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Obituaries for June 18, 2015; John Papazian, Delmar Weaver, Harold Clements, Doyle Wheeler, Barbara Hitt

John Papazian
    John Francis Papazian, 61, of Hiawassee, Georgia, passed away into God’s loving arms on June 5, 2015. He combined his love of travel with a career in international finance, residing in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and Papua New Guinea for over 20 years. John was the consummate collector of stamps, coins, hats, corks, but took special pride in his extraordinary group of friends.
    He is preceded in death by his father, Levon, and his niece, Sarah Crider. John is survived by his wife, Donna, of 32 years; son, Jonathan; daughters, Alaina and Channah; mother, Jean Papazian of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law Ginny and Cliff Conover; niece and nephew, Lee Ann (Brian) Barton, and Spencer Schlampp; along with in-laws, Joyce, Charles Jr., Chris, and Leslie (Paul) Dobson. His hope in the Lord allowed him to soar on “wings like eagles” for his last great earthly adventure.
    Funeral services were held on Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m., at McConnell Memorial Church, Hiawassee; and at Winkenhofer Pineridge Memorial Chapel on June 13, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Oxfam in Nepal,  or Pediatric Cancer Foundation, or Fishers of Men, 342 Harbor Rd., Hiawassee, 30546 (non-profit school in Uganda).
    Online condolences can be made to the family at
    Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

Delmar Weaver
March 15, 1936 –June 14, 2015

    Mr. Delmar Eugene Weaver, age 79, of Jasper passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at his home. He was born March 15, 1936 to Haskal and Myrtle Weaver in Pickens County.
    He is survived by his sister, Ernestine Childers of Canton, six nieces, and other family members.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 16 at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Edward Hamrick officiating.
    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made toward the funeral expenses.
    Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. 

Harold Clements
    Harold “Hal” Lee Clements, 88, a resident of Jasper (formerly of Schenectady, New York) passed away peacefully on June 7, 2015 at Wildwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Talking Rock. 
    He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret “Peggy” Masjoan Clements; his son and daughter-in-law David Roy Clements (Caryn) of Jasper; his grandchildren, Rachel and Ryan Clements of Jasper; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Allen Minkler (Barbara) of Lakeland, Florida; his nephew, Steve Jorgensen (Linda) of Colorado, and many loving and dear cousins.          He is preceded in death by his father, Roy Clements; his mother, Grace Clements (Greenville, Michigan); his sister, Martha Clements Jorgensen (Greenville, Michigan), his niece, Sandra Jorgensen Hill (Michigan) and his nephew, Bruce Packenham (New York).
    Hal was born in Robinson, Illinois on May 8, 1927 to Roy Clements (Robinson, Illinois) and Grace Newbold Clements (Oblong, Illinois) and spent many happy years in Illinois and Michigan.  After serving in the Korean War, he moved to upstate New York where he met and married the love of his life, Margaret (Peggy) Masjoan.  He worked as a field salesman in the trucking and automotive industry for the next 40 years and traveled to most of the lower 48 states. While his first love was his being with his family, Hal was a talented man who also delighted in playing his guitars, working on antique cars and boats, and enjoying the fellowship of his many friends and teammates at the Schenectady Curling Club where he was an active member for over 25 years. 
    He was a member of Union Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, New York and, upon his move to Jasper in 2007, joined New Lebanon Presbyterian Church (now Fellowship Presbyterian Church).  He was a lifelong enthusiast of both photography and fishing and enjoyed pursuing both while living in Bent Tree with his family.  Hal was a kind and gentle man whom everyone adored when they met him and we are all blessed for having known him.
    A Memorial Service will be officiated by Rev. Ben Laughlin at Fellowship Presbyterian Church on July 18, 2015 at 2  p.m. and a Celebration of Life will be held at First Reformed Church in Schenectady, New York on October 3, 2015. 
    The family would like to thank the generous staff of Wildwood Health and Rehabilitation Center for their care and kindness as well as Journey Hospice for their support during his illness. Donations may be made in memory of Harold Clements to the Wildwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Talking Rock and Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Jasper. 
 Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.  770-479-2131.

Doyle Wheeler
    Doyle Kenneth Wheeler, age 80, of Canton passed away Friday, June 12, 2015 at his residence. He was a life long resident of Cherokee County and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. Mr. Wheeler was an ordained deacon for over 50 years. 
    Funeral services were held  Sunday, June 14, from the Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Allen, Rev. Jerry Sims and  Rev. Buddy Roper officiating. Interment followed at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Martha Wheeler;   brother,  E. J. Wheeler;   and sisters  Era Howard and Ozell Wheeler.
    Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joyce  Eubanks Wheeler; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Vicki Wheeler, Rodney and Telete Wheeler, Doyle Kenneth (Kenny) and Wanda Wheeler; Daughter and sons-in-law, Debbie and Mark Livingood, Andrea and Kenny Tucker, Amy and Matt Lathem;
brother-in-law, Benny Eubanks;
sister-in-law, Frances Eubanks; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Barbara Hitt
February 22, 1962– June 9, 2015

    Barbara Ann Hitt, age 53, of Jasper passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta. Barbara was born February 22, 1962 to Sam and Lilly Griffis in Atlanta.
    Survivors include son, Chris Tucker of Talking Rock; daughter, Jacqueline Brown of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Callie Tucker and Reese Tucker.
    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., June 20 at Woodstock Church of Jasper on Highway 53 West.
    Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.