Obituaries from the Saturday, December 23, 2017 Calhoun Times

December 23, 2017

Ellen Thomas

Jessie Ellen Dean Thomas, age 87, of Smyrna, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at her residence.

Ellen was born on Nov. 20, 1930 in Calhoun, to the late Price Dean Jr. and Ruth Holsomback Dean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Allen Thomas; her siblings, Billy Dean, Donald Dean, Edward Dean, Joyel Dean Sr., Elease Acree, and Clara Shugart. She spent the early years of her life in Gordon County, and then moved to Smyrna where she has resided the past 60 years. Ellen retired from Avon and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church of Smyrna. Ellen sponsored and assisted several Vietnam refugees into the United States. She enjoyed being a caregiver and helping people.

Ellen is survived by her son, Jeffrey Mark Thomas of Loganville; daughter, Mary Thomas Rich and her husband John of Smyrna; three grandchildren, Sierra Rich, Joshua Thomas and Stephanie Thomas; two step-grandchildren, Kira Rich and Lane Rich. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 12 noon from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Lane Tow officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Sugar Valley Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday prior to the funeral from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at 12 noon 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 Jessie Ellen Thomas of Smyrna.

Ksandra Nolen

Ksandra Jane Nolen, 70, of Fort Oglethorpe, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. She had lived in the Calhoun and Rossville area for many years before moving to Orlando, Fla. and was of the Baptist faith. She was a nurse practitioner for several years and had worked with Gordon Adult & Pediatric Medical Associates. She loved being a nurse and had a passion for working with children. She was always taking care of others before herself and was known as the neighborhood mother a.k.a. “MeeMaw” to many children. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be truly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy and Tommy Powell.

Survivors include her loving husband of more than 52 years, Gary Nolen of Fort Oglethorpe; children, Cindy King, Marietta, Joel and Lori Nolen of Ringgold, and Anthony Nolen of Seattle, Wash.; brother, David Powell of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Deborah Carroll and Tammie Powell both of Orlando, Fla.; three grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Heard and Natalie Nolen and numerous extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel. Burial will follow in the Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends after 4 p.m. on Friday and prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Bill Ross

Willie F. “Bill” Ross, 81, of Plainville, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Floyd Hospital, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Copper Hill, Tenn. on Feb. 28, 1936, son of the late Clyde and Magdalene Wade Ross. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Ross.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Annette Shoemaker Ross; his sons and daughter-in-law, Terry and Suzanne Ross of Calhoun, and Billy Ross of Rome; his daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Donnie Warren of Calhoun, and Tammy and Thomas Daniel; a step-son, Kevin Myrick of Calhoun; step-daughters, Angela Davidson of Calhoun, and Tammie Trotter and her husband Dusty of Rome; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Sandra Raburn of Rome, and Paul and Darla Raburn; his sisters, Linda Castell of Rome, Eula Mae Ellison, Pauline Henderson, and Barbara Raburn; grandchildren, Zac Ross, Gabe Ross, Skylar Ross, Michael Ross, Bogan Ross, Haley Lock, and Jeremy Warren; step-grandchildren, Easton Trotter, Ashley Mulkey, Chandler Autry, Natalie Davidson, Landon Trotter, Bailey Abernathy, Peyton Myrick, Ella-Mae Myrick, and Charlie Myrick; and great-grandchildren, Tinsley, Bo, Jaxon, Lyla, Daxton, Krista, Edward, Hunter, Sophia, Makalya, and Ethan; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Services to honor the life of Willie F. “Bill” Ross were held Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Luke Morgan officiating. Rev. William Daniel, Jr. spoke at the committal service at Oostanaula Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kevin Myrick, Dusty Trotter, Thomas Daniel, Tim Lock, Chandler Autry, Jeremy Warren, and Landon Trotter.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Willie F. “Bill” Ross are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Edward Gowens

Edward Allen Gowens, 73, of Calhoun, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, following an extended illness. He was born in Gordon County on Dec. 10, 1944, son of the late M.A. and Lula Roye Gowens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bob Hicks; a sister, Angellee Hicks; and a sister-in-law, Jean Gowens.

Ed was a talented musician and songwriter, having written over 500 songs. In his younger years, he was a member of several local bands. Most recently, he was associated with Echota Records. He loved helping new artists in the independent country music world. He was an inductee to the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his brother, Harvey Gowens of Calhoun; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Marvis and Boyd Blalock of Calhoun, and Darlene and David Hicks of Dalton; nieces and nephews; and special friend, Donna Ray Bryant.

Services to honor the life of Edward Allen Gowens were held Thursday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Clinton Green and Rev. Eddie Brannon officiating. Burial followed in Chandler Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Allen Blalock, Tony Gowens, Tracy Gowens, Cody Blalock, John Hicks and Corey Childers. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Hicks, Jimmy Brown, and Tony Miller.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Edward Allen Gowens are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

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