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Obituaries for Aug. 9, 2018; Arthur Atkins, William Rylant, Karen Petit, Sela Hobby

Arthur Atkins

Arthur Atkins, 86, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home. He was a 50-year mason and a member of The Pickens Star Lodge #220 F & AM.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lucile Atkins of Jasper; daughter, Margie Bray of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Janice Atkins Payne of Jasper; grandchildren, Steve Atkins of Jasper,  BJ and April Atkins of Jasper, Dusty and Angela Atkins of Jasper, AJ Bray and Heather Keisler of Jasper;  great-grandchildren, Skyler, Lexie, Caitie, Hunter, Sierra and Shea Atkins of Jasper. He was preceded in death by his son, Reggie Atkins. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Reverend Grant Wade, Reverend Bobby McFarland, and Reverend Nathan Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family accepted flowers or those who wish may make donations to the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. 

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

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

Gary Bennett

Gary Lamar Bennett, 74, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Paulette Bennett of Ball Ground; daughters, Dedra Coley of Woodstock, Darlene Pendley of Ball Ground, Denise Gentry of Ball Ground, Janie Holmes of Dalton, Lisa Hendrix of Tate; sons, Darrin Bennett of Ball Ground, Bryan Evans of Tate; brothers, Larry Bennett of Cumming, Tony Bennett of Jasper; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Lorene Bennett. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home Wednesday, August 8 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

The family will accept flowers or those who wish may make donations to The American Cancer Society  at PO Box 22478; Oklahoma City, OK 73123. 

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

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

William Rylant

November 20, 1942 - August 2, 2018

 

U.S. Veteran Colonel William (Bill) Rylant, (Ret.), 75, of Jasper passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Magnolia Hospice in Conyers. Bill decided to surprise his wife, Sue by joining her in heaven on their 54th wedding anniversary.

Colonial Rylant is a veteran of the U. S. Army where he served 30 years. He served in Vietnam as well as Desert Storm. In addition to his military service, he also was the plant manager for Walco Packaging, Rogers Corporation and Sweetheart Plastics. He received his Master's from  Central Michigan University and his Bachelors from Jacksonville State University. 

Col. Rylant was an active member at Zion Baptist Church in Conyers, were he worked in AWANA, the outreach ministries, visitation, Baptist Builders Mission, served as a deacon and also started the Widows Support Group with his wife, Sue. 

Col. Rylant is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff & Amy Rylant of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Janet & Darren Benedict of Oxford; sister, Judy Brown of Birmingham, AL; grandchildren, Kendall Rylant, William Rylant, Lennie Riegner, Trey Sorrow, Andrew Wright, Ethan Youmans, Brittany Blocker and Corey Benedict. 

Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Rylant. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m. in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Ben Mock and Rev. Reece Sanders officiating. 

Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park immediately following the funeral services. Local chapter 47 DAV in charge of military rights.  

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rylant family.

 

Karen Petit

Karen Dianne Petit, 76, of Jasper, passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.

Survivors include her daughter, Lesley Lewis of Alpine, California; son, Charles Jr. and Gena Petit of Acworth; son, Mark and Heather Petit of Jasper; grandchildren Christina and Gage Tracy of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Kendall Petit of Baldwin, Miranda Petit of Cumming, Daisy Petit of Jasper; brother, Barbara and Frank Farris III of Free Home; sister, Marcia Rainey of San Diego, California; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Petit Sr. and parents, Daisy and Frank Farris II.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Pastor Don Allen officiating.  

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home  Saturday, August 11 from 12 p.m., until 3:30 p.m. 

Ms. Petit will remain in the care of the staff of Roper Funeral Home as she is cremated.

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

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com 

 

Sela Hobby

 

Sela Carney Hobby of Cross Hill, S.C.; born September 2, 1957 passed away Friday, August 3 surrounded by loved ones at the Hospice House of the Piedmont. 

Sela was born in Tate, Ga. and grew up in the north Georgia mountains in Jasper. She was a graduate of North Georgia College (class 1979 and 1981) and taught school throughout the southeast. Ultimately, Sela chose to settle in Cross Hill, S.C. but never lost her love for the mountains. 

Sela, with her husband of 38 years, Michael Hobby, owned and operated Moon Landing RV Park and Marina in Cross Hill, S.C. She was active in both the regional and national campground association service in committees, boards, and as past President of the Carolina association. 

Sela was a joyful, genuine person who shared her love for life and sense of adventure with all she met. From cross country RV trips to Alaskan cruises, she loved travel and never met a stranger. Sela was happiest to have her family around her.  One of her greatest joys was having her family around the table sharing updates from day to day life. 

Sela was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Carney of Jasper, Ga. She is survived by her husband, of the home, as well as children Mary Hobby of Marietta, Ga.; Jeanette Hobby of Villa Rica, Ga.; and Michael Hobby Jr. and wife Dixie Hobby with their precious daughter Sela Elizabeth of Cross Hill, S.C. She has two sisters, Suzanne Hammontree and Saralynn DeMarcus of Jasper, Ga. as well as loving nieces and nephew.

Friends within the community are invited to celebrate her life at a lakeside memorial service at Moon Landing RV Park and Marina in Cross Hill S.C. on August 12 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to a memorial fund in her name with the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, ARVC Foundation, 9085 E Mineral Cir #200, Centennial, CO 80112