In Memoriam, Barbara Ruth Hayes
(January 10, 1931 - July 2, 2015)


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Barbara Ruth Hayes, age 84, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Ruth’s life on earth was filled with love and care of family, devoted friends and her animals. She shared her homemade apple jelly and chow-chow with many. Her love of travel kept her young. After growing up in a share-cropper family on the Carters River, Ruth enjoyed traveling to Israel (she especially enjoyed renewing her baptismal vows and riding a camel!), Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and through-out North America. However, her greatest love was the mountains of Murray County, and the Smokies. She was a painter and photographer.

Ruth was a machine operator retiree of Armstrong and Shaw Industries, after working in public works for 50 years. After a bout with polio and a rabid dog bite, Ruth left school in the 5th grade to help on her family farm. She later decided to continue her education, and received her GED at the age of 54. She was given the “Star Student” award for her educational efforts. She continuously encouraged others to continue learning. She was a square dancer and a clogger who enjoyed country music. She often reminisced about her childhood of hunting, fishing and rafting with her brothers.

She was a proud member of Holly Creek Baptist Church, and received pleasure from all types of gospel music. She was raised in the Ridgeway Baptist Church at the Murray/Gilmer line.

Ruth was affectionately known as “Big Momma”, “Missy Mama”, “Mama Ruth”, and “Sassi” for those who needed love the most.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Jennie Morrison Hayes Henderson, Carl Henderson and Melvin Hayes; sister, Nora Pauline Hayes, brothers & sisters-in-law Floyd, M.D & Lucille, Dillard & Grace Hayes and baby Henderson of Chatsworth; special companion Quillian Mitchell of Dalton; former husband, Malcolm Buckner; aunts, Laura Morrison of Etowah, and Mary and Harve Bagley of Chatsworth.

Ruth’s love of Christ and service to others will be greatly missed by her loving and devoted daughter, Gale Buckner of Chatsworth; “bonus” daughters Diane Avery and Anita Kendrick Thornton; beloved nieces, Norma Gentry of Doraville, Glenda and Leon Lonas, Patsy and Rick Housley, Paulette and Keith Cantrell, Bobby and Joanne Hayes, Juanita Richards, Shirley and Terry Sales, Ann Hayes, Earl and Altheir Hayes all of Chatsworth; numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews; ‘special’ sister-in-law Dorothy Stenvig of Lyons, Colorado. Special Friends and Caregivers who became her precious family – Pat Self and Maggie Rogers. The entire Self and Rogers families were very special to Ruth. She is also survived by her loving pets who provided much love and attention.

Anyone wishing to express condolences may join the Family at Visitation and/or the Homegoing Celebration.

Visitation will be from 5 – 9pm, Friday, July 3, 2015 at the Peeples Funeral Home.

Homegoing services celebrating Ruth’s life will be held Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Peeples Funeral Home in Chatsworth. Officiating will be Reverend Danny Cochran. Eulogies will be given by Anita Kendrick Thornton and Deacon Tom Smith. Music will be by Mrs. Rita Hawkins and Ms. Susan Bagley.

Pallbearers will be Greg Thornton, Mike Winkler, Mickey Winkler, Danny Buckner, Tom Smith, Jeff Lewis and Tony Shipman.

Burial will be in the Liberty Baptist Church cemetery in Tennga, GA. The family will gratefully appreciate your prayers.











In Memoriam, Malcolm Tarver Buckner
(March 6, 1924 - November 22, 2012)

Malcolm Tarver Buckner, age 88, celebrated his Homegoing to the Lord November 22, 2012, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Malcolm’s favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, and Jesus welcomed His son Home on this special day.

Malcolm’s life on earth was filled with the love of family, good friends, and animals. His summer garden bounty filled many tables, and his walks on his farm kept him young at heart. He always had a kind word and hearty laugh for everyone.

Malcolm attended Casey Springs Methodist Church since childhood, and in later years Holly Creek Baptist Church.

Malcolm was a proud World War II Navy veteran who served as a Fireman First Class on the USS Carmick and USS Sedonia. He served on D-Day at the Normandy Invasion, and in North Africa, the North Atlantic, and the South Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion in Chatsworth, was proud to be honored at Veterans Park, and proudly attended Veterans Day ceremonies each year, regardless of the weather.

After his military service, Malcolm worked as a brakeman on the Atchison, Santa Fe, and Topeka Railway.

Upon returning to Murray County, he became a salesman and was affectionately known as “the Watkins Man” selling product county-wide.

He retired as a machine operator from Coronet Carpets, and was a cattle and truck farmer.

Malcolm was a 51 year member of the Tilton #291 Masonic Lodge where he served as Past Master, Secretary, and Tyler. He was also a member of the Royal Arch #80, Tri-Council #36, Past Master of the St. John’s Commandry #19, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite member, and was named 2003 37th District Mason of the Year representing 67 lodges.

Malcolm was predeceased by his parents, Issac Rome Buckner and Clara Ovell Moore Buckner of Casey Springs; sister, Clara Lou Edwards of Dalton; brothers, Issac Buckner of Casey Springs, Bill Buckner and Guy Buckner of Dalton; and niece, Jane Buckner of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Malcolm’s soft voice and sparkling grey eyes will be sadly missed by his devoted daughter, Gale Buckner of Chatsworth; former spouse, Ruth Hayes of Chatsworth; “bonus-daughters” Diane Avery of Douglasville and Anita Thornton of Chatsworth; precious nieces, Shirley and Terry Sales of Chatsworth, Elaine and Fred Hall, Cathee Bryant, Frances and B.O. Dailey, Ginger and Jose Terrazas of Dalton, and Carol Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama; precious nephews, Danny and Lynne Buckner, Jackie Edwards, Julian and Sheila Edwards of Dalton; great-nephews and nieces.

Special thanks to the caregivers who became family and loved him like a parent - Pat Self, Brenda Jones, and Maggie Rogers.

Homegoing services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in the Chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Cochran officiating. Danny Buckner will provide the eulogy for his Uncle Mack. Music will be provided by lifelong friends Dovie and Billy Hayes, Linda Price, Rita Hawkins, and Susan Bagley.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Pallbearers are nephews Julian Edwards, Jose Terrazas, great nephews Brandon Hall, Silvio Barbini, Mike Winkler, Eddie Dailey, Mickey Winkler, and special friend Harrison Parker.

Masonic rites and Military honors will conclude the funeral, and burial will be at the Liberty Baptist Church cemetery in Tennga, Georgia.

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It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of IAWP Past President, Life member and BOT member Gale Buckner's Father, Mr. Malcom Tarver Buckner.

The visitation for Mr. Malcom Tarver Buckner(age 88) will be held on Saturday, 11/24 at 5:00 pm.

The service will be held on Sunday, 11/25 at 2:00 pm

Address for visitation and service:

Peeple's Funeral Home and Crematory
208 S 3rd Street
Chatsworth, GA 30705

Mr. Buckner's obituary can be viewed at:

Mailing address for condolences and sympathies:

Ms. L. Gale Buckner
Post Office Box 825
Chatsworth, GA 30705

Please keep Gale and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Stay Safe!

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain