December 31, 2013

Madge Parsons Smith

Mrs. Madge Parsons Smith, 89, a longtime resident of Dalton and formerly of Calhoun, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Elmcroft assisted living facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., with family by her side.

She spent her youth in Gordon County and was married to Lloyd V. Smith, who preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Buford Chitwood; her beloved uncle and aunt, Clyde and Annie Ruth Parsons of Calhoun; and her stepmother, Gertrude Gravitt Parsons of Calhoun.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Yvonne Smith Cashon of Dalton; grandsons and their wives, Randy and Cindy Cashon of Ringgold, and Kevin and Sandy Cashon of Calhoun; great-grandsons, David Cashon of Ringgold and Jake Avery Cashon of Calhoun; great- granddaughters and their husbands, Anna Cashon of Ringgold, Heather and Matthew Hudgens, and Autumn and Joey Travis of Calhoun; great-great-grandchildren, Cassie Hudgens and Landon Travis of Calhoun; her sister, Barbara Parsons and husband Merrill Dobbs; nieces, Dr. Drena Dobbs of Ames, Iowa, Teena and Ed Moody of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Cheri and Gary Wolfe of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Candi Chitwood of Resaca; and nephews, Hank and Rhonda Chitwood of Calhoun, and Ron Dobbs of Calhoun.

She was born in Gordon County, the daughter of the late D.C. and Sarah Robbins Parsons. She was the maternal granddaughter of the late Stephen Ward Robbins, well-known residents of the Lily Pond community in Gordon County. Her paternal grandparents were the late Adam Thomas Russell Parsons and Molly Reddick Parsons of the Red Bud community.

She spent her youth in Gordon County and married Lloyd V. Smith. They moved to Dalton and she opened a children’s shop. She was managing partner of the Dalton Children Shop on South Hamilton Street for several years. She later joined the accounting firm of Arnold L. Caylor & Co., P.C, later owned by Caylor, Ralston & Boggs P.C., and she spent more than 35 years in the accounting field.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dalton for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Artistic Civic Theatre, the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, past worthy matron of Lillie G. Bledsoe Order of the Eastern Star, and a past member of the Dalton Jaycettes, Creative Arts Guild and Pilot Club of Dalton.

To celebrate the life of Mrs. Madge Parsons Smith, a graveside service will be Friday, Jan. 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. from Fain Cemetery in Calhoun.

The family will receive friends Friday at Ponders Funeral Home, Highway 41 North in Calhoun, from noon to 2 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Ponders Calhoun Chapel, 675 Jolly Road,  Calhoun; (706) 625-7577.

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