BLAKELY -- Mr. Calvin Walker Schramm, 85, of Edison, GA, died Saturday evening at his residence following a lengthy illness. His funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM, Dec. 12, 2012 in the Edison United Methodist Church with Rev. Ed Thomas and Dr. Hugh Davis officiating, followed by a graveside service at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Dawson. The family will receive friends at Manry Jordan Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM.

Mr. Schramm was born September 18, 1927 in Graves, GA to the late John Mercer Schramm and Flora Dell Walker Schramm. He was a graduate of Graves High School and received a basketball scholarship to attend Mercer University. Mr. Schramm worked as the resident engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation for 34 years. In recognition of his many years of dedication and accomplishment at the GA DOT, State Road 216 from the intersection with SR 37 in Edison to the Randolph County Line is named Calvin W. Schramm Highway. After his retirement from the DOT, Mr. Schramm was warden of the Calhoun County Correctional Institute for five years.

Mr. Schramm resided in Edison, GA for most of his adult life. He attended church at Edison United Methodist (formerly First United Methodist) and served as Sunday School Superintendent there for many years. Mr. Schramm taught Sunday School and preached as a formally trained Lay Speaker of the UMC.

Mr. Schramm was very civic minded and through the Lions Club of Edison helped produce the annual King Cotton Horse Show for over twenty years. First elected to the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners in 1986, he served as a County Commissioner for a total of 14 years, including six as chairman of the board. At the time of his death, the Honorable Calvin W. Schramm held the office of Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Mr. Schramm was also renowned for the many social fish fries he held in support of numerous causes dear to his heart.

Mr. Schramm was an active member of the Reuben Jones 388 and Arlington 249 Masonic Lodge and the Blakely Chapter 282 Order of the Eastern Star. In the course of over fifty years of involvement with the Masons, Mr. Schramm held the offices of Worshipful Master and Assistant to the State Custodian of Records among many others. He was the current Treasurer of the Reuben Jones Lodge and Chaplain of Arlington. In over twenty years of involvement in the Eastern Star, he was Past Worthy Patron, and in the Grand Chapter of Georgia OES, Past Grand Chapter Father. At the time of his death, Mr. Schramm served as Worthy Patron of Blakely.

Mr. Schramm enjoyed hunting and fishing and was both proud and humbled to receive an honorary lifetime membership to the Cordrays Mill Plantation fishing club for his 80th birthday. A natural born story teller, Mr. Schramm was a witty raconteur who will long be remembered for his charm and sense of humor.

Mr. Schramm was preceded in death by his first wife of thirty-seven years, Pat Turner Schramm, in 1984; his son Jeffery Mercer Schramm in 1989; and all six of his brothers. He is survived by his second wife of twenty-seven years, Normadene (Dee) Spriggs Schramm; son Calvin Angle (Ang) Schramm of Eufaula, AL; daughter Melissa Schramm Burnett and son-in-law B. Tillman Burnett of Dallas, TX; grandson David Jeffrey Schramm (Julie) of Lawrenceville and granddaughter Rebekka Schramm Moorer (Dan) of Smyrna; step-sons Howard D. Spriggs (Carmen) of Ohio and James D. Spriggs (Gina) of West Virginia, and step-daughter Kimberly Lynn Stokes of Ohio. He will always be remembered by a total of seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers are Willis DuVall Sr., Walt Ingram, Frank Miller, Wayne Parker, Howard D. Spriggs, James D. Spriggs, and Olin Thompson. Honorary pallbearers include Bobby Brooks, Ed Ellington, Dan Hammack, Neal Lowe, James Mincey, and Kenneth Ragan, in addition to all Masons and all members of the Eastern Star.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Children's Home in Macon, GA or Edison United Methodist Church.

Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home

Blakely 229/723-3421