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Melvin Gree­son

Melvin Eu­gene Gree­son, age 79, died at his Re­saca home on Mon­day, Aug. 27, 2018.

Mr. Gree­son was born on Oct. 19, 1938, in Gor­don County to Ver­non Ed­ward Gree­son and Win­nie Maude Fowler Gree­son. Melvin at­tended Re­saca School be­fore at­tend­ing and grad­u­at­ing from Cal­houn High School in 1957. He was an ex­cel­lent ath­lete, play­ing fast pitch soft­ball, and ex­celling in bas­ket­ball and track on the school teams. Gree­son at­tended sev­eral In­sur­ance Schools, in­clud­ing the Mary­land Ca­su­alty School in Bal­ti­more Mary­land, the Risk Man­age­ment School and Gov­ern­ment Plan­ning and In­fras­truc­ture Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia and Real Es­tate Appraisal School at Dal­ton Col­lege.

Gree­son was a Spec. 4th Class in the United States Army, serv­ing as a Bat­tal­ion Dis­patcher and Li­cense Ex­am­iner in Fort Car­son, Colorado. Through­out the years, Gree­son con­tin­ued to be a proud Amer­i­can, sup­port­ing var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary ef­forts. He was a mem­ber of the Re­saca Ma­sonic Lodge #724 F&AM, as well as the Yaarab Shrine Tem­ple.

Over the past fifty years, Melvin has served on nu­mer­ous civic and com­mu­nity boards in Re­saca, Cal­houn, and Gor­don County, as well as sev­eral ap­pointed po­si­tions and elected po­lit­i­cal of­fices in the area, in­clud­ing his ser­vice as the Pres­i­dent of the Coosa Val­ley Area Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, the Gor­don County Op­ti­mist Club, and the Vice Chair­man of the Gor­don County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

As the owner of Gree­son In­sur­ance Agency in Cal­houn, Melvin con­tin­u­ally built re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple of all walks of life, al­ways shar­ing his faith, as well as his thoughts on pol­i­tics, his golf game, and life in gen­eral with those who crossed his path.

Mr. Gree­son was a mem­ber of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional In­sur­ance Agents and the Ge­or­gia In­de­pen­dent In­sur­ance Agents. He also be­longed to the Ge­or­gia In­sur­ance Agent’s Al­liance, as well as the Trusted Choice Net­work of In­de­pen­dent In­sur­ance Agents.

Melvin Gree­son was for­merly a mem­ber of Maranatha Bap­tist Church of Cal­houn for more than 40 years, teach­ing Sun­day School, lead­ing Bi­ble Stud­ies, and serv­ing on nu­mer­ous Church Com­mit­tees. He loved the Lord and spent count­less hours read­ing and study­ing God’s word, and putting those words into ac­tion in his daily life. Gree­son was a char­ter mem­ber of Her­itage Bap­tist Church in Cal­houn, where he cur­rently served as a Dea­con, the As­sis­tant Church Trea­surer, and a mem­ber of the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.

Gree­son was an avid golfer, en­joy­ing time on the links with his friends and fam­ily. He also en­joyed re­lax­ing on the wa­ter, spend­ing many sum­mer days at their house­boat on Lake Al­la­toona. Whether it was teach­ing his nieces and neph­ews how to wa­ter­ski, fish­ing in a hid­den cove, grilling out, or sim­ply spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, Gree­son was al­ways sa­vor­ing mo­ments with those he loved.

Melvin also had a love for travel, es­pe­cially a trip “out west” through the Rocky Moun­tains. As a re­sult of his love for peo­ple and trea­sured memories, Melvin was of­ten be­hind the lens of one of his many cam­eras, cap­tur­ing spe­cial mo­ments through videos and pho­tographs.

Melvin was a lov­ing hus­band to his wife, Pat, for more than 56 years. Although he never had chil­dren of his own, Melvin showed a fa­ther’s love to count­less chil­dren whom he coached through lo­cal sports pro­grams, as well as his many nieces and neph­ews who ador­ingly re­ferred to him as “Un­cle Melvin.” Each of those fam­ily mem­bers en­joyed spend­ing time with him, sa­vor­ing qual­ity mo­ments as he was never too busy for a phone call or a visit - even if it meant driv­ing hun­dreds of miles to at­tend a ball game, a grad­u­a­tion or hon­ors event, a wed­ding cer­e­mony, or the birth of a pre­cious new life.

Mr. Gree­son was pre­ceded in death by his wife, Pa­tri­cia Pat­ter­son Gree­son; par­ents, Ver­non and Win­nie Gree­son; an in­fant brother, Lloyd Gree­son; fa­ther-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas “Ed” and Ethel Pat­ter­son, a brother-in-law, Lee Dell Gravitt, and a nephew, Kevin Gree­son. He is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Ms. Lee Dell (Patsy) Gravitt; and brother, Mr. Robert (Elaine) Gree­son. He is also sur­vived by four neph­ews, three nieces, nu­mer­ous great nieces and neph­ews, as well as sev­eral great-great nieces and neph­ews.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends in the sanc­tu­ary of Her­itage Bap­tist Church in Cal­houn from 3 -5 p.m. on Thurs­day, Aug. 30, with the fu­neral ser­vice fol­low­ing at 5 p.m. Rev. Brent Davis will be of­fi­ci­at­ing and var­i­ous fam­ily mem­bers shar­ing spe­cial memories. A pri­vate fam­ily burial was held at Chan­dler Ceme­tery in Cal­houn with Rev. Randy Gravitt in charge of grave­side rites.

Pall­bear­ers serv­ing in­cluded: Christo­pher Gravitt, Randy Gravitt, Ryan Gravitt, Chad Gree­son, Ed­die Gree­son, Gene Gree­son, Stan­ley Shafer, and Kyle Shafer.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Build­ing Fund at Her­itage Bap­tist Church of Cal­houn.

Thomas Fu­neral Home of Cal­houn is in charge of ar­range­ments. Floyd Payne

Floyd Thomas Payne, age 82, of Cal­houn, passed away on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 29, 2018 at his res­i­dence.

Floyd was born on July 23, 1936 in Floyd County to the late Eli­jah Payne and Mary Bell Payne. In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, Floyd was also pre­ceded in death by: his broth­ers, Rusty Payne, James Payne, and Joe Payne; and sis­ters, El­iz­a­beth McDon­ald, Sara Jane Johns, and Christine Stan­ley. He at­tended Fel­low­ship Bap­tist Church of Plainville. Prior to re­tire­ment, Floyd worked as a guard for Peachtree Se­cu­rity.

Floyd is sur­vived by his four sons, Jerome Payne and his wife Lynda Wheat of Re­saca, Thomas Payne and his wife Tina Lynn of Adairsville, Jef­fery Payne and his wife Tonya of Cal­houn, and An­thony Payne of Cal­houn; five grand­chil­dren; and twelve great­grand­chil­dren.

Fu­neral Ser­vices will be con­ducted on Satur­day, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Fu­neral Home with Rev­erend Larry Kirby of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low in Franklin Ceme­tery.

Pall­bear­ers serv­ing in­clude: Jerome Payne, Thomas Payne, Shan­non Payne, Bran­don Rogers, Tommy Payne, and La­mar Wal­raven.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends on Fri­day evening from 5 un­til 8 p.m. at Thomas Fu­neral Home.

You may leave the fam­ily on­line con­do­lences at www.thomas­fu­ner­al­home­cal­

Thomas Fu­neral Home is in charge of the ar­range­ments for Floyd Thomas Payne, age 82 of Cal­houn. Mark Fullerton

Mark K. Fullerton, age 49, passed away on Aug. 7, 2018 after a se­vere stroke. He was em­ployed by Phoenix Chem­i­cals, Inc., Cal­houn. Mark was an avid hunter, long­bow maker and aer­o­batic pi­lot. He was a team mem­ber of the 2014, 2016 and 2018 U. S. Ad­vanced Aer­o­bat­ics team. Mark was Pres­i­dent of the lo­cal aer­o­batic EAA Chap­ter and Past Pres­i­dent of the IAC Chap­ter 3. Many peo­ple of the Cal­houn area may re­mem­ber see­ing his orange and red plane do­ing aer­o­bat­ics in the evening sky. Mark’s pas­sion was fly­ing. He en­cour­aged oth­ers to be­come fly­ing en­thu­si­asts as a pi­lot or to be­come a bet­ter pi­lot.

Mark was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Marvin Fullerton. He is sur­vived by his mother, Vera Ker; step-fa­ther Hous­ton C. Ker; brother Mar­lin Fullerton; un­cles Frank Un­der­wood, Bruce Fullerton; aunt Glo­ria Fullerton and sev­eral cousins. Mark is also sur­vived by his Phoenix Chem­i­cal, Inc. work fam­ily, his aer­o­batic fly­ing fam­ily and his Tom B. David Air­port CLZ fam­ily of Cal­houn, Ge­or­gia.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice for Mark will be held at the Tom B. David Air­port CLZ on Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. EDS. Ashes will be laid to rest in the Di­a­mond Ceme­tery, Di­a­mond, Mis­souri. Jean Anne Thor­man

Jean Anne Thor­man, of Fair­mount, passed away Aug. 25, 2018 at the age of 83. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Floyd and Mil­dred Storck Kaiser both of Belleville, Illi­nois; a brother, John Kaiser and a son, Ron­ald J. Thor­man (Deb­bie). She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Ron­ald Thor­man; sons Steve Thor­man (Kath­leen), Thomas Thor­man (Nikola), and Jo­ern Thor­man (Deb­bie). She also had 16 grand­chil­dren and 22 great grand­chil­dren.

Vis­i­ta­tion is planned for Satur­day, Sept. 1, 2018 from 1 - 3 p.m. with a fu­neral ser­vice at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Can­ton Fu­neral Home. Grave­side ser­vice will fol­low in the ceme­tery of Mace­do­nia Me­mo­rial Park.

Can­ton Fu­neral Home and Ceme­tery has charge of ar­range­ments for Jean Anne Thor­man. Con­nie Long

Con­nie Lynne Bur­nette Long, 65, of Plainville, died Sun­day, Aug. 26, 2018, fol­low­ing a brief ill­ness.

Born in Dal­ton, she is sur­vived by her son, Andy Long, of Plainville; sis­ters, Norma Jack­son of Dal­ton, Betty (Robert) Collins of Cal­houn, Wanda ( Steve) Simp­son of Wayne City, Ill., and Thera Kin­ney of Eton; and broth­ers, David (Rilla) Bur­nette of Cal­houn, Ken­neth ( Juanita) Bur­nette, Win­fred ( Dim­ple) Bur­nette, Nathan (Donna) Bur­nette, all of Dal­ton, and Clay Bur­nette of Columbia, S.C. She is also sur­vived by nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews, grand-nieces and great-neph­ews.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, LaVon Long; par­ents, Mar­ion Davis and Annie Mae Pilcher Bur­nette; broth­ers, Bobby and Cole­man; and sis­ter, Bar­bara.

Vis­i­ta­tion was Thurs­day, Aug. 30 from 5 un­til 7 p.m. at Max Bran­non and Sons Fu­neral Home.

A pri­vate grave­side ser­vice is sched­uled for a later date.

Con­do­lences may be left at www. maxbran­nonand­ Ar­range­ments are un­der the care and direc­tion of Max Bran­non and Sons Fu­neral Home of Cal­houn. Thelma Ben­ner

Thelma Jean Ben­ner, age 86, of Cal­houn, passed away on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 29, 2018 in Cal­houn Health Care.

Thelma was born on April 18, 1932 in Le­banon, Penn­syl­va­nia to the late Adam Yordy and Ruth Naomi Yea­gley Yordy. In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Thelma was also pre­ceded in death by a daugh­ter, Pa­tri­cia Lynette Ben­ner. Thelma served as a com­pas­sion­ate and lov­ing nurse for over 30 years.

Thelma is sur­vived by four sons, Lester Ben­ner and his wife Ruth, Richard Ben­ner and his wife Donna, Steven and his wife Emma, Ti­mothy and his wife Kathy; daugh­ter, Vic­to­ria Choate and her hus­band Jessie; two sis­ters, Ar­lean Wat­son and Olena Boyer; four­teen grand­chil­dren; and twenty- one great- grand­chil­dren also sur­vive.

You may leave the fam­ily on­line con­do­lences at www.thomas­fu­ner­al­home­cal­

Thomas Fu­neral Home is in charge of the ar­range­ments for Thelma Jean Ben­ner, age 86 of Cal­houn. Marie Beck

Frances Marie Beck, 77, of Cal­houn, died at Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 29, 2018 fol­low­ing a sud­den ill­ness. Marie was born in Dahlonega on Oct. 5, 1940. She was the daugh­ter of the late Claude and Annie Se­abolt Linger­felt. Her hus­band, La­mar Beck, also pre­ceded her in death in 2014.

Marie is sur­vived by her daugh­ters and son­sin-law, Missy Beck Bur­row and her hus­band, Kevin, and Dana Beck Hol­land and her hus­band, David; her grand­chil­dren, Kayla Hol­land, Gar­rett Hol­land, and Tyler Bur­row; her great­grand­daugh­ters, Khloe Hol­land and Ja­z­lyn Hol­land; her brother and sis­ter- in- law, Freddy and Pam Linger­felt; her sis­ters and broth­ers- in­law, Doris and Leon Moss, Joyce Wa­ters, Adean and Johnny Bur­nette, and Ellen and Ed Handte; many nieces, neph­ews and other rel­a­tives.

The Beck fam­ily will greet friends on Satur­day, Sept. 1, 2018 from noon un­til 1 p. m. at Max Bran­non and Sons Fu­neral Home. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will fol­low at 1 p. m. in the fu­neral home chapel. Rev. David Hol­land will of­fi­ci­ate. To honor her wishes, Marie’s body was cre­mated.

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

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