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Obituaries for January 21, 2015; David Kumnick, Bradford Williams Jr., Shirley Wood, Bennie Wright, Joyce Woodson

David Kumnick
July 19, 1942 – January 11, 2016

    Mr. David Nash Kumnick, age 73, of Bent Tree, Jasper, Georgia passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at his residence.
    David was born July 19, 1942 to Frederick and Sarah Nash Kumnick in Youngstown, Ohio. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and later graduated from Youngstown State University on the GI Bill.  He worked in business administration and sales throughout his working career.
    However, what better defined our “Poppy” was his love and connection to his family, community and faith. He was actively involved in several churches over the years including, most recently, Browns Bridge Community Church. Humble and generous, he was committed in service to others, most notably as a longtime volunteer with his local meals on wheels program. And how fortunate is the dog who lives in the Bent Tree Community because of David’s efforts in the development of their beautiful dog park.
    He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan Kumnick of Bent Tree (Jasper); son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jennifer Kumnick of Sandy Springs; son, Richard Kumnick of Smyrna, daughter and son-in-law, Eve and Neal Anthony of Athens; grandchildren Lily Anthony and Arthur Kumnick; brother, James Kumnick; and sister, Roberta Pocos.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives survive.
    Best described by his granddaughter, “our Poppy was wonderful, awesome, playful, kind, and loving.”  He will be missed by all.
    A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Brown’s Bridge Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in David’s name to the Pickens Senior Center Council - 400 Stegall Drive; Jasper, GA 30143.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
    Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Bradford Williams Jr.
    Bradford Irving Williams Jr., age 72, U.S. Navy Retired died on Friday, January 15, 2016 at his residence.
    Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 19 at the Georgia National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
    Survivors include his wife, Julie Williams of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Bradford Ed and Melinda Williams, Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Steve Weber, Fair Lawn, NJ; grandchildren Zechariah Anthony Williams, Mariah Jessa Williams, Ethan Weber, and Eva Weber.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Make a Wish Foundation.     The caring staff of the Darby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Wood
    Shirley Carol Garland Wood, age 79 of Ellijay, Georgia died on Saturday, January 16th, 2016, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Buford, Georgia. She was born Sunday, April 19, 1936 in Whitestone, Georgia, to her late parents William Fin and Laura Martin Garland. She was a graduate of Pickens County High School and was an employee of Georgia Marble Products and a retiree of Blue Ridge Carpet of Ellijay. Mrs Wood is preceded in death by husband James Harold Wood.
    Survivors include son and daughter-in-law James Barry & Saundra Adina Wood of Cartersville, Ga; grand daughter, Tiffany Marie Wood of Cartersville; sister, Janice Garland Mosley of Whitestone; brothers, James L. Garland of Ellijay and Harold F. Garland of Marietta.
    A private family service will be held at a later date.
    Interment will be in Whitestone Baptist Church Cemetery, Talking Rock, GA.
    Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bennie Wright
    Mrs. Bennie Lee Wright, age 84 of Epworth, Ga. passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016, at her daughter's home in Jasper.      She was born on Tuesday, November 3, 1931 in Ellijay, Ga. to the late Horace and Stella M. Davenport Parks.  Mrs. Wright was a devout homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Mrs. Wright was a member of Colwell Baptist Church and  worked in various activities for a number of years.      She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph W. Wright;  great granddaughter, Vivian Elyse Miller; brother, Jack Parks;  sisters, Catherine Skates, JoAnn Abercrombie and Glenda Queen;   son-in-law, Rev. Doug Williamson.
    Survivors are daughters, Linda W. Foster of Jasper, Judy W. Graham (Thomas) of Epworth, Ga., Jane W. Callihan (Morris) of Epworth, Ga., Martha W. Chastain (John) of Epworth, Ga., Brenda W. Adams (James) of Jasper and Patricia W. Hensley (Ronald) of Turtletown, TN;  brother, J.D. Parks of
Covington, Ga.;  sisters, Oleeta Hughes of Old Fort, TN, Alene Whitaker of Chatsworth, Ga. and Joyce Anderson of Ellijay, Ga.; eleven grandchildren, Barry Williamson, Cynthia Miller (Dan), Lorie Watkins, Lisa Graham, Scott Graham (Courtney), Cory Callihan (Ginny), Wesley Chastain (Robin), Ryan Chastain, Zachary Adams, Sarah Adams and Joseph Adams;  10 great-grandchildren, Jackson Miller, Greyson Miller, Nathan Watkins, Nadalie Watkins, Brody Graham, Sawyer Graham, Carson Callihan, Maddox Callihan, Evan Chastain and Jacob Chastain;  an anticipated great-grand baby Callihan;  a
host of other relatives and friends also survive.
    Funeral services were conducted on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. from the Colwell Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Turner and Rev. Nathan Chancey officiating.  Music was by Nancy Watkins and Tim Nicholson.
    Interment followed in the Colwell Church Cemetery with Rev. Joe Dan Wilkins officiating.  The following grandsons served as pallbearers: Barry Williamson, Scott Graham, Cory Callihan, Wesley Chastain, Ryan Chastain, Zachary Adams and Joseph Adams. Honorary pallbearers were sons-in-law, Thomas Graham, Morris Callihan, John Chastain, James Adams, Ronald Hensley and the men of Colwell Baptist Church.      Memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Wright to the Colwell Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1542, Blue
Ridge, Ga.  30513 or to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 485, Copperhill, TN 37317.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  
    Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Joyce Woodson
    Mrs. Joyce H. Woodson age 79 of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016.  Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Carmichael Funeral Home Chapel in Smyrna with Rev. Joey Hatchell officiating.  Interment will be in Crest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Atlanta. 
    Mrs. Woodson was preceded in death by her son Joseph Michael Woodson.  Surviving are her husband, Floyd Woodson of Jasper; son, Mark (Sherri) Woodson of Canton; daughter, Tammy Woodson of Marietta; granddaughter, Ashley Mae Woodson of Canton.
    The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 at Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna (770)435-4467