Obituaries from the October 15, 2019, E-Edition

Robert Albritton

Robert Spencer Albritton, age 86, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12 in Quinton Memorial.

Robert was born April 23, 1933 in Cleveland, Tenn. son of the late Hibbard Spencer Albritton and Minnie Brown Albritton. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Robert loved planes, boats, motorcycles, cars and was an avid pilot. Bob loved spending time with his friends at the Calhoun Airport.

Survivors include three sons, Dwight Albritton and his wife Regina, David Albritton and Daniel Albritton all of Calhoun; one daughter, Laura Thielen and her husband Mike of Orlando; one sister, Frances Wyatt of Knoxville. Seven grandchildren also survive.

Burial will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens located at 1700 Ocoee Street, Cleveland, Tenn. 37311.

Celebration of Life will be conducted at Tom B. David Airport in Calhoun Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Thomas Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements for Robert Albritton.

Larry Bess

Larry Eugene Bess, age 74, of Chatsworth, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at Emory University Hospital.

Larry was born on Sept. 7, 1945 in Atmont, Tenn. to the late Herber Earl Bess and Ester Lee Bowlin Bess. Prior to retirement, Larry was employed by Batesville Casket Company for 26 years as a truck driver. He was a member of A Place to Worship.

Larry is survived by: his son, Russell Bess of Christiana, Tenn.; daughter, Missy Lance and her husband Randall of Viola, Tenn.; fiancé, Josephine Cook; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

The family received friends on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 2 - 4 p.m. at A Place to Worship in Chatsworth.

Graveside Services were held on Monday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. CST in Mount Zion Cemetery in Viola, Tenn.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home oversees the arrangements for Larry Eugene Bess.

Mildred Hand

Mildred Blankenship Hand, 71, of Resaca, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at her home, following a sudden illness. 

She was born in Dalton on Jan. 30, 1948, daughter of the late Tom and Jessie Junkins Blankenship. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Blankenship, and a brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Virginia Blankenship.

Mildred was retired from the textile industry after 30 plus years with Astro Dye, and Mohawk.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lorrie and Max Oliver; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Sara Blankenship, Diane Blankenship, and Ruth Blankenship; her sisters and brother-in-law, Helen and Wally Stabenow, and Pearl Scott; grandchildren, Josh Oliver, Katie Shelby, Drew Oliver, and T.J. Oliver; and great-grandchildren Tristen Hunter, Bailey Blanchard-Oliver, Jaxon Oliver, Amelia Oliver, and Saddie Oliver. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services to honor her life were held Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Eldridge Silvers officiating. Burial followed in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Jackie Banks, Donnie Ray, Derek Blankenship, Michael Scott, Mitchell Scott, and Jamie Scott. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Oliver, Drew Oliver, and T.J. Oliver.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 14 from 5 – 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to help with final expenses to the Mildred Hand Memorial Fund, c/o Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1027, Calhoun, GA 30703.

Condolences may be left and donations made to Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.   

Burl Harper, Jr.

Burl W. Harper Jr., 71, of Calhoun, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Charleston, W.V. on Nov. 16, 1947. He was preceded in death by his fur babies, PJ and Poo.

Mr. Harper retired in 2007 from Food Lion in Adairsville, where he was a store manager for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Stephanie Harper; his sons, Burl W.Harper III and his wife Daffodil, Chris Storie, and Kyle Martin and Jess Bolluyt; his daughters, Aimee Harper and Simon Monaghan, and Carrie Harper Lane; his parents, Dewey and Thelma Elmore Harper; his grandchildren, Payne Seiber, Raece Kear, Serena Storie, Ty Storie, A.J. Harper, and Psalmer Hermosa-Harper; a sister, Juanita Harper and her son Tony; his fur babies, Swayze, Harley James, and Baby Cakes; and a special neighbor, Calvin Caldwell.

Honoring his wishes, his body was cremated. Date and time for a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

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

Jackie Lowery

Jackie Lee Lowery, age 59, of Calhoun, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at his residence after a three-month battle with cancer.

Jackie was born on Dec. 15, 1959 in Whitfield County to the late Jack Lowery and Mary Isabelle Allen Lowery. In addition to his parents, Jackie was also preceded in death by a brother, Haney Olszyk; sister, Claudette Lowery Aviles; brother-in-law, John Jefferson. He was a self-employed autobody repairman. Jackie loved horses, trout fishing, and most of all his grandchildren.

Jackie is survived by: his wife, Pam Thomas Lowery of Calhoun; daughter, Meagan Lowery Blalock and her husband Cody; two grandchildren, Jack and Kate Blalock; brother, Abrie Lowery and his wife Elizabeth; two sisters, Susan Lowery Hughes and her husband James, Pauline Lowery Jefferson; nieces and nephews, Jaclyn Dell, Dana Dyer, J.D. Wilson, Tamara Szabo, Zach Walden, Tyler Walden, Jamie Wilson, Eric Thomas, Lynn Hopper, Gail Miller, James Jefferson, and Allen Lowery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Luke Morgan and Reverend Terry Timms officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant United Methodist Cemetery with Reverend Alan Miller in charge of graveside rites.

Pallbearers serving are: Charles Broome, Shane Brookshire, Warren Pass, Baron Baker, Stephen Hughey, and Brian Davis.

Honorary Pallbearers are: Ty Frady, Dylan Bolt, Greg Weaver, Scott Payne, Brian Long, and Dennis Elmore.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home oversees the arrangements for Jackie Lee Lowery.

Ann Tate

Ann Brock Tate, 64, of Calhoun, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Virginia Brock, and her daughter, Rachel Tate.

Ann was an active member of Echota Baptist Church for many years.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Calvin Tate; her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Krystal Tate; grandchildren, Austin and Breklyn; siblings, Rev. Barry Brock (Patricia), Vicky Rogers (Dewight), and Young Brock (Cheryl); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Camilla and Michael Langston, Pam and Ronnie Clark, and Randy and Sandy Tate; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. from Echota Baptist Church, with Rev. Barry Brock and Rev. Lucas Butler officiating. Music will be arranged by Patricia Brock.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Muril Whitener

Muril Whitener, age 93, of Calhoun, passed away Friday, Oct. 11 at Redmond Region Medical Center of Rome.

Muril was born Feb. 9, 1926 in Gilmer County, a son of the late Kiser Whitener and Mae Rymer Whitener. He was preceded in death his wife, the former Victoria Evelyn Smith; a son, Nick; and a brother, Woody. Muril was a Godly man who prayed for his family daily and read his Bible daily.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy. Muril was a truck driver for more than 35 years retiring from Interstate Transport. He then began a second career working for Gordon County for more than 20 years. He was the oldest member of Sugar Valley Baptist Church and the last living member who had served in World War II, and was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the V.F.W.

Muril is survived by three sons, Scott Whitener and his wife, Jackie, of Sugar Valley, Tim Whitener of Loveland, Ohio, David Whitener and his wife Crickett of Calhoun and the grandson they raised, Brandon Whitener and his wife Kellie of Statesboro; two daughters, Kennie West of Sand Mountain, Ala. and Jessica Loeb and her husband Jim of Anacrotes, Wash.; two brothers, Charles Whitener and Bill Whitener, both of Rome; one sister, Jean Huffman of Hermitage, Tenn.; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great- grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverends Mitch Phillips and Howard Duvall officiating. Scott Whitener delivered the eulogy. Burial was in the Sugar Valley Baptist Cemetery with the Dalton American Legion in charge of Military Graveside Rites. The Senior Men’s Sunday School Class served as Honorary Pallbearers and the family received friends Monday evening from 4 – 7 p.m.

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Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Muril Whitener.