Rhonda Jean D’Antonio

Mrs. Rhonda Jean D’Antonio, 54, of Calhoun, died Friday, May 5, 2017 at her home, following several years of declining health. She was born in Lakeland, Fla. on Sept. 23, 1962, daughter of Gwen Rhodes and the late Ronald Caro.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Sam D’Antonio, Jr.; her son, Kyle Cummings of Calhoun; her daughters and son-in-law, Jessica and Justin Worley, and Stefanie Cummings, all of Calhoun; her mother, Gwen Rhodes; sisters, Debra Aguillar of Tampa, Fla., and Teresa Bachman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and grandchildren, Tyler Graham, Kane Cummings, Summer Cummings, Kowen Barnes, Addison Brown, Daniel Cummings and Jaxon Worley.

Services to honor the life of Mrs. Rhonda Jean D’Antonio were held Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. from World Harvest Church, with Rev. Rusty Haradon officiating. Inurnment followed at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

The family received friends at World Harvest Church on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the service hour of 4 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Rhonda Jean D’Antonio are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Billy Hayes

Mr. William “Billy” Hayes, age 80, of Chatsworth, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at Gordon Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen and Mamie Hayes; brother, George Hayes.

Survivors include, wife, Dovie Hayes, Chatsworth; son, Ragan Hayes, Chatsworth; sisters and brother-in-law, Betty Stewart, Calhoun, Nan and Billy Barnette, Calhoun, Marge Tolbert, Rome; special friends, James Burnette, Henry Milner, Harold Brock, Rich Head, and Wayne McFarland; nieces; nephews; cousins.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mr. Hayes was held Monday, May 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Bailey, Steve McDougle, and Joyce Brooker officiating. Interment followed in the Casey Springs Cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday from 3:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Casey Springs Cemetery Fund in care of Jerry Ridley 5125 Hwy 52A Chatsworth, GA 30705.

Peeples Funeral Home & Crematory of Chatsworth is in charge of the arrangements.

Claude Fletcher

Mr. Claude Fletcher, age 70, of Calhoun, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, James Fletcher, mother, Mary Duffy Fletcher and son, Cardel Aker. He retired from R. B. M. of Atlanta. He was a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army, and a member of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jacqueline Aker Fletcher of Calhoun; sons, Paul Fletcher of San Diego, Calif., Erin Fletcher of Sandy Springs, Minister Robert (Pamona) Aker of Villa Rica; daughter, LaVon (Kenneth) Sturkey of Adairsville; six grandchildren, Kedron Aker, Darius Sturkey, Kenneth Sturkey, Jr., Kailyn Aker, Kenadi Aker, Kaleb Aker; brothers-in-law, Preston (Minister Janie) Aker, Wilburn Aker, Jr., William Bryant; sisters-in-law, Frances Wise, Ida Orr, Sheila Edwards, Mamie (Davis) Griffin; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Service was held Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 246 Church Road, S. W., Curryville, Georgia with Pastor Kenneth L. Benham as Eulogist and Pastor T. L. Mitchell. The family received friends at the church one hour before the service. Please share your thoughts and memories of Mr. Claude Fletcher at www.willisfuneralhomedalton.com. Arrangements by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Georgia.

Silvanus “Shorty” Welchel

Mr. Silvanus “Shorty” Arnold Welchel, 76, of Plainville, died Sunday, May 07, 2017 at Floyd Medical Center following four years of declining health. He was born in Cherokee County on Oct. 14, 1940, son of the late Solomon and Oveline Cox Welchel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Lewis Welchel, Alton Welchel, Jack Welchel, Otis Welchel, Martha Jones and Willie Dee Carisle.

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Lois Garland Welchel; his daughter and son-in-law, Diann and Roger Johns of Plainville; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Mildred Welchel of Rome, and Chester and Carol Welchel of Jasper; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Cordella Hightower and Ophillia Bowling, both of Plainville, Gladys and Fred Blalock of Waleska, and Colline and Jacky Cantrell of Jasper; grandchildren, April Hudson (Jason), and Matthew Johns; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Hudson, Greyson Hudson, Ryan Johns, Kyle Johns, and Candace Johns. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Silvanus “Shorty” Arnold Welchel were held Tuesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. from Scott Cemetery, with Rev. Eddie Brannon officiating. Pallbearers serving included Matthew Johns, Jason Hudson, Ronnie Jones, Von Garland, Nathanial Allen and Jeremy Defoor. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Welchel and Chester Welchel.

The family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Monday, May 8 from 12 noon until 7 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Silvanus “Shorty” Arnold Welchel are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Grace Sparks

Mrs. Grace West Sparks, age 86, of Folsom Rd, NW, Adairsville, died Thursday, May 4, 2017.

She was born in Bartow County, Nov. 19, 1930, daughter of the late Henry and Dixie Blalock West. She, along with her late husband, Johnny Sparks, owned and operated a poultry and cattle farm, had worked as a forelady at Calmor, and was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where she had held numerous positions. She enjoyed expressing herself creatively through crafts, painting, singing, playing the piano and was an accomplished seamstress. Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Sparks, a sister, Brenda Horsley, a granddaughter, Angela McMurray, and a son-in-law, Gary Evans.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam and Bernard Cochran of Adairsville and Sheila Evans of Adairsville; two brothers, Jimmy (Mary) West of Adairsville, and Johnny West of Reno, Nev.; two sisters, Jeri (Herb) Swanson of Kennesaw, and Millie Freeman of Atlanta; seven grandchildren, Celeste Culpepper, Laura Rutledge, Kristy Jones, James McMurray, Sonya Noble, Alicia Brown, and Jamey Evans; eleven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Brent Tatum and Rev. Larry Hibberts officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers included Will Noble, Jamey Evans, Billy Noble, Mike Brown, Ty Rutledge, James McMurray, Ken Jones, Adam Rutledge, and Jake Noble. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

The family received friends Sunday at the Church from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour.

R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Grace Sparks.

Ollie Sexton

Mrs. Ollie Mae Sexton, age 76, of Adairsville, died Friday May 5, 2017 at Gordon Health Care, following several years of declining health.

Mrs. Sexton was born Jan. 7, 1941, in Isom, Ky., daughter of the late Oda and Mary Rackey Amburgey. Ollie was married to H.C. Sexton, who preceded her in death on March 1, 2016, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Gay Amburgey.

Those surviving include her sons, Eugene Sexton and his wife, Millie, of Dalton, and H.C. Sexton, Jr. and his wife, Neva, of Marshall, N.C.; a daughter, Brenda Thompson of Adairsville; brothers, Jimmy Amburgey, Don Amburgey and his wife, Wendy, and Floyd Amburgey and his wife, Bonnie, all of Ohio; and two sisters, Mary Hellen Folck and her husband Joe, and Madonna Hunter and her husband, Sean, all of Ohio. Grandchildren surviving are Michael Hunter, Desiree Nicole Torok, Heather Hunter, Matthew Sexton, Sarah Reinert, Nicole Land and Melanie Poe. Thirteen great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Linda Amburgey, nieces and nephews, and other relatives also survive.

The funeral service for Mrs. Ollie Mae Sexton was held on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. George Gray and Rev. Luke Morgan officiating. Burial followed in the Sexton Family Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Troy Smith, Eric Ledbetter, Greg Banks, Michael Hunter, Andrew Miller and D. Miller.

The family received friends on Saturday, May 6 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Ollie Mae Sexton are under the care and direction of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Little Brantley Franklin

Little Brantley Andrew Franklin, infant son of David and Alisha Nelson Franklin, died Saturday, May 6 at 11:58 p.m. at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., from heart complications.

He was born in Cartersville on Feb. 17, 2017 and in addition to his parents he is survived by two sisters; Carissa and Jaci Nelson, both of Fairmount, and by grandparents, Andy and Lee Nelson and Michael and Sheena McFarland and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Little Brantley Andrew Franklin was held on Tuesday, May 9 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Kinman and Rev. Wesley Hunt officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove (Ryo) Cemetery in Fairmount. Pallbearers serving included Andy Nelson, Michael McFarland, Phillip McFarland and Andrew Nelson.

The family received friends Monday, May 8 between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed and the guestbook signed by visiting www.maxbrannonandsons.com.

Funeral services for Little Brantley Andrew Franklin are under the direction and care of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Lillian King

Mrs. Lillian Holcomb King, age 99, of King Road, Adairsville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday evening, May 7, 2017.

Mrs. King was born on March 1, 1918, daughter of the late Robert Holcomb and Elizabeth Edwards Holcomb. Mrs. King was a lifelong member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. She worked for 30 plus years at Cartersville Undergarment before retiring. Her joy in life was caring for her family and working in her garden and flower beds. She was preceded in death by husband of 45 years, Charlie King; son, David King; grandchildren, Teresa King Robinson and Trey Brown Baynes; daughter-in-law, Annabell King; son-in-law, Morris Gilreath; sisters, Jueldee Holcomb and Mary “Josephine” Harris; brothers, Jessie “Bud”, Douglas, and Cecil Holcomb.

Survivors include her sons, R. C. King of Adairsville and Roy (Linda) King of Adairsville; daughters, Laura (James) McBrayer of Cartersville, Joy (Bobby) Baynes of Acworth, Charlene (Sammy) Evans of Adairsville and Debbie Gilreath of Rydal; daughter-in-law, Eunice King of Adairsville; grandchildren, Chuck King, Danny King, Roy King, Jr., Charles King, Rose Smith, Tina Smith, and Lynn Smith, Lisa Jones, Jimmy McBrayer, Greg McBrayer, Mickey McBrayer, Michael Baynes, Samantha Silvers, Corey Evans, Rolland Evans, and Lilian Bowling; 44 great grandchildren and 30 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. from Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Adairsville with Dr. Mickey McBrayer, Rev. Larry Hibberts, and Rev. Keith Silvers officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family received friends Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Barton Funeral Home.

R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mrs. Lillian Holcomb King.