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Obituaries for July 2, 2015; James Payne, Jr., Virginia Hawn, Harold Clements, Charles Curley, Julia Mead, Linda Rogers, Eddy Brooks

James Payne, Jr.
    Judge Emeritus James Tillman Payne, Jr., of Marietta and Acworth, died Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. He was born in Quincy, Florida, in 1945.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Aundrea, daughter; Amanda Newman and his grandson, Topper Payne Newman; daughter and son in law, Harvey and Mary Olsen, of Marietta. 
    A member of Mary’s Memorial Baptist Church since 1968, Jim was a respected community leader, attorney, and Chief Municipal Court Judge, who touched many lives.  He was a soldier, who served in Vietnam.  His father was a Navy fighter pilot over Okinawa and Iwo Jima.  His mother, the late Mrs. Anne D. Payne, was a 5th generation resident of Athens, Georgia.  He grew up in the university town and was one of Kelley’s Boys at the Athens Y.M.C.A.  He and Aundrea met as sophomores at U.G.A. and were married after graduation. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson Law School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  In 2005 he retired as a U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and retired from his law practice as well.  In 2010 he stepped down from the bench as Chief Judge of the Municipal Courts of the Cities of Acworth and Holly Springs, Georgia.  He remained Associate Judge of the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, and Holly Springs until 2014. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who grew up poor and often asked, “Who could have known that my life would be so blessed?”
    Funeral services celebrating his life were held Sunday, June 28th, at Mary’s Memorial Baptist Church in Marietta. Interment followed at Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors.

Virginia Hawn
March 11, 1929 – June 25, 2015

    Mrs. Virginia Rose Hawn, age 86, of Jasper (formerly of Blue Ridge) passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 in the care of family. She fell asleep in death on what would have been the 66th anniversary of her and her late husband. He fell asleep in death July 20, 2014.
    Mrs. Hawn was born in Hartford City, Indiana on March 11, 1929 to late Ivan and Nila Sills.  Her mother died in childbirth and she was raised by her grandparents. She graduated from Hartford City High School and was Prom Queen her senior year. Her life consisted of 52 years in Hartford City, Indiana; 18 years in Bonita Springs, Florida; 16 years were spent in Blue Ridge and in recent months she had moved to Jasper to be closer to family. 
    Mrs. Hawn worked as a secretary at Bonham Insurance Agency in Hartford City and also sold Avon for many years back at a time when it was delivered to your door. Virginia loved her family, and was a devoted grandma to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved crocheting for others.  She would make baby outfits, blankets, stuffed animals, Barbie dresses, hats for cancer patients, and many other things.
    As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Virginia looked forward to the time when she will awaken from death on a paradise earth in a healthy, youthful condition to be reunited with her family and friends. (John 5:28-29; Isaiah 11:6-9; Job 33:25; Psalms 37:10-11, 29)
    Mrs. Hawn was recently proceeded in death by her husband, Norman Hawn.  She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Ann and Edward Eggley of Blue Ridge; brother, Thomas Wayne Sills of Chicago; grandchildren, Cherity (Larry) Breazeale, April (John) Hall, Matthew Eggley, and Dustin (Melanie) Eggley; great grandchildren, Jordan and Tyler Breazeale, Trenton and Kendall Hall, Reece and Erin Eggley, and Brianna and Austin Eggley.
    Memorial services for Mrs. Hawn will be held Wednesday, July 1 at 6 p.m. from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Blue Ridge with Daniel Allen officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at
    Roper Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of arrangements.

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.

Charles Curley
    Mr. Charles Willis Curley, age 79 of Ranger, departed this life June 20, 2015 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Charles was born December 28, 1935 in Mayview, MO, the son of the late John E. Curley and Mildred K. Sell Curley. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Ann Curley, and brother, John Curley.
    Charles served as a Gunners Mate in the United States Navy and then went on to retire from Trans World Airlines in Kansas City, MO
    After retiring from TWA he moved to Dadeville, MO where he was a longtime resident until moving to Georgia to live with his daughter.
    Mr. Charles Willis Curley is survived by his daughter, Rita and Joel Keys of Ranger; sons, Jack and Karen Curley of Broken Arrow, OK and Larry Curley of Kansas City, MO; sister Rosemary Stone of Raytown, MO; and grandchildren, Joshua Curley and Larry Michael Curley.
    He has now joined his wife in heaven and will be greatly missed by his family and others that knew him.
    Interment will take place at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton, on Wednesday July 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. with military honors provided by the United States Navy.
    In lieu of flowers, please support our military members and veterans.
    Ponders Fairmount Chapel, 2566 Hwy 411, Fairmount.

Julia Mead
    Ms. Julia Mead, age 57 of Columbus, GA passed away at Columbus Hospice on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
    She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Taylor Mead and Matthew and Bridgette Mead of Columbus; daughter, Stephanie Mead of Columbus; brothers and sister-in-law, Johnny and Cathy Clark of Jasper, Richard (Dickie) Patterson of Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marty and Terry Godfrey of Jasper, Deborah and Bart Thomas of Dalton, Karen Jordan of Jasper; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held at Cagle Funeral Home on Friday, June 26, 2015.  Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. 
    Serving as pallbearers were Cody Gaddis, Wayne Neighbors, Stephen Meadows, Allan Meadows and Michad Izaguirre.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Mead Family.

Linda Rogers
    Mrs. Linda Renee Rogers, age 54 of Jasper passed away at her residence on Sunday June 28, 2015.
    She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Rogers, Jasper; mother, Virginia West, Canton; son, Tyler Easley, Dawson County; daughter and son-in-law, Hollie and Hugh Fowler, Jasper; step-son and daughter-in-law, William Allen and Jeanatte Rogers, Robbinsville, NC; step-daughter, Wendy Rogers, Murphy, NC; brothers, Randy West, Canton, Bo West, Canton, Andy Wayne West, Cartersville; sister, Kendra Kessler, Canton; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 at Hickory Flat Fellowship in Canton. Officiating will be Revs. Bruce Weeks, Scott Smith and Franklin King.
    The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to The American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rogers Family.

Eddy Brooks
    Mr. Eddy Brooks, age 54 of Marble Hill passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Northside Hospital-Forsythe in Cumming.
    Survivors are his wife, Dale Brooks of Marble Hill; mother, Willie Grace Brooks, Marble Hill; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ashley & Timothy Banks, Jasper, and Amberly and Paul Davis, Canton; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Randall and Juanita Brooks, Marble Hill, Ronny and Paula Brooks, Cumming and Bobby and Debbie Brooks, Ball Ground; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Gary Evans, Marble Hill and Evelyn and Tony West, Cumming; one grandson, Andrew Banks and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, June 28th at Corinth Baptist Church with Rev. Richie Gibbs, Rev Leroy Kelley and Rev. Huey Holloway officiating.  Interment followed at the church cemetery. 
    Serving as pallbearers were Russell Evans, Nathan Brooks, Timmy Brooks, Steven Brooks, Jason Burnett and Justin Burnett.
    The family accepted flowers or asked that donations be made to the Corinth Baptist Church Youth Fund.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Brooks Family.

Masonic Resolution on the death of brother Jack Howard Cantrell
    To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Ga.
    Whereas, on May 28, 2015 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from labor to refreshment our beloved Brother Jack Howard Cantrell.
    And whereas we, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable Memorial, therefore:
    Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. express to the family of our departed Brother, deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.
    Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother,
    A copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy be published in the Pickens County Progress.