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05/07/09 12:00 AM

Rev. Marvin Chatham
Rev. Marvin F. Chatham, age 80 of Roswell, died April 27, 2009.
Born in Fulton County, Rev. Chatham was ordained to the ministry on Oct. 19, 1963 at Mt. Oliver Baptist Church and served as pastor at nine Baptist churches over 30 years in the Jasper and Pleasant Valley Associations. He was a residential home builder for many years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Floy Nix Chatham, Roswell; sons, Mark and Vickie Chatham, St. Louis, Mo., Myron and Barbara Chatham and Michael and Linda Chatham, all of Woodstock; sister, Joyce and J.D. Stephens, Roswell; brother, Howard and Grace Chatham, Roswell; grandchildren, Kimberly, Kevin, Ryan and Carrie Chatham; great-grandchildren, Austin, Payton and Harley. The funeral service was held on Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m. from Mt. Oliver Baptist Church with the Revs. Lamar Frady, Thomas Wheeler and Howard Dubois officiating. Interment followed in Green Lawn Cemetery. It is the request of the family that donations be made to the Shady Grove Baptist Church, c/o Chris L. Hester, 15 Bronco Court, Cartersville, Ga. 30120. Northside Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Neal
Mr. Raymond Allen Neal, age 91, a native of Pickens County, died Saturday, April 25, 2009.
Neal was the son of Martin Luther and Callie Thompson Neal.
He is survived by his sons, Roger W. Neal, Lilburn, Ga., and James Ronald Neal, Tallahassee, Fl. There are four grandchildren.
The body was cremated. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. May 16 from Jerusalem Church.

Gary Dean
Mr. Gary Lee Dean, age 58 of Jasper, Ga., died Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
Born March 8, 1951 in Gordon County, Ga., he was preceded in death by his father, Randolph Dean, and a daughter, Corrie Dean. Mr. Dean was self-employed as a contractor and had served in the National Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Shirley Dean, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Taylor Jenkins, Watkinsville, Ga.; granddaughters, Ella Corrie and Lily Reece Jenkins, both of Watkinsville; mother, Mrs. Doris Dean, Jasper; and brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Patty Dean, Ellijay, Ga. Several other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 1 from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Willis officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Jeff Dean, Randall Bruce, Darren Lane, Jesse Lillard, Colin Giddens, Glenn Bryant, Joey Harkins and Nathan King.

Travis Wilson
Mr. Travis Wilson, age 20 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2009 at Northside Hospital, Atlanta.
Survivors include his mother, Melissa Padgett, Atlanta; father, Marty Wilson, Jasper; grandparents, Toy and Bertha Padgett, Ball Ground, and W.L. and Charlotte Wilson, Jasper; and brother, Trenton Wilson, Ball Ground.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 1 from Yellow Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Gene Hyde and William Blackwell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Ashton Shifflette, Brian Goode, Justin Weaver, Nick and Mac Dodd, Victory Smalley, Dustin Cox and James Long. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to help with funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Hancock
Mr. Herbert Hancock, age 72 of Talking Rock, passed Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Herbert, Jr. and Kristy Hancock, Jacksonville Beach, Fl.; daughter, Evelyn Hancock, Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Jeremy and Josh Robarg and Hollie Hancock; three great-grandchildren; and special friend, Carolyn Baker.
A graveside service was held Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. from Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Russell Nations officiating. Pallbearers were: Jerry, Richie, Robert, Josh and Joey Hancock, Terry Easley, Mitchell Wilson, Mitchell Hightower, Shawn Baker and Jamie Ray. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Guanita Ray
Mrs. Guanita Ray, age 77 of Jasper, Ga., passed early Thursday morning, April 28, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Elliza Ray, Marble Hill, Douglas Ray, Astoria, N.Y., Lanier and Terri Ray, Jasper, and Daryl and Melodie Ray, Canton; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Leamon Hughes and Donna and Jack Hughes, all of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Genneal Buchanan, Marietta; sisters and brother-in-law, Janie Carver and Myrna and Will Denson, all of Jasper; and sisters-in-law, Edith Brendel, Marie and Olar Ray and Jewell Buchanan. Twelve grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Mike Mize, Ben Mock and Kasey Kuyper officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Darren and Dennis Hughes, Patrick and Jamie Ray, Tyler Bryan and Brady Clayton. Honorary pallbearer was David Ray.

Buddy Graham
Mr. Buddy Graham, age 43 of Marble Hill, Ga.. passed at his residence Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2009.
Survivors include his mother, Jean Dobbs, Marble Hill; grandfather, Elbert J. Dobbs, Peachtree City; brother, Robert and Pam Graham, Canton; sister, Lori Graham, Jasper; and niece, Kristen Graham.
The family requests that in place of flowers, please make memorials to help with the funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mae Bennett
Mrs. Mae Will Gordon Bennett, age 94 of Ellijay, Ga., passed on Monday, May 1, 2009 at the Gilmer Nursing Home in Ellijay.
She was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church, and the Order of the Eastern Star (50 years). Born August 11, 1914 to her late parents, Roberta Louisa Trailer and Sydney Hughes Gordon in Brooks, Ga., she attended West Georgia College and was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse, working at both the O?Daniel and Burdine Clinics, and became the first nurse to be employed at Watkins Memorial Hospital when it opened in 1955. Mrs. Bennett believed in serving others and putting their needs first, giving a portion of her property to the Gilmer Nursing Home providing the area for a new wing to be built. She continued her nursing services to the hospital until her retirement in 1979, and then became an Auxiliary Volunteer until the age of 90. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, painting in oils, visiting with friends, playing Bingo and traveling with the First Baptist Senior Group.
Mrs. Bennett is preceded in death by her husband, George Clyde Bennett.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Rita and Larry Johnson of Jasper, Sydney and David Eldridge of Calhoun and Virginia and Jack Boland of Sarasota, Fl.; son and daughter-in-law, George and Jean Bennett of Doraville, Ga.; grandchildren, Cindy Frances, Sally Tankersley, Duke Tankersley, Jennifer Hoyla, Terri McKenna, Jay Boland, Sheila Adams and David Johnson. Thirteen great-grandchildren, 1 great-great- grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 4 from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gil McGinnis and Min. Butch Jones officiating, vocals performed by David Stuart and Lisa Lacey. A graveside service followed in the Logan Funeral Home Pavilion with interment in the Ellijay City Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Kirk Adams, Duke Tankersley, David Johnson, Jay Boland, Michael Hoya, Drew Adams, Joe McKenna, Scott Shook, Mark Frances and Joseph Hoda. Honorary pallbearers were caregivers Jean Hill, Birdie Ramirez, Chiquita Ramirez and Rosey Green. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mae Bennett Scholarship Fund, c/o Gilmer County Bank, P.O. Box G, Ellijay, Ga. 30540

Shane Hollifield
Mr. Shane Hollifield, age 37 of Jasper, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2009 as the result of an automobile accident.
Survivors include his father, David Hollifield, Jasper; mother, Patricia Johnson, Jasper; sister, Brandy Payne, Talking Rock, brother, Tony Hollifield, Jasper; grandmother, Kathryn Downs, Jasper; and grandfather, Lee Hollifield, Ball Ground. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Revs. Roy Smith and Larry Kelly officiating. Interment was in Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.

Johney Cannady
Johney Cannady passed away April 28, 2009 at his home in Albeitville, Al. He was 74 years old.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Carol Lytle, Margaret Merritt and Elizabeth Cannady; son, Johney E. Cannady; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bobby and Verlon Cannady; sisters, Maydale Tucker, Helen Odom, Linda Messer and Edith Cameron.
He was preceded in death by sons, Kevin Lee and Wayne Cannady; brother, Frankie Cannady; and sister, Joyce Anderson.
The funeral service was held Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. from the Boaz-Carr Chapel. A graveside service was held at Philadelphia Cemetery in Jasper, Ga. with Brother Joey Cannady and the Rev. Wayne Roden officiating.

Lois Hopkins
Mrs. Lois Lambert Hopkins of Macon peacefully slipped away on Sunday, May 3, 2009. She was born on Sept. 23, 1914 at Jasper, Ga. and moved to Macon in 1942. Preceding her in death were her parents: Rev. and Mrs. George D. Lambert; her sister, Mayme Smith; and her husband, Marcus Paul Hopkins, Sr.
She is survived by her children, M. Paul Hopkins, Jr. and wife, Allee, Kingsport, Tn., and Robert L. Hopkins and wife, Linda, Warner Robins, Ga.; four grandchildren: Marc Hopkins of Three Rivers, Mi., Beth Bowen and husband John of Charlotte, N.C., Drew Hopkins and wife Mary Ann, Warner Robins, and Stephen Hopkins, Atlanta; six great-grandchildren, Stephanie and David Hopkins, Caroline and Lilianne Bowen and Caleb and Lily Ann Hopkins; two special nephews, Dr. Terrell Davis and wife Bernice and Ray Smith and wife Gayle.
Like many of her generation, she was active in her church and community. She and Mr. Hopkins joined Mabel White Baptist Church in 1948 and over the years she was involved in many church activities. She was a long-time member of the Irene Moore Sunday School Class and served as teacher in Sunday School, Training Union and Vacation Bible School.
In the community, she served as president of the PTA of Charles H. Bruce Elementary both in the 1950?s and 1960?s. She was a volunteer for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and a sustaining member of the Middle Georgia Gem and Mineral Society, serving as president of that organization.
She had a lifelong love of gardening and travel. Her travels as a young woman began in 1934 as she attended the Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago and the New York World?s Fair in 1940. In her later years she traveled extensively in North America and the world making visits to Egypt, Israel, Russia, England and many other European countries.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Southern Heritage Personal Care Home for their loving and thoughtful care.
Funeral services was held at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, Warner Robins at 2 p.m on Wednesday, May 6 with the Rev. Joe McDaniel officiating. A family burial service will be held at Jasper City Cemetery, Jasper, Ga. at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

Dewey LeFevers
Mr Dewey H. LeFevers, age 71 of Jasper, Ga., died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at his residence following a period of declining health.
Born March 23, 1938 in Culberson, N.C., he was the son of the late Eddie Wilburn and Elsie Hamby LeFevers. Mr. LeFevers was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Keith LeFevers; granddaughter, Jacquelyn Danielle LeFevers; and sister, Evelyn L. Yarbrough. He had worked as a machinist with the B.H. Payne & Co. in East Point, Ga. and was a US Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Frankie L. LeFevers, Jasper; daughter, Deborah K LeFevers, Jasper; sons, Jerry L. LeFevers, Fayetteville, Ga., Dewey A. LeFevers, Sharpsburg, Ga., Eddie James LeFevers, Canton, Ga., and Kenneth Lee Blackwell, Murphy, N.C.; grandchildren, Daphney Rittle, Griffin, Ga., Jesse Lee LeFevers, California, J.T. LeFevers, Sharpsburg, and Alex LeFevers, North Carolina; sisters, Wilma Jean Chapman, Suite, N.C., and Glenda Faye LeFevers, Kenner, La.; and brothers, Hoyt Lawson LeFevers, Murphy, N.C., and Thomas L. LeFevers, Sunnypoint, N.C. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at Lake Forest Memorial Park. The eulogy will be provided by family members. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.