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04/29/10 12:00 AM

Lou Chastain
Mr. Jimmy (Lou) Chastain, age 53 of Jasper, Ga., passed Tuesday morning, April 20, 2010 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Tracey Chastain, Jasper; and daughter, Mallory Chastain, Jasper.
Mr. Chastain was a retired employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation where he was the district engineer covering Pickens, Cherokee, Gilmer and Fannin counties.
The funeral service was held Thursday, April 22 at 2 p.m. from Jasper First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to Jasper First Baptist Building Fund. Pallbearers were: Blane Jordan, Frank Martin, Mike Westbrook, Wes King, Joe James and Mike Thomason. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thelma McDonald
Thelma Marie ?Cooter? McDonald, age 72, of Murrayville, Ga. died April 8, 2010 at her home.
Ms. McDonald was a native of Pickens County, Ga. who had lived in the Murrayville area for the past 10 years. She was a former Forsyth County resident. She was a retired convenience store clerk and was a member of Marble Hill Baptist Church in Pickens County.
She was the daughter of the late Robert and Mattie Lee Fields Carney and was also preceded in death by a son, Timothy Wayne Jones; brother, Leon Carney; sister, Vera Mae; and grandson, Robert Lee Jones.
Ms. McDonald is survived by daughters, Debra Gillespie, Cumming, Ga., Connie Sue Jones, Cleveland, Ga., and Angela Jones, Murrayville, Ga.; son, Anthony Jones, Murrayville, Ga.; and sister, Jean Forrester, Bowling Green, Fl. Ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends also survive. Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Mitchell
Ruth Hamilton Mitchell, age 85 of Big Canoe, Ga., died Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
She was a retired registered nurse and member of Trinity Evangelical Church.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Jana Mitchell; and daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Dane Vaughn, Jasper. Five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22 from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Falkowski officiating. Interment followed in Arlington Memorial Park.

James Burson
James Leland Burson of Jasper, Ga. went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2010. A Smyrna, Ga. native, James held a Bachelor?s degree in Biology and Master?s degree in Physiology from Emory University. Prior to retiring in 2001, he worked in environmental health and safety with Merck & Company (in Wilson, N.C. and Albany, Ga.). He also held positions in environmental and safety-related at Georgia Tech, Georgia Power Co. and Lockheed-Georgia Co. during his working years.
He loved the outdoors all his life and he loved to teach and share all the wonders of nature. He was an AT Thru-Hiker in 1959, and continued to walk sections of the trails all through the years. After retirement he became active with the Friends of Amicalola Falls State Park. He loved working with the groups that came there; as well as the Appalachian Trail Celebration and Backpacking Clinic held there each spring. He served on the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Board of Directors. He was a Master Gardener. He was a lifelong learner; always volunteering and giving of himself.
He was married to his wife, Barbara Lesley Burson, a Smyrna native, for 48 years. He cherished Barbara and their daughters, Leslie Ann Burson, Leigh Ann Burson, Laurie Burson Carter; his son-in-law, Robert Carter; and his wonderful grandchildren, Ella Mary Carter (8), Benjamin Joseph Burson (6) and Samuel Robert Carter (3).
He is survived by his brother-in-law and sister, Charles and Ann Pittard; nephews, Tommy and Davey Pittard and their families; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Paula Lesley; nephews, Chad, Alec and Brett Lesley and their families.
He faithfully walked with and served the Lord all his days. He was most loved and cherished. Many hearts grieve his passing today.
The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foothills Community Church, 13724 Hwy. 53, Marble Hill, Ga 30148 with the Rev. John Reale officiating. Interment followed at 1:30 at Cheatham Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Foothills Community Church Building Fund or to Friends of Amicalola State Park, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534.

Bobby Wright
Mr. Bobby Joe Wright, age 64 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away April 23, 2010 at his residence.
Survivors include his sister, Helen Jordan; niece, Susan Mosley; nephew, Chris Mosley; and aunt and uncle, Bertie and Carl Owenby, Talking Rock. Several cousins also survive.
Bobby Joe was cremated. Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper. Cagle Funeral Home in charge or arrangements.

Lucille Caylor
Mrs. Lucille Caylor, age 72 of Raymore, Mo., and formerly of Jasper, passed Monday, April 19, 2010 at her residence.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Larry Bouman, Raymore; brother and sister-in-law, James and Edna Chastain; sister, Retha Lathem, Pikeville, Tn.; and grandchildren, Amy Wisner and Jonathan Rice. Five great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Randy Cloer, Paul Cannaverde and Huey Holloway officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Ruby Stone
Mrs. Ruby Stone, age 96 of Jasper, passed Tuesday morning, April 20, 2010 at Grandview Health Care in Jasper.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, James E. and Diane Stone and Robert and Judy Stone, all of Jasper, and Larry and Vickie Stone, Florida; daughter, Annette McClanahan, Maryland; and brother, Thomas Courson, Marietta. Seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Phillips officiating.