Betty Suggs

Mrs. Betty Koonce Suggs, 79, of McDonough, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Suggs was born July 19, 1937, in Walker County, daughter of the late Cecil and Trudy Ramey Koonce. Before making her home in McDonough in 2004, she lived in Calhoun for more than 30 years, where she owned and operated several restaurants. She was Baptist by faith, loved to cook and enjoyed listening to gospel music and playing bingo.

Survivors include her daughters, Esther Bolt and her husband, Johnny, of Five Points, Ala., Tammy Johnston and her husband, Thyrone, of McDonough; sons, Robert Earl Stitcher of LaGrange, Homer Buford Stitcher, Jr. of McDonough; nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Homer Buford Stitcher, Sr. and Sam Suggs; brothers, Lewis Koonce and Johnny Koonce; sister, Janelle Yarbrough; and great-grandchild, Skyler Ian McKeen.

The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at Northside Baptist Church in LaGrange. The Reverend Donald Boyd will officiate and interment will be in the Stitcher Family Cemetery.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday night and at Northside Baptist Church from 12 until 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Claude A .McKibben and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dianne Maddox

Lillian Dianne Ferren Maddox, of Calhoun, passed away at Gordon Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

She was born in Pulaski County, Somerset, Ky. on March 2, 1936.

She married her beloved husband, David Maddox, Sr. on Jan. 31, 1955 and they were married for 60 years before his passing in 2015.

Dianne loved her community and was a member of the Sequoyah Garden Club and the Calhoun Elkettes, where she held every board and committee position including president. She, along with her husband, was a huge advocate and supporter of Aidmore Children’s Center in Conyers, which is supported by many Georgia Elks Lodges. She and David were involved with the Calhoun High Marching Band Boosters Club, where they served as co-presidents in the early 70’s. She was a member of the Calhoun First Baptist Church.

Mawmaw, as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was a devoted wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She displayed the perfect example of the role “Mother-in-law.” She was loved and respected by the community and will be remembered for her generosity and compassion for others, her cooking (many dishes of which were often requested by friends, family and her community for special gatherings) and her complete selfless devotion to her family.

She loved animals and gardening, bird watching with her husband and visiting with her dear friends, especially Jean Barton.

She was preceded in death by her parents Paul Street Ferren and Lillian Hunt Ferren, her brother, John Elliot Ferren and her husband, David Newton Maddox, Sr.

Dianne is survived by her three children, daughter Vivian Maddox Richmeier, son David Newton Maddox, Jr (Sandy), son Jonathan Brevard Maddox (Julie); grandchildren, Deidre McGinnis Hankinson (Ben), Lauren Richmeier Dowdy, Molly Maddox Burrows (Sean), Sarah Dianne Maddox, Jon Ross Maddox, Sierra Ruth Maddox and Floe Jewel Maddox; great-grandchildren, John Crimmins Hankinson III, Maddox Berry Hankinson, Whitner Mayson Hankinson, John Blake Dowdy and Hayden Anne Burrows.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, Jan. 15 at the First Baptist Church, Calhoun, with Dr. John Barber and Rev. David Maddow, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 – 3:45 p.m. in the sanctuary and the service will begin at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Drop by visitation was held Thursday, and will be held again on Friday, Jan. 13, at the home of David and Dianne Maddox at 1611 Dews Pond Road, Calhoun, Georgia, 30701.

This announcement is made for the family by Thomas Funeral Home.

Samuel McCleskey

Mr. Samuel Warren McCleskey, age 87, of Rome, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. McCleskey was born in Memphis, Tenn. on March 28, 1929, son of the late Samuel Warren McCleskey and the late Lottie Falba Patterson McCleskey. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Falba McCleskey Jones.

Mr. McCleskey graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, attending on a Naval ROTC Scholarship. Upon his graduation, he received his Naval Commission and served in the United States Navy for three years. Following the completion of his military service, he returned to Memphis to follow in his father’s footsteps by working as a surveyor with his father’s company.

In 1956, he went to work with Gulf Oil Co. as a construction engineer in Louisiana. A few years later, he was hired as Vice-President of Construction for J. E. Milne Co., an Oregon-based company that specialized in building mausoleums. Upon learning the industry of mausoleum construction and the principles of business, he founded McCleskey Construction Company and McCleskey Mausoleum Associates in 1961.

Over the years, Mr. McCleskey built a business that combined engineering, design and customer service. McCleskey Construction Company and Mausoleum Associates has served clients all over the United States with mausoleum design, engineering, and construction.

Mr. McCleskey served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Cemetery Association, the Southern Cemetery Association, and the National Association of Cemeteries. He was inducted into the Suppliers Hall of Fame for the cemetery and funeral industries and the company he founded is still operating today.

In 2007, Mr. McCleskey was named a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He and his wife established the McCleskey Honor Scholarship at Vanderbilt University to support exceptional undergraduate engineering students who otherwise might not have the means to attend the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

Mr. McCleskey served as an Elder, teacher, leader and mentor at Northwoods Presbyterian Church, now Church of the New Covenant, in Chamblee until moving to Destin, Fla. in 2002. He continued to serve at Community Church in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., prior to moving to Rome in Aug., 2016.

Survivors include his wife, the former Arden Keillor, to whom he was married on June 12, 1951; three children, Samuel Warren McCleskey, Jr., and his wife, Elon, Plainville, John Arthur McCleskey, Atlanta, and Barbara McCleskey Tipton, and her husband, Jerry, Carrollton; a sister, Mary Warren McCleskey Hinton, Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one due in April, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Rome with the Rev. Jeff Chadwick officiating. Eulogies will be delivered by Mr. Robert DeBeltrand and Nicholas Hoffman. Following the service, there will be a reception at Harvest Moon Cafe, 234 Broad Street, Rome, Ga. 30161. Entombment services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs.

The family will receive friends at First Presbyterian Church of Rome on Friday from 12 noon until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd, P. O. Box 163, Rome, GA 30162-0163, to Alzheimer’s Association of Atlanta, 41 Perimeter Center, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346, or to Christian City Home for Children, 7300 Lester Road, Union City, GA 30291.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Margaret Putnam

Margaret Bearden Putnam of Moreland, Ga. went to her heavenly home on Jan. 3, 2017. She was 78 years old. Margaret was born in Calhoun on Oct. 20, 1938 to Harley and Lula Mae (Greeson) Bearden. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her only sibling, her beloved younger brother, Michael, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 35. Margaret was a 1956 graduate of Belwood High School and always enjoyed attending her class reunions. She loved to tell that there were nine girls (out of 20 students) in her graduating class, and four of them were named Margaret. It was a popular name in 1938! Margaret was loved by her friends, and was even awarded the honor of being Miss Gordon County. She went on to graduate from business school.

When her children were young, Margaret worked for Georgia Power Company and later enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother. After raising her children, she loved her job as a rural route mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, until a severe ankle injury prompted her retirement because it was difficult to operate vehicle brakes all day. She was even once lauded in the newspaper for possibly saving the life of a postal service customer who she noticed had gotten wedged between a car and a tree in their yard.

Margaret took pleasure in writing poetry and was quite talented in many creative endeavors, just as sewing, arts and crafts, tole painting and woodworking. She had her own ceramic shop in the building behind her house for many years and later a woodworking shop. She even designed and drew up the house plans herself for the home she resided in for most of the years of her life. Margaret had a passion for genealogy and volunteered at the local genealogical society several days a week after retirement. She delighted in visiting cemeteries all over the state and researching her ancestors’ lives. She never learned how to swim and was frightened in the water, but nevertheless gave in to her family by putting a pool in the backyard for the kids and their friends to enjoy while growing up. Margaret was a devoted member of Moreland Baptist Church for many years and later at Bexton Road Baptist Church.

Margaret is survived by her children, Len Putnam (Lisa), of Moreland, Ga., and Cindy Putnam Duke (Tim), of Newnan, Ga., as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to Ms. Norma Bennett, who was a wonderful and caring friend to Margaret during her homebound years due to Alzheimer’s disease.

A graveside service honoring Margaret will be held at Blackwood Baptist Church in Calhoun, GA at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in Margaret’s honor.

Local arrangements are being conducted by Thomas Funeral Home.

Lula Mae Jones

Lula Mae Jones, 85 of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. She was born in Dalton on April 23, 1931, daughter of the late George Washington Jones and Lillie Naomi Jones.

She is survived by her brothers, Lamar Jones of Hartwell, Ga. and Marrin Jones of Calhoun; sisters, Virginia Mills of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Ellen Jackson of Hartwell; multiple nieces, nephews, great and great- great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Lula Mae Jones will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Zach Baker and Rev. Steve Skates officiating. Interment will follow at Old Sugar Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The Jones family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Condolences may be left online at Arrangements for Lula Mae Jones are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Col. Houston Spencer

Col. Houston Parks Spencer, 76, passed away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2017, after a long illness. He was born in Calhoun and spent most of his life residing in Marietta, where he worked as a sales manager in the construction industry. He was a member of the Peachtree Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Houston Parks Spencer and Reita Hessey Spencer. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Mary Michele Rutherford (Marc); grandchildren Shelby, Lacey and Austin Rutherford; brother, Lyman Spencer (Lucia); and sister, Jeanette Spencer Brown (Ace).

Houston graduated from Calhoun High School in 1958. He was a member of the Reinhardt College Class of 1960 and received a BBA from Georgia State University in 1980.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Army Corps of Engineers. He served in Vietnam with the 20th Engineers in 1968-69, where he received the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He served in the Georgia State Defense Force as the Assistant Engineer Officer at the state HQ with the rank of Major.

Houston joined the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard in 1993. He served on many committees, chairman of most, as well as an active member of the color guard. He served as Chief of Staff, 2005, Commandant Elect, 2006, and Commandant of the Old Guard in 2007. In November, 2007, he was elected 3rd Vice Commander of the Centennial Legion of Historical Military Commands and elected Commander in 2010.

He enjoyed physical activity, participating in the Peachtree Road Race for 28 years. He climbed Half Dome in Yosemite National Park five times and cycled the Silver Comet Trail frequently. Socially, Houston was a member of the Atlanta Black Tie Club, serving as their official photographer.

A visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 16, 5-8 p.m., at H.M. Patterson and Son Oglethorpe Hill, 4550 Peachtree Rd NE. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. NW, followed by interment at 2:30 pm at Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr., Canton, Ga. Online condolences may be made at

Greg Hackney

Greg Hackney, 60, of Acworth, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was known by many in the area as the owner of Hackney Wrecker Service. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home Macland Chapel in Powder Springs, GA.

Greg Hackney is survived by his daughter, Lauren Hackney of Kennesaw; his mother, Barbara Hackney of Varnell; his sister, Donna Evans of Varnell; his brother, Jeff Hackney of Ranger; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral Home. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory is Powder Springs is in charge of the arrangements. Interment will be at Gordon Memorial Gardens in Calhoun, GA, following the service. (770) 943-1511.

Tyler Crouch

Eugene Tyler Crouch, 77, of Ranger, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his immediate family on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

Tyler was born in Augusta on Nov. 6, 1939. He was proceeded in death by his father Eugene P. Crouch, mother Evelyn Tyler Crouch and sister Trisha Lewis.

Tyler is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 22 years, Barbara Crouch; his son, Ty Crouch and wife, Brandi; his stepson, Rip Bloodworth and wife, Lisa; and his grandsons Maxwell Tyler Crouch, Layton Reid Crouch, and Jacob Peterman.

He was a 1957 graduate of North Augusta High School. Tyler was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of South Carolina, where he played football. He worked in medical sales most of his life and retired as Vice President of Sales for Caroline, Inc.

Tyler loved being at home on his farm. He enjoyed spending time out doors hunting, working in his garden, and caring for his beloved animals

Tyler was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He will be dearly missed.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be at the family home at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Ducks Unlimited

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements will be announced by, Ponders Fairmount Chapel 2566 Hwy 411 Fairmount, GA 30721, 706-337-3784. and

Talmadge Greeson

Mr. Talmadge Greeson, 81, of the Plainville community, died at Gordon Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, following several years of declining health. Talmadge was born in Nicklesville on Sept. 9, 1935; he was the son of the late Leon T. and Rosetta Lay Greeson. Talmadge proudly served the United States Air Force for more than 20 years. After his retirement from service, he worked with Carriage Carpets and Trend Mills. A loving and caring husband and father, he deeply treasured his family. His legacy will live on in their memories, and in the example he left for them to follow.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lillian Greeson; his daughters and son-in-law, Kathy Jones, Donna Cervantes and Susan and Fain Ellison; his sister, Gertrude Mullins; a very special brother-in-law, James Gravitt; his grandchildren, Matthew, Rebecca, Joseph, derrick, Stephanie, Dillion and John; many great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

The Greeson family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Georgia National Cemetery near Canton. Rev. Luke Morgan will officiate.

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

Ada Silvers

Martha Ada Silvers, age 90 of Calhoun and formerly of Key West, died at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at her residence.

Ada was born in Gordon County on May 16, 1926, daughter of the late Virgil Parker and Jessie Brackett Parker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Silvers and her son, Harry Silvers. She was of the Seventh Day Adventist Faith.

Ada is survived by her daughter, Kathy Silvers Mangum and her husband, Bryant of Gastonia, N.C.; siblings, Johnny Parker, Kenneth Parker, Avie Autry and Susie Bone; daughter in law, Patricia Silvers of Calhoun; grandchildren, Savannah Mangum, Melissa Mangum, Elizabeth Mangum Fisher, Stephanie Mangum Sanders, Tiffany O’Connell, Todd Silvers, Teresa Bateman, and Rodney Silvers; great grandchildren, Kevin Michael O’Connell, Austin O’Connell, Chase O’Connell, and Jordan Silvers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Jack Price and Chaplain Dave Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Sugar Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 13 from 5 until 7 p.m.

In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1411 Rome Road, Calhoun, GA. 30701.

On line condolences may be recorded at

Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Martha Ada Silvers.

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