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Obituaries from the Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Calhoun Times

January 17, 2018

Joan Walraven

Joan Mullins Walraven, age 81, of Sugar Valley, departed this worldly life on Jan. 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born Sept. 29, 1936 to the late Clyde Audley “Moon” Mullins and Nora (Thomas) Mullins. Joan graduated from Sugar Valley High School in 1955 and was a great athlete and avid sports lover. She recently celebrated her 63rd wedding anniversary with the love of her life, Jimmy “Mandy” Walraven on Jan. 8, 2018.

She is survived by her husband Jim Walraven of Sugar Valley; her daughter Janis and her husband Alan Cleveland; her son Jeff Walraven; her daughter Jennifer Walraven; her daughter Joli Walraven. She was blessed with several grandchildren and great grandchildren and is survived by them as well, grandson Chris Walraven, granddaughter Charlotte Walraven and her son Lucas, granddaughter Rachel Walraven, granddaughter Cynthia Farmer and her husband Michael and their children Libby, Ashley, Gavin and Zoe, granddaughter Crystal Reece, granddaughter Taylor Crump and her husband Craig and their children Tara and Zeke, grandson Jake Ross and his partner Kelsey and daughter Riley, and grandson Gabe Ross. She is also survived by her brother Tommy Mullins, her sister Marie Cantrell, her sister Amy and her husband Jerry Bramlett, and several beloved nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Audley and Nora Mullins, her sister in law Barbara Mullins and brother in law Tony Cantrell.

Joan spent her entire life helping others in need and taking care of her family and friends. She was a beautiful soul that gave freely to everyone she knew in need. There were countless children she has helped through the years and she was an avid supporter of sports, especially basketball at Gordon Central High School. She didn’t miss over a handful of games from the time Gordon Central began. She quietly gave money, time and resources helping many athletes at the school and never tired of being their biggest cheerleader. She was a dedicated member of Sugar Valley First United Methodist Church and lived her faith fully. She believed and practiced being a good steward and she believed in pay it forward. She never did anything for anyone looking for payback. She was the most selfless and loving person her family knew.

Her services were held at The Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 2 p.m., with viewing from 12 - 2 p.m. The service was officiated by Rev David Ray. Pallbearers were grandsons Chris Walraven, Jake Ross and Gabe Ross, and nephews Nathan Cantrell, Justin Bramlett ,Brad Bramlett, Caleb Bramlett ,Lewis Bramlett, Steve Mullins and Mike Mullins. She was laid to rest at the Sugar Valley First United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Her family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Cemetery fund for Sugar Valley First United Methodist Church. The address to send that to is: Sugar Valley Cemetery Fund, INC., 177 Walraven Road ,Sugar Valley, GA 30746.

Her family wishes to thank family members, her church families, her friends, community members, Homespun Hospice, and everyone who came to visit, sent words of love and prayers and who continued to lift them up during this trying time. Please know that she loved and appreciated you all and the amount of love that has been sent to her family is a testament to the woman herself. It is all greatly appreciated. Thank you all so much.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.pondersfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by locally owned Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home, 675 Jolley Road, Calhoun, GA. 706-625-7577.

Shelba Ables

Shelba Jean Gallman Ables, age 77, of Calhoun, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Gordon Hospital.

Shelba was born on Dec. 21, 1940 in Gordon County to Carrie Wilson and the late Jeff Gallman. She was a lifetime resident of Gordon County, office manager and secretary for the Gordon County Clerk of Court for 21 years and a member of Salem Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother Carrie Wilson, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joel Ables; son, Jeffery Ables of Calhoun; daughter, Stacie Ables of Calhoun; brother, Tolbert Gallman and his wife Teresa Gallman of Calhoun; sister, Sheila Hice and her husband Barry of Calhoun; grandchildren, Jarrett Ables, Lacey Jade Ables, Griff Bryant and Jenna Ables; many nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral Services were conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church with Reverend Gary Hibberts, Reverend Lamar Bearden and Reverend William Roberts officiating. Burial followed at West Union Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by Reverend Drew Elrod. Pallbearers serving were Jade Ables, Jenna Ables, Griff Bryant, Jarrett Ables, Taylor Gallmon, Austin Henderson, Randy Gallman, Brooks Gallman, Billy Hiles and Zack Gallman. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Carter, Roy Beck Danny Carrol and Ken Conner Sunday School Class.

The family received friends on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Shelba Jean Gallman Ables.

Mark Payne

Mr. Mark Alan Payne, age 60, of Adairsville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

He was born in Rome, Georgia, on Oct. 11, 1957, son of the late Floyd Benjamin (Trapper) Payne and Dorothy (Dot) Silver Payne. He was a member of Adairsville Baptist Church. Mark enjoyed fishing, watching sports and NASCAR. He loved being with his family, especially his grandbabies. Mark was a teller of tall tales and his stories will surely be missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Larry Payne.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Corey and Amy Payne of Cartersville and Ryne Payne of Calhoun; grandchildren, Hunter Payne, Kylie Payne, and Karter Payne; brothers and sister-in-law, Billy and Betty Payne of Calhoun and Ronny Payne of Adairsville; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville, with Rev. Donnie Hudgens officiating. Interment followed in the Eastview Cemetery. Pallbearers included Blake Payne, Freddy Fletcher, Frankie Fletcher, Jimmy Fletcher, Randy Myers and Phil Ray. Honorary pallbearer were Jimmy Ray.

The family received friends Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at Barton Funeral Home.

The family would like to sincerely thank Homespun Hospice for their wonderful care and all of Mark’s friends that came and spent time with him.

R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. Mark Alan Payne.

Kenneth Wheat

Kenneth “Buck” Wheat, 65, of Sugar Valley, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. He was born in Calhoun on April 27, 1952, son of the late Frank E. Wheat and Mary Swinford Wheat. He was preceded in death by a special friend that was like his brother, Kenneth “Pork Chop” Hackney, who died Jan. 3, 2018.

Kenneth was a lifelong resident of Sugar Valley. He was a truck driver for R.W.T prior to his retirement. He was an avid dirt track and drag racing fan.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Jessica Wheat of Ranger; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Chris Green of Calhoun; grandchildren, Kelly and Jake Green; a brother Steve Wheat of Sugar Valley; a sister, Jane Whittle of Sugar Valley; and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Davis and Rev. Mitch Phillips officiated. Burial followed in Sugar Valley Cemetery.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 15 from 5 until 8 p.m.

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

Peggy Mauldin

Peggy Casey Mauldin, 65, of Calhoun, passed away on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her family after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Peggy was born in Albertville, Ala. and the family moved to Calhoun when she was 12 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl D and Jo Allen Casey and a daughter Sara Ashley Mauldin.

She is survived by her husband, H. Kemp Mauldin; son, Daniel Kemp Mauldin and his wife Sara of Woodstock; daughter, Mary Katherine Mauldin and husband Dan Rinenbach of New Orleans and two grandsons Archer Mauldin and Grayson Rinenbach; her brother, Earl “Butch” Casey and wife Ann of Calhoun; a sister, Lea Ann Sentell of Mountain Home, Ark.; brother-in-law, Laurence Daniel Mauldin of Calhoun; and sister-in-law, Lucia Mauldin Eastham and husband Gary of Calhoun.

Peggy and Kemp were married for 45 years. Together always in life and work with no complaints. She was a good woman and a good wife and an amazing mother. She will be missed.

A Memorial Service to honor the life of Peggy was conducted on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Dr. Bert Vaughn officiating.

The family received friends on Thursday prior to the memorial service from 1 p.m. until the services at 3 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in memory of Peggy may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia at 1384 Self Lake Road, Fairmount, GA 30139.

You may leave the Mauldin family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Peggy Casey Mauldin of Calhoun.

Wilma Schmitz

Wilma Rogers Schmitz, 81, of Calhoun, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2018 at Floyd Medical Center, following several years of declining health. She was born in Gordon County on Oct. 10, 1936, daughter of the late Elmer Burton (E.B) Rogers and the late Irene Muse Rogers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Guenter Schmitz, on Feb. 3, 2017; her children, Connie Diane Hudgins and Arnold Ervin Hudgins; and a sister, Jannie May Dutton.

Wilma worked for many years at Atlantic Carpets. She was a member of Damascus Baptist Church, and attended Erwin Hill Church of God.

Survivors include her children, Vickie Irene Long, Melinda Daniel, and Christy Nicole Schmitz; grandchildren, Mario Porras, Heithe Hudgins, Holly Hudgins, Yvette Pike, Chris Gentry, Casie Fisher, and Christy Olivares; great-grandchildren, Cory James, Keenan Schmitz, Jacqulion Acevedo, Abrianna Dominguez, Ivan Martinez, Araceli Martinez, Kylie Porras, Ezra Porras, Austin, Addison, Aiden, Eli, Aurora, Miranda, Carter, JJ, Colton, and Brooklyn; and a great-great grandchild, Imani Heaven James. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Services to honor the life of Wilma Rogers Schmitz will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Dr. James Shope officiating. Burial will follow in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving will include Juan, Cory, Keenan, Mario, Heigh, and Chris. Honorary pallbearers are Buck Lancaster and Doug Pike.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 16 after 11 a.m.

Condolences may be left online at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Wilma Rogers Schmitz are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Rosie Hall

Rosie Ann Long Shaw Hall, 76, of Calhoun, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018. She was born in Gordon County on Sept. 28, 1941, daughter of the late Doc Long and Lucille McCree Long. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Van Hensley.

Rosie retired from Quality Mats. She was a member of Cornerstone Full Gospel Church.

She is survived by her husband of eight years, Larry Fain Hall; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Joan Hensley, Jerry and Sandra Hensley, and Jeffrey Hensley; a daughter, Michelle Hensley; step-children, Ruby Adams, Pearl Kirby, and Terry Polly; a daughter-in-law, Deb Hensley; a son-in-law, Ronnie Newport; several brothers and sisters; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Stone officiated. Burial followed in Sublinga Cemetery. allbearers serving were Michael Hensley, Trent Newport, Emory Polly, and Jerry Hensley.

The family received friends on Friday, Jan. 12 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Mozelle Phoebus

Mozelle West Phoebus, age 81, of McDonough, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at her residence.

Mozelle was born on Aug. 7, 1936 in Ranger to the late Eugene Thacker and Ruby Crider Thacker. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lenton Dean West; second husband, John Phoebus; two brothers, Ted and Harlan; and a sister, Bonnie. Mozelle was a member of New Hope Baptist Church of Ranger.

Mozelle is survived by her four sons, Michael West of Atlanta, Gary West and his wife Frances of Locust Grove, Tim West and his wife Pam of Waleska, and Mark West and his wife Lorrie of Locust Grove; daughter, Sharon Mix and her husband Greg of Lilburn; two step-sisters, Sheila and Janet; sister, Beck Coggins of Jasper; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were conducted on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Gary Parker officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with sons and grandsons serving as pallbearers.

The family received friends on Sunday prior to the funeral from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mozelle West Phoebus of McDonough, GA.

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