Edith Burns

Edith Witherow Burns, age 91, of Calhoun passed away at 7 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2016 at Gordon Healthcare.

Edith was born on Dec. 7, 1924 to the late Fate Witherow and Frances Rogers Witherow in St. Clair County, Ala. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Jackson Burns, Sr., seven brothers and sisters, and one grandchild, Jim White.

Edith was the oldest living member of West Union Baptist Church and she worked as a Lunch Room Manager for the Gordon County School Systems from 1965 until 1981.

Edith is survived by two sons, Jackie Burns and his wife, Rosellen, Jerry Burns and his wife, Roxane; two daughters Wilma Burns Hammontree and her husband, Rayford, and Pat Burns White and her husband, Jack; eight grandchildren, Tracy Bryant, Emily Jones, Wendi Murphy, Lisa Traylor, Jamie Burns, Jacin Burns, Jayla Ensley and Jared Burns. Fifteen great- grandchildren also survive.

The family of Edith Witherow Burns received friends on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. at West Union Baptist Church and funeral at 3 p.m. Reverend Jerry Brooks and Reverend Jim Burns will officiate. Edith will be laid to rest next to her husband at West Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jacin Burns, Jamie Burns, Jared Burns, Eric Jones, Daniel Bryant, Brandon Ensley and Joel Murphy.

Condolences may be recorded at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Howard Franklin

Howard R. “Poppa” Franklin, age 75, of the Nance Springs Community, died at 7:02 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Howard was born in Chattanooga on July 24, 1941, a son of the late Howard J Franklin and Doris Self Franklin Moore. Also, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Roy B Moore; brother, Robert Franklin; stepmother, Minnie Franklin. He has lived in the Nance Spring Community for 48 years. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ of Dalton. He was employed by Norville Industries for over thirty years and recently by Global Solutions.

Howard is survived by his wife, Patricia Nance Franklin; one son, Chris Franklin and his wife, Linda, of Varnell; one daughter, Tara Franklin Dunn and her husband, Rick, of Gallatin, Tenn.; three sisters, Joy Hamilton, Carol McCamish and Mane McMellon, all of Chattanooga; seven grandchildren, Laura Franklin Garner and her husband, Jonathon, Hannah Franklin, Sarah Franklin, Christopher Franklin, Tucker Dunn, Evan, Elizabeth Dunn, Cassie Moss Boyd and her husband, Justin, and one great-grandchild Jackson Boyd. Several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the funeral at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Barry Gilreath, Jr and Ross Jordan officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Central Church of Christ of Dalton Building Fund.

Condolences can be made at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com.

Sgt. Anthony Bramlett

Sergeant Deputy Sherriff Anthony Ray Bramlett, age 42, of Calhoun, passed away at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.

Sergeant Bramlett was born on Dec. 21, 1973 to James Bramlett and Meletha Grogan Moss. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, uncles and infant brother, Joshua.

He was an avid participant at the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament and hunter and fisherman. Sgt. Bramlett was a dedicated sheriff’s deputy of Gordon County for eight years and leaves behind his partner K9, Katja. He was a member of Grace Community Baptist Church and was a loving, kind and great Christian, who was always taking care of others.

Sgt. Bramlett leaves behind his wife, Carrie Sudduth Bramlett and two children, Anna Bramlett and Conner Bramlett and his girlfriend, Megan Harbin; his father, James Odell Bramlett and his wife, Linda; his mother, Meletha Ann Moss and her husband, Woody; his grandmother, Barbara Brown and her husband, Jimmy Middlebrooks; three brothers, Timothy Moss and his wife, Reba, Brett Bramlett, and Alan Moss; one sister, Natasha Reece and her husband, Ronnie; three stepsisters Anna, Gwen and Tasha; one sister-in-law, Misty Townsend and her husband, Bill; one brother-in-law, Eddie and his wife, Kara Suddduth, father and mother-in-law, Eddie and Joan Sudduth and several nieces and nephews.

Sgt. Bramlett’s family received friends at Sugar Valley Baptist Church on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at 5 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. with the Reverend David Peeler and Captain Shane Parrott officiating. The Gordon County Sherriff’s Honor Guard had charge of graveside rites at Salacoa Baptist Church Cemetery of Cherokee County. Pallbearers were Harris Housley, Conner Bramlett, Timothy Moss, Danny Floyd, Jason Brown and Billy Townsend. Honorary pallbearers were the Gordon County Sherriff’s Office.

Please leave condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Fletcher

Mr. Robert Michael Fletcher, 65, of Calhoun, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Hamilton Medical Center. He was born in Gordon County on Nov. 27, 1950, son of the late Robert H. and Venita Stewart Fletcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Fletcher, and a sister, Patty Densmore.

Michael was a 1969 graduate of Calhoun High School and served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Patricia Mincey Fletcher; his daughters and son-in-law, Christy and Wesley Brown of Calhoun, and Suzanne Fletcher of Adairsville; his grandchildren, Ryan Brown, Justin Brown, and Hope Brown; and a brother-in-law, Al Densmore of Calhoun. A host of friends and other relatives also survive.

Services to honor the life of Mr. Robert Michael Fletcher were held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Dr. William Roberts and Rev. Gary Hibberts officiating. Interment followed in Fain Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers included Wesley Brown, Ryan Brown, Justin Brown, Greg Davis, Jeremy Fletcher and Adam Fletcher.

The Fletcher family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 17 from 5 until 9 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral services for Mr. Robert Michael Fletcher are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Betty Locklear

Ms. Betty Locklear, 82, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at McLeod Medical Center in Dillon.

Born in Dillon County, S.C., Dec. 24, 1933, she was the daughter of the late John Dallas Locklear and Lizzie Chavis Locklear. She was a member of Leland Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Sandy Kay Bennett (William) of Maxton, N.C., James A. Locklear, Wanda Jean Locklear, Peggy Locklear Branch (Larry), all of Little Rock, Tammy Locklear Berry (Tim) of Calhoun, Ga., and Pamela Locklear McColl (John) of Clio; Tella Branch, granddaughter known as her baby girl; twenty-three grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Ms. Locklear was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Rhonda Branch, and her brothers and sisters, Carson Locklear, Dora Chavis, Macie Barfield, Bud Locklear, Lee Locklear, Ed Gene Locklear, Monroe Locklear, Virgie Jones, Mary Elizabeth Owens, and Blondell Chavis.

Services for Betty M. Locklear were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Leland Grove Freewill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery directed by Cooper Funeral Home. Visitation was held 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.