Obituaries from the Saturday, January 6, 2018 Calhoun Times

January 6, 2018

Lt. Colonel Melvin “Buster” M. Dobson

Col. Melvin M. Dobson, 99, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 28, 2017, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. An exemplary member of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ Col. Dobson was born Nov. 10, 1918 in Gordon County to Walter and Maggie Dobson. Excluding deployment and stationing, Col. Dobson was a lifelong citizen of Calhoun and Gordon County.

After joining the Army Air Corps (prior to the formation of the USAF), Col. Dobson began a lifetime of service to his fellow citizens and Country. Col. Dobson was a decorated pilot, flying various bombers on humanitarian missions in both the European and North African theaters, post WWII. Among his many notable and cherished accomplishments was his flying in over 50 missions with ‘The Berlin Airlift’, before becoming a pilot with, and member of, SAC (Strategic Air Command). Col. Dobson was also a flight instructor, teaching his skills to hundreds of US and Allied pilots. Col. Dobson was so committed to his work and Country that upon his retirement, he went on to continue his passion and service through many more years in Civil Service, instructing pilots at Naval Air Station - Dobbins AFB.

While stationed in Napoli, Italy, Col. Dobson met and later married his wife, Domenica “Mimma” Grande Dobson. Col. and Mrs. Dobson were married in 1947, and remained so for 52 years, until her death in 2000.

Col. Dobson had many interests and hobbies which included, but were certainly not limited to, helping others, repairing things, and electronics; in fact, he wired the first home in Gordon County for residential electric service. He enjoyed nature (birds, in particular), farming, driving, general ‘tinkering’, and much more. Col. Dobson lived a full and rewarding life, all the way up to the end. He always had a contagious zest for life and the pleasures of nature’s beauty.

Col. Dobson was preceded in death by his wife, Domenica “Mimma” and his parents Walter and Maggie Dobson. He is survived by his five children, Johnnie Dobson and wife Penny, of Rome, Steve Dobson of Duluth, David Dobson and wife Virginia Fox, of Culpeper, Va., Diane Dobson and husband James Spohrer, of Santa Clara, Calif., and Laura Dobson, of Atlanta; grandchildren, Patrick Dobson (who was also his Primary Caregiver), Adam Spohrer and Steven Spohrer.

Burial services for Col. Dobson were held on Dec. 31, 2017 at Harmony Cemetery. A USAF Color-guard served as pall bearers, also sending him off with full military honors, including Taps, 21-gun salute, and Flag Presentation. Several local pilots from T.B.D Airport also provided a ‘flyover’ for his service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Association (GA chapter), U.S.O., St. Jude, or any other reputable cause, national or local, that he would appreciate.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Lt. Col. Melvin “Buster” M. Dobson.

Kenneth Hackney

Kenneth “Pork Chop” Hackney, 61, of Resaca, departed this life Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at the Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, surrounded by his loving family.

Kenneth was born in Savannah on Aug. 29, 1956. He was a son of the late Howard Hackney and Betty Lou Haygood.

He was a well known person in the dirt track racing circuits, and was a racer himself at North GA Speedway. He always enjoyed the Dirt Track Saturday nights with his family. He was the owner of the Soap Stick Flea-market and K & H Flea Market. Most recently, he was an auctioneer at Fat Boys Auction in Red Bud. He was always the life of the party and was a loyal friend to everyone. He was very proud of the close, loving family he had raised. Kenneth always wanted the best for everyone he knew and everyone he loved. He and his wife, Bindu, attended Fairview Church of God in Ranger. He was employed by the Gordon County Road Department for the last several years.

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Bindu Hackney, of the residence; daughters and sons-in-law, Kerry and Adam Rush, Kelly and Brent Silvers all of Calhoun, Betsy Yohan of Milledgeville; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Destinee Hackney of Resaca, Kenny Hackney Jr and Stephanie of Mississippi; brother, Tony Carillo of Calhoun; sisters, Joanne Mitchell, of Calhoun, Jeanie Gibbs of Indiana, and Patsy Hanif of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kadence Hackney, Elyn Silvers, Amaya Yohan, Noah Yohan, Colton Thomason, Gabe Hackney, Gage Hackney, and soon to be born granddaughter, Brooklyn Hackney; special friends that were like his brothers, Kenneth “Buck” Wheat of Sugar Valley, his work buddy, John Roberts of Calhoun, and Jeremy Seabolt of Calhoun; several nieces, nephews, and other friends also survive.

A service to celebrate the life of Kenneth Hackney will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. from the Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at the Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. David Kirkland, Randy Wheat, Dennis Farmer, Jeremy Seabolt, Colter Wheat, and Adam Pruitt will be honored to serve as pallbearers. Honorary escort will be Kenneth “Buck” Wheat, John Roberts, and Jeremy Seabolt.

The family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 after 5 p.m. at the Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements entrusted to The Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home and Ponders Dalton Crematory, 675 Jolly Rd. Calhoun, GA 30701, 706-625-7577

Mary Smith

Mary Brooks Smith, age 74, of Adairsville, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at her residence.

Mary was born on Sept. 16, 1943 in Anniston, Ala. to the late Russell Brooks and Mary Thomas Brooks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sid Smith. She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church, and was formerly employed by Apache Mills. Mary was an avid quilter.

Mary is survived by her three daughters, Mary Stinnett and her husband Eric of the Dew’s Pond Community, Connie Duke of Rome, and Rebecca Smith of Florida; brother, Johnny Brooks and his wife Sheila of Rocky Face; three sisters, Ann Lawrence of Sweet Water, Tenn., Evelyn Bartlett of Atlanta, and Sarah Turner of Atlanta; seven grandchildren, Whitney Stirnemann and her husband Derek, Christopher Mabala and his wife Mandilyn, Michael Mabala, Erica Stinnett, Eric Stinnett, Jr., Jessica Randle, and Jacob Duke; fourteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. from New Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Steve Corbin officiating. Interment will follow in Chandler Cemetery.

Pallbearers serving are Kirk Holder, Eric Stinnett, Sr., Johnny Brooks, Eric Stinnett, Jr., Derek Stirnemann, and Michael Mabala.

The family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary Brooks Smith of Adairsville.

Michael Blake

Michael Aaron Blake, 19, of Sugar Valley, died on Jan. 1, 2018 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was a graduate of Gordon Central High School. Michael worked at Van Gelder Carpets. He enjoyed working on, and driving, cars. Most of all, Michael was a proud, loving, and involved father to his daughter, Sophia Ann Blake.

Along with his daughter, Sophia, Michael is survived by his wife, Haley Blake; his mother and step-father, Melissa and John Davis; his father, Mike Blake; his grandparents, Irene Blake, Joann Meadows, and Mary Emma Davis; his sisters and brother-in-law, Brooke Blake and Brooke and Pete Caudle; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Josh and Sarah Davis, and Andrew and Allison Davis; his wife’s family – her parents, Rev. Bo and Anitra Carnes, and Dale and Kim Bruce; her brothers and sisters, Hunter Bruce, Zack Carnes, Scott and Emily Carnes, Gavyn, McKinley, and Ryley; his niece, Bella-Kate Caudle; his nephew, Brently Walden; other relatives and friends.

The Blake family received friends on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Rev. Bo Carnes will officiate. Pallbearers are Tracy Holsomback, Sly Lumpkin, Gavin Miller, Austin Causby, Chad Townsend, Chandler Owens, Pete Caudle, Hunter Blevins, and Zack Goble. Honorary pallbearers are Bryce Pelfrey, Chris Lane, Cross Langley, Kevin Holsomback, Andrew Mincey, Josh Davis, Andrew Davis, and the VFW Legion Riders.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests that donations to help with the cost of the funeral service be made at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Bro. Frank (Paco) Caceres

Bro. Frank (Paco) Caceres, 61, of Chatsworth, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at his home, following several months of declining health. He was born in Guanica, Puerto Rico on Nov. 16, 1956, son of the late Frank and Lucy Medina Caceres.

Missionary Frank Caceres served his Savior, Jesus Christ, wherever God opened doors, including Puerto Rico for 11 years, and Georgia until his death. He also served in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean Islands. He preached the Word faithfully wherever God opened doors! At all times he gave God the glory, for he knew it was by God’s grace and mercy, he was allowed to serve The One who gave HIS ALL! Amen, Amen, Amen! He was a veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army, and was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church.

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Cookie (Pauline) Trimboli Caceres; his sons and daughters-in-law, Julio and Mandy Caceres of Summerville, S.C., and Cesar and Kristin Caceres; his sister, Lillian Rosario; grandchildren, Rebekah, Benjamin, Dimitri, Abigail, Bethanie, Molly, Zach, and Connor (Paqito); and a niece, Jenny Ramos.

Services to honor the life of Bro. Frank (Paco) Caceres were held Thursday, Jan. 4, at 3 p.m., from Concord Missionary Baptist Church, with Bro. Jim Aquiar, Bro. Ricky Spence, Bro. Randy Sutherland, Bro. Fidel Zarate, and Bro. Sammy Allen officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Ostel Mendez, Edy Mendez, David Atrian, Eleazar Atrian, Luis Roldan, and Abel Niz.

The Caceres family received friends at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 5 until 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, in honor of their great kindness, compassion, and generosity, and for helping them in the most difficult of times, or Rock of Ages Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 2308, Cleveland, TN 37320, in memory of the efforts he put forth to help this ministry throughout the years.

Condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Funeral arrangements for Bro. Frank (Paco) Caceres are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Norma Jean Stone

Mrs. Norma Jean Davis Stone, 76, of Ranger died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at her residence.

Mrs. Stone was born in Gordon County on April 17, 1941, daughter of the late William Clyde Davis Sr. and Clara Christine Smith Davis. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She retired in 1994, having been employed with Georgia Tufters and Astro Dye. She was a member of Cornerstone Full Gospel Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Stone in 2003; two sisters, Faye Addy and Betty Lou Davis; and four brothers, Johnny Davis, Lamar Davis, Jerry Davis, and Ray Davis.

Survivors include a son, Michael Elmer Stone; three daughters and sons-in law, Carol Moore and her husband Marc, Nancy Wilbanks and her husband David, and Linda Renner; two sisters, Nina Bailey and her husband Dale and Joyce Kirby and her husband Ricky; two brothers, Junior Davis and his wife Thelma and L.C. Davis and his wife Odessa; four sisters-in-law, Helen Davis, Hilda Davis, Carol Davis, and Frances Davis; a brother-in-law, J.D. Addy; an aunt, Norma Wable; grandchildren, Nathan and Jessica Renner, Steven and Kim Renner, Zachary William Wilbanks and Mary Katherine Brown, Nicolas Renner and Racheal Seidler; great-grandchildren, Breanna “Boo” Renner, Chloe Jean Renner, Ayden Elmer Renner, and Noah Renner; and several nieces and nephews.

Services to honor the life of Norma Jean Davis Stone were held Thursday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. from the Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 506 East May Street, Calhoun, GA. Pastor Michael Stone, Elder Marc Moore and Rev. Eddie Brannon officiated. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Nathan, Steven, and Nicolas Renner, Zachary William Wilbanks, Elbert Jackson and Jeffery Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Breanna “Boo” Renner, Chloe Jean Renner, Ayden Elmer Renner, Noah Renner, C.D. Renner, Tommie Stone and Chris Stone.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 3, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home..

The family guest book may be signed at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home.

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