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Obituaries for Nov. 24; Thomas Durrett III, Mary Thomason, Ronald Andrews, Dennis Storm,

Thomas Durrett III
    Thomas Jackson Durrett, III, passed away on November 18, 2016. He was born in Atlanta in 1936, but spent his later childhood in Tate, GA, graduating as valedictorian from Tate High School in 1955.
    Tom had a lifelong love of sports – whether as an active participant or a spectator, playing basketball at Tate High. He followed the Atlanta Crackers early on, and later the Braves. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America. He was the pitcher in many of his church’s softball league games.
    He served as a Specialist Fourth Class in the US Army from 1959-1962, including one year spent in South Korea. In 1963, he received a BS degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech. He was an ardent fan of Tech football and basketball his whole life.
    Vocationally, he was a bank branch manager for Atlanta Federal and later Georgia Federal. He also worked as an office services manager for Rosser International. He was employed as a tax preparer for H & R Block for 33 years.
    One of Tom’s greatest passions was his love for God and his active participation in church. At various times, he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and on numerous committees. He especially loved singing in the choir.
    Tom is survived by his former wife and caregiver, Barbara C. Durrett, daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Robert Purser, daughter Alyson FitzGerald, and grandchildren, Jordan, Olivia and Trevor Purser, and Adrienne and Clark FitzGerald, and siblings, Richard Lamar Durrett (Barbara J.), Clarissa D Strickland, and Nan G Durrett. He was predeceased by his nephew, Richard Durrett (Kelly N.). Surviving nephew is Robert Durrett (Carolyn H.) and a niece Courtenay Strickland.  He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
    Tom will be remembered by his family and friends as having a strong sense of integrity, dependability, responsibility, and as one ever ready to “step up to the plate” when needed.
    The family expresses their deep appreciation to the Buford Brookdale Assisted Living family for their excellent care and friendships over the past few years.
    A service celebrating his life was held in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Gainesville, GA, on Monday, November 21 at 2 p.m. 
    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the music ministry of First Baptist at 751 Green Street, Gainesville, GA, 30501.
    Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Thomason
    Mary Evelyn Thomason Townsend, 86, a long-time resident of the Smyrna area, passed away Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 in Vinings, Georgia. A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th at County Line Baptist Church in Jasper with Rev. Jessie Posey officiating. Internment  followed the service in the church cemetery.
    Mrs. Townsend was born on March 26th, 1930 in Jasper, Georgia. She is preceded in death by her husband, H.V. Townsend of Smyrna, Georgia, to whom she was married for 62 years. She is survived by her daughters, Marj Conner of Smyrna, Carolyn Berry and son-in-law Bill Berry, of Eatonton, Georgia; grandsons, Neal Conner and Tim Moore of Smyrna, granddaughters Kristen Barnes and her husband Allen Barnes of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Elizabeth Berry and her husband Matt Berry of Smyrna; and great-granddaughters, Alys and Parker Barnes.
    Evelyn was a founding member of County Line Baptist Church. She played piano for the choir for 40 years and was also a member of the Thomason Family Gospel Quartet. She loved to cook and enjoyed traveling with family and friends.
    In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the V.F.W. in Pickens County. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home - Macland Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ronald Andrews
October 22, 1939 – November 15, 2016

    Ronald Douglas Andrews, 77, of Ellijay passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at his home. He was born October 22, 1939 to Howard Douglas and Mary Grace Andrews in Ball Ground, Georgia.
    Mr. Andrews is survived by his wife, Dorothy Andrews of Ellijay; children, Gracie and William McDowell of Ellijay, Steven and Arlecie Andrews of Talking Rock, Lori Byess of Canton and fiancé, Tommy Richardson of Tennessee, Jackie and Stacy Andrews of Ball Ground, Rebecca and Greg Collis of Talking Rock; sisters, Susan Andrews of Lithonia, Linda Freeman of Winchester, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 
    He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Katie Andrews; and sisters, Sister Andrews and Mary Kathern Binkley.
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17th in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.  Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park. 
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.
    Online condolences can be made at

Dennis Storm
August 12, 1951 - November 16, 2016

    Mr. Dennis Storm, 65, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday November 16, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Storm is survived by his fiancee, Shonda Rogers of Jasper; daughter, Taylor Storm of Fort Lauderdale, FL; step daughter, Brittney Philo of Jasper; and brother, Van Storm of North Carolina.
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 18 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Interment at Lake Forest Memorial Park.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve Mr. Storm's family. Online condolences may be made at

Otis Pauley
    Mr. Otis Graham Pauley, 87, passed away November 20, 2016 at home in Jasper, GA. Mr. Pauley was born June 13, 1929 to Albert and Ruby Tickle Pauley in Bland, Virginia.
    He is survived by his wife, Janie; two brothers, Larry Pauley of Jasper, and Billy Pauley of Wytheville, VA; sons, Timothy, of Milton, GA and Steven Pauley of Roanoke, VA; daughters, Patricia Long of Roswell, GA, Susan Pauley of Richmond, VA and Kay Hughes of Salem, VA; grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents and stepson, Teddy.
    Mr. Pauley retired from the Federal Bureau of Sport Fisheries & Wildlife as a Civil Engineer in 1999. He began his career with the National Geological Surveying and Mapping Service in Virginia, becoming a Registered Land Surveyor in VA, NC and GA and a GA Real Estate Broker. Previously, among many assignments, he was Project Manager of the Greensboro/High Point Airport in North Carolina and Director of Development at Bent Tree, Jasper, GA. Otis was of the Presbyterian Faith.
    A memorial service in his honor is planned at a later date.
    Lord and Stephens, Athens, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Card of Thanks
    The family of Sam Whitley wishes to thank Brother Ricky Dean for the beautiful words spoken, to Jeff Bennett for the beautiful songs sung, and especially to all the pall bearers, to friends, neighbors who said a kind word and the ones who brought food and especially to Roper Funeral Home for the excellent care given to the family.

Card of Thanks
    The family of Jim Fox would like to thank each and every one for their thoughts and prayers during the sickness and passing of our husband, daddy and papa. Thank you to Brother Gene Childers, Brother Grant Wade and Brother Buck Parker for your heartfelt words preached. Thank You to the ones that prayed during his service and to the pallbearer for carrying him to his resting place. Thank you to the singers the singing was beautiful. Thank you for the food and flowers during this difficult time. Thank you to the staff of Roper Funeral Home.
Patsy Fox
Donna Gaddis & Family
Juanita Chapman &
Tammy Morris & Family