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Obituaries for Dec. 17; Charles Black, Lola Emory, Douglas Fish, Aria Boehm, Ernest Troglin, Seaborn Mullinax, Rebecca Jamieson, Gene Stephens, James Welch, Faye Darnell, John Morrison, Loy Chumley, Fionnuala Nichols,

Charles Black
July 13, 1922 – December 5, 2015
    Colonel Charles Samuel Black, United States Army (retired), passed away peacefully on December 5, 2015, at his home in Bent Tree in Jasper, Georgia at the age of 93. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Joy and three daughters, Jodi Thurmond (Paul), Penny Brown (Tim) and Lesle Manget (Fred); 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by both younger siblings; sister, Vivian Brown and brother, Jack.  
    Colonel Black was a member of the greatest generation.  He was born July 13, 1922 in Apple Grove, West Virginia, son of Jacob Samuel Black and Beatrice Wallace. He graduated from high school at the age of 13, worked on his family’s farm and attended Marshall College in Huntington, WV before joining the Army in 1943. After completing the Officer Candidate Course at Ft. Belvoir, VA in 1944, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served for the next year in Germany and later in Japan.  
    In 1946 he became one of the “Originals” of Army Aviation, receiving his wings as a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He later received his parachutist qualification from the 11th Airborne Division.  
    A long career in the Army ensued. Posts included the Panama Canal Zone where he was assigned to the 937th Engineer Company (Aviation) and served with the 7402nd Army Unit, the Inter-American Geodetic Survey, as an Army aviator with duty stations in Brazil, Bolivia, and Colombia. He flew numerous missions with survey parties into highly dangerous and remote terrain and at one point was the personal helicopter pilot of the President of Colombia.  Of the four pilots on assignment to the Survey during his tour of duty he was the only one to survive.  
    He served in Korea twice. In the late fifties he was in the 8th Army Aviation Brigade and then he returned in 1969 as the Senior Transportation Advisor to the Korean Military Advisory Group (KMAG) at Camp Long in Won Ju.  
    Like all military families there were many moves during his career. Posts included Ft. Benning (GA), Ft. Campbell (KY), Ft. Rucker (AL), Ft. Leavenworth (KS), Ft. Eustis (VA) and Ft. Monroe (VA) and 3 years in Germany where he commanded battalions in Ludwigsburg and Hanau.  
    Colonel Black retired from the U.S. Army after over 30 years of service on August 29, 1975 at Ft. Gillem (GA) where he had served on the Army General Staff, 3rd Army Headquarters.  
    After retirement he and Joy lived in Atlanta 5 more years before moving to Destin, Florida where they lived for many years in the Mossey Cove and Indian Bayou neighborhoods. They enjoyed golf, bridge and socializing with friends and entertaining children and grandchildren.  They loved to travel by car, visiting children across the country and particularly enjoyed trips to Mexico taking their beloved dog with them each time. In 2000 they moved to Bent Tree in Jasper, GA where they continued to enjoy golf, bridge and entertaining family and friends. Colonel Black was quite a handyman. He not only laid all the tile in their Destin condo but he finished the basement in his Bent Tree home with flooring, bead board, crown molding and painting, while in his eighties! He enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid Braves fan.  
    There will be a memorial service celebrating his life at 2 p.m., December 27, 2015 at Roper Funeral Home with a reception following at Club Tamarack in Bent Tree. The military interment will be at 2:30 p.m. on December 28 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. To participate in the processional with the family meet at Roper Funeral Home by 1:15 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Air Warrior Courage Foundation (, P.O. Box 877, Silver Springs, MD 20918 or Team River Runner ( 5007 Stone Road, Rockville, MD 20853 designating Denver CO as the “donation target”.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home.
    Online condolences can be made at

Lola Emory
July 30, 1937 – December 9, 2015
    Mrs. Lola Dell Emory, age 78, of Talking Rock passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Grandview Healthcare in Jasper.
    Mrs. Emory is survived by her husband, Bryan Emory of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Law and Terry Jenkins of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Darlene Emory of Jasper; sisters, Nancy Barnes of Jasper, Helen Walker of Ball Ground, Dorothy Quinton of Ball Ground, Mary Godfrey of Jasper; brother, Jerry Parker of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Jason Weldy, Chris Weldy, Chad Emory, Chase Emory, Dillon Emory; great-grandchildren, Hunter Weldy, Kaitlyn Emory, and Sanoah Weldy.
    The funeral service was  held at 2 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Danny Townsend officiating. Interment will be at Talking Rock Baptist Church. 
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.
    Online condolences can be made at

Douglas Fish
    Douglas E Fish passed away on December 8, 2015 at age 74. He was in the care of Amedisys Hospice at the home of his son in Jasper, GA. Born March 2, 1941 in Riverside, California. In 1959 he met the love of his life and his future wife Bobbie Jo Pettit.
    Doug "Bugle" honorably served in the Marines from 9/9/1960 - 9/8/1964 and was in the Marine Corp Band, traveling all over the world. After his years of service in the Marine Corp he stayed devoted to helping his country. He retired from Lockheed after 27 years.
    Doug was predeceased by his wife of 55 years Bobbie Jo, his father, Gordon and his brother Ron. He is survived by his mother Helen of Corona, CA; brothers Alan (Anna) of Corona, CA, Gary (Karen) of Corona, CA; sons Brian Fish of CA, Michael Fish of Jasper, Mark Fish of Phoenix, AZ, grandsons Andrew Fish of Atlanta, Michael Fish of Columbus, OH; granddaughters Sara Fish of Jasper, Emily Fish of Jasper, as well as many other family members and numerous friends. He was a loving husband, son, brother, father and grandfather and had always been a true patriot. Doug will be remembered for his steadfast guidance and great sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    The funeral was held December 15th at 11 a.m. at Woodstock Church of Christ at 219 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock. Committal service will be at 1:30 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. 
    Condolences can be left at  Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation Services proudly serving this family.

Aria Boehm
    Infant Aria Joy Boehm was born sleeping at 22 weeks and 3 days old on December 7, 2015. She is survived by her loving parents, Marc and Valerie Boehm of Nelson; her grandparents Rhonda and Jeff Stancil of Nelson, and Marina Steinhauer and Alex Martinez of Miami, FL. She is also survived by her aunt and uncle Vanessa Stancil and Clark Stancil of Nelson, and Magno Martinez of Miami, FL. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Russell Boehm of Atlanta; Great Grandparents Bettye Joyce Ledbetter and Donald Ledbetter of Canton; Betty and Grady Stancil of Nelson; Frank and Marietta Boehm of Arcadia, FL; and Frank and Maria Steinhauer of Germany/France.
    Aria Joy means “joyous song”, and although she was just tiny, it was clear by her frequent kicks to “Ave Maria” that she loved music just like her parents. The Boehm family is currently fundraising to create a music scholarship open to local students in Aria’s name. Please visit to donate.
    The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, flowers, and kind words. A special thank you to Roper Funeral Home and to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Piedmont Mountainside in Jasper for their special care during a very difficult time.

Ernest Troglin
    Mr. Ernest Troglin (Curley) , age 73 of Talking Rock, GA passed away at his residence Saturday, December 12, 2015.
    Survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa & Mark Burger, Cartersville; one brother & sister-in-law, Gene & Sharon Troglin, Jasper; four sisters & brothers-in-law, Christ & Gene Kent, Dawsonville, Janie & Philip Imbriano, Talking Rock, Norma & Cary Owen, Lawrenceville, Louise & Ron Warren, Jasper; three grandchildren, Chelsea Gibson, Dakota Burger & Davon Burger; two great grandchildren, Chandler Gibson and Cordelia Gibson.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Ethiel Jones and Chaplain Roland Nelson officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Patrick Charles, Dakota Burger, Tony Imbriano, Philip Imbriano, Brent Owen and Jamie Mathews.  Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Local Chapter #47 DAV in charge of full military honors.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Troglin Family.

Seaborn Mullinax
    Mr. Seaborn Mullinax, age 93 of Jasper, passed away at Canton Nursing Center on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
    He is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Doug & Becky Mullinax of Canton; daughter & son-in-law, Beverly & Glenn Chastain of Tunnell Hill; step-son and daughter-in-law, Jim & Diana Gibson, Dacula; brother, D.W. Mullinax of Jasper; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Childers officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Ricky Mullinax, David Mullinax, Wayne Eaton, Mark Mullinax, Brad Norton and Bryson Norton. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Mullinax Family.

Rebecca Jamieson
    Rebecca "Jeannie" Carey Jamieson, age 49 of Jasper lost her battle with breast cancer on December 14, 2015.
    She is survived by her husband, William Mark Jamieson of Jasper; parents, Robert and Joyce Carey, also of Jasper; paternal grandmother, Nancy Carey of Danville, KY; brother, Paul D Carey, New York; brother-in-law, Juan Carlos Fernandez, also of New York; nieces, Olivia and Lauren Jamieson of Virginia; aunts, uncles and cousins.
    She attended Jasper United Methodist Church and was employed by CDK Global (formerly ADP Dealer Services).  She sang and played music, enjoyed painting, ceramics, making jewelry and crocheting.  She was an avid Barbie collector and loved her pets. She was active in helping raise money for cancer research through the Relay for Life of North Fulton. 
    A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. at the Jasper United Methodist Church. 
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or Caring Bridge.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Jamieson Family.

Gene Stephens
    Gene Stephens, 86, of Florida passed away on December 11, 2015.
    He was preceeded in death by his son, Norman Donald Stephens. Survivors are his children, Darrell (Kathy) Stephens of Florida, Jackie (Gary) Zvodar of Carrollton, Sue (Ron) Pierson of Florida and Diane (Lamar) Walker of Jasper. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Alzheimer Center that cared for him at: Bay County Council on Aging, Respite Center, 1116 Frankford Ave., Panama City, Fla. 32401 or to the charity of your choice.

James Welch
August 21, 1946 –
 December 11, 2015

    James C. Welch, Jr., age 69, of Waleska, Georgia died December 11, 2015 from a fatal car accident in Jasper, Georgia. He was born on August 21, 1946 in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was a double bronze star and a silver star decorated Vietnam War Veteran.
    He is survived by his wife, Patsy D. Welch of Waleska; sons, Wayne Welch, Alan Welch, and James Carlton Welch III; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly L. and Richard Kologe of Canton;  grandchildren, Hunter, Deanna, Dustin, Ryan, Lexi, RJ, Graeson, Caleb, Jackson, and Carlina. He was predeceased by his parents, James Carlton Welch, Sr. and Betty Louise Severson and daughter, Carlena Dawn Welch, 12.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date at his home in Canton and a graveside service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charitable organization.

Faye Darnell
    Faye Marie Darnell, age 89 of Dallas, GA passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Cartersville Heights in Cartersville, GA.
    She is survived by her sons, Joseph Falsetta, Lavonia and Michael Falsetta, Acworth; 5 grandchildren, Tammy Holdcraft, Melinda Brown, Joseph Falsetta, Jr., Michael Falsetta, Jr. and Annette Falsetta.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers were Joseph Falsetta, Michael Falsetta, Cole Holdcraft, Jacob Brown, Danny Holdcraft and Tradd Brown.  Interment followed at Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Darnell family.

John Morrison
July 24, 1941 -
December 14, 2015

    John Sosebee Morrison, age 74, of Talking Rock passed away early Monday morning, December 14, 2015 at Gracemont in Cumming, Georgia. John was born July 24, 1941 to Glen and Lucille Morrison in Jasper.
    He is survived by his wife, Sandra Morrison of Talking Rock’ son, Jeffrey Glen Morrison of Chattanooga; daughter and son-in-law, Joanna Kay and Tim Ewing of Marietta; step-sons, Joey VanSant and Jacob VanSant; three grandchildren, Riley Ewing, Ryder Ewing, and MacKenzie Ewing; and four step-grandchildren, Taylor VanSant, Landon VanSant, Leah VanSant, Joseph VanSant. Several other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 16 at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Ben Mock officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot at the Talking Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rally Foundation in honor of Ryder Ewing. (Rally Foundation, 5775 Glen Ridge Drive #370, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328).
    Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper.

Loy Chumley
    Loy S. Chumley, 94, of Marble Hill passed away Friday December 11, 2015 at his residence following a short illness.
    Born March 30, 1921 in Dawson County to the late John Henry and Martha Chumley, he lived most of his life in Pickens County.  Mr. Chumley retired from Georgia Marble after 28 years of service after which he was employed by Big Canoe for 20 years.  An extremely proud American, Loy was a U. S. Army veteran of WW II where he served in the European Theater.  He was a 60 year member of Marble Hill Lodge # 207 F & AM and a member of Juno Baptist Church.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Lois Swafford Chumley; sisters, Infant Ruby Chumley, Grace West; and brothers, Herbert Chumley, Elbert Chumley and Toy Chumley.
    Surviving are his children, Glenda Black, Marble Hill, Randy and Barbara Chumley, Marble Hill, Linda Bearden, Dawsonville, Tracy and Rhonda Chumley, Dawsonville, Greg Chumley, Marble Hill; sisters, Minnie Wigington, Dawsonville, Eddie Goswick, Dawsonville; brother, John Carson Chumley, Stockbridge; eight grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
    Funeral services were held Sunday December 13, 2015 at 2 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Phillip Burt will officiate.  Interment followed in the Juno Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to the Juno Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
    Condolences may be expressed at
    Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville.

Fionnuala Nichols
    Fionnuala Nichols, beloved wife and mother, entered into eternal life on December 14, 2015.
    She is survived by her husband, Hiram Nichols, Jr., and children, Hiram Nichols III, Erina Nichols, Fiona Dominguez, Connor Nichols and Donal Nichols; 11 grandchildren; and three siblings, Dymphna, Sister Carmel, SND, and Cormac. Her brother, Terence, preceded her in death.
    Mrs. Nichols was born in Waterford, Ireland, a daughter of the late Laurence and Georgina. After immigrating to the United States as a young woman, she studied the science of orthoptics through Emory University and worked in that profession for many years. A lifelong Catholic, Mrs. Nichols was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Mableton, Ga. She was an active member of the Legion of Mary for many years founding several praesidia and volunteered in prison ministry.
    The Hawthorne Dominican Sisters provided her with compassionate and Christ-centered care during her battle with cancer. Memorial contributions may be made to support their work at: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospice, c/o Sister Damien, 760 Pollard Blvd. SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30315.
    Arrangements under the direction of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, Kennesaw, Ga.

Masonic Resolution on death of Loy Silvey Chumley
    To the Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethrens of Pickens Star Lodge #207 F&A.M. Marble Hill, Georgia
    Whereas, on December 11, 2015 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Loy Silvey Chumley,
    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 Marble Hill  Lodge No. 207 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 to be published in the Pickens County Progress.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Pearce Griffith
    Maurice Hendrix
    Carl Griffith