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Obituaries for October 15, 2015; Nicholas Papp, Roger Harrington, Alice Free

Nicholas Papp
February 10, 1940 – October 7, 2015

    Nicholas George Papp, age 75, died on October 7, 2015, at his home in the Bent Tree Community, Jasper after a year-long struggle with Lung Cancer.
    He was born February 10, 1940, in Cleveland, OH, to Irene Sabonya and Nicholas V. Papp.  An only child, he grew up in the Cleveland area and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1958, and in 1970 received a B.S. in Physics with Minors in Chemistry and Math, from Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, OH.
    He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Grell, in 1958, in Cleveland, OH, they had four children, and were later divorced.  He married Dr. Rita Thomas Noel, in 2011, in Calloway Gardens.
    He was the President and General Manager of Aqua Solutions Inc., located in Jasper, manufacturers of  ultra-pure water purification systems for research and development laboratories. He had worked in the water filtration/purification industry for more than 35 years.
He was a member of the Jasper Roundhouse, and the Golden Isles Model Railroad, and has been involved in model railroading since childhood. His interests and collection includes the Pennsylvania Railroad, The Nickel Plate, and The New York Central.  He was modeling the Toledo, OH area during the late 50s.
    He has been an avid golfer and played with the Men’s Golf Association in Bent Tree and at Sea Palms in St. Simons Island.  He is a member of the Pickens Star Masonic Lodge.
    He is survived by his wife, Rita Thomas Noel, and four children, Chris Papp, Jasper; Dena (Barry) Eckman, Cleveland, OH;  Scott (Eleanore) Papp of Medina, OH; and Duane (Dianne) Papp of Jasper. He is also survived by five step-children: Jeffrey (Karin) Thomas of Overland Park, KS; Shelley (Jesus) Moreno of The Colony, TX; Mark (Cindy) Thomas of Portland, OR; Stacey Dilleshaw of St. Mary’s, GA; and Susan Thompson of Salt Lake City, UT; Seven grandchildren, Thomas, Bryan, and Rachel Broa; Hannah and Leah Papp; and Michael and Kyrie Papp; 25 step-grandchildren; and 18 step-great grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held  Saturday, October 10 in the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with interment following at Lake Forest Memorial Park, Jasper.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Roger Harrington
    Roger D. Harrington, 89, of Jasper passed away Wednesday October 7th, in Canton, Georgia. He was predeceased by his sister, Doris Bolls; first wife, Virginia Lucas; a second wife, Musette Johns; and a third wife, Laura Herman. Roger is survived by his three children from his first wife Virginia: Thomas R. Harrington of Bagdad, Kentucky; Janice M. Harrington of Seattle, Washington; Lisa H. Freeland of Spokane, Washington; and six grandchildren.
    Roger was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and orphaned at age 8. He was raised by an uncle and aunt on a Mississippi farm, served in the Army Air Force during World War II's last year, then took an engineering degree at Georgia Tech. While at Tech Roger met and married Virginia Lucas of Atlanta. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he rejoined military service for 25 years as a pilot in the Air Force, being posted to Japan, Germany, Vietnam, the Pentagon, and several other locations. Upon his 1975 retirement, he and Virginia went back to his childhood roots to a Pickens County farm, where Roger raised chicken, cattle, and hay, and remained on his beloved farm until his death.
    Following Roger's wishes, there will be no public memorial service, but the family will have a private gathering to scatter his ashes. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in Roger's name to the charity of your choice.

Alice Free
    Mrs. Alice Free, age 87 of Jasper, passed away at Heritage Hospice in Marietta on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
    She is survived by her husband, William H. (Billy) Free of Jasper; son & daughter-in-law, Dwayne & Debbie Free of Canton; sister-in-law, Dottie Cagle of Jasper; grandson, Curtis & Rebecca Free of Clarkson, GA and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Jerusalem Baptist Church with Revs. Nathan Smith, Robert Allen and Alan Caylor officiating.  Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
    The family accepted flowers or donations to Jerusalem Baptist Church.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Free Family.