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Obituaries for July 25, 2013; Pat Harrison, Bill Bapst, Jr., Bud Nix, Glenn Henderson, Mildred Pendley, Stanley Ray, Faye Edwards

Pat Harrison
    Mr. Patrick Wesley “ Pat “ Harrison, age 75 of Jasper, Ga., died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his residence following a period of declining health.
    Born July 21, 1937, in Tate, Ga., he was the son of the late Roy Lee Harrison, Amelia Ray Harrison, step-mother, Henrietta Ray Harrison, and much loved nanny, Leona Jones. 
    Pat’s family lived in Pickens County until he was 5 years old and then they moved to Eatonton, Ga. He graduated from Putnam County High School, UGA with a BA in Industrial Arts, UGA with a Master’s in Education and completed his Doctorial Studies except for his thesis.         He served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. He taught high school for 2 years each at Mitchell County High and Madison County High. Pat taught drafting and design II from 1967-1980 at Pickens Area Vocational Technical School and was the CETA Coordinator from 1980-1982 for 5 counties until the program ended. From 1982-1993 he taught Mechanical Engineering at Southern Poly Technic & State University until his retirement.
    Pat was the Chief Voter Registrar from 1980-2005 for Pickens County. He was a member of the Lions Club of Pickens County, where he served as vice president for 2 years until his health made him resign. Along with his family Pat was a member of the Sharptop Mountain Camping Club and served as president 2 separate times.
    Tater Patch Players best remember him in his role as the banana eating Indian from Annie Get Your Gun. Pat taught Sunday School and was a member of the Joy choir at Jasper First Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Lee Harrison, Jasper; children, Amelia Ray Harrison Cudney (Lester), Jasper, Nancy Jean Harrison Kravchenko (Pete), Dahlonega, Ga., and James Wesley “Jim” Harrison ( Nadine), Jasper; 12 grandchildren, Phillip Wesley Sperin (Ashley), Lauren Heicha Sperin, Michael Patrick Kravchenko, Harrison Lee Kravchenko, Patrick Joseph Harrison, Mary Elizabeth Harrison, Andrew James Harrison, John Paul Harrison, Killian Pio Harrison, Teresa Anne Harrison, Catherine Margaret Harrison and Stephen Augustine Harrison. Other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Jasper First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charlie Boggan officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were: Rodney Gibson, Phillip Wesley Sperin, Michael Patrick and Harrison Lee Kravchenko, Patrick Joseph, Andrew James, John Paul and Killian Pio Harrison. Honorary pallbearers were: Mark Hinton, Jim Elrod, Trey and Sloan Elrod, Pat Haynes, Gerald Allen, Charles Chapman and Alvin Young. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Jasper First Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements and Services are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.
    These are favorite memories of each of his grandchildren:
    Wesley Sperin, 29, “My favorite memory was Paw Paw being best man at my wedding.”
    Ashley Sperin, 21, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was the first time I met him. He was mowing grass and I gave him a hug when he stopped the mower.  He said, ‘Woohoa! Who is this pretty young lady giving me a hug?’ I loved him from that moment on."
    Baby Sperin, due Nov. 28.
    Lauren Sperin, 27, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw is that he was the epitome of the perfect father for me.”
    Michael Kravchenko, 22, “My favorite memory was that he always fixed amazing breakfasts when we would come visit.  Even when Paw Paw was sick, he still tried to cook.”
    Harrison Kravchenko, 17, “My favorite memory will be Paw Paw finding my first truck.”
    Patrick Harrison, 19, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was when he helped me with my Eagle Scout Project. He guided me in Math and Drafting.”
    Mary Harrison, 17, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was that he personally taste-tested anything I made him. He experienced many successful and not-so-successful experiments.”
    Andrew Harrison, 15, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was him teaching me how to make his famous Leona biscuits.”
    John Paul Harrison, 13, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was him teaching me how to drive a tractor."
    Killian Harrison, 12, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was him sharing with me stories of his past, especially his stories of childhood days and growing up during WWII.”
    Teresa Harrison, 10, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was when we would dance together.”
    Catherine Harrison, 4, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was when he would spoil me with Chex Mix, Moon Pies, oatmeal cream pies and chocolate milk.”
    Stephen Harrison, 1 1/2, “My favorite memory of Paw Paw was when he let me wear his hat.”

Bill Bapst, Jr.
    Mr. William Lawrence “Bill” Bapst, Jr., age 77 of Jasper, one of the “good guys,” passed away peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2013 at his home in Bent Tree.
    Bill was a loving husband and father, devout Catholic, Naval officer, community volunteer and proud Notre Dame Graduate (’57).
    He is survived by his wife, Sue, of 55 years;  children,  David and Donna Kay Bapst, Karen Bapst, John and Melissa Bapst, Donna and Larry Kubaszewski, Kathy McNair, Bridget and Pete Radosta and Rick and Heather Bapst; brother, Mark Bapst; and sisters, Gretchen Rutter, Christine Leuck and Victoria Henzy. Sixteen beautiful grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    While Bill dedicated his retirement years to serving others in many ways, a few highlights of his service are Bent Tree Board president (2 terms), founding member of the Bent Tree Foundation, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, member of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and Board member for Georgia Mountains Hospice.
    The funeral Mass was held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church with Father Byrd officiating. Entombment of the remains was at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., with Military Honors by the United States Navy. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to either Georgia Mountains Hospice or to The Bent Tree Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.

Bud Nix
    Claude F. “Bud” Nix, age 81 of Big Canoe, passed away Wednesday July 17, 2013.
    Born August 5, 1931, to the late Claude F., Sr. and Dorothy Nix, he was a native of Arlington, Va. Mr. Nix moved from Cobb County to Big Canoe in 1990. He retired in 1989 as an Industrial Engineer with Lockheed after 25 years of service.          Bud was a gentle and tender father who loved his family and friends. Golf was his favorite pastime, especially on the Big Canoe course with his companions. He had a talent to fix or rebuild anything mechanical including vintage sports cars, clocks and appliances. Clocks and watches became his indoor hobby and in recent years he enjoyed helping anyone who needed assistance or repairs.
    Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Martha Nix, Big Canoe; children, David and Mandy Nix, Clarkesville, and Linda Nix, Alpharetta; and granddaughter, Sarah Nix, Asheville, N.C.
    A memorial service will be held Saturday July 27, at 11 o’clock at the Big Canoe Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Big Canoe Chapel or to your favorite charity.
    www.beardenfuneralhome. com

Glenn Henderson
    Glenn Henderson, age 62 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at the Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.         Mr. Henderson was born on May 18, 1951, in Cleveland, Oh., to his late parents Millard Eugene and Hazel Shapaska Henderson. He was employed by Ingles Supermarket in Ellijay and Jasper and for many years worked as a real estate broker out of his home.
    Mr. Henderson is survived by his wife of 9 years, Lynn McCravy Henderson, of the home in Talking Rock; daughters and son-in-law, Melinda Henderson, McDonough, Ga., and Melissa and Mark Budnick, Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Shrysse Henderson, Euharlee, Ga.; step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Renee and Chris Schultz, Locust Grove, Ga.; step-son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Mehgan Carroll, Roopville, Ga; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Donna Henderson and Diane H. Presley, both of Ponder, Tx.; and brother, Brian Henderson, Ashville, N.C.
    A memorial service was held Friday evening, July 19, at 7 p.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Pavilion with the Rev. J.W. Daniel officiating. A reception was held before the memorial service at the funeral home. Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to the Bread-N-Bowl Ministries, 304 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, Ga. 30540, in memory of Mr. Henderson.

Mildred Pendley
    In loving memory of Mrs. Mildred C. Pendley, age 81 of Marble Hill, entered into rest on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Grandview Health Care Center.
    She was born April 12, 1932, in Nelson, Ga.
    Mrs. Pendley is survived by her husband, Donald Pendley, Marble Hill; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Connie Pendley and Carlton and Diane Pendley, all of Cumming; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Judy Coltrane, Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Wayne Sperin, Cumming, and Kathleen Duckett, Whitwell, Tn.; sister-in-law, Wanda Dobson, Marble Hill; grandchildren, Christy and Pody Reynolds and Kim and Tommy Gheesling; great-grandchildren, Karley and Garrett Reynolds, and several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 22, at Conns Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Boling and Kenny Sutton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Steven and Ben Coltrane, Frank and Jerry Roper, Tony Kellogg and Tyler Smallwood. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Dobson and Randall Fouts. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Pendley Family.

Stanley Ray
    In loving memory of Mr. Stanley Gene Ray, age 63 of Ball Ground, entered into rest on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at his residence.
    He was born Sept. 29, 1949, in Jasper, Ga.
    Mr. Ray is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Dale Fuston, Ball Ground, and Ann and Harell Mitchell, Canton; sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Jeff Heath, Resaca; half brothers, Michael, Tony, Richard, Mark and Lamar Ray; and half sisters, Becky, Tammy and Susan. Mr. Ray had seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins that also survive.
    Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Quarles Ray; son, James William Ray; brother; Robert Ray; and his parents, Ferman and Frances Ray.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David LeGrand officiating. Interment followed at Liberty Church Cemetery in Ball Ground. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Ray Family.

Faye Edwards
    In loving memory of Mrs. Faye Pettigrew Edwards, age 75 of the Hinton Community, entered into rest after a brief illness on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.     She was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Pickens County. She worked for many years with the H.D Lee Company until it closed. Mrs. Edwards opened and ran the deli at the old Twin Tanks Amoco where she enjoyed cooking and making many lasting friends from all walks of life until health issues forced her to regretfully retire. She was an avid reader and although being bound to a wheel chair for the last few years she worked endlessly in her flower gardens at her home and cherished every moment.
    Mrs. Edwards is survived her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Debbie Edwards, the Ludville Community, and Jerry and Pam Edwards, Hinton Community; brother-in-law, A.C. Edwards, Talking Rock; sisters-in-law, Dessie Caylor, Jerusalem Community, and Bessie Cochran, Fairmount; aunt, Eunice Wilson Burns, Cassville, Ga.; grandchildren, Jennifer and Scotty Jordan, Ludville Community, Joey and Brandy Edwards, Deanna Edwards and Jacob Edwards, all of the Hinton Community; great-grandchildren, Jared and Ashley Edwards and Malorie and Mason Jordan; niece, Shelty and Marty Moss, Talking Rock; and special friend and neighbor, Janet Hamrick, Hinton Community.
    Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. Edwards; son, Tim Edwards; and her parents, Rev Lawrence and Dollie Wilson Pettigrew; brothers, Harley and Herman Pettigrew; and sister, Mary Pettigrew Bateman.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Herman Mulkey officiating. Interment followed at Hinton Community Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Joey, Jared and Jacob Edwards, Scotty Jordan and Marty and Brandon Moss. Honorary pallbearers were Mason Jordan and Blake Moss. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Edwards Family.

Card of Thanks
    The family of Mack G. Martin would like to thank our dear friends and relatives for all the kindness shown during the loss of our father.