Obituaries

Bill Schutter

William Derk “Bill” Schutter, age 69, of Calhoun, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 9 at his residence following a long battle with cancer.

Bill was born on Nov. 29, 1947 in Muskegon, Mich., son of the late Earl Schutter and Tressa Allison Schutter. He was a member of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church and was a combat veteran of the United States Army serving in Vietnam.

He is survived by his wife, Debera Schutter of Calhoun; three sons, Bradley Lynn Schutter; Derek Louis Schutter and Michael Duane Guthrie; one daughter, Bobbie Sue Arias; one brother, Dale Schutter; two sisters; Patricia Taylor and Barbara Shultz. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

Graveside Services for family were conducted on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in Chandler Cemetery with Chaplin Dave Smith officiating and Ft. Benning providing military honors.

Services to celebrate the life of Bill Schutter will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. from the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church with Chaplin Dave Smith officiating.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral services for Mr. William Derk “Bill” Schutter.

George Baldwin

Mr. George Johnson Baldwin, 87, well known resident of the Oostanaula Community, passed away Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born in Gordon County, GA. on Nov. 12, 1929, to William Clifford and Mary Newberry Baldwin who preceded him in death along with two sons, Thad and Michael Baldwin; daughter, Tina Priest; brothers, Jessie, Fred, Bill and Wallace Baldwin; and a sister, Ruby Jean Ellis.

He was a Saw Miller, Logger and Farmer. Throughout the years he had operated saw mills for Walter Hammond, Frank Richardson, Alby Gazaway and Ralph Hammond in Florida, New Mexico, Texas and several locations in Georgia until he set up his own mill in the Oostanaula Community in 1970 where he lived until his death. He was a man who enjoyed his work.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nila Johnson Baldwin; five sons, Kenneth Baldwin of Ranger, Sam Baldwin of Decatur, George Baldwin Jr. of Atlanta, David Baldwin and wife Velvet of Calhoun, and Wade Baldwin and wife Vivian of Calhoun; daughters, Jan Baldwin Clark and husband Billy of Calhoun and Donna Baldwin Blair of Calhoun; a sister, Annie Ruth Gwin and husband Paul of Calhoun; 32 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren; a special friend and caregiver, Robin Jimenez; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Eddie Brannon officiating. Burial followed in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Oostanaula. Pallbearers serving included James Priest, Dallas Bryant, Billy Clark, Jeffery Talley, TJ Baldwin, and Tracy Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers included Paul Hammond, Bobby House, Tommy Blalock, Paul Gwin, and Donald Stedley.

The Baldwin family received friends Sunday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Martin Earnest

Mr. Martin Lay Earnest (Earnie), age 63, of Smyrna, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

An informal gathering of family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the celebration center of Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna.

Earnie was born to Milton and Katherine Lay Earnest in Atlanta on Sept. 17, 1954. He attended Therrell High School and graduated from Campbell High School in Smyrna and attended Georgia State University majoring in music. Earnie was a talented, professional musician and worked in the recording industry with many major artists.

He married Pam Neibanck who survives him. Also surviving are daughter Emily (Travis) Harple of North Carolina, mother Kay Earnest of Smyrna, brother Russell (Patrice) of Smyrna, aunt Lois Castiglioni of Texas, uncles James W. Lay of Calhoun and Norman Smith of Lawrenceville and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Donations in Earnie’s memory may be made to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 505 Water Works Road, Palmetto, GA 30268 or a charity of your choice.

Fred Watson

Fred Watson, 73, of Calhoun, formerly of Bremen, died Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in Calhoun Health Care. He was born in Tallapoosa, Ga. on April 25, 1944, son of the late Fred E. Watson and Bertie Mae Worthy Watson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers.

Fred was a well known resident of Haralson County, Georgia, and grew up in the Waco Community, in the area known as Maddenville. Each morning, his sisters would carry his books to school with them on the bus, and Fred would run the 8 miles from Maddenville to West Haralson High School, and that afternoon run 8 miles back home. Fred would race freight trains and automobiles. He once responded to a dare from his friends and he ran 107 laps around the football field before stopping. Fred was described as “spectacular”, “amazing”, “phenomenal” and “simply unbelievable”. His moment of glory arrived in 1963, when he was a junior at West Haralson High School. He advanced to the Southeast All-Classification State High School Track meet at Grady Stadium, with 12,000 spectators in attendance. People from all over came to see the “Fast Watson Boy” run. On that day, Fred ran the mile in 4:18, and the two mile in 9:19, setting a new state record that would remain unbroken for 12 years. Fred received offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Berry and Furman. They were all interested in the “Golden Boy” of Track. Rather than take advantage of his scholarship offers, Fred chose to stay home and care for his father, who was ill. He did not return to high school his senior year, but started working at the local cotton mill. Those who knew Fred were not surprised, as he always put the needs of others first. In all, Fred won a total of 27 Gold Medals in his shortened high school career.

To honor Fred and his past achievements, on Feb. 21, 2000, Bremen Mayor Jim Carden, and Haralson County Commissioner Amos Sparks, proclaimed that day as “Fred Watson Day” in the city of Bremen and all Haralson County.

Fred loved sports and was an avid Yankee fan, Falcons fan, and loved Georgia football. He also loved gospel music.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Tiffany Watson; a daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Marc Brzozoski; grandchildren, Ryan Brzozoski, Ashlyn Brzozoski, Lauren Watson, and Kate Watson; a brother, Herman Watson; and three sisters, Nancy, Sara, and Susan.

A Graveside Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m., from the Buchanan City Cemetery. Rev. Herman Parker will officiate. Honorary pallbearers serving will include staff and management of Calhoun Health Care.

The Watson family received friends on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

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

Johnnie Mae Bailey

Johnnie Mae Childers Bailey, 75, of the Sonoraville community, died at Gordon Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, following several months of declining health. Johnnie Mae was born in Pickens County on Dec. 22, 1941; she was the daughter of the late John Richard and Hazel Long Childers. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, James Bailey. Johnnie Mae loved the outdoors. She possessed a green thumb, and it showed in all her gardening endeavors. She enjoyed the sights and sounds of the animals that lived in the woods that she walked and camped in. Johnnie Mae had a delightful sense of humor, and loved to talk with anyone that would stop and spend some time with her. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church. Johnnie Mae loved to attend gospel singing’s. Though she will be missed, thoughts of her will always bring a smile.

Johnnie Mae is survived by her husband of more than fifty-seven years, Wesley Bailey; her sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Karen Bailey, Charles and P.J. Bailey, Keith and Kerry Bailey, and Terry and Brenda Bailey; her daughters and son-in-law, Teresa and Rogelio Najera, and Holly Bailey; her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hall, Faye Gravitt, and Ethel (Jerry) Knight; her grandchildren, James Leon Bailey, Gary Bailey, Kevin Bailey, Jeremy Bailey, Cameron Bailey, Jayven Bailey, Andrea Touhy, Jessica Barton, Christina Barton, Kayla Ralston, Katelynn Claunch, Kelsie Sauer, Kalias Bailey, Kelita Bailey, Maleah Cornwell, Shealin Bailey, Caleb Bailey, Ariel Silvers, Terrance Bowen, Nicholas Najera, Jazzell Najera, Leatte Hardy, James Sweeney Jr., Skylar Sweeney, Dakota Sweeney and Flora Anderson; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

The Bailey family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.

The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial followed the service at Hayes Cemetery. Rev. David Baker and Rev. Eddie Brannon officiated. Ethel Knight arranged music for the service. Johnnie Mae’s grandsons served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

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