Obituaries

Barbie Rankin

Barbara “Barbie” Ann Rankin, 46, of Calhoun died at home on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Barbie was born in Fort Oglethorpe on Sept. 13, 1971. She was preceded in death by her father, Rembert Lee Rankin Sr.; her son, Hunter Nations, also preceded her in death in 2014. For thirty years, Barbie worked at Gordon Healthcare Center.

Barbie is survived by her husband, Barry Weaver; her mother, Linda Rankin; her daughter, Brittni Reams; her son, Cory Rankin; her brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Judy Rankin; her sister, Laura Rankin; her grandchildren, Landon Reams and Emma Reams; her grandmother, Laura Brown; her nieces and nephews, Morgan Avery, Cody Rankin, and Paige Roland.

The Rankin family received friends on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Chandler Cemetery. Pastor Wesley Hunt will officiate. Pallbearers are Michael Stallings, Ron Langley, Tony York, KC Brandon, Brent Lee, and Jeff Amos; honorary pallbearers are Lee Rankin and Cory Rankin.

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

Kathy Nichelson

Kathy Timms Nichelson, 61 of Cherry Log, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. She was born in Gordon County on Nov. 28, 1955. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hershel and Cora Timms; her husband in 2011, Elmer Nichelson; and her only brother, Johnny Timms.

Survivors include her children, Shane Shelton, Candy and Randy Smith, Misty Patterson, and Kristie and Christopher Everett; grandchildren, Seresa Shelton, Selena and Johnathan Fowler, Deanna and Russell Mellville, Kaci Swift, and Jeffery Shelton; great-grandchildren, Ada Fowler, Ana Fowler, and Shea Shelton; sisters, Patricia Jackson and Dania and Robin West; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. from Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The Nichelson family received friends on Tuesday, Oct .3 from 5 until 7 p.m.

Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Memorial donations may be made at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Gary Mulkey

Gary Waylon Mulkey, 64, of Calhoun, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 after several years of declining health. He was born in Bartow County on June 10, 1953, son of the late Fred Mulkey and Betty Schoenauer.

He previously worked at Fafnir Bearing and Shaw Industries. He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Debbie Mulkey of Calhoun; a son, Shaun Mulkey and his wife Daisy of Calhoun; a daughter, Staci Piedlow and her husband Dan of Adairsville; and a brother, Mickey Mulkey of Jacksonville, Fla.

The funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. Pastor Wesley Hunt officiated. Burial followed at Gordon Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers serving were David Long, Travis Spires, Kenny Ray, Mike Fowler, Darriel Anderson, and Tim Stennett. Honorary pallbearers were the Men’s Sunday School Class of Bethesda Baptist Church.

The Mulkey family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, Sept. 29 from 5 until 8 p.m.

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

Bill Blalock

Mr. William Oscar “Bill” Blalock, age 70, of Rome, passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Kindred Healthcare, Rome.

He was born in the Plainview community, Adairsville, June 13, 1947 son of the late Robert Tollie Blalock and Vada Lou Pickard Blalock. Plainview Baptist Church had been his home church and he had been a student of the Rome Floyd Training Center for thirty-five years. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gladys Pearl Blalock.

Survivors include a brother, Robert Marvin Blalock and his wife, Joyce Blalock, of Adairsville; and a sister, Sue Hibberts and her husband, Rev. Gary Hibberts, of Calhoun; several nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, Darryl, Joy and Nathan Creel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville, with the Rev. Gary Hibberts and Rev. Winford Casey officiating. Interment followed in Plainview Baptist Church Cemetery, Adairsville. Pallbearers were Dawayne Hibberts, Shane Hibberts, Robert Davis, Dale Hogan, Bobby Carney, and Dale Pickard.

The family received friends Monday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville.

R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. William “Bill” Blalock.