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Obituaries for March 13, 2017; Jordan Simonds, Dick Brown, Larree Johnston, Larry Sutton, Marvin Padgett, Diane McAlister,

Jordan Simonds

November 11, 2000 – March 11, 2017


Jordan Matthew Simonds,  16, of Jasper passed away Saturday, March 11 as the result of an accident. Jordan was born November 11, 2000 to Will and Jessica Simonds in Canton, Georgia. He was a student at Pickens High School and a member of the Pickens High School Varsity Football Team.

He is survived by his parents, Will and Jessica Simonds of Jasper; brothers, Tyjai Howell of Jasper; Jayden Simonds of Jasper; grandparents, Jimmy and Gaynelle Simonds of Jasper; Alan Atkins of St. Petersburgh, Florida; Nancy Jaworski of Jasper. Several aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members also survive.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 15 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Butch Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Forest Memorial Park.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Dick Brown

Dick Brown, 75, of the Fairmount Community died on Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home following several months of declining health.

Dick was a veteran of The United States Army. He was a builder, a mechanic, and a jack of all trades.

Survivors are his son and daughter-in-law, Richard E. and Sandra W. Brown; his daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy B. and Tony Parks, and Kathy L. Robinson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To honor his request, Dick’s body was cremated. No memorial services are planned. Friends may make memorials to the Salvation Army.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.


Larree Johnston

Larree Johnston, 102, of Jasper, Georgia died February 9, 2017 after a brief illness. He was the son of J. W. and Katie G. Johnston of Cartersville, Georgia. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Upon retiring as the Postmaster of the Cartersville Post Office in 1978, he and his wife, Ashley H. Johnston, moved to Bent Tree in Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. W. and Katie Johnston; brother, William Ginn Johnston; and his wife, Ashley Johnston.  Larree is survived by two daughters, Karen J. Pralinsky of Jasper and Rosemary McWilliams of Fort Lupton, CO; five grandchildren, Lara Cline, Jena Cline, Holly Cline, Ashley Branton, John A. Pralinsky, Jr.; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18 with Reverend Edwin Weaver officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bent Tree Foundation Scholarship Fund, 744 Noah Dr., suite 113-#184, Jasper, GA 30143.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Larry Sutton

March 19, 1953 – March 11, 2017


Larry Eugene Sutton, 63, of Canton, Georgia passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his home. Larry was born March 19, 1953 in Tate to Wallace and Bobbie Jo Sutton.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Densmore of Canton; children, April and Brad Owens of  White, Amy and Howard Swancey of Talking Rock, Jody and Deana Sutton of Jasper;  step-daughter, Michelle Rich; grandchildren, Jessica Massey of Ft. Bragg, Laura Swancey of Talking Rock, Maggie Swancey of Talking Rock, Liam Swancey of Talking Rock, Mia Sutton of Jasper, Cade Sutton of Jasper, Caleb Patterson of Jasper, Haley Owens of  White; step-grandchildren, Michael Rich, Jacob Rich; great-grandchild, Blaine Massey; sisters, Sandra Bryant of Talking Rock, Dianne Henson of  Ball Ground, Deanna Warbington of Cumming. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services weres held at 12 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Mark Henson officiating. Interment will follow in Price Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Marvin Padgett

Marvin Dwight “Mr. P.” Padgett, 78, of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed gardening. He loved traveling with his wife, Brenda Padgett who preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law’s, Trina and James Davis, Debra and Tim Cagle, Lisa and Greg Sutton; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Betty and Seth Terry, Eloise Watson; sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Martin; and a number of other relatives also survive. 

Funeral services were held on held on Sunday, March 12th, at 3 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joey Watson, Rev. Bobby Padgett and Rev. Benny Clark officiating. Interment followed in Liberty Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made at


Diane McAlister

Diane Farmer McAlister, 74, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at North Fulton Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born on June 27, 1942 in Brundidge, Alabama to Nellie Rogers Farmer and Wilbur Farmer. Diane was married to Robert “Bob” McAlister.

Diane leaves her legacy to her loving husband, Robert “Bob” McAlister; her loving children, Darryl Forehand (Andrea), Chris Smith (Stephanie) and Cindy Turner (Rodney); her nine grandchildren and her four great-grandchildren; loving mother, Nellie Nichols; her loving sisters, Delores Berry (Paul) and Donna Lankford; a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her brother-in-law, Raymond “Dank” Lankford.

A memorial service to celebrate her life was held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Jasper at 11 a.m. A graveside service was held in Columbus, Georgia at Parkhill Cemetery on Saturday, March 11. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary, 1266 Hwy. 515, Jasper, Ga. 30143.


Masonic Resolution on the death of Brother Donald Eugene Hammontree

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M Jasper, Georgia

Whereas, on February 22, 2017 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Donald Eugene Hammontree.

And 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 Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. 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 be published in the Pickens County Progress.


Respectfully Submitted

Keith Hales

Steve Kirk

Gene Free