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Obituaries for January 26, 2017; Dorothy Bell, David Chastain, Oma Owen, Ann Cagle, Patricia Compton, Rosanna Lucian, Robert Via,

Dorothy Bell

April 12, 1932 - January 7, 2017

 

Mrs. Dorothy Moss Bell,  84, of Talking Rock, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at her residence. 

Mrs. Bell is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Mary Bell of Talking Rock; daughters and son-in-law, Wanda and Larry Austin of Canton, Brenda Chatham of Talking Rock, Jackie Humphrey of Talking Rock, and Tammy Bell of Talking Rock; brother, Tommy Moss of Talking Rock; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Melvin Hughes of Jasper; sister-in-law, Geraldine Bell of Talking Rock; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, Buster (Buck) Bell; her parents, Grady and Lola Hefner Moss; her brother, Junior Moss; and brother-in-law, Bee Bell.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 at Antioch Baptist Church with Revs. Gene Childers and Moss Fountain officiating. Interment at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Bell, Don Bell, Daniel Bell, Doug Bell, Richard Powell, and Tommy Bunch.

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bell family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

David Chastain

March 27, 1983 - January 17, 2017

 

Mr. David "Little Bill" Chastain, 33, of the Ludville Community, passed away Tuesday January 17, 2017 as the result of an accident. 

Mr. Chastain is survived by his father, David Chastain of the Ludville Community and his mother, Linda Hembree of the Ludville Community; grandfather, Albert Mulkey of the Ludville Community and grandmother, Verna Lee Hathcock of the Ludville Community; sisters and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jerry Cobb of Whitestone, Wendy Chastain of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Tasha Hembree of Seneca, SC; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. 

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 20th from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Interment at Black Knob Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dale Chastain, Jason Young, Matt Young, Randy Young, Donnie Fountain, Jerry Lee Bunch, and honorary pallbearers Joe Chastain and Ronnie Kojack.

The family accepted flowers but prefer donations to be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chastain family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Oma Owen

February 25, 1926 - January 19, 2017

 

Mrs. Oma Lee Owen, 90, of Canton, passed away Thursday January 19, 2017 at Canton Nursing Home. 

Mrs. Owen is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Treena and James Grimes of Cumming and Brenda and Edsel Manous of Canton; son-in-law, Bill Moody of Harrison, TN; grandchildren, Sharon Moody Stone, Sandy Moody Jones, Stephanie Grimes and Mike Thomas, and Jason and Rose Grimes; and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Owen was preceded in death by her husband, E.C. Owen and her daughter, Joyce Owen Moody. 

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 22nd from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Ministers Michael Thomas and Tommy Pettyjohn officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Micah Thomas, Jason Grimes, Robert Lamb, Billy Garrison, John Chatham, and Jake Padgett.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Home Congregation of Westside Church of Christ at 1329 Mount Vernon Road, Tunnel Hill, GA 30755. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Owen family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Ann Cagle

 

Ann W. Cagle, 85, of Canton, GA passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at Brookdale at Riverstone. 

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Emmett officiating. Interment followed at Cheatham Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband,  Clarence Cagle; daughter, Sandra Cagle; and sister,  Blanche Faye Rhodes.

Survivors include her sister, Nell McLouth, Montana; 

sister-in-law, Marguerite Cagle Gibson. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.  

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thescfh.com

 

 

Patricia Compton

February 23, 1939 – January 14, 2017

 

Patricia "Pat" Ann Compton, 77, of Acworth, Georgia, passed away suddenly, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at her home with her family and a few friends by her side.

She was born on February 23, 1939 to Lorena "Bobbie" Koehler and Charles Carpenter in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, Oren Compton of Acworth, Georgia; children, Oren Edward Compton, Jr. (Sandra) of Dallas, Texas, Lisa Kizer (Byron) of Woodstock, Georgia, Maria O’Connell (Kevin) of Canton, Georgia, Sue Doctor (David) of Dunwoody, Georgia; grandchildren, Tyler Kizer of Woodstock, Troy Kizer of Woodstock, Olivia O’Connell of Canton, Blake O’Connell of Canton, Jordan Battersby of Dunwoody, Cosette Doctor of Dunwoody, Caroline Doctor of Dunwoody, Cornelius Doctor of Dunwoody; puppies, Bella, Annie, Maggie Mae, Honey, and Traveler.

She was a graduate of Norwood High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957 completing a study of cosmetology. She was married for 57 years with the last 19 of those years residing on a mountain top in Jasper, Georgia. Pat was a member, served on committees and a volunteer to organizations including The Classic Glass Corvette Club, Samaritan Health and Wellness Center of Pickens County, American Lady Auxiliary, The Bent Tree Lake and Wildlife, and as an event organizer including Hostess to Casino Night, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, donations organizer and others.

If there was only one friend you could have, Pat Compton was the one and only to have. She was a survivor of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Most recently, she was fighting a courageous battle with bladder cancer that took her from us too soon. God called Pat home and she listened. 

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2017 at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church with Father Charles Byrd officiating. Inurnment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of Patricia.  (St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; 262 Danny Thomas Place; Memphis, TN  38105 or call 1-800-822-6344)

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Rosanna Lucian

October 22, 1920 – January 16, 2017

 

Rosanna Cyr Lucian, 96, of Jasper, Georgia passed into eternal rest on January 16, 2017.  Rosanna was born in Quebec, Canada on October 22, 1920 to Jeanne and John Cyr.

Rosanna immigrated to the United States in the 1930’s.  She married Leonard Lucian of Waterbury, Connecticut on January 20, 1947.

Rosanna is survived by her daughter, Marguerite Lucian of Jasper, GA; son, Vincent Lucian of Jasper, GA; 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Lucian; father, John Cyr; mother, Jeanne Cyr; and all 12 siblings.

The family requests privacy during their time of grieving and conducted a closed, private viewing for immediate family members only on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Roper Funeral Home in Jasper, GA. The family would like to extend their gratitude to everyone for their prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family desires that a cherished memory of Rosanna is shared instead at roperfuneralhome.com.

 

Robert Via

March 14, 1944 – January 20, 2017

 

Mr. Robert Lewis “Bob” Via, 72, of Jasper, passed away after an extended illness. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia to the late Lewis Stewart Via and Opal Montgomery Via. Mr. Via was a graduate of Marshall University and later obtained his Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Hospital Administration. He retired from the Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro, Georgia as hospital administrator.   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Erin Michelle Via. 

He is survived by his wife, Pam Via of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Hunter and Amy Via of Santa Clarita, California; grandson, Jackson Via of Santa Clarita, California. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Reverend Greg Pope officiating. The entombment followed at Kennesaw Memorial Park.

The family request in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home.  

 

 

Obituaries from February 2, 2017; Trula Cantrell, Garrie Kitchen, Gladys Harris, Elaine Garrett, Lois Gilleland, Billy Buchanan, Ila Moss, Tracy Silvers

Trula Cantrell

May 29, 1927 – January 23, 2017

 

Trula Fannie Cantrell, 89, of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at Wildwood Nursing Home. She was born May 29, 1927 to Henry Elmer and Alice Davis in Fannin County.  

Trula is survived by her children, Harold and Diane Cantrell, Billy and Linda Cantrell, Mary Alice and Scott Perkins, Helen Bailey, Henry Cantrell, and Shirley Lee; daughter-in-law, Regina Cantrell; sisters, Faye Payne of Cleveland, Gladys Wheeler of Cleveland; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by children, Charles Cantrell, Danny Cantrell, and Jerel Cantrell.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Bethesda Baptist Church with Reverend Larry Eubanks and Reverend Greg Long officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

The family will accept flowers.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Garrie Kitchen

December 2,1936 –January 29, 2017

 

Garrie Baird Kitchen, a resident of Bent Tree Community in Jasper, Georgia, passed away after a long illness, on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  

Born on December 2, 1936 in Caro, Michigan, he was the son of the late Wilfred Kitchen and Marjorie Baird Kitchen. Garrie had one sister, Cherri. He was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter Jill Kitchen Conable.  

The love he had will be carried on through his wife of 56 years, Janet Kitchen; and his son and daughters and their families. Julie and Roger Miller of Dublin, Georgia, Sharon and Robert Shafer of Kennesaw, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Lori Kitchen of Roswell, Georgia; grandchildren, Justin Miller, Kendell Miller, Whitney Miller, Zachary Campbell, Taylor Kitchen, Morgan Kitchen, Preston Conable, Avery Conable, Laine Conable. Sister and Brother-in-law, Cherri and Jim Hawkins of Cleveland, Tennessee. Several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.  

Garrie graduated from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance (in his freshman year he met Janet, the love of his live). Prior to college, Garrie served proudly on an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. He was a true patriot. He made sure that there was a flag pole with the American flag flying high at every home they lived in. He even had a flag flying on his red Jeep.

Garrie started his career in Miami, FL working for General Electric Credit Corporation. The Kitchens moved out out the South East several times between 1962 and 1975, finally landing in East Cobb County. In 2000, he retired while working for Chrysler First. Janet retired the same year, from her teaching job, and they moved to Bent Tree.  Here he enjoyed the mountains, golf, community activities and traveling.  

Any one that knew him enjoyed his quick-witted humor and practical jokes. It was easy to see his love of life and family in his smile and sparkling blue eyes.

   A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. -8 p.m., Thursday, February 2 at Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.  The celebration of Garrie’s life and legacy will be at 11 a.m., Friday, February 3 at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church with Father Charles Byrd officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery at 11:30  a.m. on Monday, February 6, in Canton, GA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Georgia Mountain Hospice as they have been such a resource and support to both Garrie and his family.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Gladys Harris

Mrs. Gladys Burgess Harris, 95, of Carrollton, Georgia passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Mrs. Harris was born in Jasper, Georgia on December 6, 1921, the daughter of the late Carter Burgess and Mamie McWhorter Burgess. She retired as Executive Assistant for Pickens Technical Institute now known as Chattahoochee Technical College and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jasper, GA.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Frank Gill of Dallas, TX, Nancy and Dr. Robert Auburn of Gig Harbour, WA, Wina and Michael Low of Vinings, GA; grandchildren, Judson and ZoeAnn Bailey, Sam Burtz, III, Cody and Kelli Jennings, Dr. Christopher and Dr. Cari Low, Alexandra Low; great grandchildren, Abby, Katelyn and Georgia Bailey, Annabelle and Josie Low; sisters, Faye Weeks of Jacksonville, FL, Ruth Roland of Jasper, GA; special friend, considered as a granddaughter, Carla Swain. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Harris.

The funeral service was held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Dr. Steve Davis and Rev. Greg Pope officiating.

Pallbearers were Judson Bailey, Dr. Christopher Low, Cody Jennings, Michael Low, Dr. Robert Auburn and Frank Gill.

Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Highway 53, Jasper, Georgia 30143.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Carrollton Legacy, 102 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117 or the First Baptist Church of Jasper, Georgia, 198 E. Church Street, Jasper, Georgia 30143.

Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com.

Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.

 

Elaine Garrett

Ms. Elaine Garrett, 65, of Jasper, passed away Monday January 24, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Ms. Garrett is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Betty Millwood of Los Fresnos, TX and Jason and Kimberly Garrett of Ball Ground; daughter, Krissy Garrett of Tifton, GA; brother, Craig Darby of Commerce, GA; sister, Linda Hightower of the Ludville community; and 9 grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26th from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. David Chadwick officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jason Garrett, Michael Millwood, William Darby, Skylar Everett, Mikal Millwood, and Earl Everett.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Garrett family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Lois Gilleland

Mrs. Lois Cagle Gilleland, age 86 of Jasper, passed away January 26, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Mrs. Gilleland is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ben & Kim Gilleland of Jasper; daughter, Rosemary Gilleland of Jasper; sisters, Betty Bruce of Jasper and Peggy Hulsey of Jasper; nephews, Tom Hulsey and David Bruce; grandchildren, Emily Byrd and Hannah Gilleland; and great grandchild, Colton Byrd. 

The funeral service was  held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28th at Bethany Baptist Church in Jasper with Revs. Grant Wade and Moss Fountain officiating. Interment at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Peter Darnell, Tom Hulsey, Marty Dorsey, Terry Cagle, David Bruce, and Jimmy Cagle.

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery fund. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gilleland family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Billy Buchanan

Mr. Billy H. Buchanan,  79, of Marble Hill, passed away January 26, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care in Jasper. 

Mr. Buchanan is survived by his mother, Azzie and Olen Fann of Jasper; son, Billy L. Buchanan of Marble Hill; daughter and sons-in-law, Pam & Sonny Richardson of Ball Ground and Peggy & Curtis Roland of Jasper; brother, Junior Buchanan of South Carolina; sister, Peggy Griffith of Jasper; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Buchanan was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Barbara A. Buchanan. 

The funeral service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 28th from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Danny Baker and Curtis Roland officiating. Interment at Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy L. Buchanan, Curtis Roland, Sonny Richardson, Dustan Mullins, Charlie Holden, and Eddie McDowell.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Buchanan family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Ila Moss

February 17, 1922 – January 25, 2017

 

Mrs. Ila Rae Moss, 94, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Rock Creek Manor in Jasper.  She was born February 17, 1922 in Ranger.

Mrs. Moss is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Veda Moss of Ball Ground, Terry and Cindy Moss of Canton, Mickey and Nena Moss of Tennessee; sister, Addie Davis of Smyrna; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Ben Mock, and Reverend Ben Langley officiating. Interment followed at Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to your favorite charity or Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Tracy Silvers

May 25, 1973 – January 26, 2017

 

Tracy Michelle Silvers,  43, of Fairmount,  passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Zachary, Louisiana.

She is survived by her fiancé, Alvin Moss of Fairmount; children Caleb Silvers of Canton, Megan Moss of Fairmount, Renee and Ronald Patterson of Chatsworth, Shawn and Cheryl Moss of Jasper; father, Eugene Smith of Marietta; brother, Tim Smith of Canton; and four grandchildren. Several other family members and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her mother, Deborah Wilson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January, 31, 2017 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home, with Brother Jason Hancock and Reverend Ted Estes officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Tracy Silvers Memorial Fund c/o Roper Funeral Home.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

 

Obituaries for February 9, 2017; David Dilbeck, Iona Camp, Sue Hermel

David Dilbeck

September 20, 1948 – February 3, 2017

 

Mr. David Dilbeck, 68, of Jasper, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ellis Dilbeck.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Tonia and Craig Walker of Ball Ground, Melissa and Jason Battles of Calhoun; grandchildren, Dilan Walker of Ball Ground, Brandon Walker of Ball Ground; and sister, Sandra Wood of Calhoun.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, February 6 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Scott Day and Reverend Shane Ellis officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper.  

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Iona Camp

Mrs. Iona Clark Camp,  98, of Jasper passed away Saturday February 4, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Mrs. Camp is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, B.W. and Doris Clark of Talking Rock; and several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 6 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Green officiating. Interment at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Ludville. Pallbearers were Jerry Edwards, Jacob Edwards, Adam Barnes, Danny Clark, Doug Clark, and David Clark.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Camp family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

 

Sue Hermel

    Mrs. Sue Helen Hermel,  82, of Talking Rock, passed away Sunday February 5, 2017 at Pruitt Health in Blue Ridge. 

Mrs. Hermel is survived by her husband, Tony Hermel of Talking Rock; son, Hayden Hermel of California; and sister, Rhoda Neighbors of Jasper. 

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Rev. Grant Wade and Rev. Gene Childers officiating. Interment at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Blackwell, Jimmy Blackwell, Joel Neighbors, Josh Neighbors, David Moe, and John Weatherhead.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hermel family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Obituaries from February 16, 2017; Vann White, Leon Gay, JoAnn McClellan, Charlotte Geirrein, Roy Johnson

Vann White

October 17, 1964 – February 7, 2017

 

Our gentle witty Vann William White, 52, entered heaven on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. We know he is gazing at the most incredible wonders of nature his blue eyes have ever seen.

If you ever met Vann you would have loved Vann. He loved Chevy trucks, John Wayne, Elvis, NASCAR, Georgia Dawgs, hunting, fishing, Christmas Vacation, World War II movies, teaching science, personal notes from his students at Carter High School which he displayed proudly on his refrigerator, playing “Got you last” with his nieces and nephews, his crazy sayings, his dogs, and most of all his family.

Vann loved God and was loved by God. He could clearly see that the natural world we live in was created with great purpose. He would point out the engineering mind of the honey bee in building a honeycomb to exact precision, the feat of strength and teamwork ants show in building a bridge to maneuver food, and how the earth was suspended in the atmosphere and if it were only a few feet closer we would all burn up. Vann believed God has revealed himself to every person through the powerful works of his creation so that no person is without excuse.  With all wisdom and understanding,  he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,  to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.     Ephesians 1:8-10 NIV

Vann leaves to cherish his memories of humor to his three children, Case White of Knoxville, Tennessee, Colby White of Nashville, Tennessee, and his forever sweetheart Kendall White of Leander, Texas who simply adore their father; to his favorite love his mother Beverly White of Jasper, Georgia who taught him to love unconditionally, preceded in death by his father Richard H. White of Jasper, Georgia; to his brother and sister-in-law Rick and Cindy White of Jasper, Georgia; sister and brother-in-law Agayla Jane and Gerald Young of Jasper, Georgia; to the mother of his children Patti White of Leander, Texas; to his in-laws Doyle and Betty Naramore of Jasper, Alabama; to his sister-in-law Joann Lawhorn of Liberty Hill, Texas; to his nieces and nephews Chelsie White, DeLauren White, Hayley Lawhorn, Autumn Young, Ryan Lawhorn, Chandler White, Tyler Lawhorn, and Reid Young, great-niece Abagail Prucka; and his dogs Zoe, Pebbles and Bam Bam.

To honor their father, the children set up a Science Scholarship Fund to be awarded to one student pursuing a degree in science at Carter High School in Sweetwater, Tennessee where he taught science and one student at Pickens High School in Jasper, Georgia where he attended high school, in lieu of flowers.  https://www.youcaring.com/vannwhite-754733

Services were held at Roper Funeral Home on Saturday, February 11 at 2 p.m.  Vann was cremated and returned to nature on Sunday, February 12. 

We are heartbroken for ourselves but we rejoice knowing Vann is in heaven and we will be united with him again.  Vann the teacher would encourage you to “show proof” that you know the answer to where you will go.  He would tell you that you want Jesus Christ to say “Got You Last!”

 

Leon Gay

February 26, 1947 – February 8, 2017

 

Mr. Leon Gay, 69, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, February 08, 2017. He was born February 26, 1947 to Hubert and Inez Satterfield Gay in Canton.  

Leon is survived by his wife, Deborah Gay of Canton; son, William Gay of Canton; daughter, Rebekah Gay of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Rachel Gay of Canton; brother-in-law, John Stanfield of Ball Ground; and sister-in-law, Casey Childers of Canton. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive. He was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin Gay and Douglas Gay; and sister, Martha Tippens.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 11 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Reverend Greg Pope officiating.  Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  

The family accepted flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper; 198 East Church Street; Jasper, Georgia  30143.

Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

JoAnn McClellan

Mrs. JoAnn Pettitt McClellan, 82, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday February 6, 2017 at her residence. 

Mrs. McClellan is survived by her husband, William McClellan of Ball Ground; daughter, Elizabeth Renee McClellan of Ball Ground; brothers, Allen Pettitt of Jasper, Phillip Pettitt of Nelson, and Joel Pettitt of Gainesville; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 9 at Gospel Temple Church in Ball Ground with Brothers Butch Roberts, Bill Lewis, and Daniel Reeves officiating. Interment at Gospel Temple Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Lloyd, Will Bennett, Edward Wilkie, Nathan Pettitt, Cody Pettitt, and Matt Huffman.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the McClellan family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Charlotte Geirrein

Ms. Charlotte Geirrein, 75, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Pruitt Health - Jasper.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ray Gober officiating.  Interment followed in Hillhouse-Haygood Cemetery. 

Ms. Geirrein loved her dogs and enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Ruby Hillhouse Haygood; sister, Edith Morrison; brothers, Jimmy Haygood and Jack Haygood.  Survivors include her children, Lisa (Randy) Carver and Steve (Tracie) Geirrein; sister, Mary Decker; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.

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Roy Johnson

August 16, 1927 – February 13, 2017

 

Mr. Roy Wallace Johnson, 89, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home.  

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Johnson of Jasper; children, Randall Wallace Johnson and wife, Kimberly, of Jasper, Anthony Brown Johnson and wife, Margaret, of Ball Ground, Gina Leigh Seidel of Canton, Daniel Roy Johnson and wife, Delane, of Mobile, Alabama; brothers, Lloyd H. Johnson of Fayetteville, Robert Earl Johnson of Adairsville, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by his brother, James D. Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Davis officiating.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday at Roper Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Reinhart University or to your favorite charity in honor of Mr. Johnson.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Card of Thanks

The family of Iona Clark Camp would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers, the beautiful flowers and food you lovingly provided during the loss of our beloved sister and aunt.

A special thank you to Pickens EMS, Piedmont emergency room nurses and doctors. The second floor nurses and doctors. Dr. McCurdy and the in-house hospice nurses, who treated our loved one with respect and compassion in her final hours as well as caring for our family. There are truly angels among us.

Thank you to Rev. Kenny Green for his comforting words and wonderful message that honored our loved one. Thank you to the Hightower family for the beautiful music, it was as if the angels were singing.

We would also like to thank Cagle Funeral Home for their dedication to not only caring for our loved one but also caring for our family.

Gone from our lives but not from our hearts. May God bless each of you that touched our hearts with loving kindness.

The family of 

Iona Clark Camp

 

 

 

Obituaries for Feb. 23, 2017; Jody Pettigrew, Jerry Shoemaker, Rev. Wallace Sutton, Don Ballew, Lavern Butler, Mary Watson, Larry Toney, Douglas Johnson

Jody Pettigrew

Mr. Jody Pettigrew, 42, of the Hinton Community, passed away Wednesday February 15, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Mr. Pettigrew is survived by his mother and stepfather, Denzel & Barry Bowman of the Hinton Community; son, Jordan Pettigrew and fiance Allison Wilkes of Chatsworth; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shannon & Donald Teague of Hill City, Melanie & Greg Evans of Hinton Community, Andrea & Bill Coleman of the Hinton Community, Kerri & Hank Coleman of the Hinton Community, Tanya Bowman of Rockmart, and Stacy Bowman of Whitestone. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Joseph Hightower officiating. Interment at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Evans, Bill Coleman, Hank Coleman, Jason Childers, Hank Wilson, Jonathon Long, Jason Long, and Tinker Moore.

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pettigrew family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Jerry Shoemaker

January 9, 1942 – February 16, 2017

 

Jerry Kristopher Shoemaker, 75, of Big Canoe, Georgia, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on February 16, 2017.

Born to Gerald and Thelma Shoemaker on January 9, 1942 in Haslett, Michigan, Jerry lived most of his life in Georgia. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Liz; his daughters, Kelly Shoemaker, Tracy Joseph and Marcy Shoemaker; stepchildren, Jennifer Nye, Nancy Ouimette, and Mike Maillet; his brother, Larry Shoemaker; sisters, Jane Weiderman and Jill Hagan, and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Papa Shoe was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.

As a young man, Jerry had a passion for flying and joined the Air Force after graduating from Michigan State University. He proudly flew the F-4 as a member of the 390th Fighter Squadron, deployed out of Da Nang AB in South Vietnam. After an honorable discharge from the armed services, Jerry spent 32 years as a pilot for Delta Airlines. He enjoyed watching his beloved Michigan State Spartans in any and all sports, and he was an avid tennis player, golfer, fisherman, and nature enthusiast. He was also a dedicated volunteer at Good Samaritan, where he helped to provide free medical, dental, and mental health services to the underserved of Pickens County. Jerry was always there to help friends and family, and his sense of humor was appreciated by all. He will be missed dearly.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. at Big Canoe Chapel, 226 Wolfscratch Circle in Big Canoe, Georgia where Jerry was a long time member.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, 175 Samaritan Drive, Jasper, GA 30143 or visit www.goodsamhwc.org.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Rev. Wallace Sutton

August 10, 1932 – February 16, 2017

 

Reverend Wallace Frank Sutton, 84, of Ball Ground, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017.  He was born August 10, 1932 to Thurston and Ellen Wheeler Sutton in Cherokee County and was married to the late Bobbie Jarrett Sutton. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and an Ordained Baptist Preacher.

Wallace is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Mark Henson of Ball Ground, Sandra and Ralph Bryant of Talking Rock, Deanna and Lanier Warbington of Cumming; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Betty Sutton of Canton; sister, Christine Ingram of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Tracy Arlana Bryant of San Marcos, Texas, April Owens of Canton, Amy Swancey of Jasper, Jody Sutton of Jasper, Delana Heard, Mindy Warbington, Paul Warbington, Amanda Spence, Jeremiah Spence; great-grandchildren, Sadie Spence, Ayla Heard, Clare Heard, Samuel Warbington, Jessica Massey, Liam Swancey, Maggie Swancey, Laura Swancey, Mia Sutton, Cade Sutton, Caleb Patterson, Haley Owens; great-great-grandchild, Blaine Massey.  Several other relatives also survive. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Fairview Baptist Church with Reverend Edwin Bishop and Reverend Buck Parker officiating.  Interment will follow at Price Creek Baptist Church.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Don Ballew

July 9 1938 - February 11 2017   

 

Mr. Don Ballew, 78, of Talking Rock Ga. passed away February 11, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Ballew is survived by his wife, Fran Ballew; daughter and son-in law, Ginger and Mark Griffin of Douglasville Ga.; son. Bobby Ballew Jr. of Douglasville; three step children. Dennis Kirk of Austell, Greg Kirk of Atlanta and Tracy Wolfenbarger of Jacksonville Fl.

Grandchildren are Chrystal Aceros, Sabrina Granese and David Griffin. Four great grandchildren also survive.

Sisters, Pat Platt, Ruth Reece and Nancy Massingale and brother, Doug Ballew

A memorial will be held May 21th 2017.

 

Lavern Butler

Nancy Lavern Stanfield Butler was at home in Eupora, MS when she passed, following an extended battle with rheumatoid arthritis that developed into rheumatoid lung disease, February 6, 2017. She came to life June 7, 1945 having been born to her parents, Rev. Will A. Stanfield and Carrie Hammontree Stanfield, who preceeded her in passing. Lavern had one brother, Harold Stanfield and one sister, Barbara Sue Stanfield Hembree, both of whom preceeded her in death. 

Lavern is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Bill C. Butler, a retired teacher. 

In Pickens County, Lavern is survived by her sister-in-law, Jewel Stanfield, and nieces Debbie Rooker, Diane Quinton and Kay Stokes; nephew, Butch Stanfield; and a host of extended family and friends.

Lavern was a speech pathologist and helped children overcome speech problems for 25 years in the public school system of Webster County, Mississippi. 

She will be missed so much by her friends and family.

Lavern was a member of the Cross Roads Baptist Church in Jasper, Ga. She will be at rest in the Cross Roads Cemetery next to the Cross Roads Baptist Church near Mantee, Mississippi. 

The funeral service for Lavern was held Feb. 10, 2017.

You may go online and sign Oliver Funeral Home’s guest register or leave a message of condolence for the family at www.ofheupora.com.

 

Mary Watson

Mary E. Watson, 67, of Canton, GA passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at her residence. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Childers, Rev. Michael McPherson, Rev. James Thompson and Rev. Glenn King officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Arbor Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  Jim and Ruby Pharr;   Brothers,  Donald Pharr, James Pharr and Franklin D. Pharr

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Watson; daughter & son-in-law, Star and Travis Johnson; brother, Paul Pharr; sister & brother-in-law, Betty and Jack Green;

sister-in-law, Helen Pharr; granddaughter, Taylor and Andy Almonte; grandson, Ross Johnson; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thescfh.com

 

Larry Toney

November 12, 1937 – February 13, 2017

 

  Mr. Larry O'Neil Toney, 79, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Larry was born November 12, 1937 to James Buford and Marie Fleming Toney in Pacolet, South Carolina.  

Mr. Toney was a 1960 Industrial Engineer graduate of Georgia Tech, a member of the Big Canoe Chapel, a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, on the board for the Community Thrift Store, and a member of the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Advisory Board of Directors. He was very active with the Pickens County Republican Party and was the Pickens County Republican Chairman for several years. Although he was committed to serving his community, he was devoted to his family and making everyone feel special.

  He is survived by the love of his life, Alma Toney of Woodstock; his brother and sister-in-law, James Edward and Betty Toney; children, Karen and Steve LaMarsh, Scott and Carla Toney, Alan and Tracy Toney, Michele Toney; grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa, Mark, Jessica, Melissa, Megan, Paul, Jessica, Davis, Parker & Benton Cole; great-grandchildren, Sienna, Dean, Savannah, and Harper.

A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 16 at Big Canoe Chapel with Reverend Len Walker officiating. Immediately following the service, a reception for family and friends was held in the fellowship hall next door to the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia, 101 Freedom Way, Jasper, Georgia, 30143.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Douglas Johnson

With our hearts full of joy for a life well lived, we mourn the passing of Douglas Mark Johnson, 62, of Jasper, GA. 

Born January 11, 1955, in Tyler, MN, to Virgil and Margaret Johnson, who preceded him in death, Doug graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, CA. He joined the U.S. Air Force, served in Vietnam, and earned degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and Regis University. He worked as an air traffic controller before joining IBM in Longmont, CO. After a career at IBM that spanned more than three decades, Doug retired from his position as an IT Technical Solutions executive. He was an active member of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, North Georgia Veterans, the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club, and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family. He enjoyed quiet evenings on the porch with his wife; going on adventures with his daughter; playing with his grandchildren; riding his Harley; cheering for Clemson; and using his therapy dog, Scooter, to spread happiness. Doug was always willing to lend a hand, tell a joke, or share a meal.

Doug is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon Brickle Johnson; son and daughter-in-law Corey and Erin Johnson of Erie, CO, and their children, Cassidy and Leo; daughter Tara Johnson and her boyfriend, Jeremy Cooley, of Atlanta, GA; and his siblings, Wallace and Linda Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Michael and Sharon Johnson, and Phyllis Schmidt. His sister, Donna Willard, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper on February 27at 10 a.m., followed by light refreshments in the parish hall. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

 

Masonic Resolution

E.W. Hightower Lodge No. 679 F&AM – Nelson, GA

Masonic Resolution on the death of Brother Wallace Frank Sutton

    To the Brethren of E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 F&AM, Nelson, Ga.:

Whereas: On Feb. 16, 2017, it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from labor to refreshment our beloved Brother Wallace Frank Sutton, 84 years of age, and a 62 year student of the Craft;

Whereas: We, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable memorial;

    Therefore: Be it resolved that E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 F&AM express to the family of our departed brother deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.

    Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother, a copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy to be published in the Pickens County Progress.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Brother Paul Samples, 

Worshipful Master;

Brother Bo Waldroup, 

Senior Warden;

Brother Wayne Tippens, Junior Warden