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Obituaries for January 28, 2015; William Ellis, Sr., Miles Crowe, Grady Short, Gene Mathis, Betty Laughlin, C.C. Tatum, Timothy Jarrett, Diane Griffith, Ada Jo Kelley

William Ellis, Sr.
    Mr. William Dale Ellis, Sr., age 76, of Jasper, passed away January 3, 2016, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Blue Ridge, Ga. on September 4, 1939 to William Frank Ellis, Jr. and Bonnie Williams Ellis.  Dale graduated from West Fannin High School, attended Young Harris Junior College and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1960.  After a 35 year career with Allstate Insurance Company he retired to Jasper, residing in Hunter's Ridge. 
    Dale loved to play golf, traveling and World War II History.
    Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jean Ellis; three sons, Zachary, Brian and Dale, Jr.; daughter, Roxanne Costa; grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan, Jacy and James; and two brothers, Donald and Douglas Ellis.
    Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, January 5 at 2 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Meadows officiating.
    Music was provided by Imogene Stewart. Interment followed in the Chastain Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors provided by the North Georgia Honor Guard.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at  Condolences may be sent to the family at
    Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.  

       Miles Crowe   
    Mr. Miles Crowe, 61, of Ball Ground passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at his residence.
    Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, January 31 from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. J.T. Childers and Rev. Danny Collis officiating. Interment will follow in the Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the funeral home.
    Miles worked for the Cherokee County Roads and Bridges Department. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, having been an excellent caregiver for his mother.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Bertie Lee Benson and sister, Sandra Hicks. Miles is survived by his uncles, Elbert Wofford, J.D. Wofford, James Wofford, Sammy Wofford, William Wofford; as well as a host of nephews and cousins.
Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.

Grady Short
    Grady Elliott Short, age 63, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016, following a lengthy illness.
    Grady or as some say “Bubba” was born in Gainesville, Georgia on August 5, 1952. He graduated from Gainesville High School and attended Valdosta State College until he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He left the Army as a Corporal Cryptographer and returned to Gainesville. He worked at SKF for a number of years and had been working for the past five years at the Dahlonega Walmart. Grady’s gentle spirit and religious faith will be long remembered and admired by his family and friends.
    He is survived by his mother, Grady Sue Jones Short Ward; brothers, Jack Malcolm Short (Donna) of Jasper; H.B. (Bucky) Ward, III (Jenny) of Charlotte, NC; W.J. (Bill) Ward (Liz) of Cumming; sisters, Helen Ann Short of Buford; Sandra Short Bigwood (Joel) of Palm Springs, CA; Susan Taylor Short, Asheville, NC. Grady had multiple nieces and nephews for whom he would buy tackle and fishing rods so they could enjoy fishing together.
    Grady is preceded in death by his father, Jack Malcolm Short; grandparents, H. Grady Jones and Elizabeth Archer Jones and Swayne Elliott Short and Helen Matthews Short.
    In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the National Kidney Foundation 2951 Flowers Road S. Suite 211 Atlanta, GA 30341 or a charity of your choice.   
    A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. Dr. Steve Brown will officiate.
    Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel 989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200 or for those who desire online condolences at

Gene Mathis
    Mr. Gene Mathis of Gordon County, age 82, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. He had resided at Wildwood Health Care in Jasper for the past several years.
    Gene was born in Gilmer County on October 16, 1933. He attended Ranger School and served in the Air Force from April 1, 1953 until discharge on March 28, 1957. He spent most of his life in Ranger and surrounding areas, and was loved by all who came in contact with him for his sweet presence. Gene was an avid NASCAR fan and loved watching the Atlanta Braves.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, to whom he was married for over 50 years, Edna Maxine Mullinax Mathis; father, Lane Mathis; mother, Annie Lee Mulkey Mathis; brother, Clyde Mathis; brothers-in-law, Cleburn, Eugene and Wallace Mullinax; and sister-in-law, Sue Mullinax.
    Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Sandra and Gary Mosley of Jasper, and Linda and Dave Foster of Calhoun; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rebecca (Becky) Mathis of Nelson, Lorea Thompson of Travelers Rest, SC., Joyce Ridley of Dawsonville, Shirley DeFoor and her husband Randy of Calhoun, James Mullinax of Marietta and Hazel Mullinax of Jasper. Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews also survive.
    Services to honor the life of Mr. Gene Mathis were held Thursday, January 21st at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Brannon officiating. Interment followed in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Ellijay. Pallbearers were Kelly Mathis, Lee Mathis, Tony Mulkey, Donny Mulkey, Danny Mulkey and Brandon Mathis.
    The family wishes to thank Wildwood Health Care staff for their exceptional care of Gene during his stay.
    Condolences may be left at
    Funeral services were under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

Betty Laughlin
    Betty Irick Laughlin, age 88, passed away on January 20, 2016. She was born in Warsaw, Indiana, and also lived in Crawfordsville and Bedford, Indiana.     Growing up she loved camping, Girl Scouting, and sports – Hail Purdue! Betty attended Furman University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She was involved with the Theatre Guild, Alpha Psi Omega, and was elected a member of Senior Order at Furman, and stayed active in Alumni events for over 50 years. After graduation Betty was hired by the Houston/Harris County Girl Scouts in Houston, Texas, where she started out managing several Girls Scout camps in East Texas.     She had the opportunity to chaperone a Houston TX Girls Scout troop on a summer trip to Europe in 1952, visiting the International Girl Scout Headquarters in Switzerland, Our Chalet, as well as visiting Girls Guides in France, England, and Belgium, including spending the 4th of July at the American Embassy in Paris and meeting Helen Keller.
    It was while living in Houston that she met her future husband, J Heath Laughlin. Several years later, Betty and Heath relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. Betty continued working with the Girl Scouts in Atlanta as a volunteer and Board Member, as well as being a Troop Leader and also summer Camp Director for Camp Concharty in Pine Mountain, Georgia for four summers.
    Betty was very involved with her church at North Avenue Presbyterian, running one of the nurseries for several years. She also worked with Bible School and Downtown Atlanta Senior Services. After retiring, Betty and Heath moved to Big Canoe where they became involved with the Big Canoe Chapel and the Big Canoe/North Georgia Friendship Force. Betty also served a term on the Chapel Board of Trustees. Besides working on a variety of committees at the Chapel, Betty gravitated again to working with the nursery. Betty also enjoyed writing a small monthly column for the Smoke Signals newspaper at Big Canoe, was a member of the Jasper Friends of the Library, and volunteered with the Georgia Marble Festival as a tour guide for several years.
    Betty and Heath were able to enjoy travel, both with the Friendship Force as well as with a wonderful group of friends, travelling to both domestic and international locations.  Betty was also a member of the Girl Scout Trefoil Guild of North Georgia.
    Betty was pre-deceased by her daughter, Linda Laughlin; her sister, Marilynn Irick; and her husband, Heath Laughlin.         She is survived by her daughter, Diane Laughlin and her extended family, including Judy Irick and Ben Lary, Jack and Charlotte Laughlin, David and Pam Waldron, Elizabeth and Tim Ignasher, and Courtenay and Mark Nantz.
    A memorial service to be held later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Big Canoe Chapel.
    A. S. Turner and Sons, Decatur.

C.C. Tatum
    Mr. C.C. Tatum, age 91, of Marietta, Ga. passed away on January 20, 2016. Funeral Services were held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta with Rev. Michael McPherson and Rev. Thomas Wheeler officiating. Interment followed at Kennesaw Memorial Park.
    Born in Pickens County, Mr. Tatum moved to Marietta in 1953. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard/Merchant Marines, having served during WWII. He had several employers, including Sherwin-Williams, Fair Oaks Paint and Hardware, co-owner of Elizabeth Hardware, worked as an independent builder, and with Ace and Flagler Construction Companies.
    Mr. Tatum also was a member of the Masons, was a Shriner, and a member of the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and served as a Deacon at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Acworth.
    Survivors are his wife of 70 years, Ellen Tatum; four children, Troy (Ellen) Tatum, Griffin, Ga., Dan Tatum, Marietta, Jeff (Kay) Tatum, Marietta, and Pam (Joey) Slaton of Dallas, Ga.; seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
    Donations may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church.         Online guest book @ 770-419-9234

Timothy Jarrett
January 20, 1961 –January 24, 2016

    Mr. Timothy Jerome “Timbo” Jarrett, age 55, of Canton passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Northside Hospital Cherokee.
    He is survived by his children, DeAnna Jarrett of Talking Rock, Devin Jarrett of Talking Rock; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Sam Gaddis of Ball Ground, Sandra and Richard McTaggart of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Larry & Rita Cox of Cartersville; and grandson, Logan Gramling.  Nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Greg Bryant and Reverend Steven Chapman officiating. Interment followed in the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Diane Griffith
October 23, 1962 –January 16, 2016

    Mrs. Diane Elaine Griffith, age 53, of Marble Hill, Ga. passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at her home.
    Mrs. Griffith was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Rowe.
    She is survived by her husband, Carl Griffith of Marble Hill; children, Trista and Stephen Ray of Jasper, Craig and Angela Reece of Jasper, Chad and Nicole Reece of Jasper, Cari and Chuck Reeves of Jasper, Trevor and Sheena Griffith of Jasper; mother and step-father, Geraldine and James Swiney of Calhoun; sisters, Donna Roper, Colleen Tidwell, Jan Mulkey; brother, Chris Swiney; and eight grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 19 at Refuge Baptist Church with Reverend Thomas Shipman and Reverend Charlie Buchanan officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
    Online condolences can be made at
Arnold Eaton
    December 7. 1933 -
January 22, 2016

    Mr. Arnold Clarence Eaton, age 82 of Jasper passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Eaton was survived by one daughter, Kathy Eaton of Tate; brother and sister-in-law, Don & Bobbie Jean Eaton of Canton; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma & Truman Childers of Canton; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Eaton was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; daughter, Karen Eaton Crane; two brothers, one sister, and four sisters-in-law.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hammontree and Rev. Grant Wade officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Joey Jones, Chris McClure, Cody Jones, John Jones, Dorsey Jones and Little Bill Jones.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Eaton family.

Ada Jo Kelley
September 22, 1933 - January 24, 2016

    Mrs. Ada Jo Kelley, age 82 of Talking Rock passed away Sunday January 24, 2016 at her residence.
    Mrs. Kelley is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Johnny & Rhonda Dowling of Powder Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine & Frank Parker of Moultrie, Ga. and Robyn & Debra Turner of Talking Rock; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her husbands, W.M. Dowling and Samuel J. Kelley and grandson, Jeremy Morgan.
    The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Jared Raines officiating.  Interment at Riverview Memorial Park in Smyrna, Ga. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kelley family.

Masonic Resolution
E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 F & AM
    Whereas the Supreme Architect of the Universe in His infinite wisdom saw fit on January 22, 2016, to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Arnold Clarence Eaton and whereas he was a true and faithful member of our Lodge for many years and held in high respect by Master Masons everywhere and all that knew him;
    Now, therefore, be it resolved that E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 F & AM has lost a valuable Brother, his family has lost a wonderful loved one, and his community has lost a good neighbor;
    Now be it further resolved the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 extend to his bereaved family our deepest heartfelt sympathy, our prayers in their behalf and sincere assurance of our will to help, aid and assist them in every way possible.
    Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, a copy sent to Brother Eaton’s bereaved family, and a copy ordered published in the Pickens County Progress.
Respectfully submitted,
Joshua W. Tippens, Worshipful Master
Christopher Lee, Past Master, Treasurer
Ralph O. Dennis, Past Master, Secretary