Wanda Dyer

Mrs. Wanda Carzell Dyer, age 78, of Ranger, departed this world and entered the gates of Heaven on Sept. 18, 2017. Wanda was born Dec. 14, 1938, in McMinn County, Tenn., the daughter of the late Alvie H. Harris and Myrtle B. Graves Harris. Wanda was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Thomas Richard Dyer; daughter, Linda Petty; daughter-in-law, Dolly Dyer; granddaughter, Melissa Dyer; brothers, Charles Harris, Clifford Harris, Jimmy Harris, Edward Harris; sister, Brenda Ross; brother-in-law, Johnny Goble and Hal Winkler.

Wanda was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Her loving spirit was shown by the openness of her heart and home to those whom she did and did not know. Wanda’s unshaken faith and unconditional love was beyond comparison. Her positive impacts cannot possibly be counted; for she was able to spread so much love in one lifetime. It is true to say that our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Mrs. Wanda Carzell Dyer is survived by her children, Walter “Tommy” Dyer of Ranger, Floyd Dyer of Ranger, daughters, Tammy Dyer of Sonoraville, Elizabeth and James Hayes of Ranger, Sandra Hayes of Murray County, Roy Hayes of Ranger; brothers, Don and Debra Harris of Rome, Randall and Jane Harris of Murray County, Lloyd and Debra Harris also of Murray County; sisters Edna Goble of Hinton, Wilma and Joe Southerland of Talking Rock, Iva Jean Winkler of Calhoun, Janice and Pete Shoemaker of Calhoun, Carolyn and Travis Worley of Calhoun, Lois and Luther Phillips of Ranger; 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Wanda Carzell Dyer will be held, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Reverend Donald Lee and Pastor Keith Reed officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Fidele Cemetery with Timothy Dyer, Brandon Dyer, Taylor Kephart, Jimmy Harris, Anthony Manis and Adam Manis, serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 from Ponders Calhoun Chapel 5 until 9 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolly Rd. Calhoun, GA 30701, 706-625-7577

Vickie Rainey

Vickie Hall Rainey, age 57, of Calhoun, passed away Friday, Sept. 22 at the home of her son.

Vickie was born Aug. 31, 1960 in Gordon County, daughter of the late Lloyd Venson Hall and Bertha Rose Upton Hall. She was a lifelong resident of Calhoun and besides her parents was preceded in death by her brother, Greg Hall.

Survivors include her two sons, Chris Wyatt and his wife, Tiffany, of Adairsville and Brian Hall and his wife, Summer, of Calhoun; two brothers, Willard Hall and his wife, Marie, of Calhoun and Vincent Hall and his wife, Leticia, of Calhoun; and one sister, Debbie Manis, of Calhoun. Seven grandchildren, Emily, Elizabeth, Ella, Autumn, Kaleigh, Hunter and Brandon also survive.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Morrow officiating. Burial followed in the Crane Eater Cemetery.

Pallbearers serving included Hunter Hall, Terry Wyatt, Stanton Wyatt, Ray Tate, Steve Benton, and Trey Wyatt. Steve Manis seved as an honorary pallbearer.

The family received friends Sunday evening, Sept. 24 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Vickie Hall Rainey.

Margaret Wood

Margaret Julia Wood, age 82, formerly of Sandersville, Ga., died in Calhoun on Friday, Sept. 22.

Julia was born on March 27, 1935 in Sandersville, the daughter of Mildred Julia English and Frank Cooley Wood.

She was a graduate of Sandersville High School and Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia College and State University. She retired after a long career as an elementary school teacher in the Washington County Schools. She was an active member of the Sandersville United Methodist Church, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Washington County Historical Society, and the Twentieth Century Club.

She was known by friends and family as continuing the English and Wood family traditions of great story telling, often displaying her delightful wit in her tales. She displayed remarkable determination even in later years learning to drive a car after she retired from teaching, and despite bouts of poor health, traveling frequently on trips in the U.S. and Canada. Her fondness for children was well known to friends and family thanks to her small remembrances to them on holidays and special occasions. Miss Wood spent her entire life in Sandersville before moving to Morning Point Assisted Living in Calhoun to be closer to her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Frank Wood and her brother-in-law Robert E. O’Connor. Survivors include her sister, Peggy Wood O’Connor of Calhoun; niece Shelly O’Connor Medders and her husband, Bret Medders, of Calhoun; nephew, Michael K. O’Connor and his spouse, Andreas Loaiza, of Atlanta; great nephew, Austin Medders and his spouse, Karli, and their son, Austin Case Medders of Calhoun; great niece, Tess Cooley Medders of Calhoun; and a large number of devoted cousins and friends.

A memorial service will follow at a later date at the Sandersville United Methodist Church.

Gifts in remembrance of Julia Wood may be made to the Sandersville United Methodist Church, Po Box 611 Sandersville Georgia 31082; to the Washington County Historical Society, 268 North Harris Street, Sandersville, Georgia 31082; or to the donor’s choice of charity.

May-Smith Funeral Directors of Sandersville and Thomas Funeral Home of Calhoun are in charge of arrangements.

Larry Ledford

Larry Ledford, 59, of the Talking Rock Community, died on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 after a sudden heart attack. Larry was born in Cobb County on April 16, 1958. He was preceded in death by his father, Delmar Ledford; he was also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Loretta Ledford, David Bennett, Doc Ledford, Helen Ledford, Nancy Ledford and Robin Ledford. Larry was a graduate of Fairmount High School; he was a star basketball player there. He worked for twenty-six years at RUS/CINTAS, then founded his own business, L & L Construction. Larry loved to hunt, fish and camp; he enjoyed sports very much.

Larry is survived by his mother, Toney Schrivner; his fiancée, Cathy Williams; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Lee Ledford, Delmar and Margaret Ledford, Ronnie and Dorothy Ledford, Jessie and Linda Bennett, and Bennie Bennett; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucy and Mike Cook, Brenda and Johnny Skinner, Jackie Ledford, Judy Kirby, Dean Masters, Faye and Byron Wood, and Eunavee Ledford; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Larry’s family received friends on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Crane Eater Church. A private family graveside will be held later at Old Sugar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

Jeannette Gough

Jeannette Gough, age 77, of Calhoun, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 in Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Jeannette was born on Feb. 11, 1940 in Hancock County, Ky. to the late Howard Rapp and Bethel Flake Rapp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Rapp, and Paul Rapp. She was a member of St. Clements Catholic Church.

Jeannette is survived by her husband, John Benjamin “Benny” Gough; two sons, Mark Gough of Rome, and Dan Gough of Calhoun; three daughters, Karen Bono of Fort Myers, Fla., Cindy Gough of Calhoun, and Sherry Hall of Alabama; two sisters, Betty Vaughan of Calhoun, and Sue Westbrook and her husband Herman of Calhoun; two sisters-in-law, Betty Rapp of Calhoun, and Jean Rapp of Evansville, Ind.; two grandsons, Nick Bono and Ryan Bono; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were conducted on Monday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Father Feiser Munoz officiating. Burial followed in Fain Cemetery.

Pallbearers serving were Nick Bono, Ryan Bono, Derrick Craig, Donnie McBurnett, Ray Rapp, and Jason Hobbs.

The family received friends on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the Gough family online condolences at

Thomas funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Jeannette Gough.

Mary Wilbanks

Mary Elizabeth Wilbanks, age 91 of Clover, S.C. and formerly of Gordon County, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Piedmont Medical Center of Rock Hill, S.C.

Mary was born on Nov. 16, 1925 to the late John Gaines, Sr. and Nellie Sexton Gaines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wilbanks; and a son, Michael “Mike” Wilbanks.

Mary is survived by her son, Billy Wilbanks and his wife, Bonnie, of Clover, S.C.; and one sister, Doris Hunt; granddaughter, Emily Sherlock and her husband, Matthew; two great-granddaughters, Abigail Rose and Madeline Grace Sherlock.

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. from New Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Lamar Bearden and Reverend Steve Corbin officiating. Burial followed in Fain Cemetery.

The family received friends Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour of 2 p.m.

You may leave the Wilbanks family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary Elizabeth Wilbanks.