Nathan Braddy

Nathan Alan Braddy, age 8, of Calhoun, died on Sunday, April 16, 2017 from injuries received in an accident. He was born in Gordon County on July 17, 2008. Nathan was a student in the second grade at Fairmount Elementary School. Nathan was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Charles Greeson, J.C. Langford, and Rev. James Braddy. He will be remembered as a bright and loving young man who could light up a room with his mischievous smile.

Nathan is survived by his mom, Sayrah Greeson; his grandparents, Danny Greeson, Laura Worley, Randy and Lori McElrath, and Mitzi and Ricky Reed; his sister, Madison Johnson; his great-grandparents, Donald and Faye Worley, Peggy Greeson, and Evelyn Braddy; his aunts and uncles, Kala Greeson, Julee Greeson, Holly Hennessee, Keith and Charmon VanDyke, Matthew Rice, and Tammy and David Manley; many other relatives and friends.

Nathan’s family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Antioch Baptist Church. Nathan’s body will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the service at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Rev. Larry Hibberts and Rev. Hershel Pierce will officiate. Pallbearers are Fred Gazaway, Kelly Scott, Randy McElrath, and Donald Worley. Honorary pallbearers are Jacob Johnson, Tucker Bridwell, Matt Rice, Keith VanDyke, Brian VanDyke, Tim Worley, Kenny Hammond and Donny Worley.

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

Roger McDaniel

Mr. Roger Charles McDaniel, 58, of Calhoun, died suddenly on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at his home. He was born in Butler, Ga. on Dec. 27, 1958, son of the late Andrew James McDaniel and the late Evelyn Howard Thomas.

Mr. McDaniel was employed with Thrall Car as an Electrician. He was a member of Barrett Road Church of God.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Lavada Eaves McDaniel; his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Keisha McDaniel of Plainville; his daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Donnie Mulkey of Calhoun, and Misty and Travis Cordell of Dallas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Joan McDaniel of Calhoun, Donald and Sherrill McDaniel of Locust Grove, and Terry McDaniel of Calhoun; sisters and brother-in-law, Lynn and Perry Hicks of Calhoun, and Edith Cope of Calhoun; and grandchildren, Bryce Cordell, Jayce Cordell, Austin McDaniel, Peyton McDaniel, Ayden McMurray, and Thea Mulkey.

Services to honor the life of Mr. Roger Charles McDaniel were held Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. from the Barrett Road Church of God, with Andrew McDaniel, Travis Cordell, and Pastor Norris Sexton officiating.

The McDaniel family received friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service hour of 2 p.m.

The family asks that flowers be omitted, and contributions be made to the Roger McDaniel Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1027, Calhoun, GA 30703.

Condolences may be left at Funeral services for Mr. Roger Charles McDaniel are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Fred Penick

Fred R. Penick of Calhoun, Georgia died at the age of 86 on April 15, 2017 at his home.

He leaves his wife of 64 years, Fay D. Penick. They were married in Memphis, Tenn. in 1953. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer P. Beason, her husband W. Keith Beason; his son, Jeffrey M. Penick and his wife, Susan DeGennaro Penick of Ellensburg Wash.; and two grandchildren, Avery N. Beason and Michael Brandon Brown Penick; his brother Charlie Penick of Lake Comorant, Miss. as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Jesse Lee Penick and Charlotte Todd Penick and siblings Jack Penick and Margaret Hargan.

Fred graduated from the University of Memphis in 1953 and the University of Georgia in 1988 with a master’s degree in Social Work. He retired as Director of Mental Health at Georgia Highlands Center in Dalton. Active in retirement, Fred was a member of the Gordon County Historical Society as well as the Calhoun Arts Council. He went on to serve as Board Chairman of the Northwest Georgia Regional Library and most recently served as Board Chairman of Calhoun-Gordon Library. He was a Mason and served in the U.S. Army in 1954-1956. Fred’s passions in life included caring relationships with family and friends, gardening, woodworking, reading, community activities, bird watching and fishing with those who could carry on a good conversation.

Funeral services will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Louis Tonsmeire officiating at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 22. Friends and family will gather in St. Timothy’s Fellowship Room following the service. Interment will be in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Volunteer Action Committee at P.O. Box 631, Calhoun, Georgia, 30703.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Fred R. Penick.

Julie Swafford

Whitwell – Julie (Anne Sturtevant) Swafford, 48, resting and waiting to awake on that glorious day. Julie passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. She lived in the Whitwell area for 17 years, lived in Monteagle for 12 years prior. Julie was an advocate against human trafficking (Co-Director of ProtectHER) in Marion County and surrounding areas. She was a member and assisted in the Jasper Seventh-Day Adventist church with music, Bible study, and Helping Hands Food Pantry.

She is survived by her parents Paul and Mary Sturtevant; husband Gary Swafford Sr.; sister Rebecca Sitz; daughters Peige (Douglas and grandchildren Payton and Devyn) Vaughan and Gabrielle Swafford; son Daytona Swafford; stepson Gary (Katie) Swafford Jr.; and niece Jenna Sitz, a few uncles, aunts, many cousins, and extended family.

Julie attended high school at Georgia-Cumberland Academy in Calhoun; Chattanooga Community College right out of high school. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jasper, Tenn. sanctuary, light meal following in the fellowship hall, will allow for visiting with family and friends.

Velma Ladage

Velma Bernice Ladage, age 82, of Calhoun, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Gordon Hospital surrounded by her family with last words to her family being, “I will meet you in the morning.”

Velma was born on July 26, 1934 to the late James Arthur Wilson and Beulah Dunham in Petersbug, Ill. She was a devoted member of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church where she was the Sabbath School secretary, volunteered at the Food Bank, Kitchen Coordinator at the Church and worked at the Church Kiosk. She was previously the receptionist at Tallatoona and worked at Charles C. Thomas which is the Frank Floyd Wright House. Her most recent employment was with Gordon Hospital for 17 years as the ER Registration clerk.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by Vicky Lee Hind, Viola B. Kennett and Debra K. Bagley.

She is survived by three sons, Guy Fritz of Oakland, Ill., Lester Fritz of Springfield, Ill. and John Ladage of Acworth; daughter, Cathy Fritz of Calhoun; one brother, David Atwood; two sisters, Kathleen Liesman and Grace Cahill; Special grandchildren that were close to her Abby Ladage, Ian Ladage, Jaydynn Cohee, Matty Thorsen and Bekah Thorsen; fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great- grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; her best friends, Juanita Sexton, Donna Hopper and Donna Sauder and many church friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. from the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Ken Mittleider officiating.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Velma Bernice Ladage