of Altus, Okla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Scott and Jennie Parker of Shannon, and Charles and Mindy Parker of Calhoun; a sister, Helen Brown of Calhoun; grandchildren, Angela Lupo, Timothy Parker, Kayla Faber, Christy Allen, Marlisa West, Justin West, Brook West, and Samantha Ruzicka; and great-grandchildren, Nehemiah Allen, Noah Allen, Eli Faber, Georgia Lupo, Jasmine Lupo, and Aubry and Kelsi Ruzicka.

A Memorial Service to honor the life of Mr. Olen “Gus” Emory Parker was held Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

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Sara Gaines

Sara Ruth Scott Gaines, 100, of Kennesaw, entered her eternal reward on March 5, 2017 after a brief illness. She is preceded in death by her parents William Miles Scott and Sally Brown Scott, husband, C. F. Gaines, Jr. seven siblings and their spouses Dewey Scott (Florence; Inez McMillan), Dean (Era Hammond), Ovell Floyd (Frank), Cora Lee Barton (Weyman), Aurie Reynolds (George), Frances Edwards (Wallace), and Virgil Chambers Howard (Robert Chambers; Frank Howard). She is survived by son Fredric “Fred” Scott Gaines of Kennesaw, daughter, Alice Gaines Hughey (Terry) Acworth; one granddaughter Dr. Christine “Chrisi” Allison Hughey, PhD, her husband Dr. Bruce E. Wilcox PhD and their son, Zachary E. Wilcox of Harrisonburg, VA, nieces and nephews William “Scotty” Scott (Bonnie), Fain D. Scott Sr., Pam Barton Houglan, Cathy Barton McClellen (George), Scott Barton, Charles Reynolds (Carolyn), Sally Jo Reynolds Barnett, (Winston) Cecilia Chambers Rogers (Jimmy), Becky Chambers Dean (Richard), Leonard White (Paula), Don Gaines (Gina), Nancy Gaines, and Alan Gaines (Stacy).

Born in Plainville on Dec. 12, 1916, she was educated in the Common School of Plainville, and graduated in 1932 as Salutatorian. She was married to C.F. Gaines, Jr. of Rome for 56 years until his death in 1991. She was employed at Brighton Mills in Shannon during the depression years; was stay-at-home mom until her youngest was in school then was employed by Sears Roebuck, Inc., in catalog sales, retiring after 25 years of distinguished service.

Sara and C.F. moved their family to Kennesaw in 1959 where C.F. he was employed by Lockheed Martin and after his retirement, operated Gaines Photography for 17 years from their home on Main Street.

Growing up, Sara was a member of Plainville Unity Baptist Church, later Enon Baptist Church in Rome. She was active in WMU and had a heart for missions. For the past 58 years she was a member of Kennesaw First Baptist Church and was the oldest living member at the time of her death. She taught a youth Sunday school class for several years. She ministered to the shut-ins after her retirement.

A visitation with the family was held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway Kennesaw, GA 30152.

A funeral service to honor the life of Mrs. Gaines will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in the Chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home with a visitation from 10 until 11 a.m. Officiating are the Reverends Dr. Perry Fowler and Charles Pearce. Interment will be at Scott Cemetery, Moore’s Ferry Rd. Plainville, GA at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pallbearers are William M. Scott, Don Gaines, Alan Gaines and Rick White. Honorary pallbearers are Fain D. Scott Sr., Charles Reynolds, Jimmy Rogers and Richard Dean.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the building fund at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N Main St, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Gwendolyn Penley

Gwendolyn Guess Penley, age 93, of Ranger, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at her residence.

Gwendolyn was born on April 9, 1923 in Gordon County to the late Mike Dewey Guess and Alice Lee Owens Guess. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Willard Penley. She attended Fairview Church of God.

Gwendolyn is survived by her son, David Penley and his wife, Rita; brother, Max D. Guess and his wife, Diane; two sisters, Christine Guess Stone and Phoebe Guess Sullivan and her husband, Mack; four grandchildren, Alisha Penley Johnson and her husband, Brent, Jason Wade Penley and his wife, Susan, Corey Allan Penley and Chad Howard and his wife, Shelby; eleven great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services were conducted on Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Dr. Bert Vaughn officiating. Interment followed in Hopewell Cemetery in Oakman.

Pallbearers serving will be Chad Howard, Jason Penley, Corey Penley, Noah Johnson, Wyatt Penley, Isaac Penley, Cole Penley and Brent Johnson.

The family received friends on Saturday evening from 4 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Gwendolyn Guess Penley of Ranger.

Jan Laiskonis

Janice Mary Laiskonis, 66, passed away on March 2, 2017 in Rome, Georgia with her husband Larry and daughter Amy by her side. Jan was born in Ludington, Mich. to Harlan and Viola (Van Riper) Chatfield on Nov. 4, 1950. She married Larry Laiskonis on Jan. 17, 1969 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. She worked for many years as an administrator specializing in accounting. Jan has resided in Michigan as well as Calhoun, Georgia. In the past year, Jan and husband Larry have been fulfilling her dream of seeing the country as they traveled in the RV.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, sister Margaret Cargill and brothers William and John Chatfield. Jan is survived by her husband, Larry; her sister Ginny McClure and brother Donnie Chatfield; her children Amy Laiskonis and Michael Laiskonis; and granddaughter, Katie St. Germaine; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral Service was held Monday, March 6 at Noon at Dalton First United Methodist Church, 500 S. Thornton Ave., Dalton, with the Dr. Kenny Ott officiating. The family received friends Sunday at Love Funeral Home in Dalton, 1402 N. Thornton Ave. from 4 until 7 p.m. As per Jan’s wishes she will be cremated and inurned in Michigan at a later date. Memorials may be given to Purple Stride at or mail to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave. STE 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Kenny and Cathi Ott and his family for their hospitality during this time, as well as Heyman Hospice.

Please visit to share fond memories of Janice with her family. Daniel’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Greg McEntyre 

Gregory (Greg) Eugene McEntyre passed away on March 1, 2017, due to complications of open heart surgery.

Greg was born on Nov. 9, 1960 to Robert Wayne “Pruney” McEntyre, Jr. and the late Jackie Smith McEntyre. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Pearl Ray McEntyre; grandfather, Wayne McEntyre, Sr.; and grandmother, Mable Everett. Greg was an owner and operator of McSystems.

Greg is survived by his father Wayne (Pruney) McEntyre, Jr, son and daughter in law, Corey and Lauren McEntyre, son Robert McEntyre, and daughter Kacee McEntyre, as well as his sister Melody McEntyre West and two very special nephews, Clay and Tyler West, who adored him like a father.

He is also survived by Aunt Kayanne Walraven and Uncle Jerry Smith. He is also survived by cousins who he were like and loved as brothers and sisters: Jeffrey Smith, Randy and Valerie Jackson, Frank and Summer Mills, George and Ginger Walraven, and Grant and Julie Walraven. He was like an uncle to their children and grandchildren.

Wherever Greg went he brought joy and laughter to everyone, and he was deeply loved by his family and friends. He loved Georgia Tech athletics, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets and traveling with his family and friends. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He lived life to the fullest and never met a stranger. His kind, giving, and compassionate heart was always willing to help anyone in need, and he will be greatly missed by the countless number of those he touched and impacted over the course of his life.

Greg is survived by his father, Wayne “Pruney” McEntyre, Jr. of Calhoun; two sons, Corey McEntyre and his wife, Lauren and Robert McEntyre; daughter, Kacee McEntyre; sister, Melody McEntyre West; nephews, Clay West and Tyler West. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m. from the Calhoun Church of Christ with Robert McEntyre, Corey McEntyre and Minister Frank Mills officiating. Interment followed in Chandler Cemetery with Jacin Bagwell, Roger Causby, John Christian, Steve Godwin, Alan Holcomb, Toby Holland, Ben McCormick, George Walraven, Kurt Robbins and Mike Tinch serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Friday evening from 4 until 9 p.m. at the Calhoun Church of Christ.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Gregory “Greg” Eugene McEntyre of Calhoun.