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12/10/09 12:00 AM

Aleen Wheeler
Mrs. Aleen Wheeler, age 94 if Jasper, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2 2009 at Heritage Health Care in Jasper.
Mrs. Wheeler was a homemaker and was Baptist.
Survivors include her twin sister, Kathleen Gazaway, Canton; and brothers, Hubert Holcomb, Jasper, and Jack Holcomb, Locust Grove. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clent Boling officiating. Interment followed in Cherokee Memorial Park.
www.sosebeefuneralhome. com

Dr. Robert Sessions
Memorial services for ?Dr. Bob? - Robert T. Sessions, MD - will be held on Dec. 12, 2009, at 2 p.m.: Marietta Cemetery, 395 Powder Springs St. in Marietta and at 3 p.m.: First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Ave.
Depending on whom you ask, Dr. Robert Thomas Sessions will be remembered as a circuit riding country doctor who made house calls and accepted chickens and vegetables in exchange for his services, as an innovative cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who opened Kennestone Hospital?s first Intensive Care Unit and the Southeast USA?s first Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, as an unofficial ?Doctor without Borders? who dug wells and ran health clinics in India and saw patients in Yemen, as an accomplished mountaineer with more than 30 ascents of Colorado?s Long?s Peak to his credit, as a self-taught restorer of vintage automobiles, as a furniture craftsman, surgical equipment inventor, high school championship golfer, Bible studies teacher, Contra dance enthusiast, bird watcher, squirrel foe, clinical researcher, state-appointed medical malpractice investigator, expert horseman and dedicated practical joker.
Dr. Sessions died on Nov. 12 at the age of 79 from complications secondary to a broken hip.
As one of the few oncology-trained thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the region, Dr. Bob?s patients came from all over North Georgia. Known locally as the ?breathing doctor,? he kept up a life-long correspondence with his far flung patients and, black bag in hand, would drive into the mountains to see them after age and infirmity made it difficult for them to continue making the trip to Marietta. He also acted as a de facto circuit-riding general surgeon, regularly making the rounds of North Georgia hospitals that were too small to support a surgeon of their own.
Family was very important to Dr. Sessions and formed a cornerstone of his medical approach. He was obsessive about being available to patients around the clock and never allowed a lack of money to stand in the way of ensuring that the family members of hospitalized patients had a place to stay in Marietta ? occasionally even going so far as to bully the Kennestone administration into providing room and food in the hospital itself for out-of-town family he felt needed to be immediately available.
Dr. Sessions is survived by his daughters, Kimbi Hagen, Melissa Bothwell and Jean Wilund; and by his son Rob Sessions. In addition to his children, Dr. Bob?s family includes his wife, Jean (deceased); four sons- and daughter-in law, Karl Hagen, Kathy Wolf Sessions, Jim Bothwell (deceased) and Larry Wilund; six grandchildren, Katelyn and Kristy Sessions, Hannah Brooke Bothwell, and Bobby, Brittany and Carolyn Wilund; two brothers, Dr. Don Sessions, St. Louis, and Dr. David Lee Sessions, Portland, Or.; and one sister, Melissa English (deceased); 15 nieces and nephews; two society finches (Falcon 1 and Falcon 2), and hundreds of friends, colleagues and former patients.
His children ask that all of those whom Dr. Bob?s life has touched congregate with them on Saturday, Dec. 12 to celebrate a life well lived and a father, physician, humanitarian and friend well loved.
Memorial Gifts: Dr. Sessions? perspective on life was shaped in his boyhood by the view he gained from the summit of the Rocky Mountains. Because of this the family asks that memorial gifts be directed to the John Austin Cheley Foundation (c/o Treasurer, PO Box 934986, Atlanta, Ga. 31193-4683) to help fund ?camperships? to Cheley Colorado Camps in order to give other young boys and girls an opportunity to climb as high and see as far.

Katherine Kent
Katherine Kent, age 66 of Cumming died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 at St. Joseph?s Hospital following a period of declining health.
Born Sept. 17, 1943 to the late Ferman and Lula Belle Kent, she lived most of her life in Dawson County. Katherine retired from Wal-Mart in Cumming after 25 years of service and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack W. Kent.
Surviving are her children, Michael S. and June Bozeman, Gainesville, Valerie and Todd Binning, Cumming, Vanessa and Jim Williams, Lebanon, Tn., Gayle Beebe, Janice and Danny Harben and Debbie Rowell, all of Dawsonville, Sherri and Bob Kelly, Dacula; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and J.M. Burt, Alpharetta; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Kathryn Kent, Savannah; and grandchildren, M.J. and Zoey Bozeman, Avery Binning and Elijah, McKenzie, Ashley and Jimmy Williams. A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 7 at 1 o?clock from the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Noel Ferman Burt and Dr. Sam Newman officiated. Interment followed in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.
www.beardenfuneralhome. com

Mary Wofford
Mrs. Mary Lee Wofford, age 62 of Marble Hill, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel Herbert Wofford, Marble Hill. Four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives.
Mrs. Wofford was cremated. No memorial service is planned at this time. Cagle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Boyce Waldroup, Jr.
Mr. Boyce Edward Waldroup, Jr., age 52 of Jasper, Ga., died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 at his residence following a brief illness.
Born Jan. 15, 1957 in Kings Mountain, N.C., he was the son of Boyce, Sr. and Lillie Irene Frady Waldroup. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Boyd Waldroup; paternal grandparents, Les Waldroup and Nell Mann; and maternal grandparents, Henry and Ivy Mae Hawk Frady. He served in the US Army Reserve and was a brick mason.
Survivors include his wife, Amenda Waldroup, Jasper; daughter, Alisha Waldroup, Jasper; son, Boyce Edward Waldroup III, Savannah, Ga.; sisters, Joyce Perlot, Marietta, Ga., Wanda Carter, Vivian Baker and Geraldine Swords, all of Hayesville, N.C., Teresa Pierson and Delores Taylor, both of Bryson City, N.C., and Hilda Taylor, Sylva, N.C.; brothers, Ray Waldroup, Culberson, N.C., Randall Waldroup, Blue Ridge, and Johnny Waldroup, Ellijay. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 from Sharptop Baptist Church with the Revs. Edwin Weaver and Jeff Priest officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by DAV Chapter #47. Pallbearers were: Shane Hulsey, Jeff Brock, Darrell and Jayson Perlot, Jimmy Blackwell and Jason Rich. Roper Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.