Obituaries

Ruth Holcomb

Ruth Kemp Mauldin Holcomb, age 105, of Calhoun, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Gordon Health Care.

She was born Oct. 15, 1911 in the Chief Vann House in Spring Place, Ga. which was owned by her parents, Daniel D and Sara Leonard Kemp. Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by brothers, Ted and Leonard Kemp; sisters, Agnes Kemp, Lucy Walker and Mary Ellis; her first husband, Henry A. Mauldin died in 1978 and her second husband, Homer Holcomb died in 2003. Two great-grandchildren, Sara Ashley Mauldin and George Kenneth Mauldin also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, H. Kemp and Peggy Mauldin, Lucia and Gary Eastham and Laurence Mauldin; grandchildren and their spouses Daniel and Sara Mauldin, Mary Mauldin and Dan Rinenbach, Laurence “Hank” Mauldin and Janna, Robin and Justin Montgomery and Rodney and Kim Holcomb; and eight great-grandchildren also survive.

Ruth had a long healthy life. After graduating Lucy Hill High School in Spring Place, she attended Piedmont and LaGrange Colleges. She taught school early in life in several Gordon County Schools after she married Henry, including Pine Chapel, Resaca and Sugar Valley in the late 1940’s and 50’s. She later joined her husband Henry in his business, Mauldin Feed and Seed, which founded in 1949 and also operated the Greyhound Bus station until she retired.

Ruth was always active in civic organizations and loved playing in several Bridge Clubs, playing until she was 100 years old and she always enjoyed visits from the family pets while at Gordon Health Care.

The family received friends on Wednesday evening from 3 until 7 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

Burial was in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers family the request that donations be made to Animal Rescue League of NWGA, 1384 Self Lake Road, Fairmount, GA 30139 or Friends of the Vann House, 82 Hwy 225 North, Chatsworth, GA 30705.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ruth Kemp Mauldin Holcomb of Calhoun.

Helen Stewart

Helen Greeson Moss Stewart, age 86, of Calhoun, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at her residence.

Helen was born on Nov. 15, 1930 in Gordon County to the late Elbert Greeson and Gertrude Roberts Greeson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Moss. Helen was an Alumni of Berry College.

Helen is survived by her husband, Carlton Stewart; son, Jimmy Moss and his wife, Dale; Gene Greeson and his wife Barbara; three grandchildren, April and Robin Thomas, Joey and Lauren Moss and Jamie Moss; two great-grandsons, Trae Murrell and Rhett Moss; three step-children, Kent and Debbie Stewart, Carla and Chuck Watkins and Tim and Brenda Stewart also survive.

Graveside Services were conducted on Wednesday, April 12 at 12 p.m. in Pine Chapel Cemetery with Reverend James Cobb officiating.

The family received friends on Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Helen Greeson Moss Stewart 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 will be 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 will receive 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 www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral services for Mr. Roger Charles McDaniel are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

David Leonard

Mr. David Wayne Leonard, age 73, of Calhoun, departed this life, Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the local hospital. David was born Dec. 17, 1943 in Abington, Virginia, the son of the late Bill Leonard and Nancy Fields Leonard. David was preceded in death by his love, Jessie Fields. David was veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam Conflict.

Mr. David Wayne Leonard is survived by his grandchildren, Jessie Thompson, Nichole Parks, George Fields, Samantha Hartsock, Rita Jhanke and four great grandchildren; step- daughters, May Hartstock and Mary Cummings.

Graveside service to celebrate the life of Mr. David Wayne Leonard will be held Friday April 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. from Chattanooga National Cemetery, with American Legion Post 112 Dalton, GA.

Arrangements by Ponders Calhoun Chapel, 675 Jolly RD Calhoun, GA 30701, 706-625-7577 Condolences can be placed on our website Pondersfuneralhome.com. Your Selected Independent Funeral Home.

Syble Sloan

Syble Ruth Sloan, age 88, of Resaca, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017 at her residence.

Syble was born on Aug. 10, 1928 in Whitfield County to the late John Clint Johnston and Ollie Frances Wiggins Johnston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Garrett Sloan, three brothers and five sisters. She was a member of Resaca Church of Christ, and enjoyed sewing and making quilts. Syble loved her family and her birds.

Syble is survived by her three daughters, Patsy Strickland of Dalton, Shirley Nix and her husband Ricky of Fairmount and Rebecca Beckham and her husband Don of Rome; eight grandchildren, Jada Barton, Rory Caldwell and his wife Donna, Derek Caldwell and his wife Michelle, Slade Barton and his wife Farrah, Josh Beckham and his wife Julie, Jerred Beckham, Jake Beckham and Dawn Strickland; four great-grandchildren, Lucas Beckham, Bayly Barton, Noah Caldwell and Luke Caldwell.

Funeral Services were conducted on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Peter Hendrick, Minister Jule Medders and Reverend Peter Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Fain Cemetery with grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Thursday from 12 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Syble Ruth Sloan of Resaca.

Judy Keene

Clara Judy Fowler Keene, age 77, of the Sonoraville community, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Judy was born on July 23, 1939 in Whitfield County, daughter of the late Johnny Fowler and Mossie Freeland. She was employed by Gordon County School Systems in the nutritional department for several years. Judy was a devoted member of the Sonoraville Baptist Church for many years. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Lee Sosebee; two brothers, J.N. Fowler and Johnny Junior Fowler and one granddaughter, Myra Michelle Keene.

She is survived by the father of her children, William “Bill” Keene of Chatsworth; children, Susan Gale Hall and her husband Jerry of Resaca, Randy Keene and his wife Debra Rose of Resaca, and David Lamar Keene of Chatsworth; brother and sister, Myrtle Fowler Davis of Pearson, Georgia and Sydney Fowler and wife Katie of Hoke’s Bluff, Alabama; several nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and a special friend, Peggy Acree.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Sonoraville Baptist Church with Reverend Steve Skates officiating. Burial will follow in the Swamp Creek Cemetery in Whitfield County.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 14, 2017 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home, and the body of Mrs. Keene will lie in state from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church preceding the service.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in Charge of arrangements for Clara Judy Fowler Keene.

Michael Tippens

Michael Carroll Tippens was killed April 2, 2017 in an automobile wreck in Calhoun.

He was born on June 25, 1962 to Hilda Carter Thomas and the late Carroll Oscar Tippins. He is survived by his wife Tammy Tippens and his two sons, Michael Carroll Tippens Jr., 19, Joseph Daryl Tippins, 14, and his step-daughter Jillian Peterson of Raeford, N.C. He had many brothers including Rusty, Dusty, Billy Allen, Curtis and Steve. He also had two sisters, Cindy Curtis and Wanda Sue.

He was a member of Carpenters Union Local 225 out of Brunswick and was carpenter by trade. He worked at many places such as Georgia Power, Delta and Budweiser. For the past eight years, Mike worked for Dr. Larry Davis in Calhoun where they became very good friends.

Mike spent his days loving his sons and helping strangers who were down on their luck. He had two wonderful nephews, Phillip Jackson and Joseph Martin whom he loved very much. He had many friends and grew up in Baxley, Georgia and was raised by his grandparents Oscar and Willie Tippins. Eating southern food and messing around with his dogs and horses were a few things that Mike enjoyed greatly. He will be missed very much. Cremation has taken place and his ashes laid to rest in Bethel Cemetery in Baxley, Ga.

Crematory services by Southern Cremations.