Obituaries from the Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Calhoun Times

January 4, 2018 GMT

Mary Barton

Mary Helen Chapman Barton passed away peacefully in her home in Calhoun on the morning of Dec. 29, 2017. She was born on Jan. 27, 1934 in Armuchee. Mary is preceded in death by her husband Ellis D. Barton of Calhoun, GA, her parents Fred J. Chapman and Mattie Barton Chapman of Rome, GA and her siblings Asbury Wales (A.W.) Chapman, Lamar Chapman, Thomas Chapman.

Mary is survived by her sister Linda Chapman Poore of Adairsville; her children David Barton (Beth) of Holly Springs, Steve Barton of Lincolnton, Ga., Barry Barton (Debbie) of Smyrna and Lisa Barton Szeder (Eric) of Waleska. She was also the beloved grandmother of Jason Barton, Amanda Barton, Laura Barton, Sarah Barton Corr, Jenna Paine Gray, Jesse Paine, Rebecca Barton and Chase Szeder and great-grandmother to Matthew, Samantha, Tommy and Sailor. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives.


Mary worked at Lockheed Georgia Company where she met her husband, Ellis D. Barton, whom she married Oct. 5, 1953. She later worked at C&S Bank in Smyrna and Austell, Ga. She then returned to Lockheed Georgia Company until her retirement in 1999. But Mary never stayed idle for long, so in 1993 she helped start up and worked as office manager for her eldest son David’s business, Barton Surveying in Holly Springs. Additionally she served as secretary for the Barton Historical Society and helped research much of the family ancestry.

Mary was always a devoted member of the Methodist church. As a child, her family attended Floyd Springs UMC. Later she was a charter member and church secretary and UMW president at St. Philip UMC in Marietta. She was a dedicated member of Wesley Chapel UMC in the Sonoraville community. For years, she enjoyed designing and printing the weekly church bulletins and other administrative duties. She and her husband served on the building committee for the parsonage and many of their special design touches keep their memory alive at Wesley Chapel UMC. After her husband passed away in 2008, she founded the GG’s, a group for widows and widowers to enjoy a monthly lunch outing together. She leaves behind numerous church friends to cherish her memory including a very special friend Norma McDowell of Marietta from St. Philip UMC. and Ike Parker, a former pastor at Wesley Chapel UMC.

Mary was recognized by her striking dark hair, bright blue eyes, her colorful style and butterfly jewelry. She was known for planning beautifully curated retreats, weddings and gatherings. Always an incredible host, she loved having church members, friends, and family to their beautiful home in Calhoun. The gatherings ranged in themes from angels to lighthouses. She enjoyed hot coffee, heart-shaped waffles, sunrises and watching the hummingbirds on the porch. When she wasn’t at home, she enjoyed spontaneous road trips and adventures in her pearl white Solara. Mary was always on the go and lit up the hearts of all who knew her.


Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary Helen Chapman Barton.

Effie Hammond

Effie Sims Hammond, age 92, of Dallas, Ga., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. She was born on April 19, 1925, in Rome, to the late Hiram and Artie Johnston, and was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Sims; sons, Buddy Sims and James Sims; and daughter, Betsy Sims Morgan. Mrs. Hammond was a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan and Steven Cook of Dallas; eight grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, thirteen great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at 4 p.m. from Clark Funeral Home, with Reverend Don Rackley officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, from 3 until 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Clark Funeral Home in Hiram, GA, is in charge of arrangements. (www.samclarkfuneral home.com)

Irene Hendrix

Irene Garland Hendrix, 85, of Calhoun, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. She was born in Cherokee County on Nov. 2, 1932, daughter of the late Lon and Dorothy Garlin Garland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Davis, in 1989, and a brother, Troy Garland.

Irene enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to do all types of needlework. She was an avid story teller. She loved to cook, and was known for her mashed potatoes, her coca cola cake, and her chicken and dumplings. Irene retired from Integrated Products, and was a member of Eastview Baptist Church in Rome.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Larry and Linda Sue Yocum of Calhoun; her brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Rebecca Garland of Adairsville; grandchildren, Keith Ralston and Brent Hughes; great-grandchildren, Jessica Gilbert and Cailin Hughes; and a great-great grandchild, Ayden Gilbert.

Services to honor the life of Irene Garland Hendrix were held Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Charlie Carney officiating. Music was arranged by Eddie Baldwin. Interment followed in Haven of Rest Memorial Park. Pallbearers included Dwayne Metcalf, Milton Payne, Phillip (Buster) Goss, Tim Brown, and Cary Hall.

The family received friends on Friday, Dec. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 30, from 5 until 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 31 for one hour prior to the service.

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

Dixie Godfrey

Dixie Sue Thomas Godfrey, age 85 of Calhoun, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Redmond Medical Center surrounded by her family.

Dixie was born on Aug. 22, 1932 in Gordon County to the late Clark West and Nellie Kate Jones. She was employed by Mannington Mills for 26 years later becoming employed by Gordon County School Board at Swain School for eight years. Dixie was a member of the Eastern Star. She is preceded by death her husband, Dewey Thomas; son, Gilbert Boyd “Gubber” Thomas; three grandchildren, Cody and John Wayne Thomas and Candi Poore; brother and sister, Bill West, Max West, Ralph West, Howell West, Sarah Underwood and James Henry West.

She is survived by four sons, Wesley Thomas and his wife Rebecca of Summerville, Randy Thomas of Calhoun, Ronnie “Maddog” Thomas of Plainville, Jerrell Thomas and his wife Tina of Fairmount; two daughters, Elaine Love and her husband Mickey of Sonoraville, Sue Edwards and her husband Bill of Rosedale; 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 13 great, great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were conducted on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Heritage Baptist Church with Dr. Brent Davis, Reverend Gary Hibberts and Dr. Larry Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in Blackwood Springs Baptist Cemetery. Pallbearers serving included Parrish Dutton, Chae Dutton, Dustin Thomas, John Thomas, Justin Thomas, Jerry Thomas, Rodney Thomas, Matthew Salmon, Garrett Salmon, Zachary Thomas, Hamp Thomas, Ethan Eden, Dylan Thomas and Stetson Thomas. The Ruth Sunday School Class will serve as Honorary Escorts.

The family received friends on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 from 2 until 5 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church.

You may leave online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Dixie Sue Thomas Godfrey

Barbara Temples

Barbara Faye Temples, age 79 of Calhoun, passed away on Dec. 30, 2017 at her residence.

Barbara was born on July 31, 1938 in Gordon County to the late Albert Temples and Lillian Wehunt Temples. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by Ruby Dorsey, and Shirley Wehunt.

Barbara is survived by her two sisters, Frances Young of the Dews Pond Community, and Charlene Collins of Adairsville; and a brother-in-law, Charles Wehunt of Fairmount. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Service was conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. from Salacoa Baptist Church with Reverend Wilburn Riding and Reverend Marcus Dorsey officiating. Interment followed in Salacoa Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers serving were Gary Wells, Dustin Patterson, Randy Mulkey, Bruce Lanning, Scott Scoffard, Scotty Childers, Travis Childers, Buster Garland, Gary Henson, James Massingale, James Hanes, and David Mitchell.

The family received friends on Monday, Jan. 1 from 3 until 6 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

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

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Barbara Faye Temples of Calhoun.