Obituaries

Rose Tracy

Rose Ann (Nesemeier) Tracy, aged 73, died peacefully on Feb. 1, 2018 at her home in Calhoun, with her husband by her side after a brief struggle with cancer. Rose was born July 13, 1944, in Freeport, Ill., the daughter of Lynn Nesemeier and Luella (Becker) Nesemeier.

Rose thoroughly enjoyed cooking, camping and gardening. She spent countless hours canning vegetables, making sauerkraut, pickles and spaghetti sauce and providing for her husband and family. No one ever left her house hungry. She was an excellent cook and bartender and had a great sense of humor. And she loved to tell jokes.

On May 7, 1987, Rose married the love of her life, Gary Lee Tracy in Monroe, Wis. They lived in Shirland, Ill. and upon retirement, built a homestead in Spooner, Wis. before finally settling in Calhoun. One of their favorite things to do in retirement was to connect the camper to the back of the truck, load up her three precious dogs and go wherever the road took them. In her final weeks, Gary rarely left her side and was an incredible source of support and comfort for her. Her sons would like to publicly express their gratitude to their step-father for his undying commitment to their mother in her final weeks.

In addition to raising her sons, she volunteered her time at Dakota High School sewing flags for the marching band, coordinating costumes for theater productions and making donuts for fundraisers. She was always there to lend a hand.

Rose is survived by her husband, Gary; sons Todd (Denise) Morden of Palatine, Ill., Craig (Bina) Lenz of Jackson, Jeffrey Lenz of Spooner, Wis., Christopher (Michael Forest) Morden of Lake Sherwood, Calif.; stepchildren Colleen Russell of Vincennes, Ind., Shannon (Brad) Hudson of Oak-town, Ind., Deborah Gerke of Pearl City, Ill., and Gregory Tracy of South Beloit, Ill.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as sisters Barbara Miller, Rita (Jerry) Anderson and Nancy (Thomas) Giuffre and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Randall Nesemeier.

Rose has chosen to forgo memorial services, encouraging friends and loved ones to remember her in their own way.

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Rose Ann Tracy.

Betty Jimmerson

Betty Carol Overton Jimmerson, 78, of Fayetteville, left this world for her heavenly home on Jan. 29, 2018 after fighting colon cancer for more than 20 months.

Betty was born on April 22, 1939 and grew up in Calhoun, graduating from Calhoun High School. In 1957, Betty married Donald Pass and proceeded to have a daughter, Jan, and two sons, Frank and Doug. She was a people person who enjoyed the friendship of many. Betty had a contagious laugh that soon had others laughing, too. She loved life and made friends easily wherever she happened to be.

After rearing her three children, she enjoyed working at Tri-City S&L, the Fayette County Tax and Tag Department, and serving as a volunteer and officer in the Auxiliary at the Fayette Community Hospital and Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Betty met David Jimmerson on a church bus trip to Cape Cod in September 2008 after being a widow for 5 years. They fell in love, married in May 2009 and lived a love story for the rest of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, step-mother, and step-grandmother. Betty was a long time member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church before joining David as a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church and the Welcome Sunday School Class. Betty also helped with the Promise Class, which ministers to the mentally challenged.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Mae Greene Overton; her father, Marcus B. Overton; her first husband of 45 years, Donald Pass; and her daughter-in-law, Carol Pass.

She is survived by her husband, David Jimmerson; her brother, Marcus Lee Overton of San Diego; her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Dean Boike of Matthews, N.C.; her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Beverly Pass of Fayetteville; her son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Susan Pass of Helena, Ala.; step-daughter, Joanna Latham (Steve) of Fayetteville; step-son, “Jimmy” Jimmerson (Carla) of Alpharetta; grandchildren, Shaina Barlow (Chris), Cassidy Boike, Jaclyn Pass Bell (Devin), Rachel Pass, Lucas Pass, Frances Pass, Rebekah Pass, Nathan Pass, and Mary Pass; step-grandchildren, Brent and Eric Latham, Matthew, Driskill, and Grace Jimmerson; great-grandchildren, Silas and Mary Selwyn Barlow, Ezra, Tucker, and Carolina Joy Bell; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Flat Creek Baptist Church, 133 Flat Creek Trail, Fayetteville. Visitation will be from 10 - 10:50 a.m. prior to the service and a fellowship will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605 or https://www.autismsociety-nc.org/ or the charity of your choice.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Betty Carol Overton Jimmerson.

Teresa Martin

Teresa Lynn Martin, age 55, of Fairmount, passed away on Feb. 2, 2018 in Gordon Hospital.

Teresa was born on March 12, 1962 in Whitfield County to the late Harold and Missouri Scott. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Ray Martin. Teresa was a member of the First Apostolic Ministries of Calhoun, and has been a resident of Gordon County for the last 31 years.

Teresa is survived by her five sons, Jimmy Ray Martin Jr. and his wife Mindy of Calhoun, Shane Martin and his wife Michelle of Dahlonega, Dwayne Martin of Winder, Michael Martin and his wife Crystal of Winder, and Jerry Martin and his wife Amy of Winder; two daughters, Tina Martin of Fairmount and Melissa Martin and her husband Christian Warren of Kennesaw; brother, Tommy Scott and his wife, Barbara Scott; two sisters, Debbie Crow and her husband Eddie of Dalton, and Linda Giddens and her husband Kim of Dalton; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one grandpuppy.

Funeral Services were conducted on Monday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. from the First Apostolic Ministries of Calhoun with Pastor Ricky Silvers officiating. Interment followed in White Cemetery of Villanow.

Pallbearers serving were Jimmy Martin Jr., Christian Warren, Eric Crow, Eddie Crow, Tim Warren, Shane Martin, Dewayne Martin, and Jerry Martin. Tommy Scott was an honorary pallbearer.

The family received friends on Sunday evening from 2 until 7 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Teresa Lynn Martin, age 55 of Fairmount.

Garry Hyde

Garry Hyde, 68, of Resaca, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at Redmond Regional Medical Center. He was born in Gordon County on Dec. 3, 1949, son of the late George “Smack” Hyde and the late Gladys Stanley Hyde.

Garry had retired from Beaulieu of America after 42 years. Along with his brother, he enjoyed working on the farm. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army from May 1969 until April 1975.

He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Jan Poarch Hyde; his son, Tony Hyde of Resaca; his daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Steven Massengill of Calhoun; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Shelia Hyde, and Lamar “Mott” and Esmi Hyde; a sister, Sue Davis; grandchildren, Brodie Massengill and Brynn Massengill; a special nephew, J.B. Ipac; and other relatives and friends.

There was a gathering of friends and family on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations of teddy bears to an organization that comforts children. Bears may be brought to the funeral home. Donations may be made on the funeral home website, and will be used to purchase teddy bears.

Condolences for Garry Hyde may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Marci Hodges

Marci Moore Hodges, age 53, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3 in Floyd Medical Center.

Marci was born Dec. 20, 1964 in Floyd County, daughter of the late James Richard Moore and Mary Anne King Moore. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Calhoun and a 1983 graduate of Calhoun High School. Marci then went on to graduate from the University of West Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta.

Survivors include her companion of 22 years, Mark Outlaw and his children, Austin, Autumn, and Andrew; one sister, Mitzi Hutchinson and her husband Frank; niece, Melea Robbins and her husband John and their daughter, Emily; and her nephew, Curt Welch and his wife, Brie and their son, Colt.

A service to celebrate the Life of Marci Moore Hodges was conducted Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. from the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Dr. Bert Vaughn officiating.

The family received friends Tuesday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

You may send condolences to the family at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the services for Marci Moore Hodges.

Jewel Thacker

Jewel Burton Thacker, age 88, of the Ranger Community, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Gordon Health Care.

Jewel was born on Jan. 28, 1930 in Gordon County to the late

Vester Burton and Nina Shope Burton. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Terry and Lois Goble; and two brothers, Lewis Burton and Edward Burton. She was a lifetime resident of the Ranger Community and was a member of the Fairview Church of God near Oakman.

Jewel is survived by two sons, Larry Thacker and his wife Connie of Fairmount, and Randy “Jeff” Thacker and his wife Sheila of Ranger; two brothers, Tom Burton of Fairmount, and Charlie Burton of Calhoun; one sister, Ilene Goble of Ranger; three grandchildren, Kevin Thacker, Miranda Warrick and Tyler Thacker; and two great-grandchildren, Coulter Warrick and Will Harlan Warrick of Chickamauga.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Terry Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Chandler Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Tim West, Anthony Burton, Gary and Terry Goble, Kevin Thacker and Tyler Thacker, and Michael West.

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

Thomas Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements for the service of Jewel Burton Thacker.

Allene Puckett

Frances Allene Puckett, age 83, of Calhoun, passed away on Friday morning, Feb. 1, 2018 at her residence.

Allene was born in Hall County, Georgia, Nov. 20, 1934, daughter of the late Eddie Williams and Dora Free Williams. She was an active member of Belmont Baptist Church, and prior to her retirement was a nurse with Hamilton Medical Center.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Puckett; two sons, Richard Puckett and Timothy Puckett; three brothers, Ernest Williams, Frank Williams and Manuel Williams; two sisters, Eva Collins and Dora Williams.

Allene is survived by her three sons, Stephen Puckett and his wife Bernadette, and Donald Puckett and his significant other, Toni Williams, and Mark Puckett; one daughter, Ann Mathew; two daughters-in-law, Carol Puckett and Lisa Puckett; nine grandchildren, Phillip Puckett, Michelle Puckett-Thomas, Jacob Hamilton, Noah Hamilton, Jennifer Covington and her husband, Troy, Jonathan Puckett, Zackery Mathews and his wife, Kailtyn, Harley Teague-Long, and Ethan Teague; and seven great-grandchildren, Drew Adams, Addison Covington, Charles Covington, Ryder Mathews, Everly Mathews, Elaina Long, and Benjamin Teague.

Funeral Services were conducted on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. from Belmont Baptist Church with Dr. John Allen officiating. Interment followed in Chandler Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were Sue Paul and the Esther Sunday School Class of Belmont.

The family received friends on Saturday evening from 4 until 6 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Frances Allene Puckett, age 83, of Calhoun.

Donna Smith

Donna Cox Smith, 64, of Sugar Valley, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at her home, following fourteen months of declining health. She was born in Gordon County on July 29, 1953, daughter of the late Robert and Walter Nell Davis Cox.

Donna was a homemaker, and a member of Sugar Valley Baptist Church.

She leaves behind her husband of 49 years, Roy Smith; her sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Tara Smith, and Craig and Shae Smith, all of Calhoun; a brother, Robert (Bobby) Cox; sisters and brother-in-law, Beverly and Michael Holland, Annette Moss, and Brenda Reed, all of Calhoun; grandchildren, Brooke Smith, Hannah Smith, Haley Smith, and Jocelyn Smith; and step-grandchildren, Madyson Patterson, Makensey Patterson, and Kelson Patterson.

Services to honor the life of Donna Cox Smith will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Pastor Dwaine Shadix and Rev. Eddie Brannon officiating. A eulogy will be given by Beverly Holland. Interment will follow in Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Pallbearers serving will include Mike Holland, Jr., Kenny Moss, Kyle Roberts, Chris Roberts, Stetson Welch, and Jeff Postell.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 5 until 9 p.m.

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

Patsy Pack

Patsy Juanita Pack, age 74, of Sugar Valley, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at her residence.

Patsy was born on May 28, 1945 in Gordon County to the late Calvin Tab Seritt and Mattie Sue Miller Seritt. She has been a lifetime resident of Gordon County, and prior to retirement worked for Shaheen Carpet.

Patsy is survived by her five sons, Timmy Pack, Byan Pack, LeRoy Pack, Terry Pack, and Mitchell Pack; daughter, Melinda Williams; brother, Neal Seritt; sister, Peggy Seritt; five grandchildren, Tonya O’Rear, Jessica Pack, Scotty Pack, Josh Pack, and Brittany Williams; and six great-grandchildren, Christian Clayton, Charly O’Rear, Shelby Golden, Hannah Golden, Bryar Wright, and Conner Wright.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. from Sugar Valley Church of God with Rev. Mark Yoho officiating.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 2 p.m.until the funeral hour 4 p.m. at the church.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Patsy Juanita Pack, age 74 of Sugar Valley.

Sylvia Crider

Sylvia Dean Crider peacefully gained her angel wings on Feb. 4, 2018 at Morning Pointe in Calhoun, where she has lived for the last eight years. Sylvia was born March 10, 1927, to Bill and Molly Silvers Dean in Gilmer County, Georgia, and was the youngest of eleven children.

Sylvia married Howard Calvin Crider on Jan. 29, 1949. They had two children, Mike and Pam. Sylvia worked as a wife and mom in the home and helped Howard at Master Mat, Inc., whenever needed. Sylvia enjoyed cooking and baking for her family. Always a caregiver, Sylvia cared for Howard during his long illness. After his death in 1982, Sylvia is remembered fondly as a hostess at Shepherd’s Restaurant for many years. She also worked at many stores at Calhoun Outlet Mall. Over the years, Sylvia was very active at Echota, Salem, and Trinity Baptist Church where she remains a member.

Sylvia is preceded in death by parents, brothers and sisters, and her loving husband, Howard. Survivors include son, Mike Crider; daughter, Pam Parker; son-in-law, Jon Parker; grandson, Cal (Howard Calvin) Parker; and special nieces, Scottie Knight and Peggy Craig.

Services for Sylvia Dean Crider were conducted by Rev. Eddie Brannon at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 6.. The family will receive visitors beginning at 2 p.m. with funeral services at 4 p.m.

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

Billy Cochran

Billy Joe Cochran, 82, of Calhoun, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at his home. He was born in Gordon County on May 14, 1935.

Mr. Cochran had spent his entire life in Gordon County. He was a retired Brick Mason.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Kathy Cochran of Chatsworth; his grandchildren, Teshia Davis and Willie Davis; and great-grandchildren, Akyra Davis and Logan Davis.

Services to honor the life of Billy Joe Cochran will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Ralph Kinman officiating. Burial will follow in Fain Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. until the service hour of 1 p.m.

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