Obituaries from the Feb. 19, 2020 E-Edition

Juanita Chatham

Juanita (Nita) Sauls White Chatham, age 82, of Calhoun, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at her residence.

Juanita was born on Nov. 3, 1937 in Milledgeville, Ga. to the late Willie Martin Sauls and Louise Ellen Payne Sauls. In addition to her parents, Nita was also preceded in death by: two brothers, Willy (Bill) Sauls and Leon Sauls; sister, Glenda Grimsley; and son, David White. 

Nita was an employee of AT&T for 34 years, where she made lifelong friends who she stayed in touch with by phone and Facebook. She enjoyed working in her yard and won yard of the month many times in her neighborhood in Jacksonville, Fla. Nita was also an amateur decorator who moved a lot during her career in yellow page sales offices. She always managed to find unique homes such as a log cabin on a river in Macon and a carriage house in historic Savannah. Nita’s greatest joy was spending time with Bryleigh, her first-born great-granddaughter. She was a member of the Sevent-day Adventist Church of Calhoun.

Juanita is survived by: her daughter, Cherie White Marzano of Chattanooga, Tenn.; her son, Christopher White of Taccoa; three sisters, Gloria Cole of McEntire, Ga., Judy Carr of Atlanta,  and Diane Ray of Dublin, Ga.; three grandchildren, Bryan Dawkins, Rebecca Dawkins, and Jessica White Moore; three great-grandchildren, Bryleigh Dawkins, Madelyn Moore, and Aiden Luke Dawkins; and her daughters-in-law, Sandy Dawkins and Janet White. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A Memorial Service will be held at her daughter’s mountain home at a later date.

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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements of Juanita (Nita) Sauls White Chatham.

Little Junia Li Fleming

Little Junia Li Fleming, infant daughter of Kagan and Moriah Fleming, went home to be with Jesus on Feb. 14, 2020.

In additions to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Cindy and Andy Phillips; Paternal grandparents, Kim and Eric Fleming; aunts and uncles, Christian (Rebecca) Phillips, Hayden Phillips, Ethan Phillips, Owen Phillips, Gavin Fleming and Cameryon Fleming.

A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Kyle Coker officiating. Interment will follow at Glade Cemetery.

The Fleming family will receive friends on Thursday at the funeral home at 2 p.m. until the funeral hour.

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The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Little Junia Li Fleming.

James Owens

Mr. James David Owens, 54, of Calhoun, departed this life Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

Mr. Owens was born in Rome on Nov. 19, 1965.  He was the son of the late James Walter Owens and Frances Irene Forrister.

He is survived by his daughter, Constance Owens of Calhoun; sister and brother-in-law, LeeAnn and Neil Ragsdale of Dalton; niece, Aleisha and her husband Stephen Raines of Rockmart; nephew, Preston Ragsdale of Dalton; great-nieces, EmaLee, McKenna, and Olivia Raines.

At his request, no formal services will be held.

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Willie Pinyan

Mr. Willie Ralph Pinyan, 89, of Pinyan Road in the Ryo community departed this life Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16, 2020 in the comfort of his home. Mr. Pinyan was born on Burnt Mountain in Pickens County on Aug. 27, 1930.  He was a son of the late Willie Samuel Pinyan and Rosa Bell Reed Pinyan.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  Mr. Pinyan was an ordained deacon at East Damascus Baptist Church.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He spent the greater part of his life as a poultry grower and farmer on the Pinyan Family Farm in the Ryo community near Fairmount.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John L. “J.L.” Pinyan; and a sister-in-law, Beatrice Pinyan.

Mr. Pinyan is survived by his loving wife of fifty-six years, Ester West Pinyan; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Gary Waters; grandchildren, Matthew and Katy Waters, Stephen and Jessie Waters all of the Ryo community; his precious great-grandchildren, Chloe Waters, Bristol Waters, Lily Waters, Waylon Waters and Oaklynn Waters; brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Brentsie Pinyan also of the Ryo community; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah Christephine and George Stewart of Hixson, Tenn., several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Willie Ralph Pinyan were held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. from East Damascus Baptist Church.  Reverend Russel Nations and Reverend Tim McFarland officiated.

Mr. Pinyan was laid to rest in the church cemetery.  Stephen Waters, Matthew Waters, Anthony Pinyan, Keith Pinyan, Todd Poole, and Keith Parker served as active pallbearers.  Honorary Escorts were George Stewart, Wesley Crook, and Bruce Mealer. Mr. Pinyan’s family received friends on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 after 11 a.m. and after 10 a.m. on Tuesday until the service hour at Ponders Fairmount Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to family at Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel and Ponders Crematory, Hwy 411, Fairmount, Georgia.  706-337-3784. 

Lillian Reese

Mrs. Lillian H. Reese, age 93, of the Scottsville Community, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Lillian was born on March 25, 1926 in Memphis, Tenn., daughter of the late Frank and Addie Harris. She was a long time member of the Plainville United Methodist Church, and was a very active member before her illness. Lillian was married to the late Grady D. Reese, who served in WWII and was later killed in the Korean War in January of 1951. She was also preceded in death by: her parents, Frank and Addie Harris; brothers, Ronald Harris, Frank Harris, and Edward Harris; sisters, Lucille Harris, Mary Jane Sutton, Vera Wright, and Ruby Winkle.

Lillian is survived by: her son, Gary L. Reese and his wife Sandy of Calhoun; and one grandson, Brandon G. Reese and his wife Alison of Atlanta; and the love of her life, great-granddaughter, Blair Lillian Reese, who shared her name, also of Atlanta; her devoted companion with her for many years, Lamar York; and very special friend, Melba Nicholson who comforted and stayed by her side through her illness. Nieces and nephews referred to Lillian as “Aunt Edy” include: Linda Braden of Rome, Mary Ann Brannon of Stockbridge, Kenneth Wright of Rome, Michael Ellis of Santa Rosa, Calif., Pamela Moss of Memphis, Tenn., and the late Jo Anne Locklear of Rome. She is also survived by many faithful great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Brandon, Alison, Blair, along with many of their friends, called her “Ganny.” Her laugh and love will be missed by many.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Chandler Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 12 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.
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Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Lillian Reese.

Allen Wooten

Allen Jerry Wooten, 54, of Calhoun, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 after several years of declining health.


He was born on March 30, 1965 in Fort Payne, Ala. to the late Jerry and Marie Wooten. He was proceeded in death by his aunts, Doris Otinger, Nancy Marie Otinger, and Hazel Louise Otinger; grandparents, Jewel Otinger, Oscar Otinger, Pete Lee Wooten, and Elsie Price Wooten; cousin, Adam Bryan Otinger. 

He is survived by his life partner of 28 years, Christopher Britt; brothers, Joseph Lee Wooten of Calhoun and Kevin Thomas Wooten of Calhoun; sisters, Karen Marie Wooten of Adairsville and Alysia Ratliff of Atlanta; aunt Jeanette Petrey of Adairsville; uncles, Jimmy Otinger of Adairsville, Charles Otinger of Adairsville, and Doug Otinger of Rainsville, Ala.; special cousin, Lawanna Cowart of Adairsville; Niece, Kayla Cochran of Adairsville; nephew, Billy Wooten of Adairsville; great nephew, Jacob Cochran; his fur babies, Emma, EliJah, Riley, Lucah, Axel, Tiny Mite, and Gracie; other relatives also survive.

To honor his wishes his body was cremated and the family will have a private service at a later date.

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The Brannon Family and staff is honored to serve the family of Allen Jerry Wooten of Calhoun, GA.