Obituaries

Ruth Champion

Ruth Baker Champion, age 90, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at Gordon Health Care.

Ruth was born on April 20, 1927 to the late Festus Baker and Belle Bradley. She was a retired school teacher and a lifetime member of Farmville United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Benjamin Champion; sisters, Alta Rogers and Mary Jane Greene; brothers, Bradley Baker and Robert Baker; granddaughter, Anna C. Dutton.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Champion and his wife Lorraine, Steve Champion and his wife Wanda; daughter, Kay Champion Dutton and her husband Charles; grandchildren, Leaha Champion Gathings, Shayne Champion, Jason Champion and Kane Dutton; great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Guy Kent officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday. Dec. 28, 2017 from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour 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 Ruth Baker Champion.

Betty Reeves

Betty Pitts Reeves, 84, of Gainesville, passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Born in Opelika, Ala., Mrs. Reeves had lived in Calhoun for most of her life before moving to Gainesville a number of years ago to be close to family. She was the daughter of the late William and Carol Thornton Pitts. She was retired from Shaw Industries, where she was the credit manager. Mrs. Reeves was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church, where she also was a member of the Dedicated Homemakers Sunday School Class and the Golden Nuggets.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, William Mark and Rene Sutherland, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Greta Sutherland Martin and Wesley Martin, Gainesville; grandchildren, William Todd and Amy Sutherland, Gainesville; Katie and Thomas Winfrey, Gainesville; Rev. Whit and Ashley Martin, Smyrna; Callie and Brian Hughs, Gainesville; Jake Martin and fiancé, Lindsay Drevlow, Gainesville; great grandchildren, Ellie and William Sutherland, Charlie Winfrey, Laney and Maggie Martin, Trap and Boone Hughs; special nieces and a nephew, Kris Sorrells, Kyle Smith, Carol Cochran and Tabb Thornbrough.

Mrs. Reeves is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Jennifer Sutherland and a twin sister, Billie Joyce Thornbrough.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 in the chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home. Rev. Don Ormsbee and Rev. Whit Martin officiated. Interment was held at 3 p.m. at the Gordon Memorial Gardens in Calhoun. The family received friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Enota Elementary School Library Fund, c/o Gainesville City School System, 508 Oak Street, Gainesville, Ga. 30501 in memory of Mrs. Reeves.

Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com

Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Ga. 30501 is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Evans, Sr.

Dennis Lee Evans, Sr., 64, of Calhoun, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at Gordon Health Care. He was born in Adrian, Mich. on Nov. 7, 1953, son of the late Howard and Wilma Jean Williams Evans.

Dennis moved to Gordon County in 1979 from North Carolina. He was employed with Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and was a member of Plainville Masonic Lodge #364, and Yaarab Temple, Dalton Shrine Club. He attended New Life Ministries.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Glenda Ruth Brewton Evans; his sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Lee and Angie Evans, Jr., of Rome, and Johnathon Wayne and Crystal Evans; brothers, James Evans of Kentucky, Maurice Evans of Michigan, Dale Evans of Michigan, and Chuck Evans of North Carolina; a sister, Kathy Swortout of Pennsylvania; step-grandchildren, Tiffani Stone and Kristen Patton; and step great- grandchildren, Kyran Stone, Colin Stone, Liyla Hollingsworth, and Abel Hollingsworth.

Graveside services, with Masonic Rites, to honor the life of Dennis Lee Evans, Sr., were held Friday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. from Fairview Cemetery, with Pastor Steve Morrow officiating.

The Evans family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Dennis Lee Evans, Sr. are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Mary Adams

Mary Sadler Adams, age 101, of Calhoun, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 in Calhoun Health Care.

Mary was born on July 6, 1916 in Hart County to the late Mr. and Mrs. John Sadler. In addition to her parents, Mary was also preceded in death by her husband, James Broughton Adams; three sons, Charles Adams, Jimmy Adams, Kenneth Adams; daughter-in-law, Patti Adams; son-in-law, Jimmy McDearis; and 10 brothers and sisters. Mary was a member of Calhoun First Baptist Church, and has been a resident of Calhoun for the past seven years.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Elaine McDearis, of Calhoun; daughter-in-law, Jean Adams; five grandchildren, Jim Adams, Keith Adams, Rhonda McDearis Jordon, Christopher Adams, and Lyndsey Adams; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Dr. Bert Vaughn officiating.

The family received friends on Saturday an hour prior to the funeral 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 Mary Sadler Adams of Calhoun.

Joann Hall

Joann Holland Hall, 80, of Calhoun, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at Gordon Hospital, following several months of declining health. She was born in Gordon County on Nov. 8, 1937, daughter of the late Worth and Nancy Greeson Holland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Hall, in 2010; siblings, Roy Holland of Flint, Michigan, Robert Holland of Calhoun, James Holland of Calhoun, Zeb Holland of Fenton, Michigan, and Katherine Yongue of Louisiana; and a special cousin, Vivian Sheehan.

Joann had retired from Carriage Carpets.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jennifer Thomason of Calhoun; her daughters and sons-in-law, Sheryll and Ed Waggaman of Acworth, Connie and Tommy Silvers of Fairmount, and Terri Banks of Calhoun; a brother, Jimmy Holland of Warner Robins; grandchildren, Dustin Silvers (Kaitlyn), Ryan Silvers (Macey), Kenzie Mitzner, Mindy Anastos (Joseph), Ashley Thomason, and Jill Thomason; and great-grandchildren, Brandon Anastos, Kayden Poole, Braylen Glover, Austin Harrison, Andrea Parker, and Ian. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services to honor the life of Joann Holland Hall were held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Walter Hare officiating. Interment followed in Mount Pleasant UMC Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Lamar Holland, Wayne Banks, Gary Knowles, Terry Floyd, Danny Holland, and Michael DeBrock.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 15 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Joann Holland Hall are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Emmett Young

Mr. Emmett Alvin Young, 84, of Calhoun, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome following a recent illness. He was born in Worth County on Sept. 29, 1933, son of the late Emmett Primes Young and Letha May Whittington Young. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Young.

Emmett was a member of New Town Baptist Church. He worked in the carpet industry having retired from Mohawk Industries where he was a supervisor. He enjoyed being outdoors tending to his garden and cherished spending time with his family whom he loved dearly. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Christine White Young, to whom he was married for 59 years on Dec. 12; his sons and daughter-in-laws, Ricky and Rhonda Young and Jeff and Lana Young all of Calhoun; his sisters and brother-in-laws, Dorothy Brooks of Norman Park, GA., Betty Busbin of Okeechobee, FL., Jeanette (Bobby) Braswell of Pansey, AL., Ann Howard of Moultrie, GA., and Carolyn (Emmett) Edwards of Leesburg, GA.; brothers and sister-in-laws, Harvey Young of Sylvester, GA., Rex (Earnestine) Young of Doerun, GA., and Jimmy (Gail) Young of Doerun, GA; grandchildren, Nicole Young, Justin Young, Hannah Young, Alexis Young and fiancée, Garrett Saylors.

Services to honor the life of Emmett Alvin Young will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home with Rev(s) Gary Quarles and Eddie Brannon officiating. Interment will follow in Chandler Cemetery with Rev. Randy Davis in charge of the graveside service and military honors will be accorded by the United States Army Honor Guard. Pallbearers serving will include Justin Young, Garrett Saylors, Alan Collier, Dwight Fuller, Don Saylors and Tim Watson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Senior Center of Gordon County and Franklin and Faye Lance.

The Young family received friends at Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 26 from 5 until 9 p.m.. Condolences may be left a www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Emmett Alvin Young are under the care and direction of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Amogene Blackstock

Alice Amogene Blackstock, 82, of Calhoun, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Gordon County on Jan. 25, 1935, daughter of the late Ralph and Beulah Cornett Dutton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Richard Blackstock; and a brother, Lane Dutton.

Amogene was a graduate of Red Bud High School, where she excelled in basketball. She was a member of New Town Baptist Church. Amogene worked at Sears in Calhoun for many years. She was a member of the Gordon County Board of Education for twenty years; Amogene was instrumental in the building of Gordon Central High School, and in the refurbishment and updating of each school facility. She was a determined woman whose mission was to make sure that the staff of each school had the tools that they needed to ensure that every student in Gordon County received a quality education. Amogene loved to bowl, she enjoyed cooking, and was an avid reader. She treasured the many hours she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; of her many accomplishments, it was her family that gave her the most pride. They will lovingly remember the impact that she made in their lives.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Penny Blackstock; her daughters and son-in-law, Lisa Davis, and Julie and Vann Harmon; her brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Annette Dutton; her sister, Glenda Latham; grandchildren, Autumn (Ryan) Gibson, Wendy (Chad) Trundle, Cherith (Adam) Locklear, Charity (Miker) Arrivillaga, Crystal (Chad) Sumner, Coley Davis, Gabe Harmon, Cooper Harmon, and Lily Harmon; and great-grandchildren, Anna Gibson, Ethan Gibson, Ashlyn Trundle, Brayson Trundle, Caylon Trundle, Kade Locklear, KyLee Locklear, Tristan Arrivillaga, Everly Arrivillaga, Abram Sumner, Maddie Sumner, and Jax Sumner.

Services to honor the life of Alice Amogene Blackstock will be held Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. from New Town Baptist Church, with Rev. Walter Hare, Rev. Tommy Crider, and Rev. Gary Bowman officiating. Her body will lie in state at the church on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour. Interment will follow in Chandler Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Ryan Gibson, Chad Trundle, Adam Locklear, Miker Arrivillaga, Chad Sumner, Cooper Harmon, Gabe Harmon, and Coley Davis. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Stamey, Sanford Sisson, and the New Town Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

The family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 26 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Alice Amogene Blackstock are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Chester Hale

Mr. Herbert Chester Hale, 82 of Gordon County, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 at Gordon Health Care. Born in Bartow County on Aug. 22, 1935, he was the son of the late William Elzo and Margaret Deskie Amos Hale.

Chester was employed at Trend Mills, before he became disabled. He was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by: his wife, Betty Sirk Hale; daughter, Kathy Hale; sisters, Katherine Hale and Patricia Corbin; brothers, Donald and Ronald Hale. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: his children, Margaret Cannon, Hilda Smith, Lynn (Scott) Heath, and Carl Hale; grandchildren, Michelle Brookshire, James Cagle, Courtney and Ashley Heath, Kevin Lanbert, Greg and Adam Smith; great-grandchildren, Shae, Dallas, Dixie, Kate, Ayden, Lizzie, and Angel; his siblings, John W. (Dot) Hale of Cartersville, Jeanette (James) of McDonald, Tenn., Wayne E. (Martha) Hale of Cartersville, Alvin L. (Sandra) Hale of Calhoun, Sue (Clifford) Ball of Acworth, Jean (Steve) Patterson of Rome, Ruby (Dennis) Watson of Tenn., Gail (Eddie) Turner of Calhoun, Faye Hale of Adairsville, and Amos Hale of Calhoun.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Tommy Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Adairsville.

Pallbearers serving are: Greg and Adam Smith, James Cagle, Russell Hale, Chris Howard, and Travis Maddox. Honorary Pallbearers are Kevin and Donnie Smith, and Kenneth Blalock.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 28 from 5 until 9 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Herbert Chester Hale of Gordon County.