Obituaries from the Weekend, Sept. 26, 2020 E-Edition

Donna Baker

Donna Elaine (McDougle) Baker, 61, of Calhoun, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center following complications from surgery.

Donna was born in Gordon County on Feb. 19, 1959, daughter of the late Terry and Myra Towe Lewis. Prior to her early retirement, she was employed by Carriage Industries. Donna was a member of the 1977 graduating class of Calhoun High School.

Survivors include one daughter, Mandy Wesley of Calhoun and one son, Michael Morhain of Rome; grandchildren Jashain Nichols and Malik Nichols of Calhoun, Journey Edwards and Dejunique Edwards; great-grandchildren, Jacobi Datis and Jasani Datis, Bentley Spears, and Tyshawn Edwards; step-sister, Kathy; aunts, Brenda McDougle, Elaine Towe, and Vivian Riggs; uncle, Wayne Towe; nephew, Shane McDougle; sister-in-law, Sheila Baker; several other relatives also survive.

To honor her wishes her body was cremated and a memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

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The Brannon Family and Staff are honored to serve the family of Donna Elaine (McDougle) Baker.

Donna Borrows

Donna Lee Borrows, age 80, of Sugar Valley, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at her residence.

Donna was born on June 15, 1940 in Detroit, Mich., daughter of the late Delbert T. Hosner and Doris Irene Kizzer Hosner. In addition to her parents, Donna was also preceded in death by: her first husband, Robert L. Burrows; second husband, Ronald C. Burrows; and son, David Burrows.

Donna is survived by: her son, Ken Borrows; two daughters, Paula Beaman and Debbie Howard; sister, Zella Danielson; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Thomas Funeral Home has proudly been entrusted with the care of Donna Lee Burrows.

Danny Hensley

Mark (Danny) Hensley, 66, of Calhoun, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 15, 1954, in Calhoun to the late Mark Dan and Annie Lou Conaway Hensley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Linda Head and Betty Taggart.

Prior to retirement, Danny was the owner of North Georgia Tree Services and Hensley Homes. He loved the outdoors, spending time at his river home on the Coosa River, fishing for catfish and hunting for deer and turkey. He was a member of Meadowdale Baptist Church where he was a member of “Missionaries on Bikes” and very involved in the church outreach ministry. He will be missed dearly by the ones he loved.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Marlene Delp Hensley; sons, Matthew Daniel Hensley (Tiffany Elaine) and Michael Chad Blankenship; brother, Daryl Hensley; sisters, Kathryn Allen and Theresa Burnette (Glenn); grandchildren, Chelsea Bryn Hensley and Cambry Bley Hensley; brothers-in-law; Dave Taggart and Richard Head, several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

A service to celebrate Danny’s life was held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. from Meadowdale Baptist Church with Pastor Drew Startup, Rev. Brian Holland and Dr. Stephen Pearson officiating. Music was arranged by Faye Pierce Bentley. Burial followed in Chandler Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Jerry Hufstetler, Doug Massingill, Charlie Dempsey, Brandon Knight, David Knight, Rodney Babb, Brian Roberts, and Nathan Rickett. Honorary pallbearers included Randy Seabolt, David Bryant, Danny Goswick, Don Mincey, Jimmy Fox, Larry Clark, Troy Dutton, Ed Boswell, Kevin Phipps, Jack Bibb, Jon Black, Travis Stephens, Jeff Martin, and Sydney Autry.

The family received friends on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, from 12 p.m. until the service hour of 2 p.m. at Meadowdale Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Meadowdale Baptist Church, 1811 Rome Road SW in Danny’s memory.

For those attending the visitation and funeral service, face coverings will be required and social distancing guidelines will be observed.

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Richard Smith

Richard Larry Smith, age 75, of Chatsworth, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at his residence.

Richard was born on Dec. 14, 1944 in Atlanta, son of the late Bud Smith and Angie Gravitt Smith.

Richard is survived by: his son, Ritchie Smith of Chatsworth; daughter, Tina Rios of Resaca; sister, Marilyn Burk; and former wife, June Wyatt.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Paul “Big Man” Patterson

Mr. Paul “Big Man” Patterson, age 71, of Calhoun, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Patterson was born in Dalton on March 20, 1949, son of the late Lewis Patterson, Sr. and Della Long Patterson. He was a member of Sugar Valley Baptist Church and a retired brick mason. He loved the outdoors, quail hunting and tending to his pet chickens and horses. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene Patterson, Willard Patterson, and Lewis Patterson, Jr.; sisters, Loreen Patterson Stevenson, Ellene Patterson Keener, Kathryn Patterson Stevenson, Roszene Patterson Mathis, and Rosalee Patterson Thigpen.

Survivors include his devoted and loving wife of 50 years, Hazel Watters Patterson; sister, JoAnn Patterson Nash and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at 3 p.m. Sugar Valley First Baptist Church, Sugar Valley with Pastor Mitch Phillips and Rev. Jim Pinkard officiating. Interment followed in Eastview Cemetery, Adairsville. Pallbearers included Vernon Weeks, Jackson Weeks, Justin Keener, Michael Farley, John Michael Farley, and Joe Don Gravitt. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Stevenson, Tony Stevenson, and David Keener. 

The family received friends Thursday, at Sugar Valley First Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour.

Mask will be required along with following social distancing guidelines out of respect for Mrs. Patterson.

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R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, is in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. Paul “Big Man” Patterson.

Tommy Shaw

Tommy Shaw, 52, of Rome and formerly of Calhoun, died at Floyd Medical Center on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, following a sudden illness. Tommy was born in Gordon County on Dec. 16, 1967; he was the son of the late John C. and Clara Thomas Shaw. Along with his parents, his brother-in-law, Donnie Chastain, also preceded him in death. 

Tommy was baptized at Salem Baptist Church in 1979. For the past several years, he worked at Basic Materials.

Tommy is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas James “TJ” and Samantha Jo Shaw; his daughters, Tasha Shae Shaw (Shawn Lackey), Brianna Hope Shaw, and Leanna Grace Shaw; his grandchildren, Dakota Garland, Kaydence Garland, McKinzie Garland, Jaiden Lackey, Kayson Cannan, Kole Cannan, and Kayne Cannan; his siblings and their spouses, Johnny (Lora) Shaw, Sandie S. Chastain, Faye S. (Harry A.) Maddox, Tammy S. (Michael O.) Evans; nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

The family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, from 2 – 8 p.m. 

The graveside service will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. from Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Rev. Ralph Kinman will officiate. Pallbearers are Alan Shaw, Adam Shaw, Chandler Shaw, Michael Evans, Johnny Patton, and Tyler Chastain.

Friends and family attending are asked to wear a face-covering and observe social distancing guidelines.

The Brannon and family and staff are honored to serve the family of Tommy Shaw.

Grace Smith

Mrs. Irma Grace Smith, a retired Calhoun teacher, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at Newnan Rehabilitation Center, Newnan, at the age of 94. She had been a resident at Benton House for over three years.

She was born to Gilbert and Dulcie Young in Irwin County, Georgia, March 31, 1926. Growing up on a farm, she attended Frank Elementary School and graduated Ocilla High School in 1943. She was admitted to Berry College where she graduated with a degree in biology in 1947. She started her career in teaching at Ocilla High School and married a Berry College friend, Tarleton Marvin Smith. They moved to Heard County where she taught for one year and they moved again to Gordon County where Tarleton became Soil Conservationist. Grace taught at Resaca for one year before taking a position in Adairsville where she was senior advisor, year book sponsor, and directed the senior play and debate. She then went to Calhoun High School to teach biology and science and became Chairman of the Science Department before retiring. She was known as “Amazing Grace.”

Grace enjoyed painting, traveling, and growing flowers and plants. She was predeceased by her husband, Tarleton “Smitty” Smith; her parents; a brother, Dr. Talmage Young, Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Mary Alice Young Lee, of Fitzgerald, Georgia. 

She is survived by a sister, Sue Young Hunter, Senoia, Georgia; nieces: Lynne Hunter (Mark) Dodds, Senoia, Georgia; Lisa Hunter (Mike) Houston, Kennesaw, Georgia; Gloria Young (Jarvis) Perkinson, Cary, N.C.; Dr. Alice Young (Glenn) Scales, Raleigh, N.C.; her garage apartment renter for 30 years, and faithful caregiver, Goble Herndon, Calhoun, Georgia; and a host of grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.

The family thanks the wonderful care Grace received at the Benton House memory care and for the dedication of all the staff in seeing to her welfare, Also, we thank the dedicated nurses, doctors, and staff of Newnan Piedmont Hospital and Newnan Rehabilitation for their loving care in Grace’s final days.
Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Fain Cemetery with Dr. John Allen presiding and Faye Harris taking part in the service.

Pallbearers serving are nephews: Nathaniel Dodds, James Dodds, Greg Houston, Mark Dodds, Mike Houston, and Mike Evelti.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Benton House, 25 Newnan Lakes Blvd., Newnan, Georgia 30276; or to the Belmont Baptist Church, Calhoun, Georgia 30701.

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Thomas Funeral Home has proudly been entrusted with the care of Irma Grace Smith.

Mattie Lou Bunch-Waters

Mattie Lou Bunch-Waters, 83, of Calhoun died at home on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, following several months of declining health. Mattie was born in Cartersville on Sept. 2, 1937; she was the daughter of the late Albert and Annie Bell Freeman Roland.

Along with her parents, Mattie was preceded in death by her husbands, Lelton Bunch and Richard Waters; her brothers, Harold and Eddie Roland; her sisters, Janell Hall, Patricia Slagle, Barbara Chapman, and Geraldine Tant. 

Until her retirement, Mattie worked at Gold Kist for many years. She was of the Baptist Faith. Mattie will be fondly remembered by those who knew her as a truly sweet lady who always wore a smile.

Survivors are her children and their spouses, Cathy (Tim) Sharpe, Jerry (Debbie) Bunch, Tony (Cathie) Bunch, Lisa (Johnny) Worley, and Darrell Bunch; her grandchildren, Jody (Chelsea) Fletcher, Kyle (Katie) Sharpe, Taylor (Katie) Sharpe, Harrison Sharpe, Nick Bunch, Jason Bunch, Joe Bunch, Nikki (Eric) Pollex, Selina (Blake) Christopher, Kesha (Wesley) Mauldin, Brian (Brandi) Worley, Eric (Brittany) Worley, Heather (Ronnie) Hubbard, and Quintin (Alexis) Bunch; her sisters, Lillie (Randall) Tant, Jenny (J.D.) Earwood; her brother, Ronnie Roland; her great-grandchildren, Devin Fowler, Collin Fletcher, Makenzie Fletcher, Adler Sharpe, Wesley Sharpe, Evan Sharpe, Grayson Sharpe, Jaiden Bunch, Graci Mae Bunch, Rylee Bunch, Corbin Bunch, Aidan Christopher, KyLeigh Carney, Kobie Carney, Lance Mauldin, Maddie Mauldin, Braxton Richards, Luke Worley, Braylon Worley, Logan Worley, Anna Worley, Beck Worley, Bentley Hubbard, Sawyer Hubbard, Grayson Bunch, John Worley Jr., and Pam Cassell; her sister-in-law, Mamie Jo Roland; her brother-in-law, Harvey Tant; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends at Heritage Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 from 2 – 4 p.m. 
The funeral service will follow the visitation on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. at the church. Rev. Travis Hyde will officiate. Burial will be a private family service at a later date at East View Cemetery in Adairsville. Mattie’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Mattie Lou Bunch-Waters.